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Posts posted by jaypro

  1. I'm looking at a local listing for a Surface Book, but the configuration seems odd.


    The listing says the specs are

    i5, 8gb ram, 256gb top

    965m bottom


    However, from my research it looks like this was never offered as a possible configuration.  As far as I can tell, the i5 model with dedicated gpu was only offered with the custom 940m


    So I'm wondering, if the performance bases are interchangeable and the seller actually has mixed two surface books?  Or somehow managed to trick Windows into thinking the GPU is actually a 965M?  What does the 940m variant show up as in Windows, since they marketed it as 'Custom Nvidia GPU'.  How should I check if the actual performance base is indeed a 965m?  I believe the 965m base is thicker than the 940m, should i just take a ruler or is there an easy way to spot the physical difference?


  2. I could afford gtx 980 but I have to lower other components for it

    If you're just gaming, then yeah, cheap out on all non-performance-based stuff, get the best gpu you can afford.

    Also, the 970, even with 3.5GB is good enough VRAM for most 1440p games.  Look up benchmarks for the games you want to play and see if they pass

  3. sapphire vapor-x 8gb 290x

    If you wait, I'm sure there will be people offloading 980ti's or even TitanXs with waterblocks already installed.  The waterblock themselves are >$100, so if you are willing to wait, this would probably be the best way to go.  Many people with water-cooled lastest gen cards upgrade every gen.


    Budget-minded starter kit would be something like Swifttech H240-X2, where they give you the pump, rad, res, fans and cpu block all-in-one, and then all you need is additional tubing, GPU block, and a few fittings.


    If you were to go separate on each component, it adds up very, very fast.

  4. Depends on your setup.


    Your internet will only go as fast as what you pay for.



    I would recommend getting separate units for router and modem.


    If you pay for high bandwidth, spend more on modem.  If you want good wifi speeds/range, spend more on router.


    Since you are already set up with your ISP router/modem, I would just wait around for a good deal to pop up on a motorola/arris surfboard modem (these happen quite frequently, ~$60 or less for a doscis 3.0 modem)


    Then spend whatever budget you have left on a router.  I would try to look for a sale on Asus AC68U.   It's the free one that T-mobile gives out so its very popular, has a lot of 3rd party support for custom firmware, etc.  If you have T-mobile, its just a $25 deposit, if not, there are often sales for ~$150.

  5. You live by a Fry's or microcenter? Their current 5820k prices are $319


    with a ~$200-$300 motherboard + $100-$150 ram, you're looking at ~$700-800 after tax.


    For $800, i don't think you can get much better than that, considering current skylake i7 prices



    This is exactly what I just bought this weekend.


    5820k - $319

    Corsair DDR4 2666 16GB (2x8) - $89

    MSI X99A Gaming7 - $250


    totaled about $700


    You could put in another 16GB of memory, for quadchannel 32GB to round out your $800 budget.

  6. Spec sheet says Radiator support for up to 360 at the bottom and up to 240 in the front.


    Just looking at it, it seems like it may be a really tight fit or not fit at all if I wanted both 360 bottom and 240 front.


    Anyone know if that'll fit?

  7. Was shopping around for a security camera to monitor my parents new dog they got after all their kids left the nest.

    The nest cam seems like the perfect tech gift for non-techies, since they are literally plug and play compared to the average security camera system intended for business use.

    Perfect to keep an eye on the dog and make sure she isn't doing anything harmful to herself.


  8. This only works if you have never ordered from Jet before. I ordered something last night and it won't let me use the code.


    Jet.com only uses account name and payment method as checkers for new customer.


    So if you have multiple debit cards or credit cards, or even something like a visa gift card, you can keep making new accounts and use new card numbers with the same address.

  9. I have a Q6600 with a Titan X, due to an unfortunate soda spill during a lan requiring me to dig out parts to have a working computer.


    My plan is to move components from computers around, so that they all step-up a GPU for whole family, but I haven't gotten around to it, especially with all the driver re-installs.  (Basically, take all the computers GPUS and move them around, pairing best CPU with best GPU, etc., but it would require me changing every single GPU)

  10. I'm assuming Raid1 for the HDDs, but even then, what game server needs 4TB of data?


    You could just Raid1 some cheapo hard drives or ssds, and if you are worried about their reliability, you could just RAID1 three of them.


    Also, i don't know about servers besides CS:GO, but as far as I know the components you picked are complete overkill for just 1 server.  Dual CPU servers usually run multiple servers at once.


    The most important place to spend your money on is internet speed/bandwidth

  11. The H100i comes with 2 corsair fans, whose rpm can be turned down to match the sp120 quiet editions. so all they are missing is the ring.  That'll save you $28, if you don't care about the ring.


    Also, since you are using Air 240 as a case, fully modular doesn't seem all that important unless you are planning on individually sleeving your cables, since it is all hidden on the backside of the case.  Probably could pinch out a few dollars here as well if you go for a non-modular psu.  750W also very overkill, but from what I'm seeing on pc-part picker, not that big of a price increase for more wattage.



    RAM and SSD and PSU are very sale-dependent, and brand A vs brand B probably don't make as big of a difference as people say.  Just get whatever is on sale at the time of purchase.  You'll never hear someone saying, "oh man, i wish i had spent that extra $20 for Hyper-X memory over Gskill memory"

  12. When reviewing the SurfaceBook , can you review the Nvidia GPU with the popular multiplayer games over your usual AAA graphic games?


    I would assume people who want to game on the SurfaceBook are more interested in games like CS:GO, League of Legends, DOTA2, TF2, and how those perform, rather than Battlefront, Witcher, etc.

  13. I've always been guided to buy a product that does one job because it will do that one job better than a device that is designed to do three jobs, would that not defeat the purpose of what I am trying to achieve?


    I was under the assumption that you already had the modem/router combo.  What I meant was that you don't have to go out and buy another modem and another router, just another router.


    Do a quick test to see if you can keep using the modem provided.


    Turn off the router on your modem.  Connect to your modem directly and check your DL/UL speeds.  Compare those to the advertised specs of what you are paying for.  In an ideal world, the internet company wouldn't provide you with a modem where the modem is the bottleneck.


    Then just buy a router that will outperform the basic router that is built into your modem.  Buy one that fits your needs at your price.  With your $200 budget, its probably best to just keep whatever modem you have, and just buy the best modem you can at that price (unsure of pricing in the UK, so can't really recommend anything specific).

  14. It obviously comes down to cost.  In my opinion the cost of upgrade from Z97 to X99 definitely does not warrant having your GPU run at a full 16x 16x.  With SLI graphics cards running PCI-E 3.0 8x 8x  will have minimal impact on your gaming.


    www.youtube.com/watch?v=rctaLgK5stA, video discussing 16x vs 8x.


    Go with Z97 unless you really need the CPU horsepower provided by X99.  Anybody who needs the CPU horsepower of the X99 chipset already knows they need it.  If you think you need it, you probably don't.


    If you plan on spending the same money on Z97 vs X99, upgrades to other components will have a much bigger impacts than the platform.  A quick and dirty example of this would be 


    Z97 + SLI 980Tis will cost similar to X99 SLI 980, and the first config will outperform the second for most use cases.

  15. This depends on whether or not your m.2 port is connected to a pci-e lane or sata.


    You won't see a speed benefit if your m.2 port is sata based over a sata ssd drive.


    if it is pci-e based, you'll also need to know if it is pci-e 2x or 4x.


    if it is 2x, you will want to go with  Plextor M6e




    if it is 4x, you will want to go with Samsung SM951


    Check your m.2 device's supported list.