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Re: Computer Help Thread

Postby Koenigsegg_Rox » 11 Nov 2009, 08:50

Yeah I remember that old nutshell from my Year 11 Tech days. And Red Vs Blue. But yeah considering I only use games on my lappy's 250GB I might even go down to a 160 or 120GB. Cheaper, but it still has the space that I need. Backups of everything else that I have are on two external hard drives.
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Re: Computer Help Thread

Postby baumaxx1 » 11 Nov 2009, 12:55

Games and OS tend to take up a fair bit... I'm using 105 for OS and programs and I don't even have everything on there that I had on the PC I sold. 250 is probably worth the few extra bucks.
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Re: Computer Help Thread

Postby Koenigsegg_Rox » 12 Nov 2009, 00:12

The games took up barely a quarter of my hard drive space and XP is only 1.5GB.
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Re: Computer Help Thread

Postby baumaxx1 » 12 Nov 2009, 09:36

Handy. I have Master collection, engineering programs, Vista and loads of Steam content I guess.
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Re: Computer Help Thread

Postby Stereo » 08 Dec 2009, 01:28

Well, this isn't really a "help me" post, more of a notifying post. I own a Garry's Mod server, which got hacked, and upon execution an LUA script started, which created two accounts in my windows logon. I was also being DDOS'ed, checked in wireshark. It was one hell of a day, and in the end, my DNS functionality stopped. (I could ping IP's of websites, but not their DNS names -.com,.net, etc)

I went through hell trying to fix it, I was even going to reinstall windows, finding no other choice.
And today it came to me, SYSTEM RESTORE. Thank you, glorious Microsoft, for implementing this wonderful feature. I did a little victory dance when I realized I could restore to Dec 4th (the day before all that havoc). If you have Vista, you're probably better off NOT using it because it drops like a 10GB file every time something changes. If you have XP or Win7, absolutely leave it on. You never know when you might need it, and most people don't do full HDD backups every single day, anyways.
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Re: Computer Help Thread

Postby Koenigsegg_Rox » 14 Dec 2009, 01:16

Update on my situation; my lappy is now fixed and running normally. I did have to make an investment in one of those USB-powered cooling pads though. If I had of kept it running with its crook fan I'd be back to square one except with a crook motherboard as well. I'm now running what is basically a 160GB version of my old hard drive, with good ol' XP Pro SP3 again. When I got the hard drive it seemed like it was in the wrong pin format; it was a SATA drive while my lappy took IDE. And then after going to a couple of stores I worked out that my old 250GB had a SATA to IDE adapter fitted to it as it was a SATA drive as well. Took the adapter off, chucked it on the Samsung, and away it went.
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Re: Computer Help Thread

Postby Tunerfreak » 10 Feb 2010, 01:19

Im looking for a new PC to power my new 1080p 24".

I was think of getting a quad core 11ghz cpu, 4gb ram or more computer with a top end geforce or radeon graphics card. I want to push the latest games to 1080p maybe even crysis if possible. Will I need to SLI graphics cards? Whats the best cheapest way to get most games playable at 1080p? WIll the quad core and 4gb cut it? And whats the best OS choice? Thanks guys.
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Re: Computer Help Thread

Postby baumaxx1 » 10 Feb 2010, 10:07

No, you don't need the best GFX card to run games at 1080p. I wouldn't go too over the top with cards, and definitely not SLI unless I have a massive budget. To get an idea... I have a GTX260 Gold. I max Shift, Far Cry 2, Bioshock, and run everything in Crysis on high, more than half the setting on very high too. A GTX 275 is probably a good value card, and I tend to spend more on the Mobo which has newer tech. After all, GFX cars are easy and cheap to replace... Mobos and CPUs are a little harder. What's your budget? About OSs, definitely get a 64 bit system, you'll appreciate the extra ram, it's speed and stability and it's the way of the future. Gives you more room for upgrades and I have no driver issues apart from the scanner which is 6 years old and low end. Windows 7 64 bit, home premium should deliver everything you need, and consider dual booting with XP 32 bit.Certain games (Oblivion, Fallout) and apps don't work properly on anything newer than XP, so I find myself using it regularly. If you do other stuff which is CPU intensive like video encoding/editing, audio editing, advanced computation, photoshop, you would appreciate the speed of an i7 and lots of RAM.

You can go with the Radeon cards if you want. I just use Nvidias. The HD4870s run quite hot and are power hungry, don't have PhysX and Nvidia is bringing 3D to games quite actively. Your choice though and it's easy to upgrade. If you have a budget... think about how long you'll have the PC, when you'll upgrade and buy a good GFX card, but don't worry about the ultimate that's insanely expensive.

What's your budget?
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Re: Computer Help Thread

Postby ElvenAvenger » 07 Mar 2010, 12:09

would overclocking my Q8200 from 2.33 ghz to 3.0ghz shorten its lifespan alot?
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Re: Computer Help Thread

Postby xHaZxMaTx » 15 Mar 2010, 07:32

My room smells like ozone, my computer restarts when I plug something into the front USB and this only started happening today after moving from the downstairs bedroom in my house to the upstairs bedroom. What's going on? D:
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Re: Computer Help Thread

Postby vellu » 16 Mar 2010, 01:06

Sounds (and smells) like a blown capacitor somewhere in your computer (most likely motherboard or psu). Look for bulged or leaked cylinder shape thingies...
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Re: Computer Help Thread

Postby ElvenAvenger » 28 Apr 2010, 17:54

OK, been playing Episodes from Liberty City for some time, and i had some weird colorful dots pop up on PART of my screen. its strange as usually when my graphics card was failing they all would be pink. Could it be my 3 year old monitor? or could it be just my card overheating? or is something really wrong and im going to be left without my PC for a month again because they wont be able to find the issue?
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Re: Computer Help Thread

Postby vellu » 28 Apr 2010, 23:08

If it were the monitor it would show up all the time even on plain desktop use. Colored dots (while playing) is almost always either overheating gfx issue or one about to fail completely. Check for dust on gfx cooler, and other coolers on your system and make sure the fans are spinning properly.
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Re: Computer Help Thread

Postby ElvenAvenger » 04 May 2010, 15:05

vellu wrote:If it were the monitor it would show up all the time even on plain desktop use. Colored dots (while playing) is almost always either overheating gfx issue or one about to fail completely. Check for dust on gfx cooler, and other coolers on your system and make sure the fans are spinning properly.

hm, set lower(medium instead of high, specifically) details and its not appearing anymore, im pretty sure it was overheating. its just a 9800GT :lol:

EDIT: yeah its fixed. nothing appeared since then.

anyway...
which AMD processor is as good as/better than Intel's Core i7?
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Re: Computer Help Thread

Postby Zotic+ » 10 Sep 2010, 03:00

alright i need help improving my graphics, i have a new windows 7 pc and i put nfs orld on and the graphics r crap. how cany i improve them? like what graphics card and cheapest easiet way to do so?
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Re: Computer Help Thread

Postby petersnith23 » 29 Nov 2021, 12:25

@zotic if you are looking to improve graphics then you must buy an expensive and high-quality graphic card. Like Nvidia graphic cards they are most trusted graphic cards that are used by the graphic designer You may go for the following graphic cards.
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