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    CM Sniper Case

    Looking at the picture, it almost appears as if there should be some clips on the bottom of the case that are holding it in. Look on the very bottom and see if there are any clips or screws down there that can be removed to allow the filter/holder to pop off.
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    Fantasy Football

    Got the email and just got signed up for it, thanks for the invite.
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    New Rage trailer

    Yeah, a few other companies have started doing that but id really pioneered it. When I say that, I mean I'm hoping its far enough along for them to be ready to announce something.. also, why I said knowing them, it'd be another year or two away. I just hope I'll be able to get a new computer by then to fully enjoy it at max settings without having to compromise like I do on a lot of other games. If it launches sometime next year, I think I should be good.
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    New Rage trailer

    A new trailer for Rage got released today from Quakecon 09. It looks really good, comes out for the PC, 360 and PS3, and uses the new id Tech 5 engine. http://www.rage-game.com/home.action showcases the new footage, the driving looks to be good, hopefully the control system is real easy for it. I personally cannot wait for this game to come out, its shaping up to be a great game by the looks of it.
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    Best Sound Card For Creative Gigaworks S750

    Of those two, I'd go with the X-Fi Prelude, its more designed for gaming because it uses the X-Fi chipset, but its a much higher quality DAC then the Creative cards. Its basically what a Creative card should be and you can't go wrong with it. If you don't mind waiting a bit, you can check out the ASUS Xonar Essence ST, its like the STX just its PCI and comes with an additional card to take advantage of a 7.1 system. It should be out before long, so if you don't mind waiting a bit, that'd be a good one to check out for mostly music.
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    New Rage trailer

    Its quite good. I knew Naughty Dog made the Jak line and now Uncharted, I just couldn't remember if they had also made Crash or not. They seem to make some of the better games out there in their genres, so its always nice to see what they can do. As for Rage, its been in development for ages, they showed the first trailer nearly 2 years ago and they're still slaving away on it. I want to say they started it right after Quake IV, but it could be possible they've been working on it for longer just without telling anyone. Its shaping up to be really great, I'm just hoping they'll announce a release date before long.. knowing id though, it'll be finished in another year or two.
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    Hey everyone

    I posted a little in another part of the forum, but I figure I'll post here as well to introduce myself. I just turned 21 at the end of July and I recently moved in to a new apartment fairly close to my university. I'm a history major, it was animation but I couldn't stand the only 3D teacher they have so I switched to something else I enjoy. I live in Las Cruces, New Mexico, its not much of a town but it has the second largest university in the state. I've been a computer geek almost my entire life, a trait I picked up from my older brother. I built my first system back in 2003 or 2004, I can't remember which really, it was right after the GeForce FX 5700 Ultras came out to give you the idea. That was the video card I had in my system, good little card that served me well for years until I decided to build my current system at the start of 2006, right when the 8800GTX was launched. I have a tendency to wait a few generations before I upgrade because I want the biggest possible jump from system to system, so I'm right in line to do another upgrade soon. If there is anything you'd like to know about me or anything, feel free to ask!
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    Need a pair of earbuds.

    Yeah, they are both kind of expensive. If you want something fairly cheap that should work, these Sony clip ons are a possibility. My ex had a pair similar to them, she wore them when she went running and they seemed to work rather well. Under 15 dollars too, so can't really beat that price. These Phillips clip ons look good as well, little bit cheaper too so you won't have to worry about breaking a 40 dollar pair of ear buds in a second.
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    Need a pair of earbuds.

    You could check out the Sennheiser OMX80 or Sennheiser CX380 as possible choices. The first ones clip on behind your ear and should be a bit more stable, and the second go in the ear and should isolate fairly well. Skullcandy earbuds and headphones aren't great at all, all the ones I've ever tried or had experience with break after a month or so. They deliver bass sure.. but not much else.
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    Fantasy Football

    PM is sent, hopefully I can still make it in.
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    New Headphones

    You can take a look at the Sennheiser HD 201 and 202, both would offer a good experience for under 40 dollars. You can also take a look at the EH 150 from Sennheiser, its a bit more but should offer even better sound for the price. Koss R-80s would also be a good consideration, though I'm unsure of how those sound. None of them have a mic and are either supra-aural or circumaural, they should be able to easily fit you.
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    New Rage trailer

    It was similar to Crash, I don't want to say the same developer but its possible. The later games, like Jak 2 or 3, had a fairly large driving element in it which reminds me of what has been shown of Rage so far. It still had the same gameplay as a platformer, just it had vehicles and car combat and the like. Hopefully its as fun as that, I use to play those with my brother a lot or just watch him play them.
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    New Rage trailer

    Yeah, to me, its similar to Fallout from the wasteland point of view and the people being "saved" in the Arks and then they reopen later to rebuild society. But still, it seems to have a lot of fps elements with a fair amount of driving, sort of like the later Jak and Daxter games if you remember those. You can upgrade different vehicles and drive in whatever you like, fight raiders and mutants and the like. Hopefully it delivers when it gets released.
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    Fantasy Football

    Whats this about a fantasy football league? I'd like to join if its not too late.
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    New Rage trailer

    Here is an article that IGN just put out to go into more detail about Rage. Its an FPS but with a big driving element, even including races to earn you more cash. It has some light RPG elements, but its mostly a shooter. It is open world as well so you can just do the main story or go out and explore and do whatever you want. It seems really good, I've been following it since it was announced and I'm glad its coming along well so far. Hopefully they announce a release date before long.
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    New build

    Hey everyone, I'm new to the forum but not new to the site. I've always used OCC to check on reviews and news, I've checked out the forum some but I've never signed up until today. I know I'll be here a lot more often, it seems really friendly, much more so than some other forums I've been at. Now on to my questions. I've been contemplating a new system to replace my aging E6600, 680i SLI and 8800GTX. I thought about Core i7 but I can't see myself ever having the use for something like that, at least now that I've changed my major to history. So, I've been thinking of going the Phenom II route because it has plenty of power for games, Photoshop, and the like. So far, I've settled on these parts: Antec 1200 AMD Phenom II X4 955BE G.Skill 4GB DDR3-1333 WD 320GB SATA2 WD 1TB SATA2 SATA DVD burner My motherboard choices are the Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P, ASUS M4A79T Deluxe, and ASUS Crosshair III Formula. I'm leaning towards the Crosshair III, but the other two seem to offer similar performance and cost a few dollars less. For a video card, I think I may go with the HD 4870 1GB and wait for the HD5000/GT300 series to launch to get even more performance. I happened to win myself the Antec CP-850 power supply from a contest so I'll use that to power my new system. What all do you think I should do for the motherboard and is there another RAM option to consider for DDR3? I may switch out the hard drives for different brands, depending on the reliability of Western Digital, but is there anything else I should consider with it? Thanks for the help in advance.
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    Sad Day for Eagles fans

    I wonder how McNabb will handle this. He didn't want them drafting a QB this April, and now they've gone and signed Vick. Man, my old humanities teacher must be fuming at that, he's one of the biggest Eagles fan I've ever met.
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    Need help buying 22" widescreen

    Out of the three FTI listed, I'd have to recommend the Viewsonic model. It is a little bit more money, but Viewsonic makes some of the better monitors out there in regards to color, grays, and response times. The ASUS one would be another good choice, but I've heard of some issues with the colors and contrast. If you like LG, might I recommend this 23" 1080p monitor for your consideration? Tiny bit bigger screen, supports 1920x1080, 2ms response time, and its right at the max of your budget.
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    upgrade or wait

    60 amps on the 12v should be enough for Crossfire, with two 4890s you'll probably need around 35-40 amps, depending on settings. It should work just fine with them Crossfired up. As for the brand, HIS is usually one of the better ones to go with, their cooling systems are usually better than the stock ones so it won't be a vacuum cleaner at higher RPM. To save yourself some cash, I'd rather go with the Sapphire 4890 1GB instead, if you're in the US, it goes for $199.99.
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    Need a good small case

    You can take a look at the Thermaltake Lanbox Lite, its small like the Shuttle cases just it doesn't come with any of the parts. Its basically just the case itself, pair it with the 785G microATX board, an Athlon II 250, and some DDR3 RAM and you should have a nice little system for your grandfather.
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    New Sound Card

    Yeah, I'd have to agree with hardnrg and say that the Audigy SE isn't that much of a leap from onboard. If you can get a bit more cash together, you could consider looking at the ASUS Xonar D1 or DX, depending on if you have a spare PCI-E x1 slot for the DX. It'll be better sound than the Audigy SE and you'll be able to get more use out of your headphones with the Xonar.
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    Front audio

    With the HAF 932, both the HD Audio and AC 97 connectors are a single plug, no extra work necessary. Now, with my HAF 932, I could get the front panel to work just fine with the onboard sound but as soon as I plugged it into my new Auzentech X-Raider card, it hasn't worked. I don't know if there is a setting or something I'm missing, but I can't get the front panel to work with an add-on card. With the onboard it worked just fine, but it hasn't with the X-Raider. I'm sure there is a way to get it working with an add-on card, I just haven't figured it out yet.
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    New build

    I thought about going with the AM2+ and DDR2, but I'd been planning on giving this system to my girlfriend so she has something that can actually play Fallout 3, Oblivion and the like. Her current laptop is a Celeron M I believe, its enough to run Sims 3 on medium settings but it can't even do anything on other games. My RAM right now is at 5-5-5-15, I haven't tried anything lower with it though, I've never messed with overclocking memory that much. The X4 940 does sound nice though.. but I'd like to get an AM3 system so that when the Bulldozers come out, I can recycle the memory for it. Unless DDR4 is used with them, but every indication says they'll still use DDR3 so I should be able to recycle for that. By the time I figure out what I want to do, the new processors will be out by then haha.
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    Hey everyone

    Its the 120mm version. Right now, with my browsers and music player open, I'm at 34C. Under load, its gotten up to about 45-50C depending on what I'm using for it. At idle though, I've had it go as low as 25C. I love my new apartment, it actually has airflow to keep it nice and cool haha. Thanks for the welcome everyone, I think I'll like my stay here.