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  1. MiG29TangentBoy

    Budget SSD : PNY CS1100 480GB $139.99 @ Best Buy & Amazon!

    I got in on this a few days ago via Slickdeals: they had the 240 GB listed for 59.99. I ordered it for local pickup, but when I went to get it a 120 GB was waiting for me instead. I showed them my email for the 240 GB order and they swapped it out for the correct size. They said that their...
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    Replace sli 680 4gb with 980ti?

    This is the same exact thing I am doing...I finally have a reason to upgrade from my GTX 680 SLI setup. Should be worth it for heat reasons alone.
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    Crucial M4 128GB SSD (Refurb) - $29 + FreeShip

    In for two, I cannot resist. Already have four of these, as I always have some mad tinkering project that will benefit from these. Great for a media center where everything is stored on 4 TB mechanical drives, or for breathing new life into an old laptop.
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    3770K delid: reaffix lid or not?

    So the TIM will be enough by itself once set? That's good to know. Thanks! schizrade: I feel that. I remember having to invest in those 462 copper shim covers to protect my old Barton chip under a very heavy Thermalright SP-97 heatsink. Those were the days. But since I'm not going bare core on...
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    3770K delid: reaffix lid or not?

    I'm going to delid my 3770k, and I have been researching the process. My only question is if I should bother re-securing the lid afterwards? I see some people use silicone sealant to keep it back on, where others don't bother and just say to be careful when locking it back into the socket. Would...
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    Your Computer And Smartphone, Held Hostage

    I've been seeing this pop up at my repair shop in one form or another since early last year...a truly devious thing. I've seen fake encrypting viruses for a while (not really encrypted, just hidden behind an impassable logon screen), but this is the first variant I've seen that actually does it...
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    Old athlon (k7) 750 or 1000 machine

    Aw man. Sudden memories of my Abit NF7-S v2.0 with a huge Thermalright copper cooler on an Athlon XP-M 2500+ Barton (@ 2.5 ghz, no less). My first true fire-breathing rig...good times. I think my friend was still using it as a file server until the caps blew two years ago. It could still serve...
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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R : Lost Alpha news

    Installed it is 14.7 GB, no other game needed.
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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R : Lost Alpha news

    I've been waiting for this to drop for yearrrrrs...and now I'm playing it. I'll be seeding the Gameupdates.org torrent for a loooong time. Tips for people installing this game: Do 'XP Compatibility mode' and 'Run as Administrator' for the shortcut: this avoids certain crashes and bugginess...
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    WTF eBay

    Ho-lee-crap. I was just about to throw some of my old Core 2 Quad Extremes on eBay...and then I see this. Nnnnnope. I'll go to Craigslist now before eBay. They have become way too anti-seller.
  11. MiG29TangentBoy

    Warming up again! Amazon: Samsung 840 EVO 750GB 2.5-Inch SATA III $350.99

    Just to clarify, I would get a 750 gb 840 Pro...if they made one. 500 gb just doesn't do it for me anymore.
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    Warming up again! Amazon: Samsung 840 EVO 750GB 2.5-Inch SATA III $350.99

    It's about as good as it get's right now. http://camelcamelcamel.com/Samsung-Electronics-EVO-Series-2-5-Inch-MZ-7TE750BW/product/B00E3W1ALE
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    Warming up again! Amazon: Samsung 840 EVO 750GB 2.5-Inch SATA III $350.99

    Evo is cheaper mostly due to manufacturing methods. The Pro uses a different type of NAND: it uses MLC, which is older but faster. The regular 840 and the Evo use TLC, which is newer and cheaper to produce. Also, the Pro's MLC NAND is supposed to last much longer. However, this would only matter...
  14. MiG29TangentBoy

    Warming up again! Amazon: Samsung 840 EVO 750GB 2.5-Inch SATA III $350.99

    I missed out a few weeks ago when this was on sale and the price skyrocketed to nearly 400 bucks when I tried to snag one. It seems to have finally settled down back to that sale price from before, so there it is. :D...
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    Would you replace defective capacitors on 5 yr. old motherboards ?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor_plague Fascinating reading: "A major cause of the plague of faulty capacitors was industrial espionage in connection with the theft of an electrolyte formula. A researcher is suspected of having taken, when moving from Japan to Taiwan, the secret...
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    NeverWet $20

    This stuff is good for certain applications. Worked wonderfully on my wife's umbrella, but basically ruined my black leather loafers. I can't see this stuff working on any leather or suede, as it turns them a frosted bluish white, like they were left outside in Siberia during the winter or...
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    Micro Center: i5 3570K $189.99 + $50 off select Z77 mobos

    I jumped on the GA-Z77X-UD5H and i5 3570K, it's so nice to be getting over 500 mbps speeds on my Crucial M4 finally (boo for cruddy Marvell chips under performing on my X58 board)! This chip at stock nearly performs at the same level as my i7-950 at 4 Ghz overclock...once I get better ram, I'll...
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    Asus Sabertooth 990X and voltage issues?

    Sorry, meant 990FX, my bad. I had started MemTest yesterday, and came in to find the system had shut off sometime in the night. Looks like an RMA will have to happen if it can't even run MemTest! Thank you all for your help.
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    Asus Sabertooth 990X and voltage issues?

    It has the latest 0901 BIOS. The system is 100% stock, except for the bumped VDDA and NB voltages. It has a fresh Windows 7 64bit install. It's fine when idling, but stressing it will lower that VDDA until system shutoff. In fact, when I first checked out the system, the Windows Experience Index...
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    Asus Sabertooth 990X and voltage issues?

    One of my colleagues has recently upgraded his gaming rig (990X with latest BIOS, FX-8150, 16 GB GSkill Sniper memory, EVGA 550 Ti, Antec Earthwatts 850 watt psu), and it has a very peculiar problem: the VDDA voltage slowly drops over time until the system shuts down. It starts off at 2.5 volts...
  21. MiG29TangentBoy

    Is it ok to clip my PSU?

    You know, I'd get antsy if I were to mess around inside a power supply like that...those capacitors aren't something I'd go near. :eek: I'll mod anything else, but I just can't see myself desoldering wires inside one. I'd either put more effort into cable management or get a modular power supply.
  22. MiG29TangentBoy

    Serious Graphics Issues on GTX580

    I've recently been dealing with the same exact issues. I thought my card was borked, but I followed this guide and for now my issues have not yet returned to plague me. Nvidia drivers can be a bitch to completely remove, but it can be done. I especially condone disabling Windows Update and...
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    Four Weeks of Galaxy Give-Aways!

    I could definitely use it, my current card croaked :(.
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    Who remembers these?

    I remember it being a huge thing for me to upgrade to a Geforce MX440 so I could completely dominate Age of Empires 2. I even painstakingly epoxied heatsinks to the memory chips for max performance! Then an MSI 5700GT came packed with Morrowind...good times were had...replacements for better...
  25. MiG29TangentBoy

    Oblivion: 4.99 on Steam - 6.25 GOTY Deluxe Edition

    Oh man...I bit. I hope my save games still work...as well as the many mods I installed. It's like 2006 all over again, with an Opteron 165 and a 7800 GT. :D
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    Seasonic Platinum-1000 Drawing

    Seasonic: Synonymous with quiet, stable power.
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    Entire Company of Heroes series on sale through steam

    So how will I know if they ever supply more keys? I've repeatedly tried to create a Relic account, and it spits out 'your product key is incorrect' and refuses to let me do anything. Am I supposed to fill out all this information several times a day, praying for a valid key? In fact, the 'Tales...
  28. MiG29TangentBoy

    Crucial M4 128gb SSD - $159.95 shipped

    I am guilty of the same exact thing. I have the 512 GB version and it's pretty amazing. I guess my media center's getting an upgrade...
  29. MiG29TangentBoy

    Antec KÜHLER H2O 620 Cooling System $50AR

    Lovely deal. In for one!:D
  30. MiG29TangentBoy

    Antec KÜHLER H2O 620 Cooling System $50AR

    Is it my imagination, or does this thing look almost exactly like a rebranded Corsair H-50? This would be a good thing, because I have two of the Corsair units and am looking for a third.
  31. MiG29TangentBoy

    RAID 0 expert wanted

    http://www.runtime.org/raid-recovery-windows.htm I know someone already posted with this company's software, but I have had a great deal of success with this particular program: it will recreate any known RAID array via the software (i.e. you don't need a board with Nvidia RAID for example to...
  32. MiG29TangentBoy

    Crucial SSD: good quality?

    Just snagged it on Newegg for $789.99. I can't wait, it will be my first time getting away from RAID 0 in over three years. Also, thankfully I have no issues when using Acronis to clone SSD drives. The Crucial drive benchmarks noticeably higher than the Intel one, so this should prove interesting.
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    Crucial SSD: good quality?

    Ha, obviously I have no idea how to do quotes properly. Oh well.
  34. MiG29TangentBoy

    Crucial SSD: good quality?

    Looks like I'll be getting this soon (sorry Intel, but if I can't find your product, I can't purchase your product!), thanks for the replies. On a related note, how do you find the firmware updates for Crucial SSD products? I can't find anything on their website at all for this.
  35. MiG29TangentBoy

    Crucial SSD: good quality?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148444 This is the drive I am currently considering for my yearly-ish upgrade on my main desktop (in my bio). I am a bit leery of...well, just about any SSD manufacturer other than Intel. However, the drive I really want (Intel 600 GB...
  36. MiG29TangentBoy

    Google Dropping Support for Aging Browsers

    As far as businesses are concerned, they are slaves to their software...sometimes ancient ones as the case may be. I remember one company that wanted to upgrade, but they were using some stupid revision of some program (old version of ACT or something, can't remember) that required the use of XP...
  37. MiG29TangentBoy

    Corsair H50 $40 Best Buy

    I grabbed a few this weekend and installed one into my wife's quad core 775 system. Dead silent, and it handles OCCT, Prime95 and Orthos tests rather well: I could only get it to 62 degrees maximum after all my various stress tests. I'll be putting the other into my media center.
  38. MiG29TangentBoy

    2TB Hitachi External Drive for $55 shipped from newegg

    Lowest price for a 2 TB internal drive on Newegg is $75, so I'd say this is a good deal. In for one...this'll be my sixth 2 TB drive. But really, too much storage is better than not enough! Also: this drive arrives formatted in FAT 32. I'd recommend reformatting to NTFS so you don't have file...
  39. MiG29TangentBoy

    MSI Barebone System Give-Away

    I remember my very first 'awesome' video card: MSI FX5700, came with Morrowind! It played quite well with Command and Conquer: Generals, too. Ah, good times. My first socket 462 and 939 motherboards were MSI, too.
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