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by Hardtailed
Thu Jan 22, 2009 5:49 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Problems with 2 new Games - Far Cry 2 and GTA 4
Replies: 13
Views: 3504

GTA's PC version has been regarded "to made with left hand only and eyes closed" due PC version has lot's of bugs and generally the PC versions implemation has been considered substandard compeared other console translations. You get a lot complains in newest GTA's PC version around the world. Howe...
by Hardtailed
Sat Jan 10, 2009 10:26 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Problems with 2 new Games - Far Cry 2 and GTA 4
Replies: 13
Views: 3504

GTA IV runs perfectl well here. I have a 4850 too, but it worked even with my 3650 (running 1360X768 to my HDTV). No wobble or anything. As for the view angle while driving, I'm using W and S for throttle and brake and using the arrow keys to steer. I find it much easier. The camera usually tries to...
by Hardtailed
Fri Jul 11, 2008 5:07 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: LG GGC H20L noise
Replies: 7
Views: 3030

I've got two of them and have no complaints about noise. The only complaint I had was the blinking blue light. I have one of them in and NSK-2480 under a TV and was bothered by the light. I simply cut an oval section of electrical tape to cover it perfectly... No complaints now. yeah, the annoying ...
by Hardtailed
Sat Jun 28, 2008 10:50 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 100% CPU usage during playback of some Blu-Rays, new card???
Replies: 3
Views: 1486

Well, I decided a whole new setup was too expensive for now, so I went and bought an ASUS 3650 with passive cooling Problem fixed! CPU usage average under 20%, except for the Bee Movie that still hovers in the mid 30s. Temps were still a bit high (high 50s) so I undervolted the CPU a bit and now it ...
by Hardtailed
Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:32 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 100% CPU usage during playback of some Blu-Rays, new card???
Replies: 3
Views: 1486

I don't plan on using tuner cards or stuff like that. Just want to play Blu-Rays and access the music on the HD. I have a wireless keyboard/mouse combo and it's all I need. Is there any advantage to going with a discrete video adapter? I'm not a gamer, but my son might wanna play some low-key games ...
by Hardtailed
Fri Jun 27, 2008 4:45 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 100% CPU usage during playback of some Blu-Rays, new card???
Replies: 3
Views: 1486

100% CPU usage during playback of some Blu-Rays, new card???

CPU: Intel E4300 (@2.0GHz, lowest mult available with FSB at 1333) VGA: HIS IceQ3 Radeon X1950 Pro Mobo: Asus P5K (@333MHz) RAM: Kingston DDR2-667 So I bought an LG Super Multi Blue drive to play Blu-Rays. I first bought The Ant Bully to test it, it ran fine, incredible picture quality. CPU was hove...
by Hardtailed
Fri Jul 20, 2007 5:01 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon X1950PRO IceQ 3 Turbo temps?
Replies: 8
Views: 2749

It's Sapphire Ultimate version and supposed to run 800MHz RAM but I think it's only running 700MHz and any attempt to increase it results in a crash pretty quickly. I hvae the same concern with my HIS. According to the box, it's supposed to run the core at 640, but according to Catalyst, it is runn...
by Hardtailed
Thu Jul 19, 2007 8:31 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon X1950PRO IceQ 3 Turbo temps?
Replies: 8
Views: 2749

Cool, now I just wish I could overclock the thing wo/ the monitor going black. Let us know your findings! I just received mine from NCIX, will be installing it tonight. I too need to use the DVI-VGA adapter even though I'm on an LCD (cheap Viewsonic 19"). As I understand, the card is already a over...
by Hardtailed
Fri Jul 13, 2007 8:10 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Should Speedfan temp reading be trusted on older gear?
Replies: 5
Views: 2478

Should Speedfan temp reading be trusted on older gear?

On this computer I assembled from old part, I'm getting an "AUX" temperature of 120C!!! I have no idea what it is. Computer runs fine, CPU and board temp are perfect. I'm afraid it might be the GPU (old Radeon 7500 with tiny whiny fan). But that hot? I would see some artifacts on the screen right? S...
by Hardtailed
Tue Jul 03, 2007 6:40 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Can a 630 P4 3.0GHz kill itself from heat?
Replies: 4
Views: 1651

For the record... finally had time to install the HSF properly, booted up fine, hovering around 40... which as I remember is normal for this CPU.

My C2D isn't even reaching 30 right now :)
And it's on an undervolted stock HSF!
by Hardtailed
Sun Jul 01, 2007 6:13 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Can a 630 P4 3.0GHz kill itself from heat?
Replies: 4
Views: 1651

Can a 630 P4 3.0GHz kill itself from heat?

Or will it shut down before? I've assembled a computer from spare parts as a gift to a friend. The CPU had a Scythe HSF strapped to it before I replaced it with a C2D. It still had some thermal paste on and I didn't have any on hand (and all stores were closed, national canuck holiday). Just wanted ...
by Hardtailed
Sun Jun 24, 2007 2:12 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair HX520 buzz/whine issues (other PSUs discussed too)
Replies: 213
Views: 139078

I used to have some noise when scrolling web pages and such... changed to passive video card and that went away. Don't ask me why.

That wasn't with the HX though, that was an Antec Smart 350.

I now have a HX520 and bo noise at all, it's amazingly quiet.

Rig is in sig below.
by Hardtailed
Mon Jun 18, 2007 2:36 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Rackmount case
Replies: 4
Views: 2608

Antec is the only manufacturer I know of that realized there was a market for quiet rack cases... however they are not cheap. This is what you're looking at: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129023 Comes with two tri-cool fans (one 120mm and one 92mm) The PSU fan appears to b...
by Hardtailed
Fri Jun 08, 2007 8:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: HDTV vs computer LCD screen
Replies: 27
Views: 10955

Yeah, that's what I was coming up to: movies are usually NOT in 16:9 But yeah... it is becoming the standard for HDTV. But black bars are not going away anytime soon for movies, unless you overscan... which is still better than films edited for 4:3 (where you lose almost half the image). I didn't re...
by Hardtailed
Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:58 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Any mobo for Core2Duo with AGP & DDR"1"?
Replies: 29
Views: 13002

I just noticed this as a possible intermediate option should my mb/cpu be toast.. My ram (if that is good at least) is PC3200/DDR400 , so should run fine for a while. I also already have a PCI-E vga card, 2 now in fact. This seems like a great option to hold me over for a few months while I scrape ...
by Hardtailed
Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:51 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E6600 or E6420 for overclock?
Replies: 4
Views: 2455

If your looking for a LGA775 CPU to tie you over until the Quad core price drops then the E4300 when over clocked offers better price/performance but is about 10-20% slower ( depending on application ) than a E6600 @ 3.6Ghz. That is exactly why I bought a E4300! So cheap and it does it's job perfec...
by Hardtailed
Thu Jun 07, 2007 2:44 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: HDTV vs computer LCD screen
Replies: 27
Views: 10955

Why is it such a big deal that a resolution not be exactly 16:9 or 4:3

Think about it, the DVD standard (720X480) isn't even one of the two, it's 3:2 (or 16:10.67 if you prefer)

16:10 actually makes more sense here ;)

Of course one day HD-DVD will rule the world (or maybe Blu-Ray...)
by Hardtailed
Thu Jun 07, 2007 8:49 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: HDTV vs computer LCD screen
Replies: 27
Views: 10955

Actually, I wouldn't buy a 1920x1200 monitor anyway. It's just another bastard resolution as far as I'm concerned. The display I'd be looking toward would be maybe a Samsung LED DLP HDTV, with native 1920x1080 resolution. I'm not positive about computer connectivity, though... Yes 1024X768 is kind ...
by Hardtailed
Thu Jun 07, 2007 8:05 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: HDTV vs computer LCD screen
Replies: 27
Views: 10955

720p is 1280x720 resolution. The 1366*768 resolution is a bastard resolution which matches neither of the standard HDTV resolutions (1920x1080, and 1280x720). When setting up a 1366*768 resolution LCD HDTV for my father in law, I found that setting the cable box to 1080i resulted in a much better p...
by Hardtailed
Thu Jun 07, 2007 4:54 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: HDTV vs computer LCD screen
Replies: 27
Views: 10955

I can also vouch for the Westing 37" as a computer monitor. I just ordered my a few weeks ago from Costco. They have it for 799 right now. Very nice screen. I have my bluray drive attached to it and watched several movies in 1080P as well. Both Windows and my Mac works great. 2 DVI, 1 HDMI, I think...
by Hardtailed
Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:50 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: HDTV vs computer LCD screen
Replies: 27
Views: 10955

HDTV vs computer LCD screen

Say you are going to use the same screen for both computer and TV watching use (no place for two screens in my appartment). - I am looking at something that displays 1080P natively (1366X768 is not enough for what I do with my computer). - I want to be able to connect an HD digital cable box, so I g...
by Hardtailed
Wed May 23, 2007 8:54 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Insane CPU cooler from Scythe (Kama Cross CPU Cooler)
Replies: 2
Views: 1950

It looks like a V engine :D However... as psiu said: closed spaced fin I'd say in this configuration this can be a major problem: air flow will just flow off the side and straight down under the actual HS. In other words: more airflow over the mobo, but not very efficient for cooling the actual CPU....
by Hardtailed
Mon May 21, 2007 7:15 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Any mobo for Core2Duo with AGP & DDR"1"?
Replies: 29
Views: 13002

I had the same drop-outs using the 533FSB ASUS P4B533E and a P4 2.53GHz 512MB L2. When C2D came out I was in the same financial state as you were, Hardtail, so opted for the ASUS P5PE-VM mATX board in the interim because the only other DDR/AGP/PATA mobos supporting socket 775 and C2D were VIA based...
by Hardtailed
Mon May 21, 2007 7:08 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Single 8800GTS vs. Dual 8600GTS
Replies: 12
Views: 6286

There is one benefit of going the 8600 route... it can decode HD DVDs in hardware, while the 8800 does not. Just something to consider if that matters to you. Seems to me all the cards out now have a shortcoming: - 8500/8600 not fast enough for games, and doesn't accelerate VC-1 video. - 8800 doesn...
by Hardtailed
Fri May 18, 2007 8:35 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: So HOW do I get HDTV inside the computer?!
Replies: 3
Views: 1773

So HOW do I get HDTV inside the computer?!

Hopefully... digitally! The two HDTV providers in my area (Videotron for cable, Bell ExpressVu for satellite) disable the firewire ports on their receivers and don't allow using PC cards as receiver. I honestly don't know the exact specs of the systems they use, but it doesn't appear as they emit a ...
by Hardtailed
Fri May 18, 2007 4:40 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: E4300 vs. E6600 for Silent HTPC/Games PC
Replies: 10
Views: 4185

Running a E4300 at 2.4GHz here... Using a cheap mobo (Asrock 4CoreDual... so I could keep my DDR memory and AGP video card) so didn't try more. Basically, in my view, an E4300 is an E6600 with half the cache... Maybe the E6600 can be pushed farther, but since he's talking about a silent HTPC... over...
by Hardtailed
Wed May 16, 2007 4:56 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Gigabyte mini-DTX motherboard
Replies: 10
Views: 4605

I find it funny that it has 6 SATA ports...
Where are you gonna put all those drives :shock:
by Hardtailed
Mon May 14, 2007 5:31 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is My HX520 Faulty?
Replies: 9
Views: 3840

First thing I thought when I fired my computer up with the Corsair: shit it's dead!

Then the HD started spinning, the computer beeped and my screen came alive.

This thing rule.

But my system is most likely pulling around 120-150W...
by Hardtailed
Sun May 13, 2007 5:06 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P150 or NZXT LEXA.
Replies: 6
Views: 3890

It does not appear like the Lexa is designed for quiet operation at all... Thin aluminium walls (vs the padded walls of the P150): hello vibrations Plexiglass window? Side mounted fan = direct escape for noise THe P150 has HDD suspension (or silicone grommet, the next best thing), well thought out a...
by Hardtailed
Fri May 11, 2007 4:36 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Any mobo for Core2Duo with AGP & DDR"1"?
Replies: 29
Views: 13002

If you check the performance monitor, you will see that NeroVision is pretty good at using both of the CPU cores. A quad core CPU might be wasted, though. I was looking at Speedfan actually (was monitoring temperature to fine tune the CPU fan), I noticed it has two meters, are these for the two cor...