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Topic: Nintendo DSi   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, August 21, 2009 4:09:02 PM(UTC)

Oh, I should note I'm only shipping to the US and it's a black matte DSi.

Topic: Nintendo DSi   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, August 21, 2009 4:02:59 PM(UTC)

I have an almost new Nintendo DSi here that I have only ever used to watch TV occasionally in my back yard. It has no scratches or anything like that -- I'm very careful with my electronics. This DSi can ship with all the accessories I bought to take advantage of its music/video capabilities: acekard 2i, kingston 8gb Micro SD card + adapter, SD card reader/writer, and everything that came in the original DSi box itself (pair of stylus, charger, manuals, etc).

Altogether I'm looking for $160 shipped. If you would just like the DSi itself I'd part with it for $135 (the other stuff is a $60 or so value). I can put this up on ebay if anyone's interested but wary of internet transactions (100% positive feedback, and lots of it :) ).

I'm not interested in trades, sorry!

Topic: Armor+ VH6000 Series Full Tower   Go to last post
Posted: Saturday, March 14, 2009 11:48:10 PM(UTC)

Pros

  • Very spacious indeed
  • Room for a possible 8 hard drives (5 in main cage, two solo cages, +1 adaptor for 5.25" slot)
  • Air flow seems superb at the moment -- dropped 14 degrees from my old mid-tower
  • All manner of ties and such for organizing wires behind your motherboard tray
  • Oh the motherboard tray, it pulls out separately
  • Accessible LED/power panel with USB/firewire/audio/SATA ports, whose cables are more than long enough to span the entire case
  • two accessory drawers, this is just cool
  • "tool"-less installation. I used my screwdriver a fair bit, but that was all. Didn't need it to install HD/DVD drive -- the various bays lock your components in snugly without screws (though you can use them if you wish)
  • The 23cm side door fan keeps my 4870 very, very cool

Cons

  • Every review says "it's bigger than you think". Yeah, seriously. It's a piece of furniture, not a computer case. I could fit a pair of midgets inside this thing.
  • Installing components was a little difficult because the case is so big its impractical to move the tower itself very much
  • Installation of a top blowhole fan required removing five screws and removal of the entire plastic top deal. If I have to replace or oil that fan we're talking a minimum of a 20 minute hassle (i'll have to remove the PSU next time to get to one of the screws -- very poor choice in an otherwise superb case)
  • It's somewhat heavy. I've pumped iron for years so it wasn't a big deal, but if you don't work out this tower will give a good workout :P
  • Case could come with one more fan. Luckily I had a spare 140mm fan to install for blowhole venting. Also tossed an extra 120mm fan on the bottom, where the extra two HD chassis are initially installed)

I'm loving this full tower. The cons are really fairly trivial except for that top fan, which I hope to god never starts squeaking on me. Everything else is amazing. From the snap-in 5.25" bays, to the pretty nifty HD cage and chassis' I'm very pleased with the purchase. Going from 51/52 degrees celsius on my Radeon to 38 degrees (@ idle) makes this very well worth the price (~$200 currently).

Topic: quick PSU question   Go to last post
Posted: Sunday, March 1, 2009 1:21:16 PM(UTC)

cool! thanks :)

Topic: quick PSU question   Go to last post
Posted: Saturday, February 28, 2009 9:09:21 PM(UTC)

My buddy is upgrading his PC a bit and I convinced him to grab a 4870, but he's only got a 500w thermaltake purepower in his box. I *THINK* it's enough to power the video card but I'm not certain. What say you all?

He's not a techie guy so he won't be overclocking or adding anything crazy to the rig.

Topic: Upgrade some parts? Is it worth it?   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, February 20, 2009 6:11:09 PM(UTC)

Thanks guys, I have a lot to think about it seems and I appreciate the suggestions.

One last question: if my room temp at summertime is generally around 85-90 degrees, is water cooling even an option? 

Topic: Upgrade some parts? Is it worth it?   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, February 20, 2009 10:35:03 AM(UTC)

Current motherboard is an EVGA 650i Ultra with 4 gigs of budget RAM.

If the performance boost will be minimal I think I'll pass then, maybe pick up a netbook or something. lol

Oh, my budget is around $700 for this stuff (keeping in mind I have the vid card/cpu already).

Topic: Upgrade some parts? Is it worth it?   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, February 19, 2009 11:34:14 PM(UTC)

Okay, so I retrofitted my PC a year, year and a half ago by purchasing a new motherboard, CPU (2 ghz duo core), RAM, vid card (8800GT). It was a solid upgrade at the time, but of course the RAM and motherboard were both somewhat bargain-priced. The motherboard only supports 800 mhz RAM, and thats naturally the speed of RAM I bought.

Fast forward to present. I bought a 3 ghz duo core (E8400), opting for the highly overclockable CPU instead of quad core figuring by the time I can actually use all four processors a new, cheaper and faster quad core will be available (or one of these icore processor deals - whatever, i'm not up on all that stuff i freely admit!). I also bought a sapphire hd4870 1gb video card, mostly because I enjoy GTAIV and I think I'd enjoy it more if I could play it at a resolution that didn't require a magnifying glass!

Now, these two upgrades are very good. I wonder, however, if my rig is not a little bit bottlenecked by the inferior RAM and motherboard it sports. I'm in a position to be able to afford to upgrade my motherboard/ram/psu and drop in a new big HD, possibly some custom cooling (it gets hot here).

What does the board suggest? If the performance gains would be negligible I won't bother (though I think I will upgrade the PSU from 500 -> 650 just to future-proof a bit regardless). FYI, I'm looking at Corsair Dominator RAM, PC2-8500 1066MHz 240-Pin DDR2 CL5 memory, and a GIGABYTE motherboard, item number GA-EP45-UD3LR, with a Corsair 650tx certified PSU.

The other stuff is not too important as I'll look it up as I go.

Any recommendations would be great, one way or the other. I never actually considered RAM speed or motherboard quality until recently, and now its weighing on my mind a bit. 

Topic: Trading spare WoW game card   Go to last post
Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2008 11:20:31 PM(UTC)

I have finally decided to quit WoW and I've got an extra 60-day game card here, begging to be used. I'd be more than happy to trade it for a legitimate new copy of Tabula Rasa ($10 on Amazon). Mind you it has to be a new game key so I can upgrade an account. If there's anyone with a bit of history posting at this site that would want to trade, let me know in this thread.

I know this is a bit of an awkward trade, but I'm really not interested in much else at the moment.

 Regards.

Topic: computer won't power up   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, February 1, 2008 9:45:44 PM(UTC)

The problem was indeed the motherboard.

I wish I'd thought out buying an open box motherboard a little more before actually buying it. I know better. :P 

Oh well, it's being RMA'd and I'll have a spare motherboard around to troubleshoot with at a later date.  There's always a silver lining.