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    no i no longer have it

    no i no longer have it
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    WEI graphics performance of Macbook Pro vs. Sandy Bridge IGP

    Hi all, I realize Windows Experience Index is a very basic benchmark, but I just built a desktop with the i5-2400 Sandy Bridge with the integrated graphics and only got a WEI of 4.6 (for desktop performance). I thought at the very least at the IGP in Sandy Bridge would beat that of my late 2010...
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    how about $100 shipped?

    how about $100 shipped?
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    New card for old system, LIMITED BUDGET

    You can get a 9800Pro for under $100US, or even an FX5900 for $60-$75. A $200 AGP card may not give you the best price/performance ratio due to the bottleneck your system man incurr on performance. Hopefully your PSU can handle the load of those cards. Maybe you could save the rest for some...
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    Problem: MSI 7800GTX and Zalman VF-900

    I just got a 7800GTX from the BST forum and installed a VF900 and was wondering thr same thing. I would have preferred that the video card automatically adjust the fan speed as they do to their stock HSF's. I did have it connected to my motherboard, but then opted to connect it to the fan...
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    CNet retardation?

    To my knowledge, people have been choosing sides all the time. If you want an ATI graphics card you probably wouldn't want to go with an nForce chipset (it may work fine, but it just sounds funny...). I do think it's all business and politics, but it should just make the competition work harder...
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    Which mobo ?? MSI or Biostar ??

    I got the Biostar Tforce 6100 for my 754 2 months ago. I just ran everything at stock (which was probably a waste considering the Biostar options), but it ran fine. I did have a Biostar board fail on me 3 years ago which left a sour taste in my mouth. But the Newegg reviews and some good things...
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    NEC Multisync LCD 1810: Broken?

    I actually found someone with the same problem: He says it's fuses on the inverter board, though I have no idea how to fix it (too technical for me). Maybe I'll...
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    NEC Multisync LCD 1810: Broken?

    Anyone got any ideas?
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    NEC Multisync LCD 1810: Broken?

    I was asked to look at a couple LCD monitors that stopped working; 3 NEC MultiSync LCD 1810 XtraView displays. These were all manufactured in 1999 so they're pretty old. Here's the problem they have. If being fed a signal through VGA, the monitor would flash on for a second, then turn back off...
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    Suggest the cheapest PCI video card that supports widescreen

    I just got a widescreen 17" monitor (a Sceptre LCD TV, actaully) for my sis, but her current PC, a Compaq Presario 5BW160, doesn't have a good enough intergrated graphics processor. Anyone got any ideas?
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    Recommend me a video card

    Haha! He's right. Both nVidia and ATI refresh their graphics card lineups about every 6 months, so even if you wait til a DX10 card, 6 months later they'll upgrade something else...
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    What is the best mouse to get?

    G5 is a good mouse, but I think it's so ugly. What the hell can you match with it? It'd be awesome if they made cases that matched that motif, but other than that...??
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    worthwhile upgrades for my AMD 64 system

    I'd go with a sound card too. If you don't mind the extra work, pull out the 754, the NF3, and get rid of the AGP card to upgrade to an AM2 or 939 and PCIe. Hehe. That's a pretty big overhaul, if I do say so myself. But you wouldn't spend much if you sold the components you had and got new ones.
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    Upgrading to a new system.

    I'd agree with antimatter in that single cards have less issues (that and more cost-effective). But if you want it, go for it. I'd get AM2 as well, but I heard there were a few bugs with the CPU. If I heard wrong, new sockets are always a plus.
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    lookin to throw a pc together for the girlfriend. Recommend me parts <$400.00

    Get a Micro Fly case. Girls like SFF methinks. And add a quiet PSU. nForce mATX mobos such as the Biostart Tforce ones have decent onboard graphics. That'll help keep the budget sub-$400.
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    Logitech X-530 5.1 speakers $39.95 shipped free @

    If you miss this sale, got em for $45, but they're refurbed. Justdeals is a great place to get refurbed input devices and such with great prices and cheap shipping.
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    $10 off coupons @ Google Checkout

    i tried this on dvdempire and google checkout isn't available for some items, namely 'Gargoyles S1'. I wonder why that is. Good deal though! Google is really branching out...
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    Recommend me a video card

    X800GTO's can be unlocked too, but I don't believe it had the amazing success rate as the GTO2's. Check out this link:
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    Ultra Microfly new build

    I finished my Micro Fly rig not too long ago. I should do the same and put up pics and a review of it. The fans are great; I connected them to a fan crontroller that came with my Xclio 450BL PSU and just turn em off when I don't need it. Pair that with a Zalman cooler and an Arctic Silencer and...
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    Biostar 6100 Temp's

    My Tforce (754) temps don't look too out of whack. I get around 34-36C idle, and the temp reading on my Micro Fly is around that; not more than a 1-2C difference. I stuffed the case temp sensor right in the fins of my CNPS7000.
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    650w XClio

    I'd like to know how it performs as well. I've had the 450BL for over a year and it hasn't let me down yet.
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    Between the two I'd go with the 7600GT. a) cheaper, and b) more recent GPU.
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    Recommend me a video card

    I upgraded my 9800pro to a 6800GT and I was very pleased with how Oblivion performed. I'd say a 6800GT/X800GTO or anything higher would do you pretty well.
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    SLi or New Card?

    In my budget-restrained eyes, I don't feel like the SLI or Crossfire plan is the best idea from an economic standpoint. Let's say a year ago you get two 6800GT's to run in SLI for it's retail price. A year later a single card can outperform it. If you want top-of-the-line performance and money...
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    A Sapphire X800GTO2 unlocks to 16PP's and to X850XT specs. I got one off these forums for $130 equipped with an Arctic Silencer. I chose that over the 7600GT because it was cheaper than what I could find the 7600GT for. NewEgg has X850XT's for $127+$5 shipping open box but I don't like buying...
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    USB Floppy Drive Enclosure?

    Anyone know where I can get a floppy drive enclosure with USB interface (to pretty much make an internal floppy drive an external one). I'm looking for one similar to the functionality of those hard drive or 2.25" enclosures. I made the move to SFF and decided I won't be using floppy in the rig...
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    is this 500w PSU any good?

    I can vouch for the Xclio. While I don't have that same model, I've been using the 450W with 2x12V since I got my S754 processor (about a year and a half). It's been steady and haven't had any power problems at all. Granted, I never really ran any PSU-specific tests, but still. It's a good...
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    A few couple questions for a subtle budget upgrade

    Thanks for the input guys! As for the 939 upgrade, I chose to stick with my 754, since everytime I seem to switch processors, I end up switching to a new motherboard, too, because I want the latest chipset that would compliment my new mobo upgrade. I figure in half a year I'll get tired of...
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    A few couple questions for a subtle budget upgrade

    I'm new to the SFF scene and decided, after getting a job this summer, to upgrade some of my components and go with an SFF system. I blame it entirely on that Steeeeve guy for single-handedly convincing me to buy the Ultra Micro Fly with his great review (it didn't hurt that he's a Hokie, since...
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    Return of the eBay/PayPal coupons.

    has anyone tried C-2Q2006MOVER yet? I just tried the april tech coupon and it didn't work for me...
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    Upgrading card for oblivion, help?

    I started a thread just like this 2 weeks ago. I had a 9800Pro and people said a 6600GT wouldn't boost my performance by much. They also said a 6800NU may or may not have issues unlocking so I didn't want to take the chance. So I went with a 256MB 6800GT AGP card from the sale forum for $150...
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    Anyone using a controller for PC version of Oblivion?

    figured out what i needed to do. after hours of toying with drivers for the xbox-to-usb adapter I got it all to work perfectly. I downloaded XBCD (xbox controller drivers) and, paired with ControlMK to emulate mouse movements I can control MOST of the functions. now if only i could navigate...
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    Budget AGP card to replace 9800 Pro

    Thanks for all your help guys. I ended up spending a little more and bought a 6800GT 256MB from the sale section of these forums (my first purchase fron hardforums!). Hopefully all goes well and I'm sure I'll be more than happy with the performance improvements in Oblivion.
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    Anyone using a controller for PC version of Oblivion?

    Well, I did buy an xbox-to-USB adapter which allows me to use my xbox controller to play the game, but the thing is that the PC version of Oblivion depends on the mouse in the inventory and dialogue screens. I do hope the mods incorporate that suggestion you are talking about.
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    Budget AGP card to replace 9800 Pro

    These comments are very helpful! Thank you! I'm now looking for a good 6800GT and now maybe even an X1600XT... I'm hopeing to find one at maybe around $140 used. I'll let you know how my luck goes around here, thought I doubt I'll find a usex X1600XT since it's pretty new anyways. And thanks for...
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    Anyone using a controller for PC version of Oblivion?

    Since I've been playing the Xbox version of Morrowind for a few years, I'm used to the controls on it. But I don't have an Xbox 360 to play the game in, but I want to experience it with the same controls as the Xbox 360 does. I've accomplished that, partly, by using a Logitech Rumblepad 2. But...
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    Budget AGP card to replace 9800 Pro

    Well then that's all I need. Right now, all I need is a good Oblivion performer. Can someone do me a small favor and buy both a 6600GT and an X1600Pro (both AGP), then buy Oblivion, run it and benchmark each card, then report to me how well it does? Thanks. That would be swell. I would pat...
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    Budget AGP card to replace 9800 Pro

    Thanks for the responses guys. I don't think X800GTO's and 6800GT's are in my price range; they're a lot more expensive for AGP models. I tested Oblivion on my friend's 6600GT and it could at least run in 1024 resolution, and he's even running an older XP 2800+. Now I'm thinking of just adding...
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    Budget AGP card to replace 9800 Pro

    I've been playing TES4: Oblivion and have been less than impressed with the performance of my 9800 Pro 128MB card. I have an A64 3000+ 754 with 1GB memory. I want to spend between $120-$140 for a new card, and here are the graphics chipsets I've narrowed it down to: GeForce 6600GT 128MB ATI...