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  1. WildW_UK

    10 Years of Gaming PCs: 2009 - 2014 (Part 1)

    Only just replaced my 2600k - too many volts for too many years degraded it and I couldn't keep it cool any more. Z77 motherboard is still ok though. I honestly would've been more interested if they'd started 20 years back
  2. WildW_UK

    Streaming: Do you do it? Do you watch it? Why?

    Back in my student days, some 20 years ago, I used to sit with my roommate and watch him play JRPGs like Grandia and FF7 on the Playstation. They weren't the kind of games I've ever got into playing, but I was able to experience the story while enjoying good company. Maybe it's like that if you're watching the same people regularly. All my friends these days are retro-gaming youtubers, although most of them don't know they're my friends.
  3. I recently built an i5 system and saw something similar. Assuming you have good cooling then the CPU should be able to maintain its maximum turbo of 3.8GHz on all cores indefinitely. However there can be bios settings that limit the time the CPU can run at turbo speed. Look for settings in the bios called something like long term power limit. On my motherboard this value was a power level in watts and there's a time limit setting next to it. The quoted TDP of your CPU is 65W, but this is for the base clock speed of 2.8GHz. When turbo kicks in it will be higher and the system will let it run for some time at a higher level but then slow it back down again. It looks like this could be what's happening for you. The fix is to increase the long term power limit. Some folks seem to just say to put in 9999 as the value. When I was first testing my CPU cooling with Prime95 and CoreTemp I noticed that it would run at the all-core turbo for about a minute, and then dropped down to the base clock speed. CoreTemp shows the current TDP of the CPU, and under all core turbo it jumped from 65W to around 100W. I set my long term power limit in the bios to 125W, and now it will run at the all-core turbo speed indefinitely.
  4. If you install both on the same drive you need some kind of boot menu to select which one to start - Windows or Linux will do this for you though. If you boot from separate drives you need to select which drive to boot from, such as spamming F11/etc when you turn your computer on to get the bios boot menu. For me the real benefit of separate drives is when you change your mind later or want to reinstall one of the OS - it's much easier if they're on separate drives that don't know about each other.at boot time. If they're two partitions on the same drive, good luck reinstalling one without breaking the other.
  5. I have a big old-fashioned stereo amplifier (receiver) on my desk that drives my headphones and some bookshelf speakers. It's big and bulky and sometimes I think about getting rid of it, but I don't know what else I would do. I'm assuming that with modern 3D audio everyone games with headphones now. . . but does everyone still have weak little PC speakers with a headphone socket? Do you just use headphones plugged into the sound card? Where's your volume control? And how do you pipe your TV, other PCs and consoles into your headphones? What's the modern normal for audio?
  6. After some recent overclocking and stress testing I touched my VRM heatsink out of curiosity and basically burned myself, which got me thinking about cooling for motherboards. I've been reading motherboard reviews recently and noticing that they talk about how well cooled the VRMs are in terms of heatsinks. One of the only redeeming qualities of the Intel stock cooler is that it also gives you some airflow over the motherboard. If you're overclocking with an AIO water cooler you get none, and you're probably drawing a lot more power than usual. But, how important is it? I'm thinking about both stability and board longevity - do you add any cooling, perhaps a fan pointed towards your motherboard?
  7. I recently replaced the hard disks in our home file server (nothing fancy, just a PC running Windows 10), and I'm using the old drives as an offline backup, only powering them on occasionally to update the backups. I've used Microsoft's Synctoy to sync folders and everything works great. However, the new drives are larger than the old ones, and one of the backed up folders is soon going to get larger than the largest backup drive. At that point Synctoy is going to stop being a solution. I like that with this sort of method the backup is a directly usable copy of the data, and I want to avoid using any sort of raid. The first option that springs to mind is the split the folder in two and sync it to two separate drives, but that's not ideal. I'm aware that there are a few alternatives to Synctoy but I haven't used any of them. Do any allow some kind of automatic splitting of the copied data between two target folders, or maybe something different that would better? Any ideas?
  8. Looking for some thoughts on what might be happening here. System is an old i7 2600k, Z77 motherboard, and Corsair H75 AIO cooler (single 120mm radiator). I've been running this at about 1.35V and 4.5 GHz for over a year, and I'm sure that when I first installed it I was only hitting around 80C under a full synthetic load. I looked at it again recently and was alarmed to see it quickly jump to about 95C as soon as the load was applied and continue climbing in less than a minute. Yikes. I removed the cooler, cleaned and reapplied fresh thermal gunk, and saw a few C drop, but not significant improvement. I dialed down volts and frequency quite a lot, and ended up down at mid 80's C with 4.2GHz and 1.24V to the core. This ran Prime95 without errors for an hour (I know, not the most thorough test any more, I'm out of touch), and the temperature was stable so I guess the pump is still working. It just seems really hot for what's now a pretty mild overclock. CoreTemp is guessing an actual TDP of less than 125W at these settings, and the H75 ought to cope with that easily. Is this what CPU degredation looks like? I've heard that a degrading CPU might need more voltage over time to hold a stable overclock, but that doesn't seem to be an issue. Or perhaps the H75 is not working as it should? I was planning to reuse it on another machine, guess I will find out when I try.
  9. It was an interesting video, and I did download and try out Manjaro afterwards, booting from a USB drive. It was easy to install Steam and play games. I may try installing it on a spare SSD, but it will likely only be something to toy with. I've not heard a convincing argument for why Linux is better than Windows for the average home user/gamer. . . it's always about how Linux is getting better/almost as good/not as bad as you think. I get that the price is good, but I got full Windows 7 for next to nothing when it was first released, and the licence has moved hardware with me ever since. When I've tried Linux in the past is has always been support that was the problem, when you run into some little issue you want to fix. You Google the problem and you get answers from the past, for other distros that work differently, and so on.