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by Starfalcon
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory
Replies: 83
Views: 5434

Re: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory

I am hoping I am able to get this finished soon, still have my house is still in great disarray from when I started this. I have just been busy as hell in RL recently...hope this scales down soon.
by Starfalcon
Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 206
Views: 17257

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

It was nice to finally meet you also morphine, glad you were able to make it this year.
by Starfalcon
Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: A case with LOTs of mounts for fans, and a question about thermal paste
Replies: 17
Views: 579

Re: A case with LOTs of mounts for fans, and a question about thermal paste

IIRC some of the older formulations of AS used to separate and harden eventually. I don't recall which ones had this issue though. Biggest issue with AS is that it's a PITA to clean up. In general it's decent. Ive been using AS forever, never had any issues cleaning it off, always came right off wi...
by Starfalcon
Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:39 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel needs to fire thier marketing team.
Replies: 24
Views: 1549

Re: Intel needs to fire thier marketing team.

Windows XP, well I should say used to be XP...when I fired it up earlier today, hard drive looks like it went to the drive graveyard in the sky. Considering how old the drive is and had a ton of hours on it, I guess it did not too bad. I used to run this one 24/7 for many many years, but when electr...
by Starfalcon
Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 206
Views: 17257

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

best gleek line ever, Mountain dew is so good, why do they make it taste so good.
by Starfalcon
Tue Jul 04, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Happy Fourth of July
Replies: 15
Views: 609

Re: Happy Fourth of July

Just got home from work, so my happy 4th starts now.
by Starfalcon
Tue Jul 04, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 206
Views: 17257

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

Damn, that was a long time ago, sure be nice to see it again.
by Starfalcon
Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel needs to fire thier marketing team.
Replies: 24
Views: 1549

Re: Intel needs to fire thier marketing team.

Feel free to check out my parts inventory in the general hardware forum to scratch your retro itch.
by Starfalcon
Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:57 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 206
Views: 17257

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

Now you will never get the pillowcase you left there 5 years ago....
by Starfalcon
Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:55 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel needs to fire thier marketing team.
Replies: 24
Views: 1549

Re: Intel needs to fire thier marketing team.

smilingcrow wrote:
wingless wrote:
As a retro computer collector, years form now I hope to be able to buy the stock of these chips really cheap off of eBay to make a retro time machine.

Your i7-2600K does give you certain retro credentials but don't give up the day job.


You need the one in my sig to get your retro card
by Starfalcon
Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1587
Views: 46803

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Captain Ned wrote:
just brew it! wrote:
I think he means AJ the forum member, not TRAJ the subject of the story.

For the family's sake, I sure hope that's the case.


Yes, that is the person I am talking about, the action jim from the story has vanished, hopefully for good.
by Starfalcon
Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 622
Views: 72404

Re: What are you playing right now?

You just missed the gog sale with all the same games, DRM free :(
by Starfalcon
Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1587
Views: 46803

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

just brew it! wrote:
Heiwashin wrote:
That was a pretty funny story. What ever happened to this action Jim guy?

I honestly don't recall. Maybe one of the long-time forum denizens who knew him IRL will comment. It's probably documented in a forum post somewhere.


Action Jim is still alive, just busy with his family.
by Starfalcon
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory
Replies: 83
Views: 5434

Re: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory

I haven't forgotten about finishing this, just been busy with work and lots of other things going on. Lots of fun left to go....
by Starfalcon
Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 206
Views: 17257

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

I just might join the junkyard this year and this is what I KNOW I can bring: Abit IP35 Pro with a seated C2D E6600 that happily ran at 3.2 for many a year (it's been in its original static bag since decom). Board also comes with 8 GiB of ADATA DDR2-800 (4x2 Gib). Slap a HSF on it and you've got a ...
by Starfalcon
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A crazy idea?
Replies: 42
Views: 1621

Re: A crazy idea?

Abit was still around in mid-2007, as I bought my IP35 Pro based on this TR roundup review. It was about a year after I bought the board that Abit went Tango Uniform. http://techreport.com/review/12747/five-flavors-of-intel-p35-express-compared Yeah the US subsidiary went under late 05, the taiwan ...
by Starfalcon
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A crazy idea?
Replies: 42
Views: 1621

Re: A crazy idea?

yeah matrox is still around, although they haven't made a consumer card since the parahelia. They mostly just make specialty cards for industrial and other oddball stuff.
by Starfalcon
Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A crazy idea?
Replies: 42
Views: 1621

Re: A crazy idea?

They were still around and made a lot of really good socket A boards, I have a huge pile of them from back then. They actually didn't go under until late 2005, I have one of their last AM2 boards they released.
by Starfalcon
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Personal Supercomputer, didn't know there was such a thing.
Replies: 48
Views: 2319

Re: Personal Supercomputer, didn't know there was such a thing.

yeah it seems the only time intel really pushes hard for change is when AMD gives them a reason to do so, otherwise they coast along barely inovating. It is absolutely crazy that you can still be fine with a 10 year old rig at this point, it just shows how badly intel has been milking people. Now th...
by Starfalcon
Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 206
Views: 17257

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

Nothing in particular, just like to see whats there and people want to get rid of :D
by Starfalcon
Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?
Replies: 43
Views: 1879

Re: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?

They even apparently have 'em at K-Mart, though for $18 more. I am sure there are other examples such that an agreeable seller is available for most people. 8) All of the K-Marts near me have closed, so I would need to pay shipping, or expend gas/time to get to one that's still open. Aside from tha...
by Starfalcon
Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?
Replies: 43
Views: 1879

Re: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?

FWIW, my reasonably-priced 1500 VA UPS is rated for 900 watts for two minutes or 450 watts for eleven minutes. It keeps my PC and monitors powered up for 20 minutes of web browsing. It uses two 8½ Amp-hour 12 Volt batteries, so, at full draw, it's getting only 15% of the rated energy in the batteri...
by Starfalcon
Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1587
Views: 46803

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

That's good at least, I had a dell laser printer at my last job and had stocked up on toners for it, when the current one ran out, I grabbed the oldest one in the back and installed it. The new toner read as empty even though it was brand new and full, and I couldn't get it to work and had to end up...
by Starfalcon
Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 206
Views: 17257

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

Damn, almost for got to confirm me being there, esp so people can donate their old stuff to me
by Starfalcon
Tue May 30, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How long before your last build started to fail?
Replies: 76
Views: 3412

Re: How long before your last build started to fail?

The egg was correct, it runs Windows XP
by Starfalcon
Mon May 29, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?
Replies: 29
Views: 1587

Re: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?

I just checked my current rig, the oldest drive in there, a 750 GB WD has 55,900 hours. Ill have to check some of my older drives and see if any have more than that.
by Starfalcon
Mon May 29, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How long before your last build started to fail?
Replies: 76
Views: 3412

Re: How long before your last build started to fail?

Rig in my sig still works fine, been using it since the late 90's. Bios battery finally died though, and I need to replace that, and the old SCSI drive is getting a little questionable, so may need to replace that soon. Pretty much all my old rigs still work, but I did get lucky and not really buy m...
by Starfalcon
Wed May 24, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Apple ][ stuff of interest to anybody?
Replies: 5
Views: 1456

Re: Apple ][ stuff of interest to anybody?

As always, i am interested :D I even have a whole bunch of software from back in the day I haven't used in prob 30 years or so lol.
by Starfalcon
Mon May 22, 2017 5:48 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?
Replies: 83
Views: 3000

Re: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?

I'm not sure what my post has to do with your paranoia about proprietary systems and tiny cell phones. I'm using a mid-size case that can take up to an EATX motherboard. As I no longer use hard drives in my PC I was able to remove the dual 3.5" bays to improve internal airflow. The 2.5" b...