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by Nik7304
Sun Jun 13, 2010 5:14 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which of these 1TB HDs: Samsung F3, WD Green, or Barracuda?
Replies: 4
Views: 1906

Which of these 1TB HDs: Samsung F3, WD Green, or Barracuda?

I'm trying to decide on a 1TB HD, and I'm choosing between these three at the moment:

Samsung F3 7200 rpm
Western Digital Caviar Green
Seagate Barracuda 7200 rpm SATA-300

Is there a benefit to going to a 5400 rpm drive?

Alternatively, is there a better option 500GB drive?
by Nik7304
Sat Jun 12, 2010 7:51 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Thermaltake ISGC-V320/5770 Cooling
Replies: 0
Views: 1345

Thermaltake ISGC-V320/5770 Cooling

I'm thinking of getting an ATi HD 5770, and after some searching the Thermaltake ISGC-V320 seemed like a good cooler for it. However, it seems to have dropped off the radar. It's not on their website and I can't find anywhere that sells it. Has it been pulled? If it has, does anyone have any recomme...
by Nik7304
Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:37 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 260, 275 or 5850?
Replies: 5
Views: 1546

260, 275 or 5850?

Unsure where to go for a computer upgrade. I do mainstream gaming at 1280x1024 resolution, mainly flight sims, a bit of Witcher and hoping to have a go at Fallout 3, Dragon Age and the upcoming Elder Scrolls V. Problem is, do I go for a somewhat cheaper GTX 260 or 275, or DX11 with the GTX 465 or AT...
by Nik7304
Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:42 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Upcoming Reviews & Articles
Replies: 193
Views: 324352

Is there a test of the Zalman CNPS 10x Quiet in the pipeline, by any chance? The Extreme's been tested so it would be a logical follow-on.
by Nik7304
Fri Jul 24, 2009 5:28 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New motherboard runs slower?
Replies: 2
Views: 779

Thanks Seb. Just ran it. I corrected the memory timings in the BIOS as well. They were set to [Auto]-4-4-8, instead of 3-3-3-8. Had to leave the CL at Auto or it didn't boot up. Now it's running at 2.5 though. Seems a bit snappier now. CPU still giving me 1.8 in the WEI though. CPU-Z says the freque...
by Nik7304
Fri Jul 24, 2009 2:19 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New motherboard runs slower?
Replies: 2
Views: 779

New motherboard runs slower?

As I posted elsewhere on here a while back, I had a motherboard failure after a case swap. Finally found a motherboard with what I needed (AGP, SATA & IDE), an ASRock P4i65GV. My old motherboard was a Gigabyte GA8i848PM. Installed it all yesterday and it works ok, except for that everything seems sl...
by Nik7304
Sun Jul 19, 2009 5:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Blown motherboard after case upgrade?
Replies: 15
Views: 2151

Tried it outside the case, both with the current PSU and my old one, and won't work with either.

Problem is, I wouldn't know how to check a capacitor, much less change one. I'd be very reluctant to take a soldering iron to a motherboard. I'd probably end up doing more damage if anything.
by Nik7304
Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Blown motherboard after case upgrade?
Replies: 15
Views: 2151

If you had enough money for a P183 and a new PSU, you have enough for a replacement (used) motherboard - I'm quite sure that getting such an old one would set you back five quid or so. I'm trying, but finding a S478 AGP motherboard is proving mighty difficult. The ones I found are either PCI-E or m...
by Nik7304
Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:31 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Leftover S478 P4 motherboard?
Replies: 0
Views: 718

Leftover S478 P4 motherboard?

Does anyone happen to have a P4 motherboard kicking around which they don't need any more? I have a Gigabyte 8I848PM (Fujitsu-Siemens OEM mATX) which has gone, so need a replacement. Not looking for anything fancy as I want to get an i7 Lynnfield later in the year. Ideally I'd like a similar board. ...
by Nik7304
Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:44 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Blown motherboard after case upgrade?
Replies: 15
Views: 2151

Right. Think we can leave this one now. Thanks to those who posted. Have just done a major test, ripped everything out, had the mobo on a piece of cardboard on the floor and ran through everything. Tried using my old whiny PSU as well. Still dead as a dodo. Stuck it all back together again, just to ...
by Nik7304
Tue Jul 14, 2009 12:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Blown motherboard after case upgrade?
Replies: 15
Views: 2151

Matija wrote:How strange...

Check the PCI(-E) cards once again and maybe clean the contacts.
AGP. :D It's an old'un.
by Nik7304
Tue Jul 14, 2009 12:14 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Blown motherboard after case upgrade?
Replies: 15
Views: 2151

Matija wrote:Have you connected the dedicated +12V to the motherboard?
Yes, it's connected. It seems to work intermittently.
by Nik7304
Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:30 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Blown motherboard after case upgrade?
Replies: 15
Views: 2151

dang, that case/ps is too nice to just sit unused all summer. it may not have been anything that you did, i've seen motherboards get flakey and die like that. just for drill... there is no speaker in the p183, so the only way that you'd hear a post code is if you plugged in a speaker that you added...
by Nik7304
Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Blown motherboard after case upgrade?
Replies: 15
Views: 2151

do you have a speaker plugged into the motherboard, so you can hear the beeps during post? unplug as much as you can on the motherboard, and see if it posts then... stuff like the hdd, dvd, etc. No beep, everything plugged or unplugged. Redzo: checked the standoffs. Had to add a couple, so they're ...
by Nik7304
Mon Jul 13, 2009 7:59 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Blown motherboard after case upgrade?
Replies: 15
Views: 2151

Blown motherboard after case upgrade?

Needed a new case and PSU, so got myself a P183 with the CP-850. All very nice. Spent a few hours today moving everything over to the new case. Switched it on and itgot stuck on the POST screen. Hmmm... Reset it, started ok but the rear system fan wasn't moving. Switched off, opened it up, everythin...
by Nik7304
Tue Jul 07, 2009 7:41 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec P183: The P182 Gets More Air
Replies: 145
Views: 86227

Spare me a seat on the bandwagon. Ordered a P183 and the CP-850 today.

It's probably a bit overkill for me, but hopefully I have got myself a good case and power supply. Upgrading my old Sonata case so hoping there'll be some difference in it as I'm quite happy with what I get out of that.
by Nik7304
Tue Jul 07, 2009 6:01 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Nexus NX8060/50 vs Corsair HX520?
Replies: 3
Views: 1245

Thanks! :) Well, it was only a few pounds more than the Nexus, which I was leaning towards anyway, so figured I might as well get that since I might need the bigger case anyway.
by Nik7304
Tue Jul 07, 2009 4:34 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Nexus NX8060/50 vs Corsair HX520?
Replies: 3
Views: 1245

Update on this: did some more digging and figured that a GTX260 will be a tight squeeze in my Sonata, so have ordered a P183 and a CP-850 instead.

Kidney, anyone...?
by Nik7304
Mon Jul 06, 2009 6:56 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Nexus NX8060/50 vs Corsair HX520?
Replies: 3
Views: 1245

Nexus NX8060/50 vs Corsair HX520?

I'm planning on doing a system upgrade later in the year, but I might have to move ahead with the PSU. My office started smelling like burnt circuitboard all of a sudden, so yanked everything out and opened the case. Couldn't see anything, but the power supply exhaust smelled suspiciously. Also get ...
by Nik7304
Mon Feb 02, 2009 2:13 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: New 260/280/285 cooler from Arctic
Replies: 1
Views: 1178

New 260/280/285 cooler from Arctic

Just saw that Arctic has released what they call the Accelero XTREME GTX 280, meant to "bring enthusiasts an ultimate overclocking experience". It's their first 260/280/285 certified cooler.

What about for those of us who don't O/C? Will the Twin Turbo fit a 260? Or the Accelero S1?
by Nik7304
Sat Jan 10, 2009 1:58 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Squealing nvidia 9800GT - is it really so common?
Replies: 19
Views: 6970

Can a squealing card be replaced as defective? Or do they class it as normal?
by Nik7304
Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:11 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 260, cooling and power supply
Replies: 2
Views: 1308

Updated with PSU requirement.

Looks like sticking with the stock cooler for now until AC gets a 260 solution on the market.
by Nik7304
Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:20 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 260, cooling and power supply
Replies: 2
Views: 1308

GTX 260, cooling and power supply

Will the AC Accelero S1 or Twin Turbo fit the GTX 260? Read somewhere which hinted at it working. Anyone know for certain?

Also, does the Corsair VX450 or VX550 have second PCI-E 6-pin connector needed? Looking at Corsair page there's only one with the 450 and an additional 6+2 on the 550.
by Nik7304
Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:33 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HR-03GT Orientation on a 9800GTX+
Replies: 6
Views: 1595

Thanks DDRJ. Just what I was looking for! :)

I put a little reply in your thread, just something which might help with the CPU cooling.
by Nik7304
Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:33 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: First ever PC build (for the most part silent) *upd jan 09*
Replies: 31
Views: 17034

Hey DDRJ, Don't know if it's something you've thought of, but it could help cooling the CPU down: I have an Antec Sonata, and like you I have a spare optical bay and a spare floppy bay, so what I did was remove the cover from optical bay above the floppy bay. My brother built a cover from car stereo...
by Nik7304
Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:27 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HR-03GT Orientation on a 9800GTX+
Replies: 6
Views: 1595

Thanks, I was actually thinking of the Accelero, either the Twin Turbo or the S1, but my brother was going on about the HR-03.
by Nik7304
Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:51 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HR-03GT Orientation on a 9800GTX+
Replies: 6
Views: 1595

HR-03GT Orientation on a 9800GTX+

Thinking of getting a Thermalright HR-03GT for an upcoming XFX 9800GTX+ I'm hoping to get. I read on the Thermalright page that it can be aligned with the fins either below or above the card. I'm thinking of putting a 92mm fan on it, so there are three questions really: -Would it be better to put th...
by Nik7304
Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:44 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: GTX260 System Opinions
Replies: 30
Views: 5529

Thanks for the info on the Zalmans. True to form, I've now switched over to looking at the Thermalright Ultra-120 with a Nexus fan for the CPU and a HR-03GT for the graphics card. The question is just which way to orientate the HR-03, but I'll post about that in the video card section.
by Nik7304
Thu Jan 01, 2009 6:55 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: GTX260 System Opinions
Replies: 30
Views: 5529

Might swap it then with a NMB-MAT RB-12025-L (have used Panaflos before and like them and I like Dorothy Bradbury). This thread here has MikeC recommending it as well. I read another thread on here about someone replacing it and it seemed straightforward. Design a system, make it quiet, make it cool...
by Nik7304
Thu Jan 01, 2009 3:08 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: GTX260 System Opinions
Replies: 30
Views: 5529

Been fighting with various OS:s as well throughout, from Windows 3.11 to Linux and Solaris. Did give Linux a proper go for a while, but got fed up with spending hours unzipping tarballs and gzt-files just to get the soundcard to work. It's a great OS but you start to appreciate having things which j...