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Member Since 21 Jun 2004
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In Topic: Build for my Brother

13 March 2018 - 12:54 PM

That A10 is sadly FM2+, so it's already one of the faster CPUs on the platform.  The AM3 FX stuff uses the same weak cores but you would have the option of double the cores, but at this point I don't know that a new AM3 board/cpu etc would be worth it.  For keeping it cheap a solid option would be searching around places like Craigslist, you've got a GPU so the hard part's there just a matter of finding a CPU/mobo deal.

In Topic: NVIDIA Coming Under Fire for GeForce Partner Program

13 March 2018 - 05:47 AM

While nearly the entire enthusiast community can see through the marketing and has called out nvidia on pulling an Intel (remember the days of Dell only selling Intel CPUs) at the end of the day my customers and other similar PC users have no clue.  They claim no discounts for the brands that follow their plan yet a "discount" can come in many forms, could be as simple as guaranteed supply of GPUs.  With the current market a company like HP or Dell not following nvidia's word could lead to them not having the supply of nvidia GPUs to meet customer demand.  That's a luxury you'll notice they've had over small builders through GPU shortages.  For smaller yet still big companies like CyberpowerPC/iBUYPOWER they could literally be forced out of the mid to high end market if they don't play nice with nvidia simply by not being a preferred partner. 


While you COULD argue that nothing in the release says any of this, I will argue that nvidia will go right to the edge of what they can get by with to try and keep other brands out of the GPU market. Don't get me wrong they're in it for money and the highest possible market share should be a goal, I just think the GPU offering should sell itself not the need to strong arm partners into not having their products directly compete with the competition.  


I will say if you're nvidia and going to pull this shit it's the perfect time, they can easily say they don't NEED to lock AMD out with Pascal beating Vega in nearly everything, but I would bet that's the real reason to push for this now while partners want nvidia cards the most and are more likely to enter into an agreement that seems helpful to them.

In Topic: Build for my Brother

11 March 2018 - 03:14 PM

The A10-7800 should be where your issues are from what I've seen, as long as the system's only running the game 8GB is fine (though the game can easily use over 6GB) and the 270 should be lacking but like you say on the other PC perfectly playable.  


The A10 however is a VERY weak CPU, it acts more like a dual core due to the module design and PUBG from my testing likes at a minimum 4 strong cores or 6 weaker cores.  It really does better with higher single threaded performance, but is capable of splitting across 6+ threads.  


Sadly with the anti-cheat some of the tricks to make it run better on a potato level PC will likely get you banned now.  Sadly all upgrade paths short of good used deals are pricey with DDR4 and GPU's being through the roof.  Craigslist has been my friend recently trying to find deals on parts, 4th gen intel CPUs to keep DDR3 and the occasional GTX 980/970 have been great for budget builds.

In Topic: I guess it works.

26 February 2018 - 06:10 PM

While I fully support the spirit of the solution it really could use better attachment execution.  

In Topic: Water pump fast and slow

23 February 2018 - 11:40 AM

To maybe clear up what you're seeing, the 4pin direct to your PSU gives the pump power, and the internal circuit in the pump varies the speed based on the PWN signal from the motherboard header.  As it's not drawing any power from the board it doesn't need the other wires.   You should be able to adjust the pump speed in BIOS or software that came with your motherboard by controlling that CPU fan header in PWM mode (some boards may default to the old 3 pin style so you may need to manually a PWM setting for that header.