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Willpak - it was quite possibly because of all the files needed to load a game.

Where more RAM helps (and why there's rarely any "wasted RAM" on a Windows box) is that RAM that's not allocated to a running program is used as a disk cache. So that, for instance, when you try to open "Fantastic_Game.EXE" which is in "C:\Program Files\Fantastic Software\Fantastic Game\Release 10.5\BIN\Main Program", Windows has to traverse EACH of those directories ("Let's see, let's open C: and find Program Files. There, that directory is at sector XXXXXX, so I open that one up and start traversing to fine Fantastic Software ... " yada yada.) Now, since Fantastic_Game.EXE uses DX11, it now has to open up the DX11 runtime module, over in C:\Windows\System32 . It then opens up some registry keys, so it opens up C:\Program Files\System32\Config\Software and parses to the key it needs. That key then tells it to open up C:\Program Files\Fantastic Software\Fantastic Game\Release 10.5\LIB\Module1.DLL . This calls for another set of keys from the SOFTWARE reg key, so back to C:\Windows\System32\Config\Software ... yada yada yada.

With enough RAM, it can parse those trees out of the cached copies, and not have to wait for that slow rotating chunk of glass to spin back under the read/write head.

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With enough RAM, it can parse those trees out of the cached copies, and not have to wait for that slow rotating chunk of glass to spin back under the read/write head.

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FYI, 2.5in HDDs platters are glass whereas 3.5in HDDs platters are aluminium. Both types are coated in a magnetic film and polished smooth.

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Hmm ... That's funny, Seagate and WD both make 3.5" glass platter drives.

Aluminium is depreciated in new designs, BTW.

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How much did it cost you when you built it?
mobo was ~400, chip was ~600, and the memory was only 359.

32GB of 1333mhz ddr3 for $359; less than the $500+ I paid for my first 16MB of 30 pin DRAM. It OC's well.

I've been running this cpu at 4.2-4.6GHz for a while; it won't recover from hibernation over ~4.3GHz.

I'm still using the cooler in the pic; Air cooling with heatpipes, and the fans are on auto.

I can't hear them over the video cards, lol. I have the 2x 7970 cards overclocked as well.

BTW, guys: I have yet to have anything use over ~8GB of memory; not even Crysis 3, google earth, etc.

I have three screens in eyefinity, a 5760x1200 desktop, even for games that don't support it, lol.
I've learned to edit some serious config files...

YMMV.

If I were buying new monitors, I would get a larger central monitor, and use two smaller monitors in portrait mode that matched the big ones vertical resolution, placed on each side.

A 40" monitor is too big for the main one, lol.

One of my friends screwed himself; the pixelization is obvious at desktop distances.

The 24" ones I have are ok, but I think matching them up with a larger display in portrait mode might be better.

I want a 35" 3d plasma monitor for gaming; my 60" is TFB, and causes seasickness when playing games in 3d mode.

Heck, a 60" TV is too big for porn, lol.

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Time go gloat a little about my ThinkPads.

Over the years I've managed to acquire a handful of ThinkPads. Today I decided it would be fun to have them all out together and reminisce a little about the "history" I have with each.

The 365XD I acquired from eBay last year. It's mostly a nostalgic piece for me, vaguely reminding me of the first laptop/ThinkPad I ever had (a 755C for a brief few weeks). I don't really use it for anything but I do have a few old games on it.


This A22m is the laptop I bought off-lease nearly 10 years ago when I was in high school - way before it was "cool" to have a modern tech device always on your person. The original screen failed about a year after I acquired it and the replacement I bought from eBay was misadvertised (it was a 15" despite saying 14.1" - I installed it anyway since it fit physically). Last year I found a cheap A22m on eBay and swapped screens. It gets used occasionally to play old games over LAN at home with friends.


Attached to a docking station, this is the 'spare' A22m I got for cheap from eBay (due to a lost supervisor password). I pulled the supervisor password off the security chip and unlocked it, and was pleased to learn it was fully functional. As it sits now there is no HDD and it has the old "replacement" 15" screen from my high school A22m. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this one for now (save for parts or install a hard drive/OS).


This is the recently acquired X24 docked in an ultrabase. I'm infatuated with its amazing portability and size - especially considering its age. I've got some goodies on the way which will help make it easier to handle today's tasks. For now I'm using it for old games and as an 'around the house' laptop.


This T41 I rescued from a storage closet at the site of one of my employer's clients. Fortunately they were all too happy to donate it to me, and since I've upgraded the screen, wireless, processor and memory with the intent to use it as a work PC. Unfortunately after the upgrade to Windows 7 it crashes randomly with the battery installed. For now this project is on the back burner.


This T60 and docking station I was given by another of my employer's clients when she asked me about disposing old personal equipment. I've been using it as my work PC since I acquired it about 2 years ago.


And this T61p is the only ThinkPad I ever bought new from the factory. It's my workhorse laptop at home for anything I do when I'm not using my desktop.


And here are a few assorted shots of them all lined up. Long live the ThinkPad!





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Things changed. Instead of building my own computer, I got a pretty good deal on a gaming computer off Craigslist.

i5-3570k @4.5 GHz watercoolered
8GB 1600Mhz Corsair RAM
Z77 Sabertooth TUF Motherboard
EVGA GTX 650 TI Boost 2GB VRAM
WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM HDD
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SSD
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Corsair 550D
750w Bronze 80+ PSU
Windows 7 Home premium (Have a Windows 8.1 key that I'll be upgrading to)

While it's not exactly what I wanted, I only spent $700 on it. I'll sell both the RAM, case and graphics card eventually to upgrade on. probably go 16 or 32 GB of RAM, the CM Storm Stryker case, and a EVGA 780 6GB edition.

I'll throw a couple pictures on Imgur real quick and paste them here. (Warning: crappy cellphone pictures, damn low light)

It needs some serious cable management done! All in due time, I think I'm going to upgrade the PSU as well to a semi or full modular. This one isn't modular at all



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I think I might have a bad RAM problem in my computer. I say this because my system will on random occasion just send no signal to my monitor and after a little while (about 2 minutes) the keyboard commands (CTRL+ALT+DEL, pressing CAP and NUM lock, etc.) will cease to work. It's funny too because whenever I pop in my memtest86 disk to boot off of to perform the memory tests, it restarts before it even gets to the GUI. Guess Imna have to do some less effective memory tests from within the OS instead of at a hardware level.

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Hmm ... That's funny, Seagate and WD both make 3.5" glass platter drives.

Aluminium is depreciated in new designs, BTW.

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Hmm. I may have to open up a drive then the next chance I get. And what do you mean by "depreciated in new designs"? Not really catching what you mean.

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(Planned build date is 6/13/14)
It's the 13th and I haven't heard back yet. Better be putting it together right now!

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We finished it up about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Many thanks to Red97Tbird for his help and expertise and most of all patience!

First of all the MSI Z87-G45 Gaming motherboard that I got was to big to fit in my tower apparently it has an "M" board in it so we had to get a GIGABYTE Z87M-D3H board to take it's place.

We had a compatibility issue with the card reader we were trying to install and had to back up and punt. The guy at INTREX computers wanted to see the issue so we had to drag my case over there and "show" him.

He gave us another card reader off the shelf to try and it did the same thing so it was a compatibility issue and not a problem with the card reader itself.

I must say the new CPU and 16 GB of RAM at 2133 Mhz kicks azz! I'll upgrade the GPU later this year and probably add another 16 GB of RAM bringing the total up to 32 GB.

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  • GIGABYTE Z87M-D3H Motherboad
  • Intel Quad-Core i7-4770K Haswell 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W - Not Overclocked
  • 16GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM @ 2133 MHz (PC3 17000) Timing: 10-12-12-28
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 - EVGA Superclocked
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium sound card
  • CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i High Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler
  • 850W Power Supply

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Nice!

I'm having a lot of fun with my build already. I need a mechanical keyboard though. Or anything better than this Bluetooth piece of crap.

I'm overclocked at 4.5GHz, and will be getting another card to do SLI soon!

What are you planning on upgrading to for your card?

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Thanks. - About the graphics card ... Oh, I don't know.

I'm considering the EVGA GeForce GTX 760 or 770 with 4 GB of VRAM.

I'll see where I'm at this winter. I've got other things around the house that need to come first.

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My latest PC is one of these guys:


Its not terribly fast but I picked it up for <$180 delivered and the office product key included with it can go for $40-80 on eBay. The IPS screen is pretty impressive and coupled with a $20 eBay BT keybd+case, it makes a great platform for on-vehicle datalogging.

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Thanks. - About the graphics card ... Oh, I don't know.

I'm considering the EVGA GeForce GTX 760 or 770 with 4 GB of VRAM.

I'll see where I'm at this winter. I've got other things around the house that need to come first.
why not go all out and get a GTX780Ti? IIRC, there's a 6GB of that card available. It'll definitely do everything you need it and want it to do for longer than the 760 or 770.

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why not go all out and get a GTX780Ti? IIRC, there's a 6GB of that card available. It'll definitely do everything you need it and want it to do for longer than the 760 or 770.
IMO, a 770 4GB will last you for 4-5 years if you're sticking with 1080p/1200p with moderate gaming. 1440p is dipping into 780 range.

I don't believe they make a 780TI 6GB because that's basically the Titan for cheaper. EVGA makes a 6GB 780 though. That is pretty much the best performance/dollar in my eyes. I think it's the second fastest 780 on the market and is going for about 579 IIRC.

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I'm running a GTX 650Ti and am beyond satisfied with it, however at the time it was the latest and greatest card that had the socket that my board had. I'm now considering the GTX 770 as well as a new tower to house it.

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The card I want, is an R9-295x2. Yea, I'm biased. Then again, working for an AMD partner made me biased .

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I kind of feel the same way however mines more along brand specific features, for example I almost exclusively choose the GIGABYTE brand Nvidia graphics cards, I prefer what they do with fans and monitor options.

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Best part is, in the winter the card will heat your house too!

Seriously though, that 295x2 runs a lot cooler than the regular 290x. Maybe because its water cooled.

Any who, I know the 295 doesn't really get over 65 Celsius and the 290 struggles to keep under 50 degrees idling.

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Time go gloat a little about my ThinkPads.

Over the years I've managed to acquire a handful of ThinkPads. Today I decided it would be fun to have them all out together and reminisce a little about the "history" I have with each.

Since you are thinkpad nerd, I'm surprised you don't have a Thinkpad 701 -- the one with the butterfly keyboard, as part of your collection.
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why not go all out and get a GTX780Ti? IIRC, there's a 6GB of that card available. It'll definitely do everything you need it and want it to do for longer than the 760 or 770.

IMO, a 770 4GB will last you for 4-5 years if you're sticking with 1080p/1200p with moderate gaming. 1440p is dipping into 780 range.

I don't believe they make a 780TI 6GB because that's basically the Titan for cheaper. EVGA makes a 6GB 780 though. That is pretty much the best performance/dollar in my eyes. I think it's the second fastest 780 on the market and is going for about 579 IIRC.
Yea, I'm not spending over $500 on a graphics card.

$300 to $400 is my price range.

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Air silencer delete, warp drive, dilithium crystals, flux capacitor, Slingshot Rubber band power adder, Moonshine & Gas, Leaf Blower Supercharger, Hamster Wheel & Hamster, Energizer Bunny generating 1.21 gigawatts, Mr. Fusion® Home Energy Reactor, hover conversion and a sextant celestial navigation system (The original GPS)
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I heard in the rumor mill today that NVIDIA is supposed to release the GTX880 possibly as early as the holiday season this year. In addition to that rumor, it's also supposed to be cheaper than the GTX780Ti cards. Perhaps you might want that instead .

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I'll look for that. I won't be in the market for a graphics card until probably November.

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I'll look for that. I won't be in the market for a graphics card until probably November.
A 570 is still a pretty strong card, but definitely bottlenecked by the 1gb of VRAM and the fact that they get HOT. A 570 roughly translates to a 660. Which isn't the strongest card but for a card from late 2012, it's respectable.

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My old card was a GTX 480. You want to talk about hot? That thing was a small sun with a nuclear reactor core. The 570 is an Icelandic breeze compared to that.

But yea, I'm happy with the 570 for now, it's still holding it's own. I don't game, the only thing I need it for is my video production work.

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My old card was a GTX 480. You want to talk about hot? That thing was a small sun with a nuclear reactor core.
It is hot for sure, but I've been running a custom fan schedule to get the best of both worlds with it. It usually peaks out in the mid-upper 60s with a fan speed of 70-80% or so. It idles in the mid 50s with the fan at about 50%. I don't play too many games nowadays but I've been pleased when it always gives a smooth 25-30+ FPS on anything I throw at it.

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I've been intrigued by that one, but usually when they come up for sale they go at an insane price. I don't think I'd pay more than $50 or $60 for one since I'm not a hardcore collector.

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It is hot for sure, but I've been running a custom fan schedule to get the best of both worlds with it. It usually peaks out in the mid-upper 60s with a fan speed of 70-80% or so. It idles in the mid 50s with the fan at about 50%. I don't play too many games nowadays but I've been pleased when it always gives a smooth 25-30+ FPS on anything I throw at it.

This is my desktop which I built about 3 years ago. i7 2600k, 8GB, GTX480, BD-RE, X-Fi Fatal1ty xtremegamer, 250GB SSD and 4TB, 2TB, 1TB, and 2x 500GB hard disks. It's been so quick and snappy for everything I do (a little of everything) so I haven't seen the need to upgrade anything. It does need a dusting though.


I've been intrigued by that one, but usually when they come up for sale they go at an insane price. I don't think I'd pay more than $50 or $60 for one since I'm not a hardcore collector.

Maybe someday though, once I get rid of some of the other... junk...
Is that my old GTX480 ? I sold it to someone here when I got the 570 about 3 years ago. I'm too lazy to look up who it was.

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