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  2. Since reviews aren't out, I can't say for sure whether the 1800x or 1700x is the way to go. The 1800X is supposedly a more overclockable chip than the 1700X, so if you're looking for maximum overclocks, then I'd probably go that route otherwise, I think the bang for the buck chip for AMD's initial launch will definitely be that 1700X. As for mobos with multiple M.2, generally you aren't likely to find motherboards that feature more than 1 M.2 slot, even on the Intel side. I know Gigabyte came out with one that has like 3x M.2 slots a while back, but that's probably the one board they made just to test the market. You'll probably do better with just a board with a lot of PCIe slots then just putting multiple M.2 expansion cards in to get what you need. I'm sure someone will develop a dual or quad M.2 expansion card with some PLX switches or something in it down the line as M.2 becomes more popular. They currently exist in the enterprise, but haven't trickled its way down yet. What are you trying to do with all those M.2 960's anyhow? Just curious. If it's capacity, Samsung has 2TB Samsung 960 PROs out. As for Optane, yes so far that's a Intel only feature and it's not even compatible with most Intel stuff. Either way, if you get a Samsung 960 PRO, I highly doubt a 3D XPoint caching solution will be much faster. Never had much faith in caching when it comes to these things. Go full solid state or don't. Go full 3D XPoint or don't. That said, I haven't seen any performance demos or anything for Optane, so that's just my 2c.
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  4. I want to build a pc with a 1800x or 1700x but didnt decide yet which one, performance seems just a bit lower for a $100 saving with the 1700x. After some research, i didn't find any motherboards with 2 NVME M.2 Ultra to use 2 Samsung 960 in raid 0. i am even not sure if it is possible with those AM4 motherboard. In some review, they also said that Optane will not be available on AM4 motherboards... so how can i upgrade with a dual channel memory + no possibility to improve my storage ?
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  6. Sure thing. Let us know how it turns out! :)
  7. oh perfect thanks Sam!
  8. The system looks very good. For the SSD, I would go with the Samsung 960 PRO if the budget allows and if you can find stock. It's significantly better than the Intel 600P. I would recommend the Intel 600p more for general computing rather than workstation. Slower and significantly lower endurance. If you're working with large 3D render projects, it will be a bottleneck. Aside form that, you can go lower wattage on that power supply. 1000w is massively overkill for a single GTX 1080. 650W would be much more reasonable and should be a lot cheaper. If you're not gaming on it, also consider a Quadro card. Also, the IronWolf HDD is designed for NAS use. Why not get the Seagate Barracuda? Same thing, no NAS oriented features for a lower price.
  9. Hello everybody! So I'm trying to make my new working station that will still be optimal in 4 years. Because 4 years ago I built a 2000Euros workstation but now it feel incredibly slow... I'm concept artist, I mainly use photoshop, and a lot of 3d with big render. The problem I've now, my render are taking ages and I'm loosing time. Also, I'm going in the new VR tech and will try VR painting. So, what I want to build it's a high speed render computer. Maybe I'm going too high on the configuration, feel free to tell me that I don't need so much or there are better way and cheaper way to make an awesome computer! CPU : Intel Core i7-6900K (3.2 GHz) 8 cores RAM : G.Skill RipJaws 5 Series Noir 64 Go (4x 16 Go) DDR4 3000 MHz CL14 alim : XT-1000P 80PLUS Platinum motherboard : ASUS ROG STRIX X99 GAMING CPU Cooler : NZXT Kraken X62 Storage Drive : Seagate IronWolf 4 To HTC VIVE Graphic Card : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8 Go Boot drive : Intel Solid-State Drive 600p Series 512 Go Case : Thermaltake Core P5 Tempered Glass Edition the total of that (included HTC vive at 900 euros, mouse and keyboard, fans and mount) is 5300 Euros. Yes, it's a really expensive workstation, but I think with this kind of workstation I'm good for the next 4-5 years! Let me know if there are other way to build a really good workstation or if I could have even better for a cheaper price Thanks!
  10. Congrats! The parts look great! If you post some high-quality pictures, we'll feature your build on our twitter page! Super stoked, have fun building :)
  11. Yeah, this thread is pretty old and the best cases article is pretty old as well. An update is definitely coming soon though. :)
  12. Are you referring to this article? If so, I just tested it and it built me a link just fine. Which ISO you trying to download? Windows 10? If it doesn't work, maybe try downloading the legacy version of the ISO downloader. Otherwise, you can always also go to the Microsoft website and go through their process to download the ISO and make a boot drive.
  13. Soon i will do a build and one of my choice was the NZXT Phantom...but i change my idea because there is a lot of plastic on NZXT product and i am scare to break the front panel when i will remove it :-(
  14. Hi I just try the site to download the iso site...but i have a blank screen on the left ?
  15. Ahhh OK. Well, 890Mbps isn't that bad actually. With overhead, Gigabit LAN will already drops to about 940Mbps. That said, your system doesn't cost all that much more than an Atom or Celeron based one and it does give you future capability for adding more functionality down the road. The only cost is higher electricity usage. That did get me looking a bit though and I did find this HP ProLiant which is fairly cheap. Add in a Intel Dual NIC and maybe a SSD you're good to go for ~$300 total. I like the server boards since they usually have remote management. If not remote video, there usually is remote reboot, sensor monitoring, etc. As long as you've got clearance in the area where you're looking to place the server, it could be an easier solution. Just a thought.
  16. Thanks for the reply. This is for home. No, nothing snort, servers, etc. I already looked at all the pre-built options like SG-2220, the Atom CPU stuff, and so on. All failed my main has to be able to reliably reach gigabit speed. The firewall micro appliance in your link does as well: "WAN to LAN throughput has been tested up to 890Mbps (megabits per second) with iPerf." All the options claim about the same, that being it can reach gigabit speed or near to it, but when you dig deeper, it always turns out this is only under ideal conditions. Consistency and reliability are not included. My custom build is overkill, but I have found that too much always beats too little. If this build cannot reliably attain gigabit speed (or very near to it), then I will concede defeat.
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  18. Wow that's going to be quite the powerful router/firewall. Those options you presented are all actually good alternatives to each other. I'd just choose based on pricing. Is this for a home or business? Are you doing anything else with this system? Reason I ask is because you can get a pre-built system like this for under $300. For home use it should be more than enough and be significantly more power efficient than the Intel Core i3.
  19. Here is my parts list so far: CPU: Intel core i3-4160 CPU COOLER: Noctua NH-L9x65 or Noctua NH-L9i MOTHERBOARD: Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H-A LOW-PROFILE RAM: G.SKILL Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAB or Ballistix Tactical BLT2K4G3D1608ET3LXO SSD: Intel series 530 or 535; 120GB SSD BRACKET: Sabrent BK-HDDF CASE: Apex DM-317-A CASE FAN: Noctua NF-R8-100 PSU: Seasonic SS-300TFX or Seasonic SS-300TGW DVD-ROM: Asus DVD-E818AAT/BLK/B/GE NIC: Intel EXPI9402PT NIC LOW-PROFILE BRACKET: Intel EIG42ET MISC: 2 port Compact USB VGA KVM #GCS42UW6 I could use some help choosing between the CPU coolers, RAMs, and PSUs. All have mostly good buyer reviews, so I am stuck!
  20. Sweet. That's an excellent build. Whats up with the 1000w PSU? Was it that cheap or you have some big plans down the road?
  21. This isn't really a question about a build, I just figured I'd let you guys know what my purchase was. Case: Corsair Carbide Series Air 240 Micro ATX. (Black.)CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K 7th Gen Quad Core 4.2 GHz. (Non-Overclocked.)RAM: 16GB (2x 8GB) HyperX Predator DDR4 3000MHz.MOBO: Asus PRIME Z270M PLUS Intel Socket 1151.Storage: 2TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM 64Mb HDD.500GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD.CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60.GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 STRIX GAMING 6GB. (Stock Overclocked. Apparently.)PSU: 1000W - Cooler Master V Series V1000 80 Plus Gold.Sound Card: ASUS Xonar Pheobus Solo Audio.OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home Edition 64 Bit.Monitor: 2 x Acer K222HQLBID 21.5 Inch HDMI.Keyboard: Razer Deathstalker Chroma.Mouse: Razer Naga Epic Chroma.Mousemat: Razer Firefly.Headset: Razer BlackShark.Customisation: White Braided Styled Cables.NZXT Hue+ RGB Controller - Advanced PC Lighting System. £1,902.33 / $2378.29 I haven't got any pictures yet, but I'll update when possible.
  22. Best Buy is currently running a promotion for a free copy of Watch Dogs 2 with the purchase of the Samsung 850 EVO. If you've been looking to pick up both, this could be a good choice. Link
  23. I just took a look at the MSI website and it seems like they're listing an older Windows 7 USB 3.0 Driver compared to the driver listed on Intel's website. Have you had a chance to try the Intel USB 3.0 Driver? The one on their site was last updated 8/1/2016. It should solve your issues. If you're already using the updated USB 3.0 driver, it could also be power management turning off your USB port. To fix that, go to Device Manager --> Double click USB Mass Storage Device under Universal Serial Bus controllers --> Go to Power Management --> Uncheck "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power". You might have quite a few so go ahead and uncheck them all. Then restart your computer and see if you're still having issues.
  24. Hey all, it looks like Samsung quietly updated their NVMe PCIe SSD Driver to version 2.1 back in December 2016. If you have a Samsung PCIe NVMe SSD (Samsung 950 PRO, Samsung 960 EVO, Samsung 960 PRO), it's a good idea to update it. Looks like it improves power consumption and fixes an unsafe shutdown bug in Windows 8.1 and 10. Here's a link to download the new SSD driver. Here's a changelog of what's been updated. Rev 1.0 - Initial release version Rev 1.1 - Driver version update for USB compatibility Rev 2.0 - Support for 960PRO and EVO Rev 2.1 - Improve idle power saving on Windows 10, Unsafe shutdown bug fix on Windows 8.1 & 10
  25. Haha that thing. Yeah my friend has one and yeah it's like cheating. I mean, you're playing with a mouse and keyboard while everyone else is using a gamepad. I don't care what some console gamers believe. Gamepads will never be better than mouse and keyboard for stuff like RTS or FPS games. Just won't happen. But yeah, he basically play everything with that. Been telling him to get a PC to play with mouse/keyboard for years, but seems like he just turned his console into a PC haha.
  26. I think DOOM is the big one for Vulkan. Not sure about any other game. AFAIK, Vulkan isn't super popular compared to DX12 which seems like it's going to be the major gaming API going forward.
  27. Hi, I have a question on the USB 3.0 driver for the MSI GS40 6QE laptop that you reviewed on your site. Not sure if this is an issue you experienced, but I recently downgraded to Windows 7 because I needed an older version of Internet Explorer for work, but I'm having some issues with the USB 3.0 driver. The USB 3.0 driver on the MSI website doesn't work right. I'm getting a lot of disconnects for some reason, not sure if that's a driver issue or a laptop issue. I'd really like to be able to use my laptop for work, but if not I'll probably have to bring it back to Windows 10. If you have any ideas, I appreciate it! TIA!
  28. So I don't have a good gaming laptop yet, but hopefully that's coming soon. In the meantime, does anybody here have a PS4? I've been hearing a lot about XIM4 which emulates the controller input so you can connect a mouse and keyboard to the PS4. I haven't done a lot of gaming on PC, but from what I've been hearing, it's basically like cheating since mouse and keyboard is better than controller. Reviews look good as well. Anybody have any thoughts on this? Here's what I'm talking about.
  29. Depends on what you're looking for. Those are good systems though. At this point, there shouldn't be anything new coming out so it's a time to buy.
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