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Comment reply on Forum Topic "I already have 1 Sapphire r9 280x Tri-x OC 3GB. should i crossfire with a second one? im really thinking about it"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it can be hit and miss depending on game profiles in the driver. It only gets better as Catalyst updates. Happy gaming then!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I already have 1 Sapphire r9 280x Tri-x OC 3GB. should i crossfire with a second one? im really thinking about it"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I still play on a GTX 660 and performance is usually just fine for me. I play StarCraft 2, Team Fortress 2, Heroes of the Storm, Counter Strike GO, etc. Basically nothing too demanding. I do not SLI because I really don't need to or want to spend the money.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need Help with a Wireless Range Extender"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, no problem. PS: The Netgear power line units I have seem to be relatively reliable. I see about 30MB/s down and +10ms ping gaming.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I already have 1 Sapphire r9 280x Tri-x OC 3GB. should i crossfire with a second one? im really thinking about it"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

1080p is good for these cards because most games won't hit the VRAM limit (3GB) which I'm assuming you know is not doubled in SLI or CrossFire X (Instead it is copied from each card). If you are planing to go into a higher resolution such as 1440p, I would recommend against it. If you plan to be at 1080p for a bit and feel like you need some extra performance, go for it. If you have any questions about CrossFire scaling in particular games, you can ask or do some research to see the performance gains.

I might note that we can expect the R9 370X by mid July which is likely the 285/280X chip for less. It might only carry 2GB VRAM though? It will however be offered cheaper.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need Help with a Wireless Range Extender"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

They plug into outlets and send a safe high frequency through that transmits Ethernet signals. You simply plug them in and attach ethernet to each end. You can even get units with multiple ports or WiFi. They do however suffer in older homes with poor wiring and areas with lots of interference. The speed and latency is much better than a repeater/range extender.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need Help with a Wireless Range Extender"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Please do not use a wireless range extender for any kind or gaming or latency intensive application. Power line adapters might be a better option.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I already have 1 Sapphire r9 280x Tri-x OC 3GB. should i crossfire with a second one? im really thinking about it"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It really depends on what you're doing with the card and the resolution of the games. Just looking at the US price, I would say it's a bit expensive for an R9 280X.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Upgrade SATA SSD to M.2 SSD?"

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I did some research into your particular motherboard to make sure that the M.2 slot it offers is PCI-E and it looks like it is PCI-E 2.2 X2 which offers up to 10GB/s over SATA 3 being 6GB/s. It also offers SATA over this connection so you simply need to make sure the SSD is also PCI-E. You can reference this Ars Technica article for more info on the interface.

Here is a link to the compatible SSDs for your motherboard that are M keyed (indicating PCI-E). The Samsung ones are all enterprise (I think) which should last a long time and offer great performance. Unfortunately they are costly!

One last very important thing: That motherboard only supports UEFI Option ROMS. YOU MUST install a UEFI OS such as Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 (Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit recommended!) Your graphics card must also support this feature for this setup to work correctly. If you link me to your card or build, I'd be happy to verify compatibility to you.

An SSD should work with the kids computer, but at reduced speeds. Their motherboard is only SATA 2 (3GB/s). It is still much faster than a HDD from experience.

Let me know if you have any more questions. M.2 can be a bit complicated.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I have 1866MHZ RAM, but this shows 666MHz?"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It probably doesn't have a profile in your motherboard's BIOS or that speed just plain isn't supported. The 1866MHz clock is the effective rate. The actual is half that at 933MHz. So right now the RAM is at 1333MHz. Try going into your BIOS and setting the timings manually. They should be 9-9-9-24 2T 933MHz (1866MHz effective). You can find out how to set timings in your motherboard manual.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which motherboard should I get?"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Everyone tends to like the H81 boards for this chip because they're cheap! Bonus is the old microcode allows them to overclock the G3258. This MSI H81M-P33 tends to hit 4 to 4.2 GHz with that chip if you do want to overclock.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is the Asus Z97 Maximus VII Hero worth it?"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I do plan to overclock in the future, though not excessively. Good on-board audio, high-quality and future-proofing is pretty much all I'm looking for.

If you're looking for a stable board with great features, ASUS is generally the way to go. Since you're investing in an unlocked i7, you might as well go for the ROG board. I hear the new audio on those boards is incredible for on board output. I'm not sure about future proofing, but ASUS is usually good about support on these boards. The BIOS is also wonderful.

The main benefit over other boards in increased stability and the attention to detain ASUS has for the ROG series. The audio is also better on the Hero than other brands. If you don't mind the cost, it's a good investment.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "ITX AC mobo? aroun ~$110"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I placed your case and processor in PC Part Picker and set my seller to amazon and the lack of results was not surprising. I only vhecked for Z97 chipsets since you need it to overclovk on a K chip. I found one Gigabyte board, which I don't recommend because of issues with DOA boards and bad RAM slots.

Searching again with an H97 board gave these. These boards will likely not allow over clocking. It looks like the ASRock is the best option as the MSI has WiFi issues.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I5 4690k vs i5 4590"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Realisticly the performance will not be much different. If memory serves me correct, the 4690k has a slightly higher base and turbo clock. This will hardly effect gaming. The main advantage of the k chips is they are unlocked and can be over clocked. Both chips are Devil's Canyon LGA 1150 chips.

Comment reply on TyrellP's Completed Build: First Gaming Build

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, that was my only concern. +1 then :)

Edit: On second thought edit those cables ;)

Comment reply on TyrellP's Completed Build: First Gaming Build

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

wanted to stay within a range that my motherboard deemed safe with my stock cooler

Please don't use the stock cooler when overclocking a CPU! It's an accident waiting to happen. You also paid too much for that motherboard unless you're getting an unlocked i5/i7 in the future.

Comment reply on rdjg22's Completed Build: Aluminum Mini-ITX Custom Mac (Dual Boot)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Two questions for you. First, how is that case shown in the about my mac menu? Second, wht do you have a Zotac GTX 970 listed and an EVGA GTX 650 in that case?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "msi raedon r9 280x help."

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Right away this tell me you should have enough wattage. You might try a different cable/port/monitor just to be sure something hasn't gone wrong with another component. Please don't use the drivers from disks included. These are very outdated in most cases. Simply Google search your motherboard to update its drivers. AMD GPU drivers can be found here.

It is late here but I will try to check on possible issues with your motherboard's BIOS *** soon as I can. There might be an issue in there, forcing use of integrated graphics.

Best of luck for now!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "msi raedon r9 280x help."

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Before I say that you have a bad card, can you just answer a few questions that might help.

1) What motherboard do you have?

2) What CPU do you have?

3) How is the monitor connected?

4) What OS are you using?

5) What driver is installed?

6) What PSU are you using?

Thanks!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "msi raedon r9 280x help."

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

It will run with only the 6 pin connected but wont be usable without it. Make sure both a six and eight pin are connected correctly. Also make sure it's not the 8 pin CPU connector. They should both be labeled PCIE.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "APB Reloaded at 100000000+ fps -_-"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I checked to make sure and EVGA has the perfect card for you. The GTX 750 Ti SC is cheap and powerful. It should fit nicely in your case and has no 6 pin power connector so you won't have to change your power supply. 300W or greater is highly recommended though. If you want to go even cheaper, the EVGA 750 SC is also a decent GPU.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "msi raedon r9 280x help."

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

You need them both plugged in to power the card. AMD GPUs use a lot of power overall, thus the need for both. If it's still not working after that, make sure your PSU is high enough wattage.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ram Question."

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately, older RAM has become hard to find and expensive, even in low density. Unless you go to Ebay and find a good seller, you're probably not going to find that exact RAM.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ram Question."

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't personally speak for this make but Crucial is a good brand overall.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ram Question."

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Great! Unfortunatly the only DDR2-1066 kit i can find it this 2X2GB set from Crucial.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ram Question."

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Before you upgrade the RAM past 4GB, make sure you have a 64-bit OS. If you don't your system won't recognize it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ram Question."

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't use solid state drives on SATA 2. It's a waste of money.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ram Question."

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

You might try adding another 2x2GB kit of DDR2 RAM in the empty slots. If you run into issues then buy a second kit. The other option is to buy a 2x4GB kit to replace your current RAM altogether. Do whatever fits the budget better.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "is 600w enough? (r9 280x in build)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

You would contact Gigabyte support. AMD makes the chip and sells them to partners like ASUS, Gigabyte, XFX, MSI, and Sapphire. These partners manufacture and support the cards themselves. Drivers are kinda a gray area but always contact the manufacturer first. Good luck and I hope you get everything straightened out!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "is 600w enough? (r9 280x in build)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Possibly. I had a similar issue with a GTX 650 on Battlefield 3 a couple years ago. It looked like textures were missing and then the system would crash. After I talked to EVGA it turned out to be an Nvidia driver issue. You might want to contact your manufacturer's support and ask them about it. You my ght get lucky and get a new GPU.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ram Question."

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Well adding RAM would likely benefit you. 8GB should be good for a CPU that old. The issue I'm having is finding DDR2-1200 in stock. Because you board only supports that speed overclocked, you might go for DDR2-1066 for better compatibility. Try to match the brands of your current and new RAM.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "is 600w enough? (r9 280x in build)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I double checked and your PSU should be adequate but I'm not quite sure what could be causing those issues. Corsair is a good brand but the CX series is not their best work.

Has the system shutdown on you? Do you notice strange noises from the PSU? Have you checked your graphics driver?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ram Question."

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

A speed boost will depend on a few things.

1) What is your CPU? 2) What do you use the PC for?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "new core in dell laptop?"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Simply put, Intel gives 2 options for the Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge chips like the one you linked below. The is a PGA (Pin Grid Array) socket that is not soldered. In this case is is called Socket G2 and the CPU can be changed. The other option is called BGA (Ball Grid Array) and the CPU cannot be changed because it is soldered. The only way to know is ask around and find someone who knows or open the system and find out yourself. Last time I did this to a Dell PC it had a PGA socket so you might be in luck! Make sure you get a supported chip though. Some boards don't support quad core chips and some chipsets will reject certain CPUs.

As far as RAM goes you need to find out what the motherboard supports. It is likely 16GB or 32GB max. Also make sure you get LV DDR3 SODIMMs for laptops. They use less power and are smaller in length.

Be cautions, laptop upgrades and OEM upgrades in general are tricky business and compatibility should be checked over and over.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "AMD or Intel and Which one (Grandparent Build)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I built my grandpa a PC using the AMD Athlon 5350. It is cheap and perfect for web browsing and office use. It has AMD R5 integrated graphics too.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PSU makes ticking sounds sometimes"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I think we'll have to disagree since neither one of us is convincing anyone. I still like their components and brand for the most part.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PSU makes ticking sounds sometimes"

  • 62 months ago
  • -1 points

Tier Three - Meets standard ATX specifications, though closer to the edges than Tier two units. These are still solid units, which still supply stable power to your system, though not ideal for serious overclocking

I don't see a problem with a lower priced reliable unit. I'll stop buying it when their support becomes poor and quality becomes worse. They are a top tier brand next to Seasonic.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PSU makes ticking sounds sometimes"

  • 62 months ago
  • -1 points

The CX is not crap. It is lower performance than AX but still is a good unit from a great brand.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PSU makes ticking sounds sometimes"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

If it's the fan then it might just be coming lose from the housing. Your RMA period has probably expired with wherever it was purchased but you can talk to Corsair. They might swap it for you.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Never Settle Forever?"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks like it is still offered. Here's the link to it on their site. AMD.com

Comment reply on Forum Topic "GTX 960... is it even worth considering?"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Leaving AMD out, buying a 970 now is your best option. The 960 is not too bad for the cost, but the 4GB edition is useless in most cases. The 970 has its own issues due to the 3.5 GB RAM partition, but tests are showing this does not hurt many applications. The 980 is overpriced and will likely go down after AMD refreshes its own R9 series.

only after some occasional 1080p gaming

Luckily that's their target market...

Comment reply on Forum Topic "GTX 980 Ti"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

There likely won't be one unless AMD gets competitive with the R9 390X that should be due soon. If AMD has the faster card after it's release we will likely see a 980 Ti.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which CPU is better?"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I just double checked and the Athlon is compatible.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "A stress test that kills my G3258, can your CPU decode Youtube 4k60 vp9"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Here in the US our internet is basically awful. My cable internet is 50mbps download but YouTube is clearly throttled, as is Netflix, Hulu, Google Play, iTunes, Spotify, etc.

Thanks for the info in the Broadwell/Skylake chips. I stopped following the graphics after the naming got all weird and Iris Pro was the only one that really mattered anyway...

About AMD Carrizo; too bad it won't be coming to desktop right? I really like the APU concept but their CPU cores are lacking to say the least.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "A stress test that kills my G3258, can your CPU decode Youtube 4k60 vp9"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Apparently Google thinks everyone has their fiber internet. There's also an issue when you get ahead of the processer (especially Intel). Why doesn't this support GPU acceleration anyway?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is It Worth Getting A Sound Card?"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "A stress test that kills my G3258, can your CPU decode Youtube 4k60 vp9"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah 1440p is just becoming popular with gamers where they have the equipment to decode the video and phones which don't use the new standard. Anyway 4K is still a bit away for 99% of YouTubers. Right now it's just so expensive, not to mention Hz limits. I really enjoy 1440p on my Droid Turbo and don't see the point going much higher.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which CPU is better?"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

What motherboard do you have? Finding the right CPU on the Hudson (APU) platform can be tricky...

Comment reply on Forum Topic "A stress test that kills my G3258, can your CPU decode Youtube 4k60 vp9"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I had 4 tabs open and lots of programs up. Before the video is was near 30% usage and playback on 1440p had it at about 90%. It was not perfect playback, but usable. The 4K was terrible.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "A stress test that kills my G3258, can your CPU decode Youtube 4k60 vp9"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't pay enough attention to the file formats anymore xD

Yes, they should have made it opt-in similar to the HTML5 experiment. I wonder if it can be disabled from chrome://flags

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which CPU is better?"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

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