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    Best GPU for component video output?

    I need a XBMC compatible device that outputs 480p component video for my old non HDMI TV. My trusty XBOX 1 has been doing the job for years but it's showing it's age now - I would like something with a bit more power that generates less fan noise. An Apple TV G1 seems like a good choice and...
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    Seasonic or NZXT?

    Time for a new power supply... After much research, I've narrowed my choices down to the following: Seasonic X-560 (£100) NZXT Halo90 650W (£93) (Super Flower Golden King OEM build) XFX 650W XXX Semi Modular (£72) (Seasonic SS-650HW build) The Corsair AX lines look decent too, but...
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    Time to retire the old Seasonic ss-600ht?

    I bought this PSU 2nd hand 6 years ago, bundled with a lian li case. I usually buy a new PSU for a new setup, but this has been through 3 builds so far :) Regardless age this thing just keeps going - it has no trouble coping with GPU/CPU stress testing and has been rock solid despite running for...
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    Strange instability issue - time for a new PSU?

    Hey everyone, My desktop PC has had intermittent stability issues since installing a new GPU last year (HD 6870, replaced a HD 5770)... What happens is the computer will hard freeze (no cursor response, unable to change lock states on keyboard), but if music is playing via foobar it will...
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    2D/3D mode issue with new HD6870 GPU/Catalyst 11.9 & FF

    I've recently replaced my GPU with a HD6870. Gaming/stress testing is stable, but I have a strange problem with Firefox... The fan is noticeably louder than my previous card, so the shift from 2D to 3D mode is easily heard as the RPM increases... I noticed a lot of whirring noise when...
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    Replacing Videologic Sirocco 2.1 system - any modern equavilents out there?

    Hey guys, I picked up a Videologic Sirocco 2.1 system a while back, and really like the sound. It uses high quality audax drivers and and an external amp which houses the speaker's active crossovers. The design works really well, sounds tight and controlled with the sub taking of the...
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    Misaligned partitions - how can I fix this?

    I've just installed a new 40GB Intel SSD, looking into setting them up it's brought to my attention the issue of misaligned partitions. Using the correct procedures, I sucessfully have Windows 7 running on my SSD with 4096 per allocation unit and a 1024KB partition starting offset. While...
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    Windows 7: V-Synch stuttering in games

    Been pulling my hair for the past couple of hours trying to fix this... The problem I have is, when v-synch is enabled in a game I get a split second sutter/jerk every 2-3 seconds of motion. The jerking is rhythmic, and effects every game I have tried on Windows 7 - ranging from old titles such...
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    Worth getting a bigger case for my new specs?

    I've recently upgraded to an Intel I5 Platform, with a GTX 260 GPU. At the moment, I'm using a midi-tower Lian-Li case. It does the job, but has gotten quite cramped with the new graphics card. I'm using 2 Zalman case fans and everything is running as it should - temps are reasonable for CPU...
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    LCD Repair Techies - Please Help!

    Hey guys, A monitor I have just purchased used off eBay has arrived faulty (I'm guessing transit damage as seller insists was working before sent). The seller has agreed to return it for a full refund, but has also offered a partial refund if I keep it and get it repaired (hopefully under...
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    Nvidia - Running dual displays with 2d clockspeed mode?

    I've been tinkering with my new rig today and I've come across a strange bug.... The 2D clock speed mode on my GTX260 does not work, so it is constantly running at 625/1000 MHz. After looking at possible bios updates (which turns out are not needed on mine) I've narrowed the problem down to my...
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    New Intel i5 750 CPUs - anyone predict a price drop soon?

    Hey guys, Got my MSI GD-65 and some RAM ready to go, the only thing putting me off taking the plunge on a nice new i5 750 quad core is the price (more than the board+RAM cost me)! The most i've ever spent on a CPU is 100 bucks (on a Thunderbird 1.4ghz, those were the days :) ). Anyways, I...
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    Asus Xonar Essence vs D2X for speaker use?

    I've recently bought a great 2.1 setup for my PC, an old Videologic Sirocco set. It's nearing 10 years old, but still sounds fantastic: fully active crossovers and seperate amp. Originally it retailed for about £230, so I consider it pretty high end stuff for PC audio. I got it 2nd hand for £50...
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    Damaged CPU?

    Disassembling a PC a friend of mine accidentally tripped the power with no heatsink / fan on the CPU! :confused: :eek: :mad: Luckily, only the 24 PIN power was connected to the board. Since there was no CPU fan or EPS12V connector plugged it, this means theoretically no power was going to the...
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    Help! New motherboard / CPU not posting

    Been pulling my hair out for the last 4 hours trying to get this new setup working.... I bought a Gigabyte MA790X-UDP4 motherboard (b-grade) and an AMD phenom 720 tri-core black edition. Installed them in the case with no problems but I cannot get it to post! There is no bleeper, keyboard or...
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    Just bought a Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P - need ram advice

    Hi guys, Ordered an GA-MA790XT-UD4P this morning along with a Phenom II 720 Black Edition, so I'm now looking around for some suitable RAM. I have found this on offer for the same price as the 1333MHZ lines : Kingston KHX1600C9D3K2 / 4G HyperX / 4GB 1600MHz PC3-12800 DDR3 / Non-ECC CL9 DIMM...
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    Just ordered a 896MB Gainward GTX260 GS - wise upgrade?

    Hi guys, I have recently purchased a Powercolor HD-4850 with VortexxNeo cooler, but I found this over at hot deals and couldn't resist :D http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/469834/today-only-896mb-gainward-gtx-260-g/showthread.php?t=469834 Figured it's good bang for buck upgrade wise when I...
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    Mixing value and high performance RAM - ok to do?

    Quick question for you guys; At the moment I am running 2x1GB of Corsair XMS PC3200 ram. It's high performance and rated at 2.75v (which is what I run it at). Since upgrading to 64 bit o/s it is fast being used up, and I've found an old unused kingston 1GB PC3200 stick I forgot about. Problem...
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    Looking for a decent HDD cooler

    Hi guys, Following up on my last thread, I was about to order a Western Digital Black 1TB drive, when it struck me that I should really do something about the HD cooler I have in my system. It's been there for years, and is half knackered with noisy fan bearings. It's a cheap as chips 5.25"...
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    Upgrading HDD - advice sought

    my current configuration it as follows - Western Digital Raptor 10,000 RPM 80GB not current model about 3 years old (for O/S and downloads) Seagate Barracuda 7,2000 500GB (general storage for for media, music etc..) After 2 years in service my Seagate 500GB HDD is fast running out of space so...
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    What the..? Just found something dodgy under my NTFS security/access rights..

    Hey guys, I had a an afternoon free today so I decided to wipe my Windows XP partition, and start again from fresh. All went well and I've spent a few hours securing and tweaking it up. I was almost done, when I checked out my NTFS and sharing tabs to setup an SMB share to my xbox, and I found...
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    Abit or MSI - which board is worth keeping?

    Hey guys, Bought myself a MSI neo4 platinum off eBay at the beginning of the month. After three weeks of no show after posting, I got tired of waiting and assumed it had been lost in the post. As a replacement, I bought a used Asus A8N SLi Deluxe. This morning the postie knocks with two big...
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    PC will not enter POST/bios after reset

    Hey guys, For the past couple of days my PC has developed a weird habit... After a system restart/reset the computer refuses to enter the post screen :confused: I can't get a signal from the monitor and the keyboard fails to respond or light up. This doesn't happen everytime I reset, I'd say...
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    Who makes better LCDs - iiyama or sharp?

    Hey guys, Have been scouring the 2nd hand market for an LCD screen for my 2nd pc. I've narrowed it down to two choices, both price at £85 - iiyama e431s (original, not W upgraded version) sharp LL173GB The sharp out does the iiyama in terms of specs, with a 12msec response time...
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    New Specs - what do u guys think, should I have any trouble?

    Hey, Just upgrading my rusty old Tbird 1.4 with 384mb SDRAM and Radeon 9000 pro to the follwoing specs - Athlon 64 Winchester 3000 + Abit AV8 Motherboard 512mb Crucial 3200/400mhz DDR RAM ATI Radeon 9700 Pro (second hand, £55 on eBay) Specs look fine to me, but I've just read that the...
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