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Posted 02 June 2008 - 01:43 PM

I have installed five Raidcore RAID boards in various systems of mine and they are wonderful -- highly recommended, five stars! No other RAID solution I've found has the performance and value of Raidcore.

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Posted 02 June 2008 - 09:08 PM

Well, the UPS driver dropped everything off around 6pm tonight, and I spent about 2 hours taking my time and getting everything installed and ready for boot.

First time I powered up, the only thing I did incorrectly was plug one of the ribbons of the Floppy drive in upside down, so after a 5 second fix, Windows Vista Business 64-bit was installing away...

Right now everything is "smoooooooth," and the Easy Transfer dealio is migrating my settings from my old machine to this one. From the looks of things it won't be done anytime soon...

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 12:02 AM

I have installed five Raidcore RAID boards in various systems of mine and they are wonderful -- highly recommended, five stars! No other RAID solution I've found has the performance and value of Raidcore.


No wonder! One has to know the secret handshake even to view its website...

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 03:05 AM

:lol: some IT guy really destroyed their website security during the last few hours but it's working now. :smashpc:

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Posted 04 June 2008 - 12:09 AM

:lol: some IT guy really destroyed their website security during the last few hours but it's working now. :smashpc:


Not unless you know a password...

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Posted 04 June 2008 - 12:26 AM

The web security guy installed it, as a precaution enhancing security...:rofl5:

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 10:08 AM

Just an update, so far so good on the 64-bit Vista machine...what use to take about 15 seconds to open a RAW file in Photoshop, now opens almost instantaneously. Gotta love new processor technology.

I did have one glitch when I tried to install the 64-bit driver for my video card. I'm not sure if the problem is with NVIDIA or Microsoft, but the system DID NOT like the installer package I downloaded from NVIDIA. After several crashes and roll backs, I finally found the same driver through EVGA's website which seemed to install properly.

I gotta say though, aside from not being able to run a very important MS-DOS program that I use often for work purposes, I'm pretty impressed with Vista so far.

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 11:16 AM

Odds are good the fault with that one lies with nVidia... they've been having issues with their drivers and vista since day one it seems.

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 03:43 PM

:lol: some IT guy really destroyed their website security during the last few hours but it's working now. :smashpc:


Not unless you know a password...


Everything's back to "normal" there...

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 09:58 PM

I bookmarked that site - I was amazed that the prices for the 4-port (all that I would need) were quite reasonable.

I'm still accumulating for my peeceetobee...caught Corsair Dominator RAM 2x2GB DDR2 PC2 8500 with $32 instant and $40 mail-in rebate...and the Noctua NH-C12P heatsink arrived today.

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 09:59 PM

You going 64-bit OS, Rusty?

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 10:09 PM

Nay - staying with XP - all my stuff works with it - especially my OOP specialty printer (Alps MD-5000). And I have a ratholed PCI-Parallel card for the interface.

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 06:16 AM

The adventure continues on my end...I've got a new graphics card arriving today, an NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTS.

I wasn't expecting to have to replace my video card, but apparently the GeForce 7900GT that I purchased about two years ago is riddled with onboard memory problems, and just isn't nearly as compatible with Vista as NVIDIA led me to believe. Oh well... :shrug:

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 12:52 AM

From me, you get no sympathy! That's one heckuva card! I considered it, but none of the gaming I do stresses lesser cards, and I couldn't pass up an 8800 GT @ $169 after rebates...I'm still gravitating towards that same DFI mobo you got, but waffling about the CPU - E8400 or E8500 - O/Ced, there's a 0.2 GHz diff...(the lead going to the E8500). The Noctua NH-C12P arrived yesterday (my first excursion away from Zalman HSFs in years)...shoulda bought 2 - one for the peecee, another for the display museum...gorgeous!

I look back on the HSFs I used in my early days of O/Ced peecees, and it's almost laughable - ThermalTake's Golden Orb and others - some with 25mm - and a very few with 40mm fans. Today, anything less than 90mm is a wimp, and this one has a 120mm fan (and HSFs with 140mm fans are available...)

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 02:53 AM

The adventure continues on my end...I've got a new graphics card arriving today, an NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTS. I wasn't expecting to have to replace my video card, but apparently the GeForce 7900GT that I purchased about two years ago is riddled with onboard memory problems, and just isn't nearly as compatible with Vista as NVIDIA led me to believe. Oh well... :shrug:


That's what I put in mine... a real poly-pusher.

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 07:43 AM

All I have to say about this new card is Holy Dung!!

With the old card, Windows began taking "minutes" to fully load, and even then things were bogged down. I never realized that a faulty driver or defective video card could affect the performance of so many other devices, especially my hard drives.

Since the install, Windows now boots up in 20 seconds, and is fully loaded in maybe 15-20 more after I enter my PW. Not to mention, things just run buttery smooth. I'm a happy camper! :grin:

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 12:30 AM

That DFI mobo hit the discount list (instant $40 off) so is on its way...

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 01:03 AM

I have installed five Raidcore RAID boards in various systems of mine and they are wonderful -- highly recommended, five stars! No other RAID solution I've found has the performance and value of Raidcore.


You and I apparently aren't the only ones: Here. Now, Tom's Hardware Guide, IMHO, tends to operate on the fringe, but even a blind hog gets an acorn now and then...typically, THG doesn't tell the full story, but it makes a case for the RaidCore implementation.

BTW, I started the physical build of the new PC today, and found the HSF won't fit with the DFI mobo, due to the BTX config of the case....oh, well, I have plenty of time...at least the PS is safely ensconced...(PCP&C Silencer 750 - at this stage, definitely SILENT...:grin: )

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 05:38 AM

Rusty, did you have plenty of room to mount that huge NB heatsink alongside your CPU heatsink?

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 11:21 PM

Yeah, that wouldn't have been a problem, due to the elevation (above the mobo) of the C12P. If it is, and I doubt it due to the orientation (long axis horizontal) I'll have to put the U12P into, I'll go with a Noctua chipset cooler. I will have to reverse the side case and rear fans, so that the rear extracts and the side intakes, due to the orientation of the U12P HSF. I nearly bought the Zalman CNPS 9700 NT (this is my first excursion away from Zalman in many years) but the U12P is much quieter and more effective.

I do have a gripe with Lian-Li on this case (as opposed to any of the many others I've built around - mostly the PC-60 and offspring) is that there are NO filters on the intake fans. None! I'll install 'em, but what were they thinking?

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 10:53 PM

The Core 2 Duo E8500 hit the discount list (from Intel), and it dropped on Newegg from $289 to 199.95, shipping included...so it's on its way.

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 09:53 PM

BTW, the E8400 only dropped $20, $189 to $169.

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 11:01 PM

Figures, after I buy it they slash the price. :lol:

I got the E8400 last month and I'm loving it...so you should be please with the E8500!

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 12:05 AM

I have a peecee I built years ago that's perfectly serviceable for most of what I use it for. But it's still a P4 2.6 OCed to 3.2GHz. Processing astrophotos, it bogs down. I should be able to get somewhere around 3.8 GHz overclocking the E8500. I've been haunting websites for specials and rebates for this one's build, and so far that's saved around $400. Obviously, I'm in no hurry, and all that's left to acquire are 3 HDDs for the RAID 5 array.

Actually, you should be able to hit 3.6-3.7 GHz with modest OCing on your E8400. I always overclock, as to me, it's just getting all the performance paid for - since the Olde Days and the Celeron 300 that would do 450 MHz with little fuss - and that's what I built my peecee business (since sold) on: Overclocking.

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 09:15 AM

I had tried overclocking for a little while with my P4 2.4 up to 2.9 or so, but despite putting in all these fancy fans the case would just heat up too much, and that computer always had a rather unstable system so I would constantly get crashes. I finally gave up tinkering around with it and let it run normally. If I get a different fan to replace the stock cpu one I might consider overclocking on this new one, but its not a high priority for the moment.


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