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unco_tomato

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    MegaUpload - The saga continues

    I'm sure a lot of people will jump on over there now that it is one of the few choices left. Let's hope they don't announce any plans on launching a free media service like dot com allegedly had planned.
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    Nvidia Kepler Rumors

    Hey, I wrote that! I concur, give the 7950 and 7970 2 or 3 driver revisions and see where they stand. Hopefully AMD can squeeze the usual 5% or so in the coming months. They REALLY need to work on Batman AC CrossFire profiles.
  3. If the PSU was running an old 9800GT a 6950 will be fine. It's only ~40W more if that. http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-6950-6970-review/11 http://www.guru3d.com/article/galaxy-gefor...1024mb-review/4
  4. Yep, don't buy one unless the price is right. They are EOL right now as the 7950 is their replacement (hopefully prices fall in line to actually ligitimise that). There are a couple of "rumors" (read accurate leaks) popping up for the 7870 coming around next month too if you wanted to wait for that, but that may not be convenient for you to wait that long.
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    Real Ghost Photo

    Better than calling it a ghost photo. I don't care if you are a photographer or a scientist currently specialising in dioptrics, the fact is that this was taken on a camera phone, pointed at a very bright light source. There is bound to be an issue with that. All of the shading or "fabric folds" come from the background. Everything else is just the way the camera is picking up the light. Cool ghost story though, you should start a tour after-hours.
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    Nvidia Kepler Rumors

    Is it though? They are pretty neck and neck from my experience. Overclock the 7970 and it leaves the GTX 590 for dead.
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    Real Ghost Photo

    Wow way to attack me, I never claimed anything, I finished any opinion with IMO, knowing full well that it is just my opinion. I even went to the extent of saying Ghosts could very well exist, as to not step on your toes. Your second shot includes more of the light source than your original does, it is also taken on a different camera, so they can't be compared. Also, just because some review says a camera phone is "adequate" doesn't mean it is by any means a "good camera". I'm fairly sure the Galaxy has a few filters in place - at least digitally. Believe in ghosts all you want, the burden of proof is on you, not me. WTF does my working for Atomic or my forums status have to do with anything? If anything it should make me question this more than go "yup, dat dere must be 'dem ghosts!" EDIT 1:Just because you say it is a good piece of glass with no defect doesn't mean shit. A small ripple or imperfection can take in light different to a genuinely good piece of glass. Why do you think people pay thousands of dollars for lenses and don't just use a $300 phone? EDIT 2: On a second look the darker bits in the beam of light (ghost) are from the stairs behind it, not ripples in a fucking cloak.
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    Global COOLING proved!

    Am I missing something? How does this prove global cooling? They just talk about climate change briefly, and then keep on topic with super-continents.
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    Valentine's Day

    Sarcasm detector needs some repairs I feel, Caelum.
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    Alex Jones may not be crazy after all.

    Insanity is the only word that comes to mind. Obviously the American Government feels the only way it can maintain supremacy is to monitor and essentially enslave their people. America is sounding less like a democratic nation every week or two it seems. I wonder what will happen with our trips over to The Sates now? Will our / other companies be willing to risk our safety just to attend CEBIT or Blizz Con? I know I don't really want to go back there now, even though I should have nothing to worry about, the whole point of this bill is that you always have something to worry about when visiting The States. What if you are over there and all of a sudden the US government decided that speaking out against it on a forum like this one was an act of aggression and you were detained permanently? R.I.P free speech and all that. EDIT: I agree with you to an certain extent Gharph, it is their problem, but it becomes a world problem when they can enter any country and do the same thing due to political relationships they have in nearly every country. If this were happening in Australia I would happily protest against it on the streets, and if detained at least you could live the rest of your life in a prison knowing you stood up for human rights.
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    Pass it on

    http://mailinator.com/ Very interesting
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    quick review of new build

    He wont be overclocking if the system is for VM work. I'd say keep the build I suggested the same apart from the 2600K, but that is just me. I don't find the value of the Corsair PSU outside of the warranty term, that is all it really has going for it to justify the asking price.
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    Pass it on

    I went to opt-out, but then they asked for a mobile number to call you on, and an email address. Pfft, so now they just spam those instead of my front door? GTFO.
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    quick review of new build

    I just put the 16GB back in, only an extra $55 over the 8GB kit after I saw your VM requirements. I would at least make some of the cuts, even if it is only mobo, case, RAM and PSU. Should save you a bit.
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    quick review of new build

    All of that as posted above should save a ton of cash. Your RAM is a silly choice IMO, just get a cheap CL9 kit IMO, RAM overclocking isn't what it used to be, and you clearly aren't overclocking it anyway as it's only a 1600Mhz kit. Here is a quick comparison of the two proposed builds, yours and mine (from PC Case Gear). Yours: Intel Core i7 2700K - $365 ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe Gen3 Motherboard - $345 Corsair Hydro Series H80 CPU Cooler - $139 Corsair Obsidian 650D Case - $215 Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB WD2002FAEX - $209 Corsair AX850 Gold Power Supply - $245 Corsair Vengeance CML16GX3M4X1600C8 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 - $189 Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD - $219 Gigabyte Radeon HD7970 Overclocked 3GB - $769 Total: $2695 Mine: Intel Core i5 2500K - $225 Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 Motherboard - $135 Noctua NH-U9B SE2 - $59 CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced with Window USB3.0 - $129 Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB WD2002FAEX - $209 Silverstone Strider Plus 850W ST85F-P - $159 Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1600C9 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 - $110 HIS Radeon HD7970 3GB - $649 Total: $1675 Hardly what I would call "minimal savings". EDIT: You've now replied above, damn my slow list-building. Put the 2600K back in if you think you will benefit from it. If you are only listening to MP3 then the sound card is a waste, even on "audiophile headphones". In real world performance and gaming there will be no difference between your system and mine (not detectable to the user anyway). Your VM software may benefit from the 2600K though, so perhaps go back to that. it's surprising how much it all adds up when including expensive cases and the such
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    sockets

    It's because that is all G.Skill tested that particular kit on. They will have a list of supported motherboards and CPU's that have been confirmed and working. If nothing from AMD is there it is because they didn't test it, not because it doesn't work. Why didn't they test on AMD? Intel gave them an incentive of sorts most likely. If you want to check your RAM works on your board, look on the manufacturers website. As mentioned your RAM may not appear on the list and may still work, the list simply contains sticks that have been tested, and your sticks may have not been on the market at the time of testing, or not from a large enough manufacturer. If you are concerned about RAM compatibility, buy Corsair or Kingston - both get nearly all of their RAM tested in motherbards. G.Skill on the other hand doesn't have the means or reach to get such thorough testing done. Also, the 1.5v kits aren't "cheap" they are just on a smaller process than older RAM sticks, and run a lower voltage. Even if your IMC on the motherboard runs 1.65v as standard, it should be able to run 1.5v with XMP enabled, or just by manually setting the voltage in BIOS yourself. I usually run my RAM on 1.35v when building a PC for family members, I also undervolt their GPU and CPU too if I have time. Saves on power by ~40-60W depending on the system.
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    Nvidia Kepler Rumors

    Even if Nvidia aren't 45% better, prices will still drop a fair bit. At least in NZ, and to a slightly lesser extent in Oz that's the main reason I'd hold off. That's the main reason I'd hold off too. Though the prices are fair in the USA if you wanted a card now, and the 7950 is a temping purchase option - now costing less than a GTX 580 while being faster.
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    Nvidia Kepler Rumors

    I don't know if I would get my hopes up about April though Philo. Nvidia haven't announced that date, so it is likely Nvidia simply "leaked" the date to the enthusiast market to hold off their upgrades. It is possible they will later announce an official launch date closer to April, pushing it back by a month or so. If they can get people to wait for April, they should be able to get people to wait a little longer (my guess is late May - early June) with the "I've waited this long, why not just wait a little more". Until Nvidia put their name next to any of these claims or launch dates I give them little more credibility than rumors started on public forums. Even when they do announce a launch date officially, there is nothing stopping them from pushing it back again. I know it seems like I am being dark on Nvidia, but I'm not. I'm just saying don't base your purchase decisions around a product that apparently is possibly maybe coming to market sometime soon, and is possibly maybe supposedly up to 45% better than what you can buy right now. I held the same opinions when the 7970 was launching ,no point in getting excited until AMD put their name next to some of the claims.
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    quick review of new build

    You've gone pretty heavy handed on the "premium" gear in my opinion. You could probably drop $400 or so off the price tag without losing any real-world performance IMO. You also need an SSD as mentioned.
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    Valentine's Day

    I'm with Robzy, I have no ambitions or plans to have kids, and neither does my girlfriend of (almost) 5 years. 2 kids will cost you ~1-1.5Mil these days give or take. I don't plan on having that sort of cash kicking about before spending it all on a brewery, so kids are officially taking the back seat in my life. The GF studies medicine, and after 6 years of study I'm sure she wants to actually work in her industry before taking time off to pop out some kids. No, we're quite happy just being the two of us.
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    Real Ghost Photo

    I would bet some money that you could replicate it again if you get the angle right. It's definitely a lighting error from the shitty filter in the camera-phone IMO. Not saying ghosts don't exist (don't want to get any spiritual people upset), but I don't think this is proof of their existence, or that this even really looks like much more than a simple flare. It could even be a bad piece of glass used in the camera that picks up the light different to other phones. Some good scientific testing and process of elimination should sort it all out and prove a glitch in photography.
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    Nvidia Kepler Rumors

    I wouldn't trust this marketing piece as far as you could throw it. Again, "leaked' information with nothing concrete. No Nvidia water marked slides, no Nvidia screen shots or emails / documents, nothing at all to trace any of the information back to Nvidia. If the cards are so good, and Nvidia are happy with results, why wait until April? Yield or stock issues? Which points to a paper launch and high prices due to low stock. I have no doubt Nvidia will take the performance crown, at this point it would be embarrassing if they didn't. You can't launch a card 6 months later than your competition and fall short, that is something AMD do with CPU's and it clearly doesn't help their cause. Obviously if you have a decent enough video card at the moment there is no harm in waiting it out, but I wouldn't hold off from buying a 7950 or 7970 at the moment if I needed to upgrade.
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    SLI

    Hydra could possibly work, but it's a pain in the arse really (some recent chips are better than the old ones though). You need to pair the "hundred" numbers together for CFX. Example: 6950 and 6970 can be paired as they are both 6900's. 6850 and 6870 can be paired, as they are both 6800's. 5870 cannot pair with a 6870, (without a Hydra chip) as they are different generations. So you need to match the generation (the first number in the name sequence) with a matching "hundred" number in order to CrossFire. Nvidia on the other hand require matching GPUs.
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    Mandatory full body scanners in all major AU airports

    Then I'd offer to remove my pants so he can get a proper look.
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    Benchmarking Tool for BF3

    But then you don't use as much video RAM due to smaller map size (will mean 1.5GB cards will run as well as 3GB cards @2560x1440+). Also, frame rate is much higher given the train station bottle-neck and cramped layout.
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