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  • #16
    Originally posted by Chrawnus View Post
    I'm completely and totally in love with my ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II.

    My display is a AOC g2460Fq 24" (144Hz refresh rate) TN panel. It takes about 5 seconds to turn on completely, so maybe that explains the different experiences we have with boot times.
    Hmm, with computers like this we should try playing some games.

    Do you guys have steam?

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    • #17
      Once about 15+ years ago, I tried to build my own PC in a sense by way of buying a new motherboard to replace the one I had in an existing PC, just for a faster processor (it would have been an upgrade from 300 MHz to 900 MHz, if I remember right). I didn't get any further than connecting the motherboard to the chassis; no matter what I did I couldn't get power to it and couldn't figure out why. In the end I had to return the new motherboard and reconnect the old one, which thankfully still worked.

      It was the only time I tried to build my own PC; never tried again since. But since then, PCs have improved enough that I've really had no reason to either build one or, more recently, even install upgrades in one; they now have more power than I really need for the most part.
      ~ Russell ("MelMak")

      "[Sing] and [make] melody in your heart to the Lord." -- Ephesians 5:19b

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Cerebrum123 View Post
        Hmm, with computers like this we should try playing some games.

        Do you guys have steam?
        I do have steam, but I'm a bit vary about playing with people from 'murica. I'm not sure I could stand the lag.
        ~Formerly known as Chrawnus~

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        • #19
          Originally posted by The Melody Maker View Post
          Once about 15+ years ago, I tried to build my own PC in a sense by way of buying a new motherboard to replace the one I had in an existing PC, just for a faster processor (it would have been an upgrade from 300 MHz to 900 MHz, if I remember right). I didn't get any further than connecting the motherboard to the chassis; no matter what I did I couldn't get power to it and couldn't figure out why. In the end I had to return the new motherboard and reconnect the old one, which thankfully still worked.

          It was the only time I tried to build my own PC; never tried again since. But since then, PCs have improved enough that I've really had no reason to either build one or, more recently, even install upgrades in one; they now have more power than I really need for the most part.
          Nowadays building your own computer is about as hard as assembling lego IMO, as long as you're sufficiently careful with how you handle the parts. It's really gotten much easier than how it was back in the old days.
          ~Formerly known as Chrawnus~

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Cerebrum123 View Post
            Hmm, with computers like this we should try playing some games.

            Do you guys have steam?
            I do! What do you have in mind? I recently got Don't Starve Together...I think I'll actually make a thread on this.
            I DENOUNCE DONALD J. TRUMP AND ALL HIS IMMORAL ACTS.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Chrawnus View Post
              I do have steam, but I'm a bit vary about playing with people from 'murica. I'm not sure I could stand the lag.
              When I played some games with Chrs the lag wasn't too bad except on a certain game, and then it was usually when we weren't playing with just the two of us. I've got a better connection since then(ethernet instead of wireless), and unless it's a server issue with the game, I don't get much at all. I even played a bit with Andius on my PS3, and we didn't notice any lag in that game at all. That was a f2p game and was a wireless connection for me.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Zymologist View Post
                I do! What do you have in mind? I recently got Don't Starve Together...I think I'll actually make a thread on this.
                I'm a cheapskate, so I'll just wait for it to get out of Early-Access so I can get it for free.
                ~Formerly known as Chrawnus~

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                • #23
                  I don't think onboard video will give you a useful GPU for encoding/decoding video. If this is important, search out the best conversion software/GPU match.

                  I made a couple mistakes on building my computer. First I got a ASUS motherboard with only a few CPUs being supported ( I have an i7-3820). The other issue was that the CPU was an older version which wasn't listed to be compatible with the CPU. It generally works nicely. Though I have had episodes where the screen goes completely white. Usually the problem has persisted even through reboots -- but never into a new day. (It is pretty rare -- maybe a couple times a year.)

                  ASUS P9X79 motherboard
                  Intel i7 3820 -- 3.6GHz CPU
                  8Gig RAM
                  Cooler Master heatsink assembly
                  ASUS HD7750 Video card
                  Patriot Pyro SSD

                  I didn't have any special video requirements. But I did want the video with its own memory.
                  Last edited by mikewhitney; 02-24-2015, 12:11 PM.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Chrawnus View Post
                    I'm a cheapskate, so I'll just wait for it to get out of Early-Access so I can get it for free.
                    I made a thread on it.
                    I DENOUNCE DONALD J. TRUMP AND ALL HIS IMMORAL ACTS.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Chrawnus View Post
                      I'm a cheapskate, so I'll just wait for it to get out of Early-Access so I can get it for free.
                      Yup, I already have the base game, no DLC unfortunately though. I have Terraria(don't know how to set up to play online though), I have Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed, I have Sanctum 2, Trine, Trine 2, and I have a few f2p titles I really enjoy. I have other stuff, mostly gotten on sales. Ooh, I forgot about Dungeon Defenders. I have all the DLC too.

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                      • #26
                        Another somewhat interesting point was that AMD has compiler support for their GPU processors. They had some decoder sample code, if memory serves. But I suppose the general programming community may have its own code and own plans for GPU usage for decoding.

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                        • #27
                          For a file server with media encoding capability, I'd recommend the AMD 6300, 6350 (both 6-core) or AMD 8350 (8-core). Straight retail, you'll save ~$60 over the nearest quad-core i5 processor but the 6300-series chips have been on sale sporadically — I believe I bought one for a system last November for ~$70. I agree that video processing is best offloaded to a good GPU but if you want to keep it all on the one chip, you probably want the Intel chips, as they outperform AMD in performance there. Here's a comparison between the AMD 8350 (125W, $170) and the Intel i5 4690K (88W, $240).
                          "I wonder about the trees. / Why do we wish to bear / Forever the noise of these / More than another noise / So close to our dwelling place?" Robert Frost, "The Sound of Trees"

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                          • #28
                            drool....

                            http://www.anandtech.com/show/7753/i...ore-xeon-e7-v2

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                            • #29
                              If you're looking to future-proof, ASUS is releasing USB 3.1 mainboards ... I've got an i7 4790K sitting on my (now ancient) AMD 965BE tower that's been waiting for these boards.
                              "I wonder about the trees. / Why do we wish to bear / Forever the noise of these / More than another noise / So close to our dwelling place?" Robert Frost, "The Sound of Trees"

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                              • #30
                                There just soooo many choices between the cpu, graphics, and motherboards. Makes it hard to know what to get.

                                I do want something that is fairly low wattage and quiet (not requiring a huge cpu or graphics fan) since this pc sits in my living room. But powerful enough to decode/encode HD video.

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