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    I have something like that laying around in my basement, though mine has dual PCI-e 16x, 3 PCI-X and a 32-bit PCI. Tyan something, I'd have to check. Got a couple socket 940 Opteron 275s on it and 4GB ram on it. It's like 15 years old or so...
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    Actually they're not. You're getting money if you win. Anything other than money is an "extraordinary remedy" in the courts. If money is good enough, you get money. In the case of destruction of property money is pretty much always good...
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    I've been looking, but it seems like they're mostly closed back. Open is kind of a must. I don't want mom killing dad. Ok, that won't actually happen, but when mom screams "Dave!" dad needs to be able to hear it or marital angst will result...
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    zandor replied to the thread Staples Mesh office chair.
    IMHO the big difference between higher end office chairs and stuff like that $200 chair you linked is durability. Back in the day I had a series of cheaper chairs. They'd last a couple years, then I'd toss them. No comfort complaints, they...
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    zandor replied to the thread How much RAM you got?.
    I stalled out at 64GB. Can't go backwards to save a couple hundred bucks, but I haven't needed more. I was mucking around with some programming stuff on a 32GB machine back in early 2014 and ran out of ram, so I grabbed a second 4x8GB kit for...
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    I'm looking for a pair of headphones for my dad for Christmas. Yep, he plays computer games at 68. Not the twitchy fast paced stuff but last time he mentioned a game he was playing Skyrim again. At any rate he likes the idea of a pair of...
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    zandor replied to the thread RTX 4xxx / RX 7xxx speculation.
    I tend to agree with you on AMD likely having the top card in the next batch. 500W+ also seems likely. The catch is it'll probably be multiple chiplets, so more like a ThreadRipper or EPYC than a desktop Ryzen with up to two chiplets. Bye bye...
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    Welcome to the club. First I wanted a 3080. Then I wanted a 3080 or 6800XT. Then I wanted a 3080, 6800XT or 6900XT. I bought a 3090 last December (2020) because I managed to get it into my cart and check out. At any rate a 700W PSU is a bit...
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    Too damn small? No way. The hell I'm going back to laptops that need a huge space set aside for a 2.5" device. Better to use that area for battery and/or to reduce the size/weight. Yeah, they really screwed that part up. I don't get why they...
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    zandor replied to the thread Solid State Drives Too Damn Small.
    I was just thinking something like that then I got to your post. :) I can deal, but those tiny screws are annoying. The only defense I can come up with for them is M.2 was originally a laptop thing AFAIK, and started out as an SATA interface so...
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    I can't see any reason why a GTX 660 shouldn't work in an Alienware with a 10th gen Intel proc in it. Same PCI-e version, and the 600 series wasn't that greedy for power. A GTX 660 is 130W according to Wikipedia. That's pretty close to a GTX...
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    zandor replied to the thread AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution.
    You mean you get FSR if you turn on GPU scaling in the control panel? That would be good for games that don't have scaling built in, which is most of them. I'd want DLSS as an option on NV RTX cards though. No need to pick one, just add it to...
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    zandor replied to the thread RTX 4xxx / RX 7xxx speculation.
    Only if you're too young. The 4600/4400/4200 cards from ~2002 are legendary. But yeah, you might not be able to buy NV's next "4" card.
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    That's kind of what I want, but I don't want to give up real estate. In other words I'd like a 43" or so 8k screen to replace my 43" 4k screen. That would have a pixel density equivalent to a 21.5" 4k screen. I don't see this happening in 2021...
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    I expect top end GPU prices to stay high or even go up. SLI and X-Fire are dead, and chiplets are coming. At some point the chip shortage will end and prices for less powerful cards will return to sanity, but the top end stuff will be more like...
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    That's the big "if". It's an academic question for me though. I just built a new machine last year and have no performance complaints, so I'm not likely to spend money on a CPU upgrade. I'm in my 40s and don't really get "the itch" anymore...
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    zandor replied to the thread Did I get Sold a Broken 2080 Ti?.
    Scores look like they're in the ballpark, so I think the card is ok. There are a ton of things that can affect performance. Two you could try are turning off hyperthreading (the i7-9700k beat the i9-9900k on one of the benchmarks the OP...
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    In this sort of situation I'd usually start by checking crucial.com and kingston.com. In my experience if they say it'll work it'll work. If it doesn't they say you can return it if you buy direct. Never needed to do that, so I'll just have to...
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    Yep. I'm thinking the i5 may be more attractive vs. the i7 compared to the last couple generations. There are a few games that benefit from a couple more cores than you get with a 10th or 11th gen i5 or Ryzen 5. The catch is games aren't all...
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    Better than my little brother. At least yours is still around. Be glad about that. Mine killed himself in 2004. He was involved in an accident and ended up in the hospital for a couple weeks with a brain injury. He was never right after...
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