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  1. I bought my last one through CyberpowerPC, and it was generally okay. I had some recent problems with it (had it over a year, so didn't really panic that much). And yeah, I could probably fix it if I wanted to spend a ton of time trying to diagnose and figure out what it is doing. Basically, it started making sounds like it was calling for Emus to attack, so after all of the Emus attacked, I turned off the computer. I then opened it up, ran it for a bit, and then it started up again about a few hours later (the Emu attack sound). I figure it's either a fan going nuts (although I can't seem to locate it) or my video card's engine just went nuts (and possibly its fan as well). So, rather than try to figure it out, I'm just thinking of treating myself and getting a brand new system. I figure I have about 4k to spend (if needed), so would love to see some ideas from you all. I kind of want to have something I can get soon, rather than later, and I really don't want to have a bunch of parts delivered to me and then having to install them all. Yeah, I know that's cheaper, but I've made too many systems in my time and just don't feel like going through the work again. Up until I get one, I have a pretty awesome Alienware laptop, but while my laptop was kind of nice, and I'd like to move from 2017 to 2018-9 now.
  2. Hey dudes! At long last, I'm setting out to build my own PC. I got wife approval today so I'm beginning this thing in earnest. I've looked at logicalincrements.com and am aiming for anything around the "Outstanding" tier. Background: I've been using Macs mostly since 2005. I keep up with PC components and stuff just enough to have surface level knowledge. Right now my iMac is bootcamped with Win10 and is on par with a mid-high end 2015 laptop. I just can't justify the "Apple tax" anymore and want better performance for games at a much better price. I HAVE NEVER BUILT MY OWN PC BEFORE FROM SCRATCH. I have replaced GPU's, HDD's etc but that was back when HL2 was the new hotness. Budget: <$2000 including monitors Performance goals are: >60FPS at 1440p for 3-4 years (or more). I'm not streaming or podcasting. Very light video and photo editing. VR probably at some point but not right now. I already own the following: Corsair k70 Logitech G502 Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD (currently in an external case but I plan to install it internally) Here is a list of what I have in carts right now: Power Supply HDD (Seagate 2TB) CPU Cooler Core-i7 8700k Nvidia 2070 MB (Gigabyte Z390) RAM(16GB) Case I'm not married to any of these components. I'm just more familiar with Intel stuff. If somebody wants to make a strong case for AMD stuff then I'm open to that. Needs: I need help with choosing a G-sync, low latency monitor. I've used 27" monitors for years, like the size and will probably continue with that. 1440p resolution unless there is a 4K monitor at a screaming deal. Just one monitor for now...unless I can get two smaller ones for a good price. (2x 24" for example). I'm actually open to input. PS- If anybody has some old parts that they are looking to offload that will still meet the above performance goals, I'd be more than happy to buy them/take them off your hands.
  3. This isn't quite "check out this tech," but it kind of is! So my monitor is looping the very bottom line of pixels on the top of the screen. Here, take a look. I apologize for the image quality, but since it's only one line of pixels it's a little tricky to set it up to be easily visible without a video, plus a close-up of a light source in a pitch black room, etc., and I'm too lazy for that in any case. Bottom of screen: The text is cut off on purpose. As I said, it's only one line, so I wouldn't notice at all if it was just a missing line. Top of screen: All those gray dots along the top are the bits of text that were cut off from the bottom. Now, on a static image, this is barely noticeable, but on a moving picture, especially if the top and bottom are contrasting colors, this creates a bit of that old console overscan effect where when you see the full image there's a bunch of crap appearing on one side of the screen, but not quite as extreme. I have ruled out pretty much everything but the monitor itself at this point, as I play my PS4 on this thing as well, as you can see, so it's not my GPU or Windows, it's not the cable or port because it's two different cables and ports, that leaves just the monitor. The monitor has no setting for this like older ones, so I'm unsure of how to solve it. I could technically RMA it, but the idea of doing that and getting some piece of shit with dead pixels ("Dell considers a monitor with up to six dead pixels acceptable," bitch who cares what Dell finds acceptable? It's MY monitor motherfucker!) just makes me want to put a ghetto piece of black tape across the top, which would effectively eliminate the issue, but I'd rather have a real solution. On Windows I can just resize my desktop and lose like a tiny tiny fraction of an inch on all sides and it eliminates the issue with me not even noticing after a minute, and I guess that might be possible on PS4 since every game asks you to size up your screen, but again, I'd like to try a real solution if anyone's familiar with this. It's a son of a bitch to Google since I don't know a proper name for it and get all kinds of vaguely similar but ultimately unrelated shit. And yes, I've tried giving the monitor a good thwack. It made me feel better, but didn't solve the issue.
  4. NVIDIA has confirmed that they will be supporting the VESA Adaptive Sync standard through their G-Sync compatible / certification programme. The initiative is to allow Adaptive Sync support with GeForce GTX/RTX graphics cards on monitors which aren’t certified under the G-Sync label and are sold as AMD’s Freesync compatible displays. NVIDIA To Support VESA Adaptive Sync / AMD Freesync Compatible Monitors Through G-Sync Compatible Program For a long time, NVIDIA has been developing their G-Sync monitor technology to offer a seamless, tear-free, flicker-free and smooth gaming experience on displays that utilize their G-Sync module. The proprietary technology and the underlying hardware meant that the monitor cost would go up drastically but in return, you’d get a quality gaming experience. Soon after G-Sync was announced, AMD came up with their own display technology dubbed Freesync. AMD utilized the VESA standard and their Adaptive Sync technology over DisplayPort to offer similar tear-free gaming experience. Since then, there has been a competition between NVIDIA’s G-Sync and AMD’s Freesync displays. To this day, hundreds of gaming displays are available under either G-Sync or Freesync branding and while AMD followed an open standard, NVIDIA used their proprietary solution until they got G-Sync out for gaming laptops too. Here, instead of using the expensive G-Sync module, NVIDIA opt for an implementation similar to A-Sync while branding it as G-Sync. This shows that NVIDIA has supported VESA but never been too vocal about it. But NVIDIA at CES 2019 acknowledged that A-Sync monitors are also built for gaming and that they are very popular. As such, they are officially enabling support for A-sync / Freesync monitors with their upcoming GeForce drivers on 15th January 2019. This is huge news for gamers who want to get hands-on great gaming displays that are cheaper than the G-Sync models while still retaining variable refresh rate and tear-free gaming.
  5. https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/9/18175493/amd-announces-radeon-vii-next-generation-graphics-gpu Looks promising, but I need to read more.
  6. BlueAngel

    PC Tech SSD advice

    So umm my SSD just took a shit on me, was browsing and the PC blue screened and now the drive no longer shows up in bios so looks like it kicked the bucket. So what are decent drives these days? I had the crucial MX100 256GB.
  7. https://www.anandtech.com/show/13829/amd-ryzen-3rd-generation-zen-2-pcie-4-eight-core While the chip showed was only 8 cores/16 thread, there is clearly room for another chiplet to make it 16 cores/32 threads. They could also add an integrated Vega GPU.
  8. RTX 2070 = $499 https://wccftech.com/nvidia-geforce-rtx-2070-official-launch/ RTX 2080 = $699 https://wccftech.com/nvidia-geforce-rtx-2080-8-gb-official-launch-price-specs-performance/ RTX 2080 Ti = $999 https://wccftech.com/nvidia-geforce-rtx-2080-ti-11-gb-official-launch-price-specs-performance/ $400 option? Too bad. Fuck you. Should have given NVIDIA a better competitor.
  9. Throwing together some PCs with older, spare parts but I'm not satisfied with the graphics I currently have. What do you have that you don't need anymore? Something low-midrange by current standards is all I'm looking for. 2GB or more VRAM would be nice for some project, and low-ish power consumption would be nice for another.
  10. I haven' t really kept up to date on hardware since I bought my 970 a few years ago so I have no real sense of whether I could upgrade my graphics card without upgrading everything else...and I'm in no rush to buy a new TV or monitor but I know I'd have to upgrade my 970 if I went past 1080p/1200p.
  11. I'm strongly looking at this laptop MSI As many know, 2 weeks ago we lost our home and everything in it. Complete restart. I have just my phone {a note 8} and a Nintendo Switch without the Dock as it was in the house at the time of the Camp Fire. I'm looking for a great all around PC for my wife and I for everyday use, but also for gaming as I have lost everything. I had a great 980Ti gaming PC and was just about to pull the trigger on a new PC featuring a 2080Ti when life smacked us a few times in a row. So, a gaming PC is a ways off now. I ask you guys if you think the Laptop I linked to would give me the pleasures my PC did [other than it was hooked to a 65" Samsung 4k TV!], other than heat, it looks like maxed out 1080p gaming it could handle? Thought guys? It's on sale and I need a Laptop, so what do you PC guys think?
  12. I'm going to repurpose some old parts and I need a motherboard for my 2500k. Let me know what you got and what you want - obviously I'm trying to be as cheap as possible here. I do want z68 or z77 to take advantage of the SSD caching using dual drives. USB 3.0 ports would also be nice.
  13. Looking up benchmarks/bottlenecking specs for my current rig, and it seems that if I were to upgrade my GPU to a 1080, my system would bottleneck performance. I don't want to plan on doing any heavy upgrading, and since this rig is rather old that it still uses DDR3, I'm wondering if I should just either go with a 1070 (according to specs it says that my system won't bottleneck the GPU), or just straight-up upgrade my whole rig. I don't plan on doing anything above 1080p since I just want to play my games consistently without any of having issues with performance. Unfortunately the 780 is showing its age and I can barely run Doom 2016 without having it go blow 30 FPS (same with Wolfenstein 2). Suggestions?
  14. Massdriver

    PC Tech PC Builds

    Bang for your buck 2560x1440 144Hz adaptive-sync PC build https://pcpartpicker.com/list/GRpvmq PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/GRpvmq Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/GRpvmq/by_merchant/ CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Amazon) Motherboard: MSI - X470 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard ($116.98 @ Amazon) Memory: G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Crucial - MX500 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($84.99 @ Amazon) Video Card: PowerColor - Radeon RX VEGA 56 8GB Red Dragon Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg) Case: NZXT - H500 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon) Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon) Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($98.99 @ Amazon) Monitor: Nixeus - NX-EDG27 27.0" 2560x1440 144Hz Monitor ($462.81 @ Amazon) Total: $1588.72 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-10-19 16:00 EDT-0400 The idea here is to get as many smooth 2560x1440 frames per second for your money as possible. This build gets you 2560x1440 144 Hz IPS adaptive sync (freesync range 30-144) with a 6 core/12 thread processor and Vega 56. I used just Amazon and Newegg for the vendors.
  15. Six years ago you guys helped me build my first proper gaming PC, and now the time has finally come for me to upgrade my components, so once I again I kindly ask for your help since this will be my first upgrade! I'm guessing it should be pretty simple, at least in terms of swapping out the parts (take old part out, put new part in) but what exactly will I need to replace with better parts? Obviously I need a new GPU and CPU, and the 2080Ti is what I have my heart set on, plus whatever the best Intel chip is out right now to go along with it, but what else? I have 16GB of RAM, so I don't think I'll need new RAM, but what about a new motherboard? Will I need to order a new one? How about PSU? Is there a calculator out there that can help me figure out what my wattage use is now, and what it will be with my new parts so I can determine if I'll need a new one? My current one is 750 watts, so I have no idea if that'll be enough. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday upon us, and us Canadians taking advantage of your holiday sales I think this would be a perfect time to look for any deals on components, and would greatly appreciate your help. Thanks in advance friends!
  16. dualhunter

    PC Tech That was scary

    Unplug everything from PC, remove video card, put in GeForce RTX 2070, connect everything again, turn on: black screen. Reseat video card and try again: black screen. Remove CMOS jumper, move to reset position, drop jumper while trying to put it back, remove other side panel to get jumper and put it back, hook up essentials, turn on: ugly BIOS splash screen. Enter BIOS, put settings back as best as I can remember (need that OC) and boot, reinstall driver so resolution doesn't suck, finally able to set 144Hz, plug in other stuff: time for supper.
  17. https://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-pavilion-gaming-desktop-amd-ryzen-5-series-8gb-memory-amd-radeon-rx-580-1tb-hard-drive-128gb-solid-state-drive-shadow-black-with-a-brushed-hairline-pattern/6280608.p?skuId=6280608 Ill be seeing what deals come out over the next day but it seems most are already shown. It is close enough to his price range, has a ssd for the os which he def wants, and has a pretty decent cpu and gpu for some 1080p gaming. Anything better that I’m missing? Prob would go up to $650.
  18. Chest_Rockwell

    PC Tech Time For An Upgrade

    So I was excited about the release of Monster Hunter World yesterday but when I started it up I found I was having a lot of stuttering. There have been a few other games that this has been the case with in the last year so I am thinking it may be time for an upgrade (particularly my CPU). My last build was in 2011 (though I upgraded my video card a few years ago). I am posting my current build below and wondering if someone might be able to suggest some upgrades? This would primarily be used for gaming. I plan to stick with the monitor for now but could see getting something 1440p in the future. If possible, I would like to reuse any components that are still capable (such as the power supply, case, etc). Realistically, my budget is probably $1000 or less. PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/wXKZ9J Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/wXKZ9J/by_merchant/ CPU: Intel - Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (OC'd to 4.2GHz) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler Motherboard: MSI - P67A-G45 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard Memory: Corsair - Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory Storage: Crucial - M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card Case: Cooler Master - HAF 922 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case Power Supply: OCZ - ModXStream Pro 600W 80+ Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply Optical Drive: Asus - DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 OEM 64-bit Monitor: BenQ - XL2411Z 24.0" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
  19. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nvidia-results/nvidia-forecasts-revenue-below-estimates-shares-slump-17-percent-idUSKCN1NK2ZF
  20. I did a lot of research as I was ready for a gaming laptop, I had a budget Asus with a GTX 960M that served me well but it was just time for something good (finally sold my old house). I went with the Gigabyte Aero 15X V8-BK4 (Intel i7-8750H, GTX 1070 ) and one thing I'm struggling with is that Geforce Experience doesn't seem to function and I was wondering if that is the norm? I know I shouldn't rely on an app to optimize my games but I'm a little lazy with it and it's a nice feature. One this machine even though I've updated drivers GFE just says it can't find settings for any games even though I've run them several times.. Not a big deal as everything runs and looks amazing on it, but it would be nice if I could fix that.
  21. I am looking for a new gaming monitor for my pc. I have been using a 24 inch IPS dell and it is about 6 years old now. I am itching to get an ultrawide, but am wondering if this is too ridiculous. Anyone have one and thoughts on it? Based on the reviews it seems like the best HDR monitor out there for the price. https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-LC49HG90DMNXZA-Curved-49-Inch-Monitor/dp/B072C7TNC5
  22. Threads on Reddit, Microsoft’s own support site, and other forums show that some Windows 10 users are upgrading to the October 2018 Update and having their documents, photos, or even entire user profiles wiped out.
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