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by southrncomfortjm
Mon May 31, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Help with fans
Replies: 1
Views: 1697

Help with fans

Bought my wife a full setup worth of parts for a Lian Li 011D. She loves the RGB, so I got her 6 Bitpower Notos 120s. Me, being dumb and never read worrying about aesthetics (I have an all black Corsair Carbide 500R from years ago), never considered that RGB fans would be one direction only, as long...
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Sep 28, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Setup new PC, GPU not always used in games
Replies: 3
Views: 1592

Re: Setup new PC, GPU not always used in games

Is this only happening with Steam games? Does it happen with other launchers (Origin for example) or for games that are standalone? If it's only happening in Steam, then it sounds like for whatever reason Steam doesn't recognize your GPU as an option, or sees some problem with it, and is therefore ...
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Sep 28, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Setup new PC, GPU not always used in games
Replies: 3
Views: 1592

Setup new PC, GPU not always used in games

Hey everyone, Not sure where to post this, you'll see why. Sorry if this is the wrong place. So, I built a PC for my GF using all my old parts after I upgraded my machine. basically everything except the motherboard and a couple drives made the trip over. I set everything up, updated all drivers, et...
by southrncomfortjm
Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Fresh windows install on new SSD, other parts being replaced too
Replies: 2
Views: 1429

Re: Fresh windows install on new SSD, other parts being replaced too

Got it, thank you! I only remember drives booting off PCIe slots (M.2 adapter, Optane, etc.) would be tricky. For M.2 slots on the motherboard it should be simple as switching the proper boot order in the BIOS. The other thing to look out for is that if you get an NVMe drive, don't force "SATA ...
by southrncomfortjm
Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Fresh windows install on new SSD, other parts being replaced too
Replies: 2
Views: 1429

Fresh windows install on new SSD, other parts being replaced too

Hi everyone, I have received all parts for my PC overhaul. CPU, Mobo, RAM and system drive are being replaced, and an 8TB storage drive is being added. I have an OEM version of windows (bad purchase back in the day) so I have a new Windows license to use and a USB stick to install it with. So, curre...
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: What happens if I upgrade?
Replies: 24
Views: 5086

Re: What happens if I upgrade?

Thanks everyone. It's an interesting, if philosophical, point right? At what point is it a new computer such that MS would be justified in saying I need to get a new license? If I replace the CPU/Mobo/RAM, the only thing left of the original computer that the original Windows 7 was installed on will...
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: What happens if I upgrade?
Replies: 24
Views: 5086

What happens if I upgrade?

I'm thinking I'll need to upgrade my old workhorse i5-3750K in the next year or so. Of course, that will require replacing the Mobo and RAM too. I'm running Windows 10 from an upgraded Windows 7 install. Will changing out the CPU/Motherboard mess with my Windows license? Just trying to figure out if...
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 965
Views: 168449

Re: What are you playing right now?

XCOM2 I bought it ages ago and have only started playing it. I wasn't sure what to expect but it's different enough from XCOM:EU that I'm really enjoying it. The expansion to Enemy Within expansion was something I never finished because it felt too much like just another playthrough of EU. Sure, th...
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 965
Views: 168449

Re: What are you playing right now?

XCOM2 I bought it ages ago and have only started playing it. I wasn't sure what to expect but it's different enough from XCOM:EU that I'm really enjoying it. The expansion to Enemy Within expansion was something I never finished because it felt too much like just another playthrough of EU. Sure, th...
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 965
Views: 168449

Re: What are you playing right now?

Picked up Overwatch for $20 last weekend and been thoroughly enjoying it. Anyone want to play? I'm a support (Brigitte, Moira) and tank main.
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 342
Views: 48564

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? Take out a second mortgage, buy 10 RX 64's, spend extra hundreds on your power bill, and then get all your profits stolen from one of the ...
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 342
Views: 48564

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?
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 471
Views: 57365

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

Destroying Luke Skywalker's character is unforgivable. Don't agree on that point. All that happened is that we found out he's as flawed as every other Jedi we've seen. I don't see that showing him as vulnerable, and susceptible to massive amounts of self-doubt ruins his character. I...
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 471
Views: 57365

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

In space there's no free gravity and no sound. Most science fiction, not just Star Wars, wouldn't be very enjoyable were those rules of physics in a vacuum strongly adhered to. Would you truly enjoy it more if there were no "pew" and "boom" during those dogfights? If the answer ...
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 471
Views: 57365

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

How is Rey supposed to avoid the Dark Side? Because it's a choice? Vader had a lifetime of evil, but apparently was saved by a single choice to help Luke at the end of #6. Luke similarly was going to strike down Kylo Ren in his sleep, then made the choice not to. Not really... though I guess my und...
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 471
Views: 57365

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

TLJ is going end-up being the "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" of the franchise. But now having seen it I have to agree with the film's director, the trailer did give away a lot of it. Some of my earlier predictions in this thread were spot on, had a 66-75% prediction rating. I think a l...
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 471
Views: 57365

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

Saw this in IMAX 3D and enjoyed the experience of it as a movie. It has good action, sometimes witty and funny dialogue, and good suspense. As a Star Wars movie, and a continuation of my most loved (and sometimes not-so-loved) franchise of all time, it wasn't what I wanted it to be. But, I think if ...
by southrncomfortjm
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Fitness tracker or smart watch
Replies: 15
Views: 5855

Re: Fitness tracker or smart watch

I'm not really complaining or anything, but you posted a thread asking TR for advice on what to get, got one suggestion, turned it down, and decided after a full 64 minutes(or less) what you were getting. Welp I guess that's that! Eh, sometimes things move quickly. Did some searching, realized that...
by southrncomfortjm
Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Fitness tracker or smart watch
Replies: 15
Views: 5855

Re: Fitness tracker or smart watch

Gerbils! It seems like the answer to this question is no, but are there any fitness trackers with Bluetooth and music playback? Or are there any compact smart watches that fit the bill? Thanks! https://www.fitbit.com/ionic Looks nice, but it bulkier than I want. Decided on the Fitbit Charge 2 for n...
by southrncomfortjm
Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Fitness tracker or smart watch
Replies: 15
Views: 5855

Re: Fitness tracker or smart watch

What phone do you have? Do you want it tether from the phone or be 100% independent? I have a OnePlus 3T. Ideally, I want to be able to use it without my phone since I don't want to carry my phone when I go running, but still want to listen to music. But it doesn't seem like that's an option at the...
by southrncomfortjm
Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Fitness tracker or smart watch
Replies: 15
Views: 5855

Fitness tracker or smart watch

Gerbils! So, I found a Best Buy gift card with $330 on it the other day - no idea why I have it - and I'm in the market for a fitness tracker or smart watch. I'm basically completely out of the loop on this kind of tech though. Most important stuff for me is fitness tracking. I got to the gym a lot ...
by southrncomfortjm
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 106
Views: 20857

Re: What is your sound set up?

I'm a couch based PC gamer, so my setup runs through my receiver (Sony DN-860) and into a 5.1 surround sound system (Pioneer's midrange 5.1 setup) via HDMI from the video card. For games that use voice communication, I use a SoundBlaster X-Fi 5.1 to get good sound to my Audio Technica ANC9s and atta...
by southrncomfortjm
Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A gerbil's tv box choice?
Replies: 20
Views: 2661

Re: A gerbil's tv box choice?

For the best mix of functionality, simplicity, and price, the choice is easily the Roku Streaming Stick. It's what I use for 90% of my video entertainment. A Pi would be fine, but you'd probably need a keyboard to operate it instead of just a small remote. Obviously the added functionality of a comp...
by southrncomfortjm
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great
Replies: 59
Views: 14733

Re: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great

I found one at Walmart a couple days ago, just sitting on the shelf. No interest in it yet. A year from now when Wii U titles totally dry up I might get one. Yeah, no rush if you don't have time for it anyway. I finished Zelda and just play Mario Kart a few times a week. Just too bad Mario: Odyssey...
by southrncomfortjm
Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 219
Views: 30803

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Microcenter near me had one in stock over the weekend... at $599.99. I'd have bought it at MSRP.
by southrncomfortjm
Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Your Impressions of Curved Monitors
Replies: 29
Views: 6508

Re: Your Impressions of Curved Monitors

A pretty resounding "meh" from me. I had a Predator X34 for a bit. The monitor was great, but it wasn't because of the curve.
by southrncomfortjm
Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Need ideas for my next game...
Replies: 25
Views: 10927

Re: Need ideas for my next game...

For turn based strategy, check out Divinity Original Sin 1 and 2. They are also heavy RPGs, but the combat is top notch turn based strategy you can't get elsewhere.

Other than that, it's hard to beat XCOM 2. Don't really have real time recommendations since I'm all about turn based.
by southrncomfortjm
Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Destiny 2 Beta
Replies: 10
Views: 9563

Re: Destiny 2 Beta

You thought the Division had an engaging story? I'm excited by the idea of a shooter that I can jump into and out of for some fun when I want to. I'm not interested in a gear grind, but at least that can guide my game time. I don't know if 'engaging' is the best description, but I did finish all of...
by southrncomfortjm
Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Destiny 2 Beta
Replies: 10
Views: 9563

Re: Destiny 2 Beta

Played it, but I'm not sure that it's the kind of game for me. Ran great with G-Sync and SLI using the latest drivers without unnecessary tweaking, but man does it come across as boring. It's like The Division, with better gameplay, but without the engaging story. You thought the Division had an en...
by southrncomfortjm
Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Destiny 2 Beta
Replies: 10
Views: 9563

Re: Destiny 2 Beta

Traded the 300K gold for WoW tokens which are worth 15 bucks to bnet balance; ~55 bucks. Right now the going rate for a WoW token is 157,307G. At the time I did it a WoW token was really cheap like 50k G. You can also use your bnet balance to buy Overwatch boxes. I've done that in the past too. I r...
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