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  1. I think saying over 300 is a little misleading, as that basically includes any game that uses the PhysX platform for physics. So that includes any titles that only use the software implementation (i.e. doesn't matter if you have an Nvidia GPU or not), and also Xbox 360 and PS3 titles that use the engine too. There are some games that implement the GPU accelerated version pretty well, but the number still isn't huge. Still looking forward to seeing it make more of a difference in more games.
  2. I'll just quickly list some stuff first, might elaborate a bit later on. As my PC is my main audio source (whether it be music, games or even watching movies, at least for now) it is all connected in some way to that: PC (Music - Headphones) E-MU 0404 USB Shure E3c Sennheiser CX 500 Audio Technica ATH-911 (falling apart a bit, I need to repair them) PC (Music - Speakers) E-MU 0404 USB Tripath TA2020 Based Amp Sony SS-176E PC (Gaming, when I need to talk) Onboard sound (the mic impedance is too high for my 0404 USB) Plantronics Gamecom 367 Headset
  3. When are you planning to go? Just wondering, what with there being the Olympic Games in London this year.
  4. How about not getting a 2011 socket CPU and just upgrading some other parts? I'd rather have an SSD or two if I were you, and also a monitor than can do a bit more than just 1080p. Grab a next gen GPU or two when they come out if you must and you'll be sorted for a while. The "I want a rig to last for a while" argument doesn't really hold up in my opinion. Unless you have a real use for those extra cores and threads (and by that, I mean something you'll be doing a good percentage of the time), then I think it's just upgrading for the sake it.
  5. Nice to see them sticking roughly to SB prices, as I think they could charge a little more if they wanted to. Doubt it'll tempt me away from my 2500K, but it'll be interesting to see how they stack up once released.
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    Test my new game!

    I agree. How much can you really infer from only 5 testers? Not much I would think.
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    Test my new game!

    I completed the survey. Didn't write a great deal, but hopefully it will be useful.
  8. Added Thermaltake Toughpower 1350W - Review data here, here and here Added Senty Golden Steel 850W - Review data here, here and here Removed Topwer Powerbird 800W & 900W - based on single review samples from a couple of years ago. Feel there are better options available now.
  9. No, it doesn't mean it is not good. There are plenty of good units that aren't on the list. The line has to be drawn somewhere and if the standards were a little lower I'm sure the list could easily be twice the size. It can often be a tough decision on what makes it on and what doesn't, and I tend to err on the side of caution for marginal decisions. Price can play a factor as well, and it is one that is hard to account for.
  10. Added XFX Pro Series 1000W Black Edition - Review data here - Same internally as Seasonic Platinum 1000W Added Corsair TX550M 550W - Review data here Added Corsair TX750M 750W - Review data here Added Corsair HX 1050W - Review data here and here Added Enermax MaxRevo 1350W - Review data here and here
  11. Seems to be a little bit of fear of recommending fanless units here. Getting a much higher rated PSU with a quiet fan profile at low loads would be one way to go, sure (and might be cheaper depending on what you go for). I don't think there is anything wrong with opting for a fanless unit though, as long as you remember that you'll need a little bit of air circulation in the case to help with cooling the PSU. Any of the units below would be fine (copied and pasted from the recommended list). The Kingwin and Super Flower are the same unit inside. The X-460FL looks like a good choice at the moment if you are in the US, with the current newegg price and rebate - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151099 - Stryker 500W Fanless - 5yrs - 80Plus Platinum - Review - Golden Silent 500W - ?yrs - 80Plus Platinum - Review - X-400W Fanless - 5yrs - 80Plus Gold - Review - Review - Review - Review - Review - X-460W Fanless - 5yrs - 80Plus Gold - Review
  12. Efficiency ratings have nothing to do with DC output quality. Just to be clear.
  13. Let's see, the main differences between the TX750M and the AX750 are the following. Cabling AX750 - Fully modular cables TX750M - Some fixed, some modular Fully modular makes cable management easier. Efficiency AX750 - 80Plus Gold TX750M - 80Plus Bronze While there is a difference, it would take a long time to notice much difference between how much it costs to run. Warranty AX750 - 7 Years TX750M - 5 Years Might want to check that these are accurate in SA. AX750 should have better build quality overall. Voltage regulation and ripple etc. look roughly comparable from the reviews I've seen. So if any of the above features of the AX750 are important to you, then go for that. If not then the TX750M is still a good unit. Here are reviews of both - TX750M AX750
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    RPG Hardcore

    I'll likely dabble in some hardcore style playing as you put it. Maybe not quite yet though, as I want to see what kind of mods come out once the creation kit for Skyrim is available. I know that there are plans for survival style mods, where you'll have to pay more attention to eating / drinking to stay alive and making combat much harder etc. If anything like the plans here get implemented, then I'm sure you would enjoy it (and I think it'd be fun to play too). http://www.thenexusforums.com/index.php?/topic/462397-total-realism-overhaul/
  15. Added Antec High Current Pro 750W - Review data here Added Antec High Current Gamer 520W - Review data here - worth noting that the Seasonic S12II 520 is currently cheaper (on newegg at least) and has a longer warranty. More or less the same as the Antec internally (Seasonic OEM).
  16. It's a decent PSU. Not top of the pile, but good. Here is a review As long as the price is good, then go for it.
  17. Yep, you can see why fine furniture costs a lot when you start working with wood yourself. Have you made any more progress on this?
  18. First addition of what I'm sure will be a few. (I'll edit this post as I add more most likely). Added OCZ ZX-Series 1000W - Review data here Added Seasonic Platinum 1000W - Review data here - Very impressive! Added Corsair CX 430 V2 - Review data here - Remember to take into account that this is a value oriented PSU. Added Super Flower Golden Green 1300W - Review data here Added Super Flower Golden Silent 500W - Review data here Removed In Win Commander 1200W - Replaced by Commander II 1200W (likely won't make it onto the list) Added OCZ ZS Series 550W - Review data here - assuming you can get it for a decent price it's a good option. Added Kingwin Stryker Fanless 500W - Review data here - Quite expensive but good if you want a fanless option.
  19. OK let's get some cuts out of the way. I tend to be relatively ruthless with cuts, so if some of these seem a little overzealous then please let me know. Removed Antec Truepower Quattro 850W - Questionable availability (also getting a little long in the tooth) Removed Coolmax CUQ-1350B 1350W - Again, questionable availability, based on an old review. Better options available now. Removed Cooler Master UCP 700W - Questionable availability. Removed Corsair CX430 - No longer available. Replaced with CX430 V2 (may make it onto list in following additions update) Removed Corsair VX450 - No longer available Removed Corsair VX550 - No longer available Removed Corsair TX650 - Replaced with TX650 V2 (may make it onto list in following additions update) Removed Corsair TX750 - Replaced with TX750 V2 (already on the list) Removed Corsair TX850 - Replaced with TX850 V2 (already on the list) Removed Corsair HX1000 - Replaced with HX1050 (may make it onto list in following additions update) Removed Glacial Tech Glacial Power GP-AL650AA 650W - Questionable availability. Based on a single review which is a couple of years old now. Better options. Removed Seasonic M12D 750W - questionable availability? Removed Seasonic M12D 850W - questionable availability? Removed Silverstone OP1000-P 1000W - questionable availability. Based on a single, reasonably old review. Likely better options now. Removed Silverstone Zeus ZM1200M 1200W - questionable availability. Based on a single old review. Likely better options now. Removed Thermaltake Purepower RX 600W - looks like it is unavailable to me. Based on a single old review. Removed Zalman ZM750-HP - questionable availability Removed Zalman ZM1000-HP - questionable availability Removed Zalman ZM1000-HP Plus - questionable availability Just been cutting the low hanging fruit for now. There may be more to cut, but these were the most obvious on a quick scan through. Will look for more cuts as I perform my sweep of adding more recent units.
  20. Tidied up the links to get the important ones working again. Next step is going through and removing units that are no longer available / getting a bit old.
  21. Indeed, there isn't a point where all PSU's suddenly switch to longer than standard designs, though as Paul points out, it is usually around the 1000W mark. There are PSUs below that rating that are longer and some pretty short 1000W units from what I remember. What matters is the specific unit you are looking at (which I think applies to PSUs in general anyway).
  22. jammin

    EQ Settings

    Give it a bit of time listening to various things with flat EQ settings, to get a good idea of where things are coming up short. Then if you are going to fiddle again, I'd recommend only doing negative EQ adjustments. So only adjust downwards below 0 to get the sound you want. Use your amplification to make up for any volume reduction. EQ isn't for making things louder. I'd also note that more often than not when I find something lacking, it usually has more to do with the quality of the source material.
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    EQ Settings

    I personally try to avoid EQ settings (i.e. keep them flat or turn them off where possible), so unless there is a consistent lack of something (or something overpowering, as mentioned) then I'd leave them alone.
  24. My advice would be to pick a better deciding factor. Not that overclocking isn't important (otherwise we wouldn't be here would we), but if it's a toss up between SB-E and IB, then I'd want more reasons than that.
  25. I'm going to call you crazy. I'm not sure what there is to be sceptical about, unless you have crazy expectations to start with. Ivy Bridge is just the next Tick (process size reduction to 22nm) in Intel's Tick Tock strategy. It's what they have done for a little while now; sure some new transistor technology is interesting and it'll be fun to see how that plays into things, but it's not really the "massive amount of new tech" that you are talking about. It's basically the Sandy Bridge design with a few refinements and shrunk to the new process (though I'm obviously making that sound a lot easier than it is to do really). So, same socket (1155), reduced TDP (77W compared to 95W on SB if the slides I posted before are accurate) and a modest performance increase most likely (before throwing in overclocking performance, which we don't know about yet). The biggest thing you have to worry about as far as I can see, is if you have an existing 1155 motherboard that will support PCI-E 3.0. Even that isn't going to be a huge issue in my opinion.
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