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    Preparing a new Windows install for a new user, want to reset/delete all accounts.

    My nephew's harddrive died on his laptop, he said he didn't care about any of the files, just wants it working again. Ok, simple enough, just replace the HDD (or even use a NVME instead) and reinstall Windows. The issue is that I would need to create an account for myself first in order to...
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    Safely Removing EVGA Precision X16 and undoing it's settings/clean install of GPU drivers.

    Going to be upgrading to a newer card and selling off my old ones, so I want to undo all overclocking settings both to sell them off and so they don't conflict with my new card, as well as wipe out all driver settings and start over. For the overclocking: I am aware that PrecisionX does not...
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    Upgrading GPU on an old computer/CPU, best choice to avoid bottleneck?

    So, I have this PC I built back in 2012. It's starting to really show it's age, it's CPU and GPUs are old, noisy, and use a lot of power due to being SLI. It's a 3770K system with two slightly overclocked GTX 670s in SLI While a new CPU is out of the question for now as that would require me...
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    "Intel" RAM? Going over 2133 MHz on AMD?

    I was confused when I was shopping for RAM and I saw modules listed as "for Intel". From my understanding, there is no such thing as RAM specifically designed for a specific CPU, modern RAM is RAM, it should work across Intel and AMD. And from what I understand, I am right.... mostly. The RAM...
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    Opinions on Intel build for Video Editing/Encoding (and later gaming) for a friend.

    I am helping build a PC for my friend. His primary use will be Video Editing/Encoding, and his secondary use will be for gaming, though due to the limited budget and video encoding requiring a good CPU and amount of memory, we decided to actually hold off on the GPU/gaming for now as that's not...
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    Question about performance impact based on location of swap file

    So, I have a rather convoluted Frankenstein setup. My original system setup had two SSDs in RAID0 as the OS drive (I know I know...), since I had 32GB of ram the default Swap and Hibernation file sizes took up a lot of space on those SSDs, so I disabled hibernate and manually set the swap file...
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    Trying to choose between three DDR4 RAM kits

    Building a desktop for a friend who will primarily use it for video editing/encoding and gaming, still picking out what parts I will use. As for the RAM, not sure which one to go for. All three seem to be roughly the same price give-or-take on Amazon/Newegg (though some are out of stock on one...
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    Is there any disadvantage to converting my 2TB Windows 10 drive from MBR to GPT?

    I want to upgrade from a 2TB drive to a 4TB drive in a few months, and I just want to have everything setup and ready so when I get the drive I can just image my 2TB drive over to the 4TB one and get going without much fuss. (To be technical, it's two 1TB SSDs in RAID0 that I will be replacing...
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    Cousin's PC will not turn on, trying to diagnose the cause.

    Yeah, these are always fun since it could be just about any vital component and sometimes even non-vital ones that cause it. Hopefully this is the proper place to post this as I didn't notice a general hardware issues subforum, and I believe the issue is the PSU. From what I recall, his specs...
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    Recommendations for testing a SSD for issues/damage?

    So, my desktop has two SSDs in RAID0. Back in 2015 I was getting BSOD issues which I never had before. It seemed to happen whenever I was trying to mount a virtual CD-ROM so I assumed it was a driver issue... but then it would randomly BSOD while booting Windows.... but work fine if it manages...
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    Best way to test a new 8TB drive without taking days? (If possible)

    I am on a Windows 10 desktop. Normally I try to "build" my own external drives when I can as I don't trust pre-fabricated external drives, but with how much more expensive 8TB internal drives are (and that's not even including the enclosure) I purchased an external 8TB drive from Western...
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    Questions about moving Windows temp files/folders to a separate physical drive

    I was having many issues with out-of-memory errors and slow performance, a lot of it due to having to temporarily move my OS drive from the SSD array it was on to a 5400RPM drive for now and having to keep the swap file small. SSDs have gone down in price, so I got a cheap small 128GB SSD that...
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    A single RTX 2080 or two GTX 1080 TI in SLI?

    Right now, I have a system that is starting to show it's age a bit... though still works fine for the vast majority of games (especially if I don't attempt to max out the settings on the newer ones). I built it late 2012/early 2013, and it's a i7 3770k (sadly stock clocks as the overclock...
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    Trying to find replacement microswitches for my RAT 5 Mouse

    I have a MadCatz RAT 5, and while I like the mouse, it's giving me a VERY annoying double-clicking issue with the middle mouse button. This thing is driving me crazy, the microswitches are clearly dead and need to be replaced... issue is, I can't find ANY information anywhere I look on what...
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    Massive artifacting issue with any dark areas on any image displayed on my desktop

    Massive artifacting issue with any dark areas on any image displayed on my desktop My computer is an i7-3770K running two EVGA GTX 670 FTW cards in SLI and Windows 10. I am not sure how long this has been going, but it appears to have started a few days ago as this is when I first noticed it...
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    Does the Windows 10 Creator's Update just ignore the "Configure Automatic Updates" Group Policy now?

    I have Windows 10 Pro, and used the Group Policy Editor to disable checking of updates so I can manually install them when I want to. The Install Updates screen when I did manually install would reflect this, saying that it would not check for updates. I notice this has changed now ever since I...
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    Is it hard to find a decently priced 2TB HGST/Hitachi drive or am I just looking in the wrong places

    From my experience, HGST/Hitachi seems to be the most reliable type of drive out of the very very very few left out there (although I heard that Toshiba are second place now... never even considered Toshiba drives before, Is that true?. I thought they were just re-branded drives.) However, I...
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    Are you out of luck now if you need drivers or firmware for older LSI cards?

    I was trying to go the LSI's page for my raid card (Megaraid 9260-8i) to check if there were any updates.... and was surprised that I got redirected to Broadcom's page. I guess Broadcom bought LSI recently? Anyway, so I tried navigating their site... and the oldest card they would list in that...
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    Unable to get sound out of 3.5 jack, out of ideas on what to do.

    This is about a prebuilt Asus desktop. My cousin mentioned that the sound suddenly stopped working on his computer. So far, from everything I have seen, it appears to likely be a hardware issue, but I would like to know for sure I have exhausted every other option before we drop money for a new...
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    Laptop drives: Seagate Firecuda SSHD vs 7200RPm HDD

    I need a 2.5 inch drive that is minimum 1TB to replace the extremely slow 5400RPM one I currently have. I can't use a SDD because they are just far too expensive for 1TB. Then I was told about these Seagate Firecuda drives, and looked into them, the 2TB model was pretty cheap..... suspiciously...
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    Question to anyone that has an Asus ROG PG278Q

    So, my current monitor is a 24 inch Asus VG248QE ASUS VG248QE Black 24" Gaming Monitor, 144 Hz 1ms (GTG), 3D Monitor, Height & pivot adjustable, 350 cd/m2, Built-in Speakers-Newegg.com According to the specs on Amazon, it's sizes are: Without Stand: 569.4 x 340.4 x 57.3mm (for VESA Wall Mount)...
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    Windows 10 just tried to force an update, even though I disabled that long ago

    Please, let's not get into a fight about if I should/could/would leave automatic updates on. I prefer to update manually on my own terms, and many times I have something running that could need to run for several days at a time. Anyway, so, I have Windows 10 Pro, and I disabled updates to it in...
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    GTX 1080 ..... is SLI useless at 1080p?

    Normally, when building or upgrading a gaming rig, I try to get the best single card I can afford, than about a year or so later buy a second one used cheap to SLI/Crossfire it so I can keep the system going for a few years more until the next single card can outperform that SLI setup...
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    Is there a way to non-destructively test a SSD that is part of a RAID?

    My desktop has two SSDS in RAID0 that it runs off of. Recently, it started BlueScreening randomly... but only on boot, if Windows manages to finish booting then it can run for as long as I want without bluescreening. Most of the time it fails to even write a kernel dump even though it claims it...
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    Upgrading the optical drive on my laptop

    I have a laptop with a DVD-RW drive, and I noticed that many laptops have pretty similar optical drives in them. I know that not all laptops are the same and many have custom components, but is there a standard type of optical drive that some of them use? I would love to upgrade it to a Blu-Ray...
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    Need help picking a good Blu-Ray burner, or telling if mine is even broken

    Back in 2012 I bought an Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray burner for my new build. I started having a few issues with it recognizing disks, and read that it was actually a re-branded Lite On iHBS112-2. The Lite On version had newer firmware updates so I followed a guide to flash it to that. It...
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    Why is it impossible to find a 2TB internal drive that wasn't priced by a madman?

    Ok, so I bought a $80 2TB Toshiba external drive from Best Buy, but it's not working out. Turns out my backup software (Acronis) doesn't work well over USB.... for years I just happened to be using it over eSATA and never realized I never used it over USB before. I am going to return the drive...
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    Nvidia 3D Vision driver uninstalled and won't reinstall

    I have a computer that is setup to use Nvidia 3D Vision. I was installing the latest driver update (October 7, 2015) for my cards, and my display just went blank during the install. The monitor claimed there was no DVI signal, I waited for a while but there was no response, even sending the...
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    Finally upgrading to Win10, several questions... about several systems...

    Ok, I figured I have put this off long enough, I have several systems on Windows 7/8 that I want to upgrade to 10 by taking advantage of Microsoft's free offer... but I still have several questions about it. First of all, for some of the systems I want to do a upgrade, while the others I want...
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    How to best keep Steam installs/settings during an OS upgrade?

    I have several systems at home that I have Steam installed on, and I want to upgrade them to Windows 10 with a clean install. Thing is, they are all different hardware configurations and some are much weaker than others, so I have only games they can actually run well installed on them. I am...
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    Installing Windows 10 - Upgrade vs Clean Install

    I have 5 systems I am planning to upgrade to Windows 10, they are Windows 7 and 8 based systems. I have a few questions about doing a clean install vs an upgrade install. First of all, is it even possible to do a clean install with that free Win10 offer? Is there any way you can boot into...
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    Do you need to put the drives back in the same order to rebuild a RAID5?

    Ok, so I have a RAID5 made out of 4 disks, with one of the drives failing. I do have a backup of pretty much 99% of the data (that last 1% is just data I can re-download) but I am worried about Murphy's Law rearing it's head and even my backup going bad somehow, so I would really rather rebuild...
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    Why are these USB drives a different capacity?

    Ok, so these two drives you see in my screenshot from my PC are the same physical drives shown right below them. They also both have an exact clone of each other's data. They are also both 32GB models and from the same manufacturer, though clearly different models. Yet, both have a...
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    Samsung 840 EVO - Second affempt at firmware to fix the slow read issue

    So, I have a Samsung 840 EVO... from what I understand the first attempt to fix the slow read issue with the drives didn't work, so they released a new firmware.... at least I think they did. http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/minisite/SSD/us/html/support/downloads.html I...
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    Possible drive failure on LSI card, also need to replace battery.

    I have an IBM ServRAID M5014 which was reflashed back to LSI 9260-8i firmware. It currently has four WD RED drives in RAID5. In the past few months I have been having some issues with it, massive slowdowns (We're talking speeds that floppy disks could outperform) and loud disk access during the...
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    Not sure how to go about updating SSDs in a RAID OS drive

    I have two Samsung 840 EVO SSDs in my desktop, and I know there was an update recently issued to fix a read bug on the drives. Problem is, they are in a RAID0 that is setup on my motherboard's BIOS. So I have to update them outside of the RAID, and I have several questions about that (And...
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    Why is any game or movie I try to play in 3D limited to 12FPS?

    I built a gaming PC for my cousin a few months ago, it should be more than capable of running nearly any game at 60FPS with high and/or ultra setting, it's an i7 4790k with a superclocked GTX 770 4GB card. It's connected by HDMI 1.4 through a receiver to a projector, a BenQ W1070. I know that...
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    Trying to read a specific file crashes my RAID card

    I have a a LSI MegaRAID 9260-8i raid card. It was originally an IBM ServeRAID M5014 card, but since those are just re-branded 9260-8i cards I reflashed it, and it was working fine for a few years. I run Windows 7 Professional 64bit on the system. It has four 3TB Western Digital RED drives...
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    My RAID card keeps crashing lately, can't even do a backup.

    I have a LSI MegaRAID 9260-8i raid card. It was originally an IBM ServeRAID M5014 card, but since those are just re-branded 9260-9i cards I reflashed it, took FAR less time to finish POST on LSI firmware and was updated more frequently to boot. I then setup a RAID5 using four 3TB WD Red...
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    Any reason not to globally enable Adaptive Sync? And what settings to use?

    I have a GTX 670 SLI system (does the 670 even support adaptive sync? I heard it was 680 and above). And no, I don't have a G-Sync supported monitor. There is an upgrade available for mine, but it costs as much as the monitor itself and I would lose my HDMI and DVI ports. Anyway, I always...
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