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    Best Black Friday Deals!

    The sound blaster z gaming pack looks interesting. Anyone have any thoughts on the old x-fi titanium vs. the Z? I currently have a logitech 2.1 system and the right speaker wire seems to be going out.
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    Steam sale is live

    Amazon and green man gaming are having sales as well. I've found gmg to be cheaper than steam for most things. Amazons sales seem to mostly be for physical copies weirdly enough.
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    ECS P45T-A 775 pcie problems

    No newer bios available unfortunately, all I got the last time I sent in a support ticket (which I knew would come to nothing) was a bunch of broken english. I know ECS is garbage, believe me :( I bought this a few years ago when there really wasn't anything decent left to buy new, as it had a...
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    ECS P45T-A 775 pcie problems

    I have an old ECS P45T-A mobo that absolutely refuses to boot an nvidia 650Ti past the windows logo once drivers are installed (and it will instantly freeze the display when drivers are installed if you're installing them w/o any installed). I know the card is good because it works fine in the...
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    New to me Freesync Info

    As the owner of a 7970, I too am disappointed. That being said, I've owned this card for over three years, which is a long time for a gpu imo. It's older tech and simply isn't hardware compatible like the newer chips are. It's like getting upset whenever h265 becomes relevant due to not...
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    Streaming MKV's, how are you doing it?

    This, plex and mediabrowser can transcode anything for you, no reason to re-encode anything. 9TB will feel reasonable when you look at what some people do.
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    Considering PSU replacement, need opinions

    Just an update, I got my $15 ATX to 14-pin lenovo adapter from ebay today (expensive for what it was). Turns out the problem was NOT the power supply. I probably should have tried a few more things before I bought it as it increased my total cost from $300 to $355, atleast I I have a halfway...
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    Onkyo 575W, 5.2Channel, 4k, 3d Receiver $250, today only

    Amazon has free shipping on returns and they're generally hassle free. They're the only online retailer I'd buy a monitor from. I had a cheap $180 22 inch come with one stuck pixel and I returned it with them cross-shipping me a new one for free. Just checkmark that it was defective (imo...
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    Off the Shelf NAS or NAS PC

    I know OP isn't in America, but I'd highly recommend something along these lines over a more expensive appliance: Some of your wants go back and forth, which I can understand. One post it seems like you might...
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    HTPC components assistance needed

    Your CPU is more than fine, if anything it's probably overkill. Read this. You could probably get about 5 1080p 10mbps streams out of that CPU, though I highly doubt your internet connection could handle the upload unless you have something special. If you're only "streaming" within your home...
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    Considering PSU replacement, need opinions

    I'm using madVR to render the video, which does tax the GPU quite a bit depending on settings. It's the same as playing a game though I don't think it taxes the CPU as much as a game would. I only use madVR for my big screen TV and the card was functioning great in the server listed in my...
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    Considering PSU replacement, need opinions

    Well, I can answer this myself. No, the setup does not work, it might only draw that much power from the wall, but it's not capable of supplying the power needed. I hooked up the computer to my TV to finally mess around with the HTPC stuff, and when I played gravity using madVR in MPCBE it was...
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    Considering PSU replacement, need opinions

    I'll be honest, the GPU is for HTPC madvr purposes, so anything that I get would be quiet and low power. I figure if I ever want a new GPU I can get a PSU then, unless there's a good reason to upgrade now. I was also thinking I'd just keep an eye on PSU prices and keep an eye out for a good...
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    Considering PSU replacement, need opinions

    I recently purchased a Lenovo thinkserver TS140 off amazon for ~$220. The power supply it comes with is pretty weak, and it's configuration is weird almost to the point of being bizarre. I had a few thoughts that I was looking for second opinions/options on. Here's the specs of the machine as...
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    Bitstream over HDMI for HTPC

    This is probably a good time to ask what you're bitstreaming to. What is the AVR? To do a bitstream from the TV back to the AVR usually requires a relatively new AVR and TV. My TV I bought just last year does it through HDMI control (CEC), though it's branded as "aquous link." You may very...
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    Bitstream over HDMI for HTPC

    I'm asking what your current computer is because it could be as simple as getting a cheap graphics card and throwing it in your current computer in place of the one that only has DVI out. I've yet to see a single multi-channel amazon stream actually work, though I've read that there are some...
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    Streaming MKV's, how are you doing it?

    Doesn't look like anyone has mentioned it yet, but I preferred mediabrowser backend to plex when I set everything up a year ago. I'm sure things have changed and the environment is different now, but it works well for me. OP, both plex and mediabrowser are back ends and function as library...
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    Adding GPU to render 1080p content useful or no?

    What about them bothers you? They seem to handle TVs better than nvidia does in terms of using full range vs. limited. Nvidia seems to default to limited range which makes tvs look washed out; it's easy to fix but a lot of people miss it. They also aren't as great at 23.976 as AMD is (though...
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    Bitstream over HDMI for HTPC

    What is your current PC? Bitstreaming is extremely simple, you just need audio output over HDMI which is standard with any modern graphics card, even cheap ones. Hell, my 2008 nvidia Ion chipset box can do bitstreaming. Tbh there's no real audio difference between PCM, the only advantage you...
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    What all do you run for software / servers at home?

    Aren't those the old prescott P4 servers? Wouldn't be too bad for keeping an apartment/house toasty in the winter! That being said, I recently picked up a cheap lenovo server (minus hard drive) off amazon to use as a pfsense router (I've been wanting one for awhile) and double as an HTPC via...
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    What all do you run for software / servers at home?

    I'm not sure it was meant to be rude, but I can see how you could interpret it that way. I just identify with it. I've been working on computers for over 15 years as a hobbyist/enthusiast which I leveraged into a career. Playing around with setting up DCs, exchange servers and all that is...
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    Corsair K70 Reviews on Amazon

    I bought a vengence k70 mx brown for work shortly after I bought a vengence k95 mx red for gaming at home. For whatever reason, the k95 which has its LEDs on low has no issues with them, but the k70 at work, whose LEDs I turned off, are half dead. It's not a big deal for me since I leave them...
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    What all do you run for software / servers at home?

    Agreed; I run a copy of server 2012 R2 I got from dreamspark and have a few VMs for various purposes (and I could probably get around to cutting down on those as well). I just need something to put my files on that runs well and is reliable. I also like to have a spare bit of power incase I...
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    AC Routers, am I missing something?

    Doing a search on newegg for an AC1900 router shows a bunch ~$150. The Rosewill one that I bought was $55. Almost 3x the price for an AC-1900. Can someone tell me the difference between AC750 and AC1900? Is it just channel banding and taking up more of the wireless spectrum? Edit: I...
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    AC Routers, am I missing something?

    I figured I'd grab an AC router so I don't have to upgrade when that becomes the new standard for devices. It's really more of an AP than anything (and a cheap one). I don't need it to do anything except act as a switch for my current router, as I prefer the flexibility I currently have. I'm...
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    AC Routers, am I missing something?

    I was looking for an AC router/AP for my apartment, as the 2.4ghz frequency my Asus RT-N16 is restricted to is horribly congested and near useless for anything but a youtube video and light browsing. Most of them seem to be in the ~$150 range, which is about as much as I paid for my last two...
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    Best way to update drivers

    I haven't had driver problems in a long time with either manufacturer. I see no real need for any sort of driver fusion or driver cleaner to be run unless you're having issues. I've even run AMD and nvidia cards on the same system (about 2-3 years ago) and had zero issues.
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    Are you planning to buy a 4K monitor for gaming soon?

    Agreed with some of the others, I'm looking for an inbetween in 1440p. My next purchase will likely be a freesync/gsync 1440p monitor and a card new enough/powerful enough to power it.
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    How would you rate the taste of the typical modern PC gamer?

    Their taste is fine, people like what they like, who am I to judge? A lot of games aren't on that list though. My two main games I'm playing now are WoW (past 7 years really) with a dose of DA:I whenever I have a few hours free. Neither of those would show up on steam, just like most EA games...
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    Dragon Age 39.99 on Orgin

    I originally disliked the game after playing it for ~4 hours, but after sticking with it a bit longer (I'm probably up to 20 hours now) I have to say that I really am enjoying it. It's a little tedious sometimes, and the wall jumping leaves something to be desired, but it's a very lengthy game...
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    3D Mark $5 [Steam]

    It can be helpful for new computers and overclocking graphics cards. Particularly checking for artifacts. It's also really good for me as I have multiple systems, and I like to be able to gauge the power differences between them/what settings are best. I grabbed it last year for like $3.
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    Is there ever going to be a program as good as riva tuner ever again?

    This, they're both made by unwinder. He happens to get paid (or atleast I'd assume he would) for afterburner now, so I wouldn't expect rivatuner to get updated ever again. Afterburner contains a lot of the same options rivatuner did, aside from some of the crazy hardcore advanced options...
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    Just a quick poll - Do you game Windowed or full screen?

    Same as the others, it depends on the game for me. For something like Dragon Age or a battlefield game (though I haven't played one since bad company 2) I would always go full screen. For an MMO sort of game (I play WoW) I go borderless full screen so I can easily mouse over to my second...
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    "some claim that AMD is close to the grave"

    I'd rather see someone actually involved in the industry comment if there is actually a problem (I don't think there is). The author of the original article owns stock in nvidia, it says right at the bottom, so I'd imagine he's just slightly biased. And people are never wrong about stock...
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    ASUS RT-N65R GIGABIT N750 with USB 3.0

    Good deal for someone looking for a dual band router/AP. I already have a 2.4ghz N router though, so if I were to upgrade it'd be for something that has AC (beamforming looks like a neat technology). I actually bought the cheap asus USB-N56 to use as an access point on my server since it was...
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    Dragon Age III: Inquisition announced!!!!

    This is a fair point and probably something I need to try. I was told that the keyboard and mouse controls were awful so I was playing it on my big TV with an xbox360 controller and the tactical mode just wasn't working for me. Part of the issue is that I couldn't zoom out far enough, but it...
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    Dragon Age III: Inquisition announced!!!!

    I think you're taking this too personally. Read the posts, people aren't attacking the game or saying it's awful, they just have a few issues with it. Personally, I don't like the health potion system and shield system. DA:O combat was more my style; you avoided things with positioning and...
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    Dragon Age III: Inquisition announced!!!!

    So you all seem to have played this game quite a bit, so I have a question. Does it get better? I'm about 6 hours in, I've left the hinterlands (I think that was what it was called), which I really didn't like. It felt like an MMO sending me on horrible quests everywhere; I'd pick up one only...
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    Catalyst Omega

    Added features are always good, I've been wanting a DSR like solution for AMD ever since the new WoW expansion came out that destroyed the MSAA they had been using. Hoping those performance gains extend slightly to the older cards, but I doubt it. Anyone remember when the 10% across-the-board...
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    WoW; 5th expansion Warlords of Draenor

    Some people enjoy the more casual PVP aspect of the game. I personally like doing random BGs with my friends (or atleast I used to before alliance won every single game) and roaming around ashran looking for group vs. group fights. I think the highmaul arena (FFA arena) would be decent for...