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  1. Hi Guys,


    It's been a while since I last posted a question, and that being: "Windows 7 Updates. How large a file too Download?" , and I haven't progressed much from there for a whole host of reasons !

    So I still have a Windows 7 Ultimate Sp1 disc in hand and would like to know if its still going to be straight forward for me to install ! Having just read this artical > "Sticking with Windows 7? Make sure you do these 5 things first"

    , has given me some incite and confidence to success.


    However, I still have concern having just read some recent horror story's regarding people installing Win7 for the first time and their updates letting them down. Then, although various solutions have been posted on line, the fingers been pointed with various hints of conspiracy at Microsoft trying to slow down updates so everyone rolls over to Windows10. You have probably heard the stories among others.


    So putting conspiracies aside, should I be good to go for a successful install and updates? Has anyone recently installed and encountered any problems?

    My installation disk is genuine, just hasn't been used yet. :(

  2. Thanks Dasa.


    I really think the Jury is out on this one until we get more Mo-Bo reviews. In the meantime I've been reading up on Sky-lake to understand as much as I can, and keeping up with on line reviews is kind of doing my head in ....so much for retail therapy?

    Like the rest of us, pretty curious about the next range of boards PC & tech Authority will test and release too their kit log. Long live Mo-Bo retail therapy !

  3. Thanks Dasa,


    This build, just like the last one 6 years back, is for FSX-SE / P3D, which pretty much require as good a stable O.C. as you can get. Alot of people using 3rd party software the likes of PMDG / ActiveSky Weather / ATC / Scenery & Other 3rd party add onns all takes a chunk.


    Why and how I came to choose these two mobo's is by having checked some PC builds from companies which advertise themselves as Flight Sim / FSX specialists, and then noticing other forum users employing the same AUSUS ROG Mobos such as the Hero. I have also been curious as to why this company may just offer ASUS. I guess their drawn inn by the BIOS Overclock software/hardware being used.


    Being a user of Gigabyte for 6 years and then seeing the review for the Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 Motherboard, I guess has brought me back to the centreline. I kind of now envy all the Core i7-4790 Haswell users out there with stable OC's


    Can you suggest a preference and reason why betwern these two mobo's? Is it easier to OC between one brand and the other? Or am I just another consumer to be had? .....lol

  4. Hi Guys,


    Here's my Skylake build with the hopes of a stable O.C. to 4.7(Air)-4.8GHZ(Liquid) being my aim.


    CPU - Intel Core i7 6700K $525.00
    MB - Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 Motherboard $369.00

    MB - ASUS Maximus VIII Hero Motherboard $389.00
    RAM - Corsair Vengeance LPX CMK16GX4M2A2400C14 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 Black $199.00

    RAM - Corsair Vengeance LPX CMK16GX4M2B3200C16 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 Black $269.00

    GPU - Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 G1 Gaming 4GB $549.00
    SSD - Samsung 500GB 850 EVO (Bought in June for current system < Price :()
    PSU - Corsair AX860i Platinum Power Supply $3 25.00
    CASE - Use Current PC A20 Lian - Li
    CPU COOL- Noctua NH-D15 CPU Air Cooler $129.00


    Corsair Hydro H80iGT 120mm Liquid Cool $149


    With the help of some respectable reveiws, from mags of the likes of PC Tech Authority and other sources online, I have been caught between two mo-bos and interested inn opinions. I have been a Gigabyte user since 2004. But with a little promting and confirmation I would try a new brand ! I was disapointed that Gigabyte offer 1 fewer rear USB 2.0 /3.0, and in my game you need all the USb ports on offer !! But 1 less isn't do sad.

    My other concern was the choice of memory and timmings, taking into account correct and confirmed compatibility. As raised in Tech Authorities current issue and taking their good advice, I checked the Corsair websites where I have only been able to confirm compatibility for the ASUS Hero III MOBO





  5. Hi Trevjo,


    Good luck with O.C. I never got around to overclocking my 940 due to various commitments but thinking about overclocking and testing with FSX Steam environment or P3D. Yeh I'm another wing nut, and AirHauler addict!

    Hence,I would be most interested in your performance increases when O.C. is stable, and I don't know if you have thought about FSX-SE or P3d yourself? These versions are apparently more stable due to the recompilled code. But all that is another post and chapter by it's self.

  6. Thanks for the responses.


    I am hoping updates after the instal are around the 1-2 Gb limit, as Nich has answered. I just keep putting off this update for one reason or the other....lol

    Now I am down to a 6GB buffer, if not less, and by the weekend I'll be down to 3-4 Gb after the wife has used for work. So I will see if this delays for another week.


    I know I can halt updates and patch with my 3rd party security. But I realy wanted to install / update / and then image ! Forget !


    But it amazes me that I can not find a specific answer, even on the MS website?

  7. Hi Guys,


    I'm thinking of updating to Windows 7 this weekend on my SSD. (Please stop laughing about now...thankyou!)

    The question is..... as I am short on d/l capacity this weekend. How many and how large are the updates going to be?

    I have Googled and tried researching this, as O thought it would be easy to find an answer?


    I plan on installing Windows 7 Ultimate (X64). I am also at the understanding that there exists a Service pack 1, but not sure if this comes preloaded on installation CD?


    Interested in your wisedoms.

  8. Having done a little more research, and now having initiated a request for refund from Acronis. As soon as a receipt of funds are transferred back I'll purchase a copy of "StorageCraft ShadowProtect Desktop" It's reviewed on all accounts to be a solid performer.

    I'll worry about running cloned images of Vista on virtual machines later. However, Master_Scythe, thanks for your input yet again. I'll somehow dig myself out of this hole, and into another, soon enough. And it I'll be at my expense and your your entertainment. LOL

  9. I'm in the process of updating from Vista to Windows 7. Yes I'm really moving with the times, but at least 'm incorporating a move from HDD to SSD as well.


    All was going well with my plans until I realised my current version of Acronis 9 is not Windows 7 compatible, and upon checking Acronis 2015 the supported operating systems are the following:

    Windows XP SP3 / Windows 7 SP1 (all editions) / Windows 8 (all editions) / Windows 8.1 (all editions) / Windows Home Server 2011.



    So I then did a little digging around in the Acronis archives and found that Acronis 2014 is compatible with XP / Vista and Windows 7. Next stop was product support to explain my situation and to check as to what assistance they can offer. I then received the following response:


    "I am glad to inform you that downgrade request from Acronis True Image 2015 to Acronis True Image 2014 is approved from our management."


    I also asked a further question regarding the use of Acronis 2015 with Vista.


    "Acronis True Image 2015 may work or may not on windows Vista. We have not tested Acronis True Image 2015 on windows Vista OS, hence if there is any technical issues we would not be able to troubleshoot."

    Which to a degree is acceptable I assume. So there's my summary of options for Acronis, based on compatibility and availability of versions.


    The install of Windows 7 is to be fresh on a new SSD, and Vista is currently located on RAID5, spread across 3 x Raptor drives..


    What my real concerns and expectations are, once I've completed a final incremental backup of Vista, is to be able to alternate between these two operating systems using Acronis 2014?

    I'm not planning to do this on a weekly bases, but as an option if I find some purchased software to be non Windows 7 complaint.

    Another option I'm considering is running a cloned image of Vista on a virtual machine, as opposed to doing a complete install on the SSD.


    What are peoples thoughts on these plans? Am I going about this with the right expectations?

  10. I received an email response from ORICO customer care team explaining that their website is being updated, and attached in the email was a d/l link to the correct drivers. So with that sorted, both drivers and hardware are working together harmoniously with synergy, for the time being anyway.


    Thank you very much for contacting ORICO customer care team.
    We are terribly sorry that our website is updating now.
    So there may be something wrong with the driver supportsarrow-10x10.png.
    Please kindly click the link below for the driverarrow-10x10.png:


    Hope this can be of any help to you.

    Any other doubts please feel free to contact us.
    Thanks for all your patience.

    Best Regards


    I don't know about you guys, but I think this is one of the best responses I've had from a customer support (except of course the level of support from you guys at Atomic), but then again maybe I don't get out much. I might also drop some of the better links to the equipment bought, might help others solve any issues you have, especially the setup of the Hotway 4-Bay enclosure. With out the review from Photoleif, who offers more detailed instructions than what actually come with the product, I'm indebted to folks like this who offer that level of detail in their review.


    Anyway, probably should have bought a NAS for a bit more $, but I can now successfully and safely archive a decade of data!



    "Hotway 4-Bay non-RAID USB3.0/eSATA Enclosure" (HF2-SU3S2)



    The Not listed on website "Orico 7-Port" USB 3.0 Desktop PCIe Card (PVU3-502U)



    A few issues raised here!



    Offers detailed review with hints to product setup in more detail than enclosed instructions !

  11. Appreciated aliali,


    I will try this search tonight and advise if successful.


    Yesterday I focussed on establishing a succesful eSATA wotk around connection, however drivers could only identify one of of the 2 HD drives. which I think is attributed to incompatible port multipliers on the mobo, I have read.

    Finally tried the easiest connection, but the slowest. USB 2.0, which worked successfully 1st time.

    Will advise on USB 3.0 shortly.




    Ive tried through device manager as well, and all obvious options have failed in their search.

    The big yellow apostrophe still stands prominent!


    I just have to wait for an answer from .cn I guess. I'll May be try eSATA or give inn to USB2, which kind of deceits the purpose to begin with, with respect to transfer speeds.


    But no drivers have auto loaded.

  13. Hi guys,


    Having read some reviews I decided to try the "Orico 7-Port USB 3.0 Desktop PCIe Card" , to speed up transfer rates with my also new "Hotway 4-Bay non-RAID USB3.0/eSATA Enclosure" (HF2-SU3S2)


    I realise after purchase that eSATA was another option, as I have an eSATA bracket kit which came with mo-bo, a GA-EX58-UD5, which is till ticking along nicely. Thank you very much...lol


    "Whose the Designated driver for this ride."


    Having got all the shiny new things out of the box, love that part on a Friday night. However, the driver required from the Orico disk is corrupt, message reads "The setup files are corrupted. Please obtain a new copy..."


    Then having visited the Orico site, my product no longer exists. So having found and matched a product that appears to use the same driver compared alongside the folders on the Orico disk, I tried the link which is broke.

    It now appears, always after you buy the product, that there are reviews on AMOZON having explained the same disappointment.


    So next I email 'supports@orico.com.cn', and I'l just have to wait to see what more good luck that brings...lol


    In the mean time I'll setup the eSATA bracket so I can start formatting my 2x 2TB backup drives. Luck for me the Hotway 4-Bay come with both eSATA and USB3.0 options.


    Anyone out there with advise or experience with this Orico USB 3.0 Desktop PCIe Card?




  14. Thanking you all for writing your responses. I hope you are

    lwell on this long weekend ;)



    Having taken all advice and cautions on board, I finally installed the HD7970 into its resting place on my mobo. It's big, bold and beuitiful. However it's also very bad.


    Having finally seated the GPU in the mobo, I uninstalled Nvidia drivers by using windows device manager, then rebooted and installed latest AMD drivers. Long story s


    hort, the PC booted into my very 1st BSOD. (Blue screen of death).



    Researched and found that its wise to use a 3rd party cleaner in SAFE MODE. Following instructions succesfully, I completed what should be a clean install with new drivers -cant confirm right now as away from PC thank God.



    Since then I have been experiencing what a few AMD users of this card have, as mentioned on various forums, and thats constant headaches with freezing and crashes during game play. Running windows and surfing net all seems to be fine but when running games, or more specifically combat flightsim Cliffs of Dover by Steam install, random freezes occur and have been documented on forums with various theories and solutions.


    I have tried 3 to 4 different drivers myself, with some holding out a little longer than others, and I still haven't seen a definite and conclusive answer to this phenomena .


    So my misadventure with this AMD card should probably end here. The only things I can think of trying next is a stress test to see how the card performs, just in case COD and or Steam are causing conflicts. Also might just dropp in the 1000w PSU and fry the thing! No wait, I mean test it on it's own seperate power supply just to satisfy curiosity with regards to my system setup. But I too have doubts that this could be the solution to my painful woes. It will most likely prove to be some kind of driver issue conflict.


    I plan to update too Win 7 on a single SSD in near future, getting away from Raid 5 currently running off Mo-bo.



    So, has anyone else, experienced similar issues? Monza has a similar setup , as you pointed out.

  15. Just out of curiosity I tried "eXtreme Power Supply Calculator Lite" and here's what it came up with. I think it's pretty close to the guesstemate, but as we know light version dosn't show rail Amps.

    But about this stage I would like to thank all involved for your help. I'm about ti wire up the extra PCI-e cable and plug in the GPU. If I post back nicely, assume there's no smoke filling my room....lol


    On another website post, I don't know if I can mention, I posted similar PSu question and conclusion to day was :"The 620W PSU should work great for the upgrade." Thanks to DASA for staying with me on this, and Cleadge for pointing out He has similar specs too.




  16. At this time.....I think the jury's still out on this one for me. LOL


    I do think however that both of you have something to be taken onboard. Rybags for being technicaly correct with regards to my Corsair HX1000W having only 40A, and Not the 42A required. Dasa for having tried a simular setup which worked and for stating that the manufacturers put a enough safety factor inn.


    But rather comically, this leaves me with a postive and negative answer, so I'm not technicaly convinced either way on this. So is there anything else inn this to convince me I need another new power supply to achieve?

    having also tried other sources, such as the reviews on this and similiar cards, they showed two PCI-E connectors plugged into the GPU. However, just as a matter of interest I was also supplied a "Y" connector " consisting of 2x 6 plugs joining together at a 8x Pin plug.

    Now the manuals I received with this rather moderatly expensive GPU card is less then satisfactory, perhaps I should just express this as SH*T. Mmm I was quite surprised really !!



  17. G'day,


    My current system is a GA-EX58-UD5 (rev. 1.0) mobo (a little research may reveal how excited I was when I bought and installed back in 2009...hehe) currently powered by a Corsiar HX620W power supply and fitted with a 1GB Nvidia GTS250.

    Having purchased an "ASUS HD7970-DC2T-3GD5" 18 months ago, I am only just installing. Partly due to an aquired health problem and also due to having aquired a small family memeber too....LOL.


    So long story short, as well as having the equipment installed as listed above, I also have the listed equipment below. I have reserached the ASUS HD7970-DC2T-3GD5 is of course PCI Express 3, but should be compatible with my PCI Express 2 Mo-Bo. I got as far as getting the Graphics card out tonight and sorting through cables, but I did'nt have any more 8-pin cables in the Corsiar HX620W Kit. So with the Corsiar HX620W being underpowered , I started to expore my unused Corsair HX1000W. Specs posted with link and also copied below.



    The ASUS HD7970-DC2T-3GD5 apparantly requires, as per fine writing on box for "recommended system requirements"

    *A minimum of 600W system power supply (with 12V current rating of 42A)

    *2*8 pin Express supplementary power connector.


    So now the obvious questions start:

    Theres clearly 2x 8-Pin power connectors on the side of the HD7970 GPU. Do both have to be pluged? The Corsair HX1000W power supply (in untouched box) has a +12V1 and +12V2 rails available each with 40 Amps ,and not required 42A? Is this power supply worth un wrapping from its box? If its has an inadequate power supply, what would be a feasable replacement?




    ASUS HD7970-DC2T-3GD5


    GA-EX58-UD5 (rev. 1.0)



    Corsair HX1000W



    Thank you very much for reading upto this point, loking forward to some inetersting and much required answers.

  18. Trying to make all this knowledge compute again, and just on that note if I remember correctly, Atomic actually published an article on the facts of RAM around the time I was doing my 1st build in 09.

    Thanks for posts and links above, but I really need to read over a few times to process....lol


    Feeling a bit more hopeful reading this thread

    Relates to the 6GB of RAM I currently use, and putting this together with the above, I may be wise to experiment with the somewhat cheaper Corsair 12GB (3x4GB) Dominator DDR3 Ram - "CMP12GX3M3A1600C9". This way I'll wear what ever works best

  19. Although I haven't attempted an overclock yet, that's my intention soon after build.

    So what kind of clock speed might I be able to get too, and what other brands or options could I try?

    If I stated that I would be happy with a clock speed of around 3.8Ghz, does that make overclocking more likely of success with this brand, or others?


    Umm..Any further comments and/or links you could give me on this topic?


    Thanks so far for advice

  20. Hi Guys,


    Looking at memory upgrade options for 6GB to 12Gb. I currently have 6GB of Corsair Ram , this being Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D or (DDR3 6GB PC-12800/1600 (3x XMS3 2GB) Ram.

    In staying with tradition, I am looking at upgrading to Corsair CMT12GX3M3A2000C9 12GB Kit Dominator GT DDR3.


    Can anyone confirm any unwise decision and/or pitfalls I may encounter with my choice. The only one I'm aware of is that the Ram cooling fins can physically conflict with my Fan (as installed on my Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtreme) when using memory socket DDR3_2. But this I believe is avoided, as I am continuing use of triple memory channels. Therefore, DDR3_1 ; DDR3_3 ; DDR3_5 - AS PER MANUAL PAGE 16 -"Installing the memory". I am thereby, avoiding the use of memory socket DDR3_2 . So all good there !! So moving on.....


    Although I haven't overclocked yet, I would like to have this as an option, so stability and reliability are of course important down the tract. Any thoughts there?


    I know there are some users of the GA-EX58-UD5 who have upgraded to 12GB, and they use G.Skill DDR3-1600 CL9 12GB Kit. What are the pros and cons of G.Skill and other brands?


    Looking forward to some feedback, and getting an order inn somewhere to complete my build...hehe. :)

    Thanks in advance.


    Current Build:

    Intel Core i7-940 / 2.93GHz / 8MB Cache / LGA1366


    Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 Intel Mainboard - 6x DDR3 / 10x Sata Raid / Dual Gigabit Lan / LGA 1366


    Corsair DDR3 6GB PC-12800/1600 (3x XMS3 2GB) TR3X6G1600C8D Ram

    Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtreme 1366 RT CPU Cooler

    Lian Li PC-A20B Case

    Corsair HX620W

  21. Thanks guys,


    This is some great feed back to complete my build that I started in 09, and with regards to the power supply, neither did I complete the build with the Corsair HX-1000W at the time. So that cab be used to justifiably run the new card and fans to be installed !


    Thanks to all for inputs.


    This is what makes Atomic what it is, and always should be !! - a no B.S. one stop shop for tech that counts, from the gurus in the know !!!

  22. Hi guys,


    Would like some advice from guru's in the know. I wish to upgrade my GPU to a ASUS HD 7970 Is this possible or am I dreaming? Sinnce I build my rigg 3-4 years ago, I have lost that magic touch of confidently deciphering the matrix code that runs down my screen........


    My current MoBo is a GA-EX58-UD5 and current GPU card is a GeForce GTS250 PCI Express 2.0 Bus


    Why the enthusiasm for the new card? I wish to run FSX on 3 x 24" Monitors with AMD Eyefinity, where all displays have a native 1920 x 1200 resolution. The LCD monitors include 1x ASUS MK241H and 2x Dell U2412M


    So will my MOBO take the ASUS HD 7970 on board and I am very also curious as to what my final resolutions will be like across the 3x screens?


    ASUS HD 7970 Resolution:

    D-Sub Max Resolution : 2048x1536

    DVI Max Resolution : 2560x1600


    ASUS HD 7970 Interface:

    DVI Output : Yes x 1 (DVI-I), Yes x 1 (DVI-D)

    HDMI Output : Yes x 1 (via DVI to HDMI adaptor x 1 )

    Display Port : Yes x 4 (Regular DP)

    HDCP Support : Yes


    Thanks in advance.

  23. Hi guys,


    Will a D-Link DWA-125 Wireless N USb Adaptor work with our DIR-615?





    • Faster Wireless Networking

    - The DIR-615 provides up to 300Mbps* wireless connection with other 802.11n wireless clients. This capability allows users to participate in real-time activities online, such as video streaming, online gaming, and real-time audio.


    Bought today for family laptop and placed under tree. I can return if unopened. I believe the DIR 615 should be capable of 300mbps and the adaptor 150?