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    7900 GS or 8500/8600 for a media PC?

    I'm building a computer for a friend, he will be using the computer for media storage (pictures, VHS to DVD, etc); the monitor he's using is a Samsung 226BW, res. 1680x1050 (I think). I'm trying to pick out a decent video card, priced under $150. He will not be using it for heavy gaming, it's...
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    Components for a Media/HTPC?

    I'm building a media PC for a friend. Budget for parts is $1600-$2000, with some flexibility. His requests for this build were as follows: Easy access (front panel access) Media conversion (VHS to DVD, cassette/record to mp3, etc) Media storage (pictures, slides, movies) Large, color-accurate...
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    Cooling problems in my Lian Li PC-7...

    To start, here's the exact case that I have: Lian Li PC-7B Plus: http://www.svc.com/pc-7bplus-47.html I really like the build quality, etc, but my CPU, motherboard and video card tend to run a little on the warm side, in my opinion. I have a quiet 120 mm fan in the front, and a slighter...
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    Monitor out of sync on boot?

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    7900 GT Voltmodding- is it worth it?

    I just bought another EVGA 7900 GT KO ($205 at Newegg) for SLI, along with 2 Zalman VF-900 VGA coolers. I'm planning on doing the 1.5 V voltmod on the GPU, and maybe the memory mod- I would just like some info on what kind of performance gains people have been getting. I know you can get...
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    Problems OC'ing a 3500+ Venice

    I can't seem to get this CPU stable during heavy gaming. I'm using Corsair XMS3200 C2 memory (I know, not the best OC'ing RAM, but not bad either), an Asus A8N32 motherboard, Enermax 500W Liberty PSU, and EVGA 7900 GT KO (N584, the new one) so the other components are solid. My problem is...
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    Is it worth it to buy another 7900 GT for SLI?

    Should I buy another 7900 GT for SLI? ZipZoomFly has the EVGA 7900 GT KO for $199 after rebate. $200 is an awesome price for this vid card, and I'm not really planning on buying an 8800 for a while. Most of my gaming is at 1280x1024 or 1600x1200, with 2x-4x AA, 16x AF. Currently I'm...
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    Original Xbox HD cable?

    Does anyone know where I can find the original Microsoft-brand Xbox HD cable, with the component video and optical audio out? I can't find it anywhere- a website link or store would be appreciated!
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    A8N32: PCI-E Frequency and NB/SB K8/NB Clocks question

    I have the Asus A8N32 motherboard, and I'm trying to OC my Venice 3500+. I can't get it stable OC'ing, and I'm curious what I should be running the NB/SB and K8/NB frequency and multipliers at. I've OC'ed other Athlon 64 processors, but these new settings on this NF 4 SLI PCI-E mobo kind of...
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    1 GB (2 x 512) or 2 GB (4 x 512)?

    I have two sets of Corsair TwinX 3200 C2 (so 4 x 512 MB sticks) in my Asus A8N32 motherboard. In CPU-Z, the memory timings are listed as 157 mHz (DDR 314, roughly), timings 2-3-3-7. Looking on Corsair's forums, I found out this is due to the memory revisions and type of chips not matching, so...
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    Upgrade question with Windows XP

    So I'm upgrading to an Nforce 4 SLI X16 board and PCI-E video card (Asus A8N32 + 7900GT) from an Nforce 3 GB mobo and AGP (Gigabyte K8NSC-939 + 6800). Here's my question: Should I reinstall Windows XP completely from scratch, do a repair install with the CD, or am I okay just deleting all...
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    Lian-Li PC-7A Plus Silver for $83.95

    Found this case @ Coolerguys.com. I own this exact case, I'm pretty happy with the design and airflow. LINKY LINKY Good price, I bought it for $120 with a window- it's now $96 with a window.
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    Outpost.com: Seagate 300 GB SATA - $99 AR

    Until 3/7, Outpost.com has the Seagate 300 GB SATA for $149 - $50 rebate = $99. http://shop2.outpost.com/product/4303165?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG I've bought 4 Seagate HD's from Outpost.com, always gotten the rebate within a month to 6 weeks.
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    Monitor out of sync on boot?

    I just installed a new motherboard. The system boots up, posts, shows the CPU, memory, detects IDE drives. Then the screen goes black, and I get a little green box with [Hz ?] floating around on the monitor. I'm guessing that this means my monitor is out of sync? And how the heck do I fix...
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    Seagate 120 GB PATA Hard Drive = $39.99, no rebates/coupons!

    Just saw this on BestBuy's website: Seagate 120 GB Internal Hard Drive Seagate 120 GB HD $39.99 + free shipping = $0.33 a gig.
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    What's a good temp for HD's?

    I have a 120 mm fan blowing over my 2 HD's in my Lian-Li case, but for noise reasons I have the fan hooked up to my power supply (Antec Truepower 430) which controls fan speeds based on case temp. My concern is that the HD's seem to be a bit warmer than before. Motherboard Monitor 5 says that...
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    DirectX audio problem?

    I've been having this weird issue for a while now. In every DirectX game I've tried on my system, once I get into the game itself, the audio cuts out, and the game freezes for about 10 seconds or so. Then everything, video and audio, runs normally. I guess it really isn't *that* big of a...
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    Chipset Fan failing?

    I bought the DFI S939 Lan Party Nforce 3 board to use with my AGP 6800. Lately, when I turn my computer on, I get an annoying whirring sound, which sounds exactly like a failing fan. It's a pretty high-pitch whine, and I've narrowed it down to one of the graphics card fans or the chipset fan...
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    Connect 120 mm fans to motherboard?

    My computer is a *little* too noisy for me...I was wondering if it's ok to connect the 120x25 mm fans I have to the 3-pin fan connectors on the motherboard, so I can control the fans using software. They aren't real high powered, so I'm curious. I know it would probably be safer to just buy a...
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    OC'ing a 3000+ Venice w/ DFI S939 NF3

    I'm wondering how much further I can push this CPU. I'm pretty stoked right now, I'm running it at 9x278 = ~2.5 gHz at 1.39 V, with my Corsair TwinX PC3200 C2 memory on the 5/6 divider (~227 mHz), timings 3-4-4-8, @ 2.9 V. Temps are high 30's idle, 43-46 load. How much more OC can I expect...
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    Reformat entire system?

    So I'm soon to be upgrading from my current Barton 2.2 gHz nForce 2 system to an Athlon 64 3000+ nForce 3 system. The only components changing are my mobo and CPU. (Going from Asus A7N8X DLX to DFI Nforce 3 Ultra-D.) I have two HD's, one 60 Gb for Windows and backups of my files, and the...
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    Athlon 64 upgrade from Barton

    I'm looking to upgrade from my 2.2 gHz Barton/Asus A7N8X combo to the A64. I want to buy the Venice 3000+ or 3200+, and OC a little bit. The question I have is how much more gaming performance will I see with this processor? I use an unlocked AGP 6800, and I don't feel like forking over...
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    Best fans for Lian-Li PC-7 Plus?

    I recently bought a silver Lian-Li PC-7 A Plus to replace my Antec Lanboy that was overheating like crazy. I was just wondering what the best brands of 80 and 120 mm fan to buy, noise to cfm-wise, to put in this case. I've heard good things about Panaflo fans, are those the best brand to put...
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    Geforce 6800 Overclocking and Temps

    I have been using a BFG GF6800 OC, unlocked to 16/6, with a modest OC of 375/750. My current idle temps are between 47 C and 53 C; are these temps normal? Another thing - I'd like to OC this card a little more - how high is too high, temperature wise? And what are normal OC's people have...
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