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What was that Namco game with the pedal?

It was Ridge Racer.

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What was that Namco game with the pedal?

It was Ridge Racer.

Eight minutes that one took him. Eight sodding minutes.

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That'd be Time Crisis I think.


That was it. Great game !

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JohnCoffey wrote:
What was that Namco game with the pedal?

It was Ridge Racer.

Eight minutes that one took him. Eight sodding minutes.


To be fair, my clock is ten minutes fast so I’m not late for things, so really I pipped you by 2 minutes.


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What was that Namco game with the pedal?

It was Ridge Racer.

Eight minutes that one took him. Eight sodding minutes.


To be fair, my clock is ten minutes fast so I’m not late for things, so really I pipped you by 2 minutes.

You can tell you’re a lawyer sometimes. :D

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What is he the rest of the time?

It's usually somewhere between 60-70% grumpy bastard and 30-40% fun guy to be around.

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Fuck me, the NAS has come a long way since I bought my MyBookworld back in 2009.

The new Synology one I've just got has a full Windows style GUI and can max out the new gigabit switches with transfer speeds of over 100MB/s.

Impressive stuff!

The MyBookworld still works perfectly (which is pretty good for 10 years of 24/7 uptime), but it's out of capacity now, I've replaced it with an 8TB Synology model.

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I've got a plinky plonky old NAS but god, I love it. I put two 1tb drives in mine. One for films/TV and the other for music. Both are about 30% full :D

I did have an issue a week back where MS decided to stop SMB1 drives from being seen (it's all very complicated and way out of my realm of knowledge as I hate networking) but I managed to fix that. Not replacing all of the time it still chugs along.

Had to change my BT internet today though, bit bummed about that. 1.25 miles away there is no fibre. Thankfully because it's a trust property I can get out of my existing contract (£58 a month) and have switched to the best "copper" as they call it, plan I could get. That means a drop to 17mb max (about 8 from what I have read ffs) and no more 4k Netflix and etc. The good part? it's £25 a month cheaper at £33. I'll be needing that, so any save is welcome. I managed to keep the nice PVR they sent me too, which I was chuffed about because it's a Humax in disguise.

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Someone modded Minecraft with a ray tracing shader and it's so pretty it'll make your eyes scream for mercy:

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Very interesting post on damage to CPUs from overvoltage:
https://www.reddit.com/r/overclocking/c ... g/?depth=2

tl;dr the poster reproduced (three times) measurable evidence of damage to an i7-7700K after only 36 hours of use at 1.55V. That's surprisingly fast.


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Noticed these extension lead boxes on Amazon a few weeks ago and grabbed one for the stereo and one for the PC. Do note they don't make one big enough for 6 gang, but that is a bit extreme. Then again compared to the 4 extension leads I had before all on the floor it's definitely tidier...

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I found it far more handy for hiding power supplies. The lid is very well vented. I decided to screw and 3m tape mine on as such. Et voila !

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I can now get to the skirting and vacuum all the way back to the wall. Not used the PC much yet, waiting to get my new chair over tomorrow.

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 Post subject: Re: PC gaming hardware thread.
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Greetings from 2008. As I discovered from an ancient post, my neglected pc has the following spec (well that's what I bought after this post):
Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3R
Intel Core 2 Duo, E8400
500 GB Western Digital WD5000AACS
2GB (2x1GB) Corsair TwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC2-6400 (800)

Also, as mentioned elsewhere in that thread, I'm rocking a Geforce 7600GT (which I think I upgraded at some point, but whatever I upgraded to broke, so I threw the 7600 back in there).

Now, I'm well aware that I'm posting in the gaming hardware thread, but all I'm planning on doing is bringing it kicking and screaming into the 2010s. Perhaps replace the mish-mash of hard drives with an ssd and a bigger hd for storage. My understanding is that I can drop a newer graphics card onto that motherboard and it will still work.

So, er, recommend me stuff, I guess?
I've seen GT 1030s hovering around the 70 quid mark, is that good?

Sorry, I'm not even sure what I'm asking here, but I wanted to give you all the opportunity of recommending me stuff with far more fans and leds than I could possibly want.


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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2019 15:09 
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I wouldn't even remotely bother trying to upgrade that, everything about it is awful.

Can you afford to spend £500-£600? You can get a modestly capable brand new PC (with a bit of gaming ooomph) for around that money.

In fact, you'd probably spend most of that amount trying to bring that PC up to some sort of usable standard.

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I can, but I don't want to.
It's sat unused for many years, and, after a false dawn a couple of years ago, might now be serving a purpose as a plex server. An ssd might be nice so it turns on a bit faster.
I've also got some weird obsession with replacing all the old consoles I don't have time to play on with a machine that might be able to emulate some of them (that I still wouldn't have time to play). My attempts at using Retroarch failed miserably on anything post-PSX, which I'm suspecting is down to my prehistoric graphics card.
But thanks for taking my admittedly vague question, and turning it into a whole new PC. I'd have been disappointed in anything less.


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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2019 15:27 
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Well by far and away the best single thing you can do to any old PC/laptop is put an SSD in it. That board should support SATA SSDs although it might need some BIOS upgrades and or trickery with the settings.

Beyond that you'll want more RAM (4GB is about your minimum really).

Graphics card wise the 1030 scarcely qualifies as a graphics card, a 1650 is half decent and draws all its power from the PCIe bus. If you don't want to stretch to a 1650, you should be able to get a 1050 or 1050Ti for fairly cheap.

The CPU is kind of OK, as long as you don't want to chuck anything in the way of modern games at it. (Which pretty expect a quad core as a starting point these days.)

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Turns out it's got 4GB already (I noticed it had 4 sticks in when I was poking around in it yesterday, so must've upgraded that at some point in the last 10 and a half years).

I could spend £150-odd on a new graphics card, but to be honest I was just after something with a hdmi port so I could plug it into the tv (and I've misplaced the dvi-vga adaptor I "borrowed" from work).


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It never occurred to me that it would have an issue with SSDs. If it boots from a SATA hard drive (which it does), can I assume it will be fine with a SATA SSD?


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It never occurred to me that it would have an issue with SSDs. If it boots from a SATA hard drive (which it does), can I assume it will be fine with a SATA SSD?

Yeah, that should be fine. SATA is SATA, as far as the BIOS is concerned.

It might only have SATA 1, which IIRC runs at 1.5 gig, rather than the newer, faster variants. I think it’s forwards and backwards compatible but obviously a modern SSD might be bottlenecked by the port.


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It never occurred to me that it would have an issue with SSDs. If it boots from a SATA hard drive (which it does), can I assume it will be fine with a SATA SSD?

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It never occurred to me that it would have an issue with SSDs. If it boots from a SATA hard drive (which it does), can I assume it will be fine with a SATA SSD?


It should do but on boards of that vintage there were sometimes gotchas, I'm trying to recall my own experiences with a board of that era.

Also, what OS are you on? Win 7 didn't always play the best with SSDs (although that's something they may have fixed with updates over the years).

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Mobo specs say:

6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATAII0, SATAII1, SATAII2, SATAII3, SATAII4, SATAII5) supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices
Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10

So, I guess that's all good (although I've no idea what kind of speeds to expect from an SSD - but I'm coming from 2008, so anything should be an improvement).

I am running Windows 7, although I'm guessing a new drive means a new install, so the world is my oyster on that front. Perhaps I'll spend a few days getting frustrated with some kind of linux variant, before getting fed up and installing Windows.


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I thought I still had my old 960 graphics card, but no idea where it is.

I'm sure someone here must have an old card you can have :)


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Thinking about it Joans, I've got a 750Ti you can have for the cost of postage and a jiffy bag.

https://www.asus.com/Graphics-Cards/GTX750TIOC2GD5/

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Note that Plex can (and does) use the GPU to transcode things.

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Note that Plex can (and does) use the GPU to transcode things.


That might be handy, although now I've found the setting that tells it not to transcode local files,the network seems to be the bottleneck (my laptop acting as the server on wifi struggles to pull something from the NAS, then send it to the tv), so all of this is because I'm too lazy to plug a network cable into my laptop when watching something.


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Thinking about it Joans, I've got a 750Ti you can have for the cost of postage and a jiffy bag.

https://www.asus.com/Graphics-Cards/GTX750TIOC2GD5/

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That is incredibly generous of you, and saves me attempting to navigate the minefield of what card I should get. It does appear to benchmark better than the 1030 I was looking at spending £70 on, so let me know what you want for it. I did notice it's 21cm long, so I might have to double-check I've got room as it was looking a bit crowded in there (I'd measured up for an 18cm card, but didn't think to note how much space there was, just that there was enough for one that long). I'll do some measuring and get back to you.


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Does it need external power, Hearthly?


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Does it need external power, Hearthly?


Technically no, but ASUS added a 6-pin connector to this for 'reasons'. I believe it works OK if you don't have the external power as the spec of the 750Ti doesn't require it, but admittedly I've never tried it without the connector attached.

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Oh, that’s a good point. I have a scrap Zotac 560 w-1GB that you can have, if that’s any use.


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Thinking about it Joans, I've got a 750Ti you can have for the cost of postage and a jiffy bag.

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That is incredibly generous of you, and saves me attempting to navigate the minefield of what card I should get. It does appear to benchmark better than the 1030 I was looking at spending £70 on, so let me know what you want for it. I did notice it's 21cm long, so I might have to double-check I've got room as it was looking a bit crowded in there (I'd measured up for an 18cm card, but didn't think to note how much space there was, just that there was enough for one that long). I'll do some measuring and get back to you.


As long as the top of the card doesn't have anything protruding from it, then it should be fine (the 7600 has a massive heatsink on top, and if it was much longer would block the ram slots).

My psu has the necessary connections (unless they've changed).


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Oh, that’s a good point. I have a scrap Zotac 560 w-1GB that you can have, if that’s any use.


Also very kind, but I think Hearthly's is better(?), and I'm not sure he could sleep at night knowing I've got an inferior graphics card.


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As long as the top of the card doesn't have anything protruding from it, then it should be fine (the 7600 has a massive heatsink on top, and if it was much longer would block the ram slots).

My psu has the necessary connections (unless they've changed).


I'll take a couple of pics when I get home so you can appraise its suitability. Currently still at work, this has been the BEST bank holiday weekend. And yes I know I've made a few posts on here, but, y'know, progress bars are still a thing.

For reference the 750Ti was previously in a mini-ITX case, at a bit of a squeeze, but it went. (A Raijintek Metis, if you want to check on the size of that case versus the card.)

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Note that Plex can (and does) use the GPU to transcode things.

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As long as the top of the card doesn't have anything protruding from it, then it should be fine (the 7600 has a massive heatsink on top, and if it was much longer would block the ram slots).

My psu has the necessary connections (unless they've changed).


I'll take a couple of pics when I get home so you can appraise its suitability. Currently still at work, this has been the BEST bank holiday weekend. And yes I know I've made a few posts on here, but, y'know, progress bars are still a thing.

For reference the 750Ti was previously in a mini-ITX case, at a bit of a squeeze, but it went. (A Raijintek Metis, if you want to check on the size of that case versus the card.)


It's all in a huge case, so that shouldn't be a problem, it's just the board layout has the pci-e slot just beneath the level where the ram slots end, so anything on top of the card might get in the way. Looks like everything is underneath though, so should be fine.


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If you are comfortable removing two plastic tabs from the CPU socket edge with a scalpel there are a few later quad core xeons that should work in that board, and should be peanuts to buy.

IIRC they should be socket 771? (Going from top of head as on phone) and Google should help you determining which are which and whether your board is compatible.

Failing that a core 2 quad would be worth doing.

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Just checked and you'd need to install a SLIC update via BIOS flash but it should work.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Intel-E5450- ... 33f5913f86

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Thanks JC, that's really useful. Looks like I need a sticker as well to mod the cpu, but they're only a couple of quid. Any thoughts on going for the X5460 instead?


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Not sure dude just Google plenty first to make sure someone else has already done it with that CPU and that board.

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Looks like I need a sticker as well

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I've not done lots of homework but I thought the sticker was to force up the FSB?

I could be wrong there. I just know it's a popular way of breathing life into what is pretty much bin fodder otherwise.

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Everything I can see suggests it's there to swap two pins around and actually make it work.


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Ah OK I see. I watch a channel on YT where some guy mods old PCs and he does it to force up the FSB.

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You are using the 'Ted' forum. Bill doesn't really exist any more. Bogus!
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RIP, Owen.

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