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Help me make a decision

02 March 2018 - 10:54 AM

I am looking for opinions from people who have had hardware problems with their builds.  Should be common enough.


My problem, is that my computer is dead as a door nail.   I hit the switch and get nothing.  Yes the Mobo lights for the onboard power button and the overclock button are lighting up.  Beyond that I get nothing.

Lucky I have a second computer with a good power supply.   I tried installing the new power supply and NOTHING again.  Same thing.  Onboard power button and OC button light up but that's it.


Rig in Sig.


I am guessing its the motherboard as I have replaced MOBOs in the past with similar problems.  Just looking for opinions please, thank you.

Windows 10 Install question

06 May 2017 - 09:50 AM

Hello Overclockers,


I bought this OEM version of Win 10 Home as I am building a new box for my nephew.  I have ever and always used the OEM version of Windows OS vs Retail for the last 20 years.   Upon reading the package, before opening, I noticed they are very officious in their wording of OEM and "OEM Pre-Installation Tools".  I cant seem to remember if this was the case in previous versions as well.  I just want to install and be done with it.  If he has any problems or questions I can surely be of assistance to him.   This disc is just a generic regular install like all the rest, correct?  I don't need any fancy OEM pre-installation tools. Right?


Oh, I have recently installed Win 10 Pro on my own personal computer.  I am familiar with how easy it really is.  I just want to be sure about the Pre-Install jargon they use on the package. 


Thanks in Advance for any and all contributions.



Midrange Build -- I guess.

17 April 2017 - 11:23 AM

My nephew called me and is very frustrated with his current situation.  He has some old office box from like ten years ago with a wifi connection.  He cant get it to run well for him and is breaking up his bedroom out of frustration.   Since he is now able to collect disability, he finally has a few bucks comming in every month.   He was born with only one kidney that was fuctioning at some rediculously low level.  He got a transplant as a boy but has never been able to lead a normal life.  Now finally at age 26 he has started collecting disability.   He does like video gaming and has some Xbox version, but its not the latest one.

Anyway, I agreed to help him out and he will donate what he can afford and my wife and I will donate the rest.  He will be shocked at the capabilities of his new system.

This is what I have worked up for him at a cost of just under $1500 for the box only, as he has peripherals and I have extras of most everything he could need in that area anyway.


MSI Z270 GAMING PRO LGA 1151 Intel Z270 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Motherboards - Intel


Intel Core i5-7600K Kaby Lake Quad-Core 3.8 GHz LGA 1151 91W BX80677I57600K Desktop Processor


EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, 08G-P4-6170-KR, 8GB GDDR5, LED, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC)


CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Memory Kit Model CMK16GX4M2B3000C15


NZXT Kraken X61 RL-KRX61-01 280mm All-In-One Water / Liquid CPU Cooling Solution


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM


Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ST1000DX002


CORSAIR RMx Series RM850X 850W 80 PLUS GOLD Haswell Ready Full Modular ATX12V & EPS12V SLI and Crossfire Ready Power ...


Windows 10 Home - 64-bit - OEM


NZXT Source 530 CA-SO530-M1 Matte Black Steel / Plastic / Mesh ATX Full Tower Computer Case


Ok, so I like everything here, but I am open to suggestions.  For instance, I like MSI and this board seems to have everything I want at $149 on Amazon.  Ima Prime Member.  If I can get the same feature set in another board manufacturer for around the same pricing, I would be willing to have a look.

Ram it seems to me, at least in my opinion, is what you like.  I am not for splitting hairs in ram performance one brand over another but if someone can point out to me a better value at similar performance ratings, I would be open to that.

Suggestions or just opinions is ok with me.

No AMD please, I haven't owned an AMD chip since the K8 Venice and have never owned an AMD video card.

Ignorant to Wi-Fi---Help please

17 April 2017 - 09:55 AM

Hi Hello,

I have managed up to this point to be lucky enough to ignore all the ins-and-outs of Wifi for the last 10 or so years. I'm an Ethernet guy and proud of it.     I know how wifi works.  I know that it has grown to become rather sophisticated in usage with all the security safe guards and usage partitions now available in the software.  Which again, I have been lucky enough to ignore to this point.  But this isn't about me today.


I am building a new Rig for my nephew.  He is 26 and lives at home as he is disabled from being born without kidneys.  His family has a Spectrum Wifi ISP with a [email protected] 5260 Router.  I have checked the specs for this unit and it seems to be adequate enough for the family. It is the current Spectrum router and will get the job done.  We don't have much choice anyway. It is what it is.

On the Rig he is using, which is a horrible little thing from some office wholesale purchase ten years ago, he has a usb wifi receiver.   Since I am building him a new rig, I want to make sure he isn't "bottlenecked" by the wifi.   Router is in the living room, His Rig is in the bedroom, travels thru one wall, maybe 25 feet distance.   New rig I5 7600k, gtx1070, 16g ram, using MSI Z270 Gaming Pro mobo. The mobo  has Sli that he can upgrade another card down the road but doesn't have built in Wifi, so I will be using a USB Wifi connection.


I want to Optimize his connection best I can.  I have questions.  I have questions I haven't even thought of yet.  First off, I plan to do some co-op gaming with him.  Wi-Fi will be adequate for that these days?  I have no idea the efficiency advancements since wifi became the go to avenue for families everywhere.  Is the performance drop-off between Ethernet and wifi even a real issue for gaming anymore?  We are not professional gamers with high stakes on the line. (laugh)  We do want to optimize for the situation we have to work with.

I need suggestions for a USB Wifi Receiver. Are they all basically in the same performance envelope?   I do understand I can get a lengthy wire and move the antenna to a better position which we might do.

So that is my situation.  I am looking for suggestions as I am sure this is a very, very common scenario for many PC users.  I think an Ethernet option is out of the question for him as we would have to run the cable about 25 feet from router to bedroom and under the carpet at one point.  Just too much hassle and possibly too long a cable.

Please give me suggestions for solutions.  Help me, help him.

Time for a new Monitor--Help and Suggestions Please.

11 March 2017 - 11:38 AM

So I now have the rig in my sig.  My monitor is a bust, as I was taking a chance, as many did, from this SKorean supplier.  

For the two days that it did work, I was struck with that new monitor euphoria playing Ghost Recon:Wildlands and Watchdogs 2.

Im typing this message on my old 27" monitor and it feels small.  Makes me laugh.

Im looking for something right at 30" to 32" with 2550x1440 or 2550x1600.  Frankly and I know its only my opinion but I think anything over 60hz refresh is overrated for gaming.  I can still kick azz and be happy with what I am looking at on the screen.

I don't really buy into the curved madness.  A Flat screen is enough for me.

A big question I have is that I cant remember if you can use a lesser resolution on a 4k screen.  Say, I liked and bought a 32" 4k capable monitor.  Could I then say Run it at 2550x1440 or what ever the ratio is for that screen??  It seems older monitors come with an advertised Maximum resolution but you don't have to run that RES if your rig cant push it out.

Is it the same for the 4k monitors?