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    Help - Not Booting

    See second post! Had a mishap - won't go into it - and a friend offered to let me use his brand new (but 2-3 year old) parts for a build for cheap. Never used before. Pretty much exact thing I had before. We built it together (COVID safe bubble). It worked at his place. We set it up with one...
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    Ryzen & Hyper T2 Question

    Hey guys, This is the first time I've used a cooler that didn't come with a CPU (because Ryzen didn't come with them past a certain point). I got a Hyper T2. I can't seem to get the cooler to line up properly over the CPU. It's supposed to though right? So I should keep trying? though at...
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    Go-To SSD These Days

    What's the go-to SSD these days? I'm going to re-use my 4TB storage drive from my current computer, but I'm going to keep my old SSD in a box with my old MoBo/CPU in case I want to revamp those into a media machine or something later. Also means if I ever decide I want a Win7 machine I've got...
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    Best Monitor for Crap Eyesight @ 24-28" under $400?

    I'd love some suggestions. I do game but it's more casual and with friends than competitive, so while it'd be nice to have a monitor good for gaming I do NOT want to make that a priority in the selection process. I do a bit of video creation and editing for work. Color accuracy is a plus but...
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    New Build - Advice Desired (!)

    I'd planned to build last year when I drove past a MicroCenter (~8 hours away) but I got worried about the difficulty of returns when I wasn't local. Since I built in 2011 I've upgraded the hard drives and the GPU but it's past time for a new overall build. I'd like to order a few parts...
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    Making Windows 10 'look/act like' Windows 7 for Parents

    Planning to get my parents a new laptop for their... holy crap, 49th Anniversary. Wow. Er hem. So anyway. Mom is pretty good with computers - retired from teaching office technology stuff several years ago - but she has never used Windows 10. I don't use Windows 10 regularly either, since...
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    Potentially Stupid Question (I have a...)

    I'm more of a casual gamer than a serious one. What I mean by that is that while I game at least 5 days a week, I'm content to do so on Medium settings and only somewhat competitively (in part due to crap internet connection). Here's the dumb question: Is it true that playing in a resolution...
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    LIMBO (temporarily) free on Steam

    LIMBO is free at the moment - LIMBO on Steam - "Overwhelmingly Positive" rating with 10k+ reviews.
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    New Build (probably) - going by Microcenter

    I'm on vacation and will be going by the Houston Microcenter in the next few days. It's about a 7 hour drive from my house normally, so this is an opportunity that I probably want to take advantage of. I had intended to build in Q3 when Kaby Lake came out given how close by that is. On the...
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    Help me find a case!

    No huge rush on this. Planning to build either mid-June or possibly wait til Kaby Lake is out later this year, but probably mid-June. Requirements: Dimensions (HWD) available approx 44 x 22 x 44 mm -aka- 17.5 x 9.0 x 17.5 in I can go a little bigger, maybe by 1" all around, but this is the...
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    Video Card Overheating - Need a Temp Fix

    Hey guys, So, I have this GPU - Gigabyte Radeon 6850. The rig was built in February 2011, alongside the other parts listed in my sig. The rig itself is still plenty for my needs - I built it thinking long term, and it's served it's purpose well. So far I've only replaced the hard drive with...
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    New Computer - Win7 or Win10?

    Hey HardForum, I'm still running my rig from early 2011 (see sig) and had planned on upgrading near the end of 2016. I admit I haven't given much thought to which version of Windows to run, except that I had no intention of running Windows 8. But I heard that Kaby Lake motherboards might...
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    Help? New Sony Xperia SX

    I bought a new Sony Xperia SX from Japan (English OS, yay). I've confirmed both through a friend who uses one and various internet sites that it is usable on AT&T's network. My phone is GSM unlocked. I need a microSIM card for it. My current SIM card is a regular sized one, so I can't just...
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    Best Desktop Email Client?

    Hey all. I've used Thunderbird in the past for my home computer, and I use Microsoft Outlook at work. I want to manage 3-4x e-mail addresses at home, but here's the thing... I'd prefer it NOT download and store all my e-mails locally. I just installed two new hard drives and was looking in...
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    Help! Bad Win7 Install?

    First of all let me say that I have a legal/legit CD key. I just upgraded my hard drive and am reinstalling Windows on the new Samsung SSD. I have an old .iso file (from back when microsoft made them more available I think, not 100% sure) for Win7 Ultimate 64bit, which is what my CD key is...
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    New Hard Drives

    I could use some help selecting new hard drives (and possibly answering a few other questions). Background I made a similar thread months ago, with the intention of buying/upgrading then, but two car wrecks and a relative in the hospital and... yeah, it didn't happen. I've been using my...
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    Phone for Dad

    I'd appreciate your help selecting a new phone for my dad (he's almost 70). He has a basic plan from AT&T. He doesn't use his phone for anything but making occasional phone calls and sending text messages about twice a week. He (strongly) prefers a flip phone. No fancy keyboard or screen or...
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    New Hard Drive

    So I made this thread about 6 months ago when my Hard Drive was failing (it failed shortly thereafter, a few days more or less). I don't know why I put off getting a new Hard Drive for so long. I think part of it was that I didn't get any specific suggestions on which hard drives to...
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    Hard Drive Failing (?)

    I think my Hard Drive is failing. I'm here to (1) confirm I'm right, (2) ask about possible ways to fix it if possible, and (3) select a replacement assuming #2 fails. Symptoms: When starting up Windows informs me that I have a Bad Disk. Running Disk Check locates all kinds of errors...
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    Basic Build Help (Small Form, SSD, no GPU)

    Hey there folks. o/ First, some background: This computer is a house-warming gift for my parents. They moved into their new house in October, and I had intended to this then, but I've just been too busy. ================================================ 1) What will you be doing with this...
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    Desktop Wireless Capability

    I feel rather stupid asking this, but... what part do I need to purchase to get a Desktop on wireless internet? I've got two desktops to set up in a house with AT&T wireless internet (via DSL). One of them will be hooked to the ethernet cable going into the wall, but I want the other one on...
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    Help: Making a list of "small" cases

    So, as I mentioned in another thread somewhere a few months ago, I'm about to build a new desktop for my parents as a gift for their Anniversary that will double as a house-warming gift for their new house. They're expecting to be moved in mid-October, so I'm not looking at parts just yet, but...
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    Help Selecting a Desktop for a Friend

    Yo dudes, I've got a friend who needs to purchase a pre-made Desktop PC. They will not be building it themselves, I can't build it for them (distance), and I want to make sure they're getting the best bang for their buck. 1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web...
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    Trying to help my cousin pick out a Laptop

    So, my cousin (who isn't very computer savvy), wants a new laptop. I am not sure of her computer usage as she doesn't seem to want to answer that question -- AFAIK integrated graphics and a 3rd gen i3 should more than meet her needs. Here's what she wants (heh): Touchscreen 12.5" or smaller...
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    Best OS for older Hardware & 1GB RAM?

    Hey there folks, Need to install an OS on an older computer. Needs to be some version of Windows (an older lady is using it and is not comfortable with anything else). Specs are: AMD Athlon 64 x2 3600+, 1 GB DDR2 667 RAM, 150GB Hard Drive, NVidia Geforce 6100 -- (also she only has access to...
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    Need New Mobile Mouse

    Yo dudes. I've been using a Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 for the last couple of years with my laptop. I've been pretty pleased with it overall: Didn't have to change batteries too often, it worked with no fuss the majority of the time I plugged it in, didn't have a cord to deal with...
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    Basic Build w/SSD

    Hey there folks. First, some background: I've told my parents I plan to get them a better computer for their Anniversary in June. They told one of their friends about it who is now all excited for me to help her get a new computer to go with her new DSL connection. I'm not sure if she's...
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    Router for Momentum 4G?

    My parents have the Momentum 4G AT&T Aircard. They also have an external antenna extension thing that goes with it, if that matters. I've been visiting them more often lately and if possible I want to get them a wireless router or something to go with it. At least I think "router" is the...
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    15" Laptop suggestion for friend -- Good screen, quiet, cool

    Looking into some laptops to recommend for a friend of mine. She has no need of discrete graphics. She isn't sure what her budget, since she's not sure what computers cost in general, is but she'd rather not pay for more computer than she has a need for. She primarily uses her computer on a...
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    Display/Monitor Suggestions

    Hey guys, A friend of mine is looking to purchase a 24" computer monitor for less than $200. The size is negotiable (he'd settle for a 23" but thinks 22" might be a bit small), but the price is not. Suggestions? I'd suggested the Dell U2312 which was $205 last time I checked, but his price...
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    Thinkpad x230 Questions & Purchase

    Hey guys, so, with the Black Friday deal at Lenovo it's finally time for me to bite the bullet and pick up the x230 I've been "thinking about buying" for ages. GREAT deals at the moment, especially through the Barnes and Noble Gold thing, but I have a few questions. I know it's possible to...
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    Thinkpad Software & SSD Question

    Hey guys, So I got a new job. Temporary, but it's teaching, and it finally gives me the excuse I needed to purchase a laptop (probably going to buy anyway, gotta check on the pay I'll be getting). I don't need help picking one out as I've been wanting a Thinkpad x230 with an i5 and the IPS...
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    CM QuickFire PS/2 Troubleshoot

    I recently purchased a Tenkeyless CM Storm QuickFire with Brown Cherry MX switches. I love the feel of the keyboard and am generally quite pleased with it for being my first Cherry MX keyboard (especially for $78 new). But I can't see to get my computer to recognize it when it's plugged into...
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    Creating & Managing a Professional Website

    I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, or even if I should be asking on [H]ardForum at all, but at least I know that most of you guys here are pretty legit when it comes to computer stuff. Long story short: My dad and I are starting a small business. It will not be a big business...
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    Help Selecting a Basic Phone

    Hey guys, bit of background first. I've been waffling forever on whether or not I should buy a smartphone and I keep putting it off -- the higher monthly cost for data (that I don't intend to use) plus the reduced battery life of the phones always convinces me to wait. Here is what I use my...
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    $30 - Centon 64GB DataStick Sport

    I think this is a good deal (?) -- a quick google informs me that they usually got for more like $55 anyway. Though I'm not sure of the quality of the drive. $29.99 - Centon 64GB DataStick Sport ($5 shipping, but you can buy up to 3 I think and only pay the shipping once) The deal is on...
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    Hardware @ Microcenter?

    I know this is a stupid, stupid question, but... The nearest Microcenter to me is over 6 hours away, yet I will be in the vicinity of the Denver one next week. I'm stupidly excited as I've never been to one. I intend to have a good look at Keyboards while I'm there (I hope they carry...
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    Mobile for Mom

    My mom wants a new Smartphone, but since I don't use a smartphone I'm not sure what's good and what's not. I know that iPhones are popular and that the new Windows OS is supposedly quite good. We went and looked at some today (AT&T store)... iPhone 4 @$99 iPhone 4s @$199 HTC...
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    Thinkpad T61p Screen

    Hey guys, I have a Thinkpad T61p that I love, but the screen "went out" nearly two years ago now. I hooked it up to an old (very old) CRT monitor so I could use it if for some reason I needed to, but it's only been turned on about three times since then. My school provided me with a computer...
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    Cheap Mic Needed

    Hey guys -- I need to pick up a cheap microphone for use with my desktop. I've been using one I picked up on a whim for years but it finally stopped working. By "cheap" I mean I'd like to keep it under $20, shipping included, but $10 would be better. I have a Best Buy and Office Depot here...
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