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    New and Improved Watercooling Sticky - Post Your Systems Here

    That Devil logo looks kinda like an aggressively angry uterus :) - and there is nothing at all wrong with that. Very cool, sir. Very cool indeed.
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    Are the AMD drivers really that bad?

    I've been running Vega 64 Reference (on custom water loop and replacing an RX480) for a few months now with 2 monitors (Initially an old 37" LG LCD TV on HDMI and a Dell P2418D on DP). I never had any issues with either card except the green screen on driver install bug that happens every once...
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    Office 365 Pro-Plus to Change Chrome's Default Search Engine to Bing

    The support for RT doesn't stop until January 2023, but they are in "Security Patch Only" mode from now on. The damn thing just needs to have the new Chromium-based Edge ported to it, and it would work fine for just about everything one needs to do with one of these... Literally just had to buy...
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    Office 365 Pro-Plus to Change Chrome's Default Search Engine to Bing

    I disagree wit this. Windows Phone 8.x (and to a lesser extent since it was never really finished, Windows Mobile 10) was not messy at all. It worked great, it looked great, and it was "teh snappy" all the time. The Lumia phones were well-built and affordable and the UI is STILL hands-down...
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    Games that should be revived...

    X-Wing, Tie Fighter, and X-Wing Alliance all had story lines that were contemporaneous with the original trilogy movies. They have a LOT more they could glean from. I personally think that these games set in the prequel trilogy could work very well, what with the loose coalition of forces...
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    Games that should be revived...

    Well, Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption got a sequel in Bloodlines, and Bloodlines is getting a sequel this year.
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    new optional AMD GPU drivers

    ReLive, huh? I never use it, and if given the option, don't install it. That might explain why I've never run into this issue myself. Thanks for the info.
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    new optional AMD GPU drivers

    Good to know.
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    Games that should be revived...

    Ouch. Too soon, man. Too soon...
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    What was your least favorite graphics card?

    Not taking the side of Power Color here, certainly, but if the artifacts were only in a particular game, the issue might have been driver and/or game related. For several months after I got my R9 290, Smite had this weird pixely-glitchy effect with several special effects. The problem appeared...
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    What was your least favorite graphics card?

    Oh, 100% agree. My point was more that this card was a bargain if you were seeking to water cool from the get go, which I was. Because it used the reference board design AND because the stock cooler was shit, I got a great deal (at the time) on this card. This allowed me to get this card and the...
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    What was your least favorite graphics card?

    I still have the non-X R9 290 Windforce 3. I bought it brand new in anticipation of Dragon Age: Inquisition because it was $60 cheaper than the next cheapest reference card design at the time. It has spent it's entire operational life under water using a Koolance full-coverage block. This card...
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    Games that should be revived...

    I have, and even was a Kickstarter backer of it. Interestingly they are still developing this game - it recently received a 64-bit overhaul, for example. Sadly, I can't really get into it, though - It's too fast paced for my tastes. I really wanted to like it and backed it at the $100 price...
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    Games that should be revived...

    +1 A new SupCom game. UNPOPULAR OPINION: While I loved both SupCom and SupCom: Forged Alliance, SupCom 2 was a pretty good game. SupCom 2 may have had a shitty single-player campaign, but it is one of the oldest annual LAN party games we all still play over here, that and Demigod. Multiplayer...
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    Games that should be revived...

    There may be some hope on the Hi-Rez/Unreal Engine front. My understanding is that HiRez's newer mobile offerings are built on UE4, and that their new FPS game will be built on UE4.
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    Baldur's Gate 3 Twitter Tease

    Perhaps I am mistaken, but by all accounts I have heard, 5E has been nothing but a huge success for Wizards of the Coast. I doubt either the success or failure of Baldur's Gate III will have any meaningful effect on the PnP RPG beyond the possible release of tie in modules. 5E seems to be doing...
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    Baldur's Gate 3 Twitter Tease

    With Larian's track record of releasing games on GOG, I am VERY hopeful I'll be able to purchase it there.
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    Graphics Card Necromancy, Continued: Radeon R9 290X

    Very cool. I had a 290x that died due to a watercooling accident - a little coolant leaked onto the card while it was running and from then on out, it had a white vertical bar on the right side of the screen in text/BIOS mode, and would BSOD Windows on startup. :( Thinking it might be left over...
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    Games that should be revived...

    Wow! Did not know that they were making new Wizardry games...
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    Games that should be revived...

    I'm 100% onboard for a new Lands of Lore... IF they go back to the style of the first one. I tried very hard to get into 2 and 3, but they were pretty unplayable. That was a major letdown because the original Lands is a game that I absolutely loved and still play from time to time. Step-based...
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    Games that should be revived...

    Not really that long since the last entry, though. The Tesla Effect was released in mid 2014.
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    Games that should be revived...

    Definitely an off-meta pick, but I like it. Hell, I'd go further and say I wish the classic Sierra Online studio was still around. The Williams spearheaded a LOT of innovative stuff back in the day, and damn near every game they ever made is considered a classic. The gaming world has been just...
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    Games that should be revived...

    You, sir, are in luck. HomeWorld 3 is currently in production by Blackbird Entertainment for Gearbox. They used Kickstarter to gauge interest and it funded rather quickly (I'll admit it - I backed it...)
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    Games that should be revived...

    Man, you guys really love shooters...
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    Games that should be revived...

    I see your Command & Conquer and X-Wing series and raise you FreeSpace, Might & Magic (step-based, please), Eye of the Beholder, and Wing Commander.
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    What ya using your 1x slots for?

    I have 2 PCIe 1x soundacards, both being the Auzentech HomeTheatre. I also have a PCIe 4x card, the HighPoint RocketRAID 644L that drives a 5-bay external drive array. I've seen an 8x RAID card, but physical 8x slots are pretty rare - Usually they just make an x16 slot with only x8 worth of...
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    What was your least favorite graphics card?

    nVidia Riva 128 hands-down as absolute trash. The TNT and TNT2 weren't any better (I had a friend that insisted on using these), but we were using Super-7 stuff, and the nVidia cards were notoriously terrible when used on that platform. I personally ran VooDoo 1 and that was the gold standard...
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    New and Improved Watercooling Sticky - Post Your Systems Here

    I'm not VanGoghComplex, but the fans really look like Corsair fans to me - Corsair has those exchangeable corner pieces where the screws go. Judging by the fact there is no outer ring lights, I'd guess HD-120's...
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    Ugly GPUs

    If it makes any difference to this conversation chain, I did not perceive Pendraqgon1's message as being confrontational. Text interpretation is defintely subjective...
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    New and Improved Watercooling Sticky - Post Your Systems Here

    Very nice looking. On the subject of PETG and Acrylic - I didn't like working with that stuff either. Me personally? I found working with glass for hard tube to be better. No bends to worry about (but you do needs some extra fittings), has a super-sharp clear look that never goes away (PETG...
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    Ugly GPUs

    I personally never give a crap what the air cooler looks like on any of them since (when I buy them, anyway) it is only ever on the card just long enough to test that the card is not DOA.
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    Buy used 1080 or Vega 64?

    There is no Dana, only Zuul...
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    Crosshair VIII Formula $350

    If only I had the money for that. THAT is exactly as much as I would be willing to pay for that board.
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    Windows 10 2004 Under Development, Here Are the New Features

    Doubling down? How? It seems like they are gimping the general features of Cortana and focusing it into an existing subset of features - Cortana will remain completely optional of course. Just because they are making changes to the feature for those that actually bother to use it does not in any...
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    Buy used 1080 or Vega 64?

    What seems really clear here to me is that a lot of people have anecdotally different experiences on the same cards. Neither card manufacturer makes "perfect" drivers and we should just accept that the same card will work fantastically for some of us and terribly for others due to differences in...
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    Printers, any that you can depend on?

    Sorry, dude. From my perspective they stopped making decent and reliable laser printers >10 years ago... Sure, they got CHEAPER (new ones now compared to new ones then, of course) but build quality seems to have really taken a dive, and toner cartridge capacities seem to have really shrunk for...
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    Buy used 1080 or Vega 64?

    Agreed. I'm just not getting it. Who gives a shit what the damn drivers did at launch if it works great NOW? As of NOW the Vega series cards work very well and are likewise very performant.
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    Buy used 1080 or Vega 64?

    I'm super happy with my Vega 64 that I bought from Kyle in one of his [H] unloadings here some months ago, but I also water cool it. The Vega 64 with decent cooling and some patience can generally be tweaked to perform within a hands reach of a stock 5700XT.
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    Printers, any that you can depend on?

    Why buy brand new? There are plenty of older printers out there you can get that are both rock-solid and inexpensive. About 6 years ago I bought an HP LaserJet 4100 dtn withput NIC that had a bad fuser. I got it for $50 shipped on eBay and also picked up an inexpensive maintenance kit for it...
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    Windows recognises the fx 8120 as officially a 4 core now. Interesting

    My FX-8350 was ALWAYS listed that way...
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