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Old 02-11-2011, 04:08 AM
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I feel so behind. Still running the Intel X6800, 2.93 GHz dual core. 65nm. Runs 60c at 100% load on seti@home. Running a cheap aftermarket cooler but had the chip for coming up on 4 years now with no problems.

Running a GTX 285 for Gfx and 4 gb of Patriot DDR2 800mhz on a 680i board. Built the PC in summer of 07 only new parts is the Gfx card and HDD. Runs ME2 on full everything and with forced AA and AF with good FPS. Only place it lags is on the presidium and on the Normandy bridge looking from the elevator to the front.

I don't game like I used to so this rig will prolly last me a couple more years. I listen to music and watch video's on it more now than anything.
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Old 02-11-2011, 06:28 AM
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I feel so behind. Still running the Intel X6800, 2.93 GHz dual core.
Nothing wrong with getting your money's worth out of something! I still have (and use!) a Logitech three-button PS/2 "Mouseman" mouse that I got in 1995 to go with the first PC I built: A 75MHz Cyrix 586. It was awesome! Could play Descent over IPX like nothing else.

Anybody have a cool idea for a six-year-old's science fair project? I've got a few, but I'm afraid it would be too obviously who *really* did them!
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:47 AM
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Trying to reignite thread.

I'm officially pissed. Every time all my stuff works, something breaks within a week. I finally got a CPU cooler for my PC and my server HDD comes back from seagate, and all is well. Until the brownout came yesterday and fried my Desktop's PSU and motherboard. ****.

I still can't believe a minor brownout killed my Corsair psu, I am dissapoint. Oh, and their tech support sucks hard. I applied for an rma, they still haven't called me or sent me an email. Not to mention I'm going to be out 40 bucks because of shipping.

And my room smelled like someone lit a stack of plastic bags on fire for a few hours. It was a pretty epic fail though. The computer randomly shut off and when I went to go turn it on again, I pressed the power button and a white flash was seen and smoke vented from the PSU's fan, followed by a few caps on the motherboard exploding like popcorn.

Technology.
I know the feeling. The electric utility up here is so craptacular I keep all my major electronics and pc on ups backup. And you can usually hear it cycle a couple times per day.

Anyways hope it's only a psu and motherboard that went
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Old 02-12-2011, 01:14 PM
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Ouch

I guess I'm lucky... the power here is quite good. Where I used to live, it was terrible in terms of reliability (going up and down), but at least didn't have any surges.

Sight Unseen - from what you've mentioned, that PSU has survived many failures before, it shows the quality that it lasted this long, but from the number of problems you've mentioned, maybe you should look into a UPS. I hope the rest of your hardware is OK though.
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Old 02-12-2011, 03:19 PM
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Surge suppression equipment is a good thing! Modern PSUs are actually quite good at giving their lives to protect what's downstream of them, but knowing when they've given their lives and are operating on borrowed time is sometimes hard. A good surge suppressor usually has a light on it to tell you when the innards have been fried.

A simple brownout really should be dealt with in stride by a modern PSU unless something is wrong with it (perhaps damaged by some prior event). As it is, these things are meant to operate over a wide range of voltages.

I've had some nasty events happen in the recent past--some of them my own doing--that caused large numbers of electrical devices in my house to be destroyed (wife not too happy!). And the power quality isn't too great where I am, either (rural, long straight shot to the power station--outages have lasted up to a week in the past). I've never had a motherboard die, though. PC PSUs, definitely!
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Old 02-12-2011, 03:39 PM
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I feel so behind. Still running the Intel X6800, 2.93 GHz dual core. 65nm. Runs 60c at 100% load on seti@home. Running a cheap aftermarket cooler but had the chip for coming up on 4 years now with no problems.
My PC is way older and slower but I don't care. I rarely play any games.

But I have a fun project atm. Building my own A(B)-class Audio amplifier

I'm using audiophile parts, so unless I terribly mess up the board layout, it's going to do 100 watts of high quality Hi-Fi per channel (to 4ohms). I also need to build the cabinets for speakers. Maybe a sub-amp too if I have the money.
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Old 02-12-2011, 04:48 PM
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awwww! So sorry to hear about that!
I have learned that when my computer shuts off randomly...wait. Sit on your hands and wait for at least a minute. Then try to turn it back on.
My roommate was having a friend replace her video card in her tower, but...forgot to disconnect something. Like the power supply. He turned it on and *POP* I was sitting around the corner and saw the lights dim. He fried the power supply. Luckily he had the computer he was scavenging and took that one.
My comment was, 'Um, that was not supposed to happen guys.'

And just to add further insult;
I love my Mac!~
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Old 02-12-2011, 05:30 PM
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I love my Mac!~
Me too. But to add further insult: I run Windows on mine. ...Well, about half the time, anyway.
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Old 02-12-2011, 08:44 PM
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I think I need a cooling system on mine... Need to find out how hot it actually gets first (I've generally been going off how loud the fan is when I play games lol)
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:51 AM
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I will eventually get a ups, but decent ones are $$$. I will be getting some decent tripplite surge protectors though.




Fighter-of-wars: nothing wrong with getting your monry's worth. I got a 1.4GHz P4 with 768mb of ram running 24/7 as a firewall. And my original xbox is stowed away under the TV in the living room with xbmc installed so i can watch movies on the big screen when my parents are away. And I used to have a 486 laptop i used as a serial terminal.
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Yeah, my PC and other important things are on surge suppressors, although I have no UPS because the quality of the power here is fairly good. It make no sense not to, since they're not that much more expensive than normal power strips and can easily make the difference between your PSU or mobo dying or surviving. A good surge protector has an LED that hows its status, because after it has tripped then it will still provide power to the outlets on it, but the protection is a one-off.

Sacred, try Speedfan or Core Temp - if your CPU temperatures go over 65 or so under load then you need more cooling.
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Old 02-13-2011, 11:46 PM
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I usually run a surge protector and UPS on my stuff. It sucks when we get hit by lightning and it fries your HDD. (happened to me a few times) And you loose all your stuff. But I need the UPS because our power is so old out here that whenever the AC turns on it draws just enough on initial start-up to turn off my PC.
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Old 02-14-2011, 02:03 AM
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...if your CPU temperatures go over 65 or so under load then you need more cooling.
In which case, it might be time to put your computer in a fish tank and fill it with oil. Although, as someone in the know about insulating oils, I'd recommend actual transformer dielectric oil, not regular old mineral oil. Unfortunately, transformer oil is usually yellow.





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Old 02-14-2011, 02:11 AM
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I've seen a few of those PCs before, they always amaze me. If I had a LOT of time and money, I would try it, but I have neither
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Old 02-14-2011, 03:57 AM
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If I had a LOT of time and money, I would try it, but I have neither
Well, this guy actually added the aquarium pebbles and all. You can leave that out and save a few $$.

Pity that fish can't function in oil. Convection is nice and all, but a whole school of goldfish actively fanning your i7 with fins and tails is what's needed for aggressive OC-ing.
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