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by cb95014
Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:34 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 5770 Accelero S2 Fits?
Replies: 22
Views: 25161

I have not tried an S2 on a 5770. However today I mounted an S1 on a 5770 and then an additional S1 on a 5850. The 5850 was easy, and the trimming to the cooler was minor. If you are willing to remove the DVI shield, you don't even have to trim the cooler. The 5770 was a complete PITA and involved m...
by cb95014
Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:49 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: do i need a floppy connector?
Replies: 6
Views: 2512

The ASUS Xonar DX sound card requires an external floppy-style power connector. Otherwise I haven't used one in years.
by cb95014
Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:05 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic shows X-Series, modular, 80 Plus Gold @ Computex
Replies: 172
Views: 70548

X650 & X750 both now in stock at NewEgg

Both the X650 & X750 are both now in stock at NewEgg.

See:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817151088

and
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817151087

I've got an X650 on order. :D
by cb95014
Sat May 16, 2009 1:57 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice Needed for Two New PCs
Replies: 15
Views: 3226

Re: Advice Needed for Two New PCs

Hopefully you have perused the recommended lists. If you stick with those you won't go far wrong. - Antec P183 case IMO it looks terrible, but functionally is a great case - Asus P5Q-E motherboard Nice M/B. I prefer the new Gigabyte boards, as I have had better luck with stability. The only flops th...
by cb95014
Wed May 13, 2009 1:06 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Win 7, what compels you to upgrade?
Replies: 112
Views: 24027

Re: Win 7, what compels you to upgrade?

What's wrong with it? You open it to start programs like always. 1) No way (that I can find) to create folders in the start menu. For example, I usually create a 'System Tools' folder for CPU-Z, HW monitor, Windows Update, Spybot, etc. These now all clutter the main menu. For another example, when ...
by cb95014
Wed May 13, 2009 11:13 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Win 7, what compels you to upgrade?
Replies: 112
Views: 24027

Re: Win 7, what compels you to upgrade?

What about the new OS makes you want to upgrade to it? I don't know that I'd *upgrade*, but IMO for a newer 4GB notebook W7 (x64) is a no-brainer. If you upgrade your notebook with an SSD, then I *definitely* would run W7. I have W7 on my work T400 notebook, and in addition to the no-hassle SSD twe...
by cb95014
Fri Apr 10, 2009 11:40 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: PNY 9600GT for $50 AR at Fry's B&M - YMMV
Replies: 0
Views: 885

PNY 9600GT for $50 AR at Fry's B&M - YMMV

Unbelievable. These are great low-power cards, and very easy to keep cool.

The ad is for the SF Bay Area, but often these are national. YMMV.

See: http://tinyurl.com/dlae8n for the entire ad.

or http://tinyurl.com/dahjl9 for the 9600GT-specific info.
by cb95014
Tue Mar 24, 2009 11:10 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: options for backup/syncing
Replies: 15
Views: 3737

Try SyncBack

SyncBack is an outstanding rsync program that is available in free and licensed versions. I use the licensed SE version, but used the free version for months before upgrading. Even the freeware version is quite robust. See: http://www.2brightsparks.com/downloads.html#freeware (scroll to the bottom) ...
by cb95014
Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:30 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P182 - Different color schemes?
Replies: 4
Views: 1721

AFAIK, other than the mirror-finish SE, the P182 black is only the 'gun metal' finish. The color difference in those two photos is a lighting effect.

I have two of these cases, and to me the color looks more like the Amazon photo (which is direct from the Antec site) than the NewEgg one.
by cb95014
Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:42 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Which Dremel attachments for case modding?
Replies: 11
Views: 3919

I often use the flap wheels to quickly de-burr sheetmetal. This completely eliminates sharp edges.

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by cb95014
Sun Nov 09, 2008 8:19 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: fastest quiet $200 video card
Replies: 11
Views: 3593

Re: fastest quiet $200 video card

E8500 or so Dual Core. Lately I am using E5200s. These are brain-dead easy to overclock to 3.3+GHz, and once you get past 3GHz it really doesn't make any difference. :lol: If you are completely anti-overclock, then the E8500 is a good choice. Corsair VX450W You may want to check-out Corsair's new H...
by cb95014
Sun Nov 09, 2008 8:01 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: fastest quiet $200 video card
Replies: 11
Views: 3593

Get the cheapest Radeon HD 4850 you can find and then use an Arctic Cooling S1. The total should be less than $200, has outstanding price/performance, and is totally silent with good case circulation. I don't have personal experience with these (I am still running 9600GTs with S1 coolers), but if I ...
by cb95014
Sun Nov 09, 2008 7:44 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: I'm almost there! - help fitting Accelero to my new 9600GT
Replies: 11
Views: 3330

One more question: does replacing the cooler cancel the warranty for the card? How will they know I've replaced it if I put the old one back on? Well, that is actually two questions. :D 1) From PNY's warranty statement (see: http://tinyurl.com/5qew33 ) you should be fine, as long as you don't damag...
by cb95014
Tue Oct 28, 2008 7:44 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: I'm almost there! - help fitting Accelero to my new 9600GT
Replies: 11
Views: 3330

Your "?" dimension is slightly less than 1.75" (4.5cm) above the top of the PCI bracket. If you removed the plastic on the S1, it would save a little space, but as others have shown on this site you can easily bend the top of the cooler 90 degrees. I did this to fit in a short case and it worked fine.
by cb95014
Tue Sep 30, 2008 9:33 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: I'm almost there! - help fitting Accelero to my new 9600GT
Replies: 11
Views: 3330

the RAMsinks I can get are copper and Im thinking they might be better than the ones that come with the Accelero. Would you suggest using them on all of the RAM, and then using the ones that come with the Accelero on the VRMs (seeing as they will be going spare). I really don't think it matters. Ju...
by cb95014
Fri Sep 26, 2008 12:16 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: I'm almost there! - help fitting Accelero to my new 9600GT
Replies: 11
Views: 3330

I don't have this exact card, but I recently bought 3 EVGA 9600GTs during a Fry's blow-out ($60 AR :D) and mounted an S2 on each one. The only tricky part - at all - is the memory chip closest to the PCI-E connector. I used a different heat-sink for this, and the remainder of this $6 set for the vol...
by cb95014
Thu Sep 25, 2008 8:32 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: iTouch site & SW info, please
Replies: 0
Views: 731

iTouch site & SW info, please

I was given an iTouch today (yes, lucky me!), and am looking for recommendations for good iTouch site(s) and software that is compatible with my Vista64 desktop. There must be a bunch of aficionados here that can shorten my learning curve. :D I will mainly use this while traveling in aluminum cans, ...
by cb95014
Thu Sep 25, 2008 8:05 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: sept 25 newegg newsletter - corsair 520H $80, 2GB RAM $22
Replies: 3
Views: 1261

I get the newsletter, but the did not notice the 520HX. Thanks for the heads-up. You are a great shopping aid. :D
by cb95014
Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Importing Vista from US to UK
Replies: 14
Views: 2714

The OEM version will let you change any components as often as you like without requiring reactivation so long as you don't change motherboard type. I don't know this for sure (I've only bought retail copies), but I don't think that OEM offers *any* advantages other than cost. From a PC Magazine ar...
by cb95014
Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:09 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Importing Vista from US to UK
Replies: 14
Views: 2714

Also, it is possible that the ebay merchant is selling the 32 & 64-bit discs separately. Since each box only comes with *one* key, this would obviously be a problem. :lol:

At a minimum I would check any ebay seller carefully.
by cb95014
Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:06 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Importing Vista from US to UK
Replies: 14
Views: 2714

So who are the cheapest US outlets for this? I have bought XP and Vista from both VioSoftware & RoyalDiscount. Regarding the various versions, the retail box offers extra flexibility for re-installation or upgrades, but you will have to decide if the extra cost is worth the added flexibility. FYI, ...
by cb95014
Wed Jul 30, 2008 8:31 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: In praise of Antec (and my P180b)
Replies: 5
Views: 2370

Re: Thanks for the love!

We get to nearly all of the tickets within a business day. I called Antec support a couple of weeks ago, and they picked-up on the second ring. No music, no disembodied computer voice, but a real, live person. I was shocked! :shock: No hassles (just requested an email copy of my receipt) and I rece...
by cb95014
Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:12 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Debating - worthy to upgrade from 8800gt to gtx260 for $110?
Replies: 5
Views: 2007

Re: Debating - worthy to upgrade from 8800gt to gtx260 for $

What's your advice? The most important consideration is whether in the next year or two you are going to run games which tap-out your 8800GT (I think the games you listed should run with everything basically maxed at 1900x1080). If yes, then you should switch. It also depends a little on how import...
by cb95014
Fri Jul 11, 2008 4:59 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: NAS Box Recommendation for my environment
Replies: 6
Views: 2338

would you mind if I dropped you a PM if I got one and got a little stuck? Sure, no problem. Please be sure to check the QNAP forums for information on the TS-201 before ordering. That is an older model and may have limitations on firmware updates that you may not find acceptable in the future. Deta...
by cb95014
Fri Jul 11, 2008 12:10 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Antec P182 $100 at Fry's - YMMV
Replies: 0
Views: 907

Antec P182 $100 at Fry's - YMMV

This is a pretty good price without a rebate on a case popular at SPCR.
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The listing is for the SF Bay Area, so YMMV elsewhere. See http://preview.tinyurl.com/6r8ek7
by cb95014
Fri Jul 11, 2008 10:56 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: NAS Box Recommendation for my environment
Replies: 6
Views: 2338

A different approach to protecting data

OK, I may get flamed, but I have moved away from RAID and now depend on replication for data protection. The reason is that RAID protects (most of the time) only against disk failure, but a *much* more likely cause of data loss is *me* doing something stupid; I speak from painful personal experience...
by cb95014
Sat Jun 28, 2008 8:01 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Spent a small fortune on QX9770 P182 etc and need final bits
Replies: 12
Views: 3718

Re: Spent a small fortune on QX9770 P182 etc and need final

4. Should I get Acoustipack, or would there not be much benefit for the effort if I choose the right fans? The one place where Acoustipack helped me was on the inside of the P180/P182 door. It is not a huge change, but I could definitely could tell the difference. My guess is that the Seagate drive...
by cb95014
Mon Jun 23, 2008 4:55 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: What do you do with your dead HDD?
Replies: 42
Views: 24603

Re: What do you do with your dead HDD?

I finally got tired of looking at the small stack of them, bought a Torx set, and removed the platters. :D So now, I'm looking at a bunch of platters and reassembled HDDs. I'm thinking to just bend the platters and toss them into my recycling bin. The HDD's will go to Grey Bears and be passed onto ...
by cb95014
Fri May 30, 2008 12:15 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Trade a 8800GTS (640mb) for a 9600GT?
Replies: 6
Views: 2105

Re: Trade a 8800GTS (640mb) for a 9600GT?

Is this a useless move? Probably, but it depends on whether trimming 60+ watts of heat dissipation is worth $135 to you. My son's 8800GTS/640 died recently, and I picked-up an ECS 9600GTs with the S2 cooler ( http://tinyurl.com/6qkht2 ) while we (still) wait for EVGA to replace the 8800GTS under wa...
by cb95014
Sun May 18, 2008 4:26 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Antec P182 Special Edition $80 at Fry's - YMMV
Replies: 6
Views: 3724

FWIW, I built a computer for a friend with this case and he & his wife really like the mirror finish.

They say that it blends very nicely into the room rather than looking like a black blob.