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That PSU is absolute garbage, no clue why you recommended it
I had an EVGA PSU in the list but realized it was a sale price and pushed the budget a bit over once it came out of sale.
I only recommended that because it's the best of the lower price ones, and at least it's 80+ certified and has a decent 12v rail.

Definitely worth stretching the budget a little bit and getting something like this instead though:

yo could someone whip me up a 800 USD gaming desktop (includes monitor and keyboard/mouse, not just tower).

Check out the following. It's a good balanced build for someone looking to do graphic design/digital drawing (anything along those lines) and should be very capable with gaming.
Getting an IPS panel will also be beneficial for color reproduction which is ideal for those uses.

Case: Rosewill ATX Mid Tower
PSU: RAIDMAX 535W 80+ Bronze
Motherboard: ASRock AB350 Pro4 AM4 ATX
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5GHz
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws V 8GB kit DDR4 2133
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 2GB
HDD: WD Blue 1TB
SSD: Team Group 120GB SSD
Monitor: ViewSonic 24" 1080P IPS Monitor
Peripherals: Logitech MK200 Keyboard and Mouse Combo

Total price: $798.91

*edit: Forgot a hard drive. derp*

Hope this is suitable for your friend.

i'm going to get a new gpu soon

i found this rx 560 for $129 CAD which is a pretty good deal

i have no idea what to expect for an upgrade from a gt 730
the gtx 1060 and 1050ti is out of my price range

Just make sure your CPU is capable and not producing a bottleneck.

Off Topic / Re: how can a laptop hard drive survive a severe drop
« on: October 16, 2016, 12:03:51 AM »
ethan holy stuff i haven't seen you around in years
Good morning to you sir

Off Topic / Re: how can a laptop hard drive survive a severe drop
« on: October 15, 2016, 12:36:45 AM »
If you manage to drop a powered-off HDD hard enough to smack one of the idle heads into the platter, it would still probably break it, I think. Any collision between them releases microscopic fragments of metal that ruin the disk.
Metal fragments are a definite no-no in the vacuum sealed-ness of a hard drive

Been awhile since I posted around here, heh.

Anyways wanted to get some input on an upgrade i'm doing.


Wanted to get a little input on a couple things such as part choices (mobo, video card) and if anyone here has any experience with full system water cooling any input on that would be fantastic.
Looks good and nicely balanced. Linus tech tips did an episode on full system water cooling a few years ago which was incredibly helpful. It can be a tough nut to crack achieving a good custom water cooling setup.

Well turns out restarting did fix it the second time. Now the issue is that I updated nVidia GeForce experience but now it won't let me do anything without an account? Is there any way for me to use this damn software without an account?
Only way is to downgrade again.

Wow, long time no see.
Also, Ethan posted?
Yeah, haha. I'm still alive just been veeeeery inactive. How's it been here?

I'm trying to fix my brothers laptop. The problem is that his taskbar buttons don't loving work. Oh you can click on them and they make their fancy little animation, but they NEVER open anything. Battery and wifi don't work ever, show hidden icons works fine and file explorer works however it took loving forever to load. How do i fix this stuff? It's a brand new laptop so windows 10 obviously
Sounds like a common issue on Win10. I found something you can try:

Right click on the taskbar > click Command Prompt (Admin) > type powershell > press Enter key.
At the flashing prompt, copy and paste this command line:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

> press Enter.

Hopefully this works. If not a system restore could do it.

here's this one if you need a numpad as well. It's wireless too and made by Logitech so it should last a good while

It's not a gaming keyboard but it should be a good one for 23.08
Seconded. Anything by logitech usually gets my recommendation. I do prefer wired myself though but it comes down to personal preference. If you are after something wired, I'd recommend an MK120 for the same price point.

my laptop's audio port is forget'd

what do i do to fix

It's PCI 2.0. Could be placebo effect, though I'm pretty sure I'm getting better framerates.
Also yay you're back.
yay someone realised! haha :D
Think I've been gone for so long that nobody here knows me any more :( lol

Just gonna repost this since not many saw it I think.
I personally would do it, if you have no issues with any extra spending.
I can't see the rest of your system having any bottleneck, the i5 should still have heaps of room. And your PSU will be fine either way.

So recently games have been running slow and when I do get 60fps, it looks like 40fps. Today I found out that my GPU has been running in x4 mode. I took it out, blew the pci-e socket, and cleaned the contacts on the GPU and now it's back in x16. Everything is silky smooth again. :]
Hmm, odd. I can see why this would theoretically affect performance, but Linus did a test a couple years ago, running the highest performance GPU's he had in various single GPU and multi GPU situations and even running in 4x with Crossfire it didn't affect the performance anything noticeable.
Unless your contacts were really dirty and it was struggling to call it 4x haha

Mack, thanks for keeping this going. I got real busy with my Diploma and it's nice to see the work I put into the original Megathread wasn't lost. I'll probably be hanging around here quite a bit more in the future too, which will be good.

Thanks again man! :D

Add-Ons / Re: Ethan's Color Sets
« on: November 27, 2014, 02:11:09 PM »
Thanks guys.

I like the architectural (maybe change the lights to be more useful) a LOT, but the standard seems like it has colors for the sake of having those colors, instead of with purpose in mind.

I see what you are meaning. The architectural lacks a proper brown selection, and opts for colours extracted from pictures of building materials. Whilst it still has some browns, there aren't that many usuable browns like some might need in certain builds.

Off Topic / Re: The Reputation Meter
« on: November 26, 2014, 08:56:46 PM »
80, I remember you

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