Luke

IT corner / troubleshoot

18 posts in this topic

Having a problem with your PC? Web pages don't load anymore? Take your PC to the Geek Squad!

Just kidding. Post here and I/we will try to help you.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
45 minutes ago, Tonfyyed said:

Anyone had any experience cloning a Hard drive to ssd on a laptop??

Yes, terribly easy. You should use "Acronis True Image". Hit me up on Discord if you don't know how or where to download it.
You basically have to put this thing to a Pendrive or DVD (can also help with that), and then just boot from it. Then, you just clone the HDD to the SSD.

You can either:
- Create an image of your HDD into a separate external HDD or whatever first, if you can't connect the SSD directly, or
- Clone the HDD to the SSD directly.

Again, hit me up for more help/info.

 

Ps.: I know I did not make that sound easy, but it is, trust me on this one. 

Edited by Luke
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@Luke I'm close to purchasing a new gaming pc, but I am on a tight budget. Despite wanting to somewhat select hardware components myself, I also want store guarrantee. I got a hardcap €1700 budget, and currently have this put together. Any big red flags when you look at it?

Its all in dutch, but im sure with the images and the item names youll be able to figure it out. ;)


6LYtSL.png

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Welcome to the corner! 

So, here are my opinions:

- Do not buy a streamer card. I had one, it's pretty much a meme at this point. Your GPU will be able to encode just as well. (Basically, if you use the streamer card or the GPU, you have less perfect encoding. It's not bad at all, but not as perfect as software, raw CPU encode. That said, it is good for 99% of the cases. Anyhow, your GPU can do what this card can. I just sold mine months ago. Never really used it.)

- Buy Corsair PSU. New PSUs have "on/off" feature, like new GPUs. They remain silent (0db) until you push them. Check the prices, buy one like this if you care about noise. I mean, who does not want a near silent PC? :) The modular part is good idea! Cable mess is always..a mess. Seasonic is another great brand (it's the same as Corsair.) My 750W Corsair been going strong for ~6+ years.

- SSD wise you are better off with a simple 256GB one. That is enough for all programs + Windows. Games, don't really matter where they load from. I mean, from my 200+ Steam library, all the games I tried and owned - only Killing Floor and Squad requires an SSD because they are built up from lots of small files. But, the 256GB one would still fit these games. Make sure the SSD is MLC. (SLC (too expensive) > MLC (ok) > TLC (crap)) So basically, you just save money here. But, that's just my tip/idea.

- HDD: Get a good, reliable HDD. I swear by Western Digital (not the green or blue one!), but Toshiba and Hitachi also served me well. If a HDD has like 3 or 5 years of warranty, thats a good indicator it's gonna last.

- The GTX1060 6GB is a great GPU, can do 1080p maxed out. Good choice. If you want 120hz or 144hz gaming, check out the 1070 or 1070TI (not sure if your country was hit by the miner price surge bs). Brand-wise, I would go with something that has 3 years of warranty. MAKE SURE THE LENGTH FITS IN YOUR CASE. Some cases don't have enough horizontal space for the GPU. It's easy to check, the case manufacturer tells how long fits in, the GPU manufacturer tells you the length.

- I would only buy Ryzen/AMD if you want to do video encoding, 3D work, rendering. Otherwise, a 6-core Intel is a ton better choice in terms of gaming or any other kind of workload. (Not hating on AMD, that's just how it is.) Why Intel?
1) Better single thread performance. (So, most games will run better.)
2) If you want to do the workload I just mentioned, there is zero issues with that. But you have to get the 8 core AMD Ryzen. 
3) It has an Intel iGPU inside, so if your 1060 breaks, you have a backup. It can also encode videos, just like your GPU (called Intel QuickSync.)

Yes, there was a lot of fuss about the recent Spectre/Meltdown security incident, but in reality, there was almost no performance hit on recent Intel CPUs.

(Maybe point:  - I would go with 8GB of ram, maybe buy more used or wait until the prices go down a bit?  Just a tip. Depends on what games you wanna run, of course, or what things you want to do on your PC. Squad for example, can eat a ton of RAM. Will the RAM prices go down in the near future? I don't know, no one knows. But they are hella expensive.)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

SSD topic:Btw I had 2x256GB SSD for years now in RAID0, and I am pretty sure I have tried virtually all games release in the past decade.
Why would I say it's pointless to get 512GB for example?
- There are games indeed that load a bit faster. Like Battlefield 1. Okay, you load a minute faster. Great. But now you have to wait an extra minute for the others. Yay.
- What about programs? Well, I have my dev environment, a dozen poweruser tools and whatnot and they all fit under 200gb. I tried copying my email folder (20+ GB) over and such, but the speed improvement is negligible.
That said... Would I use a 10TB SSD array instead of an SSD+HDD? Of course I would! But in this case - and just in general - the saved money can go into other components.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I could do with some advice on planning my water cooling loop!

 

PC layout.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We have to summon DougieC or IcemanZ on that topic. :D I only used these one-trick, closed-loop water coolers that you just hook up and forget about them. (Even that scares/scared me as the internet has plenty of "Corsair H100 fail" videos. ;_;)

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you for the help on discord  @DougieC you're a gentleman and a scholar!

Need to bet some Build Log, and battle station threads going.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Soooooo........looking for All white 120mm SP fans, and know fuck all about fans, was thinking of getting the EK-Vardar EVO 120ER White but needing 10 fans, £16 a pop soon adds up, anyone able to help with picking fans! 

Also wanted to check, I got the issue of powering fans right in my head:

If I have 2x 360mm radiators with 3 fans that draw 0.39Amps total (2.6W/12V=0.13Amp x3= 0.39Amp total draw)

And one 480mm with fans that draw 0.39Amps total (2.6W/12V=0.13Amp x3= 0.52Amp total draw)

I can just daisy chain each set of fans with a  1-to-4 PWM fan splitter and plug them into 3 of the 1A rated PWM fan headers on my mobo? (and then set up profiles for each in bios?)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So I am on the verge of placing the build- and purchase order for my new gaming pc. @Luke has been incredibly helpful with his advice, and for the largest part I have processed this into the build. (Thanks for that bro!) The prices of graphix cards these days, combined with my desire for the 'best', really killed my budget. I worked some extra hours and manage to increase my budget, to make the build below all fit. I promised Luke to post another last list before actually doing the payment. I have also contacted the company for their opinions and with a few more questions about brands of items. Any opinions? (My budget for this is €2.000, got no money for water cooling. Additionally, they only offer a 1080Ti 11GB at this company, which would set me back €300)

EDIT: I also hear that @DougieC is the man to see.

 

 

COMPUTER BUILD
- Casing : NZXT Source 340 - White
- Case lights : White LEDs - BASIC
- Case Cooling : Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition - White
- Motherboard : ASUS PRIME Z370-A
- Soundcard : Onboard - 7.1 HD audio Realtek ALC1220
- Processor : Intel Core i5 8600K - 3,6Ghz
- Processor Cooling :     Cooler Master MasterAir MA410P
- Coolingpaste : Cooler Master MasterGel maker
- Memory : Corsair Dominator 16GB(3000Mhz)
- Graphix Card : NVIDIA GTX 1070 Ti 8GB

OPTICAL AND STORAGE
- Storage #1 : 275GB SSD Crucial MX300
- Storage #2 : 2000GB Harddrive
- Cardreader : All in 1 cardreader with 2x USB 2.0 port

POWER
- POWER : Corsair RM750x (750Watt)

WARRANTY
- Warranty : 3 year Pick Up, Fix & Return

 

Edited by Jim.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, IcemanZ said:

Looks like a decent build! @Jim.

Thanks mate, just placed the order. Either delivery on tuesday (if they work fast), or otherwise friday at the latest. ^_^

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 29/01/2018 at 3:29 AM, Pigeon said:

Soooooo........looking for All white 120mm SP fans, and know fuck all about fans, was thinking of getting the EK-Vardar EVO 120ER White but needing 10 fans, £16 a pop soon adds up, anyone able to help with picking fans! 

Also wanted to check, I got the issue of powering fans right in my head:

If I have 2x 360mm radiators with 3 fans that draw 0.39Amps total (2.6W/12V=0.13Amp x3= 0.39Amp total draw)

And one 480mm with fans that draw 0.39Amps total (2.6W/12V=0.13Amp x3= 0.52Amp total draw)

I can just daisy chain each set of fans with a  1-to-4 PWM fan splitter and plug them into 3 of the 1A rated PWM fan headers on my mobo? (and then set up profiles for each in bios?)

Ocuk/Silverstone 120mm fans for rads where you don't need them to be bling.

Edited by DougieC

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Throwing my hat in as a techie who's happy to help.

5 years in an IT Department, pretty good with software troubleshooting, I'll reply here where possible but you're best messaging me on Discord. Most of the time I prefer to voice chat and remote control your PC via teamviewer so expect that as a requirement but i'll try my best to fix the problem :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

***Solved, faulty fan***

Hi, I’m having some issues controlling my fans for my radiator.

I have 3 PWM fans and have tried using a 3 way PWM splitter cable, and a SATA powered PWM hub connected to my MOBO CPU fan header.

The problem is, if in my bios I set the CPU fan to “PWM” one of the fans spins at full and the other two pulse every now and then, and the minimum setting is 50% under custom profiles.

If I set it to “DC” all 3 spin at a slow rate (faster with the hub) but I can’t control the speed at all.

Is there a way to have all 3 fans spinning at the same rate, rather than just one doing all the work, or all 3 just not changing speed?

Motherboard is a ROG MAXIMUS X HERO

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites