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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Looks like HardOCP was able to break the embargo by sourcing a retail unit. MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z Performance Review "The Bottom Line We talked about potential "it" factor and bang-for-the buck above. The GeForce RTX 2070 definitely has the "it" factor. The RTX 2070 out-performs the GeForce GTX 1080 in all of our tested games. However, it does need to be a highly clocked factory overclock to do so. Thankfully it is capable of attaining clock speeds well above the Founders Edition, so cards like the MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z are the way to go for the best performance out of RTX 2070. At $599 the MSI RTX 2070 GAMING Z is less expensive than the ASUS ROG STRIX RX Vega 64 OC Edition’s price of $649.99. The MSI RTX 2070 GAMING Z also performs 20-30% faster, and therefore is a no brainer bang-for-the buck buy over a factory overclocked Radeon RX Vega 64 video card. The MSI RTX 2070 GAMING Z is also faster than our MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X, but that 1080 is actually less expensive at $509.99 after $20 rebate. The big question is a $100 premium worth the performance. If you are playing at 4K, then absolutely yes, go for it. At 1440p though the money savings on a highly overclocked GeForce GTX 1080 may be preferred. It just isn’t fast enough to warrant the price difference of $100 for a 10-20% performance difference. You are better off saving some bucks and going with a highly overclocked GeForce GTX 1080 for 1440p right now. The only reason you may want to consider the new RTX 2070 then is if you are upgrading from a much older video card, and the jump in performance is worth it, or you want to play with RTX features when they are enabled in games. We would not consider a reference clocked GeForce RTX 2070 at all for gaming, we think the 2070 GPU needs the boost of a high factory overclock to make it worth the money and certainly the MSI card serves this up in spades. The MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z video card is a remarkable video card for gamers! MSI has done a great job engineering this video card with custom components and robust cooling. We are very impressed with the high consistent GPU clock speed while gaming, which the GeForce RTX 2070 certainly needs to perform at its best."
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Predator-Z321QU-bmiphzx-Technology/dp/B07BDQNDKY/ref=pd_gwm_simh_0?pf_rd_s=blackjack-experiment-1&pf_rd_t=Gateway&pf_rd_i=mobile&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pd_rd_wg=udf7W&pd_rd_r=FMGG8YQ8TRDG4AK3STA5&pd_rd_w=sxs13&pf_rd_r=5HWCDBRT54RWCH4VW469&pf_rd_p=db8e741f-3a25-4908-9938-1cabe21e7102&pd_rd_i=B07BDQNDKY or can someone recommend one in this range?
  7. PC gaming hardware prices rising today as Trump’s tariffs come into effect.. and it’s going to get worse However... Though according to WCCFTech, and its AIB sources, the price hike for most of Nvidia’s big partners, such as Gigabyte, will only be temporary. A recent report suggests that by moving manufacturing wholesale into Taiwan companies will be able to switch back to their original pricing model once that happens. In the case of the RTX cards that means going from utterly extortionate to only mildy prohibitive.
  8. *AMD GPU also required. Still pretty neat!
  9. I'm thinking about upgrading my PC, and I won't be able to migrate my current Windows installation over. Nor do I really want to as I will probably keep the core of this PC functional anyway. But I don't like the idea of spending $100+ for Windows. I've seen places where I can get Windows 10 Pro for $20, should I trust it? Have you guys bought a key from one of these sites lately?
  10. I have an old Razer DeathAdder 3.5G which has been having a random double-click problem for a few months and it's slowly driving me crazy, so I'm thinking I'll replace it sooner rather than later, if I can't fix it after opening it up. What mouse, gaming or otherwise, do you all use? I haven't done a ton of PC gaming lately, nor am I all that likely to do so in the near future (wrapping up school) but I do plan on getting back into PC gaming eventually, so I'm not opposed to a fancier programmable gaming mouse, if it's worth it. Thanks very much for any suggestions!
  11. Nvidia reiterated that the GeForce RTX 2070 will start at $499 for models based on its reference design, and $599 for the Founders Edition.
  12. Minimum OS: WINDOWS® 7 (64-BIT Required) Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-4770 3.4GHz or better Memory: 8 GB RAM Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX760 or better DirectX: Version 11 Storage: 35 GB available space Recommended OS: WINDOWS® 7 (64-BIT Required) Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-4770 3.4GHz or better Memory: 8 GB RAM Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX960 or better DirectX: Version 11 Storage: 35 GB available space
  14. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/09/nvidia-makes-gpu-overclocking-a-lot-smarter-with-scanner/
  15. Trying to avoid Adobe Premiere, so anything else would help. I currently have Adobe Premiere Elements, and its options for working with my videos really sucks. So, looking for something that tries to pretend to be Adobe Premiere but doesn't cost an arm and a leg, or wants me to pay them monthly.
  16. Previously had a 30" IPS Dell that had a wider colour gamut (for photo editing). But since most people only care about posting their pics online these days, I realized I don't need it. So I got myself an Acer Predator 27" for some sweet high-refresh rate g-sync madness. If I have a 1080ti I might as well use it! I gave the 30" to my fiancee and took her 23" IPS for my second monitor. I can't believe how buttery-smooth 165hz is! Also got lucky with no light bleed and no dead pixels.
  17. I was looking through a box of PC stuff and found my Logitech mx518 wired mouse. It still works, but the rubber coating hasn't aged well and has gone sticky. I've tried cleaning these rubberized surfaces before, but it never worked well. The coating usually ended up destroyed. Do you guys have any recommendations on cleaning mice? Water or maybe alcohol? I actually should have two more of those mice I picked up at garage sales and are probably in a similar condition. It would be nice to clean these up to have some spares on hand.
  18. Amazon Strong-Arming PC Manufacturers over Tariffs We’ve heard from multiple industry contacts that the US tariffs that may go into effect on September 6th are causing trouble for PC component manufacturers. The new tariffs are expected to impact component import cost by anywhere from 10% to 25%, depending on final decisions at the USTR, and those costs will largely be passed on to consumers. Right now, we know that video cards, motherboards, coolers, power supplies, and likely cases will be impacted. Most manufacturers with US-based warehouses have been importing as much product as possible before the decision, as the tariffs will only impact cost of items not yet in port stateside. Every add-in board partner is impacted and every power supply maker is affected, from what we’re told. As for Amazon’s role in all of this, our sources at PC component manufacturers have indicated that Amazon is strong-arming part makers into their existing price positions. Several manufacturers have indicated to Amazon a wish to raise MSRP to cover the potential 25% import, as almost none of these products have margins higher than 10%, so the tariffs will make them unprofitable. Amazon has responded with notices that it will not permit manufacturers to pass along increases to consumers. While this is noble in some respect, component manufacturers simply can’t sell on Amazon at a loss -- they’d go out of business. The current proposed work-around is to discontinue existing parts on Amazon and recreate the inventory with new product IDs and higher prices. The time cost of doing this must also be accounted for.
  19. I don't know. Should I be excited? Ray tracing looks like the new hotness... However, I'm still going to play a lot of "traditionally rendered" games. GTX-1070 -- Launched for $379 in 2016 w/ 5.8 GFlops; RTX 2070 -- launched for $499 in 2018 w/ 6.5 GFlops GTX-1080 -- Launched for $549 in 2016 w/ 8.2 GFlops; RTX 2080 -- launched for $699 in 2018 w/ 8.9 GFlops FTX 1080TI -- Launched for $699 in 2017 w/ 10.6 GFlops; RTX 2080TI -- lauched for $999 in 2018 w/ 11.8 GFlops It will be interesting to see the performance of these cards in games -- however, they cost a LOT more, and are coming out ~2 years later. They are only marginally faster -- in fact a GTX-1080 might actually be faster than a RTX 2070. Now for ray tracing, there are some big games that will support it (Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Battlefield V) -- but there doesn't appear to be ubiquitous support. So, we could be a year away from it becoming something that is supported in most games. So we may actually be buying these primarily for Xmas 2019 games. Now, here is where I get into full speculation, not based on fact, but complete theory that may make sense only to me. This Nvidia generation could be short cycled and only be about 1 year long. 1) Last gen was extended as Nvidia (and AMD) supported the crypto currency boom 2) Launch of manufacturing of GDDR6 may have come later than anticipated, delaying the launch 3) The XX80Ti is launching at the same as the XX80 (it had been launching later and later in each gen for the last 3 gens, and was 10 months later for the 1080Ti) 4) The 10XX generation lasted over 2 years (ilo the 1.5 year gens from before) So could a 2180 be out by Xmas 2019? I was uber excited about these cards earlier today, but after some sober-second thoughts. I think I may be saving up and waiting for a 2180Ti. (I could easily flip-flop after reading reviews though...)
  20. 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!
  21. Recommend one for me. I'm looking at a Corsair K95. Anything better for a similar price?
  22. https://www.anandtech.com/show/13279/amd-to-fab-7nm-cpus-gpus-at-tsmc This is huge. GlobalFoundries is effectively out of the race now, which is a blow to AMD as they had used them for much of their manufacturing, and a blow to the chip manufacturing world where the competition is needed.
  23. 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.
  24. Nvidia expects negligible cryptocurrency-related sales for the rest of the year.
  25. I have an Antec 900 case (https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021&cm_re=antec_900-_-11-129-021-_-Product ) and the 200mm fan at the top is going bad that i will need to replace. As im looking at fans im wondering if there are good silent fans that will work in this case and still have good cooling power. The tower is rather noisy but i figure if i can get some good silent fans why not. Im more worried about the 200mm at the top of the case though and hoping i can replace without taking parts out. I know this case can have the top taken off its just a matter of getting to the necessary parts to take off.