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    Looking for a gaming chair.

    Actually, I'm looking for a chair recommendation of any kind really. I am interested in gaming chairs as I've sat in a few that were fairly comfortable. I would prefer to keep the price to around $600 max, but I can flex that if need be. I've had the Herman Miller Aeron and the Ergo Human...
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    The Top 5 Best Motherboards of All Time

    After the positive responses I received for The Top 5 Worst Motherboards of All Time article and by popular demand, I decided to create a list for the the best motherboards. Unlike the worst boards which were picked for obvious reasons, I it was important to qualify exactly how I chose the best...
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    The Top 5 Worst Motherboards of All Time

    I often get asked what the worst motherboards I've dealt with are, were, or who made them. I've decided to count them down in order of best to worst, and tell you why they suck. #5 DFI LanParty nForce 4 SLI DR Expert -2005 I expect to catch some shit for this one. This was one of the boards to...
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    2016 CPU Progression Thread

    I always thought the CPU progression threads were fun. So here is an update for this year as I didn't want to engage in thread necrophilia. My CPU progression: Intel 8088 4MHz Intel 80286 12MHz Intel 386 SX 16MHz Intel 386 DX 25MHz Cyrix 486 DX2 66MHz Cyrix 486 DX2 80MHz -(Still...
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    Radeon HD 7970 CrossfrieX Issues

    Recently I upgraded to dual 7970 HD's in CrossfireX. To say that I've been unsatisfied is is an understatement. I've experienced poor performance and instability from day 1 while running in CrossfireX. Searching the forums I found several threads concerning issues with scaling and instability...
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    Intel SSD died, received free upgrade!

    Well sort of. I was running dual Intel X25-M 80GB G1 drives in RAID0 and one of them crapped out on me. I called up Intel and got them to send me an overnight replacement. I paid their $25 expedite fee and instead of receiving the same drive, I now have a X25-M G2 drive. :cool: I'm probably not...
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    Case Considerations

    I'm in the market for a new case. I've got an EVGA X58 3X SLI Classified and due to the expansion slot configuration, I want to move my third video card down to the last slot (slot #4) and use slot #3 for something else. (Probably another card for PhysX, RAID controller, or a network card which...
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    It is time.

    Introduction Well it was time I bought some new computer hardware. It's been months since I've bought anything significant (a true record for me) so I decided to build another box. I sort of have a need but really its for fun. I've had my hands on quite a few X58 boards and it was time to...
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    Dell Powervault 122T & 132T

    Any one have to mess with these things with Backup Exec 9.1? Well I'm doing it right now, and they are pissing me off. Drives show up in Device Manager. I'm using the latest drivers. I've got Backup Exec 9.1 and the 122T is configured correctly. The 132T on the other hand shows up as...
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    Does RAID 60 support online capacity expansion?

    I'm pretty sure that online capacity expansion is going to be limited by the controller. It has nothing to do with the RAID level itself.
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    I admit it, I was wrong.

    All this time I had defended Crysis for being so tough on the systems and being well optimized when many said it wasn't. Granted I still think that many people swearing it was poorly coded aren't well educated on the subject, but that's not the point. I think my conclusion was generally...
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    Well it happened again............

    I won't bother re-hashing the complete history I've had with these things and the total sum of my experiences with all the various 680i SLI chipset based motherboards I've used and replaced due to failure but I thought it interesting to note that my last 680i SLI chipset based motherboard, my...
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    New HTPC Build, thoughts?

    Well I just completed the first stage of my HTPC build. Here are the specs: Silvetstone SST-GD01B-MXR case Thermaltake ToughPower 750watt PSU Intel DP35DP P35 chipset motherboard (Media Series) Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 B3@2.4GHz w/Artic Freezer 7 CPU cooler Corsair XMS2...
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    Intel D5400XS Sighting

    Looks like Intels' D5400XS motherboard is now available for sale: I haven't found the Core 2 Extreme QX9775 processors for sale anywhere yet though.
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    Warm? BFG 8800GT OC@Fry's

    At Fry's electronics I just picked up a BFG 8800GTX OC card for $485 after mail in rebate.
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    Need old eVGA 680i SLI BIOS file.

    To make a long story short, I killed another EVGA 680i SLI motherboard and the new one shipped with BIOS P29. BIOS versions P29-P31 can cause difficulty with RAID controllers. That's exactly what happened in my case. I've searched the web and I've been unable to find one of the older versions of...
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    Well, I killed another 680i SLI board.

    Well, I just killed yet another EVGA 680i SLI board. I was having increasing stability issues, returned the board to stock, that didn't help, so I flashed it with the latest BIOS and now, it's BSOD hell. Swapped the ram, now the thing won't post anymore. So I'm installing the EVGA Black...
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    Logitech G9

    Well I got myself a G9. It's a little too early to be forming any final opinions on it in the 30 minutes or so I've been using it. I will say that it takes alot to get used to considering I've been using the MX series since the original MX500 and the G5/G7 which all had the same basic shape...
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    Water Cooling the P182

    I'm looking to water cool my second PC. I've already got the case, and all the water cooling hardware. I've got a Swiftech MCP655-B pump, and the res and all of that stuff. So I guess I need to ask, where the hell would you put the pump? Anywhere seems to be too cramped for it to fit...
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    EVGA 122-CK-NF69-A1 The MSRP is retarded on it, but I want one. Hopefully EVGA is binning them instead of just attaching water cooling hardware to standard EVGA 680i SLI boards.
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    Antec P190

    Well I purchased a P190 and received it yesterday. Here is my mini-review of it and suggestions for Antec. (Hopefully someone from Antec eventually reads this.) Initial impressions and praise After pulling the case from the box, the whole thing screams of quality just as the P180 series...
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    Farcry 1.4 and HDR

    For some reason I can't get HDR to enable no matter what I do. AA is turned off just in case it still won't let me run AA and HDR at the same time, but for some reason I still can't enable HDR no matter what I do. The game seems to recognize the command, but it isn't actually changing the HDR...
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    P5W DH Issues

    Well, the P5W DH is in and working. I do have one issue though. I can't make the EZ Backup ports work at all. The software doesn't detect my drives, and I have tested both drives on other SATA ports and each of them works perfectly. I have two identical Maxtor Diamond Max 10 7200RPM 16MB...
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    ATI Drivers are making me miffed.

    I recently setup my Core 2 Duo based system using an X1950XTX. Problem is that once connected to my LCD panel, the card does not output video in DVI mode. It only does so in analog mode. Of course this means my display looks like crap. I've installed the modded Catalyst drivers I found on...
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    Just a warning. (K8WE 1.03l BIOS)

    You might want to think twice before using this BIOS. I recently added an SATA controller card to my box because I ran out of SATA ports. It is a PCI-X 133 card so I put it in the bottom slot, and moved my sound card up one slot so that I could use my controller at full speed. Anyway, with...
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    I am in need of BIOS 1.01T for the Tyan Thunder K8WE (S2895). It was a beta BIOS that seemed to work the best for option rom placement among other things. I have tried many BIOS's but I still get option rom errors on with my SCSI controller, or my SATA RAID add-in card. I've been running...
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    Killed my PSU

    I am guessing I was pushing the upper limits of my Enermax Noisetaker EG701AX-VE(W) but last night I had some friends over, and we were in the living room talking and all of the sudden we heard the sound of electical arcing and the POP! I went into where my PC's sit and smelled the smell of...
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    OEM PC's and Bloatware

    Just ranting about OEM PC's and their bloatware. Sony I think has set a new record for most pre-installed memory resident crap installed on a new PC. The Sony VG-AX580G has 67 process running at first startup. :eek: I just wish that OEM's would realize that when they cram that much crap...
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    G-7 Lasermouse

    I am not usually a big fan of wireless devices as their performance tends to suck compared to wired things. Anyway, I have really wanted to try the G7 Lasermouse as at least on paper, it looked like it might do what the MX1000 claimed, but failed to do. And that's deliver comparable...
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    Interesting find on MX1000

    Well, I've had an MX1000 for awhile. I used one for awhile. Then one day I noticed horrible lag with it. Couldn't figure out what it was. Tried different MX1000's and never could figure out what the deal was. Fast forward to over six months later. I've been using an MX1000 on my test bench...
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    The worst PSU I've ever seen

    Well, I just found the sorriest excuse for a power supply on the shelf at Comp USA. I think it was called Mad Power or something like that. It was in a black box with red lettering. Anyway, dual combined 12v rails. Yielding 12amps per 12v rail. FEEL THE POWAH! It claimed that it was ATX 1.0 and...
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    Windows XP x64 Edition and Games

    Well I haven't been able to find too much on the subject. Everything I've found refers to the compatibility wizard which is a damn joke and worthless as nipples are on men. Certain games won't install on XP 64bit even though XP 64Bit does 32Bit code fine. For example Doom 3's expansion pack...
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    DFI NF4 SLi buildup

    Well today I am building a system for a customer, with a DFI nForce 4 SLi motherboard. Let me just get it over with and say that DFI is still the biggest piece of shit next to Soyo and ECS just as I remembered them from the old Pentium days. Any motherboard that can't act right out of the...
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    MX518 kicks bootay

    The MX518 kicks ass. I like it alot. But I have to say that for all the MX510 users out there, don't feel compelled to upgrade. I don't feel that big a difference in it.
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    Can't overclock SLi cards.

    Ok, I did a search for this and couldn't find anything on it. I can't overclock when my cards are in SLi mode. First thing I expect people are going to ask is if it's a voltage thing since my PSU isn't exactly the strongest out there. It's not bad, but its not uber powerfull. First off the...
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    eVGA 6800GT PCI-Express on sale!

    6800GT's for $375 at While not as good as the Ultra for $399.99, there are no rebate hassels.
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    NV5 Silencers and SLi

    I've never seen pictures of this or a clear cut yes or no to this question. Can two 6800GT's in SLi both be installed with NV5 silencers? Specifically on an A8N-SLi Deluxe? I'd love pics of this. I've got SLi hardware on it's way and my current 6800GT has an NV5 silencer on it, and I am...
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    Question about the Abit AA8XE and memory.

    I've got an AA8XE and the thing has been solid as a rock and has been a great overclocking board. What I am wondering is: has anyone ever installed 4 memory modules on one of these boards? If so was it stable. Alot of boards these days seem to have stability issues with all four memory...
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    Which Processor excites your the most?

    This is for Intel users obviously. No AMD talk is needed on this one. I'm just curious if anyone will be buying a 3.74EE or a 660. Personally I like the new 3.74EE, but I think the 3.6GHz 660 is the best buy as it's got everything the EE has except the clock speed and bus increase. I...
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    KOTOR2 on PC.

    I just got Kotor 2 today and I've been playing it quite a bit. Problem I've run into is that it says that I don't finish the race when swoop racing even though I make it all the way to the end of the track? WTF? Even when I beat the times that it says I have to beat. It's pissing me off.