=VG= SemlerPDX

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About =VG= SemlerPDX

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    Portland, OR
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    Camping, hiking, shooting, and fast gaming computers
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  1. I'll be there (if I am not camping)
  2. I'll be there if I'm in town. I will know closer to the date. On a side note: FINALLY, TEDF shared his secret family recipe for Salty Salted Salt!! MMMMMmmmmm... saaaaalt!
  3. Awww.... is it really that bad? I'm no artist, and I can barely use GIMP and PS, so when I had to make some sprites for a Java programming lesson, I jumped into MS Paint and got crazy with the pixel level drawing. It worked for those purposes, I didn't care that it looked very retro - in fact, I think it added a "charming" factor to the little "Rancher Bob" guy I made. MS Paint saved my butt by making it easy for me to whip up a sprite sheet for the Java lesson. RIP MS Paint! Anyone got any ideas of what we plebs could use to replace it once MS Paint is history? Anything that can do that sort of simple pixel level painting? Just for fun, figured I'd share a nostalgic throwback video & sprite sheet of an animation test from when I got funky with MS Paint: (if someone wants to actually see this Java programming lesson in action, here's the game at this stage - run the .jar executable to start the "game") https://www.dropbox.com/s/7zt3e6shbe1ej7o/SemJavaGameTEST.rar?dl=0
  4. Hello and welcome!! See you around, and thanks for your interest! We have a post describing what VG is and how we operate, and what we're all about here: About Us
  5. Thank you, CobaltUK!! Your admin work for the VG BMS Server does not go unappreciated! We are grateful to have your help maintaining this server, and I personally appreciate the help very much!
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    Welcome! See you around! I've not played PUBG yet myself, but it looks pretty cool!
  7. ...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:
  8. Congrats, bro! Great to hear!
  9. 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. 

  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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)
  14. 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...