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  1. Mehta23

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    I heard OCZ are good? 120gb for £75.

    Clients...i guess you build and sell Pc's. I'd love to get into this, but its high cost and not many people would trade with a "kid".
  2. Mehta23

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    I've found the evga precision app for android, but it connects via Bluetooth

    Would any Bluetooth card just slot into my motherboard and work with my phone?
    . Is the app even worth that?
  3. Mehta23

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    In addition to the Bluetooth, I'm looking at the CM hyper 212 CPU cooler which has reduced from the increased £29 to £25.

    Reckon it'll get much lower?
  4. Rolo42

    Rolo42 Well-Known Member

    - OCZ is junk

    - I don't see the use for an Android app; there's a regular Win version and MSI Afterburner is another alternative

    - Just about any aftermarket cooler would be an improvement but if the quid could be put towards anything else, do so as improved cooling only matters if the stock one isn't enough (you utilise the CPU to the point that it down-clocks). I've built a few 4.2GHz i5's that run on stock coolers and it only down-clocks during burn-in tests; the users don't do anything that demanding (incl. gaming)

    - Yes, I've been selling custom-built PCs/small business networks since the mid nineties. I only do it on occasion these days and only by referral
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  5. Mehta23

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    Thanks again Rolo for yet another brilliant reply.

    At the moment the only other thing I need is a keyboard and mouse. Cooling was to reduce temps if i (needed to) overclock. At the moment everything is pretty fine. Haven't intensely gamed or edited to know...

    Here, Mushkin doesn't seem to be that big.... But what's wrong with Ocz?
  6. Rolo42

    Rolo42 Well-Known Member

    Mushkin has been around for many years with a solid track record; I still have their PC-166 (PC-133 OC) in my Win95 machine. Wife & I have their DDR3-2133 @ 1.5v in our current desktops and they were cheaper than anyone else and at lower voltage.

    I put their (Edit) Chronos SSD in client builds and wished I had put it in our builds (wasn't available at the time, SF-22xx controversy as well). (Client builds also serve as a testing ground for my builds.)
  7. Mehta23

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    Yeah , I couldn't find many of their products on Amazon, but it is on ebay and LambaTek :)

    Reckon they'll go down in price by Xmas?
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  9. Mehta23

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    Finally started my first-ish gaming session. 15 minutes of Just Cause 2. My 670 holds the frame rate between 59-60 and if I properly max the AA its the same, although it dropped twice to 45.
    After 15 minutes and a minute of the benchmark my GPU was at 43° and CPU at 45°, so not bad temps.

    The fans on the card haven't gone over 35% but they get loud at 50 and LOUD/NOISY approaching full. Sounds like a mechanical washing machine noise sorta thing.... :p

    Really impressed with it. Just need a good mouse to go with it.
  10. Rolo42

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    If you're staying at 60FPS and your game's settings are maxed, use nVidia control panel to override some settings with higher values.
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  11. Mehta23

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    I have, and still 59.2-60.1 in borderlands 2!

    I know you've recommend Mushkin, but how are SanDisk?

    Also, what should be the size I get? I've seen 60gb for £40 and 120gb for £70. Higher than that is still expensive.
  12. Mehta23

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    Bought a pack off Amazon for a mere
  13. Rolo42

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    Let me know how the cleaners work; I think I can do better than what I have currently.

    re: SSD size. Are you going to use SRT caching (highly recommended). If so, how big? (it can go up to 64GB, leaving 55GB formatted capacity free on a 120/128GB SSD).

    I have 64GB cache, 55GB Windows boot and system partitions (system reserved and C:) and some program files installed to the SSD. This keeps the cache clear of OS/frequently used files and ensures a killer boot-up time (not that the latter really matters but attests to the responsiveness to expect).

    I also have Diablo III on the SSD since their asset loading routine sucks and causes hitching on a mechanical drive; SRT caching won't cache huge files (like DIII's 1GB+ MPQ files). You may want to have the option available to you should you need it.
  14. Mehta23

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    Wel, after being told it was a waste of money :p. it seems to have done well.

    It came with a anti static brush to take away all the dust - not bad.

    Cleaning Solution

    and a microfibre cloth.

    Got rid of the marks, what else can I say?

    I have no idea about SRT caching at all.
  15. Mehta23

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    Another thing, the icon for EVGA precision X has just vanished. It's not just a white page with a icon on it...

    I've tried reinstalling it but nothing happened?


    This has just fixed itself...
  16. Mehta23

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    In addition to not knowing what SSD size to get, I don't know what are like good gpu / CPU temps to stay under...?

    By not getting any fans I can save myself £35, which is almost the price as a 64GB OCZ or SanDisk ssd


    Edit : I forgot how expensive my graphics card was, so I've actually got £80 out of my budget (including the extra few hundred quid I've put on)

    Considering I still want my keyboard / mouse, looks like my fans ( at least the CPU cooler) and ssd will have to wait until Xmas / I get a job :'(
  17. Mehta23

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    I'm finding my exhaust case fan to be a little noisy and i was wondering if it was worth it to replace it / get some top fans..?

    Recommended brands?
  18. Rolo42

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    Exhaust (and top) definitely (if your top is open but not exhausting, the rear fan will pull outside air rather than inside (hot) air.

    I pretty much have Antec Tri-Cool LED fans because they come with the cases. They last a few years and run noise-free before dying (had 2/12 120mm plotz after 4-6 years; I've never had an Antec 80mm fan break as they've outlived their usefulness but I've had other brands die out.)

    Enermax fans have some nice bling if that's important.

    -+-

    Definitely RMA the card (weak component now ~ failure later) for another new one. If they don't exchange for new, I'd just return it and go for another brand.

    -+-

    I've never used PrecisionX; I've always used MSI Afterburner.
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  19. Mehta23

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    Yeah, the top is open.

    A quick look on amazon shows the 200mm Cooler master fan, some corsair 120mm and artic cooling and another called akasa.

    These the ones you're on about?
    Antec 120mm TwoCool Fan for PC
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007TG5E8Q/ref=cm_sw_r_an_am_ap_am_gb?ie=UTF8
    Enermax T.B.Silence PWM Case Fan 120 x 120 x 25
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004RJ6K4A/ref=cm_sw_r_an_am_ap_am_gb?ie=UTF8

    I was also wondering if it would be better to get the cheaper CM top 200mm or two slightly better 120's?
  20. Mehta23

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    Another thing ( sorry!)

    I've yet to make a backup of anything , as I dont have anything to do it on. ( 10 DVD's is a bit much I think , although I could do it )

    Is it better to get an external back up drive, or a internal one and then remove that and keep it safe ...somewhere..?
  21. Mehta23

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    One more thing!

    How much of a difference would I see in normal tasks, Photoshop/video editing and gaming if I overclock my CPU/GPU?

    Just wondering if it's worth doing it.

    Plus the question about the fans.. :)

    TIA (Rolo)
  22. Mehta23

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    Still the same price :(

    Going back to SSD's....

    Would you still say the Mushkin are the best? Just that they are a bit more expensive ,
  23. alostpacket

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    For SSD Intel or Samsung are good

    For cleaning your monitor, use a microfiber cloth or any very soft cloth and just a drop or two of water. I usually get a cup and dip a tiny part of the cloth in and wipe very gently on the monitor.

    Whatever you do dont use any ammonia based cleaners. I personally stay away from any chemical cleaner.

    As for temp/OC'ing -- what CPU do you have?
  24. Mehta23

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    I have a
    i5 3750K
    EVGA 670 FTW SIg II
    Corsair 7650W PSU
    Aus P8Z77 V-LX.
  25. Mehta23

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    I've been meaning to start the RMA process to send back my GPU .

    I've been told to start that RMA from the EVGA website and so on. Only , there's no HQ in the UK, and the only one in Europe is in Germany . There's no way I'm paying
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