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    Are heatsinks necessary for NVME SSDs?

    I have a Crucial CT500P1SSD8 500GB NVME drive as my main disk on a Gigabyte H170M-D3H motherboard and it currently has no heatsink on it (and has never had one since I bought it). Recently had some problems with my system and the computer repair guy said my 250GB Samsung SSD had died (many years...
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    What GPU should I upgrade to?

    System specs: Core i5-6500 16GB of DDR4 RAM Gigabyte H170M-D3H-CF motherboard GeForce GTX 750 1GB GDDR5 GPU Asus VC239 23" 1080p monitor ThermalTake LitePower 650W LTP-0650P-2 PSU Windows 7 (with a Windows 10 upgrade to happen soon) I have no interest at this point in VR, higher resolutions or...
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    Best hardware diagnostic tools?

    I have been having some instability as of late with the system sometimes just randomly freezing. I just installed The LEGO Movie 2 the Video Game and that just did it again. Are there any diagnostic or stress test tools I can use to help narrow down what might be going on (e.g. is the GPU at...
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    Best budget SSD option to buy

    Right now I have a 250GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD as my main drive, a 500GB WD spinning drive and a 250GB external Maxtor. All 3 drives are running low on disk space. I could probably free up a fair bit on the 500GB WD and the 250GB external Maxtor if I really wanted to but both disks are fairly slow...
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    What RAM upgrade should I buy?

    My current system specs are: Intel Core i5 6500 @ 3.20GHz Gigabyte H170M-D3H-CF DDR4 motherboard 2x4GB Kingston HyperX sticks KHX2400C15D4/4G (from memory I bought the 2400 speed even though my motherboard can only do 2133 speed because the store was out of the 2133 speed) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750...
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    Recommend me a motherboard

    I am in the process of planning for an upgrade and need advice on what motherboard to get. The CPU I have decided to get is a Core i5 6500. Going to get 8GB of DDR4 as well. Keeping my Gainward NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750, 250GB Samsung SSD 840 EVO, 500GB internal SATA HDD and SATA DVD burner...
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    Samsung SSD 840 EVO and firmware updates

    I have a Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250GB and I am seeing talk of various "issues" with these drives (not sure exactly what those are) and various firmware updates that are supposed to fix the problem. Can anyone tell me A.What these "issues" actually are and whether I need to care about them B.How...
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    Speaker configuration advice wanted

    I recently bought a set of Creative Labs Inspire T3300 2.1 speakers (to replace a set of Inspire T3130 that died) and I want to know what Windows settings (I run Windows 7) would be best for these speakers. Do I want to select "Full Range Speakers" in the Windows configuration or not? Also...
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    Having possible problems with my CPU, advice wanted

    Earlier today I took the heatsink and fan off my CPU, cleaned all the dust off the heatsink/fan and replaced the thermal compound (with CoolerMaster IC Value V1). I have also re-installed Windows on my new SSD. I am running a hardware monitor tool and with 100% CPU load it says the core temps...
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    Recommend me an SSD

    I am looking to get an SSD to augment my current 500GB internal HDD and want recommendations as to what to buy. I am 99% sure a 250GB SSD is the size I should go for (just based on the calculation of the sizes of things that make sense to put on the SSD) All I know about SSDs is that a friend...
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    Need a new graphics card, what should I buy?

    I currently have a NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 (EVGA 1GB model) which is giving me some issues so I want to upgrade it (upgrading will let me run certain games on higher settings too). I also have a Core 2 Duo E6400 with 4GB of RAM (although an upgrade to 8GB is something I am considering) on an...
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