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  1. Babrbarossa

    Undervolting Acer Predator Helios 3

    I have an Acer Predator Helios 3 and despite taking it all apart and reapplying proper thermal interface on the CPU and mosfets it still runs at 80c a lot of the time. I know that gaming laptops run hot but I have heard that people in the know undervolt these to cool them down. I am no...
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    F.I.L build

    Hi Guys - I haven't built a system in a couple of years so I'm a little out of touch. I can hardly believe it but it has been ten years since I put my father in law's computer together and he's looking to replace. He likes snappy performance and is keen on having an SSD and 16gb ram. My...
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    Anyone else excited for RX 5950XT?

    Am I naive for being excited about AMD making a go for high end graphics again? I am still rocking an old r295x2 that I bought for $500 back in 2014 and have been waiting for a good excuse to upgrade for years - amazing that it's taken so long - so long, in fact that I probably need a whole...
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    Do you use a VPN?

    My Father-in-law and I have been talking about paid VPN services and whether or not they are worth it for our families - we don't do anything illegal online like download pirated software and we don't feel much need to access streaming services that are better on the state-side so really it...
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    New NAS with WD Red face

    I just purchased a QNAP TS-231 and was a little discouraged at forking out $300 for the pair of WD Red 3 TB drives to go in it. Anyway, I wanted to set them up in RAID 1 but unfortunately I got a read error on one of them from the QNAS system - so i switched sides with it and re-ran the test -...
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    Windows 8.1 drivers for XBOX controller

    Xbox 360 Wired Controller | Connect to Windows Computer | Xbox Wired Controller I realize that this is probably old news for everyone else but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there is support for xbox one and xbox 360 controllers through windows 8.1 - Seems to work with most major...
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    r9 295x2/LGA 1366 Bottleneck/Upgrade question

    Hi Everyone - I just impulse ordered a r9 295x2 from the US for $700 and will be replacing my watercooled 7970 in my aging 1366/ i7 920 build. A sane person would have just grabbed a r9 280x and crossfired it with the 7970, but by the time I bought a full coverage block for a new 280x, I would...
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    Best lappy for under $1500

    Buying a new laptop this week- I prefer ASUS, Toshiba, or Alienware and it will be used for occasional gaming. My wife will be the primary user and she doesn't want a huge screen - prefers matte finsih but not essential. Also- are there any great deals on right now anywhere? Thanks!:thumb:
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    Want to Sell Babrbarossa house cleaning sale

    Shipping for these sales is at the buyers expense- I will accept EMT NEW-NEVER USED new Sapphire Vapor-X 1GB 5750 DX11 video card in box. $165 OBO. FS Two EVGA hydrocopper 16 waterblocks for the GTX 260 or 280. These are among the best waterblocks for these cards and have extraordinary...
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    Bitten by a Komodo

    I installed a swiftech komodo full coverage waterblock on my 5870 today and was quite careful to do it properly. I added it to my Boreas 12 loop and turned the computer on and nothing came up on-screen. I tried another GPU and it all worked so I knew the GPU was the issue. When installing...
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    Dutch advertising

    HEMA - online winkelen Certainly a unique approach although I think it would make my wife cringe.
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    CoH patch 2.6 contains Tales of Valour minus cd key?

    As some know, I live in the boonies and pay thorugh the nose for 3G highspeed, and when I get hit with a series of big updates, it hurts. I made the mistake of allowing CoH to download patch 2.6 whos soul purpose is to allow the game t ointegrate with the new crappy expansion pack- tales of...
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    DX11 Questions from NVidia answered by AMD

    Supposedly, It is typical upon a new AMD GPU launch, for a representative from NVidia to formulate an email to review sites in which they pose the "tough questions" about the card that they feel the reviewer should be asking themslves as they review the product. Questions like: "Aren't they...
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    How a REAL review is done!

    ?????????&?? - P7P55D Deluxe - Xtreme Design - Global Summit ?? - XFastest - Media & Forum I found this link posted on TG - looks like they've finally figured out how do to a real review in the far east. I just can't put my finger on what I find so appealing... I wonder if any of our reviewers...
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    The effect of diminishing desktop/component market?

    I just wanted to post a commentary on the state of desktop and see what kind of insight people had to offer on what the shrinking desktop and desktop component market is having on our hobby. People have been saying this for years, but for one reason or another the desktop and destop OEM...
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    Coolit Boreas 12 en route- eek

    I was a little drunk the other night and 'accidentally' ordered a Coolit Boreas 12 which I have ogled many times in the past, but unfortunately have never put much though into the pratical implementation of such a cooler. I know coolit customizes TJ07 cases to house these coolers, but I was...
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    $1000 case anyone?

    I was browsing the new arrivals at NCIX and found this Thermaltake Expressar case with built in refrigeration cooling. Looks interesting except that the only 1366 mobos that it will accept are MSI and gigabyte and if you have a video card that is 10 inches long, it can't go in the top two PCIE...
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    CM 690 top mount rad mod

    A friend of mine came over to my place on the weekend to add another radiator to his loop. He is starting out with a PA 160 cooling an e8400 and an 8800GTS 640. Some might argue that the PA160 is enough cooling but he wasn't getting the temps he wanted and after several tries at resetting his...
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    6GB GSkill 1600 DDR3 for $135

    NCIX.com - Buy G.SKILL F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 9-9-9-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit - F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ In Canada. Nice price here- almost a third of what I payed for my memory NCIX.com - Buy EVGA E-GEFORCE GTX 260 576MHZ 896MB 2GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out...
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    Step up with a DOA card?

    I have a DOA GTX 260 and I want to RMA it to EVGA, but I thought, why not upgrade to the 285 while I'm at it. The problem is that the terms of the step-up program say that the card must work or there is a 15% extra charge. This doesn't make sense to me since any cards being stepped up are...