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Need help deciding on 1 of 4 laptops

Q: Need help deciding on 1 of 4 laptops

Okay, so I've been looking and shopping around for a laptop recently, and have narrowed it down to 3-4 specific ones. They are all approximately within the same price range, so price isn't a reall matter to me at the moment, but I would like to know which would probably be the best for my money, such as graphics card, processor, battery life, etc. This will technically be the first laptop I buy, so I want to double check with others to make sure I don't make a mistake. I'm also not familiar with the laptop versions of graphics cards and processors, so I don't know exactly what I'm looking for.

I'm mainly planning on using the laptop for Internet, writing, college, watching movies and videos, video editing, and on the go, although I will also put a few PC games (not high end games like Crysis) on there as well so I can play some of my favorite games without my desktop, so I'll need a card strong enough for that. I'm overall just looking for the best all around laptop from those below. I wouldn't want to pay more money for something less powerful.

ASUS x83vm-X1


ASUS Black G50Vt-X1

I already have my own opinion on these laptops, but I want to hear what other people are thinking. Opinions and suggestions on the listed laptops are appreciated. Thanks in advance.

A: Need help deciding on 1 of 4 laptops

Gateway is now owned by Acer... So no. Take your pick from the Asus'. They are the cadillac of mainstream laptops.

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For those that are good with computer specs (unlike myself), I need some help deciding which one of these laptops to get. I'm trying to decide between the 2 below.


I am looking to be able to play League of Legends, CoD4, and DayZ on med-high settings with a FPS of around 40+

Will these be able to do what I want them to? If not, I'd like some recommendations that max at around $900, If so, which one would be better? (I'd like to be able to have a computer that will last a little while).

Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

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OK, I'm finally going to get my laptop, probably next weekend. Just a few minutes ago, I was looking at two at FutureShop. I was deciding between a Toshiba and a Compaq. Now the Compaq looks a hell of a lot better, it has slightly better specs and comes with more software installed. So, I wanted to get that one, but the guy there tells me that the Compaq laptops are very fragile and that he's always having to repair Compaqs. So I just wanted to see what some other people thought about the Compaqs. Can anyone give me some advice?

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I don't know if its the laptop or if it has to do with the router but it seems that Apple laptops always interfere with my wifi connection.

My brothers Mac does it when we both visit home and my girlfriends roommates mac always kicks both of our laptops off the wifi. After a few minutes it will let us connect back up but then dies out again after a few minutes.

I assume it has to do with the laptops because neither my brother or the roommate seem to have the problem and it only happens when they are online.

Anyone Know whats up?

Thanks All!

A:Apple Laptops seem to force my Windows Laptops Offline...

Any Help Anyone?


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Here's a thought. I've been searching high and low for an affordable laptop which has

Awesome Graphics card (not sure what - but something that could handle Crysis at high)
15-16" screen with 1920 x 1080 res
4gb or more ddr3 1333mhz ram
core i7-720qm or higher processor
backlit keyboard
HDMI, long battery life, etc etc

So basically everything but at under $2500. I even bought a dell studio xps 1645 with the above specs and the price was real good ($1730 with student discount) but it had lots of problems so i had to return it.

Now that the problem is solved (? maybe?).. dell dont offer that laptop in that configuration, making the laptop around $2400 just due to an increase in RAM (6gb instead of 4gb).

And since I am unsure of the quality with dell or any other brand for that matter, I was wondering if there is any laptop out there that gives alienware m15x performance for a smaller pricetag? (a discount coupon for the above would do! hehe)

If not, what about "overhauling" or "Pimp My Laptop" sorta stuff if you catch my drift... You know customizing the laptop or even building it up from scratch.

I've done some basic upgrades in the past (RAM HDD, bluetooth card etc.) but does anyone have any experience in upgrading graphics cards, screens and CPU's?

Any experience or information about this is very welcome, as finding the right laptop in the right price is sorta like the Holy Grail of laptops, especially in NZ s... Read more

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Just wondered if anyone had any pointers really i am trying the 32bit version of 7 on my laptop i have been pottering around on it since i got it last week, most things i use installed so far work fine and tbh i am impressed up to this point.

However and here's the question the only pc i have running Vista is my main gaming rig which runs Vista 64-Bit and i was wondering weather its worth getting rid of that to run Windows 7 64bit instead, i had a look around google to see if i could get an idea but not had much look really was just wondering what anyone thought

Oh and i not really bothed about duel booting.

I will note the spec's down of my main rig incase anyone is aware od any issues

24inch Monitor (had to res issues in beta with this)
Q9450 @3.20Ghz
4GB Mem
2x 9800GX2 in Quad SLI
Creative Soundblaster X FI Sound Card (on a side note this has NEVER run right on Vista with quad sli on it pops crackes and drags on the FPS)
2x 750GB Drives in Raid-0

Thanks for any help

A:A Little Help Deciding

Hi Vapo, Welcome to forum,

I would hold onto Vista for the simple reason Windows Seven is a RC and you will not be able to upgrade from it once the RTM is out. No matter what, you'll have to revert back to vista or buy windows seven and do a Clean ReInstall. If anything, I would install a fresh copy of the 64 bit in place of the 32 bit Seven just to test it.

It seems many people aren't planning ahead far enough or don't realize they won't be able to keep a fully working RC on there PC. According to ms, user's will not be able to use a RTM license key or upgrade to RTM from the RC. A clean install is in everybody's future.

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I'm from Australia and have limited amount of money to spend on a new system. I am thinking about an :

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ processor
ASUS A8N-E Socket 939 NForce 4 Ultra

I need memory and a case, as I already have a graphics card, harddrive, monitor, sound card, speaker etc. I will use this computer for multi-tasking (minimal gaming and no draining programs like video editing etc). But I have a few questions first:

1. I need a cheap case, how much power will I need for the PSU: 300w, 350w, 400w or more?

2. With memory, will I need DDR ram?

3. Is the only difference between the NForce Ultra and SLI the extra PCI-Ex slot?

Thanks in advance,

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I have just built a 64 bit system using a 450watt psu and it works, howerver, i reccomend u get the most powerful psu u can afford.
With memmory, get the best u can afford as the quicker the memmory the better.
Sli allows u to use 2 graphics card together however, they must be identical for it to work.
Lastly, as the 64bit tech is still new there are a few compatability issues. For example, the system that i built, the disk that came with the mobo is absolutely useless as it wont run the installer program at all. Ive downloaded the drivers but some work and some dont (sata is useless at the mo).

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Here lies my dilemma
On one hand if I use XP I get 5.1 Surround sound when listening to online radio or watching dvd's.

On the other hand I love the speed of vista and the overall way it works, it is very nice operating system but when I use 5.1 mode I get the weirdest sound on xfi and a microphone that echo's inside games that use voip and other sound recording/morphing apps.

To better explain this I have an altec lansing 251B 5.1 surround sound setup which sounds fantastic when played thru XP x86 when combined with my XFI extreme music. When I use this great audio setup in vista I sometimes am lucky to get full 5.1 surround sound in certain apps and movies or radio stations.

Whats weird about this is, my audio normally comes out of my center and my left channels which produces a roll your eyes upsetting left fade effect.

I just dumped vista and installed XP, but I really want to use vista however I don't understand why or even how to fix 5.1 with XFI in vista. Some help would be much appreciated, because man do I notice the difference of slowness in xp now that I am back to using it. I'd prefer to use vista if I can get my 5.1 to work properly

There must be some trick with XFI and the audio control panel or even the creative panel application which I don't mind installing should I need to in order to fix it.

In vista my apps and system just responded faster and my sata transferred at 60-65mb on file copies.

A:Some help deciding

Hi 08Roush- Your problem sounds like a driver issue. If you have installed the latest driver/s for your setup, there may in fact be a compatibility problem with the 64 bit OS. Posting your specific hardware here might aid further in trouble shooting. Here are a couple links I found that may help you also:

New Vista X-Fi drivers restore Dolby Digital, DTS decoding - The Tech Report

Windows Vista Help: Hardware and drivers

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I am wondering which video card is better for gaming: Nvidia Geforce 7600GT or ATi Radeon X1600 pro (both 256mb DDR3) What is your choice?

A:need help deciding

Hi and Welcome to Techspot!!

The 7600GT wins easily. It will outperform the X1600PRO.

Regards :wave:

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Hi, I just recently ordered parts from Tigerdirect to build my own computer

Intel Core i7-920 2.66Ghz 8M LGA1366 CPU
Corsair XMS 6144MB PC12800 DDR3 1600MHz (3x2048)
EVGA X58 SLI Intel X58 Socket LGA1366 Motherboard
EVGA GeForce GTX 275 FTW 896MB PCIe w/Dual Link
WD Caviar 500GB Serial ATA HD 7200/32MB/SATA-3G
Ultra LSP750 750w Power Supply
NZXT Tempest Blk ATX Mid Tower Case
I was wondering which 64-bit OS to use with this brand new computer that i ordered today

Vista 64-bit? or XP 64-bit? or Windows 7 RC? I need help!

A:Need help on deciding what OS to use

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Well im looking to upgrade my computer... I dont know what to do though. I want something to make it perform nicer and quicker. What i have now is:

533 front side bus
WesternDigital 40G ATA 100 Hard Drive
32MB SIS 650 4x AGP Video Card
1.44MB Floppy Drive
ATX Case w/ 300 watts
(2 USB ports in the front)
56k V.90 Fax Modem
32 Bit Sound Card
10/100 ethernet Card

Any suggestions???

A:I need help deciding!

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Hi! I've been looking around the inter-webs to decide on a new AMD CPU for my computer. I currently own a AMD Athlon II x4 640 processor and wanting to upgrade it a bit. Is the Phenom x4 965 or 970 a worthy upgrade? Also are there any other processor that would give me a bigger bang for the buck?

Thanks in advance!

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I'm in the market for a new computer and I'm seeking some advice to help me decide between 2 good deals I've come across. Here's what I'm looking at:

AMD Athlon II 635 (2.9GHz) Quad-Core, 6GB DDR3, 1TB SATA II Hard Drive (5400RPM), Integrated ATI Radeon HD 4200 graphics

AMD Phenom II 945 (3.0GHz) Quad-Core, 8GB Memory DDR2, 1TB SATA II Hard Drive (7200RPM), Integrated ATI Radeon HD 3100 graphics

Both systems are $600, run Windows 7 Home Premium, and seem otherwise pretty similar, I'm already planning on adding a graphics card and better power supply.

So it's pretty clear both have pros and cons. Athlon II 635 vs Phenom II 945, 6GB DDR3 vs 8GB DDR2, 5400rpm vs 7200rpm drive, and the integrated graphics cards (from what I can tell the 3100 has been around for a long time, too long?)

Thanks for any advice, or even better finds for $600.

A:Need help deciding

1) I take it then you have no interest in building your own system?

2) what will you use it for?
3) The DDR2 alone eliminates that one

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Hello everyone, my name is Kyle. Apparently I am quite new to this forum, I just thought I'd introduce myself. Anyways.

Here's my deal. I am a freshmen in college at Virginia Commonwealth University. I have built my own desktop rig and am quite familiar with the components and functionality of computers, but I have a new venture: I need a laptop for school.

After a lot of reviewing and reading, I have come to like the Dell Inspiron 13 notebook. It seems like it can do what I need it to. This is what I want from my laptop:

> I hate lag, and RAM issues, so lotsa RAM.
> I need this for internet, I have a linksys wireless N (WRT160N) router, so a compatible notebook chipset would be quite desirable.
> I want to play some casual games, but I don't think I'll try for much FPS games or very graphically demanding games.
> As an engineering student, I will be needing to use AutoCAD.
> Price isn't so much of an issue, I just want it to last.
> I want long battery life and an efficient, cooler processor that won't overheat.

On Dell's website, they can configure the Dell Inspiron 13 between these options:

Intel Core 2 Duo T5800
Intel Core 2 Duo T8100
Intel Core 2 Duo T8300
Intel Pentium Dual Core T3200

*The T3200 and the T5800 are right out because of the 65nm chips and their inefficiency. I was leaning towards either the 8100 or the 8300. The 8300 costs $50 more for 300mhz more. Is it worth it? Will it run much hotter... Read more

A:I need help deciding.

If you think you will want XP, go to the For Office > Small & Medium Business section of the Dell website where you can still get XP on some Vostro and Latitude models.

Note that if you buy a laptop with Vista and later decide on XP, you may not be able to find drivers, depending on the laptop model (my son experienced this with a Gateway laptop that now has no wireless or sound capability).

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Okay so my company needs to have way to connect a couple of user from the road and home. right now we are just using remote desktop. we need something better. we are probably going to get a t-1 line but i think i need something a little faster. what are options? also i am stuck with either terminal server or VPN. just wanted to know some pros and cons all our software will work with terminal server. we will only have about 10 use that need to connect and more than likely no more than 3 at one time. also i think we might go VOIP in the near future. we have a pri line for our phones right now and use all 23 lines for voice. about 45 people in the office right now.
Thanks for helping i am not that happy with our computer it company we have now and don't completely trust them

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Firstly: Yes--I'm aware that there's not a single "best" AV out there. And I know that no AV will protect anyone 100% of the time. I know common sense is the best tool, etc; I've read quietman7's posts and the guide (


Anyway, I would just like to hear some opinions for choosing an AV based on my current rundown. I've done prior research, so I know the basic gists of most AV programs. Here goes:

I am deciding on an AV for 64-bit Windows 7. I share a nice, new desktop computer with my two brothers. Being young and addicted to the web, the lot of us are not prone to be the safest internet surfers/users in the world, but at the same time none of us are terribly gullible or lacking in common sense, so we won't go around clicking and downloading anything that will likely harm the computer. (Actually, to be honest, I'm a relatively safe surfer, but I cannot always control my brothers.) My brothers game from time to time, so I'd prefer something that's light on the system and that's not a huge resource hog (I hear Kaspersky is pretty heavy). However, I don't necessarily want to give up better security for size/weight of the AV. Also, price isn't my primary concern (I'm willing to pay for quality), although it'd be nice to opt for something cheaper. Also, I'm already using comodo firewall + malwarebytes (free vers... Read more

A:deciding between AVs

My personal choice is NOD32 Anti-Virus if choosing a paid for program as it leaves a small footprint. That means it is not intrusive and does not utilize a lot of system resources.I recommend taking advantage of the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Pro) Protection Module in the full version which uses advanced heuristic scanning technology to monitor your system and provide real-time protection to prevent the installation of most new malware. This technology runs at startup where it monitors every process and helps stop malicious processes before they can infect your computer. Keep in mind that this feature does not guarantee something will not slip through as no product can detect and prevent every type of malware. The database that defines the heuristics is updated as often as there is something to add to it. Also keep in mind that Malwarebytes does not act as a real-time protection scanner for every file like an anti-virus program so it is intended to be a supplement, not a substitute. Enabling the Protection Module feature requires registration and purchase of a license key that includes free lifetime upgrades and support. After activation, Malwarebytes can be set to update itself and schedule scans automatically on a daily basis. The Protection Module is not intrusive as the program utilizes few system resources and should not conflict with other scanners or anti-virus programs. If any conflicts between Malwarebytes and another security program are reported, suggested solution... Read more

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I've always used McAfee but everybody keeps telling me to stay away from it so I decided I'd follow their advice, but I kind of need a new AV. Couldn't get used to MSE, so I'm thinking either MBAM, Avira or Kaspersky. What do you guys think?

A:Need help deciding new AV

EDIT: Wow, posted on the wrong thread. Sorry!

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I have a Radeon HD 5450 "silent" card in my build at the moment and my WEI is pathetic an d looks to be a graphics hold up.

Now I am not graphic savvy and have an idea that Radeon is better than NVidia or so my son tells me they are but am not planning on a lot of gaming just the usual flight / submarine sims and don't want to go spending squillions on a card that I would not be getting the use out of except for what I said and perhaps enhancing the screen.

Perhaps if I had a reasonable one I could be tempted into some of that fancy graphic stuff for sigs etc

So what brand and what sort of specs would I be looking for please?

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What's your budget? Maybe list a high and low dollar amount so we have a range.

Ati is rolling out their 7xxx series and there are already some good deals available for the 6xxx series cards. Maximum PC lists my card (the 6870) as the best budget card on their list.

Maximum PC | XFX Radeon HD 6870 Review

(Ignore the price they have listed. I paid about $220 a year ago and with rebate they are now in the $170 range and still falling.) - XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

If you want to compare it to pricier stuff, here is the whole works:

Best of the Best - Maximum PC-approved hardware and components for your rig building needs | Maximum PC

A list of of the exact games you'll be playing could help further fine-tune recommendations.

I should also mention that with the ongoing video card war still hot, Nvidia has some good deals, too.

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I have a dell vostro 200, which came with the FoxConn G33M02 mobo, and a 300w PSU. I have upgraded the CPU to the Intel Wolfdale E8200, dual core @ 2.66 GHz. My ram is kinda screwy, for a total of 3gb I have 2x 512mb @ 333 MHz and 1x 2048mb @400 MHz. I plan to upgrade the ram, but ddr2 ram is crazy expensive for some reason. Right now upgrading the PSU or ram is out of the question, I just need a video card to play some relatively basic games. Like Prime World from Nival, and once I buy it Guild Wars 2, also Diablo 3.

A:Deciding on a GPU

U do not have enough psu to udgrade video card.

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I'm building a pc from scratch for gaming and Photoshop and I need to decide between rather to order the I7-3770K from a friend from the U.S in late May with a discount that he has from Intel for just 169$+shipping. Or wait for my uncle to arrive from China in July and he can bring me I7-4770K or i5-4670K (they will probably be corresponding price). So I need to decide between i5-4670K (227$) and i7-3770K.(169$)
Will the i5-4670K be better then i7-3770K? What do you recommend to buy?
What about the Z78 boards and new chipset will they be better then the current?
In June there will be cheap mobos or only hi-end?

A:Help deciding which CPU to buy

The 3770K should still be betther than the unreleased i5 part. However, that price you're getting it at ($169??) seems too good to be true. You might be getting ripped off.

If you can wait, I'd wait until Haswell is launched to see what happens.

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Hi all. I am not trying to start a fight. So here it goes.

My 5 yr old Dell XPS 540 (I used for video editing, rendering, photoshop, etc.) died. Thanks to TSG (this web site) I was able to determine it was the mobo. So now do I purchase a XPS 8700 ( or build the following...

Mobo - GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD7 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU - AMD FX-8350

RAM - Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00

Case - Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PSU - CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply & New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready

Graphics Card - GIGABYTE GV-R777OC-2GI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 2GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card

If I build the above I will take the DVD, card reader and the 1TB WD Blk HDD from the 540 and install in the build. By doing this I keep my costs around $800... the XPS-8700 is $850.

ALSO, if I build, I have a few questions...
(1) are the above parts compatible?
(2) do I buy a SSD as my master HD and my WD Blk as my slave?
(3) buy another WD Blk HDD and setup a RAID 0 to get a speed bump or
(4) just put my current HDD in and reformat?

Other thoughts...
* I like the Gigabyte board as it ha... Read more

A:Need help deciding build or buy?

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the specs of my computer are
2.8 ghz p4
asus p800s
audigy 2
visiontek 9600 128 mb
wd 80 gb 7200 rpm
samsung cd- rw
kingston 512 mb hyper x

i wanted to know wat are the best upgrades i can get for about 350
i was thinking
thermaltake spark 7+ xaser edition 25.00
sapphire 9800 pro 128 210.00
nec dvd-rw 90.00
vantec neus fan controller 20.00

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My son wants to buy a tower pc for gaming like WOW, Sims 4 and other pc games.
I was thinking of buying him the following and was hoping to get some advice if good or not.
Asus Z97 pro(Wifi)
Intel Core i7 -4790 3.6ghz 8mb.
Kingston Hyper X Fury 16g Kit.
Asus GTX660 2G graphics card.
Hoping someone can please give me some honest advice.

A:» Help Deciding on a tower Pc

Do you have a budget for this?

You don't mention hard drives. You should certainly get an SSD for at least Windows and applications. You can use an ordinary hard drive to store data.

I don't game, but I'd guess gaming types would tell you to emphasize the graphics card. There are several steps above the GTX660 that you could consider, but it may be perfectly fine for the games he intends to play. I have no idea.

What resolution will he use?

An i7-4790 would likely be considered overkill for gaming, but if it's within your budget, knock yourself out.

Likewise with 16 GB of RAM rather than 8.

What case do you have in mind?

What power supply?

I assume overclocking is not on your agenda since you haven't chosen a K series processor. In that case, there's no reason to splurge on a Z97 motherboard.

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Hey everyone, just trying to get some finality to my new computer build here and I wanted some opinions on cases. After much research and the like, I have settled on,
As far as the power supply, which one of the next two would you guys help recommend,, this is the one I really want or,
Now as far as the case, I chose that for its big size and room to work on the mobo if need be and since I won't be doing any oc'ing at all heat won't be much trouble there. But does the case look like it can take a couple of extra fans such as, Lemme know guys and I'll take steps to try and get something that will remain COOL at all times if this case doesn't meet your par. Thanks.

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Never can afford an aluminium case but $120 is a lot of bread for a box.

The case is not much different from my top one costing £45 or $75 but at leat it got a LCD panel with temperature probes into CPU, mobo and the video card with the day and time information, moving CD and hard disk graphics. It came with a 400watt psu too. In the past I have never spend more than £25 on an ATX case but two weeks ago I paid £35 for box because it has 5x5.25" bays which is ideal for disk copying work..

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Hi there

I need help deciding between these two routers HERE. I would appreciate any help. Thanks

A:Need help deciding between two routers.

I have the one on the right side of that page. I have been very happy with it, no problems. Not dropped connections at all. Although I think the "speedboost" is a gimick.

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Hey guys, I'm going to order my new setup either tomorrow or friday, but I'm hung up on what cpu/combo to get. Here's what I've narrowed it down to....



For the mobo...I'd like to have support for SATAII for the 2x hitachi drives..SLI is not necessary because I plan on upgrading a few months down the road...but I have some questios concerning the raid on these boards.......

The UT nF4 SLI-DR and nF4 SLI-DR have " NV RAID 0/1/0+1 JBOD", whereas the Ultra-D only has "raid 0/1" ..what's the difference in the two? Also, the firs two mobos (ut/nf4 sli-dr) have an additional sata raid and additional raid controller "sli 3114", but the Ultra-D doesn't...will any of this effect the performance of the hitachi sataII hdds in raid 0?

For the cpu...I'm new to overclocking, but I'm willing to take the time to learn/test so I'd like to get it to 2.4ghz or if higher is possible (stable) on stock heatsink/fan or si-120/120mm fan...

Since I'll be upgrading later on I wanted to keep this as close to $1000 as possible or maybe a little over...the rest of the computer is listed in my sig (price for those items is $627) so for the remaining money I'd like to get the best cpu/mobo combo possible...I'm open to other suggestions on the rest of the comp parts too, but I... Read more

A:Help deciding on cpu/mobo before I buy...

The links are broken, at least for me. What are they again?

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Can I please get information on what files to keep and which to delete here is my HiJackthis report:

C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\DAEMON Tools\daemon.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Hassan\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page =
O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\ssv.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [High Definition Audio Property Page Shortcut] HDAudPropShortcut.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AlcWzrd] ALCWZRD.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Alcmtr] ALCMTR.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ATIPTA] "C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe"
O4 - HKLM... Read more

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Hey everyone I need help deciding on a new mobo, processor, memory and video card. I very frequently go to so anything there is cool with me. I had originally planned on,, for the mobo., for the video card., for the processor., for the memory (times 2).

Are these choices adequate for an nice system? I have exactly $450 to spend so if anyone could help me put together something a little faster and cheaper that woulc rock. Also I do not plan to overclock this new computer so those mobile processors are not an option. I have always trusted nVidia graphics cards so I would like to stay with that especially since I heard that ATI cards are sometime not compatible with most games. As for the memory I know that 3200 would be better than the 2700 so if anyone could help me look for something faster that could rock too.

I would like nothing better than an 3200+ processor but don't really have the cash for a new one, and since refurbished ones do not come with a warranty (or the OEM ones too) and I don't have any extra cash I really need a new one. Thanks everyone and I hope to finally get me dream computer built and running like a charm with your h... Read more

A:Need help deciding on MoBo

One quick question though. If I bought something like,, could I use that integrated GeForce 4 MX on board video instead of the video card I really want? Could I play Neverwinter Nights in all it's visual glory and still be able to play awesome games in the future with the on board video? Thanks.

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My budget is going to be around $500-$600 dollars.

I was really thinking the 680 4gb instead of 2gb but I'm not quite sure if I am going to need the extra ram. I use two monitors but only one for gaming at 1440x900. I play DayZ, Battlefield 3, and other latest games and whatever is coming out. (Battlefield 4 etc).

Because I need to get a new quality PSU I don't know if I will be able to afford a 680 4gb or a 2gb. I was looking at the Radeon 7970 and was wondering what would be the difference besides I will be saving money. Same with the 660ti which I heard you could overclock it to have the same performance as the 680. (Is that true?) And what would be the big difference of getting a 670 4gb or 2gb opposed to the 680?

I could really use some help on making my decision. Right now here are my specifications-

Windows 7 64 bit
500gb HD + 200 Gb external
700w psu ModxStreamPro
Phenom ii x2 960t Quad Core overclocked @ 3.2 ghz
Sapphire Hd Radeon 6850 1gb edition (have two but crossfire has too many glitches and performance issues)
Asus m5 a99x mobo

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Hey, I don't know if upgrading my graphics card will help with my slight lag on Skyrim and other games, my specs are:

CPU: QuadCore Intel Core i5-2400, 3.3 GHz
Motherboard: Pegatron 2AC2
Ram: 6GB DDR3
Video card: NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT 1GB

Would an upgrade of my graphics card help?
If so could you point me to a good one that will work with me and not be over $130ish. Thanks.

PS: If the card you wnt to point me to is over my price limit check !

A:Help deciding upgrade!

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Getting ready to upgrade me and my girlfriends video cards this weekend and in an effort to avoid the ever so popular 15% restocking fees I was wondering which drivers are less botched up on Windows 7 64-bit at present?

We both have 9600 GT's (G94) at the moment but I'm leaning towards ATI since we just upgraded our motherboards and it has the 780G chipset. No intrest in hybrid crossfire, just vaguely remember hearing nvidia and ATi don't mesh well together. Not rulling out Nvidia all together on that alone though.

The 9600GT's we have are both 512 DDR3 with cheap stock reference coolers. From what I heard it's better to have a higher amount (1GB) of slower (DDR2) memory with larger monitors than less (512mb) of faster (DDR3) memory. Is this true?

Here's the two cards Im looking at,

SPARKLE Calibre Series 9600GT: - SPARKLE Calibre Series P960GGBOX GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

MSI Radeon HD 4850: - MSI R4850-T2D512 Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

A:ATi or Nvidia - need help deciding

i would recommend ati

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hey guys i was planning on getting a 8800gt a couple months ago. Then my older brother wanted me to go halfs with him on a ps3. So there my saved up money for a 8800gt went and now my birthday is coming up in april then my confirmation in may so im going to have at least like $500. And now i was debating to still get a 8800 gt or a 8800 gtx . Im going to start off with my explanation of the 8800GT if i get the 8800GT i dont have to get a new power supply . Next i will tell you about the 8800GTX if i get this card i will need a new power supply ( any suggestions on the power supply?) also this card will give me amazing performance and wont totally break my bank because the one i found is only $399CAN . But i was thinking since i found the 8800 gt so cheap i might get a new power supply and just grab 2 8800gt for SLI the 8800gt i was looking at costed $239CAN each
anyways any suggestions guys? much apppreciated!

A:Need help deciding on a vid card!

I would go with the 8800GTX, myself.
Someone like Rage will give better power supply results.

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I need a computer fairly soon, and it needs to be like so:
Price of 1500$, the less, the better.
As powerful as possible, will be for multimedia and gaming.
Needs to be a laptop.
I found the ASUS K53SV-A1, and I think it is decent, but Im not sure if i can get better for the money. I had it out to 1,430 including an external hard drive with these specs:
- 15.6” HD 16:9 LED Backlit Wide screen (1366x768) Super Clear Glare Type Screen
- ASUS Zero Bright Dot (ZBD) 30 Day Pixel Guarantee - (Included on ASUS Standard NON-Upgraded Displays)
- 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-2720QM, 2.2-3.3GHz, (32nm, 6MB L3 cache)
- Stock OEM Thermal Compound ( IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU Provided FREE with Processor Upgrade!)
- nVidia GT 540M 1024MB PCI-Express GDDR3 DX11 with Optimus™ Technology
- No Video Adapter
- 8,192MB (8GB) DDR3 1333MHz Dual Channel Memory (2x4GB)
- Standard Finish
- - 1,000GB (1TB) 5400RPM (Serial-ATA II 3GB/s)
- Combo Dual Layer SuperMulti DVDRW/CDRW Drive w/ Software--
- External Aluminum USB 3.0 500GB 5400RPM 2.5" SATA Hard Drive

A:Deciding on what computer to buy.

That includes the external hard drive as well, just FYI

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Hello everyone. I'm here asking for any recommendations for a soon-to-be college freshmen. Price range is about anything under $1,500 if need be. So I'll take any suggestions.

Also, what do you think about the Lenovo Y410 notebook or Lenovo 3000 Family N Series?


A:Deciding on a Laptop

Are you only going to be using it for college work and Internet browsing?
If so then here we would buy something around £250 - £400 ($500 - $800) is normally good enough for a college freshman.
I'm not sure on American pricing, But we have to pay 17.5% tax on our products here so they would be cheaper there. You probably wouldn't even have to spend as much as I've said.

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Having trouble deciding which card to buy. What is the better deal?

Basically I just want to use my computer to record TV shows and learn how to burn them to CDs.

Is the 2 bits difference in processors that big of a deal?

I am interested in reading your opinions.

Leadtek PCI TV/FM Tuner Card, REMOTE, Model "TV2000XP/EXPERT" -RETAIL $53
Video/Audio Decorder: CX2388X(10 bit)
TV Tuner: Not Specified
Interface: PCI
Ports In: TV In+FM In+S-Video/Audio In+Remote Receiver In
Ports Out: Not Specified
Remote Control: IR Remote Control
Accessories: Remote Control, Remote Receiver, 2 Cables, 4 CD, Manual
Supported OS: Windows XP/2000/ME/98SE

Leadtek PCI TV/FM Tuner Card, REMOTE, Model "TV2000XP DELUXE" -RETAIL $56
Video/Audio Decoder: Fusion 878A(8 bit)
TV Tuner: Not Specified
Interface: PCI
Ports In: RF TV&FM signal Inputs+I/R sensor+Video(S-Video&RCA) Input+Audio Input
Ports Out: Audio Output
Remote Control: Remote control
Accessories: Remote Control,Remote Receiver, 3 Cables, 3 CD, Manual
Supported OS: Windows 98/98SE/ME/2000/XP
LEADTEK PCI TV/FM Tuner Card, Model "TV2000 XP" -RETAIL $36
Video/Audio Decoder: Conexant 878A(8-bit)
TV Tuner: Not Specified
Interface: PCI
Ports In: RF TV In+FM In+S-Video In
Ports Out: Not Specified
Remote Control: N/A
Accessories: 3 Cables, 1 CD, Manual
Supported OS: Windows 98/98SE/ME/2000/XP

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Hey guys.
Right now I have a HP Pavilion a1123c which is pretty good except for the built-in graphics card. I recently got a Geforce 7300 GS PCI Express to play games only to find that my PC only has PCI slots. I've been looking in the motherboard market, but I dont know what to buy. Any suggestions on what motheboard both works and is cheap?

A:Need help deciding a motherboard

Take a look at the few PCI cards at anything above $60 and 128 MB will be good... the more you spend, the better they are... They may even have a couple of 256 MB cards left.
They do not have any bad cards... but it is a matter of cost.
When they are gone, they are gone.

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Hi Photo people

Just looking for upgrade from my FinePix F30 as xD card isn't making anymore.

I am looking for new camera. I would like to use camera to use in safari, but in digital compact.

Compared to lots of camera, I quite like Lumix TZ40.

16 megapixel
20x zoom
Wifi and gps
Panorama mode

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is that your budget ? £250

you would need to have a long zoom for safari , and that camera with a 20x zoom of 24mm x 480mm
should be OK, as it provides a long zoom and high ISO _ BUT Quality maybe worth seeing a review
then you need a good ISO range and speed , which again you have a good range -

HOWEVER, it will depend on the sort of quality using the camera at the extremes of zoom and higher ISO actually produce
I quite like and also for camera reviews
But they do not appear to have any reviews available

in the US the TM40 is known as the ZS30 - I think, going by the ephotozine site
and this site does have a review

Review here

preview review

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First the specs:

Giga-byte GA-7 VAX
ATI 9800 Radeon Pro
768 DDR 2700
AMD Athlon XP 2000 (1.67 GHz)

So I just wanna give my system a little bit of a boost. I'm thinking maybe something like an AMD Athlon XP 2700 to get my computer up to a 2.0 GHz speed, just not sure if it's worth it. Also I'm looking at some of these "Barton" processors that AMD has. What's the scoop on them? Would I be better with going with a Barton than a regular Athlon XP?

Let me know what you all think.

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im not sure it quite works like that rick. i had a 2500+ barton last year, well known as the best overclocker, which you can get up to over 3200+ speeds. "Barton Support" isnt quoted anywhere, i think you'll find most boards, given a sufficient FSB will work, if not at full pace. the only difference of course is the clock speed and the L2 cache. in all honesty, they ARE better, but buy the fastest you can afford, the 3200 is the top at the mo, and damn it's fast.

BUT you must make sure your board supports a 400MHz FSB for the 3200. (though it'll run at 333 if you ask it, but slower)

why not get a 64? - damn good.
the 3000-64 isnt much more than a 3200+ barton XP.

Choices!!!!!!! good luck

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hi everyone

soz about title didn't know what to write

i have an acer 5735z (european) and recently reinstalled vista. performance has slowed down on gaming and aero performance. i have givin up on trying to find the fault and am now considering buying a graphics card. i am a kid so am waiting until christmas and ma birthday to get money. i reckon my budget would be ?150 to ?200. any recommendations? have been lookin at nvidia and amd and lookin the like of the ati radeon and geforce series.

Lil' Domii

A:no problem, just need help deciding.

Originally Posted by lil domii

hi everyone

soz about title didn't know what to write

i have an acer 5735z (european) and recently reinstalled vista. performance has slowed down on gaming and aero performance. i have givin up on trying to find the fault and am now considering buying a graphics card. i am a kid so am waiting until christmas and ma birthday to get money. i reckon my budget would be ?150 to ?200. any recommendations? have been lookin at nvidia and amd and lookin the like of the ati radeon and geforce series.

Lil' Domii

Were you happy with the acer when you first got it? Its a laptop so installing a new graphic card may be difficult at best and more than likely impossible. Your current graphics chipset may even be built into the motherboard. If the performance has slowed down and you liked it when you first got it, a clean install would resotre that performance.


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Hi everyone I'm new here.

I need help deciding what Mobo and CPU to get. I want to be able to play Half Life 2 nicely. I'm pretty sure i want an ASUS Mobo (about $500 tops) that will work for AMD Athlon 64 3000+ and if it's a good idea will work with DDR2, atleast 2GB memory, and 256MB graphics card.

I also wouldn't mind your opinions on the best memory, HD, graphics card, PSU, etc.

Thanks in advance,

A:I need Help deciding about Mobo and CPU

is there ddr2 for amd?, but just to let u know, the 2 gigs of ram will cost u at least 350 and a nice asus mobo will be another 150, they have a new sli mobo if u want to do that

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hi all. i am building a system for my brother and i am undecided about which cpu to get.

the cpus in question are the amd athlon xp 2500+, amd athlon xp 2800+, and the intel p4 2.4c. the 2800+ and 2.4c i can get at the same price. is that 800mhz fsb and hyperthreading worth it? i hear that the 2.4c could OC pretty good. or should i just save 100 bucks and get the 2500+ and OC that. i am unsure at what i should do.

thank you all in advance.

A:need help deciding which processor to get

the 2500+ with some good cooling and fast RAM will go easily and cheaply to 3200+ speeds (which is faster in games than MOST P4s and MUCH cheaper)
get a 2500+, a A7N8X Deluxe, and 2 sticks of 256(or 512)meg DDR3200 corsair CAS 2 ram


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alright so im building a new system this july, and im pretty sure im gonna go with a board that has pci-e x16 (i can't find a decent AGP 4x/8x card out there in my price range). I'm on a really tight budget and i dont game that often, so basically i just want the most bang for my buck. here are the contenders so far:

ASUS Geforce 6200 - $94 on newegg
ASUS Radeon X700 LE - $106 on newegg
ASUS Geforce 6600 - $122 on newegg

I've been reading this comparison:

which has the x700 (and im pretty sure they said they didnt use the pro version) killing the other cards. well, lemme know what you think, thank ya

A:Need help deciding on an x16 card

if you don't game then I wouldn't get a hot card.

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hi everyone

soz about title didn't know what to write

i have an acer 5735z (european) and recently reinstalled vista. performance has slowed down on gaming and aero performance. i have givin up on trying to find the fault and am now considering buying a graphics card. i am a kid so am waiting until christmas and ma birthday to get money. i reckon my budget would be ?150 to ?200. any recommendations? have been lookin at nvidia and amd and lookin the like of the ati radeon and geforce series.

Lil' Domii

A:no problem, just need help deciding.

GTX275 if your PSU is up to the task that is

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hello all, i am currently looking into a paid antivirus program for my pc. i've done plenty of virus cleanouts here at my job and we recommend and install kaspersky for our customers but since the newest version i haven't been satisfied with the program, and i am seeing a lot of pcs coming back with virus issues even with kaspersky so now i am looking into something different.
after reviewing the latest av comparatives ( i'm interested in eset smart security or bitdefender internet security. i was considering trend micro but it is very lacking in options and a bit too simplistic for me, not a fan. i'm running a trial of bitdefender at the moment and it seems perfectly fine but people really seem to hate on it for one reason or another. eset smart security i haven't particularly heard bad things about but it seems their detection rates aren't quite as good. i'll test it later if they have a trial.
if the issue with bitdefender is that it's "heavier" but has better detection rates doesn't bother me honestly. another option that could work is malwarebytes premium, but it doesn't seem particularly user friendly and lacks some of the nicer features of the bigger programs.

A:deciding on AV program

another option that could work is malwarebytes premium, but it doesn't seem particularly user friendly and lacks some of the nicer features of the bigger programs.

Malwarebytes Premium is NOT an antivirus.
Posted by Quietman7 yesterday

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not an anti-virus program nor should it be used as a replacement. Malwarebytes does not act as a real-time protection scanner for every file like anti-virus software so it is intended to be a supplement, not a substitute. The following quote is a statement from the Malwarebytes Team.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not meant to be a replacement for antivirus software. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a complementary but essential program which detects and removes zero-day malware and "Malware in the Wild". This includes malicious programs and files, such as viruses, worms, trojans, rootkits, dialers, spyware, and rogue applications that many antivirus programs do not detect or cannot fully remove. It is important to note that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware works well and should run alongside antivirus software without conflicts. In some rare instances, exclusions may need to be set for your specific antivirus product to achieve the best possible system performance.
Larry Tate
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Thus, you need both an anti-virus and an anti-malware program...together they provide the most comprehensive protection.
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I'm doing a project where the school i go to is going to take to build a computer. But right now our teacher decide on using a Vista Home basic system builder 64 bit os. But I checked on line and the Vista home premium 64 bit is just a little more. what's the difference between these two.

And whats the difference between 32 and 64 bit os

A:Need Help on deciding which Vista Os to run

Mostly minor things. 64 bit is a tad faster and can recognize more ram than 32 bit can. 32 bit recognizes around 3.3ish gigs of ram but that's more than you'll need. I always laugh when people buy computers with something like 8gb of ram - you'll hardly go over 3gigs EVER.

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Im building a new computer and cant decide if i should go to the 64 bit win 7.
I searched around and it seems to me that some programs dont work on 64 bit systems, but the article was from 2008.
I like the fact that i can utilize more ram but is that the only advantage? What would you guys do?

A:Need help deciding 32 or 64 bit install

I had the same problem about a month ago. And i asked the same question. Even though the world is going to 64bit it is way to early and there is like no 64bit programs. The only programs that do well in a 64bit environment are Photoshop and Video editing software. If you are a gamer or a normal computer user go 32bit.

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Patriot Memory

or Crucial 1GB (2x512MB) DDR PC3200 Ballistix Dual Channel Kit (BL2KIT6464Z402) (MY-033-CR)

thanks a lot

A:help deciding what RAM would be better - what brand?

That second site doesn't list any specs for the RAM. Either set would probably be just fine. If you're looking to overclock then you may want to look at higher end RAM. If you're using an AMD64 CPU, value ram is just fine.

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i need some advice on which motherboard to buy. i want to build a gaming pc capable of playing the top games for the next few years(if possible). whats the best motherboard to get: the asus m2n sli deluxe socket am2 nvidia nforce 570 sli mcp atx amd, or, would i be better getting a good socket 939 board? i plan on getting an amd athlon 64 x2 4600+ windsor 2000MHz ht 2x512kb l2 cache socket am2 dual core cpu. would this cpu + the am2 mobo let me play top games on the highest detail settings if i bought 2xnvidia geforce 7600gt's? i would appreciate some help on this. THANK YOU

A:Help Deciding Which Parts To Buy!!

jsut a cupple suggestions

your going to need an AM2 not s939 mobo if you want to get the 4600+ winsor

second for the price of 2 7600 you can problby get an x 1900xt or a 7900 whitch will exide or match the preforumace of that sli

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To all the laptop users that try to save space on your laptop.... what softwares do you replace so that you could save space ?

Im using an hp mini 1035nr


A:Help on deciding softwares!

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I am having intel 845 MB with P4 2.4GHZ CPU, 512 MB DR 266 RAM and ATI Radeon 9500 PRO 128 MB Graphics card. I have tried video editing with this setup (using pinnacle 8 / Adobe premiere pro) but finding rendering takes lot of time and even the final quality is not up to mark.

I am thinking of upgrading my system. Should I go for a new MB with DDR 400 support. As I am having a decent 8x AGP card will you please help me in deciding the best value for money upgrade. Is it worth to continue with present graphics card or should I go for a total new system with PCI Express card.

Thank you in advance

A:help deciding upgrade

personally i would go with a better graphics card first due to the fact that video editing is one of the most graphic intensive things you can do and all though your card is 8x agp and works good it really doesnt have the hardware features that you would need to do major video editing however faster ram and a faster processor would also help if you a very serious about it. a lady who lives right above me who does video editing for a living has a dual xeon processor chip running at 3.4 ghz with 3 gig of ram and her computer still gets lagged down every now and then. good luck

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Hello there,
I know almost nothing about computers. I feel that's a good way to preface my little request. I currently have a T3104 emachine (Specs: and am looking to play a game that is about to be released (Ultimate Alliance, specifically.) I'm far from what one would concider a gamer, so odds are this is the only new game I play for the next one to two years. That said, I'm looking to spend as little as I have too... but more than the bare minimum needed to play this game. If I'm going to spend money on this, I'd prefer not to have it looking like ****. I'd say my range is in between $100-$200 dollars, hopefully ending up in the area of $150 or less.
Any help would be quite appreciated.

A:Help deciding on a videocard

I doubt very much that that pc will ever play a game like that!!!!

You don't even have an agp slot so you will only be able to run a pci graphics card!!!!
It's probably not possible to turn the onboard graphics off to help with performance with a new card!!!
And the pathetic little power supply unit (psu) would almost certainly die and take the mobo out with it!!!

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I'm looking to get a laptop to basically replace my desktop PC. I really like the macbook pro, but I don't have the kind of money to buy it, and I'm not a big fan of apple or macs. I have also looked at HP, the pavilion dv5t series with the intel core 2 duo 8600 (2.4 Ghz), the 1680 x 1050 display (is the infinity screen nice?), 3GB memory, 512MB 9600 GT, 250 GB HDD. Here's the link if you want to see it . These are really the only two I've looked at so far. I spend a lot of time online, and will also probably be doing some light gaming, and a lot of music and movies. I'd like to be in about the $1300 range when I'm done (although less is better). Any input would be great. Thanks.

A:Help deciding on a laptop

Your link doesn't work, although from the specs it doesn't look too bad. It'd be better going for one with an 8600 series video card, since it'd be cheaper and more suited to light gaming.

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Which one guys, take into consideration this will be a computer used for school. Taking notes, maybe some photo editing. I can get a stick of 512 ram for around $50 CAD.

A:Guys I need help deciding

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my friend wants me to fix his computer. Yesterday when I first played with it, it started up until it got to the Windows XP Professional logo, then it rebooted everytime. So i decided to try and format it. Today I brought my disk from home, and it inspects all the configurations fine, but when i choose format using NTFS it says "Setup was unable to format the partition. The disk may be damaged. Make sure the drive is switched on and properly connected." I'm sure the drive is connected fine, because i dont think he would ever open it himself and look. But i did open it and everything looks fine to me. I also tried to format with the NTFS (Quick), and the same thing. I told him that his drive is probably crashed. Its a Pentium 2, Gateway 2000, not sure of the specs, but when the computer starts it says:

0640K System RAM passed
0095K Extended RAM passed
0512k Cache SRAM Passed

While formating there is 6,142MB (6GB) free. And thats all thec computer has is 6 GB of memory. I told him that it would be better if you bought a new computer. So what do you guys think? This computer dead? or just needs a new HDD?

A:Cannot format HDD, need help deciding if its bad.

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Im gonna buy a new video card but i cant decide which... The price budget is 200$
some people told me the Nvidia 6800GT others said Nvidia 6600GT and some said ATI x700
Requirements are that it should be AGP 8x. Anyone know what i can use?
My memory Type is DDR so i dont know if it'll be compatible with a video card that uses DDR2 or DDR3?

and if anyone owns one of these can they tell me what they average on 3d Benchmark 01...?
Or their FPS in CS:S / UT2k4 at Max settings on both graphics and Resolution.
I need a 3d Benchmark 01 score to commpare with my old video card since i didnt use 3d bencmark 03.
Any help will be greatly appreciated. thx

A:Need Help Deciding with VideoCard

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I am trying to be as cost efficient as possible here, I am looking to soon play spore and warhammer online at max settings and just have a nice pc that will last me for a while.

These are my current specs and My dillemma is whether I would be better off buying a new mobo case and vid card one piece at a time or buy a barebones kit and scrap everything else I can out of this comp.

Product number

Base processor
Sempron (M) 3400+ 1.8 GHz
1600 MT/s (mega transfers/second)
Socket AM2

GeForce 6100 nForce 420

Manufacturer: Asus
Motherboard Name: M2N61-LA
HP/Compaq motherboard name: Nyssa-GL6

Component Attributes Memory Installed 512 MB Maximum allowed 2 GB* (2 x 1 GB)

*Actual available memory may be less Speed supported PC2-4200 MB/sec Type 240 pin, DDR2 SDRAM

120 GB SATA 3G (3.0 Gb/sec)
7200 rpm

High Definition 5.1 audio
ALC 888 chipset

Im also thinking about upgrading the processor to to an amd athlon 64x2 as i understand my mobo does accept that. but am just stuck on the most cost efficient means of building a decent (not smoking but decent) gaming rig any suggestions?

A:Need help deciding to upgrade or not?

oh yea thanks in advance for any help sorry

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I'm trying to decide on a Athlon 64 X2 (AM2), but I really can't figure out which one will work better. It's primary function will be gaming. Which one of these would be the better choice?

I noticed the 5400+ has a 1mb cache, but a speed of 2.8GHz. While the 5200+ has a 2mb cache, but a speed of 2.6GHz. What effects the performance (At least for gaming) more?

Are there are any better AM2 Processors for ~$200? I'm just looking for the best possible deal.

A:Deciding on a Processor (AMD)

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I have an Advent 7026 laptop (Pentium 2GHz processor on Gericom m/board) with 2 x 256MB DDR SDRAM (PC2100) I'd like to upgrade to 1GB.

If I were to buy a single 1 GB card could I then add another card of different size in the other slot at a later date, or do both slots have to be the same.

Also, my current RAM is PC2100, how can I find out waht's the highest speed of RAM that the computer would benefit from and what happens if the RAM is too fast for the rest of the system?

I've tried the 'Crucial Memory' site for information but my laptop isn't on there.

Thanks in advance.

A:Deciding on RAM upgrade

There is a UK Crucial site and while it had Adventg, not the right model.
It appears 2100 is what you can have:

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Hi everyone. I have spent days now trudging through laptop specs and deals and think I have narrowed my search down to 2, I am open to any suggestions however!
Requirements - for my 16 year old son (birthday present for the big 16!) for GCSE's and college. I want it to run as fast as possible for my budget but he has an Xbox one for gaming so that is not a consideration. I am aware though that he may like to play some of the PC based civ games. I would like lots of storage too.
Budget - £300 or under. I am trying to be realistic about what we can get for that money and get the best and most reliable machine.
I have found these two which look promising but can't decide (as I said though I am very grateful for any other other suggestions) I don't want to buy second hand.
click here would be SO grateful for any help in this. Many thanks in advance.

A:Need help deciding which laptop to buy please help

Sorry links don't seem to have worked so will try again!
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I am finally updgrading from my 700Mhz Celeron. Here is what i have narrowed the choices down to:

AMD Athlon 64 3400+

Intel Pentium D 805 Smithfield

They are about the same price, but the 3400+ comes with a free mobo so it is actually $50 cheaper. The Intel is dual-core, Athlon single. Intel is 2.66GHz, Athlon is 2.4GHz. Intel is 533MHz FSB, Athlon is 800Mhz FSB.

Seems like a toss-up to me, any undiscriminating suggestions would be appreciated, Thanks

A:Solved: Need help deciding on CPU

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Hello. I am looking at two HDDs as a backup drive and maybe temporarily holding an OS. Here they are:

Yes, they are cheap ( I am on a budget of like $50). I need to know should I go with the 500gb 5400rpm Retail or the 400gb 7200rpm recertified.
Oh and one side question... will these most likely come with a SATA cable?
Thanks. Input is greatly appreciated.

A:Solved: New HDD Need Help Deciding

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Hey Guys it me again with yet one more question to the guru's who have helped me build this awesome computer in my signature. I need to get the right kind of memory for the mobo and processor in my sig, the only problem I have is the Processor is 333Mhz FSB and I would like DDR400 (which my mobo supports) installed. Does the Processor FSB matter in terms of memory? I am looking at,, is this good memory? If anyone has any suggestions, please write them down. Thanks again guys and gals.

A:Need Help Deciding On Right Memory

As long as the memory is as fast or faster then your CPU FSB you will be fine. With motherboards that use NForce chipsets its best to have the memory syncronized with the CPU for best performance - you can lower the speed of PC3200 to 333Mhz in the BIOS on quality motherboards. PC3200 would also allow better overclocking of your CPU's FSB as its designed to run at 400Mhz already.

The RAM is selcted is ok, but not the best - it has a latency of 3, whereas really good ram has lower latencies like 2.5. If you want really good RAM check of Corsair twin sets for Dual-Channel.

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So, I bought The Sims 3 and I tried it last night. Everything is so laggy! So I am willing to go out and buy a new video card ( first time buying one). Can you help me determine which card will work best? (One that is, I guess you would say "price-friendly", and also would work for WoW.)

Computer specs: HP - Pavilion a6118x Desktop/PC

See, I was looking into this graphics card:

But as a person that doesn't know much about computers, I'm not sure how to get my money's worth when it comes to these kinds of things. Any suggestions? Thank you!

A:Need Help Deciding on a Graphics Card

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Hi. I'm a student, so I don't have the kind of money to buy licensed software (norton, for example, costs about 2000, here). So I'm sort of dependent on freeware.

I have a vista laptop that -although no resource-strapped (I upgraded to 1.5GBDDR2), I still like to keep as fast as possible. So for my security needs I've been using AVG Anti-Virus free and SpyBot-S&D (1.5)... Is this enough?

It's been a recommendation mentioned to me that I might benefit from installing more than one Anti-Spyware, namely AVG Anti-SW, and Ad-Aware free... Are they really necessary? If it is a good idea to install more than one, maybe I should just choose one more- if so, which is better, the AVG Anti-SPyware or Ad-Aware?

I dislike having a lot of programs running in the background. In fact, upon start-up, the only application that start are my objectdock, AVG-AV, and Spybot.

Any ideas? Thanks.

A:Need help deciding on good secuirty

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Hi guys and gals,

I was going to build a new comp for my mom, then decided to give her my computer
(P4 2.8GHz/ 1.5MB ddr533 /80GB HD/ cd-rw/fx5600 256MB) to replace her old pentium3 500MHz computer. That is more power then she'll need, and not enough for what I need. So I'm going to build a new computer for myself

My wife reacently got into a fender-bender, and she was afraid I would be mad at her, and in a moment of weakness, she said I can go ahead and get a new computer... and I latched onto that like all hell, lol... if your married, then you know what I'm talking about, so since I have the masters .. er .. I mean wifes ok, then its build time!!

Heres the deal. I want to build on a lower budget (I guess we all do) but I want this build to last a while. I am going to eventually get a DX10 vid card, but that will be later, I am waiting for more options, and I'd like to see what ATI brings to the table... so for now I will be getting an ATI DX9 card... but thats for later.I dont know if it makes a difference in the MB and CPU, but I will probally put an ATI card in this build when its upgraded later.
Today I want to talk about CPUs and MBs.. I am trying to decide between 2 CPUs and 2 MBs for this build. Here they are.


MSI K9A Platinum Socket AM2 ATI CrossFire Radeon Xpress 3200 ATX AMD Motherboard

ASUS P5N-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
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A:Solved: Need help deciding on parts

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I have been looking at getting a new graphics card and was originally looking at the eVGA 7600GT CO and KO. By the way, what is the difference between CO and KO, and which is better?

Then I found out that the eVGA was having some overheating issues so I began looking at some VGA coolers for about $25.

From there I was thinking if I went to another brand such as XFX or PNY, that the overheating may not happen.

Would you guys suggest getting an eVGA with a 3rd party heatsink (or have you guys had great success with the stock cooler?) or should I get an XFX or PNY 7600gt?

I am assuming that the XFX and PNY don't have as bad of overheating problems from the customer reviews. Which brand is best, eVGA, XFX, or PNY?

What is you guys advice to this dilemma? What would you do? Other suggestions are welcome.

Thanks guys.


Here are the cards I am looking at:

7600gt CO:
7600gt KO

7600gt XXX


Which of these do you think are best? Best brand? Best cooling? How do you guys feel about Leadtek? I have gotten some recommendations on that brand.

Thanks guys

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A:Need some help here on deciding on an eVGA or XFX 7600gt

I am an eVGA fanboy... But that is becuase I love their warrenties, customer service, and I belive htey price cards very competitivly.
eVGA is my choice out of XFX and eVGA... I jsut wush they would make their boxes more.... interesting, (I.E. XFX).

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Our small accounting firm has purchased office 365 to use both online and as a desktop. I need to use either outlook or Access as an Appointment Scheduler and a Contact manager and be able to link them both together so I can keep track of when the client had an appointment, what was done, how much was charged, etc. Also I have some forms that need to populated from the contact information when the client arrives for the appointment. I know that this will involve some design work and I am comfortable with that, just not sure which would be better and how to get started.

A:Help deciding How and which one to use Outlook or Access?

The fact that you want to "keep track of when the client had an appointment, what was done, how much was charged, etc."
I assume that at some point you will also need to summarise the data in some way, if that is the case then Access is the best choice.
Outlook is obviously fine for Appointments and Schedules but not so good for data manipulation, but it is also fairly difficult to share those functions, so I would therefore suggest using Access, but then I would say that as I am an Access programmer.

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[1]-HP Pavilion Desktop PC (A6110N) (Pretty good offer) $569.99

[2]-Gateway Desktop PC (GT5468) (not as grate as #1 but has more Memory) $599.99

[3]-HP Pavilion Desktop PC (A6119H) (pretty cheap..but no warenty) $509.99

[4]-Compaq Presario Desktop PC (SR5152NX) (not sure if moniter is included) $509.99

[5]-Gateway Desktop PC (GM5442) (pretty sweet deal, but a lil more expensive then the others) $629.99

i cant decide.. so i came her to the geniuses of pc's... whats the best one.. thats a good price and good computer for gaming...

ps if you ever go shopping for pcs circut city is in my opinion the best ever

A:Solved: Need Help deciding Between 5 Gaming Pc's

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I currently have a 256 MB ATI Radeon x800 graphics card.

I've found that it doesn't quit run World of Warcraft like it used to. I checked Newegg and found that PCI Express 16x cards are really cheap.

Could someone suggest something that could out-perform my current graphics card for less than $75 or so?

I was considering this one...

I really don't know much about graphics cards, so maybe I'm totally off here.

Any suggestions are much appreciated!

A:Help Deciding on a New Graphics Card

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Hey all

Im looking to buy a new Video card and need some opinions in regards to which card of the following ones is worth it (meaning performance/price ):
$700 ( might get it for $600) - BFG GeForce 8800 GTX OC2 ( )

$700 - XFX GeForce 8800 Ultra (

$550 - ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT ( )

$730 - BFG GeForce 8800 Ultra OC 630MHZ 768MB 2.22GHZ ( TECHNOLOGIES)

So from that list what would be a good choice?
I was looking mostly on the first one the GTX OC2 which has almost the same speeds as the ultra but is way cheaper. I know the Ultra OC would be good but does these few extra mhz would really make much difference and are worth the price?
Oh and BTW if anyone wants to buy a ATI x1900 XTX let me know.

A:Need help deciding on a video card pls

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Well I'm looking at getting the Abit AW8-MAX 3rd Eye II and a 3ghz 64bit p4. I've heard many people talk about the p4 running around 70 degrees at full load, so I wanted help on deciding what a good case (and fans) I should get for this setup.
Is it possible for it to idle within 30-40 and run at full under 50 degrees without water cooling?
Aside from a good case, what's a good heat sink and fan combo for this p4?

Thanks for the suggestions

A:Help deciding on Case/fans

if it was my choice i'd take an a64 system instead, but you can make the choice the way you want. i rccomend than antec P180 (it's pricey but well worth it) becasue of it's great airflow and quietness. for $70 you can pick up a soho file server knockoff (very good-i have one and it is fun to mod) that has stellar airflow as well.

for a HSF i reccomend a zalman 7x00 series model, make sure your box/mobo can fit one. you should also take a gander at thermaltake's offerings, but don't expect any of 'em to be neraly as quiet of the zalman models. and those temps you mentioned are a bit too low for your high end air cooling.

make sure your get a P4 6xx series or a pentium-D, because the 5xx/prescott models run very very very hot.

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I'm looking for a good video card. I just bought a new motherboard and processor and have yet to get the video card, but I plan to next paycheck. I have an AMD Athlon 64 3000+ running at 2.4GHz with 1GB of DDR RAM and an available 8X AGP slot. I'm looking at the $150 pricerange and currently the ones I am looking at are:

Radeon x1600 Pro 256MB 8X AGP

GeForce 6600 256MB 8X AGP

GeForce 6800XT 128MB 8X AGP

If you have any other suggestions I'd love to hear it. I'm not sure how the Radeon fairs against the GeForce's and I'm not sure if the 6800XT is better than the 6600 even though it has 128MB less memory.

A:Help deciding on a Video Card

What will you be using the computer for? From a stricly gaming standpoint, I'd say the 6800XT is the better choice even though it has less memory. The 6600 (vanilla) is a little whimpy.

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So I will be adding another GB of RAM (once I figure out if it's the 4th slot or the 4th card itself causing problems) and I want to get a new graphics card. Here are my specs:

OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU E2180 @ 2.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3071 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS, 384 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 305234 MB, Free - 176130 MB;
I don't know how to find out if one is compatible or not. I am not exactly sure how strong my power supply is at the moment but that won't be a problem, because I can just get a better one if I need to. Any suggestions? I'm not exactly loaded on cash either.

A:Deciding on a new graphics card

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Hello, I'm new on this forum and I'm reading a lot of the posts here. I would like to buy a new notebook workstation and hesitating between the Lenovo P50 and Dell Precision 7510.The prices are about the same  here in Belgium. I'm leaning towards the Lenovo but what is really bothering me is the choise of display panel.4K is not nececarry for me on a 15" but I would like to use Lightroom/ Capture one as photography is my hobby.So a good screen with is preferrable I'm reading a lot of complaints about the brightness of the FHD screens. The 4K screen seems to be the best (on paper at least) What is the brightest screen of all? I like to work outside (in the shadow,not in the sun) Thanks in advance for your help!

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Hi all,

So right now I have an Evga Nvida geforce 9600 gt (EVGA 512-P3-N861-AR GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - in my computer, but it is starting to get to the point where some games dont play too well. I have to play a lot of games on low settings and they often have low fps. So I need a new graphics card that compares to what the xbox one and ps4 have so I can play all these new games on higher settings. I dont know what to get. I was looking at this one, it seemed to have a good price (EVGA 02G-P4-2643-KR GeForce GT 640 2GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card -, but I dont know if it is much better than what I have.

What the cheapest and best option to play new games at higher settings?

A:need help deciding on a new graphics card!

Hey man, whats your budget?

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I am currently using IE 9 and am being told by several web pages my browser is outdated and should update to get better viewing experience. I have been told my some people that the new version of IE is just horrible and that Google Chrome just sort of does it own thing from time to time. Can somebody please give me some input?

A:Need help deciding what browser to download

Try these two. You can always uninstall or keep both. User preference. For what it is worth I've used Firefox since 2004.
Download only from these sites:
Download Firefox — Free Web Browser — Mozilla

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Hello everyone, I need some help deciding which processor to pick for the HP Envy 14 beats edition that I wanna get, I just need an explination of which processor is better and why:

Here is the laptop

The specs are gonna be: 6gb ram, 1gb ATI video card, 500 gb HD, 1366x768 LED display, and the processor is where I can't decide which one is better?

I know the specs are not the best, but I also wanna get this laptop for the looks, and the Envy line is the best out there for the looks, excluding MacBooks.

Anyways here are my options for the processor:

Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-460M Dual Core Processor (2.53 GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz Included in price

Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-560M Dual Core Processor (2.66 GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz +$100.00

Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-580M Dual Core Processor (2.66GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 3.33GHz +$150.00

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-720QM Quad Core processor (1.6GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 2.8 GHz +$200.00

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-740QM Quad Core processor (1.73GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) w/Turbo Boost up to 2.93 GHz +$300.00

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-840QM Quad Core processor (1.86GHz,8MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 3.2 GHz +$600.00

The ones with the red font are most likely the ones I'll be picking just for the price, but here comes the question I asked, is the best i5 better than the worst i7? and what is the main diff between a quad core and a dual core?

Thanks in advance guys!

A:I need some help deciding which processor to pick

What do you want the machine to do?

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Hey everyone. I'm about to buy some new Creative 5.1 speakers for my computer and I need to buy a new sound card that will support them. I've narrowed it down to two Creative sound cards and other than the price I can't tell what the difference is between the two. I don't know much about audio stuff so any help would be appreciated. Here are the links for the cards from :

Also, if you have any suggestions as to a different card that I should get feel free to tell me, but I'm not looking to spend a lot of money and I really don't need one of the Audigy2 ZS cards or anything extreme like that. Thanks a bunch.

A:Need help deciding which sound card to buy

get the cheaper one, they are the same exact sound card, except that the more expensive one has splinter cell, a demo game disk, a demo audio disk, and the only important thing, the driver/application disk, which you can download the drivers from their site

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Title( Help Deciding on* which graphics card to keep/buy:Correction )Alright guys.. recently i got an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti graphics card for x-mas.. really satisfied with it as i can run battle field 3 in high details but.. the thing is it has some chop in the frame rate only sometimes /: if i lower it to medium it plays perfectly fine... i really wanna max out my computer that way when newer games come out i didn't just waste 200$ on this graphics card... but my friend has the NVIDA GeForce GTX 560 ti is that worth spending the extra 100$ on (Retail Price 300$) if so i'll take this one back and get the 300$ no problem at all.. this is my first experience gaming on the person said id be better off buying more ram for my computer , only problem with that is last time i bought ( The exact ram i need ) it gave me blue screens frequently which is why i have (two) 2 gig sticks in my pc right now, my computer specs are Processor ( Intel(R) Core(TM) Quad-Core i7 CPU 860 @ 2.80 GHz ) Memory(Ram) 4g ( graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 ti (Don't know if this is necessary but motherboard asrock :O ) Extra question: Is an asrock motherboard good...? always wanted to know

A:Help deciding one which graphics card to keep/buy

Go with an ATI Radeon 6870

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My friend is interested in buying a new psu.

His new budget is in the 50$ range and he wants a psu between 500 watts. Online retailer is not a option for him.

This is his computer specs He upgraded his video card to a GT 220. He said he's planning to upgrade the GPU, even tho the cpu is gonna be bottle neck.
Which one of these power supplies is the best for his computer and case (mid tower ATX)?

Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500W Power Supply (RS500-PCARA3-US)

Seasonic 550ET

Thermaltake TR2 500W Power Supply ATX12V V2.2 IntelCoreTM i5 i7 W0379RU

A:Need help deciding power supply

I would ask if he ever plans on putting together a new system down the road or if he would just buy one like the HP you listed. If he is going to buy from a HP or Dell later on the choices above are all ok. If he plans to build a rig in the near future or next year I would look for better supplies and use up the 100 or even spend 120 or so and get a future proof power supply,

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i have been looking for really good board and new processor, i currently have a stock board with phenom 2 x4 3.4ghz black. for some time ive been wanting an i 7, but then i saw the phenom 2 x4 3.7ghz black. i tend to see allot of people who in my opinion are kindof intel fanboys and go a little overboard, i like the i7 2600k, but benchmarks can be done poorly and an opinion isnt saying much if its totaly bagging on the other. so the two things im looking at are. - ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
and - AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDZ980FBGMBOX

i dont need to know if they are the best, but i am getting fed up with how much the price keeps going up with the intel stuff, seems every time i look they have somthing better for 5 times more. if you know of any reasonable priced am3 chips that could be better for close to the cost i would appreciate it. and some info on the matter from someone who may have tryed both chips (intel i7 2600k or amd 4x 3.7ghz) or know about both would be appreciated

A:looking to upgrade, but am having trouble deciding

also guess i never asked, is the processor even a step up from my 3.2? i would think it would be a drastic increase, but i could be wrong

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Have an A8M2N-LA (NodusM) board and I cannot after Googling everything including the HP and Asus site find out if this board supports 3Gbs.

It states in the specs Each connector supports 1 serial ATA-150 disk drive but I have looked to see what exactly this means too and am getting nowhere.

Can someone please advise me on what I should be looking for? as I said the sites are so ambiguous and I just ant to get on with it.

The drive I am installing is currently jumpered to 1.5GBs and I am wondering if I should just jumper it to 3Gbs and hope i is back compatible if wrong.

A:Problem deciding Gbs setting on HDD

SATA revision 1.0 (SATA 1.5 Gbit/s) is SATA-150 (150 MB/s)
SATA revision 2.0 (SATA 3.0 Gbit/s) is SATA-300 (300 MB/s)
As far as I know SATA 2 drives are backward compatible with a SATA 1 interface. If you connect a SATA-300 drive to your motherboard it will only run at SATA-150 speeds. Switching the jumper to 3 Gb/s won't make it run any faster. The bottle neck is the motherboard SATA 1 port.

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I am not well educated upon the quality and performance of different computer components but am planing on buying a gaming computer. I have three different options I am choosing from the first is a build a friend and I put together. The second is a bundle I found on sale, and the third is an entire computer that is on sale. if you happen to know any other builds that could beat these for around $700-$800 I would greatly appreciate your sharing. I plan on making my purchase within a week.


A:I need help deciding which computer to purchase

The second bundle is great. The gpu sucks though. If I was on a computer I could recommend parts better, but I am on my phone (and from memory) so I will try my best. This is what I would recommend:
Cpu: Amd fx6350 ($140)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 r2.0 ($100)
CPU cooler: hyper 212 Evo ($35)
Ram: corsair vengeance 2x4gb ($75)
Gpu: evga gtx 650ti boost ($180)
PSU: corsair tx650 v2 ($90)
HDD: wd caviar black ($120)
Case: corsair 200r ($50)

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I'm getting a FireWire 400 PCI add-on for a Dell Vostro 400 at my work and I have to order it through Office Depot. I've narrowed it down to the two below but I'm unsure if there is any difference between them as far as reliability (from the manufacturer) as I've never really heard of either company. I'm gonna be using the add-on for transferring footage from a camcorder. So my question is, which would you buy from the two below?

A:Deciding between two FireWire 400 PCI cards...

I'm sure one will work as good as the other, but you'll likely get better support from Siig if you ever need it.

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If you are confused about which version of Windows 7 to buy then check this handy table out:

Compare Windows 7 Editions

A:Need help deciding which version to choose?

Thanks for that mate

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Hey guys.
So, more and more, I find myself using devices that NEEDS a wireless connection. So, I was thinking of buying a wireless router. We already have a router, but it's wired only. The one I was eye-ing was this one : - Rosewill RNX-N150RT IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE802.11n Draft 2 Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates 1 x 10/100M WAN; 4 x 10/100 LAN

Now, you might say "Why not go with this one? It has features x and y!". The thing is that I don't want any extra features... I only need those basic needs : firewall, wired network, wireless network + security and DNS settings (for OpenDNS). What the wireless will be for is... to connect my Nintendo 3DS. Yes, a Nintendo 3DS. Not a laptop or other computer. So I don't need Tomato or whatever other 3rd party firmware.

So, advices?


P.S Budget is 40-45$

A:Need help on deciding on a wireless router

That one is not true wireless N @ 150 mbps, you should look for one that is capable of 300 Mbps, especially for online game play...

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I have been having problems with downloading files using Internet Explorer - the famous "An error has occurred in Internet Explorer" message. This website advised using HijackThis and I ran the program. Can someone please tell me what to delete from the following log? (I hope I copied the right parts)

Thanks a lot!

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\rtse.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Distillr\AcroTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Netropa\OSD.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec_Client_Security\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec_Client_Security\Symantec AntiVirus\Rtvscan.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Temp\Temporary Directory 2 for\HijackThis.exe

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A:Help deciding what to delete with HijackThis

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New to PC gaming and wanting something that can keep up with the games that are coming out nowa days...this one is around 1600 dollars from and also how can you tell how much RAM this computer will have or is there a way.

Case: * Coolermaster HAF-X Gaming Full Tower Case w/ 1x230mm Fan, 1x200mm Fans, 2xFront USB 3.0 Port

Internal USB Extension Module: None

Neon Light Upgrade: None

Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default case fans

Noise Reduction Technology: None

CPU: Intel® Core? i7-960 3.20 GHz 8M Intel Smart Cache LGA1366

Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: No Overclocking

Cooling Fan: CyberPower Xtreme Hydro Liquid Cooling Kit 240MM w/ Dual Fan(CPU & GPU Liquid Cool Capable, Extreme Overclcking Performance + Extreme Slient at 18dBA)

Coolant for Cyberpower Xtreme Hydro Water Cooling Kits: Standard Coolant

Motherboard: * (3-Way SLI Support) GigaByte G1.Guerrilla Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX Triple-Channel DDR3 E-ATX w/ 7.1 Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity Audio, Bigfoot Killer E2100 GbLAN, eSATA, USB3, 2x SATA3 RAID, 3 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI

Memory: 12GB (2GBx6) DDR3/1600MHz Triple Channel Memory Module (Corsair or Major Brand)

Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1.2GB 16X PCIe Video Card (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)

Freebies: None

Video Card 2: None

Video Card 3: None

Dedicated PHYSX Card: None

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A:Possible new desktop, need help deciding which PC is good

Firstly the Ram is: Memory: 12GB (2GBx6) DDR3/1600MHz Triple Channel Memory Module (Corsair or Major Brand), as you already said above?

I would advice searching around other pc buiders because you can get 2nd gen I7 2600K for cheaper then the I7-960 and its like 4 times faster.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 will handle most new games (not at the highest settings) but if you want a really powerfull computer that will cut through any game, choose either 3x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 or 2x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 or one NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 and with Radeons atleast 2x HD6970 or one HD6990

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I was reading, and I was wondering what would everyone prefer on an EVGA 790i Ultra FTW Edition Motherboard. I heard some debate on this and I'm not too sure. I'd be using it for running Crysis on Max Resoultion, Best Graphical Settings, Watching HD Movies, Multimedia, pretty much everything. Probably in Dual Display's, 22" each. Disreguard the price, just wondering the performance.

2x Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2's running in Crossfire
3x EVGA GeForce GTX 280 FTW Edition's running in SLI

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I'm planning to buy a new graphics card. Im considering the ti4600, ati 9700, ati 9800, or FX5900ultra.
The problem is if any of these cards would run on my computer. I have a 440BX motherboard with a 100 mhz FSB and the AGP is i believe 1.0 (2x only). The processor is a P3 1ghz slot1, and i have 448 megs of SDRAM (pc100). I dont care if the cards wont run at full potential, because any of those cards is better than what i have at the moment, ati VIVO DDR (~7200). I also have a geforce2mx and tnt2ultra on standby.

I dont plan on getting a new computer anytime soon, maybe in another 3 years.

Do the newer cards require more power than the ati vivo ddr? (as in, do i have to purchase a new power supply (i forget what i have now, it came stock with this Dell XTS550)

A:need help deciding which gfx card to purchase


I would suggest going with a lower end card since you won't be upgrading soon. As you kind of implied, you won't really see the cards full potential with your current system, compared to paying less for a card who's pull potential you WILL see. Even though you said you don't mind, there really isn't a point in spending a lot more money on a card when you won't see the potential of the card. Though, a higher end card still may perform a bit better than a lower end card in your system, my opinion is that your best option is to probably go with something like a Geforce 4.

I did a quick search on Google and Dell's websites and didn't come up with any results for the XTS550. Are you sure that is the correct model?

I would suggest at least a 350watt power supply. Some people have been safe with a 300watt PSU as long as it is a high quality PSU. You don't want your PSU to cause stability problems or worse die on you, possibly taking other components of your system with it. The rails on most PSU's are rated incorrectly and lack around 1v on each rail (the PSU I got with a case did the same for me so I upgraded to a Enermax 350watt -- I'm using the Radeon 9700 Pro).

The TI4600 should be a good choice as far as cards from the list you gave. You can get it for about $160, compared to around $260+ for the Radeon 9700 Pro and $450 for the 5900 Ultra.
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I've been using Trend Micro for the last 6-7 years and I'm starting to review new suites and find the Trend Micro is not ranking very good or not being reviewed at all, which is a bad sign. Plus the auto renewal is a bit violating, but anyway I'm in search of a new Anti-virus suite for 4 computers with a mix of Win XP pro and Win 7 Pro. I've been looking at Norton, but there are so many conflicting points of views I have no idea how I'm supposed to make an informed decision. Whether the info comes from an independent lab or individuals there's always one who says it's the greatest and another who says it's the biggest piece of whatever expletive. AV-comparatives says G data, Panda, Avira seem to rank high but, then there was another report from that ranks them down low or in the middle. This is one of the most irritating research subjects I've had in a while. And then I think many people who had an issue with an AV suite probably had some configuration issue or software conflict, but blame it on the AV suite. Most opinions aren't really objective just basing it on there own experience on their one machine. For example I've read many horror stories or frustrating scenarios with Trend Micro, but I haven't had any real issues with it. I've never used Norton but I see the same type of discussion where it's just based on that individual experience rather than finding the root cause of the issue. I'm wanting to get rid of Trend not because of a bad experienc... Read more

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Here you go: What's the Best Anti-virus?

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