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    Fan control for 3-pin fans over 4-pin splitter

    If I use a 4-pin PWM fan splitter such as this and connect 3-pin fans to it, would I still be able to voltage-regulate the 3-pin fans for fan speed control from my motherboard? I have an ASRock X99E-ITX/ac and it mentions support for control of either 4- or 3-pin fans. I'm just wondering if...
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    Consequences of formatting without idling afterwards for garbage collection?

    Bought a used M.2 PCIE SSD recently that's still en route to me. The previous owner deleted partitions and/or formatted the drive pretty much right before pulling it. I've read that it's ideal to let SSDs idle for a while after a full erase cycle to let garbage collection run its course...
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    GPU Upgrade Options from HD 5850, <11", 1080P?

    I'm wondering what my next best steps are upgrading from an HD 5850. I've changed the rest of my home retreat system and am now running at i5-2500k @ 4.5GHz with 8GB of DDR3-1600 (Corsair Vengeance). Power supply is an Antec EA-650W...
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    mATX/mITX Mobo, CPU, Case, PSU for tiny power build

    1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc. Photoshop, digital audio and video workstation software (Ableton Live, Adobe Premiere, et alia). Small amounts of heavy gaming -- looking to play Skyrim and Battlefield 3 at maximum settings (less AA and AF), but...
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    Upgrading undervolted HD 5850?

    Here's the quick and dirty: HD 5850 with stock, 0.975v (RBE) Q9550 stock, 1.00v 8GB DDR2, 1.825v X25-M G2 160GB 1TB 7200RPM DeskStar (can you undervolt these?) A BluRay drive I never use 300W 80 Plus Power Supply (Shuttle PC60) 18 months. IBT, Prime 95 tested for 72+ hours and passes...
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    Backing up (and later restoring) an Intel X25-M G2

    I have a situation. My 160GB G2 is currently in my main machine. I intend to purchase a (used) laptop as I'll be studying abroad over fall in a different country. I want to reap the benefits of the X25-M G2 without having to buy another one (finances are a little tight). My main machine will...
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    Intel X25-M Drive Model#

    I recently purchased an irresistible 160GB X25-M from eBay for $360 post-BCB. The model number is SSDSA2M160G2GN. From what I understand, this is different from the SSDSA2M160G2C1 and SSDSA2M160G2R5 that most of these SSD model numbers are labeled as. I have done a Google search and could find...
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    GTX 275 TDP Question

    This has been bugging me for a very long time, and I couldn't find the answer anywhere. Why does the GTX 275 have such a high thermal design power? It's 219W. The GTX 260 65nm has a TDP of 182W. The 55nm version is rated for 171W. Hell, the GTX 285 (which is 55nm and also based on GT200b)...
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    FSB and Power Draw? (Same clock)

    I want to get my Q9550 to run with as low of a power draw as possible. I'm going to be squeezing the Q9550 and an HD 5850 (which I will also undervolt as aggressively as possible) to a Shuttle 300W 80 Plus PSU (2 12V rails, 14A each for 28A total). The lowest it will run is 1.025v in the BIOS...
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    Replacement brackets for 5 series?

    My bracket is kind of funked up. At the top the screw holes are a little warped and it doesn't secure properly into the slots. Is there any easy way for me to get ahold of a replacement bracket for it? The brackets between the 57x0's and 58x0's are identical BTW, according to visual...
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    E8400 to QX9650?

    I have an opportunity to grab a QX9650 from a close friend for $150. I am certainly interested in overclocking but I'm certain my motherboard is pretty FSB-limited, so the QX9650 proves to be an interesting option. I hit a wall at 375MHz FSB which requires +0.1v vFSB/VTT to get stable up to...
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    Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 $263.58 after BCB

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170421659933http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170421659933 $286.50 - 8% Bing Cashback = $263.58 Closest to MSRP we'll see before Christmas IMHO. Needed a good deal on a upper midrange card, so I jumped on it. Cheers. EDIT...
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    5770 or 5850 WRT Temps, Noise

    The HD 5770 and HD 5850 are both on my short list. My primary option for the 5770 is the Sapphire Vapor-X. I have no idea about the HD 5850, because most of them seem to use the reference cooler. I'll be putting them in a system (not one in my signature) where fairly cool and very quiet...
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    Dropped (physically) my RAM. Should I be worried?

    I was dismantling my Shuttle this evening and foolishly dropped my PNY XLR8 DDR2-800 stick. It actually made two falls -- one about two feet onto my desk, where it bounced and fell an additional 3 feet onto the floor. Here's a picture of the part that concerns me -- I'm not particularly sure if...
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    $600-650 SFF Gaming Build Help

    My suitemate took a liking to the Shuttle setup I bought and wants something similarly small and reasonably powerful. 1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc Gaming. Dragon Age, GTA4, Crysis, MW2, everything. 2) What's your budget? Are tax and shipping...
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    Torn between graphics for SG45H7

    I haven't been keeping up ever since the 6600GT was the hottest mid-range video card (2004?), so thanks in advance for bearing with me! I've built a transportable SFF PC based on the Shuttle SG45H: Shuttle SG45H7 Integrated LGA775 Mobo (Intel G45) C2D E8300 Wolfdale 4GB PNY XLR8 DDR2-800 640GB...
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    Cool 'n Quiet not working on Neo4 Plat. SLi

    I reformatted and reinstalled Windows a while ago, installing SP2 and all the necessary nForce drivers and the graphics card drivers and the sound card drivers. I also updated through MSI's LiveUpdate for the hell of it since it's been a long time. I noticed BIOS version 3.40 was up so I...
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    Last AS5 try. Advice?

    OK, I have an Athlon 64 3000+ Socket 939 (Winnie of course, stock speeds). I'm getting somewhat high temperatures even with a Zalman CNPS 7000B AlCu running at 2400 fan RPM with AS5 applied. I have an Antec 1000AMG Performance Plus SOHO fileserver case with 2 rear outtake and 2 front intake...
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    Help.. Intense applications causing reboot on close...

    Ok, this is my current setup: MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI 512MB x 2 Dual Channel Corsair Value Memory 160GB SATA 7200RPM Seagate "Barracuda" HDD Chaintech 6600GT (500/1000) AMD Athlon64 3000+ Socket 939 Winchester Windows XP Pro w/ SP1a/SP2 installed and fully patched. Okay, this is my...
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