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About jones177

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  • Location
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Interests
    PC gaming
  • Biography
    Computers have been my hobby since the 80s. Wrote games in the 8 bit area. Want to be game developer in the 16 bit area. 3D artist since 1986.
  • Occupation
    Retired 3D Graphic Artist


  • CPU
    i7 8086K
  • Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero
  • RAM
    G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB DDR4 3200
  • GPU
    EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
  • Case
    Cooler Master HAF X
  • Storage
    Crucial MX300 2.5" 1TB
  • PSU
    CORSAIR AX Series AX860 860W
  • Display(s)
    LG 32UD59-B 32" 4K UHD LED Monitor
  • Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15
  • Keyboard
    Corsair Gaming K70 LUX
  • Mouse
    Razer Taipan

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  1. jones177

    Harddrive cooling - is it necessary?

    My 10,000rpm HDs had heatsinks and lasted more than double the life of my 7200rpm hds. They were also in bays behind a 200mm fan. Now I use SSDs and my new 2tb 970 EVO will be under a heatsink as well.
  2. jones177

    best cpu for a workstation

    The best CPU for a workstation is the one you can afford and that will allow you to profit from it. My workstations did 3D. When I did CPU rendering, the more cores the better. In the old days that meant using multiple computers to get multiple cores. The amount of cores depends on the revenue the computer can create. For the type of 3D work I did my budget has been around $3000. I usually used 2 $1500 computers because if one went down I could miss a deadline and lose a customer. So my main workstation in 1993 cost about $1500(486 50hz) and my workstation in 2016(the last time I built a workstation) cost around $1500 dollars(i7 6700k). If I was building 2 workstations today I would probably go with a R7 2700x. If I was was building one I would probably go with a 12 core TreadRipper (2920X). Other disciplines need different setups and that I know nothing about.
  3. jones177


    Makes a good night light.
  4. jones177

    Noctua nh-d15 vs dark rock pro 4?

    The NH-D15 fits more ram. That is why I have a Pro 4 sitting in a box and a NH-D15 in the computer.
  5. Any future proofing is mainly gained from CPU choice. I would not built a rig without a 5ghz CPU. Ryzen 3 is rumored to have that so there will be more choices soon. The most desirable monitors are 1440p 144hz. The RTX 2080 ti is the best GPU to run one so it makes sense to chose it. Going for a lesser monitor like a 1440p 60hz means you can use a less powerful GPU like a 2070 and going 1080p 60hz means even less money for a GPU. That is where you get your savings. So go all out on a CPU and get your savings through monitor choice.
  6. jones177

    Why is my GPU not above 90% While gaming?

    ACO is hard to run. At 1440p with high and ultra settings I average 83fps in the built in benchmark. That is with an overclocked RTX 2080 ti and an overclocked 5ghz CPU. It is the only unmodded game that I have to overclock to maintain 60fps at 4k. Your frame rate is about right for your hardware playing ACO at 1080p. For the drops you will need to run MSI Afterburner to see if they are GPU or CPU. The drops could be i/o. Open world games like ACO are "load as you go" so you will get drops if your HD/SSD is underperforming.
  7. jones177

    Will 5820k bottleneck a GTX 2080ti at 1440p?

    Yes. My i7 8700k bottlenecks my 2080 ti. In tests that I have done only 5ghz CPUs don't bottle neck it at 1440p. Only at 1600 and 4k is a bottleneck avoided. If you keep your currant monitor you will see little or no benefit with a 2080 ti unless you need it for RT. You already have the best GPU for non RT at 1440p 60hz.
  8. jones177

    Paying too much?

    If you are chasing frame rate or resolution or both you do need them. I built a i7 6700k rig in 2016 as well. It is my 4k rig and the only components that are still in use from the build are the ram, case and SSD. I like to upgrade over time so there is not one big money hit. The i7 6700k was replaced about this time last year and originally it had 2 GTX 980 tis. Later it had a 1080 ti and at the end of last year It got a RTX 2080 ti. It is all needed for 4k 60hz. I have no more plans to upgrade it other than getting a larger SSD since it has meet its goals. Anyone with a 1440p 144hz monitor is not getting the frames in most modern AAA titles. The people that need to see those frames are going to upgrade as they can afford it. It is only a pain when what you need does not exist and then you have to wait.
  9. jones177

    Insufficent Cooling for a 8086k and a gtx 1070.

    I also use a DH-15 with i7 8086k. I run it with 5ghz on all cores. I use Cooler Master cases so I have the room for 2 fans. I use Cinebench and Prime95 without AVX for testing. When I first got the i7 8086k I tested stock, multicore enhancement and der8auer 5ghz on all cores. This was the result. I still use the der8auer overclock.
  10. I don't know. They said I did not have one. Sort of like the Twilight Zone.
  11. At the time I did not want my games on line. There was a time when on a Friday night I would go out to eat and brows for music and PC games at the mall. I enjoyed it. Now unless I am buying clothes or food I don't go anywhere. Losing hundreds of dollars in games when they lost my account didn't help with my attitude toward Steam. All I got out of them was " what account" even though they took my money. There was other online stores that I used back then but they went out of business. I used one called Direct2Drive the most. To me not going out of business is what I like the most about Steam. I bought Metro 2033 and Last light along with their redux and I didn't get the "ad". My Son did get it so he pointed it out to me. I was a bit mad about it since the same thing happened with Battletech. I also don't consider pre order slots as advertisement.
  12. jones177

    2080 TI heat issues

    That sounds about right. My EVGA XC card has a reference PCB and will run at 85c if I set the power targat to 130% with a slight overclock. The card does not clock down at that temp and the fans run at around 89%. In all the test that I have done on the card, noise is the only real issue. If I want the card to be quite most of the time all I have to do is set it to default. My XC is the first card I have bought in a very long time that does not have a reference to performance in its name so my bad. I also have a FTW Ultra. It always stays cool and quiet but because of its power limits it does not walk away from the XC.
  13. Steams first major exclusive was Fallout NV. The next one was Skyrim. Before those titles I would go to one of the many stores that carried games and installed it from disk. Steam started the exclusives. That is how they became dominant. Nothing comes close to how bad Steam was when it started. They even lost my entire library. I became a console gamer for many years because of the way they handled it. Not surprisingly there was an even bigger group threatening piracy back then because of Steam. It is ironic that I am hearing that cry now. As for Steam advertising. A banner on their store page in not advertising. Adds on game orantated web sites is and no company needs Steam for that. What is more surprising to me than anything about this is that Valve did not have it in writing that the game must be on Steam at launch. I want the choice back that I had before Steam and I think there is a chance I will get it because non exclusivity deals would be cheaper to make.
  14. jones177

    Just got a new ssd 970 evo plus

    Good move. I went with 1tb SATA but I am going it try an 970 EVO next update. My SATA SSDs are fine for my vanilla games but they struggle with the amount of content I add to my modded games. I think it goes in the slot closest to your CPU. I know it is on my motherboard.
  15. No. My i7 8086k with 5ghz on all cores does not bottleneck my RTX 2080 ti at 1080p and and 1440p. I know this because the 2080 ti can reach its power targets. My i7 8700k stock does bottleneck my 2080 ti at 1080p and 1440p and does not reach its power target. You should be ok even if you decide to take off your overclock. If you bottlenecked at all it would be at 1080p. My Son has a i9 9900k and it does not beat the i7 8086k in games. I do like the i9 9900k because it stays as cool as the i7 8086k with a 5ghz on all cores. It does need a good motherboard though. You were right about not getting the i7 7800k. I did not win the silicon lottery with mine and it is problematic with any overclock. I basically hate it. But I love my i7 8086k.