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Lotus

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  • CPU
    i7-4770k @ 4.5 GHz
  • Motherboard
    ASrock Z97E-ITX/ac
  • RAM
    16GB Crucial Ballistix 1600/9
  • GPU
    XFX DD R9 290 @ 1080 MHz
  • Case
    Fractal Design Core 500
  • Storage
    Crucial M500 240GB & HGST 2TB
  • PSU
    EVGA GS-650
  • Display(s)
    Asus VG248QE
  • Cooling
    Cryorig R1

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  1. Also, if you're going to upgrade the CPU, get a Westmere Xeon like the X5660 instead of the i7-990x. You can still hit high clock speeds with BCLK Overclocks and they've got the same architecture and core count as the 990x without costing ridiculous amounts. That being said, the single-threaded performance, even when overclocked over 4 GHz, is not going to be as good as a modern CPU. It'll do fine in gaming, but I'd really only bother if you need the extra 2 cores. Are you currently overclocking your i7-930?
  2. I'm not much of a laptop person and don't keep up with what's out there, but here are my requirements: IPS screen (1080p is fine) 4 core CPU (i5-8250u is fine) 5 hours youtube streaming over wifi battery life 16GB memory (or 8GB with expandable SODIMM) thin and light with metal frame Reliability, with no overheating or high percentage of failure issues. Build quality in terms of rigidity/feel is not important. Build quality in terms of hinge failure is important. No GPU requirements at all, and the lower the price the better. Basically, I'm looking for the cheapest laptop that meets these specs. My immediate thought was to get a Dell XPS 13, but they only offer the 16GB of memory with the 4k screen, which I don't need and doubles the price. Then I found the Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-55WQ, but that only has 8GB of non-expandable soldered memory. I would get that in a heartbeat if it were upgradeable. I guess my problem is every laptop I find that meets my specs has either a dedicated GPU or a 4k display making for a very expensive machine with specs and hardware that I don't need and don't want to spend money on. Any suggestions?
  3. I'm hoping for something akin to the 3.9 Ghz i7-4770k to 4.4 GHz 4790k. A 500mhz increase in boost clock would be great. That was a refresh too, and Ryzen was probably released a bit on the edge of premature too.
  4. My current chair is comfortable, but no longer can be locked in an upright position. You can still lock it, but the flex between the seat mounting and the seat lets you still recline a bit even when locked. I'm looking for a quality, comfortable desk chair in black that is sturdy (I weight 200 pounds), will last, and can be locked completely upright in a fashion that will NOT break over time. this was my previous chair. I'm willing to spend up to $150.
  5. Lotus

    Console or GPU?

    If your friends play on a console, get that. Otherwise, get the GPU. There's more potential, and not just in graphics quality but in games too.
  6. Pretty much any case that has at least 1 intake and 1 exhaust would be fine. More than that doesn't really matter even with very hot components. Source: If it were me, I'd go for a Fractal Designs Define S or Define Mini C, but that's because I like the simple aesthetics, not because it has great cooling.
  7. Your CPU is locked. You cannot increase the CPU multiplier. HOWEVER there are no stupid bus speeds tied to the baseclock (BCLK) so you can raise the BCLK frequencies to effectively overclock your processor. As an upside, you can hit crazy speeds (4.0 GHz+) reliably and without too much heat. The downside? It overclocks almost everything (QPI and RAM as well) so you really have to know your shit to do it stably. Oftentimes people will think they've hit instability, but it's really just that they pushed their ram too fast without thinking and lowering their ram from x8 to x6 solves that issue and they can go even more. TLDR: it's not a simple thing. If you are incapable of googling this topic, you are incapable of overclocking it because it's not a simple overclock.
  8. Honestly, your specs are fine. Sure you might want to go for a 4790k if you want to hit higher framerates at 1080p, but unfortunately that non-Z mobo really holds you back. Basically, as it stands, I wouldn't bother changing a thing because you could spend $300 and get very little improvement.
  9. I'd pay extra for an IPS screen. The three things in a laptop that are must haves for me: 1) Keyboard Backlight (I use mine in bed occasionally to watch movies while I drift to sleep) 2) IPS display (again, watching stuff) 3) 6+ hours streaming from wifi battery life If this had an IPS display, it'd be perfect.
  10. Yeah, except the 520 is already overkill and more wattage isn't always a good thing. I've seen good reviews on the S12II 520w model, but not the 620W model.
  11. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ SuperBiiz) Motherboard: ASRock H110M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($46.99 @ SuperBiiz) Memory: Team Elite Plus 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($50.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Sandisk SSD PLUS 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($43.74 @ B&H) Video Card: PowerColor Radeon RX 480 8GB Red Devil Video Card ($223.98 @ Newegg) Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($50.89 @ Newegg) Total: $606.58 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-02-12 17:37 EST-0500 If you have a spare HDD to throw in, it'd be best. If you have a bit extra to spare, getting a 240GB SSD would also be good.
  12. edit: nevermind, open back phones are out.
  13. Rendering/Editing videos in proper GPU accelerated software has more to do with GPU than CPU these days. However, if you really want that OC'able CPU and with a hard focus on CPU editing/rendering instead of GPU acceleration, you can get this: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V5 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($251.99 @ SuperBiiz) CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg Marketplace) Motherboard: ASRock E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($135.98 @ Newegg) Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($84.97 @ Jet) Storage: ADATA Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($68.99 @ NCIX US) Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 470 4GB ARMOR OC Video Card ($178.98 @ Newegg) Case: Fractal Design Core 2300 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ SuperBiiz) Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ B&H) Total: $845.88 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-11 20:18 EST-0500 Note: that motherboard supports BCLK overclocking of Xeons, and that Xeon is a 4 core Skylake chip with hyper threading. This is basically an i7-6700k with Z170 motherboard setup for much cheaper. However overclocking ONLY works with that motherboard, and that CPU CANNOT be used in regular consumer chipset motherboards (h110, h170, z170 boards will NOT work with it). If it were me, and gaming is the primary focus with CPU tasks important but secondary, I'd go with the first one I suggested. Also, I had to cut the large storage HDD to be added in later to make the price fit everything in the Xeon build.
  14. Here is what I'd do: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V5 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($251.99 @ SuperBiiz) CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg Marketplace) Motherboard: ASRock E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($135.98 @ Newegg) Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($84.97 @ Jet) Storage: ADATA Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US) Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.00 @ Amazon) Video Card: PowerColor Radeon RX 480 8GB Red Devil Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg) Case: Fractal Design Define S w/Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA GS 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($84.88 @ OutletPC) Total: $1016.78 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-11 19:45 EST-0500 It does everything well. The CPU in that motherboard is what amounts to an i7-6700k that can be overclocked, and you've got plenty fast memory and a cooler to match. Sure you might have been able to fit in a GTX 1070, but that would be overkill for 1080p 60fps, whereas the Xeon (i7-6700k equivalent) may actually be useful to you for video editing and streaming to twitch. ...plus the build will look badass too.
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