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Comment reply on Forum Topic "MacOS/Win10 Dual Boot: One drive, two partitions, possible to use NTFS on one and HFS+ on the other?"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have any examples of these problems?

Comment reply on LeMonarque's Completed Build: 3rd Build: Project APEX - Intel 10-Core/20-Thread mATX Architecture Workstation for my Friend

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! Sorry this reply has taken so long. I'm studying architecture now as well and the workload is pretty intense! I'll answer your specific questions first, but I think there are a few important things you should know afterward.

  • Storage and RAM: the SSDs and RAM were more than large enough for what he was doing. In fact, the SSD setup was a bit overkill. As years passed he became less and less organized with relegating specific files to specific drives and ended up just working off of an external drive for flexibility. He didn't notice too much of a performance hit unless he was rendering.

  • Fan acoustics: The acoustics were fine unless he was rendering, in which case his PC fans would all ramp up to 100% for several hours while his images were being computed. He never complains about the noise.

  • What would he change: He'd probably simplify the SSD setup into a RAID 10. Like I mentioned, he eventually dropped the multi-drive organization because it was a lot to maintain. When you're in the zone and ready to work on your design, the last thing you want to think about is your hard drives. You want to use your tool, not think about the tool itself. So a simplified storage volume that itself was fast is probably what I'd suggest to him looking back. And that's what a RAID 10 is.

So now some context/info and lessons learned!

My friend graduated from KSU this past May and immediately moved to New York City to work for the arch viz firm DBOX. His employment there was a direct result of his obtaining an internship (the only student intern they'd taken in years). The internship itself was a direct result of his ability to produce photorealistic and stylized renderings of his work. Without this computer, he would never have been able to produce renderings of necessary quality in a timely enough fashion to turn in before deadlines.

In studio his computer was consistently the fastest in the context of rendering through VRay or handling very large projects in Revit. Projects that took his friends days to render often took him just a few hours.

HOWEVER. I will say this from both his experience and my own current experience: you do not need a supercomputer for architecture school. It's actually perfectly viable to use a laptop and have the flexibility of working anywhere you go and anywhere that is convenient. Traditional modeling software like Rhino, Grasshopper, Revit, etc. don't require much when you are forming a structure, laying floor plans and walls, cutting doors, etc. The vast majority of architecture school is designing a building and then creating diagrams and digital drawings to represent your design intent effectively. Rendering is just one part of that representation and relative to the whole, it's not something that will make or break a project.

Your building itself, physical hand-built models, and your diagrams/process work will be what communicates your design intention to your professors and peers. The role of a render is to convey the atmosphere of your design.

What I'm trying to say is that unless you want to make rendering a big part of your work focus, you won't need a powerful computer. And in the years since my friend's build, significant advancements have been made in cloud rendering (sending your files to a render farm, having that farm perform the computation, and receiving your render back via the internet).

In my friend's case, a nice desktop was a great solution because he knew he was more interested in rendering projects than actually designing the projects themselves. And it's what he does for a living now. But the vast majority of students in architecture are more interested in designing buildings and spaces, and for that I would suggest saving your money whether you decide on a desktop or a laptop.

I personally do all of my architecture work on a laptop and I know people who make their entire way through school on a laptop. It's just more convenient since work can take you to different locations. Part of the reason is that most people only have one computer, and for a college student it makes sense for that one computer to be a laptop.

Think carefully about just how much you need a super powerful computer to do your work. I'd save as much as you can. To be frank, most of the laptops that my classmates are just decent enough for playing current games at 1080p under Medium settings. It really doesn't take much unless you're interested in visualization, which will be a personal undertaking and added work to what you already have to do for class.

Architecture school is expensive. You may do a lot of large format printing for presentations, as well as spending lots of cash on materials to build models of your work. Credit hours for architecture also tend to cost more than other majors because of technology fees and equipment. And as silly as it sounds, the workload might lead or tempt you to eat out more as planning everyday life becomes more difficult, or splurge on entertainment/nights out. Life just kinda adds up in different was as an arch major. So save as much money as you can.

I hope all of this helps. Architecture school is at once the most demanding and the most rewarding thing I or my friend have ever done. It's brutal and fulfilling at the same time and a lot of passion and drive goes into it. Best of luck!

Comment reply on LeMonarque's Completed Build: VALKYRIE - Stryker, 4770K, Sabertooth Z87, GTX 780, H100i

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, cup holders only!

Comment reply on LeMonarque's Completed Build: 3rd Build: Project APEX - Intel 10-Core/20-Thread mATX Architecture Workstation for my Friend

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

He did get a decent mouse and keyboard. Cheap doesn't mean bad if you do your homework on what you're buying and buy smart instead of throwing money at your computer.

Comment reply on LeMonarque's Completed Build: 3rd Build: Project APEX - Intel 10-Core/20-Thread mATX Architecture Workstation for my Friend

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Called having a budget, mate! Peripherals you can buy later no problem. But in the moment of building you get the most for your money in the tower.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "4690k vs. 4790k For Audio Recording/Production"

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Umm "They might be right"

There's nothing derogatory about an i5 or an i7, or even an i3 or a Pentium. Assigning feelings to hardware is stupid. My sole point was that the user should first know what specific needs they have before choosing to buy something, so that they don't overspend on snake oil.

I've built with i7's, i5's, Xeons, FX-6300's, and Pentiums before. Hardware selection is purely based on two things: budget and performance needs. It is the balance of those two that leads to what you choose. Not this touchy feely brand loyalty driven nonsense that gets passed around too often on PC hardware forums.

If you thought I was one of those people, you are very much mistaken.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "4690k vs. 4790k For Audio Recording/Production"

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

You based everything you've written up to this point on this idea that I told the guy to get an i5. I never did. So I'm not sure what you mean by "up to a certain point".

I just told him to shop for what benefits his specific software the most, which could lead to an i7 or i5 depending. That doesn't mean I told him to get an i5.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "4690k vs. 4790k For Audio Recording/Production"

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, thanks. I don't pretend to know anything about music production. Which is why I don't pretend that I know anything about music production. Your conclusion is parallel with mine regardless.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "When to launch and when to wait"

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

On that note, would you be able to unify the logins across both websites? So that I can log in under the same profile for both?

Comment reply on LeMonarque's Completed Build: VALKYRIE - Stryker, 4770K, Sabertooth Z87, GTX 780, H100i

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I honestly no longer remember exactly how I got it in there since the build was so long ago. However I do remember NOT using the weird filter thing that you break out of a plastic mold that comes with the motherboard. I also DID use the little sponge spacer. The excess cabling is just pulled back to the rear of the board and tied down. Wish I could be more particular in my answer but I hope this helps!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best Free Video Editing Software?"

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

See my answer here: https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/81103-best-video-editor-for-around-30-60

The thread title says $30-60 but both of the options I list are free.

Comment reply on LeMonarque's Completed Build: VALKYRIE - Stryker, 4770K, Sabertooth Z87, GTX 780, H100i

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

When I originally built all I had was non-stick pieces of velcro, so I had to tape each half to the SSD and the PSU. Eventually I went out and bought some adhesive velcro tape and so the SSD now actually sticks to the top of the PSU.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Build PC for fastest CAD rendering"

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

You need the D16 board! It costs less but it has 16 RAM slots instead of 8 :D

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Build PC for fastest CAD rendering"

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Budget, too! "A lot" is pretty vague.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Changing laptop Storage....Should I factory renew windows?"

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Cloning your Toshiba and doing a factory reset don't have to be tied. You can do one without the other, and you can do either one at any time you wish. I don't see a reason to factory reset your laptop.

Comment reply on LeMonarque's Completed Build: VALKYRIE - Stryker, 4770K, Sabertooth Z87, GTX 780, H100i

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh gosh, I was just reading over my answer and realized I never talked about the sound card! So here's the scoop.

If I had to do it all over again, I would skip the sound card or buy a higher quality, NON-ASUS card. It was the biggest mistake I made in my build and I don't even use it now. ASUS has virtually zero support commitment to their sound cards, which have buggy drivers and in the case of my card, slow down your boot up.

There actually is a noticeable sound quality difference and buzzing/hissing reduction at high volumes through my Logitech Z623 speakers, but the drivers are just so bad and the boot up time increase so much that I don't use it anymore.

I would stick to the onboard sound of your motherboard, buy a high quality non-ASUS card, or buy a USB DAC and hook your speaker system/headphones up to it. Whatever you do, avoid ASUS Xonar sound cards.

Comment reply on LeMonarque's Completed Build: VALKYRIE - Stryker, 4770K, Sabertooth Z87, GTX 780, H100i

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

In my eyes there are two camps of monitors - your 1080p TN and IPS monitors, and your 1080p 120Hz+ or 1440p+ IPS monitors.

They are separated by price, and so if you are considering a high refresh rate monitor, you should also weigh in high resolution monitors. Full disclosure I'm very biased toward higher resolution and IPS panels as a photographer and one studying animation and visual effects on the side. I personally wouldn't buy a high refresh rate monitor for myself if it meant I couldn't have IPS.

BUT. The monitor I DO have, the ASUS PB278Q, is a 1440p 60Hz monitor that I've overclocked to 85Hz. And believe me, refresh rate DOES make a difference. The clarity you get from high resolution AND high(er) refresh rate is phenomenal. The best way I can describe it is that it's similar to the first time you viewed a BluRay movie.

Unfortunately, having everything in a monitor naturally means the monitor will be expensive. There are 1440p IPS monitors you can buy that come out of the box at 120Hz or 144Hz, but they are very pricey. If I have to choose between refresh rate and resolution, I will always choose resolution, and then within the monitor selection that is left I will try to find a monitor that overclocks well.

The monitor in the second build I linked you (ASUS PB258Q) is the successor to the PB278Q that I have. It is a little smaller but the same resolution, so the pixel density is higher. The bezels are also much smaller and it is cheaper!

Comment reply on LeMonarque's Completed Build: VALKYRIE - Stryker, 4770K, Sabertooth Z87, GTX 780, H100i

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the kind words! They really do mean a lot :)

I like your parts choices in general. First off, your original list has TWO CPU coolers in it :D I also noticed that you don't have any storage chosen, but, I will just work off of your provided list minus the CPU cooler in case you are moving from a previous system.

I went and made some budget optimizations. Here is your build with and i5 instead of an i7, and 8GB RAM instead of 16GB. I put some of the savings toward an IPS monitor and better keyboard/mouse bundle.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fGmxqs

Overall that saves you $150, not including that second H105 in your list.

If you wanted to reinvest that $150 into better parts elsewhere I would look at absorbing the $30 keyboard/mouse bundle and spending $180 on a mechanical keyboard + mouse.

Lastly I can see that one focus in your build is aesthetics, which I TOTALLY understand! That was the case for my VALKYRIE build, clearly. However I always make two configurations when I'm looking at parts lists: the one I want and the one that gives the most power for my money. They're often not the same since you're paying extra for nice cases, nice motherboards, or nice fans. It just depends on what you value more, and there is no wrong answer.

So just for the sake of completeness, here is what I would do for $1900 (your list minus a CPU cooler): http://pcpartpicker.com/p/QG3HTW

The main things in that build are the 1440p monitor, mechanical keyboard, and gaming mouse. In my opinion once you have your horsepower dealt with (choosing your CPU and GPU) the next most important things are user experience, or UX. These are enhanced with high resolution displays, comfortable peripherals, and fast storage.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How Long Have You Been a Member of PC Part Picker?"

  • 53 months ago
  • 0 points

2 years, 4 months, 2 days
Account created one restless night on Feb. 26, 2013, 2:04 a.m. :D

It's been amazing to see how the site has grown since then. At the time I joined it was already a staple of system config forum posting on both Tom's Hardware and /r/buildapc.

Comment reply on LeMonarque's Completed Build: 3rd Build: Project APEX - Intel 10-Core/20-Thread mATX Architecture Workstation for my Friend

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I'm not a KSU student but if my friend saw this he'd probably be shouting EMAW!! like a madman :D

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How does a liquid cooler work?"

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly the easiest way to describe the installation is by demonstration. There are many YouTube videos that can show you what you're looking for to much greater detail than any piece of writing.

Comment reply on LeMonarque's Completed Build: VALKYRIE - Stryker, 4770K, Sabertooth Z87, GTX 780, H100i

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Hearing that from a pro photog really means a ton. Oh boy do I love my NX1. I originally got it because I wanted to start doing video, but the workflow and time investment (not to mention monetary investment) is just so massive for professional videography that I've decided to just do photography and grow into a freelance thing while I'm still in school.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Why am I being doubted?"

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

The flaw in the logic there is that computer builders = computer engineers, which couldn't be further from the truth.

You don't need to be a mechanical engineer to assemble or fix a car. Factory workers and body shop owners definitely aren't engineers... So why would you need to be a computer engineer to assemble or fix a computer? Got 'em.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Why am I being doubted?"

  • 54 months ago
  • 5 points

Because they look at computers and see hunks of metal and plastic that by sheer sorcery transform electricity into colors on a screen. And then they think you'll be learning how that works when you build a computer.

I tell all my friends and family that PC building is basically just LEGOs for grown-ups. The "intelligence", if you want to call it that, is in the parts selection and optimizing your parts for your usage and budget. The build is the easiest part. That's why you can watch a build guide from 4 years ago and know how to build a PC today. And yet questions on the actual parts selection just roll on, daily, because of how varied they can be.

The very existence of this website is a testament to how much more critical parts selection is rather than the build itself.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1440p or 4k?"

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Way too open-ended for a question that isn't academic. Give us something to work with!

What are you using the monitor for and what's your budget for the monitor and/or the total computer system?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Completed build not showing up"

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

manirelli has stated several times in this thread that all new builds are put in a moderation queue. 8 hours ago would have put the time of submission anywhere from 5am-8am for staff that live in the Americas, and on a weekend.

This thread might benefit from being closed/deletion and perhaps there should be a sticky in this subforum about build submission and moderation.

Comment reply on LeMonarque's Completed Build: VALKYRIE - Stryker, 4770K, Sabertooth Z87, GTX 780, H100i

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

The most I've done is shoot for my university paper and fill in as a 2nd shooter at a wedding. I share most of my stuff on my Facebook page privately, but some of it I make public and I recently created a public Instagram account here.

I really should upload all of my shots to Flickr at some point but Yahoo's atrocious login system has me locked out and I'm too lazy to call them up as the underlying issue is a technical cluster**** of their making.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "**STAFF READ**"

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Agree totally. At most I think something along the lines of Tom's Hardware's "chosen as answer" system might be okay, with a rating for that, but that still is rather subjective and unnecessary. I like the way things are right now.

There is a risk of misinformation spreading since you don't really know who to listen to, but regular contributors are consistent enough in the amount of threads they reply to that it's not really that big of an issue and everything sort of balances out.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "**STAFF READ**"

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Well to put things into perspective, there are a TON of old souls floating around here or inactive. I'm one of them. People like me, RyneSmith, Rednaxx1991, skemble, JoeyThePCNoob, infiniteEmerald, SethMatrix, and Hakumisoso were all once far more active than we currently are. I mean we're talking PCPP sessions several times a day, winding down on the forums at night, and checking notifications in the morning.

I guess after a while of advising people on the same things, you begin to lose sight of what it is that you're doing. You don't stop or decrease your activity because you dislike helping people. No, never that. It's more like you begin to search for questions that you haven't yet seen, or you get tired of debating with people blindsided by brand loyalty and false information.

So make the best out of what you hear from very active members. It is rare to find members who are truly unbiased and ethical in their advice. The worst thing that can happen is underappreciation of said members and/or taking a combative stance when disagreements occur instead of respectfully disagreeing (which really should apply to every member regardless of "seniority"). It causes burnout after a while, and some people just don't return. Except for Eschaton. He's a machine and he's been consistently active on here for as long as I've visited the forums. That is very rare.

So I guess my point is, active forum members seem to naturally come and go in waves and so appreciation for them is a great thing. I come here, see some users I've never heard of before giving advice on multiple posts, and I can't help but feel like I'm watching a newer, younger generation of helpers that have the energy that many of the older users once did.

But on the other hand, the staff here at PCPP have been at the top of their responsibilities from the day they were hired. It's amazing to see how this place has changed since the days where philip was the only one shouldering the load as a side gig. You've got to give him and his team a lot of credit even if you don't see a direct impact on the advising side of this site.

Comment reply on LeMonarque's Completed Build: 3rd Build: Project APEX - Intel 10-Core/20-Thread mATX Architecture Workstation for my Friend

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! If only they made 5.25" mini toaster ovens for hot pockets...then the stereotypical gamer setup would truly be complete.

Comment reply on Blog Post "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Released"

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

How about 3 of them versus 2 Titan X? Not always, due to varied scaling and SLI compatibility, but much of the time, it does stand a pretty clear chance against and over the Titan X.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Discussion Regarding the Building of "Console Killers""

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

necrokid99

But to answer your question: intrinsic value no, market value yes, because in real terms an item is worth whatever people are willing to pay for it, and the alternatives to a PS4 or XBox One are basically just each other (ie very few).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Xeon i5 or i7?"

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

The lower end Xeon E3's are great alternatives to i7's. In fact I go as far to say that if you aren't planning on getting a K-series overclockable i7, then you're much better off getting a 1231 V3 and that non-K i7's are usually a waste of money unless the iGPU is necessary. It's been that way for a few generations now and it is great to see that people are becoming more aware of it.

Basically get the Xeon if you:

  • Need hyperthreading
  • Don't want to overclock
  • Don't want a K-series i5 for around the same price
  • Don't need integrated graphics

If you can answer at least 2 of those questions as 'yes' then you should get the Xeon and save yourself a bit of cash.

Note that Xeons below the 1230 and 1231 V3 do NOT have hyperthreading, and that if you want integrated graphics you can also get it from Xeon models that end in the number 5 or 6 and still save money over a stock i7.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is Superbiiz Legit?"

  • 54 months ago
  • 8 points

Bought the $2000 processor and $800 GPU (at the time) in my 3rd build from them with no hassles, so I would say they're trustworthy.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Wanting a good all around laptop for sub-1500"

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

It has good specs but it's also over 2x the size of the P35K v3 and 50% heavier. Both are pretty significant if you move around a lot. I sometimes dislike the size and weight of my P35K v3 as I walk around campus with it in my backpack, which like I said it doesn't even come close to the size and weight of the Alienware 15.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Wanting a good all around laptop for sub-1500"

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

In that case I highly recommend the Gigabyte P35K v3! I own it and it's a great, versatile laptop with a huge amount of storage bays and an optical drive that can be swapped out with a 2.5" hot -swap dock.

Specs of mine, which I purchased for around $1300:

CPU: i7-4720HQ
GPU: Nvidia GTX 965M 4GB
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB mSATA SSD + 1TB 7.2k rpm HDD
Display: 15.6" 1920x1080 IPS
Style: Slim, minimalist, discreet, backlit keys

Things I like:
- Gaming performance is great
- Photo/Video editing, graphic design, and 3D modeling performance is unlike anything I've seen in any other laptop due to the ability to load multiple storage volumes for data efficiency
- Hot-swap flexibility with hot-swap by in my desktop (removes need for external drive and file transfer between systems)
- Thinness is great for stuffing in a backpack

Things that could be better:
- The fan is a little noisy, similar to most thin laptops
- Gets hot like most slim laptops
- The keys tend to attract finger smudges and prints, you get a microfiber cloth with the laptop which is meant to protect the screen but which I also use to clean the keyboard every now and then
- The trackpad could be smoother, and the right/left click areas still register finger movement, meaning that as you press them you may also move the mouse cursor

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Wanting a good all around laptop for sub-1500"

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

What would you say to a spending that $700-1200 on a desktop and then also buying an inexpensive, work/school/downloading only laptop and an external hard drive that you can take with you when you need to and then use to transfer downloads to your desktop?

You get the best of both worlds. The performance of the desktop will beat any $1500 laptop out there, and you have a mobile system for when you need it. All while staying under the proposed budget of $1500.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Wanting a good all around laptop for sub-1500"

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this a school that you go to during the day and then go back home at night? Or is it one that you go to and stay there during the term and have living spaces?

At least here in the United States where I live most public high schools are day schools which prohibit the use of personal laptops in class. If that's the case for you, then you'd probably be better off getting a desktop for between $700-1200 and just waiting on a laptop until you need one for college (in college there are very clear benefits for being mobile and having a laptop).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "logical upgrade from fx-8320"

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Swapping for an FX-8350 or 8370 wouldn't be much of an upgrade.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "High Performance SSD and RAID"

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

My point, if you wish to take anything useful out of it, is that with RAID0 it is extremely easy to reach a point where the speed of your storage volume no longer noticeably increases in the real world despite benchmarking higher. So just as a warning, don't go overboard by buying super fast, top of the line SSDs to achieve some superficial standard of speed when in reality a less expensive SSD will do just as well. That's all I was trying to say.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "High Performance SSD and RAID"

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

If you just want "hyper fast" without really considering cost, then you already know what to do. Look up the fastest SSD you can get and then get several of them. I don't understand what question you have. Because anything that we say will take into account money.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "High Performance SSD and RAID"

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

One reason people decide to go with large secondary storage for RAID0 setups is for periodic imaging of the array. IMO, having a RAID0 without that is very insecure and irresponsible. The same goes for having an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) between your PSU and the wall when running RAID so that the array never drops. I would factor in the cost of a UPS if you're considering RAID0 - and 3-drive RAID0 at that.

850 Evos or Crucial MX100s would be my pick for the boot array. You don't need super high speed drives, since that's the point of RAID anyways (the I stands for inexpensive). After a certain point you don't notice any speed increase as things are just so instant.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "how many monitors can this gpu handle?!"

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2052312/msi-radeon-r9-280x-video-card-review-amd-teaches-an-old-gpu-some-new-tricks.html

GPUs in the Radeon R9 family support up to three HDMI or DVI displays, and you can add up to three more (using DisplayPort) to rock six monitors in all. There are some stipulations: All the displays must support identical timings, and you must configure the display clocks and timing at boot time—hot-plugging is not supported.

Note that to achieve the extra 3 monitors you may need to daisy-chain monitors using DP 1.2 or higher, and with multiple DP ports on each monitor using DP as signal (one for input, one for output to another monitor).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is getting a faster boot-up off an SSD really worth the extra money?"

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

850 EVO like John said or Crucial's MX100. Just depends on price. They're basically equivalent in speed, Samsung just does more marketing and has extra software fluff.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is getting a faster boot-up off an SSD really worth the extra money?"

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything loads faster, everything opens faster, everything saves faster, everything is faster. People argue all day about CPUs and RAM for making their computers speedy, when in reality the biggest upgrade you can make to have a system that feels responsive and cutting edge in everyday tasks is an SSD. It is the single best improvement to the PC user experience that you can make.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "open source video editing?"

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

I posted a lengthy answer here: https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/81103-best-video-editor-for-around-30-60

I know the title says $30-60, but both software I listed are free.
Hope it helps! There are a lot of options out there.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Advice for first build"

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe he needs them separate.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "LOL What is this.."

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I laughed so hard at "Doritos Flavored Tortilla Chips" hahaha

Comment reply on LeMonarque's Completed Build: VALKYRIE - Stryker, 4770K, Sabertooth Z87, GTX 780, H100i

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

The Trooper and Stryker are exactly the same on the inside. The differences are that the Stryker has a window but no front panel eSATA, while the the Trooper has front panel eSATA but no window. And obviously the color difference. So it's really just up to your aesthetic taste.

Sleeved cables are not worth it if you don't care about looks.

There are a few things that stand out to me in your build:

  • Avoid the 840 EVO. It has firmware issues that makes retrieving old files extremely slow. No reason to go 840 EVO if the 850 EVO is out. You can also check out the Crucial MX100 or MX200 line, which is roughly equivalent to the Samsung 840/850 EVOs minus RAPID.

  • Both the Trooper and Stryker have built-in fan controllers, so you don't need the Kingwin. Your Gigabyte also has a software utility called "SIV" or System Information Viewer. Within that program is their Smart Fan application, which can automatically adjust fan speed according to speed vs. temperature curves that you can customize.

  • I highly recommend replacing those BenQ monitors with IPS monitors.

Other than those the build is solid.

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