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got two builds for OCR folks incoming, one of whom isn't listed in the thread. looking forward to getting the parts and playing with more tech =)

i didn't realize it'd been this long since i've posted here about this, but i'm still doing this. so if you need a new machine to work from home with, or you want to use your upcoming stimulus/ubi che

Hey all! I've just pulled the trigger on a computer which Brad's given me a ton of help putting together. Shipping from the US to Norway would have meant a painful lot of money in shipping and ta

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i get air from office depot/max and best buy.

i use air pretty often - around once every four months for a complete cleaning (like, motherboard and psu and drives come out, i blow it out, let the wind do some cleaning, and then put it all back in). i keep an anti-static wipe thing near my desk to wipe out my cpu fan often, as well - usually every time i take the side panel off.

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Hey Meph, I don't know if you also deal with laptop building, but maybe you could give me a recommendation for one(or maybe build one).

I'm wondering what's the best graphics card I can get if I were to spend a little under a grand on a laptop. I've been looking around benchmarks and I'm thinking either the GeForce 130M or the 260M. You have any kind of recommendations?

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But I thought they wanted PCs not easy bake ovens. :<

Heh, you'd have to know me and Brad to get the joke I guess. He came to me with computer questions when we first became friends, and now look at him! I closed up my little PC build shop ages ago, and his is thriving. The student has truly become the teacher...

And I don't make anything really these days, besides music and semi-pointless forum posts.

Actually, an on-topic question for the Prophet of Mephabio: whats your experience with the i5/i7 range, if any? I'm considering upgrading from a Core 2 Quad Q6600 and don't know if it's worth the additional price of the MB, Ram, and possibly a new PSU.

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i remember calling stevo in october of 2007 asking why my computer wouldn't recognize my brand-new 300gb seagate hard drive. two months later i did my first 1500$ build, and three months after that i hit twenty systems built. what a joke =)

i7s are fucking gorgeous, particularly for what you'd need. spend the cash for the good mobo and the zalman zm650 (i think that's what i have, it's a 650w psu with the guts to put out 750w on occasions and 700w consistently without really straining, and it's an 80+ certified brick...virtually identical to the 750w model in design with one less rail) and you're set for a long, long time. i5s are even better, if you don't mind throwing the cash down for a higher clockrate.

i don't know much about lappy graphics cards, but if the m260 is anything like the gtx260 in design, it'll be awesome. i generally don't suggest spending the cash on a gaming laptop since it'll overheat constantly and drain your battery extensively. if you can get one with a discrete graphics card and a lower-level integrated one that you can switch between, that's a good idea because it gives you a ton more options for power management.

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not really sure what you're asking. if you've got a big monitor capable of displaying larger resolutions, then the best picture possible on that monitor is done using the highest resolution in-game, so that there's no stretching taking place. playing a game at 768 when it's on a monitor capable of 1050, 1080, or 1200 on the vertical side means you'll get a picture that's far less clean. an 8800gtx is horribly inefficient with power, too. not really worth the money, all told.

if you've got a large display, it's worth investing the 160-180$ into a gtx 260 core 216 (don't bother with a stock 260). it's a huge performance difference - think 40% different than a first-gen 8800gtx.

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they made a 3850 radeon card for the pci slot. beyond that, there's very little - the bandwidth limitations on the straight pci bus really, really limit what can be done without just having overkill. expect to pay a lot for a little, too - the nature of upper-tier pci graphics cards (upgrades made on a crappy and/or super-old pc by people who can't afford a full computer but have money to spend) means that you pay through the bloody nose.

edit: 4.3.2, page 28. the 3850 came out after i finished the faq, but most of the info still applies.

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mine wasn't a 7200.11, which is the model that craps out on everyone - it was a 7200.8, actually - but seagate's completely lost my trust recently.

They largely lost my trust when they bought out Maxtor. For the life of me I couldn't figure out what the hell possessed them to make that stupid decision.

As for video cards, right now I'm a huge proponent of ATI, mainly because I went through three months of hell trying to figure out what the hell was wrong with my GTX 285 (defective card) and 8800GT (shitty drivers). I got a few hours short of two weeks of uptime with my 8800GT before the drivers gave up, yet I'm staring at 17 days of uptime (and counting) on an ATI 4890 (XFX branding) with no problems.

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graphics cards, mobos, power supplies, and the like are getting to the point where you go with your experiences with that particular brand. i have never had an issue with nvidia, and i'm all about the green machine - i've used an ati card once, out of thirty cards purchased (cheap HDCP-compatible tv box). go figure =)

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