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Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
US, no Microcenter nearby.
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
I will definitely reuse a MSI 2080 Super Gaming X Trio. Hopefully also reuse a 1050W Enermax Platimax PSU, 16gb of Corsair Vengeance DDR4-3000, and assorted HDDs and SSDs.
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
Yes. If I use a 10900k then I'd try for 5.1ghz all core right away. I don't know enough about AMD chips to say what I'd do with them.
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
Yes - I want to upgrade to having the majority of my programs on a PCIE 3 (or 4 I guess if AMD) NVME SSD. Beyond that I want to upgrade my 6700k processor to a high end modern one. I am not stuck on Intel but I do primarily play games so I'm not needing high core counts yet and Intel seems to do better in games? Also I am not sure if my 16gb of DDR4-3000 should be upgraded. Is 3000 slow now? If I upgraded the RAM should it be 16gb more to 32gb or should I toss my old ram completely and buy all new 32gb pack?
Additionally, should I upgrade my power supply? It's from like 2009 or something. But has had no issues this entire time.
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
A large-ish mid tower case with good airflow. I am pretty stuck on Phanteks P600S or P500A. Would also consider Fractal Meshify S2 but I think I prefer Phanteks. I don't want to do a custom loop yet or I'd get Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL.
As for aesthetics I think this time I would like to try some moderate RGB on the AIO and fans and hopefully keep it all contained to one program (Corsair iCue probably). I haven't decided how into RGB I am but the costs of it add up quick.
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
Extra info or particulars:
I prepared a first draft pc part picker here. The impetus for this upgrade is my processor (i7 6700k) and SSDs are feeling old. The thing I'm very unsure of is what SSD to get. Are the 3 NVME drives I added all relatively the same? I would probably get just one of them but make it 2tb or something. Items listed as $0 I already have. Also I know $760 is too much for a 10900k but that's the price it pulled. I understand I'll probably need to toss the old 128gb and 250gb SSDs but I'll keep whatever drives I can. They're from like 2010 when just getting enough SSD for a boot drive was a big deal. PCPartPicker Part List
2020.09.22 07:10 TintedGLI'm back with an even bigger budget.
So I wasn't able to order everything from the last post in a reasonable timeframe before stuff sold out so I was given a bigger budget to compensate for that. Whatever you guys build I'd like it to have a Ryzen 9 3900x, a RTX 3090 (or if you have to a 3080 but pretty sure 3090 will stay in stock so its a safer bet). A really good monitor, either 1440p or 4k whichever you guys think would be best, a midsized case, and rgb? (Also a keyboard and mouse would be nice but I think I'd like a DeathAdder Elite and a Logitech G512). Go crazy with this one, I just want the best I can possibly get and push these parts as far as they can go (without damaging anything in the long run)  My Budget 4000 hard limit after tax; go as close to it as you can without going over. Date I will buy:Hopefully starting tomorrow__ before [x]after tax - rate: 6.625% OK with rebates - I know I will pay more upfront Country: US Not US/CAN/EU/AUS? Provide websites to shop: MicrocenteFrys store access USAGE List programs and indicate distribution with percentages: xx% [X]Gaming:80% [X]Gameplay streaming to Twitch, YouTube: 2% Photo/Video editing: (put this last time but I don't do it enough to put it on there imo) [X]Music/Audio production: 10% [X]CAD, CFD/FEA, Engineering Simulations: 8% (if that means 3d modeling) Server: NAS/Web surfing: Percent time spent in each role: SCREENS Select ONE 1080p60Hz 1080p144Hz 1440p60Hz [x]1440p144Hz 5760x1080-Triple Wide 4K 60Hz I own don't own this (But could really go with anything above that like ultrawide or 4k if possible or would be better) OVERCLOCKING [X]I am willing to overclock my CPU Can be very helpful for high refresh rate monitors (144Hz) Many workstation programs benefit from it ENVIRONMENT Hot [x]Dusty/Pets [x]On 24/7 Low noise Normal PERIPHERALS I have: [X]Mouse: Yes but I would like a replacement. If not thats ok [X]Keyboard: Same for keyboard [X]Headphones/speakers: Same for Headphones but only if there is absolutely nothing else that can be fit in to reach the limit I need: Mouse: flawless sensor, grip: palm fingertip claw Keyboard: [x]mechanical quiet tenkeyless backlighting Headphones/speakers: [x]over ear on ear in ear Isolation required OPERATING SYSTEM I need Windows, version: I have access to DreamSpark or a similar for cheapefree OS INTERNET [X]I can connect to this computer with [x] a cable or  a Powerline adapter I need wireless I would like wireless but worst case scenario it's not needed CURRENT PARTS Please list any parts you own we could use, exact part numbers (especially for PSU's) or pcpartpicker.com links are most appreciated: Intel 660p 1tb m.2 ssd (from previous build) LG 24MP59G-P 24' Monitor at 1080p (from previous build). Thanks in advance guys, appreciate you all :)
2020.09.22 04:42 cheese4352Blood Angels or Raven Guard
I'm planning on starting a Space Marine Army, I used to have an ultramarine's army when I was in high school (Still have it... technically), but I have grown a distaste for anything ultra marines. One key thing I should note, I plan on only purchasing Primaris models, it would be a pure primaris/8th edition onward army. I intend to collect every primaris model if that makes any difference. I have looked at the other main chapters, and have narrowed my sights on either blood angels or raven guard. All the other's have quirks or are too specific to my liking. I have listed below some of my pros and cons for each of the factions, I was hoping for some more insight, because I am stuck. Below are several of my quandaries. I am not opposed to having a custom chapter, but with the weird rule of relics costing an extra CP, I kind of want to pick a major chapter.
I love the raven guard special rule "shadow masters," being able to have a back line that is harder to hit and kill is awesome, and then having shrike drop down with reivers is really cool. Blood angels have a similar things to raven guard, in how they have the back line and then a strike squad turn 2, but the blood angels special rule forces you into having a strategy like that. Raven guard can just sit back if they really wanted to, they don't have to use shrike every game. Both armies seem to focus primarily on dreadnoughts and elite infantry, how viable are vehicles like the Repulsor executioner with each army?
Blood angels have such a larger unit variety, mind you most of them are still non-primaris, but as time progresses, that will likely chance. Possible things such as primaris librarian dread and primaris sanguinary guard really appeals to me. Raven guard have a single HQ choice, whom I am conflicted on. I have always liked Shrike, but the model being on a stupid piece of rubble and the hairstyle, kind of irks me. Any slim chance that raven guard could potentially get more unique units in the future?
The Blood Angel community is much, much, much larger than the Raven Guard sub reddit. Blood angels has around 12k member, Raven Guard has around 1k. Raven Guard sub reddit has around 1-2 posts a month...
Ravenguard have a chance of their primarch returning in plastic, Blood angels as far as I am aware, its around 0 percent chance.
Blood angels have a really nice color thing happening with various units, frontline being red, death company is black and elites are gold which really appeals to me in regards to diversity of colors. But I really hate the whole fast attack having yellow helmets and heavy assault having blue helmets. Those colors do not match at all. Ravenguard have a very slick black with red and white coloring. I also like the minimilistic style of raven guard as within their lore, they refrain from having too much decoration on their armor. Blood Angels on the other hand, go balls to the wall with knick knacks on their armor. I feel having not enough things on blood angel units would not be accurate. Similarly, some of the units in the Indomitus box set, do not look very raven guard.
I am leaning towards Raven Guard more than Blood Angels, but, one of the things I fear, is that I will get bored taking Shrike every time. Blood Angels look like they have so much more variety with different strategies and future primaris character releases such as Dante and Sanguinar. Mephiston is a really sick looking Librarian.
I tend to enjoy the Blood Angels lore a bit more than the Raven guard, there seems to be a lot more variety.
If anyone could provide further insight or opinion on the matter, that would be awesome, thanks!
2020.09.22 04:02 PanasonicDreamsDoes anyone know where I can get a microwave like this one?
It appears to be a late 80s model Frigidaire Elite microwave, but I can't find any information on it anywhere online. I'd love to have one, but they seem scarce nowadays. Any help would be greatly appreciated! https://imgur.com/CAFd8Pc
2020.09.22 01:34 Pure_InterestPlease help, my MacBook Pro hisses at me and I need an upgrade
I’ve grown quite attached to this laptop so I was hesitant to replace it. However, I realised it’s time after her sudden imitations of a fighter jet ready for takeoff progressed from just when I loaded up Portal 2 to editing slides in PowerPoint. Total budget (in local currency) and country of purchase. Please do not use USD unless purchasing in the US: • $2500-$3000 AUD • Australia • Note: that’s around $1800 to $2200 USD, however import taxes and general gauging can often inflate prices here Are you open to refurbs/used? • No • An outright warranty/guarantee and return policy is preferred How would you prioritize form factor (ultrabook, 2-in-1, etc.), build quality, performance, and battery life? • The most important thing to me is that it doesn’t overheat, as it often gets to around 35c (95f) in the summer • A build that feels solid and can take being transported How important is weight and thinness to you? • It’s not that important but preferably under 3kg/7lbs, thinness doesn’t matter Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A • Anything above 13 inches Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. • Yes. I plan to use this laptop as a main workhorse for: animating, coding, video editing and some light gaming • In terms of gaming, I would love to have something that could try out modern warfare and sniper elite four. If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? • I’m happy with the lowest settings, I just want to be able to play Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? • A good keyboard and screen, as well as reliable build quality, are necessities. I’d really want something I can keep with me for the next few years My main front runners are: Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 14" GTX 1650ti • I’m concerned it’s not worth the price due to the card being an older model, as well as the complaints about the backlighting of the keyboard and excessive fan noise Dell G5 15 15.6" RTX 2070 • Its intense overheating and the general plastic build worries me, as well as the complaints of the battery swelling Thank you so much for taking the time to help in advance! I look forward to any and all replies~ (I wrote this on mobile so fingers crossed the formatting is correct but if it looks terrible I’m so sorry)
2020.09.22 01:32 SomeFunPunThe Leafs Roster Compared to Stanley Cup Winners
The Athletic posted this article today, looking at their player evaluation model as it relates to cup winning rosters this decade. The results are here, for those who are subscribed: https://theathletic.com/2077279/2020/09/21/cup-checklist-analyzing-the-rosters-from-the-last-decade-of-champions/ The model isn't perfect, of course, and it shouldn't be used to evaluate players in a vacuum, but because Dom also posts his model's look at every NHL team, it should be fair to compare his model's average Stanley Cup winner against the Leafs roster during the play ins. The Leafs roster can be found here for anyone with a subscription: https://theathletic.com/1957765/2020/07/30/2020-nhl-qualifying-round-preview-maple-leafs-vs-blue-jackets/ For those without access to the Athletic, here's the rundown: Offense: Matthews is significantly above the average Stanley cup winning 1C. Marner is slightly above average as the best winger, but Hyman on that line is below the value of a top line winger. The line averages out to a value of 9.8, which is well above the 9.3 value of an average first line on a cup winner. Tavares is significantly better than the average second line center, but below the level of a cup winning 1C. Nylander is slightly below the level of a teams 2nd best winger, which is usually spread onto the second line rather than stacked on the top line. Mikheyev is above the average for the last top six winger. Overall, they're valued at 6.9, whereas a second line is normally valued at 5.8. Third line is where the Leafs hit some trouble. An average third line is valued at 2.8, whereas the Leafs group with Robertson was valued at 1.9. Swapping Johnsson for Kapanen won't make up the difference either, so third line is an issue, at least until Robertson takes another step in the NHL. Surprisingly, The Leafs fourth line is actually making up some lost value. A stanley cup average fourth line is rated at .6, whereas the Leafs are extracting 1 win of excess value from our trio. Engvall on the fourth and Robertson's continued development bode well for us to run four above average lines next season, should we bring this exact group back! If Kerfoot settles into the lineup earlier and plays all of next season like he played during the play-ins, he might also see a boost. If not, he's a player to look at to upgrade. Defense: The model actually has an average stanley cup team playing a first pairing that features a team's best defenseman, and their 5th best beside them! The average team gets 3.4 wins from their top pairing, but the Leafs are mustered 2 wins from Rielly and Ceci (Rielly was a 2.2, .3 under a top pairing D, and Ceci was a -.2, 1.1 wins under the average 1D partner). Average second pairings feature a teams second best and third/fourth best player. On the Leafs Muzzin was worth 1.5 wins and Holl was worth just .5 wins -- average second pairings feature a D worth 1.6 wins and a partner worth 1.1 wins. Again, the Leafs are underperforming here. Third pairings feature a defenseman worth 1.1 wins, and a partner worth .4 wins. Barrie alone is worth 1.4 wins, and he did play like one in the post season given he wasn't a defensive liability during the play-ins. Travis Dermott is worth .6 wins here, which means our third pair this year exceeded expectations. Overall, the defense needs work. Reilly and Muzzin are SLIGHTLY under the thresholds we want for our best and second best defensemen, but Holl and Dermott need to see a big jump if they want to be worth of anything more than third pairing playoff duties. Adding a true 1D bumps every player into a better spot, however -- Pietrangelo and Muzzin gives us an above average first pairing, Rielly - Dermott/Holl gives us an average second pairing, and hopefully growth from Sandin gets the third pairing to average status as well! Goaltending: Average winning goalies are worth 3 wins on their own. Freddie is worth 2. Additionally, in a later section Dom shows that winning goalies play hot -- on average they almost double their value to be worth 5 wins in the post season. Freddie is solid for us, and we've seen him that hot this past November, but he hasn't been anywhere near that level in the post season so far. The lowest ranking goalie to win a cup this decade was worth 2.1 wins, so Freddie CAN win, but it's certainly not very likely. What do the Leafs need: 1) Third line center or winger growth! Our third line is underperforming and needs a boost. Outside that one player, the entire forward group is above average, from top six to the fourth line. There's depth in the organization. 2) A 1D. Rielly is above average as a teams second best defensemen, and Muzzin is above average as a teams third best defenseman, and grabbing a true 1D lets the top four play in better positions to succeed. 3) Stronger (or luckier) goaltending. This past play-in showed team defense isn't the issue in important games -- most analysis show the Leafs punching above their weight defensively, but having goalscoring issues which sank them. Getting the same goaltending we faced would have had the Leafs win in four! What can the Leafs afford to give up? 1) Marner -- no. You lose him and you don't have a strong enough winger to replace him anywhere in the top six. Winners have a elite center and an elite winger, and we don't get that without Marner. 2) Nylander -- no. Again, you need a second winger of that high calibre to win according to the averages. 3) Tavares. Downgrading him actually makes the roster fit closer to what an average stanley cup winning team looks like, but to downgrade him, we need to get back a high end 2C AND a 1D! Otherwise we are better off with Tavares. ...That's it. When we look at the roster, it has its strength on offense, a weakness on defense that can only be fixed with a 1D, and a need for an even better goalie (Freddie is great, so if he gets hot or elevates his playoff games, then he's good enough)! Letting Robertson grow should help with third line depth, just like Sandin's growth will give us a genuine third line driver. Despite that, we are short a 1D and don't have the current assets to trade for one without significantly impacting the roster as it is currently. The Way Forwards: Sign Pietrangelo and sacrifice third line assets -- they aren't providing excess value anyways. That's the only solution we have right now, and its a gamble since it guts the third line and HEAVILY relies on growth from prospects, or cheap replacement signings.
2020.09.21 23:50 pako1144Going overboard with my first build?
Hi All, I'm working on building my first PC after finally pulling the trigger. I am able to get Intel CPUs for quite a discount (and maybe free) and so I will be building around a 10th gen i7. The main use will be gaming, but I do plan on doing some work like programming, and my wife will be using it for 3D modeling and rendering. I need some help with my build as the total price is making me think I'm going overboard. The main reason as to why I might have gone overboard is because I don't want to upgrade often and have something solid from the start. Any help and suggestions are welcomed. I'm trying to go for an all black build with some white lighting. The specs are:
Intel Core i7-10700K
NZXT Kraken X63
MSI MPG Z490 GAMING EDGE WIFI
G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16
Intel 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 NVME SSD
Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM HDD
NVIDIA RTX 3070 (will wait to see if I can get my hands on one)
2020.09.21 23:47 CracksawThe Biden clone seems to be malfunctioning. Which type of clone do you think he is?
According to "Deeper Insights into the illuminati formula" by Fritz Springmeier There are 4 types of 'clones' that are used by the illuminati. [summary below and link to read more detail of 4 types) "This Appendix covers 4 different methods that have been used to make copies of people, these were cloning, creating synthetic duplicates, creating organic robotoids, and finding look alike doubles. [Programs for all four of these methods have had almost unlimited funding by the intelligence/Illuminati elite.] Lord Willing, this author may write some more on this topic later. The ability of the Illuminati to copy people using the 4 methods listed above, are not going to be the deciding factor in their moves to control the world, but it does give them a great deal of flexibility in their operations. This author frequently reflects on the words of the Illuminati Grand Master who told Cisco (Cisco Wheeler) who was then a child, while touring a cloning facility,
"Never, never think you are seeing who you think you are seeing.’"
This is a person who has been grown from a test tube (called "in vitro") or implanted womb, which has the identical genetic makeup to another person--an identical twin so to speak in terms of genetic makeup. The genetic coding has reproduced, and a new person who is an identical twin is now in existence.
These are "persons" who look every bit as real, as a real person, but simulate human beings. Certain tissues extracted from cattle are the starting point. (This is part of the reason for cattle mutilations.) The process is an advancement of a process discovered in the late 1950’s. This 1959 experiment was reported in a book in 1968 called The Biological Time Bomb by Gordon Rettray Taylor. The scientists working under the auspices of the Rothschilds, developed this process by working at secret breakneck speed. They developed an advanced development of the process they discovered with the DNA chicken experiment. By the late 1970’s, synthetic people could be produced by the Illuminati.
This is an "artificial life" form that is created through processes that are totally different than cloning or synthetics. Organic robotoid technology is being made to make exact as possible copies of important people such as Presidents and some of their staff. The robotoids were the formation of new beings that look human but are actually bionic robots. Their memories were created by using living "brain tissue" which is some type of programmable living biological matter, and programming this material as a sophisticated computer. In order to get the memory of the person being copied, a holographic image of the person’s brain is made and transferred to the robotoid. Because the robotoid "brain" is not functioning like a human (although the end result is nearly identical so that viewers have to know what differences to look for), there are of course some adjustments that have to be made after the holographic image of the host is transferred to the living biological matter that will function as the brain of the robotoid. It was secret research into holograms that gave Illuminati scientists the ability to copy the memory of an entire brain. A holographic image is made of the host’s brain and that is transferred into the biological matter functioning as a brain of the robotoid. Since the body and brain of the robotoid are not identical to the original person being copied, adjustments have to be taught and programmed into the mind of the robotoid. The entire process is sophisticated, but then so are many manufacturing processes today. Organic robotoids are amazingly humanlike, so humanlike that it is hard for the scientists who have created them to get used to the idea that they are not humans. For instance, the Jimmy Carter who came to Portland a few years ago who I stood two feet away from and examined visually was not the Jimmy Carter that had run for President. On Easter, 1979 the first robotoid model of Jimmy Carter replaced the man Jimmy Carter. By the time "Carter" was seen by me, they must have been on at least robotoid no. 100.
Doubles (look alikes) There is an ongoing program to find look alikes for prominent people, as well as a program to create secret identical twins (which are separated at birth and never see each other). George Bush’s double was promiscuous, while George Bush is a pedophile. His double was living in France after Bush was no longer President. By the use of doubles, (or one of the synthetics or organic robotoids) the elite are able to sneak away and perform satanic rituals. On certain occasions, if Clinton or Bush only needed to do low level tasks in front of the public, they could have their double substitute for them. The Illuminati working with several organizations has had a look alike operation where doubles of certain key people are found and then used. In the book Desert Shield and The New World Order pub. by Northpoint Tactical Teams, Topton, NC, if you look on page 32 you will see a picture of the original FDR who had a mole over his eyes and then you will a see a picture of the double of Roosevelt who they used, who had no mole and had different ear lobes. Roosevelt may have died prior to when it was actually announced. Over the years I have seen numerous photos exposing either the Robotoids or the doubles that they use. This author’s previous S' ’93 article had some pictures about the dead Pope Paul VI, who my Be Wise As Serpents book said was murdered. This recent Pope was replaced with a double who had had plastic surgery. As a double gets older the plastic surgery will not look as convincing, because time changes people differently. One ex-Catholic said the whole thing sounded like science fiction. It does sound far out at first, but the evidence is there for people to see. For myself, the ex-Illuminati have told me about the double’s program. From what I understand the double or look-alike program has been more successful than the robotoids and synthetics. The reason is that people live longer and are more dependable in some ways. The project to find look alikes for prominent people has been very successful. Plastic surgery has also been done to help touch up the doubles.
2020.09.21 23:30 TheManIsNonStop[Event] The Khaleeji Defense Force
January 2031 In theory, the Armed Forces of Oman, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait were merged into a single federal Defense Force (officially, the "Defense Force of the Federated Arab States of the Khaleej", but usually just referred to as the "Khaleeji Defense Force") under the command of the President of the Federated Arab States with the creation of the new Union in 2030. Unfortunately, it turns out that integrating five armies into a unified command structure is a little more difficult than writing words on a piece of paper. The "unified" Khaleeji Defense Force is anything but, with units still exhibiting loyalty to their old command structures. While units from Oman and Kuwait may theoretically answer to the command structure in Abu Dhabi, in practice, they effectively maintain their own parallel command, administrative, and logistic structures. This, of course, is an absolute disaster waiting to happen if the FAS enter into a serious armed conflict, as it will inhibit the ability of central command to exert its will over its subordinate units, hampering interoperability and making victory more difficult to achieve. Another major issue in a segregated military structure like this is the segregation of military units by "nationality" (that is, which constituent nation they are from). Kuwaitis only serve with Kuwaitis, Omanis only serve with Omanis, etc. This contributes to the issue of dual power and parallel governance, as it results in soldiers that exhibit loyalties to sub-national entities rather than to the protection of the national entity as a whole. Much like the UAE's Union Defense Forces subsumed the militaries of the individual Emirates in the 2000s, so to must this new military force subsume the militaries of the individual constituent states if it is to become a true fighting force capable of protecting the FAS from threats foreign and domestic. To rectify this, the Khaleeji Defense Force is set to undergo an all-encompassing series of reforms to unify the command structures, ranks, doctrine, and logistics. The reforms will see the theoretically centralized Defense Force made into an actually centralized Defense Force, with a unified command structure that sees Kuwaitis, Omanis, Bahrainis, Emiratis, and Qataris fight side-by-side in defense of their country, singular. Units will be integrated, outdated equipment will be removed from service, and uniform conscription laws will be implemented throughout the whole of the country's territory. These reforms will be implement over the next three years, concluding in 2034.
The Khaleeji Defense Force
Conscription Male FAS nationals will be subjected to mandatory conscription (as is already the case in most of the Arab Gulf States). Men who have finished secondary school will have to serve eighteen months (four months of training, fourteen months of service) with another two years in the reserves, while men who did not finish secondary school will have to serve three years with another two years in the reserves. Reservists (both those who have volunteered for reserve service and those who are doing their mandatory reservist duty) will train one weekend every month and two weeks every December, for a total of 36 days every year. Women are not subjected to the draft, but are welcome to serve in all non-infantry roles in the Khaleeji Defense Force. Service for both sexes is rewarded by a range of benefits from the federal government, including competitive pay, priority hiring for government jobs, and preferred applicant status for housing plots, scholarships, and marriage grants. Rank Structure The rank structure of the Khaleeji Defense Force mostly follows the British rank structure. In the tradition of other Arab militaries, enlisted ranks are uniform across all services (that is, an OR-9 is a Warrant Officer across all service branches). The rank structure is laid out as follows: Commissioned Officer Ranks
Fariq Awwal (General)
Fariq (Lieutenant General)
Liwa (Major General)
Muqaddam (Lieutenant Colonel)
Mulazim Awwal (Lieutenant) and Mulazim (Second Lieutenant)
Fariq Awwal Bahriin (Admiral)
Fariq Bahriin (Vice Admiral)
Liwa Bahriin (Rear Admiral)
Amid Bahriin (Commodore)
Aqid Bahriin (Captain)
Muqaddam Bahriin (Commander)
Ra'id Bahriin (Lieutenant Commander)
Naqib Bahriin (Lieutenant)
Mulazim Awwal Bahriin (Sub-lieutenant) and Mulazim Bahriin (Midshipman)
Fariq Awwal Tayar (Air Chief Marshal)
Fariq Tayar (Air Marshal)
Liwa Tayar (Air Vice-Marshal)
Amid Tayar (Air Commodore)
Aqid Tayar (Group Captain)
Muqaddam Tayar (Wing Commander)
Ra'id Tayar (Squadron Leader)
Naqib Tayar (Flight Lieutenant)
Mulazim Awwal Tayar (Flying Officer) and Mulazim Tayar (Pilot Officer)
Mosa'id Awwal (Chief Warrant Officer)
Mosa'id (Warrant Officer)
Raqib Awwal (Staff Sergeant)
Jondi Awwal (Private First Class)
Khaleeji Land Forces
New Structure The Khaleeji Army (officially the Land Forces) will have a sanctioned strength of 85,000 active duty nationals, to be supplemented by a further 66,000 reservists and 40,000 foreign nationals, divided into four active duty brigades, four reserve brigades, a special operations command (consisting of a ceremonial Life Guards regiment, a special forces brigade, and a battalion-sized elite special forces unit), and the Foreign Legion (comprised of two brigade-sized ground units and a smaller, but still brigade-sized marine regiment). Regular Army Brigades in the Khaleeji Land Forces are set to be modeled after the American Brigade Combat Team, consisting of three Combined Arms Battalions (in Mechanized Brigades, this will be two Mechanized Battalions and one Armor Battalion, while in Armored Brigades, it will be one Mechanized Battalion and two Armor Battalions). Both brigades will have roughly 4,500 combat personnel, supported by an additional 12,000 or so personnel, for a total of roughly 16,500 soldiers per BCT. These brigades will be split between two regional commands. Northern Command, which covers Kuwait (as it is separated from the rest of the country), will have one Armored Brigade, one Mechanized Brigade, and one more of each held in reserve. Central Command, which covers the rest of the country (Oman, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain) will have two Mechanized Brigades, one Armored Brigade, and one Mechanized Brigade and one Armored Brigade held in reserve. Foreign Legion The Khaleeji Land Forces will include a Foreign Legion, inherited from the Emirati Foreign Legion created in 2025. However, the Khaleeji Foreign Legion will see some major organizational changes from its Emirati equivalent. The first are related to the composition of the Legion and its service terms. The current six-year service obligation will be increased to eight years, with legionnaires becoming eligible to apply for citizenship after six years (legionnaires wounded in the line of duty will still receive citizenship immediately). After the initial eight-year service term, legionnaires will have the option to renew for additional four- or six-year terms of service (those who sign up for six years will be paid more than those who signed up for four years). Those who do not sign additional service terms, but are accepted as citizens, will have to serve another two years in the reserves of the regular army (where they will still receive competitive compensation, while also be able to pursue non-military careers outside of their reservist service), where they will make up an experienced core of personnel to build the reserve units around. The sanctioned size of the Foreign Legion will also be increased from 20,000 to 38,000. The second major change is to its structure. Currently, the Foreign Legion is divided into ten regiments (two armor, four mechanized, one training, one combat engineers, one artillery, one military police, and one marine). To bring the Foreign Legion structure in line with that of the rest of the Land Forces, armor and mechanized regiments will be merged into two Foreign Regiments, with each functioning as a Mechanized Brigade Combat Team. The old regiments, now "battalions," will serve as the Combined Arms core of these largest regiments (so the 2nd Foreign Armor Regiment, rather than being an independent unit, is now the 2nd Foreign Armor Battalion, serving as one of the three combined arms battalions of the 1st Foreign Rifles Regiment). The combat engineer, artillery, and military police regiments will be converted into the support elements for these new regiments (so the 1st Foreign Artillery Regiment will serve as the parent regiment for the artillery units inside of the 1st and 2nd Foreign Rifle Regiments). The 1st Foreign Marine Regiment will be reorganized to mirror the organization of a United States Marine Corps Marine Expeditionary Unit. Foreign legionnaires will make up the enlisted personnel (and some of the officers, for the more experienced legionnaires) of the ground combat element, the logistics combat elements, and part of the ground crew of the aviation combat element. The 1st Foreign Marine Regiment will also be under the Special Operations Command, rather than the Foreign Legion HQ. Just simpler that way. Special Operations Command Using the UAE's Presidential Guard as a backbone with some supplements from the special forces of the other states, the Special Operations Command is composed of three subordinate units (plus the 1st Foreign Marine Regiment, loaned from the Foreign Legion HQ). The first is the battalion-strength President's Life Guards Regiment. This regiment is in the Land Forces only as a matter of ceremony. As it is responsible for the protection of the President of the Federated Arab States' person and family as well as the Federal Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, it will not be deployed in any sort of combat capacity. The bulk of the Special Operation Command's forces are organized under the President's Royal Rifles, an elite infantry brigade drawn from the cream-of-the-crop of the Khaleeji Land Forces (who have to go through a demanding training course before accepted into the brigade). Organized along the lines of a US Army Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the President's Royal Rifles is the true multi-tool of the Khaleeji Land Forces, capable of air assault, paradrop, amphibious assault, counter-insurgency/counter-terrorism, or ground service in a motorized role. Think US Army Rangers. The last unit of the Special Forces Command is the battalion-sized President's Special Service. Drawn from the absolute best personnel in the Khaleeji Defense Force, the President's Special Service is analogous to other top special forces units like the US Army's Delta Force and the United Kingdom's Special Air Service. PSS personnel are trained in various methods of deep insertion, including combat diving, amphibious assault, paradrop, and air assault. Applicants will be drawn primarily from highly qualified individuals in the President's Royal Rifles.
Khaleeji Air Force
Note: The Khaleeji Navy, Land Forces, and Air Force all operate their own fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. For convenience’s sake, this section will discuss only the Land Force and Air Force air wings. Naval Aviation will be handled separately. Following unification, the Khaleeji Defense Force has a staggering number of combat aircraft. Counting both rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, the Khaleeji military aviation has almost 1,400 aircraft, placing it comfortably in the top ten militaries in terms of combat aircraft (around the level of regional powers like Japan, Pakistan, France, and Turkey). In theory, this wouldn’t be too bad, but in practice, it is an absolute nightmare. Those 1,400 aircraft are divided over 114 different types of aircraft, each with their own logistical requirements. Worse still, many of these aircraft are horribly dated--Bahrain’s Air Force pre-unification was still regularly operating its squadron of F-5 Tiger IIs, while Kuwait still operates three squadrons of F/A-18C/D Hornets. Even the UAE, the largest military in the union, is not without its dated aircraft, with over 50 Mirage 2000s still on its rosters. The situation in Army Aviation is even worse, with the Joint Aviation Command operating dinosaurs like the AH-1E Cobra, the SA342L Gazelle, and the SA316 Alouette III. Put simply, maintaining this large of an Air Force is untenable for the FAS--especially if a quarter of the aircraft are basically useless dinosaurs. The Khaleeji Defense Force is looking to significantly downsize its inventory of aircraft over the next five years, shedding older equipment to be replaced by more modern alternatives. Khaleeji defense policy is hoping to use air superiority as a force multiplier against numerically superior neighbors like Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan, or as a first line of defense against outside powers like China attempting to project force into the FAS. As such, autonomous and unmanned aerial combat systems are of big interest to the FAS--an interest largely inherited from the UAE, who has spent the last decade developing numerous UAVs and UCAVS, including an unmanned variant of its new light utility/attack helicopter, and has spent the last few years looking into an upgrade package to convert the F-16 into an autonomous (or at least unmanned) aircraft. These research projects are expected to continue in the FAS. Owing to the massive wealth of the FAS but the small base of nationals from which to draw personnel for the Khaleeji Defense Force, the FAS has to find places to reduce manpower requirements wherever possible without making undue sacrifices to national security. The use of private military contractors provides an effective avenue to reduce the number of uniformed service members by outsourcing certain military functions to private firms. The Khaleeji Air Force is expected to make extensive use of MRO contractors like government-owned AL TAIF and AMMROC, both of whom have been providing MRO work for NATO and allied deployments in the Arabian Gulf for the past five years, for maintenance and repair on its vast fleet of aircraft. The other area where private contractors are expected to see significant use is in pilot training. The FAS is set to outsource much of its basic rotary- and fixed-wing training responsibilities to government-owned Horizon Flight Academy, where private contractors (largely retired military personnel from places like the United States, United Kingdom, and France, but with a not insignificant number of retired KDF personnel) will train the next generation of KDF pilots. Horizon has also announced the creation of a new aggressor training squadron in the vein of American firm Draken International. Using former pilots from NATO militaries and regional air forces, Horizon Flight Academy will provide aggressor training and threat simulation services to the Khaleeji Air Force (as well as other interested Air Forces in the MENA region) to increase combat readiness. The KDF has announced that a number of the aircraft being retired from the KAF will be sold to Horizon Flight Academy for use in their aggressor training services, including the F-5 Tiger II (used by Iran), the F-16 (used by Iraq, Israel, and Turkey), and the F-15 Strike Eagle (used by Saudi Arabia, but more importantly, Israel). Horizon Flight Academy will also make attempts to purchase three Mirage F1s from Morocco (one of the only countries other than Iran still using the aircraft) and a dozen F-4 Phantom IIs (used by Iran) from Japan.
Traditionally, the Arab States of the Gulf have maintained small brown-water navies focused on coastal defense and EEZ enforcement. Prior to 2020, the only constituent state to operate frigates was Bahrain, who operated two decommissioned Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates from the United States (since then, the UAE Navy acquired . Green- and blue-water naval efforts were largely left to the United States, who has long served as the guarantor of regional security for the Arab States of the Gulf (as highlighted by their intervention against China during the 2028 Gulf Crisis). The KDF was fairly certain that this state of affairs would continue to remain in place, even as newly-elected President Santana’s platform included a plank that would see the US end its alliance with “undemocratic nations”--AKA, the Arab Gulf States. American domestic politics has always broadcast a desire to “stand down,” and so far it hasn’t materialized, so why should we get all worked up about it? And then she actually went and did it,ordering the US military to withdraw from several critical postings in the region, including Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. While she hasn’t announced any plans to withdraw from the Gulf yet, this change in American foreign policy is enough to have spooked the KDF, with some inside the Khaleeji Navy arguing that the FAS needs to develop a green-water navy capable of protecting its interests in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman--fast. While developing new green-water capabilities, the Khaleeji Navy also needs to focus on updating and modernizing its brown-water capabilities. A considerable portion of the Khaleeji Navy’s combat vessels are getting a little long in the tooth, many having been procured in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and are approaching the end of their natural service life. To this end, the Khaleeji Navy has announced a new procurement strategy aimed at developing two separate “fleets.” The first, the Indian Ocean Fleet based at Duqm in Oman, will maintain green-water capabilities, including a smattering of frigates, destroyers, submarines, and, eventually, a light carrier or LHD. The land-based naval aviation of the Indian Ocean Fleet is expected to focus primarily on long-range maritime patrol craft like the P-8 Poseidon with potentially a small complement of land-based naval bombers. The second, the Arabian Gulf Fleet, will focus on lower tonnage craft (corvettes, fast attack craft, maybe a few frigates) for use in the littoral environment of the Gulf, with an eye towards countering the swarm tactics and submarine fleet of the numerically superior but technologically inferior Iranian Navy, while providing area denial services against larger navies from outside the Gulf itself. Land-based aircraft from both the KAF and the KN are expected to play an important in naval operations in the Gulf, such as close air support (the Iranian Navy mostly uses fast attack craft without any serious AA capabilities), ASW operations (largely using land-based MH-60 Romeos), and ISR (using the FAS’s growing drone capabilities).
Hello, I hope this is the right place to ask this. We were quoted $6,300 to replace our furnace and AC. They company buys from Heil, the furnace model they recommend is G96VTN060 60k BTU 2 Stage and Heil AC model N4A6. They also quoted $3,650 for the furnace alone. Now, we are not sure if this is average/good price? We also are not sure how this furnace compares to Rheem. The company is a highly rated company with the Elite approval from Heil. What Rheem furnace would be comparable? Are they more or less expensive than Heil?
2020.09.21 18:50 srjodMy thoughts on the MS acquisition of Bethesda: Like it or not, you’re going to be giving your money to MS this generation.
Before you start reading some random guys thoughts, here is some background on me: 28 years old, been playing Xbox/PS since their first generations, Nintendo was SNES. I currently own each of their current systems. I have no allegiance to any brand, I love seeing a competitive market, and it’s been interesting to see how all three businesses have diverged in the past several years with their approach to the market. First off, wow. I woke up this morning and read the news of MS purchasing Bethesda and was blown away. This acquisition solves so many problems for MS and Xbox while also adding so much value to Game Pass. I recently preordered a PS5 and now I know for a fact I will be adding a Series X in the near future because of this. Currently, on my Xbox One X (X1X), this system is used for only a handful of games; KOTOR 1 & 2, Republic Commando, Halo collection, Gears collection, and essentially anything/everything published by Bethesda. Currently I am having a blast with DOOM Eternal and with the Elite controller, it’s an amazingly fluid and well thought shooter. Originally, purchasing an Xbox One, which I later upgraded to the X1X, I noticed that flaw with the console; there was NOTHING to play 1st party. I quickly realized my Xbox was a Halo machine with some backwards compatibility and that was about it. I made use of the extra power with the upgrade to X1X and began to purchase major 3rd Party games only for Xbox, includes RDR2, Doom, Doom Eternal, Rage 2, Skyrim Remastered, Witcher 3, anything where I would really want to max out the system and push it to get that high end fidelity. This worked out well for awhile. I would abuse the shit out of my PS4 Pro for Sony first party games, and everything else on X1X….. then comes Game Pass. Ohhhhh boy. What an absolute blast, originally the idea was cool, a Netflix of games, but you didn’t expect much. Then Gears 5 drops and it’s a solid addition, and more and more kept coming to Game Pass. But I was still always vaguely disappointed because Xbox just hasn’t had that “only on Xbox” hit that captured me like God of War did with PS4. But still, you couldn’t knock the EXTREME VALUE MS was giving you with a $60/Game + DLC on day 1 with a $180/year subscription. (I didn’t forget Outer Worlds, but at this point, it’s useless to go over the amount of games on game pass that are a steal) Well it’s very exciting that the one glaring weakness Xbox has is now in the past. Bethesda was always that one company I always purchased. The fact we’re now getting those on Game Pass is INSANE! That is a system seller in and of itself. This is coming from the guy who has planned to consolidate his library to just a PS5 for about 2 years now, no chance I do that! This is also an extremely smart move because even if you’re not locked on an SX, you have the lower priced model of the SS. Not many will own a PS5 then build a PC when you can get a $500/$300 console that can play those games. I truly questioned the plan of Game Pass at first, but now you even get EA games on it, and now Bethesda will be Day 1 games, this is incredible. Truly hope PS can catch up and become more consumer friendly, because MS has been playing the nice guy this generation, taking it’s time and staying the course, and this shows, nice guys win in the end (plus it helps having a fuck load of money) Bravo to MS, Phil Spencer, and anyone who brokered that deal. Even though it’s a simple purchase, the implementation of those games into Game Pass have me legitimately excited and happy to be playing Xbox for another generation and seeing everything that comes in the future.
2020.09.21 18:05 PadriBDI just bought a pc from a friend and I would like to know what to improve
What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
I just want to uprgade for a better gaming experience. Games like Destiny 2, Marvel's Avengers, Cyberpunk, etc. And watching streams at the same time.
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
Some little uprgades. Like 500$-600$
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
As soon as possible.
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc) Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
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If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
2020.09.21 17:44 What_The_Actual_FrakLooking for input on certain parts for a new build.
Hey All, I haven't built a new PC in about 10 years, so I'm not up to date on some on the current part brands. I know that I will be using an Intel i7 10700K processor and a RTX 3080 video card. I'm looking for recommendations for the motherboard, RAM, CPU Cooler, and power supply. Here is my current parts list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/DjnRf9 Are these good choices given the current options? Would you recommend a different brand or model? Have you read the sidebar and rules? (Please do) Yes What is your intended use for this build? The more details the better. Gaming, mostly single player games. Some things on my radar for the next year are games like Cyberpunk 2077, Baldur's Gate 3, VTM: Bloodlines 2, Final Fantasy 16, Witcher 3 (with new next gen upgrades) and Diablo 4. If gaming, what kind of performance are you looking for? (Screen resolution, framerate, game settings) 4K resolution, 60 - 80 fps. What is your budget (ballpark is okay)? Somewhere in the ballpark of $2,500 to $3,000. In what country are you purchasing your parts? USA Post a draft of your potential build here (specific parts please). Consider formatting your parts list. Don't ask to be spoonfed a build (read the rules!). PCPartPicker Part List
2020.09.21 17:43 KaReenthWhat rulebooks do I need to play kill team?
So I’m fairly new to collecting 40K models and I was looking at playing some kill team. What rule books do I actually need? I see there’s Core manual, Kill team annual, commanders, and elites. Do I just need the core manual to play or do the expansions add so much that they are basically required too?
2020.09.21 17:29 Iron_Guard8Playing BfN and GW2 back to back experiences.
For the record, I actually like BfN but I see why some don't. With BfN being cancelled I've been playing more GW2 again and getting those quests done regularly like I did back in its heyday while still leveling up my BfN characters. When you play them back to back like this, you see why some people really just don't like BfN that much. I'm still not happy its dead, especially since it looks bleak for the future of the series, but there's no doubt it has problems. Core functions are off; and by this I mean shooting, aiming, movement, and jumping, i.e. the most important aspects of a shooter, are all off. Combine this with the lag and hit registration problems that have plagued the game and I fully understand why so many quit the game over this particular problem. Even with mouse aiming, you will have problems keeping your reticle on target and get weird 'aim jumping' when zoomed in as a cactus or deadbeard, watching your cursor move much further than you wanted to and ruining precision aiming. This includes camera angle problems with certain things like being a goat and changing back, as well as things like sprinting compared to base move speed in battle, and abilities like imp punting and rocket jumping just not as smooth as they used to be. The economy is a mess. GW1 had a simple but effective economy, and GW2 wasn't bad either, even with the ability to buy certain characters that many earned in game (both let you buy coins). BfN however has been a huge mess; regional currencies being obsolete, the rainbow star system and costs of stuff at Rux, and of course, the fact that coins are just not that valuable once the reward-o-tron is empty. It's surreal that we're playing a PvZ game and coins feel virtually useless. From what I've seen this and the my previous core function issues paragraph are the 2 biggest reasons people left the game. The prize bulb system never felt very rewarding either. Too much fluff and stuff we'll never or rarely use dominate these maps, making them feel lackluster. My one friend and I that played a ton of GW2 with eventually caught up to me in GW2 even though I did buy coin packs in that game and he didn't, but he quit BfN early on as he felt the game with the FOMO store and the prize maps meant he couldn't possibly keep up as he has more RL commitments than I do, so he stopped playing altogether. I doubt he's the only one. Ops feel terrible in BfN. I liked them in GW1, liked them even more in GW2, but in BfN, they feel like an afterthought more than anything else; no evacuation phase, no enchanted graveyards/gardens, less exciting and varied bonus waves, less bots and pots to choose from, no difficulty selection, can't choose which side you will play, and so on. The only thing I find better in BfN is that the elite bosses are like mini-boss hunts and I'd like to see more stuff like this if/when we get a new shooter in the future. Phase 3 sounded like it could be great but we'll never know, and what we did have was not very good. The maps don't feel as good to play on. I recall when they dropped the TT cap from 12v12 to 8v8 to reduce lag in BfN, just how badly these maps played with those lower player counts and I never saw that in GW1 or GW2 with their TT maps with less than 12v12 (whether from mixed mode being 8v8 or just less than full lobbies). It just feels like we're always fighting on the point or the cart all the time instead of all the flanking moves and battling at the teleporters or the verticality of the TT maps in GW1 and GW2. The non TT maps generally play better in BfN but not as good as the maps from GW1 and GW2 did. My least favorite map in all 3 games is Time Park from GW2, but the average in BfN isn't as good as the earlier games. The lack of damage attenuation with range (drop off) is a huge problem. This builds on the general moving and shooting problems I already mentioned as it dramatically changes the tempo and range of the game. When everyone does full damage at all ranges, with the partial exceptions of Super Brainz and Nightcap due to them having an absolute end to their range, there's no reason to fight at any but the most extreme ranges barring special situations like capturing points and such. This is so obvious only a few seconds into the backyard or a match in GW2, and why so many noticed how badly it affects the game. It's such a great tool for balancing characters as you can tune them to be betteworse at various ranges and BfN just doesn't have it. Variants and new characters is more of a neutral subject for me but I know a lot were upset at the lack of variants. Had they started with more characters and had more in the pipeline the BfN idea might have worked, but part of why they added grandmaster ranks was to keep people on the treadmill with the lack of options, as they otherwise provide no real value (1k coins per level is largely pointless) and the rank plate doesn't even change color after a certain point, even with many more levels to go on your characters. This should have made balance easier to achieve but it hasn't really played out that way. I'm not going to claim that GW1 and GW2 are perfectly balanced (as they obviously are not), but BfN should have been much better balanced than it is considering how fewer characters we can play (23 with both swarm characters coming soon, compared to over 100 in GW2). BfN did bring a couple things I do prefer, the free roam regions were a blast to play through the first time; they lack replayability which is not good considering how much work had to be done for these zones (they should have added more stuff you can repeat for rewards, and add seasonal events to them instead of the prize maps), the customizations were largely great and the UI for using them was so much better than GW2's, I like that weapons that overheat have a visual indicator somewhere on my UI so I don't have to guess at how much I can shoot before overheating, being able to save builds and costumes for each character is something I was asking for since the early days of GW2, I've never seen an actual cheater in BFN on PC (although there are glitch exploiters) and despite some problems with the actual upgrades themselves- the system of giving them different weights allows you a lot of options in your builds and had they been handled better would have been a huge plus for BfN, and I hope if we do get a new shooter, they do something like this for that game. There's more we could talk about, like how the bots are worse in BfN than GW2, Giddy Park is too limited when compared to GW2's backyard battleground, the community seems more toxic (partly in thanks to the new emote system and some of the things on the prize map), the game launched in a far worse state than GW2 did (and GW2 had some serious issues at launch), the lack of promotion and videos, and so on. I know this may come off as hating on BfN, which isn't really my goal here, and I actually do like some of the things it's done, but going back to GW2 and seeing full lobbies on PC TT (and happily so far, no cheaters in the matches since playing the game more again in the last couple of weeks) instead of so many bots filling them up, and seeing a bunch of old names that I saw briefly in BfN back in GW2 consistently, speaks volumes. Like most of us, I really wanted BfN to be a huge hit and build on the older games while trying something new, but it was launched too early and has too many issues to really keep up with the 2 GW games. I sincerely hope we do see a new PvZ shooter in the future, likely based more on the GW games model and less on BfN's considering how poorly EA feels about BfN, and that it is fun to play, has a decent and fair economy, is optimized well and plays well, and brings a lot of fun new ideas to the series. Things do not look right now, but PvZ has done pretty well for itself despite some problems (over monetization in BfN and PvZ2, PvZ3 not being received very well, and PvZ Heroes lacking support as a few examples), and I love me some PvZ so I do hope this isn't an inglorious end, but is just an unfortunate bump in the road. We need a new PvZ shooter to play some day soon!
2020.09.21 17:15 KermitLeFrog31I have a build planned, waiting on the funds. What should I do?
I’ve been planning a new build for a long time coming. My current build currently has a AMD Phenom II Black Edition, a GTX 550 TI, 8GB of RAM (not sure if DDR3 or 4 or what frequency), a 750W PSU from a company that doesn’t exist anymore, a Gigabyte MB, which I have no clue on the model since It was a hand me down. For storage I have a SSHD hybrid for 2TB and a Cooler Master CPU cooler. I built this with my dad in 2013-14 and I was very proud, but as you can see it desperately needs an update. My planned upgrades are: AMD Ryzen 7 3700x RTX 3080 Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Gigabyte X570 AORUS Elite WIFI (I’m getting the wifi edition because I don’t have access to ethernet) G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB DDR4 3600 CL 16 Crucial P1 1TB M.2 NVME SSD Seagate Barracuda Compute 2TB 7200RPM HDD Corsair 275R AirFlow Corsair RM 850 W Gold+ PSU Over the summer I made enough money to cover this but I also have Pandemic Unemployment coming hopefully. I’m wondering 1. Does my upgrade seem excessive and should I be worried about a bottleneck? 2. Should I wait for my unemployment to come through (could take weeks seeing as I applied for it in July, but it still hasn’t come through) or should I order my parts so that they can get here before Christmas. Feel Free to ask any questions, or have constructive criticism!
2020.09.21 17:08 PegasusbishopHelp Finding Holes in my Sister's List
Hi friends. I've been painting for a while and am trying to get a starting point for an army using models I have. I'm sure a lot of the choices in this list are suboptimal (Arco Flagellents Pious Vorne, dumping a few too many points into my regular battle sisters, etc). Im not looking to make a hyper competitive list, but I wanna be able to hold my own, so are there any major weaknesses this army has? As a new player I'm just not exactly sure what to look for. Also, would it be better to try to squeeze all of this into one detachment? I'm spending a lot of CP on an extra relic and a second warlord, so I'm kind of sketched by only having 6 for the game itself. Thank you!
2020.09.21 16:42 MikeyJayRaymond[TECH] Weekly Xbox One Tech Support
2020.09.21 16:26 IKIP_Callnumber6313Dawn of Snowstorm Progress Report 1 - America
Hello, this is Nebraska Admiral, the main developer of North America in the SNRT mod. Changes in North America started from an economic crisis that we all have forgotten about. This change eventually triggered a butterfly effect, splitting the United States and Mexico into three pieces, and led the torch of extremism to spread across North America. North America is now in a state of unstable peace, and a little spark can cause the powder keg to explode. The history of North America starts to change from 1837. The president of the United States, Martin Van Buren allied with the Whigs to deal with a sudden economic crisis. Fortunately, they were saved from the worst and Van Buren succeeded to remain popular. Van Buren recovered his relations with Andrew Jackson and supported his successor James Polk, and by 1848 the United States annexed Texas, won the war against Mexico, and engaged in territorial disputes with Canada, just as they did in the real world. As the year 1848 was drawing closer, Europe's Liberal revolution had reached North America and the voice for reforms became stronger among the immigrants. The former president Martin Van Buren ran for president again, not with the Democratic Party but in the name of the Free Soil Party. With his fellow Free-Soilers, Martin tried to disrupt the two-party system, causing divisions within these parties. Slavery was the major topic in the breaking up of the two parties. Both the Whigs and the Democrats maintained fragile unity by staying back from the slavery problem, but it was evident that it could not last long. Anyway, Van Buren created a coalition with splinter parties of the Whig and the Democrats, the True Whig Party and the Northern Democratic Party, and he won the election by a close margin against Zachary Taylor of the Whig Party. The victory of the Free Soil Party was enough to split the United States into pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions. Bleeding Kansas, the rise of abolitionists including John Brown, the disruption of the two-party system, and the birth of the Republican Party accelerated the conflicts. Meanwhile, Charles Summer, the winner of the 1856 presidential election, pressured the South with hard-line policies and heavy attacks on slavery. Eventually, the South seceded from the Union in 1858, three years earlier than in the real world. Although Sumner decided to resign voluntarily, the South refused to rejoin the Union. That was the start of the American Civil war. In the Civil War, the North succeeded to defend Fort Sumter and occupied Virginia, but that was it. The incompetent high command refused to advance deep into the South, and the war lasted for 7 years. Both the North and the South were exhausted, and the newly elected president George B. McClellan offered a truce to the South. The South accepted, resulting in permanent damage for the Federal government. The pioneers in the West, disappointed by the weak Federal government, also seceded. The United States was no longer united but split into three pieces. Forever. After the peace treaty was signed in Washington, American politics were divided, the economy was in a recession, and became isolated diplomatically. The Monroe Doctrine, which had protected America for a long time, was shattered. But the United States remained resilient. George McClellan, Ulysses Grant, and William Tecumseh Sherman, three successive “military presidents,” united the Union with revanchism and vengeance, calling for the fall of the South. The National Union Party, formerly called the Republican Party, implemented reforms and persuaded the Pacific States back to the Federal government despite incidents such as the attempted assassination of President Garfield, leading to a new golden age for the United States. In 1898, finally, the United States declared war on the Spanish empire and made a glorious comeback to the international stage. After taking over the Caribbean and the Philippines, President Theodore Roosevelt declared the New Monroe Doctrine and started expanding imperialism, although it was late compared to the Europeans. The United States set up the Joint Governance Ordinance in the Philippines, de facto controlled by the United States, established the General Executive Board of Central America (GEBCA) in Central America, and subjugated the Japanese after a war. Europe fell into a bloody war while the United States was expanding its sphere of influence, but the United States simply didn't care about it Theodore Roosevelt, miraculously reelected in 1912, held the non-intervention policy on Europe while invading the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua, and other Central American nations. He also intervened actively in the Mexican Revolution. By not participating in the Great War, the United States was able to put almost all of the Americas under its faction called the Liberty Protection Treaty Organization, but its consequences hit the United States hard. The Great Depression devastated the American economy to an unrecoverable state, the politics was divided once again, and the Monroe Doctrine was abandoned one more time. Currently, the United States is on the verge of collapse. President William Borah is about to get impeached, and the National Unity Front is falling apart. At the same time, the Confederate and the Pacific States are waiting for a chance to backstab the United States. But we did not kneel down at Trent River in 1776. We did not fall down at New Orleans in 1815. We fought against the tyrants and drove them back. As our forefathers achieved freedom in this chosen land, we shall not give up! The Bald Eagle shall rise again! Hello, I am FriedAvocado, in charge of Latin America. Let’s look at another country divided by the American Civil War, Mexico. The first point of divergence in Mexican history is the survival of the Second Mexican Empire. While the United States was engaged in a bloody civil war, there was another civil war in Mexico between the conservative imperial government and the liberal republican government. The Mexican Empire of Maximilian I, aided by the French, was close to the victory since the republicans were not able to get help from the United States due to the American Civil War. However, the sudden outbreak of the Great Confederation War between Germany and France caused the withdrawal of French troops in 1866, and eventually, the Mexican Civil War turned into a stalemate between the republicans in the Northwest and the empire controlling central Mexico. This long, terrible civil war was ended as the Mexican Empire and the Mexican Republic signed an armistice, mediated by the United States. The Mexican Empire, completely exhausted after this war, also recognized the independence of the Mayans in the Yucatán Peninsula. Eventually, Mexico was divided into three, Three Mexican states chose different paths after the civil war. The Mexican Republic was under the American sphere of influence, and Yucatan also became a de facto colony of the British, who supported the independence of the Mayans. The Mexican Empire was relatively independent, but it eventually drew closer to Austria and Germany because of the Habsburg emperor. But this political status quo was ended by the deaths of Porfirio Diaz and Maximilian I, the dictator of the Mexican Republic and the emperor of the Mexican Empire respectively. In the Mexican Republic, a democratic government was established after the Mexican Revolution and the following civil war, while military dictatorship took place in the Mexican Empire after a coup. The Mayans in Yucatan also created their own government influenced by socialism after a long struggle and guerrilla warfare in the jungle. Now, Mexico is entering a new stage of its history. Can Mexico be unified into one, or will there be yet another civil war? Hello this is FriedAvocado, the manager of South America in the SNRT modteam. South America didn't suffer much outer influence. Not much changed for the South Americans except some events in North America. Such as, the lasting Civil War. However, in South America, after the survival of the Peru-Bolivian alliance, the wave of communism will sweep up the continent. The first change in South America's history is the victory of the Peru-Bolivian alliance in 1839. Chile, fearing that the Peru-Bolivian alliance might be a dominating power, attacked the alliance with Argentina and Brazil in 1836. The alliance triumphs against the 3 nation alliance, and becomes a major power in the region as Chile feared. Chile once again, declares war known as the pacific war on the alliance to gain the Atacama desert and nitrates. However Chile is defeated once more and no other power in the region is able to deal with the alliance. Although the South American continent was less impacted by the events in Europe, the Liberal revolution in 1848 was so grand that the ideology was spread even to South America. For instance Pedro the 2nd of the Brazil Empire, impressed by the liberal revolution in germany and the form of the german federation intacs a steady liberal reforms. From the start of the 'Abolition of Slavery' reform in 1871, these following reforms lead to a massive reform in 1888. Reducing the Brazil emperor's power and empowering the senate, and the implementation of a free election system this turns Brazil into a nation of modern democracy. The Brazil Empire after the 1888 reform, focuses on industrialization by the wealth they earned from raw materials and gain a huge boost in economic development offering a model of Liberal Revolution to other South American states. But it was not as easy as Pedro the 2nd for the other nations to accept the liberal model of Brazil. Most South American nations had an economy monopolized by a few elites. A democracy only in name. New movements appeared in South America. Following the lead of Victor Raul Raya De La Torre, and his party, the lianza Popular Revolucionaria Americana (APRA) South American Socialism, including radical social reforms, the emphasis on native culture called as indigenismo, and populism and nationalism. This new movement gained popularity in many nations. And finally in 1924, the Peru-Bolivian revolution in 1928 following it, the Argentine Revolution in 1928, and finally in 1932 the Chile revolution, the whole of southern south america raised the red banner. Today, the South American continent is largely divided into three powers. The European liberalists represented by Brazil. The South American socialism represented by the Peru-Bolivian alliance. And finally, the rule of traditional elites in nations such as Venezuela and colombia. While Colombia and Venezuela are believing that America will protect them from the socialists because of their membership in the LPTO, the socialists view America's 'Imperialistic' interference horribly. Instead, they emphasize cooperation between the South American nations. Brazil wants to enjoy it's prosperity ignoring the revolution in the south. However, the rise of nationalism and the problem of worker's rights are becoming harder to deal with every year. This unstable peace in South America will be toppled when America escapes from the continent, or when Brazil's economic prosperity falls, or when the South American socialists are challenged from the inside. What will be the eventual downfall of the South Americans? Well, only God know? Or, in a socialist perspective, only the workers know...
2020.09.21 15:37 limejello99[USA-TX] [H] PayPal, Local cash [W] Gaming mouse, mouse pad
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2020.09.21 13:35 ImNotARobot_exe2k pts of Red Scorpions
I've been looking at secondary objectives, and trying to find a way of maximizing the VP gain of them, as they are arguably the most consistent strategy one can rely on, sonce we pick them ourselves. So here is the list: Secondary Objectives: -Psychic Ritual: Get 15VP if you preform a psychic action within 6'' of the board centre. -While we stand, we fight: The 3 most expensive models (Carab, Severin Loth, and the Captain) gives 5VP for each who lives at the end of the game. Note: Even if Carab dies, that means the enemy invested an obcene amount of fire power into him, so that becomes an advantage by itself. -Investigate Sites: A non-character must preform an action within 6'' of the board centre to score 3VP each turn. 1 Batallion detachment: Red Scorpions, Iron Hands Successors. They will have Stealthy and Bolter Fusillades -Hqs: -1 captain with Master-crafted bolt rifle Bolter and Chainsword -Carab Culln the Risen -1 Tech marine with Chainsword and Bolter. He will have Artificer Armor, giving him a 2+ and a 4++. Troops: -3 Units of 6 Scouts with Camo Cloacks. 5 of them will have Bolters, and 1 will have a Missle launcher. Elites: -1 Apothecary with Bolter and Chainsord -1 Company Ancient with Bolter Heavy Support: -1 One unit of 10 Devastators. The sergeant will have a Bolter, one devastator will have a Las Cannon, and 8 will have Grav-Cannons. They will have a Armorium Cherub Cyber-Baby. -1 One unit of 5 Devastators, where the sergeant has a Bolter, 1 Devastator has a Las Cannon, and the other 3 will have Plasma Cannons. They will also have a flying baby with them. 1 Patrol detachment: -Hq: -Severin Loth Troops: -3 Units of 5 tactical marines, all armed with Bolters Game plan: The army uses a bunch of CP to start off with, so here we go. The Captain will become a chapter master for 2 CP, the Tech-marine will become Master of the Forge, and the Apothecary will become Chief Apothecary. Strategems: Bequeathed by the Iron council (1CP) will give the Tech-marine the Iron Stone, reducing the damage Carab takes by 1, Hero of the Chapter (1CP) will give the Apothecary the Selfless Healer trait, letting him heal 2 units, Paragon of Iron (1CP) will give Carab a 5+++. Carab will be the warlord, taking The Imperium's Sword, to re-roll charge rolls, and get +1 attack and stength when charging or interveening. Deployment: The scout will be depolyed to make the centre of the board as hard for the enemy to approach as possible. The drop pods will be occupied by Carab, the Devastators, the Tech-marine, the Ancient, the Captain, Apothecary, and Severing Loth. The Tactical Marines will be deployed normally, and try reaching objectives. Game Start: -Drop the 3 pods relatively close together as close to the centre of the board as possible. -Carab will be set up to engage the enemy deployment zone, escorted by the Tech-marine. -The Ancient, Captain, and Apothecary will support the Devastators. -Severin Loth will use the pods as cover (they're vehicles), and start preforming the psychic ritual. -2 Tactical Squads will walk up and support Loth (from deepstriking and such), while the scouts take over the objective holding. Edit: Forgot dedicated transport: 2 drop pods with storm bolters, and 1 dreadnought drop pod.
2020.09.21 03:41 mowerboy9Opinion on Husqvarna Automower guide wire vulnerabilities and request for thoughts on Ambrogio L250i Elite
I am debating upgrading from a Husqvarna 315X (have owned it for 3 seasons) to an Ambrogio L250i Elite. The main problem I have with any Husqvarna Automower is the major dependency on the guide wire(s) as a result of a non-existent GPS based mapping system (the included GPS only has position guidance, no mapping capability like say a Roomba). Why is the guide wire (when buried underground) a problem for me? Well read on. The guide wire runs through an unmarked non-perimeter section of the lawn and is extremely challenging to fix (as opposed to boundary wire) when there is (1) either a break or (2) there is corrosion (from weed treatment applications, etc) , causing signal loss. Why is it challenging you ask, compared to finding a break in a boundary wire? Well, the only way you can reliably find a break in AM signal wires is with a tone generator (Kolsol works great). The biggest limitation with a tone generator, however, is the rather approximate nature of its break finding ability. It is often off by a foot or more from the actual location of the break. This is not problematic with a boundary wire because you know more or less where to dig to pull out the wire and guide yourself to the break point (as it is usually predictably close to the perimeter of the lawn) With a guide wire going right through an unmarked location in your lawn, the challenge increases by several orders of magnitude. I have often had scenarios where I have easily located the break with a tone generator and pulled the section connected to the signal source out (about a foot of broken wire or more) and then the other section just refuses to reveal itself even after 10 minutes of probing and messing the lawn up. It basically becomes extremely hit and miss in nature. In my opinion, the guide wire IS the biggest vulnerability of Husqvarna Automowers, because any problem with it, needs fixing (cannot be ignored) and takes an inordinate amount of time and effort to fix because of the problem I pointed out above. Instead of an outright break, if you have corrosion issues, then even a tone generator will be rendered useless. In that case, you will end up ripping up the entire guide wire right through the middle of your likely beautiful lawn to replace it. Now, I do know that a reinforced 3.6mm wire (over a standard version) will drastically reduce the possibility of breaks and corrosion. However, it does not solve the core vulnerability issue of the guide wire. A professional aerator will rip up your guide wire (even the reinforced variety). Now on to Ambriogio L250i Elite: I do know it does not need a guide wire, which is a huge design win over any Husqvarna automower in my opinion. Now the concerns I have are on the lack of an Ambrogio dealership network in the US and reports of poor build quality from older Ambrogio models. Does anyone here have any advice or experience with newer models such as the L250i Elite?
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