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About -rascal-

  • Title
    Pin "H-3" on the AM3+ socket
  • Birthday 1992-06-12


  • CPU
    FX-8350 @ 5.0GHz / Phenom II X6 1090T @ 4.1GHz
  • Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Crosshair V Formula 990FX
  • RAM
    12GB (4GB X 3) GSkill RipJawsX @ DDR3 1866 MHz
  • GPU
    Sapphire NITRO R9-Fury -- Two in Crossfire
  • Case
    Cooler Master HAF 932
  • Storage
    Samsung 850 EVO 500GB / Kingston V200+ 120GB / WD Caviar Black 1TB
  • PSU
    Corsair Enthusiast Series TX850 (V1)
  • Display(s)
    ASUS VS228H-P / Acer G215H / Sony Bravia 46" HDTV
  • Cooling
    Thermaltake Frio with push-pull config (w/ Antec Formula 7 nano-diamond thermal paste + CoolerMaster red LED JetFlo fans) / Swiftech H220
  • Keyboard
    Corsair K70 -- anodized black, red LEDs, and Cherry MX Brown switches
  • Mouse
    Logitech G9x
  • Sound
    Logitech X-540 5.1
  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64...Windows 10 Pro x64

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Victoria BC, Canada
  • Interests
    Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. Nuff said.
    Trail / Enduro / Downhill Mountain Biking
    Computers / Electronics / PCMasterRace
    Engineering / Science
  • Biography
    Electrical Engineering student -- Fourth year
    Electronics & Computer Engineering Technologist (Diploma + Advanced Diploma)
    Electronics Engineering Technician for the Canadian Department of National Defence
  • Occupation
    Electronics Engineering Technician / Student

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  1. No you cannot! 1) You can easily short circuit the tiny metal compoents on the back of the motherboard. 2) You need to mount the motherboard to a computer case -- those thumb screws are way too thick. Get a proper AM3/AM3+ or AM4 mounting backplate/bracket replacement.
  2. 8 pin connector not fitting into graphics card

    If the the PCI-E connector is a 6+2 connection, like this, make sure the 2 separate pins overlap on top of the other 6 pins a bit. It can't overlap the other way around because of the little plastic piece (bottom.of the connector, by the wires).
  3. Asus X99 Deluxe ii Questions

    I've used my X99 Deluxe II for about 9/10 months now, and no problems so far. At the time, I decided to go for the Deluxe II over the X99 StriX because...what seemed to be better quality control -- the StriX and other boards had a lot of defects / failure rate (e.g. defective/dead CPU socket on arrival or a few months in). The Deluxe II costs a bit more, but was worth it IMO -- never looked back.
  4. PSU at 100% efficiency.

    People typically want to invest a little bit on the power supply, since it is essentially the back-bone of a PC. If the PSU is some chinese sweat shop quality thing, if it blows, it will probably take down other parts with it (e.g. graphics card, motherboard, etc). If you get a quality PSU, then you don't NEED to upgrade it every time you upgrade the system (e.g. replace the graphics card, change out the CPU and motherboard). I purchased a Corsair TX 850 (ver 1) back in 2010/2011, and I'ved used in two complete system upgrades, and been through three major graphics card overhauls. The power supply is waaay past it's 5-year warranty, but it still runs great (but it is due time for replacement if I want to keep the system) - Phenom II X6 1090T >> FX-8350 + motherboard swap - 3x HD 5850 >> 2x HD 7970 >> 2x R9-Fury - A bunch of fan + HDD + SDD upgrades in between - The CPU, RAM, GPUs were all overclocked My new build that I did this year, I opt'ed for an EVGA 850W P2 (80 PLUS Platinum). EVGA offers 10-year warranty. I probably won't keep it for that long, but it is runs solid for 5+ years, then it's better then buying a new PSU over and over again. Plus, little bit higher efficiency, quieter operation, and the ability to use/make custom sleeved cables is also a nice little bonus.
  5. (x2)R9 290 lag spikes

    Have you ACTUALLY confirmed it is not thermal throttling, and NOT just guessing? Like I said, it just takes a few minutes to find out whether or not it is thermal throttling. Now that you said you reinstalled the drivers, did you use DDU to completely wipe the old drivers before installing the new ones? http://www.guru3d.com/files-details/display-driver-uninstaller-download.html You also have NOT given us any information about the rest of the system. - What CPU are you using? - Which motherboard make and model? - Power supply brand and model? - etc? Just checking your post/thread history now, you also tried to overclock your CPU, but it did not go so well. Did you check to see to make sure your CPU is stable? Is the CPU overheating? There is so much we don't know, and you are not willing to test or report back. Basically, if we use a car analogy....you are calling a car shop that is out your country...saying your BMW engine is blowing out smoke. You don't tell us the year of the card, which model, nothing. Like how are we supposed to help? We are not sitting beside you, in your room, looking at your computer. We are basically stabbing at the dark here with you at the moment...
  6. (x2)R9 290 lag spikes

    From the GPU clock frequencies, it sounds like your GPUs are thermal throttling. To be sure that IS actually happening, run MSi Afterbutner or GPU-Z in the background, and play....Overwatch or LoL for 5 ~ 10 minutes. Check the recorded history. Either software will show temperatures, frequencies, voltages, etc.
  7. Antec 1200 v3 upgrade case

    Okay, the S340 Elite is out then. From what I can see, from Fractal's website, the Define C TG and Meshify C uses the EXACT same chassis; everyone from the layout, dust filters, drive mounts, cable routing...are the same. The only thing(s) different is the top I/O layout, and the front vent/mesh cover. It is up to you on which new case you want to get, but with first-hand experience working/owning a Phanteks case, I'd recommend the Enthoo Pro M TG. I've used a lot of Cooler Master and Corsair cases (with a few BitFenix, Antec, NZXT, etc) -- Phanteks is up there with the best right now, even though they haven't been around for too too long.
  8. Graphics card not outputting video

    Turbolink ATX-XG500W. RIP... Looking at pictures of the PSU online, I don't even see a single PCI-E 6/8 pin power connector -- some higher-end RX-580's even use two PCI-E 6/8 pin power connectors.
  9. R9 390x Nitro trouble... Plz help!!!!

    What software are you using to set the custom fan curve. Sapphire has their very own TriXX program; http://www.sapphiretech.com/catapage_tech.asp?cataid=291&lang=eng $75 for a "brand new" R9-390X seems a bit fishy, though.
  10. Power supply pinouts

    CableMod is a company that makes custom sleeved cables for PSUs. If they make the cables, they need to know the pin-outs, too. Waking the all mighty @CableMod.
  11. Antec 1200 v3 upgrade case

    Ah, okay, so a Mid-tower sized case should fit everything nicely, and make the system more mobile. The Antec 1200 is a heavy steel case, so I'm not surprised -- same goes for the Cooler Master HAF 932 that I used to have. Dust filters on more modern cases are much easier to deal with -- held on with magnets, or easy removal/installation handles, etc. Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Tempered Glass http://www.phanteks.com/Enthoo-Pro-M-SpecialEdition.html (video shows the older non-tempered glass edition, but similar overall) There is also the Phanteks P400(S) Tempered Glass -- S means there is sound dampening. http://www.phanteks.com/Eclipse-P400-TemperedGlass.html Fractal Design Define (mini) C Tempered Glass Edition. http://www.fractal-design.com/home/product/cases/define-series/define-c-tg Another good case is the NZXT S340 Elite. A HDMI pass-through at the front, where the USB ports and power button are, is a nice touch -- especially if you have a HTC Vive. I've got a white S340 Elite housing my Intel i5-4690K build. https://au.pcpartpicker.com/product/wCRFf7/nzxt-s340-elite-blackblue-atx-mid-tower-case-ca-s340w-b5
  12. Micron, one of the major DRAM manufacturers, had to shut down one of their factories temporarily over the summer (July 2017) due to contamination. Silcon wafers and equipment were affected. Then there is the supply and demand situation, with both AMD and Intel systems using DDR4 memory now -- everyone building a new system is buying DDR4 RAM. DRAM prices are projected to be high until 2018.
  13. Antec 1200 v3 upgrade case

    Phanteks has a great selection of cases, and the newer revised ones have tempered glass and RGB lighting. What kind of size case are you looking for (full tower, mid tower, etc)? May give us some details about the system you have now (e.g. CPU, GPU, motherboard, cooler, etc)? Personally, I have been using a Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Tempered Glass Edition since it became available over here in Canada early in the year. I have nothing but great things to say about Phanteks' build quality and design -- and the little details they pay attention to have just top's it off.
  14. MSI Afterburner not working

    Crossfire functions the same as nVidia SLI. Disabling Crossfire allows the GPUs to run independently...which is what you want for mining... Crossfire is enabled / disabled in the driver software -- Crossfire doesn't require a bridge connector. Open up Radeon Settings Navigate to 'Gaming' >> 'Global Settings' There should be a setting showing up as 'AMD Crossfire'...toggle it to [OFF] If you're gaming, then you want Crossfire enabled so they run together, as a team, to pump out the most FPS. It's the direct opposite for crypto mining.
  15. MSI Afterburner not working

    The second GPU is in 'Zero Core' mode (AKA hibernate), so it is showing 0 MHz Core, 0 MHz Memory, etc. When setup in Crossfire mode, if a 3D application is started (e.g. a game), the second card should kick in. Try running 3D Mark, Unigine Valley...or like I said, a game that has multi-GPU support. By the way, I don't know why you are running your two cards in Crossfire when you are using them to mine. The second card acts as a "slave" to the primary, and the data that it receives is a duplicate of what the primary card gets.