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Ordered a 256 GB Samsung 850 Pro SSD last night :D, planning on treating myself to a new NVidia GTX 970 card this Xmas to complete upgrades for the next generation of games :).

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And got the nexus 6 today, it's beautiful.

I still think a 6" phone is ridiculous.

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Im gonna hold out on the 970 too, I hate paying so close to retail for one now. That 290x for $255 is really tempting but I'm going green
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I am actually kinda torn on which one to get as well.. 970 or 290x to sli/cf?

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Depends on what you want. The 290X is much faster.
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I'm an NVidia fanboy from all the people I know of who have worked for them or with their technology... but I should probably look into that 290X, I've been noticing people mention it more and more. I'll have to ask another EE friend :).

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Depends on what you want. The 290X is much faster.

 

I think for what I need, I should go for ATi cards. For one, heavily modded Skyrim would need tons of memory bandwidth, which means the 290x (especially on CF) should be much faster than the 970 sli on Skyrim..

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Well, crap. My GDM-FW900's more or less dead now. I think the flyback transformer finally called it quits, and now I have to find someone who can repair these monitors properly. So much for owning the best gaming monitor in existence.

 

At least my GDM-5410's still in working order. I figured out how to properly remove the back cover so I can access the ECS port on the back and run WinDAS, lowered the G2 so I can finally have some actual black levels on this thing, and once calibrated for gamma, it's amazing. Granted, I'm missing the widescreen-ness of the FW900 already, but I can push the 5410's brightness higher without thin horizontal lines doubling up slightly while still retaining these deep blacks. I'm not sure even VA LCDs have anything on this contrast ratio.

 

I really don't want to buy a new monitor right now, either. We've got new DisplayPort and HDMI standards coming up, a big push for 4K, increasing adoption for G-SYNC as well as FreeSync on the horizon...who knows, maybe they can even bring out more 120/144 Hz IPS and VA panels so I can get the smooth motion without the godawful TN image quality that sets back pretty much every G-SYNC monitor and 120/144 Hz monitor that isn't the Eizo FG2421, and even that apparently has its share of quality problems.

 

Graphics cards? I'll skip this gen, my GTX 760's still good enough, though I was amused during my Black Friday shopping by the fact that the local Best Buy had a GTX 770 for over the price of a GTX 970 (which was sold out). Screw that!

 

There's nothing really new for me on the PC gaming front, other than that I now have a Logitech G502; couldn't resist the Best Buy deal with a $50 Steam gift card, and I know I'll be going through that during the inevitable Christmas sale. Feels quite nice, but I'll have to spend some time and get used to its shape over the G500 I was using prior.

 

That, and now the Star Citizen Anvil Aerospace Carrack concept sale is up. I want it, but I don't want to melt my Rear Admiral package (LTI Constellation Andromeda + a crapload of physical goodies and game access) and LTI Aurora LX to buy it just because someone might want my LTI ships.

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I really don't want to buy a new monitor right now, either. We've got new DisplayPort and HDMI standards coming up, a big push for 4K, increasing adoption for G-SYNC as well as FreeSync on the horizon...who knows, maybe they can even bring out more 120/144 Hz IPS and VA panels so I can get the smooth motion without the godawful TN image quality that sets back pretty much every G-SYNC monitor and 120/144 Hz monitor that isn't the Eizo FG2421, and even that apparently has its share of quality problems.

I want a 120Hz 4k 27" with IPS for $300... that'll be the day! I hope HDMI dies altogether - the compatibility issues and standardization across the board are total bs.

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Ordered a 256 GB Samsung 850 Pro SSD last night biggrin.gif , planning on treating myself to a new NVidia GTX 970 card this Xmas to complete upgrades for the next generation of games smily_headphones1.gif.
Nice, I'm jealous if you go with the 970, I'm an Nvidia fanboy to the heart. wink.gif
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I still think a 6" phone is ridiculous.
It's not really that hard to get used to, I use my phone for actual calls at least once a day, and it's not too bulky, I can pocket it just fine and one handed use isn't hard at all. I thought there'd be a much bigger learning curve.
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I want a 120Hz 4k 27" with IPS for $300... that'll be the day! I hope HDMI dies altogether - the compatibility issues and standardization across the board are total bs.

 

I'm not fond of HDMI myself, other than the convenience factor of having a single relatively small cable for video AND audio.

 

In fact, the only reasons for me to think about it all involve consoles. Doubly so in the Wii U's case since it's the only way to get surround sound out of it, but there aren't any compact Dolby Headphone or whatever processors with an HDMI passthrough. Go figure.

 

It's also a more convenient connection for hooking up my notebook to my desktop's capture card, but not strictly necessary.

 

120 Hz 4K IPS for $300...just ensure G-SYNC, FreeSync and under 8ms of input lag, and that would be damn near perfect. OLED would be even better yet, actually. Just give me SOMETHING that might make me want to retire my FD Trinitron CRTs for once!

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I'm not fond of HDMI myself, other than the convenience factor of having a single relatively small cable for video AND audio.

 

In fact, the only reasons for me to think about it all involve consoles. Doubly so in the Wii U's case since it's the only way to get surround sound out of it, but there aren't any compact Dolby Headphone or whatever processors with an HDMI passthrough. Go figure.

 

It's also a more convenient connection for hooking up my notebook to my desktop's capture card, but not strictly necessary.

 

120 Hz 4K IPS for $300...just ensure G-SYNC, FreeSync and under 8ms of input lag, and that would be damn near perfect. OLED would be even better yet, actually. Just give me SOMETHING that might make me want to retire my FD Trinitron CRTs for once!

Repped for mentioning Trinitron lol. Wish CRT monitors were still being manufactured ... Have a Korean PLS, not entirely impressed.  My unit O/C to 119Hz stable (Yes, 119Hz lol), but the image persistence is too high.

 

CRT at 120Hz is much better, and the color reproduction!  Only advantage that I have with my new monitor is the higher usable resolution (cannot stand anything less than 85Hz on CRT, old Dell would chug 1280x1024 @ 85Hz)

Been keeping tag
s on Craigslist.  Maybe.. Just maybe I'll find myself a mint Trinitron ;)

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Repped for mentioning Trinitron lol. Wish CRT monitors were still being manufactured ... Have a Korean PLS, not entirely impressed.  My unit O/C to 119Hz stable (Yes, 119Hz lol), but the image persistence is too high.

 

CRT at 120Hz is much better, and the color reproduction!  Only advantage that I have with my new monitor is the higher usable resolution (cannot stand anything less than 85Hz on CRT, old Dell would chug 1280x1024 @ 85Hz)

Been keeping tags on Craigslist.  Maybe.. Just maybe I'll find myself a mint Trinitron ;)

 

FD Trinitrons and Diamondtron NFs are where it's at, especially the 21" and up ones...provided that you find one that's in working order.

Sony manufacturing quality must've taken a hit around that time, since I still see a lot of functioning old shadow mask CRTs of various sorts and a lot of the G1 and G1W Trinitron chassis monitors wind up having some sort of serious color balance or flyback transformer issue years down the road.

 

Might as well mention the three I've had:

 

-Dell P1110 (G1). Excessive red tint. Poor black levels due to high G1 voltage. Occasionally lost focus and popped back into focus.

-Sun GDM-5410 (G1). Excessive green tint. Poor black levels due to high G1 voltage. Doesn't have focusing/popping problems, but does have an audible and sometimes annoying whine.

-Sony GDM-FW900 (G1W). Colors actually balanced! G1 might've been high at first, but I don't think it was as high as the others. Did have an issue where the color guns seemed to short and mostly go full green or full red when warming up, but usually sorted itself out after a few minutes...until the color flashing got worse and the flyback or something else delivering power to the tube blew. Now it won't properly turn on, but I'm reasonably sure that it can be repaired, since the rest of the electronics seemed to be fine.

 

I've seen enough Google results on these things to find out I'm not alone. It's quite a shame, as I really love these huge FD Trinitrons when they work properly. Some say the Diamondtron NFs tend to be more reliable, but I have yet to find the coveted 22" variants locally, and they certainly don't come in widescreen like the FW900.

 

Just keep your eyes peeled on Craigslist! That's how I scored the latter two monitors, actually. Just make sure you inspect them thoroughly for working condition, and bring a friend to help you move the thing into place, ESPECIALLY if it's the FW900! Seriously, I can just barely pick that behemoth up and move it around even if it's not all that larger than the 21" sets; you'll appreciate the help.


Edited by NamelessPFG - 11/29/14 at 11:47pm
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If you use visa checkout and use promo code NAFVC25 you can get that Acer for $274.99 . That makes price issue kinda moot in comparison to the QNIX. 

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