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Everything posted by AngryBeaver

  1. Honestly OP, I would just pick up a pair of Arctis 3 or 5's and call it a day. My teenager has a pair of the 5's which will work on analog or usb. I have found using them with Dolby Atmos is about as good as it gets. So if you have windows 10 I would recommend spending the little money for Dolby Atmos and picking up a good set of analog or even usb headphones. The whole 5.1 or 7.1 surround headphone thing is just a gimmick anyways. Now if you use the Dolby Atmos or to a slightly lesser extent Windows sonic... then you will see decent results. That is because they are object orientated instead of directional. So instead of a sound being coded to come from the back left speaker or side right channel... they are instead placed in a 3d space. With headphones the speakers are generally in the same area(don't need to build the 3d space by configuring speaker locations) so it is easy to create the correct effects to place that item into a virtual 3d space. Now to elaborate on the above. We only have 2 ear drums, but somehow can tell direction of sounds. That is because of the way the sound shifts or hits our ears at different times. That is what Dolby Atmos taps into to create the 3d space and they are basically slightly changing the sound of each object to reproduce what you would hear naturally from that virtual position.
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    Microcenter deals (local)

    Just wanted to put this out there for anyone that has one close. My local (and others) microcenter are having some pretty big deals this weekend/week. I tossed together a budget midrange machine for my nephews for about 450 full build. Ryzen 1600 B350 pro motherboard (atx) 8 GB 3200 ram (2x4) 480gb inland ssd 1 Tb Seagate Red dragon rx580 CX500 PSU Cm masterbox lite RBG Total after tax $484 I mention the above because the 1600 was only 69.99 and then the 30 off for cpu/mobo bundle meant I got the pair for about 100. Then the GPU was 170 for the rx580. There was also a deal on the ssd, but that is always the case on their in house brand. Now I know the 1600 is last gen, but if you are trying to put together a new rig on the cheap... they are basically giving them away. Anyways if you have a local microcenter it is worth checking out.
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    Microcenter deals (local)

    Really?! That is pretty terrible. Seeing that they price-match from most places even amazon as long as it is prepared and shipped by them.
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    Microcenter deals (local)

    Ya, I was going to get them a 2200g before I saw the deal on it. They had a very limited budget which I had offered to double, but for a 12/14 year old saving more than 200-300 is pretty hard apparently lol. I retired their old fx6300 with a 660ti. Which actually did do pretty good in most games, but games like Apex would have pretty nasty dips and looked like a playdo world :-D.
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    Is this a good PC?

    A few things I will say on this build. SSD's have come way down in price... you can get a 240gb ssd for just a few bucks more and a 480gb SSD can be had for around $45 compared to the 25-30 for a 240gb. The Cooler you have picked out is a 120mm AIO. I wouldn't go with an AIO unless space is an issue or you have one that is at least 240mm of bigger. For the price of this cooler you could get an air cooler which would offer better thermal performance. You can get a Artic Freezer 33 Esport edition for $35-$45 depending on color combination you choose.
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    Suround sound tech dolby atmos

    They do very similar things, but I find atmos to be better (for me)
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    First Used Mining GPU Purchases review/testimony

    I have said this in the past that mining on a GPU in general doesn't do much to kill the card any quicker. If anything the mining cards have been taken better care of than most gaming cards. They are normally undervolted and run at lower temps than your average gaming card.
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    Apex Legends - Poor SLI performance [FIX]

    I have't run in to a single FPS issue... I just can't stand how terrible the servers are. Seems every match we get rubberbanding for a good 30+ seconds.
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    Spotify banning ad blockers

    Fine by me. I don't use their service and for sure would now. Good thing there are plenty of other options out there.
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    Suround sound tech dolby atmos

    Normally you only have 2 choices. You can use the default windows driver which will let you use atmos or sonic... then you have the manufacturer's driver which may or may not support them. For my g930 the windows drivers kills the LFE channel and makes it sound terrible. For my Steelseries they all work great, but I prefer atmos due to better object based sound.
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    $200-250 IPS/VA monitor?

    So the VA panels tried to be a combination of a TN monitor and an IPS. Early on they had the advantage of higher refresh rates than your standard IPS display, but now that isnt really much of a factor as IPS goes over 60hz too now. So if you look at a TN panel you will get better color reproduction and better viewing angles with VA, but you will also have a higher response time. So today VA panels dont really beat IPS monitors when it comes to gaming and tbh of gaming is all you are going to do then TN might be the best answer although with a sacrifice on color accuracy. I just think if you are in a place where you want better colors then saving a little more for a good IPS monitor would be better. That response time does make a difference in FPS and other competitive games.
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    First pc

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    $200-250 IPS/VA monitor?

    Stay away from VA panels. IPS is better in the majority of ways. I think the only real advantage VA has is it can produce better black levels, but it still isn't true blacks like an Amoled and it does so at a performance cost in both frame rate and response time.
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    Suround sound tech dolby atmos

    It really depends on the drivers. Like for example I have an older G930 that will work with them if I use the default windows drivers, but they sound pretty weak because they lose support to the different channels. Now if I install the Logitech drivers for them they sound great, but they no longer can use Dolby Atmos... so if I want them to sound good I am stuck using the decent, but not great Logitech 7.1 software. Now the SteelSeires Arctis Pro works perfect with them and their own DTS 2.0 solution (I prefer the Dobly Atmos). So it mostly depends on the headset and the way the drivers are setup for it.
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    Will it work?

    It is one of the machines in my lab that nephews play on. I want to say it has a 780 or 780ti. Tbh I have a good few gaming machines in the lab... so remembering what is in what is daunting lol.
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    Will it work?

    I've had to use those adapters in the past on one of my older rigs. It had a BFG 1000W PSU that only had 6 pin PCI-E connectors. I ended up having to use 1 2x 6 pin to 8 pin and another one that took 2x 4 pin molex to a 6pin pci-e connector. The PSU isn't the greatest, but it still holds its own and it was just a matter of cards back then not needing more than that so an "SLI" ready psu only had 2 pci-e connections.
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    In Need of Certification seeking Recommendations

    I have a feeling you haven't taken many certs if any. You can find practice test questions sure, but the exact exam questions is going to be a PITA to find not to mention they have several versions of the tests and they would be in random order. Then you have tests like the CISSP which even if you happened to some how cheat (unlikely) you would still need 5 years of proven experience in the security field to even qualify for the cert. I mean the truth is it would take almost as much time to memorize all the answers as it would to just study and understand the test material. The latter being much more beneficial for everyone involved. Honestly, passing a cert isn't hard if you give yourself a month or three to study up and prepare. Read a book on it, take practice tests online until you are confident you can score 90% or higher and then go take it. Now when it comes to certs if you have a degree or experience you can generally pass on the CompTIA stuff as imo they are pretty entry level certs. They can help you get your first few jobs/assignments, but you will out grow them fast.
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    In Need of Certification seeking Recommendations

    I would like to see all of these clueless fakers with a CISSP.
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    Cheap PC

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant Type Item Price CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $164.99 @ Amazon Motherboard Asus - PRIME A320M-A Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $59.99 @ Newegg Memory Patriot - Viper 4 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $55.98 @ Newegg Storage Patriot - Burst 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $30.99 @ Amazon Storage Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Amazon Video Card Gigabyte - Radeon RX 570 4 GB AORUS 4G Video Card $139.99 @ Newegg Case Cougar - MX330 ATX Mid Tower Case $43.41 @ B&H Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $19.99 @ Newegg Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts Total (before mail-in rebates) $615.33 Mail-in rebates -$50.00 Total $565.33 Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-04 17:01 EST-0500 This would be where I would start. I listed a 320m motherboard which will be fine with that cpu if it has a newer bios, but if you want to make sure there aren't any issues with bios you could pick up a 450 board for about 15-20 bucks more... which does go a little over your budget by about 10 bucks. Either way this would give you a solid build that can game just fine.
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    Radiator Size

    I normally tend to aim for 240mm per component. So that would be 720mm in total. So I would try to add another 360mm personally if possible, but if not then the thickest you can fit in your case
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    High idle CPU temps after cleaning radiator

    IMO it is 3 years old and you probably caused air to move causing your issue. Also if you rotated it where pipes are on the top rather than bottom for example then it might not be flowing like it should due to the evaporation over the years taking a toll. I would contact Corsair and see about a RMA as you have about 2 years left of warranty if it is 3 or so years old.
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    BEST 360mm AIO cooler to buy in 2019

    This also gets my vote. The H line is top notch.
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    What causes a loop to leak?

    You get 10ft of tubing for $26 (amazon cost) plus the additive that makes one gallon of coolant and the radiator cleanse. If you already ordered it is too late, but I did run across this https://m.aliexpress.com/item/32859267510.html?pid=808_0000_0109&spm=a2g0n.search-amp.list.32859267510&aff_trace_key=d530588a9f534e7dbfb3fd50d6fc4688-1548966933293-03786-UneMJZVf&aff_platform=msite&m_page_id=411amp-Nr_RhRq5DqxSuPn830MVBQ1548967458432 That looks like everything you need for cpu and gpu albeit with only 240mm of rad, but you arent doing anything crazy so it should be enough. Just unsure if the rad is copper and I sorta doubt it is... but that price point is pretty damn cheap for fittings, fans, and all.
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    What causes a loop to leak?

    Juat us the liquid utopia that comes with a box of primo tubing. You will also get an additive for cleaning the rads. The tubing box is like 20 or 25
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    What causes a loop to leak?

    For 25-35 you can get a copper 240mm radiator from them. It is worth the little bit more for the increased cooling capacity and to take out the risk of galvanic corrosion.