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About tarfeef101

  • Title
    Perpetually Procrastinating

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  • Location
    GTA, Ontario, Canada
  • Interests
    Hardware, Gaming, Warframe, Mining, Development, Computer Science, DevOps, Cloud, Automation, Machine Learning
  • Occupation
    Student - Computer Science @ uWaterloo


  • CPU
    i7-7700K @ 5.0 GHz
  • Motherboard
    Asus Maximus VIII Impact
  • RAM
    32 GB Crucial Ballistix Sport @ 3000MHz
  • GPU
    GTX 1080ti
  • Case
    Corsiar 280x Modded Front Panel
  • Storage
    250GB Samsung 850 Evo, Cruical MX 500 2TB
  • PSU
    EVGA Supernova G1 1000W
  • Display(s)
    Dell S2417DG, AOPEN 24HC1QR
  • Cooling
    Custom Watercooling: Mostly AliExpress Stuff, EK GPU Block Though
  • Keyboard
    Corsair K70 and/or Logitech G610 w/ Cherry MX Browns
  • Mouse
    Logitech G402
  • Sound
    Audioquest Dragonfly USB DAC
  • Operating System
    Windows 8.1 + Manjaro Linux

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  1. yeah stress testing isn't that intensive (on the human labour side of things). just hit run and check however long after to see if it's still going. Also 1.35V, 4.5 GHz would probably work on almost any skylake chip. but really, just run stock or test it. your PC may run for hours or days, but you don't have to sit there for hours or days
  2. Can the fans be daisy chained (plugged into each other so they only need to connect once to the board instead of once per fan)? Not sure if anyone knows this here. If not though, you aren't gonna get a motherboard with 4 ARGB headers. You'll need a splitter/controller for em.
  3. my pleasure. feel free to mark a best answer so people know you're satisfied with the answer received. happy building!
  4. I would check and see if disabling XMP makes it run normally (and not just in BIOS, but in the OS + during a load scenario as well). But, I can say sometimes, board will enable some "auto-overclocking" along with XMP, so check your CPU clock speeds, voltages, etc when you enable XMP to ensure they are still what you want. If temps are still high with stock settings, it's probably a mounting issue. 94 in BIOS is high, even with an OC level of voltage. You'd need straight up dangerous levels of voltage to hit 94 in BIOS if your mount is good, so it's probably in need of a remount
  5. Where the tubes come out of the block on the CPU should have no measurable impact on performance. Go with what fits, then out of those options whatever helps you route the tubing most easily (and/or what looks good if you care)
  6. and here I was hoping for a nice holiday skin or smth for discord... no such luck also pls add me in game so we can fix your builds... that triggers me (then again any excal build triggers me, but that one more than usual)
  7. Just be careful with some kits. Check user comments about OCing, reviews, etc. before assuming you can tighten timings. For example, with 3200 CL16 kits, these are famous for being "bad" Hynix AFR memory chips which cannot do anything better than that, whatsoever. I have multiple kits of this that cannot OC even 100 MHz without really loosened timings, or tighten the timings in any meaningful capacity. So a 3600 CL16 kit is ideal as many have said, but if you go with something cheaper, just see if it has a reputation like those 3200 CL16 kits for being difficult to OC before pulling the trigger
  8. Look at your games/other programs, and see what the CPU usage is like. If one or more cores are pegged at 100%, and the GPU isn't, then upgrading will have some benefit Check out benchmark videos for your GPU, and see what performance people get with a 9900K (generally best gaming CPU). That is how much potential performance benefit you could get. Then you can determine if that is worth it Don't discount AMD because of issues that aren't with their current products. Current gen stuff is good, has proven so, and is worth consideration if it fits your use case.
  9. First, it's always good to monitor and provide (ideally graphs over the course of the gameplay): cpu usage (per core) cpu temps cpu power gpu usage gpu memory usage gpu power gpu temps memory usage It helps to isolate the bottleneck you're facing. In this case, the first thing that jumps out to me from what I can see is the CPU usage. At least one core is basically maxed out. not all game tasks can be multithreaded. One thread may be maxing out a CPU core, and bottlenecking the rest of the system even though you have other cores available (since that part of the game cannot use additional cores). I'd also check the rest of the things I mentioned though, and make sure to note when the usage was low, and see what the values are for each of those things.
  10. Random private engineering firm: I was basically in IT, and I got dominion over all the unused and broken laptops, so I just had a selection of 2-8 year old laptops Large Bank - Business Analyst: I got a NUC-style PC with a 2 core, 2 thread CPU about a year old. 8GB RAM. Honestly fine for the tasks I had to do Large Bank - Developer: I got a thinkpad that was a couple years old, middling specs. I did most of my work on remote servers, so didn't really matter. just needed chrome and a terminal Software startup: $3K+ macbook pro (2 or so years old). All I needed was a chromebook with a terminal and 4GB+ RAM, but startups gotta startup Large Microprocessor company: 3 or 4 year old laptop, 8gb RAM, 6th gen u-series CPU. Just needed to write code, do emails/docs and such, etc. Real testing and stuff done on other systems, so sufficient again. Although I REALLY could use more RAM. Too many API docs in chrome for 8GB RAM. Plus all the background stuff large companies force onto your systems.
  11. Honestly, if you are "advanced" enough to make yourself bootable USBs to install OSes, I'd suggest you make a bootable linux USB with GParted (or just use command line tools if you prefer, like I do) for such tasks. It's the simplest solution that can do all the things you might want to do.
  12. as mentioned, no modern motherboards (for consumers) come with integrated graphics. That is (sometimes) provided by the CPU. The only CPUs that can do this for that motherboard are the 2200G, 2400G, 3200G, and 3400G. Those are all fairly "low performance" (given the cost of the motherboard), and would be a very poor match. You probably want a 3900X or even maybe wait for the 3950X on that board. It is only for the very highest end, most overkill systems. It is in no way a good value product.
  13. As far as I know, they only 200mm RGB fans out there from a somewhat reputable brand come from thermaltake and cooler master. I'm sure both are fine, so pick whatever looks nicest and whatever has software you find the least offensive.
  14. I'd trust CPU-Z or HWinfo64... userbenchmark isn't even reliable for benchmarks, let alone making competent software. If CPU-Z is telling you it's fine, it's fine.
  15. Well... If your CPU is the bottleneck, and you want to get more out of your GPU, these are the general things you might do to shift the load more to the GPU: increase resolution increase anti-aliasing otherwise turn up the quality settings in your game I would also ensure your drivers are up to date for your GPU, as that doesn't sound normal unless you're playing at 480p, or your CPU is running way below spec (maybe check your BIOS to ensure the CPU is running at least at stock speeds)