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Everything posted by Egad

  1. The director's cut of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the whole Missing Link thing just kills me every time. Losing all the augs doesn't add anything to the game, it just makes me spend more time hiding places and waiting for my power cells to recharge so I can stealth my way over to the next vent or try multiple times on hacking things. Next time the original version goes on sale I'm buying that to skip the whole Rifleman Bank Station thing.
  2. http://download.cnet.com/iSunshare-RAR-Password-Genius/3000-18501_4-76171250.html
  3. You want to consider the 390 vs 970. You buy the 970 if: It's substantially cheaper either in direct price (ex you can afford a R9 380 or GTX 970 but 390s are more expensive where you live, then you buy the 970) or because you barely have any headroom with your PSU and going with the GTX 970 saves you the expense of a new PSU You have nVidia specific devices (Shield, G-Sync) or really like Shadowplay You have software (rendering, etc) that really benefits from CUDA Otherwise 390 all day.
  4. So for CUDA, it all depends on the application in question. If the programmers did a good job, I'll see up to an 18% performance boost in run time with regard to the task. For applications where the programmers have not optimized to CUDA, less. This also applies in cases where the work being done simply can't be offloaded from your CPU onto your GPU (and then for that matter that your CPU can go do something else useful while the GPU does its thing). This is a useful little report on CUDA vs OpenCL, you can just jump to page 8 if you want to see some graphs. I would also not say 18%
  5. Games are moving in the direction of expecting four cores or at least the ability to run 4 threads (i3). I don't think the Pentium is a good choice given where the market is headed. H97 and i3 or Z97 and i5 are both better choices. At this point the dual core Pentiums are something you have some fun with putting an overclock on and then pass on to someone who needs something just for basic productivity apps. Certain games already refuse to launch unless they see at least 2 cores/4 threads or 4 threads/4 cores. Others launch but sutter. If you go with the Pentium now, plan on buying
  6. If you got a really good deal on a GPU, then yes you could up your profit perhaps, but that is all based on getting a good price on a functional GPU. End of the day used hardware loses value quickly, especially entry level stuff, and like new doesn't mean that much.
  7. @don_svetlio, well if his next post was how he has a G-Sync monitor, I was going to castigate him for dropping money on that instead of upgrading his rig first. If he is purely on about Adaptive Sync, a precursor to G-Sync/Free-Sync type things, then I was going to point what you said in terms of FPS being key, not the ability to sync your monitor up to them at this stage.
  8. GeForce Experience: While nice, I've found it does not always deliver the optimal settings for my games. I've found it to be somewhat conservative and I can get more by tweaking my settings. Preferring one manufacturer over another for giving you a rough cheat sheet on in game settings is stupid. Now if you've bought in to the nVidia ecosystem via a Shield, G-Sync, etc then just say that and most folks will happily restrict their answers to nVidia products. Low information posts such as "ugh BRAND" are useless and frankly just waste the time of people trying to help you.
  9. AMD CPUs have very poor price to performance right now. A cheaper Intel will crush the AMD on anything but heavily multithreaded workflows and typically if you have such a workflow it's worth it to consider an i7 or a couple of the Xeon offerings even if they cost slightly more.
  10. Way too high. I can do this for ~450 with all new parts and I could cut it down to 400 or so fairly easily. 1 GB GPUs aren't worth much these days. I'd say 250 to 300 is what I'd pay. Whoever is buying your rig is likely on a budget and likely wants to have some money left over for a GPU upgrade. Yes yours has the OS on it, but that can be gotten via software swaps, etc. I suppose it being secondary market and all, list at 350-400 but be prepared to come down in price. At 600 I'm not even calling you, at 400, maybe. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CP
  11. 980Ti, two 970s delivers better performance than one 980Ti when there is good SLI support, but when there is not good SLI support, single more powerful card always wins.
  12. If you want to do this right, you have to more in depth information the build. Specifically the socket of the CPU and as much info about the motherboard as possible. Celeron is just a brand name. For example if you have a motherboard with a LGA775 socket that supports the Core 2, you can reuse the board and have more money for RAM or the discrete GPU. Otherwise as other builders have shown you're looking at having to eat up a decent portion of your budget purely on the mobo.
  13. If they're doing that compact of form factors, part of me worries they'll be styled after gaming laptops, where only a subsection of parts are upgradable and others are soldered in place or custom to the point your only option is to pay MSI a premium for an upgrade pack.
  14. What is your friend's current rig...
  15. Build is over a year old and not the best design if you want to do this now. I'd suggest spending some time in the New Builds and Planning Forum, they have some helpful stickies.
  16. This was a pretty disappointing test to be honest. I would have loved to see both chips dialed in with the same clock speed and then run head to head so we could see exactly how much Skylake's IPC increase adds. Especially on benchmarks like Attila Total War, where we know the game will make use of extra cores. So then we'd get to see exactly where we are in terms of displacement vs IPC with the current processors. Also running K chips at stock clocks is somewhat pointless. Intel sells them all with with clocks on the more conservative side so that almost all of them overclock and Intel can a
  17. Case might be an Alienware (given the little Alien head and general vibe of it). Personally I'd save to put money into the video card, save that 150 up to 300 and get a R9 390 GPU.
  18. Yes, but you're not really going to use the extra threads in gaming right now. Keep the cash in your pocket and upgrade later. 6700 prices will only drop as additional CPUs come out. Or as Nena said you might want to jump right to a Cannonlake depending on what Intel offers. The current Skylake CPUs are really only our first sniff of the new stuff, no reason to go all in on the appetizers they're currently tossing over the walls.
  19. I don't think the K is really safer. I'd say the general rule for overclocking is it improves your experience within a range. Like it makes a good experience better, but it can't make a shitty experience great. Unless you really win the silicon lottery and get a beast. Given the R9 is pricier, I'd save money now and go 6500 and 970. The reality is right now Windows 10 is primarily gaining market share at the expense of Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 is holding stable at 50% of the market. So this means developers are going to either need to produce games that run well on DX11 for quite s
  20. @Sauron Also more expensive than a Core 2 Quad Core! I mean come on, it has four cores, I'll be fine for gaming...
  21. It's okay, but you want to get an i5 if you can afford it, or upgrade to one when you can.
  22. R9 390 for the video card, additional VRAM and better context switching is a better bet right now if your goal is 3 to 4 years of gaming with reasonable performance. Do you plan on a significant overclock? If yes, buy the 6600K, if no, buy the 6500.
  23. No practical reason aside from the aforementioned performance boosts, you have fun with RAM Disks and things like that though. Make your Max Weber, Mayer Zald, etc load faster. Or if you're like Jason Owen-Smith or Xu Yie and doing quant work with large datasets you might see a gain. SPSS is pretty memory efficiently, but lots of the modeling programs are not so great.
  24. Just download VirtualBox, a free VM, and play around with with various distros on it. I'm partial to CentOS. You can try things out on that without having to actually fully buy in. Although really stick at 8.1 or jump to 10. I wouldn't change OS just over some new mechanical drives.
  25. Also your current power supply matters for this in terms of how much power it has on hand to drive the card.