Spintires – Cheap PC games

I have always wanted to buy Spintires but it have never been something i wanted to priority to buy. On steam the game costs about $23 USD, it is a good price, but it is high enough for me to not priority and buy it. I found this website called instant-gaming.com that sold the game for only $6.5 USD. I was a bit unsure about the page, did read some reviews and it looked alright so i bought the game and got my Steam code with once after i did my payment.

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I got my game and installed it without problems, and are finally ready to play Spintires! The game is a four wheel drive simulator where you can drive big trucks where you can change gears, lock your diff, turn on and off all wheel drive. Everything a four wheel drive game should have and i love it. The maps are big, great cars and trucks and a very realistic scenery. I am amazed that they could make the scenery and cars that good without you needing a high spec gaming pc. The recommend specs are so low that you could probably game on your laptop (would not recommend you to do that, i will take no responsibility of broken laptops).

I have played the game for about 6 hours now and will enjoy many more hours. Here are some pictures of me driving in the woods (even the guy in the truck looks at the camera).

 

I would totally recommend this game, and if you are looking for the cheapest place to buy it i would recommend you to try instant-gaming.com. I do not think that the page is so known by gamers, but it is a legit site, and when you can save a bit of money, why not buy from them.

What is your experience with instant-gaming.com and do you like Spintires?

Motherboard finally arrived – NAS Project – Update #3

I got the motherboard, replaced the thermal paste. And it works!

So it is time to test it, i had a live USB Debian laying around so decided to test the motherboard with that. As you can see the heatsink and fan is really big, and the temperature was around 30 – 35 degrees Celsius, and 45 with the fan unplugged. I did some web browsing, watched some youtube videos, and i am impressed that old computer parts still works that good, it is a Pentium dual core 3 GHz, but still old and amazing.

So the next ting i will be waiting for is the SSD, the PCIe card, need to get a case and a power supply (could not find any old ones). Follow my blog to see how my NAS build goes.

My Chromebook C300

I got the Chromebook C300 4GB memory version. I use it mostly for school, it got everything i need. It is very light weight and around 11 hours of battery, that is amazing for a cheap laptop.

I installed Debian 64 bit with crouton to make more of my chromebook, but i cannot say that i really need it. And it got some issues, like it cant find the Linux kernel (if anyone know how to fix it, please comment). But something good with having linux is that you can install VLC media player and play all your movies when you are on the go. Last time i did this, i forgot to install VLC, so up in the air with no internet connection, great!

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Chromebook C300 4GB memory – https://goo.gl/zChbo5

My PC

I got a medium cost pc, it runs pretty much all new games on high quality settings. I get around 30 FPS on the most games, that is playable, but i would have enjoyed a 60 FPS much more. My camera is not with me on taking nice detailed pictures of my pc, so of all the pictures i took, this is the one that was not blurred.

My specs:

As you can see, I also got some water cooling going on. Currently the GPU is not water cooled because of a leak i had about a week ago. But a new one is bought and on its way. I plan to set a 120 x 120mm radiator where the seagate drives stands right now when i build my NAS, for more cooling. I do also have one 240 x 120 mm radiator on the top of the case. You can see the fan, and it does helps a little, but i will remove the fan when the 120 x 120 mm radiator is installed. I do also got the cheapest radiators i found, they are good enough, but i would have bought some cobber ones instead so i do not mix any metals like i do now. I do not need a reservoir because the pump have a integritet one. On the pump i have something like a controller, it gives it less power so the pump does not make that much noise and will still perform well.

My water cooling parts:

The GPU block is the new one, not the one that did leak.

So this is my pc, what do you think? Is it good, bad, a good budget PC, to low specs for water cooling? Say your opinion in the comment section below.

Old Hard Drive benchmark – Samsung HD154UI – Update #2

This is a follow up on the 6 year old Samsung HD154UI 1.5 TB Hard Drive. So i wanted to test my old hard drive to check if it is any good, and the results look bad. I tested my SSD’s, my 2 TB drives and the 1.5 TB drive.

Here are the results:

From top left: Samsung 850 SSD 120GB, Samsung 850 SSD 250GB, Seagate 2TB (in raid 1 so only one test) and the old Samsung HD154UI 1.5 TB.

As you see the old drive is a bit far behind on my seagate hard drives, about 100 MB/s. And even worse on the SSD’s. The SSD’s are about 5-6 times the speed, and that is impressing for the SSD’s, but not for my old drive. I got a motherboard and cables that supports Sata 3. Every drive is Sata 3 without my old hard drive, the Samsung HD154UI, it is Sata 2. So the problem is probably there.

So here we did some good results, i am a bit worried of the speed if i put the drive in the NAS server. Because it would not be the internet that slows down the transfer speed, but the drive. I should think about buying two new drives. It would have been fun to use this drive to, to check how long it would have survived.

Thanks for reading. Leave a comment if you have any questions or want me to test other stuff. 🙂

 

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