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We finally had Dr. Tree come by and take down the pair of Mimosa trees that died in our back yard over the past couple of years (at the time I described the blight they came down with to which all these trees are subject). One of them was a candidate for amateur felling, as it was in the middle of the yard, but the other was growing through a corner of our deck, requiring the expertise of a professional. It was pretty impressive watching the one guy scamper up this tree and scientifically dismantle it, and almost as remarkable watching his squad of helpers scramble around collecting the fallen wood to feed to the wood chipper. Now that this is done, I am so happy that these trees are finally gone. I recall complaining about how much crap (buds, leaves, flowers, and seed pods) these guys left all over the yard and deck in life, but it turned out they were just as messy in death, leaving twigs, branches, and dead bark all over the place. Good riddance.

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39. Re: Mimosa trees May 21, 2004, 09:24 Zathrus
 
I like the whole quiet thing, but I'm trying to steer away from just plain old black or white (also it doesn't appear to have any ports or LED/temp up front which is what I want)

I was going to recommend the Antec Sonata as well, or the Evercase 4252, but it doesn't have the bling bling you seem to want. Honestly, if you want LED/temp then I'd recommend going with a nice, quiet case like the Antec or Evercase and then adding a front panel display (my Chaintech MB came with one, very good LED temp display and a blinding blue LED so I no longer need lights to see. In my basement.) Both of those cases do have front panel connectors -- the Sonata has front USB, Firewire, and audio. Of course, if you still care about color then that's another issue.

For a PSU, it really depends on what you're going to have in the box. If you're going to do RAID then you want a bigger PSU. Otherwise you simply don't need a huge one. For RAID, look in the 380+ range. For non-RAID, 350 should be adequate. The big thing in either case is the 12V line -- cheap PSUs will skimp on it, delivering maybe 12A tops, which is barely enough for modern CPUs, much less drives, fans, and other devices. Of course, you want quiet, so that's a key factor as well. I seriously doubt you need anything close to 500W unless you're building a system that's going to host a lot of drives.

For quiet computing the best resource I've found is Silent PC Review -- http://www.silentpcreview.com/ . Good general info site with specific recomendations for quieter computing.

 
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38. halsey May 21, 2004, 08:41 Killer Kane
 
go with the largest power supply you you can afford ( short of the new 800 watt ) i recommend 500 W , you will need the headroom down the road ...LCD's are out of the question ! .. and i came across this case last week , iam torn between "cool" and/or "tacky"
http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=DEMON

 
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37. RE: No SoulPlane Flash Ads May 21, 2004, 06:01 unaloony
 
I actually thought they were kinda of cool. but then I looged on thinking halfwittingly that I might fly a flight sim, but realizzed I was too drunk to do anything proper.

 
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36. Re: Mimosa trees May 21, 2004, 00:39 Camaro76
 
I'm sure he will forward you a picture of himself sporting them...

Um... hey look! Boobies!

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35. Re: Mimosa trees May 21, 2004, 00:27 Halsy
 
Cool, thanks Enahs. Guess I'll stick with CRT for now.

I was actually looking at that case before, Warpig. I like the whole quiet thing, but I'm trying to steer away from just plain old black or white (also it doesn't appear to have any ports or LED/temp up front which is what I want). Thanks for the recommend though.

Thanks for the comments as well, Kone.

Just saw this one on the Chenbro site.

http://www.chenbro.com.tw/Chenbro_Special/XpiderII.jsp

Sweet. I think I'm going to go with one of the Chenbro cases as all the reviews are pretty glowing for them.

Thanks again.
Hal


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34. Attn Gothic Fans May 21, 2004, 00:10 Acleacius
 
The English translation has just been completed for Night of the Raven.
A group of fans has translated the German version of Night of the Raven to English as a mod, also instructions on how to install the German Night of the Raven on the English Version of Gothic 2.
Here is the link to the teams description of the mod and install instructions.

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33. Re: Mimosa trees May 20, 2004, 23:23 Enahs
 
I've done a bit more research on LCD monitors and it's my understanding that 20ms monitors can be good for gaming. Anyone know for sure?

No, That is only 50 FPS tops.

The best is 16ms, which is 62.5 FPS equivalent.

I have a 16ms one in a dual setup, and it sucks for gaming like FPS that is fast pace.
As I said a few days ago and everyone yelled and disagreed (despite the fact that I am using both, and am judging by what I SEE). They are very good for lots of things and are really nice, but far from perfect!

If it is going to be your main/only monitor on the system, and you want to play games on it, NO!

But if you want one, take this warning.

If you get one over 17INCHES, as the technology stands now, it will either have good/high contrast for a LCD and poor speed performance, or good speed performance and less then great color contrast.


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32. Re: Mimosa trees May 20, 2004, 23:05 WarPig
 
Anyone have good recommendations on QUIET pc cases and parts (power supply/fans). Also for a Power supply should I just go for the juice and grab a 480W or 500W PS or would 350W/400W pass muster?

This is the case I bought in February and I have no real complaints.

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=140025

The 380W power supply seems to be plenty for the Athlon64 3400 / 9800XT system I put in it. I was also concerned that it might run hot since I only have the OEM heatsink and one fan, but the highest temp I've seen is 125F which is fine. Plus there is a place to put another fan, which I bought, but so far have left out to keep it running quieter.



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31. Re: Mimosa trees May 20, 2004, 22:48 rkone
 
I've used the server version of that Chenbro cases, it was pretty good. The Thermaltake internals are a step above when you're working with them I must admit, but unless you play inside your PC nonstop, it's not really worth the money. The only complaint I have about these cases is that they're monsters. If you ever move your computer, it's a pain. Aluminum makes it a little better, but again, it's much more expensive. I haven't used the Enermax.

As far as LCDs go, you really have to test them out for yourself. I've read many reviews saying LCDs are bad for movies and games, however comparing my LG L1810B (30ms IIRC) to my CRT side by side, the only thing I notice is that the LCD has much richer colour.

 
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30. Re: Mimosa trees May 20, 2004, 22:19 F Diddle, Esquire
 
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29. Re: Mimosa trees May 20, 2004, 22:06 Halsy
 
Alright. This coversation is getting out of hand.

One in the hand is better than two in the bush, is that it?

*smirk*


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28. Re: Mimosa trees May 20, 2004, 22:02 Halsy
 
As long as they don't have 'Property of Halsy' embroidered on the crotch I think I will be okay.

I don't want the whole package, just the left one. I'm sure I could eBay it for a new PC. The fact that he actually got tight leather pants too tight in the crotch is simply a sign from the powers that be that he should yield up his left nut to me. I get a new PC out of it, and he gets leather pants that fit. There's a certain poetry to it all.

Hey, speaking of PC's, I'm in the process of reviewing all the stuff I'll get when I finally spring for all my stuff (it'll be mid to late July when I take the plunge as I want PCI express everything), but meanwhile I could use a new PC case, fans and power supply. I was looking at Enermax's and Thermaltake's stuff so far and it looks good (although the Thermaltake cases are a bit tacky for my tastes). Anyone have good recommendations on QUIET pc cases and parts (power supply/fans). Also for a Power supply should I just go for the juice and grab a 480W or 500W PS or would 350W/400W pass muster?

I saw this Chenbro case and it looks pretty cool.
http://www.chenbro.com.tw/Chenbro_Special/Special_gamingbomb.jsp

This Enermax case is cool too. I like the yellow one in particular (I used to own a TR6 that same color and it has the whole Yellow Submarine positive vibe).
http://www.enermax.com.tw/products_cases2.php?Tid=2&gon=280&Gid=29&Gid2=18

I've done a bit more research on LCD monitors and it's my understanding that 20ms monitors can be good for gaming. Anyone know for sure? I'm looking at dropping 1000 or less (if possible) on an LCD if that's the case (if not I'll stick with CRT). Anyone have suggestions on a 20ms LCD (or if they're even worth it)?

Thanks
Halsy


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27. Re: Mimosa trees May 20, 2004, 21:06 Bunko
 
You are the resident PS pro, get to it!

I'm sure he will forward you a picture of himself sporting them...
Alright. This coversation is getting out of hand.

Lose it? I didn't lose it. It's not like, "Whoops! Where'd my job go?" I QUIT.
 
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26. Re: Mimosa trees May 20, 2004, 21:03 Bronco
 
As long as they don't have 'Property of Halsy' embroidered on the crotch.

You are the resident PS pro, get to it!

I'm sure he will forward you a picture of himself sporting them...

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25. Re: Mimosa trees May 20, 2004, 20:30 nin
 
As long as they don't have 'Property of Halsy' embroidered on the crotch I think I will be okay.


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24. Re: Mimosa trees May 20, 2004, 19:34 Camaro76
 
Should I ask why the hell someone bought him tight leather pants, or will I be shocked and horrified?

As long as they don't have 'Property of Halsy' embroidered on the crotch I think I will be okay.

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23. KAPUTNIK May 20, 2004, 18:25 wasrad
 
OMFG

LOL

 
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22. Re: Mmmm Mimosa May 20, 2004, 17:20 KaRRiLLioN
 
I have some magnolia trees that I'd like to get rid of.

 
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21. Re: Mmmm Mimosa May 20, 2004, 17:06 MeatForce
 
Don't they make a drink out of Mimosa trees? If my memory serves me correctly, they are kinda fruity, like margaritas.

Champagne and OJ!

Was just going to ask Blue if he gave those dastardly trees a proper send-off with a couple of those

Besides, today is West Virginia Day! A cause for celebration! A day of drinking fruity cocktails and killing trees, if my American History serves (unless the trees actually came down yesterday, in which case one would rightfully be celebrating the Birthday of The Dutchess of Windsor. Of course, many trees would also perish).


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20. Mmmm Mimosa May 20, 2004, 16:44 unaloony
 
Don't they make a drink out of Mimosa trees? If my memory serves me correctly, they are kinda fruity, like margaritas.

 
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