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About Bren0man

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  • Birthday 1987-01-01

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  • Steam

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Sydney, Australia
  • Interests
    NBA, Science, general nerdery.
  • Occupation
    IT Technician


  • CPU
    Dual Xeon E5620
  • Motherboard
    Intel S5520HC
  • RAM
    12GB (6x 2GB) Kingston DDR3 667MHz (triple channel)
  • GPU
    Gigabyte 2GB GTX 950
  • Case
    ASI Clarendon SP252 SC5600BRP
  • Storage
    Crucial 240GB SSD
  • PSU
    Dual 750W redundant PSU's
  • Display(s)
    59" Samsung PS58C7000 Plasma TV
  • Cooling
  • Keyboard
    Logitech S510
  • Mouse
    Logitech M705
  • Sound
    Creative Sound Blaster WoW wireless USB headset
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro x64

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  1. Rollin' with an overclocked GTX950 here. I know, pretty badass. But I guess I could settle for an RX480, even though it's definitely not as hipster. You know, too mainstream and all. Kidding. Make me defect from team Green. I dare you! <3
  2. Yes well, the Daily Mail is probably not the standard one should aspire to with regards to accuracy and general competence.
  3. Edit: Was testing for embedding in the thread, only now realise one can't delete posts. Either that or one is highly incompetent and can't figure out how...
  4. So was browsing the interwebs, as one does, when I stumbled across this article from the Daily Mail in the UK (but the Australian sub-site): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3459003/Now-S-wifi-booster-150-antenna-lets-share-network-25km-need-built-mast-it.html Good to see LTT getting further exposure, as the DM surely have quite a large readership. I do wonder if they got in touch with LMG beforehand, or if they even are required to despite featuring Linus and his video so heavily? Anyway, nice one, LTT team!! PS. Sorry if this is in the wrong place. I tried to put it in LTT section but was unable to do so.
  5. Hey all. Great news! I got it to work, and so far, she's working a treat. I won't go into much detail right now as it's late and I'm exhausted, but for some reason, it wasn't playing well with Windows 7. As soon as I installed Windows 8.1 or 10 (my preferred OS), BAM! Off she went without a hitch. I'll type a follow-up post tomorrow. Cheers.
  6. Thanks for sharing your experiences. This was my thinking, also. My new SSD and 450W PSU were just delivered so I'll throw those in as soon as I get home from work and hopefully rule out those two things. I also removed all RAM chips except one to rule out another variable. If I get enough time tonight, I'll look up how to update the BIOS the easiest way possible (EFI shell?) and try do that also. I hope it works lol. I really don't want to have to go down the path of trying to source a cheap LGA1366 board as that introduces additional complexities and cost, thereby defeating the purpose of the project. Anyway, one step at a time.
  7. I played around in the BIOS with storage config settings and had some interesting results. When I changed the SATA mode to 'compatibility' (where the ports are set as Legacy IDE, as opposed to the standard Native IDE), the mouse cursor would halt continuously. It made it very difficult to use the PC. I ran the benchmarking tool as normal (Unigine Valley) and the halting of the mouse did not match up with the halting of the graphics. I don't really know what to make of this.
  8. Thanks for your input. I couldn't be sure but I don't think this is the case as I changed from using an Intel SAS RAID card with several drives configured as virtual drives, to a single 500GB 2.5" HDD connected directly to one of the motherboard's SATA ports. I also disconnected the SAS backplane from data and power and also disabled it in the BIOS to be sure it wasn't affecting things. I will actually be getting my hands on a new 240GB Crucial SSD tomorrow so I'll have another opportunity to further rule out drive problems.
  9. Thanks so much for responding. It's good know that you were able to get your system working well. I wonder if the age of your graphics card makes your system far more likely to work, whereas the current generation nVidia cards might be a bit too far a of a stretch for some reason. This will possibly be answered when I try my colleague's older card. Now that I've disabled the RAID card, what drivers would I get for a standard HDD connected via SATA? Aren't SATA drives all just plug-and-pay nowadays? So I checked out the disk queue length during benchmark like you suggested. What kind of figures would I be looking for? It mostly stayed at 0.00 but spiked to around 3.00 a few times. I have some screenshots if you think they'd help. I played around with some more settings in the BIOS too, turned everything down or off that I possibly could. No change.
  10. Greetings fellow Linus (and co) lovers! I bring you frustrating tidings. I'll try to keep things brief but I'm not sure how successful I'll be. This is my story, thus far: A few days ago, work was disposing of a perfectly good ASI Clarendon SP252 server running dual Xeon e5620's, 12GB of DDR3 RAM etc. After watching many of Linus' videos where he utilises server hardware to create a gaming system, (eg. ) I immediately offered to take it off the company's hands and see what I could do with it. I mean, how often does all this perfectly good hardware just fall into someone's lap?! ) So, I quickly did some googling, decided a GTX 950 would fit my moderate 1080p gaming needs, and promptly visited the local computer store where I acquired a Gigabyte Windforce 2GB GDDR5 OC GTX 950 card for $250 Australian pesos. If I could turn this behemoth (the thing is huge, and heavy) into a respectable gaming rig for only $250 and a bit of time, a penny-pincher like me would be loving life! Alas, it was not to be. When I got home and yanked the side off the case, I realised that the dual 750w redundant PSU's didn't have a 6-pin graphics card power connector. Fail. Will have to wait 24 hours to visit aforementioned PC store again and obtain a dual-molex to single 6-pin graphics card type power connector. 24 hours later, power cable adapter/connector connected, card installed, Windows 7 Pro loaded, nVidia drivers installed, moment of truth: To my simultaneous joy and disappointment, the performance is very nice when it works, and very not nice when it doesn't work. To be more specific, the frames are smooth and normal for about a second or two, then all the graphics pause for about a second or two, before resuming for a second or two etc etc. I've tried several things up to this point and I have many more things that I will try in the near future but I thought I'd get a post up here and see if anyone can suggest directions to try first. Some links to my hardware: Server (mine is the SC5600BRP): http://www.asicomputers.com.au/Servers/ArchivedServerModels/ClarendonSP252.aspx Graphics card: http://www.gigabyte.com.au/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5549#kf Motherboard: http://ark.intel.com/products/36599/Intel-Server-Board-S5520HC CPU('s): http://ark.intel.com/products/47925/Intel-Xeon-Processor-E5620-12M-Cache-2_40-GHz-5_86-GTs-Intel-QPI I initially was using the supplied Seagate 400GB drives in some RAID0 configuration (virtual drives) via the Intel SAS RAID card, but as part of removing as many variables as possible, I've just gone with a single 2.5" 500GB HDD connected directly to the motherboard via a SATA port. I've also disabled the RAID card in the BIOS and unplugged the power and data cables from the backplane because I don't want to use it anyway, as it's unnecessary for my needs. The only thing I'm putting on this box is Steam and some Steam games. It does not matter at all if the data is lost as I have it all stored on a NAS (and backed up additionally) anyway. There have been a couple of BIOS revisions but despite doing a couple of hours of reading, I can't find a user-friendly (WIndows/GUI) way of updating the BIOS. It looks as though I'm going to have to learn how to update a BIOS via the EFI shell, which will take a bit of time to learn and be confident in. I've loaded all the drivers I can find, no change. I've ordered a Corsair VS450 (watt) PSU in case the stock server PSU's aren't delivering enough power or doing something funny. For the time being if it works, I'll be powering only the GPU off the Corsair PSU and I'll leave everything else powered by the server PSU's as I'll need to get a proper ATX case to house everything on a more permanent basis. This should arrive on Monday. If it works, I'll probably get a beefier PSU, long-term. I'll also be swapping this card for a colleague's older card (I think he said it was a GTX 560) for a day or so to see what happens. He is also going to try my GTX 950 in his ~3 year-old rig just to make sure the actual card isn't faulty. The PC store said I could return it, minus a meagre restocking fee, if it doesn't work, but that offer won't last forever. So I guess I'm on somewhat of a limited time-frame here. So the things I'm looking at doing in the next couple of days in addition to the aforementioned steps: • Trying other versions of Windows (eg. 8.1, 10, server 2008) • Disabling the on-board video output in BIOS • Fiddling around with various BIOS settings • Eventually updating the BIOS firmware I think that about covers the whole thing thus far. This is where I turn to you, dear reader. If you think you have an idea what could be causing this, please suggest it as it could save me further headaches (both figurative and literal)!! Also FYI, this problem affects ALL graphics (all games, all benchmark tools, Windows effects) with one exception: The mouse pointer. When everything freezes/pauses, the mouse pointer stays smooth. Apologies in advance for my first post being so long! Also apologies if this is in the wrong section. If a helpful mod could move it to the appropriate section, that'd be grand. <3