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  1. Most of the time it's if you want to overclock a particular CPU. The more durable the components, the higher quality it is, and you're more likely to overclock your CPU more efficiently, as well as having the motherboard working for years, and maybe even a decade or two.

    Sometimes you may want a certain amount of PCIE slots, or it having a M.2 slot. Maybe you want better onboard sound, or onboard wi-fi. I typically don't look for these types of "extras", but most people do.

  2. I have a couple of computers, some are updated to the latest version of Windows 10, and others are still on Windows 7. Most of what held me back were the drivers. I had a lot of software and hardware where Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 didn't work (or it worked like crap). I find Windows 10 to be overall better, and since I do development and database stuff, I can't use some of the latest software on Windows 7, anymore, so I find myself using the Windows 7 computers less and less.

    I'll most likely upgrade one computer to Windows 11 and see how things are. I feel like Windows 11 is going to be pretty bad, but at least Windows 12 will most likely be good!

  3. Lol, well, I was pretty much away from it all for for 4-5 years (once my wife was pregnant with our 2nd kid), and pretty much outright for 3 and a half years. My last graphics card purchase was a GTX 1080Ti. I come back, and my GTX 1080Ti now sells for $750. This world has gone mad!

    Btw, it's nice to see a lot of familiar faces!

    The three computer forums I came back to were: Overclockersclub.com, Overclock.net, and Hardforum.com

    Overclock.net got revamped, but I don't particularly like the new look. There seems to be less people everywhere. I still see and trust the people who buy/sell/trade in Hardforum, but I haven't done anything like that in ages.

    I'm still sporting my i7-3930K from a long time ago. I built a few cheap servers using the C602 chipset, but that's about it. Prices are just outrageous. People are buying high-end parts for mining, which is funny, because people are building systems in order to not actually use them.

    The state of the game industry is also a big contributor. Prices for games are still ridiculous when released, and still loaded with bugs. Games that utilize the latest "cool" stuff like ray-tracing are still uncommon, and if they're in a popular game, they're turned off if people are playing them competitively. And if people are playing competitively, they're going against people who spend insane amounts of money monthly just to play the game with hacks, and there's nothing the developers of games can do about it.

    I can rant on and on, but anyways, how ya'll doin'? :)

  4. 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.


    Great choice I was going to pop in and recommend what everyone else has:


    Intel CPU (more cores the better), and more RAM (16GB or more).


    I remember working with video in the past and CPU and memory were the kings, I'd recommend filling up the rest of your memory slots once you sell your old components!

    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 :D


    So had everyone else. :)



    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 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.


    The memory controller would be the first thing to go before the NAND flash, and the errors you're seeing only reports read errors.

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. I am still on 3930K's, and used prices, nothing can compare price/performance if you can get them for what I suggested. For video encoding, it will beat out an overclocked 6700K at 4.8GHz easily.


    So, rendering is different than encoding. Rendering is still very important utilizing a graphics card's GPGPU, as it takes the load off the CPU (which would be slow, anyway). Encoding, serial processing is going to give better output results than parallel processing. However, if you're just recording using NVIDIA's Shadowplay, GPU encoding will definitely be fine. However, you're not going to see crazy encoding speed results over a hexacore CPU, anyway, so I wouldn't worry about it so much.


    One suggestion I would do is to get 8GB memory sticks with as much memory as you can. That will also help with your rendering/encoding speeds, and not only that, you could record your games temporarily onto a RAMDisk (which is what I do), and then if a recording session is a keeper, transfer it to your hard drive. This gives you a lot more throughput.

  11. So, I've been doing a lot of stuff for a while now, and I have a dedicated photo editing / 3d modeling / animation system, and a dedicated video editing / NAS system.


    For a video-editing system, don't do anything with hardware acceleration, etc. Have it encode via just your CPU cores. So, find a used hexacore. If you're lucky, you could get a used XEON hexacore 1366 for $40 and overclock it to 4.2GHz, but finding a LGA 1366 motherboard will be tougher. If you do find one, they usually sell for $110, but heck, for $150, it would still be worth it.


    Otherwise, you might find a used 3930K for $250 or under, and a X79 motherboard for ~$120. Overclock to 4.5GHz easily, and you're good for a few more years.


    There are three reasons you'd want a graphics card for video editing.

    1. Color calibration. To get the full 100% sRGB for a monitor that supports it, then you'll want a graphics card. If you are particular about getting the colors right, then you'll also want a calibration tool, like a Spyder Elite 4 Pro (or Elite 5 Pro).

    2. Faster preview/rendering and in HD. All video editing software nowadays allows this, and if the task is handled by a capable graphics card using OpenCL, OpenGL, or CUDA, then you'll be able to trim, playback, etc., in your preview pane. This is really handy if you're editing high resolution videos.

    3. If you don't care about the quality, and want to encode your video using hardware acceleration for faster encoding using OpenCL or CUDA. However, encoding 1440P @ 60FPS 5 minute videos doesn't take more than a few minutes on a 3930K at 4.5GHz, so you really don't need hardware acceleration for super speedy encoding.


    I hope that helps.

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