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Oct. 14, 2015, 9:10 a.m.

About gorkti200


I am Gork; the Ti200 is the model of the first GPU I ever bought with my own money. I dislike ideology, authoritarianism, and arguing without facts or reason. I do my best to support my more contentious comments with sources, and I acknowledge and appreciate it when people can poke a hole in my logic.

I am a gamer, software developer, and in my spare time a game developer.

I've built 6 computers in years past (five for me, one for a friend). My last build, Rey, is here. Latest build is coming soon.

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Unnecessarily Long PC History:

1st PC - Name: unknown / "Alpha" - details lost to time.

  • DATE: built circa 1999
  • CPU: 750MHz AMD
  • GPU: 32MB
  • RAM: 128MB
  • OS: Windows 98
  • DESCRIPTION: Mostly used for gaming, largely the following: C&C: Red Alert, DOOM 2, Diablo, Half-Life, StarCraft, and Unreal Tournament. Early modding footsteps in custom scenarios for SC, and building maps for Red Alert, UT, and Half-Life.

2nd PC - Name: Sarah - named after Sarah Connor of Terminator. Details lost to time. Case was (I believe) a Verre V770 silver with no side windows.

  • DATE: circa 2002
  • CPU: 2.4GHz Intel Pentium 4 single-core
  • GPU: Gainward 128MB Geforce 3 Ti200 - later upgraded to a BFG 256MB GeForce 6800 Ultra series card circa 2005.
  • RAM: 512MB
  • HDD: 80GB
  • OS: Windows XP Home - 32bit
  • DESCRIPTION: Gaming, programming, 3D modeling, 3D animation, and UV mapping. I continued the games of my past and added primarily with: Diablo 2, WarCraft 3, Alien vs Predator 2, Star Wars Galaxies, World of WarCraft, Counter-Strike, Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast, Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, Portal, and Battle for Middle Earth 2. I began writing custom scenarios for WC3 and maps for CS and HL2. Performed school work involving 3DS Max, Maya, Photoshop, and Unreal Engine 2.0. Discovered I'm not a great artist (lol).

3rd PC - Name: Zoe - named after Zoe Washburne of Firefly.

  • DATE: Feb 2009
  • http://pcpartpicker.com/user/gorkti200/saved/PcCH99
  • OS: Windows Vista Ultimate - 64bit
  • DESCRIPTION: Built almost exclusively for the purpose of getting in gaming shape for Left 4 Dead and Fallout 3 (both released the previous Fall), as Sarah was still performing admirably as a general use machine (and in fact I ran them both concurrently for some time). Later I would run Portal 2, Left 4 Dead 2, StarCraft 2, League of Legends, and, with the explosion of Steam games availability, far too many more to accurately recount. This was the last machine I would game heavily on and the first I would really pick up programming with. Unity became my game engine of choice late in the life of this machine.

4th PC - Name: Ripley - named after Ellen Ripley of Alien.

  • DATE: May 2012
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3720QM 2.60GHz (3.60GHz)
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 675m 2GB
  • RAM: 12GB
  • HDD: 640GB
  • OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - 64bit
  • DESCRIPTION: Yes there is no build of this machine even though it's so recent. The reason being... it's an Alienware laptop! I know, I know, it's heresy. But the fact is, I wanted to have a portable machine that I could code and study on, while also not sacrificing my games. Also, I had always been intrigued by Alienware, and decided to splurge on myself. Early in the life of this machine, I was still uncertain if I wanted to pursue programming as a career outside of gamedev. I even began studying for a CCNA to pursue IT for awhile, but eventually I realized where my true desires were and fell back into programming. Value-wise, I can never recommend anyone buy any gaming laptop. They're just absurdly expensive. Quality-wise, it's a solid machine that has held up well. Durable and powerful(for it's age). Utility-wise, it's more portable in theory than practice. Yeah I've lugged it all over to coffee shops and airports, taken it on vacations, etc. But at about 18+" diagonal and 10lbs, it's a noteworthy burden to carry about.

5th PC - Name: Rey - heroine of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

  • DATE: April 2016
  • http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Gx7hP6
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro - 64bit
  • DESCRIPTION: Unity dev machine and gaming rig. First time using an AIO cooler, first time with a 1440p monitor, first time overclocking, first time cleaning up my cables, first PCPP build. Lots of first with this machine. I am very proud of it.

6th PC - Name: Leia - heroine of the Star Wars franchise.

  • DATE: January 2017
  • Completed build coming soon.
  • OS: Linux Mint 18.1 "Serena". Boots into KODI.
  • DESCRIPTION: HTPC, soon to be emulator box. May dabble in Steam in-home streaming as well.

Gork talks about Thermal Pastes:

Arctic Silver 5 - gets a bad rap for no good reason. Community fear-mongering and nothing else; it's a good thermal compound that gets better once cured.
Ranty comment #1 I wrote up about it.
This is one of the rare paste benchmarks that actually specifies their methodology AND performs a proper cure on pastes that require it. Spoiler Warning: AS5 ties for top performance.
Ranty comment #2: comment harder
Ranty comment #3: with a vengeance
Not so ranty comment #4: live free or comment hard
Pretty good thermal paste roundup from 2015. No 200 hours cure time for AS5; it sits around the middle of the pack, yet still under 2C of the expensive high performers.
Ranty comment #5: a good day to comment hard
Out of die hard references


Intel LGA1151 Chipsets
Intel ARK Comparison -Stolen from tomtomj2!
Quick general reference of the differences. Not a complete guide but a good start.

Forum Formatting Guide
Courtesy of FH100.

Mail-in Rebates - the TL;DR is you should do them, or you're leaving money on the table.
Link to a thread where I am talking about them.
Quoting myself:

A mail in rebate is a promotion for money back that a company sends you, usually in the form of a Visa gift card, or sometimes a check.

If one is offered for a product, it's usually only valid for a specific window of dates, after which it is no longer valid. In order to redeem it, you usually have to follow some steps such as:

-Print the mail in rebate form from the company website.
-Cut off the bar code/UPC label from the packaging of the product after you receive it.
-Mail an envelope containing the receipt of purchase, bar code/UPC label, and filled out rebate form to the address specified by the company.

Be sure to read the rebate form carefully and follow the steps exactly. If these steps are not done and the envelope is not postmarked before the end date of the promotion period, you won't get the money back. This means the post office has to have processed your envelope before the end date, which is not the same as you just putting it in your mailbox.

Usually MIR's take around 4-12 weeks to arrive to you, after the company has processed your envelope.

Windows 7 on Skylake
Link to quote below. Supporting Info:
-MS Support Lifecycle for Windows 7
-FAQ on Support Lifecycle
-TechNet post confirming support through 2018
-Microsoft doubles-down on ending free Windows 10 upgrades

Windows 7 mainstream support officially ended last year. Windows 7 has been in Extended Support since January 2015. This means they're only issuing security fixes, basically.

Windows 7 on Skylake will be supported until 2018. Again since Windows 7 is already in extended support, this is just security updates. After 2018, they will only ship absolutely critical patches for Skylake systems until the true end of extended support in 2020, at which point its like XP or Vista regardless of CPU architecture: you are on your own.

TL;DR, if you are using Windows 7 on Skylake, you will get 2 years less of security patches.