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    Static Electricity Issue - Second Sound Card dying on me with same issue, Dry Room

    Hey HardOCP, Long story short, I had a second audio card die on me lately. I think the culprit is accidental exposure to small static discharges when I pick up my headphones in my residence. I now live in a state that is very dry in humidity so I gather static all the time in my place...
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    Static Electricity Issue - Second KIA Sound Card, Dry Room

    Hey HardOCP, Long story short, I had a second audio card die on me lately. I think the culprit is accidental exposure to small static discharges when I pick up my headphones in my residence. I now live in a state that is very dry in humidity so I gather static all the time in my place. This...
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    OC'ed 4770K with EIST/C states enabled does not drop frequencies until 100% load

    FIXED - Seems like I jumped the gun. Looks like I can't repurpose threads.
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    Newest Build in 3 years, need advice on trustworthy/longetivity brand names

    Let me say currently, I'm still rocking in the Intel Q era, and haven't built a PC in 3 years since. Most things that will be recycled from my current build to my new build will be: Hard drives, my SSD, my sound card (XFi Titanium), my current case (Lian Li V2000B, I love it), and all its...
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    P67A/AHCI BIOS does not detect Intel G1 SSD...

    SOLVED: Following the the posts below, it appears Gen 1 Intel X25-M SSDs are incompatible with the P67 PCH 6Gbps ports! :( Hello all! Before I proceed, here's my (current in progress) rig: Core i7 2600K GIGABYTE P67A-UD4-B3 1.1 (updated to F4 BIOS from F2 stock) 2x4GB DDR3-1333 G.SKILL...
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    New build brings... new troubles! (Help, Sandy Bridge build)

    Hey all, I just got all my parts together and now I'm having the worst luck getting it to even BOOT! It's been a while since I've done a build so I'm all antsy and nervous... CPU - Intel i7 2600K GPU - EVGA GTX 580 MEMORY - G.Skill DDR3-1600 Ripjaws 2x4GB (F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL) MOBO - MSI...
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    Yet another new build thread (but I only need a few components! :V)

    Hey all. I've been out of the loop when it comes to all the new chipsets and CPUs after Core 2/Series 4 (P45). 1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc Gaming - Battlefield Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3 (this fall), Brink (this summer) / mostly FPS Browsing...
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    Windows 7 x64 not booting after BIOS after swapping data drive... :(

    Hello all! My setup: Q9550 GA-EP45-UD3P v1.3 8 GB RAM Intel SSD 80GB various other drives The problem: When I swapped a 1 TB WD Green Drive out for 1.5 Seagate drive, my computer does not boot Windows anymore, it appears to want to have boot preference on the IDE (mode-set SATA) 1.5TB...
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    Recommendations for a new wireless router

    Hey all, I need some recommendations for a new wireless router for my parent's home. They are going to have a LOT of random devices, that aren't necessarily going to hog the home's bandwidth at the same time, but I have a feeling with our current router, a Linksys/Cisco WRT54G2, it's going to...
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    PC emits smoke & smell, OS does not load

    Hi all, please bear the incoming wall of text - I'll try and make the points as concise as I can. Please help this scared college student :[ This morning I decided to boot up my computer - the computer gets stuck on the Windows 7 boot screen (with the Windows logo). So I decide to retry...
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    Good portable USB audio, decent earbud help

    Hi, I'm looking for a good set of earbuds ~60-70 USD that have some bass, or at least some bass without the lack theof. I'm also looking for a portable audio solution for my laptop, as the onboard audio is terrible (so much noise) and the Turtle Beach AAMicro USB I bought still has some...
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    Linux, Creative, WHS

    I am planning to switch over to linux, but the only hardware I think might be a pain in the but to get working is my Creative cards working, especially with optical in/out (I pass my PS3 audio through my card). Anyone have any experience with such cards? Also, what fs does one recommend for...
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    2.5"+ monitors, *VA & IPS

    ARGH! Meant to have 25.5" in the topic title... OOF! What are some monitors that are 25.5" or larger that have *VA or IPS panels? I'm a DoubleSight DS-263N owner fed up with EDID/nVidia issues that I need something large for my main computer, as my old monitor will be pushed to be paired with...
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    Music player for x64, sync program for old 5G iPod

    Since my move to x64 Win7, I haven't synced my iPod. I've been dying to get some new material on it, but I'm unsure what I should do. I haven't attempted trying to install iTunes - one, I heard of problems with iTunes and x64, and also, I hate how iTunes uses its own tagging and doesn't...
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    VM software for 64bit environment..

    I'm currently running Windows 7 at both home and work. I was wondering which is the best VM out there that can work in 64bit and also accept portable virtual machines? I mean, I'd like to keep a virtual machine on an external drive that I will be taking back and forth to work on an USB drive...
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    Win 7, nVidia driver problems

    I have Win 7 64bit installed... hardware listed in signature below. Everything was working fine post-install, going through driver installs and I have this HUGE issue :\. The default nvidia graphics driver (WDDM 1.1) that comes with Win 7 properly recognizes my monitor's resolution...
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    Ambidextrous wireless mouse for large hands?

    I have a very "large" request (heh, puns) to ask. Does anyone know of any ambidextrous wireless mice that fit comfortably with large hands? I can't really find one that fits both... either it's a good fit for large hands, but only for righties...vice versa... Normally I'd go lefty (since...
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    Help me grasp basic audio-related subjects...

    I have to say, when it comes to audio or electrical engineering, I get totally lost. I see these terms thrown around... like "DTS", "DDL", "S/PDIF" and such. Heck, I also see a whole bunch of ways you guys are converting/cabling audio from one device to another... like using coaxial or...
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    Upgrade woes, storage build, need to recycle parts...

    EDIT: Please follow the later posts in this thread, I keep bouncing around various topics. Oops! Sorry :| What is in your opinion the best/most stable LGA 775 Core 2 compatible (DDR2) motherboard out there? I am planning to upgrade from a E8400 to a Q9550, and in the process, I might as well do...
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    Beginner animation

    I was wondering if anyone had any websites for the beginner animator (3d) and what programs I should start with? I have some rainy day money I've been planning to spend, but I don't know where to start. Hopefully someone knows a thing or two around here :)
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    Learning more...

    Hey all. I just recently got the chance to intern for a major disk drive company. I'd like to learn more about the inner workings of hard drives, firmware, RAID, and generally more about partitions and how the OS interacts with all of those variables. I was wondering if anyone here had any...
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    Enable Dualview somehow with newer cards...?

    Hey all, I was wondering if anyone knows any methods of enabling Dualview with the new GTX 200 series cards. I am currently using an 1920x1200 26" monitor, but I have a friend's old SD TV connected to the s-video port on my GTX 285. I want to enable Dualview so I can two different...
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    Upgrade CPU or GPU?

    I was wondering which would be the best (and maybe also if I was to do this at the summer rather than now) 9800GX2 to a GTX 285 leaning towards, want more AA, don't like the 73c idle in my computer [another reason why Im also switching back to my old case, reverse ATX wouldn't have the hot...
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    Reverse ATX cases...

    Other than Lian Li, what other companies have reverse ATX cases? I don't know why more companies have adopted this type of style... it made sense to me when I had my Lian Li V2000 that having the hot GPU above the CPU would be better for airflow...
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    CPU temps are way too high. Fine or bad airflow?

    To be simple as possible, I'm very pissed off at my temps. I don't know if I can do anything with this case other than watercooling, or poor fan placement, or simply normal temps for what I have. CASE: Cosmos 1000 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119138 FANS...
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    New revisions coming when?

    When are the expected revisions/dieshrink for the GTX 260/280 suppose to come out? Been itching to side/upgrade to the GTX 280 from my 9800GX2 (man does the 9800GX2 dislike higher resolutions with any type of AA) but I want a card that produces less heat than this current 9800GX2 that's...
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    Minor data update

    I'm currently going to replace 3x 250GB drives, and the 250GB and 500GB externals (not enclosures, unfortunately) dedicated to backup, with new internals and a new external (internal+enclosure). I have two different possibilities. I'd just like to see what I should really do (and how people...
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    $40-60 headphone/earphones to bum/withstand transits

    Hey all, I'm looking for something decent that can handle the abuse of daily transit. I.E. taking the bus or rail, throwing them in a backpack, and/or listening to them at wherever I am studying. I need something that will take the punishment and still last and sound decent. I'm betting...
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    CPU temps normal?

    I am asking because I feel with my new case I am maybe losing out a lot on cooling, but in so also gaining silence. My setup: Coolermaster Cosmos 1000 5x case fans (three intake - one bottom, one over hdd bay, one sys fan intake to CPU, exhaust - 2x on top) Abit IP35 Pro e8400 @ 376 x9...
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    AGP card for my friend's dying computer.

    My friend complains that his video card is dying on him... and I've seen that he gets a scrambled screen when he tries to play a game or just having his computer on for a long time. Honestly, I haven't had the time to exam the innard of his computer. Assuming his video card is dead and...
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    Solve my gaming woes with my fraternity.

    I'll try to make this simple and easy for all to understand, as I know nothing about networking but the bare basics and hopefully won't confuse you pros here with my noob lingo (and limited knowledge about our hardware). I live in a fraternity. I get lag spikes all the time - I see people...
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    Looking for a student priced backup solution

    Hay all, wondering what would be the easiest way to go on backing up my data on a small budget. I'm currently sitting on a 250 7200.11 GB Seagate, and 2 250 Maxtors from an old Dell (which who knows will crap out any day) in my computer. Anyway, back when I got the additional Seagate, I...
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    New processor... e8400, OC @ stock volt but CoreTemp reports HIGH idle?! Help!

    Edit: Darkatom fixed my problem below. Just now curious about overclocking in my later post. Bought an e8400 (coming from an Q6600, didn't really need quad cores and put it in a friends computer) and I think I have inaccurate temperatures or something's up. I did everything like last time...
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    Borked my BIOS; help! Abit IP35 Pro.

    Hey all. I somehow borked my BIOS. I downloaded the latest BIOS from Abit, loaded up my flashmenu uGuru, and loaded the .bin file to flash my BIOS. I disabled my antivirus, closed all applications, and the uGuru froze half way through the flashing. I decided to leave and let it do its thing, and...
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    Buildin' folks' computer

    I put together this computer primarily for my folks. I'm pretty sure everything here is A-OK as for compatibility, I am just unsure whether 1) the PSU is rated fine by [H] standards, 2) is the IP35 reliable together with the new E8400s or should I aim for a different motherboard? Primary uses...
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    BIG gaming mice?

    Hello all - been thinking about purchasing a gaming mouse for my PC. However, I have pretty large hands and every review I see, and every picture I look at, shows gaming mice being incredibly skinny, and it makes me cringe at how much my hand would hurt using one of them. Currently I am using...
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    External Firewire Sound Cards

    I was wondering what external sound cards does anyone recommend here? I'm interested primarily of an external sound card because 1) I'm looking for something to keep for at least five years+ 2) No EM interference like internal sound cards 3) Possibly dribbling in sound production in the future...
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    Help me find the drivers D:

    Hello all, I was hoping someone has still on their computer Apple's Boot Camp 1.5. It's impossible to find any download for it after Apple has released Leopard. I'd get Leopard but I'm saving up for a new soundcard and headphones :( Thanks! Edt: CRAP. I thought I was in General Software. If a...
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    Removing hum in case without those sticky adhesive paddings

    Recently my Lian Li case has started to hum, and I found the part of the case that seems to be bringing this upon me it is the top (ceiling). The temporary solution I've done to muffle/remove the vibration/hum is by putting a 365 day calendar on top and that seems to do the trick. What can I do...
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