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by dragonfire
Fri Dec 04, 2009 7:04 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: which memory: faster clock or lower latency?
Replies: 7
Views: 1722

I don't think you'll see much benefit past 4GB of RAM in most situations. With the exception of video encoding, it is very difficult to max out the full 4GB with desktop apps or games.
by dragonfire
Fri Dec 04, 2009 6:28 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Recommended P55 boards
Replies: 42
Views: 21100

No one has any P55 recommendations? Please?
by dragonfire
Wed Dec 02, 2009 8:32 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PCStat's Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
Replies: 25
Views: 21821

Maybe I've just been lucky, but I've seen / done many stupid things to computers over many years, and had relatively few problems. Yes, there was one time when I upgraded a CPU and discovered to my surprise that my video card no longer worked. Never could trace that one down. But even when my friend...
by dragonfire
Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:44 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Recommended P55 boards
Replies: 42
Views: 21100

Recommended P55 boards

Hi all, I'm planning to re-build my rig around a i7-860. I'm using an Antec P182, so I want a full size ATX board. I haven't seen any generalized recommendations for P55 boards in this forum, so I wanted to get some opinions. I had a bad experience with an Asus p5q-e and Q9450. I could never quite g...
by dragonfire
Mon Nov 30, 2009 7:44 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: S1283 for i5/i7
Replies: 2
Views: 1640

S1283 for i5/i7

Hi all, I'm getting ready to rebuild my rig around an i7-860. I had a fantastic experience with a Xigmatek S1283 for my Q9450. Cheaper than many alternatives, and great silent cooling with the included fan. I was excited to see a new mounting bracket allowing the S1283 to be used with Socket 1156. h...
by dragonfire
Thu Oct 22, 2009 7:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Experiments in CPU cooling in a P180
Replies: 6
Views: 2532

I have a Corsair HX520. Like others have said many times, it is by far the quietest item in my system. Even under load, makes no discernible noise. I highly recommend it.

Thanks for your detailed post. REally good info.
by dragonfire
Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:31 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: p5q bios update 1406
Replies: 0
Views: 799

p5q bios update 1406

Hey all, I was having big problems with my bios on my p5q-e, so I downgraded to an old bios from June. Solves major problems (system will now pass Prime95), but still some lingering issues... now Asus (finally) released a new bios. Has anyone with a Q9450 or similar tried updating to 1406? Does it w...
by dragonfire
Thu Sep 18, 2008 6:12 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: intermittent BSOD on boot
Replies: 7
Views: 2106

Hey all, Thanks for the prompt replies! 1) are you overclocking? 2) what ram are you using? I am not overclocking. The ram I'm using is Corsair Dominator 4GB DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500). Have you tried going back to the stock bios? It may be a good idea to stick with those unless you're having specific pro...
by dragonfire
Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:31 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: intermittent BSOD on boot
Replies: 7
Views: 2106

intermittent BSOD on boot

Hey all, Wondering if anyone can help me. I just set up a new system with a P5Q / Q9450 / HD4850 / 4GB 1066 Ram / Vista 32 bit... just like everyone else, it seems. I have had a problem-ridden set up. Between adjusting to Vista and the shoddy drivers from ASUS, I've been though Hell. The only way I ...
by dragonfire
Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:26 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: [Stress test for] GPU?
Replies: 17
Views: 5314

IN case this interests anyone: I installed ATI Tool to stress test a new ASUS HD4850. It worked fine for a day, then broke. It would start up in the tray, but would use 100% of one CPU core and would never load the actual control window. I found after significant grief that exiting the Catalyst Cont...
by dragonfire
Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:38 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Lenovo Thinkpad T61 fanless operation
Replies: 19
Views: 19815

Idk, if I were you, I'd consider the T400 / T500. Just released, latest chipset saves power and heat. And, there was a 25-30% off deal that made the prices somewhat reasonable...
by dragonfire
Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:25 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Velociraptor 150 GB
Replies: 4
Views: 2695

Wow... I just assumed it wasn't available since Newegg doesn't have it yet. Oops. :oops: Thanks!

Hmm, at that price I might wait a few months and see if it comes down a bit.
by dragonfire
Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:02 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Velociraptor 150 GB
Replies: 4
Views: 2695

Anyone know what price this will go for in the US? I really want a Velociraptor for my System partition, but can't stomach the $300 cost... :(
by dragonfire
Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:00 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec P182 Cable Management
Replies: 6
Views: 2791

Yeah, try putting as many as possible behind the mobo tray. This leaves the interior of your case free of clutter for better airflow. Honestly, I don't even understand how you're supposed to get a hdd cable up through the hole if you leave the psu area fan in place - won't you have to route the cabl...
by dragonfire
Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:02 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: How do you silence 8TB?
Replies: 28
Views: 23227

*drool*

All the 1TB hdds must have cost a fortune... and the result is simply glorious.

How did you configure the RAID array? What OS are you running? Do the drives spin down when not in use?
by dragonfire
Wed Aug 20, 2008 9:52 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Choosing TFT
Replies: 8
Views: 3642

IMHO, even with black bars on the side of the screen, your standard aspect ratio games will probably be just about the same size on the 22 as on the 19. Those extra inches make a big difference. I had a Dell 20in std aspect ratio, bought Dell 24 in widescreen, my old games still play at 1600x1200 (o...
by dragonfire
Fri Aug 15, 2008 10:56 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: A new PC is always exciting!
Replies: 12
Views: 2865

Just a warning... I bought a p5q-e a few weeks back, and I've been having a rough time getting it configured correctly. Don't get me wrong, the board itself is great. But the bios/drivers/software are all very poorly documented, and work poorly with Vista32 (I don't even want to think about Vista64)...
by dragonfire
Wed Jul 30, 2008 10:30 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: SilentBen's P182 Build - FULLY DETAILED - Suggestions?
Replies: 40
Views: 35543

Another question, when you put the right side of the case back on (behind the mobo), how hard did you have to press on the cables? Phrased another way, was the case side panel slightly bowed outward from the pressure?

Thanks!
by dragonfire
Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:25 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: new dell mini pc
Replies: 10
Views: 7860

new dell mini pc

It's called the "Studio Hybrid"

http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=12519

Anyone know if it's fanless?
by dragonfire
Tue Jul 22, 2008 10:31 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: tips for new P45 build
Replies: 12
Views: 4736

Hey all, I have a few remaining questiosn as I begin to build this beast. Anyone with a P180/P182 should be able to help... 1. Should I mount the PSU with the fan facing up or down? 2. Should I bother blocking up the holes in the expansion card covers (on the back)? 3. Should I bother blocking up th...
by dragonfire
Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:08 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Requesting comments/suggestions on potential new build
Replies: 11
Views: 2537

If you want to save a few bucks, the P5Q-e has almost all the features of the P5Q Deluxe at $50 less. Also, the 4850 instead of 4870 would save you a pretty penny, and would be more than sufficient for "light gaming". The p182 is an amazing case, really great to work with. Memory and processor are a...
by dragonfire
Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:57 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Diamond Radeon HD4850
Replies: 46
Views: 23958

Silly question... :oops:

If you mount a 1200rpm fan on an S1, should it blow air onto the card or pull air off of it?

Thanks!
by dragonfire
Tue Jul 08, 2008 12:32 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: NEW - WD Caviar Black 1TB
Replies: 2
Views: 1695

Uh-oh. This doesn't look good. Average acoustics (dBA) Idle mode 24 Performance seek mode 33 Quiet seek mode 29 http://www.westerndigital.com/en/library/sata/2879-701276.pdf edit: The WD specs seem to all run a bit high. They list a 29dB seek for the 640GB drive as well... http://www.westerndigital....
by dragonfire
Tue Jul 08, 2008 12:19 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: NEW - WD Caviar Black 1TB
Replies: 2
Views: 1695

NEW - WD Caviar Black 1TB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822136284

This appears to be brand new. Does anyone know whether this a 3-platter version of the 640GB model? I'm curious whether it's as quiet...
by dragonfire
Mon Jul 07, 2008 5:22 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: tips for new P45 build
Replies: 12
Views: 4736

Thanks for the clarification. I think I'm going to get the p5q-e. All the outputs of the deluxe, but minus $40. =D

Another question... the Scythe Slipstream is a 3 pin fan, so I won't be able to use it as a PWM fan, right? Is this ok for a cpu cooler? For a case fan?
by dragonfire
Thu Jul 03, 2008 8:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: tips for new P45 build
Replies: 12
Views: 4736

Hmm. I'm having a very difficult time telling the difference between the P5Q variants as well. In terms of Deluxe vs. Pro, Deluxe has 16-phase power design whereas Pro has 8 (but I really don't quite know what this means). It also has many more i/o ports. I can't for the life of me figure out where ...
by dragonfire
Wed Jul 02, 2008 12:03 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: tips for new P45 build
Replies: 12
Views: 4736

tips for new P45 build

Hi all, I'm building a system based on P45/penryn/HD4850 that has all come out recently. I already have a P180 and the Q9450, and I'm looking for tips on the rest of the system. I'm designing it as an all purpose machine, for some modern gaming, occasional photo/video editing, etc. My goal is to mak...
by dragonfire
Fri Nov 30, 2007 7:44 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P180/182 What's the difference?
Replies: 16
Views: 5748

Got mine today!! It's sweet! Just like the P182. And for $50, what a steal!!!!
by dragonfire
Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:20 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case Recommendation
Replies: 9
Views: 4921

If you are interested in the Antec P150/Solo, it's available at Newegg for $10 after rebate (+shipping).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811129018
by dragonfire
Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:00 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P180/182 What's the difference?
Replies: 16
Views: 5748

Yep, I just grabbed one too. Thanks for the help. I'll let you know which it is when it arrives...