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    Last one for tonight. Big Angle looking up looks sweet. Again the blueness is the camera being how shall I put this, Gay.
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    Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis
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    Corsair 2 X 2Gb XMS2 PC6400C5 DDR2
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    Default Re: New Build GA-EP45-DS3 + Q9550

    [img]Image tags are nice[/img]

    What you guys doing with Dell BIOS's?

    Nice Monitor, I got me a Dell one as well!

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    Thanks for the BIOS NimrodAUS.

    Those photo's are perfect for what I mainly wanted to see mate. I kinda knew it'd be hard to get a true representation of what it looks like IRL. The inset screen thing was bugging me a bit but it doesn't seem a problem. You can only JUST see the taskbar reflecting off of it, which would be the main irritation. Ports are nice and clear too. Obviously there's no HDMI, which is cool, don't see the point when one has a dual link DVI which can be adapted to take a HDMI source (seperate audio may be needed though).

    I much prefer the matt finish screens. I totally get what you mean about them being a "don't touch" thing. My Toshiba Regza telly is the same. It's tricky to get smear free. When it is clean though, as the photo's with flash demonstrate, you can still see the picture well through strong lighting. Most shiny monitors are that way to enhance contrast, sometimes because the actual pannel is poor. No tricks needed with the Dell, so it seems. Appreciate the time you took to take the pics!

    @Lsdmeasap: I just got lucky on e-Bay and bought a second HD 4850 for ~50 (paid 120 for the first, 6 months ago). It just happens that it's a Dell OEM model, just like Nimrod's first card. I have my current ASUS clocked to 720/1100 from 625/1000 via a BIOS volt mod. Was wondering if the BIOS was directly flashable. Examining the structure it's not. The Dell is a true reference design and mine is an alteration with a moved S-Video socket and some extra temp reporting sensors for GPU Shader Domain.

    The BIOS is volt moddable though. Having it now means it'll be ready to flash. I'll set the default clock to 680/1000 and the OC range to 600-800MHz for the GPU and 850-1300MHz for the RAM. A mod to the full screen 3D mode of ~1.25V should hopefully see it stable. All I have to do then is saw off the VRM cooling section from the main cooler, bin the bit with the fan on it, install the ASUS Glaciator (until I get a 2nd T-Rad2) and re-seat the VRM sink. Should take about 1 hour or so (hopefully).
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    BIOS modding complete. Shame The card's not directly compatible with the ASUS. I may try a crossflash and see what happens though. I can always blind flash back to the stock BIOS if things go wrong.
    Coolermaster CM 690 II advance Case
    Corsair HX750 (CWT, 91%(80+ Gold rated @230V) single 62A 12V rail
    P55A-UD4 v2.0 @ F14
    Core i5 760 @ 20 x 201, 4.02GHz
    TRUE Black with a single Noctua NF-P12 pumping out 55 CFM @ 19db .
    2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
    2 x Gigabyte GTX 460 1024MB in SLI (Pre OC'd to 715MHz core and 1800MHz VRAM) @ 850 Core / 4100 Mem.
    Intel X25-M Boot Drive (OS and Programs) 200MB/s Read & 90MB/s Write
    Corsair X32 200MB/s Read & 100MB/s Write
    WD Caviar Blue 640GB C (Steam, Games, Storage, Temp Files & Folders, etc)
    Samsung F3 500GB Backup/Images
    Noctua 1300RPM 19dB case fan (rear extraction)
    3 x 140 MM Coolermaster LED fans (one front intake, one top extraction, one side intake)
    Dell Ultra Sharp 2209WAf E-IPS @ 1680x1050

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    I also altered the range of overclocking via Overdrive. Stuck to the safest method using the authentication signature method (hash).

    Hopefully this should do the trick. 3D clocks are up as high as possible voltage wise and the Glaciator cooler will definitely cope well until I can get another T-Rad and two slim 120mm fans. Unfortunately it's a tight swueeze if I fit regular 120x120x25 fans, even with the generous spacing between card slots. It would also have been nice if the second slot were one slot further into the mobo, and perhaps the 1x PCIe where the 8X is now. My case layout means that a standard fan &T-Rad would have about 5mm between fan and the bottom of the case. Still, I can hardly blame Gigabyte. I'll have to get me a fan controler too. That one I can blame on Giga for not making all the fan headers 12V.
    Coolermaster CM 690 II advance Case
    Corsair HX750 (CWT, 91%(80+ Gold rated @230V) single 62A 12V rail
    P55A-UD4 v2.0 @ F14
    Core i5 760 @ 20 x 201, 4.02GHz
    TRUE Black with a single Noctua NF-P12 pumping out 55 CFM @ 19db .
    2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
    2 x Gigabyte GTX 460 1024MB in SLI (Pre OC'd to 715MHz core and 1800MHz VRAM) @ 850 Core / 4100 Mem.
    Intel X25-M Boot Drive (OS and Programs) 200MB/s Read & 90MB/s Write
    Corsair X32 200MB/s Read & 100MB/s Write
    WD Caviar Blue 640GB C (Steam, Games, Storage, Temp Files & Folders, etc)
    Samsung F3 500GB Backup/Images
    Noctua 1300RPM 19dB case fan (rear extraction)
    3 x 140 MM Coolermaster LED fans (one front intake, one top extraction, one side intake)
    Dell Ultra Sharp 2209WAf E-IPS @ 1680x1050

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    Yeah bit wak not making all the fan headers 12v like on my X48 which was the reason the front fan was sticking. Hmm interesting to see what your doing there. Eventually I will look at getting a better cooler for the Dell card. I still cant believe how hot it gets even with the PSU 14cm sucking like a hover directly below it. Oh well. Let us know when you get your second card.

    Interesting about blind flashing. I would be to scared of flashing the MSI BIOS to the my dell card. I dont want to end up with a paper weight. lol
    Lian Li PC-7F Chassis Black
    Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 MB (Rev. 1.1 BIOS v.F8c)
    Gigabyte ODIN GT 800Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Quad Q9550 E0 @ 3.4Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Noctua NH-U12P + AS5
    G.Skill 2X2GB F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
    2 X ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB (Crossfired)
    Dell Ultrasharp 2209WA IPS
    2 X 1TB Seagate 7200.11 in RAID 1
    Pioneer DVR216 SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------
    Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 (Rev. 1.0 BIOS v.F9)
    ASUS Artic Square CPU Cooling with AS5
    Thermaltake TR2 RX 550Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Duo E8500 E0 @ 3.8Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Corsair 2 X 2Gb XMS2 PC6400C5 DDR2
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
    1 X Seagate 1TB 7200.12 + Seagate 750GB 7211.11
    Sony SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
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    It's a bit of a risk, but as long as the actual BIOS isn't physically damaged, you should be able to force a second flash to restore the card (hopefully).

    I'm going to be cautious and just use the edited version of the original with clocks to match the ASUS.

    It's been a known issue for a bit that with a stock cooler, the 4850 is a little furnace. I think it's because of the moaning that was going on with the HD3850/3870 and how loud their coolers were. ATI/AMD went a bit too far with quietening the cooler down IMO.

    I'll post a few pictures when I install the card and again when I remove the VRM cooling portion from the stock HSF and fir it along with the Glaciator.
    Coolermaster CM 690 II advance Case
    Corsair HX750 (CWT, 91%(80+ Gold rated @230V) single 62A 12V rail
    P55A-UD4 v2.0 @ F14
    Core i5 760 @ 20 x 201, 4.02GHz
    TRUE Black with a single Noctua NF-P12 pumping out 55 CFM @ 19db .
    2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
    2 x Gigabyte GTX 460 1024MB in SLI (Pre OC'd to 715MHz core and 1800MHz VRAM) @ 850 Core / 4100 Mem.
    Intel X25-M Boot Drive (OS and Programs) 200MB/s Read & 90MB/s Write
    Corsair X32 200MB/s Read & 100MB/s Write
    WD Caviar Blue 640GB C (Steam, Games, Storage, Temp Files & Folders, etc)
    Samsung F3 500GB Backup/Images
    Noctua 1300RPM 19dB case fan (rear extraction)
    3 x 140 MM Coolermaster LED fans (one front intake, one top extraction, one side intake)
    Dell Ultra Sharp 2209WAf E-IPS @ 1680x1050

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    Yeah they sure did go crazy with the cut down cooler. The stupid thing is to get respectable coolage you have to crank the little fan up so high its sounds like the computer is ready for take off. The MSI card is not exactly quite, My system is however at an acceptable level for the preformance of it. The MSI just fan just runs 100% all the time. Its just a two wire job. But does a bloody fantastic job on cooling everything. Even though it has no heatsinks on the power thingys all that including the ram stay way cool as compared to the Dell Reference card.
    Lian Li PC-7F Chassis Black
    Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 MB (Rev. 1.1 BIOS v.F8c)
    Gigabyte ODIN GT 800Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Quad Q9550 E0 @ 3.4Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Noctua NH-U12P + AS5
    G.Skill 2X2GB F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
    2 X ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB (Crossfired)
    Dell Ultrasharp 2209WA IPS
    2 X 1TB Seagate 7200.11 in RAID 1
    Pioneer DVR216 SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------
    Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 (Rev. 1.0 BIOS v.F9)
    ASUS Artic Square CPU Cooling with AS5
    Thermaltake TR2 RX 550Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Duo E8500 E0 @ 3.8Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Corsair 2 X 2Gb XMS2 PC6400C5 DDR2
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
    1 X Seagate 1TB 7200.12 + Seagate 750GB 7211.11
    Sony SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    [img]Image tags are nice[/img]

    What you guys doing with Dell BIOS's?

    Nice Monitor, I got me a Dell one as well!

    What Model Dell Screen have you got LSD?
    Lian Li PC-7F Chassis Black
    Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 MB (Rev. 1.1 BIOS v.F8c)
    Gigabyte ODIN GT 800Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Quad Q9550 E0 @ 3.4Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Noctua NH-U12P + AS5
    G.Skill 2X2GB F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
    2 X ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB (Crossfired)
    Dell Ultrasharp 2209WA IPS
    2 X 1TB Seagate 7200.11 in RAID 1
    Pioneer DVR216 SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------
    Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 (Rev. 1.0 BIOS v.F9)
    ASUS Artic Square CPU Cooling with AS5
    Thermaltake TR2 RX 550Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Duo E8500 E0 @ 3.8Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Corsair 2 X 2Gb XMS2 PC6400C5 DDR2
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
    1 X Seagate 1TB 7200.12 + Seagate 750GB 7211.11
    Sony SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------

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    I basically got this monitor for nothing. I sold my Old Dell Dimension 9150 + Dell 1907fp screen and keyboard and mouse to my Brother inlaw for $500 Bucks. In the end its spec's were
    Pentium D 950? 3.4ghz
    3gb DDR 533mhz ram
    750GB Western Digital Green
    9400 GT 512mb
    Lian Li PC-7F Chassis Black
    Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 MB (Rev. 1.1 BIOS v.F8c)
    Gigabyte ODIN GT 800Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Quad Q9550 E0 @ 3.4Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Noctua NH-U12P + AS5
    G.Skill 2X2GB F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
    2 X ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB (Crossfired)
    Dell Ultrasharp 2209WA IPS
    2 X 1TB Seagate 7200.11 in RAID 1
    Pioneer DVR216 SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------
    Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 (Rev. 1.0 BIOS v.F9)
    ASUS Artic Square CPU Cooling with AS5
    Thermaltake TR2 RX 550Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Duo E8500 E0 @ 3.8Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Corsair 2 X 2Gb XMS2 PC6400C5 DDR2
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
    1 X Seagate 1TB 7200.12 + Seagate 750GB 7211.11
    Sony SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
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