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    Critique This Micro-ATX $550 Build (round two)

    Intro: For clarity sake and getting additional feedback, I've changed the previous build I posted here . Most notably I opted to go with a Windows 7 key (to be upgraded to Windows 10), I switched out the FX-6300 for the i3-6100, and I upgraded the 750ti to the GTX 950. I also decided to take...
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    Critique This $550 Micro-ATX Budget Gaming Build

    Backstory: I am building a budget gaming rig for a friend who lives in California. She occasionally games (league of legends, over watch, etc) and watches tons of anime. I'm looking for advice on optimizing the dollar to performance here. Thanks in advance 1) What will you be doing with this...
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    When will we see a new round of 32" monitors released?

    I've been looking to upgrade from my current setup (2010 27" iMac used as a display) for quite a while with no success. The iMac 27" IPS is super nice, and gaming has been fair enough for me as a generally casual gamer, but I want more screen space for movies. I've looked at the current round of...
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    Any 32" Display Comparable to iMac 27 IPS?

    I am currently using my late 2010 iMac 27" display as my main display. I've been looking around for a 32" replacement, but I am worried that there are no 32" panels yet that would be good enough quality and with low enough lag to justify replacing my current display. Are there any 32" @1440p...
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    Help me finish this box for a friend

    A friend of mine started buying various parts a while back but went broke. I feel bad for him and want to help him finish it so he at least has a computer. Here's what he has so far: CPU: Intel Pentium Processor G3258 4 BX80646G3258 (LGA 1150) RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB...
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    Need input on this mATX build

    Micro-ATX Build 2014-2015 Hey everyone. I'm considering building a new box pretty soon as my mid-2010 imac is getting too laggy to play games on even with settings on low. Obviously this is largely due to running @ 2560x1440, so I'm going to be going all out with a new build as I am using my...
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    Need Build Recommendations

    Hey guys. It's been a while since I've built my own system, and a friend asked for some recommendations for his gaming rig. For whatever reason, he's already purchased some of the parts as follows: Graphics Card: XFX AMD HD 7770 Ram: Corsair Vengeance Blue PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin...
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    mid 2010 imac RAM Prices

    I'm going to pull the trigger and upgrade my mid 2010 imac, but there are huge price differences on Amazon for DDR3 RAM. For example, this Samsung ram is ~$40...
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    Buying modem, Comcast, and DOCSIS 2.0 vs 3.0

    I'm moving into a new apartment soon, and I need to figure out which cable modem I should buy for Comcast. It seems that for basic internet service I can get away with a DOCSIS 2.0. For example, the Motorola Surfboard 5101 seems like it would work, and costs just under $60. Alternatively, I...
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    Need Work Laptop Recommendation

    I need a recommendation for a laptop that is going to be used mainly for work. Long story short, I spilled water on my laptop and it looks like it is fried. I haven't purchased one in nearly 5 years, so I'm not sure what to look for right now. However, I do have to get a new one fairly quickly...
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    Disappointed with Apple

    I'm seriously considering switching back to either windows or giving linux a shot. Here are some of my chief complaints with Apple: 1. New products seem dreadfully uninspired 2. I waited a long time for the Iphone 5 but gave up and got an Iphone 4s (delays suck) 2-1. Android phones seem to...
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    Should I upgrade my Imac RAM?

    Here's the situation. I'm running Snow Leopard on a Mid-2010 27" Imac I7 @ 2.93Ghz. I've been running it with out of the box RAM - 2 x 2GB DDR3 1333MHz. However, I have noticed that I sometimes have lag problems when I multitask. Most of the time I'm just running various chat clients, a chrome...
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    New Box or Upgrad Video Card?

    I'm so PUMPED for the games coming out this fall (specifically SKYRIM). However, I am currently rocking an Imac 27" which just won't cut it in the graphics department. I want to utilize the beautiful screen, though, but native resolution is 2560 x 1440 pixels. My old box is running the...
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    Need a 27" monitor for 27" imac dual mon

    I've been trying to price out a 27" monitor for a 27" iMac and I need suggestions on which models will best align with the height and look of the 27" iMac display. If you have pictures of your set-up, it would be greatly appreciated. TYIA!
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    ATI HD 4200 (Integrated) VS nvidia 7800 GT

    Okay. So I am going to buy an HP with integrated for my dad instead of building one from scratch, and I just remembered that I have my old 7800 GT in my closet. I was thinking that it might possibly be better even though it is now 4 years old. I can't seem to find the relevant stats, but...
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    Budget Build Need Review Soon

    Hi guys. First of all, I appreciate everyone's speedy review of this system. I need to order it tomorrow so that I can build it by this weekend for my Dad's birthday. 1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc My dad mostly surfs the web, but plays an...
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    How to improve productivity using a mac

    This is a follow up to the thread which I started a few days ago. Background Story: I have been considering buying an iMac to replace my 2.5 year old PC. I've been having trouble really making the decision, and I want to devote this thread to an in-depth analysis of how my work product...
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    I am thinking about going iMac

    I have about 2,500 and I am thinking about ditching my PC and going iMac for a few reasons. 1. I don't game as much 2. I feel like I would be more productive on a mac 3. I have a macbook and love it. The problem is: 1. I feel like I can get way more bang for my buck with a PC 2. I...
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    Need opinion on this budget Gatway

    A friend of mine is buying a laptop and she asked me if this one is a good buy: Seems alright to me at that sticker price. Any suggestions or comments on Gateway or just on this laptop in general?
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    Very faint static and Beep noises on front audio jack

    I'm running sound from my Abit IP35 Pro board and when I plug my headphones into the front jack on my case, there is a faint static sound accompanied by a beeping noise that is sporadic. I can't figure out where it is coming from but it is annoying to the point that I can't use the front jack...
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    Acer P221W and X223W

    I'm running them side by side and I have to say I am quite impressed. There is basically no noticeable difference between the two. Snagged the X223w on black Friday. My original order was for 2x of the X223w but the post office lost one of my monitors. CC didn't have any more in stock so they...
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    First run Q6600 OC.

    This year is my first real attempt at OCing anything. I decided to go ahead and snag a G0 Q6600 and after 1 week of stability at stock speeds, I am OCing it. My specs are: Q6600 @ (3.0Ghz) Ultra-120/sythflex Abit IP35 Pro 2x 2gb G.skill PC8000 Evga 8800gt @ 650 I figured that with PC8000 Ram...
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    Computer won't let me boot from DVD (vista repair)

    Okay, So I made the mistake of installing vista on the wrong HDD. "Big Deal" I thought. I went ahead and installed it on the right HDD and thought I could just make that my master boot drive and take care of the other drive. Boy was I wrong. Not only do I have the "BOOTMGR is MISSING" error...
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    Power w/ no post -dead mobo?

    So I've been without my gaming rig for 3 months now and it sucks. :mad: Short problem/explanation: I have a dead system and don't want to try and buy new parts if I am not 100% sure that it will fix the problem. Long problem/story: At first, I thought the psu was the problem. My...
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    Black friday Displays!

    Hey guys! Looks like Bfads posted Circuit City and Best Buy ads! Check out the monitors. *Edit* Here is the Copy/Paste from Bfads Best Buy 24" Digital Flat Tube SDTV $179.99 Dynex 19" LCD TV $239.99 Dynex 20" LCD TV/DVD Combo $299.99 Dynex 32" LCD HDTV...
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    What is this ibook g4 laptop worth?

    Hey guys, I'm usually a PC guy but I'm really tired of my heavy HP laptop that has no battery life at all. I saw this used ibook g4 laptop for sale for 600$ but after doing some research on ebay, I think it is only worth about 400-450. Here are the specs: 1.2 GHz PowerPC G4...
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    Need advice on a Smartphone or PDA

    Well, after some research on PDAs, they seem to be going the way of the dino. My phone contract has just gone up and I am good for a new 2 year this august and so I figure now is a good time to figure out if I can really use a Smartphone. Starting this fall I'll be attending Loyola University...
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    vpr Matrix 7-Bay Mid-Tower ATX Case

    So I think I found the perfect case for my first mod project. There are a ton of them on ebay right now. Looks pretty good for a mod project. Comments?
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    Where Can I find a plain, cheap, case?

    Hey guys, I've been a lurker since I joined the forum but now I am ready to get into my first modding project and so I'll need some input. I want to find the cheapest case available from a good vendor because I am going to do a complete overhaul. I was planning on adding my own: Paint...
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    Asus A8N-e with Zalman NB47J ,will 7800 fit?

    Ok so Right now I've got my Asus A8N-e with Zalman NB47J ( stupid nb fan1!!! ). When I put my system together in august, i was a bit tight on money so i went with a 6600gt. Now its time to uprgrade to a 7800gt. I am worried, however, that the 7800 wont fit with the zalman passive heat sink in...