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    Ye olde upgrade inquiry - Phenom II or FX CPU

    I was recently able to get a Crosshair IV Formula (for free) to replace my dad's HP prebuilt boasting an E8400. The CPU i plan to use is a Phenom II 840T, which can unlock to 6 cores and so far has proven to be stable (still need to finish stress testing it) and was only $20 on eBay. However...
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    ASUS Dual Series GeForce GTX Giveaway @ [H]ardOCP

    Well, here's my main rig. It's sporting a 290X, but i changed it last week to a R9 Nano to wait for something more powerful to properly drive my 4K display (Nano will be going into my HTPC, which is rocking a HD 5770). The Ryzen build on my sig is still a WIP, so i'm still rocking my E5-2670. I...
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    PlayStation 3 + SSD = ???

    Thanks for the advice. I decided to go with my 250 GB HDD, a WD Black. It's no SSD, but it can do up to 95 MB reads/writes over SATA II, which should be leagues above the bundled HDD. I will be using the 128 GB SSD on my PS4 though.
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    PlayStation 3 + SSD = ???

    I currently own a PS3 SuperSlim and a PS4 Fat. Both have the stock 500 GB 5400 RPM (?) HDDs. As I play only a handful of games on both (I play a total of 6 games between both consoles, 3 games on each) I do not need such humongous storage, but I'd like to decrease my load times on both consoles...
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    Direct die water cooling

    Highly doubt this'll be a thing. Too many potential issues thay may arise, i doubt Intel or AMD would want to deal with them.
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    reliable low cost PSU suggestions?

    Well, the EVGA B series are good for the job. Built a couple PCs on those, like 2-3 years ago, still going good.
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    Is this PSU sufficient?

    Yes, that should be enough.
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    ax 750 failure :(

    The same happened with my V1000. PSU still works, but i don't really trust it anymore. I'd say contact Corsair, the worst they can say is "tough luck"
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    What's the favorite HDD brand these days?

    HGST. Still rocking older-than-life drives on other computers, and they still work. Other than that, WD drives are decent, as long as you don't get Greens.
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    Intel 5820K against 1800X

    If you already have a 5820k, keep it. The real upgrades would come from those on the "mainstream" platforms, or older Intel HEDT platforms (like X58 and X79).
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    HyperThreading on Windows 98

    Thanks for the replies. I use W98 due to the MS DOS support, W2k has lost that.
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    Nexus nerd picked up an iPhone 7 Plus

    That is the reason i've always gone Android. Lack of noticeable power, very little customization options and small-ish batteries, are the reasons i despise anything Apple-made. Can't deny their stuff looks nice as hell, but looks aren't everything.
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    Bluetooth Issues Affecting All Android Phones?

    I have no issues at all on my OP2. Several BT headsets, bluetooth speakers, and even connecting it to my rig via BT, no issues for the past 8 months. It is rocking Android 6.
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    Touchscreen Pet Peeve

    Is the screen bare? If so, you might try adding a glass protector, they tend to lower the capacitance a tad, but it would still work just as fine.
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    Need new phone...Replace HTC M8

    I'd pick the OP3. I personally own the OP2, but a friend has trhe OP3, and it is blazingly fast in everything you set it to do.
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    Nokia Android phones

    I like these new Nokia phones. Hope to see the fight between these new high end phones.
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    What does it take to drive three 2K or 4K monitors for desktop applications?

    I'd go with a RX 470 or the 1050 linked above. As long as there are not demanding applications, most modern cards can drive desktop apps easily. Hell, i think my 5770 can drive 2 4K panels with ease.
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    Windows update will no longer force random reboots

    Same here. I didn't think MS would do this, especially with how aggressive they are in wanting you to be "updated"
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    What are you nerds playing this weekend?

    Been playing CoH2 campaign for the 4th time. Awesome game.
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    Do you think we will ever see a Half-Life 3?

    Don't really think we'll see a HL3. At this point it has been way too overhyped, it will not meet any expectations.
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    High End Mid-ATX or ITX Options

    Caselabs would definitely be the way to go. The Thermaltake Core V21 seems good for WCing, but not to the extent you've listed.
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    Direct die water cooling

    Well, in the search for good cooling.... Anything goes :P
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    Is my PSU sufficient?

    I go overkill for piece of mind. Plus, i tend to tinker a LOT so i don't know when i'll have a Trifire setup once more :P
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    [H] Thermal Compound TIM Round-up Candidates

    After all this time, i continue using MX-4 as my go-to TIM. Good enough and cheap, an unbeatable combination.
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    Any i7 3930k owners out there?

    My old 3930k ran pretty chilly @ 4.4. GHz. That was before i fried it up with 1.83v. Moral of the story, never OC at 3 AM when you're falling asleep.
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    What's been the most relaxing game you've played of late?

    Slime Rancher. Nothing more relaxing than seeing colored slimes jumping around.
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    Best Pinball game ??

    For me, i'll have to choose 3d Ultra Pinball: Creep Night.
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    Best shooter game you have ever played?

    I have a tie between Quake II and UT for FPS. If we're talking about space shooters, i have to choose Descent: Freespace, a pretty underrated game.
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    HyperThreading on Windows 98

    I am building a retro gaming PC, here are my specs: CPU: Intel Pentium 4 3 GHz HT SL6WK Mobo: PCCHIPS P25G (VIA P4M800/ VIA VT8237R) RAM: 2x512 MB Elixir DDR400 GPU: ATI Radeon 9200 128 MB DDR AGP 8x HDD: WD Black 320 GB SATA HDD (limited to 137 GB) ODD: Samsung DVD-RW SATA PSU: Generic 400w...
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    Multi-GPU RAM requirement?

    There 's no RAM requirement for MultiGPU setups. The game would use the same amount of RAM on a single card or on multiple ones. However, 16 GB is like the most reasonable bang-for-buck amount to have for today's games. However, if you run 3D Rendering stuff, no amount of RAM will be enough. I...
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    Graphics Upgrade Help

    Whatever you do, don't go for anything under x40. Not worth it. A 650Ti/660/750 would do the trick. If you'd like to stay with AMD, a 7750 would also work for gaming on the cheap.
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    CoolerMaster V1000 Replacement

    While OCing my 290X, i exceeded the load on one of the PCI-E connectors, and had a mini meltdown. PSU still works, but i don't trust it that much anymore.
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    Sandy Bridge-E vs Ryzen

    Maybe i will, let's see if any Ivy-E Xeons go down in price after Naples is out.
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    RX 460 for 4K HTPC duties

    I plan to get an RX 460 to do HTPC duties to replace my aging GTX 470. I have a QNIX UHD3216R Real4K. I use PotPlayer with madVR. CPU is an X5650 4.2 GHz. Would it be enough to do the trick? I'm planning to go this route since i plan to use an Accelero S1 Plus for silent goodness.
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    290X to R9 Nano?

    I say no to nVidia because i do GPGPU computing, not just games. Anything other than Quadros isn't too optimized for non-gaming workloads. The last true GPGPU GeForce card was the 780 Ti. I will be waiting for Vega, the Nano would be a stopgap until then. Plus, i like the Nano over the 290X...
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    Asus Crosshair VI Hero x370 AM4 memory compatibility

    Thanks for the QVL, been looking for that for a while.
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    dominator vs vengeance?

    Unless you try to extract every last MHz out of a RAM kit, go with Vengeance.
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    Sandy Bridge-E vs Ryzen

    Thing is, i need the 8 core CPUs. I had a 3930k, and even with the higher clocks it couldn't beat my 2670 on some things. The only option i have to keep this platform is to get an E5-1680 v2, however the cheapest on eBay right now is $800. That is why i am considering Ryzen.
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    290X to R9 Nano?

    As i killed my 290X, i want to try something new. I'm currently using a HD 5770, which needs almost half the VRAM to render a 4K desktop. I'm being drawn to the R9 Nano due to it's relative uniqueness, and the fact that it doesn't eat as much power as the Fury X. Is it a good choice still for 4K...
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