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    PCI-E/NVME SSD As Storage Drive

    I have some moderate-sized CAD files (150-500MB). They're annoyingly slow on my RAID6 array (13x 4TB) when it comes to opening and saving them (the I/O grinds the entire CAD program to a halt until it finishes). My motherboard supports M.2 PCI-E 4x, so a drive like this would work. That it's...
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    New Ryzen Build Crashing

    RMA-ing the RAM; it BSOD in any slot at stock speeds. It's either the RAM or the motherboard (or possibly both). I'm sure these are a dime-a-dozen, but I'll try to explain. So my attempted overclocks weren't stable--that's fine. Nothing's guaranteed beyond stock clocks, after all. What's...
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    OC + Hibernation = Black Screen on Resume

    I'm not sure if my i7 2600k is starting to give out (I bought it in 2011) or if some update came through that's causing problems, or something else. Here's what happens: I use Hibernate instead of Sleep because my RAID array tends to have drives "drop" when I use Sleep/Standby and with 13...
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    Gigabyte Repasting and Warranty

    I bought myself a P55Wv6-PC3D because it was on sale for $1,055. Most laptops have atrocious thermal paste jobs and you can wring lower temps out of them by remedying this. However, since the machine is brand-new I'd prefer not to void the warranty, hence my question. There are stickers...
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    Cable Woes on an LSI MegaRAID 9260-8i

    So I've learned the hard way that I should have gotten my SCSI-to-SATA cables from Monoprice instead of eBay sellers--two of them are failing after less than 6 months of SOHO use. These are SFF-8087 on one end and four SATA on the other. My question is: Can the drives be "reordered" to isolate...
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    Icy Dock Not So Icy

    I have this hard drive cage with these drives stuffed inside. I didn't go with the stock fan--I have a Noctua that's rated about 37CFM (64.7 cubic meters/hour). Problem is, the drives are hitting 55-58C. The fan's currently positioned to pull air in. I realize this may not be optimal, but...
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    New GTX 1080, Windows Rearranged After Hibernate/Monitors Turned Off

    I previously had a GTX 780 (non-Ti); Gigabyte Windforce version. This issue did not exist using that card. I now have an eVGA 1080 on driver version 368.81. As of this post, these are the latest drivers found on the NVIDIA website released 7.14.16. Any time I put the computer into...
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    Windows 7 -> Windows 10 Key to Use Later

    I know that currently, Windows 10 can be installed with a Windows 7 key. However, that promotion will end on July 29th. I have a possible system build I will be completing after that date. I also have a swarm of Windows 7 keys. Can I "convert" them to Windows 10 somehow? Would "Install on...
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    LSI Boot Wait/Spin Up

    I have an LSI MegaRAID 9260-8i with 7x 4TB HGST NAS drives in RAID6. I realize I may get a bunch of people saying "But server cards aren't meant for sleep/S3!" I know. I've been told that before. The thing is, it's worked just fine most of the time. Except now it does not. Twice, I've had...
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    40mm Chipset Coolers?

    I bought a 40mm fan on eBay. It died 2 months later. Like an idiot, I bought another from a different vendor, hoping the $3 fan wouldn't take a dump. It just started making the grinding noise of doom. The fan still spins (as its predecessor did) but is incredibly noisy. It's...
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    Not Sure if Drivers, or Something Else

    Upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1. Suddenly, my PC will randomly have display freakouts. Like this, sometimes in the middle of doing nothing and this particular instance after resuming from sleep. The system does respond to input, but obviously because of the big yellow boxes...
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    Not Sure If OS, Or Something Else

    Symptom: Computer locks up (no mouse/keyboard response), but audio keeps going and it fails to reset itself (I've left it alone for 5 minutes like this). The system clock seems to be frozen/stopped as well. Forcible power down does NOT produce anything in the event log other than the usual...
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    IcyDock FatCage + Thermaltake Armor = ?

    I'm looking at this 5-in-3 adapter that converts 3x 5.25" to 5x 3.5". The thing I'm not sure of is how it will fit in a Thermaltake Armor. The current hard drive cages stop well short of the front of the case, leaving room for 120mm fans and mesh screen air filters. Will the FatCage...
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    LSI 9260-8i + Sleep = Rebuild?

    I've owned this card (Win8.1 Pro x64) for several months now with 5x4TB Hitachi NAS hard drives in RAID6. I've been told/am aware that using server hardware in a desktop can cause issues or lead to unexpected behavior. However, I've not seen anything like this--coming out of sleep the card...
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    LSI 9260 Temperature?

    Where can I find the temperature of the card itself? Drive temps are reported in MegaRAID Manager, but I cannot for the life of me find anything that can tell me how hot the RAID-on-a-chip is. Is that something which is only shown in the MSM log as needed (aka overheat)?
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    Nutty Temperatures?

    I have a 2600k under a Hyper 212+ that I just re-pasted (Arctic MX2). I've been having some strange problems recently, and I'm wondering if my overclock is to blame despite easily joining the OC.net "Sandy STABLE Club" after first buying the CPU. Mainly, according to several temperature...
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    DSR = Mouse Containment Issues?

    Ever since I enabled Dynamic Super Resolution (first with the modded laptop drivers and now with official software) on my GTX 780, I've been having a strange issue with most games. See, when I fire up a game, I expect the mouse will stay confined within that game and not end up other places...
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    Win8.1 Sticking at Logo

    If my computer does not shut down normally (think BSoD or other freezes) and I have to press the reset button, it's a total crap-shoot as to whether it will start properly. To explain, normally when a computer boots you see some HDD (well, SSD) activity light blinking as the OS loads, whether...
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    Death to XFINITY WiFi

    For some inexplicable reason, my laptop is having a love affair with XFINITY WIFI, you know, those dumb Comcast hotspots that are built into people's routers. Thing is, I have my own wifi. That is saved and set to auto-connect. XFINITY WIFI is set to NOT automatically connect, but about 25%...
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    U3014, Mobility 4670, Displayport = FAIL

    The only way to get 2560x1600 out of an XPS 1640 is to use DisplayPort since the HDMI port is limited to 1080p. Fine. Problem is, it doesn't work. I always get "Link failure detected" when the display connects to the computer. I'm using the DisplayPort cable that came with the monitor...
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    [H]ard Stability

    I Googled but couldn't find anything. When a [H]ardOCP review says "highest stable overclock" on a GPU, what criteria/tests are being used to declare the card "stable?"
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    GPU OC Hitching

    Yes, yes, "It's too high." That said, I find it weird that... ...the GPU monitor shows no temperature issues ...the GPU monitor shows no frequency drops ...the games in which "hitching" occurs are old--StarCraft II and undemanding Sanctum (2) ...hour-plus loops of maxed-out Unigine Heaven 4.0...
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    When Are They Worth It?

    I know that as far as "value for money" the custom R9 290s depend heavily on price. I've always been under the impression that if they are at MSRP, a custom 290 is going to blow the doors off a 780 value-wise. If I'm wrong, I'd like to know. I have $130 in Amazon (Discover Card) cash-back...
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    Runaway Chrome Memory Usage

    Problem: Inexplicable MASSIVE memory usage by Chrome GPU Process (verified in Chrome Task Manager). By the time I finished snipping this and uploading to ImageShack, it bloated out to 2260MB!!!!!! I've tried disabling all GPU compositing and extensions. I've updated the GPU driver. I've...
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    Hover Hound Misbehavior

    I have HH installed and have since it first came out. However, I receive popups for it once and a while despite this (as was noted in a thread dated December 25, 2013). Chrome 31.0.1650.63 m Windows 8 Pro x64 (not 8.1) I have not tested other browsers, so I don't know if the issue occurs...
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    5.25" -> 3.5" Removable Cages

    I know many of these exist, but I am struggling to find one that meets a very specific requirement: Not subjecting the hard drive's power/data connectors to repeated insert-removal cycles. That is, one which puts some kind of buffer-connector between the drive and the cage. Most of the ones...
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    Samsung Magician Wake Timers

    I have read (and experienced) that this program loves to set wake timers, preventing sleep. Samsung has made the claim that sleep causes problems with enough SSDs that they disable it on purpose. With my configuration (and many others across the 'net) this claim rings bogus--our Samsung SSDs...
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    Windows 8: Hard Drive Inexplicably Filling

    OS: Windows 8 Pro x64 (no 8.1), upgraded-in-place from Windows 7 Description of problem: The hard drive randomly fills, but only the C: partition (D: has data, but not Windows). It is NOT the Windows.edb search bug that was resolved in an update rollup this past May, 2013 as I checked the...
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    Out With the Old...

    So I bought a Samsung 840 EVO 250GB and it arrives tomorrow. It will receive a fresh install of Windows-8-with-Windows-7-looks (haters/flamers of all stripes begone), meaning my 300GB VelociRaptor won't need to be an OS drive anymore. Given that the SSD is going to blow the Raptor out of...
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    2000-2500 Gaming Laptop?

    Pasted verbatim from NotebookReview's forums (so I can get the largest variety of opinions). What is your budget? 2500 USD--this includes buying two mSATA SSDs from NewEgg/Amazon (they're $115ea/128GB last I checked vs. $160ea+ from integrators) What country will you be buying this in? USA...
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    RAID50?

    I have a PERC5/i with a 6TB (4TB usable--RAID5). It supports RAID50. I know what RAID50 is (RAID0 striped over two or more RAID5 sets). Normally RAID0 is bad (no fault tolerance) but a RAID50 array can sustain a single disk failure in each array since each "RAID0" component is actually a...
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    Reviewers Love It, What About [H]?

    The MSI GT70 Dragon 2. First Haswell gaming laptop. GTX780m. 32GB RAM. Triple SSD RAID0. 4-4.5 hour non-gaming battery life (hello switchable GPU that doesn't suck). Battery is user-replaceable and not integrated into the chassis. Seems to be the much-loved (by reviewers) successor to...
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    PSU, 8-pin, 6-pin, Oh My!

    I have an old (2006) power supply--a PC Power and Cooling TurboCool 850SSI. I've posted questions about it here before, and there's nothing 'wrong" with it. I even changed out its extremely loud 80mm fan. That being said, many GPUs require 8-pin PCI-E connectors that my power supply...
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    Deal or No Deal?

    Opportunity to pick up two OCZ Vertex 3 240GB (SATA3) from a friend (so no shipping). eBay going rate is a maximum of $170 for used (per drive), minimum ~$100. My usual personal policy with friends is "Market average minus $10-$20" (depending on the item). So, $130? Note: Please no "Well you...
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    Job Listing Cert Questions

    I, like many here, have had computers as a hobby for a long time. That said, I don't have the paper to prove it. I came across a job listing at a company where I know someone and have applied through this person/am in contact with the hiring manager. Said hiring manager is out of town until...
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    Skydrive Junction Confusion

    So I got the fateful email (Windows Live Mesh going away--forced onto Skydrive). Big whoop, I said--Google indicated there was a way around the "one folder" restriction. So I set up everything by using the command "mklink /j D:\SkyDrive\SomeFolder" "D:\My Stuff\Documents\SomeFolder" That...
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    Subjective Question: Hybrid Drives

    I know that I am opening myself up to "SSDs are cheap blah blah blah" but I don't want a solid-state drive in my laptop. Why? Because I don't want to spend $300+ to get a 512GB drive. Unless this is a case where "buy older, cheaper tech works just as well because you don't need bleeding...
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    Videocard Buying Strategy

    So I'm reading that of all things, Borderlands 2 might punch my GTX470 where it hurts (if I want PhysX blah blah blah). I run at 1920x1200. This, I'm aware, will probably increase my "cost of graphics cards" since higher resolutions (I used to be 1680x1050) mean more power. So that brings...
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    Old Horses, New Tricks

    This doesn't fall under Case Modding, since it's just the PSU. That said, I have an ancient power supply that is nevertheless still good (PC Power and Cooling 850SSI which was back before they were purchased by OCZ--make of that what you will). Unfortunately, it is rather LOUD, and...
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    P8P67 Deluxe Double POST

    I've double-flashed BIOS v3207 (latest on ASUS' site). I've done the start-then-shutdown-then-enable-boot-via-PCIE. I've disabled internal PLL overvoltage. I'm not sure what else to do here and I can't shake the double POST!
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