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  1. You dudes have been blowing up my inbox because I have subscription alerts still turned on ???? Missed you all.
  2. I'm not sure what the problem was but using a new HDMI has fixed the problem indefinitely here, at least! I like it the way it is at the moment. Sony Vegas seems to play a lot better with the Intel iGPU. It doesn't crash at all now. Meanwhile I've OC'd my GPU in order to maximise my performance. All in all, I'm very happy with the way it's all turned out.
  3. Is there an easy way to test the power draw without using a device that plugs into the wall?
  4. I just swapped the cables over and it seemed to solve the issue, ie. the integrated GPU produced no artifacting on the new monitor. Swapping back produced the same problem though. Going to try a new cable now if I can find one EDIT: Tried a cheap cable from Amazon: (https://gfycat.com/SpiritedPoisedHaddock) so then thought maybe it is something to do with the cable. I swapped it out with the HDMI that came with my new monitor and: https://gfycat.com/UntriedAltruisticGentoopenguin So seems to be fixed! I'm puzzled though. What was actually causing that?
  5. Hey guys. I've just plugged my TV into the PC using the integrated GPU on my i7, and I've been met with a whole load of blue specks: https://gfycat.com/RewardingNiceCoqui Is this a bad sign? Maybe just a shot HDMI? It worked fine before but I'd like to rule out the possibility - I just haven't had a chance just yet. Ooooor... Is it a hardware fault? Something to worry about?
  6. So I'm up and running! It works perfectly. Had a bit of trouble with the Windows drivers but that was easily fixed by downloading the drivers directly. I've run a few benchmarks and there is no performance hit. I made sure that applications use the correct display device as well, and it all works really well. It looks sleek and I can now monitor performance while recording and just playing games My mindset here was that I seem to have a huge CPU overhead while recording now, so I figured I would use the iGPU for the 2nd screen in order to save every frame I possibly can. Even so, using the iGPU doesn't seem to generate any extra load or heat on the CPU. It's great! If it's true that the GPU can double idle load on a second screen, then I'm more than happy doing it this way. Woohoo!
  7. It's a single GTX 960, no OC. I'm definitely considering both options. Does a second display tend to affect in-game performance at all? In my head it's just coming across as neater to use both the GPU and the iGPU as the 960 only has a single HDMI slot.
  8. That's great! Installing the Intel graphics drivers shouldn't interfere with Nvidia should it?
  9. Hey OCC. I'm picking up a second screen for my PC tomorrow - The plan is to use my TV as one screen and a proper not-eye-destroying 24 inch monitor as the other. I'm going for HDMI as my main choice of connector but will be fine with DVI or DisplayPort as a backup. The plan is to use both my GPU and my processors iGPU to render a screen each simultaneously, but if I can't get this to work then I'll need to fall back on my GPU, which only has the single HDMI port, 3 DisplayPort connectors and 1 DVI connector. I'm looking at a really nice curved Samsung monitor for ~
  10. Hey guys. I'm thinking of picking up a 24" monitor tomorrow as we've wall-mounted the TV that we were dual-purposing for both the PC and the games consoles, so it's now unusable as a monitor. I'm looking at this monitor here: http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/pc-monitors/pc-monitors/samsung-s24e510c-full-hd-24-curved-led-monitor-10132564-pdt.html Will I need to connect this to the GPU, or will I be able to plug it into my motherboard HDMI and use the 6700K IGPU to run the second screen independently? I'll be using the dedicated GPU to game, etc. but I'd like to hook it up to the TV as well in order to display other applications, like audacity for instance while I record gameplay. Is this possible or can I ONLY plug the screens into either the GPU or processor GPU? Cheers!
  11. I've been looking at SSD's, and I can get them cheap at the lower end of the spectrum. If I wanted something that was purely short-term storage for rendered videos, I can pick up a 64GB drive for around $45. I would much rather have a drive that I could use for the OS as well though. Gotta shave off those precious seconds. To get an idea of any potential bottleneck in the first place though, how would I go about testing that? I have noticed that my CPU doesn't reach 100% utilisation during encoding... But I assume that's good news. I'd assume that 100% would indicate a CPU bottleneck. It does also make me wonder if that is indication of a deeper issue, too. I went for the TX3 purely due to the size of my case - It's an ATX case, but a small one so space is very much limited. The 212 was a few mm taller than my case is deep with the side on. The TX3 keeps my CPU under 60 degrees C under load though, so it's doing fine at stock speeds. I would be wary of going into any OCing territory though.
  12. Ah, there's a name I remember! How have you been Mythos? I made the mistake of calling you Ivi for about a year and a half I will definitely get around to adding in more RAM but it's probably lower on the list of priorities at the mo. My render speeds are much faster - I'm rendering 1080p30 video approx. 1-to-1 now, but I get the feeling that my HDD might be my next bottleneck. It's a Seagate Barracuda 1TB. I've never looked into SATA, RAID or read/write speeds before. I'm learning a whole lot in a short space of time. I'd like to eventually use a RAMdisk but I don't think I'm earning enough JUST yet I'll get the full specs up, and maybe we can take a look and see how I can upgrade it further over the next few months
  13. So! I decided to go for it! A Skylake build for as good a deal as I possibly could (impatience permitted.) The components are here already, so I'll probably take a few shots and have a small build post or something. It won't be super pretty and my calls management leaves a lot to be desired, but it's so exciting!
  14. Okay so i7 it is. I'd imagine that it'll keep me going for a longer time anyway. Always need to bear in mind that a higher cost now is more than likely a lower cost later on, too So I've been using this PCPartPicker website and I've managed to find some really good deals here: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (
  15. Okay, so I'm just looking to throw a few ideas at the wall here and hopefully one of them will stick. I'll post a couple of builds with my prices in GBP (and a loose conversion to USD for comparison purposes) so that I can get an idea of the performance/cost ratio. Okay so: Skylake DDR4 Build PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (
  16. A lot to think about and weigh up! That's fantastic I'll shop around for a little while and see what I can find. I'm definitely leaning towards Skylake but we'll see! Cheers guys! No doubt I'll have more questions soon
  17. I've had a look at a few benchmarks and while it would be a lot cheaper to stay with an AM3+ chip it doesn't seem like the best performance gain/cost decision. I took a look at the FX-8320 compared to my FX-4300 and I'm not seeing a bold reason to upgrade to it. Looking at the FX-9590 as a top-of-the-budget upgrade compared to the (not much more expensive) 4790K still makes the jump to an Intel-based build look much more attractive It means changing out the board and a higher cost but I also get a little 2nd Christmas to myself Do you have much hands-on experience with AMD chips besides reviewing them? I could be going way over the top aiming for an i7 machine but I'm super happy to weigh up my options right now. It could also be the case that I've got performance figures for i7 CPUs stuck in my head right now, so I'll have another look tomorrow.
  18. So basically I need to focus more on raw processor power than trying to jimmy my GPU into the mix That works out much better for me, really. That ensures I won't run into any issues during recording or encoding (in theory anyway.) So my focus is on a good CPU then. Now, I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place. I'm wondering if I should maybe buy into the 6th generation of i7 processors while they're still new and just starting to come back down in price (due to short supply) or if I should a) maybe buy a 4th gen new or b) see if I can work some Ebay magic. I've seen an i7 4790K Devil's Canyon 4.00GHz for a similar price to the 6700 Skylake 3.40GHz which seems pretty good, and the performance is marginally better AND has a focus on overclocking (I quite like the idea of futureproofing.) As it's at the higher end of my budget all I would need to do is buy a new compatible motherboard and save myself a little extra on RAM, but I am bottlenecking myself there as we enter the cusp of DDR4. I'd essentially shoehorn myself into DDR3 for the next few years or risk needing to buy yet another motherboard and CPU. Not very cost effective. There is also some mention of DDR3L support on socket 1151 motherboards but... What does that mean? Would my current DDR3 RAM work and is it DDR4 compatible? It essentially comes down to... Is DDR4 hugely better than DDR3? I've seen no figures or hurrah's suggesting so, and saving pennies is always a good thing provided that doesn't cause me to spend more in the long run This has all come from about 3 hours of browsing around and trying to make my mind up. Hopefully I don't come across as being completely clueless.
  19. My focus is definitely on a MUCH better processor, although I was under the impression that GPU rendering would cut times in half over using just the CPU, what with CUDA and OpenCL, etc. However it does seem as though GPU rendering in most capacities isn't all that important anymore, so I'll definitely factor that into keeping with Nvidia and Shadowplay. What is a 3930K on the price/performance scale? Processors are my least knowledgeable area to be completely honest! That would help! Apologies! We're on 8GB of DDR3 RAM (unsure of the speed though,) plugged into a GA-78LMT micro-ATX motherboard. Pretty low-key Coolermaster Case with 1 intake fan and 2 exhaust fans, too. The PSU isn't fancy. It's a Corsair CX430, which will more than likely need to be replaced in a new build, too. The power supply is a big contributor to my decision to go for the GTX 960 over the equivalently priced AMD card, as the power requirement was quite a bit lower. Hasn't let me down, in any case! Also running a single 1TB HDD as well, which may bottleneck slightly when playing and recording simultaneously. I feel so out of the loop. Hopefully I've been clear and concise enough
  20. Hey OCC! I'm in need of some expert advice and support in looking for a new build. I've recently been accepted for a new job, and as such I now know I have the means to consider a new build! I've been out of the PC Hardware game for a good, long time now so I'm essentially about as close to a n00b as I can get. I need a build that would ideally be used for both gaming and video editing. I would ideally like to be able to use my GPU to speed up video rendering times and have since learned that Sony Vegas hasn't supported new Nvidia cards since the GTX 5XX series. The PC would need to be able to both capture and play games without taking much of a performance hit too. Shadowplay is fantastic but it looks like I might have to lose it I'm order to speed up rendering with an AMD card. What do you guys think? I currently have an AMD FX4300 (I believe) and an Nvidia GTX 960 which I got for pretty cheap. I have also considered maybe just getting a good laptop for video editing and then upgrading the PC I have a little. Any tips, advice... Ideas? Cheers everyone!
  21. Haha what a merry welcome this is No worries guys! It's been a long, long time so I'm not surprised. No hard feelings.
  22. Hey guys! Long time no see! It's been a really long time since I last posted on OCC. We're probably talking almost 3 years now? I figured I could start posting at my leisure but I've been so long gone that I basically AM a n00b now! ???? Hope you'll have me!
  23. Hey guys! I've had my HD5850 for almost 4 years now and it's never been opened up or cleaned or had any maintenance really done to it other than a quick dusting. It's only now beginning to run quite hot. No artifacts or anything else worrisome but the GPU fan is starting to make some serious noise in some rather unintensive games (Deus Ex: HR comes to mind.) It used to idle at 30/40 Celcius and Peak at ~ 70 during games, now it idles at 60+ and peaks between 80/90. I've never applied Thermal Paste before, and I've never had to take my GPU apart either. It's a cased Gigabyte 5850 similar to this one: Naturally I don't want to do any damage but I feel it's definitely time to check under the hood for any dust build up and to reapply some new paste. I can't imagine I'll be rocking this card much longer but it's still my first and I'd like it to last me another year at the most So I'll need to know: What tools will I need for the job? How do I remove the case from my GPU? What screws will I need to be aware of? Anything else? How do I remove the old thermal paste? What purity rubbing alcohol will I need? What's the best way to remove stubborn dust buildup? Is there a certain type of Paste I need or will any stuff do? Do I spread the paste or let the heatsink do that job for me? (I know this one is a big topic of contention) What exactly is "curing time" and how will that affect the paste whilst my GPU is in use? Have I missed anything else? Thank you very much for your help guys! I used to think I knew a lot when it came to building PC's but quite obviously not
  24. No offense, but don't really get the point of using Blender for something like that. There's nothing in there that gave the impression of 3D - the only inkling is around the 6sec mark when the teapot turns slightly, but that was completely pointless and just seemed like you threw that in there for the sole purpose of showing that it was indeed 3D. The letters (atDVXC), for example, don't seem to have any depth to them. My point is, based on what you've shown, it seems like something you could have easily just done in After Effects with 2D art. Criticism is always welcome Clay I used it because I don't have After Effects. Blender on the other hand is completely free, and I mainly used it for the shading and lighting effects. They don't show up too well at the moment because of the low quality render. There's also volumetric lighting lightly applied to the background as well but again, the artifacting is too great for it to really show at all. Besides, I've always wanted to give Blender a try and it's just been fun
  25. I've just finished my test animation. What do you guys think? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7umo9UVdhe0 Quality is very low and there are still some elements that need to be tweaked (i.e. the DOF), but for my first Blender job I think it's pretty good
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