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  1. oh wow, i didn't notice that, thanks. Didn't come to my mind that I can just rip them in half, lol.
  2. Hey, this is my first time building a computer, got my parts today, and notice a problem when I am installing the PSU. It seems like the PSU has 8 pin, and my board only has 4 pin for the CPU. So will something like this work? I really don't feel like mailing the psu back to newegg and get a new one. http://www.amazon.com/EPS-8-Pin-Power-4-Pin-Cable/dp/B002BFNZAO/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1297714132&sr=1-1
  3. I got myself 3DS MAX with the student program and made this for a school project, it is so easy. http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs269.snc4/39795_477201923676_515088676_6717071_8165915_n.jpg I gave Blender and other free alternatives a try, but no, they didn't really work out for me. Isn't there a light version of 3DS MAX back then call g-max? I never tried it though. As for learning, I think messing around and look up tutorials online or came with the program is the best method.
  4. I got a Canon T2i as my first DSLR, pretty good, I would say, way better than my point and shoot. Got it for my trip out to the west, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Hoover Dam, CA, that area. The pictures just turn out amazing. The ability to shoot at super high iso and noise reduction is just awesome. Your pictures can turn out like daytime even if you took it during night,
  5. well, this is disappointing, just as I was about to get the sandy bridge cpu and motherboard, they were deactivated in newegg. It is the chip problem right? So I guess I need to wait a month or 2?
  6. the intel build is a bit more expensive, but it seems better, I might consider that. My only question to that is why 2 2gb ram and not 1 4gb? don't it cost the same?
  7. thanks for the reply, guys, really helped a lot. So for psu, how about this one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341018 someone else suggested that to me.
  8. well, for the graphic card, I am thinking something around $150. Something not too expensive but work well. Maybe ATI Radeon HD5770? How does that perform? Or should I look into the cross-fire thing? I am not quite sure how that work.
  9. I got my HP tx2 for college, thinking that it will at least last me through if not longer. However, it died last Friday, being only 2 years old. The warranty ran out, I do some checking, it is a CPU problem, so I didn't even attempt to let HP fix it, it will probably cost around the same to build a new computer. *off topic* I start ripping parts out, hard drive first, to recover my school work. I really want to reuse the touch screen somehow, but don't know how... Since I only work part time in college, I don't have a real job, and can't afford a very high performance computer. For now, I think I just want to spend around $500 on it for initial start up, just to get it running so I can do some homework. I will upgrade more parts into it later. I am not a hard core gamer, but I am an engineering student. So I need to do 3D modeling and CAD work in many occasions. I also like to do graphics stuffs with Photoshop, sometime edit videos, do some computer game design... so in conclusion, I don't need a very high ended system. But at least one that will not lag too badly when I try to work. I know $500 is not a lot, so here's what I have in mind for now. Will probably add more RAM and maybe a dedicated graphic card later. Since I have never built a computer before, I am not sure if all the parts are compatible with each other. I check as hard as I can, but I am just not sure, since I am not really a hardware person. One of the thing is that my motherboard required a 8 pin power supply, heard some people complain that their psu only have 4 pin... and I don't know where to look to see how many pin the psu I choose have. If you guys can help me, make some comments and suggestions, that will be great. :grin: *I only have a usb keyboard and usb mouse in my dorm, is it true that motherboards initially don't support usb and network? Case: RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WY Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156225 Motherboard: ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131668 CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727 RAM x 1: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-4GBRL http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231310 Power Supply: RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular LED Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152028 Card Reader: Koutech IO-RCM621 All-in-one USB 2.0 3.5" USB 2.0 Front Panel Multi-format Card Reader with USB 2.0 Port http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820162024 DVD Burner: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433 SATA ii cable (for DVD drive and HDD?) x 3: XION 18" SATA II Cable Model XON-SATA1818_BL http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812264015 For OS, I got the Windows 7 ultimate upgrade disk from my school for $15. But I need to initially have some kind of Windows install first, right?
  10. Last Friday my HP touchsmart tx2z died. Basically, black screen, LED error sequence indicated "CPU non-functional". Since my warranty ran out, and it is most likely a cpu problem, fixing it will probably cost me a fortune. And that the tablet always overheat and can't handle the 3D modeling stuffs I do on it anyway. Maybe that's why it died in only 2 years? So I decided to take whatever I can from it (not much I can take anyway), then move on and try to build a new desktop. I am not really a hardware person, never had any experience, so i guess this will be my little experiment. Anyway, I took the hard drive out to recover the data I needed. So I plan to convert that to a portable hard drive or external. Going to take the RAM out soon to put on my old laptop. Now here's the thing. I really want to reuse that touch screen, since that's probably the most valuable thing on that tablet. It is also very useful for Photoshop and writing Chinese. Does anyone know how to do it? Any help will be appreciated, thanks
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