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  1. retiredfromlife

    Anyone using Razer PC Controllers ?

    I am thinking of getting a Razer game key pad for the PC, but on looking at PC Casegear it appears you have to actually activate the software. Just wondering if this is correct? See odd to have to activate a game controller or mouse software. Or is there some way to install without activation? The PC I play all my GoG.com games is not even connected to the web. Any help would be appreciated Regards MarkL
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    Nvidia 960 or 970

    My old Nvidia 660Ti is starting to play up so I am looking for a replacement. Thinking of a 960 or 970. Dont really want to buy the 970 unless I really need it. As far as I can tell my most demanding game now is The Witcher 3, and probably Fallout 4 later this year. My rig is a 2500K processor, 4 gig ram and a Benq 24" 1920 x 1080. Al housed in a LianLi D600. For some reason graphics cards do not last long in my builds, we do have poor fluctuating power not sure if that causes failures. So the cheapest option that will work will suit me. With regard to longevity how do EVGA cards last? they do not advertise militarg grade componets or ultradurable etc. Notice they do advertise a double ballbearing fan though. Basically I am holding old till to the virtual reality head sets get sorted then do a full upgrade. Any help would be appreciated. Regards MarkL
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    Nvidia 960 or 970

    Looks like I will try a DickSmith unit first up t help with the power. Thanks for the tips. Regards MarkL
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    Nvidia 960 or 970

    We did contact the supplier and they indicated the power was within acceptable limits. The easiest thing for me to do is try somrthing myself, at least for the time being. Regards
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    Nvidia 960 or 970

    This is what I currently use, but not sure of it's effectivness. I purchased mine from Bunnings. I am only guessing it is power that causes the problems as I was told by an electrician we had power surges as we often blow light globes as well. Regards
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    Nvidia 960 or 970

    This is on eoption I am currently looking at. Regards
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    Nvidia 960 or 970

    I have a corsair 750 watt power supply, forgot the model though. Corsair replaced the original under waranty as it failed. I am looking to get something to even out the incoming power if it is not too expensive but not sure what. At work we have phase correction capacitors but they are way to expensive for private use. I notice at PC Case gear you can get 960's with with 2 and 4 gig memory. Which would be best? I hope to be trying mods for Witcher 3 and fallout 4 when it comes out if they will need extra memory on the video card. Regards
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    Best Way To Limit Volume

    What methods do you use to limit the total volume of your speakers and head sets? When playing movies and games I would like to limit the overall volume. The special effects cause all sorts of problems. Especially when using head phones. Because of this I have stopped using my head set. So far I just use on board audio. What is the best way to limit the overall volume? If a third party sound card offered good options I would go that way but I have no experience tryingt to limit volume. I dual boot betweenXP and 7 so I would like hardware that still worked with both. Any help would be appreciated. Regards
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    Best Way To Limit Volume

    Thanks for the link, Regards Markl
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    What Fans Do You Use ?

    My Corsair 800D is now three year old and the stock fans make a bit of noise when they first start up so I am going to replace them. Three x 140mm fans. PC CaseGear 140mm fan link http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...cff73de1a8c5b3 In the past I have used Noctua fans, but at $29.00 each from PC CaseGear they are expensive. Also noticed that their warranty period has dropped from 7 to 6 years. Still a good period but have they dropped their quality? I notice that Artic Cooling are selling for $15.00 and use the same fluid bearings that I gather are the best bearing type. They also offer a limited 6 year warranty, but I have never used these. A lot of brands do not list warranty length or MTBF so hard to gauge how long they will last. The BitFenix Spectre Pro 140mm Black Fan @ $19.00 looks OK and has the fluid bearing, but no warranty or MTBF listed. Silverstone Air Penetrator looks good but appears to have unsleeved coloured leads and molex connectors that will spoil the all black case interior. Secondary consideration I know but would prefer all black for $22.00 each. I would also like black Fan and black sleeved cables to keep the inside of the case all black, but this is a secondary consideration. Connectors to be three pin not molex. Also how do you wire up your fans? I would like to reduce some of the wiring and noticed that there are molex to 6 and 9 three pin connectors. So how many fans should you really run off one molex connector? 6 and 9 seems a lot to me. I use Demci air filters and have noticed that lot of fans do not pull or push air through filters very well. Noctua and Silverstone air penetrators seem to work well with filters, but a lot of stock fans like the corsair, Lian Li and CoolerMaster do not move much air through filters. So your experiences with fan type and life span and performance would be appreciated. Lots of articles on the web but a lot of conflicting information. Looks like a lot of people have specific needs and like certain brands. Also most tests do not use filters during the testing. Regards MarkL
  11. Has anyone looked at the recently released Lian Li D600 case? PC Casegear http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...cff73de1a8c5b3 Lian Li Page http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/pc-d600/ To me looks more practical that the Corsair Carbide Air 540 High Airflow ATX Cube Case, but it is over double the price. To see the optional hot swap parts for the Lian Li you need to download the manual from their site. It gives a lot more info missing from the PCCaseGear page. I would have preferred 120mm fans all over but can live with the 140mm in the front. I love the drive options and layout, but it could be hard to push some of the mother board connectors on. not much room around the board. (My over 50 eyes have trouble focusing on header pins that are deep in some cases.) The main thing I do not like are those Lian Li clips they use on the panels, as they tend to break. According to the manual they give you one spare, but if you open their cases regulary I would prefer not to rely on those clips. Also the front only seems to have two clips and a screw underneith. I can see this may also not last. The Lian Li D8000 had a semi same for the front panel and reviews stated these clips broke on the front. Still it is a case I may consider I will watch for build reviews and would like to see their D7000 come out as well to compare it too. This this was only showcased at the CES 2013. Plenty of you tube videos of the pre release D7000 model. Regards MarkL
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    Thoughts on the Lian Li D600

    I like the design of the case nice airflow and hopefully positive pressure on the motherboard side. Also I like the hotswap extras you can buy. As for size it is not as high or deep as a lot of full towers, mainly the double width. Compared to my Corsair 800D it is a mid tower that id nearly twice as wide. But I can live with that. Still don't know if I will get one, but definately considering a new case soon. I will watch out for reviews first though. Regards MarkL
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    What Fans Do You Use ?

    A good article that one. Shame the testing was not completed though. Regards MarkL
  14. Just wondering if AMD solder the top plate on their CPU's? Now that Intel just used paste between the cpu and top plate, I was wondering if AMD made their's any better. Regards MarkL
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    Problems Starting My PC

    Good suggestion. I swapped the switches over and I still have to press many times and hold for a few seconds to start the PC so not the case switch. The PC is not over clocked or anything, just a stock PC. No extras plugged in either. So I suppose it is mother board or power supply. I found the receipt from when I purchased this one. One month less than three years so the power supply and mother board should still be in warranty. Think I will just take this back since the faulty parts may still be under warranty. Especially since fault finding is not my best skill, if I d not have replacement parts to swap out and I do not have a mother board and power supply. Regards MarkL
  16. Starting last week it now takes me about 6 to 8 presses on the case on button to start my PC. I also have to hold the button a few seconds as well to start the PC. The case is a corsair 800D. Power supply corsair 750 Gold Motherboard is a socket 775 Gigabyte. After the PC has been on awhile it starts with less presses on the on button. If I cycle it a few times, it often starts with one press if it has been running awhile, but it still need to be held a few seconds. Do this sound like a switch, power supply or other hard ware problem? If it sounds like the switch, where could I get switch with the cable and plug, plus some sort of bay device to mount it in? Any help would be appreciated. not too hard to out together a PC but fault finding one is, especially if you do not have spare parts to swap and test.. Regards MarkL
  17. I have just purchased a Seagate 3 TB disk for backup use in an external USB drive box. I want to divide it into approximately 2TB and 1TB , but I am having problems partitioning it. Windows 7 32 bit disk management sees the whole disk but will only partition the first 2 TB and leaves the remaining 700 odd GB as unallocated. Acronis disk director 11 only sees the first 2TB, but from viewing their forum it seems there is a problem with acronis and disks larger than 2 TB. The PC I am using to try and partition the drive on is a socket 775 dual core. Could it be a BIOS problem causing windows 7 not to be able to partition beyond the 2TB range? Is there another program I can use or is the PC the problem? Any help will be appreciated. Regards MarkL
  18. Thanks for the tip, yes it is MBR. I will try GPT Regards MarkL
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    Tomb Raider Gameplay

    This is my first Tomb Raider game. I have never been a fan of platforming or puzzle solving games, so I probably have the wrong game. But it looks good and hopefully give me a break from Skyrim, my favourite game for a long time. I am up to the part where Lara is captured for the second time (hands tied behind her back) and people are being shot all over the place. She has just been found hiding in the hut ruins. I Press "F" to knee her captor then "F" again to bite his ear but the next bit has me stumped. Lara Shoulders him to the ground gets free and gets the pistol. Gets off a few shots that do nothing. He drops on top of her. Next the prompts < & > come up to mash the buttons but she always dies. I have also tried mashing "E" & "F" but they do not work either. Anyone know how to beat this scene? I remember the complaints about the quick time events for The Witcher 2 on GoG, but this leaves those problems for dead. I have swapped my good gaming keyboard for an old one as I do not want to mash the good one to death. If the game plays better on an XBox controller I may buy one but I have not read of anyone using one on a PC yet, but I do not know how you would mash buttons on a controller. One thing I am glad about is that I have not suffered any problems running the game yet and I have an NVidia card. I just wish the game would prompt you with the correct keys to press in the PC version. I do have the option to prompt keys selected in the options. Game looks OK, Story seems OK, Shame about the gameplay on PC version. Anyone got any good tips for where I am stuck? Or any better key bindings that may make the game easier to play as I would like to continue but loosing interest at this stage. Skyrim is calling. Regards MarkL
  20. One question I have thought to ask since getting my first (and only) motherboard with a UEFI BIOS is what screen do people need to be able to read the BIOS? To explain this my mother board is a MSI Z68A GD65. When putting the system together I did not have a video card connected, I plugged the monitor a 21" wide screen into the white DVI plug. When I tried to access the BIOS to change the boot order the BIOS screen was jumbled up and unreadable. After checking the net I saw an article suggesting the use of 4 x 3 monitors. I borrowed on from work and bingo the BIOS was readable. Since I do not own a 4 x 3 screen I asked at the shop where I purchased the board if this is a standard problem. They pointed to the area they worked on PC's all monitors were 4 x 3, enough said there. What experiences have people had here with these new BIOS during installation where you plug the screen into the PC's inbuilt graphics connections? From reading the manual that came with the board I could not see any option to boot into the old style BIOS. The MSI forum is not much help either. If this is a common problem there must be a good resolution. Mean while I am trying to get a 4 x 3 monitor at a decent price in case this happens in the future and I may not be able to borrow one. Are there any tricks to get into an older style BIOS if you have a UEFI one? I am not a person who knows what most of the BIOS settings do, but from what I have seen so far give me the old screens over these new ones. I just want options not problems. Any solutions would be appreciated. Regards MarkL
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    UEFI BIOS General viewing Question

    The monitor has a few buttons on it, no idea what they do but I will give them a try and see if they do anything. Regards, MarkL
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    UEFI BIOS General viewing Question

    It may be a MSI problem or a BIOS problem. I have an early model BIOS and was thinking up updating it but after reading the problems people have updating their BIOS on the MSI forum I will only update it if I really have to as many people have ended up with a board that will not boot at all. Regards
  23. I am thinking of moving my latest build off my Lian Li T60 test bed into a case. One of the cases I am considering is the Silverstone TJ11, I just like the look of it and it has plenty of external drive bays that I always use. My main concern is that I will be using just air-cooled parts and are not sure if the majority of video cards will work hanging upside down as half the heat pipes would be running up hill. Not a good idea for heat pipes. Most of the video cards I buy are the overclocked ones with three fans, typically gigabyte. Would any of these cards work in the vertical position? Any ideas would be appreciated. Cheers
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    Silverstone TJ11 Video Card Question

    Thanks for the suggestions, some nice cases mentioned. However I have just been watching some youtube clips of the new Lian Li cases shown at CES 2013. they have finally released some new designs that I am interested in. The D600, D7000 and the revamped 2130 among other really looked good. The v850 with all those side fans look interesting, but unless you can take the doors off they would get in the way working on the PC on it's side. They seem to be added 5 1/4 external bays while other case makers are dropping them. Lian Li also have a good contender for opposition for the "Silverstone Grandia GD08 HTPC" linked to above. Normally I am a full tower person as I use a lot of external bays in my PC's for fan controllers, hot swap bays sound card boxes etc. But these new HTPC cases are starting to make strong contenders for purchases. Looks like this rig will stay on the Lian Li test bed a little longer till I see more on these new Lian Li cases as I am in no rush and want th ebest case for my needs and the TJ11 looks off the list for now. Regards MarkL
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    Silverstone TJ11 Video Card Question

    Thanks for the replies, The hardware that I currently have is Sandy Bridge 2500K MSI Z68A-GD65 Mobo Corsair 8gig ram Corsair 750 gold PSU Gigabyte 650 Graphics (to be upgraded soon) Noctua NH-C12P SE14 CPU cooler All sitting on a Lian Li T60 test bed. One reason I am looking at the TJ11 is that this PC will eventually sit in the loungeroom and the little lady does not want a big square box there. I am still looking for a TJ07 but it looks like they are obsolete now. Silverstone is bringing out a case TF04 that is similar to the old TJ07 but it is no longer fully aluminium, (probably does not mater but would have been better) At least I am in no rush so I have plenty of time to decide or wait if necessary for a better case to become available. Cheers MarkL
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