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by freebird
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 12017

Re: Video card prices

Now that Nicehash Miner doesn't seem to be playing nicely with Radeon cards (someone correct me if I'm wrong), what's the easiest way to get mining on a Radeon? Claymore v10.2 miner is great for mining ethereum and a 2nd coin if you want, but I find much easier and profitable to just mine ethereum....
by freebird
Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 319
Views: 13742

Re: So who here is actually mining?

https://www.recode.net/2018/1/30/16950926/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-bans-crypto-advertising-bitcoin-james-altucher People are getting the message. That's pretty funny... I went to the link of the article on Facebook banning Crypto adverts and there is an advertisement on the web page promoting "...
by freebird
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 12017

Re: Video card prices

You guys will have to excuse some of my ignorance and lack of knowledge here, but I have a couple of questions, and then a proposition. First... . The ACTUAL PROBLEM with crypto currency is the abject SPECULATION of INVESTORS. Blockchain technology and crypto currencies built around them is not the...
by freebird
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: PC SHUTS DOWN
Replies: 9
Views: 859

Re: PC SHUTS DOWN

Are you overclocking the memory? If I get mine too high, the "memory training" will try the setting about 3 times and then boot with the default memory setting at 2133, instead of the OCed memory settings.
by freebird
Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 2503

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

I paid $500 for 4GB of memory back in the day. Something similar to: 2006 (year): 2x 1GB DIMM DDR-500 PC4000 @ $229.81 OCZ Gold Memory Prices (1957-2017) Yeah and I paid approx. $400 for 16MB of memory in my 486 build if I remember correctly & $450 for a 540MB Connor HD. Prices are based on Sup...
by freebird
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 12017

Re: Video card prices

Should I be mining eth with my 7950 so I can but a better card? That's how I got started... bought a GTX 1070 (while waiting for Vega) and started mining with my two R9 290s that it replaced and I just kept buying more cards...trying to not buy too many without paying them off. https://www.nicehash...
by freebird
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 12017

Re: Video card prices

If Nvidia is bad, then don't look at AMD. My $420 vega 56s can ebay for ~$800 now. I know right? I'm seriously tempted to put my £430 (inc tax) Vega56 back on ebay to fund a 1080 and a second ski trip this winter. £750-850 simply because they're still desirable to the miners and supply is practical...
by freebird
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 12017

Re: Video card prices

Before the holidays, prices were starting to come down for mid-range cards too. Well, I guess the good news is that I don't need to worry about options now. Going to steal my wife's R9 290 and crossfire it with my RX 390, that should get me another year or so. (Outside of the insane power costs, Ha...
by freebird
Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 12017

Re: Video card prices

meerkt wrote:
Not good prices, but better than $600...


Well if they were in stock, they aren't any more... but right now anything under $500 is great for a 1070(or TI version)... I should've bought a couple of 1070TI when they came out I guess...
by freebird
Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 12017

Re: Video card prices

Crypto prices has caused everything remotely capable of mining to be sold out or jacked up... Vegas are selling for $1000-$1500 on Amazon. B&H or Superbiiz.com had a 1070 listed for a decent price with 3-5 day wait I think just the other day. Unless Ethereum price drops back under $500-600 (curr...
by freebird
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: File system stops responding in new build - SOLVED
Replies: 16
Views: 1154

Re: File system stops responding in new build

I'm having a major problem with the new build I just put together. I'm hoping someone has seen a similar issue and can suggest how to correct it. Physically, the system seems to be fine, It posts and boots, and runs well... for ~ 5 minutes. Then, Windows Explorer goes into Never-Never Land. When th...
by freebird
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 319
Views: 13742

Re: So who here is actually mining?

I got into mining just so I could buy a new GPU or two to replace my R290s; and since I had an old mobo, cpu, memory and PSU sitting and gathering dust... my 2 R9 290s started my "mining" rig, which led me to buying several GTX 1070s, 1060s and RX Vega 56s, which have all pretty much paid ...
by freebird
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 319
Views: 13742

Re: So who here is actually mining?

What's casually mineable nowadays with CPU or low-end GPU? Not looking for big gains, just a way to convert electricity to cryptobucks. Cryptonight (XMR) can be mined with CPU or GPU and is profitable... Ryzen is pretty good at it as is most AMD cards especially VEGAs. Ethereum is probably the most...
by freebird
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 319
Views: 13742

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Damned miners are destroying the planet... https://www.yahoo.com/news/bitcoin-mining-track-consume-world-150717809.html I guess that's one way for Trump to revitalize the coal industry. :P Coal-powered currency -- the wave of the future! Actually there is already a "Waves" currency... htt...
by freebird
Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Nicehash just lost 4,736.42642789 BTC / $61,253,030.31 USD
Replies: 37
Views: 2764

Re: Nicehash just lost 4,736.42642789 BTC / $61,253,030.31 USD

Usually a company changes its name when bad newz hits it...so will they change their name to NiceTrash, NotsoNiceHash, or YouJustGotNiceHashed? For the poster that asked why is Bitcoin "worth" $13K? Well, speculators can't "short" it, but there is talk that a market will open for...
by freebird
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega very strong in newly released games
Replies: 39
Views: 2118

Re: Vega very strong in newly released games

AMD RX Vega 64 Gets 22% Performance Uplift In Wolfenstein 2 After Latest Patch

https://wccftech.com/amd-rx-vega-gets-2 ... est-patch/

and getting stronger...use the FORCE Luke...
by freebird
Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Purchasing Windows 10
Replies: 17
Views: 3597

Re: Purchasing Windows 10

Sellers who aren't offering the full, sealed retail package (which is the only one that can be resold with Microsoft's blessing) are usually offering some combination of a bulk, refurb, or OEM kit that may work but is probably not licensed for resale and may not be supported by Microsoft if you run...
by freebird
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 45
Views: 5420

Re: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems

I look at it pretty simply: between gamers, high-end compute, and cryptocurrency miners, AMD can't make enough; rather, if they could make more, they would . There's a production problem somewhere , else AMD would step up to the demand. I'd also hesitate to draw any conclusions between the yields a...
by freebird
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 45
Views: 5420

Re: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems

Is there any NEW information here? Yes there absolutely is: AMD said third-party board makers would have Vega parts in-hand by over a week ago and it never happened. Meaning that this is a real story about a real event, while you prefer to hide the severe issues at AMD that have likely cost Raj his...
by freebird
Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 45
Views: 5420

Re: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems

Is there any NEW information here? No where in the article does it say where the problem lies... Is it in the VEGA chip manufacturing? Is it in the supply (or lack thereof) of HBM2? Is it issues with the Chip Packaging process? Or Cost related? Probably a combination of several... As the Wendy's com...
by freebird
Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Jerry Pournelle
Replies: 12
Views: 5289

Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle

I've enjoyed his books since the early 80's and especially his comments about his own computer equipment. I had a subscription to BYTE Magazine and always read his column 'Chaos Manor'. Yeah, I enjoyed his "Chaos Manor" column (probably the "go to" column I read 1st in BYTE Maga...
by freebird
Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]
Replies: 33
Views: 5802

Re: Turn Off Bluetooth. [Jack Bauer]DO IT NOW![/Jack Bauer]

Cabin with electricity and running water? Then you are still not completely off grid. Solar/wind and your own well? Unless you can make your own panels, turbine blades, and generator, you can still be tracked. Not to mention a large enough panel array and/or turbines can be seen by satellites. What...
by freebird
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 15944

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

As someone who managed to snag a Vega 64 AC on launch day for just £450 avoid it like the plague. The card and drivers are horrendous and forget the 750w PSU it won't do the business. RTG needs to hang their heads in shame after releasing this garbage. Disappointed doesn't even come close and I onl...
by freebird
Sun Aug 20, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is IN STOCK at Newegg
Replies: 2
Views: 711

Vega is IN STOCK at Newegg

But only if you are willing to spend between $1100-$1900 on one of the various "bundled discounts" (don't know if there is any real discount involved though.) I think I'll wait a while longer and continue to mine with my 2 R9 290s, 2 1060s and 2 1070s; maybe I can mine enough to eventually...
by freebird
Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 7513

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

I read about that last week or so on the dailycaller.com http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/08/turns-out-replacing-letters-with-numbers-and-doesnt-make-passwords-secure/ This article is interesting also… https://sg.news.yahoo.com/computer-security-beware-hackers-choosing-password-150813686.html P@ssword...
by freebird
Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Explorer taking a long time to launch
Replies: 11
Views: 7186

Re: Windows Explorer taking a long time to launch

The 1st thing I would try to narrow it down would be run msconfig.exe and disable all startup programs. I've seen a startup app that couldn't connect to the internet block stuff for several minutes until it timed out. If that didn't work I also look at services that autostart, but probably try safe ...
by freebird
Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 99
Views: 6667

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

Maybe with Vega coming out the miners will flood the market with used 580's when they upgrade. I've been reading rumors on several sites that an RX Vega driver update is suppose to make it the King of Ethereum mining... https://www.google.com/search?q=rx+vega+ethereum+mining&ie=utf-8&oe=utf...
by freebird
Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Threadripper: THERE. ARE. FOUR. DIES!
Replies: 35
Views: 10595

Re: The Threadripper: THERE. ARE. FOUR. DIES!

With Four dies present and being based on pretty near the same socket as EPYC, the question then remains... could they enable 4-cores on each and have 2-dimms per core for 8 channels of memory? Perhaps in the future and enable more cores? Maybe an upgrade next year with Ryzen 2 or 7nm late in 2018? ...
by freebird
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:18 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 99
Views: 4444

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

Just an FYI, subscribing to alerts from someone like EVGA's direct website for Card availability is a plus. I got notified by email of the availability of this... https://www.evga.com/products/Product.aspx?pn=08G-P4-6573-KR on EVGA site for $449. and newegg is selling it for $479 https://www.newegg....
by freebird
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 99
Views: 4444

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

Don't know... but I spend more time mining then I do gaming anyhow... but speaking of high end hardware, I never spent more than approx. $300 for a video card (approx. price of my AIW 9800 & R9 290s when purchased) until I recently bought 2 1070s and put them to work mining... currently in 2 sep...
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