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Everything posted by Anomnomnomaly

  1. Avoid the gigabyte boards entirely... they have known issues with their dual bios. The MSI's come recommended by many.
  2. It should tell you on the downloads page what the minimum BIOS is required. For my Aorus Pro I think it was F32 that 'MUST' be installed before you try to update beyond that. Unless it states otherwise, you should be fine updating from your current to the F31 (if that's the minimum required) and then update to F50... No need to install any extra software, just stick the files on a USB stick, plug it in and hit DEL on post and you can use the built in Q-Flash. Also worth checking if your board has the dual bios... which on gigabyte boards is a known issue... where it has a tendency to fall over and revert back to the backup bios. So keep an eye on that as you'll only be updating one bios, not both.
  3. You can get a part time job in the UK from 14, but it's limited to I think 16hrs a week, and no more than 3hrs a few times during the week and the bulk of it on weekends. The pay is appalling too. But it's a great way to earn some extra money... and pays much better than a paper round.
  4. That's exactly my argument, I don't have the lights on in my home office simply because I have three 27" monitors that throw of a lot of light and on the wall behind me is a 3 metre wide 2.4m tall display unit that has led strip lights on them when needed, as well as my plasma ball and my lava lamp... I rarely have the display unit lights on unless I'm on video chat as it does look cool behind me with all my little toys and stuff on display... like my Good/Evil Ash figures, my Crow figure and my deadpool... as well as an R2 unit, a giant lego super star destroyer on top of it and various other little bits and pieces.
  5. I didn't even bother buying anything with RGB... there is some minor illumination on my motherboard (turned off) and there's a logo on my AIO pump which is set to change colour with temps only. Aside from that, my keyboard and moused are a mix of red/blue... the KB is all red aside from WASD keys and the very top row, ESC through Pause Break as well as the logo and lighting/lock buttons. My mouse is also red whilst the DPI lights are blue. That's it... I refused to buy the AIO with RGB and I purchased non RGB Corsair ML fans.... Don't like it, don;t want it... not paying extra for crap I'll only turn off. I just wish they'd offer one with and one without for those of us who don't like it and would rather save some money.
  6. Whilst I do still watch some of their videos... I use ad blockers and I consider any sponsors unworthy of my money... I also refuse to buy any merch. So when they change their methods, I'll reconsider stopping them from earning a single penny from my views.
  7. My first PC built from scratch was about 20yrs ago, but I'd been tinkering and upgrading other systems for a good 8yrs before that. I remember upgrading the memory in an old 386 system from 1mb to 2mb, adding a sound card and having to use custom disks to boot the system for each game. I can't remember the exact specs of my 1st fully built one. But it was an AMD build, I think a Duron CPU that was soon replaced with a T-Bird CPU... I was upgrading my system every few months... more ram, new gpu, larger HDD's and other peripherals.
  8. I'd never heard of that myself, but then again oneplus doesn't seem to be a major brand in my country and I've never actually met anyone who's ever owned one of their phones. But it's good to know there were more.... shame that we've not seen any with the 'lineage' CM offshoot OS.
  9. On the floor is fine depending on the floor and how dirty you are... I've always kept mine on a wheeled platform to the side of my desk and I run the vacuum over the outside of it and clean the filters every couple of weeks. I wouldn't advise putting it on carpet, but wood/laminate floors will be fine all you have to do is keep the room clean. It won't get any more 'dusty' than anything else... if you can't be bothered to keep your room clean... you'll never have a really clean computer. Another factor could be the case itself... If it's got any fans/filters on the bottom make sure there's enough room for airflow underneath.
  10. Oh change the record FFS, all you ever do is hate on amd... it's really the worst kind of fanboi crap that pollutes these kinds of threads... you're utterly incapable of accepting any other point of view that doesn't fit with your own narrow minded blinkered view.
  11. Cyanogen was around for a long time, but it was always an enthusiast thing. There's only one phone range that ever came pre-installed with it... and that was Wileyfox. Their phones were actually really good and the privacy settings were way ahead of anything else. I actually owned one for a few years... Sadly the company also suffered from a lack of sales outside of the more knowledgeable of the UK's tech community.
  12. In theory it's a good idea and something I've been advocating for many years... But as usual in this country I expect the regulations to be basically toothless and ineffective... mostly due to the lack of funding for the regulators to pursue and take action against these companies with bottomless pockets of money to try and wriggle out or and around the rules. One thing that needs to be set in stone... unlimited fines... because the only way to force these companies to act is to hurt what matters the most to them... money. if they let a million people see something that should have been removed or never allowed to be uploaded/posted... take them to the cleaners and make it so unprofitable to flout them.
  13. Possibly, and the system will still run... until it needs to actually use that part of the electronics.... then it'll shut down again and possibly damage other things. Had a capacitor leak on a motherboard... worked fine until it would randomly shut down when you started doing very specific kinds of tasks that pushed a certain part of the system harder.
  14. Well the old RX580 is now in my mediaserver and the only reason I put it in there is because the previous R7 280X couldn't do 4K 60hz (only 4k 30hz) and I'd upgraded the TV earlier in the year. Temps are fine and it's never actually pushed above idle. The entire system is just used to stream media to other systems in the house.... and aside from the occasional bit of transcoding which the CPU handles... the GPU never gets taxed and the fans normally spun down. So it's never been pushed hard enough to get hot and come close to drying out the paste.... I've never really had a problem with AS before.
  15. What about fans and fan blades? Did the puff of dust come out of the front/side/top/rear... because a visible puff could indicate a sudden pressure change inside the case.
  16. I just used what was at hand, I'm careful when applying it as I remember the days of yesteryear when there were bare dies on CPU's and you'd actually spread the paste on the cooler not the CPU. You used to get a straight edge in the pack with the paste to allow you to get a thin even covering.
  17. Open it up and inspect everything for visual damage... a noise indicates something breaking... could be as simple as cable shifting and hitting a fan, to a capacitor exploding and everything in between.
  18. You might want to redo the thermal paste. I had the RX580 Sapphire (still running in my mediaserver now) and it was hitting 81ºC under heavy load... replaced the thermal paste with some decent arctic silver and saw anything up to an 11ºC drop in average temps. Also, my memory would go to 2250... but could only get about 80mhz out of the core.
  19. Nothing wrong with that... it's a really old game that's not very taxing on a system. I was running Age of Empires 2 Definite Edition on my 5700XT earlier and that never rose above 400mhz and the temps remained identical to idle ones.
  20. No... but I am using the 5700XT and any issues that I did have have been resolved. The only crashes I've had recently have been down to the tweaking I did with overclocking it.
  21. Mine was the Sapphire Pulse 580... and it's currently running stock speeds in my mediaserver now I've upgraded to the 5700XT on my gaming rig. Stock speeds were 1366 core and 2000 mem I think.... and I was running around the 1450/2250 mark. It was running hot though and I had to replace the thermal paste which got me roughly an 11ºC drop in temps. Also worth noting that with GTA V... CPU is a major factor as it's very heavily reliant on single thread performance and can easily bottleneck... But if you are considering a budget card... I'm gonna assume that the rest of the system is either a little older or also budget oriented stuff. As @op if you've got a £300 budget... have you considered the 5700 as you're getting into that price range now, of for about 30-40 less than that you could get the 5600XT... But do some research on those as I've seen some brands have issues with cooling and there's the whole messed up launch vbios factor to consider with the 5600XT range.... basically AMD pushed a new bios for them that gave a 10-15% boost in performance.
  22. OK, so now I know you're in the UK... as am I. If you can stretch to £300 and the 1080 is that price... it's not a bad deal... as I've seen the 1070 going for more than that still.... I've just seen the gigabyte 1080 G1 on Amazon for £300 but it's not amazon selling it and you've got an extra £14 shipping on top of that... So be wary of such a 'great' deal from 3rd party sellers. Amazon warehouse currently have the same card for sale for £292 and I've bought plenty of stuff from amazon warehouse over the years... Only had 10% of it being bad (mainly HDD/SSD deals).
  23. Speaking as some one who had an RX580 that OC'd pretty well... getting close to 590 speeds... running GTA V at 1440p... you're only gonna get 60fps if you really turn down the quality settings. You should hit it fine at 1080p though.