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10266 ID: b2e3ff 0 No. 10266 hide watch quickreply [Reply]
Hey guys. I've recently come into a decent windfall of money and have gotten a chance to replace my old Dell Inspiron E1505 that's been slowly but steadily dying (Half of its 1gig of ram is corrupted, for instance). To replace it I've been looking on BestBuy.com for some cheaper and affordable laptops.

The ones I've narrowed down to are:

HP - Laptop / AMD Turion™ II Processor / 15.6" Display / 3GB Memory / 500GB Hard Drive - ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 / USB 2.0 Ports: 3 / 4hr Battery / $429.99

Gateway - Laptop / AMD Turion™ II X2 Processor / 15.6" Display / 4GB Memory / 500 GB Hard Drive / ATI Radeon HD 4250 / USB 2.0 Ports: 3 / 3hr 6m Battery / $474.99

Lenovo - IdeaPad Laptop / AMD Phenom™ II Processor / 15.6" Display / 3GB Memory / 320GB Hard Drive / ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4270 / USB 2.0 Ports: 2 / 4hr Battery / $379.99

All laptops are Windows 7 Home Premium.

Few things I should mention to put these numbers into actual data:
-I want my laptop to be able to play mostly older games, Heroes3/Rise of Nations, and maybe a bit more modern up to about Heroes 5. That level of capability.
-I don't really care about HD space, though the more the better. 320 can get me by just fine.
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9966 ID: 968e4e 0 No. 9966 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
After going through a couple different expensive headphones, I'm looking to get some cheap, but decent and comfortable portable headphones that hopefully will last at least a year, don't want anything more than £30. Currently looking at these:
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>> ID: cc2843 2 No. 10100
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Logitech Labtec Desktop Microphone was here, all USB mics are shite
>> ID: 30035e 2 No. 10111
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Agreed, Logitech Desktop Mic 3.5 mm version ftw
>> ID: 3417f2 0 No. 10155

Neither of them have a mute button. Ya gotta have a mute button.
>> ID: 30035e 0 No. 10166
the massive blue switch on the neck of >>10111 is mute, idk about >>10100 but I'd suspect it has one on the base at the front
>> ID: 90ce87 0 No. 10222
It doesn't have a mute button, but I still thought it was a decent mic for $10.

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10144 ID: 64ce12 0 No. 10144 hide watch quickreply [Reply]
I've been saving up to upgrade my computer, and right now I have enough cash where I can buy some parts and not worry.

Right now I'm planning on buying a NZXT Phantom Case (my old rig has a fucking box fan on it because I can't cool it properly and it's all scratched up and dented anyways so I just figured I'd buy a new one). So, I've got enough cash to either upgrade my processor or my video card.

Right now I have an AMD Phenom II X4 940 processor, 4 GB RAM, a 550 watt power supply, and a Radeon HD 5770. I have no clue about which one I should upgrade to give me better performance (I'm thinking the video card would but I have no idea if bottlenecking could be involved because I have no clue about that shit).

For processors, I'm planning on buying either this Intel i7-950 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211) for $270 or this AMD Phenom II X6 1100T (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103913) for $209.

For Video Cards, I'm planning on getting a Radeon HD 6950 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161368) for $260. I heard that there's a way to unlock it so it acts like a 6970 but I have no clue if it's worth it.

So, here's my questions.

1. Should I upgrade my video card or my processor first?

2. Should I go for the cheaper AMD Phenom or splurge on the more expensive Intel i7?
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>> ID: b4bef5 0 No. 10177
You could just overclock your 940 to 3.6-8ghz after buying a new case and just upgrade the GPU, 6950 with flash is decent or a 560 ti.

As for your choices of new cpu's you'll see hardly any performance increases in games compared to a i5, since those would only be decent purchases if you do batch encoding, rendering etc.
>> ID: 64ce12 0 No. 10188
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Thanks. I wasn't sure if there would be any increase performance wise by buying a new cpu, and since I've never bothered overclocking due to my shitty case I didn't realise that could be a potential increase in performance. I rarely do video editing, and whenever I batch encode it's only like 5 or so songs and its fast anyways so I guess there's no point in buying a new cpu. And honestly I'm a real penny pincher so I don't want to waste money if I don't have to.

What are the pros and cons for going ATi or NVIDIA? I've used ATi my entire life so I've never given the other side a try, and the only time I really wished I had a GeForce was because some depth of field, parallax mapping and other fancy shit mod wouldn't work on my ATi card, so I'm not sure I'm missing much.
>> ID: 9c0689 0 No. 10199

ATi cards are generally cheaper and more power efficient for an equivalent card, but nvidia has better drivers for their cards.
>> ID: bd498a 0 No. 10200

Some of the time, ATi cards can offer more bang for your buck (like 5750 vs. 260 GTX, when those were still new). nVidia cards also come with onboard PhysX support, so games running PhysX will run smoother and faster, unless you disable it.
>> ID: 64ce12 0 No. 10211
I think I'm going to go with ATi again. I've been lurking around some sites, and based on some benchmarks I'm seeing that there's some benefit in using it over the comparable NVIDIA card, and it's like $10 cheaper.

Thanks for the help.

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9911 ID: 3ddb83 0 No. 9911 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
sileo 500 ?
cm 690 II ?
fractal design define r3 ?
some other shit?

i like it quiet. should i invest in those noise isolation pads or just pay more money for a case that already has them built in?
do they cause bad airflow?
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>> ID: a46e23 1 No. 9933

good luck deciding
>> ID: a46e23 0 No. 9944
also getting a case for LEDs and a plexiglass side window is pretty stupid. just get the pc-k58 and save yourself some money.
>> ID: 3ddb83 0 No. 9955
unfortunately the site im ordering from (free shipping) doesn't have that one so i overlooked it. guess ill order from a different site and save me a couple bucks

are there no other differences? the k62 seems to have 2 additional fans built in.

thanks for the info btw
>> ID: 4dc758 1 No. 10022
NZXT Phantom, it's the best jerry, THE BEST.
>> ID: 4dc758 0 No. 10133

Ok, I have now actually seen the case and put a computer in it, and as expected it is awesome. if you like the style there is hardly an alternative in the pricerange.

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9777 ID: 787b5a 0 No. 9777 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
I'm tired of the fucking jet engines in my room. Looking for a way to still have a high-endish rig (I'm fine with stock speeds, stability is more important than LOL CPU-Z SCORE) with as quiet a machine as possible.

Is water cooling the answer? Do I have to remove every heatsink and replace it with a water block? Are the cheap "all-in-one" kits complete shit?
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>> ID: cfde10 0 No. 9799
use third party utilities such as msi afterburner to set custom fan settings that detect temperatures and adjust fan speed accordingly
>> ID: 31ad41 6 No. 9800
  computer liek oil
>> ID: 520ee1 0 No. 9811
Would it be possible to put mineral oil in a water cooling system and get the same effects? You wouldn't have to worry about leaks this way.
>> ID: f265ae 1 No. 9822
i think its possible but the pump might not be powerfull enough to move it around.
>> ID: 5ac63c 0 No. 9900
either clean your heatsink (though definitely the rest of your case/components) thoroughly or get a nice new noctua one or something. Either way reapply thermal paste too

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9844 ID: ed9307 0 No. 9844 hide watch quickreply [Reply]
cool ebay is doing this thing where it randomly chooses accounts and flags them making it so you have to wait 21 days to receive payments for your auctions in order to "promote buyer confidence"

ive used ebay for a decade now and they introduce a new policy roughly every 6 months that makes me just want to find a new way to sell shit online. does any other medium exist? p.s. craigslist sucks
>> ID: 945677 0 No. 9855
If the shit you're trying to sell is a commercial product, then Amazon. That's what I use.
>> ID: 392388 0 No. 9899
i've bought a few used games through amazon, it works pretty well

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9666 ID: c08c54 0 No. 9666 hide watch quickreply [Reply]
Is there a small simple program i can use to monitor the temperature of all the parts in my pc?Speed fan is kinda buggy on my system for some reason.
>> ID: ac1d51 1 No. 9677
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Although obvs it's only as good as your parts are. Dell stuff for instance show barely any details
>> ID: 2d45ed 0 No. 9700
my cpu fan is 35.000 RPM so im good
>> ID: c08c54 0 No. 9766
Thank you.Now i know why my pc sounds like a jet engine when i play APB.
>> ID: 40b334 9 No. 9833
the game is trying to tell you to stop playing such a shitty game

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9566 ID: 34533a 2 No. 9566 hide watch quickreply [Reply]
It's like Windows 7 but it takes way longer to open the thing you want it to and is also less functional.

Anyone getting any use out of this? I just switched back to using the old GNOME. Nothing Unity does that can't be done better with Docky. Probably just going to switch to GNOME 3 when my patience for this runs out.
>> ID: 258864 2 No. 9577
When I upgraded my netbook to Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 they started using Unity on it and it was terrible. Unity felt really slow and chunky and I completely lost interest in using Ubuntu in general. Windows 7 ran circles around Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 on the same hardware, and Aero ran wonderfully (on an Intel GMA 950, no less!).

I ordered a 2GB stick for my netbook so maybe Unity will run better on that but I dislike it to begin with because it feels like Ubuntu is trying really hard to be OS X and Windows 7 but it ends up being a second-rate desktop environment.
>> ID: 1b9b0e 3 No. 9722
Supposedly Unity is amazing on computers that are strong enough.

Of course, using Linux on anything that's strong enough to use Windows is p. dumb
>> ID: ee0dd0 1 No. 9733
Anything that is not CLI can fuck off!
>> ID: 4d0949 2 No. 9744
smartphones and touchscreens literally ruining anything good about graphical interfaces

let's see them try to navigate with lynx
>> ID: 34533a 1 No. 9755
Regarding the panel you can't change the position and you can't click an icon of an open window to minimize it. Those are two basic features of a dock type interface and Unity can't do either.

The top left button in the left corner (as in original picture) can only seem to house 4 direct shortcuts and then when you click on one of the "more apps" buttons at least 1/3 of the programs it shows are shit you don't have that its encouraging you to download. The "more apps" categories are really weak as well so its likely you'll just have to open up the full list of all programs installed or better yet just type in what you want to use.

The OSX style universal titlebar is alright on fullscreen stuff but on anything else its just confusing.

Oh and it broke my DESKTOP CUBE. It's a decent time to be a KDE user at least.

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9633 ID: 51b302 0 No. 9633 hide watch quickreply [Reply]
firefox updated and now there are 2 problems

1. when i load a new frame it keeps my position on the page the same (if im at the bottom of a page on fa and i click a link to go to another board it loads that board but im still at the bottom of the page)
2. my file upload field wont clear so now i cant post without an image

what do i do
>> ID: aa8bc8 0 No. 9644
reinstall or try making a new firefox profile
>> ID: 404696 0 No. 9688
check your addons too
>> ID: 51b302 1 No. 9711
everythings fine now & all i did was restart firefox

computers are weird

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7744 ID: c90140 114 No. 7744 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts]
poz this post if you instantly think lesser of somebody for owning an iPhone, Macbook, or other Apple product
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>> ID: e8ac5b 0 No. 9466
attempting to break the internet's dependence on flash is nothing but a good thing

i mean, it would kind of totally suck if i had one of them, but i don't!
>> ID: c90140 15 No. 9488
Apple is only attempting to break dependence on Flash in order to make room for a standard that they can control.
>> ID: ebdf74 0 No. 9499
I would be mad but his shirt just pushed me past my threshold of giving a shit
>> ID: bca05e 13 No. 9500
>mfw i think of unprotected gay sex with a guy who has AIDS

op is a total stealth pozzer
>> ID: 8369fa 1 No. 9599
Now he has a boxxy T-shirt?
This asshole must be trolling

ID: d32ed8 2 No. 9277 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
  Wow they are actually making these!Whats your opinion on this thing?
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>> ID: 943028 0 No. 9300
this guy is so annoying
>> ID: fc0442 18 No. 9333
Fuck I wish I could -rep you below 0
>> ID: d32ed8 4 No. 9344
i remember all of the "they will never build it" and "its a scam" bullshit but thins thing looks pretty good.Too bad it costs a shit loads of money.
>> ID: 57fef0 2 No. 9444
My "opinion on this thing" is: I know what to do with my next paycheck.
>> ID: 57fef0 4 No. 9455
It sure as hell isn't going into a 3DS

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8799 ID: b786b7 0 No. 8799 hide watch quickreply [Reply]
ok hi question time

i have a 750-watt Corsair i7-compatable PSU in this computer at the moment(bought it as overkill for some reason), and i've got most of the parts i need for a new pc. in order to save a little money, could i use the psu currently in my pc to power the new one and just wait to get a lower-voltage one for this one i'm on now? or is it too risky in terms of lifespan for the psu?
>> ID: 0ced67 0 No. 8800
I don't see how it would be a lifespan risk unless your current system is already stressing the hell out of your psu, the transition should be smooth and without hitches

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