As the person who built this one: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/7nCbt6
Nice job! Your power LED looks better than mine.
It's about as fast as an M.2 SATA SSD can be. Both OS boot and game loads are pretty fast.
They were bought at different times and for different things. They all ended up in here at one point because they were ones which were available.
No particular reason other than convenience.
It looks great but it comes with no fans at all and, being so small, makes airflow a bit of a crapshoot. I just threw two fans I had lying about in it, to at least create a little bit of a draft in there.
Indeed. The graphs with the results are in that link I put at the top of the post, about 2/3rds of the way down.
Yes. Once kernel 4.19 went mainstream the modesetting issues were resolved!
It works perfectly fine since then.
Maybe with a smaller heatsink and a modular/semi-modular power supply. And you'd need to mount the motherboard so the IO connections come out from the top of the case.
As it is, there's no room left anywhere.
Indeed it does.
Yeah, I might have to try the vanilla repo to see if the modesetting/boot issues are addressed with newer releases.
It is square but it ended up slightly offset from the bottom. I'm not particularly proud of it but it does its job.
The 6th picture shows the bottom shell piece.
I cut a hole below where the mesh is to let the power supply breathe.
Indeed! I've tested quite a few games on it with Proton.
Games which work really well:
Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin
Final Fantasy VIII
GTA San Andreas
It's laser cut from 3mm acrylic. As I mentioned in the post, I got it from shar-kade.com
It took me the better part of this year. I got the broken console back in February and I've been pacing myself with purchasing hardware as the prices dropped.
Hopefully not. The big hole in the front lets the Noctua pull air in and the two 40mm fans at the top push the hot air out.
It's actually a bit of perspective trickery because I took the picture at a slight angle. (If you look at the 5.25" bays you see they're tilted too.)
The Gigabyte G1 1080 isn't really all that heavy either, so it shouldn't sag easily.
I payed through the bloody nose for that kit of RAM because of that fan! I'm gonna use it.
If it's just an extra 4mm it should be fine. There's just enough clearance from the window for that.
Any more beyond that and I don't think it'll fit.
Oh, yes. The coil whine is still very much there. If you have your case on the ground, it's negligible but since I have the case up on the desk and right next to my ears, I can hear it.
The drivers were easy, if you ever installed NVidia drivers on Linux be it from a distro repository or even the NVidia .run file it's the same deal. The configuration is the same, as well. As for the overclocking, that works differently than it does in Windows. There are no preset profiles for you to cycle through.
Case in point, this G1 1080 has a max clock of 1999MHz on the GPU in Linux. It usually levels out at around 1896MHz when in heavy use, which is still higher than the biggest preset you get in Windows. In Linux, you have to enable the "CoolBits" options (Google helps there) in order to get access to clock speed adjustments on both the Memory and GPU.
The 970 is okay, it runs just about everything which is currently available on SteamOS including Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Though, that port is very bottlenecked on the CPU and as good as that 860K is for the money, that game doesn't even use half of it properly.
And yeah, you'll get much better performance going forward with a 1050Ti than a 970. Pascal scales much better with Vulkan or DX12 than Maxwell does. So, yeah. The 1050Ti really is the best choice for the money, right now.
That it does, here it is: https://linuxgamecast.com/shatpocalypse/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=7508
Hindsight being 20/20, that would've probably been the best choice.
You only need 3 connections on the motherboard, since the front fan draws power from a Molex adapter. And you can plug in the 2 top fans to the front panel Hi/Lo button, which means you only need 1 Fan connector on the motherboard. They're 3 pin connectors.
The only things I upgraded since last time were the CPU heatsink and GPU. I won't touch the Motherboard or the CPU itself until Zen and Kaby Lake are out and about.
Also, it's not going to be 2 months. According to AMD, the first few Zen chips will only drop in 4 months. With the rest following suit well into 2017. Same goes for Intel's Kaby Lake.
Waiting for Zen is probably te best choice, right now.
Since the SSD is only 120GB, the default partition size for /home is 90GB. I can't have all those many games installed at once but with a fast enough internet, it's not that big an issue.
SteamOS is really easy to install. It may get a bit more complex if you add multiple drives but even then it's just a matter of reading the prompts which appear on screen.
Yes, I have tried Dolphin 5. I'm waiting on them to finish the Vulkan renderer, though.
I wouldn't buy a processor right now. Wait until 2017 and see what the Zen and new Intel architecture have.
If you absolutely must buy a processor now, yes. Probably the 8320 is the way to go since it's pretty cheap.
At this point I'd say wait. Wait until Zen comes out and see the benchmarks and how it compares with Intel.
But if you really must buy a processor right this instant, Intel.
Thank you! BTW, this is the final build: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/dV8KHx
if you look at the last picture in the build (except Bound By Flame, I've finished that one), those are the games I'm currently playing on it.
Couldn't begin to tell you. Not a fan of either of those series.
I assume you meant PSU. I would have, except I couldn't find an EVGA PSU in any of the local stores.
And as for the CPU thing, that's why I said arguably.
Unless it's a really good plastic knockoff, judging by the texture and brittleness of the things (they'll shatter if you drop them), I'd say yes.
No. I payed around $47, last year.
That's still a thing? I thought 2013 was over. Thanks!
After I spent an hour fiddling with the settings, with the help of a few websites, it's great! That's their only flaw, they didn't come calibrated from factory.
Whatever helps you sleep at night, Ken.
And are you his white knight? Or are you, like him, just looking to get a rile out of me?
Also, using my argument and riddling it with your fallacious and petulant sanctimony isn't doing you any favors. I've made my opinion clear. Don't agree with it? Move on.
If you're alright using something you hate to do something which supposed to be for escapism, that's your business.
I refuse to set up an anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-rootkit, anti-adware piece of bloatware that constantly takes up takes system resources, on top of an operating system that already takes up 2-4x more resources just to idle than your typical Linux distribution.
I also don't see the need for the NSA to make a cloud backup of my entire stored data, when I have a server in the corner of the living room already taking care of that.
And on top of all that, I refuse to pay €150 for a license for an operating system which I would be using only for gaming.
I'm sorry but I fail to see the reasoning you're putting behind trying to get me to use Windows. Just so I can play ****** "AAA" games riddled with all kinds of DRM and micro-transactions on top of the already €50 tagline?
I'm sorry you feel like you have to be a slave to Microsoft and the big game publishers, in order to be able to enjoy gaming. That's no longer true and your attitude isn't helping anyone.
Because I hate Windows.
It's far too expensive for something that gets out performed by an i5. The Xeon will probably be slower in heavy multi-thread tasks but it'll be faster in just about every other situation.
Case in point: http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Systems/Quad-Core-Gaming-Hardware-Roundup/Metro-Last-Light-and-Middle-Earth-Shadow-Mordor
Price/performance the 8320 wins but with AMD screwing up lately, I honestly don't know if they'll be around long enough for me to actively recommend it.
The Xeon will probably give the best performance today and for several years down the line. Even if you're paying $100 more over the AMD, I still think it's the better option.
I always heard the opposite. Socket should be cooler than the processor, otherwise the silicone of the motherboard's PCB would melt.
A 125W TDP should be able to dissipate (in theory) up to 85ºC.
A little but a 95W TDP processor won't hit the thermal cap until 70ºC. And it only peaked that high when I ran stress after overclocking.
Those top Newegg reviews seem to be from people who are letting it overheat consistently. Even at 4.7GHz my VRMs never got above 40ºC, the socket itself was at 35ºC and the processor itself capped out at 62ºC. If people aren't careful with their parts, they're going to break.
I also had an ASRock Conroe XFire SATA2 motherboard for 10 years (I gave that PC away to a school and it's still running), if you read the reviews for that you'll see that there were tons of people having problems with it. I never had a single one.
There may have been a bad batch but after 10 months with this motherboard and pushing some amazing OCs, I've had no issues.
Several of my friends and co-workers use the Sabertooth motherboards, both the Intel and AMD chips. That was partly why I got it, since none of them ever had any issues with it.
Do you have a link to some of those issues you're talking about?
That M5A99FX board looks good, although I think the RAM slots are too close to the CPU socket. It may make installing a custom cooler a bigger pain in the ***.
That should be able to withstand a reasonable overclock. And they say it supports the 9590, so it should fine.
I didn't have any issues with drivers. I loaded Korora 21 and everything was working save for the graphics card, which I had to install the NVidia proprietary drivers for (as it's to be expected).
I didn't touch IOMMU, so it either was enabled from factory or you don't actually need to worry about it.
No, it was just boot from the USB flash drive and install.