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 91 
 on: February 21, 2012, 08:28:09 PM 
Started by HessHelm - Last post by Gumpf
I really don't need to see you mount your wife's rack.  No pics plz.  Thanx.   :P

 92 
 on: February 21, 2012, 08:26:23 PM 
Started by noobo - Last post by Gumpf
There were a bad run of OCZ SSD's, so be wary of purchasing one used.

 93 
 on: February 20, 2012, 07:28:28 AM 
Started by noobo - Last post by Aalwein
The biggest bottleneck for most games is the CPU; if you're using anything less than a Core i7-900 series (better is the 2600 series), that's your biggest suffering point.

Going from a 7200-RPM drive to a SSD is a pretty significant upgrade in load times. The best drives out there right now are the OCZ Vertex and Corsair Force Series 3 - both of which are usually identically priced retail. I prefer OCZ, but you'd be perfectly fine with a Corsair if you can find it on sale or something.

If this is your first SSD, I'd suggest getting a smaller drive since they are still pretty expensive once you pass the 120 GB mark. Keep in mind you only need to install the OS (Win7 Pro uses about 16-20GB) and your games. Grab yourself a 90 or 120 GB OCZ Vertex 3. Don't forget to check on Amazon.com - both manufacturers are very often on sale at Amazon. Once you see the performance gains you can decide whether or not it's worth it to get a second drive for your other applications.

 94 
 on: February 10, 2012, 10:11:26 AM 
Started by noobo - Last post by noobo
Before I upgrade anything else, I'm thinking that my HD is my biggest bottleneck... browsing at SATA III SSD's now that the price for the 240 GBs is getting closed to $1/GB, at least for bargain manufacturers. Any recommendations or anything to watch out for? How does this hardware improve time spent watching the loading screen in LOTRO?

 95 
 on: February 10, 2012, 10:06:20 AM 
Started by HessHelm - Last post by noobo
Pics of what... the hole in the wall?? Admittedly, _that_ looks pretty pro... I used some vent-housings to make it look like more than a hole in the wall, and it made a BIG difference to cut down noise and heat in our office. As far as the rack-mounting is concerned, I have yet to invest in the hardware... maybe there are some bargains on ebay. Anyways, I'm hoping that one enclosure for 2-3 machines might help with dust control as well, though I might just want to move em into the basement where it's cooler.

 96 
 on: January 10, 2012, 07:37:14 AM 
Started by noobo - Last post by Aalwein
The 570 is a good choice.

Just because a game won't take advantage of the latest greatest features of a card, better still means more frames per second. Sure, WoW won't be using Shader 3.0 or the full slew of DX11 features, but it WILL run smoother, faster, and less hitchy with the latest, greatest card. If it runs at full detail and quality at 35 FPS with a GTX-280, it's going to do run it at the same quality at 80 FPS with a GTX-570.

Of course, you could spend less on the video card to get a better CPU, which is far and away a bigger improvement to performance for just about every game because almost all of them still place the bulk of the processing duty on the CPU rather than the GPU.

 97 
 on: January 10, 2012, 07:32:16 AM 
Started by HessHelm - Last post by Aalwein
I'm considering just going with a rack-mount cabinet... my missus and I share the same home-office, and dual systems were making it too sauna-like there, so I cut a hole in the wall and have both our machines in _my_ office, which I think of as my word-hoard as it is lined with bookcases. Anyways, rather than having 2 separate boxes, I'm considering having both systems as shelves in the same rack, to which I can add other components as needed.

Pics, Noobo? This sounds like an interesting idea. I'll be buying a house whenever we PCS out of Japan and I'm planning on doing a lot of custom work to my office - especially shelving. In my old age and with my boys loving to build Legos, my office has become a gallery of Star Wars Legos.

 98 
 on: December 31, 2011, 04:14:58 PM 
Started by HessHelm - Last post by HessHelm
Only problem with some micro cases, you can't put in a full sized Vid card in them.  I'm looking to make an HTPC next year, and that's the only time I'll ever buy a micro case.  Can't wait to see how well the FM1 will handle it, so far I've liked everything I've read about it, unlike that fiasco Bulldozer which I was looking forward too for over a year :(.  I hope Win 8 will take full advantage of the Bulldozer CPU.

 99 
 on: December 31, 2011, 03:48:49 PM 
Started by HessHelm - Last post by noobo
I'm considering just going with a rack-mount cabinet... my missus and I share the same home-office, and dual systems were making it too sauna-like there, so I cut a hole in the wall and have both our machines in _my_ office, which I think of as my word-hoard as it is lined with bookcases. Anyways, rather than having 2 separate boxes, I'm considering having both systems as shelves in the same rack, to which I can add other components as needed.

 100 
 on: December 31, 2011, 03:40:51 PM 
Started by noobo - Last post by noobo
Well, I'm lookin' to dbl-client LOTRO in Ultimate graphics mode, and also run 1680x1050+ at 75+ Hz. The 6950's look pretty good, but I might go for the GTX 570, just based on Aalwein's stats link.

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