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  1. Halon

    Silicone goo on a secondhand motherboard - big deal, or no?

    I took a gamble on a cheap-as-chips listing on eBay for a DFI SB600-C, a socket 1155 motherboard with a PCIe x16 slot and six vanilla PCI slots. It arrived in good cosmetic condition and doesn't even appear to have been previously used. I'm waiting for the RAM and CPU, and with it sitting on my...
  2. Halon

    Where can I find clock/voltage curves for Vega cards?

    I have a Radeon Frontier Edition, bought mostly for tinkering with different kinds of scientific computing. The underbuilt heatsink/fan is something I knew going in and I've had alright luck playing with voltage/frequency curves in Linux for powerstates 4-7. Is there any kind of online...
  3. Halon

    Please help me identify this PSU.

    A buddy of mine asked me to replace the system his dad put together for video editing and general use years ago. By and large its specs weren't bad: Core i5 4690K, decent Z97 motherboard, 16GB DDR3, and a GTX 660 as headlining specs. But the power supply's a mystery. (Incidentally, the Ryzen...
  4. Halon

    Dark Rock 4 sufficient for a stock 3900x?

    I've been asked to supervise / sanity check a build for a friend who's building a Zen 2 box. Would a be quiet! Dark Rock 4 be sufficient to cool a 3900x with PBO enabled? It wasn't quite up to the task of keeping my 7940x from throttling under sustained load, but I'm hoping it can deal with...
  5. Halon

    Expected Performance Boost? (5050e --> Athlon II X4 620)

    On the whole I've been happy with my 5050e, but lately I've wanted to switch my workstation to Linux and run a virtualized instance of XP for the few applications from which I can't quite escape (ArcGIS, I'm looking at you). As the 5050e is somewhat lacking in general horsepower, the A2X4 620...
  6. Halon

    Dead CPU? Dead Motherboard? Dead PSU?

    ...or dead everything? I built a media server out of various second-hand parts I've accumulated over the past few months, with the following specifications: 3.2 GHz Socket 775 Pentium 4 Intel D915GAG motherboard 4x512 MB DDR400 256 MB x800XL All-in-Wonder PCI-E video Everything was...
  7. Halon

    Reasonable budget PCI-E card...

    After a long and convoluted series of events I don't really wanna go into, I've got a spare Core 2 Duo E4400 CPU. In the next few months I understandably want to build a new system around it. I've already got a system running a Pentium Dual-Core E2160 in one of those oddball...
  8. Halon

    Troubleshooting 9700 Pro All in Wonder

    Hi, everybody. I recently swapped an AGP 6600GT for a 9700 Pro All in Wonder. By now I was hoping to encode my backlog of VHS tapes to this system, but when I try to plug the floppy connector into the video card the system refuses to power on. Leaving the connector unplugged it displays the...
  9. Halon

    E1200 vs E2160 for PVR / media station

    So a friend of mine recently gave me a working s775 motherboard with AGP and DDR1 support. This is pretty well-timed, as I recently traded my AGP 6600GT for an All-in-Wonder 9700 Pro, and I'm opportunistically selling off my Pentium 4 2.8C and its motherboard to pay for a new CPU. Now this...
  10. Halon

    Upgrading an old classic...

    I have an older system with the following specifications: Celeron D 325 @ stock (2.53 GHz) Soyo i865PE Dragon 2 Plus 1024 MB DDR400 dual-channel 128 MB Geforce 6600GT Turtle Beach Santa Cruz Intel 10/100+ Pro Management NIC 120 gig Western Digital hard drive Enlight 420W PSU I'm...
  11. Halon

    XGI: A Story of Graphics Mediocrity

    I had a bit of an "experience" with an XGI Volari V5, and made an update to my Livejournal about it. Take a look, and let me know what you think. http://www.livejournal.com/users/freontrip/36506.html
  12. Halon

    Radeon 9550 in Linux: What to Expect?

    I've got a spare, reasonably powerful system sitting around. I also have a desire to get cozy with Linux. It shouldn't take much to figure out where I'm going, but I want to know how much hair-pulling frustration I can expect. The system specifications are as follows: Soyo KT333 Dragon...
  13. Halon

    Another "Which is faster?" thread.

    It looks like a friend of mine may give me a 1.7 GHz Pentium IV soon. Now this isn't a monstrously impressive CPU; if I'm not mistaken it's a 256k/400FSB model. Would this be faster or slower than the 2.2 GHz 128k/400FSB Celeron another friend of mine gave me?
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