The "New Toys" Thread

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You appear to be missing some RAM :p
I realized that a few minutes later (it was still on the floor after being taken out of my old motherboard) and stuck it back in. :)

So... other than crysis2 that will require SLI, what other games are you playing that requires such a beefy setup??
He's getting ready for Battlefield 3.
Yep. I game on a 30" monitor at 2560x1600 so my single GTX 470 was starting to struggle with the latest games. I thought now would be a good time to help it out in preparation for Battlefield 3. :)

An SLI bridge as well.
Yeah. :( The motherboard was an open-box (but still new) off eBay as they don't sell this motherboard anymore (too old) and besides missing a few SATA cables it was also missing the SLI bridge I discovered last night as I was putting it together. Got a new one on order and so meanwhile just running the rig in single video card mode.
 
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Finally placed an order for a Lenovo X220. Getting a 2.5ghz i5 with IPS screen, 8gb ram, 320gb hdd + 80gb mSATA SSD. Serious upgrade from an EeePC 901 ;)
Have to get it from Germany, once again, to save a massive amount of money, so it might take some time for it to arrive...
 

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A brand new Dell XPS 15 with FullHD screen.
 

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For once I have some new toys too! Got my last paycheck from my summer job and finally pampered myself a bit:
WD 2TB Green & Asus HD 6870 DirectCU

 

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I bought a new Samsung LCD TV (NO LED U!) which I apparently shouldnt have. The thing strips all my discrete channels away and only outputs 2 channel stereo over HDMI. That's practically a dealbreaker, thinking about returning it. Regardless, it's safe to say I'll not buy another Samsung TV ever. My old LG is perfectly happy with HDMI passthrough, the Sony I considered (but didnt choose because it was "old" (yes I'm stupid) passes through audio happily. Have I done something wrong? No. I asked Samsung, and they said "it's not a fault, it's by design". It's even mentioned in the users manual. How many read the user manual before purchasing?

Samsung - Conciously Making Shit Worse?

Or Samsung - Digitally Ours. It also YELLED AT ME for unplugging it's network cable. Jesus christ TV, know your place.
 
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The piece of shit Samsung (LE40D585) have now been replaced with a Sony Bravia (KDL40EX503) and despite actually being a model launched over a year ago and thus a bit less expensive than the 2011 POS Samsung the Bravia is superior in every way. Like a normal TV, it has HDMI audio passthrough, but I am especially impressed by the black level and the natural colours, I haven't even had to tinker with the image yet, all the settings seem pretty well thought out straight out of the box. And it's 100hz which makes it smoooooooth. Money back and a better TV, good deal.

The remote is also much better, and a bit quirky in that is has a secondary power button on the rear and no battery compartment hatch. You slide the whole remote, revealing the compartment.
 
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:thumbsup: Technology doesn't advance so quickly that last year's model is outdated, some decent savings can be had that way.
 

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:thumbsup: Technology doesn't advance so quickly that last year's model is outdated, some decent savings can be had that way.
This is massively true. Those early adopters pay through the nose for the latest and bestest thing, while I just wait for the price to reduce to half, still get an awesome product (if not cutting edge) for basically 2/3 or even half price, if I can just bother to wait a year....

My current TV has lasted 7 years, and is showing no signs of wear & tear yet (sadly, because that means I can't convince the wife we need a new one).
Are 'new' TVs still built for high usage? It's on pretty much all day everyday, as we sort of use it as a background noise like a radio, and my kids like their cartoons in the morning. We don't watch it all day, but it is on most of the time. It gets like 6 hrs "rest" a day when we're asleep...

I shudder to think how many days/weeks/years it's been on since we had it, if you add it all up...
 

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This is massively true. Those early adopters pay through the nose for the latest and bestest thing, while I just wait for the price to reduce to half, still get an awesome product (if not cutting edge) for basically 2/3 or even half price, if I can just bother to wait a year....

My current TV has lasted 7 years, and is showing no signs of wear & tear yet (sadly, because that means I can't convince the wife we need a new one).
Are 'new' TVs still built for high usage? It's on pretty much all day everyday, as we sort of use it as a background noise like a radio, and my kids like their cartoons in the morning. We don't watch it all day, but it is on most of the time. It gets like 6 hrs "rest" a day when we're asleep...

I shudder to think how many days/weeks/years it's been on since we had it, if you add it all up...
When it comes to TVs its great that they are pushing so much for new models, because lets face it even from like 3 years ago there is no tangible improvement in the actual picture quality :)
 

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Finally placed an order for a Lenovo X220. Getting a 2.5ghz i5 with IPS screen, 8gb ram, 320gb hdd + 80gb mSATA SSD. Serious upgrade from an EeePC 901 ;)
Have to get it from Germany, once again, to save a massive amount of money, so it might take some time for it to arrive...
Oh nice, congrats man.

I really like mine so far. It takes a bit of time if you aren't used to how Thinkpads are setup keyboard wise, but other than that it's great. The IPS screen is really nice. The panels they are using seem to have many fewer faults than the last set apparently did. (There will be a bit of ghosting if you leave the screen on the same image for more than 10-15 minutes, but it goes away pretty quickly.)

Also nice Vaio Z ahpadt. That was the one I wanted to get when I bought my SR, but it was just a bit out of my price range when it came out so I didn't. My SR turned out fine, and I'm sure your Z will be a nice laptop. :mrgreen: They generally have beautiful screens. (100% color saturation?)
 

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Thanks, mooglebunny. I have a little concern about the fan noise and throttling, lots of talk about it on various forums. But will see...
 

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Thanks, mooglebunny. I have a little concern about the fan noise and throttling, lots of talk about it on various forums. But will see...
I've heard that the i5 2.5 Ghz and below processors don't throttle, but there are a couple of fixes (registry, I heard there is a bios update, but don't quote me on that one) that supposedly can stop it. Another solution is to buy the 90W adapter (which I might do personally).

Also, this thing is sooooooooo quiet to me. Even with my ear pressed to the fans you can barely hear them if you are doing basic tasks (word processing, browsing, etc). Yes it does ramp up just a bit for Youtube videos and flash videos of any kind (what doesn't?), but it's still amazingly quiet. My SR when new was louder at idle than this is and a lot of people thought that they were pretty quiet (with a few exceptions) at the time.
 
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