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by sid1089
Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:20 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Looking for a Super Widescreen 2560x1080 Monitor
Replies: 16
Views: 7970

Re: Looking for a Super Widescreen 2560x1080 Monitor

+1 for 4k. 4k is getting less expensive very quickly.

The one featured in the TR front page is super tempting for $649.
http://techreport.com/review/26510/4k-for-649-asus-pb287q-monitor-reviewed

EDIT: Meh. It's TN.
by sid1089
Mon May 05, 2014 3:18 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: When awesome and stupid collide
Replies: 27
Views: 4244

Re: When awesome and stupid collide

The awesome part is obviously the Core i5 3570K. I've had this thing pegged at 100% for days at a time. This computer is on 24/7. Core i5 3570K doesn't care, it does what it is told to do! No it doesn't. It was throttling down its clock all along. The 100% is calibrated against whatever the current...
by sid1089
Sun Jan 05, 2014 12:06 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Better Remote Desktop Software
Replies: 23
Views: 4361

Re: Better Remote Desktop Software

BRB RemoteFX
by sid1089
Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:30 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Budget Motherboards
Replies: 5
Views: 1935

Re: Budget Motherboards

Yeah I want to answer OP, but I don't want to do it across 4 threads. So for your entire computer: If you want super cheap office PC, I would recommend you to get the following: 1. Integrated CPU Mobo - $70 http://www.amazon.com/ECS-Elitegroup-NM70-I-Processor-Motherboard/dp/B00G237CMI 2. PSU Antec ...
by sid1089
Sun Dec 29, 2013 2:26 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: PS4 Exclusive 'Deep Down' Has Amazing Visuals and Mechanics
Replies: 7
Views: 1668

Re: PS4 Exclusive 'Deep Down' Has Amazing Visuals and Mechan

Yeah based on that video, I am not impressed. Not at all.

I don't know what you mean by your comment about PC vs Console game development. My old hand-me-down HD 7770 could run Crysis 3 at full 1080P on high with an acceptable framerate. And that game looks stunning at any setting.
by sid1089
Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Would like some more details on bitcoin and mining
Replies: 105
Views: 27231

Re: Would like some more details on bitcoin and mining

Just to add to the thread. You can still make a sizable amount of money by mining other crypto currencies and then converting them to Bitcoins. If you buy hardware and mine smartly, your time to break-even can be as low as 30 days.
by sid1089
Wed Dec 25, 2013 12:39 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Pixels and Sensor Size
Replies: 65
Views: 6769

Re: Pixcels and Sensor Size

Well there is a ton of variables that go into deciding which camera shoots better pictures. But between the D7100 and the D610, the D610 wins. Pixel counts have reached such absurdly large numbers that it is not the limiting factor in deciding picture quality. The larger the sensor, the more light i...
by sid1089
Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:32 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ever going to see a $100 terabyte SSD?
Replies: 23
Views: 3251

Re: Ever going to see a $100 terabyte SSD?

Of course we will see them.
by sid1089
Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:16 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 645
Views: 77260

Re: What are you playing right now?

FTL
by sid1089
Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:17 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: R9 pricing
Replies: 42
Views: 7232

Re: R9 pricing

Well, people started buying these cards - not to play games - but as an investment.

So yeah, naturally the prices went up.
by sid1089
Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How loud are the R9 270X and 280X in real world terms?
Replies: 9
Views: 3832

Re: How loud are the R9 270X and 280X in real world terms?

The reference 290s are the ones you should really be worried about. I have a couple of non-reference Gigabyte 280Xs. They are pretty quiet. I run them with no case. I can barely hear them over the air conditioning. In heavy load, it is like a car idling (still pretty quiet). The reference 290 is mor...
by sid1089
Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: HP ZR2740w 27" WQHD LED-backlit IPS Monitor -- $349.99
Replies: 4
Views: 1884

Re: HP ZR2740w 27" WQHD LED-backlit IPS Monitor -- $349.99

I looked at this as well. With 4K monitors just around the corner, I decided to skip.

A fantastic deal nonetheless.
by sid1089
Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:10 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: New R9 290 card. Experiencing frequent BSODs
Replies: 30
Views: 8782

Re: New R9 290 card. Experiencing frequent BSODs

Man I am so sorry to hear that....I have heard that ASUS support stinks before. I will never buy a asus motherboard. Good lucl! Thanks for the board recommendations, vargis14. I will look into those. But most likely, I will forfeit this build entirely and go for a cheap OC-able Broadwell chip + 9 s...
by sid1089
Sun Nov 24, 2013 6:42 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: New R9 290 card. Experiencing frequent BSODs
Replies: 30
Views: 8782

Re: New R9 290 card. Experiencing frequent BSODs

Yeah the BIOS flash was a bad idea. Trying to re-flash to the original version, I am unable to get past the "Outdated Image" error. The motherboard is an ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS. I called up ASUS tech support. The first guy I spoke to didn't give a damn about being helpful. I tried explaining to h...
by sid1089
Sun Nov 24, 2013 2:40 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: New R9 290 card. Experiencing frequent BSODs
Replies: 30
Views: 8782

Re: New R9 290 card. Experiencing frequent BSODs

Okay I started off with a BIOS Flash. Now my mobo doesn't recognize the second proc and half the ram :(

I am gonna first revert the bios update and see if that second proc comes online. If it doesn't, I might have just lost some very expensive hardware over a $400 graphics card.
by sid1089
Sun Nov 24, 2013 12:30 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: New R9 290 card. Experiencing frequent BSODs
Replies: 30
Views: 8782

New R9 290 card. Experiencing frequent BSODs

Hi guys, So I bought a new XFX R9 290 Core edition card for my home-office workstation. Installed it into my system and it refuses to be stable for more than 5 minutes after boot. The BSOD error messages are not the same ones each time. Each time it is a different exception message. My workstation c...
by sid1089
Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:21 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Small business server backup
Replies: 15
Views: 2693

Re: Small business server backup

I have a very small scale setup going in my folks' home. There is a Windows Home Server with a couple of 2TB drives. All the other computers they have run Windows 8. It has this nifty feature called FileHistory - basically does incremental backups and versioning just like MacOS X with Time Machine. ...
by sid1089
Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:37 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Media playback from NAS to tablet over Wifi
Replies: 10
Views: 4601

Re: Media playback from NAS to tablet over Wifi

I have a pretty beefy system in place for this. It is a Print server/NAS/Media Downloader/Transcoder. It also handles backups and replication at my home. It is based off an i7 2600 system. The software is Windows 7 with Plex. I've also set up a DDNS to that machine too. That way, I am able to access...
by sid1089
Sat Jul 27, 2013 2:08 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Have about $400 to burn. What should I do?
Replies: 26
Views: 5120

Re: Have about $400 to burn. What should I do?

No brainer. Get one of the Korean 27 inch 2560x1440 monitors
by sid1089
Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:13 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Starting to think of building a fast folding system/server
Replies: 36
Views: 7398

Re: Starting to think of building a fast folding system/serv

I recently built a 2P system out of Xeon ES CPUs bought from Ebay. I am not recommending you try it or anything, but I managed to get a 2P Sandy Bridge E system for <$1000. I use it as my build machine. So far it has been working quite well.
by sid1089
Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:57 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: No Windows Password - Good/Bad?
Replies: 21
Views: 3884

Re: No Windows Password - Good/Bad?

My rule of thumb:

Desktop: No password.
Laptop: Password.
Work Computer: Password.
by sid1089
Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:20 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Just ordered a Windows 8 phone
Replies: 28
Views: 4057

Re: Just ordered a Windows 8 phone

I absolutely loved my Lumia 900. I now love my new 920 as well. The OS is solid, slick and fluid. Bar Instagram, it is has every app that I used to have on iOS before. I would like a notification center though. But I guess that will be coming in the next release.
by sid1089
Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:36 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Are high PPI displays actually good?
Replies: 31
Views: 6600

Re: Are high PPI displays actually good?

I've used the MBP Retina 15 on Windows 8. I run at the native 100% dpi. Text is tiny, but I have no trouble reading it. The screen estate it offers is amazing. I can have two dev windows and a reference page, all opened up at the same time.
by sid1089
Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:26 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Multiple Displays on Multiple GPUs - How does it worK?
Replies: 3
Views: 1209

Multiple Displays on Multiple GPUs - How does it worK?

So I have managed to accumulate graphics cards and monitors at work. I am right now at 4 cards and 8 monitors. All the graphics cards are low end GT210/Quadro 295 cards. No-SLI here. 4 of the monitors are 1080p, the other 4, 1050p I am having sluggish performance when I move some large windows acros...
by sid1089
Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:08 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Are high PPI displays actually good?
Replies: 31
Views: 6600

Re: Are high PPI displays actually good?

After using a friend's Retina Macbook Pro 15 for a couple of weeks, I could easily tell the difference when I had to go back to my Dell XPS 15. The dell has an excellent screen - 1080p, RGB LED and whatnot - It still fell way short of the MBP. As far as productivity is concerned, the current display...
by sid1089
Thu May 30, 2013 12:00 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 8 Phone Anti-Virus
Replies: 3
Views: 1739

Re: Windows 8 Phone Anti-Virus

I don't think there is any such thing as Windows Phone 8 Anti-Virus.
by sid1089
Wed May 22, 2013 10:41 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD + Raid Setup Recommondations
Replies: 9
Views: 2809

Re: SSD + Raid Setup Recommondations

Backup: I would suggest CrashPlan or BackBlaze. These are cloud backup solutions that cost ~$5/month for unlimited storage. This is a far more reliable way of doing back up than anything you can ever have within your own home.
by sid1089
Tue May 21, 2013 7:01 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: [Solved] Corruption on Disk?
Replies: 9
Views: 1854

Re: [Solved] Corruption on Disk?

I've noticed this issue with usenet downloaders too - specifically when downloading ~20 gb files.
by sid1089
Fri May 17, 2013 1:47 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: does anybody...
Replies: 6
Views: 1534

Re: does anybody...

Does anyone even care about Xvid anymore. Practically everything now supports H264.
by sid1089
Tue May 14, 2013 12:27 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Which cable modem should I get?
Replies: 24
Views: 9033

Re: Which cable modem should I get?

Yeah, go for DOCSIS 3.0 modem + separate wireless router.

I initially signed up for the 30 meg connection with Comcast. But for some reason, I regularly see sustained 100mbps transfers on my connection.
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