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Otaku Chat “Generic PC Hardware discussion thread.” by Frito

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Frito 2 years ago on 04/19/11
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Since I can't find any of the others I'm making a new thread. (We should have a sticky at some point don't ya think?)

Here's my boggle. I have a mobo that's at least a year or two old. 8gigs of DDR2, Quad Core, Core 2 duo

Here's the Motherboard.
http://...gigabyte.com/...t-page.aspx?pid=2740&dl=1#sp

I'm shopping for a new video card and I'm stuck on this whole PCI Express 2.0, 2.1, etc...

When they made my board they didn't bother listing that in the specs and looking for non 2.0 cards reveals a handful of shit cards I'd never stick in my machine.

How long has 2.0 been around and if you're got the time, what card would you stick in my machine if you were me?

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Killian 2 years ago on 04/19/11
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Don't worry about it. Generally PCI Express 2.0, 2.1, and 3.0 cards are backwards compatible with all PCI Express versions. They just get slowed down to the 1.x bandwidth speeds.
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Frito 2 years ago on 04/20/11
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I realize that but any clue how well they operate at those speeds? I should stick with 2.* or risk a 3.* to find out it downsteps to assmode or something?
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Killian 2 years ago on 04/20/11
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My Video Card is 2.0 and my MoBo is 1.x and things run great. I have a GTX 470 which can still run Crysis, SC2, Homefront, and Portal 2 on max setting on my PCI Express 1.x Mobo.
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Frito 2 years ago on 04/20/11
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Sweet, thx for the verification. I'm going to give a higher end card a shot and see what happens. (Man I love having a job again)
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Chicken Tank 2 years ago on 04/23/11
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Frito, the most important issue with graphics cards is the power supply and cooling. You can very quickly out pace both.
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WWNSX 2 years ago on 05/14/11
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Okay I got a question fro you guys because I'm having a hard time getting good google results so I'm asking here.

I'm now running dual display so my resolution is up to 3840x1080 but I'm having a hard time setting up games to play on this resolution.

One monitor is hooked up via DVI and one has a DVI to VGA adapter so i can use the VGA to DVI cable and use the monitor but I'm going out tomorrow to get a real DVI cable.

I'm running 2 GTX 260's in SLI and on the 197.45 Nvidia drivers beaus they're pretty much the best for Mass Effect.

It seems like no matter what ini settings i adjust for any games i can get it to extend the display to two monitors and I'm not sure if i need another piece of software to help or not. any suggestions?
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Frito 2 years ago on 05/15/11
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It might be that the game has to support it.
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K-Devil 2 years ago on 05/16/11
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Most games don't seem to have support past- I forget the typical max (2048 by something?) but 3840x1080 is definitely not "standard" so it might require special software or heavy tweaking of your vidcard settings.

NVidia has something analogous to Eyefinity- if it is the rough equivalent, then
Frito said:
It might be that the game has to support it.
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WWNSX 2 years ago on 05/17/11
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The Nvidia surround thing I think applies to the 400 series and up.

I did find this software call SoftTH on Friday that's suppose to support Triple or Dual Monitors and enable games to show on those extra monitors.

http://www.kegetys.net/SoftTH/

I even saw a post where someone had Dirt 2 on 15 screens it looked pretty crazy. I tried all weekend to get it to work then today I reinstalled windows 7 over it self since a reinstall seems to help some people out. I was having trouble installing SP1 anyway and plan a full clean reinstall later.

The in place install worked because then I was able to get the 2.05 alpha version and run it on Fallout 3 and have it work perfectly after i reset my Fallout 3 INI files.

Here's a pic too.

Image: 3840x1080 JPG, 2230KB. Click to view.
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WWNSX 2 years ago on 11/12/11
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I have some games still on 5¼ floppies, a 5¼ floppy drive, and 2 systems i can use to play said games.

One system is a Dell Pentium 3 500mhz and the other one is a Socket 7 system with a AMD k-6 500mhz processor and I can switch the power supply from AT to ATX.

My question is which one should I keep as an old school game rig or should I just get rid of both and use DOSBox or other EMU's on my modern day system?
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tranoid no ki 2 years ago on 11/13/11
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If you want the authentic experience, keep one of the systems. DOSBox is perfectly acceptable for games like that, which can easily be ripped into .img,.zip,.rar, .etc. I would keep the pentium 3 and install 98SE on it for windows gaming, because it's getting harder and harder to run some games designed for 95/98.
 
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SuitJamas 2 years ago on 11/23/11
Who out there is getting a new PC RIG soon? Very soon I'll get mine at Cyberpower. I'm also excited that the new Sins of a Solar Empire X Pack recommends an i5 or i7 CPU!! That's awesome!!!
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tranoid no ki 2 years ago on 11/23/11
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Getting into overclocking. Only upped my core 2 duo e8400 from 3GHz to 3.6, already seeing a world of difference. Going to be getting one of these to replace my thermaltake SpinQ, to see if I can boost my performance some more.


http://...newegg.com/.../Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181015
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jennyfur 2 years ago on 11/23/11
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Hehe I'm just glad that after a bad hard drive and accidentally shorting my mobo I even have a working machine ;)

I won't be playing anything anytime soon that my Core i5 and GTX 460 can't handle.
 
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SuitJamas 2 years ago on 11/27/11
I'm gonna pull the trigga on a Cyberpower RIG within a few days. Before their post Black Friday sale ends. I was just gonna get one GTX 570, but now I'm seeing their deals getting crazier, so now I think I'm gonna have to get dual 570s. Aw yeah!!! My old RIG is still hanging in their with dual GeForce 8800 GTs, so I feel that to have some impactfull coolness I need to get a bigger jump up in GPU power. A single 570 just doesn't feel like quite a big enough jump to me. But DUAL 570s, oh YES!! As the Emperor said UNLIIIMMMMMITED POOOOWWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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WWNSX 2 years ago on 11/27/11
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jennyfur said:
Hehe I'm just glad that after a bad hard drive and accidentally shorting my mobo I even have a working machine ;)

I won't be playing anything anytime soon that my Core i5 and GTX 460 can't handle.


PC Skyrim just might change your mind on that. I heard it's pretty brutal on ultra settings.
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Andrew 2 years ago on 11/27/11
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Yesterday my Antec power supply died a spectacular, spark-throwing death. At this point, I don't know what else it might have killed as it blew. If I hadn't just ordered a new motherboard and RAM, I would probably just throw up my hands and swear off PC gaming.

Instead, I ordered a new SeaSonic PSU on Matt / Sarsippius's recommendation. That brand has some glowing reviews on Newegg, so I'm optimistic about it. I'm also beginning to wonder if the many problems I've been having these last few months couldn't have all been the fault of that dying power supply.

It's a moot point now, though. I just hope the parts get in on Thursday like they're supposed to. I don't want to spend Cristina's visit wondering what's dead, what's not, and what needs an RMA.
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Panzer Panda 2 years ago on 11/27/11
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Ok been a long time coming and I have to update my rig since I'm tired of either playing the lastest games on the lowest settings or not being able to play them at all.

Have a Dell XPS 710 Intel 2 (4mb L2 cache, 2.4ghz. 1066FSB)
256MB nVidia GeForce 7900 GS, and 2 512MB chips with another two open slots that I can fill.

Looking at getting either the GeForce GTS 450, or the GTX 460 or are there any better options out there for around the same price.

Also since I hope to at least jump of to 5GB should I spend the extra cash and move to 8GB?
 
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SuitJamas 2 years ago on 11/27/11
Tom's Hardware is a great site for info on all things computer. I have included a link from there about best video card for the buck.

http://...tomshardware.com/...ard-radeon-geforce,3067.html

Also, if you are an uber hardware GEEK like me you might like these other two links as well.

http://...geforce.com/.../GPUs/geforce-gtx-590/performance

http://...tomshardware.com/...ming-performance,3042-7.html

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