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Hey there TweakTown,
I'm in the market for a new Ultrabook to replace my Windows 7 PC, but I've heard that Windows 10 is coming out later this year. Should I bite the bullet and buy a Windows 8/8.1 machine now, or wait until Windows 10 is released?
My current laptop is working fine, but I want something a bit faster, with a higher resolution screen and maybe touchscreen support.
If Windows 10 were over a year away, I would recommend waiting. If your current PC was having issues, and/or about to die, I'd recommend purchasing now. But, if your PC is working fine, and you don't have a dire need to rush out and get one, wait it out.
Windows 10 is expected in the second half of the year, so we should start to see Windows 10-powered devices at Computex in June, if not it shouldn't be too much after June that we'll start to see proper Windows 10 products unveiled.
My advice? Wait. Your PC is still working, and Windows 10 should deliver a new experience that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 skipped over. If your PC dies in the meantime, purchasing a Windows 8.1-powered Ultrabook isn't going to be a bad thing, as you'll get an upgrade to Windows 10 when it comes out, anyway.
I have a GALAXY NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 1GB video card. At some point while in storage dust got in the card and the fan stopped working properly causing my computer to shut down if I didn't make sure the fan was spinning.
This lead me to remove the already partially dislodged fRAMe to remove the fan to clean the fan itself.
This solved the problem but now I can't really get the fan to stay on the card...
The card gets warm so tape won't work and I'm wary about using glue.
What's the best way to keep the fan fRAMe on the card?
Hey there Isiac,
If the fan itself is broken, which by the sounds of it, it sounds like it is. You have a few options here, which we'll walk you through now.
First, you could replace the heat sink and fan - which will need to happen if you want to have it 100% fixed. This will cost you $40-$50 or more, depending on the type and quality of product you want to buy.
You've said that the card doesn't work unless the fan is spinning? How hot is the card getting? Is there anyway you could mount a fan near the side of your computer, or inside of your case? This way you could continue to use the computer without having to buy a new HSF or a new GPU.
Third, replace the entire video card. This is the most expensive option, but you get a brand new card, with a brand new cooler, and a full warranty.
I've been waiting for NVIDIA to release a mid-range GPU since they announced the GTX 970 and GTX 980 cards last year, but couldn't afford either. Now that the GeForce GTX 960 is here, do you recommend it? I mostly game at 1080p, but I've been thinking about buying a 1440p resolution monitor. Is there a good upgrade path there? Keep in mind I'm upgrading from an old GeForce GTX 660 video card.
After a long time away from our Ask the Experts section, we're back to answer questions and you're first on the list with this new question. Yes, definitely, 100%, yes. The new GeForce GTX 960 is a winner in our books, and for just $199-$209, you're getting yourself a card that is more than capable at 1080p.
In our review, we found that 1080p and 1440p performed great - but at 1440p if you want 60FPS+ you'll need to adjust the detail settings in some games. As for power consumption, you're looking at less than 250W total system power consumption, which is another great thing about the Maxwell-powered GTX 960.
You can feel free to buy a GTX 960 without regret, you will absolutely love it, especially moving from the old GTX 660!
I confusing to choose a 'plethora' GPU around the market these days.
I like gaming and audio/video editing. I already do research at any web reviewer, but still I didn't got any idea.
At least at 2560 X 1440 res my GPU can give a solid performance. as I see there is no GPU for now can give a solid performance for 4K gaming.
I hope an advise from you, according I have budget around $1500 for my GPU.
Which is better a Sapphire OC R9295 X2 OR Crossfire MSI R9 290X Lightning OR 2 WAY GIGABYTE GTX780Ti GHz Edition.
here is my system:
1. gigabyte z97x g1 gaming wifi bk
2. intel core i7 4790k
3. (4X8GB) corsair vengeance pro
4. intel SSD 730 480 GB
5. evga 1200w p2 PSU
Hi there Chazzy,
This is a great question, and I'm sure I'm going to be hit by quite a lot of flack when I post this up to the site. But, here we go. You're running a 2560x1440, or 1440p display, and you want some serious gaming performance, with a great budget to spend - $1500.
All three options you've provided me with are great, you could choose any single one of them, and you're going to get not only a kick ass gaming experience, but an amazing all-purpose GPU setup. Let's start by taking one of the options away: the Radeon R9 295X2 option.
The reason is, it has an all-in-one watercooler, something that isn't as easy to setup as a install-and-forget GPU like the other options you've given me. The Radeon R9 295X2 is a great GPU, don't get me wrong, but if I had to choose between two faster GPUs than a dual-GPU offering, I would nearly always choose the dual-GPU setup.
Now the decision is between the Radeon R9 290X Crossfire setup and the GeForce GTX 780 Ti SLI setup. But this is where I'm going to do things a little different. Normally I'd tell you to go for one over the other, but I'm going to tell you to choose either the Crossfire, or SLI setup because both of them are going to give you very similar results.
Personally, I would be happy with either of those setups, and I currently have two setups powered by virtually the same GPUs. I have one setup with Radeon R9 290Xs in Crossfire, with another running GeForce GTX 780s in SLI. I love both of the setups for different reasons.
No matter what you choose, you've chosen three different options that will ensure you have a great gaming experience - and something that I find funny is that you said "there is no GPU for now" that can give you "solid performance for 4K gaming" yet all three of these options will. If you wanted to game at 4K, you'll be fine on any option you've said here today.
Right now, I use a Samsung S27A950D, which is a 1920x1080 panel at 120Hz. I love to play games, and I really enjoy the fluidness of the 120Hz on the Samsung monitor I have now. But, I have a friend who owns the ASUS PB78Q, which is a 2560x1440 display with a 60Hz refresh, and the higher resolution is really tempting.
I've been looking at buying one of two monitors, either a decent 4K monitor, or the new ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q gaming monitor. The best part about the ASUS ROG Swift monitor, is that it has a resolution of 2560x1440, but a refresh rate of 144Hz thanks to its NVIDIA G-Sync technology.
I have two GeForce GTX 780s in SLI, and would like to know what you think I should do - go for 4K, or the 144Hz monitor?
This is a really great question, as this is a crossroads for most people - the pixel heavy 4K monitors, or the refresh rate smoothness that 120Hz and beyond provides. I personally have both in my office, 120Hz TN-based panels, and high-end 4K panels, and to tell you the truth, I love both.
You've got two great options here, but I think if you're playing games more than anything, you should really go for the ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q. Until that monitor, I would've found it very hard to recommend you getting a 120Hz monitor, as they were all 1920x1080, apart from some non-name brand panels.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q has the high-resolution you're after - 2560x1440 - and while it's not 3840x2160 or 4K/Ultra HD, it is a huge step up on 1080p. You mentioned that you've seen your friend's 2560x1440 ASUS panel, which is a great monitor in itself. I actually have that panel sitting here at home, and I really love it. I'm in the process of acquiring one of the new ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q monitors myself, too.
4K is great, but the 60Hz part of it is really limiting. Then you have to have the GPU power sitting behind you to drive 3840x2160, which isn't easy. Your GeForce GTX 780 SLI setup should handle it, but you'll be hitting your 3GB of VRAM limit pretty quickly. Performance wise, driving 144FPS+ at 2560x1440 isn't going to be easy either.
At the end of the day, I think the ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q is the one for you, unless you really want the 4K monitor. I think it'll be a better transition, as you'll receive a huge injection of additional pixels thanks to the 2560x1440 resolution, and continue using the great high refresh rate.
One thing though: it's an NVIDIA G-Sync monitor, so you're going to need to have two high-end NVIDIA GPUs to properly drive it. Your GTX 780s will do, but with the money saved not going for a 4K monitor, I would wait and see what NVIDIA launch next month, as you could sell your 780s and grab yourself some brand new fresh-out-of-the-oven GeForce GTX 880s.
I'm wanting to purchase a new smartphone, but I'm stuck between deciding on the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 and the new LG G3 smartphones. Right now, I'm using the Galaxy S4 from Samsung, and I have no issues spending more money if I get the best phone for me, which one should I buy?
I have all three of those smartphones sitting next to me, and I love parts of each of them. If I had to choose between them all, I think I would push you toward the LG G3. The G3 is the latest out of all of them, has less UI bloat, and some truly great specs and features.
For one, we have a 5.5-inch 2560x1440 screen, much higher than the Full HD 1920x1080 displays on the Xperia Z2 and Galaxy S5. LG's rear-facing camera is laser-focused, which doesn't do a huge job to make it stand out from the rest, but it does a damn good job at snapping photos and taking video. I think the G3 camera is one of the best out right now, especially when you're shooting 4K video and watching it on the 1440p display.
Since you've already got the Galaxy S4, it will be a little harder shifting to the LG or Sony smartphones if you're tied into the Samsung account on your phone. If you are using more Google services, and aren't tied deeply into Samsung apps, the move will be easy. In that case, I think you will really love the G3.
By using NVIDIA's SLI technology, will I notice any improvement in my video quality for Blu-ray rips? On fast scenes, it appears as though I'm missing something on the screen, with my monitors refresh rate of 60Hz. I'm using the NVIDIA GeForce GT 610 GPU.
If SLI technology helps improve the video playback, can you tell me what I have to do to get it performing better?
I would say that the problem you're experiencing is due to your machine - maybe software, or your CPU not able to keep up. Your question is cryptic, so I'm going to presume that you're getting a fRAMe rate drop during intense/fast moving scenes.
This could be due to the Blu-ray rip you're using, have you tried a genuine Blu-ray?
Secondly, your monitor refreshes at 60Hz, or 60 times per second, while your Blu-ray movies (no matter if it's a rip, or a genuine image or Blu-ray disc) run at 24Hz, or 24FPS. So it would have nothing to do with your monitor, or its refresh rate.
If it doesn't happen on all movies, and just during the intense/fast moving scenes, I would try a different movie file to see if it happens. I'm presuming you're using .mkv files, so maybe try an .avi file to see if there's still a problem. You could also try downloading a codec pack, or if you have one, an alternative codec pack.
I have i7 2600K (stock clock), 8GB or Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz RAM, P67 motherboard (ASUS P8P67 Deluxe) and Seasonic S12II 620W Bronze (24A 3.3/5V, 48A 12V). I'm planning on upgrading my (now old) GTX 650 Ti Boost, which I'm using now to play Skyrim, Lost Planet 2, Company of Heroes 2 and ArmA 3 on BenQ 17" BL702A (1280x1024). Any NVIDIA 700 (or even 800, if you know any) card you can suggest or recommend for this aging rig of mine?
That's a good question - as you have an older generation CPU and a much older monitor. You could have a $1000 budget, but I would still recommend getting yourself a mid-range GPU - something still capable of driving games at 1920x1080, but will suffice for your 1280x1024 screen you have now.
I would suggest looking at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760, and more specifically, the EVGA GeForce GX 760 SuperClocked Edition, which has a great aftermarket cooler. This can be purchased on Amazon for $249.99 - but obviously the price might vary a little over in Singapore.
This isn't breaking the bank, and will play games at 1920x1080 without a problem. Alternatively, you could spend a little less, and grab yourself the GIGABYTE Radeon R9 270 GPU, which is on Amazon for $179.99.
The next upgrade I would suggest would be getting yourself an SSD if you don't already have one - and then, of course, the monitor!
How do I make a new Gmail aDDRess/account?
I think the problem here is that you aren't signing out of your current Gmail account, so there's no option to create a new account. There's two options here: sign out of your current account, and then visit Gmail.com, or if you're using Chrome, you can use Incognito mode to create a new account.
Once you've done either of those options, visit Gmail.com and you'll be greeted with the screen above. Click on "Create an account" and you'll go through the steps to create yourself a new Gmail account! If you run into any troubles, send us through another Ask the Experts question and we'll walk you though.
Lately I have thinking to upgrade my current MSI GeForce GTX560 Ti to another card. But I don't know what to choose, either the SAPPHIRE TOXIC R9 270X 2GB, PALIT GeForce GTX 760 JETSTREAM or SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X R9 280X 3GB GDDR5 OC.
My rig setting are Intel Core i7-2600K Processor, 8GB G.SKILL Ripjaws, ASRock z68 Extreme4 motherboard and Enermax 700W PSU. What you guys can suggest for me? I play League of Legends and AI/ON a lot. Need your expert advice.
You have a CPU that probably needs to be upgraded, but that would require a new motherboard - so we'll tackle the GPU you want to upgrade.
I would suggest grabbing the SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 280X VAPOR-X, as it is definitely the best out of all of the GPUs you have given me to choose from. The R9 280X will last the longest, right through to when you replace your CPU and motherboard.
It will play all of the latest games at high detail without a problem, especially League of Legends and Aion!