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    PC parts deals are as stagnant as I've seen it

    Unless you've got a Micvrocenter near you, you're basically dealing with newegg. what you have is: -Intel CPU's pretty much never on any serious sale for years. No reason, no competition from AMD. AMD CPU's are often a good deal, but it's still hard to settle for so much less performance...
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    6970 no signal

    So I been rocking a Q6600+HD4890 for a long time, my brother gives me a Twin Frozr 6970. It's a pretty monster card, he paid a lot for it at the time, I think it's heavily factory overclocked too. Anyways I stick it in my rig as is, one problem it has two 8 pin connectors, I only have one 6 and...
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    Better build?

    (prices by newegg, may vary a bit) FX 6350 (3.9 ghz 6-core Vishera)+decent low end mob=140+70=210. Plus ~400 card (EG, Geforce GTX 770 or 7970 ghz ed) OR Haswell 4670+decent H87 board=230+90=320. Plus ~300 card, EG 660Ti or HD 7950. 16 GB DDR3 either way. I'm not a overclocker...
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    FX-4300 great budget game CPU?

    Noticed in the newest game benchmarks at Tech Spot, who does CPU benchmarks on newer games, the 4300 (or 4170 etc when 43XX benches not available) usually does well Bioshock Infinite 19X12, Ultra settings, GTX 680, 3770k= 68 FPS FX 4320= 64 FPS Tomb Raider 19X12, Ultimate Quality, HD7970...
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    Nvidia has no new cards planned for 2013 either?

    Is this the case? I'm confused. Whats the latest Nvidia roadmap? Edit: I mean besides this old delayed GK110 thing we've been hearing about for two years now.
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    Brother built a pc, not booting

    so my brother put together a new i5 pc today, and it's not outputting video... the ram and hard drives and psu are pretty much known good, they came from his prior build. so it would seem to be either the new mobo (it's an asus) or cpu. the cpu fan spins up, but again, problem is no video...
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    Pretty dang warm imo, AMD price cuts across the board

    On newegg seeing: 7950's for 299 no rebate 7870's 239 no rebate (actually HIS model for $222+$7 shipping right now with 7% off code, so 229 out the door) Saw some Saphire 7850's with bigass fans for 189 no rebate a couple days ago. Dunno if that was pricing mistake. It's now 209 for...
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    My desktop icons are auto arranging on boot

    They used to stay where I put them. I recently had some encounter with a trojan/virus, which seems to be cleaned off now. But all my desktop icons that used to stay where I put them now rearrange in rows to the left on reboot. Everything else seems ok about the system that I can tell. You can...
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    Got a new SSD, cloning?

    So I got a new 128GB Crucial M4. Replacing a older 40GB Intel SSD that's getting a little tight. Both will be/are being used as program/OS drives with media on a separate 1TB mechanical HDD. So, switching out the 40 for the 128, straight up. I'd like to clone/image the 40 over to the 128...
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    Where is the 660/Ti?

    I ask this question periodically (since, theyre months late) but, any news on these? I read June 25 might be an NDA date somewhere, seems too good to be true though. OTOH AMD held their ghz edition pretty secret. Also with a recent Tiger Direct fire sale on 560/570, I was hoping that might...
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    Real shame Bulldozer sucks so much for gaming

    I like supporting the underdog, buying something different etc, so I'd consider the 8150 now that it got a price cut to $220 on newegg, putting it in line with a 2500K. So I go check out Anand's review to refresh my memory, and the 8150 actually hangs well with the 2500k. Wins 7 and loses 8 of...
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    Where the heck are the lower priced Kepler variant rumors???

    The 680 is nice and all, but I like I think most people have budgets a little lower. I'm considering right now of current gen cards either the 7870 or 7850. Except I'd like to see if Nvidia is going to come out with something that trounces those, perhaps at a lower price as well, so I either...
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    Would it be ridiculous to pair a 7970 with Q6600?

    Or spend the hypothetical money on other upgrades? The thing is a truly decent video card with some future proofing is $300 anyway. Looking at CPU scaling benches, the CPU typically has little effect anyway, as must games are GPU limited. The Q6600 is overclocked to 2.8 and I'd imagine...
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    Turning down tesselation factor on HD 6870?

    So I just bought a 2GB HD 6870 for my modest gaming rig and was all set to stick with it for a good while (hence I bought the 2GB version), now in the last few days I've found a problem. Seems the 6870 is poor at tessellation. This sort of annoys me as Crysis 2 is one of the main games I'd...
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    Good SSD for 150?

    I'm buying my brother a new SSD for Christmas. His is like a 30GB OCZ agility or something I believe, it's getting squeezed on size even just by the OS. So yeah I wanted to upgrade him, could go to 200 but REALLY want to go around 150 dollars. I found an Intel on newegg, 80GB for $150...
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    Good SSD for 150?

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    Overclocking a Dell (with Q8300 CPU), any way?

    So my brother has a Dell XPS 430. That comes with a Q8300 CPU, 2.5 ghz, 7.5X333. We looked in the bios and there's no overclocking possible. So is there anything we can do? There was a Windows program we looked into called SetFSB, but it didn't seem to support his exact motherboard from...
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    My 4890 underclocked itself??

    Ok I've been playing around with my hardware for the first time in a while recently cause of BF3. Anyway, I got that MSI Afterburner software because I heard it was good to check out stuff (I thought it would show me vidcard RAM usage, which it doesnt seem to). Anyways I opened it an noticed it...
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    Overclocking noob needs help with Q6600

    I am an extreme amateur, I overclocked my Q6600 to 2.8 ghz, which is all I wanted because stability is high priority for me (didn't try to clock higher). So far it has been running great in normal operation with temps in the mid 40's I believe, so no problems there, Some questions... What...
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    How bad are upgrade installs? (win 7)

    I got the upgrade version (picked it up for $49 preorder, just for giggles) but I've always heard in place upgrades are crap (buggy, unstable etc), but I've never done one either. (Will be from Vista of course). I could do a clean install but I really hate reinstalling all my progs and shit...
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    GTX 285 still 325-400 dollars on newegg

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010380048%20106792634%201067946202&name=GeForce%20GTX%20285 Is Nvidia just waiting till 5850's are widely available, or are they just going to do nothing and give up marketshare while perhaps charging a premium for "the fastest...
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    Should my power supply be failing in this situation??

    I have a 500 watt Antec Basiq PSU. It's spec sheet here...
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    Do you guys realize..the 5870 is under-priced? (free market economics)

    Here's what I mean...in true free market, there is NEVER a shortage of any good! Why? Because the price simply raises until it meets demand. Whenever you see a shortage of a product, such as 5870, you should realize shortages occur when the price is held artificially low. Classic economics. And...
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    Cheap, quality 600W+ PSU?

    So it turns out, I guess, I need a new PSU. Dont want spend $100 on it though. First off my current PSU is a 500w Antec Basiq. I'm running 4GB RAM, Q6600 (not overclocked) and a HD4890 factory OC'ed to 950mhz. I'm not sure but I'm having random shutdowns and I believe it to be the PSU...
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