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by shunx
Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: need a upgrade for video playback
Replies: 11
Views: 2172

Re: need a upgrade for video playback

I thought the Geforce 8500 GT supported video acceleration. Maybe I can try an newer video card. The 8500 GT does support hardware offloading for MPEG2 and H.264, but only has partial support for VC-1. The most likely cause is your video player not using the hardware properly. Make sure your player...
by shunx
Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:43 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: need a upgrade for video playback
Replies: 11
Views: 2172

Re: need a upgrade for video playback

Is your board AGP or PCI express for graphics? Fitting a modern GPU will solve video playback issues (as well as take the load off for flash etc) But it you're not on PCI express it's going to be harder to find something. I thought the Geforce 8500 GT supported video acceleration. Maybe I can try a...
by shunx
Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:14 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: need a upgrade for video playback
Replies: 11
Views: 2172

need a upgrade for video playback

My parents have an old PC that's too slow to play 1080p .mov files from the cellphone. It's a Sempron, 1GB of memory, Win XP. I tried using a Geforce 8500 GT to accelerate the video but the video is still too choppy. What would be the most cost effective way to get this done? If it's a CPU+mobo+memo...
by shunx
Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:10 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: recommend one of these popular PSUs?
Replies: 3
Views: 1857

recommend one of these popular PSUs?

The following are some of the PSUs available to me locally. Which of these are known to be quiet and reliable? Thanks... Antec High Current Gamer HCG-620M Antec High Current Pro HCP-750 Antec High Current Pro HCP-850 850W Corsair CMPSU-650AX 650W Corsair CMPSU-650HX 650W Corsair CMPSU-750HX 750W Cor...
by shunx
Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:53 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: how to learn about building a database-driven website?
Replies: 3
Views: 1563

how to learn about building a database-driven website?

Well I know little about the tools of this trade (PHP, MySQL etc) but have ideas for algorithms that I wish to implement, which need to be protected and encrypted. How can you rely on commercial web hosts not to obtain your codes anyway? If anyone is an expert in this area, I'd appreciate any tips, ...
by shunx
Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:00 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: mixing two Radeon cards for desktop?
Replies: 2
Views: 821

Re: mixing two Radeon cards for desktop?

Cool thanks. Now to pick which brands has the best card for each...
by shunx
Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:49 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: mixing two Radeon cards for desktop?
Replies: 2
Views: 821

mixing two Radeon cards for desktop?

Can I put say one Radeon HD 6850 and one Radeon HD 5450 in the same computer in order to drive more than three monitors?
by shunx
Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:28 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: suggestions for video card setup
Replies: 16
Views: 1836

Re: suggestions for video card setup

I have the MSI card and at stock it is definitely audible, but you can tweak the fan to 25% and then it becomes inaudible in the case at idle. For a comparison everyone might be familiar with, I would say the MSI card at 25% sounds about the same as 1 nexus 120mm fan, perhaps slightly less. I went ...
by shunx
Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:01 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: suggestions for video card setup
Replies: 16
Views: 1836

Re: suggestions for video card setup

AFAIK no Nvidia solutions should be right out of the box close to these levels, but the reference GTX 560Ti (15-16dB at idle, 17-18dB at load). Thank you for the feedback. The cost premium of the Asus 6950 is making me re-consider. In the case of MSI, being able to adjust the fan speed via software...
by shunx
Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:04 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: suggestions for video card setup
Replies: 16
Views: 1836

Re: suggestions for video card setup

I think MSI's model should be sufficiently quiet and would be cheaper and easier than going with a separate cooler. I think you should be not fully right: IIRC that MSI at stock settings should be around 18-19dB at idle, and 31-33dB at load, quite far from being quiet (an AC AXP should go around 15...
by shunx
Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:31 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: suggestions for video card setup
Replies: 16
Views: 1836

Re: suggestions for video card setup

HD6950 seems like a good performance point and can supposedly drive 4 monitors but I have read reports of some cards spinning the fan up in multi-monitor settings. A 6950 with an Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme cooler won't need to be loud to keep temps down. With manual fan control you can lock the...
by shunx
Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:29 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: suggestions for video card setup
Replies: 16
Views: 1836

Re: suggestions for video card setup

- I've heard current NVidia cards don't downclock the GPU in idle when in multimonitor config. This can amount to major wattage. Hopefully, someone with this setup will chime in. I actually clock my nVidia GPU/graphics RAM with shell scripts depending on the application. I assume this could be done...
by shunx
Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:24 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: 5 GHz of Silent Powa w/ 6950
Replies: 13
Views: 3764

Re: 5 GHz of Silent Powa w/ 6950

I'm a fan of this video card and of your build. Do you know if the 6950 can drive 4 monitors simultaneously and independently, including one via HDMI which will also be the output for games? Much appreciated. Again, nice system!
by shunx
Fri Mar 11, 2011 9:23 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: suggestions for video card setup
Replies: 16
Views: 1836

Re: suggestions for video card setup

I'd like to be able to play games on the new setup. I'm used to high power consumption with my current PC, so any power saving would be optional. I'm reading that MSI has a version of HD 6950 that has quieter fans, though it costs 20% more for me. I think I'd just need the one card plus a DP-to-DVI ...
by shunx
Fri Mar 11, 2011 8:56 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: suggestions for video card setup
Replies: 16
Views: 1836

suggestions for video card setup

I'm looking for suggestions for my next build. I have some specific needs in terms of output. These are the considerations: 1) output to 4 monitors: 3 DVI and 1 HDMI, up to 1080p. 2) quiet (I use a 8800 GTS and it's very quiet) 3) performance and value I currently use a passive 8500 GT to supplement...
by shunx
Sat Sep 04, 2010 12:56 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair PSUs squealing noise?
Replies: 6
Views: 1592

AFAIK it's a relatively common issue regardless of the PSU brands: the pursuit of the best combination of videocard and PSU will be a tricky task when dealing with high performance parts. Reading various user reviews indicates this to be true. One suggestion is to take a chance and keep RMA'ing or ...
by shunx
Thu Sep 02, 2010 5:32 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: bottom mounted PSU issues
Replies: 2
Views: 710

bottom mounted PSU issues

I have one: the SATA power cables are upside down and I had to twist them around to connect to the hard drives which becomes quite awkward. Are there some tricks to this? edit: ...I discovered the way of starting the cable from the top instead of bottom *gasp*. Feeling retarded. Not ideal though. An...
by shunx
Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:38 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair PSUs squealing noise?
Replies: 6
Views: 1592

Corsair PSUs squealing noise?

Has anyone heard something like this?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4d23F2jehQ
http://lime-technology.com/forum/index.php?topic=6393.0

Because of this I'm hesitant to go with Corsair.
by shunx
Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:02 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quiet optical drives
Replies: 25
Views: 9297

IDvsEGO wrote:Most games have ways around playing from the disc..
Am I the only one who is very suspicious of no-CD cracks? I suspect many may have spyware. Even if it passes an antivirus scan I still don't trust it.
by shunx
Sun Feb 28, 2010 9:56 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: upgrade from E6600?
Replies: 2
Views: 785

This would be for a new system build. General purpose computing. Just wondering what the popular options are around here.
by shunx
Sat Feb 27, 2010 2:11 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: upgrade from E6600?
Replies: 2
Views: 785

upgrade from E6600?

What'd be a good cost-effective choice at the moment or in the near future?
by shunx
Mon Feb 01, 2010 4:51 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: bluetooth headsets that can also stream music?
Replies: 7
Views: 1504

bluetooth headsets that can also stream music?

I have a headset for my iPhone but it doesn't do music. Looking for one that will allow me to talk on the phone and listen to music as well. Any ideas?
by shunx
Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:32 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: low power mobo with more than 1 PCI-E x4 slots?
Replies: 0
Views: 683

low power mobo with more than 1 PCI-E x4 slots?

Should have integrated graphics. I wish to install two AOC-SASLP-MV8 cards for hard drives.

Update:
found some boards:
Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H
SUPERMICRO MBD-X7SLA-L-O
by shunx
Wed Oct 21, 2009 2:22 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: best add-on controllers
Replies: 3
Views: 1246

thanks I think that's a good idea. Do you know if that model comes with the SAS to SATA cables needed?
by shunx
Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:40 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: cheapest PCI-X motherboard
Replies: 6
Views: 1585

cheapest PCI-X motherboard

Please name some (and if you can a low power CPU that goes with it). Goal is to use a SUPERMICRO AOC-SAT2-MV8 controller for 8 SATA ports.
by shunx
Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:12 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: best add-on controllers
Replies: 3
Views: 1246

best add-on controllers

For those of you who like to add lots of hard drives to a server, say 7+, what controller do you use? One cost effective model I know of is SUPERMICRO AOC-SAT2-MV8 which supports 8 SATA ports but it's PCI-X, which works in PCI but slower that way. Anyone knows similar controllers with many ports for...
by shunx
Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:19 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: low power system with many SATA ports
Replies: 9
Views: 3173

I liked the Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2/H but my local retailer no longer carries it. Perhaps it's been replaced by something. Any ideas?
by shunx
Wed Aug 19, 2009 11:15 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: anyone good at batch scripts? (filename renaming)
Replies: 4
Views: 1546

The thing is that I will receive files with the same type of filenames incrementally, that's why I'm looking for a one-click solution where I click on a file and it will execute the renaming in the folder. This can be either a batch file or a trigger for a renaming utility. Can any of those utilitie...
by shunx
Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:57 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: anyone good at batch scripts? (filename renaming)
Replies: 4
Views: 1546

anyone good at batch scripts? (filename renaming)

can anyone write a script that does the following type of substitution: abc-123.txt --> xyzxyz-123.txt abc-456.txt --> xyzxyz-456.txt abc-789.txt --> xyzxyz-789.txt So I want to replace all instances of "abc" with "xyzxyz", and keep other things. ren abc*.txt xyzxyz*.txt doesn't work because it will...
by shunx
Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:37 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: RAID5-like solutions without striping - a safer way?
Replies: 28
Views: 4951

RAID1's wasted space is 50%, which is practical mostly when you don't have a lot of files. If you have terabytes of data, the parity drives quickly add up. Higher RAID levels are desirable in that they lower wasted space to the order of 1/n drives, yet they are undesirable in the additional problems...