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Fans - Recommendations needed :)

Q: Fans - Recommendations needed :)

Hi ladies and gentleman...

I'm fairly confident in that I'm not the only one who is wondering about which fans are reliable and whether or not they truly make a difference from one another.

I was just wondering, which 80mm fans, which 120mm fans, and which 92mm fans people recommend...

Thank you.

Preferred Solution: Fans - Recommendations needed :)

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A: Fans - Recommendations needed :)

i may not have recommendations for 80 and 92mm fans but i just want to say a few things.

try and get a fan that has low dBa but high CFM. higher CFM is usually accompanied by higher dBa (more noise) unless its a 120mm which runs on lower RPMs but provide more CFM for the RPM because if its bigger fins.

on avg, i guess a 28 dBa is silent enough for most people (esp me) and dBa:CFM ratio arent so good on smaller fans compared to 120mm fans persay
avg dBA and CFM on 80mm fans are 30 and 34. having a few of these in ur case can get pretty annoying (maybe its jus the ones i had, they were ghetto fans by sunbeam)

sleeve bearings vs ball bearings
sleeve is quieter but less life
ball is bit more noise but longer life. its all up to u n ur preferences.

in terms of brands, im not so sure, jus dont pick a 2$ fan. u get what u pay for.

anyway im not sure if any of what i wrote make much sense... i need to go to sleep now lol gnight

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I bought myself a 1U Rackmount server to run VMWare ESXi so I can have a virtual lab, web server, etc. (It was irresistibly cheap, anyhow). However, I have a problem. The fans are just too darn loud. I can hear it, and I'm not exaggerating, anywhere in my house. Therefore, right now, it has no utility.

It has one of the more interesting cooling systems that I've ever seen. There are three 40x40x56 fans in a row blowing air across copper heatsinks on the processors. There are no fans on the processors directly. The air is pushed acrossthe heatsinks through an air duct. I guess it works pretty well, it doesn't feel remotely hot. (Although it's absolutely destroying my hearing).

Here's some basic info:

Two Dual Opteron 246 HE CPUs.

Three 40x40x56 15K RPM fans (San Ace 40, Pt. 9CR0412S509) -- These look like two 40x40x28 fans bonded together.

One 40x40x28 fan in the front of the case (I have no idea what this one is intended to do) (San Ace 40, Pt. 109P0412G3083)

I can provide pictures if necessary. Any other cooling solution that will fit into a 1U is also perfectly acceptable.

Thanks guys.

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I don't think the default fans in the Corsair 600T case I have push that much air. So I've been trying to find sites in uk that sell 200mm fans. And been trying to find information about which ones do a decent CFM at a reasonable noise level but both info and retailers seem quite scarce.

A:200mm case fans? Any recommendations?

How about some of these for you:

65 To 166 CFM : 180 To 220 Mil Fans.

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so... iv been wanting to re modernize my computer for a while. its not praticularly out of date and can play alot of Graphics intense games just fine, but i have been wanting to make it significantly better and turn my current parts into a dedicated server. that being said, my first step has been to replace stock fans and cooling with better ones. i was looking at this

Newegg.com - COUGAR CF-V14S Vortex Hyper-Spin 150,000 Hours 14CM Silent Cooling Fan


Newegg.com - CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

if anyone would suggest somthing else or would like to tell me somthing about what im purchasing i might not know, id appreciate it. as for recommendations color does matter lol. its one reason i liked these fans

A:looking at buying new fans. heres what they are... recommendations?

I'd stay away from the Cougar... never heard of them! Take a look here if you want quiet...


The corsair h100 is killer!

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am going to buy a card cooling fan this weekend.
anybody got ant recommendations.

thanks to all that look or help.

A:recommendations for card cooling fans

You can look around here

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I'm getting really annoyed by the ever-increasing whine coming from within my current case. These days I just leave the door open for airflow, which quiets things down considerably. Nonetheless, CPU load temperatures exceed the throttling threshold (on a Pentium 4 530).

I'm using the stock Intel heatsink and fan with a crappy $30 case with no active case cooling (passive cooling on the mobo). I know, I know. It was a stupid purchasing decision. I simply underestimated the thermal output of this processor.

So I'm looking for a reasonably priced case (~$100 max) with good cooling, and a new CPU heatsink (preferably under 700g and $50). I'm currently eyeing the 670g CoolerMaster Eclipse heatsink, but I'm worried it won't fit with the large neighbouring capacitors on my Asus P5GDC-V mobo. Haven't decided on a cool case yet - mostly because I don't know which ones cool effectively.

What are your recommendations?

A:Cooling Setup Recommendations (Heatsink, Case, Fans, etc.)

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Hello, everyone. First of all, I'm completely new to these forums, so hello! I'm hoping someone out there can help me with the following problems. It's a doozy, and has completely gotten worse over the last few days. Please read on...

My computer at home contracted a particularly nasty virus. The computer initially ran slower than molasses (probably from spyware/adware/virus), so my wife and I have been attempting to fix this problem. It was totally *my* fault, as I went on a gaming website and it downloaded some content that's now choking the life out of the computer.

I recently attempted to install new virus protection. Now, the computer is telling me that the copy of Windows XP I have is an illegal copy (which is NOT true, it was legitimately bought), and that I need to validate the copy. My wife has the administrative privileges on the computer, so I could only get so far this morning in fixing the problem. Compounding problems are the anti virus program I installed is failing to initialize, and sometimes Windows Explorer crashes, and leaves me with just the background picture, but no desktop whatsoever.

The CD rom drive still works, albeit slowely (takes forever to load the contents of a CD). I am a complete newbie when it comes to these types of errors. We have a lot of stuff on the computer that needs to be saved, so a "do or die" reinstall won't be feasible, as we don't want to lose everything we have on the computer. I think... Read more

A:Recommendations Needed

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I've just been 'talking' extensively with the software side, & we basically came to the conclusion that my current ancient computer is on the outs & doesn't have long to live. It cannot be upgraded.
I'd like to build a new one from scratch. Although I'm a novice & have never tried this at home, I did take an A+ course last year so am not totally unprepared.
I've been browsing on Pricewatch.com...I'd like to buy a motherboard combo (P4, at least 2.0Ghz) w/ integrated sound (upgradeable), USB 2.0, DDR SDRAM, heatsink & fan, a case/power supply combo, a video card with at min. 64mb ram (I'm not a serious gamer) and a hard drive--at least ATA 100 & 40Gb. I'd just like any suggestions/recommendations/cautions from anyone who's done this before & really knows what they're doing, so I don't screw it up. I'd appreciate any tips anyone wants to give me on products, etc. Oh yeah, I'd like to keep my Win ME & load it on the new HDD, mainly because I resent the fact that Microsoft won't let me put XP on more than one computer (if this is a dumb idea, please tell me why) Thanks!

A:Recommendations Needed

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My laptop has only two USB ports, which quickly turns into a shortage given all the things that connect to USB. With literally thousands of hubs available, I'm hoping someone has some personal experience on the subject that they could share. Which manufacturers are more reliable than others? What types of hardware have shown to be ugly when connecting through a hub.

I need to get one, so if I have to go solo on this, I guess I'll be the guinea pig. I'll be buying like 10 at a time to try several.

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I currently use a Seagate 5TB portable drive to store basically everything (my Lightroom Catalog & photos, my videos, documents, music etc), so this means very little is stored on my Mac HD, and doesn't slow it down, especially when doing post-production on photos or video. The drive was formatted to exFat when I bought it, and this means that when I was travelling between home, work and college I could plug my drive into any machine (Win or Mac) I can access my LR catalog and edit my work anywhere.

However, the drive is almost full, and I wanted to upgrade to a larger portable drive (at least 8TB). However I am finding it difficult to find an 8TB drive that doesn't require an external power source. It's not a problem at home just plugging the power lead into a socket, but in work or college there often aren't accessible sockets within reach, so it's vital that the 8TB drive can do the same as my current 5TB drive and take its power from the Mac itself.

I did order the following: https://www.photospecialist.ie/lacie-porsche-design-p-9233-8tb-drive-usb-3-0#group5315
It seemed to fix the bill, because it's USB 3.0, although it has a USB-C socket, which I've not seen on any drives before. I think it's meant to suit people connecting to their Macbooks or phones. However after I ordered I discovered that the drive needs an external power source, and also I found a lot of reviews online on Amazon where people were complaining about the... Read more

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I'm in the market to transfer a domain from fptoday.com to a new hosting company. My present one doesn't support perl, cgi-bin, asp, etc. Plus they want $145 for a secure site certificate. While I was surfing, I found this one:
Anybody used this one before? Looks like the prices and the support is pretty hard to beat.

Or this one.

A:Hosting recommendations needed.

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I need a laptop that is:
~$1000. (less preferred ) (rebates are good also)
Light (um... 4ish lbs?)
Screen size doesn't really matter.
60gb or more hd
512mb or more ram.
That about covers it...
(I'm just looking for a REALLY good computer around my price range)
oh yea, please no dells... i don't like them personally, and they're pretty heavy.

A:Laptop Recommendations needed!

Have a look at the toshiba laptops.


They seem to have quite a few in your price range.

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I've built a couple of computers, troubleshot them when their was problems, had probably hundreds of hours of maintenance/gaming on them, and have loved every minute!
Building a computer is too much fun to consider buying one complete.
But it has been a few years since I have done this, and I am having some problems ferreting out the new boards, etc., and would appreciate some advice.

I am building a computer not for anything specific, but need it to have enough power and RAM to be able to play with pictures, and video if desired.

I was thinking about getting an Asus with an AMD processor, 3000-4000 processor, 800 MB front side bus, and 1 GIG of DDR RAM. I didn't know if the different types of sockets made much of a difference, these days. I have always run AMD, and don't know about the different kinds of Intel processors.

I have been told to get a hard drive, SATA2, at least 160GB, with a minimum of 8MB cache, I assume 7200 RPM minimum.

Case/power supply combination, I don't know how many watts is even considered normal these days.

DVD Burner- don't think this is a biggie as to which brand, but may want a multi-layered one for backup purposes

Along with the normal modem, there is a chance that this may be set up a a server for a network at my house, eventually. So, if I didn't get the components as an integral part of the motherboard, I would need enough slots to expand.

Finally, I know that I can make a real screamer for over $1000, but ... Read more

A:Building a computer: recommendations needed

Just my Suggest.........................................


Intel Pentium D 820 2.8GHZ LGA775 Smithfield 800FSB 2X1MB EM64T XD Dual Core Processor Retail Box

Corsair Value Select PC2-4200 1GB 2X512MB DDR2-533 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory

ASUS GeForce 7300 GS 550MHZ 256MB 64BIT 540MHZ DDR2 Turbo Cache PCI-E VGA DVI-I HDTV Out Video Card

Seagate Barracuda 250GB 7200.10 8MB 8.5MS SATA2 NCQ Hard Drive

LG GSA-H22N DVD+RW 18X8X16 DVD-RW 18X6X16 Dual Layer 8X DVD-RAM 12X DVD Writer 2MB Black OEM W/ SW (GSA-H22N/W)

Antec SLK1650B Black MID-TOWER 3X5.25 5X3.5 ATX12V 350W

This only a suggestion and can modified to suit individual taste as long as it is Black!...............................................

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im planning to change the mobo (400mhz fsb) i have rite now because the one i have doesnt support the cpu im currently usin (intel p4 800mhz fsb 3.0ghz, long story). i was thinking about can u guys recommend some mobo for this configuration:
ati radeon 9600pro, aspirexinifinity case, 350W PSU, 512mb ram (ddr2 i think, not sure).

A:recommendations needed for changin mobo

Asus boards are nice http://usa.asus.com/products/mb/socket478/p4c800-e_d/overview.htm

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I've tried McAfee and Nortons. I actually preferred McAfee. Supposedly it's free, so how do i keep it active without paying for it?
Any antivirus recommendations would be appreciated too.
Thx ahead,,,

A:Anti-virus Recommendations Needed

Hi Juggler.There are quite a few good AV out there. Personally I find AVAST does the job for me but check out all the freebies HERE.Good luckCheers

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Could anyone recommend a reasonably priced (preferably free)knowledge base with the following requirements.

- have multiple search criteria(ie. can narrow down a search with in a search.) and modifiable search fields
- allow multiple users to modify and access at the same time
- be able to search through e-mails and attached documents
- uses a database which can easily be extracted to Oracle
- GUI interface
- simple implementation

I've found a couple which looks like it'll provide what I need but I would like to get some opinions from many of you who might have implemented one.

Ones that I'm looking more closely at currently are:
- ThoughtTracker = but have no idea about the database export options
- Web Board = kind of costly hope to find something cheaper
- Forum = need a closer look
- KB = heard it's pretty good
- Personal Knowbase = ??? yet

Any help would be very much appreciated.

-- Yori-ko

A:Knowledgebase Software Recommendations Needed

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Not sure if it the right forums to post this on but I am looking into purchasing a new gaming rig.

Does anyone recommend a good custom PC builder that they would use to purchase a machine that not too expensive.

I checked a few sites out including cyberpowerpc but their reviews on yelp and consumer affairs are horrible even thought the machine I want isn't too bad in terms of price.

A:New Desktop Recommendations/Advice Needed

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l know its better to have internal sound cards, however due to the fact l swap and change between my laptop and PC l tend to opt for an external sound card since l have less messing about with speaker connections and less messing around and moving the PC to access the connections.

basically lm looking for a sound card that will give me settings to upmix the audio as it kinda seems my current creative soundblaster live 24bit external while compatible with CMSS doesnt have windows 7 support, so lm looking for an external sound card that supports windows 7 which will allow me to upmix because l have these 5.1s and much of my video content annoyingly only plays only through the front speakers even with ffdshow audio settings set to speaker fill regardless of if l use WMP or MPC-HC.

A:external sound card recommendations needed

The ASUS XONAR sound cards are popular, based on posts on this forum. Soundblaster's used to be the most popular sound cards but I see more and more other brands being used.

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I know almost nothing about editing videos and get confused when I see the menus and controls in editing software. I don't even understand the terms. For instance, I don't see anything that looks straight forward to me as to how to open a video for editing. Instead, I see something that says "Open a Project" and I don't quite understand what to do with a video even if I do figure out how to open it in a "Project".

So, I'm kinda lost.

Here are some of the things I would like to do:

Join two videos together
Take out uninteresting segments that may be several seconds or several minutes long
Compress time, meaning in an instructional how-to-disasemble/reassemble video speed up time through repetitive identical processes, like maybe the removal of several screws.
Convert a larger MTS file to something much smaller so it can be easily downloaded and viewed, or attached to an e-mail
Remove a single frame from a video file to save as a still image
Brighten a darken a video
Color corrections

These are some of what I would like to do and if I am going to buy a software that will do these things and then learn how to use it, what would be a good one under $150? I've read a little about Adobe Premiere Elements and it looks okay; but, for someone who understands little about what he reads, I would like to have some advice from those who actually do this work regularly.

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A:Video Editing Software Recommendations Needed

If you have Windows 7, I'd suggest starting with Windows Movie Maker .. and Windows DVD maker.
Lots of YouTube tutorials available.
I just open WMM ... and Drag n Drop my vids

Most videos are too large to Email ... I use YouTube and Email the link.
Still frames from a video are usually poor quality ... (depends on what quality you need) ... I usually use a ScreenShot .. It's the same as WMM's Snapshot view

Other than these restrictions ... WMM is easy to use (and understand) and will probably do what you want to do .. (for free)
I do this regularly .. and WMM and WDVDM is all I use

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l know its better to have internal sound cards, however due to the fact l swap and change between my laptop and PC l tend to opt for an external sound card since l have less messing about with speaker connections and less messing around and moving the PC to access the connections.

basically lm looking for a sound card that will give me settings to upmix the audio as it kinda seems my current creative soundblaster live 24bit external while compatible with CMSS doesnt have windows 7 support, so lm looking for an external sound card that supports windows 7 which will allow me to upmix because l have these 5.1s and much of my video content annoyingly only plays only through the front speakers even with ffdshow audio settings set to speaker fill regardless of if l use WMP or MPC-HC.

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I have a friend with an aggravating e-mail service. I've forgotten whether it is MSN, ATT or what. Every thirty days, she has to jump through some hoops or her e-mail is inaccessible. The "hoops" have to do with giving them a phone number to which they can send a text message (she has no cell phone) or sending some kind of e-mail to a separate e-mail address that she must use to verify something. Then her e-mail access is restored.

Frankly, I don't know the exact details of all she has to do as the last time I helped her with it was several months ago.

I have recommended she change to one of the other free services and I need recommendations on services that will NOT give her this kind of aggravation. I don't use a free service so I don't know which ones might or might not turn into a fiasco like this one has.

A:Free Mail Services Recommendations Needed

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I am looking for affordable recommendations for a laptop or chrome book for my 9th grader. She's not a gamer, btw. Thanks!

A:laptop recommendations for high schooler needed

What do you consider 'affordable' ? What are you willing to pay ?

Is she familiar with a Windows computer already, and/or a Chrome book one ?

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Hey there, i changed my computer case about 3 days ago, all went well, only a few minor issues that were fixed, PC was running fine all day today, went out then when i came back turned it on and all is fine, after about an hour i decided to start a game (League of legends) all was fine until the loading screen came up, suddenly i heard my computer fan getting faster and faster and louder, before i knew it the fan is running extremely fast and the PC just shutdown instantly.

Now whenever i try to boot the PC the motherboard beeps and windows will load, but the fans are going at maximum speed, and again the PC will eventually just turn off after about 30 seconds (i believe its my GPU fan) i have tried replugging the wires and my graphics card but this has not worked.

Please help

A:[URGENT ] [HELP NEEDED] Computer turning off FANS full speed

It sounds like the system is overheating and shutting down.

I would check and make sure the CPU heat sink and fan are still properly attached and have not been knocked loose during the chassis change.

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Few questions...
I have an MSI FX420 running Windows 7 Pro SP1 32-bit
1. Seems like my built-in webcam isn't functioning even if I try to turn it on via Fn+F6 (the hotkey).  There's also a bunch of drivers that seem to be missing in Device Manager.
Where can I go to make sure I have the latest drivers?  People say not to use a 3rd party Driver Updater tool.  I've been using Auslogics Driver Updater simply because I am a fan of their products (I use Boost Speed and Disk Defrag).
2. chkdsk won't work.  scannow /sfc found some corrupt files but whenever I try and reboot doing both chkdsk/f and chkdsk /f AND chdskdsk /f /r, it always tells me the disk checking has been cancelled.  Not sure what to do.  I tried going into safe mode with command prompt but it told me the drive was locked and was in use.  Recovery console didn't work (Bitdefender has its own recovery mode)...the command terminal it provides doesn't even recognize the chkdsk command.
3. What do you guys recommend for cleaning and optimization?  I have CCleaner and Auslogics Boostspeed.  CCleaner seems like a small tool that cleans thoroughly and has great reviews and uses very little memory in the background while it actively monitors your system (though I'm not exactly sure what it monitors).  Boostspeed has some nifty tools that claims to smooth out your system but uses a lot of memory in the background  (Driver Upater also uses up a lot of memory).
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A:Driver Problem, CHDSK Problem, Recommendations Needed

Open the Device Manager and make a screenshot of it and post it in your topic.
How to make a screenshot
1. Download and run A Thousand Words .
2. Follow the wizard to capture a screenshot
3. Use the built-in editor to resize, edit, or re-capture your screen shot. 
4. Your screen shot will be saved to your desktop when you finish the wizard.
You can post the screenshot in your next post as an attachment.  
Just below the area where you write text in a post there is the Post button, to the right of this is More Reply Options. 

When you click on More Relpy Options  you will see Attach Files and Browse, click on Browse, this will open Pictures on your computer, click on the image you want to post, then click on Attach This File, then Add Reply.
As for chkdsk, you should just use the /r switch since is has the same functionality as /f, but the /r switch also searches sectors that are bad and recovers readable data.  When you enter the chkskd /r in the Command Prompt you will receive the following message.  
"CHKDSK cannot be run because it is in use by another process.  Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts?  <Y/N>".
Press the Y key and restart the computer, the scan will begin when the computer is restarted.
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Few questions...

I have an MSI FX420 running Windows 7 Pro SP1 32-bit

1. Seems like my built-in webcam isn't functioning even if I try to turn it on via Fn+F6 (the hotkey). There's also a bunch of drivers that seem to be missing in Device Manager.

Where can I go to make sure I have the latest drivers? People say not to use a 3rd party Driver Updater tool. I've been using Auslogics Driver Updater simply because I am a fan of their products (I use Boost Speed and Disk Defrag).

2. chkdsk won't work. scannow /sfc found some corrupt files but whenever I try and reboot doing both chkdsk/f and chkdsk /f AND chdskdsk /f /r, it always tells me the disk checking has been cancelled. Not sure what to do. I tried going into safe mode with command prompt but it told me the drive was locked and was in use. Recovery console didn't work (Bitdefender has its own recovery mode)...the command terminal it provides doesn't even recognize the chkdsk command.

3. What do you guys recommend for cleaning and optimization? I have CCleaner and Auslogics Boostspeed. CCleaner seems like a small tool that cleans thoroughly and has great reviews and uses very little memory in the background while it actively monitors your system (though I'm not exactly sure what it monitors). Boostspeed has some nifty tools that claims to smooth out your system but uses a lot of memory in the background (Driver Upater also uses up a lot of memory).

4. is there a speed tool for windows startup? There are lot... Read more

A:Driver Problem, CHDSK Problem, Recommendations Needed


1.Know your products name and search for drivers manually.
Don't use any third-party driver updating software.It's bloatware.

2.I would suggest to back your data and reinstall Windows.

3.Cleaning and optimization:
-CCleaner (disabled monitoring,I don't need that)
-Disk cleanup
-Disk defragment

4.I heard for Bootracer,but I've never used it and I don't know will it suit your needs.

5.I used MyDefrag and I was quite satisfied.I suggest it.
Additionally,Windows disk defragment does pretty fine job also.

How much RAM does that laptop have?

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After some effort, I finally got a Shipment Notification for the ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th Generation Part Number 20KH002HUS that I ordered last Wednesday. It was shipped from North Carolina rather than Hong Kong. The Order Visibility Portal (OVP) provided the Serial Number. With it I was able to find-out which of the two thermal modules (fans) is installed on my X1 Carbon. The Lenovo PC Support website shows that it is Part 01YR203 made by Furukawa (Nidec) rather than Part 01Y204 made by Delta. Suddenly, excitement turned into disappointment. Are all Nidec fans on the ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th Generation noisier than Delta fans? What has been your experience?

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Yes, as the title suggest, I have a question about fans. Right now I have a computer that can actually heat my small room. First off, I have four sticks of RD RAM that have the heat spreaders on both sides. You can fry and egg on these things. Then I have an Asus fanless 7600GS, the heatsink on this gets fairly hot.

I have two rear 80mm exhaust fans, one spins at about 4300RPM and the other is about 2400RPM (I think its on its way out, going to replace both). When I put my hand back there, its pretty hot, almost like a blow dryer. I want to add an extra fan or two but I can't decide what would be best, I would like to ask your opinions on this.

First I thought of adding a front intake fan, but my case only has that small front vent that almost underneath. I have a spot to mount a front fan, but it wouldn't actually be taking in air, theres no vents in the case there. I was also thinking about adding one of those 5.25" drive bay fans for intake. I found a nice one on NewEgg that has two fans, I thought this could help take in some air. Not sure how well they work, I also want to keep the db level down.

My second thought, and the one I think I'm going to go with, is adding a top fan. First I thought to make it an exhaust fan. I see these a lot but I don't know how good they are, do they interfere with the rear exhaust fans?

Then I thought to make a top intake fan. I wouldn't want to pull more in then is being exhausted though, that doesn't... Read more

A:Solved: Fans Fans Fans

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What are good quality case fans that can keep an AMD processor up to 2600+ cool?? Along with CPU Coolers too??

I dont want any that are LOUD either...


A:Case Fans/CPU Fans

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CAN't find DRIVER that is acceptable(all fail).Needed URGENTLY Windows 7 64 bit Operating System.

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My system's OS is Win98, I have 384 RAM and a 1.4Ghz Intel Celeron.

It came with a Toshiba DVD-ROM SD-M1202.

I have 5 externally accessable bays, (2) 5.25 inch and (3) 3.5 inch

I have currently installed a floppy drive, the above mentioned DVD-ROM drive and a Zip drive.

I obviously need CD-ROM capability, but I have never used the DVD capability, so I would like to install a RW drive.

Would this forum suggest replacing the existing DVD-ROM drive or adding a new RW drive as I appear to have the space?

Any recommedations as to manufacturer?
Any other issues I should consider?

I see much activity in this forum about problems with recognition, jumpers etc., and I would like to make this new instillation as smooth as possible.

I would very much appreciate and comments/recommendations.

Thanks a lot.

A:RW Recommendations

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(This is in reference to this thread: http://forums.techguy.org/showthread.php?t=369278&page=1 )

Hey, one more quick question pertaining to this problem. Now that I'm pretty sure that its my processor thats the problem, what new processor should I get?

Taking into consideration my current specs. I now have 2 512MB Ram sticks and 1 256MB ram stick in my motherboard. What new processor should I get? Price isn't really an issue.

Also, anyone know of some REALLY GOOD DVD Burners? I'm looking to buy a new dvd burner as well as a new processor. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Recommendations anyone?

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 4095 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 238464 MB, Free - 168069 MB; D: Total - 953865 MB, Free - 332002 MB; E: Total - 117789 MB, Free - 29859 MB; F: Total - 204798 MB, Free - 60346 MB; G: Total - 272136 MB, Free - 118695 MB;
Motherboard: ASRock, P43DE
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

I am currently running the system above with a 650w Corsair PSU but I think I am draining all the juice out of it with the amount of hard drives (I have 4 installed) and USB devices (4 also) and the graphics card etc. The system is pretty unstable with constant freezing of the mouse and keyboard, random sudden reboots or the monitor goes to black and comes back on a few moments later. I also hear a bit of a slow down of which sounds like the PSU's fans also every now and again. I am wondering what wattage and type of PSU I should be looking at for my setup? I use the system for gaming.

A:PSU recommendations?

A 650 W pw supply is more than enough for your system [as long as it is working correctly]
Post your temps and voltages; specifically the cpu temp, system temp, 12V, 5V, and 3.3V values. This info should be available in the bios.

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I'm looking to upgrade my graphics card and I was wondering if you folks had any suggestions? To save time I'll include my DXDiag since I have no idea about how these things work. I've installed a couple of bits of hardware in an educational environment but this'll be my first time installing an important component (unless you count an additional fan on an old PC important ). I'm looking to spend maybe £100-£150 so I'm not 100% how much of an upgrade I can afford - since most of the IT shops around mine are closing down if anyone could recommend a website to purchase from aswell I'd be extremely appreciative

Thanks in advance,



System Information
Time of this report: 2/26/2010, 22:46:39
Machine name: JAYDAN
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6001) Service Pack 1 (6001.vistasp1_gdr.091208-0542)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Inspiron 531
BIOS: oC)Phoenix - AwardBIOSTeDell System v6.00PG
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+ (2 CPUs), ~2.8GHz
Memory: 2046MB RAM
Page File: 1575MB used, 2756MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 10
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 6.00.6001.18000 32bit Unicode

DxDiag Notes
Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 2: No problems found.
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A:Any GC recommendations?

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Alright guys i currently hav a Intel Pentium 4, 3200 MHz (16 x 200) processor but its runnin at about 50 degrees celcius. Its currently got Arctic supersilent 4pro L installed on it. Any1 got any recommendations for a cpu cooler that i can get better results from? Any feedback would be appreciated


Read the link below. Hope it gets u the best possible cooler for u processor.

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Hi... My last PSU blew up and now I'm looking for a replacement. I was wondering if Enermax is a good brand. I've heard good things from Antec but those are quite expansive so I'll only consider it if all other brands are completely worthless...

Anyway, I've found the model EG 425p VE "Noise Taker" (420W) to be of reasonable price and within my budget... Does anyone know if that's a good one?

Also of point, my PSU before this also went up in flames (literally). Am I doing something wrong? The tower has plenty of ventilation and I don't over clock my PC... Why do PSU tend to explode in my presence? Do I have some sort of super power that can destroy PSUs?

System Specs:
Gigabyte K8NF-9
AMD 3500+ (939)
OCZ PC3200 512 x 2
WD SATA 120Gig

A:Need recommendations on PSU

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I need some recommendations for a good SSD (laptop). Here are the ones I've researched so far with positive reviews.

Samsung 840 evo
Samsung 850 pro-series
Crucial M500

The 840 evo seems to have the best reviews but I'm still unsure... Any suggestions/recommendations would be much appreciated!


A:SSD Recommendations?

I have a Kingston V300 120GB SSD in one laptop and OCZ ARC100 120 GB in another. Both perform great and have excellent ratings on Newegg. I have ordered a second Kingston for a desktop.

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After concluding that I cannot afford an LTO-5 tape backup (who can?) and learning that BDXL Blu-Ray is just too darned tricky, I have settled on the obvious - a NAS. OK, now here's my problem. Every NAS seems to get both positive and negative reviews, the negative ones I believe to be coming from home users who are not tech savvy.

Briefly my requirements are simple:

1) 2 bays - that will accommodate 2 X 3 TB or 2 X 4 TB HDD's
2) A diskless NAS - I prefer to buy my HDD's separately

The major NAS manufacturers (most respected) are:

1) Synology ? Synology DiskStation 2-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS213

2) Netgear

3) Iomega

4) Qnap

5) Buffalo

Right now I'm leaning toward the Syology (hence the link).

What do you more knowledgeable guys think? I could really use some sage advice here.

One final and critical question: I built a computer for a kid (misguided altruism) who turned out to be more interested in being a rap music star or debuting on the TV show First 48 Hours.

Anyway this computer is pretty nice: ASUS M5A97 Evo - AM3+ - 970 - SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 with an AMD Quad Core CPU and 8 GB DDR-3 RAM.

If I sell it on eBay, I probably won't get my money back. So my question:

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A:Recommendations for NAS

It would be far cheaper to buy additional disks for the existing computer - you could create a RAID or JBOD if you require, or just use the disks as normal. You can't download specific NAS software - this software is actually the operating system that the NAS uses.

Use the existing PC as your backup, use SyncToy to perform the backups.

SyncToy - Backup User Data

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Hey Guys. I am needing to build a new computer...even my main one is getting long in the tooth. I mostly do photoshop (non-commercial), and rendering/encoding movies from cable and music videos from the net to DVD for personal use. I have been running into audio/video sync problems with my system. (An Athlon X2 5000+ on a Gigabyte GA-M61VME-S2 MB, two Gs mem, Nvidia GForce 210, WinXP Pro SP3.

Reading on the various sites, I get conflicting(!!!) opinions on what is most important for rendering/encoding. Some say CPU speed is most important....some say number of cores is most important, certain and amount of memory, SSDs and fastest graphics cards are necessary, you must use Intel CPU, not AMD.....it goes on and on.

I THINK two 7200 SATA HDDS should work fine. Right?
And for the actual rendering and encoding....a medium quality graphics card should be fine. Right?

I would like to stay with WinXP Pro, because I like it. However, I do agree that a lot of memory would be helpful, so I am willing to go to a 64bit OS. Starting out though, I might just use Linux, to keep from having to pay $150.00 or so for Windows 7 or whatever. That being said:

8 GBs of memory should be fine. Right?

Mother Board and CPU: I can get a Gigabyte F2A75M-D3H MB w/4 DDR3 Mem Slots, Max 64 Gbs and USB 3 and SATA 3. CPU: AMD APU A10-5800K, which is four 3.8-4.2 cores + a Radeon 7660D GPU core on chip), all for around $220.00, near my limit.

What do you think about my MB/CPU choice? Would you recomme... Read more

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Im running on a tight budget, but im trying to build a nice computer thatll play games [the most graphical it would get it Oblivion at medium settings].

Only problem is I wont have enough money to get that graphics card for awhile, and I want to get this computer up ASAP.

So what would be a good graphics card [PCI or PCI-e It doesnt matter to me] that would allow me to play older games [The most graphcis intense is Morrowind].

I'm willing to spend $20-$40 on it

Thanks, Aj


How old of a game?

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hey guys i have a question:

what is your recommendation on an intel cpu?
can u give me a price range? (for normal average person use)?
can u give me full details?
like the GHz, and all that?

i dont want to buy, im just doing some research and i want to know a recommendation for 1 single particular model.

note: i want it to be intel.
thank you

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I'm looking to spend b/w 500-600 bucks on a laptop, I will use it for word processing, internet, basic functions. Any recommendations? Is Toshiba one of the best brands (i.e. Toshiba Satellites?)


Used to be ...these days I would suggest HP and not at a store...go to www.hpshopping.com for best deals!

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Hello everyone, i was thinking of upgrading my audio system and i have 2 problems, i nedd help choosing between two speakers and if i should get a sound card. I have WIN7 HP 64 bit.

These are the two speakers that i was deciding between and i want the logitech for quality but i think its not so new anymore, so i dont know if i should get the CA speakers, because i have good experiences with them, here they are


Now, if you know any better speakers less than 100 dollars, please tell me about them.

Lastly, i have an ASUS m4a785-m motherboard with via HD 8 channel audio, i dont know if i should get a soundcard or not. Is it really worth it? I was looking at some of the the Creative Cards, but they dont seem to have good drivers for Windows 7.
What card can you recommend (if i need an upgrade) to me, i usually play lots of games (shooters, and simulators mostly) and listens to lots of music and works well with 64 bit 7?

Thank you all for your time,


My opinion, definately the Logitech speakers.

I would upgrade the speakers and then if you feel you "must have" better audio then look at a separate sound card. I have an HT Omega "Striker 7.1" sound card (PCI type) installed in my system.

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I have a Dell Dimension 8200 and a throttled down cable connection. I am interested in getting the absolute most out of it that I can, does anyone know of a good NIC card that would make the most of my connection?

A:NIC Recommendations

i use linksys but there's belkin, 3com/probably the best, netgear.

what do you mean "throttled down", are you paying for a lower price for up/down, are there tiers above you that pay more, get more up/down speed?

are you in an apartment complex?

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last month i decided to take my feet and dip them in the pool of ssd's.

i picked up a 64gb ssd to try with my system and see how it went.

all in all i'm sooo happy i'm changing up to either a 120gb or a 240gb drive next month and moving the 64gb ssd to my netbook.

i've been looking around and given the prices are falling i keep having those thoughts of just wait a wee bit longer and hope they drop further but you know i just want to get it now.

i've checked toms hardware and anandtech for reviews but those are benchmark reviews i'm interested in real world reviews from peeps.

i've had a look at ozc/corsair/kingston hyp x/sandisk extreme/intel/samsung......so many choices make choosing one difficult.

questions come up like what is the best controller right now and so forth making choices a pain in the butt.

so drop a mini review of an ssd and help me decide which one to get not fussed about the cost more interested in pure performance and life expectancy.


A:ssd recommendations

From your list, I'd go with Samsung, Intel, or Kingston. I'd also consider Crucial. The Kingston drives are often available at lower prices.

I'd say no to OCZ.

If you did not know which brand you had, it's not likely you could tell the difference.

My considerations would be reliability, support, price, and return privileges with the retailer. I'd put those 4 things above "performance" or whatever benchmark you might find.

I've never heard anything significant about variations in "life expectancy". My Intel is 18 months old, with over 2 Terabytes of writes, and is still rated as having 100% of it's useful life remaining.

This might be worth a read:

Components returns rates (6) (page 7: SSDs) - BeHardware

It's info on return rates of various SSD brands from a large Internet retailer.

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I was hoping to make it a simple cpu and ram upgrade, but I got a chip that is not compatible with my current mb (ga-7vaxp).

I have a amd 3000+ barton 400mhz cpu with 2 sticks of 512meg pc3200 ram.

Since I tried the upgrade my pc (winxp sp2) spontaneously reboots approx 30 sec after logging in (and this is happening with my old cpu in - I am currently using the pc3200 ram). I think it's a registry issue, but a system restore from a known good point has done nothing.

So, I don't want to send the cpu back to newegg (15% restock fee) and I probably need to reformat.

So I need a new mb. Since I probably need to reformat I might as well get a new hd as well. I think my geforce4 ti4200 128meg agp card will last me a bit longer.

So I need recommendations on a mb with built in sound and lan that has sata150 and a hd that is a sata150, or if there are better less pricey versions list that as well.

My current hd is 20gig, so size is not important (I doubt if they make 20 gig anymore! ).


A:Need some help/recommendations...

ABIT AN7: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813127167

80GB, 7200RPM, 8MB cache, SATA I/II Hitachi drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822145082

And you can use your old Hard drive as a secondary drive.

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Hi guys, I've been thinking about upgrading my graphics card as I've been experiencing some less-than-great FPS in newer games, and I'm starting to notice the lack of DX11. I play pretty much anything I can get my hands on, but currently The Witcher 2 and Black Ops.
The card I have now is Radeon HD4870 1024MB.

I have a relatively new PSU at 850W(Overkill, I know ) I'm not sure about the brand but I guess I can open it up if you need to know.

Manufacturer: ASUS
Model: P5Q-Pro
PCI-Express, x16

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.83GHz


So, I've been looking at possibly getting the Radeon 6950, or do you have some other suggestions? How does the different manufacturers compare i.e. XFX vs Sapphire?
Also, how will my CPU and Mobo hold up, or would I be better off replacing them?

Big thanks in advance!

A:Recommendations for new GPU

Get what ever your budget can handle. You don't mention what your version of Windows is

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