#47 DogHouse Podcast – “Coming Out of the iCloset”

Mar
30

#47 DogHouse Podcast – “Coming Out of the iCloset”

These iGremlins live in the iCloset...

Mass Effect 3 full review, random thoughts on WoW Mists of Pandaria Beta, Lots of tips, and of course, Tech Corner! Let’s do this!!

What’s Up At Doghouse Systems?

We’ve taken the Mobius ES and TL off the site temporarily, but only to prepare for a refresh! The next generation of those models will include the forthcoming Intel Ivy Bridge processors and the 600 Series of Nvidia graphics cards! If you’d like to know more, we’d be happy to tell you as much as we can (still under an NDA on some aspects). Send us an email to sales@doghousesystems.com!

Keep an eye on the site for further announcements!

Technical Corner

Troy just built himself a new rig, and wants to know about overclocking. Should he do it? Is it worth the risk? Keith suggests looking at your graphics processors and making sure they aren’t a bottleneck, but if your CPU is maxing out consistently, you might want to take a look at it! Here are the links that can help get you started

Performance Tuning PDF Guide for Troy’s specific processor
AMD blog on Overclocking processors
Tom’s Hardware forum link 1 – How to Overlock your AMD Processor
Tom’s Hardware Forum Link 2 – AMD Black Edition Overclock Guide

Toke F wants to know what Processor and HDD/SSD would be best for his new rig, which is going to be used for 1080p streaming of Starcraft 2 and 3D Rendering in Autodesk Maya. Here’s his specs

Mobo – Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3, Intel Z68, ATX
CPU – Intel Core i5-2500K Box, LGA1155
CPU cooler – Thermalright HR-02 Macho
GFX – Club 3D Radeon HD 7850, 2048MB GDDR5, AMD Radeon HD 7850, PCI- Express
RAM – 4x4GB GeIL EVO Corsa PC3-14900U CL9-10-9-28 (DDR3-1866)
HDD – SEAGATE Barracuda Green 2TB 5900.3 SATA 3 6Gb/s 64MB 8,9cm (3,5″)
SSD – Crucial M4 128GB SSD 6,4cm (2,5″)
DVD Drive – Samsung SH-222AL bare schwarz SATA
Antec High Current Gamer HCG-750 PSU
Cooler Master HAF 912 schwarz Case

Clark thinks this rig is perfectly awesome for the rendering, but the streaming will depend highly on your upload speeds from your ISP. He recommends checking out http://www.speedtest.net/ and seeing if your upload will be able to handle it.

PC Gaming

The full Mass Effect 3 review is up at Doghouse Network! Click Here to read!

Disagree with Brandon? Want to air your own thoughts on the title? Email us! Podcast@doghousenetwork.com. Or leave comments on the site!

Computer Tip Of The Week!

We got a computer tip from Scyfir, advertising a series of tools for folks with multiple monitors! Take a look at

Also we recommend some spring cleaning….of your computer! Get a can of compressed air and blow out all the dirt and hair out of your system! It might not hurt to do it outside if it’s a nice day, get all the dust out in the great outdoors, not in your home!

We got an email from Tyberiuss, showing off his monitor setup! Here’s his email!

I heard episode #46 about Monitors. Thought I would show you what I've done with my Doghouse stuff.

I used to have a nice office in my dinning room, but when we put the house up for sale, I moved my computer stuff to the basement shop and restored the dinning room.

Here are some pictures of my recent quad-monitor setup …. in my basement shop.

The top two monitors run off a Dell laptop (for work) that you see in a dock on the top shelf of the rack. The bottom two run off the Doghouse desktop. The Doghouse laptop on the right (below turn-table), I use for gaming and work when away from home.

I use a KVM switch (had problems with software alternative) to flip the mouse/keyboard between the upper and lower system. The KVM switch is shown just above the mouse, by the right stand leg. The monitor stand is from Visidec. The footpedal is called a Tapchat (found on Blizz store) that I use for Vent/Mumble.

I wanted to use a DVI Matrix to flip the upper and lower displays, but its hard to justify the $500 for that right now.

I’m still fiddling with where I want stuff placed, and when we sell the house, I’ll get my formal office and executive desk back…….and have to do this all again.


Contests

We’re giving away a copy of Mass Effect 3 to go along with our review! All you have to do is email contest@doghousenetwork.com and tell us if you prefer Male Shepard or Female Shepard and why! The best, most creative response will win a copy of Mass Effect 3!

Contact Information

We welcome your feedback, comments, and suggestions! If you would like to submit a question for a future podcast you can leave a message for us at our NEW number, (214) 810-4347 . We are no longer under the 1 minute voicemail cap! Feel free to leave your message and we look forward to using it on the next show We can also be reached by email: podcast@doghousenetwork.com. And don’t forget, we’re giving away free PC games every Friday, and your only way to win is to follow us on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook!

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About Brandon

In a past life, Brandon was once the Evil Overlord of all space and time, ruling from the Apoclypse Throne with his army of Stormstroupers and Kaiju subjecting all tot his merciless will. Now he lives a more quiet life where he spends his time gaming, writing and teaching his infant daughter (whom is the cutest kid in the world) the best ways to troll Mommy! Also known as the infamous Old Man Franks in secret identity days!

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