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    BFG gtx 285 for 274 at BB BM

    saw it at my local BB for $306.48... list price was $374.99. Maybe they'll accept the 10% off mover's coupon.
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    How starved of circulation would I be with the Antec Designer 500?

    I have an Antec Solo Plus 550 (same case, different color and PSU), and the hard drives get pretty hot without the 92mm fans in front. I ended up adding 2 92mm fans up front, 2 more 80mm fans (zip tied to the 5.25 bay) to push cool air to the CPU HSF. My video card is huge (4870) and was...
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    Help getting Q9550 stable over 3.6Ghz

    Anyone have any thoughts?
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    Help getting Q9550 stable over 3.6Ghz

    Agreed, my PLL was 1.57 in BIOS to get 3.77Ghz stable (450 FSB). It wouldn't boot without upping PLL past 425 FSB.
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    Help getting Q9550 stable over 3.6Ghz

    I usually leave my machine on, its not a huge issue, but I tend to reboot at least once a day, and just started noticing it resetting to defaults (not every time). It doesn't do this when I have it on my 3.61Ghz stable settings. (Notably MCH voltage, CPU vCore, and PLL voltages are all...
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    Help getting Q9550 stable over 3.6Ghz

    Okay, still having issues... at 3.77Ghz it's stable 24 hours w/ Prime95, 10/10 Intel Burn test... yet if I reboot a lot, sometimes it has trouble posting and resets to default settings. Same issue as Copyright... anyone have any ideas about that? I've bumped it back down to 3.61Ghz because I...
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    Best Card for 1680x1050 and 22" monitor

    I play Mass Effect with everything turned up and 8x AA forced in Catalyst, with no lag or slowdowns. Gaming rez is 1680x1050. Rig is in the signature. I'd say for 1680x1050, the sweet spot would be the 4870s or 260gtx core 216. Both are similarly priced right now.
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    Help getting Q9550 stable over 3.6Ghz

    Yeah, it was the PLL to get the FSB that high. With 6 multi still would get BSODs.
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    Help getting Q9550 stable over 3.6Ghz

    Running Intel Burn Test, I hit 69C max on Core 0 in RealTemp. Passed 10/10 runs @ 3774Mhz! I think this is good enough for me... I don't want to go over 70C. The voltage is 1.275 in BIOS and 1.248 in CPU-Z. Prime95 load @ 55C (57C Max) IBT load @ 67C! (69C Max)
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    Help getting Q9550 stable over 3.6Ghz

    So prime95 currently 7 hours stable and running... going to let it keep going. I did some research on CPU PLL, this is what I found: All clock circuits have a certain amount of jitter. Increasing the clock speed results in the jitter increasing also. By raising the PLL voltage the noise...
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    Help getting Q9550 stable over 3.6Ghz

    Wow this is so weird, but at the suggestion from googling my exact board and chip, I decided to raise CPU PLL one tick. (Have no idea what that does btw) This is what I set my BIOS for 444FSB X8.5 = 3774Mhz, DDR2-1066 (444x2.4 = 1066): ******Motherboard Voltage Control****** Load-Line...
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    Help getting Q9550 stable over 3.6Ghz

    Okay I added a fan to the northbridge and intake in my 5.25" bay to blow cooler air over the CPU. I want to try to make this work. What settings should I use? Here my current settings to get 3.61Ghz stable 24hour prime blend. ******Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker (M.I.T.)******...
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    Help getting Q9550 stable over 3.6Ghz

    Tried different dividers, no help. Upping MCH allowed me to boot, but soon got BSODs. I'm thinking its the 8GB of RAM, but I need the RAM since I run multiple Virtual Machines for testing. I guess I can live with 3.61 ghz 24/7 stable @ 1.25 Vcore. thanks for the advice guys... i think...
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    Help getting Q9550 stable over 3.6Ghz

    Hey everyone, trying to figure out why I can't get my Q9550 stable over 3.6Ghz. Here is my config: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 G-Skill DDR2-1066 rated at (6-6-6-15) w/ 2.0V 8GB (4x2GB) Currently Prime95 4 threads "Blend" 24 hour stable @ 425 FSB with 8.5 divider, =...
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    Best card to get for 1680x1050 monitor?

    I went with the 4870 1gb since the GTX260 it wouldn't fit my case either, and it is not supported in "another" OS..
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    Best card to get for 1680x1050 monitor?

    4870 1gb for $190 or MSI GTX 260 core 216 overclocked for $160 after $30 MIR
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    Airflow question

    thank you for this information :) my CPU is currently @ 38C idle, hard drive is down to 35C now... that intake fan is really helping. I'll see if i can get the 2nd one going at 5V.
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    Airflow question

    I read that the rest of the voltage goes back to the PSU if you do that, which can damage it. Should I just invest in a fan controller?
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    Airflow question

    I meant how do you run it off 5V? the 3pin connector is 12V.
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    Airflow question

    could you explain more?
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    Airflow question

    That is a very good point, I hadn't thought of that. I think on medium it's too loud for me though, I will try it and see how much if affects temps. It makes sense that the S1283 is overpowering the exhaust because the hot air is staying in the case (when I take the side off it drops so much)...
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    Build advice before actually buying!

    when I get home :)
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    Question about New Motherboard Packaging

    I just got a GA-EP45-UD3P and it was not shrink wrapped. The motherboard static bag was sealed though. Everything was inside. I don't remember ever getting a motherboard with a shrink wrap on the box.
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    Build advice before actually buying!

    The built-in sound dampening, overall look, and built in modular Antec NeoPower 550 (which has had incredible reviews and is rated at 85% efficiency). I like the suspension cables for the hard drives as well. Also it fits on my desk perfectly (18.2" long, my desk is 19"). some reviews of...
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    Build advice before actually buying!

    The final purchase: Antec Solo Plus 550 Sapphire 4870 1GB WD Blue Caviar 640GB SATA HDD G.SKILL 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR2-1066 GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Xigmatek Dark Knight S1283 OCZ Thermal paste Pioneer SATA DVD-RW Everything runs amazing!!!! Thanks for all of...
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    Airflow question

    Thanks for the response. Do you have any suggestions on high CFM low noise fans?
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    Airflow question

    Here's my setup: Q9550 @ 3.4Ghz (1.25V in BIOS) Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P 8GB G.Skill DDR2-1066 @ 960Mhz 5-5-5-15 Sapphire Radeon HD4870 1G [stock speeds] Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB Hard drive Antec Solo Plus 550 case. I have the Antec TriCool 120mm fan on low exhausting and a...
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    Build advice before actually buying!

    Thanks, saved me from buying something i don't need. Also the one he linked is not the blue caviar, it's a 16mb cache version for $74.99. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218 should i just get the caviar black for $5 more...
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    Build advice before actually buying!

    For the Xigmatek hsf, would you all recommnd getting the backplate? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233019
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    Build advice before actually buying!

    Cool, so I don't need to worry then about two drives. Is the SE16 WD 640Gb better than the Caviar Black that TechReport recommends? The 2nd drive is only $5 more. I decided on the Q9400 since Dell has it for cheap (No MicroCenter here). I'm hoping to get 3.2Ghz (400*8), or higher if I can...
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    Build advice before actually buying!

    Thank you for the advice. I decided on two drives because I am planning to put Vista and OS X on this machine. I know it is possible to dual boot on 1 drive, but just to be safe I wanted a dual drive configuration incase something goes wrong and I need two physical drives. If I plan to...
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    Build advice before actually buying!

    Last config before I go ahead and purchase: Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model DVR-216DBK - $25.99 2x Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB - $49.99 (x2) SAPPHIRE 100259L Radeon HD 4870 512MB - $164.99 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) - $40.99 Arctic Silver 5 - $6.99 GIGABYTE...
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    Build advice before actually buying!

    This just made up my mind. I will stick with the quad! Apple Mac Pro Specifications One 2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 8GB (4x2GB) 640GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB One 18x SuperDrive Apple Mighty Mouse Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (English) and User's...
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    Build advice before actually buying!

    Okay... being the thrifty person I am... I decided to price out an alternate cheaper build.. can any comment if this would be a better "bang for buck" system? Antec Sonata III w/ 500W EarthWatts 80% PowerSupply (Delta OEM) - $124.99 (Amazon) Sapphire 4870 512MB 100259L - $164.99 - $15 MIR =...
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    Build advice before actually buying!

    Sorry! I didn't check the Coolermaster case. It looks okay, but I have a feeling it will get very dusty. Thank you for the suggestion though. Here is a pic of the Tuniq Tower in a Sonata III. http://premium1.uploadit.org/bobbyboyuk//TUNIQ-33.jpg So if the Xigmatek will fit, I am...
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    Build advice before actually buying!

    Thank you for this very informative post. I must have remembered the wrong # for the Sonata III, but i just remember that it fit on my desk. The problem I have with cases is that the only B&M store near me that even sells cases is Best Buy, and they only stock the Antec 900 /cry. If I...
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    Build advice before actually buying!

    How about the Tuniq Tower 120 for $49? It fits in the Sonata III.
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    Build advice before actually buying!

    I was kinda set on the Sonata III because of the Acoustipack Sound proofing kit for it. Also, it is a very quiet case. It's also just the right size for my desk (desk is 19" depth, case is 16.7" deep. The Antec 300 is 19.3" deep and won't fit (i used to have P180B and it did not fit on my desk...
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    Build advice before actually buying!

    Isn't the Q6600 based on an older fabrication process and runs hotter? I saw some Premiere Pro CS3 benchmarks, and the Q9400 beat the Q6600 on a render 140 to 170 seconds. Unless you are saying the Q6600 will overclock better than the Q9400? I don't plan to do any crazy overclocking, 3.0~3.2Ghz...
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    Build advice before actually buying!

    thanks for the tip, dell charges tax though it comes out to $252 for me.
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