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    Best War Movies?

    I liked Jarhead - Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx. Believable plot and characters.
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    Crysis 2 Launch Day

    I tried adding it to my exceptions list it didn't work tho, there's an option in AVG to temporarily turn off the antivirus for a few minutes. Thats what I do. Well aside from the fact that I have to turn off my anti-virus to launch the game, the game is really good so far. It looks amazing and runs really well on my setup. But no; wasn't really raging. :)
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    Crysis 2 Launch Day

    Solved! Uninstalled my anti-virus software! Fantastic work Crytek! lets find more stuff to bitch about..... hehehe Such a vast array of graphic settings! lol
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    Crysis 2 Launch Day

    Wow just wow, this is the sort of release I expect for a b-grade MMO. I can't even load the game. I've been waiting on the game ever since I finished Crysis Warhead years ago. I should have waited a bit, there was news of a release-day patch and many problems with the demo they released. I should have seen this coming..... Annnnyyyyyways, once I can actually load the game up this better not disappoint -___-
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    I sprung a leak.

    UPDATE: Finally got all my parts to start building. I spent today working on my external radiator mounting. Two things I needed to get done; Cut holes for tubing and make the radiator stands. These are the holes I cut for tubing. Heres my radiator stands that I made took me a few hours; lots of dremel and drilling ready to paint. Cost $3 in materials for all four pieces. screw paying $60-$80 for two pre-made ones. Here they are installed on the radiator and on the case with fans. So yeah, tonight I can start installing the internals, then tomorrow fill the loop and do some leak teasting. Later on I need to get 3 more matching fans, CoolerMaster Silent Red LED. Then i need to think of a good way to wire up 6 external fans, Ill probably send em through the original watercooling holes and daisy chain em on a molex till i find a better solution. Edit: I think ill make a new post on Building,Troubleshooting Modding for the rest of my build. That would be more appropriate I'd say.
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    I sprung a leak.

    Got around to cleaning my cpu waterblock not as bad as i thought but still bad: Got my Koolance order. Very impressed with the delivery, ordered Wednesday night; arrived Monday morning. Two 5 port blocks with a rotary adapter to the radiator- Still got alot of work to do, i've dismantled my two GTX295s and their waterblocks cleaned them off, ran out of Artic Silver so need to get some more. And uh.. I have just cracked my M/B waterblock, i was tightening the hex screws just to make sure they were tight now there's a tiny crack in the perspex...... sigh. I'm hoping maybe its not cracked all the way through to the fluid side and its just around the screw, just have to wait till leak-testing. From now on; no more perspex topped waterblocks for me. I'm going to replace all my fittings while I'm at it, I bought Swiftech 1/2" barbs before and honestly they are total shit, I blame my leak on them. I'm probably going to buy more Koolance fittings, I've got my hands on some now, and I like them. Bitspower fitting are really good too, but very expensive. This is my third watercooling setup so far, I learn so much more every time I do it. My first setup was a simple 240mm Radiator, CPU block and pump and res, my Second setup added M/B and GPU blocks, now my third setup is adding a Second Loop. I wonder what my forth and fifth setups will look like over the next few years; Dual 480mm Rads?, Quad-Pumps? . This is a hobby now, so I'll keep expanding my collection :D
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    I sprung a leak.

    I can see alot of gunk built up in my CPU water block but I don't have the right hex-key to open it up, it might be an imperial size. Swiftech Apogee GTZ. I'll post pics soon, should be interesting.
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    I sprung a leak.

    Man, so many things are out of stock at GAMMODs.
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    I sprung a leak.

    Yeah i've heard stories about koolance stuff, not using any waterblocks from them just yet, just the dual D5 res and some fittings. I'm gonna use 100% distilled water in my new setup, maybe add a primochill utopia syringe. Now I'm trying to decide on the type of tubing to use, was using the 1/2" Tygon 3603, I'm thinking the 1/2" Primochill UV Red tubing might be nice.
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    I sprung a leak.

    Well I was moving around my PC(the one in my sig) just before new years and I must have jilted it abit too much; anyways I was playing Black Ops at the time and I heard a spraying sound coming from my PC, I instantly knew what that was..... I looked over and the top of desk had a big puddle under my PC and also ran under my PS3 which was right next to it. It was still running and I had time to reach around the back, turn off the PSU and PS3 and unplug them, then hold the power switch to drain any remaining power from the circuits. Phew. All this at around 1am in the morning. I spent the next couple of hours dismantling my rig piece by piece. Then I spent the next day pondering my options. Restore the build as it was? Nah. So I looked to improve the system I invested quite a bit of cash into. I searched around looking at all sorts of new parts and setups I could do. Then started my quest. So this happened about 2 nights before new years as it turns out nearly every online store was on holiday mode till next year, fantastic!! And my bank account just had a merry christmas and a happy new year so that helps too!! Sigh. Anyways I finally got around to placing some orders. Basing my new setup around this Reservoir(below) and a 2nd D5, with my Quad SLi setup and i 7920 the single loop seemed a little under powered. So its gonna have 2 loops that combine and both go into a 360mm radiator which will have a push-pull 6-fan configuration. The Radiator will be top mounted and external of my CM HAF932 RP-450X2 Dual 5.25" Reservoir On a final note, Koolance stuff is really cheap! Loving the Australian dollar atm. Sadly all the Aussie retailers are quite expensive and lack a lot of choice. For example a Laing D5 Pump is $130-$140AUD in Australia, while its $90-$100USD in the US, $76.95USD at Koolance! Shipping is the major difference ofcourse but can still be significantly cheaper.
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    Modding a netbook;

    I'll tell you exactly why… Electrostatic shielding. This thin layer of metallic paint is intended to prevent ultra high frequency signals from radiating through the case causing unwanted interference. These signals would be ones such as the front-side bus clock and data lines between the CPU, RAM and peripherals. Without this, the netbook would be "heard" on radio receivers a few kilometres away. It'd also likely suffer from interference caused by similar frequency emitters in the district. As to the soldering — take it very slow and steady. I wouldn't have recommended doing this given you admit to not touching a soldering iron for a while, and we're not completely sure that the pads you've spotted are in fact for a ExpressCard slot. Often the way this is done is the socket is positioned, then the board is baked in an oven to reflow the solder. A similar effect can be done with a heat gun. Thanks for the info on the paint! very interesting. The pads i've spotted are for MiniPCI Express I placed the new slot over them and it fits perfectly, theres 2 plastic knobs that fit snug into the holes on the motherboard and the slot sits on top perfectly lined up with the soldering points. Heres a pic of the slot placed on top. I've read some other forums and this mod has been done successfully before. As for soldering experience, I admit its probably not the best thing to start off with. It looks really fiddly. But the bigger the challenge the more rewarding the outcome :-) Is is possible to use a heat gun on this? Would i damage other components nearby?
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    Modding a netbook;

    Update> I got my MiniPCI Slot in the mail, came from the UK, cost me $14 for the part and shipping. Took 7days. So I opened up the case of the netbook, which was fairly annoying, lots of plastic clips and lots of bending. Here it is: The inside bottom seems to be painted silver for some reason. This is the area ill be working on: As you can see there is the pre-soldered MiniPCI Express slot area there. Now i haven't done much soldering since high school like 8 years ago, but I'm pretty sure i can just use a soldering iron to push the pin into the solder gently. And hopefully it should stick. Fingers crossed. Also on a side note: There seems to be a empty spot for a speaker, wondering if i could buy a identical speaker to the right hand side and wire it in parallel with the other? The plan is to solder the slot in, then move the wifi card to the new slot to test that it works. After that, If it works ill order a Crystal HD Decoder, Wifi Card, and SSD.
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    Modding a netbook;

    Nice ideas, I'll check those out. The processor is a 32bit one so 4Gb of ram would be the limit which is shared with the graphics. I'm just looking at cost/benefit, 500Mb for OS, 256Mb for Graphics, leaves 1.25gb for Apps which is plenty. Looking at SSDs now, $150 seems reasonable(for a 60Gb), probably the most significant performance upgrade i could do to it! As it stands its rated for 4.5+hours of battery life, the most I've ever used it without charge is maybe 2 hours, i just move it to the lounge, on the train or to a friends place. So not too concerned about additional power usage. Ill monitor the CPU temps and see if there is much room to play with. It didn't cost me much at all. It was ah free sorta.... hehehe.
  14. My brother bought a netbook awhile back, a Samsung N130. He hasn't been using it for ages so I thought I'd see what i could do with it. Its got an Intel Atom N280 in it, not a bad little processor 1.66Ghz single core with HT, 32bit, 2.5watt TDP. The 1GB of RAM was terrible, 160GB HDD, Intel GMA 950 graphics also terrible. Windows 7 Starter Edition is terrible...no DVD playback, no Wallpapers, no Aero. The video playback is ok, stutters if you have anything running in the background and i mean anything, video playback uses nearly 100% of the cpu time. So I was thinking of some things I could do to Mod it a little, my plans are: -Replace 1GB RAM with 2GB RAM -Replace Windows 7 Starter with Windows 7 Ultimate -Solder in a MiniPCI Express Slot and put in a Broadcom Crystal HD Decoder BCM70015 -Replace 802.11b Wifi Card with 802.11n Wifi and Bluetooth Combo card. It has one slot for RAM, I was thinking 4Gb of RAM, but I think they're about $140 or more, I picked up 2Gb DDR2 SO-DIMM 667mhz, for $55 at a local computer store, coulda got it way cheaper online, but ohwell. Next the OS, theres no DVD drive of course, so I used a USB thumb drive with Win 7 Ultimate on it, made it bootable and installed it; it was quite fast off a thumb drive, very handy. The HD Decoder is my next project, on the inside of my netbook is the soldering points for a MiniPCI Express Slot, there is 2 on the motherboard one is used for the Wifi Card. the second doesnt have the plastic slot, Samsung are lazy/cheap. So i bought a MiniPCI E slot off ebay waiting for that to come. the HD Decoder is great for playing movies, the CPU will top out at 25% usage while playing 1080p, without the decoder 1080p is unplayable and uses 100% of the CPU aswell. After that Ill switch out the wifi card, its rated at 54Mbps currently, i can change that upto 300Mbps for under $40 and add bluetooth support aswell. And Last but not least, gotta make the thing look awesome on the outside :) Carbon Fibre mod for the top of the netbook.
  15. Its almost worth building a case from scratch. Hmm plexi sheets, aluminum sheets, steel struts, laser cut panels, tear the m/b tray and 5 1/4" drive bays out of an old case.... Now researching.....
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