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by Acidicheartburn
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Upgrade Path for Aging Processor
Replies: 30
Views: 738

Re: Upgrade Path for Aging Processor

I ain't condoning spending a ton of money just to go "let's see how far I can take this" just for the heck of it, but if the man wants to, it's his money and if he gets enjoyment out of it then more power to him. If he ain't harming anyone then I see no issue. I have an IT friend who does ...
by Acidicheartburn
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 200
Views: 25052

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

Another vote for Dark Matter being good. It wasn't fantastic but it was good and was just getting really good when the final season ended. Huge shame SyFy ended it without giving it another chance. Currently rewatching Deadwood again. Saw the Deadwood Movie last weekend and found it a satisfying but...
by Acidicheartburn
Mon May 27, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Amazon Ordering Processing
Replies: 33
Views: 3246

Re: Amazon Ordering Processing

Three weeks ago on Amazon I bought an order of 6 items that qualified for free shipping. It took 4 days for two items to be sent out to shipping and then 8 days for the remaining items to ship but then they arrived the next day. It was weird as heck. All items were sold through Amazon and not a thi...
by Acidicheartburn
Sun May 26, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Amazon Ordering Processing
Replies: 33
Views: 3246

Re: Amazon Ordering Processing

Three weeks ago on Amazon I bought an order of 6 items that qualified for free shipping. It took 4 days for two items to be sent out to shipping and then 8 days for the remaining items to ship but then they arrived the next day. It was weird as heck. All items were sold through Amazon and not a thir...
by Acidicheartburn
Fri May 24, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Weren't bad caps only an early 2000s phenomenon?
Replies: 38
Views: 4057

Re: Weren't bad caps only an early 2000s phenomenon?

Back in the day I had an old ASUS M2N32 Sli Deluxe mobo (from 2006) that died from capacitor plague in 2009. It showed every sign of cap plague and behaved like it.
by Acidicheartburn
Fri May 03, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Help me decide which graphics card I should buy, please!
Replies: 11
Views: 1706

Re: Help me decide which graphics card I should buy, please!

I don't understand why anyone would recommend against getting the 2080 if it's around the same price to you as the 2070. It's an obvious upgrade that is considerably faster than the 2070: https://techreport.com/review/34445/asus-rog-strix-geforce-rtx-2070-graphics-card-reviewed/13 . It doesn't matte...
by Acidicheartburn
Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What's a good vacuum?
Replies: 49
Views: 3106

Re: What's a good vacuum?

Yeah, my Oreck takes a beating. I don't have a commercial model but it's still a sturdy vacuum and a workhorse. I bash it into all sorts of things and it takes it in stride. It's surrounded by this semi-soft but really tough plastic that absorbs impacts well. It's so lightweight it pulls itself alon...
by Acidicheartburn
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What's a good vacuum?
Replies: 49
Views: 3106

Re: What's a good vacuum?

Miele. There is no substitute. Yes, they're pricey, but they last forever (going on 15 years for mine). Also, canister will always be more versatile than an upright. Seconded on Miele. Went through numerous vacuums for years. Finally bought a Miele and it's just fantastic. Well built, good suction,...
by Acidicheartburn
Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)
Replies: 342
Views: 89027

Re: Fish hobbyist thread (aquariums and tanks - not the sport)

Reminds me of when I had a 75 gallon reef tank. Only had a few fish in it, mostly corals, snails, and shrimp. It was a really gorgeous tank, very health and stable. Just before I went on vacation some kind of extremely fast growing plant came in on some live rock. It grew so fast you wouldn't believ...
by Acidicheartburn
Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 938
Views: 133948

Re: What are you playing right now?

I've played every older AC title, from 1, 2, Brotherhood, Revelations, 3, Black Flag, and Unity. I really enjoyed all the games until 3 which just didn't hook me, then I enjoyed Black Flag for everyone's usual reasons. Unity I played probably half of and just stopped. I got into some other games and...
by Acidicheartburn
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: DAC+Amp Suggestion
Replies: 44
Views: 3900

Re: DAC+Amp Suggestion

RE: balanced- it doesn't make much sense for most purposes, but I have found that noise can be introduced around PCs in a variety of ways and a balanced path pretty much eliminates them. Alongside optical output to a balanced DAC to get ground separation as well, at the very least the analog signal...
by Acidicheartburn
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Crytek Raytracing demo real time on Vega 56.
Replies: 17
Views: 2407

Re: Crytek Raytracing demo real time on Vega 56.

I watched the Gamer's Nexus video (here it is: https://youtu.be/CuoER1DwYLY ) and took home what seems like a different conclusion than you did. When done properly, global illumination (GI) CAN look nearly identical to a ray traced scene, but it cannot do this in a dynamic environment. They demonst...
by Acidicheartburn
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Crytek Raytracing demo real time on Vega 56.
Replies: 17
Views: 2407

Re: Crytek Raytracing demo real time on Vega 56.

Edited: Apparently I didn't watch the whole video even though I thought I did, so my argument here was invalid until the next paragraphs. As far as noise goes, that's certainly an issue but I feel one that's exaggerated in Gamer's Nexus's video. If you look at Metro Exodus's implementation of ray tr...
by Acidicheartburn
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: DAC+Amp Suggestion
Replies: 44
Views: 3900

Re: DAC+Amp Suggestion

DragonDaddyBear wrote:
I'm already bidding on one on eBay :wink:

Don't forget to look at Audiogon (https://www.audiogon.com/). There's always tons of great audio gear for sale there. It's where I bought my amp and preamp for my main stereo.
by Acidicheartburn
Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: DAC+Amp Suggestion
Replies: 44
Views: 3900

Re: DAC+Amp Suggestion

Shiiit this stuff is expensive. Is there a big difference between a DAC and USB headset for gaming? I'm still running a Siberia v3 headset from years ago. Gonna be in the market to upgrade soon... A USB headset has a DAC built in, but the quality is going to vary greatly with the cost of the headph...
by Acidicheartburn
Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: DAC+Amp Suggestion
Replies: 44
Views: 3900

Re: DAC+Amp Suggestion

https://www.schiit.com/products/jotunheim IMO, this covers all you need. It might be a little bit out of your range, but IMO it's worth it. A powerful enough AMP to power anything you can throw at it (look at the power ratings), and the option for either an AK4490 DAC phase or their Multibit DAC ph...
by Acidicheartburn
Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: All you home brewers of beer, take note...
Replies: 11
Views: 818

Re: All you home brewers of beer, take note...

roncat wrote:
Here is the brewers yeast you want to use:
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-0978-9

TL:DR
Brewer's yeast genetically modified to provide all the "active ingredients" of marijuana.

Time to take up home brewing. :D
by Acidicheartburn
Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 938
Views: 133948

Re: What are you playing right now?

Yeah, the original was definitely dated looking even for it's time. Considering that Halo: Combat Evolved came out a year later and looked an entire generation newer on an Xbox no less, it was certainly lacking. Compare these two and remember there was a year separating these two games: https://gami...
by Acidicheartburn
Thu Feb 28, 2019 1:50 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 938
Views: 133948

Re: What are you playing right now?

I've been playing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. I can't quite put my finger on it, but there's something about this game that makes it nowhere near as good as Human Revolution. I'm about 5-10 hours in and seriously considering abandoning it. Did anyone play the whole way through this one? Is it worth s...
by Acidicheartburn
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Disk Cloning software recommendation
Replies: 34
Views: 3305

Re: Disk Cloning software recommendation

As everyone else has said, Macrium Reflect. The USB bootable version works great and it's pretty easy to use.
by Acidicheartburn
Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:24 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any engineers or repairmen here? Need help
Replies: 14
Views: 1527

Re: Any engineers or repairmen here? Need help

DPete27 wrote:
Kinda looks like a rivet nut. Can you confirm if there's two pieces that thread together?

I figured out it's basically a clevis pin without the hole for a cotter pin. See my previous post for a solution.
by Acidicheartburn
Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any engineers or repairmen here? Need help
Replies: 14
Views: 1527

Re: Any engineers or repairmen here? Need help

Bolt solution worked. I know a guy who let me borrow his angle grinder, so I bought a bolt and ground the head down so it was thin enough to fit, then used my dremel to cut it to length. My drill press made getting an even grind and cut a piece of cake. Ace hardware had the grade 8 bolt I needed. I'...
by Acidicheartburn
Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any engineers or repairmen here? Need help
Replies: 14
Views: 1527

Re: Any engineers or repairmen here? Need help

I missed that photo. Yes, you're right. But nothing an angle grinder can't fix. I've ground down bolt heads plenty of times. You probably don't have access to a lathe, but a cheapy angle grinder would cost you about $20-30 if you HAD to buy one. If you have a drill press you can even use it as a la...
by Acidicheartburn
Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any engineers or repairmen here? Need help
Replies: 14
Views: 1527

Re: Any engineers or repairmen here? Need help

Clevis pin might work. I don't know why you'd bother with a Grade 5 bolt unless stronger bolts are not available anywhere - the price difference should be negligeable considering you only need one. Grade 8 minimum, I'd say. Most specially fastener stores or automotive supply stores should have much...
by Acidicheartburn
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any engineers or repairmen here? Need help
Replies: 14
Views: 1527

Re: Any engineers or repairmen here? Need help

A 5/16" clevis pin is probably the closest "off the shelf" part you will find. If you look at the broken pin, on the left, you can see where the end has been expanded like a rivet. The cotter pin would provide the same function when passed through the clevis pin. https://www.grainger...
by Acidicheartburn
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any engineers or repairmen here? Need help
Replies: 14
Views: 1527

Re: Any engineers or repairmen here? Need help

Go to the hardware store and buy a 5/16" grade 5 bolt and cut to length if you have to. Cut off the head, if its long enough it shouldn't fall out even without a head, could always glue it in place. I don't think a bolt will work because the threading will interfere with the function of those ...
by Acidicheartburn
Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any engineers or repairmen here? Need help
Replies: 14
Views: 1527

Any engineers or repairmen here? Need help

The tilt brake on my office chair broke and now it freely leans forward or backward making it unusable (sitting in it normally makes you lean forwards and nearly slide out). I've taken it apart and found the culprit to be this flanged pin which has sheared in half which I'm not entirely sure the nam...
by Acidicheartburn
Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: AARGH!
Replies: 13
Views: 1394

Re: AARGH!

I went through a similar situation recently trying to secure erase my PNY SSD which doesn't have any manufacturer software for doing so. I went down a deep rabbit hole of programs and a Linux boot drive trying to get the thing secure erased. It was one roadblock after another, just like that. It's a...
by Acidicheartburn
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Best Open World Single Player with Ai bots for Multi Player?
Replies: 5
Views: 2347

Re: Best Open World Single Player with Ai bots for Multi Player?

Titanfall 2 seems to fit your description. Otherwise, there really aren't games like you're asking for, with competitive multiplayer with bots available that also includes an open world singleplayer. There especially won't be much of any such games that less than 5 years old. Check at Far Cry 4 if y...
by Acidicheartburn
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: My top first person shooters
Replies: 20
Views: 2697

Re: My top first person shooters

Is it just me, or are most of the titles mentioned 10 years old or older? Has the FPS genre been stagnant for so long, or has it fallen victim to the soul-sucking nature of AAA development at the hands of big budget publishers? There's 20+ years of FPS's to choose from vs the last 10 years so there...
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