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Q: Recommendations Needed

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 my wife is ready to divorce me on the spot over this little "problem" I've caused, and I could use any suggestions or help anyone out there can give. My goals are:

Speed the computer back up to operating potential
Get *rid* of all the virus and spyware/adware on it

The problem is I'm working with a lame duck operating system now, that seems more unstable than ever before, since I attempted to install new anti virus software. Thanks for listening, everyone. If I don't fix this soon, I might end up sleeping in the camper we have out in the door yard.


Preferred Solution: 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: Recommendations Needed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A:Building a computer: recommendations needed

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:recommendations needed for changin mobo

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

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I'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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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 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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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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CAN't find DRIVER that is acceptable(all fail).Needed URGENTLY Windows 7 64 bit Operating System.

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I am about to build a new rig, mainly because my best friend just upgraded and his is now a little faster than mine

His rig is 1900+ and 1536MB PC2700 DDR.

I want to know what you all think on CPU and mobo, I want to use more RAM than I currently have (1536MB pc2100 DDR)

Price isn't much of a concern but I'd like to keep it under $2000 if possible. The boss(my wife) doesn't want me to spend more than that and the couch is really uncomfortable.

Oh, here is what I'm thinking on

RAM?(Crucial probably)
SB Audigy Platinum
GF4 ti4600(not sure which manufacturer yet)
2x 100BG Maxtor HDD
CDRW(not sure probably Lite-On)
DVD(not sure, thinking on a DVDRW)
21" Monitor(probably Sceptre)

A:rig recommendations?

For us to 'build' you a new rig, we're gonna need to know what your gonna use it for! Gaming? Video Editing? What kind of internet connection do you have? (Broadband/Dialup)

What in the...why would u need a cdrw AND a dvdrw? Get a DVD Rom, and a DVDRW so that you can copy dvds if youd like. Of course they would be home video dvds or ones that you owned. What do you favor? Pentium or AMD, that's really what it comes down to. In this thread here they talk about the chips and some of the motherboards. I would suggest an ABIT board as that is what i have and i'm very pleased with it.

512mb of ram is a good number, but if you need to compensate for something you may need to go bigger. :grinthumb Just kidding you of course.

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Recommendation for New Rig!

Hello Guys,

I might be building my own new around rig end of this year. Well the budget
is Brunei Dollars $2000 (US$1063). The Rig will be used for a little bit of
gaming mainly sports & racing simulation, student work, listening
to mp3s. First of all, I need some recommendations for the components &
other pheriperals before that i can start price watching! I prefer purcahsing faster components
instead of spending on a fast CPU.

Motherboard: Is a ASUS K7V266E or a n-Force Chipset Mobo adequate?

CPU(AMD): Duron or XP or MP?

CPU FAN: I have no knowledge about this!!

DDR RAM: Crucial or Samsung or Kingston?

Sound Card: SB Live! Platinum? (Santa Cruz is not available in the Singaporean Market!!)

Hard Drive: Maxtor or Western Digital or Seagate or IBM?

3D Card:


Casing, PSU: Probably Lian-Li Brand

CD Writter: any ideas?

A:Need recommendations for my new AMD rig!

- You don't want MP. It's tailored for servers - multiple CPU's

-XP may be too expensive. A 1.4 GHz Thunderbird maybe? Or an older Athlon?

-Durons only have 64kb of L2 cache, e.g. - they're good for gaming! but for office applications, they stink.

-You want a good fan if you want your CPU to last long. Perhaps one from ThermalTake, Alpha or TaiSol.

-As for an n-Force, go for the A7N266. They're very good for onboard video (GeForce2) and sound (very powerful).

-No problems with Lian-Li cases. Very high quality.

-Hard Drive: Seagate's are the best hdd's available. Western Digital for price, but they still make good drives.

-If you're not going for an n-Force, I'd still go for the GeForce2 MX. Or a more powerful card, but definitely not anything below that.

-DDR SDRAM: OCZ isn't available in the Singapore market, so try Crucial. 256 MB is great for what you're doing, but if you want go ahead and go 512.

-CD Writer: Do you want fast or do you want cheap? Maybe a 16x-20x burner from Yamaha, Plextor, or maybe even HP.

-Speakers...Cambridge Soundworks? Logitech? Not Klipsch, they're very high performance, for the price...

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I'm building a home theater system and will be incorporating Windows Media Center. I am looking for a Tuner for the system. I will be playing MP3's and DVD movies.

I have a pair of middle of the road stereo speakers that I will incorporate into the system if possible.

Any recomendations would be appreciated. My price range is ~300-400 dollars US.


A:Recommendations please?

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Hi guys, I've been thinking about upgrading my graphics card as I've been experiencing some less-than-great FPS in newer games, and I'm starting to notice the lack of DX11. I play pretty much anything I can get my hands on, but currently The Witcher 2 and Black Ops.
The card I have now is Radeon HD4870 1024MB.

I have a relatively new PSU at 850W(Overkill, I know ) I'm not sure about the brand but I guess I can open it up if you need to know.

Manufacturer: ASUS
Model: P5Q-Pro
PCI-Express, x16

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.83GHz


So, I've been looking at possibly getting the Radeon 6950, or do you have some other suggestions? How does the different manufacturers compare i.e. XFX vs Sapphire?
Also, how will my CPU and Mobo hold up, or would I be better off replacing them?

Big thanks in advance!

A:Recommendations for new GPU

Get what ever your budget can handle. You don't mention what your version of Windows is

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Hey guys!

My specifications are in my profile if you need to take a look, but for time-saving i'll post them here too. Anyway, my systems been having frame-rate drops with various games, mainly real new ones such as Skyrim and BF3, overall my system should be able to play these games fine, and the only real problem I can see is the PSU, as it's a bog-standard 650W cheap-*** replacement I bought waaaay before upgrading.

Anyway, even if that's not the issue for my frame-rate drops, i'm gonna upgrade the PSU regardless, as this ones too god-damn noisy. So really I'm here just to get your recommendations, I don't really want to spend over 60 on a new PSU, and have already looked at a few, I was thinking with the 600 - 650W OCZ PSU's, the ZS series or the ModXStream, however I don't know which one is a higher standard or better for gaming, so if anyone want's to help me out or throw me another idea, then feel free, I would greatly appreciate it!

Thank you!


AMD X4 955 Black Edition Processor
8GB Corsair Vengeance Ram
ASRock N68C-S UCC Motherboard
NVIDIA GTX 560ti Graphics Card
Standard 650W PSU.
2 Hard-drives. Both SATA II, 250GB & 500GB

A:PSU Recommendations?

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Has anyone got any recommendations for a new GPU in a dell inspiron 570 something that wont over heat due to the case?? and the motherboard supports up to 8gb of ram currently it has 4gb if i upgraded would i have to upgrade the power supply from 250w to around 400w?


i currently have a geforce 310 and it can run battlefield bad company 2 on medium to high

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okay i have a lame Gigabyte-G31M-ES2C motherboard. Rev 1.1

now what will be a good gfx for me in $100 ?

A:$100 GPU recommendations?

the Nvidia 250 GTS, or the ATI HD 4850

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Alright guys i currently hav a Intel Pentium 4, 3200 MHz (16 x 200) processor but its runnin at about 50 degrees celcius. Its currently got Arctic supersilent 4pro L installed on it. Any1 got any recommendations for a cpu cooler that i can get better results from? Any feedback would be appreciated


Read the link below. Hope it gets u the best possible cooler for u processor.

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Im running on a tight budget, but im trying to build a nice computer thatll play games [the most graphical it would get it Oblivion at medium settings].

Only problem is I wont have enough money to get that graphics card for awhile, and I want to get this computer up ASAP.

So what would be a good graphics card [PCI or PCI-e It doesnt matter to me] that would allow me to play older games [The most graphcis intense is Morrowind].

I'm willing to spend $20-$40 on it

Thanks, Aj


How old of a game?

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Well, I'm using NOD32 Trial which is the Firewall/Anti-Spam/Anti-Virus.

I recently looked at a topic where they were compared, and BAM, NOD32 Falls in the 0% category. I see that Comodo is the best one.

I need the ULTIMATE Firewall/AntiVirus/Spyware collection.


Must be FREE [no trials]
Protect against harmful threats

If you would, I'd like the bundle package like NOD32, but if that's not the case, I'm willing to get three/two seperate softwares.

Anti-Virus/Firewall and Anti-Spyware
Anti-Virus and Firewall/Anti-Spyware
Anti-Spyware/Anti-Virus and Firewall
Anti-Spyware and Anti-Virus and Firewall [All seperate]

Thanks for the help.

I'll need the name of the software, and the website.

Note: Some websites, for some odd reason, do not work on any of my web browsers. So I may need a link from www.download.com, or one of those websites.

A:Any Recommendations?

Comodo Firewall + AVG Free / Avast! Home Edition + SuperAntiSpyware / Spyware Terminator / Windows Defender

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Hey guys,

Just upgrading my PC and this is what I've got so far:

Motherboard - ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 ATX
CPU - AMD Athlon II X2 250 Socket AM3 3.0GHz 2MB
RAM - Crucial 2GB DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Memory CL9 1.5V
HDD - 2 x Seagate ST3160023AS 160.0GB [From the start of the PC]
Drive - From the start of the PC, not too sure what it is.

I need a case for this, I really don't want to spend that much. Can anyone recommend something cheap that'll fit all this in nicely?

A:Need some recommendations...

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I have a computer that I want to keep for the time being but it is using the Windows Me operating system. I want to just upgrade it to Windows 2000 prof. Does anyone know of a reputable place to purchase the software. I tried a site online called http://www.live-ware.net, and am now fighting to get back my money. Never got the software.

Also, if I ever find a place to buy the software, I also need the service pack 4. Will I be able to just download an upgrade to sp4?

Thanks in advance for your info.

A:Recommendations Please

ebay sometimes ok as long as software sealed with code i have had no problems in past,also have a lap top with your specs and it runs xp, not very fast i must admit but with a few tweaks its quite good

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Hello, I have a large amount of money saved to make the ultimate machine, I have everything and I'm not sure of the PSU due to being unsure about mow much juice I will need to power this beast.

Computer parts selected:
Intel BOXDX58SO2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-970 Gulftown 3.2GHz 6 x 256KB L2 Cache 12MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80613I7970

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 24GB (6 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T2-24GBRL

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Seagate SV35 Series ST31000526SV 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
(Might add 1 or 2 more hard drives for storage)

EVGA 02G-P3-1559-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
(Consider a second graphics card, because I'm thinking of running an SLI)

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support

LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM

Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB Port / Extra Silver Face Plate

CORSAIR CWCH50-1 High Performance CPU Cooler

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A:PSU Recommendations

Quote: Originally Posted by PwnFrnzy

Hello, I have a large amount of money saved to make the ultimate machine, I have everything and I'm not sure of the PSU due to being unsure about mow much juice I will need to power this beast.

Thank you.

There are numerous web sites like this one:

Antec Power Supply Calculator

that allow you to input your choices and add up the power needs. Not perfect, but gives some idea of where to start!


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hey guys i have a question:

what is your recommendation on an intel cpu?
can u give me a price range? (for normal average person use)?
can u give me full details?
like the GHz, and all that?

i dont want to buy, im just doing some research and i want to know a recommendation for 1 single particular model.

note: i want it to be intel.
thank you

A:CPU recommendations?

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Okay....I have had 2 different iPaq's over the last 3 years. Had many problems, touch screen stops working, unit formats itself, batteries dont last etc.etc. I am in need of another PDA. I really do not want to sink anymore money into HP or Compaq PDA's. And against my better judgement of buying Dell products. I cant but help look at the Dell x51v. Does anyone here use any of the Dell PDA's or presently have the x51v? Dell doesnt make this unit themselves do they...if so who does.

If so can you tell me what you think of it? Likes dis-likes etc. Or can someone recommend something else.

EDIT: Nobody here using a PDA?

A:PDA recommendations?



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I'm looking to spend b/w 500-600 bucks on a laptop, I will use it for word processing, internet, basic functions. Any recommendations? Is Toshiba one of the best brands (i.e. Toshiba Satellites?)


Used to be ...these days I would suggest HP and not at a store...go to www.hpshopping.com for best deals!

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 4095 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 238464 MB, Free - 168069 MB; D: Total - 953865 MB, Free - 332002 MB; E: Total - 117789 MB, Free - 29859 MB; F: Total - 204798 MB, Free - 60346 MB; G: Total - 272136 MB, Free - 118695 MB;
Motherboard: ASRock, P43DE
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

I am currently running the system above with a 650w Corsair PSU but I think I am draining all the juice out of it with the amount of hard drives (I have 4 installed) and USB devices (4 also) and the graphics card etc. The system is pretty unstable with constant freezing of the mouse and keyboard, random sudden reboots or the monitor goes to black and comes back on a few moments later. I also hear a bit of a slow down of which sounds like the PSU's fans also every now and again. I am wondering what wattage and type of PSU I should be looking at for my setup? I use the system for gaming.

A:PSU recommendations?

A 650 W pw supply is more than enough for your system [as long as it is working correctly]
Post your temps and voltages; specifically the cpu temp, system temp, 12V, 5V, and 3.3V values. This info should be available in the bios.

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After concluding that I cannot afford an LTO-5 tape backup (who can?) and learning that BDXL Blu-Ray is just too darned tricky, I have settled on the obvious - a NAS. OK, now here's my problem. Every NAS seems to get both positive and negative reviews, the negative ones I believe to be coming from home users who are not tech savvy.

Briefly my requirements are simple:

1) 2 bays - that will accommodate 2 X 3 TB or 2 X 4 TB HDD's
2) A diskless NAS - I prefer to buy my HDD's separately

The major NAS manufacturers (most respected) are:

1) Synology ? Synology DiskStation 2-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS213

2) Netgear

3) Iomega

4) Qnap

5) Buffalo

Right now I'm leaning toward the Syology (hence the link).

What do you more knowledgeable guys think? I could really use some sage advice here.

One final and critical question: I built a computer for a kid (misguided altruism) who turned out to be more interested in being a rap music star or debuting on the TV show First 48 Hours.

Anyway this computer is pretty nice: ASUS M5A97 Evo - AM3+ - 970 - SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 with an AMD Quad Core CPU and 8 GB DDR-3 RAM.

If I sell it on eBay, I probably won't get my money back. So my question:

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A:Recommendations for NAS

It would be far cheaper to buy additional disks for the existing computer - you could create a RAID or JBOD if you require, or just use the disks as normal. You can't download specific NAS software - this software is actually the operating system that the NAS uses.

Use the existing PC as your backup, use SyncToy to perform the backups.

SyncToy - Backup User Data

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Hello everyone, i was thinking of upgrading my audio system and i have 2 problems, i nedd help choosing between two speakers and if i should get a sound card. I have WIN7 HP 64 bit.

These are the two speakers that i was deciding between and i want the logitech for quality but i think its not so new anymore, so i dont know if i should get the CA speakers, because i have good experiences with them, here they are


Now, if you know any better speakers less than 100 dollars, please tell me about them.

Lastly, i have an ASUS m4a785-m motherboard with via HD 8 channel audio, i dont know if i should get a soundcard or not. Is it really worth it? I was looking at some of the the Creative Cards, but they dont seem to have good drivers for Windows 7.
What card can you recommend (if i need an upgrade) to me, i usually play lots of games (shooters, and simulators mostly) and listens to lots of music and works well with 64 bit 7?

Thank you all for your time,


My opinion, definately the Logitech speakers.

I would upgrade the speakers and then if you feel you "must have" better audio then look at a separate sound card. I have an HT Omega "Striker 7.1" sound card (PCI type) installed in my system.

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Hi. I have a Dell XPS T450 with a 13.6G hard drive and 256 ram.
I am looking to purchase an additional internal hard drive to use as data storage (not sure that I want to go through the trouble of reformatting and reinstalling everything), additional memory and a wireless router. So I have these questions:

Hard Drives:
1. How large of a HD should I invest in?
2. How do I know what to get i.e. interface, rotational speed and of course manufacturer?

1. Size, Speed, Technology, and manuf.?

1. Can I use wireless for my laptop with wireless card and desktop without?
2. Recommended manuf. (Netgear??)

I realize there are alot of questions but I would appreciate any feedback as I am clueless in regards to these details.


A:Looking for recommendations

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asper title can anyone suggest a decent ups, upto ?100 please.

Cheers guys

A:Recommendations for a ups

I have had great luck with the APC brand, pick one that has the number of protected outlets needed in your price range.
Buy Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) from APC & Eaton | Insight UK
Cyber Power is also a good brand.

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I'm looking to jump up to a 500GB or even a 640GB hard drive, and I was just wondering if some of you might share experience/make recommendations. It's to go in my Toshiba (see my specs), so obviously it has to be a laptop-sized (2.5-in.) drive. Thoughts?

A:HDD recommendations

Western Digital.

Do remember that a faster disk will for sure draw more juice.

Have you had an opportunity to ask at the Toshiba site as to their recommendations. I've got a Toshiba laptop with Win 7 (I'm using it at this very moment.) I have only a 120 GB SSD and only 51 GB thereof are in use.

As others may tell you, a SSD will bring a measurable and noticeable performance increase.

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I need a new Harddrive. I have 4 right now, all internal (and I'd like to keep it that way.) I have a 1TB and a 500GB both SATA 3.0GB/s and a 200GB and 40GB IDE. The 500GB one is partitioned into 3 separate drives, 250GB, 175GB, and 40.7GB (the remainder). So in My Computer it shows 6 drives. I use the 40.7GB partition as my boot partition, I never store anything of value on the C: drive so it can stay small; there are 9GB free. I use the 175GB partition as my personal file drive. On this I put music, movies, pictures, misc. stuff, applications...basically everything that I want to keep forever; there are 90GB free. On the 250GB partition I put full movies (backups of ones that I own,) but I'm starting to delete them as I just make hard copies on disks; 144GB free. On the 200GB I put raw game recordings. Some of you might follow the game Halo or visit Halo.Bungie.Org, so you might have seen the news about the Cutscene Library being updated with HD versions of the cutscenes from Halo 1 and Halo 2, well that was me. All the recorded files from the cutscenes from those games go on this drive, as well as another game's cutscenes I'm recording, Halo Wars. These take up a LOT of space, especially the Halo 2 ones (almost 100GB); I have just 22.1GB free on this one. On the 40B drive I keep the rendered files from those cutscenes, after I cut and edit them out. The rendered files are 720p videos, so they're smaller than the full HD I recorded th... Read more

A:HDD recommendations?

Are you kidding me? 18,000 active members and I can't even get 1 reply?

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Hi... My last PSU blew up and now I'm looking for a replacement. I was wondering if Enermax is a good brand. I've heard good things from Antec but those are quite expansive so I'll only consider it if all other brands are completely worthless...

Anyway, I've found the model EG 425p VE "Noise Taker" (420W) to be of reasonable price and within my budget... Does anyone know if that's a good one?

Also of point, my PSU before this also went up in flames (literally). Am I doing something wrong? The tower has plenty of ventilation and I don't over clock my PC... Why do PSU tend to explode in my presence? Do I have some sort of super power that can destroy PSUs?

System Specs:
Gigabyte K8NF-9
AMD 3500+ (939)
OCZ PC3200 512 x 2
WD SATA 120Gig

A:Need recommendations on PSU

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(This is in reference to this thread: http://forums.techguy.org/showthread.php?t=369278&page=1 )

Hey, one more quick question pertaining to this problem. Now that I'm pretty sure that its my processor thats the problem, what new processor should I get?

Taking into consideration my current specs. I now have 2 512MB Ram sticks and 1 256MB ram stick in my motherboard. What new processor should I get? Price isn't really an issue.

Also, anyone know of some REALLY GOOD DVD Burners? I'm looking to buy a new dvd burner as well as a new processor. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Recommendations anyone?

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I was hoping to make it a simple cpu and ram upgrade, but I got a chip that is not compatible with my current mb (ga-7vaxp).

I have a amd 3000+ barton 400mhz cpu with 2 sticks of 512meg pc3200 ram.

Since I tried the upgrade my pc (winxp sp2) spontaneously reboots approx 30 sec after logging in (and this is happening with my old cpu in - I am currently using the pc3200 ram). I think it's a registry issue, but a system restore from a known good point has done nothing.

So, I don't want to send the cpu back to newegg (15% restock fee) and I probably need to reformat.

So I need a new mb. Since I probably need to reformat I might as well get a new hd as well. I think my geforce4 ti4200 128meg agp card will last me a bit longer.

So I need recommendations on a mb with built in sound and lan that has sata150 and a hd that is a sata150, or if there are better less pricey versions list that as well.

My current hd is 20gig, so size is not important (I doubt if they make 20 gig anymore! ).


A:Need some help/recommendations...

ABIT AN7: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813127167

80GB, 7200RPM, 8MB cache, SATA I/II Hitachi drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822145082

And you can use your old Hard drive as a secondary drive.

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