I have not had any issues with wifi signals dropping on any of the TP-Link adapters I've purchased.
Now that both AMD and Intel have DDR4 as the standard the demand is high and DDR5 isn't going to hit consumer boards until 2019ish according to most tech news sites and even then I would suspect it would only be on the enthusiast boards. (Threadripper or Broadwell / X type product lines) I would just watch for deals and always bundle. I typically go to microcenter since there is one nearby. I can guarantee I always get $30-40 off the motherboard with processor purchase, an extra $10 off ram and usually 2-3 mfr rebates from a build.
Look at the part history. DDR4 has been skyrocketing in price, it has almost doubled in the past 12 months.
Yes, the link in my parts description is for the version with the dual motherboard add-on pre-installed which includes the power supply hub and the mITX mounting bracket.
I had it from a previous build - most likely looking at some Pascal once it becomes available.
None at all. Profiles work just fine
Thanks, the stock white LED's were actually a little underwhelming. Just the back I/O plate and the logo. Adding the two corsair 140's with white LED's really lit everything up.
worked out of the box without any Bios update required
Its a low end Rosewill one - I've got my eye on a few others that look MUCH nicer. Once I get my hands on it I'll post a review on it.
IR receiver comes with the remote control - just a small sensor on the end of a USB connector. The sound card has SPDIF (optical) out which will plug into the surround sound downstairs and I will use HDMI for the surround sound upstairs. The full theater in the basement is using an older amplifier without all the newer dolby features the card provides. Upstairs is being plugged into a newer tuner with EQ presets, dolby ect. The onboard realtek audio mixers are awful and very limited on configuration. I can adjust the EQ in the sound blaster profiles for the theater and do the same for the upstairs TV on the tuner bypassing the sound card since it is getting its audio from the HDMI port on the motherboard. Switching from the theater to the TV would be a matter of just swapping which output is enabled in playback devices. - I am going to rebuild this machine into a Node 605 and screw the idea of having the build be LAN party worthy -
Oh as far as ram configuration - only ended up using 2x 4GB of the Corsair 2133. Could not get this machine to run all 4 modules @ 2133 and I wasn't willing to sacrifice APU performance dropping the frequency for 16gb. 8gb will be enough for this machine. Lately it seems I do alot of A10 builds so the extra two sticks have already been lined up for another build.
using WMP for DVR - using an Xbox 360 elite in another room to connect to the media center to get the DVR in a second room. Massive storage because I am also ripping an entire large blu-ray and dvd collection and upscaling all the DVD's to 1080p. Also doing some light non-AAA game titles occasionally. The audio card takes a little bit of load off of the A10 and I wanted the cleanest audio possible going to the surround sound, or at least better than on-board. Also have plans to run the remote IR receiver with a USB extension cord from the living room to the basement to run a digital projector running in clone mode for a true theater experience. Collection currently has over 300 movies and I am only halfway through my dvd collection - another 80+ on iTunes and and another 20-30 on Vudu that did not have an iTunes option for the digital copy. I am doing alot of the ripping on another PC and then transferring them over to this machine over the network.
Both systems are also running 16gb of ram and those SSDs will use the unused ram as a cache up to 4gb with 16 installed. I could pull a stick out to confirm but if you are only running 8gb I do believe there will be a fair performance drop in the SSD in rapid mode.
I didn't want to add the screenshot to my build to prevent confusion. It is also an 850 not 840 so sorry there but you can see the gain on the larger capacity drives. We have same mobo - same ram / bios / both rapid mode on.
I'm posting up the benchmarks from the Samsung Magician tool - I have rapid mode enabled. Keep in mind it is the 500GB version and the smaller capacity version tend to have slightly less performance than the larger ones. My wife has the 120GB and i could catch a screen cap of that one for you if you would like.
The 4690k has much better single core performance which can have a direct impact on frame rates. I am an MMO gamer and those games do not take a powerful machine. Most MMO's can run max settings on a $400 - $500 rig. (I've built plenty of them) If you are looking to do brand new AAA titles, the 4690k will win. Most games will not take advantage of 8 cores until DirectX 12. I chose the 8 core because I do an extreme amount of multitasking but none of the processes are incredibly intense.
Its fantastic - however make sure to get the firmware update from asus.com or the software will hang. I burned thru a ton of other different mice looking for the right one because I always wear out switches. This mouse has a mechanical feel to it and the switches can be replaced. The box came with 3 spares as well as spare teflon pads. I was a little worried with the two different cords provided because of it coming lose or detaching but it has a spring loaded lock to secure the cable and has not had any issues. The two DPI settings can be configured to any DPI setting you choose or completely disabled. I play MMO's and not a FPS so I don't need on the fly DPI settings so i completely unbound it for an additional macro key. I would definitely recommend this mouse.
In hindsight, If I would have known I was calling the build the AMD Ice Cube I would have gone with the white A540 - but I am a fan of the black / red AMD theme. I don't have the 28" 4k monitor pictured yet - I'm moving in two weeks and don't want to set it up until after that- updates will come and I will let everyone know if that 270x can push 4k on an x86 MMO.