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    Overclocking an RTX 2070 super GPU - how to check baseline frequency?

    Haven't overclocked in years but was thinking of overclocking my GPU which is a RTX 2070 Super with a boost clock of 1785Mhz. I interpreted that as meaning the clock starts at 300 Mhz or lower when idle and boosts to 1785 Mhz under full load and without overclocking. First thing I do is take...
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    memory recommendations for ryzen 3 itx build

    Looking for some memory recommendations for my new ryzen 3 mini-ITX build. Priorities are 1440p gaming, movies, quietness/silence and some light work involving browsing / MS office / video edits etc. Was looking at buying 2 sticks (i.e. 16GB) of cheap 8GB DDR4 3000 Mhz, CL15 memory. Does...
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    M/B for quiet itx build (ryzen 3rd gen): x570, B450, x470 or wait for B550?

    Looking for M/B recommendations for my new Ryzen 3rd gen (3700x/3900x) mini-ITX build. (edit) Main priorities are 1440p gaming, low noise/silence, and having enough M.2 storage for normal use, perhaps between 2 to 4TB NVMe. Will probably buy a normal 12TB HDD as well just for slower storage...
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    best way to setup 5.1 computer audio in 2020? HDMI without needing a fake display?

    When I initially setup my PC audio a few years ago (for movies, gaming and normal work), the only way to get digital sound was via HDMI to my receiver/amplifier which then connected to my 5.1 speakers. And for this to work, you needed to designate your receiver as a fake extended 2nd monitor...
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    New RTX 2070 super. 3rd party cooling?

    Just got an RTX 2070 super (msi with two fans) for my new mini-ITX build. It makes a lot of noise and I'd like to rreplace the fan with a more quiet 3rd party cooler, but an ITX case doesn't have a lot of room. Anyone know of a decent GPU cooler that takes 3 to 3.5 slots?
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    ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming ITX - use of thunderbolt?

    Looking to get a new AMD motherboard for my ITX build that I plan on using for light gaming, work and movies. Was looking at different options and noticed that the ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming ITX has thunderbolt 3 support. I don't have an apple, am not doing video capture and my only external...
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    Upgrading soon: looking for a reason to get M2 PCIe 4.0 NVMe...

    It's been a while, but going to upgrade my PC soon. I usually go for fairly high end kit but it has to give me "some" benefit. Anyway, looking to get one of those new 3rd gen Ryzen's with an X570 board that runs PCI 4.0. As for SSD's, was thinking I should get a new 2TB M2 PCIe 4.0 NVMe...
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    LG 34UM95 thunderbolt ports - what use are they?

    I'd like to use the two thunderbolt ports on my LG 34UM95 21:9 monitor for "something useful", simply because I have them. The problem is I have no idea what to use them for. Every google of the subject sends me to a mac article or a theoretical article that says nothing. Can these ports be...
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    cheap knock-off's of 34" 3440x1440 displays?

    It's been a few years and I've decided to upgrade my generic IPS monitor. Quite happy with it, but at 27" and a resolution of 2560 x 1440, it's now a bit on the small side, and I'd like a bigger monitor. So looking to upgrade to a 34" 3440 x1440 IPS display, but don't want to pay a lot for it...
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    how to avoid W/C mixed metal corrosion (copper blocks, but non-copper fittings)?

    I've decided to go back to watercooling after many years. This time I'm using distilled water and dyes rather than all-in-one pre-mix. I'd like to avoid corrosion resulting from mixed metals coming into contact with water. There are many threads on the topic but they almost all simply say...
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    Tools to adjust HD 7850? i.e.voltage control,profile adjustment,BIOS flashing etc

    Just got my Sapphire HD 7580 and wondering what tools are available to adjust this card. For a start, how is everyone able to adjust voltage? MSI afterburner Beta 15 doesn't give me the option even after I unlock voltage control. In fact it doesn't even show the right voltage even after I...
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    Radeon 7850 compared to current generation? >6870?

    Looking to upgrade to the next gen AMD cards when the mid range comes out. Main reason is energy efficiency; the more efficient my components are, the more I can overclock my system and/or reduce noise levels and this is especially important for my current builds. (Did the usual custom water...
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    Upgrading my monitor. Hazro HZ27WC/D verses Dell U2711 - which IPS 1440p?

    Looking to upgrade my Dell 27" 1920x1200 monitor that I use as a PC monitor for general home use (i.e. occational light gaming, browsing, movies, emails/documents etc.). Right now I'm considering IPS 2560x1440 monitors and looking at either the Dell U2711, the Hazro HZ27WD (with glass screen...
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    radeon power management in Windows (how to adjust)

    I'd like adjust the power management profiles in my 6870 card in Windows. A quick google shows that this can be done if you mess around with open source O/S's and custom drivers and all that, but I want to do this "relatively easily" in Windows. Would like to be able to do basic things like...
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    Downgrading GTX 560 Ti to HD 6850?

    Putting together a mini-ITX build (i5-2500k), and everything's fine except the video card. Went with a GTX 560 Ti card because my case can only take 24.5 cm length cards. Problem is the heat and in a tiny mini-ITX case with one 14cm intake fan and no exhaust, that's a real issue unless I crank...
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    Seasonic SS-460FL (shorter) replacement cables?

    Just bought one of these fanless PSU's (Seasonic X-Series SS-460FL) for my ITX build. However the modular cables are all around 60cm's. This is for an ITX build so these cables are too long. Anyone knows if or where I can get shorter cables that are compatible with these Seasonic PSU's?
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    HDMI audio without having to extend desktops? (using 1900x1200 monitor)

    Any way of getting HDMI audio without extending desktops when using non-1900x1080 monitors? Effectively I'm forced to dual video without the benefit of seeing the 2nd screen. I want to stay with HDMI for my high definition surround sound (BluRay's). My setup is like this: I pass video...
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    upgrade sata cables needed?

    Getting an OCZ vertex 3 which is SATA 3 6.0 g/b. Do I need to get sata 3 cables to take advantage of this? Thx. BTW: This message comes from Serial ATA site. 9: Does SATA 6Gb/s require different connectors and cables to support the higher transfer speed? A9: The same cables and connectors...
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    New PC build for December, advice wanted (preferably ITX)

    Due to circumstances, may need to sell my PC and build a new one. My last build was in late 2008 (i7 920) with a few upgrades to components later, so I'm a bit out of touch with the latest developments. As this wasn't planned, would appreciate any advice. 1) What will you be doing with this...
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    No HDMI audio. Help!

    Have connected my HTPC via HDMI out (AMD HD 5670) to my Onkyo 605 receiver which then passes the signal to my TV. This results in video but no sound ('no signal') either from my TV or the speakers connected to the receiver. Plugging the same HDMI connection to the TV gets me sound and video...
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    fdowngrading HTPC but would like to ensure audio/video quality stays the same

    Looking to 'downgrade' my HTPC and possibly move it to a slimline case, but just want to ensure I don't suffer any decrease in either audio or video performance for my Blu Ray rips. Most of these are demuxed but uncompressed 1080p with full surround sound and stored on local hard drivers...
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    poor image quality for HQ dark scenes using EVR-CP video renderer

    Hello - I'm trying to get the best image quality possible (+ subtitles) for my high quality videos and would like to use the appropriate video renderer for this. A lot of people say the newer EVR-CP video renderer is the "recommended" video renderer and should give better image quality than...
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    Upgrade for first generation Intel X25-M SSD? SATA 3.0 6Gbps?

    Haven't been following any of the new SSD (or general PC storage) developments for a while, so slightly out of the loop, but wondering if it's a reasonable time to upgrade my aging first generation Intel X25-M 80GB SSD which only works on SATA 2.0 3Gbps and has no trim support. But it's got to...
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    Good quality, external PSU?

    Anyone know a good quality, quiet external PSU? Needs to handle an i7 and a 5870. Current 625w PSU is the noisest thing in my system and looking to have more efficient cooling for the PSU by keeping it out of the case, like most laptop PSU's.
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    Alternatives to RipBot264 to rip BluRays to HardDrive

    Been using RipBot264 (and anydvd) to rip my BluRay's to hard drive in slightly compressed (i.e. 11 to 14 GB) .MKV format as I understand it is one of the best tools to do this. The results, in terms of audio and video quality, are good but I find using RipBot264 to be a right pain to use...
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    Good compact 5.1 amplifier for PC system

    Looking to improve the sound of my PC system by getting 5.1 seperates, such as the Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 HCP 5.1 or the 5.1 Quad L-ites. The PC already has a sound card and everything I need to serve as a high quality analogue sound source, but my speakers are passive and so I need some sort of...
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    Upgrading from a Logitech z-5500. Suggestions?

    Looking to upgrade from a Logitech z-5500 and on-board sound as I find it a bit "boomy" and better suited for loud sounds. So looking for a decent 5.1 setup. Have looked around the forums but not sure if what I've seen meets my requirements. I normally keep the volume reasonably low, so...
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    Any signifcant SSD changes imminent? Good time to buy?

    Considering an SSD, but am wondering when would be the right time to buy. I generally prefer to buy shortly after new technology comes out and replaces old tech. However, from what I've read, the two well regarded "safe" mid-range SSD purchases are the Intel X25-M and the OCZ Vertex. Of the...
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    Upgrade for a Dell 2407 WFP? (at 1920x1200)

    I currently have Dell 2407 WFP that I've had for a number of years (i.e. back when 24" was considered to be big) and am considering upgrading to something bigger. But, unless someone gives me a good reason, I don't see an advantage to upgrading to 30" 2560x1600 as I'm not a graphic...
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    Scythe S-FLEX verses Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120mm fans?

    I was going to buy a few more of the excellent Scythe S-FLEX 120mm fans for my case. The S-FLEX fans are solid and dependable fans which produce good airflow at low noise levels when undervolted and I rate them quite highly. However Scythe have recently released a new series of fans, the...
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    Suggestions for upgrades?

    My PC has been fundamentally unchanged for over a year now (see signature), and I'm starting to wonder what can be done to upgrade it. I've only made minor tweaks to my system such as purchasing a new hard drive. Those new Samsung 750Gig spinpoint drives give raptors a run for the money. Also...
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    High Def DVD on a HTPC ... wow!

    I just popped in my first HD-DVD (Transformers) into my new media PC today... Tried the same movie (standard DVD) last week, comparing the picture from my old Sony DVD player and my new media PC, and was pleased with the results. And after reading a number of posts about how good standard...
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    New media PC / feedback welcome

    Hello, I'm looking to order the parts to my new media PC tonight and looking for any feedback/suggestions. I'm looking for a "do-it-all" solution to play Blu Ray, HD-DVD, DVD's and record media. This is going to be used as a DVD replacement in my living room and connected to a modern...
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    Standalone DVD player verses Media PC

    I'm wondering about the image quality of a standalone DVD verses the same disc playing from a media PC on a good quality 50" TV. Assume the media PC is built with modern components including a C2D and loaded with the latest codecs. I understand that the CPU and software handle the upscaling...
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    DIY media PC's verses dedicated BluRay/HD-DVD players

    I'm a bit undecided by the whole BluRay vs HD-DVD situation and really do not want to waste money on a high-end dedicated BluRay or HD-DVD player that may become obsolete... So I'm considering building my own media centre so I can watch (and maybe record) DVD/BluRay/HD-DVD/DVD movies and surf...
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    AMD CPU's for high end system in Q4 2007?

    I'm looking to significantly upgrade my entire system in Q4 2007 (Q1 2008 at the very latest). My priority is a silent/low noise, powerful, high-end system. What this means is: I put a high premium on "efficient", cool running CPU's (i.e. E6700) and will sacrifice "a bit" of power to get it...
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    High end case needed / needs to hold triple rad

    Was looking to upgrade my case a few months ago, but managed to put that off by getting rid of my 2nd video card and forgetting about SLI. But I don't think that's going to be enough when I upgrade my system at the end of this year when the new G92 GPU's come out. Looking for an equilvalent...
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    High end watercooling case - any recommendations?

    Looking to upgrade my case for high end watercooling. My current case cannot handle many internal radiators so my current watercooled system is running hot. So I'm looking for a case that can handle at least two large radiators "internally" without extensive modifications. It has to be a...
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