Recent content by zandor

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    $23 - Tyan Thunder K8SD Pro Dual AMD Opteron Server Motherboard

    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 and still worked when I took it out of the case last...
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    For the purpose of insurance claim, does a PC game has depreciate value?

    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 enough, at least as far as the courts are concerned...
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    Open back wireless headphones for gaming

    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. Plus they live in a single family house and when...
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    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 just broke. The last one I bought was more like...
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    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 my X79 machine. I'm still at 64GB. There's a good...
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    Open back wireless headphones for gaming

    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 wireless headphones just to get rid of the wire. The...
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    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 CrossFire, hello chiplets and mega GPUs. The...
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    Some games hard-crash my box but simultaneous Furmark & Prime95 torture tests don't... I'm going nuts

    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 light for a 3080Ti or 3090. Thankfully I picked...
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    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 it wasn't any faster than a 2.5". So they went...
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    Nvidia GTX660 broke Alienware Aurora R12 motherboard

    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 1660 Super (120-125W) and less than an RTX 3060...
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    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 the settings in the control panel & let me set it...
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    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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    What new display type are you looking for in 2021?

    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 or 2022, but someday...
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    When will Video Card prices come down lower?

    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 buying a top end Threadripper or some sort of...
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    Which Alder Lake for primarily gaming?

    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. Or maybe I'd just rather spend $ upgrading my house...