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  1. I have 120gb drive (111 formatted) and with all my regular day apps installed about 91GB is free.. Obviously if you plan on putting a ton of games or big applications on the drive plan accordingly.
  2. That system probably draws a lot less power than you think it does though Bruce. But 283 is a bit low. I'd say about 350-400 mark sounds right, unless your video-card is super-high end. It told me 690 watts for a massively OC'd i7, 6 sticks of DDR3, 6 HD's, CF 5850's, 1 BR drive, 1 DVD/CD RW combo, sound card, PCIe eSata, and various USB devices/fans. My system has a 1000watt. The only way for us to really know is to use a tool like this. http://www.amazon.com/P3-International-Kill-Electricity-Monitor/dp/B00009MDBU/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-3782007-5602255?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=
  3. Hey guys, I have a networking issue, I hope you can help me out. Anyways, today my I upgraded my cable service from 25/3 mbit, to 60/5 mbit. The tech guy came out and swapped a Motorola Surf DOCSIS 2.0 to a new Ubee DOCSIS 3.0 modem. He set up the modem, and got it all connected to the internet. I ensured it was working and connected my laptop via Gbit line directly to the modem. The speed was awesome and tremendous! After testing it out, I began to reassemble my wireless network. Coax -->Ubee Cable Modem-->Ethernet Cable-->Linksys E3000 router. My problem:
  4. TRIM would be nice, but GC does work. You just have to let your system idle at the login screen for about an hour and the OCZ drives clean themselves up. After 9 months, I still run at about 92-95% of the initial set-ups performance - which is still a whopping 600+ mb/s read time/350 write. My point basically is fallout... 1 of these new sandforce based drives will make your entire computing experience 5 times faster. Boot up times are incredible. (about 7.5seconds for me) (vs about 20-30 seconds without - that was with 4 conventional drives in raid.) Application lau
  5. I have 3 indilinx based OCZ turbos in raid in my system. They pull off 240read/140write each - max out combined at about 660-680 read/380-400 write. You can't do trim in RAID, but all the them have GC on, and my system is just as responsive now as it was when I installed windows 7 on day one. (about 9 months now). Even the slowest SSD's have faster write speeds than a conventional hard drive, and where it really matters, the 4kb or 512kb I/O. Anyways, I am getting ready to buy a nice 90-120GB drive as a boot disk for my laptop. I'll probably go sandforce. Intel is just too
  6. I heard about 650million in day one.. However, i think the trickle will be much lower. Cause avatar worked its way up to 2.8 billion now. No video game is going to pull that off, not enough gamers around the world.
  7. http://www.anandtech.com/show/4008/nvidias-geforce-gtx-580/8 Anandtech finally got their hand on a 580GTX, the benchmarks looks pretty good. But at the 500 dollar price point I'd still get the 5970. You can buy the sapphire version of a 5970 on newegg for 470$ after MIR. That being said, my CF 5850's still mop up any game I throw at em.
  8. I am aware the cases are quite large compared to a dvd player. And I was thinking of actually making a MythTv Box...So many choices.
  9. I was thinking something along the lines of a 4670 or 5570. As for the CPU, I might be picking up a tri-core 3.0 Rena core from a friend for about 60 dollars, and he said he got it to unlock the 4th core at an easy steady 3.5 no problem. I am looking for a real HTPC case. Something small, quiet and sleek.
  10. Haha, the video card is a little overkill, I will do ZERO gaming on this machine. Thats what my main rig is for. I am only interested in Blue-Ray and decent performance decoding. I am mostly just looking for a responsive machine that I can play my Blue-Ray discs on, streaming netflix, and put some bumpin' tunes on when I have people over. I usually "back-up" my media on my powerful i7 rig, and then I will transfer it over via an external medium.
  11. Need some recommendations. What kind of CPU power do I need? What kind of GPU decoding power do I need? I'd like my HTPC to -DVD Player -Blue Ray Player -Music Collection -Netflix Streaming -Hulu Streaming All at 1080p on my 47" TV (im well aware netflix and hulu doesn't do 1080p) I have a 430 watt Thermaltake PSU on hand that I plan on throwing into the system. Other then that I need -Case -CPU -Ram -Motherboard -DVD/BR Player -Hard Drive I'd like this thing to be pretty much silent and small. I have 350$ in gift cards to newegg, so
  12. Glad it worked! Nothing is worse than that feeling when you realize you just toasted a 300$ piece of equipment. Good thing you could avoid that! Also, Have you tried the fan control from EVGA precision? No tool worked on my Sapphire 5850 except that one.
  13. Assuming you have two PCIe slots, you can install two cards. Use the working one as the primary, and put the toasted one in secondary. The flashing utility should detect BOTH of the cards, you just need to make sure you select the right one. Otherwise you end up with 2 toasted cards.
  14. Yikes, you could try blind flashing it back. Or you could buy another video card, and use that as the primary and then flash the one you toasted.
  15. Yet most of us all buy Intel. Haha, you have to admit though, the i7's decimate if you need/want top performance like most of us do. I enjoy nothing more than being able to encode a video on 4 threads, play an HD video on one thread on the left monitor, and play a game on the right monitor with the last 3 threads, and still have cpu utilization only hit 80%. P.S. you can get i7 gear for a lot cheaper than that if you know where to look. I got my CPU, Ram, MB all for freaking 500 bucks and a cooler I will be able to use for a long time for 80$.
  16. handbreak on 6 threads will kill your 955, and people are easily getting this thing to 3.8 - 4.0 I heard. Turbo puts three threads to 3.33ghz for games/lower threaded apps. Still, I'd prefer my i7 920. And it's not worth upgrading from an AMD quad.
  17. You can't exactly blame an 11 year old kid for getting a virus can you? Well, maybe you can Bruce, maybe you can. I know when/if I have kids, they definitely won't be getting administrative access to a PC. As for the second virus, I was stupid. But I nipped it out before anything even happened. Vista and Win 7 are much better than XP, that's like comparing an i7 to a Pentium 4. -Also, users can choose not to use an administrative account. Trust me, if there were more Linux apps (games) and if I had the time to figure out how to get every little thing I do to work in Linux, I'
  18. I think your forgetting that windows XP is 10 years old. Microsoft has long changed the practice of "gives users unfettered administrative privileges by default and then goes out on the Internet running in that mode with the most insecure and bug ridden browser on the market is most certainly at fault." Not to mention, back when XP was released, there was what? maybe 1 decent browser that existed besides IE? Now we are graced by Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Chrome? I've always said it's the computer user, not the operating system. I've been playing on a linux systems for 4+
  19. Dear god. You guys settle down. I'm going to sum it up here. -Both high end cards from both ATI and Nvidia can play all the newest games on the best settings. -It's a sure bet going either way. -Newer generations of hardware run hotter. -Their specs are designed to take the heat. -Kram is using H2O...(wth we talking about heat problems for) -If you can afford 3 480GTX's in your system, you can afford to find a way to cool the middle card.
  20. So, the original owner got back to me this morning at about 9:00 - no warranty. He never registered it with BFG, and it's long past due with newegg. So, at 10 A.M. I proceeded to power down my computer, remove the card. took apart the heat sink assembly and whatnot. 11:10 Preheating the oven to about 375. Preparing the cookie sheet. 11:17 The cookie sheet and video card go in the oven. 11:19 The smell of solder is in my kitchen. 11:25 The video card is removed, and set out to cool for a few hours. 1:37 I begin reassembly of the heat sink, metal bracket, ect..
  21. That is incredible. I am definitely going to research this method if the original owner doesn't get back to me, because I otherwise have nothing to lose.
  22. Tried it with several versions of the drivers, no dice yet. If I am going to make an image its going to have to wait until this weekend, but I am going to try. As for the warranty, I am the second owner. So no. But I have contacted the person I bought it from, and asked if he can get me a proof of purchase sheet, then I should be able to RMA it with BFG.\ But If I can't get in contact with him, I think a 5850 might be in my future.
  23. So, I was playing around with some overclocks, running my GPU at 750/1360ish (650/1107 is stock) Bam, I get the wonderful artifacts in 3dMark05. So, I reboot having it load stock settings. Launch into 3DMark again at my usual settings which is about 710/1320, 2 minutes in...complete graphical freeze. So I lower my CPU from 4.4 to my well known 3.9 stable. Complete graphical freeze yet again. I lower the CPU to stock. Complete freeze. Then I lower my GPU to stock. Complete freeze. I UNDERCLOCKED it to 550/1000...Complete freeze. So, I went in, pulled out the 280GTX, l
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