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    Lol Yeah I have hurd of Second Life, Got a Real Life Friend that playes it (hooked) I have made a concience effort to not ever try it as I dont need any more reasons to be on the computer. Especially in that sort of enviornment. My Wife wouldnt like it I dont think. Im happy enough playing EVE, Its cool. Its like a super trading game as well. Havent played Mass Effect So I cant comment on the Likeness. Wouldnt be supprised about the Murder/Rapes. Worlds Pretty ****ed up nowadays and the internet has just way too much info of people on it. One reason Im not a member of any social networks like Facebook or twitter (what a ****ing joke Twitter is).
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    HAHA, yeah I hear it is addictive. I can't game or use messengers on my computer or I never get anything done, and I am super busy always so I MUST avoid them at all costs.

    Ya, I agree WTF why is twitter even so popular?

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    I used to play WoW so I know how much of a time sink those kind of games can be. I tend to avoid MMO's now as they're basically all the same, just with a different story. Complete quests > gain a level > do harder quests eg fetch someone two monkey bums instead of just one > fail quest > grind (kill alot of stuff) until you gain another level > re-try the quest > hand in the quest > etc etc. After a year and a half of doing that it gets very boring.

    There are of course raids and dungeons to do, but you find 95% of people who play aren't all that good. You end up doing great DPS (damage per second) or HPS (healing per second) or tanking (keeping the monsters attention while wearing a lot of armour and being healed so it doesn't one-shot a mage/priest/warlock wearing pyjamas ie cloth armour) and get let down by the pure stupidity of 3-4 out of the party of 10.

    I might give the demo a go though, I like punishing myself.

    On a side note, bad news. I took the T-Rad 2 off my original 4850 and tried fitting the original cooler (clearance issues with 2 cards). It seemed that the T-Rad, thanks to thermalright making H|S's with curved bases, had warped the card. this meant that the stock cooler didn't touch the core when screwed down any more. I promptly put the T-Rad back on and was greeted by artifacts at the POST screen and a generally garbled display. After re-fitting the sink again it did the same but this time when running furmark at stock speeds. the cooler was on OK as the GPU never got past 50c.

    It seems that the bowing must have damaged the card in some way. It's the same on another board too. So I've carefully removed the RAM sinks and cleaned off the goo. I put the T-Rad on it the opposite way round (contact area on the rear of the card with padding to protect the surface mounted components and bowed it the other way to straighten it. I then put the original cooler on, and sent an RMA request to the supplier.

    "I don't know what happened. I switched it on this morning and it doesn't work". So hopefully I'll get a replacement within a week or so. I didn't even get to try out Crossfire before the card went **** up...

    I wouldn't have minded if I'd screwed the T-Rad on too tight, but it was on JUST enough to give good temps. I saw it bow the card originally so I used minimal pressure. Loosened it to where the card would re-boot the PC (throttling) and then turned half a turn. Damn Thermalright and their curved coolers!
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    Ah Man your having some bad luck with that setup. I hope you get it sorted out soon before you modify it with a hammer.

    Ive not played WoW but Im sure its nothing like Eve from what people have talked about. Eve is much more then just missions, its an awesome mining and trading game and then there are missions to do for agents which are NPC (non Player Characters) but then you can also do never ending stuff for real player Corps.

    The only annoying part is that you have to train skills up to use more advanced ships and equiptment which can take some time, however in my month of playing I have gotten pretty far on were Id like to go. To get a awesome battleship with all the trick bits its going to take me 150 days to train up the skills i need and probably that long to get the cash to buy it but thats cool. Ive just started doing level 2 missions which are a bit harder then level 1 and thats just for NPC's but ive also done some frieghter missions for my RL friends which have been playing for years and they pay me well.. lol. Its good in a way that you dont have to sit there and do stuff every second you can set something up and leave it for a few minutes then come back, and training of skills continues on when your not online so u just set up your training cue and let it train when your away. Have a go its pretty cool. Its about 2gb download and you get 14days free but If you make enough money then you can actually cash it in for game time. I signed up because i couldnt train the skills I wanted to on a trial account. Its $14.95USD a month. I took my desktop over to my mates place to have a bit of a lan up and play on saturday, that was cool. I should have taken a photo of his command centre setup cause its just crazy mad. He has 8 yes 8 X 19in Screens 4 on each of 2 computers all setup next to each other for playing Eve (thats all he & his wife play) and it looks cool. They have like 10 accounts of eve and run up to 8 @ a time, 1 on each screen which is cool. You could like land a spacecraft on the moon with the setup they have its awesome.

    My MSI Card as it has no full length cooling or anything for that matter on the power thingys the card kinda hangs down at the back with the weight of the MSI Cooler. A temp solution for me was to tie up the PCI-e Power cord to a higher point as to hold the back of the card up. Hopefully that will work. Oh Well I think it has a 3 year warranty.
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    Hammer mod's are fine

    I think they ALWAYS Work out the best anyway

    Sorry to hear about your issues, hope you get it fixed up nicely! I would never water cool my cards, those blocks are just so expensive and you always have to buy a new one to fit usually.

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    Yep, water cooling can be a pain in the a55 with GPU's. For instance it's difficult to buy the right block for ATI cards due to non reference designs being more common than with NVidia.

    After I re-fitted the stock cooler to RMA the card I noticed lots of minor tool marks on it. Master forger that I am I've had to take the cooler off the new 4850 and fit that instead. It's good in a way because if they lift the cooler there'll be the standard wax pad underneath. I ran the card to 70c with FurMark and the cooler came off with all the TIM attached and a perfectly clean GPU core.

    I also had to swap the fan on the heat sink for the old cards fan as they changed the slogan on the sticker. Good job I did as the fan on the newer cooler had "July 2009" stamped on the back and the purchase date of my first card was Dec 2008.

    I've ordered a pair of Scythe Musashi coolers. With the 12mm high fans they should just fit side by side. I'll be rigging up a second 120mm fan to the end of the cards that'll cool the VRM's and help make up for the less than 1" gap between the fans and the back of card 2. This cooler comes with a back plate too, so no card bending when it screws down. It's not as good a cooler as the T-Rad2 for cooling but as long as I get 60c or under on low fan speed (back plate controller included) that's fine by me.

    While I wait for the new coolers I'm using my old 7900GTO @ GTX. Not really much point in gaming on it tonight, frame rates aren't too good. Resident Evil 5 benchmark gets ~80 FPS in all scenes with a single 4850 but with the 7900 it's around 28 FPS on average.

    Seems like I don't need a hammer to break stuff.
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    Ahh, no hammer?

    I was hoping to see some pics

    Glad to see you think you have it all worked out. Hope the new items work out for ya.

    I use ATI myself, so those things you mention plus a new block for each card means no WC on GFX for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psycho101 View Post
    Seems like I don't need a hammer to break stuff.

    LMFAO

    Dude you have gone through an ordeal. Sounds like you could use a beer

    Keep us posted of your progress.

    Hey do you guys have any suggestions on cleaning matt LCD screens. As Suspeced this 2209WA is a right Mo Fo to clean. Oh and I got the latest Dell Cattledog in the mail yesterday. 2209WA is now $150 Cheaper then when I bought it. WTF Spewing. Oh Well I wont tell the wife.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NimrodAUS View Post
    LMFAO

    Dude you have gone through an ordeal. Sounds like you could use a beer

    Keep us posted of your progress.

    Hey do you guys have any suggestions on cleaning matt LCD screens. As Suspeced this 2209WA is a right Mo Fo to clean. Oh and I got the latest Dell Cattledog in the mail yesterday. 2209WA is now $150 Cheaper then when I bought it. WTF Spewing. Oh Well I wont tell the wife.
    Can't you call and speak with "Habib" and get something done about the price drop? I think you can if it has been lowered within 30 days, could be mistaken though it's been known to happen

    Warm water then a dry towel is suggested by me

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    I guess it cant hurt to give them a call and see what they say. It would be nice as thats a pretty big drop in price. Its definatly the same model as the model number is specified.

    Yeah I did the cold water and towel but I should try warm, were I inadvertantly brushed my finger on the screen to get a bug off (attracted by the Sun like brightness) it smeared and it didnt come off. I wonder if glass cleaner would be too "heavy" to use. I will try warm water first and see how that goes. I hate being fussy.
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