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  1. As a stupid question on this but.. Will a fresh intall of XP change the security codes?? I seem to remember that saved Outlook messages had a different security code which needed to be re-jigged to enable them to be re-inserted back into the fresh install of Outlook and accepted. Could this possibly be the same situation here? the back up version via Acronis has the previous security settings and will not work when trying to import back into the new install. As such they will need to be re-jigged / updated accordingly. or am I talking total crap as per normal?
  2. Shatteredsteel what can I say except thank you I am leaving for a weeks vacation in Boston today (shopping and a few Ice Hockey games) so I will be able to finalise a few things whilst I freeze as I see Boston is a warm and humid minus 20 at the moment lol. What is the best format for you to work with?
  3. Hi I have just installed sketchup, although I have never used it before I will try and re-do the drawings so that it gives a much clearer picture of what I have in mind at the current moment.
  4. Hi 225Slant6 Any idea's are more than welcome and as for your abilities they have to be better than mine lol I am away for a week in Boston from Tuesday so everything will be put on hold forum wise till I am back. It will give me time to think more about the case etc. and to make any revisions then. I look forward to seeing what you have in mind with interest, thanks.
  5. Hi Well this is the first, I hope, of many posts from me on this and hopefully with some or a lot of input from you this will be both an interesting and informative thread. Initially for me to see what idea’s and suggestions that you come up with as I go along but also I guess as an inspiration for those who are contemplating going down this road. So why build / design my own case? Personally it coves a few different area’s really, the first being my existing case (a Mountain Mods U2-UFO case) was getting on the cramped side and I was looking for something similar but with a bit more room! I know what you are going to say…how on earth can a case that is 18” cubed be too small?? Well I do have two separate water cooling loops, 2 separate water pumps, 5 Hard Drives and two separate PSU’s in there and it all takes up room not including the M/B and a PA 120.3 and 120.1 RAD and all the fans. I also have to add all the relevant cabling and water tubing and…….well you get the idea space becomes a premium very quickly with all that lot in there. So why not use the case that I have already? The case I have has been powder coated and in order to have any kind of effective mod to it all the powder coating will need to be stripped off both inside and out and to be realistic I do not have the equipment to do that and to get someone to do that I may as well keep the case running whilst I build this one and then sell the MM case when I have finished. What am I looking for? If I were honest I am looking to hide all the wiring (or as much as I can) and as much of the water cooling setup and the PSU’s in order to reduce the clutter as much as I can in order to give a clean look to what is left. In addition I am looking to give my brain a work out, pick you for idea’s and suggestions as I go along and to have a great deal of fun (I hope) in the process and to have a sense of ……I built that …at the end of it.. Size and Construction I did start a Poll earlier and although a possible method was to use composite materials I have no prior experience in that at all and I doubt if I would be able to give it the patience and the quality that I would like to achieve. An idea for the future no doubt with a bit of practice on other things but for now I would like to try and keep it simple as that sums me up nicely simple  • Material – Aluminium really for me, easy to obtain, easy to use and easy to handle. • Framing - Given all that it will have to cope with I am looking to use 1” * 1” * 3 mm Aluminium angle as the main frame. This will help give the case some pretty good rigidity and will not bend or flex under the weight (I hope). To add to this all the two floor panels will be 3 mm aluminium whilst the side panels will probably 1 mm. The front and rear panels I am undecided on yet will either be 1 mm or 3 mm aluminium, I am looking for something that will help tie the whole lot together and the 3 mm may well do this a lot more than the 1 mm but I am unsure as to how easy or otherwise the 3 mm will be over the 1 mm. • VOTE 1 – So what do you all think for the front and rear panels to this case 1 mm or 3 mm? • Size – I am looking at a case of 18” deep * 19” wide * 25 “ high. I am constrained by the amount of room I have under my desk but these dimensions are the max that I can realistically get away with. • Framing Plan – I have a basic frame in mind that I have had to amend for a number of different reasons, both for practicality and also space. I have had to take into account how I will fit two separate water cooling loops into my new case and how and where I will fit the Rad’s ?. This is the framing plan that I initially came up with (See Initial Framing v 2 jpg) However, trying to fit a PA 120.3 and a PA 120.2 rad was proving to be somewhat difficult. I will mention more about the water cooling later on in another post but it has had quite an impact on my initial framing design as you will see soon. What I have decided to go for is 2 PA 120.2 rads ( 1 for the CPU only, and the other for the GPU (or GPU’s) and the Northbridge. A PA 120.2 rad stands at roughly 12” tall (300 mm) whilst a PA 120.3 takes up nearly 17” (430 mm) so not small by any means. My initial though was to go for a 120.3 rad on its side in front of the case with a 120.2 rad on its back next to it with the case. However, by the time I add in the 2 PSU’s space disappears again especially when I take into account the water cooling tubing that will also have to share this space. I could add another rad above it but I am trying to avoid having too much encroaching into the main unit of the case. I have therefore decided to go for 2 PA 120.2 rads standing up with 1 each side of the case, this will allow sufficient room to house my main H/D’s between the two Rads with the H/D’s having their own separate air cooling arrangement. It will mean that the top fan from each rad will ‘appear’ in the main unit but it will keep the overall case height within the limit that I have whilst at the same time giving me the cooling that I need. Only time will tell if this will prove to be a wise move or not but currently cannot see of a different method. To achieve this I will have to ensure that the ‘main’ floor will sit just below the top fan of the Rad to give it an aesthetic look which in turn will lower my overall height available within the lower compartment. (see v5 jpeg) Vote 2 – Have I got this right do you think? Any other idea’s or suggestions as to how to get these rads in? bear in mind that a PSU I am going to use ( PC C &P) is 180 mm deep and will also have the cabling as well so a deep PSU which eats up a LOT or room depth wise within the case Here is my revised framing plan taking into account the rads. Revised Frame V 3 jpeg refers whilst v 5 shows how the framing relates to the Rad and fans...possibly ...maybe... I have a bit more thinking to do on this but helpful idea's and suggestions are very very welcome at this point.
  6. Hi What I have in mind is to have a separate compartment below the M/B to house the main water cooling bits ( Pumps, RAD, etc.) this will also house a Phase unit if and when I ever do that. Have been thinking of also housing the PSU here as well so keeping cabling round the M/B to a minimum provided the PSU cables are long enough. This extra compartment will also house the fan cables, font panel switch cables and the internal fan controller this will help maintain an uncluttred and smooth look to the case. Overall dims I am looking at is 19" wide * 18" deep * 26" high. I think I will go for a case from scratch as this will mean that I will have some thinking to do, knuckles to scrape, brain cell to get working and loads of head scratching to do in the process. May need some advice / help / encouragement as I go along as this will not be a quick project I feel.
  7. Hi To be honest there is nothing really wrong with it at all. I just have a few idea's as to what I am looking for and it given the case is powder coated it will mean stripping the powder coat of both inside and out before I can start to do anything. I guess that is my reason behind starting from scratch and seeing what happens. I am looking to future proof my case (maybe phase at some point) and with 5 HD's, two water cooling loops including two DD 5 pumps space has become a bit limited lol. So am thinking of what I want and how to achieve it based on what I have seen elsewhere and my own idea's / thoughts really
  8. HI I currently have a MM U2-UFO case and am thinking of changing it for something different. I guess I have a number of options, Keep existing case Buy new case and mod it to pieces build a case myself and keep DIY-Street informed of the progress be boring and dull and keep the new case as it is (what ever case I get)
  9. Hi I had to recently RMA a set of G. Skill Ram I contacted G.SKILL and advised them I had a problem and they e-mailed me asking me to do so memtest tests under windows. I e-mailed them back with the results and they confirmed that the RAM was faulty, I filled in the appropriate form they e-mailed me and then got a RMA number and sent the RAM off. A week later I received a replacement, they were excellent in my dealing with them and were fast and efficient and clearly a company I would do business with again. They even offered to send me a set of DDR 2 RAM instead of my DDR set when I mentioned that I was thinking of switching. A huge thumbs up from me for G.SKill and they will have my business again for sure with customer support like that.
  10. Hi I know that there is never an ideal time to upgrade as their is always something new around the corner but this seems to be quite true especially at the moment. One one hand you have new motherboards appearing left right and centre (not only from DFI), new GPU's appearing on the scene (8800, D600's and the 8900 at some point soon) as well as a new O/S (Vista). For someone like me who is contemplating a change to CD2 there is a lot to consider at the moment in so many area's. At the moment I am going for an Infinity board, seems to make sense to me all things considered at the moment, with an E6700 chip (possibly a X6800 or QX6700 funds permitting). As for the card well the new BFG 8800 GTX is top of my list currently but the D600 card could prove to be interesting. I guess my biggest stumbling block at the moment is the RAM, 2G used to be more than enough but now Vista has hit the shelves 2G may not be enough from what I have read. I am unsure if to go down the 2G DDR2 route and see how I go and then get a further 2G set at a later date if needed or fi I should get one of the new 2* 2G G.Skill RAM sets. The 2 * 1 G sets obviously have much tighter timings than the 2*2G sets but I am wondering how this will play out if I did indeed ended up with 4*1 G sticks. How will they compare ??? so many things to think about at the moment right across the board ( no pun intended) but given I am looking to change in early March I guess all I can do is see what happens between now and then and get what I think is right then. Any help / idea's / suggestions on the RAM front at this point in time would be most welcome given my lack of knowledge on the 2 sticks v 4 sticks front. on the 2 * 2G I am looking at 4Gb G.Skill DDR2 PC2-6400 MQ Series 800MHz Dual Channel kit rated CL6 (6-6-6-18) at 800MHz (£370 = $ 700) as opposed to 2Gb G.Skill DDR2 PC2-6400 GA Series 3-4-3-8 Dual Channel kit rated 3-4-3-8 at 800MHz (£320 = $600 ) Strangely the 2*2G kit will cost roughly the same as the 2*1G set so if I got the 1G set now and got another set later then the cost is.....HUGE... but given that I remember a HG thread about tight v lose timings and the CPU MHz being king should I just get the 2*2G set and have done with it?? so...help !!!
  11. A very Happy New Year from the UK My first post of 2007 is to here where I spend so much of my time in and out and reading up. May you all have a very good one, get your best ever overclocks and have fun with what you have !!! For me 2007 will spent wondering if I should go CD2 and if so what should I get M/B and Graphics wise.... who know's but what ever I do I will have fun and that is what it is all about Have a wonderful 2007 everyone.
  12. Hi Hope this helps http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
  13. Hi I am running a XFX 7800 GTX Extreme card (256 mb) and since I brought that countless new cards have arrived on the scene - 4 or maybe even 5 in the past 18 months. I had been looking at getting the XFX 8800GTX Extreme edition card but I have been wondering how the R600 series will compare and I think that I will wait a bit longer and see what happens. I know that there is no real right or wrong time to buy as anything you do get will be obsolete within hours anyway. I think my £ or $ will be better spent on a CD2 chip, new DDR2 RAM and a new DFI M/B and then seeing how things go.
  14. Hi I was lucky enough to receive cash, clothes, a painting and the normal aftershave. However, the best thing was without doubt my fiancée telling me how much she loved me. Nothing in the world has made my Christmas as much, that will be my lasting memory of this Christmas without a doubt.
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