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  1. Achillesjg

    4x4, or 2x8

    Looking at a new z87 based Motherboard, along with a new CPU and some RAM. Most boards seem to have 4 slots. I'm looking at getting 16gb of RAM, which is plenty for my needs, now and into the future. Is there a compelling reason to go for 4 x 4gb sticks, compared with 2 x 8gb? I appreciate 2x8 will be be more upgrade friendly, but I can't see myself using more than 16 anytime soon, and if there's a performance boost (or other good reason) to go with 4x4 I'll lean that way. Appreciate any advice.
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    4x4, or 2x8

    So, no performance boost from 4 sticks, solves that question. That's good advice mudjimba, but I'll never be in a position where my system will be offline for any significant length of time. I have the all too rare understanding spouse that will let me loose to buy replacement parts asap. We actually keep a small slush fund handy for just such emergencies.
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    RAM Testing

    Yup, the wife uses a DDR2 board, guess my weekend will be taken up by testing.
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    RAM Testing

    I have 4 sticks of DDR2 RAM that are probably playing up (random BSOD's, analysing the Stop Errors leads me to believe it's a RAM Issue). Have run Memtest86 on them individually and none of them are faulty, when tested individually. Problems occur when I run them in pairs, or all four together. I've updated my Mobo BIOS to the latest version, and disconnected all of the drives, except for the CD so that I can run Memtest. I've also never had them Overclocked, and the BIOS settings are at default. Problems occur regardless of what slot they're in, and how I pair them. Same deal. Is there another Memory testing program worth trying? Is it possibly the Motherboard? I'm using an old GTX220 Graphics card in there, is it possible for it to cause an error? Lastly, could the power supply be at fault? Any advice would be appreciated.
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    Browsing The Windows 8 Marketplace

    I'm thinking about a Windows 8 Phone, but before I decide, I'd like to see what apps are currently available for the platform. Now, this might be a completely noobish question, but can I browse the Windows 8 Marketpace without Windows 8, or an account? I've spent some time searching, but I'll be damned if I can find a link/site/way of doing it. Can anyone steer me in the right direction?
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    For those of you using Dell's U series IPS panel...

    Yeah, it was supposed to be a surprise for our 15th anniversary, still the flowers I sent to her at work on the day won me some major brownie points.
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    Optus, oh joyous Optus.

    Ditto for me here. I had a Business landline with Optus which I cancelled (they were well past the contract end stage) when the business failed. I contacted Optus asking if I should pay the bill which had just arrived, or wait for a total bill and pay it then. The monkey on the phone told me to wait, got my new address details, gave me the total and I waited. And waited. Six months later a debt collection notice arrived at my home address (the same address I gave to Optus) with the bill and a $700 debt collection fee. It turns out the muppet on the phone had not changed my mailing details, and all my mail was still going to the old premises. The new tenants, who had my contact details, had not bothered to call me, and when I confronted them had a shoe box full of mail with my old business details. When I confronted Optus with this information, the answer was pretty much "stiff shit", despite the fact that all the debt collection agency had to do was look up my name in the white pages, and send me a letter. No compassion, despite their stuff up, it was all about the dollars. I then spent the next seven years steering customers away from Optus while working for Dick Smith, and there were hundreds, if not thousands of customers that I was directly responsible for not using Optus. It was a small consolation, but in these instances, you take whatever you can get.
  8. OK, I've read AD's brilliant post about setting up SSD's, but I'm not sure about what happens next. I'm getting a reasonably large SSD (256gb) for my wife's PC, and I'm going to set it up over the weekend. Currently she has a pair of 1TB Hard Drives, that I'd like to keep in her PC as data drives. My plan is to put all of her media on to the data drives, as per AD's guide. But where should I install her programs and games? I'm under the impression that the SSD would be the best place, with the possibility of limiting the installation of her most frequently used programs. Or, would it be better to install all of her programs to the SSD, or none at all?
  9. I'm using the PS3 media server, and my media is on a NAS hooked up to my router in the study. I've only ever used the PS3 to stream audio, and constantly have to fight with the aforementioned DLNA errors. Regardless, I'll keep you posted as to the success (or otherwise) of cabling it up.
  10. I've only ever used mine for streaming, and I constantly get DLNA Errors (I think the number is 2104). I'm about to wire it up so that I can hook it (and my XBox, and Foxtel IQ) to my network. I don't know if wiring it up will help with the DLNA errors, but we'll see, I guess.
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    What is a fair price

    I would be talking to the company that handles the lease first. I assume by the tone of your post that you are going to start a new lease on a new PC. If this is the case, see if you can squeeze them to let you keep the old equipment. I work for a company that sells PC's on rental to people, and most of the time, the lease company is happy to gift you the old equipment, assuming you sign up for a new lease. Even if they're not willing to give it to you, see if you can squeeze them on price. Tekll them that you're looking around for a different company to deal with and see if they'll scramble to keep your business.
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    What's on your mind?

    I'm done being the nice guy at work. I'm gonna start taking bastard pills, and get my Packer on.
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    Who is watching "The Newsroom"

    I've only caught the first episode so far, but I've watched it three times. I'm hooked. I was a huge fan of the West Wing, and Aaron Sorkin seems back on his game with the Newsroom. Can't wait to see more (the second episode is on my Foxtel Box as we speak)
  14. I've got a study that it set up with three PC's and a NAS all connected to a router. I need to connect my PS3, Xbox 360 and Foxtel IQ to my network (these are all next to each other in a different room to the study). Now, I'm not a fan of Ethernet over powerline (I've got waaaay too much stuff plugged in to linited power points in both rooms), and wireless in my house is too flaky, so I'm looking at running a cable from one room to the other, via the ceiling. The issue I have is that I want to keep the NAS and three PC's in one room, but my router only has 4 ports, so I need to either get a switch in the study (painful, but not the end of the world) and a switch in the living room. However, I discovered that my NAS (a Netgear RNDU2000) has two ethernet ports on the back, and nothing in the very limited instruction manual tells me what they are for, aside from connecting one of them to a different device. Is it possible to use the second port as a sort of pass through to the switch in the living room?
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    For those of you using Dell's U series IPS panel...

    U2711 ordered on the 22nd of August, supposed to arrive on the 31st, arrived yesterday. So much for the surprise gift to the wife....
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    Can a 'VGA' connector do 2560x1440?

    I upgraded from a Dell Monitor capable of 1920 x 1080 to one that could handle 2560x1440. The new monitor wouldn't display correctly with the old DVI Cable, so I had to use the cable that came with the new monitor, which was DVI-D Dual.
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    What's on your mind?

    Why the hell hasn't the stock of Nintendo 3DS XL's arrived?
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    For those of you using Dell's U series IPS panel...

    I've ordered a few 27" Monitors from Dell over the years, generally 7-10 business day delivery is my experience. Thinking about ordering a pair of 27's for the wife. She's jealous of mine.
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    Lost a friend :(

    This brought a tear to my eye, please accept my sympathies, Khir. What's being said about not beating yourself up over what happened is spot on, though. My father did almost the exact thing your friend did. One morning, he called up all of his closest relatives and friends, and spoke to them. This from a man who almost never used the phone. He called me, and gave me his blessings. Luckily, we got home before he did anything. He took the chance to farewell his six week old grand daughter, and went into his bedroom, and drank a glass of pesticide. We had no idea he was so depressed, and my mother and I spent years beating ourselves up over that fact. It didn't help, and I'm sure that's not what my dad would have wanted. Khir, remember the good times, revel in the love you had for your mate. That's the best way to honour him.
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    PSA: Galaxy S3's $549 @ Kogan

    Any reason, jdee?
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    World of Warcraft

    I want Collector's Editions. Well, I want one, which means the wife will have to have one, and if we have one, I'll need one for the account my daughter occasionally uses, too. And, I know, why spend the extra cash, well we just paid off the mortgage, and have no debt, so we don't mind treating ourselves here. As for price matching, I'd rather guarantee myself a copy, even if it means I shell out a little more. Also, with the Game debacle earlier this year, which coincided with Diablo 3's release, there was a problem with undersupply for a couple of weeks. Granted, it's not every day a national retailer goes under, but still.
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    World of Warcraft

    Any idea how much it is ? and for the special edition? Just on WoW website, it's 39 for standard or 59 for the special.. Dunno if it's digital purchase only. Just off the phone/website for EB Games Retail Boxed Versions: Standard Edition will be $58 Collectors Edition $98 I would say the prices you quoted above would be Digital Purchase only.
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    World of Warcraft

    Yup, I'm on the phone to my local EB Games, getting the pre-order in for three copies. And have booked some annual leave around the release! Fun times!
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    World of Warcraft

    In answer to the played since Vanilla question, I've been playing since the open Beta, two weeks before the game went live. Have had either one or two active subs constantly. Have been on two servers, one pre Oceanic, and one Oceanic. I migrated 6 Characters from one to the other. I've been in 4 guilds over 8 years. Have no plans to move, still enjoy the game, and the friends I've made. I've got 8 Level 85's, with 4 of them up to high end raiding, and one at Heroic level. I'm in an awesome guild, and while many of my guildies have taken a break to hit up D3, we still have enough for a couple of weekly raids, and are beginning to hit Heroic Dragon Soul. Doesn't hurt that the wife also plays, and she was the one that convinced me to give the Beta a try, all those years ago.
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    Mass killing in movie theatre in Colorado

    Feel for the guy, but, mate, you survived FFS. I thought the guy who perpetrated this atrocity was as low as you could get in a human being. Now, just as it seems we've hit the bottom, someone starts digging again.