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  1. The new NVIDIA drivers have been released. http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_81.98.html
  2. According to a Swedish website the new WD Raptor is about to be released with capacity of 150GB and a 16MB cache, same 10,000 rpm rotational speed, but with SATA II interface instead of SATA I. http://www.idg.se/ArticlePages/200512/22/2...5953_MD.dbp.asp I figured a new one was in the pipeline since newegg.com has been running constant "specials" on the old ones.
  3. Dell Business has these AMD cpu's on sale. Dell Business has 20% off these AMD Athlon 64 Processors with coupon code 1BHX9H70J8C1DB, netting the prices below. Free 3-5 Day Delivery, $16 for overnight. # Athlon 64 3700+ Retail = $184 [bizRate] (Item A0558334) # Athlon 64 3200+ Retail = $132 [bizRate] (Item A0558337) # Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Dual Core = $281 [bizRate] (Item A0558333) # Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Dual Core = $433 [bizRate] (Item A0558328) # Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Dual Core = $686 [bizRate] (Item A0558336) http://search.dell.com/results.aspx?c=us&l...um=False&qmp=50 This is a search from main page of "Athlon" then click the "Software and Accesories" tab.
  4. In the last couple of weeks there have been rumors that AMD was going to cease making socket 939 Opterons as AMD thought they were hurting sales of higher priced Athlon64 chips. We even have an article that says that 939 Opties are dead. http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=28250 But now xbitlabs.com has said that AMD has denied these rumors and will continue production of socket 939 Opterons in 2006 and will adjust production to meet demand. http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/display/20051213122715.html Since these socket 939 Opterons have gone UP in price since last month that will mean that for those that haven't purchased one of these chips that the price will be dropping a good bit over the next three months, imho, once supply catches up with demand.
  5. It's called "supply and demand". Lot's of people want them, AMD is thinking about selling them only with a server motherboard because they don't want to cut into their desktop sales. So between that rumor and the fact that the early production runs OC'd so well, demand has outstripped supply.
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    UT Means?

    "ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US" Seriously you guys can't speak ENGRISH worth a damn. To learn and practice "Engrish" just drink three or four beers/sakis and then use one of the internet translaters like Babelfish to change good English phrases into another language, then cut and past the translated text into the translate from box and then translate back into English. Hoola, we then have ENGRISH. http://babelfish.altavista.com/ The classic type teaching phrase, "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country." becomes: "Now is the time arrives their national aid for all good people." (English to Chinese-simple and back) See it's easy.
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    Dell to introduce 30" widescreen LCD

    This is NOT an analog monitor from what little info is available. http://www.trustedreviews.com/article.aspx?art=2213 While this would be sweet, it also leads me to expect that Dell will cut the price of the 24" widescreen which will NOT be the top of the line anymore. So I thought this info was good news on both the 24" and 30" fronts.
  8. For all of you guys with your puny 24" widescreen Dell monitors know that it is about to be eclipsed with the new Dell 30" widescreen. http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000240070831/
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    3800X2 Maxed at 2650 w/AIR... but!?

    Oh, as far as speeding up your system, do you have the Raptors in Raid 0, if not then that will make a HUGE difference in your system. Check out this thread for benchmarks. http://www.dfi-street.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4177 Good stuff.
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    3800X2 Maxed at 2650 w/AIR... but!?

    You've got a stable 20+% OC and that's good, imho. I stopped at 2.5 GHz and that's at stock voltage. Adding just a little bit of voltage to the cpu enabled it to go a little bit faster, but the temps went up a disproportionately. I took that as a bad sign. While I've seen some folks with higher #'s on the 3800+ X2 chip, I have my doubts about the long term stability of those using high voltage on the cpu. So I decided to stick with low voltage and not fry my memory controller. Since that time I've added the Evercool VC-RE to replace the stock nF4 chipset cooler, not only did it do away with that air raid siren noise, but it dropped chipset temps by over 8c, it also dropped cpu temps by a few degrees C. So I might try to get a few more MHz out of the processor now that everything is cooler.
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    Kingston Value RAM

    You could put minivan tires on a Ferrari and "force" it to work, but WHY would you want to? Put high performance parts with high performance boards, else expect to have problems. On the memory I believe that the bios for the DFI boards "expects" to see high performance RAM with fairly tight timings, so putting "value" RAM on the board you may need to "loosen" the timings in the bios before the board will even boot. (Do a search there are several threads on this issue.) If you understand what you're doing, go for it, but it is NOT recommended.
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    buying fan for XP90. will a case fan work?

    I've got the ThermalRight XP-90 with the Panaflo HO fan and it cools very well, at least as compared to stock. One thing I did on my installation is I used some electrical tape to wrap around the circumference of the fan over the top of the little spring clips in order to make it a little more secure and cut down on any chance of a "rattle" at high speed. Don't know if it made any difference, but you can't even see the black electrical on the black fan through the case window.
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    Best DFI Motherboard?

    No PC4000 (DDR500) won't "hurt" and you might even get better performance at stock speeds by using "tighter" timings. BUT, WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU GET DFI EXPERT BOARD AND NOT OVERCLOCK???? This board is MADE for overclocking and if you're not going to overclock then I wouldn't recommend this board, as a high performance motherboard is just like a high performance car, they both usually take a lot more work to get "right" than some "Ford" part. So if you don't want to overclock then get a board that's "easier". Go to the nF4 section and read some of the whines from the clueless ranting "I'm going to smash my DFI board and buy me an ASUS, because I'm clueless and can't follow directions" threads. This is my first "custom" built computer and I built it in October, but I've added/upgraded computers for many years so I knew where all the parts go. The build itself took about 2-3 hours and that included figuruing out why it wouldn't boot the first couple of times, but by FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS I had it booted on the third try and it was all gravy. BUT I had spent MANY, MANY HOURS before hand reading this forum and the install guides here and on other forums before I even bought my parts. By the second day I had done my first overclock EVER to 2.3GHz, on the third day to 2.5GHz. So it ain't hard, it just takes a little knowledge and that rarest of items, common sense. The only things I would change in my build would be: (1) I would get 2x1GB of PC4000 (DDR500) RAM, rather than what I got; (2) I would likely opt for the ThermalRight SI-120 rather than the XP-90 heatsink as this would allow me to run a 120mm fan at lower rpms (and therefore quiter) than a 92mm fan; (3) I would NOT get the OCZ power supply, while it is a very well made power supply and is stable and powerful, I DESPISE the shielded cable nightmare it brings.
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    Best DFI Motherboard?

    You can always go faster, you just can't go SLOWER. If you put FASTER RAM on your board, then that makes it easier for overclocking, since the only way to overclock the Athlon64 chip is by raising the bus speed since the multiplier is locked at the top end. With faster RAM then you know you won't have a problem getting it to go faster than stock. I'm running PC4800 (DDR600) good to 300MHz (or more) and it works fine at 300MHz and above, but my cpu will only handle 2500MHz, so 250x10 is my sweet spot. If I was doing it again I'd use PC4000 (DDR500) and 2x1gb memory.
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    Best DFI Motherboard?

    Your question was "the best DFI board" and the answer would be the new one, the DFI nF4 SLI-DR EXPERT board. http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2620 It looks like DFI has done some serious work fixing the power management issues with the prior boards and according to anandtech the board runs cooler and screams in overclocking. It sucks that they come out with this baby less than two months after I buy mine. That's the computer biz for you.