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Everything posted by CornOnJacob

  1. Welcome to the LTT Build-Off Thread! Your goal is to build a part list of the best PC for each challenge (using PCPartPicker), while staying under budget. Please DO NOT post your entries in this thread. They should go in their respective contest threads. Current Challenge: Contest 62--[Coming Soon!] Guidelines: 1. There will be a new build-off every two weeks, with one week for submissions and one for voting. 2. You may only submit one build per person per contest. 3. All prices will be checked using www.pcpartpicker.com, so please assemble your part list using that website. 4. The US version of the website should be used in order to standardize the prices, so please don't try to use other currencies (you can change your "nationality" in the upper right-hand dropdown box). 5. Once you have a part list, click the "Export/Markup" button in the top right hand corner and choose "BBCode". Copy and paste the text into your forum post and it should automatically format itself, add links, etc. 6. Although it is not necessary, you are encouraged to defend your choices/give reasons for your parts. This is the only way that we would know if you are running RAID, etc. 7. Feel free to edit/update your parts list, but please refrain from doing so once voting has started. 8. Custom watercooling is allowed, but make sure that it is feasible. Putting 3 external rads in a Mini-Itx build will not get you many votes. 9. Custom parts (not listed on PCPartPicker) are allowed, as well as mods. Mods are only allowed if they are purchasable (such as this custom Bitfenix Prodigy). Just because you can add a side panel window in real life doesn't mean everyone can. Everyone wants an even playing field :) 10. Peripherals are required on a case-by-case basis (meaning some contests will require them and some will not). There are three peripheral categories: Display, Input (KB+M), and Audio (speakers/headphones). 11. An OS is usually not necessary. In the rare case that you should factor it into the price, it will be made clear in the OP. 12. You must stay under budget. If anyone is allowed to go even one cent over budget, it really raises the budget for everyone. However, once you submit your build, it doesn't matter if the price of the parts skyrockets or drops. 13. If you would like to put glamour pics, performance graphs, or other large media in your post, please put them in a spoiler to cut down on the size of the page. 14. A maximum of 20 total entries will be allowed in each contest in order to make voting easier and avoid "heats" or runoff voting. Voting: 1. On Friday evening (EST) I will edit a poll into the thread with all of the submitted builds as of that moment. If you don't post your entry by then, I won't add it to the poll and you can't enter that week. 2. Please do not vote for yourself (votes are public and you will be disqualified if you do). If you are caught making fake accounts in order to get extra votes you will be banned from participating in the future. 3. You may vote for other entrants, but as this hurts your chances of winning, it is obviously not required. 4. The person with the most votes on Friday morning will be the winner of that week's contest. 5. If there is a tie @ilikemacandpc, @dragoon20005, @terrytek, and I will serve as tiebreakers. Prizes: *Postponed Until April 2015* @ddbtkd456 has generously offered to become the Prize Manager for the build-offs. If you win a contest, your username will be placed in the "Winners" section and he will contact you through PM with a code for a $10 Amazon gift card. Prizes will be awarded on the 1st of each month following the contests. Winners and Past Contests: Misc: If you have any questions or suggestions, please post them here. Follow/Subscribe to this thread, and you'll get notified every time a new contest or voting goes live. Slick gave the Build-Offs a shout-out on the Sept. 6, 2013 WAN Show. How did you find out about the build-offs? Let us know down below. Suggested Themes: About: The Build-Offs were originally started by "johnwaskins" on the PCPartPicker forum. He created two of them, one of which I entered. He stopped running them, and a little while later I joined the LTT forum. I decided to bring his idea here and set up a bigger contest, and so far it has been great :). In order that the Build-Offs run smoothly, @terrytek, @dragoon20005, and @ilikemacandpc are also creating and moderating the contests. @ddbtkd456 has also generously volunteered to be the Prize Manager. A big thank you to all of them for keeping this running! To many more build-offs!
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    Play PS4 games on the PC?

    Hey everyone, I just had an idea I wanted to share. I read that the PS4's HDD will be removable and replaceable, and the console is x86 based. This led me to the conclusion that we may be able to dualboot PCs with the PS4's OS. There will probably be something stopping it from booting when it isn't running in the PS4, but I'm sure this will eventually be circumvented in a similar manner to hackintoshing. Of course, this is speculation on my part, but it would be pretty cool to play PS4 "exclusives" with a GTX 780. Any thoughts?
  3. Welcome to Week 52 of the LTT Build-Off! The rules and guidelines can be found here. Thank you to @MEC-777 and @f22luke for suggesting the challenge. In MEC-777's words: This is the first part of the challenge, so keep in mind that you need a viable upgrade path. The next challenge (in two weeks) will be to upgrade the winning build from this contest. Budget: $500 base computer + $500 for upgrades Speakers/Headphones: No Mouse: No Keyboard: No Monitor: No Submissions: August 15th through 21st Voting: August 22nd through 28th This is obviously a little more involved than previous challenges, so if you have any questions about this experiment, ask below. Happy building!
  4. Maybe there is a problem with your damage code. This seems pretty straightforward, so as long as you have the right commands, those 6 lines are not the problem.
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    The LTT Build-Off Thread! (No Building Required)

    What do you mean exactly? That's the point of voting. They are not allowed to vote for themselves, no one can manipulate the outcome in his/her favor, only in someone else's.
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    The LTT Build-Off Thread! (No Building Required)

    That is an unfortunate part of having constrictive budgets. We are all people who enjoy building PCs and are at least somewhat knowledgeable on the topic, which leads to similar decisions regarding parts. I want to encourage people to refrain from entering if there is already a build entered which is very similar and they would be comfortable voting for it. Voting will never be required on the part of participants if I have anything to say about it. In the past, the most votes have come in the most well-known contests (such as Linus' Rig Done Right), which is why we asked Slick to mention the Build-Offs on the WAN Show so they got more attention. Unfortunately he did it during the afterparty and fewer people heard it (and there is no archive of the afterparty that I know of). It was definitely still appreciated though, and I hope it will help with future voting.
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    The LTT Build-Off Thread! (No Building Required)

    When one of us puts up the poll, we could copypasta the "PCPartpicker Part List" at the top of each entrant's post and put it in the OP. Would that work?
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    The LTT Build-Off Thread! (No Building Required)

    Congratulations @KoolKaboom for winning Contest 60! #61 will be posted soon.
  9. Welcome to the 60th LTT Build-Off! The rules and previous contests can be found here. Thank you @terrytek for suggesting the challenge. Budget: $750 Speakers/Headphones: No Mouse: Yes Keyboard: Yes Monitor: No Submissions: February 9th through 14th Voting: February 15th through 19th Pretty standard budget machine for a special someone. Let's assume that person wants to do a little gaming, so please include an APU or discrete GPU. Also, this build should have USB 3 and eSATA capability.
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    Build-Off Contest 60: Valentine's Machine

    Intel is totally fine. Which CPU is up to you Sorry about the last minute switch.
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    Build-Off Contest 60: Valentine's Machine

    Sorry, I didn't see your PM until after I posted this. We can do it next
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    The LTT Build-Off Thread! (No Building Required)

    I present Contest 60! http://www.linustechtips.com/main/topic/307503-build-off-contest-60-valentines-machine/
  13. This is LoL, not wrestling. Does gender make enough of a difference to justify any sort of discrimination?
  14. Please read the rules in the main thread linked in every contest OP. Under "Voting," it states: So no, you may not vote for yourself if you want your entry to count.
  15. This is exciting, but since my friends and I can't even use Steam Broadcasting because our internet is too slow, I don't know how we could ever use this service to stream games.
  16. Surprise 2-hour delay for school tomorrow! We haven't had a delay for years :)

  17. Please paste in the full BBCode Markup so people don't have to follow links for every entry. Your formatting seems to be messed up. Try copypasta again, and if it doesn't work right then no big deal.
  18. I hate how "quantum" is becoming a buzzword. Are the "dots" in a superposition of different color values, making it easier and faster to switch between colors? No? Is there another quantum technology at use here? No? Then this is not quantum anything.
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    Kingston Announces HyperX Cloud II

    I have the v1 and love it. Hope the v2 is even better and they don't skimp on the quality now that the HyperX Cloud has a good reputation.
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    Microsoft Condemns U.S. Government in Latest Video Ad

    The only thing keeping the US in check is the Russian/Chinese vetoes. The only thing keeping Russia in check is the US veto. To top it off, the UN is pretty powerless anyway.The whole thing is so broken.
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    The LTT Build-Off Thread! (No Building Required)

    I wish I had more time for the forum too guys. I would definitely be open to letting you post contests when I can't, but I would rather not change ownership of the thread. We can discuss this further in a PM.
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    Spiders are the future of wearables

    From the PCPP source code: Since you took the time to look at the page source, here's an ascii art rendition of a famous spider (1). And for what it's worth, PCPartPicker pays its server bills on time and with real money rather than renditions of spiders. Seriously, you're still reading this? @@@@@@@@@@@ @@ @@@@@@@@ @@ @@@@ @@@@@@@@@@@@@@ @@@ @@@@ @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ @@@@ @@ @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ @@@@@@@ @@ @@ @@@@@@@@@ @@ @@@@ @@ @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ @@ @@@@ @@@@@@@ @@@ @@@@ @@ @@ @@@@@@@@@@ @@@@ @@ @@ @@ @@@@@@@@@@@ @@ @@ @@@@@@ @ @@ @ @@ @ @@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ (1) www.27bslash6.com/overdue.html OT: This is really cool. Smaller implementations of heart rate sensors, for example, means more space for bigger batteries.
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    Chromecast giveaway!

    A chromecast would be great! I've wanted one for a while.