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  1. Snakebyte

    Build help Building New PC

    AMD have blown Intel clean out of the water with their Ryzen CPUs. Not only are the CPUs cheaper, the equivalent motherboard is as well. The R7 2700X is a 3.7 GHz 8 core that will boost to 4.3 GHz. It also comes with a very good HSF. https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113499 Oh, and free games: Free The Division® 2 Gold Edition & World War Z Don't get dragged into the top spec BS for motherboards. Very few people need or use all the stuff added to expensive ones. For AMD a B450 from a major brand will be fine. ASRock have a good reputation with AM4, but ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI are also ok. If you go AMD, higher speed memory actually speeds up the CPU due to how the Infinity Fabric works, so this is the one thing to get the best you can; however, there are diminishing returns over 3200 MHz. I'd get a 1 TB SSD for your system drive and a 4TB HDD for games. Games that like SSDs, like Star Citizen you can then stick on the SSD, and all the others can go on the HDD. WD Black is the best rated, but costs more than an equivalent 7200 RPM Seagate or Toshiba (X300). If you can wait a few months, the AMD RX 3080 should be out and it will offer GTX 2070 performance for a 2/3 the price; however, as you have a 1080, you may just keep that GPU as it is still good. Case is personal preference, as are adding too many fans and useless LEDs.
  2. Snakebyte

    Build help Building New PC

    Can you let us know the logic behind what you chose. Why Intel when AMD is better bang per buck right now? Why 850W PSU when it's overkill for what you're building? Why 2 small SSDs, as you'll need something bugger for games etc? If you want help, you need to give us your budget and what you want to use the PC for.
  3. Oh, well, time to put the 4 year old CCU tracker to use.. The top is a bit messy, as I'm in the midst of changing my mind....again...
  4. Just seen that you had this listed elsewhere and it's now sold. Please update this advert.
  5. I'll take it for $70, if it includes the fees. Let me know and I'll PM you my PayPal email address and RSI details.
  6. I have the 350R Lightspeed package, which I won't CCU, as I want a 350R! Having said this, I also have Hornet package that I will CCU to the biggest ship I can afford, as it shouldn't be difficult to get standard combat ships in game and you don't need LTI in game. Yes, it has some snobbery value and may make larger ships have a higher resale value over non-LTI, but insuring standard ships needs to be simple and cheap, otherwise the game will fail.
  7. There are a lot of people who equate Eve and Star Citizen as they are both based in space, but that's where the similarity ends. Eve is an open sand box where the players create the story and despite what people say, it is a very good game with some fantastic players. It just also happens to have some of the most toxic players as well, but how else will you get an enemy that you actually do hate and want to destroy. Having played Eve since beta and only recently unsubbed my 3 accounts, the key difference is that Star Citizen is a RPG, not a MMO. WTF, I hear you cry, but people need to understand that Chris Roberts is creating the universe he wants and that he will let you play in. He is not creating a sand box for us to create our universe. Those people that think SC will be anything like Eve are going to be sorely disappointed (or very happy). Personally, we need both and all the other Sci-Fi games that fall in between them, as I love this genre. /Edit One of my favourite forum posts on Eve Online was a new player asking if an in-game corporation (guild/org) could ask for his Facebook account as entry criteria. Lots of older players replied saying that this was against the EULA and that he shouldn't provide it. They then went on to explain that what he ought to do was join the corp without providing this information, if he could. Then spend time building their confidence in him, before robbing the corp for being a nasty bunch of players who were trying to have real world information on their players that they shouldn't have. A GM then joined saying that the posters were correct, in that asking for real life names wasn't allowed in the game, but scamming in game certainly was and he wholeheartedly approved of the idea of scamming a corp behaving like this!!
  8. I read 00:0 to be midnight and 21 Oct to be 21 Oct, so I read 21st Oct 00:00 to be midnight on the 21st Oct. C'est la vie.
  9. So, 21st Oct 0000 is midnight on the 20th Oct, not midnight on the 21st Oct. Oh well, no Kraken for me. I guess this is why the military only use 2359 and 0001 as timings at midnight.
  10. I'm in Wave 7, but it states "Your wave begins Sunday October 21st 00:00 UTC. It continues through October 31st at 06:59am UTC." Are the other waves shorter or do people in Wave 1 also have until 31 Oct to buy their allocated ship? Good bye, Carrier Air Wing, it's been nice knowing you... (AKA: Didn't want that Polaris anyway)
  11. I wrote two sentences and got through, but it took 6 attempts, as the page didn't do anything the first 5 submissions. I didn't want that Polaris, anyway. 🙂
  12. This is the only way my wife will ever let me get a large TV...
  13. Snakebyte

    Ongoing Discussion Saitek x55 and x56

    Dual joystick works very well and the Thrustmaster T.16000M FCS is well priced. I bought the T.16000M HOTAS, as I'll use the throttle for other games, but for SC I use a CH Fighterstick for my right hand, which doesn't twist, and the T.16000M for my left.
  14. I have a 8TB NAS (ReadyNAS Ultra4 PLUS) as well as an external 4TB HDD that I back the NAS up to every night. I also sync my documents and photos to the Amazon cloud. This may sound paranoid, but I actually lost data when I messed up a NAS rebuild. I synced the new, empty NAS to the back drive in the wrong direction, so it wiped it instead. I tried to recover from Amazon, but made a similar same mistake (it only syncs to the Amazon cloud, not from). I then found out from Amazon support that syncing to Amazon from a NAS also bypasses the 'delete' process, so there was no option to undelete any of the removed files and Amazon doesn't do backup recovery. I managed to recover a lot of photos from the backup drive using recovery software, but none of the movies or music were recoverable. OK, where am I going with this? Why do you want a NAS and what functions do you need it to perform? If it is secondary storage and is only serving you, then you don't need anything flashy at all. Do you really need a 4 drive NAS or will a RAID 1 dual drive NAS do? This will give you redundancy should 1 drive fail. You don't need RAID 0 on a NAS; however RAID 5 is worth considering if you wanted 4 drives. You mentioned HDMI, but do you want to connect the NAS to a screen or use the NAS to serve movies to a streaming drive? I have a small device (Amazon Fire TV) that I've installed Kodi on for this purpose. It's tiny, was cheap and does the job fantastically. I did have a small mini PC, but the Fire TV is better in every way. It's connected via HDMI to the TV and to my soundbar. Don't get obsessed with NAS apps, unless you know what you want to do. I run, err, none. I just use the NAS native DLNA and the media players do the rest. I say 'players' as I also have an iEast Soundstream (https://www.ieast.net/products/soundstream) media player that lets me stream music from the NAS (Using DLNA) to my hifi, controlled by a phone to tablet. You can also stream to the Soundstream from a PC, but need to use iTunes. /edit I also point all the Windows file folders to the NAS (Videos, Music, etc), except My Documents, as some applications don't work if you do this, so I create a symbolic link to the NAS, so it appears as a folder in the My Documents folder.
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