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Building a computer: recommendations needed

Q: Building a computer: recommendations needed

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.

Finally, I know that I can make a real screamer for over $1000, but I really don't need 100% cutting edge stuff. In years past, the difference between brand new, top-of-of-the-line components, and second or third place components with 90% of the speed and capability, was a lot of money, and I really like getting the most for my money.

My wife is on to me big time about slapping this together!
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Thank very much in advance.
J. Perry Neal

Preferred Solution: Building a computer: recommendations 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.)

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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Hi all..... I've decided to build my own computer. I not that that much of a gamer but do play when I have the time. I'm also an amatuer photographer. Below is the parts that I have come up with, if there is something better or if there are parts that are not compatible, let me know. I'm looking for a total of about $1,500 or less....
NZXT Apollo ORANGE NP Orange SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
ABIT IP35 LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W SLI Ready-ATX12V V2.01 Power Supply - Retail
Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850 - Retail or Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400PRO - Retail
NEC Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive - OEM
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3750640AS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model DRW-2014L1T - Retail
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Thermaltake CL-P0114 120mm CPU Cooler - Retail
Logitech 920-000325 Black USB Wired Ergonomics Wave Keyboard - Retail
I'm planning on reusing my monitor and mouse. What video card should I also use? Please post any questions that might help you help me..., comments and recommendations. Thanks guys (and gals).

A:Building first Computer! Suggestions/Recommendations Wanted!

OK that is one awesome build! People do say the the Rosewill PSUs are not very good so you could look for a differnt PSU. I have one myself and it works fine but you are building one mean machine so I would defently get a better one. I will let someone else help you with that. You really don't need the thermal compound or the CPU cooler as the CPU already comes with that. Unless you plan to overclock alot then you won't need it. But those quad cores may put out a lot of heat. I would definetly go with the quad core but the core 2 duo would be alright to. If your not gaming much I don't really see a point in spending that much money on the CPU. Do you really need the floppy drive? Nobody uses those things anymore. Unless you do that is fine but I would get rid of that. As for a video card if your building that much of a good computer I would go with the 8800GTX. That may a little to over the top but you can look at them anyway. Or there is the 8600GT or GTS. That memory will work good. I would look at a differnt case maybe. Something that has better cooling. I do believe that Antec and Thermaltake make good cases.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130286 -- GC

Well those are my suggestions.
Good luck with the build!

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Hi, I would like to put together a computer with these software requirements in mind (for reason/record:

Intel P4/AMD Athlon XP at 2GHz or better, multiple cores highly recommended, 1 GB RAM or more, DVD drive, 2 GB free hard disk space, Record may use up to 20 GB cache disk space, Windows XP SP2, Vista or later

I currently have XP, and would do Windows 7 but I really don't care for Vista (please don't figure in to the total, and yes I will be getting a legal copy!). I would like to go the cheapest route, which I imagine would be building from scratch. If I can stay under 500 dollars that's be best although spending a little more for a really nice system that will be good for a few years is favorable.

I found this as a starting point, and would like to know the thoughts from the inside.

The only additional information I have is I have 2 TB's that are waiting for a home so I'm not worried about storage, and also the quieter the better, as everything helps while recording. Thank you very much in advance. - Dinvex

A:Recommendations building a new (budgeted) computer from scratch for recording music

You can do better with your budget. I recommend this:

AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - $57.99 + free shipping
GIGABYTE GA-MA74GM-S2 AM3\AM2+\AM2 AMD 740G mATX AMD Motherboard - $53.99 ($51.99 with M-Club discount) + variable shipping depending on location
OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit - $75.99 + $0.99 shipping
NZXT Beta EVO Chassis - CS-NT-BETA-EVO - $53.99 + free shipping
SeaSonic SS-300ET Bronze 300W ATX12V V2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - OEM - $39.99 + $8.57 shipping
ASUS Xonar DX PCI-E Sound Card - $79.99 ($59.99 after $20 MIR) + free shipping
Grand Total = ~$380, not considering rebates.

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Hi everybody!

So, as the title says, I'm building myself a new computer, and I could really need some help with, well, almost everyhing really, so I got a ton of questions.
My uses for the computer will mainly be gaming, but also for everyday use and a little Adobe Photoshop/Flash work to mention a few.
I'm gonna try to keep this post as tidy and factual as possible, but please bare with me even if it gets a little jumbled and what not.

So let's talk business shall we?
1. CPU:
I've been looking at three different CPUs, all from Intel, these being the i5-3570K, i7-2600K, and the i7 3770K, but I don't really know which one to go for. I'm planning on overclocking the CPU (which when the time comes I'll also make a thread about) if that makes a difference. I am aware that buying the i5 would save me a few bucks, but the price difference ain't really too big so it doesn't really matter to me.

The i7-3770K is the newest of the three, being of the microarchitecture Ivy Bridge, while the other two are Sandy Bridge, does this matter a lot?

I know that Ivy Bridge is made(?) using(?) 22nm lithography, while Sandy Bridge is made using 32nm, which I believe effect the amount of power the CPU uses as well as how easy it is to keep it cooled. I don't think temperature will be much of a problem as I'm planning on using a Corsair Hydro Series H100i CPU cooler which I believe will be sufficient enough.

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A:Building a new computer, help/info needed!

Hi and welcome to Seven forums, this will be the first of a boatload of opinions, lol.

First of all, the 2600K is the only Sandy Bridge, the other two are both Ivys, denoted by the 3000 series number. Ivys run hot on their own and when overclocking, much hotter so I would recommend a GOOD CPU cooler, h100 or Noctua NH-D14 or similar. don't depend on the Intel stock cooler for anymore than playing solitaire.

The supported RAM from Intel refers to the native setting for it with no user adjustments, Sandy is 1333 and Ivy is 1600. You will have to enable XMP profiles or manually adjust the RAM frequency and timings. The 3570 may not be able to run RAM more than 2133, some chips are better. The 3770 should be able to handle maybe 2400 or more.

PCIe 3 in only supported with a Z77 chip and Ivy CPU. The PCIe 2 is not maxed except for one AMD GPU, 7970? maybe, PCIe 3 has no GPU that will max it out as of now. Hopefully someone with more GPU knowledge can speak to Eyefinity.

For the board I you may look at the ASUS P8Z77-V series, there are several version and lower cost than a Saber Tooth but are similar in features.

Your PSU is very important to give you good, reliable, and clean power in the amount your setup needs with about 25% overhead. Brand that are good: Seasonic, Antec, Corsair. Depending on your final choices you will need from 600W to 1000W, maybe.

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Hey just a quickie, on all the sites saying what parts you need to order to build a computer, none list a wireless card as a necessary part, but i've searched around and some places say that if you dont have one you basically cant connect to wireless networks?

So no big deal, they're like 30 bucks on newegg.ca, but I figure I should get all the important parts ordered.

A:Wireless card needed for building computer?

You need a wireless card or wireless adapter to go wireless.

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hello i am building my first pc, and i need a few parts and figure i would check here on and get everyone's recommendations for the parts i need. i have posted my list of what i have and what i need... thanks...

my build parts list..
Case= RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply
mother board = Intel DP55KG Extreme Series Desktop Motherboard (P55 ATX Core i7 Core i5 LGA1156)
Graphics Card =EVGA nVidia GeForce GTS 250 1 GB DDR3 2DVI/HDTV PCI-Express Video Card 01G-P3-1158-TR
Memory = Samsung MV-3V2G4 2GB DDR3 SDRAM Desktop Memory Module (1333MHz PC3-10600)

Needs the stuff listed below...
MediaCard reader =
Power Supply =

A:building new PC, looking for some recommendations on some parts..

For PSU I like Antec. But I would go with 650W

I hope you plan to install more than just 2GB of RAM

I did not see any disks. I would go for a 60GB SSD for the OS (just got one for $70) and a HDD for the data - 1GB max.

A good CPU is the i5 2500K. That one you can overclock easily.

For DVD drive and card reader I guess any reputable make will do.

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well this is the first time i'm building a computer and i have no idea what parts to buy.
i'm running on a $800-900 CDN budget and i cannot order parts online.
the kind of computer i want to build is one that can run games at normal requirements.
i already found some retailers that i can buy the parts from so all i just need is help and
what parts to buy.
Retailer sites:

what parts i chose so far:

Case: Antec Sonata II Mid-Tower Case w/450w Power Supply
Harddrive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250Gb - 7200rpm - 16Mb Cache SATA Hard Drive - ST3250620AS (OEM)
Motherboard: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe ATX Motherboard --- S939 - nForce4 SLI, 4XDDR400, 2XPCI-E 16X, IEEE1394, NV RAID

i'm new at this so i have no idea if these parts are compatible...
thanks for your help

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I am currently putting together a new pc for girlfriend. She is a part time gamer like myself. I have already purchased the folowing items: Abit KN8 Ultra mobo, Athlon X2 3800+, 1gb OCZ EL Dual Channel Kit, NEC DVD burner, Evga 6600gt, Seagate 120gb HD. I am currently looking for ideas on cases and power supplies. I am thinking long term durability and reliability. I'd like to keep it relatively cool and quiet. Keep in mind I am a student so I am on a budget. I need the best bang for my buck. Any thoughts?

ps. So far I am looking at an Antec Solution series case.

A:Building a new pc for my girlfriend. Recommendations?

This is the best I could find.

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I am looking to upgrade/replace 6 older workstation pc's (purchased 11/07) and am looking for advice on new builds.

The workstations are used for our P.O.S. program and accessing online vendors (low graphics requirements).

Emphasis on reliability, low cost.

Willing to reuse old components, especially monitor,keyboard & mouse.

Prefer established online vendors like Newegg.

Is the "budget box" build the best bet?

Current System Specs: Dell OptiPlex 745
HARD DRIVE..., 80G, S2, 7.2K, 3.5, WD-UNIC
Dual In-line Memory Module 512, 667M, 64X64, 8, 240, 1RX8
Processor, 945, 3.4, 2X2MB Pentium D Presler, D0

A:Building new budget workstation pc's, looking for recommendations

Budget? AMD or Intel? Does it matter? What programs?

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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.


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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

T... Read more

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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!

A:Recommendations Needed

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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'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.

A:Hosting recommendations needed.

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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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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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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.

A:New Desktop Recommendations/Advice Needed

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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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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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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.

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 am building my self a pc and i have brought a ASUS P5B-VM SE Graphics Intergrated Motherboard it can handle intel core 2 Quad inside 2.4MHZ LGA775 Socket, L2 8 MB.
with this i am going to have 4gb ddr2 NoN Ecc ram the thing is im not sure on what PSU i need to buy to make this run proply if theres anything elce i need to list please ask thanks

A:building pc help needed

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Hey everyone. I've decided to build my own computer rather than buy a main brand. I know very little about building computers in general, but I think I have a (hopefully) ok set-up going on.

My maximum cost is $2000, but thats only if it HAS to be that high. I'm more in the $1500-$1700 ball park. I plan on using this computer for mainly gaming and some regular school assignments (using word, excel, powerpoint, maybe editing photos ect...). I would like it to be able to play the newest games like Battlefield 2142, Neverwinter Nights 2, and most new games coming out in the near future.

I've done a little research, and so far this is what I've come up with.

RAIDMAX Horizon ATX-287WSP Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower 3 in 1 combo Computer Case 380W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 Conroe 2.66GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail $509.99

ASUS P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI x 16 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $219.99

SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology - OEM $32.99

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $277.00

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $89.99

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Well here's what I got so far which is probably basically everything, just maybe a wi-fi adapter is left.


I had a coupla questions.

Is the case decent/ok or good? I bought it because it looks great, and along with that it seems to have 2 fans and a side air duct which makes it better, but I'm not the hardware expert here, otherwise I wouldn't be asking yall this.

Is that mobo good for that CPU and RAM?

What's the best mobo there is out there for a Core 2 Duo and DDR2 667 RAM? That one seemed like the best one to me at newegg after taking my time to look through all of them and whatnot, and it supports DDR2 667 and has 4 memory slots, also a good amount of other interfaces.

Will that RAM work with that mobo? I chose that RAM because it was the best there was because I was tryna buy some RAM at a good price and I wanted the latency to be 3 or 4.

And overall how does it look? Anyone have a suggestion to make it better or a good tweak? Does it all look like it'll work with itself and all and be workin wit no probs? Thnx.

A:Building a comp for myself, needed some help.

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I'm building this PC for a friend who will be doing some medium level gaming, nothing like Unreal Tournament 3 or CoD 4. Stuff like The Sims 2 and Guild Wars.

The motive behind this post is for me to get some input from a PC intelligent community. I do have experience in this field, I have built a PC once before and learned from my mistakes, but of course, more input and advice is very valuable to me.

So please.
Offer all of your input, comments, ideas, feelings and theories--I value and need it all!

My budget was not for top of the line, more for overall value, and lasting value.
Where the prices currently are, they can't change much, so keep that in mind if u suggest a different item.
However, for example, if you think I should go with a value price on one item and go to a higher level/price in another area; please offer your advice.

All my shopping was done at Newegg
Here it is, including my reasons for their selection:

EVGA GeForce 8600GTS 512MB. Link
EVGA seems to be the leader in video cards. I have one in my PC and it works great. EVGA wins all the customer choice awards on Newegg. This card is selling very well at the moment.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200 2.6ghz. Link
AMD has always been my fav, have one in my PC that works great. This processor has wone a customer choice award at Newegg.

Corsair XMS2 2GB(2 x 1GB) DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800. Link
Corsair seems to be the leader in mem. XM series is very popular.

Gigabyte AM2 Nvidia GeForce 6100 AMD Mobo. Link
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A:Building new PC--Your input needed!

my only beef with it is your choice of power supply and choice of processor maybe. everything else looks fine to me.

Rosewill is a TERRIBLE brand. it's not recommended for any computer because it is that terrible. there's a list of the best and the worst power supplies found here:

i was looking into what sort of power supply i could use and found that list. the one that was recommended to me was an antec neo 550watt power supply. that thing will power any cpu well, and will even leave some headroom for future additions to it. however, it's 100 dollars and by the looks of things, you or your friend are on a budget. so there's a slightly less expensive one that is just as good for about 80 dollars. also from antec. it's the antec earthwatts 500 watt. here's the link:

Also, if you could, try to go with at least the amd 5600. it's 2.8 ghz and it's not that much more expensive. that will put the whole computer into a better spot in terms of keeping up with games and technology. given your friend doesn't want to do heavy gaming. but any gaming at all can be taxing on the system due to server lag. and it's nice to know that the computer will handle anything you throw at it.

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I'm considering buying new PC and since this is my first attempt building one on my own I'd like to make sure everything is right.

Motherboard: ASUS Z87-PRO
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K
CPU fan: Cooler Master Hyper 412 PS
CPU thermal compound: Arctic MX-4
GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770
RAM: DDR3 Corsair XMS3 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz CL9 1.65V
PSU: Corsair power supply AX860 80PLUS Platinum 860W, fully modular, 120mm fan
SSD Drive: Crucial SSD M4 128GB mSATA
HDD Drive: Seagate Barracuda 3.5'' 1TB SATA3 7200RPM 32MB
Case: Cooler Master N300

So here are my questions or worries:
I would like to overclock this CPU to at least 4 GHz. However I'm not sure if this CPU/MB/Fan combination is suitable for that.
I took SSD because for speed and HDD for storage. Are these brands/models good?
I've had a lot problems with PSU in the past, so I'd like to make sure that this one will be good. Also I'm unsure if it's powerful enough and whether it has all required pins.
Case is more or less cheapest one, I don't quite understand what's the difference between them. Also I'm not completely sure whether this setup will fit into the case.
I think MB/CPU/RAM/GPU/PSU have right slots/pins/etc, but it's better safe than sorry. Did I miss any parts? I don't feel like buying anything extra after this is delivered.
Thank you in advance.

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Hey guys, just joined the forum after ending up here after numerous Google searches, thought it best I join up and ask seek some advice!

As per the title I'm in the planning stages of building a gaming pc, I don't really have a budget but anything under 1,500 including all the components and a monitor is best for me, I'm not one for saving so I'll spend more if absolutely necessary!
I'm willing to buy online or in-store, but I'm pretty sure than online is cheaper for me, this is my first build and I've yet to do more than add a list of things to a basket lol....it'll be early February next year before I can think about buying anything. I'll be using Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit if I can help it....in other words if what I've chosen for this computer (which I'll list below) will let me use that?

Anyways, here's my list....I've found what I think is everything I need on ''pixmania.ie''. I just wanna know if these will all work together or fail miserably then I'll look for cheaper deals closer to the time.

Motherboard: 269 Euro
ASUS Rampage III Formula - LGA1366 Socket - Intel X58 Express + ICH10R Chipset - ATX

Processor: 279 on it's own but I'm getting a fan + a gel with it for 301 Euro
Intel Core i7 2600K - 3.4 GHz - 8 MB L3 Cache - LGA 1155 Socket (boxed edition)

RAM: 49.90
Corsair 2 x 4 GB DDR3 1333 - PC3 - 10666 CL9 XMS3 PC Memory (CMX8GX3M2A1333C9)

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A:I'm building a gaming PC. Advice needed

The motherboard you have selected is an LGA 1366 socket which will not support the i7 2600K. Pick an LGA 1155 motherboard (preferably a Z68 chipset). Also, for a gaming setup I would pick the i5 2500K as you wouldn't really require the horsepower of the i7 in games. Money saved could be spent on a better mobo/GPU.

You will not require a 1250W PSU. I would recommend the Corsair TX 750 instead. Pick a better memory kit (1600MHz).

For the GPU, pick a Radeon HD 6950 over the GTX 560 Ti. However, this is a very personal opinion. The 6950 does perform a few frames better in most tests. You could add a second one in CrossFire later on. 2x HD 6950 outperforms SLI GTX 560.

Look at the Cooler Master CM 690 II as your case. It's fantastic at it's price point.

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My old P.C died so I need to build a new one, I've searched around quite alot for different suppliers and this is the best I can come up with (I live in Britain so no access to newegg sadly and my budget is £650 at most for now)

Motherboard: ASUS® M4A77TD: DUAL DDR3, S-ATA II, 2 x PCIe x16, 1 x PCIe x1, 3 x PCI
OS: Genuine Windows XP™ Home + SP3, CD & Licence (£68)
USB Options: 8 x USB 2.0 PORTS (6 REAR + 2 FRONT)
Hard Disk: 500GB SERIAL ATA 3-Gb/s HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7,200rpm)
Graphics Card: 1GB ATI RADEON™ HD 5770 PCI EXPRESS - DirectX® 11
PSU: 450W Quiet Dual Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan

Price: £634

Any advice on if this is good enough for gaming? (I plan to emulate PS2 on here which is quite CPU dependant) I don't plan on playing anything at the level of Crysis so the GFX card should be good enough, the RAM worries me somewhat though but the next upgrade from that would put me @ £671 which is over my max budget, I do plan on upgrading the OS and RAM at a later date but for now would that do for moderate gaming?

Also I'm crap on motherboards so I'm just wondering if that motherboard is any good for upgrading capabilities? Could I go Crossfire with that? How many RAM slots etc and is it good for OC'ing? I co... Read more

A:Building new Comp advice needed.

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Hey everyone,

So I am building a new rig. The computer will be used for games/music/videos. I would like to set up an entertainment center at some point and have the computer at the heart of it all but that is a ways down the road. Going to try and buy it tomorrow on cyber monday' if the deals are right.

This is what I have thus far.

-NZXT SWITCH 810 White CA-SW810-W1 Full Tower Gaming Computer Case
-CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
-CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866
-Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"

Now for the "easy" part. The video card. I was going to get an XFX 7870 Radeon HD with 2 GB GDDR5 and PICE 3.0. But newegg sold out. So now I am looking for something comparable. I have been a long time nVidia fan, but am looking for good bang/buck and I know that ATI/AMD makes good cards. The other option would be an nividia 600 series. Trying to keep the price around $250 or less, with 2 GB ram and PCIE 3.0

For the CPU I was originally going to go with a AMD FX-8150 with an appropriate mobo. I have heard that Win8 is optimized for multi-core CPUs and the AMD 8 core chips do very well with it. With that said I am not sure I want to move to win8 and will probably stay with win7 for now.

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Thanks for reading this
I'm about to build my own computer , and although I have read many of the threads on techspot , none of them answered my questions directly.
Without furthere edo , I present my questions.

Question #1) How can I ensure that static electricy will not damage any part of my tower ? ( Please answer with as much detail as possible )

Question #2) Do you know any good sites that have good guides to building a tower ? Because to be honest with you , I don't even know how to connect tha part yet . . Sad but true , but I'm sure with your help I'll be building my own tower in no time .

Question #3) ....I'll come up with a Question 3 soon

Same with question 4.

And 5.

And thanks for reading again , I appreaciate it . Please answer as well as you can with as much detail as possible in words that are understandable

-Alain ; [email protected]

A:Building a system ; your proffesional help needed .

well, i have never buiit a system before eather and i would also like i you you guys could help me, i have a few questions.

1) how do you flash BIOS and is it nessisery

2) when you connect a SATA drive you need a special power connector i saw on a web site, where do you get those.

3) do you need a 20 pin connector for the mobo or a 24 pin connector

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Budget: $500


SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 - $86

Antec Sonata Designer 500 Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W - $80


Foxconn ELA LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - $70

Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB - $99

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache - $120

I already have ram, i am medium tech knowledge so if i can get some input from you guys about the motherboard that i am pick up. (maybe asus pq5 45)? and the HDD 1 TB, i can get cheaper but it would be either 16 mb or it would run at 5400 rpm.

So please, any tips and advice i would gladly take. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Thanks a bunch.

A:Building a gaming PC, budget $500. Help needed

Very good post! Possibly the best i've seen all month.

Foxconn ELA LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813186153Click to expand...

Very good choice, but its actually $100, you can go for a gigabyte P43 for about $85 if your pressed for money. Asus P5Q and P5Q SE are very good boards, with a minor $2 price difference the last time i checked.

Everything looks good except I think it would be wiser to go for 4770, though that 4850 is ridiculously cheep. Are you in factoring mail in rebates? The 4770 is maybe the better deal.

Take a set of OCZ Vista Upgrade 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2VU8002GK - Retail for $21,
or PNY Optima 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model MD4096KD2-667 - Retail at $37,
and for the power supply, an Antec earthwatts EA430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $70,
or a CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail at $75.

Do you know what OS you are using? This of couse, does not include a mouse, monitor, keyboard, speaker(s), or cd/dvd drive, and I haven't the time to add up all the prices.

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Well after my Video Card finally quit on my 4-year old gaming laptop I decided it's time to build my first PC!

I've already staked out most of what I want for parts and what not, but generally want advice on stuff I've done wrong. I've already gotten a few second opinions but decided here would be a great place to ask for help. After all, out of all the components I've picked there is sure to be something wrong (compatibility issues, etc...) with my decisions!

My Decisions: UPDATED
Graphics Card
Power Supply

Other Stuff
Optical Drive
Wireless Card

P.s. Thanks so much for everyone's feedback and input!

A:Tips & advice needed for building my first PC - let's make it a good experience!

The motherboard will work with your i5 2500k, says it supports (1155) so should be fine.

For graphics card, i'm not so sure, but I know the Radeon 6950 is great. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161361&cm_re=radeon_6950-_-14-161-361-_-Product

For your HDD, a SSD is the future haha. This one was recommended to me http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226168&cm_re=mushkin_ssd-_-20-226-168-_-Product Save you some $$$$ aswell.

Hope this helps a tad!

Oops sorry, that PSU should get upgraded. Corsair from what I've heard is the best option out there. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021&cm_re=corsair_750w-_-17-139-021-_-Product

750W should be fine, 520W might not be enough for the power of your graphics card.

All this info, ive gotten from others on Techspot, so its reliable!!

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Few questions...

I have an MSI FX420 running Windows 7 Pro SP1 32-bit

1. Seems like my built-in webcam isn't functioning even if I try to turn it on via Fn+F6 (the hotkey). There's also a bunch of drivers that seem to be missing in Device Manager.

Where can I go to make sure I have the latest drivers? People say not to use a 3rd party Driver Updater tool. I've been using Auslogics Driver Updater simply because I am a fan of their products (I use Boost Speed and Disk Defrag).

2. chkdsk won't work. scannow /sfc found some corrupt files but whenever I try and reboot doing both chkdsk/f and chkdsk /f AND chdskdsk /f /r, it always tells me the disk checking has been cancelled. Not sure what to do. I tried going into safe mode with command prompt but it told me the drive was locked and was in use. Recovery console didn't work (Bitdefender has its own recovery mode)...the command terminal it provides doesn't even recognize the chkdsk command.

3. What do you guys recommend for cleaning and optimization? I have CCleaner and Auslogics Boostspeed. CCleaner seems like a small tool that cleans thoroughly and has great reviews and uses very little memory in the background while it actively monitors your system (though I'm not exactly sure what it monitors). Boostspeed has some nifty tools that claims to smooth out your system but uses a lot of memory in the background (Driver Upater also uses up a lot of memory).

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A:Driver Problem, CHDSK Problem, Recommendations Needed


1.Know your products name and search for drivers manually.
Don't use any third-party driver updating software.It's bloatware.

2.I would suggest to back your data and reinstall Windows.

3.Cleaning and optimization:
-CCleaner (disabled monitoring,I don't need that)
-Disk cleanup
-Disk defragment

4.I heard for Bootracer,but I've never used it and I don't know will it suit your needs.

5.I used MyDefrag and I was quite satisfied.I suggest it.
Additionally,Windows disk defragment does pretty fine job also.

How much RAM does that laptop have?

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Few questions...
I have an MSI FX420 running Windows 7 Pro SP1 32-bit
1. Seems like my built-in webcam isn't functioning even if I try to turn it on via Fn+F6 (the hotkey).  There's also a bunch of drivers that seem to be missing in Device Manager.
Where can I go to make sure I have the latest drivers?  People say not to use a 3rd party Driver Updater tool.  I've been using Auslogics Driver Updater simply because I am a fan of their products (I use Boost Speed and Disk Defrag).
2. chkdsk won't work.  scannow /sfc found some corrupt files but whenever I try and reboot doing both chkdsk/f and chkdsk /f AND chdskdsk /f /r, it always tells me the disk checking has been cancelled.  Not sure what to do.  I tried going into safe mode with command prompt but it told me the drive was locked and was in use.  Recovery console didn't work (Bitdefender has its own recovery mode)...the command terminal it provides doesn't even recognize the chkdsk command.
3. What do you guys recommend for cleaning and optimization?  I have CCleaner and Auslogics Boostspeed.  CCleaner seems like a small tool that cleans thoroughly and has great reviews and uses very little memory in the background while it actively monitors your system (though I'm not exactly sure what it monitors).  Boostspeed has some nifty tools that claims to smooth out your system but uses a lot of memory in the background  (Driver Upater also uses up a lot of memory).
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A:Driver Problem, CHDSK Problem, Recommendations Needed

Open the Device Manager and make a screenshot of it and post it in your topic.
How to make a screenshot
1. Download and run A Thousand Words .
2. Follow the wizard to capture a screenshot
3. Use the built-in editor to resize, edit, or re-capture your screen shot. 
4. Your screen shot will be saved to your desktop when you finish the wizard.
You can post the screenshot in your next post as an attachment.  
Just below the area where you write text in a post there is the Post button, to the right of this is More Reply Options. 

When you click on More Relpy Options  you will see Attach Files and Browse, click on Browse, this will open Pictures on your computer, click on the image you want to post, then click on Attach This File, then Add Reply.
As for chkdsk, you should just use the /r switch since is has the same functionality as /f, but the /r switch also searches sectors that are bad and recovers readable data.  When you enter the chkskd /r in the Command Prompt you will receive the following message.  
"CHKDSK cannot be run because it is in use by another process.  Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts?  <Y/N>".
Press the Y key and restart the computer, the scan will begin when the computer is restarted.
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Price is not as much an issue as is the operating system. I DO NOT want Windows Vista, but I want IE7. Don't want Firefox.

I use my computer for managing my ecommerce website, which includes tons of photos and graphics. I also use it for voluminous email correspondence. I also watch a lot of videos for entertainment purposes.

I don't do any gaming.

Can someone point me in the right direction as to brand and what hardware I should have? If I have to buy a computer with Vista, can I purchase Windows XP SP2 or Professional in the box, uninstall Vista and install XP?

Would appreciate hearing any ideas, thoughts. Thank you.

A:Need to buy a new computer - Recommendations?

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I recently purchased a new Dell computer and should be receiving it in a couple of days. I am requesting any recommendations you may have to offer in security.

A:New computer recommendations

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I am in the process of bidding out jobs for building me a new business computer. I am going from a laptop as my primary computer to a PC and downsizing my laptop so essentially having my primary as my pc and then a low-end laptop for travel.

I do QuickBooks consulting full-time whereas I have QB 2010 down through QB 2009 or so therefore need virtual machines to run XP. Also use the full line of MS Office and quite frequently have multiple apps open a once. I need to be able to reproduce issues that my customers are facing when they call in as to make recommendations to fix it...the majority of my customers are buying Windows 7 comps with 64 bit OS...

Here is what I want out of this new machine...I want something that is going to last me for the next 4-5 years and is upgradable if need be perhaps more RAM if needed. Need a minimum of dual monitor would like to increase to possibly 4. I wants something that will handle everything that I throw at it without hesitation and will continue to be a good system as the years pass on that can grow with me. Outside of business apps...I enjoy picture and video editing on a small scale.

So far I have a couple of bids here locally, here is one of them:

Coolermaster Elite Case
HP DVD Burner
Intel Core 2 Quad Processor
Western Digital 640gb HD
Rosehill Card Reader
Crucial 4gb DDR3 Memory
Asus Pro Motherboard
Windows 7 Pro Software
Logitech Wirless Mouse & Keyboard
for $934.54

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I assume you are in the states , I would look at the newegg site and see what you get for $1000
DVD burner will be standard - but if you want to get something with a lot of storage you could look at a a bluray writer - I have one on my sony laptop - and to be honest never used to write only playHD - but who knows 4 years time the media could be really cheap and make backup easier
card readers are cheap and common
Harddrive - you can get USB or network drives very cheaply - as a means of storage
the 640 HD - do you know the speed ?

do you know the exact processor ?
Also do you know the graphics card

this machine has a quad processor, only 250GB harddrive and is under $1000

so i think we need a little more on the specs

Memory and type
Harddrive and speed
Graphic card
would be the main items to start and compare

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Well, I am in the market for a new computer. I would like to find a place that would offer a warranty of at least 2 years, so custom building is out of the option. Has anybody ordered from a custom customization website for computer and has found good prices, service, and warranty? I am looking for a gaming pc for about $1200. I would like an AMD processor and would like to be able to play doom 3/HL 2 on high settings. I would also like at least a 100 gb HD. Thanks.

A:Need Recommendations for New Computer

Ok, I went to directron.com and picked out some parts. Can someone tell me if all these parts will be compatible with one another? Do I have everything I needed? What should I replace? How could I get a lower price?
-AeroCool AeroEngine Jr.-BKC Case, Black Mid-Tower / Silver Propeller Blue LED Fans, w/ Side Window, USB & Firewire
-Maxtor SATA DiamondMax Plus 9 6Y120M0 120GB 7200RPM Hard Drive, 8MB buffer, OEM
-AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 2.2GHz Microprocessor, Socket 939, L2 512K, ADA3500AWBOX. Retail Box
-Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe Motherboard for PCI-E SLI, Socket 939, DDR400, SATA & Dual RAID, 8ch Audio, Dual GB LAN
-SONY Internal EIDE 16X DVD-ROM Drive, DDU1613, OEM
-Black Samsung 16x DVD±R/RW Burners Drive, TS-H552B, Writing DVD-R Double Layer 2.4x, OEM
-Asus AX800PRO/TD/256 Radeon X800 Pro Video Card, AGP8x, 256MB DDR, 256-bit, DVI/TV-Out, Retail box
- Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Operating System Software w/ Service Pack 2, Full Version, OEM
-Corsair TWINX1024-2700LL DDR 333MHz 1024MB (PC 2700) Memory for Dual Channel Motherboard

Thanks all.

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I'm going to start looking for a new computer/tablet. My old rig is an i7 - 2820QM - 16 Gbs of ram, with 4 cores/8 threads. I love it, but it's heavy to lift. I've always wonder how the 2 in 1 are and thinking this way. So in this 2 in 1, I've I got some questions if anyone cares to share their option. Remember, an option is just that. No right or wrong answer. So let's begin. First what would I do with it. Basically, watch movies off of the web, do tons of spreadsheets, go on the web with about 10 or 12 tabs open at one time. I don't like computers that I have to wait for something to load, even those days are almost over with.

The questions I have is this. When you flip a 2 in 1 over into tablet mode, how is the keyboard protected? Can you run windows 7 pro in computer mode and when you flip it over what OS does it use? I would like to get one with RJ-45 and wifi. How difficult is it to wipe the 2 in 1 (to get the bloat ware) to a clean OS?


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Okay, I have decided to ask techspot a question about what computer monitor to buy. For the past 4 years I've owned a 17" medion LCD monitor. It's old, but reliable. recently with new games, they resolution needs to be changed in game to support more monitor's max LCD resolution. I use my monitor for everything, including my XBOX 360.

What I am looking for is a monitor with a MAXIMUM price of 260 USD. Preferrable I would like an HD monitor. Though I have heard that computer monitors have a better resolution than TVs. Which means I'd like a monitor that will display HD so I can use it with my XBOX 360. I'd like to use my Xbox 360 at a 1080i resolution at least. But I do realize that computer monitors are better resolution that TVs. I DO see Computer monitors on newegg that are more expensive than normal monitors, and say they are HDMI. Could someone explains why these monitors are more expensive if computer monitors already display better resolution than an HDTV, wouldn't 1080p and 1080i be low resolutions?

Can anyone recommend a monitor that I may use with my XBOX 360 to achieve HD or better images? If I need an additional cable if the monitor does not say HDMI, can you link me to one?

In short I am looking for a monitor that will: Play my XBOX 360 games in HD resolution, take full advantage of my 8800GTS 640, and is widescreen.


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OH! sorry for the double post, but I am hoping for the console to be able to display a 1080p or 1080i resolution, which I know the 360 can do. thats all

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