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At least once in their life, 90% of 45yr-olds in the United States had tried an illegal drug – according to a 2006 NIH study.
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I feel like there have been more bugs in the past two months than any other two month period. Azir and Sion mega bug threads are nuts…
After denying that any of the suspected Ebola patients being held in a Liberian health center were missing, the Liberian government now has confirmed that 17 patients are unaccounted for after an attack on the […]
The following post is written by a SNAGGDit community member.
Are American lives worth more than the lives of Africans? With recent circumstances surrounding the Ebola outbreak, one really has to wonder where people stand on that question. The Ebola virus of West Africa has left more than 900 people dead at this point. But it sparked only minor media interest. It took two Americans becoming infected for the world to finally pay attention.
The outbreak has thus far been concentrated in Liberia (where a 90-day state of emergency was declared just days ago), Sierra Leone and Guinea. Now, however, the disease has crossed borders and found its way into Nigeria — a shaking concept, considering Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. Saudi Arabia recently reported its own cases, while, of course, the United States is also housing two infected individuals.
You’d think — with the outbreak having started multiple weeks ago — that more would be done by now. Ebola is a serious disease. With its obvious contagiousness and horrible symptoms (including organ failure, internal and external bleeding and often death), it’s not something to sweep under the rug.
But nothing much was done about it in its early weeks. And why? Were the dying African villagers not a big enough concern to start planning a course of action?
Only now, only after Americans have been impacted, are people scrambling to pull together a cure.
These two infected Americans — Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly — have been flown home and are currently hospitalized at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. They’re both being treated with “secret serum,” officially called ZMapp, a drug that may or may not help fight the Ebola virus in humans.
The “secret serum,” true to its nickname, has publicly unknown contents and a questionable effectiveness in treating Ebola in people. It has not yet been tested on humans and exists only in very small quantities. Enough for only two people, apparently.
Before Brantly and Writebol were in need of medical attention, it was not considered safe to use “secret serum,” which is still considered an experimental drug, on humans. Now, just mere weeks later, it’s okay and worth the risk.
So now people are asking: is it ethical to use the (supposed) only two vials of this drug on two Americans? Will it work? How long will it take to make enough of this stuff to help more people? And does the Food and Drug Administration have to give the go-ahead before anything more is done?
There are so many unanswered questions and, with the disease spreading rapidly with no known cure, there’s growing of panic surrounding the situation.
Meanwhile, the two Americans are being treated with the utmost care, and they will show the world what “secret serum” is capable of. Whether it works or not, officials claim it will take at least multiple months to produce enough of the drug to help what could be more than 1000 infected individuals.
For now, the infected masses will just have to stick it out, hope their organs don’t fail and wonder, “Why don’t we get the same privileges as the Americans?”
Tomorrow I will follow-up with a post about the missing Ebola patients in Liberia, stay tuned!
Jungle Yi is pretty op right now, god dam went 22-0.
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Hash Ketchum wrote a new post, 7 Awesome and Fully Funded Kickstarters in Technology 2 years ago
Kickstarter has built an impressive portfolio of products, businesses, charitable projects and what must have been a huge bowl of potato salad. It’s also become a great source of capital for many aspiring tech entrepreneurs.
Finding investors is tough in any market, let alone a crowded one like technology. Now, thanks to Kickstarter, they can ignore the VC firms and instead, create a page and ask the webiverse for a few bucks. How well does the strategy work? In the case of these campaigners, they met their goals before time ran out and ended up raising far more than they requested.
NudeAudio Super M
If you want premium sound wherever you go, this Bluetooth speaker makes it possible. Designed by Peter Riering-Czekalia, the NudeAudio Super-M delivers 360-degree sound in a little package that fits in your pocket. The speaker has a long battery life and is waterproof and sand-proof.
Once the team built the prototype, they turned to Kickstarter to raise the $75,000 needed to produce the first 10,000 units. It only took one week to raise five times that amount.
Similar & High Rated Options Currently Available
The current markets pace for portable Bluetooth speakers is a bit crowded, but many options like the ones above do not match the more durable/outdoorsy lifestyle NudeAudio aligns with.
Earin – The World’s Smallest Earbuds
Personal sound systems have become more powerful and smaller – Earin has made them wireless. Touted as the world’s smallest earbuds (slightly over 1cm), they fit right in your ear and use Bluetooth to connect to your sound system. When the music is off, they go into a capsule where they can be recharged via USB.
Earin’s creator, Swedish designer Ollie Linden, saw the concept in a movie and decided to make it a reality. In one month, the campaign raised £972,594, more than five times what they needed for beta testing and manufacturing. They expect the product to go to market in January 2015.
Next Best Option Currently Available
While cheap, there aren’t many great options for sleek, great-sounding, wireless earbuds; making the Earin buds an excellent choice.
Electric Objects – A Computer Made for Art
Everyone loves great art, but it’s too expensive to collect. By contrast, a new hi-def screen allows you to display new art every day. EO1, from Electric Objects, allows users to display art from the internet. Using the website or a mobile app, you can search for great art, and then keep it in your new “frame” for as long as you want.
The company is already partnering with museums and libraries to make their collections available, but they went to Kickstarter for $25,000 for development and testing. They’ve already pulled in half a million, with two weeks to go.
How Could I Hack This Together At Home?
An alternative would be to cast the media to a wall-mounted screen or monitor. For displays in the 12-24′ range, you’ll need a mount that holds up to 40 lbs while anything larger, you’ll need one that holds up to 165 lbs. Then you’ll just need something to stream with, like the popular Roku streaming device. Google’s chromecast is another option.
This tracking platform gives officials real-time alerts to loggers, poachers, and other impending threats to the Brazilian rainforest. Recycled cell phones are transformed into sensors that pick up signs of environmental degradation, allowing responders to react more quickly and prevent even more destruction.
The company’s original goal was to raise $100,000 to produce enough devices to protect up to 300 kilometers of forest. Once they met that goal, they stretched it to $165,000 so they can partner with the Tembe people of Brazil and give them even greater tools to protect their homes.
People who have GoPro cameras don’t want to have to keep track of them. This was the motivation for creating AirDog, a drone that follows its owners wherever they go. The prototype has a lot of cool follow options, so you can set it to follow you closely or from a distance. It can even to stay in one place but keep the camera on you.
After reaching its original goal of $200,000, Airdog set three stretch goals to include color options, backdoor charging and an obstacle avoidance feature. It’s met all three, raising more than $1.2 million in the process.
KOR-FX Gaming Vest
This gaming vest from KOR-FX is designed for people who want to feel like they’re living the game and not just playing it. The piece responds to the sounds in the game to create high-definition haptic feedback, making those bullets in your favorite sniper game feel real.
It’s easy to imagine a huge market for the vest, which may be why KOR-FX was able to raise $183,000 on Kickstarter, twice what was needed to develop and refine the prototype.
Here’s the only other market-ready option I could find on Amazon:
This is a good sign the competition is scarce. Hopefully the niche demand KOR-FX has found is large enough to become viable. It seems like it falls into similar markets as those who buy gaming guns and racing wheels.
SCiO: Your Sixth Sense
For people who want to know what things are made of, this pocket molecular sensor from Consumer Physics is a godsend. Just scan the handheld spectrometer across whatever you want to analyze, and it’ll send the information to a SCiO smartphone app. That information then goes into a database shared by the entire SCiO community. SCiO uses a spectroscope to capture and measure light and wavelengths.
Once it hit its initial goal of $200,000, Consumer Physics went for broke and offered free apps to all its backers if it raised $2 million. The gamble worked, because 12,000 backers pitched in more than $2.7 million.
When lawmakers in Washington and Colorado legalized marijuana, they may not have considered the effect it would have on interstate travelers.
The two states which legalized marijuana for recreational purposes joined 23 other American states that have legalized it in various ways for medicinal use. The other 25 states maintain bans of varying severity, creating a danger zone for travelers from more lenient states.
Stories of traveler run-ins with law enforcement are becoming more common. Complexity and confusion surrounding marijuana laws are wreaking havoc for Americans on the move.
Across State Lines
Marijuana possession is still illegal federally, but Attorney General Eric Holder has instructed the Department of Justice not to interfere with state moves toward legalization. Neighboring states, however, make no assurances to travelers bringing weed they bought legally into a place where it’s illegal.
The Washington Post reports how jails in Goodland, Kansas and Chappell, Nebraska – both right near the Colorado border – are blowing through their budgets as their prisoner rolls swell with travelers caught carrying marijuana purchased legally. Medical marijuana customers from states like California have been arrested and threatened with up to a decade in prison by driving what is legal, prescribed medicine in their home across the state line.
Support for marijuana legalization has risen sharply in the past fifty years. A Gallup poll from 2013 reported that 58% of Americans support the legalization of marijuana, up from 50% in 2011 and a fledgling 12% in 1969.
The sharp uptick in support for legalization is reflected in shifting policy at the state level. Beyond Washington and Colorado, states have begun loosening their stance on marijuana in various ways. Utah, Florida and Alabama allow the use of a marijuana extract in order to help patients who suffer from seizures.
While marijuana advocates recognize these moves at the state level and the Justice Department’s lenient stance, this moment is a fragile opportunity for the legalization movement. If states at the vanguard of legalization don’t handle the legal, financial and logistical challenges associated with legalization, the increase in public support will quickly evaporate.
Correlations between state support and political stances have unsurprising similarities, but both Republican and Democratic alignments have shown 2-4% increases from 2012-2013.
Oregon and Alaska will ask voters to decide whether marijuana should be legal in their state this November. If Florida votes in favor of medical marijuana, it would create a second marijuana-friendly zone on the east coast. Travelers from New York or New Jersey bringing their medical pot to Florida could face prosecution in Georgia, Virginia and Alabama, where possession is illegal.
In Oklahoma, medical marijuana is the subject of several petitions, while another petition is proposing wider legalization. Shifting attitudes and guidelines are creating a state-by-state patchwork wherein travelers can quickly find themselves in trouble if they’re not careful.
California, Oregon and Washington State were the first states to legalize pot for medicinal uses. Between 1999 and 2010, ten more states joined them. The rate of states allowing medicinal marijuana is rising, with ten more joining the group in the last four years.
Medical marijuana is typically prescribed to treat pain or for specific conditions like glaucoma. A new study by Dr. Marcus Bachhuber of the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania, however, claims that it may have broader public health benefits. According to the study reported in the Globe and Mail, states in which medical marijuana is legal have seen deaths due to opioid overdoses drop by 25%.
Researchers don’t know how opioid deaths and medicinal marijuana are connected. Opioid overdose deaths increased across the US from 4,030 in 1999 to 16,651 in 2010, the years covered by Bachhuber’s study. Three quarters of those totals involved prescription pain killers. While researchers are hesitant to draw a strong conclusion from this correlation, the use of medical marijuana to treat pain may be helping to decrease patient deaths from other pain killers. Researchers say more work must be done to expand our understanding of the public health benefits of medical marijuana.
Marijuana has been legal for medicinal purposes in Washington for 16 years. Purchase and possession of one ounce or less is now legal for everyone. Medicinal marijuana users can possess up to 24 ounces, but smoking in public is subject to a fine of $100.
Idaho is surrounded by more lenient neighbors, but punishes possession of three ounces with up to a year in jail along with a fine of $1,000. Advocates accuse the state police of intentionally targeting interstate travelers using license plate readers. Marijuana seized by police is up from 131.2 pounds in 2011 to 645 pounds in 2012 and 721.5 in 2013. Drug-related arrests are rising and advocates claim out-of-state drivers are often asked about whether they possess contraband before they’re informed of why they were stopped.
Joshua Mularski was traveling from Washington with a lapsed vehicle registration when he was stopped by Idaho police. Officer Christopher Thompson noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle and ordered Mularski to exit the vehicle.
Stating that he had no intention to sell pot in Idaho, Mularski told Thompson he was a grower in Washington who sold to licensed users. The officer informed him that bringing any marijuana across state lines “was a mistake.”
Mularski faced a maximum sentence of a year in prison and a $1,000 fine. A typical conviction is more often 2 – 10 days in prison with probation. That Mularski was able to agree to a $500 bond and have his case dismissed was a blessing. Other travelers may not be so lucky.
Hash Ketchum wrote a new post, How to Pick The Best Gaming CPU for Your First Build 2 years ago
If this is your first time building a computer you’ll naturally have a lot of questions about each part and how they impact your build. You may have fears and doubts – and rightfully so! It’s daunting. But once you get passed the fear and uncertainty, you’ll quickly realize how easy and rewarding (both financially and in terms of knowledge) it is to build a PC yourself.
One way of thinking about it is we’re putting together an expensive LEGO set. There are many benefits to building our own computer, such as:
Saving money with rebates and discounts on a per-item basis
Being able to swap out and add-on parts as our needs change
Having a deeper understanding of the role of every part
CPUs – central processing units – are one of the most debated and most important parts of your build. Some common questions greenhorn builders might ask are:
What’s the best gaming CPU?
What is overclocking?
AMD or Intel?
The general interest in building computers has been growing since the dawn of the PC. A trends search for “gaming cpu” shows gamers are – naturally – heavily interested in creating serious gaming rigs:
Rejoice and become a part of the PC Master Race quest for world domination! But this trend is rather interesting, since graphics (GPU) have more influence in gaming rigs. Gamers really only need a CPU that meets the majority of gaming requirements. Games like Crysis are heavily GPU dependent and only utilizes dual cores in CPUs.
When you purchase a computer from retail stores, you’re paying a markup/premium to own something with a well-known brand name like Dell, Alienware, Gateway or even HP. The truth is that those computers are pieced together with the same or inferior parts you can buy online yourself. Of course we get the insurance and support of having a working PC and troubleshooting errors – but these are things we’re completely capable of managing. Comparatively speaking, you could build an $800 – $1000 brand name computer in hardware for approximately $500-$800 if you purchased the parts separately and assembled it yourself. The ranges fluctuate with sales, but it’s always in favor of the builder, especially if you shop on/around Black Friday.
When it comes to gaming, the amount of options for parts be overwhelming to new builders. In your search for CPU clarity you will encounter clock speed debates, stumble across discussions surrounding APU viability, and dive headlong into the AMD vs. Intel gauntlet. This will all be covered in the following sections.
While GPUs arguably have the greatest overall impact on gaming machines, today we’ll strictly focus on the gaming potential for a variety of CPUs ranging from cheap to pricey.
The following sections are about budgeting, AMD vs. Intel, overclocking, and the make-up of processors.
If you’d like to skip all of that and go straight to the CPU comparisons, just click here.
Where to Focus Your Budget
If you want to save money by purchasing cheaper hardware that’s fine and often the case for many who want to get the best bang for their buck. In terms of gaming, your GPU is generally what will benefit gaming rigs the most and where you’ll want to dump any money you’ve saved in other areas. Out of everything in your build, there are two parts that gamers need allocate enough of their budget to meet the requirements of different games.
The first is RAM or memory. Technically speaking, the more RAM you have installed in your computer, the faster it will react. Of course, there are limitations to this rule, and memory doesn’t actually speed up your computer, it just improves performance. In terms of games, loading a program into the system relies on RAM. What you see on loading screens – like the wait time – is the game consolidating the correct files into RAM and VRAM. You’ll want to have at least 4GB RAM – for example, DOTA 2 takes up 1GB+ alone. Many first time-builders often pick up 8GB RAM to play it safe. You can always pick up more RAM down the road if your needs change.
The second area is the subject of this guide – the processor or CPU, which is essentially the brain of the computer. The better the processor, the more power you have to process incoming and outgoing information. Since data is read/written on SSDs and HDDs, the type of drive you have can actually hinder or compliment your CPU processing speed. This is why it’s recommended to get at least 1 of each, so you can put your operating system and most played games and programs on your SSD (for quicker processing/loading) and all your big static files on the HDD, like movies, music, pictures, etc. Fortunately, the market price for SSDs has steadily declined over the years, making them an affordable option for first-time builders.
The highest rated / most popular SSD and HDD are linked below:
120 GB is plenty for your first build. That’s enough to hold your OS, 3-4 big software like Photoshop / Microsoft Suite, and about 5 games.
250 GB might be more ideal for gamers who hone their skills on just a select few. This is enough space for 20-30 games and a suite of applications/software.
1 TB is a great starting point for any gamer. Designers, photographers and videographers are generally the ones who need more than a TB. Since you’ll learn how easy it is to install a drive, you can always pick up another HDD or SDD as your needs change.
Now let’s get back to CPUs!
All processors can achieve the “minimum requirements” to have a working computer. Any decent CPU from the past five years can run hundreds of popular games. Gaming issues generally arise when a CPU does not match the same power tier as the GPU – it struggles to keep up (or can’t keep up) and this results in a bottleneck; games run slow; loss of quality across the board. The same is also true when a low-end GPU does not match a high-end CPU. This is why it’s common to try and match/balance CPU and GPU power.
There are different types of processors including different models and chipsets, which is tech lingo for different connections. Those connections are referred to as sockets, and each socket type has a specific fit.
If you buy a socket 423 processor you’ll need to buy a compatible motherboard that fits socket 423 processors. The motherboard is the large circuit board that everything in your build connects to. If the processor is the brain, the motherboard is the spine and nervous system.
Without delving too far down the rabbit hole, the more money you spend on the processor, the faster your computer can process information – but there are diminishing returns for gamers.
AMD or Intel?
Intel is the most expensive processor manufacturer on the market. Most CPUs we’ll be looking at are in the $50-$500 range, but more expensive and powerful options do exist, such as the godly Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition – which you do not need if you’re strictly gaming. Working in demanding software like AutoDesk with 3D models greatly benefits from higher tier CPUs. But if you’re mainly going to play MOBAs like Dota and League of Legends, you definitely do not need a thousand dollar CPU. If someone says you need an i7 to game, you’re best option is to:
AMD is the main alternative, since the majority of their processors are under $250. While Intel processors generally pack more punch in terms of performance, AMD CPUs can go toe to toe if the power tier of each processor model is equally matched. AMD is known as the “best bang for your buck” CPU so if you’re trying to put together a budget friendly rig, AMD is your best friend.
If you’re not worried about spending a little extra cash to squeeze out better performance, then go for Intel. Just keep in mind that sometimes you won’t be able to use the full power of Intel processors in every situation. Personally, I play a lot of GTA, Just Cause, League of Legends, and TF2 and I’m running this AMD processor. All these games run fine on high settings and never eat up more than 50% of CPU – granted, I have a pretty decent GPU to match.
What’s in a Processor?
Before you can decide which processor is best for your build, you should have – at the very least – a basic understanding of how they work. Here are the most common terms you’ll run into when checking out CPUs:
Overclocking vs. Not Overclocking: The primary purpose of overclocking is to increase the clock frequency of a computer part, such as a CPU, which increases operating speeds while remaining stable. Faster speeds means more heat. This why it’s standard to buy a custom cooler – separate from the stock coolers that come with CPUs – to keep temperatures lower. Liquid coolers are one of the popular and effective buys to accompany an overclocked CPU. When it comes to gaming – which is more reliant on GPU performance – overclocking is often said to have minimal impact, such as raising your minimum frame-rate a bit and reducing stutters. Please note, you will see CPUs with “K’ appended to the end, such as i5-4690 vs. i5-4690K. This means the CPU – the multiplier – is unlocked so you can increase clock speeds, but you don’t have to overclock it. In general, the average gamer doesn’t need an overclocked CPU, but having an unlocked CPU allows you to overclock it in the future – maybe 3 years down the road – when the benefits are more noticeable for more demanding games.
What’s this I hear about APUs? – An APU (accelerated processing unit) is, in basic terms, a good budget processing platform. APU is a term AMD gave their CPU that also has a graphics core inside the CPU chip. They came out in 2011 and – in terms of gaming – are seen as the low-end, budget way to save on both your CPU and GPU, since they’re bundled together. APUs have limited crossfire support which means you can add in another graphics card for better performance. Currently, AMD’s most popular APU is the A10-5800K. If you’re a casual gamer then APUs are definitely a viable option, but if you’re going to play demanding games like BF4 or Crysis, it’s strongly advised you get discrete CPUs and GPUs.
Clock Speed – The clock speed essentially tells you how powerful a processor is with one exception, it depends on how many cores the CPU has. It is measured in gigahertz (GHz), which is how fast the CPU pulses in the microprocessor. In other words, a 2GHz CPU pulses two billion times per second. While a 3GHz processor is certainly faster than a 2GHz processor, that’s not always true. Multicore processors work in tandem, which means a quad-core processor clocked at 3GHz is going to be faster than a dual-core processor at 3.3GHz.
Multi Cores – These days, CPUs generally include anywhere from two to eight cores (but can climb up to 12). Dual-core and quad-core CPUs are the most common. As mentioned earlier, you’ll really only need the more powerful processors (using more cores) if you’re working with photo or video editing and performance intensive tasks. Even most gaming – which requires a lot of power – doesn’t yet take advantage of multi-core processors all the time. For a budget build, sticking with a dual core processor is fine.
Socket – Each brand has multiple processor types with different sockets. AMD, for example mostly uses FM1 or AM3+ sockets for their most recent CPUs. Intel, on the other hand, uses LGA1155, LGA1166, LGA1366 and more. You can fit multiple clock speeds into a socket, so an AM3+ AMD socket could be compatible with 2.2GHz dual-core processors and 3.3GHz quad-core processors. This is a good thing to know because you can always upgrade your CPU in the future if you decide you want more power, although the socket type will need to remain the same.
64 Bit Support – Pretty much anything you purchase these days is going to include 64 bit support, which means the hardware can process up to 64 bits of data at a time. Older processors could only process 32 bits at a time, so this is a huge improvement. All you need to know is that 64 bit hardware is backwards compatible, but software that includes 64 bit support will benefit from the added power. Try to avoid 32 bit processors if you come across any.
Cache – This could get real complicated real fast, so we’ll try to keep it simple. The more memory in the cache of a processor means the faster and more efficient the CPU will be. There are three levels: L1, L2 and L3. L1 is the most important because it’s the main cache.
Having extra cache is nice because it reduces the chance of cache misses, which are failed attempts to read or write a piece of data in the cache.
The Best Gaming CPUs For Varying Budgets
We’ve compiled a list of the best CPUs currently on the market paired with their relevant specs. This should help you make a decision about which model to purchase if you’re in the market for a new processor.
You’re super strapped on a budget
Name: Pentium Processor G3220
Specs: 3.0GHz Dual-core with 3MB L3 cache and integrated Intel HD graphics
Overclockability: Not really (you can, but it’s not advised)
Game and Software Performance: Modest
Reception: This low-end Intel processor is great for standard computer use and budget builds, but if you’re looking to run graphic intensive 3D games or hardware intensive software – such as photo or video editing apps – you should look elsewhere.
A bit better for basic gaming
Name: Athlon X4 760K
Specs: 3.8GHz Quad-core with 2x2MB L2 cache
Game and Software Performance: Decent
Reception: This CPU is great for budget or mid-grade builds and will work fine when paired with gaming hardware, such as a third party graphics card, although it might buckle under super heavy loads
A pretty decent CPU for moderate gaming
Name: Core i3-4130
Specs: 3.4GHz Dual-core with 3MB L3 cache and integrated Intel HD graphics 4400
Game and Software Performance: Good
Reception: You can’t go wrong with an Intel i3 in a mid-grade build. While you won’t get the kind of power out of higher end processors, you certainly have enough to handle moderately intensive applications and games.
A good CPU that can run MOBAs and most MMORPGs no problem
Specs: 3.9GHz Six-core with 6MB L2 cache, and 8MB L3 cache
Game and Software Performance: Great
Reception: The FX-6350 has an incredible amount of potential and is quite powerful, especially for the price range, however there are few software applications that will actually use all six cores.
A small step up from the 6350 with a performance boost on multi-threading
Eight-core with 4x2MB L2 cache, and 8MB L3 cache
Overclockability: Yes (4.0GHz turbo)
Game and Software Performance: Great
Reception: The FX-8320 is an extremely powerful CPU, probably more so than the average computer user will ever need. However, there are few software applications that will actually use all eight cores, so keep that in mind.
A solid and powerful socket Intel CPU for avid gamers
Name: Core i5-4670
Specs: 3.4GHz Quad-core with 6MB L3 cache and integrated Intel HD graphics
Game and Software Performance: Excellent
Reception: The Core i5-4670 is a great CPU for anyone looking to get maximum power out of their budget. For those want to overclock, the unlocked version is a very popular choice for avid gamers.
An excellent CPU with great performance
Name: Core i5-4690K
Specs: 3.5GHz Quad-core with 6MB L3 cache
Overclockability: Yes (3.9GHz Turbo)
Game and Software Performance: Excellent
Reception: The Core i5-4690K is one of the best mid-grade, unlocked CPUs on the market and it will work great for any build. It can run games like BF4 at 60-90 FPS and stays cool (under 50 degrees C).
A simply fantastic CPU, but it’s pretty overkill for most gamers
Name: Core i7-4790K
Specs: 4.0GHz Quad-core with 8MB L3 cache
Overclockability: Yes (4.4GHz Turbo)
Game and Software Performance: Outstanding
Reception: The Core i7-4790K is lauded in the gaming world for its sheer power, and the price tag isn’t too bad either. It might not be for a budget rig, but it won’t break the bank if you’re looking for something with a little more juice.
An unnecessarily extreme CPU for gamers
Name: i7-4960X Extreme
Specs: 3.6GHz Six-core with 15MB L3 cache
Overclockability: Yes (4.0GHz Turbo)
Game and Software Performance: Godly
Reception: If you have the cash to throw down, this is one of the best processors you can get your hands on today, especially if you’re into 3D gaming. Even with the premium price tag, the i7-4960X Extreme won’t disappoint.
Yep, an i3-4150 is fine for league/dota/strife. You might consider an fx-6350 to get a little better performance if you plan to get into MMORPGs.
Well that’s the i3-2100 if you’re using the link you just supplied – not the 4150 which is the recommendation. The 2100 is over $200 while the 6350 or even 6300 are less than 140 (obviously the 2100 will be ‘better’). The 6350 is just a small step up and can allow for small steps in GPU.
Ah whoops! Nice catch. Just fixed it, I appreciate it!
Yea it was a lot of info to put together (this guide is a little over 3,000 words) so I appreciate you pointing out these bits. I’d like to create similar guides for every part and GPUs are next on my list. Chairs…now that’s something I need to upgrade!
Colorado has been generating a lot of buzz following its decision to legalize pot. Hell, even the cast of Workaholics are helping support the legalization movement in one way or another.
As you probably know, […]
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