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Everything posted by WMGroomAK

  1. Good way to start a flame war. If you user case is solely gaming, then the Ryzen 7 is not for you, go with a 7700k. If you are doing other things like streaming or content creation and don't have $1000.00 to place down on an Intel CPU, then the Ryzen 7 is ideal. I personally wouldn't go for the 1800X as most overclocks of the 1700 reach similar speeds to an overclocked 1800X and that CPU is about $150 cheaper.
  2. Gamers Nexus did a half way decent little video about the conversion and confusion between Gibibytes, Gigabytes, Mebibytes and Megabytes a couple of weeks ago with the math conversion. Think it was titled 'Explaining "Stolen" Gigabytes in Windows'.
  3. Sooo, I'm looking into some future upgrades to my existing UnRaid box to hopefully cut back on some noise and reduce power consumption and maybe thermals on the discs... The current system is built off of a 4-year old system that I had and decided to repurpose when I upgraded to a 6700k system for my daily driver and wanted a unified storage for my movies, music, books and GIS files. Current Setup: PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/MxDbxY Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/MxDbxY/by_merchant/ CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($151.99 @ Amazon) CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Frio Silent 14 71.2 CFM CPU Cooler ($36.99 @ Amazon) Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 ATX AM3+ Motherboard Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($228.99 @ Amazon) Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital Red 4TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($149.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital Red 4TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($149.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital Red 4TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($149.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital Red 4TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($149.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($73.92 @ Amazon) Power Supply: LEPA 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply Total: $1191.84 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-03-24 15:16 EDT-0400 Upgrade Path: PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/9GXmJV Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/9GXmJV/by_merchant/ CPU: Intel Core i3-7320 4.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Newegg) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L9i 33.8 CFM CPU Cooler ($37.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: ASRock Z270 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($146.98 @ Newegg) Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($119.99 @ Amazon) Storage: Hitachi Deskstar NAS 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($154.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 2GB ACX 2.0 Video Card ($109.99 @ Amazon) Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro M ATX Mid Tower Case ($81.34 @ Amazon) Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($62.89 @ Newegg) Case Fan: Noctua NF-S12A PWM 120mm Fan ($17.99 @ Amazon) Case Fan: Noctua NF-S12A PWM 120mm Fan ($17.99 @ Amazon) Case Fan: Noctua NF-S12A PWM 120mm Fan ($17.99 @ Amazon) Total: $918.13 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-03-24 15:37 EDT-0400 One reason I'm looking at the Z270 board is for having the 8 integrated Sata III ports as opposed to the 6 on the existing system. My big concern on the thermals is that I've noticed the HDD temps usually operate stably around 34 to 37 C when I'm not streaming or doing any serious load, but if I put a load on them, they begin to spike up towards 40 C. I also want to get the 5th 4TB drive to add a second parity disc to the existing UnRaid setup (I'm currently in a 12 TB config with a single 4 TB parity and have about 6 TB used up). As for the i3 and 1050, I'm looking at this as something that can probably run most of the video encoding and maybe setup a small VM on the side for about 150W less than what the current system runs.
  4. Have to admit that while the concept is impractical and Apple will probably hold off on anything for several years or use it as a patent troll, you probably have the pricing scheme correct... Just remember, you're not just buying the hardware, you are purchasing into an 'ecosystem'.
  5. @Ashiella, @N1ghtshade Don't offer to sell your whole soul. Fractional percents and remaining percents work better. I have a friend who sold me 5% of his soul for lunch in college. Since then, in the contracts for selling his soul to people for stuff, he only offers to sell a percent of the remaining soul. This way there will always be some really tiny percent left. On Topic: At least if a single pixel burns out, you'll probably never see it. Linus's next project, 4-way or 6-way monitor setup with these. Ultimate over the top gaming setup? Takes four server racks with 24 1080Tis to run the graphics for all 6 monitors?
  6. My issue is that this is becoming more common with a lot of games, not just Ubisoft, where you purchase a game, but to get everything in a game you purchased, you either have to grind the game for some ungodly amount of hours or you have to spend more cash on the game. This kinda reminds of the South Park episode "Freemium Isn't Free" except with a paid game. My personal feeling is that if you are going with a micro-transaction model game, you start the base game free and then allow for the micro-transactions. Otherwise on a paid game, just make that content paid DLC and not included as unlockables in the paid game. Too much of this micro-transaction w/i a paid game model and pretty soon you'll see paid games with micro-transactions to progress in the game.
  7. That's one that I've been looking at for a while on PC, but got sucked into playing Horizon on PS4 and want to complete that first...
  8. According to a Techspot Article (http://www.techspot.com/news/68629-ubisoft-defends-honor-microtransactions.html): This is extremely excessive as there are gamers out there with an addiction for 100% games that they really enjoy. In Ubisoft's response, game director Damien Kieken defended the micro-transactions by saying: In a game that you are already paying full price for, having to either play for 2.5 years, pay an additional $732 or some combination in between is getting out of hand. My personal opinion is that add-on/DLC content is okay for requesting an additional fee to a full priced game, but if you pay full price for a game, you shouldn't be expected to pay additional to timely unlock the content or have to spend over two years playing to get it all. Can game developers PLEASE stop this. UPDATE: https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/04/ubisoft-rebalances-for-honors-unlockables-amid-outcry/ I have to give applause to Ubisoft on this. They listened to the user community and issued an update on Friday according to Ars Technica that will help out: Of course, whether they would have listened had the user community not complained is another issue...
  9. I'm fairly sure that is true of most of Apple's products... Someone else has done it first, but Apple usually either markets it better or improves on the base idea.
  10. It looks less awkward than the iPad variant would and it might explain why Apple was doing away with the external ports... You know, if there is only one connector, easier to hook up with.
  11. An article posted on Hexus today shows a new patent published by the US PTO revealing that Apple has at least considered a scenario where you could dock your iPhone or iPad into a MacBook style enclosure to build yourself a laptop. http://hexus.net/mobile/news/apple/103840-apple-considering-iphone-laptop-dock-designs/ While Apple Insider is speculating that these dock designs are "highly unlikely" to go to market, especially with things like bluetooth keyboards that you can use with your iPad or iPad Pro, it is interesting to see some directions that Apple has considered in the laptop replacement market. Of these designs, I think the phone dock is probably the most intriguing as the article state that: Kind of an easier approach to on the go productivity than trying to type on your iPhone or carry around a MacBook and iPhone.
  12. Personal feeling, I do most of my typing on blues and I think the click on them is more responsive/sharper. The browns on my home keyboard just feel a little bit too spongy over the blues. Of course, if the loudness is an issue for you more, then I can definitely see going with the browns.
  13. Doing a bit of reading on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Broadcasting_Cos._v._Aereo,_Inc.) the topic and one of the preceding cases (American Broadcasting Cos. vs Aereo Inc.) I find it interesting that while the majority of the US Supreme Court ruled on behalf of the Network Broadcasters, the dissenting judges stated that the Court. Seems to me that the bureaucrats should be updating the law to reflect the changing technology of Broadcast TV and the Internet, however, I guess that would open up the issue to a whole new level of lunacy and lobbying by special interests.
  14. I'm not sure I would classify it as fake discoveries. If we just look at the US Government though, you have NASA, USGS, NMFS, NOAA, EPA and many more that have scientists and scientific experts working in many different fields with a lot of them having areas that cross. To some extent this is understandable, however if we take a topic like Climate Change and how this as a scientific topic of discussion has changes throughout the years, in the 1960's & 70's the USGS was asserting that the Earth was undergoing Global Cooling. This was immediately followed up by Global Warming and then Climate Change and now we have Anthropogenic Climate Change. This topic by itself, while important to research, has the USGS, NASA, NOAA & EPA all conducting their own research on causes. Toss in all the private independent research and foreign government research being conducted and I now have to wonder how much of what is published is actually based on proper science and how much is some researchers method of trying to drum up enough interest to maintain a government job or grant.
  15. This is just my personal opinion, but a lot of government science based agencies like NASA and USGS provide critical resources and technological advances so long as they are focused on the science aspect without being too dragged into the political arena. I enjoy quite a bit of the science that they publish and a lot of it goes to help advance our everyday lives as well as society, but I don't enjoy having to try and determine if a scientific abstract was written for scientific purposes or if it was written under political motives to help raise revenue from the government for continued operation.
  16. Beat Hazard anyone? I love being able to make my personal library into the music for a game.
  17. Good to see Nintendo being responsive on finding a quick fix for this issue. Maybe it's just me, but does anyone else find the name Joycon kinda weird? Hearing it makes me remember all those old Joystick jokes from when I was a kid, except for maybe a bit worse...
  18. Lets not forget TV execs that have tons of money to toss into protecting their shrinking empires. I wonder if they realize that these kind of idiotic legal maneuvers are actually hurting their market positions...
  19. In the recent 9th Circuit Court ruling on FilmOn X's fight for providing TV over the Internet posted on Ars Technica (https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/03/hope-fades-for-cheap-tv-over-internet-as-filmon-loses-copyright-fight/), the 9th Circuit Court authored in their opinion that: http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2017/03/21/15-56420.pdf Basically this fight is over the definition of a Cable System in Section 111 of the Copyrights Act and whether the Internet can be qualified as a 'cable system'. I'm no legal scholar, but this seems like a ludicrous argument considering there are still a good many people that receive cable and internet service through a single coaxial cable, on the same infrastructure. One other hilarious quote from this article is: Is it too much to hope that either lawmakers or judges dealing with technology law receive a bit more education on the technology that the law is covering?
  20. There are several manufacturers that make Fanless PSUs as well as PSUs with a Hybrid mode, where the Fan does not kick on until about 30% load on the system. The main one that comes to mind is the Seasonic 520FL but it is a bit pricey. http://pcpartpicker.com/product/W37wrH/seasonic-power-supply-ss520fl
  21. According to Noctua's specs, you'll want at least 165 mm of height to mount over the CPU. The U12S requires 158 mm.
  22. Honestly, with most of the benchmark and OC results that I've seen, I would rather go for a R7 1700 and get a decent AIO to OC it to around 3.9 GHz.
  23. Fairly much anything Noctua should be better than a 212 EVO. I would just double check your case clearances for your cooler height. I've got a NH-U12S in a MATX system and the clearance is a tight fit.
  24. I'll believe it when it happens... Wondering if it might be people thinking they can spook Apple by saying they are going to use one of the security flaws published via Wikileaks. If it's true, maybe I should dig out my old 3GS, boot it up and let them do a factory reset for me instead of doing it myself.