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  1. I had a similar problem a while back but had a smaller budget than yours Master_Scythe. Ended up thinking I got an alright deal until I discovered it had an i7 4500U processor, notice the U, basically a low power usage processor, not what I was after. Also can't upgrade those processors as they are soldered to the motherboard which is even more of a pain. Still stuck with it anyway as it was basically the best around at the time for the price ($799 down from $1000 as sort of negotiated the sales rep down at JB Hi-Fi). I was going to suggest Lenovo and then tried setting one up with similar specs and didn't really get anywhere, as once again bloody U modeled processors. If warranty isn't an issue internationally with some of the big companies you could try Amazon or Newegg for a laptop, although the AUD to USD conversion isn't the greatest at the moment so... Also when selecting criteria for the laptops Amazon at least gives you far less options when selecting Ship to Australia, haven't tried Newegg yet. Anyway good luck!
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    Desktop not booting up. Help please!

    So a new development, Wednesday night I decided to try one last thing, as my desktop worked fine when the DVD Drive wasn't connected, and also put the stock cooler back on, thinking one of them might fix the issue. So I set it all up again in my case, flick the switch on the PSU and a loud bang and bright yellow-orange flash goes off. Family calls out to me to ask what the noise is, and I just reply "Errr...". Now I go out to the lounge room and ask my step-dad what I should do, whether I should turn it on again, he says yes, and turns it on for me as I'm not sure what to expect next, still a little dazed from the very loud pop and bright flash of light. Next a plume of smoke pours out of the PSU. So after turning it all off again, I thought weird I must have wired something up incorrectly or at least not put the screws into the mounting properly or something. So I took everything apart again and discovered no actually everything was fine, so anyway still thought that was rather odd. Although it did sort of make sense as it may have been the PSU causing all these issues the whole time, so... Anyway took it back to MSY, it is still under warranty luckily (5 year warranty) so that has been sent away. Now I was wondering what is the likeliness my entire desktop is fried though by the PSU, as I currently don't have a spare PSU to test with. And what do I do besides replace all the parts myself if the PSU has fried everything, guessing no support from the manufacturer Seasonic of any compensation if that is the case? As I honestly have no idea what the legal rights are etc. with situations like this.
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    Desktop not booting up. Help please!

    Definitely wasn't the keyboard/mouse causing the issues, luckily I was able to get a fairly cheap keyboard/mouse combo for $17, if I don't use the mouse it will probably end up with my parents as they are always breaking their mice. This morning I tried booting it up and no matter what was plugged in usb or audio port wise it just didn't want to boot. After having it turned off at the PSU for a while though it booted up fine again. With regards to the stock cooler ever lock the PC, no it didn't but for those 2 weeks it ran perfectly fine till now, and during that time I put the Thermaltake FRIO back on which also didn't seem to be an issue till now. So finally definitely time for a new motherboard, if it turns out not to be that, as long as it isn't the CPU I have everything else under warranty. Anyway thanks again for all the help gamble.
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    Desktop not booting up. Help please!

    Annoyingly it is working again, I can't rule out anything either, but I am planning on picking up a cheap keyboard and mouse so I can hopefully rule them out. Would it be possible that an accident ages ago could be causing this, the accident being spilling water all over my keyboard? I took it apart the next day and cleaned it up and everything seemed to work fine. I didn't realize I had even done it that night/was too tired to do anything about it. so when I woke up I turned the computer on like there wasn't a problem and obviously the keyboard didn't work. After completely dismantling it and drying the water it seemed to work fine again so I just assumed everything was okay... Other than that it must be the motherboard, hopefully I don't get that far and replacing the mouse and keyboard fixes the issues. Although who knows how long it will be before it starts acting up again, as this time it went 2 weeks or so before it started up again. And even now it is booting up fine again even with the keyboard or mouse or wifi adapter plugged into the usb port. Although I did get it to repeat the cpu led problem once while this was happening with only the keyboard plugged in and removing the keyboard seemed to cause it to reboot and boot up fine but I haven't been able to repeat it a second time to definitely indicate that was the issue.
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    Desktop not booting up. Help please!

    Okay well I was at the point I thought everything was A-OK again, annoyingly I was wrong. Today the dreaded problems came back again, had been running perfectly fine before that, no problems at all. Now when I boot up either I get the red cpu led or it gets into Windows 7 and then the usb devices (keyboard, mouse, wifi adapter) all turn off and the computer just freezes up, like it is displaying to the screen but nothing is actually happening. So any other ideas besides get a new motherboard? I tried seeing if there was much weight on the cpu cooler by lifting it very gently while mounted. Tried booting again and it got further back into Windows 7 again, then dead. Tried putting my case sideways on the ground that seemed to work for a second also until everything just died again.
  6. Thermaltake FRIO back on with Noctua NT-H1, didn't realise the NT-H1 was going to be so big, will get multiple uses out of it not just the two I was expecting. The temps are much better now, 38 degree celsius max when idle (although when I say idle I mean with Steam, Bitdefender and Nvidia Geforce running in the background and maybe Chrome open although not really doing anything). And about 47 degrees maximum when under load, which is even better than before about 15 degrees better than when I had the Thermaltake FRIO with the paste that came with it, used to hit 60 degrees under load then. Although I'm only getting that under load temp from running the first scene in 3DMark's Fire Strike demo. So will do something more stressful eventually, probably sometime today and check the temperature again. Oh and everything is connected up now except for the left side panel with the fan on it and so far no red cpu led indicating things are screwed. Perhaps I screwed the motherboard on too tightly before? I have no idea now what was causing it.
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    Steam Sale Shenanigans

    Bought Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist Deluxe Edition (just includes all dlc from what I can tell). And also finally got Borderlands 1 and 2 GOTY, although not from Steam from Gamersgate as it was $17.50 there. That's probably going to be it for me, till say the Winter sale, when I can check out how some of the early access games are going, might get GTA V on day one though for PC, supposedly coming out January 27th, so looking forward to that.
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    Desktop not booting up. Help please!

    Annoyingly I can't work out what I changed that seemed to make everything work again as I haven't had any issues since the 27th of December's post, but I did some other stuff I didn't post here that day as well. In particular, I think it was because I swapped out the CMOS battery, although I tested the CMOS battery with a multimeter and it read 3.10v so I assume that shouldn't have been causing the issue? Anyway sort of confused as since then it has been working fine whether in the case or on my desk. Besides the heat issues of the Intel stock cooler which maybe just because of a lack of thermal paste, which I plan to get more of.
  9. TheFrunj: With regards to the thermal paste drying out, that I don't think was the case when I took it off it was all still wet looking and still quite a bit of it covering the whole cpu and cpu cooler. Interesting you say it isn't abnormally heavy, possible I bumped a power connector or RAM stick. Although I did swap out RAM sticks and that didn't actually fix the issue, and I'm pretty sure I disconnected power connectors at least once before now and that didn't seem to fix the issues either. gamble: Now I've had two recommendations for Gelid GC-Extreme but can't find any locally so will probably stick with TheFrunj's recommendation of Noctua NH-H1. With regards to the Noctua NH-L12 I'm not sure what to do, as I could get that and then I don't need to buy Noctua NH-H1 as well, but if my Thermaltake FRIO is fine weight wise as TheFrunj said well there isn't really any point, might be quieter though, not that the FRIO is loud with the fan settings I had it on. I will probably go with the Noctua NH-H1 because I can get it locally but yeah with regards to the cpu cooler I don't really know what to do, as I don't want to been spending money when I don't really need to. EDIT: Turns out that the Noctua NH-L12 won't fit with my Corsair Vengeance RAM so...That option is now out, the Thermaltake FRIO only allows me to have RAM in slots 2 and 4 as it is so...
  10. Howdy, So I was wondering, recently I've been having all these issues with my desktop, last night I put it back in the case and wired it all up again without the Thermaltake FRIO I did have on it and all is running fine again. I can't be certain it was the Thermaltake FRIO but I have this feeling the weight and size of it was bending/warping the motherboard and thus causing issues. So now I'm looking for a light and low profile CPU cooler to replace the Intel stock cooler I currently have on it. Unless someone thinks the Intel stock cooler is fine and I should just get some Arctic Silver or something and put that on the Thermaltake FRIO instead. Reason I want to replace the Intel stock cooler is I'm idling at basically 60 degrees celsius and quickly pass 70 whenever doing anything demanding. Whereas with the Thermaltake FRIO I'm sure I was idling around 40 and never passing 60. Plus the Intel stock cooler isn't the quietest... I don't really want to go watercooling even though it seems to be the new preferred thing, as I find the idea slightly risky unless it was done by someone else and all on there hands if something goes wrong. I was looking at the Noctua NH-L12 as that is rather low profile and even with both fans is only 600 grams or so according to this review: http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2662 although I'm not a big fan of the cooler, but I barely look in my desktop anyway so it won't bother me too much. I was also looking at the Xigmatek Dark Knight but can't seem to source one in South Australia let alone Australia so... As it is only 400 grams and supposedly does a great job, I think it might be a bit tall though. http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2693 So yeah any suggestions are welcome. Thanks.
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    Desktop not booting up. Help please!

    Interesting development, everything seems fine sitting on my desk now. Seeing as I was out of tests to run I was discussing it with my step-dad and nobody813 about what could be causing the issue. My step-dad wonder if it was the GPU as it is rather large, but I thought nah doubt it would be that, but it could be the cpu cooler. So I was discussing this with nobody813, and I took off the cpu cooler, it being a Thermaltake FRIO keep it mind it's bloody huge, and replaced it with the intel stock cooler I got with my i5 2500k. Anyway the temperatures have jumped by 20 degrees celsius but it is back in the case now and no problems so far, I just don't like the higher temperatures, and am thus considering a new light aftermarket cpu cooler (no watercooling, feel it is too risky) and some Arctic Silver paste, or maybe just the Arctic Silver paste. Whatever is suggested is a better idea, I will probably do. Anyway I was wondering would there be anything I could do if the Thermaltake FRIO cpu cooler turned out to be the thing causing the issues, such that it was bending/warping the motherboard? Keep in mind I got this cpu cooler in October of 2010... So yeah any help is appreciated, I just want a definitely fully working computer again, so I know what to do and can get back to having some fun.
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    Steam Sale Shenanigans

    So far I got Planet Explorers (thanks to Nobody813, as I didn't have any money at the time, half payed him back by buying him Murdered Soul Suspect when it was a daily or something), once my computer is definitely working again I will actually play it for a fair bit. Was also gifted some games from Si-Fi, those being the Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 1 and 2, as well as S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl and Clear Sky, which I'm grateful for. Quite enjoyed the Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 1. Oracle X: With regards to Planetary Annihilation, it is a pretty disappointing game in my opinion as well. The fact they only have one faction turned me off it pretty fast. Plus when I was playing it basically it always appeared to be online even in singleplayer which was kind of annoying. But yeah it seems to come down to who can spam the most units the fastest wins. Which I guess Supreme Commander FA was like that, but with more than 1v1 there was some actual strategy going into it. With all the countering you had to do, that game is still great with FAForever, pity Supreme Commander 2 just wasn't the same, most of the depth was taken out of it. Sure I enjoyed Supreme Commander 2 but the scale seemed smaller too. If only Supreme Commander FA had the path finding of Supreme Commander 2, along with a multi-threaded update. Although the path finding in Supreme Commander FA led to interesting tactics of building walls and having the enemies units get stuck trying to walk around them, slowing them down while you pick them off from a distance.
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    Desktop not booting up. Help please!

    So last night I decided to check the PSU, and well that is completely fine, nothing goes over the +5% threshold,a 3.3V gets sort of close but that's about it. Is there specific settings to run Prime95 at to do CPU stress testing? As I'm currently running that and get to no more than 51 degrees celsius, it seems that it is barely being pushed at all... Try just the torture test setting and the blend test so far. Also going to run memtest+ to see how that goes and might as well run some form of GPU stress test, any suggestions there are welcome. Seems it may have been shorting? Or it is the motherboard and it just is being good at the moment, don't think there are any stress tests for the motherboard via software =\.
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    Desktop not booting up. Help please!

    Sure did Master_Scythe, made that mistake once before, but never made it again, and haven't made it with this motherboard/setup. Just discovered you can run software that somehow gets the readings of the PSU, might as well try that out. Although where I read it they were saying that it's not very reliable and to try a multimeter, so will do that if the software reads anything odd.
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    Worlds of Draenor Launched

    I might as well ask here, with Warlords of Draenor did they update the attack animations at all? As I would actually buy the base WoW pack and Warlords of Draenor pack if, and only if the attack animations across the board were updated. As I tried out the trial and goddamn you don't even look like you are hitting your target as a Warrior. Like I could live with the rest of the graphics but the attack animations looked so off. Plus I love Warcraft 3, and know WoW is still the king with MMORPGs... Like recently I tried out Tera as well, the Free to Play is done well, graphics are okay although all the characters are a bit over-sexualised, and the combat animations are great. Although the quests aren't that interesting, and the story isn't that great either, so abandoned that. Also used to play Guild Wars 2, that game basically has everything I want besides the whole 100 attack skills, skill bars everywhere, instead you are extremely limited with the skills you get to use, and the combat feels 'floaty'. So yeah any feedback on WoW's attack animations, maybe it is just the starting animations that look wonky? Maybe not?
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