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  1. Hey guys, I've been searching high and low lately for CD sleeves that will go into a two ring binder and have had little luck. What I would really like is something similar if not identical to CD sleeves you receive from Microsoft when you order one of their volume licensed products. For those who don't know, it's a single sided square CD sleeve with plastic front and a fabric back with holes punched in the side for a binder. Anyone have any idea where to find such an item? - CrackHead Edit: Checked OfficeMax, OfficeDepot, BestBuy, NewEgg, TigerDirect, and CDW...
  2. Booted up the computer today and a different message than usual came up during post. Hoping my eyes were playing tricks on me I opened the intel storage manager only to find the same message! Before I completly loose my mind I figured to run it by OCC and get y'alls opinion on it. Drive Model: ST3750330AS Serial #:5QK0EWH0 Port: 1 Is it an omen of whats to come in the near future... drive failure?
  3. Thanks for all your suggestions, based upon my needs of a cooler that is slightly better than the stock Intel one I was thinking of something of a smaller profile. I feel that heatsinks of such magnitude like the ones y'all recommended seem to be more cooling than necessary (overkill). Do you guys know of any others you can suggest? Also what about thermal paste is AS5 still top dog?
  4. I was wondering what aftermarket heatsink would ya'll recommend for my Intel Core2 Duo CPU E8400. I ask as because my temps seem a little high for a non overclocked system; 40*C Idle - 53*C Load. I'm using the stock heatsink with with Arctic Silver 5. I've tried resetting it a couple times now and have seen no improvement. Its been so long since I have had to buy an aftermarket heatsink that I haven't the faintest idea what works these days. To make matters worse the my Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS4 motherboard has a somewhat robust Silent-Pipe. Any advice or suggestions you can give me would be greatly appreciated... Thanks again, CrackHead EDIT: Is AS5 still the best thermal paste to use?
  5. Me + Overclocking = Fire Hazard lol...
  6. Sweetness that answers that....Finally last question of all; In your opinion which card would you prefer? XFX PVT88GYDD4 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) OR EVGA 512-P3-N845-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) KO (It's a toss up for me as I've owned an XFX but on the other hand have heard nothing but good things about EVGA) Thank you everyone for your help as I sure as hell wouldn't have made it this far without your guidance. Its hard to describe the amount of relief you feel when you invest your money into something your knowledgeable instead of having to go in blind, ultimately leading you to regret your purchase down the road!
  7. Thanks to everyone's suggestions and some digging of my own, I think I'm going to go with one of the 8800GTS. I was leaning towards EVGA 640-P2-N829-AR GeForce 8800GTS however everywhere I look people are saying to make sure and get the 512mb version but don't explain why. Can anyone elaborate on this?
  8. Thanks everyone for you help thus far, I had a couple of quick questions though: What on earth is PCI Express 2.0 x16? Is it backwards compatible with PCI Express x16 Aside from it be the next generation, are there any significant benefits to using it? Would it be wise to buy a card that is capable of this new format for future upgrades? Hypothetically speaking lets say I choose to run crossfire, would two low end cards ~$125/each out preform a single mid range card ~$225? Keeping in mind that my motherboard only supports one slot at x16 and the other at x4. I know that is a hard question to answer due to the number of variables, but I figured it was worth a shot. Can anyone point me in the direction where I might find how each card stacks up against the other. Or at the very least explain the hierarchy of ATI / Nvidia? What brands would you recommend? Are there any brands that I should avoid?
  9. Here's the setup; about a month ago I upgraded my motherboard, processor, and memory but funds were a little tight so I decided to hold off on the video card. Due to low resell value for the parts that were replaced and since my folks Dell 8200 is struggling to satisfy their needs, I choose to go ahead and build them a "new" computer. The only issue was I didn't have a spare video card to give away. Rather than purchasing them a low end model I was able to convince them to pickup the tab for a mid range video card that I would use and they would get my old XFX GeForce 6800GS. That being said I was wondering if any of y'all had any advice or suggestions on which video card to go with as I am completely in the dark and can't find that freaking light switch. Although I have 2 x PCI Express x16 slots I more than likely not being running dual GPUs as I rarely game anymore, and the amount of time in between graphic card purchases. All in all, I'm looking to spend around $225 for this new video card (the lower the better). Approximate Budget: $150 - $225 Operating System: Windows Vista Ultimate Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS4 LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Power Supply: Antec TruePower Quattro TPQ-1000 ATX12V / EPS12V 1000W Thanks in Advanced...
  10. True but too much can have adverse effects! Processor with Artic Silver 5 Heatsink with Artic Silver 5 Perfect examples of what not to do...Thus proving you should not only read but follow the directions as well when dealing with computers!
  11. YGPM... Edit: Do you happen to know the model number? Better yet, can povide a link to somewhere with a list of the cards specs?
  12. Thanks for all y'alls help. Especially cchalogamer, who endured a barrage of ridiculous questions and having to explain everything in a way that even I understood! The guidance and hard work of my fellow OCC members has once again helped me through yet another problem. Be sure to check out my latest post located in the system builds section of the forums. System Upgrade: Motherboard, Processor & Memory Thanks Again...
  13. After months of toying with the idea of upgrading my system, I have once in for all now is the time...Before I do so I wanted to run a couple of possible ideas by yall and see what happens... A lot has changed in the world of computers since my last system upgrade leaving me sorta in the dark on a lot of things. Rather talking about something I know nothing about, let me tell you what I do know and hopefully we can meet somewhere in the middle. First of all is that my computer just isn't cutting it for me anymore hence the reason for this post. Aside from the occasional gaming, I primary use my computer for digital imaging, video encoding/decoding, and school work. Despite AMD's incredibly low prices, not to mention my previous issues with their competitor, I decided to go back to "light side" of Intel once again. All in all, I'm looking to spend around ~$550 for this upgrade endeavor of mine (the lower the better). With that being said, here is what I have come up with thus far: Power Supply: Antec TruePower Quattro TPQ-1000 ATX12V / EPS12V 1000W $0.00 - Left over from CompUSA closing sale Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS4 LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX $169.99 Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB $209.99 Memory: G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 $144.99 Hard Drives: Western Digital Caviar 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb $0.00 - Comming out of current system Graphics Card: XFX GeForce 6800GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 $0.00 - Comming out of current system Sound Card: Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic $0.00 - Comming out of current system Keep in mind I'm not the guy who knows the inner workings of a component, but instead just your everyday user with a little bit of experience; try and keep your answers as idiot proof as possible lol. As always what I am really looking for is; your thoughts on the parts I have choosen, any possible issues that I need to be aware of, changes you would make, and will it work! Thanks in Advanced... BUDGET: ~$550 --------------------------------------------- Current System Power Supply: Antec Neo HE 550-Watt Motherboard: DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 SLI-DR Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Memory: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR 400 Graphics Card: XFX 6800GS
  14. Anyone know the difference between Gigabyte Model GA-P35-DS3R & GA-EP35-DS3R. Also what about the southbridge ICH7, ICH9 or ICH9R? Some additional information that I would find useful Latest Gigabyte Model: Most Stable / Common Model: Major Pros/Cons to Gigabyte: Edit: I am not ruling out other brands, its just that seems to be the consensus that everyone has come to thus far Thanks Again!
  15. Reading back over my original post I noticed I was lacking some important details; sorry about that. The basic blueprint for my motherboard's needs/capibilities is as follows... Price: Around $150 CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale RAM: 2GB of GPU: XFX Nvidia 6800GS ----- Concerns: Upgrade-ability Support the latest quad core processor Support the latest graphic card ----- I have enough problems as it is with computers, so more than likely I will not be overclocking my system. I will not have any real need of SLI due to the fact that I rarely game anymore, and the amount of time in between graphic card purchases. Also I would rather spend a few extra buck now, than be stuck with a system that is obsolete in a couple of months with little or no room for upgrade
  16. With my birthday coming up, I started browsing good old newegg for possible ideas for my next computer. It wasn't long before I became utterly confused and was forced to abandon my search. This was primary due to my lack of knowledge in the field of today's motherboards. Can anyone shed some light on perplexing world of motherboards? Intel Based Rig: What brands would you recommend What brands if any should I avoid What is the difference between the chip-sets (aside from the manufacture) What is the deal with DDR3, is it here to stay or will it go the way of RDRAM Anything I'm forgetting.... EDIT: Price: Around $150 CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale RAM: 2GB of whatever is compatible GPU: Use existing graphics card (XFX 6800GS) ----- Concerns: Upgrade-ability Support the latest quad core processor Support the latest graphic card ----- I have enough problems as it is with computers, so more than likely I will not be overclocking my system. Also I will not have any real need of SLI due to the fact that I rarely game anymore, and the amount of time in between graphic card purchases.
  17. iKillSteal: Ran a virus scan, and just as I suspected nothing came up (that I didn't know about). I haven't changed anything recently that would affect system stability, although it probabily doesn't help that this problem has been occurring for some time now. I went ahead and downloaded the latest memtest which I will burn to a cd and run a later on this evening. Nemo: Sure enough it happened again, unfortunatly I hadn't made the advised changes yet so I don't have a mini-dump (I should have one soon the way things have been going). I did however have time to write down the information that was on screen. Stop: 0x000000D1 (0x9B0BA140,0x00000000,0x00000000,0x9B00C2A2) Win32k.sys - Address 9B0BA140 @ 9AEF000 Win32k.sys - Address 9B00C2A2 @ 9AEF000 hardnrg: Nope, everything is at their default value...
  18. I am about at my whits end with windows and it's problems, (in all fairness also using a rig I built myself). Nothing is more frustrating than being in the middle of working on something and all of a sudden you are staring at the blue screen of death. It seems with everyday I get more and more BSODs. Last night I got 3 freaking BSODs in the period of ~80mins and the only thing I was doing was listening to music! Not only that, but the events occurred at the most peculiar times - when the computer was basically idle, as I was usually about half way through the song vs the typical senerio of having the BSOD come up right when you add a song to your playlist (load). My question for the members of OCC would be how to I go about troubleshooting this issue. If I was smart I would have wrote down the message that appeared on the screen when the BSOD first came up; however I was chest deep in school work (have I mentioned I hate midterms) and I knew if I stopped for just a quick second I would get off task (one downside of adderall). Any help would be much appeciated... -CrackHead
  19. All in all, I'm looking to spend around ~$450 for this upgrade endeavor of mine (the lower the better). I knew I forgot something in my first post lol...
  20. I have finally decided its time to do a little upgrading! Before I do so I wanted to run a couple of possible ideas by yall and see what happens... A lot has changed in the world of computers since my last system upgrade leaving me sorta in the dark on a lot of things. Rather talking about something I know nothing about, let me tell you what I do know and hopefully we can meet somewhere in the middle. First of all is that my computer just isn't cutting it for me anymore hence the reason for this post. Aside from the occasional gaming, I primary use my computer for digital imaging, video encoding/decoding, and school work. Despite AMD's incredibly low prices, not to mention my previous issues with their competitor, I decided to go back to "light side" of Intel once again. With that being said I was looking looking for a Intel processor in the price range of $150 - $250. In conjunction with the processor I wanted to install 4GB of DDR2 memory for around $115, possibly GSkill. Finally there would be the motherboard; which I need serious input on as I have no clue what to get other than a Socket 775. All in all, I'm looking to spend around ~$450 for this upgrade endeavor of mine (the lower the better). Current System PSU: Antec - Neo HE 550-Watt CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ RAM: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR 400 GPU: XFX 6800GS --------------------------------------------- Questions Processor - Should I hold off on a quad-core CPU until it becomes more widespread since few applications take advantage of it? Memory - Thoughts on GSKILL? Motherboard - What chipset would you recommend Intel or Nvidia? Motherboard - What brand/models would you recommend or those that I should avoid? Power Supply - Would my current power supply be sufficient for the job ahead? Motherboard: No Clue - Recommendations? Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz or Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz Memory: G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 I have not intentions at this time to overclock my system, however I would like to keep that door open for further down the road. Also keep in mind I'm not the guy who knows the inner workings of a component, but instead just your everyday user with a little bit of experience; try and keep your answers as idiot proof as possible lol. As always if you have any comments, questions, or concerns please let me know. Thanks in Advanced...
  21. If you need a case and a reliable powersupply may I suggest killing two birds with one stone and get an Antec Case which comes with a PSU. For example the: Antec PERFORMANCE TX TX1050B ATX Mid Tower Case 500W ATX12V v2.0 PSU ~$100 -$150 USD Man I thought fishing was an expensive hobby, then I found computers lol nice quote!
  22. Every so often I have a problem with my DFI motherboard getting confused when it boots up and freezing half way through, but I haven't had that problem inparticular. Have you tred removing the battery, although that doesn't have much on a board with a CMOS reset switch, worth a shoot if you ask me. Just curious will it boot if you enter bios and then exit without saving changes? EDIT - My Motherboard:DFI LanParty SLI-DR
  23. Shoot I forgot what they are called, but one came with my MSI motherboard. Often mounted on PCI plate you attach it to your motherboard and when you power it on, it will display a combination of colored lights. Find the coresponding light combination in the manual/internet and often will point you in the right direction when isolating the component that is causing the problem(won't tell you why or how to fix it unfortunatly).. I know a solution but you anit gonna like it lol. Do what I always did when one of my motherboards gave me problems, turn it off, grab a beer, go to the store, get a new one, and then sit around a fire drinking beer for the rest of the night. (And I wonder why I have had only 3 cpu's for my 8 motherboards).
  24. I've been away from the PC parts game for a little less than a year now, and already am I in the dark when it comes to picking the right component. Luckily I can always turn to my fellow members of OCC for direction. Since my current system(see below) just isn't cutting it anymore, I have been toying with the idea of upgrading for some time now, the only problem is it wouldn't be a single component swap but rather multiple. PSU: Antec - Neo HE 550-Watt CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ RAM: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR 400 GPU: XFX 6800GS I was looking at up'ing the memory from 2GB to 4GB as my system boots up with ~58% already in use, courtesy of Vista... Althought this would be cheapest and fastest route, I didn't much care for the idea of investing money into new ram if I couldn't use it in the future. My other idea was to upgrade my CPU, but there was a catch to this too, only bigger. Since I am using the discontinued socket 939, one there would be no new models coming out(duh), and two there is only a couple of models that operate above 2.2GHz. Not to mention dropping ~$200 for a .2GHz doesn't seem worth it to me. Due to all those factors I just mentioned, the only logical solution I could come up with would be to suck it up, shell out a few more dollars, and upgrade the motherboard, processor, and memory all at once. Here is where you guys come in; which processor should I go with? I am looking to spend ~$200 on the cpu but am unsure wether it would be better to go with an AMD or Intel. What are yall's thoughts on these two processors, and is it better to have a processor with a higher GHz or a larger L2Cache AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Windsor 3.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz Before this turns into some sort of fanboy peeing match, let me mention that I am simply looking for the pros/cons of each one. Also keep in mind I'm not the guy who knows the inner workings of a component, but instead just your everyday user with a little bit of experience; try and keep your answers as idiot proof as possible lol. As always any comments, questions, or concerns please let me know. Thanks in Advanced...
  25. A Backup Strategy... You mean there is logical and effecient way to save everything? Where was I when everyone else was let in on this secret! In past I use to backup every so ofter to CDs, and then to DVDs but eventually I bought an external hard drive as I was tired of having to having to shuffle through a stack of discs just to find the one file I was looking for. However even using the external hard drive became a pain in part due to the amount of time and effort required to backup my files using copy/paste. To avoid this annoyance I only backedup my system before and after a fresh install of windows, which turned out to be a huge mistake by the way, when one of my hard drives failed... Audios 2 Months Worth Of Data! If anyone has any suggestions for a good way to backup my files to an external please share... (preferably software based with a snyc feature lol) FYI: Ocassional Backup + Windows Vista + ~800GB + 3 Drives in Raid 0 = "CrackHead's Backup Strategyr or Lack There Of"
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