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by Voldenuit
Thu Oct 13, 2005 9:11 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Just Bought an iPod Video!
Replies: 16
Views: 5771

Thats cool that you got one....but why the ipod over say a psp? I wouldn't get a PSP for video playback either. Sure, the screen is *light-years* ahead of the vPod, but it's got just as many limitations. 1. Reencoding your video to some ridiculously low rez (320x240) 2. Having to use the .mp4 conta...
by Voldenuit
Thu Oct 13, 2005 8:57 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Must Have Programs!
Replies: 184
Views: 175487

Here's my $0.02 1. Avast! antivirus - I don't know what issues make some people so averse to it. they don't like the default settings but aren't savvy enough to edit their preferences? It's still miles better than NAV and is going into my upcoming x64 build. 2. Azureus - for all the times I need to,...
by Voldenuit
Thu Oct 13, 2005 6:38 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Just Bought an iPod Video!
Replies: 16
Views: 5771

Re: Just Bought an iPod Video!

I just smashed the piggy-bank and bought a Black 30gig iPod-Video. I'll give you guys some reviews on it once it's here.... :P Cool. Would you be willing to cover an audience "wishlist of questions"? If so, can I get the ball rolling with: 1. Screen quality - brightness/contrast - size (are subtitl...
by Voldenuit
Thu Oct 13, 2005 4:34 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Good... fast... fans?
Replies: 12
Views: 1429

Right, are any of these pretty quiet under a load? The Big Typhoon is whisper quiet. Tt claim 17 dB, and I can certainly believe it - the low pitch whine is (barely) audible, but my PSU fan is louder than the CPU fan at full rpm. The Thermalrights will vary depending on what aftermarket fan you fit...
by Voldenuit
Thu Oct 13, 2005 4:20 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: building new comp
Replies: 39
Views: 7430

You do use it for professional rendering apps, meaning you will need OpenGL. ATI != OGL unfortunately. 7800 is your GPU. Actually, that was my own opinion until recently. However, benchmarks of the X1800 show it outperforming the 7800 in Catia (as well as several other OpenGL productivity apps). An...
by Voldenuit
Thu Oct 13, 2005 2:50 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia card specifications
Replies: 62
Views: 37535

Any chance of a NV40 shrink/revision?

Hi guys, anybody know if there have been any revisions to the NV40 core? My curiousity was piqued when I noticed that Newegg was now carrying single slot Leadtek 6800 GTs, when they were double slot previously (as recently as last week). OLD 6800 GT (notice height of heatsink): http://img423.imagesh...
by Voldenuit
Thu Oct 13, 2005 2:32 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Unlocking 6800 vanilla pipes--Is it safe?
Replies: 13
Views: 1275

Unlocking a 6800 is safer than unlocking a X800GTO, say. With the 6800/LE, you can use RivaTuner to soft-unlock the extra pipes and vertex shader. If you get errors, you can scale back (eg 12 pipes instead of 16, or not unlock the vertex unit) or undo your changes. On the other hand, unlocking a X80...
by Voldenuit
Thu Oct 13, 2005 1:30 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: need recommendation for cheapest X2 motherboard
Replies: 7
Views: 1533

The Jetway 939GT2 is also pretty cheap, and is an nforce4 chipset to boot. I bought the Ultra-G for around USD80, the STD (non Ultra) should be even cheaper. EDIT: All nforce4 motherboards *should* be X2 compatible, but some may need a BIOS flash. nv claim that you can run an X2 chip in single core ...
by Voldenuit
Mon Oct 10, 2005 9:32 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Good... fast... fans?
Replies: 12
Views: 1429

I'm with splinter here. A large fan on your cpu heatsink is desirable for low noise as well as high performance. I will deviate from splinter though and recommend the Thermaltake Big Typhoon (~$45-50 USD) instead of the XP-120. I've got one of these puppies and it is whisper quiet. Its advantages ov...
by Voldenuit
Sun Oct 09, 2005 11:23 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 6600GT or a 6800?
Replies: 32
Views: 4662

Id say your choices are Sapphire, MSI, BFG and im not sure if Leadtek makes a X800XL but they are an awesome choice also. Leadtek is I believe the only major graphics manufacturer that is still nvidia-exclusive. One thing I like about them is that they usually go beyond rebadging the reference card...
by Voldenuit
Sat Oct 08, 2005 2:01 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: building new comp
Replies: 39
Views: 7430

Well, the 3800+ runs at 2.0 GHz stock, and will easily hit 2.4, and probably up to 2.7 with good cooling. If you want to run stock, then you could get the 4400 or 4600 X2 on stock coolers - the coolers on the higher X2 series are already heatpipe coolers and pretty decent. Almost all nf4 boards will...
by Voldenuit
Fri Oct 07, 2005 11:15 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: building new comp
Replies: 39
Views: 7430

Whoa. that's some serious moolah you're spending there. Personally, I think you can save some serious money by cutting back a little from the bleeding edge. CPU: Athlon64 X2 3800+ $347 (savings: $533) The performance will be satisfactory at stock, and you have a very high likelihood of overclockabil...
by Voldenuit
Thu Oct 06, 2005 12:26 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: NVIDIA Beta Drivers 81.85, 78.03 & Vista - 10/18/05
Replies: 20
Views: 4705

I think the 6600s/6600LEs don't require the SLI link to work together? Anybody know? That's correct. Nvidia added SLI support for the 6600s via a driver update. The reference cards never had SLI connectors, so they implemented SLI without a bridge in the drivers. Hope this helps. Cheers, V.
by Voldenuit
Mon Oct 03, 2005 9:30 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New PCIe Grafx card, recommendations pls
Replies: 4
Views: 1491

There's no Athlon XP 3000+ S939. I take it you mean Athlon64 3000+ S939? Oops. My bad. Corrected. If you are not going to use more than 2 gigs of RAM, then it is debatable whether XP64 will give you any benefits. Besides, are your CAD/CAM software ported yet? No, the CAD software is still win32, bu...
by Voldenuit
Mon Oct 03, 2005 12:19 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New PCIe Grafx card, recommendations pls
Replies: 4
Views: 1491

New PCIe Grafx card, recommendations pls

Hi everyone, I'm (in the process of) building a new system, based on the current specs: Athlon 64 3000+ s939 Venice Jetway 939GT2-ULTRA-G NForce4 Ultra mobo Thermaltake Big Thyphoon HSF 2x512 MB CL2.5 PC3200 DDR RAM 250G WD SATA HDD Aerocool Turbine Power 450W modular PSU Windows XP Pro x64 (yes. I'...
by Voldenuit
Sun Oct 02, 2005 9:15 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which mobo msi,asus,abit,or ??
Replies: 28
Views: 4770

A second vote for the Jetway 939GT4-SLI-G. I just bought its little brother, the 939GT2-ULTRA to power the next rig I'm building (still waiting on other parts). Some good points about the GT4-SLI: 1. Price - it's only $129 on Newegg 2. Very good stock performance - as good or better than the big nam...
by Voldenuit
Sun Oct 02, 2005 8:49 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Interesting...a S754 nForce4 board with the nvFirewall
Replies: 12
Views: 1217

OK, let me see if I understand this correctly: the standard ATX spec has the power supply above the mobo. So why the hell isn't the main power connector on the top edge of the mobo? This board (and many others) has the main connecter on the side of the board - which just so happens to be directly b...
by Voldenuit
Sun Oct 02, 2005 8:16 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: New PDA or XBOX360?
Replies: 16
Views: 1318

Neither. As flybywire said, you'd probably get bored of your new PDA as fast as you did with your old one. Unless you're using it for work/study, there's not much point in buying gadgets you don't need. As for the x360, I wouldn't buy one at launch. I'd wait 3 months, maybe 6, to see how the market ...
by Voldenuit
Sat Oct 01, 2005 8:29 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4273
Views: 611873

Honey & Clover insert song albums - mainly J-Rock by Spitz and Suga Shikao.

Some mediocre songs, some cool ones, and of course, the awesome insert songs with out-of-the world lyrics :P
by Voldenuit
Sat Oct 01, 2005 1:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: When will you be upgrading your computer?
Replies: 43
Views: 6647

Clean slate. I've already bought a new motherboard - the Jetway 939GT2-ULTRA-G http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/2619/939gt2u7ea.jpg At RM335 (USD88), it was the cheapest nf4 ultra motherboard I could find. However, its construction belies its low price, with an almost-perfect layout and high end c...
by Voldenuit
Sat Sep 03, 2005 11:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What's Your Top 5 Favorite Animated Shows (Non-Anime)
Replies: 18
Views: 2103

Non-anime, eh? I'll bite. 1. Futurama "We've seen too many body bags and ball sacks" 2. Aeon Flux "What the flame does not consume, consumes the flame." 3. Aaagh! It's the Mr. Hell Show! "It takes 9 months to make one episode of The Simpsons? We're doing a whole series in that time... but it's still...
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