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    Need PSU and Mobo advice for Cooler Master NR200 mother-in-law build

    Like the title says, I'm building a relatively low-power PC for my in-laws to replace their older, garbage pre-built. I already have a Ryzen 5 3400G new in box with factory cooler. I also have 2x8GB Corsair Vengeance 3200MHz CL16 DDR4 DIMMs and a 500GB Evo 860 2.5" SSD from prior builds. I'm...
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    RAM timings that worked fine with 3600 unexpectedly causing crashing with 5900X

    I'm have been running this 32GB kit at 3600MHz with 14-15-15-35 timing for a couple weeks with my Ryzen 5 3600 and Dark Rock Pro 4 air cooler on an MSI X570 Unify board (latest BIOS). https://www.newegg.com/g-skill-32gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820374048 I got my Ryzen 9 5900X today and...
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    Is there anything better about the MSI X570 Tomahawk vs X570 Unify?

    As the title says, I'm wondering whether there's anything actually better about the X570 Tomahawk other than the lower price and the HDMI-out? With the hype around the 5000-series CPU launch and its well-deserved reviews, the X570 Tomahawk seems to be unobtanium. I don't expect to ever need the...
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    Anything better than Radeon HD 6770 for $80 shipped?

    I'm upgrading an older machine that my kids use, so $80 shipped (with no rebate to deal with) is about as high as I'm willing to go. Is there anything out there that is better than today's Shellshocker deal for $79.99? AMD 633897-ZH1 Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 Video...
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    Best video card around $100 or less for this setup?

    I'm not a hardcore gamer anymore, but occasionally play games and do some video watching and lightweight editing. I'd like a little better video performance than the Geforce 9500GT can push. My current system is set up as mostly a workstation machine that I can do everything from system...
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    Best 23"+ LCD/LED Monitors for <$180?

    One of my two old 19" Benq monitors died (for the second time) and I want to replace it and the other one with two of the same model. Money is pretty tight right now, so my ideal price range for both monitors is about $350 with an absolute upper limit of $400 total including shipping and/or tax...
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    Latest and greatest Windows 7 SSD optimization guides?

    I just got a new Crucual M4 SSD for my laptop and am installing Win7 today. Looking around, I've found a ton of ssd optimization guides for Windows 7 but most of them are from 2009 or early 2010. Anyone have a newer one that is up-to-date for Win7 SP1 and the latest generation of SSD drives? Thanks!
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    Any good 128GB SSD comparisons out there?

    I am picking up a new SSD drive for my laptop and am targeting 128GB or so due to price and disk usage. Are there any good comparisons out there anywhere that show performance/power usage in that size and price bracket? Anyone else gone through the same sort of decision and have experience to...
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    Two Caviar blacks or one SSD and one green storage drive

    I was about to buy two of the Caviar black drives to build my usual RAID 0 for my home desktop when it occurred to me that I might actually like having one SSD for a system drive and one big storage drive instead. What got me thinking about this was the below deal on a 64GB SSD. Buy.com...
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    Good/cheap mobo/proc for server/desktop machine?

    I've got an old socket-939 board and Athlon X2 4200 that I'm going to be replacing in one of my desktop machines, and I need the new mobo/proc to have the following characteristics: 1) have hardware virtualization 2) have four slots for DDR2 memory (2x2GB now, with room for 2x2GB more later...
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    Need vid card for older system that I can use in new system

    I currently have an old system that I use for everyday stuff, but not gaming. The mobo is an Abit KN8-SLI (see specs here) and the vid card went out on it today. I need a new vid card to use in it for now that I'll also be able to use in a newer system, which will presumably have PCI- E 2.0...
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    Q6600 or E8400 with Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R?

    Note: Before I get started, yes I have used the Search feature and have read for 2+ hours on specs for each. Some of it is old, though, and I'm hoping for more of a direct comparison with this thread... As the title says, I'm putting together a budget gaming/work machine. About 75% of the...
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    Is my video card DOA?

    Just got in my XFX 8600GT XXX edition and popped it into my machine. When I hit the power button, all the fans turn on but nothing else happens and my monitors never get a signal. No startup beep, no other beeps at all. If I switch the Geforce 6500 back into the PCI-E slot, the system works fine...
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    Procedure for upgrading the "other" DIMM on M6805?

    My Emachines M6805 is officially out of warranty and I want to go from the factory 512MB straight up to 2GB of RAM. I have the two 1GB DIMMs in my hands now and was wondering if anyone has any instructions on changing out the internal DIMM. I used to run a PC service center, so I'm not exactly...
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    Need 2GB in Abit KV8 Pro, which to get?

    I'm trying to buff up my wife's machine a bit so her gaming experience is a little more pleasant. She's running an Abit KV8-Pro with 1GB (2x512) of mid-level RAM now and I want to get her up to 2GB of RAM (2x1GB) that can take some OC'ing. She's watching the cost on this (part of the whole wife...
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    WinXP SP2 + Emachines M6805 = Suck

    My M6805 was working great right up until I installed XP SP2. Suddenly, it wouldn't shut down completely. It also wouldn't wake up from sleep mode. Even a total reinstall of the XP Pro operating system and Service Pack 2 had the problem. Uninstall SP2, the problem goes away. I've updated every...
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    Making the M6805 fly?...

    I finally couldn't resist the temptation anymore and snagged a 6805. I have to run Win XP Pro for work stuff, so that's what I'll be installing after I wipe it clean tomorrow. Right now I have a Win XP Pro CD and Win XP SP1a on another CD. What other drivers/patches/tweak tools do I need and...
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