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    Thoughts welcome: watercooled Ryzen for Games, FEA/CFD, and java/kotlin+IDEA

    thanks to @Kelijan for this post that outlines 570X motherboards: thanks to tangoseal for the AMD slide pointing me at 3600/3733Mhz ram
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    Thoughts welcome: watercooled Ryzen for Games, FEA/CFD, and java/kotlin+IDEA

    Hey guys, I'm looking for a build --in Canada, this is my current list: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/Groostav/saved/#view=4JLjpg This is my home machine, so I'm looking to use it to write software and play games. Needs: Monitor; cpu + mobo + ram + gfx; main-drive. cpu waterblock, gpu...
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    Ryzen 3900x build: feedback sought

    I am in a very similar boat to the OP and came here thinking "I'm going to have such a hard time getting up to speed on whose got better voltage regulation and which ram chips can get pushed hardest" and then in a single post you've solved half my problem. Many thanks. (before I head into the...
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    $2k to $5k build for (buggy) software QA

    Hey Guys, So I just typed this out, accidentally closed the tab, so no I'm typing it all out again (in nodepad++ this time) Firstly: There's a tl;dr with the build template at the bottom, so if you want to skip the backstory you can. So I work for this company, and right now our QA...
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    Canadian Spy Agency Tracks Millions Of Downloads Daily

    My favorite is the workflow slide titled "Filtering out Glee Episodes" :D Nothing here seems all that unexpected to me, any country with even a moderately well funded intelligence community should have these capabilities. I'm not sure how they retrieve those user agent strings though, I'm not...
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    $1000 US ($1200 CAD) build for girlfriend

    Thanks so much for this, I've never heard of Price picker, that alone has made this thread worth it. Hooray for aggregate searches!
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    $1000 US ($1200 CAD) build for girlfriend

    I want all of games with all of the eye candy. In other words Assassins Creed Unity. anybody but NCIX. this questions a bit complicated, Probably I'll just install a copy of windows 8.1, and if she hates it, I'll go with a copy of windows 7. by "bridged-in" what I was referring to is USB...
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    $1000 US ($1200 CAD) build for girlfriend

    Been a while since I've been on these boards so bear with me: 1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc Gaming 2) What's your budget? Are tax and shipping included? This questions a bit complicated. Ultimately we've got $1200 CAD to spend. I've got an...
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    Predicting the future of tech is futile

    I think he's referring to the validity of that quote, which nobody's quite willing to give a good citation on. That said, the sentiment stands, X86 has gone as far as it can, we need a new architecture to continue moores law a 32 bit address space aught to be enough for the IP stack a 48...
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    Few newbie Quesions on C#

    real players in the internet business. What are you talking about? Pick the best tool for the job. Regardless of your choice, you'll have challenges. One of my favorite stacks to work on was Windows, IIS, Mongo and .net. Now I'm writing GUI's in Java for Linux with our model persisted in flat...
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    Few newbie Quesions on C#

    I really like C# Though I like Scala more than F#, I still really like the .net framework. the await keyword in C# 5 with WinRT is a masterstroke... though WinRT is kind've a clusterfuck. Anyways, this seems like an excellent time to plug my soon-to-be-on-maven library: Linq-A-Like...
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    YABR - $1100 CAD, its been a while

    firstly, think I can I start an acronym: Yet Another Build Request (YABR)? It would follow in the long line of FLOSS "Yet-Another" acronyms. Anyways, to follow the template: 1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc General purpose. Diablo III is as extensive...
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    SSD 1 compatability with SSD 3 - PLZ HELP!!

    yeah you're fine. the SATA spec is intrinsically backwards compliant, so your motherboard will attempt to drive the SATA 3 controller on your drive at SATA 1 speeds, and the drive will simply accept that. And before anyone can chime in about the performance hit, the drive will saturate the...
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    Botched my first loop; dead 6950 with a new cap

    The units are correct, if the cap is being used as voltage regulation, then you can have whatever capacitance you want as long as the actual voltage put over the cap is below the (advertised) break-down voltage. Anyways, I baked my card for 8 minutes at 385F last night, no change. So I guess...
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    Botched my first loop; dead 6950 with a new cap

    ok so in the debate of who gives better advice, HardForum or Bit-Tech, Hardforum wins (I figured I'd post there because so many of their mods are so incredible, but I guess the guys making those don't post on the boards or read "help me" threads) Yeah, I should mention I've done a fair bit of...
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    Botched my first loop; dead 6950 with a new cap

    Hey gents, I've been meaning to get into liquid cooling for a long time, so a couple years ago I bought one of the old asetek liquid cooling loops on clearance. I've been purchasing my way out of catastrophe ever since, and I'm starting to lose hope. I'll let you read all about my first...
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    The Microsoft Blues (rant)

    Afternoon gents: This is a rant. I'm not happy. Does anybody else think Microsoft's on a significant decline? I like metro, but windows 8 is baby-with-the-bathwater tech. I've got a longer rant here, but they really did write-off huge portions of legacy code. Microsoft has always...
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    Creating own wesite (advice)

    Take a look at square space, in about 4 hours I was able to put this together. I am a software developer and I have worked with CSS and Javascript before, but I didn't have to touch any code to get that page to the state where it is now.
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    Nvidia or Amd or nothing yet ...what a Dilemma

    Who told you overclocking reduces the lifespan of hardware?
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    College Expels Student For Finding Security Flaw

    We like to think that north of the 49th we don't do those kind of things. That article is more than a bit sensationalist. He wasn't booted because he found a whole, he was booted because he tested a whole against a live system. We don't know the details of that test. If you find a whole in a...
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    Blizzard’s Jay Wilson Leaving the Diablo 3 Team

    I really liked D3. just goes to show you that people can be really emphatic about things they're wrong about. The Stormwind, Helm of Command, and Justice Lantern are the corner stones of modern blocking barbs. There are more than a couple legendary items that are worth a billion gold. I...
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    Dual booting Windows 7 & 8 on separate SSD's

    Does your motherboard have SecureBoot/UEFI? I'm not familiar with the specifics of how bootloaders work, but you can almost certainly do this with GRUB (which you can skin with BURG if you want to). I believe this guide will get you to where you want to be...
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    EA to cannibalize THQ IP's.

    Does it sadden anybody else that Darksiders II and Saints Row III can come out, both good games, and have their publisher file for chapter 11? Games industry is not looking healthy.
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    Multi-card for Cuda?

    I'm gonna bump this for the sake of completeness: I removed the 9800GTX+ a few days ago and left my driver situation relatively as-is (uninstalled CUDA compiler, uninstalled VS 2010, left display drivers remained in-place). A few days ago I took out my 9800GTX+ without issue, again...
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    Multi-card for Cuda?

    Huh, its nice to hear these things play nicely together, nice enough even to have both driver suites installed and running side-by-side. I just finished plugging in my 9800GTX+. On boot my Displayport monitor refused to come up, but after unplugging it everything seems fine. I'm a little...
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    Multi-card for Cuda?

    Hey guys, has anybody here successfully plugged 2 totally unrelated graphics cards into a single system? I'm working on an assignment that requires Cuda, but my current box has a 6970 in it, and I'd like to keep it that way, but for this assignment I've got a homeless 9800GTX+ lying around...
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    Let the battle for giant smartphone begin

    in the interest of disclosure: I'm currently a 4th year undergraduate with 2 work terms as a .net (windows) developer, and I very much believe my future is in the .net community. Silverlight sucks; while I'd argue the tooling around Microsoft's mobile operating system Windows Phone 7 has...
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    Microsoft Announces Windows 8 Mice and Keyboards

    So I'm 22 and apparently I'm an old fart, because nothing about that hardware comes even close to my use-cases. Going off on the windows 8 digression for a second: Windows really is arcane. Thinking about my desktop objectively, there's a huge amount of wasted space that does very little...
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    First SSD... I'm amazed

    I cant overstate this.... Its just, so much stuff is IO bound. Most of the performance gains are fairly subtle, but they're subtleties that, when not present, piss you off. The comparison of an SSD to a spinning disk is a lot like the comparison of a 1080p screen to a 720p one of the same...
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    85% of Americans Hate Targeted Political Ads

    related: study finds 99% of Americans don't like ads...
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    Microsoft Code Contains The Phrase 'Big Boobs'

    I'm a programmer on the .net stack and this stuff isn't exactly uncommon. just last week my company found this comment on some Microsoft datetime source-code: //READ ME IF YOUR FIXING A followed by a single blank line and the function signature. Like most companies, Microsoft...
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    OK, so I've come to the conclusion I'm doing it all wrong

    some terms that I think really need to be clarified: the audio stack: audio data source {mp3, aac, wav, etc.) Digital-Analog Converter (DAC) Amplifier cans/woofer-tweeter The digital audio source: this can have a bigger effect on your audio quality than you might think. The mp3...
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    Worst Apple product you've ever owned?

    Disclaimer: I am a Microsoft fanboy: I program for the .net stack. There are a number of terrible Microsoft technologies that we have to work around, but for the most part its windows + .net Bump for iTunes. I've tried to use it 3 times since I gave up my first gen nano years ago, and its...
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    Largest-Ever Password Study: We Are All Idiots

    :mad: at no edit button in news posts.
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    Largest-Ever Password Study: We Are All Idiots

    How is it a relic of the 90s? You have to talk about your threat model: If the password is at the service layer, and that service has actively implemented a password-slowing-down-procedure, such as a maximum number of guesses, or a maximum number of guesses per unit time (eg HardForum...
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    Save a video card with water damage?

    yeah the baking trick comes from lead-free solder problems, the constant heating and cooling and reheating of a PC is rough on soldered connections. The baking trick heats this up to a temperature where the solder can get just hot enough to reform filling any hairline/small factures in it.
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    Save a video card with water damage?

    clean it aggressively, get all of the gunk off, and then rub it down some more for good measure. If it still doesn't work, you're probably pretty out of luck; you'd only be able to find out more with an o-scope, some solder, and a boatload of time. With the understanding that there was really...
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    Laptop for Engineering Dept. Need Horsepower

    I have this laptop (@see sig). I love this laptop. One of the main reasons, and one that could quite possibly help your current laptop, is because of the SSD. They're absolutely worth the investment. I work on a 12 year old .net codebase ("wait a minute, .nets only been around 10 years." yes...
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    Diablo 3 Account Hacked

    This is a really good point. You really want separate passwords for every domain, and the only way you could even hope to manage that is with Lastpass or OnePass.
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    How do you tell if someone is cheating in BF3?

    maybe you (or the guy killing you) is just experiencing severe lag? The new buzzword in lag is buffer-bloat.
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