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Comment reply on MethodAce's Completed Build: $1000 Skylake Gaming Rig/LOL I can run XCOM 2 on max somehow

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

There is something called an I/O port that is usually on the back of the case that accommodates the inputs integrated on the mother board, basically it's just a hole where the mother board slots in. The number and type of USB are dependent on the mother board.

The case that I used definitely has a cut out for the motherboard, and most cases do. If there aren't any, then you would need to find a special solution to access those USBs from the inside of the case.

Comment reply on MethodAce's Completed Build: $1000 Skylake Gaming Rig/LOL I can run XCOM 2 on max somehow

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, not counting the USB's attached to the mother board, there are only 2 USB ports on the front input. 1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0.

Comment reply on MethodAce's Completed Build: $1000 Skylake Gaming Rig/LOL I can run XCOM 2 on max somehow

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The title was in regards to launch, the game was horribly optimized at the time and many people were getting horrendous framerates. Not sure if is still a problem now, since I haven't played it in a while, although it was most likely patched.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "SLI GTX 970 or GTX 1070 or keep current setup"

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

First, the RX 480 isn't even out yet. Second, the reason for getting another 970 was for SLI capability. I hate it when people keep mentioning AMD cards when I didn't ask about AMD cards.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Friend installed new driver for his 970 and is getting the dreaded Reboot and Select proper Boot device"

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

There's several different ways to do it, but the first step to solving the issue is getting to safe mode. I'd recommend googling safe mode procedures. If none of the methods are possible, try re-installing Windows (sucks I know). From there test difference Nvidia Drivers. What's really important at this stage is identifying what caused the problem, it's either a hardware failure between the SSD/HDD, PSU, GPU, RAM, or motherboard. Isolating the driver is the cheapest and fastest thing to check. It get's more expensive/troublesome after that.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Friend installed new driver for his 970 and is getting the dreaded Reboot and Select proper Boot device"

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

With Windows 10 if you use the Media Creation Tool and create a boot drive on a USB (should technically work on CD), and set bios change boot order to run from the USB/CD so that you get to the installation screen. Instead of installation, select the option repair this computer, then go to troubleshoot, then advanced options, then restart options. This should provide a list of restart options including safe mode (option 4 or 5). Press restart and it should auto boot to safe mode.

From there go to device manager and go to display adapters, then uninstall the Nvidia drivers.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Friend installed new driver for his 970 and is getting the dreaded Reboot and Select proper Boot device"

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I had this problem exactly literally over the weekend. First boot in safe mode then delete the driver through the device manager then restart. If it boots normally after deleting the drivers, try other driver versions (some say that version 3.62 was the last known stable driver version). If you continue to run into problems no matter the driver version you most likely have a dead card and need to have it RMA'd.

Reinstalling Windows will not help.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Comp crashed, can only boot to Safe Mode. Reinstalled windows then crashed again!"

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, so i replaced my SSD and my power supply. Still having random crashes with the inability to boot normally, I'm currently writing this in Safe Mode.

I have a suspicion that it's the GPU, I received Video TDR Failure on one of the BSOD's. I tried using an older known stable driver for my graphics card but still having problems. Right after a fresh re-install it seemed to work fine. But after installing a slew of drivers it started crashing again.

My questions is how the heck is a failing GPU affecting the boot record on the drives?

This is driving me to the point of madness.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Comp crashed, can only boot to Safe Mode. Reinstalled windows then crashed again!"

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Windows 10 Pro. I checked the event viewer and it said under critical section: Kernal Power 41. Although I read that this is only an indicator of an unexpected shut down. My temps were always stable on my CPU (non overclocked I5 6400 + Notcua DH14) and the temps on my GPU aren't even getting high enough to switch on with my fan curves (sub 50).

I dropped some cash on a new PSU (I was probably going to upgrade anyways), another SSD, HDD(also was going to get anyways), and test if the the new SSD has any boot issues and run an integrity check on the old SSD.

BTW, If i have a Windows 10 key and an old SSD is busted, can I re-use the key on the new SSD?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Looking for an Overwatch crew!"

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I like playing Mercy when I want to play but don't want to rage. Usually Tanking or Healing is a relaxing and fairly less chaotic experience for when I need to cool off.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I've asked on Reddit and no one responded. How is my build?"

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems fine to me. Why don't you get a larger hard drive? You can get 2 or 3 TB for a little more. I'm not a fan of the way the NZXT case looks, but that's just me.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Looking for an Overwatch crew!"

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

I main Tracer, but play some Mercy on certain maps and fill in as Reinhardt when a tank is needed. I don't have a headset or mic for my set up yet though. FYI, I live in Hawaii so my playing times might be late for you if you're on the mainland. Send me a PM.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How much power do AMD cards chew compared to NVIDIA?"

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I never looked at it in terms of cost of electricity, I think of it in terms of wattage draw and the PSU you need. AMD generally draws more power and can mean you need a higher wattage PSU which could potentially cost more.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "help with graphics card install"

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah, you can just leave the +2 on the side, but you'll need another cable to fill in the last 6 pin. My GTX 970 needed a 6 and a 8 pin cable, so I used 2x 6+2 cables with one of the +2 pins left hanging.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Road Rage"

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I ride a bike to work everyday (I also own a car Saab 9-3 Aero, but hate paying for gas) but people get road rage or spontaneous acts of threats just for existing. I'm always in the bike lane so I'm not holding up traffic or making it difficult to pass, but sometimes when traffic is bad motorists will get mad that I'm not stuck in traffic with them and they'll block the bike lane. Sometimes people will purposely speed up and pass very closely ("buzzing").

When I was new to cycling I used to get very angry and frustrated at this, but after several years of dealing with it I've achieved a new level of Zen and it doesn't really bother me anymore and I just concentrate on not getting killed.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Odd Things You Do In Games?"

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

In GTA 5 online I hop on a racing bicycle, wear cycling gear, and then just bike around around San Andreas. Just biking around for hours, then taking selfies with my bicycle and avoiding getting murdered by the psychopaths online.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Cringiest game you have ever played?"

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Growlanser: Generations. The voice acting was horribad.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "GTX 1080 Reference Design Leaked"

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh wow. That's.....just ugly. Err....I'll wait for the non-reference designs.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Biggest over hyped game in 2015"

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I think Fallout 4 got a much worse rap than it deserves because people were unrealistically expecting perfection. Quite frankly I thought Fallout New Vegas was the worst one of the series and people won't shut up about hows it's the best one, so whatever.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "GTX 970"

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, everytime someone asks about GTX's a bunch of AMD shills waltz in and start shouting about the R9 390.

When I built my rig, the TDP of the R9 390 especially when OC draws much more energy than the 970, which meant a higher capacity PSU, which meant more money, pushing the 390 outside of my desired budget range. Also the 390 is wider, with my mATX board this meant bye bye 2nd PCI slot.

There's a lot of considerations to keep in mind when comparing these two cards, not just "MAXIMUM POWEEERR!".

Chrissakes, the OP asked a question about two GTX's. Anyone who says one card "beats" the other is not speaking from experience, they're comparing a bunch of cherry picked examples and quite honestly, in a blind test no one would be able to perceive the difference between the two.

Oh, and uh.....I'd vote MSI's GTX 970 version personally. I hit the silicone lottery with mine, but I have good experience with the quality and OC abilities.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "what is your favorite FPS and why?"

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, I was like, "My favorite FPS? What's wrong with 60 frames per second?"

Anyways, I loved Borderlands 2

Comment reply on Forum Topic "gtx 970 or gtx 980 which GPU to pick"

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty much this. Go for a 970 or a 980Ti. A regular 980 is in a odd middle ground that doesn't have the major advantages of either (price vs performance)

Also what is it with people always bringing up the R9 390 in every thread asking about GTX's? Is it in the forum rules?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Opinions welcome, what is the best GTX 970?"

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't tried other brands but I'm very impressed with my MSI GTX 970 Twin Frozr. With Factory OC on Unigine Heaven ultra/max/MSAAx8 I was able to get 92 FPS and with some Afterburner tweaks and a custom fan curve 98 FPS without going over 72C.

Looks great in the case and is very quiet until over 60% of it's RPM capability. Not sure what the average virtual tests are for non-reference cards, but I got great results with mine.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Recommend me some Skyrim mods"

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

For more [i]immersive[/i] gameplay here's some I recommend:

-Immersive Armors is a cool mod that adds a lot of variety to the NPC armor types.

-JK's all in one city overhauls adds plenty of nice additions to the large cities.

-iNeed and Bathing in Skyrim add survival and immersion aspects.

-Archery Overhaul for more realistic archery

-Deadly Combat for more realistic melee

-Realistic Lighting Overhaul for lighting obviously

-Immersive detection of NPC for realistic stealth

-Faster Arrows for, uh, faster arrows

I definitely recommend some of the stability adding mods/tools like Safety Load, ENBoost, newest version of SKSE, Save Cleaner, LOOT, TES5Edit, Skyrim Performance Monitor, and Optimizer Textures.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Games That You Miss"

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I miss playing Ragnarok Online. Had a lot of great memories playing together with guild mates, hunting for equipment, and joining in guild battles in War of Emperium.

Supposedly the spiritual successor is Tree of Savior, but alas, I'm much older now and don't think I have the time to dedicate to playing an MMO anymore.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best jrpg you've played"

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Do classics count? Chrono Trigger, Front Mission, and Final Fantasy 3/6 are my favorites on SNES. Valkyrie Profile on PS1 and I really liked the Original Xenosaga on PS2. Best JRPGS on handhelds are Golden Sun for Gameboy Advanced and Fire Emblem Awakening for PS portable.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What GPU should I get?"

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Everyone here keeps talking about unnecessary levels of performance with the 980Ti and Titan X, both of which are clear overkill for what you would need for the games you listed. They're all being silly because they automatically are recommending you cards without know what your set up or goals are (720, 1080, 4k, single monitor, multi monitor, desired graphics settings? C'mon guys)

A non-reference $360 GTX970 will serve you incredibly well for far less cost than the other 2 cards, especially if you overclock it properly (which it has tons of OC potential) and you're only playing in 1080p. No need to go all out elite like everyone is suggesting. Save yourself $300.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "need a case with good airflow and intake and outtake fan areas help!"

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Deep Cool Kendomen comes with 5 case fans, $59.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Modding Skyrim"

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy crap what mods are you running? I did some 4k replacers but I also used The Optimizer Textures to help with frame rate buffering.

http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/12801/?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Can you recomend Good case for about 50$?"

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Deep Cool makes very good cases in that price range. The Tesseract BF/SW is a good $35-39 entry level case. The Dukase is $49, and the Kendomen is $59.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Modding Skyrim"

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

A R9 390 should have no problem with Skyrim, it's most likely you are hitting Skyrim's RAM cap which is 2.5 gb. If your load orders are clean and the plugins are clean and you're still getting crashes it's mostly due to Skyrim's RAM limitations. Download the newest version of SKSE or get SSME if you already have an older version of SKSE. This patch reallocates memory chunks to improve performance and prevents crashes due to memory caps.

Also get ENBseries and ENBoost, this helps offset some of the memory from RAM to Vram, which can increase the amount of mods you can download before you hit the memory cap that causes crashes.

With SKSE+SSME+ENBoost you can LOTS of mods. With this combo I currently sit at 200 active plugins on my NMM.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Interesting New Case"

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Deepcool is all about low price point cases...The Tesseract is the lowest tier model, the new Dukase is only one step above that. I like Deepcool because they have affordable prices and great features (great air flow, nice designs, included case fans, included USB 3.0, etc), but they will not compare to cases that are twice the price. Just take them for what they are, great entry level cases for new computer builders.

If I were to build another rig or replace my Tesseract I'd probably get the Deep Cool Kendomen.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 5 v GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5"

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

There's no actual "problem" with putting a mATX inside a ATX case, that's what I did. It can make putting it together a little more cramped, but that's it. It really comes down to the feature of the case, like how many case fans you plan on installing and how many Front Input USB headers you need.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Favorite Video Game Boss Fights!"

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Some of my favorites are the bosses from Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen. Death certainly gave me a feeling of dread, the White Hydra, the Beholder, and the various dragons you randomly encounter were all fantastic.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Questions! Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid"

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

The Deepcool Kendomen ($59) or the Deepcool Dukase($49) for mid tower sizes, both of which are cheaper than Phantom and have the same features.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811853028&cm_re=deepcool-_-11-853-028-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811853012&cm_re=deepcool-_-11-853-012-_-Product

The Dukase and Kendomen are $10 and $20 more than the Tesseract, but you get better cable management options, a bigger viewing window, and +1 more usb 2.0 on the Kendomen's front input. The Kendomen comes with 5 fans and the Dukase comes with 4. Value wise Deepcool has got the best bang for buck cases.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What video card would you recommend?"

  • 49 months ago
  • 0 points

I purchased a MSI GTX 970 4GB Gaming, it comes overclocked from factory, but I was able to manually overclock it to 1492 MHz and get 98 FPS on Unigine Heaven Max/Ultra/MSAA x8.

You can get them for around 350-360, they're smaller, run cooler, and draw lesser power than the AMD R390 and overclock better. Bang for buck add recommend the MSI's version.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Cheapest case with the best airflow"

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't forget the clear window has options for 2 (slim) gpu fans.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Cheapest case with the best airflow"

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

+1, the Tesseract is definitely low in price and the air flow is great

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Questions! Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid"

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I like mine (black with blue LED, check my completed build page), but I had bare bones requirements for my system, like only 1 SSD and only what was needed to wire up the MOBO, GPU, and aftermarket fan and front input headers.

The only issues I could forsee is the cable management, even with my case I have a slight bulge from the cables not having many routing options, you can only route from the right and bottom of the MOBO. If you are a cable management wizard or have good patience you probably won't have a problem routing behind standoff plate.

The air flow is good, has numerous HDD and SSD sleds, and has options for several case fan placements for both air cool and liquid cool.

Pros -Looks neat -mid tower design saves space -great air flow -plenty of fan placement options -removable HDD rack for improved airflow -3x HDD sleds & 3x SSD sleds -low price

Cons -Blue LED power light on front input is annoyingly bright (I covered mine with Electrical tape) -limited cable management options (no top of MOBO access).
-Only one usb 2.0 and one usb 3.0 on front input.
-Top most drive sled unusable due to front input wires ( only a con if you plan on using optical drives etc.)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "DDR4 memory and overclocking question"

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I believe the OC values are what the motherboard is capable of setting as an XMP profile/manual frequency adjustment for your ram, but they are not preset at those values from factory.

When you buy DDR4 2400MHz, it will generally be clocked at 2133 MHz from factory and you will have to set the XMP profile or manually adjust it to those values in your BIOS. DDR4 2400 can only be overclocked to 2400 MHz. Other types of ram can handle more, but it is not set automatically. I think the assumption from the manufacturer is that you will overclock it based on your preferences and needs.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Modding Skyrim"

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, Skyrim is a GPU heavy game, but the vanilla came out in 2011 and a lot of the more popular mods were made to run on mid tier graphics cards from 2012-2014 when the modding community had huge waves of new mods. In 2016 the GPU load on modern cards like the GTX 970/980 are practically nothing, especially when overclocked. Any crashing or problems is just from programming not hardware.

Since your running a 980ti you're way ahead of the curve for hardware needed.

Sorry, I have GTA 5 on PS4 :P

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Modding Skyrim"

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm running about 150 mods at the moment and running stable, but I literally spent 5 days doing nothing but mod compatibility checks, load order checks, and dirty edit cleaning for everything while doing stability checks for small batches of mods.

I would suggest getting the LOOT load ordering program and TES5Edit program so that you can see if there are load order issues and clean any "dirty" edit files. There's several tutorials available online, I suggest Gopher's TES5Edit guide.

If I had to give you general advice, just be sensible with how you install them. Don't just hit the big "Download (NMM)" button on the nexus and install with Nexus Mod Manager without thought. Read the mod descriptions in detail and make sure mods don't clash with each other and you're installing properly. It can get confusing and frustrating at first, but if you install in small batches, run LOOT, and do good research you shouldn't have a problem. There as some guys here who are running 300+ mods.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "can i overclock safely on this cpu cooler/fan setup"

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Why'd you recommend it then? The Noctua NH-D14 is the gold standard for air coolers, on top of the new skylake cpu's running cooler in generally he would have no problem with OC'ing unless it was something extreme.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Black Desert Online PC Build"

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Uh....Where's your RAM?

Comment reply on MethodAce's Completed Build: $1000 Skylake Gaming Rig/LOL I can run XCOM 2 on max somehow

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, I'd like to thank you for giving me the base idea for it.

Comment reply on MethodAce's Completed Build: $1000 Skylake Gaming Rig/LOL I can run XCOM 2 on max somehow

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Do plenty of research first, intel is trying to put a stop to the non-k overclockable BIOS files currently available for certain z170 boards made by MSI, Asus, Asrock, and Gigabyte, so BCLK overclocking won't be around forever on the manufacturer's websites.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best OC for MSI GTX 980 4G??"

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Just make sure to test out your overclocks on something other than a benchmark program, like games you usually play that you know work well under normal conditions. I've taken overclocks too far and experienced some crashes and thought it was the result of the bugs in a new game (XCOM 2, which is known for frequent crashes). Wasn't until I saw some checkerboard artifacting that I realized I was overclocked too much, so I dialed it down and the game ran stable.

Most careful and methodical overclockers take it slow, they increase clock speeds gradual and test them after every application to ensure that the clock speeds are stable. Don't just simply copy another overclock setting someone else has posted.

Comment reply on MethodAce's Completed Build: $1000 Skylake Gaming Rig/LOL I can run XCOM 2 on max somehow

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

The performance benchmarks of a OC'd 6500 and 6400 are marginal. They come within 1-2 fps of each other in many tests in benchmarks and "real life" stress tests.

Regardless I didn't feel my current gaming would benefit from overclocking or a slightly more powerful processor.

Comment reply on MethodAce's Completed Build: $1000 Skylake Gaming Rig/LOL I can run XCOM 2 on max somehow

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Considering the budget and the performance I was going for, a k-processor wasn't needed. Also I saved a BIOS that allowed for BCLK overclocking for the non-k's if I felt I wanted to push my cooling setup.

In any case using the z170 mobo allows for upgrading/overclocking in the future.

Comment reply on MethodAce's Completed Build: $1000 Skylake Gaming Rig/LOL I can run XCOM 2 on max somehow

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

With stock clock, the GTX 970 has less tdp than the GTX 760. With the 550W, I could OC either the CPU or the GPU but not both, in that case you would be right I'd need bigger PSU, but I haven't felt the need to OC either yet.

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