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ECS reportedly set to exit consumer motherboard market

Question: ECS reportedly set to exit consumer motherboard market

Elitegroup Computer Systems, better known to PC enthusiasts as ECS, may soon kiss the branded motherboard market goodbye. Sources familiar with the matter claim ECS is planning to exit the DIY board market due to shrinking global demand and increased...

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Answer: ECS reportedly set to exit consumer motherboard market

Wow didn't even know these guys were still around I've not touched and ECS board since the athlon 64 days and even then I wouldn't buy one lol.

Not saying they were terrible but I've never been a budget system builder so their products have never appealed to me.

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As I've will take atleast a couple years for it to catch on

All these people whining and griping SWITCH TO PCI-E NOW!! HURRY BEFORE IT"S TOO LATE! haha

Answer:PCI-E represents only 15% of the consumer market

Theres really no reason to have pcie unless you want SLI

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According to the latest reports, AMD will skip the problematic 20nm manufacturing node for their next-generation 'Arctic Islands' GPUs, which the company is expected to launch in 2016. Instead, Arctic Islands will progress directly to 14nm FinFET in the hope...

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Answer:AMD to reportedly skip 20nm entirely for its 2016 GPU family

Sounds like a good strategy.

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Specifications for Nvidia's upcoming high-end consumer graphics card, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, have reportedly been revealed thanks to a GPU-Z screenshot posted on Korean website Hardware Battle.

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Answer:Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti specifications reportedly revealed

After watching the Titan X struggle at 4K with several new games (even in SLi) it's difficult to manufacture genuine excitement for this card, as sweet as the specs are and as good as it looks.

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Several locations on the Internet, including the official Avast forum, Reddit and Firefox support site Mozilla Zine, are filling up with user reports that that latest version of Avast deletes Firefox add-ons automatically.

Some users report that add-ons get deleted automatically on startup and without option to prevent this from happening in the first place.

The issue does not seem to be linked to the program's Browser Cleanup tool directly even though it is designed to detect and remove lowly rated plugins and browser extensions that are installed in popular browsers such as Firefox or Internet Explorer.

It is unclear right now what is causing the issue and why only some users of the browser who have Avast installed on their systems are affected by the automatic removal of Firefox add-ons on the system.
Here are user comments about this taken from various sources:

The add-ons are deleted automatically, not via browser cleanup tool and there are no reports of malware being detected. I witnessed it happen "live" as I was in my add-ons manger list, add-ons being removed automatically.

I can confirm this too. Since the last program update Avast removes half of my firefox addons automatically on every system startup

Huh. That happened to me earlier today too. The catalyst was updating FF from 33.1 to 33.1.1. When FF restarted itself after updating many of m... Read more

Answer:Latest Avast reportedly deleting Firefox add-ons

Not that i was excited about the news ...
I will say one thing - Avast

But in a country where the day before the celebration of 25 years freedom solves president "Pussy Riot" i thought it was a banality ...
(i say this as Czech citizen)

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Cisco Source Code Reportedly StolenWhile it is extremely difficult for crackers and hackers to read and find vulnerabilities in source code, this concern should be noted and the Cisco IOS system should be kept up to date for the best levels of protection. Cisco Source Code Reportedly Stolen,1759,1593870,00.aspThe FBI confirmed Tuesday that it is working with Cisco Systems Inc. to investigate the possible theft of source code for Cisco's main networking device operating system. According to a Russian security Web site, criminal hackers broke into Cisco Systems' corporate network last week and stole 800MB of source code for IOS 12.3 and 12.3t (an early deployment version of the operating system containing features not found in the vanilla 12.3 version). In addition, a 2.5MB sample of what is supposedly IOS code was released on an Internet Relay Chat channel as proof of the alleged theft.

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With Nvidia reportedly set to announce a new mid-range graphics card in under a month's time, rumors are starting to appear that allegedly reveal this card's specifications and features in detail.

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Answer:Nvidia's upcoming GeForce GTX 950 reportedly detailed

Ouch! Half way between 750Ti and 960, it will go for 165euros. That will make outdated AMD offerings price competitive, and sales internally cannibalised by 960, not to mention that all the recent games like GTA, Witcher shows 960 is actually todays entry gaming card from nVidia.

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There might be some tension during Google's next boardroom meeting.

In a report released yesterday, Morgan Stanley analyst Mark Edelstone claimed that the Internet giant is favoring Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron processors for most near-term server purchases. Previously, Google (nasdaq: GOOG - news - people ) relied on Intel (nasdaq: INTC - news - people ) chips to power its many servers.

"We believe that Google is one of [AMD's] largest customers for servers," Edelstone wrote in the report.

Google spokeswoman Sonya Borälv would not comment on that assertion, saying only that the company "continually evaluates the price and performance of its computing infrastructure to guide purchasing decisions."

If it is true, however, the news will surely come as a blow to Intel chief executive Paul Otellini, who sits on Google's board. AMD (nyse: AMD - news - people ) is the No. 2 manufacturer of computer processors behind Intel. Its processors are cheaper than Intel's and have recently been winning over many corporate customers.

Last quarter, AMD grabbed more than 20% of the market for the first time in more than four years. In his report, Edelstone speculated that AMD's new business with Google might help it beat analysts' estimates this quarter.

Will any of the 300-plus attendees of Google's analyst meeting -- which began today at 10:00 am PST (1:00 pm EST) and concludes approximately four hours after that -- be able to sort the matter out?
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Answer:Google Reportedly Favors AMD Chips Over Intel

AMD is gaining ground....


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Last week we heard that Microsoft was adding keyboard and mouse support to the Xbox One, but the company wasn't fully clear on why or how this support would be integrated. Now, thanks to The Verge's interview with Microsoft's head...

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Answer:Microsoft reportedly working on PC to Xbox One game streaming

Why not just capture the video and feed the stream the inputs like that really efficient application reported on the other day?

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It has been rumored that there will only be a short gap between the launch of Intel's socketed Broadwell and Skylake CPUs for desktop systems, and as such, the company will only launch two LGA 1150 Broadwell-based CPUs onto the...

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Answer:Intel reportedly releasing just two socketed Broadwell CPUs

It often makes you wonder why push Broadwell now, when Haswell has a lot of traction and it's a few months to Skylake. They also included some BGA in the mix for other devices, but pushing a desktop chip seems a bit odd. Given the few months in between them and people unlikely, to drop Haswell unless for lower power systems.

All in all it's negligible power savings, we'd need to obviously see how the integrated graphics fair. It might be a solution for some people, but obviously not everyone is going to see it as a huge importance. It's kinda amusing to me because, I'm looking to replace my mobo / CPU right now. I'd likely sit and wait for Skylake, simply because I'd only be wanting to buy one upgrade. Upgrading is a low priority right now anyways, so there's less inclination to spend right away.

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Good thing Amazon has reasonably good customer service. You Ryzen builders be careful.

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With more than 300 million downloads and 50 million active monthly users, AdBlock Plus is among the top tools web surfers use to block intrusive or otherwise annoying online advertising.

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Answer:Amazon, Google and Microsoft all reportedly pay to circumvent AdBlock Plus

Lets see .. remove extensions.. ad block plus.. and done.. buh bye..

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Windows 8 adoption rate reportedly worse than Vista

Answer:Windows 8 adoption rate reportedly worse than Vista

I'd say the difference here is that Windows 8 is actually awesome. It's fast, more power efficient than Windows 7, and lets touch users as well as keyboard and mouse users get what they want. Vista was a power hugging bloated OS.
This should lead to more success down the road. My dad has been a diehard XP power user since it released and recently moved to Windows 8. He swore at it for about 3 hours and now can't stop telling me how great it is. He went ahead and put it on two more computers that had been running Vista in our house right away. None are touch enabled.
Corporate customers on Windows 7 won't likely change, but it makes more sense to upgrade from XP or Vista to Windows 8 than it does Windows 7.

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there is a simple fix
turn off browser integration so a PDF ONLY opens in Adobe reader not in the browser
if using older versions of Adobe, then under settings you can switch off browser integration. in Reader X or XI, you have to disable the browser plugin , not uncheck a box in adobe settings
on all versions of IE/& FF & chrome, you can disable the pdf plug in
Warning in IE10 on W8 the adobe plug in is listed under the "run without permission " set , not under the traditional "all plug ins " or "currently loaded plugins"

Answer:Zero-day PDF exploit reportedly defeats Adobe Reader sandbox protection

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Intel is gearing up to release their next-generation Skylake processors as early as next week, but before they've been able to release any official information, a set of benchmarks detailing the flagship Skylake CPU's performance have leaked onto the web. ...

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Answer:Intel 'Skylake' Core i7-6700K performance reportedly revealed

No surprises here. Keep Calm and Carry On... Strong dollar and no sensible impovements in IPC, that's gonna be even tougher year for PC manufacturers.

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One feature of Intel's chipsets that hasn't changed much over the past few years, even for the enthusiast X-series chips, is the amount and speed of the PCI Express lanes provided. Most chipsets, including the latest Z97 and X99 models,...

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Answer:Intel's Skylake chipsets will reportedly feature upgraded PCIe

I was wondering when they were going to address this.

This was a major handicap on the Haswell E platform.

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Intel Could Sell Internet Security Business
Nearly six years after spending $7.7 billion to acquire McAfee, semiconductor giant Intel Corp.  is exploring options for its cyber security unit, which could include a sale.
Here’s Why Intel Would Be Smart to Sell Its Cyber Security Business
The giant chipmaker bought McAfee for $7.7 billion just six years ago, but selling the division would remove a distraction and strengthen Intel's balance sheet.

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The next public version of Windows 8 is reportedly completed, about two weeks ahead of its planned launch to the world. claims that Microsoft has finished work on the Windows 8 Release Preview (otherwise known as the release candidate) which will have the version number of 8400.

The post on the forums (free registration required) supposedly has an image of the Start screen from the 8400 Release Preview build of Windows 8. The post also claims that the SKUs that will be launched for the Release Preview include Windows 8 (Core), Windows 8 Release Preview (Pro), Windows 8 Release Preview with Media Center (ProWMC) and Windows 8 Enterprise (VL).Click to expand...

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Answer:Windows 8 Release Preview reportedly ready, build 8400

Well this is good. I can get this version instead of installing an older version.

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Intel's Chief Graphics Software Architect David Blythe has confirmed to The Tech Report that the company will support the VESA Adaptive Sync standard in its products at some point in the future. This would allow PCs powered solely by Intel...

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Answer:Intel will reportedly support VESA Adaptive Sync technology in the future

Ummm, Nvidia dominates pc gaming gpu market so how could they loose? Do you have any figures to support theses claims? If anything G-sync wins if no real contender enters the arena. Would prefer if VESA thing was standard and all would use it but as I said Amd is at all time low with no hope in sight and when there's no other companies making these products there's no real competition for g-sync. Anyone who uses integrated graphic don't know or care about these things so intels move doesn't contribute one bit.

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Microsoft is reportedly putting the finishing touches on the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which is slated to arrive on August 2. The report comes from Windows Central, saying that build 14384 should be the first RTM (release to manufacturing) build.

The company has begun the sign-off process for the build, which means that it will put a variety of builds through internal tests, and then it will pick the best one for a public release.

According to the report, Insiders can expect to see a final build by the end of next week. The timeline isn't surprising. With the Anniversary Update less than a month away, we should certainly be in the polishing phase.

The fate ofWindows phones that are ineligible for the Anniversary Update is still undetermined. Such unsupported devices have had a sort of "upgrade at your own risk" option through the Release Preview ring. These users will be unable to install the Anniversary Update, but it's not clear if build 10586 will remain available for them.

The report also states that the Redstone 2 (Rs2) builds that Microsoft is compiling are in the 148xx range, and should begin shipping to Insiders in mid-to-late August. The Redstone 2 update isn't slatedto arrive for the public until April, 2017.

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Microsoft now plans March Windows 10 Mobile rollout

February has come and gone without the highly anticipated Windows 10 Mobile upgrade for legacy Lumia handsets. In an email to partners, seen by VentureBeat, Microsoft is now targeting a release this month, to occur after the regular monthly service updates for the two Windows 10-powered handsets already on the market, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL.

Unlike the previous schedule, reported by VentureBeat at the end of January, this one separates the upgrade from the service update. In other words, whereas the February rollout would have seen the update bundled into the upgrade, in March they are expected to be two distinct processes.

The rollout is said to begin passively, from Microsoft?s perspective, in that users will need to initiate it manually from their handsets. Only afterwards, on an unspecified timetable, will the company begin actively pushing the new firmware to eligible devices.

Microsoft had initially intended to upgrade in-market Lumias this past December, but the self-imposed deadline came and went. The February target was only messaged internally, so there has technically been just a single ? albeit months-long ? delay.

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Answer:Microsoft reportedly tells partners that Windows 10 Mobile rollout will begin this month

Hope It's true, i've been waiting for months.

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Stuxnet worm reportedly planted by Iranian double agent using memory stick for you ..

Stuxnet worm reportedly planted by Iranian double agent using memory stick on :

'The Stuxnet computer worm used to sabotage Iran's nuclear program was planted by a double agent working for Israel. The agent used a booby-trapped memory stick to infect machines deep inside the Natanz nuclear facility, according to a report published on Wednesday.

Once the memory stick was infected, Stuxnet was able to infiltrate the Natanz network when a user did nothing more than click on an icon in Windows, ISSSource reported. They cited former and serving US intelligence officials who requested anonymity because of their proximity to the investigations. Covert operators from Israel and the US wanted to use a saboteur on the ground to spread the infection to insure the worm burrowed into the most vulnerable machines in the system, reporter Richard Sale added.

The double agent was probably a member of an Iranian dissident group, possibly from the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq group. This group is believed to be behind the assassinations of key Iranian nuclear scientists. In October, a huge blast destroyed an underground site near the town of Khorramabad in western Iran that housed most of Iran's Shehab-3 medium-range missiles capable of reaching Israel and Iraq.... Read more

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Twitter is alit today, it seems, with news of Google neutralising AdBlock Plus. The popular extension, originally created by Wladimir Palant in 2006, is used by many to bypass ads hosted on the internet, including the video ads served by Google's video streaming site.

It has drawn the ire of many web publishers and websites alike for allegedly curtailing their revenues significantly. In an attempt to shore up the almost non-existent profits from YouTube, Google might have finally found a way of skirting the extension. Multiple Twitter users are now posting their accounts, including images, of Chrome circumventing the extension's ad-averse net:Click to expand...

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Answer:Google Chrome reportedly bypassing Adblock, forces users to watch full-length video ads

This is why i use Opera,very fast,stable and not memory hungry like Chrome. Also i gained on speed of my laptop.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 development process is moving along at a rapid pace. Since its official announcement last September, the Redmond-based company has published multiple technical previews and shared a wealth of other important information relating to its next major operating system. ...

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Answer:Microsoft reportedly targeting June for Windows 10 RTM, files trademark for 'Windows 365'

Windows 365? Get ready for yearly OS subscriptions...

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Question: market for new gpu

I'm in the market for a new gpu. I've been an ATI/AMD from the get go but thinking about getting an Nvidia 680 now that the 700 series is out. My question is; what is a classified gpu, and what's the difference between a non classified and classified gpu?

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ok guys im new to ur forum, my problem is this, i have an sli motherboard, currently i am using a single Nvida Galaxy6800xt 128mb 256 bit card, its good for all games i have including cod2 css bf2 and hitman bloodmoney, no problem there then, but i want to upgrade, i want more power ,would dual xts be the answer or a brand new 256card and if a new card what card as there are so many on the market and i dont realy have the knowlagde find the differences from readin the specs of the back of the box pretty lame but there it is , anyone?

Answer:so much on the market

Your best bet is to get a 7900GT. It will play anything out now at maximum resolution and you can put in a second one down the road when you need it.

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Thanks in advance for your advice...

I am building a PC and I have decided to buy a OEM Q6600 processor. Being it is OEM it will not come with a CPU Fan or Heatsink. I have always bought retail versions of CPU's. I know this time I will have to go with an after market CPU fan and heatsink.

I was hoping someone would give me some advice on which product would do for my situation. I was looking at the ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler. I think it fits my needs.

I also have a question about Thermal paste? Do I need it? Or does it already come with all aftermarket CPU Fans/Heatsinks?

Does anyone know if the ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler comes with Thermal Paste? Would it be a good idea to use more even if the Heatsink already has the paste applied?

Thanks for the help.

Answer:After Market CPU Fan

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I'd like to buy a NAS simply to share my movies with my mediaplayers updtairs and downstairs through network.
Been researching and only see people recommending the expensive Synology/Qnap or building a server.
I like the idea of a NAS because it has low energy usage which is good since it's always on...

My question is. Should I get a nas by synology/qnap even though I don't need all the extra options those devices provide or will something from like Iomega work just as well?

Answer:In the market for a NAS

I have a D-link DNS-320. I have 2 x 640GB drives in there in RAID1 (mirroring). It was recommended by a friend on here. I love it, low powered, whisper quiet after it goes to sleep. I have my printer connected to it, too. Can print on any system on the network.

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HiI have decided to take the plunge and get myself a TFT screen. I have been reading up on them and looking into different modles and brands.The one I think is best value is the LG L1710B 17ins TFT Digital, since it has a faily fast response time of 20MS and a 500:1 contrast ratio which i think is good. It also 250 cd/m2 image brightness, which I dont understand actually. Is this any good... I watch DVD's quite alot and the odd game... but most of the time is it for my Uni work.It seems good value at £338 inc Vat for a digital TFT from a good brand (I think LG is good!).Are any other suggestions for this price bracket (up to £350 inc Vat). Also... what does 250 cd/m2 mean and is it any good?Cheers!

Answer:I'm on the market for a TFT!

LG is a pretty new brand (last 5 years or so) but they are building up a good rep for reliable products, 250cd/m2 is "250 candelas per meter squared" its a measure of how much light teh screen produces and 250 is fine you wont need it on max.

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I managed to snatch up a R9 280X for cheap 2 weeks ago as it was an offer I wouldn't see anytime soon here in Mexico, got it for 300Dollars give or take. Taking the import fees and all, it was a really good deal.

Anywho. I am currently running an A10-5800K and it would be a gigantic bottleneck for the 280x. I want to upgrade to a more consistent CPU platform, but I do not know what I would be the best. My budget is around 500 dollars for a CPU and motherboard alone.

Would it be a good bet to purchase the 8350 for now or wait for 2014 when FM2+ comes out?
What about an intel alternative? Would it be wise to move over to something intel? If so, what would be a good choice?

I am planning to keep this upgrade for 4 to 6 years without any major upgrade. That is no GPU+motherboard+cpu combination for decent gaming.

Thank you for your time.

Answer:So how is the CPU market looking?

I am sure many will have their opinions on this, but me personally it has to be Intel, on a budget of $500 for just the CPU and motherboard you should be able to get the latest high performance Intel i7 4770K and a decent Asus motherboard. IMO it is the best you can get for your money and will out perform the AMD.


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Question: market value

what can I sell a thinkpad t60 and t61, in excellent condition? (in italy)

Answer:market value

Without knowing exact specs of the units in question - preferably along with the full model number - it's impossible to even guess with any amount of relevance.

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Question: Market App

Hello Friends !

First of all Information Needed :

Computer running good and Internet Connect Permanently

But The Market App was keep loading.........................

Loading since 30 min but not loaded up.........
Here is the PIC :

I don't know where the shit happens.

Thanks in Advance!

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Decided I need more space in my room as I wanna move both my bass, amp, and soon to be guitar in my room so I can jam a bit more comfortably but I need a little more room, plus this CRT is just a bit too old now

I have narrowed down my selection to Samsung monitors as I already own a Samsung LCD and it has been a fairly nice LCD IMO and they have fairly decent prices

I'm leaning more towards the 17" as I don't really wanna spend too much money as I need cash for a guitar as well, and I don't need the absolute biggest considering this room is small. The only reason I'll consider the 19" is if you guys think they'd be more appropriate for watching video and crap. I would prefer the HAS models for the adjustable stands and crap and I think that 8ms is fine, but I'm willing to hear why the 2ms BF is a better option. I am willing to hear if 700:1 would be better than 600:1, but I really don't think it will be

Answer:I am in the market for an LCD (again)

I would recommend the second one, if you're doing major gaming.

Otherwise, i recommend the first one, it's cheaper. But 8MS won't handle games as good as 2MS

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In your opinion what is the best mOBO today???

Answer:Best Mom in the market???

This is a very broad and generalized question!

Best for who? and best for what?
Value for money, stability and reliability, Quality or outright performance?

Take a peek at one of the latest from nVidia...its a doozy!


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Will the Ultra dock 230w work with both the P-51 and my W-541  ? Or do the P-51 and the W-541 use different connectors for the dock ?Thanks

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Question: RAM Consumer

I'm looking for an application to consume a pre-defined amount of RAM from a Windows 7 machine. Whether this is a RAMdisk application or otherwise, I just need a method to tell an application to consume and hold a fixed amount of RAM. I want to avoid a significant penalty on other system resources (CPU cycles, etc.).

Free is preferred, paid software is fine. Command-line exposure would be a plus.

Any suggestions?

Answer:RAM Consumer

DataRam's RAMdisk is free (up to 4GB for a RAMdisk) and should be able to fill that requirement, I guess.

You can use RAMMap to verify the actual RAM usage of most anything loaded into RAM or using it, pretty much down to the exact byte count as well. Very useful tool...

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Since the demise of my x850pro, I need a new card on a budget.

I'm looking at either getting another x850pro or a 6800Gt. Are they about the same in terms of performance?


Answer:In the market for a new card

Do you have PCI*E or AGP?
If you have AGP, a X850XT would be better, and if you have PCI-E, a X1800 or a 7800 would be better, but I'm afraid they're a little expensive.
How much can you afford?

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Hi; Upon overclocking only 2-3 hundred Mhz, my CPU overheats up to 65C at least.  I purchased this after market cooler:  What gives?

Answer:after market cooling

What CPU?I can't find any information on the TDP of that heatsink but it doesn't look like it would do much better than a stock cooler.

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Question: Software Market

This article makes it sound like the software market isn't that great. What are your opinions on the feasibility of marketing your own software and how it should be done? I ask because eventually I am going to make a decision on what career path I should take...what do you guys think? I know that software development will never be obsolete, but the problem of freeware is still there.

Answer:Software Market

Developing new computer applications isn't really a career. It's an entrepreneurial career path. You're starting your own business. Do you have great ideas for new applications that don't already exist? Or maybe you have ideas on how to improve applications that already exist? Or you could develop custom applications based on a customer's needs by doing something in Visual Basic, C#, or Java.

The real opportunity right now is with mobile applications. Developing for the iPhone and iPad and Android phones and tablets. Have you considered this? It would still be entrepreneurial unless you got a job with an established software development company. You'd have to keep your own books and buy your own health insurance and things like that. It's a huge risk, but it can have great rewards if you're successful.

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Hey Gang,

I'm looking to buy or build a new PC but could definitely use some help here. I'm not too bad with computers, I've built tons in my time, but I haven't been keeping up with the new technologies this last year or two as far as video cards, CPUs, and mobos go. Thought I'd reach out to you more knowledgable folks to give me a hand )

The reason I'm looking for a new rig is to play FEAR, Half Life, etc. The games that are a little less intense play fine on my current system - but it's going on 4 years old, so time for an upgrade anyways! I do a lot of multitasking as well - I'm a web developer and graphic designer so usually have tons of programs open at once. I'm looking for something that's rough, tough, and built to last, as fast as I can afford, and easy to upgrade as the times change.

I've always built my own computers so never had a reason to check out pre-built systems before. After pricing some hardware and comparing it with pre-builts, I don't think I'll be saving much in building my own this time thought maybe I'll just get a pre-built and save the hassle. I've checked out the offerings of - they seem to have some great stuff over there, the prices don't look too shabby either. Problem is - I honestly have no clue what specs to go for. There's just so many choices and I've been out of the loop for way too long.

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Answer:In the market for a gaming PC

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I got a email the other day saying about a 30 day trial of their eshop package and just wondered if it was the best thing out there.Also is there somewhere i can see examples of their sites, i know there is three site you can view of the capabilities of the packagesclick here, click here, click here These look ok apart from the first one which looks quite basic really.And have heard bad things now about the billing department of the company and them answering emails.I'm needing a business website and just wondered if you guys had any ideas who was the best in the world, I couldn't go any hight than £450 for a package.Anyone?

Answer:Is 1&1 eShop the best on the market

that's a pretty tall order, and there's no way you'll find out anyway. We all have our likes and dislikes, and to be perfectly honest I've not found any one hosting company that is perfect in every way. Hosting a business web site isn't that difficult, and you'll find hundreds of companies who will provide the necessary facilities. If it doesn't work out you can transfer your domain name to a new host without too much difficulty, and your site visitors will not even notice.When it comes to e-commerce it can be a different story, and a great deal depends on your particular business requirements. There are many shopping cart applications, and once again different web designers favour different systems. My particular favourite is Actinicclick here It's not cheap, and it has a reasonably steep learning curve, but in my opinion (one that's shared by many) there's nothing to touch it for really professional e-commerce sites.I have no experience of the 1&1 solution, apart from the fact that I received the same email as you, but they're offering a 30 day free trial, so you have nothing to lose by experimenting.

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Anything better than this Samsung Svo Pro or shall I go for it?

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$98- HiVision NB0700: $98 laptop from China

$99- JoinTech - Laptops and GPS Navigators

$89- $89 MenQ EasyPC makes $98 HiVision laptop look expensive

First one runs linux. Second two run Windows CE. If the first one sells in the US for $98 I am 99% sure I'll end up buying one.

Answer:Sub $100 Laptops about to hit the market

they need one with atleast 9 inch screen. 7 seems too small especially for big webpages

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Ok, I'm wondering what the absolute best mobo out there is. I know that the ASUS A7n8x is liked by some people (compilerxp ), but I'd like to know what everybody thinks. I want a powerful mobo with some space to upgrade and lots of high end features... but I don't want to pay an arm and a leg. So, what's the best one out there??? (and why!!! )

Answer:What's the best mobo on the market???

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browsing another thread, which was looking for help on setting up a home network, I came upon this site;click hereJust look at how many listings there are!!Go on, if you can do it then set yourself up!Regards,Simsy

Answer:There's a gap in the market for Networkers...

According to the linked site,there is only 2 listings,NorthWest was one and Southern UK.

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As the topic says, I am in market for a new desktop - and am wondering if there is a thread discussing some of the wisdom of this group...

I'm not an easy fit into the categories most magazines seem to put systems into. While a fair bit of my usage lies in the business applications (Microsoft Office) and browsing, I am somewhat into large scale number crunching (with my own Java code) and (poorly) maintain my own website. In future I might add database and ui to some of my analytical softwares. No real interest in games, multi-media or heavy duty graphics, but I was keen to watch the soccer world cup on my desktop (but was unsuccessful as ESPN360 wasn't supported by my ISP).

Other things I wonder about are: (a) the core duo stuff - should one pay the premium for the high price at launch, and (b) not requiring a whole lot of upgrading of hardware with Vista.

Any advice or pointers would be appreciated. I've looked at the workstation category - as that might fit well (except in the wallet).

Answer:In market for a new desktop

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What is a good after market CPU Fan?

Answer:...good after market CPU Fan?

i use aerocool extreme with a 38cfm lighted fan, keeps things cool

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Hello Geeks!

So, I have finally decided to get a tablet, now that the market has been flooded for some time. I'm looking for something older that won't cost me my arm and leg. However, unlike computers, I really don't know how to read tablet stats, nor do I know the version and series histories for various tablets save for the highly publicized i-tablets. So, my question is this: Does anyone have an older (that's still viable) or cheaper tablet that they liked/like or would recommend?

Answer:Getting into the tablet market

Check out the Nexus 7.

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I'm currently leaning over purchasing Zune (30gb) but I'm a little disappointed of its requirements and somehow of its capabilities. The only pros is its 14 hours playing time and button simplicity, other than that...

* It requires an XP SP2 minimum based on their site (not that I don't have it but there might be some PCs that still don't have it.
* The wireless capabilities is a good added feature but can only be used to transmit between Zune.
* It could be that it's software dependent, which means it requires a software to transfer music (ie iPod using iTunes, etc.).
* Only supports AAC (mp4, m4a, m4b, etc.) and wmv. How about avi and mpeg?

Those are my current assumptions based on their site but if I'm wrong, I might re-consider it.
My alternative is Creative Labs vision W (30gb) which is $50 more for bigger LCD screen plus the fact that it supports avi, mpeg, etc without conversion. It also has more things to offer such as personal organizer, ZENcast...compared to Zune's limitation of feature. Creative Lab's Vision:M is also nice but less complexed version of W for the same price as Zune.
If you have any opinion or experience with both, please reply. If you also have another competitive MP3 suggestion, please feel free to add. Thanks.

Answer:Best MP3 player on the market?

Dude this forum is for PC hardware.

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According to this article, firefox has grown from 5% in November to 25% now and rising!

w00t!! IE Sucks!!

Answer:Firefox now has 25% of the market-

and only a small portion use the best browser ever. Opera!

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My company purchase 12 laptops from Antonline, a seller on Newegg in 2013. We purchased what we thought were laptops with Windows 7 as the default OS.  We need Windows 7 because we train on these laptops with programs that will not work in Windows 8 and beyond.  It turns out that the default OS is 8 and the discs to format with are 8.  The Lenovo recovery only recovers in Windows 8.  We contacted Newegg and Antonline as we are within warranty and now are led to Lenovo.  We are told that Windows 7 support will be ending in the next year with Windows 10 coming out.  This puts us in a bad place as we thought we bought laptops with Windows 7 as its default OS which was not disclosed.  We need to format all the laptops.  Our company is a small company, so buying a license for each laptop for Windows 7 is going to be very expensive and rather silly considering we were under the impression we were buying something with Windows 7 as the default OS, not after-market.  Is there something someone can do for this?

Answer:After-market OS from Newegg

Welcome to the Lenovo Community !
If your new purchases have Windows 8 Pro installed then they include downgrade rights to Windows 7 Pro.  Here are Microsoft articles on the topic of downgrade rights for your reference....

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I'm in the market for new hardware and would like to know what you all would recommend. I'd like to spend about $4000 and have a few requirements:

1 PC workstation. Will use a/v editing and photo editing software
1 lentry level' 14" laptop - mostly for mobile computing - does not need to be a workhorse. I'd like a long warranty on the notebook as it will be exposed to travel and possible damage that is typically expensive to repair.
1 19" - 20" LCD

Is there a particular brand that you 'like' and feel is built well? What about networking? I have an old 'B' router - should I get 'G'? What about 'N'? I hear conflicting information about wether or not standards have been set for N. I'm also looking into a NAS server - possibly 500GB (separate purchase from $4000 above) I mostly want it so I can access personal data on both laptop and workstation. I'd also like to stream multimedia with it and access it as an ftp server. It would be nice if it had a print server as I'd like to network a USB photo printer. (My LaserJet 4Plus has it's own print server) I've been saving for years and my current PC is 'GULP' 8 1/2 years old! I need a big upgrade! Please let me know what some of your thoughts are. Look forward to hearing from you!

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Answer:In the market for new hardware

Photo editing requires a lot of memory, preferably fast as well, with a high speed front side bus.
Our experience has made us very reluctant to recommend Sony anything. The upper half of the line for Dell, HP, and Gateway are all good. You might want to go for a private company only if you are a gamer. Get at least 1 GB of memory, but we recommend 2 GB or more. We like the computers that have Seagate drives, as reliability of Western Digital, Maxtor, and Hitachi have dropped dramatically. We also like drives from Samsung, Fujitsu, and Toshiba.
Spend a lot of time shopping for the graphics card, and the network interface, as they can be trouble.
Printers are one of the greatest mysteries nowadays... failure rates have gone sky high... Laser printers are much more reliable than photo printers, but the photo quality is less good. We suggest you do not buy the printer online, but rather from a store in your area which has techs very familiar with their printer line... and which ones fail early. Do not buy a new model... get something tried and true known to last... to avoid the early failures of many Canon, Lexmark, Dell, and HP Officejets...
We like the Konica Minolta, Fujica, Samsung, and Brother... and some of the HP printers... but we do not trust any printer that is a multifunction unit with a scanner... the problem with these units is the ink availability.
In our area and in Tucson, Office Max seems the best choice for printers as they have solid experience.
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I am in the market for a new laptop, I bet you knew that already from the title of this message .

Here's what I'd like to do, I'll mention this and I'm looking for feedback on specs if I can do it and the best place to purchase it.

What I use my laptop for is QuickBooks and all MS Office apps...usually run 4-8 apps at a time. What I don't want is a lot of extra software that I don't need, I pay for MS Action Pack that gives me all of the Office stuff and an OS - unfortunately it's Vista - I would like to stay with XP and just set up a test machine here with Vista on it.

This is my "primary" computer, I work it everyday...I do have a large rolling laptop case that'll fit whatever size laptop I get...I was kinda looking at the 17" screen and need something with the number pad on the keyboard.

We'll start here...where should I go...I've kinda looked at Dell, they're upwards of $2000...that's fine if I need to, but am I just paying for the name and all the crapware that comes on them?

Thanks for any input you can give me...


Answer:In the market for a new laptop

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I want to remove my DVD drive (rarely or never use it) and replace it with a HDD from an older computer to use for backup purposes. Obviously, they are different sizes so I need to either get hold of a reducing-type cradle or (highly unlikely) fashion a piece of steel to accommodate it.I can't find anything on a PCA search. Does anyone know of anything that would do the job, including a plate to fill the gap at the front?Thank you.

Answer:Is there a HDD cradle on the market?

There is a kit designed for the job you want. Try Scan or CCLcomputers, about a fiver.You could also consider a hard drive caddy. It's a sort off drawer that lets you unplug and remove the HD.CD

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For the first time ever IE has less than half of the market.


I have a feling that this story will make a lot of people happy.

Answer:IE Falls Below 50% Of The Market

I've used Firefox since, well for a long time. Only thing I use IE for is updates for my 'puter

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Question: Android Market

Whenever I've downloaded anything from here in the past it has always been done through my Google account, and has been pretty well instantaneous, but the last time I have been asked for my full card details, and address, just like an on-line purchase from a new dealer.
Is this a new thing, or just one trader trying to avoid the (presumed) Google commission?

Answer:Android Market

Sorry, this should really be in Mobile World so I've copied it there.

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Is anyone here using Market Browser (a stock portfolio monitoring program)? I downloaded and installed it but can't seem to operate it. In the first place it appears to allow entry of only 4 stock symbols. When I attempt to add more it just overwrites the first ones entered and I wind up with only 4. What am I not doing or doing wrong? TIA.

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I'm currently looking at this Asus 24":

It's either that or a Acer 22":

My only issue is I have a feeling 24" would be too big. I'm mostly on Windows XP. I use a variety of apps like Internet Explorer, Word, Aol instant messenger, and firefox. I play one or two games here and there and watch movies I'd say once or twice a week.

I just wonder if 24" would be too hard on the eyes. Thanks for any input.

Answer:In the market for a monitor...

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Agreed, Lenovo has very strong brand power. The company has been selling the same notebooks for years, simply updating the hardware and rarely improving the design. Lenovo's philosophy, "if it ain't broken, don't fix it" has served them well - actually increasing their brand and product awareness over the years. However, things have changed in the last year. The proliferation of smaller form products such as ultrabooks and tablets are changing the game and these products have changed the game completely. For any company to survive and flurish, they need to rigorulously pursue market intelligence - understand the wants and needs of their customer base. This is why I'm starting a forum line, stating (not asking) what customers want from Lenovo. In turn, I ask anyone reading this to state exactly what products/services they want from Lenovo in the coming months/years. I'll start. The need for notebook computers will not go away any time soon. We all need some sort of computer to perform more complicated tasks that tablets can't perform or are difficult to implement due to their touch interface, at the moment. In the coming months (i.e. Q2/13), I expect Lenovo to release an update of their T400s line. This update will include all of the following in one, small form factor:- i7-4770(_) quad-core (not a ULV processor)- HD 4600 (GT3) integrated GPU- 2x (two) thunderbolt ports- ExpressCard slot that connects to the North-bridge as opposed to the South-bridge (opti... Read more

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Hello everyone,

It's been a long time since I've been able to do any PC gaming. I've had a Gateway laptop for the past 2 years, and it has been great other than the fact that its graphics card is not good enough to play pretty much any new game (the problem has to do with the dreaded DirectX 9.0c which from searching some forums I've found that this issue has plagued gamers everywhere). Anyway, could anybody recommend a good, reliable, ready-made PC that I can purchase that has the right specs to play the top games? I'm into FPS and RTS games just so you know what I'm looking for. I have not the time nor the know-how to build a computer myself, so I'm looking to buy one for preferably under or just slightly over $1,000. Any help would be appreciated!

Answer:In the market for a gaming PC

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Looking for a Aftermarket Cooler for my GTX 550ti any body know of one that will fit it.

Answer:After Market Cooler

I know that is a popular video card size, my GTS 450 is the exact same size.

But I think this, or something like it, may help you:

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Hey all I figure I ask the pros before I do this.. I'm in the market for a new laptop in the $800 - #1000 range... you know, 4 gigs ram, win 7, good graphics, etc.. I was looking at a few Dells but maybe there's a smaller company that amkes good ones that some one may have a recommendation.
All suggestions welcome. Thank you all in advance...
Best regards..

Answer:In the market for a laptop.

I've had Dell Latitudes at work for a number of years (8+) and have been very impressed/happy with them.

My wife had an Acer at home and while it was a nice machine for the money, tech support was via email only and we had to send the laptop off 2 times for repairs.

My wife currently has an HP laptop and it's been no experiences with support or otherwise.

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Hey guys,

I'm coming from this router:

Upgraded my modem recently and I'm probably going to bump up my internet speeds a tier, so I decided it was time for a new router as well.

I have my router connected to my computer via ethernet cable, where I game/upload to youtube/stream. I also use OpenVPN on it. I have a PS3 in another room (where I watch Netflix and Crunchyroll, besides gaming), and I besides me, 1 other person in the household occasionally uses the internet as well.

I work at Microcenter, so I can get a pretty decent discount. I'd appreciate it if you can give me any reccomendations on routers so I can check the price today, and we can decide which is the best one for the price! :thumb:

So far in store I've looked at the Netgear N600: (for $80)

and the Linksys N750: (for $84):

I understand Wireless AC is the new standard (although not fully implemented yet). Should I consider that instead for future proofing? I'm looking to keep things close to $120 (should be $100 with my discount that way), but I'm up to suggestions beyond that. Oh, I think I need one with internal antennae, because there's very little clearance where I put my router.

Have any recommendations for me? Thanks!
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Answer:In the market for a new router

really [H] guys use pfSense on a linux comp. I'm still lazy and I bought a WNDR3700 (N600 Gigabit) this past spring when my old D-Link DIR-655 took a poop. It's been working great for me. I have 5 computers on wifi, 4 of them are mining coins 24/7 on wifi, and on my main comp, I've downloaded 1-2TB since I've had it.

Wireless AC has limited use because the range is smaller. Yes, it's faster, but Wireless N will be around for a long time. If you really need faster speed than N, just remember that the range will be smaller. Plus, most wireless devices I see don't support AC and probably wouldn't utilize the increased speed over N.

The only main issue I have with Wireless N is I still can't stream 1080p compressed for whatever reason. Frame buffers, router, whatever. I've tried 2 different NICs and read that basically it's still not viable. So anywhere I want to stream a 10-15GB movie, I have hardwired.

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I am in the market for my first notebook. I need one that is great for webpage design but not too expensive. I won't be doing too much gaming but maybe a little. I was told that I need to shoot for 512 ddr and a M processor. What companies would be good and what one do I need to stay away from.


Answer:In the market for a new Notebook?

Our company purchases IBM thinkpads all the time. I just set up a couple of new ones that were amazing! Very slim yet very powerful and it ran very quick with 1GB RAM and the M [email protected] 2.0 GHZ if I recall. Might want to look into the IBM thinkpad series as there tech support is really good.

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Dear Hardware Forum,

Is this the closet I can come in the Tech Guy Forum to advice on how to choose a new pc? Or perhaps you could recommend another site that is similiar to this and is devoted exclusively, not to problems, but the problem of choosing another pc. I have something in mind. And I need to talk to someone that isn't trying to sell something. I have already posted before in the Windows 98 Forum, but that thread is pretty much finished.


Answer:In market for newer PC

Maybe it would help if you posted what you are looking for in a machine and what type of applications you intend to utilize.

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a hand full of questions about after market i7.

first, if my CPU is currently reading within 5-10 deg of the case temp, is it realistic to expect a CPU cooler to improve the temp or should I focus on case fans. currently reading 40C idle up to ~85C @ full load. In my mind this is high considering it has auto-throttle @ 90C and is only rated for 100C.

second, any suggestions on air cooling if I upgrade the CPU cooler? I've heard decent things about the noctua NH-U12P, but can't decide.

Thermaltake Armor+
i7 940 w/ stock cooler
5+TB of misc. HD
12GB Corsair Memory (TR3X6G1600C8DG) @ 1600mHz
2*AMD HD4870 1GB in crossfire
Asus P6T6 Revolution Mobo
Soundblaster X-Fi Fatality Champion Ed. sound card
Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W PSU

Answer:after market cooler

I have an Antec case with 4 120mm fans (2 front intake and 1 top / 1 rear exhaust) my CPU cooler is an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 (and it's great) MBM shows the case temp usually around 90-95F and CPU 55-65F. I haven't checked to see if the Arctic freezer is available for the i7.

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Question: capital market

Capital market is a market where buyer or seller deal with bonds ,stocks,etc. At the pick time of the year is the financial year ending time as such, hence for booking profit at that time for stock. Now to get a handsome profit the investor need to understand what is best stock means which one will give maximum profit or wealth. There are small cap, mid cap and giant stock. Among which a person can choose according to the market trend and assumption by different consultant and experts. In margin trading it is the one which fluctuates daily more. For long term investment the strategy may comes monthly high in price or volume. It may be two type primery or secondary type. The primery one is which are newly issued bond or securities on which trade is going on and the secondary one which are lready issued or existing securities on which trading already running. Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

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Hey guys,
I'm looking into tablets for work, thought I might swing by to gather some insight. There's a few specifics that I have to fulfill and I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts.

Basically, we're going to be using these little guys primarily for remote access to our main office. We have an increasing number of people working at job sites and on the road, and sitting down with a laptop to log in to our Citrix farm isn't always an option. (Though we do use MiFi's, so internet connectivity is not a problem.)
So basically, my tablet requirements are thusly:

-Windows-based (XP/Vista/7)
-Carrying case with a USB or bluetooth keyboard built-in.
-Dual core processor with at least 2GB of RAM
-At least 40GB disk space

And you know, the funny thing is the HP Slate lines up with all of this quite perfectly... except for the availability of a carrying case with built-in keyboard. The iPads have 'em in spades, but nothing for the Slate

Does anyone know of a universal keyboard case, or have any suggestions in that area?

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Well i've been thinking for a long time of getting off my ass and going back to school. Fresh outa high school i got my MCSE for NT4 and that was fun (and a waste of time and money). I learned quickly that being fresh out of highschool with no experince and a cert doesn't bring much. But now i've got almost 3 years experince as a lead technician/systems engineer/minor network management.

Er anyhow the university here has implimented a security/data assurance program as part of their CS line. I've always wanted to be a network engineer/systems engineer, but i don't know where to look for jobs really. All i ever find is admin positions that require programing experince and what not. Of course this is mostly and other online places. But what kind of work do you guys do? I love networking and hardware in general but i just don't really know what to look for in a job. Of course i'll have 4 years of school to deal with first but i'm looking forward to that. I just always get kind of confused and depressed when i actually look for jobs related in the field.

Perhaps some insight from the guys who actually work in the positions i desire would be helpfull hehe

Answer:questions about the job market

But now i've got almost 3 years experince as a lead technician/systems engineer/minor network management.Click to expand...

I've always wanted to be a network engineer/systems engineerClick to expand...


Sounds like your already on the right road...anyway it all depends on where you live and your job market. You maybe have to consider moving to find a better job, luckily i got a job i wanted in my area but there aren't many like it. But I coulda moved to a number of cities within 8 hours of myself and found a job a lot easier.

But as for where to find jobs. Classifieds, like you said, people you know in the industry, and if you go back to school hopefully your instructor will be a good source of jobs.

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I got laid off from my company after the jackass owner killed the business with his alcholoism and drug addiction. I worked so hard in every way to find my first IT job and now, hardly more then a year later, I left making not much more then I did working at Wal-Mart two years ago! My other workers were wonderful, very experienced and great to work with people, but now were all suffering the end result of a mans poor decision making. Now im back to square one again, and I have to face the reality that the IT market is still pretty much...well....shitty still.

Of course, living in Montana that doesn't have have much of an IT economy in the first place, and even when its great, it still sucks and noobs like me are left under the bridges. I did the 2 year IT school and honestly, I think it was a waste. Not one damn bit of information I learned at the school did me jack squat worth of good at my now defunked IT job. I learned all my stuff doing hands on and trial and error at work, and boy do I remember that stuff now!

But even now that I have some good solid experience under my belt, I still feel like im under the weather of making a decent living in the IT world. I just can't decide if I have that drive to keep going for it or just do something else. I just feel this lack of desire to really learn the nit and gritty of servers, Active Directory, ect..ect.. I just...don't find it that interesting. And CISCO stuff.....wooo hooo, that I won't touch with a 10 ... Read more

Answer:God this IT market is a F'en joke!

I was in teh same boat, worked at a job, got laid off when the companies poor management and money pot finally ran dry.

I decided it was time to start my own company and I have been happy ever since.

have you thought about starting your own business?


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I'm looking to buy an MP3 player but i'm not sure what to look for. I like the ipods but I read you can't add memory to them. The Zune looks neat but I haven't heard much about it and the reviews I did read were mixed. I need something durable with a sharp look. There are so many out there now that I don't know which one would be best for me...

Answer:What is the best MP3 player on the market??

they all have their ups and downs
first consideration is do you want a flash or drive based one? A flash drive won't hold as much but they tolerate more josteling around than a drive based one will
second is price, iPods are nice but overpriced for what you get as is the zune (which also makes life hard with its DRM usage).

If I were in the market today (I'm currently a happy Nano owner) I'd be researching Creative products (like the Zen) or SanDisc products like the Sansa

edit --- just noticed sharp look is a criteria for you? may I ask why considering it will spend most of it's life unseen hidden away in a pocket

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Hi; Upon overclocking only 2-3 hundred Mhz, my CPU overheats up to 65C at least.  I purchased this after market cooler:  What gives?

Answer:after market cooling

What CPU?I can't find any information on the TDP of that heatsink but it doesn't look like it would do much better than a stock cooler.

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Question: after market case

I am looking to replace my current PC case (HP m8300f) with an after market case and a new PSU. I'm looking for a case that most of all has great air flow, good cable management and ease of access. I need some good suggestions and my budget is $100 or less.

Answer:after market case

Check out Antec (900), Cooler Master, Thermaltake & Ultra. There are other Companies but I don't know them first hand.

I use this site to get some prices on computer products... Google Product Search

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Well recently my laptop was totaled. Yes, it would cost more to repair it then it would to replace it... Soo I'm on the market for a new one. Under $1k. But up to it.

I'm looking for something that can run games like WoW and CS:S with no problem. Also would be nice if it could do basic editing software (e.g. Photoshop, Fireworks, Dreamweaver)

Yah... I've already browsed around Newegg and Tigerdirect but I'm indecisive.

EDIT: It would be NICE if it could run a small 8 man counter strike server, not required though. XD

Answer:I'm on the market for a new Laptop

A few basic things you want to make sure your laptop has before choosing. Yes i was a salesrep and no i did not like it XD. I did however learn what is needed and what is just overdoing it. At the very least you will want 1GB of ram as vista requires this just to run that is if and when you want to make the transition to that OS. Always check the graphics card as you know all games such as WOW have minimal requirements and with all the awesome spells you will want something decent to render those graphics i would suggest something in the upper 5000s with media accelerator as it comes in handy. Ofcourse it is all based on personal opinion and i would aslo consider style XD hps are usually Nice to look at as well as use.

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Question: Market Samurai...

Does anybody here knows market samurai? I have a problem with the software. It is v85.1.

Answer:Market Samurai...

Is the problem a secret?

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My DVD burner ate a DVD and it's lost...I need a new one. I would like to get the best I can afford, but not sure what I need. It should be a SATA drive. I don't want to spend a fortune, since basically what I do is just play and burn standard CD's and DVD's. Any suggestions, warnings, advice? Also a source for great online deals....?

Answer:in market for new DVD burner

For the two cheapest drives I would get. Samsung or Pioneer: 1036506653 1038406820&bop=And&Order=PRICE

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Hi,So I'm not sure where to post this as it concerns my Laptop, where the apparent problem is the Consumer IR device, which according to another thread is not the real problem but a Windows Vista update is.Just move it if it's in the wrong section ^^Laptop: Acer Aspire 7730GWindows Vista Home Premium SP2I have more or less the same problem as this guy here had: first I couldn't log in, now I can after 30 minutes of waiting...which doesn't help much as CPU usage is constantly at 100%, so I can't do anything (but open the Task Manager). Nothing suspicious is opened that uses a lot of CPU.In Safe Mode I could see that the Consumer IR devices wouldn't load.While googling I found the above thread, which suggests:Quote"You do not have a problem with your IR device and its driver is perfectly fine, what you have a problem with is a Microsoft Vista update published on the 26/08/09 and called KB973879."However I couldn't find this KB973879 update =/I tried to uninstall all recent Vista updates, but I couldn't prevent the reinstallation when restarting because I can't open "Windows Update" in Safe Mode somehow.Help is appreciated a lot =)

Answer:Consumer IR devices + CPU at 100%

Open Task Manager to the Processes Tab and sort on the CPU column. Which process is eating the cycles?

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I'm looking for a regular (high-end?) consumer router that has easy-to-use QoS settings. I've never owned one before, but I'm thinking one of those gaming routers do this? I myself use pfSense, but that is not an option.

I have a friend who wants something for his broadband connection that will have the ability to limit a PS3 or Xbox from taking ALL the bandwidth, or at least give it a lower priority below everything else using the Internet.

Answer:Best consumer router with QoS?

DD-WRT can do this fine. You can just get hardware for it that is rather beefy, or a higher end Buffalo model (They have a branded DD-WRT.)

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For the past two weeks, I keep getting the message "WR Consumer Service" wants to access when I open Internet Explorer. Does anyone know what that is?

Answer:WR Consumer Service

Know anything about this?

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Question: Consumer Preview

It would seem from the windows 8 forums that an offical beta version will be realeased by microsoft on 29/02/12
This is to be named as the consumer preview, and differs from the developer preview ( already available )in many ways

Answer:Consumer Preview

see my post at the end of this thread
As you say, the Consumer preview version will be launched in Spain on 29th of this month. It will look substantially different to the developer beta that many people have tried (thank goodness).
My own view is that desktop and laptop users will be underwhelmed. Windows 8 is aimed very much at the touch-screen market sector, and to most people that means hand-held devices.

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Good evening, I was wondering, if you build a computer yourself you install Windows first and then the drivers. So how is it possible or how do they do that when you first boot up a store bought PC you only have to configure some settings and Windows as well as the drivers (and some other mostly useless software) are already installed. So my question is: How do they set a PC so that a consumer only has to do some configuration on their new PC and not have to install drivers afterwards? Kind regards, Arend  Galenkamp

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Question: Consumer question.

Hi. I plan on vacationing soon. I'll be taking my laptop, since my desktop is too large to take with me, but I'd also like to take my along my media, IE MP3's and MPEG's. I have about 30GB's of both combined and would like to know the best method of storing these files that won't be too inconvenient. I'd like to be able to connect the storage device to my laptop and listen to my media easily. Keep in mind that I can?t transfer all these files to my laptop. Thanks.

Answer:Consumer question.

It looks like everyone's having a think about this. Can you give us a clue to the total size of the files please, I guess there's probably more that one way of storing them, like an external hard drive comes to mind that connects to the USB port.

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Question: windows 8 consumer

why is it asking for a product key code

Answer:windows 8 consumer

The product code is on the MS download page.

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DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_21
Run by Jasonm at 16:20:29 on 2011-08-29
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.767.98 [GMT -4:00]
AV: Symantec Endpoint Protection *Enabled/Updated* {FB06448E-52B8-493A-90F3-E43226D3305C}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k WudfServiceGroup
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\Smc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Desktop Search\WindowsSearch.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k Akamai
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\Rtvscan.exe
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I'm a writer and like the newest version of the Stream 11 which has 4MB memory and faster wifi, but it appears that the consumer version has a 32GB drive and it's only the education version which has a  64mb drive.  I need the bigger drive. Is there any way for a consumer to buy the stepped up education version and how much is it?  

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Does anyone know where I can view financial reports on the computer/information security market without having to pay?

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does anyone think there would be anytime of market for small 1U lan servers that can be sold to serious lan operations? Im not talking most rag tag guys that do things every few months in a garage.. like the people that have semi anually lan's that can be upwards of 200 - 300 people.

For any that run lans, or go to lans.. do you think a lan operator would benefit from a custom solution with software already loaded to manage all types of games with the click of a button all in a powerfull small 1U server?

Answer:do you think there is a market for small 1U lan servers

i'd bet on it overheating .. always happens at large lans

the idea is good ... perhaps 1u isnt suited tho

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How do I change MSN Money app location ?

Every-time I open MSN Money Its display local stock market. How do I change it to usa stock market & set it ti default ???

Answer:How do I change MSN Money app market ??

1. App Settings > Options (charms bar):

2. Select your preferred edition:
3. Close and restart the Money App.

That's it.


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I am buying a new system which i will be using for architectural applications like AutoCAD, 3D Studio MAX, Rhinoceros and Photoshop. I need a powerful graphics card to handle complex graphics associated with rendering and 3D modeling.

What is the consensus?

Answer:what is the best graphics card on the market?

A simple search and you would have found this thread.
Which graphics card to get???
That should be about all you need.

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Question: Info market place?

Hey guys, where is the best place to sell my w530 other than ebay?  Let me know, thanks

Answer:Info market place?

You'll get price raped on Craigslist, so avoid at all costs that for laptops and PCs.  The goons out looking for insane deals are....well ....insane.  Ebay is by far the best commerce site for selling new and used tech, but their are notable others. What are the specs of your W530?  I'm always shopping for the best gear for our growing office.

W530 | 3840QM | 32g @ 1.35v CL9 1986z | 512g 840 Pro | 1t HGST 7200 | FHD AUO v.4 | Quadro K2k | GOBI 5k | Centrino 6300

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Hi everyone. I want to replace the HDD on my W520 with an SDD.The problem is that I am so confused with all these different ssds that are currently on the market.Sandforce-based,non sandforce based,trim based (i do not even know if I said it right ))) ),other controllers special contriollers that manufacturers use to build their ssd like the Plextor M5P or the Corsai Neutron GTX. THe only thing that I can tell is that I use my laptop for software development,like programs based on Cuda cores,parallel programming using the CPU,OS development,store my source files,ran virtual machines on Virtualbox and store/use other files like office format files(pdf,word files ,xls),mp3 and rarely videos Can you please recommend some models?The storage that I am interested is from 200GB and above.

Lenovo ThinkPad W520 (4270 CTO)

Answer:I am so confused with the ssd market.Please help me to choose an ssd.

I'd recommend the Samsung 830 series or Intel 520 series for performance and reliability, with the Crucial m4 as the best price / performance value.

Thinkpad W530, i7-3720QM, 1920x1080 screen, 32GB RAM, dual SSDs (Samsung 830, Crucial M4 mSATA), Quadro K2000M, 9-cell battery, DVD burner, backlit keyboard, Bluetooth, Intel 6300 wireless card

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