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Comparisons / Re: FEAST your eyes on this beast
« on: June 15, 2007, 11:41:21 AM »


I agree!

Well at least you can have lots of space for the equipment in there. Yes it may be thought 1000watts is overkill, BUT not really. Yes meters may say 300watts but that is only average running, when you get some processes running, the thing will very likly be peaking at double that. Like when you turn a 100watt light bulb on, you have a surge current of about 200watts. By having an excess on the powersupply means that they wont be running anywhere near capactiy, will last longer and run much cooler (obviously it will still be like a 300watt heater). Choppers are very good powersupplies as compared to transformers because of their high effeciency.

the thing is, if you are basing your purchase of a powersupply off the 'average' running, then you at the word go are going to encounter problems, the PSU and the tower should be the last thing you buy for several reasons.

for instance you don't want to spend more money than you have to, you can usually get a rough estimate of what sort of PSu you need to run your computer by determining the peak wattage each card/device pulls under load, give that total a margin of error of about 100 watts and you might end up only needing a 700 watt power supply. Remember, because you have 1000 watts doesnt mean it will all be used. if a 1000watt power supply has 4 'rails', each you would assume only allows 250 watts and wont pull anymore than that or any less. sorry to say bu the light bulb analogy really doesn't fit.

Let me correct some things here. First thing you learn at tech, Everything has a surge current of about double its full power. So you are saying
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total a margin of error of about 100 watts
is misleading and incorrect and is only a fact you have made up.

Ok, fine, buy a 700watt chopper it doesnt matter. I dont beleive I said you would use 1000watts anywhere in my post, fact of the matter is, in Any industry, it is a known fact that if (in related to this example) you have the 1000watt power supply, you will never be drawing close to its full potential, and hence will get a much longer life out of the unit, hence for the remark
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Choppers are very good powersupplies as compared to transformers because of their high effeciency.

Lightglobes are a very simple analogy that people can relate to. Or what about speakers. You have some speakers with a program running of 1000watts, you should only use an amp double. Thats just one of many examples and can be found on all good speaker producer companies such as electro voice, meyer, jbl.

A powersupply reading does come from all the rails added up together yes, but they are in no way evenly rated. The 5volt rail is normally some rediculous amount of amps and the 12volt rail normally not as much. A lot of the figures on the supplies too are overated for what they can actually produce.

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PC / Re: Building My Own PC
« on: June 12, 2007, 11:02:27 PM »
Yeah, thats the wise way about it. unless in the next year they get off their arses and start improving memory.

Yeah!

Did you go to Narrabundah College in Canberra?

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Comparisons / Re: FEAST your eyes on this beast
« on: June 10, 2007, 01:02:45 PM »
im more concerned about the noise those huge fans would be making. haha, get the liquid cooling to somehow run through your PSU. be sure to read the danger sticker on the PSU cooling kit.

"WARNING MAY F*** UP YOUR PSU WHEN TURNED ON"  :D

Haha, yeah like that :
"WARNING MAY F*** UP YOUR PSU WHEN TURNED ON"  :D

Although bigger fans can be run slower, therfore make very little noise.

You could fit about 100 mac mini's into this tower!

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PC / Re: Building My Own PC
« on: June 10, 2007, 01:00:51 PM »
Yes Ram is important true, but when buying the computer in small sections due to budget constraints, the important things to get matching are at their current release is
buying your motherboard, graphics card and cpu together is main priority. The rest doesnt matter.

IF buying computer in small sections, Ram should be the first thing budget permitting. CPU's graphics cards and motherboards are updated every few months were as ram only takes leaps every year or two. If you are doing a slow gradual upgrade of a computer, buying motherboards etc first is fine. Otherwise Start with the RAM and get that secured. when it comes to animation the primary pieces of hardware you want are CPU, RAM, Motherboard. Hardware is a secondary necessity and then you have graphics cards falling at tertiary.

I am assuming that he is not trying to run the computer till all the bits are bought. You could buy the ram first as you say, then buy the motherboard, graphics card and cpu as a 2nd part.

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Comparisons / Re: FEAST your eyes on this beast
« on: June 09, 2007, 11:05:41 PM »
do you really a need 1000watts of power? be sure to get the microwave mod for the case so you can cook pies and stuff while you work :D

I agree!

Well at least you can have lots of space for the equipment in there. Yes it may be thought 1000watts is overkill, BUT not really. Yes meters may say 300watts but that is only average running, when you get some processes running, the thing will very likly be peaking at double that. Like when you turn a 100watt light bulb on, you have a surge current of about 200watts. By having an excess on the powersupply means that they wont be running anywhere near capactiy, will last longer and run much cooler (obviously it will still be like a 300watt heater). Choppers are very good powersupplies as compared to transformers because of their high effeciency.

Obviously budget is a factor.

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Comparisons / Re: MAC or PC poll, actual forum poll this time!
« on: June 09, 2007, 10:58:37 PM »
i hate macs... they often work TOO smoothly... i prefer to be able to get angry at my pc instead of letting said rage go elsewhere.

at least with pcs you can actually kick them, where as you wouldnt dare with a mac cuz you might break its white plastic and be up for many $$thousands of dollars!

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PC / Re: Building My Own PC
« on: June 09, 2007, 10:47:10 PM »

I build grunty PC's all the time. Yes buying your motherboard, graphics card and cpu together is main priority. The rest doesnt matter.


CPU, graphics, motherboard and RAM are your primary concerns.

If you have a grunty cpu, graphics card,with sweet FA ram.. then your gonna bottle neck somewhere. I suggest 4gb of high quality ram as windows xp now supports it with physical address extension.

Yes Ram is important true, but when buying the computer in small sections due to budget constraints, the important things to get matching are at their current release is
buying your motherboard, graphics card and cpu together is main priority. The rest doesnt matter.

as much

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PC / Re: Post Your PC!
« on: June 08, 2007, 01:33:11 AM »
ahhhhh... mac mini! lol I just cant be bothered posting up the specs, but i do have a couple of pcs too.

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PC / Re: Building My Own PC
« on: June 08, 2007, 01:30:52 AM »
Well dont look at my pc...  it technicly should not be running...

LOL i know!!!

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PC / Re: Building My Own PC
« on: June 03, 2007, 05:47:55 PM »
I get frequent casual work so i can afford to buy computer components every now and then.

I am really interested in gradually building a pc that will be ready by next year so i can use Maya and CS3 really efficiently on it.

I got advice from Luke that i should buy all of the components at once because direct X 10 stuff will be out soon.
But he also told me not to build it myself at all because i'll run into a lot of problems.

Is there any advice you could give me or websites with up to date build it yourself computer lists? so i know what matches with what etc.

I build grunty PC's all the time. Yes buying your motherboard, graphics card and cpu together is main priority. The rest doesnt matter.

Build sensibly, I know a lot of people overcluck their computers etc, I just finished building a computer for a friend, it had 4 x 1gb ram, 4 x 250gig 7200rpm Hard Drives in 2 x raides. Firewire 400 and 800. Quad graphics card. RAW video input card for pure HD. Very Grunty for video editing, maya, CS3. It doesnt crash etc, no excessive fans, just a normal case.

Make sure with your video card, if you do buy a commercial one second hand, watch out for driver issues, as many of those graphics cards come from custom machines such as Silicon Grahpic Computers.

Make sure not to put all the hard drives clustered together (need about 1hdd space between them), they will overheat and start drawing excessive current and overheat the powersupply then and just cause problems.

If you are really into high power for rendering etc, make sure when you are rendering you are only running the rendering program and not the actual creation program. Even consider building 2 x medium power computers and linking them together with a fiibre optic link. Sounds more expensive then it is, but basically you can run a micro-computer which is how big servers and stuff work.

Just something for the imagination.

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Animate (Flash) / Re: Movie and Graphic symbols
« on: June 03, 2007, 05:33:56 PM »
I had someone call this morning with a problem resulting from not being able to see there "movie symbol"...

When you have a graphic symbol (a graphic symbol can be more than 1 frame), the symbol plays as long as your animation (timeline dependant). ie If you create a 100 frame graphic symbol and your animation is only 80 frames, only 80 frames of your symbol will play.

If on the other hand you use a movie symbol, the movie symbol will play it's entirety. So a 100 frame movie symbol will play for 100 frames in a 80 frame animation. This is unless the movie has been scripted to only run for the duration of the animation or has other parameters set.





One thing that I thought I would add which I said in another forum, dont forget that if you have a movie clip symbol, dont keep adding it using keyframes, make sure you add it as just inserting a frame.

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Animate (Flash) / Re: Updating Flash player?
« on: June 03, 2007, 05:27:07 PM »
Ok this is really starting to grind my gears. My flash player will NOT update. I have uninstalled all flash players on the computer using adobes flash uninstall thingo, and even tried to copy over the flash player off the lab computers, but no matter what I do the flashplayer on my laptop will NOT update, meaning IM getting lots of wierd effects happening in my animations.
So my problem is I cannot tell if the final product is coming out right, and Im spending hours trying to fix something thats not broken in the first place! :| ARGH.
DOes anyone know a way around this?

I dont know if this'll help, just check that its matching the version your exporting at, check plugins for internet explorer, make sure your administrator etc. I know the problem you mean, but you can get around it, you just have to fiddle.

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Animate (Flash) / Re: Help!!! Symbols not working.
« on: June 03, 2007, 05:22:56 PM »
Alrighty, the turning symbols into graphics didnt work. I shall do the blasted thing manually, oh god this is going to be fun :(

I kinda see what you want to do. You have to make sure that the movies is long enough for your symbol to play out. For example, say you are running your movie at 12 frames per sec, when you make your symbol, obviously it should be the same. As they said, the symbol has to be a movie clip. Watch out for excess frames anywhere. Try previewing your symbols in the library.. there is a little play button that should make them work.

The one important thing to watch for is to make sure that you havent inserted a "new key frame" for each frame that the symbol is in. The symbol should have its own line in the timeline and you should insert frames for as long as you need the symbol for. Or else, it will be as if you are re-starting the symbol each fram. This is the most likly case for your problem.

If you follow that you shouldnt have a problem. Goodluck!

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Community Projects / Re: Coffee Machine?!
« on: May 30, 2007, 04:48:37 PM »
The problem with donation is that all the person giving it gets is good karma, which counts for little in ways of uni.

For once somebody sees!!!

Good karma is rubbish.. I quite often get asked to dj at uni events for free.. actors are the biggest culprits for this, and last week Doman was. When you are trying to simply survive through uni, and you have made an investment in something.. which inlcudes that fridge, no one should expect you to give it for free.. its NOT how the world works.

Okay, rather deeper than I was going for, but a worthwhile opinion nonetheless.
I just meant that, in a throw-away line kind of way, while I acknowledge that Keaton most likely mentioned it in a joking matter (the ;) gave it away), we can't expect anyone to be overly philanthropic with something like this, especially when a mass (well, those of us in multimedia and animation) are going to gain benefit from having the fridge and Pam deserves something (material) back. But I think most people know this. :)

Nor was I trying to discourage charity; just don't expect it. :)

Still waiting on that price here Pam. :P

Yes true, and No, I know Keaton was joking, what else would the wink mean. I was referencing to you Atcote and giving you praise for your expression of "good Karma".

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Reviews / Re: 500Gb Hard Drives- Cheap!
« on: May 27, 2007, 07:49:01 PM »
Hard drives have historically been advertised in megabytes when in fact they are measured in megabits. For a concise explanation of one of the biggest misconceptions in computing history read Western Digital's FAQ article


Very much the same as many things!

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