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Topic # 24843 4-Aug-2008 21:26
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Plan to build a upgrade box by buying CPU, MB, Ram, graphic card Case, PSU probably from C1 as it is close.
Do I need buy silicon gel from them or it normally included in CPU box?

Also is it possible to get such a system arount 700 with a quite(mainly make sure graphic card is quiet, I think?) FreeView HD
ready box with Intel E8XXX or E7XXX?

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  Reply # 154127 4-Aug-2008 21:31
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If your buying a retail boxed CPU it will come with a heatsink with thermal material attached. So generally you wont need to purchase any.




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  Reply # 154131 4-Aug-2008 21:48
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Thanks for the reply.

 
 
 
 


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Reply # 154145 4-Aug-2008 22:30
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I've put together a boxx with an Intel CPU using the provided gel. I wound up having to go to DSE and buying proper gel to use instead because the original one wasn't good enough.




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  Reply # 154168 5-Aug-2008 00:16
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If its HTPC only AMD is good value, 780g boards seem really good (still waiting on ours to arrive). As for noise just get a fanless graphics card.

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  Reply # 154216 5-Aug-2008 10:18
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freitasm: I've put together a boxx with an Intel CPU using the provided gel. I wound up having to go to DSE and buying proper gel to use instead because the original one wasn't good enough.


What CPU did you have Mauricio? I have seen thousands of machines put together with the boxed heatsink with no problems.

That said, the syringe of gunk intel provide with returned motherboards is very very bad. Its thick, dry and crumbly.



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  Reply # 154217 5-Aug-2008 10:19
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freitasm: I've put together a boxx with an Intel CPU using the provided gel. I wound up having to go to DSE and buying proper gel to use instead because the original one wasn't good enough.


Same here, I got my Athlon XP thrown strange "No-fatal Machine Check Exceptions"  in  system log when I was compile Linux software for hours and take me days to find out it is a overheating progblem and what I need do is reapply some more gel over my CPU. Well not exactlly same as in my case seems the guy assembly my PC don't really care that much. To be fair, my machine already 4 years old at that time, and don't have any major problem except that warning message.

Anyway I will take your word to see could I afford a little more for my overbudget upgrade for some gel.

PS: How do you know the original one wasn't good. I don't think I am going to OC so I am not sure do I need buy some at all.

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  Reply # 154219 5-Aug-2008 10:21
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pstar where abouts in NZ are you?

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  Reply # 154220 5-Aug-2008 10:22
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I applied the paste myself and it didn't work. At the end I cleanup the CPU very carefully with Isopropyl Alcohol, then applied the one I bought from DSE. It's really not expensive and the little tube goes a long way - many CPUs.






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  Reply # 154234 5-Aug-2008 10:51
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Simonm: pstar where abouts in NZ are you?


St Johns, Auckland, why?



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  Reply # 154247 5-Aug-2008 11:25
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freitasm: I applied the paste myself and it didn't work. At the end I cleanup the CPU very carefully with Isopropyl Alcohol, then applied the one I bought from DSE. It's really not expensive and the little tube goes a long way - many CPUs.


How much is it, I couldn't find one on their web site, I think last time I check out it is something like $20? And could it last for years after opened,
I don't see me build  another box for next year?

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Reply # 154359 5-Aug-2008 15:53
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DSE code N1205. $5.99 for a 10Gram tube. 10 Grams is plenty for at least a dozen machines.



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  Reply # 154407 5-Aug-2008 18:13
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Simonm: DSE code N1205. $5.99 for a 10Gram tube. 10 Grams is plenty for at least a dozen machines.


I came to pickup a DSE Rabit air amplified antenna in Sylvia park and asked two staffs about the silicon gel, they said they don't have it in store and one guy even checked computer for me. Not until now I realized that maybe they have buy not in Sylvia Park DSE. Next time maybe.

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  Reply # 154465 5-Aug-2008 21:14
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Arctic Silver 5 is very good, its the most common and can be bought from pretty much any computer store. Alternatively if you're talking to a reasonable store for your upgrade, you could ask for half a tube of the thermal paste they would have to be thrown in. Computerlounge did this for me.

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