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by Walkintarget
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Toms Hardware going down to the bin can
Replies: 19
Views: 2267

Re: Toms Hardware going down to the bin can

I actually thought that quality of the articles at Tom's had improved in the past decade. I don't visit there very often. It was even longer ago that Kyle banned me from the [H], and I have only been back there following links from TR. Heh, most would consider a ban from [H] a badge of honor my fri...
by Walkintarget
Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel declares bankruptcy (RIP 1968-2019)
Replies: 68
Views: 7301

Re: Intel declares bankruptcy (RIP 1968-2019)

I love both TLJ and this movie. I also liked both the Fugitive and US Marshalls where he played the same kind of guy, minus the southern accent. A very overlooked movie, IMO. I watched it last month on Pluto.TV and couldn't turn the channel. Very good acting all around, and the storyline was compel...
by Walkintarget
Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4305
Views: 618886

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Marcus King Band !! Good God, this kid is GIFTED. I was just introduced to his music on Sirius, and looked up some YT videos. Another group that led me to look up Marcus is 'Pigeons Playing Ping Pong', a Bal'more based group that had Marcus along for a solo on 'Lightning' that just brings the house ...
by Walkintarget
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Time to finally take the Ryzen plunge?
Replies: 69
Views: 7342

Re: Time to finally take the Ryzen plunge?

That's odd, AMD hasn't change the form factor for their HSF on the desktop platform since Socket 754/940. I'm betting its the boards themselves that are causing the incompatibilities due to the I/O covers and sizeable heatsinks on the VRMs. I get a warning from PCPartpicker that the board may have ...
by Walkintarget
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Time to finally take the Ryzen plunge?
Replies: 69
Views: 7342

Re: Time to finally take the Ryzen plunge?

I'm doing a very similar upgrade to JBIs at the end of this month, using the same board, but I'm leaning towards the 2600x, as I don't need the extra cores for older games that I play. Link to my parts list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/2jvczY After looking over my list, I may hold off on the NVMe ...
by Walkintarget
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Good ol' fashion troubleshooting a gpu
Replies: 13
Views: 2462

Re: Good ol' fashion troubleshooting a gpu

It's relatively easy to test the PSU, and I find that the PSU is always a good place to start, especially when you are talking about a power hungry card or a rig loaded with a lot of accessories or peripherals.
by Walkintarget
Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an Era - Toys R Us
Replies: 31
Views: 3293

Re: End of an Era - Toys R Us

When I was a kid, my dad let us pick either the Star Wars Millenium Falcon or the Death Star from Kenner. I made the wrong choice with the Death Star, which was a piece of crap which quickly fell apart. I ended up buying the Falcon !! I think it was '79 IIRC. I also bought the X-wing and Darth's Ti...
by Walkintarget
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 64
Views: 9314

Re: Average fuel consumption

Hey, fellow Durango owner? Or Jeep Commander. Either way, the best I've done in my Hemi Durango is like 13.5L/100KM which is short of 18mpg. I doubt I get more than half of that during short commutes in the winter. 'Rango it is ! 2012 Citadel. I got 18 on a trip to Philly this fall, and that was th...
by Walkintarget
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Average fuel consumption
Replies: 64
Views: 9314

Re: Average fuel consumption

I was down to 10.5 mpg but a 2 hour drive to MD upped it immensely to 14.0. 95% of my driving is in the city, so having a heavy 3 row SUV and a thirst 5.7 Hemi is a bad equation for getting good fuel economy. Luckily, I only have a 7 mile round trip daily drive to work every day, so even at those ve...
by Walkintarget
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?
Replies: 18
Views: 3868

Re: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?

There was also an issue over the last week of December, specifically the Windows 10 Upgrade assistant utility, that I ran into on the 28th. If you downloaded and ran the utility to upgrade to Win10, it would fail with a specific error. After looking that up, the workaround was to use an earlier vers...
by Walkintarget
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?
Replies: 18
Views: 3868

Re: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?

Looking for an answer on this one as well. I had a failed Win7 to 10 upgrade go through last week in one last effort to get it upgraded, but altho the OS looked to be running fine, any game I launched would complain about missing a hardware rendering device and exit. I tried it twice, second time wi...
by Walkintarget
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 97
Views: 20023

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

Blackberry Curve (holy crap, PTT was just so damn convenient !!) Iphone 4S (hated it - ditched it after 2 weeks) HTC 8X - ahhh, now this is customizable !! Live tiles !! Nokia 930 - I really wanted the 1520, but the jump in $$ was just too much. All of the above are/were work phones. I bought a Noki...
by Walkintarget
Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Kaspersky Free
Replies: 11
Views: 2495

Re: Kaspersky Free

I've been a long-time Kaspersky user, and was made aware of this free version in the past week. I will toss it on a few PCs that I built for sale - I have nothing to hide, so if it phones home, no big deal. What vendor doesn't collect data about you in some way, shape or form ?? Between Google and A...
by Walkintarget
Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Best way to seamlessly migrate to new Windows 10 Laptop
Replies: 5
Views: 13119

Re: Best way to seamlessly migrate to new Windows 10 Laptop

You can still use Windows Easy Transfer to migrate from the old PC to the new one. I use it frequently to do just that on customer PCs. What you need to do is copy the MigWiz folder onto the new PC from the Windows 7 PC, then just launch it on the old PC, start the migration wizard and specify the m...
by Walkintarget
Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 99
Views: 7596

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

The only thing that kills off PC gaming is the annual endorsement from Microsoft on how they are now committed to gamers on the PC. Serious ... this year, they aim to make things much more enjoyable for gamers. No really, THIS is the year that they follow through !! Now come on, they weren't TOO ser...
by Walkintarget
Thu May 11, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory
Replies: 91
Views: 18369

Re: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory

Not dissing your huge collection, but why? I'm hanging onto a PCI graphics card (for testing purposes) and an original voodoo card for nostalgia, but I loathe having boxes of old hardware taking up space. Do you have plans for all this stuff eventually? Different strokes for different folks. Why do...
by Walkintarget
Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory
Replies: 91
Views: 18369

Re: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory

You need to add a 3Dfx Voodoo 5 6000 AGP 128mb to this list !! There's a 64mb functional one on flEbay right now for $269 BIN Edit: So many memories reading the list, from the sound cards where I first learned how to resolve IRQ/DMA conflicts and running QEMM to free up enough conventional memory to...
by Walkintarget
Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Found a blast from the past
Replies: 37
Views: 4345

Re: Found a blast from the past

I've been intrigued by the concept of a starfalcon inventory for years. Count me as very interested. Seconded. I have some old stuff, but due to space constraints I cannot hoard what I used to. I still have a semi-retro gaming rig set up to honor StarFalcon in his endeavors. Its gotta be rare enoug...
by Walkintarget
Sat Dec 24, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4305
Views: 618886

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Red Hot Chili Peppers - newest album 'The Getaway'. I love the title track !! Its a very different RHCP album, but its growing on me as a long time Peppers fan. My fave album has to be 'I'm With You', their 2011 release. So many great tracks on that one !! Of the 14 songs, I have 10 of them ripped a...
by Walkintarget
Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: The desktop PC "upgrade itch"
Replies: 47
Views: 4437

Re: The desktop PC "upgrade itch"

I was doing fine riding out any upgrades until I helped a friend upgrade his 5year old rig in November. I bought about $400 worth of gear over BF for his build, and made out VERY well - he scored a Gigabyte Z97 board, i7 4970, 8GB DDR3, Samsung 250GB 850 EVO and a Corsair H55 HSF for that amount. Un...
by Walkintarget
Thu Jan 14, 2016 6:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Server retired after 18 years and ten months
Replies: 32
Views: 1697

Re: Server retired after 18 years and ten months

Takes me back to '97 when I had a Pentium 200 (MMX !!) running a pair of 4GB SCSI drives and playing Quake damn near every day. I played Quake CTF every night for about a year straight at that time. Played so much that I had to go to the eye Rx for eye irritation. Here it turns out I wasn't blinking...
by Walkintarget
Thu Jan 14, 2016 8:51 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Anyone have Kingston’s HyperX Cloud Headset
Replies: 10
Views: 3284

Re: Anyone have Kingston’s HyperX Cloud Headset

Wow, how can you go from wireless to wired ?? There is NO WAY you could convince me to go back to a wired set of cans. I love my G930s, and dread the day they stop working. You can buy another dongle for the G930s for $25, or just sell 'em to me, as I'd love a second set to use with my HTPC. http://...
by Walkintarget
Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:52 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: It's Feeling a Lot Like "Wait" is the Magic Word...
Replies: 108
Views: 8700

Re: It's Feeling a Lot Like "Wait" is the Magic Word...

Not to hijack this thread, but not long ago if someone told me that I will be keeping the same CPU for six years on purpose I would have died laughing at them. Amen to this. My main rig was assembled in summer of '11, and I just can't bring myself to feel an upgrade is worthwhile. What I did recent...
by Walkintarget
Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Does anybody have experience with Newegg Premier?
Replies: 13
Views: 4299

Re: Does anybody have experience with Newegg Premier?

I just got a free year of Newegg Premier by filling out an online app for an Amex card on their website. I will use the card once to qualify for a $25 off on 50 purchase, then hope to not use it again. I thought it was only a month free, but the email states that the first month is a trial month for...
by Walkintarget
Tue Dec 29, 2015 10:25 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tech Report Down?
Replies: 20
Views: 2169

Re: Tech Report Down?

Sore loser who didn't win any hardware on the 12 day TR giveaway ?? :wink:
by Walkintarget
Mon Dec 21, 2015 8:37 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Blu-Ray on Windows 8.1...
Replies: 23
Views: 2127

Re: Blu-Ray on Windows 8.1...

And here I thought I was making the best informed buyer decision when I forked over my $$ for TMT5 last year .. HAHA !! oh wait, no ... :cry: .. yea, that's better. BD playback is a trainwreck. Thankfully, my vision has deteriorated so much after I hit 43 that I can't tell a difference between DVD a...
by Walkintarget
Mon Dec 14, 2015 1:48 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD FX Appreciation Thread
Replies: 163
Views: 10970

Re: AMD FX Appreciation Thread

Swapped out my old MSI 790/Ph II 965 BE combo yesterday for my newly acquired MSI 970 Gaming ($32 !!) and that gently used FX-6300 I picked up for cheap. This is actually my first build with a UEFI (I prefer Gigabyte boards, who held out for an eternity on UEFI) and I always overclock and I always d...
by Walkintarget
Fri Dec 11, 2015 2:58 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dell made me sad, c'est la vie
Replies: 88
Views: 4498

Re: ANYONE BUYING FROM DELL IS INSANE

So what you're saying is ....... ???
by Walkintarget
Tue Dec 08, 2015 3:51 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD FX Appreciation Thread
Replies: 163
Views: 10970

Re: AMD FX Appreciation Thread

My Fry's Black Friday/Cyber Monday boards both arrived today. Note that I picked up the MSI 970 G43 for $20 AR, but when the MSI 970 Gamer showed up on Monday for $30 AR, I simply had to go with that instead. Here's the hardware being added/repurposed: AMD FX-6300 - bought used for $70 (includes an ...
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