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  1. That is one hell of an interesting design.
  2. The Hyper 212 is a good cooler but you have to remember that it's still a mid-range cooler. Try reapplying the thermal paste and also what is your room temperature?
  3. Then flash the bios so you can get higher voltages
  4. I remember seeing some really cheap stuff from members here on occ. Edit: BAM found it: http://forums.overclockersclub.com/index.php?showtopic=190514
  5. I agree with buying 1600 MHz CAS 9. How much ram does that 4250 eat up? If it eats up 1GB of ram, then maybe 8 GB RAM won't be such a bad idea. Otherwise i suggest you stick to 4 GB if you only plan on playing TF2 really
  6. At 2560x1600 all cards struggle on ultra in BF3 except for the 590 really, http://www.guru3d.com/article/amd-radeon-hd-7970-review/22 Here's a comparison picture by picture of different image settings: http://www.guru3d.com/article/battlefield-3-vga-and-cpu-performance-benchmark-test/7 And now check this out - the difference between high and ultra is simply immense in performance: http://www.guru3d.com/article/battlefield-3-vga-and-cpu-performance-benchmark-test/8 I would suggest you look for a 7870 2GB or a 570 2GB (I'm not sure if there are many 2GB 570's though). These would probably be your best choice at that resolutions on high. Other cards that are cheaper ,yet slightly less powerful though not by much, are the 560 Ti 448 and 7850(which is currently the best price/performance card on the market in my opinion) -- also look for the 2GB versions. 295 can only run DX9 you should see some amazing graphics improvements. A word of warning though - the only card that can run BF3 at 2560x1600 at 60 avg fps (even at high only) is the 590 and the 680(if the 680 had 4 GB and more memory bus width it would be able to run ultra at 2560 great I estimate). If you play at medium you should see 60 avg fps even with a 7870 2GB though. Could you give a budget, link a site and tell us when you are planning on buying the card?
  7. I suggest going for the 1600 C7. Those numbers are given by manufacturers and they represent the manufacturer's guarantee that they will run at those given parameters. You could overclock the 1066 ones but the chance that they will go to C9 at 1600 is greater and there is little guarantee that they will achieve 1600 MHz and C7. 1600 C7 is great for gaming right now but you won't really see much of a difference between 1066 and 1600 in games really. I say go for the 1600 ones. (you will have to enter bios to overclock your ram to those specifications since the mobo will set the ram at a different speed. My OCZ 1600 for example was set to 1066 by default so i had to tweak it).
  8. Quite frankly you won't see any real world difference. I actually just had a course on structure of computer systems at university about memories. The main differences between DDR2 and DDR3 in performance is mainly that DDR3 consumes less power (1.65V). The frequency is higher in DDR3 but the timings are also greater which kind of evens out. between C7 and 1066 and C9 1600 , C9 1600 is somewhat faster but you won't see absolutely any difference in games. 1866 memory isn't worth the 10-20$ in my opinion, especially for games. I dare someone to prove me wrong.
  9. Well it sounds like you either didn't properly install that PSU or it needs an RMA. There is no such thing as " this PSU is too powerful for my rig". I suggest you test that 950W PSU on another system and see if it works. If not, then you will have to take it back to warranty. These things happen so don't worry.
  10. I don't even think you need an amazing PSU. A 5450 is a discreet card and should be able to be handled by just about any PSU. So my advice is just pop that sucker in (but don't forget to uninstall the nVidia drivers before you install catalyst to avoid any problems) Edit: I accidentally a word.
  11. I actually do think the case is very important and I would upgrade that first as well ... if my current case were a FURNACE
  12. Well the 680 will grant you the most performance boost out of all those picks you mentioned hands down.
  13. Cool, thanks. I have to think of one now
  14. Yeah, thanks. For a while there i just thought I was an idiot but now i clearly see I have no such option. Prolly need more start thingies or something
  15. I can't seem to find the member title area where I can change my title. Can anyone explain to me like you would an idiot, please? thanks
  16. are you being serious? that's ridiculous
  17. The beta needs some optimizations so don't worry about the full game.
  18. Maybe the guy with the 260 lived in a sauna. You never know.
  19. Nice one OP. That's probably the best 570 you can get: cool,silent and heavily overclockable card, though you seem to have surpassed your initial budget (as we all do generally ). Now besides the subject can anyone tell me how to change that message under your avatar? just having "Member" got a little stale.
  20. You don't need 6 cores for gaming really, but if you want it then it can't really hurt. It is indeed the better chip and the more cores you have the better if you plan on multitasking, but you said to stick under 400 so i stayed under 400 in order to give you the best card for the money; and DDR 2 isn't really slower than DDR 3. It has less frequency but that means it has tighter timings(if you plan on seriously overclocking the RAM only then will you see the difference between DDR3 and DDR2 but the memories that will actually make the difference are just too expensive and are just not worth it since it won't matter for gaming almost at all). It's just more expensive but the 4 GB DDR2 you have now will tear through any game easy. You won't get a bottleneck on your 560Ti 448 from either the 6 core or the 4 core CPU (since most games use 2 - 4 cores) at 1080p. Edit: forgot some punctuation.
  21. Nyt's right, and it's a recurring problem apparently. Strange, I've read so many good reviews about it including the one here on OCC (though to be fair the occ review is abotu XP I not XP II).
  22. If you're into overclocking the 7850 is an amazing piece of work. As for gaming look for a cheap phenom II 900 series since either one of those should perform the same in games. The difference between an i5 2500k and a phenom 950 let's say is minimal really since the video card is the most important component in the computer for gaming. The 975 should work great with any game really. This one is the most popular and is great for games(Phenom II x4 965) 125$ : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727 And Video Card - this 560 Ti 448 that also includes Battlefield 3 for 270$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500231 Total 395$. Is your mobo AM3, though? Another video card choice would be this 7850 at 260$ that includes Dirt 3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131464 7850 review: http://www.guru3d.com/article/amd-radeon-hd-7850-and-7870-review/ Total 385 $ You also have the 560 Ti 448 in those graphs; you can clearly see that the 560 Ti 448 has on average 15% better performance in most games while in other they are roughly the same. The 6970 falls short of the 560 Ti 448 in every test while being even more expensive. Also nVidia has better drivers and as time goes on it's performance will be even better than the radeon cards. My 470 now clearly beats a 5850 and almost always ties or gets better performance than the 5870 which was the equal of the 480 in the day. My advice: stick with the 560 Ti 448 for those extra 10 bucks.
  23. When are you planning on buying the card?
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