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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?

    Ended up buing an MSI 1660 Super Aero ITX card on sale (cheapest price on that card and cheaper than any other 1660 card I can find looking at Australian shops). Other than the fact that it might be louder due to the small-form-factor, did I buy a good card? Or did the salesman at the store sell...
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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?

    Well after the thermal compound was replaced, the dust cleaned out and a new power supply installed, my PC is running smoothly again. Haven't had a single system failure or BSOD or anything even though I have been playing The LEGO Movie 2 all day. My guess is that the dried out dead thermal...
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    Best hardware diagnostic tools?

    After taking it to the local repair shop they replaced the dead dried out thermal compound, cleaned dust out of the PC and told me the power supply was on the way out. Just installed a new (and better) power supply and lets see if my system is stable again.
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    Best hardware diagnostic tools?

    I ran furmark (current version) last night and it didn't cause the instability, none of the test I ran did. But playing the same game again just caused a BSOD (that said "A clock interrupt was not received on a secondary processor within the allocated time interval" which I have never heard of)...
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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

    I already bought the Crucial and its working great :)
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    Best budget SSD option to buy

    Went to umart today and the guy suggested I buy this https://www.umart.com.au/Crucial-P1-500GB-3D-NAND-NVMe-PCIe-M-2-SSD_49097G.html He said that it was the best choice due to the deep discount being offered on the drive at that point. I realized that an NVME SSD would actually be of benefit to...
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    Best budget SSD option to buy

    I am in Australia and my budget is maybe around the $100 mark.
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    Best budget SSD option to buy

    I am looking for a 500GB drive or thereabouts and price is the biggest factor for me rather than speed. I want inexpensive but I dont want crappy quality (hence the question about the WD options)
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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?

    So mixing and matching sets (different speeds, different vendors, different chips etc) isn't going to make a difference to my system with the motherboard I have?
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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

    Thanks for the advice, I ran the Samsung Magician and pressed "update" and it updated the firmware with no issues. Also enabled something called "Rapid Mode" which seemed like a good thing and set the "OS Optimization" to "Maximum Performance".
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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

    It was either the Creatives or the even worse (based on past experience) Logitech option. The shops I have access to don't exactly sell a vast range of high-end speakers. And before someone points me at online options, let me say that for various reasons (including the fact that these speakers...
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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

    I followed the suggestions on the internet for thermal compound replacement. How can I tell if my temps are at normal range or if they are too high (and if they are too high, what might be the cause and how I can solve it) Last thing I want is for my system to shut down unexpectedly because my...
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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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    Need a new graphics card, what should I buy?

    I dont run high-res texture mods so that doesn't matter to me plus the price difference between the 1GB card and 2GB card was big enough that I couldn't justify it.
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    Recommend me an SSD

    Thanks for the advice, I got the Samsung 840 EVO 250GB as well (no point getting the more expensive 850 on my ancient motherboard...)
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    Need a new graphics card, what should I buy?

    Thanks for the advice, I ended up with a Gainward brand GeForce GTX 750. The guy in the shop tried to up-sell me to the 2GB card but I figured that with my CPU, any game requiring 2GB of video memory is either going to need a faster CPU, more than 4GB main RAM or both.
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    Recommend me an SSD

    Its a Core 2 Duo E6400 with 4GB of RAM.
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    Recommend me an SSD

    Thanks to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976 from Microsoft and INF_allOS_9.1.2.1008_PV.exe from Intel, my system is now booting in AHCI mode. Windows says I have a "Standard AHCI 1.0 Serial ATA Controller" whatever that means.
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    Recommend me an SSD

    Do I need to worry about the fact that Windows 7 doesn't support AHCI on my motherboard? (if I switch my BIOS to AHCI, it picks up my current SATA HDD and DVD but then Windows fails to boot) I know you need to update the firmware on some of these SSDs to fix issues that can cause data loss and...
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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?

    Currently the most graphically demanding games I own are Elder Scrolls: Oblivion and LEGO Movie (the 2 games that have caused the card to trigger the failure I am observing) but I intend to start playing Fallout 3 or Fallout New Vegas at some point as well.
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    Need a new graphics card, what should I buy?

    There are multiple vendors of 750 with different models, how can I figure out which one to buy?
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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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