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#1  Edited By jmaster299
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Air cooling is still an option, so long as your OC is reasonable, but with all the closed loop systems out there it's just a smarter choice to go with something like an H60 or H80. They take up less space, look cleaner and meet or beat any air cooler of the same price point.

But, there is a serious issue with your build. Your HDD choice is terrible, at least compared to the rest of your build. WD drives are good quality, but the Blue series is the slow/budget option. At minimum you should get a small SSD for your OS. It will be a night and day difference.

For the physical drive, do yourself a favor and go with the Black series. Some people will say you should install your games on a SSD too, but it's just not true. You get no performance gain, just shorter load times. Having the OS on an SSD is important because everything responds quicker since every single program has to interact with your OS.


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#2  Edited By jmaster299
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@speedfog: I sold mine for $200 when I quit before the Cata expansion, and I had less stuff than the OP. Not saying the forums are the place to sell an account, but people will buy them. I was able to sell mine locally on Craigslist. That way I could get cash in person.

But that's nothing to the selling going on in the TF2 market. People selling golden Fry Pans for over $5,000 cash. I even made almost $300 on the community market just before Christmas off some lucky finds

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It's all good, i decided that realistically theres no actual reason for me to get Vista Ultimate. I'm just gonna get Home Premium.Grayzer

Well, what ever version you go with make sure to go with 64-bit and not 32-bit. 64-bit RAM limits for Intel machines is 7TB, yes that's TB, so your max RAM is only limited by your MOBO and you'll want more RAM with Vista!

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I live in Australia, and was just wanting to know because its ~$50 cheaper than normal Vista Ultimate. Oh well, i'll just get the normal one. Thanks heaps, and sorry about hijacking the Thread.Grayzer

It's probably cheaper because it's watered down in some why just like I mentioned before. Not all countries have restrictions on using US technology.

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[QUOTE="LordEC911"]It's an update, you will download it for free...daytona_178

How do you know that? Was XP SP1&2 free?

Yes, Windows updates are free so long as you have a legitimate version of Windows. MS releases minor Windows updates all the time and they all automatically download so long as you didn't disable Windows Automatic Update. MS might charge a lot for their OS but no one would want them if they had to buy a new copy every time an update is released for the current version. Heck, they are even still releasing new XP updates. Service Packs are just big updates aimed at correcting or addressing several key issues.

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Does anyone know the Difference between Vista Ultimate International and the Non-International Versions?Grayzer

Well, computers in different parts of the world need different language support and even some times different code support. Also, a lot of American made computer software and hardware is only legal to sell and use in the US and for some countries to use it, it might have to be a less powerful or less capable version. For example, it is illegal to sell or ship Xbox 360s for use in countries like Iran because they are powerful enough to operate missile systems. So, that would be my guess at the different version. If you are going to use it in the US on a US machine you should really get the non International version.

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its ok, i got a laptop in the mail that had a legal COA, and i downloaded a dell xp pro copy. i have the right to use that Dell OS because my laptop was a Dell and i got it off ebay. the CDKEY that came with my laptop was legal. ITS a legal COA anyway. i dont know why you would wanna download another copy considering its almost the same. you should just format altogether then install.

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Actually, just because you have a Dell doesn't mean you automatically have the right to use another copy of Windows just because it's from another Dell Machine. Every copy of Windows that get's put on a PC has it's own special license for one user only. You legally can use another copy from some one so long as it's the original media with it's own CD Key and License and as long as it's not being used by anyone else.You can only resell new, unused, unregistered retail versions. OEM software like your Dell copy has it's own set of protections because each copy is strictly meant for the PC it was installed on making what you bought on Ebay Illegal in it's own right since it's copy protected media by both MS and Dell. MS makes special copies of Windows for redistribution by places like Colleges so students can meet the minimum requirements for what is need for their classes and even those copies have their own individual license that can only be used on one machine at a time. Copyright owners can set what ever restrictions they want on redistributing or reselling their product. Just look at The Orange Box. Valve decided to upset their loyal fans by cancelling The Black Box and making all the people, like myself, who alreadyowned HL2 and Episode 1 pay more money and end up with extra copies of two games. Valve, who owns STEAM and STEAM being the only way to play on-line for Valve Games, said for people who already have copies of HL2 and Episode were NOT allowed to resell their extra copies to someone else. You were only allowed to give them away for free as a gift through Steam. If Valve catches people asking for or charging money for their extra copies Valve will ban their Steam Accounts andthey will not be able to play in any VAC, Valve Anti Cheat, servers for any oftheir STEAM games and would have to open a new Steam account and re-buy any gamethey want to play on-line. Their are few non VAC servers out there but you wouldn't want to play in them.

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I need help!!! How do i go about enabling the HDCP on my Nvidia 8500GT to my plasma 'HD Ready' television. Please I need help!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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If you have HDCP support it's built in and there is nothing you need to activate. HDCP is the copyright protection for HD and BlueRay DVDs and other HD protected content forDigital connections. What type of connection are you using? VGA does not work right with HD and BlueRay DVDs and other protected content because it is an Analog signal and doesn't support HDCP. A VGA to DVI or VGA to Component adapters do not correct this because it's still using a VGA cable and signal.I've read about DVI to Component adapters having some issues as well. To get around these issues you need a converter and that will only work if the plug on the TV is DVI, Component or HDMI. They talk aboutconverters herehttp://www.digitalconnection.com/FAQ/HDTV_4.aspIf the plug on the TV is VGA it is still only able to accept Analog content and you would need a Component, DVI or HDMI connection.Also S-Video to Component cables/adapters do not support HDCP because S-Video is not HDCP ready. If something is HDCP protected the signal must be sent through DVI, HDMI or Component plugs and cables using all HDCP compliant devices. Using a Component connection will also not play the HD content at it's fullest possible detail and resolution but you may or may not notice a difference. If you are using any other connection, cable or plug you need some type of converter. Only HDMI to DVI is backwards compatible since they are both digital signals that support HDCP.

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#9 jmaster299
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The other thing to keep in mind is you want to give the sytem hardware a break every so often. Either putting it to sleep or powering it down will let everything cool off. Heat kills systems and while hardware like CPUs are designed to be run at certain temps for how ever many thousands of hours, leaving the system on all the time just cuts down on that time. So if you are not going to be using you computer for an hour or more I would at least put it to sleep, it's what I do. It only takes my system a few seconds to come back from sleep mode. Just don't put the system to sleep or shut it down right after playing games or something. Don't know what you have in your rig but it's a good idea to leave the system powerd on for a while after gaming to let your fans cool the system down. Letting the fans run will help bring GPU and CPU temps back down to idle temps quicker. For me, noraml Idle Temp for my GPU is about 42c-44c and in game it's around 62c. I takes a little while for those temps to fall back down and the fans help do that.
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#10 jmaster299
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EVery time i run 3mark 06 my score decreases, this is the first time this has happened. Any suggestions? Reinstalled drivers already (7.10). Havnt tried earlier drivers though. robertoenrique

Same thing has happend to me. I've gone from a 5600 from my first test to a 5100 just this afternoon.