=VG= SemlerPDX

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    Portland, OR
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    Camping, hiking, shooting, and fast gaming computers
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  1. introduction

    Welcome! See you around! I've not played PUBG yet myself, but it looks pretty cool!
  2. ...and maybe something like the ShackTac HUD mod for Arma 2/3 so we can actually tell where our other squad mates are due to the difficulty of managing inter-personal distances on a computer monitor and without a sense of touch, etc:
  3. Congrats, bro! Great to hear!
  4. I've been absent for a few days, not sure about the next few as well... Got a family member in the hospital, my elderly cousin John - the guy I was on my last vacation with, and was planning to go camping with in August for two straight weeks.  He got rushed from Washington a Complex Medical Care Medical Complex here in Portland for emergency G.I. surgery.  I'm finally picking him up from the hospital this afternoon.  I'll be keeping an eye on things, some times all I have is time, but I can't get into a game because I don't know when I have to "jump and run".  Been watching some YouTube and reading up on SSD's to be sure my brand isn't the sort that catches fire like apparently many do, though I'm still having a hard time locating a number of genuine reports of SSD's used for PC gaming catching fire or emitting smoke.

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    3. =VG= kiwirambob

      =VG= kiwirambob

      Hoping he is ok .. replan your camping trip Aaron

    4. =VG= BLuDKLoT

      =VG= BLuDKLoT

      Sorry to hear bro hope everything goes ok. 

  5. my bad, missed that bit at the top with the MoBo designation, and made a poor assumption based on his first post. Now for more assumptions! j/k Since he's got a desktop with a PCIe slot, he could buy an older GFX card and slap it in there to at least get it working in PR -- I'd look for a 5000-7000 series ATI card or a a 500-600 series nVidia card for a cheap but capable card for PR. And I second the notion to install 64-bit Windows if you can, you're gonna need as much RAM as you can muster for running Windows 10 Pro and a game at the same time, not that PR is RAM hungry; also, you should consider getting very pro-active with your Windows 10 install to maximize it for your own uses, and not Microsoft's uses -- so many things you can disable or uninstall that you will likely never use that can improve performance by lowering the RAM footprint of background applications, minimizing boot times, and maximizing disk access times and capacity. See my article on the Home page for How to make Windows 10 Look and Act more like Windows 7, it includes many bits that could help you get more control over your Windows OS.
  6. ouch... yea, it looks like it's gonna try to use the CPU to process graphics, and with 2 cores/2 threads, it may struggle even at the lowest graphics settings to run Project Reality. Well, PR is free, and you can always try it, but beware that your laptop may get excessively hot, lowering it's lifespan and potentially damaging internal components if the airflow intake ports are blocked in any way, which happens naturally over time from dust and tiny debris. I used to replace a lot of laptop heatsink and fan components, people don't often respect how little heat dissipation is possible in a laptop and how important airflow is. Serious PC Gaming on a laptop such as that is not advised if you want to respect the health of the laptop.
  7. No, I am the one who is sorry. In no way did I mean to discount your advice or to minimize the importance of what you state. I very much understand that heat buildup is a major issue, particularly in confined spaces with little airflow. I completely respect your many decades of experience, I only had some questions and differing opinions based on things I have gathered from articles and posts I've read over the years, and reports from utility programs on my own PC (which of course may differ greatly from other PC's). Please accept my apology. I did not intend to make you feel that your advice and your post is unwanted or not helpful when I asked those clarifying questions about SATA and M.2 port speeds. I was merely confused thinking we may not be on the "same page", and often times, bits of knowledge we gain is by asking other professionals in the community who may in return raise our level of understanding. I cannot possibly know everything, and I've only been working with computers seriously for half the time you have been -- there is much I can yet learn. I will be more mindful of how I state my opinions or current understanding of a topic, and iterate where I would like clarification or correction in what I know to be correct. I was only asking the clarifying question about the SATA/M.2 port speeds as I thought M.2 was >=32GB/s and SATA III at 6GB/s MAX and SATA II at 300MB/s MAX. On my motherboard, I could install an M.2 drive, but it would nullify 2 of the SATA III ports (out of 6 total on this board), decreasing the number of storage drives it can support. In my setup, I use a 2-disk RAID-0 array, a Documents Drive, a Programs Drive, and a Recording Drive. Obviously, the M.2 would/could take the place of the 2-disk RAID-0 array and perform 60-80% faster, but the price per GB is just a bit too high (or was at the time I built this) for me consider that huge speed increase as a fiscally responsible option based on the budget of this disabled American with a kid heading for college. I considered it, for sure, but in the end I spent that additional money on other options (I believe it allowed me to go for the 80+ Gold Certified option for my PSU at the time - a component that may survive more than one PC build over 5+ years). Also, I felt it appropriate to present some data regarding the installation of my storage drives with regards to their physical installation during the system build and OS installation because I did not understand that I may be doing something wrong by installing them all at once pre-OS install but after my RAID-0 array was defined in the BIOS. If your method as described in your post is a preferred method for "x" reason, I very much want to know the value of that "x" reason so I can learn something new perhaps. We very much value the experience of others here, and if anything I wrote seemed less than a question or opinionated statement and more like some kind of slight against your post, I deeply apologize. I went back over my post and added a few EDITS to clarify my meaning as text is so terrible at conveying inference in the manner which one intends. I want to know more, and wanted to keep the discussion going regarding the health & performance quirks of SSD drives. I was under the impression based on the info I provided that given standard airflow, SSD's should have no problem with overheating, provided that the case is frequently cleaned and the blanket of dust is removed from the components inside. I also have an important question that only an expert such as yourself may be able to answer, and I don't always trust my google search skillz: I most certainly should update the firmware on my Samsung 850 Evo's, and regarding the pair in the RAID-0 array, I wanted to ask if I should be concerned at all about damaging the array or any data on those drives by applying a firmware update? I understand that the firmware data is not necessarily occupying the same data blocks as my drives use for storage, and my array is backed up very frequently, but still I wanted to confirm that there is no probable risk as I have never updated the firmware of SSD's in a RAID array before. I had presented a temperature report during a nearly full load after 30 minutes on this PC so that an expert such as yourself may provide insights as to why my temps may manageable now, as your post makes me worry that I may have more heat issues to deal with if there is something else I may be missing. If I understand correctly, you are recommending that SSD's not be used for PC Gaming as additional drives, and based on what I know now I understand SSD's to be helpful in decreasing load times and increasing performance of data streaming off the storage drive as textures load to RAM, etc. and if what I know is wrong, I would most definitely like to know why so I can spread that more correct knowledge than what I currently understand (which again, is that SSD's are good for PC Gaming) as I do not want to spread mis-information. Arma 2 and 3 particularly stream a large amount of data from the programs folder, whatever drive that may reside on - and we were seeing decent performance increases in that game (where it is difficult to get greater than 45FPS and avoid dips below 20FPS during high action scenes - even on rather capable gaming PC's). Again, being that RAM of a size/configuration capable of holding that game with overhead to run it would cost more than a fast SSD (and these days, an M.2 drive) made it the thing to recommend to our gaming friends here. Many of us have these SSD's now for PC gaming, and I am concerned that some may not be monitoring their temperatures and may have the problem you described with smoke literally coming out of the PC as the first notification that something is wrong with this method of improving our PC gaming experience. I wonder if you've seen fried drives of all sizes and brands, or if it was a set of brands in particular that were so badly overheating. Am I safe with this Samsung 850 EVO brand? As shown, I have consistent temperatures under load and during gameplay for hours on end and they've been in service for 2 years now. Am I just one of the lucky ones? I really want to know, because I do not always keep AIDA64 running, as I started to feel safe with my setup. I definitely want to know if I'm just lucky, or if I'm holding a false sense of safety and security with these Samsung EVO's. You are MORE than welcome to post up in any of these forums, and just because a young buck such as myself has questions or differing opinions or knowledge, that is no reason to pack it in. I appreciate someone with more experience passing along new knowledge on the topic, I was just under a different impression regarding the use of SSD's for PC Gaming, the speeds of SATA ports, and the delicate tipping point of SSD heat tolerance. Once again, sorry if my post made you feel unwelcome. You are most welcome, and we all value advice on these topics, and we do want to discuss it and present what we may have thought was the case, and you should feel free to point out where that may be incorrect or outdated knowledge.
  8. To answer that question, go here, click the Download (run the .exe -- it is safe, a one time assessment that opens a website when finished to see your results) http://www.userbenchmark.com/ It will rate your computer, and provide you with a link you can share here. *I can tell you now, as long as you have an internal graphics processor or dedicated graphics chip on that laptop, you will likely be able to run Project Reality. It is not that demanding of a game compared to current games these days. Processore?! What the hell is that?!!?!! (just kidding)
  9. Are you sure that your motherboard supports SATA 3 speeds that can allow your SSD to reach 6GB/s? If so, are you sure your SSD is connected to a SATA 3 port on your motherboard? I ask because SATA 2 ports are a 300 "megs/sec" speed range which is close to what you are reporting. The ports look the same, but some motherboards color the SATA 3 ports differently than the SATA 2 ports...
  10. I thought the big draw of the M.2 SATA was speeds around 32GB/s (or more) and SSD SATA (3) port is 6GB/s -- with some motherboards still having a few SATA 2 ports at 300MB/s. Maybe I'm reading the above sentence incorrectly. I don't have the money for an M.2 SATA drive myself, I use 2x120GB 850 EVO SSD's in RAID-0 for my OS and another much larger 850 EVO SSD that holds all my games. I run ALL of my games off of my Programs SSD, and it's decreased my load times immensely, and with the OS on the RAID-0 volume, I get boot times of less than 12 seconds. My case is an NZXT S340 which has very decent airflow, but the only liquid cooling is on my CPU. My SSD's never have a problem with heat outside the acceptable range, and they don't have any special cooling or anything. In fact, my 500GB SSD holding my games is in the lower bay of the S340 with less airflow than the main body of the case where the other two SSD's sit (the RAID-0 volume). The main body is certainly cooler, as the lower bay contains the PSU and 2 other HDD's. I installed my 2 RAID-0 SSD's first and created my RAID-0 volume in the BIOS, then shut it all down and connected ALL other drives, SATA II and SATA III SSD programs drive, at the same time. Then I booted from USB to install Windows 7 (then again recently, Windows 10 to take advantage of the Touch Control games of Oculus Rift CV1). (*EDIT: I have the PSU disconnected from the A/C wall outlet during this part, but...) I took no extra steps in removing the powerline of any of my drives during any installation, it was all connected at once after my RAID was built. Not sure about all these extra steps you have listed regarding the installation of storage drives to the motherboard... I'll re-read it again after I write this, but I'm confident I am confused (*EDIT: but I would like to know more, to know if and/or why I may be doing this wrong). I'm also a PC Tech, had my own business for years until I retired back in 2010. Never had to take so many steps to install a multi-drive system in Windows; all drives visible by Windows OS when I tell it to install on the RAID-0 array. I do understand what you are saying above, and that heat can certainly be an issue -- and I'd love to have enough RAM to run a proper RAM Drive for the execution of some of my more demanding PC Games, but I cannot afford 4x16GB or 4x32GB to make it large enough for the overhead and still have space for the game. My main games are too large to be feasible at this time; Arma 3, Fallout, and Skyrim are between 30-40 GB, GTA V is a 70GB game, ARK Survival Evolved is a 50GB+ game (and constantly updating each damn week as they push new models instead of fixing bugs), and the rest are so old and small that they already perform tip-top with no excess heat from the SSD's running them. For my less demanding games like Falcon BMS or Project Reality, I'm not sure a RAM drive would benefit any increased load times or even streaming data from the RAM instead of SSD's as these games are already performing optimally with FPS over 100 FPS at Ultra High settings. I could see a maximum of 144 FPS with this 144Hz monitor, but only older games come close to this. Not a super-system, by today's money, I could spend about $800-900 to rebuild this entire system from scratch - but it is a well optimized gaming PC with well thought out parts and configuration. Here's a live report from AIDA64 of my temps as I play GTA V on HIGH settings, driving around in dense traffic during a cop chase in the rain - plenty of explosions going on, reflections, particles, smoke, etc - a most demanding live test, more applicable to this gaming system than any virtual test program such as 3DMark -- FTR my ambient room temp is 21 C (70F): (*EDIT: In my setup,) SSD's don't seem to have any issue whatsoever with temperatures, and I don't see why they would. (*EDIT: I don't see what I've done so differently to achieve such manageable temperatures when as stated SSD's run unreasonably hot). When I use ALL of these drives during a video rendering, the MOST demanding task this system can perform, renders that take upwards of 6 hours at times with my CPU usage pinned over 90% and data streaming to or from all drives, they barely add 5 degrees of heat, again with ambient temperatures at a reasonable 21C (70F). SSD Heat is certainly a factor to monitor, I fully agree with you on that! I've just never noticed SSD overheating to be a such constant problem, or one that requires as much attention as, say, GPU overheat (usually due to dust bunnies in the fins). An SSD for decreased load times, and increased texture loading performance, is much more affordable than a RAM set that can run a RAM drive capable of holding these modern games that tend to be at least 20GB and up to 80GB. SSD's are more affordable than RAM, and they perform way better for PC gaming than HDD's. (*EDIT: I would love to learn more if I am mistaken in this understanding - I don't want to promote mis-information as I recommend to my friends that they get an additional SSD to hold their PC games for decreased load times and possibly increased data streaming performance for games that stream a large amount of data from the storage drive during gameplay)
  11. No, that is not the ultimate solution, and yes, we can prevent legislation from getting passed. We don't take that sort of apathetic attitude towards this sort of legislation, and if we did, things would be a lot worse than they are now. We need to act, and not just scream and shout about it - we need to shout to the right people, and that is what this thread is all about - raising public awareness to take action.
  12. Yep. That's pretty much what we do as Americans - us "little guys". But one step at a time. THIS legislation needs to stop here and now, and only Americans can do it. *I appreciate our discussion here, and I respect our differing views. I don't mind. Of course, we never discuss politics publicly on our forums here for good reason, but I'm glad none of us are going too far off topic or devolving into what some of these crazy people get like. It's probably best to keep it light. No public leader is going to read our words here, and not one of us is going to win or lose any significant battle for the success of the human race in this little forum here, we're merely trying to help spread the word about this issue to our fellow American gamers in this community who most certainly all support our current Net Neutrality rules and the protections they extend in an effort to motivate them to act before it is too late. Too much legislation roles through unnoticed, gets passed without input from those it effects, and many times that is the actual plan of those proposing it. Remember, this is the goal of this post. Not necessarily to debate the rights of these poor, unfortunate internet service providers and their struggling business models. When you ask yourself how I can say so confidently that every American gamer here in the VG community is against repealing our Net Neutrality rules, just ask any one of them if they would like to pay more money for their internet bill to keep if from slowing down from their currently rated Mb/s Up/Down. Again, remember, this is DIFFERENT that paying more for faster speeds - we already do that. This is getting us coming and going!
  13. The Oculus Rift is $200 off right now, and you get the extra sensor and Touch controllers and Oculus Rift all for $400 *(GFX Card with HDMI, and 3 dedicated USB 3.0 ports are required, PCIe cards can add this). I've been using one for a few months now, and I gotta say it's worth the investment! Doesn't work with every game, of course, but there are utilities that have made many games without native VR support to be playable as if they was designed for VR. CONS: The graphics of ALL VR headsets is kinda crap, but you do get used to it, and forget about most of the flaws due to the immersive nature of VR. Like putting your face too close to a screen to where you can see the little colored pixels making up the screen, VR can have a bit of jaggy lines and wiggling fences. There's also a "screen door effect" from the lenses themselves, and good games use color palettes that minimize this effect, others not so well, resulting in a circular haze that moves when looking at bright objects. Also, it gets a bit hot - and the weight becomes more when you take off those tiny headphones it comes with and don your good surround sound gaming headset/mic combo. And you can't wear your glasses, but they do sell Rx lens inserts (i got them) so you can actually see clearly. Still, all those flaws, and I'm still glad I bought this first generation of VR - it is VERY awesome. The Oculus game Robo Recall has you holding the controllers in your hands on a room scale, pulling guns from your hips and shooting waves of amazingly detailed robots sortof like the action scenes in the movie iRobot. That alone is jaw dropping, and a good demonstration of whats to come. At that cost, it's best to do your research and be "okay" with the known flaws before taking the leap. In the end I recommend it to anyone who can save up and afford one of these things.
  14. Welcome back, bro! I've also been playing a bit of PR again lately, I could complain all day about the old school graphics or the technical mechanics of the bots, but in the end, it's the teamwork and cooperation with others that makes VG PR COOP so much fun - the sort of place you can lose yourself for 8 hours like it was five minutes. Good fun! See you around!