Theydon's Perpetual Build (AKA Triggers Broom) & LAN Sessions

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  1. Theydon Bois

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    My Water 2.0 Performer arrived on time, well, on time by the courier company, three days late by Scan who held my order up without telling me that the 16Gb memory card I didn't really want was not in stock, stopping what I actually wanted, the heatsink, from arriving. :rolleyes:

    Just running some temps etc now, but as mentioned, it was more about stopping the side fan from pushing on my existing heatsink then anything else really.
     
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    Scan are famous for doing that. I complained about it, as it's happened to me 3 times. They just said "that's the way the system works", good way to £!$$ off your customers Scan.

    moon.
     
  3. Theydon Bois

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    The new Heatsink arrived, the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer.

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    The back goes on, and then I looked confused as the chinese converted into engrish (yes, I meant to type that) made me triple check the connections on the block. I also had the pipes at the top once as well, but I quickly changed that.

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    Apart from the fact that the rear screws did not appear long enough to hold the whole thing on, it all went together well, the large thumbscrews applied and screwed in.

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    With that in, I looked at my 'broken' RAM. The thermal tape gets slapped on to the inside of the Corsair Heatsink. I am sure that if I went back to Corsair they would have done something about it, and if this fails, I will do. It all snapped back together and went back in.

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    As mentioned before, in my attempt to get the temps down, I added a side fan, the Bitfenxi Spectre Pro - the 230mm version. However, it pressed slightly on the top of my old Be Quiet Advanced which had a HUGE heatsink.

    This shot is through the reverse side of he case with the new grill window side on, showing the side 230mm Spectre, the new Water 2 Performer and my topmost 670.

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    The trouble with cable extensions is that you end up with a bloody lot of cables that have to be hidden away somewhere, and when you want to remove all the hiding places that are naturally there, you are in trouble. Like this. :)

    Also, I wanted to avoid the huge holes that are not grommeted, meaning no hanging wires, nothing cutting across - which added another layer of bloody buggeration annoyance.

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    Soon it looked a lot better - the last main cable was actually a SATA power cable that I had to drag up towards the drive bays to fit the bulky connections. Why not remove it? Well because in this revision of the Corsair PSU's, their definition of modular means SATA and Molex cables in addition to the 24 and 8 pin cables.

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    And with that Sudoko like puzzle management, it meant the front now looked like this. The fan cables hanging down are for the side Spectre Pro and are meant to be there.

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    Pretty happy now, with a few last things to tidy up including moving the Noiseblocker that was at the back to the front hard drive cage, but that can wait.

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    It booted all ok, I had no hiccups as such, but the fans on the Performer were on full blast, at 2000RPM. I mucked about a little - its not all that clear what the fan cable from the block actually does, so I swapped things round so that the fans were on the CPU (as I would have thought) and the fan cable from the block went to a normal fan header which dropped the speeds back to half and the noise level I wanted.

    I did some quick tests, and it compared to another days testing (again using Valley and Prime) that I had reduced my CPU and (confusingly) my GPU temps by a few degrees. I am assuming that the side fan was not working optimally due to it pressing against the Be Quiet, or that the large amount of metal that was above the cards was hampering airflow in some way.
     
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    nice, looking really tidy, that 230mm fan must shift a lot of air
     
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    Looking good :smashin:
     
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    Decided to go for the push pull after all eh mate.

    What extension cables are you using for all the cable management stuff.
     
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    Cheers! Yep, 230mm pulling air onto the GPU's, and a 200mm pulling in air from the front.

    Added to this 120mm in across the hard drive caddy, two 120mms out the top, push pull 120's out the back.

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    Yep - I was comparing the Corsair H60 versus some of the other self contained coolers. The Performer not only did very well, but was cheap - I paid £53 from Scan, about £20+ cheaper than most Push/Pull setups like the H80i.

    The cables are mostly Bitfenix Alchemy, which range from £3 to £8 each, but it all adds up, and cost roughly £50 in total.
     
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    Looks fantastic Theydon. I'm definitely planning a GPU upgrade sometime in the next 6 - 12 months.

    Late next year I may well go the whole hog and do a post Haswell upgrade depending on what that new generation of CPU and mobo brings.

    Good work.

    moon.
     
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    looking good mate, so is that it for now?
     
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    That looks fantastic inside. I'm mildly jealous.
     
  11. Theydon Bois

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    I think so....as mentioned I do have a Noiseblocker to swap out for the front fan that came with the Lian Li, but the cage was a very tight fit so to un-cable everything and pop it out may be annoying.

    I dont think there is anything left to replace or upgrade or tinker with inside though, which surely means its time to start all over again :D

    Mildly? Pfffftttt. :D
     
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    you can remove the tabs from the front air filter and change it for something better, or at least you should give it a good wash. ;)
     
  13. Theydon Bois

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    lol, thats the camera lighting - I had used a crappy air can that i found down the back of the sofa to clean it prior to even starting swapping the sink over. Although saying that, I popped off the front again just now, and it looks spotless, but from the angle I am looking down, it looks like Rosarks face. :D
     
  14. Theydon Bois

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    A little tinkering yesterday. I replaced the fan that came with the Lian Li box to the Noiseblocker than I had spare from the rear when I changed the heatsink.

    I also wanted to look at the noise levels - they seemed to have gone up for some reason, and found that the front fan was ramped up, and after tinkering, the front fan didnt work at all. :(

    I have a splitter cable that powers both bitfenix (front and side) and it seems that possibly has become faulty? Its annoying, as that fan header on my motherboard is under my second card, so difficult to tinker with as it requires me to remove the card to get to it.

    The fan itself seems fine as I unplugged another fan to get it to work, and also it works when connected to molex (but runs seemingly at 200%) so still have some more tinkering and going to buy another splitter so both front and side fans work at the lower rpm...

    Edit: Side fan, not rear.
     
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    just Molex every fan if they run quiet enough, splitter's can be hit and miss even not getting enough volts to the fans used, only use Fan headers theses days for RPM sense and rear fan.
    also found over the years if the fan is faulty or trying/drawing to much Juice than it should do connected to the header while your overclocking, this can cause a reset at cold start resulting to the settings tobe defaulted, i just get less issues not using headers when i can in the long run,
    i Do have 2 low RPM bitfenix led fans though cooling the Hdds they run fine but have noticed the motors are losing oil looking at the fins last time i looked.
     
  16. Theydon Bois

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    I don't think I mentioned it in this thread, but I had real problems with my (Virgin, with Superhub) Broadband on and off over the last few months, basically getting dumped mid game while playing DOTA/BF3.

    I went through a ton of different tests, to discover that it was wireless coverage rather than the internet - despite the router being some 15 feet away in more or less direct line of sight (although I know it doesn't work that way).

    Among the offers were an extra hub to extend, but not the SuperHub2 which I had read had fixed a few people's issues. Not wanting to extend my contract and pay for another year and potentially have inconsistent internet issues, I struck a one month contract deal that could be cancelled should I have the same issues.

    So I now have 120Mb internet (nice!) which was installed Monday.

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    So how have things gone since then? Quite frankly, brilliant. Up until last night I have had zero dropouts, and although this is only four days, I have played multiple games of DOTA - which before, in some games, could have seen me drop out multiple times in one game. So Hurrah and Huzzah!
     
  17. Theydon Bois

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    I have decided to add my Lan Session Writeups into this thread as well, so heres day one of the recent three day Guild Wars LAN session I had last week.


    Friday

    I arrived at DeadEyeMikes just before 7am, and hoping that Pelet would be late, had skipped on Coffee and Breakfast. He sadly wasn’t late, so I then make everyone late to get a coffee fix, and steal some Frosties as well.

    Soon we are off on the road, as the car was already packed, and within a few minutes, we were already thinking about Breakfast. Wanting to get as far away from London as possible to avoid traffic, we decided to visit a MaccyD’s on the M5 and so with pedal to the metal, and plan in mind, we continued onwards. Until we hit a mass load of traffic just after 8am.

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    This apparently was due to a Vehicle on fire….and after nearly 45 minutes of 1st gear action we came across a burnt out lorry with melted cab and tires (driver ok, sitting on the verge talking to old bill). Traffic flowed a little better then and around 9am, with Pelet in the back asking about beers. I add that my Corona’s are nearby and the Lime and when he asks “…but do you have a knife and chopping board?” I point him to the pocket knife in my washbag. No board, but he valiantly manages to chop some lime on his lap for us to enjoy as we travel. None for the driver obviously, which means more for us.

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    Probably prompted by the alcohol, but the question soon arises as to whether we shall make the 10:30 breakfast cut-off. Some math then is discussed - well, I start and they look blank as I begin to work out the average speed versus distance stuck in traffic versus new speed to get to where we were if we were not stuck – to which Pelet suddenly has a lightbulb moment as comprehension dawns as he says “like Ghost Mario Kart?”

    This later confuses the hell out of McGlory, as when he rings to find out where we are, we keep over talking his questions as to where exactly are we, by saying, “…..yes, yes, but is Ghost Mario Kart there?” and have a giggling fit as he does not know what the hell we are talking about.

    McDonalds is made with 15 mins to spare, and while the pair head to make water, I rush straight in and grab breakfast. I sit down and munch away as they walk over, I spot eyes glazed as they simply can’t see me despite being 15 feet away and in plain view, and even again as they grab food and slowly walk to the seating area until I cry out “cooo eeeeeee, over here!”

    Food consumed (and a nice pink balloon taken from a child for McGlory) and we are off again, and at our destination by just after midday. The unpack and setup was done nice and quick – we are pro’s after all, and soon we are all in game and mucking about crafting and checking gear and discussing our next plans.

    Its just a free for all during the day, with beer, food, sweets – actually lets go back to the sweets. I open a pack of jelly babies, take a couple pass them on, sit down, piss about, ask for Jelly babies….and they are all fudgeing gone. This is simply unacceptable, and I don’t shut up about it all weekend as anything even slightly related is twisted back to that. “I have a green spear if anyone needs it” to which the obviously reply is “…nah, but do you have any Jelly Babies?” etc etc.

    Time flies by. We explore, we start our personal quests….all of us are Norn, something that was not discussed at all as no-one would have done it – “…..your killing my right to represent the races of [GuildyWarsland] and exploiting the…” you get the idea.

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    For those that don’t know, we had planned this for the best part of two months, and knew the game we were playing, and had one remit – bring a 15th level character. So we all played various characters before settling on one each – all of us testing between 2 and 6 characters. I played Asure Necro > Charr Thief > Norn Ranger > Slyvia Mesmer then replayed the Norn Ranger from Scratch again as I wanted to get the Dirty Bear that lives near the Asure people.

    Its all such a blur now, but it was just brilliant. Stupid things like turning into Bulls to protect something, DeadEyeMike wanting to use his special Bull charge so much that as soon as the gate opened, he charged right off the cliff face and our first proper fight as the mass of people turned a boss into a god and took ages to bring down. We experienced this on a smaller scale with a spider that had around 6 of us battering it for ages as well, then little things like finding googles – which DeadEyeMike wore first and crashed and died on the rocks below as he did not jump far enough.

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    We all take it in turns with the personal quests – and they start to merge as we go along, but were brilliantly diverse. We all finish up in the late 20’s level wise at the end of the first day (at around 6am) meaning we were up for 24hrs, and gaming for about 16 of them.
     
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    Saturday

    All of us were up at midday, and quickly fuelled with coffee and bottles of corona along with some breakfast (a stack of Sausage sandwiches) then a shower and back on again within an hour or so of waking. The main thing for us was to get to level 30, as McGlory knew there was a dungeon for us to get to. This meant lots of exploring, which for us was mostly hit a new area, and then head from Skill point to skill point, mining, chopping or gathering as we travelled as well as detouring past teleport locations. A little more on the ‘gathering’ needs to be said as this was done with much aplomb at EVERY opportunity. Train through a load of angry bees? No worries, they are biting and stinging us, but that won’t stop us mining – it was comical. Skill point, enjoy a battle or grab the focus, then TREE! Chop chop chop run along towards the next objective…. MINE! Tink tink tink, then as we discover something we just did was contributing towards completing a heart, we decide to finish it off……………. BUSH! Gather gather gather. This was not just today, it happened all day yesterday as well.

    With us all now around level 30 (XP is awarded on hitting creatures, so there were times when the highest was 2 levels over the lowest, but things always seemed to even out eventually) we head back to town to clear out our bags, craft and all get past 30th. We all had different trades, Huntsman and Chef for me, Tailor and Artificer for DeadEyeMike, Weapons and Heavy Armour for Pelet, and Leather and Jewellery for McGlory.

    All of us had bought the starter laurel kits for our trades, all of us gave (most) components to each other to help out, but we still ended up spending a fortune in the market. At one point, DeadEyeMike and Pelet were close to levelling, and so we spent nearly a gold amongst us on planks. Mental.

    We break for dinner – Fish and chips, and being in a near costal town, the chip shop was packed, and wonderfully old school. Once we were back at McGlorys, sitting down eating, we all then discuss the wonderful chip shop assistant, whom I named the Spatulator, as all he did was loom in the background (6’ 4” at the very least and made all the more comically imposing as the old lady behind the counter was 5’ nothing, and he had a splendid mullet) before he would then spatulate a fish or sausage from the heated cabinet to the top of a pile of chips. None of us said a word while there in the queue, but it appears all of us were thinking the same thing. Spatulate became a word used often and in almost any context, as we mimed standing still, then slowly moving an item from one place to another with a clawed hand. Very childish, but very amusing.

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    Once we have got that out of our system – we hadn’t really, as this and the Jelly babies were a reoccurring theme but still. The big event is here - the Dungeon. All excited we make our way there and ignore the recommended request for a 5th player, and so four fresh level 30-31 players enter to get sucked up into the story of ghosties…..and we get battered. It was brilliant.

    A war of attrition occurs as we slowly whittle and wear down these creatures that are simply on another level to what we had encountered before. Popping ghosts off one by one we feel the most badass group of adventurers that ever wandered these halls…….we loved it. Until we encountered the bonus encounter of a Cave Troll. My god, we thought the other fights were bad, this was worse. AoE death, leaping, mass regeneration, Fear…..my god.

    We had no idea what condition breaks even where (at this point) and we got pummelled time and time again. We were getting there though, different skill sets tried, different positions – and then I went down and could not be revived as my body was in a different position to my revive point which was really annoying. What was worse was that my camera position meant I could not see the fight where Pelet was standing strong against the Troll who had stuck himself in a corner and did not leap…..so I cheered unenthusiastically as I selfishly wanted to be in on the kill.

    More epic fights and then the …pink dildos. There is no other way to describe these creatures that are summoned by one of the bosses and I am sure this was a cunning distraction to make the fight harder as we cried out the Dildos are attacking! Which I am sure McGlory’s neighbours found most amusing.

    A few hours after we started, we proudly emerge from the other side laden with loot (yes, I simply handed all of my stuff to DeadEyeMike again as all the good parts from this dungeon joined every other piece I had picked up over the weekend)

    “Do you need a torch DeadEyeMike?” this was a popular sentence over the weekend, and no he didn’t. So we kept asking. Also, some people had extreme difficulty saying Precession and Ferocity, which turned into many different words, and eventually become ‘the P and F word’ – kids, don’t drink – it does strange things to your vocabulary.

    Personal stories next. While all of us were of the Norn race, the three paths have different orders that seemed to be suited to all of us. A warrior for our Warrior, the Scholar for our Elementalist, and the Secret Order for the two people that only wanted to join that as they had looked up armour skins and found that the Secret Order had a nice dress. Yep, none of that “….join us for secrets of untold power..” nonsense, we were all “…..girlfriend, where did you get that dress?”

    A quick leap back to previous LAN sessions of DDO, where we all spent a fortune of various things, crafting supplies or cosmetic items…..nothing was spent this time round yet. I knew I wanted the pirate costume, but was trying to find something definitive regarding when and where you could actually wear it – the pre and post wardrobe April patch was confusing me hence my delay. Pelet though, wanted some crafting boosters and was looking at dyes, and so stumped up the £8.50. With this barrier ‘broke’ I then secretly bought my pirate costume safe that I had not caved in first. A small victory, but a win for the fashion world – one has to look ones best for the cut scenes you know!

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    The quests were brilliant. Lots of fighting and stealth – well, I say stealth, but I got far too excited on my bit and thought I had ruined it for myself and McGlory as I came out of stealth and attacked a massive group of people with an AOE blast of arrows because I thought the boss had arrived. Thankfully I ran off invisible for a second and the game compensated for idiots like me.

    Dressing up as robots had me shouting like a deranged poodle, calling out “I am Obertron!” in a dalek voice. I have no idea why, or whom Obertron is, but I was very excited.

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    Then the cheering quests – again all brilliant. Fights for something, while the rest of us cheered – but we didn’t know what was going on until after the fight when it then dawned on us why hardly anyone was attacking us, nor why we did no damage. Looking at icons to see what they actually do is vastly overrated…..and again we all did this whenever we could. Getting a beer, finding a bush, making a cookie….wayyyyyyyyyyyy woooooooooOO! ! !!!

    Jumping puzzles for the Ravens, and Vista’s was a brilliant touch and there was many a “….where the bloody hell do we go now?” moment.

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    Its when you can’t manage your own inventory that you know its bed time. I thought I had destroyed my epic new boots as they had no stats until you put them on, I destroyed a sword Pelet made me, then destroyed another one that I was holding as it was for the next level up before realising why I had actually kept it, then chuck in some heart quests that involved a ghostbuster gun that I ran round for ages after I had completed my heart pew pew-ing away, and that McGlory even managed to take it into a new zone. Then Pelet and McGlory using rocks and icicles to **** mobs with for no other reason that it was funny……. It carried on like this until 6am again and we all crashed out.
     
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    Sunday

    Much like a bottle of shampoo, we rinsed and repeated the previous days – up at 12, freshen up, bacon and sausages, and then back on to the game. The day started with more exploring, levelling along the way, picking up the second Trait skills (or first customizable) at 36. We then decide to go back to the dungeon as it was calling us, eager for another tough battle.

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    Our tactic of slowly dying repeatedly as we worked out stuff was repeated, and the Spider Queen fight was just brilliant, with Pelet at one point nearly killing the spider on his own as the rest of us dropped. I’d say it took around half a dozen to a dozen attempts – and remember we still had not worked out condition break stuff yet, so the battles where brutal and decidedly one sided.

    With the Spider dead, we march on, pass through some more fights in a trapped corridor, to then be met with the deadly words “bonus encounter! Cave Troll!”…….the groans were probably heard in Scotland as we wailed and fought and moaned and fought and cried with the injustice (the Cave Troll running away to rapidly regenerate when I was still shooting it so it could path better was the highlight of this) and spent (read wasted) hours on war of attrition before we decided to leave him altogether. Only we couldn’t. Because the NPC who is going through the dungeon with us, and integral to the dungeon was dead under the Troll’s feet and we were unsure if we still needed him. So we had to pull the troll revive the NPC and get the troll in the corner to then have the NPC die in the corner so the Troll could return to the spawn point and then when the NPC was revived, would then be far enough away from the Troll to not attack it….which took more deaths, more moaning, more sweary swear words.

    The commander was a brilliant fight, but the Cave Troll encounter had done its damage. Again, we still had not all quite worked out Condition breaks to remove the Fear etc, and with time ticking away on the last day, we left the dungeon, defeated.

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    A crafting break as we beavered away at our tables and bought supplies etc, and a real life dinner of Toad in the hole is on the menu. As the official Chef (in game, don’t let me near a frying pan) I suggest pigs in toad in the hole blankets which is contemplated, but not sadly made.

    A needed computer break as we collapse and once more bitch about Trolls, more beer, then eating. DeadEyeMike has sloped back on the computer at this point, and there is some confusion as McGlory tries to say in a fatherly way “get off the computer else you will go to bed without any dinner!” as we all eat, but instead manages to suggest sending him to bed with dinner while playing the computer…..its been a long weekend and no one could speak properly…



    Its now time to get silly. We poke our head in a 50-60 area, and all of us kill a Wolf, feel like Heroes, and then attack another, that calls a wolf out of his arse that crits me once and knocks me down to about 4 health from full. We all scream and run separate ways (like heroes!) all the while running towards mining, before running away again when a creature comes near. Every creature there is dangerous, and we are unable to hurt it, with either the creature taking single digit damage or nothing at all. Pelet had ran the wrong way and while encouraging him to run through the forest towards us, we all get up high on a vantage point to watch as he trains Ettins and Bears after him – so funny and was a brilliant cathartic to the Troll an hour or so before. We even manage a boss event – other players fighting while we lingered in the background and I don’t think I did more than 12 damage during the whole fight. It gets worse as we looking into the dangerous river and see loads of lizards and as McGlory and DeadEyeMike splash into the water and have them all aggro, I say why not use this bridge just on the outskirts of their fog of war. It didn’t matter as I got more bears on me, but at least I was not wet.

    With that out of our system, we head back to more level appropriate lands to hit level 40 for the next part of our personal quests. We find some pirates and have some excellent fights and getting bored with the bow I run in with Sword and Horn and put Pelet off as he suddenly bursts out laughing as the Pirate he has kicked in the nuts has dropped to the floor with seagulls in his hair.

    More pissing about and I think it was part of a secret quest for someone, we had to cross a windy area. McGlory was up first and he got blown down a hole, my pet went flying, and we watched McGlory, jump jump fly off as we all huddled in the corner. McGlory got the hump and went to the bathroom and I ran across first time. McGlory comes out saying “….its bugged, you can’t do it, there must be another way..” while DeadEyeMike was trying to say you can, “…Theydon’s there, cheering!”

    And the last few hours went by too quickly and soon it was 6am once more. We crashed, and it seemed not five minutes before I was being woken up by DeadEyeMikes alarm going off on repeat. He still snored away, but it was me getting up to his alarm – a trick to wake us all up. Bleary eyed, we slowly round up all the PC’s to throw in the bin, pack our rubbish in the car (I think that was what we did anyway, I was on autopilot) and settle down for a drink before we go. It really did look like a load of tramps just burst into a house and squatted there for a few days with empty bottles, chip shop wrappers and jelly baby packets (I am sure not all wino’s drink Meth and eat Cider, some must Drink Meth and eat Jelly babies) scattered around.

    We stop in the village shop for some Cornish Cream and Scones to placate the missuseses, and then we are back on the road to Lundon town like Dick Wittington (or was it the cat?). One last moment was 4 hours into the journey, with me dozing in the back, Pelet and DeadEyeMike silent for a while and on the radio, R Kelly comes on, and the car erupts as we all sing “I see nothing wrong, with a little bump and grind!”

    Roll on the next!


    Edit: As I probably confused people with names, here are the character names:

    Theydon Bois - Trulee Scrumptious
    DeadEyeMike - Elecxcisl
    McGlory - Nina Nightfall
    Pelet - Prince Adam
     
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    My K95 Keyboard went back to Corsair.

    I had not realised for ages that I had dead LEDS as they were all confined to the Macro keys that I had configured to be off. I think I only realised just before the LAN session (a week or two at most) and found 4 of them to be dead. By the LAN session, I had lost 10, and a week later, I lost the F2 key.

    I now have a normal HP keyboard that was hooked up to my HTPC and kept under the TV cabinet, and my keyboard is now on a slow boat to the Netherlands....
     
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    Hi Theydon,

    We just received your unit back in our system and your replacement has been booked. Sorry for any inconvenience. We regret that we don't have any replacement units in stock at the moment. The next coming ETA to our stock would be Dec 8th, Once we have more units come in, a replacement will automatically ship. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please let us know. thank you

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    Does this mean I may not get it returned before Christmas? As mentioned before, an K95 (or even K70) RGB version would be an acceptable and most gratefully received alternative.....:)

    Regardless, thanks for the update and I will continue to use my basic HP keyboard until then.

    Merry Christmas!

    Theydon

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    Hi Theydon,

    We apologize for any inconvenience, we unable to exchange RGB ( RGB curretnly also no avail as well), we already put your shipment request on top Priority, once more units come to stock will ship out right away. thanks for your patience and sorry for any inconvenience t may caused.

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    .....you dont ask, you dont get. I tried. :(
     
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    Damn...
     
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    The lights are back baby!

    Brand new K95 sent, and its the newer revision - my keyboard never had a light on the space bar but this does (I mean it had a light underneath, but not a little slit on top to let light through) - the volume roller is smoother and I think the connections of the wrist pad are better.
     
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    Another LAN session completed.....Friday 6th Feb.
    Game: Guild Wars 2

    All the computers were dropped off the night before, meaning that we could start promptly at 9am. Well, me and DeadEye did, followed by Pelet about half an hour later, but Monkey did not arrive until around 11am. McGlory and HippyHamster were ready and waiting for us at 9am on
    teamspeak though.

    It was a very subdued start for us, as our LAN characters from Oct last year are dusted off and brought back into the spotlight. We ended that LAN sesion at 42nd level give or take, and then levelled to 62 over the last few months of play - with early 60's eventually being the cappping point. And so we started the weekend off by spending the next few hours crafting both of our chosen professions to 400, with me having to buy back most of the stuff I had sold to get coin towards weapons etc that I had bought the week before.

    We then realised that we were not that far from 80 anyway, so why not just level up the last bits on our own. So some continued crafting, others went waypoint hoping, or consuming books. I bought the Copper Fed O'matic ready for the session as well as some more Candy Corn to make Bags with, and jiggled my Watchman pick to my main.

    After a good few hours of this, we went into WvW. DeadEye bought himself a Commander tag, and off we went, gathering steam and rolling around taling castles in the borderlands.

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    It was brilliant until one of the opposing sides decided to stockpile men and wait in a castle and then pile out to zerg us all dead, but fun nontheless. Sadly, the hour or so of around 40 people all dwindled away and with only a dozen of us and 50+ of them, we soon departed eternal
    Battlegrounds to try something else.

    PvP was next. I have not played a lot of this at all, barely half a dozen matches, but we had a good laugh - with 6 of us though, the sides became 3 vs 3 with randoms - still great fun.

    A bit of a break around 4pm as some people head off to get supplies and food - and this gave Monkey and some others a chance to wander around and get the last level or so to hit 80th. More checking the markets and talking about builds and gear options.....this may seem like stuff we should have done already - but all of us are never on at the same time in this manner to be able to do so and sometimes its much easier to show comparison kit and stats.

    I got to finally equip the Lord Taeres's Shadow and Primordeous Axe that I bought, as well as grabbing the Tier 3 Norn Armour (which costs a fortune) and soon we moved to Dungeons. With 6 it was akqward, but we went for Story mode in Caudecus's Manor with 2 teams of 3. A little bit of hassle, but fun and we won through, which then meant we were good enough to go in the dungeons in Explorer mode. Not. The same teams went for P1 of Ascalon Catacombs, but we had the cave troll and neither of us could get Kohlr down - we did have him at 25% first though. Once McGlory's Moaning Myrtle routine got too much, I bailed and got invited to the other team to help. We got Kohlr down a lot more, but still needed a 5th, and soon McGlory was in as well. Things were going ok but we got very confused with our first run and somehow ended up setting
    spike traps and then fighting a stupid ghosteater that took ages to set traps. We left, and I said I am sure thats not right - to find that we had ended up somehow going to path 2 instead!

    Ascalonian Catacombs (AC) Path 1 Dungeon Guide


    Ascalonian Catacombs (AC) Path 2 Dungeon Guide


    ......but thinking on it and watching those videos - we joined their instance, DeadEye, Monkey and Pelet MUST have picked the second option rather than the first - they did not have the open door for the protection against the barrows with the flaming stairs either as well as having the spike trap etc.... which makes them idiots. Oh well.

    A bit more PVP, more WvW and it was my turn to annoy as I kept shouting 6! 7! As I healed and evaded respectfully during the hectic battles we were having. No, I dont know why I was shouting either, I suspect the commands for for me as I smashed my keyboard hamfisted to try and escape or attack the opposition. Not long after Midinight, we started on the Jumping Puzzles........ The one in WvW was started first and it is very long and we just took the piss out of any that could not make the jumps or people raging...it became a 'thing' to dance at the people still struggling to taunt them.

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    The dark jumping was brilliant as well - torches thrown to see what was going on far more cursing as people fell off the edges or missed a jump. The shortcut ledge was used as nearly everyone that took the longer route got blown off the side by the double mouths, and we scratched another jumping puzzle off the list.

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    Another jumping puzzle was done and finished, and it was close to 5:30am now, and as thoughts went to bed, we pinged back to Lions Arch and started pissing about, making our own jumping puzzles. Someone got to the top of the metal bit in the centre of Lions arch and said jump on the tiny upright pillar with the torch on miles below. The person ressing me as I crashed into the floor must have thought 'what the hell are they doing?' as people pancaked all around him. We dutifully all tried for a while until DeadEye made it, then soon we were all on top. Another hour or leaping around Lions Arch like idiots under and over bridges and time for bed.

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    Saturday 7th

    The usual start. up at around midday, queue for the shower, breakfast on - bacon and sausage sandwiches, then back to the dressing up.

    We kicked off into WvW (6!) and PvP (7!) for a few hours, then Another Dungeon, Twiglight Arbour. McGlory was off again in the background as it seemed he was getting a battering on team Mrytle, while me Pelet and DeadEye smashed through our lot with ease.

    We kick off a load of Guild missions, starting with Bounties to earn a few points along the way, despite having some absolute bastard ones. McGlory lead a team to get the barrel boy and again, Mytrling his way along, and couldnt even find any barrels, let alone the one hiding inside it. He did however find him in the end and crack on to get the boss. Far better than our 'search for the bounty' - our team had the frog on the bush - and bloody hell was that hard. Never fought him before and the poor bugger that finds the right bush is guarenteed to be dead as reinforcements are called. We managed a couple of Tier 1's (just us 6 and the odd random) before heading back to Lions Arch.

    .......were we discovered the bobble head factory.

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    This amused us for far longer than I thought - dancing, pets, minis, trader....even the inventory - all had massive heads. Some people however just cannot handle the larger headed ladies...

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    We did some personal story - but I think we all merged our stories into one rather than the seperate Whispers tree that I wanted (purely for the armour) and I dont think many people were all that bothered with it, and again, 6 made it acqkard.

    We decided on some Guild Hunts next. We did a couple of the little ones (again just the 6 of us) and then we went up a notch to the 20 in 20 minutes. Some of us pulled our weight more than others - I dont think Monkey got even one of them, while some piled through them.

    It was down to the wire now though - me and DeadEye have all of Orr mapped out, and I think McGlory has some of it but he was just finishing his one. DeadEye was vailaintly trying to find a way up onto the ledge but was now the other side of the island. I got near as Monkey started counting down from 10, 9, 8.....I managed to get out of the water up on to the ledge...5,4....

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    .....and landed and whacked F as Monkey was announcing 2 seconds left. I am EPIC!

    [And before anyone says no wonder you had no time left if you were taking screenshots, I went back to reenact the scene and took about 20 before I got that one so ner]

    More Jumping Puzzles as we hit the stroke of midnight, and Caledonian Forest has four for us to do, ranging from easy to hard. My god, these things have to be done with friends as otherwise you just give up. What was funny was that half way through the labratory one with the lava, I suddenly noticed that Pelet had no armour on and was wandering around in his pants. When I asked him what was he doing, he said its all broken - you have no shoes on either. Bringing up my inventory, I was pissing myself - I had even broken my quiver.

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    For me the labratory was just one I could not do. I was very close - up by the sideways portal (the last section before the end), but it took me a while to get there. Others faired more badly and so McGlory cheerfully announced his was bring the equivalent of the Top Gear spare car (his Mesmer) for James, Jeremy and Richard (Me, Pelet and Monkey) We moved onto the Tree (it was contested before) then had to do it again when we realised the next puzzle was on from that one. The top gear car was brough out for some, but I managed these two through gritted teeth.

    Now at 430am, I was flagging and dropped out. The others continued jumping around for another 2 hours or so before finishing for the night.
     
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    A proper upgrade post rather than moaning about my keyboard or LAN sessions at last! 980Ti purchased!

    The 670's come out, and the new card back in.

    Before Scores for reference.

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 video card benchmark result - Intel Core i5-2500K Processor,Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. Z68X-UD4-B3

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    I thought the new card was a beast, but it seems my 670's were the same size!

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    The new card gave me the opportunity to have a spring clean. It seems I have too much air going into the case, and not enough out - the amount of dust inside was quite frankly appalling. This meant I brushed it all down and basically dismantled all the fans to get to them to brush them down as well. Front, top, AIO taken apart to get rid of the carpet on the rad as well.

    Take my top two fans for instance - picture taken after one was cleaned, the other not....:blush:

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    While dismantling the fans etc on Tuesday, my front fan started making noises - a ticking as though one of the fan fins was slightly out. Annoying enough for me to notice it anyway. I ordered a new one (the same one a Bitfenix Spectre Pro 200mm) that day and it came yesterday - luckily OC had one left.

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    While I was waiting for the fan to come, I hooked up my 230mm one with cable ties and left all the cables loose.

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    New fan goes in, cables tidied up, a little more dusting, and all is good!

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    Would love to hear your thoughts on the GPU as i'm thinking the 6G or the EVGA. Noise really mainly i know it can perform :)

    Also what resolution you at too please :)
     
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    1080p.

    Fans are not spinning until 60 degrees. When they are, they are really quiet. I am very happy so far. Played a lot of Skyrim and Battlefield 4 as my test games.

    60+ mods in Skyrim including plenty of texture and LODS, and in BF4, I am at 200% Texture resolution, Ultra settings (with AA off) getting 60+ fps

    My 3dmark score is just under 13k, and Heaven was 93fps.
     
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    Nice one thanks.

    So whens the monitor upgrade happening? :devil:
     

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