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by jdevers
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Fire HD 8 for 5 year old?
Replies: 10
Views: 1246

Re: Fire HD 8 for 5 year old?

My 6 and 8 year old have had a Nexus 7 each for nearly 2 years. Biggest issue is locking down YouTube time and limiting overall time on them. They are by far their favorite toys, not even a competition.
by jdevers
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3991
Views: 651221

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Currently a nice Portuguese Porto Barros 20 year old port...out of a jelly jar, haha. Very few things can put you on a beautiful porch overlooking limestone cliffs in the middle of summer like a glass of port...even when it is cold and dreary outside with 3 months to go until spring. On my mind at l...
by jdevers
Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New monitor/video card decisions
Replies: 36
Views: 7657

Re: New monitor/video card decisions

I bought the Edg and a Vega 56 ($400 with a $20 rebate woohoo) that I promptly flashed with the 64 bios. It’s definitely an upgrade although color is probably the single biggest change and that is simply cheap TN to quality panel not about the GPU upgrade or increased resolution or speedier refresh ...
by jdevers
Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New monitor/video card decisions
Replies: 36
Views: 7657

Re: New monitor/video card decisions

I broke down and ordered the Nixeus Edg last night, that discount is too good to pass up and even though it seems there is at least a certain amount of panel luck with that AOC panel it is far and away the best deal on a quality monitor right now.
by jdevers
Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New monitor/video card decisions
Replies: 36
Views: 7657

Re: New monitor/video card decisions

Yea, I definitely know that. Both are old.
by jdevers
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New monitor/video card decisions
Replies: 36
Views: 7657

Re: New monitor/video card decisions

I’ve narrowed it down to a pair of choices, one mid-range and one higher end both powered by AND cards. A 580 8GB card with an MSI Optix 1080P 24” monitor or a Vega 56 with the currently discounted Nixeus 1440P 27”. I might get the better card and lesser monitor to ensure more consistent frame-rate ...
by jdevers
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New monitor/video card decisions
Replies: 36
Views: 7657

Re: New monitor/video card decisions

Is there any legitimate reason decent 4K monitors are CHEAPER than equivalent 1440p monitors? There also seem to be very few mid spec 1440p monitors that support adaptive sync, is it just that all the cheaper 1440p monitors are older and so don’t have the adaptive sync support but most of the 4K mon...
by jdevers
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New monitor/video card decisions
Replies: 36
Views: 7657

Re: New monitor/video card decisions

I have no specific need to upgrade the HTPC, just laid out my original plan which was upgrade that and use the 280x as a de facto upgrade to the other PC. The kids spend significantly more time gaming than I do, so that was the impetus for the original plan. However I think that 1080P looks pretty g...
by jdevers
Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New monitor/video card decisions
Replies: 36
Views: 7657

Re: New monitor/video card decisions

Oh, I have gamed on the HTPC hooked up to a TV since it was a CRT. The input lag on the current TV isn’t bad at all, I would never use it for any serious work though. I rarely do serious work on the gaming PC for that matter, mostly work stays at work or on a laptop I carry back and forth.
by jdevers
Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New monitor/video card decisions
Replies: 36
Views: 7657

Re: New monitor/video card decisions

The HTPC TV is a 65” OLED by LG but we sit roughly 17 feet from the screen so the resolution curve seriously favors just leaving the 280x card and rendering at 1080p and upscaling. I mainly purchased it because I got an outrageously good deal on it and for movies the OLED is incredible. Like you sai...
by jdevers
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New monitor/video card decisions
Replies: 36
Views: 7657

New monitor/video card decisions

I’ve been a PC gamer since EGA vs CGA was a legitimate question, but over the last 5-6 years my career had taken the vast majority of my free time. My kids are getting to be old enough that gaming not involving birds and catapults is a legitimate time sink. My HTPC has a Radeon 280x and connects to ...
by jdevers
Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 353
Views: 26401

Re: So who here is actually mining?

I'm not mining currently, but I made a couple thousand dollars mining Litecoin and converting it to Bitcoin 4 or so years ago. Still makes me sick though that a friend of mine told me about Bitcoin in 2010 and it sounded stupid so I didn't start mining then...sure would be a nice view from my island...
by jdevers
Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:55 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 4K TV problems with Windows 10
Replies: 10
Views: 5158

Re: 4K TV problems with Windows 10

I'm not too worried about input lag, most of the games played on it are of the Lego variety haha. It actually looks really good in games where the upscaling isn't as noticeable, the desktop is the issue. I don't do work on it though, just frustrating to know that the image is worse than a monitor 1/...
by jdevers
Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 4K TV problems with Windows 10
Replies: 10
Views: 5158

Re: 4K TV problems with Windows 10

It identifies the TV correctly, I'll check the EDID info today. I went ahead and ordered a DP 1.2 to HDMI 2 active adapter to see what options that opens up as I feel it will be useful in the future anyway.
by jdevers
Sun Sep 11, 2016 8:43 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 4K TV problems with Windows 10
Replies: 10
Views: 5158

Re: 4K TV problems with Windows 10

Yea, it definitely isn't HDMI 2.0 capable and I know I won't get actual 4K output, but even 1440p would be nice. I get no options above 1080p. I have an ASUS R9 200 Radeon R9 280X, it said 4K on the box 3 years ago when I bought it (haha) so it supports 1.4a. The tv shows up as generic display devic...
by jdevers
Sun Sep 11, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 4K TV problems with Windows 10
Replies: 10
Views: 5158

4K TV problems with Windows 10

Ok, so my problem might not actually be with Windows 10 but it gets the blame for everything so I blame it too. I have an R9 280 graphics card and am trying to not upgrade just yet. I recently upgraded from a 1080p 42" TV to a 4K LG 65" TV and everything works ok, but I can't select a reso...
by jdevers
Sun Jun 30, 2013 9:43 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: How much faster have CPUs really gotten in 4 years?
Replies: 21
Views: 5502

Re: How much faster have CPUs really gotten in 4 years?

The first question is what speed are your running the i750? if you are extremely lucky and can run it well into the 4.4+ GHz range without a ton of extra voltage, then a new CPU and motherboard is kind of a waste in my mind if you don't need the other features a new platform brings.
by jdevers
Wed May 22, 2013 9:40 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3991
Views: 651221

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

coffee beans of my own roasting I have been a tad (quart?) low on coffee all day so this sounds particularly appealing. I would love to see the roasting directions/recipe, and source/link for raw beans. In the mean time, I plan to start the soak with my favorite store-bought beans, and in 2 weeks w...
by jdevers
Tue May 21, 2013 10:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3991
Views: 651221

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

2 oz Irish cream
2 oz Jameson that has soaked coffee beans of my own roasting for about 2 weeks (100g coffee to 1 L Jameson)
Pour over ice
Repeat as needed
by jdevers
Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:39 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Any good UPS brands other than APC?
Replies: 124
Views: 13661

Re: Any good UPS brands other than APC?

My biggest question is when did observation become "junk science"? Virtually all science is based on observation at one level or another. How exactly do you confirm an experiment without observing it? I understand that conjecture and fact are not the same thing and that a single observatio...
by jdevers
Sat Aug 25, 2007 8:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Home Theater recommendations
Replies: 68
Views: 13177

The specs say it has 2 HDMI inputs. Folks on the AVS forums are saying those specs are incorrect and the TV does in fact come with 3 HDMI inputs. I wonder what the truth is? *edit: as it turns out, the next model up that Sam's Club sells for the exact same price has 3 HDMI ports and supports 1080p/...
by jdevers
Tue Aug 14, 2007 12:52 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need help with a barebones laptop
Replies: 10
Views: 1277

Wow, I would think it would be cheaper than that. I can get very cheap stuff at our bookstore. Find out about the standard Student Select edition of Office 07, it is $70 at my bookstore.
by jdevers
Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:43 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Building New Computer
Replies: 30
Views: 6853

Don't forget 120mm fans for the TR U120, it doesn't come with them. One works, two work better...whether it is worth it depends on where you sit on the speed versus silence spectrum.
by jdevers
Fri Aug 10, 2007 7:38 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 8800GTX breaks 2GB memory barrier in vista?
Replies: 132
Views: 42197

Hey guys, it is somewhat fixed now anyway...

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940105

Not completely resolved but mostly there.
by jdevers
Thu Aug 09, 2007 12:26 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: TR's July 2007 system guide - thoroughly tested?
Replies: 15
Views: 2367

I would say that maybe you guys should verify the main spec systems and then on the alternative page make the disclaimer that you haven't tested the parts in a system together. Then you could not only offer ATI/Nvidia, AMD/Intel type options but just newer less proven options as well. Best of both w...
by jdevers
Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:10 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: smoked a perfectly good mobo today
Replies: 5
Views: 2791

Here is the worst thing. I have that board in a PC of mine and I have never hooked either of the "supplementary" power slots up, actually I thought they were for SUPPLING power to a video card if needed but a quick look through the manual doesn't really say much at all about them. Without ...
by jdevers
Wed Aug 01, 2007 3:55 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: can i use 2 psu in one pc?
Replies: 22
Views: 5659

Here are some guides to do what you want: http://www.speedy3d.com/articles/case_mod_p3/index.shtml http://www.procooling.com/articles/html/linking_multiple_psu_s_as_one_.php http://www.burningissues.net/how_to/power/psu.htm (nice, no cutting ;) http://www.picard.demon.co.uk/atx.htm http://www.procoo...
by jdevers
Mon Jul 30, 2007 8:53 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: clasifing 8500 and 8600. please help me
Replies: 24
Views: 4467

Yes, that is pretty much correct. SLI does not double the graphics power, it helps a lot, but is not perfect. 1 card = 1 card 2 cards in SLI= 1.3-1.7 cards It is usually better to go to the next highest card instead of using SLI on two lower end cards. Most people that SLI either do it because they ...
by jdevers
Fri Jul 27, 2007 3:01 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: clasifing 8500 and 8600. please help me
Replies: 24
Views: 4467

That is the frame rate in each of those anti-aliasing modes, none up to 16xQ. Unless you are using a really small monitor, you would never probably use the highest end AA on one of these cards except on very old games so don't let those right most numbers worry you too much.
by jdevers
Thu Jul 26, 2007 1:28 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: HALP!!!!! Fried the Q6600????
Replies: 38
Views: 11419

That's what the manual is for. I don't even have the problem and so no real motivation and it only took me about 30 seconds to go to your other thread, see that you were using an EVGA 650i board, go to their website, download the manual, look at the index and turn to page 25. This says you DO have a...