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by Cerb
Sat Apr 05, 2008 7:16 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Yet another audiophile thread
Replies: 51
Views: 13737

*yawn* There's a cheap point of diminishing returns, always. Whether it makes a difference or not, there's a point, that can be very early on, after which you will not get as much performance for your money as you can get more music to play on that equipment. Try to get some understanding of what is...
by Cerb
Sat Apr 05, 2008 6:47 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Occasional CAD - MLB/CPU/GPU advice
Replies: 7
Views: 2499

I'm basing this on light use of some AutoCAD software. If you're not going to be doing 3D renderings much, don't worry about video card power. For the wireframe views, anything will do fine. If you will be doing real renderings a decent bit, well, look into the Quadros and such, and especially see i...
by Cerb
Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:14 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Misc noob hardware questions [paste, cables, fan plugs, etc]
Replies: 12
Views: 3439

1. Yes. I think Ceramique is still the easiest to use, though. 2. No. SATA must work to 1 meter...but there's no reason a 5m cable won't work just fine. The short maximum lengths of IDE, and later length issues with SCSI, were major parts of SATA's design. When SATA gets to it's peak, and we're wait...
by Cerb
Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:04 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Planning new build, are floppies relevant any more?
Replies: 26
Views: 6780

IMO, it's good to keep a floppy handy, but it's wasting space and an extra ribbon cable to install one in a new PC.
by Cerb
Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:48 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Vista or XP?
Replies: 63
Views: 15168

I'm sure most of you were around when XP first came out... 512MB memory in order to run smoothly? 256. 512MB by SP2, certainly. Games run faster in Windows 98 Even at the time, I never saw proof, and read the same things against NT4, and was able to show that there were no meaningful differences--a...
by Cerb
Sun Mar 23, 2008 2:20 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Serious Sam: Peak of the FPS?
Replies: 19
Views: 5740

Yup, Serious Sam rocked hard. It was the first game where I could really tell the difference all that Z-culling stuff did when I went to a new card (that arena towards the end with all the bull things :)). What set Serious Sam's graphics apart from the rest at the time was that they didn't try to go...
by Cerb
Sat Mar 22, 2008 7:35 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Stock Intel Core 2 Fan/Heatsink Questions
Replies: 7
Views: 2804

I can only give a +1 to Blue_Sky (but, I didn't have to use the cooler in my own PC to get doses of its maddening buzz). Intel's current stock cooler is not quiet at all, IMO. It may not be the worst offender in terms of decibels, but the noise is the antithesis of smooth and broad. Whether to go wi...
by Cerb
Fri Mar 21, 2008 5:33 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: New NASA data= oceans cooling off....
Replies: 66
Views: 14219

You know Darwin couldn't figure out the eyes. They had to be special. They didn't fit in with the possibility of simple changes in adapting to the environment. Everything he wrote must have been wrong (of course, much of it is, but that's beside the point). He was a complete failure. We call 'em str...
by Cerb
Wed Mar 19, 2008 8:39 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Vista or XP?
Replies: 63
Views: 15168

It is far more stable and secure than XP or even Server 2003. Seriously? Did they get from 99.99999999% to 99.999999999%? Win2k and XP have been rock solid for years. I can count my BSODs on one hand, and none were random software or driver glitches. 1. Overheating Voodoo2 on AT mobo (RAM chips tou...
by Cerb
Wed Mar 19, 2008 8:12 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: DVD Software, what's your favorite?
Replies: 7
Views: 2541

IIRC, the non-LS one was better (203B), but they may have a comparable one out, now. The best overall DVD software? Nero Burning ROM. The whole suite. Second best is K3b, but you probably can't use that :). So, next up I think is CD Burner XP Pro. If you can, get the OEM Nero. Many freeware applicat...
by Cerb
Wed Mar 19, 2008 7:59 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: TV censorship is getting ridiculous [Yeah, its another rant]
Replies: 27
Views: 5667

Thankfully sweden has no censors whatsoever. This post reminds me about a family guy episode, funny as hell. Same here. We basically have the best policy in the world, nothing is censored, nothing is dubbed (except cartoons). Everything is shows as the director/producer meant it. That would be awes...
by Cerb
Tue Mar 11, 2008 5:08 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Bill Cosby explains the orange jump-suit.
Replies: 67
Views: 11727

I doubt many people are in prison right now for simple cannabis use. It could be legalized, sold like cigarettes, taxed etc. It's not going away no matter what. I can go for a walk a few miles outside town and find it growing wild on the side of the road. I think the illegal trade in the stuff with...
by Cerb
Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:02 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Bill Cosby explains the orange jump-suit.
Replies: 67
Views: 11727

Cerb....what you say is mostly refuted by the Bill Cosby speech, in which there is no mention of the past being any major contributor to the problems of the present. The Jesse Jacksons of this country need an excuse for the orange jump-suits, and that's what they use. It's not an excuse. It's part ...
by Cerb
Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: First new build in 8 years
Replies: 27
Views: 6216

If you can spend on the new ATI/AMD, go for it. The passive 8600GTSs can be had for $120-140. Trade it against RAM cost... Mushkin may work well in that board, but I would trust Corsair (ValueSelect), Kingston, A-Data, etc. more. Heh, I noticed they weren't on the official "support" list at the Gig...
by Cerb
Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:49 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Is high-frequency PWM a feature of the motherboard?
Replies: 2
Views: 1813

Yes, it indicates that the higher frequency control can be used. You must plug a 4-pin fan in to get that, though, and you still may not be able to get really good control over it (depends on the board).
by Cerb
Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:19 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: My rant on a freakin' nitwit...
Replies: 12
Views: 3598

Drudge is the person who exposed Clinton as a fraud, liar, and a sexual pervert, if you remember......before anybody else did. So he does serve a useful purpose. :lol: ...which is about as important as steroid use (tin foil beanie, I know, but that just has to be a decoy to keep from putting proper...
by Cerb
Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:24 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Bill Cosby explains the orange jump-suit.
Replies: 67
Views: 11727

Yeah there are plenty of people in jail in the USA.....almost all for good reason. And there could be more.....most less serious crimes carry no jail time anymore, only "community service". Hhmmm? Do we need to trade drug incarceration statistics from varying biased sources here, or what (if you do...
by Cerb
Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: First new build in 8 years
Replies: 27
Views: 6216

Processor: E2xxx or E8xxx. If you are going Intel, anything else is too much, or not very good for your money. The 45nm E8xxx offer great OC with undervolting . Yes, YMMV, but they are ridiculously fast. If you get no OC out of it, it will still hold you over for a few years. Mobo: sound is OK? Dude...
by Cerb
Fri Feb 29, 2008 6:29 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: My rant on a freakin' nitwit...
Replies: 12
Views: 3598

Drudge is the person who exposed Clinton as a fraud, liar, and a sexual pervert, if you remember......before anybody else did. So he does serve a useful purpose. :lol: ...which is about as important as steroid use (tin foil beanie, I know, but that just has to be a decoy to keep from putting proper...
by Cerb
Mon Feb 04, 2008 6:03 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: What is a PWM fan? (re: Scythe DFS122512L-PWM)
Replies: 7
Views: 27650

The CPU cooler header, you'll notice, uses 4 pins. The PWM fan has the extra pin, on which is sent a PWM control signal. The fan does the real work of reducing speed. They will work as normal 3-pin fans when reduced by linear voltage control.
by Cerb
Mon Feb 04, 2008 6:00 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: help.. a few problems with ninja on new build
Replies: 8
Views: 2101

thanks Cerb, just one thing.. 4. Most PSUs have the extra 4 so that they will separate, leaving you with 20. If not, get a 24->20 adapter. its the psu that has the 20 pin and the mobo with 24. at the moment i just plugged the 20 pin into the motherboard and it worked. any danger in not supplying th...
by Cerb
Sun Feb 03, 2008 6:20 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: help.. a few problems with ninja on new build
Replies: 8
Views: 2101

1. Yes. The Thermalright bolt-through kit will work with any LGA775 cooler that has enough room for its screws. Just twist apart the pushpins, and use the bolt-through. You'll want a fairly long, magnetically-tipped screwdriver, too. 2. The 4th pin is a control pin. With the 3-pin setup, different v...
by Cerb
Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:32 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Hypermiling: A new hobby for gas savers & environmentali
Replies: 95
Views: 24715

I think I missed out on the Red Blooded American gene

I used to drive a volvo (old 850 of my parents - really nice car actually, though it looks kinda ghetto), and you feel really safe in those, although it was enormous (which is a good thing when you're buying furniture at ikea lol). The golf is nicely maneuverable, but the gear ratios are real diffe...
by Cerb
Thu Jan 31, 2008 2:31 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Hypermiling: A new hobby for gas savers & environmentali
Replies: 95
Views: 24715

Think of every time you stop or slow down and money thrown away. Anticipate lights and drive accordingly. Frankly people waste a lot of gas on the highway tailgating, because they are on the brakes so much. I routinely drive over 80 miles without stepping on the brakes even once. The added bonus is...
by Cerb
Thu Jan 31, 2008 12:43 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: DAW noise & temperature
Replies: 3
Views: 1441

Experiement with fans.

Your temps seem fine, to me (provided you aren't running it in a 20C room or something like that).
by Cerb
Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:03 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Tata "Nano" -- the $2,500 People's Car
Replies: 72
Views: 14807

Well, how do you define "small car"? From the American point of view, my Ford Focus hatchback would surely be a small car. But it's absolutely possible to have a decent conversation without raising your voice at speeds on the Autobahn you guys over there can just dream of. Afaik, "driving down the ...
by Cerb
Fri Jan 18, 2008 1:08 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Ninja now with Slip-Stream.
Replies: 17
Views: 6391

Yeah, mine came with a 1200 RPM one, late last year. I figure I'll retrofit it into a fume extractor and use it for soldering. I need t tinker with my computer, soon...
by Cerb
Thu Jan 10, 2008 10:40 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Minimal wireless-bootable system/remote terminal??????
Replies: 10
Views: 3309

Zonbu is only mildly proprietary, and their OS is just a customized Ubuntu. It looks like their box is a ICOP eBox-4854. While there's not an amazing amount of info, the Damn Small Machine is based off a similar system, and runs DSL just fine from a USB key. Ubuntu 7.10 appears to work just fine on ...
by Cerb
Thu Jan 10, 2008 4:05 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Freeware for everything.....
Replies: 35
Views: 9913

Also, since MajorGeeks is one of the few freeware sites left with speedy servers, you can search for some Windows app you want, and add "mg" to the Google search terms to get MajorGeeks' page for it at the first hit, if they've got it.
by Cerb
Thu Jan 10, 2008 4:01 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building an audio production workstation...
Replies: 16
Views: 4073

'cept that the P35 has no video, and the board he wants to use is a P35...