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The Bellinghman
Date: 2009-12-02 11:57
Subject: Invisibling
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About a month ago, I decided that my home PC could probably do with a little more RAM. It was previously running a 32-bit variety of Windows, which meant that any more than its installed 3GB of RAM would have been pointless, but I had upgraded to 64-bit Windows 7.

So I decided that I'd up the amount to 8GB, which would be 4 sticks of 2GB each. I then went off to look for suitable memory, and settled on a pair of Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB kits (matched pairs of 2GB sticks, DDR2 800MHz). Why that particular memory? Well, a good brand, 4-4-4-12 timing rather than 5-5-5-15, and heat spreaders to help keep it a bit cooler.

Note to mention the price: £50 + VAT per kit from Novatech. (No, don't look, it's now £75 + VAT per kit). They didn't have it in stock, but never mind, I wasn't in a hurry, this was a luxury upgrade, not a required one.

It finally arrived yesterday, and I installed it. It's nice RAM, if a little underutilised, but it was going to be future proofing. There's just one feature ...

That 'Tracer' in the title?

It means that there are LEDs on the RAM packages. There are blue LEDs along the pin edges, nicely lighting up the circuit board, and red/green LEDs along the opposite edge, merrily chasing themselves in random patterns.

It's a shame my case cover is opaque and that whole effect is totally wasted.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-12-02 15:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That looks like quite a short card.

Having said which, your drive cage is mounted crossways, not lengthways, and you don't seem to have quite such a great thick front fan in front of that cage, so I think you've lost 2" less than I do to start with.

(A 3.5" drive is, once cased, supposed to be 4" by 5.78" by 1.65" (max).)
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Barry: 03 GreenHalf
User: hobnobs
Date: 2009-12-02 22:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
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It's a full length GT8800, so about 9.5" or a smidge over... (The case makes it look small. There's about 14" of space to use from drive bays to backend... To get an idea of how big the case is, look at the gap between the motherboard and the drive bays. )
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-12-02 23:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ah, it really does look lost in there.

I'm rather tempted: what make/model is that?
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Barry: 12 Wizard Speed Time
User: hobnobs
Date: 2009-12-02 23:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
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It's a ThermalTake Armor+.

My one is the black steel framed version (VH6000BWS), and therefore heavy (18kg) but if you don't mind not having a black case then they do a silver aluminium framed version. (VH6000SWA)

They also have variants that have a liquid cooling system built in if that's more your thing. I was tempted, but couldn't justify the extra cost at the time.

They are fairly costly though. Between £130-170 depending on type and source. (Or more, if you want the LCS included.)

If you can live with a slightly smaller case, which should still give you enough play-space internally, they now do an "MX" version that is only slightly lesser spec'd.

Costs around 100 quid, so is more affordable.

(You can compare the two side-by-side on the Thermaltake site.)

Edited at 2009-12-02 11:52 pm (UTC)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-12-03 00:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Armor+ - 625 mm deep
Armor+ MX - 490 mm deep.
Tsunami Dream - 478 mm deep

Good grief, no wonder yours has so much space in it, it's half a foot longer from front to back than mine.

(And, mutter, mutter, the MX is noticeably shorter front to back, being barely longer than the Dream.)

On the other hand, the SopranoFx is 580 mm deep, and £80 + delivery
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