1.296v, any more than that it would crash on me. keep in mind that if you are trying to overclock your cpu to the same to work up to that. Don't just start there.
yes all copies of windows 7 can be upgraded to windows 10 if done so in the allotted time that Microsoft has set (about 1 year)
There wasn't enough clearance from the top of the case and the motherboard (the bottom fans were hitting the clips for the ram). Sorry it took me so long to respond, I was outta town on vacation.
OMG so dam sexy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! +1000000000000000000000
It comes with two drive bays and enough mounts to mount 6 3.5"/2.5" hdd/ssd. I just took one out for better airflow.
So keep in mind that most of what I am going to tell you just boils down to personal preference and your intended purpose. I have gone from 1080p 60hz to 1440p 60hz back to 1080p 144hz. Know I wouldn't exactly say that you should go with a 144hz 1080p monitor, I chose to go back to 1080p because I mainly play First Person Shooter games and the faster refresh is a god send when playing fps games. But I would say that the overall experience of the 1440p monitor was much better; As far as general browsing, movie watching and playing games did not benefit from the faster refresh rate.
So I guess my recommendation would be that if you are going to stick with 60hz regardless of the resolution that yes you can definitely tell the difference from 1080p to 1440p. But if you are wanting to go with a 144hz then you would be better off going with the 1080p, unless you are willing to drop some serious doe.
also jackson_Tyler96 makes a good point up to the real estate that you gain from going to 1440p. So for general internet browsing, I am kind of a tab monster. I tend to have two browsers open with multiple tabs in each opened side by side. When I was using a 1440p monitor this was easy and I could see all of both pages without much if any issue at all, but when I went back to 1080p I have noticed that I have trouble having two browsers open without having to resize the page to make it fit. It doesn't sound like much but when you are a heavy multitasker it is great.
Hope this helps :)
as long as you are sticking with 1080p 1440p or 3440X1440 the cheaper option would be to go with the extra 970 since you already have one. The performance would be similar to if you had one 980 ti. but if you ever wanted to go to 4k then you should really upgrade to the 980 ti imo
Jays Two Cents just put a video up comparing SLI 970's, 980ti, 980ti hybrid, and Titian X. You should watch the vid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4RyNNlKbJw
Really over budget but this is one that I had saved ;P
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Also if your dad is really just browsing the web, email, and Microsoft Office I would recommend a faster duo core to the slower quad. Your dad wont see the benefit of the multiple cores unless he is a big multitasker. This might be better suited for him
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How much storage does your dad really need, if he only used 40-80 GB on his old drive I would say just get a 120-128GB SSD and skip out on the HDD. If your dad isn't familiar with computers he would probably just download/save stuff to the default location which will probably be the SSD and that one would fill up really fast. Just my opinion though, I'm getting ready to build a pc for my mom and I would only be putting a 128 GB SSD hard drive in the computer. She has an external 1 TB drive that she saves all of her Picture and files too, and for some reason it is easier for her that way, I think she looks at the external HD like its a jump drive and she understands that a little better than the thought of another internal HDD. But like I said just my opinion.
Here is that better?
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instead of just a "that PSU isn't very good" how about a recommendation, huh?
Should get you pretty maxed out at 1440p with 60+ fps, if you didn't need the OS or monitor I could of done something a little different.
What all do you need, peripherals, monitor, OS?
Wow, great looking build. I don't know why this didn't get more upvotes. +1 from me anyways
What connectors does your monitors need?
OK so here is one with a cpu/mobo combo from microcenter (idk if you will have the same deal at your microcenter but this one is available at the houston one, you'll have to double check and make sure.) I also included a larger SSD and faster ram for the APU.
if your parents are getting ready to change your ISP, ask them to factor in the Upload speed in their choice. That is the only thing that is going to help you stream.
Hope that this all helped
Nothing much you can do to improve your upload that's to do with your ISP (aka your parents). The ram should already be at 1866, the only time it wouldn't be automatically is if it was 1.65v but yours is 1.5v. You can look in your bios to see what it is running at. But even if it was running at 1333 mhz it wouldn't affect your upload speed.
People tend to to think that really fast ram will make things run faster but that is not true... Well for the most part anyway. If you are doing extremely memory heavy tasks like movie rendering, or if you are running an APU it helps, BUT for playing games, streaming, surfing the web there is very little difference between 1600 and 2133 when doing just regular stuff to give you an extreme example.
Its your internet speed, your system is more than capable of 1080p 30fps. To be more specific its your upload speed 1.5 Mbps is not nearly fast enough to stream.
We need some more info to tell you. List your whole system, and post your internet speed (Download and Upload speeds). Also what setting are you trying to stream at 1080 60 fps or 720 30 fps and so on.
yes, but it doesn't qualify for the mobo combo, so it would actually cost me the same
you say that, but the i3-4160 is not available at microcenter so I wouldn't get the $40 savings on the mobo. So that $20 saving on the cpu will actually cost me $20 extra......
ok, so I have a little over two hours on Tera. I couldn't find a really heavily populated area, I didn't really get that far. I did get some results, they are kind of confusing but I got some regardless. I just went into Nvidia Geforce Experiance and set it to optimize it, so I didnt do any tinkering with the settings except for to turn it to 1080p. I got ~60 fps when I was in none crowded areas with just mobs, and I stayed between 30-36 fps in the one big city that was in the beginning. Here is were it gets kinda weird, I had opened up Resource Monitor to monitor CPU usage, MSI afterburner to monitor GPU usage, also I had CPUID HWMonitor for temps (nothing special happened here btw max temp of 42 C). So While I was playing the CPU seemed to max out around 60-70% usage, and the GPU maxed out 50-60% usage. It didn't spike when I went to populated areas, so that makes me think that there is another problem because neither one of them were maxed out but I wasn't getting the best framerate.
So in conclusion the only thing I can come up with is either 1. My internet is to poor for me to get max frame rates with a lot of other players near me (not a problem to often but one that I have run into in the past(looking at you Starcraft II)). or 2. the game is poorly optimized for multiple cores and my cpu is the bottle neck. You kind of got me.
But those are the results I got, I hope that they help.
I have to feed it a slice of pizza every now and again XD
Hmm, I don't remember any pill like thing. But all I did was cut the zip tie through the heat shrink at both ends of the cable. Then I ran a pair of scissors up the black sleeving that it came with, careful not to cut any wires (also over a trash can). I used a pin removal tool I bought off of Amazon to remove each cable. Only remove one cable at a time and run a twist tie through it, bend both ends to mark which whole it came out of, these cables are not straight they are tangled as fk, and you need to make sure to put them back in the same orientation they came out. Once I removed a cable I would measure a length of paracord ( you can use something like a sleeving kit would provide) melted the ends so they wouldn't fray and heat shrieked them to the end.
Sry for any run on sentences, I'm on my phone at work. Hope that this gelped, if you have any more questions let me know.
Keep in mind that is was mainly a cosmetic upgrade, with only a few parts being new GPU/SSD/Monitor/PSU everything else was built over a year and a half ago before I had found PCPP. Otherwise for the budget I would of built something a little bit different. For now the 8320 suits all my needs, when it gets to the point were it becomes a bottleneck I won't hesitate to upgrade. Thanks for the feedback tho
Not sure why you would need to sli 970's for 1080p unless you're going for 144hz, but as long as the game isn't to cpu intensive it shouldn't be an issue with it at stock speeds. I've read that it can handle it if you get a good overclock, but I'm not to sure I have never had any personal experience with sli/crossfire.
I am downloading both of them but Tera is first in the que, ill have to downscale to 1080p but that shouldn't be a problem, hell I'll let you know how it works on both.
It's funny that you bring up that monitor. That is the one I've been waiting to come out to make my final decision. I'm hoping that it drops down to about a grand, unlikely but fingers crossed. I think it is set to launch in September
Ok so I was able to start the download from work, but it will take a few days to get results. My internet is pretty slow and those were some big *** games.
If I could have found the face plate that was supposed to be there I would have takin the optical drive out and put it aside for a htpc (it's a bluray drive after all).
Sry I haven't played any of those, if they are free I could download them and see. It may take me a day or two. I am at work right now, and depending on the size of the file, the download might take me a while. Also are you talking about at 1080 or 1440 res?
Wow that would be pretty cool
I've never had an issue. It plays almost all of my games at 60+ fps with high to ultra setting. Keep in mind though that I don't play to many new aaa titles.
Na I've never really been a big comic guy, but I did know that the comics used to be pretty brutal. Thanks for the complement, glad you enjoyed it :D
eh, you know they say, when it comes to art less is more. I wasn't sure were I could incorporate him without making everything else look kinda weird. Do you have any suggestions on what and where I could put something?
I know its horrible DX
Oh I almost forgot, we put on a layer of Krylon crystal clear acrylic. Not sure I would recommend this step tho, it kinda put a few white specs on the case. Fortunately you can only see them up close but if I had know I would of skipped that step all together or done something different.
Thank you very much, glad you enjoyed it :D
Thank you very much :D
Thanks. This was a upgrade to a build that I did about a year and a half ago, wish I know then what I know now.
Thanks, and I know I tried to think of a place for it but I couldn't think of a place that I thought looked right. Might be something that I add in the future tho.
Thanks, and you were right :D
Thanks alot, I'm glad you enjoyed it.