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General Discussion / Re: Upgrading CPU Questions
« Last post by Ari Altman on June 27, 2017, 09:11:40 PM »
Just a quick FYI - I've seen no indication whatsoever that Intel has actually shipped its Skylake-X processors, despite the marketing hype surrounding the June 26th hard launch. I'm sorry about that, but at least you're in line for one. Five TBG readers pre-ordered these CPUs, and none shipped on launch day.
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General Discussion / Re: Cryptocurrency article
« Last post by Ari Altman on June 27, 2017, 09:09:11 PM »
Miners are hitting 1080s now. 1080 prices are now $100-$150 more than they were a week or so ago. I wonder how long this is going to last. If thinrgs continue, most high end GPUs will be out of stock or their prices incredibly inflated.

Yes, I know, it's wreaking havoc on the TBG PC Buyer's Guides. Unless you want to spend at least $2,000 on a PC by going with a GTX 1080 Ti, you can't build anything today. And the 1080 Ti cards will soon be sold out as well. It will be a total eclipse of the GPU market, entirely unprecedented in history.
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General Discussion / Re: Cryptocurrency article
« Last post by Abowman on June 27, 2017, 09:03:16 PM »
Miners are hitting 1080s now. 1080 prices are now $100-$150 more than they were a week or so ago. I wonder how long this is going to last. If thinrgs continue, most high end GPUs will be out of stock or their prices incredibly inflated.
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General Discussion / Re: Upgrading CPU Questions
« Last post by LongJon on June 27, 2017, 03:17:06 PM »
Okay thanks, I'll make sure to tell him.  I currently (and recently) overclocked my current CPU and believe I did everything correctly.  I definitely want everything that can be overclocked to be overclocked.  Safely of course but nonetheless. 

Got my headset, will set it up later tonight. 
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The HTPC Build / Re: TBG's High-End Home Theater PC Buyer's Guide
« Last post by Ari Altman on June 26, 2017, 08:38:36 PM »
Is there a particular software that you recommend to convert dvds and flu days it media files that can be watched on my pc?

The most popular software is Handbrake. You can also use MakeMKV if you'll be using Plex as a media server. But I should point out that the ripping of commercial DVDs to a hard drive is technically not legal, so do so at your own risk, and definitely don't share the files with others.
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General Discussion / Re: Upgrading CPU Questions
« Last post by Ari Altman on June 26, 2017, 08:30:44 PM »
I'll let you know if any other readers get their new Intel gear, but it's liking like this might be a paper launch. Availability was supposed to be today, but either there were more pre-orders than Intel could fulfill, or more likely the stuff isn't ready. That being said, since you have a working system that you're upgrading, there's no harm in waiting for the gear to ship.

By the way, Asus built-in Wifi is the best. I rely on it for several test systems. It's typically better than aftermarket adapters, not surprising given that Asus makes the fastest stand-alone adapters on the market.

Thanks.  I noticed you posted this on the current $3500 build:

"Note that this kit will default to DDR4-2133 until the XMP profile is selected in the UEFI. By the way, we strongly discourage you from using DDR4-2800 or DDR4-3000 with this system, as it requires an odd memory ratio that throws off CPU overclocking."

Would I have to worry about that since I have DDR4-3000?  Also, when they install the new parts, would they be aware to change the settings in the UEFI?  I mean they know what they are doing, clearly if they do these type of things for a living, but I'm just wondering if it's worth mentioning to them just in case.

The issue with DDR4-3000 RAM is that it requires an odd multiplier (or at least it did with Haswell and Broadwell). So you've already been living with it. Truth be told, I don't know if Skylake-X has the same issue, as I don't have this gear in hand, and none of the reviews I've read have touched on the issue (they are all running DDR4-3200, likely because that's what Intel told them to do). In the end, it's not a big deal, just messes with your overclocking ratios, but your builder will know what to do. And since the new motherboard has a new UEFI built in, he'll have to adjust the settings to your specifications. If you want your RAM overclocked to 3000MHz, you'll have to tell him. If you want the CPU overclocked, you'll have to tell him that as well.
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General Discussion / Re: Upgrading CPU Questions
« Last post by LongJon on June 26, 2017, 08:18:08 PM »
I'll let you know if any other readers get their new Intel gear, but it's liking like this might be a paper launch. Availability was supposed to be today, but either there were more pre-orders than Intel could fulfill, or more likely the stuff isn't ready. That being said, since you have a working system that you're upgrading, there's no harm in waiting for the gear to ship.

By the way, Asus built-in Wifi is the best. I rely on it for several test systems. It's typically better than aftermarket adapters, not surprising given that Asus makes the fastest stand-alone adapters on the market.

Thanks.  I noticed you posted this on the current $3500 build:

"Note that this kit will default to DDR4-2133 until the XMP profile is selected in the UEFI. By the way, we strongly discourage you from using DDR4-2800 or DDR4-3000 with this system, as it requires an odd memory ratio that throws off CPU overclocking."

Would I have to worry about that since I have DDR4-3000?  Also, when they install the new parts, would they be aware to change the settings in the UEFI?  I mean they know what they are doing, clearly if they do these type of things for a living, but I'm just wondering if it's worth mentioning to them just in case.
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The HTPC Build / Re: TBG's High-End Home Theater PC Buyer's Guide
« Last post by Reyort on June 26, 2017, 07:59:21 PM »
Is there a particular software that you recommend to convert dvds and flu days it media files that can be watched on my pc? 
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General Discussion / Re: Upgrading CPU Questions
« Last post by Ari Altman on June 26, 2017, 05:13:51 PM »
I'll let you know if any other readers get their new Intel gear, but it's liking like this might be a paper launch. Availability was supposed to be today, but either there were more pre-orders than Intel could fulfill, or more likely the stuff isn't ready. That being said, since you have a working system that you're upgrading, there's no harm in waiting for the gear to ship.

By the way, Asus built-in Wifi is the best. I rely on it for several test systems. It's typically better than aftermarket adapters, not surprising given that Asus makes the fastest stand-alone adapters on the market.
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General Discussion / Re: Upgrading CPU Questions
« Last post by LongJon on June 26, 2017, 03:02:18 PM »
Congrats on the new parts - you'll like this upgrade. ;)

I can see from your video that an error message was displayed - by watching it frame-by-frame I can see that the error said "The UE4-HHHour game engine has crashed and will.... Fatal error!"

This isn't a standard Windows error dialog box. It looks like a placeholder used by the developers, as the formatting is a bit off. It still provides a lot of information, however, in the sense that we know this isn't a video card driver crash, and it's not a Windows system crash. In other words, it's the game itself. Now, as far as getting it to run, I wouldn't recommend wiping Windows at this point, but when you get your new CPU and motherboard, that would be a very good time to reformat and reinstall. In the process, hopefully it will fix the game as well, but if it doesn't, this is just something that the game developers are going to have to fix. Could be an issue related to your high-end specs - most people aren't running this on a six (or eight) core system, so maybe the game engine is having trouble with it (although UE4 is new and should do multi-core well).

In short, I wouldn't blame your system for this, and I wouldn't reinstall Windows for it unless you have another reason to, which you will very soon!

Let me know when the gear arrives - I really hope Intel keeps its promise regarding pre-orders!

Thanks I'm super pumped.  I can't wait to read some final reviews on what I purchased.  I sort of wish bluetooth and wifi were included with the motherboard but if not, oh well but I'm still really excited.

As far as wiping and re-installing windows, it might be a timing issue thing.  If the patch comes out before I get the new CPU and Motherboard and I'm not getting booted anymore, there won't be any reason to start fresh with the new components right?  I won't be wiping or re-installing before getting my new stuff either way, for the record.  Just figured I'd ask.

Also as yet another side question, I have audio engine A+ speakers for my desktop and I've had them since I built the PC and love them.  I also have an Audio Engine DAC.  My question is that I bought a new headset, the Sennheiser Game Zero Gaming Headset for right at $200.  A buddy of mine has this headset and said it's the perfect headset with the exception of not a ton of bass, but if you have a DAC that'll take care of it.  Seeing as how I've had a DAC it made me wonder.... I've been using a Hyper X Cloud 2 headset (I only use all these headsets for gaming, btw) since I built the PC and it connects via USB.  Well you connect the 3.5 audio cable to a sort of USB dongle that then connects via USB dongle which then connects to a USB port.  I've taken the 3.5 cord on my Hyper X headset and plugged it into my DAC before (which doesn't have a USB slot as I'm sure most DAC's don't) and the audio was fine but I couldn't chat or have the surround sound because those controls were on the dongle the headset cord plugs into.  I hope I'm making sense.  I'm wondering with this new headset how I'll be able to chat/while playing if I'm only plugged into this Audio Engine DAC?

I'll talk to my buddy about it tonight because I think I'm missing something.

Oh, I didn't know you wanted WiFi and Bluetooth. If that's important to you, then it will be worth cancelling the X299-A and ordering the X299-E ROG Strix at $350. I didn't want to push you too far over budget, but $40 extra for Wifi and Bluetooth is a good deal if you'll use them.

As for your headset question, as it turns out, you got lucky going with an ultra-high-end Sennheiser Game Zero Headset. While I haven't used them myself, I took a close look at the specs, and it appears to separate audio in and audio out via dual 3.5mm jacks. That's extremely unusual, and not something you'd find in typical gaming gear. Thus, you'll plug the audio in (headphone) jack into the Audio Engine D1 DAC, then plug the audio out (microphone) into your PC. Note that to connect your DAC to your PC, you'll probably want to use optical digital, as your DAC has that input.

Truth be told, I probably won't use them at the moment, but i'll be moving before too long and when I do, I may or may not be able to have my PC right next to the router.  I most likely will but you never know, and its good to have just in case.  Also, same for bluetooth built in.  It's almost like a piece of mind kind of thing.  I'm glad I asked, i cancelled my other motherboard and ordered the Strix before I went to bed last night.

Do you expect there to be a delay for the CPU and motherboard?  I believe when I bought them on the 24th it said shipping on the 26th or 27th?  I honestly can't remember but it was somewhere around this Monday-Wedensday, now it just says "delivery date pending".

How well does the WiFi and Bluetooth perform on motherboards for desktops?  I know it's pretty uncommon for those features to be on desktops.  I'm assuming it will have the latest WiFi and Bluetooth standards?

Thanks for clarifying the headset deal.  I knew it was pretty unique.  The headset should get here tomorrow.
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