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I built my first PC!

My D3 pc from 2012 got water damage on the mobo & video card from the liquid cooling system. I got it repaired but they said it’d fail any time. I started getting CPU Fan & CPU Over Temp errors a month or 2 ago & it finally started getting single digit FPS in games.

I decided to try building for a learning experience & to save money. My first parts list was:

Crucial M500 120GB SATA 2.5-Inch SSD
Crucial 16GB DDR3 1600 240 Pin Memory
INtel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad Core processor
Silverstone Tek Micro/Mini-ATX Mid-Tower case
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 video card
EVGA 500B 500W 80+ Bronze power supply
ASRock Mobo H81M-HD5

I planned to re-use a 1tb HDD, a DVD drive & Windows 7 Home Premium.

I spent a whole weekend watching youtube videos & googling around for stuff that wasn’t in the directions. Mostly everything. I somehow managed to get most of it put together only to find out the video card won’t sit on the mobo cuz there’s a 3-pin fan connector in the way & the case is small with no room for wires.

I went to the IT dept at work asking if they had parts to trade & they said to send back the mobo & replace it with a ASRock Mobo H81M. They gave me a bigger case & I sent mine back.

Got the parts here last weekend & tried to get my power supply into that new case & it didn’t fit! :( There was 2 metal tab/screw/things in the way to keep it from lining up to the power supply hole. I ended up tearing apart the damaged computer & re-using the case instead.

I was worried the front USB ports wouldn’t work since there was water damage on the old mobo where they connected, but the connectors didn’t get damaged. :)

I had to do most of the work outside the case since it’s too hard for me to see inside.

I had a hard time closing the left case panel since the HDD has those cables coming out a little too far. I may end up getting some mounting brackets & put it in the 5 inch slot later.

Here’s my final part list:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3M1UA
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3M1UA/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3M1UA/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($64.79 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5″ Solid State Disk  ($72.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card  ($196.98 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($49.29 @ Amazon)
Total: $743.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-21 01:57 EDT-0400)

And pics

old mobo & video c

old mobo & video c

finished pc build

except maybe moving the hdd

Justice of the Peace

I don’t normally post about politics, but I support Beverly Smith for Justice of the Peace Dept 1 in Missoula County. Read her website at http://beverlyjsmith.com/ and check out her face book thing.

Between the lines: Jay Wilson leaves D3 Team

Reading between the lines:
IncGamers Article

Hey everyone,

I wanted all of you to be some of the first to know that I’ve made an important decision about my future, and how that decision will affect the future of Diablo.

=I’m going back to school for Economics & Psychology.=

I recently celebrated my seven-year anniversary working on Diablo III, and while it’s been one of the most challenging and rewarding periods of my life, I’ve reached a point creatively where I’m looking forward to working on something new. The powers that be at Blizzard have been gracious enough to give me that opportunity.

=I was told to.=

Over the course of the next several weeks, I will be moving off of the Diablo III project and transitioning elsewhere within Blizzard. This decision was not an easy one for me, and not one I made quickly, but ultimately it’s what I feel is right.

=I’m gonna be the head Auctioneer in WoW. FOR THE HORDE!=

The first thing I want to assure you all is that this will not negatively impact our ongoing support of Diablo III. The game was not made by one person, far from it, and the team that poured their passion and considerable talent into it isn’t going anywhere. We have lots of things planned for the future, and those plans will carry forward as normal. I also won’t be abandoning the team, and will remain available to them during the transition period while we determine who will take over duties as game director.

=We’re making plenty of money on the RMAH thanks to China. Everything else is just PR=

To that point, you shouldn’t be surprised if you see a job posting for a game director on Diablo III, as we want to make sure we explore every opportunity to find the best possible leadership for the project.  We’re looking forward to finding this person and hearing what kind of fresh ideas they can bring to the table.

=Nobody in-house wants to do it. :(=

I’m proud of Diablo III, and despite our differences at times I will miss the community that has formed around it. I feel I have made many mistakes in managing that relationship, but my intent was always to provide a great gaming experience, and be as open and receptive as possible, while still sticking true to the vision the Diablo team has for the game.

=Great game for botters!=

I know some of you feel we fell short of our promise to release the game “when it’s ready.” While we’re not perfect, we try to make the best decisions we can with the information and knowledge we have at the time. That doesn’t mean we always make the right decisions, but if we made a mistake then I feel we’ve made an exceptional effort to correct it.

=Making all the mistakes from D2/LOD and then some, just for practice.=

This is what you can always count on from Blizzard: that we will stand by our games and make every effort to continually improve them over time. We heard the feedback and suggestions from the community. For example, we agreed that Diablo III’s itemization at launch was not good enough, so the team made numerous changes, including changing drop rates, re-tuning legendaries, and adding scores of new items to the game. We also agreed that the end game needed more depth, so the team added new events, and new systems like Monster Power and Paragon levels.

=Just like D2/LOD only even less fun.=

Our commitment to making our games as good as they can be is what has always defined Blizzard as a game studio, and that commitment never ends for us at a ship date. With your help, we’ll continue to play, debate, and improve Diablo III, as we’ve done with every Blizzard game.

=Be sure to save up enough RMAH balance to resub to WoW.=

To that end, patch 1.0.7 is underway, the PTR is live, and there are many other great things brewing for Diablo in 2013.  I’m leaving Diablo III in good hands, and my departure will not jeopardize the progress of the game as we continue to do what we do: listen, play, and improve.

=I never played D1/D2. I lied on my resume & got caught.=

You are the most passionate, dedicated group of gamers a designer could hope to have. I wish you all the best, and want to thank you for making this an amazing experience for me.  Keep your axes sharp, your spell books handy, and that crafty devil in check.

=I’m sorry. Again.=
–Jay

October 2012 Cruise

Just some highlights. The full gallery is at 2012 Cruise.

Venice, Italy
Koper, Slovenia
Piran, Slovenia
Split, Croatia
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Messina, Italy
Naples to Pompei, Italy
Naples to Sorrento, Italy
Rome, Italy

 

After much testing and configuring

I am now ready to write a review on Diablo 3, but it needs only be said with one picture.

To clarify: I have 5 level 60s, and am working on hardcore now.

d3-review

IT is here!

d3

WOOHOO!!!!

Today it starts! :) See you all after I get home.

WordPress theme fixed

Fixed an issue with posting multiple gallery posts. Instead of the pictures lining up like
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This theme now supports header images above the blogname text. 2000*288. Headers can be configured at the Appearances menu.

This theme was submitted to the repo and It was approved! Download link available now. http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/darkbasic

Demo available at http://demo.lunaz.com

Judge in trouble for joke email

Missoulian Article

Why is a judge not allowed to forward a funny email like the rest of us do?

For those not smart enough to understand my point, let’s consider what the article says of the joke:

“Normally I don’t send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. Hope it touches your heart like it did mine.”

This is standard for many forwarded mails.

“A little boy said to his mother, ‘Mommy, how come I’m black and you’re white?’ His mother replied, ‘Don’t even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!’”

Not sure how these parts relate to each other, but whatever, people aree stupid.

We can do a find and replace on the string ‘Barack’ with any other person who meets the conditions of the joke and the joke would still be the same. Either we find it funny or we don’t. For the record, I think it’s kinda meh.

Now let’s examine one of the judge’s thoughts on the matter:

“To say it’s inappropriate and stupid is an extreme understatement,” Cebull said.

I call BS for HR reasons. Why must everyone get so butt-hurt over a stupid joke? Should everybody who ever sent a non work related or joke email get fired or resign? How many people would be working after that? Two?

Now go have a look at the comments and see people argue about whether or not the judge should keep his job.

Some questions:
1. How was this made public?
2. Why was this made public?
3. Why was this news?

On a lighter note, I think this joke is also funny. :)

Q: What’s brown & sticky?
A: a stick.

Boycott Lowes

They are making it a requirement to fax permission for websites to link back to http://www.lowes.com or use linkable images back to http://www.lowes.com. Example:

If I wanted to link to http://www.lowes.com on http://www.lunaz.com, I would need to fill out & fax a form to their lawyers.

For obvious reasons this is bad and I will now link to http://www.lowes.com on my front page in a funny and creative way. Here is the relevant news article and comments.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/02/a-license-to-link-lowes-has-one.ars?comments=1#comments-bar

Thank you to some guy in the comments page who provided me the PileOPoo image used in this post.

Thank you google image search for providing the logo for http://www.lowes.com so I don’t have to bother going to http://www.lowes.com to snag it myself.

Doing My Small Part

Head on over to Wikipedia and give it your zip code to contact your local politicians and let them know how much SOPA and PIPA suck!