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  1. thanks! glad i could help. it seems you are have a good eye being able to match things up to compatability of the components same story about the editing thing first question, unfortunately not, the DDR RAM won't fit in the DDR3 slot for a start, and the PC will fail to boot if you do manage to get it in there. as for the adapter, Ultra ATA i think is just a name to make it seem "cooler" and is actually IDE in which case there are thousands of power adapters going for almost nothing on amazon. the case, is a tricky one, as usually the boards made for said cases are generic sizes and dont go on the ATX/MATX form factors, you could certainly fit the drives, but the motherboard is the larger problem, does the motherboard have a product number like GA-MA770-UD3 (not exact, i got that off my old AMD motherboard, by guess who? but like a similar definition?) again, PSU's for big brands can have their own generic size, my Packard Bell Imedia 1559 (well, my mums old one) had a 250W one and when i went to swap it out for 300W the PSU would only fit at the top and it held on with 2 screws, it didn't fall out thank god but it made one hell of a racket. the 600W PSU will be okay as far as i know, usually PSUs are rather stable and dont give you hassle i recommended 750W simply so you had more breathing room when it came to upgrades in the near future. but if you begin to get louder than usual noises from the back of the PC, Random BSODs or shutdowns, send it back (if you can) and up the wattage. GPUs now, i have never been an Nvidia freak or an AMD freak (but ALWAYS a Gigafreak) but i have experienced a fantastic difference when i swapped out an Nvidia 9400GT (i think) for a HD 4550 in an old AMD build, my Youtube videos suddenly loaded allot faster and the picture quality from VGA is spot on. in games i had an issue here, my PSU died due to the power the 4550 was drawing during FFOW, it was an old 300W PSU from the packard bell mentioned earlier. so it was working more along the lines of 200W so i had to quickly swap it out for a more powerful 550W PSU which i found dirt cheap from the internet. as soon as i replaced the PSU, framerates improved i got the framerate up to 64 FPS average rather than the 10 it rolled out before the replacement. so i can't really comment, incase the PSU had something to do with it. but overall for more bang for the buck, AMD is one to go for. the CCC anti aliasing in GR is very subtle, you will notice hardly any difference unless you are on a better card. nvidia is the best if you dont mind spending more to get more, like PhysX but whts wrong with picking up an Ageia one from Ebay and running it with the AMD card? as for what AMD card to go for, the third one, it has a VGA socket if you are using an older screen. plus although i love gigabyte, i have used Sapphire before, and they are great! now the modem, so long as it is removable in a PCI slot, i dont see it being an issue with moving it. oh one more tip, earth yourself or wear latex gloves to prevent damage to the parts of you newly built PC i see where you are coming from with the Phenom there, if i remember clearly, i went through was it 6 CPU's before finally unlocking one? but none broke, i ended up using them in other PCs and selling those PCs on as multimedia PCs rather than gaming ones, with a distinct DO NOT UNLOCK warning.
  2. awesome build you have going there, i would go for the 600W PSU, or if you can 750W, it allows you to swap out the GFX card for a more powerful one at a later date, you'll see the little edited bar on soon i can imagine, as i read through it for the 2nd time and whatnot. i would definately get an SSD in there for the reasons you stated, Win 7 loves them. as for the CD drive, if you do allot of CD burning, you might want to look into a Lightscribe CD drive, then you can burn the disk, then flip it over and burn an image onto the title side to make it more asthetically pleasing. you could go for just a normal drive, which minus all those (to me quite pointless) warranties would save you allot of money. all the WD drives are quite solid and they haven't broken on me yet, even with my clumsiness, that's the whole idea of OEM though, and your motherboard, if the makers have sense, should provide you with the sata cables and mouting screws anyway. the heatsink is very much necessary, the AMD phenom build i did had heat issues with the stock fan, so i would definately go with that cooler you picked out processor now i think, you could go with a Phenom II X2 black edition and once you are a little mor literate with your BIOS you could ATTEMPT an unlock to quad core. saving you either heaps of money, or it will refuse to unlock in which case said CPU stay dual core, or it will break, which is quite rare if you know what you are doing uuuhh, and it is fantastic having all those parts but, you need a case. i had a Jeantech Phantom Case when i built my AMD one but i'm not sure they ship to america, worth searching though. the power supply thing is because, after the first 6 months the power supply starts to lose the power it originally supplies due to the capacitor aging, so 300W seems more like 200W i learned the hard way what happens when you only just pass the requirment for a GFX card. and if you have to, go with AMD for a graphic card in their HD 5XXX series, you could save piles of money, any one above the 5450 will do. AND you get better streaming quality because it is paired up with an AMD processor. neato! windows 7 big Yes, then if you want, dual boot it with Ubuntu Oh! quick tip if you build it yourself, build the PC from the case to the graphic card, seems stupid advice but other ameteurs like my dad, built the PC from the MOTHERBOARD to the graphic card, then he had to dissasemble it to fit it in the case. so it goes Case open, PSU in, Motherboard in secured and whatnot, then the proccessor, then Cooler, then the hard drive, then the RAM, then the CD drive, then any miscalleneous parts that need to go in, then finally the GPU, don't forget to plug the PSU up to the components, or it wont turn on then wire the case up to the motherboard, so the power button actually powers the PC on, then close and test! and hopefully Voila! oh about warranties, i dont think you need them to be honest, if they dont work, you can send them back.
  3. agreed, but once they get the game compatability, there will be all sorts of adverse effects too.
  4. admittedly windows has its moments, the gaming side of it is fab, it works great not a lag in sight, i just wish opening applications wasnt unbearably slow. but given the choice between windows XP and Windows 7, i would no doubt go with the old dog. oh! as for the customising of Windows 7 Try this i used to use it on XP to make it a little more stylish, dont change too much and once the trial runs out, go to control panel and set the default there.
  5. at the moment i am still on dual boot with linux and Windows 7, and i have to say, Linux is much faster, much more secure and much more stylish than windows 7, it took me 3 minutes 45 seconds to load IE9 in windows and less than 5 seconds to load firefox in Ubuntu. Ubuntu allows me to edit the theme, and that is more than just the task bar and the window's top panel. it allow me to change the window colours, size and transpaerncy. shut down speed is another issue, windows 7 took me 2 minutes to shut down, Ubuntu, 30 seconds. the only issues with ubuntu is the compatability and the process of installations in new programs, like VLC and adobe flash player and possibly the loadup process with all the commands popping up on screen before the splash. but it is good people are still Using XP which is in my eyes the more favoured one of the Windows OS's
  6. just a quick Poll, I understand that most people here are gamers so I added Dual boot into the first question. if there is anything you want to say, just say it here. everyone has the right to an opinion, just keep it subtle. just playing around a little. what i would change about my Chosen OS is the process of installing new Applications like VLC, having to go through numerous terminal commands gets a little annnoying
  7. to be honest, i wouldn't pay attention to that camera thing. it could be anything and i don't really know of any hacks or model files that benefit the user in any way for GRAW2 going off your description. but if it still concerns you, take a print screen, upload it to flickr and send me the link to it in a PM and i shall see what matches i get. oh the stealth thing. if you are a stealth type, it might be easier you going for an M99 and another Compact weapon. that way you can pick people off at long distances. and if you see a nearby adversary, you can pull out the compact weapon and use it on him as he walks by, always vary the use of your weapons, sticking with one throughout is a weakness if an when you are out of ammunition.
  8. this one looks awesome on Ubuntu, nice one!
  9. why don't you refurbish your one. i can give you pointers and stuff, you could update it for less than $200, sadly all the PCs i build cost over 1K in GBP, just to get the parts. and we are talking about I7 4GHz (oc'd) 24GB RAM 3xAMD Radeon HD 6970 rigs here, not the cruddy 6GB RAM 2.6 GHz ants Acer rolls out for 1500 a go. ill post what i think is up with your SC here, linux is being unreasonable. the static is probably a loose wire in the speaker and nothing to do with the sound card, or it could even be that there is something magnetic next to your speaker? move it away. see if it helps, or buy some headphones and see if you get the static there. the squealing, again sounds like a speaker thing, my G-1 Killer rig did it all the time with my hi-fi system plugged up, and on my laptop, i think that is more age than anything though
  10. i'm guessing you had to use a naughty site seeing as it has been edited out and no problem.
  11. you could have been out of sync, thats usually an internet issue. as for the nerves. take deep breaths and take it easy being tense wont help you at all.
  12. i'm with you sista nah, i just hijack my mum's FB
  13. haha too true operative, i suppose there is nothing wrong in turning it off if you are in that situation. and wouldnt the constant bright light in your eye cause eye sight problems, which, last time i checked where a soldiers worst enemy?
  14. i know there is another theme in the DL section, with AW 1 but it isnt on the theme list on the forum
  15. yeah i suggested compatability mode first time round then i re-read it and realised you already tried it [fod slap!] so i edited the compatability mode bit out
  16. not saying i dont like the themes we have now, they are fantastic, it just got me thinking we have one for the first GR and one for future soldier, what about one for Advanced warfighter? just an idea
  17. you've obviously patched it which i good. latest Video drivers? or take out one of your graphic cards. it might have an issue with SLI.
  18. woah! i do think they are going a little overkill with the tech now but hey. so long as they still have AK74s SAWs and old school weapons i'm happy.
  19. wow, thanks for the info Ledanek, i'm seeing her today after school so i'll follow what you said and grab a travel mag or something, tell her a few funny things that have been going on over the weekend, that i fixed her best PC, that's sure to make her feel better and i'll remeber "no negative news" and of course all the best wishes from you guys
  20. well i was just literally saying the reason off the top of my head i guess it has a reason of some sort. maybe because it of it's role on the feild you need to have it really manuverable and if you find yourself resting it on a hard surface your movement will be limited and slower than having a bipod wich helps with quicker movement who designed the Kriss anyway?
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