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  1. Why use a reservoir at all? Why not just use a t-line setup and put a fill-port in the top of the case. Then just check your t-line weekly and add a little coolant if needed. And as Puck mentioned, the order should go from rad 1 -> pump -> CPU -> rad 2 -> GPU -> rad 1. That way the water is always cooled before it enters a heat source and needs to draw heat away. Honestly, I might just suggest one 360mm rad mounted on the back of your case with it's own fans and one of these.
  2. I would highly advise against overclocking your laptop. They're just not built to handle the stress. I'm destroying my Dell XPS M1730 by overclocking and heavy load. One of my hard drives just died and I get artifacts while gaming. That's after just over a year of owning the thing. I had it running at 3.0GHz with 100% load on the CPU and GPU. This was done with Folding @ Home and saw heat loads in the mid-70C range 24/7. This was run for about 9 months in this manner, and the laptop is beginning to show signs of heat degradation. I'm getting things taken care of by Dell, but it's still a pain. Just don't do it. Try updating drivers and patches.
  3. It's a basic if statement. Try and figure it out from there, if you still can't get it with that, come back for more help.
  4. If you're just running a normal FlexFuel vehicle, E85 isn't worth it unless it's significantly cheaper than gas. I mean like 80% the price of the gas. You get less miles per gallon than gas. One gallon of gas my get 25 miles while a gallon of E85 gets 20 miles.
  5. Why not just ditch the resevoir and use a t-line? It would save you like $40 right there. You'd need another foot or two of tube, a t-fitting, and 3 more clamps.
  6. I think I'd rather keep the warranty on the chip. If it was guaranteed drop, maybe, but it's not even for sure that lapping the proc will help. Save the warranty incase something happens.
  7. kingdingeling is on the right path. While the Phenom II 955 has a higher base clock, the Phenom II 940 can usually clock as good or better because it has the unlocked multiplier. Also, the RAM he suggested is good, I run the OCZ Reaper HPC that he recommended and love it. It's also cheaper than Corsair which tends to overcharge for its RAM for some reason. The PSU is solid, but also look at PC Power and Cooling PSUs. Those are pretty good ones, look for the cheapest price between the two brands.
  8. You can do online surveys. They take probably more time than they're worth, but it is money. Especially if you can do some of the big ones. Like if you get a home alarm system, you can get $200 for it. Or if you get approved for a credit card you could get $100.
  9. Almost all programs out there now can run just fine on 64-bit. As hardnrg said, those that have issues usally work with compatibility mode. I would keep the 64-bit unless you know for sure you have an important program that won't run on 64-bit or compatibility mode.
  10. Came home from college and don't want to run the electric bill up at home so now just my laptop fold. I dropped about 10K PPD by not folding on my desktop. The summer months see a large drop in folders.
  11. Make sure you have the latest versions of both. I tend to trust Core Temp more though. But you also have to make sure the TJ Max is set correctly for you processor.
  12. Don't waste the money if you won't overclock.
  13. Well, I have the exact same case as you, so here's my story. 1. Adding extra fans can actually decrease cooling performance if not done right. There needs to be an airflow pattern through the interior of the case. If you have too many fans, you could make a turbulent airflow pattern that wouldn't draw in enough fresh air to cool properly. 2. Adding fans other than the heatsink to the motherboard is something I don't like to do. I've heard of too many people damaging their motherboard from connecting too many fans to it. 3. The smaller fans that run at higher RPM are generally louder. However, the more expensive fans tend to have better shaped blades and better bearings to reduce noise. 4. Make sure to use solid cable management. Route all wires behind the motherboard. My case has no wires on the inside in the way of airflow, get all of them out of the way to help the air move. So, my setup is the Thermaltake Armor+ with the Sunbeam Rheobus Extreme fan controller in black, and 4 Scythe S-Flex fans along with the side panel fan. I have two fans in the front, one of the bottom, and one on the back. I use two on the front because I filled all 5 of the hard drive slots in the front and one of the slots on the bottom. One fan is in front of the hard drives pushing air through them, and the other is behind them pulling air through them and blowing onto my dual 4870s. I left one hard drive holder on the bottom and replaced the other with a fan. The two fans by the hard drives, the bottom fan, and the large side door are intakes, and the one on the back is an exhaust. My CPU cooler is directed so it's fan blows through the cooler straight to the exhaust fan. I'm running my Q9450 at 3.60GHz and under full Prime95 load see temps in the high 60C range. I left my fans on full tilt connected to the fan controller 24/7. I had my computer in my dorm room and it was never a problem. My 4870s were louder than my Scythe fans combined. Depending on how quiet you want, I would even recommend getting fans that push a little more air. The Scythe Slipstreams move more air for only a little extra noise. I could never figure out how to mount a top fan since the PSU is in the way and there's no actual mounting point up there. I would recommend something very similar to my setup. It works very well. O, the fans and the fan controller came with all the wiring I needed to make the connections. You won't need any adapters or anything.
  14. That should be a piece of cake! I took my Q9450 (a step down from yours) to 3.6GHz with very little tweaking. You should be able to push 3.8GHz or even 4.0. No one can tell you exactly what you need since every system, no matter how similar, is slightly different.
  15. If you plan to upgrade to the 64-bit soon, get the Patriot RAM that was suggested. It's not worth buying 3GB now, and then another 3GB later. It will cost more in the end. Even the cheapest 3GB kit is $45, which would cost you $90 if you added 3GB more later. So by forking over $30 extra now, you save $15 later. While the 32-bit can only use ~3 - 3.5GB, it would be worth having the 6GB with the 64-bit. As for the cases, it's mainly a matter of personal preference. I think the 900 might cool better, but the Storm has more drive bays and is blacked out. It's really a matter of what you want the case to look like. There most likely wouldn't be much of a noticeable difference between the two.
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