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  1. vulcan500rider

    Need Advice on a New/Upgrade Build

    Hi, everyone! It's been a long time since I posted anything on HWC, and an awfully long time since I had the time or money to consider upgrading, so I feel pretty out of the loop. That said, with Cyberpunk 2077 coming out in November, I'm considering upgrading my system to better cope with it...
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    RX 480 - Occasional reboots

    Hi, all: I recently upgraded from a 5850 to an RX 480--specifically the MSI RX 480 OC Armor. The new card is awesome, but I am getting occasional reboots while gaming. I've been monitoring temps, and they seem fine; the card never gets near 80. My second thought was power, as I'm running a...
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    A new wireless mouse after a decade...

    Hi, All! So, the first wireless mouse I ever bought is the same one that I'm currently using--a Logitech MX700. I bought it in (I think) 2003. It died just inside of the obscenely long warranty period and I got swapped to whatever the flavour of the day was. I didn't like it, so I sold it and...
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    Crucial MX200 or Samsung 850 EVO?

    Hi, All! I'm finally looking to upgrade my tiny 64GB SSD (Crucial M400, IIRC) to get some more space. Budget is pretty tight, but it looks like some fairly decent 250GB drives are now hovering around the $100 mark, and will hopefully drop even lower come Black Friday. The two I'm seeing right...
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    Data for a 3G phone on a 4G network?

    Hi, all! You guys were kind enough to help me choose a phone for my wife not too long ago, and I went with the Moto G. It's a great phone, and she loves it, but I haven't been able to get her data working. Wireless works fine, but data simply won't work. I've tried a factory reset and the...
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    In Need of Some Cell Phone Buying Advice...

    Hi, All: I was fortunate enough to have a communication allowance when I moved to my new job, so I'm currently using a Galaxy S3, but my wife has been using an incredibly outdated phone for quite some time. I'm thinking of buying her an upgrade for Mother's Day, but I want to stick with...
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    Apple TV vs PS3 Media Server

    Hi All! My in-laws bought my wife and I an Apple TV (3rd Gen) for Xmas. I've already got most of my media needs met through my PS3 via PS3 Media Server, and I serve up content to our iPad and my phone via AirPlayIt. The only thing I don't really like about the setup is that it's terrible for...
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    Alternatives to cable

    Hi, All! My wife and I are looking at some cost-saving measures, and have more or less decided it's time to cancel our cable. I've been looking into alternatives, and have already implemented a few; specifically, I've been able to use unblock-us to gain access to US Netflix, and create a...
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    Anyone do PT work from home?

    Hi, All: No, really, it's not spam. Just soliciting advice. A recent "reevaluation" and "reclassification" by Revenue Canada has just hoofed me in the nuts, and I'm told I owe an additional $5000. I've got many of the same problems as some of the fellows on here--young family, trying to pay...
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    Humble Bundle for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Lovers

    Anyone interested in picking up some new sci-fi/fantasy novels and giving to charity should take a look. Either 6 or 8 books (depending on contribution), for whatever you're willing to pay! The Humble eBook Bundle (pay what you want and help charity)
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    Need MP3 Player Advice

    Well, after almost 6 years of loyal service, I'm beginning to have trouble with my beloved Cowon D2. I've had it apart once already, and may still find a way to fix the switch that's giving me trouble, but I think I have to start looking at other options. My first thought was to go back to...
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    New Website Catering to Nerds

    Hi, All: In case any of you may be interested, I've recently developed my first website: www.nerdincognito.com It has all manner of nerdly pursuits on it, and some that would might to be stretched pretty far to fit the moniker. I've just about got all of the functionality and the first...
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    Blogging & Webhosting Advice?

    Hi All! To make a long story short, I'm considering setting up a blog on which I would be posting some of my own creative work (my background is actually in English, with a concentration in creative writing). A lot of the content would be fairly flippant, light, and satirical, but there's...
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    Want to Sell e5200, Xigmatek S1283

    G'Day! I have for sale the bones of my old rig. That includes the following: Q9550 E0 - $160 + shipping [SOLD LOCALLY] Mushkin HP-6400 2x2GB RAM kit - $40 + shipping [SOLD LOCALLY] eVGA 780i S775 motherboard - $100 + shipping - - NOW $75+shipping [SOLD] e5200 - $40 + shipping Sorry, I...
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    Too many ASUS mobos to choose from...

    Hi guys! I'm contemplating an i5 upgrade, and have been picking through motherboards. I know already that I want an ASUS, but they seem to have a generally terrible naming scheme this generation, and I'm trying to determine WHICH motherboard I really need. I've pretty much narrowed things...
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    Q9550, eVGA 780i, Mushkin 2x2GB DDR2

    Hi All: I've been mulling over the possibility of upgrading to an i5 platform, so that I can take advantage of higher SATA speeds and TRIM with my new SSD. I looked at eBay prices for Q9550s, and they seem absolutely nuts--anywhere from $150 buy it now to $300 auctions. What's a FAIR price...
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    Affordable SATA 2 SSD

    Hi All! Synopsis for those with short attention spans: -Excellent SATA 2-based SSD, 60-120gb, affordable, but still excellent. For those with more patience: I've decided to turn the sad day of selling my beloved motorcycle into a happy day of computer upgrading by finally stepping into the...
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    Questions about the GTX 460

    Hi All! Until very recently, I have been using 8800GT SLI in my rig. Unfortunately, one of them has unexpectedly given up the ghost on me, and I'm stuck with only one. Money is a bit tight right now, but as long as I'm getting a new card, it might as well be a bit of an upgrade from where I...
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    Vintage Audio Equipment -- Repost from Audio Forum

    Hi All, I posted this in the Audio Forum, asking for input and opinions on value for some of my old audio equipment. Because the audio forum doesn't really get a lot of traffic, I thought I might just repost a link here. Any input is welcome, and sorry for anyone annoyed with the double...
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    Old audio equipment value & other thoughts

    Hi All! My wife and I are looking at buying our first house, which is prompting a cleanout of my storage/workroom. Among the many precious artifacts therein are an old mixer board, an old guitar amp, and a PA-style speaker/monitor. I've used them over the years for music at numerous...
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