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  1. PCBudgetSolutions

    Been thinking about the Micro Center Franchise

    I wonder when I graduate if I should try and acquire one of these. I LOVE their stores and their concepts and the closest one to me is 3 hours away. I wonder how I can go about getting one.
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    SLI/Xfire effective Vram

    Editing this because it's confusing. here is 2 ways SLI/Xfire work. Depending on the application however I believe option 2 is more common. ption 1: Both GPU's render 1 frame, however each GPU renders HALF of the frame effectively getting it done up to twice as fast. Each GPU renders part of the frame independently of each other. Option 2: Each GPU renders alternate frames. Master renders off frames and secondary renders even frames. Again each GPU renders independently of each other. In scenarios of option 1 people get confused thinking the GPU's render the same frame. How would you see an fps increase there? Spoiler there wouldn't be one. The GPU's cannot share Vram adding it to 6GB effective, but because how SLI/Xfire works, they can render more than the max Vram of 1 card at a time. Each card is independent of each other when rendering. Master card is rendering frame 1. Total Vram usage of frame 1 is 2.1GB. Secondary card is rendering frame 2. Total Vram usage of frame 2 is 1.8GB Total amount of Vram being used for 2 frames is 3.9GB. Now as frame 1 is half way done frame 2 starts and etc. Because in events where you get 60 FPS, each card is rendering 30 FPS. The Vram will not get bottle-necked or bogged down because if 1 HD 7970 can do 45 fps, and 2 are doing 60 fps, you are not stressing it as much. Where the advantage is, is if 1 card gets 30 fps and in a perfect world 2 cards get 60 fps. If each frame has exactly 3GB of textures and such to render, then 1 card will do 90GB of textures per second. If 2 cards do 60 FPS with 3GB of textures and such per frame, thats 180GB of textures rendered per second. Now it doesn't really work this way but I am using this model to prove my theory. So do you get 6GB of Vram? No, but you are rendering twice the textures in the same period effectively doubling the performance. So to say Vram is only that of 1 card seems very off to me. 3GB of Vram x2 cards x 60 fps =180GB of textures vs 90GB of textures from 1 card.
  3. I have a HAF 932 Blue Edition, just bought 3 Cougar Hydraulic-Bearing Ultra Quiet LED Fans, 2 up top, 1 on the Hyper 212 and a 140 for rear exhaust. Gonna be water cooling soon, with a 360MM radiator up to so it will be set up better. Now my CPU temps are about 78*C rather than 75*C on Prime 95 but totally worth it.
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    How will amd GPU-naming be after 9000 series?

    AMD talked about this earlier and he is the article I believe: http://videocardz.com/44408/amd-radeon-hd-9000-series-to-feature-new-naming-meet-the-radeon-r9-xxxx
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    7970 refuses to run properly with drivers installed...

    If you can try integrated graphics or another graphics card to rule that out. Sounds to me either a GPU or PSU problem but it could be a mobo issue as well.
  6. PCBudgetSolutions

    How often should you format a computer

    This pretty much, that's why I keep OS on SSD and all other files on HDD.
  7. PCBudgetSolutions

    What'd I miss

    Congratz dude!!
  8. PCBudgetSolutions

    4670k vs amd fx 8350

    I personally have an I7-2600K and I love it because I task pretty hard core when gaming.
  9. PCBudgetSolutions

    What'd I miss

    The Olympics might be moved out of Russia due to the amount of lesbians on the USA women's side (they threatened to capture any people that are LGBT and torture them). The WAN show had a bandwidth failure as well. Other than that not much.
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    gtx 670 Sli vs. 1 gtx 770 or 780

    Either get another 670 and SLI or go 780. Honestly, most games now days except planeside 2 and wow scale about 60% or better and I don't see this changing much in the future negatively anyway. 2GB of Vram per die is plenty for 1080p gaming, the extra horse power will be nice. Remember, to achieve 60 fps, each GPU has to render 30 of the frames, so if you get around 30 FPS with 1 GPU depending on the scaling you should get close to double.
  11. PCBudgetSolutions

    GTX 760 4 GB or GTX 670 2 GB?

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    4670k vs amd fx 8350

    Here is my personal take on the matter. If I was doing this for myself I would lean towards an I5-4670K. Reason being is, I am too new to AMD CPU's and their architecture design is kinda meh, and their temperature sensors on their boards are terrible. However that is what I'd recommend for myself not for you. The FX-8350 offers a better value, in most games except World of Warcraft, an FX-8350 should be able to perform VERY close to an i5-4670K while offering about 6 full cores of performance. Meaning tasking and video editing should be a bit smoother. Add in how much of a better value it is, I would go that route.
  13. PCBudgetSolutions

    Upgrade Or Build A New System

    This build looks solid, wouldn't really change much other than OCZ PSU's aren't the greatest, but not bad either.
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    Will I need a new PSU?

    OP, a few things to factor in. What is the make/model of your PSU? What's important is how many Amps are on the 12V rail. You REALLY need to only have a single 12V rail for this setup. I'd say if you're at 35A+ you're fine, that's 420V allocated to your CPU and motherboard and other major components. Here is a breakdown if you will" HD 7870 uses 2 PCI-E 6 pin connectors each capable of pulling 75W each and the PCI-E slot can pull up to 75W as well. That totals: 225W An FX-8350 @ 1.45V @ 4.5Ghz pulls about 175W give or take. That's 400W, and you're extras ram mobo drives fans etc add about 50W depending putting you at 450W. So you could overclock BOTH your CPU and GPU to a very high amount and have some left over depending on your 12V rail. So at stock OP you're fine IF your PSU is decent.
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    Best AM3+ MB

    Here's the thing OP, the FX-8320 is binned a bit lower than the FX-8350. So chances are, any 990FX board will have sufficient VRM cooling and power phases to handle any OC, I think your chip will be more limiting. That being said, I wouldn't spend more than 150 bucks, get the features you need, don't overpay for what you don't.
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    Needing New 1150 Mobo! (Needing help picking out contestors)

    As JJ said in the stream, pretty much any Asus board will overclock to any gaming enthusiast level. However you will need something like an Evo 212 to hit anything past stock. I have an I7-4770K @ 4.2GHz with a Dark knight CPU Cooler (performs pretty bad) and only hit 81*C on prime 95, and 75*C on AIDA. Probably mid-high 60's with an Evo 212. Remember, since the VRM controller is integrated into the CPU die, overclocking within like 4.6GHz really won't matter much between boards. Since voltage is far lower than Ivy and Sandy, the VRM can handle them fine.
  17. Despite me not really being here I feel obligated to add to this just to benefit the community. As stated an AMD FX-8350 has 8 cores, 2 cores on each modules totally 4 modules. Each module shares L2 cache unlike Intel cores. The reason why FX cores drop in productivity is because each module has 1 floating integer for execution and this creates the bottleneck. The theory is, FX cores are 100% efficient at 50% load, but lose HALF it's efficiency from 50-100% load. That is assuming, you can max out 1 core on each module up to 50%. This effectively makes an FX-8350 about 6 cores worth of power give or take. What hurts the FX cores even more is they have I believe 32 pipelines and HALF the IPC's as Intel, where Intel has I believe 12 pipelines. Think of this like ECC ram. Data sets have to go down the pipelines to be executed, Often times data sets go down the wrong pipeline and have to try other pipelines. Increased IPC's makes this process more efficient. So having MORE pipelines and far fewer IPC's is the reason why a Pentium G860 can execute a quad threaded task more efficiently than an FX-4100. The architecture improvements in Piledriver increased IPC's and along with an unlocked multiplier (which helps on the execution level), they can offset some of this deficiency. They also improved cache latency as well with Piledriver which helps a bit for gaming especially on the second level. This is the more difficult side of the explanation.
  18. Okay guys, I've decided to leave the forum and TS for good. Best wishes to everyone, you will be missed, but I've gotten far to fed up with everything sorry!

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    2. Hyydrah


      He was getting trolled among other things.

    3. mvitkun


      I hope you change your mind,but if not,I wish you well.

    4. M-ursu


      I remember these good days when here was only 5000 users and everyone was happy, now there is too much trolling noobs.

      But i hope that you change your mind and stay.

  19. PCBudgetSolutions

    Very Basic Build

    Used is the way to go tbh.
  20. PCBudgetSolutions

    My life is complete, I can die happy!!

    So here in Pittsburgh sports are pretty big. The Penguins have 3 cups in 20 years with 5 final appearances. The Steelers have 2 superbowls and 4 appearance in the past 20 years. I am 23 so this is somewhat relevant. The Pirates however, set the record for 20 straight losing series (less than 81 wins, more than 81 losses). We have the record across EVERY major sport across the world. So the past 2 years we've done well up to the All Star Game, but then fall off after. Last year we got to 14 games about .500, then tanked and finished 72-90. This year we currently stand 1 month after the All Star Game 70-44 12 wins away from breaking the record and 2 games ahead of 2nd place in the MLB. So this year I've been following baseball exceptionally close, learning a bit about the game and our players and other teams. I've been to 8 games recently before today, 3 this year and 5 last year. We've lost every game never scoring a home run. So that brings me to today. I went with 3 other people today and I said, if we win I want a walk off. The excitement in the park with a team this good is amazing and a walk off is something pretty exciting to be a part of. And today, the Pirates walked it off sweeping the Marlins in a 3 game series with me at the game. I can finally die happy knowing I completed my goal this year!!!
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    My life is complete, I can die happy!!

    We don't have one of those.
  22. Everyone complains how things are soo cheap in the US and Canada but lets take a look. AUS>USD is .91:1 A GTX 780 costs about 750 in AUS, and 650 in USD. The conversion puts a GTX 780 in AUS to about 673 USD. But here's the kicker, AUS min wage over 21 is $16.37 which is 14.79 USD, where our minimum wage is 7.25/hour. So AUS has TWICE the minimum wage, yet their products costs pennies more? Their cost of living is HIGHER in the city, but it seems everything else is either less or about the same as USD. Let's look at the Swedish Dollar. It equal's 19/hour USD, so roughly 124.79/hr KR. According to the other thread, an I5-3570K costs 1745kr which divide by the conversion is 265 USD. Now factor in their minimum wage divide 265 by 2.62 (19/7.25)=101 USD in real world conversion. Why can't we have things this cheap???\ EDIT: Comparing AUS to us: Cost of living aside, average wages in other countries are generally higher, but after the conversions things are far cheaper in many scenarios. EX: GTX 780 USD: 650 AUS: 750 (673 USD) 23 bucks more. My buddy at McDonalds makes 7.25/hr=1,160/month before healthcare taxes etc Friend works at McDonalds in AUS makes 16.23/hr(14.79 USD)=2366(USD) before taxes For all intents and purposes, lets assume healthcare and taxes are 50% of wages. 2366/2=1183 1160/2=580 This is all converted to USD 1183-673=510 580-650= (-70) Case and point, cost of living maybe higher, but electronics are still cheaper in average wages earned vs cost. AUS makes 2-2.2 times more than USD, but pays 5% more for electronics. If cost of living scaled equally to be 2-2.2 times more than america, then a GTX 780 shuld cost 1300-1400 USD over in AUS, but it costs 673 USD in AUS.
  23. PCBudgetSolutions

    110V to 240V

    Thanks and ty windspeed.
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    110V to 240V

    So my friend is going to Qatar for 9 months and we decided to have him buy a new laptop rather than send his PC due to hassle. It's an Acer V3 A10-4600M 6GB DDR3 750GB HD and an HD 7670M 2GB GDDR3+HD 7660G crossfire. It should be rated for 240V like every other laptop in this world. Does all he need to do is get the right plug and he should be good to go? There's no switches on laptop PSU's to my knowledge.