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misterz100

Wish I knew how to ask a question to the Doc
I have a P6X58D-E with a i7 930 with 12 gigs of RAM @ 1950Mhz and feel like it's aging. Should I buy now or wait for DDR4 boards?

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Gikero

If it makes you feel better, my best system is a C2D E8500, 8GBs of DDR2 800Mhz and a Nvidia GTX 260.

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JCGPZ9

Hey, I'm still rockin' an AMD Athlon II X4 (consider that to be a bit slower than a C2D) w/ 12GB DDR3 with an EVGA Geforce GTX 260 216. It still plays all my games at High or Max settings so I see no need to upgrade until GPU prices drop some more.

So if you're doing fine with your current setup I guess you could stick with it for a while longer. Plus RAM prices are still sky high compared to last year.

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Gikero

I wish I had the foresight to buy extra RAM last year. I swear I saw 16GBs for $50-65. I have a Phenom II X2 (unlocked 2 dormant cores) in my game server that I want to add more RAM too and max it out. It is all too expensive now.

What model of Athlon II X4? I want to see if I can find any info on performance comparisons. I don't know what resolution you're running your games at, but I have to assume the speed difference between DDR2 and DDR3 is helping you some.

Still, glad I am not the only one holding out right now. I want to get a new gaming PC and turning this one into a test VM PC.

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jbitzer

I read there was a fire in a plant that manufactured ram. Same thing happened with chips a few years ago.

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Gikero

Funny coincidence. I just noticed that a old system my boss had shelved has that same sized ATX connection. Bad PSU. Want to see if he'd give it to me. Wasn't going to spend a lot of money on a proprietary PSU. I didn't know how to google that non-standard size though. Thanks guys!

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lordfirefox

"single-digit frame-rate improvements are not worth spending upward of $200 for."

That's exactly what I tell people when they tell me I should switch from AMD GPU's to nVidia.

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JCGPZ9

Always hated those proprietary parts from both HP and Dell with Dell being the worst. I remember I had to replace a PSU for an old HP Pavilion desktop only to find that nothing would fit into the PSU slot and the PC Power and Cooling PSU that would fit in there was extremely expensive so I decided to try and move the parts to another case. Big mistake as the front panel connectors and rear panel cover were also proprietary.

Then came the time when I had to work on my aunt's Dell Dimension...

At least it started me down the path to assembling my own PC. Higher quality components that can be upgraded easily all without spending much money in the long run.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

I need to erase a few files on my hard drive so they are totally unrecoverable. Can you recommend software?

- Name Withheld

The Doctor Responds:

First of all, the Doctor reminds you that if you're currently under investigation it is a crime to destroy evidence, so don't do it.
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You should be a comedian Doc
First of all, if "Name Withheld" knew they were under investigation, they wouldn't be publicly asking you how to destroy "Evidence" as that act in itself would create more "Evidence"

Second of all, is this some new investigative technique to tell the subject of an investigation that they are under investigation before kicking in their door and seizing their computer?

3rd of all, destroying and overwriting a couple of files won't save them anyway as there is much more "Evidence" of the "alleged" crime(s) on that computer than the files themselves

4th of all, ah screw it! You're not listening anyway

In other news Today
Backdoors found in D-Link home Routers
also,
Trendnet security cameras are totally owned without the passwords
and much much more interesting news that you are not covering

Back to you Doc

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lordfirefox

Ask the doctor is not a news article.

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jbitzer

Tomb raider and Assassin's creed are first person shooters, lol.