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Discussion in 'Cases, Modding & Electronics' started by DaMulta, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. _JP_

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    I liked the way you arranged the evolution stages of a HW hobbyist, Mussels. Strangely enough, by reading this I found that "my evolution" could fit in your scheme, just in a different order.

    stage 1: Ignorance. (total, btw)
    stage 2: Learns about drivers/general OS tweaks (making systems stable and properly working became essential!)
    stage 3: Starts to modify OS settings (You don't own my PC, Windows...I DO!)
    stage 4: Learns to tweak core program settings (well, in my case it was mostly tweaking games...I had my GTA Vice City fully modded...by hand)
    stage 5: Learns basic BIOS stuff (and later, advanced stuff)
    stage 6: An overall purpose is deemed for each system, and everything is dedicated to that purpose. un-neccesary hardware (and software?) is removed. (I usually take as long as 3 weeks to select the right hardware combination to do the job...I really get into details, everything has to fit flawlessly.)
    stage 7: Starts phsically modding hardware - be it coolers, fans, or LED stuff - looks come first, then aesthetics. (I just love fan controllers, the perfect cooling is just a few Ohms away :D. But it really wasn't heavy mods. Just some LEDs and a CPU/GPU cooler.)
    stage 8: Aesthetics kick in. the LED lights and noisy fans go away, and a more simple appearance is chosen. (this happen shortly after stage 7, it didn't take long before I realized LED fans and cathodes didn't really made my computer be any faster. My case is actually closed and the power LED isn't bright. It's really discreet.)

    stage 9: ????
    stage 10: PROFIT!

    There are some points missing there, and some info, but I didn't want to modify Mussel's perfect 10-stage program into becoming a HW hobbyist. :)
     
  2. mlee49

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    I went through this progression myself. Ofcourse I took a detour on the prebuilt gaming rig first and was pissed off at the amount of money I spend for the crappy performance.
     
  3. Thrackan

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    that's no detour, prebuilt gaming rig = ignorance :D
     
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    So true; I still feel the impression of my palm against my face...
     
  5. Mussels

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    i should probably modify step 6 to include general hardware knowledge... you know, 'i should buy more of X' to make Y faster'
     
  6. Thrackan

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    Heh, I modified hardware drivers before I even saw the inside of a case for the first time :D
     
  7. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    i did hardware first, but modding ini files in video card drivers is what i'd call call an OS level tweak. its something anyone can do, but if you do it wrong, bad things happen.
     
  8. Thrackan

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    I know, it was my dad's PC, but I wanted to run some games that the gfx card "couldn't".
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    Geez. You guys are spoilt with Windows. Imagine not having a desktop, and just a flashing cursor...:laugh:



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  10. Thrackan

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    I never tweaked the C64 :D But I sure as hell played with one!
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    When DOS was prevalent in the 80's, and you built custom PC's, you'd have to write the AUTOEXEC file yourself just to get into the OS.


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    Loads of fun. I don't even think C++ existed back then. Maybe just new...I do remember Windows not existing.:laugh:

    PC's have come a long way...and yet they do so little still...:laugh: Drivers used to be a few lines of code. Now we are into millions. And they are still just as bloody noisy!


    I really want a completely passive PC.
     
  12. Thrackan

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    Ehm, in the 80's, that's when I was made. I think I didn't touch a computer in the 80's, maybe very late 80's, and in that case it was a C64 :)
     
  13. _JP_

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    IIRC, it was just a couple of years between DOS being released and C++ appeared.
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    Uh, yeah...it's not like I was that old, nor was there internet. The exposure to new tech came through TV ads, and magazines. You know..pre-cd's...:laugh:

    I don't think many people in my area even really knew C++ till almost the 90's...
     
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    only a month damn get it off the floor you'll only need to clean it twice a year then
     
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    autoexec.bat and config.sys ahhhh :rolleyes: i remember those days well oooo i had an gui back then( well sorta gui) xfig gold i think it was called
     
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    here's a few pics of the system as it stands, the light sux down here in my basement and i think my nikon is on the fritz but whatever lol

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    first PC i ever had a hands on with was an Apple Acorn yummy green screen and 5.25" floppy's
     
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    lookin good exodus
     
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    yeah working on at, it's messy in the back, lots of fan wires.. thoughts are that it doesn't really matter if it's clean, as long as the case panel goes on.. i tried to clean it up, it looks worse lol.
     
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    here's a few more with the camera sorta worked out, i think my gf changed all the settings on me... horrible lol, i'm a nub with my dslr, it took forever to get that set up.

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    Well I like the color on your pix, they're nice!
     
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    thanx, it's not a very nice dslr, just a nikon d3000, prolly cost me 550 at bestbuy a few months ago, i just wanted something other than a point and shoot, it's interesting, i just haven't put much time into learning much about it, really should though.
     
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    So your rear 140mm is pulling air in, are the rad fans pushing out?
     
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    they are, the corsair obsidian 800d only pulls air in through the bottom 140mm fan, when the case window is on, there is a log of suction on the fans(enough to slow them down with the vacumm it creates, so i turned that fan around to help up air in the case, so air from the bottom feeds the video cards and the rad, and the fan on the back helps feed the rad.
     

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