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About ZenMonkey

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    Delaware, USA


  • CPU
    Intel i5-4690k
  • Motherboard
    SRock Fatal1ty Gaming Z97X
  • RAM
    32GB G.Skill Ares DDR3-1866
  • GPU
    Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1080 Turbo OC w/ NZXT Kraken G12 & Corsair H55
  • Case
    Phanteks Eclipse P400S
  • Storage
    250GB 850 EVO + 525GB SU800 + 2TB Hitachi Ultrastar
  • PSU
    RAIDMAX Vampire RX-800GH
  • Display(s)
    Asus PG279Q + Acer G276HL
  • Cooling
    Arctic Liquid Freezer 240
  • Keyboard
    Velocifire TKL01
  • Mouse
    Logitech G402
  • Sound
    HyperX Cloud II Headset
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home

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  1. Thanks for the link. That answered my question. For anyone else who doesn't already know, the answer is: No. The max boost is pretty much the most you can ever expect to see from the chip w/o LN2.
  2. Will Precision Boost Overdrive allow a 3000 series CPU to boost past it's max boost speed if the cooling solution is sufficient, or will it stop at max boost no matter what?
  3. ZenMonkey

    Recommendations for a mid-range projector

    The room is fairly dark, or can be made dark, it should be about 12 feet from projector to wall, and she plans to paint the wall and project directly onto the wall, if that makes a difference. There's a hard cut-off at $800. Thanks
  4. My friend just moved into an apartment and asked me to recommend a projector. My knowledge of projectors is all 10-15 years out of date, so I'm turning to you fine folks. Can you recommend some mid-range projectors to me?
  5. ZenMonkey

    Micro ATX Case Recommendations

    Thanks. I saw this case a few months back and liked the look but had forgotten about it. It looks like it fits my needs and is also a few inches smaller than the Meshify C Mini. Great suggestion!
  6. ZenMonkey

    Micro ATX Case Recommendations

    Thanks for the suggestion. I'll do some research on it. I'm a little disappointed it doesn't come in blue, but green isn't so bad. Would a 240 AIO fit on the top? Would a 120 AIO fit on the front or back with the 240 installed on the top?
  7. Since I don't make use of all the extra PCIe slots, I'm thinking about switching from ATX to a Micro ATX case to save a little desk real estate and go for a different aesthetic. I'd go ITX, but that seems like too much of a sacrifice on overclocking and cooling. I'd like to find a case that: a) has good air flow b) can fit both a 240mm (or 280) AIO and a 120mm (or 140) AIO c) looks good d) is as small as possible while meeting these conditions The top cases I could find are the InWin 301C, the Enthoo Evolv mATX, the Meshify C Mini, and the H400i. I really like the look of the 301C, plus a USB 3.1 gen 2 port on the front is nice, but the air flow and cooling don't seem that great. I also like the look of the H400i, but I don't use RGB so the extra cost isn't appealing. The Enthoo Evolv mATX and Meshify C Mini cases seem like they fit the bill, but they also seem quite large - only slightly smaller than their ATX counterparts. The Corsair Air 240 also caught my attention, but it looks like fitting two radiators would be tricky. If I had to pick one from the choices above today, I'd likely end up with the Meshify C Mini, but I figured I'd ask you fine folks what your experiences are with any of the above cases, and which mATX case would you recommend? Thanks in advance.
  8. A recent HardwareUnboxed video made a brief comment about a rumor that Intel might ditch 8th gen support, but my Google-fu has failed me in finding anything about these rumors. Does anyone have more information about this?
  9. ZenMonkey

    2600X vs 8600k @ 1440p

    That's an interesting point. I hadn't considered that. I suppose it makes sense that indie developers would develop for the most popular architecture, but didn't think it would be that big of an issue. Thanks for pointing that out.
  10. ZenMonkey

    2600X vs 8600k @ 1440p

    Video isn't an option at work. Do you know if HardwareUnboxed publishes its data anywhere like GamersNexus?
  11. ZenMonkey

    2600X vs 8600k @ 1440p

    Thank you for your insight, but that's not what I asked. I already knew Intel came out on top. What I want to know is by how much.
  12. ZenMonkey

    2600X vs 8600k @ 1440p

    Thank you for your insight, but that's not what I asked. I already knew Intel came out on top. What I want to know is by how much.
  13. Almost all of the FPS benchmarks I find are done at 720p or 1080p to illustrate the most exaggerated difference between these CPUs, but I game at 1440p/165Hz for competitive gaming, and for other games I like to run the highest settings that provide an acceptable experience. I know running at 1440p on higher settings narrows the difference dramatically as it puts more load on the GPU, but I'm having trouble finding benchmark results. Does anyone have good sites? I would prefer webpages with text/pictures over videos so I can research while at work. Or if you just have stats, if you'd like to share those, that would be good as well. Thanks in advance.
  14. Competitive has just become toxic quick play at the mid-levels. I imagine it's just as bad at the lower levels. My recommendation for a Bronze player is is to pick a primary role and focus on only three characters in that role. This gives you some flexibility in the role in case someone chooses your main character but doesn't spread your attention too much. If you want to main DPS, Pharah, Soldier 76, and Reaper make good choices because they each fill a different niche and don't require high mechanical skill at entry (like McCree and Genji) but will show a benefit as your mechanical skill with them improves. In Bronze, team comps don't matter nearly as much as a) being good at what you pick b) grouping, and c) communicating/coordinating. Countering troublesome enemy characters like Bastion (which all three DPS above are decent at) can be useful, but working as a team is more impactful. Then pick one tank and one healer for when you absolutely have to flex. Orisa is a fine choice, but Lucio isn't the best healer for Bronze. To play Lucio effectively you need your team to be coordinated and to stay close enough to you to benefit from your aura, plus you need to know when it's more beneficial to heal or speed. Moira and Mercy are much better options in Bronze through Gold.
  15. ZenMonkey

    new gpu for my rig

    The 1070 Ti is only about 5%-10% worse than a 1080, and your premium over a standard 1070 is going to be $25-50, so if you have the cash I'd recommend getting the Ti.