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  1. thanks for the advice everyone. I'm so out of my mind with work right now I don't even think I have the time to configure a computer let alone put one together. I've been taking a gander at what's out there and found ibuypower.com to be a really good site, honestly the only thing I don't like about them is their cases. FUGLY. I did leave this until the last minute but sometimes life just plays out that way. It's looking like my budget is going to have to go up a notch.... I'm thinking about $1,200 currently. I have about one day left to decide on the computer. Now... Last ni
  2. Hi guys, I am a scant few hours away from ordering a new computer for College, and due to time constraints, I don't have time to put it together myself which is something I've been looking forward to for a few years now. [] To make things ugly, I am being railroaded into buying a DELL if I can't come up with a solution in about 72 hours. A DELL people! My question to you guys (the experts)... Where can I purchase a SOLID build from a reputable company that doesn't skimp on quality?? I'd like to be able to customize the order if possible. I've been using Dell's for years now a
  3. Hi guys, I am a scant few hours away from ordering a new computer for College, and due to time constraints, I don't have time to put it together myself which is something I've been looking forward to for a few years now. [] To make things ugly, I am being railroaded into buying a DELL if I can't come up with a solution in about 72 hours. A DELL people! My question to you guys (the experts)... Where can I purchase a SOLID build from a reputable company that doesn't skimp on quality?? I'd like to be able to customize the order if possible. I've been using Dell's for years now a
  4. No I haven't, next time I feel like a headache I'll look into it. Driver support for ATI AGP boards has been dismal since catalyst stopped offering AGP support. There is a hot fix, which doesn't seem to work for me. (big surprise there) I looked into the Omega drivers; read many on line discussions. Apparently, since Omega drivers are essentially based on ATI's drivers, even the newest Omega AGP drivers use code dating back to catalyst 7.7. (Again, that's for AGP users, not PCI-E) Anyone still running an AGP rig knows all too well how painful it can be to get everything runni
  5. thanks for the reply Mud... Unfortunately, I've never been able to get Omega to detect the 2600xt AGP. I'll be the first to admit the ATI stock drivers are memory hogs and I usually block the CLI start up application and/or forego installing Catalyst alltogether. You can open and close the CLI application at any time to make changes and overclock etc. Well .... I figured out the problem. I stumbled across the answer.... This seems like a no brainier, but: Apparently if you set the Screen Saver to "None" or "Blank", the power saving features will not kick in. This seems to be the fi
  6. Hello everyone- Searched and searched for an answer... haven't found anything so far. I'm running Windows XP Pro, have an ATI Sapphire 2600xt 512mb. It has dual outputs - one VGA and one DVI. The DVI is the secondary output. I recently picked up a new 22" Wide Screen with DVI input; I set the secondary DVI display as my primary output and now everything is running in DVI mode. The only problem is that the monitor does not enter sleep mode when using DVI - this is not a problem when using VGA as far I know. I'm sure some of you would say just switch back to VGA, but the DVI signal is
  7. Update: I installed Service Pack 2 and the problem seemed to resolve itself. My PSU will go into hibernate mode now when I set it up. I have no idea why that would happen? The Case Fan also seems to be more responsive and it actually revved up in-game to a quite a speed. I still bought the PSU with the better fans and speed dial control... retail therapy.
  8. Well I got the drivers installed properly last night... The system certainly seemed a bit less sluggish with the Omega Drivers. However, my GPU performance didn't change so I rolled back to the original drivers... Thanks for the info guys. It's a shame it didn't help in the timedemos but I still really appreciate it. edit: php, I used the ATI uninstall utility. The drivers it was asking me for were dvd decoder files I believe or something to do with theatre. I was so tired and felt so defeated last night I just had a night cap and went straight to bed. -Toby
  9. The installation won't take, it's asking for ativtmxx.dll and the only copies I have of it are from ATI. I search my whole HDD for ativtmxx.dll, only could find it in sysbackup. Maybe I'll try the previous release... edit: okay it want's more files s*it and it made another internet connection?
  10. Php, you are the man. I will report back and let you guys know what happens...
  11. Now we're getting somewhere! Omega drivers?? Tell me more of these Omega drivers you speak of..... Please don't say they are for Linux only....
  12. I do have everest, thanks coknuck. dilated - Here is the PSU I was looking at: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817182002 I do get stuttering in games, it's just more noticeable with First Person Shooters. Honestly, the sad thing is I shelled out 270 or something for this card not knowing about the PSU which was another 40.. etc etc... It's like a snowball rolling down a hill that keeps getting bigger and more expensive. My previous card was a Nvidia GeForce 5200 which came with the computer. The computer was all-around much faster before instal
  13. Dilated... I'm back.. did a little research.. OK... Pentium 4 is designed to automatically have its clock throttle (slow itself down) if its core thermal diode reads higher than the maximum safe operable temperature. Thus, to avoid an unintended shutdown, performance is sacrificed when that critical temperature is reached. What makes this hard to determine for me is that I can't see my CPU temperature. BUT.. I've figured a way around that. If I can keep an eye on my Clock Speeds while the timedemo is running, I will know when and if a high temperature has been reached, becaus
  14. Hello Rocco, Yes it's true. Because of proprietary components on the Dell mobo - cpu, case, and rpm changes cannot be measured. I only have my Hard Disk, and the sensor on my Video Card to go by. I really have no clue what is going on temp wise on the cpu... but I dont think it's running above average. (I don't get any strange crashes or blue screens which would be a tell-tale sign). The Fan does respond to my hand on the exhaust, but will not respond automatically without taping over about 3 rows of pinholes on the exhaust. As far as using one of those thingies from Home
  15. I know what you mean. I had this guy send me pictures of his modded Dell before I would even try the operation. Hey man.. I'm already confused.. you linked me to the Socket LGA775 Coolers. According to Everest, I have: Socket 478 - Intel Pentium 4 - Northwood. I'm really confused here.
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