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    Will a three slot card work with a sound card in front of the first fan?

    I have a micro-ATX motherboard and a small sound card. Based on my current three fan video card, the sound card in the fourth slot would likely leave little room in front of the first fan. Would this cause much issue?
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    Any reason to buy a 2070 super from a board maker instead of Nvidia directly?

    They seem to be in stock at Nvidia, but harder to locate a specific card in stock otherwise. Any reason not to get a card directly from Nvidia? It would be a bit cheaper that way as well. I have no idea about an Nvidia RMA process though.
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    Which card for 50% more performance than a 980Ti?

    I have just started playing The Division 2 which is more demanding than anything I have played in a while. At 2560x1440 with all of the settings maxed I am seeing around 40 FPS. I would like something that would give me an increase of 50%, or a bit more. Suggestions?
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    Are there 4k HDR options other than the $2k Asus PG27UQ?

    I want something with the picture quality of an HDR television. Quantum dots with FALD most likely. Not IPS would be good. Are there any other options out there?
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    Keyboard alternative for gaming?

    I tried playing a traditional WASD third person shooter and my left wrist started bothering me. I think it is because my wrist bends reaching back and to the side for ctrl or shift, or reaching forward and to the side for r or t. I like how with a PS4 controller your wrists are mostly...
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    Are co-op PS4 games such as Alienation or Helldivers shared screen?

    Or are they intended to be played by two players each with their own console?
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    Do all of these new USB headsets even make use of a sound card?

    Do they utilize the motherboard on board sound either? What is putting sound out on USB for a headset?
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    For gaming and music do I want headphones or a gaming headset?

    I want something over ear and closed back. In my case, headphones are for when my family is nearby watching television. What us good for $100 or $150? I came across the Sennheiser 598 CS. Is there anything better on somewhat of a budget? Do I want regular headphones or a gaming headset? Is...
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    IPS monitors look terrible compared to an HDR television

    Everyone always raves about IPS monitors. After gaming on an HDR television my 144 Hz IPS monitor has lost its luster. The low contrast ratio, IPS glow, and less vibrant colors are readily apparent. It's too bad that the very few HDR G-Sync monitors are still priced so high.
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    I have been a PC gamer my entire life, but the PS4 Pro looks amazing

    I installed the Shadow of the Tomb Raider demo on my PC yesterday to see if it might be passable for my son. Today I put the demo on the PS4. It looks amazing. The polygon count is probably higher on the PC, and the foliage, for example, is more detailed there. I think it comes down to...
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    Is there a list of PS4 exclusives and PS4 Pro enhanced games?

    Sony's website doesn't give any options to filter or sort PS4 games.
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    Are there any PS4 shooters that are appropriate for a ten year old?

    Do any of them have settings to tone down gore or language?
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    I think my 980 Ti may be going bad. Help please.

    I was playing The Grim Adventures of Van Helsing and the screen would turn a solid color (white, black, yellow, pink, etc.) just after the intro screens. A small number of times I was able to play for half a minute before it would happen. I have to power the PC off, and back on, in order to...
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    Action RPG recommendations?

    I have tired of Diablo 3 and Grim Dawn. I tried Path of Exile, but the dated graphics are hard to ignore. Is there anything else I should take a look at?
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    G-Sync tearong above 144 FPS

    In Grim Dawn, I am now getting framerates occasionally beyond 144. This is causing tearing. V-Sync is off in the games video options. If I turn it on this problem goes away, but is that the right approach to take? Are there other setting in the Nvidia Control Panel that I am not seeing that...
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    Is there a way to test that a 980 Ti is operating correctly?

    In Grim Dawn, my frame rate seems lower than normal and once in a while the game will pause for a fraction of a second and then continue normally. Everything looks fine in GPU-Z regarding clock rate, temperature, and fan speed. If it matters, it is a Gigabyte G1 Gaming. Thanks.
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    PerfCap reported by GPU-Z

    Is having a PerfCap reason normal? It seems to alternate between "VRel" and "Pwr". When not playing a game it shows "Util".
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    Non-mechanical keyboard recommendation?

    I have tried several mechanical keyboards and plain don't like them. I currently have a Corsair Strafe RGB with the Cherry MX "silent" switches. they are far from silent. I find myself going back to my many year old Saitek Eclipse. What is a good rubber-dome keyboard with some gaming...
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    How do I view the current clock spped of a 980Ti?

    I am curious what my card is at while on the desktop.
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    Suggestions for an air cooler for stock i7-6700K?

    It would need to fit in a Corsair 350D. They list a maximum height of 160mm.
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    How do I installl Windows 10 free on a new build?

    I don't care about retaining the Windows 7 license on my soon to be old build. Am I able to enter the Windows 7 license key during the Windows 10 installation? Do I need install Windows 7 first, and then upgrade to Windows 10 from that? Will Windows 7 even install cleanly on modern...
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    4K at 60 Hz or 1440 at 144 Hz?

    I just can't make up my mind. I keep going back and forth. Either would need to have G-Sync. Which would you choose? My thought on monitors for 1440 would be the Asus PG279Q or maybe the Dell S2716DG if the Asus has quality issues. For 4K, the Asus PG27AQ. I would probably end up...
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    Laptop recommendation: Windows 10 & SSD

    All I have found for a reasonable price so far is a Toshiba Satellite customized from their site with Windows 10, i5-5200U, 8 GB RAM, and a 128 GB SSD for $620. The budget for this is $700. Dell has the XPS 13 with an SSD which would probably be good, but is a bit over my sister's budget.
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    Is G-Sync worth dealing with the quality issues of Acer and Asus?

    I keep hearing about quality control issues with monitors from the two predominant manufacturers of G-Sync models. Should I continue to look at G-Sync monitors? Should I loon at non-G-Sync monitors from Samsung, LG, etc. and just continue using Vsync?
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    Which 4K monitor for 980Ti?

    It seems that if you want G-Sync, the best you can do is 27". I think I am waiting for the Asus Swift PG27AQ to arrive. If G-Sync isn't necessary, one can get a 28" or 32" 4K monitor. It is disappointing that a smaller screen has to be settled for in order to get G-Sync and IPS.
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    JBL LSR305 powered speakers or Bose 201? Connection questions also...

    I have an old pair of Bose 201 speakers that I have not used in many years. Is it worth getting a small amplifier for them, or would a set of newer powered speakers be noticeably better? As for connections, would a sound card such as the Sound Blaster Zx allow me to output to this pair of...
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    Suggestions for a compact 2.1 receiver?

    I want something small that could be placed on a desk top. I just need it to power two book shelf speakers, and have a jack for a sub. If it matters, I don't need AM/FM tuning, or a multitude of inputs for components other than a PC.
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    Older Corsair HX520 still compatible?

    Does a ~7 year old Corsair HX520 offer everything I would need for a new Z97 build with a single GPU? Here is link to the PSU: http://www.corsair.com/en-us/hx520w
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    Where are the IPS G-Sync monitors?

    There don't appear to be any available. You can get G-Sync, but not an IPS panel. Or you can get an IPS panel, but without G-Sync. There also seems to be a lack of G-Sync panels in general. There are maybe four or five models available. I don't understand why monitor makers are not...
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    Could a bad/insufficient power supply cause these problems?

    System is an i7-860, Asus P7P55D Pro, 4GB G.Skill DDR3, HD5870, one optical drive, and three hard drives. I get occassional crashes to a blank screen (less of these after switching from 8GB to 4GB). I get other errors such as superfetch stopped working, windows update stopped working, host...
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    What is the proper default voltage for an i7-860?

    Should I set it manually, or leave it on Auto? On Auto I think it may undervolt during low stress. I'm trying to resolve system stability issues.
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    Anyone with an Asus P7P55D Pro have issues with G. Skill RAM?

    I get occassional crashes to a blank screen (less of these after switching from 8GB to 4GB). I get other errors such as superfetch stopped working, windows update stopped working, host process stopped working, microsoft software protection service stopped working, etc. This is the RAM I...
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    Need memory recommendations for Asus P7P55D... current memory seems unstable

    I get occassional crashes to a blank screen (less of these after switching from 8GB to 4GB). I get other errors such as superfetch stopped working, windows update stopped working, host process stopped working, microsoft software protection service stopped working, etc. It seems Windows 7...
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    New Windows 7 PC crashes to blank screen :(

    i7 860 + Asus P7P55D Pro + 8GB G.Skill DDR3-1333 C7 + 5870. The PC will randomly every day or two just go to a blank screen (as in no video output... the PC is still powered on but no output). I had tried reinstalling Windows 7, running windows update, and installing only the video card...
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    Is Windows 7 incredibly unstable for anyone else?

    It crashes to a blamk screen once or twice a day. I get errors that IE, superfetch, vide driver, etc has stopped responding. I have run HCI memtest and it was fine. My setup is an Asus P7P55D + i7 860 + 5870. All stock. Any ideas? I built the new PC and installed Windows 7 at the...
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    Memtest86 stops after 4 seconds... help

    Asus P7P55D Pro + i7 860. RAM is 4 x 2GB G.Skill DDR3-1333 7-7-7. Even tried with the timings at 9-9-9. What am I missing? Edit: No errors are displayed, it simply locks up.
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    Asus P7P55D... settings for stock i7 860

    Do I need to set values for voltages, memory, CPU, etc by hand or will the default "auto" settings leave evrything at proper values?
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    Is an intake fan blowing on the videocard pointless now that cards are enclosed...

    ...draw air from the front? Like the 5870. It is covered in a plastic shield and draws air from the vents pointed toward the front fan.
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    People that have been to Microcenter... do they have cases out of the box on display?

    Going on a road trip soon and may stop by to browse.
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    Will a 5870x2 have microstutter?

    Does a dual GPU card have the same microstutter issues that Crossfire/SLI single GPU cards have?
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