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    Build advice requested ~$800 budget

    I'm looking to put together a new PC sometime in the immediate future. I've built a few systems in the past but not over 5 years, and I really have no idea how to choose a CPU/Mobo/Ram these days. For instance, last time I was building systems power supplies were not an important consideration...
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    Budget gaming rig, any suggestions?

    I've been using a laptop primarily for the past 4 years or so (doing little to no PC gaming) and I'm ready to build a new desktop system but I have no clue what the current state of the cpu, chipset/motherboard, video card market is these days. I want to use this for gaming but I'd like to...
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    Weird pointer problem (C++)

    I'm an idiot.
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    transformer rating

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    (yet another) Quick C++ question

    Why is this declaration: char* text = "text" ; okay, but this one: int* numbers = {1,2,3} ; spits up this: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio\MyProjects\dfs\main.cpp(7) : error C2440: 'initializing' : cannot convert from 'const int' to 'int *' Conversion from...
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    Random (quick) C/++ question...

    I have a function say, int* dosomething() { int number, *pointer ; pointer = &number ; return pointer ; } Which compiles in VC++ without any trouble. Now suppose I have this instead, int* dosomething() { int number ; return &number ; } Which gives me "warning...
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    Do AMD retail box cpus come with heatsink/fans?

    I haven't bought a processor in about 5 years, retail boxes usually used to include a cpu cooler, do they still? (I'm looking at the AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+) Thanks.
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    Canon Powershot A85

    Does anyone have any comments on this camera? I know it's a pretty low-end one, but in the $200 or less price range it seems pretty good from what I've read. Do people here agree or disagree? Thanks, Evan
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    manually controlling mobile processors

    I have a mobile sempron in my laptop and it does this speed-adjusting thing where it runs at half the clock-speed until it is supposidly under load and then it increases to the full speed. I've found this to be a little flakey in some cases, and I was wondering if anyone knows of a utility that...
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    lame c/c++ question

    edit: nm figured it out.
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    acer aspire 3000 memory woes

    I just received my acer aspire 3000 laptop today, and I installed the extra 512 mb memory chip (from newegg) I bought for it and when it's installed the computer will not boot up. When I removed it it starts up fine. I tried all combinations of one chip and/or the other in both slots and nothing...
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    external hard drive enclosure

    Can anyone recomend a brand/type of external hard drive enclosure? I have an ata/133 hard drive I'd like to use on as backup for my laptop. Should I be wary of kits that are too cheap? Thanks.
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    Is this a good price?

    Inspiron 6000D 1.5GHz Pentium M 15.4 inch WXGA 512MB Shared DDR2 SDRAM 64MB DDR ATI's MOBILITY™ RADEON X300 PCI Express x16 Graphics 40GB Hard Drive 24X CD Burner/DVD Combo Drive Wireless, LAN, battery, etc $928 Good deal or no?
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    transformer rating

    Can someone tell me what the definition of a transformer rating is?
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    Good Fortran books?

    Can anyone recommend a good book or two on programming with Fortran? Does anyone here even use Fortran? Evan
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    C question (regarding input)

    Here's the situation: In a program that I'm writing I need to be inside of a loop that is getting input with scanf, and if the input meets certain criteria then the loop is stopped, and various things happen. However if invalid input is entered the loop just starts back at the beginning with the...
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    Good firewire card for laptop

    I'm looking for a decent (although not too expensive) firewire card for my laptop -- with the intention of running an external cd burner through it, and possibly also a dv camera. Does anyone have any specific brand or model they prefer, and furthermore what do people think about specific...