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ThinkWithPortals

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About ThinkWithPortals

  • Title
    Nothing means anything and we're all going to die
  • Birthday July 20

Contact Methods

  • Battle.net
    No.
  • Heatware
    Never even heard of it.
  • Origin
    Fuck EA.
  • PlayStation Network
    I'm still not a peasant.
  • Star Citizen
    Nope.
  • Steam
    I don't want to play with you.
  • Twitch.tv
    Nope.
  • Twitter
    No.
  • Xbox Live
    I'm not a peasant.

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Not Telling
  • Location
    The Fifth Dimension.
  • Interests
    What interests?
  • Biography
    Born in the past, living in the present, planning on dying in the future.
  • Occupation
    Professional Warranty Voider for the Business of Breakage

System

  • CPU
    Intel Core i5-4690K
  • Motherboard
    Asus Maximus VII Impact
  • RAM
    Kingston Savage 2x8GB 1600MHz
  • GPU
    Sapphire NITRO RX 480 8GB
  • Case
    Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX (White)
  • Storage
    Samsung 850 EVO 250GB + WD Black 1TB
  • PSU
    Corsair AX760 760W 80+ Platinum
  • Display(s)
    LG 29UM67P 29" Ultrawide IPS 75Hz with Freesync
  • Cooling
    CRYORIG H5 Ultimate on the CPU, Bitfenix Spectre Pros with white LEDs as case fans
  • Keyboard
    CM Storm QuickFire Ultimate (Red LEDs, MX Blues)
  • Mouse
    Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum with Pecham extended cloth pad
  • Sound
    Kingston HyperX Cloud II headset + Logitech Z333 2.1ch speakers
  • Operating System
    Windows 8.1 64-bit

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  1. So I kinda want to get a second monitor. It would be for non-urgent stuff, like YouTube videos while studying or Netflix while playing Elite Dangerous, etc. etc. However, my desk isn't huge, and I'd like to keep it uncluttered, so a second screen side by side my current one wouldn't be ideal. However, there's plenty of room above my screen, so I was thinking of maybe putting a 23 inch 1080p above my 29 inch ultrawide. Does anyone have experience with using a setup like this, with a secondary screen above the primary? It would solve the space problems, but it seems like looking up slightly might be more tiresome than just looking left or right, so I want to know if anyone has experience with a configuration like this and if they have any thoughts on if they recommend it or not. Thanks
  2. ThinkWithPortals

    Where Do You Land on 16personalities?

    Pretty accurate IMO.
  3. ThinkWithPortals

    What should I use to stability-test a GPU undervolt?

    Well I got my 480 down from 1150Mv to 1062Mv, which I played an hour of Dishonored Death of the Outsider at with no problems so I'm going to call that stable. Even going 2Mv lower to 1060Mv makes my screen flash red occasionally in 3DMark so I reckon 1062 is the best I'll get... thoughts? EDIT: Also my system hard-locked up after I benchmarked at 1060, so definitely unstable...
  4. So I'm going to give undervolting my RX 480 a go because apparently it undervolts quite nicely and lower temps and noise sounds appealing. I've read up on how exactly to do it, but I'm stuck on the stability-testing part - specifically, what software/tests/benchmarks should I use to test if my voltage is stable? I have 3DMark Free, as well as VRMark and SteamVR Performance Test, so is running each of these enough or are there some more stability tests that anyone would recommend? Thanks in advance?
  5. ThinkWithPortals

    Is there any point in upgrading to a 1070?

    And hot, don't forget hot. For fan profile - been there done that, I've got it pretty much as good as it will get. For undervolting, I could do, but it's not something Ive ever done before and it seems like it could be time consuming. I've literally said that I'm open to the idea of buying a new card, they're not forcing anything. Right now, you're actually being more forceful than they are. Considering it. You said you did it before: how easy/time consuming was it? The performance is secondary here. What I'm really after is a quieter, cooler card, which the 1070 should be. Any performance gain, however slight, is a bonus.
  6. ThinkWithPortals

    Is there any point in upgrading to a 1070?

    Still produces too much heat/noise in a small case for my liking. What I was also considering was to get one of those GPU-liquid-cooler-bracket things like NZXT makes, but it doesn't seem like any fit the NITRO+ 480's PCB. Elite Dangerous, modded Skyrim, Dishonored 2, Dishonored DOTO, DOOM, Shadow of Mordor, Project Cars... why?
  7. So I've been bothered recently by the GPU in my computer. Being in quite a confined case, and not the most efficient architecture (EVOLV ITX and RX 480, respectively), it tends to get quite hot (low 80s) and very loud (audible from other rooms). I'd like to fix this, and I had the idea of maybe being able to sell my RX 480 (hopefully at no significant loss thanks to the crazy demand of Polaris cards right now), and buy a cheapish GTX 1070 for only about £100-£150 of total expenditure. By doing this, I should be able to get a GPU that is a bit quieter and cooler, with some more power to boot. (Even if I do that I'll probably wait till after the release of the 1070ti to see what that's like, then make a decision) However, the only thing that concerns my about this is my CPU/mobo/RAM. They're not new by any stretch of the imagination (4690K/Z97/DDR3) so I thought: is there any point in swapping my GPU? If I'm going to need to replace my CPU/RAM/MB soonish, since they're pretty old, should I not bother to change my GPU, live with it for a time and then just get pretty much a whole new PC a bit later, with something like Ryzen or Coffee Lake + DDR4? So, what should I do? Sell/swap my GPU now for reduced noise, heat and some more power, or if my other parts are getting a bit long in the tooth, wait it out and replace a whole bunch of stuff in like a year?
  8. ThinkWithPortals

    Some questions about the Steam Link

    I'm not really in a position to use Ethernet, as my router/modem is several rooms away and I'm not in a position to snake a cable through my house, nor drill holes in the walls. I'll try the WiFi (it's pretty good - 5GHz band AC wifi and all that) and hope for the best. Cheers Virtualhere isn't installed on the Link, it's installed on the host PC. It's for sharing wireless devices (ie. the controller) across a network. Here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/440520/VirtualHere_For_Steam_Link/ It's confirmed to make the Link work with the XBOne wireless dongle, but I wanted to know if I could use it wired instead by just plugging it into the Link via microUSB. Thanks
  9. ThinkWithPortals

    Some questions about the Steam Link

    So I see that the Steam Link is 70% off right now and I'm very tempted, playing Skyrim from the couch sounds great. The only controller I own is my Xbox One wireless controller (NOT the Xbox One S Bluetooth controller, the original Xbox One controller with the Windows dongle thing). I know that the controller can only be used wirelessly with the Steam link if I use some software called Virtualhere, but I'm hesitant to use it as it costs money and the reviews are meh. However, my question is: if I don't feel like using Virtualhere, could I just plug my Xbox One wireless controller (again, NOT the Xbox One S controller) into the Steam Link using a microUSB to USB cable, and just use it as if it was a wired controller? Would that work? Also, if anyone has experience with the Steam Link at all (particularly using it on a wireless network, as I will be) or with using Virtualhere, feel free to leave your opinions on them. Thanks!
  10. A family member recently brought me their phone, an iPhone 4S, complaining that it wouldn't turn on. Sure enough, no matter what I tried, the phone was unresponsive - screen dead, speakers dead, (seemingly) whole device dead. It wasn't a power issue, I charged it thoroughly and still nothing. This isn't entirely unexpected, as the phone itself is old and beat-up and the recent heat we've had (28 celcius/82 farenheit, hot by UK standards anyway) might just have done the old thing in for good. However, strangely, one aspect of the phone still functions perfectly. Though the phone initially appears to be completely dead, it still vibrates perfectly fine when silent mode is toggled on or off, or when it is plugged in/out. This kind of suggests that it isn't fully dead, but it's odd all the same. What the hell is going on? Why does it appear fully dead but still vibrate? Should I just replace it, or is this small sign of life proof that it's worth repairing?
  11. ThinkWithPortals

    Maybe I'm just paranoid....

  12. What's "good enough"? Good enough for what?
  13. What @Principis said. A couple of years ago you'd be right, but Norton is seriously good nowadays.
  14. ThinkWithPortals

    Help me choose a new phone?

    Hey everyone, I'm looking to switch phones this month, but I've been out of the loop for a while so I'm looking to be educated as to what's out now that suits my requirements, and I'd appreciate recommendations for anything that matches what I need. Speaking of what I need... - No larger than 5.5 inches. Thickness isn't really a concern. - Above-average camera (enough for amateur photography). - Fingerprint sensor preferred but not essential. - Nice vibrant screen, possibly OLED, definitely IPS. - Decent speakers. - Not a super bloated version of Android - GOOD BATTERY LIFE! The biggest reason I want to ditch my current phone, it barely makes it through a day. - No more than £200, and unlocked. Comment with suggestions for phones I should consider, thank you everyone!
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