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Comment reply on Forum Topic "Soundcard and Headphones suggestions."

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Can i just take that as $200 total?

Dac (close enough) + headphones

I would suggest this dac, but it would be over budget

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Soundcard and Headphones suggestions."

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, that headset comes with a usb soundcard, just pointing that out :P

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which low profile cpu cooler is best?"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd use the scythe, never heard of reeven but scythe makes some good stuff

Comment reply on Forum Topic "nintendo switch gpu clock mini rant"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Nintendo doing what nintendo does best, whatever they want to.

The way i see it, i have a pc that is powerful enough to game on, i don't need 2 more sets of hardware that do nothing extra for me. The switch actually does something interesting.

The switch needs rocket league, that would make it instantly worth it to me :P

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need a wi-fi PCI-E card"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Then you'll probrably be fine with it

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need a wi-fi PCI-E card"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I would consider getting a wireless ac compatible router and turning off the modem's built in card, but I would wait and see how it performs with everything running.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need a wi-fi PCI-E card"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

If it's the sbg 6400 or 6580 i would definately consider upgrading, if it's the sbg 6782-ac or 6900-ac you're definately good. Im on edge about the sbg 6700-ac, it will probrably be fine.

Also note that connecting devices specifically to the 2.4ghz band (like phones and the just browsing computer) will help keep everything smooth as there are radios dedicated to either band and the more radios you can use the higher the total throughput is.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "really good fans to buy?"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZTRYJOM/?tag=pcpapi-20

Really good double ball bearing fan. I would suggest a single exaust fan for non or light overclocking if you have a case with half decent airflow.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need a wi-fi PCI-E card"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

The asus card certainly isn't deficiant, so if you are fine with paying an extra $30 for a prettier card go ahead.

To ensure you get the best connection possible we also need to look at a couple other things
-what model is your wifi router
-how many walls are in between your computer and your wifi router
-how many and what devices will be connected to the wifi router at the same time as you

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Common CPU Temps?"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I've used both and don't really have a preference personally, but intel burn test is a little simpler for stress testing as this is its sole purpose.

Note:either one will put substantially more stress than any game will, so expect high temps. What you're looking for is throttling.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need a wi-fi PCI-E card"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

There isn't anything wromg with the asus one per say, but there won't be any significant difference between the two in speed. It would, however, be worthwhile to make sure your wireless access point/wifi router is up to the task.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Common CPU Temps?"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want something more controlled for testing hwmonitor will give you peak tempratures and prime95 or intel burn test will wrek your cpu for you. If you run the test for a while and see your cpu's clockspeed start going down i would get a new cooler. (I would suggest the m9i i mentioned earlier)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need a wi-fi PCI-E card"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

http://pcpartpicker.com/product/tTdqqs/gigabyte-wireless-network-card-gcwb867di

This is the only wifi card i really see recomended around here, but for good reason.
-it's fast
-it uses THE chipset that other units are measured by
-it's rock solid stable
-it's cheap (for what it is)
-bluetooth is a bonus

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Common CPU Temps?"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this in celcius? 90c is getting a bit high. A cryorig m9i would fix that very quickly

Comment reply on Forum Topic "good gaming speakers under 50"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

At that price headphones are the way to go if you want anything of quality, i would suggest the audiotechnica ath-m20x.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1070 and AMD FX-8320"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

That's not how bottlenecks work. If you can get good framerates at the lowest settings in the games you want to play with your current cpu you'll be just fine.

Also note that a 1070 is stupid overkill for 1080p@60hz

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fps counter in bf1"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

You can add non steam games as a shortcut to steam and then you can launch it through steam and it will even have the steam overlay. I think the fps counter will still work

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Kodi & NAS in one PC"

  • 35 months ago
  • 4 points

Now we're getting specific. I see 3 options for this

Use freenas in a vm Kind of an odd configuration. The basic process is: set up windows, set up software based raid in windows (redundant), install vmware, set up freenas with these considerations (put the virtual drives on the redundant raid in windows), install kodi, enjoy.

Pros:easier than the next option
Most? of the pros of using freenas
Cons:33% storage efficiancy with 2 drives in windows. that means 2x2tb drives becomes 1.2tb of usable space
Resource hevy
Not common
You have to deal with windows bs and *nix bs on the same machine

Set up a linux server
Lightweight and extremely configurable, but you're going to have to figure out a plan and set up everything
Basic steps: set up linux on the machine, set up your choice of raid and partitioning as you see fit (can be done during installation on some distros like arch, but arch isn't for a production environment), set up your fileserver of choice, install kodi.

Pros:lightweight
Completely costomizable (pick your other pros)
Cons:you have to configure everything
Depends on your configuration (pick your cons)

use 2 machines.
This is the easiest one and the most robust one at the same time, but the most expensive. Just install freenas on a machine and install kodi on another machine.

Pros:software is being used as intended
Production ready immediately
ALL of the pros of using freenas (because you are using freenas on native hardware :P)
Easier to get support (because you are taking the road frequently traveled) Cons: expensive, that's about it. (Although you can get kodi running on any barebones linux box, so it's not that bad)

http://www.freenas.org/

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PSU included with case"

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

The psus included with cases are usually pretty questionable. Most of them are terribly outdated designs that wouldn't do well in a modern computer regardless of general quality.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fps counter in bf1"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

... add a non steam mod or shortcut? not the best solution :P

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Looking to build a combinedNas and Htpc with spare PC."

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

assuming you are planing on just building on top of a desktop os windows (as opposed to using something like freenas) the two services aren't exclusive. You should be able to set up whatever filesharing you want then install mediacentere software on top of it (like kodi) and just leave them both running.

That is the most basic way at least. It doesn't offer anything fancy like software based raid, but those things can quickly add complication. Luckily kodi will pretty much take care of all of the mediacenter stuff for you, so the convalution is all in the nas part (if the only thing you want to actually share is media kodi can take care of that too with a built in upnp server, did i mention that kodi is awesome yet?)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "fan makes a weird noise"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

You could try, but it's a bit late. I'd just get some light mecanical oil from wallmart and oil the bearing

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fps counter in bf1"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I usually just use steam's built in frame counter, not the best thing but it is dead simple (you can enable it in the steam options)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Will a SSD fit in this old motherboard?"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

You should probrably list an alternative :P

Comment reply on Forum Topic "fan makes a weird noise"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/quiet-noisy-computer-fans-with-a-drop-of-oil/ You could try oiling the bearing

Or assuming that it is new you can try to get nzxt to rma just the fan

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Headphone amp?"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

an amplifier distorts as it gets closer to full volume, so using a seperate amplifier that can deliver more power so you don't have to turn it up. If you aren't near full volume while liatening it doesn't really matter.

If you want to get better sound and aren't pushing the volume limit on your soundcard I would suggest a dac/amp combo.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which is the best? (and what price can I expect to pay?)"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I wonder if amd cards would fare better. Amd vs nvidia driver development would suggest so, but I want to see numbers for this.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which is the best? (and what price can I expect to pay?)"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Awh, that puts the gtx 770 at only $100 of new card :( i guess that means shifting everything down a step. (Likely because of the lack of driver optimization for new games)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Any suggestions for saving money with this build?"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

That gpu is waaaay overkill. An rx 470 will kill just about anything at 1080p edit: it seems a bit overpriced in the uk atm, an rx 460/1050 would do well with the 1050ti being somewhere in the middle.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which is the best? (and what price can I expect to pay?)"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

The gtx 770 performs somewhere between the current gen $135 1050 ti and the $170 rx 470 (according to userbench, so grain of salt there) and being just a tad faster than the 280x but a bit slower than the r9 290 and 780 which is about 470 level performance (once again userbench) this is the range I would aim for with your performance goals.

so gtx 770 and r9 280x = $150 worth of new card
Gtx 780 and r9 290 = $170 worth of new card

I'm not sure how that translates to used card prices, but that's what you get compared to a new card.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Should I use USB or 3.5mm connection"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd use the usb. B150 motherboards are more barebones in io and features, so it's kinda unlikely that they included a good dac onboard. On the other hand kingston wouln't want to do anything to make their headphones worse.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Mic Question"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

try this

Right click on on the speaker icon in the Taskbar, click sounds, then click the Playback tab. Double click on the device through which you want the microphone sound to playback, then click on the Levels tab. There will be a volume selector slide for the microphone. It may have been set to mute by default. Make sure the speaker icon shows sound waves, not a red slash-circle.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "A10 7700K overwatch peformance?"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

from my poking around you should be able to keep over 60fps on low-med settings at 720p

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Rogue One *Spoiler Alert"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

The droids always seem to be the best characters in the star wars universe, lol

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Rogue One *Spoiler Alert"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

for a large portion of the movie more towards the beginning (basically before strong female character gets to the rebel base) i feel like the movie lacked a real focus. It was a good movie overall, but i can't get my mind out of the null in the middle. (It's supposed to be rising action, climax, falling action, conclusion, not rising action, falling action, rising action, conclusion, climax

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Does this Wi-Fi adapter support 5ghz?"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, the different protocols (a, b, g, n, and ac) all work on a specific band. A, b, and g are all exclusively in the 2.4ghz band and ac is only in the 5ghz band (n can use either 2.4 or 5, because it is special)
when you see a wifi card that is a/b/g/n/ac you know that it can use 2.4 or 5ghz bands becaise it supports versions of wifi that use either band.
A card that only supports a/b/g will definately only be able to use the 2.4ghz band because none of those use the 5ghz band.
A card that is a/b/g/n is a bit of a grey zone as n can be in either but doesn't have to be. (just look at the product page at that point)
There are actually n/ac and n wifi cards that only support the 5ghz band

Comment reply on Forum Topic "are pre-installed fans as bad as they say?"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

They aren't good fans, but whether or not you want to replace them really depends on your tolerance for noise. Note that one of the fans plugged in is going to be a little more than half as loud as all of the fans plugged in, but I've found that you really only need one decent fan for a non demanding build in a large case (so buy one $15-20 ball bearing or fluid bearing fan, or only have one or two fans plugged in)

This comes from someone who used to have 4 case fans :)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Favorite thing you hear from your parents that you know is not true."

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, i remember reading something about this. It gets harder to focus on things that are close up as you get older so children have more of a tendancy to be closer to the thing they're looking at like a book or the tv. It's uncomfortable for an adult to be that close and try to focus so they make the connection uncumfortable for me=bad for you.

There's the possibility of eyestrain i guess, but that's not permanent and is actually kinda hard to do so long as you aren't sitting there stairing at a light source for 6 hours at a time (which is a completely seperate issue)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Yahoo! Breach- 1 Billion Users"

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Google doesn't sell your information, their spying is in house! They're at least secure though.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Yahoo! Breach- 1 Billion Users"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

slow claps

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Windows installation"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10/ this is the official installation medium creation tool from microsoft.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Does this Wi-Fi adapter support 5ghz?"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel like this is the only wifi card that ever gets reccomended around here, but for good reason.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "HELP (In serious need of opinions on my build please)"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

What are the goals of this build

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Does this Wi-Fi adapter support 5ghz?"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

It does suport the 5ghz band, but this one from gigabyte should be a better buy.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Blower Style Cooler vs Open Air Cooled Gpu for a mini-itx build with poor airflow."

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Blower style coolers will vent the air directly out the back of the case instead of relying on extra fans for exaust. You will probrably see better temps with one for this reason

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Steam Gift Card Giveaway"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

http://steamcommunity.com/discussions/forum/1/154644349172520685/

http://steamcommunity.com/discussions/forum/0/154644045357368800/

Also this, (Which i just looked at) I'd remove the post before the mods come sweep it up

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Steam Gift Card Giveaway"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty sure that counts as an afiliate link

manirelli stealth edits link to his

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Refurbished Xbox Controllers — from $21.99 shipped"

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

... I legitimately don't know why. I went to it on amazon again and "ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482536536&sr=8-1" was tagged onto it (I assume that is the referral part)

I am mildly confused and will look into that. In the mean time I figured out the bare bones item page link https://www.amazon.com/PDP-Rock-Candy-Wired-Controller-Xbox/dp/B00M7ZJ2LY

EDIT: I figured out what that is. ref= is not for a referral link, it is for amazon to track how you move around the site. tag= is a referral link
source

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is Overwatch keyboard and mouse worth it?"

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

actually, with mechanical keyboards the switches are a substantial part of the cost, so smaller keyboards that have fewer switches are cheaper. because of this miniature mechanical keyboards like this are pretty popular for people on a budget and anyone who just wants a good, simple keyboard. I have this one For the price it is very hard for me to recommend something else.

context: there is a company named cherry that makes mechanical keyswitches, but they have been doing it so long that some of their patents have recently moved into public domain so Chinese companies are making clones as fast as they can to put into cheap keyboards, except that the copy cat switches are actually good and razer is actually one of the companies that is making copies. so razer is being razer in the corner and these other companies are driving the price of mechanical switches through the floor.

I'm not terribly good with mice.

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