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  1. Hello.

    I am thinking of upgrading the processor on my laptop. The laptop is an Acer aspire notebook. it has an intel B820 processor with built in Intel HD graphics. It runs Ksp great on minimum settings, but it would be nice to run games like space engineers, next car game, etc. with more than 3fps. I was thinking of upgrading to an i3 processor with intel HD graphics 4000.

    Does anyone know how i could go about this, if i could even do it on my laptop? Thanks!

    Hate to be the bearer of bad news but, I doubt the processor is interchangeable. These are mobile processors and are soldered to the motherboard and are not easily changed if they are changeable at all. Sorry but you are stuck with what you have inside the device.

  2. Being an Astronaut is cool and all, but lets be realistic. If i were you and i wanted a secure future after the armed forces, get an MOS that makes you a mechanic, specifically working with jets and jet engine maintenance. Get as much schooling on this as possible. Be the most technical mechanic out there, know those systems like the back of your hand and be able to recite them in your sleep. The best part is that when you get out you can turn those years of schooling on jet engines or whathaveyou into college credits towards a degree.

    Then try to get a job at Southwest Airlines maintaining their 737 Jets. Spoilers, Southwest only uses Boeing 737s.

  3. Without great Overclocking 430W should be enough for your PC, that cant be the reason...

    You cant assume that, There are a lot of High end GPUs that use a lot of power that if you were to plop them in your system will cause these sorts of problems.

    Without proper consideration for that power draw you can run into problems like this.

  4. Nah, some clipping there and there. But nothing major

    Accept ladders can easily be mistaken for banana peels and send you flying off into the distance. In all seriousness, stay away from ladders.

  5. So I want to get a new video card so I can play titanfall and ksp.

    Currently I have a AMD Radeon HD 6450 most of the upgrades I see are out of my 130$ price range, is there anything I can get for that price that will last me if I have to spend more than I will but I'd really like to stick to that price range.

    My processor is an AMD FX -4130 Quad-Core Processor if it's relevent info.

    I would grab a 750 Ti if i were you, The price/performance ratio is amazing, and it barely uses any power. Its a reasonable budget upgrade.

  6. And just to continue my self posting spree (sorry!) a new question:

    What's the deal with RAM clocks these days? For my pending build I've selected 1600MHz out of the blue, but is that good? What's the sweet spot, does it matter at all? Also, is it noticeably faster to get more DIMMs rather than fewer? (ie. is 4x2 better than 2x4 better than 1x8?).

    Thanks to anyone that can clarify this a bit :)

    To generalize things, 1600 is what you want, its kinda important but its all about CAS latency of the RAM. You wan't a CAS of 9 for good performance DDR3 RAM in your system.

    Intel systems don't benefit as much from having Higher speed ram, but the CAS latency is the important factor.

    As for How many DIMMS, there are two schools of thought, Dual channel is very important so if your end goal is 8GBs of ram some people will grab 2 Sticks of 4GB. The other school of thought would rather Grab one stick of 8GB.

    In my experience, some motherboards do not like just having one stick of Ram out of 4 available, i cant explain why they just do. To mitigate that problem i grabbed [email protected] of ram for my rig, that puts me at 16GB of ram and all fours of my slots filled.

  7. Hi again,

    So, I think I'll stick to what you told me to buy.

    But, I still have a question concerning the motherboard. As I said, I planning to overclock one day or another, so should I choose something like the ASRock Pro 4 or MSI G-43 or Gigabyte Z87P-D3 instead of the Asus H-81 Plus (no overclocking capabilities).

    Get a Z87 chipset motherboard and be done with it, ASUS makes some killer ones that will have enough features to cover what you need.

    Anyone have any thoughts?

    For the same price you can get a 750Ti, it is the new "I want to play games on my GPU, not break the bank.

    A lot better than the 650Ti, uses so little power that it is fully powered by the PCIe slot on your motherboard. They overclock like a dream.

  8. Thanks! That seems sensible enough. Any idea what the 300+ dollar boards add? anything more than a fancy badge? :P

    When you get into that price range you get into things like an ROG motherboard, they are tippy top of the line brimming with all sorts of features you may never use outside of extreme overclocking and things of the nature.

    I have a Crosshair V Formula Z and i love it, the build quality is second to none. For most people they are overkill for anything, and others its a show of how much they can put into a piece of equipment.

  9. I think you are confusing BitCoins with scrypt currency. The former is not feasible without ASIC's, the latter - at the moment - still is. You might have to switch regularly for maximum profit and the margins are dwindling, but there is quite a contrast between the two.

    I know the difference Camacha, I know that ASICs cant be used for scrypt minning, yet. And that bitcoin is dominated by ASIC units.

    My point in that spiel was that other than bitcoin I wouldnt bother with other crypto-currencies. I mined some Doge with my GTX 660, the hardest part is cashing it out, you'll see that if you ever get to that point.

  10. -snip-

    The only way you are going to be profitable mining cryptocurrencies is by buying an ASIC Unit and mine Bitcoins. Yes their market is a little unstable, even with this serious problem Bitcoins still have a Value of $560USD as tihs post was typed. Sure its fun to do some other mining on the side, but building a rig for the purpose of minning Dodgecoins or other scrypt based cryptocurrencies will never be profitable once you factor in initial investment, power used, and other fees associated with setting up these systems.


    My Advice, don't use your money on a high end gaming rig unless you want to do some gaming.

  11. I would also suggest getting a Crucial M500 instead of a Samsung. A better technology is used for the chips and it has power caps, both of which increase reliability. Especially the extra protection against unsafe powerdowns (POR count) is worthwhile. The small difference in speed is absolutely unnoticable.

    If your worried about loosing data during a sudden power loss event, you should really invest in a UPS. These PLP Systems still have a chance of failing during a sudden power loss event.

    The Intel line of SSDs have better Power Loss Protection Systems than Crucial at this time.

    I found a decent article about this very problem.

  12. Your right future proofing is a little redundant. 3-4 years from now we will be doing this same song and dance. If your really going to overclock on modern CPUs make sure you have adequate cooling. Your second list looks good, your upgrades in the next years should only really be a better GPU if you start playing more intensive games.

  13. Leonov, thanks for the helpful suggestions! I don't plan on using SLI, but I would like to do as much overclocking as I can get away with using the stock heatsink (this is also the reason I was looking at the 3570K). It looks like the H77 doesn't have much overclocking support and may only be $20-30 cheaper. What do you think?

    After doing some research, you could totally do this and be better off and well within your budget. Honestly all it takes is a modern architecture CPU to play KSP. The phenom II's are starting to show their age, The A-10s are a great budget upgrade from them, AND the AM2+ socket is still being developed on so you will have more choices for upgrades in the future(Kaveri).

  14. Hi everyone, I've been thinking about upgrading so I thought I would try to collect your'alls thoughts.

    I tend to upgrade my computer on a roughly 4 year cycle. These are the current specs:

    • Radeon HD 5750 1GB
    • AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz

    I'm giving myself a roughly $500 budget for an upgrade and have been looking at these components:

    • i5 3570K
    • GTX 660
    • ASUS P8Z77

    Do you suppose I'll see much of a performance increase? Might I see better performance with this budget by selecting different parts? One objection I foresee is that, on paper at least, the Intel processor is not a huge step up from the old AMD one. One of the things motivating the upgrade is that the current AMD cpu has been running extremely hot (~80C) lately, even when idle. I suspect a temperature sensor has failed. Anyway I'm treating this as an opportunity to switch to a more KSP friendly processor with better single core performance. What do you guys think?

    Do you really need the K model of processor?, the 3570 is pretty potent as is and even the non k variant has the ability to have a mild overclock if you need it to.

    The GTX 660 is a solid card, i would recommend it to anyone, you could probably squeeze in a GTX 760 if you upped your budget a little, The 760 is defiantly worth the extra 30-40 USD

    The Mobo is a good one, but do you need all the features of a Z77 Motherboard?, you could probably go down a chipset to like the H77 and be alright.

  15. I should have probably said something along the lines of the 750/Ti being the same manufacturing process as kepler cards, your article touches on that point.

    The whole point of The new Maxwell Architecture is a smaller more efficient 20nm chip, and a small on-board ARM Esqe processor to "Make it more independent form the CPU", whatever that means.

  16. Should the (maybe) much anticipated 800 series be ready by summer 2015? That's when I plan to scrap my rig and build a new one. Are any estimate prices around?

    I appear to be wrong, the GTX 750 Ti just got released and it is indeed a Maxwell chip. ALL ABOARD THE MAXWELL HYPE-TRAIN.

    Upon further inspection the 750 and the 750 Ti are not Maxwell, but Super Tuned 28nm Kepler cards.

    So much for Maxwell this year.

  17. Wait, I thought that GPU Bitcoin mining is already extinct several months ago after ASICs has been invented... oh right, there is other crypto-coin other then BTC

    Actually I'm not asking for a card suggestion here, as you already answered it several pages ago, but I'm asking if someone have a titan, or two (gasp!)

    And now there is such thing as a Titan Black, right at 23 minutes ago: http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/5231/nvidia-geforce-gtx-titan-black-4-way-sli-review

    Titan Black just seems like a 780 Ti with the 6GB of Vram. Not a lot of specs out on it but it was only inevitable, you cant have your newest product outperform your flagship model and not BE your flagship model.

    I have a mate with a couple 7970s doing bitcoin, he makes about 18USD a month from it before figuring power consumption(if your into that).

    ASIC's are the only way to make real profit from Bitcoin mining. ASIC's also several thousand dollars more for a good ASIC card. But lets not talk about mining crypto-currencies.

    Nividia's Die manufacturer allegedly isn't ready for 20nm yet, so the GTX 800 Series wont be ready till late this year. :/

  18. Do anyone here ever tried the GTX Titan? It looks cool, the name is cool... but $1k price and OpenCL performance worse than a 7970 make me think twice

    Are you playing games in a resolution higher than 1080p across multiple monitors?, Are you running a Small scale Rendering Studio dealing in Video?, Are you someone with to much money on their hands and and not enough sense to buy a GTX 780 Ti? Then the GTX Titan is for you!

    If you need OpenCL performance, get an AMD card. If your creating a Crypto-currency mining rig, get an AMD GPU. The AMD Equivalents used to be Good Price/Performance counterparts to Nividia GPU Solutions. That is not the case anymore, the Crypto-currency community has caused AMD GPU's to Skyrocket in price compared to their Nividia rivals.

  19. LotusCarlton_1125156c.jpg

    A little car from the early 90s, in a time when all your German 4 Door Saloons were getting Speed Limiters and Throttle Governors this little gem appeared.

    Your probably saying, "But Leonov, its just an Opel Omega with a bit of plastic on the front." Well that is where you are wrong. This is a Lotus Carlton, Built on a Opel Omega Body and a Lotus Chasis. It has a Twin Turbocharged Straight-6 engine, putting out 377 Brake Horsepower and 419 Ft-lbs of torque, 350 of which was available at a mere 2000 RPM, It could do 55 MPH in First Gear and had a top speed of 180 MPH (289 KM/H). Had a 6 Speed ZF Gearbox that you could find in a Corvette of that period.

    What makes it even better you may ask?, the Price Range on these is a mere £12K-£20K, Thats a Bargian for that much car.

    Now for something you can actually find in america.


    The Subaru Impreza WRX STI, A monster of a car. Capable of putting down lap times that compete with the Lamborghini Gallardo, This 4 Wheeled demon is the King of the WRC. It has computer managed All-Wheel-Drive one of the best systems of AWD in the world. Powered by a Beefy Flat 4 and a Decent Sized Turbo Charger. This is a Dream Car.

  20. Its a totally different FPS, It has an insane attention to balance.

    Once you get past the initial phase and start learning maps and learning what classes can do, It gets really fun.

    Its even better if you get a group of people and have a regular server, you can even do some MVM.

    And because nobody has said it yet. Hats.

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