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  1. I'm running a very similar rig, based on Jim's also...I changed the mobo and the video card...but its very similar. I also had a problem with the same heat sync...only option was to install the ram upfront. But you could always take off the heat sync in the future to install the ram and then re-install the sync, but that would be a pain in the ass.
  2. Yeah, from what I read on sites like engadget, and mac rumors, the end of this month may possibly bring the updated cinemas. But its already very clear that they will probably ONLY have mini-display port, which is absolutely not an option for me. So the new ones are completely ruled out. But I was thinking along the same lines, of waiting for the new ones to be announced, and then hopefully the price will drop on the current new/refurbs to get rid of them. Either way, I'll probably wait until the end of March, and try to do some more research. Thanks for the help!
  3. Lol, sorry Sao! I've read other posts, but I was worried that some of them would not have the newest info. Thats why I started another one. Sorry if some info here is duplicated. I honestly have wanted a Cinema since the new stainless steel versions were released. But the biggest concern is the price. Even the refurbs are priced at $1,500, not including shipping. Where as the Dell I was looking at was either the 3007, or 3008. It seems from the specs the 3008's have A LOT more features. From what I was reading it just looks like the 3007 with a few of its complaints fixed (more inputs, higher contrast, more picture adjustment options, etc). But the 3008 series is $1,699 new, and it seems like every other week the price drops down to the $1K - $1,200 range. Again, I know the Dell is not that great of a monitor, but I do not do serious production stuff. I do most of my work for local business, that advertise on local television. My only gripe with my current monitor is that when I make a gradient as simple as a medium blue, to a dark blue, I have to see a step for each color in between. I'm looking for a semi-accurate, larger monitor, with little to no banding issues. And honestly, with the rumors of the rest of the Cinema displays finally getting updated soon, I would have held out for the new 30", and just spent the money as an "investment". But even my BRAND new, top of the line video card does not have mini-display out. With no third party converter in sight. Short of shelling out $1,500 for a refurb, a non-apple is my only option. Out of the non-apples, the Dell seems to be one of the best within my price range.
  4. Thanks guys, I'll check all of these options out. I was thinking about a cheaper sub-1,000 NEC model, or one of the Dell Ultrasharps, so I'd be really interested to see what you think of yours Albo. Only thing I heard about the dell's it that you cant get up to the full resolution without display port. Not sure how true that is, but it would be a bummer. I just got a NVidia GTX 295, and it has dual link DVI, but no display port. I do also plan to get some form of external calibration after I get the monitor. But the new Cinema's are out, because they also apparently don't work with PC's. Or non-display port video cards. I could be 100% wrong here, but its just what I've been hearing. I need to do a lot more research, and thanks for the help guys. Albo, any info on that Dell would be much appreciated...color, sharpness, and max resolution, are big selling points for me.
  5. Well the good thing is now they are saying they will be releasing an adapter to allow you to use any headphones. I guess they got flamed a bit too much about forcing you to use their headphones.
  6. Looks pretty cool. Gotta check out the inside edition feature.
  7. Guys, I'm looking for a new monitor. I am coming from a Hanns-G 28". My lady bought it for me last year, and I loved the size of it. But the colors and image are not very good. I see a lot of banding on gradients. And yesterday I hit my last straw when a background looked black, and when I viewed it at work I noticed there was a dark pattern that could not be seen on my home monitor even at its brightest setting. I'm kind of used to the size now, so I really dont want to go very small, but at the moment picture quality, and color means more to me. Plus, I've had it long enough that she wont get offended that I'm scraping it I'm looking for something between 24" - 30", thats above par in terms of image quality. I'm not looking for one of those $2,500 NEC's. Just something that wont produce banding on EVERY gradient!! I hate banding, and I'm scared of all blur filters now. I'd like to keep it under $1,000. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear em.
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    intel i7

    Thanks Jim, I'll check out the forum for OC'ing info. I finally got the computer built and running yesterday. It's a beast of a machine, but unfortunately, I'm having some Audio and LAN issues. From what I'm reading the LAN could be corrected with a few methods, but the lack of audio may cause me to have to disassemble and then RMA the motherboard, which makes me want to punch myself in the throat.
  9. Oh also, if you're ever worried about power supply consumption, try out Asus's power supply calculator: Link The program told me to go with a 500, so I just upped it to 750 to play it safe and leave a margin for more HD, Ram, Overclocking in the future.
  10. Yeah, if its not posting, are you at least getting beeps from the small speaker? If your motherboard didnt come with a speaker I suggest grabbing one from Newegg, they are pretty cheap. The beaps will tell you whats going on, for the most part. And you just reference the beep sequence to your mobo manual.
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    intel i7

    Alrighty, IF my fan arrives today, tonight I'm gonna start my build. I'm not planning on any serious overclocking immediately, I wanna run a 2 day test on the CPU to make sure I didn't get a bum revision. but after that I want to begin to OC. Jim, I noticed you said you were running at 3.6. I was also reading that many were able to get a stable 3.8 - 4.0. Being unfamiliar with over clocking, I really don't want to push it and would be content in the 3.5 - 3.6 range. My fan is supposed to be one of the two best ones out for the i7. I'm just wondering if you would share any resources or guides you followed for your overclock process on your build. Thanks again! Mark
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    intel i7

    Theta, would you mind providing the exact mobo and video card you went with? There are tons of brands that are putting out 280's and a few EVGA mobos I believe.
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    intel i7

    Hey Jim, Do you know of any reasonably comparable cards to the GTX 280's? I'm kind of bummed out to find out that the 280's don't have DisplayPorts. I was looking forward to upgrading to a 30" in a few months, and I just read you need DisplayPort on the card to get the max resolution. Any ideas?
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    intel i7

    Thanks Jim, thats a big help!! I'm going with a different mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128374 because it supports more ram if needed. I know I will NEVER use anywhere near 24Gigs of ram, but its nice to know its there if needed. Regarding overclocking the i7, did you have an easy time doing it? I am going to begin OC research soon, and I just want you're opinion on the difficulty. I'm not going crazy, the 3.66 you're getting out of it, is fine for my needs. So I'm shooting for the same range.
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    intel i7

    Jim, I am looking into building a new machine, and using some of your specs as a starting point. I am mulling over the GTX 280's right now (295's a bit too expensive at the moment), and I was wondering if you wouldn't mind telling me which one you went with. There are like 25 different versions. The one I'm eying right now is: Newegg Any info would be appreciated. And I'll post the full specs when I get it finalized.
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