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Q: Solved: MotherBoard Recommendation !

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

Preferred Solution: Solved: MotherBoard Recommendation !

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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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'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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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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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

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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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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)

A:** need motherboard recommendation **

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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 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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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 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


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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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Hey, building a new comp (will post the final specs here for review), but I'm looking at two 24" ASUS screens, and I'm wondering which one I should go for.
ASUS VE246H 24"
ASUS VE248H 24" <--- $10 more

Is the extra $10 worth it?
I couldn't find any conclusive comparisons to find a reasonable answer.

A:Solved: Recommendation for monitor?

ASUS VE248H 24" uses led backlighting which can outlast
the cfl bulbs on the other one.
Led lighting is supposed to provide more even lighting
and better picture contrasts.
Probably worth the extra $10.

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Can anyone recommend a backup solution from their personal experience.

I have seen services offered on the internet but I prefer to have something portable that I cn carry around. I currently have around 2.5GB of data files. I was thinking of buying an external hard drive to do a daily automated backup but there appears to be quite a few alternatives and I would appreciate any guidance on the ones to look for and the ones to avoid.

Many thanks.

A:Solved: Backup Recommendation?

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I just uninstalled Symantec Internet Security ('06). I've installed Avast anti-virus (basic-free) and I have AVG anti-spyware and Spyblaster. After uninstalling Symantec (Norton), I'm having a problem with pop-ups (I think that's it - the insidious constant opening of windows [usually adult] that keep opening back up even after "x-ing" out of). Any suggestions for a stand-alone pop-up blocker install that won't slow my browsing down?

A:Solved: Recommendation for pop-up blocker?

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Need recommendation for a file transfer product to use for transferring certain files from XP to Win 7
thanks in advance

A:Solved: Software Recommendation Please

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Hello. Can anyone recommend relatively good free antivirus software that includes real-time scanning? I've got a computer running Windows XP SP3 that I'm outfitting with the Comodo firewall. I know they also have a real-time scanner, but my experience with it has been, shall we say, less than stellar. It reports a lot of false positivies. Thanks.

A:Solved: Antivirus Recommendation

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Got a new laptop with Win8 which came with McAfee installed on it. I do not care for McAfee, had problems with it in the past, and removed it. McAfee also had the firewall which I now need to replace. I looked at FileHippo but can't decide which one to use. Any suggestions, comments on which would be good for a Win8 laptop?

A:Solved: Firewall recommendation

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I'm using Roxio easy media creator 7. I've filled out Roxio's online help request form, 3x; the first time 02 May 2005. To date, they have not contacted me.

Technical Problem:
Easy Media Creator 7.0.353 , Platinum

I am unable to create CD-R projects using my Samsung 52x burner. Problem began after installing a new motherboard, cpu & ram unit.

Windows XP Pro SP 1

The CD-R/RW drive is recognized properly in "my computer" & "device manager".

Easy Media Creator identifies the CD Burner as TSSTcorp - CD-R/RW TS-H292A - T202 [ 3,0,0]

Device Properties:
Drive Vendor name: TSSTcorp
Drive Product name: CD-R/RW TS-H292A
Drive Firmware: TS02
Can read the following medium types: CD, DVD-R
Supported read speeds: 40x,32x,24x,8x
The are preceeded by an "i" in a circle.

Can read Cd-Text
Can read ISRC and UPC
The above are preceeded by a red "X".

Can read barcode.
Is preceeded by a green check mark.

I have separate hard drives; on one hard disk drive, Win XP Pro SP1 is installed. On this drive, the problem occurs.

On the other hard drive, I have installed Windows 2000 Pro SP4. On this drive, I have no problems.

After I select files to copy, using Roxio Media Creator, then left click "burn", the project summary appears. It states
"no devices selected". I searched the internet for "no devices selected" roxio , and found no hits.

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A:Solved: cd burning recommendation, please

It might be that the Windows XP built-in utility is conflicting with your program. Both are made by Roxio.

Try using another program like www.cdburnerxp.se

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Can anyone recommend a laptop that would be specifically for creating music and video?

Can you point me in a direction of Media/Video Laptop ratings pages?

Any help is appreciated. Thanks so much!

A:Solved: Laptop recommendation?

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Does anyone have a recommendation for a 750W power supply? I've been looking around NewEgg and I've narrowed it down to two.

Silverstone ST75ZF

Silverstone ST75F

The only difference I see besides fan size is the ST75F is modular and has 4 more molex and 1 more floppy connectors.

If you have any other recommendation for a 750W PSU for under $150 (after rebates), I'll gladly take them into consideration.

Thanks in advance for the help.

A:Solved: 750W PSU recommendation

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I have one of those Logitech Trackman trackballs that have the problem where the cursor takes off across the screen on its own. Can you recommend a trackball you're happy with? Thanks

A:Solved: Trackball Recommendation

Go to Control Panel,Double Click on Mouse

In there you can adjust what the Curser Does...Speed up Slow Down...ect......

Hope this helps....

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Hi Good Peoples,

I have been using the pro version of the Zone Alarm for some time that I am now dissatisfied with it for a number of reasons.

Firstly, I was stupid enough to uninstall it using the add remove programs facility, rather than the uninstall option in the program. As a result I can no longer in still the original software I had and will have to pay for a new licence fee, so if I have to buy something, I may as well look at other options.

I have also found that since zone alarm is no longer there, my PC boots a hell of a lot faster.

I also found configuring it for use with two PCs that have been hooked together by ethernet, so that I could get to the Internet from the second PC never seemed to work.

With these points in mind, has anyone got any suggestions for a good firewall program that is easy to use, is not a memory/systems hog, and will allow me to easily configure the second computer so that it has access to the Internet?

Thanks in advance.

A:Solved: Recommendation for firewall wanted

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I'm trying to burn CDs & DVDs.

Win XP Pro SP1
Roxio Easy Media Creator 7.0

Drag to Disk has taken over. I can't use XP's CD burning feature.

I have some other issues with EMC 7.

Roxio has not responded to my email requests; one of which was sent > 2 weeks ago.

I would like your opinion about reliable CD & DVD burning software. Nothing fancy. Just reliable.



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Can you recommend a free back up program? I've had a look on download.com and downloaded one but it's not great. I want something very simple to use and will back up specified folders and will back up on to CD - I have no need for compression either. I also want it to save the folders in exactly the same tree formation as is on my pc. Is this possible and what program can you recommend?


A:Solved: Backup software recommendation?

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I purchased TI10 during Oct 2006. For > 2 months, I have been trying to get it to work. I want to clone a Hard Disk Drive [ HDD ], by using the bootable feature, so I can avoid installing the product. I want to do this to avoid damaging the computer's file system.

I tried to clone from 1 SATA HDD, Western Digital 80 GB to a 2nd SATA HDD, Western Digital 80 GB. Acronis tech support has been uncooperative. They asked me to prepare a report. I did. I sent it to them, twice. I am still trying to resolve that issue.

Norton Ghost 10 does not have the feature [ cloning, using bootable CD ].

I was able to successfully use Norton Ghost 2003. NG 2003 doesn't support USB drives.

Can you recommend a different product, 1 that supports SATA HDD cloning as well as cloning to USB drives?


A:Solved: I need a disk cloning recommendation

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Does anyone out there in tekville know of a numberpad-less keyboard I can purchase that's reasonably priced? I never use the numberpad, and frankly, it just gets in the way. I need the space for a Wacom tablet. It would be nice if it were wireless, but not essential. I'd like to keep it around $25.00 more or less, if possible. Thank you!

A:Solved: recommendation on numberpadless keyboard

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Apologies if this isn't the proper place for this, but I have a quick question. Can you recommend a safe, good freeware version of Adobe Acrobat, or at least a PDF creator?

I have AA 6 Pro, but I just got a new laptop and it's not compatible with Vista. I'd like something I can use until I can get a copy of AA 9 (or earlier, if possible - I've been out of work for 14 months and money is non-existent at this point.

Thank you very much.


A:[SOLVED] Acrobat Freeware Recommendation?

OpenOffice (www.openoffice.org).

It will export any document (doc, spreadsheet, presentation) to a pdf.

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I have a Dell PC (about 5 years old), running Windows XP Pro, Internet Explorer 6.0. A couple of weeks ago, we started having problems with our McAfee Security Suite and couldn't get the necessary updates. We finally got that fixed (after being online for 6 hours with 4 difference McAfee techs, who were all telling me to do different things!). But now, whenever I go to play Java related games (mainly Pogo), I can get them to load, but they run extremely slow -- it's almost like when I used to try to play games using dial-up (gag!).

I could take it to the Best Buy Geek Squad, but they're kind of expensive and I don't think I can be completely without a computer for however long it would take them to tune it up.

Can anyone recommend a reputable site out there for a quick PC tune up?

A:Solved: Need recommendation of possible on-line tune up?

you may want to delete temp files etc
so start with
internet options
temp internet files
delete those

then with windows explorer goto
documents and settings>
your username>
local settings>
you can delete all folders and files there

now spyware and virus scans wont check a load of unneeded files

i would run a virus scan online

then download ad-aware and spybot - see my sig. for a link to these and run those

then it may be worth posting a hijackthis log here - to make sure the PC is clean - again a link to HJT in sig,

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Hey all, I was originally going to be getting an ASUS 6800GT from newegg.com, but they have pulled it from their site. Anyone know why? Anyways, does anyone have any recommendations for a different brand of the same card?

A:Solved: 6800 GT Brand Recommendation

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I have a drive in my PC (around 300gb) that I want to back up to an external hard drive on a regular basis to ensure I have a backup of my important files. I am looking for a simple piece of software that will either backup on a weekly or daily basis, ensuring extra files I have added/updated are copies over.

I tried Momeo backup that came with my drive but it didn't work very well at all and kept stalling half way through - I never managed to get i to do an entire backup.

I've tried a demo of norton save and restore which was ok but seemed to compress the files in some way. I couldn't just go to the backup drive and look at the files - they just showed up as norton files. I don't really think I wan to pay for the full version.

Can anyone reccommend a good reliable piece of backup software to use that doesn't compress files?


A:Solved: Backup Software Recommendation

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I've been looking for a good registry cleaner. But before I buy one, can anyone recommend any good ones for me? The price really isn't an issue. Does anyone have any first hand experience with any registry cleaner they have used before?


A:Solved: Registry Scanner Recommendation

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All right, I have a 100gb hard drive on my laptop, and until I get enough money to buy a second internal hard drive I wanted to ask your guys' opinion.

Firstly, I will be receiving Vista on the 30th of Jan, and want my computer to be set up and ready to go for it.

I was thinking of being able to dual boot between Vista and XP Home.

This is what I was thinking of doing:

Keeping 60gb for Vista

35gb for XP

and 5gb for data

However, my partition for xp is about 85gb and my built in restore uses about 15gb. since i already own the restore disks, the built in restore doesnt matter.

What's a good software that will allow me to repartition my hard drive so only 40gb is for xp, and 60gb is for vista, that won't delete my current user settings, etc?

if have any recommendations, or think i shouldn't set up dual boot let me know and why. thanks.

A:Solved: Dual Boot Recommendation's?

Your laptop can have a second internal hard drive installed? Most laptops can only support one internal hard drive.

There's lots of disk partitioning utilities; Symantec Partition Magic, Paragon Partition Manager, and Acronis Disk Director. Paragon's is my favorite and very simple to use.

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Hey All,

I recently had a PS go POOF. Currently running on an old 350w P4 generic that I'd like to replace via newegg ASAP. Would like a recommendation for what I should get:

My Specs:

Intel P4 HT 3.0ghz Socket 478 512k (I think it was Northwood)
w/ Stock Fan
ASUS P4C800 Deluxe
2 x Kingston Value PC2100 512mg (I know I need an upgrade)

Loaded in the Case is:

1 AGP 8x eVGA 6600 (w/ molex & fan)
1 PCI SoundBlaster Live! Value
1 PCI Adaptec Ultra160 SCSI (29160 I believe.. it's a 64-bit PCI card running at 32)
1 PCI Generic W.92 Modem

1 3 1/2" Floppy on Floppy
1 ATA TDK 5200b CD-RW
1 ATA Sony DVD+/-RW

2 SATA Western Digital 200GB Drives
2 ATA Western Digital 250GB Drives
1 ATA Western Digital 60GB Drive
1 ATA Seagate 250GB Drive

1 Blue Neon Tube
1 120mm Intake Fan
1 80mm Side Mount Intake
1 80mm Blow Hole Exhause
2 80mm Rear Exhaust

USB Chain Usually Consists of:

1 Logitech Webcam (USB Powered)
1 HP Deskjet (Self Powered)
1 Sony Digital Camera (Self Powered)
1 Canon Scanner (USB Powered)

Before you ask, no - I don't have everything running off the temp 350w. A lot is turned off.

FYI, at the same time that I'm purchasing new PS, I plan on getting a new Zalman fan for my CPU as the stock one is going bad and getting noisy. (Incase this will change things).

Any recommendations on size, model, manufacturer?

A:Solved: Power Supply Recommendation

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Have decided to add a wired router to my Comcast cable modem so that a second computer can be brought on line as well as obtaining the added Internet security.

Any recommendations for a wired router or does it make much difference as to which model of LinkSys, Netgear, Belkin, etc. in connecting my cable modem to two computers?

I have no experience with routers -- Internet security, ease and dependability of installtion as well as sharing the Comcast modem are priorities.


A:Solved: Recommendation for wired router?

I use Dlink. But it really doesn't make a difference. Linksys, netgear are all good.

You might want to consider getting a wireless one right off the bat. You never know when you might get a laptop with wireless. They are usually not that much more expensive.

If you dont' want to use the wireless you can just keep it disabled in the router config. they are usually disabled by default.

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Im looking for a really good PCIE Video Card, Non Gaming, Dual Monitor App .
and without a fan for noise and reliability concerns.

Is this a good choice ???

A:Solved: Video Card Recommendation.

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I have a desktop running Windows 7 home pro, and a laptop running Windows 8. I would like to know if it's necessary to buy a premium (i.e. Paid) anti-virus program, or is Avast Free good enough? I want complete anti-virus protection on both machines, all the basics. Thanks for any advice.

A:Solved: Need recommendation for best anti-virus

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I need help with choosing a replacement hard drive for the one that is failing in my dell dimension 4600. running windows xp that is about 4 years old..... I looked inside and here is what the drive says. maxtor 80gb,
ATA/133hdd diamond max plus .I really do not understand the different types (ata-Sata ect.) What would be a good replacement for this drive?(model #) I would like to stay with the same brand & increase size. (500gb) ? Any help would be great. thanks...

A:Solved: need hard drive recommendation

If your current hard drive has a wide flat ribbon then you need a ide drive, also known as a pata drive (parallel). If it has a small round cable then it is a sata drive. Most older computers use the ide type drives. as long as you get the drive with the same type cable then you should be alright ( if your hard drive has a flat cable then you should get a new drive that used a flat cable(ide drive)). the ide drives are getting a little hard to find

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I think Im pushing my HP 300W supply a little hard, and Id better change it - or at least have one ready to install.

Is this a good supply .. reliable ?

A:Solved: Power Supply recommendation

Good brand, specs look good on the 12v.

As long as your HP can take the upgrade, your good to go.

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The background:
I had an Acer X1700 that we were using as a media center, mainly playing Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon. Due to a heat issue it died.
Replaced it with a Shuttle SG41J4. At first we used the old video card, a Geforce G100, but it has developed some stuttering issues (not related to internet bandwidth) when streaming Hulu and Netflix. Currently using the onboard Intel GMA X4500 which works ok but not great.
We are looking for a new video card. I don't want to spend too much on it. Preferably less than $35. I would prefer to get it from Amazon and be eligible for Prime shipping. Would also prefer it to be not too loud as it is used for a media center.

Right now leaning toward a Geforce 210. I saw a XFX 9600 GSO for only $20 that I liked but most reviews say it is really noisy and the fan speed can't be adjusted.

Ideas? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Edit to add:
Don't need anything fancy. The system is not used for games. Just want decent, reliable netflix and hulu streaming to a 1080p TV, preferably over HDMI but can do DVI.

Edit #2: Decided to go with an HIS Radeon HD 5450.

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I'm not very sophisticated when it comes to electronics, so I get confused with all the details and descriptions of the products out there. I've been using a basic vcr/dvd to record programs from the tv. I need a new one and can't find a basic vcr with tuner to record while I watch programs.

Everything seems to be so complicated with features I'll never use. Can anyone recommend just a simple vcr or vcr/dvd that will record one channel while I watch another?????

I don't even dub from vcr to dvd or want to record on dvd. I just want to record from tv.

Thanks so much.

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Greetings Everyone, long time no see...

I am curious to the whole 4 Gig issue with 32 bit versions of Windows XP. I understand that 64-bit versions of XP/Vista support more than 4 Gigs, while 32-bit versions only support like 3.5Gigs (recognizable, while the rest is used by the kernel).

My issue is, I currently purchased a new system and am trying to figure out which Windows OS would be the best for me. This new system will have 4 Gig's or RAM along with a 64-bit processor, so I guess the question I'm asking is should I get a 64-bit version of XP Pro or look into Vista.

This new system is a gaming machine. Currently I am on Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 32-bit and I love it, but since that will not suffice for the new hardware I'm looking for recommendations. Whatever I can get closest to on those terms would probably get best for me.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

A:Solved: OS Recommendation (The 4Gig Question)

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Hello all...
I hope I am on the right forum to ask, but first...Verizon is coming in a few days to FIOS the phone/TV/PC. They just sent a email reminder, and in it said that my win98se is not a supported platform. I have an old Tiger clone (Pro-400) and was told a few years back that it didn't have enough oomph to upgrade to a more modern OS.

My wife says to go out and get a new PC, and hey..i'm all for that, but I am pretty PCstupid and wouldn't know where to start. I mostly just surf various sites (all which invariably have youtube links, etc. that just crash my PC), send emails, and play some games (cheesy ones 'cause the thing is just not up to the task for the biggies). One thing I would like to be able to do in the future is stream (successfully,) TV and maybe movies to a second television. I guess that would matter quite a bit in this case, yes?

Can anyone steer me in the right direction as to where to shop (saw the negatives about circuit city and others) and maybe specific brands and models I should go for. Can I get something that won't be a dinosaur in three months for $1,000? I Have a monitor, printer, scanner, etc.

Appreciate anyones time and help here as I am a bit older, and pretty computer illiterate.
Thanks John

A:Solved: Please advise what forum is best to get new PC recommendation.

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