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  1. shovenose

    HTPC Upgrades - CPU+GPU! ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M

    Currently running an A4-5300 in my HTPC and while it served great for two years as the core router for my friend's ISP (hey, don't laugh, it survived a few DDoS attacks with no complaints, was 100% stable, and handled more traffic on VyOS than we ever thought it would), I'm now using it as an...
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    Time for a new mechanical keyboard... What should I get?

    I spilled a whole smoothie on my current keyboard, which is this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16823129024 I took the keys off and took the whole thing apart and cleaned it, but I want to be ready to order another one, just in case that one doesn't survive. If it...
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    nVidia Fanboy Here - Moving on from GTX 760 2GB - Should I go AMD?

    In any other situation I would buy green without even looking at the red... but my MSI Z87M-G43 motherboard does NOT support SLI, only CrossFire (I didn't notice this when I bought it), and my i5-4590, 16GB of DDR3, 2TB HDD, and 60GB Intel SSD Cache are still performing well for me, so I don't...
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    Does anyone actually game on an AMD APU?

    Check that out; it's comparing the i3-6100 with the A10-7870K, which are very similar in terms of price. They are also very similar in terms of both overall CPU performance and overall GPU performance, both both are useless for "gaming" compared to a GeForce 750 Ti which at this point isn't even...
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    Intel SSD Caching Error

    The system in question: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, MSI Z87M-G43, i5-4440, 16GB DDR3, 2TB Seagate Barracuda (OS drive), 60GB Kingdian SSD (just put this in). Error I'm getting, when I hit OK to enable the acceleration: What my Intel settings look like: How I got to this point: 1. Install intel...
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    Inexpensive GPU for 3 Digital Monitors

    Hi! Looking for a cheap as possible PCI-express video card that has three digital outputs. By this I mean all monitors can be connected with ports like HDMI, DP, or DVI. I don't want to have to use VGA for one. It will be three 1920x1080 monitors. Gaming power is not important however it needs...
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    Vertical Black/White Lines - Mobo killing RAM?

    About a week ago I was having problems with crashing, artifacts, and lines. Replaced 2x4GB Team RAM with 2x4GB G.SKILL RAM, it fixed the problem until now. About a minute into GTA IV it crashed with black/white alternating lines on my screen. Sound kept going for a few seconds. This baffles me -...
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    HD7930 Artifacts + BSOD, now fine

    All I was doing was scrolling on bgp.he.net in Chrome and on a Skype call. I updated driver about a week ago to latest. Got some weird artifacts looked more like the graphics memory type. Then screen went black then computer BSOD. I rebooted and now it's fine. 10 minutes of FurMark ended up in...
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    Will Xeon E3-1230v2 work in desktop motherboard with normal RAM?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117286 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130723 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231487 Thanks.
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    What's the point?

    I know it's FUN but what can max out a Core i7 CPU and fast dual channel DDR3 RAM? You'll burn out your system faster (CPUs never fail by themself unless you OC then or they get damaged by the motherboard or power supply) and create more heat and spend more on power. That said, who can post...
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    sudden high heat and noise

    today i noticed my computer is craeting a lot more heat than it used to. it's sort of in this cubby thing in my desk with plenty of space and the fans suck in cool air from the front. but its louder and hotter than usual. anything abnormal here? thanks!
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    Small computer speakers for my office

    Currently I have Bose Companion 2 Series II but these I have to put sideways to put underneath my tripe monitors and these will stay at home. I'm looking for some not entirely horrible, inexpensive computer speakers that can fit in the space under my triple monitor setup without having to be...
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    Which of these SSD would be most reliable for a server?

    On a budget, these are going into Atom dual core servers. Gonna be used for cPanel web hosting in RAID1 config. I'm using SSDs because the web hosting accounts will be small (1-7GB at the biggest). I could get something more expensive like a Samsung 840 Pro but I'd rather not... if I buy 4 SSDs...
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    [WTB][US] Cheap Rack Servers or Desktop Components

    I'm looking for: -1U (or 2U if needbe) server with Dual Xeon L5420 or single E3, 24-32GB ECC, and 4 SATA-II/III 3.5" drive bays. Hardware RAID w/BBU a plus but not required. IPMI would be a plus not required. Needs Gigabit Ethernet, and support for Virtualization. -1U Atom dual core (with HT...
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    Windows 8 (well, 8.1) Asus logo

    On my ASUS laptop it shows the Asus logo when it's booting up instead of the normal Windows 8 logo. How can I change this? It's an ugly logo. My friend's Lenovo laptop does this as well - I know Dell and most other OEM computers do this too since I deal with them at work, but the Asus logo is...
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    Where do you buy computer parts?

    When you're building a system, where do you buy the parts, and why? For me, it's: Amazon - Prime, good pricing, great customer service, fast website Newegg - ShopRunner, occasional good deals, great filtering tools for building a system Ma Labs - harder to get an account here, but they ship...
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    Server 2012 R2 Intel Wireless AC 7260

    Hi! I'm doing a client build with the following specs: -Xeon E3-1270v3 Processor -ASUS P9D-V Motherboard -32GB Kingston DDR3 1600 ECC Memory -Seasonic 760W Platinum Power Supply -EVGA GTX660 Graphics -LiteOn DVDRW -Fractal Design Define R4 Case/Noctua CPU Cooler -1x 32GB SSD for Pagefile, 1x...
  18. shovenose

    Office System for ISP Tech Support, etc.

    For building out a small office, about half a dozen people. Local ISP (tech support, sales, billing, system administration, etc)... -LiteOn iHAS124-04 $19.99 -WD10EZEX $64.99 -2x ASUS VS24AH-P $479.98 -EVGA GTX 650 1GB $119.99 -Seasonic SSR-360GP $54.99 -Rosewill RK-9100xB Mechanical MX Blue...
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    Local version of Yahoo/AOL/etc.

    So, for my local ISP, I'll need something sort of like Yahoo! but not really, that the customers will set as their home page. I want in it: -Google search -Integration with my own webmail service -Local news -Weather -Account management Getting it done in PHP is no problem but I'm wondering if...
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    Asus Q501LA freezing/hanging

    nevermind fixed it
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    Upgrade from GTX670 to 2x R9 290 or R9 290X worth it?

    So, I have a MicroATX case and mobo and I'd need to buy a new PSU but I think I could make it work. Right now I have a Sparkle Calibre nVidia GeForce GTX 670 2GB. What do you think my best option would be: -keep the GTX670 if I would not notice a huge improvement in either upgrade -2x...
  22. shovenose

    Screensave more or less PPD?

    I'm in folding 24/7 with a Radeon HD 7870 (7930) and Core i5-3570K with the folding slider all the way to the right, does having the screensaver enabled or disabled give me more PPD? Thnx. PS: how many watts do you think this will eat up? I have a Kill-A-Watt but I can't plug it in because...
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    Odd Request/Question - Netgear Wireless N Router WNDR3700

    So, at home I use a consumer grade router. (I'm used to administrating enterprise stuff not consumer crap)... My internet really slows down when I'm doing something like uploading a backup to Backblaze, etc... I don't think it's the internet itself is slowing down, and my computer is connected...
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    ASUS Q501 Laptop - 1920x1080P Awesomeness!

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-15-6-touch-screen-laptop-6gb-memory-750gb-hard-drive-black/8937121.p?id=1218954925812&skuId=8937121 Bought this today, it's really, really good. Even though it's only got a 5400RPM disk it performs quite well. But, this screen, OMG it's gorgeous. I already hated...