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Everything posted by Egad

  1. This is a very odd video, obviously is the audio issue at the front forefront of it, which to me also made it feel very low energy. It had periods where it just felt like watching Anthony mutter as he tinkered with an old computer. The scripting and planning of this also felt really off. Like why do you need a 2.5 gig NIC? Why is it even mentioned? What's the overlap of people with a second or third gen i7 as their primary rig but they have a NAS or something in their home that can do a sustained output at 2.5 speeds and they didn't think to put a 2.5 gig card in their deskto
  2. In additional the below ambient problem mentioned above, you'd need a pressure regulator to deal with the fact the system you're plugging into can easily be 4 or 5 bars, and most consumer water cooling stuff can only handle 1 to 2 bars. You'd always want to control the flow since at the rates the commercial stuff flows any leak would become a catastrophe very quickly. Especially since the max fluid dumped into your case is the based on the amount the building system holds rather than just the finite amount in your loop. I think the failure cases make this too severe to be attr
  3. There seems to be two different things. The first is the Hackintosh doesn't have "stacked" radiators in that the air doesn't go directly from Radiator A to Radiator B, it goes Radiator A to the internal volume of the case to Radiator B. I agree with LTT there, the air will still pull heat of the rear radiator on its way out. In general having one big radiator used on exit, so that your airflow is best, that is: Ambient enters case -> picks up a minor amount of heat off the VRMs and such -> crosses large radiator and pickups CPU and GPU heat -> exits case But
  4. If you really want cheap, go with a GTX 1660 and mod the 2 stream limit off. That's cheaper than a new mobo, RAM, and CPU. After all unless you already have a B450 and DDR4 sitting around already, 130 dollars isn't going to there anyway.
  5. GPU fans are rated to last for hours. So when a gaming GPU says its fan for last N years, the years is based on well the GPU fan is good for X hours, so then the years it will last is: X / (52 * average amount of time someone games a week). Your RX570 was running all day, so 168 hours a week vs average amount of time someone spends gaming. Plus if the GPUs were all slammed into a system together, probably more heat and the fans running at high RPMs more which is also going to shorten life. XFX makes multiple 570 variants. I count 7 on their North American website, the
  6. Dells don't always obey Dell law though. I agree in theory if you in Slots 1 and 2 you have Matched Pair A and if in Slots you have Matched Pair B, then it should work as long as neither matched pair violates the rules, even if pair A and B are not equal things should work. However my personal experience with Dells that should does not mean they will. I would agree with others, you can clean the RAM slots, reseat the CPU and generally hope for the best. Hopefully one of those fixes it, but if you can boot with Pair A or Pair B but not both, the unfortunate solution is probably y
  7. If you pop out the RAM that came with the Optiplex and put your new RAM into those slots, can you get the computer to boot on just the new RAM?
  8. At that point your options are either a R5 3600 or a R7 3700X. With exactly how many VM's you'll have running simultaneously answering the question of which one you want. This also influences the RAM, etc and in turn will determine how much money you have left over for a GPU after doing the core of your system. Reality is if your primary purpose is building a workstation type rig and you have a 1k budget, gaming will take a hit. Especially if you need to throw in a monitor, windows licenses, etc.
  9. You should replace it when you can afford to. That being said depending on the games you play and your budget it may or may not make sense to replace right at this moment since you're looking at new RAM, a mobo, and a CPU all in one swoop.
  10. I think it's a reasonable price, you can negotiate though. The PSU or a comparable one is ~40 to 45 new. BestBuy for example will see you a EVGA 650W bronze efficiency PSU for 44.99, I'm sure there are 500 and 550s out there for less. A 1070 used is a bit above 200 if you go the eBay route, a bit under if you do a local deal normally where no shipping or any third party taking a cut is involved. Although it's hard to be solid on the latter given regional variants. 550 W should drive your system. Personally I'd consider no more than 180 for the graphic
  11. I'd go: 5400 RPM drive. You have a 1 TB SSD so you really will only have data on the spinning disk. Get a 2 TB WD Blue or HGST Deskstar that does 5400 RPM. 5400s have a longevity edge, are quieter, and use less power. If you actually have a use case for the 7200 RPM drive, you'd be better off with a SATA SSD as your second tier. MSI X570 Mobos aren't great, also in general, I think a setup where you go with a pricer X570 just to get something that says X570 and wifi is not the best move. You're running a 3700X on a stock cooler, you can cut there and have more
  12. 144 Hz at 1440p isn't happening for Starcraft on that budget. Starcraft relies heavily on a single master thread, you may have stuff spawned off, but your frame rate lives and dies off that main thread. You'd want to be in the Intel camp on a 5 GHz chip, although even then in say late game 4 v 4 I doubt even a 9th gen Intel locked on 5 GHz is going to make it happen. The easiest path is just to aim for 60 fps. You can get a higher refresh monitor as long as you get a good quality one whose adaptive sync works with your chosen GPU brand and has the range to handle the late game F
  13. Used Dell Optiplex or equivalent business tower ~120 to 150 dollars. Don't buy off Dell, Lenovo, etc directly. They always charge ~100 over market. Find the local guy flipping business towers. GTX 1650 149.99 One additional stick of good old green Crucial RAM (assuming the used tower comes with 1x 4 GB) Spend the rest on a SSD if you want. At the 400 range, you're already going to be compromising PSU, case, etc to come in under budget. Not a lot of stuff in a 400 dollar rig you'd want to carry forward to your next build. Plus if you're lucky, you'll get W
  14. Vega 64 no. 500w is the official min for Vega 56 from AMD. Note that Gigabyte has models of the V56 that recommend 650w PSUs, etc because of after market tuning. So the specific Vega 56 card and how you tune it matters (undervolting is probably good, OCing is probably a horrible idea). So as long as you confine yourself to AMD's stock power profile, then a conditional yes, depending on what else in your system. I personally wouldn't, but that all comes down to personal comfort of running with little headroom on your PSU.
  15. The only value prop on the Threadripper 1 is that in the future you can buy a later gen/higher core count Threadripper. But you're limited to Threadripper 1 and 2 due to the socket shift for Threadripper 3. I'd honestly rather have 8 3000 series cores than 12 1000 series cores. A 2700X almost tied a 1920X in transcoding (the TR chip only had a 3 fps edge on h264 medium quality). Can't find any head to head benches on a 3700X vs 1920X, but I'd expect the 3700X to win. Most benches are of the 3700X vs a 1950X, with the 3700X losing by 5 fps to 7 fps despite having half the cores. In GN's 1
  16. CPU heavy for sure in those situations. With your budget you're in an interesting spot. You have lots of options with regard to a Ryzen 8 to 16 core processor (3700, 3900X, 3950X) that won't blow your budget and are going to handle the load and should last for some time. I think the 3700 more than meets your needs and then the 3900X and 3950X are more if you want as big beefy home server that might end up doing other stuff. Honestly even a 3600 probably works, but if the goal is "Build this and don't touch it for awhile", I'd go 8 cores. You also have Threadripper
  17. It all depends, for 4 to 6 streams it boils down to: How many are direct streams (that is no transcoding)? How many are audio only transcoding? How many are audio and video transcoding? If you're mostly doing direct play, the answer is that you don't need much. Generally speaking internet speeds will be the main bottleneck. For video, NVidia with its NVenc encoder is the fastest way to transcode, but not the non Quadro cards only support two streams (and a couple only support 1). There are custom drivers available (third party, not nVidia) sup
  18. Obviously true baller is dual Titans, but looking over the GamerNexus results I'd go 2x 2080Ti over 1x Titan: https://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/3419-sli-nvlink-titan-rtx-benchmark-gaming-power-consumption The difference between a single 2080TI and RTX Titan isn't major, but you get get big gains from multiple GPU when the game actually implements it. It comes down to if you want 5 to 10 more fps during most games, or want to gamble big on getting 70+ fps uplifts on DX12 titles that do multiple GPU well. Plus more and more titles are shipping with at the
  19. There is normally a 2070 Super to be had at 499. Amazon has the Zotac one in stock at that price and B&H has the Gigabyte one. So you need another ~120 to get one. Dump the fans and you're halfway there. Dumping the case gets you the rest of the way there. You can buy fans and move the computer to a new case later. Adding CUDA cores to a GPU post purchase is not an option. Also pushing past 3200 MHz, while it does help the infinity fabric speed, is putting you into the land of diminishing returns. I'd definitely want say a 2070 Super and 3200 MHz RAM over 2070 with 36
  20. I'm confused, was the Air specifically required? Because the 13" Pro starts at 1,299 and is a reasonably competent. Sure Apple tax still and you won't be streaming much given that's the quad core configuration and you'll still need to turn down graphics so as not to overload the Intel Iris graphics given that's the quad core, but you're not going to run into the whole issue that the dual core CPU that can't push back 1.6 GHz thing is the real thing killing you. So if it was just OS X was required, should have gone entry level MacBook pro instead of buying the upgraded ultra thin
  21. Not surprised to be honestly. The higher frequency on the Intel chips still gives them an edge. Even with AMD holding the IPC edge on most workloads, it only becomes relevant if the Intel chip needs two ticks of its clock to do the work. Not many games put that much load on the CPU, both chips generally get the frame done in the same tick. Had they thrown some Total War with massive armies on there or some late game clicking the End Turn button in Civ you might see some better results for AMD since the AI leaning on the CPU might force Intel to tick twice, but that's all just speculation.
  22. TV is more bang for the buck right now. I have a projector and an in ceiling screen, with space to mount the TV on the wall. So when the screen is down it covers the TV. I've then rotated between projector and TV upgrades over the years. I have the Samsung Q60, which is great for its response times. The two downsides are its sound and viewing angles. Sound isn't is a problem for my setup since all my audio comes out of my media PC and goes directly into the receiver and all my seating is pretty much facing the TV (no wing seating). I just have a 1080p projector w
  23. I did CAT 6A from my router to: 1. My main desktop rig's location 2. The location of my NAS (2x to it) 3. The media PC that plays back on my projector 4. A spot I might someday use as my office (meaning my main desktop would now be there) My logic was that a 4K Bluray with 7.1 surround sound streams at 100 mbps, the best I've ever gotten off Steam is ~400 mbps (I have a 2 gig fiber drop for the house and live 25 miles from the Steam server for my region) so saturating a 1 gig connection to one device takes some serious effort. Really the only things that
  24. You have some interesting claims, I'd love to clarify. Also I feel kind of badm like I'm triggering some kind of compulsion loop here or something. First you are claiming that a GT 1030 beats any Polaris 11 GPU arch? So we take a computer, plug in a GT 1030, and runs some benchmarks, then remove the GT 1030, plug in the RX470, and run the benchmarks again. You are stating that the GT 1030 benchmarks will exceed the RX470 benchmarks. Because that's frankly total garbage. The RX470 was typically recommend over the GTX 1050Ti given its performance edge.
  25. Your hobbies are your hobbies man and follow your bliss. But making claims that a GT 1030 beats a Polaris 11 based part is just plain wrong. A GT1030 doesn't even beat a Polaris 10 (the RX460) in Firestrike and other graphical benchmarks. T While I would agree a Haswell + (pretty much any GPU that can survive on just 75w of PCIe power) is a better option for games known to be heavy on the CPU relative to their GPU load (Source engine titles, certain eSports titles, grand strategy games, etc), it's a much less well rounded gaming setup than just a straight PS4 Pro.