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  1. Not sure I completely understand the agument being put forward by OP etc, but my thoughts: The pinnacle of a sport not being a sport, is F1. As a fan it's tough to watch them regulate themselves. Certian teams have full-on veto powers on rules, and certain teams get paid millions just to rock up, because history. It's carzily unfair to newer or lower budget teams. Is why Ferrai is always on the podium, things are constantly stacked in their favour. Liberty Media now that it has taken over is making big strides towards fairness to all teams and reigning in the crazy costs the well of teams/manufactures can pump in. But there's a long way to go (2021 at the earliest for true team parity) NRL lost me a while ago, mainly because players are just commodities for the most part, no aleigence, they see money elsewhere, they follow it. Rugby Union on the other hand is much more fascinating a game to watch. Actual strategy goes on. League is for the most part just played tackle to tackle, kind of a one trick pony imo. Tennis is good too imo. Mano a mano. Don't mind the hawkeye stuff. Humans can get it wrong or blink at the wrong moment.
  2. So what's the difference to the pot of glue then?
  3. Definitely go the 8700K. For gaming it can't be beat. AMD's interesting if money and threaded performance is of concern, both of which isn't if just gaming is your aim at any cost. For PSU, I'd recommend going a little higher than necessary. Once you have a nice higher wattage PSU, it'll last you through any system build into the future. Spec it well once and it'll do whatever you need for a decade. I've been using Corsair PSU's everywhere, I find them good quality. Never had one die on me. Something like the RM750i / RM850i or HX750i / HX850i (for the platinum rating) would be nice. The "i" in them indicates Corsair Link compatibility, so you can view power usage, temps, volts, amps and all that cool stuff on the fly via software. I've run the software side-by-side with a PowerMate on the same system and can confirm it's essentially just as accurate readings. Great if you're into that sort of thing. SSD. Money not an issue? Intel 900P Optane 480GB. I had one for review a month or two back. Insane is the only word for it. It won't beat top end NAND drives in straight line tests (just a fraction slower), but that's rarely needed and being able to fill your drive in like 2 minutes is enough for anybody. It totally destroys when it comes to radom IO, especially when both reading and writing concurrently. It won't speed up games much if any but with like triple the endurance rating of NAND it'll last you a long time and as an OS drive would be great, particularly if using it for scratch disk duties or running some VMs from it etc. An indulgance for sure, but oh so nice. Forget the Optane Memory stuff. Only used when pairing with HDD's that you want some higher level cache on to speed up a bit. For just cold storage HDD use, not needed. Cooler. If you can get a water cooled GPU, very nice idea. For CPU something like the H75 might be better. Mainly because it's a rebrand of some OEM brand name I can't remember the name of but a lot of the AIO's use it. You can tell them apart as they have a round CPU pump/block with teeth around the circumference which is part of the mounting mechanism. It's so common AMD when they launched Ryzen brought out an AM4 retention bracket for it, that works across any brands version of the AIO, Corsair, Thermaltake, NZXT etc. https://www.pccasegear.com/products/39368 Point is, it may last you a long time across several socket types potentially because there's alot of mass behind it in the market. I haven't used liquid metal but I've seen that there's protective stuff you can use called acrylic conformal coating, which comes in spray cans. Apply over the things you want to protect incase of spillage/unwanted contact.
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    Woo! Star trek Discovery! (spoilers, probably)

    STD S1 was ok, a little too fast paced imo, a symptom of its binge watch serialized intent. It all kind of merges into one mass in my memory. The 2 standalone eps are easy to seperate out and remember. I prefer DS9 style structure where the eps are mostly self contained but usually had season/series wide story arcs in them. Anyone here play Star Trek: Online? Great for Trekkies. Free to play too. Not too grindy if you just want to do the story arcs. They're about to introduce the ability to get your in game kit bashed ships 3D printed.
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    What are you playing at the moment?

    Bomber Crew. Was more fun and challenging than I expected. Unlocking gunner AP ammo, Spitfire escorts and equipping crew for high altitude flying are keys to success. Oh and belt fed fore and aft turrets are a must :p Mid section turrets can save on weight there as the ammo box is just a second or two's walk.
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    AMD Zen

    I'm not sure there will be any architectural changes. The only thing mentioned so far is an improved Precision Boost. Will help with maintining the higher clock speeds but not IPC.
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    Poverty PC 'upgrade'

    Agreed. SSD needs to happen either way. Too painful in 2018 to not have it but I think he can have his cake and eat it too which ever way he goes. If $$ is a real factor, 2nd hand 1050 Ti will still be good over his current setup.
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    Poverty PC 'upgrade'

    I totally get what you're saying about the texture stuff and agree to an extent. Can you link any game benchmarks that show the extra GB on 1050 ti helping over the 3GB 1060? We also don't know what monitor(s) he's using. With a single 1080p monitor the GTX 1060 3GB will be great. Higher rez or duals you'd have a better argument for sure. 1050ti goes for $200, if there's stock http://www.staticice.com.au/cgi-bin/search.cgi?q=gtx+1050+ti&spos=3 https://www.pccasegear.com/category/193_1862/graphics-cards/geforce-gtx-1050-ti $300 when there's not 1060 3gb is $300 if there's stock http://www.staticice.com.au/cgi-bin/search.cgi?q=gtx+1060+3gb&spos=1 https://www.pccasegear.com/category/193_1838/graphics-cards/geforce-gtx-1060 $420 if not +40% perf for $100 more seems a reasonable deal to me. Yes little bit less on the bang for buck scale, but when there's games involved imo the GPU should get the highest single portion of the budget possible. Regarding the PSU connector issue, he's never mentioned his PSU?? He has a HD7770 atm which requires a single connector so we can infer that whatever his PSU is it'll drive a 1060 just fine. Ahh I miss talking builds on these forums. It was the shiz in Atomic's hey day. Glad you're still around Scythe :)
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    Poverty PC 'upgrade'

    Sounds good, but at what point to you hand over 40% performance for the extra GB? https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_1050_Ti_Gaming_X/27.html 1080p up through 4K it's always 40%+ faster acording to above link. But would it run fast enough on a 1050Ti anyway at max settings to matter? 1440p it runs at 30fps. According to above linked review the 3GB ran the DOOM test, even at 4K it still surpasses the 1050Ti. At 1440p it's 20fps (66%) faster! Just depends on priorities, plus how many games you have simultaneously installed. Definitely it's a keep for life thing. Well yes but then once the ASIC miners took over Bitcoin, ASIC resistant alt coins were made. If new ASIC's come out for Ethereum etc new alt currencies will be made that only GPU's are good at running. When you can code a new crypto currency faster than you can design and fabricate an ASIC for it, chances are generalised crypto computing on GPU's won't disappear any time soon. Only mentioning the 1060 thing because the most popular alt coin on the most popular OS now isn't tenable, so the demand for the 3GB model should weaken. Theoretically. Totally agree however he'll have an even better experience in that 12-18 months if 1TB isn't completely necessary ;) Just offering him options.
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    AMD Zen

    +200MHz clock bumps Little disappointing. However soldered IHS should help the OC crowd a bit. It'll be better but not really worth upgrading to if already on Ryzen 1. Zen2 will be when we see if it has legs or not.
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    Poverty PC 'upgrade'

    GTX 1060 3GB should be something to aim for. 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.
  12. Sorry for late reply. Don't come here as often as I used to. Yes. Have been freelancing for PCTA for a bit over a year now. :)
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    Star Citizen / Squadrdon 42 - a real PC game

    Is planet orbits a thing? I recall they wanted to do that a while back but had to let it go cause of tech reasons. The nerd in me wants it to happen.
  14. As the chap that's doing those reviews, and having previously recieved a couple of systems from them for full reviews in the past, they seem like an outfit that builds solid systems. They're usually one of if not the first places to offer new parts out in the market in their prebuilt systems. They're well put together and often come pre-overclocked for you. How many other places do that? Good prices, and shipping was pretty quick too. I think they're a smaller operation than other places, but that might work to their advantage, their turn around times for a system build is very quick. The bigger places you'll go into a queue. But that could simply be because they prioritised the build for magazine review. Who knows. So while I haven't spent any of my own money with them, if I didn't build my own systems I would be considering their systems when buying.
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    Paying for photobucket

    Sweet. Hopefully others find it handy.