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    Asus TUF B550M Plus - SSD in Gen4 slot and card in PCIe 1 slot?

    Building a new system, this will be my first mobo with NVME SSD slots. I think I'll be using the Asus TUF Gaming B550M Plus (haven't decided yet wifi or no wifi). After some research and watching some youtube videos, it looks like I won't be able to use the full PCIe slot at the bottom of the...
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    Asus TUF Gaming B550M-Plus question regarding M.2 sockets and PCIe sockets

    I'm looking at either the Asus TUF Gaming B550M-Plus or MSI MAG B550M Mortar motherboards for my next build, but I have a question regarding having 2 m.2 drives installed. The MSI board user manual says that if you have a m.2 drive installed in the second (PCIe 3.0) socket, it disables the...
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    New system build. Need advice.

    I have a LG 27GL850 on the way over the next week or so, as well as a Fractal Define Mini C. I'm looking for advice on the internal components to drive this monitor. I'm coming from a 2500k and a GTX670 I've been rocking for years on a Dell U2312HM. My budget is around $1500. Obviously the...
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    Micro ATX cases

    I'm looking to build a new system to replace my Sandy Bridge rig in the near future. I want to go smaller with this build and I think I've settled on a micro-atx case. There are 3 cases I like (I like simple and quiet) but none of them have a front USB C port. I plan to keep the system for a...
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    Arcade style/platformer games on Steam

    I'm looking for some good arcade style/platformer games (somewhat like the classic Mario games) for Steam. I'm trying to find some games that I can get my wife into (so I'd also like local co-op and controller support). The only games she seems to remember playing are the classic Mario games...
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    PC powers on - immediately shuts down

    My HTPC (see sig) had shut down sometime yesterday. When I attempted to power it back on, it powered on for about a second and then immediately shut down. The power LED on the mobo is lit when the power cable is connected, so I know it's getting at least some power. I checked all cables and...
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    Steam Summer 2014 cards

    So I wasn't aware that if you add funds to your Steam wallet it takes 1 week for it to be "approved" and during that 1 week you are unable to use the Steam Marketplace. I'm 3 cards away from completing the Summer card set. I'm hoping people will be willing to trade for the 3 I need. I need...
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    Razer Taipan Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse - 59.99 Amazon FS

    Amazon has the Razer Taipan on sale for 59.99 with FS. http://www.amazon.com/Razer-Taipan-Ambidextrous-Gaming-Mouse/dp/B008BGXYBM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1388322739&sr=8-2&keywords=razer+taipan I ordered one last night for 64.08, saw the lower price this morning, called Amazon and they credited...
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    Sell copper heat pipe as scrap metal?

    Anyone ever sell old copper heat pipe and/or heatsinks as scrap metal? I just tore apart an old system that had copper heat pipe on the mobo and a Zalman HSF made of copper. Would it be worth anything?
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    Home server build

    Want to update my home server hardware at minimal cost. 1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc Home server running WHS 2011. Used for backup storage, print server, and media streaming. 2) What's your budget? Are tax and shipping included? As low as...
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    Gaming build, ~$600

    Looking to get an idea of a custom built gaming PC vs. pre-built for my brothers-in-law. 1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc --> Gaming, web browsing, basic MS Office applications 2) What's your budget? Are tax and shipping included? --> Trying to...
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    I have 5 Dota 2 Steam gifts to give away...

    First 5 PM's I get I will send a copy.
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    Does sound card do anything in this setup?

    Given the following setup, would a sound card do anything: I have a HTPC connected to TV via HDMI and a DVD player/receiver also connected to TV via HDMI. When playing video from the HTPC to TV, sound comes from speakers connected to DVD player/receiver. Therefore, nothing is connected to...
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    SSD prices

    Is it me or does it seem like SSD prices have been higher than they were a few months ago? I tried searching for reasons why this might be the case but didn't find anything. I've been looking for a deal on a 256GB SSD to spend my Xmas money on but I haven't seen any deals or decent prices lately.
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    Any full PC games like Quests and Sorcery?

    I recently found and have been playing the mobile game Quests and Sorcery and really like it a lot. I have done a little searching but haven't found any similar games on PC. Anyone know of any PC games that are very similar to Quests and Sorcery?
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    How do you monitor S.M.A.R.T.?

    What do you folks use to monitor your hard drives? Acronis Drive Monitor? Does Intel RST do this? Looking at/for different options.
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    Windows 7 Pro x64 $109.99 w/ FS

    I don't think I have enough posts yet to post in the Hot Deals section, so I thought I'd post here. Anyway I received a promo code from Newegg for $30 off Windows 7 Pro x64...brings it to 109.99 shipped. Code: BTENFHF22 Might be useful to someone...
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    Amazon Instant Videos question

    When you purchase a video from Amazon Instant Videos can you actually download a video file that can then be played from any source that is capable of playing that file format, or can it only be viewed from a proprietary sort of player, like an Amazon built-in web browser player or something...
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    Alternative to RDP for remote access between 2 PC's on same network?

    So I found out yesterday that PC's running Windows 7 Home Premium cannot host a RDP connection but can only act as a RDP client, meaning they cannot be connected to but they can connect to another PC that is able to host a RDP connection. What I want to do is remotely connect to my HTPC...
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    Wireless media keyboard...anyone tried? Opinions?

    Just got my HTPC set up recently and I am in the process of tweaking and fine-tuning it. I noticed this wireless media keyboard on Amazon and wondered if anyone has tried it, or if there are better alternatives out there. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004VPXLDI/ref=oh_o04_s00_i00_details...
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    External storage drive question

    So from reading around other threads I've heard at least a few of you say that you use an external drive for backup storage and some even go so far as to take or alternate backup drives to a bank or PO box for safekeeping. I'm planning on doing something similar in the near future, but I am...
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    Power usage question

    I'm planning on putting together a home server in the near future using spare parts from older builds. Unfortunately the motherboard I will be using does not have integrated graphics. I really only need a video connection for a monitor in order to get the server up and running and configured...
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