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    Amazon: Intel Core i5-10400 for $145 free shipping w/ Prime

    Great value on mid-range chip for gaming and you don't have to give up an iGPU: https://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-10400-Desktop-Processor-LGA1200/dp/B086MN38Q2/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=10400&qid=1616564208&s=electronics&sr=1-1 This is even cheaper than Microcenter's price by $5...
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    Sandy/Ivy Bridge (1155) Socket Missing a Pin

    Looking at replacing a H61 board with a Z68 board for my friend's Ivy Bridge rig. Stumbled upon this EVGA Z68 FTW board that's missing a pin in its LGA 1155 socket. I found a pin-out graphic, but without knowing the orientation of the diagram, it's difficult to tell. Here's the board's LGA 1155...
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    Prison Architect is Free on GOG.com

    Start here: https://www.gog.com/game/prison_architect?pp=d051bf1ddf82f79c6af34f7f4e59707f081296ad Log into your GOG account. Click "Go to Giveaway" Scroll down and click Claim
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    Phanteks Enthoo Evolv is Evolving!

    About 2 weeks ago I did some thermal tests to see how badly the front panel on my Phanteks Enthoo Evolv TG ITX case was choking the 200mm intake fan. TL;DR it's really bad. In long gaming sessions, I was able to drop GPU temperatures from 77C to 57C just by removing the front panel. Well, the...
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    Cyberpunk 2077's Minimum & Recommended Specs Revealed

    Source: https://twitter.com/CyberpunkGame/status/1306991768387321856?s=20 These specs are all over the place. I understand, at least for the "Minimum Requirements," that they want to set expectations for people who have older hardware. I just don't agree with the decision to use older hardware...
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    IKEA Partners with ASUS' Republic of Gamers Brand for Gaming Furniture

    "IKEA has already jumped into tech with a smart home division and AR furniture app, but now it’s making a leap into an entirely new category: PC gaming. The Swedish company has announced that it’s teaming up with ASUS’ Republic of Gamers (ROG) division to create “affordable gaming furniture...
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    GPD Win Max "Gaming Laptop" Launches

    GPD launched their new Win Max 8-inch gaming laptop/handheld hybrid. Interesting choice of specs... Core i5-1035G7 (Iris Plus 940 iGPU). I suspect many here, myself included, would have probably preferred a Ryzen + Vega APU. Is it that there's no Ryzen 4000 APU within a 15-25W power envelope...
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    Newegg: Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Windforce OC 3X - $479 AC

    Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Windforce OC 3X is $499 - $20 Promo code: EMCDEFH45
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    FS: EVGA GTX 1060 3GB SC

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    Dell: Reference VisionTek RX 5700 - $279

    Dell: https://deals.dell.com/en-us/work/productdetail/33go Dell via eBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/VisionTek-Radeon-RX-5700-Graphics-card-Radeon-RX-5700-8-GB-GDDR6-PCIe/223732728954?hash=item341782847a%3Ag%3Avi0AAOSwBLJdvdTk Doesn't have a dual BIOS switch, but the courageous among us can still...
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    RTX 2070S / 2080 2-slot Recommendations

    Working with limited space inside a Phanteks Evolv Enthoo ITX case, so the GPU must be a true 2-lot card. It's hard to tell how retailers classify cards that take up just a little bit over 2-slots (2.5 slots are classified as 2 or triple slot?) so I was hoping to get some input by those with...
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    Gigabyte GTX 1080 Mini (ITX) 8GB

    Gigabyte GTX 1080 Mini - Ebay Link Model# GV-N1080IX-8GD. Immaculate physical condition and just freshly pulled from my ITX rig (due to an upgrade). Purchased from Newegg in January 2018, factory warranty expires January 2021. Includes its original box and paperwork. Specs here. Sold
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    Reference RX 5700 XT Heatsink Swap Mod

    Just scooped up a Gigabyte RX 5700 XT with the stock blower for $339 at Micro Center and it's a hot bitch. Undervolted and happier now, but eventually going to slap a Kraken G12 + H50 AIO on it. In the meantime, I got a bit curious about which coolers from the board partners will fit? This idea...
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    AMD Customer Support: RX 5700 XT slower than GTX 1080 is "expected"

    A personal buddy of mine purchased an RX 5700 XT AE while his EVGA GTX 1080 was out for RMA. When he received the 5700 XT AE, the product packaging was significantly damaged. You can see below a tear and crinkling in the corner where the box took the brunt of an impact. The shipping package did...
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    20% OFF Newegg via eBay - RTX 2060 $279 + More Parts

    Newegg via ebay has an automatic 20% off coupon applied to some of their inventory, just add the card to your cart to see the discount. Even after California sales tax, the deal isn't half bad. There are some other items, but the GPU deals are pretty bad once you go above the RTX 2060. ASUS...
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    Windows 10 Clean Install: MBR or GPT?

    For my own sanity going forward, I was wondering what heuristics are involved in Windows 10 automatic selection when creating a new partition from unallocated space during the Win10 installation? I recently did a clean install of Win10 x64 on my Crucial P1 NVMe, and I was not given a prompt to...
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    Warm: i5-9400F + ASRock B365M + Deepcool Matrexx 55 Case: $270

    Via Newegg Bundle: https://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.3913843 1x DEEPCOOL MATREXX 55 ADD-RGB 3F ATX Mid-Tower Case 3x120mm ADD-RGB Fans Full-size Tempered Glass Motherboard SYNC Control ADD-RGB Lighting System (Model:MATREXX 55 A-RGB 3F) $79.99 1x Intel Core...
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    The Elder Scrolls: Blades (iOS / Android)

    I got an early access invite a few days ago to try out the new The Elder Scrolls: Blades game for Android (and iOS). I'm only about 3 hours into the game so far, but I think I got a good feel for the gameplay loop and mechanics to give some solid first impression bullet points. Graphics are...
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    Fry's Electronics: 20% Off In-Store on Saturdays

    A few weeks ago I saw an ad for 20% off coupon for the first 50 customers who come in on Saturdays and use code word "SaturdaySavings20" with a Fry's greeter. Excludes graphics cards and CPUs, but I've heard YMMV on that. This is the ad: Went in today at noon (open at 9am) and was the 4th...
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    Upgrading my old man's Gaming PC

    My pop is ready to shed his Core i7 2600K and set a ~$500 budget for upgrading his core components (CPU, motherboard, RAM, M.2 SSD). This price range tends to land us in the Core i5 9600K or Ryzen 2700 range when spec'd out at Microcenter. 1) Purpose: 80% Gaming @ 3440x1440; 15% photo editing...
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    Playstation 4 500GB

    Coworker of mine listed his hardly used PS4: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-PlayStation-4-500GB-Jet-Black-Console-Dual-Shock-4-Control/153130949881?epid=215836456&hash=item23a750dcf9:g:21IAAOSwvItbanbH&_udlo=166&_udhi=168&_sacat=0&_nkw=ps4&LH_ItemCondition=3000&_from=R40&rt=nc He only really...
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    Your Favorite Twitch "Gamers"

    So who are your favorite Twitch gamers, and what do they play? No, "cam girls" don't count. At the moment I really only follow a few: Republic of Play aka DarrenTotalWar. Darren was a SEGA employee (Creative Assembly) from Dublin who did streams and YouTube videos for SEGA's Total War...
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    Coffee Lake i7-8700K modded to work on Z170

    Some folks at HWbot have got their i7 8700K working on Asrock Z170 boards with a pencil mod and custom UEFI. Instructions are in the HWbot OP linked. This isn't the same mod from December with an i3 8350K on a Z170 board, there were some issues/sacrifices in regards to PCIe functionality...
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    Dark Souls 3 (PC) + Ashes of Ariandel DLC for $12

    Humble Bundle is doing a promo for their "subscription service" BUT HEAR ME OUT. Subscribe for one month, which is $12 (or $10.80 if you've never subscribed before), and you get to keep Dark Souls 3 + DLC even if you don't resubscribe after your first month is up. Prior to this the cheapest I've...
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    Corsair T1 Race Gaming Chair (Yellow/Black) - $265.99 ($84 off)

    Newegg "sale" price: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16826816073 Corsair's site (full-price): http://www.corsair.com/en-us/corsair-t1-race-gaming-chair-black-yellow Promo code for 5% discount: LOVEGAMING5 Review: Shipping in my area is free, but Newegg is local to me so I...
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    Total War: Three Kingdoms Announcement & Trailer

    ETA Fall 2018 This will be CA's first visit to the region/era and a proper full release (Thrones of Britannia is a "sagas" release, which is installment oriented like DLC). I'll probably buy. :D
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    Corsair Labor Day Sale - 15% off NEW gear w/ LABORDAY17

    Corsair Labor Day Sale - 15% off with Promo Code: LABORDAY17 Says it applies to all keyboards, mice, mouse pads, and headsets. Haven't tested it on refurbs. [Original Post] Corsair Refurb Sale - 20% w/ SUMMERENDS17 Promo Code Purchased my K65 RGB, K70 RGB, and VOID wireless headsets all refurb...
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    HOT | Monoprice Maker Select V2 - $255 w/ free shipping

    Edited 6/22/17 - Deal is back and now 15% off after promo code 15MAKER. Shipping is free. Link: https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=13860 Back in April I paid $317 + tax for this printer. It's my second 3D printer and punches way above its weight class. At $280, it's only $20 (6.6%) off its...
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    DEAD - EVGA GTX 980 Ti - $200

    Haven't had a chance to check if they're actually in stock, but there are 3 SKUs that range from $200 - 220 (GTX 980 Ti Classified at the top). https://www.evga.com/products/productlist.aspx?type=0&family=GeForce+900+Series+Family&chipset=GTX+980+Ti Old it may be, but this is pretty much GTX...
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    Monoprice RGB-ish Backlit Mechanical Keyboard (Kaihl Blues) - $27.99

    $27.99 is the lowest price I've seen for a mechanical backlit keyboard that's not a refurb: https://www.monoprice.com/product?c_id=114&cp_id=11401&cs_id=1140102&p_id=13858#QA I've owned one Monoprice mechanical keyboard in the past and while it was solid, I wasn't particularly a fan of the...
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    Samsung 950 Pro m.2 NVMe Slow Sequential Read

    Built a buddy of mine a wicked gaming rig and it's about 99% dialed in, except for the Samsung 950 Pro has sequential read speeds that are about 1/3 where they should be (800MB/s vs. 2200MB/s). This is the 3rd time I've installed a m.2 SSD on a Skylake build this year, so I thought I was ahead...
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    Asterisk key on numpad not working correctly in Win10

    Having this random problem with my Logitech G710 keyboard where the * key on my numpad only works when holding the shift key. Driving me nuts since I use Excel a lot and multiplication is something I often use. My troubleshooting thus far: Moved to another USB port. Uninstalled Logitech...
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    3.5mm Switch?

    I have two output devices: my PC and my Xbox One, both using 3.5mm output. My PC speakers (Z-5300e) are currently plugged into my PC via 3.5mm, and the Xbox is hooked up to a set of headphones via a 3.5mm male-to-male cable and a 3.5mm coupler. Ideally, I'd have both connected to my PC speakers...
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    Xbox One (Used) 500GB + Controller - $184 shipped

    My coworker just shared this with me: Cowboom is selling a used Xbox One w/ wireless controller, HDMI cable, power supply and cable, and manual for $184 with free shipping. Link: http://dealnews.com/Used-Xbox-One-500-GB-Console-for-184-free-shipping/1524613.html Enter this promo at check...
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    $900 rig for video editing + some gaming

    I got a Mac loyalist that's willing to build a PC if he can get more out of his $900 on PC. I'm not familiar with the requirements for video editing, but I do know he plans to use Adobe Premiere, which I understand takes advantage of nvidia GPUs. 1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming...
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    Humble Bundle Spring Sale: Rockstar, Sega, DeepSilver

    Link: https://www.humblebundle.com/store Picked up Fall of the Samurai for a buddy on this sale. All in all, Steam will probably beat these prices during their Summer sale. Notables: Alien Isolation $12.49 Company of Heroes 2 $9.99 Total War Attila $33.74 Total War Rome 2 Emperor...
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    Building a friend's gaming/video editing machine

    I'm trying to sway a friend of mine from buying a prebuilt gaming rig in favor of getting much much more bang for buck. He's already got every next-gen console, so he wants a gaming PC that will blow them all away. At the same time, he wants to maintain a middle ground between gaming and video...
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    Recommend a mid-ATX case for my dad's build

    I spent part of my weekend hooking up my dad with a new 850 EVO SSD, and I was a little embarassed for him when working inside his dusty old case. Wires/cables were everywhere, tight video card fit, no logical place to even mount his SSD, tacky alienware knock-off aethetics. So over the next...
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    Star Wars Assault Team

    Anyone else playing this on their down-time? I swore off games that require "energy" to do anything, but the pacing actually works for me. It's sort of a card-ish game meets turn-based RPG. All I know is it's like crack, and even better since it doesn't have a social networking aspect...
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    Search error. Connection refused

    Getting the following error message from multiple browsers (Chrome, Firefox, IE11) when I search in any section: connection to localhost:3312 failed (errno=111, msg=Connection refused)
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