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Forum Topic "Malwarebytes and Bitdefender conflict"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 3 days ago

Why are you running two antivirus programs at the same time? Generally considered bad practice if they're both realtime or running scans at the exact same time. Having two running at the same time is going to offer little to no benefit, and will be very computationally expensive. However, that said you should be able to whitelist the two programs so that they ignore each other instead of trying to kill each other. Granted that will open you up to vulnerabilities where Malware mascarades as malwarebytes/etc.

Forum Topic "Can you use an external DVD drive to install windows when building a PC?"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 3 days ago

Probably just fluctuation, it usually isn't. Could also be that no one is selling it anymore.

Forum Topic "Why have I never heard of this cpu before?"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 17 days ago

The 8000 series is brand new.

Forum Topic "20k basement gaming room project"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 17 days ago

I'm really sad now, I just checked and it's true only prototypes out :(

Forum Topic "20k basement gaming room project"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 17 days ago

Talking about the "LG - 24UD58-B 23.8" 3840x2160 60Hz Monitor" side monitors. I mean if his game is only on the center monitor fair enough, but then again 144 is still a pretty low cap. For a machine this expensive I'd expect at least 240.

Forum Topic "20k basement gaming room project"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 17 days ago

The saddest part is that it really won't make much of a difference on 90% of games since his framerate is going to be capped by that 60Hz monitor.

Forum Topic "20k basement gaming room project"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 17 days ago

When you say gaming room, do you mean like one single pc or like a Korean style gaming shop with 20+ computers setup on a network so everyone can play games together? What exactly are you expecting to get out of this? Just cause unless you're doing actual construction remodelling on your house, 20k is completely overbudget for a single machine used for mere gaming.

Forum Topic "Can you use an external DVD drive to install windows when building a PC?"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 17 days ago

If you want Windows 10 you can probably get it cheaper by getting a copy of Windows 7 first, and then upgrading to Win 10. Copies of Win7 generally go for cheaper. You can still upgrade until Dec 31st is over here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/windows10upgrade

(The whole accessibility thing just means, if you use any of the accessibility features you're eligibility for the upgrade, this includes things like the magnifying glass or narrator. There's no need to use it more than once in your entire lifetime to qualify and Microsoft kinda just takes your word for it.)

Forum Topic "$1600 Gaming Pc.. Thoughts?"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 17 days ago

{Reposting Original Part List - Please Ignore}

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $193.67 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus - STRIX B350-F GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard $102.89 @ OutletPC
Memory Corsair - Vengeance RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $199.95 @ Amazon
Storage SanDisk - SSD PLUS 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $54.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $43.78 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB ROG STRIX Video Card $553.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fractal Design - Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA P2 750W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $103.98 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $88.89 @ OutletPC
Monitor Acer - GN246HL 24.0" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor $187.49 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1659.62
Mail-in rebates -$50.00
Total $1609.62
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-06 13:27 EST-0500

Forum Topic "Is Squad Dead?"

darthfutuza 1 Build 2 points 21 days ago

Thanks, unfortunately if I'm going to do that I want to do it properly with actual examples and go through everything step by step including installing VMs etc. As I don't want to make an entire thread without covering the topic in greater depth and width. This will take a lot of time to prepare though and not something I'm super motivated to do yet.

Forum Topic "Is Squad Dead?"

darthfutuza 1 Build 5 points 27 days ago

Well let's do some comparison's using actual statistics:

Compare Squad: http://steamcharts.com/app/393380
Last 30 Day Peak Players: 2381, All Time Peak: 11456
Player Decrease: 0.207 As you can see it's current 30 day peak is only about 20% of it's prime.

Very popular, old game comparison:

Compare Skyrim: http://steamcharts.com/app/72850
Last 30 Day Peak Players: 25353, All Time Peak: 90780
Player Decrease: 0.279 As you can see it's current 30 day peak is only about 27% of it's prime.

Most popular new multiplayer on Steam:

Player Unknown Battlegrounds: http://steamcharts.com/app/578080
Last 30 Day Peak Players and All Time Peak: 2367018 (same)
Player Decrease: 1 It's currently at 100% of it's prime, and all indicators show more growth.

Old Multiplayer, but still popular on Steam:

Warframe: http://steamcharts.com/app/230410
Last 30 Day Peak Players and All Time Peak: 121377 (same)
Player Decrease: 1 it is current at 100% of it's prime.

Old Multiplayer, unpopular on Steam:

Mechwarrior Online: http://steamcharts.com/app/342200
Last 30 Day Peak Players: 1593, All Time Peak: 4111
Player Decrease: 0.38 As you can see it's current 30 day peak is only about 39% of it's prime.

So with all of that data in mind, I'd say that until the developer's do something to incur more interest in the next 2-3 months, the game will suffer and stagnate. It's currently on a downward trend over the past two months; however, in it's past this was common, where after the 3 months of drop in popularity an update/sale would surge popularity again. You'll also notice that despite that, the surges in popularity caused by these would also gradually decrease (the first 11456, while the next was a mere 9,930). This indicates that these sales/updates are decreasing in effectiveness as time goes on. You'll also notice the last positive spike, was not followed by a huge +100% gain the next month as has been happening in the past. This indicates that something has stopped happening that was causing this to process of generating interest from happening. See this image, the blue arrows indicate the pattern of roughly 3 month cycles of player gains, with the latest orange x indicating the expected 100% gain failing to come into play. I believe the game has enough players to have some life left in it, but give it four years and it'll be dead unless the developer's do something drastic (not saying that couldn't happen though). Comparing this game to Mechwarrior Online and it still has a bit of juice in it, the two titles are quite similar in terms of popularity, with MWO just having a longer life to compare statistics to. A 1000 player's is still a viable player population for non mmos though so I wouldn't be too worried yet based on player counts alone. I might be a bit biased though as I like playing old school games that have player counts less than 100, so take that with a grain of salt. I've never played or heard of the Squad until now though so I can't answer your other questions.

Forum Topic "win 10 vs 7 vs 8.1 for a gaming desktop"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 28 days ago

The assistive technology includes stuff like text to speech (such as the narrator) which while I don't have to use it, I find useful as I sometimes don't want to read the screen text and just let my computer read it to me (like an audio book). This is a perfectly valid use for "assistive technology", even if I only use it once or twice a year and would qualify under the claim for the upgrade requirement. If it helps persuade your dad, Microsoft basically wants people to upgrade to Windows 10 because it makes it easier for them if they have to support less of a variety of operating systems. Their goal is to eventually phase out Windows 7 and 8 so they don't have to provide support for them so the more user's they get on 10 now, the easier it is to provide support and the less money they have to spend in the long run. There's nothing suspicious about upgrading WIndows 7 to Windows 10. If anything, you're being responsible by doing so as you're helping complete the process of upgrading before the deadline (yes, there will be a deadline - eventually Win 7's support will be cut off and Microsoft will no longer offer security patches or support for it). Being early with an upgrade is something anyone should find respectable. Microsoft offered the Windows 10 upgrade to everyone for free for a year, the reason they even had a deadline was because they wanted to push people into using the new one and create a sense of urgency. The more people using the new system, the easier it was for them to support and collect data from users. However, they left the accessibility upgrade option open because while they claimed it was only free for a year, they really want people to upgrade.

Forum Topic "PC monitor goes blank and computer freezes after 5 or 10 minutes of use"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 28 days ago

...care to suggest some then?

Forum Topic "Duel boot win 10 pro and win 10 pro from a single oem copy"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 28 days ago

No it's really not odd you'd have to pay twice for two licenses. Profit is the bottom line. Microsoft wants to make a profit and if you are cutting into that at all, you are threatening their business - they are tried and true capitalists and will do whatever it takes to turn a profit. Linux is always an option and free for as many copies as you want. That said, you may want to find new employment if your work won't buy you a copy of Windows and still requires you to use Windows. Seems like a really terrible policy to make employees provide their own hardware and software to do their jobs. If they are providing it though, and you're just trying to mooch off of the work license then just buy your own copy. Anything beyond that suggestion borderlines on illegal and not something pcpartpicker's policies allow - if you want to pirate Windows don't ask here how.

Forum Topic "Common Sense"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 28 days ago

Running linux doesn't really allow us to test what it'll do on a Windows system though, most malware won't be compatible and so we lose the benefit of being able to see what the payload actually does, like we'd be able to see inside a virtual machine. I mean it won't compromise linux machine most likely, but we won't know what it is supposed to do.

Forum Topic "Common Sense"

darthfutuza 1 Build 3 points 28 days ago

Well as long as I get my free pizza...

Forum Topic "Common Sense"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 29 days ago

:)

Forum Topic "Does Windows 10 automatically install all device drivers?"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Sometimes it even fails to install some drivers. Especially for obscure hardware.

Forum Topic "Common Sense"

darthfutuza 1 Build 4 points 1 month ago

I strongly disagree with your example. How is that common sense? Argumentum ad populum is a fallacious argument that concludes that a proposition is true because many or most people believe it. Just because Malwarebytes is popular or accepted doesn't mean that that's why you should use it (nothing against it here, just the argument being used here). At the very least base your choice off the merits of that particular software suite, not it's popularity.

Forum Topic "Common Sense"

darthfutuza 1 Build 8 points 1 month ago

To answer your question: yes they literally mean common sense, not a particular brand of software. Although since everyone keeps recommending it maybe I should make some security suite called Common Sense and profit off of it. :P

<rant> From this point on take what I say with a teaspoon of salt.

This latest fad of using so called "common sense" is terrible advice and everyone who keeps harping and parroting the phrase every time someone asks for antivirus/security software recommendations is doing more harm than good. Sure, you can get by without running any antivirus software - but if someone is coming here to ask these kinds of questions such as "what would you recommend I use for antivirus?" there is something that is immediately obvious:

The person asking the question is ignorant about software security in at least some small degree (this isn't a bad thing, in fact props to them for seeking knowledge about the subject).

Recommending "common sense" is in no way helpful, because common sense is "not common at all". Why should a person ignorant of how computer security should work be expected to exercise common sense in regards to a topic they know little to nothing about? Furthermore this leads to some potentially dangerous principles being suggested, if not outright taught to the inquiring individual. It could lead them to suppose that they are fine browsing the web without antivirus because "lol I never click on ads or go anywhere except Facebook". Yet in reality, that person makes common security blunders all the time, such as clicking on links sent to them by Facebook friends without first verifying that the link does indeed lead to a trustworthy source. It suggests that because they are such a smart cookie, they can just use their common sense and apply it to cyber security. Finally that individual has specifically come here asking for software recommendations. Instead of merely recommending based on personal experience, perhaps we should see more recommendations based on unbiased statistical data and allow the individual inquiring to weigh and consider the benefits of a variety of different solutions. Telling someone to use common sense, doesn't magically make them learn what to do and what not to do, so please people stop repeating the same useless suggestion and instead give some real advice. Explain some basics of legitimate computer security to those seeking to learn more. Heavens, it's been too long since I've seen somebody merely mention the practice of backing up data and why this is vital in the modern computing world. What we ought to be teaching first, as part of this "common sense" is to TRUST NOTHING. Everything, and I mean everything, can be compromised. Don't trust Google, don't trust Facebook, don't trust your best friend you've known for years who insists you can get free pizza by downloading this app. All of them are unreliable. Double check, and triple check everything. This is why so called "common sense" in regards to computer security is not common at all, people are lazy. Let me give you an example of using "common sense" and why many people don't bother with it:

Your friend sent you a facebook message with a link to the free pizza app? Tempting right? It might be, but don't click on the link. Analyze. First check the domain name : "freepizza.1e3ka.com". See anything suspicious? You should the domain name is not 'freepizza', it's '1e3ka.com'. What kind of untrustworthy domain is that? (A brief explanation of domain names, everything immediately preceeding the last extension, ie: .com, .net, .co, .ja, .org, etc is the domain name, anything preceeding that first part and separated by a "." is a subdomain - hence freepizza is the subdomain of the domain 1e3ka.com) Your first instinct should be to immediately check the link for malware. eg: Submit the link to this page: https://www.virustotal.com/#/home/url (VirusTotal is a free service run by google that allows you to submit file samples, or websites to be scanned by several antimalware vendors and then gives you the results from each one, as well as possibly opinions from other VirusTotal users). There are other ways of also submitting the url, eg: Kapersky runs a similar service here: https://virusdesk.kaspersky.com/ . Okay so let's suppose VirusTotal reports that the url is supposedly safe. Again TRUST NOTHING. So what's next? Alright that domain still looks a little fishy let's see who actually owns it and what their motives might be to give us some context before actually visiting the site. So who owns 1e3ka.com? Use a domain register service to look it up (eg: https://whois.icann.org ). This will then tell us information about who purchased the domain etc. As well as where the server might be located. As an example suppose we looked up Microsoft.com to see who owns it (since at this time 1e3ka.com isn't a real domain): https://whois.icann.org/en/lookup?name=microsoft.com

We get several things from this page they have an actual address: One Microsoft Way,, Redmond WA 98052 US and phone 1425882808. And look at that address it even has "Microsoft" in it's name. Since the post office even gave Microsoft their own street name named after them, they're probably a real business. The point is that, the information isn't nebulous or coming from a fishy source. Imagine if we had looked it up and saw that it was some guy in Russia that supposedly owned the Microsoft.com domain. Definitely a cause for concern.

Okay so suppose 1e3ka.com has valid looking information for it. Fine fine, can I click on the link yet? No. TRUST NOTHING.

The next thing we're going to do is google the link itself (why didn't we do this first? Mostly to protect ourselves against bias, people tend to trust Google too much and will convince themselves that just because the site is indexed, it's safe. If we actually test it for malware first, we're going to be more aware of possible concerns when googling it). If you don't like Google, fine you can use a different search engine it really won't make much of a difference.

  1. Does the link appear to have a properly indexed page?
  2. Is there a Wikipedia page about the site that can explain what it's for?
  3. Does the site itself show up in one of the top 5 results?

If you answered no, to anything we have cause for concern. Finally, do the first 10 results have something along the lines of "does this site have a virus?" or "how to remove 1e3ka malware"? If so, link clicker beware!

Alright, so suppose everything above is fine, wikipedia even says it's a popular free app that allows the users to get free pizza, what we're going to do next is actually test the link, but we're going to do so in a controlled test environment. So the first step is to backup our machine if we haven't already done so. Even though we're testing the link in a controlled environment, a virus could still manage to wipe our data/escape the controlled environment. You never know when someone might find a zero day vm exploit.

Okay what we're going to do next is fire up a virtual machine and then connect to a vpn. As this process is rather lengthy and involves installing stuff we're going to assume you already have it setup. If you want more information about virtual machines look here. Information about VPNs can be found here. I'm merely going to explain WHY we do this. Again, because we trust nothing, we're still not going to trust this 1e3ka site until proven otherwise. Alright so we open a virtual machine with windows 10 running in it and then connect to our vpn, then inside of the vm we open a browser such as chrome and navigate to the pizza.1e3ka.com then we're going to monitor what happens to see if we see any suspicious behavior. Are we hit by popups? Does the site automatically try to download something? Does it use https or http? All things to take note of. Alright, so let's suppose none of our red flags go off. On the website we find a big button that says "DOWNLOAD" and a picture of pizza. Alright...not really suspicious, but let's double check the download button to make sure. Right click on it in chrome and copy the link address, paste it into the url bar and let's see what it is "https://box.com/mySecretFiles/PizzaAppInstaller.exe" okay this tells us some interesting useful information. The most important is that it is not actually hosted on 1e3ka's domain, the installer is on another website! Suspicious. However, let's suppose we go through the process as before checking out box.com and find out they're probably trustworthy. Okay time to actually test what the exe does. Okay so we're going to actually download it then check the exe. First we're going to right click on the file and tell Windows Defender to scan it (how to here ). Anything bad? No? Okay let's actually upload the installer itself to VirusTotal and see what happens. Nothing bad? Okay, now let's see if the file is digitally signed (more on that here ). Does it ask for admin approval when you run it? If yes, keep in mind this file could really screw your VM over. Okay let's say you install it, it's created a directory in Program Files called "PizzaApp". This in turn has it's own executable called "Pizza.exe", 3 dlls, and a ini file. Seems pretty typical. Alright so we run Pizza.exe what happen? Does it appear to actually be a pizza app? If you open resource manager (inside of taskmanager), we can monitor things like RAM usage, network usage, and disk usage. Does it appear to be writing or reading data from strange locations? Does it open up strange ports? Does it send data via tcp connections to very strange addresses that have nothing to do with the pizza app? All bad signs. Finally, we're going to use a test email account to see if maybe the pizza app steals passwords. Suppose we already created a test gmail account to use. We sign into it and do some stuff and then sign out. Then we monitor that email account for the next 30 days. Does anyone try to access it? Does anyone sign into it other than you? All signs the pizza app is actually a keylogger and stealing your passwords. Okay if none of this happened and you do actually manage to get free pizza from the app. Then you, my patient friend have successfully used "common sense" to test a potentially bad url and verify that the file was indeed safe. We can finally trust it outside of our virtual machine and install it on our real machine and get some pizza. However, despite our due diligence, even after all that you still might have been wrong. (To be fair we didn't take further steps like reverse engineering the program to test what it does on a step by step basis etc.) This is why we backed up our data. In case we were wrong because... TRUST NOTHING.

Okay what was even the point of all that? To show just how hard it is to actually use this "common sense" everyone talks about. It's a long process, it takes work and it isn't very interesting. And to be fair, I even skipped over and glossed over it because I myself don't want to do it! And I only covered one attack vector: Facebook message links, there are thousands of other possible attack vectors. This is why the usual advice from me is "use a decent free antivirus, here are some to choose from and how they compare, do regular scans, backup at least once a week, and trust your gut - it's probably right about that suspicious url". It's just too much work for the average computer consumer to use so called "common sense". (And yes, to even do what I just suggested involves you actually trusting me and the links I posted, hypocrisy much?) </rant>

Okay if you got anything out of that I hope it was that you should never give anything on the internet your full trust. In conclusion, common sense while helpful is just one tool you can use to keep cyber problems at bay; however, relying entirely upon it, means depending entirely on your own knowledge and lack of laziness. And that's not a risk I recommend taking. Use every tool you can to prevent being compromised.

Forum Topic "computer for privacy"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

You can filter windows10 data collection traffic from your router or firewall if you're really feeling paranoid.

Forum Topic "KRACK attacks render nearly all Wi-Fi networks vulnerable"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Why are so many of the big players like Google and Apple taking "a few weeks" to fix it? They've known about it for weeks!

Forum Topic "Do I Need an Anti-Virus Software?"

darthfutuza 1 Build 3 points 2 months ago

They have a paid version called techbench that could do that, you could also get ahold of the old v2 malwarebytes installer as that will still work and get current definitions.

Forum Topic "Do I Need an Anti-Virus Software?"

darthfutuza 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

It's not terrible if you turn of all the real time stuff and auto updates etc. This is of course, turned on by default unfortunately.

Forum Topic "Antivirus or Internet Security"

darthfutuza 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

I"ll add a note, that if you are asking whether or not you need an antivirus, "common sense is the best antivirus" isn't useful since that person does not have the knowledge or experience the so called "common sense" to know how to stay safe. For those unsure about these things, getting a free antivirus software package is probably going to prevent any major slip ups and keep them safe. Some of those free ones include, Avira, Avast, Bitdefender, etc.

Forum Topic "Which Antivirus is the best? Or just none.."

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Explain? I feel like if the user has to ask for recommendations for antivirus, they probably know little to nothing about cyber security/malware and are likely to click on dumb links/visit bad sites. "Common sense" is uncommonly rare in my experience, when it comes to malware. Malwarebytes does not offer real time protection for free and if you get cryptoware your hosed - especially since the op did not specify they backup stuff or anything like that indicating they'd be prepared for OS reinstalls. Sure maybe malwarebytes might be able to remove the cryptoware, but it probably can't get your encrypted files back.

Forum Topic "Any practical use for 64gb ram?"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Future proofing, but even that is silly because the RAM speed will likely be outdated before the size would be. Other than specialized tasks, no.

Forum Topic "My First PC Build Dream - Is it Good?"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

I would suggest getting an additional hard drive (eg: 3 TB HDD). 250GB SSD will fill up real fast. Also that case, while decent, is pretty pricey compared to the rest of the machine.

Forum Topic "Weird Apple Email"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

If you think there's something fishy about it, then contact the company responsible for Clash of Clans about your account directly, not the emailer. (eg: Login to their website).

Forum Topic "High-end Power Supplies"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Depends on what you want to do with this machine. Are you using it for a server that must run 24/7 for 10+ years? Are you trying to get the maximum possible overclock on your CPU and other components? Are you too poor to pay your electric bill every month and want to reduce it as much as possible If none of these things apply to you, you probably don't have to care too much about your PSU - a bronze or better rating will most likely suit most users needs just fine and anything beyond gold is usually overkill and provides little to no benefit.

This explains, especially in relation to overclocking why someone might care about it enough to spend lots of money on a premium PSU. If your main reasoning though is because of power efficiency, you're probably better off just installing a solar panel and using that to offset your PC's power use cost. Beyond that, its totally up to you as to whether or not you think better efficiency is worth the price.

Forum Topic "High-end Power Supplies"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

To me the biggest factor when it comes to power efficiency is: Does this save me money on my monthly power bill?

Forum Topic "Upgrading hardware and windows. What steps should I take before swapping out hardware."

darthfutuza 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Honestly, its probably easier to reinstall windows. I would just backup anything important you need to a removable drive and then just reformat your SSD and install windows afresh.

Forum Topic "what best pc parts for a maximum 3000$ ?"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Before you go spending $2000-2700 on a gaming pc, can you give us more specifics as to exactly what you want out of this build? Its easy enough to build a decent gaming machine for ~$900 unless there are specific criteria you want to meet, spending more than that is usually overkill and for the average gamer is just spending money to spend money. eg: Do you want to do VR, do you want a 240hz monitor, do you want to do 4k gaming? What games do you want to play? etc. Also will you be doing anything else with this machine other then basic word processing and internet browsing? (eg: Will you be trying to use it to render 3d models/heavy video editing/other process intensive tasks etc).

mmarco2121's Completed Build: Little Red: Work/Gaming Rig

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Cool thanks.

Forum Topic "Gtx 970 in sli"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Just replace the PSU and then you can do it, OP. eg: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/VvKhP6/rosewill-power-supply-glacier700m

Forum Topic "Gtx 970 in sli"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Never? http://i.nextmedia.com.au/Features/SLI%20benchmarks.jpg It depends on whether you are trying to do high fps/high resolution gaming (eg: 4k). Also if game developers use mda or lda explicit architecture eg: shared fences, then it becomes a lot more useful to have multiple cards. Course...I don't think anybody, but benchmarking programs are leveraging directx12 for that yet... :/ But yeah, in general its not worth the price tag.

Forum Topic "Gtx 970 in sli"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

@ OP compare, for example this card with the one you selected, $369.00 vs $374.00. And the one that costs $5 more, is waaaay better see here for a breakdown. You can pretty much just do SLI with a 1070 for $10 more. Unless of course, you already own a 970 and that's why you're asking. That PSU won't support SLI with those cards though because it doesn't have enough pins.

This is what I would suggest instead: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor -
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $24.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard -
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $58.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition Video Card (2-Way SLI) $374.00 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition Video Card (2-Way SLI) $374.00 @ Amazon
Case NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $64.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Rosewill 700W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1031.73
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $1021.73
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-14 09:51 EDT-0400

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mmarco2121's Completed Build: Little Red: Work/Gaming Rig

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

All for the low price of $0.00!

Forum Topic "be quiet! Silent Loop 280 + System last check"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Still doesn't look convincing enough to justify the much higher price tag. Most of the time the benefits are less than 5%.

Forum Topic "be quiet! Silent Loop 280 + System last check"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

If you're trying to run 144hz that's a different story, OP has clarified that budget doesn't matter though, so he may as well get it since he can afford basically anything.

Forum Topic "be quiet! Silent Loop 280 + System last check"

darthfutuza 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

If budget isn't an issue and you're using it for rendering stuff then yeah get an 7700k. Ryzen is also a possibility, but it isn't quite comparable in performance for gaming yet.

Forum Topic "be quiet! Silent Loop 280 + System last check"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

This is news to me, do you have a source for that? I've only seen maybe 1-3 games where it makes a difference. Overclocking of course will help, but I assume we're comparing k versions when it comes to i5 vs i7. Unless we're talking like 144hz frame rates at 4k or something like that, which is why asked what he was expecting to use it for.

Forum Topic "I want to upgrade my current PC. Help Wanted."

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Since its only a 144htz, a GTX 1070 or 1080 is probably the only change you need. A GTX 1080 is probably a bit overkill too since its only 1080p.

Forum Topic "I want to upgrade my current PC. Help Wanted."

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Just get a better graphics card then, you don't need a better cpu for Rainbow 6 Siege or anything else. You'll need at least a GTX 1080 in order to have a solid 140fps on max settings @1080p. A 1070 will offer an improvement, but not a consistent one. Especially if you want to play at higher resolutions. The game is pretty poorly optimized as well, so there isn't a lot of tech available yet to try and run it at really high requirements, for example if you try and run it at 140 fps @4k resolutions you'll struggle to even get 100fps, even with a 1080ti.

Forum Topic "be quiet! Silent Loop 280 + System last check"

darthfutuza 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Why a 7700k on a gaming build? Its very overkill and gives you very little benefit for 95% of games over an i5. If its just used for gaming you'd save a lot more money going with an i5, and not be able to notice a difference. The be quiet cooler you selected should be compatible with lga1151 (manufacturer says it is). Be quiet tends to make pretty good ones, but I haven't used that particular coolers so I can't give you recommendations either way. What kind of monitor will you be playing on and at what resolution and fps are you expecting? This will help you decide on a video card (and us to give you appropriate advice). If you are, for example only using a 1080p/60hz monitor, it'd be pointless to get a gtx1080, since it'd be completely overkill for such a small resolution and low frame rate. Also what is your budget? And what games are you planning on playing?

Forum Topic "Malwarebytes Free Version & Chrome"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

What is "useful program"?

Forum Topic "Malwarebytes Free Version & Chrome"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago
  1. Unless your paranoid you don't need the paid version of malwarebytes, just stick to the free version if you need to remove something.
  2. You probably shouldn't run real time scanning with avast and malwarebytes at the same time. Will cause problems, not to mention waste a lot of system resources.
  3. Avast has a chrome plugin that scans links before you visit them to make sure they're safe, etc, this has a significant impact on browsing speed, I don't recommend using it - most likely that is what is affecting chrome compared to Edge/Explorer. If disabling that plugin does not fix the issue, just reset chrome entirely. To do so go to menu > settings > show advanced settings > scroll to the bottom and click on "reset settings". If it's still slow, while edge is fast its possible that whatever pages you're trying to load just handle better in edge, but it'd be hard to tell exactly what's causing the slowdown without an indepth analysis of what exactly is going on.

Forum Topic "A Build NOT for gaming"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

It seems to be a high quality board for a relatively low price. There aren't many similarly competitively priced Z270 boards (which you'll want if you're going with an i7-7700k. I kind of disagree, they'd get in trouble for listing OSX as standalone software, and since linux is free it doesn't make sense to list it since you don't buy it.

Forum Topic "A Build NOT for gaming"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Sure, but its going to cost quite a bit more for the little benefit it would have.

Forum Topic "First time build, need opinions"

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

He wants to go with 1440p at 144fps, so I'd probably get a 1080, or a 1080ti.

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