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    Need advice on a new build.

    I've slept on it and decided a new computer just isn't worth it. My current computer is capable of doing all that I need it to do since I don't game much on it anymore. I think this officially marks the end of my days as a PC gamer. The games these days just aren't appealing enough to me to...
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    Need advice on a new build.

    Revised part list: Once You Know, You Newegg Yes, no SSD or 7950. I don't need a terabyte harddrive, but 120gb certainly doesn't seem to be enough for me and higher capacity SSD's get quite pricey. HDD and SSD combo is also too pricey. As for the card, it's $70 cheaper and apparently performs...
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    Need advice on a new build.

    I haven't heard many good things about Windows 8. I ain't touching that. Windows 7 on the other hand has been around a while and I've heard plenty of good things about it. Simple as that.
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    Need advice on a new build.

    I'm not against it, really, I've simply been using small monitors for so long that it doesn't bother me. Yes, if I saw one, I'd like it. A lot, I'm sure. I sure liked this one after comparing it to my old 800x600 monitor. But I'd really rather spend money on higher quality parts than something I...
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    Need advice on a new build.

    The SSD and 7950 are something I'll have to think about, but only after I've decided on a motherboard since the prices on those vary so much. I'm happy with my choice of ram. Bought my current G.Skill ram to replace a dead Crucial stick, and it's been great. It doesn't look like there is any...
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    Need advice on a new build.

    I'm fine with gaming at this resolution, so I won't be looking into a monitor any time soon. Until very recently I had actually been using an even smaller monitor, 800x600 native. Played the hell out of Oblivion on that thing, and was perfectly happy with it. Only reason I switched to this...
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    Need advice on a new build.

    I've decided it's time to build myself another PC, and have once again come seeking advice. I built this machine in 2008, and haven't paid any attention to all of the new hardware and software released since, so I'm not really sure about most of what I've been looking at. I'm only looking to...
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    Screwed my PC up badly, need help please

    That's a hell of a good idea. I don't know if I can find stockings big enough for this case, as it is massive, but I'm damn sure going to try.. This is my case; XCLIO A380PLUS-BK Fully Black 1.0mm SECC / ABS ATX...
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    Screwed my PC up badly, need help please

    Yeah I guess it is crazy, but you should have seen how filthy this thing was. My case has three huge fans, and the CPU fan is large as well. The entire inside was a mess of cobwebs and dust bunnies. The canned air wasn't blowing hard enough to do much of anything, so, like last year, I got...
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    Screwed my PC up badly, need help please

    You know what? I freaking love you guys. Clearing the CMOS appears to have done the trick, it's running fine now. You are all awesome. Thanks, everyone!
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    Screwed my PC up badly, need help please

    That was the first thing I thought too, but this still happens even when trying three different sticks of ram one by one, and in different slots.
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    Screwed my PC up badly, need help please

    Unfortunately, no, I don't.
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    Screwed my PC up badly, need help please

    Okay, chkdsk and hdtune finally finished. Ran chkdsk with automatically fix errors and attempt to recover damage areas checked, then immediately after that finished, ran hdtune without quick scan checked. Interestingly(to me), hdtune reported no damage. The desktop still hangs, though. Doesn't...
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    Screwed my PC up badly, need help please

    The canned air did freeze, but I was careful not to hold it at an angle that would cause it to spray water. The vacuum I used was one of those big bagless things with a long plastic hose. The vacuum was sitting on the floor, the computer up on a table, only the hose getting close to anything. I...
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    Screwed my PC up badly, need help please

    Today I finally worked up the courage to try cleaning my main PC. I say that because often something seems to go wrong when I do, and today, it went really, really wrong.. First I'll describe how I cleaned it. I wore rubber rain boots, touched the metal case to rid myself of static, and wore...
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    Mobile broadband for home PC?

    I've heard that DSL might be made available after they finish working on the road, so I think I'll just wait and see what happens. In the meantime, mobile broadband will do me just fine. Thanks anyway, though, I had no idea anything like point to point wireless existed.
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    Mobile broadband for home PC?

    Well, bought it today. Not nearly as fast as the average I'd read about, but still leagues ahead of dial-up. Getting between two and three bars signal strength. Tried one of my old games online, got a slightly better ping but it's choppy. Still, while much slower than most, I downloaded an...
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    Mobile broadband for home PC?

    Did my research, and it's still looking good so far. It's 2.5gb a month, then they throttle the speed. That should be plenty for me since I have no interest in streaming music and video or downloading large files in general. I do have some old games I'll try online to see what kind of ping I...
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    Mobile broadband for home PC?

    I'm one of those poor fools still using dial-up internet, and up until recently I've been okay with it since I usually just browse the internet, downloading only small files. Now, my city is about to widen a road nearby and they've been screwing with the damn phone lines in preparation, and...
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    Need ram suggestions

    Never had any problems with the card outside of driver issues, so I'll leave it be. I'll modify this post with the results once I've finished. Edit: I made the changes, but haven't touched the voltage. Nowhere did it say what the current voltage was, so I didn't want to up it in case it's been...
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    Need ram suggestions

    Damn, I had no idea about the slots. I have them in one and two, didn't think it mattered. Okay, I'll fix that, and fool around with the bios again. I don't overclock anything myself, but should I still lock it at 100 since my video card was factory overclocked?
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    Need ram suggestions

    I went ahead and had a look at the bios, and "Dram Timings Selectable" was not there. It didn't show what the current voltage is either, but did apparently gave me the option to change it under ddr2 overvoltage control. +0.1 up to +0.7, with .1 and .2 being in white, .3 and .4 in pink, and the...
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    Need ram suggestions

    Okay, thanks. The packaging says 2.0-2.1v.. Am I correct in assuming there is going to be a little trial-and-error here, or do I need to go ahead and choose one over the other?
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    Need ram suggestions

    Got the ram today and installed it. 3.5gb total, 3gb available. Very nice. Now I need to know how to set the speed, timings, and voltage in the bios. I had a quick look already, but had no idea what to do. Don't want to brick my machine, so here I am again..
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    Need ram suggestions

    I've never done that before, but I reckon I can work it out. Just downloaded cpu-z, and what it's saying about my current stick of ram is interesting.. The description here states that it's supposed to be 800mhz 4-4-4-12, but it's showing as 400mhz 5-5-5-18.. I guess I should have checked it...