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    Dell Perc 6/i -- Still a good option for budget RAID 5/6 home server?

    Hi Guys, I have a quick question for those that know alot more than I... I have always wanted to migrate to a raid 5 or raid 6 setup for my home server. I really just want something stable that will do Raid 5 with 6x2TB HDDs (Or 4 depending on my budget). Anyways, I favor reliability over...
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    Best mSATA drives for Raid-0?

    Hi guys, I am trying to find info on which mSata drives are the best for raid applications. I am getting a laptop with 2x mSATA slots + a standard 2.5 HDD bay and I want to take full advantage. I have been looking at the Plextor M5M and Mushkin Atlas Deluxe 120/128gb models, but was...
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    Need help with a sound system for my Mom

    Guys, I need some help with a good audio setup for my mom. She lives in India so I kind of need to be able to fit this stuff in a suitcase to avoid import taxes :D No home theater duty -- She only needs to be able to play music from an Iphone/laptop so I was really thinking about buying some...
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    Help migrating multiple vmware clusters into a single cluster.

    We're looking to move physical machines into a different cluster, basically "collapsing" or merging 3 clusters into a single cluster. The virtual machines will stay on the same server / storage. The kicker is I dont currently have access to he Vsphere console but I need to figure out the...
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    I want to upgrade to 1440p... Q6600 + 4890 --> Which to upgrade first??

    Hey guys, For a while my crossfired 4890's were serving me extremely well for gaming on a 1680x1050 single monitor. Unfortunately one of my GPU's died on me a while back, and another of my monitors is about to go now. So, I have been eyeing one of those Korean 27" 1440p monitors and I am about...
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    Thinking of upgrading to a Silverstone TJ08-E.... What to do about thermals?

    Ok guys, I want to build a small but powerful gaming PC. The ultimate goal is to be able to take it with me when I move to Japan next year for a year or two. It doesnt have to be so so tiny, as I want some actual expandability. Most importantly I need space for at least 3x 3.5" HDD's -...
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    Help with my WHS storage options (raid 5 with mixed SATA drives??)

    Ok guys I have had my little WHS 2011 box setup for a while now and I am really feeling the storage squeeze with only 1 750gb 7200rpm OS drive and a 2tb Samsung F4 for storage. Right now I only have a 1tb drive for backups and about 300gb of free space left on my 2tb drive (running out of...
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    Dual vs Single band Wireless N for a house - E4200 vs RT-N16

    Hey guys, I have a huge dilema on my hands! My trusty wrt54g just died on me and I need to get a new one ASAP. I unfortunately dont have time for this right now, and it died at a really bad time (have 3 papers due this week!!). Anyway, I live in a house and I am trying to decide between the...
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    HELP! ImageX for large-scale generic hardware deployment of W7 Enterprise???

    Hey guys, I work for the University of Colorado right now, and im only a student (21 years old). I have been tasked by my boss to figure out some method in which we can have a "generic" windows 7 image or install disk (networked location preferable), with various bits of software installed such...
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    Oh no, I think I messed up at work (Networking/Server gurus please help :( )

    So I work for a university building, as the Sys admin's assistant. We have about ~150-200 computers in the building, and our own servers (Active Domain controller, file-server, computational server, and a few others). It is a fairly large network, but it is very hobbled together as several...
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    Fast advice - Klipsch RF-25, RC-35, RS-25, RW-10. Worth my money???

    So I found what looks like a good deal on CL today. I have wanted some nice Home Theater speakers for a while now but havent been able to afford them (nor have I had a proper setup for them). Been working on that, and I think its finally time for me to invest in a proper setup. Doing some...
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    Help make up my mind (Fast!) - Kingston V+100 96gb vs Crucial C4 64GB

    Please help me make up my mind! I am trying to decide between a Kingston V+100 96gb SSD and a Crucial M4 64gb. The kingston will work out to be $85 AR, and the Crucial C4 will work out to $100 AR I have dual 750gb HDD's now so daily backups wont be a problem, but I think 64gb is so small for a...
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    Kingston SSDNow V+100 96gb -> Good upgrade for M1710 SATA/150??

    Will this be a decent, reliable drive for a non-demanding application? Just bought my girlfriend an M1710 and I want to pop in an SSD to lower heat, noise, increase speed, etc. Will this be a good drive for the laptop? Mainly, will it be reliable for at least 3-4 years (probably hard to say I...
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    Dell XPS M1710 - Still Viable Option for Budget Gaming Laptop (SC2, WOW, L4D2)?????

    So my friend plays SC2, Left 4 Dead 2, and WOW pretty frequently (still considers himself a casual gamer though) Anyway, his laptop is very very slow and "laggy", even after a clean W7 install. --It is an HP DV9000 --Turion TL-56 (1.7ghz dual core, I think) --3gb of ram --Nvidia graphics (I...
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    Good quality budget speaker wire + 3.5mm interconnects for Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1

    So I just scored an amazing deal on some Klipsch Promedia 5.1 speakers ($200!) and they are an amazing upgrade from the promedia 2.1's I had. Absolutely great quality. Anyway, the original wires that came with them are pretty wimpy looking and definately too short for me to cable manage...
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    Help me ID these speakers! Logitech surround sound...

    Hey, I need help identifying these Logitech speakers. They look like the Z series but I have no idea what model they are or if they are even any good. I have a set of PROMEDIA 2.1'S but I've always wanted surround sound too. Would it be worth it to buy these? They are $70 and I feel like I...
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    Ergotron single monitor arm options/differences??

    So im looking for a monitor arm to mount a third LCD to to turn my dual LCD setup into an eyefinity/surround tri screen setup. My only real requirements for the monitor arm is that it can swivel easily so I can watch TV in my bed, and that it has the ability to fold flush against the back of...
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    Best/Cleanest/Most updated rom for HTC EVO???

    What are you guys using on your EVO's? I tried CM7 and Evervolv because obviously 2.3.3 is the latest and greatest, but Gingerbread is still just a little broken with the Evo (GPS was spotty for me and 4g is broken still). Anyway, I switched to the new WARM Z rom and it is so smooth and...
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    Trade Lenovo x301 for Alienware M11x/other gaming ultraportable????

    So I am seriously considering getting rid of my amazing Lenovo x301 lappy. Don’t get me wrong, I have absolutely loved every minute of owning this premium ultraportable. Its build quality is top notch (best Lenovo I've owned, even better than my X61s). The x301 though, has terrible battery...
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    Gigabyte H55N-USB3 Stuck In Boot Loop

    HELP I have a new Gigabte H55N-USB3 that will NOT get past the stupid boot loop problem. I have a Pico 150w + 150w power brick that I am running on: GIgabyte H55N, I3 550, 2x4gb Mushkin Blackline, Intel SSD, and a DVD Burner. When I try to power the system on, it will start to POST, then it...
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    Lian Li Owners, HELP!!! Lost the spring to my CD Bezel. Any chance of modding it??

    So I accidentally lost the spring to my Lian Li optical drive cover when I was trying to remove the optical cage in my Q11-R :( It is a super tiny spring that puts tension on the flap so it closes when the CD drive closes. Is there any way I can make my own spring?? Or use another type of...
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    I Need help finding a Pico PSU + Brick

    Just pulled the trigger on this build from newegg :) Didnt get a PSU though, I want to experiment with a Pico PSU. I am figuring at least 150w for this setup. It will probably have a nice sound-card added soon though, and it will have a 1tb WD Greendrive internally as well, I think. Also, 2...
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    Best ~120gb SSD for around $200 (Intel X-25 vs, OCZ Vertex 2 vs. Corsair Force)?????

    So I need to upgrade my dad's Crucial 64gb C300 asap as he is out of space on his main drive. I will be upgrading his whole machine at the same time. What is the best option for a 120+gb SSD for around $200??? The intel X25-m 120gb has a 35 rebate making it $195 The Vertex 2 120gb is $189...
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    Best performance in an ultra low power application (Lian Li Q7/Q11 and Pico 150w PSU)

    So I am trying to build a SFF machine in a Lian Li Q11 or Q7 chassis. What would be the the best CPU to get for a low power application with a Pico 160w PSU? Guys at SPCR say a dual core i5 will run just fine on a 160w Pico, with a 150w "FSB" Brick...
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    Lost the "i" key on my G15 keyboard, im an idiot

    So I took the keys off to clean the keyboard and somehow have completely misplaced the I key. I switched the pause key with it for the time being but if it doesnt turn up what options do I have? Logitech apparently doesnt sell replacement parts :( Been trolling ebay for non-working models but...
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    OS X/Hackintosh i5 Build for Roommates (2 builds)

    So my roommates both want OSX desktops now and dont want to pay for pricey Apple hardware. How glitchy are homebuilt OS X machines? Meaning, If I set it up and everything for them will it be a PITA to use day to day (driver glitches/incompatibilities)? Ive read up on people claiming that their...
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    WHS Build - Want to order it tonight, need help with final config!!

    Hey guys, Im looking to build a WHS box and I wanted someone to give me an opinion on this "barebones" config before I order it off. I have the case already (mini p180), and I have the HDD's sorted out already too. Will 2gb DDR3 be enough or should I go for 4gb? Any good deals on some...
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    D-Link Boxee vs. WD TV vs. Dedicated HTPC??

    So im looking for a way to stream my media library to 2 TV's in my house. I was set on building an HTPC/Server but I found out that that isnt gonna work. I want to have a central location for my library (so others can add to it, and stream from it at random whenever they want). I pretty much...
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    Help! HTPC/Media Server for under $400???

    Whats up guys? I want to build myself an Media Center/server combo but I am kind of lost. I am pretty terrible with networking :o Basically, its going to be next to my TV in the living room and I want it to be an HTPC, as well as a media server. I dont want to keep my gaming rig on 24/7...
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    Metro Vac ED500 vs VM12500 vs MDV-1BA

    Does anyone have any experiance with any of these blowers? I have an ED500 at work and it is really great for blowing dust out of all the old ass computers at my office. I want to get one for my home use, but I am unsure weather to go for the ED500 blower, or get a vac/blower like the...
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    Q6600 -> 3.4ghz vs 3.8ghz performance difference?

    So I have my trusty Q6600 at 3.4ghz currently (1.3v, 28*c idle, 65*C Intel burn test) Would I see a noticeable increase in speed going from 3.4 to 3.8ghz? My G0 Q6600 needs 1.48v to do 3.8ghz stable and the only way I can confortably run that speed and voltage on my H50 is by lowering my room...
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    Tracking issues with MX Revolution and Xtrac Ripper XXL

    So my MX Revolution is giving me tracking problems with my Ripper XXL :( It wasnt doing this initially, or maybe I just didnt notice :( The problem is that the cursor will jump a few positions every now and then and is really annoying when selecting say a song in itunes. Anyone have any...
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    4890 Clocks stuck at 500/975! What gives???

    So I just got a used 4890 in the mail, did a driver sweep and installed the newest drivers. Loaded up DIRT2 and everything was fine. Got to a point where all the cars were on the screen at once, kicking up dirt and got huge slowdowns. Checked into what the problem was and my clocks appear...
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    Best dual HDD external enclosure, with fan??

    So I just purchaced a set of 1tb enterprise level WD drives (2tb total) and I am looking for a great enclosure to put them in. I am going to be using them as long long term reliable data storage (to backup my other 1tb media drive and other computers) so I want to do everything I can to...
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    EK FC4870 waterblock - Will it fit my reference 4890?

    So I found some of these cheap on ebay, will it fit my 4890??? The swiftech mcr-60 i think fits both the 4870 and 90 but will this? I want a full coverage waterblock but I dont want to spend 120 on a block for an old video card :(...
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    Cooling 1 or 2 4890's with 1 240 rad??? What about adding a CPU + 120mm rad??

    So I just picked up a 4890 for $100 on ebay after one of my 4850's died. Its a sapphire reference 4890. I am pretty happy about the performance vs. crossfired 4850's but the reference cooler will not work with my current cooling configuration. I have an H50 intaking fresh air from the rear of...
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    I want to get into flight sims! Best games and hardware???

    Ok, so I really want to get back into flight sims. I am training for my IFR license and have recently gotten back into flying :) So what are the best games in the genre? MS Flight Simulator X? HAWX? Im really not sure :p Also, I have a dualscreen setup, does anyone know how to get flight...
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    4890 vs 5770 vs 260 (no SLI though)

    So I have a Q6600 @ 3.4 and an Asus P5E Deluxe (xfire support). I had a 4850 crossfire setup but one of my cards just died and I decided to upgrade instead of buying another 4850. So, What should I get?? I want to spend around $130 on the upgrade but I cant decide if the 4890 is too "old"...
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    4850 Woes, Red overtemp light after accelero reseat...

    Ok so my 4850s have been working fine in crossfire for a few weeks. My old 4850 (accelero'd its whole life) had some high temps so I decided to repeat, popped it on and the red overtemp light light up on boot and Ccc wouldn't recognize the card. I figured I just seated it incorrectly...
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    Help! Stripped screws on my 4850 heatsink!

    So I re-seated my Accelero S1 on my 4850 a week or so ago and it refused to work. The red over temp LED was coming on. I put in my other (asus) 4850 and it worked perfectly. I figured that I did not seat the heatsink correctly/the thermal paste isnt making proper contact or something (weird...
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