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    Dell XPS 12 or Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro

    Any thoughts on Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro vs. Dell XPS 12? The Yoga would be the model with an i7, 8gb ram and 256gb ssd, e.g. here The Dell also has an i7, 8gb ram and 256gb ssd, e.g. here The two models are close enough in price that it's not a differentiating factor for me. I hope to have the...
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    Dell XPS 12

    Anyone have any experience with the Dell XPS 12 convertible, particularly the new Haswell models? I'm entering grad school in the fall and am going to buy a convertible laptop/tablet to replace my aging machine. I'm looking for something that's a laptop first and a tablet when optimal (e.g...
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    Multi-use ultrabook <= 1500

    Any advice for the following? Must have: - Screen 13"-15" - Decent resolution - Convertible to tablet form. I don't care if it's 2 screens, rotating screen, detachable screen, whatever, as long as it's solid. - Decent processor - Decent battery life Nice to have: - Excellent battery...
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    Should I upgrade? To what?

    Current setup: i5-2400 8gb ddr3 VisionTek ATI 4870 512MB Monitor resolution: 1920x1200 Budget: $200 (preferred), $250 (max if it provides excellent value) Primary usage of graphics card: games Other considerations: - the card can't be super long. The 4870 above barely fits in my case. - I'm...
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    4X goodness?

    Lately I've been craving a new strategy experience (and am willing to pay up to ~$40 for it). Turn based or real time is fine, as long as the pacing is fairly moderate (a la Sins) and the scale is sufficiently large. I've played a lot of Civ 4 and a while back picked up Civ V for next to...
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    Colorblind - IPS still worthwhile?

    I have minor colorblindness - not so severe that I can't, for example, distinguish between red and green grapes or see the color on a traffic light, but fine distinctions between colors tend to not mean as much to me, especially with blue/purple and light greens. Many on this forum champion...
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    Recommendation for vector graphics programming?

    Hello, Over the next month or so, I'll have some free time and I want to try something new. For a while I've wanted to code up the game Sprouts, which is a classic pencil-and-paper graph theory game. I have a moderate amount of coding experience - a handful of CS classes, a few summer...
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    Acer AL2051W - buzz/whine

    Evening all, I've searched around for this but haven't found anything recent... Several years ago (~5?) I bought an Acer AL2051W new. I've been happy with it, except for the following: 1) Sometimes (about 30% of the time) after the monitor is turned off it emits a faint and extremely high...
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    Best audio on the cheap

    Hey, Right now my computer audio is the speaker built into my monitor, and while I'm certainly no audiophile - more than that, I'm probably not particularly discerning - even I would like some better sound. I have a budget of $30-$50 and I'm wondering what the best sound I can get in that...
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    Extremely slow and buggy after clean install. Likely result: budget upgrade

    Afternoon all, My computer has been running strangely slow as of late, and I’m looking for some help in fixing that. In particular, many of the guts are old and could use an upgrade; I’m willing to spend circa $500 to spruce things up (more on that below). Here are the specifications of...
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    Windows Phone 7 - ATT

    Hi, I'm looking to get a WP7 phone (has to be ATT). It'll either be near future or August; is anything expected to come out over the summer that'll make waiting worthwhile? What's good of the current offerings? (Including Dell's handset). Thanks
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    General advice / possibly build advice

    Morning all, I'll keep this as concise as possible. - I am from Georgia and go to school in California. At school I have a Lenovo T400 - great laptop, not so great for gaming. Looking to have more gaming power available to me here. At home, I have a moderately powerful desktop (specs on that...
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    Does such a game exist?

    Good evening, Lately, my preferred type of game - character driven games with a strong story - all seem to have something wrong. I'm wondering if there's a game (perhaps old or obscure) which has most/all of the following: - Strong story elements. It could be in the form of interesting side...
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    The Ninja 6.4 GB

    Why are these gigabytes ninja? Because they're invisible. I recently (2 days ago) received a Lenovo T400 laptop and an Intel 34nm 80GB SSD. I installed the solid state drive, did a clean install of Vista (Home Premium x64) and installed most of the system drivers, including all the critical...
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    Multiuse laptop for school

    Hello, For the past two weeks or so I've been trying to find a laptop for school - and I'm completely overwhelmed. I'd appreciate any and all help I can get in finding an appropriate machine. Budget: Less is always better, but $1500 is the absolute max. $1200 or less would be far preferable...
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    2 Player Multiplayer?

    Hello, Usually I'm not one for "recommend me a game" threads, so I cringe to create my own, but I do need some advice. A friend and I have recently upgraded our computers and are looking for a multiplayer game to play together over the summer. It'd be nice if it had decent graphics (to put...
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    Starting programming?

    I did a very quick search and didn't find anything, but my search-fu is not strong, so if I should look elsewhere please point me there. Anyways, I'm interested in starting programming. I haven't written a line of code in my life, but I'm reasonably capable with computers and well versed in...
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    Audio erratic with X-fi

    Hello, I have an old SoundBlaster X-fi extremeMusic from about two years ago. Through those years I've had some driver issues and the like, but it hasn't been a big deal. A few months ago I upgraded to Vista64 (clean install). Since then, my audio has been quite problematic. I've experienced...
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    PC Upgrdade

    Good evening. I'm doing a bit of an upgrade, and I just wanted to post the current and planned parts here to make sure there were no glaring errors or compatibility issues. Current: Motherboard - Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe RAM - 2GB Corsair DDR2-800 Processor - AMD 6400+ Video card - EVGA 7950...
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    Future-proofing suggestions

    Good afternoon, It's been about two years now since I've upgraded my PC, and I'm looking to upgrade and future-proof a bit. The PC is used for both gaming and graphics applications (Blender, 3ds Max) as well as pretty serious multitasking. Also, this will likely be my last upgrade for a solid...
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    Suddenly running at a snail's pace

    Good evening, Earlier today I was using my computer without issue - browsing the internet, Trackmania United, Blender, etc. I left for several hours (the computer was on); when I came back the machine worked fine briefly but quickly slowed up. To give more detail: after I returned, I was...
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    Upgrading from 4600+ to...?

    Hello everyone, Today I was installing a new HSF (Zalman 9700 CNPS). When removing the old HSF (stock), the processor came up with the heatsink and bent a few pins. So of course I'm looking to get something new. My primary use is gaming, my secondary use is 3d applications such as Blender...
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