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Last post Author Topic: Please help me build my new computer, DC!  (Read 105805 times)

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Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC!
« Reply #275 on: January 22, 2009, 10:34:21 AM »
Probably the graphics drivers. If you are using NVIDIA I don't recommend the latest builds (they are really buggy) - go back a couple of generations!

Opps - I see you are a using Radeon drivers ... nuff said!

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Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC!
« Reply #276 on: January 22, 2009, 10:42:51 AM »
superboy: no clue, sounds pretty weird to me - has always worked perfectly in my multi-monitor setups :-s

Might be a monitor, video card or driver issue... pick one, pick three :)
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Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC!
« Reply #277 on: January 22, 2009, 10:45:05 AM »
Yeah, Radeon...hopefully I can fix it tonight.

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Logitech MX 1100 scroll wheel...LOVE IT!!
« Reply #278 on: January 22, 2009, 10:40:29 PM »
Oh my...I am in love with that scroll wheel on the logitech mouse.  I've set it so it's free-spinning (no-click) and it is scroll wheel HEAVEN!  That is just beautiful design.

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Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC!
« Reply #279 on: January 23, 2009, 03:02:27 AM »
Oh my...I am in love with that scroll wheel on the logitech mouse.  I've set it so it's free-spinning (no-click) and it is scroll wheel HEAVEN!  That is just beautiful design.

good for you !

I've been checking out mouses (again) lately and I gotta say it really does my head in that they dont say clearly:-
This is a right-handed mouse. There is no left-handed version (or there is etc)

What percentage of people are left-handed - is it so small that they have to snub us every time we look in a shop-site, or even the Logitech site itself - I was looking at two mice there just yesterday and could find NO info as to whether there was a left-hander or not (and nowhere did I see: "just for right-handers" - so I could only tell from the photo)

[with apologies for very off-topic rant]
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Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC!
« Reply #280 on: January 23, 2009, 10:27:10 AM »
I feel for you, tomos.  But you left-handed people have the advantage at sports!

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Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC!
« Reply #281 on: January 23, 2009, 03:07:34 PM »
I feel for you, tomos.  But you left-handed people have the advantage at sports!

Well, not every sport.  What about the mouse toss, for example?


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Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC!
« Reply #282 on: January 24, 2009, 04:37:34 PM »
thanks for the sympathy guys  :D
okay,
keeping this thread slightly off-topic :P
can anyone recommend a pair of speakers for 20 to 40$ price range - or even a brandname would do - I have no notion & didnt think it worth starting a new thread for it,
thanks!
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Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC!
« Reply #283 on: January 24, 2009, 07:03:13 PM »
You'd think I'd know a little something about speakers.  I don't really, and to be honest, it's a confusing market as far as trying to figure out what's good and what's hype.

But for $20-40, eesh, that's pretty low.  Try looking at Altec Lansing and see what they have.  Although, maybe AL is not the speaker company I think it is anymore...I may still be in 2001 mode.

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Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC!
« Reply #284 on: January 24, 2009, 07:19:42 PM »
A L is, or is part of, Plantronics nowadays, I think.
$20-$40 is a bit low.  You'll have to look out for a discount deal in one of your local stores, I suspect, otherwise shipping costs will kill you.
You could try your local yard/jumble/boot sales...

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Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC!
« Reply #285 on: January 25, 2009, 11:37:07 AM »
well, I should have been (as often) clearer - I sorta meant "mini" speakers - like I have a set on other computer, sony - doesnt even say what ... what's a speaker measurement unit?!? ... but they're small - sound is grand (in a small room) but they cant handle any volume really but that's okay too -
As you say anyways at that price - I wouldnt be expecting to throw a party with them -
will look next time I'm in town anyways,
 thanks!
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Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC!
« Reply #286 on: January 25, 2009, 05:28:19 PM »
Well, I am loving the rocking speed of this new pc.  It's been a long time since I've been able to do things so quickly.  Every click, every transfer is so responsive.  We'll see how long it takes for it to slow down.  It's a well-built machine.

There are only two problems so far:
--This monitor issue.  In extended desktop mode, only the secondary monitor comes out of standby with a key press or mouse movement.  The primary one needs to be turned off and back on.  I have submitted a ticket to ATI for it.

--The on board sound of the motherboard has a decent amount of static and noise to it.  I'm only able to use headphones for the time being, but it sounds like way too much static.  If I move the mouse, especially when I use the scroll wheel, there's this high static sound.  That's no good for me since I do a lot with audio and music.  I will probably use my pro sound card once I have my cables and speakers set up.  I wonder how others deal with that noise though.

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Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC!
« Reply #287 on: January 25, 2009, 05:33:04 PM »
where were the pictures we were promised?

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Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC!
« Reply #288 on: January 25, 2009, 06:29:35 PM »
--The on board sound of the motherboard has a decent amount of static and noise to it.  I'm only able to use headphones for the time being, but it sounds like way too much static.  If I move the mouse, especially when I use the scroll wheel, there's this high static sound.  That's no good for me since I do a lot with audio and music.  I will probably use my pro sound card once I have my cables and speakers set up.  I wonder how others deal with that noise though.

Check your mixer settings - I had this problem once and it turned out to be bad mixer settings!

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Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC!
« Reply #289 on: January 25, 2009, 09:36:37 PM »
where were the pictures we were promised?
The pictures are going to be in the website article I put up soon.  I still want to get a nice "after" shot, but I'm not ready yet.  I still have the old computer on the desk because I forget some files here and there while I setup the new one.  Also, I just bought my Big Knob mixer today, so the speaker setup isn't done yet.  There's still work to do.  I'm taking pics along the way, though.  Maybe I should post a couple of preview pics...

Check your mixer settings - I had this problem once and it turned out to be bad mixer settings!
I'll look into that.  Any suggestions specifically?

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Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC!
« Reply #290 on: January 25, 2009, 09:54:07 PM »
Actually, about that noise problem:
Turns out, I only get the noise when i plug my headphones into the convenience headphone jack on the front of  my Cosmos case.  If I plug into the actualy gigabyte motherboard, the sound is crispt quiet.  Very nice.  So, the problem is cooler master, I guess.  it's ok, once I install the big knob, I won't be plugging any headphones into the case.

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Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC!
« Reply #291 on: January 27, 2009, 06:00:51 PM »
So how's it going?

Haven't heard from you in a couple of days.

Haven't gotten yourself electrocuted, I hope. ;)

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Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC!
« Reply #292 on: January 27, 2009, 10:51:29 PM »
I'm still around.  been busy at work.  But I've been setting the computer up and everything.  I have never had speed like this before or this kind of luxury, and it feels pretty darn good.  Mouser is 100% right about dual monitors, especially dual huge monitors.  It changes the world.  I have file manager and email running on one monitor and another one for internet and everything else and the comfort and productivity is amazing.

My two absolute favorite gadgets so far are the big Knob (I will write extensively about it later) and the logitech scroll wheel.  That scroll wheel is dynamite...it's a solid heavy piece of metal and once you turn off the clicking and have it spinning with zero friction, man, that's take scrolling to a level that is bliss.

I've realized that I've lost the usb cable for my digital camera, so I have to take the card reader from my old computer and put it in this one to transfer the pictures.  I'll do that now...

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Sneak preview of my new computer!
« Reply #293 on: January 28, 2009, 01:51:50 AM »
here are two pics of the new setup.  Ther first shows my old setup that I endured since 2001.  The next is the new setup, although the office is still a mess since I'm not done rearranging everything.  That's me growing sick and tired of transferring all my data to the new computer and setting it up.  It's always a pain.  Least enjoyable part of the whole process.  It's like moving...digitally speaking.
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Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC!
« Reply #294 on: January 28, 2009, 01:56:14 AM »
Now, another minor complaint...the Benq monitors come with no height adjustment.  Yes, it's annoying.  But then again, they are literally half the price of other 24" monitors.

So the question is, can anyone recommend some kind of height adjustable shelf that I can place two monitors on?  As a bonus, I can have room under the shelf to place things.  I'm not able to find anything.

Eesh...$200, this is the cheapest that I could find.
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Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC!
« Reply #295 on: January 28, 2009, 04:06:31 AM »
You look a bit depressed in the pic ...

How about Blocks of wood cut to the size and shape you want and spray painted to match the desk or the monitor stand?

If you want to spend money why not get two wall mounting kits and get them off the desk altogether?

Another alternative is a simple bookshelf - those long slotted metal strip type book shelfs are incredibly strong (So long as you fix them to the wall properly) and then it is easily adjustable.

See http://www.knapeandv...page=products.18.219

(this shop is very expensive any DIY place would have these pretty cheap)
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Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC!
« Reply #296 on: January 28, 2009, 09:57:54 AM »
You look a bit depressed in the pic ...

How about Blocks of wood cut to the size and shape you want and spray painted to match the desk or the monitor stand?

If you want to spend money why not get two wall mounting kits and get them off the desk altogether?

Another alternative is a simple bookshelf - those long slotted metal strip type book shelfs are incredibly strong (So long as you fix them to the wall properly) and then it is easily adjustable.

See http://www.knapeandv...page=products.18.219

(this shop is very expensive any DIY place would have these pretty cheap)
I was tired...the house is a mess...transferring files...rebooting...setting up drivers.  Plus, I was acting a bit for the camera.

As for the shelf, I don't want to get anything that has to be mounted on the wall.  I'd prefer it to just sit on the desk.  Maybe I'll just get that dual monitor stand for $200.  Unless I can find a desktop shelf with height adjustment.

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Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC!
« Reply #297 on: January 28, 2009, 09:58:49 AM »
PS, the monitors are working fine now, I unplugged the dvi's a few times, and it's working now.  Weird.

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Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC!
« Reply #298 on: January 28, 2009, 10:38:31 AM »
$200 ??? Isn't that as much as one of the monitors ???

How about house bricks and a plank? To adjust the height:

fine adjustment - turn bricks on to edge or flat
gross adjustment - add another brick at each end

Give a rather 'rustic' look to your desk but it is cheap and effective!

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Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC!
« Reply #299 on: January 28, 2009, 11:12:22 AM »
$200 ??? Isn't that as much as one of the monitors ???

How about house bricks and a plank? To adjust the height:

fine adjustment - turn bricks on to edge or flat
gross adjustment - add another brick at each end

Give a rather 'rustic' look to your desk but it is cheap and effective!
Haha, yeah, no kidding.  In their defense, these stands are somewhat nice.  We'll see.  I have to adjust my desk and chair until I'm ergonomically correct and comfortable.  Most likely, I won't have to buy those mounts.  If anything, I'll buy a couple of the cheap kensington plastic stands.