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by e1jones
Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New system... I guess
Replies: 26
Views: 2006

Re: New system... I guess

I've seen the Seasonic Focus & EVGA G2/G3 compared similarly. I built a new system with the G2 550 in January and have been very impressed so far. Given the system I built, the fan on the PSU rarely spins up while I'm 'working'; average load 'working' is about 160W as measured by the UPS. I'm no...
by e1jones
Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: WD 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive
Replies: 11
Views: 942

Re: WD 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive

I bought 6 in May, 3 have been shucked and were all basic Reds. I have one internal now, and one of the remaining USB ones plugged in and both show WD80EFZX-68UW8N0. The ones I haven't popped open were quite literally still in the factory 4-pack box, so I probably have 6 Reds. Maybe they were cleari...
by e1jones
Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Best motherboard for Netburst CPU?
Replies: 48
Views: 3075

Re: Best motherboard for Netburst CPU?

Ah, I guess it depends, for me 11 years is quite a long time ago; there are plenty of games that I'd really enjoy the nostalgia of playing through with higher settings on a system like this (highest-end possible from 1H'06, e.g. Pentium EE 965, 4 GB, GeForce 7900 GTX, X-Fi Fatal1ty, XP Pro, 22"...
by e1jones
Mon May 29, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How long before your last build started to fail?
Replies: 76
Views: 3854

Re: How long before your last build started to fail?

I meant physically switching the chips around lol. It's pretty easy with Gigabyte boards because each BIOS EEPROM is only 8 pins. If I was doing it though I'd convert the board to use sockets for them to save future trouble. Yeah, I'm not sure I want to bother de-soldering the existing pair of chip...
by e1jones
Mon May 29, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How long before your last build started to fail?
Replies: 76
Views: 3854

Re: How long before your last build started to fail?

With Gigabyte both BIOS chips are identical, so you could have switched them around to make the backup the primary, instead of recovering from the backup each time the primary flakes out. Interesting... I hadn't really seen that mentioned. All I ever found was jumping a pair of pins on the main to ...
by e1jones
Mon May 29, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How long before your last build started to fail?
Replies: 76
Views: 3854

Re: How long before your last build started to fail?

I built a C2D E8400 from possibly the first batch of the processors newegg got in January 2008. It chugged along until December of 2016 when the combination of the youngest short person messing with the power strip main power switch and a couple accidental trips on the power circuit at the panel cau...
by e1jones
Sat May 20, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 3D printers
Replies: 10
Views: 828

Re: 3D printers

NovusBogus wrote:
Stratasys/SDM.


Yup... spent plenty of money with them; actually their local predecessor Solid Concepts. Might have been more economical to buy one of the low end PolyJet machines, but the company i worked for was a little short sighted.
by e1jones
Fri May 19, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 3D printers
Replies: 10
Views: 828

Re: 3D printers

You're not going to see great resolution & detail from the 'average' home 3D printer. I spent 10's of thousands of dollars on 3D printing parts, primarily PolyJet which had the best resolution that I was able to find. SLA is good too, but the material & color options on PolyJet were way bett...
by e1jones
Fri May 19, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?
Replies: 83
Views: 3564

Re: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?

New desktop: Fractal Design Define R4 with an EVGA G2 550 - Pretty big case, easy to work with. Had intended to downsize a little, but ended up needing to keep a DVD drive and a few internal hard drives. Lots of cable routing space. Prefer the hard drive mounting arrangement, ie side-side. Things th...
by e1jones
Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Building a new home network
Replies: 21
Views: 2401

Re: Building a new home network

As has been mentioned previously a regular router and a separate switch is the better way to go. I haven't personally split the router/wifi duties yet, but it might happen at some point. Since buying my house (2011), I really wanted get my personal desktop off wireless, as well as offer wired access...
by e1jones
Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: New Video Card Skips BIOS/UEFI Splashscreen
Replies: 7
Views: 952

Re: New Video Card Skips BIOS/UEFI Splashscreen

In the "Chipset" tab, check to see if "Internal Graphics" is set to Auto or Disabled. Auto may present the behavior I described above. Disabled should boot straight to dGPU. Have you looked in the "BIOS" tab to make sure "Full screen LOGO Show" is enabled? I'...
by e1jones
Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: New Video Card Skips BIOS/UEFI Splashscreen
Replies: 7
Views: 952

Re: New Video Card Skips BIOS/UEFI Splashscreen

If the UEFI is set to use a specific output you might have to figure out which that is, or reset it. So maybe it's still trying to use the onboard DVI/HDMI outputs from the motherboard instead of the videocard? I didn't see a setting for that while I still had access to the UEFI prior to the new ca...
by e1jones
Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: New Video Card Skips BIOS/UEFI Splashscreen
Replies: 7
Views: 952

New Video Card Skips BIOS/UEFI Splashscreen

I built a new computer a couple months ago (see sig) with Windows 7. For the first month or so I used the onboard video since I thought I'd reuse an existing card. Everything behaved normally; see bios splash screen, enter UEFI, etc. Finally bought the stand-alone video card instead and it has been ...
by e1jones
Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: First time home buyer
Replies: 40
Views: 5169

Re: First time home buyer

Just to reiterate some things mentioned above, from my own experience... - Plan on a patch panel, and probably a switch in an accessible location. I put a 24 port patch panel & switch in the garage that everything in the house eventually runs through. - Run lots of Ethernet cable to anywhere in ...
by e1jones
Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:47 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Checking Ethernet cables
Replies: 17
Views: 2117

Re: Checking Ethernet cables

When I bought my house 5 or so years ago one of the things I did was hard wire as many spots as I could.  Pulled and terminated everything myself, and the best way I had to test was plugging my laptop into each port and running a speedtest. Not a great way (old laptop with only 100Mb, not Gbe) but f...