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    New Desktop for Parents.

    NCIX. Check the weekly deals in the top left.
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    New Desktop for Parents.

    New deals came out and I can get the 3225 for $119.99, so I guess I'll be going with that!
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    New Desktop for Parents.

    This all makes sense. The 3220T was not a decision I was entirely happy with, but I was trying to work out buying everything locally at memoryexpress.com (which I also should have mentioned, so I apologize for that). Unfortunately, Memory Express does not appear to carry either the 3220 or the...
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    New Desktop for Parents.

    I'm putting it together on a site that doesn't allow easy linking of carts, so bear with me. $124.99 - Intel Core™ i3-3220T Processor, 2.8 GHz w/ 3MB Cache $95.92 - Antec Minuet 350 Piano Black Slimline PC Case w/ 350W Power Supply $99.99 - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (64-bit)...
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    New Desktop for Parents.

    Whatever fits in the case and is compatible with an Ivy Bridge chip. I'm not really up on the differences.
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    New Desktop for Parents.

    Thanks for the advice. My mom wants me to price out a computer for them anyways. The reasons for this are twofold. First, they don't want to be immediately investing in old technology, so I'm trying to find something for them with an Ivy Bridge processor for the improved integrated graphics...
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    New Desktop for Parents.

    My parents' 5 or 6 year old Dell desktop finally conked out, and while they like their Dell notebook and their iPad, they still want to have a desktop in their office. I told them this time I'd build them a system, but I find myself once again in unfamiliar territory trying to build a small form...
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    [H]ardOCP & ASUS GeForce GTX 660Ti DirectCU II Giveaway

    I play a lot of games, but I don't put a lot of stock in artificial benchmarks and whether I can squeeze 0.1% more fps out of a card. I care about having a solid, carefree gaming experience. That means not having to worry about stuttering frames, having my computer overheat and crash, having a...
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    New Gaming, Video Editing, General Purpose Build

    It is now, yes. I've come to the conclusion that the old BIOS just really, really hated my RAM. After updating it just now everything seems much better. Before I had to use the MemOK! button every single boot just to get anything out of it. Once I finally got to the BIOS doing that it kept...
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    New Gaming, Video Editing, General Purpose Build

    Asus P8Z77-V 3770K Corsair Vengeance 16GB 2X8GB DDR3-1600 Gigabyte GTX 670 OC Crucial M4 128GB OEM Asus Blu-Ray drive Corsair HX750 PSU 2TB 7K3000 Deskstar on order Corsair H100 Currently in the BIOS with just CPU, CPU cooler, RAM, SSD and Blu-Ray drive connected. Everything seems fine except...
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    New Gaming, Video Editing, General Purpose Build

    Well, making progress. Put the RAM back in and got to the BIOS now without the video card installed.
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    New Gaming, Video Editing, General Purpose Build

    I went ahead and removed the video card and the RAM, then tried booting. I got a repeating pattern of 1 long beep, 2 short beeps. I'm not sure what it means when it does that with no memory installed.
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    New Gaming, Video Editing, General Purpose Build

    Well, I got everything assembled, but it won't post. The first time I try to boot it up, the DRAM_LED stays lit solid red. I press the MemOK! button, it restarts, and then it stalls on the BOOT_DEVICE_LED solid red. The first try produces no beeps from the system speaker, the second try is a...
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    New Gaming, Video Editing, General Purpose Build

    I bought all my parts save for the storage drive. Here's a weird question though: I was taking a look at all the boxes (haven't opened anything yet) and when I picked up the sound card box I could hear something small rattling around inside. I would guess it to be around the size of a small...
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    New Gaming, Video Editing, General Purpose Build

    Well, size isn't an issue and I generally have pretty good luck with hardware not failing on me. Might have something to do with living in a cool, dry climate. Thanks again for all the help, Danny Bui. I'm going to go try to get everything price-matched locally tomorrow. Wish me luck :)
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    New Gaming, Video Editing, General Purpose Build

    I'm almost ready to buy everything, but I just had a couple more quick questions. - I'm debating between an eVGA GTX 670 and a Gigabyte GTX 670 OC (the one with the three fans). I can get them for the same price right now. I've heard good things about eVGA in general, but I really don't know...
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    New Gaming, Video Editing, General Purpose Build

    Thanks again. I'll do some more looking at SSDs and motherboards. Looks like I can get the Corsair HX750 on sale for $114.99 this week, which seems like a good deal, so maybe I'll jump on that.
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    New Gaming, Video Editing, General Purpose Build

    What's the disadvantage of going with a Sandforce controller? Or perhaps I should ask what the controller in the Crucial SSD is called so I can do my own research. You've been a ton of help so far, I don't want to ask you to do everything ;) You're right, I don't need a fully modular PSU...
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    New Gaming, Video Editing, General Purpose Build

    Thanks a lot for the reply, Danny. I sort of ditched this thread when Diablo III came out, but I'm still planning on doing this build. I've only slightly changed my parameters since May and I've been doing some of my own research working off of your suggestions. Here's what I've come up with so...
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    GUIDE - MDPC-X SLeeving of individual Cables! by Kamaster

    I PMed the OP a while back asking if the wire at this link (http://www.princessauto.com/pal/product/8216418/Wire/18-Gauge-100-ft-Primary-Wire) is the appropriate kind to use, but I don't think he ever saw it, so I'm asking here now instead. Is that the stuff I need?
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    Antec Case & PSU Combo Lucky Draw!!!!!

    Antec always seems to put more thought and care into their products than other companies.
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    New Gaming, Video Editing, General Purpose Build

    I think that might be a little more silent than I need, but thanks for the suggestion!
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    New Gaming, Video Editing, General Purpose Build

    It's been (I believe) over four years since I built my current computer. The Q6600 and Radeon 4870 have been sufficient, if slightly frustrating at times, until recently. But I've found lately that my computer really can no longer do what I need of it. It's too slow, has too little RAM, and the...
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    Seasonic High Voltage Lucky Draw

    You just can't skimp when it comes to the power supply, so you have to go with quality. Seasonic is synonymous with quality.
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    Corsair Giveaway - Force Series™ GT 180GB Solid-State Hard Drive

    When I reload my UI in WoW, it takes way, way too long. I need lightning speeds!
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    MSI Barebone System Give-Away

    Looks are important to me, and this like of cards just looks so much more lean and impressive than the average reference design card.
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    XFX Black Edition PSU Drawing!

    XFX offers unbeatable warranties.
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    XFX Radeon HD 6990 Drawing!

    XFX offers an unbeatable warranty.
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    external cable management

    These are amazing. I buy them 40 at a time. Lee Valley Round Releasable Cable Clamps
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    3 Enermax SpineRex Chassis Up for Grabs

    I like the absolutely enormous 25 cm fan on the side panel. I think sometimes cases go a bit sideways in trying to make a case quiet by restricting airflow when sometimes the best solution is to open everything up and use massive, slow spinning fans to move a lot of air through a case.
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    KÜHLER as it Gets! - Antec Big [H] Giveaway!

    The only things I can comment on without actually having a unit in my hands are looks and specs. The best thing to say about the product in both cases is that it is extremely customizable but also retains the ease of use that people are looking for in a self contained liquid cooling unit. Adding...
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    CPU Fan Rattling

    Well, I contacted Noctua about the fan and got a very pleasant customer service surprise. My email sent using their contact form was replied to very quickly (I generally don't even expect to hear back at all when using a similar form on a different site). The person that replied to me apologized...
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    CPU Fan Rattling

    I forgot to mention that I checked all that stuff. I also removed the fan from the Heatsink for a few seconds and it was rattling while sitting in my hand as well.
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    CPU Fan Rattling

    I just finished building my new computer and everything was great for a couple of days. But last night my CPU fan started making a very annoying rattling sound. It can be described fairly accurately as the sound of an HDD under heavy load. I am a little angry that it only took 2 days for a...
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    Question for Best Buy employee's

    Don't you usually have to work at a place for something like 3 months before you get the employee discount?
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    Intel motherboard with Crossfire

    I second this request. I was so close to order a P5Q board tonight but something told me to research this issue more fully first.
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