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    Windows 10 takes several minutes to Restart/Shut Down

    So this has been frustrating me quite a bit the past year or so. Restarts/Shut downs take like 5 minutes to get past the blue windows 'Restarting.....' or 'Shutting Down....' screen. The progress circle just keeps circling. However, the system coming back on from sleep/hibernation is instant...
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    What key do you use to 'Move Forward'?

    So this question came up recently and I would like to know what you all use. In games, especially FPS, what key do you use to move forward? I'm well aware that WASD is the gold standard for many of you, but there are a few of us that don't use W. Personally, I use Right Mouse Button. It sounds...
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    [5700xt] Windows10 freezes after Driver installation

    The error that I am having is that when I install AMD graphics drivers (20.9.1,2, or 11.2), Windows 10 will freezes. I have used AMD cards for years, but this is the first time I have ever seen this error. I was playing Horizon Zero Dawn and it crashed, and reddit said to install all windows...
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    Does this OLED monitor exist?

    I keep reading that OLEDs don't make good pc monitors due to low refresh, but these articles are from months-year ago. I was hoping that the debut of next gen consoles would stir the market. Are there any good OLED monitors out there for PC gaming? I don't want a 55" incher, I already have that...
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    [Intel] Noticeable FPS gains going from DDR4 2400 to 3600?

    I currently have 2x8gb G.SKILL ripjaw DDR 2400 (15-15-15-35) for my gaming PC, with the rest being a 6700K @4.7ghz/ Gigabyte Z170 HD3P/ Radeon 5700xt. I saw this TechSpot article where it details out how much ram can help Ryzen, but we already knew that. For my setup, specifically my older mobo...
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    [Intel] Noticeable FPS gains going from DDR4 2400 to 3600?

    I currently have 2x8gb G.SKILL ripjaw DDR 2400 (15-15-15-35) for my gaming PC, with the rest being a 6700K @4.7ghz/ Gigabyte Z170 HD3P/ Radeon 5700xt. I saw this TechSpot article where it details out how much ram can help Ryzen, but we already knew that. For my setup, specifically my older...
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    Control Case Fans via GPU temps

    So the 4pin PWM header on my Sapphire 480x blew a few years ago. I have an arctic twin turbo II on it, and I have been powering the gpu fans via a 7V molex. It's not horrible truth be told, but I want to make a moderate project of getting a getting the adapter to plug it into the case fan header...
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    How much would you pay over MSRP for a 3080/3090?

    With the low stocks leading to scalpers etc... a lot of people can't get their hands on a 3080/3090 FE, AIB. But the demand is still there. This creates the question: If you really wanted one, how much over MSRP are you willing to pay? Are you going to stand your ground and not give in, or...
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    Antec HCG-620 fan is now extremely loud

    After 7-10 years of faithful service, my Antec HCG-620 psu fan has gotten noticeably louder the past few weeks. Nothing bad, I probably wouldn't have noticed if I didn't install really quiet case/cpu/gpu fans. So I researched online and people said to place a drop of 3-in-1 lube in the fan...
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    Arctic P12s are significantly quieter than Noctuas 140s

    So I am trying to make my gaming PC as quiet as possible under full load without resorting to water. I was always told that Noctuas were the best and that at the same airflow rate, a 140mm will be quieter than a 120mm fan. That's actually not the case here. I have two Noctua 140mm fans (NF-A15...
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    Can Liquid Metal be used on 100% Copper IHS/Heatsinks?

    Hi all, I am about to tackle a few liquid metal projects (1 cpu, 2 gpu) using TG Conductonaut and I thought I had all my bases covered. Now I am reading that TG only recommends using it on nickle-based copper IHS/heatsinks. All 3 of the intended items are 100% copper, not nickle based. Does...
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    [HP 15-AY013NR] Display issues before and after replacing display cable

    Hello! For the past few weeks, my wifes laptop (HP Notebook 15-AY013NR) has progressively been getting worse when she raises/closes the lid. The display would flicker then go to black if the lid was not at the proper/perfect angle. Everything else about the laptop was fine. Researching online...
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    Sound proofing your PC case

    I am going down the rabbit hole of trying to build a silent PC even under full load. I'm mostly there with my Noctua case fans, undervolted/underclocked GPU, AMD Chill limiting FPS to 100, etc.. But not fully quiet. I still kinda hear the gpu (Sapphire 5700xt) during extended gaming sessions...
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    Sapphire Nitro+ 480x bad fan header

    I have a Sapphire Nitro+ 480x that has the stock cooler removed and using Arctic Twin Turbo II. For years I used the 7V/12V rails instead of plugging fan into fan header for PWM. The reason is that this pc was tucked away in another room, and I never cared to make it acoustically perfect. I...
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    Replacing the thermal paste on a Sapphire Pulse 5700xt

    I have a Sapphire Pulse 5700XT that I keep underclocked/under volted (1900mhz, 1080mV) because the performance is very close to stock but the fan noise and heat are significantly less. While my pc is completely silent during normal operation, it is somewhat audible during a full gaming load. To...
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    HTPC: Can an I5 3rd gen process 4k@120?

    So i have my older HTPC and my much new gaming PC. As per my usual process, when the gaming PC gets upgraded, the parts go into the HTPC, and then those oldest parts gets sold. I will be buying a 4k@120, HDR10+ tv soon, so I want to make sure the HTPC is up to snuff. Relatedly, I've read that...
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    How is it have 5 posts yet I started posting here in 2004?

    So I read HardOCP every day, but I haven't posted in several, and I mean several years. I would like to buy a nice gtx 1080 in one of the FS threads, but I noticed I couldn't reply. I logged in and found the probably culprit: My account only has 5 posts, so probably anti-bot. I thought this was...
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    Multiple computer problems after cpu cooler install

    I apologize for the wall of text, but it's needed. Cat/Corgi tax at the bottom. So, my AMD FX-6300 (6 core, 3.5ghz) was getting kinda loud after I overclocked it to 4.2ghz via the overdrive utility. Beyond that, it has been working just fine for the past few years I've had it. The overdrive...
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    DVD Burner decision

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    Will this 30 pin psu power a 24 pin board?

    I am upgrading to a Epox EP-9NPA+ Ultra board + 7800GT, and i am wondering if my current PSU is good enough. I have a Thermaltake Silent Purepower 480watt in an Antec P180 case. This psu is a 20 pin connector, and the board is a pci-e 24 pin. I read on a massive guide over in the AT forums...
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    Best mainstream pci-e mobo

    i am trying to upgrade to a 7800gt, so i need a mobo that is PCI. I do not want to waste the money on sata,raid, or SLI., nor am i into overclocking Try and keep it to below $80 as well. I prefer the following in order: Reliability, price, noise, performance. I am trying to make this mobo as...
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    [help] computer problem

    ok, my new case came in today. It is a brand new Antec P180 and my old case is a 3 yo Compusa Gamerz case (crappy i know). The computer had been working just fine, games and all, when i turned it off to switch it into the new case. i turned it off, turned off the psu, and removed all of the...
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    Samsung 712n LCD being dumb

    I recently got a Samsung 712n 17" LCD monitor for xmas (Cost was about $300). My reason for getting this were the good reviews and word about it, specifically b/c what i read about THG about it. The native res is 1280x1024 @ 60 mhz. So i boot it up and it looks all pretty, but to my dismay, it...
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    Underperforming rig?

    i have a brand new rig that i put together myself and i was wondering if it was underperforming/avg or what. The specs are: AMD64 3500+ (130nm) Abit AV8 PNY 6800 GT, 66.93 dets 1 gig Crucial ddr333 winxp, sp2 My 3dmark2001se score is around 20 000, 2005 is around 4 400, my aquamark...
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    Computer Vsync stuck

    My computer's vsync is stuck on and i don't know what else i can do to take it off. My specs: AMD64 3500+ 1 gig 2700 abit av8 Geforce 6800GT, 66.93 dets wxp, sp2 Samsung 712N LCD 17", default monitor drivers installed. I go to the display properties in my dets, and slide the...
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    underperforming system?

    i upgraded my cpu,mobo, and gpu and i was wondering how its scores are relative to others. My specs are: amd64 3500+ Abit av8 2x512 Crucial pc2700 ram Nvidia gefore 6800 GT I had an amdxp 2800+ and my score on 3dmark2001 se was about 16000. When i upgraded to the amd64, it jumped up...
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    [Excel] Question with page names

    i am trying to write a macro that when enabled, it opens up a new page and names it a month (November). I need to code it so when i click it again, another new page comes up as Decemeber, and again one comes up as Jan. and so on. i figured the code is something like: ActiveSheet.Name =...
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    A64 mobo help

    I am looking to get a a64 system, (3500+, 1 gig ddrxxx), and i was wondering what the community likes as a good board. what are the cheaper ones? i do absolulty nothing with my boards, i just need them to function. i don't like paying extra for boards that come with raid, onboard audio...
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    pc2700 vs 3200 for a64 3500+

    i am asking the parents for a cpu/mobo/ram upgrade for xmas. currently i have: amd athlonxp 2800+ abit nf7 6800gt 2x512 Crucial pc2700 And I plan to ask for: amd64 3500+ socket 939 (90nm) abit AV8 2x512 Corsair Value Select PC3200 My question here is if the pc3200 is really...
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    4.1 digital input

    i have a question about digital inputs. I have a creative sb live! 5.1sound card, my speaker setup is a Logitech 4.1 z-560s. The speakers are incredible, its just that when i turn the bass way up on the control panel, and then additionally way up in windows, i can really hear crappy bass sound...
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    looking to upgrade for less then $100

    hey, i am looking for ways to meaningfully upgrade my computer for less then $100. My current specs are: amd 2800+ geforce 6800 ultra abit nf7 512mg crucial pc2700 creative 5.1 Live! 1 x 40 gig hdd 1 x 120 gig hdd LG 12x dvd-rw, dual layer. i am totally fine with the...
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    Make my own sff?

    for my next computer upgrade (12 months down the line), i want to have a sff computer. However, to cut down on the prices and whatnot, i want to build my own. Would building my own high performace sff be any different then the buidling of my current desktop (albiet with different parts)? Or...
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    DVD Burner decision

    i am looking for a good/great CD/DVD +/- RW. I am thinking about a good 8x dual layer one. After some research, it is down to the NEC 2510A and the Lite On 832S. The difference being being about $20 in price. Since my parents are getting this for me, the small price difference is meaningless...
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    Overclocking my Barton 2800+

    I recently found out that my barton 2800+ is unlocked. I am hesitant to overclock it, and so i have a few questions, but first my specs: AMD 2800+ Barton, stock HSF ABIT NF7 512 Crucial pc2700 ATI 9800xt TT Silent PurePower 480w PSU Question 1: Would I need to by a new HSF...
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    I am so stuck

    Ok, a lot to say here so might as well start it at the beginning. A few weeks ago, I upgraded from my old computer (on sale HERE ) to an AMD Athlon 2800+, abit nf7, 1x512 pc2700 ram, 9800xt. All ran fine, perfectly, but the past 2 weeks or so I have noticed my computer getting louder. MUCH...
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