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    Making a little steambox, need some advice

    I don't think its worth it at all to liquid cool an i3.
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    Making a little steambox, need some advice

    Nah man, I don't think I can boot from a USB stick. The mobo is the AsRock H61MV-ITX if anybody cares. I was thinking that I could swap the Hard Drive with Windows 8 in my friend's mini-ITX rig (it happens to use the exact same mobo, but this one is hooked up to an ODD) with the current blank...
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    Making a little steambox, need some advice

    Hiya. I finished the build, but I ran into a problem when I tried to install a Cooler Master GeminII M2 CPU cooler. I only realised after installation that it hung over my PCI-E slot, so I uninstalled it. I somehow bricked my mobo in the process, so I was forced to compromise and get a...
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    Thoughts on an upgrade to a Kraken G10?

    So i'm currently running a 7970 GHz Edition Vapor-X Edition by Sapphire in my rig. No slouch, but temps and noise really do rev up when i'm playing certain games. The only game I really do play that makes this happen is Bioshock Infinite, so for now, I can live with the fans revving up for 2...
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    Making a little steambox, need some advice

    So I got the parts, save for the PSU. I'll go back for that later, but for now, a 650W PSU I have lying around will do the trick (im paranoid that one of the cables will somehow touch the cpu cooler though) Right now the mess of cables sort of takes up the space where the removable HDD mounting...
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    Making a little steambox, need some advice

    Thank you all for the responses. Im going to go buy the parts later on today. My friend says playing games on his pc, which is running ubuntu with a 7750 is ok. I'll see if I can find some sort of temperature monitor that works with Linux once it is setup.
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    Making a little steambox, need some advice

    Hi there! So after walking around my local computer mall today, I stumbled upon this little gem here. I have a few spare parts lying about, namely 8GB of RAM and a 7750, and I have been thinking about building a nice little steambox/ ridiculously compact LAN rig for a while now. I'm not aiming...
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    nvidia 3d vision pc spec

    660s are horrible value. Perhaps just get 2 650 Ti Boosts (much better value), and then SLI them?
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    Portable Budget Build

    So I went over it again, and i've decided that I will probably go for a decent overclock on the CPU. So here is what I have now. Chassis: Cooler Master N200 (355) CPU: AMD A8 5600K (699) Mobo: MSI FM2-A85XMA-E35 Socket FM2 (599) HDD: WD Caviar Blue 500 GB 7200 RPM (375) OS: Microsoft Windows...
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    Portable Budget Build

    For gaming though, in the relatively limited space in the chassis, would the stock cooler be adequate?
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    Portable Budget Build

    So I've gone over it, and changed a few things. Chassis: Cooler Master N200 (355) CPU: AMD A8 5600K (699) Mobo: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Socket FM2 (430) HDD: WD Caviar Blue 500 GB 7200 RPM (375) OS: Microsoft Windows 8 64-Bit OEM (999) GPU: Sapphire 7970 GHz Edition (Swap in swap out, free) PSU...
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    Portable Budget Build

    So I could cut down to a top-rate pentium and still be capable of getting easily playable frames?
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    Portable Budget Build

    So, I am heavily considering building a small portable gaming PC. I'm going to cut down heavily on pricing by swapping my graphics card and PSU from my main rig in and out with the portable one, and using some spare RAM I have in the build. So here is what I have so far: (Prices are from...
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    Budget-ish gaming rig issues

    So, um, i'm really really considering making a new build that I can lug to people's houses without too much suspicion. I'm going to switch the HDDs from my main rig to the mini-rig when I go to somebody's home, and to serve as a bit of an HTPC (Im really cutting down on price, so i'm just...
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    Budget-ish gaming rig issues

    Thanks. Urm, I think i'l try even harder to patch up Max Payne instead. I don't have the XP disk as that thing is from a time other people built PCs for me.
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    What are you dream builds?

    Thermaltake Level 10 GT White/ NZXT Phantom 820/ Cosmos II Asus Z9PE-D8 WS Dual 3970Xs Dual Asus Ares IIs (7990s) 2x Seidon 120XLs CM Silent Pro 1500W 6x Mushkin Chronos Deluxes 480 GB 16GB Cosair Vengeance Platinum (4x4GB) Fans that can fill the remaining spaces Nom nom nom
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    Budget-ish gaming rig issues

    Hi, sorry to resurrect this thread. So I wanted to play Max Payne 1. I've tried all the Win 7 fixes but they didn't work. I have a few Hard drives with Windows XP on them laying about so if I used an IDE to SATA connector to connect them to my mobo will my PC let me choose between Win 7 and XP...
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    Budget-ish gaming rig issues

    Future-proofing. Also the card i'm eyeing is ridiculous- 7970GHz Edition, custom cooler, ONLY 3550 HKD. Stock-Clocked reference designed 7970 (Non- GHz Editions) are more expensive than that. I know, ridiculous.
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    Budget-ish gaming rig issues

    Alright then, so this rig has gone from "budgetish" to "Higher end". But now I have a MAJOR problem. I just installed an Antec 620 H20 CPU Cooler, and now all of a sudden, steam will not boot. It probably has nothing to do with the HDDs, as I can access the drive from the drives menu. When I...
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    Rate new rig

    Very solid.
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    PC build feedback?

    So, yeah. Basically, try go for an ethernet (Wired) connection if you can (I game over a connection from a room upstairs, which then travels through a series of routers, all the way downstairs, but my ping is still decent, although sometimes it fluctuates), replace your processor with something...
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    Do Screen Protectors help prevent screens from cracking?

    So go for a rubber case or the little case samsung sells that has the screen cover (Sorta like the magic cover? I think for the ipad). Really, I would do anything to not go down the rubber route. The S3 is a sexy beast, and doesn't deserve to be clad in garish rubber, but if I have to... I WILL.
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    PC build feedback?

    This is a rather solid build for the price. A question though- Do you need 32GB of RAM? And why not go for a case that looks better than the Enforcer, and has a side intake for cooling (Really up to your taste, but I would take the NZXT Phantom 410, which is around the same price or cheaper than...
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    Do Screen Protectors help prevent screens from cracking?

    So I dropped my S3... And sadly, a good portion of the screen has a crack in it. I know the procedure to replace the screen is quite costly, but I am going to pay for it anyway. What I want to know though, is if a simple screen protector film increases the durability of the screen. From what I...
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    Budget-ish gaming rig issues

    So... Let's just say that i've come across some cash. Im leaning towards the 7970 (Non GHz Edition), or GTX 680. Which one should I take? And are there any companies with specifically good coolers? One cooler is catching my eye- I can get a GTX 680 with 4GB RAM, from Inno3D (Somewhat shady...