The Cheapskate’s Guide to Power Computing

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bdwoolman

Took some looking but I found this:
Sandisk Dashboard allows a manual trim for their SSDs

Program is a free download

http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/15108

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ChangingWinds

your link to ww.cheapassgamer.com needs to be www.cheapassgamer.com. you are missing a w but it errors when your readers try to go to the page the way it is.

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jimmthang

It's fixed. Thanks!

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LatiosXT

There's only one caveat that I don't see here, for Intel CPUs, you need an X series or Z series chipset, like a X79 or Z97, to overclock. You can't do it on the other ones. But thankfully Z series boards can be found for less than $100. Also bumping the BCLK bumps everything up including memory, so it can make things a little more hairy.

I'm not sure about AMD, but I have a feeling they left the option open regardless of chipset, at least with the ones for APUs.

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AFDozerman

Dang, MPC. I knew there was a delay, but this magazine issue came out when? Last year?

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ZombieKiller

Hey! I moved to a new rental house and this house has absolutely no grounds on the electrical, the plugs are 3 prong but the ground is disconnected. I looked into having grounds installed (owner refuses to pay) and it would cost over $2,000 plus labor. Which I would spend in a heart beat if I owned the house, but I don't. So it's been over 5 months that I have had to go without using my desktop. Been using a M11x R3 which is good, but absolutely nothing compared to a $5,000 gaming desktop. Sick of having to use very low settings and resolutions on newer games and then to top it off I got throttling... my desktop maxed out ANY game in 1080P 60FPS with Maximum settings. So I withstood the first few months OKish, but now over 5 months later I'm sick of 720P 30FPS (with strong throttling). I want to use my desktop, I'm on the verge of a breakdown, every time I look at my desktop sitting inactive by my desk I get sick to my stomach, makes me sad seeing such a beautiful piece of technology going to waste... though spending $2,000 plus labor (estimated $4,000 when done) on a house I don't own is something I can't afford. Is there any way I can get around using a ground? Though I don't want to put my PC at risk in any way. Would something like using a battery backup device work as a ground? Anything, just as long as it doesn't put my PC at risk. I would be extremely grateful for any help. Thanks.

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The Mac

where do you live?

that sounds illegal, electrical code and all...

you can make a ground by running wire to a metal pipe.

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ZombieKiller

Sacramento CA
The owner had the outlets replaced with GFCI plugs, heard that you shouldn't use those on a PC.
Also heard grounding to a pipe can cause serious problems.

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The Mac

i dont know that it makes much difference, Ground Fault Circuit Interupters are designed to trip if you drop something plugged in into water.

They are usually only used in the kitchen and Bath.

They require a ground however, so i dont know how they could possibly work without one.

As far plugging a computer into one, its fine as long as it doesnt trip.

The reason they say its a bad idea is because if it trips while you are using it, its bad for your componants to lose power like that.

You could add an APC to counter that problem, so if it trips you still have power, and the alarm will tell you to reset the GFCI

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ZombieKiller

GFCI outlets have a localized ground and when I researched them on WiKi it said that electronics should NEVER be plugged into them. Yes my Bathroom and Kitchen have them, but I checked, it's only a localized ground, not a proper ground that's required for electronics.

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The Mac

double post

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The Mac

interesting.

Ive never installed one without a regular ground.

Have you stuck a wiring tester into it?

id replace the one you are going to use with a regular outlet, if its still not grounded, you can ground the box with a wire to a pipe. If the box is plastic, you can use a two prong adapter from home depot and put the wire on the strap.

Again, the only reason they say not to plug electronics into them is because of the instant power loss problem. There isnt anything inherently bad about doing so, just the danger of constant tripping which you can alleviate with an apc.

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ZombieKiller

Haven't tried a wiring tester. Gonna go to Home Depot and get one.

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jbitzer

I have a rental house built in the 60's that had a similar setup to yours. There was a bare copper ground wire in the boxes, but since they were all 2 prong outlets, they weren't hooked up to the actual plug, just sitting unused in the box. I found an article that will explain how to tell if the ground is actually grounded here:

http://www.structuretech1.com/2009/04/how-to-fix-ungrounded-three-prong-outlets/

If you use a UPS, you will be fine without doing any actual electrical work because the power is supplied by the ups battery all the time, the outlet simply keeps the battery charged.

On the other hand, you could be a dick, look up building codes and report your landlord if it's a violation.

alternatively, just plug it in, if something blows, it would most likely be the power supply only, but in the case your whole pc is fried, your renter's insurance will cover it.

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ZombieKiller

Checked the boxes, have no grounds in any outlet.

The renter is actually my cousin. He just bought the place so it needs some work. He actually offered (last night) to help install grounds if it's something that we (me and him) could do ourselves. He normally would redo all the wiring but he just doesn't have the cash now. I'll be buying my own new house soon, but that's probably another 5 months at least, can't wait that long to game! All the outlets are GFCI which are up to code, so reporting him wouldn't do any good (wouldn't do that anyway).

Ready for more stupidity!? I don't have renters insurance! Surprise!

So a USP would work? What do you mean as long as I don't do any electrical work? Like work inside the computer? If so, why not? If a USP would work as a ground without the outlet having one I'll just buy one of those.

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jbitzer

I meant if you don't want to ground the outlets and what not, a UPS should be a pretty easy solution. I'd always check the manufacturer first before trusting random guy on the internet's opinion, as I am not an electrician.

another thing to try if you got the line tester tool, is most of those older houses have steel outlet boxes. You can check to see if that box is grounded and ground the plug right to the box.

Otherwise, if you're on the ground floor, the run a wire to a buried pipe method would be expedient.

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MAIZE1951

In the area I live ALL rental property has to wired to the NEC specs WITH GROUND, and I do believe the NEC also requires ALL rental property to be wired with ALL electrical sockets being grounded. You do have internet capacity so look it up.

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The Mac

Same here in boston, my building was built in the early 1900s, and everything here is grounded.

Considering California's kookie electric laws (im looking at you GU24 sockets), i would be surprised if grounding wasnt mandated

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The Mac

they are pretty cheap.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Gardner-Bender-120-VAC-GFCI-Outlet-Tester-1-clam-5-clams-master-GFI-3501/202867890?MERCH=REC-_-NavPLPHorizontal1-2-_-NA-_-202867890-_-N

i have a feeling your landlord is full of it.