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Q: Motherboard Recommendation


I've have a Windows 7 Ultimate PC with the following parts:

PSU - Seasonic 500Watts
Processor - Intel Q8300 Core 2 Quad (2.50GHz/4M/1333/05A/Socket: 775)
Motherboard - ASUS P5N-E SLI
Graphics Card - VTX3D Radeon HD5450 1GB PCIe DVI HDMI 2GB
Optical Drive - Sony AD-7240S-0B 24x Internal DVDRWRAM SATA Black Bare
Hard Drive 1 - 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue
Hard Drive 2 - 3TB Western Digital
Hard Drive 3 - 2TB Seagate Barracuda
RAM - Kingston 2 x 2GB PC2-5300 DDR 667 240Pin; 2 x 2GB Unbranded

I would like to replace the motherboard with a new one since it's quite old now and I'd like to speed my computer up a bit. Plus the time keeps going wrong, even if I replace the battery and the USB ports are very unreliable. Please could someone recommend a good motherboard that costs around $100 or less and would allow me to continue to use my current components?


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Gosh, I hate to ask such a Newbie Question.

For many years now I have purchased ASUS AMD motherboards. My two Crosshair boards, which I have been using for quite awhile, are bulletproof.

I recently purchased an ASUS M5A97 EVO Motherboard, which worked fine during the initial setup in another case. After moving the board to a much larger HAF case, all of my DDR-3 RAM (2 sets of 16 GB Corsair) which worked before no longer works. Without sounding like a "smarty pants", I tried all the obvious stuff with MemTest, change of PSU cables, testing each stick of RAM at a time - everything.

Now I don't buy junk, and I don't overclock or game. I use my boards for business and they can't go down. Always use vinyl gloves and static straps during installs.

I am hoping you can tell me which board will suffice as a replacement for this one that I must RMA.


1) No discussion of NAS
2) No discussion of RAID
3) No suggestions that Gigabyte might be the best choice. I have had nothing but bad experiences with that immoral company. (Check out the UD-3 and UD-5 threads on OCN.)

As my Daddy used to say, "if you're gonna tell me a lie, at least tell me a good one".
And GB doesn't even lie well.

What I need is:

1) Lots of on-board 6 Gbs. SATA ports
2) Front panel USB connector
3) Just running an AMD Quad Core on this one (With Noctua NH-D14)
4) Corsair RAM XMS-3 and Corsair Vengeance - each 16 GB (4 X 4 and 2 X eight)

Still looking at ASUS:

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SO your saying, ALL you did was move a motherboard from one case to another, and the RAM no longer works, but tested fine on another board after the fact? New case PSU or that was moved also?
If new PSU in the case, I'd be testing that.

What specifically indicated to you the board was bad?

$200 boards likely have a better chipset (Southbridge) these days, more PCIe x16 slots, and possibly a better on-board sound chip, then a $100 board.

Shopping wise I would use pcpartpicker.com and first select the CPU in question, so it only shows compatible motherboards using the system builder.

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I'm having some troubles finding the right motherboard for what I want. My case will hold SSI, Extended ATX, ATX, Micro ATX. I will be using dual Intel Xeon E5345 quad-core processors (Socket 771) and I'll be running 3-4 monitors. I'm not real clear on this PCI-Express stuff, but I believe I need a motherboard with at least 2 PCI-E x16 slots (which I haven't been able to find) to accommodate 2 graphics cards which I haven't picked out yet as again I'm not real clear on that part. Need anymore info or have any recommendations? Thanks

A:Need motherboard recommendation

first, how many sticks of Ram do you have? How intense are your applications? do you need DX 10 or 9? How MUCH memory and are you going to make upgrades? DDR 2 memory, right? DVI or VGA monitors?

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What kind of motherboards do you guys recommend? I am looking at the Soyo KT400. What else is there? I am looking for something with at least 3 DDR RAM slots.


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I dont wanna spend more than 200 bucks on a board. All I've found was:

Asus P5K-E for 160 bucks on newegg
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4
Abit IP35 PRO

whats the best choice people? please help me i'm ready to shoot myself over the choices.

A:Need a motherboard recommendation

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hi, i built a pc a few years ago as a project, which went well until the eventual pc blue screen of death visited.

now, i need to replace the motherboard, and im not sure what kind to get, nor do i know how to figure out what is the best compatible board for my system.

below is the original config. i'd really like to try to reuse the video card and the RAM. i run winXP Pro. this is not my primary computer (im both mac & pc) but i have no patience for slow processing, so i need to balance performance with price.

any motherboard suggestions? any upgrade suggestions?

orig config (purchased at zipzoomfly, ignore the UPC codes at the front)
111002 Sony FD MPF920Z161/131 1.44MB 3.5in Floppy Disk Drive (Beige)
145006 Logisys CS888UVBL Assembled UV Blue Acrylic Case (Clear)
90012 Corsair CMSS512MB-400 512MB DDR400 PC3200 Memory
241158 MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum nForce4 Ultra Athlon 64 Skt939 DDR ATX Motherboard w/Audio, Gigabit LAN, RAID/Serial ATA
324539 Asus Extreme AX800XL/2DTV Radeon X800XL PCI Express 256MB DDR Video Card w/TV-Out, Dual-DVI & VIVO
172429-2 Sony DRU-720A Internal Double Layer DVD+RW Drive

80717-1 AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Processor (ClawHammer) Socket 939
90012 Corsair CMSS512MB-400 512MB DDR400 PC3200 Memory (x4 = 2 GB)

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hey everybody! i am looking for a motherboard pereferably an ASUS or something like that. i have a P4 2.53 ghz socket 478 processor laying around and i want to buy a motherboard for it so that i could upgrade my AMD 1.3 ghz. do you think i will se segnificant difference between what i have now and a 2.53 ghz p4? i want to game on the pc, but i want to keep my 9800 pro (agp), and not spend money on a pci e card. ant recomendations for a good motherboard? ATX style

A:Motherboard Recommendation

The Albatron PX865PE (what I have) is a nice board and not too expensive. It lets you adjust the FSB in 1MHz steps, and also lets you increase the CPU/RAM voltage (for overclocking). You will have to buy DDR RAM though, no new motherboards take PC133 anymore.

As for performance, rather than ignite the old "AMD vs. Intel" debate yet again, I invite you to compare the two processors here: http://www.tomshardware.com/cpu/20041221/cpu_charts-15.html#directx_9

If your processor is a Northwood P4, it's just over twice as fast running Unreal Tournament 2004 as your 1.3GHz Duron.

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I currently have a Gigabyte GA-MA78G-DS3H (rev. 1.0) motherboard with a quad core Phenom CPU in it. Unfortunately, there's an issue with the rev 1.0 board where RAM becomes unstable if you use all 4 slots. And there's no firmware fix for it. (I don't overclock anything).

So I'm looking for a recommendation on a motherboard replacement. It just has to be compatible with my existing CPU and DDR2 memory. And work with 4 sticks of 2GB chips.

Any suggestions?

A:Need a motherboard recommendation

I suggest u take TA790GX 128M like me..info CLICK HERE

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Its come to a time where i need to change my faulty Abit AT7 motherboard and was looking for some recommendations from you guys.

Obviously it need to suite my P4 3.00Ghz Socket478 CPU.(I thinks thats all i need to think about in terms of my current hardware).

I'd like to have a PCI express socket on there also.

I have a budget of about 70.

A choice would be superb!

Many thanks people!!

A:Motherboard recommendation

I would reccomend going to newegg, matching your search with what you need, and then sorting the results by rating. I would then out of the first five, decide which one suits you best as far as price, PCI slots, memory banks, and so forth.

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I have a biostar n68s3b motherboard and on the manufacturers website it states my motherboards "recommended" tdp is 95. Does this mean anything over 95 tdp will not work, lets take the phenom ii x 4 965 125. Will this cpu work on my motherboard but be above recommendation or will it not work at all. I have also seen the same model cpu in 3 different tdp versions. Also do unlocked cpu have variable tdp. For example if I change the mhz on a cpu wouldnt what increase the tdp as well? and if so would a cpu rated 95 w on its manufacturers website be accurate if the cpu is unlockable. sorry if im wording this bad but ill give it a try. lets say i put a "unlockable" 95 w cpu in my motherboard that's rated for a 95 w cpu. If i overclock it wouldn't that bring the tdp/w over 95 w and if it does wouldn't that cause interruptions on a motherboard rated for only 95 w?

A:Are motherboard tdp/w a recommendation or a requirement ??

The TDP is the 'recommended' maximum power the Cpu should run at. If that figure is exceeded, either because the Cpu itself has a higher TDP rating or it's overclocked, it can cause overheating of the Cpu and/or of the VRMs (Voltage Regulator Modules) which supply power to the Cpu.

In your question that 965 TDP 125 Watt Cpu would work but if it runs near 100% for long enough (a few minutes) it could get hot enough to throttle back to a slower speed or even shut down the PC. Plus it could overheat the VRMs which would damage the motherboard.

Basically you need a motherboard that can supply enough power to the Cpu and Cpu cooling that can keep the Cpu temperature low enough to stop the Cpu from slowing down or switching the PC off.

Some Cpus have different versions with different TDP ratings.

See here for a list of Cpus compatible with your motherboard (all are TDP 95W or less) :-

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Hi all I need a recommendation for a new motherboard and CPU suitable to run Win 7 x86 (32bit)

I need the following:-

1. If possible a dual monitor output, with separate feeds to monitors ( not the same single feed to both.) This saves adding a separate dual monitor graphics card.
2. micro ATX to fit existing case.
3. At least 4mb memory as I have been told is the max allowed by win7 x86.
4. Suitable to view HD video playback.
5. Fast enough to run trading software such as TD ameritrade etc.

I have tried looking at the board manufacturers but have been lost with what chip set is best and all the different CPU AMD and Intell types.

I would appreciate any input in this area, I have even looked a a new machine but they all now come with Win 8 which I have trouble using on a desk top I prefer to stick with Win7 for now.


A:Need recommendation for new motherboard and CPU for win7 x86

Well Bob depends mate on what you can afford. Myself I woyuld just go the whole hog and build because you said you had looked at prebuilts. Does it have to a very small set up?

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hi !

My motherboard has gone on the blink and i have decided to take a gigabyte mb, but the choice is so very confusing and so many chipsets that i would need some help to decide.
firstly can someone explain the different chipsets for the socket 775 as well as the advantages and the reviews , if you could point to some other website it would do fine ..........
My main requirement is that it should be a stable board , I do not overclock although i do game quite a bit.
My preference is an atx board.

any help would be appreciated


my config
xfx 680i lt sli, c2d e6750, 2gb ram, ati 4850, 320 sata hdd, psu vx 450 corsair

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hey guys i just wanted to gather some opinions of this motherboard before i purchase it... i have done exhaustive research and it seems as if this is the one for me. thanks for your help!

EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1

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Hi, i posted a thread a while ago a tad similar to this one, but it wasn't really specific and I didn't really feel like I explained what I meant well..

Basically, I want to upgrade my computer, make it a tad faster. I personally think I could do with a CPU upgrade, maybe you might think different..

Also, If i do go to upgrade my CPU, which will work accordingly with my motherboard, because i have no idea about this motherboard/cpu correlation, and how you know if the motherboard will handle the CPU..

Also, i'm running windows 7 64-bit and i only have 3.25gb available RAM, wondering if someone could tell me what's up with that? I've tried to alter settings in the BIOS, to deal with it , but there seems to be nothing available.

This is my stats, via Speccy:

Operating System
MS Windows 7 64-bit
Intel Pentium D 820
SmithField 90nm Technology
4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 332MHz (5-5-5-15)
Intel Corporation D945GCL (LGA 775)
Dell E193FP ([email protected])
1024MB GeForce 9500 GT (XFX Pine Group) 56 C
Hard Drives
244GB Western Digital WDC WD2500JS-22NCB1 (RAID) 35 C
Optical Drives
Line 6 UX1

Intel Pentium D 820
Cores 2
Threads 2
Name Intel Pentium D 820
Code Name SmithField
Package Socket 775 LGA
Technology 90nm
Specification Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz
Family F
Extended Family F
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A:Any experts? Need a recommendation for CPU/RAM/Motherboard etc

thinking perhaps my RAM is faulty, it's about 4 years old.

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Hi folks,

My mobo has officially died and I was wondering if you have recommendations for a motherboard to replace it with? The shop are offering to install a Asrock N68C-S UCC, but I've been reading mixed reviews. Is there anything more modern that is a good contender for the ASUS.

I'm looking for something that is compatible with my existing hardware which is:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core +4600
992 MB RAM (2 x 2gb Corsair ddr2)
NVIDIA GeForce 6150
Barracuda 7200.10 Ultra ATA/100 250GB
M-Audio 2496 Soundcard
Windows XP Service Pack 3


A:Motherboard recommendation: replacing an ASUS M2NPV-VM

There won't be much too much more modern as both the CPU and memory are behind the current generation. The selection of new boards that would be compatible are low on most sites, here's an example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...Value=3879:27158&PropertyCodeValue=3879:27244

If you don't mind reinstalling Windows then you can switch to an AMD chipset, the ASRock A785GM-LE, but another nVidia board might be a just a drop in replacement.

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HI smartguys
I'm wanting to 'ghost over' to a faster hard drive. I don't need a huge size, so 60gb or 80gb will do.... even 40 if necessary.

Is a RAptor drive worth the bucks? I want high MTBF, so that may mean sticking to a 7200rpm drive well-implemented. At any rate, I would like to hear if there is a consensus here about which is the best bet. My uses are business and pleasure... I don't have any extraordinary requirements, just typical power-user stuff.... umpteen IE6 windows open at a time, Excel spreadsheets up and running, some DVD use, lotsa audio stuff, but I keep a very tidy system.... not a lotta trash laying around.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Also, should I "default" to using Norton Ghost to clone my current Win XP Pro installation?


A:Need new HD recommendation!!

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Can anyone here recommend a good website for people trying to learn Exchange 2000 from the foundation up? Thanks in advance.


A book would be better. A lot of the books now have standalone versions of the software so you can do the hands on while you read along.

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Could someone please recommend a program that would solve the following program please.

I have two computers, both networked through my router. I have the main computer and the kids have the networked computer. The problem is that I want to be able to turn of downloading on the other computer but still let them have access to the internet for their homework, chatting etc.

Is their a program that will do this?

Any help appreciated

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Hi all ...

Does anyone rip their music CDs - whole albums, not song by song?

I need a ripper for this.

I'd love a recommendation - I've not had great luck with finding a great app (would like to stick with shareware too ... that's the tough part) - what do you use?

Rippers for singles seems easy ... and I've seen wrappers to bundle them, but this seems pointless unless indexing is desired for the singles and I'm not that picky.

The last one I tried seemed to crash often, a real annoyance with the time that gets invested with a 90% finished project. Rather than take another random chance on the next app - I knew the best advice in the world could be found here.

Thanks for any illuminating comments.


A:I need a recommendation plz

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I'm wanting to add some RAM.

I'm looking at a list that has a heap choices, but I'm not 100% sure which one to select.

Could someone please have a look at this list and suggest which I should buy based on the system summary below...

The list is here:

Here's a summary of my system:
Model : AMD Athlon(tm) XP 1800+
Speed : 1.53GHz
Model Number : 1800 (estimated)
Performance Rating : PR2224 (estimated)
Type : Standard
L2 On-board Cache : 256kB ECC Synchronous Write-Back (16-way, 64 byte line size)

Bus(es) : ISA AGP PCI IMB USB i2c/SMBus
MP Support : 1 CPU(s)
System BIOS : Award Software International, Inc. 6.00 PG
Total Memory : 255MB DDR-SDRAM

Chipset 1
Model : VIA Technologies Inc VT8366/A,VT8367 Apollo KT266/A,KT333 CPU to PCI Bridge
Front Side Bus Speed : 2x 133MHz (266MHz data rate)
Total Memory : 256MB DDR-SDRAM
Memory Bus Speed : 2x 133MHz (266MHz data rate)

System Memory Controller
Location : Mainboard
Error Correction Capability : None
Number of Memory Slots : 2
Maximum Installable Memory : 512MB
Bank0/1 - A0 : DIMM 256MB
Bank2/3 - A1 : Empty

Operating System(s)
Windows System : Microsoft Windows XP/2002 Ho... Read more

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I just bought a digi-camra and took a lot of pictures, I need to modify most of them with photoshop, but I'm very new to PS. Could you plz recommend me some websites or forums in that field?

A:need your recommendation

check the board just below the one you posted to

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I recently got a XFX Radeon HD 6850 graphics card, and didn't realize that it's recommended to have at least a 500W power supply, and mine's 300W. Also, the onboard graphics card (Geforce 9400 GT) is taking priority over the PCIe card, even though in BIOS I got PCIe set as primary.

Currently, I have a HP Pavilion p6310y with all stock except a Blu-Ray player/recorder, an extra 2GB RAM (8GB total), and the PCIe card mentioned above (which isn't exactly working at the moment).

I need a recommendation on a good power supply, and possibly a motherboard. If it ain't too much to ask, I could also use a recommendation on a new case too, as with cords and the new graphics card, there's not much room for airflow, and I would possibly get another fan if possible at a later time.

My budget isn't extremely low .. I don't want to spend a few grand though. I just want a decent case (for airflow and additions), power supply, and motherboard. Note that I will be gaming. Also, my monitor is an iZ3D resolution 1680x1050.

Thanks for any help you can give.

Edit: I should add that newegg links would be great for a case/psu or whatever.

A:Need Recommendation

Once you get into replacing the motherboard and case with an brand name system you should stop and sell the whole computer and start over. Most HP's are poorly suited to gaming and upgrades. Replacing the motherboard also requires that you purchase a new copy of Windows.

If you stick with the HP, here's a good power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

The integrated graphics should be a Geforce 9100, a Geforce 9400GT is a PCI-express graphics card. You would need to enter the setup and change the primary graphics card to PCI-Express from the integrated graphics, if you did that then it should work unless the PSU is the problem. Don't run this with the 300 watt power supply, its not worth risking damage to the system and it may not be enough to even power the card to a point where the system sees it correctly.

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Can anyone recommend a PDA (Palm, etc.) that uses AAA Batteries for power supply. I currently carry a Sony Clie (no longer being made) with an internal rechargeable battery. I like the idea of external NIMH batteries, I'm not always near my docking station and AAA's are so much cheaper and easier.


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socket 478 mainboard: P4S800-MX SE can i put a dual core in it? thanx in advance

A:CPU recommendation

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what games i can play in my netbook


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Could someone please recomend to me, which one of these Firewall programs is better??????????

#1. ZoneAlarm http://www.zonelabs.com

#2. Sygate Personal Firewall http://smb.sygate.com/products/spf_standard.htm

#3. Kerio http://www.kerio.com

I posted links beside the program name for info, or if anyone would like to download it.


I have used Sygate for years and have never had any problems whatsoever ......

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I currently have an Asus P5NSLI motherboard and use the on board Marvell 88E8001 NIC.

There is an issue in Windows 7 x64 (I think the same is true for Vista x64) where the NIC will not work properly with more than 4gb of memory installed.

The only way that I've been able to get it working is to limit my memory from 8gb installed to 3gb. I'm none too happy about this. . .

Does anybody know of a PCI card that will definitely work with more than 4gb of memory?

Even better, does anyone know a workaround for my on board card?


A:NIC recommendation

Do you have the lastest drivers installed?

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I just want to make sure my PSU isn't going to brown-out on me. I'm running a Core 2 Duo 3.0GHZ (65W) as well as 4 sticks of DDR2 and a SATA hard drive. There's nothing special beyond that, just the basics, using onboard video and audio. I might add a wireless NIC, but I'm not so keen on that if I can find a way to run an ethernet cable cleanly. How much power should I expect to provide. I used one of the psu calculators online and it only said 160W. Does that seem reasonable?

Thanks for all of your patience with my incessent simple questions!

A:PSU recommendation

You wouldn't need anything major for that build so a nice Antec earthwatts PSU should do you well.


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I have always been using MBAM for few years. My Anti virus is Windows defender.
Should I go with ESET NOD32 Anti Virus, Emsisoft Anti-Malware or BitDefender? And will I need MBAM?
If u have other recommendation please feel free to tell me.

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Could any recommed a good make of DVD-RW's that are reliable and fairly cheap?

A:DVD-RW Recommendation

BenQ 1650, top notch burner and can be found for as cheap as 35.00 online at places like Newegg.

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I recently ran into some problems that are causing me to have to replace my mbo. Does anyone have a particular mfg that you recommend that I use or stay away from.

A:MBO recommendation, please

Asus is good Gigabite, MSI, and there are others. What is it that u intend to do with this board?

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What are the more reliable brands of Power supply units?

A:PSU recommendation.

Antec, Thermaltake, Enermax, PC Power are some of the best. I have an Enermax in one machine and a Thermaltake in the other. Both are ballsy and very quiet.

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I've been leaning towards D-Link DNS-323, but read that even though it has a gigabit NIC it still performs like a 100 Mb NIC. Any recommendations on a comparable NAS solution that performs better than 100 Mb and has any easy admin user interface?


A:Need NAS recommendation

Well, I did a little research and looks like the better options are the Synology DS209 (which is about $100 more expensive, but more solid model overall, found nothing but great reviews and has better network transfer speeds) and the Intel Entry Storage System SS4200 (discontinued, but if you can find it its roughly the same price, 4 bays vs. 2 bays, can run FreeNAS and even better network transfer speeds).

Still not sure which I will go with yet though.

Just thought I'd share what I have so far...

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I am looking to buy a new PSU for my PC. I have narrowed the choice down to two and need help deciding. These are my system specs:

AMD Athlon XP 2400+
1.5GB PC2700 RAM
4 Fans 80mm
nVidia 6600 256mb
Hard Disk(s):
Maxor 300GB ATA 133

380W Enermax Coolergiant and Antec Basiq Power 350W

You guys have any thoughts? (Always appreciate the help)

A:PSU Recommendation.

Both Antec and Enermax are good PSU brands, but the better of the two would be the Enermax one.

The Enermax one has 380Watts, which is slightly more than the Antec one, but a mere 30Watts is hardly the point.

The Antec one has two +12V rails @ 10A and 13A, whereas the Enermax one has two +12V rails @ 14A and 13A.

So ultimately the Enermax one would the the better choice, in terms of both the wattage and amperage on the +12V rails.

Both would be good choices, but if there is not much of a price difference between the two (or if you don't mind paying more for the Enermax) then the Enermax unit would be better.

Hope this helps you!

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i'm wondering if someone can please recommend a (freeware/trial version of) product that can do the following:

1. scans and removes viruses, spyware and adware
2. can be installed AND run in safemode
3. doesn't take up a lot of system resources while scanning/deleting
4. doesn't take more than 8-10 minutes (on average) to scan a problem pc.

i love avg, but you can't install it in safemode. this product MUST be able to be INSTALLED AND RUN in safemode.

i know i'm probably asking for the moon here, but i'll be if anyone knows whether such a product exists, it's you guys.

A:need recommendation - please help!

pcnewby said:

4. doesn't take more than 8-10 minutes (on average) to scan a problem pc.
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Good luck with that request. I suppose if the hard drive was under 8gb's. It might.

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Hope this is the right place to ask this, but we're looking for a recommendation for a database that we can use to store client information and for mail merging etc. We have been using ACT up until now, but are becoming increasingly frustrated with it and are looking for a decent alternative. The essentials are that it is able to mail merge into word/excel/outlook.

All suggestions welcome!


Since you are already using Word and Excel, why not use Access.

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 Hi I need some help in choosing the right 256GB M.2 ssd for may laptopas the Maintenance and Service Guide shows it can support 2280 (256 GB M.2 SATA (MLC)  / 256 GB M.2 SATA (TLC) )After a lot of research I'm very confused now because a lot of people here was unable to make there laptops recognise the new M.2 SSD I understand that the SSD should be 2280, Sata III interface (not PCIe) and maximun 256 GB but (TLC , MLC) ??? some manufacturers doesn't even mention the flash type! So pleas Can someone recommend me a compatibel M.2 SSD or confirm if any of the next choices well work Samsung 850 EVO M.2 250GB MZ-N5E250BWSanDisk X400 M.2 256GB SD8SN8U-256GTranscend MTS800 M.2 256GB TS256GMTS800Kingston G2 M.2 240GB SM2280S3G2/240GADATA SP900 M.2 256GB ASP900NS38-256GM-C I appreciate any help ,thanks.

A:Need recommendation !! M.2 SSD

I hesitate to suggest this upgrade as there is a long-running thread here which has essentially come to the conclusion that the M.2 port on some HP models that came without an M.2 drive has been disabled. The thing that seems to get lost in all this is that if you are forced to use a SATA-III M.2, and at best that is all your laptop will run, then you are just as well off using a SATA-III 2.5 inch SSD. The read and write speeds will be so close it wil not make any difference. The only M.2 worth having is the NVME PCI-e type as the speed on those is in another ballpark. But we know you cannot use one of those. So save yourself some grief and just get a 1 TB 2.5 inch SATA-III SSD. If you must go forward, then if anything will work the first one you listed below, the Samsung 850 Evo would be my choice. And if you can use an M.2 you are not capped at 256 gig by the way: that is just the biggest HP offers. If it is going to work, size (capacity) is not going to be the limiting factor. They are 2280 drives, that is correct. 

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My year is almost up with Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security 2005 and was wondering if you guys had any better recommendations? I've heard good things about BitDefender and was wondering which might be best? I guess Trend Micro has worked pretty well but I have been fighting a few bugs/adaware/malware in the last week or so that have proven very difficult to remove. I was also wondering about Counterspy as well.

I know I can go out and read online reviews but you guys seem to be on top of things and have always been quick to help in the past. I value your opinion.


A:Your Recommendation Please...

Its a matter of personal preference and whether you want to use a free or paid for anti-virus.AVG and Avast are both free and very good programs used by many members here at BC. If you don't mind paying then BitDefender is a good choice as well as NOD32 Anti-Virus Personal and Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal.See BC's List of Virus & Malware ResourcesSee BC's Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps

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So here is the rather important system information needed for someone to help and want to make it easier for those to answer my question, so here:

Intel Core 2 Duo 2.33 GHZ (Will upgrade possibly)
PCI-E X16 Slot unsure if it is 1.0 or 2.0
1000W PSU
2.00 GB of RAM (Will be upgrading to 4 GB, 6 GBm or 8 GB)
Windows Ultimate SP 1

I am looking to buy a new GPU and have an available PCI-Express Slot so what can you recommend me at this point, the price Im trying to keep to the maximum $300 or less.

I understand my system is kind of old but Ive been upgrading it over the years and its kept somewhat current if this decision to buy a new GPU falls through Iam going to save up to build one on my own I was just wondering if I can get a new GPU slap it in there and play skyrim preferably at somewhat decent settings.

A:Need a GPU recommendation

Here is the CPU-Z readout.

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Hi there all

Can you please help me with a recommendation please? I was wondering wich is better to buy, the huntkey X7 900w psu or the corsair TX 850w psu.

Thanks in advance

A:PSU recommendation?

I'd pick the corsair TX 850w psu but it depends on what you are using it for. First, check the voltage on the rails and make sure they supply the power requirements of your hardware. Are you gaming? 850w might be overkill if you don't need it. I would need more info as to what you are planning to use the computer for.

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I have a Net Gear 8 port hub and 8 port switch. For some reason, they have started to drop the network connections and crash our system. I need to get a new 16 port hub and am looking for input regarding any of the brands or specific equipment that have proven reliable. Thanks in advance.

A:Recommendation for hub

I have been 100% successful with Netgear stuff, I've used it for years. It's pretty hard to believe that two devices are failing, any chance it's another issue, like cabling or network configuration?

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Hi I am intended to buy Thinkpad P50.  I am inteded to use  dual boot Windows 10/Ubuntu.My purported spec will be i7 6820-16 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD (will be replaced by my SSD), FHD non-touch, Graphics Quadro M1000M.My firts impression was that it must be a well built and powerful machine. However, when searched a bit I realized there are lots of problms with P50 and many returned their P50's. The competitor for P50 is Dell 7510 with the same specs. My primary choice for P50 is that it is spill resistance. I am writing this thread to see what are you recommendations. Based on your experience, is P50 a reliable machine at all? I am a student and it is a expensive machine for a student. Please help me decide. Than you all.

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Can someone recommend a spam blocker for my email, Outlook Express, Windows XP. I had MailWasher on my PC but accidentally deleted it while cleaning up some old programs. Now I can't get it to reinstall back on my PC. I try to reinstall it and it just locks up.
If someone knows of a fix I'd like to continue using it, but if not another spam blocker would be just as good or better.

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Hello. I bought a top of the line computer for the speed. Worked fine until now. I keep it clean with Stopzilla and Norton. I am looking for a recommendation before I spend any more money. What programs really work. I tried the one provided on this site and it got stuck and ultimately rejected. Any help I can get would be appreciated. I need details as I am 65 and know very little about computers. My son set me up and he died. Thanks
This program looks good, but before I pay is it going to do more than stopzilla or Norton. gopcpro Pro 2014 - All-In-One Secuirity & Performance Tool

A:Need Recommendation

Originally Posted by Susanpeabody

Hello. I bought a top of the line computer for the speed. Worked fine until now. I keep it clean with Stopzilla and Norton. I am looking for a recommendation before I spend any more money. What programs really work. I tried the one provided on this site and it got stuck and ultimately rejected. Any help I can get would be appreciated. I need details as I am 65 and know very little about computers. My son set me up and he died. Thanks
This program looks good, but before I pay is it going to do more than stopzilla or Norton. gopcpro Pro 2014 - All-In-One Secuirity & Performance Tool

"until now"--- Could you expand on that please ? What is wrong exactly ?

Sorry for your loss.

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I don't normally post stuff here in the General Discussion Website, but I need some opinions about a new external hard drive, I want to ask is what is cheap, but yet has at least 1 TB of space on it, I had bought a brand new one off amazon about a few years back and about a month ago when I was transferring files off of it onto my computer I accidentally dropped it and broke it, luckily all of my data was on the cloud, the one that broke was a Toshiba Canvio with 500 GB of space, any recommendations would be helpful thanks

A:In need of a Recommendation

Must it be a standard, fully enclosed, external drive?

I use a drive dock that is connected to a USB 3.0 port on the PC, rather than an "external drive" per se.

Advantage is that you can buy any drive you want and insert it into the dock when and as needed. Most docks will accommodate any drive up to 3 TB and sometimes larger. You aren't restricted to the slow 5400 rpm drives of unknown pedigree that you might find in a typical external.

Is this just a backup drive?

Do you intend to keep it on your desk, in a running state, constantly? Or to keep it in a closet and break it out for some purpose weekly or monthly? Or?

There's a strong commodity flavor to all of them. At gunpoint, I'd probably choose Western Digital if I insisted on a traditional external drive.

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I am thinking of getting a new PC and have been reading up on processors, PC configs. etc. I would like to get a system that I can use to:

1. Import and edit my family videos from my video Camera and then put them on DVDs
2. Import and store pictures from my digital camera (some minor editing like resizing, eliminating red eyes, some skin tone adjustments)
3. Run some games for my daughter
4. Do some word processing, contact management, calendaring, Quicken, email - basic PC functions.
5. Surf the Net

I won't be watching TV programs on the PC.

I have seen ads for AMD Athlon 64 and Pentium 4 HT processor-based PCs. Is one better than the other for the tasks outlined above?

What minimum configuration would you recommend for the tasks above? (processor, RAM, HDD, video card, CD, DVD writer, etc.)

I have a budget of around $750-900 for the CPU without the monitor. I don't need a superfast top of the line machine, just something adequate for above tasks.

Any brands I should stay away from? Or brands I should consider? I've personally had good luck with DELLs.

Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

A:New PC Recommendation

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