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Bitcoin mentioned around Reddit: Can i mine decently on two gtx 670's? /r/EtherMining

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are my hash rates normal?

my first rig is a i7-3630QM and a gtx 670mx is seems like my cpu is making more than my gpu https://gyazo.com/dda6086d662a144e32e9d83b03aa7e7f
my second rig is a i7860 not mining (because its not compatible or something) paired with a rx 550 4gb. i recently got the 550 because i thought id mine a good amount but im getting 5.3 mh/s and i dont know if thats normal. also is it a good idea to use ethernet because my wifi sucks? forgot to mention my elec is free
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Why should I mine dogecoin instead of other cryptocurrencies?

With so many different kinds of cryptocurrencies, what makes doge (or any other coin) better than another? I know each have their own exchange rate and whatnot but is there any aspect of a coin that makes it better than another (other than the community, where doge wins every time).
Much thanks. Many appreciate
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[Build Help] Had a build, but this bit-mining hullabaloo has changed my plans. I need some help readjusting my Canadian build.

I am aiming to build a PC to play first person shooters, the main ones being Planetside 2, BF4, and ARMA 3. This was my plan: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $226.99 @ Newegg Canada
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $124.99 @ NCIX
Memory Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $64.99 @ Memory Express
Storage Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $126.99 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $55.23 @ DirectCanada
Video Card MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card $329.50 @ Vuugo
Case NZXT Phantom (Black/Green) ATX Full Tower Case $119.99 @ Newegg Canada
Power Supply SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $149.99 @ Newegg Canada
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire TK Wired Gaming Keyboard $99.99 @ Memory Express
Other Corsair Vengeance 1500 $99.99
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $1398.65
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-22 14:33 EDT-0400
Unfortunately, increased bit-mining interest has dried up my province's stock of 7950s and 7970s. I was wondering what /buildapc would suggest I do about my graphics card. What Nvidia card would be comparable? Alternatively should I simply wait until we finally get some more cards in? Also I am totally unsure about my memory selection. What do you think?
Thank you for taking the time to read my submission, and for your opinions!
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Console gaming is hardly different from PC gaming, and much of what people say about PC gaming to put it above console gaming is often wrong.

I’m not sure about you, but for the past few years, I’ve been hearing people go on and on about PCs "superiority" to the console market. People cite various reasons why they believe gaming on a PC is “objectively” better than console gaming, often for reasons related to power, costs, ease-of-use, and freedom.
…Only problem: much of what they say is wrong.
There are many misconceptions being thrown about PC gaming vs Console gaming, that I believe need to be addressed. This isn’t about “PC gamers being wrong,” or “consoles being the best,” absolutely not. I just want to cut through some of the stuff people use to put down console gaming, and show that console gaming is incredibly similar to PC gaming. I mean, yes, this is someone who mainly games on console, but I also am getting a new PC that I will game on as well, not to mention the 30 PC games I already own and play. I’m not particularly partial to one over the other.
Now I will mainly be focusing on the PlayStation side of the consoles, because I know it best, but much of what I say will apply to Xbox as well. Just because I don’t point out many specific Xbox examples, doesn’t mean that they aren’t out there.

“PCs can use TVs and monitors.”

This one isn’t so much of a misconception as it is the implication of one, and overall just… confusing. This is in some articles and the pcmasterrace “why choose a PC” section, where they’re practically implying that consoles can’t do this. I mean, yes, as long as the ports of your PC match up with your screen(s) inputs, you could plug a PC into either… but you could do the same with a console, again, as long as the ports match up.
I’m guessing the idea here is that gaming monitors often use Displayport, as do most dedicated GPUs, and consoles are generally restricted to HDMI… But even so, monitors often have HDMI ports. In fact, PC Magazine has just released their list of the best gaming monitors of 2017, and every single one of them has an HDMI port. A PS4 can be plugged into these just as easily as a GTX 1080.
I mean, even if the monitoTV doesn’t have HDMI or AV to connect with your console, just use an adaptor. If you have a PC with ports that doesn’t match your monitoTV… use an adapter. I don’t know what the point of this argument is, but it’s made a worrying amount of times.

“On PC, you have a wide range of controller options, but on console you’re stuck with the standard controller."

Are you on PlayStation and wish you could use a specific type of controller that suits your favorite kind of gameplay? Despite what some may believe, you have just as many options as PC.
Want to play fighting games with a classic arcade-style board, featuring the buttons and joystick? Here you go!
Want to get serious about racing and get something more accurate and immersive than a controller? Got you covered.
Absolutely crazy about flying games and, like the racers, want something better than a controller? Enjoy!
Want Wii-style motion controls? Been around since the PS3. If you prefer the form factor of the Xbox One controller but you own a PS4, Hori’s got you covered. And of course, if keyboard and mouse it what keeps you on PC, there’s a PlayStation compatible solution for that. Want to use the keyboard and mouse that you already own? Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Of course, these aren’t isolated examples, there are plenty of options for each of these kind of controllers. You don’t have to be on PC to enjoy alternate controllers.

“On PC you could use Steam Link to play anywhere in your house and share games with others.”

PS4 Remote play app on PC/Mac, PSTV, and PS Vita.
PS Family Sharing.
Using the same PSN account on multiple PS4s/Xbox Ones and PS3s/360s, or using multiple accounts on the same console.
In fact, if multiple users are on the same PS4, only one has to buy the game for both users to play it on that one PS4. On top of that, only one of them has to have PS Plus for both to play online (if the one with PS Plus registers the PS4 as their main system).
PS4 Share Play; if two people on separate PS4s want to play a game together that only one of them owns, they can join a Party and the owner of the game can have their friend play with them in the game.
Need I say more?

“Gaming is more expensive on console.”

Part one, the Software
This is one that I find… genuinely surprising. There’s been a few times I’ve mentioned that part of the reason I chose a PS4 is for budget gaming, only to told that “games are cheaper on Steam.” To be fair, there are a few games on PSN/XBL that are more expensive than they are on Steam, so I can see how someone could believe this… but apparently they forgot about disks.
Dirt Rally, a hardcore racing sim game that’s… still $60 on all 3 platforms digitally… even though its successor is out.
So does this mean you have to pay full retail for this racing experience? Nope, because disk prices.
Just Cause 3, an insane open-world experience that could essentially be summed up as “break stuff, screw physics.” And it’s a good example of where the Steam price is lower than PSN and XBL:
Not by much, but still cheaper on Steam, so cheaper on PC… Until you look at the disk prices.
See my point? Often times the game is cheaper on console because of the disk alternative that’s available for practically every console-available game. Even when the game is brand new.
Dirt 4 - Remember that Dirt Rally successor I mentioned?
Yes, you could either buy this relatively new game digitally for $60, or just pick up the disk for a discounted price. And again, this is for a game that came out 2 months ago, and even it’s predecessor’s digital cost is locked at $60. Of course, I’m not going to ignore the fact that Dirt 4 is currently (as of writing this) discounted on Steam, but on PSN it also happens to be discounted for about the same amount.
Part 2: the Subscription
Now… let’s not ignore the elephant in the room: PS Plus and Xbox Gold. Now these would be ignorable, if they weren’t required for online play (on the PlayStation side, it’s only required for PS4, but still). So yes, it’s still something that will be included in the cost of your PS4 or Xbox One/360, assuming you play online. Bummer, right?
Here’s the thing, although that’s the case, although you have to factor in this $60 cost with your console, you can make it balance out, at worst, and make it work out for you as a budget gamer, at best. As nice as it would be to not have to deal with the price if you don’t want to, it’s not like it’s a problem if you use it correctly.
Imagine going to a new restaurant. This restaurant has some meals that you can’t get anywhere else, and fair prices compared to competitors. Only problem: you have to pay a membership fee to have the sides. Now you can have the main course, sit down and enjoy your steak or pasta, but if you want to have a side to have a full meal, you have to pay an annual fee.
Sounds shitty, right? But here’s the thing: not only does this membership allow you to have sides with your meal, but it also allows you to eat two meals for free every month, and also gives you exclusive discounts for other meals, drinks, and desserts.
Let’s look at PS Plus for a minute: for $60 per year, you get:
  • 2 free PS4 games, every month
  • 2 free PS3 games, every month
  • 1 PS4/PS3 and Vita compatible game, and 1 Vita-only game, every month
  • Exclusive/Extended discounts, especially during the weekly/seasonal sales (though you don’t need PS Plus to get sales, PS Plus members get to enjoy the best sales)
  • access to online multiplayer
So yes, you’re paying extra because of that membership, but what you get with that deal pays for it and then some. In fact, let’s ignore the discounts for a minute: you get 24 free PS4 games, 24 free PS3 games, and 12 Vita only + 12 Vita compatible games, up to 72 free games every year. Even if you only one of these consoles, that’s still 24 free games a year. Sure, maybe you get games for the month that you don’t like, then just wait until next month.
In fact, let’s look at Just Cause 3 again. It was free for PS Plus members in August, which is a pretty big deal. Why is this significant? Because it’s, again, a $60 digital game. That means with this one download, you’ve balanced out your $60 annual fee. Meaning? Every free game after that is money saved, every discount after that is money saved. And this is a trend: every year, PS Plus will release a game that balances out the entire service cost, then another 23 more that will only add icing to that budget cake. Though, you could just count games as paying off PS Plus until you hit $60 in savings, but still.
All in all, PS Plus, and Xbox Gold which offers similar options, saves you money. On top of that, again, you don't need to have these to get discounts, but with these memberships, you get more discounts.
Now, I’ve seen a few Steam games go up for free for a week, but what about being free for an entire month? Not to mention that; even if you want to talk about Steam Summer Sales, what about the PSN summer sale, or again, disc sale discounts? Now a lot of research and math would be needed to see if every console gamer would save money compared to every Steam gamer for the same games, but at the very least? The costs will balance out, at worst.
Part 3, the Systems
  • Xbox and PS2: $299
  • Xbox 360 and PS3: $299 and $499, respectively
  • Xbox One and PS4: $499 and $399, respectively.
Rounded up a few dollars, that’s $1,000 - $1,300 in day-one consoles, just to keep up with the games! Crazy right? So called budget systems, such a rip-off.
Well, keep in mind that the generations here aren’t short.
The 6th generation, from the launch of the PS2 to the launch of the next generation consoles, lasted 5 years, 6 years based on the launch of the PS3 (though you could say it was 9 or 14, since the Xbox wasn’t discontinued until 2009, and the PS2 was supported all the way to 2014, a year after the PS4 was released). The 7th gen lasted 7 - 8 years, again depending on whether you count the launch of the Xbox 360 to PS3. The 8th gen so far has lasted 4 years. That’s 17 years that the console money is spread over. If you had a Netflix subscription for it’s original $8 monthly plan for that amount of time, that would be over $1,600 total.
And let’s be fair here, just like you could upgrade your PC hardware whenever you wanted, you didn’t have to get a console from launch. Let’s look at PlayStation again for example: In 2002, only two years after its release, the PS2 retail price was cut from $300 to $200. The PS3 Slim, released 3 years after the original, was $300, $100-$200 lower than the retail cost. The PS4? You could’ve either gotten the Uncharted bundle for $350, or one of the PS4 Slim bundles for $250. This all brings it down to $750 - $850, which again, is spread over a decade and a half. This isn’t even counting used consoles, sales, or the further price cuts that I didn’t mention.
Even if that still sounds like a lot of money to you, even if you’re laughing at the thought of buying new systems every several years, because your PC “is never obsolete,” tell me: how many parts have you changed out in your PC over the years? How many GPUs have you been through? CPUs? Motherboards? RAM sticks, monitors, keyboards, mice, CPU coolers, hard drives— that adds up. You don’t need to replace your entire system to spend a lot of money on hardware.
Even if you weren’t upgrading for the sake of upgrading, I’d be amazed if the hardware you’ve been pushing by gaming would last for about 1/3 of that 17 year period. Computer parts aren’t designed to last forever, and really won’t when you’re pushing them with intensive gaming for hours upon hours. Generally speaking, your components might last you 6-8 years, if you’ve got the high-end stuff. But let’s assume you bought a system 17 years ago that was a beast for it’s time, something so powerful, that even if it’s parts have degraded over time, it’s still going strong. Problem is: you will have to upgrade something eventually.
Even if you’ve managed to get this far into the gaming realm with the same 17 year old hardware, I’m betting you didn’t do it with a 17 year Operating System. How much did Windows 7 cost you? Or 8.1? Or 10? Oh, and don’t think you can skirt the cost by getting a pre-built system, the cost of Windows is embedded into the cost of the machine (why else would Microsoft allow their OS to go on so many machines).
Sure, Windows 10 was a free upgrade for a year, but that’s only half of it’s lifetime— You can’t get it for free now, and not for the past year. On top of that, the free period was an upgrade; you had to pay for 7 or 8 first anyway.
Point is, as much as one would like to say that they didn’t need to buy a new system every so often for the sake of gaming, that doesn’t mean they haven’t been paying for hardware, and even if they’ve only been PC gaming recently, you’ll be spending money on hardware soon enough.

“PC is leading the VR—“

Let me stop you right there.
If you add together the total number of Oculus Rifts and HTC Vives sold to this day, and threw in another 100,000 just for the sake of it, that number would still be under the number of PSVR headsets sold.
Why could this possibly be? Well, for a simple reason: affordability. The systems needed to run the PC headsets costs $800+, and the headsets are $500 - $600, when discounted. PSVR on the other hand costs $450 for the full bundle (headset, camera, and move controllers, with a demo disc thrown in), and can be played on either a $250 - $300 console, or a $400 console, the latter recommended. Even if you want to say that the Vive and Rift are more refined, a full PSVR set, system and all, could cost just over $100 more than a Vive headset alone.
If anything, PC isn’t leading the VR gaming market, the PS4 is. It’s the system bringing VR to the most consumers, showing them what the future of gaming could look like. Not to mention that as the PlayStation line grows more powerful (4.2 TFLOP PS4 Pro, 10 TFLOP “PS5…”), it won’t be long until the PlayStation line can use the same VR games as PC.
Either way, this shows that there is a console equivalent to the PC VR options. Sure, there are some games you'd only be able to play on PC, but there are also some games you'd only be able to play on PSVR.
…Though to be fair, if we’re talking about VR in general, these headsets don’t even hold a candle to, surprisingly, Gear VR.

“If it wasn’t for consoles holding devs back, then they would be able to make higher quality games.”

This one is based on the idea that because of how “low spec” consoles are, that when a developer has to take them in mind, then they can’t design the game to be nearly as good as it would be otherwise. I mean, have you ever seen the minimum specs for games on Steam?
GTA V
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs) @ 2.5GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • GPU: NVIDIA 9800 GT 1GB / AMD HD 4870 1GB (DX 10, 10.1, 11)
Just Cause 3
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k, 3.3GHz / AMD Phenom II X6 1075T 3GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 (2GB) / AMD Radeon HD 7870 (2GB)
Fallout 4
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2300 2.8 GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz or equivalent
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or equivalent
Overwatch
  • CPU: Intel Core i3 or AMD Phenom™ X3 8650
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460, ATI Radeon™ HD 4850, or Intel® HD Graphics 4400
Witcher 3
  • Processor: Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz / AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 660 / AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870
Actually, bump up all the memory requirements to 8 GBs, and those are some decent specs, relatively speaking. And keep in mind these are the minimum specs to even open the games. It’s almost as if the devs didn’t worry about console specs when making a PC version of the game, because this version of the game isn’t on console. Or maybe even that the consoles aren’t holding the games back that much because they’re not that weak. Just a hypothesis.
But I mean, the devs are still ooobviously having to take weak consoles into mind right? They could make their games sooo much more powerful if they were PC only, right? Right?
No. Not even close.
iRacing
  • CPU: Intel Core i3, i5, i7 or better or AMD Bulldozer or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • GPU: NVidia GeForce 2xx series or better, 1GB+ dedicated video memory / AMD 5xxx series or better, 1GB+ dedicated video memory
Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-4340 / AMD FX-6300
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • GPU: nVidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB / AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
These are PC only games. That’s right, no consoles to hold them back, they don’t have to worry about whether an Xbox One could handle it. Yet, they don’t require anything more than the Multiplatform games.
Subnautica
  • CPU: Intel Haswell 2 cores / 4 threads @ 2.5Ghz or equivalent
  • Memory: 4GB
  • GPU: Intel HD 4600 or equivalent - This includes most GPUs scoring greater than 950pts in the 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark
Rust
  • CPU: 2 ghz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • DirectX: Version 11 (they don’t even list a GPU)
So what’s the deal? Theoretically, if developers don’t have to worry about console specs, then why aren’t they going all-out and making games that no console could even dream of supporting?
Low-end PCs.
What, did you think people only game on Steam if they spent at least $500 on gaming hardware? Not all PC gamers have gaming-PC specs, and if devs close their games out to players who don’t have the strongest of PCs, then they’d be losing out on a pretty sizable chunk of their potential buyers.
Saying “devs having to deal with consoles is holding gaming back” is like saying “racing teams having to deal with Ford is holding GT racing back.” A: racing teams don’t have to deal with Ford if they don’t want to, which is probably why many of them don’t, and B: even though Ford doesn’t make the fastest cars overall, they still manage to make cars that are awesome on their own, they don’t even need to be compared to anything else to know that they make good cars.
I want to go back to that previous point though, developers having to deal with low-end PCs, because it’s integral to the next point:

“PCs are more powerful, gaming on PC provides a better experience.”

This one isn’t so much of a misconception as it is… misleading.
Did you know that according to the Steam Hardware & Software Survey (July 2017) , the percentage of Steam gamers who use a GPU that's less powerful than that of a PS4 Slim’s GPU is well over 50%? Things get dismal when compared to the PS4 Pro (Or Xbox One X). On top of that, the percentage of PC gamers who own a Nvidia 10 series card is about 20% (about 15% for the 1060, 1080 and 1070 owners).
Now to be fair, the large majority of gamers have CPUs with considerably high clock speeds, which is the main factor in CPU gaming performance. But, the number of Steam gamers with as much RAM or more than a PS4 or Xbox One is less than 50%, which can really bottleneck what those CPUs can handle.
These numbers are hardly better than they were in 2013, all things considered. Sure, a PS3/360 weeps in the face of even a $400 PC, but in this day in age, consoles have definitely caught up.
Sure, we could mention the fact that even 1% of Steam accounts represents over 1 million accounts, but that doesn’t really matter compared to the 10s of millions of 8th gen consoles sold; looking at it that way, sure the number of Nvidia 10 series owners is over 20 million, but that ignores the fact that there are over 5 times more 8th gen consoles sold than that.
Basically, even though PCs run on a spectrum, saying they're more powerful “on average” is actually wrong. Sure, they have the potential for being more powerful, but most of the time, people aren’t willing to pay the premium to reach those extra bits of performance.
Now why is this important? What matters are the people who spent the premium cost for premium parts, right? Because of the previous point: PCs don’t have some ubiquitous quality over the consoles, developers will always have to keep low-end PCs in mind, because not even half of all PC players can afford the good stuff, and you have to look at the top quarter of Steam players before you get to PS4-Pro-level specs. If every Steam player were to get a PS4 Pro, it would be an upgrade for over 60% of them, and 70% of them would be getting an upgrade with the Xbox One X.
Sure, you could still make the argument that when you pay more for PC parts, you get a better experience than you could with a console. We can argue all day about budget PCs, but a console can’t match up to a $1,000 PC build. It’s the same as paying more for car parts, in the end you get a better car. However, there is a certain problem with that…

“You pay a little more for a PC, you get much more quality.”

The idea here is that the more you pay for PC parts, the performance increases at a faster rate than the price does. Problem: that’s not how technology works. Paying twice as much doesn’t get you twice the quality the majority of the time.
For example, let’s look at graphics cards, specifically the GeForce 10 series cards, starting with the GTX 1050.
  • 1.8 TFLOP
  • 1.35 GHz base clock
  • 2 GB VRAM
  • $110
This is our reference, our basis of comparison. Any percentages will be based on the 1050’s specs.
Now let’s look at the GTX 1050 Ti, the 1050’s older brother.
  • 2.1 TFLOP
  • 1.29 GHz base clock
  • 4 GB VRAM
  • $140 retail
This is pretty good. You only increase the price by about 27%, and you get an 11% increase in floating point speed and a 100% increase (double) in VRAM. Sure you get a slightly lower base clock, but the rest definitely makes up for it. In fact, according to GPU boss, the Ti managed 66 fps, or a 22% increase in frame rate for Battlefield 4, and a 54% increase in mHash/second in bitcoin mining. The cost increase is worth it, for the most part.
But let’s get to the real meat of it; what happens when we double our budget? Surely we should see a massive increase performance, I bet some of you are willing to bet that twice the cost means more than twice the performance.
The closest price comparison for double the cost is the GTX 1060 (3 GB), so let’s get a look at that.
  • 3.0 TFLOP
  • 1.5 GHz base clock
  • 3 GB VRAM
  • $200 retail
Well… not substantial, I’d say. About a 50% increase in floating point speed, an 11% increase in base clock speed, and a 1GB decrease in VRAM. For [almost] doubling the price, you don’t get much.
Well surely raw specs don’t tell the full story, right? Well, let’s look at some real wold comparisons. Once again, according to GPU Boss, there’s a 138% increase in hashes/second for bitcoin mining, and at 99 fps, an 83% frame rate increase in Battlefield 4. Well, then, raw specs does not tell the whole story!
Here’s another one, the 1060’s big brother… or, well, slightly-more-developed twin.
  • 3.9 TFLOP
  • 1.5 GHz base clock
  • 6 GB VRAM
  • $250 retail
Seems reasonable, another $50 for a decent jump in power and double the memory! But, as we’ve learned, we shouldn’t look at the specs for the full story.
I did do a GPU Boss comparison, but for the BF4 frame rate, I had to look at Tom’s Hardware (sorry miners, GPU boss didn’t cover the mHash/sec spec either). What’s the verdict? Well, pretty good, I’d say. With 97 FPS, a 79% increase over the 1050— wait. 97? That seems too low… I mean, the 3GB version got 99.
Well, let’s see what Tech Power Up has to say...
94.3 fps. 74% increase. Huh.
Alright alright, maybe that was just a dud. We can gloss over that I guess. Ok, one more, but let’s go for the big fish: the GTX 1080.
  • 9.0 TFLOP
  • 1.6 GHz base clock
  • 8 GB VRAM
  • $500 retail
That jump in floating point speed definitely has to be something, and 4 times the VRAM? Sure it’s 5 times the price, but as we saw, raw power doesn’t always tell the full story. GPU Boss returns to give us the run down, how do these cards compare in the real world?
Well… a 222% (over three-fold) increase in mHash speed, and a 218% increase in FPS for Battlefield 4. That’s right, for 5 times the cost, you get 3 times the performance. Truly, the raw specs don’t tell the full story.
You increase the cost by 27%, you increase frame rate in our example game by 22%. You increase the cost by 83%, you increase the frame rate by 83%. Sounds good, but if you increase the cost by 129%, and you get a 79% (-50% cost/power increase) increase in frame rate. You increase it by 358%, and you increase the frame rate by 218% (-140% cost/power increase). That’s not paying “more for much more power,” that’s a steep drop-off after the third cheapest option.
In fact, did you know that you have to get to the 1060 (6GB) before you could compare the GTX line to a PS4 Pro? Not to mention that at $250, the price of a 1060 (6GB) you could get an entire PS4 Slim bundle, or that you have to get to the 1070 before you beat the Xbox One X.
On another note, let’s look at a PS4 Slim…
  • 1.84 TFLOP
  • 800 MHz base clock
  • 8 GB VRAM
  • $300 retail
…Versus a PS4 Pro.
  • 4.2 TFLOP
  • 911 MHz base clock
  • 8 GB VRAM
  • $400 retail
128% increase in floating point speed, 13% increase in clock speed, for a 25% difference in cost. Unfortunately there is no Battlefield 4 comparison to make, but in BF1, the frame rate is doubled (30 fps to 60) and the textures are taken to 11. For what that looks like, I’ll leave it up to this bloke. Not to even mention that you can even get the texture buffs in 4K. Just like how you get a decent increase in performance based on price for the lower-cost GPUs, the same applies here.
It’s even worse when you look at the CPU for a gaming PC. The more money you spend, again, the less of a benefit you get per dollar. Hardware Unboxed covers this in a video comparing different levels of Intel CPUs. One thing to note is that the highest i7 option (6700K) in this video was almost always within 10 FPS (though for a few games, 15 FPS) of a certain CPU in that list for just about all of the games.
…That CPU was the lowest i3 (6100) option. The lowest i3 was $117 and the highest i7 was $339, a 189% price difference for what was, on average, a 30% or less difference in frame rate. Even the lowest Pentium option (G4400, $63) was often able to keep up with the i7.
The CPU and GPU are usually the most expensive and power-consuming parts of a build, which is why I focused on them (other than the fact that they’re the two most important parts of a gaming PC, outside of RAM). With both, this “pay more to get much more performance” idea is pretty much the inverse of the truth.

“The console giants are bad for game developers, Steam doesn't treat developers as bad as Microsoft or especially Sony.”

Now one thing you might’ve heard is that the PS3 was incredibly difficult for developers to make games for, which for some, fueled the idea that console hardware is difficult too develop on compared to PC… but this ignores a very basic idea that we’ve already touched on: if the devs don’t want to make the game compatible with a system, they don’t have to. In fact, this is why Left 4 Dead and other Valve games aren’t on PS3, because they didn’t want to work with it’s hardware, calling it “too complex.” This didn’t stop the game from selling well over 10 million units worldwide. If anything, this was a problem for the PS3, not the dev team.
This also ignores that games like LittleBigPlanet, Grand Theft Auto IV, and Metal Gear Solid 4 all came out in the same year as Left 4 Dead (2008) on PS3. Apparently, plenty of other dev teams didn’t have much of a problem with the PS3’s hardware, or at the very least, they got used to it soon enough.
On top of that, when developing the 8th gen consoles, both Sony and Microsoft sought to use CPUs that were easier for developers, which included making decisions that considered apps for the consoles’ usage for more than gaming. On top of that, using their single-chip proprietary CPUs is cheaper and more energy efficient than buying pre-made CPUs and boards, which is far better of a reason for using them than some conspiracy about Sony and MS trying to make devs' lives harder.
Now, console exclusives are apparently a point of contention: it’s often said that exclusive can cause developers to go bankrupt. However, exclusivity doesn’t have to be a bad thing for the developer. For example, when Media Molecule had to pitch their game to a publisher (Sony, coincidentally), they didn’t end up being tied into something detrimental to them.
Their initial funding lasted for 6 months. From then, Sony offered additional funding, in exchange for Console Exclusivity. This may sound concerning to some, but the game ended up going on to sell almost 6 million units worldwide and launched Media Molecule into the gaming limelight. Sony later bought the development studio, but 1: this was in 2010, two years after LittleBigPlanet’s release, and 2: Media Molecule seem pretty happy about it to this day. If anything, signing up with Sony was one of the best things they could’ve done, in their opinion.
Does this sound like a company that has it out for developers? There are plenty of examples that people will use to put Valve in a good light, but even Sony is comparatively good to developers.

“There are more PC gamers.”

The total number of active PC gamers on Steam has surpassed 120 million, which is impressive, especially considering that this number is double that of 2013’s figure (65 million). But the number of monthly active users on Xbox Live and PSN? About 120 million (1, 2) total. EDIT: You could argue that this isn't an apples-to-apples comparison, sure, so if you want to, say, compare the monthly number of Steam users to console? Steam has about half of what consoles do, at 67 million.
Now, back to the 65 million total user figure for Steam, the best I could find for reference for PlayStation's number was an article giving the number of registered PSN accounts in 2013, 150 million. In a similar 4-year period (2009 - 2013), the number of registered PSN accounts didn’t double, it sextupled, or increased by 6 fold. Considering how the PS4 is already at 2/3 of the number of sales the PS3 had, even though it’s currently 3 years younger than its predecessor, I’m sure this trend is at least generally consistent.
For example, let’s look at DOOM 2016, an awesome faced-paced shooting title with graphics galore… Of course, on a single platform, it sold best on PC/Steam. 2.36 million Steam sales, 2.05 million PS4 sales, 1.01 million Xbox One sales.
But keep in mind… when you add the consoles sales together, you get over 3 million sales on the 8th gen systems. Meaning: this game was best sold on console. In fact, the Steam sales have only recently surpassed the PS4 sales. By the way VG charts only shows sales for physical copies of the games, so the number of PS4 and Xbox sales, when digital sales are included, are even higher than 3 million.
This isn’t uncommon, by the way.
Even with the games were the PC sales are higher than either of the consoles, there generally are more console sales total. But, to be fair, this isn’t anything new. The number of PC gamers hasn’t dominated the market, the percentages have always been about this much. PC can end up being the largest single platform for games, but consoles usually sell more copies total.
EDIT: There were other examples but... Reddit has a 40,000-character limit.

"Modding is only on PC."

Xbox One is already working on it, and Bethesda is helping with that.
PS4 isn't far behind either. You could argue that these are what would be the beta stages of modding, but that just means modding on consoles will only grow.

What’s the Point?

This isn’t to say that there’s anything wrong with PC gaming, and this isn’t to exalt consoles. I’m not here to be the hipster defending the little guy, nor to be the one to try to put down someone/thing out of spite. This is about showing that PCs and consoles are overall pretty similar because there isn’t much dividing them, and that there isn’t anything wrong with being a console gamer. There isn’t some chasm separating consoles and PCs, at the end of the day they’re both computers that are (generally) designed for gaming. This about unity as gamers, to try to show that there shouldn’t be a massive divide just because of the computer system you game on. I want gamers to be in an environment where specs don't separate us; whether you got a $250 PS4 Slim or just built a $2,500 gaming PC, we’re here to game and should be able to have healthy interactions regardless of your platform.
I’m well aware that this isn’t going to fix… much, but this needs to be said: there isn’t a huge divide between the PC and consoles, they’re far more similar than people think. There are upsides and downsides that one has that the other doesn’t on both sides. There’s so much more I could touch on, like how you could use SSDs or 3.5 inch hard drives with both, or that even though PC part prices go down over time, so do consoles, but I just wanted to touch on the main points people try to use to needlessly separate the two kinds of systems (looking at you PCMR) and correct them, to get the point across.
I thank anyone who takes the time to read all of this, and especially anyone who doesn’t take what I say out of context. I also want to note that, again, this isn’tanti-PC gamer.” If it were up to me, everyone would be a hybrid gamer.
Cheers.
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Graphics Card Upgrade Suggestions

I've been holding off on upgrading my 670 due to the bitcoin mining price gouging; however, I think it's about that time to upgrade. I'm not interested in the 1080ti or 2080ti due to the crazy high prices. Even the 2080 seems a bit pricey at the moment. My question is, should I go with the 2070 or look to the 1070/1070ti series? I should note that I am also looking into purchasing Battlefield V, so those free downloads with the 2070 purchase are tempting.

My current PC specs are below.

LOOKING TO BUY:
2070

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:
ASAP

BUDGET RANGE:
Prefer to stay under $550

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
Gaming; other tasks are minimal

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY:
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB
PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V

CURRENT MONITOR:
Acer Predator XB271HU 27" Monitor (1440p)

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
G.SKILL TridentX Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
Newegg
Amazon

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
USA

PARTS PREFERENCES:
Nvidia

OVERCLOCKING/SLI OR CROSSFIRE:
No

MONITOR RESOLUTION:
1440p

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
There's an added incentive for me that some of the card listings come with Battlefield V (Newegg).
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Venturing into Sim Racing - First steps

Slightly long time lurker, first time posting. A little background on how I got here today. I love actual racing, and I'm somewhat viewing this as an escape into the reality of being able to experience slightly what it would be like without the damage to my wallet. Been going to my local track in NJ for years now, and the thought of racing Modifieds in a game again (last time I did was probably Nascar 09?) seems awesome. After watching way, way too many Youtube videos on people having fun in this environment, I want to join in. Obviously this comes with some pretty big price tags, thus I'm here now for some gut reactions to what I've come up with.
First off, I will need a complete rebuild of my roughly 6 year old computer (i5-3570, GTX 670), which should probably be done anyway, and I've at the moment came up with: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/3DXyV6. My initial was to just bite the bullet and get a 1080TI, but the 1080 price point looks too good to pass up. I've been wanting a new video card for about a year now, but bitcoin mining just drove the price up way too hard. Also, I'm slightly split on the i7, but overall price difference doesn't seem that bad to just not go all out. My monitors and other peripherals are fine, though I will be solely using VR while in racing.
This brings me to my next question, Rift or Vive? I've somewhat always liked the Vive, but in the aforementioned Youtube videos, Rifts seem to be overwhelmingly the go to choice. This is basically a monkey see, monkey do decision.
Next up, the wheels, petals, and rig. I think I've settled on the CSL Elite Wheel Base, CSL Steering Wheel P1, and the CSL Elite Pedals LC. I'm not completely sold on having an actual shifter, but I would complete out the CSL Shifter, if I were to go that route. I also might get a more open wheel type wheel as a second purchase down the road. As for the rig, I've been looking at the GT Omega Pro Racing Basic.
So, that is my story. The computer build w/ Rift would be around $2,100. The racing hardware would be around $600, and the rig is $450. Thanks everyone for their time, and any feedback I greatly appreciate.
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Is now a good time to buy a new graphics card?

I'm currently still rocking a GTX 670, mostly cause right at the time I wanted to buy a new one, the mining craze started. I tried to wait it out... Which has lead me nowhere.
I've looked at the bitcoin price chart and it seems like it's on a low point. Is it a good idea to go out and buy a new graphics card now or should I wait longer? I'm currently looking at either the GTX 1070 or GTX 1060
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Unintentionally executed ol' Bessie and I'd like some help with a replacement on $1-1.5k

EDIT: I think I've got this figured out.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $220.98 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Zalman CNPS9900ALED Ball Bearing CPU Cooler $49.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $134.97 @ Outlet PC
Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $104.98 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $89.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $58.98 @ Outlet PC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $58.98 @ Outlet PC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card $426.99 @ Amazon
Case Cooler Master CM 690 II (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $89.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Rosewill Capstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $84.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $17.98 @ Outlet PC
Speakers Logitech Z523 30W 2.1ch Speakers $74.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $1400.81
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-17 07:11 EDT-0400
So yeah, I knew it would happen eventually, I knocked a glass off my desk and gruesomely murdered my desktop, my friend for the last 5 years.
What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc. If you need a Workstation, be specific on the programs you'll be using.
Gaming. I'd like to be able to run Bioshock Infinite, and the most intensive game I have is Dark Souls. Also, some bitcoin mining on the side wouldn't hurt.
What is your maximum preferred budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
See title. :p
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? (note: if you're planning on buying more than 2 weeks from now, it's very much recommended you wait and come back then, to ensure you get the most recent and accurate price data)
ASAP. I am without a computer until I get it replaced. Pardon if some of my writing is odd, can't make it perfect typing on a phone.
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? "Everything" is not specific enough. Just the tower? Operating System? Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers/headset, WiFi adapter, etc?
Motherboard, cpu, ram, cpu heat sink/fan, SSD, HDD, Gpu, and an E-sata adapter if the motherboard doesn't have a port.
Which country will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in the US, are you near a Microcenter store?
The USA. And heck no, but I'm fine with Newegg if that's still regarded as highly if I remember.
If reusing any parts, what parts will you be reusing? Please be especially specific about the power supply. List make and model. If you have a monitor, list the size/resolution.
I have an E-sata external drive, das keyboard, a Razer Naga mouse, and can probably salvage the dvd drive from the corpse.
Have two DVI monitors, one 19201200, one 19201080, and an aging sound system, which could stand to be replaced (stereo + subwoofer)
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line?
I'm comfortable with the process and I think I still have some AS6 for the heatsink, so yes.
If there's any specific features you want/need from the rig, please list them. Examples might include rear and/or front-panel USB 3.0, a RAID setup, etc.
I'd like a lot of ram, at least 8 GB. And as mentioned, need to be able to connect to the E-sata external. And... A minimum of 6? USB ports, I think.
Do you already have a legit and reusable/transferable OS key/license? If yes, what OS? Is it 32bit or 64bit?
I'll be using my old 64-bit copy of windows 7.
Extra info or specifics:
Thanks so much for helping me out!
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Budget 750W+ PSU / 2 PSUs in one rig

I'm looking for good quality, modular PSUs under or at the $100 mark, that could support 1-2 GPUs. Right now I've got an EVGA GTX 670 FTW 2GB, but I'm planning on adding an AMD card for Bitcoin mining. I know Coarsair and Seasonic are good brands, but they tend to be a bit more expensive.
On a side note, are there any complications with putting two PSUs in one case? Other than the space of course, what would I need to take into account. If I end up putting 3+ GPUs in here, I'd probably go for 2 PSUs instead of one 1000W+ one. Thoughts?
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Just bought my first USB miner cheap

Insert obligatory *"When will I be a millionaire!!" post*
Well I bought three actually, swung a pretty good deal in my mind for them (less than $25 a piece). I've been mining for a couple months now already. I'm not looking into serious ROI (or any as many would argue), just want to contribute more to the bitcoin network and whatever pool I choose to participate in. I see bitcoin being a long-term financial tool (along with other alt coins) and here to stay. Miners are the ones who make the system work as a whole and are an important factor. And if I get a few satoshis to pocket along the way so be it. It's an investment in the future and would be a lot more effective than currently using my GTX 670 to mine
1) I'm aware that nvidia cards suck at mining (~100Mh/s) 2) not concerned about electricity use as my PC is usually on 24/7 now anyways. (No cable TV so have to entertain myself somehow)
I'm currently a member of slush's pool with my current setup but once I get these miners together and online I'm wondering if a PPS system would be better for me than the current score-based one implemented there?
I'm open to suggestions.
submitted by PhillyWild to Bitcoin [link] [comments]

[USA-DE] [H] 3 graphics cards (2 different models), 6GB RAM, 2 wireless routers, 1 unlocked cell phone [W] $$$

Wow, you end up with a lot of stuff after several years. Good thing I found this subreddit. Anyway, I have a lot of used stuff to sell and it all works. Prices aren't set in stone but are preferred. I need automotive work done. Here's the broad picture.
ITEMS FOR SALE: EVGA GTX 570:$165 EVGA GTX 550 Ti:$65 EVGA GTX 550 Ti with messed up casing:$45 6GB (3x2GB) 1600Mhz PATRIOT RAM kit:$35 NETGEAR WNDR3300:$45 Cisco-Linksys E3000:$50 Palm Treo Pro:$25
GTX 570:Works fine, nothing wrong with it at all. Purchased from a close friend as an upgrade from my 550 Ti's.
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GTX 550 Ti #1:Works fine, nothing wrong with it at all. Purchased from Newegg along with GTX 550 #2.
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GTX 550 Ti #2:Ha. Here's a story. I bought the 550 Ti's to use in an SLI configuration. I was disappointed with the performance so I upgraded. Currently I have a GTX 670, GTX 570, and GTX 550 Ti #2 in the same computer mining Bitcoins. My mobo doesn't really like that and I had to cut (well, melt) the casing on the 550 Ti to fit around my SATA cables. It works completely fine but an eighth of the casing is removed.
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Pretty components!
RAM:Works fine, nothing wrong with it.
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WNDR300:Works fine, nothing wrong with it.
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E3000:Works fine, nothing wrong with it, running DD-WRT, not the original adapter but has the same specs.
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Treo Pro:Old unlocked GSM phone from Palm running Windows Mobile 6.1. I think on XDA you can find a way to flash it to Windows Mobile 6.5. Works fine but has a lot of cosmetic damage although screen only has a few small scratches. Battery doesn't hold a charge very long. No charger included but it's a normal MicroUSB.
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Back
Other stuff
Closeup of main damage
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Is it too late to get started mining?

Hi Reddit,
Is it too late for someone to get started mining and turn a decent profit? I am thinking about investing a bit in getting started mining I sat back and watched through the start of Bitcoin and around the time I was thinking about getting started was when mining with video cards started to dwindle and the ASICs were starting to rule the realm. How far out are we before that happens with Dogecoin?
I figure I have a few options if I want to get started.
  1. I have a mini-itx system with a 670 GTX and I could swap that out for a r9 280x for a little over $300 to get my feet wet and start mining. If I can make a profit with it I would move onto building a dedicated mining box.
  2. Build a basic dedicated miner utilizing one or 2 r9 280x cards with a board that supports 4 or 5 graphics cards so if it works out I can always buy more cards with the profits
  3. Build a mining box for $1000-1500 that has as many 280x's as I can fit in the budget.
If it's not too late to get in on this which option would be the best (IE most profitable with the least risk). Also, are any estimates on how long it would take say starting at 1 to make enough to advance to 2 and how much potential profit would be lost starting with 1 vs starting with 2 or 3.
Thanks Doges!
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So should I start mining (with the hardware I have)?

Super interested in getting mining. First off, should I even bother? Or is this likely to come crashing down in a bit?
Also, I pay essentially nothing for electricity so that helps.
My current rig: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $194.99 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $134.99 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $64.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card $340.98 @ SuperBiiz
Case Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $124.99 @ NCIX US
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $176.88 @ B&H
Other OCZ 850W Fully Modular 80+ Gold Efficiency PSU
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $1067.80
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-30 04:29 EST-0500
RAM is about what I have, not sure about MHz etc. Obvs,I havea HDD, display, etc but not important here.
So I was considering selling my 670 and getting something AMD. Or two. When this was built a year or so ago,m it was strictly for gaming and school. But now I've found cryptocoins so that might change. I even found 2 used 7970s for $500. And if I don't sell the 670, eventually make a dedicated build for mining after I break even, and put the 670 back for games.
Does this seem horribly bad to every one or...? I just can cut initial costs to the new graphics card swap, instead of having to buy PSU, RAM, etc all at once.
EDIT: Should I Bitcoin mine instead?
EDIT2: Would it be worth investing in straight up buying LTC or should I invest that same cash in a better build?
EDIT3:While I'm already asking questions.....would a set of 7950s be "best"? I don't pay for my power usage, so that isn't a huge deal. But at the same time I don't want to unnecessarily waste watts... And even more ideally I'd like to pay down my investment and make caaaash after.
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As a relatively new miner in general, what's the best use of of Vertcoin?

I'm a bit of a tech geek and love digging into new kinds of things I find on the web, I tried my hand at bitcoin mining a little over a year ago which I ended up not pursuing because, as we all know, nVidia GPU's kinda suck compared to the AMD approach of GPU mining. Anyway, I've been mining vertcoins for fun on my GTX 670 the past two weeks, not doing much, just about 140-160KH/s, but I kinda of like my desktop mining while I'm not using it. With that, I've been thinking of building another gaming rig recently and thought, "Why not stick with this current one, build one with a couple r9's and if it doesn't turn out then I still have GPU's for another gaming rig." I really like this idea, but I've not really seen a good way to either spend my Vertcoins at a store, or cash them out. What do you all do with your vertcoins? Hoard them in hopes of a takeoff, spend them, trade them out?
submitted by Elistic-E to vertcoin [link] [comments]

BitCoin mining / Sims 4 Gaming PC

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
BitCoin mining, Minecraft, SimCity, & Sims 4
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
I don't have a specified budget amount, but I would like to not have to mortgage the house if possible. :)
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
Between now & September 2 (Sims 4 release date)
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
I have the monitor, keyboard, OS, software, & mouse. Need the PC itself, case & all.
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
North Dallas, Texas. We have Fry's & MicroCenter nearby.
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
Sceptre LEDTV/monitor, Logitech G19 gaming keyboard, A-jazz Ray Eagle 7d Wired USB Optical Professional Gaming Mouse, & Bose Companion 5 Multimedia Speaker System.
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
Nope
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
Graphics card is my major concern. Must be compatible with BitCoin mining & gaming w/ graphics settings on full high (shadows & mirrors & all that). I've read somewhere that the best video card for the Sims 4 will be the GeForce GTX 670, but don't know how well that card does with BitCoin mining.
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
I currently have a HUGE HAF case ... but I'm told that a new motherboard won't work in here because the case is several years old now. No real preferences here, but the "cooler" it looks the better. I'm a fan of extras such as lights & digital readouts, etc.
Do you need a copy of Windows 7 or 8.1 included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference for one or the other?
I currently have Win 8.1 & am going to transfer that over to the new PC.
Extra info or particulars:
Emphasis on the graphics card for BitCoin mining & Sims 4 on the highest graphics settings. A LOT of USB ports would be a plus because I seem to keep running out of slots between the keyboard, mouse, phone, e-cig charger, little BitCoin mining sticks, & other stuff.
submitted by LizC864 to buildapcforme [link] [comments]

Mining unprofitable on my hardware but I still have Bitcoin in a pool. Help?

I have a single GTX 670 that I used to generate about 1.35 BTC total over its lifetime. I didn't buy it for mining but mining was a nice little income source. Right now I have about 0.036 BTC in the pool at mining.bitcoin.cz and the payout threshold is 0.05 BTC. There's no way this hardware will get me there and I don't want to buy anything else. But that's like $30 that I could really use right now. Any ideas?
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[FS] XFX Radeon 6950 2GB HD-695X-CNFC, Lifetime Warranty

Hey there, I'm selling a XFX Radeon 6950 2GB card.
NewEgg link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-150-530
This card has been used in an extremely well-ventilated case and well cared for. It comes with the XFX Double Lifetime Warranty so it should be transferable to you as a new owner.
Asking $180 including shipping to anywhere in the contiguous 48 states. I can send a payment request/invoice through Google Wallet for convenience.
Located west of Atlanta, Georgia in the East Paulding County/West Cobb County area.
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[Build Help] Seeking Advice for 1500 USD Build

Hi all,
I am looking to build my first computer and would love to get your expert input. For the sake of putting all the information out there, I copied my post from Tom's Hardware, so it's a bit lengthy.
Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP.
Budget Range: Around 1500 USD.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: 1a. research/data work/programming (python, MATLAB, etc.), 1b. trading (possibly algorithm-based but not like high-frequency), and 2. general use.
Are you buying a monitor: No. I have 4 Dell 2007FP monitors that I would like to use w/ this system.
Do you need to buy OS: Yes.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference.
Location: Cambridge, MA.
Parts Preferences: No preference.
Overclocking: No (maybe out of curiosity in the future).
SLI or Crossfire: No (maybe out of curiosity in the future).
Your Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200.
I have a few specific questions:
  1. Is there a need for an aftermarket CPU cooler, or will the stock device be sufficient (given that I won’t be overclocking)?
  2. My impression is that the motherboard doesn’t have wireless capabilities (correct me if I’m wrong). If so, what wireless adapter should I get?
  3. Windows 7 or Windows 8? I know that there is a lot of debate about this. If it doesn’t really matter for my purposes, then I plan to go with Windows 8 for the simple reason that it seems more future-proof (by definition).
  4. Graphics card. I realize that it may be too much for what I plan to do esp. since I don’t game much, but I do need to be able to support the 4 Dell 2007FP monitors. Last night I also realized that I could just use the card to mine bitcoins/litecoins most of the time, which is why I made a last minute switch from the GTX 670, which apparently is bad at mining. In light of these comments, do you think the card is appropriate?
Any thoughts and recommendations would be greatly appreciated keeping in mind that my goal is to have a system that runs well and will be pretty solid for the next 3-4 years. Thanks in advance!
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $229.99 @ Microcenter
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $129.98 @ Outlet PC
Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $124.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $219.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card $339.99 @ Amazon
Case Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case $139.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $99.00 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $14.98 @ Outlet PC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) $129.99 @ NCIX US
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Short video about mining bitcoin on I7 4790 and GTX 660 non TI. This video was made just to show you how much u can earn with this configuration. Miner: Nice... Mining Bitcoin with GTX 660 and I7 4790 - Duration: 0:59. EdeRVisS 6,881 views. 0:59. How SpaceX and Boeing will get Astronauts to the ISS - Duration: 30:11. ... Mining gtx 650 - Bitcoin mining on a home PC video card Geforce GTX 650 ASUS - what the actual speed of mining on the video card is 45 Mhash / s. bitcoin mining gtx 660 and soft overcloking - max speed mining on this video card 85 Mhasg/s if you bitcoin miner bitcoin. ---Subscribe for more!--- --Share-- My Web : https://gamesunify.wordpress.com/ FACEBOOK: facebook.com/GameUnify My Chaneel : youtube.com/c/GamersChannel1 Twi...

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