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by fpsrandy
Tue Feb 23, 2010 3:17 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Mid-Range PCI-e Graphics
Replies: 1
Views: 1028

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010380048%204093&name=%2410%20-%20%2425 newegg has a bunch of cards, There appears to be right now a powercolor 3450 for 19.99 (5.99 shipping) that is open box -> grab that if you can. next I would go for the bfg 7300le, its 18.99 (6.98 sh...
by fpsrandy
Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:54 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Q. about loop configuration. single vs double
Replies: 10
Views: 5315

Im not sure what an "ultra pump" is, but if you go get a laing mcp655 pump it should powerful enough for the setup you seem to be planning. http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=19862&vpn=MCP655&manufacture=Swiftech AKA Swiftech MCP655, DangerDen D5, Laing MCP655. If you are still concerned of the ...
by fpsrandy
Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:38 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: 130W ATX power supply + 120W AC adapter 54$
Replies: 153
Views: 123228

Hey I was just wondering, What is the female 4 pin molex connector on the board for? (the one beside the main psu connector)

if I made an adapter, could I potentially power fans or a hard drive off it?
by fpsrandy
Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:57 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Antec NSK2400 HTPC
Replies: 12
Views: 1904

I would make sure to get a WD Caviar Green Edition drive. Uses less power, and makes less noise when being used. as for a dvd drive, I would get just about any dvd burner (they are 30 bucks or less Canadian here), they wont really make a ton of noise... have you thought of which psu and os are you u...
by fpsrandy
Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: What is your advice on this mini-itx build?
Replies: 4
Views: 1610

Hi, I have a zotac Atom/ION (n330 atom) based mini-itx system. I have it as media player/bluray player for my tv. What I found was when playing bluray movies (using Vista Home Premium 64-bit) that I could not play bluray movies full screen with only 1gb of ram. 2gb would cause my movies to studdered...
by fpsrandy
Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:12 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Beat my MSI Axis 700 Lite Via C7 based 25W server with what?
Replies: 4
Views: 1588

I use a zotac n330 based atom/ion board at home as a media player and file server. It works great with my bluray drive to play bluray movies, and plays 1080p rips no problem with smplayer. But, I doubt the network speed is what is bottle necking your file access speed alone. if you check out tomshar...
by fpsrandy
Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help with I5 750 build._.
Replies: 13
Views: 3258

I'm worried about your ssd hard drive capacity. Windows 7 64bit will take up nearly 20gb of hard drive space on its own, and I do not believe corsair ssd's have TRIM Support. Look for an ssd with TRIM support. If you are concerned about noise, looking to WD Green drives. They use very little power, ...
by fpsrandy
Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:43 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Emergency RAM: can I use these PC133's?
Replies: 10
Views: 1420

pc133 would not fit into the ddr socket. DDR memory is almost as obsolete as old sd ram. To get more ram for your system would probably not worth it. You should run a hard drive utility like "SeaTools". if you poke around on seagate's website you should be to find a download for a disc iso for "Seat...
by fpsrandy
Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:38 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice on a build for a big client
Replies: 13
Views: 2356

I forgot to mention, I used 120mm scythe fans in psu's. You will also need a psu with a 120mm fan. If you can look at the hard ware in person, make sure the 120mm fan is a normal thickness fan, and not a weird slim or thin fan.
by fpsrandy
Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice on a build for a big client
Replies: 13
Views: 2356

After working with the hardware Asus sent me for their design contest, I would totally recommend an LGA1156 system setup. Alot of people were hitting 3.8-4.0ghz overclocks with the stock cooler; I know you said your client will not be overclocking but this shows that even a cheap passive cooler shou...
by fpsrandy
Tue Dec 29, 2009 11:00 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Gutting failing HTPC, looking for component suggestions
Replies: 10
Views: 2474

You should look for a dual core atom board, with the ion chipset in my opinion. It is low power, and the cpu and gpu can run passively in the right case (aka no sound). http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813500030 This solves motherboard, cpu, gpu and sound. Also has hdmi output a...
by fpsrandy
Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice needed on wife PC
Replies: 9
Views: 2122

i cringe everytime i see asrock boards. look for a board from ASUS, gigabyte, etc... if you can. asrock boards we get in where I live in Canada do not last long at all. very common to see them die randomly after 18 months. If your girlfriend is lookign for something more stylish or cool looking; hav...
by fpsrandy
Sun Dec 27, 2009 11:00 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Does such a case exist?
Replies: 5
Views: 1504

is this a vertical or horizontal case?

we do custom builds at my work and use inwin matx cases for matx builds.
it is very similar to:
http://www1.ncix.com/products/index.php ... ture=INWIN
by fpsrandy
Sun Dec 27, 2009 10:49 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Can someone look at my HTPC shopping list.
Replies: 23
Views: 2971

I had a bit of trouble playing back bluray with only 2x1gb of ram, using 32bit Vista Home Premium. However, I have not tried it with Windows 7. A few other factors may include my htpc was using an atom/ion board (by Zotac), and the bluray program I used for playback has had several updates since my ...
by fpsrandy
Sun Dec 27, 2009 3:33 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Can someone look at my HTPC shopping list.
Replies: 23
Views: 2971

I might be wrong, but I don;t think that board will support ddr2 ram.

look for an am2 motherboard if you are wanting to go with ddr2 ram.

also, for an htpc, I would use a western digital green drive; much quieter :)
by fpsrandy
Sun Dec 27, 2009 3:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: PSU Noise - Efficiency - Heat - Quality (Enermax or Zalman)
Replies: 4
Views: 1626

I would choose either; probably the zalman 500w for the planned 5000 series video card that you plan on getting. Then i would get a low noise high efficiency 120mm fan and change the psu's fan to that. I have done it in the past and have been very happy. Of course be careful when opening your comput...
by fpsrandy
Sun Dec 27, 2009 3:11 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: mini-ITX case without PSU - looking for
Replies: 4
Views: 2827

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=28232&vpn=MI-100&manufacture=Apex%20Computer%20Technology I used this case with my atom ion setup. It comes with a 250w spf psu though. BUT that psu takes up too much room in the case, and was over heating my system untill i did a bunch of case modding. It woul...
by fpsrandy
Fri Dec 25, 2009 9:17 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: ASUS Xtreme Design contest - Stage 2 – fps randy
Replies: 20
Views: 11516

First of all, I would like to thank all the Sponsors for donating prizes for this contest. ASUS gets a huge shout out for organizing the contest. The sponsors Would include: Antec, ASUS, Intel, G.Skills, Nvidia, Razer, and Samsung. I have used all your products in the past, and am still impressed wi...
by fpsrandy
Mon Dec 21, 2009 11:18 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: ASUS Xtreme Design contest - Stage 2 – fps randy
Replies: 20
Views: 11516

So, for the fun part. For the last few days I have been having fun playing with all the ASUS tools for overclocking, as,well as reading other people's experience with LGA1156 CPU's. First I decided to let the Turbo Evo's Auto Tune feature work some magic and see what an automatic tuning program woul...
by fpsrandy
Mon Dec 21, 2009 9:53 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: ASUS Xtreme Design contest - Stage 2 – fps randy
Replies: 20
Views: 11516

I mentioned in the last post that I just made, that the case is complete, and the water cooling loop is read for leak testing. Time to get out of my grubby basement, and into the living room to fill the loop. I have laminate flooring in my living room which requires re finishing so if I spill coolan...
by fpsrandy
Mon Dec 21, 2009 9:48 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: ASUS Xtreme Design contest - Stage 2 – fps randy
Replies: 20
Views: 11516

So I have actually finished the build overall in a physical build sense. I have been for the last few days playing with over clocking and trying to install games to try with. So far I am really impressed with EVERYTHING. I would love to make this post all about my over clocking and experience with g...
by fpsrandy
Fri Dec 18, 2009 10:33 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: ASUS Xtreme Design contest - Stage 2 – fps randy
Replies: 20
Views: 11516

Wow--there's a way to start off at SPCR :D Well, my guess is this guy is only here because of the competition, and the choice of forum probably does not matter squat to him as long as he got his stuff. There won't probably be any posts by him to other threads ever. Nothing personal. I post across m...
by fpsrandy
Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:28 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: ASUS Xtreme Design contest - Stage 2 – fps randy
Replies: 20
Views: 11516

So now that the main chassis is painted, and the side panels are most of the way done, I began piecing the system together. You may have noticed last post, on the last picture was the motherboard mounted inside the case, there were four long bolts coming through the cooler mounting holes. These bolt...
by fpsrandy
Sat Dec 12, 2009 5:17 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: ASUS Xtreme Design contest - Stage 2 – fps randy
Replies: 20
Views: 11516

Also forgot to mention. View the blog I setup for higher resolution photos!
http://xtremebuild.info
by fpsrandy
Sat Dec 12, 2009 5:16 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: ASUS Xtreme Design contest - Stage 2 – fps randy
Replies: 20
Views: 11516

My apologies for not keeping this up to date. I would like to blame college classes for taking away from my free time. I had three choices with what to do with my free time being: Homework, Project Build, or Project Blog. Since as you can see I have been slacking on the blog, I will present you with...
by fpsrandy
Mon Nov 30, 2009 4:29 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: ASUS Xtreme Design contest - Stage 2 – fps randy
Replies: 20
Views: 11516

I apologize for the late reply. Yes, so far my experience here has be quite awesome :D ;) I have been using 120mm Scythe fans. Specifically Slip Stream Jyuni 1800rpm. The 1800rpm fans are slightly audible; however I think I forgot to mention that I own a fan controller for them that I will be using ...
by fpsrandy
Sat Nov 28, 2009 12:29 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: ASUS Xtreme Design contest - Stage 2 – fps randy
Replies: 20
Views: 11516

POST Test and Some Bench Test

So, last night I did a POST Test with the goodies I received. I will be voiding warranties here, (no doubts about that) so I may aswell make sure everything powers one correctly before going much further. I'll let the captions under the pictures guide you. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_lgLDdWpt5Kg/SxDRN...
by fpsrandy
Thu Nov 26, 2009 10:34 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: ASUS Xtreme Design contest - Stage 2 – fps randy
Replies: 20
Views: 11516

Unboxing water coolign parts

So, also on Monday I recieved the water cooling parts I ordered. I also took pictures of the unboxing... Here they are! http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_lgLDdWpt5Kg/Sw69g1U-ahI/AAAAAAAAADU/aUpoIXGxui0/s320/PB021015.JPG 12' of Fesser One UV 1/2 I.D. Tubing http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_lgLDdWpt5Kg/Sw69ZGiuMhI/A...
by fpsrandy
Thu Nov 26, 2009 10:27 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: ASUS Xtreme Design contest - Stage 2 – fps randy
Replies: 20
Views: 11516

Box Opening!

So Like I said, I would post all the pictures and video at a later date. I had a bit of a hard time getting pictures off my camera, since I took apart my main computer for the build last sunday. Slight oversight on my part, but I do have other comptuers to use. I apologize, there is no video as of n...
by fpsrandy
Thu Nov 26, 2009 10:22 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: ASUS Xtreme Design contest - Stage 2 – fps randy
Replies: 20
Views: 11516

Parts Order

So my parts order for water cooling products had came in today... I had began to research and order the water cooling products as soon as I was announced as a stage one winner. It sometimes takes a bit of time tracking down water blocks and specific water cooling products, so I wanted to order the p...