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    Brief blank screens during gaming on a 660 Ti

    A couple of weeks ago I put together a new PC for my living room using an EVGA GeForce GTX660 Ti that came out of my desktop PC as the video card. For the most part things are working OK, but while gaming, I have found that on occasion while playing games it will go to a blank screen, and come...
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    $500 HTPC build

    Me and my wife are looking to put together a living room PC/DVR using some money from our wedding, and I'm trying to get an idea of what to aim for. The standard questions: 1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc Using this as a living room PC, will...
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    Need advice on a living room HTPC build

    I am looking into the possibility of doing an HTPC for the living room, and wanted to get some advice on what I might build with these parameters 1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc This will be an HTPC for the living room. Will likely be replacing my...
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    Lower than expected temps on 3570k with H100i - Do these look right?

    I am currently doing a bit of stress testing on my newly built rig using Prime95, and based on some of the other results I've seen for H100is, I'm wondering if this looks right or if I'm not doing something right. Here's my methods: -System specs: Core i5 3570k @ stock speed on Asus P8Z77-V...
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    Is it OK to put a case fan on the CPU_OPT fan header?

    I am now in the process of putting together a new system based on a P8Z77-V motherboard, in a CoolerMaster HAF X case, and I realized that I'm one fan header short of being able to put all the case fans on the motherboard headers unless I use the CPU_OPT header for a fan. Is it going to cause...
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    Possible shipping damage - How to test a PSU outside of a system?

    I just ordered one of the Seasonic 850w PSUs that was on sale at Newegg earlier this week, and received it today, The box arrived with a big gouge in the side from shipping that reached the inside box the PSU was in and dented the foam packaging around the PSU. The PSU itself looks OK, but I'm...
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    Thoughts on a new build

    Even though my current system (built roughly 4 years ago) has held up surprisingly well for its age, it's getting to be just about time to build a new one. Originally my plan was to upgrade the video card and case and replace the hard drive with an SSD for now and do the MB/CPU later (specs in...
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    Opinions on Samsung Princeton (NP300U1A) subnotebook vs HP DM1z?

    For some time now I've been looking into getting myself some sort of subnotebook, and I've been leaning toward the HP DM1z, but haven't pulled the trigger on getting one While at Staples earlier today, I saw what appears to be a new 11" model from Samsung called the Princeton (NP300U1A) being...
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    Will a GTX260 card fit in an Antec Sonata case?

    (Delurking after a rather long absence from the [H]) I'm just about ready to finish ordering the stuff for a new system I'm building. Currently my plan is to use the Antec Sonata that my current system is housed in with pretty much everything else replaced, but I have some concerns abour...
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    Best Buy: $5 off any XBox game $29.99 and up

    The major catch seems to be that you have to download a 22MB PDF file to get the coupon out of it, but the "magazine" at the link below contains a coupon for $5 off any XBox game $29.99 and up at Best Buy, good until June 18th. XBox Live Power Up
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    Recommendation on a Bluetooth GPS?

    I'm curious as to what Bluetooth GPS units people are using here, and what you think of them. I'd like to get one since both my Notebook and PPC (and eventually my Smartphone, in theory at least) will be able to support it, and I could use one unit for both of them.
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    Recommendations on a new printer with out-of-the-box duplexing?

    It's starting to look like it's about time to look into getting a new printer here, and looking through the various stores in the area has not found many that would even be suitable for my purposes, much less ones that don't look like they'd fall apart in six months. The main feature I am...
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    Poor image rendering on my new Inspiron 6000?

    After returning from a week and a half of vacation, I found the Inspiron 6000 that I recently ordered waiting for me at my desk. I am currently in the process of configuring things to my liking and getting rid of the extraneous junk, but one thing I have noticed so far is that in quite a few...
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    Just ordered myself an Inspiron 6000

    I've been looking at notebooks for quite a while, and thanks to the $800 off 1,999 coupon I managed to catch, I just put in an order for this Inspiron 6000: Pentium M 730 (1.6GHz) 15.4" WSXGA+ screen 1GB RAM (2x512) 128MB Radeon X300 Graphics XP Professional 80GB Hard drive DVD-ROM...
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    Anyone bought a Dell from a mall kiosk before?

    I am planning to go ahead and buy a notebook (haven't decided on a specific one yet, but I've been looking at Dell Inspiron 6000 models) sometime within the next week or so. A few weeks back, I stopped at a Dell mall kiosk in the area to take a look at some of the stuff they had there, and the...
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    Opinions wanted: HP ZV5410US

    I'm looking at getting a notebook computer to use mostly for general use, but also for some light dev work and maybe some occasional gaming as well. After looking around a bit, the HP ZV5410US seems to be a good candidate, with an Athlon64 3000+ CPU and what looks to be a really nice screen for...
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    Hardware you forgot you had?

    I am in the process of putting together a new box to replace my aging 1.2@1.33ghz T-Bird with something slightly more modern. Since the old box is being donated to someone else in mostly complete form, I had it apart last night to take out a couple of peripherals I plan to keep in the new rig...
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    Running a Gamecube on a 2001FP?

    I was wondering if anyone else has used a Dell 2001FP with a Gamecube, and if so, what results you were able to get with it. I recently acquired one second-hand, which came with what now appears to be a third-party combination Composite/S-video cable. When I use the S-video input, I find that...
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    Dell 2005FPW announced

    Press release here: Link Edit: Some specs: Technical specifications of the Dell UltraSharp 2005FPW include: Native Resolution: 1680 x 1050 @ 60Hz Response Time (typical): 12ms grey-to-grey, 16ms black-to-white Contrast Ratio: 600:1 Brightness (typical): 300cd/m2 Number of...
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    Recommended PSU to use with an Abit AV8?

    I am looking at putting together an upgrade for my system based around an Abit AV8 board, but I'm seeing some scattered reports that this board doesn't play well with Antec PSUs, one of which (a TrueBlue 350W, I think) is running in my system currently. If I'm going to need to replace the PSU...
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    What's a fair hourly rate for a relatively low-level VB.NET developer?

    Recently, I was approached by someone I know from church who is looking to quit his job and set off to start developing software on his own. He asked me about helping him out with his project, a mobile device application written in VB.NET with SQLCE. I have recently completed classes covering...
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    SQL question: How to get a true/false value for whether or not a table exists?

    I am trying to write a stored procedure in T-SQL that inserts a record into a table, then is supposed to return the primary key (EmpID) for that record as an output parameter. How I'm trying to do that is by using a trigger on the table's insert command that retreives the EmpID parameter out of...
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    Can the direction of rotation on a 2001FP be changed?

    One of the major reasons I'm giving consideration to purchasing a Dell 2001FP is the built in rotation. From what I've seen, it appears that it rotates clockwise. Some things I'd want to use it for seem to only be able to use counterclockwise rotation though. Is it possible to change the...
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    Are Creative drivers still bloatware?

    I've never been big on PC audio, but given the fact that for my next upgrade I'm looking to put together a nice multimedia system, and the fact that the onboard audio and $10 speakers I have on here just aren't cutting it anymore, I'm looking right now at an Audigy ZS and a set of Logitech Z640...
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    Warm: PC games on clearance @ Target (YMMV)

    I just checked out two local Targets, and found that both of them had put a good number of PC games on clearance (25% off). Included among them were some newer titles such as Jedi Academy, Prince of Persia Sands of Time, and the AoM Titans expansion. The selection seems to vary from store to...
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    How's the onboard audio on the KV8-Max3?

    It looks like my next major upgrade is coming up before too long, and I'm looking at going Athlon64, using this board. I was actually quite impressed with the Soundstorm on my NF7-S, and I was wondering how good the onboard audio on this board is. I'll probably be runnning it off a set of...
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    Impressions on the Samsung 213T?

    For quite some time now, I have been needing to replace this ancient 17" CRT I'm on now. I'm thinking that if I do so, I might go for a spurge and pick up one of the Samsung 213Ts. I've seen the in-store demo models, and they certainly look impressive, but is this one really worth it for the...
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