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About Livin

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  • Location
    Abbotsford, BC, Canada


  • CPU
    Intel Core i7-9700k
  • Motherboard
    Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Ultra
  • RAM
    32GB (4x8GB) Corsair RGB Pro 3000Mhz CL15
  • GPU
    AMD R9 290 4GB
  • Case
    InWin GR-One
  • Storage
    HP ex900 512GB SSD, Seagate 600 series 240GB SSD, WD Green 3TB
  • PSU
    Thermaltake Toughpower 750w
  • Display(s)
    LG 34UM67-P, 2x Asus VH242H
  • Cooling
    Coolermaster Nepton 280L
  • Keyboard
    Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum
  • Mouse
    Logitech G900
  • Sound
    Creative SoundBlaster Zx
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro

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  1. Livin

    Dual Channel wont work

    Just realized that you were talking about a Windows issue at this point. This shouldn't be related to the RAM, but RAM can cause all sorts of weird things to happen if you get a bad stick. Test each stick individually and then in dual channel with a tool like Memtest. Make sure you are good there first. It's best to let it run for multiple passes as well (I've had bad RAM pass 4 out of 5 passes before). After you've confirmed your RAM is good, start with the BIOS reset. That isn't likely going to fix Windows but still not a bad place to start. If you're getting this BSOD on boot, you should be getting more info than just the error code (a file name and/or more description). You could try getting in to safe mode and running an sfc scan or DISM restore health, but that's assuming you can get that far.
  2. Livin

    Dual Channel wont work

    He did buy a kit. 2x8GB for 16GB total. I'd start by pulling the CMOS battery and resetting the BIOS to defaults. Even after flashing you may still have BIOS settings carried over from your previous configuration.
  3. Should be fine. I think most (if not all) GTX 1060's have HDMI 2.0 but I'd double check the card you're looking at just to be sure so you can get more than 30Hz on the 4K connection, but that should be it. You could probably even get away with a GTX 1050 or Rx 560 if you can find a card with the right outputs or mix of adapters you need. Dual link DVI can still do 1440p, just be sure your card and adapter/cable is dual link. If you want to be safe though, the 1060 will work great
  4. Livin

    Brent pin in CPU socket

    It's worth trying at least. As the others have said, there are some pretty decent videos (including an LTT one) on fixing bent pins. Worst case you still have a dead board. One of the big reasons Intel went LGA was so that you would damage the less expensive motherboard in case of bent pins and not the expensive CPU.
  5. https://ca.msi.com/Motherboard/support/Z170A-GAMING-PRO#support-cpu No official support from MSI and not within the intended spec for a Z170 based board. While running 9th gen on Z170/Z270 has been done before with modded BIOS, you risk bricking the board in the process to get a solid "maybe this will work". My suggestion would be to sell the CPU and board as a combo used and pick up a new board with the new processor.
  6. Livin

    Problems with XFX RX 580 8gb

    Gotta love those point and click games Regardless of how easy the solution seems, sometimes it just takes another set of eyes to look at the problem to see it. I can't tell you how many times I've banged my head against a wall for hours to eventually be pointed to a working solution of "try this check box over here" or "did you get the latest firmware for that RAID card?".
  7. Livin

    Problems with XFX RX 580 8gb

    Run it for a while, see if it crashes. You can purposely stress it with benchmarks like 3D Mark, Heaven, or Superposition as well if you want.
  8. Livin

    Problems with XFX RX 580 8gb

    Do this, but just in case run Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU) first. This will remove any bits and pieces of the driver that get left behind by the normal uninstaller and may clear out some remains of previous drivers if you had a different video card in the system before. Then as always, grab the latest drivers from AMD's website.
  9. Livin

    Legit copy?

    Most laptops come with Windows from the manufacturer. Check the original specs and see if you have the same version installed that came with the laptop, that's not a bad place to start. If it's been upgraded at some point to a newer version, you can try scraping the key and googling it but that won't necessarily tell you anything with Win 10 as it can use a generic key after upgrades are performed (ie. a legitimate upgrade from Win 7 -> 10).
  10. Just wanted to say thanks for inviting the community to be there in person. It was a ton of fun and that's the most I've laughed in quite a while!
  11. Quick clarification question. The forum post here says 7:00pm but the Brown Paper Tickets page says 8:00pm. If we have a ticket from Brown Paper Tickets should we be showing up at 7:00pm or 8:00pm?
  12. https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4202038 As of this post, the site shows 5 tickets left. It has been up and down constantly though, so even if it shows sold out come back later and check. When I first went to order there were 0 left, then I came back and it was at something like 45 remaining.
  13. Noticed the same thing myself. I'm interested in clarification as well.
  14. Livin

    Nvme Drive Not Showing up

    Check inside the BIOS to confirm. Under the peripheral tab you should have an NVMe Configuration option. See if anything shows up there. If there's nothing there first thing I'd do is flash the BIOS to the latest firmware just to make sure. After you've done that and if you still don't see it, I'd get the RMA process started. It's got a 5 year warranty with Intel so there shouldn't be any problem getting warranty regardless of where it was purchased.
  15. Is your OS installed on this drive? It's easy for it to interfere with getting proper results as it will do functions in the background. UserBenchmark doesn't give much control over benchmarking just a single piece of hardware or data sets. You can try using someting like Crystal Disk benchmark or ATTO benchmark to run repeated tests and see if you get different results from test to test. Otherwise you have a reasonable amount of free space on the drive already from the looks of it and everything is plugged in where it should be from the sounds of it. I'm not sure what is available inside AData's SSD Toolbox, but there may be a drive optimization process or firmware update check available through there.