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Choosing a computer case?

Q: Choosing a computer case?

I have a G9657MA-8EKRS2H motherboard that I would like to place in a case to build
a PC. I have several old computers & cases that I have collected in the past. For example could
I use a Dell 3000 case for this board? I have several simular Dell computers with celron processors
in them. Maybe I could salvage a case/power supply from them?
How do I choose a computer case for this mother board. What factors do I use to choose a
computer case? I guess I need to look at fan placement and venting. Form factors etc.
What do need to consider here?

Thank you,

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A: Choosing a computer case?

Dell cases are proprietary ie they fit dell mb. Choosing a case is a VERY subjective endeavor; ie what I like may not be what you like. Here is a decent atx type case that will do the job for you.
This is a basic case without windows, lights, etc.

Here is a more high end case with lighted fans, etc.

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Hello All,
I have (unfortunately) an Acer Aspire X3910 desktop computer.
I have had it 6 months and it been in for repairs three times already.
One of the main problems I'm having with it is that the case is very small.
And the inside gets very hot Acer has hat to replace the computer once
and change the hard drive twice.
I was advised that I should change the case. However I don't know the
form factor that I need to buy. The information that Acer states is that its
a "Small Form Factor" but when I try to look for it I can't find that form
factor. Could someone tell me what form factors I can use and if possible
recommend a case.
Attached are images of the case I have and other information.

Any Help Will Be Appreciated

A:Need Help Choosing a Computer case

If the case is SFF, you don't want another one of those, since that is the root cause of your overheating. Any standard ATX case will fit your motherboard. However, your current PSU might not fit, so you will need a new PSU.

Your attachments provide no useful info. Provide a link that shows the inside of the computer.

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I'm building a hardcore gaming machine with a Core 2 Extreme and an Nvidia 8800. Does anyone have advice for picking a case that will manage the temperature well and at the same time give me some space for about 3 hard drives?

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Good afternoon,

I am looking for a case in the price range listed, what would you guys suggest?
I live in malta and the computer shops here do not have as much recent cases, i was looking at the mastercase pro 5 but no one has it and for me to get it from abroad it will exceed 250 Euros.

What would you guys suggest?


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Im looking for a midsize case. Smaller is better, but i dont want it to be too cramped. Looking for one that is either black, or aluminum and that does not have the cd drive door that slows down getting cd out of the drives. Any help would be appreciated. Thx.

A:Choosing a case.

You can always remove those doors. I have the Antec Plusview 1000AMG and it has the door on it but I just took it off.

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I'm looking forward to get this case.

would it go along with
ASUS Socket AM3+ - Hybrid Crossfire Integrated Graphics Support AMD 760G DDR3 1600 Micro ATX Motherboards M5A78L-M LX

Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt

EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 2048 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0

If none of this goes with the case please pleaseeee help me, I am unsure on which case to pick.
Try not to go above $50 case

A:Need help choosing a case ** Newbie alert.

Its a fine $40~50 case. Its a standard mid-tower case. a non issue.

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I was just looking online for a case, as I am building a new system. However, after looking at several pics, I noticed something pretty alarming

This is the back of my motherboard (supposedly ATX)

And this is the back of a generic ATX case
As I was noticing, the connectors not seem to line up, especially the sound card. Is there a certain type of case I should be looking for, or am I missing something

**I guess I should add my motherboard is an ASUS P5N-D

A:Solved: Choosing the right case for my mobo

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I read an old post that said you can get a case for a hard drive (from a desktop, not laptop) and be able to access files (but not software) and a link to Newegg.com was included. I went to that site and am not sure how to choose the right one - do I need an AC adapter? And how do I know which internal interface I need?

The hard drive is in an emachines T3828 and is 80 GB, if that helps. My daughter had stories she had written stored on it - getting them off and ditching the rest is the goal. (The power switch seems to have died)


A:Choosing the right external case for a hard drive

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Hi, I really need help finding a case for my computer. I dont really like the current one, its just borring. If you could help me choose one that would be great!

i dont want to spend over 100$, and it has to be a full tower.... thats all i know.

here are some specs for my comp, if you need more i can get them easily:

intel pentium 4
package: pga-423

Model4sta, pcb version
chipset: i850, rev. a2

graphic interface:
version: agp version 2.0
transfer rate: 4x
Max. supported: 4x
sideband: enabled

Type: rdram
Size: 512mb
Channel #: dual

Hope this helps, thanks

A:need help choosing a full tower case..... dont know where to start.

it is about 20.00 more than your stated budget, but the Antec P160 aluminum case is hard to beat.

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I have a Dell Optiplex GX270. When I press the power button, the power button light turns amber, I hear some fans spinning, and the CD drive spinning. However, it never gets to the boot screen (or any screen). If I open the case and press the power button, however, the power button turns green and the computer works fine (loads all the way up and functions like normal). If I close the case after it has started, it continues to run fine. I'm guessing / hoping it's not the mother board or power supply that has directly gone bad... but maybe there is a connection or something? that changes from when it's closed to when it's open. I've heard of something like... the motherboard is shorting out by touching the case... but I'm not really sure where to look for that / how. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!

A:Solved: Computer boots fine when case is open, but won't boot when case is closed.

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hi all ,

i have a desktop

i changed my broken case to a new case like

i removed the HDD and the motherboard and the CD-rom ..etc and installed them to a new case

but when i press the switch button it works normally , and the screen display normally and there are no beeps , but after like 20 second my computer turns off automatically ! ,

what may cause this issue ?

A:i replaced all of my computer components from my broken case to other case

could be overheating CPU. Did you apply fresh Thermal paste to the HSF after reinstalling the motherboard? Is it tight and secure? Did you blow out all the dirt, dust and debris from the fans' fins?

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I'm a user not a builder. I'm looking for a new machine that can handle beginner video editing plus all the usual things. I'm not an online gamer. I've noticed some systems for sale on sites like Tiger Direct, Geeks.com, Ubid etc. for $500-$700. Are any of these worthwhile systems? Can they be used as a base and upgraded cheaper than buying an expensive system? Thanks for any help.

A:need help choosing new computer

It's never cheaper to upgrade later, unless that upgrade is being compared to a new system purchase.

Stick with Pentium or Athlon processors. Avoid Celeron, Duron, Sempron, Centrino, Pentium M processors. For video editing, I would recommend at least 2 Gigabytes of RAM. You'll definitely want a DVD burner; I suggest dual layer capability.

Be sure you have built-in, easy-to-access card readers.

I'm not into video cards so I'll leave that advice to the gamers.

I don't like Acer--cheap stuff.

As much as I think Dell has the worst possible tech support, I recommend a major brand. I buy a lot of HP, Compaq, or Dell computers (listed in the order of preference). Off-brand build-a-box computers are always a crap shoot. You might get an absolutely wonderful system and then it might be a piece of crap and you won't know until it is too late.

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Hello, I am in need of a new computer at my workplace. I received a quote from a local shop however it is greek to me and I am not sure he is just using me to buy stuff I don't need. Can anyone in here help me decide what is the best option for me?

A:Need Help Choosing New Computer

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I am looking to get a new comp for my office, but I can't keep up with all the different specs out there (clock speed, L2 cache, socket sets, etc). I'm not a complete novice when it comes to these things, but I can't tell the difference between what will be faster than the other.

I need it to be fast because it will be networked with 3 other comps in my office (this one will be like a server holding files that the other 3 will need to access on a regular basis). It needs to handle basic office software and some multimedia functions (digital audio & video) but I won't be doing any real heavy gaming. I'll probably burn some CDs or DVDs once in a while, but that about covers it.

My budget is somewhere around $800-1000, and I'll probably go through Tigerdirect or Newegg since I've had luck with them before. Any suggestions?

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Not sure if this allowed but I need advice. I have $1000 put aside to buy new computer. I am 68 Years old not complete dumb but it has been years since buying my first computer. I do not do heavy gaming just games I download from Game house etc. I am running windows vista basic on Hp computer . I know I want at least 8 GB memory and at least 1 tb hard drive. Using NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 Display. I have spent hours online and I just would appreciate any help or direction I can get from you guys. I have looked at so many brands my head is spinning. I want a desktop pc with a new monitor. I hate laptops!!! I just want to make sure I get a computer with good hardware I know this will be my last purchase at my age LOL If anyone can give me some advice I would be so grateful. as an aside this website taught me so much back when I first got online. Thanks to all in advance Rev. Dee Dee
Sorry I forgot to include SysInfo Below
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista? Home Basic, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Sempron(tm) Processor LE-1300, x64 Family 15 Model 127 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 893 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 59921 MB, Free - 3711 MB; D: Total - 14386 MB, Free - 8628 MB; E: Total - 2008 MB, Free - 1790 MB;
Antivirus: Norton Security, Updated and Enabled

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Well not sure if this goes here, but anyways I want to get a new computer.. I am torn between Asus notebook( r510ze-xx135d) and an Acer all in one ( aspire z1-623 404g1t21mgi). I want to play world of Warcraft on one of these as my old machine was thrown on the floor .. Could you please give me your opinions about which I should choose? Also can you upgrade ram on all in ones? Thanks kindly ^^

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Trying to buy a laptop for college, animal science major if that helps in what kind I should be looking for. Asus, Dell, Toshiba, or Hp? Specific models would also be appreciated. Looking for skemthing that isn't super heavy or crazy slow, but malt importantly will last/remain reliable for the next 4 years at least. Can't spend much money, $400 at the very very most. Please help, know nothing a bout computers and can't afford to waste money on something that will inhibit school work and need replacing soon

A:help choosing college computer please

Howdy and welcome. For the most bang for your buck, I've found it's pretty hard to beat the Dell Refurb site.

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In a bit of a dilemma. I currently own a six year old MacBook which is running great, but since returning to school, I need to (rather soon) install Siemens NX. This is a program for 3D modeling and the like. Apparently my school doesn't have Mac licensing so I can't use it.

As a result, I'm looking at getting a cheap, reliable laptop that will essentially run NX. That's it. I couldn't find the file size for NX, but the instructions from my school say "Download the four (4) media files to a temporary location. WARNING: These are all VERY large: 1.5GB - 3.5GB each."

Two questions for everyone:

1) Would a computer like this work for running NX smoothly?
Lenovo Thinkpad X140e 20BL000BUS 11.6" AMD A4-5000 Quad Core 4GB 500GB Win7 Pro Best Student & Business Ultrabook Laptop
Screen Size 11.60 inches Processor 1.50 GHz AMD A Series RAM 4 GB Hard Drive 500 GB Graphics Coprocessor AMD Radeon HD 8330 Chipset Brand AMD Wireless Type 802.11bgn Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1 Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Other Technical Details
Brand Name Lenovo Series X140e Item model number 20BL000BUS Hardware Platform PC Operating System Windows 7 Professional Item Weight 3.9 pounds Processor Brand AMD Processor Count 4 Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM Hard Drive Rotational Speed 7200.00 Optical Drive Type None Audio-out Ports (#) 1
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A:Need help choosing a computer for school!

Recommended requirements vary based on the software version (ie: NX 8, NX 9, etc.).

Basic recommendations are Win7 Pro, 8GB + RAM

As with any modeling or editing software:

Fastest multiple core cpu that fits your budget
64bit OS to support over 4GB of RAM
8GB+ RAM (as your budget allows)
HDD with enough free space to store all of your work (as you noted above, the 4 files you are starting with are quite large. so anticipate how many files you may have at the end of the year and plan accordingly)

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I'm about to buy a new computer and some things got me wondering:
is there any reason of buying HDD with 32MB cashe memory if I get a bit cheaper and larger HDD with 16MB chase memory? what is HDD's chase memory responsible for?

As I'll buy computer without GPU card (I am not a huge fan of games but sometimes I like to play some old ones) what kind of chipset should i choose?
Is there a risk that some of the chipsets wont be able to smoothly play youtube's HD videos?

This is how far I got with choosing computer components:
Fortron 400W PFC, 12cm Fan
Western Digital 640GB 7200RPM 16MB Caviar SE16
Optiarc DVD-/+R/RW Black Sata
2x A-Data 1GB, DDR3, 1333MHz, CL9, Single Stick
....and I cant think of what motherboard should i choose

any advice will be highly appreciated, thank you

A:Please help me out with choosing components for my computer


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Hi, i have put this computer together from a pc store near my house.they have on line quotes and i came up with this. my intentions are to build a mid ranged gaming rig. with the parts coming from this store
If you guys could come up with somthing It would be a great help,thanks

- AMD ATHLON 64 X2 3800+ DUAL CORE S939 2X512K

$1400 can

A:Need help choosing computer parts.

All of that seems fine, you'll have a very speedy PC. Although prices seem pretty high on the website you have chosen. I live in the UK but even if I change the currency I could still find those items at a better price.

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I am about to buy a new com. but still have a few doubts.Please someone look at the table below and give me some suggestions.I intend to upgrade Ram to 4 GB and hard drive to 320 GB which is going to cost me around $100 more. All the prices below are in Australian dollars(1AUD=0.75USD). At the moment my favorite is "Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.00Ghz" I use com. mostly for web browsing, watching videos and downloading(I don't play games so I guess video card should be O.K.)

AMD AM2 Sempron LE-1300
$ 340
Intel Dual Core E1400 2.00Ghz
$ 330
AMD AM2 x2 Dual Core 5200+
$ 370
Intel Dual Core E1500 2.20Ghz
$ 350
AMD AM2 x2 Dual Core 7750
$ 380
Intel Dual Core E5200 2.50Ghz
$ 370
AMD AM2 x2 Dual Core 7850
$ 400
Intel Dual Core E5300 2.60Ghz
$ 380
AMD AM3 x3 Phenom II 720
$ 520
Intel Dual Core E5400 2.70Ghz
$ 400
AMD AM3 x4 Phenom II 810
$ 570
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 2.80Ghz
$ 460
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.00Ghz
$ 530
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33Ghz
$ 530
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 2.66Ghz
$ 570
AMD Value Pack
Intel Value Pack
ASUS M2N68-AM Plus All-In-One
Cooling Fan
Genuine AMD Boxed Cooling Fan
Genuine INTEL Boxed Cooling Fan
2D/3D SATA / ATA-133 Sound / Video / Network Card On Board Chipset
Intel 2D/3D SATA / ATA-133 Sound / Video Card/Network On Board Chipset
4 x USB Ports, 2 x PCI Ports, 1 x Com Ports, 2 x DDR2 Slots
4x USB Ports, 2 x PCI Ports, 1 x Com Ports, 2 x DDR2 Slots
Video Card
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A:Need some help choosing what to get rid of on my computer from the hijackthis log

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anyone know of any super high quality monitor/tvs out there that go good with computers? price is no objection.

A:choosing a good monitor.tv for a computer

samsungs are sharp quality look for high ratio contrast at least 5000:1, 1080 or 1080p,and good response time plus good viewing angle so the tv screen doent go dark when your sit below the the tv view hieght

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I am going to install 64 bit Windows 7 on one of my older computers but I have not
figured out which one I want to put it on. Some of these computers have had XP and
Vista on them. I want to choose a computer that is a best choice for Win 7 & and I can get Windows 7 drivers for it. I guess it needs to be at leaat a dual core computer. Is a internet site I could find Windows 7 requirements for a piticular machine?

Unlike XP, Windows 7 is more piticular with actvation so is there a way to backup and protect
my inital installation in case Windows 7 & crashes or slows down.
Thank you,

A:Choosing a computer for Windows & install

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o i need help for choosing some components . this pc will be mainly used for gaming and also some video editing
Processor : i5-3470/i5-3570/i5-3570k
cooler : Antec Kuhler H2O 620 CPU Water Cooler/CORSAIR Hydro Series H80 High Performance/corsairH60/Antec Kuhler H2O 920
graphic card :HD 7950 3GB OC GDDR5 SAPPHIRE/SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 OC with Boost
motherboard :ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
ram (2x8) :G.skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1866/G.skill Ripjaws-X 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600 CL9 1.5v/G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 2133
hard disk :Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
ssd(os) :Kingston SSDNow V200 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk or Intel 330 Series Maple Crest 60GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5 inch Solid-State
case :Thermaltake VO200M1W2N (Black) ATX Full Tower Case
powersupply:SeaSonic M12II Bronze 620W 80 PLUS PSU/SeaSonic ECO 600W PSU
monitor :ASUS VS Series VS248H 24 inch 2MS LED Monitor/Samsung S23A750D 120Hz 23.0"
operatingsys:window 7 home premium
opticaldrive :Liteon iHOS 104-323 4X Blu-ray ROM DVDRW Drive/Pioneer BDR-S07XLT 12X Blu-ray Writer Drive
i know i have to chose 3570 k as it is the only cpu the can be oc from those i am getting liquid cooling and i will stay with case fans because the seems enough for graphic card ,so which one i choose from all that . both monitors are on discount for 200 $ . so please tell me which one i choose and why also give me a rate on my gaming rig also ... Read more

A:Need help choosing gaming computer components

i would up the psu to a seasonic 750w


i see some of the gamers prefer this


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Hey everyone, I am new to these forums and I would like some help choosing all the right computer components to the new rig i am buying soon. I plan on spending about $1500. These are the parts that i have pre-selected, and i would like ur opinion on how good/bad my choice is. Also if u have a suggestion to what might be better for around the same price please tell me. The total amount I got is about $1300.

Maxtor DiamondMax 250GB Serial ATA 7200RPM Hard Drive w/16MB Buffer $104.00

Ultra ULT31314 X-Finity 600W ATX Power Supply $89.99

eVGA 256-P2-N538-AX e-Geforce 7800 GTX PCI Express 256MB Video Card & eVGA 133-K8-NF41 nForce 4 Athlon 64(FX) Skt939 Motherboard Bundle

3Artec WSM-52X-ER 52x24x52 E-IDE/ATAPI CD-RW $26.99

Thermaltake Shark Series VA7000SWA Full Tower Aluminum Case $147.99

Zalman CNPS7000B-ALCU LED CPU Cooler Retail $35.99

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Processor (Venice) Socket 939 Open Box $207.99

Patriot PDC1G3200+XBLK 1GB Kit DDR400 PC3200 Dual Channel Memory, 2 Sticks Of 512 $159.00

A:Help choosing new computer custom build

I think the drive and peripherals are well selected, but 2g of ram and a dual core cpu may be in order. Newer games seem to respond well to 2g ram, and dual cores offer a lot of processing power without the price of a dual cpu motherboard.
If you shop around you might be able to get all this under budget.

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I dont know a lot about computers so my friend is helping me build one. I just wanted to know what motherboard I should choose. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I was thinking in the range of $200-$300.

A:building computer and need help choosing a motherboard

Sorry, but you need to give much more information, like what type of cpu you want, amd or intel. What socket type? Intel can be socket 478 or 775(aka"T"). Amd can be socket A, 754, 940, or 939.

What do you want to do with this computer? Will this be just a motherboard replacement or a new sytem build?

$200-300 is a lot of money, many motherboards are about $100(usd) or less, with the performance boards reaching $200+. With $300 you can get a decent cpu and a motherboard.(like an amd 939 athlon 64 3000+ is about $150, and a 939 motherboard based on nforce 4 ultra would be about $85-150).

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I am looking to renew my desktop PC and also my laptop computer, but am working to a tight budget. I am looking for a bargain, while at the same time trying to remain conscious of the fact that I'd like to replace the equipment I am currently using with machines of a better spec.

My current desktop is a Patriot 5420, running Windows XP Home with SP3, with an Intel Pentium 4 processor 540 3.2GHz, 1gb DDR, 320GB HDD, 16x DVD +- R/RW (double layer) and Integrated SIS Mirage graphics. This machine is roughly 6 years old.

My current laptop is an Aries (Watford Electronics) Green 732, running Windows XP Home SP2, with an Intel Pentium 4 2.53GHz, 512MB, 60GB HDD, CDRW, DVDROM. This machine is roughly 10 years old.

I do not intend to use either machine for serious gaming, but would like to be able to play dvds without the picture being choppy. Mostly I shall use the machines for compiling web pages, uploading/downloading webpages, running applications such as Topstyle Pro, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Flash etc. I do tend to keep quite a few applications on the go at the same time, whilst looking at the web, etc. Sometimes my old machines tend to struggle with this amount of expectation, with the end result being that they can run painfully slow.

As desktops replacements, I have been looking at the following 2 machines:

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A:Choosing a replacement computer system

As you're in the UK, may I suggest Which? as a good source of reliable unbiased reviews to supplement comments from TSG members?
In case you don't know about Which? (quote) " ... we are now the largest consumer body in the UK, with over 617,000 members that subscribe to our magazine, and over 254,000 online subscribers* - and this is constantly growing." http://www.which.co.uk/about-which/who-we-are/overview/

If you want to read individual product reviews there's a one-off charge of £1 per review.
Laptop reviews http://www.which.co.uk/technology/computing/reviews/laptops/
All in one PC reviews http://www.which.co.uk/technology/computing/reviews/all-in-one-pcs/

This page though is free & rates desktop brands http://www.which.co.uk/technology/computing/reviews-ns/desktop-pcs/best-buys/

I've no connection to Which? I'm just suggesting a source of info.

Hope this helps?

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Hi, I run windows XP on my system and I was wondering...When the computer starts up it would ask me to choose an account. I only have one account. Back then my computer would just load without asking me to choose an account, but for some reason it asks me to choose an account when I start my computer. I would like to know how to get rid of the screen where it ask me to choose an account. Thanks

A:Solved: Starting the Computer without choosing an account

start > run > control userpasswords2

Uncheck the box "users must enter a username........"
click apply
enter your username and password.

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Hey everyone, I am new to these forums and I would like some help choosing all the right computer components to the new rig i am buying soon. I plan on spending about $1500. These are the parts that i have pre-selected, and i would like ur opinion on how good/bad my choice is. Also if u have a suggestion to what might be better for around the same price please tell me. The total amount I got is about $1300.

Maxtor DiamondMax 250GB Serial ATA 7200RPM Hard Drive w/16MB Buffer $104.00

Ultra ULT31314 X-Finity 600W ATX Power Supply $89.99

eVGA 256-P2-N538-AX e-Geforce 7800 GTX PCI Express 256MB Video Card & eVGA 133-K8-NF41 nForce 4 Athlon 64(FX) Skt939 Motherboard Bundle

3Artec WSM-52X-ER 52x24x52 E-IDE/ATAPI CD-RW $26.99

Thermaltake Shark Series VA7000SWA Full Tower Aluminum Case $147.99

Zalman CNPS7000B-ALCU LED CPU Cooler Retail $35.99

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Processor (Venice) Socket 939 Open Box $207.99

Patriot PDC1G3200+XBLK 1GB Kit DDR400 PC3200 Dual Channel Memory, 2 Sticks Of 512 $159.00

A:help choosing computer compnents to new rig, custom build

Looks pretty good, I would change the power supply.
I really like my Tagan 480w unit. Here's the newest model.

This also is a nice psu.

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I'm preparing to buy an SSD for my HPE-570t One of the steps that one of the acronis Videos says to do, download all of your drivers from your computer manufacter's website. HP lists 17 "Original Drivers" for my model. My question is: of those 17 which are specific to my 570t? And should I be downloading the original drivers, from when I bought this computer? As an aside, I did have to upgrade the Nvidia driver for my GT440 , (from NVidia's site,) to get the "Nvidia Inspector" (a 3rd paty program,)  to work. OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Here's a video explaining the process. I hope that enlightens those who may need more information... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIl2L0OjZks Thanks in advance, Chef_D 

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My son has a Compaq Presario SR123ONX with a 3200+ AMD Athlon processor ( speed 2.20 Ghz, 512kb, L2cache, 400Mhz frontside bus ).

He currently has a VIA/S3G UniChrome IGP with approx. 64mb of memory, that came with his computer.

He is running WindowsXP SP2.

He plays alot of World Of Warcraft and Guild Wars, Factions and Nightfall as well as other graphically intense games and programs.

I would like to spend $100 or less on the best possible upgrade at that price.

I am overwhelmed with my results when I search the web.... so I came here for help.

His computer is certainly running well enough, only GuildWars is a little laggy, I just want to improve his gaming experience since he enjoys it so much and I am certain his computing needs will only increase over time.

I will greatly appreciate any advice.

A:Mom needs help choosing right Graphics/Video card for sons computer... please

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So, I've been reading a lot of posts lately about people asking about upgrading. I've decided to make a small guide that may help people choosing components. It?s also written for people not sure what pc to choose, but also as an indication of what to upgrade.

The most important question: what do you want to use your pc for? Just as a desktop, for a bit of word processing, and be done with it? Or do you want to have the latest gaming rig that can handle any game at max detail, max AA, etc. I?m going to go into further detail for a few sorts of pc?s.

The Word Processor
If you just want to do some typing documents on your pc, read some email, browse on the internet a bit, the ?word processor? is perfect for you. You don?t need the latest core 2 extreme to do this stuff on. Basically, almost any processor is fine. However, with windows Vista coming up, I assume a lot of people will be upgrading to it. Therefore, the minimum system requirements(quoted from microsoft.com):
A Windows Vista Capable PC includes at least:
? A modern processor (at least 800MHz¹).
? 512 MB of system memory.
? A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable.
Windows Vista Premium Ready PCs
Some Windows Vista Capable PCs have been designated Premium Ready. These PCs will provide an even better Windows Vista experience, including the Windows Aero user experience. Features available in specific premium editions of Windows Vista, such as the ability to watch and record live TV,... Read more

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I am looking at now changing my computer case, preferably to either a standard ATX desktop or a HTPC Media Centre Case, however I have a slight problem in the fact that I have a Xigmatek hdt-s1283 CPU cooler, which stands rather proud at about 20cm or so.... what I was wondering is if any of you techspot frequenters know of any desktop style cases that would cater for my cooler, or if as far as it goes I am fighting a loosing battle?

Heres Hoping


A:New Computer Case

The Cooler Master Elite RC-330 is a decent, inexpensive case that will easily have room for that cooler.

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Hey everyone! It's jsut a quick post, but I recently finished a brand new computer build, but I am worried my case doesn't supply enough cooling, but also don't like the nosie it produces during gaming, so I am wondering if anyone knows of any good cases under £50/$60. I have looked at the powercool dominator and am wondering if it will be enough (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Powercool-D...9?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1362519059&sr=1-109).

My build is as follows:
- AMD 8350 CPU with stock heat sink/fan
- Gigabyte 7950 triple fan graphics card
- 16GB RAM
- SSD & Hard Drive (not performance, but more energy saving)
- CIT basic case modded with an additional fan on the side
- ASUS M5A99X Motherboard
- 880w PSU

Thank you for any advice! It will need to have high cooling abilities, but also quite quiet!

A:Computer case for $60?

- Noise from case is 95% the fault of the fans. More expensive cases provide quieter fans, but you're paying a lot more to start with anyway. Plus, you'll have to provide your own additional fans in most cases (pun not intended) anyway.
- PSU fan could be loud..?
- Cooling performance is a combination of how neat your build is (cables etc), the amount of components, the type of cooling on your devices, fans used, and airflow provided by case. This is a lot of variables, so it can be hard.
- The case you linked is a budget case. Don't expect miracles.

- My suggestion - stick with what you have, tweak the fan speeds a bit.

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I have the following components in my PC:

GT 520 gpu
Intel i5 661 CPU
Gigabyte H55m-D2H motherboard (this is a small one, I believe it's micro ATX)
Two sticks of 4GB of RAM
ESI [email protected] audio card

I'm gonna stick with this build for a while (in fact, I don't see myself upgrading anytime soon - it runs great).

My case is big and makes a lot of noise (the fan is old...). I need a new one, and I wonder what compact cases are available for my setup. As you can see above, I do not use a gaming GPU, so I can probably make do with a thin case. The audio card isn't exactly tiny, though.

I'd appreciate any recommendations!


A:Need help getting my next computer case

This would be my pick, Excellent case IMO

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Please tell me if I waste you peoples time. Im a fan of building computer cases.
Now I was wondering what you people would think of a cylindric case? You know, that look like a bin (or a very large coffee tin) or something. Then you put the mobo near the bottom but not too close to it, put air intakes near it and one BIG extractor fan on top of the case. No corners for heat to gather
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A:Computer case?

For home-made... if you know how to work with tools, metal, plastics, etc...

You could make one... doesn't mean it'll work any better at cooling.

There are round computers out there.

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The Antec Nine Hundred or the GIGABYTE 3D Aurora 570 case? I am planning to upgrade my cheap Raidmax case once I'm done with the vid cards and such.

A:Better computer case to buy?

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Hello everyone, I'm looking to buy a new computer case tomorrow for my PC because I'm getting worried by all the clutter. Everything is too close for comfort. Lol. Now I've heard that the most "scary", or worrisome, thing is taking out the mobo itself because of the static and all. Um, I'm in need of some Windows 7 Jedi guidance from you guys. Tell me what you guys need so I can post my specs so you can help me out further. Thanks.

A:Computer Case help?

If you are worried about the static when you buy/order your new case pick up a 2-5 dollar static wristband. they connect to your wrist then ground to the pc

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I have a computer case where the on/off switch doesn't work when plugged into the motherboard. The computer is fine, I can jump the board but I need to resolve the issue with the on/off switch. it's just a PII case, no real thrills. The pins to the motherboard consist of (2) wires to the on/off switch, but the pin is (3) prong with a dummy in the middle. If you have any suggestions or need more info I'm online and watching? Thanks

A:Computer Case

Hi bturner
If you have the right tools you can sometimes get the pins to release from the connector and move them next to each other. If you can't get that to work you could use an exacto knife ( or sharp raser blade) and split the connector down the dummy pin. Then connect each pin separately to the motherboard connector.

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I have a A7N8XE-Deluxe Mobo, and I would like to get a new case for it with more fans and better airflow since I overclocked the CPU in it. I have found several ATX cases, but the back doesn't match what mine does currently. How do I get the right case with access to all the ports in the back, like my four USB and two Ethernet ports. The cases I have looked at don't have spaces for those. Do I just rip out the whole back part of the case or is there a way to find the case I need that will provide access to all my ports on the back? Thanks for help in advance.

A:What Case Do I Get for My Computer?

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I want to run a computer out of a plastic bin. If I lay the MoBo and powersupply on the bottom, then duct tape all of the peripherals to the side... will it run? Would it do better out of a cardboard box?

A:No computer case?

It should work. Depending on the type of plastic you may have static electricity so be careful. It would probably run equally as well in a cardboard box. Honestly though, why not just buy an inexpensive case? Even the cheapest case would be better than a plastic bin or a cardboard box.

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zipzoomfly sent me this.Does anyone know if this case is any good? It's a good pricehttp://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=371295 Thermaltake Mambo

A:Computer case???

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I am about to build a new computer using an Asus motherboard appr 10 x 12 inches.
Since I am reluctant to install the motherboard in a vertical position I wonder if
there are cases into which I could install my motherboard horizontally.
So far I found none.

Any suggestions



A:Computer case

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hi guysI have a computer case when i tried to open it . The power supply turn off after 5 minutes immediately. So what is the solution for this issue . Please help Regards 

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I recently changed my computer case and after some struggles successfully moved all the hardware from my old case to the new one. It's a P4-1.7, DVD, CD, Nvidia GeForce FX 5600, Sound Blaster Audigy 2. The thing is, when I power the computer up I get no picture on my screen, so I'm wondering if it just has to do with the screen or the computer is just powering up and not actually turning on. Could someone please help me, I think it might have to do with how I connected the wiring to do with the hard drive, CD, and DVD.

A:Computer Case-NEED HELP

Disconnect everything except the processor, video card, memory, and floppy. Try and boot it and see if it posts with video. If it does just start adding one device at a time back

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