Condor reinstallation and UB DirectPlay8 Error

I re-installed Condor yesterday using my original installation directory on D:\Condor. Condor is pretty slow to open in a task from large HD sceneries like Arc Alpin (AA). I didn’t want to install on my C:\ drive (which is the Samsung NVMe SSD drive) because of potential space problems. Today, I tried to join a task from one of the public servers. When I clicked on the join button I received this error:

I searched the web for a solution and the simplest one was the one that worked. That was to simply open “Turn Windows Features On or Off” from the control panel; scroll down to the Legacy Components setting and click DirectPlay:

Before trying this fix I uninstalled Condor from the D:\ drive and installed it on C:\Condor.

The next problem was that, since I had moved the Condor directory from c:\ to d:\, the goodies downloads stopped working. I tried several things, including using MS Edge instead of Chrome, none of which worked. Finally I decided to search the registry for an instance of CTDB. I found one that showed the goodies location at d:\condor\goodies. I changed the ‘d’ to a ‘c’ and that fixed the problem!

And, by the way, Condor and tasks don’t seem to load much, if any faster, from the SSD!


Finished Building My New Computer Yesterday

My CPU cooler arrived the day before yesterday in the evening so I finished assembling and testing yesterday! Here is the final parts list:

And here is a short article I wrote for the Completed Builds section of PCPartPicker’s web site.

P.S. I’m waiting for rebates for Video Card and Motherboard.

Here are some things that I’m learning about this build.

  • Samsung SSD 960 EVO 500GB NVMe m.2
    • Install Samsung Magician to manage it.
    • This SSD is supposed to be good for 400TB of writes.
6/3/17 CPUIntel – Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core ProcessorNewegg$339.99  $339.99 
6/2/17 CoolerNoctua NH-D14 6 Heatpipe Dual Radiator with 140mm/120mm Dual SSO Bearing Fans CPU CoolerAmazon$69.95  $69.95 
6/12/17 CoolerNoctua NH-D14 6 Heatpipe Dual Radiator with 140mm/120mm Dual SSO Bearing Fans CPU CoolerAmazon-$58.72  -$58.72 
6/12/17 CoolerNoctua NH-D15 6 heatpipe with Dual NF-A15 140mm fansAmazon$89.95  $89.95 
6/3/17 MotherboardASRock Motherboard Z270 TaichiNewegg$209.99  $209.99minus $10 rebate
6/2/17 CaseFractal Design Define R5 Blackout Edition Computer Case FD-CA-DEF-R5-BKONewegg$109.99$7.70 $117.69 
6/3/17 Windows 10Microsoft Windows 10 Pro | USB Flash DriveAmazon$181.50$12.71 $194.21 
5/28/175/31/17StorageSamsung – 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State DriveB&H$219.99$0.00 $219.99 
5/31/176/2/17RAMG.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Intel Z170 Platform Desktop Memory Model F4-3000C15Q-32GVRBNewegg$237.99$10.98 $248.97237.99 with gift card
6/3/17 Video CardEVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0, 8GB GDDR5X, RGB LED, 10CM FAN, 10 Power Phases, Double BIOS, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC) Graphics Card 08G-P4-6286-KRNewegg$529.99 $13.63$543.62minus $20 rebate
6/2/17 Power SupplyEVGA SuperNOVA 650 G2, 80+ GOLD 650W, Fully ModularAmazon$84.53$5.92 $90.45 
6/2/17 Wrist StrapRosewill ESD Anti-Static Wrist Strap Components RTK-002, Black/YellowAmazon$5.99$0.42 $6.41 
    Total$2,021.14  $2,066.09 

Preparing to build a new computer

I am doing much research into building a new computer. I’ve been working with pcpartpicker, Tom’s Hardware, and other sites. pcpartpicker is really nice and a great help. Thank you pcpartpicker!

One of my conundrum has been deciding among so many choices for motherboards. Specs I see for Asus motherboards costing $385 seem pretty much the same as those costing $175, so what, exactly, is the difference?

Here is an article I just found that I hope will answer some of my questions.

And here is a breakdown of all Corsair coolers.

Strix Z270E Gaming has wifi and bluetooth, excellent audio with noise suppression.