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    Controller options

    Good evening folks. Hope y'all are having a good weekend. I have decided that I want to get a living room PC going in our game room. It's been a long time since I've had controllers for the computer, but are Xbox 360 controllers still the way to go? I used to have a usb wireless receiver...
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    Windows XP on SSD

    Someone gave me an old laptop that has an XP license on it. I have a spare SSD (old Crucial M4). Am thinking of taking the old hard drive out and replacing it with the SSD. Anything special I need to do to make sure XP plays nice with the SSD? It’s been a long long time since I’ve messed...
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    Spyro Reignited Aspect Ratio?

    So forgive me if this is already posted anywhere, but I couldn't find any info on it. I would like to play this game on an old CRT with my kiddos. Specifically I'll be running this at 1600x1200. Can someone confirm if the game supports this resolution and aspect ratio properly? Thanks!
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    Thinking about an iPad...

    Howdy y'all, I'm thinking about getting an iPad. While I'm clued in on what's what with iPhone models, I'm a little shaky on the iPads. Basically, I need something that's bigger than an iPhone Plus that watches Youtube, plus whatever streaming services I have (Disney Plus, Amazon Prime...
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    AOC CQ27G1 - VA Gaming Monitor 144hz with Low-Motion Blur Mode

    Thought I'd drop some thoughts / post a review of this display: If you don't read anything beyond this, I'll just say this. For the asking price, you can't do better. Summary: The good: + Good...
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    Rockman X3 Sega Saturn Here's my listing. Thanks for looking. I'll be offloading some more games in the coming weeks so stay tuned.
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    Computer settings reset themselves...?

    Good afternoon, I'm trying to google this but I cannot find an answer. I just restarted my laptop. Immediately upon logging into the computer, I'm greeted to a whole boatload of changes. Aero is now enabled again, Outlook 2010 is prompting me to create an account, and I cannot open anything...
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    Cherry MX recommendations

    Hey all, I have some neurological-muscular issues with my hands, and typing can be a bit of a chore, especially if I have a lot to code (I'm a programmer). I would like to get a decent mechanical keyboard, but I'm a little unsure as to what I should get because of my aforementioned problem...
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    GTX-660TI Issue

    Good afternoon, I have an MSI Twin Frozr GTX-660TI that, all of a sudden, decided that it wanted to stop working on me. I turned on my computer after a month of it just sitting there and the GPU fans were spinning a TON (it was very loud) and there was no display. It's more-or-less behaving...
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    iPhone 5s users on iOS 10

    To the 5s users on iOS 10 - what's the verdict? Update or don't? I've seen generally good reports stating that performance has actually INCREASED? But then there are the usual people who seem to be having trouble too. So... Who here has updated to 10 on their 5s and likes it?
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    How to tell if a monitor is wide gamut

    Good morning, I have a Samsung LCD and to me the colors look a little too rich. Is there any way that we can tell whether or not a monitor is wide gamut or not? The manual states nothing of the sort, so I can only go off my eyes on this one. Because of the richness in color, I'm guessing...
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    Upgrade advice

    Good afternoon everyone, So I'm stuck on my old GTX-560 and it's probably time I upgrade. Right now, I have enough money in my computer fund to upgrade to a GTX-960 (possibly a 4GB model). The main monitors for my gaming are my 520's, and I tend to play games at 1920x1440 at 70hz (for some...
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    Logitech G5 Laser Equivalent?

    I have an older G5 laser mouse from 2006. It's still going strong, and I wanted to get another Logitech mouse that has a very similar feel and feature-set. Which model should I go with? The G5 has an adjustable weight to it, and I really really love the feel for it, and I was hoping that...
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    GeForce GT-720?

    Alright - so I have a couple of boxes that were given to me: 1. HP/Compaq - Athlon X2 4200+, 2GB RAM, Stock PSU, Windows XP 2. Dell - Pentium Dual Core (from the Core 2 era), 2GB RAM, Corsair 430 watt PSU (spare I threw in there - the original PSU was dead) and Windows XP I'm considering...
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    Dell Precision m4500 temperatures

    So I decided to get an off-lease Dell Precision notebook. So far so good. I threw in an SSD and it seems to be running fine. Being the nerd that I am, I decided to remove the stock compound and switch it up for AS5. However... I find that when I apply the thermal compound to the GPU like...
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    Computer Issue

    Good evening all, I have an interesting predicament going on here. A couple of weeks ago, I helped a family friend resurrect an old office PC from their small business. It's an old Dell Vostro with a Core 2-based Pentium. They just wanted a secondary family PC for their kids to use when...
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    Beginner's Setup

    Good evening everyone, My wife and I were wanting to get into photography. We like taking pictures, but want to take the plunge into getting a camera and a possible Windows XP rig with an older version of Photoshop to do some light editing. The reason for the eclectic rig is the monitor in...
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    Moving... Have some questions

    Good morning everyone, In about a couple of weeks, I'll be closing on a house. Thing is, I can continue with my current cable setup, which is 15Mb / 1Mb. Or, I can switch to DSL which has 12Mb / 1Mb. My wife is going to start working from home and using a VPN connection. Question...
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    Yamaha YMF-724 and siblings

    Good evening all, I just wanted to make those of you who want a PCI soundcard that can run in DOS aware of this sound card. The YMF-724 is just a two-channel sound card, but it's pretty much the ultimate PCI legacy sound card. It has a real OPL3 chip, so that your Sound Blaster or Adlib...
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    Intel 286 System

    So someone is giving us a 286 box. What can I do with this thing? I was planning on running old DOS games, but I see that the 286 is kindly regarded as a turd. I don't know the specifics of the system just yet, so maybe this thread is premature, but is it possible to upgrade the CPU to...
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    Athlon II X3 445 vs Intel Pentium 2020

    So I have been given a PC that has an AMD Athlon II X3 445 along with 4GB of DDR2. Now... I have my current system in sig, but I also have another 1155 motherboard sitting in my closet that was supposed to be re-purposed. I'm currently using my old IDE Caviar Blue 320GB HDD as a hold-over hard...
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    OS For Dell Mini 12

    Hey guys. So I'm typing this up on a little Dell Mini 12 that I got back in 2009. Why the hell I purchased this instead of a "real" notebook back in the day, I'll never know. Anyways... Currently, I'm using Windows XP on it, and while it's not too bad, I am a little concerned about the...
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    OC guide for newbies?

    Hey guys, So I've never overclocked any hardware before (except video cards), and I was looking to get into it. Where's a solid beginner's guide to CPU overclocking? Thanks!
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    LAN party machine

    Alright guys, I need some help to get a decent LAN party machine that has enough power to play older games. The games we play are: UT-2004 Medal Of Honor: AA Halo PC Doom 3 Quake 4 Age of Empires 2 I need something that's cheap but can play games at a decent tick. Since I've been out of the...
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    Video Editing Rig

    Good evening guys. I have a friend who wants to build a PC for video editing and movie making. She's going to be using Adobe Creative Suite (latest version) software to get the job done. Since I mostly use my computer for gaming/music production, I wanted to get some opinions on her build...
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    Windows 8.1 issue

    Good morning, fellow [H]'ers. I'm having a problem with my OS that I can seem to find on Google. Basically what happens is that if I don't do anything for like a minute on my computer, the screen goes blank. And when I move the mouse, the logon screen comes up. Now obviously, the first thing...
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    LAN Box video card recommendation

    Alright - I have a LAN box, and I'm going to probably get a second one to replace my old Pentium 4 box that finally seems to be crapping out on me. First box's specs are Athlon X2 3800+, 2GB RAM, Windows XP Second box's specs are likely going to be a Dell Core 2 duo system likely rocking...
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    Whatever happened to Rambus?

    So my buddy just dropped off his old Dell at my house this morning so that I can salvage some parts for a LAN box, and I noticed that the RAM had heat spreaders. That's odd... And the slots were a little different looking too - and... what's up with those "blank" sticks in the motherboard? And...
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    Halo 2 Vista - Not offline?

    Just got out of a Quickmatch game. I know no one probably cares about it, but I figured I'd report that the online play system is still online... even though it was supposed to be shut down.
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    Soaked iPhone - options?

    Okay, so here's the story: My wife and I did a water race in our kayak, and at about 105 miles into the race at 2:30am, I decide (in my brilliantly delusional state of mind) that I'm tired of peeing in our boat and that I want to get out and stand for a change. Yep. :cool: So I get out of...
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    Here's an odd one

    I have a free LAN box that I assembled out of mostly free parts. Currently, it's rocking a Sempron 3200+, and I would like it to have a bit more power. I noticed that the Athlon 64 3500+ are really (REALLY) cheap to acquire, and I was wondering if it would be worth it to spend a tiny bit more...
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    When can we expect Haswell Celly's

    I was looking to build a little ITX system for the living room computer. Currently, we're using an old Dell laptop running Linux Mint. When do the Celeron's and Pentium's come out? I was debating on getting a G1610 and building the system around that. But if Haswell's Celeron is coming...
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    Is this normal?

    So my brother has an older Acer netbook. It's a decent little dude that could probably use some more RAM (it's running 2GB). But for the price we paid a few years ago, it's not bad at all. He gets it infected with viruses. I mean - the whole nine yards. This computer is screwed beyond...
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    Sennheiser HD-650 Buzzing

    Do you have headphones that buzz? My Sennheisers were buzzing with deep bass. I thought the drivers were messed up. Thankfully, they weren't. So here's a tip for all you headphone owners whose headphones are buzzing. Remove the driver cover and see if there's any debris in there. Hair and...
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    AGP card for LAN computer

    I'm going to be throwing a LAN party in August, and I'm doing some assembling of different systems from scrap/spare computers and parts. We're gonna be playing games from 10 years ago (Halo PC, Battlefield, Unreal Tournament 2004). Currently, the system has a Radeon HD-3450 in it, and while it...
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    Build for church

    I've been given the honor of being Mr. IT Guy for my church (woohoo!). That said, they want to replace a computer that they've been using. 1) What will you be doing with this PC? We will be using it to run ProPresenter to display lyrics on a projector and edit "HD" video. I'm going to...
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    LOL - Free SimCity with AMD APU's at Newegg! Thought you'd all enjoy this. If the game's working then who knows, maybe it's worth it? :D
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    Radeon HD-7870xt? (le)?

    So where are these cards? I was just looking at the Sapphire HD-7870xt card, but no one has them in stock (except for some retailer at Amazon selling it for like $359). Were these just limited cards? An attempt at AMD to cash in on Tahiti's that otherwise couldn't cut it as HD-7950s? I'm...
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    Horse trading - GTX-580 or GTX-660?

    Alright, I'm a hopeless horse trader. I see some good deals on the GTX-660, but I also see some decent deals on a GTX-580. Games I will be playing/am playing - Far Cry 3, Skyrim (lite texture modding), Hitman Absolution, and that's really about it. Resolution is 1600x1200, possibly 1680x1050...