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  1. I have a chance to get a really nice HP Pavilion zd8215 for cheap. The catch is that the mobo doesn't work. I'd like to replace it w/my Pavilion ze5375 mobo. The catch is that I don't know if that's doable. Both mobos run P4 processors, and I've taken apart laptops and put them back together, but I've never swapped a laptop mobo. Some people say it's easy and some people say it's not worth it because laptop mobos are so specific. Is this particular upgrade doable, seeing that they're both Pavilions and both P4s?
  2. Cool; in that case, I'll stick with what I have.
  3. Where the stock heatsink was W/the Ninja in place and another heatsink. That should be okay, shouldn't it?
  4. 1680x1050. I could go higher, but it's no skin off my nose if I do. What about watching DVDs and whatnot? Any major difference? If not, then I'll stick with what I have.
  5. Too late now, isn't it? I think I have the solution, though; a heatsink from another mobo I had lonnnnng ago seems to fit perfectly, even with the Ninja in place. Again, I need to find my camera just to make sure this is right.
  6. Not monetarily - the money's not a big thing ($120 shipped after rebate). I'm just wondering is there any significant difference in performance if I do. Would this be considered an upgrade or merely a replacement?
  7. I went ahead and removed the NB heatsink from my Blood Iron, and now the Mini Ninja fits perfectly. But now that area is exposed. I'll have to get to my camera and snap a picture of it so I can get some advice on that.
  8. Definitely planning to OC, but not until after I get all the cooling stuff straightened out. This is my first time in overclocking territory, so all of this cooling stuff is new to me. Is fanless cooling truly good for OCing? From what I see, all signs point to no.
  9. When I'm finally ready to put this thing together again, I'll put everything in its proper place of course. But right now? FUHGEDABOUTIT!!! It's so loud right now that I can't even be bothered to turn it on, so I'm in my "let's get this thing finished once and for all" mode. I'm also eying this video card; how significant of a step up from a 9800GT would it be, if any?
  10. Here's what I have so far: I'm having serious problems w/getting a heatsink that fits on my Blood Iron; the Mini Ninja turned out to be too large. And I have to get something soon, because the stock cooler is soooooooooo loud. Another thing: why is it that my power supply can only go in upside down? When it's fitted the right way, the holes don't line up and I can't screw it in place. Zalman really needs their butts whipped for this case (HD135). I stuck with it because it's the one I liked out of all the ones I tried and I don't mind working with it, but for the price of it (I got it for a lot less), I shouldn't be having these kinds of problems. But this is the case I'm sticking with for sure (Zalman HD135). Now I just need to make it as cool and as silent as possible. *edit* Although I guess all I would need to do in order for the Ninja to fit is remove the NB heatsink, even though that'll void the warranty. But is that really an issue for me? Hmm...
  11. I don't know if my RAM is going to cut it: G.SKILL 4GB (2x2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 800 (5-5-5-15). Thoughts?
  12. I just bought the motherboard; got it for $80 (I think). I don't plan to buy another mobo unless I need a mobo to do something that mine currently doesn't do right now. I've already spent more on this thing than I intended to - no big deal, but I don't exactly have money to throw around here. dr_bowtie, hopefully I'll have my PC set up and will take pictures today, although I have a feeling I'll be copping an HD160 off eBay instead of keeping this HD135. I read that the HD135 has crappy cooling & the HD160 cools pretty well for an HTPC case.
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