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    What are you playing now? Need suggestions after system upgrade.

    Seems like every few months, I get the bug to play games. Having sold my consoles this spring, I am strictly a PC guy now and working from home gave me an excuse to upgrade my system. All Solid State now. RAM pretty much maxed. Adding a second 4k panel (productivity and the occasional...
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    SOLVED: Visiontek RX480 8GB failing?

    Thanks in advance for any input... I built a new system this past weekend (thread here ) When I ran Firestrike, my video score kept coming in quite a bit lower than anticipated. Now, I am experiencing random shutdowns when I benchmark. These are full crashes to reboot and in a few...
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    Advice sought on my first build in 7 years...

    I am sure my story is not uncommon. I used to build a new system every year. Seven years ago, I built this i7-2600k machine and haven't had a reason to upgrade. Yet... Now I have the itch to go the M.2 route and take advantage of other current gen tech. Looking at AMD's new offerings, I...
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    HD7950 price increase?

    So I randomly hit up Ebay to see about a cheap and unnecessary upgrade this morning. I was considering testing Crossfire w/ my HD7950. It appears my card, the Gigabyte Windforce HD7950 3gb is fetching more of a premium now. I see that some listings say Mac Pro compatible. Is this just...
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    Quieter,Cooler, Lower Power Consumption and better performance than my HD7950

    Quieter,Cooler, Lower Power Consumption and better performance than my HD7950 The time has come to upgrade my PC. The 2600k is going to find a new home. Since I am upgrading motherboard and CPU, it seems fitting that this GPU moves on as well since it is loud and underperforms. As of this...
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    This 2600k is still lingering!!! :)

    I have had this system running a 2600k since the month the processor was available. I used to build a new system every fall for kicks. Since I built this one, I have been looking for reasons to upgrade, but I game less and this thing has been fine for working over my VPN to the office and...
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    Next Video Card Advice Please

    I am currently running a Radeon HD7950 3gb. The main reason I want to upgrade is efficiency and noise. As long as the card has even a modicum of improvement performance-wise, I am ok. I just want something quieter that pulls less power. Does anyone have suggestions?
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    Best File Manager for Windows 7?

    So I have a ton of files to move/copy in my attempt spring clean my hard drives and consolidate to higher capacity drives. I know Windows' built in file manager stinks. What would you guys and gals suggest as a good replacement?
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    Powerful low-power build advice....

    After a winter where I blew a breaker every time I tried running my PC, space heater and plasma tv simultaneously, I have decided to finally build a new PC to replace my 2600k system with something more efficient. Knowing that I want to upgrade performance over the 2600k and Radeon 7950 3gb...
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    WinBook TW700 as a mobile podcasting rig...

    Just recently, a buddy of mine and I decided to work on a podcast together. Sound quality has been solid so far using a Blue Yeti mic and my laptop running Audacity under Ubuntu. After seeing a review of the WinBook TW700 running Windows 8.1 with a full USB slot and a Micro USB (which...
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    Multi Monitor w/ different resolutions...

    One of my monitors finally died yesterday so I get to replace one. I have been eyeing some 2560x1440 models and a question hit when I saw the 2560x1080 by LG. I know it can't be this simple, but if I had a 2560x1080 side by side with a 1920x1080 would it solve the issue of crosshairs being...
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    3d Mark06 Scores and 7950

    Just replaced my 560ti w/ a Gigabyte HD7950. For giggles I did a final run on 3d Mark 06 before I uninstalled the 560ti and scored 24000. I then installed the 7950 and scored 27400. Is this a normal result? Is 3dMark 06 even relevant anymore?
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    Apple TV 2 (a classic??

    I recently upgraded my Apple TV 2 box to an ATV3 based solely on wanting full HD on my office TV. I was about to list my ATV2 on Ebay and noticed that they are fetching more than what I paid for my new ATV3. Is this due to jailbreak-ability? What am I missing?
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    Seeking Halo or Halo type game advice...

    So for some reason, I am itching to play Halo today. Often, FPS games make me nauseous, but for some reason Halo never does. I think it is because of the way it is optimized frame-rate wise for the 360. If folks could lend me their thoughts, I’d appreciate it. All of the options I am...
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    Lazy Sunday FPS question...

    I'd like to spend a good portion of my day indoors getting fragged in deathmatch games since I am a horrible gamer. What game would you folks suggest I pick up on the cheap today? I really am terrible and will get my a$$ handed to me at pretty much any game, so I am more concerned about...
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    Networking advice (hub BEHIND a router?)

    So I have ATT Uverse as my ISP. Their router is great, but you cannot have another router behind it. My main PC has is connected to an ethernet cable which is fished through my wall. My Linux PC is right next to it, but is currently wireless because I only have one ethernet cable fished...
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    Just tell me what to do (new video card)...

    So I have my fantasy football winnings in hand finally and there are no good Android Tablets to buy yet. So it's time to upgrade my Video Card. My current specs for my Win 7 machine is in my sig. I will be handing down the 8800 to my Linux box once I upgrade. With $400 in hand, what card...
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    Odd HDTV phenomenon...

    I have two Vizio 120hz LCD's. A 55 inch in the living room and a 42 inch in the bedroom. Both are solid performers. When I watch Uverse HD, occasionally, there is artifacting, so I got a little nervous and popped in Blu-Ray on each and picture is perfect. No complaints. The...
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    Motherboard or CPU issue?

    ** As documented in the Operating System forum as well, tech question here ** System specs in signature. This morning, I came into my office to see my PC running, but unable to be awakened by USB. This is usually a sign that there was a dreaded Windows Update overnight. When this occurs on...
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    Windows Update

    Was there a Windows Update last night? (Windows 7 64 Bit Premium) I woke up this morning to the familiar humming of my PC in a half-zombied state that won't wake on USB that happens every time tehre is a Windows Update. Today though, it won't wake up. I am about to troubleshoot later...
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    ipod nano (original) and ipod video 5g in Windows 7

    I have been having issues getting an original ipod nano and an original ipod video to show up in Windows 7 64 bit. Has anyone else had similar issues? The nano did show up originally, but it said it needed to be restored. I restored it from an XP machine since Win 7 wouldn't let me restore...
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    Gaming Night!

    So the wife is going out of town on Saturday night. Time for an all night gamefest. I have a PC, Wii and PS3. What are your top 3 game suggestions?? Only thing I cannot do is play FPS games on the TV (fine with them on PC).
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    Windows 7 Media Center (recording question)

    On a lark, I picked up an Asus USB Stick Tuner ($20 after rebate) during the Black Friday Frenzy. I had the idea to toss it in my Ubuntu box, but had initial issues w/ drivers and plugged it into my Win 7 (64 bit) PC, and it runs great. I am highly impressed with the Media Center in Windows 7...
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    Video Encoding/DVD Ripping

    So I had a new copy of Nero in my hand today, since I am still using Nero 7 to rip DVD's. But then I started to wonder if Nero was optimized for Quad Core CPU's. Is this the best option for burning software these days? I use a different software to encode Xvid files, but Nero has been...
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    What are your top 3 case choices?

    This morning I decided that it’s time for a new build. I hope to take advantage of holiday bargains and piece together an i7 machine (a semi dream machine) over the next month or so. Although I am a huge fan of the case modding community, I admittedly have next to no skills in that area...
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    Low Power-Low Noise-Low Cost

    Boredom is getting to me. I am toying with the idea of building a new PC to use as a file/game server. I am looking for hardware suggestions for low-power and low-noise. Any input?
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    Just got a Wii....

    Wii Fit gave me an excuse to bring a Wii home this week. What games do you guys enjoy on your Wii so far?
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    New AMD Build

    So my wife decided her Athlon64 3500+ was a little slow (after I suggested it of course :) ), so I was thinking about building a new PC and handing down my Phenom 9600 Agena to her. I bought that CPU on a lark when it was a NewEgg HOT DEAL w/o researching it first. It runs fine, as it is...
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    New CPU and BSOD's

    So I picked up a q9400 a little over a week ago. It’s running great. (specs in sig) But… Last week, I noticed I kept getting BSOD’s. I narrowed it down to the fact that it was occurring when I was using Azureus/Vuze. Through my research on the topic, I narrowed it down to one of two...
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    The amazing disappearing IDE drives...

    I have an odd one that is causing some head scratching over here tonight, I picked up a SATA DVD/RW drive today for my Linux PC as I have two IDE hard drives installed on the one IDE plug. Simple install right? I plugged her in, and now my IDE drives are no longer recognized in BIOS...
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    RAM Slot Not Working

    Hey folks- I recently upgraded my stepdaughter's PC and repurposed it as my Linux machine. Come to find out that that one of the reasons it was running slower id due to one of the RAM slots not working. It's an ECS RS480-m motherboard. (Socket 939) It's not a big deal since I...
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    Little Big Planet...

    So are any Xbox360 owners feeling like they really want to play this game? I have a 360 that I play sparingly (as a 36 yr. old with a family and full time job, sparingly is all I get), and thsi game really has me considering buying a PS3. Anyone playing the beta have input? I may...
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    Help an iNoob out???

    I was at my Aunt's house this weekend and she handed me two computers. She wanted me to get one up and running for the grandkids. The deal was, get one working, keep the other. One was an old eMachine that I got up and running within 10 minutes of having it in the house. The other is a...
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    Overclocking w/ DFI boards... (is it really that hard?)

    Ok, I I just built an E2160 system on a Biostar motherboard, and it OC'd very easily. I am about to hand that system over to the wife and give myself the gift of a new gaming rig. My current motheboard is a DFI Lanparty UT NF4 Ultra-D, and I never really OC'd, because I didn't know...
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    How new budget build stacks up...

    Ok, I just built my first real Intel PC (aside from refurb/rebuilds for resale). Specs: BIOSTAR GF7050V-M7 Motherboard E2160 Allendale 2x1gb OCZ Gold DDR2 800 Originally, I just bought this as a quick/cheap/dirty Linux box to tide me over and ease into the eventual upgrade to Quad core...
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    What can I squeeze buy w/ for now (b u d g e t build)

    Ok... Rather than screw around with buying old components for my Linux Box, I took what I hope is the smart road for now and ordered some new components to start me off and eventual upgrade to Quad Core then flip my main rig (specs in sig) over to be my Linux Box. I did not order a PSU...
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    Infinite Loop (Nvidia Display Driver)

    Last night I pulled out the old KVM switch so I could share my 24" LCD between my XP machine and a new Linux box I just built. In doing so, I had to stop using DVI and go back to VGA (my KVM only supports VGA cables). On my first boot w/ VGA cables, I got the Nvidia Display Driver Infinite...
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    A little advice needed....

    I am always so clueless about video cards, so I figured I'd come here for advice. I just picked up a second monitor for my wife so she can have a dual monitor (horizontal span) setup for work. I was just going to pick up a budget card for her since she doesn't play games at all...
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    Socket 939 vs. AM2 Performance

    I have a question for those more learned than I... I am in the process of puttiing together a file server right now and was checkign out craigslist locally hopign to find some cheap components for it. I came across someone selling a Socket AM2 x2 4400 CPU/Mobo at a decent price. I am...
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    DFI Lanparty nf4 Ultra D Network Question...

    Ok, I have been using this motherboard for a few months now and finally have it dialed in where I want it. Today, I was logged in thru my work VPN, and had an issue that I thought may have been caused by my network connection. Turns out it was caused on the work end though. But... It...
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