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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.
  13. xdozex

    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?
  14. xdozex

    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.
  15. xdozex

    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.
  16. Well the "original" factor is a concern. I'm sure. Which is why I'm posting here. I'd love to watch some NEW tutorials from some guys that actually work in the industry. Plus buying is not really the concern here. It's not a matter of will people buy. You make the money if the tut gets accepted. NOT if the people sign up to the premium service. I dunno guys. When the topic was brought up originally I remember a bunch of people being on board. I remember people were discussing actually starting a new tutorial site just for this reason, and having mograph members manage the site. Now there is a site that is BEGGING for authors to upload new, original, quality tutorials. And I'm letting you guys know about it. Thats all.
  17. Hehe, I agree you could do that. But then again you also could find any site that generates income and do the exact same thing. I only brought it up here because there was a pretty large thread in the past where members were talking about thinking about creating tutorials for the community, but didnt have the time to do it for free. These can be written or video recorded, so they could be made in minimal time, and give the author a quick $150. I'm not expecting 1,000 people here to start making tuts for income. But some extra coin here and there do help, and since most of the tutorials are free...its a big contribution for the community.
  18. If you're interested in checking out other sites with the same model, they already have 4 other *Tuts sites. NetTuts AudioTuts VectorTuts PSDTuts What they do is focus on tutorials that are usually a higher level of quality than you may find on other tut indexing sites across the web. Most of the tutorials are free, but they offer a "premium" service. Where readers can sign up and pay a monthly fee. I think its $9 a month. And this gives them access to the "premium" section. And basically every once in a while (there is a set time frame but I dont know it exactly)they make one GREAT tutorial a "premium" one that only the paying members have access to. But for the most part, 90% of the tutorials are free to the general population. Their other 4 tutorial sites have become REALLY successful with a large number of active RSS subscribers.
  19. Whats up guys, I remember a while back there was a thread where some of the guys here were discussing the tutorial scene as it stands. I believe I remember people saying that they didn't have time to produce tutorials because well...time = money. Envato just published a site AETuts, it's the 5 installment in the *Tuts sites from Envato. Their tutorial sites have had great success because they actually have a reviewing system that only approves high quality tutorials. And they pay $150 for any accepted tutorial. I know it was discussed, the idea of a tutorial site where money could be made. And this is one of them. They appointed Lloyd Alvarez from AEScripts as their site editor, and I'm hoping this could eventually be a go to place for great tutorials. So I invite some of you to submit some ideas. They have a system in place that allows you to suggest a concept and they will approve it before you have to go through the trouble of actually recording the tutorial. On another note, I was kind of hesitant about announcing this other site, because of the mixed feedback I got last time I brought up micro stock so I will keep this short and sweet. Envato has split the video section off of Flashden and dedicated its own site to Video. There is now a Stock Footage section and a project files section. I encourage any of you to stop by and submit some files. A little residual income from files that you made messing around, or old projects that the client didnt want, cant really hurt. VideoHive
  20. I actually also have this problem. My old computer crapped out on me in the middle of a job, and I bought a new one. I got a gateway, because I didnt really have time to go crazy, and limited money. The computer is a pretty good machine, hardware wise. But I noticed that no matter what I do on this new machine, I could be in a 32-bit project and EVERY gradient has horrible banding. Another thing I also noticed that went hand-in-hand with the banding is terrible font rendering. In every program, especially Photoshop, if i make text that is large, anywhere there is a curve in the letter, it gets very jagged and choppy. Anytime I make small text. Like normal size website text, it looks blurry, and un-readable. Type some text in photoshop with somewhat large font size, and let me know if it looks jagged now. If so you are dealing with the same problem I've been struggling with for about 6 months now. From my research there is no way to fix this. I am almost to the point where I may buy a new computer. And sell this piece of garbage on craigslist.
  21. Whats up guys. I began working contract on a few projects, and I'm also taking on some freelance work. So I need to form a business so I can do this legitimately. The thing is, I cannot figure out what type of business license would be the best fit for me. So far I think I have narrowed it down to either an S-Corp or an LLC. I was wondering if any of you guys that operate under your own business, would mind sharing what route you went with. I live in New York. I'm liking both the S-Corp, and the LLC options, because of the break in personal liability. Just incase I get a crazy client. Which is very possible near me. I'd also love to avoid double-taxation. I read somewhere that LLC's need to report company policies, documentation, and meeting minutes. Me being the 1 and only employee of the company, I dont really plan to have any of these things, and I'm worried about getting into some trouble if I dont adhere to all the regulations. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. Mark
  22. I'd have to agree with Sao on this one. I was really excited that there might possibly be a camera that will allow me to shoot 3K footage, with a great potential to not have to also buy a DSLR. I technically dont need anything over 1080p. But the 3K is nice. The rumor to have 3K and a DSLR killer paired together for my personal/basic stock shooting use, would be fantastic at under 5 grand. But I am honestly disappointed with the low Megapixel size of the cheap Scarlet. I was told that megapixels isn't a big deal if the sensor is good. I mean I just purchased a cheap Casio Exilim for $150 that shoots at 8-9 mega pixels, but the sensor is crap, and so are the images. So I would be very interested to see some photographic stills that were shot on the low end Scarlet. I dont know how long they claim it to be before they have a working prototype. I heard that want to have a working one before NAB, but only time will tell.
  23. rerendered.com flashden.net revostock.com - Buy remade Andrew Kramer tutorials
  24. Just came across this new website yesterday...its supposed to be a growing showcase of motion work...not sure how things are added, but they seem to have some nice stuff there so far... Motionspire
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