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    Giving up on buying a new card

    Gents, I've been poking into the current gen AMD 6000 series, hoping to pick up one or two...or three. Sigh. No longer. Instead, I'll spend my money on other hobbies and continue using the GPUs I have. Perhaps this fall the supply situation will ease. Kinda frustrating that there are good...
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    Seasonic: Hard to find!

    Folks, I'm a fan of Seasonic's power supplies. They've always done very well for me. I'm looking to do a new build with a 750w fully-modular ATX power supply. The GX750 series would do it...but the only ones I can find are north of $300. That's a bit extreme. If I cannot find a reasonably...
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    Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra...and x570s...out of stock?

    I'm so satisfied with my upgrade to a Ryzen 7 3700x, that I want to do another. (My i7-6700k rig has been giving me fits. Troubleshooting leads me to suspect a mobo failure._ I just put together a 3700x based on the Gig x570 ultra. I decided to do another. Well, it seems like there may be some...
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    What X570 mobo for 3700X?

    Folks, I'm about to update an older i7-4790K to an AMD 3700X. I'd like to use the new(er) X570 design mobo for this build (future compatibility). I see the MSI apparently uses a bad VRM design. Gigabyte has a high RMA. ASUS also has a high RMA (and they have the stupid flashing system LED when...
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    Update my Gigabyte X470 Aorus AMD chipset driver?

    Folks, How do I find what my current chipset driver is? I'm using the mobo listed in the subject (Gigabyte x470 Aorus Gaming 7 wifi). In order to update my BIOS, I've got to first update my chipset driver. Here are some screenshots: 1 Notice the instruction in the above BIOS download...
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    Need a new all-in-one remote control: thoughts?

    Folks, I'm looking to replace my antiquated Logitech Harmony One. It works fine, but is limited by Logitech's decision to stop updating the Harmony software with v7.7.0 about 8 years ago. I can not add a Roku to it. My budget is capped at ~$300. Lower is better. I don't need RF, just IR. I...
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    Gigabyte X470 Audio Driver Confusion...

    Folks, I'm trying to figure out which of these three I should download and install. And, since it's obvious that I lack some knowledge, feel free to toss in some free Audiophile Arrogance (tm) with your answers. ;) Otherwise, I'll just pick the highest numbered driver and figure it's...
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    Is Windows Defender sufficient?

    Folks, I've always used a 3rd party antivirus/security suite. Running W10 on the home computers, I'm now reading more and more that simply using Windows Defender is sufficient. I'm reasonably smart about the websites I visit, but I can't guarantee that the rest of the family does the same. Is...
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    Vega 56, non-blower cards?

    Sure, Asus Strix has an aftermarket cooling solution. Anyone else? crickets... I'm looking for a 2560x1440 gaming AMD card. Vega56 would fit the bill. I'd like something other than the reference cooler, but there seems to be a dearth of designs. Any ideas???
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    Refurbished Cisco switches any good?

    Folks, I’m looking for a 1000 Mbps switch with 32+ ports. It’s for a home LAN. I’ve found some refurbished Cisco switches which look like a great deal. Is a managed switch that much more difficult to use than a simple, unmanaged, switch? Is the Cisco name sufficient to trust a refurbished...
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    PoE plus with 8 ports, 120w (or more) total power?

    Folks, I'm looking for a powered network switch for my security cameras. 8 cameras, so I need 8 PoE ports, plus one or two for the switch to hook up to the rest of the network. The current switch is a knockoff from GreatWall industries. The power brick shows 54v @ 2.23A. That's about 120 watts...
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    Mouse doesn't work in Safe Mode

    Folks, I started a thread over at Tenforums, here: https://www.tenforums.com/drivers-hardware/106168-mouse-wont-work-safe-mode.html The mods there combined two threads into the one, in case part of it seems to be a non sequitur. The gist: my Logitech G502 mouse works fine EXCEPT in Windows...
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    Samsung 960 Evo add-on cooling fins

    I'm about to pick one up. (Next few weeks.) I understand the 960 label incorporates some copper threads to help mitigate the thermal throttling problems the 950 faced. Would adding cooling fins help? Which fins fit? (What are the dimensions of the memory chips and the control module?) TIM...
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    AMD Ryzen and Memory: how fast should my RAM be?

    Folks, Between the just-breaking news about the Intel security flaw, a new R6 Define case by Fractal Design (with tempered glass), and the many cool pictures of hardware floating about...I've got the upgrade itch. I'm leaning (heavily) towards an AMD build. I think a 1700x (or, if the money's...
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    Need more Sata ports in my mobo. PCIe x1?

    Folks, I'm going to repurpose one of the rigs in my sig. It's the Asus M5A88-m mobo. It has 6 Sata ports. It's about to become my security system PC. I want to stick a bunch of WD Purples in there, enough so I can keep a lot of surveillance stored. Of the 6 ports, 2 are reserved: one for the...
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    How do I disable new homescreen menu?

    Folks, My wife has an ipad. I've just spent the afternoon and morning searching, but I'm stumped. It has exhibited new behavior. When double-clicking the home button (the button on the bottom of the screen), a series of icons appear on the right-hand side: connectivity (airplane mode...
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    Make my own NVR for my security cameras?

    Folks, I've got "security system in a box" setup. It came with 8x 1080p PPOE cameras, an 8 port switch, and a DVR. The cameras are all TCP/IP. It works. All cameras are up and running and I can access the DVR from any computer on my home network. However, the DVR is SLOOOOOOW. I can barely...
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    ...and the NDA lifts when?

    C'mon!!!
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    HDMI from PC to AVR for both audio and video?

    Folks, A question for the cognoscenti: I'm running an FX8350 w/GTX670 gpu as my HTPC. (See sig.) I have a single HDMI cable coming from the video card into my AVR (Denon X4100W). That HDMI is carrying both audio and video from my PC. - would it be "better" to use the HDMI just for video and...
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    AIO fan control software: why so poor?

    Folks, I've got an NZXT Kraken with their CAM software. I also have a Corsair GTiH110 (Okay. I just made up that nomenclature. I have no idea what the Corsair thing is. Their naming is stupid. It's a 280mm, dual fan radiator.) It's running the Corsair LINK software. I've used CAM for about 2+...
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    1080>1070>1060...but by how much?

    So, obviously, the higher number cards perform better. But, do they perform better enough that it matters? Meaning, if I want to game at 1080, does the 1070 give enough of a performance increase over the 1060 that the price premium (~$200) is warranted? Similarly, if I want to game at 1440, is...
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    Asus Zenbook UX560... almost got it right

    Folks, Looking at various portable computer options, I've just tripped across the Asus 15.6" series of Zenbooks. There are three models (almost released?): the UX560UA, UQ and UX. The UX560UX (duh. UX UX? uxux...sounds like a zorg attack) is the top of the line. The specs include a discrete...
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    RMA'ing an i7-6700K: friggin' ATPO number???

    Folks, Intel is good. ;) I've had an i7-6700K-based build since March. It's had one or two minor stability issues, and I've finally narrowed it down. Running iterative loops of Intel's Processor Diagnostic Tool, I've discovered that the cpu fails the Floating Point test. (Cool note: it passes...
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    Using an unmatched pair of Dual 16GB kits: a problem?

    I've got a 6700k in a Gigabyte z170 UD5 (See sig.) My RAM is G.Skill F4-2400C-15D-32GVR; http://www.gskill.com/en/product/f4-2400c15d-32gvr Each stick is 16GB. Each kit has 2x 16GB sticks, for 32GB total capacity...per kit. I know it's recommended to use matched sticks for quad, but I had to...
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    MSI and Asus really need to improve their shopping sites...

    Folks, I'm in the market for a new laptop. For grins and giggles, I'm looking at MSI and Asus. I have a list of specs I'd like my new laptop to have, but it's friggin' impossible to shop on their websites. WTH??? 15.6" screen, IPS, 1080 (or higher) resolution SSD (easily...
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    USB issue with Win10 Anniversary Update: what does this mean?

    Folks, I'm running a Gigabyte z170-UD5 http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5480#ov Check my sig... I've had a few odd issues with it which I can't pin down. I've run Memtest86+ for 72+ plus hours...no errors. I've run Furmark's torture test for hours...no issues. I've run...
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    Who's going to announce Crimson v16.8.2?

    ;)
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    Newegg sent me an email about the R9 class action settlement???

    Okay, I've purchased a GTX970 from the Egg a few years ago, and I'm aware of the $30 settlement that just got announced. But why would I get notified about an R9 class action settlement? Is the Egg as scrambled as I think it is? Is there ANOTHER lawsuit? I'm not trying to poach more money than...
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    Gigabyte Z170 UD5 and ram voltage question...

    Folks, Running a Gigabyte Z170X UD5 mobo. I have 4x 16GB of G.Skill ram in it. :) 64GB seemed like a good idea...because. Yeah, yeah. Now, after several months, I'm wondering if I have some instability due to voltage issues to that big ol' bank o' memory. In the UEFI bios (F5), there is a...
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    Export settings for AMD Radeon drivers?

    Folks, Getting a bit of incompatibility with a niche game and v16.7.1 and 16.7.2. I'd like to totally wipe all my AMD drivers (DDU springs to mind ;) ), but I want to save all my profiles and other settings, since they are a such a PITA to set up. How do I export all those settings??? Thanks, Ken
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    Nvidia Network Stream Service keeps causing critical events???

    Folks, I'm running a GTX970, driver v. 368.22, Win10/64. I have repeatedly seen in my Win10 reliability index some "critical events" which are ALL labeled "Nvidia Network Stream Service" and that it stopped working. Looking into it, it seems to be used for gameshield. I don't use that. There...
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    Your reviews keep missing...

    ...mounting options and compatibility. I have two Fractal Design XL R2 cases. (Hey, I like 'em.) They come with top-mount 280mm grilles for radiators. My first case has a Kraken X60, 280mm radiator, AIO cooler. The two 140mm fans for that radiator each have a hole at each corner. That's 8...
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    Gigabyte z170 UD5 mobo and Corsair H110i GT cooling questions

    Folks, I'm stumped. I've got the items listed above (and see my sig) in a new build. My case is a Fractal Design XL R2. I've got Noctua PWM fans hooked up to the mobo and the Corsair H110i GT. My goal is to have the Corsair H110i GT software control the two 140mm Noctua fans hooked up to the...
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    Nvidia releases source code for Hairworks: will AMD be able to use it?

    Will new drivers enable AMD cards to run Gameworks titles as well as Nvidia cards can? Hairworks and HBAO+ source code has been released to Github. This could be good....
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    A mistake to buy 2400 DDR4 for my Skylake build?

    Folks, I'm putting together a new build. A Gigabyte Z170 UD5 and an intel 6700k. I bought this ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Intel Z170 Platform / Intel X99 Platform Desktop Memory Model F4-2400C15D-32GVR - Newegg.com (Only two sticks...
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    Do z170 motherboards fail at higher than normal rates?

    Folks, Researching a skylake build, I'm reading a lot of z170 mobo reviews. I am struck by the number of doa boards or those which stop working after just a few weeks. Admittedly this is not a statistically accurate methodology, but it certainly seems like there are a lot of problems out there...
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    15" asus or MSI rec for light gaming

    Folks, Im looking for a 1920x1080 screen, 15.6 inch laptop. Id like i5 or i7 and dedicated graphics. There are sooo many. Anyone have recommendations? Thanks.
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    cpu-z left something behind...

    Folks, Cleaning my Temp folder, I ran into an un-deletable file called cpuz138_x64.sys I cannot delete it because it is "in use by another program". Apparently, it is associated with CPUID Service. Funny...I have no trace of cpu-z left installed (supposedly), and, I have no Service...
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    Borked nvidia driver.

    361.82 (hotfix) is out. It seems that the previous driver in Windows 10 caused a W10 to look at the gpu as an ejectable media. I did not try to eject my video card. I don't think anything good would've happened. Perhaps an [H] member could do the experiment? 361.82 fixes the issue. 361.75...
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    Asus M5A88-M: A venting.

    One of my sig rigs is running an FX8350 in an Asus M5A88-M mobo. It's set up in a Silverstone HTPC case. Space is tight...so is cooling. (Noctua makes a nice low profile cpu cooler which saved the day.) On to my gripe/vent/request for improvement. Yeah, this is an old mobo, based on the AM3+...
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