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  1. I ordered a Dell 1520 today, w/C2D T5250, 2GB DDR2 @ 667, and an 80gb HD for right at a grand plus tax. I am having it shipped here so I can decrap it and add AV and spyware programs. Since it will only be used for web surfing and email, I didnt make an issue about Vista, and just hope the outlaws can figure it out. Thanks for all the suggestions!
  2. I will keep those two models in mind, and need to call and get some more details and specifications. I havent heard of any folks not happy with a Dell, although I dislike working on them with all of the bloatware that Dell insists on installing before shipment.
  3. My inlaws, who have never booted a computer in their lives, want a laptop notebook to accompany them on their travels. It's basic use would be internet surfing and email, possibly pictures, small games, and whatever basic retired folks do with a basic laptop. Basically. I know almost zilch about which brands make a decent, reliable notebook. I was told that budget is 800$ to a grand. I would prefer not to have to break it open upon arrival just to add memory (Vista?). And I would prefer to order from the Egg, although I might have to send them to CCity or WorstBuy just for their local warranty as they are 3 hrs away. Any help from the laptop experts will lessen my headaches later on. Thanks!
  4. I had a problem with a rebate (my fault) and Andy took care of it, and I received it about 6-8 weeks later. I will continue to buy OCZ for this one reason, customer service.
  5. The overclock in my sig hasnt been pushed any further because it does twice what I ever expected it to do at that speed. It is stable, and quite honestly, more than I will need for a long, long time. If this is the route that you decide, you will be amazed at what that combo will do at stock speeds, let alone OC'ed.
  6. Well, folks... The LG won over. Over the weekend I picked up a Samsung, and wound up with a dreaded "C" panel. After various attempts at calibration and hours of Googling for information, the Sammy went back. It was a good panel, but for the money the LG surpassed it, especially in calibration aspects. Thanks again for the opinions!
  7. Good one, splave! Just the FireFox toolbar "file, edit, history, bookmarks, etc". The concept seems kosher for checking refresh rate, but I have never heard of it done this way.
  8. Thanks for the added wisdom. Another geek at work showed me a trick to check for ghosting. Open a half size window, and drag the window around the monitor. You should be able to read font as the window is moving across the screen. On this LG, during movement the black fonts are illegible and are followed by a white shadow behind the direction of movement. I have never really paid much attention to "ghosting", but now that I am paying some hard earned coin on a widescreen, I would like to make sure it is spent wisely. Do the Samsungs have the same personalities as far as the above described?
  9. That is an ok board, but easily worn out if you pound the keys alot. I have pretty much worn the letters off of the wasd keys, and have taken it apart several times to apply a drop of synthetic oil to troublesome sticky keys. I have been gaming with a Saitek Eclipse II since christmas, and it has been real good to me.
  10. Thanks for the replys! I am "trying out" the LG as I type this, as I had a boatload of store credit at BB and 14 days to return. I hate to return merch, but I don't like the picture on this LG as much as the Sammy 8ms 19" that I was using last week. COD2 looks like caca in darkened (night) portions of the game @ 1680x1050. Thanks again!
  11. I am looking at two monitors, the first being the Samsung 226BW http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16824001096 and the LG L226WTQ-BF http://www.compusa.com/products/product_in...nch_LCD_Monitor. Both have the same specs, but need opinions please. This monitor will be used mostly for gaming, driven by a 8800 GTS 640mb.
  12. Now, that is what I thought, and didnt see how it would, but it is listed on the CPU list. I did spend some time on google, but apparently it was being cantankerous and not giving me what I needed. After reading the above link about the lightening fast speeds produced by the Celeron, I will be replacing the skt754 MB. Thanks for the replies!
  13. I did read that thoroughly. I guess my question is how does a skt 478 fit in a 775? And, what is the difference between the Celeron, and the CeleronD?
  14. I am working on building my kids a computer out of two nonworking Emachines T2692's. After looking around on Newegg for a while, I found this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128027. The Emachines have Celeron 2.6 processors which are socket 478, but the Gigabyte product page says that the 2.6 will fit in it's skt 775 board. I am not familiar with the Intel lineup, and am confused about the 478 and 775 thing. Will it work? If so, then I will be able to recycle the Ballistix DDR500 and X800XT AIW from an old AMD machine, which should run Lego Star Wars just peachy. Thanks for any advice!
  15. I am using that same card right now, at 1280x1024, and it pretty much rocks. I will be future proofing by upgrading before the end of the 90 day period. Donations will be accepted for the GTX of my choice.
  16. stringerB

    3DMark

    Especially when it runs over 100FPS!
  17. A UT2K addict here, and added it to my fav list. I don't know how I missed this post. You were right about the maps. Some pretty good ones there...
  18. I have had the unit in my sig running for about two weeks now and am quite pleased with it. At 2.9ghz, the CPU tops out around 43c on a warm day, and 3dMark06 numbers are around 8650 w/o overclocking the GPU. For the money, IMHO the DS3 is a pretty darn good board, and overkill for what I need it for.
  19. I love the X-Fi with 5.1. Nothing like the sound of grenades rattlin' around behind your back. I went from a Soundblaster Live! to the X-Fi, and the difference was amazing.
  20. Even though the 320 is a good performer, all of the reviews say that performance dies out at higher resolutions. The one in my sig will be upgraded as soon as I get some more coin in. Hopefully in another 2 months, the price will drop a few bucks.
  21. Thanks Kingfisher, but I think it is gonzoed. I Also think I have a line on an inexpensive duplicate replacement, which will make file transfers a little easier.
  22. Thanks Kingfisher! It was plugged in, but switch turned off on PS. I was taught by an old 'puter geek to do it this way for grounding reasons. Just curious, but what would the ramifications be if the switch were on? I did try it w/o a sound card, and yes, the monitor was on. It has got me stumped...
  23. I uninstalled the drivers for the X-Fi from the unit in my sig, pulled the card out for my new build, and now this computer wont boot. I did get two quick beeps from the Award bios, and a Google search told me something to the effect "problem with bootup, message on screen". No display to see a message on. After clearing the CMOS, there is still no display, now there is no beep, no boot, no bios, nada, zip. The PS checks out with a multimeter, CD rom opens etc, and I can hear hard drives spin up. I have reseated cards, memory and PS dongles. Did I kill my board when I pulled the Xfi? This system has been trouble free for more than a year. I know it is an old (ancient) system, but I need a spare rig for my kids to store and play their games on. Thanks for reading this and any suggestions.
  24. I just put together a DS3 v3.3, OCZplat rev2, 8800GTS 320, OCZ 700w GameXstream. Stable at 2.9, with a 3DMark06 @ 8600 points. I havent had much time to tweak it any more, but I should be able to get a little more out of it, methinks. EDIT: I was leaving work in a hurry when I posted, forgot to say that it is an E4300. Havent had time to change the sig, but will add it first chance I get. After getting to game for the first time with this setup, the vid card is either going back, or going to be upgraded.
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