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Old 05-31-2016, 09:09 PM   #25721
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Fine, you win. Build a PC for Girz0r's friend.
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Old 05-31-2016, 09:50 PM   #25723
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What's the best way to paint this without having to paint the entire ceiling? Paint is oil based so I'm afraid it yellowed/darkened some since it was painted a while ago.
1-prime and paint only repair area
2-prime and paint a strip of ceiling so it captures repair area and goes from end to end of ceiling
3-prime only repair area but paint strip of ceiling from end to end
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Old 05-31-2016, 10:39 PM   #25725
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4) Paint a mural over it, something like this:



If it's yellowed/darkened then you either need to take a paint chip to a store to make a matching color, or you need to paint the whole ceiling.

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Old 06-01-2016, 12:08 AM   #25726
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Ehh, I think it all depends on how good of a result you're looking for. If you want it done so it looks right, and without any likelihood of disappointment for your efforts, I think you know what you need to do.
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Serious question: if it's just a simple machine for simple uses, why build when you can buy?
Because then he wouldn't be able to claim that "I built a computer for you, therefore I am awesome".

The goal is not to "get a computer that does X for less than $Y", but rather it's "provide you my skills for less than $Y".
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Old 06-01-2016, 10:47 AM   #25728
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Build a computer for someone: save $100

Point someone to a computer to buy: save a lifetime of free IT support
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Old 06-01-2016, 10:50 AM   #25729
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Unless you need room for more than a couple storage drives or a massive videocard, what would be the purpose of mid-atx? Micro-atx is a common and widely available format.
I agree, which was why I was looking fro mini or micro-atx cases. For the pricing though a mid-atx leaves all that room for future upgrades.

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Also why do you need DDR4? DDR3 boards can be had for 40-50 bucks.
Not sure if you remember my build but for facebook, internet, movies, and other light programs it rocks.
Dimm speedz y0, Also attempt of future proofing the machine. Said user mentioned he want's it to not be obsolete in the near future.

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Serious question: if it's just a simple machine for simple uses, why build when you can buy? It's generally cheaper, plus they get a warranty.[/url]

In terms of the processor, that one boasts nearly double the passmark score of the CPU in my home machine (2010 vintage i5-750) on which I run AutoCAD and play TF2. Present-day mainstream CPUs are so overpowered as compared to application demands that it's getting downright silly.
So I can get paid monies - Low TDP + mild gpu is also a selling point.

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Because for 500 bucks you can build a much better system?
Customization of the package is my thangg

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Since when do 'light users' need 16gb of ram? /boggle
I'd like to set it and forget it. Give him the option for future proof upgrades like mentioned.

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For word processing and spreadsheets? So I'm guessing you also need an i7, a GTX 980 Ti and 1000w PSU?
No no.... it needs LEDs.

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Optical drive shmoptical drive.

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Customer wants one - He's still old school like that.

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Because then he wouldn't be able to claim that "I built a computer for you, therefore I am awesome".

The goal is not to "get a computer that does X for less than $Y", but rather it's "provide you my skills for less than $Y".


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Build a computer for someone: save $100

Point someone to a computer to buy: save a lifetime of free IT support
Nah, I charge after a while on systems I build. If I'm being asked just outright on some unknown system, pay up.
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Old 06-01-2016, 11:43 AM   #25730
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Any possibility you could snap some pics? I just love seeing all the variations of these cars.
Surely rleete. 1925 Model T, 1929 Model A. The T has electric start, water pump, front suspension upgrade from what I can tell.

























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Old 06-01-2016, 11:45 AM   #25731
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Any suggestions on what's up with my own computer?

Randomly shut down, and would only boot in safe mode. Tried going through all the startup bias fix stuff with an IT friend on the phone, this hard drive has acted up in the past, so I said to hell with it and bought a new SSD and a real copy of Win 10. I put in the new SSD, install Win10. It keeps restarting for the updates, I turn that off, let it do it's thing. It starts the random reboots again. Sometimes after 5 minutes, sometimes after 3 hours.

At this point, the only thing I can conclude is the Power Supply exhaust fan isn't turning on. So it gets hot, shuts down and turns off the computer.

Here's my dilemma, after buying a new SSD and a copy of Win10. I'm already $250 in the hole. I'm hesistant to buy another monster power supply (monster 4gb video card running 3 monitors and 6 year old, energy hogging AMD CPU) and have that not be the issue. At that point I'll be $350 in with a non-working computer. For $400, you can buy an entry-level compy that would do what I need to until I build another sim rig.......but that seems like a waste.

Do I go ahead and bite the bullet and just buy another quality/monster PSU/Mobo/CPU/RAM that should theoretically last another 6+ years like everything but the video card/PSU has?
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At this point, the only thing I can conclude is the Power Supply exhaust fan isn't turning on.
Seems like you've diagnosed the problem.


And perfectly adequate power supplies aren't profanely expensive: EVGA 100-W1-500-KR 500W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Continuous Power Supply Intel 4th Gen CPU Ready - Newegg.com

The $250 is already gone. Sunk cost. It doesn't factor into the decision, which sounds like it's $40 to fix the existing machine vs. $400 for a new entry-level box?


Maybe it's not the power supply. Maybe the motherboard is somehow at fault. But it's not expensive to find out.
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True on the sunk cost, but would you consider a 500w power supply sufficient for a processor that pulls something like 140w and a video card that is a touch over 250w? That doesn't seem like much headroom for the rest of system.

I'm also reading a bunch of reviews about people who have the same video card, SAPPHIRE TRI-X OC 100362-2SR Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card - Newegg.com talking about black screen crashes with no seeming fix. Black screen crashes is exactly what's happening to me.

And my particular motherboard doesn't have an onboard graphics chipset for me to test again. Dang.
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Forgive the gratuitous use of anime, but for the last 4-6 years I've found this to be completely accurate:



After the driver and stability hell I went through with my wife's Radeon 6870 I completely gave up on AMD/ATI products.

My gripe with Nvidia is that the cards run incredibly hot unless you install something like Precision or Afterburner and change the fan curve.

Just my unsolicited
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True on the sunk cost, but would you consider a 500w power supply sufficient for a processor that pulls something like 140w and a video card that is a touch over 250w? That doesn't seem like much headroom for the rest of system.
I tend to take those ratings with a grain of salt, based upon empirical observations and common sense.

Empirical given that my UPS has a multifunction display on the front which will show you, among other things, instantaneous readings of voltage and power output. I've never seen it tip over 300w while playing TF2, and that's including my ancient 28" monitor that draws 120 watts all by itself. My system probably isn't quite as power-hungry as yours (i5-750 rated at 95w TDP, plus MSI Radeon HD 7770 video card rated at who the **** knows) but whatever...

On the other hand, think about how much 500 watts of heat is. A typical toaster oven consumes about 1,200 watts. Is your PC spitting out nearly half as much heat as a toaster oven?


Still, 700w = $60: EVGA 100-B1-0700-K1 700W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Power Supply - Newegg.com




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So replace the fan in the power supply?

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So replace the fan in the power supply?
(pauses for a moment to slap self on forehead.)

Come to think of it, that's a pretty good starting point...
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So replace the fan in the power supply?
Your sensible and logical recommendation has no purpose here!
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Surely rleete. 1925 Model T, 1929 Model A. The T has electric start, water pump, front suspension upgrade from what I can tell.
Many thanks and props to you.

I would kill for any one of those vehicles.
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They are both for sale. I'll find out how much.
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