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    How do I make hd4870 control a 3 or 4-pin fan?

    Thanks for the replies. I just went ahead and plugged it into the mobo--it's a big, slow fan so even at 12v the acoustics aren't terribad. I did check the temps at various times while in heavily rendered areas of my favorite games, LOTRO and BF:BC2. It stayed between 60 and 63C under load, so...
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    How do I make hd4870 control a 3 or 4-pin fan?

    Hi folks, I put a thermalright HR-03GT on my 4870 along with their VRM-R2 (I should have gotten the -R1 since I have a top down cooler, but that's another headache) and was wondering if someone had a diagram or some clear instructions on how to convert a 3-pin (case fan) or 4-pin (arctic...
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    When to upgrade from an E6600 based system?

    What I'm really looking forward to is being able to set my pc up at home in the morning and have it crunching data while I'm at work, and ditto when I'm sleeping. Anyone have any experience with running linux on a Win7 64 machine? I've dabbled with ubuntu (dapper drake days) and DSL (damn...
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    When to upgrade from an E6600 based system?

    Appreciate it; I decided to go with a more budget-oriented build around a 1090t and keep my old gpu for a while longer. Going to take some shots once everything is here and running :) Oh, and I also picked up a vrm cooler for my 4870 for $25, so hopefully I can safely install my hr-03gt...
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    When to upgrade from an E6600 based system?

    Ok, just a final follow up--Here's the response from thermalright in case anyone wants to know in the future. Looks like the si-128 can be used with most of their bolt-thru kits, even if compatibility is not explicitly stated. I just hope they give us some notice before they change their block...
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    When to upgrade from an E6600 based system?

    Thanks again for your valued input. The subsequent model, SI-128SE was a bolt-in variant by default but I can not find a definitely compatible bolt-thru kit for my SI-128 (I lucked out in keeping the S-bracket that works with a plastic AM2/AM3 retention module). Shame, because I would really...
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    When to upgrade from an E6600 based system?

    You're obviously spot on with the ram, and I realize it's less than ideal. I'm going to grab another 4gb later--I ran into a budget wall for the time being at $1150 and another 4bg stick would have cost almost another hundred bucks. If the performance really sucks (i don't think it will for...
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    When to upgrade from an E6600 based system?

    Updated: what I ended up getting: 1090T proc AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz... 2 60gb ssd's OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II ML... 3x4gb 1333mhz G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3... 895fx chipset ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA...
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    When to upgrade from an E6600 based system?

    Ok, thanks all. I guess I will tinker around with my current set up and upgrade in a few more months instead of right now, which is what I was itching to do. Thanks for helping to guard my credit card for the (hopefully) best outcome! (p.s., that's a joke. don't ever finance kit on credit card.)
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    new system questions

    at the general consumer level, do you have such options?
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    When to upgrade from an E6600 based system?

    there are some ram drive utilities i was also considering using the expanded memory (around 4-6gb) for... i'm not really looking to benchmark for the best bandwidth, but if it was a large difference between 3x4 in tri-channel and 4x4 in dual that would be interesting. i'm guessing there are...
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    When to upgrade from an E6600 based system?

    3x4gb instead of 4x4? sorry to be naive but it's been two years since i really, really followed the chipset/feature scene...
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    When to upgrade from an E6600 based system?

    Ah, there's a rebate on the ocz ram taking it down to $165. The voltage looks better on the ripjaws though--they were out of stock the last time i was shopping (two days ago, lol!). The geil's look like better ram, huh?
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    When to upgrade from an E6600 based system?

    The ram is actually a double helping for that total price (16gb for $390, and the speed is a wee step (??) down from the 1600mhz stuff with a giant price delta imho). I should have made the 2x a bit more prominent :) And yeah, definitely did I wonder whether 2gb in ram on a 5870 is going to be...
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    When to upgrade from an E6600 based system?

    (edit, I'll upgrade my system tab on the left in a bit lol...been a while since I've posted here!) Maybe a lot of you are in a similar boat? I've got a pretty nice system circa 3-ish years ago-- E6600 @~3.4ghz 2x2gb + 2x1 gb for 6gb of ddr2 @ ~950mhz Asus P5E (x38 chipset) hd4870 512mb 2x...
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    BF 2142, should I buy?

    I still play BF2 quite a bit, but the 2142 servers are usually sorta slow. You can use a tool like gamemonitor (or something to that effect) and search for 2142 servers and see for yourself. Add the fact that you'll feel like you're getting waxed because everyone else has unlocks...and I'd say...
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    How is this card...

    Then you'd do better ebaying the lone 8600 at xmas and buying a 320mb 8800gts (probably $215-$250 by then). Check your psu before you sli 2x8600's or before you buy a gaming card (if you eventually decide to do that) first. Your psu company seems to hide their technical specifications very...
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    How is this card...

    Almost right? Let me edit just a little? With an 8600 you get a *lovely green box* that says "Fully Microsoft DX10 Compliant" on the side. I doubt you'd actually want to try to run a full-blown DX10 game with DX10 eyecandy at any decent resolution with any decent amount of AA/AF and...
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    flashing x1950xt

    Great cooler for x1950xt. http://www.svc.com/rv-uch-p7u1-gp.html ^ I just put it on this evening. it's an exhaust cooler, replacing a zalman vf900-cu that just circulates hot air. oh, and it's whisper quiet (but still effective) up until about 85% fan speed. couldn't be happier. temps...
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    Cooling an x1950xt

    I installed a 120mm antec tri-cool fan on medium (~7.5V) infront of slots and now I'm down to incredibly reasonable heat levels. 77C after ~30" of lotro. Problem solved...needed more exahause around PCI&E cards. Also upgraded to X-FI while case was open. WOW! What great sound. The...
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    Cooling an x1950xt

    I'll try that tonight.
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    Cooling an x1950xt

    yes, thanks. vry helpful. science teacher covered subject in sixth grade. now i live convection to fullest. back on topic...help?
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    Cooling an x1950xt

    took your advice and re-wired. now under lotro max is mid 80C's. still not great, but better. thinking about going with a thermalright (best in the bix) for $50, recycling a 90mm AC cooling fan previously used for cpu and being done with it. got a voltage reg heatsink already attached...
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    Cooling an x1950xt

    Ok. I think i'm good on the general intake/exhsuat (4x120mm). I've got a pci sound card in the last available slot that might interfere with circulation, though. maybe i'll try a 60mmfan spinning very slowly on the back plate under the card to act as an exhaust. I could see where the hot air...
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    Cooling an x1950xt

    'lo folks; I have a question. I replaced the stock cooler on my sapphire x1950xt 256mb with a zalman vf900-cu. Added an appropriate amount of AC5. Gave it a while. I'm still noticing temps above 90C while playing LOTRO. I don't play Oblivion anymore because I've wacthed it hit above...