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    If You Had A $2000 Budget

    I paid 1450$ canadian dollars for mine without the monitor. CPU: Intel Core I7 950 @ 3.07 GHz stock cooler Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X58 USB/SATA 3.0 Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (8-8-8-24-2N) Video: Gigabyte Nvidia Geforce GTX 470 Super Overclock Series + WindForce...
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    What should I get after I sell my i7 920?

    Why are you selling the 920 ? You could get the 950 for 300$ but I doubt it would make much difference.
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    Samsung BX2450 LED or LG W2453V-PF LCD

    The title says it all. These 2 monitors currently sell for the same price, which one should I buy ? The LG is one year old and doesn't use LED technology while the Samsung came out a few months ago. Technically, the BX2450 is probably superior but what about image quality ?
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    *TPU's Gaming Headphone/Headset Thread*

    I couldn't find AD700 anywhere in Montreal Canada so those are pretty much out of the question. So I went and bought the K99 and here are my impressions: -very good for music and movies, solid bass -decent for games -decent noise cancelling aka I can't hear the PC rumbling After a few hours...
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    *TPU's Gaming Headphone/Headset Thread*

    I am considering the AKG K99 which is currently $69.99 at a local store: http://www.long-mcquade.com/products/538/Pro_Audio_Recording/Headphones/AKG/K99_Semi_-_Open_Headphones.htm What's best for gaming beween semi-open and closed ? Does anyone have any experience with AKG headphones ? Btw...
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    CPU overheating in Coolermaster Adv 692

    I moved the additional fan and now the temps reach 85 degrees. I plan on buying another fan to keep the videocard cool. I'm not worried anymore as I played GTA 4 and Mafia 2 lately which stress out quite a lot the CPU and the temps only reached 60 degrees.
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    WD Caviar Black SATA3 HDD grinding noise

    I ran the diagnostic and everything was ok. The drive is also faster than my other WDs. I noticed a difference when installing large software such as games. I hope it will become less intrusive in the long run and maybe I'll go for a SSD in the future if prices fall.
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    CPU overheating in Coolermaster Adv 692

    I used prime95 and realtemp.
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    CPU overheating in Coolermaster Adv 692

    It's on the stock cooler but why would Intel design such a crappy heatsink for a 600$ processor (price dropped recently) ? There must be a threshold above which the processor will automatically reduce its performance so basically I'm not getting what I paid for. Here are a few pictures around...
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    CPU overheating in Coolermaster Adv 692

    My new Core I7 950 idles at around 40 degrees C and goes up to 90 degrees C in full load. It is NOT overclocked. The Coolermaster Advanced 690 II comes with 3 fans. One 140mm in front, providing air flow into the HDD, a 120mm in the back and another 140mm on top blowing air out of the case...
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    WD Caviar Black SATA3 HDD grinding noise

    Thanks for the replies. I will do those tests on Sunday and I'll probably record the noise and post a short video on youtube. My back-up consists of an external drive. It's also a Western Digital and you can barely hear it. The problem is that if I return it, I have to pay shipping and a 15%...
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    WD Caviar Black SATA3 HDD grinding noise

    Hey guys, I recently installed a Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache HDD in a Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced. I installed Windows 7 without any probs and everything is working fine. However, the HDD is making a loud grinding noise whenever it's in use and I'm not...
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    How to overclock separate PhysX card ?

    Can you run both profiles at the same time ?
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    Build a Gaming Rig or Get a PS3 ?

    You can't play any decent RTS games on the console. You can't play any decent TBS games on the console. You can't play any decent H&S or RPGs on the console (even Dragon Age is made with the PC in mind). You can't play online shooters on dedicated servers on the console. There's no Starcraft 2...
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    How to overclock separate PhysX card ?

    Hey guys, I have a 8800 GTS (stock) ready for PhysX alongside a GTX 470. The GTX 470 is overclocked with Rivatunner but I can't use 2 profiles at the same time so is there a way to make use of the 8800 GTS at OC frequencies ?
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    *TPU's Gaming Headphone/Headset Thread*

    What do you guys think about the Creative Soundblaster Arena headset ? I'm looking for a good pair of headphones (or headset if it has a removable mic) to use in gaming (not professional, just for entertainment), movies and music. I'm used to playing for 2-3 hours so I want something light...
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    Recommendations please - new rig

    I heard they're gonna drop the prices on the Core I7 950 by the end of the month so I guess I'm gonna wait a little longer.
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    Help with New gaming rig that is most needed

    Why people buy new rigs to play Crysis is beyond me. It's just a mediocre FPS... Anyway, that GTX 460 won't be enough for Crysis (did I mention it's poorly coded ?) at full HD resolutions. Metro 2033 might run well on DX10 mode but you can forget about DX11 without a GTX 480. It's a much...
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    Recommendations please - new rig

    I know that website and their prices are not that good. NCIX is currently the best rated online hardware retailer and you can price match with directcanada.
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    Recommendations please - new rig

    I'll stay with the 930. Even if the socket changes next year I don't see the point in upgrading since games are poorly optimized for multi-core CPUS anyway. So how about the PSU ? Will 650W be enough ? I've been looking for cases and I came across this one...
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    Recommendations please - new rig

    I went for the cheapest card on NCIX. In Canada they rarely go under 500$. I thought about it but based on the benchmarks out there the 1050T is behind the 930, expecially in gaming.
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    Recommendations please - new rig

    OK so based on your comments I've settled on a few things: CPU: Core I7 930 - 300$ Mobo: Asus P6X58D-E (I read good reviews about this board so thanks to 1nf3rn0x for the recommendation) - 250$ GPU: EVGA GTX 480 - 500$ Memory: Corsair CMX6GX3M3A1600C9 or the G-Skill (same price) - 150$ Price up...
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    Recommendations please - new rig

    Hello everyone, I just created an account to ask for some feeback on a new rig. I live in Canada so I'm going to purchase all the parts from http://ncix.com/index.php My budget is 1,700$ without the monitor. What I'm positive about: Processor: Core I7 930 Gfx card: GTX 480 Aside these 2...