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#201749 - 03/25/08 09:38 AM Re: PC Component Advice Wanted [Re: CV]
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Registered: 10/05/06
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True enough Jason. I had converted my water cooling system to passive cooling by lengthening my external pipes and attaching two in floor heating pipe radiators. One to the input side of the loop and one to the output. I wouldn't recommend it for heavy over-clockers but it worked nicely for me. The water pump noise was not noticeable at all in that room. For me the PC was almost silent except for the hard drive. It was older and easily heard.

It took some tweaking to hook the radiators effectively to the smaller pipes.

In hind site, the whole thing was ridiculous. I just wanted to make a totally silent PC. I would have succeeded if I could have found a quiet hard drive at a price I was willing to spend at the time.

I understand your fears. Adding water into a PC does seem foolish but I was impressed with how everything fit together. Not even a hint of a leak in two years.
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#201820 - 03/25/08 02:04 PM Re: PC Component Advice Wanted [Re: CV]
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Because they'd be really, really slow.
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#203354 - 04/07/08 02:34 AM Re: PC Component Advice Wanted [Re: Ken.C]
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Well, I ended up getting the Asus P5E motherboard, 8 gigs of G.Skill DDR2 1066 memory, Sapphire HD 3870 video card, and an eSATA card. I should have it all running by next weekend.

Now I need to start looking at monitors. Does anyone know of good sites that test a wide range of monitors? I think I'll be looking for a 24" widescreen, or in that ballpark.
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#203382 - 04/07/08 10:10 AM Re: PC Component Advice Wanted [Re: CV]
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Should be a great machine.
What CPU did you go with, or did you already mention that further back. I'm both lazy and forgetful.
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#203398 - 04/07/08 11:57 AM Re: PC Component Advice Wanted [Re: Murph]
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I got the Core 2 Extreme 3 GHz QX9650. I had to take advantage of my friend who works for Intel.
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#203502 - 04/08/08 09:37 AM Re: PC Component Advice Wanted [Re: CV]
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It might be a little late for this but I thought I'd post it here anyhow.

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#205272 - 04/23/08 11:50 PM Re: PC Component Advice Wanted [Re: DanielBMe]
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All right, so I'm considering this monitor:

Samsung SyncMaster 245T 24" LCD Monitor - Amazon.com

Anyone have any input or other recommendations?
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#205276 - 04/24/08 12:02 AM Re: PC Component Advice Wanted [Re: CV]
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Looks decent. Samsung tends to be a good brand.
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#205281 - 04/24/08 01:58 AM Re: PC Component Advice Wanted [Re: Ken.C]
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But is it CV good? Ha ha.
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#205282 - 04/24/08 02:54 AM Re: PC Component Advice Wanted [Re: CV]
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I have a Dell 2408wfp. It's great, but it needs some bugs worked out of it. I have the A00 revision, I'm waiting for the A01 revision.

2 problems:

1) Reds come through a little to vibrant
2) The sharpness of the monitor can only be set at (0, 25, 50, 75, 100). 50 is too sharp (a little color around text) and 25 is too fuzzy. The A02 revision will increment sharpness by 10 rather than 25.

I have a 20" widescreen monitor going vertical next to my 24" going horizontal. It's oodles of screen space, I love it.

The Dell has a PLETHORA of inputs, and is HDCP complient so Blue Ray and HD material can be viewed on it.

1080p material is oogletastic on it, it looks AWESOME. The colors are way better Samsung 245T...i've seen reviews point to this... like here (referring to the 2407wfp instead...this is the older 24" from dell) http://www.behardware.com/articles/680-2/lcd-24-iiyama-b2403ws-samsung-245t.html

I would buy it now from Dell...they have a $100 off coupon. When A02 comes out just swap it with the replacement warrenty.

People are "up and up" about the issue over at hardforum ( here ). Most people have absolutely no idea what they are talking about there, especially on that thread in the beginning (RGB rainbow effects are complete bullcrap...etc.) The only two real issues with the monitor are the ones that I noted previously. Most other 24" have way more setbacks in the image quality department than this Dell 2408wfp does.

My desk right now:



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