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  1. More heat = more danger. More danger = more money spent on replacing blown components. More money spent = better economy. Better economy = lower costs. Lower costs = better stuff for less moooolaaaa! GO FOR IT!
  2. I'd recommend CRTs They still rule for gaming needs. I was digging through LCDs myself, reading posts, reviews, ratings. Got NOWHERE near a decision on which to get. One would have shoddy refresh, another would tear badly, a third would have nasty pixel pitch, or one would be regarded as risky for dead pixels. I went to a few stores in the area to get a "Hands On" view of many of them, and basically was not impressed by any of them. So... here I sit, with a massive desk cruncher Viewsonic GT775 CRT. Hey, it still works after 8 years, and it goes up to 1600 resolution! (of course you can no longer discern any pixels at that res on 17", but its like native FSAA!)
  3. CPU VID Start-up: It is the initial voltage to your vcore during the initial startup processes. Before it gets to booting anything. It is safe to leavethat at a default voltage of like 1.5, as it appears to have no real influence. This was according to The Guide.
  4. I am confused. I read the guide. Now this. Hmm. I don't think I am anywhere closer to understanding the proper use of these terms. I find it difficult to understand people when they throw around the terms of HTT, LDT, DDR, FSB so loosely, that it all starts to make no sense. Anything below even remotely correct? HTT is not a multiplier. LDT is. HTT is the end cpu-to-ram speed. HTT is NOT a direct setting in BIOS. HTT = FSB x 2 x LDT 939 should aim at or below 2000 HTT, 754 aim within 1200-1800. Too low or too high of an HTT will make your computer not function. If you have your "HTT at 310" that is WAY TOO LOW!!! Unless you are trying to say FSB. FSB at 310, ok... However 310 doesn't give you your HTT speed without the multipliers of LDT and CPU. Divider is in the form of 1:1, 5:4, 9:10. Questions regarding confusion: What exactly is it then, the DDR. Where does that fit into any equations? Or is that simply one of those things that make no difference? Is the DDR reference in the above quote, have anything to do with the DDR that your ram is sold by? If the HTT for 939 is now: FSB x 5 x LDT ... wouldn't that be blowing way past the 2000 mark at any LDT above 2x? And what is the result of this function good for: ??? = FSB x CPUmulti / ceil( CPUmulti x (FSB/DRAM ratio) ) This is why I get all confused. The Guide states definitions of things, but then everyone out there uses them differently! So I start to wonder... Oh, and please don't flame me for just asking some honest questions. I have re-read the guide in this area four or five times and everytime I read the stuff from "Angry", it just confuses the matter, as even in that quote he uses one term for two different things, or throws in the use of HTT where LDT should be, or whatever! AGH! :sad:
  5. I currently have a very large slide-out panel that my two machines sit on. It slides back into a cubby in my desk, with a large wooden front door that looks like normal small drawers. The back is open to the wall. I keep the front door off duing use for now. I am going to mod this desk a little, to seal up the cubby when the door is put on. The door itself will have carved out intakes behind each 'drawer front' so they wont be visible but allow a ton of air to flow in. Then on the back I will seal it off with 2-3 high CFM quiet 120mm fans. What this will do will draw cool air from the room in through the front of the cubby, over the computers (which draw their main air from front and shoot it out the back), then all the warm air is pulled out via the big fans in the back of the cubby. With a few well placed flow ribs, it will keep the cubby mighty cool, not allowing any lingering hot air to stick around the backsides of the computers, which end up being sucked back in from the side/front vents. AND NOW TO BE ON TOPIC: Also, with this setup, the front door intakes can all have a single 3M Fine Dust Filter (used in hvac systems) slid in behind them. Thus effectively creating an fully dust free area for the two computers to sit. All in all, it will end up being: a) Clean, with only one large filter to change like your house filter. B) Much cooler, as it constantly changes the air around the computers for cool air. c) Quiet, as wood is a very good sound deadener. I did some flow models, and diagrams, and it will all work. I just need to go to the hardware and grab a few things and get crackin.
  6. You know... it would help a LOT if the folks at nVidia would simply make that checkbox list a bit LONGER with more options on what to install or NOT. Currently I am pondering wth SMBus Drivers are for. As for "Storage Driver", I use SATA RAID, which is already installed during XP install (ala f6). However an update to those drivers (in the future) would be welcomed, but not with the extra baggage of PATA drivers too.
  7. Cool beans. Thanks for the input from personal experience in the matter.
  8. I just googled for a half hour on it... NO LUCK! Wow, can this be anymore of a grey area??? Crikey!
  9. It's sort of like how CPUZ says my Ram are in slots 3 and 4, when they are in slots 2 and 4 (according to the board). Maybe the board is wrong! LOL!
  10. In that guide, he used SATA ports 1 and 2 (second channel). Didn't say why, or mention of any benefits/drawbacks. Heres another question: If you setup your system, and XP under SATA ports 1 and 2, can you move the drives to ports 3 and 4 ? Hehehe... Sounds like you could, just "enable" them in BIOS, right? However, I see this as just not working and in order to switch to those two ports, you have to reformat and start ALL OVER again, right?
  11. Yeah, this is a good topic, as it is one of those 'grey areas' that I have yet to find decent search results on. PS: Make sure you fill out your signature with your rig details. It helps the "eXperTs" help you more when they see what you got.
  12. Maybe to help clear up (create?) some confusion: lowboy, you are saying to NOT install any of the DFI nForce chipset drivers, but rather go and get and install the nForce AMD Drivers from nVidia's website? nforce_nf4_winxp32_amd_6.70 Wouldn't doing that cause more issues with board compatibility than using the DFI drivers? Oh, and what is SW drivers use for anyway?
  13. Ok. I flashed with NF4LDB14 ... but nothing changed on the bootup screen where it shows version. I think my board came with the BIOS I just tried to flash too Curious on the dash-three... it looks like that is an older version on DFI's website?
  14. I'm not an expert you are looking for, but I just went through this process friday. Installed two SATA drives, and had the same questions you just asked about the different channel reporting in BIOS and the RAID configurator. As for the new drivers for XP install, I had no problems once I realized I had to load in both drivers. My Steps: Downloaded SATA Drivers Formatted floppy normally, then copied all files to it from download archive Boot form XP CD Hit F6 When it asks to load drivers I hit "S" Select NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER Hit "S" again for another driver Select NVIDIA MASS STORAGE DEVICES DRIVER Then continued with XP install Let XP wipe the entire RAID drive (Striped setup) Then XP installed without any errors or issues from there. Hope this helps some?
  15. Choice: I believe it's accurate Motherboard: UTLP Ultra D Mobo Revision: A Mobo BIOS version: 6/23/2006 Official CPU: Opteron 165 (CCBWE 0551 VPMW) Idle Temp: 25C Load Temp: 38C Ambient: 19C Cooling: Air
  16. LOL... I'm in the same boat. My computer room is on basement level, and its 11F outside right now... inside its 65F... my CPU HSF keeps shutting off. Normal behavior, but I had the same reaction "shaned" did when I first put this together. Even tried manually spinning the fan until it started moving again on its own I then shortly found the settings in BIOS while I was looking at the CPU temps. Idles around 25c for me on stock HSF/paste (going to lap and use AS5 later when I start to OC). So its constantly twitching. Kind of funny really
  17. I have dual Hitachi 80GB 3.0GB in my DFI Ultra-D. They work. They seem to work ok in striping mode. I am not convinced yet on the performance increase, but I havn't run the Hitachi tool (bought them OEM) as I am still trying to get my rig to run "one" game without freezing.
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