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Q: New Desktop Recommendations/Advice Needed


Not sure if it the right forums to post this on but I am looking into purchasing a new gaming rig.

Does anyone recommend a good custom PC builder that they would use to purchase a machine that not too expensive.

I checked a few sites out including cyberpowerpc but their reviews on yelp and consumer affairs are horrible even thought the machine I want isn't too bad in terms of price.

Preferred Solution: New Desktop Recommendations/Advice Needed

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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Years ago, I had admin control over 100+ PCs on an internal network, so I know how superb it can be, but access from outside a network is a new thing.

I now need to set up remote control access for a few users (fewer than 5 at any one time), but I have no current experience of the optimum way of going about it.

Expert advice would be greatly appreciated. We have a Netware 6.5 IP-only internal network with no outside (internet) connection as yet.

I have lots of questions...

Do I have to have a dedicated internal PC for each remote user I need to connect?

Do I need high-speed connections, or would modem connection be fast enough, since only screen refresh and keyboard/mouse commands need to be transmitted?

Does the internal PC need to be continuously polling a phone line, or can a dial-up user make a connection as and when required?

Could I share a hardware or software firewall among several remote users, so there is only one incoming broadband line (even if several internal PCs need to be connected to it), or do I need several phone lines?

How can I make the external connections bullet-proof security wise?

Could a remote desktop be used with internal PC's running Win98 or must they be upgraded to XP?

Is it possible to use Windows XP pro remote assist instead of buying extra software like PC anywhere, GoToMyPC, Remote control Pro etc.

Is it possible to print on the remote client PC instead of the internal networked PC if desired?

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A:Remote desktop advice needed

I myself have just started to poke around in this thing about remote desktop so i can answer a few of those questions, but am no means an expert.. you'll be looking at Rick or Samstoned to answer the other stuff

Could a remote desktop be used with internal PC's running Win98 or must they be upgraded to XP?

Is it possible to use Windows XP pro remote assist instead of buying extra software like PC anywhere, GoToMyPC, Remote control Pro etc.Click to expand...

Well, you just need to install the client or server program into that machine to Remote Desktop to it.. with Win98, you can use the WinRD program included in the WinXP cd (or download from MS) to install it on there.

Although i gave up on trying to figure out how WinRD works and went to download TightVNC instead (freeware). Much more simple to use etc..

Re: connections, you can use compression settings if you need to RD something over a slow connection.. Over a normal network its not too bad, since you have about 100mb/s (or 1gb/s) bandwidth to play with..

There is something called VPN (use an internet connection to connect to a network thing) which i reckon you should look into maybe instead of installing multiple phone lines lol..

In terms of security measures, you can only hope that the user on the other end knows their common sense in what they download being crapware or the sorts.. Firewall is good.

Just bouncing ideas...

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I am trying to make a diagnosis on my system through speaking to my wife, so I will do my best to explain my dilemma

My system is home built and has a Thermaltake Silent Purepower W0014RU ATX 480W Power Supply. Over the past several weeks, my computer would perform some spontaneous reboots in the middle of playing games (low res, low stress kids games that my son likes) and having other random programs open. I noticed that Madden 2005 wasn't as smooth as it had been, and sometimes the computer just ran slow (I have run diskeeper on it and it's not fragged).

I made sure the drivers were updated for BIOS, graphics card, etc. I made sure that the chip wasn't overheating. It would hit about 50 C max during high intensity games like HL2 and Doom 3, warm but certainly not in the category of overheating. I have fans up the ***** in it, including a PC card with two fans that sits below My ATI Radeon 9800 Pro. My rig sounds like a helicopter taking off. The Mobo is a P4C800 Deluxe from ASUS, and the CPU is a P4 2.8 GZ with the heatsink and thermal tape that came stock with it. I'm not doing any fancy overclocking or anything with it, but one day when the computer booted I got an 'overclocking failed!' message during POST although I never messed with the settings in BIOS.

So, I think it could be several things, and need some advice on how to narrow down the suspects. How can I tell if it's the PSU vs. CPU vs. something else? A c... Read more

A:Desktop won't start at all, some advice needed.

Good choice of components including the power supply but it only gives you 18A on the 12V rail.

Allow 1A for each HDD, 0.25A for each fan. 1.5 to 2.5 for optical drives, not sure how much your P4 draws. But it could be possible that the 12V rail on your power supply is running at max.

I had a similar case with an ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe, Barton 2500+ and your exact video card experiencing the same problem, it was the 9800Pro.

Do you have the VPU recover enabled? Or the temperature monitor or system doctor that came with your 9800Pro (it is called doctor something or something doctor?!), in our case, the readings were not consistent and gave false alarm resulting in re boots and all.

A message was displayed on the screen for a fraction of a second and then re boot or back to the desktop before we could read the fault. Disabling the "doctor monitor thingy" (sorry can not recall the name) took care of the problem. We did increase the threshold as well since we were sure the readings were not accurate.

What version of Catalyst are you running? If you have that monitor program, un-install it. I have to call my friend and ask how we ended up solving the problem.

Meanwhile, try unplugging your optical drives and a few of your fans just to see if the problem persists, if so, then you can be sure the power supply is good for your configuration but as good a power supply you have, I'd look for something with 20+A on the 12V rail considering your configurati... Read more

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Wanting to buy a new desktop computer in the next month or so. Would like to spend as little as possible. Budget of $300-$500. Using computer to use internet, and other basic tasks. Don't need any bells and whistles. Would like computer to last hopefully at least 5 years or more.
Any brands to avoid?
What specs would you suggest?
Which version of Windows? If I can find a computer with a version of Windows 7 which version is best?
Which websites offer the best deals to buy computers?
Would you suggest avoiding refurbished or would that be a good option?
Thanks for the help. 

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Hi all,
I need a UPS to run a newish desktop (2HDs in RAID), monitor, modem/router and ATA. It only has to supply power long enough for the operator to be able to shut down, but it does need to supply stable power. I'm new to this but t looks to me like a "Line Interactive" is the way to go (I'm considering the Powerware 5110 700VA/420W), Are there any brands that folk have had good experiences with? And what sort of Wattage am I likely to need? Is the Lead-Acid battery type (eg the Powerware) an out of date type of storage?

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I have what I think is a demanding home network. On this network I am running an Alienware Gaming computer with online gaming, 2 xbox ones running together most of the time, an xbox 360, Directv with on demand video streaming, 3 smart tvs with Netflix, hulu etc, smart blu ray player, 1 tablet, 3 smart phones and anything else I am forgetting to list. I do have DSL internet provided through Time Warner Cable with their Road Runner service. I even pay for the top level signal which is up to 50mbps. Just tested my signal and got 56.39mbps download and 5.63mbps upload which I do get quite often. Signal is great. I think the weak link in the chain is the router. I have always wanted to buy my own router to save on their monthly charges for "renting" the one they provided me but also to get the most out of my top signal I'm paying for.
I have read a lot of router recommendations but of course every website has their own agenda and need to sell their products. What I am looking for is people out there that know what all those confusing specifications mean and can boil it down to the basics for me. I'm prepared to spend $200-$300 for a GREAT router but have read where some people spend too much for power they don't need. I don't even mind spending a little bit more if I know everything will run properly.
PLEASE someone help me out and advise me on a GREAT router. something to handle all my needs and not have buyers remorse once I plug it in and see it i... Read more

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hi i was lokoing at these couple of boards can anyone tell me which they think would be the best i dont oc or do gaming. I see the biostar has good reviews and am stil checking the other boards so i wanted to see what you people think.






mi gettin the intel i3 530. Thnx
I was also wondering which board had the best bios with the most options. I like the gigabyte

A:H55 motherboard advice and recommendations

if your going to be doing any overclocking then go with the ASUS P7H55-M PRO

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Hi, i am in the process of setting up a small business - we require an electronic data management system that needs to be uploaded onto a host server.

As we are a small business but hope to expand, would we be best placed to purchase a small server for our data sharing and storage needs that we can upgrade as the business expands or initially start off with a cloud storage server?

We will be working from a small office in quite a rural location but the main scope of the business will be out and about carrying out surveys that need to be uploaded onto the data management system.

Any advice would be greatly received.

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Hi All,

I've been asked by a local Wine merchant if I know of any email programs to keep his registered members up to date with any specials going on. I figure it's a pretty simple solution he's looking for that could grow into something big, but we are talking about something that would be able to handle a couple hundred emails.

I know plenty about the internet and selling online, as well as advertising, but quite frankly have never bothered to learn much about email marketing. This is not a solution to spam unsuspecting people, but a necessity to generate and maintain newsletters and a contact database from people who specifically sign up and register for the service.

Can anyone point me to a product that they have used int he past, and would recommend.

Free software would be the preferred solution, but we can;t all have what we want.

Thanx for any advice and helpful comments!


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I am looking at getting a new case for my system as mine is getting a bit old now and the front panel has been damaged and no longer secures onto the case properly.

I am looking for a fairly low cost but cooling efficient case. I don't need any PSU or anything as I will be swapping my full rig into the new case.

Im not looking for anything fancy to look at so that isn't an issue, I currently have 2 120mm fans (1 in / 1 out, 1 could do with replacing as its starting to get slightly noisy) and another 2 80mm fans blowing out (although I have these unplugged due to noise.

I am UK based so a UK supplier is preferred although will go elsewhere if its cost effective and they ship to UK.

Any thoughts, ideas and/or recommendations are welcome.

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I am running Win2K on an Athlon 650 with 320 MB RAM and a 13 GB hard drive. I have the HD partitioned as one 11 GB drive that is my C:\ with Win98SE still on it. I have an F:\ drive that is 2 GB and has Win2K on it. What should be pagefile settings be at? Right now, I have no pagefile on c: and it recommends a 478 MB pagefile. So, I have a 500 MB initial size and a 700 MB maximum size. I heard it's better if you split it up between hard drives. But, this is one hard drive with two partitions. Are the sized I have set about right or what should they be? I have plenty of space if I need to up it on any partition.

Thanks - I know someone will know the answer to this.



A:{Advice Given} - Win2K and pagefile size - recommendations?

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buying memory online. any recommendations/advice?

specifically: 512MB DDR PC2700


A:buying memory online. any recommendations/advice?

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Tomorrow I'm building two computers. One for my friend, and one for my mother.

My friend is looking to spend 600 Canadian maximum, and his main focus is to be able to play the newer games coming out with moderate performance. I'm salvaging his case and drives. He's currently on a 1.2 Celeron and a Radeon 9600XT so, I can understand his woes when he tried to run Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion with very little luck .

For my mother's PC, I don't really have much planned yet. Her limit is going to be 1000 Canadian with taxes included. She likes to use Photoshop from time to time, and mainly uses her computer for MSN, work, browsing the net, ect. Pretty casual computer user, but she wants fairly good hardware.

Keep in mind that the parts listed are going to be purchased from a http://www.ncix.com/ branch. They match the prices of other Canadian computer stores. So, if you do recommend specific hardware, please keep that and the cost in mind and post the link to where you found the price.

Friends PC:

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Processor S939 Venice 1.8GHZ 512K L2 Cache 90NM Retail Box 139.00
Motherboard: mATX S939 GE6100+NF410 DDR PCI-E16 SATA RAID Video Sound LAN Motherboard 87.47
Video Card: EVGA E-GEFORCE 7600 GT CO 580MHZ PCI-E 256MB 128BIT 1.5GHZ GDDR3 Dual DVI HDTV Out Video Card 221.79
RAM: Samsung PC3200 512MB DDR400 184PIN DIMM OEM 39.99
PSU: Fortron Sparkle FSP/SPI ATX-400PN 400W ATX12V 20/24PIN Power Supply W/ 120MM Fan P4 AMD Ready OEM 42.57

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On a very strict budget of $600, trying to build the best possible system for under that amount. I intend to keep the Monitor (19 inch 1440 x 900 LCD), HDD, optical drive, keyboard and mouse from my existing system.

The computers MAIN use will be for Photoshop (CS6 for my wife's business), but I would like to have the ability to play games at medium high to high settings, specifically Skyrim, Starcraft 2, Witcher 2 and Mass Effect 2 and 3.

My only caveat about brands is with GPU, I insist on nVidia chipsets.

1) I was thinking about getting a 27-inch monitor (2560 x 1440) next year, so it would be great if the build could support a monitor that size and resolution.
2) SLI ready. Probably won't ever use it, but would be nice to have the ability.

Here's what I assembled last night on newegg:

Antec tower, $55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

ASRock Micro ATX MOBO - $60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157292

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 - $159 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130660

550W Antec PSU - $65 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016

8GB G. Skill DDR3 1600 RAM - $45 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

Phenom 2 X4 965 (3.4Ghz) - $120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU Heatsink - $30 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=... Read more

A:Advice/recommendations for new build under $600 (minus monitor and HDD)

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Hello, everyone. First of all, I'm completely new to these forums, so hello! I'm hoping someone out there can help me with the following problems. It's a doozy, and has completely gotten worse over the last few days. Please read on...

My computer at home contracted a particularly nasty virus. The computer initially ran slower than molasses (probably from spyware/adware/virus), so my wife and I have been attempting to fix this problem. It was totally *my* fault, as I went on a gaming website and it downloaded some content that's now choking the life out of the computer.

I recently attempted to install new virus protection. Now, the computer is telling me that the copy of Windows XP I have is an illegal copy (which is NOT true, it was legitimately bought), and that I need to validate the copy. My wife has the administrative privileges on the computer, so I could only get so far this morning in fixing the problem. Compounding problems are the anti virus program I installed is failing to initialize, and sometimes Windows Explorer crashes, and leaves me with just the background picture, but no desktop whatsoever.

The CD rom drive still works, albeit slowely (takes forever to load the contents of a CD). I am a complete newbie when it comes to these types of errors. We have a lot of stuff on the computer that needs to be saved, so a "do or die" reinstall won't be feasible, as we don't want to lose everything we have on the computer. I think... Read more

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I've just been 'talking' extensively with the software side, & we basically came to the conclusion that my current ancient computer is on the outs & doesn't have long to live. It cannot be upgraded.
I'd like to build a new one from scratch. Although I'm a novice & have never tried this at home, I did take an A+ course last year so am not totally unprepared.
I've been browsing on Pricewatch.com...I'd like to buy a motherboard combo (P4, at least 2.0Ghz) w/ integrated sound (upgradeable), USB 2.0, DDR SDRAM, heatsink & fan, a case/power supply combo, a video card with at min. 64mb ram (I'm not a serious gamer) and a hard drive--at least ATA 100 & 40Gb. I'd just like any suggestions/recommendations/cautions from anyone who's done this before & really knows what they're doing, so I don't screw it up. I'd appreciate any tips anyone wants to give me on products, etc. Oh yeah, I'd like to keep my Win ME & load it on the new HDD, mainly because I resent the fact that Microsoft won't let me put XP on more than one computer (if this is a dumb idea, please tell me why) Thanks!

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I have a Gateway FX6850-51u Desktop:

Intel Core 17-2600 3.4GHz processor
16 GB DDR3
1 TB Hard drive
NVIDA GeForce GT440
Windows 7 64bit pro.

I would like to upgrade this PC with the following items.

USB 3.0 Pci-Ecard

SSD 90 or 120GB

Blu Ray player or another optical drive.

The PC has expansion slots for everything listed here, however, I'm not quite sure on what brands or specific type of units to buy.

I would prefer to use the best rated parts for each category as far as proven reliability and function.

Someone recommended a Western Digital Super Speed USB 3.0 Pci Ecard as a proven unit that should install without any issues. From the few places I've checked it appears that this USB 3.0 card is no longer being made or stocked, though Amazon still has a few for sale.

Amazon also recommends SATA 3 III SSD manufactured by Arch Memory, and compatible with the FRX6850-51u.

As for the Blu ray player or optical drive (I'm not sure if I should even spend money on a dedicated blu ray player) I just want to get a unit that with work with my PC.

Please allow me to thank who ever spends their personal time on my behalf in advance for your advice and recommendations.

Thank you.

A:Need advice and recommendations in choosing the correct parts to upgrade my PC.

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Need recomendation :

As of now, we have a PowerEdge server running which is hosting our DC on C:\ and then we have 700GB on D:\ drive. We are almost at 600GB capacity.

Now company wants to move forward with purchasing a storage server but dont want to spend over 5K for Dell's MD1000s which hosts over 5TB of data.

Our budget is around 2K to 5K and need something at LEAST 4TB.

What do you guys recommend? Needs to be Raid5 or 10, needs to be rackmounted also.

Thanks Guys!

A:Need Advice :: Recommendations for a storage device for Small Business

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Hi ladies and gentleman...

I'm fairly confident in that I'm not the only one who is wondering about which fans are reliable and whether or not they truly make a difference from one another.

I was just wondering, which 80mm fans, which 120mm fans, and which 92mm fans people recommend...

Thank you.

A:Fans - Recommendations needed :)

i may not have recommendations for 80 and 92mm fans but i just want to say a few things.

try and get a fan that has low dBa but high CFM. higher CFM is usually accompanied by higher dBa (more noise) unless its a 120mm which runs on lower RPMs but provide more CFM for the RPM because if its bigger fins.

on avg, i guess a 28 dBa is silent enough for most people (esp me) and dBa:CFM ratio arent so good on smaller fans compared to 120mm fans persay
avg dBA and CFM on 80mm fans are 30 and 34. having a few of these in ur case can get pretty annoying (maybe its jus the ones i had, they were ghetto fans by sunbeam)

sleeve bearings vs ball bearings
sleeve is quieter but less life
ball is bit more noise but longer life. its all up to u n ur preferences.

in terms of brands, im not so sure, jus dont pick a 2$ fan. u get what u pay for.

anyway im not sure if any of what i wrote make much sense... i need to go to sleep now lol gnight

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I need a laptop that is:
~$1000. (less preferred ) (rebates are good also)
Light (um... 4ish lbs?)
Screen size doesn't really matter.
60gb or more hd
512mb or more ram.
That about covers it...
(I'm just looking for a REALLY good computer around my price range)
oh yea, please no dells... i don't like them personally, and they're pretty heavy.

A:Laptop Recommendations needed!

Have a look at the toshiba laptops.


They seem to have quite a few in your price range.

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My laptop has only two USB ports, which quickly turns into a shortage given all the things that connect to USB. With literally thousands of hubs available, I'm hoping someone has some personal experience on the subject that they could share. Which manufacturers are more reliable than others? What types of hardware have shown to be ugly when connecting through a hub.

I need to get one, so if I have to go solo on this, I guess I'll be the guinea pig. I'll be buying like 10 at a time to try several.

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I currently use a Seagate 5TB portable drive to store basically everything (my Lightroom Catalog & photos, my videos, documents, music etc), so this means very little is stored on my Mac HD, and doesn't slow it down, especially when doing post-production on photos or video. The drive was formatted to exFat when I bought it, and this means that when I was travelling between home, work and college I could plug my drive into any machine (Win or Mac) I can access my LR catalog and edit my work anywhere.

However, the drive is almost full, and I wanted to upgrade to a larger portable drive (at least 8TB). However I am finding it difficult to find an 8TB drive that doesn't require an external power source. It's not a problem at home just plugging the power lead into a socket, but in work or college there often aren't accessible sockets within reach, so it's vital that the 8TB drive can do the same as my current 5TB drive and take its power from the Mac itself.

I did order the following: https://www.photospecialist.ie/lacie-porsche-design-p-9233-8tb-drive-usb-3-0#group5315
It seemed to fix the bill, because it's USB 3.0, although it has a USB-C socket, which I've not seen on any drives before. I think it's meant to suit people connecting to their Macbooks or phones. However after I ordered I discovered that the drive needs an external power source, and also I found a lot of reviews online on Amazon where people were complaining about the... Read more

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I'm in the market to transfer a domain from fptoday.com to a new hosting company. My present one doesn't support perl, cgi-bin, asp, etc. Plus they want $145 for a secure site certificate. While I was surfing, I found this one:
Anybody used this one before? Looks like the prices and the support is pretty hard to beat.

Or this one.

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I've tried McAfee and Nortons. I actually preferred McAfee. Supposedly it's free, so how do i keep it active without paying for it?
Any antivirus recommendations would be appreciated too.
Thx ahead,,,

A:Anti-virus Recommendations Needed

Hi Juggler.There are quite a few good AV out there. Personally I find AVAST does the job for me but check out all the freebies HERE.Good luckCheers

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Could anyone recommend a reasonably priced (preferably free)knowledge base with the following requirements.

- have multiple search criteria(ie. can narrow down a search with in a search.) and modifiable search fields
- allow multiple users to modify and access at the same time
- be able to search through e-mails and attached documents
- uses a database which can easily be extracted to Oracle
- GUI interface
- simple implementation

I've found a couple which looks like it'll provide what I need but I would like to get some opinions from many of you who might have implemented one.

Ones that I'm looking more closely at currently are:
- ThoughtTracker = but have no idea about the database export options
- Web Board = kind of costly hope to find something cheaper
- Forum = need a closer look
- KB = heard it's pretty good
- Personal Knowbase = ??? yet

Any help would be very much appreciated.

-- Yori-ko

A:Knowledgebase Software Recommendations Needed

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I've built a couple of computers, troubleshot them when their was problems, had probably hundreds of hours of maintenance/gaming on them, and have loved every minute!
Building a computer is too much fun to consider buying one complete.
But it has been a few years since I have done this, and I am having some problems ferreting out the new boards, etc., and would appreciate some advice.

I am building a computer not for anything specific, but need it to have enough power and RAM to be able to play with pictures, and video if desired.

I was thinking about getting an Asus with an AMD processor, 3000-4000 processor, 800 MB front side bus, and 1 GIG of DDR RAM. I didn't know if the different types of sockets made much of a difference, these days. I have always run AMD, and don't know about the different kinds of Intel processors.

I have been told to get a hard drive, SATA2, at least 160GB, with a minimum of 8MB cache, I assume 7200 RPM minimum.

Case/power supply combination, I don't know how many watts is even considered normal these days.

DVD Burner- don't think this is a biggie as to which brand, but may want a multi-layered one for backup purposes

Along with the normal modem, there is a chance that this may be set up a a server for a network at my house, eventually. So, if I didn't get the components as an integral part of the motherboard, I would need enough slots to expand.

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A:Building a computer: recommendations needed

Just my Suggest.........................................


Intel Pentium D 820 2.8GHZ LGA775 Smithfield 800FSB 2X1MB EM64T XD Dual Core Processor Retail Box

Corsair Value Select PC2-4200 1GB 2X512MB DDR2-533 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory

ASUS GeForce 7300 GS 550MHZ 256MB 64BIT 540MHZ DDR2 Turbo Cache PCI-E VGA DVI-I HDTV Out Video Card

Seagate Barracuda 250GB 7200.10 8MB 8.5MS SATA2 NCQ Hard Drive

LG GSA-H22N DVD+RW 18X8X16 DVD-RW 18X6X16 Dual Layer 8X DVD-RAM 12X DVD Writer 2MB Black OEM W/ SW (GSA-H22N/W)

Antec SLK1650B Black MID-TOWER 3X5.25 5X3.5 ATX12V 350W

This only a suggestion and can modified to suit individual taste as long as it is Black!...............................................

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im planning to change the mobo (400mhz fsb) i have rite now because the one i have doesnt support the cpu im currently usin (intel p4 800mhz fsb 3.0ghz, long story). i was thinking about can u guys recommend some mobo for this configuration:
ati radeon 9600pro, aspirexinifinity case, 350W PSU, 512mb ram (ddr2 i think, not sure).

A:recommendations needed for changin mobo

Asus boards are nice http://usa.asus.com/products/mb/socket478/p4c800-e_d/overview.htm

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I am looking for affordable recommendations for a laptop or chrome book for my 9th grader. She's not a gamer, btw. Thanks!

A:laptop recommendations for high schooler needed

What do you consider 'affordable' ? What are you willing to pay ?

Is she familiar with a Windows computer already, and/or a Chrome book one ?

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l know its better to have internal sound cards, however due to the fact l swap and change between my laptop and PC l tend to opt for an external sound card since l have less messing about with speaker connections and less messing around and moving the PC to access the connections.

basically lm looking for a sound card that will give me settings to upmix the audio as it kinda seems my current creative soundblaster live 24bit external while compatible with CMSS doesnt have windows 7 support, so lm looking for an external sound card that supports windows 7 which will allow me to upmix because l have these 5.1s and much of my video content annoyingly only plays only through the front speakers even with ffdshow audio settings set to speaker fill regardless of if l use WMP or MPC-HC.

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l know its better to have internal sound cards, however due to the fact l swap and change between my laptop and PC l tend to opt for an external sound card since l have less messing about with speaker connections and less messing around and moving the PC to access the connections.

basically lm looking for a sound card that will give me settings to upmix the audio as it kinda seems my current creative soundblaster live 24bit external while compatible with CMSS doesnt have windows 7 support, so lm looking for an external sound card that supports windows 7 which will allow me to upmix because l have these 5.1s and much of my video content annoyingly only plays only through the front speakers even with ffdshow audio settings set to speaker fill regardless of if l use WMP or MPC-HC.

A:external sound card recommendations needed

The ASUS XONAR sound cards are popular, based on posts on this forum. Soundblaster's used to be the most popular sound cards but I see more and more other brands being used.

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I have a friend with an aggravating e-mail service. I've forgotten whether it is MSN, ATT or what. Every thirty days, she has to jump through some hoops or her e-mail is inaccessible. The "hoops" have to do with giving them a phone number to which they can send a text message (she has no cell phone) or sending some kind of e-mail to a separate e-mail address that she must use to verify something. Then her e-mail access is restored.

Frankly, I don't know the exact details of all she has to do as the last time I helped her with it was several months ago.

I have recommended she change to one of the other free services and I need recommendations on services that will NOT give her this kind of aggravation. I don't use a free service so I don't know which ones might or might not turn into a fiasco like this one has.

A:Free Mail Services Recommendations Needed

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I know almost nothing about editing videos and get confused when I see the menus and controls in editing software. I don't even understand the terms. For instance, I don't see anything that looks straight forward to me as to how to open a video for editing. Instead, I see something that says "Open a Project" and I don't quite understand what to do with a video even if I do figure out how to open it in a "Project".

So, I'm kinda lost.

Here are some of the things I would like to do:

Join two videos together
Take out uninteresting segments that may be several seconds or several minutes long
Compress time, meaning in an instructional how-to-disasemble/reassemble video speed up time through repetitive identical processes, like maybe the removal of several screws.
Convert a larger MTS file to something much smaller so it can be easily downloaded and viewed, or attached to an e-mail
Remove a single frame from a video file to save as a still image
Brighten a darken a video
Color corrections

These are some of what I would like to do and if I am going to buy a software that will do these things and then learn how to use it, what would be a good one under $150? I've read a little about Adobe Premiere Elements and it looks okay; but, for someone who understands little about what he reads, I would like to have some advice from those who actually do this work regularly.

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A:Video Editing Software Recommendations Needed

If you have Windows 7, I'd suggest starting with Windows Movie Maker .. and Windows DVD maker.
Lots of YouTube tutorials available.
I just open WMM ... and Drag n Drop my vids

Most videos are too large to Email ... I use YouTube and Email the link.
Still frames from a video are usually poor quality ... (depends on what quality you need) ... I usually use a ScreenShot .. It's the same as WMM's Snapshot view

Other than these restrictions ... WMM is easy to use (and understand) and will probably do what you want to do .. (for free)
I do this regularly .. and WMM and WDVDM is all I use

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I hope someone can help me. I currently work as a Field Support Engineer for the Post Office, but I will soon be changing jobs and working for a local secondary school as Network Manager.
There appears to have been no documenting of the network as it has grown, as many different people have been administering at different times.
I would like your views on how to approach this situation, causing the least amount of disturbance to the network but enabling me to gather as much info as possilbe.

many thanks to you all in advance


A:{Advice offered} - Advice needed


My advice: Go in on a weekend and re-install everything

Ok, now onto more practical advice:

Firstly, get a picture of the network. This means getting a floorplan of the buildings, walking around going from room to room, and writing down the number of PCs, the software OS (and service pack level, if applicable) installed, current hardware installed and the router they connect to.

Do the same for your servers. It is vitally important to know what hardware is in each PC, and what the specs of the PC are.

Next, you need to get a Logical map of your network. This is a picture of the IP addresses of the Routers, printers and servers (and workstations, if you are not using DHCP), and where the different subnet's are situated. You need to see what services are installed on your Servers (WINS, DNS, DHCP, IIS, Proxy etc). At this time, it is also a good idea to get a list of the accounts on the Server. You need to see which accounts are being used to run certain services, and make sure that only Service accounts are running those services. Next, you need to take away any user accounts that no longer correspond to people using the system (ie. if Mr Bradshaw last worked at the school 5 years ago, it is time to delete his user account). Ditto with any user home drives assigned to defunct users.

Lastly, you need to compile a list of discepancies. Look at your list created in the forst step, and get an idea of what a standard PC is (ie: Standard PC = at least Pent 200,... Read more

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I am planning to buy a desktop . So I went to dell web site and started to customize it . But I don't know really what would be a good choice for the future in most of the options . SO I surf the web more from HP and others

The CPU will be mainly duo 2 quad .

1) OS , vista or XP ?
2) Ram , 2, 3,4 ?
3) monitor type ? I can get 2 19 inch with the price of 1 monitor 24 ? I am between ( samsung , HP , dell )
5) video card , how that would affect my usage ?
6) mouse and keyboard ( logitech 99% )
7) any thing imporatant ?

So what do think experts ?

A:Desktop recommendations ?

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I haven't bought a new computer in like 8 years and i'm a bit out of the loop on pricing.

Here are my considerations:
-Light gaming (I mostly play league of legends, heroes of the storm, hearthstone, and starcraft 2). Fairly low graphic intensity
-Will be doing a good deal of work from home. This is mostly spread sheets and word processing.
-Watching movies/netflix
-My memory storage requirements are pretty low, I had under 100g of memory used on my last computer.
-Longevity, I would like a computer that will last at least 6 years. So probably no refurbished
Any recommendations would be great.


This is my best find (and probably not a good one since things labeled gaming tend to inflate the cost in my experience):

iBUYPOWER Gamer Power WA550B Desktop PC:
WA550B iBUYPOWER Black Gamer Power PC with 8GB Memory Key Features and Benefits:

AMD Quad-Core PC FX-4300 Processor with 1TB Hard Drive
3.80GHz, 4MB L2 Cache
8GB DDR3 SDRAM system memory (expandable to 16GB)
Gives you the power to handle most power-hungry applications and tons of multimedia work
1TB SATA hard drive
Store 666,000 photos, 285,000 songs or 526 hours of HD video and more
24x Double-Layer DVD+/-R/RW drive
Watch movies, and read and write CDs and DVDs in multiple formats
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
Connect to a broadband modem or wired broadband router with wired Ethernet via the iBUYPOWER Desktop PC including Windows 8.1 Home Premium (Monitor Not Inc... Read more

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Not sure if this is the right forum thread to post this. I'm replacing an Hp Pavillion P6597C and don't know what to purchase or where to purchase it from. I loved my Pavillion but it's crashed on me three times it's first year and again a few weeks ago under the extended warranty.

I'm not a gamer, but do work from home on my computer daily. All my printers are Hp as well as my laptop. I've contacted Tiger Direct and they've recommended an Hp Compaq Elite 8300 (item H24-2406), plus they had a Gateway that was comparable, but I've heard pros and cons about Gateway. A former boss of mine recommended I contact Newegg and PC Mall for pricing too.

Any recommendations would be appreciated. I'm told I should stick with at least 6GB and either an i5 (or i7) processor.


A:Recommendations on where to purchase a new desktop?

This forum is all about how to get the most out of your computing experience and we're always happy to help anyone to accomplish this, whatever their budget or intended use. We usually recommend building your own, because for the same money you'll have a better PC, with more reliable parts and a clear upgrade path. But not everyone has the time or confidence to pull it off, so for them a pre-built OEM system is the only viable option. If this describes your situation, then by all means you should go that route. But first, you should know this; the Elite 8300 and most other systems like it are built with proprietary power supplies and motherboards, so you're stuck with the cheap 320 watt power supply (but not cheap if you have to buy one from HP), and the motherboard doesn't even seem to have a standard 24 pin connector. If you click this link you'll see what I mean - http://bizsupport1.austin.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c03612799/c03612799.pdf
There are OEMs that build with standard ATX parts, such as these - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2023376&Sku=SYX-1112 RF
I ran the ibuypower system configurator for a system geared towards your needs, and this is a screenshot of the result -

A little more than $600, but much better all around. Go to ibuypower.com and try the configurator yourself, the options are extensive, and you can easily configure a system f... Read more

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Hi! Any/all advice is appreciated.

My dh is a computer jock - works with SAP for a living. HE has a laptop for his use.

I am a stay at home mom, homeschooling a 7th grader, with 2 other children. I have my OWN laptop b/c it was that or kill him.

We are getting ready to get rid of 2 older systems our children have been using. I need one that will enable my daughter to do her on-line schoolwork and research. I also need the ability to use software to monitor her usage, and her younger brother's usage.

I do NOT want a fancy system. That will invite my husband to play games on it. He is allowed to play games on his work system. He ends up taking over the computer, and makes it bog down. He also, esp for an "IT guy", is an IDJIT about downloading viruses. Yes, we have tracked it to him, not the kids. He did it to me for YEARS before the kids used the computer.

We want to be able to burn cd/dvd's, use the wireless router, do online lessons, research, etc.... We plan to run Vista Home Premium.

We also want to be able to run some of the older kid's games (off of CD) that the youngest child is now ready for.

We have a monitor (several, old ones, but they work).

ANY suggestions as to what to look for in a new system?



A:Recommendations for new desktop computer

I'm sure you will get a lot of conflicting input on your question, but IMHO, you should take a close look at Dell systems. There are always drawbacks to any big box system, but I've owned 2 Dell machines over the past 15 years and have had way less problems than with other brands of machines belonging to friends that I've helped them fix (mostly Gateway's). I've also had much better response with Dell's tech support than the others. Dell's run a bit more for comperable systems, but you really do get what you pay for.


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I haven't built a pc in a while so I'm not completely up to date with the new technologies.

1) I will be using an intel quad core 2 processor

2) Any recommendations for the best motherboard to go with this? I would like one that allows for fairly easily overclocking. I am not an overclocking freak but I would like the ability to overclock a small amount.

3) Any recommendations for memory (what speed memory works well with the FSB of this cpu. What memory timing settings should I look for).

4) Hard Drive (I assume I'll be looking at SATA drives 7200rpm. Anything new in particular I should be looking for?

5) Video Card. Has to be a good video card but price limit would be about $250.

6) what kind of power supply (wattage) do I need.

I am basically looking for people's inputs on motherboard & memory combinations that have known to work extremely well and stable with this CPU, and with each other.

I'll be installing windows xp SP3 for the system.


A:building a new desktop pc, any recommendations for parts?

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Hi, I've been trying to find a relative inexpensive wireless keyboard that wont be used that often but I need it for a range of about 10 meters. Most of what I've been able to find are 27 MHz which is usually about 6 foot. I've seen the bluetooth but they are expensive and I don't wish to purchase if it is going to be flaky. Does anyone have any experience with these or could offer a reliable wireless desktop solution for around 10 meters?

Much appreciated.


A:Wireless Desktop Recommendations for a big range.

build an antenna like a cantenna

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The following image shows the error I get using Windows' efforts for remote access
trying to access Windows 8 (version 6.2.9200) from Win 7 Home Premium SP1 (version 6.1.7601)

So I'm now looking for something that works ! Any suggestions ?

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The last two pc's have died (dead mb's) in about two years, requiring replacements. (eMachine & Lenovo)

Can someone please recommend a more durable pc brand that my office can purchase from Best Buy or Fry's Electronics?

What is the avg life expectancy of a low end desktop?

Thanks very much!!!!

A:Seeking new desktop pc to replace one with DEAD Mobo, better brand recommendations ?

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Hi to all of you

I have been reading your excellent site for a while and have learned a lot of stuff.

I have a couple of questions for starters.

I have purchased an Olympus C 300 digital camera and need a few accessories.

Firstly the Smart card is only a 16mb one..I went to Dixons and asked for the upgrades..they quoted 39 for a 64mb card and 70 for a 128mb card. I have looked in a PC mag and have seen these much cheaper. My question is are they made for each brand as all I see in the adverts are the card without it stating any particular brand. I would like a 128mb card ideally but would do with the 64mb card if I have to pay Dixons prices.

Second question is storage. My idea is to save all pictures to a master folder...hopefully on a disc separate from the hard drive..a CDwriter is my next purchase. At the moment I am storing the originals in a folder..if I then use MGI photosuite I can make a thumbnail record of each set of pictures for easy access. If I then transfer the files to disc I presume the filepath will be broken and my thumnails won't expand on MGI as they won't be able to locate the folders on disc. I presume I would be better of creating the thumbnail albums when my originals are saved to disc so that the filepath will be correct.

Is this the best way of keeping photos?...a set of originals ..and then when I enhance any of them save them again as another filename so keeping the originals untouched.

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A:A Bit Of Advice Needed

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Hi there, I was not sure which forum to post this to, so please bear with me. First of all what I am trying to achieve: a stable, secure and fast system with easy access to data for HD recording and backup purposes.
What I have already: an Acer Aspire 5920 laptop with good specs running Windows Vista x64 Bit, and the necessary outboard gear for mixing etc, several ATA HD drives with a couple of external drive enclosures for the USB2 ports.
Problem: despite working relatively well with my aging Medion desktop PC running Win XP Pro SP2, these disks are not always recognized by my Acer Aspire laptop. I have been told that this is due to the disk capacity being greater than that allowed for external USB2 HD enclosures. This makes some sense, since the size of HDs has been increasing at great speed, so possible the firmware cannot keep up with such specification changes.
However this makes it very difficult for me to make backups of my system; presently I can only achieve this by physically transferring my laptop HD to a SATA external USB2 enclosure, connecting this to my Medion PC and imaging or cloning the HD to another HD drive. Clearly this is ridiculous, even if it does work (invalidates my warranty too, if Acer find out).
Thus I have been spending considerable time over the past week or so reading up on my options, but now I am really confused, because first of all where I live in Spain there is really very little in the way of eSATA, SATAII or anything that technological... Read more

A:Advice needed please

If you have a network set up,you might consider connecting an external
networked drive to your PC and run your backups accross the network.
That way you can just leave the drive connected to the PC.

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I am working on a domain migration, but before for i do this i would like to make sure that both DNS and WINS are working perfectly cross-site. This is the first time i am working in a network that has multi-sites, with multi-domains and the users from each domain log on from the others physical network. My company had bought another company and they are going to be merging the 2 companies into 1 with a new name.

What i am looking for help with is, how DNS and WINS should be setup.

We have 2 sites connected with a MPLS.
At the moment we have 3 domains, Parent/child domains(Site1) and a external trusted domain(Site2).
The parent was setup as a placeholder pretty much and the majority of users are in the child domain.(eventually we will merge the external trusted domain to the Parent domain and move all of the users/computers in the child domain up to the parent.

Now machines and users from the trusted domain have been physically moved to Site1, but are still on the trusted domain. For the most part they work fine, but randomly there are some DNS or WINS issues. I have been banging my head to try and fix these issues but they are intermitten, sometimes an ipconfig /flushdns fixes the issue, sometimes it doesn't, eventually the dns error will fix itself but even that time is random. I have noticed anytime this issue happens if i disable the DNS Client service it will start to resolve properly but eventually the issue comes back. When this happens to one user, other user... Read more

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770 CPU @ 3.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 16335 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 630, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: B: 2794 GB (2521 GB Free); C: 465 GB (243 GB Free); D: 1863 GB (873 GB Free); E: 0 GB (0 GB Free); F: 1862 GB (1531 GB Free); G: 2794 GB (2538 GB Free);
Motherboard: ASRock, H97 Performance
Antivirus: Avast Antivirus, Enabled and Updated Hi, this is my first attempt at posting. I am not very computer literate. my PC has had problems booting recently,took it to a PC tech . He reported that the Motherboard was cracked behind the Ram slots ,he moved a stick to a different slot and now PC boots ok. He also said the board might not last much longer! I use the PC mainly for photo editing and it could probably do with a bit more speed. My problem is what to do. start with a new motherboard ? Then there may be compatibility issues ???
Any suggestions would be welcomed, thank you Reyn.

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Hi there

I have a HT log from a friend on another forum I use.
I have used cwshredder to get rid of a search/homepage jacking
and have the second HJ log file.

I think I have identified some problems and I would like some further help/advice on how to proceed.

There are a couple of things I am not sure about and my search on google has revealed a possible virus/trojan issue.

If I post the HT log file would someone be kind enough to help me out please.

I am learning how to help people with these annoying hijacks and would welcome some further advice if that is possible.
Regards zzedd

A:HT.log help and advice needed please

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