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About rivrbyte

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  1. Howdy Thunder, I'm going to be installing a GPU sometime tomorrow, and I will remove CPU fan, and will try to get a closer photo. I've had a CM 690 2007 original, but wanted to upgraded to the 3.0 a mATX, 690 II,and liked the extra features, and was pretty straight forward I've been on these forums seven years ago, here and there, and really like the CM brand, I do not know if I have uploading access, I'll try. Thanks again.
  2. MSI B85-G41 PC Mate Intel i7 4770 3.4 GHz Coolermaster 212 Hyper Cooler I just finished rebuilding my new system, and installed the cooler as per directions. That little pin on the bridge the crossbars attach to was where it was supposed to,lined up with. But after tightening the hold down screws as tight as they can be, I am still able to twist and turn the tower, which is the loosest cooler i have ever used, and wanted to know if this is normal, or not. if not, then the only thing I can do at this point, is to try and return it to Micro center, and use another cooler like a Zalman or even the intel stock cooler. As coolers go, the design of this hyper to me is poor design if there is any wiggle room or the ability to swivel as you wish. Not bad, and I'm not talking about real wiggly or free turning a lot, but i would thing the contact between both the CPU and the Copper plate should not be able to do this. Thank you!
  3. I called Seasonic and they told me that with the GPU, my 550W GOLD PLUS 80 has a MAX output of 600W, but I don't feel comfortable being on the edge, and possibly FRY my components, half say the 550W is plenrty, and the other half are telling me to go with a 650 or 700 PSU. My 700W is a Thermaltake, and the new one is a Seasonic, but I do have a CM690 ATX case that im reusing, and thought maybe coolermaster PSU will be good to try out. CPU - intel i7 4770 3.4GHz MEMORY - Crucial Ballistix 2x 8GB DDR3 (PC3-12800) 1600 MoBo - MSI B85-G41 PC Mate (LGA 1050) PSU - Seasonic 550w S12G Gold CPU Heatsink - CoolerMaster Hyper 212EVO Boot SSD - Samsung 840EVO 250GB GPU- EVGA Geforce GTX-750 1 GB...maybe get a GTX 770 with 4GB memory. From all the different suggestions on whether to get a GPU, or stick with the i7 HD 4600, it gets a little confusing, and the bottom line, which most everyone can agree on, is for video editing, the two most important components are the CPU, and the onboard RAM memory, and not so much the GPU, which now is very necessary for gaming. I wanted a type of media PC, but concentrating primarily on the JPG'S, MPG2,4, AVI, MOV, MP3's, Photo & Video editing", and streaming, AND NOT for gaming or overclocking. These newer parts I will see, will be exponentially an improvement, over my old DDR2, and Q6600 2.4GHz PC......(Fingers Crossed) Thanks again! __________________________________________ So, what do you all think, about needed more POWER? Thanks!
  4. Forgive me. it has been seven years since my last rebuild. You would think that after getting all the parts for this build, I still have a nagging concern about when I should install the PSU. Some tell me it does not matter all at, just to make sure the case I/0 Power is off, along with the AC to the wall. This time around, after spending upwards of $800.00 for all the parts, I do not want to FRY anything. I seek advice from other PC Forums amd inquired about this PSU question. The consensus is this... "It doesn't matter if you install the power supply first, middle, or last, whatever works best for you. Some cases are difficult to install the PSU after the mobo and HSF goes in, some are difficult to install the mobo with the PSU in. Do whatever works best. " c AND THEN I get this from some forum moderator, "PSU: install the PSU first with the power cord plugged into a socket but with the power off so only the earth is present if you have no antistatic plane and touch the case regularly on some unpainted metal to avoid zapping sensitive parts causing ESD damage to them is the best way!" Could someone PLEASE tell me what is the BEST way to install a PSU. Should I be plugging anything into ANYTHING from the PSU while rebuilding this new system? I saw a youtube video on how to build, and the guy inserted 4 temp ground screws when he first installed the PSU, then when everything was installed, he removed those grounded screws and replaced them with the install screws, then powered it on. Thank you!
  5. I also have heard MANY MANY suggestions from people about what's good, and what's trash, but I think I narrowed it down to these...otherwise, I'll never finish picking out parts, and if I do not soon, then the DDR3 memory will then be DDR8. Mobo - MSI B85-G41 PC_Mate ATX 1150 $ 70.00 (Newegg) PSU - Seasonic Gold Certified 550W $ 75.00 (Newegg) CPU Cooler - CM Hyper 212 EVO $ 35.00 (Fry's) SSD - Samsung EVO MLC 550GB $ 157.00 (Newegg) CPU - 4th Gen. i7 4770 3.4 GHz LGA 1150 $ 240.00 (Micro center) .....Fry's replaced this with an i7 4771 4th gen. $318.00 (Frys) RAM - Corsair XMS 2x8GB DDR3 1600 $ 170.00 (Fry's) I called CM, and they discontinued that CM690 Case, so NO, I can not get that top cover, so i'll have to either use the back 3.0 USB, or buy a third party bay multi port with the 3.0 USB on it and connect that to the 3.0 USB on the MSI Board Thank you!
  6. Hello! Back in 2007, I purchased a Cooler Master CM690 ATX Full Tower (before the CM690 II,or the CM690 III came out. The top cover had 2 x 2.0 USB, Audio/headphones, one eSata, and one Firewire. I am getting ready to build a new Computer, and getting all my internal parts together. (Attached photos) has anyone experienced what i'm going through with updating the top cover, or just the top header connection plate, so that the new board can utilize the newest 3.0 USB? The 7 year old motherboard was a MSI P35 Platinum #7345, and the new replacement is a MSI B85-G41 PC_Mate Mobo. Some have told me if i want to keep this case. i would have to buy a third party 3.0 USB/SD reader/ Audio/headphone connector that fits into one of the bays in front. really? Others have told me this should work with the case I have, it's just that I am not a experienced builder, and am not really sure what connectors go into what board headers in order to use both the rear and front I/O plug-ins. It's just much more convenient to use headphones that plug into the top, or plug in the external HDD, instead of moving everything to get to the back, to plug them in. (That 3rd party bay connector is a Silverstone # FP32B-E...SD Reader, 3.0USB,Audio/headphones) I would rather get a new top cover that may fit this older CM 690 case, that would solve most of my problems. PSU~ *When I built this computer 7 years ago, I included a Thermaltake Toughpower 700w PSU, and the more peeps I talk to about this new build today, they tell me that 700w is way overkill, and all I needed was a 500 or 550w PSU....Some tell me to replace whenever i rebuild a computer, and others tell me to leave it in, and that the power won't hurt. And then i hear that the newer motherboards have to have a PSU to be certified or have something on the board to work with it.....Should i be concerned, or just go with my old PSU? Thank you!