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1  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Headsets on: August 29, 2014, 06:26:27 AM
You could simply have a crappy, defective headset out of the box. Dunno. 15$ isn't much.

I have one of these... (got it on sale... seems like they were 59$ at the time, been a while)

for when I need either quiet time on the computer, or more optimally, for teamspeak, while the game continues to run through my speaker setup, which makes it really easy to make out what your teammates are saying over the game audio.

Mind you, my set appear to be 'retired', as they're not listed if you try to navigate through the store normally... I had to google for them... but alternatives are obviously available.

2  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / How to make a windows usb installation... on: June 16, 2014, 09:48:53 PM
This was instigated by Lee's post about a new gaming computer, and his complaints about his current system... but since it is not a direct response specifically to him, and since it might help quite a few people, I decided to give it its own thread...

Basically, this process is easy as pie, assuming you have a working computer :/

Pretty sure they include everything you need, step by step, to do this. An 8GB drive is frankly, cheaper than a cheap date, and the process is easy and straightforward.

The result is, instead of taking an hour-ish to reinstall via the optical drive... it takes a few minutes.

Not that anybody wants to reinstall windows, but I hope this helps people smile

3  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Switching from AMD to Intel processor - what do I need to think about? on: June 14, 2014, 07:08:01 AM

Use this until until you get your new/rebuilt machine in final trim, that way you're not continuously reactivating if you have driver issues, or other installation problems.


PS: Steam has a backup function
4  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: DNS Server? on: May 03, 2014, 10:02:09 PM
I used to use the ISP for my dns feed, but was always having on and off problems with it not responding, etc. Finally got pissed off, researched around, and started using googles open dns service. Zero issues since the change-up.

(link provided for the curious)
5  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need a new router. Help Please on: May 02, 2014, 06:05:20 AM
Any further developments?
6  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Should my GTX 780 be running at 80 degC? on: May 02, 2014, 05:59:50 AM

7  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: SSD tweaks and moving W7 user folders on: April 21, 2014, 06:05:16 AM
Hey, just started reading this...

(don't be fooled by the link name... win7 is apparently included)

8  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: SSD tweaks and moving W7 user folders on: April 12, 2014, 06:10:27 AM

That's the link to the latest version of the software that I most likely recommended to you at the time. (without digging up the original thread)...

You can do (pretty much?) everything it does, manually... this just saves time. As a matter of fact, I'm about to update mine and see if it offers anything new.

9  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need a new router. Help Please on: April 06, 2014, 08:45:17 PM

Replaced my departed D-Link with one of these, after researching around.

Solid router. Not the fastest anymore, but unless you're streaming high bandwidth movies over the wireless, you won't miss. Bittorrent doesn't crush it and leave it whimpering, the fate of so many.

Sadly, not compatible with third party firmwares, save for one russian outfit I found... can't remember name atm. But no tomato, etc.

10  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Using "Program Files (x86)" folder on non-OS drive on: March 02, 2014, 12:24:55 AM
The only reasoning that comes to mind ont he folders, is that occasionally (libreoffice isn't one, dont think), you get a program that gets confused, if it isn't installed in the default location....

You can put them whever you want, to be honest... although sticking it in the /windows folder isn't advised.

May I ask what your purpose is in keeping the ssd as clear as possible? If you don't store stuff on it, you don't get the speed boost. You're NOT going to wear it out with normal usage... but if it's of concern, go back and shrink the partition on it so that you're only using, say, 400-450 gigs, and leave the spare space free.

Once you do this, the drive will still use the unpartitioned space as 'spare' area, and it will have the effect of reducing wear on the drive even further... I use this trick with my raid 0's to help keep things relatively defragmented. Trim still doesnt seem to be functioning on my system for some reason.

(spare area gets written to first before the drive starts erasing blocks to make room... since the unpartitioned area is free, it won't have to write around/move anything to perform writes, which prevents fragmentation and slowdown)

My advice? Use the ssd just like a normal system drive. If you have a lot of data, stick THAT on the bulk data drive, not the programs. Use the partition trick if it makes you feel better, and it WILL help with fragmentation, although your system should trim properly given the current state of things.

11  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need a new video card and looking for help on: February 28, 2014, 10:34:03 AM
I'll step in and advise that 2GB of vram is a _minimum_ upgrade these days for smooth gaming, especially towards the upper end of the spectrum, which 1080p qualifies as.

You said don't break the bank. Might I suggest a gtx 760 with 4GB? Should run around $300. Or a 770 which will set you back another Benjamin.

After these, your next step up is a plain-jane GTX 780... which is what I'm currently using at the 1920x1080 resolution you're targeting. And yes, it works great. Figure I've got another two years out of this card minimum, assuming Star Citizen doesn't eat its lunch. (it's a little sluggish atm, but I assume tuning will bring performance up as they go)

Gaming res is increasing. Game texture resolutions are increasing. Stuff like post-processing and AA are getting more intensive. (yes I noticed you mentioned no AA atm)

Thing to remember folks... if you want the nice screen and the big game textures... the gpu you need to drive it at decent framerates starts getting pretty expensive frown

12  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Using old primary drive on new computer as extra internal drive? on: February 09, 2014, 04:47:54 AM
Given that you're not listing a bunch of other stuff, you should be fine.

z87 has 6 sata slots attached straight to the pch.

old hard drive
optical drive

leaves three open, plus secondary controller gives 2 additional.

if you don't have an additional 3.5 bay open... put the hard drive in that, and lay the ssd on the floor of the case. (a zip tie in the right spot would hold it down more securely)... no moving parts in an ssd means it wont vibrate/shift around, unless the case is in motion.
13  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: radeon or NVIDIA ? intel or AMD ? (New PC) on: February 09, 2014, 01:11:22 AM
I must admit, Mantle is intriguing. Nvidia doesn't have an answer for it yet, at least that I've heard of. If Mantle works as advertised, it will upset things, because no game shop is going to let free performance sit idle.

14  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Using old primary drive on new computer as extra internal drive? on: February 09, 2014, 01:09:24 AM
If you have a slot for it, it's as much of a pain in the ass as opening the case, holding the drive in place assuming it doesnt have anything to do that, and screwing in four screws (firm, not tight). Some cases are even tool-less.

Depending on the drive size/type, it may or may not be worth it to you. You need to know what type it is, and whether your new comp has an open connector for it. Power connector too...

Any details on the drive?
15  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Specs for a new gaming computer on: February 08, 2014, 09:11:57 AM
my current machine has approx 40 gigs on the system partition, and the games volume has 150 gigs installed to it.

Might I suggest you swap that SSD to a samsung 840 pro edition/neutron gtx/etc etc etc. You get the idea... the m500's are good, but I wouldn't necessarily use one for the system/games volume.

If you keep it under control, 240 gigs is enough. Heck, 200 is enough. For now? Games are getting big. Real big.

You could save some on the memory... are you intending to overclock? You could get some decent ddr3/1600 ram instead.

I really like my gtx 780, but the 780ti's are a nice bump up... you might downgrade the ram speed, and trade up to the moderately faster card. You could even downgrade to a 4670k following this route, and the gpu increase would be more than you'd lose to the cpu. (which would only really show up in games that are cpu bound).

Note: General advice, rather than listing suggestion upon suggestion.... the gpu is the single biggest factor of gaming performance... spend money there first, then start spending money on supporting items, like cpu, faster ram, etc.

You could also save on the asetek cooling system, again, if you're not intending to overclock. Those AIO liquid coolers are good, and they generally offer performance equivalent to top-end air coolers, give or take... but they lack sheer capacity for super overclocking... given you're spending money already, consideration towards a 240, 280, 360 /etc unit might be warranted.

If you go with air cooling, as I recently linked another thread, the will serve you well, and is much cheaper.

Two 760's can be sourced cheaper than the 780/780ti, and will at least match the speed, if you want to deal with. Might consider going with the 4GB variants to give them a little more legroom... 2GB is starting to not be enough anymore.
16  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Comcast cable modem choice? on: February 07, 2014, 03:40:10 AM
17  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New rig on: January 31, 2014, 06:37:26 AM
Nice job for a first install, especially given the stiffer than normal opposition. Bad usb driver would have a lot of people redoing the entire procedure.

Was panning around 770 reviews since I couldnt find your specific card... the 74c seems to be more on the low side of norm, especially given the overclock. If it still bothers you, you can use msi afterburner or evga's precision-x utility to alter the fan profile without having to tinker with anything else. Given what you've done so far, you won't have any problem figuring out the steps.

You can also pay attention to how the airflow in your case works, and 'tune' it to better serve your gpu by moving/shifting things around. I see bottom vents for air... you could add a fan on one of those, and as long as its not one of the silverstone air penetrator designs, the 'spray' from the fan should land right about where your gpu intakes air, once you tidy up the psu cabling so it doesn't block. That should net you a degree or two...

18  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New rig on: January 30, 2014, 06:28:25 AM
*drums fingers impatiently*
19  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New rig on: January 27, 2014, 10:27:54 PM
If you intend to play with it, source yourself an upgraded cooler. The default is 'sufficient' is not 'good', and it is not optimal.

Those are good, though not 'the best', but it won't break the bank. (note the rating, which is faulty at Newegg these days, but if you pan around the reviews, the 212 evo is well respected)


note the difference between the evo and the stock cooler... especially the overclocked load... at this point the default cooler is causing the chip to throttle
20  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New rig on: January 27, 2014, 12:48:30 PM
Things to remember

1: cpu paste... a little goes a long way. you should use a pea-sized bit at the center of the _clean_ cpu heatspreader, and you can use the pressure-spread technique. the clamping pressure of the heatsink will spread the paste where it needs to go. there are OTHER techniques, such as trying to make a line along the row of cores, spreading it with a credit card or some other very clean implement before installing the heatsink, but for a rookie, this is easiest, and works extremely well.

you do NOT want an 'oreo cookie' with your cpu and the heatsink as the two outside bits. the paste should spread out so thin you can see through it in most areas... remember, it's basically there to fill the microscopic gaps in the supposedly smooth surfaces... not to become the heat transport itself.... enough paste will actually insulate your cpu.

2: dont forget your pci-e cable(s), and your cpu 12v cable(s).

3: fans. remember to plug in the fans.

4: if you have the necessary bits, installing windows from a usb stick is a lot faster than an optical drive. a LOT faster.

5: if you're using the crappy default intel cooler... that thing in #1 doesnt really apply... however, when you overclock it with this cooler installed, don't come whining here about how the nasty smoke got out and ruined your carpet biggrin
21  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Good pre-built system for under $1,000? on: January 01, 2014, 08:00:20 AM

So'z. Who's up for the NSA 'value added' lottery?

22  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Home network connection dropout issues on: January 01, 2014, 07:58:52 AM
Progress... we're making progress?

23  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Home network connection dropout issues on: December 13, 2013, 12:37:04 PM
Did you restrict the IP address range the network can offer? If it's running out of IP's it might do something like that.

24  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Home network connection dropout issues on: December 13, 2013, 04:03:58 AM
Something you didnt explicitly state in your first post...

Before you got the almond, you would simply be stuck in the loop? What was the solution... reboot the router?

25  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Using a flatscreen tv as monitor... on: December 02, 2013, 07:57:55 AM
Given that I'm currently enjoying an opportunity to do this, I thought I'd share some of what I know, and am discovering, with you guys.

Circumstances left us with an extra flatscreen tv in the house. No you can't have it, and it' only 'decent' quality anyways. smile

It's a 40 inch sanyo, and I have it sitting on my desk, about 2 feet? or so from my eyes. Just over arms length... I can't quite reach it sticking my arm out without leaning. It sorta feels like I need it to be just a little further away, but I'm running low on room. Thankfully I have a corner desk so I actually have SOME ability to set the thing back from me.

At this distance, it's just barely far enough out. To see the top of the screen, I don't _quite_ have to actually look up, though I'm still wanting to... another few inches of setback would probably be about perfect.

At this distance, 1920x1080p is serviceable, though you can see the 'graininess' in the desktop. It's because I'm too close to the pixels. another few inches probably wont solve this one. I'd probably need at least 6 feet, and maybe as much as 10. Aka, television viewing distance. You gotta have enough range to let the eye start blending the pixels together to get rid of the effect. What's causing it, is the pixels are physically bigger, and the space between them, called dot pitch, is larger.

Reading text isn't really a problem. It's not 'blurry'... again, the 'grain' is noticeable, though it doesnt really interfere with reading.

As far as using the tv is concerned, so far its working. Some tv's end up with excessive 'input lag' between the time the gpu feeds the signal, and the time the tv actually displays it.... This will make itself known as you missing what you thought was a sure shot, say, in battlefield.... because they're actually 50ms ahead of where your tv is displaying them.

Units with a 'pc mode' or dedicated circuity that bypasses all the stuff that makes the tv work properly, will do better.... they can be as fast as a regular monitor if done properly. I also recommend a unit with an LED backlight that can be properly dialed down. TV's are _bright_...

Now, if I could just get this sucker with a 3840x2160 resolution... that... would be nice. Except my GPU would cry and beg me not to play as many games.

26  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows Media Player keeps crashing. Any good alternatives? on: November 26, 2013, 02:00:49 AM
Bah. VLC trash! CCCP ftmfw!

(actually VLC is pretty good these days, but I've been using CCCP forever, and in spite of the text on the home page, it does NOT install a ton of codecs to get the job done)

no muss, no fuss.

Originally built because of all the different containers and codecs in use from the anime fansub community.... mission successful.

27  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Configuring a PC on: November 08, 2013, 05:40:37 AM
Btw. In case you didnt catch it in all the news about the new radeon cards. the 270x IS crossfire compatible with your 7870.

Just thought I'd mention that.

28  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: GeForce GTX TITAN announced -GTX 780/770 on: October 30, 2013, 07:35:45 AM

* TheAtomicKid whimpers a little bit...
29  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: GeForce GTX TITAN announced -GTX 780/770 on: October 24, 2013, 08:38:21 AM
* TheAtomicKid screams and faints...

The stock cooler is a little loud... but the performance is there. _really_ there.

And a hundred bucks cheaper than a 780gtx at that.

30  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: GeForce GTX TITAN announced -GTX 780/770 on: October 19, 2013, 07:17:18 AM
31  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New Router on: October 02, 2013, 06:26:02 AM
Ok, new router arrived this evening and installed.

Between rather extensive testing of the old router, and the ease of setup of the new router, I am affirming that Something Bad (tm) happened to my D-Link. Symptoms included coming home to an unresponsive router. Rebooting it to have it die again within a few minutes. Inability to provision it correctly, either static or dhcp... it would either flag an error if provisioned improperly, or crash, if provisioned correctly.

And the damned thing would be fine, unless, and until, I actually hooked it up to my dsl modem, at which point the router would fail. Didn't even have to pull up a web browser, it would fail or start failing, as soon as the connection went active. And it would otherwise be happy as a clam, up until that point.

Not really sure what happened, but factory reset, etc, nothing fixes it.

Anyways, the asus I listed before is running like a serious contender. It setup, no muss, no fuss. It even arrived with the latest firmware on board. Sadly it's not DD-WRT compatible, but what we have out of the box, is pretty decent, especially at the price.

32  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Maybe I should have stuck with 7. Windows 8.1 - can't install ANY drivers on: September 30, 2013, 03:47:58 AM
Just a thought, but you could install win7 for now without activating.


33  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / New Router on: September 27, 2013, 12:36:25 PM
Sadly, my D-Link Gamerlounge 4300 appears to be going on the fritz on me.

Now, I've already selected a replacement, since I'm under some time constraints and need to get this resolved before the lack of wireless access in the house results in a homicide, but.

I thought I'd start a thread on it so people could discuss, recommend, diss, etc.

My replacement router choice ended up being...

Mostly due to a combination of maximum simultaneous connections, overall router throughput, and pricetag. I didn't need the new 802.11AC spec, as I don't normally stream movies, etc. I do use bittorrent frequently, thus my appreciation for max simultaneous connections. (bittorrent tends to overwhelm lesser routers when it gets really going... the thousand of connections flood the cpu, and overflow the routing tables)

So if anyone wants to chime in, I'd love to hear some opinions. Good, bad. Indifferent wouldnt really help in this case. biggrin

34  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Guess it's going around - CPU/Mobo problems on: September 23, 2013, 03:27:26 AM
Still nothing?

35  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Have I screwed up my SD card? on: September 23, 2013, 03:25:27 AM
Not sure which Win 7 format tool you mean by your description.

Open up control panel, administrative tools, computer management, go to the disk management section, and then plug your drive in.

It should show up there, even if unformatted.


PS: Try FAT32 instead of NTFS. The partition is small enough, unless you need a file > 4GB, you're better off. Especially if you use it to transfer files to other devices.
36  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Guess it's going around - CPU/Mobo problems on: September 06, 2013, 04:15:56 AM
So, what was the verdict?

37  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: GeForce GTX TITAN announced -GTX 780/770 on: August 30, 2013, 04:15:59 AM
Been poking at my card and reading around a bit. According to nvidia here...

... the maximum gpu temperature rolls in at 95c. This, I believe, is the point at which the card says 'screw you, we are shutting you down before you hurt us'.

According to the anandtech gtx 780 review here...  (down on page 19, though the link should place you there)

... the point at which the card starts throttling is at 80c. Although I've read at least once somewhere that there may be more than one throttle point, starting at 70c? (progressive throttling certainly sounds effective. maybe there is something to it)

Anyways, after digesting that a bit, I've decided to alter my settings on evga precision, which I now use instead of msi's afterburner software, mostly for the framerate targeting function. I was setting my fan to max out 100% once the card hit 77c, but I've actually lowered that to 69c. The reasoning is that, if the card is working that much, whatever I'm doing, I'm pretty heavily involved in, and the fan noise doesn't bother me. It's also not actually that loud, even AT 100% fans.

This also maxes the fan out BEFORE it hits any throttle points.. if there IS one at 70c, the fans will max out before the card gets there... and even if the card doesnt throttle til it hits 80c, that gives me a full 10c of wiggle room for the fans to keep the card from hitting the throttle point.
And, of course, sitting at the desktop, etc, the card is pleasantly quiet. Inaudible over the rest of the already quiet box, which is three feet from my head near the back of my desk.

Testing ensues. I don't expect to pick up much, from this. But every little bit helps, and it's better for the card in the long run. Hopefully this info and my thoughts on it will be of value to you guys.

38  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: GeForce GTX TITAN announced -GTX 780/770 on: August 15, 2013, 04:03:27 AM
Oooh! I just had a thought. EVGA's Precision X utility has a 'framerate target' function available in it. You could leave vsync disabled, or enable triple buffering as I suggested to reduce tearing, and set your framerate target to whatever you like, for the best of all worlds.

39  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: GeForce GTX TITAN announced -GTX 780/770 on: August 14, 2013, 05:51:45 AM
Try enabling triple-buffering instead. You can do it in the nvidia options, not sure about the game options since I don't have that one.

Article is from before nvidia adding adaptive vsync to its feature set, notably.

40  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / 32 vs 64 bit... this is why you should make the switch... on: August 05, 2013, 02:50:54 AM   The first post should be fairly obviously the relevant bit...

Now, the addressing limits I knew about.
The gpu sucking up gigantic amounts of the addressing I knew about.
I did NOT know that dx9 etc also replicated the gpu memory into system memory, further depleting the pool. Ugh, and no damned wonder.

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