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  1. Upgrade questions

    Thanks everyone for all your help! I built this beast last night. It installed Windows 8 in like 10 minutes and boots insanely fast. Once we get past the POST it takes like 3 seconds for Windows to load. Here's the final build: Blu-Ray: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136250 Keyboard (Logitech 920): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126043 Mouse (Logitech M570 already owned): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104407 Monitor (2x 23" P3214H): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260148 Monitor (1x 27" from previous build): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236103 Case (Corsair Carbide): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010 PSU (HX650): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012 CPU (Core i7-4790K): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117369 HD (WD Black 1T): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236625 Mobo (ASUS Z97-A/USB 3.1): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132510 Memory (G.Skill 8G DDR3 1866): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460 Video (EVGA GTX 970): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487088 I still have lots of tweaking and checking to do. A few random things: The memory was only showing up as DDR3 1600 in the BIOS. I'll have to investigate. The UEFI BIOS is new to me and is absolutely incredible coming from a legacy BIOS. The case is HUGE. I didn't realize how big it was...it's decent I guess but smaller would have been nice. Not worth returning. Having fans off at low load on the PSU and video card makes a big difference in noise. I'm really happy with it and don't plan to buy another CPU fan...the stock one is doing fine for now. I'm really pleased with the results so far and hope to take it on some good test runs soon. Thanks again to all you guys for your help. I wouldn't have gotten anything near as nice without all your suggestions.
  2. Upgrade questions

    Thanks everyone for your great responses so far. I'm on the home stretch here and I think it's just down to the mobo now. I like pretty much all of the ones that have been suggested, but I'm leaning towards this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132510 It's one of the few boards out there that has USB 3.1 ports and I think that's what's going to sell it to me. It doesn't have any reviews yet, but it's basically just this board (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132118) with USB 3.1 on it, so I feel pretty safe.
  3. Upgrade questions

    I didn't really understand the difference between the Z87 and Z97 until now. I like that board but I'm not sure I want to spend quite that much. I've been looking for an alternative...I found like 5 that are pretty similar and around the $150 range so I might just grab one of those.
  4. Upgrade questions

    Brown, thanks for the picture! I really like the cable management that I'm seeing on a lot of the new cases. I'm starting to have too much fun...what about this setup? Canitry, I took your advice on the PSU and the HDs. Everyone is in agreement on the G.SKILL. I also really beefed up the video card and mobo. I really like the optical audio and eSata ports on this one. I've been reading a lot of reviews and specifications. Both the video card and PSU will turn their fans completely off when not loaded, which should improve idle noise. I think I'll wait on the CPU cooler and just upgrade if it feels necessary. Thoughts? Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010 Mobo (ASUS Sabertooth): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131976 Video (GTX 970): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487088 PSU (HX650): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012 CPU (i7-4790k): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117369 RAM (8G G.SKILL DDR3 1866): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460 HD (WD Black 1T): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236625
  5. Upgrade questions

    Some follow-up for canitry: Is the WD black worth the extra money? I read a few reviews and benchmarks and didn't notice it to be that much faster. What are your thoughts? Any specific reason for the upgrade from the CX600 to the HX650? Do you have any other video suggestions? I failed to mention in my post that I want an nVidia GPU. I've got a Radeon HD 4850 right now, but my experience is that, more often than not, the nVidia cards have fewer problems caused by software developers. I promise I'm not second-guessing your suggestions! I just want to try and understand what I'm getting. Building PCs used to be so much simpler.. Nigsy, maybe I'll stick with the stock cooler and upgrade if I find it to be too loud for me.
  6. My current PC is going right on 6 years. When I built it, I spent the money on some higher-end parts (nothing outrageous) and I'm really happy with the investment. I've had no hardware issues and, aside from not opting for a better CPU, it's performed admirably even with some newer games. But now it's time for an upgrade. Here's what I'm looking at: Case - my wife and I both like this. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010 CPU - I'm debating between the Core i7 4790k and the Core i5 4690k. I think the extra $100 investment might pay off for the boost in multithreading. I do a lot of work where I have tons of crap open at the same time, and I think a lot of new software is going to start taking better advantage of multiple cores. I'd like to hear some more thoughts on this. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117369 CPU Cooler I don't plan on doing any overclocking, so I know the stock cooler would be sufficient. However, since one of my priorities is a quiet machine, would it be worth buying a different cooler (or just a different fan for the stock cooler)? Hard drives - I'll either Raid 0 these or just use use one as a backup drive. 2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339 Edit: I've also got a newer SSD in my current desktop that I'll be using to run my OS on. Motherboard - I have no idea. Any suggestions? I'd like to keep this under $100. Memory - It looks like DDR3 1600 is pretty mainstream right now, but I'm thinking it might make more sense to bump up to DDR3 1866 since the price difference is negligible. Thoughts? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144 - OR - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460 Power supply - This should be enough. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028 Video card - (Edit: I'd like an nVidia GPU) Assuming I go with the above or something comparable, what's a good match for a video card? I use dual monitors, but the ability to use 3 wouldn't be a bad thing. If it happens to support 4K then great, but I'm not paying that much for monitors anytime soon, so anything 1080 or above is fine. I don't do that much gaming, but when I do I like to be able to crank up the graphics. Most importantly, the card needs to stand the test of time so that I can still run new titles in 5 years (even if I have to turn some settings down).
  7. Help me build / upgrade

    Thanks, 8210! I haven't given them much thought until now, but the USB ports on my desktop are terrible...the ones on the front are low quality and I don't think any are USB3...I'd like USB3 or eSata or something to improve my backup speed so that would be a nice upgrade to have. I was thinking of potentially just upgrading to a 100GB solid state + more ram + processor if a Core i5 will work on my motherboard. I just wanted to use the solid state for Windows/Software and use my mechanical HD for storing my media. Do you really think that a solid state wouldn't be that much of a performance boost? I've never really used one to know what to expect, but everything I read about them says that the speed increase is incredible.
  8. I'm running on a machine that's about 5 years old and it's time for an upgrade. What I've got: Intel Core2 Duo, 4GB, 500GB, Radeon HD 4850, Windows 7. I'm not sure whether or not to upgrade this PC or just go for an entirely new one and sell what I have now. Honestly, this rig is holding up great. Here's what I want/need: A solid state drive. I'm using about 400GB of my 500GB drive right now, and that's all backed up nightly to an external drive of the same capacity. I don't know whether or not to go for a large solid state drive to meet that entire need, or to go for a smaller drive as my Windows/software partition and then store my data on a secondary drive. 8GB ram. This is probably the easiest part; but 8GB is pretty future-proof right now and would let me run a VM or two. Not sure on the processor. This is my biggest issue...I feel like I could get away with just getting a SSD and some more ram, but then I'm bummed about my older CPU. Maybe it's not so bad? Edit: Are there any decent modern processors for the LGA 775 Intel P45? I'm not seeing anything but I'm so far out of the loop I'm just not sure. I need at least two video outputs as I use dual screens. Would probably prefer HDMI out. I don't do a lot of gaming and don't see that I would do a whole lot in the next 5 years. Perhaps after that when my son is older that may be a concern, but not right now. Thinking about using Windows 8 as well. If I get a new PC, I'd like a quiet one in an "industrial" case...maybe brushed metal or something cool like that. No need for fancy lights or clear panels or plastic facades. Would also prefer something a little smaller than what I have now with quality USB ports on the front...it's an ATX mid tower. So should I just upgrade or go for a new PC? Actually, here's a screenshot of my original order. I was more interested in gaming back then.
  9. Milestones

    Thanks for the milestone mentions, everyone. I do jump on here and the stats page every once in a while to check up on things. I know I don't post anymore but I'm still folding! Good to see some familiar faces still around here.
  10. Wireless Camera/webcam

    My thought was that the camera would run the software - probably only practical for discrete snapshots rather than 30fps video, though. I would then be able to connect to the camera through my network and pull off the snapshots. For video, though, I bet I do need some sort of software.
  11. Wireless Camera/webcam

    I'm looking to get an inexpensive wireless camera, but I'm not sure where to start as I've never bought one before. I have a few basic requirements: . Must have decent image quality in medium and low light situations (night vision isn't required) . Must be wireless but operate off of 120V wall power (DC adapters are fine) . Should ideally have NO software to install on my computer. I want to be able to connect it to my wireless network and have it either stream video or dump images into my web directory every second or so. . Should be a fairly small size, and look good . Although I only want one right now, I would be interested in using multiple cameras in the future, so it would have to play nice with that . Audio not required This won't be used for chat or anything like that, just minor surveillance - I'd like to be able to keep an eye on my dog during the day and stuff like that. Thanks!
  12. Why Is Finding Hosting Such A Pain In The :filtered:

    Agreed...I don't know why it is, either. Maybe typical reviewers only use the personal hosting options and don't know a lot about how it works? The couple web hosts I've been with in the past would have got excellent reviews from me...until I'd been with them for a year. After that, I've seen how their tech support works and found out all the things I couldn't do.
  13. Why Is Finding Hosting Such A Pain In The :filtered:

    I won't bore you with links to web hosts...there are plenty of threads like that around here. My recommendation: Take your time...ask people who've used it, look for reviews, and most of all: be sure before committing. There are plenty of hosts out there that look good that fail at one or all of support, uptime, or stability.
  14. bacterozoid at 10,000

    Thanks! My current goal is to get into one of the top 100 places on the pit team. (Secondary to the real goal of Folding, that is)
  15. Self-Hosting Questions

    I use VMware - the free version works great.