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Q: Recommendations Needed

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!

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.)

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

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

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

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I 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'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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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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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 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 ... Read more

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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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 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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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 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

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

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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 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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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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ive been using my inspire 5100 5.1 surround for about 7 years & want to replace them. I had a glance at gigaworks g500 & decided against them coz i dont want to skyrocket my electricity bill.

I was thinking of going for Creative Inspire 7.1 T7900 but at the moment im not sure i have enough room for 2 other speakers. If i bought these & decided not to plug the side speakers in would it work as 5.1?

A:5.1/7.1 recommendations??

Hi fieseler,

Yes, that should be possible. You should be able to configure the audio output so that it can operate in 2 channel mode for stereo speaker output, 4 channel mode for 4 speaker output, 6 channel mode for 5.1 speaker output and 8 channel mode for 7.1 speaker output. Note that it will only work correctly in a specific mode if you set it to that mode.

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Since more and more software/games are being released on DVD and back-up capacity is ever increasing, I need a DVD-RW for my PC. I'll give my system specs and set-up and please recommend a dependable, economical unit.

Specs: 6-year-old home-built PC. ASUS P4B266-C mobo, Intel P4 2.4Mhz Northwood CPU, 2GB PC2700 DDR memory, 80 GB 7200 RPM WD HDD, PlexWriter 40/12/40A CD-RW, LiteOn 52X CD, W2K Pro/XP Pro dual boot OS.

The PlexWriter and LiteOn are on one IDE channel with the PlexWriter set as master and the LiteOn as slave. My WD HDD is on the other IDE channel. I want to replace the PlexWriter master with a new DVD-RW unit as master.

What would be a good unit? Thanks.

A:DVD-RW Recommendations

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I need to buy a portable printer TOMORROW MORNING...

Anyone who can recommend a brand and model to me would be a great help.

Thanks in advance,


A:Need recommendations

Just about any new printer is portable. What are you using it for?

I always shop for printers based on ink price. The cheaper the ink the less you will pay over time.

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Looking to buy some new DVD Drives that are SATA made by any company besides LG. Have worked with LG for sometime and I am quite satisfied. Looking into maybe Pioneer or Samsung depending on models that are suggested.

Also, need some help deciding as I am unsure what to do:

Currently I have a 512MB Sapphire Radeon 2600XT BNIB that I want to use for photo editing, watching movies, hopefully go into video recording (making tutorials etc..).

My question, should I upgrade or stick with the card I have right now? If upgrade, then to what? 3870?

All help appreciated!!



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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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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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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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I'd like to get a PDA for myself for personal use. I'd like something that holds phone numbers and has a calendar so I can keep track of my "busy" life, and an easy system for hooking it up to my desktop and allowing me to transfer some cookbook files and shopping lists from a Sierra program I have.
I've done some looking around but being a "paper and pencil" person in computer land is terribly difficult for me, and I just can't decide which PDA would suit my needs best.
I'd like a color display, so the old eyes can see the screen better, maybe something under $200.00, if that's possible. Is this asking too much for an under $200.00 machine, or should I be looking for something in a higher price range.
Any and all recommendations GREATLY appreciated!

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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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I put this in Networking since there are a few more specifics to it that I'm looking for...but feel free to move it if it could be better placed elsewhere.

I'm doing some home network upgrades. For a long time, I've been running an old Win2k Server with two 500 GB drives in a Raid 1 array. It works fine, but it is aging, and I'm building up a new server running 2008 now (got a license through DreamSpark...figure I might as well use it, the experience with it at home will help for when we move to 2k8 at work).

After much hesitation, I started building up a laptop as the new server. I think it will work fine for a few reasons:

-I had a Lenovo T60 with 2 GB RAM hanging around
-The battery backup will be awesome on it...3 hours or so without even being plugged into the UPS
-Footprint/Power use/heat generation is kept to a minimum...the current server generates a lot of heat and noise.
-I don't have a monitor in the closet where the server/switch/patch panel all are, so this way I don't have to rely on remote desktop to connect to it.
-It really doesn't need a lot of horsepower to do what it needs to do. It basically sits there and holds active directory accounts and serves printers. I also open the RDP port on it, so I can get to my files and use it as a terminal server from afar if I need to. The current one serves files too, but I'd like to use a NAS for that at this point.

The whole purpose behind the server is basically for active d... Read more

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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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Ok so I'm sure you're all sick of this types of threads, but I need some advice.
I'm still using my maybe 5 year old Pentium 4 system.
Noticing some things I want to do are being limited by my old specs.
Here's what I've got:
Pentium 4 Processor 511 2.8 GHz
Intel D101GGC motherboard
w/ onboard ATI Radeon Xpress 200
2 X 512MB SDRAM DDR 400
LITEON 16x DVD+-RW Drive
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Windows XP Professional SP2

One major thing that bothered me lately was while trying to work on a project for my game design class and using Torque X 2d builder to edit a game we had started, my cpu maxed out (task manager told me it was at 100%) and i was unable to do much of anything due to it locking up.

Ok so I really want to build a new setup.
If I could afford it I'd go all out, but I can't.
So what kinda setup could i put together with say $500-$600?
I don't do much PC gaming, I've got my Xbox 360 for that, but it's not out of the question.
The main things I do on it are surfing web, watching movies, and now some game development.

Basically I need help deciding on a processor, mobo, and video card.
Any and all suggestions are appreciated.

EDIT: also we will be making a 3D game soon and I'm sure my PC wouldn't be able to handle that at all.

A:Need some recommendations

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My computer has been very slow, my connection lately has been slow, and when I play games it's even worse. My Video Card apparently stopped responding a few times, but recovered itself. I believe I have a fast computer that's either being attacked or being slowed by some malfunction. Yesterday I got blue screened 3 times while opening videos.

So I'd like to identify the problem, fix it, and keep it that way. I can provide any extra information and will be waiting on a response. Thanks team!


Please download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware to your desktop.1.Ensure that your computer is connected to the internet and your software firewall is disabled until instructed to re-enable it.2.Double click on the mbam-setup.exe to begin the installation process.3.When the installation begins, please do not change any of the settings and follow the prompts.4.Please make sure that when you finish the installation, these options remain checked;5. *Update MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware6. *Launch MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware7.You may now click finish...8.When MBAM launches, you will be prompted to update before running a scan. If an update is found, MBAM will automatically download and apply the updates and you can then click 'OK' button to close the box and continue. You may now re-enable your firewall9.Please ensure that while you are on the scanner tab the 'Perform Quick Scan' option is selected, then click the 'Scan' button.10.If you are asked which drives to scan, please leave all of them ticked, and click 'Start Scan'.11.The scan will now begin and you will see ?Scan in progress? at the top; It may take a while to complete so please be patient.12.When the scan completes, you will see ?The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found?13.Click the 'OK' button to close the box and continue with the removal process.14.Back on the main scanner screen, click 'Show Results' to see a list of any... Read more

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I need some recommendations for a good SSD (laptop). Here are the ones I've researched so far with positive reviews.

Samsung 840 evo
Samsung 850 pro-series
Crucial M500

The 840 evo seems to have the best reviews but I'm still unsure... Any suggestions/recommendations would be much appreciated!


A:SSD Recommendations?

I have a Kingston V300 120GB SSD in one laptop and OCZ ARC100 120 GB in another. Both perform great and have excellent ratings on Newegg. I have ordered a second Kingston for a desktop.

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Hi guys looking for a free Audio Converter mostly from Wav, Flac & Mp3 to Apple Iphone and IPod format and good suggestions ?

Have been using AVS Audio Converter 6 but it is totally unstable Grrrrrr


A:Recommendations Please

I use this one - for both audio and video or video to audio. Has always worked well: Format Factory - Free media file format converter I hope the format you are looking for is on their list.

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My current Thermaltake Volcano 7 Heatsink fan (CPU) has about had it, it turns on and off occasionally. So I was wondering what Thermaltake everyone recommends. I would like to keep the cost under $20 as I only paid that much for the Volcano 7. Here are my system specs:

Athlon XP 1700
512 MB RAM
GeForce MX440 64 MB

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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'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?

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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 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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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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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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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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I need a couple of new HDs for a secondary rig that I'm equipping, and that should be simple enough, but when browsing the choices, I start getting confused. This is primarily due to the pricing of various sizes are so close together. For instance, I can get a new SG 500GB like I have now for ~$60, but a new SG 1.5TB for ~$99, and that is after only a very quick search.

Perhaps it's a no brainer, but when looking at the larger drives, with low prices, I get to wondering if there is some other factor to consider? If I recall, there is a problem with booting to a HD of 2TB or more, but what about 1.5TB?

A:HDD Recommendations

I always get the best buy for the money at the largest storage size.

But make sure it is compatible with your Bios & motherboard, IDE & Sata connections.

Plus prices keep getting lower & storage size keeps getting bigger

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