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    Having trouble choosing a board (5800x)

    I have a 5800x hopefully on the way soon and I've spent the last few hours looking for a board, and can't quite make up my mind. I want to OC so I'd like to get a board that won't hold the chip back excessively (I can barely get my current 4790k stable with a 100 MHz OC and I'm not sure if it's...
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    DDR3 for RAMdrive

    Hello, I'm toying with the idea of setting up a RAMdrive. The idea is to eliminate stutter in Bethesda games - I use a lot of HD texture packs and it seems like there's a lot of stutter induced by transitioning between in-game "cells" - it takes time for the engine to look for the new resources...
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    Disappearing Hard Drives

    Hello, I just upgraded my rig and there's a kink in my storage that I can't seem to work out. I have an Asrock Z97 Extreme6 with the following SATA layout: 0: Boot SSD 3: Extra storage SSD (hooray for dropping prices!) 1: empty 4: 3 GB storage HDD 2: 2 GB RAID1 HDD 5: 2GB RAID1 HDD In case it...
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    Problem setting up RAID in Windows 10

    Hello, I just simultaneously upgraded my PC (new board and CPU) and also switched to Windows 10. On my previous rig (in my sig), I had a pair of 2 TB drives in RAID1 via the BIOS (not software). Neither of these drives is the boot drive. My new parts are an ASRock z97 Extreme6 and i7 4790k...
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    r9 290x with an i7 930

    I just got an unexpected return on my security deposit and I'm thinking of turning the money toward upgrading my PC. I'd really like to try Skyrim in its full HD glory, as well as some newer games like Crysis 3 and the Metro Reduxes. I believe I'm currently being limited by the 2 GB VRAM on my...
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    Building a Server - Requesting Advice

    Hello, I'm building a file server for the laboratory that I work in. I've built multiple PCs including the one in my sig so I know how it's done in general, but I've never built a server before. I'm wondering what major differences there are between building a server and a gaming PC. I'm...
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    Good, high performance ENB for Skyrim?

    Does anyone have any recommendations for a high performance ENB for Skyrim? I tried Sharpshooter's (with the latest binary) and it halves my outdoors framerate from 40 to 20, even with DOF off. I don't want to just randomly look through ENBs on the nexus because there are a ton of them, and the...
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    Did I get hacked?

    Edit: Oops, I posted in OS instead of Networking and Security. Could a mod please move this thread accordingly? I was on a web page that I probably shouldn't have been on, and was streaming a video. All of a sudden the feed froze, all of my programs quit, and Chrome gave me the "crash face"...
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    Please help me diagnose my BSOD

    I recently started getting BSODs and I can't figure out why. They usually happen while I'm playing Skyrim, but I've had a couple where I left my PC on overnight and came back in the morning to a "Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown" message. I finally managed to grab my camera...
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    Activating a profile

    Hello, I'm trying to write a program that activates a profile. For nVidia cards, there's a program called nVidiaInspector which gets the profile settings and saves them to a .nip file. You can then double click on the .nip file and it'll load all of the settings. Does anything similar exist for...
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    Windows Backup question

    I'm using Windows 7 backup to store system images to a hard drive. I have it on a schedule to go every week, and on the backup settings screen it gives me a warning saying that the drive doesn't have enough space to store a system image so previous versions may be deleted. This is just fine with...
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    Card idles at 67C... Is the PC in danger?

    I just installed a fanless Asus GT430 into my HTPC. The case is an nMediaPC 5000B, which is your standard HTPC case that's shaped to look like a VCR or DVD player. As such, the ventilation is pretty poor. The PC is almost silent which is great, and performance is awesome, but the card idles at...
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    Best Fanless Graphics Card

    What's the best fanless, single slot card I could buy that is no taller than a PCI slot? I was looking at the Sapphire 6670, but it seems to have a radiator that extends up and above the board and I don't have that kind of room in the case. I don't care if it's nVidia or ATI flavor as long as it...
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    Video Capture Card

    First, if you frequent AVSforums, sorry for crossposting from there; my thread is dropping and I'm leaving for grad school soon-ish and am therefore in a bit of a "need answer fast" situation. Here goes: Hello all, I'd like to preface my post by saying that what I currently have works; I'd...
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    Recommend a wireless N adapter for me

    I'm temporarily living with my parents and my current system isn't being friendly with their wireless setup. The router is a Linksys WRT120N on the second floor. It is connected to my dad's computer via ethernet and moving it is not an option. My PC is located in the basement and it has massive...
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    Recommend a wireless N adapter for me

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    Symbolic link software

    Is there any software kind of like Link Shell Extension but with a GUI? I'd ideally like it to behave like SteamMover, where you can select a directory on your HDD and simply send it to a specified directory on your SSD. Later, it could send the program back to the HDD, overwriting the original...
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    Some questions about planned upgrades

    I have a couple upgrades planned for my computer that I would like to start on soon. I'm looking for advice about the components. My first planned upgrade is related to my upcoming purchase of an HD camcorder. I'd like a good storage solution for the video I plan to take; it won't be anything...
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    Hot swap not working

    I have a 2 TB WD green drive connected to my PC via eSATA. I initially installed Windows with IDE settings but I followed the guide for changing via the registry edit and then changed the BIOS setting to AHCI. Windows boots fine now but when I turn off the hard drive and then turn it back on, it...
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    6950 downclocks differently after 11.2

    I just installed 11.2 and my video card now downclocks differently during 2D mode. Before, it would downclock to something really low like 250/100 or something like that. Now, it downclocks to 500/1250 which causes temps to remain around 55 C. This in turn causes my custom fan profile to run the...
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    Backup size estimate

    I'm about to get a 2TB hard drive for backup and I'm planning to do a system image via Windows backup software. Right now I only have a single 1TB in my system but I'm thinking that I may add another TB soon. How is the compression for a system image? Will an image of 2 1TB disks take up the...
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    AHCI question

    Hello, I just got a backup drive for my PC and it wouldn't hot plug when I plugged it into eSATA. I did some research and found that you need AHCI enabled for this functionality. I checked my BIOS and AHCI was indeed disabled. From what I gather, you need to reinstall Windows in order to...
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    Best power supply for HTPC

    I need a power supply for an HTPC I am building. All of my components got to my apartment today and as I was putting it together, I went to grab the old PSU I was going to use and then realized I sold it! SInce I'm getting a new one, I figure I might as well go for quality. Here is what I want...
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    Crysis graphics question

    Hello, I just got a 6950 and I'm playing Crysis with all in-game settings at very high with 4x AA. I'm noticing a hell of a lot of object popping, especially for rocks and vegetation. I'd read about editing Crysis configuration files so I figured I'd give it a shot. I read up on it and was...
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    Another Crysis underscan thread

    I just got a 6950 and I'm pretty disappointed with the way it plays Crysis. It's outputting via HDMI and underscanning the game (and nothing else) on my 1080p TV. With my 4870 I was using a DVI to HDMI adapter and it worked great. With this card I tried to use the same adapter and it gave me a...
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    Help me install catalyst?

    I feel like a complete idiot but I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. I downloaded the newest catalyst package from the official ATI site for Win7 x64 and ran it. I did express install and in the log it said it installed the HDMI driver, problem report wizard, something else, and the...
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    How well would a 4870 do in an HTPC?

    I just bit on a 6950 and I'm reluctant to sell my 1 GB 4870 because it's the first discreet card I've ever owned. I'm building an HTPC for my parents and I'm wondering if I could put the card in. I'm concerned about heat and noise. How much of a downclock/undervolt would this card sustain? Is it...
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    I7 930 won't stay stable at 4 gHz

    Hello, As the title implies, I can't get my 930 to stay stable at 4 gHz. It runs Prime95 (max ffts) for about 20 minutes and then restarts. Temps are mid-high 60s. Here are my BIOS settings: Target CPU Frequency: 4011 mHz Target DRAM Frequency: 1531 mHz QPI Loadline Calibration: disabled CPU...
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    Can I modify the behavior of auto fan control?

    Hello, I'm using auto fan control in the CCC because I want dynamic switching based on gpu temps. However, I'm not satisfied with the way it behaves right now. At idle, the fan sits at 50% which is a bit too noisy for me. The temps are 46/58/52 (core/mem/shader). I would like to get the CCC...
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    Help me find a TV tuner solution?

    Hello, I'm looking for a TV tuner solution which can read both HD and SD signals from a Comcast digital cable box, and also a satellite signal from a DirecTV box. I would prefer the tuner to be a: integrated into the PC b: a single tuner card but can also consider getting two tuners if...
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    Help me build my parents an HTPC

    Hello, I'm looking to build my parents an HTPC for a New Year present. They have a lot of inputs for their TV that they want to manage using a single piece of hardware, and they really enjoyed it when I hooked up my gaming PC to the TV. I'd like input on the build. Here are the FAQs: ) What...
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    Case recommendations?

    I was convinced in another thread to upgrade my PC to a new case, but when I looked at newegg the choices were overwhelming! I wanted to post here and see if anybody knows of any cases that approximately fit what I want. Here's what I'm looking for: 1. good airflow. I have an i7 930 and an HD...
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    Fitting h70 in my case

    Hi guys, I'm thinking about getting an h70 for my uATX gaming/HT pc. I took some pictures, did some measurements, and came up with a drawing of how I think the h70 will fit. I'm wondering if it will heat up the rest of my PC by restricting airflow. My RAM is hidden underneath the big drive bay...
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    4870 question (stability and temps)

    Hello, When I was playing Crysis a month or so ago, I noticed that it became unstable even at very low overclocks. It crashed even at a 40 mHz core bump and 0 memory bump so I ended up playing at stock clocks, and it worked pretty well. At the end during the last battle it crashed multiple...
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    Mass Effect 3

    Am I really the first to post about this? It seems that Mass Effect 3 has been announced. To put it mildly, "I VERY EXCITE!" http://www.gametrailers.com/video/vga-10-mass-effect/708363
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    Dremel Question

    Hi all, A couple months ago I dremeled out a fan slot in the side of my hp media center case. During the process, I was wearing thick work gloves and a face mask to avoid inhaling metal particles. I noticed in the worklog forums that people are dremeling without gloves. I didn't see any...
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    Fan advice?

    Hello all, First post! I'm going to update my rig this winter break and I need some advice for the fans. I currently have a rampage iii gene mobo, Asus HD4870, and an i7 930 being cooled by two Ultra Performance 120 mm. fans. My 930 temps get high under load so I'm thinking of getting an h70...
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