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Fix Windows 7 No Internet Network Found on Start Up

Here is a guide on How to Fix No Internet Connection Windows 7 when its boot up. I received an old PC (Intel i7 920 + Gigabyte EX58-UD5 + 3GB RAM) few days ago which was built around 2009. After playing with it, I discovered that it has a few issues and one of it was the internet connection.

Every time I started up the rig, Windows Network Adapter is not able to detect any internet connection even though my router is turned on and LAN Ethernet Cable is connected to the PC. As this gigabyte motherboard has 2 ethernet ports, I switched the LAN cable from 1 to the other. From that quick fix, Windows was able to auto-detect my Internet Connection. However, it is a hassle to kept on plug in and out the Ethernet cable each time I turned on the PC.

I wonder whether the issue was due to Network Adapter Driver. Previously I had issues with my Gigabyte Gaming Keyboard Aivia K8100 where some buttons were unresponsive but was fixed by reinstalling the drivers. Perhaps this undetectable internet connection upon start up could be fixed easily by reinstalling the drivers! I went on to the START MENU > RUN > TYPE : “Device Manager” > EXPAND : Network Adapters > Right-click each network adapter driver I found and click Uninstall > Plug out and in the Ethernet Cable > Restarted PC. Still, it does not work.

After putting some thought, I tried installing the latest Windows Network Adapter for my Gigabyte motherboard via Windows Update. I checked all the updates and click OK. Windows downloaded and installed all the essential drivers and hot-fixes/patch and restarts my PC. This process has finally resolved my issue! Windows was able to detect Internet from my router.

However, the joy is short-lived. When I installed another Windows Update, all of a sudden, Windows Network Adapter is acting up again and refuse to detect my Router’s Internet Connection! Googling around for the related caused of it has led me to a software called Bonjour. It is a software to provide a general method to discover services on a local area network. After I remove the software, Internet Connection is detectable by Windows Network Adapter again. Yippee! Tested by performing a few restart/shutdown and installing new Windows update to confirm its a permanent and yes it was.

Before performing the steps below on removing bonjour, take note that you must have administrator privileges before executing these commands. Also a warning, iTunes and some other programs need Bonjour to function. Removing this software would end up preventing other dependent software from functioning properly. For me, I just deleted it since I just wanted Internet access on that PC.

Steps that I completely uninstall and remove Bonjour:
Here’s how to safely uninstall and remove the Bonjour service and files (mDNSResponder.exe and mdnsNSP.dll). Just follow the few simple steps below to remove Bonjour from your computer.
1. Go to [Start > Run].
2. Copy-paste the command below and hit OK. Replace the double qoutes by manually retyping it.
2. “C:\Program Files (x86)\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe” -remove
3. Go to [Start > Run] again and type the following command and hit OK.
3. regsvr32 /u “C:\Program Files (x86)\Bonjour\mdnsNSP.dll”
4. After you restart, you can safely delete the Bonjour folder without errors.
4. Delete Bonjour folder located in “C:\Program Files (x86)\Bonjour”

To know if you have actually uninstalled Bonjour. Open services.msc via (START MENU > RUN) and see if there is a service similar to: ##Id_String2.6844F930_1628_4223_B5CC_5BB94B879762##”. If it is not there, then it has been uninstalled.

Ayumilove PC Builder 2013 August Recommendation Guide

Here is a list of computer builds categorized into 6 tiers (HTPC, Budget, Gaming/Workstation and High End). You can use this as a reference guide to build your new PC. Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.

Tier Differences in a Glance
Budget PC : Surf Internet + Watch Movies + Flash Games + Medium Game Settings
Gaming PC : All of above + High Game Settings.
Workstation PC : All of above + Medium-high Game Settings + Photo/Video Editing + Virtual OS.
Extreme PC : All of above + Ultra Game Settings

HTPC Home Theater PC (Full Set)

CPU: Intel Pentium G2020 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($61.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6450 1GB Video Card ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N180UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Dell U2312HM 23.0″ Monitor ($201.97 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Speakers: Logitech Z313 25W 2.1ch Speakers ($32.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $645.83

Budget PC

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($163.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $589.91

Gaming PC

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Performance ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($112.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $923.78

Workstation PC

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5″ Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1087.89
EXPLANATION: This should be sufficient for gaming on 1920×1080 resolution at high settings AND for video-photo editing on applications such as Sony Vegas or Adobe Photoshop AND programming/developing apps. If you wish to run multiple operating system simulatenously on Vmware/Virtualbox, you can upgrade to 32GB RAM (just add in 2x8GB memory dimm/sticks of the same brand-type). This motherboard can run SLI/Crossfire Graphic Card, therefore you can opt to add 1 more card just for the extra 50%-90% Extra FPS.

Office PC

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($294.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($136.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5″ Solid State Disk ($103.93 @ Amazon)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $758.85
EXPLANATION: If you plan to have a PC in the office, this would fit in well with a small case which comes with WIFI/Bluetooth and equipped with great amount of memory for Windows 7/8 (above 4GB RAM) and fast quad core CPU which can handle everything easily while you multi-task away. Offices application doesn’t take up much space either, probably around 60GB at most with Oracle DB, Visual Basic, Netbeans, Apache-Glassfish Server OR 30GB with Microsoft Office (Visual Studio + Word + Excel + Power Point + etc) This can lasts you at least 6 years before you need to upgrade to a new PC for better performance per watt/electricity. It can support up to 3 monitors, but most offices uses 2 monitors. Since the Bitfenix PC Case is rather small, I opt for a fully modular power supply to avoid having issues with power cables management and restriction to airflow.

High End PC

CPU: Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($949.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($107.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($235.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5″ Solid State Disk ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5″ Solid State Disk ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5″ 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($138.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5″ 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($138.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) ($999.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) ($999.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) ($999.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT H630 ATX Full Tower Case ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Case Fan: Cougar Vortex PWM 70.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($9.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Cougar Vortex PWM 70.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($9.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Cougar Vortex PWM 70.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($9.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Cougar Vortex PWM 70.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($9.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Cougar Vortex PWM 119.8 CFM 140mm Fan
Case Fan: Cougar Vortex PWM 119.8 CFM 140mm Fan
Case Fan: Cougar Vortex PWM 119.8 CFM 140mm Fan
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 1250W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($239.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $6031.81
EXPLANATION: If you are a millionaire/billionaire OR a regular guy who won a lottery/jackpot OR someone sponsors you parts to build super PC or related to this scenarios, you can attempt this without feeling hurt of burning deep down your pocket. You can splurge it to create a high end gaming PC which can play all the current games at ultra high settings on multiple monitors. Plus, you can use it as a workstation for your video/photo editing or programming. This rig can be further upgraded to add in an additional 2 more graphic cards and an extra SSD (Solid State Drive) + HDD (Hard Drive) for RAID. This could ultimately last you for more than 5 years unless you have the appetite to upgrade and use the latest devices released in every year.

How to fix Unresponsive Keyboard Buttons to Register Clicks

Hi guys, yesterday I had some issues with my gaming keyboard Gigabyte Aivia K8100. I realized this issue when I was unable to type a few specific letter or numbers such as the keypad 1,2,3 not registering any clicks, semicolon/colon even with the SHIFT button on hold and the letter H. It just puzzles me why some keyboard button being none responsive and I gave up fixing and went to sleep.

Before I retired to bed, I had attempted 2 methods to figure out where the issue lies:
1. Switching different keyboard (Logitech K200) = works perfectly!
2. Switching to different USB Port (Gigabyte Aivia K8100) = previously it works, but now not.

I was thinking of sending it to the shop to get it fixed/RMA, but I recalled that most hardware (computer peripherals) would have drivers automatically installed by Windows Operating System. You know, when you plugged-in a new hardware such as thumbdrive/mouse/keyboard via USB Port, Windows detects it and automatically install the correct drivers? There is a possibility the keyboard driver is causing issues!

This time, I went into the Device Manager provided by Windows and uninstalled (START > RUN > TYPE: “Device Manager”), otherwise using mouse (START > CONTROL PANEL > HARDWARE & SOUND > DEVICE MANAGER – just below Devices and Printers). Click on the + symbol beside the label “Keyboard” to display all installed keyboard drivers. Right-click each item within it and click “Uninstall”. Once you have uninstalled everything within it, unplug your keyboard USB Port, wait for few seconds (5-10 seconds) and replug-in back. You will notice Windows will re-install these keyboard devices again. This solution has fixed my keyboard easily!

Is there Performance Difference between DDR3 1333MHz vs 1600MHz vs 1866MHz vs 2133MHz

Today I would like to show you the performance difference between DDR3 Memory clocked at 2133MHz, 1866MHz, 1600MHz and 1333MHz. Below are some of these common questions asked by them: Is there really a performance difference? Should you spend more money on memory or CPU or graphic cards? This benchmark will pretty much answer your doubts by looking at the benchmarks. The benchmark results is done with an Intel i7-3770K CPU and Nvidia GTX 660Ti Graphic Card.

3DMark Vantage Performance (Higher is Better)
DDR3-2133 : 27,751 (103%)
DDR3-1866 : 27,478 (102%)
DDR3-1600 : 27,237 (101%)
DDR3-1333 : 26,848 (100%)

CineBENCH R11.5 (Higher is Better)
DDR3-2133 : 7.94 (101.66%)
DDR3-1866 : 7.81 (100.00%)
DDR3-1600 : 7.87 (100.79%)
DDR3-1333 : 7.81 (100.00%)

Super PI – 1M Calculations (Lower is Better)
DDR3-2133 : 9.415 seconds (99.96%)
DDR3-1866 : 9.423 seconds (99.87%)
DDR3-1600 : 9.414 seconds (99.96%)
DDR3-1333 : 9.411 seconds (100.00%)

wPrime – 32M Integers (Lower is better)
DDR3-2133 : 6.943 seconds
DDR3-1866 : 6.967 seconds
DDR3-1600 : 6.964 seconds
DDR3-1333 : 9.371 seconds

AIDA64 Cache & Memory Benchmark – Memory in MB/s (Higher is Better)
DDR3-2133 : 21342 Read / 20419 Write / 24017 Copy
DDR3-1866 : 20193 Read / 20086 Write / 23030 Copy
DDR3-1600 : 18850 Read / 19605 Write / 20982 Copy
DDR3-1333 : 17024 Read / 18943 Write / 18419 Copy

AIDA64 Cache & Memory Benchmark – Latency in ns (Lower is Better)
DDR3-2133 : 38.4
DDR3-1866 : 40.8
DDR3-1600 : 43.1
DDR3-1333 : 45.2

MaxxMEM2 – PreView – Memory in MB/s (Higher is Better)
DDR3-2133 : 22932 Read / 19957 Write / 23614 Copy
DDR3-1866 : 21821 Read / 19645 Write / 22702 Copy
DDR3-1600 : 20319 Read / 19214 Write / 21458 Copy
DDR3-1333 : 19436 Read / 18989 Write / 20878 Copy

MaxxMEM2 PreView – Latency in ns (Lower is Better)
DDR3-2133 : 55.2
DDR3-1866 : 58.7
DDR3-1600 : 60.9
DDR3-1333 : 62.3

Battlefield 3 – (Higher is Better in FPS)
Settings : 1920×1080 Ultra 4xMSAA 16xAF HBAO
DDR3-2133 : 48 Min / 68 Avg / 97 Max
DDR3-1866 : 48 Min / 67 Avg / 101 Max
DDR3-1600 : 47 Min / 67 Avg / 96 Max
DDR3-1333 : 47 Min / 68 Avg / 100 Max

Far Cry 3 (Higher is Better in FPS)
Settings : 1920×1080 DX11, 8xMSAA, 85.25 FOV, Enhanced, HBAO
DDR3-2133 : 50 Min / 60 Avg / 80 Max
DDR3-1866 : 49 Min / 60 Avg / 82 Max
DDR3-1600 : 49 Min / 59 Avg / 81 Max
DDR3-1333 : 49 Min / 59 Avg / 82 Max

Summary
As you see the benchmark above, there is not much difference in performance overall. Memory frequency does not really affect performance in most applications and games. However, when it comes to CPU intensive tasks, you are of course always better of with fast high-frequency memory or just to score high in CPU benchmarks but for gaming performance is only 1-2 FPS (Frame Per Second) difference. You might notice a slight difference in video editing or photo editing but its minuscule. I hope that this guide has help you out in deciding which memory sticks frequency to purchase!

Extra Goodies
The latest product from Intel which are Ivy Bridge and Haswell CPU has native memory frequency support of 1600MHz. Therefore, these frequency tends to perform better compared to lower ones such as 1333MHz as you can see in read-write-copy file operations. Once you have filter that out, then look on to the pricing of each RAM sticks and select the one has good warranty (example: G.Skill Lifetime warranty) and low price!

Gaming CPU Hierarchy Chart

Intel AMD
Core i7-2600, -2600K, -2700K, -3770, -3770K, -3820, -3930K, -3960X, -3970X, -4770, -4770K
Core i7-965, -975 Extreme, -980X Extreme, -990X Extreme
Core i5-4670K, 4670, 4570, 4430, 3570K, -3570, -3550, -3470, -3450P, -3450, -3350P, -3330, 2550K, -2500K, -2500, -2450P, -2400, -2380P, -2320, -2310, -2300
Core i7-980, -970, -960
Core i7-870, -875K
Core i3-3225, -3240, -3220, -3210, -2100, -2105, -2120, -2125, -2130
FX-9590, 9370, 8350, 8320, 8150, 6350, 4350
Phenom II X6 1100T BE, 1090T BE
Phenom II X4 Black Edition 980, 975
Core i7-860, -920, -930, -940, -950
Core i5-3220T, -750, -760, -2405S, -2400S
Core 2 Extreme QX9775, QX9770, QX9650
Core 2 Quad Q9650
FX-8120, 6200, 6300, 4170, 4300
Phenom II X6 1075T
Phenom II X4 Black Edition 970, 965, 955
A10-6800K, 6700, 5800K, -5700
A8-3850, -3870K, -5600K, 6600K
Athlon X4 651K, 645, 641, 640, 740, 750K
Core 2 Extreme QX6850, QX6800
Core 2 Quad Q9550, Q9450, Q9400
Core i5-650, -655K, -660, -661, -670, -680
Core i3-2100T, -2120T
FX-6100, -4100, -4130
Phenom II X6 1055T, 1045T
Phenom II X4 945, 940, 920
Phenom II X3 Black Edition 720, 740
A8-5500, 6500
A6-3650, -3670K
Athlon II X4 635, 630
Core 2 Extreme QX6700
Core 2 Quad Q6700, Q9300, Q8400, Q6600, Q8300
Core 2 Duo E8600, E8500, E8400, E7600
Core i3 -530, -540, -550
Pentium G2130, G2120, G2020, G2010, G870, G860, G850, G840, G645, G640, G630
Phenom II X4 910, 910e, 810
Athlon II X4 620, 631
Athlon II X3 460
Core 2 Extreme X6800
Core 2 Quad Q8200
Core 2 Duo E8300, E8200, E8190, E7500, E7400, E6850, E6750
Pentium G620
Celeron G1620, G1610, G555, G550, G540, G530
Phenom II X4 905e, 805
Phenom II X3 710, 705e
Phenom II X2 565 BE, 560 BE, 555 BE, 550 BE, 545
Phenom X4 9950
Athlon II X3 455, 450, 445, 440, 435, 425
Core 2 Duo E7200, E6550, E7300, E6540, E6700
Pentium Dual-Core E5700, E5800, E6300, E6500, E6600, E6700
Pentium G9650
Phenom X4 9850, 9750, 9650, 9600
Phenom X3 8850, 8750
Athlon II X2 265, 260, 255, 370K
A6-5500K
A4-6400K, 5400K, 5300, 4400, 4000, 3400, 3300
Athlon 64 X2 6400+
Core 2 Duo E4700, E4600, E6600, E4500, E6420
Pentium Dual-Core E5400, E5300, E5200, G620T
Phenom X4 9500, 9550, 9450e, 9350e
Phenom X3 8650, 8600, 8550, 8450e, 8450, 8400, 8250e
Athlon II X2 240, 245, 250
Athlon X2 7850, 7750
Athlon 64 X2 6000+, 5600+
Core 2 Duo E4400, E4300, E6400, E6320
Celeron E3300
Phenom X4 9150e, 9100e
Athlon X2 7550, 7450, 5050e, 4850e/b
Athlon 64 X2 5400+, 5200+, 5000+, 4800+
Core 2 Duo E5500, E6300
Pentium Dual-Core E2220, E2200, E2210
Celeron E3200
Athlon X2 6550, 6500, 4450e/b,
Athlon X2 4600+, 4400+, 4200+, BE-2400
Pentium Dual-Core E2180
Celeron E1600, G440
Athlon 64 X2 4000+, 3800+
Athlon X2 4050e, BE-2300
Pentium Dual-Core E2160, E2140
Celeron E1500, E1400, E1200

Ayumilove PC Builder 2012 December Recommendation Guide

This build consists of all the essential needs for mainstream users which will definitely leave you a happy man/woman with the price you paid for! This build will lasts you up to 5 years before you move on to a new PC for gaming or office work. My current Intel Duo Core PC serves me for 5 years and its still good as well but not great for intensive work. The biuld below is a mix of performance vs budget.

MAINSTREAM
$330 [CPU] Intel Core i7-3770K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
$035 [CPU COOLER] Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
$120 [MOTHERBOARD] ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
$045 [RAM] G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
$125 [SSD] Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5″ Solid State Disk
$070 [HDD] Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5″ 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive
$220 [GPU] MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card
$125 [PSU] Rosewill Tachyon 650W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V
$110 [CASE] NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case
$023 [OPTICAL DRIVE] Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
$300 [MONITOR] Dell U2412HM 24.0″ Monitor
$140 [OS] Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
$090 [KEYBOARD] Kinesis Freestyle Solo Ergonomic USB Keyboard Wired
$023 [MOUSE] Gigabyte GM-M6880 Wired Laser Mouse
$085 [SPEAKER] Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z506
Total $1841 USD

List of Intel CPU Batch Number + Cherry Picking Binning CPU

Below is a guide on how to read Intel CPU Batch Number which is 8 characters long with a mix of number and alphabet which represents a value or description for each field. The first character represents the place where the CPU is assembled by assembling the IHS (Integrated Heatsink) with the chip followed by boxing. The chip extracted from the wafer is only processed in USA which is later distributed to the assembly plant around the world to make sure all CPU batch have the equivalent highest quality. The second character represents the year it is manufactured. Example 7 represents 2007. The third and fourth character represents the total week from January of that year. So if its 30, it means approximately 30 weeks divided by 4 weeks per month gives 7.5 (around July mid). The fifth character represents the CPU Stepping. It comes in 3 different flavors which is A (uses less volt but produces more heat – great for extreme water cooling or liquid nitrogen or DICE aka Dry-Ice), B (uses more volt but produces less heat – best for air cooling or entry-level water cooling) and C (very rare – balance of both world A and B). The last 3 characters are Intel CPU serialization codes.

Example: L707A723 —

1st letter or digit = plant code: (Malaysia)
0 = San Jose, Costa Rica
1 = Cavite, Philippines
3 = Costa Rica
6 = Chandler, Arizona
7 = Philippines
8 = Leixlip, Ireland
9 = Penang, Malaysia
L = Malaysia
Q = Malaysia
R = Manila, Philippines
Y = Leixlip, Ireland

2nd digit = Year of production: (2007)
3rd & 4th digits = week: (7th week )
5th digit = Stepping (A or B or C)
6th – 8th digits = lot number: (723)
10th – 13th digits = serialization code (—)

Stepping A = less volt more heat (best with full water cooling).
Stepping B = more volt less heat (best with air or entry water cooling).

Intel 3rd Generation CPU Ivy Bridge

Batch Number | CPU Name | GHz | Voltage
3213B440 3770K 4400 1.17
L152B586 3770K 4700 1.24
L204B321 3770K SkyyPunk
L204B321 3770K 4600 1.21 Murlocke
L204B321 3770K 4800 1.30 michaelrw
L204B343 3770K 4700 1.28; 4900 1.34 Jcyle
L206A973 3770K DaClownie
L206B314 3770K 4800 1.35 KuuFA
L206B314 3770K 4500 1.20
L206B314 3770K 4600 1.32 samwiches
L206B468 3770K kxdu
L206B468 3770K Special_K
L211B472 3770K 4800 1.28
L211B477 3770K 5000 1.38 Darth Oscar
L212B228 3770K 4600 1.22; 4700 1.28; 4800 1.34
3204B958 3570K 4500 1.17; 4700 1.22; 4800 1.25 SonDa5
3208C060 3570K 4500 1.25
3209B767 3570K 4500 1.21 Ben the OCer
3210C023 3570K 4400 1.20
L152B659 3570K 4500 1.26
L202B743 3570K 4500 1.10+
L204B361 3570K DeXel
L206B524 3570K Jinto
L208B128 3570k 4900 1.35 adamski07
L209C112 3570K 4700 1.25
L209C223 3570K 4500 1.14
3209C030 3570K 4500 1.22 purdueman

Rosewill Fortress 750W Power Supply Review

Rosewill FORTRESS-750 750W Continuous @50°C, Intel Haswell Ready, 80 PLUS PLATINUM, ATX12V v2.31 & EPS12V v2.92, SLI/CrossFire Ready, Active PFC Power Supply. Not only has the Rosewill FORTRESS-750 achieved 80 Plus Platinum certification, it also uses the single 12V rail design which provides enough power to your high end components, including your high end CPU and multi GPUs configuration. The Rosewill FORTRESS-750 also uses Japanese capacitor to ensure the highest quality and is added with Over Current/Voltage/Power Protection, Under Voltage Protection and Short Circuit Protection for maximum protection to your critical system components.

PSU Features

ATX12V AND EPS12V COMPATIBLE
Compatible with the ATX12V v2.31 and EPS12V v2.92 standards, the Rosewill FORTRESS-750 provides maximum power stability to drive the processors as well as other components for desktop and server computer systems.

CONTINUOUS 750W OUTPUT WITH SINGLE STRONG 12V RAIL
The FORTRESS-750 power supply delivers 750W of continuous output (at 50°C),with single strong 12V rail up to 62.5A to ensure the maximum provision of 12V power to CPUs and GPUs,minimizing the likelihood of overload shut down, idea for Gaming system.

80 PLUS PLATINUM CERTIFIED
The 80 PLUS Platinum certified power supply provides high power efficiency up to 94%, saving your money on your electrical bill, reducing heat in your computer’s system and prolonging its life.

AMD CROSSFIREX AND NVIDIA SLI READY
With four 6+2-pin PCI-E connectors, the AMD CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI certified Rosewill FORTRESS-750 power supply is ideal for building an aggressive multi-GPU gaming system.

QUIET 135MM BALL BEARING FAN
The Rosewill FORTRESS-750 features a 135mm bearing fan with Auto Fan Speed Control, delivering whisper-quiet cooling.

PSU Specifications

80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified
Continuous [email protected]
All Japan capacitors
Single strong 12V rail – idea for Gaming system
SLI & CrossFire Ready – 4 x 6+2pin Connector
1x Silent 135mm Fan with Auto Fan Speed Control for better silence
Active-PFC with auto AC-input voltage adjustment(100-240V)
Special Black Coating Housing
Mesh sleeving on all cables for easier cable routing and better ventilation
Over Current/Voltage/Power Protection, Under Voltage Protection, and Short Circuit Protection provide maximum safety to your critical system components
Safety & EMI Approval : cULus, FCC, CE, ROHS
7-year Warranty : One to one replacement

Pros and Cons of Rosewill Fortress 750W

Pros

Cons

  1. Cables are not modular
  2. Zip ties included instead of re-usable velcro cable ties
  3. The 163mm length of this PSU kept it from fitting properly in a BitFenix Prodigy, but that’s more of a design problem with the Prodigy.

Source:
Rosewill Product Information
JonnyGuru Review

Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart

Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart
GeForce Radeon Intel
Discrete: GTX 690 Radeon HD 7990
Discrete: Titan
Discrete: GTX 590, 780 Discrete: HD 6990, 7970 GHz Ed.
Discrete: GTX 680, 770 Discrete: HD 7970
Discrete: GTX 670, 760 Discrete: HD 5970, 7870 LE (XT), 7950
Discrete: GTX 580, 660, 660 Ti Discrete: HD 7870
Discrete: GTX 295, 480, 570, 650 Ti Boost
Go (mobile): 680M
Discrete: HD 4870 X2, 6970, 7850
Mobility: 7970M
Discrete: GTX 470, 560 Ti, 560 Ti 448 Core Discrete: HD 4850 X2, 5870, 6950
Mobility: 7950M
Discrete: GTX 560, 650 Ti
Go (mobile): 580M, 675M
Discrete: HD 5850, 6870, 7790
Mobility: 6990M
Discrete: 9800 GX2, 285, 460 256-bit, 465 Discrete: HD 6850, 7770
Mobility: 6900M
Discrete: GTX 260, 275, 280, 460 192-bit, 460 SE, 550 Ti, 560 SE, 650
Go (mobile): 570M, 670M
Discrete: HD 4870, 5770, 4890, 5830, 6770, 6790, 7750
Mobility: HD 5870, 6800M
Discrete: 8800 Ultra, 9800 GTX, 9800 GTX+, GTS 250, GTS 450
Go (mobile): 560M, 660M
Discrete: HD 3870 X2, 4850, 5750, 6750
Mobility: HD 4850, 5850, 7870M
Discrete: 8800 GTX, 8800 GTS 512 MB, GT 545 (GDDR5)
Go (mobile): GTX 280M, 285M, 555M (GDDR5)
Discrete: HD 4770
Mobility: HD 4860, 7770M, 7850M
Discrete: 8800 GT 512 MB, 9800 GT, GT 545 (DDR3), GT 640 (DDR3)
Go (mobile): 9800M GTX, GTX 260M (112), GTS 360M (GDDR5), 555M (DDR3)
Discrete: HD 4830, HD 5670, HD 6670 (GDDR5)
Mobility: HD 5770, HD 5750, 6600M/6700M (GDDR5), 7750M
Discrete: 8800 GTS 640 MB, 9600 GT, GT 240 (GDDR5)
Go (mobile): 9800M GTS, GTX 160M
Discrete: HD 2900 XT, HD 3870, HD 5570 (GDDR5), HD 6570 (GDDR5)
Mobility: 6500M (GDDR5), 6600M/6700M (DDR3), 7730M
Discrete: 8800 GS, 9600 GSO, GT 240 (DDR3)
Go (mobile): GTX 260M (96), GTS 150M, GTS 360M (DDR3)
Discrete: HD 3850 512 MB, HD 4670, HD 5570 (DDR3), HD 6570 (DDR3), HD 6670 (DDR3)
Mobility: HD 3870, HD 5730, HD 5650, 6500M (DDR3)
Discrete: 8800 GT 256 MB, 8800 GTS 320 MB, GT 440 GDDR5, GT 630 GDDR5
Go (mobile): 8800M
Discrete: HD 2900 PRO, HD 3850 256 MB, 5550 (GDDR5)
Mobility: HD 3850
Discrete: 7950 GX2, GT 440 DDR3, GT 630 DDR3 Discrete: X1950 XTX, HD 4650 (DDR3), 5550 (DDR3)
Integrated: HD 7660D
Discrete: 7800 GTX 512, 7900 GTO, 7900 GTX, GT 430, GT 530
Go (mobile): 550M
Discrete: X1900 XT, X1950 XT, X1900 XTX
Discrete: 7800 GTX, 7900 GT, 7950 G, GT 220 (DDR3)
Go (mobile): 525M, 540M
Discrete: X1800 XT, X1900 AIW, X1900 GT, X1950 Pro, HD 2900 GT, HD 5550 (DDR2)
Integrated: HD 7560D
Discrete: 7800 GT, 7900 GS, 8600 GTS, 9500 GT (GDDR3), GT 220 (DDR2)
Go (mobile): 7950 GTX
Discrete: X1800 XL, X1950 GT, HD 4650 (DDR2), HD 6450
Mobility: X1800 XT, HD 4650, HD 5165, 6400M
Integrated: HD 6620G, 6550D, 7540D
Discrete: 6800 Ultra, 7600 GT, 7800 GS, 8600 GS, 8600 GT (GDDR3), 9500 GT (DDR2)
Go (mobile): 7800 GTX, 7900 GTX
Discrete: X800 XT (& PE), X850 XT (& PE), X1650 XT, X1800 GTO, HD 2600 XT, HD 3650 (DDR3), HD 3670
Mobility: X1900, 3670
Integrated: 6520G, 6530D, 7480D
Integrated: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Discrete: 6800 GT, 6800 GS (PCIe), 8600 GT (DDR2), GT 520
Go (mobile): 7800, Go 7900 GS, 520M, 520MX
Discrete: X800 XL, X800 GTO2/GTO16, HD 2600 Pro, HD 3650 (DDR2),
Mobility: X800 XT, HD 2600 XT, 3650
Integrated: 6410D, 6480G
Discrete: 6800 GS (AGP)
Go (mobile): 6800 Ultra, 7600 GT, 8600M GT, 8700M GT, 410M
Discrete: X800 GTO 256 MB, X800 PRO, X850 Pro, X1650 GT
Mobility: HD 2600
Integrated: 6370D, 6380G
Discrete: 6800, 7300 GT GDDR3, 7600 GS, 8600M GS
Go (mobile): 6800, 7700
Discrete: X800, X800 GTO 128 MB, X1600 XT, X1650 Pro
Mobility: X1800, HD 5145, HD 5470 (GDDR5)
Discrete: 6600 GT, 6800LE, 6800 XT, 7300 GT (DDR2), 8500 GT, 9400 GT
Go (mobile): 7600 (128-bit)
Discrete: 9800 XT, X700 PRO, X800 GT, X800 SE, X1300 XT, X1600 PRO, HD 2400 XT, HD 4350, HD 4550, HD 5450
Mobility: X800, 3470, HD 5470 (DDR3), HD 5450, HD 5430, 6300M
Integrated: HD 6310, HD 6320
Integrated: Intel HD Graphics 3000
Discrete: FX 5900, FX 5900 Ultra, FX 5950 Ultra, 6600 (128-bit)
Go (mobile): 6800 (128-bit)
Integrated: 9300, 9400
Discrete: 9700, 9700 Pro, 9800, 9800 Pro, X700, X1300 Pro, X1550, HD 2400 Pro
Mobility: X1450, X1600, X1700, 2400 XT, X2500, 3450
Integrated: HD 3200, HD 3300, HD 4200, HD 4250, HD 4290, HD 6250, HD 6290
Discrete: FX 5800 Ultra, FX 5900 XT
Go (mobile): 6600, Go 7600 (64-bit)
Discrete: 9500 Pro, 9600 XT, 9800 Pro (128-bit), X600 XT, X1050 (128-bit)
Mobility: 9800, X700, X1350, X1400, X2300, HD 2400
Integrated: Intel HD Graphics (Core i5-6×1), 2000
Discrete: 4 Ti 4600, 4 Ti 4800, FX 5700 Ultra, 6200, 8300, 8400 G, G 210, G 310
Go (mobile): 315M
Discrete: 9600 PRO, 9800 LE, X600 PRO, HD 2300
Mobility: 9700 (128-bit), X600, X1300
Integrated: Xpress 1250
Integrated: Intel HD Graphics (Core i3 5×0, Core i5-6×0)
Discrete: 4 Ti4200, 4 Ti4400, 4 Ti4800 SE, FX 5600 Ultra, FX 5700, 6600 (64-bit), 7300 GS, 8400M GS, 9300M G, 9300M GS Discrete: 9500, 9550, 9600, X300, X1050 (64-bit)
Mobility: 9600
Integrated: Intel HD Graphics (Pentium G)
Discrete: 3 Ti500, FX 5200 Ultra, FX 5600, FX 5700 LE, 6200 TC, 6600 LE, 7200 GS, 7300 LE
Go (mobile): 5700, 8200M, 9200M GS, 9100
Integrated: 8200, 8300
Discrete: 8500, 9100, 9000 PRO, 9600 LE, X300 SE, X1150
Mobility 9700 (64-bit)
Integrated: GMA X4500
Discrete: 3, 3 Ti200, FX 5200 (128-bit), FX 5500,
Go (mobile): 5600, 6200, 6400, 7200, 7300, 7400 (64-bit)
Discrete: 9000, 9200, 9250
Mobility: 9600 (64-bit), X300
Discrete: FX 5200 (64 bit)
Go (mobile): 7200, 7400 (32-bit)
Integrated: 6100, 6150, 7025, 7050
Discrete: 9200 SE
Integrated: Xpress 200M, Xpress 1000, Xpress 1150
Integrated: GMA X3000, X3100, X3500
Discrete: 2 GTS, 4 MX 440, 2 Ultra, 2 Ti, 2 Ti 200 Discrete: 7500 Integrated: GMA 3000, 3100
Discrete: 256, 2 MX 200, 4 MX 420, 2 MX 400 Discrete: SDR, LE, DDR, 7000, 7200 Integrated: GMA 500, 900, 950
Discrete: Nvidia TNT Discrete: Rage 128 Discrete: Intel 740