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    Quick recommendation for 8800 GT replacement

    My six-year-old 8800 GT appears to be on its deathbed after serving me well for quite a few years. I don't do a lot of gaming these days, and the 8800 was sufficient for what I did. What I'd like in the replacement: - At least as fast for gaming as the 8800 GT - As quiet/power efficient as...
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    Glossy panel experiences from those on the fence

    I realize the slight absurdity of such a subjective question, but here goes. This is directed toward anyone who has purchased a glossy panel (like the Catleap or Auria) not because they prefer it, but because it's currently the most economical way to get a large IPS display. If you had...
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    Budget-priced 27" IPS without glossy finish?

    My trusty SOYO 24" MVA panel is on its last legs, and it's about time to consider a replacement. I have a few basic requirements, ones which I'm afraid might not be attainable in one package: 1. Non-TN panel. 2. Not mirror-glossy. Semigloss is okay, matte preferable. 3. Reasonably-priced. Under...
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    Choice of T-amp for bookshelf speakers

    Since early 2011, I've been running a pair of low-end bookshelf speakers (Klipsch B2) at my desktop, and I'm quite happy with the results for the price. They're sourced through a Maverick TubeMagic D1 DAC and -- here's the sketchy part -- a cheapo Dayton DTA-1 T-amp. As I said, the setup sounds...
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    Cheap, quiet/fanless replacement for 8800 GT

    My rig is pushing 4 yrs. old and I'm finally thinking of doing a system overhaul. Back in mid-2008, I picked up my fanless 8800 GT (512 MB) for around $100. Skimming through cards on the Egg and referencing benchmarks, I'm surprised at what seems like relatively little improvement in the budget...
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    Best/cheapest way to accommodate cans+passive speakers on one setup?

    I'm running a T-amp that powers passive bookshelves on my desktop right now, but would like to get a pair of quality cans for use when neighbors/roommates are an issue. The question is, how do I accommodate both while maximizing desk space and minimizing excessive wires? I'm using Realtek...
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    Alternative to Ikea desks?

    I'd be all over the Galant or something similar if the nearest Ikea weren't three hours away, and if I didn't drive a Honda Civic. Alas, those are the circumstances I'm faced with, and I'm moving into a new apartment in less than a month. I'd really like something fairly minimalist and clean...
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    Looking for subjective impressions on 2.0 bookshelf/monitor options

    After half a year of ownership, I've determined my M-Audio AV30's are simply not meeting my needs. The midrange is richer and more accurate than any multimedia/computer speaker set I owned in the past, but something still isn't quite right. Basically, the AV30/AV40 sound is too "sterile" or...
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    Best receiver+monitors for music?

    I've currently got a pair of M-Audio AV-30's hooked up to my onboard sound. However, I think the left speaker (with the amp) is starting to give out, as it won't turn on half the time. Even aside from that, I think I'm ready for a step up in sound quality. Music is my only real concern...
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    AV-30/AV-40 for rock?

    I've been using a Logitech z-560 set for about six years now, but have recently moved onto an upper-floor apartment where the boomy sub is proving problematic. I'm looking into the M-Audio AV-30 or AV-40 as a more practical replacement, and hopefully a step up in sound quality as well. I spend...
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    WD Elements vs. MyPassport

    I'm looking into a new external, mainly for backup purposes. I'd been focusing on the MyPassport and FreeAgent series, but then I stumbled upon a WD Elements 640 GB on the Egg for only $99.99. The Elements models look ideal for me: cheaper but only slightly larger than the Passports, and still...
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    Non-gaming laptop with high-quality screen?

    With my four-year-old Inspiron 6000 in shambles, I'm looking at laptops again for the first time in quite awhile. Because I now own a powerful desktop, I am not interested in gaming on whatever laptop I purchase. It will largely be used for school and general browsing/music/etc., with...
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