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Q: which pc to choose

Hello everyone!

I want to buy a gaming pc for my 9 y old son, and I am inbetween two options, so I was thinking of asking for advice which computer you would recommend. The sites are in Finnish but you can see the basic details.




Thank you!

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i am thinking of buying a new laptop with around 700 euros and i have concluded in two options...a lenovo with 17.3'' 1600x900 nvidia gt635m and intel i3-3120m 4gb ram and 1tb hdd and the other option is an asus a56cb with 15.6'' 1366x768 nvidia gt740m and intel i5-3317u 4gb ram and 500gb hdd...i am in dilemma and i would like your help please!!!!i am also interested to play many games such as football manager, fifa, need for speed and some strategy ones!!!

A:which one to choose

Do you need 17" screen, or 13.6" is enough?
RAM and storage usually are easily upgradable and not that expensive. So can probably decide first on cpu, gou (for the games you would want better ones) and screen size, then go from there.

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hi all, i was wondering if you could help me out with something. as a student, i'm gonna buy a laptop, but i need a little help deciding between a couple of things..
i'm looking at an acer with a pentium M, (2Mb Cache, 1Gb RAM) 128MB graphics, 3 USB2's and a pitiful 2hours battery life, or
an acer with a Centrino Duo processor T2300, (2Mb cache, 1Gb RAM) 224MB Intel945GM graphics, 4 USB2's and a marginally more respectable 3 hours battery life
i havent listed all the spec because the rest is the same between the two but the one with the centrino Duo is £100 ($190) more expensive. maybe its a dumb question, but which would you go for, because i dont know much about processors. and is there anything i should know about any processor which is particularly good/bad/problematic?
Thanks for your help!

A:What to choose?

The Duo CPU is faster and consumes less power (as you can see from the battery life).

Whether that extra speed and more battery life is worth your money is up to you really.. If affordable, I would go for the newer (Core Duo) model - a newer design is hopefully better and more USB ports and battery life is always good

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Hi guys

I'm going to buy a new PSU for my PC because i bought a ATI HD 4850:

1. Cooler Master 460W Extreme Power Plus
2. Hipro by Chicony Power 480W Real Power (the heaviest one) heavier than Cooler Master for 400 Grams
3. Glacial Tech 550W Real Power


A:Which psu to choose pls help me :(

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I want to upgrade the ram on my computer (to 2 gigs), but because I am running linux I can't go to the online shops and just run their little scan to tell me what I need. The machine is a Sony Vaio desktop with an AMD Athlon xp 1150 mhz processor, GE PRO-M2 motherboard running Ubuntu 8.10

Digging through the computer yesterday I found it supports:

Memory- 2 x DDR slots, DDR333/266/200 non-ECC, un-buffered memory - Max. capacity of system memory: 2GB

The motherboard manual states:

2 DDR DIMM slots: DDR DIMM1 and DDR DIMM2 support PC1600 (DDR200) / PC2100 (DDR266) / PC2700 (DDR333), Max. 2GB
Running sudo lshw in the command line shows the ram I have:

Memory Module Information
Socket Designation: DIMM1
Bank Connections: 6 11
Current Speed: Unknown
Installed Size: 512 MB (Double-bank Connection)
Enabled Size: 512 MB (Double-bank Connection)
Error Status: OK
Handle 0x0009, DMI type 6, 12 bytes
Memory Module Information
Socket Designation: DIMM2
Bank Connections: 6 10
Current Speed: Unknown
Installed Size: 256 MB (Double-bank Connection)
Enabled Size: 256 MB (Double-bank Connection)
Error Status: OK

Hope that's not too much info. The question is just which ram would be the best? I know to upgrade to 2gigs I'll need to replace both sticks.


A:what ram to choose

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I'm going to start playing COD and I don't know if I should buy COD 4 or COD 5. Which one should I buy? Please help!



A:COD 4 vs COD 5 Please help me choose!

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Okey I thought I had finished my build and was ready for buying, but then my mate comes to me and says I should get a nvidia 480 SLI build, and I found one and saved about 500$ from the radeon 5970 build.
So what should I choose?

I've seen reviews of the 480 SLI being very noisy..and I don't want my system to sound like a car

But they also perform way better than a single 5970 in action, and they are cheaper. So what would you have done?
I still want a Radeon build, cause the cards are more stabil and don't make so much sound. And I mean, who would really need more than a 5970? So if someone doesn't make a good argument for why I should choose nvidia I will go for the radeon build

A:Help me choose.

Why not read the reviews? Here's one:

NVIDIA?s GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470: 6 Months Late, Was It Worth the Wait? - AnandTech :: Your Source for Hardware Analysis and News

The comparison does not include quad Crossfire (two 5970s).

When tested with Furmark, the total system power with a 5970 was 465W; with a single 480, 479W. With two 480s in SLI, that went to 851W. Sacre merde! that suggests tha a fully-loaded 480 eats 282W. (The spec limit for power through the PCI-E slot, 6 pin PCI-E power connector, and 8 pin PCI-E power connector is 300W.)

My single 480's fan gets loud when it's fully loaded with Furmark. From the above review, it should be about as loud as a single 5970.

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What should i get for my computer..

a new processor, motherboard, ram Or a new graphics card, and Lcd

Right now i have a:
((1))opteron 165 2.6ghz, DFI ultra-d modded to sli-d, and 512x2gb of corsair XMS.
If i am going to replace Proc,mobo,ram i would replace it with a, e6600, evga 680i, 2x1gb ram.

((2))For Graphics card & Lcd i have a x800GTO right now with a 19" widescreen.
If I am going to upgrade that it would be a 8800GTS 320mb with a 22" widescreen LCD and ofcourse I would probably need a new psu.

I mostly play games and use it for converting/watching movies.

So would choice number ((1)) be good choice or number ((2)).


A:Help me choose!

Now, I haven't upgraded much the past year sadly, due to budget restraints , so this is just my opinion.

First note, I see your psu is 450 wat? If that is the case you may want to upgrade your power supply before getting a new card, although your psu might do find, I'm really not sure about that. Just be aware that the 8800gts consumes a massive amount of power.


Next, I would say that the video card and monitor would, of course, instantly increase your visuals and gaming performance (no duh ;however, I would suggest getting the motherboard, RAM and maybe even a new Cpu beforehand. The video card and Screen will only go down in price, but the RAM and Mobo may not change very dramatically any time soon.

Again, that is just my opinion, so don't fly on it, peace out.

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so I'm upgrading from my ati radeon 512mb 4850.
and i WILL NOT go with ATI again.
So Nvidia wise what are my options.. even if it is only a small upgrade.
any help is greatly appreciated.

oh btw i need a PCI-E card.

thanks in advance

A:Which GPU should i choose?

Geforce GTX260(be sure to get the newer 216 core version, the old one is not good) is the next step, 9800 GTX+ is a bit worse than Radeon 4850.
Make sure your PSU is enough for the 260 if you get it.

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The way music is distributed has changed a lot since the whole digital download process started. People can go on itunes and download singles and albums. But what if people don't want to download the whole album? They can just download a single track or a few tracks. People may not need to record whole albums. They can go ahead and release a song online, legally for purchase, make a video and promote it like that. They don't need a label, but will need producers anyways and directors. They can cut out the middle man. I think it may be the way of the future.

A:mp3 Choose

Hi. Welcome to the internet!

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I'm interested in these 2 laptops but I'm not sure which one is better for gaming.
I'm a bit worried about the i5 core of msi gt683dx. Will it affect gaming at all?

Intel Core i7-2670QM (2.20 GHz, 6 MB L3 Cache, up to 3.10 GHz)
Mobile Intel HM65 Express Chipset
nVidia GeForce GT 555M (2GB GDDR5)
15.6 inch WXGA (1366x768) LED AntiGlare


Intel Core i5-2450M (2.50 GHz, 3 MB L3 Cache, up to 3.10 GHz)
Mobile Intel PM67 Express Chipset
nVidia GeForce GTX 570M (1.5 GB GDDR5)
15.6 inch WUXGA (1920x1080) LED Full HD

A:Please help me choose

The 570M is the better gaming graphics card, see here: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Graphics-Cards-Benchmark-List.844.0.html and here: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Computer-Games-on-Laptop-Graphic-Cards.13849.0.html

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My aunt want me to help her sometime to fix her pc or help her get something. But we live like 2 seperate states is there anyway that i can connect to her pc from my pc( i have to see her desktop interface), cuz it hard to show her how to do it over phone.

I have heard something that hellp but dont understand all. EX; Remote desktop connect, remote assistance. Team viewer. Can anyone explain different between each what is the best way to do it

A:Need help on choose

Teamviewer is the easiest and most reliable way. The way it works is this:

You each install Teamviewer (or run the application without installing, it gives you this option when you double-click the executable).
After accepting the license agreement Teamviewer's main will then show and you'll be given an ID and password on the left side (your grandma will need to tell you this). On the right hand side you will use the "Partner ID" box and enter in your grandma's ID, then the password when it prompts you. Leave it set to "Remote control".

Once you've done this, your grandma's desktop will then pop up and you'll have full control over her system as if you were sitting in front of it! Be sure to remind her not to touch the mouse or keyboard while you're working, as she'll still be able to control them but that will of course override your control.

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KB917607 :I cannot open Help files that require the Windows Help (WinHlp32.exe) program

Download Details - Microsoft Download Center - WinHlp32.exe for Windows 7

Files in this download - The links in this section correspond to files available for this download. Download the files appropriate for you. (my computer is 64-bit)

Windows6.1-KB917607-x64.msu 702 KB Download
Windows6.1-KB917607-x86.msu 688 KB Download

A:Choose x64 (yes?) or x86

For your 64 bit Windows 7 download this one.
Windows6.1-KB917607-x64.msu 702 KB Download

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I am considering Intel 335 Series 80GB SSD or Intel 520 Series 60GB SSD to buy.
I am using it as a boot drive and would like to make some parts of it as cache for my 500GB hard drive. Which one do you all suggest? =]

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Hi everyone.. I am working as a quality analyst in an electronic device manufacturing company. Ours is a little firm and started before 6 months. Within this short span of time we have changed two QMS softwares and still the error with software persists. After a long research I found Unipoint software https://www.unipointsoftware.com . Before proposing it to management I would like to recognize the feedback if anyone ever used it. If you know any other good software, please avail information about that too. Quality is our prime importance and all types of suggestions are welcome.

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i mostly just stream videos and download videos and music on my notebook. i've been using avg since 2012 and now this summer update thing is really pissing me off. i cant even scan my computer anymore bec of this "update failed general error" message, ive tried every solution i could find but im thinking of switching to another antivirus. any suggestions?

A:help me choose?

oh and i get that choosing an antivirus is very subjective and all but if you could suggest some great AVs that provides decent protection, that'd be great

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Hi i have to make decision among these computers. Please help me with my decision. experts please tell me why i should buy one vs other.

3 post down i have uploded comparision.doc please download and suggest.


A:Help me choose

On the amount of RAM on #3, I'm assuming it's running VISTA. Of course, the others could also be running VISTA as well.
I would normally select #2 even though I'm an AMD person, but since it has an integrated graphics chipset, I'll have to go with number 3. BUT, the graphics card has to go. I'm also assuming the graphics card is a PCI-e based upon it being an AM2 processor and board. Since you didn't state what brands these are, nor did you state if you are going to use them for gaming, I'm just going to go with the flow. If you are going to game with it, AND you select #2 anyway, (and assuming again, that it has a PCI-e slot), you'll still have to install a new graphics card.
But, if you go with #3, and the additional $300 isn't an issue, for what you'd save on purchasing #3, you can pick yourself up a really decent Direct X10 card. The 8800 GT's seem to be a popular, high quality card right now, so that's just my opinion. If you're not using it for gaming, then definitely go with #2.

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Hello friends, I recently did a dual boot configuration with Win 7 and Win 8. I was wondering if there was a way to set a key to choose a OS to run. I have Win 7 to boot by default, it would be nice to keep tapping a key to boot from Win 8. If there isn't a way, I'm going to have to have a timer go off when the "choose a operating system windows loads. I did extend the time to 60 seconds, but... a key would be nice. Thanks

A:Is there a way I can set a key to choose which OS I want to run?

I don't understand what you want to do. As it is now, you use the cursor key to select the operating system you want to boot and press enter.

What do you want to do/happen?

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Hello all had somthing like this posted before but nobody replyed.
I wana upgrade my PC abit.Still saving money and it could take like 7months+ will put i7 930 gtx260 and 4gb ddr3 1600mhz ram.

So this time i need help to decide witch one is better for games and wich one would be more better in future upgrade abilitys.
The options are 2 atm.
Asus P6X58D or Gigabyte X58a UD3R
Realy need some PC expert help on this

A:cant choose right one

or this one
ASUS - P6T Deluxe V2

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 I have a Thinkpad T480s(20L7CTO1WW | 20L7), which already has a 256 GB Solid State Drive, PCIe-NVMe OPAL2.0 M.2. Which type of ssd should I buy to add on to it? Thank you guys very much.

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Ive been trying to buy a new video card on e-bay,but I have no idea which one to choose.The game I bought CALL OF DUTY won't work,it says things like can't open GL,etc.I know I need a new 3d video card,but ive been told my PC will only handle certain ones.They have quite a few on e-bay,so that's were i'll be getting it.Thanks for any and all help.

A:Don't know which to choose

In your public profile you stated that you own a sony vaio-pcv-rx470ds computer system. When you look for a new videocard, make sure you buy one which can be placed in your 4xAGP videocard slot (which is, I believe, the maximum AGP speed of your system). It should be stated in the ad what bus speed that videocard is for (4xAGP, 8xAGP, PCI-e 16x). Make sure you don't get an 8xAGP or a PCI-e videocard because your motherboard won't be able to run the card. It's possible a videocard states it's for 4xAGP/8xAGP, which just means it will run on both speeds... So getting one of those will be fine. Don't get a PCI-e videocard for your system is not equiped to use it. (AGP is PCI-e's predecessor)

Maybe a good card for you would be an ATI Radeon x1600pro (4xAGP, 512MB). It should be a fairly cheap videocard, but still should have enough punch to help you out. Also, make sure you do have enough juice in your Power Supply Unit in your puter to be able to handle the extra demanding hardware (more powerful hardware require more Watts). Around 400W should be sufficient.

I hope this info helps a bit.

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Hi, asked this question before a couple years ago and I'm back again because it worked out well

I am hoping for some good ideas and if anyone happens to know of any deals that would be great to haha
on the market for a replacement pc for a family member. They do not game, they only browse the net and watch Hulu, Netflix, flash content etc...

They only request the screen size not be smaller than 15 inches. Budget around $300 with tax and shipping with some wiggle room. It can be a notebook or a desktop but monitor must be included. Would consider building the PC if that is the only way to go.

I am currently taking a look at Lenovo's refurbished line as well as their scratch and dent line but im not that impressed and figured i would have found better deals.


Do you think a Core 2 Duo is the way to go price wise? My PC is Core2 Duo and im more than happy with it and I game.
thanks for your help!

A:Will you help me choose a pc around $300

I think going with a newer gen Core I3/I5 would be better since repairs would be easier with newer hardware in case it breaks.

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I have a customer's 32-channel surveillance DVR that's getting a lot of heavy use, and he's asked me to look at hardware upgrades for it. He wants to boost it to the max 4GB RAM it will take (yes, we're aware 32-bit XP will only use 3.5-ish GB), and he wants to look at a CPU upgrade.

Since Intel's branched off all over the place with their designs and model names, and clock speeds are less and less relevant, it's hard to keep track of what types are better than others any more (other than Celeron still being pretty much bottom of the barrel).

So for those who know: the following link lists compatible CPUs for the board I'm dealing with... I want to know which are the best to look at: CPU-Upgrade: ASUS P5GC-VM processor support and specifications

Present CPU is:


CPU Name Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
CPU Code Name Cedar Mill
Vendor GenuineIntel
Number of Bits 64
Instruction Set MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, ET64, XD, EST
Platform Name Socket 775 LGA
Revision D0
Technology 65 nm
Original Clock 3000 MHz
Original System Clock 200 MHz
Original Multiplier 15.0
CPU Clock 3000 MHz
System Clock 200.0 MHz
FSB ... Read more

A:Which CPU would you choose?

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Can you help me choose?
I want to buy a new CPU and a board.
I want a cheap/budget solution, office&multimedia use mostly and occassional light gaming.

Which should I choose?
AMD Athlon 5350 or Intel Celeron G1820?

I currently have this AMD model in another computer and I'm happy with it. It has built-in graphics too which performs awesome, beyond expected. It is great for light gaming. Runs 1080p on dual displays, capable of 4K output etc...

But it's clock speed is limited at 2Ghz. You can overclock it to 2.1Ghz but that's it.
It's not slow but given that I'm shocked by it's almost non-existing heat output (man, it doesn't even reach 30C with the stock cooler at full load) I think it could definitely reach more...
I think the TDP might be the limiting factor here, which is 25W only. That's quite cool.

But what about the Intel processor? It has a higher TDP but also a much higher core clock. But it has only two cores, instead of four like the AMD has.

The graphics clock is higher too.
It is 650mhz on the AMD and 1100Mhz on the Intel. These are the maximum values, they can go down when not needed.

I'm mostly interested in the graphics part. What do you think?

A:Help me choose?

In a nutshell ish what are you going to be doing with the machine?

I should have added OCing a lot or what

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I have the following and I have a new Nvidia GTX 560 1GB 256 bit video card. My current stuff is as follows:

3.4 Ghz AMD Phenom II 965 "Black edition" CPU
G-Skill 4G 240 pin DDR3 SDram DDR3 1600 memory
MSI 790FX-GD70 Mother board.

I want a new Motherboard that will work with my CPU and Memory and with my new Geforce GTX 560 1Gb 256 bit Video Card.
What kind of mother board would you guys suggest? Please keep in mind that I will want to do SLI with the motherboard.

A:which M/B do i choose?

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Hi there i can't decide over:

------Intel i3 540
------AMD Phenom II x4 945

I will use my pc for photo editing while surfing the net, office apps,watching HD videos and sometimes but not that often play games like Mass effect 2, Monday night madness, and Need for speed Hot Pursuit.

I will also Purchase:
For the AMD: ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AMD 870 / SB850 DDR3
-2 GB Geil DDR3 1333mHz
-ATI HD 5570 1gb Graphics card
-600w PSU

I plan to stick with the processor's stock fan if its good.

Can anyone help me decide between the 2 processors and suggest anything that might be better at the same budget. Can you please comment on their stock fans and the motherboards too.

Thank you so much for the help..

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I'm thinking of swapping my laptop's hard disk and putting in an SSD. Problem is I don't know how to select one. I knew what to look for in disks but not in SSDs.

I see things like:

Max Sequential Read:
Max Sequential Write:
4KB Random Read:
4KB Random Write:
I assume higher numbers are better.

What advice do you have to offer?

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Well, my dad is pretty experienced in building computers, but he's having trouble helping me pick which type of RAM to purchase. We're building my own computer, and we've got everything but the RAM ordered. We know that the motherboard requires DDR3 memory, and not DDR2, but we don't know how many MHz the RAM should be. For those who would like to know the type of CPU, it is a Phenom II x4 945 (4 x 3.0GHz - 8MB Cashe - 4000 FSB), along with a Gigabyte M68MT-D3 motherboard. I'm looking at RAM, but it comes in MHz amounts of 1066, 1333, 1600, 1800, and 2000. If it matters, I intend on getting two sticks for 2GB each, totalling 4GB. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.

A:Which RAM to choose?

go to www.crucial.com and plug in the motherboard model number it will tell you what you can use.

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I am thinking about upgrading my motherboard/processer. I currently have a FIC AD11 motherboard and 1200 MHZ Athlon Thunderbird with 384 MB of DDR 2100 RAM. What would be a good motherboard/CPU upgrade (I would like to stay with AMD and if possible get a board that can use my current RAM now but be able to upgrade RAM later).

A:Please help me choose....

I f I were upgrading I would definitely go with a NForce 2 chipset based board they are fast and by most accounts much more stable than Via chipsets the asus A7N8X look very nice.

CPU's depends on how much money your willing ot spend. right now I personally wouldnt go beyond the AMD 2400 its almost 200.00 if cost is an issue I would go with the AMD 2100.

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Hello all,

I'm planning on buying a new low/mid priced laptop and I'm stuck between two laptops...was hoping tomshardware can point me in the right direction!

Ill be using the laptop for light Photoshop/Illustrator/Dreamweaver work and light gaming. Was hoping to be able to play COD:Black ops on low settings, but thats a bonus.

I do have a powerful desktop, but i still need a laptop because I'm moving around alot.

Here they are...

Acer Aspire
Intel® Core™ i3-370M processor (2.4GHz, 3MB L3 cache)
320 GB HDD (5400 Rpm)
Screen:15.6" HD Acer CineCrystal™ LED LCD
Optical Drive: DVD-Super Multi DL drive
Around £380 NEW

Intel Core i3-330M Processor (2.13GHz, 3MB L3 cache)
500GB HDD (5400 Rpm)
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 Graphics
Screen:15.5 VAIO
Around £480 - £500 USED(good condition, so shouldn't be an issue)

Now i understand the acer will not be able to play black ops with that intergrated gfx. Is the Sony worth the extra ££..
If you have any recommendations for other laptops, please let me know thought I'm looking to keep it below £500..

A:Please help! Which to choose????

not a lot of difference between CPUs on this site

do you know if the sony has 32 or 64 bit software loaded - if 32bit then you will only see about 3.2gb of memory anyway

theres a couple of I5s at Staples for over the £500 - keep an eye open at your local store - I have seen these type of machines drop by £150 over a few weeks and often as they get low on stock and if the availability from the central stores is NONE - they start to put these onto a discount and manager special
HP Pavillion DV6-3140SA Laptop

HP Pavillion DM4-1150EA Laptop has dedicated graphics as well

i have had about 4 laptops out of staples on very good deals over the last few years

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in a few months i am going to bild a rig. so far these are the choices:

-ThermalTake Highest Xaser III Super Tower Case
-MSI 875P NEO-FISR 1875 chipset mobo for P4 478 socket
-intel P4 2.4C 800 MHz FSB. 512 chache, HT CPU chip
-Corsair XMS, Xtra-Low Latency 2-2-2-5, 1 GB (512X2) DDR 3200
-Lite-On 12xDVD+-RW drive
-Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 Zs GAMER edition

i just wanted to know which HD is better between these two::



either way i wish to buy two and put them in a raid array....suggestions are helpfull

ALSO...what PSU should i get... id like for it to be sleek, have high voltage and be reliable...as for i will either be using a radeon 9700 pro on it or a 9800xt

i think that just might cover eveything....exept mayb the heatsink....any suggestions?

thx for ne help !!!

A:which HD to choose?

The Seagate is bigger, faster and has 5 years of warranty - there is no question which one to buy.

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Hi all! I haven't picked out all of my components yet but is there any calculator online or easy way to calculate what kind of psu i need?

A:PSU to choose

Go to this site and click on the Lite Version at the top of the Lite column -

eXtreme Power Supply Calculator v2.5

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Im trying to upgrade my dell inspiron 1720 with windows vista home laptop up to windows 7. Im in college and therefore get the special discount of upgrading to windows 7 home premium for only $29.99. This discount also allows me to choose to upgrade to windows 7 professional for the same price.
I use my laptop for some gaming, music, doing homework (which includes programming and related courses), and messing around with any new fun software i can get my hands on.

What should i get?

A:What to Choose??

I went with Home Premium as I didn't need any of the Pro features. Works a treat on my home PC, but if you can get Windows 7 Pro for a good price, go for it!

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Hi, i was wondering what would i choose

On one hand, i have:
2x GTX 295 and 4 Normal HD in Raid 0

And in the other hand i have
2x GTX 285 and SSD TorqX 256gb

The SSD i would have to chip from USA, and there is the possibility for them to steal my HD in the mail.

A:What should i choose?

If you want speed, go for the SSD - nothing beats it, Raid or not. But check out the OCZ Vertex and Intel X25M too. In any case make sure there is Trim support in the firmware - else the writes will slow down over time. W7 supports Trim and also does all the other usual tweaks (alignment, Superfetch disable, etc.) automatically. Real nice fit.
You could even consider a smaller SSD (60 or 80GBs would be ample for W7) plus a larger HDD for the bulk data.

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I have used Anonymizer as my VPN service for many years. It was great. However it has recently been discontinued. So I am trying to find another. I tried a few, but all of them have either slowed my internet speed and/or prevented me from accessing some websites. When I was blocked by the websites, I had to disconnect the VPN in order to gain access.

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I have been offered to buy one of two TFT monitors from work, but I can't make up my mind which one I should choose. They are brand new and comes with a 3 year warranty. I mainly play games and use photoshop. Occasionally I also watch movies and do some word processing. Here are the two screens:

21" TFT HP f2105 (1680x1050 @ 60Hz, contrast 1000:1, responsetime 8ms, 2xUSB 2.0 hub, HDTV-prepared, Picture in Picture, built in speakers)
Specs here: 21" TFT HP

24" TFT HP L2465 (1920x1200 @60Hz, contrast 1000:1, responsetime 8ms, 4xUSB 2.0 hub, pivot function)
Specs here: 24" TFT HP

So which one is the one to get and why?

A:Help me choose.

Hello! Welcome to TechSpot!

DrZeto said:

24" TFT HP L2465 (1920x1200 @60Hz, contrast 1000:1, responsetime 8ms, 4xUSB 2.0 hub, pivot function)
Specs here: 24" TFT HP
So which one is the one to get and why?Click to expand...

Input Signal Two DVI-I (VGA analog and digital) inputs
Input Impedance 75 ohms ± 10%
Sync Input Separate sync (HSYNC/VSYNC); composite sync, Sync on Green
Video Cable VGA to DVI-I; DVI-D to DVI-D

But really it comes down to price....Bigger is.............................well biGGER!

I have a ViewSonic vp201m 21", similar to one listed above, and love it!
The 24" would have a cleaner 16:1 and is, well BIGGER

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hi people,

i have some question which i seek answers. I currently have 40gb Seagate Barracuda hd. i have Athlon xp 2100+ on MSI KM4AM mobo with 786 mb of ram.... i m going to expand the capacity to 120 gb... wht i wanna know is:

should i sell my current hd and buy a new 120 gb hd or can i stick with my current hd n get another 80 gb...i m gonna buy sata so also i wanna know if sata n my baracuda can be run together or not... (i m confused bout should i buy seagate sata 80/120 gb or western digital 80/120 gb with 8 mb cache as both have 7200 rpm, which is better in terms of performance..

Can a normal barracuda n a sata whn run together cause any problem in terms of performance.. :dead:

A:need help to choose hd

Check you mobo manual if you can run SATA as non-Raid.
On that old(er) mobo, it's better anyway to buy an additional 80 or 120GB IDE harddisk and keep your old one.
Seagate Barracuda would be perfect. It's more important to have a low access-time than a big HD-cache.
With such a low-performance CPU you wouldn't notice the difference between SATA and IDE.

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Alright here it is I'm looking for the right video card for my up an coming system build now my board I'll be getting has a 8x AGP now I need help with what to go with... Do I buy Nvidia or ATI ... I just wanna know anyones input... The card will be use for anywhere from light to medium gaming nothing extreme as of yet.

A:What to choose ?

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First I think Windows 8 is just great.

Having said this I am also a little confused. Windos 8 have a number of applications built in, People, Mail, Photo, Skydrive.

So now I got my pictures, but cannot edit and adjust them, so getting Live Essentials and Photo Gallery. So why do I now need two photo applications?

Along comes also Live Mail, so now I have MS Outlook (Hotmail), Live Mail and Windows 8 Mail, all givin access to my mails, different ways, different functionality, so what to use?

Skydrive, gives you acccess to your files (did I say I am a great fan of skydrive), but you cannot edit access and control (or at least I cant), so then you access Skydrive via Outlook Mail, so why do I need Windows 8 Skydrive?

So who do I know, People, is great, but then again I have Messenger as part of Essential, which is maybe even greater, or something I am just missing?

I think it is sometimes difficult to find what it best as one has some functions, another some other, but still I need multiple tools, so has MS managed to integrate it all in Windows 8 when I still need Outlook and Essentials, or can someone maybe give som good advise on how to use these tools in an effective way,,

A:How do you choose

For my Email I use only Outlook, I don't like the idea to have only a cloud copy of important stuff ( I get access to my Hotmail, Google Apps email and my office 365 email as well as my internal Exchange servers from it ) . For my photo, I use Photoshop elements, I don't need the full power of Photoshop. I will say just find the apps you like most and use this one, you can adjust files extensions to open the apps you like.

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Ok, here's my rig : it's a P4 Prescott 3.2 @ 3.52 (Socket 775) (58 celcius idle and 68 at load), memory of 1024 (2 512 (3200 @ 3520) in dual channel), a Chaintech 6600GT, WD SATA Hard drive (200Go) and a mobo Chaintech Zenith V915P.

Here's the PSU I liked :

- http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=13610&vpn=OCZ45012U&manufacture=OCZ Technology

- http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=13539#topic

- http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=12386&vpn=NEO POWER&manufacture=ANTEC

Tell me which you think as the best overall performance/ price ratio. You can suggest other psu too. Thanks!

A:Help me to choose a PSU!

Dont Double Post!
Anyways, i would go for Antec, if u have a good video card, that has enough voltage for it... and Antec is a good PSU company

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So I am planning to buy a Mac or a PC for cross platform app/game development. For apps I will use Visual Studio with Xamarin paired up. Should I buy a Mac and run visual studios on VM or should I buy a PC and pair it up(build host) it with my Mac mini? Which one would you prefer and why? Thank you!

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Im a little lost regarding the wattage I need, I used the newegg psu calculator but Im not sure about it

Here are my specs

GA-X58-USB3 motherboard
EVGA GeForce GTX 570
Curcial DDR3 6GB RAM

I havent bought the case, the optical drive or the hard drive

I like Coolermaster PSUs


A:Help me choose a PSU

What cpu are you going to run?

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I'm looking at a Galaxy Geforce 9500 GT vs EVGA Geforce 9500 GT both with 1GB memory, but I have no idea which one to pick. Will these cards run on Windows 7?

Galaxy Geforce 9500 GT $44.99

EVGA Geforce 9500 GT $54.99

I heard that EVGA has a lot of problems with overheating, fan issues, and memory issues...is that true?

My budget is around $60-$70 if you have a better suggestion for a good gaming graphic card please post =D Right now I am running on Nvidia Geforce 8500 GT with 256mb.

A:Which one to choose?

what motherboard is it for or rather does it have a pci-e slot, if so
SPARKLE SXT430512S3LNM GeForce GT 430 - $64.99

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My system consists of Asus P4P800SE
1.5Gb,pc2700 Kingston

Recently built system,running for a few months,no problems playing games,using system in a single application enviorment works fine.But when I edit music and also have applications running,my system starts to slowdown abit.I have been informed through this forum and others that a P4 with Hyper Threading would solve my issue.
Now,I have just spent $$ on upgrading memory,and don't want to purchase pc3200 memory with DDR2 boards becoming mainstream soon.

So I have 2 questions:
(1)Should I get a P4 3.06,533 bus,Hyper T or a 3.0c,800 bus,Hyper T.
(2)Will the pc2700 memory be at all compatible with the 3.0c,allowing the cpu to run on 533 instead of 800

Maybe I know the answer already,but I want the experts advice My mainboard supports Hyper T,800 bus,and pc3200 memory.TY

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I am somewhat confused about the different versions of Windows 7 OS. In the clean install tutorial there is a link to https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/techno...-download-tool. On this page it lists:

Windows 7 Editions and Languages

S: Starter Edition
HB: Home Basic Edition
HP: Home Premium Edition
P: Professional Edition
U: Ultimate Edition
N: without Media Player
K: optional 3rd party media and messaging software
OEM: Original Equipment Manufacturer
GG: Get Genuine Kit
32: 32 bit Edition
64: 64 bit Edition

When you download the tool in order to download the appropriate OS you must choose from the above list. This is where it gets fuzzy for me. Most computers I come into contact with are ones that are purchased with the OS already installed. An example would be a Dell computer that was purchased with Windows 7 Home premium installed. Like one someone purchased from a store. I would assume I would need to download the "OEM: Original Equipment Manufacturer". I try to download from the Microsoft site but there is always an issue with the Product Key which by the way is a valid key. Microsoft told me I have to contact the manufacture of the computer since they installed it. The manufacture tells me I must order the recovery CDs but only the registered owner can do that.

All I want to do is reload the OS and validate it so it is legal. I know this may be simple but its not for me. Can some one elaborate on this process?

A:Which OS to choose

As windows 7 is now out of support, , it is on extended support until approx 2020, (this provides only security patches), you will find it difficult to obtain the disk(s) you require to re-install and activate with an OEM key.

Your best bet would be to try to borrow a disk from someone you know, as the "retail" disk of the original level, (Home Premium?), (which is the one you require to activate with the key found on the case of an OEM system) if you cannot find a disk from the exact model you have.

There are a few copies for sale on the web with keys that are not illegal but these tend to be around $150, (you will see them at around $25, but these are mostly pre used keys or those from MSDN which are also invalid)

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I have XP Home on drive C: set as primary master. I installed another hdrive with 2000pro as primary slave and it shows as drive F:. I have a standard cdrom as secondary master as drive D:, and a cdrom burner as secondary slave, drive E:.
When I boot up it goes directly to drive C:. How can I set it up so I'll get a choice of which hard drive I want to open when I fire up the PC instead of it automatically booting to drive C:?
Thanks, Jim

A:choose which one

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