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About CircleTech

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    The forums used computer parts guy.

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    Computers, computer hardware, DIY activities and pretty much anything involving electronic stuff.
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  • CPU
    2x intel Xeon e5-2609 v2
  • Motherboard
    Lenovo D30 Motherboard
  • RAM
    128GB of DDR3 (16x8gb)
  • GPU
    Nvidia GTX 970
  • Case
    Lenovo D30 case
  • Storage
    Samsung 850 Evo 256GB, 256GB samsung 840 Evo SSD, 2TB HGST HDD
  • PSU
    1100w delta PSU
  • Display(s)
    1920x1080p 21.5" samsung monitor
  • Cooling
    Lenovo D30 cooler
  • Keyboard
    HP keyboard
  • Mouse
    HP mouse
  • Sound
    Soundblaster audigy2 PCI sound card.
  • Operating System
    windows 10 pro 64-bit

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  1. https://imgur.com/svD0NbX Its so distant, they aren't even on the same website!
  2. This man puts more effort into his April fools jokes than I put into my entire college education
  3. It would be easier (and cheaper) to buy a threadripper CPU, sand it down, and laser engrave whatever you were gonna put on the CPU into it. Something like this:
  4. i s t h i s e n o u g h s p a c e ? Yeet
  5. Regarding just folding on the CPU, I would say yes because folding@home does a good job of not utilizing resources that are needed to run the PC. I fold on my Xeon E5-2637 v3 and don't notice a problem when doing CPU folding. But the GPU folding oh boy! Is that a whole nother can of worms. Folding@home (in my experience) hasn't gotten resource allocation for GPU folding right yet, and probably never well. I would not try to GPU fold while gaming.
  6. In another around of Cancellation from the coronavirus, it looks like our most recent victim is Quakecon. This was posted on their twitter earlier today: From PC Gamer: https://www.pcgamer.com/quakecon-2020-is-cancelled/ Quakecon was supposed to be celebrating the 25th anniversery of Doom this year. Obviously this isn't going to happen now: Why does this matter to you? This matters to you if you planned to go to LTX 2020. Quakecon and LTX 2020 are strikingly similar in setup, attendance, and events. Quakecon had a 2018 Attendance of 3000, while LTX 2019 had an attendance of roughly 3500. Both events have months of setup, but admittedly quakecon requires many more people to be there beforehand. Both Quakecon and LTX have LAN parties and other events at the Con, and both are in big cities. The cancellation of Quakecon may end up creating a precedent for other tech-related events in august with the same or larger attendence to shut down as well. DEF CON for example is also August 6-9th and has an attendance of 30,000, but hasn't had any cancellation or postponing announcements. As far as we know, LTX 2020 is still on, but maybe @CPotter can give us a word if LTX plans to follow the same path as Quakecon.
  7. First PC that I can remember using was some Pentium 4 Dell or HP machine that had windows 98 on it. I have no idea what the specs were, because I was probably 5. Somewhere in Middle school I had an HP Pavilion G6 with a sandy bridge i3, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD. I later replaced the HDD with a 240GB Sandisk SSD and upgraded the RAM to 8GB. Then I plugged the laptop into the wall one day and it died completely at random. I didn't have a laptop for a couple of years, then I found A Levnovo thinkpad E540 at a scrapyard that I used for another couple of years. The first computer I can name you all the specs of, was my first Pc build in 2013. I used my computer not for gaming, but for Virtial Machines and Video Rendering, so my specs would look very out of balance for gaming. I had an FX-8320, 8GB of some G-Skill DDR3, A Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3, A radeon R7 240, A Corsair CX-500, a 120GB SSD, a 2TB HDD, and some random white-box case a friend gave me.
  8. The TCO (Total cost of ownership) for a Counsle is Lower If you only end up playing like 5 games on it ever, because counsle games pretty much always cost $60. But if you buy ton's of games, the steam sales can easily outweigh the initial cost of a Gaming PC. Not to mention you can piece together some Dell Optiplex and chuck a GTX 1050 ti in it for $300. But very few people do that.
  9. A month ago I would've said the Tevo Tornado as a good 3D printer at just the $300 mark. but for some reason 3D printers with a build volume of >300x300mm as of today are skyrocketing in value on ecommerce sites like ebay and Amazon. I have some speculation behind why this is: People are starting to 3D print face shields to serve as PPE at Hospitals, meaning volunteers are running out to buy 3D printers. In just my local are in Ann Arbor, there's a Facebook group to print frames for more 3D printed Face Shields. A 300x300mm 3D printer can print double the number of face shields as a Creality Ender 3, but only cost 50% more. My guess is sellers are taking advantage of this situation and price gouging said volunteers. You know things are getting bad when even the machines (3D printers) needed to produce inferior goods (3D printed Face shields as opposed to the standard FDA-approved ones) are going up in price.
  10. Taking a forum break. Not sure when i'll be back.

    1. kelvinhall05
    2. Pascal...


      @CircleTech Have a good one and don't get infected ! Cya !

  11. Wrong.




    The kamikaze pilots during world war 2 had a landing distance of 0 feet 0 inches.

    1. OJTheAviator


      That's stretching many things, not least of which the definition of "landing". Plus, there have been many accidents and tragedies since that have lead to landings just as abrupt. Also, to get very technical, everything deforms. So, the actual stopping distance, while maybe very small, is still non-zero.

    2. VegetableStu


      on the same vein: the Beagle 2 Mars lander could be seen as a success


      it landed. at high velocity


  12. When I sit inside and play games all day, people keep telling me im wasting my life away. But if I do the same thing today, people tell me i'm sacraficing for "the greater good" and "doing my part".





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    2. OJTheAviator


      Well, I don't quite disagree, but I do think they have a bit of a point. Just that normally, the range of activities that are beneficial to a person and broader society is much larger. Today, many of those activities are actually harmful, so instead of being better than gaming, they are worse. On the spectrum of activities, playing games at home is now much closer to the top since so many things have fallen near the bottom.

    3. Den-Fi


      They told me not to take Vicodin, but then I had a wisdom tooth pulled and suddenly they gave me Vicodin.



    4. ARikozuM


      Or how about doing what you want? 

  13. I'll have to pitch in with sans here and say I don't use my trackpad. 95% of the time I use a Logitech wireless mouse. The only reason I ever use my trackpad is because I know i'll have my laptop out for 2 minutes or I lost my mouse.
  14. I'm sure some of you have seen this:



    Let's make fun of everything here, because it's ridiculus from all sides:


    To the CEO: If we assuming you are paying a resident in California, it is your job as an Employer to pay your Employees a Salary that they personally can afford to pay their bills based on the local cost of living. Otherwise she will require governmnet assistance, and that means us, the taxpayers, end up paying her bills. This pay scale will change wildly depending on where you live. If this single Mother lived for Example in Marion, Illinois this salary would actually be just fine (by my math she would have surplus of $1100 every month). But she lives in California where cost of living is just completely stupid. As such, he needs to make up the slack.


    Now does the CEO not want to pay his employees a living wage? Not a problem. Just hire high School students, or college students, or young single people with no dependents who will work part-time. To them, a $16.50 an hour salary would be just fine, and could be used to pay off their student loans or their personal rent. To a college student of high School Student, $16.50 an hour would be a great way to reduce their debt load. Now as an employer you take two risks hiring younger people: they aren't always reliable, they need training, and after you train them, they can be stolen by competitors. But if you want to go cheap, this is the only good way I could see of doing it. 


    To Katie:


    You have, for some reason, completely ignored that Patricia can actually do something about this set of circumstances she is in. She isn't just stuck there, and she can climb her way out, as many immigrants and Americans have. She can move to a state with no income taxes and this saves her about $220 a year. She can move to a state where living costs are afforable like pretty much anywhere in the Midset or the south. This saves her $900 a month on rent. She can go with a cheaper cell phone plan to save $30 a month (Unreal Mobile has $10 a month cell phone plans). She can ditch the car and take a bus or ride a bike (riding a bike is a strategy the Mr Money Mustache writers personally use), and this saves her $350+ a month. Also, the $400 a month quoted food budget is for a family of four, not just two people. When I was a college student at UofM and did my own cooking, I only spend $100, yes $100, a month on food. I did it by clipping coupons, only buying duing sales, and eating lot's of fruits and vegetables. That saves her an additional $200 a month. Now our friend Patricia has a surplus of $913 a month in this example. Even If Patricia just moves out of the state and does nothing else, she will still have a surplus of $333 a month because of lower rent costs.


    To California:


    WTF is wrong with your state? A big part of the Reason Patricia can't afford her living expenses is because she's blowing all her money on rent. A One bedroom apartment here in The midwest can be found for between $400-700 a month. There's not reason it should cost $1600 a month for the same space, in the same country. This is a failue on government for not loosening zoning regulations to allow for more housing, or building subsidized housing for those who need it. This is a failue of government, not a failue of business. 

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    2. CircleTech


      Then how would you, @Damascus, propose in solving such a housing problem? Because to me, the housing crisis seems like a problem of economics 101. The demand for housing is too high, and supply is too small. Therefore we must increase supply to fufill demand, and prices will decrease. Decreasing demand also has a negative function on price level. Government housing is only a one soloution, even if is a very poor soloution.


      Here in Michigan, there are new apartment complexes and factories being developed everywhere near our hometown, and rent has remained the same. It seems to me free markets are keeping housing prices at appropriate levels.



      Are there mythical places in the center of the city where a new highrise could be built, but aren't for some stupid reason?  


      Mow that you mention it, yes actually. Here is an example straight from San Francisco:



      As much as I liked visiting Vancouver, I could never in a million years live there. I prefer places where the cost of living is properly adjusted towards what people can actually afford, unlike the coastal cities where the chinese artifically pump up the price of real estate to totally artifically high levels. When china's real estate market does eventually crater, you can bet Vancouver's and san francisco's will too.

    3. Damascus


      At this point, I'm too tired to enunciate properly.  The long and short of it is that there are plenty of houses already, and the supply will never keep up with the demand as long as North America and Asia are trading partners


      Here in Michigan, there are new apartment complexes and factories being developed everywhere near our hometown, and rent has remained the same. It seems to me free markets are keeping housing prices at appropriate levels.

      Irrelevant.  It is impossible to compare any town or city in Michigan to a city of 900,000 sitting on 121.4 km2 (San Fran again) ie. 6,632 people per km2, or 6.6 people per meter.


      This is a level of density that the human mind has a difficult time comprehending, and while I haven't touched on (/watched) the video, unless they are preparing efficient, well placed homes for tens of thousands, it is essentially meaningless PR and one step away from propaganda.



      Then how would you, @Damascus, propose in solving such a housing problem? 

      The only honest, genuine solution to overcrowded cities is to say fuck it, and leave.  No city in NA was built with the current population trends in mind, and as such they are all finicky, basically broken rube-goldberg machines that are one good push away from collapse.  Most cities didn't even have sewage systems for a third of their existence, let alone one tenth of what we expect from them in this era.


      We now basically get to choose - planned human sprawl or unplanned human sprawl?  Eventually, something will crack.

    4. Damascus


      I double checked what the population density of Ottawa, Toronto, Van and NY were for funsies, and it's about how I remember (317, 4,195, 5,249 and 10,194/km² respectively)


      The lesson we can take from this is DON'T BUILD YOUR METROPOLIS ON AN ISLAND 

  15. If we can't attend parties cause of thelockdowns, why not party on the forum?