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  • CPU
    5960X @ 4.5 GHz
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    Asus X-99A
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    32 GB Corsair Dominator Platinum
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    2x EVGA 980Ti, SSC ACX 2.0+
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    NZXT Noctis 450 (Blue)
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    OS: 250 GB Samsung 850 EVO, Storage: 2x 500 GB Samsung 850 Pro RAID 0
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    Corsair HX1000i
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    Acer XB280HK (28", 4K)
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    Corsair H110i GTX, Stock Case Fans
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    Corsair K95
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    Steel Series Sensei
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  1. Can you fix permissions on the folder and get it into a state Windows will actually realize it is empty/show you stuff inside to delete? https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17590/automatically-diagnose-and-repair-windows-file-and-folder-problems I'd probably go the round of trying permission repairs, disk checks, and then seeing if you can delete it. Alternatively maybe booting into Safe Mode would let you kill it. Windows powershell might also be a solution.
  2. Use os.rename or shutil.move to actually move the file. Those commands will handle white space escaping for you. You might also find filename, file_extension = os.path.splitext a useful command. Because splitting on period is going to fail on "my.file.has.periods.docx"
  3. I assume the only reason we don't see Yvonne call an insurance agent to up her policy on Linus midway through the video, is that she's been married to him long enough to have gone up to max coverage years ago.
  4. I'd take the 970 and spend 4 to 5 months on my Steam backlog of less demanding titles in this situation probably. Resale on either card will be shitty since you'll be two generations out of date by the time you go to sell it for the 11 series, better to take the extra 200 pounds now and bank it toward your 11 series purchase. One argument toward the 980Ti to consider though is that industry analysts are suggested GGDR6 may initially cost 20% more than GGDR5 until production reaches scale (and as I sit here in the memory shortage I'm still wondering when production for current RAM will scale up enough to deal with smartphone demand for DDR4 and such). So if the 980Ti lets you wait on buying the 11 series until nVidia lowers their MSRP (as happened with the 1070 and 1080, although the mining craze meant we didn't see it exactly) that would be something. If you're getting yourself an 11 series for Christmas come hell, high water, GGDR6 shortage, and potentially mining demand still impacting pricing though, I'd lean toward the extra cash.
  5. I think the workstation aspect is a bit of a tough sell. Doing machine learning, right now I'm pretty much buying new GPUs the minute they drop, since time is money. Looking at the config, it looks like I'd have to touch both loops to swap all four slots on the big system (since access is blocked by the mITX's card). Since the case pushes you toward water, as their air cooled temps show, you have big savings by grabbing pretty much any full tower, slapping your machine learning cards in it, and going from there. Plus you can go exile your work system to some dark corner and just remote the thing as needed, this sucker's foot print is massive. It's more just a statement piece you have in your lobby or whatever. Probably see it at trade shows and such to flaunt water cooling products. I can kind of see it in my basement, but even that's a stretch. Move my home Plex server into it and fill up all the board slots with GPUs that have been retired out of various gaming rigs for GPU accelerated Plex action. Then do a little gaming rig to hook up to the TV in the basement. But that's a lot of money just to slap four retired cards into my Plex rig and I'm not sure if I could even find water blocks for them ("Hey honey I spend 499 + (price of the rads, blocks, and 13 good static pressure fans) to put a HD 7970 and a couple other 3 to 4 year old GPUs under water"). Probably the most reasonable thing is main rig in the main slot and then something on par with a NUC in the secondary slot for use as a pfSense router, NAS, and such, with the secondary system being on air.
  6. I'm just sad because LTT missed a great chance for a mini scrap wars. Linus and Luke each get some cash and don't need to hide who they are. However you have to source everything in the parking lot as people load their cars up after the auction.
  7. Here you go https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=yieldYear&year=2014 You can pick a day in July and get the yield on a 3 year for that day, of course there are a bunch of ways this plays out for how you bought the bonds (you have been doing shorter term ones, buying and selling bonds, etc)
  8. Last time I bought it was the WD - easystore 8 TB external for 159, my old box shows WDBCKA0080HBK-NESN for model number. I tend to want the 8 TB ones for my overkill RAID 10 data hoarding NAS, but yeah the 4 TB are often better deals. I'm hoping things like Toshiba talking 14 TB PMRs in 2018 helps push the price further down.
  9. Best Buy, at least in America, will often do deals on Western Digital 8 TB external drives. If you shuck the drive out of the enclosure you end up with a WD Red. I've been slowly filling up my NAS that way. Definitely going to check Best Buy on Black Friday/Cyber Monday.
  10. I know people talk about different time frames for MX-4 to degrade, be it weeks, months, etc but I've repasted five GPUs with MX-4 and never personally seen that behavior. I have an 18 month old repaste job on a Titan Black in my Plex server that gets hit for GPU assisted transcodes daily and it's still showing the same temp improvements from when I pasted it, so I expect similar behavior out of the 980Tis, we'll see though (and it got worked under continuous load for two weeks while I transcoded most of my library). I mean I did the 980Tis five days ago already and I've seen no temp change under load in games, never breaking 79 and in the 60s for less demanding titles. End of the day I could carefully apply some liquid metal or grab a tube of Gelid for ~2.5x what I paid for the MX-4 or frankly if the MX-4 degrades after X months in it's about a dozen screws and five minutes of work to reapply during a regular dusting of the rig internals.
  11. I wanted to share my results with doing some rig maintenance in hopes that it may be of values to others now or in some nebulous future when some is searching around. When I first built my rig I was admittedly pretty lazy, just used the various stock fans, manufacturer paste applications, etc. Setup was: Case: Noctis 450 Front Intake Fans: 3x120mm of whatever NZXT fans came with case Rear Exhaust: 1x140mm whatever NZXT fan came with the case CPU Cooler/Top Exhaust: H110i GTX (280mm AIO) with stock Corsair static pressure fans/pre applied Corsair paste cooling a 5960X OCed to Core: 4.5 GHz (1.282 volts), Cache: 4.25 GHz (1.24 volts) GPUs: 2x EVGA 980Ti with ACX 2.0 coolers running at EVGA provided speeds Long story short nothing thermal throttled, although in games that did thread the Corsair fans started to sound like my computer was taxiing for takeoff. Since I wear over the ear headphones will gaming though, meh. However as time when on I found more of an urge to OC the 980Tis beyond what EVGA had done and I found once I had them up to 1511 MHz on the Core and 3954 MHz on the memory, I'd hit 85 C much faster than I wanted to do. Since I kind of had the urge to tinker I decided to get new fans and repaste everything, but to do so incrementally and do a bit of measurement. I used GTA V for everything because it and Witcher 3 are the most demanding games I play and Witcher 3 did ship with a benchmark. My third most demanding game would be Borderlands 2 and yeah I was doing just find there before the overclocking. A note I built the computer in August of 2016 so the paste was ~26 months old. One other item of note: When running GTA V I'd have EVGA Precision, Intel XTU, CPU-Z and Task Manager open on the second monitor. Prior to the memory OC of the'd see 8.4 to 8.6 GB of system RAM be used, varied from bench to bench). After the OC, with the same drivers, I'd see 12.4 to 12.7 GB of RAM used during the bench. Given nothing else on the system had changed I found that interesting, perhaps the faster GPU was keeping the system cpu/memory controller busier so it didn't have as much time to garbage collect. Round 0 Ambient Temp: 20C 5960X Stable Temp running Intel XTU Stress Test and Furmark running (100% load on all 16 logical processors): 88C 980Ti results: Rapidly throttle down to 1488 MHz and hit 85 C midway through the fighter flight part of the GTA V benchmark Subjective Notes: Furmark + XTU Stress was load, even through over the ear good quality headphones, you could really feel the warm air coming out of the top of the case Round 1, Replacing Thermal Paste I repasted both of the 980Tis and the CPU with Arctic Silver MX-4. Ambient Temp: 20C 5960X Stable Temp with XTU Stress Test and Furmark: 84C 980Ti results: Never went above 78C, GUP clock stayed above 1500 MHz Subjective Notes: Still pretty loud, while I probably could have messed with the GPU fan curves a bit, the Corsair fans are the main noise culprit and thus it's not really worth it Practical Notes: 980Ti SLI means GTA V at 4K ultra settings posts a min fps of 58.3 for the benchmark and an average FPS of 78 Or in summary, I paid 5.99 for the MX-4, plus the cost of some rubbing alcohol and wipes to drop 7C off my GPU temps. I'm glad I did this over spending on some kind of conversion kit to let me mount AIOs onto my GPUs. Round 2, New Fans Front Fans: 3x120 Notcua NF-S12 PWM (120mm airflow fans) Rear Exhaust: 1x Noctau NF-A14 PWM Chromax (140 static pressure) Top Exhaust/AOI: 1x NF-A14 Industrial, 1x NF A-14 Chromax (140 static pressure) Note: Two different A-14s ordered, to get some brown anti vibration pads Ambient Temp: 23.33C (my wife came home and demanded to know why the thermostat was set so low) 5960X Stable Temp with XTU Stress Test and Furmark: 85C 980Ti results: Never went above 78C, GPU clock stayed above 1500 MHz, over repeated runs I was able to get stable at 1522 MHz GPU clock at 78C Subjective Notes: Much quieter at load. Significantly more air seems to exhaust out the back, whereas originally it was pretty hot air coming out the top and more or less room temp air coming out the back, now I feel warm air coming out the rear exhaust and roughly the same temp air coming out the top. No noticeable temp difference. Practical Notes: Considering the ambient temp bump up, the new fans did contributed to temps, although their main contribution was with regard to noise. It seems the NZXT and Corsair fans were moving air, they just liked announcing to everyone on the first floor how hard they were working. The biggest wins are the removal of those Corsair fans and the fact my GPU fans aren't cycling as hard since the GPU fans are now the nosiest in the build. Bonus Round Round 2, but with only the middle front intake fan on (the one blowing on the GPUs) Ambient Temp: 23.33C 5960X Stable Temp with XTU Stress Test and Furmark: 85C 980Ti results: Never went above 79C, GUP clock stayed above 1500 MHz Notes: This more or less replicates Luke's work that one intake in the front is typically enough. I would note though though that my GPU fans were working harder when I watched the fan speed reports on Precision during the test and the noise increase was noticeable. Final Thoughts: Replace manufacture thermal paste, especially old stuff. I want to credit EVGA for having a decent application on both 980Tis (especially compared to some OEM jobs I've seen where it looks like a sex crazed maniac ejaculated thermal paste all over the card), so it was either quality or age that was playing the largest role in the temps. (Paste as applied by EVGA) The results on the fans are nice, but not worth tying up significant money in unless your case fans are much worse or much louder than mine. I'm happy with the result and scratched my itch to open up the case and tinker with my case. Although I probably could have gone with just one front 140mm fan. The third 120mm fan is pretty much a waste since it's so low down all it does is blow air over the ugly nest of cables in my case's basement. The midlevel fan pretty much aims directly at both GPUs and is doing the lions share of the work for cooling them. Hopefully this helps some other folks, now back to looking at full loop hard tube cooling and telling myself "No, you don't need that."
  12. Frankly you're getting bad advice because you're asking bad questions. Upgrading sockets solely to move from DDR3 to DDR4 is not worth it to a gamer, you make that kind of move due your games demanding more from your CPU not your RAM. At the same time sinking more money into DDR3 RAM at this point in time, especially a totally new kit vs increasing existing capacity, is also not really worth it since the slow but steady shift toward DX12 won't do that 4c/4t i5 any favors. Hence right now you focus primarily on things you can carry to a new system. You need to focus on GPU and CPU and the games you want to play. Since you mentioned GTA V for example: SSD: Helps with pop in (doesn't help with load times that much since R* Social Club spends so much time phoning home it bottlenecks you more than disk I/O) 1060 upgrade: Definitely helps, GTA V at 1080p likes having 3+ GB of VRAM. Going from a 960 to this is probably the single biggest step you can make. CPU Upgrade: GTA V does thread pretty well and can use 6 core CPUs, making a R5 1600 or i5-8400 potential upgrades, depending on your finances and ability to handle the cost oif GPU, CPU, Mobo, and RAM at the same time. DDR3 speed increase: This will have some impact in that on a 4c/4t CPU, GTA V is going to be hitting your CPU hard. You will get an extremely poor return though in terms of dollar spent per extra frame and would be better server closing everything but GTA V and saving for a CPU upgrade. Rinse, wash, and repeat for other games. BF1 under DX12 threads heavily so roughly the same answers as above. Watch Dogs 2 also threads really well (note how in testing of Watch Dogs 2, even the i7-2700K can keep its 1% lows above 54 fps whereas i5s and i3s struggle. Ark is the outlier simply due to poor optimization and will just misuse whatever resources you throw at it. But the other titles and other new releases are showing that developers are steadily getting better at multithreaded DX12 work which pushes gamers toward higher thread (and core) count CPUs. Or in short, pull the trigger on the 1060 and SSD now. After running on them if you're unhappy with the result start considering if you want to go with a Ryzen or wait on Coffee Lake supply issues and go for one of them.
  13. The point being, especially with the titles you linked to, it's not worth investing significant money in a Haswell i5 platform at this point. You can carry the SSD and GPU to a new rig, aside from some of those Skylake mobos that ran DDR3, your DDR3 is a short term investment. If you have 8 and 16, buy more DIMMs, don't do a total replacement. Or even better close some stuff before launching a game and save the money for AM4 or Z370.
  14. On RAM, I'm a bit curious if you mean defective as in the DIMM simply doesn't work or defective in the sense it doesn't run when you load a desired XMP profile or try to manually OC. If it's the latter, unless you have really bad frequencies or are getting a sweet deal, investing in DDR3 seems like a poor use of money. A 1060 is fine, but ultimately you simply cannot force any kind of common load percentage onto your components, nor should you. Let the game lean on hardware as it desires. Some games are more CPU intensive with AI, pathfinding, etc. Most games are more GPU intensive and having those titles utilize the GPU at 95+% is fine/desirable. Settings should only be adjusted with regard to maintaining a desired framerate. A SSD can be useful with helping with popin in open world games, boot times, load times, etc but isn't going to impact the frame rate as directly.
  15. This is more like a budget workstation build, where you have workloads that benefit from higher core count CPUs and/or run GPU accelerated tasks (which is where the SLI benchmarking sense, since for work purposes you can pull them out of SLI and run one task per GPU but game using SLI). The two things that are weird are 1070s and going Ryzen for a higher refresh rate monitor. The 1070 at MSRP is still a rare find thanks to miners and the 1070Ti has its review embargoes lift this week. I mean yeah I know you do these videos in advance, but you'd think at this stage in the game you'd hold off on GPU recommendations until we see what that does to the market. Right now the EVGA 1070 SC at 439.99 is not even stock on Amazon (at least when pulling up the US site, although it does look like Gigabyte has a SKU in stock). If you're laying the down the money for a higher refresh rate monitor, you should really be going to the blue team and chasing single core performance. Ryzen is also about getting the best bang for the buck on cores. End of the day if you're budget building, sinking 300 dollars into a TN panel on a rig that when the single card benches show you're not hitting it. Bunch of VA panel products where yeah lower refresh rate, but you both save money and get a better panel. Someone doing mostly competitive FPS is going to be drawn to the higher refresh rate, but that's a specific use case, for a general use case it doesn't seem like the greatest call. Plus just other random odds and ends like going with an AIO. For someone on a budget I'd say run on the Wraith for the initial build and once you start OCing and see yourself thermal throttling, spend money on an aftermarket cooler. People are reporting 3.7/3.8 range on problem on the included cooler. It's really easy to change that cooler out later and you could initially divert the money into another part and ask for a cooler for Christmas or whatever. End of the day even at the total build costs in the video, cut the aftermarket cooler and go from X370 to B350 and you're up about 100 bucks, which is roughly half the price difference between the EVGA 1070 (not in stock at that price) and an in stock EVGA 1080 FTW (and of course there are cheaper 1080 options and the 1070Ti which is forthcoming this week). Do some more trimming on the case, a semi or non modular PSU and you can creep even closer to fitting a 1080 in at this price point. Also while Vega 56 does push you to the higher wattage PSU and if you pay more for electricity it may not be worth it, the cost delta between a 1070 at 439 and a Vega 56 at 469 is basically the step down from X370 to B350 and then you get FreeSync on the selected TN panel at least (for whatever value that has for you).