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About watts300

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  • Birthday Dec 13, 1979

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    My son's computers: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pzxFjX, http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vrCm99
    Ignore the vendors and prices. Most of them are wrong.
  • Biography
    Previous Mac owner and lover. I sold it and built a my Windows PC listed below. I play console games, too. Our most commonly used consoles are PS4 and PS3, as well as Wii and Wii U.


  • CPU
    i7 6700k
  • Motherboard
    MSI Z170A Gaming M5
  • RAM
    GSkill Ripjaws V, 16GB, DDR4-3000
  • GPU
    Gigabyte GTX 980ti Gaming G1
  • Case
    NZXT S340 black
  • Storage
    256GB 840 Evo (boot drive). Storage: 2x500GB 840's, 1x256GB 840
  • PSU
    EVGA SuperNova 850 G2
  • Display(s)
    Samsung 50" LED LCD 3D SmartTV.
  • Cooling
    CPU: Cooler Master 212 Evo. Intake: Noctua NF-P14s Redux. Exhaust: Stock fans.
  • Keyboard
    Logitech K400r
  • Mouse
    Logitech G700S
  • Sound
    Living room home theater 5.1 surround sound. B&W speakers, Paradigm 12" subwoofer.
  • Operating System
    Windows 10
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  1. No not really. The inability to use any other drives (without slow-down) with NVMe is a dealbreaker. In the thread I learned about usage for any future builds, but for the build I have now, SATA 2.5 drives will do.
  2. Very interesting. It also sounds like if a difference is noticed (as you said, it probably wouldn’t) it doesn’t come with a good trade-off. I don’t like not being able to use sata drives unless it slows down the rest of it. I feel like I’ve learned that my current PC status is “It’s still good enough, just upgrade the video card.” Which is fine by me.
  3. Even in open world 3D gaming? I would have thought faster storage technology would help with that.
  4. Dare I ask ... do you have a recommendation for another technology that would still be an upgrade? The sata drive I have now is whatever 6Gbps is in real-life usage. If that can be bumped up with a new drive but still allow me to use other (slower) drives (the ones I have now) then I’d like to do that. Otherwise, I’ll consider an erase and reinstall.
  5. Ok I see what you mean. It’s a daily driver computer. Media consumption. And also gaming yes. I’m looking for a path to give it a refresh. Currently has a 980ti, too. I figured an NVMe drive would be a nice-to-have in the meantime until 3070s start to exist in the wild again.
  6. Are you referring to the generation of board I have? Do newer motherboard platforms have features that don’t create a bottleneck like that? I would be nice to have a fast NVMe boot drive and still use the slower 2.5” sata ssds I have currently. If a new MB purchase would mean that ability, I’d find myself considering a new MB.
  7. I’m not sure what you mean - an upgrade to improve performance.
  8. Okay so any other storage would need to be external to not slow down the 970?
  9. I’m becoming confused by specs and trying to learn them. I have this: https://us.msi.com/Motherboard/Z170A-GAMING-M5/Specification I want to buy this: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07BN4NJ2J/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_imm_t1_jge1FbQQF9P88?psc=1 Will the drive work at full speed? Looking for an upgrade from the SATA 2.5” I have now.
  10. I won't answer the poll, but ask my loaded, short barrel, pistol grip, 12 gauge Mossberg 500 in my closet. By the way... you really should fix "it deepens."
  11. It's not that I cannot, I chose not to engage in an argument with a kid on an online forum. It's just infantile to encourage such behavior... this might as well be YouTube comments with behavior like that. But kids like you are everywhere and I've met plenty so I know what to expect. But you know what else? That's all just a part of you (or any one for that matter) growing up and experiencing the world.
  12. I guess it could ultimately depend on how much money you have burning a hole in your pocket. 500GB SSDs are still around $200 or a little less. I'd just hate to spend that much money on the small performance increase I'm very confident it would have. I personally wouldn't bother. Newegg has a Samsung 2TB, 5400rpm, 2.5" drive that'll work in the PS4 for just under $100. That's what I'd get. It sure is a helluvalotta space. Four times the space for about half the cost of an SSD capacity worth getting. 5400rpm wouldn't be a negative because I've got my PS4's original hard drive on my shel
  13. PS4 uses SATA2. The cost-to-storage-to-performance comparison makes it not worth it at all. Stick with a regular HDD and you're good. http://www.ign.com/wikis/playstation-4/PlayStation_4_Hard_Drive_Speed_Test_Comparison Barely an improvement at all. I can vouch for this because I had a PC motherboard that only had SATA2. Installing an SSD had an improvement, but not a very large one. A second faster. If that.
  14. Ya the small cover is there the hard drive is. There are 3-4 screws to remove. It's a simple swap.. and turning the console back on automatically reformats the drive and installs the XMB. Yes, you could install an SSD, but seriously, it's not worth the cost. There's no speed benefit to it... at all. Just get the largest 2.5" HDD you can afford and you're good.