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New Gaming PC (is this overkill)

Question: New Gaming PC (is this overkill)

Motherboard: Asrock Fatal1ty X99 Professional
CPU: Intel Core i7-5960x
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX Extreme
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Elite 16GB DDR4-2666
GFX: Gigabyte GTX 980 Gaming G1 x2 (SLI)
SSD: Samsung SSD 850 Pro 512GB
HDD: 1TB Western Digital Black
PSU: Corsair AX1500i Digital
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 900D or HAF 932 Full Tower (Don't know which one yet)

This is the 3rd computer that I am building. I kind of want to future proof it but I don't know if this is overkill or not.

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Preferred Solution: New Gaming PC (is this overkill)

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Answer: New Gaming PC (is this overkill)

It's a great looking build - overkill will depend on what you plan to play and at what settings/resolution. This is such an open ended question that it can't really be answered well. If you're playing solitaire I would say yes... at any resolution this machine will be overkill.

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this is my first thread, and my first question. i feel like i have a long way to go on building a new gaming pc, but ill start here.

AMD athlon 64 4000+ is it an over kill???? the new computer is for gaming and all those lovely small applications. aim.word. etc.etc.etc...

or would a AMD athlon 64 3500+ be ok for gaming and whats not?

i went to toms hardware guide and i saw the FPS and obviously 4k+ is up there all the time.....

and i mean, HL2, Flight sim X, NFSMW, etc... all those good games, i want them to play flawlessy.

i know i have to take in consideration the motherboard, Ram and Video card.

mobo... IDK

ram... 2 gigs min... IDK wat brand

video ...... nvdia 7800 gtx.... , iv allways had nvidia, and i figured ill go all out with the card. .... ati is great... but ill pass.

and a 250gig drive or something....

iv read so much on the MOBo ill make a separate thread for that... lol, but guys. i still have time. i havent bought anything. i can allways save a lil more.

but im looking to spend around 1000...1200...max? max....can be a lil more flexible... the only downside on me being flexible is i have to save...which means more time...aaand id like it soon...

soo... im sorry if this is too long... and please tell me anything that i should be aware of...

thanks alot... to the site and everyone.

Answer:Is an AMD athlon 64 4000+ an overkill for gaming???

I guess it all depends on how long you want the CPU to last you.

I have the 3700 (939) and it performs amazingly, and it'll hold me over for some time yet. I don't think there would be much of a difference between the 4000 and my 3700 in today's games (maybe a few FPS), but as newer CPU intensive games come out, the difference will become more noticable.

If on a budget, I'm tempted to tell you to go for 2Gb of ram and a hot video card (7800GTX or X1900) and stick with the 3500 for now. It'll last you a good year or so before it starts lagging on you. Then upgrade to a nice dual core CPU when the prices are cheaper next year after the release of the M2 CPUs.

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hey all

im selecting parts for my upcoming computer build ...

and i was wondering if a ATI Radeon HD 4870 is overkill for a 19inch LCD/HD monitor
My build so far...
AMD PHENOM™ II X4 945 (3.0GHz) 8MB CACHE (Socket AM3)
ASUS® M4A78T-E: AM3, DUAL DDR3, S-ATA II, 2 x PCI-E x 16, 2 x PCI
Around 600W PSU - havent decided on make

and a 19inch widescreen 1440x900 monitor...
thanks for your time

Answer:Upcoming "gaming build" 19inch monitor ATI 4870 overkill?

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Question: Overkill

I am new. On my computer I have downloaded several antispyware thingies: Spybot-Search & Destroy; Registry Mechanic, XbotSpy, SpyNuker, SE Adware. When I run them consecutively they all seem to come up with something (usually minor). Is this overkill? Also, I ran from your page the fix for Spybot-Search and Destroy DSO Exploit, and it didn't fix my problem. What now? Thanks.


Hi OldHorsetailSnake,

Welcome to MGs

What malware problems are you having?

XbotSpy - I am not familiar with this one.

As far as for SpyNuker, you probably ought to dump it! See this: SpyNuker

You are probably OK with these three: SpyBotSD, Ad-AwareSE, and install Spyware Blaster and keep them up-to-date. See these suggestions: How to Protect yourself from malware!

If you want to properly scan for malware, follow the Cleanup Tutorial HERE: READ ME FIRST BEFORE ASKING FOR SUPPORT: Basic Spyware, Trojan and Virus Removal

If you should need further assistance, let us know!


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Question: overkill?

I dont know what the general consensus on RAM is here (how much is overkill) but I have just ordered another gig (2x512) of pc3200 cas 2.0 ddr400 ram which will mean that I will have 2gig... I got a bargain on this ram (prices seem to have fallen since i bought my first 2 sticks in january)..

is 2 gigs of ram too much at the moment? or can you never have too much?

anyway its ordered so am looking forward to seeing if it makes any difference!


As I have seen on computers so far (most of which are the people here in their sigs), many people are running 2GB. That honestly looks like too much RAM, but people have different uses for their PC. I have to say that I run a load of garbage simultaneously, and I only ordered 1GB of RAM. If that isn't enough, then I'll pick up another pair.

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Question: Overkill.

How much ram is overkill for windows 64 bit?


well your system max can hold 4 gigs.....if that....

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Question: Overkill?

Dear tech guy(s),
I have been reading info you've given others in the forum for a few weeks. I have followed some of the advice myself due to my husband running our machine after our norton expired We have an e-machine with XP. Recently, I installed all the Norton 2005 goodies with the firewall, installed spybot, spywareguard, and I run only mozilla's Firefox. Spybot seems to have gotten a lot of stuff, but DSO EXploit, Huntbar, and 3 unknowns won't go away. Am I running too many things on my machine? I am pasting my hijack this log in hopes that you can help me weed out the rest of the garbage. I notice a lot of yahoo stuff on there. My husband loves yahoo,but I know they track every move you make. Is all their stuff harmless? Thanks so much.- Logan

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 10:59:45 AM, on 11/14/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\ISSVC.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.e... Read more


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Good afternoon,
How do i copy a video dvd with Nero? 17 hours ago
What on earth is going on as I have this post 11 times on my lists of posts. ( 9 are on the first page and 2 on the second page of the list of posts that are the questions people are asking. I presume someone not getting preferential treatment but disconcerting!! Anyone else get this or is this something wrong with my pc??
[ Bye the way when I tried to post the site locked and suggested I try again - has this happened to anyone else as this is the fourth or so time is has happened to me? After that I got the dreaded ?Please wait? sign!! So in and out of the site to get clear of it! ]

Answer:Isn't this overkill??

There must be a glitch somewhere, when I just looked at your (Housten's) profile 'Discussions you have started' that 'How do i copy a video dvd with Nero?' thread of yours is not listed at all... which is very strange if it's there when you look.
I think FE will delete your duplicate posts in Helproom when he gets time to do it. You could always email him and request the 'tidy up'

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Question: Overkill?

I've crashed my computer so many times in the past that I sit down to my desk wearing a helmet! It been a long time since I have crashed and I attribute it to using three different spyware programs but I've been reading some of the threads here and now I wonder if I'm overkilling my puter'. I do a lot of web surfing and tend to pick up a lot of cookies and reg files. To combat this I have avg free, c cleaner, and malwarebytes installed in my two towers. I run avg automatically when I turn on my towers and then when I'm done surfing I run malwarebytes and c cleaner concurrently.

I have found that often times c cleaner wipes out the cookies and reg problems I have before malwarebytes finishes running, but malwarebytes sometimes finds deeper rooted problems. avg warns me immediately if I am downloading dangersous software or videos and I have actually been able to put my helmet away. Am I over responding and does this cause any problems to the effectiveness of my computer?


I would run cCleaner first, if you run frequently, should take less than a minute. Then malwarebytes, that type of scan should run undisturbed.

Sounds like you do a lot of downloading. Have you ever tried a program called sandboxie? You can find it here at MG. Might be the added protection you need while still giving you the freedom to experiment a little.:wave

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Question: Is this overkill?

Hey guys! I plan on building a high end gaming pc that will run anything with no problem. Yet, I have encountered 2 problems. I want to know two things. First of all here is my build...

Intel Core i7 4770k $340

Asus Sabertooth z87 $250

Evga Superclocked w/ ACX cooling geforce gtx 770 $420

Corsair dominator platinum 8gb (2 x 4gb) $125

Western Digital WD Black 1 TB $95

NZXT Phantom $120

ASUS 24X DVD Burner $27

CORSAIR HX Series HX1050 (1050 watts) $220

Microsoft Windows 8 Professional $140

COOLER MASTER Seidon 120XL Water CPU Cooler $74

Asus VK278Q Black 27" 1920x1080 2ms $295

Total = $2006 ( -$100 with deal )

So my two main concerns are...
1. is it necessary to have the video card to be super clocked? I may or may not overclock (more likely not) if that will make a difference.

2. is the power supply overkill? It will supply 1050 watts which seems like a lot! Anyone can recommend one but it must be modular!

If anyone has any tips on lowering the price that will be greatly appreciated. I know currently that Newegg has a deal with the cpu and motherboard combo with -$100 (an amazing deal!!!) so try not to change those two.
Thank you and have a nice day!

Answer:Is this overkill?

1. is it necessary to have the video card to be super clocked? I may or may not overclock (more likely not) if that will make a difference.Click to expand...

When you see a card sold with a higher clockspeed or memory speed than stock, it just means that it passed stability tests and or QC at the higher speed AND they can charge more for the card. Will it make a difference? Most likely only on a benchmark.

is the power supply overkill?Click to expand...

Yes. I would go with a 750W or so corsair, seasonic, pcpower&cooling or FSP unit.

Why is it that you want a modular pw supply? Other than neatness, there really is no other reason. I just take the unused leads and tie them together then stick them in an unused 5 1/4 bay. They are out of the way AND you do not have to worry about a loose connection with the modular type connectors.

I would add a ssd drive for the system drive. Nothing speeds up a system like a ssd.

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Question: Is this Overkill?

I just removed Windows Live OneCare from my Computer, since Microsoft has discontinued it. I have installed the following:

Windows Defender
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer
Spybot Search & Destroy
Super Antispyware
Spyware Blaster
Zone Alarm
Hi-Jack this (yes I know that this is a very powerful tool, I have only used it once for a really bad infection)
Is this overkill? My wife thinks that I have too many spyware programs on the computers.

If so, what do you all recommend that I keep and what I get rid of?

Answer:Is this Overkill?

How many of the ones in your list are resident (i.e. running in the background) versus on-demand?

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Question: is this overkill

 I have xp sp2 I have threatfire, comodo avg, and windows defender on my pc just wondering if it too much. I don't have any problems really I'm just curious thanks

Answer:is this overkill

Not overkill. I would also install Spywareblaster

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Question: Overkill

Hi Are these 3 programs compatible with each other or would adding SpyWareBlaster to a system that already has Adaware and Spybot be unneccessary??


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Question: Security Overkill


For the first time I have installed an integrated security package, namely Kaspersky Internet Security.

Prior to this I was using AVG Free for anti virus and Sygate personal firwall. Together with this I was and still am using Spybot Search & Destroy with tea timer active, Spyware Blaster and Winpatrol.

You may imagine the number of pop up warnings I get when installing or updating software!

The question is do I need this lot, is it security overkill or should Kaspersky cover all bases on its own?

Derek Smith

Answer:Security Overkill

The basic rule is this, one active antivirus, one active firewall, the others on-demand. So you have to choose, personally I would keep Spybot, and remove AVG, spywareblaster and winpatrol. Use Kaspersky for realtime antivirus and firewall (if included, I dont know the program, but I think firewall is included).

If you like you can let a realtime-antispyware, but i think thats covered already by Kaspersky IS.

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I am using a Dell Inspiron 6000 and I just upgraded to three quarters gig of RAM. My ACT! 2006 is still running kind of slow and during the day I always have multiple programs working, usually ACT!, IE (several screens), and Outlook. I have seen some pretty good deals for either another half gig or one gig. Would going to one a half gig be overkill in a laptop, I have heard varying opinions on this matter?

I am also wondering if there are certian brands to stay with or stay away from? I just added a half gig stick from Crucial with no issues, but they are not the ones with the best deals currently. I have been seeing MemoryPro, Kinston and Micro on Ebay NIB for around $100 give or take.


Answer:How much RAM is overkill in a laptop?

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I have NIS installed on my puter. Have installed Spyblaster.
Am I overdoing it? Does Spyblaster slow down my puter like NIS?

Also have Spybot but haven't gotten any updates for some time.
Can I get rid of CWShredder or should I hang on to it? It too doesn't seem to have updates.


Answer:Overkill w/NIS & Spyblaster?

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Hi people. Ive been reading up on w7 32 v 64 bit editions and im wondering with my machines specs should I stick with the 32 bit as I only have 4gb or RAM and I dont plan on upgrading hardware anytime soon? In saying that can anyone see any obvious issues with the hardware I currently have?
Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 @ 2.93GHz
Wolfdale 45nm Technology
4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 533MHz (7-7-7-20)
- Motherboard
ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5G41T-M LX (LGA775)
- Graphics
VS248 ([email protected])
1024MB ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series (XFX Pine Group)
- Hard Drives
149GB Seagate ST3160812AS (SATA)
- Optical Drives
- Audio
AMD High Definition Audio Device

Answer:W7 X64 bit overkill on my machine?

You can stick with it for now. When time comes to build a whole new PC, get 64 bit.

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I've been running the following configuration for a while now, and it has served me well, however, I would just like to know whether it is overkill or not?

Here's the list:

Microsoft Security Essentials (Ongoing beta)
PC Tools ThreatFire
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (with protection module)
Spybot - Search & Destroy
OpenDNS with custom filtering HOSTS file
Firefox 3.6 Beta 5 with Adblock Plus
Windows Firewall
Router Firewall (locked down fairly tight, see pic.)
Those with an automatic update feature are updated daily, the rest I tend to do on an 'every other day' basis.

I also perform daily scans with MSE and Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware.

I'm pretty careful myself and I make sure I know where I am going, however, my mum, sister, and her partner are a nightmare. Especially with facebook, eBay, ordering crazy stuff from China, internet offers etc.

So, is this overkill, or am I doing the right thing?

I was debating whether to drop Spybot - Search & Destroy, and possibly Spywareblaster. Spybot 2.0 rapidly seems to be turning into vapourware, and I'm not convinced Spywareblaster is keeping up to date with Firefox releases.

What do all you security experts think?

Answer:My security - is it overkill?

Hi, you can remove spybot and threatfire from the list. Rest everything is wonderful.

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When is to many protection programs overkill ? I think I may be doing this.
What i use are these
1. AVG 7.5 free
2. Ad-aware SE
3. Spybot S&D
4. SUPERAntiSpyware
5. AVG Anti-Root
6. CCleaner
7. Zone Labs Security
8. Reg Supreme
I'd like an opinion from the experts of BC to advise me if i should remove some of these and which ones i should keep, what free programs should i be using in your opinion ?
Thanks so much,

Answer:Overkill-what Is To Much Protection

There is no such thing as overkill when it come to the protection of your computer. However there are such thing as to many interface as in using to many firewall or antivirus as a primary. For example, having spyware terminator and Spybot S&D due to the fact the spybot is mostly wanted for it teatimer.exe but occasionally spyware terminator would stop the app from running, hence to much interface. Hope it helps.

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Question: zonealarm overkill

After downloading ZoneAlarm (not pro) about a week ago, I have had nearly 2000 (yes, 2000) attempts at my system. Is this normal? Are this many people really trying to get a hold of my system? Or is it just blocking a lot of harmless stuff?

Answer:zonealarm overkill

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ok- i have been going over a few of the newer posts tonight. as always- there are a few people wanting opinions on "which gaming card?", or "how much ram?", or "how's this for my new computer?".
i am not picking on anyone, don't worry.
i just wanted to bring something to attention, and hear the feedback/debate that results.

ok- i have had a number of different computers at my old age of 22, and with each computer, (usually) the speed/size of each component increases.
i'll tell you this though- my setup now (see my sig) runs my dsl internet connection, my paint shop pro 7, and microsoft Word just as well as the 500mhz pIII w/ 64mb ram and a 20.5 gig hdd that i owned years ago. keep in mind the apps that i just mentioned, and note that there are no games of any sort listed there!
does anyone else see where i'm going with this? where is the idea coming from that you must spend so much money to have a pc, when all you want to use it for is solitare and surfing the net?

Answer:does anyone else smell overkill?

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Got Anonymizer Total Net Shield installed first and like it...donno exactly how good it is in reality...then bought PGP for encryption...PGP Home Desktop 9.0...overkill?

Anonymizer sets up an SSH they say, like a the control panel

PGP I bought for encryption only, but they also have bundled using a PGP proxy for email and AOL IM...overkill with Anonymizer's set up? I creating just more work for my PC chip to process and not more protection?

It was so slow that I decided to uninstall my spam filter software called EmailProtect...and then my Local Area Connection crashed bigtime tonight and I have NO Internet Access now! See my other new thread in that section! This pales in comparison, but I don't want to get in this bind twice.


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Running a Pentium 4, 1.8 ghz
256 mb ram
80gb HD

I have Trend Micro's PC chilling installed and is working great. Got a program as a gift and haven't been able to find much info on it. "OSsurance Desktop" Internet Security, version 4. My thoughts are that I don't need any additional securities but I am relatively new at this and thought I would come here and ask the experts.
Not even sure what this new program does as anything I found was difficult to understand. Thoughts? Overkill? Are the programs even compatible?


Answer:compatability or overkill?

While I'm far from being the expert that some members of this board are, I did a quick Google search on the program. Although everything that I read pertained to Version 3, it seems to be a non signature based anti-virus program attuned to the most common methods that viruses and trojans use - buffer overflows, etc.

That being said, it would seem strange that the major anti-virus manufacturers rely on signature based products, if the "sandbox" method that this program uses is superior or better. For myself, I use the tried and true utilities that I know work - Avast anti-virus, Spybot Search and Destroy, AdAware SE, and A2 Squared. All are available on MajorGeeks as free downloads, but Avast and A2 require registration.

If you like to experiment, then give the program a try, as that is the way that you learn. Make sure that you have any valuable data backed up, and the necessary programs to restore your PC, if necessary.

I'm sure that other members will join in answering your question! Welcome to MajorGeeks!

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hi there

i have dsl and the current router is this netgear one

I am thinking of buying this one because it says VPN firewall which i dont understand what it means Ha

is it better to stay with what i have, I dont have problems with the current router
just wondering
i mainly use the net to surf, dl files like game demos, etc

home user


Answer:Good Buy or just overkill?

what u have is fine. spend that money on something cool.

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I use Firefox and I have:
Self Destructing Cookies, Ghostery, HTTPS Everywhere, Adguard Open Beta, and NoScript. Does NoScript pose any difference in the security addon section?

Answer:Is NoScript Overkill?

stopped using it long time ago. most of the time u will spend in whitelisting sites.

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Question: Duotone's Overkill

Hi everyone,

Became interested with security software 3-4 years ago when most free AV's failed me at one point, I first got Shadow Defender had it always on saved me from malware but being a gamer in college it became impractical due to constant update, new games, & GIS software settings. Then learned about Sandboxie, then Appguard, and so on, SBIE and AG became my favorite upto this day. Simple, Light, and Effective malware protection...

Additional Software are:

AX64 or Xeroweight FLASHBACK(Hourly Backup)
Auslogic BitReplica
Shadow Defender

Almost identical set-up;

Answer:Duotone's Overkill

Enable UAC as it helps in stopping unwanted programs from receiving administrator access.

Other than that, it looks good.

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Hi! I have Spy-bot, Anti Spyware, McAfee, Windows Defender, windows Firewall, know last 2 for dif protection. which of spyware should I keep.
thanks for any suggestions, Jackie 2

Answer:i have spy protection overkill!

Uh, could just keep all of them. Windows Defender is a spyware defense system which is built in, Windows Firewall is also built in. Could really just keep Spybot S&D for your spyware removal needs.

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KIS has Trusted Application mode on, and Behavior blocker on Auto Deny on High restrictied/Untrusted apps.
Voodooshield is running on Smart mode since Autopilot is sometimes buggy.
Hitman PRO Alert has all the features ON on Maximum.
Zemana has the Real time protection ON until the free premium ends, then will leave it for on-demand only.
Chrome has tons other non-security extensions that I didn't list.

Spybot's Anti-Beacon applied on Windows 10 with all the options on.

Would love to use Shadow Defender too but it would be a big hassle for me, I would prefer something that only activates upon unknown application and disables after, i guess Kaspersky's System Watcher already does that.

I don't run malware samples and any program I deem not trusted, but I'm paranoid as f.. hence the multi-layer-almost-overlapping security softwares.

I can't remember the last time I got infected by anything, was probably 10 or so years ago when I was younger.

Answer:mekelek's overkill setup

Well, as you said another topic, you are paranoid it sure like that. But why you are using ghostery if you REALLY are paranoid? Read some things in internet And how could you trust chrome/google? Okay, you are paranoid about security. I think u have have too much blockers etc, real-time protection good so are on demand. And please some kind of backup is must have, Aomei,Paragon,macrium. veeam etc.

Stay safe!

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I'm not a gamer.

I run a business out of my home and need
a computer that is quite powerful in order
to run high-memory programs, lots of multi-tasking
and able to handle a boatload of start-up apps.

Had many Dells over the years. They are okay,
but lack power. I want to stay away from names
like HP, GATEWAY, IBM, etc...

Decided to try Alienware. Yeah, they cost an arm
and a leg, but I want the ULTIMATE computer that
may be more than I need, but yet I am assured of

I was going to go with an ALIENWARE AURORA
that featured the new AMD FX-55 chip. I was told
that I'd be better off with INTEL PENTIUM as it
handles mult-tasking better. I could use your help
in that argument.

Anyway, here is my setup I am looking at:

[1] Area-51® 5550

Warranty: 3-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support with Onsite Service Bundle with AlienAutopsy and Respawn
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional with Service Pack 2
Chassis: Alienware® Full-Tower Case (480-Watt PS) - Saucer Silver
Cable Management: Alienware® Cable Management System
Power Supply: Alienware® 480 Watt Power Supply
Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 660 w/ HT Technology 3.6GHz 2MB Cache
Motherboard: Alienware® PCI Express Motherboard with Intel® 925XE Chipset 1066/800MHz FSB
Memory: 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz - 2 x 1024MB
Graphics Processor: ATI RADEON™ X850 XT PCI Express 256MB DDR3 w/ Dual Digital and TV Out
Chassis Upgrad... Read more

Answer:My first ALIENWARE. Overkill? Maybe. Advice?

yeah thatd be nice buht ur paying 500+ for the "alienware" name.
If i were you, id go to and setup your own computer. Smart choice on the ram since ul be multitasking. Might try the AMD athlon 64+ since windows 64 is coming out. This system will rock your sox buht try staying away from alienware.

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I am building a new machine comprising of an AMD XP 3000 on a GigaByte Triton GA/7N400 Pro2 motherboard , 1 gig DDR400 memory , 2 x Maxtor7200 Serial ATA 80 gig hard drives , GeForce 256MB graphics card .I Realise that if i were to install Win98SE i would have to overcome memory issues , along with hard drive capacity (seen) problem .I would like to know if anyone knows of any other problems likely that are likely to arise .Is the capability of 98 too old for this spec , and should i just save myself the hassle and use XP (i do have a Thing for 98).Also the mobo has RAID , this is new to me , from what i have read today on it , i can see little use for it on this setup , the Mirror option seems to be the only benefit using Raid , and i`m used to backing up regularly , the slave drive is too be used for storage and editing , so this would mean yet another hard drive which seems over the top , unless i have got it wrong, any advice welcome .

Answer:Power Overkill for 98SE ?

I use an 80Gb HDD with Windows 98, and it's not a problem (I believe 120Gb is the upper limit). But your memory will be a problem.I run a dual-boot system with 98SE and XP, due to needing XP for compatibility with some of my customers' setups. I've kept 98 to avoid having to update all my old hardware and software drivers etc., but I've configured XP to look like 98 ("classic" configuration, I think) and am gradually transferring things over to it. If it weren't for my old stuff, I would be happy to run with XP alone. Since yours is all new, I would recommend that you go with XP.Like you, I'm not convinced of the advantages of RAID -- especially as with some of the possible configurations you seem to lose all of your data if only one of your RAID drives goes phut. Regular backups seems to me to be best for home users.

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Hello everyone,

Currently, do to some unwanted trojans, I have downloaded and tried several programs to remove them.. I'm still in the process and almost done. There is obviously no need for me to have so many anti-virus/spyware programs so...

I was wondering if you could help me decide what programs to remove and what to keep...(also any "new/different" ones I should download that may be better)
Also, what firewall should I install???

Please keep in mind that I am cheap and don't want to pay for any programs.... (College Student) so freeware would be nice!

Here are the current programs I am using
-Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
-AVG Free 8.0
-Ad-aware 2008
-Spybot Search and Destroy
-Windows Defender
-Spyware Doctor (not registered and not going to pay for it) *probably gonna just get rid of this one

I'm not really using any specific firewall and thats probably the reason for my computer problems so I'm going to install one for sure.

Thanks for the suggestions!

Answer:Anti-virus Overkill

List looks fine, I would add SuperAntiSpyware to the list.

The only one that is real time is AVG and windows defender will run automatically so just be sure to update and run the other ones periodically..

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ASUS X501A-BSPDN22 Intel Pentium 2020M (2.40GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD
Intel HD Graphics 15.6" Windows 7 64-Bit
Ad Blocking: Hosts File (see below) | PeerBlock (Ad & Tracker Lists) | uBlock Origin (Chrome Extension)
Anonymity: anonymoX (Chrome & Firefox)
Anti-Adware/PUP: Unchecky
Anti-Exploit: Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit
Anti-Windows Telemetry: Spybot Anti-Beacon | Destroy Windows Spying
Burning: BurnAware Pro | ImgBurn
Cleaning Utilities: CCleaner Free | ATF-Cleaner
Crypto-Ransomware Prevention: CryptoPrevent Free (Maximum Protection) | SecureAPlus (Application Whitelisting) | EXE Radar (Application Whitelisting)
Clipboard Manager: ClipX Portable
Desktop Customization: Stardock Fences Free
Disk Defragmenter: Auslogics Disk Defrag
DNS Server/Encryption: OpenDNS | DNSCrypt
Download Manager/P2P: EagleGet | Tixati Portable | MiPony Portable
Files/Folders Password Protection: My Lockbox
File Archivers: Winrar | 7-Zip
Files/Folders Unlocker: Unlocker
Firewall: Windows Default
Hard Drive Health Utilities: CrystalDiskInfo Portable | HDDExpert Portable
Hosts File: Hostsman/HostsServer (MVPS | hpHosts Ad & tracking servers | Peter Lowe's Adservers List | Cameleon)
Image Viewers/Editors: Irfanview
IP Filter: PeerBlock
Memory/CPU Optimizer: CleanMem | Process Tamer
Music Players: foobar2000 (Portable) | Media Player Classic
Password Protection: KeePass Portable
PDF Reader: SumatraPDF Portable
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Answer:Overkill's Kevlar Security

New lappy pretty much the same stuff installed other than no AV currently

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I have the following on my computer, and wanted your thoughts on weather this is overkill.What would you say is the ideal setup.a squared, AdAware, AVG Antispyware, Ccleaner, Windows Defender, SpywareBlaster, SpyBot, Spyware Terminator.Also I have AVG free (antivirus) and McAfee firwall, plus the routers firewall.

Answer:Is this overkill (spyware utilities)

No, it`s not overkill in my opinion. I run the same as you less Spyware Terminator for malware and my firewall is Kerio.You should note that Ccleaner is not anti-malware it is a registry cleaner only.If you want more confidence on what you have look at the next to last post from POADB in this thread click here

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what does graphic card overkill mean

Answer:what does graphic card overkill mean

Hello Gaga,

It usually means that the graphics card is way more powerful than what you would ever need or use for your system. Thus the overkill.

For example, buying a $700 high end graphics card for a computer that you only use to surf the internet and email with, when any cheaper $80 or less card would probably work just fine instead.

Hope this helps,

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That is the question posed on slashdot with this link:

Slashdot IT Story | Are Desktop Firewalls Overkill?

I know some of this was argued in another thread, but this now pertains closer to Corporate Level questioning versus the earlier argument which was more on the lines of Home Security and the fact that most people who use Routers are not using Corporate level Firewalls.

Answer:Are Desktop Firewalls Overkill?

I work for a company that has over 300 locations around the country. They have corporation security and customer security to take care of. That why I think all security methods should be done. Hardware security, software security and pass word protected systems operations and yes turning off things that shouldn't be on in the first place. Multilayer protection is a must IMHO. To my understanding some companies are cutting back on I.T to save money; not a wise move. Money saved today doing these cutbacks will cost many times that savings tomorrow.

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I am looking to buy a desktop tower to replace the one I have. I am not a gamer, but I do a lot of photo editing and some video editing. I have installed RAM and not afraid to get inside the computer to a limited extent. I have looked at the processor benchmarks and want to get in the range of 4000 or higher as a rating. So, now that I have a few towers in mind, I am thinking I MUST get the highest processor benchmark!! So, I am asking, is this really that important for me, or do I have the "bigger is better" disease? Thanks!

Answer:Solved: buy best processor--or is it overkill?

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Im running Vista with 2 gigs,Im thinking about getting 2 more gigs since the price on ram has dropped.What you guys think? Anybody running 4 gigs with Vista?

Answer:Is 4 gigs overkill for Vista?

By no means is four gigs "overkill".. the more the better. However, you will need a 64bit version of Vista in order to use all four gigs....

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Spoiler: My Laptop

ASUS X501A-BSPDN22 Intel Pentium 2020M (2.40GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD
Intel HD Graphics 15.6" Windows 7 64-Bit
Ad Blocking: Hosts File (see below) | PeerBlock (Ad & Tracker Lists) | uBlock Origin (Chrome Extension)
Anonymity: Tunnello VPN (Chrome Extension)
Anti-Adware/PUP: Unchecky
Anti-Executable: NVT EXE Radar Pro
Anti-KeyLogger: Zemana AntiLogger Premium
Anti-Virus/Malware: Zemana AntiLogger Premium
Anti-Windows Telemetry: Spybot Anti-Beacon | Destroy Windows Spying
Anti-Windows 10 Upgrade: GRC Never 10
Cleaning Utility: CCleaner Free
Crypto-Ransomware Prevention: CryptoPrevent Free (Maximum Protection) | NVT EXE Radar Pro | Sandboxie (Strict Settings)
Disk Defragmenter: Auslogics Disk Defrag Free
DNS Server/Encryption: OpenDNS | DNSCrypt
Files/Folders Password Protection: Easy File Locker
Firewall: Windows Firewall
Hard Drive Health Utility: CrystalDiskInfo Portable
Hosts File: Hostsman/HostsServer (MVPS | hpHosts Ad & tracking servers | Peter Lowe's Adservers List | Cameleon | Dan Pollock SOWC)
IP Filter: PeerBlock
Memory/CPU Optimizer: CleanMem | Process Tamer
Password Protection: KeePass Portable
Process Monitor: Windows Default
Sandbox: Sandboxie [Lifetime License]
Secure Delete (Wipe): FileMenuTools Portable (Shredder)
Software Updater: FileHippo Updater
Startup Managers: WinPatrolToGo | CCleaner Free
System Temp Monitor: Core Temp Portable
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Answer:Overkill's Virtual Armor

New lappy pretty much the same stuff installed other than no AV currently

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I can get a real good deal on a 8800gtOC, but is it a waste with my overall system. Or should I just leave my x1950pro in there.

Core2duo e6300 (stock)
2 gigs 667 dd2
320 gig sata drive
windows xp sp2

Answer:Is video card overkill

how cheap is the card?

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Intel: NVIDIA Ion is Overkill

During an interview with LAPTOP Magazine, the director of netbook marketing at Intel said that the ION is overkill and overpriced. Whether or not you agree with his assessment, one thing he said is an absolute fact, it is the market that will decide the winning platform.

To run multimedia you don?t need a huge graphics chip. And that?s what those third-party decoder solutions will show in the marketplace. There are much more innovative ways to get multimedia capabilities that will continue to provide lower power and longer battery life. In terms of usages, netbooks are not meant for gaming. You can run Internet games fine today with the existing solutions. We believe (Ion) adds unnecessary additional cost and the other trade-offs make it less desirable. Our customers have the option to design netbooks how they want to but ultimately the market is going to decide.

Answer:Intel: NVIDIA Ion is Overkill

So, i guess being able to play HD video on a net book is overkill

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Hi all,I am running Dell Inspiron laptop with XP Pro firewall enabled and Macafee Security Centre firewall enabled- Belkin G+mimo wireless router not broadcasting SSID and firewall enabled. The question is do I need to enable other security. I have read all the instructions and just do not understand them - Any advice gratefully accepted

Answer:Wireless Security - or Overkill

Only run one firewall on the PC , turn off the XP one , it's not much good anyway . Don't bother turning off the SSID on the router , it does nothing for security , but can cause connection problems , just give it a good name ( not the make and model ) get some proper security turned on , on the router , go to the wireless section and select WPA encryption and then click here for a random generator , cut and paste the key into wordpad , so you can cut and paste it back to the router and to your wireless connection on the laptop . Keep the firewall turned on , on the router , this will not interfere with the software one , but ONLY run one on the laptop . Ashley

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is the ASUS RT-N66U overkill for people with roadrunner standard (15mbps down)?

Answer:ASUS RT-N66U Overkill?

There is no such thing as overkill.

I had that router for a while and then moved to several Ubiquiti UniFi access points to over my entire property. It was a great product for what it is trying to be.

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I have a Linksys voip router that I must keep since I use Vonage. I want to create a wireless network, so what would be the most cost-effective way? Is an additional router more expensive than necessary? Is there another piece of hardware, such as an access point, that will work? I will be most appreciative of any and all answers to this question. Thanks!

Answer:Solved: Is a router overkill?

We've got Vonage as well.

What we do is run the Vonage box through our router, and it works perfectly fine without any signal or packet loss.

All you've got to do is take the WAN wire from the Vonage router and run it into one of the ports in your router, and have it act as if it were another computer. Works flawlessly.

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Like I said overkill

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Hello everyone. :DFair warning: Idiot alert here.Alright, so, long story short - I'm looking into getting a new laptop. The problem is my last one was taken down due to a combination of my paranoia, and an infection that messed up the system when I tried to clean it. Oh, and then the HDD failed and I lost quite a bit of stuff. :/Therefore, I'm wanting to do it right this time so I'm trying to do my homework. Problem is, doing ones' homework entirely on a feature phone is a good way to learn just how many websites don't work on your phone. Not much else! This has left me with a bunch of questions which I'm hoping some of the kind people here can answer for me. Seems like this part of the forum was the best place since they all boil down to computer security questions.I'm, I guess, somewhat tech-savvy, since I do a lot of reading but I haven't done much practical application. So I'd say I know some things but don't necessarily understand them. Any light you can shed here would be wonderful.Thanks in advance, and uh... sorry for the crapton of questions/text.Dual-Booting Linux1) I've seen some tutorials on how to set this up, but my main question is: is setting this up as easy as it appears, or is there more to it? Pop in disc, partition HDD, install, reboot, done?2) If my Windows partition gets an infection, is cleaning it relatively simple with a dual-boot? (Go into linx, scan, clean, done?) Or would that just not be enough?3) Af... Read more

Answer:Is this overkill? And a bunch of other security questions.

Hi A few cents"If my Windows partition gets an infection, is cleaning it relatively simple with a dual-boot? (Go into linx, scan, clean, done?) Or would that just not be enough?"Hi I don`t think its possible to run a virus scan from Linux then scan and repair infected Windows Files..Windows Viruses Don`t affect any Linux version.If you want to install Linux the easy way then You can Install using WubiUsing this you can install ubuntu as an application that can be uninstalled from program & featuresNo need to worry about any boot menu issues.Disc Imaging is good way to back up things but you may need to buy a Disc Imaging utility like Norton ghost or Acronis True Image.Its takes an entire image of the HDD so Yes it takes up a lot of space.As for Antivirus goes you can go for paid or Free the choice is upto you.Malware Bytes Antimalware is free and has no real time component so you don`t have to worry about any conflicts.Using Limited Account is a Good Idea cause I guess even viruses need Administrator rights to work well. Don`t Change the User Account Control Setttings.Avoid Pirated Software/torrents many free alternatives out there that do a decent Job.IMO a weekly backup of Your HDD using Acronis or any Backup Utility + safe browsing is enough.As for the Virus Being copies to external device goes one of my friends got hit by ramnit and when I plugged my pendrive to his lappy all files/folder in my pendrive changed to shortcuts and scan of My Pendrive with Micro... Read more

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I can't quite explain why, but right now I have IrfanView, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Active Share and Microsoft PictureIt in my system. I just bought a Lexmark all-in-one printer-copier-scanner and with it came a CD called Roxio Photosuite 5 Standard Edition. I have not installed that CD. It made me wonder if I am a victim of myself (Pogo said, "We have met the enemy--and he is us"). About all I ever want to do with photos are the basic things--such as enlarge, reduce, crop, attach to email. Please advise me on what to do with these various programs which, I assume, all take up space and resources. Thanks.

Answer:Am I a victim of photo editing overkill?

i use paint and PSP

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I know that you can't run two anti malware programs at the same time, but I am aware that some people use both an anti virus which they have on all the time and a dedicated anti spyware product such as spyware doctor, which they run once a week. I do know that anti spyware programs are much better at getting shut of the junk that your PC accumulates while browsing the web, which the av doesn't detect. Are they going to provide an extra level of protection that would be worth paying more for?

Answer:Is Using both an AV As Well As Dedicated Anti Spyware Overkill?

Hi BomberAF.
I have used Avast free since forever and never had problems. It has antispyware built in.

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Ok, so I went a little overboard. Removed puny heat sink and fan from graphics chip, and installed Slot 1 Processor heat sink and fan. Also heat sinked mem chips, and a power transistor that WAS running hot. LOL

Answer:Gforce cooling mod overkill pics !!!!

I dont think its posable to go to far when it comes to cooling . What card is it and what speeds you getting form it?
( i assume you OCing it )

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I was just wondering if getting a card like a 9800xt is useless running a 2.4b ghz processor. Would there be a performance difference between a lower end card and the 9800xt due to the cpu limiting? Thanks in advance.

Answer:At what point is the video card overkill?

A 2.4 Ghz processor isnt that bad......

The 9800 XT would run like normal with a processor that good, and you shouldnt have any problems really........I have just a 2 ghz processor and my 9600 XT runs without any problems.

Good luck! *thumbs up*

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3rd attempt at posting here - operator error suspected ;-)

My osCommerce website got hacked and was infected with blackmailware which rkill and MBAM sorted, I think.

However when I run rkill now, I get

C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Toolbars\Shared\SkypeNames2.exe

I've been over the system with MBAM and it is happy, Norman is happy, ESET found and deleted three tmp files, BT NetProtect (an ISP version of McAfee's) has remained quiescent throughout - useless, in other words.

I uninstalled Chrome and reinstalled it.

Is rkill just allergic to Chrome or is there further ugliness to be undone?

I'm going to try ATF-cleaner next...

Thanks for any hints/clues/commiserations


Answer:rkill overkill? Doesn't like chrome.exe

RKill is not a comprehensive malware removal is a specific utility designed to terminate the most common malicious processes that prevent other security tools from being executed and used to disinfect the system. When RKill is able to terminate these processes and fix certain registry keys, that usually allows other tools to perform scans and clean up routines to remove the infection. RKill just kills processes, imports a Registry file that removes incorrect file associations and fixes policies that stop us from using certain tools... RKill - What it does and What it Doesn't - A brief introduction to the programAll files listed in an RKill log are not necessarily malware related. The list of processes shown as terminated are any processes that were killed while RKill was running even if those processes were not terminated directly by RKill. In addition to killing common malicious processes, RKill also terminates executable files running from a user profile by design. Programs should not be running from a user profile as they are meant to hold data, preferences, settings, and configuration files. Determining whether a file is malware or a legitimate process usually depends on the location (path) it is running from and the user profile is a common hiding place for malicious files. For some reason Google Chrome continues to have their programs execute from within a user profile so that is an issue with Chrome, not RKill.If you are able to run Malwarebytes Anti-Malw... Read more

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so i have...

2 80mm intake fans on the rear of the case

1 120mm fan in front

1 fan blowing out on the side

1 pci slot blow fan underneath my AGP card

( i won't count the fan on the VGA card, PSU fan, and the CPU/heatsink fan)

and yes, there's even room for 1 more fan on the top of the case.

should i even bother putting one there, i pretty much said goodbye to a completely quiet system.

sounds like a 747 about to take off everytime i turn it on. : )

what advantages (if any) does having a fan on top of the case have?

should it be blowing in OR blowing out OR not at all?

and to be honest my mobo and CPU really does not seem like it's any cooler than when i had NO fans on my last case.

thanks peeps.

Answer:how many fans in your case is considered overkill?

you want overkill? OOOOOOOHHHHH Nubius......tell this huy how many u have!!!

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Sup guys! would really appreciate some info and advice here. I have an Intel D875PBZ motherboard and i previously had 2 sticks of DDR 256 Corsair Platinum Series XMX3200 @ 400MHz. I wanted to upgrade in memory so i recently installed 4 gigs of A-Data DDR to fill out my slots. I find that with the 4 sticks installed, i have serious sound issues. loud screeching noises when trying to run video games and then when exiting the games, the noises continue when running any application using sound. When i used just 2 sticks, the games became stable. Am i stuffing in too much memory that this mobo cannot support? also is there some type of software to adjust the memory voltage on this mobo or will i be forced to get a new mobo that will allow me to change the voltage on? It does ask when installing to adjust to 2.6+0.1V. Please help!!!! Thank You!!!

Specs: Processor: Pentium 4 3.2 GHz
Video Card: Geforce 6800 Ultra
Mobo: D875PBZ (AGP)
Memory: 4 GHz Dual Channel A-Data

Answer:Possible Dual Channel Memory Overkill!!!!! HELP!!!!!

What model of A Data PC3200 did you get?

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WinXP Home--IE6--Outlook Express 6

I am security concious and based on recommendations on this forum have added the following security related software over a period of time which is running daily on my computer. I have had no security issues in over two years. However my computer has slowed down because of all the programs running, and bootup time is over 5 minutes so I very seldom shut my computer down.

I have AVG 9.0, Comodo firewall, Super Anti-Spyware,Spyzooka, Malwarebytes Anti- Malware, and Ad-Aware running. Is this overkill and if so what should I replace or eliminate to get better performance yet maintain my level of security?

I'm sure this is an issue that many of us who frequent this site have or have thought about so I am hoping for some answers that we all can benefit from.

Thanks for any advice!


Answer:Solved: Security program overkill?

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Hi. Post title say everything. Does Kaspersky with Rehips is overkill? Is there any other good combos with kaspersky? Thank you

Answer:Kaspersky Total Security + ReHips overkill?

Anything with KIS is an overkill in theory but rehips has isolation which is something KIS doesn't offer so you have something extra. Now if you really need it you should decide for yourself.

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I am in the process of installing software on my new desktop build. I came across a Java issue. I am trying to make this OS and software install process as clean as possible with no goof ups. Please advise me if the following is adequate???

Or is this following link overkill and/or unsafe???

Windows 7 Pro. Also, below are my build specs if you need them



Asus Z97A/USB3.1
I7 - 4790K
G Skill; 8 x 2; 2400mhz; Sniper - 16GB
AMD Radeon 6780 GPU
On Board Sound

Answer:...plugin Is Needed...; Procedure - Adequate Or Overkill???

Just say NO to Java, not missed it in 3 years or so here.

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Gentlemen/Ladies: I am strongly considering the purchase of above HP Desktop. I will use the system for surfing the web and video and photo editing. I am a novice in the area of video and photo editing. I am taking up the craft as a hobby and see where it takes me. The primary components of the system will be as follows:

- Windows 7 Home Premium (Upgrading to Windows 8 when available)
- Processor:3rd Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770K quad-core processor [3.5GHz, 8MB Shared Cache]
- Memory: 16GB DDR3
- HD: 256GB SSD + 1 TB 7200 HD
- GPU: 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX680 [DVI, HDMI and VGA via adapter]
- Power Supply: 600 Watt
- Liquid Cooling Solution
- Monitor: Looking at Dell 27"2560x1440

The system comes equipped with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere 10

HP's Phoenix series is a favorite of some gamers. I was considering an Imac but decided against it because I wanted to stay with a PC. My question to the forum is are these components a little overkill? The price is not a barrier for me.

Answer:Is the HP-HPE h9-1210t Phoenix series Desktop Overkill for Me

I guess it will depend on how much video editing you end up doing. It is absolutely overkill for surfing the web, and overkill if you only do a little photo editing. The extra cores will help with the video editing, but you will never use them surfing the web. Even if you do gaming it will not help much. Games rarely use 4 cores of a processer. If you want a system like that, you would be better off building it yourself. It really isn't as hard as most people think and you will get better quality components, and exactly what you want. And you always have the experts here in chosing components and assembling the computer.

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Hello.... um... I'd like to ask about usb drive autorun....
from some time ago... I used this registry key to disable autorun on my laptop...

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\IniFileMapping\Autorun.inf]

I read it on some articles...
Then I discovered Panda USB Vaccine... and I've been using both ever since...
My question is... is it an overkill to use both?
especially with Panda USB Vaccine NTFS support that is still in (beta) build... Will it conflicted...?
Anyone have any experience with using both...? Or what autorun disabler software do you use...?

so sorry and many thank you's...
@moderator... -sorry i posted on the wrong SF before >_< -

Answer:<ASK> Panda USB Vaccine with Autorun Regedit. Is it overkill?

The vaccine disables the AutoRun feature on computers *as well as on USB drives and other devices*.

This is a ?vaccine? for removable USB devices, preventing the AutoRun file from becoming a source of infection. The tool disables this file so it cannot be read, modified or replaced by malicious code.

I don't think it's overkill ... just 'layered protection'

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Well YeOlde sent me over to his Untangle partner and I had a good talk with Steve @ Untangle.

Little background on what happend.... I have been using Freedom9 Freeguard 100 UTM firewalls for the last year with great result, cheap price, great performer, and great support.....yesterday had a talk with my Freedom9 Rep and he mentioned that the company is leaving this crowded market of SMB Firewalls and going to content filter, monitoring, etc...

So I need to fill my $550-650 market for a UTM Firewall.

So after a little talk with Steve, I got the go ahead from my boss, to go ahead and setup Untangle and test out the spam on our domain compared to Postini.

I am a little hesitant because I have a feeling that Postini will do a better job of spam but I will see.

Anyway server to use:
Dell Poweredge 2650
Dual 2.4 Xeon
Raid 5 SCSI will change to Raid 1

Is that overkill? Am I just wasting electricity?

So concerns are spam, I haven't dived into there forums yet, but any how to to configure spam to keep up with Postini in accuracy and spam removal?

I will be taking up a reseller, to be honest I think the only thing I would use is the support, but may get a Pro Package for my office and see what I use..... inputs on this?

Look forward to hearing from ya guys, probably bug you more 2morrow YeOlde =p

Answer:Moving to Untangle....Overkill server? Concerns...

Tough call, it would probably depend on the amount of bandwidth you will have available when taking your mail filtering to a third party vs to doing it on site.

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I have 47 stars and endless mode is stuck at "LOADING ..." message. The mode never loads and have to close the game to unstuck it. I am running the game on Surface Pro 3 with Windows 10.

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With Appcheck's new exploit protection (beta) it prudent to keep HitmanPro.Alert or just Appcheck or both? I am currently running both with no issues.....

Answer:OverKill to run Appcheck's new exploit protection (beta) with HitmanPro.Alert?

It is not good to use the two ... at any moment you can have a conflict.

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Is it overkill to create both a USB Recovery drive and a bootable flash drive to install Win10?

HP 2000 laptop. Win10 Home (x64). 1.60 GHz AMD E-350. 320 GB HDD. 4/8 GB RAM
I recently revitalized my friends HP 2000 laptop. Win10 Home (x64). 1.60 GHz AMD E-350. 4 GB RAM and it's running very well. I 'm wondering about creating both a USB recovery drive and a Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 per
Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials .
Is that overkill?

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In looking at the (mostly boring) coverage of CES, it seems companies such as Samsung are still trying to push "smart" technology - kitchen and laundry appliances you can remotely monitor and control through your PC.

Why do they bother?

* "Smart" technology adds hundreds of dollars to the cost of each appliance. Even if I won the lottery, I doubt I'd spend $1500+ for a dryer that sends a signal to my PC when the clothes are ready.

* Repairs aren't cheap. An appliance tech told me replacement boards for smart appliances are often in the $400 range for the part alone (and no, you can't replace it with an Intel or AMD from Newegg :-D ).

* When combined with a "smart" (digital) electric meter, appliances can be turned on or off remotely.

* Although the legality of this has yet to be established, it could allow your electric utility to turn off your 'frig, 'dryer, heat or AC if power demand is high without your consent. If the human sending the signals fails to turn it back on, it's ruined food or moldy laundry - not to mention I have an issue with "Big Brother" controlling things in my house.

* We now have viruses and malware on Macs and smartphones. Although I'm not losing any sleep over the thought, eventually some idiot may come out with a bug attempting to turn your kitchen and laundry room into a scene from Stephen King's Maximum Overdrive​.

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Answer:"Smart" appliances - technology overkill?

I'm with you. I even live in 2 different places and don't see the need for remote control of these. All I see is potential problems but I think they are trying to grow so that we can live like the Jetsons cartoon. That i am ok with In other words these are products only a handful will buy yet some of these technologies will go to their main, more affordable items later. Sort of like concept cars.

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I already have a hardware firewall in my router, and I was wondering if it would be overkill to also install a software firewall (such as zonealarm)? Is it just a waste of resources? Thanks.

Answer:Software Firewall + Hardware Firewall = Overkill?

overkill. kill the software side. if they crack your hardware wall, you're screwed anyways.


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GameSpot:Video Games PC Xbox 360 PS3 Wii PSP DS PS2 PlayStation 2 GameCube GBA PlayStation 3

I just read that i thought i needed to share it. The writer makes excellent points for each side, but in the end its all about personal preference.

Answer:A great article describing PC gaming vs console gaming, plz dont flame

i highly prefer pc over any consol, superior graphics, sound, and depth in games.

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Hi Guys,
This is my very first post on Windows Vista Forums and I am eager to get into this thread!

First off....Windows Vista the very best you can buy for gaming.
This features the 64bit OS version which can process 14GB of RAM at top speeds you can find in a new OS. I would definitely recommend this OS for gaming and none other.

Now on to the main part of my thread: Compatibility Gaming! This is the most discussed issue for gamers across the US. The problem is how do you get games to work (specifically older games) on Windows Vista Ultimate? Well, there are 3 solutions. 1: You could wait until the company of the game makes a OS patch for the game although that could take a while. 2: You could go into the game files and put the game into compatibility mode for your OS. And 3: You could revert back to an older OS that works for your game. Which one would you choose? I would choose #2.

They are always going to make games work on a newer OS. Lets take the game Lord of The Rings Battle for Middle Earth 1&2. Electronic Arts (EA) has already made a patch for those two that will have 85% more chance of running on Vista! If doesn't work then it's the type of computer hardware you are using. The hardware would 100% guarantee be outdated! In that case just get more recent hardware!? It's not that difficult! With a bit of research, common sense, and problem solving skills you can get gaming compatibility issues out of your hair!

I hope this thread has helpe... Read more

Answer:Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Gaming and Compatibility Gaming

Very Smart Post!

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Hi guys,

This is my first post in this forum since I have not received any help from elswhere.
You guys are my only hope.

Okay, so I recently bought two G1 Gaming GTX970 graphics cards.
The first driver install went bad by windows using its own drivers, so I got the Display Driver Uninstaller from 3dguru, scrubbed the drivers in safe mode. After restart windows still used its own drivers at first but everything worked and I updated with the latest nVidia drivers.

Now to the issue...
After gaming for some time graphically demanding games (AC:Unity, FarCry4) the PC would freeze and I would have a BSOD on my hands. Interestingly enough this has happened with nVidia supported games, but I've managed to play Alien: Isolation for an extended period of time which is AMD supported. Have not had any problems with Borderlands Pre Sequel (nVidia supported) either but it's also not as heavy on the GPU. When the BSOD has happened it has happened approx within an hour of gaming, sometimes within minutes. The BSOD does not happen when I'm watching movies or browsing the net or working on the PC, just when gaming heavy does it occur, I run the system SLI enabled. I'm going to include two crash dumps below.

By the looks of it, it seems to be a driver issue, so what are my options here?
I've reinstalled the drives but still the problem has persisted.
Any help or insight into the BSOD errors I'm getting would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

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Answer:BSOD with Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX970 in SLI while gaming

I've been having a very similar issue, I've only got the one Gigabyte 970 G1, and I've only really tested 2 games (AC Unity and Civ Beyond Earth) and while playing both after usually a few hours they'll freeze then I'll get a bsod. They're always Bug Check Code: 0x00000124 and all have the Crash Address: ntoskrnl.exe+4ae61c.

I've run windows memory diagnostic with no results, I've reseated my card, performed multiple clean driver installs, checked temperatures with no problems. I can't figure out what's causing it and this is the only similar problem I can find online. I really wish I could help but it seems we're in much the same boat

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Greetings All,

I posted this over at both the MSI and TomsHardware forums as I think it's a hardware issue but I want to make sure it's not a Windows 7 issue so I'm going to post it here in case anyone has some thoughts or ran into a similar issue in the past.


I've run into an issue on a new build that I can't nail down and need your advice on my next steps so I'll try to give you all the information I have and what I tried. This is a NEW build that was built about 3 weeks ago. Everything ran fine until today when it all went wrong after a game lockup.

Everything worked fine today when I booted up so I decided to play Witcher 3 which I've been playing with no issues (with the exception of a freeze for a second or two in big cities when the CPU hit's 100%) but those are few. Anyway at the main menu screen (not playing yet) today it locked up for the first time. Had to use reset button as CNT-ALT-DLT didn't work and on reboot the problem appeared.

No matter what I do I can't get GTX 960 out of 800X600 resolution safe mode or resolve it's conflict.

Description of how it Boots Events:

1. Starting the PC (powering on) this is what happens between devices.
2. The GPU lights up and monitor is Blue (active)
3. Four seconds later GPU lights OFF, VGA on motherboard turns RED and Monitor goes AMBER (no signal)
4. Six seconds later GPU lights ON, RED VGA light goes OFF and Monitor goes Blue (active)

At this point it loads the bios screen at 80... Read more

Answer:MSI Z170a Gaming 3 or GTX 960 GAMING 100ME Issue?

7-31-2016 Update

Well no one replied yet to my post but I did some more testing and the result is as follows.

I did some more troubleshooting and cleared the CMOS, swapped monitors, tried another HDMI cable and reinstalled the 960 into the new build for testing but it still did not solve the issue. Still locked at 800X600 with error code 43 (Windows disable the device because of problems) in device manager and I'm concerned about how the card itself boots and lights the RED VGA led on the MSI board. I retested it in that PC that has the 600watt PSU and an Asrock board and while it did work at a higher resolution the card behaves suspiciously during powerup as.

1. Power on All Fans and MSI logo light up.... Monitor is Blue (active)
2. 5 seconds later MSI logo goes off... fans still spinning.....Monitor is Amber (No Signal)
3. 15 seconds later MSI logo comes on......Monitor goes Blue (active)
4. Once Windows loads fans stop spinning. (Normal)

**Note** This is similar to the way it boots in the problem system (no RED led on Asrock board)

So 20 seconds total to initiate a stable signal to me is problematic and this is on the test PC not the one I built BUT I still can't rule out a problem with this MSI motherboard as that RED VGA led still comes on for a few seconds when the GTS 450 is in there (even though it works fine) and I can't find an answer to if that's normal. Sent a "support" request to MSI and their reply was "Try the card in another sy... Read more

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Hi all! About 5 months ago I bought all new parts and assembled a PC for gaming / school work. The goal was to buy parts that are instantly available (sold older PC to a friend and I needed a replacement fast) and the price range was about 1000-1200€ (in Finland). I ended up with the following parts:

- Fractal design Define R4 Black Pearl
- Asus DRW-24F1ST/BLK/G/AS 24x DVD+/-RW
- Kingston HyperX Genesis 8 GB (2 x 4 GB)
- WD Green 1 TB SATA III 64 MB
- MSI GeForce GTX 760 Gaming OC Edition 2048 MB
- Kingston SSDNow v300 120 GB SSD 2,5"
- Corsair CX600W V2
- Intel Core i5 4690K 3,5 GHz LGA1150
- Asus Z97-K Intel Z97 LGA 1150 ATX
(Decided to save some money and buy heatsink/cpu fan later, since I also needed a new monitor)

- Running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

I haven't overclocked anything.

All seemed fine until I installed the first games and Bluescreens started coming up.
There are 3 different BSOD Im getting (more detailed info below). Always Machine Check Exeption 0x9C. The thing is BSOD only comes during gaming. First the sound loops and everything freezes followed by BSOD.

Searching for the problem I have:

- Formatted and re-installed everything 3 times
- Monitored temperatures with Bios, Realtemp, Open hardware monitor (60c-80c with heavy gaming)
- Run sfc / scannow, chkdsk, Seatools, Lifeguard Diagnostic, Memtest, Prime95, Heaven Benchmark, dxdiag; no errors in any of them
- Borrowed my old rams and graphics card back and replaced the new ones; sam... Read more

Answer:BSOD 0x9C during gaming, new gaming PC, nothing helps

hello, Lazzi and welcome to the forums. I'll try to help you, but would you please upload the BSOD Posting Instructions here. I can't download the file you linked to without an account, plus we prefer them here. This will tell you how. Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Also, please open an elevated command prompt ( click start, type cmd in the search box, right click on the cmd entry and select run as administrator) in the black box that opens, copy/paste sfc /scannow. If you decide to type it, notice the space between the sfc and the /. It is a system file checker which will scan your system files and attempt to correct any missing or corrupt files. What we want are the results to say windows found no integrity violations. If it says files were found but could not be repaired, close the box, reboot and run it again, after opening the administrative command prompt. You may have to reboot and run it three times for it to repair all system files. If it can't repair them after 3 reboots, let us know.

And also give as detailed a description as you can about your hardware including the Case, PSU and CPU Cooler, and place them in your system specs. These are the instructions I usually give and maybe it will help you.

Please fill out your System Specs

Your System Specs will help us to help you, and doing it in this manner will make them available to all helpers in ev... Read more

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hello people...
im building a gaming PC and it is my first built.
Till now i had been playing on low end laptop(back in times of NFS underground n all) then i got XPS 15 L502x and xbox 360-S but they all have their limitations and the laptops cost a lot and dont withstand the threshold of the games of current time.It all becomes very confined and limited.
So i have decided to go for an ALL GAMING ONLY! PC built, and im going to do it myself (really excited about the complete project)
Now ill be playing games in 3D (ie on a 3D monitor) but im not a very big fan of the 4k or UHD resolutions and will be playing at 1920x1080p but at 120/144 HZ instead of 60hz monitor
so keeping all that in mind and with my research over the internet for couple of months i have decided what im buying and i need you guys to help me out finding any problem with this configuration

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120M 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Corsair Force LS 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.49 @ OutletPC)
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Answer:first gaming PC built for gaming in 3D at 1080p at 120HZ......

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I dont know why. I recently bought a new computer and it has been doing this since i first got it. I dont know why but hopefully you can help me.

My Computer Stats:
-Intel? Core? i7-3770K
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB
-Corsair Vengeance 8GB
-2TB Hard Drive
-Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 80 Plus 1,000 Watts
-Microsoft? Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Edition

Link to My SF tool file should be as a attachment

This the message that Windows gave me to check for solution after i restarted the BSOD

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 124
BCP1: 0000000000000000
BCP2: FFFFFA800BC59028
BCP3: 00000000FE200000
BCP4: 0000000000021136
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 768_1

Files that help describe the problem:

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Windows 7 Privacy Statement - Microsoft Windows

If the online privacy statement is not available, please read our privacy statement offline:

When the BSOD occurred i copyed the code:
Stop: 0x00000124(0x0000000000000000, 0xFFFFFA800DC59028, 0x00000000FE200000, 0x0000000000021136

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Answer:BSOD Occurring Randomly while gaming and when i am not gaming???

Hi Welcome to SF

Unfortunately the dumps you uploaded are all 0x124 errors which are hardware related
BSOD Index
My initial thought is as this is new machine i would return it to place of purchase as something is obviously not right, if you wish to look into this then...
Have a read of this thread it will give you some things to try
Stop 0x124 - what it means and what to try
Analysing your dumps (they are all the same) they state an error with level 2 cache on your cpu

Section 2 : x86/x64 MCA
Descriptor @ fffffa800bc43138
Section @ fffffa800bc432c0
Offset : 664
Length : 264
Flags : 0x00000000
Severity : Fatal
Error : DCACHEL2_PREFETCH_ERR (Proc 1 Bank 6)
Status : 0xfe20000000021166
Address : 0x00000000a3edddc0
Misc. : 0x0000003206000086

Section 2 : x86/x64 MCA
Descriptor @ fffffa800bc59138
Section @ fffffa800bc592c0
Offset : 664
Length : 264
Flags : 0x00000000
Severity : Fatal
Error : DCACHEL2_DRD_ERR (Proc 4 Bank 6)
Status : 0xfe20000000021136
Address : 0x000000003d1bddc0
Misc. : 0x0000007007000086

Section 2 : x86/x64 MCA
Descriptor @ fffffa800bc22138
Section ... Read more

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ok, so let me just throw my budget out here, est: $600

I'm not sure, i could be more or less thats just a rough idea.

MY NEED: I want it to be able to play games like HITMAN ABSOLUTION at 50% - 60% atleast. And i want it to be able to play grand theft auto v,

I need help in the costs of the parts im choosing, if it can be better then please suggest parts.

Any way, I need help in every aspect.

I know what RAM is,
Im going for 6 to 8 gb, will ddr3 do the job? how much will it cost?
I believe that a i5 should be okay, a 3.0ghz one?
its around $200 right?
Should i pick another one?
okay so currently I have in my laptop a Nvidia 410m.
Its an integrated card. I obviously want a dedicated one.
Im not sure which to pick, please recommend a card, hopefully from Nvidia.
What does 128bit, 256bit mean in GPUs?
And what memory should the card have? 2gb?

EDIT: i found this card,
its price is around $150, can i go for this?
at the time of purchase Im thinking about 2 250gb hdds because if i need more I'll simply attach more.
so thats not a problem.
I know s*it about these things. My plan is to tell my desired parts to the guy at the shop, from where im buying and getting it built (i'll just tell which parts I want). Then he'll just choose a good enough mother board for me? is this ok?
Did i miss anything? please help me

Answer:Building a Gaming Computer Gaming Low budget. Help.

The only thing that's missing is the power supply (the "PSU"), but we should wait until you select a CPU and video card - especially the video card. The PSU is an investment, so we have to make sure it's a good one.



Go for a 2 x 4 GB kit or 2 x 8 GB kit. Your only choice right now is DDR3. The cost can vary from roughly $50 USD give or take $10-$20 to almost $200 USD and more.


Which i5? 2nd Generation, 3rd Generation, or 4th Generation Core i5? The cost should be at around $200 give or take $10 to $20 USD.

Video card:

Try to avoid being loyal to one side or the other (NVIDIA or AMD) because some AMD GPUs are way better, but some NVIDIA GPUs are better.

The 128bit or 256bit is the bandwidth of the memory. The higher the number, the faster the memory can be in some ways.

The amount of memory you'd want is about 2GB, yeah. The more the merrier, but it mostly benefits textures.

You can go for any video card you want, but the GT 640 might not be an appreciable upgrade from the 410m. You'll notice it, but I dunno...


Yeah, this is a little bit of a personal thing because take me for example: I have two 60 GB solid state drives and it's all I need. One is for Windows and programs, and the other is for things like My Documents and even my desktop.

Like the power supply, the hard drive is a bit of an investment, so try to get good ones.


Not really. I would also like to see you build it instead of making someone do it for you.... Read more

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My gaming PC has on a number of occasions shut down during gaming (assassin's creed III, batman arkham origins, mass effect 3, emulating ps2 games, etc.) so i decided to monitor it one time with CPUID while running batman arkham origins windowed with high settings.

While playing, my processor temp was usually in the range of 54 Celsius, but got as high as 58 on some occasions, and my vid card was in the range of mid 70s Celsius and got as high as 81 on one occasion. I checked the forums and googled and from what I've read, it seemed like these temps are supposedly in the normal range. But after a few hours in that constant temperature, my PC hung and then I had to shut it down manually. On the other occasions that I was playing other games, it didn't even hang but instead shut down on it's own.

What always happens after this is that when i boot my pc, the monitor says there's no signal and the CPU stops and restarts on it's own (either once or a couple of times). i have to move the cpu to another room which is a bit cooler and have to give it a couple of hours (sometimes half a day) before it boots normally again. There were times I've tried just leaving it in the original room before for a few days but it never boots normally when i do that.

I thought that the problem might be with my GPU but recently, I was browsing with google chrome and when i opened a lot of tabs in succession (about 10), the PC hung again and I had to manually resta... Read more

Answer:What should i change in my Gaming PC setup (i5, GTX 580)? It shuts down during gaming

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I have been looking for verification that if I buy the Dell 24 Gaming Monitor – S2417DG and attach it to my Inspiron 15 Gaming 7567 HDMI that I will get full 2560x1440 resolution refresh rate 165 Hz with 1ms response as the Monitor specs are listed.
I can find no information that the HDMI will pass this level of output.
I have talked to Dell tech support and they do say that the HDMI port is connected directly to the  NVIDIA  GeForce GTX 1050T i with 4GB GDDR5 but I also have seen information that HDMI will not support this.
So I am looking for verification on this configuration being compatible/able to output the full capabilities of the video card to the monitor via the on board HDMI output?

Answer:Inspiron 15 Gaming 7567 HDMI Specs/Does HDMI out support full bandwidth for G-SYNC Dell Gaming Monitor – S2417DG

First of all, G-Sync as far as I know requires DisplayPort and will not run on HDMI.  Even if it does, I don't think even HDMI 2.0 has enough bandwidth for 1440p @ 165 Hz.  And even if it does though, all of the Dell systems I've seen have only had HDMI 1.4, which is only enough for 1440p @ 60 Hz.  But even if all of that isn't a problem, does the Inspiron 7567 have ONLY a GeForce GPU, or does it have an Intel GPU plus a GeForce GPU?  If it's the latter, G-Sync will definitely not work because in almost all systems that have both GPUs, only the Intel GPU is directly wired to the display outputs.  If your system has ONLY the GeForce GPU, then G-Sync should work in theory, but again you may have the bandwidth problems I mentioned above.

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Hi, can anyone recommend a decent gaming pc for minecraft and steam gaming (rocket league, gang beasts, etc). It will also be used for recording Youtube videos so needs to be able to handle that as well. Would appreciate any help as I don't know much about PC's. Thanks.

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So I`m new to the forum and I was hoping my issue can be resolved or at least get some insight on what is causing my PC to crash.
The rig is brand new and I just installed windows and updated everything, so it`s getting really depressing gettting your new PC to crash this much.
During gaming or watching videos or downloading heavy programas (i.e. Games) my computer will just freeze out and I can`t task manager out of it, the only way out is to turn it off my holding the power button. Sometime when watching a video it`ll crash and a sound just loops from the speakers in the screen.
I`ve tried:
/Changing RAM sticks and only using one
/ Re/installing windows and all the drivers
/ WhoCrashed doesn`t give me any crash reports (not even when I had it open and the PC crashed)

Any type of insight would really be apreciated!


Answer:New Gaming Rig crashes during gaming and videos

Here is a review on Newegg, about your motherboard ?
That may shed some light on your problem you are having.

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HI BleepingComputer,
I recently bought a new gaming computer. I am really happy with it, but when I tried to test her out with some new games, my whole computer crashes. The games I tried it with are League of Legends and Counter Strike Global offensive. Here is a speccy for anyone intrested I hope you guys can help me. Thanks in advance
Edit: I think it has to do with my graphic card; when run speccy while playing csgo it registered 97 degrees. Is there anything I can do?

Answer:Gaming Computer crashes while gaming

Look at the event viewer to find which part of you PC causes the problem, read this guide

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Hi guys, I have always been using PC speakers while gaming, however, lately I have been thinking of getting headset as my friends who use it says that it will definitely enhance your gaming experience. Is that true? Was looking at the Gizmodo's E3 coverage when i saw this new Fatal1ty gaming headset MKII ($99). I really like Fatal1ty as I think he's a great gamer but I haven't gotten any Fatal1ty gear yet. Anyone who has other Fatal1ty stuff care to share their experience?

Answer:How important is gaming headset to PC gaming?

hmm. pros and cons of using a head set

can game 24/7 and not wake my wife, neighbors, kids, etc.
the good one's have surround sound and it actually works. even stereo ones are great for games, cause you can actually tell which direction things are happening.
come in usb or 1.5mm connector (i think that's the size? )
they have a mic for voice chat
they wont shake the room like a good subwoofer will
the cheaper ones are really cheap (im using some $20 ones now, but i don't care)
the usb ones can be a pain if you like to use your speakers once in a while, you either have to unplug them or go into the playback devices in the control panel and switch between your 2 sound cards, usb or other to get the speakers to work
cant' think of any more at the moment.

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First of all i wanna say hello and congratulations for this helpful site.

To the point
My pc specs are:
GPU Twintech 9600GT 512mb
CPU Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300
PSU Silverstone Element 850W
RAM Mushkin 4gb DDR2

So all of these except my graphics card are new.I m having for about 3-4 months now been getting BSODs after a period of time playing games.I ve formated my pc 2 times so i ve realised it is nothing related to software.I asked lots of ppl and technicians and told me that it was my old PSU (420W) So i changed it with the one mentioned.Same happened with the RAM,before buying them(1-2 moths ago) I had changed 2 sets of RAM i had,nothing still.So i really need your help on this coz if u ever had this problem u d knew how it feels to try play a game and suddenly a blue **** pops up disturbs u.
I really think it is the GPU but i gotta know what pros think.

PS:These are some of the bsod i get:

Answer:BSOD While gaming[moved from gaming]

Hello and welcome to TSF and thanks for the compliment.

I think this is your RAM. I need you to do a test...

Please download It's saved as an iso so you need to burn it to a cd and boot with it(yes it's legal). Make sure you run it for each stick, as in taking every stick but one then switching. I would recommend running them overnight(each).
You may want to dust your ram carefully!
Make sure you get no finger prints on the RAM as it may damage it.

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So over the past couple of weeks i've been getting alot of BSoD while gaming on my laptop, the most common being failure to reset display drivers.
It seems to be a driver problem but I've tried re-installing them and it hasn't had an effect.
I wasn't sure how to properly do a fresh install so if someone could recommend a way of doing a fresh install.
Also more recently my GPU hasn't been appearing on my device manager randomly, but after a reset it comes back.
I've attached the dump files following the guides, not sure if I have done it properly though.
Help would be appreciated soon as I don't want this ?1000 laptop to die

Answer:Various BSoD while gaming and some randomly while not gaming.

Yeah, you are having problems with the Nvidia driver.

Your msinfo.32 shows that as disabled though, that could just be at the time the report was created.

Where did you get that driver, it appears to be a beta driver from Nvidia.

Have you tried just using the driver from the manufacturer? They usually modify drivers for their hardware.

I can see it is an older driver but that may be your best option,

MSI Global GT70 0NC 64

How is your laptop cooling? Have you made sure the cooling vents are clean?

All that being said, here is a useful guide for Nvidia drivers,

NVIDIA Drivers - Avoid Problems

Try cleaning your laptop vents and doing a clean install of the driver from MSI to see if it makes a difference.

If you still want to do a clean install, this tutorial can help with that,

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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Hi! Just anewbie here in the forum!I really need help with my PC Build. I've been trying to build this for Gaming, Online Gaming and BB Internet.Please feel free to give suggestions/comments advice etc.Processor: Pentium D820 2.8 GhzRAM:      Geil 1 Gb DDR2 DualMBoard:    Asustek P5VD2-MXVCard:      Gigabyte 256 MB GF 7300GTHD:      Seagate 80 Gb SATAOpt Drive: LiteOn Combo 52xI'm not really sure if some of the hardware will be really compatible. Help!Also if anybody could help me with a counterpart build using AMD platform (I'm not familiar with AMD set up!Thanks and Happy Holidays.I'm planning to buy a PC this X'mas Season that is why.

Answer:Help with PC Build! (Gaming, OL Gaming, Internet)

You need Track  He'll probably be along shortly.In the meantime, I'll do what I can.I'd recommend a better graphics card, the 7300GT is a budget card not a gaming card.What's your budget?Remember your PSU too, you haven't included that or a case or cooling.The Pentium D is old technology, I'd recommend a Core 2 Duo.Possibly you may benefit from a larger HDD too, 80Gb is pretty small these days.What sort of games are you planning to play?Oh, and you forgot to include an OS.Sorry this is a bit haphazard but I just added things as I thought of them.

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Hello Forum,

I have build a Gaming PC and i was trying to use the MSI Gaming app. It worked but nowadays when i change the mode it gives me an instant BSOD. i have uploaded the BSOD .zip file as instructed.

Thank you for your help,

Kind regards,
Jan L

Answer:BSOD when starting MSI Gaming App and change to gaming mode or OC mode

I already have runned the memtest. i had 10 passes and 0 errors

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hey i was wondering if you could help me with a small problem ive been having. i use a 8600gt on vista ultimate and have been using it for 1 year, but ive experienced a much slower gaming experience on games like cod 5 and gta 4 with vista ultimate and windows aero, yet when i reverted to using xp my problems were solved, but since windows vista basic doesnt use aero, would the gaming experience be any different on vista basic than it is on windows xp? thanks a bunch , raiyan =)

Answer:Vista gaming vs Xp gaming

Well i read that only the vista can use the all power of the new directx, so it should be better for games, anyway Windows Vista is heavier than the XP, even if you disable the Aero. How many RAM do u have?

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BSOD persists after fresh install of Windows 10 from windows 8.1, happens when playing heroes of the storm quite often but has happened while browsing pinterest/facebook.

Answer:BSOD when gaming and not gaming

Hi deadlykitten,

Please fill in your system specsPlease go to this site and download the tool. The tool will give you detailed information about your system specs, please fill in your system specs more completely.How to fill in your system specs:
Attachment 34016
Attachment 34017

There are only windows drivers involved, there is a really small chance they are actually the cause.

Diagnostic Test


Please make a backup of your important files and get your rescue media or create one.
Please create a restore point.
Please read and run driver verifier.

A lot windows drivers are blamed in the crashes, but that usually means that a 3rd party driver is actually the cause.
Driver verifier stresses your drivers and will crash your pc if any driver fails due to a violation.

Driver verifier should be performed for a max of 48 hours, or when you have a bluescreen, whatever comes first.

If driver verifier has found a violation and you can't get back into windows normally, try to boot into safe mode and reset in safe mode driver verifier, or in the troubleshooting options open command prompt and type verifier /reset.

Your system will act very sluggishly while driver verifier is enabled, this is normal as your drivers will be being subjected to heavy testing in order to make them crash.

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Hello, my name is mark, and i am planning to build my first gaming PC, and i am having a-few issues with finding the right parts to do the job. So far, these are the parts i am planning to purchase for my build:
CPU: click here Board: click here Card: click here click here click here click here Drive/dvd burner: click here the main thing i am stuck on, the Power Supply: click here i want to quickly note before i continue, i am going to be using a duel monitor display, each at around 22-24 inch (which, lets juts say isn't negotiable in my situation), each running at 1080p (HD), maybe every now and then ill have a game running at 1440p (and no i am not going to be gaming with the game covering both monitors, the duel monitors are mainly for multitasking my school work, and when i am gaming the ability to have Skype, my youtube streaming page which i will i will discuss further through this paragraph, and other stuff like that on the other screen so that i don't have to switch through tabs constantly). Another thing i want to state is that eventually i am going to start youtubing and want to be able to record then post and fairly often, stream 1080p game play footage, so if it makes any difference, keep that in mind.
And last of all, i am very new to this new world i have stumbled upon (i am stepping up from laptop to PC gaming X_X) so i assume that i have made a few stupid mistakes, which is why i am here, so please no non-constructive criticism. Though back to the topic. What... Read more

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Hi and thxs for entering to this topic. plz help me looking for the best or very good gaming parts for my pc try to make my pc operative for 100% games at max setts.
My pc now is way outdated, i only have $1600.

PC specs now:
Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 Dual Cpu 1.60ghz perfomance rate at 2.4ghz
Mainbord: Intel D945gcnl
Memory:1016mb (1gb)
Video Card: Intel 82945g (128mb) is almost not having a video card
Hard Drive: 160gb

Answer:Help me upgrading my not for gaming pc to a gaming pc!

if what you are saying is that you want to upgrade your old machine....i would not attempt to do do that. with $1600 you can build a gaming behemoth that will play anything on max settings. this is about $1100 which leaves you plenty for a 24" monitor and CD/DVD drive if you need them. you could also add a SSD if you want to improve load times as well. The GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P also has 2 PCIE slots for a future Crossfire/SLI upgrade. Also, if your not in a huge hurry, you might want to wait until March to see how the GF100's perform.

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Hi there I am having such a hard time with this laptop concerning gaming which is one of the main purposes I bought it for, especially considering the fact it was specifically advertised as a gaming laptop.  The 4K resolution has some serious scaling problems, reducing multiple programs to tiny boxes and things like that. Also apparently the rest of the hardware like the Nvidia Geforce GTX 860M graphics card and the CPU cant even keep up with this resolution which is why while running games at 4K, everything is incredibly slow and the FPS drops significantly. Its just silly. At most all my games I have to run at 1080p for the hardware to kick in and even then sometimes I can't even play on high settings. Like for instance I recently bought Assassins Creed Black Flag, which supports 4K reoslution and of course when I started playing, everything was so slow and laggy even on the lowest possible graphics settings. Once I changed the resolution to 1080p it shrank it down to a tiny size and was STILL super laggy and had a low FPS on high settings. Although changing the graphics settings down to the minumum helped with FPS issues to a 'playable' level, the screen was miniscule and unplayable. I am getting soooo many issues with this 4K resolution thing and im very surprised Lenovo did not mention this and further more label this Laptop as a "Gaming Laptop", as it is seriously turning out not to be and after looking at many reviews into this, a lot... Read more

Answer:Is the Lenovo Y50 Gaming Laptop even a "Gaming Laptop"???

Simply put not really. No mid range laptop is going to be able to run games at 4k which honestly should be pretty obvious. Most of the problems you're having have been covered in various reviews :/

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Question: gaming pc?

I recently bought a new PC (about a month ago) and I was wondering if the pc i have currently will be good enough for the newest games in the future.

Anyways, what is your opnion(s) on my specs, and what i should upgrade?

AMD Athlon 64 x2 Processor 3800+ (Dual core)
2048 MB PC3200 RAM (4x 512MB Modules)
Visiontek ATI Radeon x1300 PCI-E 512MB
350 Watt PSU
Seagate 250GB Hard drive (ST3250823A)
LG LCD Flat-panel 17" monitor, 4ms response time (LG L1732TQ)
Foxconn C51GU01 Series motherboard
Windows XP Media Center Edition
Realtek ALC655 @ nVIDIA MCP51 Audio Controller/sound card
Linksys WMP54G Wireless 802.11g adapter
72mm (?) air intake fan/wind-tunnel , standard exhaust case fan,

Answer:gaming pc?

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I've heard numerous of times that AMD are better for gaming and Intel for other stuff. I was just wondering, why is this? What do they do differently that makes them better or worse for different things?


Answer:AMD better for gaming. Why?

Narrower shorter pipelines

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So heres the thing, it has been about 5 years since I last built computer.
I was cruising through google searching for mobo info. and happened upon this nice little site here I read a couple of forums and decided to join. you guys seem so helpful that I thought I would ask reccomendations as to my entire system.

As of right now im planning on spending between $600 and $900 dollars.

I know I want to go with a quad core CPU but as of yet have not decided which model. I would also like an after market CPU cooling fan.

the mobo people keep telling me nforce is the way to go. I would like dual graphic cards, built in sound is fine.

like i said i havent built a rig in about 5 years so i have no idea to whats good or not w/ graphic cards

As for ram and memory im open to suggestions.

this system has to put fallout 3 's spec to shame (hopefully) and stand up to diablo 3 when that comes out 3 years from now or so. so i would like a system thats goin to last. in advance thx for the help.

Answer:My new gaming PC, help

seems stupid not to ask i had my eye on a nice case. but I am looking for a well vented box so if you have any suggestions as to that lmk.

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Question: Gaming PCs

Looking for sites that let you custom build a gaming PC.
An example would be
Anyone know of any other good sites like this?

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Question: New gaming PC

sup everyone.

Im about to build a new gaming rig.

So far it looks like this.

CPU : Core i5 I5-750 8 MB (Intel Boxed)
Cpu Cooler : (need some advise here)
M/B : need help here aswell)
Ram : Corsair Dominator 4 x 2 GB DDR3
Video : Sapphire RADEON HD 5850 (1 GB). (should i take 2 or just stick with 1 card, or should i pick something different?)
PSU : thinking 600 - 700W dunno what to pick here.

anyone able to lend a hand with this ?


Answer:New gaming PC

The first thing anyone is definitely going to ask you is what is your budget?

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