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Comment reply on Forum Topic "Are there any optical drives available right now that come with software?"

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Any disk drive would work just fine as-is; Windows automatically installs drivers. As for software to burn to the disk, there's plenty free stuff out there that works just fine.

Hardware wise, most drives come bare, which all you'll need is an extra SATA cable.

Comment reply on fahadmirza's Build Guide: 980ti Build in a budget.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

"Budget" is apparently a subjective word. When I think budget, I think $600 or less.

Comment reply on llevene's Build Guide: Entry Level Minecraft Server (MANY DIFFERENT BUILD OPTIONS!)

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

+1

It's an all-too-common myth that AMD always offers the best bang for your buck.

Comment reply on llevene's Build Guide: Entry Level Minecraft Server (MANY DIFFERENT BUILD OPTIONS!)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

What I like: Since the build will use such low wattage, and because wiring can be a pain in the arse, I really like your PSU choice and couldn't agree more with it. The G4400 is a fantastic choice for a Minecraft server. I run mine on a T5800, and it could run better. Before I did some research, I personally would've chosen the G3258, but your choice is better. SSD will make it boot, backup, and restart much faster than an HDD.

Things that I'd change: This build can run a Minecraft server without a hitch even when the CPU is not overclocked, so the off-market cooler is not needed. With the lack of necesity for overclocking, the Asus H110M-K D3 seems like a more attractive choice to me. 16GB of DDR4 RAM is WAY overkill. The CPU will choke before even half of it is used. I'd recommend a Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB instead. Also, 500GB is way too much storage. 64GB is plenty for the game and backups/archives, though I'd grab a 120GB SSD at most for redundancy. My box has only used 20GB, and most of that is junk files from before I used the box as a server. Sandisk is a cheaper brand, too, and I've never run into issues with them in the eight years I've used their products.

Other thoughts: Case choice is pretty subjective. I'd personally grab an Apex DM-387 to save space and to not have to buy an extra PSU, but HTPC cases can also be a pain to work with. Personally, I use Linux Mint 15 MATE for my server. It's a bit dated (though you could always use later releases), but it's lightweight and has a nice UI. This could run a pretty great Minecraft server, but it's definitely not entry-level. I'd say that unless your server reaches more than 50 people, there's no reason you should need to spend $500 for a Linux box. I have a $235 parts list that would work well even with a modded server and a considerable amount of players.

Comment reply on llevene's Build Guide: Entry Level Minecraft Server (MANY DIFFERENT BUILD OPTIONS!)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Servers don't need dedicated GPUs.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "8350 upgrade or not?"

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

You really don't have to upgrade right now. The FX-8350 is as powerful as the I5-4460, which is really all you need ATM. Come Q4, you can see what AMD is cooking up for Zen. Upgrade then if games get much more demanding by later this year (I doubt they will be, though).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "fallout 4 on ultra anD diablo3 on ultra. What g card should I get? Also what's the difference between the gtx 980 and 980 ti besides vram and clock?"

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

I agree with Vagabond. I'd also like to point out that an FX-6300 would bottleneck any of those cards. You should get at least an i5-4460 CPU instead. The Asus Z97 Anniversary is a great board to match.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "970 or r9 390 for 1080p"

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

390 pros: 1. ~10% higher framerate (not really all that much) w/o antialiasing @ 1080p 2. Eyefinity 3. Significantly better performance w/ antialiasing thanks to higher VRAM

970 pros: 1. Lower TDP 2. Nvidia gameworks runs better

Personally I'd grab the 390.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Accessing a folder in old HDD"

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Some subfolders are never accessible in the Users folders (not even for administrators) and I don't know why. The only ones that have what you ever access are the ones that you CAN access. I think that might be the error message it's throwing out.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Accessing a folder in old HDD"

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Log in as admin > right-click folder, hit properties > security > change permissions

I think that should work.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "970 or 980?"

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

1440p... Ultra? Or what? You could play on lower settings on a 970 @ 60hz, but for anything more, you might want want a better card. If your PSU pushed about forty more watts, then I'd say grab a 390x (oh, shut up, elitists) for $400, and you'd get performance between a 970 and a 980. Though, looking at your PSU, that might be pushing it a bit. Or you could do what one of my friends did for a while and grab an old PSU from a different computer if you don't mind the tackiness and you have one laying around.

Comment reply on Blog Post "Announcing PortablePicker"

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet! I've been looking for something for laptops ever since Newegg started amputating search options for laptops (used to pretty much be PCPartPicker for laptops). We going to get support for barebooks, or are those a thing of the past anyways?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best OS for gaming"

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd have to disagree with digitalbravo. I've been noticing instability issues that I never had on Windows 7. I've talked with some friends online, and some of them say it's unstable compared to 7 while some say they've had no issues. Not sure what all the downvotes were for; it seems like kind of a gamble, and that's something that you justifiably don't want to take. People are saying it improves game performance, but I honestly haven't noticed the difference. Plus, there are a thousand other gripes that I've got with it. IMO, it's good that you're waiting.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What if SSD Boot Drive for your OS stops working?"

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a friend that puts them in RAID 1 (somewhat expensive and inefficient solution), this way he can just trade a fried SSD for a good one if needed. But if you don't have that, you'd probably need to find you OS key and reinstall after getting the SSD replaced. Honestly, though, I'd sooner just use a Sandisk ReadyCache drive.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is bluescreening a common issue on Windows 10?"

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I have. Oddly, it only ever does this to me when I play Warframe. Other games, including Fallout 4, work perfectly. Might it be a driver issue, come to think of it. Oh, and the code was "SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION" mentioning something about "win32k.sys". Not exactly the most informational error message I've ever read.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Can't see the difference between 30 fps and 60fps"

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

The faster-paced a game is, the more a high framerate matters. AC isn't as fast as, say, CS, so it's harder to tell the difference. Try playing Quake on 30 FPS and tell me how that goes for you.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is this a good monitor?"

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, there are a lot of factors that'd determine that. I'm going to make a couple of assumptions, though: you're not sitting more than 3' away from your monitor, and you have perfect vision. In that case, you might be able to, but how much that matters depends on personal preference. I game at 1366x768 on a 32" monitor, but I don't really mind the graininess (I grew up gaming on resolutions as low as 300x240i), but I'm not very picky at all about resolution. Some people I know can't stand anything below 1440p for PC gaming. If you do end up caring, use antialiasing.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is this a good monitor?"

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Running any monitor outside of it's native resolution will look worse than running the same resolution on something that's native to it.

And I'd assume that's a good monitor; LG always makes good products. I've never been disappointed by that brand.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "M5A78L-M LX Plus SSD caching?"

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I've looked at that. I was just thinking that it might not be compatible with my mobo.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Top Ten Steam Games for Under £30"

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Strategy required. FPS. Under £30. Ten games. All from personal experience. You're asking a whole lot for something so specific.

  1. Planetside 2 (easily the best)
  2. World of Warships*
  3. War Thunder*
  4. World of Tanks*
  5. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
  6. L4D2
  7. HL2
  8. BF1942
  9. Sanctum 2
  10. Rust

Comment reply on Forum Topic "M5A78L-M LX Plus SSD caching?"

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I would've thought so. The more I try to work with this damned motherboard, the more I hate it. That software isn't what I'm looking for, but thanks.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fallout 4 !!"

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, that's why it's easier to optimize, is because all the hardware is the same. Therefore, it generally IS better optimized. It's not a matter of "thinking differently." The ONLY reason PC looks better is because it's far more powerful.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fallout 4 !!"

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Except for the fact that the mod dev kit is universal, and Fallout is better optimized for console.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "is the FX 8350 still a viable option?"

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

I've always been an AMD fan, but that's the sad truth: a modest Intel CPU is AMD's best. Looks like some fanboy downvoted you for admitting the truth. Oh well, have my +1.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which CPU for Gaming?"

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

4460.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is it worth getting..."

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Easily. CPU performance itself is marginal between generations. I know a guy who's still got a 2600K (four generations old) chugging along without a hiccup.

DDR3 vs DDR4 isn't an issue yet, either. It'll take years for RAM clock requirements to become high enough to make DDR3 irrelevant. Three years ago, 1333MHz RAM was the highest speed anything took. Today, it's 1600MHz. DDR3 can reasonably go up to 2400MHz, something that won't be necessary for a long time at this rate.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "GPU for minecraft max settings"

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I cannot do anything but agree with this.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "MSI GeForce GTX 960 4gb with intel i5-4690k Give me good gaming?"

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Certainly. Though, if you don't mind not having Nvidia's features, I'd recommend the R9 380. It performs better for the same money.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Booting without a GPU?"

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm also on my phone.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $359.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $34.50 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $153.89 @ OutletPC
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $94.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $129.86 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.33 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.33 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Video Card $659.99 @ Amazon
Case NZXT Phantom 630 Windowed Edition (Black) ATX Full Tower Case $139.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA GS 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $94.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1772.76
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-17 15:37 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Overclocking AGP slot, no options in BIOS?"

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I am aware AGP is unsupported but I'm just trying to make my AGP card a little bit faster while I wait for my new AM1 motherboard

while I wait for my new AM1 motherboard

new AM1 motherboard

Define "new."

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is it worth getting..."

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

4790k is already overkill. DDR4 is far from mainstream. Even so, DDR3's higher clocks are equivalent to DDR4's lower clocks.

I'd go with the 4790K.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "CPU for minecraft"

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Just Minecraft? A8-7600. It also has pretty good integrated graphics.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fallout 4 !!"

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything looks pretty sweet, but weapon crafting is what I'm most excited about.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fallout 4 !!"

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, there will be mods for console.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Multiple users per PC?"

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I completely agree. I feel bad dedicating a larger partition to Windows, considering everything Microsoft has done to the platform. Hell, Windows 7 is decent (still prefer Mint's features), but they've completely butchered it since Windows 8.

Are the Windows mechanics patented or what? How come nobody's "cracked the code" for compatibility? It'd be nice to see a Linux distro with full compatibility. It'd destroy Windows in competition! Heh, they could call it "Linux Baseball."

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Multiple users per PC?"

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfect! SoftXpand was exactly what I was looking for! Thanks, man!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Multiple users per PC?"

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah, Linux. A great OS for flexibility, but unfortunately not for modern gaming. Thank you, but I'm looking for something else.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Multiple users per PC?"

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the funniest thing I've seen all week.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Multiple users per PC?"

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'll check those out.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fallout 4 cpu vs gpu?"

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I've heard it'll be really CPU intensive, so I'd hold off on saying that it doesn't matter. You've got to remember that many games are optimized for console first, and then ported to PC. As we're in the eighth generation now, the hardware is much more powerful. As such, the effect trickles down to PC games. GTA V is an example.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fallout 4 cpu vs gpu?"

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

They always overshoot them. I had a warning pop up the first time I played The Evil Within saying that my FX-6300 wouldn't be able to handle it, but I get 60FPS constantly.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fallout 4 cpu vs gpu?"

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

It seems it'll be heavily CPU intensive and not too graphically demanding, from what I've heard. So I'd agree.

Comment reply on BigAll's Completed Build: the aesthetic upgrade

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the Sabrent controller.

Comment reply on HippieKid's Completed Build: Amd Hellspawn (First build)

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

I really have to commend your GPU choice, too. The R9 380 is underrated. Much better than the GTX 960!

Comment reply on HippieKid's Completed Build: Amd Hellspawn (First build)

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

You could probably use that thing as a space heater. I'm sure it runs games well, though!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "When will Devil's Canyon CPUs and/or LGA1150 CPUs be discontinued?"

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd highly doubt the performance gains would be substantial. CPUs have a much slower development cycle than other things such as GPUs. My friend is still rocking a 3770K at stock clock without a hiccup, and I even hear of people still using 2700K CPUs that aren't considering upgrading yet. I'm not too concerned about the 4790K's computing power in two years, though.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "When will Devil's Canyon CPUs and/or LGA1150 CPUs be discontinued?"

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly what you said and the fact that upgrading motherboards is a pain in the *** are the reason I ask. I moreso follow the development of new CPUs, but I do not necessarily pay attention to the production activities of the old ones. One of my friends is still gaming strong on his 3770k, so I know CPUs can last a good long while.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "When will Devil's Canyon CPUs and/or LGA1150 CPUs be discontinued?"

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Very simple, straight to the point answer. Exactly the information I needed. I wish I could give you two votes!

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