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  1. #301


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Good scores!
    GTX 650 is the bottleneck... still very useful at 7.2.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. #302


    Hopachi, Thanks!! Yep, the GTX650 is a good all 'round video card since I'm not a gamer. I play SimCity and my son came over the other night and played "Need for Speed, Most Wanted" on my PC and was impressed at it's performance, even with that video card. I put my $ into the CPU, motherboard, RAM and case and if I ever get a great deal on a high-end video card, I'll get it for our son and use his GTX-660 Superclocked Edition. I really have no need for a gaming video card except to see good benchmark results!
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  3. #303


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Yep! The same applies here: no intense gaming (usually I play older titles... dune2000... up to Command and Conquer 3... maybe Age of Empires and Roller Coaster Tycoon as well) but Sim City looks great.

    The cards I have are not top notch, especially since I moved to laptops: gt 630M is the greatest I got, my brother still hangs on a 9800 gtx+ that still does the job well.
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  4. #304


    When the prices on the nVidia GTX-680 drops low enough, I may get 2 to run in SLI mode, as I've never done that before and I'd like to try it out. My next purchase will be a mechanical keyboard since the crappy Dell keyboards I've been using are all falling apart. It's about time I get a decent keyboard. Back in the day, I used to use the Lexmark mechanical keyboards that were heavy, had a "click" to the keys and were nice to type on!
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  5. #305


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    SLI is a dream, here as well, never used before. Make sure your power supply handles high powers required.

    I always use a mechanical keyboard on my laptop, attached through usb-ps2 converter and that way I spare the life of the laptop keyboard (these days laptop keyboards get worn out pretty quickly).
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  6. #306


    Yes, I replace laptop keyboards all the time. My power supply is a nice Corsair 750watt 750AX, which provides clean power. My motherboard and CPU use power very efficiently and the newer video cards use less power then before. I'll probably get a 1000watt power supply if a good deal comes up and reuse this one elsewhere.
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  7. #307


    If i got the money to buy a USB keyboard, i would do this to my laptop:
    -Make sure if display is closed the laptop don't sleep/hibernate
    -Connect the laptop to a Monitor, plug the mouse and the keyboard, and use it as a desktop (nettop).
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  8. #308

    Today's efforts to lower the temps...


    I've been contemplating this for awhile... the air coming out of the rear of the case, from the Intel fan that is pulling air through the radiator, didn't seem to be adequate and it was warmer than I liked. When the CPU was at 100%, the temps would hit 175-180 degrees F. I had been reading about "push-pull" configurations, so I thought I would try it. I left the Intel fan in place, pulling air into the radiator, and attached a Corsair 120mm fan on the other side of the radiator, pulling air through the radiator, out the rear of the case.

    I'm running "folding@home" to keep my CPU at 100% and the temps are 160 degrees F, so I'm very happy to see such a substantial drop. The air flow coming out the rear of the case is noticeably increased and cooler, as well!

    Here are a few pics so you can see what I'm talking about. Essentially, I created a "radiator sandwich" with air flowing from the interior of the case through the radiator and the fan next to the rear of the case also pulling air through the radiator. such a simple thing to do and the positive effects are immediately noticeable!
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  9. #309


    Quote Originally Posted by azasadny View Post
    I've been contemplating this for awhile... the air coming out of the rear of the case, from the Intel fan that is pulling air through the radiator, didn't seem to be adequate and it was warmer than I liked. When the CPU was at 100%, the temps would hit 175-180 degrees F. I had been reading about "push-pull" configurations, so I thought I would try it. I left the Intel fan in place, pulling air into the radiator, and attached a Corsair 120mm fan on the other side of the radiator, pulling air through the radiator, out the rear of the case.

    I'm running "folding@home" to keep my CPU at 100% and the temps are 160 degrees F, so I'm very happy to see such a substantial drop. The air flow coming out the rear of the case is noticeably increased and cooler, as well!

    Here are a few pics so you can see what I'm talking about. Essentially, I created a "radiator sandwich" with air flowing from the interior of the case through the radiator and the fan next to the rear of the case also pulling air through the radiator. such a simple thing to do and the positive effects are immediately noticeable!
    Is it water cooled or just a basic air cooled?
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  10. #310


    The CPU is liquid cooled using the Intel-branded Asetek liquid all-in-one, sealed cooling unit. Since I don't have a high-end video card that gets hot, the heat generated by the CPU is my main concern. The liquid cooling units are easy to install, efficient, quiet and give you plenty of room in the case to move around as you modify things... Minimum dust is drawn into the case, which is always a good thing!
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