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#287756 - 01/20/10 03:28 AM Re: Windows 7 PC Build [Re: ClubNeon]
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I'm hoping Nvidia's GF100 can compete with the higher-end Radeons. I wouldn't mind going back to Nvidia because of PhysX.

I see you're saying "nVidia." Is that how they used to write it? It looks right. I go to their site now and see they like to keep it as all-caps.

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#287757 - 01/20/10 03:51 AM Re: Windows 7 PC Build [Re: CV]
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Yeah, I'm old school; that's the way they used to do it. I saw their new way too, don't like the ALLCAPS. I'm glad Sony dropped the PLAYSTATION trademark.

Yeah, that's the chip I'm looking forward to, the GF100. Still no products mentioned on their site with it.
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#287758 - 01/20/10 04:25 AM Re: Windows 7 PC Build [Re: ClubNeon]
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I had a Riva TNT way back in the day. I kind of figured Nvidia would get big, but of course I didn't invest in them. D'oh.

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#287918 - 01/21/10 03:16 AM Re: Windows 7 PC Build [Re: CV]
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Anyone have a case like this?

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#287922 - 01/21/10 09:01 AM Re: Windows 7 PC Build [Re: CV]
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Looks nice! It will be interesting to see a review though. IMHO you'd want to still blow some air over the fins, especially if it is absorbing both CPU and GPU heat. Otherwise, you could lose some skin just touching it.

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#287925 - 01/21/10 10:04 AM Re: Windows 7 PC Build [Re: CV]
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For a while I was interested in large, fin-based passive cooling systems. But found none of them could cool a really high-end machine. (See this one's recommendation of the NVIDIA 9500 card, a mid-line model.) So you have to compromise the system design just for the sake of cooling, and I'm left still wanting a monster rig.

So I figured why compromise slightly if I'm going to end up with two machines, make one the monster, and the other draw so little power that it doesn't even need external fins to cool itself.
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#287926 - 01/21/10 10:06 AM Re: Windows 7 PC Build [Re: ]
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I'm surprised they offer an LGA1366 option on the heatsink... those puppies run fairly hot. You wouldn't be doing any overclocking with this thing!
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#287927 - 01/21/10 10:07 AM Re: Windows 7 PC Build [Re: Ken.C]
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9500--mid line? Blech.
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#287936 - 01/21/10 10:47 AM Re: Windows 7 PC Build [Re: ClubNeon]
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 Originally Posted By: ClubNeon
For a while I was interested in large, fin-based passive cooling systems. But found none of them could cool a really high-end machine. (See this one's recommendation of the NVIDIA 9500 card, a mid-line model.) So you have to compromise the system design just for the sake of cooling, and I'm left still wanting a monster rig.

So I figured why compromise slightly if I'm going to end up with two machines, make one the monster, and the other draw so little power that it doesn't even need external fins to cool itself.


Precisely my experience as well. What the "silent" or "fanless" products don't tell you is that you're either limited to certain hardware that doesn't run that hot or you must accept running your hardware at extremely high temps, which is never a good thing when it comes to computers and/or electronics.

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#289556 - 01/31/10 02:25 PM Re: Windows 7 PC Build [Re: ]
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I installed the new Catalyst drivers for my video card yesterday, and today I noticed that several of the visual effects for Windows were no longer functioning. I couldn't find where the settings had changed, but I finally figured out that my Windows Experience scores for graphics were down to 1.0 for desktop and 2.0 for gaming graphics. After I re-ran the Windows Experience Index assessment, it was all okay again. Is that the norm for when you install a newer version of a video driver? It didn't seem like that happened before on Vista.

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