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  1. http://store.over-clock.com/Case_Modding_Accessories.html I've got the little lcd display at the top. It can be modded into most cases with a little bit of work.
  2. Akasa Tim clean is good in the UK, i think Scan and overclockers have it.
  3. TCC5 is virtually the same chip as TCCD, it is just binned to a lower frequency so is theoretically worse. The differences you are experiencing are probably between the individual chips rather than the fact that they are tcc5/tccd
  4. I think AS5 is (rather oddly) capacitive instead of conductive. But yes not ideal if you get some in the wrong place none the less!
  5. Not sure if this is the best place to ask but the "Ask DFI" section seems to be locked for me. Apologies if I have missed something but i've been away for a while. Also did a quick search and no threads asking this came up. My nf2 board packed in so am thinking of going pcie but I was just wondering if anyone knows if DFI are planning a board with the new ULi M1695 chipset? From the reviews it seems as competitive in performance and overclocking as NF4 and can support both Pcie and AGP (both real not simulated). Cheers
  6. Yep with higher rated stock parts you're paying for the guarantee that it will work at the rated speed.
  7. I think the easiest way to think of it is like this: Simple Definitions: Current: The actual amount or volume of electricity flowing Voltage: The force pushing that electricty along. When electricity flows through a semiconductor like silicon it encounters resistance as the current (or flow of electrons are pushed through it). The higher the frequency of the cpu or more "work" the processor does, the hotter the silicon gets. As silicon heats up it becomes a worse conductor of electricity because the electrons flowing through it are disrupted by the heat energy in the silicon. To counter this "disruption" or interference which is what causes errors the voltage needs to be increased to force the electicity through.
  8. I got one from scan, works fine. Only issue is the shipping which is £7. However join the forums at hexus.net and you get free shipping on any products from scan. http://forums.hexus.net/showthread.php?t=51314
  9. I've been quite tempted to get the nf3 ultra-d, I don't think its too much of a gamble as at the end of the day it will still get you reasonable performance with a poor overclock of ~2300-2500mhz while will probably beat a xp-m at 2500mhz. I do like the look of the new Uli chipset http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2471&p=1 which has both pci express and full agp rather than the derived agp other manufacturers have tried. If DFI are going to be making a board with this chipset that would be fantastic. Then there is always socket M2 next year...
  10. Performance varies computer to computer so the best thing for you to do would be run some benchmarks like 3dmark 2005 to see which one comes out with higher scores. 240x11 will most likely give you a higher score as the 140mhz cpu increase will get you more performance than the 10mhz mem increased bandwith will get you.
  11. The newest batches of TCCD aren't actually TCCD, they are TCC5. TCC5 is meant to clock as well as TCCD did but doesn't seem to go quite as high. If you've got ocz plat el rev2 then you can tell if they're TCCD or TCC5 as the TCC5 has a small v1.1 that looks like a smudge in the bottom right corner of the white ocz sticker on them.
  12. I think it means cpu limited in the sense of the fps won't reach as high as possible rather than the game being unplayable. If you're looking to actually just play a game at normal settings then a 7800gtx would make any game absolutely playable but crank something like far cry up to 1600x1200 with the highest AA and AF and then it may start being cpu limited. Not sure if thats right, but its my impression
  13. ATI Tool isn't so bad although its auto find won't get you a massively high clock. I tend to run rthdribl and then use something like rivatuner or powerstrip to increase the clocks until artifacts appear. By running a 3d program while increasing the clock you can find the highest stable frequency that you can run in a 3d environment with the card hot rather than just increasing the frequencies in 2d and then hoping they'll be fine in 3d. Increase them one at a time, doesn't matter core or memory first but don't do them at the same time otherwise you won't know which increase has created the artifacts. In rthdribl artifacts are green flashing rectangles usually but it should be pretty obvious. Not sure what kind of fps you'd get, I get 40fps stock and 50fps with the 6600gt oc'd. My housemate got aroun 90 with his x800xl so you might get 120?
  14. When it gets almost the same score as 2 of the previous generations best cards put together I'd say its a pretty good card!
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