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  1. Hey everyone. I am about to upgrade my mobo/CPU/RAM and Win XP to Win 7. I have 2 questions regarding the upgrade: 1. I already know I have to re-format my boot drive. How big should I make the partition (I am booting off of a 5000GB drive). 2. For those drives that are non-boot (I have 3), once I replace the components and get Win 7 installed, can i just pop those guys into the SATA ports and be good to go without losing any data? Is there something else I need to do with those? Thanks for your help.
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    Non-boot drives Win XP to Win 7

    Haha yea that was a typo. Thanks for the info.
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    System Upgrade

    Thanks for the advice. This is what I have in mind as of now... I'm going to wait to purchase until black Friday for any deals, but anything I should be concerned with here? ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
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    System Upgrade

    Hey everyone. I'm looking to upgrade my system, as its been a while and the fan on my nForce chipset is dying. My current build is in my signature. As you can probably guess, I have not used this rig for gaming in quite some time and now I mainly use it as a HTPC (no room for a desk in my current living situation). I plan on keeping everything except the CPU/mobo/RAM (I don't think I need to upgrade my video card based on what I'm using it for). Currently running win XP, but will upgrade to win 7 with the new system. I have always been an AMD guy, but am open to and Intel build if the price/performance point is better. I purchased the following combo for my brother last Christmas for a system i built him and was curious if this is still a good option for me: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
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    System Upgrade

    I can't find a replacement fan anywhere I spent about an hour looking
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    System Upgrade

  7. I know I've opened a few threads regarding a new video card in the past but I still haven't bought one. SO I've been looking at this BFG G92 which I think is a good price for what I'm getting. I was previously looking at the standard 8800gt EVGA or MSI. I'm a big fan of EVGA but as far as the G92s go I think the $30 difference between EVGA and BFG is worth getting the BFG. I will say that I will be spending about $400+ on a new monitor around Christmas time; prolly a 24+" and I would like to run at as close to max resolution as possible. I mostly play RPG games; a FPS here and there. Any suggestions for the under 200 (after rebate) range?
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    New Video Card To Replace 6800gt

    OK so what would be my best bet then; an 8800GT? I'm not positive but wouldn't I need a new mobo to do ATI? I don't plan on spending $400 on a video card I was just saying, unless monitor prices drop, $400 is standard for a legit 22+". Again, I play mostly RPG games so I don't need top of the line to make sure my games run smooth and at high res. And YES this will eventually be going into a mid range C2D rig eventually. Just looking for a replacement for my 6800GT that will last me a bit...
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    New Video Card To Replace 6800gt

    no. cheapest one is about 140
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    New Video Card To Replace 6800gt

    Noted; however, my buddy just bought a new dell with onboard video and wants to buy my card so I need a new one. Sorry for the lack of info. I will be upgrading my system when I can afford it, probably before I buy the new monitor. I just want something that will carry its weight through the new system and on for a cpl years at least
  11. Hello all; first post since the move from diy-street. Saw a gigabyte with a 700mhz core clock for $139 after MIR on newegg. I have been thinking about getting a new card for a while, was set on a eVGA (good experience with the 6800GT and step-up program). However, it seems like this deal is too good to pass up! 100mhz over stock and $40 cheaper... Any thoughts?
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    New 8800gt Card; Evga Vs Gigabyte

    I guess my last question is how well do the eVGA's OC? I probably won't ever have the money for a SLI setup so with this giga card at 700 vs the 600 stock on the eVGA, which do you think will perform better?
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    New 8800gt Card; Evga Vs Gigabyte

    That is also true... I mainly play RTS games on my PC (I save the FPS for xbox360) so I'm not so sure that anything above an 8800GT is really that useful to me as RTS games are CPU intensive.
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    GPU Roundup/Advice

    I'm a little unclear as to which GPU's rank where in the current market. So I want to get a ranking of where each lies. I am looking to buy a new card in the next couple of weeks or so. Nothing too extravagant; bang for the buck. I've heard different things about the 8800GTS 320 and the 9600GT. This is what I'm looking at: 1. EVGA 8800GTS 320 2. EVGA 8600GTS 512 3. MSI 9600GT 512 4. XFX 9600GT 512 If anyone else has other suggestions I'm open. Looking for something that will last and can do a decent OC; not looking to spend more than $200. Mostly play RPG games due to the lack of power from my current card... Side note: can you really a difference between 112 and 64 stream processors to warrant spending more $? (8800GT vs 9600GT)
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    GPU Roundup/Advice

    Well 8800GT it is I guess. A couple more last ?'s (i hope); 1. I've read the cards with the single slot coolers run pretty hot... Will I need an aftermarket cooler? 2. I've also read the cards are 1/4" larger then the 6800GT (card I have now). Am I going to need to do a case mod to fit this guy in? 3. Do I need to update the card's BIOS to work with PCIex 1.0 on my mobo? Thanks for everyone's input
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    GPU Roundup/Advice

    Well I did some price comparing and 9600GT and 8800GT are about the same price. The only thing I noted that was different from the newegg description is 112 (8800GT) vs 64 (9600GT) shaders. Right now I only play on 1280x1024 19" LCD so I know this will be overkill but cards are relatively cheap from what I spent on my 6800 back in the day. So i guess my question has morphed to: 1. Which will OC better 2. Do the shaders matter? 3. Which will be better if I upgrade to a widescreen with a higher res?
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    Goremageddon's For Sale List

    I want to vouch for this guy. Some of you may have seen my wtb thread or have even posted in it. I bought a Opteron 165 from him last week. Shipment was made the day after I paid and he called me with the shipping number as soon as he received it from UPS. He's a good seller and I am going to post heatware for him shortly. I would buy from him again, no problem. Linnk to my wtb thread
  18. Just like it says in the title.. Any opinions/experiences?
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    Install of Opteron

    I am upgrading to a 165 and have some questions. Now I have heard that it is recommended to reinstall windows. BUT I have a problem, I have my hdd's setup in RAID. So does that mean if I reinstall windows, I have to clear my whole hdd, or can I just clear the smaller partition that I have windows on now? Also, I received a full copy of Visual Studio for free when I was at UCLA through Microsoft's student website. However, it was through download and you had to be a student to download it. Is there anyway to save this installation when I reformat or any other programs i might not have the CD/original installation for that matter? Thanks
  20. I am upgrading to an Opty 165 and want to make sure I'm covered and that I don't screw anything up. This is what I've researched: 1. Clear CMOS 2. Reboot & Load optimized 3. Boot to windows & remove processor from Device Manager 4. Clear CMOS 5. Install new proc 6. Boot and load optimized defaults 7. Install AMD patches/drivers whatever you call em 8. Reboot to windows 9. Start OCing Now I have heard that it is recommended to reinstall windows. BUT I have a problem, I have my hdd's setup in RAID. So does that mean if I reinstall windows, I have to clear my whole hdd, or can I just clear the smaller partition that I have windows on now? Also, I received a full copy of Visual Studio for free when I was at UCLA through Microsoft's student website. However, it was through download and you had to be a student to download it. Is there anyway to save this installation when I reformat or any other programs for that matter? Thanks
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    Need new PSU

    I currently own a dead PSU in my sig. I've attempted to RMA with no help from the Enermax team. SO I need a new psu. I have read the Giant PSU thread and was thinking about that OCZ 700w (cheaper than the 600w right now with rebate). Basically I want to know if this is a good price/power for my machine. I will be upgrading to a opteron shortly and possibly a 8800GT 320 (I think they are only $115 right now). Also, will this be able to support a C2D rig in the future? I will probably end up converting or even building a new one once things come down in price and if i can use the same PSU I won't need to ask again for advice. P.S. I will probably never run SLI/Xfire
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    Need new PSU

    now all i need to do is wait for a pair of 1 gig ddr1's to come on super-discount and save up some cash for a new vid card and i'll be set for another 6 months or so. thanks guys
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    Need new PSU

    well looks like I'll be going with that then Thanks for the advice everyone
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    Need new PSU

    Probably some time end of this year I'll build a C2D rig and use the old one as a HTPC. What I was thinking is getting that rebate now and rolling forward the 700w to my c2D rig and buying a cheaper one for the current build. I haven't seen PSU prices drop much since I built the rig in my signature so I figured take the discount while I can get it. Any opinions?
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    Need new PSU

    Enermax USA is the party I have been trying to deal with. No luck
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