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    [WTS] El_Capitan's For Sale Thread

    Been thinking of getting into sim racing. Do you have any PC racing wheels FS? Edit: Please disregard. Purchased one elsewhere. Thanks.
  2. I was hoping for a little more with the 390. At the moment, it costs slightly more than the GTX 970, so if "it just fell short of the mark when trying to match the performance of the GTX 970", it doesn't make the 390 a very appealing choice. I haven't looked around, but is the story different at 4k with SLI'ed 2x GTX 970's vs Crossfired 2x 390's? vRAM limitations?
  3. It was actually the Metro: Last Light trailer that did it for me. Thought it looked awesome, but I knew my old economy desktop with an entry-level discrete GPU wouldn't be up to snuff. So, I upgraded my computer and set up surround sound. Still haven't played the game or its predecessor. XD Same with Crysis. One of them is on my Steam list and I got as far as having it installed at one time, but haven't actually gotten around to playing it.
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    [SOLD] MSI TF HD7970/280X $140

    So... seller's remorse. jk If not for this thread, I wouldn't be looking into the 290/290x for XDMA and 4K gaming. If you're ever looking to sell one...
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    [SOLD] MSI TF HD7970/280X $140

    You just want every card I get don't you? Says the person stalking the 280x FS thread after selling an equivalent card.
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    [SOLD] MSI TF HD7970/280X $140

    You're about 70 miles from me, which would have made the $10 shipping the more economical choice. XD Glad things are working out.
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    [SOLD] MSI TF HD7970/280X $140

    Oh. Where about do you live in NJ? I'm a very indecisive person when it comes to spending my own money. Someone buy this so that I don't have to make a decision!
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    [SOLD] MSI TF HD7970/280X $140

    I'm definitely tempted. This would probably be more stable/smoother than 2x7870's for triple monitor gaming at lower details (assuming crossfire and eyefinity support).
  9. It may take a few tries. At the very least, it should help calm you down as you concentrate on something else other than the feeling of suffocating. Good luck.
  10. Sleep paralysis is a common symptom of sleep apnea. I have both. When I realize that I'm in a state of sleep paralysis, I try to calm down and attempt to curl my fingers and toes. This helps me snap out of it 90% of the time. YMMV.
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    The Official 'i Just Bought...' Thread

    Ergotech 3 over 3 monitor stand. My 7870 isn't Eyefinity 6, but I'm hoping that with another 7800-series GPU, I can crossfire and use Eyefinity for three monitors while gaming at low details and still be able to use six monitors outside of gaming (with crossfire off). First time trying a multi-GPU setup, so... yeah.
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    The Official 'i Just Bought...' Thread

    Adopted a dog! My very first. Believed to be a 7-month-old Catahoula/Chihuahua/Rat terrier mix with a brindle coat. Picked her up at a dog rescue place. So glad she's already housebroken. I wasn't looking forward to washing the floor.
  13. The blu-ray player is still working strong, last I used it anyway. Had to remove the cover because some of the plastic buttons had snapped off the rest of the way. Haven't tried out your GTX 285 yet, as you know. Still debating whether or not to go through with the mITX build, since it's unlikely that I'd actually use it for my originally-intended purposes. If I ever get a group together for LAN, I'd probably just lug one of my many mid-towers around the first couple times. I can probably stick the GTX 285 into one of them so that I don't need to touch my main desktop.
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    mITX Build for LAN Party

    No problem. Never thought it did tbh. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163253 Been thinking again (really do too much of that). The manufacturer's cooling recommendations for the Cooler Master Elite 130 has the AIO cooler as an intake, the PSU fan an exhaust. Should provide some airflow over the VRM's with little risk of recirculation, unlike having a top intake, but it would also push warm air into the case. At the same time, the air pulled through the radiator would always be fresh, so the CPU should have lower temps. If, on the SG08, we use the AIO cooler as an intake, the radiator would always get fresh air and the VRM's will get active cooling. However, I'm a little worried about air recirculating by coming out the side vents and going back in through the top. If the rear side vent were closed off, then the warm air would have to go through the front side vent, which is further away from the top vent. The thing I'm unsure about is the PSU exhaust, whether it would aid the airflow through the exhaust vent or just make it more turbulent. At this point in time, I'm leaning towards the CME130. Push/pull with the AIO cooler, PSU exhaust. Edit: Might be better for me to get a group of interested people and try a LAN party first before putting money into something I might not use. :/
  15. UPDATE: Option 2: http://forums.overclockersclub.com/index.php?showtopic=198302&p=2117019 Been thinking about LAN parties lately. Never been to one, but they sound like a bit more fun than playing online. It also gives me an excuse for another build, because I honestly don't see myself carrying my mid-tower around. Not interested in getting a gaming laptop. I was originally looking to budget myself to around $500, but after shopping around a bit, it doesn't look like that'll be enough to get everything I want: Fits in my backpack (approximately 11"x15"x8" to work with), hopefully including peripherals Wifi Able to fit my HD 7870 Able to play modern games at 1080, medium video settings, single display Light overclocking would be nice, but not a priority This would be my first mITX build. Right now, I'm looking at the following: CPU: Intel Core i5-4670k (http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.aspx?sku=583302) - $190 MB: Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI (http://www.microcenter.com/product/417349/GA-Z87N-WIFI_LGA_1150_mini_ITX_Intel_Motehrboard) - $105 w/ CPU RAM: 2x4GB Crucial Ballistic Tactical DDR3 1600 (http://www.microcenter.com/product/385179/Ballistix_Tactical_8GB_DDR3-1600_(PC3-12800)_CL8_Desktop_Memory_Module) - $80 GPU: Sapphire HD 7870 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202025) - $0 (inherited) PSU: SilverStone ST45SF-G 450W Modular (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4166608&CatId=1078) - $94 SSD: 240GB Seagate 600 Series (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=8037062&sku=TSSD-2400) - $100 Case: Silverstone SG05 (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=8208353&CatId=8582) - $40 No idea how to approach cooling just yet. I also need to look for a more portable monitor. Thoughts?
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    mITX Build for LAN Party

    The more I think about cooling, the more I'm not liking the CME130 design. Reconsidering the SG08, using the CNPS8900 Extreme, and making the top fan an intake to supplement the downward flow of the CPU cooler. It costs more, but due to the PSU orientation in the case (the cables interfere with long GPU's), short non-modular PSU's are encouraged and I already own some. A quiet 180mm fan should suffice for the top. I've considered using an 120/140mm AIO cooler using its fan as an exhaust, but I'm uncertain if that'll provide enough cooling for the VRM's. Then again, considering how close an AIO cooler with a large radiator gets to the motherboard and the lower location of the side vents, it might actually work out better overall. Probably install heatsinks either way.
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    Red Orchestra 2 Free on Steam! FINSIHED

    Got it. Thanks for sharing. Wouldn't have known otherwise.
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    User Ratings.

    Seller: Andrewr05 Feedback: Positive Purchased a Ladybird GTX 285. Again, very professional transaction. Shipped quickly, gave me a tracking number, even put insurance on it. At this rate, I'm seriously going to own all of his junk. XD
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    mITX Build for LAN Party

    Yeah, I'm still having trouble finding people around me in NJ. My closest friends aren't interested in PC gaming (console gaming only), another two do a few sporadically, one goes to a local (to him) LAN cafe, and most others are convinced that LAN parties are dead. The relative obscurity of the local PC LAN party group doesn't really help (website out of date, inactive forum, etc; XBox one is alive). Sort of hoping that the potential success of Steam machines encourages the proliferation of LAN events. Are you attending any major LAN events? Edit: Making a couple changes. CPU: AMD Athlon x4 760k (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1014945-REG/amd_ad760kwohlbox_athlon_ii_x4_760k.html) - $85 MB: ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157464) - $89 RAM: 2x4GB G.Skill Ares DDR3 2133 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231554) - $84 GPU: Ladybird GTX 285 - $30 (purchased) PSU: Corsair CXM 500W Modular (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139050) - $35 w/ MIR SSD: 240GB Seagate 600 Series (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=8037062&sku=TSSD-2400) - $100 (purchased) Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 (http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Elite-130-Mini-ITX/dp/B00DRA4F06) - $50 Opting for faster memory in case Carrizo's CPU performance is significantly better than Richland's and is only offered as an APU (like Kaveri right now). Will obviously update GPU first. Also, price drop on the MB. Edit 2: For CPU cooling, probably going with the Zalman CNPS8900 Extreme. The Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Revision B has more clearance for RAM (1.6" vs 1.3"). For reference, the G.Skill Ares ia 3.2cm tall, or about 1.26", and I don't plan on ever swapping out the memory. Looking at the motherboard layout, these coolers should not interfere with the GPU, only hang over the RAM. Unfortunately, I cannot seem to find a direct comparison between the CNPS8900 Extreme and Big Shuriken 2 Revision B's cooling performance. I've never used Zalman before and have good experience with Scythe, but I prefer the Zalman's "flower-style" design because it appears to benefit VRM cooling more. Also, despite the CME130 suggesting a positive pressure setup, I'd think a slightly negative pressure setup would be better for cooling. Thinking of using the front fan as an exhaust and make the PSU fan top-facing so that it doesn't fight the CPU fan. If I'm able to use the side fan, making it an intake to (hopefully if not futilely) supplement the CPU cooler.
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    Grid Autosport

    Still playing the first GRID here. That feature list looks pretty appealing. Looking forward to tire wear and tuning components.
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    mITX Build for LAN Party

    I can't argue with that. Was thinking along the same lines this morning. Just had trouble putting aside my e-pene. XD I'll probably go along with what I had listed here: http://forums.overclockersclub.com/index.php?showtopic=198302&p=2119766 Thanks for all of your help.
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    mITX Build for LAN Party

    I did a little more research to confirm. FM2+ will likely get Excavator, though people are a little skeptical about its performance claims. LGA 1150 will get a Broadwell variant, though it will only be compatible with 9-series motherboards. Fortunately, I guess, the 9-series motherboards might be released in the next few months. Nevertheless, in terms of upgrade paths, both sockets sort of suck right now. There might be a Haswell refresh or a Steamroller-based Athlon (like the x4 760k to Piledriver; just speculation), but there probably wouldn't be any significant/immediately perceivable difference relative to what they replace. At this point in time, although the x4 760k makes more sense, I'd like to think I'm trying to actually upgrade instead of staying the same or possibly downgrading (x4 760k appears roughly equivalent to my FX-4170). I'm tempted to just splurge on the i5-4670k, but my stingy self is telling me no. Solo, I gravitate toward FPS's. For groups, I go for RPG's. I probably should make a list of pros and cons.
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    mITX Build for LAN Party

    Great to know. Thanks. How about upgrade paths? FM2+ vs LGA1150? Edit: That was probably a dumb question. From my observation, Intel doesn't tend to stick with one socket for very long compared to AMD. Guess my question would be in regards to the future of FM2+.
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    mITX Build for LAN Party

    Yeah, the FM2+ ASRock looks like the more solid motherboard. I'll just need to make sure there is adequate airflow due to the lack of VRM heatsinks. Not that this helps that particular issue, but I've purchased Andrewr05's GTX 285 and may be using that instead of the HD 7870 out of my primary desktop. Still thinking about the case. Right now, I'm leaning towards the Cooler Master Elite 130. It's $24 cheaper than the SG08 at the expense of being slightly larger in every dimension. A quick measurement indicates that the SG08 pushes the maximum volume something can occupy inside my backpack -- no room for a monitor or keyboard -- and the SG05 will face the same problem. That said, a small luggage case that I have (approximately 10"x14"x18") can't carry my mid-tower, but can fit the CME130 (8.1"x9.4"x14.9") and everything else with maybe some room left for drinks and snacks. Then again, the SG08 has better cooling performance than the CME130. This also opens up the possibility of the RVZ01, which is aesthetically pleasing imo, but would force me to pick up a SFX PSU. I'm also uncertain with how well it cools relative to the SG08. All that said... my final thoughts for tonight: CPU: AMD Athlon x4 760k (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1014945-REG/amd_ad760kwohlbox_athlon_ii_x4_760k.html) - $85 MB: ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157464) - $100 RAM: 2x4GB Patriot Viper Xtreme DDR3 1600 (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=8033819) - $55 w/ MIR GPU: Ladybird GTX 285 - $30 (purchased) PSU: Corsair CXM 500W Modular (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139050) - $35 w/ MIR SSD: 240GB Seagate 600 Series (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=8037062&sku=TSSD-2400) - $100 (purchased) Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 (http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Elite-130-Mini-ITX/dp/B00DRA4F06) - $50 I think this would make for a well-balanced, entry-level ITX build. I don't think I could do much better for under $500 (without a GPU). Makes me wonder, though, if the i3-4340 and Z87E-ITX combo for $55 more would be worthwhile. The i5-4670k would be $50 on top of that. $560 doesn't exactly break the bank and it should allow me to maintain this in the mid-level for a few years by just upgrading the GPU. However, this video seriously makes me hesitate if a better CPU is worth it: Edit: Just recalled that I use the HDMI-out of my HD 7870 for surround sound. Not giving that up.
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    mITX Build for LAN Party

    All of my MB's have been from Gigabyte, and I've had no real issues with them so far. Wifi is a necessity, though AC is not a requirement. Guess it would come down to the price difference. Which Gigabyte board did you use?
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