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  1. I'm looking for some new RAM and I'm a big fan of the Corsair Dominator stuff. I stumbled across this on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/Corsair-Dominator-GT-DDR3-2000-6GB-CMG6GX3M3A2000C8-/170510313590?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27b334e876 If I'm right, this is nearly $100 more on newegg. Should I be wary? Newegg also shows some Corsair D-GT DDR3 2000 that is much cheaper, but it appears that the timings are the only difference. Is that bad? Is it worth the price difference?
  2. I've been perusing newegg and there are so many, I'm not even sure what to consider. My cards are dual BFG 8800GTs, OC'd from the factory. They run fairly hot and make a lot of noise when the fans spin up to 100%, so I'd like to bring those temps down. Any suggestions?
  3. I'm building up a Core i7 for a friend and having some doubts as to whether the CNPS9700 will fit in the case I've chosen. Here is the build so far: Lian Li case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811112154 Corsair PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817139006 EVGA mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813188039 Intel Core i7 920 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115202 Either this Cooler Master heatsink http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16835103055 or this Zalman one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16835118019 OCZ DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820227381 A pair of 9800GTX cards http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814130339 this hard drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136320 and this monitor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16824254035 I'm confident in the build, but the heatsinks are getting so damn big at this point, I'm not sure whether either of those will fit in the case. Anybody had any experience with either of the above mentioned monsters? I love the Zalman stuff, but the Cooler Master is getting good reviews, and since the guy is a car nut, I thought he'd get a kick out of having a V8 sticking off his mobo.
  4. Hmmm... I have a similar setup with no issues. Are you sure you don't just have a bad card or some bad ram one of them? Maybe overheating issues? Bad SLi link?
  5. Well, check the sig and you'll see my new rig. I'm still updating Windows and various components/drivers, but for the most part, it's working well out of the box. I did get a service_exception_error bluescreen once, hopefully it's an isolated incident. I crammed the whole things into an Antec micro case but at the time, I was trying to use a Tuniq Tower and man, that just does not work. That thing is such a beast and the fit was way too tight. I took it back and used the Zalman 9500 I already had and it works just fine. I switched cases to give it some more breathing room anyway. My co-workers just can't stop giving me crap about being such an AMD guy now that they've switched me back to Intel. So far, I like what I see. Let's hope it stays that way.
  6. Yeah, yeah, I know I decided to go with the E8400 dual core instead of the Q6600 to save a little bit of cash. I doubt I'll notice any kind of performance drop being that there are few programs that make use of the quad core processors, and WoW certainly isn't one of those that does.
  7. The RAM was running at 2.1V, just as spec'd. I've had it with this build. I've gotten RMAs for the RAM and processor and I'm returning the motherboard to Microcenter. Screw this. I'm picking up this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813188024 , this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115017 , and this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820145197 so I can start all over.
  8. No overclocking this time. I am running a RAM stress test right now. I just got a PAGE_FAULT_IN_NON-PAGED_AREA error which had previously been because of a memory stick gone bad in a previous build.
  9. I downloaded nTune to monitor the heat on the card, and it is getting up into the mid 60s, but the fan was factory set to 30%. I cranked it up to 70% and now it's in the mid 50s instead, which I don't think is too bad. A couple of other things: I have the card in PCI-E slot 3 instead of 1 because the way my case is set up, there is simply no way to fit the video card in slot 1 and have room for the Raptor, mainly because of the RAM placement. Also, I noticed that Vista had not been activated and therefor had not installed SP1 yet. I activated the software and downloaded SP1 as well as the newest mainboard drivers from MSI. Their "instructions" for flashing the BIOS are not helpful enough to give me confidence to do it, but I know that I'm on 1.3 and 1.5 is out. Last night I was getting a lot of BSODs that seemed to point to a memory issue. IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL and MEMORY_(somethingsomething) being the two most common I saw. I did get one that was a Host Service Error but I have no idea what that could be. This machine will run solid for an hour or two and then it won't run worth a damn for more than a few minutes. It's all over the place. I still get booted out of WoW regularly with critical errors but it seems to be happening with less frequency. I'm wondering if maybe it's having trouble because I didn't move my entire WoW folder over, cache and all. I don't know... I've never had so many problems with a new build.
  10. Yeah, so lot's of problems today. Well, one, really that keeps repeating itself. I'll start up WoW and I'm able to play for about 10 minutes (maybe less) then the machine hard locks. Last night, it was blue screens but now it's hard locking. Could it be related to using an Nvidia based graphics card on an ATI chipset? I've had issues like that before, but that was more than 5 years ago and I didn't think I would run into that again, but now that AMD is in bed with ATI....
  11. This was definitely the rev. 2 motherboard. I checked that when I ordered it, and the bright red sticker on the motherboard was a dead giveaway. The new Platinum edition is working great. The Raptor is loud as hell when it seeks, something I'm a little disappointed about, but at least it's fast. I've had it all up and running for most of the day now and I'm just getting the finishing touches installed in Vista x64 (no driver issues so far).
  12. I had just gotten all of my parts in for my new box. I went with an AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition, MSI K9A2 CF-F, 2x2GB OCZ DDR2 1066 Reaper, BFG 8800GT 512MB DDR3, OCZ Gamextreme 700W SLI PSU, and a Western Digital 150GB Raptor. The whole thing set me back about $1000 but it's still the cheapest machine I've ever built due to incredible prices on parts right now. Anyway, I got everything put together and fired it up. First thing I noticed was that the BIOS has the memory clock speed set to 800MHz. I set it to 1066 and restarted. Ok, all good. I attempted to install Windows, and although it booted from the disc, it immediately blue screened. I figured it must be booting from the old Vista install on the hard drive (I had initially built it using my old 80GB Baraccuda), so I brought up the boot menu and forced it to look first at the DVD+RW drive. Again, same thing. I fired up a copy of XP Pro and that started loading immediately, so I knew it was probably the disc. Being that I work in IT, I had access to another copy, so I threw that in to no avail. Now I was beginning to suspect a problem. I tried installing it with only one 2GB stick of RAM (several times, in all slots) with no luck. I set the RAM back to 800MHz in the BIOS and restarted, and after that, I couldn't even get back into the BIOS. In fact, I took everything off the board except the power and I couldn't even get a beep code out of it. I'm sending it back to Newegg on Monday. Meanwhile, I went out and got the CF-Fs big brother, the K9A2 Platinum. So far, so good. Everything fired up, Windows loaded just fine, and the RAM is running at 1066 with no issues. Not sure what caused the problem initially, but I was ready to write off MSI for good (I'm a DFI loyalist, but I'd heard good things about MSI and thought they deserved a shot). Now that I have a board that is working, I'm happier with them. Hopefully newegg doesn't give me the runaround. So far, temps are in the low 30s with a Zalman CNPS9500 on it, 10 degrees cooler than when the same chip was in the K9A2 CF-F. I can't explain that, but since the board was faulty, who knows what else was going on.
  13. I'm building an AMD Quad Core 9850 Black Edition machine with a BFG 8800GT 512MB and 4GB of OCZ Reaper 1066. Due to the specs of the machine, I am tempted to put Vista x64 on but I'm really on the fence. I know that XP and Vista x32 o not recognize more than 3GB of RAM, which would be my primary reason for going the Vista route, but from what I've read, you also need it for Direct X10. I have Vista on one machine right now, but I hate it because it's a memory hog and it's slooooooow. Granted, it's a single core AMD64 3000+ w/2GB of RAM but still, the difference from XP was incredibly noticable (as far as speed). Would I be wise to set aside my bias and go Vista x64 for this rig or should I just go with time tested XP Pro instead?
  14. I purchased the Zalman CNPS9500 and I'm going to attach it to an AMD 9850 Quad Core. I was reading about lapping (the process of further flattening the surface of a heatsink through sanding with an extremely fine grit automotive sandpaper to improve the contact surface) and I'm seeing reports that it can drop temps by up to 10 degrees. Has anyone here had experience in doing this? Does it make the claimed difference? I would put this in the mods section but didn't because in my opinion, it barely qualifies as a mod.
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