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    Current recommended builds?

    So, I haven't been around here in a while, but...where did RickyTick and WiseMonkey go? They were the two people I looked to most frequently for answers, and who updated the recommended builds for...
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    I'm sure that will be fine, because that is what...

    I'm sure that will be fine, because that is what the pros here recommend and you are wise to listen to them. I always recommend the Cooler Master Hyper 212+, because it is cheap ($20-$30, depending...
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    I use this site for reviews and detailed...

    I use this site for reviews and detailed benchmarking of SSDs (and HDDs): http://www.ssdreview.com/

    I think it is both worth it to pay attention to the benchmarks AND to the reviews of users on...
  4. Include SSD instructions for new build (and upgrade?)

    This is a suggestion for the main site, but I think also deserves some attention on the forum. Solid state drives are now moving past the leading edge and into mainstream, at least for system...
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    Good question. I think it is harder to slide the...

    Good question. I think it is harder to slide the fan because of the orientation of the "fins" of the heat sink. I had to position the fan an inch or so higher than normal in order to clear the RAM...
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    I don't think this would actually be a problem. ...

    I don't think this would actually be a problem. I've installed the Hyper 212+ cooler in both my PCs with different motherboards. The only "overhang" is due entirely to the fan attached to the heat...
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    BTW, I installed the new RAM and it really works...

    BTW, I installed the new RAM and it really works great. The system recognizes 3.6 GB, just as you said.

    Also, I made a second page file on the secondary drive, and this may have helped with...
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    Thank you both for your responses. I ordered the...

    Thank you both for your responses. I ordered the new RAM kit and will just trade out the old.
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    It is quoted from the Overview tab of the...

    It is quoted from the Overview tab of the original RAM (i.e., what is currently installed in my system).

    No matter. I am going to buy the G.Skill 4 GB kit and not mess around with this. It is an...
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    Thanks for your reply. I saw that, but the...

    Thanks for your reply. I saw that, but the "Details" tab appears to be misleading (or at least confusing). If you look at the "Overview" tab, you see that you can "achieve" the 4-4-4-12 with...
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    RAM upgrade question

    So, my old build, now in use by the rest of the family, is still a little sluggish. A week ago MicroCenter had the i7-2600k processor for $200, and I almost pulled the trigger to upgrade the whole...
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    Just saw this deal on Techbargains...

    Just saw this deal on Techbargains: ZOTAC ZT-50401-10L GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card for $80. This is at the top of the list in...
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    Here is a great link showing the graphics...

    Here is a great link showing the graphics performance you can get from Skyrim based on different graphics cards. I'm not sure where you could get for $55. Probably into the Low/Medium group, maybe...
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    Thanks. I am doing planned interval backups, so...

    Thanks. I am doing planned interval backups, so I don't experience performance issues related to backing up.

    So I am mostly wondering if the original 7200 RPM drive really is faster performing as...
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    Hard drive RPM/performance question

    Background: I recently built a new PC. Part of my rationale in doing so was to pass my previous build on to my kids who were increasingly encroaching on my machine. But I am still not finished, and...
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    Cooler Master Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler Review

    I used the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus CPU cooler in my latest build, and I'm writing this review based on my experience and observations with it. This is a very popular CPU cooler, as evidenced by...
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    Thanks, you are right. I should have looked for...

    Thanks, you are right. I should have looked for the proper section.
  18. I recommend this CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper...

    I recommend this CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $27. It is keeping my overclocked i7-2600k very cool. I do not recommend the stock cooler, personally.

    I don't think you need to add...
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    Case review: Antec Three Hundred Two

    I used the Antec Three Hundred Two case in my latest build, and I'm writing this review based on my experience and observations with it. This is a well-known case line, so there are lots of...
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    Second build completed

    My second build is complete, and with only the slightest of hiccups. Even though it had been four years since my last build, I found that this time through I didn't really need to depend on Rob's...
  21. Here are my thoughts. I am not particularly...

    Here are my thoughts. I am not particularly experienced, but just did a new build last weekend so I can share some thoughts. I am planning to write some reviews of certain components, but for now...
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    Just to close this thread out, Antec did respond...

    Just to close this thread out, Antec did respond to my email about the issue with the fan (which I had sent before I found my own solution). They said that the fan connector is the standard length,...
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    Yes, it is actually quite elegant now. It runs...

    Yes, it is actually quite elegant now. It runs along the fan casing (inside the lip of the outside of the fan case) and then drops right down into the SYSFAN2 slot. Of course it is "in the open"...
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    Thanks. But I figured out something even...

    Thanks. But I figured out something even simpler, and now I feel kind of silly for even having posted the issue here. I unscrewed the fan, rotated it 90 degrees, re-installed it into the case, and...
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    So I am starting on assembly this morning, and...

    So I am starting on assembly this morning, and related to this issue of the case fans, I've found a more significant problem. The connection from the rear fan doesn't reach the motherboard. This is...
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