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About Tacitus

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  • CPU
    i5 4670k
  • Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-Z97X SLI
  • RAM
    8GB G.Skill Ripjaws 2133mhz
  • GPU
    PowerColour R9 290x PCS+ in Crossfire
  • Case
    Corsair Air 540
  • Storage
    Crucial MX100 256GB SSD
  • PSU
    EVGA SuperNova NEX750B
  • Display(s)
    Dell u2414h
  • Keyboard
    Filco Majestouch 2 w/ Blue switches
  • Sound
    Logitech Z506 5.1
  • Operating System
    Windows 8.1

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  • Location
    Scotland, UK
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  1. Using GPU in second PCIE slot

    Disabled iGPU and told bios to look PCIE slot 2 first but nothing appears on screen. Can only get display back by moving the GPU back to PCIE slot one.
  2. Using GPU in second PCIE slot

    I'll need to swap the GPU and check but I would assume not since I've played games for over a year having not touched the PC internals or settings at all, and was running my 2 monitors off of the GPU. The games were graphically intensive so no way they were being powered by the iGPU. I'll post back how that goes.
  3. Hi all I'm trying to put my GPU in the second PCIE slot as part of a troubleshooting exercise. When I do this nothing appears on the monitors. Is there a way I can resolve this? The GPU lights up and the rest of the system fans are running. Motherboard is a Gigabyte Z97X-SLI and GPU is an R9 290x. The PCIE lane has worked in the past when running crossfire, so not sure why it would not run on its own. Thanks Chris
  4. Tried both sticks of RAM individually in each slot and had artifacting with each stick in every slot which I can induce by turning the monitor on and off with the button on the front of it. Interestingly it only happens on my primary monitor and not the second one (but turning the second monitor on and off can cause the artifacting on the primary display). I have swapped my GPU to my second PCIE slot but nothing shows up on either monitor when I do this. Can anyone help me out with this? The attached video shows the type of artifacting I get on my primary display, with the screen often flickering off all together (as at the start of the clip). VID_20171117_215846.mp4
  5. Did DDU and reinstallation of drivers a couple days back to no avail. Will try and swap around ram slots today and see if that impacts on anything, and if not I'll move the GPU to the second slot. Using the secondary slot will decrease performance though, won't it? Or not, perhaps, since it's an SLI compatible board?
  6. Updated the mobo bios today. Seemed steady but turning my monitor on and off a few times made the PC return to instability. Had severe artifacting and flickering on my main display, which is consistent with what I experienced before. Have not yet tested the PSU, RAM or RAM slits, bit I think I'm getting closer to ruling software out.
  7. Ran Memtest last night for about an hour and no errors showed up, used DDU and installed GPU drivers fresh. Freezes keep coming. Surely if it was the PSU it would be worst while drawing a lot of power rather than while idling? Another thing I've noticed is the screen at the bottom of the panel sometimes flickers a bit like subtle ststic signals and can do this for a split second multiple times. The PC sometimes freezes and sometimes does not. I'm also a bit concerned about the SSD, which is 256gb and for a while was the only drive in my PC when I first built it in 2014.
  8. The urge to go ultrawide

    Thanks for your help.
  9. The urge to go ultrawide

    Interesting. Is it possible to split the screen virtually so your PC thinks you have 2 1720*1440 screens to better segregate browsers, apps etc? Very nice! I'll need to keep an eye open.
  10. The urge to go ultrawide

    Is that a 1440p one? If so, link please I'll buy now! What other things do you use it for and what makes you dislike it so much?
  11. The urge to go ultrawide

    Hi all When 34" 1440p ultrawide first arrived I was immediately drawn to it in every way, except for the prohibitively high price. I could now justify buying one with a Samsung VA panel at 100hz. Could anyone give me their experience of going from 2 monitors to one ultrawide one? My primary uses are:- - Day to day tasks like browsing, Word, Excel. - Gaming. I play exclusively single player games. (Will I benefit from faster refresh?) - Photo editing as a hobbyist. Holiday and day to day snaps. Can I calibrate any panel properly? I currently have a 290x which cannot run games in 4k and I think running them at 1440p on that screen makes them look a bit off. I will buy a new GPU next year but think even then 1440p 21:9 with a higher refresh rate might be a happier middle ground between Res/refresh. Is it a doomed resolution? 4K is coming thick and fast and will I end up with a low-res monitor? Thanks in advance Chris
  12. r9 390 Crossfire

    I ran 290x crossfire for a while. When it works it is amazing, 4k becomes doable on a budget. The problem is consistency. Games that don't scale mean you waste a card and games that have any stuttering issues result in a very jarring experience. Noise is an issue. You really need to water-cool the top card with something like the Kraken AIO bracket, or wear headphones. Heat is bad as well if you're gaming for a long time or are in a poorly ventilated room. I'm in a similar boat to you - I have a 290x and want something better, but I'd much sooner sell and get a second hand 980ti than get a second 290x again.
  13. Will try and play about with settings/ram sticks etc tonight when I'm home but to provide a bit more info: CPU is at stock settings, temps at idle are fine, especially at idle or while doing web browsing etc. GPU peaks at 78 degrees under load. Case is Corsair Air 540 so I have good airflow. PSU is 750W EVGA Bronze rated. Not the best, but plenty powerful for the system. I have reinstalled Windows already and I updated my GPU drivers to the latest ones (didn't game for a few months) but the issue is unchanged. Will try clean install of them. People online who had similar issues reported a fix with PSU, mobo, CPU, RAM so now I fear it could be just about anything
  14. Hi all As the title suggests my motherboard may well be dying (PC freezes at random and only way to resolve is cut the power and then reboot, reset button/ctrl alt del not doing anything). Please do say if this may be caused by another component, I don't have spare parts for testing. Anyway, I have a 4670k on a Gigabyte Z97 board with 8GB ram, and an R9 290x. I could get a new Z97 motherboard for around £90, or I could look to upgrade to a DDR4 platform and sell off my old CPU/RAM. My PC is primarily used for day-to-day tasks such as browsing, word/excel, gaming (graphically intensive games) and minor photo editing (touch-ups in Lightroom). In these applications would there be any tangible benefit to upgrading or would I be as well sticking with the 4670K and putting the money into the new GPU fund? Thanks in advance Chris
  15. Random Freezing

    Thanks for getting back. The reset button works normally the rest of the time, so while I have not tried to reconnect it I would assume it is connected properly.