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by Diplomacy42
Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:05 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Confused among GPU brands
Replies: 14
Views: 2322

Re: Confused among GPU brands

EVGA has the best support and warranty service. I trust them. When it comes to GPUs there aren't many bells and whistles worth your time and the ones that exist, EVGA provides anyway. Look for EVGA cards if possible. Everything else is a compromise.

Edit: who brought this thread back from the grave?
by Diplomacy42
Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:51 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Internet speed?
Replies: 8
Views: 1695

Re: Internet speed?

7 is fine. Gaming requires very little bandwidth, it's all about latency, and while that tends to go down some with increase in speed, that's not an absolute rule and the law of diminishing returns sets in fast (esp. by ~10mbps). agreed, its a common misconception, but one that ISPs do nothing to d...
by Diplomacy42
Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:11 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows, SSD's, and the swap file...
Replies: 32
Views: 10442

Re: Windows, SSD's, and the swap file...

The one general rule about virtual memory is that the experts will never give you a straight answer. Most of the information you'll find is outdated by 10 years, and doesn't account for systems with more than 2GB of RAM. Everything else is just opinions based on no testing whatsoever. Yes, they do ...
by Diplomacy42
Thu Jan 16, 2014 5:44 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows, SSD's, and the swap file...
Replies: 32
Views: 10442

Re: Windows, SSD's, and the swap file...

you should not leave the swap file on, not because of SSDs but because you don't use it.
by Diplomacy42
Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:21 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Alternatives to F@H?
Replies: 20
Views: 12972

Re: Alternatives to F@H?

I use Bionic exclusively. they have vastly better projects and pande is a doodoo head. that said, I never particularly liked the points measuring that goes on in the F@H community. If you support the project, and its goals then why should you be upset if you get -bigadv vs something else??? the prob...
by Diplomacy42
Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Why I will downgrade my broadband.
Replies: 148
Views: 16578

Re: Why I will downgrade my broadband.

net neutrality is important, in the sense that it should be frigging illegal to specifically target your competitor's business with actions like this which are purely anti-competitive, however its just a symptom. the root cause is the fact that every carrier in practically every market operates in a...
by Diplomacy42
Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:23 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Did Firefox 26 just get slower?
Replies: 13
Views: 5063

Re: Did Firefox 26 just get slower?

Interestingly enough, I opened Gamespot.com and saw the same problem and I'm running windows 8 with a 4.4ghz hex-core with 32gb of ram... tabbing around seems fine, but other websites seem to hesitate for like 1/4th of a second before loading. I could definitely see that being irksome, although the ...
by Diplomacy42
Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:49 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Gummy Bear Body Armor?
Replies: 15
Views: 3235

Re: Gummy Bear Body Armor?

.25"-4" penetration. do you really want to wear a vest that is 6" deep front and back? we could rename our marine corp the "michelin corp." I'll take Kevlar or ceramic thanks. If they want to put some gel cushions underneath the actual armor, I'll leave that up to them.
by Diplomacy42
Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:01 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Unable to turn on menu bar on IE10
Replies: 8
Views: 2201

Re: Unable to turn on menu bar on IE10

churin wrote:
That solved the problem. Thanks for your help.

But my question remains: Why don't I get the context menu as I used to get. The following image is taken from another machine.


Because windows 8 blows?
by Diplomacy42
Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:47 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Hidden items stay hidden
Replies: 5
Views: 1057

Re: Hidden items stay hidden

churin wrote:
I unchecked the Hidden Items but those files did not show up in the system drive. What could be wrong?


windows 7? 8? administrator? applied to all folders and subfolders?
by Diplomacy42
Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:43 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Question[s] regarding various GPUs for folding
Replies: 13
Views: 9161

Re: Question[s] regarding various GPUs for folding

Lack of folding testing in the Tech Report GPU review and comparison articles is an annoyance for me, and I have never gotten any response from TR. I am left to believe that management is bored with it or doesn't think we need or want this information. To me this is a huge lacking, and any coverage...
by Diplomacy42
Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:52 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Where is Steam OS Beta?
Replies: 14
Views: 3988

Re: Where is Steam OS Beta?

Ryu Connor wrote:


wouldn't be right to just break with tradition. I'm sure it will be ready before 2020ish, though.
by Diplomacy42
Fri Dec 13, 2013 3:39 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: GOG.com Winter Sale special "gift" offers
Replies: 17
Views: 2553

Re: GOG.com Winter Sale special "gift" offers

I chose the "timeless classics" and was offered Giants: Citizen Kabuto, which I had never heard of, but it gets a 9.2 from Ign, 85 from metacritic and otherwise positive reviews.

the price was 2.49 (75% 0ff).
by Diplomacy42
Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:29 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Xbox one prank that bricks console
Replies: 5
Views: 1870

Re: Xbox one prank that bricks console

hit the windows key, type regedit and change/delete xxxxx. bad idea bro. The difference is that the end user was meant to have that kind of access on Windows. Dev mode on the XBOne could have easily stopped end users from getting into somewhere that they should not have access to with a simple USB ...
by Diplomacy42
Sun Dec 08, 2013 2:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Power surge every time the blower starts
Replies: 17
Views: 7008

Re: Power surge every time the blower starts

In all honesty to answer your question completely I would need to know the type of breaker, wiring configuration and a few other things, but generally speaking: It's not really common to see something on a dedicated circuit to affect a different circuit at all. A circuit is a group of physical wires...
by Diplomacy42
Sun Dec 08, 2013 1:12 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Xbox one prank that bricks console
Replies: 5
Views: 1870

Re: Xbox one prank that bricks console

while step 5 was fairly obviously not going to make the one backwards compatible, steps 1-4 are worth knowing for anyone who has half a brain. in fact, learning about the dev console is a reason that I might consider the XBOne once they break down and offer a cheaper camera free version(or I can buy...
by Diplomacy42
Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:07 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Alternative cooling methods for temperature bound GPUs
Replies: 22
Views: 14122

Re: Alternative cooling methods for temperature bound GPUs

I used a regular 9.99 box fan and a custom intake/exhaust made from cardboard, tinfoil and aluminum tape so that I could use cold winter air to add a little thermal headroom. it worked very well. quiet. I always got nervous when it rained though.
by Diplomacy42
Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:45 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The "coin" card
Replies: 14
Views: 3161

Re: The "coin" card

Ever try to run around town with a Discover card? ehh, thats not really a fair comparison. people don't accept discover because they charge the merchant a 6% +$0.25 fee per transaction which is more than what mastercard charges (4%). It has nothing to do with record-keeping or "back-end hassle...
by Diplomacy42
Sun Dec 01, 2013 1:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The "coin" card
Replies: 14
Views: 3161

Re: The "coin" card

wow, identity theft just got stupidly easy. As for the retailers not accepting the card, that seems unlikely. why would they care? They aren't in the business to aggravate paying customers when the tech is already in place. which would you rather do? sell a cart of groceries to a yuppie with a bluet...
by Diplomacy42
Sat Nov 16, 2013 5:17 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: PS4 finally arrives
Replies: 37
Views: 8803

Re: PS4 finally arrives

I'm still waiting for the comparisons between the two as 'media centers', though Microsoft's insistence that you pay for Live! is a pretty clear endorsement of Sony :). If you want a media anything, just break down and buy a bluetooth HDPC. The advantages between a PC and a console are like the adv...
by Diplomacy42
Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:26 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 7 or 8.1?
Replies: 29
Views: 7535

Re: Windows 7 or 8.1?

Hi everyone, I'm debating whether or not to put Windows 8.1 on my system or just a fresh installation of Windows 7. My system is getting old but it's still decent, a Xeon W3680 (6 cores, 3.33GHz) on an ASUS P6T7 WS SuperComputer motherboard with 24GB of RAM, using a Radeon HD 7970 video card and th...
by Diplomacy42
Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:16 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Early access games on Steam, good or bad trend?
Replies: 16
Views: 4895

Re: Early access games on Steam, good or bad trend?

I would say bad trend but only because they think we are going to pay $10-20 to pre-alpha test their games for them. I feel like if you are still working out the bugs for sale, the game should be f2p, if only because it gets you a whole bunch of feedback and bug reports. it really takes a pair to de...
by Diplomacy42
Tue Oct 22, 2013 4:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: movie review: Gravity.
Replies: 69
Views: 12073

Re: movie review: Gravity.

I thought the acting in the scene when she stripped out of the space-suit was worth an award
by Diplomacy42
Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:16 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: G-Sync Monitors?
Replies: 57
Views: 22396

Re: G-Sync Monitors?

Ambivilent. I don't think my GPU is even compatible, so that will need to come first.
This doesn't seem like the type of thing you should adopt early anyway, in a few years that chip might become practically standard, after-all its not like its a complicated chip.
by Diplomacy42
Sat Oct 19, 2013 7:41 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My parents are the worst people EVER.
Replies: 36
Views: 5185

Re: My parents are the worst people EVER.

I think we just found a new verse for this song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiaO9rP46WU when I was a tyke, I had to suffer sharing a computer with my older brother! growing up we used to pay AOL even though we used it for DSL For 35 years I had married gloom Until I moved next door just for breat...
by Diplomacy42
Fri Oct 11, 2013 11:24 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia's road to perdition.
Replies: 38
Views: 7234

Re: Nvidia's road to perdition.

I believe this is the first time I have ever read someone respond to themselves as if they were truly writing to someone else. It's not like there's anyone else here providing thought provoking input or arguments to respond to. ... AMD has a CHANCE, which is pretty good considering 2 years ago, the...
by Diplomacy42
Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What is this insect?
Replies: 30
Views: 5402

Re: What is this insect?

Based on the size, its most likely a juvenile which makes IDing it nearly impossible. I personally think that it is a spider (best guess http://www.insectidentification.org/insect-description.asp?identification=Black-Tail-Crab-Spider) 1) spiders have 2 bodyparts a head and an abdomin. I don't see a ...
by Diplomacy42
Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:27 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Have about $400 to burn. What should I do?
Replies: 26
Views: 6018

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

1. A good sound card: ASUS Xonar Essence STX $150 My terratec aureon space 7.1 sound card from my secondary rig does not have Win7 drivers so I can't put it in my rig for school. I have a modest home theater sound system that my computer is hooked up. Onboard sound is acceptable but I've always wan...
by Diplomacy42
Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:22 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Folding area of the Forum could use a update/clean up
Replies: 6
Views: 5892

Re: Folding area of the Forum could use a update/clean up

Folding costs money, uses power, and generates heat. A lot of people are on the green kick now so folding has somewhat lost its shine. The forum (and Team Techreport's own activity level) reflects the change in trends and sentiment. But maybe the new FAHCORE x17 will get people excited about foldin...
by Diplomacy42
Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:21 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Building advice for Small gaming rig
Replies: 33
Views: 6822

Re: Building advice for Small gaming rig

are you looking for a cube, an xbone or a vcr type profile?

honestly, I wouldn't get the k chip, btw. not worth it for the extra 200 mhz. there are good deals on non-k chips.
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