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by NovusBogus
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 160
Views: 4161

Re: Video card prices

dashbarron wrote:
Welp. I tried a DVI-to HDMI adapater...nope. Then a solid cable mini hdmi to hdmi cable...nope.

That seems odd, I've done mini-DP and mini-HDMI to HDMI/VGA/DVI on a number of occasions. I typically go with StarTech adapters, they cost more than the cheap stuff but have good reliability.
by NovusBogus
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices
Replies: 49
Views: 1800

Re: Why I'm Suspect of RAM Prices

Prices are based on Supply, Demand & BOM... This seems to be the primary driver. Chip production rates have been relatively stable for a while, be it simple erroneous forecasting or some sinister conspiracy to limit production, but demand is increasing from a mix of smartphones, Sandy/Ivy syste...
by NovusBogus
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 160
Views: 4161

Re: Video card prices

If I had more time on my hands, I'd get myself an FPGA and talk to my EE coworkers about the best way to get a bunch of RAM hooked up to it for running the newer altcoin hash algorithms. But that would be loads of effort, and we've established that I'm too lazy to even set up a normal mining rig.
by NovusBogus
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: HP Prodesk G4 400 video card upgrade
Replies: 16
Views: 499

Re: HP Prodesk G4 400 video card upgrade

Seems like a good choice, AFAIK the 1050Ti outperforms my 960 which itself handles just about any game at 1920x1200. You'll have no problems at all with desktop, video playback, etc. though for gaming you'll want to run reduced resolutions. Most games UIs dont look right at anything higher than 1440...
by NovusBogus
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 160
Views: 4161

Re: Video card prices

The local Microcenter is listing some 6GB 1060s for $300 and EVGA 1070s for $450-470, not gonna lie I kinda feel like going down and getting one. I really want to wait for Volta though, because my 960 still does most of what I need and I'm not into most AAAs due to my DRM stance and generally being ...
by NovusBogus
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:28 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 160
Views: 4161

Re: Video card prices

If this becomes a regular thing one can get into the used hardware business. Wait for a crash and buy up a truckload of GPUs, then sell them in the next bubble. I could've made some nice spending cash if I'd bought up some of the listings of 4x+ GPU lots being tossed onto craigslist during the mark...
by NovusBogus
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 186
Views: 8655

Re: So who here is actually mining?

It expanded the investor -base: the majority of people recently "buying" into cryptocurrency never touch the chain. They are buying bitcoin balances on the exchanges, which never put those individual purchases onto the chain until the user wants to move the BTC they bought, whether to ano...
by NovusBogus
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 160
Views: 4161

Re: Video card prices

I also disagree that it's "not going away". The bubble could pop at any given moment, or mining algorithms could suddenly change and make GPUs non-viable. This would leave them holding the bag on a huge amount of unsold inventory. It certainly could happen, but people have been predicting...
by NovusBogus
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RGB-LED Walls
Replies: 11
Views: 440

Re: RGB-LED Walls

That looks like something that'd be great for one of those trendy hotel bars.
by NovusBogus
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 160
Views: 4161

Re: Video card prices

...this is still news? At this point, those frustrated by the pricing situation should lay blame on the GPU manufacturers for poor supply. Whatever one thinks of cryptocurrency, it is obviously not going away so I don't see the situation much differently than that of DRAM. Relatively fixed supply pl...
by NovusBogus
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 186
Views: 8655

Re: So who here is actually mining?

I hadn't heard of it until you guys started talking about it. So is it really that widely used, or just widely hyped amongst alt-currency enthusiasts? In any case, I have to go with Glorious on this one...an altcoin with some shadowy central authority picking winners and losers is no better than fia...
by NovusBogus
Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 186
Views: 8655

Re: So who here is actually mining?

I maintain that BTC is a fantastic idea for people like me who don't necessarily play well with others to build an economic subculture free of those dirty poli-sci sorts, but all the wild speculation, derivatives, and double secret hedge plays go way over my head and strike me as exactly the sort of...
by NovusBogus
Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia forbids GeForce use in Data Centers...
Replies: 21
Views: 1016

Re: Nvidia forbids GeForce use in Data Centers...

Agreed that legal thuggery is a terrible approach to market segmentation, but it should be noted that Quadro/Tesla basically *is* the 'business license fee' that you suggest. The blockchain exception is interesting, but I suppose they realize the hilariously low probability of actually making someth...
by NovusBogus
Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: budget / low profile video card 1080p benchmarks inside
Replies: 3
Views: 702

Re: budget / low profile video card 1080p benchmarks inside

Interesting data. For what it's worth I have a 730 in an old refurb SFF Thinkcentre not unlike your rig and it plays a variety of older games at 1366x768 without too much hassle. I certainly wouldn't want it for 1080p though.
by NovusBogus
Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Found a cool noname keyboard
Replies: 5
Views: 855

Re: Found a cool noname keyboard

Yes, it's basically that. There's an old saying in manufacturing that if you deal with a Chinese factory both first and second shift will be making your product, but only first shift will put your logo on it. Also, they have some pretty bright engineers and product designers who lack the clout to ge...
by NovusBogus
Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:08 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Firefox Hacked with Rogue Plugin... by its own developers
Replies: 33
Views: 2162

Re: Firefox Hacked with Rogue Plugin... by its own developers

So their position is basically that the best way to complain about the global surveillance cabal is to demonstrate that their technology is (potentially) part of the problem? Not sure if serious, must be one of those 'marketing person' things... Anyway, I got bored with FF about four years ago. It's...
by NovusBogus
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:00 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 1080Ti K|NGP|N or FTW3 Elite Gaming Black? Help me choose between these two cards...
Replies: 14
Views: 717

Re: 1080Ti K|NGP|N or FTW3 Elite Gaming Black? Help me choose between these two cards...

I like EVGA a lot more than I like non-EVGA, especially if you're not looking to overclock.
by NovusBogus
Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Gaming keyboard and mouse
Replies: 24
Views: 1206

Re: Gaming keyboard and mouse

Yes, RGB is both good for specific keys and also getting a color like low intensity orange (my preference) that isn't popular as a standard backlighting color.
by NovusBogus
Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Gaming keyboard and mouse
Replies: 24
Views: 1206

Re: Gaming keyboard and mouse

MX Black is kind of rare, yes. If you're serious about switch types it might be worth either taking a trip to Microcenter (which has KBs on display) or ordering one of those Cherry sampler kits to see which switches he like the most. Red and brown are the most common. For the mouse, it's good to kno...
by NovusBogus
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Brush your teeth in just 10 seconds..
Replies: 10
Views: 914

Re: Brush your teeth in just 10 seconds..

It's a great idea in theory. In fact, just the other day I was thinking about making an attachment for my Sonicare to basically do this. But, just because someone on the Internet says that it works, does not mean that it actually works...
by NovusBogus
Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 4K @ 60Hz KVM Switch / 144hz @2560x1440
Replies: 7
Views: 1233

Re: 4K @ 60Hz KVM Switch / 144hz @2560x1440

I might have to look into this, I've been needing a decent KVM switch. I don't care about 4K but I'm skittish about regular KVMs since, as their product site alludes to, most of them were only intended to be used in an ad hoc server room with a 1024x768 monitor and circa 1995 peripherals. The site ...
by NovusBogus
Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Parents had their Paypal account hacked..
Replies: 5
Views: 336

Re: Parents had their Paypal account hacked..

Heiwashin wrote:
I love how dumb criminals can be. Trying to get a mortgage with stolen info. I'm sure it'll end well. :wink:

Admittedly, if something like that showed up on an account statement my first call would not be to the CC's fraud department...
by NovusBogus
Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 4K @ 60Hz KVM Switch / 144hz @2560x1440
Replies: 7
Views: 1233

Re: 4K @ 60Hz KVM Switch / 144hz @2560x1440

I might have to look into this, I've been needing a decent KVM switch. I don't care about 4K but I'm skittish about regular KVMs since, as their product site alludes to, most of them were only intended to be used in an ad hoc server room with a 1024x768 monitor and circa 1995 peripherals.
by NovusBogus
Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Black Friday Approaches!
Replies: 14
Views: 1338

Re: Black Friday Approaches!

If I was you, I'd go with Coffee Lake for the extra cores. You had initially mentioned a 6850K...think of an 8700K as getting a 50+ percent off discount. The HEDT platform's other advantages shouldn't be a big deal for the typical gaming machine.
by NovusBogus
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Recs for college student laptops
Replies: 29
Views: 1996

Re: Recs for college student laptops

Agreed on the refurb thing, that's definitely what I'd be doing if I was back in college. Actually, I'm thinking of doing it anyway because I think I need a mobile workstation that still supports W7 and they don't make those anymore. Anyway, on to specifics: Screen size Good/better/best: 15" 19...
by NovusBogus
Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an E®A
Replies: 85
Views: 5298

Re: End of an E®A

Hawkwing, Sears/K-Mart are already dead, they just haven't stopped moving yet. IIRC it was simple asset-stripping by a holding company, but they would be in trouble in the current environment even without that. Well, you're not wrong. I buy a couple of things from Sears so their passing will be not...
by NovusBogus
Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Anyone still own a Harmony Link? It dies in March
Replies: 13
Views: 1552

Re: Anyone still own a Harmony Link? It dies in March

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/11/8/16623076/logitech-harmony-link-discontinued-bricked The brave New world of devices that require some other fool's server to operate. FTFY, the IP shenanigans are just smoke and mirrors. I've played way too many discontinued MMOs to ever be silly eno...
by NovusBogus
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Upcoming monitors
Replies: 12
Views: 1855

Re: Upcoming monitors

CoolTrader wrote:
I've been using Asus PA248Q for 3 years. Great monitor, 24" IPS panel, 1900X1200, maybe not fast enough for gaming.

I have one of these as well, and have yet to encounter anything that would be a useful upgrade.
by NovusBogus
Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Crazy Manangement Styles
Replies: 49
Views: 3257

Re: Crazy Manangement Styles

Hmmm...if they physically removed the hated telemetry code in Enterprise edition and then sold it retail as Ultimate ala W7, I might actually be tempted to get it.
by NovusBogus
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Econo box with less gaming focus
Replies: 40
Views: 2969

Re: Econo box with less gaming focus

Why not just get a NUC? "Budget system without much gaming" is the ideal use case for an i3 or i5 mini PC.
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