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Reply 360 of 396, by Caluser2000

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Final setup. Not too bad for an all up cost of under $nz60. Very pleased indeedy.

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Reply 361 of 396, by Caluser2000

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One extra thing added to cope with the warmer weather we are having to keep things cool. Modified a desktop case 12v fan and hooked it up to a 12v psu that I have no idea what it was for. It had a wide flat plastic device connector that fitted none of the deves I own. Cut the fan leads back, cut off the psu connector off and stripped the leads ready for soldering together. Out with my cheap old soldering iron, flux, handy hands and solder . Joined the for leads up after sliding a bit of heat shrink over one side first. put a bit of wider cable insulation over one set of leads so the solder joints don't touch in use,slip the heat shrink over the soldered leads, used a brad nail with the head chopped off as a stiffener for the joints. Added a bit of super glue for added insulation/strength. Covered that with a strip od rubber wih adhesive on one side.Fitted the fan in the cd/dvd drive bay, hooked it up and ran like a champ.

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Reply 362 of 396, by Almoststew1990

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Today I tried to mount a cooler onto my a320 / 2600X system. I was screwing mount things in and three went in fine, the fourth was putting up a lot of resistance. I ended up using a spanner trying to force the mount to screw in place as it should have been fine.

But then I snapped the screw mount thing inside the backplate. Doh. I can't even mount the AMD cooler back onto the board as the backplate has the screw stuck in it!

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Reply 363 of 396, by bjwil1991

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Changed cases for my main desktop: http://imgur.com/gallery/i4L9w50

Now to figure out how to fix the 480GB SSD for my laptop that won't boot after changing it to GPT for the partition mode so the UEFI option can be utilized. Going to make a backup of my desktop's 480GB SSD as an image in case anything happens to the drive.

Edit: fixed the laptop bootup failure: overrode and removed the hidden attribute/drive set ID and it booted up. Then, my main desktop did the same thing and it's now working, plus I fixed my brother's computer again (failed CPU heatsink fan and good thing I had a spare from an old build I parted out a long time ago due to a failed component on a motherboard).

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Reply 364 of 396, by Standard Def Steve

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I just finished ripping my Lord of the Rings 4K discs to the file server. Guess I'd better get the popcorn started - LOTR Weekend begins tonight!

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Super P3: PIII-S @ 1.63 GHz/FSB155 | 2GB DDR-310 | 6800GT AGP | 500GB 7200 RPM
Super G4: 2x PowerPC 7455 @ 1.5 GHz | 2GB DDR-333 | 7800GS AGP | 300GB 10k RPM
Super G5: 4x PowerPC 970 @ 2.5 GHz | 16GB DDR2-533 | x1950XT PCIe | 512GB SSD

Reply 366 of 396, by buckeye

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After failing miserably on ebay/bestbuy/newegg to find a 30 series geforce "lady luck" smiled and gave me a wet sloppy kiss.
Found a Zotac RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC for a "decent price" at the local Gigaparts store. Got it installed and ran a few games
but decided to shut it down after reading on a forum that connecting a 3080 to a power supply with a single cable fried the PS.

The card manufacturers need to do a better job of illustrating the correct way to connect these cards to the power supplies. It's
not spelled out anywhere in the instructions that it's safer to connect each PCI-e cable to it's own connection on the PS. Ok
maybe I'm not the brightest spark, but is it too much to ask for relative for what they're charging for these cards?

Attached are some pics. Any comments or recommendations on the cable connections would be welcome. For the record
I purchased two more PCI-e 8 pin/8pin sleeved cables for peace of mind.

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MSI x570 Gaming Pro Carbon Ryzen 3700x 16GB DDR4 Zotac RTX 3070 8GB WD Black 1TB 650W

Reply 367 of 396, by ODwilly

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I upgraded my friend to a B450 Ryzen 5 2600 setup with 16gb of ram. All in a lovely blue 2007 Full Tower Apevia case. Also loaned him out a R9 Fury to tide him over until he buys his gpu upgrade, a bit faster than the gtx 970 he was running.

Main pc: AsRock x370 Killer SLI a/c, Ryzen 5 2600, 1tb WD black nvme ssd, 24g ddr4 2400 @2933mhz, rx 480 8gb reference card, 2tb Hitachi Deskstar.
Retro PC: Soyo P4S Dragon, 3gb ddr 266, 120gb Maxtor, Geforce Fx 5950 Ultra, SB Live! 5.1

Reply 368 of 396, by Almoststew1990

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I have the urge to build something so put together an ITX system to sit on top of my desk. I've only got one (non-retro) ITX board so I've got an I5 3570 (3.4GHz) with 8GB of DDR 2133MHz RAM. It's a crappy ASUS P8H61-i LX RM which is an OEM "RM" branded board and bios, and it won't post with any RAM at faster speeds than 1333MHz so my RAM is running at nearly half speed!

I've put my 4890 in there. I have cards that are faster quieter and cooler but I just fancied seeing what this card can do when not paired with a slightly more modern CPU than it usually gets paired with.

This Thermaltake case is absolutely lovely to build with. All the side panels come off and the front panel and facia can come off and rotate so you can have it running with a traditional vertical motherboard position if you would like. All the side panels can fit on any side and they have vents drilled in different parts, so I can match up the side panel that best fits the component - i.e. the panel with holes drilled on the left side sits directly over the CPU, and the panel with holes drilled on the right side lines up directly over the GPU so both CPU and GPU get good access to fresh air.

The case also comes with a 160mm (or something) fan up front which is quiet but surely pushes a lot of air inside the case. The PSU has it's own separate air flow.

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Reply 369 of 396, by clueless1

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A few recent modern activities:
1) set up son's new 1440p monitor. We spent some time going through his favorite games, switching the res to 1440p and checking performance. He's on an i7-4790/RTX2060 KO. For the most part, all the games perform well at 1440p, in some cases a few detail settings have to be reduced, or he settles for occasional dips <60 fps.
2) cleaned out my PC case, mainly accumulated dust on CPU heatsink and exhaust fans. Noticed cpu temps drop a few degrees after. 😎
3) benchmarked Tomb Raider 2013 on my system (i5-4590/GTX1650 Super). At 1080p, I can run the game with every detail maxed out at around 55 fps average, with lows in the high 30s. If I drop SSAA to 2X, I average 72 fps with lows in the low 50s: good enough for me.

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Reply 370 of 396, by Caluser2000

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Got given a 2012 Samsung i7 lap top thingy. The win7 install was corrupted and I couldn't get it to boot up after trying for about half an hour.. Not even able to restore it either. . Swapped out the 1T for a 320gig hdd I had win10 on . Fired that up and win10 loaded the correct drivers and I was presented with a login screen. Tried my login but a few keys are sticking. I suspect a liquid has been spilt on the thing. CRC556 freed up a few keys but I need to get some contact cleaner and CRC226 to completely sort it out. It has 6gigs of ram and is in quite good condition .

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Reply 371 of 396, by Bruninho

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Just binge watching Cobra Kai on Netflix. A modern look on new Karate Kid (1984) storyline. So far its great. I need to finish it before monday when we all will be back at work. I have a looong training in course for the new job and this Miyagi Karate fun is exactly what I need.

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Reply 372 of 396, by ODwilly

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Combining 16gb of Ddr3 1866 with an OC'd Fx 8370 on a NIB Biostar 990fx board. Need a decent GPU for it, the old GTX 260 I have spare to use with it is pretty underwhelming, but does surprisingly well considering the age. And leagues better than the gt 210.

Main pc: AsRock x370 Killer SLI a/c, Ryzen 5 2600, 1tb WD black nvme ssd, 24g ddr4 2400 @2933mhz, rx 480 8gb reference card, 2tb Hitachi Deskstar.
Retro PC: Soyo P4S Dragon, 3gb ddr 266, 120gb Maxtor, Geforce Fx 5950 Ultra, SB Live! 5.1

Reply 373 of 396, by Caluser2000

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I had a go at the second dud HP/Compaq CQ62. Pulled the busted lcd panel out, cracked open the system unit, added a new cmos battery, put in some ram and a small SATA hdd in it with a modified hdd holder from some unknown( long gone) system using a round and flat file. A family member gave me A Samsung notebook with the same size lcd panel as the CQ62 that was working but the Samsung system unit had far to many other issues to sort out. Pulled the DVD-RW from the Samsung then fitted it to the CQ62 system unit. Pulled out of the Samsung lcd panel and fitted it in the CQ62 lcd housing. It took a few mods-cut of fthe Samsung lcd mounting tags, a bit of filing and tweaking with a pair of long nose pliers to fit the CQ62 lcd mount attachments to the Samsung lcd panel. Then fitted th panel in to the CQ62 lcd housing.

I tested the CQ62 system unit prior to fitting the new lcd setup with an external lcd monitor. Apart from the wifi card, which I pulled due to the system set up routine not liking it. Fitted another wifi card which the system liked I had removed from another scrapped system. The system booted up just fine, then tested a few things in Linux Mint Debian Edition 4. All hardware was working as it should.

I shut down the system then fitted the lcd assy to the system unit. Fired it up and all was oaky dokey with the complete notebook assembled. I'm very happy with the result. A new computer for me for $nz0 and about 5hours of my time.

I'll keep the Samsung notebook mobo for another project I have in mind in the future.

I love the way you can swap/mod these PC thingys.

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Reply 374 of 396, by Bruninho

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Mint Cinnamon edition?

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Reply 376 of 396, by Bruninho

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Caluser2000 wrote on 2021-01-05, 01:17:
Bruninho wrote on 2021-01-05, 00:16:

Mint Cinnamon edition?

LMDE 4. I stated it in the above post...

Oh, I missed that. I need to fix my sleeping hours, been sleeping less and less because of work. Getting better now. Btw, I tend to prefer Debian with XFCE, seems to be more lightweight and faster. I just had a first time with Cinnamon last week when I found out that some coworkers use it.

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Reply 377 of 396, by Caluser2000

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Bruninho wrote on 2021-01-05, 05:41:
Caluser2000 wrote on 2021-01-05, 01:17:
Bruninho wrote on 2021-01-05, 00:16:

Mint Cinnamon edition?

LMDE 4. I stated it in the above post...

Oh, I missed that. I need to fix my sleeping hours, been sleeping less and less because of work. Getting better now. Btw, I tend to prefer Debian with XFCE, seems to be more lightweight and faster. I just had a first time with Cinnamon last week when I found out that some coworkers use it.

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Reply 378 of 396, by Caluser2000

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Popped down to that second hand computer shop I mentioned earlier and got enough matching second hand 2mm and 2.5mm screws for the second CQ62 rejuvenation. Tidied up a few major scratches on the hdd panel. Job complete. The young guy was quite curious about the other old stuff I have. I told him about Vogons.org. Maybe he will join up.

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Reply 379 of 396, by clueless1

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I had some extra disposable income from bonuses and such, so decided to upgrade the CPU in my main rig from an i5-4590 to an i7-4770, knowing it would not be a huge upgrade except in very specific situations. I wanted to max out my system (an HP EliteDesk 800 G1 Tower). Well, almost max it out, as it does support the 4790K, but the price premium on the K processors was more than I could swallow. Now my cpu is completely out of the way in games, putting the bottleneck squarely on my gpu (GTX 1650 Super). I did some benchmarking. Here's some highlights:

Cinebench R23 Multi Core:
i5-4590: 3194
i7-4770: 4236 (+32.6%)
(total system power draw during multi core test increased from 67W to 93W...idle power draw remained the same at 28W)

7-Zip 19.0 Benchmark:
i5-4590: 21412
i7-4770: 28761 (+34.3%)

Passmark CPUMark:
i5-4590: 8006
i7-4770: 10345 (+29.2%)

RealBench Image Editing Test:
i5-4590: 47.84 seconds
i7-4770: 37.15 seconds (22% faster)

RealBench Encode Test:
i5-4590: 256.98 seconds
i7-4770: 94.25 seconds (2.7x faster)

RealBench Multi-tasking Test:
i5-4590: 399.15 seconds
i7-4770: 115.627 seconds (3.5x faster)

3DMark Sky Diver Physics Test:
i5-4590: 7287
i7-4770: 9813 (+34.7%)

3DMark Fire Strike Physics Test:
i5-4590: 6889
i7-4770: 10173 (+47.7%)

3DMark Time Spy CPU Test:
i5-4590: 3004
i7-4770: 3948 (+31.4%)

3DMark Time Spy Overall Score:
i5-4590: 4273
i7-4770: 4491 (+5.1%)

Doom 2016 showed minor improvements. Average FPS went from 160 to 167; 0.1% low fps went from 105 to 126; cpu usage went from 95% to 67%. GPU usage remains at 95% for both cpus.

GTA V, Tomb Raider 2013, and Metro Last Light Redux showed almost zero improvement in fps or cpu usage. I just don't own any games that are heavily cpu bound.

Total system power draw during Doom 2016 gaming went from 163W to 173W.

edit: The cpu cooler that HP used is pretty amazing. It doesn't look like anything special, but it does screw down as opposed to the snap in holders, maybe that's it. I thought the Haswell i7s were supposed to run pretty hot, but I cannot get this i7-4770 past 59c with two different cpu burn-in programs running simultaneously. I need to remember to take some photos and post here, it's a total sleeper gaming PC.

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