Feeling down

Today I’m uploading a channel update to talk about stress, unhappiness, and other things. Yes I have been feeling a bit unhappy lately, and haven’t been recording as much. I have also been busy with classes (which are almost over) and socializing (which helps me not feel so down). In short, uploads might slow down for a few weeks but then hopefully will resume, and in greater numbers. 😉

I also talk about some new equipment I’m planning on buying for my PC. I don’t “need” it, but it will help me Let’s Play with more bang and force. 😛 Yay.

For you hardcore fans of mine, here is the actual stuff I am looking at. I am taking a stab at installing this stuff myself (so if I suddenly can’t game anymore you’ll know why:P)

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-GX-Bronze-RS750-ACAAD3-US/dp/B0035WTD2Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370451374&sr=8-1&keywords=coolermaster+750w+power+supply

This is to replace the 350W power supply that was in my ASUS PC when I bought it.

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008FSBJKE/ref=s9_simh_gw_p147_d0_i2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=0ARBG1X4ZNGWTRZ69GJA&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938811&pf_rd_i=507846

 

Have to make sure this one will fit – but also wondered about the core clock speed, which is 860MHz on this card. (Effective memory clock is 1200MHz…I don’t actually know the difference?) If anyone would like to let me know the disadvantages to a slower core clock – just not running as smooth? I know an advantage that I would like is a quieter computer.

 

Alright, so I’d love advice on these items or suggestions of different ones. Thanks!

 

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8 thoughts on “Feeling down

  1. Unhappiness can be such a bummer, hah. Surprisingly enough, that’s probably why I’m awake and writing this at 2 AM, currently. I hope whatever you’re struggling against passes quickly and easily, but I’m sure it will. Feel better, buddy. I’ll try to do the same.

    As for that power supply and graphics card, it would be best if you listed out the parts that you’re currently using. CPU, GPU, and anything else that you could consider power-hungry would help. 750W is a lot to work with, and honestly it’s quite a bit more than you’d probably need unless you’re running some rather expensive tech and/or SLI/Crossfiring.

    I imagine you’ve also given consideration to Newegg, and the (perhaps lesser) TigerDirect?

    Honestly the GPU stuff is a larger discussion entirely, because the answer can be rather complex. The short version is that the answer is really dependent on the game you’re trying to run and the settings you have configured. If you want to delve further into that, let me know. I don’t want to get carried away as I know much of this is considered boring to most people.

    • Ah, my mistake. I thought you have listed your previous power supply, not the new graphics card that you’re aiming at. In which case there are two bits of information that are really needed. One being what length of card your case can handle, the other being your CPU.

      I’ll tell you now, though, that AMD graphics cards have a much lower TDP (power consumption) than Nvidia. The 7850 is a very low-need card.

      My apologies if all of this is a bit overwhelming. I can tone all of this down and give you the Cliff’s Notes, if you’d rather.

      • Thanks for your reply!
        Yea I linked the two items from Amazon for simplicity’s sake – Newegg actually has a better price on the graphics card but Amazon a better price on the power supply. Although sounds like I might go with a lower wattage on that one. So somewhere I read that that graphics card in particular uses about 150W of power. I’m pretty green with computer tech, so don’t know how much the rest of the computer can run on reliable and efficiently. If I am making sense.

        Figured the safest thing to do would be bump it up a bit! Maybe too much though? I have an Nvidia card now and am not really happy with the performance – it doesn’t seem to run games like Fallout New Vegas well (thought that’s probably because I added texture/graphics mods). The main games I am looking at with this card is Far Cry 3 and Blood Dragon. Those games are both, for some reason, graphics intense and I can’t run them at highest settings like some people can. I would like to do that just because – why not?

        I will have to be at home to check my PC specs, can’t remember stuff off the top of my head. I also still have to measure the card space.

      • Yep, that 150W TDP sounds about right. Realistically it should never actually reach that, but it’s better safe than sorry to have a buffer. The thing is, I imagine you’re probably not running some monster 8-core AMD processor. Once I know what CPU you’re using we’ll be able to better identify what wattage would be best for you. Future-proofing is also a big consideration, which I’ll surely keep in mind.

        Now, Cooler Master is actually one of the least reliable companies when it comes to power supplies. Here’s a review of that power supply you’ve linked http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-GX-750-W-Power-Supply-Review/917/10. We’ll look more into that later, though.

        Here’s where I can get a little technical in explaining the memory clock. The memory on a graphics card mainly has to do with two things, Anti-aliasing, and loading up textures. Large open-world games where things constantly load up on-the-fly are typically the games in which you can see the most significant boost to performance. Though the speed at which your memory runs is important, it’s more important to have a large amount of it on the card. In terms of clock speed, I would say that as long as you’re not running anything under GDDR5, you aren’t going to have to worry about it. In terms of capacity, 2GB is really what you’re going to end up with in that price range. I don’t believe you can get higher without paying more. When your game is requiring more memory than what you have, is when you’ll experience a bottleneck and your frame rate will suffer rather significantly.

        To this, there is good news and possibly bad news. The good news is that unless you’re running at some crazy screen resolutions, you’re almost assuredly not going to reach the 2GB cap. I think the highest I’ve seen mine run is 1.5 GB under higher-load max AA circumstances at 1080p. The bad news is that the next generation of consoles is on the horizon, which means within the next 2 years or so, all of this could change. With 8GB of unified memory, games could really start kicking up their VRAM requirements. Only time will tell.

        Anyway, that’s enough of an info dump for now. I’m terribly sorry for assaulting you with mounds of text. If I could shorten it all, I would, but to be honest I’ve always found myself as somewhat of a lengthy writer. Luckily if there’s anyone out there that’s used to reading a bunch of text, it’s probably you!

      • I don’t mind the info dump it’s actually helpful – really I know little about PC components. I’ve never built a PC before or even really upgraded individual parts. I rely on reviews or advice written online to know what’s going to be best. So give me all the info you can! If it’s over my head I can ask questions, though so far you haven’t breached my level of understanding.

        Anyhow, here are some PC specs. This was all stock in the ASUS computer, which is 2 years old.

        CPU: Intel i7-2600 3.4 GHz 8GB of RAM and as far as I can tell no more can fit.

        Current graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 530 (I think with 1GB memory but honestly can’t remember and also can’t remember how to figure it out). It could be 2GB but also, I don’t run games ever at resolutions higher than 1080p and don’t plan to. I do play a lot of open-world games and would like to have these look as good as they can. If upgrading the power supply is not as important a factor, then perhaps I can save money there and put my budget toward a graphics card with more memory. I had not found any with over 2GB that were not also upwards of $300/400.

        Let me know if there is anything else you want to know about the specs but honestly I would probably need help finding out the info. I’m not as much of a “PC tinkerer” as some are – interested more in having fun and seeing what can do with it than the science/how-to behind it.

      • Alright well the 7850 has a TDP of 150 and your CPU can top out at about 170. Let’s say that your maximum draw under the most unrealistic of circumstances is 400 watts. A 400 watt supply will absolutely cover everything that you need it to. I would personally recommend a 500-600 watt in order to keep yourself open to future possibilities, but 400 would do just fine.

        Here are a few recommendations that you can look at. If you need more information or have any general questions, just ask.

        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006 (currently at a rather decent price, if you’re alright with waiting on a rebate. It also has a favorable review with a minor complaint about the noise level at high levels of wattage draw, which you should not experience.)

        Here’s that review. http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Corsair-TX750W-Power-Supply-Review/505/1
        This is also a very wonderful site for power supply reviews.

        I’m currently using this here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182132
        which has been powering a GTX 660 and an FX-6300 without issue for the past few months.

        Here’s the review for that as well. http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-HIVE-650-W-Power-Supply-Review/1460

        You can see for yourself based on the “Golden award” reviews on that website and the specs that I’ve told you so far, if you’d like to see what else is out there. Which, I recommend. Again, if you find something and have questions, let me know. Realistically you can expect to pay $60-70 for a power supply that’s around 600 watts.

        Oh, boy, that is one rough graphics cards. I suggest that you don’t allow that to sour your Nvidia experience. That thing is just not too great! DDR3 and I can only imagine it’s 1 GB, though I doubt that thing has the power to really worry about the memory being a bottleneck.

        I don’t believe that we’ll really see cards above 2 GB within the $200 range very soon. It will happen, but I can’t honestly say that it will even happen this year. Also you should note that the card you linked me is rather large. 10.5 inches isn’t exactly tiny by any means. I also dislike the fact that ASUS does such a terrible job at listing their card’s specifications on their website.

        I really hate that the card prices have risen within the past 1-2 months. 3 months ago I bought my 660 for $179, and that’s supposed to be more expensive than the 7850. To be perfectly honest, to buy right this instant is to get ripped off. Better 7850s have gone on sale multiple times every single month in this year so far, because the “sale” price is in fact what the price should be. Typically you can buy the 2 GB double-fan models for 179.99. You literally just missed a deal that ended yesterday. If you CAN, I would suggest waiting a few days to see if another deal pops up. If you can’t, I would suggest spending a little extra on your card to grab a 7870 or whatever else interests you.

        Aha! I decided to do a little detective work and I found a rather wonderful deal right here.

        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202025

        The promo code is EMCXPXP25

        With this you’ll wind up with a much better graphics card from a better company and it should be even cheaper than what you’ve been looking at. It’s also 8.5″ from what I’ve read, which should suit you just fine. I would suggest jumping on it when you can, as I do not know how long that deal will last.

      • Thank you so much for all your helpful advice! I think I will save money on the power supply and go for the 650W one you’re using – as long as it’s not a really noisy thing it should work for me.

        I had no idea my graphics card was so terrible 😛 I’ve always used Nvidia cards (that being said I’ve only used 3 different ones in 8 years). Haven’t really been happy with any of them though. However, what I find odd is that people on “the interwebz” have praised the card I have now. Unless I’ve been entirely mistaken about what they’re talking about. Anyway I don’t have personal experience being happy with the card; you can just watch my LPs and see lag and my inability to run the games at higher than around medium settings (Oblivion and Fallout NV – not new games).

        I still have to measure inside my PC to make sure an 8.5″ card will fit – again I must have been reading too many specs/reviews at once because I thought that the card I had initially linked you to (the ASUS one) was an 8.5″ card.

        I’ll try to grab that one you linked me to right away if it’ll fit! If not I’m sure a deal will pop up again at some point. Newegg tends to put things on sale quite often.

      • It’s really no problem at all. I’m sure that someone with more experience would have come along to help eventually, I just managed to get here first.You’re just lucky that I studied up on all of this just a few months ago in preparation for buying new PC parts.

        I’ve found the power supply to work rather wonderfully. The cords are nice and long, as well as sleeved. It offers enough power to easily run what I need as well as leaving room for future upgrades. If you need any measurements, let me know and I can pry mine out. Also, in regards to the noise of the thing, I’ve never honestly had to deal with noise. It’s about as ambient as any computer I’ve ever used. I realize that this isn’t very helpful, but I don’t have any decibel measuring equipment. I don’t think it’s very loud, and it doesn’t whine or squeal in any way haha.

        It, um, hm. Well, it’s rather old. It was likely very good at one point in time, but that time has now long passed. You’ll be upgrading to something much more powerful. It’s also most certainly not representative of Nvidia quality. You might do well to stick with AMD, though, considering that next-gen games could possibly work better with it. AMD drivers typically are not the best, but I believe they’ve gotten better over the past year or so. I’ve watched a few of your older LPs. I discovered you through some older RPGs like Avernum. There aren’t many reviewers out there for the older stuff, and it was refreshing seeing someone who was around my age looking through that stuff. Typically the only people with an interest in that stuff are a bit older. I don’t know why that matters, but I thought it was neat. Also, obviously you didn’t struggle to run those lol.

        8.5″ seems to be on the smaller-size, so you should be able to fit it in without issue. Your old card is 5.7″, so it’s still worth a look.

        Hopefully you can grab it. If not, http://www.Slickdeals.com is a pretty reliable site for monitoring that kind of stuff. That’s what I used when I was looking to upgrade everything.

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