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Everything posted by RealNeil

  1. If I come into some cash and don't need it elsewhere,.......I upgrade. There is always something that needs to be tweaked or replaced on one of the PC's. It really IS an addiction. But it keeps me off of the streets,.....
  2. Being stuck in a wheelchair makes little cars a bad idea for me. My truck will haul me and four others, and all of our stuff wherever we need to be. (within reason) With XM Sat Radio and Kenwood Stereo my music is covered. The only mods are to the Intake, Exhaust, and Differentials. (true 4X4 now) it's a pleasure to drive.
  3. I got the newsletter again. It's been a regular event in my mailbox. Expanding it is a good idea. Also, a chance to reply to some of what's included in it would be good. I read the short piece on the importance of buying a quality PSU for your system. This is sage advice indeed. I'll reply to it here. A lousy PSU can not only under-power your system, but if it fails, it can result in a catastrophe that can destroy the PC components that you thoughtfully selected when you built it. I don't usually run dual Video cards because of finances, so I do not need a very high powered PSU for my systems. Mine are 650's and a 750w and are all 80+ Bronze certified. I rely on SeaSonic brand PSU's for the quality that I know I'll get when I spend just a little more money on them. That little extra money spent can buy a lot of peace of mind. They are the brand that I trust.
  4. Congrats Manduh! Those are excellent fans, and the thermal paste is top notch too.
  5. Congradulations to all of you lucky winners. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year too. Thanks for a very cool contest too.
  6. Looks like a much better board than mine is.
  7. Good read. This looks like a good, low cost solution for my A6 APU system. The stock cooler isn't quite enough for it when you turn it up a little, but it's a low power CPU/APU so it shouldn't need something expensive.
  8. This review was a good read, but the case doesn't seem to measure up, even though it's huge. So, good review, but not such a good case.
  9. OK,...entered. Thanks for having the contest. It's a whole lot of extra nice bling.
  10. It would go into my 2600K system so I can power up for some crossfire goodness.
  11. Congrats to the AMD team for this record. Can't wait to give one of the new FX CPU's a try here at home.
  12. I have an H50 and two H60 coolers. They're quiet, and they get the job done with minimal fuss installing them. I've been looking at their speakers for a few weeks now,......they look to be top notch.
  13. Good review, I like it because it's simple and works well for less money. (the magic combination) Their cases look to be nicely built too.
  14. I can't, it's in a ASRock socket F1 board with no second PCI-E slot. But I can just imagine that. One by itself goes good, two would be pissed off.
  15. Hard to imagine being 'Stuck' with a 6950. Right now, one of the cards that I'm 'stuck' with is a 6870 and it's alright.
  16. CON: "Would Not Flash to 6970" How many cards on the market still do the flash to 6970 with any regularity? I had heard that steps would be taken to prevent it from being successful.
  17. I have the early version of the XFX HD6870 Black edition card with just one fan. I'm using it in a little ASRock N68-S UCC board with a dual core Calisto CPU at 3.0GHz. The system has 4GB of DDR2-800 RAM in it and a 750GB platter drive. It works well enough without any OC, but now I guess I'll have to bump it up a bit and try it that way. Thanks for the review.
  18. I Used Enermax Magma UC-MA12 fans for my i7-870 rig's water radiator. one pushes and the other pulls air through. They move 69.15 CFM of air and generate only 18dBA of noise.
  19. I like the design, and it stays cool enough under load to consider for my next build. The fact that it's also quiet is a huge plus.
  20. The BIOS is the last place I would want people to be playing games in. The potential for grief is enormous if they start to 'click and explore'. Good review,.... I guess the UEFI bios is something worth having,....and these P67 boards look good to me.
  21. I would continue to use the XFX Radeon 6870 Black that I have now with my i5-750 mounted within a ASRock P55-Pro Mainboard. I have 4GB of GSKill RipJaws DDR3-1600 RAM. My case is a CoolerMaster 430 Elite Black with 6 ENERMAX MAGMA UC-MA12 120mm Case Fans in it. (they move 69.15 CFM of air each and with only 18 dBA of Noise Level too!) I have a ASUS DVD Burner and a WD 1TB black HDD in there for storage. I would have to put my SeaSonic PSU on the shelf, but I'm interested in seeing for myself the reliability and stability of the XFX PSU's. Good luck to all of the rest of you guys on being chosen to receive one of these prizes.
  22. The flow of air to the hard drives is the only real drawback here. I like the looks of it, and if needed, one could add some higher output fans to the case too.
  23. I have this, but have yet to OC it. This card is sweet,....now I need one for the other i7 box.
  24. I have the 1600 GSkill RAM,.....8GB (4X2GB) of it in each box and it's good RAM. I use the XMP profile to set it too.
  25. Good article. This looks like decent RAM for those who like water cooling setups. Aside from an H50 or an Asetek LCLC CPU cooler, I don't use water in my PC's. (not that I think it's bad, but I don't want to hassle it) OZC does have stellar customer support, as I have found out personally and that makes a good case for buying from them. I also like G.SKill Ripjaws Ram too. The 1156 platform seems to be coming into it's own recently. At first, I was disappointed in the PCI-E bandwidth limitations they possess, making an SLI or Crossfire setup work in a limited way. But with a good video card installed, and a good Mainboard to start with, you can make them perform in good ways. I bought an ASRock P55-Pro Mainboard for $99.00 and put an i5-750 in it with some Ripjaws RAM in it. While it always worked well, it wasn't that easy to OC until the latest BIOS came out. The new BIOS has an auto-magic setting that does all of the tweaking for you. (sort of a lazy-man's OC) It gives you a choice of a 40% or a 50% overclock and as I said, it does everything for you. So now my 2.67GHz. CPU is running at 3.8GHz. (40%) and is completely stable. I think ASRock has it going on, because there is absolutely nothing to it and a $99.00 board that performs so well is a steal. Note: If you alter any performance settings in the BIOS yourself, it turns off the Auto OC feature.
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