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It's currently 4 F (-16 C) here, or -7 F (-22 C) with the wind chill factor. This has triggered a metal pole warning, so those in the area are advised to avoid touching their tongues to any metal poles, even if somebody triple-dog-dares you.

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31. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 25, 2011, 13:43 Ratty
 
Sepharo wrote on Jan 25, 2011, 00:05:
Interesting guest news post on Penny-Arcade today discussing porting a console shooter
http://www.penny-arcade.com/2011/1/24/
Thanks Sepharo. That WAS an interesting read. I finally gave in last year and got a 360 - first console I ever owned. I tried a few games, finally got the hang of movement but aiming was just too damn frustrating. I now use it exclusively for Netflix streaming. Also it's fun to sit around the living room watching the kids play when the relatives visit: one experience that's much more fun on a console than a PC.
 
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30. Re: Wind Chill Factor Jan 25, 2011, 10:12 xXBatmanXx
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 25, 2011, 01:39:
So was i the only one who entered that in Wikipedia and who was occupied for an hour because thats actually all kinds of interesting?

I never knew what the wind chill factor really was - but apparently its just a way of saying "you get colder, faster". And more apparently, if its stormy and cold, you do not want to go outside naked. Then again, common sense that is.

Growing up in Minnesota - we are all to familiar with what it is. Schools get canceled automatically when it gets -30 windchill, or at least delayed. Which is common.
 
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29. Wind Chill Factor Jan 25, 2011, 01:39 eRe4s3r
 
So was i the only one who entered that in Wikipedia and who was occupied for an hour because thats actually all kinds of interesting?

I never knew what the wind chill factor really was - but apparently its just a way of saying "you get colder, faster". And more apparently, if its stormy and cold, you do not want to go outside naked. Then again, common sense that is.
 
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28. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 25, 2011, 00:05 Sepharo
 
Interesting guest news post on Penny-Arcade today discussing porting a console shooter (Monday Night Combat) to PC, specifically what aids need to be removed balance changes need to be made.

http://www.penny-arcade.com/2011/1/24/
 
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27. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 24, 2011, 21:24 xXBatmanXx
 
psssshh. Been that and lower for the last 2 weeks here in MN.

Getting tired of it.

Just glad it broke into the teens today.
 
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26. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 24, 2011, 21:06 Efflixi
 
I would never ever use iBuyPower or CyberPower. This comes from someone who's spent the last 15 years building computers and seeing "boutique" stores overcharge and under-deliver. If you can't (or won't) build the PC yourself, get a Dell.  
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25. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 24, 2011, 20:31 Golwar
 
And once more Blue teached me something new.
*will triple-dog-dare everyone tomorrow despite the +4C*
 
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24. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 24, 2011, 20:07 nin
 
just a couple of days after that my video card crapped out (which one of you put a hex on me??). I was going to replace it with a better one (not top of the line, just something a bit better) then I realized my PSU wouldn't support anything newer than what I had.

That's exactly what happened to me. I needed a new video card, but I'd also need a new PS to support the new card. At that point, I just moved on...got an i7 960 with 8 gig of ram and a 5870 that hums right along.
 
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23. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 24, 2011, 19:40 banddirector
 

Ratty wrote on Jan 24, 2011, 12:57:
Totally non-OotB related - no tongues freezing on poles: Who do you guys recommend to build a top-of-the-line gaming computer? I've had good luck with Dell but their Alienware brand doesn't seem to do NVidia plus it's all just so overpriced. I was thinking CyberPower. Their stuff is super customizable and very price competitive but there are an awful lot of bad reviews out there, but most of them quite are old to be fair.

Just did my bi-annual rebuild (which ended up being tri-annual since the last one did so well!) and I was seriously considering Alienware, but they simply wanted too much money for the hardware. Built it myself for more than $1000 less, *and* got way better hardware than the Alienware rig.

I don't have all the time in the world to build computers anymore, but it's so darn easy now (sata cables instead of IDE, better bios, etc.) that it was totally worth it to save the money.

BTW, I bought everything from Newegg and picked price-points for items and got a great deal. I'm still surprised how much can be saved by picking 1 or 2 levels less than bleeding edge and *still* getting a dang fast computer ....

 
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22. Re: oh yeh Jan 24, 2011, 16:42 Cutter
 
What if it's a stripper pole you're applying your tongue to? That may be nasty, but at least it won't freeze. And yeah, it's freakin colder than the proverbial witch's teet out there, bucko!
 
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21. Re: oh yeh Jan 24, 2011, 15:02 Agent.X7
 
nin wrote on Jan 24, 2011, 12:21:
Here ya go, Blue. Get some video if you try this!
insert generic link text here, since the board loves to drive me CRAZY, sometimes allowing me to post links, sometimes not


Also, the matrix link has already been debunked. I feel both relieved and disappointed.

Link?
 
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20. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 24, 2011, 14:58 PHJF
 
I advised my mother to use ibuypower ~5 months ago when she got another computer so that I'd know exactly what was in it. Other than the memory (which they term as Corsair or other major brand), you can know exactly which components are inside. No cheap piece-of-shit mainboard or PSU.  
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19. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 24, 2011, 14:39 Beamer
 
I have plenty of hobbies. Building my own computer is not one of them. That should be for people who enjoy that kind of thing. Thanks for mentioning Microcenter though. I'd not heard of them before. It sounds like a nice balance between OEM and do-it-yourself.

Truthfully, I wouldn't call something you do for 2-4 hours once every three years a hobby. It's a chore or a task. But it's one that can save you $500 easy.
 
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18. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 24, 2011, 14:08 Beamer
 
After building them myself for years, I'm now on my second Dell.

My previous computer had been a Dell. I got the x850xtpe from them the week it launched, along with some ridiculous processor and oodles of RAM. After a $750-off-$2000 coupon the whole thing cost me less than newegg was charging for the processor, RAM and GPU. Sure, the HDD died on day #3 but Dell sent a guy to replace it the next day and, as a courtesy, put one 66% larger in.
The big downside to that machine was the power supply. It essentially had enough juice for the included components and no more, and it was tempermental until it ultimately died.


Those days are gone. Dell no longer does coupons, instead monkeying with "specials" that they advertise but really aren't better than the daily price (everything is always "$400 off" which ends up being meaningless.) And for a long while it looked like you couldn't get any new hardware outside of the XPS line. Looking now, though, the Studio XPS line has better choices (you can actually get sandy bridge processors in the Studio XPS 8300) and GPU options (they're all old, but you can pick the 5770, 5870 and 5970 in the 9100. The 8300 still maxes out at the 5770.)

 
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17. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 24, 2011, 14:03 Ratty
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 24, 2011, 13:08:
Honestly, why give them the 25% markup? I know it's a standard thing to say around here, but building a computer is pretty damn easy. If you don't want to do it yourself and have a Microcenter near you they do it for $80 I believe, which is still cheaper than buying from Cyberpower.
I have plenty of hobbies. Building my own computer is not one of them. That should be for people who enjoy that kind of thing. Thanks for mentioning Microcenter though. I'd not heard of them before. It sounds like a nice balance between OEM and do-it-yourself.
nin wrote on Jan 24, 2011, 13:44:
After building them myself for years, I'm now on my second Dell. Last one had the videocard die just shy of 3 years, which is fine, since that's when I swap hardware anyway.

Alienware you'll generally pay out the nose for.
I was the one posting a week or two ago about my 6 year old Dell still running XP. Funny, just a couple of days after that my video card crapped out (which one of you put a hex on me??). I was going to replace it with a better one (not top of the line, just something a bit better) then I realized my PSU wouldn't support anything newer than what I had. So I figured I had a good run and it was time to move on. But 6 years is a good long time for a gaming computer with great performance and that has never given me any problems. So yeah, I'm kind of a fan of Dell now, hate to say it.

As for Alienware, I'm willing to shell out the bucks but I'm not just going to throw my money away.
 
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16. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 24, 2011, 13:44 nin
 
Totally non-OotB related - no tongues freezing on poles: Who do you guys recommend to build a top-of-the-line gaming computer? I've had good luck with Dell but their Alienware brand doesn't seem to do NVidia plus it's all just so overpriced. I was thinking CyberPower. Their stuff is super customizable and very price competitive but there are an awful lot of bad reviews out there, but most of them quite are old to be fair.


After building them myself for years, I'm now on my second Dell. Last one had the videocard die just shy of 3 years, which is fine, since that's when I swap hardware anyway.

Alienware you'll generally pay out the nose for.

 
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 24, 2011, 13:24 Jim
 
The temperature was -22C at the observatory this morning.  
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 24, 2011, 13:08 Beamer
 
Their stuff is super customizable and very price competitive but there are an awful lot of bad reviews out there, but most of them quite are old to be fair.

The general consensus about Cyberpower and ibuypower is that they cut as many corners as possible and give you zero service. You hear about people getting cracked boards due to poor packaging, about cables being too short to do much of anything with (a Dell problem, too), etc.


Honestly, why give them the 25% markup? I know it's a standard thing to say around here, but building a computer is pretty damn easy. If you don't want to do it yourself and have a Microcenter near you they do it for $80 I believe, which is still cheaper than buying from Cyberpower.
 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 24, 2011, 12:57 Ratty
 
Totally non-OotB related - no tongues freezing on poles: Who do you guys recommend to build a top-of-the-line gaming computer? I've had good luck with Dell but their Alienware brand doesn't seem to do NVidia plus it's all just so overpriced. I was thinking CyberPower. Their stuff is super customizable and very price competitive but there are an awful lot of bad reviews out there, but most of them quite are old to be fair.  
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12. I must be dreaming. Jan 24, 2011, 12:56 space captain
 
"My name is Pussy Galore."
 
Go forth, and kill!
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