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by blizeH
Sun Dec 20, 2009 3:24 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Need a hard drive for my OS, apps and VMs
Replies: 0
Views: 885

Need a hard drive for my OS, apps and VMs

Hi guys, I'm after a hard drive to run my main OS, some applications and some virtual machines. With this in mind, speed is at the forefront of my mind, but noise is also quite a big consideration. I was just wondering if anyone has a recommended hard drive for this? I've just ordered a Samsung EcoG...
by blizeH
Mon Sep 24, 2007 3:14 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Considering a new (budget) PC
Replies: 44
Views: 10355

Can't get my USB 2.0 working at all :(
by blizeH
Sun Sep 23, 2007 2:01 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Considering a new (budget) PC
Replies: 44
Views: 10355

Many thanks for the warning, I've already got it all setup now I'm afraid, or rather, not afraid since I absolutely adore the case, looks great for a case of the price, and had some really nice features; two case fans, screwless drive bays etc - it seems really quiet too, except for a slight whistle...
by blizeH
Thu Sep 20, 2007 4:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Considering a new (budget) PC
Replies: 44
Views: 10355

That's excellent, thank you so much! :)

Think I'll go to 3Ghz if at all possible, but I guess overclocking and monitoring temperatures/fan speeds are all very motherboard specific?
by blizeH
Thu Sep 20, 2007 12:21 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Considering a new (budget) PC
Replies: 44
Views: 10355

Sorry for asking yet more questions, but it's going to arrive today, and even though I won't have a chance to do anything with it tonight, I may as well ask now so I'm prepared for when I set it up on the weekend. Just couple of quick questions I hope anyway. 1) I've never installed XP onto a SATA d...
by blizeH
Mon Sep 17, 2007 4:35 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Considering a new (budget) PC
Replies: 44
Views: 10355

Well yes, but if I use my Antec TruePower 500W thing in my new PC, I'll need to replace it in the old one :P
by blizeH
Mon Sep 17, 2007 4:06 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Considering a new (budget) PC
Replies: 44
Views: 10355

True, but then I'd have to buy a cheap PSU for my current computer too :(
by blizeH
Mon Sep 17, 2007 3:49 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Considering a new (budget) PC
Replies: 44
Views: 10355

Currently looking to get either http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/103565 or http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/114826 (both Coolermaster Centurions) Which PSU should I go for, this Corsair 450W @ http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/131052 , a Coolermaster 500W iGreen @ http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/115...
by blizeH
Mon Sep 17, 2007 3:23 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Considering a new (budget) PC
Replies: 44
Views: 10355

Edit: Oops, just your reply, tyvm for that! I think the TM-211 is definitely out of the question then! (sorry to keep on) I've just had a good look around at reviews of the Sonata, and I then realised that there wasn't a massive difference between the Sonata I and the Sonata III, so maybe I should k...
by blizeH
Mon Sep 17, 2007 1:47 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Considering a new (budget) PC
Replies: 44
Views: 10355

Awesome, thank you very much for that link, how does the TM-211 fit into all of this btw? The solo I've no doubt is a great case, I dunno, I'm not that fond of the looks though and it could be quite pricey by the time I allow for a PSU. Still not sure what to do with my current PSU/case etc, whether...
by blizeH
Mon Sep 17, 2007 12:48 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Considering a new (budget) PC
Replies: 44
Views: 10355

Looks pretty cool thanks, and is the one I was going to go with originally (along with a Corsair PSU or something) - however it worked out quite expensive all in so decided against it. Is that case really a lot better than the Sonata then? I don't really want to spend the extra, but if it's worth it...
by blizeH
Sun Sep 16, 2007 11:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Considering a new (budget) PC
Replies: 44
Views: 10355

I'll check out Ebay cheers, although I do like the look of that OcUK graphics card now, 512MB for £80! My current plan is to definitely buy the 2GB GeiL memory and 512MB x1950 from OcUK (I know I should go for a 8800GTS or something, but the x1950 is such good value I can't resist!) along with an E...
by blizeH
Sun Sep 16, 2007 2:43 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Considering a new (budget) PC
Replies: 44
Views: 10355

Excellent, many thanks! I'll go with the Sonata and Crucial/Corsair memory then depending on what I can find cheapest at the time :) How does GeIL compare to Crucial/Corsair? It seems to get good reviews and is very nicely priced on OCuK. http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY-058-G...
by blizeH
Sun Sep 16, 2007 1:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Considering a new (budget) PC
Replies: 44
Views: 10355

So... Only thing that's left is the graphics card :D

90% certain to get this one - http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/131876 - but I'm worried about noise levels. Also, if I should get a better card or not ;_;

In fact, one review of it says: "Slightly loud cooler"

:(
by blizeH
Sun Sep 16, 2007 1:58 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Considering a new (budget) PC
Replies: 44
Views: 10355

Reading a review of the Sonata, one of the 'minus' points was that the power button is still behind the door, which is kinda cool if you want it secure, but an absolute nightmare for your average user because it means every time I want to turn it on or off I have to open/close the door, nggh :D
by blizeH
Sun Sep 16, 2007 1:56 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Considering a new (budget) PC
Replies: 44
Views: 10355

Haha, if I had any skills I could, but as it stands I don't think that's such a good idea ;)

Thanks though, think I'll stick with the Sonata!
by blizeH
Sun Sep 16, 2007 1:38 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Considering a new (budget) PC
Replies: 44
Views: 10355

Many thanks once again, I managed to find some Corsair memory so will go for that I think. Regarding the case, it does indeed come with the suspension mounts I think - looks the same as mine anyway, they're pretty cool, although it can be awkward since the case side presses against the cables! My ma...
by blizeH
Sun Sep 16, 2007 12:56 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Considering a new (budget) PC
Replies: 44
Views: 10355

Awesome, thank you very much! Think I'll go with Crucial/Corsair memory. Just 'cos I'm the most indecisive person ever, I've got just two more questions: 1) Am I better off getting this Asus case - http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/348887/art/asus/white-external-pc-case-tm.html# - plus a PSU (preferab...
by blizeH
Sun Sep 16, 2007 12:10 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Considering a new (budget) PC
Replies: 44
Views: 10355

Ah, good call thank you, think I may go for the E6750 now, and overclock it when I build up the confidence to do so :P

Thinking of getting a WD drive too instead of the Samsung.

On a final note, can anyone recommend any good value memory? I've heard OCZ is naff
by blizeH
Sun Sep 16, 2007 10:50 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Considering a new (budget) PC
Replies: 44
Views: 10355

Here's my finished proposal: Qty Product Description QuickFind Cost (ex VAT) Line Cost 1 x Antec Sonata III Piano Black Quiet Mid Tower Case - With 500W EarthWatts PSU 128045 £60.97 £60.97 1 x Samsung SpinPoint HD501LJ 500GB SATAII Hard Drive 16MB Cache - OEM 130454 £52.99 £52.99 1 x ASUS P5K Ai...
by blizeH
Sun Sep 16, 2007 10:34 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Considering a new (budget) PC
Replies: 44
Views: 10355

Don't think I want a RAID array anyway, plus I only want two SATA hard drives so I won;t need any additional stuff :) Hmm, I might go for the E6750 then, but surely if I overclock it to E6850 speeds it'll be even hotter again? Than the Q6600? Once again massive thanks for this, I think once I've dec...
by blizeH
Sun Sep 16, 2007 10:13 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Considering a new (budget) PC
Replies: 44
Views: 10355

Once again a huge thanks for your awesome info :) Think I've decided to go with the x1950 as long as I can find a fairly quiet one, the price of that Asus is brilliant and seems to have great performance. I'm not fussed on DX10 (not gonna be running Vista for ages) and doubt I'll run Blu-Ray or HD-D...
by blizeH
Sun Sep 16, 2007 9:15 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Considering a new (budget) PC
Replies: 44
Views: 10355

Many thanks for the great replies, a few points: 1) When you say the E6850 is a bit high end, what are you comparing it to? I know the graphics card isn't fantastic, but the rest should match up right? I mean, the motherboard, PSU, RAM, hard drive and optical drive all seem alright? :( 2) I went wit...
by blizeH
Sun Sep 16, 2007 7:56 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Considering a new (budget) PC
Replies: 44
Views: 10355

Considering a new (budget) PC

Hi guys, I'm currently considering building a new computer, not sure what parts to get but I'm looking at something similar to: 1 x Antec Sonata III Piano Black Quiet Mid Tower Case - With 500W EarthWatts PSU 128045 £60.97 £60.97 1 x LG GSA-H54LBL 18X DVD±RW/DL/RAM With Lightscribe Black Bare Dri...