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Thread Need help with soundbar suddenly not working with ARC
I believe so (for eARC) but the whole chain matters. Maybe the TV is a bit flakey with incoming signals. Maybe one of the HDMI cables is doing something bad, or isn't rated for the same speed as the port. This is why reducing your TV setup to the bare minimum is important, to narrow down all of the reasons for failure. For Switch: Settings > TV Settings > Match TV Power State: OFF
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Thread Need help with soundbar suddenly not working with ARC
Yes. To give an example on my Sony X900F the soundbar (through ARC) would cut out if these HDMI devices were installed on *other* ports:The cut out was never instant; it could take up to 15 minutes and after that point ARC was totally unusable. But if I unplugged the problem device and power-cycled the TV, ARC would come back.
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Thread Need help with soundbar suddenly not working with ARC
Usually the first step I do troubleshooting ARC after many painful moments with it is to unplug all other devices. Just have the arc device and I guess however you get TV. Then fully power off the TV and soundbar (usually the unplug for a couple of minutes) and see if you get it back after. In my experience there are a bunch of devices out there (including various HDMI hubs) that can cause ARC to cut out, so ultimately the job is to get ARC back and then see if there is a device that causes it to fail later.
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Thread AMD admits that there are USB connectivity issues with the X570 and B550 chipsets (seems to happen mostly if you have a PCIe Gen 4 GPU)
(Edited) I originally stated B450 doesn't support Gen 4, but is right in that originally (2019) B450 boards, , but AMD recommended it to be turned off globally for stability issues. It's possible it still works on some boards although I would think it has been disabled on modern (Zen 3) BIOS revisions.
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Thread AMD admits that there are USB connectivity issues with the X570 and B550 chipsets (seems to happen mostly if you have a PCIe Gen 4 GPU)
Totally willing to believe this is a real thing, but I must admit I haven't run into it myself (and I see Gamers Nexus hasn't, either). I see ASUS is definitely still updating their boards almost monthly right now, so I guess between this and AGESA that should continue for awhile.
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Thread Games with terrible control schemes and ones that just didn’t work
My first pick goes to Metroid Prime 3. Totally ignored the concept of left handed users and really should have just shipped with gamecube style controls as an option.This. Absolutely unplayable as a left-handed user. Both KIU and MP3 suffer because the fundamental difference between left and right handed players is that right-handed players can separate writing and analog inputs while many left handed players cannot (or at least, cannot easily).
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Thread I can't believe it's been 30 years since Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease
He continued to reappear on that and The Good Fight; he is honestly more of a supporting actor than a guest and a "in-universe" threat, so to speak, within the MCU of those two shows. Really great. To your point he never won, but was nominated for a best guest actor emmy 5 times (!) on TGF.
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Thread The entire Greater Toronto Area home prices will eclipse $1M on average In 2021, says Toronto Regional Real Estate Board
I think the mistake is just in pursuing the dream of owning a house. Urbanization and land limits just kill the idea of suburbia. Owning an apartment should be an achievable dream in urban areas though, which is where zoning, defeating NIMBYism, etc are probably required to make any kind of headway. That Metro Vancouver still can't make it work despite massive development is a sign of other problems, like the resale market, external investment, etc. Here in Singapore, the apartment ownership dream works mostly because:
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Thread Buying a washer/dryer is super stressful
They want in on the IoT craze so you can monitor and turn on/off even over 4G Since running the machine is such a personal/physical action I can't imagine why that is helpful, but I guess if you really want to track stats on washing or if you habitually forget to turn on the machine, I guess this is for you.
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Thread Buying a washer/dryer is super stressful
Top Loader is probably the most popular in Southeast Asia, where moisture is a huge problem and gas-powered units hardly exist. But combo units are not super popular here because hang-drying is still the most popular thing to do... My experience in North America was mostly that so many people owned old/broken side washers that Top still seemed like the best way to go for most...
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Thread Queen Elizabeth lobbied for change in law to hide her private wealth
The government does their own thing, but the queen's authority is carried by the Governor General, a largely ceremonial role that is nominated by the government but approved by the monarch. So Trudeau nominates one, Queen says yes, there you go. They technically have some powers but I'm not sure they have ever been used in Canada, and by law the Canadian government is completely severed from British Parliament. Nonetheless, while the PM is the head of the government, the Queen is the head of state, and that's why you see her on money.. You could say the existence of the link to the crown is both tradition - arguably the oldest english tradition of the country - and a political truce. The cost to further defang the monarchy in the country - both financial and political - simply isn't worth the firestorm it would cause relative to the yearly cost of supporting the crown. As long as the crown forever holds their silence in acts of government it seems unlikely anyone would go to the trouble of redoing the laws and removing them entirely.
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Thread Landlords are cool
I think the complicating factor for the OP is San Francisco, one of the to live on earth due to the NIMBYism of maintaining a minimum population density and high property value. While I hear the points others made about contracts and pets, I also think SF is one place where the rules are completely stacked against renters because you either (a) have a rent controlled unit or (b) live in another city entirely, especially if you are in the "low income" bracket of 100k or less/year. (I would be surprised if there is anything structurally keeping every unit in the Bay Area from having a no-pets clause...)
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Thread How many wrestlers have claim to the title of GOAT?
The great thing about Savage was that he was a prototype of the "unpredictable antihero". He was a villain who fans turned into a hero, but he had no problem double-crossing and just basically acting as crazy as he wanted. Hogan's legacy comes because of the spectacle, but a lot of that spectacle came from the contrast of working with guys like Savage, who could save the day or absolutely destroy your heroes on TV. I mean Megapowers and Macho King are truly memorable by themselves, ignoring NWO and so on. And his finisher always looked brutal. I agree on Hogan though, he had the triforce of star power, top tier spectacle, and he followed up with the greatest heel turn in history. Certainly Hart was a way better wrestler, but for whatever reason Hogan could make a zero-stakes survivor series seem like the entire WWE/F was on the line.
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Thread European Union commission says it has authorized vaccine delivery to Canada
Related: Basically, the government see the writing on the wall for production delays and protectionism, and that while the EU is trying to clear the way, it's inevitable that there could be bumps in the road if the situation gets much worse. exactly to your point there is a big ol' quote in there from the CPC with the usual "amazon next day delivery is too slow" commentary. Personally I'm waiting for them to get into time-travel gems gems like
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Thread Toy Restoration - Restoring a 1978 X-Wing and Millennium Falcon
Nope, you're absolutely right and they never looked that white in the films. Honestly not even sure they looked that white mint-in-box. Kenner's cheapness in product kind of lent itself to the dingy look. That being said those channels are great in doing really quality restorations overall, the tools ones are really incredible.
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Thread Filing taxes in the US is needlessly complex
: You file on the internet, on the government revenue website. For a simple return, you don't file because the government has your pay information already. There is almost no market for individual returns at all; almost every accountant in the country is for businesses or expats. For a more complex return (for example, disabled dependants) you just click the appropriate checkbox or add the amount they help you calculate; it's all done on the revenue agency website and at no point do you ever see a tax form or line number. (The 401K/RRSP equivalent is nationalized and also automatically included, if you are eligible.) Honestly it just shines a light on how anti-individual the north american systems are.Unfortunately in Canada the tax form is still incredibly complex and at times contradictory. I've worked with accountants who have literally called it a shell game if you work contracts, for example. I think every year I've ever filed has been reassessed, usually over pennies. The personal accountant industry continues to thrive. It's particularly bad in Quebec where they have their own revenue agency! You get to file two returns with two different processes, and until the last few years RQ was heavily behind technology wise. My last return there had to be paper filed. It basically felt like when I was in the US and had seperate state/federal returns. tl;dr (Canada) The process as a whole is better than the US, but I still think an accountant is almost necessary for any medium-difficulty return.
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Thread You have the power to undo ONE official mistranslation or localized name you hate.
He is clearly a swordsman, hence "Zoro" but they changed it because of how infamously litigious the holders of the Zorro name are outside of Japan. It's as you can guess, a needless change in the face of the . EDIT: Note that the , too.
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Thread I've got a doctors appointment because I can't swallow food.
Can back up that gastroscopy is easy; first two times I wasn't even aware the procedure happened because of the short term memory loss (the anesthesia can cause you to forget the part where they wheel you in and start inserting the tube). Usually a bit of a stomach ache from the biopsy, all you really gotta do is take it really slow on waking up so that your blood pressure doesn't tank.
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Thread AirPods Pro not working and Apple repair advice
The actual booking experience changes a lot based on where you live. My experience in Canada at many locations was that drop-in was possible at certain times of day, whereas in Singapore it's impossible and you must book via your iPhone (Apple) Support app. Given COVID I would at least try to book on the app as opposed to trying to drop by. Depending on how bad COVID is for your area, Apple may actually encourage you to do support over the phone and mail in for a replacement; I'm not sure what is the state of Apple Stores in California right now. (There *is* a schedule for opening new appointments that I think is weekly but I'm sure it varies heavily by store) The actual process is scripted so that shouldn't really vary. You explain the problem, they run a check on the device and warranty, they take it away and usually come back in a half hour or so with next steps. The Airpods are not repairable so they are basically just going to check and see how bad it is and then replace the specific airpod (not the case, not the pair) unless both or the case itself are failing. The (very slightly) good news is that if they replace an AirPod you almost always get a new set of tips to go with it, the same one you found in the original packaging. You're right that at 13 months you may be on the edge if someone is feeling nice, but honestly my experience the last five years is that the "edge" is more like a week, not a month. That being said, Airpods Pro are currently under a blanket replacement policy for problems with static, so you (might) get an exception under that. Hard to say, but you can't really bargain it. (Source: I've replaced my airpods individually 3 times now, although without a doubt I feel Apple SEA is less lenient than Apple NA)
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Thread HITMAN 3 |OT| Agent 0047
That's...oof. Thanks. (Looks it up) Yeah, based on the wording of the , and the fact No Man's Sky has the same workaround, it sounds like BC mode is the only way forward for the forseeable future. Has anybody tried to take a stab at PS4PRO VR vs. PS5BC VR for this game yet, or are we waiting on Digital Foundry (maybe)?
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Thread Man forced to crawl out of hospital after staff dismiss pleas of help for excruciating leg pain
The weird thing about Quebec is that it's still "partially" private. I could pay $150 to get private labs or a GP consult within 24 hours (compared to here in Singapore where as part of my insurance I can go to a clinic and usually see a doctor in 20-30mins tops). But Quebec outlawed private specialists, so all of the Gastro, etc had to rejoin the public system or quit. I know of one pretty good Gastroenterologist who was doing the private/public mix (cheap procedures because the government would pay for the op but not for the anesthesia, I believe) who has since just left the province entirely. I would say the worst though is the general GP experience, and this I believe has spread a bit to BC as well. In Montreal downtown, if you need to see a doctor, your only option is to wait outside your regional GP center at around 7~am. You wait in line for around a half hour until the center opens, then you wait indoors (the line just moves inside). And then when the registration desk opens you wait until you get a ticket to either see a GP within a half hour (if you were at the front of the line) or up to two hours later (towards the back). If you show up after 8:30 it's impossible to see a doctor that day and your only option is ER or just tough it out until tomorrow. There are always people in line who don't understand the system and as a bystander you just sort of have to help them cope because the desk staff have no choice to treat the line as the law. tl;dr I think the public system has a great advantage in terms of cost, but I have to say living next to the US that a hybrid system offers a lot of advantages to those who can afford it while also relieving some of the pressure on the public one.
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Thread Man forced to crawl out of hospital after staff dismiss pleas of help for excruciating leg pain
My own experience in Canada has been basically that nurses are generally fine - although I don't have much experience seeing the ER side - but the system is so massively overworked that the only people you will meet are the "tenure" folks that live within the confines of the system, or the juniors who are just doing their hours until they have the experience needed to move to the US and basically add zeroes to their paychecks.Quebec used to have a workaround for people who could pay with a semi-private specialist industry, but now a lot of that is dead. With the government controlling salary and reducing staff to meet budget cuts, you just see this massive struggle where the printer sheet says "book appointment 2 weeks in advance", the staff computer can only look 9 months in advance, and the appointment you need is more than a year from now. The information divide is so bad that I'm no longer surprised to meet real-life Dr. House's in the system. I know a gastro in Quebec that literally told me he doesn't give a shit about what I have to say, and if you respond he just writes a scrip for a psychiatrist. The nurses quietly apologize afterward, say he's amazing with kids and cancer patients. But I've also see him just destroy people who try to step around the system.
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Thread HITMAN 3 |OT| Agent 0047
Silent so far, they are talking like this is the complete deal but honestly, I fully expect DLC depending on how the launch goes. But this is common for any game; if it's successful enough, DLC gets greenlit. IOI has two studios and I doubt they are at the point where it's all-hands-on-deck to support 007. I would guess new maps are the least likely, but again, anything is possible.
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Thread The best fast food fries are?
I thought Five Guys in Montreal was great, added a new experience with the "did I order a burger? maybe it's at the bottom of the bag? I'll just have to eat fries until I find it" when you get a generous order. Conversely sometimes they would shortchange you at which point it's not worth the added price. McDonalds fries served fresh are great, and the seaweed shaker version is elite. But ordered for delivery? The appeal fades fast All I know about BK fries is avoid, no matter what side of the pacific you are on...
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Thread Should tipping culture change with an increase in server wage?
Here in Singapore you can tip but I would say it's not the rule and generally not encouraged by locals. But we have several controls North America does not:I would say tipping is mostly popular with new concepts (grab drivers, food delivery apps) and well, anything in the expat/tourist areas where they don't know better or don't care. Is no-tip sustainable? I'm not sure. But the culture is strongly in favor of known pricing.
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Thread Bought 2 Xbox Series X Controllers - One with USB-C cable and one without?
At launch here in Singapore the two types were both sold simultaneously, with the cable version at a premium. I'm not aware of one of them going out of production, though yeah the cable version is harder to find.
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Thread Bought 2 Xbox Series X Controllers - One with USB-C cable and one without?
, apparently. As already mentioned, the "cable" version is targeted at PC users while the non cable version is targeted at console users. But I totally agree the difference is hard to spot...
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Thread Gamers Nexus 500$ PC vs PS5 comparison
[QUOTE="The Turbanator, post: 55778473, member: 1101"Thank you for the explanation. I guess it's a matter of pricing then? Or is the latency question different? I ask because I thought the price of VRAM is what makes GDDR not suitable for use as DRAM, but with a sub-$350 GPU expected to launch with 12GB of GDDR6, I have to question why it wouldn't just be used as general RAM in your average system.[/QUOTE] Single-pool is rarely used in PC architectures because the performance penalty (yes, latency) is huge communicating from main memory to the GPU. On consoles this problem is mitigated because the parts (motherboard, RAM, CPU, GPU) are all on the same board, and usually the CPU/GPU are merged into an APU, closely surrounded on all sides by the RAM modules. The literal length of the traces matters here, compared to a PC where the GPU would have to make a transfer over the PCI express bus and just basically travel way, way farther. An example of single-pool still used is Intel integrated graphics on laptops, where they typically reserve some main memory. These GPUs are...extremely slow. As to why GDDR is not used as system memory? Simply because the bandwidth doesn't add anything to general computational use. Traditional DDR is cheaper but still provides tons of bandwith for CPU operations, and it doesn't have to always share that bandwidth directly with the GPU. This saves motherboards from having to be designed with more signal lines (DDR4: 64bit, GDDR6X 3080: 320bits), which would crowd out a lot of the space on the average ATX motherboard and possibly require RAM to be placed closer to the CPU (causing problems for heatsink designs).
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Thread Gamers Nexus 500$ PC vs PS5 comparison
The PS5 uses a single pool of GDDR6 as both general purpose RAM and VRAM. So bandwidth is shared (between OS, game, and GPU) although generally the GPU uses most of it. FWIW There is nothing special about VRAM that it can't act as general purpose memory; it's simply oriented towards mass bandwidth. XSX does the same thing (with some quirks at the bandwidth level). It's extremely common for consoles to use shared pools as it simplifies both cost and memory management. Compare this to, say, the RTX 3080, which has "only" 10GB of RAM, but it's GDDR6X (even higher bandwidth) and it's dedicated to GPU processing. (At this time GDDR6X is only available through Micron and can be considerably more expensive, which is one reason why it was never really an option for consoles)
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Thread How long until we finally reach the USB Type-C utopia?
Type A ports have never gone away because they haven't needed to, but USB4 effectively ends that argument. The long, slow path to complete removal of Type A on motherboards will start next year. Other ports, like RJ45, DisplayPort, HDMI, have no real end date because there is no requirement to eliminate them.
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Thread Disabling the Epic Games Launcher lowers 5800X idle temps from 50C to 37C
I was super skeptical, but I do see enough going on to suggest that Epic is doing something actively that takes more CPU than Steam. I mean, ignoring temps for a sec the difference in Task Manager is pretty direct: ~3% (Epic) vs. ~0.1% (Steam). But hey, I have a 5800X so let's do a super quick/not rigorous test! CPU Tctl/Tdie Current Temp in HWiNFO64 after idling for two minutes:I did notice 72.5 C if you idle on the Library page, but that's as the active window - losing focus (like, say, putting a Chrome window overtop) drops the temperature immediately. tl;dr yep, Epic uses more CPU even in the tray, which explains why temps are higher. Temps != performance though, so I can't say if this does anything other than simply make your CPU a bit hotter. Could be just the 5800X likes to aggressively ramp power stages?
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Thread Disabling the Epic Games Launcher lowers 5800X idle temps from 50C to 37C
Sounds about right for Windows stock idle. Your idle temp is quite a bit different than mine, but I live in Singapore where the average temp is 30 C, so having a lower idle is not surprising elsewhere. What you should try doing is closing Steam, opening Epic (and minimizing) to see how the temperature readout changes.
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Thread Singapore's foodie "hawker" culture given UNESCO recognition
I won't lie, food is fine but rarely five stars or anything. You are buying cheap. But it's not cheap like a 99 cent mcdonalds item; each stall focuses on its own food and effectively specializes. The stalls aren't farming out their work to kids; they are usually very small operations. Don't like a particular plate? Well, you can always try the same thing at another Center (and honestly, the bigger markets usually have 2-3 copies of each major food anyway). Even Kaya - the famous toast staple - has a variety of flavors and your experience can vary a lot based on the bread. I'd say most people usually narrow down a specific favorite stall for any given thing.
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Thread Singapore's foodie "hawker" culture given UNESCO recognition
Apart from the history and culture, what makes Hawker Centers so important is that it's an accessible and minimalist style of eating that can support the broad spectrum of cultures and incomes of people living in Singapore. I can buy breakfast or lunch or dinner for a few dollars. I can find options for western, indian, malay, chinese, indonesian, etc at basically any Hawker Center. It's equally accessible if I'm a poor retiree or a foreigner in a condo. The stalls are small (basically food truck size) which allows them to focus on specific food. And since there is no added tax or tip on the sticker price, what you see is what you pay. I agree that the business is in trouble, with tons of competition (they are everywhere!), COVID and the price of business going up, but its vital to sustain the sheer variety of people here and how they live. In Canada, if I wanted a bowl of wonton noodles, I'd go to a Chinese restaurant and pay $10-$15 dollars. Here I just casually walk up to a stall and pay maybe $3 depending on the place. Want to add curry or fried rice? Just grab another plate from another stall.
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Thread Spaceballs (1987) Coming to 4K Blu-ray (release date TBA)
I would assume it's a re-release as well, but to be fair there isn't much left to say. It's a brilliant Star Wars parody and the videocassette scene is definitely in my Mount Rushmore of hilarious comedy moments...but Mel never got traction for and Rick Moranis is still only barely involved with acting. As much as I think Mel could brilliantly skewer where SW has gone since then, I'm inclined to just assume it will forever stay in the catalog of the Mel Brooks film history and that's that.
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Thread Poor countries left behind as rich nations hoard COVID-19 vaccines
At some point way before herd immunity you have to ensure trade partners and your region have vaccine options because capitalism is ultimately built on trade. It would be exponentially more expensive to take your country from 80>95% immunity compared to a mix of vaccine diplomacy and outright aid to ensure your trade partners and international flights operate without reinfecting the country. You could have zero cases but if you see 100 cases on international flights/day, that's still 100 hospital beds. Citizen or not, the hospital is still under load.
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Thread Poor countries left behind as rich nations hoard COVID-19 vaccines
Well, that combined with the relatively short shelf life (not really something for a strategic stockpile) and the fact that the manufacturers aren't delivering these numbers day one. Doesn't excuse the lack of distributed manufacturing but this isn't like hoarding RTX 3080s. The goal will be to consume as many doses as possible, as quickly as possible. The greatest logistical challenge the world has ever seen, possibly.
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Thread Would You Rather Stephen Colbert Had Continued The Colbert Report Or Do You Rather The Late Show With Stephen Colbert?
My impression is that The Late Show allows Colbert to simply make fun of the situation on its face. He doesn't need the satire of the Colbert Report character, because . He's effectively already a lower-volume John Stewart, and when he needs to be louder, .
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Thread Wheel of Time reading thread. Open spoilers through book 2.
FWIW Jordan was infamous about underestimating book size and count. AMoL reads fast but isn't short by any means; if Jordan had made it that far himself he probably would have split into yet another 2-3 books. Sanderson is kind of an ideal sub because he has the organization and speed that Jordan constantly tried for but never reached.
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Thread Is it worth playing DQXI S in 2D mode if I already beat the main 3D game fully?
The 2D mode is neat, but I felt like it wasn't up to DQ6 quality levels or anything; it was just a cut down representation. Apart from playing the added content I never really want back to 2D, even on Switch...
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Thread Does anyone have the monitor Acer X27?
Your link is the XB273K, a 4K IPS HDR400 panel with a G-Sync chip. I believe it's still sold, just not available on Amazon at this moment (TH review was in February last year). A shows its flaws. In particular with HDR it has a max refresh of 98hz, and chroma subsampling is required to hit 144hz as this was manufactured before DSC was brought to market. I think the hood on it ensures much better contrast than the average IPS but this is not a full fat HDR like an OLED. And since it lacks HDMI 2.1 (also newer than this monitor) you won't be able to exceed 4K60 on PS5 or XSX. If you want a 4K120 monitor that can do so on next gen consoles, you either have to buy the LG CX48 TV, or wait for the market to catch up.
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Thread NXGAMER: BC VR Boosts - BLOOD & TRUTH | PSVR Enhanced PS5 Version & More
PSVR is old-gen and as such never shipped with HDMI 2.1 ports. There are two versions, CUH-ZVR1 (no HDR) and CUH-ZVR2 (HDR), but either way, way before shipping HDMI 2.1 devices. You also need the camera adapter (ordered online through Sony) which the OP video covers early on; the PS5 camera will not work. (And the adapter appears to just be that, a plug adapter from PS4 Camera proprietary to USB3.) If you're currently rolling with an HDMI 2.1 TV then yeah, I wouldn't keep the VR passthrough in the loop all the time, but it's not super hard to just unplug when you need to, either. It's just a bit of a cable mess...
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Thread Assassin's Creed Valhalla PC performance thread
My (latest) problem ended up being really ridiculous. Had great FPS, but it would slowly bog down. Tried running GeForce Experience beta performance overlay, hit ALT+R....and there was the problem. Fan RPM = 0. So the 3080 was hitting 90+c and throttling massively. Uninstalled Afterburner, installed Firestorm (the Zotac equivalent) and the card more or less shook itself out of it and now runs the fan above 70 rather than below....
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Thread Assassin's Creed Valhalla PC performance thread
Totally boggles the mind but my large performance problems with the RTX3080 turned out to be 1. The Xbox controller on Bluetooth (dropped me down to single digit FPS at times, despite being perfectly fine in WDL) 2. The fix in the OP about redefining the Windows cache size. Completely inexplicable why doing that affects anything if I have 32GB of RAM...but it did. And now it's a rock solid 80+fps. Massive props to the OP and everybody who contributed to it.
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Thread Robert the Bruce's betrayal is absolutely infuriating and frustrating (Braveheart)
It's not really a sequel though; the only connection is Angus Macfayden as Robert himself; they could have cast anybody else to completely break from connections to Braveheart, but AM did co-write it. All I can gather online is that people prefer (and if you're a Jared Harris fan, he's here as John Comyn)
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Thread Opinion: Doctor Who - An Unearthly Child Part 1 is one of the best opening episodes to any Science Fiction TV Series
I have a strong nostalgia for watching old Doctor Who reairings on PBS late night, and sure, there is all sorts of things to point fingers at, but there was some genuinely interesting stories. And those old "episodes" also had what was a really interesting quirk - at least on PBS - which was that they were just super, duper long episodes. I'm not sure if the BBC run was all one thing or if they were always split into four, but the idea of "semi continuity" was really interesting and gave plotlines a way to breathe that even 90's Star Trek struggled to achieve. I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting many of those episodes. A clip from the OP's episode. To the OP's statement, it's worth noting how many SF shows tend to flub the opener, or at least bury it later with far superior works. I think the only one I would suggest rivals it is not necessarily an "opener" depending on how you look at it: Battlestar Galactica: "33" BSG 2004 of course had the luxury of a miniseries before TV started proper, but regardless of whether you saw it or not, the opener of BSG is a breathtaking concept and arguably one of the best episodes of the the run.
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 12) |OT|
cloudy we are getting mighty close to consider actually allowing people to submit subs. For now, it's gambling on outcomes. I do this in my other league; you can start a covid-troubled player and if the game is postponed/cancelled/forfeit I sub in the replacement player for that week's score. You still need the sub on your roster, of course.
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Thread Pre-orders are up for Xbox's proprietary SSD at Best Buy ($219 for 1TB)
Games just aren’t hitting the drive constantly at max speed that much. They need on-demand high bandwidth, but not constant. So I really don’t see these drives hitting the thermal throttling point. The PS5 SSD controller probably has some cooling on it, like a thermal pad, and most of the 2280 M.2's have a thermal sticker or included thermal pad usually, which helps. The 980 Pro has a nickel underside for cooling. I assume the XSX drive is an M.2 2240 that has a thermal pad on it, so really can't imagine a problem. Since it's basically a Laptop M.2 it will never be as fast as the PS5 implementation, but it can still fill RAM in 10 seconds or so. It's still super fast.
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Thread Pre-orders are up for Xbox's proprietary SSD at Best Buy ($219 for 1TB)
Still not really sure what the XSX expansion is; it could be a fullspeed TLC PCIe4 single-chip drive that halves the bandwidth, or it could be QLC in which case there are cheaper options. Not a lot cheaper, but generally QLC is discounted compared to TLC drives.Sony. The PS5 drive is a 12 channel TLC implementation so there's no apples:apples sold anywhere, but the common assumption based on what Cerny said is that any drive capable of 7GB/s+ is going to be compatible, so Samsung 980 Pro Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus GAMMIX S70 Gen 4 (new model) and basically all of the Phison E18 based, 7.5GB/s SSDs shipping this holiday We don't know for certain (and they haven't demoed what would happen with a slower drive) but that's the assumption thus far.
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Thread Nvidia RTX 3070 ($499), 3080 ($699), 3090 ($1,499) Announced (Please See Threadmarks)
Apparently one of the Gigabyte Master Cards might exceed 3 slots but unfortunately haven't seen anyone willing to give up WxLxH yet, I guess EVGA is the only one so far
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Thread Nvidia RTX 3070 ($499), 3080 ($699), 3090 ($1,499) Announced (Please See Threadmarks)
The ASUS STRIX models look pretty interesting.I think anyone worried or paranoid about if their 600 or 650W is enough to handle a 3070 or 3080 would be really interested in that as a hardware way to either confirm or deny their fears. I mean with my Corsair 650W it's enough that I would buy the card first and see.
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Thread ‘Rubber’ coating turns into goop - how to fix?
Same here, only temporary solution is isopropyl alcohol. Quite tedious if you don't have a bottle of it, but it does work. Downside is that in humid environments it happens again quickly. Belongings from Canada that I had for years with no problem all developed rubber residue and then (eventually) break down once I moved to Singapore. NOTE: The Metal Slime PS2 controller does not have this problem because they didn't use rubber as the material.
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Thread PC questions that don't really deserve their own thread.
depends how far away you need the cables to go; but a cheap HDMI Switch is probably fine. There are monoprice models with a physical switch or an auto switch or both. Even some of the cheaper ones have a wall plug
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Thread PC questions that don't really deserve their own thread.
So basically modern hardware has 4 DIMM slots, but is dual channel. So what usually happens is that there are "pairs" you need to fill; depending on your motherboard it can differ but for example DIMM_1 and _2 might be the same channel, so you need to fill _1 and _3 or _2 and _4. You could stack it all in one channel but would cut memory bandwidth in half. So all I'm saying here is make sure they are in separate channels; if you have 4 DIMM slots that means you have two channels and thus two positions for each channel to work with.Modern motherboards actually use Steel or other reinforced materials on the primary PCI slot to ensure strength. But sag is still a thing as the slot obviously doesn't have the leverage to hold the entire PCB by itself...
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Thread PC questions that don't really deserve their own thread.
Just a final point, you don't have to "enable" dual channel mode. The channels simply work like highway lanes, so if you stack two sticks in a channel, you're doubling traffic but the highway isn't any wider. If you have something in each channel, well, now you have two highway lanes. And yeah, sadly, prebuilders screw this up all the time. Especially the Walmart level ones.
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Thread PC questions that don't really deserve their own thread.
They are safe if they have enough leverage. I've seen three types:I think the expansion slot types are probably safer because they are just trying to make the video card more rigid. Sometimes the sag is not just the far card edge in space, but looseness in the expansion slot (usually towards the motherboard side) and anything to make the frame rigid is better overall. A pole/tower just ensures the far edge doesn't sag.Have you tried swapping the RAM? like put them in each other's DIMM slot? Or if it's a 4 slot board, just moving them both to their respective alternate slots? It wouldn't be the first time I've seen a DIMM slot fail
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 12) |OT|
True, it does seem as though Yahoo removed position limits. I don't get why RB hoarding is a worry though. Adding flex means that we are saying when it comes to drafting that W/T, you have 16 more players to consider. Honestly it should be superflex because you should be deciding if Sam Darnold or Ryquell Armstead is the better play. Yes, all 32 will be drafted, but its up to you to decide if you want to start Daniel Jones in a horrible matchup vs. a middling receiver or RB. It adds more options. . I'll go with whatever the group wants but I think it's putting our heads in the sand to think that the current roster setup is the right one.
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Thread HDMI issues with Sony TV/PS4/Apple TV
I have the 55X900F and I agree that the cable is probably the problem. That being said I've had my own issue: Plugging in an HDMI device (android TV, splitter, etc) causes the ARC signal to eventually drop out and be completely unusable.It drove me crazy when I bought it - the ARC device (Sony soundbar, actually paired to that year's model) would just be completely missing from the loop. Even a factory reset with everything plugged in couldn't find the soundbar. But sure enough if you unplug alien devices from those ports Bravia Sync/ARC returns in like 10 seconds. So my pain in the ass method is literally unplugging devices (except for the PS4, which works flawlessly in HDR) after use. It doesn't seem to matter which end you unplug but after either a TV off/on or enough time, it will drop. End lesson is I can't say I'd go Sony ever again. Love Android TV but not having 4 high bandwidth 2.1 ports is a huge problem.
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Thread How bad IS electric storage heating?
They are still out there and have some high efficiency models. But they are still considered more expensive unless you have a subsidy because odds are usually that gas is cheaper and you won't mess up the micromanagement. That being said this is the first I've ever heard of the tech (yep, I googled too). I'd be surprised if they were ever a thing in Canada but it seems to maybe be a thing in Australia. It looks more compact than Montreal classic (read: garbage) water pipe radiators; I wonder how it compares to that.
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 12) |OT|
Auction is super easy to get into, but I get it if we change a bunch of rules and people freak out. My main league (14 years) is switching to auction this draft and there is a lot of consternation, but it's really mellowed out because we are doing a cheaper COVID season rather than one where everybody has time to stress out over the details. I see cloudy ready for auction but trying to gloss over changes to bench or flex?? lol That's a really important change to flex or super flex. The current format is is ridiculously infiexible. Here's how the Defensive score-up works in my league: 1. Your defense starts at zero like every other player 2. There are penalties for giving up too many points: (-1) Giving up 7-13 (-2) Giving up 14-20 (-3) Giving up 21-27 (-4) Giving up 28-34 (-5) Giving up 35+ 3. Everything else is positive. (1) Sack (3) Interception (2) Fumble Recovery (4) Safety (3) Blocked Kick (6) Kickoff or Punt Return Touchdown (1) 4th Down Stop (0.5) Three-and-out Forced The net result is pretty close to a classic scoring system (within 10%) but since it's based a lot on performance you are hoping for the defense to produce just like any offensive position player. The Patriots last year were a top player for half the season in both formats. Anyway we switched to this and I got zero complaints.
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Thread LttP: Ace Combat 7 | Another Yakuza 0 moment: where the hell has this series been for all of my life. I am in love. Yall need to play this, seriously.
Keiki Kobayashi wins all music battles Even DLC ads are hype trains! (Pretty sure that track is Magic Spear I from the campaign)
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Thread LttP: Ace Combat 7 | Another Yakuza 0 moment: where the hell has this series been for all of my life. I am in love. Yall need to play this, seriously.
One of the best things about ACE is that you always really feel like you've ended up a legend.Cipher and Talisman maybe don't become quite as notorious, but the above pilots are basically so feared that other ships tend to bug out or at least crap their pants on the Radio. Mobius 1 is so infamous you play the pilot again in ACE7 VR.AC5 is PlayStation only, I think AC6 is Xbox only, that's how they split it at launch at least. AC5 looks rough but it's wonderful to play at modern aspect ratio
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Thread Eidos Montreal has apparently 700 (!) employees, they can't possibly work only on Guardians of The Galaxy and Avengers right?
As it says in the OP tweet, that's a count for "Square-Enix studios in Montreal", not "Eidos Montreal". So what does that mean?So no, it doesn't mean 700 people for one project. EM is by far the biggest part, and , but marvel is not the whole story I suspect.
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Thread AC: New Horizons [Turnip Thread] The Road to Bells is Paved With Good Connections
Usually you PM the person offering, they give you a Dodo code, you go to the flight center and submit the code Then you go to Nook's Cranny (the shop) at the destination and sell your turnips. For example, the rate on my island right now is 583/each People usually just drop items or money. You can drop money by selecting it on your inventory and it gives you a few amounts
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Thread AC: New Horizons [Turnip Thread] The Road to Bells is Paved With Good Connections
Haha no worries, I'm running between this and dinner so I hope you can sell all your turnips! EDIT: Return trips are okay, best to sell while you can unless you're fishing for 600+
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Thread AC: New Horizons [Turnip Thread] The Road to Bells is Paved With Good Connections
583 bells/turnip, I'm working but can check in between meetings. PM for code, it's my PM menu so I guess it's valid for another 5 hours? Tips not required but always appreciated It's late out west coast so no queue just yet...just PM for entry
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2020 Season - Year of the Plague..
I can't imagine paying dollars for RoJo? Like okay, Brady, but...I'm just really struggling to imagine Jones was a quarterback away from being remarkable. Terry I'm onboard with that ride, but honestly my impression of Jones in that backfield for the last few years has been: "can be replaced by Trent Richardson" :/
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Thread Ace Combat fans, were you surprised that this series about assault jet fighters turned out to be incredibly shonen anime (in a GREAT way)?
To anyone who confuses this with a dry flight sim, engage hype music:
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Thread Rumored specs for NVIDIA's upcoming "Ampere" RTX 3000 series graphics cards (RTX 3060, RTX 3070, RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti)
I'd guess august announce and late September release, but choose the rumor of your choice 3070/3080/ti would be the initial three, if it's anything like the RTX2000 launch. And to australians: yes, $1000+, if the 3070 fits under that number I'll be surprised
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Thread Rumored specs for NVIDIA's upcoming "Ampere" RTX 3000 series graphics cards (RTX 3060, RTX 3070, RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti)
Does Nvidia want to change the cable standard and possibly the AWG to ensure better max wattage? Yes. But an adapter is guaranteed in the box of products that use it. But really all we need to know is:
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Thread Rumored specs for NVIDIA's upcoming "Ampere" RTX 3000 series graphics cards (RTX 3060, RTX 3070, RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti)
Per GamersNexus they always test multiple if not dozens of heatsink configurations for cost, effectiveness, etc. So it's likely this is one of those prototype runs. Maybe they do it, maybe they don't, or maybe just for certain cards, etc
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Thread Rumored specs for NVIDIA's upcoming "Ampere" RTX 3000 series graphics cards (RTX 3060, RTX 3070, RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti)
It's better. Just not total solution better. I went from 4670K>R3600 and overall the framerate is clearly better. Certainly windows and everything else is great. But the 970 just sometimes gets into full-chop situations where the framerate can tank, and it really struggles at 1440p. And I've mentioned this before but same games (AC:Odyssey, for example, at 1440p will go past the 3.5GB soft-limit on the 970 which will further tank performance...)
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Thread Ace Combat fans, were you surprised that this series about assault jet fighters turned out to be incredibly shonen anime (in a GREAT way)?
Shounen I guess is accurate. Usually I just say "Top Gun + Star Wars", because it's a mix of "I love planes" and "crazy stuff that we don't/can't do with planes". I mean to quote a few,Agreed. I know folks love Mobius One, but Blaze and the Demons of Razgriz will always be my top tier for the chatter. You get to know the whole team. But that's one of the other great things about these games; how your squadron always goes from losers to basically so feared that opposing squadrons want to bail out. And it works, because it feeds into what would normally be dissonance in other games: you HAVE personally downing the equivalent to the entire USAF. The only planes bad enough to face you have to bring a gun to a knife fight just to make it *fair*.
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Thread Is that a PSP battery in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? (PSP Battery PSA)
update: it was a Splatoon green joycon that inflated from the center. I now also identified a launch grey joycon with a small amount of edge inflation; not sure if that’s normal or not I do see your point and I agree that being able to easily separate them is important. that being said in Southeast Asia I’ve seen many, many AA batteries leak. In some cases basically ruining the device they were in. So I have to literally store unused batteries in separate containers or just not buy very many.
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Thread Is that a PSP battery in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? (PSP Battery PSA)
Replying not because I found a dying PSP battery, but in checking all of my electronics, I found a switch controller bursting from the inside due to battery inflation. Yikes so again bravo to this thread
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Thread Is that a PSP battery in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? (PSP Battery PSA)
Mine seem fine, although the high capacity battery always had a bit of a bulge on purchase; nothing to break the case, just that it clearly was fatter than the standard one. But a great PSA to keep an eye on...
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Thread GBA was more powerful than SNES right? (except the sound)
As a former GBA developer:THIS. Jeezus this happened so much. Even the cart burners were awful. Eventually we just used EZFA because it was way more reliable. Only problem is they didn't do any sort of ECC pass, but you could just burn 4 carts simultaneously instead and still be cheaper than one dev cart + burner. We still had dev carts of course, but going to E3 or whatever meant EZFA only.30% is actually quite responsible. :lol Using the F5 engine if we wanted SNES audio, 60% easy. So we ended up massively compressing samples, going to 16 or 12khz, 8bit mono....just cutting massive corners to keep the audio processing and storage in check. (You are of course right, your game isn't really going to work unless you're at ~25% or less CPU utilization for audio, but again, specs/CPU/storage on this platform was a huge mismatch)
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Thread Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X Website Live
I think it's due to the format. Going with M.2 2242 or M.2230 - basically laptop formats - means fewer chips and thus less bandwidth, so they offset it with Gen4, preserving the system format and maybe getting any sort of Gen4 features in the bargain.
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Thread Japanese thinktank NLI Research Instistute release study on Covid-19 Response of 49 Country(Taiwan #1, Malaysia #2, HK, #3, Thailand #4, )
The details are also difficult to account for; Singapore's number would be among the top and indeed daily local case numbers are always below 10, but the quarantined worker dorms continue to show a few hundred cases/day. Since the country is actively and publicly testing and reporting those numbers as opposed to hiding them or minimizing testing, on a chart they will always rank worse than expected. Of course, compared to some of the bad examples, every detected case here is immediately moved to a hospital if treatment is required - currently 150 patients nationwide, zero ICU - or to recovery centers such as Hotels or Convention centers to wait it out. It's not exactly New Zealand, but a country with a firm recovery plan and mandatory masks at work/school/outdoors.
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Thread Nvidia seeking to acquire chip designer ARM from SoftBank: report
Anandtech has an at how companies license ARM and how the licenses can be perpetual - meaning no matter who buys it Apple or Samsung, etc can continue building products indefinitely. Eventually the ARM product would be obsolete, but companies that big can afford to either extend the architecture themselves or license something else, in the off chance that ARM would be destroyed by a new owner.
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Thread A photo-op shows a size of American's crowd in Niagara Falls' boat tours...and it just as you expected.
For folks who have never been, Niagara Falls is basically a border town, just with a big river and waterfall rather than a land barrier. So both sides have their own tourism industry and you can't easily border cross...though it looks like it in that when you're on the boat it feels like you could jump out and cross illegally yourself. It does feel a bit like looking into a mirror sometimes when you see how both sides of the river are built up.
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Thread Indian Matchmaking (Netflix)
Apparently they tracked over 500 people for the show, but as it turns out it's quite hard to find people with families willing to allow this kind of access; somebody always bails out at some point in the process. Anyway for those who are interested, the creators of this show are also the filmmakers for the Documentary "A Suitable Girl" which not only is on the same subject - only with much poorer girls in India rather than a globetrotting US show - but they also cover the matchup for Sima's own daughter. It's also on Netflix, at least over here.
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Thread Characters with unusually cruel fates
As terrible as Romano's death was, it was pretty cathartic at the time because the character was such a colossal asshole that he basically became the supervillain of ER. I vaguely remember they tried to write a bit of sympathy into the character once but the plot twist actually made him even less likeable? So he was basically Poochy and they decided to destroy the hospital.
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Thread Nexon has shut down its Orange County, California studio
Hopefully the devs affected can get jobs again soon, I've been through this kind of situation before and it sucks in normal times. In pandemic times it's really, really hard I imagine. That being said, Nexon doing this doesn't surprise me. Their past reputation in Canada at least was a company that would shut down satellite studios pretty much overnight rather than the north american tradition of downsizing or trimming projects.
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Thread Last night, I filed my taxes on my own
Canadian taxes scared the hell out of me, so I always just went to H&R Block. Some of the personal accountants I dealt with were incredibly paranoid about filing details, having the paperwork organized, not answering emails without an appointment, and so on. Meanwhile: Singapore taxes: hit OK on website to submit, send money next month online Singapore taxes, year two: no filing required, automatic monthly billing ...
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Thread 8 months later, how's the state of Death Stranding shared-world on PS4?
I have no direct evidence, but I'm convinced from what I've seen that the game actually has a certain number of "NPC players" in the pool to smooth out the process, both for the "endgame" as you say but also when the game is just starting on any given platform. NPCs would go a long way to smooth out bumps and probably would have helped the dev-team to simulate the experience when they were offline. (I suppose another option beyond "NPCs" would simply be to record milestones in player progress and "replay" them to get the same effect.) I suspect the real "silent" experience is simply if you can't connect online; at that point nobody would be spawned because even the "NPC players" data would have to be sent from a server.
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Thread Rumored specs for NVIDIA's upcoming "Ampere" RTX 3000 series graphics cards (Rumored Specs for RTX 3060, RTX 3070, RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti)
Just speculation for now, presumably a rebranding of the 3080 Ti. We haven't seen any real leaks of naming AFAIK so it could just be 3080 Ti again
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Thread Rumored specs for NVIDIA's upcoming "Ampere" RTX 3000 series graphics cards (Rumored Specs for RTX 3060, RTX 3070, RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti)
Really not worried about naming. I mean Intel has the 10900X and 10900K (different CPU generations entirely) and AMD has the 3200/3400G (not actually 3000 series processors). So historical naming means...not much at all. Hell, just call 3090 Ti for fun
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I actually prefer the blue even though it's clearly just protective production tape A green version would be very on brand...
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Thread I may never sleep again
My wife wouldn't stand for that, the movie would shut down and cockroach war MCXVII would begin followed by an airing out period to avoid taking too much damage from the fumes. The geckos are harmless and not so daring. They take a little dump sometimes which is annoying, and my kid is freaked out but they in theory are just keeping down the ants (which can summon themselves anywhere in Singapore, especially for cockroach carcass) and maybe keep the cockroaches honest. I will say though I found a gecko that died in a toaster once...
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Thread I may never sleep again
Here in Singapore they are rampant, people walking in the morning just crunch them under their heel casually. Many cat-and-mouse games are fought inside of apartments with heavy duty raid spray and traps as they are quite resistant to damage compared to a typical bug...in fact many apartments here have small lizards (geckos) that wander the house just to eat bugs and hopefully curtail the cockroaches.
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Thread Resetera people who live in countries with mandatory military consription
Taxes here are very low and they maintain pretty strict laws against bribery, but even more to the point, Singapore is an "intake" country that needs immigration to survive. At the high end, sure, for the finances, but also at the low end. For workers, for the things that keep everything running. So the country has four major cultures to unify - Indian, English, Chinese, Malay - and allowing the rich to dodge won't cut it. I believe they were lax in the past but in the present it's hardcore: there is no easy opt-out within the military age and returning to the country - or transit - can mean trial. Anyway, it sounds a bit rough but it only applies on citizenship or PR. Obviously on work pass you're not eligible...but also not eligible for things like the local schools. A common expat exit happens if they come for IVF and have twins, because two kids in private school...$$$$$$
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Thread Resetera people who live in countries with mandatory military consription
The Singapore system is quite strict, in part to prevent favoritism and ensure a strong army, but among other reasons also to address the problem of rich expats. The country does not allow dual-citizenship and getting PR for any reason will lock your male children into military service, even if you opt to move away and even if they are only PR as well. You could get PR, leave before your kid is 10 and still be on the hook for it 8 years later (as far as I understand from reading the PR rules too many times...) Edit: also as I recall past a certain age they actually ask for a financial deposit for such eligible children to leave the country...
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Thread Rumored specs for NVIDIA's upcoming "Ampere" RTX 3000 series graphics cards (Rumored Specs for RTX 3060, RTX 3070, RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti)
Would take those rumors with a grain of salt. At worst it will use the PCIe 8pin
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Thread Satisfactory - you may not like this lucious alien planet getting destroyed but this is what maximum efficiency looks like
Already spent a hundred hours playing on the Epic Store, smashing into the later progression gaps with radioactive materials. Plan on waiting for another patch before starting over, but they've added a lot of interesting tech since then (trains, material elevators, etc)
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Thread The PC Builders Thread ("I Need a New PC") v3
1. power down 2. install ram 3. power on 4. probably go into BIOS first to make sure it shows up properly and is at the correct speed (if you use mismatched RAM expect weirdness) 5. thats it 6. (optional) run a memory benchmark app to test that its functioning fine
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Thread The PC Builders Thread ("I Need a New PC") v3
The 3600 or the Corsair? I'm actually in the market for the 3600 Neo but I live very...., lol. NewEgg keeps trying to get me to buy the 16-19-19-39 kit...hopefully someone else takes you up on it.Depends on your patience. Ryzen 4000 could come anywhere from September to January. You have a great video card so waiting would make sense, as you need new RAM, a new motherboard, and a new CPU. But a 3700X would "unlock" your card right now.
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You just earned your DIY badge. The standoffs for M.2 are cheap, just tiny 4.5mm "standoff" screws, named so because they have threading on the top for a security screw. So if your DVI monitor pin (1) fit in the threading and (2) you still managed to screw in the security, that's great luck. If you didn't manage to get a security screw in well, you're probably still fine but just be aware of sag over time since the NVME is mounted sideways. Motherboards with M.2 heatsinks sometimes solve this because they act as a clamp (although some just use the standoffs, so it's ymmv). (If it's not secure, worst case you could build a brace out of lego or something. It used to be quite the popular solution for video cards before companies made solid braces, because Lego ABS is rated up to 80c and shouldn't melt until ~100c, neither of which was a temp the edge of a video card could hit.)Nope. :lol Only Corsair sells them AFAIK, and I've only seen them for Vengeance RGB Black and White. Maybe there are other manufacturers but G.Skill has stayed out of it. I love my Trident Z Neo but Corsair generally rules the RGB roost.PCIe is backwards compatible, so although I've never quite tried going backwards like that, it should work. The 1660 is the superior of the two but the 1060 is probably more evenly matched to the motherboard era.
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I would gently plug it back in all the way, and try again with the slot lock held down. You don't want to damage the card or the slot. It's possible that the lock needs to be jiggled or the shimmy on removing the card was too aggressive. Just guessing though.If you like the build, go for it. I'd probably aim for 650W 80+ Gold as a minimum PSU though, normally I don't advocate more W but the 3700X and 2070S are both going to tap the board a bit. The rest sounds quality although...I think this would need some research, but I'm not sure if the X470 Taichi today is pre-flashed to support Ryzen 3000? Or if it supports flashback? (flashing without the CPU)The 212 EVO predates AM4 so it didn't originally come with the bracket. I heard newer EVOs do, so it really just depends on if the stock you are buying is new (like, 2019+) or dusty old (2018). They did offer the upgrade bracket online but my guess is most EVOs now have it in the box.
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8 bays is crazy and would limit you to Threadripper, absolutely insane part costs, no real futureproofing there either. If you want to go RGB, you're much better off grabbing an ATX motherboard (which all have 4 slots), going 2x16GB Corsair Vengeance RGB - 32GB being more than enough for any gamer - and then using the fake RAM they sell to fill the other two slots (basically just a circuit board with the RGB to look like extra RAM, rather than literally being RAM itself). Honestly I'd even do that on Threadripper. Beyond that, if you want a powerful CPU+Motherboard, it really depends on your budget and whether you want Intel or not. Since I don't see a budget, I'll just assume you want a powerful CPU and an expensive motherboard. AMD MEG X570 Godlike (EATX, so case compatibility is an issue, but it's hugely expensive with tons of options) AMD Ryzen 3950X (12 cores, 24 threads!) INTEL AORUS EXTREME Z490 Intel Core i9 10900K (the latest high end CPU)I found them quiet enough since they aren't screamer fans, but the motherboard itself typically can adjust voltage to adjust fan speed. So it's not eternally locked there. I would give it a try and see if you find it noisy.That board has some really awesome RGB. But yeah, all of your slots work with it.
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Yes, Gen4 is fully backwards compatible. So, in general the Corsair Gen4 should be okay, but I do remember reading a volley of complaints on the Corsair forums about some sort of flaw with the drive. So either read up on that or get the equally good (and virtually identical) Sabrent Rocket Gen4, or much nicer-looking AORUS Gen4, or even the Seagate Gen4...basically every one of them uses the same Phison chipset right now. I'm not exactly worried, just that I lived through the era years ago... It should be compatible so long as the pin out matches your NVMe slot. You need an M.2 NVMe slot (not SATA). Generally speaking even a hybrid slot would work, but on a pure SATA M.2 slot the pinout is on the wrong side. If you're worried, post your motherboard model.
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The compatibility note is nothing. It's just telling you that the X570-P has a 12v LN2 rail. The vast majority of ATX power supplies do not have this rail, and ultimately you should not care about it unless you have a 1000+ W PSU and intend to do extreme overclocking. You have two avenues to investigate: 1. The monitor chain (is the cable working? is it plugged into the right port? Is the port on the monitor working? Is the monitor working?) 2. The internal chain (reseat the GPU, though if you have no errors or debug lights, it feels more like it's wrong somewhere from the monitor to GPU)
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If the timings (beyond CL) are different enough you could have problems. What is most likely to happen is everything has to obey the higher (worse) timings. You could try for 3200 but I suspect you would have trouble hitting that speed and the same timings unless it's a great Samsung B-Die kit.Corsair is a closed ecosystem so you need a Corsair controller for their fans. Usually 3 packs and motherboards come with a controller included. Anyway, here's the .
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Corsair? I'd stick in the ecosystem if you can. But if you want to go cheap, you can't stay there, so you'd need to look at DeepCool or Aigo or other chinese brands (cheap) or Cooler Master (mid priced). CM offers 5pin RGB products, DeepCool and Aigo etc you would have to doublecheck. Probably a mix of cheap and proprietary cheap. Phanteks also has some (relatively) cheap RGB products I believe, as well as the Halos which is an "add on" RGB kit for fans. I started with Thermaltake which has really awesome visuals but also proprietary controllers, and then when I couldn't source those anymore I added some Cooler Master MF120 Halo fans along with a cheap CM 5pin PWM+RGB controller. The CM fans actually daisy chain but I would only want so much power draw through a daisy chain approach...eventually, a controller makes too much sense. (The CM one is cheap, anyway) The cheap <> good looking range is pretty standard though. The cheapest fans usually only have a few LEDs, while the Corsair/thermaltake have up to 50 with 2-4 rings and huge amounts of blended color. If you don't want to replace your existing fans I think the Phanteks RGB LED strip combo set is a pretty cool alternative. 2x400mm strips with blended colors and nice shaping stickers for hard corners. And magnetic housing for sticking to most cases. Brace: Honestly I'm still using Aurasync (I just deleted everything Armoury Crate and went with the Aura app instead). It has presets, it's easy enough to use...so for example you could keep using that and just use a controller like the CM one to add all of the extra fans or strips you need to it.
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Your motherboard controls the fans. The that basically acts as a smart splitter so you can attach all of the fans to the hub and then the hub to the motherboard. (Usually managing the different fans from there requires software). Honestly, I don't think it's necessary unless you plan to have a lot of fans as a good motherboard should already have a variety of plugs. You can always buy a cheap 3-port PWM splitter if you need it.Again, you'll probably have an easier time with NVMe since it's far smaller and can plug directly into the motherboard. Most of the work on the ITX is getting the cables routed. Next problem: You need an SFX power supply on the . I don't know 100% for sure but if Gamers Nexus is using an SFX there...I'm not convinced an ATX would fit.
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So when I first built this PC earlier this year, Windows automatically installed Armoury Crate off the internet (which I believe may have been caused by a UEFI setting). It never crashed so I just let it do its thing and ignored half of the app which is nonsense app recommendations. But it was causing flickering on my 5V ARGB channel, so I finally just 1) completely uninstalled Crate and the aura light service 2) found the aura sync app and installed that And now...it's working? Just grabbed whatever one was online on Sunday. My MF120 Halos show up as "Addressable RGB Strip" but they behave. I remember seeing a support post on the Asus forum that had a very detailed fix for most problems. It sounds tedious but if my current solution didn't work this is what I planned on doing next: .
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Thread 'Record of Lodoss War' will have its phase 2 of content releasing in a few days and it is shaping up to be an excellent metroidvania
I am 100% not sure how Record of Lodoss War got resurrected and has a metroidvania, but that is a quality doublejump.
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Thread LTTP: Star Trek: Deep Space 9
I always understood that was a hard "no" as part of the character, and why Picard could never show up on the series again. This conflict between his "Starfleet Officer" self and the hard edge that comes from surviving Wolf 359 and losing his wife there. He's enough of a 24th century human to obey the chain of command, take the order from Picard, hell, even raise his son on a way-too-dangerous space station. But forgive the guy and have a cup of tea? . And that edge is what makes him convincing running essentially a pirate den in the middle of a religious war. Picard is great but you won't live long on moral arguments in this environment; you need a strong personality that can play the other strong personalities (such as Kira and Dukat) off of each other.
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Thread Ridge Racer -- ResetEra's top 3 games in the series
I've probably put close to a thousand hours into Ridge 7, so it's the king. Rage is great though EDIT: 1. Ridge Racer 7 (I'm sorry, it's better than Ridge 6 and lighting is way improved. It's great) 2. Rage Racer (nostalgia I can never dismiss) 3. Ridge Racer V (Going from PS1 crunchy graphics to this was incredible. On the Painted Desert!!) EDIT 2: Also I just want to say RIP Michiyuki Kawashima, one of the duo of . :( The band ended in 2016 prior to his death from brain cancer. Their music was incredible...
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You know, my initial thinking was "nah, that's not going to work.". Tried it with both a USB-C iPad Pro and a 2018 Macbook Pro 13". On the iPad it does the traditional mirroring (with bars on the sides since it doesn't match the aspect ratio of a 16:9 computer monitor over HDMI, whereas on the Macbook Pro it was automatically detected as a desktop extension (second monitor). That is probably configurable?
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My first game was a tedious classic; group of three all started off with "uninstall the game" and predictably escalated from there before quitting 6 rounds in. Does talking just show up on the sidebar? Would love to just report and mute but all of the trash happened while in the buy menu so it was hard to pay attention in the midst of all of the "new game everywhere" rush.
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Thread I, a Souls veteran, just rage quit FF13. This game is brutally hard.
All I remember is following this game using a strategy guide, which outright said not to upgrade anything until late in the game. And it was right. Baffling for anyone who came from traditional JRPGs and expected a tight upgrade loop.
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Thread Like Slay the Spire? You should try Monster Train
I like this game but I'm really struggling with the early decks. The plant race (Awoken?) Is the only one I make any headway with because it's a tank/responsive unit rather than the Umbra Kratos guy (glass cannon) or the imps (glass without the cannon) or the Umbra (even suggested builds use cards I've never seen). I did complete a run once (with plantshield) but after that the only highlight was one particularly bad run where I kept getting the perks that made thorns more powerful. I was up to 40 damage per thorn. But of course, could never secure more than two thorns in the deck.
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Just popping in to say my Global edition (Singapore) arrived today. Works like a charm. It's basically smaller than my Macbook chargers, comes with a great right-angled USB C cable (1m!) and has the HDMI on it. So overall it's doing everything asked. Obviously travel is out of the question these days but I also really appreciate how sliding off the Singapore/UK 3-pin reveals the US 2 pin underneath. It's really well engineered.
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If they are not already, they will soon. Modern SSDs are using two techniques to get performance out of less:I think for casual gamers, DRAMless makes sense. Writes are crap, but generally "speed" is seen as reads. And it's reads fast, so....yeah. But that being said I'd still rather have a drive with an onboard DRAM cache to ensure I've left the HDD era completely behind.Normally with a Micro ATX case you would be worried about card length and perhaps card height, but the 1660 Super is a small card. It's barely longer than two fans and seems to be around 2.5 slots tall. So looking at the Carbide 88R, no obvious problem with fit. And honestly, the best webcam setup you can have right now is simply your phone. Webcams are generally expensive or OOS, and most are beaten out by an iPhone. I have no xp with GoPro, but that's another option I suppose.Damn, that's good. Makes me want to put that together with the .Benchmarks showing a big perf difference on 3200 vs 3600 is because if you bottleneck the GPU (2080ti) at 1080p it suddenly all becomes about the CPU serving frames. If you're running 1440p or 4K, with a much slower card (2070 Super), then suddenly the bottleneck is the GPU instead and RAM speed hardly matters at that point. There still is *some* difference, as DDR4-3600 ensures your Infinity Fabric runs at 1800 instead of 1600, but honestly you'd rather have more total RAM than simply faster RAM. And CAS matters too; 3600 CL18 is not the same as CL16. AMD only rates their CPUs for 3200 so it's not a huge deal. I have absolutely no idea why you would ever want to go 128GB unless you have huge renders to do, though...and the Pro4 has *rear* G2, not front G2. Everybody has rear G2, because the port is soldered onto the motherboard.
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Losing a SATA port is definitely possible on older boards that have a mixed-mode M.2 port that can support SATA as well as NVME (yeah, some M.2s are SATA). But your first slot is free-and-clear, as you said. You're totally fine going Gen 3 and I recommend it for virtually all of resetera unless you have specific Gen4 needs or a ton of budget. Just aim for Gen 3 (x4 lanes) and ideally a TLC drive. Avoid drives without DRAM if possible. Yes, 3x4 TLC drives exceed the XSX spec. It's possible this is either due to QLC or perhaps that the drive is a 2242 instead of a 2280 (fewer chips generally results in fewer lanes and thus less thoroughput). Certainly the expansion card looks like a 2242. PS5 is way over spec - 12 channels, PCIe4 - but PCs tend to heavily load RAM and we are a long way away from Gen4 drives becoming a defining factor for PC Gaming.
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You're right, the Tomahawk Max does not have a front USB-C header. Basically, you need something with a USB 3.1G2 header, which is unfortunately quite different than previous gens. So you have two choices: either get a board that has it, or get a and the cable. There are also some adapters floating out there but they degrade the speed of the USB-C port. This site seems to be a way to search for it, but the basic idea is that cheap-tier motherboards don't have it. And B450 in particular doesn't have it. So you need an X470 or X570 motherboard. I don't think AIO is exactly overkill, it would help if you're ever doing something using all cores, but in any case I would probably want an aftermarket cooler. I'm a fan of the Dark Rock 4 cooler myself (air) but nothing wrong with AIOs. Just that in general the Mugen, DR4, and Noctuas are all about as good and cheaper. A quick check online suggests there won't be much of a bottleneck with the 5700XT. I don't agree with you on an upgrade path - Ryzen 4000 is probably end of the year, and then AM5 is yet another year after that. Compared to Intel that is pretty good support - 3 generations of CPUs - and who knows, there could be more if there are any manufacturing setbacks. AM5 is so far away it's not even worth considering right now. Anyway, the answer seems to be your video card. Unless you want to wait and see what RTX3000 is like.
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I would probably set the RAM settings manually in the BIOS. It's possible that because you're using RAM not on the QVL something fishy is going on with the DOCP profile. Windows should see 3200 MHz on Task Manager. Since it sounds like you already did that, can you post a pic of the advanced settings page? I'm wondering if there is something else that needs to be set manually beyond the few you set.
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No PC issues. I simply wanted to launch UEFI to check the BIOS version and a few other things. And hilariously found out that's not possible anymore. The PC just boots into Windows, that's it. Even plugging in a UEFI USB boot drive doesn't do anything.None of these work on my X570 TUF. At some point in the past I had the ability to hit UEFI, but now I just hit windows in ~6 seconds. I'm guessing maybe the BIOS itself is set to fast boot, but I really have no idea how to troubleshoot that Windows > UEFI boot doesn't actually work. There's no error - if you try to shutdown to UEFI from the command line it executes just fine. Only you restart Windows.
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The answer was even stupider. For whatever reason, the combo of my GTX970 and - admittedly cheap Prism+ F270iPro cannot display the UEFI resolution on DisplayPort. Solution? Plug in HDMI to use UEFI, make whatever changes, then switch back because HDMI cannot actually handle 1440p144 Unsolved: The Boot to UEFI doesn't work. It just does a reboot (so it's a "shortcut" to the UEFI boot screen, but can't boot into the UEFI itself). But the point is moot, as it seems the UEFI resolution just isn't showing up. (It's of course inexplicable how I couldn't at least blindly enter UEFI, but that's why I can't say if it's truly Windows, the monitor, or the old video card hamming it up. Now I just have to figure out why AURASYNC is causing flickering on the 5V RGB...
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Is your RAM the F4-3200C16D-32GTZR? I have exactly that motherboard and timings (though only the 16GB model) but what you need to do is check the advanced settings where the RAM speed is set, and that can tell you what is actually being run at. Or you could just boot into windows, launch CPU-Z and check the Memory Tab, if your DRAM frequence is ~1596MHz, it's in DDR4-3200 mode, if it's ~1796MHz then it's in DDR4-3600 mode. The info on the UEFI is unfortunate but shouldn't affect anything if Windows (and your RAM settings menu) are both okay. That being said the F4-3200C16D-32GTZR is almost always Samsung B-Die and it's usually overclocked manually using DRAM Calculator.
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I also have the SX8200 Pro 2TB, and it's been great. But honestly, so is the HP ex950, the Sabrent Rocket, and virtually any other 2TB model that is TLC based. It's cheaper than 2 1TB NVMe, but not by a lot. And as you say stock and pricing is all over the place right now.Cool looking build! The Crucial P1 is a great drive. It's cheap (probably due to QLC) but still a great performer for games. In fact, despite being QLC it's still substantially faster than the Samsung 850. That being said I don't think Windows would be noticeably faster on the P1; faster SSDs don't make a truly noticeable difference to startup and app boot time. You just need to make sure your motherboard has an NVMe slot...To reduce the cost:Just another VRM heavy hitter, which means it doesn't sweat with the 3950X so much and has some OC room. The TUF X570 is in the same boat, just that the TUF is .ac, not .ax on the wireless version. Basically, for the money, they are very good boards, with lots of ports, RGB, NVMe slots, WiFi options, and overclocking headroom. I'd be totally confident with the TUF or your favorite Gigabyte, and I'd really only hesitate if your motherboard budget is strict and this one offers something you are missing.
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I have that board, actually. The plug is not necessary, and to point Buildzoid (kind of an authority on motherboard overclocking on youtube) thinks using it is ridiculous if you're not a stunt-overclocker. It's just delivering unnecessary power. So you can safely ignore PCPP's overzealous warning!
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I didn't know AUD was so much worse than SGD...ouch. That plus...I dunno, something, is really increasing the price of those panels. I can get a great 144hz IPS for $450 or less SGD...so I suppose I would be sure to look closely at eBay/NewEgg, just in case there are big price discrepancies. Personally I would still go for IPS, even 100hz to me is better than TN. Beyond that a scan of PCCG tells me that if you want 1440p144, VA is the cheapest path forward. Either that or go IPS but 1080p144. IPS 1440p144 is mostly in the 800+ range as you said. I think there are a few IPS 75hz panels out there but I'd be worried that their freesync ranges suck...
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Well, at a glance I love that they are honest about the casee instead of rebranding. Didn't we have somebody complain about Skytech earlier though? (I think it was a problematic AIO pump build) AnywayA very brief pcpp build equivalent is around ~$1450? Anyway, my guess is the PSU is not modular, the RAM is the cheapest they could find, the motherboard...well, not much hope there. But pure specs wise it's a good gaming machine. DDR4-3000 won't hurt you much since it's the 2070 doing the heavy lifting. There's a ton of fans in there too. Probably not the quietest build as it's airflow constrained, but it should work. I'm not excited by the build at all, but in theory it will work. I would do a quick skytech search though.You're basically waiting on Taiwan and Korea to hit 128 layer flash. The only way to increase capacity right now without killing speed (QLC or 5bit) is more layers. 128 layer products are coming end 2020 from Micron, and Samsung has begun work on 160. So it's not an automatic size jump as it would be with a die shrink, but should make 4TB a lot more feasible (the only 2280 4TB drives out there are extremely expensive, double-sided, 8 chip affairs, I believe) The other interesting development is Optane alternatives, I think as a way to stop spamming SLC writes across the TLC chain. Samsung has Z-NAND and now Kioxia (formerly: Toshiba) and WD have XL FLASH. So I'd expect to see more of that in TLC drives next year.
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Well, it's always tough when it comes to PC troubleshooting, but in general you have to assume it's a software problem.So that means finding event viewer (a default windows app) to see what error/critical messages you see (open Custom Views to see Administrative Events) There are a lot of entries but you're basically just looking for stuff that matches the timestamp of your last shutdown.
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Gamers Nexus says 2022, but just a reminder that it could very well be "holiday 22" just as Ryzen 4000 is "holiday 21". It's hard to say with the effect of the pandemic how much schedules will stretch, but for now it could mean anything from "holiday" to "summer". Samsung is not expected to produce much until 2021 so I wouldn't be too hopeful for Holiday 21, but it is at least possible.Ah yeah, if you're okay with TN then it's an option for sure. Still would prefer VA or IPS myself but certainly you can get a high level TN panel in that price range.
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Well given all of that, sure, in your situation why not?. I'd just say that the PSU, RAM, SSD are cheapest tier. You'd want DDR4-3200 if possible. But if that's what you're playing with it should still be a good build. The muscle - 3700X and 2070S - are what really matter for frames and that's what you have. So nothing shocking or broken. EDIT: I think in general in these situations I prefer to buy local if possible, simply to have a better service chain. But I realize in the US that can be kinda difficult these days...
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Honestly, I've been using 144hz panels for the last 6 years, and I still have a GTX970 on my current build. It's not really about "can you hit 144fps", but simply that the monitor updates more, your movement is smoother, and if you have Freesync, you can eliminate tearing and generally have a better experience. (Also, if you're doing WFH, a bright IPS panel with good viewing angles is just a superior work experience). That being said:EDIT: ah, obviously you are posting a link from PCCG...is your cap $700 or you want to go significantly under?
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Crucial just announced their own mainstream NVMe, the P5. 250/500/1TB/2TB, Gen3x4, Micron TLC. Consider this in the same tier as the Sabrent and ADATA.MSI Tomahawk Max. Easy. Only reason to go to X570 is if you want upgradeability or potentially PCIe gen4, but let's be honest, for your next 3-4 years you are 100% fine with an awesome B450 board like the T Max.
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From the Anandtech and Guru reviews it seems pretty clear you can only do 1x200, 2x140 or 2x120 front. You'd have to take off the front of the case and root around to be sure, but I get the impression 3x120 is only possible on the top, and the nature of the 5.25" drive cage is such that there are no fan mounts up there.
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Yeah, but it seems like you need to remove the drive cage? Anyway, Thermaltake has two products (well, 3)It sounds like with Riing Quad they have introduced support for connecting to Razer Chroma, even with the pack-in controller, but if you want motherboard level RGB control you need to buy the optional TT Sync controller. Anyway, some limitations: because of the power draw of having so many LEDs, you are limited to 5 fans per controller and I believe they don't always play well if you try to mix Quad and Trio. The TT SYNC controller has 9 plugs...I have some concern over whether it could really power 9 Riing Quad fans though. Unclear. I previously bought my fans either on Amazon (though a quick look there says both trio and quad 200mm are out of stock) or locally through my region's store apps (Lazada, Shopee) Regional apps draw from stock of the independent PC companies so they tend to have what I need.
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Given how they went into detail on the power delivery solution (not exceeding a budget across the APU) I would be shocked if it still has blower sound problems (sigh, PS4 Pro...) The cool thing about having a steady/known max output is you just have to design the cooler to handle that number. You don't have to "aim for the middle". But seeing how we haven't seen the hardware, yeah, anyone's guess.
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What's the case? I can look for info.Yes. It's the blue slots. Per the diagram, 1 and 5 are the outside most slots. So you fill 1,3 on the left, 7, 5 on the right. This is also good for heatsink coolers because vacating the nearest slot gives room for the big ones.
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You would have to check your manual on that one. On my meshify C I'm using 2x front 140mm because the case supports 3x120mm, but the bottom 120 actually sits inside the PSU shroud so it's better to have 2x140mm sitting on top of the shroud, and then the other 140mm on the top. I couldn't fit two 140mm on top because on the Meshify C the backmost fan is right on top of the ATX 24pin power connector and while it would "technically" fit the fan would cover the grommet making routing really, really awkward. Your case is huge though so maybe fine?
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That's a lot of case. Like a LOT. Good job The Riing Trio (and now the Riing Quad) come with a controller if you buy them in a 3 pack. The controller is *necessary* because as with Corsair, the fans are proprietary in that they use USB instead of 4pin. It makes setup easy - only one cable per fan, not two - however, the included controller is the "cheapo" version:Thermaltake sells a *separate* controller, the TT Sync, which has a SATA power connector and *can* connect to the 3pin ARGB system (and as such advertises support for Aurasync, polychrome, etc). But the only way to get this is to buy it on its own. Anyway apart from that Thermaltake and Corsair both connect to the PC by using a USB2 hub connector (motherboard 9pin). Most enthusiast boards have 2-3 of them so I don't think this will be a problem for you.
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Well unfortunately where I live - Singapore - the average outdoor/indoor temperature is ~30c. So that probably affects my baseline even when the aircon is on. The 3600 runs hot though, so like ~49-53 idle and peak up to 73c while playing AC Odyssey. I did slightly screw up the cooler install though, maybe I'll try repasting it one day.
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USB-C alt mode supports DisplayPort 1.3, so it should work. In fact that's what they tested in the article I mentioned above. And as it turns out, USB-C Virtuallink is itself a USB-C Alt mode. So unless the cable is bad I'm guessing it works.
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To me that is too long to wait for a system update, especially if you have the 3770k. AMD memory handling got a lot better with Zen 3 so not too worried, but you are right that who knows how good/flakey DDR5 will be.I think the 3600X is a fine route with a great starter cooler. Why not? The 580 is easily the best of the 3. If you do end up getting the 1650 I would look for the "G6" model (switches to GDDR6 memory).
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It depends. Is that a Thunderbolt USB-C? Just USB-C? And is that an NVidia USB-C? Basically, if the monitor is Thunderbolt, it's not going to work. If it's just USB-C *and* is a port that supports video-in (as opposed to purely a charging port) then you can plug-in a USB-C to USB-C cable and it will be seen as a DisplayPort device. Nvidia's Virtualink port will work like this. . (With USB4, by the way, it merges in Thunderbolt and we won't have this particular problem anymore...too bad it's still quite far away)
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Socket 3 = this means the device supports PCIe 3.0x4 (4 lanes) M key = the pin format. As ridiculous as it sounds there are three: M (missing tooth on the left), B (missing tooth on the right) and B+M (two missing teeth) Many drives are B+M but all of the google images I can find suggest the Inland Premium is either M or B+M. So should be okay there. 2242/2260/2280 = the size. Basically, a full size M.2 is 80mm. There are 42/60 size ones out there, though they are slower and mostly for laptops. From what I understand the Z97X-SLI had a bios update (F7) which added NVMe support. But the slot is apparently not very fast, and if you want full speed you just need to buy a cheap PCIe >NVMe adapter card, plug it into a PCIe x4 slot, and there you go, full speed. They are very cheap - I can get them here for 5-15$.
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A quick google of benchmark sites suggests the Ryzen 3600 (not the X) is already 43% faster on single core and around 40% faster overall. Numbers are even higher than that depending on . I went from the 4670k to 3600 and it was already a big jump. But as you said, yeah, new RAM, new motherboard.
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Well, the Meshify C does look much better and has a good flow if you add two front 140mm fans. Or use an AIO, whatever works for you. This one is mine (shamelessly reposting, I should just make a threadmark lol) I don't think you need to spend 600-700 on a monitor, but it depends on what your perspective of a good monitor is. For me? 27" IPS, 144hz and 1440p. In my end of the world I can get that for around ~300 USD, but the actual monitor and pricing is very fluid right now based on the supply chain. We have some people here that are debating very expensive G-SYNC HDR panels and LG OLED (~thousands) as well as cheap 1080p144 monitors and everything inbetween.
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The MF120 Halo and Riing Trio I both picked out because they have rear ring illumination, which I think is important if you want a case interior. If your fan only looks great from the front then anything on exhaust is going to be awful. EDIT: Whoops, forgot the NVMe...
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It's tough waiting. Sometimes I just want to buy the cheapest EVGA 2080 SUPER and call it a day...What's your case? Fans actually have a "side". The front/nice part of the fan sucks air in ("Intake"). The ugly/sticker/back side is the "exhaust". Good fans will literally have an arrow in the plastic mold, but otherwise you get the idea. While the ideal is to have balanced airflow (intake = exhaust) in general aim for positive airflow. You want some fans on the front to suck air in and fans in the back to suck air out. Positive (more intake than exhaust) generally does better at expelling dust. It's rare to have a balanced airflow because the fan on the back of the case is usually small (120mm, 90mm, etc) whereas the front has room for 2-3 fans based on your case. So a common config is 2-3 up front, 1-2 in the back.
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Ah, I see it's for vertical GPU...but why is it not removable? ! lol I use Thermaltake fans as well (Riing Trio x3 140mm) and basically you need to buy Thermaltake's sold-separately controller (TT Sync) which adds 3-pin and SATA power instead of molex. The cheapo controller that comes with the fans doesn't do it.I would wait for 4000, a quick google suggests you shouldn't be more than ~5% bottlenecked. That being said B450 has no guarantee of supporting anything past 3000 series, and the boards are old enough I personally doubt you will get a BIOS flash for it. But it's possible.
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Honestly I'm not sure I would look at the H1 as a super-long term investment. Eventually the AIO will need to be refilled or replaced. As it is even the 2080ti barely saturates PCIe x8 so I think you are safe for one more gen there. In addition it turns out there is no valid PCIe 4.0 riser so it's just a hard stop on builds that micro. H210i is a fine case though.
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Yes. Your Graphics card has its own, fast memory because it's just way too slow to access main memory on a PC, even if it's modern. On most cards it's called "GDDR5" these days. It's not upgradeable so you're stuck with whatever is on the Graphics card (unless you buy a new one)I'm sure you have, but it's enabled right? Both in the monitor and control panel?
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If you are building with an AIO CPU cooler then RAM height is basically immaterial because it's just about clearing the tubes above. It's a bigger deal with air coolers because the heatsinks get wide and big fast, even flat ones like Noctua require low profile RAM most of the time. On the H1 with it being more compact maybe it's more of an issue. In that sense Corsair Vengeance LPX is usually a safe memory bet because it has no RGB and a very low heatsink.
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The 970 EVO PLUS is the first class passenger on this airplane and inching towards from 2TB NVMe from other vendors. It is good though, just I prefer to have double the space. Any reason for the full tower?That's a nice build. A couple of minor cables in weird places but you did a really clean job of it.
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Not certain, but very likely. 4000 will use AM4, and B450 received patches to support 3000. Ryzen 4000 has no specific new features that were impossible to support on X570. So all signs and rumors point to "yes" although your X570 will likely need a BIOS update, so the only danger there is if you have the cheapest board possible (Phantom Gaming 4, maybe) you'll be at the mercy of their update team. Hopefully there are fast updates.
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I think it depends on if you need (1) stuff like a 5.25" bay or (2) a variety of 2.5"/3.5" internal drives. Full ATX is good for those. But if you just want airflow and cable management something like the Meshify C or P400A or even the Thermaltake case above are better bets. They are midtowers that use full ATX motherboards, but have great side grommets and room in the back for proper cable management, along with pre-installed straps (at least, on the Meshify C) The downside with these smaller cases is they are very limited in terms of bigger drives. I have a single 3.5" HDD in mine (along with the NVMe) but the Meshify C only has two trays. If you dump the drive tray entirely there is a huge amount of room behind the shroud to work with. I mean, here's mine: I've cleaned it up a bit more since then (I am running 5x RGB fans, it got a bit crazy...) but that fits a 3600, full ATX X570 board, GTX 970, etc...Well, 144fps might be tough, but do you have freesync enabled? Anyway beyond that, you're right that it would help a little bit. But only a little; after that you're either in the market for a new GPU or a reduction in graphics settings.
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Sound depends on a few things.As for your build:. LG is the home of IPS so it's not surprising it rates higher, although if you want USB-C the BenQ is a better choice. As you can guess...I would take an IPS panel. I've lived through the VA experience and I much prefer IPS, though I must admit if you haven't owned a curved panel before the VAs can look pretty cool.
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RTX 3000? It's just a GPU, plugs into any PCIe slot. It will work with any board for the last 10 years, though obviously CPU speed determines how much if will be used. CPU wise, the 3600 will be fine unless you're planning to buy the 3080ti or something. But you're spending big on a 2070 Super already, so you must have quite the budget to replace the video card this year. I'd say your memory is under-speed, and the X570 PG4 is not a great choice...if you're aiming for Ryzen 4000 I would consider a different X570 board and at least a 3200 speed memory kit.
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I'm not convinced any X470 board will be flashed to support Ryzen 4000. If you don't care about that then there is really no reason not to save and go with the MSI Tomahawk MAX or Mortar MAX based on what is available to you. The 850W PSU is also wildly overpowered for your RTX 2060. Unless you're rolling with a ton of hard drives you would be just fine with a 650W PSU even. It should do fine as a JuJu machine.
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No idea, honestly, I'm not aware of any particularly reputable rumors yet. AMD certainly has the talent to come up with a massively scaled architecture (see: 3900X/3950X) but they are way behind Nvidia in terms of flexible tech (Tensor/RT cores). So I get the impression they want to aim for some kind of massively parallel core architecture to beat Nvidia, but it's really unclear how possible that can be yet. I guess I would be surprised if there is a launch RDNA2 product that is 1:1 with RTX30, but that's only because historically they haven't tried to directly fight the 80/ti/Titan. EDIT: They have had stabs in the dark though; Vega, 7970x2, and so on. But generally they have flopped, had massive heat output/stability problems, and so on. AMD's strength is not in shipping a thousand dollar video card, let's say.
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It's all about the power envelope. It's the single biggest restriction in performance today.Console manufacturers need APUs. It's always a race to the bottom: make the fewest number of chips, the fewest number of failure points, the cheapest machine possible, because they make their money on software licensing. AMD is good because they (a) handle both CPU and GPU engineering (through AMD and ATi) and (b) because they acquired and invested in that direction for decades now (see: all of their work with Nintendo going back to Gamecube). It was almost inevitable for AMD to takeover this space because they could not only provide these two components but merge them together, whereas Nvidia was stuck with a seperate solution. But by being separated, Nvidia can also dedicate the engineering resources to being the best at that 3rd category: high performance at a relatively high power envelope. They don't need to worry about a product that runs on a desk below the TV - they can ask the Tegra team for that if necessary - they just need to hit all of their price point markets (budget, OEM, desktop, enthusiast, workstation, supercomputer). So you could say it's two competing companies, but they don't evenly crossover. It's always possible AMD could take the lead as this is an engineering chess-match, but generally Nvidia will have the advantage because that's their core focus.
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(2018) Health is a real struggle for Manga artists given how hard they work. Mental and/or physical. NANA never returned. We all joke about HxH but honestly work life balance is not a "thing" in the manga industry. I really do hope Inoue can get back in the Vagabond groove one day, but it clearly costs him something to do it.
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I owned the original (no SMW) and well, talk whatever trash you want about the remakes but I beat Lost Levels world D and nobody can take those scars away from me!! ;_;
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The iPad Pro 12" USB-C model is the biggest improvement since iPad 2. I only have the first model of it, but just a massive exterior change from the previous iPad Pro; super slim, way better pencil experience, great battery life. The only thing I struggled with was constantly having situations where I wanted the smaller or bigger model - I'm glad I went for the bigger model but back in the days where I worked at an office, smaller would have been handier. At home, for reading or drawing, the bigger model is clearly better.
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Yeah, I was just thinking about how many games now use the "Name:" field whereas a lot of film/TV struggle to do so. There are also some games that attempt color coding (SOTR, South Park 2) although to varying success. Anyway, thanks for the answer - UX is kind of my job so it's helpful to hear about your perspective.
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If you could entertain the question, can you still follow along if there are named subtitles? Wolfenstein is wonderfully bad at them, but AC Odyssey or other games that always have a name, text, and voice? Or is there a missing piece to the puzzle there beyond simply the readability of the character model?
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You summoned me? Honestly, at your budget I would aim for IPS 144hz and either QHD (32") or UWQHD (34"). Ultrawide experience is a bit ymmv but it's impressive for Windows if nothing else. Anyway, LG has a variety of flat panels in that spec, but if you need official G-Sync Support (like, as in it has the chip) you are unfortunately still in the range of a 27" panel or something older like the Alienware 34" ultrawide. So unless your old panel is TN it's pretty much right in the wheelhouse of what you should be looking for... 27" is the sweet spot for QHD though. 32" makes more sense for 4K, but 4K is just not the greatest place to be right now for that budget. Panels that go over 60hz have to cheat in one way or another until HDMI 2.1 is a thing. If I really wanted to go to 4K I would consider the LG CX 48" TV since that's G-Sync, OLED...etc...but of course it's also $1500 USD (msrp).
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I do appreciate the suggestion, and that is the dream, but it's completely infeasible in an office software development environment as well as WFH. Logging out is a requirement for a variety of reasons - IT mandated patches, the fact that we use complex and somewhat unstable tools to make games, and for WFH, there is switching between users, memory usage goes crazy and you end up rebooting or logging out or your significant other shuts down the computer at night. Tablet mode is visible by default on the windows notification viewer (bottom right button) and I can't tell you how many calls I've had with family where they enabled it by accident and caused various problems...
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Strictly speaking, you're right. If I have multiple desktops active and I click the button, I see them. But the user experience of the two approaches is a massive difference: Mac OSWindows 10At least in my professional experience I've never seen anyone use multiple desktops on Windows. It's great that it's there, but the need to reboot or logout is too great, the first time user experience is unexposed and difficult to find, and arguably most users end up just juggling multiple monitors instead.
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For Mac OS it's a vital everyday feature with dedicated buttons, even. For Windows....it's still basically a hidden feature. I had to read 3 articles just to find out how it works because the UI is...subtle, at best. But it's cool that its there.
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Yeah, honestly it's just awesome to have VLC, QiYi, Netflix, etc right there to use. But I suspect LG is close if not on par these days. Sony also upgraded old soundbars to eARC but not the TVs. And took like 6 more months for the APAC Oreo update. Basically their TV software track record is...questionable.There are several gaming TVs now, like the HP Omen which are 65" OLEDs with G-Sync and 144hz. But they are all big OLEDs. LG does have a ~42" CX coming with Freesync and high refresh though, I think?
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You mean the ticking sound? That sounds like the pump (or maybe there is a more obvious sound I'm missing...) From the video it's unclear if it's easy to hear when the case is closed though. ALSO: my facepalm of the day You ever wonder why RGB builds use 4 DIMMs? It's because two of them have no RAM on them!
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It's an old system for sure. You'll be able to run games at 1080p, yes, although newer ones will probably need medium settings. I'd say the positive is that it has a GTX 10 series card, so although it's about as fast as a 970, it's a newer architectural step. I don't think there is a way to build a comparable rig for 250 Euro, so I'd say it's a good deal if you're interested in PC Gaming. The only warning is that you can't really upgrade this later. The RAM/Motherboard/CPU would have to be replaced as a set. Hardware Unboxed (Youtube) recently ran several comparisons. The RX5700 XT is on average about 7-9% slower than a RTX 2070 Super, but up to 25% cheaper. And it's distinctly better than a 2060 Super in almost all benchmarks. So it's a good deal, depending on the price of components in your market. There was some driver problems going into January this year which caused a lot of heat for AMD. They've since released new drivers. In general channels like HBU haven't had any issues, but it's something to consider. For now folks like me are staying out of the Radeon loop as RTX 3000 is not too far away, but if you want an excellent $/perf card it's a good candidate. Power Consumption is much better than their old cards; avg about 218W. And you can still use your old motherboard; I'm not sure if it's PCIe 3.0 but generally it's all backward compatible anyway.I'd say the bigger concern is that if your CPU/MB are from 2013 you are likely to be CPU throttled and thus I'm not sure how much of an improvement the Radeon would be?Ignore the warning. The TOMAHAWK MAX specifically supports the 3600, it's just that PCPP can't handle the fact that older B450 needed a BIOS flash to support it. It also freaks out at boards that have an LN2 power supply port, which virtually nobody actually needs to connect. So that build you list absolutely should work.
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You should be able to buy a newish GPU and it should work. PCIe is backwards compatible. But it will be slower both because you went down a PCIe version but also because your CPU and architecture will bottleneck performance. Some anecdotal googling suggests 20% if you went to a 4-lane PCIe 2 slot. The GTX 670 is....ancient...anything would be better at this point. The GTX 1650 G6 (which means GDDR6 RAM) just came out, those should be around $150 USD. If that's even too expensive I would look into older or used products. GTX 1060 or something. Your setup will also be heavily bottlenecked by the 10 year old LGA1156 architecture though. Any CPU+Motherboard upgrade you do would also have to include RAM as the whole industry has moved onto DDR4 quite awhile ago. The cheap "go-to" upgrade right now is a MSI B450 Tomahawk Max + Ryzen 3600 + 16GB of any DDR4-3200 RAM you can find. You can downgrade the CPU to the 3200G if you really need to save some dollars. And there are even cheaper motherboards out there, but it depends how wild west you are in builds.
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Just a guess, but as I recall, I think the advice here is usually to remove the radiator and hold it so that the tubes are straight, to eliminate air gaps. If you do that for a minute or two it could help, at which point you then just reinstall the radiator into the case. (It's not a heat issue if you just boot into BIOS).
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There is not $200 difference between 2933 and 2666 memory. Not even $50. And the rest of the spec is basically about the best you can buy for gaming. For GSync Compatible, it's pretty simple, you just make sure FreeSync is enabled in your monitor OSD and then change an Nvidia control panel setting to match.
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I need to write an RGB guide, but basically if you're okay with rainbow RGB, you don't need to worry about this. Virtually every RGB device out there defaults to rainbow pattern on install and will do so without any need to sync. Every gamer MB today has 1-or-more each of 3-pin ARGB and 4-pin ARGB plugs. The 3 pin is the "generic" and the 4-pin is the motherboard exclusive. But in the case of Corsair, they have their *own* exclusive technology, so for the 465X, it comes with 3 fans and a Corsair controller. The controller then plugs into a USB2 9pin. It *cannot* be controlled by the 3pin or 4pin ports on the motherboard, so to have a truly "synched" setup all of the fans/RGB strips need to be Corsair. (I believe they have a setup to sync with other RAM, but in general it's a closed platform). That being said, having a complete sync across all products is hardly worth it unless you really want a finally synched build. Most people will just see the front fans doing the rainbow thing, the RAM doing it's own (but very similar) thing and assume that is good.
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It's hardly on all tech youtubers, though. We have a few complications:I mean with the Chinese supply chain slowly coming back it's a bubble rather than a bullrush, but still, those backup stocks you mentioned have been burning out for weeks and even if they had more, the supply chain itself (transport) is not nearly as functional as it was.
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It is a big power draw, and requires 650W minimum on load, but on idle is only like 90W. Considering you are getting a new PSU anyway I would aim for 850+ and the best rating you can afford (gold or plat), as PSUs are most efficient around half load. But that's more of a "spray the single cockroach with a bottle of bugspray" solution. It's just very rare for a PSU to be so noisy.
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The lion's share of people working from home are doing so with their own computers. They aren't expensed, they aren't paid for by the company. So there is more of a crossover with entertainment. And WFH no longer just means "work in word" but every profession from video editing to programming to database management. So the spec range is going up. The supply chain is the real problem (having an effective and fast route from manufacturing to retail to buyer) but demand across the spectrum is way up. I mean only speaking to my world, but basically every game developer on earth is working from home right now. TLOU2, any other game you can think of due out this year? People are working from home, and it's very unlikely they were allowed to take work PCs home. Monitors or Wacom? Sometimes. But usually the "box" is kept at work. So integrated graphics and 4 cores aren't going to cut it.
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Honestly I think even subpar VRMs will do fine on the 3900 at regular clocks. But I don't know of any truly crap B450 boards unless it was pulled out of a Dell prebuilt, in which case it wouldn't even be ATX. But the 3900 (non-X) is rated 65W so again, it's probably fine. Not great for PBO or anything but should run. That being said I hear you and I'm usually picky about motherboards so I'd hesitate too. Hopefully you find out what MB it is.
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I'd say the 3700X/2070 Super is a very balanced build and it's quite popular. Intel's chips of course are still the best for games, but bad at heat and core counts, so AMD popularity has gone way up. The Ryzen 3600 is also very popular right now because it's much cheaper than the 3700X (well under USD 200) and you still get 6 cores/12 threads. It's a big change from the old days where AMD would have compatibility issues; the CPU is rock solid and fast. PCIe Gen4 is not that useful right now - Nvidia has yet to release a Gen 4 card and PCIe4 SSDs are very expensive - but the X570 board is a bit more popular for another reason: it's expected to be compatible with the Ryzen 4000 series due later this year. And eventually, you can still upgrade for that Gen4 SSD if you like.That looks like a Corsair 280D? Where the PSU is in a separate panel. It does look like somebody played Splatoon though :lolWhat's the motherboard?
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And it's not sitting on carpet or anything else that might obstruct the bottom vent? The fact that it's misbehaving like that suggests either (1) you need a new PSU with more capacity or (2) you should try flipping it around (exhaust-up) if you have a ATX/MATX case and use the case exhaust to pull out the air. This is not an uncommon strategy and newer cases with PSU shrouds usually have top ventilation for this reason. (obviously don't do that if there's no top shroud ventilation). It's particularly popular if you have a good exhaust fan strategy (for example on my Meshify C, two exhaust fans)
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All fast RAM today has an "XMP" profile for the speed on the box. You just need to enable this (usually "DOCP" on AMD) and ensure the RAM is using that speed. If you really want to tweak AMD has another method (DRAM Calculator) but its a bit time intensive and stability will be an issue until you get the right settings. DOCP/XMP is just setting a BIOS Value to "on".Many cases today do not even support a 5.25" drive bay...that being if you have more room than the DVD there used to be 5.25" memory card adapter bays. Never seen a DVD+SD combo though.Is there a direct vent from the PSU fan? I'm really surprised that you can hear it... In any case EVGA is well regarded. If you're hearing the PSU fan that suggests your rig is going well over 50% PSU utilization. Or that something went wrong with it?
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My previous system was similar; I went from a Asus Z97 ITX in a Corsair 250D + 4670K up to a Ryzen 5 3600 ATX build a month or so ago. Bottom line is the 3700X is a totally fine choice for the H1, which even works with the 3900X (not that you should buy that unless you truly need the cores). The CPU upgrade will give you a bit of a performance boost for now to tide you over until the next GPU generation - my AC Odyssey framerates definitely went up on my lowly 970.EDIT: To be specific, the 3600 is great and cheap which is why everybody is buying it. The 3700X is more representative of nextgen consoles (+2 cores, +4 threads) but for todays gaming a 3600 lives just fine with even a 2070 Super. It's hard to say if it holds back RTX 3000 at all but I suspect it's going to be solid for awhile.
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Yes, the 3600 is the budget CPU of choice right now. 6 cores/12 threads. You will want to pair it with a cheap B450 motherboard, in particular the MSI B450 Tomahawk Max if possible, or if you plan to upgrade to Ryzen 4000 later, look at an X570 based motherboard. Finally, you'd also need DDR4 memory (DDR3 is not supported) and likely a new video card (the 750 Ti is quite old). A GTX 1660 Super would be a good budget pick.Depends what size of KB, budget, preferred brands... there are a ton of cheaper options out there. Personally I went with the Logitech G Pro X, but that's because I wanted (standard) removable switches and a tenkeyless RGB design. (They previously had the proprietary romer G switches that half of the keys broke on). But like I said, much cheaper options out there...
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For sure, a 3700x/2070S combo is a balanced build, and would make a lot of sense for you unless you really want to focus on video encoding performance. But the 3700x is a perfect middle ground 8c16t solution. For the motherboard it depends what sort of perks you want. I will continue to recommend the ASUS TUF X570 WIFI as it has VRMs from above its price class and you can get cheap BT4/WiFi5 with it, but it's not like a top-class/all frills MB. If you need a more glitzy board I would look to AORUS PRO WIFI (which I think is WiFi 6, if that's truly important to you and you aren't using ethernet) but honestly? I don't really see 50 dollars of extra value; I mean there's front USB-C if you need that, and Intel LAN, but apart from having the IO shield pre-installed...I still consider the TUF the best value. (...and yeah, I own it, so at least I know how well it works.) Apart from that the only thing I'd consider given your use case is maybe 32GB of RAM. If you're using any strenuous apps it could smooth out the multitasking a bit. Or wait and give it a try as is.
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Well, your card will behave as a WiFi 5 card. There could be some traffic advantage if you had a WiFi 6 router with a WiFi 5 card, but for you it just means a WiFi 5 network that will see some benefit if you ever upgrade the router later.
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Yeah, DDR3 is long gone and DDR5 is going to be mainline in 1-2 years. And Intel dumps their CPU sockets like yesterday's lunch, so usually an upgrade has to be the trinity of CPU/MB/RAM. The GPU is the defining piece for gaming perf though, and that's the fastest moving industry of all.
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I give HBU a pass because giving two points to Nvidia would prove nothing. The video proves pretty emphatically the 5700 XT is a supercharged RTX 2060 Super for 2020. Sure, I would have added the DLSS scores, but they are going to do that going forward. Rationally, the argument makes total sense. But my point is that VRS, RT...all fancy nice things but hardly game changers especially in the 2060/3060 tier of cards. The real deal, to me is simply that even a "mid-level" card like the 2060S is more than a 3700X. That's crazy. So I'm much more inclined to spend big on a card that can last me 5 years than to half-ass it because "half ass" could still be the second or first-most expensive piece of my rig.This is a rig for pro apps (video editing? 3D work?) right?If this was a game rig I would drop down to a 3600 and Gen3x4 SSD, while moving up the GPU substantially. But it depends entirely on the workload you want. Beyond that, well in general I would be cautious with MSI X570 boards and read the reviews as they had a few total failures (despite being the gold standard for B450M). I would check youtube especially.
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I was going to post these videos if you didn't. I think it's a really even and interesting comparison of the cards. I'm still a bit more concerned than him about DLSS - it's not like Radeon magically has tensor core silicon somewhere they aren't using, so Nvidia has a definitive advantage there - but he's right that it's hardly supported and the 5700 XT is a substantial value when comparing typical web price. That being said, it's really hard not to just wait on Ampere right now when you consider just how expensive a graphics card is. I'm sure the days feel longer for many of us right now these days, but oof, it would suck to spend that much on a (great) card but see it get blown away by the 3060. (Of course, it sucks doing memory management on the GTX970 right now too)
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4700 will undoubtedly be better, probably not in core count but architectural speed. But at 4K your bottleneck will still be mostly your GPU. Since we don't know if it's August or December you may as well hold onto it and then try to sell the CPU later if you see enough evidence to upgrade.A key is not required to install Windows. You can use for a month without much nagging, .
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That's a great budget. If you already have a monitor though, what's the resolution?That's a ~$1525 USD config. You should probably go up to 32GB, but apart from that it's basically a 4K gaming machine and about as fast as you can get (1) without buying a 2080 ti and (2) until the RTX 3000 launch later this year. If you're only running 1080p you may want to consider a lighter/cheaper spec.I agree, but I get nervous about really old boards, especially old AMD. It would be like putting a ferrari engine in an old rental car. You're probably right though.
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Your specs are pretty old. You can definitely get a better GPU, but the CPU will bottleneck you. I think even a cheap GTX 1660 Super would be bottlenecked. You're also light on RAM. Anyway, unless your PCIe slot is too old (what is your motherboard?) you should be able to run whatever video card you want, it's just that most of the perf will be lost.The TUF X570 is the goto board because it has the VRMs of a much more expensive board and it's usually $150 USD. And for a paltry sum more you can get BT+WiFi 5. Of course right now with the state of things price has gone up. The Aorus Pro X570 also seems reasonable good. Just depends on your price range.September is what people are banking on, but Hardware Unboxed seemed doubtful. I would buy a 3600 now only if you need the upgrade though, it's too close to entertain the 3700X unless your top priority is to just buy a great rig now and be done with it. I went from 4670k>3600 and am enjoying it, but I bought X570 to wait on Ryzen 4000 and kept my GTX970 while I wait on RTX 3000.I wrote a guide in the OP.
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The foolproof upgrade path is x670+4000, of course, but then you are doing a complete rebuild and throwing out a CPU and motherboard. All of the evidence (and rumors) point to Zen3 using AM4 still, which strongly suggests X570 will be compatible just as B450 is usable now. So it depends on your budget and how much money you want to throw away.
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This is the situation that was discovered in Quebec () - if your staff doesn't come to work because they aren't protected, or doesn't come to work because they are ...the occupants start either starving to death or die of neglect because they need assisted care and there's nobody to do it.
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I don't think you need the 3600X if you are buying a cooler. The whole point of the 3600X is you're getting ~5% more perf than the 3600 and a better cooler in exchange for like ~30 USD. So the optimal routes are either (1) don't buy a cooler and ride with the Wraith or buy the cooler but drop down to the 3600. Not really a fan of B450 right now because I plan on upgrading to Ryzen 4000, but no question B450 is the cheap feature option right now. No particular problem with the build though; THICC III is supposed to be the fixed card right?
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Ah, well, ~13 dollars is not terrible. It's a slight clock speed increase. Take a look at some review benchmarks and decide. Yeah, it was the THICC II that had some serious hardware problems in its cooling solution, I think that was fixed with the III. Wow, though...the card is gigantic...
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I mean, if you're planning to still run the GTX 780, the 3700X is overkill. May as well get a 3600? I'm usually first to recommend the SX8200 Pro but I have to admit that right now, your pick should very much be based on price at the moment. Better products like the Samsung 970 or WD 750 may very well be similarly priced. The Sabrent Rocket should also be considered. Beyond that, as mentioned B450M doesn't support Nvidia SLI, only AMD crossfire (and even then, you have to check...)The 3600 is a strong midrange CPU right now. You get 6 cores/12 threads, great clockspeed, and a modern architecture. The 1650 super, on the other hand, is a budget product. You can pretty much upgrade all the way through to RTX 2070 Super and you are still going to be GPU bound. So if you want to see better framerates, you should consider a better GPU. . Just easier to say ITX. It's all one 6.7" square board.
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Nice build! Looks like it turned out great. Any particular reason for dual P1s (totally valid btw, just asking). Nice to see a 3418DW in the wild, too.Basically, you can keep the Video Card, Case, and PSU for now. The rest would need a swap. You could pretty much overhaul with this:Roughly ~480 pounds on PartPicker for the cheap config. New GPU/CPU/Motherboards are coming later this year, but as I said if you go AMD you have a good chance of being able to upgrade through X570. With Intel they are going to a new socket so you are stuck waiting on them. PSU and Case are eternal, the cooler won't have the brace necessary and has probably lost liquid with age anyway.Motherboards always have the IO on the left (if looking overhead). So what you're asking for would be very difficult to pull off and would show off a lot of cables to the toddler.I'd say the most prominent exception right now is ITX; ITX boards are small enough to have weird case designs. The NZXT H1 for example looks like an Xbox Series X and has all of the IO come out of the bottom. But for ATX/mATX even if you get a case with glass on both sides, all you would see is the back of the tray. A reverse mount wouldn't be possible.It doesn't need to cover the corners, just ensure most of the square has paste after squeezing a bit. The CPU is not actually that square - it's simply a thin metal heat spreader. Inside it are (smaller) chips with the actual CPU and IO. It's difficult to say where the chips are, so it's important to have coverage. If you're just using regular paste or non-conductive paste you don't need to be worried about having too much though...Seems pretty luxe to me. I guess I could ask why you felt only a 2070 Super was necessary but I'm not aware of how the 3D world treats GPU acceleration. If you're waiting on RTX 3000 though, that makes sense. The input devices are all personal preference. Sounds like a pretty packed ITX! How is the noise level?
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well 9900K + H115i = that cooler better be able to pull off 5ghz :) Great setup; I always wondered how 140mm would have made my AIO experience better.Yeah probably. The idea of the clamp is that it puts enough pressure on the cooler to touch the CPU heatspreader that there should a microscopic gap that forces the paste to spread across like a liquid. Nothing is foolproof but it should be okay.
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The XSX (most likely) uses basically a standard NVMe 3.0x4 (if that, we honestly don't even know if's TLC or QLC) as it's transfer rate is below that of, say, a Sabrent Rocket 3x4 currently available on the market. The "non standard" part is that as you can see with the expansion card it's more like a 2240 than 2280 so I wonder exactly how many chips are used. Still, it's fairly clear if you have say a 8200 Pro, ex950, something along those lines: you're already using a faster drive. Just without Microsoft's architecture advantage. PS5 uses a 12 channel PCIe4 drive, so it's both slightly faster than any commmercial PCIe4 NVMe (5.5vs5) but supports 50% more traffic (12 channel vs. 8 channel). Both of the consoles also appear to have onboard decompression hardware to up that theoretical transfer rate even more. 2nd generation PCIe4 NVMe are coming out later this year with speeds of 6.5GB/s (Samsung 980 Pro) and 7GB/s (Phison E18 controller) which aren't apples-to-apples, but the added transfer speed should make them roughly equivalent to the PS5 NVMe. (12 channel NVMe does not exist in the consumer market) In any case, for now comparing Gen4 drive speeds is basically like comparing drag racers when you are driving downtown on the way to the grocery store. The numbers are big, but until we get the new DirectStorage (along with some added participation from developers and hardware manufacturers) there is simply little difference between the AORUS AIC and a humble 2.5" SATA Samsung 860 when it comes to games performance. I still recommend NVMe 3x4 as a way to future proof your rig - and give you file performance for non-gaming tasks - but the Gen4 world is too fantastically expensive for no real benefit at this time, and it's unlikely any Gen4 NVMe will be rated as PS5 compatible.
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Ultimately it's because OLED Manufacturing has neither the time or money to serve the PC crowd. Even companies that could make it happen - like Apple or Samsung - have made 100% of their bet on MicroLED. The TV and smartphone markets are just too profitable by comparison, and so we get mini-LED FALD monsters like this until MicroLED has a path to market. LG's CX 48 is for sure an interesting product, but it's telling that the smallest size they could make is 48". That's ~92ppi, suggesting (perhaps) that these are actually panels that failed at bigger sizes and are cut to fit. Sort of like B-stock. 48" is still a perfectly acceptable (if unpopular) size in the TV space, but it's massively past the current limits of the PC monitor market. I'm really interested to see if it works out as a Windows display or not, after a few months of usage, and how many desks out there could properly support it. (the stand does not appear to allow flat-wall mounting, but we don't have a good review yet) Sadly here in Singapore the CX is not viable either, CX55 is ~4000 dollars (2.8k USD) since the manufacturers have price controls. :(
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Interesting! Well, I have my doubts about a 48” panel in any kind of desk setup but if any panel could make it compelling, it's this one. It's thin enough to work as a flat wall display, which could be really interesting if your desk is backed against a flat wall. And as alluded to, $1500 is a way better price than the $3000+ FALD screens. Just need a good 300x200 VESA mount. In any case it sounds like if you want a truly high end display it's best to wait out the summer for these expensive panels to see market.
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Yeah, you need CPU+RAM (DDR4)+X570. Hopefully most get the Ryzen 4000 (Zen 3) support later. Best way to ensure it does it make sure it's not a bottom tier motherboard. ASUS TUF X570 is a good choice, as are some of the AORUS boards. Depends on what you can source though.
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Korea is still mostly operational, including LG. But the transport supply chain is shakier, especially to the US.Generally speaking I would aim for the Pixio if it's cheaper, the 850-A if it's cheaper, and probably the Nitro last as there is a bit of reddit fire on them.I don't know for a fact if it fits, but the NH-U12S uses a 120mm standard NF-F12 fan, which strongly suggests it would work. The only challenge is that since it's attached by a clip, it might be a bit harder to squeeze in the Halos. Of course, it's just a simple and flexible metal clip so worst case, use some pliers to give it a bit more room.The reality is the cost is probably a lot lower. It's a prebuilt, so expect barebones internals and some corners cut. Still, the specs are really solid; the 3600/2070S are the key to this configuration working. The RAM is a bit slow but not a dealbreaker. You could still build this config yourself and save some money (especially if you don't register Windows) but if you just want a strong gaming machine it could work. Just keep in mind prebuilts have a certain amount of frustration as seen in this thread. (On the other hand I haven't seen anyone slamming SkyTech yet...)I have that MB and case, but the DR4 Slim instead of the regular DR4. The Vengeance LPX looks extremely low profile so I have to believe it fits. I found evidence online that they fit under a Dark Rock PRO 3, so that's a really, really good sign. Some further research suggests its fine as long as you use Slots 2 and 4 (not 1 and 3). This link has an image of someone using a DR4 with the RGB Vengeance, so that sounds like a "yes".The North Bridge part is weird. Maybe you need a BIOS reset? (My NB shows exactly the same clock as DRAM on the memory tab). The NB clock should be the infinity fabric speed. Try a BIOS reset...that's really crazy.Yeah I think a 3600 is fine for you. If you want to upgrade to Ryzen 4000 later, you should aim for a X570 motherboard. I would not expect a prebuilt to be compatible later. (3600 can use B450 (old) or X570 (new) chipsets)
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When buying a monitor, there are a bunch of things to consider, but there are four you really need to consider before buying: There are four major screen technologies out there that matter when you're looking to buy a monitor: To start, there are three "core" resolutions in the PC space you need to know about. (There are others, of course: 1366x768 "720p" old monitors, and 5k or 6k monitors for high-end professional work). Ultrawides are just as the word suggests: monitors as you see above, but with a wider resolution. So it's really all about two things: (1) aspect ratio and (2) curve. Virtually every TV today is 16:9 "widescreen", but it's not the only ratio. In the PC space there are three:Ultrawide panels are popular to get a wider field of view in games, or more screen space for apps. Game support is...a mixed bag. Some games dock the HUD in the middle and expand endlessly outward. Others attach the HUD to the edges, forcing you to tilt your head. And some games don't support it all, relying on black bars. But it's getting better over time. (Ultrawide resolutions are not supported by TV HDMI, so you can only expect to see it on your PC) A 32:9 panel is literally almost two panels stitched together, which can be popular for people who want dual monitors without the gap. Many ultrawides can also do high refresh rates (144hz, at least) but doing this also causes bandwidth problems (see 4K) and also requires more GPU power (since you're running 1.5 to 2 screens worth of pixels). It's not excessive though: Many- but not all - ultrawides are curved VA panels. (There are some 21:9 flat IPS, but I believe all 32:9 are VA). The curve can make things look more immersive, but can make things that require strict geometry - like a powerpoint window - look wonky. YMMV. Curvature is rated on a "XXXXR" scale, so, 1800R, 1000R, etc. The bigger the number? the more subtle the curve. 1200R, 1500R, and 1800R are popular curvatures but a lot depends on the screen size you buy. Personally, I think they look really impressive in person, but I've since graduated back to a flat panel. I think your usage method should decide. These are two different specs, but they are closely related: A movie plays at 24 frames-per-second (FPS). A game goes from 30-60 FPS depending on your specs. But for most people, no matter how many FPS you have, the screen refreshes the pixels 60 times a second (60hz). Gaming displays have changed that by offering 75hz, then 90hz, 120hz, 144hz, and now even some have 165hz, 240hz, or 300hz. Regardless of your game's frame rate, a high refresh rate is ideal because it makes everything about your PC experience a little smoother (for example, moving the mouse). Modern smartphones are also beginning to go above 60hz, and VR headsets usually prefer 75hz-90hz to minimize motion sickness caused by choppiness. All of this being said, high refresh rate usually comes at the cost of some color accuracy or other features. So generally speaking a professional, color-calibrated display (or simply an office display) is always going to be 60hz, while a "gaming" display is much more likely to support something higher. Remember the trails and ghosting you saw on the original Game Boy? That's what we call a poor "response time". On an LCD, colors don't turn on/off so much as shift from one color to another - the time it takes to go the spectrum is your "response time". You could have a 300hz display, but if the pixel takes 1 second to update, you're going to see those trails I mentioned - the pixel is where it should be, but the pixels behind it are too slow to change back. All of that being said, response time is notoriously varied in today's monitors. And if a panel is driven too far, the pixels can overshoot, which causes visual side effects of their own. A good rule of thumb would be 5ms = IPS/AHVA, 1ms = TN. There are some exceptions as AHVA and VA get better, but if you see 1ms or 5ms, you're in good company. High end displays can have much higher response times because they focus on color accuracy; again, they are almost always limited to 60hz though. So you've heard about refresh rate, but the problem is that with games, the frame rate is never consistent and probably won't match the refresh rate of your monitor. So in the past, games had two solutions:Nvidia's solution G-SYNC (only for their graphics cards) and AMD's FREESYNC both solve this problem by varying the refresh rate to match your frame rate. Perfect sync means no tearing. The only challenge is you need the right pairing of monitor and video card:Overall, the best deal for most is to get a panel that supports FreeSync (most gaming panels do). G-Sync is the deluxe experience but it's ultimately always more expensive. To make things even more confusing, Nvidia and AMD have extended their specs with even more versions that have different features. And like the USB forum they have even renamed them for maximum confusion...Generally speaking any premium level has been tested by Nvidia or AMD...and as a result, costs more. So for most, you can just ignore these labels, pick a basic technology, and move on from there. But if your budget is high enough, expect to see one of these labels. Ports are a little bit more of a wild west than on your TV where HDMI has destroyed all challengers: Yes and no. Dead Pixels are actually one of three things:Generally speaking every monitor manufacturer does quality passes to weed out all of the bad panels. In the last 5 panels I've bought I've only seen one dead pixel combined. But it's a lottery: things can happen in shipping. Delivery. Unboxing. Sometimes stuck pixels can be massaged (pressed) to either get them working again or make them dead (less obvious) but most of the time you are stuck with what you see. Some of the chinese or korean products on eBay may be "B" or "C" panels that failed quality check from ASUS/Samsung/etc. that either has some amount of bad pixels, a poorer quality backlight, or other glitches. Basically, you get what you pay for. I absolutely believe in the cheap market and you can get some amazing panels for as little as $150 USD. But factor in the risk to your budget; maybe the first one is a dud. Or spend big on one of the big brands that has a zero dead pixel warranty. Finally, even the manufacturers with a loose policy (5+ pixels) will make exceptions for buyers with dead pixels in the middle (very obvious), fully stuck (white) or sometimes simply to make your tech support complaint go away. (It never hurts to ask.) High res displays (QHD or 4K) are of course more likely to have dead pixels (simply by sheer math) but you're also less likely to notice them (smaller pixels). So if you have never tested your panel before...ignorance is bliss? There are just so many options on the market, but a few stand out:In terms of brands, there is a big market now in Chinese rebrand models on ebay and Amazon, as well as the emergence of lesser known brands like Prism+ and Pixio. They can get you a huge discount on a high res IPS display, but you may have to accept a few dead pixels. The high end brands often have warranties against dead pixels (some, like AOC AGON, even have a plan ensuring zero dead pixels) as well as better housing, more bling, and sometimes, useful monitor controls (the cheap ones are rough to mess around with). But panel wise? They are all buying from the same places. My 27" 144hz QHD IPS panel ($300 USD) is the same AU Optronics AHVA seen in a higher priced ASUS panels, just with worse odds on getting dead pixels or an uneven backlight. For most people I say it's worth the risk, but your luck may vary.
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I'm based in SE Asia right now so it's difficult to give exact recommendations, but I can pull from the internets a bit...You know, I said 144hz but I realize most UWQHD is still 120hz. :( The cheap brands you get out of China (that end up in products like the Prism+ X340) are usually 120hz panels with 1500R curvature. I will update the sheet. I think from mainstream models there is:EDIT: Here's one: AOC CU34G2X UWQHD (3440x1440) 144hz FreeSync VA panel, suggesting 144hz UWQHD VA is only now hitting the market.
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Slots 1 and 2: channel 1 Slots 3 and 4: channel 2 So basically, you halved your bandwidth by only using channel 1. You can try using 2,4 instead. Beyond that, ignore the SPD tab. As you can see the only profile that matters is XMP. All you care about is if the Memory Tab shows the ~1800 MHz. I would give XMP a go again using 2, 4 and see if it worked. Beyond that you could try manually setting the XMP timings, but if the motherboard is set to XMP it should not show anything beyond that (unless it's failing after BIOS post) The motherboard supports the clock so no worries there.
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I really need to add some images to the monitor guide, hopefully I didn't mess up anything?In your photo, the radiator is that tall brick on the inside front of the case. All of the thin metal stuff on it are fins. Anyway, on the back of that radiator are 2x 120mm fans. They each have a thin black wire going somewhere. Just find out where and unplug them, then try to boot into the BIOS. If you still have a sound? It's the pump. (Unless you have a big silver hard drive that is noisy)
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Not really a mistake, honestly. You won't see a major perf boost on windows itself. Apps? Depends on the app. So you can adapt to what you have now. Maybe there is a way to transfer Windows but I'm not up to speed on drive cloning...H55? Really struggling to find the board, all of the ones I found pre-date M.2 slots. My opinion on moving the boot drive is personal; I find windows easier to deal with if you just start over and have room to use those default folders. But that takes some work too, so maybe you find it easier to just add another drive and put stuff there. Nothing wrong with that and motherboards will continue to have tons of SATA ports for the forseeable future. If you want to future proof, though, you'd want a 1TB NVMe M.2 drive, and possibly a PCIe adapter card to use it if your motherboard has no support for M.2 and NVMe. As says, generally builds today are booted from a 1TB NVMe with extra drives added of your choosing.
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The curve looks the same, although on DC it's not like you can control it much anyway.The radiator is a big brick with a bunch of metal fins inside. The tubes from your CPU go straight there. Two fans are covering the radiator to keep it cool. Each of the fans has a wire coming out of it for power; you should be able to just trace it and unplug it somewhere while the power on the system is off. Basically, if you unplug the fan power and don't hear the weird noise when you boot into BIOS, you know its a fan problem. If you still hear the noise, it's probably bubbles in the pump (or some other pump issue) Obviously don't try to run games or anything but you can absolutely at least boot the PC into bios without the fans on the radiator.
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Are you just using 2.5"/3.5" drives? Modern builds are NVMe sticks. One of them should be your boot main (and ideally 1-2TB) with a SATA HDD for slow bulk storage. Most ATX motherboards support 2x NVMe so you have room to grow, although the problem is if you go over 2x NVMe you have to start using PCIe slots and adapters. I suspect you should aim for another 1TB SSD, but it really depends on the format. If you aren't using NVMe or don't have it you may want to consider an adapter card.
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Question: Have you tried using a different fan with the radiator? I mean I can definitely hear the popcorn but I can't be certain thats from the pump or from the fans. I guess you could rule it out really quickly by unplugging them. If the sound continues well, that's an issue in the loop. :( The DC thing is interesting but kinda feels like the wrong road. I mean, it's entirely possible the fan curve sucks and you need to redo it, but if it's always popcorn then that suggests the loop. Usually when there is a bubble problem there people recommend putting the case upside down (not tilted, but completely 180) or if necessary uninstalling the radiator end and shaking it a bit while it runs. I'm afraid that's all anecdotal but the basic idea is that if it's a bubble, those actions might help to break it up. The fan might affect the sound or speed of the bubbles passing but the fan can't get rid of the bubble by itself.
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There is nothing wrong with a 5400rpm drive. Even for playing games. Obviously is slower, but for smaller games that hardly matters. The spin-up is of course annoying. I’ve been using a 5400rpm WD Blue as a secondary drive for 10 years on multiple builds. All you have to worry about is (1) slow loads of content on the drive - compared to SSD - and (2) the spin-up. Honestly the nice thing about the spin-up is that if you aren’t actively using the drive, Windows basically acts as if it’s not there, performance wise. Doesn’t slow down my build at all. YMMV if you have some kind of drive that must spin up every boot (NAS drives, maybe?)
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Honest answer? No. I would continue using the 850 Pro. The Samsung chipset is solid at all fill levels so you can pretty much use that until it dies as temporary storage. In theory you could even just use the SX8200 as your scratch disk, but as is you are better using your IO traffic. If you *did* want to upgrade just the scratch drive, I would probably consider an SSD using either Samsung (960) or a higher endurance Phison controlled M.2 simply because your needs would become small size / more writes / full speed at full capacity. This means avoiding QLC drives as well. The trick here though is if you go Phison you will want 1TB as that is the sweet spot for performance there. So like, say, Sabrent Rocket 1TB (black and blue label). But again, 850 Pro is actually perfect for your use case.Honestly, the HDD market is slowly turning to mud. 7200rpm is getting more expensive as demand goes down. So generally I just recommend the biggest 5400rpm drive in your price range. Although my SSHD experience (2TB Firecuda on PS4Pro) has been flawless, we definitely have a thread or two of people complaining about drive failures. And they aren't necessarily cheaper as worldwide stocks get weird. But basically, the time for HDD+SSD hybrid drives has past and the new product taking its place is cheap QLC drives and Intel's weird Optane/SSD hybrid.
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Are you in on the AORUS ecosystem? I guess the Pro is pretty luxe but no way I would get the Elite for more money than the ASUS X570 TUF WiFi. I guess it depends on your feature spec priorities and the prices in your area. Yes, CPU_OPT is just another fan header. As long as you go PWM you'll be fine. (Although if your fan is quiet enough even that is not a hard requirement) Generally CAS16 is ideal for AMD builds but the infinity fabric speed is considered more important. You could either pay the $15 for pure piece of mind, or you could save the money and go through the DRAM Calculator process to meet and beat those speeds. Personally I prefer the GSKILL modules and my life is on fire enough that I haven't had time to really do DRAM Calculator, so it would be weirdly tempting. But in reality I don't think you will see $15 of benefit for the timing difference. RAM timing really comes into fps play when you are CPU bound, but if you're on an X570 build then the real truth is every spare dollar should be going into your GPU solution instead.
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Yep, I get it, and the Pro is definitely the frills board, so no worries there. I just think at the lower tier, the Elite is pretty stripped down compared to the TUF WiFi, is more expensive (according to PCPP) and as we saw yesterday, strictly favors RGB over fans (?!) So maybe dodge that board.
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I just kept hearing a lot of trash about them here, and to be honest it's a deceptive title if you use big caps font to say OFFICIAL RELEASE and then immediately follow up with (RUMORS). If they are fine then I will withdraw my comment.
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We haven't banned wccftech yet? They are good with the deceptive titles. Anyway, looks like the 10700K will run blazing hot as expected. I would say get your Dark Rock Pro 4's ready but you'll need the new Z490 with LGA1200...which means TBD on whether our existing coolers work or need an adapter.
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No Basically, of the PCIe lanes on your motherboard, 16 are reserved for the GPU and the rest are dedicated to the X570 chipset. So in a bigger motherboard, it might disable some PCIe slots, but basically just imagine your M2s are sharing the remaining lanes of bandwidth. Usually the first drive gets a full 4 lanes and the other one shares with some other stuff. Ultimately though don't worry about counting lanes. Just check your MB manual to see what happens if both slots are in use (usually a loss of some secondary PCIe slots or SATA ports)
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The header is AIO_PUMP, which is just a 4 pin fan header that is always set to 12V. This just means if you plug in a 3pin, it will always spin at full speed unless you tune the BIOS voltage, while if it's 4pin, the voltage is irrelevant and PWM controls the fanspeed. All non-MSI boards have the chipset fan that high. Ironically only MSI boards have had obvious X570 problems. A lot of this is because the GPU does not create the most heat at that edge. So you're fine.
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You can reuse the PSU and GPU in a pinch. The Hyper 212 in theory would work but you probably don't have the brace adaptors for a modern build. The weakest point for now is probably the CPU but you're limited to max 4690K which I'm not sure you can even buy outside of the used market. I guess go for that if you could find one at ~100 dollars. You probably also need to go up to 16GB of RAM, but again, if you change your board the RAM is useless (the market has moved onto DDR4 now)
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edits: My original advice, for anyone who's reading: you can use AIO_PUMP (4 pin) for fans. It's just locked at 12V, because pumps are just always running. However, some motherboards let you adjust the voltage to the specific header (which would adjust the speed of a 3-pin fan) or if you have a 4-pin PWM, it communicates over that instead and no tweaking is necessary. So, if you're totally out and don't have a splitter, it's a decent option. Now, the situation between these two motherboards is ridiculous: Fan Headers: ASUS X570 Prime-P: 3x CHA, 1x CPU, 1x PCH, 1x AIO_PUMP (6x total) AORUS X570 Elite: 2x CHA, 1x CPU, 1x AIO_PUMP (4x total) RGB Headers: ASUS X570 Prime-P: 0x 3RGB (???), 2x 4RGB AORUS X570 Elite: 2x 3RGB, 3x 4RGB (holy crap, that's a lot) The ASUS TUF X570 has, by comparison: 5x fan headers and 3x RGB headers. And that Prime-P manual is hot garbage. Even more reason to consider the TUF baseline if you can get it. I mean, I understand if you're an RGB junkie, but honestly any RGB junkie is already dealing with controllers or daisy chains. Probably a lot of them. People who just want to plug in fans are not always so lucky.
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Basically, VA: awesome contrast, not great viewing angles IPS: awesome viewing angles, super bright, not great contrast TN: super fast, poor contrast and brightness, cheap That being said, I own a 24" TN G-Sync panel and it's totally fine for PS4 games. I just strongly prefer the high brightness and viewing angle of IPS for my daily work and casual usage, so I use a 27" QHD 144hz IPS for most things. TN is of course most popular for pro gaming, cheap panels, and anyone who wants to go above 165hz.
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Well, I didn’t remember that piece, but ultimately the SM2262EN is doing what you should expect from any cheap TLC or modern QLC: writing to it as SLC. This means that when you run out of room - such as filling the entire drive and running long benchmarks - performance is going to tank. But then they give you the advantage of buying more space. For gamers here, it’s just fine. But it’s a good lesson on the tricks used for modern/cheap SSD performance. (Good on you for finding the SN750 at a discount, it used to be a lot more expensive.)
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It's okay. :) Yes, basically all SSDs now are using 3D Stacking, it's just in addition to TLC/QLC. It wasn't really worth putting in the FAQ since it's not buying information, but there is a lot of industry pressure to go to 128 and 160 layers right now, simply because the alternative is PLC (5 bits/cell) which would be absolutely ruinous to performance. Samsung of course is one of the industry leaders here with VNAND but I gather they ran into problems given how far behind they were - even before C19 - on delivering the 980 series.The Sabrent Rocket (blue label) is roughly the same thing as the ADATA SX8200 Pro and ex950. It's a solid TLC drive so you'll get really great PCIe 3.0 performance. The Rocket Q is similar, but QLC so performance takes a hit. The bronze label is the PCIe 4.0 model which is very unlikely to be in your price range and is overkill anyway. When you have two monitors there really isn't such a thing as discrete modes. Windows basically treats all monitors as part of the same desktop (even if split) so if you have a game running on one screen it's literally a "window". So all sounds consider the whole of windows, not just a single screen, unless your app or device is looking only at the game in question. Generally speaking games will turn off audio if you take away focus (for example, click on a web browser window) but some have the option to keep audio going. I'm kind of reaching the edge of my knowledge on exactly how windows handles it though...
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Yep Just play your game in window mode (or borderless) on one screen, play your video on the other. As long as you don't do fullscreen the other monitor shouldn't blank out. The only thing to make sure is if you have a game that supports multiscreen to disable that feature. It's very common for people playing slow games (hearthstone, whatever) to just keep youtube rolling on a side monitor.
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Sure, just set your game to run in a window and alt tab between them. If you truly want to separate them (say, play a game with a gamepad but use your mouse to browse, that, I'm not sure about. Most games will detect and take control of both so I'm not sure how you would cloak KBM from the game unless it specifically has a toggle for it.
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Modern PC SSDs have a few specs you need to be aware of before you purchase. As long as it's not 15+ years old, yes. Every motherboard today has "SATA" ports, which are basically data plugs meant for hard drives. Worse case, you can buy an SSD supporting that plug. Even the PlayStation 4 supports SSDs using this method. If you absolutely want an M.2 NVMe because it's awesome/small/fast, but don't have the slot, you can buy an M.2 adapter card that plugs into any PCIe 3.0/4.0 slot. This will allow you to add 1-2 M.2 NVMe drives of your choosing. (But usually this cannot be booted from.) For this, you need to look at the website or manual of your because there are a few specs out there This is a bit trickier. There are basically 5 products on the market currently (2020):So given all of this, there are basically these classes available today from cheapest to most expensive:Linus Tech Tips did a blind test for today's games (2019/early 2020) and between SATA 2.5" and PCIe 4.0 in terms of initial load and overall experience. Benchmarks slow a slight advantage up the scale, but not enough to be noticeable without the numbers in front of you. Professional apps clearly favor NVMe. tl;dr? A handful of reasons, although there are probably more:Looking forward for people buying now, if you want to be "future proof", you can buy a TLC 3.0x4 drive and get the same or better specs as the Xbox Series X drive. But I suspect even QLC drives will see benefit if games start using SSDs more effectively. Sony has a bit of a Ferrari. The fastest SSDs today are 8 channel, 5GB/s PCIe 4.0 drives that can only be used on the AMD X570 motherboard. Sony's solution is 12 channel (never used in PC retail) and 5.5GB/s. Add in a custom I/O core and it's probably not directly comparable to any PC drive. Later 2020, the second generation of PCIe 4.0 drives will come out on the PC market (Samsung 980 Pro, Phison E18, etc) with even better bandwidth (7GB/s+ vs. PS5 5.5GB/s). So the highway won't be as "wide", but traffic will be faster, sort of evening-out the advantage. I suspect many of them will be considered PS5 compatible. Just keep in mind they will be expensive - expect to pay double the price of a 3.0x4 drive at first. Not really. These days all SSDs use controller chips from a handful of manufacturers. So for example, the HP ex950 and ADATA SX8200 Pro are virtually the same drive despite vastly different brand names. Each brand may introduce their own tweaks, but at the end of the day the number of drive controller and flash manufacturers is very few. There has also been some high profile gaffes by major brands, especially Intel with their subpar 660p/665p models. Where brand can matter a bit is if you're buying truly no-name Chinese brands from, say, Alibaba. A lot of b/c-tier stock and controller chips we've never heard of come out of that space. General rule of thumb: if you're not sure about the brand, google some reviews or search on youtube. Almost all of the popular but lesser known brands have reviews. (addlink, ADATA, teamforce, etc) In the old days of SSDs you'd just get a small boot drive for Windows. You can still do that, but SSD speed scales up towards 1TB/2TB. So if you want fast, you want one of those two sizes. There's just a peace-of-mind benefit to having one drive letter that is fast everywhere and not always managing what goes on the SSD, what goes on the HDD, etc. For average gaming a 1TB model is recommended; it's lots of room for games, Windows, and minimal management. The Crucial P1 (QLC+DRAM) has been at or below $100 USD, which means there are affordable drives at that size. Keep in mind that most motherboards have only two M.2 slots, and the maximum size M.2 you can buy today is 2TB. (4TB is sometimes available, but only if you have...say, 2-3000 dollars). So if you have a lot of games you may want another M.2 drive later (or just a big HDD for all of those tiny games that don't give a crap about where you store it).
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I backup the opinion that if you're not particularly bothered by noise (you just want a PC upgrade, but noise wasn't a defining problem for you) then the 3700X Wraith Prism is just fine. It actually competently cools and you save some money. So honestly just go with the basics for now. And the Meshify C is not a tiny case so it's not like the fan will be aimed right at an exhaust. Of course, the Hyper 212 is an upgrade, mainly because a 120mm fan is always going to outperform a 90mm fan and be quieter at the same time. But every youtube review I can find suggests the Wraith Prism is totally fine for most users on the 3700X.
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. Drives me nuts how ASUS saves money by covering the IO but not integrating the shield though. You have two M.2 sockets, one supports NVMe or SATA, the other supports NVMe only. So you're solid. I'll write a quick primer on SSDs but basically, my advice holds. If you just want space, go QLC NVMe or M.2 SATA. If you want some speed, you need TLC. Your board is too old for PCIe 4.0 but don't worry - those ones are incredibly expensive and Intel hasn't even shipped a board supprting them yet.
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While it's possible that games over the next few years adapt to SSD advantages more and more, the bottom common denominator for a long time, at *best* will be PCIe 3.0x4, since that seems to be at/better than what Xbox Series X announced. So don't worry about the PS5 stuff as you (a) probably don't have the budget and (b) we have yet to see anything that would take advantage of the massive bandwidth and (c) even if something did appear, you would be too busy enjoying most of those massive improvements on a gen3 NVMe anyways. So what you need to find out is if you have an M.2 slot on your motherboard, and if the slot is SATA or NVMe. For best performance you should aim for a PCIe 3.0x4 NVMe drive, that uses TLC, such as the HP ex950 or ADATA SX8200 Pro. The Samsung 970 series is the "best" but also by far the most expensive. You want to solve space, and that means space over speed. If your budget is limited and you want to aim for "now", the Crucial P1 1TB is a great option. It's slower (QLC, not TLC) but for games today thats not a big deal. But if you want 2TB generally only the higher performance drives are available at that size (such as ex950).
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While the slide is easily better than the cheap metal clips used on all other CPU coolers today, the A500 is getting absolutely destroyed in reviews for an uneven contact plate and subpar thermals. It earned a hard no from both and , which is kind of impressive in the failboat category. Hell, to sand it down and try adding a third fan, and it still was a fail. It's also barely part of the Corsair ecosystem; there is no RGB support. So everyone is sadly better off roughing it with the clips and getting any better air cooler out there. Hyper 212, Mugen 5, Dark Rock 4 series, whatever.
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Depends on the drive. Some manufacturers don’t make them because they are only priced to the cheap end of the market. Others are just out of stock due to the current world situation... I bought my 2TB SX8200 Pro a month ago, and ADATA stocks definitely seem limited right now.
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Welp, 1 month Singapore closing all schools and non-essential businesses starting next week. The number of untraceable local cases got too high.
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The Obsidian. Actually a family member here has the old HAF, which is also just a ridiculous amount of metal. Can't imagine buying a full-tower these days for any reason. But overall the big problem I have with a lot of these nice cases is that they put glass in front of the fans. Airflow just gets destroyed. I mean, the reason why Gamers Nexus pushes mesh is because the more unimpeded airflow is, the quieter the fans can operate. My 6 fan Meshify C monstrosity is dead quiet compared to an AIO! Perfect then! I own the 3600 (not X) and TUF X570 myself. Would have loved to have WiFi 6 but honestly I don't need it (that's what the ethernet plug is for!) It was mostly to have bluetooth for game controllers and headsets. Honestly its a great board, plenty of pinouts, a heatsink for your M.2, really the only thing I was annoyed by was having to place the IO shield but that's been a thing for 30 years now. You do it once and never touch it again. Oh, this goes without saying for builds, but in case you didn't know...always build on top of your motherboard box first! AMD uses a clamp mount system for the CPU cooler, meaning you need to touch the back and front of the motherboard at the same time, and it's generally easier to install the CPU, cooler and RAM before you screw it into the case. Some people go as far as to plug in a video card and PSU and test boot, but it's mainly just to not need 4 hands for the cooler installation. The motherboard box is the go-to ghetto install you'll see in a lot of youtube builds.
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The M.2 slot is raised off the motherboard a little bit (unlike RAM, the M.2 lies flat) so you need two pieces of metal: one is a standoff (a metal screw with a hole for another screw) and the screw. See this image at the bottom, the screw is the top and the hexagon metal is the standoff. Motherboards come with these in a parts bag, they almost never are preinstalled. If you don't have it, unfortunately you'd have to buy . The drives don't come with the standoff or screw, usually. (The screw is extremely small; 3mm) It's risen off the board as a electrical and heat reason. Many M2 have chips on both sides, some heat, obviously a lot of electricity...so it needs to hover above the board a bit.
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Honestly, my go to headphones is the . The midrange one has a rectractable, bendable mic, it's wireless (with a tiny dongle that can be stored in the headphones themselves) and it still has removable 3.5mm cable if you don't want to be wireless or the battery runs out. (Charges by micro USB). It's really ideal for my WFH because I can walk around the flat while talking, but still use it as a dumb wired headset if necessary (such as for playing PS4 games). You have to get the midrange one though - the cheap one is not wireless and the expensive one just adds useless THX stuff.
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Yeah, so you have 2x M2. NVMe slots! Great. You can pick any M.2 NVMe you want, specs will be better than SATA. You cannot use PCIe 4.0 ("Gen 4") drives, but don't worry, those are extremely expensive anyway. Beyond that you can use any drive clearly marked "M.2 2280" and "NVMe". M.2 NVMe is of course worth looking at if you can, because apart from being the fastest possible for your spec, it's also very convenient - a tiny, smaller than RAM stick - that plugs directly into your motherboard with no cables required.
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So as said, others have caught up. You don't have to be afraid of unknown brands because they are using the same chipsets as the major players, and Samsung (who uses their own flash and chipsets apart from everyone else) is just charging a huge premium right now when real-world use doesn't show nearly enough of an advantage to justify it. Basically what you should be deciding here is what spec you want:For me, I bought the ADATA SX8200 Pro (the EX950 is exactly the same thing, spec wise). But for games you will not notice a difference right now vs. the P1. ALL of them will be faster than a hard drive though. Just google any of the names to see some reviews. I think the rest of the list is great. As I said, you could always save ~50 dollars by going down to a B450 motherboard, or save even more by going to a motherboard without WiFi+Bluetooth, but the TUF gives the best chance of a Ryzen 4000 upgrade if you want to do that. (And if you want to use, say a wireless Xbox controller, you want the bluetooth). I think if I was just focusing on now, I would grab the MSI B450 Tomahawk Max ($115)...but there's no WiFi/BT there so you would need to buy a dongle if you wanted the bluetooth later.
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Well, there's no particular harm, You don't want heat transfer from the CPU heatsink to the GPU backplate, but the fan frame is rugged plastic that shouldn't melt. If you're really worried you could do a careful finger test while running a game with the case open, but generally backplates are not blazing hot.To explain this to the onlookers, there are two Optane formats:Basically, Optanes are random IO monsters but cost so much more that they aren't viable for almost anyone here. They can't compare in transfer speed yet - Intel doesn't support PCIe 4.0 yet and the 905P didn't come close to capping Gen3 anyway - but the random IO does mean that it always tends to perform slightly better than SSDs in real world performance. Of course, I'm not sure saving a second or two of load time is worth $1300 USD (1TB).
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RTX 2080 or RTX 2080 Super? Generally all that matters is (a) will it fit in your system? (2 slot, 2.5 slot, 3 slot, card length...) (b) what is the youtube review like for the model you're interested in? All of the overclocks and stuff are a little pointless, most of your money is just going into the 2080 GPU and RAM anyway, which always has a baseline spec. So for example, EVGA has always been good to me, really solid (and transferrable!) warranty, tradeup policy, etc. I pick the best card that fits in my price range, because even though there are like 4-5 varieties of clockspeed the overall perf difference is minimal.
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I won't argue against the 3700X, but given the corners cut on the rest of this rig, you could do just fine with the Ryzen 3600X for 2/3rds the price. 6 cores instead of 8, so you lose a bit on, say, video encoding time. But it's $100 of budget you could move to more storage, a better video card, or just plain saving money. I think you are better off with the ASUS TUF X570 WiFi($199). The Gaming Pro Carbon got killed on youtube for awhile for subpar VRMs, and apart from a pre-installed IO plate and WiFi 6 (the TUF has WiFi 5, but they both have the same BT version) you're not getting much. If she is not planning on upgrading in the future, you could save even more money by going with a B450 motherboard like the Tomahawk Max or Mortar Max, although I'm not sure if those have WiFi versions. I would at least get the 1660 Super or 1660 Ti. The regular 1660 is basically already aging out. I think the RTX 2060 Super is very appealing right now as games get DLSS support (big perf boost) but the 1660 Super/Ti are great 1080p cards that can do a bit more depending on the game. I guess I will keep warning people away from the Evo, but you can get the Crucial P1 1TB for the same price. I do not think you will notice the difference of speed, but you will notice the difference in capacity. If you do video editing in Premiere, Intel chips use Quicksync encoding acceleration which can close the gap vs. more cores and sometimes exceed it. It's ridiculous for an exclusive...anyway I don't know the exact stats of 3900X CPU software encode vs. Intel 9900K hardware encode, but I suspect its close.
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LOL well the 9900k is not the 9900x (what you said before) so price wise that makes more sense! (9900x is more like $1000) An average MB should have 2x NVMe, so that's not an issue at all, and then on the Meshify C, you can install 2x 2.5" to the back of the motherboard tray. The 6tb can easily slot into the drive tray inside the PSU shroud. I'd say the only trouble with this case is simply that with a fully modular PSU is that the space between drive cage and PSU is very cramped. The good news is there is a ton of routing room along the back of the case (so for example, on mine, I have 1x2TB HDD in the drive cage). But just expect a little cable hell since you'll be routing 2x SATA power cables along with everything else. EDIT: I suspect a non modular PSU might have slightly more "give" since there is no stiff area for the cable connectors, but I don't have one to try (I use a fully modular in my Meshify C)
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Well, I'm of two minds about the i9900 for Video editing builds: AMD just dominates Intel right now in terms of cores and overall perf, I mean you can get the Ryzen 3950x (16 cores/32 threads) for substantially less money right now. But Intel is the only game in town for Premiere Quicksync. So if premiere's your thing, I get it. But I would look carefully at online benchmarks. The Meshify C is probably the most convenient case to work with overall, I guess the only question is how many 2.5"/3.5" drives are we talking about?
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LOL well if you just want an HDD buy whatever, they are all same pricerange and not a big difference. Get a NAS drive if it's a NAS, a WD blue for everything else, a black if you want to waste money on slightly better perf. I still say get a 1TB boot drive if you can (like Crucial P1 NVMe) just because it's always trouble dealing with different volumes and some games these days are big.
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It's usable for sure! Maybe just make sure you have enough fans in your case to ensure airflow though. Meshify C lets you put 2x140mm on the front (or a 280mm radiator if you wanted water cooling) which are very quiet and push a lot of air. P400A comes with 3 RGB fans on the front.
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I think that's a great idea! Just grab a MSI Mortar MAX or Tomahawk MAX if the price makes sense, and deal with X670 later.If you're asking about SSD, then you should be looking at PCIe 3.0 NVMe drives, at which point pricing falls into 3 tiers: Most of these drives are PCIe 4.0, meaning they run hot and require an AMD X570 motherboard. Perf for video editing is incredible, but for games...right now? No difference. Samsung's products are PCIe 3.0 and the gold standard of the industry, but generally very expensive. ADATA SX8200 Pro 2TB (I use this one currently) HP ex950 2TB addlink S70 2TB Sabrent Rocket Gen3 2TB All PCIe 3.0x4 drives, which means they use 4 PCIe lanes to increase speed. These are considered the cheapest "bang for buck" 2TB SSDs today, in that they combine great 3.0 performance with excellent cost. They don't all have name brands but as it turns out name brand doesn't matter much these days since they all use the same chipsets. Did I say there was a 3rd tier? Well there is, but there's nothing to write about. Most of the truly dirt cheap NVMe today top out at 1TB. In fact, a quick look at newegg shows that the HP ex950 is the cheapest 2TB NVMe by far.Glad to hear you escaped CyberPower, MazeHaze. Here's the build I would suggest, in USD:It's not the most compact build in the world, but it's reliable, has good airflow, includes two fans and really great cable management space. The Meshify C and Phanteks P400A are the most recommended midtower cases these days for those two reasons - personally I prefer the Meshify as it's a bit wider (fits more CPU coolers) and has a front filter if you live in a dustier environment, but both are great. You could save money by reducing the SSD, but a 2TB NVMe is really the easiest for your build and will reduce management down the road. If you are way more concerned about getting a good living room experience, you want something smaller, which is harder to build...with one exception: the NZXT H1. Sadly I believe the only way to buy it right now due to stock shortage is using NZXT's prebuild service ltsbld.com, but to be fair they aren't cutting corners the same way Cyberpower is. They are packing common parts together. (). The case itself is "expensive" but that's because it comes with a pre-installed CPU water cooler and power supply, which believe me, makes the ITX build process a lot easier.
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To each their own, but I still consider Australia Survivor as the overall superior product right now. Superior mix of social, competition gameplay with the oldschool season timing of reward and immunity challenges. Really enjoyed the finale (well, except for the reunion) and a truly deserving winner.Specifically with this season: I still really enjoy Winners at War, but the short run and endless twists make it feel more like a videogame sequel rather than a new season sometimes. And not that Survivor doesn't have plenty of players to choose from, but the door is definitely open one day if they want to do an "International All-Stars" season.
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MSI was the gold standard for B450, but they got killed on X570 for poor cooling, eventually resulting in Tom's Hardware also getting blown up for blindly recommending MSI. (or browse through the channel) to see what boards are okay or not. Your strategy on CPU is exactly what I am doing. (ASUS TUF X570 + 3600). We don't know exactly how X670 will be better (apart from out-of-box R4000 support) but speculation suggests passive cooling for the chipset (almost all X570 require a small fan over the chipset), with USB 3.2 - 2x2 support (a very wide bandwidth solution to allow for 20Gbps hard drives) and possibly USB 4.0 (which basically standardizes Thunderbolt). But that last point is really uncertain and more dramatic changes (PCIe 5.0, DDR5) are waiting on Ryzen 5000 and a new CPU socket. So it's entirely possible X670 is just cooler + more modern USB ports, maybe some more PCIe lanes for drives. Certainly the Ryzen 4000 CPU shouldn't care either way, just as you get just as good perf now on B450/X570.It depends on your experience and price range, I suppose. The Pixio P7 / Prism+ F270i Pro are popular for a reason, mainly because they've found a way to do bright (350 cd/m2+) Freesync, QHD, AHVA (IPS) panels with minimal bleed or blotchiness for ~$300 USD. Meanwhile all of the VA panels I've seen in that price range are either hampered badly by brightness, viewing angle, or screen sharpness. Maybe it goes away in the higher end models. Of course, if you want curved, affordable ultrawide, VA is the only game in town. If you want ultrahigh refresh, TN is the place to be. But I'd argue the best home/game average experience is with AHVA right now. ymmv of course.Just my experience with Macbook Pros and workplace Dell machines (not XPS, but still integrated graphics); 4K output is always a choppy mouse experience. On the desktop, overall perf is fine but a random variety of the apps we use for production don't do 4K very well, meaning a constant juggling act between 4k and 1080p. Maybe if you go 4K only it's less of an issue? Workplaces rarely give the best hardware though since they are usually bulk supplying for the entire office.
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After using a 32" curved VA for a few years...my productivity opinion is pretty clearI think a flat IPS ultrawide would be great for productivity, if there are any...? But I'm done with curved VA panels for any kind of relatively serious work. The extra screen space is nice but I'd rather have, say, two 27" IPS 1440p than a curved VA 32:9. Of course, this depends on the sort of work you're doing, but for me I found the geometrical and light-casting problems of a big curved VA was just more trouble than it was worth for gamedev and Office 365. As a result I switched from 32" 1440p144 VA curved to 27" 1440p144 IPS and frankly find it a more enjoyable experience. To answer 4K has its purpose, but generally my 4K experience on Windows 10 has been a drag. 1440p is the ideal 27" panel res, so for 4K I would really be looking at a 32" panel. Most apps have updated to support 4K but ymmv on what causes Windows problems or slowness. Certainly I would prefer to have a modern graphics card first. The XPS 13 can likely drive it but I can't imagine it would be a great experience; I'd think you'd be much better off with a 1440p panel. The extra screen space is fantastic. You can go even further as I believe LG sells 21:9 IPS panels, but it depends on your budget.
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Then it depends on what you clarify as "better"For 1440p, you're already IPS and presumably 350cd/m2 so there's not really much to improve. You would notice a change in peak brightness (HDR600, but out of price range probably?) and screen size (32"-35", but these are VA panels) There are now 165hz/170hz IPS but that's hardly worth the cost.
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Worth it? No. I think with the 7700K you can afford to wait until Ryzen 4000. And since it's for games the #1 upgrade should really be your videocard (unspecified). If you're happy with 1440p144 TN, I would stick with it. The next level up would be going IPS (same specs) and potentially G-Sync. 4K is out there but can be awkward on Windows, especially if you don't (a) upsize to 32" and (b) don't have a fully capable video card (2070 Super+, ideally even better than that). The 4K market is also a bit stunted waiting on nextgen HDMI and DisplayPort. The other direction you can go is ultrawide, but ymmv there. Lots of options, but not great for everybody.
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Yeah, sorry, still going with the old parts list for now while we all try to make it through these crazy times. $1200 USD allows you to do 1440p now, although maybe not 144hz on everything. It just depends on your priorities. Looking at the ~$1200 USD build Soda put together in the past, here's what I would do $1211 USDI have a friend with the DR4. It's a great cooler. I just don't see the point unless you have the 3800X or 3900X. So personal preference. In my case I spent well over that price difference on case fans though...2x140mm front, 1x140mm top, and 2x120mm back/top. So ymmv General rule of thumb is 120mm fronts if you expect to go to 3 later, 2x140mm fronts for quietest/easiest install. You align one to the top (intake - pointing towards your Dark Rock 4) and one to the bottom (sitting on top of the PSU shroud, so it's aimed at your video card. Then you put the Meshify C fans on the exhaust (back) and exhaust (top/back) for a relatively balanced airflow. Again, get rid of that drive tray if you don't intend to use it I did it because my kid is obsessed with looking inside. But it *is* pretty cool, and if nothing else you can confirm that all of the fans are working! But it's a slippery slope; you may one day end up looking at RGB strips! I held off until this morning as I've done partial finance, and wanted to to make sure my SO was on board with the plan. Just put my order in, set for delivery next weekend :DDD ... [/QUOTE]
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. PSU manufacturers are basically cutting the 8-pin into a 6+2, giving you the convenience to use a given plug for 6 pin (some video cards have 6-pin slots, some have 8, some have both...) ...Okay, the longer story is they are not cutting the plastic of the cable, but rather changing the ATX spec to support more power delivery and thus get 6+2=8 even though that's not technically supported, but everybody does it because there still exists 8+8, 8+6, 6+6, etc setups out there..., but it's not a cut-and-dry topic. that in terms of power delivery, a single-daisy chained cable is totally fine. But there are a bunch of suggestions that say if you're having trouble, or want to play it safe, you're better off using two cables.
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Yeah, sometimes it's really hard to say why things happen. Could be a piece of metal in the wrong place, a capacitor busted, a trace gone bad...I can't imagine it's a feature though. Discharge should not be tracing back to your case, period. So usually it's either wiring in the mouse is weak enough to take a charge from your hand, or something in your case is touching the motherboard when it shouldn't. Or the PSU is just completely misbehaving. Try replacing whatever you're comfortable with, but probably the cheapest first. Certainly a wireless KBM would fix it
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Currently? No. The difference is basically 2 cores/4 threads and maybe some OC headroom. The reason people gravitate towards the 3700X is that it's feature-equivalent to the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, both of which are 8c/16t processors. Of course, on those platforms some cores/threads will be dedicated to the OS, but Windows isn't immune to that either. tl;dr for now 6 cores/12 threads is great. But the extra cores may be useful down the road.
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I get it, but it's way cheaper to test your PC on a different outlet to rule that out before you go PSU shopping, completely rebuild your PC in the case, or start exploring other options like a grounding wire in your chair or rubber mats. Your call. As you've guessed, four most likely points of failure:I'm most suspicious about the case, but...whew, a lot of work there. Your call.
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Fairly concerned, I'd say. Generally the rule of thumb with motherboards is if they use a chipset more than one generation old, they aren't likely to get updates because the MB manufacturers have so many boards that they tend to just lightly refresh the latest models. It's not a guarantee though, and much depends on if the B450 chipset has enough "stuff" in its internals that Ryzen 4000 is compatible with. So it could be that B450 is compatible but your specific motherboard doesn't get the update, sort of like how Android phones tend to struggle with this sort of thing... My gamble list is this:Those are the value motherboards I feel have the best chance at Ryzen 4000 support. Both are widely respected and punch above their weight in terms of VRM potential.We had someone in the previous thread with this problem, and it's (probably) not a PC hardware problem. There's a slight chance the motherboard was installed incorrectly and is not grounded to the case (just a matter of making sure you used all of the standoffs and the correct screws) but beyond that it's likely a ground problem with your outlet. Try another outlet (one you're confident is grounded) and see if you can replicate the problem. Based on what you're saying, it's possible there is also a ground issue with either your power supply cable or the case. But I'd try to rule out the outlet first. If you think it's the case then what you need to try is using different USB plugs (are you using the front or the back of the case? try the opposite) to understand if a specific USB plug or set of plugs is not grounded properly.Yeah, I said as much in the first post where I keep the That being said, I've run a 1440p144 monitor for years now on a 4670K/GTX970 and now a 3600/GTX970. You may never see that FPS but it's still a good experience overall.There is no particular requirement to use the enthusiast paste, but since it can help, it's honestly your choice:I've used almost all of them all recently, I'd guess I'd say Kryonaut is the most convenient/popular, but use whatever. Should be enough leftover in the tube for your 580 overall if you end up doing that.
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Alright, then you're down to the case and PSU...if you have a spare PSU that's definitely worth a try. Or if you just want a fast solution, you could try grounding yourself instead - if your wrist hits the table before the mouse, you could ground a wire to your mousing surface? Basically try and defuse the static before it can get to the mouse.
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Just played it on Steam. The visual flow is superb, and the music...I mean it sounds like it was licensed directly from Hideaki Kobayashi or something, because it sounds exactly like I'm playing Phantasy Star Online. Amazing. Great work @steel_plus!! That being said...I've done 3 runs now (always dying at boss 2) and still have what's going on. Just huge amounts of UI everywhere, and the game speed is somewhere between fast and incredibly fast. Like, 5x faster than my memories of Battle Network. Tutorials pointing at things I can't possibly see because the whole screen is a bullet hell. I don't know how else to put it except to say it's Slay the Spire on fast forward. Mana? What is mana? I just kinda hit the buttons a lot. (Watching on youtube makes it clear what Mana "is", but it is no way noticeable during gameplay). The flow and music will keep me coming back some more, but I do hope that maybe there is a tutorial redo or a "light" UI mode in the cards. Is it more playable on the small Switch screen? Also, minor point, but running at 120hz, game is clearly faster than a few of the youtube videos I've seen. Not sure if that's a game bug in going at a higher FPS or just videos running at a low framerate (or maybe just my perception is not in overdrive while watching a clip?)
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Unlike memory where timings are important, M.2 NVMe doesn't really have any critical compatibility issues with motherboards. Your board clearly has support for an M.2, NVMe, 2280 drive so that one should be fine. It could be simply that the board is older than the NVMe drive and thus its family was never tested.
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Yeah, just because you go ATX doesn't mean you need a full tower. Lots of mid sized options out there. Meshify C does just fine with ATX.AFAIK there's no easy way to ground a socket, most hacks involve either modifying the socket (switching to 3 pin and hooking a wire to pipes), installing a GFCI, or just straight up hiring an electrician. Using a different port may help but it's impossible to know until you try.
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Worst time? Yeah, pretty much. Given your CPU, you'll take a performance hit with any higher end GPU, but the basic rule of thumb is that the GTX 1660 Super is the best value for 1080p right now. The 5700 XT (besides being more expensive) will obviously have longer legs if you upgrade your CPU later, but gets a bit more CPU capped too. Problem wise, AMD is still fighting driver issues. Some people have no issues, some go to reddit and complain endlessly. AMD did a major driver update this year, but the dust hasn't 100% settled yet and C19 has slowed down the software response. Still, you're right that it's going to give the most perf if you want high refresh gaming later. But if you're okay at 1080p, the Super is still considered a great option.
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Just a quick warning for anyone who really wants to play . There is no out of the box VR experience because on top of buying the computer, you still need to buy a VR headset system and the hand controllers. Valve has even admitted people will eventually mod in kbm controls, but for now, (1) it's a very expensive add to your PC ticket and (2) PS4 peripherals are not supported if you have those laying around. You can't just run the game for now and try the VR mode later. (If you know this already, cool, but a lot of people seem to think it's like buying RE7)So basically, whatever your VR budget is? Add 400 dollars or more, if you can even find one in stock. Now in terms of what kind of system? Sure, you could use ibuypower, but it depends what kind of settings you want. The GTX 1660 will run VR of course, but not necessarily at a high resolution or frame rate. But if you reduce settings, sure. The parts all make sense, but building your own ITX is complicated. Some cases need SFX power supplies, and cooling options are extremely limited. In fact the easiest solution right now is the NZXT H1, which does use an AIO water cooler for the CPU, but the cooler and PSU come pre fitted and installed, making it by far the easiest ITX build you can buy apart from a fully pre-build system (which they also do via their ltsbld service). I have no experience with the SG13 so hard to say if that video card fits (or the RAM?) Usually people who want to know what might fit do a combo of (a) youtube/google searching and (b) comparing specs by looking at the product pdf manuals online. If you're not buying now, though, RTX 3000 is coming eventually. And end of the year may be Ryzen 4000. The X570 should hold up based on what we know so far, but if its a build for 6+ months from now you should in theory have better options coming.
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If it's 8 years old, the considerations are: - if you have two RAM sticks and one failed, you probably want to remove both of them and try a new pair. Issues tend to come from mismatching memory across the two channels. - it's probably DDR3 (not modern DDR4) and possibly DDR2...? You need to find out what is currently in your system. Download CPU-Z(see the main page...) - if you want to test your memory, download memtest86, that can be installed to a USB stick and run on boot, as I recall?
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Yes. GDDR5 RAM on a modern video card is closely tied to the GPU (physically, as in extremely close) with a high bandwidth channel. It's so much faster that if your card runs out and starts bleeding into DDR System Memory, all it's really doing is swapping out data on the GPU RAM with the System RAM. This is where most of the performance penalty comes from. Onboard GPUs (like in Intel CPUs) can use system memory but as history has shown are also massively slower devices. There is one interesting example of this which is the GTX 970, which ships with 4GB of RAM. For technical (poor) reasons Nvidia segmented the final half GB and thus there is a severe (25+%) performance hit for going above 3.5GB. And that's for memory literally on the card. Accessing system memory is dramatically slower since it requires communicating through the CPU and motherboard.
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...maybe? Depends a lot on the specific model. Ideally you would get a DisplayPort>USB-C cable to try. I hear those displays usually don't have an input switcher though, which could make the experience deeply painful if you are switching to a mac often.
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Great specs. But it runs closed box because it looks like a motherboard from 1998...which is common for prebuilders like Dell that rarely use off-the-shelf parts. Anyway, all that's using lanes in there is the RTX and the NVME drive. In this case the CPU offers 16 lanes (used by the x16 slot for the GPU only) and then your chipset has 24 more lanes for devices and onboard stuff. So two more m.2 is fine, just plug the m.2 into the PCIe adapter and then the PCIe adapter into an x4 (smallest) slot.
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Yes. An adapter just literally adds an M.2 slot for you. There are models with 1 slot or 2 slots, I think you only need one since you already have an M.2 on the board. The M.2 NVMe slot is basically just a tiny PCIe slot so even the cheap ones should work fine, in theory.Ultimately all you can do is 1) remove everything not required to post 2) reseat every cable internally and externally (in case something is loose) 2) attempt to swap as many cables as possible (inside or out) to eliminate the possibility of bad cables or shorts 3) look for corrosion/excess on the board that could be causing pins to short, or cables internally that are touching the motherboard but shouldn't 4) very last straw but doublecheck that every cable is plugged into what it should be The warning you're getting is suggesting either something is getting power that shouldn't, or that something is getting too much power and confusing the system. So that's about as thorough as you can be without having access to technicians. Good luck
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Hail Mary list:Ultimately the goal is to unplug absolutely everything, inside and out, that is not needed to reach BIOS. Hard drives, WiFi Antenna, everything. I'd even consider switching monitor cables if possible. Because the alternative is you either need a motherboard RMA (perhaps not possible, like you said) or to find a repair shop that will actually take it (if there is something that can be fixed with some solder).Looking at the , the R9 can only fit one NVMe M.2 drive by default. (It's the long rectangular device in the bottom right). However, you can buy a PCIe m.2 NVMe card (with one or two slots) on Amazon or elsewhere to add more. They seem to go for sub $20 USD. There's no particular perf hit as long as you by a card that has PCIe 3.0 x4, since that's what NVMe uses to communicate anyways. Also, that MB reminds me why I don't like prebuilds...-_-
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The HAF 912 is...ugly, and dated, but it should fit a regular sized ATX motherboard, and as said, you might have to remove the drive tray. Actually, if you're at all worried, that's exactly what I would look at: can the drive trays be removed? (The bottom, but maybe also the top? Beyond that, it's fine. ATX PSU and MB spec hasnt changed in decades really. (Intel is about to push a change to the PSU spec, but we've got a gen before it really takes hold.) And you can still use USB2.0 ports on the front so long as you get a motherboard that has a USB2.0 header? If the case USB ports uses a standard 9-pin header, well, virtually every MB today has at least one USB2 header. My TUF X570 board has 2 or 3, even...The hail mary you could try is Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU). You could use that to completely wipe drivers and then try installing again. But if that doesn't work, you're right: it's dead.As far as the waiting game, maybe on the supply chain in Taiwan. There are new PC products coming in a few months. But there's also enough smoke to suggest Nvidia waits out the rest of the year if things are too much of a mess. Sadly, nobody has a good read yet. I've updated the buyers guide to reflect that Computex is getting cancelled, maybe LTX is getting cancelled, and nobody knows if we have an upswing in the asian supply chain in 3 months or 9. The reality is probably both, but which products go when? Who knows.
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The HP is a clunker. If you are using Amazon I would use the search filters for Laptops that areHonestly even with a 128GB SSD that would work because you can always (a) delete files or (b) move them to the cloud. So something like the Acer Aspire probably makes more sense because you can get the resolution and drop weight (especially by removing the DVD).FPS does not affect how much memory you use; those frames are not what are filling up your RAM. If Warzone needs 11GB you will either see a performance hit or the game will not run. (I suspect just a performance hit)If you want an increase in screen real-estate for work, then you want QHD (2560x1440). Something like the Pixio PX7 Prime is ideal because you get QHD, 144hz+ Freesync, and an IPS display. (IPS tends to be the brightest with the widest viewing angles, TN is the cheapest). So you could always save money finding an equivalent TN panel. Only other thing I'd say is for work I prefer flat (not curved) displays. YMMV but it keeps stuff like Powerpoint from looking weird... Pixio monitors are really popular as cheaper, freesync compatible gaming options.
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Usually these external drives are just internal drives with a thin custom connector attached to the SATA power and data plugs. Unplug those, plug into the SATA data and SATA power in your case, and you should be good to go. Sometimes there are weird exceptions but most of the time it isn't worth the engineering cost to make them anything else. Most of the trouble is simply in breaking the drive out without permanently damaging the external casing, because if you do it right, you can actually reuse the casing for another hard drive later.
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Honestly, for cheap gaming I am not worried about the case. You want airflow if you can (mesh or vents) but in general any cheap case is at least usable. It just may run hot or noisy without fans and airflow. Pick whatever fits your price range and ideally it has enough vents or a free fan with it. The Ryzen 3600 is a great option, but as mentioned AMD processors do not have GPUs by default, even if the motherboard has video ports! This means even if you plug into a monitor you will not see anything on the screen. So your solution is either to get a cheap GPU, or go intel which will at least let the computer turn on, although gaming will be laptop level at best. The i3 8100 is usually recommended as a 4 core solution. If you want to stick with AMD, the two CPUs that have graphics are the Ryzen 3200G or 3400G. Both of those are AM4 processors compatible with the motherboard and RAM you've chosen. Aim for 3200 RAM if possible, and then 16GB. If neither, well, 8GB sounds like the best you can do for now. If you have a spare regular HDD you could consider dropping your SSD down to a 250GB model and just managing between the two, if that saves you any budget. Crucial is a good brand, sure. If you can only afford 8GB, that's totally fine for 1080p gaming on less strenuous titles, overwatch, etc. Ideally you want more, but the B450M-HDV only has two RAM slots. So if you only buy one RAM DIMM, you'll take a performance hit because you're only using half the bandwidth. But if you buy 2x4, you have to replace one or both of them later if you upgrade. So choose carefully. Similarly I don't know what the PSU is in your old computer but maybe it carries over? Seasonic is a trusted brand and usually has 10 year warranties. But your budget seems extremely tight so maybe those other are options too?
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Most coming games will be using 8-10GB, but for Overwatch or whatever, sure, you can probably get away with 8. But yeah you want 8-8 or 4-4-4-4, not 8-4-4 or any other weird combo. If you're not sure go for a GPU and then check your RAM utilization while playing. You're almost always better off getting a better GPU and a worse CPU because most of the work is in rendering these days. That being said, the 3570K is very old (2012) so you're at that point where even weak cards like the 580 are starting to hit the CPU cap. You could replace the CPU, but the replacements themselves have been generally out of stock for years, so to actually replace the CPU with something modern but cheap, you need to replace the motherboard...which means replacing the memory with DDR4...(and actually, I think even the 4670K uses a newer socket). What LED strip is that? It looks really convincing!
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On PCs, there are two different pools of RAM that are relevant here:In your case with a relatively dated PC (3570K: 3.4GHz/4core) I'm not sure you can hit 90-120 FPS except in performance streamlined games like R6 and Overwatch, but the RX580 is actually an excellent choice for that system since it shouldn't bottleneck much (quick google suggests maybe 5-8%). But hitting 144 doesn't really matter that much so long as your monitor is freesync compatible...
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Absolutely worth a try, I haven't seen a detailed piece that compares to RTX yet, but I can at least address a few things based : Well, we know the RX 5700 XT has 40 CUs, but it's RDNA 1. So?? Not sure here. I haven't read about an RTX equivalent yet either. Pure TF is a trap as described in Cerny's talk. And the PS5 is definitely clocked higher than the XT. So...maybe somebody has a link to a piece with some comparisons? If anything I think the concern here is that without RDNA2 or RTX 3000, if you buy a card now you kind of need the perf to be substantially better to comp for any gains or features that might be exclusive to next gen AMD/NVidia cards that haven't launched yet... The XSX at first glance sounds like a 3800X, but cores are reserved and there's no boost clock. So the 3700X is probably the best comparison for both as it's 3.6GHz (4.4 Boost) 8 core. The reality is the 3600 is probably also equivalent because the 7th core is not going to make a tremendous difference. But to be safe, 3700X? All consoles reserve RAM for the OS and stuff. Just buy 16GB. If you're on AMD that means go for DDR4 3200 and that's it. Actually, historically games use even MORE RAM on PC for whatever reason. VR, etc. So 16GB is a solid number but nothing wrong with 32... XSX: I'm not but it sounds to me like QLC or TLC NVMe Gen3x4. The transfer rate seems lower than good TLC 3x4 drives (2.4GB/s vs say, addlink S70 which hits 3.4GB/s) , and if the expansion card is really that small maybe it is QLC? So all I'm saying here is any good 3x4 NVMe with DRAM cache is a good equivalent. I mean maybe it's TLC but with fewer NAND chips? PS5: Phison E16 in all current Gen4 drives is both too hot and caps at 5GB/s (compared to 5.5 on PS5). So this means we have to wait for the Phison E18, E19, and Samsung 980 series, all of which are due in summer. They all promise better cooling, although PS5 may put market pressure on having thinner heatsinks. So tl;dr even the expensive AORUS 1TB is not fast enough. That's why Cerny said to wait. The other thing worth nnoting is that Cerny said the PS5 drive is 12 channel. Even the Phison E18 is 8 channel so I would guess that although those products will exceed PS5 in transfer speed (I think I heard 6.5 or 7 was possible?) the extra channels will probably make it more or less equivalent. Well, if you want the full XSX experiennce you need to buy the NZXT H1 case.
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I recently switched from the 4670 to the Ryzen 3600, and it's very clearly faster, although general boot and Windows responsiveness also helps a bit that I moved from a 2014 SSD to a Gen3 NVMe SSD. Boot time to fully responsive desktop is around ~10s and game framerate has improved on my GTX 970 (still want ampere though...) Of course 8 core CPUs like the 3700X will become more popular but the 3600 is still a solid choice, and it's not like games will show huge perf increase from 6-8 cores
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article article article article Could it be amplified? Sure. But when GN talks about the lack of response and action from AMD I pay attention. It could be fixed or at least partially fixed now, but the onus is on AMD to show they've steadied the ship.
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If you have good cooling in the middle of your case (1 or more exhausts and 2 or more intakes) it's can sometimes be a good thing to have it point up and take in air that way. But it's not critical because usually there is a vent on the bottom of the case anyway. Just make sure the fan is pointing at a vent.No compromises means buying a Valve Index VR headset, honestly...but to consider your parts listAnyway, whatever you choose, as long as you have 32GB Ram, a 2080+ and 3700X, that's totally set for Alyx and VR in general
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Gamers Nexus just did a video talking about the state of Taiwanese manufacturers, and it's a mix of everything. But the interesting part was EVGA, which has extremely restricted access and can assumed to be operating at reduced capacity. So if nothing else I expect the card manufacturers to be more limited in the models they announce. It seems like the Taiwanese raw materials manufacturers are doing mega business to keep the supply chain intact, at least.No worries, wasn't sure what you meant by resources, but my plan was to just refresh the visuals anyway. Had a sudden epiphany and stole the Polychrome style. Anything in particular you want to know? My plan is to write guide posts and then link them through the main page. For example, I'll do one on RGB as soon as time permits since I just recently crawled through that mudpit.I think the H1 is definitely a cool build. That being said, if you go 9900K/RTX2070SUPER you've unbalanced your rig against 4K gaming. Honestly, if you really want 4K you have two options: RTX2080Super (or Ti) or wait for Ampere (RTX 3000) It's just around the corner. The 9900K is a great CPU but you could easily downgrade to the 9700K and put that money towards more GPU, which in general should be the rule for building a rig. Generally speaking right now the rule is that if you want 4k60 you should be on 2080/Ti. The sweet spot for PC rigs today is 1440p60+ because that is way more achievable with 2060 Super / 2070 Super, and because Windows itself just is a less clunky experience at 1440p than 4K. I suspect you can still do 4K on the 2070, but I'm not sure how far you have to tweak the options. All of that being said, I think if you don't want to build your own PC, NZXT's letsbld is a totally fair choice and the H1 is about as close as you're going to get to the Xbox Series X design today.
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I will edit and say, you're right. The framerate is surprisingly good on those cards. I disagree that hitting 60 or below is "strong", but it does get close, so if that's all you need, alright. Maybe set it to "high" instead and try to pump it a bit further. Still, I would again prefer a 2080 or 3000 simply because with so little headroom, it seems unlikely that Cyberpunk or future games will perform to that same level. If W3 can't hit 60... If did go with this config, I must say I would probably advise an RTX 2070 Super and pairing it with a G-Sync display. If your framerate is going to rough it from 20-70fps all of the time, it would help a lot to have the refresh and framerate synced. Freesync monitors can do it too, but usually they are limited to activation around 45-48hz instead of the 30hz of G-Sync, so this is one of those times where it would help. If playing by TV, however, disregard, as that won't be possible without a TV supporting VRR (HDMI 2.1) and a card supporting HDMI 2.1. (Or you have the very rare GSync TVs with that stuff)
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I would go 2x 120mm fans on the front of the case, aligned to the top. That way they should blow at your CPU cooler. The back 120mm is already there to suck the air out. You could add another 120mm on the top to exhaust but it's hardly critical; maybe if you found a cheap 3 pack of fans or something. While the front and top technically support 140mm it really looks like it will cause more problems than its worth. Similarly I wouldn't want a 3x120mm fan setup because the third fan would just be sitting in the PSU shroud at the bottom.
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I will definitely update the builds as soon as the flood of Intel/Nvidia starts to hit. I wanted to do some new builds but just building the thread took some time. Builds is a project on its own. Thankfully Soda has great builds already!
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Oh, I'm not running hot. It's (a) I live in a hot country (+30c) and I have a child that is with RGB. I agree the GPU is bad but no solving it really until RTX 3000 and then maybe that ridiculous EVGA power bracket On the plus side here with ceiling fans or aircon always running, the build itself is basically silent - even with 5 fans - I've never heard it rise above the background noise level. For those who care, it's 3x140mm in, 2x120mm out. And I guess the BeQuiet Silent Wings 3 120mm on the Heatsink. I got a deal on the Riing Trio so I can't honestly recommend them at MSRP for most people. The CM MF120 Halo was a lot cheaper and about 80% of the lighting level...and it can daisy chain the RGB. CM even sells a magnetic 6 port controller if you have a lot of 3pin RGB devices.
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I do...but of course with my floor it's just impossible to clear the reflection. Having the RGB is definitely needed to illuminate the case, and I suppose after I replace the video card I will need an RGB strip on the bottom. Here's a quick photo anyway.
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Yeah, the Dark Rock Pro 4 is massive. As are any of the "maximum air cooling" heatsinks. Many of them are so big because they have a fan in the middle, and sometimes a third on the back. Realistically speaking you only want it for the high power enthusiast builds, but if you want the best, this is one of them.
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Since I may have flubbed the whole thread transfer, let's just reply to something...You don't need the absolute beast coolers like the Dark Rock 4 Pro, but the DR4 or DR4 Slim are a good idea. Generally you want something with a big heatsink and at least one fan, but something ultra compact like the Wraith cooler. Or go AIO with a 240mm water cooler. At stock though the Wraith will work. It just may be hotter/noisier than you want. AORUS is a good brand for X570. The Master is...expensive...but they have a bunch of good models. RTX 3000 is considered to be happening very, very soon. Just a question of April or May. I'd consider either bringing over an old card or going with the 1660 series if you absolutely need something today. 1660 Super will do just fine for games like Overwatch, though you'd have to sell it after moving up.
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Welcome to the PC Builders Thread, where we talk about computer hardware! Whether you're upgrading your existing computer, want to build a new one, have a question, or just like talking about computers in general - we've got you covered! Now with even more ARGB! Current Recommendation: Intel's 10th generation (Comet Lake-S) is set for release as soon as April 2020, and requires a new CPU Socket (LGA1200) Current Recommendation: AMD's Zen 3 CPU (Ryzen 4000 Series) is set for release in Q4 2020. They should use the same AM4 socket as today's boards, although it's unclear if B450 motherboards will get BIOS updates to support it. X570 boards may be safer. A popular strategy right now is to buy cheap (Ryzen 3600+X570) and then upgrade the CPU to Ryzen 4000 when they eventually hit stores. Current Recommendation: NVidia is expected to release their RTX 3000 series as soon as April 2020, with big performance gains and possibly PCIe 4.0 support. AMD has been hampered by widespread driver problems. The next GPU (RX 6000? Big Navi?) is currently thought to be releasing November or December 2020. Want to know exactly what you bought? Or figure out what kind of overclocking room you may have? Try these. Want to test exactly how fast your new build is? Try these. Concerned there could be an error or stability issue? These can help by stress-testing parts of your system to dig out the problems. - Not a store, but a price aggregator; select your region/country in the top-right. You can use partpicker to make your own build, see information about whether the parts fit, and even share your build here or elsewhere for advice. It doesn't support every country, but worst case set it to US just to see what is possible.Thanks to PCPartPicker however, we do have some starting point builds to give you an idea of what is possible in your price range. I highly recommend you do not blindly order these parts without asking about it here first. Some of the builds are quite old, and prices fluctuate a lot. Many of these builds come from our previous thread runner and build-maker champ ! There are plenty of options out there if you don't want to take our word for it...Very Quick Terminology Guide:
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Sigh. I am probably an idiot, but per discussion with I took over the PC Builders Thread and posted a brand new one. I of course immediately realized I should have posted here first... (or should I go through a mod directly? Didn't see anything specific about handing off threads) Old Thread: run by New Thread: If everything is kosher we should probably get the old thread closed. If I screwed up, let me know...
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While I work on the PC Builder's Thread v3 - thanks - here's a promised glimpse at my recent build. Still a little bit of cable slop but (a) it's really hard dealing with all of the RGB and (b) humanity has yet to solve our GPU power crisis. Just looking at this picture makes me want to go and re-route things a bit more...
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Check if the Windows 10 key is bound to your account. Type "activation" in the search field to get a Control Panel window. It should show your current edition of Windows 10, and if it's bound to your account. If it is, great! If it's not, you'll lose it. That being said, if it doesn't carry over, you won't be prevented from using Windows 10 on your new PC. You'll just have to deal with the watermark and then the annoying notifications after 30 days. So you're free to use Microsoft's tool and make a bootable USB stick now.
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Keep in mind that crossover boards used to be possible because the motherboard (North Bridge) was holding the memory controller. On Ryzen, the CPU itself has the memory controller inside the package, so there's no way to override that AFAIK. I believe Intel also has an integrated controller these days. End result is that the CPU has a much closer relationship to memory for speed reasons, the MB manufacturer has less chips to include, and the only cost is less flexibility for solutions like this. I suspect some of your confusion is the sheer number of pre-March AMD Investors meeting discussion articles out there. The Meeting cleared up a lot of roadmap questions. There will definitely be X670 motherboards this holiday, but a popular strategy right now is to buy cheap (Ryzen 3600) with an X570 board, and then upgrade the CPU to Ryzen 4000 later. It's not clear yet which boards will get BIOS updates to support these CPUs, but the most recent - X570 - seems the most likely. And since the CPU contains the most important stuff, it's not a huge motherboard problem like it may have been in the past.
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DDR5 is expected to happen with AM5, which is in 2021. Ryzen 4000 will continue to use AM4 sockets and DDR4 memory. Given the timeline of Ryzen 4000, you might not see Ryzen 5000/AM5/DDR5 (strangely in sync) until late 2021. So you're not really waiting 1 year. Closer to 2. DDR5 may premiere a bit earlier if AMD releases a second generation of Zen 3 CPUs during 2021, for example processors with iGPUs or exotic enthusiast models that add more chiplets (They just have to create a DDR5 IO chiplet). You could wait, but with the entire market reeling a bit and Intel content to play the slow game, it seems very likely that DDR4 holds through 2021. You'll see DDR5 RAM for sale, but at not-friendly prices.
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Have you tried using (a) a different USB stick and (b) a different USB port? Some casual google suggests this problem is usually when a file sector can't be read, and that implies something on the stick itself is bad, not the NVMe or RAM?
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Generally speaking Laptops use M.2 style wifi modules which don't have integrated antennas and thus require using an antenna (integrated into the case) to function. Even if they did have integrated antennas, most laptop chassis act as faraday cages of sorts anyways which would kill most of the signal. This is also why desktop motherboards with bluetooth/wifi modules also require the use of an external antenna; while Bluetooth is usually pretty good about not needing a big router-style antenna, the signal needs to escape the case somehow.So they are both 1TB Crucial NVMe M.2's?Also, you've probably done this but make sure to check the boot order list and not just UEFI easy mode, to see if the device is there...
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I'll PM you.I typically only use one monitor at home. 27" 1440p is ideal and I rarely feel the need for another monitor at all. At work, one 27", one 24", but I have game consoles and other things to run - for example, PS4 looks a bit better at 1080p if that's the native resolution. If you're not constantly multitasking, the extra space on the desk is really nice.
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64GB? wow. Well no, I mean generally you see the memory performance differences in benchmarks only when system is CPU constrained. That's why usually the tests are done at 720p. Since your Infinity Fabric will already be at 1800 (half the DDR rate) that's pretty much all you need. If you are obsessed with more perf you can use DRAM Calculator and figure out better timings, but honestly? You already have a 3950X. I would just try for XMP and call it a day unless you are also planning for some kind of overall OC build.Some motherboards, particularly gamer-focused ones, have the ability to reflash your BIOS from a USB stick if you place it in the right USB slot. This works even if the CPU or GPU is not recognized. Valuable, because it means you don't need backup CPU/GPU nor do you have to pull out the battery (which resets settings but can't overwrite the BIOS). The exact name of the feature is brand dependent, but (usually) if you look at the IO plate on your motherboard one of the USB should have a "flashback" or "BIOS" label somewhere.
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The SUPER is the "year after" model, nvidia basically relaunched their lineup with better yield processors, so it's faster but not an architectural change or anything. Water Cooling Hybrid models (where it comes with the liquid and radiator already) are totally fine; they are usually a bit cooler but a bit more awkward to install since the radiator has to go somewhere. As long as the radiator fan has an effective way to push air it should be fine. If you're playing Planet Coaster there is absolutely no reason to need a 2080ti though? At best I would get a 2070S. RTX 3000 is on the way. Prices won't spike because of China, they will spike initially because launch stock is always limited. Production lines all over the place are moving to Taiwan (and elsewhere) but launch demand always exceeds supply. Still, with the worldwide situation demand will also be down, so I don't think it's going to be impossible to find, say, an RTX 3070 for MSRP this year.
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Are you using USD? (Kinda assuming so given the 1600AF price?)Not sure if that's the best board for 1600AF, but it's cheap...of course I agree with but as builds go that's pretty cheap...of course, no particular reason to go above 16GB so if you already have good DDR4-3000+ that would make it even cheaper.
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The difference between most boards is within the margin of error; generally speaking a "better" or "more gaming" motherboard is really just Looking at your board, it's just a typical mid-class ATX board. About all you're really missing is RGB and a few other minor feature details. Nothing you'll miss.
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Depends on the kind of RGB devices you have? Almost* all ARGB fans have two cables:: Either 3-pin (1-1-1) if it's a constant speed, or 4-pin (1-1-1-1) if it's PWM. You plug this in so the motherboard can control the fan.: There are three standards...
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M.2 is just a slot on the motherboard. What you're really looking for is NVMe, which is the protocol. It's difficult to tell which drives are best without reading reddit/reviews/watching youtube reviews, but the basic gist is that today's NVMe controllers are mature and reliable. So most NVMe on the market are in one of four categories:Strictly speaking for games right now any of the first 3 options are probably indistinguishable from each other. A Gen 4 drive shows no frame rate advantage anywhere. That could change, but for now PC typically has a lot more RAM to work with and so games are leveraging RAM so much that SSD transfer rate is not a critical factor in load time. If I were buying today I would go big on capacity (1-2TB) and get a cheaper model like the Sabrent Rocket, ADATA SX8200 Pro, or addlink S70. If you really need your brand names, Samsung is the king and should have a 980 EVO/980 Pro later this year in the high end (Gen4), but honestly the 960/970 models are plenty fast too. If you *really* want to go cheap, 2.5" SATA TLC SSDs are totally a fine move today. But then you lose all of the benefits of NVMe in terms of install/clean build, and maybe (?) it shows its age in the next few years. SATA SSDs are also slowly disappearing from the market, so...it depends on the deal.
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No particular experience with that build but 4mm is pretty significant clearance to get past...honestly unless you can do a mod, it sounds like the cheapest answer is a lower clearance cooler, because after that it's about a new case or very low profile RAM...at some point the only options seem to be a new cooler or a machine shop? Well, or (c) mod the side plate. Tough call.
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3700X is a gaming step down from the 9700K in many specs, but you said you needed the threads, which suggests the 3900X is the purpose of your build? Normally the PSU incompatibility is about an extra 4pin needed for LN2 mode? The PSU incompatibility is probably to be the usual case of a motherboard having the extra 4pin for LN2 mode, which apparently even 3900x stock won't need. The MEG UNIFY has dual 8pin...but then says you only need one. I'm inclined to believe whatever power recommendation the is to Buildzoid who knows wtf he is talking about.
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CAM is terrible but their cases are slick, no doubt. Arguably the best looking cases out there? But I'm not a fan of how they block off the front. It's kind of a waste for RGB and a nightmare for airflow. So for now, the P400A and Meshify C are way better options to me. Or even the Cooler Master Case with the giantic 2x200m front fans (H500M?) The P400A even comes with front RGB fans in the box (not great ones by any means, but functional). I ended up going with the Meshify C on my recent build, mainly because the front mesh holds 3x120 or 2x140, and then 2x120 on the top. The P400A is the king of airflow but doesn't use a dust filter, so...depends on your climate. The spider-panel on the front is not ideal for RGB, but it still shines through if your fans are good. I think the H100i Platinum is great, like I said, it's a well rehearsed design. I think the NZXT Kraken models with the front LCD are more popular these days? I gave up on pump noise and went with an air cooler though...
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I would agree that you'd be better off saving budget for (a) the GPU, (b) the GPU...etc. It's really the most important part of your build. You're way better off overspending on GPU and sticking with the 9700K CPU, which is already a bit of a beast in general. If nothing else this gives you the breathing room to pick out exactly the motherboard you want. The H100i is kind of the tired champion of AIO but it's also had so many revs that it's the most polished. The Platinum loads up on RGB and has a zero RPM mode in Corsair's software, which I have to admit would have made my - 6 year old - H100i immensely more palatable. Personally I prefer 2x140mm radiators now, but whether you go that or 3x120 you have to better consider the case you want. Meshify C and P400A are possibly the most flexible, but lots of people make NZXT builds work, so...AMD 4000: 33%? It really smells of being a Q4 product right now. It's possible though, sure. RTX 3000: 99% will be out before September 17...I'd be more surprised if it wasn't out by May. Of course, that makes the 2080ti contest a bit awkward, but that hasn't stopped companies before...
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Sorry, your writing suggests a few different scenarios (since "SATA Memory Slot" could mean SATA Port or M.2 SATA Port): s1: SSD is M2 SATA, put it in the wrong M2 slot (as in: you moved your boot drive) s2: SSD is 2.5" SATA, attached it to the wrong SATA port (as in: you moved your secondary drive) If Scenario 2: Step 1: Unplug the WD drive and see if performance goes back to normal Step 2: Verify that M2 is first on your boot order in BIOS/UEFI Step 3: Try connecting the drive to a different SATA port (and re-seat the cable on both ends) Step 4: Try a different SATA cable Beyond that...what are the cable extensions for? Is the drive letter the same? (It's possible some windows registry messup happened)
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Depends what you mean by "high end as it can be" - it's totally possible to go X570 and use higher end processors (ie: 3900X) with mITX builds. Specifically, ASUS and AORUS seem to have good X570 solutions. But since you're looking to get cheap memory, I guess it's not what I think. That G.Skill kit is totally fine. Ideally, you want DDR-3600 CL16, but that can be quite expensive. DDR-3600 CL18 is often close to price to 3200c16, so it's popular. But 3200cl16 is the most popular and is a totally fine option for Ryzen builds. You should check the motherboard QVL and RAM vendor QVL to see if the two are comparable (if one says it is, good enough) but even if it's not, generally you can try manual timings and make it work. The BIOS will just set your RAM to 2133 by default until you figure it out.
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RTX 3000 is somewhat likely for GTC 2020, although it could be announced around that date too. It seems more likely to announce then as opposed to a month or two later though... According to , Ryzen 4000 uses AM4 which means X570 support most likely. X670 chipset could appear at the same time, but X570 is already pretty robust. Ryzen 5000 is when a new socket seems likely as other changes are coming next year (DDR5...PCIe 5...USB 3.2gen2x2 lol) As always everyone is a bit at the mercy of BIOS updates.
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If you're planning on waiting years for your CPU, yeah, I would go 3700X now. It's the closest equivalent to the Zen2 CPU . Unknown. Lisa Su said "2020", and Ryzen 3000 did launch in Summer, but the few anecdotal tech journalist comments I've seen have strongly suggested later than that. Whether that means September or December is anyone's guess.
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To be very specific, you can always use your own paste (or sheet) but if there is already paste applied, you’ll need ideally isopropyl alcohol to wipe that off properly. All boards that say WiFi in the name already have a wireless solution on the motherboard. You connect the antenna to the plugs on the back to make Bluetooth and WiFi work. If you don’t have that, you typically can buy a WiFi or WiFi+BT PCIe card, although generally it’s a better deal to get it built-in.
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Yeah, okay, I forgot what ram you chose. Anyway, no problem with the choices. I think even my TUF X570 has debug LEDs (not sure if it's the same as the MSI but it definitely has a traffic light LED setup on boot) but regardless of that, picking a MB is mainly about the feature list you want. Just that sometimes the 300+ dollar boards are mainly meant for OC or the highest level processors and you don't want to overpay for an IO shield and M2 heatsinks. It sounds like you know what you want, so no worries. The thing that is a relative nightmare about Coolers vs. MB vs. RAM is that while the cooler vendors are quite good with schematics and measurements, the motherboard side is terrible. So like if you are worried about RAM clearance, half the time it doesn't matter because if you're getting a two stick kit, on AMD ATX the "primary" slots are actually slots 2 and 4, not 1 and 3. But if your cooler is very wide, then it still impacts 2, and so on. On my TUF X570 with Trident Z Neo, I carefully chose the DR4 Slim for clearance, but the reality is even the standard Dark Rock 4 probably would have fit
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Yeah if HUB says the board is good, then it's good, they are the ones who beat up MSI after all. If you want more vrm info I would search for buildzoid's X570 roundup videos. He's basically just about overclocking but it's interesting. Ryzen 3700X: 8 cores, 3.6GHz (4.4 Boost) Ryzen 3900X: 12 cores, 3.8GHz (4.6 Boost) It's more of a future gamble, to be honest. The 3900X is basically a 3800X (so, clock bump) + 4 more cores/8 more threads. If games continue to find ways to use more threads, it could be useful. And the clockspeed is at least more useful. But yes, for the next few years for games 8 cores is plenty and a 5% clockspeed jump is probably not worth it. That being said the only other thing I would mention is that if you're fine with the 3700X and are basically just gaming, then you can downsize the board a lot, too, either going B450 if you don't care for future upgrades to CPU that much, or cheaper X570 options (Asus TUF). If OC is your thing, I would probably reroute some money to your RAM and aim for quality 3600 stuff.
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I've lived both now, Corsair 250D for years in MITX and now Meshify C in Mid Tower. The H1 solves a lot of problems I had with ITX; most of the cable routing is basically done for you, cooler and PSU are already there. It's probably the easiest desktop PC build you can imagine. The problems in my exp come later, and depend a lot on your home situation. ITX boxes like that pump heat out like a smokestack. Noise - while not annoying - is clearly audible and requires more maintenance for dust and potentially repasting. And depending on where you point it there is literally a dual slot GPU fan pointed at your face. So if you're in a warm environment...that sucks. Meanwhile, my 6 fan Meshify doesn't even make an audible sound when it turns on. (But it's big enough to go under the desk...). Still, they both have their place and the thought of a no-nonsense build like the H1 is appealing.With Steve it's not so much honesty as it is scientific rigour. Gamers Nexus is thorough. They think through the test methodology really hard and at times are pure investigative journalists. Linus and LTT are also entertaining and helpful, but not so much a rigour channel as a +/- stop. Sometimes, you just need the "should I buy it?" but when it comes to CPU, GPU, Case comparisons? The rigour *really* helps. They basically browbeat the case industry into mesh. There is a whole spectrum to this, honestly - LTT on being entertaining and key points, GN on rigor and detail - so depending on what you find helpful there is a mix of useful channels. Hardware Unboxed, for example, sometimes gives the appearance of "here's a nice table with 5 motherboards", but they were instrumental in taking MSi to task over their VRMs and even recently for their lackluster test methodology.Hard to say if summer is really happening for Ryzen 4000 (some of the above YTs are doubtful of that date) but my opinion is basically that if you are set on R4000 but want to build now, you want the Ryzen 3600, which is just absurdly cheap. If you want to forget R4000 and build now, the 3700X is a good processor. But microcenter/amazon have recently been selling the 3900x for around $400 also, if you have access to either. The build itself looks fine, though generally I would avoid MSI X570 boards until they resolve their VRM problems. MSI was the gold standard for B450 but screwed up on X570. Maybe that particular board is okay - I would look online for info - but if not that one there are plenty of other good X570 boards for that much or less from Gigabyte (Aorus), Asus (ROG), etc.
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I'm basically at the front of people advocating more GPU than needed, but the 3700X+2070S is a fine, balanced config nonetheless. You're sitting in the business class seats with the 970 EVO. The only thing to keep in mind is that MSI is having VRM cooling problems on their X570 line. 3700X is fine but (a) wouldn't upgrade to 3900/3950x later and (b) overclocking potential is going to be limited. If you do a CPU upgrade in the future on that board, you'll have to wait and see what Ryzen 4000 models come and what fits in your power envelope. It's nothing to freak out over, just that it's not an overclocker/high power draw board. Considering you have a 3700X and 650W PSU, it should be just fine.That's both brilliant and terrible. I mean, it's a very obvious plastic dongle...and yet, it totally works at rerouting those nasty PCIe cable bundles. So something to keep in mind for the future. (I already realize how useful it can be to have a GPU brace for sag, wow, my 970 is not conformant lol)
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Yeah, that smells heavily of the card failing. I would usually assume the slot but as you said it failed in both. GTX 1660 Super is around ~239 on Amazon. If that's too much, the 1660 regular is around 200-209 ish. The ranking is 1660ti (Best) > 1660 Super > 1660.
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I don't totally disagree with your points, but with NVMe there are some very obvious improvements: in build, in points of failure, and (maybe) in future games. It certainly can't hurt and depending on your region there isn't an obvious pricing difference. Beyond that, I'll take TLC and a longer MTBF without as severe a write penalty as disk space fills. For X570, well, all I can say is I've never heard the chipset fan on my TUF, I do think it's valid to consider Ryzen 4000, and I'm setup in the future for gen2/3 NVMe if I desire (plus whatever, if anything, comes from Gen4 Nvidia cards). If you're planning on upgrading again in a couple of years, sure, go B450. But if you don't upgrade too often, I feel fine going X570.
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Nvidia's GPU Summit has been converted into online only due to COVID-19, I believe its set for 22-26 March. Seems likely we will hear at least about the GPU if not a price and release date.Nothing wrong with that setup. DR4 is a great cooler for the 3700X, 2080S is a great GPU. The only things you could do better on:
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Thanks and ! I will give that advice a lot of thought. I noticed the DRAM Calc author put out a Ryzen power plan that makes my CPU run noticeably hotter, but in general my case (mesh + 3 140mm intake + DR4Slim) seems pretty good with heat + XMP/DOCP has been no problem, leading me to believe DRC should succeed at some level.The notwithstanding, basically most AIOs either (a) slowly dissipate coolant over the years and the pump works itself to death, getting louder, or (b) the pump fails at some point for some other reason. In my case my h100i from 5+ years ago still works every day. But it is clearly louder than my new 6 fan mesh case, and probably is being slowly starved of coolant. In general I think it's fine to keep what you've got if you're happy with it, because worst case it fails and your CPU will protect itself anyway rather than melting down. I've never heard of a catastrophic (leak) type failure but I suppose it's possible. That being said, if it's loud and old, switching to a new AIO should bring an immediately noticeable difference.
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Nothing particularly wrong with Seagate NVME, I believe they are reusing the Firecuda brand name all over the place, but as long as you're buying an SSD and not a hybrid its probably fine. The only thing you want to look out for with NVME is that the market is starting to see some "DRAM Less" models that are cheaper but of course have terrible latency issues. Intel's 660p is sort of notorious as the slowest QLC drive out there, but as long as you give it some capacity to work with (read: empty space to use) it's not abysmal. I feel like the 660p is where I would consider a SATA SSD instead, but read some reviews to decide yourself. Go with your gut on the RAM and GPU. Nothing wrong with your choices.
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Overall the system is balanced - I too would have picked the 3700X and RTX 2070S, the only call to be made is if you wanted to hold out for the 3000 series GPUs. I concur that 32GB of RAM is something you should prove you need - it's better put towards a 2080S - but if your usage pattern requires it, then sure. Honestly, there is not enough of a difference between the 970 EVO PLUS and the other PCIe 3x4 drives out there. I'd much rather get an ADATA SX8200 Pro, addlink S70, or possibly a WD if the right deal was there, simply because - depending on your market of course, though my exp is Singapore - you can either save money or get a single 2TB NVME for the price of those two drives. And in general I'm in favor of any way where I'm using less cabling in the system. Honestly there are so many factors in a board that this is mostly taste, but generally speaking the ASUS TUF X570 WIFI is considered the best deal out there for having good components and still all of the specs. I used one in my build this weekend because I couldn't find the Asrock Steel Legend, and honestly, the board has been great. YMMV on price!RED = Nas, BLUE = Desktop. Not much reason to get red for your desktop unless you absolutely require the longer service warranty and lifetime.
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Has anyone here really gone through the DRAM Calculator rigamarole? I'm looking for a solid/obvious way to test that is a bit more...stable...than the two pieces of advice I've read (the gamut of "try a few games" to "3+ hours on memtest per change"). Maybe that's in an AMD thread?. So while I'd be surprised if you can easily buy a launch card, that could as easily be due to a paper launch as anything else. No question that COVID-19 is affecting manufacturing, but the heart of the graphics card industry right now is Taiwan and specifically TSMC. Launch GPUs are always stock-constrained, although one would hope they do a bit better this time for everyone buying less than a Reviewer-unit Titan/Ti.
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So you run (presumably?) run Pro and set the threads to the CPU core count? ie: 3600 having 6 threads and 1/6th of 16GB each. I notice the calculator has membench?Yeah I have 3200 b-die Trident Z, once I updated the X570 BIOS it does XMP just fine, which has me strangely optimistic that it can handle at least safe timings from the calculator. Does DRAM Calculator ever suggest speeding up infinity fabric? (fclk?) I'm assuming 1800 is just as valuable as dropping timings.
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I guess I should update on my own build. I'm in Singapore so of course pricing is a bit wonky compared to the US. Just so cheap right now it's ridiculous. And it leaves room for an upgrade to a 3700X or Ryzen 4000 later in the year if you desire. Sure Intel 9700K is fast for gaming but it costs basically 2.5x here. Legit quiet. But why the hell are we still living with these heatsink clips?! Legit cheap X570 with VRMs that punch above weight. Holy crap UEFI is amazing compared to my old BIOS lifestyle. But this IO shield install stuff needs to die. #dramcalculatorlifestyle, sorry QVL: I must admit it's annoying to have a CPU without a built in iGPU like Core has. But anyway, just no reason to buy a GPU right now. Waiting for RTX 3000/Big Navi/whatever. GTX 900 series is fine for now. Great combi mid tower that isn't too big or too small. But damn, I wish I had removed that drive tray before installing the motherboard... We all thirst for AORUS Gen4 but for the same price you can just get 2TB of Gen3x4 and live in a world where every game installs to the SSD. I'm like one peripheral away from being "what's SATA?"...anyway, the nice part of going ATX is that this goes in one slot and there's always another slot there for whatever the nextgen Gen4 NVME chipsets bring. They look awesome. Perf is good. But man that RGB ecosystem is a dumpster fire. Tons of cables, controllers, proprietary plugs...on the plus side Riing's USB solution means only one cable/fan, but on the downside, you need that controller for them to work at all. And if you want to sync them with your motherboard's RGB solution? You need to replace the controller with a sold-separately TTPlus controller instead (despite it being advertised on the box). I guess that's a step better than Corsair's "our software or else" but still not a good look. And it uses a molex power connector for the controller for whatever reason...
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Hard to say how good it is. Just looks like a cheap dualband (1x2.4GHz, 1x5GHz WiFi5) router, with a VDSL modem I guess you don't need. The LAN ports are gigabit, so it seems vaguely competent. I'm not certain the signal strength will be superb, but you'll at least get WiFi 5 (.ac) connections just fine across the two channels. There are cheaper and better options out there but if you are getting it for not-money, it could work.
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It will play overwatch or FF14 or whatever alright at 1080p, I'm sure. But it's a 3 year old video card and CPU and only 8GB of RAM. It will work, but it's already dusty. For the money you could do quite a bit better, although a lot of corners get cut at that price.Phanteks RGB controller and two strips, it looks like? Seems pretty good. Not sure you can plug other company fans into it, but as a standalone it seems pretty flexible and there's a remote to avoid using the MB at all if you prefer. I don't really like that it only lists ASUS/Msi but if you don't need direct MB sync who cares? If it works out you can just buy a ton of strips and christmas-tree your entire case. :lol
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(6 pack): ~41 USD or around $6/fan A top class TT or Corsair is ~25-35/fan. The cheapo models usually rely on motherboard software for customization, but many of them have controllers (or remotes) with ~100 preset patterns which you can slowly change through like TV channels, so its actually pretty handy if you don't feel like becoming a temporary graphic artist to figure out a scheme. Sure, the top class fans look nicer, but nothing wrong with winning by numbers either and just loading up on fans and RGB strips. EDIT: 140mm might be a bit harder to source but should still be something out there. I went 140mm TT but mainly because I only wanted a few and I wanted them to be my front and top intakes...
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My initial assumption was the non-TG model had it and it was cut? But there is just a notorious lack of information on this case. And a few rando reviews suggesting cooling is bad. So it's...a dirt cheap case. I tried myself to look through some youtube videos but they all either dodged the ports or also got an off-angle shot that had me screaming for "enhance" mode. :lol If that is USB-C, the port looks...suspect? [/QUOTE]I think it really depends on your tolerance for noise. The lesser labels like Deepcool are for sure going to give you tons of value. 50 dollars for 3 fans, that sort of thing. But if you start leaning into the details and caring about PWM, static pressure, or silence, then the more expensive brands come into play. I mean, the best pure looks ARGB right now is your choice of the Corsair LL or Thermaltake Riing Trio/Quad, but if you don't find a sale they can be 2-3x the price of a cheap brand. () That being said, the other factor is aesthetics - a lot of the looks in these fans comes from how many light rings there are. The high end models have 2-3 rings and a huge number of LEDs along with a translucent fan, while the cheap units are just black fans with LEDs along the outer ring. Not really much I can suggest other than hitting up youtube and looking for "best rgb fans" or "rgb roundup", some of the better videos tend to review 3-5 at a time including some of the cheap models, to give you an idea of performance and visuals. Finally, just keep in mind compatibility. The cheaper ones should be fine but a few might use older pin counts? The higher end have their own problems, like only using their own software (Corsair), hardware (Thermaltake) etc. I believe NZXT is also an offender. In general I'm fine with any ones that support the six motherboard vendors though... As I understand it unless you are running heavy OC or (maybe?) have a 2080ti I don't think you need LN2 mode, so you'll be fine without the extra 4pin. Pretty sure the Hyper 212 has some basic paste you can use...AS5 doesn't hurt and may give a small temp advantage, but up to you. If you have the v2 Xbox Controller (the one that supports Bluetooth) you just need a dongle or (preferably) a motherboard with BT built in. I suspect it requires a minimum of 4.0 but not sure.Videos online suggest you want the 2070S for really hitting high 1440p framerates, but Digital Foundry did a piece suggesting 1440p above 60 was easily doable on the 2060 super if you are running "High" instead of "Ultra" on game settings. So if you have GSync either works, if you have Freesync it depends a bit more on being in the "zone" of the monitor Freesync range.
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I'm late to the impressions table here, but I agree with that not having a PCIe 4.0 riser is a huge problem. Sure, if you're rocking Intel and RTX 20x0, no problem, but it's super awkward for anyone grabbing a Ryzen ITX and either risking Radeon or waiting on RTX 30x0. Apart from that, it's super slick. Not only for beating Microsoft to market, but the initial $350 USD sticker price seems a lot more reasonable once you factor in that it has a pre-installed SFX power supply and CPU AIO, I mean front usb-c cases are generally kept to the expensive cases, 650w SFX is kind of a big deal at 80+Gold and fully modular. I think I would have strongly considered doing a build with the X570 Aorus ITX but the Gen4 problem is kind of a deal breaker for now.I'm totally onboard the RGB revolution, mostly because my young kid is obsessed with fans and wants to see them spinning. :lol For anyone randomly wondering, it does seem like non-sidepanel options are out there (Meshify C, for instance). But generally speaking any "airflow" or "mesh" case is attacking the topic directly and doing direct vents rather than side filters. For the airflow crowd its a half measure and will get killed in reviews as favoring the convenience of a flat top over cooling.Specs: It's not exactly that Ryzen is finicky (today), it's just that Infinity Fabric does better with timings and clockspeed, so the most important thing is to have RAM that is supported by your motherboard's QVL (qualified vendor list). After that, it's nice to have 3600 (if possible) but 3200 CL16 is totally fine. After that you can either use XMP or DRAM calculator for specifics later once you've setup your build. I'm very partial to EVGA and if I had to buy a GPU today, the RTX 2070 Super is it. But! I would definitely rough it with the GTX 970 for now if you can, because the 3060/3070/3080 are right around the corner and even if they are more expensive than your current option, the performance jump should be substantial. Alyx is undoubtedly going to struggle, but in VR most builds will. No particular reason to go 3800X unless it's on sale or very, very close in price to the 3700X. Generally speaking this is the least appealing Ryzen CPU to buy for the money. But again, if you see it priced on sale closely to the 3700X, I get it. For most gamers I believe the 3600 or 3600X make more sense because you can shift that extra money over to the GPU spending. I'd rather have a 3600 and 2080 than a 3800 and a 2070, for example. But either way I would try to look up some benchmarks in case I was wrong. :lol
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Realistically the cables are just carrying the signal so it's mostly about carrying it properly before resistance kicks in. Some google-fu suggests the problem is - no surprise - distance. After 7" it needs a retimer. So definitely some technical complexity and cost. Intel did publish the Gen 3 riser spec so maybe folks are still waiting for Intel support, too. I guess if boards all have a way to force 3.0 on the slot, that's fine? But I wouldn't want to sacrifice 4.0 across the board; not that we are all buying Gen4 M2s but I'd like to have the option. Also, to the user who wanted a cheap emergency case solution, I have to admit this one off of reddit was perfect: (Yep, Lego, good below 105c I think)
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I'd wait another generation, most of the work is being done by your GPU (which is extremely strong). It could use a better CPU, but you'd be doing a complete system overhaul to make that change. (Of course if you can afford a Ti then I guess CPU+MB+RAM is peanuts)
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The SP drive *looks* like the right drive. It specifically says "A80" and the photos (stock photos) say P34A80, which is . It also says PCIe Gen 3x4, which is the P34. This uses the Phison E12 which is basically the same thing as on the Sabrent. And it seems to be sold by SiliconPower Europe, so yeah, that drive works.
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Strongly advise against that one because it uses a DRAM-less design, which can mean HDD-like latency. It's a newer thing some companies are doing to drop cost. There are definitely a variety of cheap NVME out there that have great speed though, like the , but keep in mind performance will go up with each capacity jump, so 512/500 is a boost over 250/256 and so on. Depends what you can afford. ADATA, aadlink, Sabrent, SiliconPower all have some good products despite their no-namer labels though.
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The defacto standard for dirt cheap cases - and testing to see if you board works before putting it in the case - is literally setting the motherboard on top of the closed motherboard box. But the floor is going to get you into trouble. So I’d either make the desk space or buy the cheapest case you can find on you online service of choice.
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The Hyper 212 Black RGB comes with a very small tube of thermal paste, so you can just use that. Arctic Silver is better, but not strongly so; at the end of the day its the cooler doing the work. The CPU cooler is the only component in your build that needs to mess with paste. If you really don't want to try out paste, you can buy a Carbonaut pad (38x38 for Ryzen, 32x32 for Intel) which is basically an ultra-thin graphite paper that does the same thing. It's reusable, too. Again, not as good as Arctic Silver and such, but you don't have to mess with paste. I'd say the elite overclockers all still use paste, but the pads are quite popular with youtubers who don't need to be going for a big OC (and for video reasons may want to install/uninstall several times without messing with paste). So it really comes down to budget: 1. Cooler Master Paste: $free 2. Arctic Paste: $6-7 3. Graphite Pad: $15-18 As long as you're using non-conductive paste you'll be fine, but the pad totally makes sense for a lot of people.1. The entry level usually to go AIO for the CPU Cooler. Lots of sizes and fan options. A 240mm set would probably be necessary for the 9700k. AIO are really solid these days but generally cost more and (very minor annoyance) spin up all the way when you startup the PC before quieting down. They also take a substantial amount of space (120, 2x120, or 3x120 for most radiators) but the upside is they can make your build really clean, and if they are in a reasonably sized case you won't hear the pump noise so much. The most popular AIO on the market continues to be the Corsair H100i, which has various RGB options and sizes. 2. The next step is usually buying a hybrid video card. There are some...uneven 3rd party solutions out there, but generally speaking you have to buy a card that has its own AIO already. (EVGA, for example, usually sells them with the "Hybrid" name, as the GPU Core has an AIO but the VRMs have a fan). Usually only the higher end cards have AIO variants, and again, you need a 120 or 120x2 fan spot in your case to handle it. 3. Beyond that is custom loop country - setting up your own radiator, pump, tubes, and liquid - and while Corsair and others are doing what they can to make it more accessible, the bottom line is that it's just going to be significantly expensive and have a learning curve to it. It's like building a PC all by itself.
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Thread Netflix’s “Next in Fashion”
Although it obviously has to be compared against Project Runway, it became clear immediately that this is really MasterChef USA. It's brutal and perhaps even luck based in some aspects (like the teams), but the process and timing is much smoother and friendlier to the designers. The show has high standards but (seemingly) never tries to truly emotionally manipulate them through last minute twists, sleep deprivation or the infamous same day challenge. It will be interesting to see how the next competitor does (Heidi and Tim's fashion show on Amazon Prime, "" is out March 27)
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I agree that you only need the 9700K but its a great build otherwise. Maybe the only other thing to look into would be if you need more case fans since the BQ prefers silence over cooling, but maybe the Pro 900 already comes with some fans? The only other direction to consider is whether you want AIO water cooling, like a CPU block or a hybrid video card. But the DRPro4 is a great CPU cooler, so really, can just keep that list as is.I would definitely consider the 2060 Super if possible. suggests 1/3rd budget, and I not only agree but think it should start from there. That being said, the 1660 Super is a fine card for 1080p, but if you are stepping out into 1440p or above, you should aim for a better card.
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My extreme idea would be to ground yourself and then try to repeat the actions. If you're say wearing an antistatic wrist strap, or keeping in contact with a grounding surface, and it still happens, you know it's not static, but a contact or shaking issue. If it doesn't happen, then it's definitely static and the problem is more with, say, your living room. You mention the zap which is a pretty solid clue of it being static, but if so...there's not much to do about that except find a more grounded peripheral or add some grounding to your floor to pre-clear you.The only other thing I can think of from my past experience with zapping computers would be to ground the case manually instead, or the wires. Sit the PC on metal or something. But I agree, very frustrating problem.I agree that if you just want a gaming monster, Intel's high end is there. But it just seems like they are outnumbered for any other budget right now.Certainly at 4k the equation changes a lot though.
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Thread Westworld | Official Season 3 Trailer | HBO
Pretty decent recap of both seasons (and there is another video explaining the themes of S2 from the same channel). Honestly, I love the show, and while S2 was definitely disorienting, Westworld will always be memorable for having such a breathtaking interrogation of free will/sentience and not just academically stating "humanity is good!". The Black Mirror approach to future Earth drives this home.
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showing how imperceptible the difference is in SATA/NVMe/Gen4 SSDs right now. I'm still going NVMe whenever possible, but the eye opener from me was seeing some of the coming out of the woodwork with highly rated Gen3 drives once I started looking at product reviews. Now I understand why some of those B450 and X570 boards have M2 heatsinks built into the board; the tl;dr seems to beObviously if you can find a comparable 970 EVO/PLUS within range, go for that. But it also seems like you can go deep into the forest for something like an addlink [sic] since they are all using commoditized controllers like Phison these days and save that money towards your GPU or whatnot. And you can just hide it under the motherboard M2 heatsink if you get one with that (particularly on X570)
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As someone in Singapore? Yes. We're already seeing this with Apple (one of the world's biggest buyers of components in China) and even Nintendo. All of their products will continue to exist, and sell, but a lot of component production in China will basically be weeks-months behind in production, dependent on when individual factories go back to production and how staffed they will be. Certain aspects of China and SE Asia continue to be affected today. What offsets this?So I definitely think there is truth to the reports about, say, nextgen BOM or possible Switch supply issues down the road. There *will* be an effect. But whether that means anything more than $20 more on your next PC build is really unclear.
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Maybe not your...specific...answer, but there was a good video about this, where the Intel CPU is using Quicksync hardware encoding in (Premiere, I think?) whereas the AMD Threadripper was brute-forcing on 64 threads. Threadripper won quite handily at that huge threadcount, but obviously Intel did extremely well with the hardware encoding advantage.
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Bingo. Though if is still having problems the next step should be pulling the motherboard out of the case, plop it on top of the motherboard box, and disconnect everything except for the CPU, cooler, and power. (Or go in reverse, and just remove components one by one?) Sorry to say but in the past I've seen dumb things like failed RAM or worse - failed RAM slots - where there was just no way to troubleshoot it short of pulling everything out. Your idea about a possible short is also a good reason to pull the board out. Would try to exhaust everything before looking into new boards... (Apologies if already tried...) EDIT: Not the same topic, but did any X570 boards even ship without 3600+ support? Or was that a B450m thing?
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Depends on your needs, really. The downside of 2TB is its usually slightly less or slightly more than buying 2 1TB drives...therefore it's very expensive. Sure, it gives you a 2TB to use in builds down the road, but you can arguably also just go smaller and wait for bigger/faster drives down the road (PCIe 4.0 second gen chipsets are coming this year, for instance). And since you have the 3.5 and 2.5" drives, it's basically a luxury decision.[/QUOTE] All of that being said, if you're going ITX, you definitely need to decide *now* on if you want 2 NVMe or not, because that second slot is on the back of the motherboard, and it's going to be a nightmare to access it after you've built the system. Personally, I would be trying to save as much money as possible towards your graphics card. These days its ultimately whats determining your FPS, to the point that it can be half the cost of the PC. But it depends what kind of gaming you want to do on the SFF build.
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: As someone with that exact same CPU (4670k) the price sweetspot right now is the 3600 or 3600X depending on your region. Of course, go for the 3700X if you can swing it, but if I just look at Amazon.com right now it's basically double the price? Believe me, I'd love to have 8 cores, but my guess is that you'll see better value for the money moving those dollars directly onto the eventual GPU purchase you're going to want to make instead. I know you said you're not in the GPU market, but games right now clearly show that you're better off going, say, 3600/2070S than 3700/2060S, for example.: As a Z87 guy you basically have to dump the RAM and board for something new. Go for a B450 board as those are generally cheaper than the X570, which really only has the advantage of PCIe 4.0. There are good and bad boards so you may want to browse youtube for "Best B450" or something similar... If you're still using mATX then B450 is by far your best option as I think there is only one mATX X570 board...the format will probably be dead next time you upgrade, replaced by the combo of ITX and DTX.: Why would you want PCIe4? Well, because there are Gen4 SSDs out there with massively faster transfer rates. That being said, they are clearly more expensive, they use heatsinks, and games don't seem to show a big difference using them yet. So just shop around for an NVMe (stick) SSD, Gen 3. Saves a bunch of interior space (plugs right onto the motherboard!) in your PC and its faster than ye old' SATA. Sometimes people here will get an NVMe for their boot drive and then shop for a cheaper, 2.5" SATA SSD as a media drive. But even 1TB NVMe is pretty reasonably priced (for SSD) these days. : Yep, 2x8 makes sense. You want to aim for DDR4 3200 with CL14 if possible just because AMD's architecture shows clear performance dropoff with slower RAM. But I'm sure there are some no-nonsense Ripjaws or whatever that fit the bill. You definitely want 2x8 since AMD boards are dual-channel.: You need to measure (or better yet, just get the specs online) for your specific brand of graphics card to see what case it fits in. mATX will almost undoubtedly fit what you need so long as you don't go ITX, but I know some of those old cards had those damn heat pipes jutting out....: 650w? Nope Just take it. Modular is nice for cleaner builds but unless you go ITX it doesn't matter for fit. Would I need to replace my power supply, which I believe is 650w? It's not modular, if that's a necessity for smaller cases.: Well, if you buy the 3600X (not the 3600) or 3700X you get the Wraith cooler for free, so that may be fine for you? Might be best to go that route and then decide if the heat or noise is fine by you. You'd probably want to get a case with a few built in fans though, depending on how quiet a build you want?
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Thread AirPods Pro releasing Wednesday 10/30 for $250
My right airpod pro didn't die, but started emitting a static on movement that was bad enough to replace it entirely. 20 minute check, gave me a new one out of the replacement stock, which also came with a new set of eartips. They also let me keep the one from the old airpod, so...replacement + new set. Pretty good. Left one has never shown any signs of failing for me.
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Thread Coronavirus Discussion Thread (See Staff Post) [UPDATE: WHO declares global emergency. See threadmarks]
it’s not shockingly different, but we did go to Orange Alert last night, hence the video linked of the run on groceries (Specifically: instant noodles, tissues, toilet paper, and rice). There is no quarantine of the country so they will continually restock, but well, the alert is enough to trigger everyone’s survival response. Restaurants are still open. The concern of course would be red alert, at which point schools close, maybe a curfew or pressure to have people work from home, but for now it’a a bit of a rerun in that apparently there was also an orange alert during the height of SARS and H1N1?
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Yep. No obvious reason to go over 16GB of RAM right now for gaming. It's far more important if you have the cash to reallocate that to graphics cards. Especially at 1440p or above you'd want a card with more RAM (which also means a better card, usually). Better to have an 8GB card and 16GB of RAM than 6/32, honestly, unless I guess pure 1080p is your jam.
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Thread Star Trek: Picard - Season 1 |OT| Re-ENGAGE!
Yes. Same actor, same character.Well, two things to consider:The old sourcebook stated a population of 18 Billion, so even if that number is no longer canon, you'd guess that the planet has its own epic evacuation, and then a huge number of deals from other empires to help out. Starfleet doing everything itself would only make sense if the events of Nemesis had 100% annihilated the Star Empire's fleet rather than just take over the infrastructure.Same reason; free food, easy travel, climate control machines, and just way better construction. She might live in a dump but as long as she can replicate dinner and isn't paying the heating bill... He's the ex-borg guy leading to the interview. He has a lot less "stuff" on him, because generally all of the ex Borg remove implants and stop trying to look like death machines... (See: Seven of Nine)
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I would wait, although that's more a general recommendation to (a) wait and (b) try to avoid single-generation upgrades. You'll feel more of a difference, the prices won't be shockingly different, and if you still go with 3x processors, that's all the more time for them to drop in price. It's also time for the motherboard market to catch-up with cheaper options and v2 boards. The only downside with waiting is that we know very little about the next Ryzen desktop gen apart from that you won't see in the next few months.
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This is what we call a "Shuttle" case after the company that popularized these builds a long time ago. It's awesome how much better they are now. :lol: The current AMD gen is the 3x00 series. The Ryzen 5 3600 has 2 less cores than the 2700x but basically outperforms it. It's considered the sweet spot for gamer CPUs right now because the 3700x (which is 8 core) is almost double the price. So maybe check some reviews to see if you're okay with using an older gen processor.: It's not so much about suggesting another fan for OC so much as a fan with cooler temps can have better benefits in a tight case. You're going to be substantially limited with a small case in terms of specifically what coolers you can use, though. The popular pick (which is listed as compatible) is the Cooler Master Hyper 212, but it's quite high (below the blue line, see link>). with info on what to look for in size. Here's a of the wraith cooler that comes with the 2700x. PSU: I love the brand, and modular is the way to go here. It's 150mm so based on the 304 reviews I see, clearance will be tight as the power cables will come out right into the flat back of the video card. It does sound doable but you've only got 2cm clearance. Ironically this is why Fractal also sells their own PSU, the Integra M 650W, which is 140mm instead and also modular. Maybe google search for 304 build reviews or youtubes where they use a double-slot graphics card. RAM: I agree about 2x just to fit both channels. Ripjaws are a bit tall? Probably not a big deal unless you go for a very fat CPU fan though.
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Hades Canyon is actually the old model, where Intel basically designed an all-in-one kit more like a big Raspberry Pi. , where the computer itself (CPU+MB+RAM+outputs) is on a single PCIexpress card, then you put whatever videocard you want on a second slot, and it all goes in a tiny case. It was just announced this month at CES so it's not out yet. It's also not expected to be cheap, but is still a customizeable PC, you can use off the shelf M2 SSDs, your own video card, etc, whereas Hades Canyon is basically locked in except for maybe RAM. I guess you could say Ghost Canyon is an Intel spec standard for a super small SFF PC, as opposed to wiring your own in a case like Linus did. It's probably the easiest self-build you can imagine.
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I think if you go desk, then AIO makes more sense. It's like the iMac where the only major cables to deal with are power and ethernet. In terms of concern the major one to look out for would be noise as I'm not certain something with a loud fan wouldn't fail the significant other requirement. But for a living room then SFF is a viable option, either through the ultra-compact like Ghost Canyon, or, maybe something bigger like the . There is a whole industry of parts for SFF builds, some of which are very much more discreet than others, thanks to the ITX formfactor. For example, again, singapore link but hardly unique parts, is extremely small and low-bling. Here's a video of to give an idea of noise and scale.
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The difference this time is that Intel has opened this up to OEM vendors. So while the PCIe motherboard cartridge will be the same, the case can vary based on who's selling it. Razer and others have already started showing their own kits; I think Razer has the "biggest" one but undoubtedly the most expensive, while some of the other OEMs will be cheaper. I think only Intel goes with the skull branding. Yeah, you definitely could find something that fits, there are SFF cases out there shaped to look kind of like an amp. But airflow is always the problem to consider, because they need way more cooling than an amp does. Otherwise they will wheeze like a PS4 Pro, at best.
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Totally fair approach, we know the RTX 30xx series is coming this year, and now there is word of a couple of different things from AMD. The 970 will hold you back above 1080p until then but nothing wrong with holding on more.You already own it? Perfect then! So...Overall not a problem with it, lots of basically noname parts in there (case, RAM, AIO, PSU, GPU arguably the SSD) so hopefully its a good deal versus something more custom (or partpicker).
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Thread The PC Builders Thread ("I Need a New PC") v2
Do you mean AIO or SFF (small form factor)?I think it really depends how wire averse you are, because you're going to get the best deal (with money leftover for more SSD, better monitor, etc) by going with a case build and just accepting you're going to have those wires snaking out to the monitor. M&KB have wireless options if you want. The builds themselves can be really clean and interesting internally, but they still all need to have displayport/HDMI out, power cable, and so on. I mean, personally I would prefer to have a silent and non radiator build that sits under my desk, but I live in a country where it's always 30+ c. That being said, I mean, AIO monitor builds are kinda interesting. This one () has a pretty high spec, so I'm sure there are equivalents in your country. I'm not sure it's ever upgradeable but if you buy exactly what you want, maybe that doesn't matter? The new is pretty interesting if you want SFF. It's about as tiny as it gets, Laptop wattage but desktop cores, and fits a full size RTX card.I'm sure somebody here will correct me if I'm wrong, but Windows Home license should transfer, but Windows OEM will not? At least that's how I understood it.As I understood it, below 30fps, you're in Vsync mode regardless. G-Sync with the module kicks in at anything above 30, while freesync typically only kicks in at 40+? With the upper and lower end defined by the monitor. There is some other weird stuff if you go over limit (like, 144hz+).
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Thread The PC Builders Thread ("I Need a New PC") v2
Not really, because Nvidia started letting in various freesync models to be used in Gsync mode. You’re still range limited, but it works so long as you use the override and have a GTX 10 series or better. They effectively lost their own war by requiring expensive custom chips. Long term, HDMI 2.1 VRR and DisplayPort 2.0’s mode should basically put the nail in the coffin. For now, module Gsync is the best experience, but whether you can actually notice the difference overall Is a question mark. Toms Hardware ran a piece last year where the difference was negligible. A lot of the advantage used to be that anyone could ship a free sync model, so you’d end up with kind of absurd ranges like 45-75hz. But things have improved across the board since then. Still, the advantage to Nvidia is simply that you can’t break spec. So it depends what monitor you buy.
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Thread The PC Builders Thread ("I Need a New PC") v2
Yeah, mATX seems to be dead on X570, so you need to either go ATX or ITX...Anyway, just depends on how much smaller of a case you want to go. I've had a great time with "big" ITX builds (see: Corsair 250D) but sometimes its nice to just know you can buy whatever ATX board on the market and not be obsessed with card clearance. Anyway, all of them should be lighter than your S340 steel girder...:)The pieces all seem fine? 750W might be overkill unless you're going to a 2080, but the parts are all reasonable. The only other part that stands out as probably more than you need is the RAM, you could find cheaper options there unless you're really psyched to go RGB. It's a bit of an awkward time right now, AMD parts are better for the buck in many cases, and the X570 chipset is the only one to support PCIe 4.0 SSDs, but its not like you need Gen4 to have a good PC experience either. Its just the most future thinking at the moment. Beyond that there are other things just trickling in, like USB 3.2 Gen 2 and USB-C ports on cases (Motherboards are pretty good with the latter, at least in that most new ones seem to have a single port)
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Thread Spotify in early talks to buy Bill Simmons’ “The Ringer”
Another way to put it is that he runs a 2-3 digit million dollar company that's big enough to have its own union. He has to both manage that company and somehow keep an every-other-day podcast going. And then manage two kids. It's a lot.Yep, and this is why they aren't communicating with the staff about selling. It's like an NBA trade; you don't know if it's real until it's negotiated, and you still need to convince the rest of the ownership group that it's a good deal. You certainly don't make like a bad NBA franchise and inform the entire staff that somebody made you an offer for your franchise player. The news leak smells of somebody trying to manipulate the sell price.
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Thread Spotify in early talks to buy Bill Simmons’ “The Ringer”
Well, they went ad supported and it's probably much more sustainable than ESPN's approach, but there always had to be an endgame to go it alone, especially if they want to keep their staff core longterm and not have stars like Jason Concepcion (Emmy winner: NBA Desktop) poached. I mean at one point they were so podcast rich that they let Keepin' it 1600/Pod Save America go, and while there are always shows that don't work, they keep launching new ones until they find something that inevitably does. Bill is the headline but it seems clear that he really empowers his people...but that being said you can only afford so much braindrain before the magic dies. So capital wins.
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Thread Apple |OT|
Some rumors of a smaller face ID, some rumors of underscreen Touch ID...but we are a few months away from solid hardware leaks. I don't expect the rim of the device to get any smaller for a few years; it's already about as thin as it will get without compromising the fragility of the glass, and Apple doesn't seem interested in faking it by bending the display on the sides. Timewise, it wouldn't shock anyone to see new Airpods in March. But there is very little left to improve in the old design; the only two candidates I can think of are a slightly bigger battery (unlikely) or colors. I'd feel confident buying now if you find a sale because there is no obvious missing feature. The only significant rumor right now is that Apple was considering packing them in with future iPhone Pros. Sounds like it. Current rumor mill highlights would be:
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Thread Non-US Survivor |OT| Even Maryland Has One
I'm not sure exactly how it's called, but you want the 2017 season, which I guess is technically Season 3? (Season 1 is 2001, Season 2 is 2006, so they are completely separate). It's incredible, first thing you'll notice over current US survivor is the old format (much longer episode run) and that the music has 10x the budget. ;) EDIT: It's 2017. Whoops, saw the film date not air date
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Thread Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown |OT| Game of Drones
I know the feeling, but sadly it's the same checkpoint system as in the PS2 era. Which is to say, 1-2 at most. It's something that could be improved a lot in the future, if nothing else than to just double or triple the checkpoint count. Pretty much every AC player has PTSD from the series infamous tunnel runs.
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Thread IRS makes changes to Free File program agreement
Yeah, I was stunned going from Canada > Singapore. No software, no printouts, nothing to mail, no number-coded fields. Just check a couple of numbers, submit, done. I knew the tax filing services were a problem, but it was really eye-opening to see how much better things were elsewhere.
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Thread The making of TIE Fighter: How being the bad guys changed Star Wars forever
Well, Ace Combat 7 is basically Star Wars X Top Gun, but yeah. If Ace has an advantage it's the crazy bosses (no such thing in TF, really, just more Star Destroyers/Mon Calamari Cruisers/etc) although X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter does introduce the Super Star Destroyer. You could say modern games like Ace Combat 4+ and Freespace 1-2 are the children of X-Wing and TIE Fighter though. XW mostly introduced the flight model while TF nailed the narrative approach. EDIT: Something I guess I should mention...for whatever reason they did a special edition TF years later, which uses the John Williams soundtrack instead of the synth score. It's not great? As the original score was somewhat dynamic based on the amount of combat, and you might get tired of 40 hours of very specific SW themes...then again, it's your choice whether you want CD audio (rigid) or synth.
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Thread The making of TIE Fighter: How being the bad guys changed Star Wars forever
Well, I think Ace Combat, Rebel Galaxy, etc. show you can do just fine without the stick. The thing I see the franchise struggling with a lot is the turbo-fire. Completely non-existant in the Totally Games franchise, but used all over the EA games and F5 games, I guess to mimic the movies a bit better? They both seemed to feel like there should be a different take than the TG energy balancing system (which I'd argue to be superior, see: Freespace series).
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Thread The making of TIE Fighter: How being the bad guys changed Star Wars forever
Not only do I think it's the best SW game of all time, but didn't PC Gamer list it as the best game of all time at some point? Certainly it was in that echelon with the 96% score it had edit: And, obviously, thanks for pointing out the article ! Gotta give props to Holland for being proud of the secret order, too. It really made the bonus objectives click
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Thread The making of TIE Fighter: How being the bad guys changed Star Wars forever
If I could give anyone reading this a quick pitch:Like Freespace, TIE FIGHTER does a great job of evolving missions as you go. So what might be a simple mission to scan freighters looking for rebel stowaways could turn into a full-blown fleet conflict with the Rebel Calamari Flagship, a betrayal, or even secret orders from the Emperor (bonus objectives) which don't need to be completed but will progress your career there, too. As said, the TIE Defender was invented here, and Thrawn was involved a lot, for fans of the old EU (or now, through Rebels). And it had an epic number of floppy discs in the pre-CD era...
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Thread Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown |OT| Game of Drones
Yeah, I double-checked. :/ The worst is that you have no idea unless you go in-game to check; having the pass means you can download whatever content you want from the store, just that the game itself is dismissing it as invalid (so, no SP mission option in the game menu). I'd have to check Soul Calibur but I would guess it's happening there too.
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Thread Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown |OT| Game of Drones
Wow. This sucks, wasn't even aware they could do it (first time I've ever seen this happen on PS4): This means if you buy the season pass, it must match the region of your box copy, or it will not appear in-game at all. If you bought in a region without DLC, well, your only recourse is to rebuy the game in the region that matches the pass (for example, buying digitally from the same store as the pass).
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Thread What four cities should get NBA teams next?
Stern already salted the earth for Vancouver. The team is never coming back, and the city is indifferent after how badly the expansion was treated. Who wants a team if they are just going to penalize your draft picks for years again? (Pretty sure there wouldn’t even be league interest unless they build a new billion dollar arena anyways.)
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Thread CBS's EVIL |OT| starring Katja Herbers, Mike Colter and Michael Emerson
Thanks and . The trailer was super intense and basically sold a horror movie, so I wasn't going to sell my wife on the show with it. But if you are both saying its more King show than horror, I'll make sure we give it a try.
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
Jeez Uber, it really seemed like you had me for awhile there, was hanging just a few yards away forever. Absolutely brutal how many points we put up in the first round. How dare you talk about my past league record :lol Anyway I will again go and pray at the altar of Arians for guidance
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Thread RUMOR: Apple planning completely wireless iPhone without Lightning port in 2021
I agree, generally if Kuo is talking about a product this far out it has a good chance of being a prototype that may not see market, or may be significantly altered if tech is not ready in time. Right now I see two possibilities for this one: a) They are waiting on next-gen Qi () and possibly WiFi charging () I agree that not being able to use the phone while charging would be a huge problem, so some combo of the two would make sense. b) They are going with a magnetic charge port AKA Magsafe. Which is with 3rd party Lightning/USB-C magsafe cables. That would be a way to maintain a line connection but not have a recessed port to worry about.
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Thread Little glimpse in a Day in the Life of a Japanese Game Programmer
This is standard for the vast majority of gaming studios I've ever worked or visited at in North America or Asia. A coffee machine is pretty standard (but coin or card operated half the time) and a vending machine is almost universal. But free snacks or drinks (beyond green tea/water) is a legit perk and rarely seen. I can't remember the last mid-sized studio or bigger that didn't have two vending machines in it. Famously there are places that cater and have a lot of free snacks/drinks (Google, Facebook, Lucasarts at one time, etc) but the practice is under fire lately because government tax offices (IRS, CRA, etc) want it to be a paid benefit (taxable!) as opposed to a freebie.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
I‘m rolling DK and Sony this week. Pats game is wet with lots of WR injury question marks, while the Falcons Defense is inexplicably trending up. Hell, Bo Scarbough found points against the Cowboys too. DK is a gut call but he’s just been so damn active fantasy scoring wise. I’d rather pray on Russell than Kyle Allen. I can’t imagine benching the 49ers D. Even if it’s a “bad” game they always find their takeaways and/or defensive scores.
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Thread Wait, who the fuck owns the rights to Pokemon? Part: 400
It's owned by The Pokemon Company, which itself is evenly owned by Game Freak, Creatures Inc, and Nintendo. But Nintendo also owns part of Creatures. tl;dr its owned by all three companies but nothing happens unless they work together. Hence, The Pokemon Company.
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
I would love to make a trade but just no depth at all to do it. All I get is hilarious trash offers of two bench guys for a WR1
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Thread LTTP: Halt and Catch Fire - did you see this underrated gem?
There are various decisions I can hold against AMC over the years ("Rubicon!!") but honestly, they gave H&CF a finish. So much of many industries today is reflected in the sweeping changes of that era, and their story, while fiction, fit so well you could believe it was not.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
Depends on your RB/WR situations. I guess I would drop Meyers to take a shot as his upside is lower. Royce is bland but he always has a shot for more.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
Cooks vs. Michel is a tale of schedule. As long as the Pats have it easy, Michel will walk into the end zone. As long as the Rams have it easy, Goff won't be forced to throw. I think it's better to have Michel right now but they both are problematic. I'm starting Murray and Michel no question unless Kamara is cleared.+ handcuff + immediate value boost if he is traded - probably no week to week value as long as Chubb is healthy - Browns are a mess You're buying a lottery ticket to see what the trade deadline does. There is some value in that.
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
As an update, this is my experience as well. Dead silent for months. It's creeping back up, but still nowhere near as bad as it was.
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yep would do that deal easily. Falcons are not getting shockingly better anytime soon
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Thread Apple |OT|
Usual PSA, if you're having really bad problems with iOS, the Genius Bar script is usually 3 steps 1. Settings>General>Reset>Reset All Settings (...if that doesn't fix it...) 2. Settings>General>Reset>Erase All Content and Settings > Restore from iCloud (...if that doesn't fix it...) 3. Settings>General>Reset>Erase All Content and Settings > Start fresh Obviously 2 and 3 are completely wiping your phone. But most errors in iOS are completely silent to the user - configuration issues, missing file links, etc. Which is why Apple goes through these steps at the store, virtually every time. I've seen bad crashes and touchscreen failures just go away. Anyway, no guarantee for every problem but that's what I would do if I was having infuriating problems with iOS.
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Thread Berserk Manga Turns 30 Years old This Month
Nana was a tough one, undisclosed illness for the author. For those not in the loop, she did that small bit in 2013 but hasn't worked on manga beyond that in almost 10 years now. Pretty much have to assume it's never happening.
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Thread Law & Order: SVU S21 |OT| Now The Longest Running Drama of All Time Thurs 10/9c on NBC
Wow. I never imagined they would try to eclipse the mothership. And there was a long time where the D'onofrio series seemed likelier to outlive SVU too.
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
Not really sure why I would be FAAB desperate. I lost 120, 129, 159 in 3 weeks. There isn't a lopsided Hopkins trade that would change those fortunes. In this format there is not much to do but pray to the schedule gods for games against the Dolphins, Giants and Washington. By all means pay big for Gallman though
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Thread The reflux of my acid
Stopping medicine is something I'd only do if it was long term medication; so long term that I couldn't definitively say what happens when I was off of it. Basically, something a Gastroenterologist will ask you to do if you say "I don't know". But even then, it's just an experiment, it's not a lifestyle change. I went from Lansoprazole to Gaviscon Advance but only on the direct advice from my specialist...and that's after Endoscopy, 24hr pH testing, Celiac and HPI testing, etc.
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Thread It is in fact I with the greatest video game collection of them all
A) This is great B) I dare you to do a 4 player co-op campaign of Racing Gears Advance just so that I have proof somebody actually did this outside of our studio 16+ years ago C) That Carby setup!!
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
...I guess I believe starting McLaurin F1 over Ertz ...
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Thread Apple TV+ - $4.99 month starting November 1st, 1 YEAR FREE with new Mac, iPad and iPhone
AppleTV+ starts November 1st, so your free year won't start until then. The 3 month clock to subscribe, that one is unclear. I suspect that clock ALSO won't start until november 1st, purely because without the app service there's no method of subscription. I suppose it's possible they dumbly look at your purchase date (making it a 1.5 month clock for iPhone 11 early adopters) but it seems easier from a software perspective to just treat Nov 1 as day zero. If the clock does start purely on purchase date, then I would guess the TV app will offer a way to "pre-subscribe" when it receives the TV+ update (for iOS13 maybe? 13.1?)
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
Treat stars as potential. Experts set what they think projected points would be, but if the defending team has a particular weakness against receivers, there will be a 4-5 star rating, meaning that it's more likely the player does better than projection. I don't really pay much attention to projections, just to rankings, but matchup rank has some value too. Drop a player if you're confident you won't use him again (and he has no trade value). Henry was just placed on IR, meaning he is out until at least Week 8, so that's somebody you can confidently drop.
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
Projected Points: Somebody took a guess based on various stats about how much they should score. 5 star matchup: The other team sucks vs. this position You can suck against the QB but still hold Andy Dalton to 18 points because he's not Pat Mahomes. The color is the matchup quality: green = good, red = bad. So in general if all of your matchups are green, it's positive (you can hover over the matchup for exact ranking) In general I would just disregard it and use your preferred ranking website though, projected points is nonsense
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Thread Square's Other 1997 Masterpiece - Also, LGBT Representation
They are generally all part of the same socio-political universe and timeline, but not always connected to each other directly in terms of characters. It's kind of like Ace Combat in that regard; the timeline is pretty solid and you see a bunch of angles. FM5 is probably the game that takes and rewards knowledge of the other games the most, but you can play any of them standalone. How I would compare them (and I know that other FM fans will differ): FM1 (SNES): A prototype for strategy RPGs. Does some things well but is also still pretty archaic. There is a remake of this on DS, but it's still a prototype in the same way that there were games before Advance Wars, but we tend not remember them. FM3 (PS1): A refinement of everything FM2 tried to invent. Graphics are a little better, a bunch more features, and two massively different campaigns depending on an innocent choice you make early on. It's possibly the most grounded game in a way? But the main character can act like Squall sometimes. Would be amazing with 60fps. Came out in North America. FM4 (PS2): Massive graphics improvement thanks to PS2. Shorter campaign, systems tweaked in new ways, and it heavily favors turn optimization. It's still highly playable but generally never considered the favorite. Came out in North America. FM5 (PS2): The greatest hits magnum opus, borrows a lot from FM2 in terms of game mechanics but also a bunch of systems from FM3/4, plus you get the far superior visuals and framerate of PS2. Since it works in bits from every game you might be a bit lost without some wikipedia work over the references, but I still think it plays just fine. There was a fan translation years ago but it's never been officially localized (a shame, it's definitely one of the gems of the PS2) There are also a bunch of spinoffs, and of course the Double-Helix made reboot action RPG that totally failed (basically, the "Assault Horizon" of the series, for Ace Combat folks)The trick is that FPGA basically needs a lot of hardware room to pretend to be another chip. It's by definition less efficient than just having the chip in the first place, and in the case of Analogue, they are replicating all of the core chips involved (so on the SNES, it's the CPU and Sony sound chip). For PS1, you need to emulate a far superior CPU, then the sound chip, GTE, MDEC, etc...it's not just one CPU, it's an entire system. There are FPGAs out there that could probably do it, but nobody wants to buy a $2000 FPGA console. So it will take time.
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Thread Square's Other 1997 Masterpiece - Also, LGBT Representation
FM3 is still my favorite, but it's always great to look at FM2 and see what the series built on top of. FM2 is one of those critical games where you can see Square learning how to mix 2D and 3D together in just the right amount to make use of the era properly. Basically, FPGA is a hardware chip you can program to act like a specific CPU, giving essentially perfect console "emulation". The challenge is that newer CPUs have a lot more transistors to emulate (and usually multiple chips for PPU, Sound, etc) so it's nowhere near as "easy" as it was with NES/SNES/Genesis, but in theory if there was a big enough FPGA it could be done.
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
Wow. New map already? Hyped!The latter, from experience. The AI will instantly pick a location and reserve it (one by one), which basically means everyone will scatter. I think in some cases they will go to the same place anyway, which can be weird, or maybe even throw up on the spot, but in general it should cause a scatter, which has some really interesting implications.
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
Kinda surprised you guys pulled off waivers at all. Yahoo is totally screwed right now server wise...
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
Well, for league with no flex, you're giving up your 3rd best receiver + 2nd best RB for what you believe to be a better RB, a bench RB who could have value (TBD) and an upside receiver. So if you really like MVS and really want Ingram, do it. But the hidden cost of this trade is dropping a player - I would drop Burton as TE depth doesn't get you much. Would I rather have Mack/DJ Moore? Yes, but come Week 1 all bets are off. We don't know if AP plays over Guice, or if MVS has a solid role, or if DJ Moore and Mack are 100+ yards/game. You're losing the deal on paper - if you're taking back more players you are generally losing - but it really depends on how much you like or hate the players involved. I mean in theory, you win, if you think Ingram is better than Mack because it improves your starting lineup.Consensus right now is concern that Lindsay will descend back to earth and that Royce will improve, and basically that for the draft pick Royce was the better move. But still entirely possible Lindsay is the only good player. Theo Riddick is on IR so I guess it's the same RB squad as last year. Personally, I think it's worth the hold for a week or two, depending on how the Flacco offense works out.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
Well, it does in that Moore probably has more flex value than Barber. But you have Drake and Breida so AP is an alright lottery ticket. So I’d still say take it if you feel it improves your starting lineup. But it’s a gamble either way.
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Thread WiiU connectivity questions (Component)
Yeah, it's definitely useful! ...But as a developer it was a pain in the ass. Moving to 720p was a big deal just because 720/1080 are basically the same thing except for fidelity (and UI scaling in some cases), whereas with 480p handling multiple aspects, resolutions, safe zones...ughhh
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Thread WiiU connectivity questions (Component)
1) Yes, if you have component cables with the nintendo multi-out port on one side. 2) Pretty sure on Wii U the component cable can output 720p+ if desired, although HDMI is always better 3) If your CRT is 480i/p then that's the Wii U output. Downsampling wasn't "free" and developers on PS3/360/WiiU had to support all three cardinal resolutions (480/720/1080) to ship their games, which meant having a 480p mode. I'm sure there are probably some examples of downsampling somewhere but AFAIK most of the time you would get 480p native since otherwise the game might be unplayable or misunderstood at 640x480.
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Thread BronsonLee discovers cinematic greatness: Airplane
Well if you can watch Airplane then you're ready for , and the most quotable comedy scene in the last 40 years
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
Why did you cut and paste my lineup? ;) Seriously though I have a lot of Winston stock and a league where I own him + Murray. Maybe one doesn't work out but I think it's a good ticket pairing of offense first teams.
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Thread Man arrested for buying plane ticket just to wave his wife off at the gate
Unlike a lot of major airports, Changi uses per gate security. You still need a boarding pass to get past the check-in counters, but there is no epic metal-detector lineup - you do that in a much smaller fashion to enter a specific gate instead.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
It's a great draft in 12 team. You got the right full PPR guys. TE and QB are a bit weak, but so what? Tons of WR and Duke knows how to catch passes too.
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Thread Reset Era Fantasy Football League |OT| 2019 Season
That was fun drafting, folks! Really makes me wish there was a 24hr BBQ pit here I waited a long time on my QB picks
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
Yeah, I think this is mostly doomsday news for Darwin Thompson owners. McCoy basically replaces him. The drop count doesn’t surprise me, tons of family 8-10 owner drafts out there. But generally he should be drafted in any format with at least 2RB since he (was) a starter. Now his position has gone down but his outlook has gone up. Will be interested to see his expert rank
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
If he’s available in a 12-14 team league then it’s not a very serious one! I still think Damien is the guy to get but it’s easy to see McCoy getting work and looming over Williams if mistakes are made.
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
I might have participated but the draft time is just crazy for me in SE Asia. Already stuck doing 5am and 9am, 2am is just not possible. It's a good league for anyone in North America though!
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Thread Reset Era Fantasy Football League |OT| 2019 Season
Going to be tough to draft, this 5am time slot...ughWell, the stuff that directly affects fantasy is more limited
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
Yeah sounds like Singletary is now the guy according to a tweet from The Athletic? Seahawks have a trade now for Clowney too?
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
I'm in favor of .5 PPFD (article) but as usual, not against 0.5 PPR either I think the one year we are going to have a showdown over superflex or auction though 16 team without superflex, man...we are crazy
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
Or do it your way, that's alright. I feel like $200 for the two regular season awards is a bit flakey since it's very likely #1 gets both, but maybe shove $50 of that back into first place The one I think is more interesting is if you should have made the playoffs. Somebody like that every year...
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
Basically reads as "first should have to steamroll the league" since 90% of the time points and standings are the same team. And the close divide between 1st and 2nd makes it way more likely to just negotiate a split ahead of time. I would do $600 - 1st $350 - 2nd $200 - 3rd $100 - 4th, 5th, 6th $50 - best regular season record $50 - most points $50 - if you got enough points to make the playoffs but didn't Generally speaking though I think in an 8 team league with no other qualifiers, it's an achievement to make the playoffs and an achievement to win. Anyway, I'll go with whatever but in leagues I'm in it's usually an outrage if the winner is not making around half the prize pool
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
Where I disagree is from the Brissett numbers. They ran more, not because they were down, but because Brissett was not getting first downs. Pass-first is only an antidote if you have a gunslinger QB. If your QB is basically just a checkdown guy, you need a RB for the offense to work. Just look at the Niners numbers last year with Mullins, same basic principle. I will agree on consistency, though
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Thread Fantasy Football Discussion Thread - 2019 Season - Year of the Kicker!
I'm sure the immediate urge is to fade all Colts, but we've seen this rodeo before. Mack's ceiling went down but his floor went up, because Brissett is going to force this team to run like the Niners did last season. Hilton is still draftable, but takes a 1/3rd hit to his value. And I would think large statue guys like Ebron maintain value simply because the goal here is going to be "be tall enough to catch the ball". Of course, ADP will take a huge hit, but that's a great door to get value from. Feel free to look at these guys at less, but if you're getting them a round (or more, depending on the player) earlier, that's a win. Both the 2017 Colts (Brissett) and 2018 Niners (Mullins) were 4-12 teams but they still had plenty of fantasy action. It won't be pretty, but we can't all draft from elite offenses every round...
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
I would vote no myself, but that's a league wide thing to sort out I have to get my son awake and on a school bus + finish the resetera league draft...
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Thread Disney-Sony Standoff Ends Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige’s Involvement In ‘Spider-Man’ (negotiations still on-going)
The words before: “Sony thinks...”? Both companies are thinking financials. Sony knows they have a sure thing franchise. That’s a lot easier to sell than Blade or whatever. It’s why Marvel came to the table in the first place. Disney knows they have the IP to pay it back anyway and then some, but the stock market runs on “now”. I’m pretty sure both companies would rather announce a Spider-Man deal than back out and foil it with promises of future Morbius/F4 returns. So in a way, you’re right. It is laughable. Both parties think the others position is so laughable that they are willing to test the public on it, first.
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Thread Disney-Sony Standoff Ends Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige’s Involvement In ‘Spider-Man’ (negotiations still on-going)
I do agree - and we have the email leaks to prove that their production crew drinks some of the kool-aid. But if I was a sane money guy running the numbers, pretending a Venom/Morbius future would be better than a Disney deal would be crazy. It's far more likely that they want to use this to make Disney come back to the table with a better, longer deal.I seriously doubt we hear anything again until they have a deal or Sony burns the bridge (by announcing a new movie). Or I guess plan (C), which would be that Sony builds up so much public ill-will from the move that they go back to the table first. Which is basically part of the Disney stance.
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Thread Disney-Sony Standoff Ends Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige’s Involvement In ‘Spider-Man’ (negotiations still on-going)
It's just money to these studios. Do you really think Sony or Disney is responsible for anything else? Do you think all negotiations are calm and behind closed doors? They are media companies and they are using the media to see who has the advantage. They won't cut each other's throats unless the middle ground is worse than going it alone. They tried the ego approach last time and you saw what Sony had to do as a result.
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Thread Disney-Sony Standoff Ends Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige’s Involvement In ‘Spider-Man’ (negotiations still on-going)
I suspect that both sides think they have winning leverage. Sony thinks their IP is better than ever, and that Disney needs Marvel money ASAP to cover the Fox bid. Disney thinks they bring too much to the table and provide the booster shot that is keeping the franchise working. Ultimately, they're both true, and if the producers don't do anything stupid, they will go back to the table to save shareholder value for projected fiscal year financials. I think there will be a holding pattern until that time, and probably a new deal. If Sony announced a movie without Marvel, then the bridge is burnt. But I don't think we will know for quite awhile. For now, it seems, they will fight it out in the media and see what happens.
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Thread Apple |OT|
Even if it doesn't solve it, it's right there in the script: if you go to the Apple Store their process is guaranteed to be 1) basic diagnostics (to rule out anything obviously wrong) 2) wipe and iCloud restore 3) wipe and start from scratch ...So may as well do it yourself and save waiting around the Genius Bar for hours.
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Thread Disney-Sony Standoff Ends Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige’s Involvement In ‘Spider-Man’ (negotiations still on-going)
The numbers, the news, it's all fine to speculate, but it's simply negotiation tactics. Disney and Sony have their own reasons to play ball (Disney: MCU, Sony: Spiderman) and since nobody has blinked, they've taken it public to see if one side gets the edge. We knew this fight was inevitable ever since it began because of the time limit and money involved. I wouldn't believe any of this is final until you actually see a movie announcement that precludes it. Both sides have too much money to lose, these tactics just get us closer to them solving it one way or another.
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Thread Anyone here watch Schitt’s Creek?
Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy had a long history working together on SCTV, so it was a lock that they could pull off their roles. Also, random but I must admit I was surprised to learn that Twyla (the waitress) is Eugene's daughter in real life. Makes the restaurant scenes funnier, somehow
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
Sorry Cloudy but I have no idea why you love to obsess over kicker scoring :laugh Just cut the position if it makes you uncomfortable. I’m not really comfortable with making the position more boom and bust when it’s already a dice roll slot anyways.
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
Of course, I mean I had to start one of the dregs last year too; bad Trubisky, bad Bucs, etc. But the point is, if you double or triple up, you're doing that at the cost of RB or WR value instead. And our benches are short one compared to most leagues, so if you want a third as your backup, you're hit hard there too. Waiver pickups are not as much of a no-brainer when you're trying to protect backups and your third QB is taking 20% of your bench. Let's say 32-40 QBs go in the draft - that means the worst RB/WR you pick is 20-24 picks better than before, the waiver pool is two rounds deeper, and it becomes a serious strategy of "do I start RB, WR, or QB at Superflex"? every week.
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
To be honest, I know a lot of players here are habitual, so changes can be tough to make. But if I can campaign for a few anyway: Basically, I disagree with the assertion that adding RB to flex will dry out the market. In 16 teams it puts that much more pressure, but ultimately if you want a true draft of value, superflex is the way to go, particularly in big leagues. It's actually *infusing* talent into the draft by making you decide if you want, say, Sam Darnold in the flex, or that 3rd RB you found or that 3rd receiver. And on average those second half QBs are not scoring a lot of points per week. I just think that's a lot more interesting than the league draining the WR pool down to the Bills 3rd receiver. Sure, in the draft itself, most of the QBs are going to be taken. But if you go too hard on QB, somebody gets the value on RB or WR. And by the time you hit the season and we all triage our rosters, there's simply just more on the waiver wire this way. So I think it's actually the *most* responsible thing you can do in a 16 team league. You're adding basically 32 players to the draft pool that are more valuable than our current last few rounds. This one is the real breakthrough, I think. DEF starts at zero and gains and loses points like other positions. The basic trick is: and has how to specifically edit Yahoo leagues.
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
I won't disagree with that . $75 is more accessible. I guess it depends how many are in. I do the same fee in another league, but it's a 10 year keeper league, so you are buying in for the "long haul". Anyway I'm still good with either, but I would definitely get the teams to vote I would also say maybe we should start considering format changes?My keeper league is notoriously conservative on rule changes, and they almost unanimously approved the DEF change. We also converted TE to TE/WR...but kicker was held. Sometimes nostalgia is king
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Thread No Quitters Fantasy NFL Football League (Season 11) |OT|
I'm pretty flexible right now on price and timing, but as usual it's paypal for me...so let me know. My 10 year keeper league does $100 so I'm fine with last season's price, but again, not a big difference to me
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
There is one youtube video out there suggesting 1-2c, but 1 does not make a statistically significant number, and even the youtuber admitted the difference was so small it could be nothing. Now, it's possible to just have a dying fan (in which case Nidec would make a difference) but I have to admit that I have a Nidec and it was purely the clean + repaste + repad that made the difference for me.
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
Fan is back on now with my Pro. Nowhere near as bad though.
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Thread Mankind Divided's OST is so incredible and overall an achievement in crafting Cyberpunk sounds
Already mentioned above, he did work for Breach. Soundcloud is above but here's an example
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Thread Mankind Divided's OST is so incredible and overall an achievement in crafting Cyberpunk sounds
Well I worked on the game, but pretty much when I see these threads I have to point out we did Breach (the online component) with the music scored by Ed Harrison (@00edit) of NeoTokyo fame...and it's all on (or I suppose youtube if thats your jam). The music is awesome.
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Thread Dragon Quest Builders 2 |OT| You Can Pet the Dog
Reallllly not a fan of the season pass and DLC content descriptions, but having played what is available so far it makes a lot more sense now.My hype went pretty high after Aquarium, but I guess if you did it in any other order...not so much. I still think the DLC is worth it, but basically only if you really enjoy building (to be fair, the point of the game)
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Thread Dragon Quest Builders 2 |OT| You Can Pet the Dog
Ah, there you go. I had already completed most of the game, so it didn't seem particularly connected. But it makes sense.
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Thread Dragon Quest Builders 2 |OT| You Can Pet the Dog
Small, not random at all AFAIK? Fishing island has a small quest series, a new tool, and then a quest line that require you to go to another location. I really just started, but it's not the random "check x blocks" setup at all. I assume the others are also like this (I heard there is on one of the other islands), which can be used for a lot of recipes. Will check in after I see the other DLC locations...
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Thread Dragon Quest Builders 2 |OT| You Can Pet the Dog
It’s all out. Just buy the season pass and restart the game (at least, that’s how it works on Switch). The islands are reached from the boat, so next time you are at the Island of Awakening you can take the boat to those places without any hearts expense.
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Thread Dragon Quest Builders 2 |OT| You Can Pet the Dog
No, restart the game executable, the DLC won't install unless you quit out. Once the DLC is ready you will know it's available because the boat captain will talk about each of the DLC packs. You do not need to do anything to your save file. (I just installed it)
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Thread Dragon Quest Builders 2 |OT| You Can Pet the Dog
: Here's 3 more rando locations + a bunch of new blocks that hardly seem necessary: Islands with new quests, mechanics, and some food types that are very rare or not found anywhere else. I honestly wish I had bought it day one.
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Thread Wolfenstein: Youngblood |OT| Les Louves Chassent en Meute
Is there any reason to go with the firing rate build? Seems like all-damage is the way to go?
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Thread Tech Companies Say it's Too Hard to Hire High-Skilled Immigrants in the U.S. — So They're Growing in Canada Instead
It's geography, basically. At first, Vancouver was cheaper. But it was also extremely close to Redmond and Seattle (Microsoft, Sega, Nintendo, Amazon, Valve, etc etc etc) Geography is a big deal when you're either looking to keep flight costs short (California) or are from another country (Japan, China), or simply want a similar way of life. Toronto is easily the biggest city in Canada, but it's also the most American, which can be a huge plus in general for companies moving up, but it holds its geography advantage only for the eastern seaboard.
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Thread Tech Companies Say it's Too Hard to Hire High-Skilled Immigrants in the U.S. — So They're Growing in Canada Instead
The article in the OP (from TIME) is good, but also just exposing something that's been going on for more than a decade. Microsoft's presence in Vancouver today is specifically because they needed a holding area for engineers while they tried to gradually migrate them to Redmond. BC was nearby, much easier to get people in, and of course just a phone call or road trip away from the main office. But immigration never got easier. It got worse. H1B was nearly impossible for some. So they expanded more in Vancouver instead. Now they have a crazy expensive main downtown office, multiple studios, probably still have their satellite offices there as well. At some point it was just easier to bring people to BC and settle in Vancouver - now one of the most expensive cities in the world - then fight against US immigration rules.
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
Hey I feel for you, but I never meant "don't ever watch any other videos!" I meant that if you watch several of them during the disassembly, you can get into other problems. The motherboard might drop out (as it did for me) or the PSU will fall down or you yank one of the interior cables. I absolutely think you should watch multiple videos to be comfortable with the process, but what I found in the PS4Pro disassembly videos if that step 5 for one is completely different from step 5 for another. You should pick one order and go for it. Or take photos as suggests and roll your own. What should go without saying is that in any video, if your component is not coming out as easily as what you see, then pulling harder is rarely a good idea. Troubleshoot. Maybe they missed a step? (And they did; the author admits this in the comments of his video) Maybe *I* missed a step? Sony doesn't want you to disassemble this thing so treat it like hostile ground. I was so confused over the PSU cable pull that I watched 3 videos and read two iFixit teardowns before ultimately trying a straight pull on the other end. Anyway, I hope your PS4 gets fixed soon, honestly. The noise dif for me was huge and it makes playing Hitman a lot easier on the ears (and sound system).
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
My only warning is that if you use that video + the other one...they use different orders of disassembly, so deciding which order can get confusing. This one also removes the antenna screw, which is unnecessary. But to the point of it does look like there are two screws on the backplate also connected to the PSU? So it makes sense to remove the backplate first per the order of this video.
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
It sounds like soldering is the safest solution. I have no experience with conductive glue though.I looked at the video, and it does show how to remove all five screws (2 long, 3 short) from the PSU area? (Of course it's the really annoying too fast version with no commentary...)
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
Ah, okay, I didn't see that. Yeah, pulling the cable at all was still an act of faith (it was not budging) but ultimately, a straight pull on the PSU proved that the cable adhered more to the plug than it did to my hand. 48 hours in, still basically more quiet than Builders 2 on my Switch dock. One other point I forgot to get at: another reason why the iFixit tweezers are useful is to get rid of those tamper stickers. These are not garden-variety stickers - they are so flush with the system that they don't peel and hardly seem to be stickers at all. I basically used the sharp tweezers to tear at it a bit, scrape some of it until enough glue formed to yank it off. Not difficult but also not obvious. I think my rebuild took about 2-3 hours including finding all of the equipment and carefully organizing my way through. If I had to open again, 1 hour tops. In some ways its a really user friendly process (two screw types, arrows pointing out some of them, and only two screws that were at risk of stripping (the ones on the APU "frame", which you don't really need to remove)
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
Well, add me to the "Fuck it, I'm taking apart the PS4 Pro" club. I did it, thanks to folks in this thread.Tools that should be on anyone's list for this kind of work: Overall, if you have the tools, it's not a hard build. But since you have to disassemble like 90% of the console it's also a bit nerve-wracking. Huge struggles:I couldn't get it out either. After 10 minutes of pain, I followed iFixit's teardown with the far easier solution: unplug the cable from the power supply instead of from the motherboard (it unplugs on both ends!) You can pull the cable out by yanking it straight from the PSU, which actually did work...
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Thread Survivor 38: Edge of Extinction |OT| Where Castaways Attempt to Jump the Shark
No. It’s a sequel to last season’s format though
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Thread Dragon Quest Builders 2 is the greatest game for which I had no hype — and it might be my favorite game so far this year
Honestly, although the Builders title is cool, these games are also really: DRAGON QUEST 1-2 DRAGON QUEST 2-2 In the tradition of Final Fantasy X-2, XIII-2, etc. There's an argument to be made that if an MMO can be a mainline JRPG, why not these games? They are that good.
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Thread Dragon Quest Builders 2 is the greatest game for which I had no hype — and it might be my favorite game so far this year
Blueprints system was changed for some reason. But basically, if you press the system button (+ on Switch), go to Builderpedia > Recipes, there is a category with all of the regular room blueprints. You can pick any one you want and press to spawn it as an inventory item. From there you can place it as usual. I'm surprised they don't teach you this, but there are a lot of tutorials in the game already... (Edit: Note that it only shows blueprints you have discovered or earned...) I can't say I need a dodge move, but I will say the most obvious mistake they made is that the font size is too small. DQB2 has no problem using sub 10pt fonts for localization reasons, and it's an accessibility disaster.There's a reason why the the UX community is pushing for 28px+ on everything, and this game may end up as an example of what happens when you don't.
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
Still waiting on the parts, but I did open it up to check and yeah, still very little dust, but the fan is definitely Nidec. So I guess that doesn't make it easier to decide whether I should buy another fan or not.
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
Probably will. The fan on eBay is technically cheaper, but getting it in less than a month is another $38 USD :lol I'll give the Pro a look and see what I've got.
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
So you just went Nidec>Nidec? Interesting. I'll keep that in mind. Dust is 100% not a problem here. Already tried cleaning it out once to no effect.
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
Yeah, at $19 it would be a steal. The amazon option is going to be $50 USD + Shipping, so I'm not sure about taking that extra step yet.
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Thread Nintendo Switch Lite announced at $199, launches September 20th, "dedicated handheld" (smaller, has D-Pad, has gyro, no HD Rumble, no dock/TV output)
This. Confirmed directly in the announcement video.
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
Interested. Not sure what fan I have yet but I couldn’t find a Nidec source yet if nothing else worked out. Found a way to get the iFixit tools for less than a King’s ransom, so I’m going to try a repaste and repad in the next month as well.
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
Interesting kit! Pretty much need to go almost as far as disassembly to figure out what fan I have (ladder, extract pro, clear a table, de-dust, remove lid) but considering the kit you linked also comes with MX-2? Very appealing if I need it. Will look into this ASAP. Ended up going iFixit regardless because I know they provide quality tools (and just generally a lot of the supporting tools I wanted, like a magnetic tray, spudgers, various tweezers) and because I finally found an Amazon link that would ship here (iFixit's own store charges $50 USD for shipping, by comparison). But still need to source paste and pads, so this is an interesting option.
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
I don't have the high pitch, coil wine sort of problem, but it's a super-loud blower (so, I think the fan is working properly, it's just running at "high") which is loud enough that I have to turn up TV volume significantly. I live in a country where it's 30c year-round, so we already run ceiling fans (if not more), and this is very loud compared to those. Hitman, Days Gone, Horizon all run full volume. Even Bloodstained runs loud (not as loud though) in menus. It's enough that if I want to properly enjoy the audio I'd just plug in headphones.
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Thread Spider-Man: Far From Home |Spoiler OT| Even dead, I'm the hero
You guys probably already talked about this, but what I really loved was how it was both a "summer vacation" movie and a stealth, straight up Iron Man 4. Peter literally inherited all of Tony's problems - disgruntled employees, morally questionable weapons tech, and then had to rebuild on the fly to adapt and fight the threat. Mysterio is gracefully turned from an "Avengers" or Thor esque villain into something from Tony's neighborhood pantheon, and it works. The Captain nods I think were a bit of an evolution - suggesting that Peter has the chance to take the best of Tony *and* Steve, but even when Peter gets outed,it still basically follows the arc of Iron Man 1, where Tony decides he can't spend his life hiding what he is AND doing what he is compelled to do. Peter is now thrust into that exact situation, only without the sufficiently inflated ego to buffer the impact. And we get to skip movies worth of "they can't find out who I am!!!" (Would love to see a shot of Vulture in prison, shaking his head.)
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Thread Fuck it, I’m going to try to fix my PS4Pro’s noise problem. Tips and words of encouragement needed (Update: results are in)
Any particular reason to really go liquid metal? Seems like the safest but still effective solution would be Arctic Silver / other non-conductive compound. Thanks for the info though, looking hard at options. If only iFixit wasn't hundreds of dollars over here.
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Thread Kawhi Leonard has signed with the Los Angeles Clippers; Paul George also traded to Clippers
Exactly. Kawhi was heading to the Lakers - per Woj - if the Clippers didn't find a way to get PG. He was going to LA regardless. More brutal than LeBron in the sense that he wasn't willing to go first and then recruit, but in terms of sheer leverage it was perfect: trade whatever Presti asks, or the Clippers are going to sit in the shadow of a Lakers dynasty.
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Thread NBA 2019 Offseason |OT| Nobody beats the Wiz (ards of Washington DC)
I would agree with you if the Raptors were run like the Knicks, but Masai actually knows what he's doing. Wiggins basically signed a max deal and is on the books through 2023 with 27, 29, 31, and 33 million per season. If Masai wants to rebuild, taking a max player who doesn't play like one is a big ol' money pit best left for the Wizards. MLSE is special in that they already have the Dallas Cowboys of the NHL (Leafs). Raptors success is great, but they aren't thirsty for Canadian stars. The only way I'd see Wiggins happen is if the front office truly believed they could turn him into a top 30 player...
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Thread NBA 2019 Offseason |OT| Nobody beats the Wiz (ards of Washington DC)
Only if Minnesota finds somebody to swallow the Wiggins contract...
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Thread Kawhi Leonard has signed with the Los Angeles Clippers; Paul George also traded to Clippers
And this is why you do the deal, but it just means that when Kawhi's contract is up, keeping him there is much harder as you've got nothing to deal but the existing bench and 2nd round picks. They gave up through 2026, basically, and they will be competing with the Lakers on every FA that could make the difference, because they won't have the assets to make a deal. People who hate the risk will just say that if the team is forced to rebuild, the Brooklyn situation could occur (bad + no 1st rounders) but you make that deal every time if both players are still willing to come. Nobody wants to make the Presti mistake..
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Thread Kawhi Leonard has signed with the Los Angeles Clippers; Paul George also traded to Clippers
Sure, Clips won 11 more games and didn't have their star player get hurt. But both teams gutted their talent to upgrade and don't even need to show up for the first round of the NBA Draft until their signings have left the team or moved elsewhere. That was my point: people crapping on the AD trade should be saying the same thing here. I think it's the right move, honestly. LBJ+AD for all of your first rounders plus some young guys, or Kawhi + PG + all your 1sts + some young guys...either way, you get the sure thing now. If things don't work out, your team rots for awhile to rebuild, but as the Raptors showed, better to try and chip now then pretend it's about your future 3 years from now. As much as I respect OKC for making the move, these teams are both basically using the lesson learned from OKC dealing Harden: don't do it.
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Thread Kawhi Leonard has signed with the Los Angeles Clippers; Paul George also traded to Clippers
Yeah, uh...anyone complaining about the Lakers AD pay will need to take a close look at this one too. It's a hell of a get but basically the Lakers and Clippers are now both cupboard empty.
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Thread The unsung realism of Hitman 2 levels (Hitman appreciation thread)
Ultimately the reason I always love to quote for Sapienza is that if you escape in the small car, there's a chance that you will run over someone in the exit cutscene. Which does count against you.
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
I have specific thoughts on the three updates... I think it's an enjoyable level, and the fantasy is undeniable. But what troubles me is the unresolved struggle within the objective triangle. Totally agree with that there are some missed opportunities for a challenge pack later. The final costume is basically begging for the same treatment the Ninja got in the Season 1 hospital mission. But because the core fantasy is so strong, it's totally worth playing regardless.
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Thread HITMAN 2 Bank Level - June 25th
We've both been in gamedev so you probably already know this, but for those who don't... There are two content update strategies on console:TL;DR you need to launch PS Store and download the episode yourself. Once it's ready I believe you do not need to restart the game, but it is an annoying step to take outside of the game itself.
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Thread iPad LTE help needed
Generally speaking if it's not negotiating LTE it means your rough order of priority isIf all of that fails, and Verizon CS can't help you, then there is probably a fault on that particular iPad...providing you live in an area with working LTE. Pretty easy to prove, though - if you have no LTE on the iPad at an Apple Store, then its a device issue and the above would all be valuable steps.
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Thread Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown |OT| Game of Drones
Yeah, it's awkward. I see why they don't want it to unbalance the campaign, but if that's the case, I would just make it "free" once you finish the story once. Grinding the money is a real buzzkill for something you paid for. The secondary weapons cost too, so even though 2m is not as much as it would be in some of the other Ace games, it's still a lot.
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Thread Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown |OT| Game of Drones
In the campaign, the Raven costs 2 million credits and is at the end of the tree. Presumably the other super fighters will also be at that tier.
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Thread The Toronto Raptors are your 2019 NBA champions!
Supposed to meet with the Governor General, not with the PM, or at least, that's how it worked last time somebody won in the 90's.
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Thread Apple |OT|
Macrumors buyers guide puts it halfway through its current cycle, so it's not a terrible idea. But since iPadOS is super-early beta right now, you'd be better off waiting until September as that's much closer to the iPadOS public release version + the next Apple hardware conference, where they would announce a new one if it's coming. It's hard to say, really - iPad Pro is setup as the bleeding edge model, but they could also just skip another 8+ months and allocate all of the A13 CPUs towards the next iPhone instead - I mean, the Pro is a beast in hardware already - it wouldn't be at an appreciable disadvantage. If you're like me you'll be split on the size to get even after you buy it. 11" is clearly more portable, 12.9" is clearly more awesome for some games/any drawing work. I think if I was using it a lot as a workplace thing for notes, I'd go small for sure.
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Thread Apple |OT|
That's exactly what I meant. It's already OP. Tons of RAM, tons of cores, basically more power than typically used day-to-day apps (web, reading, video, drawing) and the OS will need. Of course, if you're really running hardcore drawing or 3D apps, more performance is always better, but it's going to be blazing for games for awhile. (Apple is now killing support for iOS devices with 1GB RAM, fyi). If I didn't already own one, I'd be waiting for the September conference, but I won't be selling this one for a few years, at least.No difference. You'll only notice if you're running apps that need that much more legroom. Better off getting something reasonable now and then save that extra for the next one.
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
That’s an interesting workaround on PC, probably because the save format is the same. But I’m not sure it would be possible on console since you generally can’t read save data off other games.
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Thread Forgotten Console Features
On the PS2, DTS became popular because some developers figured out how to re-task the VU0 vector processor to encode DTS instead. DTS 4.0 and 5.1 were both much cheaper encodes than a real-time DD5.1 stream, which is why EA used it so much, but I guess GTA3 was the most famous example? Some games could do DD5.1 (such as MGS2) but that was only for cutscenes. Otherwise, your only options were DPL/DPL2 or just straight up stereo sound. Pro Logic 2 as a standard was really new at the time - it went public less than a year before GameCube released - but it's a simulated, "mix" Dolby mode, not true 5 channel audio. The upside is that the encode cost is super-cheap - Wii and GameCube both easily supported it - but the downside is you just don't get the same kind of separation as with DTS/DD. Factor 5 popularized this standard with Rogue Leader, but Nintendo used it as late as Super Mario Galaxy, I think.PS3 uses Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR, which only allows for 8 devices. But one of them has to be the master (the console). So that leaves 7 for any game controllers/bluetooth peripherals you have. Of course, actually having enough CPU time to process and display the results of seven inputs is...questionable, but it is there.
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Thread End of GoT left you unsatisfied? Check out the Wheel of Time, a legendary 15 book fantasy series
Well, I think it is very dealable in todays world of high-end makeup/costume work and plentiful CG (the zombies in TWD for instance, I've seen equal quality on Korean variety TV) but I do agree figuring out how to show the one power on TV would be complex. Still, it would be cool to see it work exactly as described - no "magic glow" or tractor beams, just things straight up challenging reality. Anyway, the biggest problem is simply getting the write production team in place. Plenty of good shows that go nowhere without the right showrunning, the right script, the right plan. HBO famously put GoT and Westworld through very long term fixing to get it right, so it will be interesting to see how Amazon attacks this problem.
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Thread End of GoT left you unsatisfied? Check out the Wheel of Time, a legendary 15 book fantasy series
Books are highly ymmv, so I'm never surprised by the complaints. But I love the series. It's big, but you should know that from the sheer number of books. Jordan grappled with exactly the same problems GRRM has right now in that if you are writing character-centric, they can steer your story plan off the road and it ends up resulting in 2 more books. But it has tons of high points, ends fantastically, and TV will of course find a way to cut it into more streamlined pieces. And like GRRM, the world-building is incredibly detailed. (There's a reason Jordan has always been in the top 5-10 best-selling fantasy authors of all time) If you don't like it, drop it? But it's not successful at random. I imagine WoT would have been on TV already, but Jordan famously would just take the money, thinking the TV part was a total crapshoot and probably going nowhere. "Better to take the cheque and get back to writing", basically. Sadly he didn't live into the peak Netflix era.
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Thread Survivor 38: Edge of Extinction |OT| Where Castaways Attempt to Jump the Shark
Er...what? :lol Survivor SA is basically a foreign version of mainline survivor, maybe S20-S30 range. It runs short, it's hilarious, but they definitely roll with idols and things get messy. But the strategy is around that era. The complication with SA is that there are a lot of walks of life involved, so there are a lot of edges. Survivor AUS strategy is pretty similar to the days of alliances and outward control (Vanuatu?), but it's also rapidly changing due to the current format of Champions vs. Challengers (basically, athletes, celebrities, other people of achievement). There are idols, but the crew are also harder on the cast and less likely to directly adhere to rules like idol repopulation. The show definitely likes playing with ideas like poison rewards (the "how best do I lie to my tribe after this?" problem). But it's definitely the closest to original survivor and the long runtime really helps.The show would be a disaster if they were competing, and that format was already well explored. This is basically an extension of the Cochran concept they had a few seasons ago (and possibly a way for them to get in shape if the winners season happens?) but I do agree there are some big unanswered questions on the format. Just replacing Jeff doesn't make sense, unless they want 40 players...
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Thread Apple is being sued for its App Store walled garden; ruling could have severe implications for gaming consoles
The Supreme Court ruling applies to only one thing: They have ruled that yes, even though developers set their own prices, Apple is the gatekeeper, so if you want to complain that app prices are too high because of Apple, you can. The case hasn't happened yet, the SCOTUS haven't ruled on the case or Apple's chances, or really anything else. The thread is basically discussing what would happen if the case is litigated AND if Apple's new defense loses AND if they then lose appeals (also possibly all the way up to the Supreme Court). This video (already posted on the thread) has some in-depth details, if you want it:
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Thread SCOTUS rules against Apple in App Store lawsuit, allows lawsuit to continue
Yep, the SC is just saying they can go to court and not be overruled immediately. The case itself could still be absolutely demolished - especially since it would be painfully easy for Apple to showcase how they don't have an app phone monopoly - but as with any lawsuit if there's a hint of danger you can bet there are settlement numbers floating somewhere.
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Thread Started watching Colony (no spoilers)
Counterpart secured a deal through Starz guaranteeing two seasons, but I believe it has since been cancelled and the production team has given up on doing anything further. It's a really good show though, JK Simmons is brilliant
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
I agree, but compared to Season 1, I can see why people would compare and say "wait, where's my second campaign", where's my movie shoot mission, where's my 14 ETs, etc. The trick is that they did the grind upfront (to ship Hitman 2 all at once) and switched to a Season Pass, and they didn't have the head start that they did on Hitman 1. They also were cut by SE, had to buy themselves out, find a new publisher, open a second studio. So I guess they could have just rolled with a content plan like the previous game, but in truth when you change everything, you change how you produce content too, or you risk burning out everyone involved. I wouldn't be surprised if we hear a few new things around E3, either for Hitman 2 or the future, but I feel pretty good about all they've built and the immediate plan.
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
Why? It takes time and money to make them, and rather than see another studio crunch article, I’m happy they are working on core content as well as (I suspect) the next game. Believe it or not they actually expanded with a new studio recently, too.
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
Yes, but with some different placements of items. Scripting is 95% the same, but it’s an interesting wink in that usually you can’t play an ET twice, whereas this one directly allows you to. And you get the robot just for playing. I do wish they had done a new setup but I guess they couldn’t get Bean back for even more VO...
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
So I love how Faba had an eyepatch to represent his previous “death”. But sadly lost my SA directly due to the UI. Classic “on the last frame, was in reach of two triangle actions” and the game triggered the one farthest away (Open Door). Sigh
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
Gold edition is the full season pass, which basically means some exclusive item kits (effectively skins) two new Sniper Maps (one being Hantu Port, the other not released yet) and the two new main gameplay levels (neither of which has released yet) Silver by comparison is like 1/2 of the season pass, with Hantu and one gameplay level. If you love Hitman 2, you may as well pay for the season pass discount (gold) but you could also just wait for all of the content to release.
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Thread Survivor 38: Edge of Extinction |OT| Where Castaways Attempt to Jump the Shark
Yep. The entire tribe flat out said they don't want to play with Devens anymore because they think he will win. This sort of thing has happened in Survivor's past, but generally when it happens the entire tribe devises a plan to mitigate him or at least watch him 24-7. When you don't do that, crazy stuff happens. And he has been repeatedly lied to in a manipulative way, so it's refreshing that he can be funny and flamboyant about it without being straight-up mean-spirited. Anyway, there is now presumably 6+1 players left in the game. Devens would need 4 more immunities (challenge or otherwise) to win the game. So it really feels more like the show is buying time for a winner to emerge out of the pack, which apart from Ron has seemed entirely too passive and mechanical thus far. I mean, voting out Wardog? :lol
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Thread How come "increase text size" isn't a standard option in all games?
From my experience I would say 99% of gamedev (not just QA) uses 24" panels. They have been around a long time, they do 1080p (or 1200p) and they work perfectly fine with a DVI or HDMI cable. Gamedev upgrades at the speed of business, so if it works... That being said, 32"-65" TVs are more common in studios now thanks to X1X/PS4Pro, with living room style viewing spaces on occasion or in meeting rooms. So it's up to developers in general to flag these issues and use minimum specs to get games up to basic readability. (Alex Neonakis of Naughty Dog did a with some specs)I didn't talk about contrast in this thread since it's not the topic, but for sure, contrast is a big issue that affects text readability. The front line for both size and contrast topics right now is subtitles - something I'm researching a lot lately - because it's the easiest and most obvious to fix. But solving only subs leaves some other UI areas completely untouched, so it's equally important to solve contrast for those as well. We have some colorblind developers in the studio but ultimately this is where it helps to be part of a bigger company that can do usability testing.
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Thread How come "increase text size" isn't a standard option in all games?
As a UX designer, I hear you (and keep the feedback coming, pretty sure this thread will be cited by somebody as part of our accessibility works) This thread has nailed the big three problems with using a large text size:We are definitely fighting to make things more accessible, but threads like this really help to expose specific problems. :)
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Thread Look inside the new $1.3 billion complex at Singapore's Changi Airport, with a 130-foot indoor waterfall
Singapore has some rules on airport pricing, namely that vendors can't add surplus charges over downtown shops, and since the country has a vested interest in foreigners moving to the country to fill gaps in the labor market, they also are dead set on making Changi a world-class attraction. And, well, Singapore loves building malls. Jewel is "just another mall", for sure, but it does have three shops of note to locals and visitors:
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Thread Apple |OT|
Basically just any 7.5w+ charger, but if you want airpods to charge you need something flat, so hopefully it's wide enough to sit an Xs Max on. has a general piece on Qi Charger recommendations. Apple Watch only charges wirelessly (so you can just use what it ships with) but doesn't simply obey the Qi spec, so if you want to charge that too, you need a combo dock like ? It's not the Airpower dream of put whichever device wherever, but it does allow you to charge both things in one place.
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Thread 더 지니어스 The Genius -- Classy reality-game show with smart people
Depends on your taste. There isn't specifically a Genius style show, but there are a handful of entertaining ones. I'll skip Crime Scene since it's already finished. If you like Cooking: The name seems to vary based on the subtitler, but basically, two funny hosts, 8 professional chefs, and 2 celebrity guests per week. They literally haul in your fridge, and then per requests from each guest, cook amazing meals in a series of 15min, 1v1 matches. So it's like a very neighborly version of Iron Chef. If you like Lying: 8 celebrities (a mix of comedians, actors, and singers) meet in an obscure Korean fishing village. They must stay 2 days and 1 night because...there is a cheque for $10,000 hidden somewhere. But: one of the 8 actually planted the cheque and can only take the money by secretly working against everyone else. On the final hour, the cast must vote who they think took the money - if they are right, the money is removed. It's a mix of just straight-face lying to hide what's going on, clue investigation (one of the cast from Crime Scene is here), and 100% the best comedy charades battle you'll see on TV. If you like House Hunters: Two teams of celebrities pick 3 houses each that perfectly fit the needs of a real life person. They show off he units, with two celebs acting as realtors showing off the place and the rest of both teams being in-studio to commentate. Of course, plenty of comedians, and Yong Chul from Genius is here as well (as well as Sang Min, in one case) so it's a really funny version of HH. Sadly only two episodes thus far! If you like Comedy: Take 8 celebrities on a fake prison set, and secretly tell 3 of them they are Mafia. The other 5 prisoners have a codeword only they know. Then split them into two teams of four, trigger a bunch of ridiculous games (that usually double for karaoke) followed by some truly bizarre charades and see if they can use Survivor-style eliminations to get rid of the Mafia before the end of the sequence. It's very loose and the money is minor, but seeing how they start tearing each other down in the pre-vote is hilarious. This is the least serious of all of these shows.
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Thread Apple |OT|
I think it was a mix: 1. Intel saw the writing on the wall that Apple was willing to build their own modems 2. Qualcomm gave a number that would dismiss the cases on both sides but ALSO delay Apple's entry into modems 3. Apple did the math and calculated it would be cheaper to settle than to fight (which, even if they have amazing amounts of money, is still a distraction better moved elsewhere). Plus, it's a settlement, so no judgement; they can always return to court in the future if QC presses the Texas button again. Win/win/win in the sense that Apple gets Qualcomm, Qualcomm keeps their market, and Intel GTFO before they lose their shirt. You could still call Intel a loser but they have plenty of other business to fight like Optane vs. SSD.
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Thread was GBA sound that bad, or is it because youtubers playing on emulator?
The "scratchiness" is usually due to games using 8kHz, 11kHz or 16kHz audio. A lot of games would mix at 8 or 11 because of the savings in CPU usage, assuming that players wouldn't hear a huge difference through the GBA speaker anyway. I mean, if you really wanted, you could have 44khz, 16-bit CD quality audio...but you'd basically use everything on the CPU and cartridge to make it happen. So instead, as developers we would try to figure out a sweet-spot budget of channels to mix, frequency, and storage. Now, even on the speaker 8 can sound pretty bad, but...if you're doing an action game then chances are you already need as much CPU as you can get, and so audio gets shortchanged. Even moreso because of the cost pressure to keep files as small as possible (as we were limited to file techniques of the era, and whenever possible we wanted uncompressed samples due to the CPU+memory cost of storing them in RAM instead) Engines like Shin'en's or F5s could help a lot with producing better sound, but it was ultimately being caught between CPU and storage that made things fundamentally so much harder than on the SNES (where the DSP could do a lot of the work for you).
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
They did. But they didn’t port Hitman: Sniper Challenge (which you can see the title screen of in Sapienza). It's the first game of the sniper map format and functions virtually identical to Himmelpan. I guess it's running Glacier 1 and not Glacier 2 so they'd have to rebuild it, but it's closer in game design than Absolution is to Season 1, for sure.
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Thread Hitman 2 |OT| Silent Assassin
Yeah, if it’s new missions like the Movie filming, that would be amazing. I can appreciate the sniper maps, but a) I’m really surprised they didn’t port over the old one and b) the current two are such a fast burn. Usually hit challenge max around Level 10, so they just don’t have the replayability of new maps or new assignments.
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Thread The Crown S2 |OT| All Hail The Queen (Netflix)
I dunno, one episode makes sense to me. It’s not like JFK and the Queen were constantly talking. There was clearly a tremendous effect but not necessarily a lasting one. Dexter was a pretty weird choice, but hey, it wasn’t about him, it was about his wife. So it’s pretty easy for me to let it slide. I guess if they cut the finale into a later episode it would have felt more historical, but it also would have derailed their other storyline. So as a non-American it was alright
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Thread Star Trek Discovery - Season 2 |OT| Exploration is logical
I just really think Mount is doing an awesome job with Pike. I was basically ready to Lorca stan and