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  1. Robin-Hood

    Pics of your Gear

    Because it's like a smaller version of a MAP. Rather than just a pouch for a hydro bladder. I guess you could just stick pouches on the MLCS carrier, but meh. I prefer this, and I have owned both. I
  2. Robin-Hood

    Pics of your Gear

    I prefer this design to the MLCS Hydro Carrier. But I guess that's just my opinion.
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    Pics of your Gear

    Yeah, I really like it. It's great for CQB/MOUT because it doesn't swing around like a MAP and is much lower profile.
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    Pics of your Gear

    Helmet is getting repainted of course. MBSS is getting swapped for FAPC & MBITR moved to back Ignore untied laces, I was in a hurry.
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    Pics of your Gear

    Nice, EPC love.
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    Pics of your Gear

    Agreed (USCMCorps) And your site appears to be down Heroshark
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    Pics of your Gear

    My Tan Side/Desert loadout. Generic cool guy really, not an impression anyway.
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    The Computer Question Thread

    In my opinion: Don't buy another. 7000 series & GTX600 series were supposed to be released Q4 2011 (so probably Q2-Q3 2012 ) but it's really not that long in the grand scheme of things.
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    The Computer Question Thread

    5 years is a very long time when it comes to tech imo.
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    The Computer Question Thread

    I'd say Option 4, then you can bring yourself into current gen with a simple GPU swap. That system is very out dated.
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    The Computer Question Thread

    Erm it depends really, I doubt you'll see that much of a difference. My 460s are only 1Gb but I've never seen anything use more than 800mb of VRAM so based on that I doubt it will make a huge difference to be honest.Though of course it will be more noticeable in games that use lots of high res textures and are very hardware intensive such as the system hog of a game I always refer to, Arma 2. It uses a lot of VRAM for textures and stuff. If you think double the RAM is worth an extra 40 bucks then go for it, it's definitely not going to be a disadvantage especially in more intensive applications. I was actually basing it on numbers rather than some random standing based on apparent implication and opinion. Ford Focus top speed is about 150, F1 car top speed is about 350. The drives I originally compared were 250Mb/s read and 650mb/s read. An increase of 2.33 times vs an increase of 2.6 times. That was the closest and most accurate match I could think of while keeping the car analogy and not being someone even remotely interested in cars or motor vehicles. Now you keep saying things like you 'don't think it's necessary'. Neither do I, not once have I said I think it's necessary for anyone let alone your average user. What I said and what I wanted to point out there is a significant performance difference from one to the other and that is valuable and noticeable to some people. Storage drives have always been a massive bottle neck on all systems, they have been by far the slowest components for a very, very long time, that's why people ran things like WD Raptors in RAID0 to try and counteract that bottleneck as much as possible. The fact that we can now get drives which are beginning to keep up with the rest of our systems does not seem 'insanely fast' at all in my opinion, it's just logical, it only makes sense. There's no reason to have thousands of pounds of hardware sitting around wasting clocks while it waits for the hard drive to catch up. As I have said repeatedly, I agree it is not needed, but it is still nice to have. Now will you please realize what I am actually saying and stop arguing the point as if I disagree because I do not.
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    The Computer Question Thread

    Occasionally GPU manufacturers make highly different designs which have a lot of advantages, like the limited edition MSI 460 which was actually a GTX470 software limited and came with a copper cooler, you could just flash it with 470 BIOS and then you had a 470. For the most part they are pretty much the same, though name brand cards normally get a few FPS higher and they use different components so you'll see some are better at overclocking and so on. I normally always go with EVGA because they have an amazing warranty/RMA service, great customer relations and support overclockers. An yes, that Corsair RAM should be good to go, I love corsair I use a tonne of their products. No, it's really not. The increase from 250 to 650 is vastly higher, that's not an even remotely fair or accurate comparison. It's more like a Ford focus vs an F1 car, which is still a terrible comparison however is far more accurate. Especially when you consider you can get PCIE SSDs with 1500Mb/s read and 1250Mb/s write whereas your fastest SATA III SSD is topped at about 550 and your fastest traditional HDD is looking at about 200. As I said, for gaming you're not going to see that much of a difference. However there are uses out there which can make the extra speed valuable and that huge read/write is very, very useful to some people.
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    The Computer Question Thread

    Your RAM will say on the side of it what it's rated frequency and clocks are. For instance mine says 1600-8-8-8-24 Failing that you can just check CPU-Z As long as it's triple channel DDR3 it's good to go. I like overclockersuk website, but I find their customer service absolutely terrible. So normally I find things on there and buy them elsewhere haha. Scan.co.uk are great, I've met a few of their staff too, decent blokes who are actually interested in and passionate about computing. I've always had good service from there, though they are slightly more expensive than some other places. Ebuyer have great service too, my friend likes them so much he only orders from them now. He got a DOA graphics card from them, called them up and they actually sent someone round in a van with a replacement card the very next day, they gave him a new one and took the old one there and then problem solved. Aria are superb for low prices, they have a lot of great deals in their super-specials and deal4today section. They also have very fast shipping. I've never had anything go wrong with them so I don't know what their customer service is like, the draw back is they generally have quite a small selection and offer less products by the really high end brands.
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    The Computer Question Thread

    If you read the discussion about SSDs earlier you would see it's not just boot & loading times, anything that read/writes data is effected. You'll get faster loading of textures and quicker less noticeable LOD switching in various games as well as seeing a large increase in speed during non-gaming applications. I can appreciate that a lot, maybe it's not much use to you but it's definitely not a waste of money. You get insane speeds from them, they have a tonne of advantages, and yes, a standard SSD would be painfully slow in comparison when it comes to certain uses. You're looking at a difference of 250mb/s to 650mb/s read speeds for example.
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    The Computer Question Thread

    The 570 gets almost double the FPS of the 560 in BF3 if I remember correctly, whereas the 580 only gets about 4 or 5 FPS more than the 570 so it's really not worth another £100 for a temp upgrade.
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    The Computer Question Thread

    Hmm true it's not that long 'til January. I'd consider these two options: Buy a GTX 570 and 12Gb of RAM (in 3 sticks to replace your current, that way you can keep the cooler too) Buy a GTX 580 and just stick with 6Gb of RAM, which should be plenty anyway. Then ebay it all come summer and spend what you get on top of what's left on something better.
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    The Computer Question Thread

    I doubt anything in your PC would cause a significant bottleneck at all. I mean there's always going to be a slowest part to a system but nothing to make a great difference. It's only really a problem if you go to extremes in my opinion. Though I'd probably want to up the CPU & RAM clocks a bit. some 1866 or 2000mhz RAM and so on. OCUK has a this week only on the i7 960 if you're interested.
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    The Computer Question Thread

    It's just an ordering thing, it doesn't matter, as long as you dont put 2 in orange and one in black or something like that. It also means when you have 3 sticks they're spaced for better cooling. Back in the day sometimes sticks would be picky about which order they went in and you'd have to look at the serial number and put them in lowest to highest. If you get 3 more sticks you can just put them in the 3 spare slots and voila. Apparently the GT-600 series is going to be released in November, just in time for Xmas. So I suggest waiting, not only will the price of the 5** series drop but you'll have some more powerful cards to choose from. I'd imagine the 285 would be okay for now, the 460 is only slightly faster than the 285 (really, by like 1-3fps in most cases), you won't have DX11 features but you should get performance close to that of the 460. Not ideal but if you run on low it should be fine. http://static.techspot.com/articles-info/448/bench/High_1920.png
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    The Computer Question Thread

    Yeah hitman is right, you can put steam on another drive. My steam & all it's associated installs are on my E drive. You can also use a symbolic link to install steam games on one drive and the client on another. http://www.maximumpc.com/article/howtos/howto_master_your_file_system_mklink What a RAM Disk does is allow you to temporarily store the entirety of the games related data (or more) in RAM, that way your read times are vastly faster than using an HDD. You see the biggest difference with games that are very hard drive intensive. I think you're right, might be best to just grab some more RAM and a better GPU for now.
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    The Computer Question Thread

    Haha okay, well if you ever decide to upgrade I recommend the Adobe Suite, it has it's flaws but everything ties together & integrates so nicely it more than makes up for it. Anyway... You'd probably want to put your OS on your regular HDD and just run apps from the SSD if you decided to go that route, though of course if you have lots of programs installed then it may not be the best option at all. You can also just install them normally and use a RAMDisk, will be no problem if you upgrade to 8Gb or more. But the HDD is the biggest bottle neck in most systems and it will make a big difference when it comes to loading speeds, even for in game things like textures & LODs. Especially in more intensive games such as Arma or Flight Sims.
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    The Computer Question Thread

    CKinnerley you do a fair bit of video rendering for youtube don't ya? In that case I'd probably just upgrade because software packages like Premiere (or whatever you're using) actually make use of the cores, not much point ditching a lot of perfectly good hardware for an insignificant performance increase. If it's specifically for gaming I'd probably swap to an 1155 setup, run an i5 2500k with 8gb of very high frequency RAM and with a good cooler of course. You can OC those new i5s to like 5Ghz on air. Get a small SSD (or two) for your game installs and you'll be laughing. I've yet to find a game that multi-threads properly so you're better off going for a fast quad core than some fancy hex or octacore at lower speeds.
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