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Crunchy Dragon

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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from kelvinhall05 for a status update, Found a Titan Xp on my local listings for only $750, likely to be one of the best-pri   
    Found a Titan Xp on my local listings for only $750, likely to be one of the best-priced used GPUs I've seen other than some of the 970s.
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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from kelvinhall05 for a status update, Found a Titan Xp on my local listings for only $750, likely to be one of the best-pri   
    Found a Titan Xp on my local listings for only $750, likely to be one of the best-priced used GPUs I've seen other than some of the 970s.
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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from kelvinhall05 for a status update, Found a Titan Xp on my local listings for only $750, likely to be one of the best-pri   
    Found a Titan Xp on my local listings for only $750, likely to be one of the best-priced used GPUs I've seen other than some of the 970s.
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    Crunchy Dragon reacted to Energycore for a status update, My, you're looking fine tonight   
    My, you're looking fine tonight
     
     
     
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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from kelvinhall05 for a status update, Seeing a lot more $1000 builds being labelled as "budget builds" here on the forums.   
    Seeing a lot more $1000 builds being labelled as "budget builds" here on the forums.
     
    Kinda rethinking the term "budget" if you ask me, although I guess at that price range most of your components for a gaming rig would be in the budget range...
     
     
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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from kelvinhall05 for a status update, Seeing a lot more $1000 builds being labelled as "budget builds" here on the forums.   
    Seeing a lot more $1000 builds being labelled as "budget builds" here on the forums.
     
    Kinda rethinking the term "budget" if you ask me, although I guess at that price range most of your components for a gaming rig would be in the budget range...
     
     
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    Crunchy Dragon reacted to Energycore for a status update, GODDAMMIT WINDOWS Despite all my best efforts, Windows has finally force fed me the F   
    GODDAMMIT WINDOWS
     
    Despite all my best efforts, Windows has finally force fed me the Fall Creators Update, and it broke my GPU driver. Let's see what else it broke.
     
    And let's see how much I can stop Microsoft from selling my data now.
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    Crunchy Dragon reacted to CUDAcores89 for a status update, Bought more bitcoin today, $500 worth which is now about 0.05 bitcoin.   
    Bought more bitcoin today, $500 worth which is now about 0.05 bitcoin. 
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    Crunchy Dragon reacted to handymanshandle for a status update, I'm from Missouri! Frowning's the state sport!   
    I'm from Missouri! Frowning's the state sport!
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    Crunchy Dragon reacted to kelvinhall05 for a status update, So according to Cinebench, a Pentium G3258 OC'd to 6183.7MHz using LN2 overclocking g   
    So according to Cinebench, a Pentium G3258 OC'd to 6183.7MHz using LN2 overclocking gets the same exact score as my i7-950 at 3.9GHz...
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    Crunchy Dragon reacted to CUDAcores89 for a status update, There are a multitude of reasons why computer DDR4 prices will not remain high includ   
    There are a multitude of reasons why computer DDR4 prices will not remain high including but not limited to:
     
    1. High RAM prices means consumers will seek alternatives to purchasing new DDR4 (going used or not buying at all like me). Demand will decrease resulting in excess supply, reducing prices. 
     
    2. The longer RAM prices remain high, the more software will be developed in favor of systems with lower RAM. This will aid in scenario one and result in a RAM surplus yet again. 
     
    3. The longer RAM prices remain high, the more opportunity there is for competition like Chinese RAM manufacturers to enter the market. If RAM prices remain high all the way until 2019 or even 2020, Chinese manufacturers will come online and compete with "the big three" and drive prices down that way. 
     
    4. Currently DRAM manufacturers are making RAM for mobile phones because of high profit margins (for now). If manufacturers continue making more RAM for mobile phones, there will be a surplus of mobile RAM and the DRAM makers will move onto more profitable DRAM to manufacture, like desktop DRAM. If RAM prices continue to remain high, more DRAM will be made for desktops in the first place since that is where the profit margins will be, driving down prices that way as corporations seek the memory with a higher profit margin. 
     
    5. OEMs like Dell, HP and lenovo heavily influence the prices we pay for DRAM. If prices are too high, then dell, HP and lenovo will negotiate with DRAM manufacturers for a specific price. These PC makers buy a significant portion of all desktop and laptop DRAM made, so they have huge negotiating power over DRAM price. If they do not get their price, they do not buy. This again brings us back to point one where there will be excess supply.
     
    6. RAM is not something that is a "need" unlike food, water and shelter. Consumers can simply choose not to buy it, so prices are subject to the supply and demand of the market. 
     
    If you are tired of high DDR4 prices or high GPU prices, then choose not to buy anything new right now (buying used PC parts should be okay though as this is a secondary market and operates on a different method of supply and demand). By doing so, you are saying to the manufacturers "I don't want to buy at X price, I will either wait to buy at Y price or not at all". If everyone did this, RAM prices might just be the same as it was in June 2016. The difference is somebody out there is willing to pay these high RAM prices, so the price continues to rise. 
     
    I've heard some conspiracies that this is price fixing, and I actually don't think it is in the sense that all three executives are meeting in a back room discussing prices. I think it's more like every DRAM manufacturers has come to the conclusion that in order to maintain high profit margins, they all must keep supply low at the current level of demand. 
     
    To the people overreacting that it's so expensive to build a PC right now, I would respond by saying "kid, get your head out of the clouds". Just be glad you are able to feed, clothe and shelter yourself in whatever first world country you live in when there are Africans in Ghana going through all the old e-waste America generates for the copper and aluminum, ,only to die of heavy metal poisoning or some form of cancer in only a decade or so. Meanwhile you are sitting here complaining about high prices for something you don't actually need to live, like video cards and DRAM. Just be happy you have 3 meals a day to eat and choose not to buy your little toys for now. Just wait for prices to come down and as long as everyone waits for prices to come down before buying, they will. 
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    Crunchy Dragon reacted to handymanshandle for a status update, Ding dong, the witch is back.   
    Ding dong, the witch is back.
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    Crunchy Dragon reacted to Princess Cadence for a status update, GPU Price spike up was fun! How to turn an originally $600 second hand 1080 Ti FE fro   
    GPU Price spike up was fun!
     
    How to turn an originally $600 second hand 1080 Ti FE from a closing down rendering studio 3 months ago into a Xp investing just another $100 (shipping included).
     
    Tech world is so funny some times.
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    Crunchy Dragon reacted to kelvinhall05 for a status update, So I know this has been happening for a few weeks now, but I've been constantly ignor   
    So I know this has been happening for a few weeks now, but I've been constantly ignoring the new IOS update since I know it'll slow down my iPhone 6 quite a bit. I guess the power button breaking and (hopefully) not being easily replaceable will (hopefully) be an "excuse" to get a new (Android) phone. I know they're still affected, but I'm bored of IOS, and even though it'll be a bit of a pain to switch with some apps not being compatible and whatnot, I kinda want to.
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    Crunchy Dragon reacted to CUDAcores89 for a status update, I build my dad an X58 rig from scrap parts using an old Z400 case. Specs: Intel DX58S   
    I build my dad an X58 rig from scrap parts using an old Z400 case.
     
    Specs:
     
    Intel DX58SO motherboard
    Xeon X5680
    32GB DDR3
    Old ass radeon HD 4670 (the most graphics intensive thing he does is YouTube)
    120GB Samsung SSD
    500GB HDD
    1TB HDD for backup
    HP Z400 case
     
    Because this was built in an HP case using, mods had to be made
     
    1. Some of the screw mounts for an ATX motherboard are proprietary
    2. The HP power supply was proprietary
    3. The pinout for the ATX 24 pin was proprietary.
    4. I am unable to install an IO shield because there is none, it's built into the case. 
     
    Fixes:
     
    6 of the 9 holes for an ATX motherboard lined up. I removed the mounts for the holes that didn't line up. I used plastic standoffs for the last 3 holes. I didn't bother to drill any new ones since the board was still staying in place. 
     
    I used tin snips to entirely just cut out the location where an IO shield would go. Obviously it's just an empty void now and I didn't bother to install a new IO shied. 
     
    The HP power supply is a delta 475w 80+ bronze unit to it's gonna be good enough for this machine. I modified the power supply 24-pin ATX pinout instead of drilling holes for a new power supply. 
     
    Here's the really disturbing thing, the ATX 24 pin connector will actually fit in a standard motherboard and due to the pins HP swapped, I would've fried the board if I plugged in the connector as-is and just tried it. Glad I spotted that!
     

     
     
     
    As you can see HP swapped the -5v rail with a ground pin, and they swapped pin 12 and 23 for 12v rails. All in an effort prevent users from using a standard power supply. 
     
    I connected pin 23 to pin 22 to deliver 5v to that rail and pin 12 to 2 to deliver 3.3v. Pin 20 the -5v rail isn't needed because that voltage was only used on super old motherboards with ISA slots. I don't have the proper drill bits on hand to drill into metal (that's why I had to use plastic mobo standoffs earlier, but I do have a soldering iron so I will use that. 
     
    The HP connectors for the power switch was also a proprietary header.  I simply pulled the pins out corresponding to the power switch and plugged the pins right into the motherboard. I don't need the other stuff like HDD led, reset switch or power LED that's all just "nice to have". The power switch is really all that's needed. 
     
    See, dell and HP can't defeat us. We will prevail!
     
    Also Fuck you guys for making thing proprietary like this. If you are just gonna use a PC for web browsing, I actually do recommend people just go out and buy a (USED) dell optiplex off ebay and call it a day. But if you want to do pretty much anything else, build your own PC for these very reasons. Because if you buy a "gaming" PC from dell and HP, they are gonna pull this crap on the PC and you will be forced to buy a new computer when say the power supply dies and the only replacement one is $400 straight from HP because they use a proprietary power connector. Also even if they do choose to do this, smart people like me will just hack it into working anyway and dell and HP are still not gonna get my money for the new part. 
     
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    Crunchy Dragon reacted to ARikozuM for a status update, F#CKING DESTROYED!!! GET OUT OF MY WARPATH, COLLECTOR!   
    F#CKING DESTROYED!!! GET OUT OF MY WARPATH, COLLECTOR!

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    Crunchy Dragon reacted to ARikozuM for a status update, One does not simply descend into the Darkest Dungeon without preparation. But then th   
    One does not simply descend into the Darkest Dungeon without preparation. 

    But then there are times where it really wants to bend you over for maximum... Um... You know. 
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    Crunchy Dragon reacted to CUDAcores89 for a status update, For some reason I have a fetish for filling all the PCIe slots on my motherboard. I t   
    For some reason I have a fetish for filling all the PCIe slots on my motherboard. I think it comes down to I just want to see all the slots actually used for something.
     
    Also my level of caring about cable management lies somewhere in between "I don't give a shit" and "I want it to look cool". I care about it enough to prevent airflow blockage but not enough to make it look good:
     

     
    Cards from top to bottom:
     
    TP-Link PCIe wireless card
    4 port SATA controller card
    2 port Gigabit Ethernet card
    2 port USB 3.0 PCIe card
    The GTX 970
    My Samsung 950 Pro PCIe SSD.
     
    My motherboard literally has all these ports onboard, but for some reason I had a bunch of PCIe expansion cards laying around, so I did this. 
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    Crunchy Dragon reacted to kelvinhall05 for a status update, Look at the views.   
    Look at the views.

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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from WhisperingKnickers for a status update, Hitting Micro Center tomorrow for the rest of my PC! Going to make a full post in Bui   
    Hitting Micro Center tomorrow for the rest of my PC! Going to make a full post in Build Logs as well, rather than update the one I currently have there.
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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from WhisperingKnickers for a status update, Hitting Micro Center tomorrow for the rest of my PC! Going to make a full post in Bui   
    Hitting Micro Center tomorrow for the rest of my PC! Going to make a full post in Build Logs as well, rather than update the one I currently have there.
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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from WhisperingKnickers for a status update, Hitting Micro Center tomorrow for the rest of my PC! Going to make a full post in Bui   
    Hitting Micro Center tomorrow for the rest of my PC! Going to make a full post in Build Logs as well, rather than update the one I currently have there.
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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from OJTheAviator for a status update, Joined the LTT folding team today! Another couple work units to finish before I can g   
    Joined the LTT folding team today!
     
    Another couple work units to finish before I can get the first badge
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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from OJTheAviator for a status update, Joined the LTT folding team today! Another couple work units to finish before I can g   
    Joined the LTT folding team today!
     
    Another couple work units to finish before I can get the first badge
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    Crunchy Dragon got a reaction from OJTheAviator for a status update, Joined the LTT folding team today! Another couple work units to finish before I can g   
    Joined the LTT folding team today!
     
    Another couple work units to finish before I can get the first badge
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