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    Bookshelf speaker upgrade question

    Good Morning, My current audio set up for my computer is a pair of M-Audio AV42s and a Polk PSW10 subwoofer off of an audio splitter out of the computer, for about the last decade+. This set up works OK though long in the tooth, except that I have to manually switch off the sub if I put...
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    PC speakers w/scratching sound replaced – same issue

    So this likely won't help, but let me relate to you the dumb self-fail reason that was causing the scratching in my speakers... I discovered that some of the time when I was sitting down to use my computer I would toss my cell phone onto the desk too close a speaker. Something about the cell...
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    Looking for 10" gaming tablet, $250 or less.

    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B086Z2XFYP this is on sale today at $280 fwiw. 3Camels says its as cheap as it has been on amazon.
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    Light weight but still good to build in case recommendation?

    Good morning all! I am on the cusp of building a new (edit: air cooled) computer soon. One of the major hiccups of my last build is that I used a CM 690 case and the thing weighs a ton. A couple years ago we had to evacuate due to a fire and it was not easy to quickly heave the tower into the...
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    Building a new gaming computer, thoughts/recs? Budget: under $1,500, not counting gpu

    Done and done, not that much more. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/cyfrHz
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    Building a new gaming computer, thoughts/recs? Budget: under $1,500, not counting gpu

    Thanks so much everyone for the feedback. Here is my revised parts list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Qwc6Mv Basically bumped up the PSU to 750w to leave headroom for a 3000 series GPU down the road, lumped on some more ram of a better manufacturer for the hell of it, and a better motherboard...
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    Building a new gaming computer, thoughts/recs? Budget: under $1,500, not counting gpu

    So given what we learned today, how do folks feel about forging ahead on an intel chip? Or do I wait a month and try to pick up a Ryzen 5 5600X instead?
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    Building a new gaming computer, thoughts/recs? Budget: under $1,500, not counting gpu

    Thanks! Budgetary wise I'd like to keep it under $1,500, and am not motivated to spend money just to spend money if the sweet spot is lower. The current parts list I have listed comes in at about $950 ish according to pcpartspicker. I will nudge up the PSU and will definitely wait and see until...
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    Building a new gaming computer, thoughts/recs? Budget: under $1,500, not counting gpu

    Hiya, I am finally building myself a new gaming computer and upgrading from my venerable old i7 920. My initial plan is to (for now) continue to use my GTX 1060 and my two ASUS VG248QE 24" 1920x1080 144Hz monitors. This is what I am considering for the rest of the components. Thoughts...
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    Random Disconnect-like Sound

    That sound kind of reminds me of one of the beboops that Discord makes for certain notifications. You don't use discord, do you? Also, if you weren't certain it was coming from your speakers I would think that someone had pranked you with a ThinkGeek Annoy-a-tron.
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    1366 x58 Xeon Enthusiast overclocks club

    Man... these chips are almost irresistibly tempting for me, since I am currently on a C0 i7 920. $30 to $60 bucks for an x5670, $120 for a used x5690 on ebay. However, googling my specific motherboard as relates to these fills me with some dread on this. I am running a Gigabyte UD4P, Rev 1.0. I...
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    i7 920 Stuck at 12x multiplier

    Hah no kidding. I had already started shopping for an x5650 or x5670 to drop into the system. It is amazing how cheap they have gotten. I will see if I can control the itch for a while more, it doesn't feel necessary... yet.
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    Would a new video card help me or is my bottleneck elsewhere?

    Nowinstock is starting to show some of the small form factor single fan 6gb 1060s showing up at normal MSRP (like this one for $269: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01IPVSLTC/ at least at the time of this post) Is there any big reason to buy the double fan version rather than the single fan...
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    i7 920 Stuck at 12x multiplier

    So I went back to one of the first Windows 10 versions (1.73) and... drumroll... My multipliers are now being reported properly in CPU-Z. I cannot BELIEVE how much time I spent in the last 24 hours fighting with a ghost problem. I put a very mild overclock on the chip to test (21x multiplier...
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    i7 920 Stuck at 12x multiplier

    I am starting to wonder if it isn't as you guys said and CPU-Z is the problem. Task Manager while Prime95 is firing indicates the multiplier kicking in and bumping to 2.77 ghz rather than throttling at 1.66 ghz. Have I literally been lead on a wild goose chase for a perfectly normally performing...
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    i7 920 Stuck at 12x multiplier

    I am embarrassed to say that we are starting to bump up to the edges of my technical savvy. I really appreciate the time you all are taking to give me some advice and will do my best to keep up. When I run CPU-Z in safe mode I get an error (1084) during initialization of the app and it does not...
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    i7 920 Stuck at 12x multiplier

    What would you recommend instead of Speedfan? Per CPU-Z the core voltage seems to be moving around, the more recent screenshot I just took was sitting at idle with that voltage. Under Prime95 it fluxuates between 1.264 and 1.280. In the BIOS the multiplier is showing 20x.
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    i7 920 Stuck at 12x multiplier

    Well, I did the hard reset of the CMOS (pull the battery out for 10+ minutes) and it unfortunately did not solve the problem. Multiplier still doesn't want to move beyond 12x regardless of load, bios settings, or windows power settings. Without having a second system to test components in, is...
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    i7 920 Stuck at 12x multiplier

    Thanks for the thoughts. I will work on some of this and report back. What do you recommend to replace speedfan, Realtemp? Re: the bios reset I have not yet done a hard reset. I am wiped out tonight but first thing tomorrow I will pull the battery on the mobo and force a hard reset and see if...
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    Would a new video card help me or is my bottleneck elsewhere?

    Tinkering with my bios settings and looking at CPU-Z information in preparation to overclock led me to discover that my multiplier seems to be stuck at 12x. I posted a thread over in gen hardware for advice on that (https://hardforum.com/threads/i7-920-stuck-at-12x-multiplier.1939747/) . I am...
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    i7 920 Stuck at 12x multiplier

    I know this is an old CPU but I am trying my best to limp it along rather than taking it out back and shooting it. However, I am running into a problem and I am so confused right now, really can't figure out what is going on with this thing. OK, so I have been looking at upgrading my computer...
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    Would a new video card help me or is my bottleneck elsewhere?

    I will say at minimum this has re-activated my itch to fight with this chip and see if I can push it to 3.6. Started tinkering with the overclock, no joy yet but not giving up. Fingers crossed if I blow it up I don't cook the mobo and can buy one of those x5650s. Googling about the UD4P and the...
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    Would a new video card help me or is my bottleneck elsewhere?

    This CPU is a C0 chip and was one of the "weak" first batch ones, unfortunately. It is happy enough at stock but overclocking has been a massive struggle. Air cooling with a big fat CM v8 cooler on it (Seriously, this thing is stupidly big but what can I say, 8 year ago me thought it looked...
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    Would a new video card help me or is my bottleneck elsewhere?

    Good Morning! I am currently using a several year old GTX 580 GPU in my i7 920 system, this system is primarily used for gaming. Most of the time it does what I want but it is starting to show it's age as far as running newer games smoothly at good resolutions. To improve my gaming hardware I...
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    Windows 10 and ICC/ICM Profiles

    Not to bump and old thread, but did you ever find a solution to this problem? I went from Win7 to Windows 10 yesterday and the ONLY functionality I am having trouble with is getting my ICM to stick. I can use Display Profile to apply it, but the moment I restart the computer it is gone again.
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    Big stack of Win7 keys, any way to turn them to Win10?

    So I have a big stack of Windows 7 keys purchased some time ago. Never been activated, etc. From some of the reading I have been seeing it more or less looks like upgrading these to windows 10 keys has to be done on the machine they are going to be on, right? If I understand correctly, due to...
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    Seeking a gaming laptop, budget $1,200-$1,500

    On another question, how is the quantity of bloatware from xotic? I remember back in the day bloatware from laptops vendors being nightmarish. Should he expect to need to do a wipe and clean install on arrival or is it not so bad anymore?
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    Seeking a gaming laptop, budget $1,200-$1,500

    Thanks for the information everyone, tremendously appreciated. I will pass the recommendation on. Regarding which vendor to build out and buy a sager from, is xoticpc the clear winner, or should he also be looking at others? I've never heard of xotic, but their web presence on the various...
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    Seeking a gaming laptop, budget $1,200-$1,500

    My brother, an engineer, just secured a raise and wants to celebrate by getting himself a gaming laptop. His budget is in the $1,200 to $1,500 range. His main concerns are performance and reliability, portability is less of a concern (though he does travel enough he can't just buy a desktop)...
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    Swan M50W

    I know a lot of people love this brand but my Swan M10s (the baby brother of these) were the worst 2.1 system I ever owned. Customer service process was also basically a stonewall. It was a very frustrating experience. I probably wouldn't buy from this company again. Also, what is massdrop and...
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    M-Audio AV40s, $79, B&H

    Yeah, not going to buy something as nice as a $400 sub. Just going to pick up a Polk PSW10 when it gets down around the $100 price point again. If I could have gotten BX5s for $75 a pop I would have been ecstatic :) sounds like a great deal.
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    M-Audio AV40s, $79, B&H

    Yeah my only complaint with the AV42s that I have is that the bass is a little on the weak side, so looking into putting a subwoofer into the mix as well. Other than that they are very nice speakers, especially at that price point.
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    M-Audio AV40s, $79, B&H

    I picked up a pair of AV42s recently and love them. That said, I would have been stoked to have gotten their predecessor for only $80 instead. Oh well, thems the breaks. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&sku=797785&is=REG&Q=&A=details
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    Where can I find 3-4" speaker stands?

    One option for you to consider (same line of thought as RogueTrip): www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0058Q3H38 The item description there is weird, but if it is the same as when I ordered you get four of the pads for the price and going 2 pads per speaker works great. You can trim the extra length...
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    LG 27" Monitor + 128gb ssd for $190 - Newegg

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?sdtid=7922179&SID=70e595b462bc4aa4b7336b0cc2b9578b&AID=10440897&PID=1225267&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-cables-_-na-_-na&Item=N82E16824025041&cm_sp= Saw this deal on SD and figured folks here might be interested as well. Seems pretty...
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    Steam 2015 summer sale is here! runs from June 11th to June 22th!

    Couldn't resist Wolfenstein: The New Order and Sunless Sea so far.
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    What to do if building new computers is not in budget

    Different situation since I am just on a single desktop and not trying to do a server rack, virtualization for heavy crunching, or anything like that. That said, I am still using an i7 920 I built in 2009. Other than just recently upgrading the ram and doing a new video card and switching to a...
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    Loving the M-Audio M-42s

    Thanks :) Regarding the sub, even though I probably don't need it, because I can't ever leave well enough alone I am starting to scout out options on that front. I found an old thread here from someone talking about using the prior version of these (the AV40) with a cheap sub and being...
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    Upgrading from 6gb to 12 gb of ram, trouble getting all recognized

    When I was still fighting with trying to get the 6 DIMM upgrade to work I did, no bent pins that I saw or anything like that, everything seemed to be in good shape there. It didn't change anything though.
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    Loving the M-Audio M-42s

    So a wee bit of backstory: for the past few years I have been using a 2.1 set of Swan M-10s. Never really been happy with them. They were pretty but that is pretty much where the positives ended for me. The left speaker hissed if left on for more than a few hours, audio clarity always felt mushy...
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