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    AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.20 GHz

    Does anyone know when this becomes available? I've been hunting around and all I can find are reviews. I re-purposed my old rig into a HTPC so I'm needing a stop-gap before Bulldozer comes out. I might just get the Athlon II X3 450 instead and hope it unlocks to a quad, it should essentially be...
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    Setting up remote for PC

    If you're just wanting a basic remote for your PC, I picked up this remote from Amazon. I needed it for the USB IR receiver, but the remote itself works just fine. So far it seems to work fine with my Logitech Harmony 550, I just haven't had time to tweak everything yet...
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    Radeon 5770 Incompatibility Issue

    We tried DVI, VGA through a DVI->VGA adapter, and HDMI with the same problem. He has three of the DVI->VGA adapters, and the DVI cable is DVI-I Dual Link. So far this has to be only PCIe 1.0 since it works fine on my P35 w/ 1.1. His nVidia 570 chipset can't be helping either, those have...
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    Radeon 5770 Incompatibility Issue

    Yea, BIOS was updated a few weeks back. I haven't had a chance to look at how many amps the card needs and what the PSU puts out on the 12v rails (it has multiple rails, so it could be an issue), but it can't hurt to find out. Thanks for trying though, if anything I wanted to let people know...
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    Radeon 5770 Incompatibility Issue

    I was just about to add that since I forgot. It's an Ultra 500-watt Xfinity X2 something PSU, but that's been ruled out since it can run my 8800GT without breaking a sweat, which is pretty close to the power draw of the 5770. It's also been running his 7900GT and 3 hard drives for years without...
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    Radeon 5770 Incompatibility Issue

    Hey guys, I'm wondering if any of you know anything about an issue with new Radeon 5770's in older motherboards. Last night I was helping a friend install the new Sapphire Vapor-X 5770 in his rig, and no matter what we did we couldn't get it to work. He has an older AM2 system, an ASUS M2N-Sli...
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    advice on upgrade

    I think more RAM and a HDD is the way to go here. DDR2 prices have shot up so either buying a cheap 2GB stick or buying 4GB off someone here is your best bet. I just bought the Samsung F3 last month, and I can say it's a great buy! The new 500GB platters made a big difference over my old F1, so...
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    1TB Hard drive talk

    What are you using the drive for? If it's for storage purposes I'd get a Green drive, or one that is in the 5k range for spindle speed. If you're going for performance I would look at the Samsung F3 or Seagate 7200.12 drives. Both are made using 500GB platters so they'll be faster, quieter, and...
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    MKV w/ Hardware acceleration in Windows 7 Media Center

    MKV is a container so as far as I know it depends on how the codecs are inside that determine hardware acceleration (if any). I know Mussels and Wile E are pretty knowledgeable on the subject so they'd be the guys to talk to. Edit: I haven't had the time to try this out (I'm lucky enough if I...
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    OS for HTPC

    I'd say Linux should be good for a basic HTPC / file server / media streamer, but if you want something with good hardware support I'd go with Windows 7. Last time I tried running my X-Fi in Ubuntu it could barely do stereo, much less 5.1. I'd have to stick with Windows at least for the audio...
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    Ubuntu/Kubuntu 9.10

    You can grab the official release here: http://noncdn.releases.ubuntu.com/9.10/ I'm at work so I can't try it, but it's better than downloading 9.04 / 9.10 RC.
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    Budget Gamer Build 500$

    Looks like you've got a good build going! AM3/DDR3 is a smart move like others have said, but I would definitely go for the 720 BE if you can. ZipZoomFly has it for $110 w/ FS on a "combo deal" if you buy something else from them.
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    Windows 7 Questions

    1) It works! My friend has been using Win7 on his 680i without problems since the RC. 2) Yup. 3) Yup. 4) OEM's are cheaper but you have to jump through hoops if you decide to change your hardware (motherboard and such). Worst I've had to deal with is a 5 minute phone call to reactivate...
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    should I 12gb of ram?

    I think you answered your own question. If you've held on to your 939 system for this long and plan on using all of those virtual machines, then if $100 bucks is worth your peace of mind for a few more years (I'm assuming you'll keep it as long as your 939) then go for it. I feel ya on your 939...
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    Windows 7 ($30 for College Students) Question

    Yea, if they have a contract with Microsoft I'd do that. Sadly the program we have at my university thinks that engineers only want the 32-bit copy of Professional, without option to download the 64-bit. I'll see what happens after the release, but I want to get a copy of 64-bit straight from...