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  1. A good one that works well with windows media player 11. Thanks
  2. I've been looking at newegg at some of the LCD 19inch monitors there. I seen viewsonic's and liked what I saw and most reviews were overall good. I don't want to spend any more than $250.00 - $260.00. even cheaper without sacrafcing quality would be good too. Whats a good LCD gaming/movie monitor in that price range? Preferrably no ghosting, blurring, dead pixels, bleeding and etc. As always thanks for your help.
  3. That is actually the route I've taken, I was just wondering about the PSU and video card. Yeah, I'll definitley be going with a 3700 clawhammer and a gig or two of OCZ's platnium DDR400 3200. I'll probably go with a couple of WD's IDE 300gig HD's. I'd like to some time down the road try the Raptor drives to see what all the buzz is about, but for now I'll stick with large IDE drives. Nforce 590 AM2 boards? Thats a ways off, no hurry for this upgrade route just yet. When I do it'll either be DFI's offering or ECS's offering. ECS's Nforce590 AM2 is feature rich and soooooo afordable, but thats much much later.
  4. 1. Will OCZ's Gamerstream 600watt PSU work with this board? I ask cause in the pics it has a 24 pin main connector, not sure if its compatible with the nf3 UT 250 board. 2. Will a newer agp video card work in these boards, like a, 7900gt preferrably? Thanks Allan/Soap
  5. For the sake of avoiding confusion and possible giving the wrong suggestions I'm gonna ask a question or two. I'm not sure so confirm this either way. Are you using a PCI network card to get your internet connection? So, if you are, then you shouldn't need either or any of the onboard lans enabled. Again, if so, disable all the onboard lans and I'm thinking this will help significantly. Well, actually you should first remove them through the device manager and then disable them in the bios.
  6. Have you disabled both onboard lan's in the bios yet? If not do this, please. Or, if your using one lan disable the one lan your not using, in the bios is what I'm talking about. Either way. you have one of two things happening, which is, onboard lan creating a conflict windows is confused. Or, a driver conflict.
  7. Whether you use a windows based defrag or some other software defrag, just defrag the thing, frequently. More often the better.
  8. You've determined the stick is good. Don't mess with any additional memory settings just yet. Prime 95, although changes and improvements have been made, its still mostly an app to test the CPU. Forget prime 95 for now, BUT if you feel compelled to run prime 95 your gonna have to up the voltage on your CPU to successfully run through. If you don't have a good heatsink and fan cooling the CPU don't up the voltage. If you do, just increase it small increments at a time, run the app and see how it gets you and repeat till your golden. Be careful, this is how folks burn up their CPU's. When you up the voltage and DON'T notice it going any farther in the test, thats when you stop increasing the voltage, or you can get it to warm and possible burn it up. I usually reach this point and back it down an increment and check it with prime again, and if it runs fairly decent throughout the test, I leave it there and go with it. My current rig doesn't run prime 95 well at all, but my sticks pass mem test wonderfully, and I play games without any problems, a very stable DFI rig. Thats all I cared about, getting a mild OC on my sticks and CPU and I achieved that. Running prime successfully for hours on end wasn't all that significant to me. To each their own. I would check with the store or whomever you brought the ram sticks from and see what their policy is and rma the bad stick only, if possible. See, after all this you learned you don't have to buy another PSU and its only a faulty stick of ram.
  9. Good job. Did you run some games with the good stick to see how it does? If it did fine, keep it and rma only the bad stick. If you bought them as a pair you may have to send both back. Call or e-mail them and see what they have to say regarding rma both sticks or just the bad one.
  10. Heres a link to Happy's listed hardware he use with the N5 mobo. http://www.angrygames.com/nf590sli-1.htm
  11. For now, for the sake of not having to many things going on at once, one thing at a time. Lets not use, "prime 95" lets just focus on running mem test to determine if the stick or sticks are bad first, then go from there. Run mem test overnight. Start it, and go to bed and check it in the morning. You need to run your memory voltage at 2.17 and set the memory settings to whats listed on the module. Should be a sticker or something on the module that lists this. OR, you may have to loosen it up abit to give yourself some playing room to work with. Either way, if most if not all efforts don't cause the stick to not pass mem test, its clearly bad ram. If it is bad ram, don't let it frustrate you to much. Send it back and try again. Hint: Use the exact same ram "happy" used in his tesing of the board. It would sure make it alittle easier on your self. I'm sure theres either a thread or post that he shared all that info in somewhere around here. It might serve you well to check it out and read it just to see what hardware he used with the board.
  12. Yes, my bad, I have no idea what I was thinking, I see their running XP, sorry.
  13. As the pc is booting up hit the delete button a fews times before windows loads up and this should get you into bios. Once there enabled your onboard audio, save exit and enter into windows. Windows will say its detected a new piece of hardware. Use the disk that came with the board and inevitably load the driver. Reboot and you should have sound.
  14. I don't have a N590 board, but, I'm very famaliar with troubleshooting. Since you are having stability issues and to get it stable understand and do the following: DFI boards, are by far the pickiest boards for having quality memory and PSU's. Absolutely essential to know this when buying a DFI board. I'm not implying you have to spend $400 - $500 dollars on a PS or over $300 on memory. What I am saying is, know DFI boards are very picky in these areas of hardware. With that said....... Memory: 1. Running one stick of ram in slot 1 is suggested for now. For running two sticks, use slots 2 and 4, but for now, just use slot 1. 2. Use ONLY ONE stick of ram for now, in slot 1 please do this. Then run mem test to determine if in fact that stick is good or bad. Mem test is fairly accurate in determining if the stick is good or bad, not always, but most times. If its good(runs through the tests without error) leave it in for now and don't put the other stick in yet. First, run some other programs, (mainly games and stuff) to see how the stick will do running those games. If everything goes fine ( no crashing, freezing or bsod or random reboots) then you have a good stick of ram. Take it out( the good ram) and lets try the other stick. Repeat this process with the newly placed ram in the same slot. You may have to adjust memory settings and voltages to get it to run through eme test successfully. If you can't get it to pass mem test with the adjusting of memory settings and volatges, you can definitely consider it a bad stick. PSU: A faulty PSU, acts somewhat similar to a bad stick of ram making it hard at times to determine which of the two are good or bad. The one characteristic that gives the PSU away is, in my experience random reboots. Tip: In other words, once you run mem test on the stick or sticks and learn either way good or bad. Then you need to respond accordingly. If stick or sticks are good, this points your attention to a faulty PSU. The Bio settings: DFI, more so since the NF4 boards have really expanded their bios and gearing it toward the overclocker, the N5 boards aren't any different in that aspect. You should really run most of the bios settings at default just to get the thing stable first. One can get to fiddling insides dfi's bios and not only get lost but more importantly make things worse. So, go with the default settings for now, with the exception of adjusting memory timings and voltages. BSOD's: The last two digits of the long code is very important, it will tell you whats wrong. Google bsod and you will get there.. Shorting out: Its mostly almost a thing of the past but it still happens. To determine if the board is shorting out take it out the case and boot it up. If the problem/s stops, all is good... then the back of the board is shorting out against the case or mobo tray. Locate it and resolve it or try another case.
  15. Try powering everything outside the case, may be shorting out. If you don't experience any problems booting up outside the case, than its obvious your mobo is shorting out somewhere against the case. Check and make sure you have your mobo power and HD leds/jumpers (you know what I'm talking about?) to see if they're positioned correctly. Your manual will tell which and where each led jumper goes or connects too.
  16. I've learned that this case has an issue with asus mobo's. Video cards not aligning up properly thus not allowing the card to be seated correctly. Anybody here have this case with any of DFI's N4 mobo's, prefferably the expert? Any such issues with cards not aligning up and not seating correctly? Thanks
  17. Yep, thats what it means. return your merchandise for an exchange.
  18. The armor's and Kandalf's have (new side panel) a 25cm fan in the new side panel. Highly efficient and effective cooling implementing the 25cm fan. It will be a huge favorable selling factor. http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/product/Chas...panel_index.asp
  19. Are these boards discontinued? Tried a handful of online stores with no sucess. Thanks
  20. lets see, scratches head. The problem, if you would call that, is man is never content for very long. Call curosity or intrique or a better or easy way of doings or whatever... It has birth many brilliant inventions, ideas and etc, which many have improved living life styles, work environments, vehicles and so on. So, I don't know if one, including myself, would refer to it as an evil or a overly big concern to where one feels stress or worry. Its just the times were living in, big change good and bad alike is all around us. I do think the government has way to much control, thats for sure.
  21. Just sale yourself present yourself well prepared and experienced. Resume with good recomendations, certs, a degree, expereince... the whole nine yards. You will do fine, remeber, when answering questions tell them what they want to hear. I was in an interview a year ago or so, and was asked what movies have I last seen in the theater, then asked the next question what movie have I rented ithe last 3 months? Some questions may seem completely idiotic, but tell them what they want to hear. You'll be fine.
  22. Your in good company. The Street is a decent place. A friendly heads up, do alittle reading of the faq's, they are and will be a pool of very good information to you. Alot of questions and problems can be resolved there. Aside from that, pull up chair and belly up to the table.
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