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  1. Unabomber

    Do you even want to buy a CPU right now?

    There were a lot of CPU's I'd think of buying, but with Windows 11 on the horizon, the ones that are compatible with it and at a reasonable price are out of stock. So, I'll simply wait.
  2. Unabomber

    How long do keyboards last?

    I still use IBM M keyboards. The one on my current work PC is from 1991. My other work PC has an old Digital keyboard from a DEC Alpha system from that same decade. Both keyboards are working perfectly. I do pop out the keys and give them a 95% ethanol scrubdown every few years of so, though.
  3. Unabomber

    This is the real story of the Afghan biometric databases abandoned to the Taliban

    They were trained, but they lacked the will to fight. As Ersatz Nihilist correctly pointed out, there's no sense of national pride. They only care about their families and their tribes. One thing that really pushed them into "meh" status was that because of the withdrawal, a lot of the...
  4. Unabomber

    Please update an old user - what's happened in the last 3 years?

    Many CPU's and GPU's are in short supply and high priced for various reasons. Add to this, the very high demand, and you have the perfect budget bellyache for anyone trying to build or upgrade a PC. You have a lot more people working from home, so the demand for computers went up...
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    Dell will not ship Gaming PCs to these states

    Facebook's fact checkers would say "False: Dell will ship gaming PC's to those states" since there's an entry level model or two available that would have met such silly requirements...
  6. Unabomber

    Right to repair executive order

    My guess? The FTC, which actually has to implement the order itself, isn't going to touch this issue. Nobody there wants to have the wrath of the industrial sector focused on him.
  7. Unabomber

    Your daily reminder to not trust "Free" games from the interwebs

    The people complaining about the scumware built into the cracked version remind me of the people who were crying about Gator being installed on their systems when they had installed Kazaa all of those decades ago...
  8. Unabomber

    Windows 11 May Not Run on Early Ryzen, Threadripper, Skylake-X, or Any Pre-2016 Intel PC

    My laptop and home PC will be just fine. The Thinkpad is using a Ryzen 5 4300U, and the desktop is using a Ryzen 5 2600X. My main work PC's, though, are highly unlikely to make the cut. One is running my trusty old FX4100 (still running at 4.3 GHz), and another is running an A8-3850. The...
  9. Unabomber

    Newegg now trading on NASDAQ

    I do miss the days that Newegg sold everything they had on their site themselves, and not allowed 3rd party marketers to come in. About 15 years ago, their customer service was spot-on, and top notch. Recently, my wife made a mistake of ordering a watch band for her Apple Watch, and it took...
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    Apple knew it was selling defective MacBook displays, judge concludes

    And the coupon is only usable at Apple's full priced website, ala Iomega...
  11. Unabomber

    Fry's Electronics permanently closing Feb 24, 2021

    Fry's could have probably weathered through the storm, had it just been one or two of the power punches they took. Omar Siddiqui's theft of $65 million was probably the one that caused the most damage, but when you combine it with employee ineptitude, a terrible company direction, a poor...
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    Fry's Electronics permanently closing Feb 24, 2021

    A lot of electronics shops are basically dead in the water at this point. There's no denying that the 800 lb gorilla (Bezos and friends) has annihilated most of these. Even when it came to dealers who sold a lot of quality refurbished stuff (such as Computer Geeks), those guys got killed off...
  13. Unabomber

    Your CPU progression

    It's nice to think about the past. I think about some builds that lasted for an eternity, while others were fleeting, at best. Most dates are correct, some are guesses. These are just for my home PC's, since my work PC's have either been my home PC hand-me-downs, or something given to me by...
  14. Unabomber

    How long do you trust your PSU?

    It depends... The Seasonic MII 620 watt unit that I bought 2.5 years ago is one that I would expect to last at least another 3-5 years. Any decent power supply should be able to give you 5 years of service, minimum, assuming regular use where you're not trying to push it to the absolute...
  15. Unabomber

    What was your 1st 3D video card ?

    The first "3D" card that I actually used, was a STB Velocity 3D, with its 4 MB of EDO VRAM + 4 MB EDO DRAM. This card used the S3 Virge VX chipset, but it flat out stank for 3D applications, even the Mechwarrior II game that came with it. It was, on the other hand, a good 2D card...
  16. Unabomber

    The 970 is still a capable card? Heresy

    The 970 should be fine for 1920 x 1080 gaming, even with a good amount of eye candy turned up. Just as a reference, one of my PC's is still using that same old AMD FX-4100, in combination with a GTX 960 (not 970), and it handles that kind of gaming just fine. I suspect the 970 would be a...
  17. Unabomber

    After Ampere Launch Survey

    Not at this time. Money's tight, and I'm doing fine with my RX580 / Ryzen 5 2600X combo. I won't upgrade until I'm ready to go all-out on 4K.
  18. Unabomber

    Matrox D1450 Graphics Card Now Shipping

    I remember owning a G200 back in its day, and was actually quite pleased with the picture quality, along with its performance on my K6-2 300 CPU. I remember being able to play Heretic II, with its specific optimization for the G200, and being satisfied with the frame rate, along with enjoying...
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    SEGA GENESIS HOLY GRAIL Blockbuster World Video Game Championship II

    It's actually mostly true, that it's among the rarest. The Sega Tetris cartridge, though, is easily the rarest.
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    NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600 128MB AGP Graphics Card MINT TESTED Ti4600 Rare Vintage

    Those were amazing cards for the time. There were plenty of people in the Team Fortress Classic community who would have given their left testicles for one back in its heyday. I remember having a 22" CRT monitor that came from a SGI workstation, and playing TFC at 1600 x 1200 resolution and...
  21. Unabomber

    Anyone here old enough to understand this ?

    Am I the only one here who actually used Burst EDO RAM?
  22. Unabomber

    Zen 3 CPUs - 500 Series or Newer Chipsets Only

    I can certainly sympathize for the folks who are mad about the possible lack of future compatability. I'm pretty sure a lot of folks here were quite pissed at Intel when they found out that the P24T upgrade for those old Socket 3 boards wasn't going to work for many of them, and that they...
  23. Unabomber

    China Bans Online Gaming and Chatting Internationally

    Their government won't hesitate to use lethal force against them, as well as outdoing what the Geheim Stadt Polizei did in Nazi Germany to those who would dare dissent.
  24. Unabomber

    What was your least favorite graphics card?

    I've been either relatively happy, or very happy with all of my video card choices, except for two... My first PCI-e card was a BFG GeForce 7900GS. Performance was actually quite good, but the RAM for some reason, kept on overheating, resulting in a lot of artifacts on the screen. I put...
  25. Unabomber

    Half-Life Collection free to play until the launch of Half-Life: Alyx

    A small part of me unrealistically hopes that Team Fortress Classic will get a big revival. That was a most amazing community, ranging from the friendships made during that time, all the way to the sheer entertainment of the various characters there, especially the cheating scumbags (MasscrE...
  26. Unabomber

    Bose is closing ALL retail stores in US, Australia, Europe and Japan

    I'm pretty sure they'll be just fine, despite retail closures. They have plenty of contracts with car manufacturers to put in their stereo equipment into their cars as factory installs, as well as countless other companies. Regarding their speakers, I solidly agree, that they're basically...
  27. Unabomber

    How long have you used your power supply?

    I'm still going strong on an Antec Truepower Trio 650 watt power supply that's about 10 or 11 years old now. It powered a Phenom II X3 720, which was upgraded to a FX-4100 (and it's now my main work PC). It hasn't had any issues with power-hungry video cards, either, even the starving 8800 GTX.
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    SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze?

    I'm using one in my Ryzen 5 2600X / MSI X470 build, in combination with a Radeon RX 580 for over a year now. It's been rock-solid in terms of stability. No issues at all. My only gripe, though, is that it came with just one 8 pin CPU / ATX cable. It wasn't necessary to use that second...
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    Silicon Graphics SGI OCTANE

    The old O2 workstations still have significant value in the area of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance research. A lot of groups out there still have old Avance DMX-type (Bruker) consoles that came with SGI O2's running that awful XWIN NMR software. I remember having to wait 20-30 minutes for a full...
  30. Unabomber

    Who is looking to upgrade to Zen2

    I built a Ryzen 5 2600X system last year, with DDR4, so I figure that should be good for at least 5 years, and more likely 7. The way I see it, my old FX4100 lasted me for 7 good years at home, before I made the system into my work PC, where it's still doing fine. To be honest, it can still...
  31. Unabomber

    Windows 10 1903 Unleashed to Public

    Updated the three HP Z400 / Z420 workstations that control my NMR spectrometers. These are using Windows 10 Enterprise, 64 bit edition. It took about 2 hours to get them updated using the downloaded Windows Update Assistant file, and another 10 minutes to do one final update after that, but...
  32. Unabomber

    Athlon II X4 and Phenom II X4 still good enough

    Seeing how my office / work PC is still running my old FX-4100 (with 16 GB of memory), OC'ed to 4.2 GHz, and still doing just fine, I would have to say that someone running a Phenom II X4 965 should also still be doing just fine for most purposes, since the two CPU's are somewhat comparable...
  33. Unabomber

    AMD FX-8350 via NewEgg (eBay) - $58.99 w FS

    Thanks. I might find this useful. I'm still running my original FX 4100 at work now (used to be my home system before I went with a Ryzen 5 2600X), and the NIC on the motherboard is tied to a piece of instrumentation. I'll have to see if my board can take it, though.
  34. Unabomber

    Half Life is Officially 20 Years Old Today

    Buying a copy of Half Life was the best investment I've ever made in terms of getting my money's worth out of a game. At the time, no other game had quite the same level of AI built into the enemies, and the game was certainly challenging, yet not overwhelming. I also enjoyed the expansions...
  35. Unabomber

    Ryzen issues with Linux

    Should be OK, assuming that you're using a modern version of Linux. On my Ryzen 5 2600X, I have a separate hard drive that has CentOS 6.10 on it, and the installation went smoothly. It's running 64 bit versions of NMR Pipe, as well as 32 bit versions of CYANA, without any hiccups. I suspect...
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    NVIDIA GeForce FX Named Best Graphics Processor of 2002

    Overhyped, overpriced, etc., yes, but once people who bought them became eager to dump them for a pittance, these cards still came in handy. I remember picking up a bunch of 5200 FX cards pretty cheaply, and giving them to various friends of mine in the world of Team Fortress Classic. Those...
  37. Unabomber

    Radeon RX 580 Gaming 4GB Below MSRP after $20 MIR

    Thanks! Grabbing one now...
  38. Unabomber

    AMD Z490 chipset cancelled

    Are there any sources other than that video reporting the demise of the Z490?
  39. Unabomber

    The Top 5 Worst CPUs of All Time @ [H]

    I'm a bit late to this thread, but I can remember my days working at my friend's computer shop. One of the sales guys thought that it would be a great idea to order a Rise MP6 CPU, allegedly rated at 266. None of the motherboards that we carried in stock would support it, since most of our...
  40. Unabomber

    My New Ryzen 2K Build

    I don't know much about the Asus board you listed, but I can say that the MSI X470 Gaming Plus board that Mockingbird listed above, is an excellent one, and for a lower cost. It's rock solid stable for my 2600X, whether I'm running at stock speeds or with a mild OC (3.9 GHz). It's probably...