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=ADK= warspite

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  1. New England Meet Up?

    Since several states come together in a relatively small area, I thought New England might be a good place for a meet up.  Myself, I live on the south coast of Mass (New Bedford) and can easily get to just about anywhere in New England in a couple of hours.   Thoughts?   war
  2. Windows 10

    I like windows 10 so far.  The only annoyance I've experienced is Nvidia's problem with using my color settings in the Nvidia Control Panel.  I never had this problem with Win 7 or Win 8, and I'm still trying to work it out in Win 10.  Seems that my screen color settings go back to default when I exit a game or a program, sometimes it just does it randomly too when the display refreshes.  Hopefully Nvidia will work this out with a driver update, I don't really blame Win 10 for this.   Something as simple as this shouldn't be a problem for a major player like Nivida, but there it is.   war
  3. My new gaming rig

    At the end of the day, it's all about making your computing experience fun.  Some of us like the hardware side, and some of us just want to get right to the fun stuff. Can't argue with that!  Looks like you did a great job of specifying your build and I'm sure you will have a great time with it.  I think it is great that if you get in a jam, you've got a good team to back you up on the other end of the phone.  Best of luck to you and most of all -- HAVE FUN!   war
  4. Read all about it here.  I'm just hoping they don't make them misbehave.   war
  5. Of Mice and... mousepads?

    All,   As my sig says, I have a RAT-7 wired mouse which has been pretty good so far.  I also have one of those big Steele Series mousepads that a good pilot could probably land a plane on.   That being said, I feel like I'm getting into situations where when I need to shift my aim quickly or correct my aim quickly to follow a moving target, I over compensate (and thus overshoot) because either the mouse is too heavy (creating too much momentum, so I can't stop quickly and accurately), or the friction between the mouse and the mouse pad is such that it takes so much force to break it loose (break the static friction) that once the mouse starts moving, it's tough to stop it precisely.  Once the mouse is moving, it moves smoothly (the dynamic friction is okay).   Just want to know what some of you guys think about this issue and whether or not a new (lighter) mouse might be the answer.   war   P.S.  I feel like if I had to compare my mouse to a car, it would be one of those Cadillac "land yachts".  Smooth, but not nimble.  Comfortable, but it doesn't handle well.
  6. LGA 2011 socket users, rejoice!

    I see one of these bad boys ( the core i7 4820K) looming large in my future.  It will be nice to have a "K" series CPU again... none of this silly "partially unlocked" i7 3820 nonsense.   At this point, I'm not willing to consider one of the hexacores as games are barely optimized for four cores.  It should fit right into my P9x79 Pro and with a little BIOS (we still call it that?) update, I should be all set.   Any other 2011 socket users out there?  I know Bromance is one.      
  7. Requesting a pro overclocker

    You make a good point... lots of times it all comes down to luck.  The article I linked has some good info.  I think there is a table that lists the various Vcores that were achieved at different OCs with the 4790K.  It is a sweet processor, and truth be told you will likely never see the difference between 4.4 and 4.6GHz.  After all, 200MHz is only 5%.   I still need to install TS and when I do I will join the server.   war
  8. Requesting a pro overclocker

    Element,   Here is a link to a good article that makes a case for overclocking the 4790K.  The good info is toward the bottom of the page.   YYMV.   war
  9. Requesting a pro overclocker

    Element,   This is my first post after having been out of gaming for about a year.  Although I don't have the same mobo as you (I have an MSI mobo), I think I can still help.   Getting a decent OC with your 4790K should be pretty easy.  Try the following settings to get a respectable 4.6GHz OC: - Use a "fixed" clock (as opposed to dynamic) - Apply the OC to all cores - Disable EIST (speed step) - Enable the C-states - Run your RAM at its native clocks (1866MHz).  Increasing your memory bandwidth isn't worth the trouble for gaming, and your memory frequency is already pretty decent.  Lots of articles out there on its minimal impact on gaming performance.   At this point, all you should need to do is set your multiplier to 46 (for 4.6GHz) and then set your Vcore to 1.28v.    Save your settings and boot.  Your system should test out fine.  Don't worry about trying for higher clocks, as you will quickly need more voltage (over 1.3v) and will not derive any real benefit from it... especially for gaming.   Better to have a fast, stable system than a tiny bit faster one that will crash on you or burn itself up.   war
  10. Hyper threading

    I have always thought this question best answered by considering the entirety of your PC experience, not just gaming.  Also, you might well consider how long you intend to keep the hardware you have.  I'm willing to bet that Plaxus' rig is still going strong not only for gaming, but for just about any other application he cares to run. Another thing to consider is that with each passing day not only applications, but operating systems as well are making better use of hardware resources.  I was amazed at the benefit I got from the two extra cores in my core i7 3930K when I upgraded from Win7 to Win8.1.  I could also see the benefits of hyperthreading, especially on large multiplayer maps in BF3 and BF4.   If you can afford to go Core i7, I would do so if only to take advantage of future application and OS upgrades that make better use of it.  If hyperthreading ever causes a problem, it is fairly simple to disable it in UEFI.   war
  11. Much talk has been made of Mantle as of late.  Here is a review of its performance by one of my go-to tech websites, "The Guru of 3D".   For those of you running AMD GPUs, what have you seen with Mantle?  Is its performance in line with the hype?  Will Nvidia respond with a proprietary API?  Your thoughts...   war
  12. Getting Back Into It Build...

    All,   I took a break from gaming as I stared my PhD program.  Now that I'm into it and I think I will still be able to game some while I study, here is the build I'm considering as I re-enter the fray:   Mobo: Asus Z97-A (not the deluxe or other fancy models) CPU: Core i7 4790K Haswell Cooler: Corsair H-105 Hydro 240mm AIO Liquid Cooler (with Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15 120mm 1850RPM fans) Memory: G-Skill Sniper 16GB DDR3 PC-2400 Graphix:  MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4GB PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 850W SLI-ready Gold+ Certified Corsair Obsidian 750D Case    + Other misc knick-knacks not worth mentioning.   This rig should be able to hit 4.7GHz w/o breaking a sweat for 24/7 ops.   Comments?   war    
  13. Currently,   I've been unable to find a single 120Hz WQHD ( monitor, but it looks like that will be changing in the near future with the release of Asus' ROG Swift PG278Q.  I can only hope that other vendors follow suit in the near future, as that will help us get the best value for the money.   Although a matter of opinion, I personally feel that gaming at 120Hz looks significantly better than a 60Hz display.  Scenes appear to have more clarity and are more lifelike, the images flow in a more realistic way.  I don't think I would like to go back to 60Hz, now that I've enjoyed 120Hz for a year or so.   On the downside, gaming at 120Hz is significantly more hardware intensive.  When I read benchmarks, minimum and average FPS hold far more meaning than maximum FPS - all other considerations being equal.   I hope I get a chance to play on a 120Hz WQHD (2560x1440), and that other vendors jump on the bandwagon and start churning up some competition.  Reviews will also play a big role regarding my decision to upgrade form 1920x1080 to 2560x1440.   Thoughts/opinions?   war
  14. Getting Back Into It Build...

    All,   I actually sold my old system (the one currently in my profile) and am starting from scratch.  I still have my keyboard, monitor, and mouse, but other than that it will be all new.  Were it not for that, I wouldn't even consider an upgrade as my old hexacore would probably shred most quad cores on large multiplayer maps.   @[member='plaxus']: I plan to use a pair of 240GB EVO 840s in RAID-0.  I got one for Christmas as a gift, so I only need to pick up one more.  Also, I am taking a hard look at the ASUS Strix GTX-970.  From what I can see, it's shaping up to be a nice card for significantly less than what a comparable 980 would cost.   I decided to go with the Z97/Devil's Canyon chipset because of the improved thermal packaging of the CPU.  From what I've read, the i7 4790K is capable of 4.8GHz with manageable volts and good cooling.  I guess I'll put that to the test and see for myself.   I look forward to jumping back into gaming and see you in the servers!   war
  15. All,   I came across an article a little while back while I was tuning my system for BF3 and I thought I would share what I learned with you.  Before I read the article, I didn't really know what I was looking at with respect to the performance meter, but now that I know I've found that it can be a handy tool and useful for providing insight into how your system is performing with the Frostbite 2 engine.  Although I haven't seen it yet, I suspect Frostbite 3's performance meter will be similar.   Variable used to show the performance meter:   (entered using either the console (~ key) or by inserting the lines into your user.cfg file)             Render.PerfOverlayEnable 1           Render.PerfOverlayVisible 1       Green line = GPU (video card) performance Yellow line = CPU performance   Bottom red horizontal line = 0ms (time zero) - Vertical (from zero) = increasing response time Red horizontal lines = 20ms Red vertical lines = 3-second intervals   What this example chart shows is that this guy's GPU lags his CPU in average processing time by about 8ms.  In other words, his GPU is his system's bottleneck.  Also, no lag spikes are present during this roughly 3.5 second time window.  From what I can see (based on the average GPU processing rate (in milliseconds), this guy is churning a smooth 55.5 FPS (a nice picture on a 60Hz monitor).   Later, I will post a screenshot of my performance meter for comparison (can't b/c I'm @ work right now  ;) )   war   FPS = 1/processing time in seconds   (in this case 1/0.01803)   18.03 ms = 0.01803sec
  16. Your PC Parts Store.

    I pretty much get my gear from Amazon (I have Prime) and Newegg.  I've been very pleased with both, and both have pretty good customer service and reasonable shipping.  I like creating "wishlists" in Newegg because it's pretty easy to do and I can get a good idea on the price of things as I put the component list together.   war
  17. New Gaming Rig

    For the lazy man, Maximum PC has some guides to fit nearly any budget.   war
  18. The perfect computer

    Think of a PC as a tool, and you're well on your way.   The good thing about PCs is that with an idea in mind of what you want your PC to do, you can focus your hardware and software to meet that end.  That's the true strength of the PC platform - customization.   With the right budget, you can build a PC that will excel at any function you can think of, be it engineering, design, gaming, or entertainment.   All the best,   war
  19. Future Corsair Build 2014/2015

    Something you may want to try with a -E chipset...   I have quad channel capability, but run my mobo dual channel mode b/c I don't stream and don't really need the extra bandwidth quad channel memory provides.  The benefit of running dual channel instead of quad channel memory is lower latency (increases apparent memory speed over quad channel because the overhead involved with managing 4 memory channels is eliminated).  I suggest trying it both ways, maybe run a benchmark or two and see what works best for you.  If you stream and run fast memory (>1600MHz), quad channel may be better depending on your memory timings.  YYMV.  Give it a try as most mobos will let you run either.   war
  20. Future Corsair Build 2014/2015

    With your budget, I think that's a good move.
  21. Future Corsair Build 2014/2015

    Dynasty, Looks like a solid build and you have a good budget. My only suggestion is that you consider a hexacore CPU. Games (as well as OS) are trending toward making better use of both physical and virtual cores. I figured that since you will be streaming while you game, having 2 more physical cores could come in handy and the investment will keep your rig stronger longer. My 3930K at 4.4Ghz (H80i cooling) is still mighty strong with power to spare. I think @[member='Bromance'] would agree. Best to you, War
  22. Upgrading Dell XPS 9100

    Dell is one of the few vendors that make their own stuff, and proprietary pin-outs on certain components (like Mobo power and Power Supplies) is one of the ways they lock corporate customers into their upgrade path.   I'm not sure they still do this, but I am certain they did so in the past.  This is one of the reasons early on that I began building my own PCs.   Best of luck!   war
  23. Upgrading Dell XPS 9100

    nitewalker,   Caution is advised here.  For some time, Dell has used proprietary power supplies, and thus proprietary pin-outs on their motherboards and power supplies.  This may or may not still be the case, but I would definitely confirm this using your Service Tag through Dell Technical support before connecting a non-Dell power supply to your motherboard.  If Dell uses proprietary connectors on your model (see Service Tag), at best your PC may not work with a new power supply.  At worst, plugging in a non-Dell PSU into the mobo could fry the PSU, the mobo, and everything connected to it.   Please take the time to confirm this before proceeding with your upgrade.  An ounce of prevention (homework) could save you a world of heartache (not to mention $).   All the best,   warspite
  24. New England Meet Up?

    I hope so as well!
  25. Help! Need to get a router TOMORROW!

    Two words:   Airport Extreme.  You will be happy.  :D
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