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    NAS help

    Currently I have a WD Live TV. It works great to stream my MKV's from a 3TB Seagate HDD. But I'm running out of space fast so I want to look for a better solution. So I'm looking to build a small NAS that can also run XBMC (if needed). I'm looking to build something to store and stream my MKV...
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    Studio Monitors for Nearfield listening

    I've been out of the desktop audio game speaker wise for a bit. I'm looking for a set of Studio Monitors for use when sitting at my computer desk. They need to be OK close up to a wall. I've already got a set of good floorstanders, but they aren't meant for nearfield and in general a very...
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    Cooling HELP! - Intel Q9650 + Scythe Shuriken + Silverstone GD-07B??

    I'm moving my Intel quad core Q9650 into a Silverstone GD-07B case. I wont be able to use my Noctua CPU cooler due to height issues.... So I am looking at buying the Scythe SCSK-1100 Shuriken Rev.B 3 as it used to be one of the best coolers and it WILL fit in the case I am getting. Here is...
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    Streaming MKV's, how are you doing it?

    So right now I've got a WD Live TV w a attached 3 TB USB HDD. Its almost full, and of course my library will continue to grow, if slow at times. The "original" goal of this setup was a proof of concept on how a HTPC could work, and how nice it would be to have my entire library ripped to it...
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    Cooler suggestions for horizontal mounting

    So I have a somewhat unique need. I have a couple pieces of Home Theater gear (HT Reciever, 5 channel amp, sub amp) I want to throw some large low rpm case fans on top of to help keep them cool. They are all currently enclosed in a entertaiment center that has doors on the front, and louvers...
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    Need help finding a PCI-E to USB 3.0 card

    I have a older motherboard (Asus P5E) that doesnt have any native USB 3.0 ports. I am in the processing of ripping all my movies to a 3TB USB 3.0 external drive for playback with a WD Live TV. The USB 2.0 transfer speed is holding me back and its time to upgrade if I can. So I need a...
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    Cooling fan for a HT Amp

    So I have a unique situation, I am looking for a couple fans to put horizontally on top of an amp to help dissapate heat. I want it to be almost silent and able to run off either a 5, 7 or 12v power cord. It needs to be able to run directly off power. Prefer if its a 120mm or bigger fan...
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    HP w/ Switchable graphics issue

    So I am struggling with an older laptop and its starting to PISS ME OFF!. I have a HP Pavilion DV6-3050US laptop. It has both a built in low power GPU and dedicated card as well. I am having SERIOUS trouble installing the driver for this card configuration. I cant seem to get it to where I...
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    Netbook suggestions

    So I asked my wife what she wanted for her birthday.... she looks at me (on our nice HP laptop) and says "my own laptop".... so being the nice husband I am, realize that our potential budget for a laptop wont get her a decent one. I then think about "how" I use the laptop and realize I hog it...
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    Netbook suggestions

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    ASROCK A75M-ITX HDMI problem

    I have a A75M-ITX board that has been working for almost a year via HDMI and VGA no problems. I recently installed a Mimo USB monitor to this system. I had the computer on and connected to my Integra receiver via HDMI. All is well and working. I then disabled the Integra to make the Mimo...
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    Need cheap hardware suggestions for server build

    So I am getting back into the process of looking for parts to build a server for home use. I am still not sure what type of server software I will be using (linux based, windows home server, etc). Right now I am searching for a decent motherboard with at least 4-6 SATA ports that will work...
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    HiFi FLAC playback machine/HTPC

    So currently I have about 4 hours of time on my hands while I have my Remicaide infusion. I felt it would be a good use of that time to finally document my entire Mini-ITX build from start to its current semi-finished state. Hopefully this can help folks from running into some of the problems...
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    What sleeving size for Powersupply

    So I am building myself a little Mini-ITX machine and being the geek that I am I am looking to sleeve the PSU. Now this PSU is a Pico PSU so there really isnt a lot to it, but I have no idea what tools I need to sleeve it, as well as what size I need to cover the threads on it for both the...
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    Heasinks - Do you always have to use the blackplate

    I see that most/all aftermarket coolers are now coming with their own custom backplate to use when mounting. This can sometimes cause compatibility issues. I currently have the ASRock A75M-ITX motherboard which put some of the SMB components in the AMD keep-out area around the FM1 socket...
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    Help me on my ITX build

    I am looking to build a HTPC/Music server/player. My requirements are pretty simple 1. Need to be ITX 2. Needs to run Windows 7 & XBMC and some other media players (though not all at the same time) 3. Needs a eSATA port 4. Needs to be around 150 for the motherboard, cpu and ram. 5. Needs...
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    Help me get a good ITX Board (H61 or H67)

    I am deep in search of a good H61 or H67 motherboard. Below are my needs: 1. 3 or more SATA (either 3 gig or 6 gig) 2. HDMI with a VGA or DVI port. All 3 would be nice but not required 3. Boots quick Things I would like in addition but not required 1. USB 3.0 on rear panel 2. eSATA...
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    HELP! H61 v. H67 chipset on mini-itx board

    I am looking at building a small mini-itx HTPC for audio playback only. I am looking at getting the G530 Celeron processor (because I need to be able to convert CD's to FLAC pretty quick) and am struggling with the differences between the H61 and H67 motherboards. What do I gain/lose by...
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    Intel Atom D2700 v. AMD Hudson M!

    I am looking at building a low cost portable computer system for use as a media playback device (no blu-ray rips, dvd playback, etc, just music). I will be mainly using this computer to copy CD's to a FLAC library and then using other external hardware to playback the music uncompressed. I...
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    Media Streamer w USB Monitor

    In thinking about how I listen to my music at work, I realized that just about any way you slice it the source components are my biggest issue. Most iPod's Classics lack a nice GUI for navigating menu's easy (compared to the Touch or iPhone), or are limited in HDD space for the price (Touch and...
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    Llano v. Fusion

    I am looking to build a HTPC and both setups cost about the same. Looking to play blu-rays via Windows 7 paired w/ XMBC and whatever software comes with the internal blu-ray player Is one of these better than the other for my given application?
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    SSD for XBMC and/or Win 7

    So I am looking to build a XBMC HTPC. I am not sure if I want to run just XBMC or XBMC + Windows 7. Either way thats not the reason for this thread. I am looking to get an SSD for my OS drive to keep wattage down and also keep the entire system pretty snappy. I just need to know what...
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    XBMC Box on the cheap.

    So I just spent my last week ripping all my audio to FLAC. Now I want to build myself a cheap XBMC box to play it. I also want to use it to rip DVD's and blu-rays (eventually). I have two different builds on Newegg. They are both about the same price, but VERY different. One uses a 3 Ghz...
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    Help choosing DAC for Powered Monitors (KRK or AudioEngine)

    Hello everyone. It’s been a little bit since I posted here last. I am going to be getting a new desk here shortly and it has very little space. As a result I may need to streamline my current office setup and need your help on figuring out the best way to do so. Currently I have all my...
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    Cable sleeving

    So this is a crossover thread to an extent. I know lots of us [H] folks use cable sleeving for our PSU cables..... I need a decent cheap vendor for some, but its not for my computer. It for some custom built speaker cables. I need it to be black and 3/8th of an inch. I am in need of...
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    External DAC v Internal Soundcard v Reciever

    So I am looking to find and possibly repair the weakest link in my modest 2 channel/office setup. Currently I am running Infinity Primus 162's as my speakers, a Denon 1610 as my reciever/DAC and getting the music via HDMI from a ATI 5450 card that is sending either WMA lossless audio (from CD's...
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    Under 100 dollar amp

    So I just got a new laptop today for my wife to use when at school and home. We will be getting a new desk to allow us to sit side by side when in the second bedroom which is our office. I currently am driving a set of Infinity Studio Monitor 185's and Primus 162's from a Denon 1610 with my...
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    Need laptop stand recommendations

    I just recently purchased a HP Pavilion DV6 laptop. Just got it in today in fact. Now the next step is to get a laptop stand/port replicator for when my wife is using it at our desk. I have no idea where to start shopping for one (besides HP's site and there have to be better options), or...
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    Asus v. HP reputations

    I have never purchased a laptop (I dislike that I cant add and subtract components like my desktop :)). As such I am a little out of the game regarding which company has the better reputation/customer service/breaks less. As I cant open this up to tweak it if something breaks I want to ensure I...
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    H70 + Antec P182

    Been reading up on the H70 cooler for a possible addition to my rig. Right now I have an Antec P182 case and a Intel Quad Core Q9650 running @ 3.6 Ghz. I read Corsair suggests making this an intake rather then exhaust. I was wondering if anyone had done this using the Front fan placement in...
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    Help me downgrade to quality stereo

    I have a very interesting problem. I am trying to go from 5.1 down to 2.0 (will add a sub for 2.1 later). As such I need help. This is also on AVSFORUM for those of you who frequent both (like I do :)) Right now I am using a Denon 1610 to power a set of Infinity Studio Monitor 185’s and...
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    Laptop Processor help (i3 v. i5)

    My parents for a wedding gift are giving myself and my fiancee/wife 700 dollars to spend on whatever we want. We decided to use it to replace her crappy dell laptop of 3 years. I have my own desktop massive system so this will mostly be for her to use at school and us on vacation for...
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    Help me speed up Win 7 boot times

    I just upgraded from Windows Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate. My boot times see to have increased dramatically as a result. I was hoping some of you might have some suggestions/links to help me decrease my startup times. I have already looked through Msconfig and unchecked just about...
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    Keyboard suggestions

    My fiancee recently has become more and more annoyed with the issues I am having with my wireless Logitech diNovo Edge keyboard. Since my computer is now actually next to a comptuer desk rather than my home theater room I thought I would see what suggestions you guys have for a nice wired...
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    Pricing help for graphics cards

    It looks like I might be selling my MSI 4870x2 (purchased 9/11/08) as well as a Gigabyte 4550 (purchased 4/24/09). I was wondering what kind of price I should list both of these for? The 4550 is going for 45 on newegg so I was thinking perhaps 35. The 4870x2 is going for 425 - 450 on AMD's...
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    Need help downgrading PSU

    After much thinking (and looking at UPS costs for my rig's) I have decided I need to downsize the graphics card in my main rig. I currently have a 4870x2 and had planned on running 2 4870x2 at some point for graphic purposes. Realizing I wont see any significant video rendering gains from this...
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    Need suggestions for 2 UPS's

    I am starting to research UPS's for my office setup and also for my home theater setup. I have a DLP TV and when power pops on and off its not good for the bulb since it doesnt power down right (I do have surge protectors on everything of course). I am not looking to spend a fortune, but I am...
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    Klipsch HD 500 5.1-Channel Home Theater System, Plus FREE Onkyo TX-SR508 Receiver

    http://www.techdealdigger.com/pr/cheap-klipsch-hd-500-51-channel-high-definition-theater-system-deals/2684 Normally 943. Use coupon code FREEGFT511A
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    Need help pricing used hardware

    My freind has asked me to help him part out his old Dell XPS 600 system. The Motherboard fried and he has since replaced the entire system. I havent had a chance to look at it or test any of these parts but he assures me they work. I will still be testing them before I sell them however. I...
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    Upgrading from the 4xxx series to the 5xxx series

    I basically am looking to find out which current 5xxx series model has the same abilities/specs or better than my 4870x2. The only reason I want to possibly upgrade is to be able to bitstream DTS-MA losslessly rather than over LPCM which as I understand it will compress the audio somewhat. I...
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