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10-07-2006, 04:57 PM
That's right, the thread where we introduce ourselves.


My real name is Ryan, I live in Vancouver BC, canannnannaanannanada. I only have an OCZ Powerstream 420, which pisses me off every night because of that stupid green led fan. I enjoy playing Wolfenstein ET and TCE, so if you wanna play against me some time, look for me on whosgaming #1 or #2 (for et), UFW Multigaming (for TCE), or TCE GamingNeelix BC / RObj. (for TCE)

Your turn.

Jon Gerow
10-07-2006, 05:36 PM
Umm.. I'm Jon. :D


10-07-2006, 07:00 PM

My real name is Spencer. I live in Michigan, United Statatatatatates. I have a Ultra V-Series 500W, which pisses me off because it looks like crap. I enjoy playing Halo 2 and Madden '06.

Your turn.

Oklahoma Wolf
10-07-2006, 07:34 PM
My real name is Jeremy - born in Enid, OK; I now reside in Eastend, Saskatchewan where I'm probably the second most eccentric person I know.

I've been into electronics since I was 8, and have been a practicing electronics technician since age 14. I am also one of very few people in the province who can repair a harmonium (reed organ). Also spent some time as a pro audio sound man before I graduated high school, and have done some pro audio consultation work. I've been into audio equipment in general since age 2, and designed and built my home theater's main L&R speakers when I was 13.

These days, I work as a church secretary and write fantasy novels (nothing published yet). I'm 6' 5.5" tall, am allergic to almost anything with a name, and I love cheeseburgers.

There, that should just about cover it ;)


10-07-2006, 08:31 PM
Dave, it really is Dave! I live in Las Vegas & do as little as possible!

I am semi-retired and now am an merchant banking executive,
working mostly with the vacation/travel industry.

Many years ago I was an engineering design tech for NCR, Northern Telecom & Stromberg Carlson,
helping with the design & testing of switching regulator PSU's for military & telco systems.

Been building, programing & OC'ing since the days of the 8080, Z80, S-100 bus & CPM.

I think I'm just getting too old, now! :(

Great forum Jonny!

Next ...

10-09-2006, 03:31 PM
Ummmmm.....*sidles in quietly from a dark corner*..
I am just a simple 60 yr old delivery driver here in the UK for a plumbers merchant.
I got into computers a few years back when my brother came over for a 'ride down memory lane' with his new wife and bought a 486 2nd hand computer.
This was for emails back to Aus etc.
When he went back home he left it for me.
It took me a few days before I managed to flick the 'on' switch, and then wondered what to do with it.
Having been through the 'I wonder what happens if I click on this ?' button and screwing up W98, I progressed to reinstalling the OS by myself.
Then I decided I wanted a computer that would not grind to a halt if I gave it two things to do at once.
That's when I decided to have a go at building my own..........my wife stopped laughing when it worked when I switched it 'on' without it blowing up.
Since then I have remained an AMD cpu/Nvidia gfx card fan.
My first big PSU was a Macron 400W, then I moved to Tagans, and the last three have been 530W EasyCon units.........two of which died and got RMA'd.
Having discovered Jonny Guru and his reviews, I have moved the Tagan 530W into its box as a spare, and bought the Corsair HX620, which is way over what I really need, but figured if I was going to get a new PSU, I might as well get the biggest baddest one they make.....:D
Glad you have started your own forum Jonny, as I have joined many others in your fan club......:D

Sorry all, you can wake up now, as I have typed far too much...........:o

10-09-2006, 07:10 PM

My name is Josh, (could have a few adjectives in front/behind or both. :D )

I work for a neutroceutical company where I live here in WI

Since '92 I've been into destroying computers. My choice to get involved with pc's was more necessity than anything else, since I really didn't know many who were into comps at the time, I had the painstaking task of learning them by myself....lots and lots of trial and error .........ahhh.......the fond memories........

My first upgrade was going from 2mb of ram to 4, so I could play this new phenom of a demo......called Doom!( that small 2mb upgrade cost me $125.00...my how things have changed)

That was the beginning of my relationship with computers.....<---that really sounds twisted, maybe a bit geeky...ah well.

Been building pc's ever since, and have found myself with a much more....colorful vocabulary...since the assemblies have begun....the words I've created while screaming at my builds through the years......classic......nothing like a little nostalgia.

On to my psu, which jonny recommended as a fine choice, which many love to hate.......T.T.Toughpower 750:)

10-10-2006, 06:33 AM
name's Mark.

born near Cleveland, Ohio but raised (thankfully) in the South. Currently living and working in Knoxville, TN.

built my first computer in 2000, a K6 II powerhouse.

I drive a minivan, too. light blue Chrysler.

PSU in my main system is a 450w OCZ Modstream, my AXP system has a seemingly immortal Thermaltake 420w, a tiny P-III mATX box has a Sparkle 200w, and I have a misbegotten 400w Soyo Raptor PSU sitting in it's box.

10-10-2006, 06:45 PM
Real name is Dawn. (duh!)
Currently an entertainment director on a cruise ship. (NOT the cruise director! hehe)

Born in Germany but grew up in London. Lost my parents at age 3. Graduated Reading University with Masters in Cybernetics and Arts. :eek:

I'm fairly new to PC stuff but have been around discrete electronics for a while. Just because I'm female doesn't mean I'm not mechanically inclined! :p

I don't drive but I get around better than a lot since my 'home' always moves.

I have lots of PC's. No favorite brand of part although the least troublesome is probably a good start. My two recent systems (FX60 - powered by a Liberty 620) and E6600 - powered by a Seasonic M12 700) get me through most days. :)

Usually when something acts up like a Martin fog machine or controller I'm right on top of it with the soldering iron and DMM.

11-03-2006, 05:07 PM
Bored out of my mind at work and browsing around here has lead me to this thread, so......

My real name is Jason but you can refer to me as "my lord," "sir," or "captain awesome." Been into computers pretty much my whole life, got started as a little kid on his parent's TI 99/4A. Look that up and you can gauge how old I am ;)

I'm interested by and in pretty much everything, which has lead me to a useless college degree and I job where I don't need to know anything. Current primary interest is ludology, the study of games and design. I'm much more interested in board and card games than in videogames, but that's a rant for another time.

Currently reside in Boston, spent most of my life in western new york (Buffalo/Rochester area). Boston sucks.

You can also catch me under the same name at [H], and as Slarti[H] over at 2cpu. Some jerk over there registered "Slartibartfast," posted 4 times and has been inactive for three years, so I had to come up with something else. I guess I should have been original and not swiped my alias from a rather popular book.

The PSU in my main system is a Zippy 850w which routinely sucks in sparrows and other wildlife, leading to icky consequences. Hopefully replacing soon.

11-03-2006, 06:05 PM
Hi! I'm Doug. ECE (Electrical and Computer Engineering) Major @ UofL speed school. I'm a junior this year. Currently on a really old (4 years) PC that i built before i knew much about computers. Found this place while researching parts for the new beast i plan to build in december.

I'd really like to get a R&D Electronics job, but currently i'm on hiatus untill January from a telecommunications job.

11-03-2006, 06:32 PM
Hello everybody in GURUland:D

My real name is Chris,
I'll be 32 in 9 days....Doh!!
I posted how I had gotten into PC's in the eletronics disscussion, so let me
tell you what I do now.
I'm a PC Specialist for a small company called EXVG in Clearwater,
that mainly deals with graphics and webdesign.
I take care of 2 servers{WS2003SB} and 8 stations{XP PRO ADMIN install}
Pretty much, I'm on call 24/7 , but.... I do make my own hours;) which is
why I'm always able to be here,gotta love it:D
When I'm not dealing with PC disfunctional people in Clearwater, I deal with
them in Orlando,Deland,DeBary,Deltona,Daytona,Orange City,ect. with my
little side venture called CAD's Delight.
I fix,upgrade,build,maintain plenty of PC's throu out Volusia Co.
I've been married now 9 years:) with children. My 6 year old son Christopher
and my 8 year old daughter Ally both have their own PC's and drive me
nutting futts with destroying their OS's:p
I put W2000PRO on their PC's and problem solved;)
My wife is just as bad if not worse, She now knows how to reformat her own PC with XP:wall:
I by far have too many PSU's to name,so I'll just name off the good ones:or
some what good,mabey:p put it this way, I own about 7 L&C PSU's:o
They all work,but I'm too scared to put them on anything over a 500Mhz
I hope OW doesen't read this.

Silverstone ST85ZF +12v@70a
Antec Neopower 480 +12v@33a
Antec Truepower 1 430 +12v@26a
Enermax Whisper 1 EG365P-VE +12v@22a
Hipro HP-250 +12v@12a

11-03-2006, 07:30 PM
I'm Matt, I'm old but younger than some of y'all but not all. I was born and reared in Cali but Imoved to Arkansas in '92 after getting shafted several thousand dollars by an asshat ex-employer. My folks had retired there. I've since moved to Hotlanta and I'm attempting to find work here.

I've been into electronics since I was a toddler, when I was 2 I fixed the phonograph at Oakland Children's hospital since I was imprisioned there after having reconstructive chest surgery, I also fixed the light-bright. I've been tewaring things apart ever since. I got into PC's in 2000 when I bought my first one for plotting sub enclosures. I had it apart and was upgrading it the week after I bought it and I've been up to my elbows in PC's ever since.

Now I review hardware. Gotta love it.

11-03-2006, 08:38 PM
Matt, you forget one key part. You drive a mini-van :D

fullmetal chocobo
11-05-2006, 10:38 AM
Hi, I'm Dwayne. (I have to keep this sounding like an AA meeting...)

I've been into computers since the BBS days--my greatest two upgrades ever have been a 14.4k modem (it actually downloaded the text faster than you could read!!!) and my first 3dfx card. Oh so pretty....

For the longest time I've been running my dual Xeon machine of which I was oh so proud of, but it has been put out of service, due to me moving. And a C2D build is in the planning stages.

My background in life: I've been a civilian now for around 3.5 months, after serving in the Navy for 8 years. I currently work for Texas State Univeristy Police Department in San Marcos as a dispatcher. And I'm still getting used to civilian life--leaving the military after that long is still depressing at times, but I'm getting through it. :) Also, I am scheduled to start school at Texas State beginning in the spring, so that should be fun.

11-05-2006, 12:18 PM
Matt, you forget one key part. You drive a mini-van :D

I just finished putting brakes on said mini-van too :-(

11-05-2006, 01:43 PM
Hi, i'm Marçal.

I'm 21 and i'm from Girona (Catalonia -> Spain).

I started at the age of 13 putting my P2 333 (multiplier unlocked) inside a freezer, doing vmods covering the BXXX pins and change the FSB default to 100Mhz xD

I'm "técnico superior en administración de sistemas informáticos", don't know what would that be in EEUU... :D

Hardware has been my hobbie since I did my first overclock, also I like ski, btt and programming.

Actually I own an enermax liberty 620W which is instable with my crossfire setup :P

11-06-2006, 07:57 PM
My real name is not yakko.

I do not live in Ohio.

I have never been to jonnyGURU's house down south.

I work too hard for too little money.

Willie tried to gaffle my pen but I got it back.

11-08-2006, 02:27 AM
my real name is Tom Van der Vliet, and im from Belgium. im 21 years old, still stuying, which partly explains why i have a pretty crappy psu(levicom 500, but it powers my rig without problems.), which i bought before i knew about psu's.
the rest of my system consists of a pentium m 740, an asus p4p800-e mobo, some geil ram, and an asus v9999GE graphics card.

im wanting to upgrade it next year, but i like to travel and live abroad a lot, and that costs even more than decent computer stuff, so im not sure if that will work out.

11-08-2006, 09:03 AM
My name's Doug and I'm 39...been 39 for almost 12 years now. I've lived in the Pacific Northwest all my life except for a 2 year Army hitch but that wasn't exactly "my life" anyway so yeah PNW all the way. I was wrapping up my comp sci degree when the first microprocessors hit the home/personal market and been tinkering with them ever since. Never married...no kids...my house looks like a cross between a computer chop shop and an Atari Museum lol I've got maybe a dozen working ATX psu's around here but only two really good ones...a Sytrin Nextherm 460 and a TT Toughpower 700 modularizationized that has "Open Me" written all over the little warranty sticker and I reckon that's gonna happen this weekend after the game. I need to connect that 140mm fan to my T-balancer because uhh because I'm a control freak lol...in the meantime...GO DUCKS! :D

11-08-2006, 08:11 PM
Justin, 15 god I'm so young... well I guess it isn't all bad-Watchung Hills Regional High School.

Sophmore currently. Just failed my driving test. Ugh I had to get the hardest one... :( . bastards. 74 when I needed an 80.

I got into computer's when I planned to build myself a new computer as a hobby. Now a good 12 months later I still have no new computer but have had tons of fun.

PSU= a dell from 5 years ago that I've never checked. probably around 250W. some 450W that I can't find the UL number too and I don't want to take it out.

well if you want to know more just ask :) I'd be glad to answer

11-08-2006, 08:32 PM
well if you want to know more just ask :) I'd be glad to answer

WHAT...is your quest!?

fullmetal chocobo
11-08-2006, 08:57 PM
WHAT...is your quest!?

WHAT...is your favorite color?

11-09-2006, 02:18 AM
WHAT... is the average airspeed of an unloaden swallow?

11-09-2006, 11:51 AM
WHAT... is the average airspeed of an unloaden swallow?

African or european?

11-09-2006, 01:25 PM
African or european?

LMAO....that's some good stuff :D

11-09-2006, 02:15 PM
WHAT...is your quest!?

To seek the holy PSU. In NEON!

God this makes me want to buy the whole monty python dvd set. I had a chance to but it cost $120 :(

11-09-2006, 07:29 PM
African or european?

nice link man, i hadn't seen it before.

11-09-2006, 07:40 PM
nice link man, i hadn't seen it before.

N/P...... sorry about it being the cached version of the link it goes up and down so often

11-09-2006, 07:51 PM
Name is Martin.

Constantly looking for better PSUs for some big machines, but I'm out of the age where I needlessly accept noise. I'm usually to be found over at XS and 2cpu forums. I don't play much and Windoze always committs suicide on me if I try. I'm normally a FreeBSD and Linux guy.

11-09-2006, 07:55 PM
Hi Jonny and other geeks.

My name is Corey I have been a long-time lurker and part time PSU enthusiast.
I am glad to finally get registered and be among my peers. :D

11-17-2006, 04:38 PM
Hello my name is Mahim. Yes I'm foreign, but I'm not getting you guys any beer.

I'm currently turning 18 in a few months, but right now I am stressed with choosing a college to go to. I have zero goals, no prospects, and have no plans of my own. Best way to live a life.

11-24-2006, 06:48 PM
Hi my name is Mindy.

I'm a river rat from NC. I like electronics, swimming, sailing, and fixing up old Mopars. I just registered today. :)

11-24-2006, 07:51 PM
and fixing up old Mopars.


Oklahoma Wolf
11-24-2006, 08:24 PM
Speaking of old Mopars, I came within hours of owning my second 1988 New Yorker Landau. It was only $500... I really, really wanted that car :(

11-24-2006, 08:42 PM
Welcome Mindy!
I won't give away a too much, except to say Minerva maintains a server farm and is surrounded by mechanicin' kin. She is a smart gal that teaches well.
It was her pics of the 0560 AbleCom PSU that tiresias posted over at badcaps. She PMed them to me and I emailed to Carlo.

Please forgive me for posting my one pic of you Mindy. I lifted it at ATOT :cool:
An attractive river rat, indeed :D

11-24-2006, 09:26 PM
Hi my name is Mindy.

I'm a river rat from NC. I like electronics, swimming, sailing, and fixing up old Mopars. I just registered today. :)

:Pics: of the Mopar's?

Lead Head
11-25-2006, 04:21 PM

Well my name is Ian and im from Rhode Island.

I like electronics (obviously), and really anything mechanical that does something

11-25-2006, 06:44 PM
What's up!

My real name is Adam. I'm 22 and from Minnesota, but I've spent quite some time in Arizona, though currently I'm back in MN. I'm on a stint this year, where I've been working on my computer certificates, but I plan to finish off my BA in Computer Science Eng back at ASU. I really can't wait to get a career and finish school though!

I'm pretty big into gaming, PC or PS mostly. I can be found in a few online games, mainly admin duty on Enemy Territory on the clanfu.org server and Battlefield 2 on the 1staircav.com server. I highly recommend any ET players to visit our site or game server sometime :)

12-03-2006, 12:02 AM
Hello, real name is Jeff, over here in sunny (Hah!) Portland, Oregon.

Anyhoo, been fiddling with computers for a while now, even taught myself the basics of Z-80 assembly way back in the day. First system I bought myself was a Cyrix 166MHz machine, guess that says something, but I'm not sure what.

Current machine is a Core 2 Duo with an AsRock 775Dual-VSTA board...I figure I'll be getting a new Motherboard as soon as I figure out which one I want to get.

12-04-2006, 08:48 PM
Ok - I'll bite..

Supersix - reference to my car tastes - I drive a Buick Turbo V6 (Ala Grand National) and have for years. I'm on my second one. Though not my daily driver, I still have one I drive at least once every two weekk.s Never had a garage queen, just fast ones.

I got into PC's in 91, after I was in a car accident that laid me up for a few months. I got an 8808 w/128k and a 20MB hdd, and went from there. I got my first computer sales related job in 1992 and aside from a few digressions, I have primarily been in computer hardware wholesale for many years.

I work at a leading hardware ditributor, supplying all those little computer stores you see, and some very big ones (cough Newegg.. cough).

I had a brief stint many years ago running a small computer store, that's when I met Jonny, currently an auto tech at a locals Montgomery Wards (that will give you a timeframe), he came in to buy some stuff, and the little bugger never left. :D

I hired him, left there, he followed, left another job, he followed, left another job, he followed, and finally left that job, and he yet again followed :D (Love ya Jonny!)

I currently "manage" (weakly) one of the branches of the company I work for, and I've never had more stress, but I still love it.

My rig is in my sig, I bleed blue (Go Intel!) and prefer Nvidia, Corsair, etc..

That's about it! (And my fingers are tired)

12-04-2006, 09:15 PM
I bought a 82 1/2' Buick Regal Sommerset Limited with a 3.8 when I was 16
for $750.
I painted it black, broke the timeing chain{bent 2 valves}went to the junkyard
and got 350 Old's out of a 80' Cutlass, blew it up in a week:p sold it for $400.
There went my GNX wannabe days:mad:

12-04-2006, 09:52 PM
1966 Cherolet Impala SS (427) not a SS427 since that was '67 option...mine is a one off RPO. Damn odd car...has A/C and a TH400 w/the dump pan high flow bar shaped filter (not flat). It kind of moves :D

12-04-2006, 09:58 PM
Damnit Man:D :D
Nice ride, gearing?

I only have a 95' Grand Marquis LS, 86' F-150 XLT Lariat,90' Nissan Stanza XE

12-04-2006, 10:26 PM
Damnit Man:D :D
Nice ride, gearing?

Stock. Axel's have never been cracked open..... :)

12-04-2006, 10:41 PM
So, it's a red light terror then:D

12-04-2006, 10:46 PM
So, it's a red light terror then:D

When I can keep tires on it. :D

12-04-2006, 10:49 PM
:lol: I can smell the rubber from here:p

12-04-2006, 10:55 PM
:lol: I can smell the rubber from here:p

I remember the first time I took my Turbo Regal to Bowling Green KY for the annual Buick show (Buick Nationals).

Was hanging out behind the Econo Lodge getting ripped.. Decided to do a burn out..

I must have burned off about 15k miles of rubber, dug a solid 1/2" trench (at apex) in the asphalt.. whole parking lot was filled with smoke. I think there's still a lot of residual rubber in the fenderwells - to this day!

12-04-2006, 10:57 PM
Refresh my memory, they didn't have staggered shocks yet:confused:
Any wheel hop, or just straight out liquidfacation:p

12-04-2006, 11:02 PM
I bought a 79' Caddy Sedan Deville with a 425-quadrajet I would find some nice new blacktop and power break the frell out of it, took out my
mastercylinder having so much fun, but I left grooves that are still there to this day;)

12-06-2006, 04:06 PM
Hey, all!

I was born at a very young age and was named Gary. Am now 51(and 1/2..) I like puppies, chocolate and long walks on the beach. Well, if I could walk well...(just lol) Live in central N.Y. state.

Am ex-military, but now semi-disabled. Means I don't do anything, but do get paid for it. Not an ideal situation, after a few months!

Got interested in 'puters in early 90's when I was given a Texas Instruments pc. You know, several kb of ram, cassette for storage, and you had to learn basic and type out programs...and then I saw Wolfenstein! Presently have a rather long in the tooth box I built 4 yrs. ago; P4 2.4@3 gigs. on high end water cooling. 6800 Ultra vid card. PS is an Antec True 550 that replaced the original Raidmax 400 I bought.(Oooh...it's pretty...and cheap!) Lasted less than a week! Want to build a Core2Duo setup in the near future.

I don't post much, if at all, 'cause I have very little useful PC knowledge at the level y'all possess. However I am interested, and read *a lot*. If I have nothing germane to impart, I don't.

It's surprising how many Mopar enthusiasts there are here! I just got a 2006 Dodge 4X4 pick-up.(1600 miles) Of course it's the Hemi! Very nice drive train, but I hate the fly-by-wire throttle cable. Gotta wonder if it can be replaced with mechanical linkage? Oh well, that’s a ques. for a different forum.

Oh, and Jonny? Thanks for your time, man! You do the definitive PS reviews. I doubt one more compliment will swell your pointy head!

12-21-2006, 02:18 PM

I'm Cagin K. Ataol, born in Istanbul,Turkey in 1984, been living for 22 years in Brussels, Belgium. I've been attracted to computers early on childhood, my father being a computer engineer. He'd make me bootdisk so I could play games like Wolfenstein/Golden Axe or Commander Keen. I've been using my computer mainly for gaming throughout years 'til this day.
I like science-fiction, and how it questions the reality of the present.
I practice iaido. Currently uni.student in Int.Affairs. I dig snowboarding and gazing atop snowy mountains. I miss my Mazda 323.
Hi all and nice to meet you all, I'll stick around and learn until I know half as much as regulars here so that I'll pass on what I know to my people in need of advice.

12-31-2006, 02:45 AM
Hi! :beer:

My nick on OCForums is Madman007, I prefer this nick though but when OCForums went down years ago and we had to reregister the nick got taken :( Anyway, I've been lurking here since I read about your site on those forums and finally went ahead and registered.

01-16-2007, 09:23 AM
Hello :cool:

Chris from the (Uk) ;) i was indirectly refered here by the good people over at xtremesystems :beer:
and ocforums :beer: and i've lurked here long enough to warrant a registration:lol:and a cupper tea :crazy:

Grats to jonny on making psu decisions harder :p

01-16-2007, 08:05 PM
My name is Scotty and I am 35. I have been married to the same gorgeous girl for the last 11 years and have a 9 yo daughter and a 3 yo son. I am a reservoir engineer for a independent oil company where I write reservoir fluid flow simulation models. I graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 2002. I put myself through school working as a roughneck on a drilling rig and my wife who is now an RN was in the USAF. I like to cycle (road), build furniture (wood), shoot other people (virtually) and am an amateur photographer (very). I get obsessive about understanding the things that I like and do, which explains how I got here. If I can ever get off high center and commit to a gpu solution I’ll get started building my 3rd home built rig.

This is a great place that Jonny and you guys have built. Thanks for letting me play along.

@Oklahoma: I used to work for Schlumberger Well Services with a guy from Enid, OK named Randy Thacker. Small world.

P.S. I Like old cars too. I built/restored this 68 camaro when I worked at a machine shop in high school.