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    Out of the loops, which nvidia card would be best for me to upgrade to?

    Hello all, Specs for my system are in my sig. It's a 4 year old computer, i5 2500k, 8gb ram, and a radeon hd 6950 video card. Obviously the video card is the biggest bottleneck, at the same time I obviously don't want to buy something crazy because it would be pointless. Also I'm not in a...
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    Graphics card on a 270 watt PSU

    Hey guys, Long story short, my parents have a new-ish premade lenovo. It didnt come with DVI, just one onboard VGA, which is annoying. Unfortunately, the PSU is only 270 watts so I'm not sure if it can even take a video card really. Is there something that's ultra low power that will run on...
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    Friend's comp: Random crashes in WoW, chrome, system reboots

    For some background, I've been attempting to troubleshoot via TightVNC. The windows error log has no information other than "Event ID 41: The system has rebooted without cleanly shutting down first. This error could be caused if the system stopped responding, crashed, or lost power...
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    If I replace my video card, how much performance gain will I notice?

    Specs are in my sig. I would be replacing it with a "mid range" nvidia card. Something around the 200-250 range. Primarily I play WoW, Skyrim, Crysis 2. Modern games are still playable on my system.
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    Custom scaling in native/full resolution?

    Hey guys, I work retail and I have a customer who purchased a monitor (1920x1080). Its an HP Pavillion 23xi. He's trying to display an ipad mini and it always truncates the screen with black bars on either side. This wouldn't be a problem if custom scaling was enabled, but in full HD, it's...
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    Flashing a 6950 to 6970 "safely"

    Hey guys. I have a 2gb Radeon 6950 that I'd like to attempt flashing to 6970/overclocking. The brand is HIS. Although there is definitely not guarantee that it will work, the card may, in fact, meet the criteria. Is there any way to attempt this and have it be reversible, should the mod...
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    Computer keeps shutting off at night

    Hey guys, Something strange is happening with my comp. It seems that at night, rather than go into standby, my computer will just shut off. I'll come back to it in the morning and it's as if we lost power...but we didn't. It never turns off when I'm using it. I've never actually seen it...
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    EPS12v to ATX12v??

    Here's the story... My friend bought a new PSU. His old mobo has an atx12v connector but the PSU only has the 8pin connector (looks like its set up as 2x 4). What happens if you just plug in half of it. Is this safe/will it work? Edit: Just plugged half of the 8pin connector (4+4) into...
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    Why no driver level AO?

    So I'm not understanding why nVidia cards can have driver level AO for games like skyrim (as well as framerate increases) but ATI cannot. It's not like the cards arent capable of it.
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    Windows keeps disabling Aero

    Hi guys, When I alt tab WoW, or when I'm just watching netflix, Windows determines I don't have enough available resources and reduces my "color scheme" thus disabling aero and nice things like Vsync. Specs in sig, there is no reason this should be happening, my computer can handle any...
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    Japanese fonts in Firefox

    Hey guys, I have Windows 7 professional. I know the OS itself doesn't support Japanese language/fonts but I would like to at least have them displayed properly in firefox, or IE for that matter. This has been possible since windows 98, can I do it on Windows 7? Thanks
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    Cheap-ish build for my parents new computer

    1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc Web browsing, online videos, Word, Aero themes 2) What's your budget? Are tax and shipping included? Preferably not over $300 3) Which country do you live in? If the U.S, please tell us the state and city if...
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    Computer chair for someone with a bad back...

    I won't bore you with the details aside from the fact that I have thoracic scoliosis. I need a very comfortable computer chair that can accommodate people with back issues. I was thinking about one of the ergonomic kneeling chairs with a back but honestly I have no idea where to start. Does...
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    Oblivion on a 6950

    Hey guys, I just built a new comp, specs are in my sig. It's running beautifully but I have one issue. When playing oblivion, the invisibility effect just makes my character translucent. It doesn't look all shiny and reflective the way it's supposed to. Any thoughts as to why this would...
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    Unable to change ram from 1333 mhz to 1600

    Hey guys, Specs are in my sig. Every time I change the ram from 1333 to its rated speed of 1600, the save will not take. Once I get into windows it's back at the lower speed. Bios is the latest, any ideas?
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    P67A-GD65(B3), Should I update the bios?

    Hey guys, Just installed this board. Looks like bios version 1.D is available, I have 1.B. Are there any significant performance gains that MSI doesnt list on their site? Thanks!
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    Low 3dmark11 score

    Hey guys, New comp has been built, following specs: i5 2500k @ stock (will likely change this soon) MSI P67A-GD65 Mobo HIS Radeon HD6950 2gb 8GB (2x4gb) kingston hyperx, PC1600 but for some reason is running at 1333 Samsung spinpoint 1TB hd Windows 7 Professional 64bit It's the...
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    HIS 6950 2GB and Antec 300

    I just purchased this card: and this case: I had to RMA the case because the front panel arrived damaged, however, after taking a look at the card I got to...
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    Final build, almost ready to buy, last minute recommendations?

    Hey all, First off, I just want to say thanks to everyone who's given my advice thus far. 1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc Mostly gaming @ 1920x1200 2) What's your budget? Are tax and shipping included? Under 1k, tax shipping included 3)...
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    New build, been out of the loop for a while...

    Hey guys, this is what I'm thinking of purchasing, please tell me what you think! I'm going with the stock cooling because apparently the 2500k stock cooling is actually kind of good. Radeon 6950 because I'm...
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    Anyone in Boston wanna sell me an AGP video card?

    So I found a computer on the has a broken 9800SE, screen all garbled and shit. Need a new one! Willing to travel almost anywhere T accessible to get it. Ill pay about 20 bucks!
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    Can you buy barebones laptop cases?

    Here's my situation...My old laptop died but I was able to salvage some parts: Pentium M 1.7 (dothan) 80gb 7200rpm hdd 512mb ram (one stick) LCD screen (this probably won't apply) Intel 2200b/g wireless card Basically what I'd need is a laptop compatible with my spare parts that has an...
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    Sager np3790 laptop randomly shutting down, help

    The computer is randomly shutting down. Sometimes the screen freezes first and it looks like one of those old scrambled TV channels. The computer is not hot at all so I assumed it's not overheating. After it shuts down, sometimes it takes multiple tries to get it to start up, and I have to...
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    My friend's comp specs, what's the most he should spend on a new video card

    CPU is 1.6 ghz...not a ton of ram, should he just get a cheap new PC? ------------ DxDiag Notes ------------ DirectX Files Tab: No problems found. Display Tab 1: No problems found. Sound Tab 1: No problems found. Music Tab: No DirectMusic ports were found...
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    Can you boot windows from a USB drive?

    Scenario: I want to install OS X on my main hard drive. In order to do this, all the data on the drive will be wiped. I have an ipod, I want to boot windows from the ipod and run the necessary steps to install OS x from the ipod. Possible?
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    Using Infrared port as a universal remote?

    Is there any software that does this? Could have so much fun with my laptop :)
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    Can I connect my regular phone to my modem...

    And then make calls using VoIP software via the regular phone?
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    Going to bestbuy, need some quick advice!!

    Ok, I've got a 90 dollar credit at bestbuy. 40 of that is going towards WoW:BC. What's left over will be going towards a pair of headphones. Basically I'm looking for decent, low cost headphones, preferably with a microphone attached but it's not necessary. Thanks!
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    Can I upgrade my 9600XT bios?