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Author:  wrath_of_grunge [ Sun May 22, 2011 2:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: R&R Official: Computer Help Thread

oh ok, i just reread the original post. alright check this out.

if you have the female 3-pin lead (preferably one with red/black/yellow wires coming off it, doesn't matter where you get it from, need about 3 inches of wire following the plug, after that you can cut it).

you need which molex end on the other, female or male? either way those will have 4 wires coming off them.

splicing is safe and pretty easy. no soldering needed usually. what you need is a good knife or preferably wire strippers. you can strip about a half inch off each end and cross them at around a 45 degree angle. fold one over the other then twist. apply electrical tape to the splice. not alot, maybe a inch's worth.

you can do this on most electrical situations. when you start messing with house currents you need wire nuts, but a computer isn't really that bad, especially the 5 volts or so that run to fans.

do me a favor and take one pic, that's got all the peices in it you're trying to connect and i'll post some pics of showing you in detail how to do it.

Author:  wrath_of_grunge [ Mon May 30, 2011 4:39 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: R&R Official: Computer Help Thread

think i'm gonna upgrade my lappie toppie with one of these nifty imac CPU's.

http://cgi.ebay.com/SLAQC-Intel-Core-2- ... 3a6582bba3


thanks apple, for flooding the market with cheap Core2Duo's. :D

Intel E8335 (based on T9800) @ 2.66Ghz/6MB Cache
will be replacing
Intel P7350 @ 2.0Ghz/3MB Cache

the P7350 overclocks to 2.25Ghz no problem, hopefully with double the cache and healthy speed boost, i should see some pretty decent improvements. maybe i can even oc it to 3.06Ghz.

wouldn't that be something. thanks to the fact that i might be able to get $50-75 for the P7350, i might even be able to do this upgrade for little to no cost.

Author:  Bozy [ Tue May 31, 2011 9:22 am ]
Post subject:  Re: R&R Official: Computer Help Thread

I'm hopefully getting an XFX ATi Radeon HD5870 1gb graphics card this weekend and was wondering if you guys knew if sticking it into an Nforce mobo would do any harm? I've read the only thing that is impacted is the ability to utilize SLi but my board has only single slot PCI-E and aint Sli capable anyhow. If it's OK to do it then I imagine it should play nicely alongside my Phenom II quad 940BE :)

I would usually stick with Nvidia but I want to try ATi and the deal I can get on the new card blows its Nvidia counterpart out of the water, performance wise :mrgreen:

Getting sick of my lacklustre 8800GTS standby card now, since my 9800GTX give up the ghost... it's time for something new, within a budget :)

Author:  Dangall [ Tue May 31, 2011 11:30 am ]
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Bozy wrote:
I'm hopefully getting an XFX ATi Radeon HD5870 1gb graphics card this weekend and was wondering if you guys knew if sticking it into an Nforce mobo would do any harm? I've read the only thing that is impacted is the ability to utilize SLi but my board has only single slot PCI-E and aint Sli capable anyhow. If it's OK to do it then I imagine it should play nicely alongside my Phenom II quad 940BE :)

I would usually stick with Nvidia but I want to try ATi and the deal I can get on the new card blows its Nvidia counterpart out of the water, performance wise :mrgreen:

Getting sick of my lacklustre 8800GTS standby card now, since my 9800GTX give up the ghost... it's time for something new, within a budget :)

I have a Phenom II quadcore 965 BE (3,4 ghz) and a Radeon HD5770; if you run AA3 autoset it put all details high with an average framerate of 60-80 fps (res. 1680x1050).
Dunno if is good or bad but that is :)

Author:  Buckaroo Banzai [ Tue May 31, 2011 11:59 am ]
Post subject:  Re: R&R Official: Computer Help Thread

Bozy wrote:
I'm hopefully getting an XFX ATi Radeon HD5870 1gb graphics card this weekend and was wondering if you guys knew if sticking it into an Nforce mobo would do any harm?


Just be sure you completely uninstall the NVIDIA display drivers(NOT CHIPSET) before installing the AMD/ATI card.

1. Download and install Driver Sweeper

2. Uninstall NVIDIA Display drivers

3. Reboot in Safe Mode

4. Run Driver Sweeper to clean NVIDIA Display drivers(again, not chipset)

5. Shut down and swap cards

Author:  wrath_of_grunge [ Tue May 31, 2011 12:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: R&R Official: Computer Help Thread

Buckaroo Banzai wrote:
Bozy wrote:
I'm hopefully getting an XFX ATi Radeon HD5870 1gb graphics card this weekend and was wondering if you guys knew if sticking it into an Nforce mobo would do any harm?


Just be sure you completely uninstall the NVIDIA display drivers(NOT CHIPSET) before installing the AMD/ATI card.

1. Download and install Driver Sweeper

2. Uninstall NVIDIA Display drivers

3. Reboot in Safe Mode

4. Run Driver Sweeper to clean NVIDIA Display drivers(again, not chipset)

5. Shut down and swap cards



yeah pretty much this. ati card will work fine. SLi might have even worked if it was a SLi board. SLi was originally a 3DFX technology (wow been a long time since i said that brandname). ati just calls their version crossfire.

Author:  wrath_of_grunge [ Wed Jun 01, 2011 10:44 am ]
Post subject:  Re: R&R Official: Computer Help Thread

doing a refurb on my laptop soon. here's what i found.

Image

3.06Ghz (Apple iMac) Core2Duo Mobile (basically a T9900)


Image

New 5200mAh Battery

Grand Total for a refresh like this?

$150

not bad considering i can still sell the Intel P7350 for about $50 when all is said and done.

Author:  LT_Koblinsky [ Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: R&R Official: Computer Help Thread

Getting ready to build a gaming rig over the next month or so (no hurry). My budget is roughly $1000. I can salvage an ethernet network card (dunno if it's a good idea or no), cd rom, and 2GB of decent DDR3 RAM from my old junker. Besides hard drives, power supplies, and RAM, I've never tinkered around inside of a CP very thoroughly, so I'm going to be doing some research. I'd appreciate some guidance on which boards-CPU's-GFX cards go best together for a decent price with explanations in semi-layman's terms. Otherwise, any general advice (PM if you don't want to clutter this thread) on brands, cases, etc... would be helpful.
Thanks!

EDIT: a little initial research has led me to this build kit with all of the essentials already in it:
Tiger Direct
MSI P67A-C43 B3 Intel P67 Motherboard
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz Quad-Core Unlocked CPU
Patriot Viper II 4096MB PC12800 DDR3 Dual Channel
Seagate Barracuda 1TB Low Power Hard Drive
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case
DiabloTek PHD550 550-Watt Power Supply

Author:  frankof [ Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: R&R Official: Computer Help Thread

Check out the ram config, 1155 is dual channel, so 2-4-8 is the normal amounts.
The rest looks fair enough.
(unknown PSU form me)

Author:  Buckaroo Banzai [ Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: R&R Official: Computer Help Thread

LT_Koblinsky wrote:
Getting ready to build a gaming rig over the next month or so (no hurry). My budget is roughly $1000. I can salvage an ethernet network card (dunno if it's a good idea or no), cd rom, and 2GB of decent DDR3 RAM from my old junker. Besides hard drives, power supplies, and RAM, I've never tinkered around inside of a CP very thoroughly, so I'm going to be doing some research. I'd appreciate some guidance on which boards-CPU's-GFX cards go best together for a decent price with explanations in semi-layman's terms. Otherwise, any general advice (PM if you don't want to clutter this thread) on brands, cases, etc... would be helpful.
Thanks!

EDIT: a little initial research has led me to this build kit with all of the essentials already in it:
Tiger Direct
MSI P67A-C43 B3 Intel P67 Motherboard
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz Quad-Core Unlocked CPU
Patriot Viper II 4096MB PC12800 DDR3 Dual Channel
Seagate Barracuda 1TB Low Power Hard Drive
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case
DiabloTek PHD550 550-Watt Power Supply



No no no no no no no!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do NOT buy a DiabloTek PSU! They are straight out junk and will either fail and kill only itself(if you're lucky) or fail and take out other parts with it.

With a budget of $1000 I would get this, assuming you intend to reuse your current CD/DVD drive, mouse, keyboard and monitor:

ASUS P8P67 PRO
Intel Core i5-2500K
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

Comes out to around $950

That's everything but Windows. W7 OEM can be had for around $100. Wouldn't bother reusing a network card or older RAM.

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