8 bucks and enough in the tube for several applications at least and I've gotten a good couple of years out of an application with reapplication mainly due to rebuilding the system.
Fairly sure I used it on my current i7-4790 and it runs reasonably cool, build was a little over a year ago and in conjunction with a CoolerMaster Hyper 212X which in itself represents a huge leap over the stock junk.
But all that aside, isn't the (reverse pun) hot stuff these days the liquid metal?
Looking at that page again, they're selling commercial quantities by the looks - it'd be madness to keep more than you need for a few months if you're building, given that something better seems to pop up every few years.
Still a pile of shit compared to Gelid GC Extreme.
Thermal conductivity (W/mK):8.5 (compared to yours at 3.8)
99.9% of the time (and even microsoft support forums say this from their 'official' techs) that error is Motherboard (rarely) or RAID card\HDD controller (common).
BCCode: 124 0x00000124
The WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR bug check has a value of 0x00000124. This bug check indicates
that a fatal hardware error has occurred. This bug check uses the error data that is provided by the
Windows Hardware Error Architecture (WHEA).
I don't recall how crazy or not your storage solution is; but if this is happening while you're crunching your astronomy data, it could be as simple as an SSD reaching its write threshold on life, or a RAID card on its way out.
Of course, it could be anything controller related on near anything.
and the odd one out:
Grab Crystal Disk Mark.
Run each of their stress tests area-by-area, don't run any 'blend' tests (like "CPU and ram" just CPU, then just ram.
My gut says that benchmarking the HDDs in crystal disk mark will throw the error. (also grab crystal disk info, and check SMART health).
Just a random side note; Don't use PRIME95 anymore for testing without EXTREME cooling; the artificial load it creates is higher than any possible real load, and in some series of CPU's it can literally damage them.
It's because of the new AVX capabilities of skylake onwards CPU's, it was never meant to be stressed to max long term, and the voltage can spike if you stress it.
A lot of BIOS know this now and limit CPU voltage increases, and rumor is that the new CPU microcode handles it too; but It's just not worth the risk.
Not sure if the same risk applies to AMD.... (likely not)
With Windows mining now not fitting into 3GB these should start popping up on ebay etc. Retail prices should drop too.
Is 1TB SSD necessary?
If keeping the HDD in the system for cold storage, save some dosh and go with a 500GB unit and put the savings towards better GPU like the GTX 1060 3GB (and still have money left over). Which for gaming is ultimately your primary choke point.
You could spend years waiting for the mining boom to finish, who knows.
As is always the case with PC upgrades, buy the best with what you can afford now. You can spend eternity waiting for the next best/cheaper thing.
With high res textures, more memory, and slower clocks would actually be my go to, I'd stick with the 4GB 1050ti personally.
Depends if you want 'high settings' on AA\AF\Lighting\Shadows, or on Textures. Personally, for me, its textures.
Also games like DOOM wont even run on max settings without 4GB GPU RAM.
1TB SSD is so cheap now, I honestly think the $350ish you spend on them is good money.
You'll keep it for nearly life.
As for the mining boom; I honestly think you're wrong.
Not because the boom will finish, but because GPU mining will become so inefficient that ASIC miners will be the only power sensible option.
Or, since we've recently managed a new die-shrink, that better cards will take the mining crown, and people will upgrade.
Maybe not from the 1080ti's, they'll live on, but you'll probably start to see some 6GB 1060's or 1070's at least.
Buying a 'cheap' card like a 1050ti to bide you over at least 12~18 months, is the smart move, and you'll be able to play most things on High Textures, and medium shadows.
Or should I say, unlikely to be a MAJOR bottleneck. You'll gain a few frames, but nothing will jump from unplayable to playable; so I'd let it be.
Even with a locked multiplier, you can often tweak baseclock.
Jump in there and set your baseclock to 105mhz; this is a free 5% overclock.
Don't go beyond this, because baseclock also handles your storage and PCI-E lane speeds too, and while up to 108mhz is USUALLY fine, you can start to see some funky behavior (feel free to test if you're inclined!)
----G Skill Value F3-10666CL9-8GBNT 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3
Normally 8GB of ram is enough, but it depend what you're using it for I guess.
That however is a LOT of money to spend on new ram bro.... find second hand. If you have 4 slots, just get another 2x 4GB.
----Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB
This is where you're going to feel the jump!
Though with that said, I don't think I'd ever go for a 1060,1070, or 1080 while the price point to performance ratio is so fucked up thanks to the mining trend.
I'd try and delay for another year and then pick up an ex mining card for minimum dollars.
More than DOUBLE your current cards power, doesn't need an external power connector (so your PSU will certainly be A-OK with it), and they didnt get swept up in the mining boom, so you can get one for under $200. As low as $100 second hand.
Just, if you can avoid it, dont pay the robbery price for GPU's right now, its bullshit.