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Bubba Smith

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  1. I bought it because it was one of the few quality brand S939 boards available locally that had the components I was looking for. If you read my last few posts, you'd see that the whole problem stemmed from a lack of knowledge on my part regarding the specific requirements, something DFI certainly doesn't advertise itself, nor do salespeople at stores. A more appropriate analogy would be if one was to visit a car lot where all the cars looked the same, used the same engines, had the same options, and the salesman didn't say anything about a particular car absolutely needing to use the highest octane fuel, you could see how someone might be unhappy once they find out that they have to now pay a hefty premium per litre/gallon. It has absolutely nothing to do with having the money or not, it has to do with what you perceive as a waste. I own multiple computers (Tyan and Asus boards) that don't need anything beyond a simple good wattage power supply. It's akin to companies trying to sell you RAM that costs double than the same model with the exception of timing. If you looked it up, there's hardly any real world difference, but if one was willing to spend 200% more to squeeze 5% more performance out, then that's their prerogative. As you can see from my sig, and previous posts, I already splurged on a good power supply, so we're beyond that, and into magical DFI land now
  2. Fair enough. It is among the odd things in this world that computer products to this day have misspellings and grammar mistakes not only in manuals but on the box. Again, fair enough, and as I mentioned, this forum is a great resource too, so definitely no complaint once here. I was however talking about the non-enthusiasts whose first reaction after something not working is not "wtf...ok now how do I make this work", but "wtf...ah crap, is the store still open, can I make it back to return it?" Probably wouldn't be possible, however, name me a single company in the entire world who wouldn't like to at least minimize that and I'll do the same.
  3. Completely understood, and it's definitely a great motherboard in and of itself. If there's one thing I could suggest to DFI as a company is to somehow educate sales staff better, not as in anything formal but maybe a letter accompanying shipment saying something like "Hey, we make terrific enthusiast motherboards, just be aware that as such, we have extra requirements". It's not that I'm disappointed with the board at all, in fact, while I've never before had a DFI board, I've certainly heard very good comments about them. The peeve factor is that if someone isn't looking to build a top of the line computer, they don't know what they've bought until they get home, it doesn't work, and they have to look through forums to find the answer. And then the sticker shock of the necessary PSU I just think it would help the company not have dissatisfied customers who then spread stories, true or not, about how "____ sucks, don't buy it". Not sure how it is in the rest of the world, but computer stores here in Canada mostly charge a 15 - 25% restocking fee on returned items. Even worse of course if you've bought it online and have to pay double shipping fees to return.
  4. Thanks for the replies everyone, it's too bad the forum was offline for maintenance just when I needed to see those replies As you can seen by my updated sig, ended up going with the Silverstone, seemed to be the best bang for the buck (had the most connectors and such too). Seems to be working fine so far. Just to comment on the recommendations, as stated, I did read the PSU guide, but again, almost none of those were available locally, or came at a huge premium. An etailer != local. I guess if this box keeps running stable for a while, maybe we can add some more Silverstones to the approved list
  5. Hey all, I'd first like to say this forum is absolutely terrific, tons of great information. However, unfortunately I'm one of the unhappy ones with DFI. I bought my Lanparty UT nF4-D a couple of days ago after doing a warranty exchange on an AGP ATI X800XL and upgrading to a PCI-E BFG 7950 GT OC. I frankly expected to just put the system together and not have any problems, but as soon as I did, it never posted, just completely froze at the BIOS logo screen. Found this forum, and almost instantly found my problem. My generic 400W PSU suddenly isn't good enough. Now, I understand from the forum that DFI are "enthusiast" boards, and I'm sure the first thing any enthusiast here would want to tell me is "ha ha, crappy PSU!". Well, $30 for a case + PSU has always worked for me until now. Having said that, I was grudgingly willing to get a new one, until I realized the insane requirements, and what that would mean selection (and money) wise. $100 motherboard that requires a $100+ PSU? Would be tempting to just buy a new motherboard, if S939 boards weren't so hard to get now (locally). What it boils down to then, is I've done my research and compiled a list of PSUs that I believe may all be acceptable, but would like to ask a favour from you experts - could you order them for me, or give me a top 3 or 5 or something, from a performance/compatibility viewpoint, and point out if any of my choices wouldn't work at all for some reason. I did read the PSU guide, and while helpful, it doesn't have many of the ones I found available locally. Most of the ones in the guide are far out of the price range ($200+ with taxes). I'm looking to pay (as little as possible). Thanks. ==== SilverStone SST-ST52F (520W) http://www.silverstonetek.com/products-52f.htm ($91) Antec SmartPower SP-500 (500W) http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=26500 ($91) SilverStone SST-ST56F Strider (560W) http://www.silverstonetek.com/products-56f.htm ($100) SilverStone SST-ST50EF-Plus (500W) http://www.silverstonetek.com/products-50ef-Plus.htm ($103) Antec TruePower TP-II 480 (480W) http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=22480 ($103) Kingwin MACH 1 POWER ABT-520MA1 (520W) http://www.kingwin.com/pdut_detail.asp?Lin...CateID=2&ID=294 ($112) Enermax EG-565P-VE FMA II (535W) http://www.enermax.com.tw/english/product_...ay1.asp?PrID=54 ($114) OCZ (OCZ52012U) ModStream (520W) http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/powe...am_power_supply ($115) Antec TruePower Trio (550W) http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=23550 ($120) Seasonic S12 (500W) http://www.seasonicusa.com/s12.htm ($137)
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