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OP - I'm surprised no one has suggested the 65w TDP quad-core parts yet. Those are the A8-7600 and the A10-7800. The difference is higher clocks on the A10 and 512 shader cores vs. 384 on the A8. Both are also supposed to be configurable to only 45w TDP in the bios, saving even more power and reducing heat and therefore cooling requirements. I'd definitely recommend the A8/A10 over the single module A6, as a single module AMD part isn't as responsive as a dual core Intel Pentium, but the dual module AMD parts are more respectable vs. an i3.

I can't seem to find an A8-7600 or A10-7800 bundle on Microcenter's site, but surely they have them in-store. At any rate, I'd look at those two APUs.

I'd also recommend 2133mhz cas 9 ram for best overall performance.
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Appreciate all of the thoughts. I was thinking about the a6 -7600k because I don't really think I need CPU for anything other than background windows stuff and would probably underclock it as low as I could with decent boot times. I am a little concerned about the RAID card though as I believe that LSI stopped being LSI before these boards came out and am unsure if the board will play nice. I don't see why they wouldn't but it is a concern. Also, I don't need SVP for watching Star Trek on Itunes, though I do love it. Fury Road had so much potential but I think it sucked. I don't believe that Max would have come back to save everyone.thumb.gif
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Well watch out for the -K moniker (unless you want to overclock) because those won't be the 45w/65w TDP parts. A8-7600 vanilla or A10-7800 vanilla will be. I think the A8-7600 would be fine for your usage, with enough power even at 45w TDP to do what you need to and not feel slow. With a good bundle deal from Microcenter, I'd stick with the midrange A78 chipset or the top A88 chipset if the bundle price is good.

I am unaware of any issues with the LSI controller card, but I am ignorant in that area. I'm not sure why it would be a problem.
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There's also bluesky if you have an AMD card, and DmitriRender if you're willing to pay a few bucks. Unlike SVP, both do almost everything on the GPU.

EVR with post processing is fine, but I've gotten spoiled by MadVR with super-res sharpening and adaptivesharpen when needed smile.gif

Interesting, i didn't know about those two. I had tried MadVR some years ago, i couldn't justify the performance hit. There are still discussions in 2015 around, with title like "is MadVR placebo?". So, i simply don't care and frankly i am happy with little. I just like a little sharpening. Not too much, because i immediately notice any ringing, not too little because i don't like blurry, i hate bilinear filtering and so i use normally EVR-CP with Bicubic 0.60 or in some cases where i want some more vibrant colours, i use Splash Pro. But i generally like to stick close to the original picture.


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Fury Road. Awesome movie.

Yes action-wise, my only problem is that they shouldn't have named it "Mad Max", but "Mad Furiosa" (which means "furious" of course), since Max didn't open his mouth for most of the movie and last time i knew, in Mad Max movies, Max (Mel Gibson), was the protagonist, while here i felt he was more of a sidekick to Theron. Also, for me, it was a bit overkill with teenager-like exagerations. Taken directly from an imdb review, which covers me on that:
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Skulls on the cars - cool (sorry, the correct spelling is KOOL)! Skull on the steering wheel - KOOL! Ordinary spears causing explosions every time they hit something - KOOL! Silly masks just for the sake of being silly - KOOL! Guy playing a flame-throwing guitar on a truck while chasing and everybody shooting - KOOL! Explosion - KOOL! Another explosion 1 sec later KOOL!!! And another one another second later - SUPER KOOL! You get the picture...

If i may add, "blood bags" tied on the front of the car, so if you hit something, you precious "blood bag" is of no further use (kool and moronic) and of course you reduce your visibility at the same time (but having max visibility in front of you when you drive is vastly overrated in post apocalyptic desert enviroments i guess).

But hey, i like Charlize Theron... But the original series with Gibson were way better for me... Actually, 90% of the time i prefer old films, even before i was born, because back then they couldn't sell with visual effects, so they had actually had to play well and have a good plot. Nowdays it's easy to sell with booms and bangs and remakes.
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There's also bluesky if you have an AMD card, and DmitriRender if you're willing to pay a few bucks. Unlike SVP, both do almost everything on the GPU.

EVR with post processing is fine, but I've gotten spoiled by MadVR with super-res sharpening and adaptivesharpen when needed smile.gif

Interesting, i didn't know about those two. I had tried MadVR some years ago, i couldn't justify the performance hit. There are still discussions in 2015 around, with title like "is MadVR placebo?". So, i simply don't care and frankly i am happy with little. I just like a little sharpening. Not too much, because i immediately notice any ringing, not too little because i don't like blurry, i hate bilinear filtering and so i use normally EVR-CP with Bicubic 0.60 or in some cases where i want some more vibrant colours, i use Splash Pro. But i generally like to stick close to the original picture.


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Originally Posted by chrisjames61 View Post

Fury Road. Awesome movie.

Yes action-wise, my only problem is that they shouldn't have named it "Mad Max", but "Mad Furiosa" (which means "furious" of course), since Max didn't open his mouth for most of the movie and last time i knew, in Mad Max movies, Max (Mel Gibson), was the protagonist, while here i felt he was more of a sidekick to Theron. Also, for me, it was a bit overkill with teenager-like exagerations. Taken directly from an imdb review, which covers me on that:
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Skulls on the cars - cool (sorry, the correct spelling is KOOL)! Skull on the steering wheel - KOOL! Ordinary spears causing explosions every time they hit something - KOOL! Silly masks just for the sake of being silly - KOOL! Guy playing a flame-throwing guitar on a truck while chasing and everybody shooting - KOOL! Explosion - KOOL! Another explosion 1 sec later KOOL!!! And another one another second later - SUPER KOOL! You get the picture...

If i may add, "blood bags" tied on the front of the car, so if you hit something, you precious "blood bag" is of no further use (kool and moronic) and of course you reduce your visibility at the same time (but having max visibility in front of you when you drive is vastly overrated in post apocalyptic desert enviroments i guess).

But hey, i like Charlize Theron... But the original series with Gibson were way better for me... Actually, 90% of the time i prefer old films, even before i was born, because back then they couldn't sell with visual effects, so they had actually had to play well and have a good plot. Nowdays it's easy to sell with booms and bangs and remakes.

MadVR has changed a lot. It has some crazy good sharpening filters now, and some neuron/node-based upscaling/doubling that really squeezes out every single detail.


It's definitely not a placebo. I've done quite a bit of testing, and (sharpening aside) while the difference is small with high quality content close to your native res, it makes a HUGE difference with lower quality content. Avatar animation on VLC/MPC+MadVR is like night and day. It also seems to be much better in dark scenes.
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MadVR has changed a lot. It has some crazy good sharpening filters now, and some neuron/node-based upscaling/doubling that really squeezes out every single detail.


It's definitely not a placebo. I've done quite a bit of testing, and (sharpening aside) while the difference is small with high quality content close to your native res, it makes a HUGE difference with lower quality content. Avatar animation on VLC/MPC+MadVR is like night and day. It also seems to be much better in dark scenes.

Thanks for the information. I 've heard about the resizer, but i don't ever see SD anymore and frankly i think HQ 720p doesn't have issues with bicubic. But i guess i will have to try it again to see the evolution in general.
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