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  1. Not entering contest just sharing a memory. I received the following PM from Verran: Background image, Jul 3 2009, 02:43 PM "RIP 1981-2009 Group: Honorary Staff Posts: 7,026 Member No.: 13,138 Joined: 24-October 04 I raised your warning level for posting that screenshot with the inappropriate background image. That was absolutely uncalled for and is well below the maturity level we expect here." I keep my desktop background as lemonparty and had posted a screenshot with some benchmark scores on it. I thought covering up the genitalia with the windows was good enough. Verran could have been a jerk about it but it was a gentle reprimand. Edit: Can I please have my warning level lowered now? Been a good guy since Jul I promise!
  2. Same here, you can by pass this problem by manually setting your fan speeds, but coming out of sleep or hibernation you will have to reset the fan speeds.
  3. Considering the cost of .45acp nowadays it might be more cost effective for them to pay a shop. I just spent 66$ for 100 rounds of winchester range box. About 3 years ago the exact same box used to cost me 21$.
  4. agreed, 9800gt it is. It has a lot of sentimental value too. It was a great card in its time.
  5. For PhysX. Just thought I would be provocative with the old school cards in the title. I have been running the system in my sig for a year now and I don't need another card to help out the 295 but realized yesterday I have the above two cards laying around from older systems and thought it might be fun to use one for physx and let the 295 do everything else. If it were you which of the two cards would you use? The 9800gx2 is the more powerful of the two cards but then I would have 4 gpus going. Is that an issue if they are not in SLI? I have plenty of power overhead either way. I'm thinking the 9800gt might be better/more simple solution? Just wondering your thoughts/opinions.
  6. Holy Carp! I hate to see that man. Good luck on getting that fixed!
  7. Outpost 2 and TA?! Good taste my friend. Outpost 2 was an awesome game, as was TA. TA is still one of the most fun RTS of all times in my book.
  8. No, thank YOU. You actually finished the rest of my thoughts. I can deal with very large wheels on exotics and upper level luxo cars. Good taste sir.
  9. Yep Cali Special. I like the rear air diffuser in that package but count me as an old fart who believes that 20" wheels have no business on a muscle car, but good looking ride from one stang driver to another. Just to prove we are making progress....
  10. Good write up and I am surprised at how many good economic minds are in t his forum. I think as a whole, we get it. There are a few bleeding heart types but for the most part people here seem to respect competition and free markets.
  11. Hmm, I got a little crazy with the shaders, just couldn't get the crazy things to mess up! I use the bump it up and play some crysis, bump it up and play some crysis, bump it up and, "whoops, that's too much," back it off a little method.
  12. I cannot figure out what the deal is. I used to play with the frequencies on my gtx 295 all the time and could save different profiles etc. I always used the nvidia control panel to do this and had not problem. recently when I try to make a change and apply it or save it I get a message that says the changes made were invalid. I have tried to use coolbits but to no avail and would really like to keep using the nvidia software as I am comfortable with it and it is easy to use. The drivers are up to date. Any ideas? Thanks for the help.
  13. No, because someone else owns the store. He is charging the customer for a service that he provides. He provides the service through you or an employee like you. It is in his interest to make the most money possible out of you (charge the customer as much as he can while paying you as little as you will work for,) just as it is in your interest to make as much money as possible by making the most money possible. If that means all of his employees start to leave because he isn't paying them enough, he will go to a lower class employee. If the customers are still happy with the service, he will keep these lower class employees. If not he will be forced to pay higher wages to get better employees. It all works itself out. But you are doing the right thing by looking for the best deal for you. It's when you settle for the status quo that the system stops working. BTW since this is a car thread the mustang motor rebuild I started back in Feb. is almost complete, just waiting for the engine to be finished at the machine shop where it is getting all forged internals, bored out etc. This has been a long hard project but the end is in sight in maybe another month or two. Pics and vids will be forthcoming someday.
  14. add me to the ranks of people who are not fans of timing belts. I know chains can eventually slip but they don't tend to have the catastrophic failure like belts do. The best idea, Anyone seen a big block chevy built up with timing gears? Not only is it a strong way of running but it sounds awesome, more mechanical whine!
  15. They were some pretty interesting cars, my sister used to drive a white one and we put that thing through some shenanigans on the county dirt roads by our house. Not quite like a WRX or EVO, but still a lot of fun for less $$
  16. Nalcyon

    Left 4 Dead DLC

    Moar content is definitely good, wondering why they are releasing it so close to l4d2, and why they didn't release l4d as an add on to the original. Did they finally change from the source engine? If they did I will be interested in what comes out of it. I am a huge fanboy of the source engine.
  17. Hey an update on the stang got everything together, cranked her up, what is that sound? Are the lifters/valve lash adjusters not seating properly? Is it.... O $H!T!!! TURN IT OFF TURN IT OFF!!!! The fellow who sold my the comp cams, while doing good and telling me the valve springs needed to be replaced, failed to mention that to run these cams the pistons have to be notched. So, that sound was the piston smakcing the valve, and that worse sound was three valves being bent and the worst sound was three rockers flying off and chewing on my cam lobes. Not happy camper but me and my buddy have gotten this motor figured out now and we had the motor pulled in about 4-5 hours including taking off the headers which is not nearly as hard as it used to be. We stripped the motor down to the block and sure enough the valves were tapping the pistons and it was just a matter of time before the other 13 valves bent. Motor is at the machine shop now getting a valve job, notched pistons, ported and polish jobs on the heads, intake manifold, and throttle body, and the cam lobes that got chewed are being machined smooth. Lot more work than I was anticipating but I can't wait to get the motor back and hook it up again! And lol on the 73 pinto with a 5.0!!! I still say if you can work on these late model mustangs you can do almost anything. If you ever need to replace your headers, let me know I can give you some hints that will save you a whole lot of trouble. 1. jack up car and put on jackstands. 2. unbolt motor from both motor mounts. 3. put jack under oilpan of motor and lift off of motor mounts 4. REMOVE MOTOR MOUNTS. 5. You can now get to every bolt on both sides and can move the motor up/down which aids in getting to the top/bottom bolts. If you have the motor disco'd from the tranny this is even easier as you can move the motor side to side as well as up and down to make the job almost too easy. Removing the motor mounts is key, and it is very simple to do, three bolts on each side, but it will make the whole job much much easier, the difference in about 2 hours of labor vs, three days. I also did the three day thing the first time. Also while the header is off, get a tap and tap out all the header bolt holes in the thread, use stainless steel bolts, and use anti seize on each bolt, this will save you tons of headaches later on. .02 has been given.
  18. Ya the thing I can't get around is the waterblock on the CPU getting dirty all the time. As for fluctuations in temperatures, I was thinking of keeping betas in the tank. They don't really require filtration, the tank would be way more area than they would need, they are hardy fish, and this sounds horrible but they are cheap to replace.
  19. Speaking of the surface area it just seems, (without scientific backing,) that there would be enough volume of water in an aquarium to cool itself. You have hit on another concern that I have been trying to "figger" out in my mind, what to do about the fact that you are pulling dirty water into your water block? You can put the filter before the water block but you are still going to get some water that could potentially damage the unit. Maybe you could flush out the pump every now and again? And I should have known nothing is new, its all been done before!
  20. I think I am going to fool around with this this weekend outside of the computer case, (maybe use my old pent IV) and a large body of water without fish in it. I think the reason you can get by with passive cooling is because of the amount of water. These little pumps don't move that much water and if you have a container that holds even 1 gallon of water it is hard to imagine the cpu heating up that much water. Of course like I said this is all assuming the coolant is not integral to pulling heat from the cpu. And no rick roll'z on this one. But beware if I post links for this finished project...
  21. I may be headed for a bad idea but it also might be fun. I recently replaced my old prepackaged water cooling unit with a cooler master v8, (which works so much better,) and now I have this water cooling unit sitting around. At a garage sale last weekend I picked up several sheets of 1/2 plexiglass and so now I am having weird ideas such as.... What if I used this plexiglas and made a reservoir that was the size of the side panel on my computer, had it uplit in red led's, and ran a perforated air hose in the bottom of it hooked to a separate pump to make bubbles rise to the top, and had the pump from the water block dump into the top, and then return from the bottom? That would look cool but then, What if I just used MY AQUARIUM? Obviously with this setup I couldn't run coolant in the water because i am rather fond of my fish, but what if you had the water block dumping into the top of the aquarium and picked it back up from the bottom? Put the filter before the water block? You would only need passive cooling of the liquid with both of these solutions but my concern is the function of the coolant. Does it just help the water disperse heat? Or is it integral to the water "pulling" the heat from the cpu? Am I headed for corroded internals with this setup?
  22. man that is why hail scares the carp out of me, and there is nothing you can do about it if you live where you don't have access to a garage. Hope insurance makes it all gooder again.
  23. Beautiful stang man! I like mustangs but anyone who has ever worked on the motors can tell you they can be a female dog to work with. Got all the front covers/topend put back on, was reinstalling the driver side header, (a pita under the best conditions,) and discovered that the 7th bolt I put in which just happened to be top of number 4 cylinder was stripped, not the bolt, but the hole. I could have cried cuz it is so hard to get to all of those bolts except the number 1 cylinder, but I had to take them all back out and go get a tap to retap the aluminum. This has turned into a 5 month project now, though to be fair I can only work on it on the weekends, waited 2 weeks for the cams, 2 more weeks for the cam tool, and have made every mistake possible, (and also swapped the clutch which was no easy task.) In retrospect for this amount of work i would have been much better pulling the motor. But anyone ever wants cams in their stang I will install them for 500$. 900$ if the cams are big enough to have to change teh valve springs.
  24. Keep us posted on progress. I finally have the motor back together on my stang, new cams/valve springs installed, new clutch in, transmission in. To do on Friday: reinstall front drive accessories,(power steering pump etc,) reinstall driveshaft, valve covers, intake, change oil in motor and tranny. Then I am going to the dyno next week to get it tuned. Videos will be forthcoming. I am ready to get this off my plate. But if anyone needs any help swapping cams in an overhead valve motor, I have had just about everything go wrong that can so I am the guy to ask.
  25. belt driven ftw! If it breaks, drop about 60 bucks and replace the whole thing. A lot easier than working with chains, never needs lubricating, is easy to adjust, and a lot cheaper than driveshafts. O and it is pretty smooth too.
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