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    Final Build for new PC -- Thoughts welcome!

    Final thoughts -- thanks to all who have contributed help to my quest for a new PC! 1) I know everyone is directing me to the Corsair PSU. I want the extra 100w though. Is Zalman a good name? Where else can I turn for a good PSU that's in the 800w-1000w range? 2) Mobo. I want to stick...
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    Should I upgrade? Help me out! $2k budget...

    So, I'm trying to decide if I should upgrade now. Been playing Age of Conan and my PC just isn't cutting it. I use my PC for 90% gaming, at 1920x1200. This is what I have now, running XP: CPU AMD x2 4400+ Mobo Abit a8n SLI RAM DDR2 800 chips PSU OCZ 600W Gamestream GPU eVGA 7800GT...
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    Why is my comp. so hot? (stock speeds, a64 3200 = up to 50 load)

    Okay... So, I just built my first comp. Athlon 64 3200, Lian Li PC-65, Corsair XMS 1GB PC-3200 RAM, Antec TruePower 480, 70GB Raptor, Asus K8V Deluxe. I'm not oc'ing anything. Everything is at stock speeds. The fans in the case are the stock fans that came with it. Idle, it's about...
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    Help! Need advice on how to apply thermal grease...

    Hi all, Screwed up the first time I applied thermal grease (the good Silver brand) on my stock HSF / A64 3200+. WAY TOO MUCH APPLIED! :P My cooling sucks - my comp. idles at like 39C. Anyway, please help me make sure I do it right this time. If anything looks wrong below, I can really...
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    Loud & Hot- Help!!! - Lian Li PC65, TruePower480, 9800XT

    My system with all of the above is loud!!! I'm using the stock HSF which, according to AsusProbe, is generall about 4000 RPMs. The monitor on the AsusProbe is showing the Chassis fans operating at about 2000 RPM. The 9800XT fans are going at about 4-5000 RPMs too (and the facking chip is at...
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    3dmark2001 Woes -- Why am I slow? (9800xt / A64 3200+)

    Hi All, I can't top 21000 in 3dmark2001. I've boosted my 9800xt to 432/756, but my CPU is running at stock. Memory timings are set std for my memory (Corsair PC-3200 Low Latency - 2-3-2-6). Bios settings are pretty standard (128mb AGP Ap, Memlocked for DDR400). I haven't really tweaked...
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    Ack! My system is LOUD. Help needed (Lian Li PC65 / Antec Truepower 480)

    So, I put my comp. together last night: Lian Li PC-65B (4 stock case fans) Antec TruePower 480 (2 fans) Asus 9800xt (2 stock fans) A64/3200+ (stock HSF) This things sounds like an angry vaccuum cleaner. I did install my PSU upside down (I'm not joking... the internal fan - ie., not the...
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    Is my A64 3200+ too hot??? (51 C)

    Hi all, My 3200+ A64 is running at 50-52 Celsius when idle (in BIOS monitor). Is this too hot? Everything's at stock (settings, using stock HSF, etc.). Only thing I did was put on Arctic thermal paste instead of the default stuff. This is my first comp. build, so sorry if this is a...
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    SATA / RAID Newbie Qs - Dual SATA vs. Single SATA Drive Config

    Is there any point then in having only one SATA drive? Ie., I have just a single 70 GB Raptor. Do I get any performance improvement from that over just a normal IDE drive (have the Asus k8v mobo w/ sata support)? Or do you really need to have dual SATA drives in a RAID array to milk...
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    My new system!! (Woot newegg!)

    Well, my 2003 bonus finally hit my checking account, so today was my big day. My a** still hurts from the cost for all of this, but I'll be a happy boy through this next year! PROCESSOR: CPU AMD 64 |3200+ ATHLON 64 RTL THERMAL COMPOUND|ANTEC SILVER MOTHERBOARD: ASUS K8V DELUXE...
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    Buy A64 Socket 754 now, or wait for 939?

    Okay... so, I'm typing this on my girlfriend's powerbook!!! Needless to say, the sooner I can get my comp. going the better. I'm definitely going AMD (thus, the post in this forum), and my question is: do I go with an A64 3000+ or 3200+ NOW, or, bite the bullet and hold off 2 months for a 939...
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    Building new system from scratch -- Advice needed!

    Hi All! I'm getting back into PC gaming again after suffering through a year of only having a laptop. I've never built my own comp. or done any overclocking, but would like to build my own and possibly oc' just for the knowledge/experience of having done so. Anyway... initially, back in...
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    What to do? New system w/ Athlon 64 or XP?

    Hi all, This is my first post -- was directed over here from PC Stats and it's awesome to find another great board. I'm currently building a brand new comp., and am torn between going with an Athlon 2500 XP+ or a 3200 64-bit AMD chip. I've never oc'd before (always just used prebuilt...
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