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  1. Used is definitely the way to go to keep the budget low. On the AMD side, HD 7970's have been on the $100 or even lower for a good many years, which would mean you could probably find some R9 290's for $100 if you looked hard enough. Just think of R9 390's as rebadged R9 290's. Probably the slightly slower equivalent of a single GTX 970 on NVIDIA's side (which I don't recommend, personally, even though others would), which in turn is a slightly slower equivalent of the RX 480 on the AMD side. In terms of your HD 6870, the R9 290 is at least 150% better overall than what you have now, and would be more than capable of running Diablo3 and Skyrim on Ultra at 1080P with even HD textures.
  2. I can't wait. Hoping to get back into AMD CPU's. I bought a boatload of AMD stock when it hit below $2, now it's hovering around $11.
  3. You won't be able to use ECC memory unless the motherboard and CPU supports it.
  4. Just saw this: http://hexus.net/tech/news/monitors/89429-asus-unveils-worlds-first-usb-type-c-156-inch-portable-monitor/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook
  5. 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 So had everyone else.
  6. Yeah, it was probably the case. I look periodically for firmware updates, but maybe a month or more is sometimes too late.
  7. Yeah, on three SSD's that all had Indilinx controllers. Pieces of crud, never using those controllers again. How do you know the memory controller failed versus something else? Since the controllers use RAM to track just about everything, if the RAM was unreliable in any way, you'd end up with total drive failure pretty much instantly. There were a bunch of bad firmwares for those drives though - my original 2009 era drives are still going strong with the last *stable* firmware release from Supertalent and I beat the snot out of them in my daily desktop for years before retiring them to Xbox One duties. 3 different SSD's, same controller, different NAND. I have SSD's that have the same NAND, but different controllers, and they're still going good. So... that's just my little conclusion.
  8. What? Have there been any reports of the memory controllers in SSDs going bad? In general, that would cause a total drive failure, not sporadic (and reproducible) read errors. Yeah, on three SSD's I had that all had Indilinx controllers. Pieces of crud, never using those controllers again.
  9. ^ Yay! Yeah, probably just some bad errors due to Windows updates. I had the same issue on Windows 10. At first I thought it was an SSD gone bad, but when I fixed the Windows errors, the issues went away.
  10. Sorry, working at the moment, so can't give too much help right now. Try this for now: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/139810-sfc-scannow-run-command-prompt-boot.html
  11. I would first repair it for Windows errors, then repair the game cache, and see if that works. The memory controller would be the first thing to go before the NAND flash, and the errors you're seeing only reports read errors. If you let the memory controller do its work, it might re-allocate the blocks that have errors.
  12. ^ Yeah, of course it has it's limits. Not sure what the OP has.
  13. CM Hyper 212+ and Hyper 212 EVO have been tried and true for a long while now, especially for the price. I had a delidded 3570K running with a CM Hyper 212+ a long time ago, hit 4.9GHz and temps never went above 72C at load.
  14. Sorry, I forget to check this thread, sometimes. No DDR2 memory unless a friend of mine ever wants to upgrade his old ass rig, lol, sorry.
  15. NVIDIA cards that have Boost, along with temperature throttling and the stock BIOS with set power limits, it doesn't reflect the true potential overclockability of a card based on the ASIC until you modify the BIOS. The same thing with temperature throttling on AMD cards and voltage limits. I guess the ongoing theory is, the higher the ASIC (closer to 100%), the closer to specifications the circuitry is, thus you get the lower voltages required for a set clock speed. Basically, the card is more efficient, so it's better for air cooling since it meets the specified clock speeds at a lower voltage. The lower the ASIC, the card isn't as efficient, so watercooling is recommended because more voltage is needed, thus driving up temperatures, which could cause issues like temperature throttling on air. Most people assume that lower ASIC means better overclockability, but that's just speculation. In my opinion, ASIC has no bearing on overclockability potential. Overcockability potential is based on the GPU, and the GPU alone. The best way to test for this is to find a graphics card with close to 100% ASIC, modify the BIOS, and find the most stable overclocks and log the voltage. Then, remove the GPU, put it on a card that has something like 60% ASIC, and see how it compares. My assumption is that the GPU will reach the same overclocked clock speeds, but it will need a higher voltage to get there.
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