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  1. I was under the impression the Turbo series was SLC as well... I guess that's incorrect. I wonder how they justify the markup?
  2. No, I am NOT considering 2 video cards at this time or in the future. I don't see the need for such unnecessary expenses as two video cards. I just wan't 1 really good/best video card instead. Something that will handle all games with eye candy turned on @ 1680x1050 resolution (possibly in the future handling 1920x1200). I'm budgeting out for top of the line video card at this time to handle my gaming needs for now and in the future.
  3. Awesome information fellas, okay you've convinced me. DDR2 it is. This will still be probably a month or two before I actually start buying anything, so yes, I will definately keep an eye out for the newer stuff to come around the corner. What motherboard would be a good suggestion then for stability and overclocking? Is there a pretty good concensus on the 'best' right now? Coming back to the single video card solution, what is arguably the best in terms of that? I know, I'm not trying to start a nVidia vs. AMD/ATi flame war, just would like some opinions on that particular part of the upgrade. Thanks again all.
  4. I was assuming an answer of the DDR2 alternative was going to come up. But, won't I be a bit more future proofed if I go the DDR3 route? When I build this system, it'll probably last me 2+ years before I do a whole new upgrade again. Okay, I hear you on the Intel chipset vs. The nVidia Chipset. Thanks for the help so far. This stuff is very confusing being out of the loop so long.
  5. Hi all, I'm in the planning process of building a new rig. My current one, I built back in '06, and have been out of the upgrading loop since early '07. So needless to say, I'm a little out of touch. Here's what I've come up with so far: Intel Core2Quad Q9550 eVGA 790i Ultra SLI Motherboard Corsair XMS3 DHX 4GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820145209 Indecisive on the video card as of yet. I may just throw in my 7900GT for the time being. Things that will be coming from the old build for certain: PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Watt Creative X-Fi Platinum Sound Card 2x250GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 SATA Drives DL DVD+/-RW Drive I have 2 questions for you guys. First is, what do you think of that RAM choice? I haven't seen too many reviews on it, and am not sure on how nicely it'll play with the motherboard. Next, what single video card solution seems to be the best right now? I may in the future consider going to a dual card setup, so I'm aware I would have to go the nVidia route if I chose to do that with this motherboard, but as of right now that doesn't seem very likely. I understand the pricepoint of the RAM on newegg is competitive with other DDR3 options right now, but I have a local retailer that is selling that particular kit for quite a bit cheaper ($220). I'm sure I'm missing some information for you guy's that I just can't think of at this moment, so please tell me if you need more information, and I'd be happy to answer those questions. Thanks for your help all. P.S. I do plan on modestly overclocking once I get the system up and stable at stock speeds. EDIT: Whoops, I thought my signature would carry over from DIY-Street, guess not, I'm updating that now.
  6. Well, I'm not firm on a Q6600. It just seemed like the best bang-for-the-buck processor. Also, my local Micro Center has them for $199 right now. I still want good gaming performance though, is the Q6600 going to fail me in that respect?
  7. Thanks Speedeuphoria. I didn't mention RAID because I thought it was tandard equipment pretty much on every new motherboard now. Yes I'll need RAID support.
  8. Hi all, I hate asking this question and have been put off from writing this message, because I'm sure it's been covered before. However, I can't seem to find the exact answers I'm looking for. I am interested in finally upgrading my PC from the one listed in my Signature to a new intel based build. This is where the problem begins. I'm an Intel n00blet. And I know I'm gonna run into some issues if I just dive into this thing head-first without first consulting the guru's of DIY-Street. Now, If this were a new AMD system, I were building I'd feel 10x more confident jumping in, but this is unknown territory for me with all this new fan-dangled equipment. First and foremost. Which is the best motherboard out there to get? I know, stupid question, there are so many variables to have a correct answer. Well, let me narrow it down for you guys to help me make a wiser decision. I want a motherboard that is going to have a good ratio between Stability and Overclocking potential. I don't need nor want the fastest rig on earth. Just a damn nice rig, with a humble overclock that'll keep me happy. To put that into perspective, my Opteron 250 is sitting nice and stable @ 250x10 and I'm completely content with those clocks, knowing there's more she can push out. The processor I've made my mind up to get would be the Q6600. I do other things besides gaming and would like the advantage of the 2 other cores at my disposal when needed. I will not be going SLI/Crossfire. This will be a single card system. I will be using Windows XP Professional 32-Bit for quite a while, however, I would like to go with 4GB of Memory. Will this cause issues besides the OS not being able to recognize all of it? Or will other problems arise with this as well? BTW, is Windows XP 64-Bit still pretty much unsupported and a bad-OS? Or is it now a decent alternative to Vista? Is DFI still a good brand to go with for a Motherboard company? I know Angry_Games is not the most pleased with them at the moment. But is that a biased point of view or is it completely warranted that they aren't the most reputable of companies to be doing business with (I'm not trying to stir the pot Angry, so please don't take this question as a loaded one)? Last but not least, I'm really having a hard time wrapping my head around overclocking Intel based CPU's in comparison to AMD's. If anyone wants to point me to a n00b guide that would atleast help me understand the differences that would be great. Also, what is a realistic figure for overclocking (air cooled) a Q6600 so I could plan out what speed memory to purchase, that would be very helpful. Again, I apologize for the long-winded and seen it 1000x before post. But your answers to this would help me a great deal. Thanks guys.
  9. I'm pretty sure you can now, Wev. If I have any further issues, I can always just start another thread, especially since we'll be able to rule out the PSU from the list then. Once again guys. I really appreciate your help through this.
  10. None so far. I kept the computer on all night and no shutdowns at all. I think this issue has been resolved.
  11. Oh yeah, that's right I had that rebate as well. I forgot completely about it... If I had exchanged for another TX750, I would've been in the same boat as you Wev.
  12. Yeah, I'm sure it was just a defective PSU. I'm sure a properly working TX750 would be quite up to task for this build and many to come. I have nothing against Corsair for this, and would still be happy to purchase their products in the future. Defective items happen from time to time.
  13. I got the black one. Damn thing is huge, lol. I had to take out my bottom case fan so I could route wires through the case. Otherwise the PSU wouldn't even fit into the case. Yeah, it was just happen-stance that the Corsair wasn't in stock when I went back to the store. The Silencer PSU was the only other PSU that matched the specs/price of the Corsair PSU (but happened to be about $30 more). I then noticed that Microcenter had the sale for 20% off all the PSU's they had in stock ( :eek2: ). I grabbed it and was almost an exact even exchange (I was actually refunded a little money as well, w00t).
  14. Okay Guys, I think the issue has been resolved! Played Half-Life 2: Episode 1 for about an hour, then I hopped on my decks and started mixing with Serato Scratch Live for another hour and no random shutdowns. I'll keep an eye on the PC for the next couple days to make sure everything is in tip-top shape, but so far so good. Thanks for all your help guys, it's much appreciated.
  15. ****UPDATE**** Sorry, I haven't reported back to this thread in a couple days. I finally had a day off work, to where I could return this PSU for an exchange. When at the store, I saddened to find out they were out of stock of the Corsair TX750 that I had originally purchased. However, they were having a 20% sale on all PSU's in stock when I got there, so I was able to exchange right up for a PC Power & Cooling Silence 750Watt instead. I have now just installed the 750W PSU and am typing this on said computer. I just turned the system on about 10 Minutes ago, so I don't know as of yet if the issue has been resolved. I'm about to start playing some games again and see if the issue still happens or if I'm good to go. I will report back in about an hour and see if my problem has been resolved.
  16. Definately something I'll consider. It's just I've had the dual-core optimizer installed since day one of having this build, and haven't had a problem since this new PSU... Thanks for the info though. If the next PSU doesn't take care of the problem I'll try that out.
  17. One last question for you guys to. What's the possibility that this could be software related? IE a corrupted or virus infected OS? My Anti-Virus is Avast! AV, upto to date with it's virus definitions. So I doubt I have a virus. I also don't think my OS is corrupted. Just trying to narrow down the issue as much as possible to being the powersupply.
  18. Alright Wev. Thank you for the input and support through this. I'm going to exchange it tommorow then and hopefully my issues will be resolved. Also, I have a hard time believing that any other component in the computer (defective or otherwise) could make the computer completely power down (sans maybe the motherboard) but then boot right back up after it and while the computer would be running, it would perform flawlessly (from what I can tell), until next random shutdown. I know defective components can give random reboot issues, but I've never had the problem of random shutdowns unless heat was the underlying cause.
  19. None, the computer was running fine. Only symptoms were that of the powersupply not wanting to turn the computer on from a cold start. To eventually not turning on at all. I replaced with this power supply and it boots up every time. However, now I'm in the situation where it now randomly shuts off. Any theories?
  20. I took everything back down to stock settings, and it still had the random shutdowns. The thing is to, I see no signs of instability other than the shutdown problem itself. Suppa, I took a look at the board looking for leaky capacitors or anything of that sort, and saw nothing unusual. Also, I forgot to mention, that last night, I also cleared the CMOS for 20 Mins. Still no change. I understand that's not the equivelant to a 24hr clear, I'll do that if I have to, but not too excited about it. Again guys, thank you for your time and patience. EDIT: Also, no unusual whining that I could hear (except for the whining coming out of my mouth ). Just normal case fan noise.
  21. I took everything back down to stock settings, and it still had the random shutdowns. The thing is to, I see no signs of instability other than the shutdown problem itself. Suppa, I took a look at the board looking for leaky capacitors or anything of that sort, and saw nothing unusual. Also, I forgot to mention, that last night, I also cleared the CMOS for 20 Mins. Still no change. I understand that's not the equivelant to a 24hr clear, I'll do that if I have to, but not too excited about it. Again guys, thank you for your time and patience.
  22. In defense of the iPod (I'm not a fan of itunes either), I purchased one because of this one thing. Scroll wheel fast forwarding. Now in all fairness, I don't know of what other MP3 players do this, but I knew the iPod did and that was the major selling point for me. I almost only listen to live sets of DJs anymore. These live sets can be anywhere from an hour long upto 8 hours (the longest on my iPod). They all appear in the ipod as a single track, and if I want to get to a certain point in one of those, it would take forever just holding down the fast forward button. The Scroll wheel completely alleviates that issue, by allowing me to fast forward through even the longest set with in seconds. I'd also argue that the ipod has pretty decent audio quality as well, as long as you're putting in decent music files to begin with.
  23. Yeah, it's awesome, I love it. Here's a pic of my setup: http://img101.imageshack.us/my.php?image=djstuff002oz2.jpg
  24. UPDATE: Suppa I tried turning the Shutdown Temp to Disabled. Within 5 minutes of changing that setting the PC shut down again. I guess we can rule out that possibility, right? I ask again, do you guy's know of any component that could make the PC completely shut down besides the PSU?
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