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Everything posted by Shurman292

  1. While you're at it, add an "e" to the end of Mushkin Blacklin. It's what I do
  2. Just change it all up and go by 2_CH33P
  3. My vote would be for the Zotac 670 because of three reasons: 1) it will run cooler, 2) it will run quieter, 3) it is brand new. It may even overclock high enough to match the 680 in performance. Since they both have the same memory size, I would go with the 670.
  4. Agreed, the mods do an awesome job to keep this site cleaned up It is threads like this one that make OCC what it is.
  5. I've had a G.Skill stick die on me. Bad memory happens to even the best companies. Both G.Skill and Corsair are great companies for RAM. The Vengence RAM is also very good. Memory is memory. As long as it is compatible you're fine.
  6. Same thing happened to my 1366 mobo. I used a toothpick, magnifiers, and some patience and finally got the pin bent back enough so that it made contact.
  7. I would upgrade just to get away from the Crossfire problems. A 660ti should run everything you need, especially when overclocked. However, I must say that I have been wanting a 670 for a long time (aka if you can, go for it). I'm guessing performance would see about a 20-30% increase going that route.
  8. Shurman292


    Welcome and enjoy your stay!
  9. Sup Com is still an amazing game, both on the sheer scale of the battles and on the ability to micromanage the dynamics of the game. I have to admit I play the original (with Forged Alliance) online with friends about once a week.
  10. You mean without right? I go back and forth between AVG and MSE. I prefer the way MSE operates and how it never asks you to buy anything. AVG is just good antivirus though.
  11. Hmm interesting, thanks for the info. I had heard that "holophonic" sound before and I believe the barbershop one as well. If that is the case though, what is the purpose of sound cards? I'm just curious at this point @OP, Waco and I apologize for hijacking your thread
  12. I know this, but in a 5.1 environment there is front-to-back directionality. Stereo headsets like the a40 will still be perceived as stereo unless the input supplies the cans with the sound slightly modified to create the perception of surround sound. Then the algorithms may be able to trick the ears into hearing a slight difference in front-to-back sound. If 2-channel sound is coming from an audio source, 2-channel sound is what will be perceived. If that audio source is 7.1 and the headphones are able to handle it (like the a40s) then what is perceived is something akin to 7.1 sound. Now, I understand that you are saying the game outputs 7.1 channel sound. However, if the hardware connected to the headphone mixer only puts out 2-channel sound, that mixer will only be able to produce stereo sound. USB may be a different story since it is bypassing the audio card altogether, but loses some fidelity just like all USB audio.
  13. I agree with this statement, as long as he is alright with using USB and not optical. If you have bullets whizzing by your head and you have the source set to stereo, the external sound card is not going to know how to process those sounds in terms of front-to-back directionality. However, if the output is set to 7.1, or even 5.1 for that matter, the algorithms have something to start with to calculate how to position those "infinite speakers" around your head.
  14. In order to have accurate 7.1 directionality, the external mixer would have to be fed a 7.1 audio source, convert it into stereo but keep the directionality using audio algorithms, and then send it to the cans as stereo. The end result is that the algorithms trick your ears into thinking the stereo sound is in the original 7.1 format. If you start out with just a stereo signal, it will only be able to stay stereo, and the directionality algorithms will be useless. He's trying to do optical, which allows the source (the sound card) to do most of the decoding/decrypting, whereas with USB it is all done externally.
  15. People here are probably tired of hearing me rave about my Asus Xonar D2X, but I will do it at least one more time It puts out some very good, clean sound. I'm no audiophile, but I certainly can tell the difference between low, medium, and high-grade audio and the D2X is definitely on the high end. If you want something less expensive, the Xonar DX is also a good option. Furthermore, I have heard really good things about the HT Omega cards. Some of the other members here :cough: stonerboy :cough: will probably come along and rave about their DAC amps. I've not seen/heard those so my opinion is based solely on sound cards alone.
  16. Bump. Still looking for $130 + shipping.
  17. The real question is, will it blend? Seriously though, nice job. We need more enthusiasts pushing their machines to the limits!
  18. Welcome, you will be right at home here!
  19. That noise is definitely not normal; it sounds to me like a fan bearing going bad. Since the card is still within the return policy, I would definitely get a replacement. I know that is not what you wanted to hear, but it's the safest option.
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