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About fire219

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  • Birthday Dec 01, 1998

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  • Location
    Southeastern US
  • Gender
  • Interests
    Electronics, gaming, anything that tickles my fancy at a particular moment
  • Occupation
    full time student


  • CPU
    Intel Core i5 3570 (non-K)
  • Motherboard
    ASRock Z77 Pro3
  • RAM
    8GB G.Skill Ares + 4GB Corsair XMS3
  • GPU
    AMD Radeon R9 380X
  • Case
    Old POS from an early 2000s CyberPower build
  • Storage
    500GB Samsung 840EVO + 1TB Samsung/Seagate HDD
  • PSU
    Thermaltake TR2 600W
  • Display(s)
    32" Toshiba TV
  • Cooling
    Xigmatek Gaia CPU cooler
  • Keyboard
    CM Storm Quickfire Rapid
  • Mouse
    Logitech G400s
  • Sound
    Plantronics Gamecom 780 and Logitech X530
  • Operating System
    Windows 7 SP1

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  1. I would love to have the Blade Stealth. The reason is that I have my nice i5 - R9 380X desktop for gaming, but my current "compact computing" device is... A 2002-vintage iBook G3. 600Mhz PowerPC, 128MB RAM, Radeon 7500 GPU. Screen is 1024x768. I need an upgrade, don't I?
  2. Free stuff is always nice, except when it's a disease. I'm not in strong need of an upgrade as I have a 380X, but this would still be a decent boost.
  3. Any of the boards you've posted will do the job fine. Unless you are doing major overclocking, all you really need to consider is the actual features. Do you need Crossfire/SLI, wireless, DDR4 memory (hint, it makes less of a difference than you think), etc. ?
  4. Yes, you sometimes get miniscule performance gains. But you're much better off spending the extra $150 (or whatever amount) on a better GPU or CPU, and get much more gain than 1-2 FPS.
  5. In general, a cheap motherboard and an expensive "gaming" board will have equal performance in games and benchmarks. What you are paying for is more accessories, better quality components (not to say the cheap boards are poorly made; this just means the expensive boards do better with extreme overclocking), and features of arguable use (stuff like easy overclocking, hardware POST display, etc). Some of these boards (like the Asus board appears to have) also have extra hardware like built in wireless. Unless you need the extra features a gaming board offers, or plan to do insane lev
  6. I have the Cloud 1, and I love it. But, I'm pretty sure the differences between the models are pretty minimal. The only significant difference is that the Cloud 2 comes with a virtual 7.1 USB sound dongle.
  7. $80 is a good price to aim for. It would be half that price if it was a DDR2 system...
  8. Definitely get a DVD drive, especially if you play slightly older games that may not be on Steam.
  9. Assuming you can find one OP, this is some advice to listen to. Otherwise, everything looks good for a budget gaming system.
  10. Impressive little projector. They've got to be using some kind of dark magic to get that kind of effective screen size at such a short distance. Image quality also looks really good compared to the crappy models I see every day.
  11. Yes, but even the die shrink generations tend to have minor improvements in IPC and newer technologies which also increase performance. EDIT: Kaby Lake isn't a die shrink. My points still apply though.
  12. Value is a good point, and may be what they're counting on. I cannot say I know what AMD's plan is, but I'd think that they would at least want to be competitive with the current (from the perspective of the time of launch) generation of Intel's lineup, not the previous generation.
  13. I'm not trying to say that what they've done with Zen (if the rumors are true) isn't amazing. But it isn't a great idea to release a chip that is technically inferior to the competition's, unless you have a way to compensate.
  14. Yes, but the point is that Zen's IPC is lower than Skylake's. AMD will have to push the clock speed of Zen up by a bit to counteract that deficit.
  15. Intel's going to have their next generation ready (or almost ready) with it's own set of improvements by October. AMD is not going to want to merely match the (by then) last-gen competition, they'll want to exceed its performance by a decent margin.