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    A case mod....sort of.

    My buddy begged me to build him a Minnesota Wild themed arcade and it turned out pretty decent. The bottom comes off allowing full access to joysticks and easy removal of the tv if needed. Its sitting on a lazy susan type base I use just for taking pics.
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    $400 budget single vs dual

    I really want to upgrade my aging 24 in Dell 1920×1200 monitor. I have always thought dual monitors would be awesome but I'm not sure I need them. I just do some run of the mill photo/video editing, some gaming with a watercooled 7970, and other general stuff. I would like to be able to turn on...
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    Switch Refresh: 1366 Hexcore

    I just did a system refresh and put in some upgrades. System Specs: NZXT Switch 810 Matte Black Corsair AX750 EVGA X58 FTW3 Xeon L5640 @ 3.4 24gb (6x4) Corsair Dominator MSI R7970 3gb 2 256gb Samsung SSD Raid 0 300gb WD VR scratch drive Cooling: HK 3.0 LT EK 7970 Switech MCR...
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    Upgrading my loop while its down for maintenance.

    After being gone for 6mo on my last deployment I decided to tear down my loop and change my fluid and tubes. While it was down I upgraded to a hex core 1366 Xeon and a 7970. I was using a D5, MCR320, MCR240, and MCR120 with medium YL. Temps were pretty good with my 930 and even better with...
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    NZXT Switch: Maximum Subtlety

    The name is supposed to be some sort of oxymoron. The idea behind the build was keep it understated and not too flashy, but go a little extreme. The hardware isnt anything super fancy, but run fast and does what I need it to do. I like that my lights and fans are all controllable. There are 3...
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    Do my temps seems high? I think they are.

    I recently put together a rig and I have a HeatKiller 3.0LT, MCR320, 3 Med YL pulling, and a D5 cooling an i7 930@4ghz. My vcore is at 1.28, but my idle temps are hovering in the low to mid 30s and its 20C in my room. A 10 degree delta seems high for a cpu on a 360 rad. Is it possible to have...
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    Is it worth it to Crossfire? XFX 7850 2gb

    I currently have 1 XFX 7850 2gb and was thing about getting another one for crossfire. I previously had a 4870 1gb crossfire setup that I never had a problem with. I hear/read a lot of debate about the problems with crossfire. I currently game at 1900x1200 and I will be running dual...
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    Which fan combo for my rads?

    I am putting to MCR320s in series on a single loop with a MCP655. They are going in a NZXT Switch. One is installed in the front of the case and the other on the top I am currently cooling a i7 930@4ghz and a single 7850. I may add a second 7850 later. I could run possibly 4 options. 1. 1...
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    Current monitoring software

    I havent been doing any hardcore overclocking in a while and I am wondering if there is better or more accurate available. The reason I ask is because I dont seems to be getting proper vcore readouts for my 930 with CPUZ. I set it at 1.35 in bios and it only shows 1.235 under load within CPUZ...
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    Build Log: Matte Black NZXT Switch

    It is finally time for me to build a newer system. I wont have the latest and greatest hardware, but it will more than suit my needs. Hardware: NZXT Switch Matte Black Corsair AX750 Intel i7 930 EVGA X58 FTW3 12GB Corsair Dominator XFX 7850 128GB Crucial M4 300GB WD...
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    2 MCR320s in series.

    I am going to be building a new case soon and I am trying to get my cooling system straightened out. I will be cooling an i7 930@4.2ghz and two 7850s. I have a test rig with just the 2 MCR320s each with 3 med yate loons, HeatKiller 3.0 LT, MCP655. Right now I idle at 30c and loaded with Linx...
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    The Contraption (temp test bench)

    I had recently picked up some newer hardware to replace my more outdated system. I wanted to see what kind of OCing potential the chip had so I whipped up a test bench. I am planning on a new case mod project real soon, but didnt want to have to rush it. With this I can play with new hardware...
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    Anything fit a XFX 6870 2gb

    I have a Swiftech MCW 60 and was trying to find out if any of the unisinks fit these cards. I searched around on google a bit and found that it is the same pcb as the 6950 2gb....or at least I think it is. I looked at the website and it doesnt list it in there. Anyone have any of the cards...
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    Older Seasonic M12 700W

    I have had the above PSU in my main rig for a couple of years now. It has been a great unit, but I am in the processes of building a new system. I can believe how much more efficient everything is these days. This thing has been running a light load most of its life, mostly because once I...
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    HP Proliant NL40 HTPC

    I have read threads about people using these as HTPCs. Mine currently is running WHS with 10tb of hard drive space. I also upgraded it with 8gb of ram, overkill I know, but it was so cheap. So this is what I am thinking: HTPC: NL40 with modded bios 8gb ram 64gb SSD Bluray reader...
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    Would I benefit from an upgrade?

    Ok, so I know that there are faster systems out there. I am trying to decide if I even need a faster system. I do most of my gaming on my xbox, but I like the option to put a game on the pc with good performance. I am using a 24in monitor 1900x1200. I mostly use my rig for ripping my blurays...
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    Upgrading from 4870 Crossfire

    I am rebuilding my current rig because I dont really need to upgrade everything right now. I have a watercooled system with 2 4870s in crossfire. Funny thing is I never really game that much on my PC, but i thought is was cool. Now, I would like to get a newer card that uses less power. I...
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    Encrypted network traffic?

    I have been reading a lot lately about network security and just how easy it is for people access information. With all of the devices at my house that are networked I feel I need to step up my security. I have your typical dual band wifi/wired network with WPA2-PSK enabled for both wireless...
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    Cant access WHS 2011 remotely

    I am getting fed up with this. I have read, and read, and read.....followed guides. I still cant access WHS via remote desktop. I keep getting an error that says the router is blocked. I have used port forwarding and tried everything I can find. I am so far down the rabbit hole I dont know...
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    Can I install WHS on a 16gb thumb drive?

    Not sure if this is possible, but I would like to know. I have an internal usb port on my motherboard and didnt want to was a sata slot. I have a 16gb usb drive and wanted to use it as the boot drive. I have searched around, but most people are using a thumb drive to install it onto a HDD. I...
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    Replace my 4870 crossfire with single card?

    I am reconfiguring my system after I had to dismantle it for a move to a new state. I am now rebuilding the system and thought I would look into updating my gfx card with something that was a little better and used less power. I am not a huge gamer, but I like having the option to run current...
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    Trying to decide what to do with my rig.

    So, I have a fairly nice rig. Yeah, its a couple years old and there is better stuff, but this thing is still got some life in it. My problem is, I just moved so I had to tear down the rig some what. Now, i am trying to decide if I should part it out and upgrade, just upgrade a couple of...
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    Mutli channel headset with 3.5mm plugs

    I have a pair of older Tritton AX360's I use on my Xbox. I have really liked them, but my mic is jacked and the inline volume controls get moved when they rub on my shirt. This unit came with the external amp and controler for audio and it has 3.5mm outputs on it. So instead of setteling...
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    New house, new network, need direction

    I have just bought my first house and I am wanting to setup of a solid network for all of my devices. My router and modem are located downstairs in my home theater/game room. What I am looking to do make my wireless portion of my network safe and as reliable as possible. My first thought...
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    What should I do with this stuff...?

    So, I have been building systems for a while. I had a dual Athlon MP 2600 rig a few years back running a Raid 5, but parted out due to being out dated. I have just finished building a desk and two matching Lian Li P80's for a friend of mine. We had originally came across a deal on a server rig...
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    Quick Question: How much heat will a SB add to a loop?

    I am noticing the my SB is getting a little warm. I have an Asus Rampage Formula and removed all the nb/sb heatsinks to watercool the NB. I have thought about getting another block to add the SB. I replaced the stock hs with a copper low profile one. I am running Xfire and my MB sits upside...
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    Setting up ripping/encoding system

    I want to reconfigure my system for the best possible solution for ripping and encoding my dvd and blurays. I have already been doing this with dvds and those are quick and easy. Blurays take a while and I want to make sure my system is setup in the proper way for this. I also have been editing...
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    Changing fans on my Stacked MCR320s

    I have been running a set of stacked MCR320s for about a year now. They have served me well but I belive I can benifit from a better/different set of fans. I have tried to find what other people are using but havent come up with much. I have a pretty big single loop: res>pump>rad...
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    A+ Black Pearl Project Complete

    It took me a while, but at long last my newest case mod is complete.....for now. I will be updating some various things. Adding some lighting..... Ok, enough gibber gabber lets get to the pics. Current Specs: Asus Rampage Formula Q6600@3.7 8gb Patriot Ram 2...
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    How much can a 655 take?

    I am building a loop and I am wondering if the my 655 is strong enough. Components: Single bay res HK 3.0 LT MCW30 2xMCW60 2xMCR320's stacked MCR320 655 with BP top BP High flow 1/2 fittings Primochill 1/2id 3/4od tubing Loop Order: Res>pump>320 stack>cpu>nb>320>gpu>gpu>res...
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    Am I Just Unlucky?

    So, my Elite died on me today. This is the second Elite and 4th overall Xbox that has taken a dump on me. Thank goodness I have my warranty through BB, which have been pretty about echanging them now questions asked. This was kind of a bitter sweet death though. I am not a hardcore gamer and...
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    Swiftech MCR320 Questions/Loop Options

    Recently I purchased the new stackable version of the MCR320 to go along with the one I already have. The idea is to have something more than capable of cooling my current Q6600 or future Q9650 and the x48 chipset on my Rampage Formula. When my new MCR320 arrived I discovered the fittings...
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    Quick question about loop order....

    I have done some water cooled rigs before but I have always run my loops res>pump>cpu>rad>res. In my current situation it would be easier for me and make my loop a lot shorter if I could run pump>res>cpu>nb>rads>pump. Or I could run pump>cpu>nb>res>rad>pump. Just to clarify I am not using two...
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    What should I do with my SMP rig?

    So are couple of years ago I wanted to play with a SMP rig. I ended up building a decent little media server, but now it is getting dated. I am not sure if I should part the whole thing out and start from scratch, or should I just rebuild the system with some larger hard drives and use it until...
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    Considering some upgrades before new project

    So, I have a decent system and I want to get back into watercooling again. Before I go through all of the work to setup the H2O cooling I thought I would consider some minorish upgrades. As of late most of my gaiming is now done on my Xbox 360, but I do like to play PC only releases from time...
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    Planning stages: New h20 rig.

    I am in the planning stages to watercool my rig. I have a lot of items already, but my project was put on hold while I did some mods to my Cobra and moved. I have a decent system, and some decent watercooling gear. My system: Tagan Black Pearl Seasonic 700w psu DFI P35 DK-TR2S Q6600 G0...
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    Check out my Halo 3 Myspace.

    Just put up a Halo 3 myspace account. My brother and I have a bunch of pics and some videos that we captured and edited. http://myspace.com/fracturednitro
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    Looking for a couple of opinions about an upgrade.

    I currently have the following system. Seasonic 700w PSU DFI P35-T2RS DK Q6600 GO 2x1gb Corsair Dominator 8500's PNY 8800GTX I am debating on picking up a good SLI board and another 8800GTX and trying a SLI setup. I am not sure which SLI board plays well with the quad. My last SLI...
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    Halo 3 Warthog Driving Video

    My brother and I put together a video compilation of some warthog driving in Halo 3. Check out the video and give me some feedback. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz_0TEDg6uo
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    Overclocking DFI Lanparty DK P35 and Q6600

    I have had this board for just a few days and I am pretty impressed with it so far. I had a P5N32-E SLI Plus that I really liked but couldnt achieve the OC's I wanted with the 680i. Going from Asus to DFI there is a huge difference in the bios settings. There is a lot of stuff I am just not...
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