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    Gentle Typhoon vs Fractal X2 GP-12?

    I am assembling my new rig, and have 5 120mm Gentle Typhoon D1225C12B5AP-15's from my last machine, and the new case came with two Fractal X2 GP-12's. New case has five 120mm fan spaces: What's the consensus on which is the better fan (air cooling), should I use my 5 Gentle Typhoons or use 3...
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    Stacker 830 worth anything today?

    Finally upgraded my primary rig and went to a mid-tower, I have an excellent condition CM Stacker 830 and have heard these still have some demand due to what I think is a timeless and very functional design. Is this case indeed still in demand to our modding community? Debating whether to sell...
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    Receiver for Sunfire speakers?

    Hello all, I just bought a condo, and it came with some very high end Sunfire speakers installed in the living room. (CRS-3) http://www.sunfire.com/productdetail.asp?id=18 I am new to receivers, in the past I have always just connected a 2.1 configuration running M-Audio DX8's directly...
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    Forcing Windows 7 drivers for new laptop?

    Hello all, Have a Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook (np540u3c-a02ub), and of course most new laptops these days come with Windows 8. I downgraded to Windows 7, and everything except for the internal wireless, ethernet, and USB controller is working fine in Windows 7. I have searched and searched...
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    Best sub-$1000 laptop with CAC reader

    I know this question gets asked all the time, but I'm looking for an option that I can't seem to find the ability to search for as a specificaiton on Newegg. I need a new laptop, but it MUST have an internal smartcard reader (for CAC cards). Looking for something under $1k with a good...
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    Wiring issues with new setup

    Hello all. I've got a new speaker setup, but have encountered a few issues in getting it hooked up properly. I have the following components in the loop: Auzentech Prelude X-Fi sound card Pair of M-Audio BX8 D2's Bic H100 Subwoofer I currently have them connected as follows: Triple headphone...
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    Mini displayport to displayport

    I just got a Radeon 6950, and I want to run a triple monitor setup. I have Dell U2410s, which have displayport connectors and came with displayport cables. My video card has MINI displayport connections on the back, but didn't come with any adapters to convert them into regular displayport. I...
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    Upgraded to 6950, stuck in boot loop

    Upgraded my old nVidia GTX 280 to a new Radeon 6950. Uninstalled all the drivers, and popped the new 6950 in. POSTs fine, everything displays normally and it doesn't make any warning beeps. It goes through the RAID screenn fine, then hits "Verifying DMI pool data" and reboots immediately...
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    Single card to run triple (non-gaming) monitor setup

    Hello, I'm currently running a GTX 260, which only supports two monitors at once. I want to have the following plugged into a single video card: -2x Dell U2410 -1x Samsung 46" LED via HDMI When I game, I only play on one monitor, so I'm not looking for something that can game while...
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    Slimming down Blu-ray rips

    When I started ripping my Blu-ray collection, I had 4x 1.5 TB drives to store it all on, and figured I would be fine ripping them as images with AnyDVD HD. About a year later, I've realized that this was an unrealistic plan, as most of my drives are just about full. I also find it pretty...
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    Fry's TV Deals

    Just letting everyone know, if you have a Fry's around, they've got some pretty sweet unadvertised in-store only prices on TV's. I picked up a Sony KDL40EX700 (40" LED 120Hz) for $599. They also had an LG 47" 120Hz LCD for 599.
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    2407wfp vs 2408wfp?

    I currently have a 2408wfp and want to add a second monitor for duals. I've seen 2407wfp's selling for fairly cheap, and wondering how they compare to the 2408wfp? I know naturally being a different panel type and somewhat older, it's not quite as good as the 2408. They appear similar, and my...
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    Samsung DLP making a buzzing noise, but works fine

    Hello all, My Samsung HLP-5063 DLP starting making a loud buzzing noise recently. It works perfectly, and doesn't seem to shut off by itself or anything. Picture is very bright is clear, it just makes this obnoxious noise constantly, and continues to make the noise for about five seconds...
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    Trying to install new hard drive in MacBook Pro

    My Mac friends, I need your help in the foreign (to me) language of Apple. I inherited a MacBook Pro without a hard drive. I went out and got a new 500GB Hitachi drive, ripped the Mac apart, installed it, and tried to install OS X via DVD. No go, it wouldn't detect the hard drive. I took the...
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    Copying data off a Mac SATA Drive (GPT Protected Partition)

    Essentially, Mac crashed, but the hard drive is physically fine. I'm trying to get the data off of it by slaving it to my Windows 7 gaming machine. The only problem is that I cannot assign it a drive letter or access it in any way, as it seems to be a "GPT Protected Partition." I want to pull...
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    AnyDVD HD isn't working for "Lord of War"

    I've had great luck backing up my Blu-ray collection using AnyDVD HD, but I recently ran into a problem when trying to back up my Lord of War disc. It gets stuck at 40% and says "Error reading disc." The disc plays fine, and isn't scratched at all. Any ideas?
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    Acer P241w vs. Dell 2408

    I dropped my old 24" LCD off the desk and destroyed it yesterday when I was moving furniture around, and thus I need a new screen. I'm looking at picking up second hand LCD's, and am considering two that look pretty solid. Bottom line, cost not being a factor, which would you go with and...
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    Looking for a sub to pair with Swan M200MKII's for ~$200

    Title says it all, I'm looking for a sub woofer in the $200 price range to pair with the Swan M200MKII's I have coming in the mail. I'd like to keep the price around $250 at most. I've had my eye on this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290130&Tpk=psw505 Is this a...
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    Every once in a while my audio goes berserk

    I don't know how to describe this exactly, but every once in a while when I play any audio-related media, my sound just goes berserk. It sounds like a robot is about to self destruct. It can happen when I click a new song in iTunes, when I play a video on youtube, play an .avi movie, etc. The...
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    Desktop speaker setup for ~$200

    Essentially, I'd like to enter the world of basic audiophile speakers and ditch my Klipsch Promedia 2.1's. I'd like to see for myself if all the Logitech and Klpisch bashing that goes on in this forum is justified. I primarily listen to 320kbps music and watch Blu-Rays on my desktop. I do...
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    Hard drive solution for storing Blu-rays

    I've decided on ripping my Blu-rays to hard disk as opposed to burning them to recordable media. I need a large drive to store these massive images on. So far, it seems that any drive 1.5TB or up, Seagate is the only company to make a 7200rpm drive. I have heard horror stories of Seagate...
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    Is this Blu-Ray grainy, or am I being picky?

    I just did a straight rip of a Blu-Ray in my library to hard drive using just AnyDVD HD to rip the entire disc to the hard drive. I have not done any sort of cutting, compression, or encryption. Is it just me, or does this seem grainy? I'm seeing the same problem with all of my movies, and...
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    Ripping main film fro a Blu-Ray to an mkv?

    I've gotten as far as ripping my Blu-Ray discs to .iso files, and my next goal is to rip just the movie itself to a playable file. So far, I've tried using Handbrake, MakeMKV, and Ripbot264, none of which have worked for me. I want the quality of the main film to remain completely perfect in...
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    Are most Blu-Ray movies single layer or dual layer?

    I'm weighing the pros and cons of ripping to a big hard drive vs. burning to blank discs in regards to backing up my Blu-ray collection. Are the majority of Blu-ray movies single layer or dual layer? I ask, because it seems like a 1.5TB hard drive would be much cheaper for storing my backups...
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    Is the eVGA X58 SLI (E758) a decent board?

    After picking up an i7 920 at Microcenter for $200, I was in search of a good motherboard. While browsing Fry's, I saw the eVGA X58 SLI board, and was looking at their stock. They were going for $259 new, but I noticed one was an open-box item, and was discounted to $190. I had an employee...
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    Good i7 cooler that isn't fifty feet tall?

    Well, I upgraded the guts of my rig to new i7 goodies, and was pissed to find that the Zalman CNPS10X I had bought was so tall that it prevented me from putting my side door panel back on. I went back, and swapped it out for a Coolermaster V8, and that damn thing was also too tall. I'm kinda...
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    Looking for a case like my TJ03 that can tall i7 heatsinks

    I just upgraded the guts of my trusty old Silverstone TJ03, and was kinda pissed to find that I the Zalman CNPS10X I bought was too tall, and I couldn't put my door back on. Annoyed, I ran back to Fry's and returned it for a different brand, and came home to find that this one was also too...
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    HTPC vs. Laptop w/ External USB hdd for my intended use

    Essentially, I only use a computer to connect to my 50" 1080p TV to watch the movies I have in digital form on hard drives. I currently have an HTPC with the following specs: Pentium D 3.4Ghz Intel 945 2GB Crucial Ballistix PC6400 ATI HD 3450 HDMI Corsair VX450 PSU 750GB Hitachi SATA...
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    What's today's equivalent of the Q6600/IP35 Pro?

    About two years ago, I built a rig based around the Q6600/IP35 Pro, as that was the best bang for your buck power machine combo at the time. I'm looking to stay modern, despite the fact that my IP35 Pro and Q6600 are more than fast enough. What is the modern day equivalent of this combo, based...
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    Good headphones for under $250 for computer, ipod, airplane, etc

    I'm looking for a good set of headphones to use on my computer (Auzentech X-Fi), my iPod, and on airplanes (I fly a lot). I'm looking to spend under $250, and am definitely willing to buy used, so headphones in the $400 range that go for under $250 used on eBay, craigslist, etc are all...
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    Ripping DVD's (only the main movie)

    I'm trying to back up a lot of my DVD's directly to my hard drive so I don't have to fumble around with discs. How do I rip the DVD's so that I get just an .AVI file that has the movie itself (no menus, etc). Trying to keep file size under 1GB, when I rip the whole DVD I get the standard 4.7GB...
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    Trying to build a system for roughly 700...having trouble staying under budget

    I'm trying to build a decent computer for my friend. He's mostly going to be doing typical college-stuff...homework, music, internet, etc. He plays the occasional game. I've been trying to piece together something under 700, but am having trouble. Sales tax in CA doesn't help. Roughly...
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    Vista Ultimate all messed up...will repair install leave programs/files intact?

    Essentially, my install of Vista on my laptop has gone to hell. Windows Mobile Device Center is all screwed up, my wireless connection constantly says "Limited or No Connectivity" even though it is connected fully and works. I also get the occasional failed boot. I want to just do a repair...
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    Upgraded from 8800 Ultra to GTX 260...desktop color quality looks terrible now

    Title says it all. Upgraded from a 8800 Ultra to a GTX 260. I'm running a Westinghouse 24" via HDMI. Prior to upgrading the video card, my desktop colors, sharpness, and quality were great. Now, with the GTX 260, the colors look grey, washed out, and fuzzy. I've messed around with both the...
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    Fresh re-install of Vista....pauses sometimes, hard drives spin up, unpauses

    I recently did a fresh install on my gaming machine, the hard drives are two Raptor X's in Raid 0. I'm encountering an annoying problem. Whenever I try to point to a directory, the computer freezes, I hear the hard drives spin up, then it unfreezes and continues normally. An example would be...
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    Upgrading from 8800 Ultra to GTX 260....aftermarket cooling?

    I'm in the process of upgrading my 8800 Ultra to a GTX 260. I currently have a spare Zalman VF1000 and RHS-88 heatsink that fits the 8800 series. Will this by any chance fit on the GTX 260? If not, are there any aftermarket cooling solutions out there for the GTX series cards? From...
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    Why does my BlueRay rip look like crap?

    I have my Casino Royale ripped to my hard drive. Is it just me being picky, or does this look like crap? I have CoreAVC installed and working properly. This is on my gaming system (Q6600, 8800 Ultra)...I have yet to get my HTPC playing the movie properly, but that's another story.
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    MKV file won't play smoothly...hardware or software?

    I ripped my Bourne Ultimatum HD-DVD to the MKV format. I am trying to play the file on my HTPC which has the following specs: Intel Pentium D (Dual Core 3.4Ghz) 2GB DDR2 Crucial Ballistic PC6400 500GB SATA II Drive Windows XP Professional SP3 ATI HD 3450 (HDMI) 50" Samsung DLP connected...
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    Video card for HTPC? Also, question about HDTV

    I was given the barebones of an older Dell Optiplex computer at work, it was about to get thrown away. It was missing a hard drive and RAM, but I picked up a 500GB SATA for $60, and 2GB of Crucial Ballistix PC6400 for $20 at Fry's, and now have the machine up and running. It has the following...
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    Standalone DVD player that will play Divx through USB device?

    I just got a new Samsung 50" TV, and until I have my HTPC finished, I plan to have it hooked up to a regular standalone DVD player. I see lots of units that have a USB port that will play music or pictures, but don't support playing Divx movies off the drive, it makes me burn them to DVD. Is...
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