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  1. MacPro with Core 2 Duo Extreme?

    The LGA771 socket version of the Intel QX9775 is a lot like a Xeon processor, and should be compatible with any current socket 771 motherboard, not just Intel Dual Socket Extreme, a.k.a. "Skulltrail" motherboards. There are plenty of dual 771 Xeon motherboards out there that should be able to take two QX9775s instead of two Xeons. So if a Mac had a LGA771 socket motherboard, then it should be able to accept a LGA771 QX9775.
  2. The 735 is pretty old. Try upgrading to the new Thermaltake Bigwater 780e ESA Certified LCS. $230 It fits into three 5.25" drive bays so it's definitely among the more convenient liquid cooling systems out there. http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7487/ex-...m_CL-W0169.html
  3. Show Your Connection Speed!

    This was tested with a wireless connection. A wired connection could produce different results... . ..and what do ya' know, there is a substantial increase in download speed with a wired connection, but upload speed stayed pretty much the same, hmmm. Though I must admit, the wired connection was tested on a much less powerful system than the system with the wireless connection, so that could be a factor I suppose.
  4. Help with installing Windows

    There's probably some conflict going on with those two IDE drives. Try disconnecting the Time Machine drive and see if the installation goes through. Also, make sure the drive with Windows is the first hard drive your BIOS loads.
  5. From XP to Vista

    The OEM is only tied to the motherboard. Everything else is fair game. Refer to this article for more details regarding OEM versions of Windows: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070130-8730.html
  6. Software for Temps

    I use Asus' PC Probe II to monitor my temps. It's a great app, but probably won't work for non-Asus motherboards, but I also hear a lot of people use SpeedFan: http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php
  7. From XP to Vista

    There isn't really a difference between an OEM for system builders, (people who assemble their own PCs) and the Retail version, other than not being able to transfer the license, (once you install it, the license says that you can only use it for THAT PC, forever) or use it to upgrade an existing install of Windows, but a fresh install is always better anyways. I always get my versions of Windows from eWiz when I build a new computer, like this one: http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MS66I01939 Do not confuse an OEM for something like an "Upgrade" version. It is stated in the disclaimer: Disclaimer: This OEM software is intended for system builders and cannot be transferred to another PC once it is installed. This software is for New and/or Fresh Installation and is NOT Retail nor Upgrade product. The purchaser of this software is required to comply with the terms of the System Builder license, including the responsibility of providing all end user support for the software. When you buy Retail, you're also buying the right to transfer the license to a different PC, (one license per PC) and the ability to use the disc for both a clean install or as an upgrade, hence the higher price. So unless you're reeeaally likely to be transferring licenses in the very near future, I suggest you pay a lot less for the OEM.
  8. From XP to Vista

    How much can you spend? Windows Vista Ultimate x64 w/SP1 - $189 Windows Vista Business - $140 Windows Vista Home Premium - $112 Windows Vista Home Basic - $88 (just for kicks: Mac OS X Leopard - $110) The price difference between 32-bit and 64-bit versions are minor, give or take $5. So I strongly recommend you get a x64-bit version so you're future-proofed. I also strongly advise NEVER to buy Home Basic, since Home Premium is MUCH better and costs only about $24 more. Of course, Ultimate is hands down the best so it costs the most, but if you can afford it, get it. Vista Business is just like Home Premium, except instead of multimedia features, Business has, well, business-centered features, and non of the multimedia functions found in Home Premium. If you're deciding between 32-bit and 64-bit, 64-bit is much better. There are few compatibility issues between the two and most 32-bit apps will run on 64-bit Vista without any issues, but not the other way around. I think 64-bit handles large amounts of memory much better than 32-bit, which will help when using apps like Dreamweaver, and of course, gaming.
  9. My call with Apple Support

    Reading it can be pretty hilarious too: That's technical support gold there.
  10. They got a promo site: http://www.apple.com/macosx/snowleopard/ It's just the questionable name choice: "Snow Leopard" What's next? "White Tiger"? "Black Panther"?! "Mountain Lion?!!!
  11. Finally finished Half Life 2....

    You should try BioShock. Great story and I find it to be really fun, (though I'm the kind of person that plays with a certain degree of "patience" ie planning, experimentation (as in: "How many ways can I kill this splicer as efficiently as possible?") and exploration etc, instead of just trying to finish as quickly as possible, though that probably won't work in BioShock cuz' you can get lost if you don't pay attention to your surroundings.)
  12. Changing harddrives

    Just to be clear, you have: Drive 0: 75GB HDD with OS + lots of games etc installed, and... Drive 1: 500GB HDD with lots of data... You want to migrate your system and program files on Drive 0 to Drive 1 while, I'm assuming, leaving the data on both drives intact, correct? You definitely cannot simply "copy n' paste" the system files over. That is a very bad idea. Generally speaking, you should start off by installing the operating system you're using on Drive 1, but be careful NOT to format the drive. Then comes the tricky part; migrating your programs and settings to the new installation. In the past, I've done something like this, but between two different computers using a program called PCmover: http://laplink.com/pcmover/ (it's not free) I don't know if it'll work with two HDDs on one computer, but it could, and so far, it's your best bet if you want to migrate programs instead of reinstalling them. If for whatever reason you don't want to try this, or you did but it didn't work, the sad fact of the matter is, you'll just have to reinstall everything on Drive 1 again. But game saves are generally much, much smaller than the actual games and are easily transferrable. (All my saves are kept in "My Documents") It'll probably be a great hassle as you've said, but at least you'll only have to do it once.
  13. What kind of Watch do you have?

    I have this model: http://www.casio.com/products/Timepiece/G-Shock/GW530A-1V/ Honestly, the picture just doesn't do it justice. This thing is sick in real life. Atomic time, solar-powered, shock-resistant, and the resin band feels great. This watch has three models. I have the highest model number: 2688. If you're going to get a good digital watch for yourself or as a gift for someone else, get this model.
  14. Competition - Craziest Computer Ever

    It's been about six months since I posted my last Ultimate Build, and it's amazing how much can change in only half a year. But alas, here I am with a refresh of my latest and greatest Ultimate Build yet!! (At least until another six months) -- Ultimate Build 2 -- Motherboard: Asus P5N64 WS Professional http://www.morecomputers.co.uk/extra.asp?pn=P5N64+WS+PRO - £ 221.05 (approx. $435.50) CPU: Intel Core 2 Extreme Processor QX9770 3.2GHz 1600MHz 12MB http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=QX9770BOX - $1412.17 CPU Cooler: Thermaltake BigWater 780e 3U Bay Drives LCS http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7487/ex-...m_CL-W0169.html - $ 219.95 LCS Radiators (for EVGA Black Pearl VGA cooling blocks) Thermaltake CL-W0072 Aqua TMG1 Radiator (x3) http://www.frozencpu.com/products/5309/ex-...r_CL-W0072.html - $ 173.97 RAM: STT Project X D3-2000 2GB (2x1GB) (x2) http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=W2000UX2GP - $ 525.90 Video cards: EVGA 8800 Ultra Black Pearl (Single-slot solution) (x3) http://www.nxsource.com/products/255145/eVGA/768_P2_N888_AR - $3004.65 Sound system: E-MU 1616M PCI Digital Audio System http://www.provantage.com/creative-70em896...00~7EMUC006.htm - $ 381.06 Hard drives (Primary storage) Seagate 300GB Cheetah SAS 15K.5 RPM 16MB (x2) http://www.provantage.com/seagate-st3300655ss~7SEGS1E9.htm - $1247.36 Hard drives (Secondary storage) Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB Hard Drive (x2) http://www.provantage.com/seagate-st31000340as~7SEGB034.htm - $ 397.58 Chassis: Cooler Master COSMOS S RC-1100 http://www.provantage.com/cooler-rc-1100-k...gp~7COOL035.htm - $ 213.29 PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W ATX Power Supply W0133RU http://www.provantage.com/thermaltake-w0133ru~7THER04J.htm - $ 279.96 Optical drive (Reading) LG Electronics GGC-H20L LightScribe Blu-ray/HD DVD Combo Drive http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=GGC-H20L - $ 163.77 Optical drive (Writing) LG Electronics GGW-H20L LightScribe 6X Blu-Ray & 3X HD DVD-ROM http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=GGW-H20L - $ 273.00 Operating system: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit w/ SP1 http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MS66R02034 - $ 186.19 TOTAL: $8,914.35 (Whew! That was close, we ALMOST spent $9000!!) Asus recently released their advanced workstation mobo, the P5N64 WS Pro mobo, which uses the nForce 790i Ultra SLi chipset, and includes a host of new features, including support for extremely fast DDR3 RAM as well as 4 PCI-Express x16 slots for Tri-SLi and Quad-SLi configurations. The sporty new blue heatsinks aren't too shabby either:) Of course, once again, nothing but Intel's latest and greatest here: the Core 2 Extreme QX9770, with faster 3.2 GHz core clock as well as 12, that's right, TWELVE MB of L2 cache, and to top it off, a 1600 MHz bus speed. (Is it just me, or does Intel revamp their line of processors like, every 3 months? It just keeps getting better and better. I can't exactly say the same for AMD on the other hand, whose greatest idea so far is yet another session of some serious core-cramming, targeted mainly at servers and workstations as opposed to mainstream users. Their latest concoction, a 12-core processor, would SURELY catch on like bush fire right? I mean, slap two of those babies together and what do you get? 14... 17... 19... Oh right, 24 CORES!! TWENTY-FOUR! That's gotta be the winning number right there.) Now where was I, oh yes, the CPU cooler. This was not an easy decision, but I ended up picking the Thermaltake BigWater 780e 3U bay LCS for its convenient drive bay installation as well as compatibility with the Aqua TMG1 radiators, also from Thermaltake. As for the RAM, STT has great 2000MHz DDR3 memory that is highly compatible with most boards that support high speed DDR3 memory, like the Asus P5N64 WS. Ah yes, the video cards. Choosing the ultimate video card setup was probably the hardest part of this whole process. In the end, I had to choose between 3 8800 Ultras, or 2 9800 GX2s. One would think that Quad-SLi would beat Tri-SLi hands down, but this was not so. While the 9800 GX2 in Quad-SLi came up on top in some benchmarks, most actual gaming tests showed that a much larger number of games showed vast improvement in a Tri-SLi setup, especially at 2560x1600 resolutions, than a Quad-SLi configuration. Numerous other factors also lead me to pick the 3 8800 Ultras over the 2 9800 GX2s: 1. The 3 8800 Ultras take up one less expansion slot than the 2 9800 GX2s and are placed further apart, which means more room, and more room means more airflow, and more airflow means better cooling, and better cooling means better performance, and better performance means I WIN!! 2. The 8800 Ultras are water-cooled, which means they will stay much cooler than the GX2s, and thus, can be pushed much further, and they will also be virtually silent. (Plus they look really cool). 3. The GX2s still have a sort of memory bandwidth cap, as is apparent with current multi-GPU cards. This is not so with 3 8800 Ultras, which are single-GPU cards. I chose the E-MU 1616m PCI audio system on PCWorld's recommendation that they are simply the best sound cards in the world, nuff' said. Now, one of my favorite features on the new Asus P5N64 WS Pro mobo is the inclusion of 2 SAS ports, which means I can get the fastest hard drive configuration on the planet: 2 15,000 RPM SAS HDDs in RAID 0. Can you say, "Uber"? However, the 2 SAS drives "only" give you 600 GB of space, and to crazy power-users, this is simply not enough. Hence, I slapped on a couple terabytes of space just to be safe. The Cooler Master COSMOS S RC-1100 case offers all the features anyone could ask for: spacious interior, excellent ventilation (fans can be placed on virtually every side: front, rear, top, bottom, side), expandability options through the roof, a spiffy dust cover bag, you name it. It even comes with a touch-activated power switch. Neato. Those 3 8800 Ultras aren't slackers. They'll demand every ounce of electricity you have. You'll probably have to unplug your refrigerator just to cut back on your energy costs, but then again, if you can afford 3 8800 Ultras, energy costs shouldn't be a problem. Anyways, just feed your system with 1200 watts of pure energy and everything should work without a hitch. The Thermaltake 1200W PSU also includes 3 8-pin PCI-Express plugs so you're all set for the newest power-hungry video cards for years to come. Not that 3 8800 Ultras will become antiques any time soon. LG has great Blu-ray HD-DVD combo drives, so even though HD-DVD crashed and burned, you can still get the best of both worlds. LG's burners also write to Blu-ray discs at a brisk 6x speed, quite speedy compared to other Blu-ray burners out there that only burn a 4x max, or even worse, 2x. Honestly, 25+GB at 2x speed?!! That's just crazy talk. And to top it all off, you'll need an operating system. Since nForce chipsets and OSX don't mix, you'll have to stick with good ol' Microsoft. They've really gotten 64-bit right this time with Vista. 64-bit's the way to go, and the only way to get the most out of your 4 GBs of RAM. Well, now you know what to do if you've got $9000 lying around somewhere
  15. You are banned for having more posts than me Although it should be, "You are banned for having more posts than I"