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    The Verge: How we built a copyright strike

    Millennial here... I agree completely.
  2. Far fewer people use HEDT builds than mainstream builds, regardless of whether they go team red or team blue. For the record, Threadripper's single thread performance doesn't blow chunks. It's about the same as mainstream Ryzen CPUs.
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    The Verge: How we built a copyright strike

    Vox, and in extension the Verge, is simply full of a bunch of namby pamby snowflakes who cry racist, sexist, misogynistic, "insert sjw buzzword here" if an actual cis-male white person (ohmygosh!!!!) criticizes their non-white employees when they rightly deserve it. I refuse to watch or read their content because their bias is as obvious as smelling salts are to a blitzed out druggie. Alright I had to get that off my chest, take it as you will...
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    Intel Core i9 9900KFC

    They might even use KFC gravy as the TIM for this CPU. Hell I'll take the 9900KFC if they include a side of coleslaw and some biscuits.
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    The best budget-friendly Intel CPU atm would probably be the i5-8400 or the 9400F if it's out and decently priced. For AMD I recommend going with the Ryzen 5 2600 or 2600X. If you want a cheap 1st gen Ryzen, the 1700 or 1700X are solid options on the cheap. None of these CPUs would bottleneck a 1070, except the 1700 in a few scenarios at stock speeds.
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    Logitech MX518 rerelease feb. 19

    Surprised it doesn't have RGB "accents"
  7. I mean sure you can request a boot kit from AMD and wait for it to be shipped out to you, or you just... you know... get a B450 board and get it going right away. As for B350 boards having the proper BIOS, that isn't guaranteed. A guildmate of mine in an MMO I play just bought a X370 board a couple weeks ago for his 2700X build and the board shipped with an older BIOS. So he's going to have to go the boot kit route. I advocated for a X470 board but he wanted to save some money. So now he's going to be out for a while as he waits for the boot kit. I like to be efficient with money like anyone else, but when you're giving up some convenience in having a rig ready to go in exchange for pinching some pennies... idk. I guess we have different priorities. Even still my combo fits OP's budget, so...
  8. 2600X has better performance out of the box, just in case OP doesn't want to OC. Also the Tomahawk B450 has better power delivery. B350 boards might also require a BIOS update, which requires a 1st gen Ryzen or Athlon AM4 CPU to flash, can't do that with the 2600 or 2600X. OP would get far better value and mileage out of 2600X and B450 Tomahawk.
  9. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£178.97 @ Laptops Direct) Motherboard: MSI - B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard (£97.97 @ Laptops Direct) Total: £276.94 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-03 22:03 GMT+0000
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    How old are your graphics cards?

    Got an HD 4850, a dead R9 390, an R9 Fury and had a GTX 580 but it vanished. Currently have a 1080TI that I got in May 2017 and a 2060 sitting in a box as a birthday present for best friend irl. Bought the 2060 a week ago. Was pretty annoyed by the price for a xx60 bracket card, but it's for a good cause.
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    Cooling the Ryzen 5 2600X

    1. The Wraith Spire can handle the 2600X even with a light overclock. 2. I recommend the Dark Rock 4 out of those three.
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    Why Cortana Failed To Dominate

    Because I don't need a personal assistant on my devices to function in life. Killed Cortana on all my Windows devices so hard that no amount of Windows Updates can save her.