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    How much better single-threaded performance do current CPUs have?

    My main reason for upgrading my CPU (i7-4770K @ 4.4 GHz) would be to get better single-threaded performance in indie simulation games that usually run on mostly one thread (Cities Skylines, Oxygen Not Included, Factorio, Kerbal Space Program, Prison Architect, Rimworld, etc. - stuff like that)...
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    Looking for high quality wireless gaming mouse

    Since my Razer Ouroboros all of a sudden refuses to move the cursor, I am looking for a replacement. I just hate Razer. I am looking for a gaming mouse that satisfies the following criteria: 1. Reliable 2. Wireless 3. Battery lasts more than a week on a single charge 4. Has finger rests 5...
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    INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE BSOD - any ideas on fixing it?

    One of my client's new computers (Asus H110M-K with a Pentium G4400) with Windows 10 is stuck in a reboot cycle with this BSOD. I suspect two possible causes: either M$ dropped the ball with one of the many Spectre/Meltdown patches or my client was impatient and pulled the plug on her computer...
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    Samsung C24FG70FQU - Quantum Dot, VA panel, 144 Hz, FreeSync

    Would this be good for gaming, movies, and text work? I am under the impression that VA panels are less prone to backlight bleeding, and given its additional contrast it would suit me better. I couldn't find many reviews, even though this is one of the first Quantum Dot monitors.
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    Windows 8.1 cumulative updates

    What are the cumulative updates to install in order to quickly get Win 8.1 up to date and get those 100+ updates (for new installs) out of the way? Windows 7 has the April 2016 update which does just that, but so far I'm having trouble finding such updates for Windows 8.1 and I don't feel like...
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    Are there any current PC games that need more than 8 GB RAM?

    I'm planning a new Skylake build with fast memory, and 16 GB DDR4 kits at high frequency are either out of stock or too expensive where I live. Are there any games that push above 8 GB total RAM usage that I should be worried about? I'm only interested in gaming and I'd rather go with the...
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    i7-5820k vs. i7-6700K for sim gaming

    Which one would you choose for gaming? It's a bit hard for me to decide because I'm having trouble finding reviews comparing these two CPUs. The important thing for me is that I need good performance not only in graphically intensive AAA games like GTA 5, but also in heavily modded simulation...
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    Palit 980 Jetstream any good?

    I just found a great deal on the Palit Jetstream 980 in my country - 460 $ + VAT. Are they any good? I usually stick with some more respectable brands like Asus, MSI, Sapphire, but the good brands are at least 100 $ more expensive and I'm not willing to spend that much money right now. I'm...
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    Maximus VI Hero won't start after power loss

    Lately I've been having this issue where, after there is a power loss, the MB refuses to start even if the power and reset buttons are lit up. I push the power-on button on the case or the one on the MB, and nothing. After I shut down the PSU itself from its own switch (Seasonic X1050), then...
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    Looking for shock-resistant USB 3.0 external HDD

    I need an external HDD for backing up my data, and after a rather unfortunate incident with an external WD drive I destroyed by dropping it just 2 cm, I am not willing to take chances anymore. I need a durable and reliable solution with plenty of storage space (3 or 4 TB) and USB 3.0...
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    R9 280X - which ones are voltage unlocked?

    I would like to buy a R9 280X that is voltage unlocked so I can undervolt it for max efficiency while mining litecoins and to make its power consumption fit my 650 W PSU better (I will be using it in XFire with my 7950). I would preferably like one with the best cooling, for my peace of mind...
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    7950 crossfire compared to R9 290X, GeForce 780

    I would like to know how two 7950 CF would compare in performance to the current top-end cards ( R9 290X, GeForce 780, Titan, 780ti ) I already have a 7950 and it's difficult to sell it where I live in order to get a single top-end card. I would go with CF only if the perf. is significantly...
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    Seasonic G650 enough for crossfire?

    I'm thinking about buying another 7950 (or R9 280) for my system and I wonder if the Seasonic G650 I have is enough long term. I used one of those PSU calculators and it would seem to be enough if not for the capacitor aging (?) pushing things at or over the limit. Specs in my sig, The 7950 I...
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    IPS with 1100:1 contrast or above

    I recently managed to see a HP 23xi in person in a shop, was impressed with its black levels and sure enough reports that it and its smaller brother the 22xi have a contrast of about 1200:1 which is top-notch for an IPS panel. What other high-contrast IPS monitors are out there...
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    Sapphire Dual-X 7950 Boost

    I want to buy a new card to run Tomb Raider, Far Cry 3, Bioshock Infinite, Assassin's Creed 3 maxed out @ 1080p 60Hz, and Crysis 3 as far as it will go. Would the Sapphire Dual-X 7950 Boost be enough for my needs? I would be willing to overclock a little, but only on stock voltage. My supplier...
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    EVGA 670 SC 4 GB or Sapphire Vapor-X 7970 GHz

    I would like to buy a high end card that offers good performance and maximum visual quality at 1080p 60Hz. In particular, I'd be interested in good performance in open-world games, I plan to play Tomb Raider 2013, Assassin's Creed 3, Bioshock Infinite and GTA 5. Right now I would like good...
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    Eizo monitor advice

    I would like a new PWM-free monitor for games, reading, and movies that I will use to replace my Dell U2312HM and its uniformity, contrast and bleed+glow issues. Since I can't afford to waste time and money with monitor exchanges, I've been reading [H]Forum regularly and so I figured Eizo is my...
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    27" H-IPS 120hz LG panel in production?

    Just discovered this: What do you guys think?
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    IPS monitors with highest static contrast

    I'm interested in finding out which IPS monitors on the market have the highest measured static contrast (above 1000:1) and the least amount of IPS glow. I'm interested especially in the 23" and 24" category, but if you know 27" with great contrast, please feel free to mention.