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Everything posted by Darth_Tom

  1. My monitor is rarely used for movies, so why would I ever want a 'cinematic' aspect ratio? 2560x1080 sounds awful, and for that $400 you could have a 2560x1440 Korean IPS/PLS. I don't understand why these monitors exist really, aside from maybe the office market to replace dual monitor setups?
  2. Could I grab Bioshock 1 as well? I've been meaning to pick it up but for some reason every time I remember they want like $10 for it (which is nuts).
  3. Can I get the Left For Dead 2 code? I sent you a PM with some donated games as well. Thanks!
  4. 27" Crossover Monitor, IPS 2x 21.5" IPS M-Audio BX-5 Das Keyboard Blue Switches Coolermaster Storm Sentinel Mouse Silverstone RV02-EBW Corsair AX850 16GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 128GB Crucial M4 SSD 2x 2TB Seagate HDD i7 3770K Gigabye UD3BH Motherboard No video card, buying GTX 780 within a few days Country: United States
  5. You and Panda's pixel obsession made me go and check to see if they went away since I haven't seen them since I bought it. Nope, still there, but only if the monitor is dark and I'm two inches away (and only because I know they're in that spot). Do you actually notice these things or is it more of an OCD-style "I like having NO dead pixels, just because" sort of thing?
  6. I have a Crossover IPS. Don't worry about dead pixels, it isn't worth paying. Mine came with a 5 pixel guarentee, but came with about 12. The seller offered to pay for all the shipping to get me another one, but I opted against it. They ended up giving me a $30 refund as an apology anyway. Backlight bleed is what you really have to worry about (they don't guarentee that since they can't quanitify it) and mine had none. Turns out the pixels are so absurdly small you'll never notice the dead pixels. It took me and a friend in a pitch black room to see the stuck pixels - might have well been dust. I've never seen them in use, only if I'm three inches away searching. So if the dead pixels are dissuading you, don't let them.
  7. Zalman CNPS9900MAX-R, from the Marketplace forum here: http://forums.overclockersclub.com/index.php?showtopic=172693&hl=cnps9900max-r I have one and it's great, never will get in the way of a memory slot. Great cooling as well, better than the EVO. It pains me to see that one go unpurchased for so long.
  8. Just an alternative, $400-$500 for a lighter laptop that he can actually carry to school and use in class with a reasonable amount of battery life. Then spend $800-$900 on a nice desktop for him to play his games on. This way his experience at school will be better (no being permanently attached to a wall socket, less heavy of a laptop), and his experience with games will be better (bigger screen, better graphics, ability to upgrade). There's also the benefit of keeping the fun out of the classroom. The problem with a $1300 gaming laptop is that when he 17, he's going to have a laptop that's too old to game on, and too heavy to use as a laptop. Just some ideas.
  9. I'm looking for an mSATA SSD for the laptop I'm preparing to purchase. 64GB is the desired size, but I can't stomach the $80ish new prices on these things. Was hoping someone around here had one collecting dust that they were looking to get rid of. IE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148611
  10. Don't forget that Samsung drives are now produced by Seagate, so I don't know if I would assume that the F3 is as fast as it once was.
  11. While the domestic S3 is only dual core instead of quad, I think it's important to mention that it also has 2GB of RAM as opposed to the international version's 1GB. I think that's a worthy tradeoff, and not sure if it was mentioned here yet (even after a quick skim through the posts).
  12. Silverstone Raven RV-02BW i5 2500K @ 4.0GHz Zalman CNPS9900MAX-R Cooler Gigabyte Z68 UD3H-B3 4x 4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz EVGA GTX 570 SC Corsair AX850 PSU 2x 2TB Seagate Barracuda 5900rpm HDDs 128GB Crucial M4 SSD 21.5" 1080p LED Asus Monitor Coolermaster Storm Sentinel Advance Mouse Cyberacoustics 2.1 Speaker Setup Some HP Media Keyboard I've dumped soda in twice Hopefully that keyboard description doesn't count as 'dumbing down your components', but it's the honest truth. I think everything's pretty solid about my build (that's what I was going for), the keyboard's just getting a little long in the tooth. Thanks for another awesome contest.
  13. Wondering if anyone has any Socket 1156 boards they're looking to part with. It needs to be capable of SLI, and should have the usual modern amenities like USB 3.0 and SATA3. Thanks.
  14. Let them know that you're going to contact the BBB and see if they start caring about you. Most Firestone locations are BBB accredited. At the very least you can get a little revenge.
  15. Our 25 cent piece, for the last 10 years, has had a number of different designs. 5 per year, one per state, for 10 years, released in the order of joining the union. So in 1999, we started with Delaware, by the end of 2009 we had Hawaii. They were very popular to collect, and many companies sold large maps with coin holders built into the states so you could track/display your collection.
  16. Bump! Anyone with a compatible 460? Doesn't have to be the exact same model.
  17. I'm looking to buy a GTX 460 as similar to the one below as possible: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130566 If I could have the same exact one, that would be perfect, but I'm willing to listen to other brands. Can you SLI two different brands of cards? I'm assuming certain specs have to be the same, but which? Not sure about the price, so just make some offers. I think not having a price is against marketplace rules, so I'm going to say somewhere in the $50-$100 neighborhood. The lower end is much more preferable, as $100 is not far from the price of a new one. EDIT: Ended up grabbing an EVGA B-stock. Thanks everyone!
  18. I always recommend the Crucial M4. I get a little over 500MB/s, which is so close to the 555MB/s some others offer that it's unnoticeable. The M4, however, is known for being quite reliable in comparison to say the OCZ SSDs.
  19. I would throw in a vote for 2x 24"or 23" monitors, instead of the 27" that was suggested, if you're looking purely for screen real estate. Prices would be pretty similar (an increase of 3" to 27" comes with a disproportionate increase in cost).
  20. If the reviews are good and you want it, then I suppose there's no real reason to not get it. I would just check the price at a reputable place like Newegg or somewhere similar. If the eBay price is much lower, something fishy is going on. The only reason I wouldn't get a 1500W is for efficiency's sake, since you'll be only pulling 10% during simple browsing and basic use. If you see it as a futureproofing option, you definitely won't have the hardware to stress it yet, keeping it always at very inefficient levels. I'm not sure it's bad for the power supply, but it is definitely not great for your electric bill.
  21. Yep, it's not really an uncommon setup. And in regards to the 670, I'm a fan of EVGA. Many others are too. I prefer the models with the lifetime warranty.
  22. Or just buy this one from the marketplace forum http://forums.overclockersclub.com/?showtopic=191823
  23. I would say skip the whole caching thing and just use the 128GB for the OS and programs/games. I run a 128GB in that configuration and haven't encountered any issues with regard to space.
  24. I find it interesting that what you deem as "HOPEFULLY", the 8GB of RAM, is the most easily attained and probably part of any laptop. Running the latest games maxed, building it from scratch, and stuffing in water cooling are all way more difficult, some being nearly impossible.
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