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by nitram_tpr
Wed Mar 26, 2008 3:19 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD 780G: Best Ever Integrated Mainstream Chipset?
Replies: 140
Views: 79540

I also noticed that the NB cooler got quite hot, for a laugh I overclocked the onboard GPU from 500 to 700 and it got so hot that I could just about bear to touch it. A fan would help no doubt, but to be honest I don't think it is required. When i had the 3450 in the machine the heatsink on that got...
by nitram_tpr
Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:50 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPC based on AMD 780G
Replies: 9
Views: 2648

A little advice.... 1. If you bought 2 sticks of ram (1 gig each) only install one stick till Vista is installed. 2. upon first boot up it will give you a prompt about the SATA settings, select NO for the AHCI settings for SATA. Let the machine have the SATA set to IDE for the initial install, you c...
by nitram_tpr
Tue Mar 25, 2008 4:28 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Fusion Black (finally...)
Replies: 42
Views: 62087

I got a Fusion last week. When I first built it I used the software on the Antec supplied CD. This worked O.K, the news info scrolled fine, trouble is the volume knob on the case would not work. I went to the Antec website and downloaded the software from there, this is the IMON software, this worke...
by nitram_tpr
Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:56 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPC based on AMD 780G
Replies: 9
Views: 2648

I have just built a system with this motherboard. I used an AMD BE2350 CPU coupled with a mini ninja that is passively cooled, works a treat. Make sure your case is big enough for the mini ninja though, it's the biggest mini thing I have ever seen! I did try out the stock AMD cooler and this worked ...
by nitram_tpr
Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:22 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD 780G: Best Ever Integrated Mainstream Chipset?
Replies: 140
Views: 79540

I have given up on the 3450...I could never get the HDMI port to be utilised as the primary port. As this is for my brother and he doesn't have a Monitor, only a LCD TV I have left the 3450 out for now. I will buy him some more leads so that we can hook the 3450 up to the TV via the RGB cable that c...
by nitram_tpr
Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:41 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD 780G: Best Ever Integrated Mainstream Chipset?
Replies: 140
Views: 79540

I've got it working, the HDMI ports (and all the other ports on the motherboard) are disabled when it's in crossfire mode, only the 3450 ports work. I disabled crossfire and immediately the TV out via HDMI started working. So much clearer via HDMI that via the normal monitor output :) I've now got t...
by nitram_tpr
Fri Mar 21, 2008 1:37 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD 780G: Best Ever Integrated Mainstream Chipset?
Replies: 140
Views: 79540

How do I get HDMI in Crossfire? I have got mine all built, currently downloading 3dmark06, so no benchies yet, but I cannot for the life of me get a monitor and my TV hooked up. I have set the output in BIOS to HDMI, and when I select HDMI on my TV it's blank :( The catalyst control panel is detecti...
by nitram_tpr
Thu Mar 20, 2008 4:58 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD 780G: Best Ever Integrated Mainstream Chipset?
Replies: 140
Views: 79540

Well I have installed XP and was going to do an upgrade, but I installed XP Pro and you can only upgrade to Vista Ultimate, so I'm trying again. I have set the SATA ports to IDE rather than AHCI, I have also removed one of the memory sticks, I have read of people having issues with installs with 2 s...
by nitram_tpr
Thu Mar 20, 2008 12:48 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD 780G: Best Ever Integrated Mainstream Chipset?
Replies: 140
Views: 79540

Right I've got her running :D I tried her with one stick, to be honest I don't think I had the stick in the first memory slot seated properly :oops: She installing now. Hopefully have some benchmarks soon. How blimming long does Vista take to install? It's been stuck on the Completing installation f...
by nitram_tpr
Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:49 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD 780G: Best Ever Integrated Mainstream Chipset?
Replies: 140
Views: 79540

Well I've put mine all together and she won't post :( All the fans fire up, I have put the retail AMD HSF on and the CPU fan fires up. The VFD in the case turns on. Trouble is the monitor doesn't change state (amber lamp, instead of going green) I think I'm gonna have to RMA this board :( I've taken...
by nitram_tpr
Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:38 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD 780G: Best Ever Integrated Mainstream Chipset?
Replies: 140
Views: 79540

I've gone back to Cats 8.2 but the 3450 still isn't recognised by 3DMark06 or Call Of Duty 4. In reviews online I've seen figures for 3dMark06 so I've no idea how they go it to work. Its a clean install of Vista SP1, Cats 8.3 and 8.2 just don't seem to work quite right but Aero works fine in 3D mod...
by nitram_tpr
Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:46 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Just got an [Antec] Fusion & am a little disappointed :(
Replies: 4
Views: 1321

I did a bit of browsing around, and saw several posts where people wired in the VFD as you described. The VFD board "hijacks" the power switch signal. The wires from the power button go to the VFD, and then VFD to the pins on the motherboard. What that enables, which I think is a cool feature, is t...
by nitram_tpr
Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:21 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Just got an [Antec] Fusion & am a little disappointed :(
Replies: 4
Views: 1321

Some fair points VanWaGuy. i am just a little dissapointed that I couldn't fire it up yesterday, you know what it's like, you get a new toy and want to play with it straight away, so the lack of prpoer info in the manual is a minor irritant. I am used to having to trawl the web to find out why compu...
by nitram_tpr
Tue Mar 18, 2008 3:40 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Just got an [Antec] Fusion & am a little disappointed :(
Replies: 4
Views: 1321

Just got an [Antec] Fusion & am a little disappointed :(

So, as per title, I have taken delivery of a Fusion case, looks awesome, excellent build quality, but.............I have a few niggles, the manual is lacking information on a couple of cables: 1. A Molex ended cable with a blue and a white wire on. This according to the Antec support page is: That i...
by nitram_tpr
Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:26 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: HTPC: Antec Fusion
Replies: 22
Views: 11864

Nice build. My black fusion got delivered yesterday. I have started putting it all together, trouble is I think I've missed something in the manual. There is a cable coming out of the front panel with a blue and a white wire and a molex connector? Can't for the life of me find this in the manual :ro...
by nitram_tpr
Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:22 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD 780G: Best Ever Integrated Mainstream Chipset?
Replies: 140
Views: 79540

Well I've ordered mine and a 3450 from Ebuyer, I'll be building a completely new system, so keep em peeled and I'll post piccies in teh gallery :D
by nitram_tpr
Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:49 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD 780G: Best Ever Integrated Mainstream Chipset?
Replies: 140
Views: 79540

I've having problems getting 3dmark06 to detect the 3450. I had hybrid running with the IGP as the master but 3dmark score was lower than the 3450 on its own haha. Now just using the 3450 re-installed the drivers, rebooted so many times but it says the 3450 can't do shader 2 so it can't run. Where ...
by nitram_tpr
Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:09 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD 780G: Best Ever Integrated Mainstream Chipset?
Replies: 140
Views: 79540

I've got a free delivery account via the splendid AVForums.
I would never use OCUK don't like em at all. Bad experiences from back on the Celeron 400 days :(
by nitram_tpr
Wed Mar 12, 2008 2:26 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD 780G: Best Ever Integrated Mainstream Chipset?
Replies: 140
Views: 79540

NX3 wrote:Some 3dmark06 scores for comparison :
780G mobo, IGP + ATI HD 3450, Cats 8.3 Hybrid crossfire enabled, Vista : <coming soon>
ooooh you little tease ;)

EDIT...

Overclockers.co.uk have the board in stock, trouble is they are asking £7 more than Scan want :(
by nitram_tpr
Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:17 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD 780G: Best Ever Integrated Mainstream Chipset?
Replies: 140
Views: 79540

Lucky you. Scan currently have it as 'Awaiting ETA from Manufacturer' :(

What is the 3dmark06 score with just the IGP?

£23 for the 3450, bargain, I didn't think they were that cheap!

Nice to see that your system is running stable. Hopefully I'll be able to get mine in a week or so.
by nitram_tpr
Tue Mar 11, 2008 7:22 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD 780G: Best Ever Integrated Mainstream Chipset?
Replies: 140
Views: 79540

Where did you get the board from? I'm in the UK and all the normal suspect either don't have it on their stock list or have it as pre-order.
by nitram_tpr
Tue Mar 11, 2008 5:18 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD 780G: Best Ever Integrated Mainstream Chipset?
Replies: 140
Views: 79540

NX3: Nice review, although from what you are saying it doesn't sound very stable. I'm hoping to build a system based around this mobo, but if it's gonna reboot then I might not bother. I might go for an Intel based system! The cat drivers on the CD, are they 8.1 or 8.2? Tom's hardware seemed to have...
by nitram_tpr
Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:53 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD 780G: Best Ever Integrated Mainstream Chipset?
Replies: 140
Views: 79540

Interestingly I have just re-read teh Tom's hardware review and saw this (dunno how I missed it in my first read as it is quite prominent!) Out of interest, we also installed a Radeon HD3850. However, the on-board GPU automatically deactivated itself, so that it was no longer available to create a C...
by nitram_tpr
Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:05 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My new silent (almost there) NSK-2480 (many pics)
Replies: 29
Views: 19765

Nice build, I will be building a rig very similar to this (Black Fusion case) and was wondering what it would look like internally. Did your case come with a PSU, or was it a bare one? I am looking at using the PSU that comes with the Fusion. I am also looking into replacing the case fans, I have be...
by nitram_tpr
Fri Mar 07, 2008 1:58 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD 780G: Best Ever Integrated Mainstream Chipset?
Replies: 140
Views: 79540

Why is it that the 2 reviews for this board I have read (SPCR and Toms) both use the 3450 add in card, why not add in a 3850? Can this be done? Could you add in a 3870X2 for example? I suppose what I am asking is can ant 3xxx card be added in a crossfire configuration? I am in the process of putting...
by nitram_tpr
Tue Mar 04, 2008 7:23 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Possible sale of an old coolermaster ATC-310. (UK)
Replies: 2
Views: 1665

You got it 8)
by nitram_tpr
Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:01 am
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: SilverStone Grandia GD-02 mini-review
Replies: 52
Views: 80980

You could always try sanding the top of the LED down rather than soldering a resistor in-line. This will create a more muted unfocussed light. You can sand a lot off the top of an LED so don't be scared of it. Just as long as you don't go down as far as the electrical connections inside the LED.
by nitram_tpr
Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:24 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPC Advice needed: integration with other A/V components
Replies: 12
Views: 3827

Remote wise you could try the Logitech Harmony
by nitram_tpr
Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:17 am
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: SilverStone Grandia GD-02 mini-review
Replies: 52
Views: 80980

I saw that Scan had the Silverstone's were on the Today Only, trouble is my brother hasn't made his mind up yet, I will be checking every day so hopefully it will come up again. Yes the first time I tried to buy something from Scan I had a really bad experience, never even looked at them since and t...