Old 26th July 2008, 19:22   #1641
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Because people buy gaming machines which contain them. Especially ones which have a pair of them. If they didn't buy them, then I'd build whatever else my market would prefer.

Well, in terms of gaming PCs, anyway. I've no plans to enter the edible panty business just yet.

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I was wondering though why they'd make a card to support an 18 years old graphics standard, then I saw that even the mobo was apparently designed for it.

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I highly recommend entrepreneurism to anyone with an idea and the means to get it going. If you can envision it, then go for it! It's certainly been wonderful for me.

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Very nice. S&W makes high-end stuff.

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Asus Xonar DX PCIe 7.1 Sound Card

Zalman 9500A 92mm Pure Copper CPU Cooler

And a box of assorted screws and standoffs because stupid case manufacturers, even very good stupid case manufacturers like Antec, NEVER give you nine mainboard standoffs AND nine mainboard mounting screws. I need to contact them to inform them that this is the minimum number of standoffs and screws it takes to properly mount an ATX mainboard into a PC chassis. It's always some stupid, incomplete combination like eight standoffs and ten screws or nine standoffs and four screws. After some twenty machines I've already used up my surplus. Perhaps they don't have anyone packaging their product accessories who has any experience in assembling personal computers. I can train them. I've assembled a personal computer before. I'll even discount my training fee. It'll be a short class, after all.

Welcome, class. Repeat after me: "NINE SCREWS AND NINE STANDOFFS!" Thank you for attending. Have a great day.

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And a box of assorted screws and standoffs because stupid case manufacturers, even very good stupid case manufacturers like Antec, NEVER give you nine mainboard standoffs AND nine mainboard mounting screws. I need to contact them to inform them that this is the minimum number of standoffs and screws it takes to properly mount an ATX mainboard into a PC chassis. It's always some stupid, incomplete combination like eight standoffs and ten screws or nine standoffs and four screws. After some twenty machines I've already used up my surplus. Perhaps they don't have anyone packaging their product accessories who has any experience in assembling personal computers. I can train them. I've assembled a personal computer before. I'll even discount my training fee. It'll be a short class, after all.

Welcome, class. Repeat after me: "NINE SCREWS AND NINE STANDOFFS!" Thank you for attending. Have a great day.
Huh, my Solo came with way more than nine.

(actually it came with a big bag of screws, no idea where one's supposed to use them all (sound of computer falling apart) oh, there)
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Huh, my Solo came with way more than nine.

(actually it came with a big bag of screws, no idea where one's supposed to use them all (sound of computer falling apart) oh, there)
Can you send me your extras?

(Actually, I received the box of screws/standoffs/etc. that I ordered, and it'll give me a good supply for probably the rest of the year, assuming I'll be needing no more than one or two pieces out of it for each build.)

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Finally got around to taking a couple pictures and uploading them... Not technically the last thing I bought, but I recently purchased a set of BFGoodrich Radial T/As for my new truck, so I figured I'd post a picture. I also painted the wheels with the Dupli-Color paint that I bought a while back. Looks way better, I think.

Here's a picture of my truck before. img_4515.jpg

Here's my truck right after I pulled out of the carwash after I painted the wheels. img_5029.jpg

Here's a night-time shot (I'll try to take a better one later). img_5036.jpg


At any rate, I love the tires. They were definitely a good purchase. They ride better than the stock tires, they give much better traction for acceleration/handling/braking, and they look great. The Dupli-Color paint that I bought to coat the wheels with was a great buy, too.
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Very nice, Sarge.

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love the paint but miss the hub caps

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@ Scor: That looks like it'd make a kickass transmission oil cooler.


@ ted: I thought about putting the wheel caps back on, but they just don't look right. They stick out far too much, and they're grey rather than black. I was kinda going for a police interceptor appearance, anyway. My next project will be to take off the bumpers and grill, remove the chrome from them, then paint them all black as well. It should look sharp after that.



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@ Scor: That looks like it'd make a kickass transmission oil cooler.
It's just a (pimped up) mini tower with 92mm fan.

(Couldn't find any review, the only comparison I saw showed it's more effective than a stock cooler but less than a Noctua (which is sort of like: faster than an electric wheelchair but slower than a Ferrari))
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@ Scor: That looks like it'd make a kickass transmission oil cooler.
Looks bad-ass, don't it? Like Gaek says, it's not a top rated unit in terms of cooling, but MAN let me tell you - one of the hardest parts of this job is finding just the right cooling units for each of the system types I'm building. On an eVGA 790i Ultra SLI mainboard, for instance, the Northbridge heatsink and heat transfer pipes running around the CPU socket are so frikkin' close to it that more common/popular units like the Tuniq Tower 120 and the Zalman 9nnn series just won't fit into the space provided. I like the (apparent) design of the Asus V-60, and more importantly the attachment method. After all, if it can't be installed, then it's cooling performance is zero, right?

I'll know more tomorrow, when I receive it and throw it into my current build --> Antec Nine Hundred / Intel Q9550 / eVGA nForce 790i Ultra SLI / 4GB OCZ Reaper HPC DDR3 1333 / 2 x eVGA GeForce 9800 GX2 SSC-Edition 1GB GDDR3 (Quad-SLI).

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and more importantly the attachment method.
Everybody loves push-pins (and by love I mean...).
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The Asus V-60 is a JOY to install. No annoying push-pins or brackets. A backplate for the mainboard and a spring-loaded screw on each corner of the unit. Hardly any overhang - fits nicely on an eVGA 790i Ultra SLI mainboard, where most CPU cooling units aren't welcome. Performance is quite respectable, too. I think I'll keep it.

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Last purchased: Four more cans of Dupli-Color wheel coat paint (two flat black, one graphite, one clear coat).

I just took the grille, front bumper, and rear bumper off of my new truck this evening. Going to start sanding/prepping them tomorrow afternoon. By the end of the week, my new truck should be chromeless.
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I wish I was there to turn a wrench with you. It's been forever since I've done any automotive upgrades.


Update on the Asus V-60: After extensive thermal testing, this thing has proven to be the best unit I've used. It equals the cooling capacity of the Tuniq Tower 120. I've never had another cooling unit that could do that. I tried them both on an eVGA 780i SLI mainboard and an Intel Q9550 CPU. I overclocked the CPU to 3.4GHz (400 x 8.5), then tested each one three times (alternating) using OCCT's one hour thermal test. The CPU idle temperature with both units is 28°C, and the peak full load temperature with both units is 59°C. Plus the V-60 is smaller, quieter and nicer looking than the Tuniq.

Five stars out of five.

(The people who give it low ratings likely don't know how to properly apply thermal interface material. I suspect that quite often with subpar cooling unit ratings. It's why I always test them myself before making a judgment. Maybe I should teach a class on thermal interface application... )

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Well, I haven't done any torture tests yet (just x264 encoding), nor is it overclocked, but I've yet to push my E8400 over 40°C (according to RealTemp and the one core sensor that seems to work, with a system temp of ~30°C), with the cooler running at 6V.

Besides, I know how much you love to berate others but why would they mess up applying thermal goo with just that cooler (which is probably less sensitive to amount/quality of grease due to better mounting, at least compared to push-pin mounted ones)?
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One thing I forgot to mention is that, in addition to being quieter, smaller and more attractive, it's also about 20% cheaper than the Tuniq Tower 120. (Which is pretty typically priced among other CPU coolers at about $50; the V-60 is $40.)

I'm preparing to list the latest build - which uses this cooler - and it's a very nice rig. Great bang for the buck. I'm really happy with it.

3DMark Vantage: 12305
3DMark06: 18397

Framerate Benchmarks (min/max/avg) under Vista Ultimate x64...

Crysis (DX10) @ 1440x900, 16xAF, 4xAA, all game details set to "Very High" (maximum): 44/81/58

I haven't tested Bioshock, Oblivion or UT3 on it yet, but I anticipate considerably higher performance with them, as Crysis is always at the bottom among framerates.

Well, I'm off to do some übergaming.

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Those are some pretty wild specs, Scor, and even better benchmarks. My machine can barely hit 10,000 on 06. Granted I only spent about $600 putting it together, almost a year ago, but still.

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My machine was top-of-the-line when I built it... three years ago. :P It still runs decently, though. Comparing mine to Scor's machines would be like comparing a bass boat to a battleship.


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Next planned purchase: A wire wheel for my drill. Need it to help me strip the chrome off my truck's bumpers.
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