Jun 28, 2013
There are a lot of choices when it comes to choosing a right CPU(Central Processing Unit). INTEL and AMD are the most well known as the best of CPUs in the market. So today I'm not going to be writing very deep details of how particular CPU works but some information you may need to know for buying a right CPU.
A CPU affects the performance of your GPU. We called this "Bottlenecking". So what does Bottleneck means in PC hardware. Basically it refers to the components that restricts your system from achieving better performance. Meaning that if you have a slow CPU, even you bought the strongest GPU(Graphics Processor Unit), you still can't really get all of its performance. This is called as Bottlenecking.
CPU speed is measured by GHz(Gigahertz) Check out here for more info about Hertz. The more GHz, the faster speed you get, just like the transferring rate. Does that mean an older CPU which has 4.0GHz can performs better than a newer model CPU which running at 3.3GHz? Not really. But yes by overclocking your CPU, it could achieve better performance than then next model one, but not quite much.
Let's get into the brands of CPU. Here's the frequently asked question. Which one should I go for? INTEL or AMD? If you asked such question, due to the fact that I am more into price concerned, I'd suggest you to go for AMD. BUT I'm not asking you not to choose INTEL. I cannot deny that INTEL processing power somehow works better than AMD. So let's make it this way, if you have a tight budget, go for AMD FX-8xxx (September 2013) it just around RM6XX, if you don't care about the pricing, then INTEL is a way to go.
How to differentiate the Generations?
For INTEL CPUs, just take a look at the first number of the CPU model. For example, for third-gen CPUs 3XXX, that model looks pretty much like this, i5-3570/i7-3770.
Differences between i3, i5 and i7
The more cores there are, the more tasks (known as threads) can be served at the same time. The lowest number of cores can be found in Core i3 CPUs, i.e., which have only two cores. Currently, all Core i3s are dual-core processors.
Currently all Core i5 processors, except for the i5-661, are quad cores in Australia. The Core i5-661 is only a dual-core processor with a clockspeed of 3.33 GHz. Remember that all Core i3s are also dual cores. Furthermore, the i3-560 is also 3.33GHz, yet a lot cheaper. Sounds like it might be a better buy than the i5. What gives?
At this point, I’d like to grab the opportunity to illustrate how a number of factors affect the overall processing power of a CPU and determine whether it should be considered an i3, an i5, or an i7.
Even if the i5-661 normally runs at the same clockspeed as Core i3-560, and even if they all have the same number of cores, the i5-661 benefits from a technology known as Turbo Boost. -source: http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/386100/what_difference_between_an_intel_core_i3_i5_i7_/
Bla-bla-bla. So which one should I go? Let me put it in this way. If you're going to use your computer as an office tool, just surfing nets and stuffs like words, excel files, i3 CPU is already more than what you need. If you're a gamer, then i5 is a way to go. Last, if you're going to be doing a lot of rendering pictures and videos, using your computer as a workstation, then i7 is the best option.
So you may ask who wins in this competition. There's no answer for this. Perhaps only those fanboys could figure out who's the winner.
I'd advise you to put your money more on your processor. Of course you may wanna look for more advises from the internet instead of just reading what I've written above. I'm briefly writing this just want to you have the basic concept of what the CPU really are.
Jun 20, 2013
Any childhoood memories you have there?
Lots of people have been asking me how do I play Pokemon games on iPod Touch. They have been searching on the internet but the method what they've found is no longer working anymore.
If you simply search "GBA ROMs for iPhone" on internet. You probably will see the tutorial like adding 'apt.locker123.com'. But what I'm gonna tell you now, 'apt.locker123.com' is not working since 2011. But still you can play Pokemon games or other GBA roms on your iDevice. Working all-time!
I assume you have already jailbroken your iDevice. If you didn't and you wanna jailbreak your device, just do it. Link: http://www.jailbreaknation.com/jailbreak-ios-5-5.0-on-iphone-4-ipod-touch-ipad-with-redsn0w
Requirement. Alright now, here are the things that you want to download:
- Cydia (You will get it as long as your device is jailbroken)
- OpenSSH (Download from Cydia. This will allow you to transfer files from your computer to your device. If you cannott find this on Cydia. Cydia > Manage > Sources > Edit > Add > apt.saurik.com )
- i-FunBox or
WindowSCP(Transferring or Managing your files and folders on your device)
- gpSPhone (Download from Cydia. If you cannot find this. Cydia> Manage > Sources > Edit > Add > cydia.xsellize.com)
- ROMs (GBA games. You can always play any games on PC using VBA. Simply search "gba roms download" on google and look for the game that you wish to play. You can download Pokemon ROMs from my skydrive though. Filename: GBA_Pokemons)
- Pokemon Ruby
- Pokemon FireRed
- Pokemon Emerald
- Pokemon LeaveGreen
- Pokemon Samaragd
- Pokemon Mystery Dungeon
- gba_bios.bin (Download link:http://www.2shared.com/file/FQycveaf/gba_bios.html)
1) Start by connecting your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad to your computer.
2) Run i-FunBox. Your device will be shown on the Sidebar.
3) Now copy gba_bios.bin to Raw File System > User > Media > ROMs > GBA and paste the file.
4) Copy Roms to the current file as well.
How to save Pokemon Game?
Well, there are 2 ways of saving your game. One is to save on your .GBA file game as .SAV file. Another way is to save your game as game state on your gpSPhone as .SVS file.
Saving game as .SVS file is not a big deal. You can easily save the game while the game is loading by hitting the MENU on top of the game screen and Save State. Remember always use Save New State for the first time you save the game.
Saving game as .sav file will be another way to save your game by Start > Save on Pokemon game. This will only work if you make some changes on the file setting.
1) Now as usual. Run i-FunBox
2) Raw File System > gpSPhone. Right click and hit Permission. It will take some time for the first run. (If it's not working, try several times, if the problem is still coming out, Make sure your OpenSSH is downloaded on your device)
3) Change the Octal under Permissions to 0777
4) Now go to Raw File System > User > Media. Right click ROMs and hit Permission and change to 0777 as well.
5) Go into the file ROMs. Right click GBA and do the same thing, change the permissions to 0777.
(If the permission window doesn't pop out, change the file name. Remove the bracket "( )" will do. If you've downloaded Pokemon from my skydrive, you might need to change it by removing the bracket. Example (EU) / (U) )
6) If you still can't get to save the game, change the permission of every .sav to 0777.
Cheers, You're done!
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Jun 8, 2013
Hello peeps! Today I'm gonna be writing about the very post of Building A New Computer series. Please bear with me if you found any grammar mistakes in any particular posts. As I'm blogging to improve my English, (I'm Asian and Chinese is my first language, following by Hokkien Dialect, then English comes behind it.) I am very cool to receive and listen to your feedback and any positive and negative comments as my improvement for my learning. Okay now peeps, let's get it started.
Building a computer, or you can call it a PC, isn't really that hard if you really put some efforts on gathering all the information and details from the internet. There are huge resources you can easily find on internet. Whenever you encounter a problem, never forget that Google is your best friend, or some other people prefer Yahoo or Bing. I believe many people out there who are actually self-taught, at least I am the one of them here. So if you want to save some money (take note that custom built pc is always way more cheaper than the pre-built ones, or save money on paying extra charges to the person who builds one for you), you can always start it anytime.
First off, you want to know why do you want to build a computer? What do you want your computer to work for you? Now this is very important if you don't wanna waste too much money on something you don't need. Always remember that an office PC isn't going to fits your requirement such as gaming, photo/video editing or even 3D rendering.
YGWYP - You Get What You Pay
Many people always been asking such question like choosing product A or product B. Here's an example, you want to play Battlefield 3 (popular game) in 60 fps(frames per second, more=good) and above on Ultra setting in 1080p resolution. Product A gives you average 45 fps and it costs $150 while Product B gives you average 60 fps and it costs you $220. Getting 45 fps is playable but 60 fps is literally even better. People started getting confused and frustrated at this point. So take note that YGWYP principle. Choosing a product between 2 brands is more likely the same but there are a big difference which is the pricing between Nvidia GPU and AMD GPU or Intel CPU and AMD GPU. When it comes to price:performance wise, AMD always wins this, we will talk more about it next time.
Plan your purpose of why you build your pc first, then you may good to go to the next post #2. (To be updated) Stay tuned for more.
You may wonder what's my current build. Here it is
CPU: AMD FX-6100 3.3GHz Overclocked to 4.7GHz
GPU: 2xGigabyte HD7770 OC Rev 2.0 Crossfire
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Gold Pro 1000w
RAM: Vengeance DDR3 8GB RAM 1600MHz
STORAGE: Intel SSD 120GB/ WD 1TB/ 500GB/ 2x80GB
CASE: Cooler Master CM 690 II Adavance Nvidia Edition (USB3.0)
COOLER: Corsair H100 Hydro Cooling System
ADDITIONAL FANS: Cooler Master GREEN LED 120mm / 2xSilver Stone Green LED 120mm
AMD GPUs in Nvidia Case. FTW \m/
Apr 24, 2013
It's easy as ABC.
First off, make sure you're using your device to open up this page, I've shorten the link -
Now tab this LINK and your browser will start downloading. You don't have to be worried as the source link I given to you is actually from Adobe.com.
Full Link: http://download.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/installers/archive/android/22.214.171.124/install_flash_player_ics.apk
After finish downloading, install it and you're done!