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That is a GREAT buy for the price. The ram alone is worth more than what you paid for the full thing. You could probably sell the mobo for that price alone.

By the way, have you noticed what is the exact motherboard model from Gigabyte ? It's written between the RAM slots and the CPU slot. (Or you can look into the Mainboard tab in CPU-Z).

It is definitely not a P45-UD3LR because of the Southbridge heatsink.

I'd say it's a GA-EP43-UD3L

If it is, it actually supports 16GB of RAM (not that you need so much right now, but it's good to know).

If you upgrade to the latest F9 Bios you even get support for charging USB gadgets (iPod's, etc), while the PC is off.

Oh, if you want to turn the computer into an HTPC, I'd suggest you buy a new GPU. Either a Radeon HD4000 series and up or a Nvidia 8000 series and up as those feature Flash HD hardware acceleration and better video quality in general, but especially for HD content than the HD2600XT.

If you want to game and use as an HTPC, I'd suggest an Asus GTX460 DirectCU, as it has an excellent cooler, idles at around 32.º C at 20% fan speed - it's very quiet, and at full speed the GPU never goes above 61.º while not being very loud (during real games, unless you're using artificial tests, of course). If you want to go ATI Asus also sells the HD6850 with the same DirectCU cooler, which should provide the same excellent results.

Again, solid find! You just need to clean that mess of cables and upgrade the GPU and you're ready to game / htpc in the modern age.
 
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post #92 of 154
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I'll have to look into that later. It's a 500 GB hard drive, and it seems the format is going to take awhile. It is still estimating at 165 hours to go.
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Okay, finally got it started and this is what I pulled from it. Doesn't look like the guy liked to use a genuine OS, so I'll need to re-install at some point.
Thats not half bad. A E8400 is pretty good for that cheap
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I'll have to look into that later. It's a 500 GB hard drive, and it seems the format is going to take awhile. It is still estimating at 165 hours to go.


Hmmm ? What are you doing ? Using above government agency deleting methods ?

Mind you that is not more effective. Just overwrite everything using CCleaner - single overwrite. If you want you can overwrite it with DOD 5220.22-M (3 passes).

There is no way data is going to be recoverable afterwards, unless you physically take apart the disc and try to read the borders - which might have some traces - which highly specialized equipment. But these eventual traces in the borders are going to be there even if you use Gutmann (35 passes).
 
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post #95 of 154
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I recently heard about Darik's Boot and Nuke, and have used it several times so far. It seems to do a good job, but it takes forever. It seems it is really going to take forever this time.
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I recently heard about Darik's Boot and Nuke, and have used it several times so far. It seems to do a good job, but it takes forever. It seems it is really going to take forever this time.
No, it's not any better than a 3 pass rewrite by CCleaner. It says on Darik's site that it does not comply 100% to standards anyway, so...
 
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post #97 of 154
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I only used DBN because a lot of people suggested it. Do you have a link to CCleaner? I googled it and came up with a bunch of results and it's not clear which is the one you're referring to. Is it a free program?
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I only used DBN because a lot of people suggested it. Do you have a link to CCleaner? I googled it and came up with a bunch of results and it's not clear which is the one you're referring to. Is it a free program?
Yep, CCleaner is free. Here.

You can also do other stuff with it, like clean the registry and all sorts of things the OS and other programs leave behind.

If you just want to wipe the HDD's free space with the program (you'll want to do a quick format to the HDD, so CCleaner can wipe ALL the HDD), just leave that check box selected in the Advanced. In the options/settings menu you can select how many secure deletion passes you want.
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post #99 of 154
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Thanks. Just looking at it now. So it looks like it's a cleaning utility that runs inside windows? I used DBN because I needed something that would do a clean format of the drive, and since it's been running for a few hours already, I won't be able to run CC until I re-install windows. But it does seem to be a nice alternative to TuneUp Utilities.
post #100 of 154
Nice find.

Needs cable management though, that is a total mess. At this point it will probably will help the temps lol.

Like others have said, get a gpu and maybe some better fans and a better heatsink. That's an awesome rig for forty bucks! Heck, my mouse was more expensive than that !
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