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Master Binky

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  1. This is just my opinion but if you're going without a book, here is what I suggest based on the car/car rim example that was thrown out. Start with tutorials for simple 2D parts. Do them from different sites/places/writers even if it's over the same basic objects you can skim through them eventually to see if there's anything new to learn. I say this because there's a few ways to do the same simple things so getting exposed to them and figuring out what your preferences are is important, as well as knowing the alternatives(or that they even exist). I personally think 3D isn't so bad if you know what your representing with 2D drawings, so it's easy to step up from that with some basic 3D tutorials, and the profeciency with the program you get learning the 2D stuff still carries over. Keep in mind I started with Autocad 8 and so I am still more keyboard oriented for almost all of my commands in CAD so my concept of a good start may be a bit outdated, although I still think people digging through icons and menus are slow when I watch it
  2. That beats the hell out of a KVM box in alot of ways.
  3. I play dwarf fortress on a 2560x1440 and you do get more of the world displayed than at 1920x1080. I'm just being difficult though, it all comes back to depending on what games you are playing.
  4. Refurbished is usually returned items that can't be sold as new, so at worst they get EXTRA QC checks and they usually do not recieve any superficial repairs, so they are good deals if you don't need that new _____ smell. That said, a refurbished piece of crap product is not going to lead to different results than the same piece of crap product if it was new.
  5. It's in a test bench on top of the desk. I have a few pets so regardless of the case higher is better.
  6. http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/How-To-Correctly-Apply-Thermal-Paste/274
  7. I always prefer my headphones, but I have invested in them as well. I have an old 4.1 surround speakers put away, it doesn't sound bad, but I hate having to deal with it's issues like how the sub vibrates the wood floor or other things. I also like that my dogs will lay around me when I wear headphones, and with speakers they just give me dirty looks from across or outside the room. I have a pair of A40's and they have never hurt my ears after long use. Unfortunately the band at the top does get uncomfortable after awhile, a big part of that could be that I have long hair and how it pulls/shifts it. Maybe I should wrap it in memory foam or something....
  8. Upgrading from a SATA II to a SATA III made my i7-920 unstable, I had to go from 4.2 GHz down to 3.8GHz. It was a pain in the ass to figure out because the error messages pointed to the video cards.
  9. If you ignore the game breaking bugs and issues ( I know how big of a thing that is to ask....It's hard to keep a straight face when I say it), the design of Shadowbane was at least right next to DAOC.
  10. Get away from it all, head to Point Nemo. Also if you're bored, spend time searching for lost tourist attractions such as R'lyeh.
  11. A power conditioner or good UPS provides an important hardware protection that surge protectors do not. Poor quality source power, while not as quick and flashy as a power surge, puts alot of stress on your electronics that wears them down over time. I've seen it wear out PC power supplies repeatedly in just a couple months, that was in particular a few people that lived near a local hospital. The worst part is that it isn't typically obvious that the condition even exists until you're electronics just stop lasting as long as the should and you think you have really really bad luck.
  12. If the electronic isn't grounded it is not too much help either, you could touch one ground and think you're at the same potential as the electronic is, which isn't exactly right but the difference is likely trivial in relation to the 2+ KV it takes to even feel it.
  13. When I worked at a computer repair shop, we had the ESD pads and straps were there if you wanted them. I never noticeably harmed anything, but I did have a co worker reach out and point at a video card once, and had a 1/2 spark leap from his finger and we assume killed the card ( I was just about to install it... ). My personal ESD precaution is dependent upon the work, but for computers, I just make sure I match the potential of what I'm working on.
  14. I remember someone having a similar problem (sounded exactly the same actually) , I don't know what their fix for it was though. It was definitely related to their GPU's RAM filling up.
  15. Jbags' suggestion + the proper under a $1 adapter http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10429 will be the most straightforward way. Or you can get a universal solution with something like http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=101&cp_id=10114&cs_id=1011410&p_id=8126&seq=1&format=2 with a vga to dvi adapter http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10419&cs_id=1041903&p_id=2397&seq=1&format=2 if you want.
  16. Well that falls under common sense doesn't it? :tongue: Then again as they say, common sense isn't common. That's why I've always preferred the term horse sense over common sense. I know horses don't do electrical work, but the concept is still the same, much less the reaction to trying to push a bad idea.
  17. In response to Bosco's suggestion, Pedialyte and it's like work great. edit: Why it's better than other rehydration drinks like Gatorade, Pedialyte uses artificial sweeteners instead of sugar to avoid additional dehydration from you're body's evacuation method of choice. Which is not a concern of Gatorade's target audience.
  18. Hell, Monoprice has mechanical backlit keyboards. http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=114&cp_id=11401 If you go with a mechanical, do some quick research into the types of cherry MX switches if you don't have the option to use on real quick to get a feel for it. Some types click, audibly click, and some are just smooth action with different resistances. I've yet to dislike something I've gotten from monoprice too. I personally have a green backlit Mionix mechanical (Black Cherry switches) that I like, the backlight isn't blindingly bright at the highest setting, and it doesn't remember your backlight setting during reboots, but those a the worst things about it. Actually, the fact that it doesn't work through PS2 is annoying, if you care enough about it being a gaming keyboard for the sake of gaming, use the PS/2 port instead of USB if you can. Effectively it's the same, but what's that matter right? The difference is the keyboard through PS/2 port interupts the computer to say 'This key has been pressed', and the USB polls the keyboard and asks what keys have been pressed. So, even though if the USB poll rate is 1,000 Hz the difference is going to be less than 1 millisecond, you still are demanding the computer to take notice when using the PS/2 input. Which I like because it shows that computer who's boss. Oh, and using the PS/2 is the only way to get true N-Key rollover ( if you feel like sitting on your keyboard, the computer can tell every key that is pressed, instead of calling it quits after 5 simultanious keys or whatever the keyboard specifies)
  19. I would think that is going to last a long time at least (2 yrs) of max settings at 1080p. And longer into enjoyable playing, It's high quality lifespan will be shortened if you move to 2560x1440, but it is right that the engines aren't getting significantly heavier. Nvidia's latest drivers just boosted performance ~15%, showing where they are focusing their attention for now. Once the next set of consoles come out and the DirectX version that is most compatible with them is figured out, that's the base of the future engines as well, just like how almost all games are Dx9 because that's what goes smoothly with the Xbox.
  20. There's a simple trick to keep from procrastinating. I'll post about it later.
  21. For my gaming computer, I just kept Win8, I don't want to deal with Microsoft's DirectX restriction BS when I upgrade video cards. It would be a different story if it production oriented machine though.
  22. It's ~$52 XIGMATEK Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler Check out the frosty tech review of it though http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2693 it beats a Noctua NH-D14 (~$80 Newegg.com)
  23. Here's a topic link to my magical BSOD trouble
  24. Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if some people may forget to say they have their radiator loaded push-pull with ULTRA Kaze DFS123812H-3000 and that they have their place cooled to 15C when they start trying to one-up each other with screenshots.
  25. I remember seeing designs for good bass in soundbars by placeing using two small sub speakers away from each other keeping a circular bar shape and allowed alot of their vibration to cancel each other out and let you drive them harder. Haven't seen it in use though, must be patented by an asshole or didn't work out in practice.
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