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I ripped open a laptop once and the fan in that was so f*cking small, and in the bottom left corner. No wonder it was overheating!

What exactly were you expecting?

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Finn 7 five 11
I ripped open a laptop once and the fan in that was so f*cking small, and in the bottom left corner. No wonder it was overheating!

What exactly were you expecting?

There is less than an inch of space between the top and bottom of most laptops, your not going to fit a 10cm fan in there.

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Does it happen on all web pages or just certain ones?

Are you sure it's only happening when Desura is running?

It's definitely something to do with Desura, it happens every time I view a page for a modification or view screenshots. I've also checked the URL to make sure, and it is indeed linked to Desura in some way. I've tried blocking the domain in Adblock but it had no effect.

 

I haven't found anything helpful in Google. There were maybe two other cases of this happening (both of which were linked to different programs), and in both cases a solution had not been found, so I'm really at a loss.

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Can you please name me some good Graphics Cards, good enough to run Battlefield 3, GTA IV etc.

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Can you please name me some good Graphics Cards, good enough to run Battlefield 3, GTA IV etc.

GTX 580, GTX 570, GTX 560 Ti

HD 6970, HD 6950, HD 6870

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@Fnorg

How about just taking a pic of what you have or tell exactly what mobo you have.

I have an AMD RS780HVF mobo.

 

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Basically, what happened was that the 6870 I had was a tad too wide to the right and wouldn't slide all the way down. Do you reckon a regular 6870 would fit in there? Also, would it be worth it to upgrade to a Athlon X4 chip without an L3 cache? My current CPU is a POS quad locked in at 2.3 GHz, so I'm wondering if another GHz would be a good trade-off for the lack of an L3 cache.

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Also, would it be worth it to upgrade to a Athlon X4 chip without an L3 cache? My current CPU is a POS quad locked in at 2.3 GHz, so I'm wondering if another GHz would be a good trade-off for the lack of an L3 cache.

In the UK, the Athlon x4 (3GHz) is available from about £60 ex. VAT. The Phenom II x4 840 (3.2GHz), on the same website, is £63 ex. VAT. If you can afford the Athlon x4, you can most likely afford the far better Phenom.

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Well... Phenom 840 is just a renamed Athlon 650. Unlike Phenoms from 9XX series, 840 has no L3 cache just like Athlons. So, Phenom 840 has just slightly higher clocks than most Athlons and that's all. Furthermore, while some Athlons can be unlocked to full Phenoms, the "psuedo-Phenom" cannot be unlocked to full Phenom.

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Anyone used any Linux distro's before? In order of use, I've used:

 

Ubuntu

Mint

xubuntu (which is just ubuntu with xfce)

Fedora

Slackware

Crunchbang

Debian

 

Would most likely recommend Debian as it was considerably stabler than some of the other distros, easy to configure and play around with.

 

 

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Can you please name me some good Graphics Cards, good enough to run Battlefield 3, GTA IV etc.

GTX 580, GTX 570, GTX 560 Ti

HD 6970, HD 6950, HD 6870

Thanks, I take it that the GTX 580 and HD 6970 is the best of it's series.

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Yep.

 

Anyway my uncle just dropped off an old old rig to my house (He owns a computer shop) that one of his customers brought in since it didn't work. It has an Athlon 64 (3200 i think) Single core, MSI K8N board, nVidia 7600 and a 200GB WD (IDE) drive. What should I do with it? Was thinking of getting rid of the IDE, getting a cheapish dual core processor and selling it on.

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Thanks, I take it that the GTX 580 and HD 6970 is the best of it's series.

They are the best when single GPU cards are concerned. because there are also GTX590 and HD6990, which have two GPUs (which is overall more problematic, and these cards have very poor performance to price ratio).

Also it should be noted that HD6970 is GTX570's equivalent, not GTX580's.

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Thanks, I take it that the GTX 580 and HD 6970 is the best of it's series.

They are the best when single GPU cards are concerned. because there are also GTX590 and HD6990, which have two GPUs (which is overall more problematic, and these cards have very poor performance to price ratio).

Also it should be noted that HD6970 is GTX570's equivalent, not GTX580's.

So the GTX has the upper hand here.

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Quick question about power supplies. I'm looking to get a 80 Plus Gold PSU, and was thinking about going with the Corsair AX650, but it's $150. Bit much for a power supply in my opinion. I was looking around and I came across the FSP Aurim Gold 600W and it's only $92 which I really like! It's not modular like the AX650, but that's not that big of a deal for me. Anyhow, I've heard of FSP before, but, like, I've just heard of them. Never heard anything good or bad about them. Do they have a good reputation with power supplies like Corsair, and Seasonic do for example, or should I stay away from it like a OCZ power supply?

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Yep.

 

Anyway my uncle just dropped off an old old rig to my house (He owns a computer shop) that one of his customers brought in since it didn't work. It has an Athlon 64 (3200 i think) Single core, MSI K8N board, nVidia 7600 and a 200GB WD (IDE) drive. What should I do with it? Was thinking of getting rid of the IDE, getting a cheapish dual core processor and selling it on.

Just found out why the person might of got rid of the PC - The chipset fan is failing (literally burned my finger). Any cheap replacements for an old Nforce4 chipset cooler? I found a few ones by Zalman (NBF47) but apparently they conflict with PCI ports?

 

Decided to turn that junk rig into a media streamer/torrentbox btw smile.gif

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Quick question about power supplies. I'm looking to get a 80 Plus Gold PSU, and was thinking about going with the Corsair AX650, but it's $150. Bit much for a power supply in my opinion. I was looking around and I came across the FSP Aurim Gold 600W and it's only $92 which I really like! It's not modular like the AX650, but that's not that big of a deal for me. Anyhow, I've heard of FSP before, but, like, I've just heard of them. Never heard anything good or bad about them. Do they have a good reputation with power supplies like Corsair, and Seasonic do for example, or should I stay away from it like a OCZ power supply?

FSP actually provides OEM PSU's at times for Antec and corsair and the like and they have been around for some time, but as a brand by themselves i don't know how good they are, they do not have the best of reviews.

You will have to get another opinion Wolf should know something.

 

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Question of my own, I have got a sharp micro-hi fi system, there is a stereo with ipod dock, cd player and a radio tuner, but for the life of me i cannot find the remote so i can work the tuner, will an universal remote work for it?

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Quick question about power supplies. I'm looking to get a 80 Plus Gold PSU, and was thinking about going with the Corsair AX650, but it's $150. Bit much for a power supply in my opinion. I was looking around and I came across the FSP Aurim Gold 600W and it's only $92 which I really like! It's not modular like the AX650, but that's not that big of a deal for me. Anyhow, I've heard of FSP before, but, like, I've just heard of them. Never heard anything good or bad about them. Do they have a good reputation with power supplies like Corsair, and Seasonic do for example, or should I stay away from it like a OCZ power supply?

Check here. smile.gif

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Aurum is very good if you really need a PSU with Gold certificate.

 

PS. Why would you want to stay away from OCZ? They have some decent models, like OCZ ZX which are high quality and great value. Most of mainstream OCZs are good to and they're priced relatively low. Not to mention that many OCZs are produced by FSP (mainly SXS2 series).

 

@finn4life: as far as I'm aware, there are no FSP-produced Corsairs.

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I need to download AVG (the free one) and the website seems to be down, is it working for anyone else? If not is there an alternative download for AVG?

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Why AVG? Just use MSE wink.gif

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I need to download AVG (the free one) and the website seems to be down, is it working for anyone else? If not is there an alternative download for AVG?

Here you go.

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PS. Why would you want to stay away from OCZ? They have some decent models, like OCZ ZX which are high quality and great value. Most of mainstream OCZs are good to and they're priced relatively low. Not to mention that many OCZs are produced by FSP (mainly SXS2 series).

Everywhere I look everyone has nothing but bad things to say about them.

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Current OCZ's lineup is pretty decent, maybe with exception of Z-Series (poor price to performance ratio; there's nothing wrong with the PSUs themselves), ZS-Series (as above, though it was just introduced so prices might drop down a little) and, arguably, ModXStream (as reviews says they tend to shut down under near-maximum loads - but not many people fully utilise their PSUs). StealthXStream2 are quite nicely done (they've much improved compared to SXS1), and ZX-Series are incredibly well built PSUs (more or less comparable to Corsair AX-Series) with very reasonable prices.

 

I don't think it's right to judge the brand as a whole, since OCZ doesn't produce PSUs, it buys them from OEMs instead. It's nothing out of ordinary since i. e. Corsair does the exact same thing. That's why some of the units might be better, some might be worse.

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I need to download AVG (the free one) and the website seems to be down, is it working for anyone else? If not is there an alternative download for AVG?

Here you go.

That website directs you to the AVG website which is down, tried it earlier. Ah well, what's this MSE like? Just after a free, reliable anti-virus.

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MSE: Microsoft Security Essentials. Never had any problems with it, doesn't pop up and annoy the sh*t out of you and it's free wink.gif

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I need to download AVG (the free one) and the website seems to be down, is it working for anyone else? If not is there an alternative download for AVG?

Here you go.

That website directs you to the AVG website which is down, tried it earlier. Ah well, what's this MSE like? Just after a free, reliable anti-virus.

Try this. Use the Softpedia mirrors. Should work.

 

I use Avira btw. I used to use AVG, then switched. You can get Avira here.

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I need to download AVG (the free one) and the website seems to be down, is it working for anyone else? If not is there an alternative download for AVG?

Here you go.

That website directs you to the AVG website which is down, tried it earlier. Ah well, what's this MSE like? Just after a free, reliable anti-virus.

Then you read it wrong.

On the right click on 32-bit or 64-bit which ever one you want. Then on the next page it'll give you a download link on the right side again and it downloads directly from filehippo.com's servers.

 

I second the Avira suggestion

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Punk-in-Drublic

How do you stop that stupid beeping noise everytime theres a detection? (On Avira).

 

Edit: Doesen't matter, i've fixed it.

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At my local MicroCenter they can't sell out their stock of old desktop RAM (some for SODIMM as well) and I'd like to buy a big selection of PC133 SDRAM at 512MB per stick, but I know why they don't sell, most motherboards are rejecting them and beeping and not POSTing, why is this???

 

I'm confounded, 512 does not work but PC133 256MB does and most boards only allow two sticks of Ram ,... Most.

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How do you stop that stupid beeping noise everytime theres a detection? (On Avira).

 

Edit: Doesen't matter, i've fixed it.

You make it sound like you have a lot of things being detected. That's not a good thing.

If it was just once or twice, which once is enough of a bad thing, you wouldn't be complaining.

Frankly I would rather it alerted me with visual and audio so I'm less likely to miss the bad things.

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