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by superjawes
Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:39 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Anybody watercooling their GPU?
Replies: 45
Views: 8527

Re: Anybody watercooling their GPU?

I have a question: Is there no dielectric liquid that could be used to transfer heat instead of H2O? You talking about a system failure (leaking)? Because your electronics might survive, but that would still make it terrible to clean up, and if it were to get on any pins, it could prevent stuff fro...
by superjawes
Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:27 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Monitor review sites are all dying off!
Replies: 37
Views: 6690

Re: Monitor review sites are all dying off!

Someone should do a little write up of one of the cheap Korean models and send it into Cyril and Scott for editing. Editing still takes a lot of time...doesn't really sidestep the sourcing issues :wink: But if TR users were willing to write reviews and post them on the proper forums (or request a s...
by superjawes
Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:37 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 670 advices
Replies: 9
Views: 1991

Re: GTX 670 advices

hmm ok then if that is going to be a better upgrade then i can do that could u guys recommend me parts within 400 ill be ordering from amazon I always start with the latest systems guide. I imagine JAE will be here soon to give excellent recommendations. Actually, the Sweet Spot's combination of mo...
by superjawes
Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:26 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 8 and the PC future
Replies: 7
Views: 1969

Re: Windows 8 and the PC future

Wow...that is a long article. I read a few pages worth of text before I realized I wasn't even halfway >.< (so I will have to pick it back up later). But the thing that seems missing from all of this change is a basically a "do everything" button, which Microsoft already has integrated in ...
by superjawes
Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:58 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: GTX 670 advices
Replies: 9
Views: 1991

Re: GTX 670 advices

I agree with arclight; you can probably get a lot more bang for your buck by upgrading the CPU, mobo, and RAM to a DDR3 platform.
by superjawes
Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:13 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: cpu activity - track down culprit process...
Replies: 16
Views: 4818

Re: cpu activity - track down culprit process...

Thanks for the link. It appears that svchost.exe is constantly chugging along at 16-18% CPU activity (1 core near 100%). Not sure what it's doing, but it seems odd to me. That's a lot of background processing. Okay...I'm not a software expert, so no one rage if I get this a little wrong... Many yea...
by superjawes
Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:05 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: First time building a gaming PC: $1000-$1200 budget
Replies: 13
Views: 2406

Re: First time building a gaming PC: $1000-$1200 budget

Will that Radeon be compatible with the rest of the parts I listed? Yes. Unless you're planning on running SLi or Crossfire, video cards are pretty motherboard-agnostic. Really, the only thing that you need to focus on compatibility with is between your motherboard and your processor. And yes, I wa...
by superjawes
Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:06 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: First time building a gaming PC: $1000-$1200 budget
Replies: 13
Views: 2406

Re: First time building a gaming PC: $1000-$1200 budget

First off, welcome! As rogue pointed out, the current System Guide is always a good place to start. They not only roll parts together, but they explain why each part is chosen, so you can figure out where you want more or less power. Also, I assume you have a copy of Windows available that is not in...
by superjawes
Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:00 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Aerial Combat Game/Accessory Suggestions
Replies: 19
Views: 6355

Re: Aerial Combat Game/Accessory Suggestions

Check out the free to play section on Steam. I can't remember the name off the top of my head, but I am pretty sure that there's a space shooter on there.
by superjawes
Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:34 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)
Replies: 43
Views: 18008

Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

I feel like I need to come back and give a shout out for Sanctum. This is another game I picked up on a Steam Weekend Deal/Free Weekend. FPS Tower Defense with multiplayer...pretty sweet execution. Okay, I think it needs some balancing, but it's still an awesome idea and lots of fun.
by superjawes
Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:53 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Auto CAD Build
Replies: 26
Views: 5809

Re: Auto CAD Build

LOL... sorry to skip ahead from reading the last few comments (I'll go back later... i promise). Why would you think that the majority of the information would be coming over the network??? All of his drawings and any of his data is local to his machine. I know for a fact that the SSD would be a hu...
by superjawes
Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:46 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)
Replies: 43
Views: 18008

Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Thanks Guys. Seems like Bioshock 1and2 and Borderlands seems pretty unanimous. I am sucker for old school shooters so I might give Serious Sam 3 a shot as well. Crysis looks interesting as well. I'm going to have to give a dissenting option on Bioshock. I liked it overall, but it gets repetitive pr...
by superjawes
Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:12 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)
Replies: 43
Views: 18008

Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

DeadOfKnight wrote:
Seriously? No mention of Bioshock? It's like the greatest FPS since HL2! Get it! Play it now!

Really? Two people mentioned Bioshock...

And it was available on consoles.

EDIT: 3 with grantmeaname's post.
by superjawes
Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:02 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)
Replies: 43
Views: 18008

Re: Best PC FPS Games of the last 5 Years (Suggestions)

Left 4 Dead
Team Fortress 2
Portal

Those, I think, are available on Mac, so you may have/could have played them.

I also enjoyed Borderlands if you want class specialization and a leveling system. That one has been on Steam sale several times, though, so I would wait until you see it at $7.50.
by superjawes
Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:21 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Help on building small foot print gaming PC
Replies: 54
Views: 14883

Re: Help on building small foot print gaming PC

1) Decibels use a logarithmic scale. The difference between, say 45dB and 50dB is tremendous. It represents something like three times as much noise. That's not entirely accurate...yes, decibels are logarithmic in scale, but they use decibels in audio because the human ear does not have a linear re...
by superjawes
Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:05 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: my first credit card !!
Replies: 38
Views: 4217

Re: my first credit card !!

And let's face it too, having a credit card for a major purchase such as furniture or a new computer makes me feel safer than carrying around a great big wad of cash. I remember one time bringing $2000 cash into a store mostly in $20 bills! :lol: Just for the record...if I could pay for something b...
by superjawes
Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: my first credit card !!
Replies: 38
Views: 4217

Re: my first credit card !!

Geez so much hate towards credit cards. I was thinking of just using it like my debit card Then why get a credit card? Why not just continue with you the simplicity you knew before? Because Credit Cards have better protection, guarantees, etc. Ragnarok, I'm 31, and only just now have gotten my seco...
by superjawes
Wed Jun 06, 2012 7:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: UV protective clothing?
Replies: 15
Views: 5006

Re: UV protective clothing?

The real story on UV exposure is total amount. People get sunburnt on beaches because they wear little clothing and spend several hours in direct sunlight. I'm sure if you spent enough time in the sun covered completely in "normal" clothing, you might get a sunburn, but it would take a ver...
by superjawes
Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:17 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Auto CAD Build
Replies: 26
Views: 5809

Re: Auto CAD Build

I use CAD...sometimes (despite being sent to a comprehensive course to learn NX that probably cost a pretty penny), and actually, I would disagree with the need for an SSD depending on where you're loading files from. If it's all local, yes, a SSD will make a big difference, but whenever I load anyt...
by superjawes
Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:59 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: VHDL?
Replies: 52
Views: 19834

Re: VHDL?

As a side note, the VHDL texts I read while coming up the learning curve taught me the language constructs, but did not do a very good job of preparing me for the reality of writing code for synthesis. There's a lot of stuff that'll compile and simulate just fine, but becomes problematic when you t...
by superjawes
Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:43 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Open source compression program
Replies: 6
Views: 1595

Re: Open source compression program

derFunkenstein wrote:
flip-mode wrote:
7zip

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+++?
by superjawes
Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:42 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Steam for linux
Replies: 23
Views: 3410

Re: Steam for linux

Not sure why you'd need the firesuit; lack of commercial games is one of the main reasons Linux hasn't gone mainstream. I'm not sure how well this will actually work (supporting multiple distros could get dicey), but we'll see. Maybe it's the one thing that will force the wilderness of distros to f...
by superjawes
Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:19 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: The $150 GPU round up!
Replies: 20
Views: 7539

Re: The $150 GPU round up!

Little old, but relevant!

Hope you're okay buying from Newegg, and if so, here's a 560. $130, $7 shipping, 450 W required.
by superjawes
Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:17 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Help on building small foot print gaming PC
Replies: 54
Views: 14883

Re: Help on building small foot print gaming PC

This PSU is on Shell Shocker at 3PDT/6EDT today. It might be overkill, but it should have what you need if it ends up in your price range.

Also, I have seen several PSUs on Shell Shocker sales in the past week or so. I would keep an eye open, depending on how fast you want everything.
by superjawes
Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What do you do when your bored?
Replies: 30
Views: 6760

Re: What do you do when your bored?

Fighterpilot wrote:
Re: What do you do when your[sic] bored?

I just practice my grammar.... :wink:

moresmarterthanspock wrote:

I like to keep up with irony.
by superjawes
Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:30 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Diablo III
Replies: 736
Views: 128389

Re: Diablo III

I enjoy the demon hunter but mine is only level 19. With rapid fire, you can mow down rows of mobs with ease. You need +hatred to really make it shine, but you can take the talent that health orbs add back hatred. I found the wizard slow going so far. Level 21. The wizard looks like it has a lot of...
by superjawes
Thu May 31, 2012 12:21 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Do Power Strips & Laptops Mix?
Replies: 28
Views: 6457

Re: Do Power Strips & Laptops Mix?

Why would the AC-to-DC power transformer in a laptop power plug be any less susceptible to surges than the AC-to-DC power transformer in a desktop? Two ways, actually. 1. The battery can also soak up some of the surge. 2. Less power. Electric components have points at which they fail (any combinati...
by superjawes
Thu May 31, 2012 11:37 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Do Power Strips & Laptops Mix?
Replies: 28
Views: 6457

Re: Do Power Strips & Laptops Mix?

I am not sure if there is a "built in surge protector," but functionally speaking, an AC to DC converter would be able to absorb a surge of electricity with the components inside. Now a good burst of electricity might kill your transformer, but it should protect your laptop from getting fr...
by superjawes
Thu May 31, 2012 8:30 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games that make you RAGE
Replies: 71
Views: 14115

Re: Games that make you RAGE

Mario games since NSMB for DS. Basically, Nintendo decided that Mario games should get really hard...sometimes frustratingly hard. Mario Kart...goes without saying. And WoW...although that has a lot more to do with players than the game itself. EDIT: I completely forgot...any good game with an escor...
by superjawes
Thu May 31, 2012 8:24 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Top 3 PC Game Developers?
Replies: 30
Views: 7203

Re: Top 3 PC Game Developers?

Blizzard
Valve
...and I don't have a third.

There are plenty of games I've enjoyed on PC, but having played console games for the majority of my life, most of my developer love is on that side of the spectrum. I'm sure as I play more games, one dev will rise above the rest for me.
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