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Topic: treating myself to a new build in a couple of weeks time, advice would be appreciated!   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2008 12:50:00 PM(UTC)

right, every possible plug is plugged in!

 i have taken out the 8800gts, and popped my x1950xt back in, and the clicking has stopped, and its no longer rebooting, etc ...

the problem is now, im not sure if its the graphics card, or the power supply. the PSU is only a few months old, and is 580W (link). is this likely to be the problem? an under rated hiper PSU, or is the 8800gts possibly bad?

would this PSU be more appropriate? link

any ideas/opinions?


EDIT: benchmarks with the x1950xt are now about 6600, so a decent improvement even without the new gfx card ... but oviously i want the 8800gts in there working!

Topic: treating myself to a new build in a couple of weeks time, advice would be appreciated!   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2008 7:08:36 AM(UTC)

right, i have a couple of questions for you guys, at least one of which is probably ridiculously stupid of me!


first things first, now that i have an intel processor, (for the first time ever) do i need to use the 8 pin power connector as well as the 24, or the 4 pin (like i used to) and the 24 pin power connector?

secondly .... i have no sound with my motherboard's 'supremeFX II' soundcard which came with it, any clues? i've tried all the obvious things

thirdly ... and you might think im mad when i say this, but everytime i click on the start button, and/or move the start menu scroll-bar up or down, i hear a clickng noise comming from inside the case. if i do this repeatedly, the pc reboots! ... what the hell is going on?!

any ideas guys? i'm kinda regretting putting this all together right now, its a bit of an inconvienient time!


Topic: treating myself to a new build in a couple of weeks time, advice would be appreciated!   Go to last post
Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2008 3:30:39 AM(UTC)

right, i went ahead, and bought all the components today ... i was bored, and couldn't wait! i got the Q6600 bundle, with the asus maximus mobo, and 4GB of the crucial (? i cant remember! ) RAM and the PNY 8800 GTS 512

 it all came to a few pence over £500 GBP, and should be here tomorrow! im probably going to regret this, but i think i'll build it tomorrow! fingers crossed nothing goes wrong!

 thanks for the help guys, you've been very helpful as usual


Topic: treating myself to a new build in a couple of weeks time, advice would be appreciated!   Go to last post
Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 9:13:44 AM(UTC)

the 8800 GTS 512 is only a little bit more than the 8800 GT OC 512 i'd been looking at ... whats the difference? is it worth the extra? .... also, im a bit concerned about the length of these 8800 boards .... do they fit in a normal full size ATX case?

 and one more thing ... i have 32bit vista home premium, is having 4 GB of ram going to be a problem?

EDIT: is this any good?

Topic: treating myself to a new build in a couple of weeks time, advice would be appreciated!   Go to last post
Posted: Monday, April 14, 2008 11:19:11 AM(UTC)

hi everyone,

 i've been away for quite a while now, spending more and more time playing games on my wii and 360 than my PC, but i feel the time has come for an upgrade, and im going to catch up with some i've missed over the past year or so.

 basically im going to overhaul pretty much everything. i am going to keep the asus case, (because it looks awesome, and cost me 50 quid!), keeping the nexus fans, the optical drives, maybe the hard drives, the power supply, and then just the mouse and speakers.

 i've just bought the saitek eclipse 2, because my old keyboard is annoying me, but i wont be upgrading until the end of may/beginning of june (i have exams in a few weeks, and i need a working PC!).

 i've had a look at some bits, but because i've been out of the loop for a while, im not sure whether they are the best thing i can get for my money. i'm loking to spend no more than £500 GBP really, but im sure if necessary i can spend a bit more (i might splash out on a new 19" widescreen monitor too).

this is what i've seen so far, and it looks good for the money, but i just want to hear what you guys think:

- Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600 "Energy Efficient SLACR 95W Edition" 2.40GHz (1066FSB) - Retail

- Asus Maximus Formula Intel X38 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard

- Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 PC2-8500C5 1066MHz Dual Channel Kit (BL2KIT12864AA1065) (two of these, so 4GB)

- BFG GeForce 8800 GT OC 512MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail

i can get these for ~£500 GBP (the CPU, motherboard, and 2GB of ram can be had in a bundle for £330 GBP), and then i would sell my old stuff on ebay, or to a friend, hopefully get around £200-£250 GBP


so like i said, any thoughts would be appriciated!


cheers, sam

Topic: X1950XT dual monitor setup   Go to last post
Posted: Monday, April 30, 2007 6:04:25 AM(UTC)
right, this seems to have people stumped, so i am presuming it is a limitation with ATI's software, as im sure i used to be able to do it with old nVidia cards.

anyhow, i have solved the problem, so i thought i'd tell you guys about it anyway!

the reason i wanted two monitors was so that i could use my PC as a media center PC when necessary. i was going to run dual monitors when i wanted to watch DVD's, videos, TV etc. it was a load of hassle swappin over the displays manually using displays manager in CCC, so i have made a hotkey combo (Ctrl+Alt+S) which swaps the active 1280x1024 display for the 1440x900 TV which is usually diabled. this places the 1280x1024 image on the LCD TV, which was where my initial problem was.

but! i found ou that you can set the resolution in media player to work independantly from the desktop resolution, so voila i now have media center working on the TV, at its native res, and all i have to do is Ctrl+Alt+S to switch displays, and press the Green button on my media center remote

i have ordered an accelero X2 cooler for my x1950xt, to cut all the noise from my PC, and ordered a DVB-T digital TV tuner for the PC too, so i can record and watch digital TV through media center too
Topic: X1950XT dual monitor setup   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2007 12:42:25 PM(UTC)
i have my normal 19" 4:3 aspect samsung monitor (SM913N), but i just bought a samsung LE19R71BX 19" widescreen (16:10 aspect) TV. i will have the two screens attached to my X1950XT using a DVI-D to DVI-D cable from teh PC to TV, and using a VGA to DVI adapter for the monitor to connect to the card. my problem is, that i dont know how to set a resolution of 1280x1024 for the monitor, and a resolution of 1440x900 for the TV, i just seem to be able to set the same resolution for both displays.

can anyone help? cheers
Topic: X1950XT possibly underperforming   Go to last post
Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2007 5:18:11 AM(UTC)
right, some news..

my system is now running vista home premium (which i LOVE, no problems whatsoever) and has an X2 3800+ instead of the A64 3500+. 3dmark score is now ~5400 which is a nice improvement, but im hoping that with sucessive vista updates, and ATI drivers that score can creep up a bit. The X2 3800+ wont OC over 2.1gHz, which is annoying, but i can live with that i suppose, and i havent had the courage to OC the GFX card yet, until more stable drivers are available.

the performance in company of heroes has increased 25% in the built-in benchmark, the source engine benchmark has increased 70%, and the 3dMark06 score increased 20% so overall i'm happy, but with a bit of tweaking i think the system has alot more to give!
Topic: Best Skt939 CPU which is still available to buy   Go to last post
Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2007 12:12:12 PM(UTC)
im maybe looking into a processor upgrade, but i can't seem to find the X2 3800+ skt939 anywhere in stock. im looking at a budget of around 100GBP, but the cheaper the better. the upgrade also has to be a worthwhile one over my current A64 3500+
Topic: X1950XT possibly underperforming   Go to last post
Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2007 3:00:52 PM(UTC)
could a PSU which is under-rated for the card be responsible for holding it back? i have a really good 400w PSU, but the minimum reccommended PSU for an x1950xt is a 450w. also, would an X2 3800+ CPU be a worthwhile improvement over my 3500+ ?