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by GeorgeH
Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: "My GPU is dying" and "recommend me a GPU!"
Replies: 19
Views: 6015

Re: "My GPU is dying" and "recommend me a GPU!"

If it were me, I'd wait a few days so see what effect (if any) Nvidia's 660/650 will have on prices, then just slap in a new video card. It'd be silly to do a full upgrade now if everything else is satisfactory, and when you have a nice job in a year or so you can build a brand new Haswell box.
by GeorgeH
Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Recommend me a mouse and keyboard
Replies: 13
Views: 7390

Re: Recommend me a mouse and keyboard

2.71828183 wrote:That's really a bummer for me, because I otherwise like it a lot (well, it could be a little smaller, but that's not a huge deal), but middle-click ease is kind of a deal breaker.

You can switch middle-mouse functionality to a different button; I use the big thumb button as my middle-mouse button.
by GeorgeH
Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Magnetic Disk And Hard Disk
Replies: 4
Views: 8190

Re: Magnetic Disk And Hard Disk

"Magnetic disk" could also mean tape drive. I'm guessing that English isn't the OP's first language, though, and people using the words magnetic and hard interchangeably is causing confusion.
by GeorgeH
Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Recommend me a mouse and keyboard
Replies: 13
Views: 7390

Re: Recommend me a mouse and keyboard

It's really hard to give advice on stuff like this because it's so subjective, but on the mouse side I'd consider the Logitech M500 (wired) or Logitech Performance Mouse MX . From my perspective the major difference between the two is wired/wireless, and their attraction is 10% ergonomic shape and 9...
by GeorgeH
Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Buying new Computer for Gaming
Replies: 48
Views: 13673

Re: Buying new Computer for Gaming

There is a danger in picking 4-year old benchmarks: Crysis is well-known to be CPU bound, not GPU bound. Look at the CPU in the benchmark: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600. A good CPU for its time, but its very very old. Unfortunately the GTX 280 is also very old. Battlefield 3 (or any other modern DX11 gam...
by GeorgeH
Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Buying new Computer for Gaming
Replies: 48
Views: 13673

Re: Buying new Computer for Gaming

You're picking games where they're both still playable at was looks to be maximum settings. Throw them at a more demanding game and you'll see something like this Crysis Warhead benchmark, where the 280 is putting out 22FPS vs the 260's 19. The 280 is still technically ~20% faster than the 260, but ...
by GeorgeH
Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Buying new Computer for Gaming
Replies: 48
Views: 13673

Re: Buying new Computer for Gaming

As his build stands, both the CPU and GPU can still be upgraded, why not spend money on those and get real solid performance increases? Because GPUs and CPUs aren’t RAM, and I view a PC as having four components: Motherboard\CPU\RAM, Case\PSU\ODD, HDD\SSD, and GPU. The first three go together becau...
by GeorgeH
Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Buying new Computer for Gaming
Replies: 48
Views: 13673

Re: Buying new Computer for Gaming

Well, the "slight" increase in cost is a difference of $35 if he buys the 1333 RAM before August 15th, due to NewEgg having a sale on the slower 1333 RAM. The article was only expecting a $10 difference in price. :wink: Well, the article does state a difference of ~$10 for 4GB - after car...
by GeorgeH
Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Buying new Computer for Gaming
Replies: 48
Views: 13673

Re: Buying new Computer for Gaming

The benchmarks for this kind of system just show that faster RAM doesn't help very much. It's only when you get down to DDR3-1333 that you see a minor performance penalty. The sweet spot appears to be at DDR3-1600, where you will see a minor performance increase over DDR3-1333 with only a slight in...
by GeorgeH
Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Buying new Computer for Gaming
Replies: 48
Views: 13673

Re: Buying new Computer for Gaming

The difference between the CX and AX isn’t just the power rating, but also fully modular cabling, higher build quality, a warranty that’s over twice as long, and (I’d bet) much cleaner power delivery. $135 is far from cheap, but you’re getting more than the potential for better efficiency. The diffe...
by GeorgeH
Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Buying new Computer for Gaming
Replies: 48
Views: 13673

Re: Buying new Computer for Gaming

Keeping these off of the SSD would either require convincing Steam to put some games on the SSD and some not (may be possible directly but I don't know how, or you could probably do it with some obnoxious symlink manipulation), shuffling games around between SSD and a HDD manually, uninstalling and...
by GeorgeH
Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Rendering Build: AMD or Intel?
Replies: 7
Views: 4461

Re: Rendering Build: AMD or Intel?

I'd guessing the rendering is of animations rather than single large frames; if so, then it can be trivially parallelized to almost infinite processors by rendering different frames on each processor. Assuming that there are an infinite number of completely independent frames, then sure. I just wor...
by GeorgeH
Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Rendering Build: AMD or Intel?
Replies: 7
Views: 4461

Re: Rendering Build: AMD or Intel?

I doubt that anything they're doing will scale well beyond 16 "real" threads (and if it does it's probably faster on a GPU.) Unless you can run benchmarks on a few of their jobs and demonstrate that the AMD box is definitively quicker, go Intel. Even if the Xeon box ends up being slower, t...
by GeorgeH
Sat Jul 21, 2012 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Will a netbook be enough for computer science engineering?
Replies: 5
Views: 4699

Re: Will a netbook be enough for computer science engineerin

Windows 7 will install from a USB HDD or flash drive with no problems at all; in fact the last OS I installed using optical media was Windows XP, and that was years ago. That said, actively using a netbook is something like reading a book with a telescope - reinstalling the OS should be the least of...
by GeorgeH
Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Critique my server build
Replies: 10
Views: 4137

Re: Critique my server build

I think you're forgetting that as part of the ATX design specification the PSU is supposed to be able to function as a system exhaust; the fan isn't there just to cool the PSU but also to pull air out of the chassis. A 400W ATX PSU fan isn't designed to deal with just the ~100W it might generate at ...
by GeorgeH
Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Critique my server build
Replies: 10
Views: 4137

Re: Critique my server build

I wouldn't worry about the PSU fan. I doubt you need more than ~100W under load, which means that at ~80% efficiency the PSU is having to dissipate something like ~25W. For something PSU sized that's in passive cooling territory; that fan, blocked though it may be, is still providing more cooling pe...
by GeorgeH
Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Is the faster processor on the new MacBook worth it?
Replies: 6
Views: 4217

Re: Is the faster processor on the new MacBook worth it?

It *is* with noting that Macs tend to sell for a good proportion of their original cost ... It's also worth repeating. Get the base model. Save the money that you would have set on fire used to upgrade the base model to cover depreciation. The new base model MBP you'll be buying in the future will ...
by GeorgeH
Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: want to build a PC where should i start?
Replies: 20
Views: 8251

Re: want to build a PC where should i start?

@ll - You probably want to avoid CAS 9 PSUs. :wink: @TheElm - you probably want to start your own thread, but some thoughts: i7-2600 at MSRP is a waste of money as well as last generation tech. You want Ivy Bridge; an i5-3570k if you would ever consider overclocking and an i5-3550 of you wouldn't. T...
by GeorgeH
Tue May 22, 2012 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: want to build a PC where should i start?
Replies: 20
Views: 8251

Re: want to build a PC where should i start?

What I'd do now - Chuck the IDE drive and get a SATA unit. Also, get a PS/2 -> USB adapter. ~$20. Get a ~128GB SSD (Samsung 830 or Crucial M4 would be my first choices.) ~$100. 8GB RAM (2x4GB.) ~$50. Decent Z77 board and i5-3570k. ~$350. Total - $520. What I'd do later - Discrete GPU Power Supply No...
by GeorgeH
Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Help, my computer keeps freezing
Replies: 5
Views: 2916

Re: Help, my computer keeps freezing

PE made some good suggestions, but I'd bet that it's either your HDD (small chance) or a software issue (large chance.) If it were my machine I'd format the HDD and reinstall the OS, then run the PC with minimal software for awhile to see if the problem persists - tracking down little problems like ...
by GeorgeH
Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Flash crashes my CPU. (No help needed.)
Replies: 7
Views: 2866

Re: Flash crashes my CPU. (No help needed.)

Your computer is crashing.

If you want more than that you'll have to provide more input - GIGO.
by GeorgeH
Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Flash crashes my CPU. (No help needed.)
Replies: 7
Views: 2866

Re: Flash crashes my CPU. (No help needed.)

Disable GPU acceleration and try a different browser.
by GeorgeH
Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: RAM: latency or speed more important?
Replies: 3
Views: 3215

Re: RAM: latency or speed more important?

Get the 800MHz kit. There's lots of good info out there, but the quick answer is that latency is measured in clock cycles; CL5 X MHz RAM can actually have lower latency than CL2 Y MHz RAM. Either way, though, you'll be able to tell exactly zero difference between either kit without running synthetic...
by GeorgeH
Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Upgrading to PC gaming.
Replies: 11
Views: 4213

Re: Upgrading to PC gaming.

PE made a great list; I'll just throw in some alternatives: PSU - Antec EA-380D (or EA-430D) ~ $45 (save ~$25.) You almost certainly won't notice the difference. GPU - AMD 6850 ~$130-150 (save $70-90.) Slower than the 560 Ti, but still fast enough for very pretty graphics. Case - Find something used...
by GeorgeH
Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Unconventional ramdisk setups
Replies: 10
Views: 5862

Re: Unconventional ramdisk setups

This looks like a fun project, but keep in mind that latency is a huge factor in how fast storage (be it cache, RAM, or whatever) is in the real world. I'd be surprised if you could do significantly better than a SSD using ethernet, regardless of bandwidth.
by GeorgeH
Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Trying to build my first pc, ran into problem:( please help
Replies: 4
Views: 2644

Re: Trying to build my first pc, ran into problem:( please h

I didn't mean to imply that 1.65V was necessarily bad (but it'd be really dumb not to buy 1.5V RAM); my logic went like this: 1) CL9 1333 @1.65V is horrible by today's standards, implying chips harvested from the very edge of usability 2) DOA RAM modules are much more common than DOA CPUs (I'd guess...
by GeorgeH
Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: choosing a video card, new linux box
Replies: 5
Views: 2375

Re: choosing a video card, new linux box

The 450 was replaced by the 550, so you're probably just seeing limited availability (450) price stability combining with so-so gaming performance relative to AMD (550) price cuts in an already incredibly compressed price point (~$100 GPUs.) 550 - Slightly faster 450 - Slightly cooler/quieter Flip a...
by GeorgeH
Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:45 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: New Laptop Recommendations
Replies: 29
Views: 8361

Re: New Laptop Recommendations

My very first Google search for "8560w Ubuntu" gives me this , wherein multiple people have installed Linux just fine on their 8560w. Sure it didn't "just work", but we're not talking about OSX on an iMac. It sucks that things aren't working for you, and I don't intend to be hars...
by GeorgeH
Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: choosing a video card, new linux box
Replies: 5
Views: 2375

Re: choosing a video card, new linux box

Grab a GTS450 or GTX550Ti and call it a day. AMD makes good gaming cards, but right now NVIDIA is better for GPU accelerated applications.
by GeorgeH
Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: New Laptop Recommendations
Replies: 29
Views: 8361

Re: New Laptop Recommendations

PEBKAC

HP supplies Linux drivers for the 8560W and it's certified by Novell for SuSE. It sucks that you're having problems with your preferred flavor, but that's part of the "fun" of Linux - you get to spend endless hours figuring out how to make it work properly. :wink:
by GeorgeH
Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Trying to build my first pc, ran into problem:( please help
Replies: 4
Views: 2644

Re: Trying to build my first pc, ran into problem:( please h

Bad RAM. Return it and get a different kit that runs at 1.5V.
by GeorgeH
Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Laptop with good graphics and otherwise average specs
Replies: 2
Views: 1668

Re: Laptop with good graphics and otherwise average specs

GT555M, $750. Looks like crap in a box to me, but if that's what you're looking for... My first instinct would be an m14x from Dell's Outlet, but without a coupon code you're going to be much closer to $900 than $800. You might also wait for 28nm GPU / Ivy Bridge laptops - the better 28nm "wel...
by GeorgeH
Sun Jan 01, 2012 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Desktop Keyboard Cleaning
Replies: 12
Views: 4941

Re: Desktop Keyboard Cleaning

I clean my keyboards with dish soap and warm water, then compressed air and time to dry them.

Since most people use <$20 keyboards and clean them on a timescale measured in years, if a little compressed air and superficial wiping isn't cutting it my typical advice is "buy a new one".
by GeorgeH
Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: SSD advice
Replies: 8
Views: 2616

Re: SSD advice

That's just it - "my computer." There are millions of hardware, software, and usage combos out there, and almost none of them were tested or designed for SSDs. We've all gotten used to the "plug the x thing in the x hole and it'll work fine" ecosystem so it's a bit of a shock whe...
by GeorgeH
Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: SSD advice
Replies: 8
Views: 2616

Re: SSD advice

Depending upon what you're talking about, that is/wasn't an OCZ problem so much as a SandForce and SSDs are new issue. SandForce was a small company that made a good controller but didn't have the resources to do the massive amounts of QA and validation that would've been required to make a flawless...
by GeorgeH
Tue Dec 27, 2011 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: SSD advice
Replies: 8
Views: 2616

Re: SSD advice

USB 2.0 will bottleneck most modern HDDs, much less SSDs. Unless you have a very niche application it's probably not a good idea. There are exceptions, but as a general rule if it has a SATA connector it'll work - I,II, and III will just determine how fast it'll run. I've yet to find a SATA drive th...
by GeorgeH
Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:41 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Upgrading my desktop?
Replies: 2
Views: 2260

Re: Upgrading my desktop?

For ~$200 I'd grab an i3-2100, LGA-1155 motherboard and some RAM (doable using a cheap motherboard, or watch for holiday sales on better ones) sell your old stuff, save for a little bit and buy the best GPU you can afford. Spending anything on your platform (CPU/mobo) doesn't make much sense to me, ...
by GeorgeH
Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: LG TV + Digital Video + Analog Audio Not Working [SOLVED]
Replies: 8
Views: 13370

Re: LG TV + Digital Video + Analog Audio Not Working

DVI wasn't originally supposed to work that way, but more modern versions can do audio. I see your Wiki link and raise you one more: Wiki DVI (with special attention to the bottom bit.)
by GeorgeH
Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: LG TV + Digital Video + Analog Audio Not Working [SOLVED]
Replies: 8
Views: 13370

Re: LG TV + Digital Video + Analog Audio Not Working

It sound like your GTS250 is capable of outputting sound over DVI, but because you haven't told it not to (or switched the sound output in the control panel) it's outputting a "no sound" signal to the TV that overrides the TV's "look for sound on the analog input" function. I hav...
by GeorgeH
Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: notebook/netbook reccomendations
Replies: 14
Views: 4113

Re: notebook/netbook reccomendations

I haven't used that particular laptop, but my experience with Asus in general is that they give you an impressive spec sheet inside a cheap plastic box with a barely mediocre screen. AFAIK the 540m GPU is just an overclocked 525m, but either one can be fitted with either GDDR5 or DDR3 so two "i...

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