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  1. Thimblewad

    Reviving an old HP laptop for my mom!

    Hey guys! i wanted to tell you about breathing some new life in an old laptop. The story: The company where my mom works was clearing out some stuff and she came across an old, almost unused laptop. An HP 6910P, a gem from the good old days with basically no signs of use. It was sitting in a...
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    Overclocking my memory

    Hi guys! I'm currently in the process of overclocking my RAM. It's a Crucial Sport 2400 MHz kit and I was able to push it to 2933 MHz using a higher DIMM voltage (1,20 → 1,45 V), still using XMP. The only voltage I've played with was the DIMM voltage. I can also change the DDRVPP voltage (2,5 V)...
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    AREZ STRIX VEGA 64 OC BIOS

    Hi guys, I need the BIOS file for THIS specific card. My intention is to flash the AREZ Vega 56 I have, but I'm unable to flash the ASUS BIOS over it. Thanks!
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    (SOLVED) Unable to change CAS latency

    Hi guys! I just started fiddling with my RAM a bit, since I'm having trouble going over 2800 MHz on my Ryzen 7 1700. I've lowered the latencies a bit but I seem to be unable to change CAS to lower than 16. Any ideas or might this be a BIOS bug?
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    My White CL4P-TP build log (WIP)

    Hi guys! After a loooong time, I've kicked my PC gaming into next gear and I decided to upgrade. NEW: Motherboard, CPU, RAM, NVME SSD, cable management, some style and a new monitor! I've also re-arranged my gaming room and made myself a bookshelf with component boxes. I have written about my...
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    Buying a new monitor

    Hi guys, how's it going? I've been thinking of spending some money on a new display, since I've been using an old 32" FHD LG TV as my monitor for about 2 years now. Requirements: At least 27", not more than 300€, IPS, >FHD (optional). I've looked at the market a bit and I'm quite intrigued by...
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    AC: Origins cracked!

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    So, I was thinking of buying this chair...

    I don't really know where to put this, since there is no chair or peripheral related forum (didn't find one) on here, so, here goes: This is the chair I'm using now (oh God, I know): I've been thinking of buying myself a proper "gaming" chair for some time now. I've been using a basic office...
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    I painted my case! (in white, NO RGB, CL4P-TP)

    * -all images are thumblnails, so you have to clickety-click on them → This is what it looks like atm ← ↓Story↓ Hey guys! I just wanted to share this cool little project I gave myself for the past couple of days. When I bought my case, it was available in a black and a white color, but ofc I...
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    Just got an R9 290X

    Hey! I just got my hands on an old, reference R9 290X: → put it system → DDU → new drivers → working okayish Problems: → very high temperatures (no problem reaching >90 °C) → loud as hell Fixes: → took cooler off, new thermal paste (ArcticCooling MX-2) etc. → undervolt 125 mV (core) → core...
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    Overclocking a new FX 8350

    I just got my hands on a new FX 8350. Fiddled with the settings a bit → disabled powersave states, turbo, HPC etc., LLC set to "regular". Using a Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P (4+2 phase). Settings: 4.7 GHz @ +0.175V (max.1.440 V after LLC does it's magic (CPU-Z)) Temperatures after stress (max. load...
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    R9 270X Overclocking (advanced... I guess)

    I've overclocked the card, overvolted the core and everything, but I would like to overvolt the memory as well, as it seems to be the clogging point of my GPUs performance. I've done everything so far with VBE7 but I can't seem to overvolt the memory with this program, any options? My GPU-Z...
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    External Seagate M3 portable dead

    I just bought a Seagate M3 Portable in "Maxtor" clothing. The Drive Manager thing downloaded some sort of firmware update on my HP 250 G4 and it rebooted my PC. Next thing I know, the computer takes a lot of time to boot (it has an SSD), and I can't see the Seagate anywhere except in Diskpart...
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    A blog of sorts... (feat. giving CPR to an Athlon XP 3000+ PC)(WARNING: large images)

    A couple of weeks ago, I got my hands on a very old PC with some interesting hardware. It was apparently un-bootable, hasn't been in use for at least 7-8 years and was about to go in the trash. My hardware-enthusiast gut kicked in and I said to myself: "I'm gonna make this piece of art work and...
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    Overclocking an FX6300, should I continue?

    Hi guys! for the past few days I was tinkering with the frequencies in my PC. I managed to get my RAM from 1600 MHz to 1864 MHz without changing any of the timings so I think that's quite an achievement. My next question is regarding my CPU. I managed to get over 4,6 GHz (CPU-Z validation)...
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    I changed the thermal paste on my GPU...

    Well, as the title states, I changed the factory thermal paste on my XFX R9 270X DD Edition with some aftermarket ArcticCooling MX-2 (I've been using it for years, best stuff) and the results I got are just astonishing. During gameplay under full load I dropped down to 60 °C max (-10 °C from...
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    Which OS to install?

    Hi guys (and gals)! Today I received an old PC (2003), boasting a huge ammount of 1 GB of RAM, an Athlon XP 3000+ CPU and an old 9600 Radeon GPU (what a legend this card is). It's currently got Windows XP on it, but I'd like to install something else (or a fresh install of XP) and I was...
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    Airflow in a cheap case

    Soooo, I got myself this Thermaltake BlackEdition V3 a while ago, paid 30€ for it, it's pretty, a lot of fans can be put in it and I like it. I recently bought a few Arctic Cooling F12 fans (yes, 120 mm) and I tried to somewhat make an okay airflow. To give you an idea how everything is put...
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    HP laptop screen problem (horizontal lines)

    Soooo... My parent's have had this laptop for 8 years now. Regularly maintained and taken care of by me (cleaning, thermal paste, new RAM, disk etc.), but a couple of weeks ago, something happened. Horizontal lines appeared over the screen making everything pretty much unreadable. The screen is...
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    R9 270X Overclocking (advanced... I guess)

    Okay, so, here's the deal. I've owned an XFX R9 270X Double Dissipation Edition for some time now. Pretty much as soon as I installed it, I oveclocked it from: 1050/1400 to 1200/1500. I was able to achieve that with increasing the power limit for 20%(max) and nothing else. The card after 4-5...
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    GTX 295 - funny stuff, I must say...

    Hello there everyone! Well, today I happened to get my hands on a used Gigabyte GTX 295 single PCB edition for only 30 €. Firstly, I sweeped all of the previous drivers with Display Driver Uninstaller. Then, I downloaded the newest (supported) driver, which is the 340.52. When my PC rebooted I...
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