Search found 1002 matches

by tropicalfish
Fri May 29, 2009 3:00 am
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: New i7 Chips... and a story...
Replies: 73
Views: 16950

Did you remember to run stress tests on your OC? If the stress tests fail, then you can be guaranteed that the computer will crash or have problems.
by tropicalfish
Wed May 20, 2009 1:10 am
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: CPU Cooling Fan
Replies: 22
Views: 5183

It will be blowing towards the heatsink.
by tropicalfish
Tue May 19, 2009 10:44 pm
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: CPU Cooling Fan
Replies: 22
Views: 5183

Ah fine. Anyhow, a good way to see which way the fan blows is by looking at the blade curvature. As you can see in this picture, the blades are curved so that it can pull air more effectively. And, as you can see in that picture, the blades are curved so that it can push air just as effectively. If ...
by tropicalfish
Tue May 19, 2009 10:38 pm
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: CPU Cooling Fan
Replies: 22
Views: 5183

In terms of computer heatsinks, almost all standard style heatsinks have the fan blow into the heatsink.

The Noctua one you have is in a push-pull configuration. If it was only one fan, the fan would be blowing into it.
by tropicalfish
Tue May 19, 2009 9:52 pm
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: CPU Cooling Fan
Replies: 22
Views: 5183

Welcome to the real world called "REALITY". http://www.broadbandreports.com/forum/remark,8706632 I'm not trying to bust your balls, but not everything is as you read it. RD Almost all stock heatsink and performance air heatsinks have the fan blowing INTO the heatsink. Again, see diagram. Second one...
by tropicalfish
Tue May 19, 2009 4:45 am
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: CPU Cooling Fan
Replies: 22
Views: 5183

Again, fan blows INTO heatsink. If the heatsink is against the motherboard, fan blows towards the motherboard. That is not 100% correct. As said, if the there is a manifold/cover over the heatsinks on the CPU, the fan is usually set up to PULL the air around the heatsink and exit through the fan. R...
by tropicalfish
Tue May 19, 2009 2:13 am
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: CPU Cooling Fan
Replies: 22
Views: 5183

Again, fan blows INTO heatsink. If the heatsink is against the motherboard, fan blows towards the motherboard. If it is a tower heatsink, the fan BLOWS THROUGH the heatsink, it does not suck through the heatsink.
by tropicalfish
Mon May 18, 2009 9:58 pm
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: CPU Cooling Fan
Replies: 22
Views: 5183

Like above, the air should blow into the heatsink.
by tropicalfish
Sat May 09, 2009 1:46 am
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: New i7 Chips... and a story...
Replies: 73
Views: 16950

RD have you run stress tests on your OC?
by tropicalfish
Fri May 08, 2009 12:43 am
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: New i7 Chips... and a story...
Replies: 73
Views: 16950

RD are you running any other exhaust fans aside from the PSU fan?
by tropicalfish
Fri May 08, 2009 12:18 am
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: New i7 Chips... and a story...
Replies: 73
Views: 16950

Now back to the topic... If I reinstall the Dell IDE and OK OK I'll use the ribbon cable, I make it a slave... and then I will have access to all the data on the drive and will be able to boot into Win XP as well? I don't know really why I would do that, maybe I'm missing something here. I am looki...
by tropicalfish
Thu May 07, 2009 9:53 pm
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: New i7 Chips... and a story...
Replies: 73
Views: 16950

Do stress tests with OCCT. For best stability, run the OCCT test for more than 1 hour.

Be sure load temps remain under 65 for "optimal" overclock.
by tropicalfish
Wed May 06, 2009 4:52 am
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: New i7 Chips... and a story...
Replies: 73
Views: 16950

Thanks T-Fish for the SATA-0 notice. Didn't really think about it. But I did put the VISTA OS HD on SATA-0. Only made sense to do it that way. Any particular reason not to use an IDE to SATA adapter??? Just wondering. RD If you have an IDE hard drive that you want to use and an IDE connector you wa...
by tropicalfish
Tue May 05, 2009 10:00 pm
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: New i7 Chips... and a story...
Replies: 73
Views: 16950

You can connect your Windows XP hard drive to your motherboard's SATA connector. Just make sure that your Vista hard drive is connected on SATA-0 (or a number before the XP drive) so the motherboard won't boot from the XP drive. You will be able to access anything you need from your XP drive once yo...
by tropicalfish
Sun May 03, 2009 7:24 pm
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: New i7 Chips... and a story...
Replies: 73
Views: 16950

Cat: What do you mean? Do you want your IDE drives on your computer to run Windows XP so you can dual boot? Also, you can connect your sound card to your speakers with either one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882123073 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item...
by tropicalfish
Sat May 02, 2009 2:09 pm
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: New i7 Chips... and a story...
Replies: 73
Views: 16950

I'm feeling your pain Clay, and it doesn't feel to good. This is my first solo run from a ground up build and install, so I have more questions than I have answers. Navigation is way different with Vista, and causing some problems. Most have been dealt with, with some patience. Others I will check ...
by tropicalfish
Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:24 am
Forum: Video Cards
Topic: Monstrous Video Cards!!!
Replies: 19
Views: 5671

Whaat?

You didn't either?
by tropicalfish
Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:14 pm
Forum: Video Cards
Topic: Monstrous Video Cards!!!
Replies: 19
Views: 5671

ATI Radeon HD4870 512MB.
by tropicalfish
Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:18 am
Forum: Flight Simulator X - FSX
Topic: frames bad when i go 'too' fast?
Replies: 5
Views: 1079

Lower your settings then.

Two reasons why it could be slower:
The faster aircraft is more detailed
When you move faster, the computer must queue up the new scenery data faster.

Another words, read RD's post above. :roll:

Somebody should really make mention of RD's post above... :lol:
by tropicalfish
Sun Mar 29, 2009 7:06 pm
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: Power Supplies
Replies: 33
Views: 8404

64-bit supports 4GBs of RAM or more.
by tropicalfish
Sat Mar 28, 2009 10:41 pm
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: Power Supplies
Replies: 33
Views: 8404

Chances are you have a 32-bit operating system if your computer came with 3GB's of RAM or less.

To find out, go to Start -> Run -> type: CMD -> type: systeminfo

When the thing finishes loading, look for the line:

System Type. If it says x86, then it is 32-bit. If it says x64, then it is 64-bit.
by tropicalfish
Sat Mar 28, 2009 7:58 pm
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: Power Supplies
Replies: 33
Views: 8404

RD: XP 64 and Vista 64 support more than 3GB's. It's the 32 bit operating systems that don't. Cessnapilot: Clockspeed isn't everything. It's alot on architecture. Are you planning to "upgrade" on a new computer, or to swap out parts on your old computer to make it better? If you want SLI, think of a...
by tropicalfish
Sat Mar 28, 2009 3:36 am
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: Power Supplies
Replies: 33
Views: 8404

If you are tight on money, push for a better processor instead of SLI.
by tropicalfish
Fri Mar 27, 2009 7:08 am
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: Power Supplies
Replies: 33
Views: 8404

My system runs cool, at about 89 degrees Farenheit usually. While running games, like FS and DOOM3, I can come back to find the temperature a few degrees higher. I'm not sure if heat is a major player in determining the PSU's load, but I do know higher wattages in electronics or electrical devices ...
by tropicalfish
Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:05 pm
Forum: FS2004
Topic: PMDG MD-11 problem
Replies: 6
Views: 4680

Did you turn the power on?
by tropicalfish
Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:34 pm
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: Power Supplies
Replies: 33
Views: 8404

Man, I lost track of what you all were saying. And sorry about the mix up with the fish and the cat, I tend to do that a lot :x From what I gather, and I believe is true, a manufacturer's recommended wattage for their product is a safety measure, huh? I guess I can believe that, it only makes sense...
by tropicalfish
Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:05 am
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: Power Supplies
Replies: 33
Views: 8404

Hey Fish, the Manufacturer requires a minimum of 450 watts with the NVidia 9800GTX+. 600 watts should be the minimum. Therefore, it is not "more than sufficient". Rule #1: Always get a PSU at least 100 watts more than is required. No brainer there. :roll: RD It *recommends* that much, which would b...
by tropicalfish
Thu Mar 26, 2009 5:27 am
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: Power Supplies
Replies: 33
Views: 8404

600W is more than sufficient. What brand is your CURRENT power supply? Hey Fish, the Manufacturer requires a minimum of 450 watts with the NVidia 9800GTX+. 600 watts should be the minimum. Therefore, it is not "more than sufficient". Rule #1: Always get a PSU at least 100 watts more than is require...
by tropicalfish
Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:50 am
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: Power Supplies
Replies: 33
Views: 8404

CessnaPilot09 wrote:It's made by Ultra. Not an OEM.

To Tropicalfish: I'll check their web site for that info. I completely forgot about that! :lol:
Your current power supply inside your computer is made by Ultra?
by tropicalfish
Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:53 pm
Forum: Optimal Configurations
Topic: Power Supplies
Replies: 33
Views: 8404

600W is more than sufficient.
What brand is your CURRENT power supply?