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    B-Stock EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 FTW3 ULTRA GAMING $1099

    Wow, that's slightly lower than when I got mine a few months ago, open box from Microcenter, even. I suppose I should have just waited, but at least it's only a few dollars difference...
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    Every man needs a four pack - flashlights 10 bucks shipped

    I just use rechargeable AAA batteries in those Duracell headlamp units. I guess in a way they're kind of tactical, since they're small enough to be handled portably, and you can wear them on your head. That means that if you get into a fight with a bear or another large mammal out in the...
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    Every man needs a four pack - flashlights 10 bucks shipped

    If we're going to talk about a flashlight that I think everyone on this forum should have... I highly suggest picking up one of these: https://www.costco.com/duracell-575-lumens-cob-headlamp-3-pack.product.100894411.html These headlamps are an absolute life saver for working on computers...
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    Refurb SB X3 DAC at Creative for 80 bucks free shipping

    So I think the amplifier on this is plenty capable. It drives my headphones with no issues. Sound is probably on the warm side, since, compared to my Mayfield O2 DAC/AMP there is much less sibilance. Mic slot worked with no issue. However I still can't get rid of my sound card, mainly because I...
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    Some advice on a standing desk monitor for exercise

    Yeah well that's kind of how I expected this topic to go. Oh well lol. Guess I'll just pick one of those options.
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    Some advice on a standing desk monitor for exercise

    I have this standing desk, for using with my treadmill (~11-13 miles/day). I used to use a 50-55 inch TV. I had a lot of trouble seeing things (text) on it and realized I might as well use the elevated monitor area on this. At first I used an old Qnix; it rocked too much due to slight...
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    Leaving Asus for MSI after 22 years.

    I have had an issue with ASUS boards for sure in the past, one of my first boards was ASUS actually, on an old i5 750 build. So many issues with that thing. Sure it was a low budget board, but I've used plenty of budget boards by other companies with no issues to speak of. Do I necessarily avoid...
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    Leaving Asus for MSI after 22 years.

    I don't understand the idea of just being loyal to a brand at all. You shouldn't ever be looking at the brand, but only each product (or service). I know to some extent the reputation of the brand factors into that decision, but if you've empirically (and repeatedly) observed such issues... why...
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    Costco: Razer KB/Mouse/MousePad/Grips bundle, $99

    I actually didn't realize the mouse was that expensive, I think I was looking at the wrong model online. Don't forget that it also comes with the mouse grip tape stuff. Whether you use it or not, the griptape is about 10 bucks normally... so the keyboard is technically even cheaper than that...
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    Are games starting to out-pace GPU development?

    Oh fwiw I have actually done some assembly coding myself, as part of my (long in the past) coursework for CompE. It wasn't too bad, and I've actually seen how it works on a register level (flip flops and all that goodness) in a simple computer implementation in some VHDL simulation, but I can't...
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    Are games starting to out-pace GPU development?

    https://www.reddit.com/r/gamedev/comments/b2ugmi/how_was_game_with_such_complexity_as/eix1rqa/ 99% of it is in Assembly... as I understand it he also had custom libraries that he made from when he ported Amiga/ST games. I don't think boiling that level of expertise down to 'he just used the...
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    Are games starting to out-pace GPU development?

    On the other hand, Sawyer wrote almost the entirety of Rollercoaster Tycoon in assembly within 2 years... but generally speaking it's unfeasible to require that level of talent if you want to keep the gaming industry going at full throttle. At the end of the day companies also tend to want code...
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    Costco: Razer KB/Mouse/MousePad/Grips bundle, $99

    https://www.costco.com/razer-heroic-gaming-bundle-keyboard-+-mouse-+-pad-+-grips.product.100785329.html Randomly saw this while walking around in my Costco. I think this deal keeps cropping up every now and then. Normally the keyboard alone runs at $99+ USD (on sale at Amazon right now for $99...
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    Refurb SB X3 DAC at Creative for 80 bucks free shipping

    Thanks for this, I think I'm gonna grab one to try out. I'll be pairing it with Beyerdynamic T1's, my Mayflower O2's power jack broke down and I just have not had enough time to solder another one on. One day.
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    Please share your afterburner voltage frequency curve

    I'm not sure if that's the case... I have 3440x1440@100Hz (main), 1440p@144Hz, 1440p@60Hz, and 1080p@60 (projector), which basically fills up all of my slots, yet my idle (which is technically not even idle really) wattage is as you see in that screenshot. Although I guess maybe it's the 2x4k@60...
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    I Broke a $900 Motherboard

    I disagree. Hence, fuck you. Blocked.
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    I Broke a $900 Motherboard

    There's a possibility that either of them bent the pins. That's the simple fact of the matter. When you're getting a new product, do you sit there and check it with a fine tooth comb, or assume based on the reputation of the company that it works? You said it yourself, your pins have generally...
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    I Broke a $900 Motherboard

    "Bending additional pins" doesn't make you responsible for the initial pins being possibly bent. What part of that did YOU not understand? Like this would literally not change anything from the perspective of either the repair or who is at fault, it's a minor detail at best, and one they can not...
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    I Broke a $900 Motherboard

    Well, that's pretty annoying. Looking back at it, I've never messed up any pins on either my intel or AMD builds, regardless of how I popped that plastic cover off. I would even venture to say that to actually have caused the issue, you would have to be trying. So just assuming the consumer is...
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    I Broke a $900 Motherboard

    Uh no. That's a load of shit. The socket is literally broken from the getgo. There is no "making it worse" as valid justification for them not taking it back. It could only be justification if it actually exacerbated the issue by much and they intended to actually do board level repairs (ie he...
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    EVGA B stock GPUs on sale now! $1199 3090 FTW3

    Well that's the thing, EVGA reputation wise has always seemed like the "Amazon in their prime time" of PC parts manufacturers to me. IE the guys that would do you a solid even if something WAS your fault. So if they're telling people to pound sand on 900$ motherboards and even trying to turn...
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    EVGA B stock GPUs on sale now! $1199 3090 FTW3

    It just says "Clearance Markdown". Not sure if that means the same thing in their eyes, but no, Open Box is not mentioned anywhere on the page of the receipt image that I uploaded when I registered it. That being said, I'm kind of starting to feel iffy about EVGA in general now. That guy that...
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    EVGA B stock GPUs on sale now! $1199 3090 FTW3

    Dang if a 3080 Ti comes up on EVGA's B-Stock website, it might end up being about the same price as the open box one I got. I'm estimating $850-900, unless they're only going to take that massive of a price cut off the 3090's specifically, because they were so high priced. I got my open box for...
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    Please share your afterburner voltage frequency curve

    I don't use Afterburner, but this is what I have at desktop. This isn't quite idle as I have a Bluestacks client running with Arknights open, and also a lot of applications and some browsers... but close enough. I haven't edited the voltage curve manually yet. I do have a custom fan curve but...
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    I Broke a $900 Motherboard

    Uh no... it could very well have been defective from the factory. You don't just go and assume you broke it. I legitimately think I've never bent any pins during installation, both on motherboard and on CPU. Hell this latest AM4 build, I rebuilt it 4-5 times at this point, and clearly it still...
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    I Broke a $900 Motherboard

    Wait, so hold on. Let me get this straight. The pins were probably bent initially. Then you tried fixing them and EVGA told you to pound sand because of it? Wtf did you even tell them when you called? There's no way for you or them to know who messed the thing up. If I were you I would be...
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    Upgrade or wait: mid 2022 edition

    I don't think it's reasonable to make the point of comparison to be "games you can play on a simple 5600G", though. Games get more modern, people get more used to modern battle systems and interfaces, and graphics standards. And also your friends are more likely to be playing them. Like yeah if...
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    Upgrade or wait: mid 2022 edition

    The thing is, any hobby is basically as expensive as you make it. The amount I have spent on my anime figurine collection probably eclipses what some people have spent on computers throughout their entire lifetimes. The amount that someone has spent on PC's probably eclipses what I have spent on...
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    Valve to Face Antitrust Lawsuit Over Steam Gaming Platform

    I can confirm I've had that issue as well, as a person that leaves their system running 24/7/365. Though my main issue is that somehow it (somehow) starts hogging more and more CPU... I don't think I've ever seen it hit 25 GB RAM... that's like wtf levels lol.
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    Upgrade or wait: mid 2022 edition

    I mean are we actually sure now that the 4070 won't be 30% faster than the 3090? Current reports are looking like it might be... This 3080 Ti at $900 was a great deal, but... the info in the other topic is having me question whether I should return it and bet on the next gen now. No one...
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    RTX 4xxx / RX 7xxx speculation

    You know you can just go to Amazon and buy a magnetic dust filters for almost nothing, right? https://www.amazon.com/s?k=case+fan+magnetic+filter You just put them on the outside (and on any black case they'll blend in), and then take them off for a quick wipedown and then put them right back...
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    Upgrade or wait: mid 2022 edition

    Well, I have it registered on the 4th of this month. That means I can do step up until August the 4th, as I understand it. I can also return the GPU entirely until June 4th since these carry a 30 day return period from Microcenter (although at this price it would be a bit foolish to). I guess...
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    Upgrade or wait: mid 2022 edition

    You know that's a good point. Since my 3080 Ti is an EVGA, does that mean I can do their step up program with it? I have not looked into the regulations about that recently. If I can, I might be open to it depending on the price...
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    Gigabyte 6900xt $900 after rebate newegg

    I'm just playing devil's advocate a bit here. As this video shows, it's now pretty obvious that he was telling the truth anyway. The thing has an RMA history where it was literally sent back to Gigabyte for repairs and then the company just said "no we're not paying that much" and put it back...
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    Gigabyte 6900xt $900 after rebate newegg

    I just watched this one: If there's another one, by all means. I'm not saying there isn't a problem here for the record. there probably is. Just all this video told me was, "Well yeah, Open Box Newegg is a bad idea". Which they do totally deserve to get called out on either way. But it's a...
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    Upgrade or wait: mid 2022 edition

    I haven't had any hiccups at all with this Seasonic 850W with my 5950x and 3080Ti. I didn't sell my 2080, it just went into my bedroom computer, so I could in exchange take that bedroom computer's 1080 and put it in my exercise computer. I don't generally sell my GPU's. I just hand them down...
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    Does this EVGA 3080 Ti just much cooler than expected, or is there another sensor I'm not looking at?

    More or less, I'm just stating my observations and then welcoming feedback... I didn't really make this clear, but I'm not really doing this out of any sort of necessity or stress at this point. For the price I got this card for, I can overall live with any faults it has (which in hindsight...
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    Gigabyte 6900xt $900 after rebate newegg

    Yes, I know, and yes I did (unfortunately) watch the entire video through all of his usual rambling. If you read my post (I know it's long sorry) I said: To reiterate, he somewhat glosses over the fact that he missed the fact that it's Open Box. Newegg Open Box has NEVER been known (reputation...
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    Gigabyte 6900xt $900 after rebate newegg

    I've done multiple returns with Amazon when I was looking at 1440p monitors (back when they were expensive). After the third one on a particular model, CS said, "You won't be satisfied with any of them because your reason for returning is the same every time" or something along those lines, to...
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    Does this EVGA 3080 Ti just much cooler than expected, or is there another sensor I'm not looking at?

    I mean... you're probably right, but that's a really weird thing to say for Hardforums of all places... Anyway, I've been doing some testing and this card at even 82-84% fans basically never even hits 70C. I upped the base Mhz by 100 and basically came out to this... I left it running Cyberpunk...
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