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161  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Quiet but Deadly (PC build) on: February 18, 2012, 12:13:10 PM

Quote from: Misguided on February 17, 2012, 01:58:28 AM

My intended budget was $2000, and I ended up spending just under $1800. While I didn't start out to build a quiet machine, I realized along the way that I had been choosing components with that quality. Notice I didn't say "silent". Silent computing is a whole different animal, and people building truly silent PCs are willing to sacrifice horsepower to conserve decibels. My hope is once this beast is finished, is that it will have plenty of muscle but with a refined manner as far as noise is concerned.

There's also the fact that all your friends would be referring to your new baby as an SBD/Silent But Deadly, which quite frankly I don't blame you for not going there biggrin

162  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Firefall Invite Thread on: February 08, 2012, 07:12:43 AM

*looks hopeful*

163  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Disk Boot Failure on Win7 on: February 01, 2012, 06:21:02 AM
Please give us the details on any and all hard drives and optical drives (mostly interested in sata vs pata vs other here)

164  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Wireless Router Reliability? on: January 23, 2012, 02:45:46 AM

Who's yo daddy? biggrin

165  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC appears to be on last leg on: January 18, 2012, 04:48:21 AM
Testing beta software on a suspect machine is Bad Mojo (tm) biggrin

166  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC appears to be on last leg on: January 16, 2012, 11:06:20 PM
Always, always, test the ram first. As was mentioned, most linux livecd's have a copy of memtest, but if you dont want to go that far...


(after that, borrow a psu from a working comp, and test with that) (especially if you get anything other than memory errors while testing...reboots, blinkenlights, etc)
167  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: DNS / Internet connection help needed on: January 14, 2012, 10:26:40 PM
What's the hardware config for the Win64 machine?

Check for driver updates.

You know, I occasionally get this as well, and I reset my dns to use the open google servers long ago.

So far every time I've attributed it to a noticeable problem with my DSL connection, usually just a temporary down. As an example, the PPP server seemed to go offline for a while the other night. Everything else was working, but no PPP connection, and no internet ip address, thus no Internetz (tm) smile

BUT. I used to have more troubles with it, and thus long ago swapped to using googles servers, and it made the problems shrink quite a bit. I attributed it to a weak DNS setup via AT&T at the time... (att runs a dns server which feeds all the modems, the modems feed any home routers installed, etc, in theory. The conclusion I came to at the time was the modem wasn't always picking up the dns properly and propogating it to the router)

For the record my box is running a realtek onboard nic, with the latest drivers at the time I updated them, which was some time ago.

Do you have other Win64 boxes on your network, or is this the only one?

168  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Power Supply Causing CPU Temp? on: December 12, 2011, 03:35:51 AM

Quote from: Scraper on November 29, 2011, 01:08:37 AM

It's not the Power Supply fan. I tested this. It's the actual CPU fan.

When I got home today I swapped in the 750watt PS I have into the new PC and the problem was solved. I definately think it was the PS causing the overheating. So there's no way I'm putting the old PS back in this system, I don't want to risk blowing the CPU. So it's off to Newegg.

Ok, the 'Egg has had time to come through. What did you buy, and did it properly solve your problem? biggrin

169  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: December 06, 2011, 04:54:37 AM
Technically I could have kept my client, but decided to clear the road just in case. One more download won't kill me, but missing the startup due to having to re-download a client will annoy the crap out of me.

170  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need help buying new PC on: December 06, 2011, 01:54:48 AM
My initial assessment of the systems overlooked the presence of ssd boot drives on both systems. Albeit it's a 64gig drive, but it alleviates the 'boot to raid-0 concept I was operating on for the first system)

I prefer the 5870 gpu to the dual 6790's.
As you can see, the 6790 isn't the greatest gaming gpu, even if you have two of them in the case. The 5870 still really holds its own.

For CPU the win goes to the first system. the 2600k/p67 is really strong... but coming from a gaming viewpoint, the 860 is plenty strong enough, and that punts it back to the GPU.

For ram, the win goes to the first system. I do wish the second system was 8 gigs of ram instead of 6, but 6 is enough.

I still hate the case on the second system smile

In the end, I'd still prefer the second system to the first. I dislike the crossfired 6790's. They're not going to be that fast, and it's also listing a 500watt psu. Which is probably enough if it's a quality unit with all of that running, but it'll be somewhat borderline. The second system doesn't appear to list gpu at all, which is also not reassuring.

PS: Looked around some more on the sight. This looked interesting.

It's still more ram than you 'need', and I could wish it was a 2GB 6950, but for the most part, it's the best of both worlds. And the price is right in the middle. And the case isn't horrid smile

171  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Home Networking Question on: December 02, 2011, 04:29:49 AM
* TheAtomicKid is currently pondering the differences between G and N...

172  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Power Supply Causing CPU Temp? on: November 30, 2011, 09:19:11 PM

My favorite stop for power supply reviews. He might have tested yours in the past.

Basically, if it's a quality unit, you'll be fine. I can run my current rig on my seasonic 380 watt unit, as an example, though I don't because I have to finagle the pci-e (it only has one 6 pin cable)

(q6600, p45 mobo, 8 gigs ram in four dimms, and a gtx 260 gpu)

And it absolutely handled it with the previous gpu (an 8800gts/320 built by evga, overclocked of course), without even blinking.


PS: Part of the problem is that, because the psu directly feeds modern video cards via the pci-e cables with no filtering except what's available on the cards (which is slim or none in a lot of cases, though some newer ones are including more), modern gpu's are extremely sensitive to crappy power conditions. If your psu is crap, you get things like artifacting, gpu resets, and more. In fact, it pretty much looks exactly like your gpu is failing, except it isn't. It's the power supply.
173  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Power Supply Causing CPU Temp? on: November 29, 2011, 10:11:19 PM

Quote from: Calavera on November 29, 2011, 01:16:26 PM

With the GTS 460, a 550W power supply is at the minimum required. Because the power supply has to work really hard, it generates more heat. If your case is laid out like most, the power supply fan blows right onto the CPU. I'm kinda surprised the only problem you had was heat and not stability...

That's the because they massively overspec what's required due to people buying crappy parts for cheap. The gpu has a TDP (thermal design power) of 160 watts for the 1gig variant. The rest of the system is adding up to 220 watts, unless he has a crapload of hard drives that he didn't bother to mention, or something attached that draw a lot of power from the psu, like a sound card with a built-in amplifier. (130 watts for the cpu, I'm allowing 40 watts for the mobo itself, since tdp numbers are hard to come by for chipsets, 10 watts per dimm of ram, 10 watts for a hard drive, 10 watts for an optical)

Right now, from what was listed, plus an estimated average system for what is NOT listed, he's only showing 380 watts at full load. His psu shouldn't be overloaded or even stressed.

And that's at theoretical maximum load. Ever burned an optical disk while running furmark and prime95 and/or cpuburn at the same time that you defrag your hard drive? biggrin


PS: Old ATX spec had psu's as an intake fan. Any modern supply is up to date, and is an exhaust fan 100%.
174  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: November 28, 2011, 10:30:33 PM

Quote from: Asharak on November 28, 2011, 10:00:13 PM

Quote from: RLMullen on November 28, 2011, 09:42:58 PM

Are you approaching this game as a Bioware RPG with MMO conventions tacked on, or as a traditional MMO with Bioware RPG conventions tacked on?

I've never for a second expected that SWTOR would be anything OTHER than a traditional MMO.  The addition of dialog choices, companions, strong story, and voice acting are the pieces where Bioware is attempting to make their small changes to the existing formula.

This was my immediate thought and response to rittchard's post, as well. Sure, I'd like a game where the emphases were reversed but I never expected this to be that game and I'm not disappointed that it isn't.

- Ash

As a point of conversation on all of this... in my opinion, an rpg approach, with mmo conventions tacked on, and you get... Guild Wars. Which is of course good in its own way.

175  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Power Supply Causing CPU Temp? on: November 28, 2011, 09:57:01 PM
Faulty psu could be putting out too much voltage on the 12v rail, which is what all modern cpu's feed off of. More than a little bit would fry the cpu though.

Conclusion. Plausible, if unlikely.

The fact that the problem moved with the psu indicates the psu IS at fault, but whether it's overvolting, or has a crappy fan and causing the case to not ventilate properly or some other somesuch issue, doesn't really matter.

Get it tested if you want to follow up, but a supply that small is so cheap that the testing will cost you more than it's worth, unless you have free access to a tester somehow.

176  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Home Networking Question on: November 28, 2011, 03:19:47 AM
1: Yes, but if you have crappy signal from Comcast, the splitter may be enough to do your connection in. Fortunately, they're cheap. The cheaper, the noisier, generally smile

2: See 1. If you have good signal already, you'll be fine. If your signal is marginal, the splitter will make itself known. You'll get weak signal levels at the cmodem, and snow/artifacting on the cable tv.

3: No, Maybe, and No. The wireless portion of the router might pick up interference if it's near other electronics. Electronics are generally designed NOT to do this, but nothing is perfect.

4: Ask your local buddy/ tv installer... they'll generally recoil and tell you no don't do that, but if pressed they might divulge a product that is less crappy than the others. Google might also help.

(5) Q:Is Wireless N good for penetrating walls? A: Not as good as Wireless G. G is slower, but it penetrates better. If your N performance/signal levels are crappy, try getting a G receiver, assuming your router can transceive on G, and give that a shot. Sometimes you get better throughput with G, due to too much interference with N, even though N is faster. This might clear up or reduce your dead zone. Check router specs etc before purchasing anything.


177  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: November 23, 2011, 09:22:18 PM
For those of you still having problems getting logged in and patched, if you haven't seen it already on the testing forums.

Bioware/EA has enhanced their security. You MUST setup security questions and answers, via your account at, before you can login via the patcher. Before you do that it will give you various errors including 'this account is logging in from a location that is not blah blah blah'. It flashes at the top of the patcher very quickly, and then disappears.

Basically, login to account, setup security questions, and you should be good to go.

Assuming you haven't caused the automated defenses to vaporize your account in the meantime (frozen account).

I'm assuming it will tell you if the account is frozen, if you login to and check it.


PS: Once you do all this and get logged in, it of course flashes a nice message at you that you need to login to your swtor account and setup the security questions, etc etc. Nice placement, eh? smile
178  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Replacing a dying Radeon 5870...or maybe just the GPU cooler? on: November 14, 2011, 06:06:35 AM
* TheAtomicKid chalks up another one for the good guys...

179  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: November 14, 2011, 06:02:24 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on November 13, 2011, 01:50:36 PM

If you got the e-mail I did, it says "Additional details for this upcoming test will be announced soon." and "As part of this test, we will be partnering with games industry sites to distribute additional beta codes as necessary. This will help ensure we meet our population goals, so we can effectively stress test our servers in preparation for launch." [This is not what's happening this weekend, and my guess is it won't happen until early December -- this weekend is NOT the last weekend beta test afik]

It does not provide any information on downloading a client yet. I'm assuming you're clever and just used the same link used for previous test clients. I'm not going to try, given that the beta clients have been different each weekend and whatever's up this weekend presumably won't be the stress test client. At least I hope it's not the same.   icon_neutral

If you got an e-mail (maybe an additional one?) that said "click here to download the client and play this weekend," then you got a different e-mail than most of the rest of us are referring to, so we're talking about different things.

If you're playing this weekend and you're not supposed to, then Bioware has a big gaping "hole" in their testing system, which wouldn't surprise me given some of their klutziness on certain things and all the misunderstandings going around (such as the pre-order page for months saying mistakenly that we'd need to have Origin installed to d/l the release client).

If you got in, have fun, and give as much useful, "action-able" feedback as you can.  icon_smile They're a few weeks from release, so the chances they can re-do the entire combat system or otherwise make the game less "WoW with light sabers and blasters" are pretty slim.  smirk
btw, Fileplanet is also giving out stress test (i.e., for later) keys. So if you haven't heard yet from Bioware about getting into the upcoming stress test, you might check Fileplanet's web site.

It was the first paragraph. Never received a followup email with details. Since I've not beta'd before, I had no previous links to use, I went to the swtor site, and dug through faq's and details til I found the link to the test sight. Login worked there, nabbed the download/patcher, and went from there.

No idea if I was _supposed_ to test this weekend, but it let me. Feel warm & fuzzy in the knowledge that I submitted lots of feedback smile

I'm under the impression this weekend is/was the stress test, both from what I've read on forums, and... well, the servers were all redlined. all of them. Not so much Sunday morning, but that evening, after I got home from work, it was the digital version of 'dropping the hammer on it'.

We shall see what we shall see. What I saw was pretty good. I love the voice acted quests. It's ton's better than rightclik npc, popup wall of text that doesn't get read, move to next npc. The text is there if you miss something in the conversations, but it's FAR more interactive.

Is it WoW with blasters and lightsticks? Sure, a little bit. You won't really be able to get away from that, at least not and still be an MMO. But it's good. And it's $*(&*(&!!! Star Wars! biggrin

I really really wish I'd gotten my invite earlier so I could have tested Saturday morning as well frown

Do you like MMO's? Do you love Star Wars? You'll be fine smile

180  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: November 12, 2011, 08:53:41 PM

Quote from: Gryndyl on November 12, 2011, 02:41:51 PM

The invites that went out friday are NOT for this weekend's test. They're for an upcoming one.

That's interesting, since my login is enabled on the server and I'm patching.

181  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: November 12, 2011, 08:58:57 AM
It would have been nice if they had emailed me my invitation before 12:30 pm Friday. Woke up, checked my email at 2:30, got the email, and the swtor site was down for maintenance, so I couldn't download the patcher, had to go to work.

Someone tell me why it should be worth my time to download 20 gigs so that I can test for just a few hours tomorrow evening. Since this is theoretically the last beta weekend and all.
* TheAtomicKid growls unhappily.

edit: that's assuming I can get it downloaded. My connection does about a gig an hour. started at midnight, 11/12

182  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mechwarrior Online - reserve your name on: November 02, 2011, 04:24:46 AM
Did reserve my old callsign, Sorceror, after spotting the news blurb. Thanks for the headsup, and 'we'll be seeing you guys real soon now biggrin'

183  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: anyone crossfire / sli? on: October 29, 2011, 10:49:37 AM
Thankyou for the link, Ceekay, that's quite the interesting read. Got me thinking about my next set of upgrades, which I'd already been thinking about lately.

Sandy Bridge E coming soon. AMD gpu's coming soon. Decisions, decisions.


PS: It would seem the trick to avoiding microstuttering, is to make sure your settings keep your minimum framerate as far north of 30fps as you can stand, visually. Since 30fps seems to be the zone where it becomes noticeable enough to be a problem. The bigger your cards, the higher those settings can be, naturally.
184  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: anyone crossfire / sli? on: October 27, 2011, 05:06:04 AM
No, there's only one place to install them, and that's to the system drive. They end up in places like /windows/system and elsewhere.

185  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Internet Connection Problems (Torrent Related) UPDATED and still lost.... on: October 26, 2011, 08:19:55 PM
Interesting. UDP connections were causing the wifi card to have issues... *googles for a bit*

You're quite welcome, btw. And no, I skip quite a few, actually. I just pitch in where I feel like I can contribute.

Gellar, any idea WHY udp transfers would crater it?


edit: *ponders* I wonder if the card is trying to do UDP offloading and getting overwhelmed...
186  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Replacing a dying Radeon 5870...or maybe just the GPU cooler? on: October 26, 2011, 03:53:42 AM
Given that you're out of warranty either way, and sitting with known good hardware in hand, just with a fritzing fan... yep, I know what I would do smile

187  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Internet Connection Problems (Torrent Related) UPDATED and still lost.... on: October 25, 2011, 08:24:12 PM
Interesting solution, Gellar. And yes, torrents do use UDP, but the really big difference is the number of connections made. A simple file transfer only makes... one? I think? A torrent makes hundreds of connections. That's why some routers buckle under the load... but Dante's is not, because I have that router, and the dlink, it holds its own.

The wi-fi card is another story, as demonstrated by the fact that your girlfriends laptop, and your desktop, both torrent fine behind your router, yet your laptop crumbles.

Checking error rates can be done router side by logging into the router, and going to the status tab (should default), and choosing the wireless selection on the left. It should give you a readout of wireless clients, and signal strength. After that drop down to the Statistics selection on the left, and at the bottom of that page you should see a readout of the wireless stats, including error rates. This is what your router sees on the link.

For the card, you need to pull up your laptops wireless client software, which I'm not familiar with. It will probably run via the system tray, near the clock. That will tell you what your laptop sees, regarding the wireless link.

Tbh, the card works under normal circumstances, yes? I have the feeling it's not the error rate spiking, and the card not recovering. It could be, but I doubt it. It is more likely, that the card doesn't like the hundreds upon hundreds of connections that are made when the torrent software is running.

A simple test. Hook the laptop up to the network via wired connection, and run your torrent software. This will tell you for certain whether or not it's related to your wireless link, or some other, seperate, software issue on your laptop. It won't tell you what that issue is, but obviously that's proving a little difficult to track down.

If you happen to have a usb wireless lan adapter, you could temporarily hook that to your laptop, shut down the internal wi-fi, and run torrents through that, to see what happens. But whatever adapter you use, might not hold up well, either. So it's an iffy test.


PS: To be honest, all of these tests are at least marginally iffy. For instance, the hardwire network adapter built into your laptop, might not like torrent software either. That will cause it to fail the relevant test I mentioned, making it look like you might actually have a software issue on the laptop.

A workaround to your problem would to download torrents on your desktop, and just share the volume the files are on, via the network, and pull what you need to the laptop.
188  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Replacing a dying Radeon 5870...or maybe just the GPU cooler? on: October 25, 2011, 05:56:33 AM
The 5870 is still a surprisingly strong contender for gaming performance. You would be well served by trying to extend the life, either via factory replacement (you have to trust them to get it right), or by doing it yourself (you have to trust yourself to get it right... but you're right there if you need to blame someone smile )

On the other hand, 28nm parts are 'around the corner'. Which 28nm parts is still up in the air... could be low end, and low/mid range, could be mobile parts. Nobody's talking.

Have you tried cleaning the card?

Here's a relevant question. How comfortable are you with assembling your own systems? If you can do that, you can replace a gpu cooler.

189  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: My first monitor dies - in spasms on: October 25, 2011, 05:51:04 AM

190  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Internet Connection Problems (Torrent Related) UPDATED and still lost.... on: October 24, 2011, 10:11:44 PM

Quote from: gellar on October 24, 2011, 04:02:07 PM

I'd say this is unlikely, but it's possible that your app isn't gracefully shutting down the connection and filling up your TCP tables.  There's almost certainly some hard coded amount within your router FW and anything above that amount will cause it to fall over.

Unfortunately I'm not sure how to troubleshoot that on your particular router, but in the Linux world you're looking for the TCP Conntrack tool if that somehow helps your googling.

I use Utorrent with that particular router/firewall every day, with no issues. I'm thinking it's the wifi card itself. I did mention previously to check the error rates between the router and the wifi card, but he hasn't mentioned it yet.

In particular it can't be a router issue, otherwise you'd have problems with your desktop, and her laptop when it was hooked to your network.


edit: also try this. the next time it stops working, instead of resetting the wi-fi card... reset the router, and see what happens. I'm betting nothing.
191  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: video card woes on: October 24, 2011, 02:15:31 AM
So, tell us about the 'new' computer, the 'new' gpu, and the 'new' power supply.

edit: (e8400 noted, 4gb ram noted, gtx 460 'enthusiast edition' noted) (vista noted)

edit: (this your card? )

Also tell us how hot said gpu is getting during the problem moments. Use software. There are many ways to get the temps.

Need actual make/model, etc. PNY card? But which generation, etc.

Have you ever purged the drivers using Driver Sweeper, and then reinstalled them?

Don't ignore the memtest advice previous, either. I wouldn't try to manually check the temp though... stuff cools off too quickly once you remove the heat source, and it's just easier to use software.

In particular, is it just the driver locking up and resetting, or are you getting actual video corruption? From what you posted, I'm betting lockup/reset, but no corruption this time. green and/or white 'streaks', pixels, etc.

192  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Emergency PC Build on: October 21, 2011, 07:40:52 PM
That's the bad thing about SSD's... once you go flash, everything else, with few exceptions, feels broken smile

note: a _well_ tuned dual drive setup (not raid 0) comes close, for gaming, or any program specifically setup on the secondary drive... but it's only close, not the same.

193  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PS3 - turns itself on on: October 18, 2011, 06:54:12 PM
No, it was not a poltergeist...


194  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: anyone crossfire / sli? on: October 18, 2011, 06:51:52 PM
I wouldn't do it in preference to skipping two generations of gpu's, and bout to be three. New AMD cards in november timeframe. Hold man, HOLD! smile

195  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PayPal email warning on: October 17, 2011, 07:32:33 AM
See also my recent post about how you never ever ever, no matter what, no matter never. NEVER click through an email link to a website. If you no clickie link, phisher no catch phish. If you feel the email is legit, manually surf and check your accounts. Not through the email.

The best phisher in the world cannot succeed if you don't take the bait.

196  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Downloading, Internet Connection Problems (Torrent Related) on: October 17, 2011, 07:05:17 AM
It's not your hash table filling up then.

*ponders some more*

Oh, suggestion on settings for your torrents... I use a 20k/sec upload cap, 192 max connected peers, up to 128 in a single torrent. Up to 6 upload slots per torrent, up to 3 active torrents, and of those, 2 active downloads. It's a slightly different scheme than you'll get from the handy calculator here... ... but it works really well for me. 192 total global connections (64x3 natch), with 2/3rds of that total available to any one torrent. 6 upload slots per torrent for three torrents, is 18 upload slots max, at a little over 1k per second each if all of them are active. (it will shuffle bandwidth, of course). The basic idea is not to overload it, but allow it enough flexibility to shuffle connections and bandwidth back and forth as needed, so if one torrent is extremely available, more resources will tend to be allocated towards that, and once it finishes up, they're freed up for whatever is next. Etc. Allow utorrent to use additional upload slots if below 90%, etc etc etc.

The big one is not to overload your upload, as often your download will be ratio limited... use 100% upload, and no download will be available (restrictions set by many service providers, nothing to do with torrent at all).

Have you checked the error rate on your wireless link? the radio in the dlink isn't the strongest. It may be that the wireless in the laptop is 'giving up' after a while, and not recovering. Thus the needed reset.

Btw, how hot is your wall-wart? Mine always ran hot to the touch, and it finally burned out the other day. Radio Shack has the 5V 2.5A (!!!) generic replacement available. They use modular tips, so take yours in with you for comparison if you decide you want a backup or need a replacement. Fortunately, the wart was the ONLY thing that burned out when it went. I got lucky.

Sorry, this is a bit of a mess, but I'm not sure how to re-organize it for better reading :/

197  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: October 17, 2011, 04:22:06 AM
Still seriously hoping for a Boga Lizard myself. (from the biological mounts side of things... )

edit: damned thing was fast. probably level 60+ biggrin

198  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Downloading, Internet Connection Problems (Torrent Related) on: October 17, 2011, 04:18:40 AM
Smells like a hash table filling up.

What's your router?


PS: What's your connection speed to the internet both ways?
199  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: CPUs - From AMD to Intel i-7s, is there a big gaming performance gap? on: October 16, 2011, 06:22:30 AM
Get a good quality unit somewhere around 7-800 watts, with at least the number of connectors you'll need for all planned card upgrades. (for instance, a normal pair of 6950's will have two 6 pin pci-e connectors, each, so you'd need four total. And pay attention, because some cards actually want a 6 pin,  and a 6+2 pin or an 8 pin (which are interchangeable, both fit an 8 pin pci-e connector... the 6+2 config also allows fitting to a 6pin, the extra 2 pins sit idle)

For the record, the difference in the connectors. 6 pin connectors carry a rated max of 75 watts of power, and 8 pin carry 150 watts rated max. Your pci-e slot is capable of supplying 75 watts as well, if it's up to spec.

So a card with two 6 pin connectors can draw a theoretical max of 225 watts. I say theoretical because it can draw or demand more, it would just put the connectors over their spec, which may or may not be ok, depending on your gear. Please note that 6xxx series cards have power draw limiting circuitry on them to help prevent pulling more juice than the card can handle. It's also adjustable via software.

For instance, I use an antec signature 850 psu, which would be perfectly suited to what you're planning on. 850 watts is more than a dual gpu system will normally draw, even with a little overclocking, and it comes with 4 pci-e connectors. Dual 6's, and dual 6+2's.

For what you're looking at in here, you really don't need any more than that.

200  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Defragging on: October 16, 2011, 04:33:15 AM
Possibly they're unmoveable for some reason or another. Windows being active means some stuff can't be defragged... you have a boot time option with the windows defragger for stuff like that. Defraggler has some options in the menus. (just checked mine, and it's an older version, so you _should_ have them as well, unless yours is even older than mine)

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