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    Socket 2011 ??? Where have the CPU's gone?

    I still only see two processor options for socket 2011. And of course the I7-3930K has been out of stock for weeks now, go figure right. So I was wondering if anyone could fill me in on when Intel plans on releasing some more socket 2011 CPU options? I have been so busy, I haven't had the time...
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    Oh So Uncertain....

    Maybe a few can chime in on my dilemma. I have done plenty of custom mods for PC. I also own a newer Mac Book Pro. I am into Photoshop and Video Editing just as much as gaming. Where my problem lies is, do I buy the i7 27" iMac, which will limit my pc gaming options. Or do I just build a...
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    Some Thoughts and Feedback on New Design

    Its not a finished design, still working it all out. I have been through a few different models. And this one I am going to show you today, is so far, my favorite. Now this will be a scratch build using varies different materials. But for the most part its gonna be a lot of acrylic sheet, rod...
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    120mm WC fan choice?

    So getting ready to finish up the design for my next build, which is going to be a scratch build. But I am putting in two Black Ice SR-1 360 radiators, and looks like I am down to two fans. 1. Enermax Magma Twister 120mm $16.95 2. Cooler Master Sickle Flow 120mm $10.99 3. Spire 120mm...
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    Desktop versus Workstation GPU's?

    Ok someone school me in the difference between the typical workstation video card and a typical desktop video card? I am designing my next custom build, and since I am thinking about getting into 3D CGI and rendering along with the video games I play. I was wondering if using a workstation card...
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    Looking For Case Design Feedback...

    So now that "Blue Rising" is finished. Its on to my next project. This new build still in the design phase, will be a scratch build. I am going to build the frame and panels, a few other scratch custom parts. At this time its going to be a cube style case. I am aiming for some really nice...
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    Need Advice! How To:

    Ok, so I am building a PC for my son, who lives in Georgia a 1000 miles away from me (here is the worklog). I need some type of software or programs that I can use to access his PC remotely in case there is a problem, or to run back ups, etc. Also is there anything software wise to make it...
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    Project "Blue Rising" A Fathers Art and Work for His Son

    I decided to do a complete system mod for my 13 year old son who lives in Georgia. I could have just threw some old system together or bought an alienware or other pre-made system for him. But I wanted something special for him, I wanted something built by my hands and my ideas. Something he...
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    How Bad are nVidia SLI in First Person Shooters?

    I hear so much about SLI and CF issues with games, so naturally I am curious how many people are having SLI problems with current FPS games? And what those issues are? Because even tho the 580 is out, the 470 in SLI is kinda hard passing up given the current pricing. I know 470 SLI has to be...
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    Danny Chime in For Me, Mobo Stuff!

    Alright you insomniacs and hardcore computer junkies :) Here is the mobo choice, I am curious to hear some feedback and comments. I have only ever dealt with ASUS mobo's but I hear so much about EVGA warranty and customer service, so now I am curious to try out some of there gear. Just thought I...
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    So will there be a 2 core 69 series?

    Just browsing the forums, the net and anywhere computers go looking for information to tell if ATI has any plans to release a 2 core 69 series board? A 69 series big brother to the 5970 2GB monster that currently reigns at the top of the GPU list :) Because if they don't then it won't hurt to...
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    Actual Retail Photo of Reference 580

    Found this just thought I would share it. I think the MSRP on this card is going to really hurt them sales wise. But lets just wait and see.... Inno3d geforce gtx 580 gets its sticker
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    Stupid Question About SSD, but?

    Ok, so I know this is probably really stupid, but wasn't sure hot to search it and didn't even know where to begin how to google it. Here we go, If I use and SSD do I need to put the OS on it to still get the performance in gaming? Can I put the OS on say a HDD or Raid 0 and just put my...
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    GTX 470, HD 5870, GTX 460 SLI or HD 6870?

    With all thats going on in the GPU world, things are pretty price competitive. So I was getting ready to order all the parts for a build, and I was really curious what other [H]ard members thought. So here is the choices, let me know your pick and why? Single HD 5870 $340.00 GTX 460 768MB...
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    2nd Build in Design Phase What Do You Think?

    Ok I need to start building my second build as my personal gaming rig finally died after 7 long years. The band-aids just wouldn't hold her together any more :( There is just so much out there hardware wise, its just impossible to learn all of it, whats best whats not, etc. So I thought I...
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    Identify This Case Please...

    Anyone know who makes this case, cause its perfect for my builds.
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    Need Some Mobo Advice!

    Planning a new system for myself, my old ass system in my sig, the PSU finally went the other day. I was trying to band-aid it together for a bit. Looks like its time to bury it :) So I am looking at one of the following: ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 EVGA 141-GT-E770-A1...
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    1 ATI Eyefinity Card Vs. 2 GTX SLI cards?

    With all the new leaks coming out of nVidia 580 and ATI 69 series and the release of ATI's 68 series. I am curious about the current standing on video cards. I want to do either an eyefinity or nVidia surround setup. I understand with nVidia you need 2 cards in SLI, and with the ATI cards you...
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    Evaporative Cooling

    Curious if there is any extreme cooling guys around? I was thinking about messing around with some extreme cooling again. Think I might make another evaporator cooling tower, and maybe experiment with some new methods, and components. Just wondering if any HARD members have played around with...
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    Anyone with experience with a rad in between CPU and GPU?

    Curious to hear from anyone who has either a single 120 or double 120 radiator after there CPU and before the GPU. (With a radiator before there CPU also) I wanna know if you noticed any better performance, and better GPU temps? Reason I ask? I have a triple 120 before the CPU, and I...
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    Just to Clarify before a purchase!

    As I always tend to buy before being educated, and then always at least 9 out of 10 times make the wrong decision. I just thought I would run it by you guys before ordering. So in this gamers rig I am building, I have abandon the SDD due to cost for size, versus HDD. But my question is this. I...
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    Can This Old Socket 939, Give Me Just A Bit More?

    I posted in the nVidia section, about adding an additional 250 GTS card for SLI, or adding another 250 GTS for PhyxS (if that gives a performance boost) to my very tired AMD socket 939, just to get me by about 6 months more. HERE IS THE OTHER POST System Specs: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+...
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    In need of Power Supply education

    Ok looking at two power supplies: Corsair CMPSU-850TX Kingwin LZ-850 Both are rated 850 Watt and SLI certified. Both are right in the same price range. Newegg comparison data From a design standpoint the Kingwin will do better for me, the LED's will match the theme, and the modular...
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    Using a 128 bit and 256 bit GPU in SLI?

    Short and sweet.... special price on a few GTS 250's over at newegg. But they are 256 bit variety, and my existing card is 128 Bit. Will this cause a problem? Will I be able to run them in SLI? I am thinking if it will work, I will post the 256 Bit card in the primary PCI, and the 128 bit in...
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    Conflicting Power Requirements for GTS 250

    Anyone know for sure power requirements for GTS 250. nVidia states minimum power 450W, But I know that is way conservative, because I have a 500W PS now and its running more then fine. But I want to add another card, and I can not for the life of me find true power requirements for this card. I...
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    Your Chance to Decide System Specs!

    Alright HardForum members, here is your chance to voice your feedback on a build.... System is for my 14 year old son, who want a gaming rig, like the one I modded for myself a few years back. And since he lives 1000 miles away, maintenance and ease of operation is important. Also I want...
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    Koolance COV-RP400 Pump and Res Combination ?

    I found this Koolance Pump and Res combination kit. And I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with it. It looks like it will really save me some piping work and also allow for more room. Also, on that note, I see some people putting 2 or even three DDC pumps in one loop, any comments...
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    File server for Mac and Windows?

    I am sure this is posted on here somewhere, but wasen't sure what to search for. Ok, so I am a cinematographer and photographer , and I have hours of video, and audio files, and literally thousands of photos. But I use both my mac and the PC, and I was wondering whats the best and easiest...
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    Need Some HDD vs SSD Advice

    Im not a HDD or SSD expert by far. But thinking about putting in a SSD in a build I am doing for my sons gaming rig. And with all these changes in technology I am curious. The mobo I am installing will be SATA 6.0 Gb/s and since the SDD are still a little pricey for a 14 year old boys gaming...
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    New nVidia PNY 1GB GTS 250 Max GPU clock speed?

    So I have an old X2 Amd rig I built years ago, and happen to be in a store and saw them giving away (almost) a PNY GTS 250 so I snatched one up, upgrading my old ass 8700 gtx. So I am in Riva Tuner trying to figure out my max clock speed, and amazingly enough I am at 870 now. I am honestly...
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    Hard Piping WC circuit in copper or clear pvc?

    Just wanted to get some thoughts on doing the water loop on my new build in hard pipe. I was thinking either doing high polished copper tubing with nice smooth bends and curves, or doing the circuit in clear pvc pipe. Just wanted to see what others thought about it. I haven't really seen it...
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    Push/Pull 360 Rad Vs. Pull 360 & 120 Rad?

    Being the type of person who usually never thinks things out enough, especially when I am building or doing any type of mod. I need it now, done now, etc, sure I am not the only one like that here :) So, on to the dilemma or the question at hand. Current system design specs: Intel i7-930...
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    My last case I had in storage, a modders favorite.

    Chyang A320.... My last one I was holding onto for years to do a special project. They use to be a favorite of the series modders. I dont even think these cases can be found anymore. Now granted there is some bad azz cases out there now a days, but got to still have respect for the old...
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    Where are we with video cards?

    I have been out of the GPU scene for long enough that it all changed. Hell nVidia had the world by the you know whats, when I was modding like crazy. Now it seems ATI has pretty much dominated the market. I have been reading for weeks, doing my research trying to catch up. But I thought I would...
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    Hard Core Cooling Guru's... Need Some Help With Fan Design

    First post, dropped out of the mod scene for a bit, and all my old forums seem to be dead. Hard Forums seems to be the hopping spot. So here I am.... So here I am building a ground up monster gaming rig for my 13 year old son. I am mocking up the water cooling system now, checking to see how...
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