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About jstudrawa

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  • Location
    Atlanta, GA
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  • CPU
    i7 8700K @ 5.0Ghz
  • Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z370 Gaming 5
  • RAM
    G. Skill Ripjaws V 16GB 3200Mhz
  • GPU
    Gigabyte AORUS GTX 1080 Ti
  • Case
    Fractal Design Define r6
  • Storage
    Samsung 750 EVO 512GB + Toshiba 7200RPM 3TB
  • PSU
    EVGA SuperNova 650 P2
  • Display(s)
    AOC Agon AG352UCG 35”
  • Cooling
    Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate CLC
  • Keyboard
    Logitech G910
  • Mouse
    Logitech G502
  • Sound
    Logitech Z5300 5.1
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
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  1. What do you think of Bose headphones/speakers?

    Bose has been known to accentuate the frequencies that effect the loudness factor. Like how salt makes food taste. Bose doesn't usually go for a flat frequency response to gie you an unadulterated listening experience. Think of it as always use an Equalizer with Bose stuff. Also, they've used substandard parts in their builds, like using paper cones long after everyone moved to rubber and poly. Plus they're usually overpriced compared to similar performing gear. They play toward WAF vs good pure sound.
  2. What monitor for my build?

    That's a nice monitor, 24" is minimal size I'd go for but it's 1440p and 144Hz, which is good for a broad range of games. It'll look gorgeous for MMO's and such and get high FPS for shooters when you want. it only has FreeSync, but really not sure how effective G-Sync or FreeSync is in the upper FPS area. That's a god research point for you. Also, since you know what a good minimum monitor is now, you can compare anything else against it and see how they all stack up. Browse this Monitor forum, probably a lot of good feedback in some of the threads in these pages. Edit: My opinion on IPS/VA/TN is that if you have them side by side, you can tell. Once you get it home and tweaked the settings to where you want, they all look good. Unless you really need an IPS for work or color accuracy stuff, it's not a big deal to not have.
  3. What monitor for my build?

    *sits back to watch the show, popcorn in hand* Lol, you know I'd have to comment ;P If you're not going Ultrawide, I'd still suggest at least a 27" 1440p w/ G-Sync. 27"+ for good real estate for gaming and productivity. 1440p is a nice resolution, tight but not as taxing as 4k. Will still allow high FPS with max settings in your build. G-Sync is fantastic once you have it. No tearing, no stuttering. I don't have any monitors specifically to suggest but those are criteria I like. Some may say stay 1080p and go 144Hz+. That's an option too, but I'll take 75-80Hz and 1440p any day of the week over 144Hz and 1080p.
  4. Future Upgrade suggestions.

    Lol, it really depends what you play. Ark is now at 182GB alone, so coupled with Windows, Office 365 and other games like Borderlands and SCAUM and what not... I run out. Just bought the 860 EVO M.2 1TB for $177 last week. Hey, my heart's in the right place at least for ya! I like your desk idea, should look pretty sweet. You know my suggestion on a monitor. If you can drop an Ultrawide on Black Friday, I can't suggest it any harder.
  5. Future Upgrade suggestions.

    More SSD, you'll outgrow the 500GB pretty fast and start putting games and apps on the HDD. RGB, no. How are you looking for Speakers, Headphones, Mouse, Keyboard, etc. Quailty of life upgrade time.
  6. PC buying advice

  7. I think you're completely taking the inexpensive side of things when a company is selling a $1200 video card all by it's lonesome. I think its awesome you're advocating as cheap as possible. That's simply not the norm nor the realistic approach to college. College isn't a "get thru it as fast and as cheap as possible". It's a 2-8 year life experience that should be approached in the same way as the rest of life. Bold and with gusto. College is an amazing time in life, enjoy it and live it. This includes getting a laptop that does what you want, at a performance level you want. I think we're arguing different sides of the same coin, because I agree a $300 laptop will get you THROUGH college. In style? Waiting for files to load while your study group is already on question #3?
  8. He did mention Chromebook for the cheaps, and nixed it. I believe the OP and the average college kid has needs much greater than MS Office, which each degree program having it's own software for classes. Plus, gotta game it up when not studying!
  9. Lol, you're fine. It crashes to save itself. it's not meant to go to 2088MHz like that. Keep reducing your +clock speeds til you're stable, then do with memory clocks too. You'll find the sweet spot in a bit. I don't mess with voltage at all, personally. I up the Max temp and power limits, add some clock and mem OC and let her rip. She runs between 1975 and 2025 depending on game. Plenty for me.
  10. Okay, so what laptops DO you have access to, because Linus showed the ones that are kinda the most popular in the world in a way. SO, you know your specs, go out and buy one with those specs under that price range.
  11. GTX 1080 TI or RTX 2080?

    They're better than standard 16:9 screens like IMAX is better than regular movie theaters. Fills most of your vision In most FPS, they show more screen, yes. Some, no. I own this... AOC Agon 35" 3440x1440p 75Mhz G-Sync. G-Sync is awesome, IMO. https://smile.amazon.com/AOC-AG352UCG6-Curved-Monitor-3440x1440/dp/B07BMVNJZP/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1536934604&sr=8-1&keywords=aoc+agon+35 It's an investment, yes. But I expect it to last as long as my TV, longer even. Or I'll sell it and buy a better one later. Like cars, you don't just look at horsepower, but the experience of driving. Spend the money where you spend your time
  12. GTX 1080 TI or RTX 2080?

    Totally, but I didn't give you the credit you deserve that you're actually thinking this all thru logically and being a smart buyer and not just some guy flipping back and forth. You've really researched your stuff, which is a great idea I truly believe monitors, mice, keyboard, speakers and cases are the things that don't directly effect performance but make your PC experience better indirectly. My buddy was the one that told me to buy things that make my PC experience better and since then I've really put thought and money into nicer peripherals. The ultrawide is suggested cuz you now have the horsepower to push all those pixels, and when you've got a game extending into your peripheral vision... it's just more immersive to me. Yes, they're not cheap. But how much was the TV in your living room? Which is used more? I asked myself that and it was a no brainer to get the Ulrawide.
  13. cant get kinks out of mousepad

    I think the issue is that the boarder of that pad is plastic/lighting, so it's unable to shrink and stretch with the rest of the fabric. You have a static border and slightly shrunk weave on the pad itself. Ironing will stretch and loosen the fabric, but I'm hoping it doesn't just shrink back over time. You may need to find a way to stretch the fabric as well, like you do with t-shirts after you wash them.
  14. cant get kinks out of mousepad

    Probably a good idea. Throw a heavy set of books on a board on it.
  15. cant get kinks out of mousepad

    Iron it, but just use the steam fro the iron. Don't let the iron touch the pad.