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1  Economy / Goods / [WTS/WTB] Portal 2, split a two-pack from the Steam daily sale on: July 09, 2011, 05:46:46 PM
The Steam sale is going on right now and Portal 2 is half-off!  http://store.steampowered.com/app/620/

A copy of Portal 2 costs $25.  But -- there is a 2-pack available for $45, which makes it $22.50 per copy.  Granted, not an amazing savings over just getting one copy, but I can't say not to an opportunity to use Bitcoin and help another Bitcoiner save a little bit of money.  Plus, it could be substantially cheaper for someone who lives in another country.

So here's the deal -- I will either buy or sell a copy of Portal 2 at the median of the ask/bid exchange rate on MtGox * $22.50.  Right now it's trading for 14.4 BTC/USD, so that'd be 1.5625 BTC.  If you would prefer to spend Bitcoins, I'll buy the game on my credit card, you send me 1.5625 BTC, and I'll send you a copy of the game.  If you would prefer to receive Bitcoins, you buy the same through Steam, send the second copy to my Steam account, and I'll send you the Bitcoins.  Whoever has the lower rep sends the goods first.

Note that this sale only runs for the next 23 hours, so if you want it, let me know immediately!
2  Bitcoin / Mining / Proposed PSU and mobo for a new rig, or: Am I gonna blow this PC up? on: June 04, 2011, 01:29:33 AM
I'm building a combined mining/gaming rig for my father.  I'll be using a Radeon HD 6950 as the primary video card (for its gaming performance, of course), and two HD 5830s for cheap hashing power.  Presumably when he's firing up a game he'll pause the mining on the 6950 and then resume it when he's done.  Oh, and the OS will be Windows 7 64 bit.

The PSU I'm thinking of is a 950 W one by PC Power & Cooling: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703028
And the motherboard has 3x PCI 16x slots:  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157207

The rest of the system isn't really as relevant for mining purposes, but will include a hard drive, an optical drive, a pretty good AMD processor, and 8 GiB RAM.

So, the main question is, assuming I stick it all in a case with enough fans, is the PSU going to be sufficient to power those three video cards along with everything else?  Is the motherboard going to take it?  Can Windows 7 handle this?  Is there anything I haven't considered that I should think about?  (Dummy plugs?)

Thanks guys!
3  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / A bet on the future difficulty level on: May 20, 2011, 10:23:02 PM
Black8 and I have entered into a bet on the difficulty level at the next increase.  Both of us are registered on #bitcoin-otc.  Here are the signatures confirming the bet:

Code:
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
Hash: SHA1

CydeWeys and black8 enter into a bet of 1 BTC on what the difficulty level
will increase to at block 127007.  CydeWeys bets 500,000.  Black8 bets
360,000.  Accordingly, the one who wins is the one whose bet is closer to
the actual difficulty level (i.e. if the difficulty level is less than or
equal to 430,000, Black9 wins; if it is greater, CydeWeys wins).  If
CydeWeys wins, Black8 will send payment to address
1LP3DrXnJPcjCwR3FmTHR57R2nf6V1jKSJ.  If Black8 wins, CydeWeys will send
payment to 15atSSWBCP5X3QPVVWb6faTZ1PRP6AeQ4s.
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE-----
Version: GnuPG v1.4.11 (MingW32)
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=b3Fg
-----END PGP SIGNATURE-----


-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
Hash: SHA1


CydeWeys and black8 enter into a bet of 1 BTC on what the difficulty level
will increase to at block 127007.  CydeWeys bets 500,000.  Black8 bets
360,000.  Accordingly, the one who wins is the one whose bet is closer to
the actual difficulty level (i.e. if the difficulty level is less than or
equal to 430,000, Black9 wins; if it is greater, CydeWeys wins).  If
CydeWeys wins, Black8 will send payment to address
1LP3DrXnJPcjCwR3FmTHR57R2nf6V1jKSJ.  If Black8 wins, CydeWeys will send
payment to 15atSSWBCP5X3QPVVWb6faTZ1PRP6AeQ4s.

-----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE-----
Version: GnuPG v1.4.11 (GNU/Linux)

iEYEARECAAYFAk3W5pMACgkQvCEYTv+mBWcvZgCgi85cpwiuBARF7g9yZCPkeldk
Y5cAoIpNDZgjV5xxi8kIspvMu6KDnBrH
=/SAv
-----END PGP SIGNATURE-----


This is my first time making a bet that is cryptographically sound, so that's fun.  None of the bets I've made in real life have been nearly this rock solid.

So, the question is, who do you guys think is going to win?  Discuss  Grin
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