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Which would make a greater difference? Extra CPU or RAM?

I am building a PC specifically for programming. I mainly use Android Studio and Eclipse which are both quite heavy programs. This is why I would like to get a better CPU / more RAM. Which of the ...
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DDR4 memory - which one to choose

For the build MSI Z170A GAMING PRO (Z170 3xPCI-E DDR4) Intel i5-6500 3.20GHz 6MB BOX A-DATA 240GB 2,5'' SATA SSD Premier SP550 Monitor: Eizo FlexScan S1901 (1280 x 1024) GeForce GTX960 4096MB 128bit ...
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CPU cooling system recommendation?

I am at the end stages of choosing parts for my PC but am finding it quite difficult to choose a CPU cooler since there is so much to take in. Should I go for a standard CPU cooler (with fans), a ...
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Looking for Specific (WxH) Sized Monitor

Background: I am working on rebuilding my desk, the glass top broke, and finally got around to ordering and obtaining my glass top for the desk. As a hardware and tech enthusiast, I am going to make ...
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Cheap USB drive bay with headphone output

I just got the Phantom NZXT case (specs) for my PC. It works great for me, but this thing is so huge it barely fits in my desk! Now, it does fit, but since the 1/8 in audio output and USB ports are on ...
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Recommendation for “thin tower PC cases”

I want to buy a gaming PC to place next to my TV. To give it the best air intake, and given the (little) space available in the room I have decided to buy a case that I can place vertically. Ideally, ...
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Motherboard for the long run, in an otherwise (initially) low-end gaming system

I'm currently running an HP Pavilion m9047c, except that I've replaced the video card with a Diamond Radeon HD 4870, and upgraded the power supply to (I believe) 650 watts. I never added any RAM over ...
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What's good GPU upgrade based on my current hardware?

Hoping to get some opinions/recommendations based on my current hardware setup. I've done some research, but I would like to get some feedback on my specific hardware components, and whether anything ...
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Ultra graphics performance for a penny

So the thing is, I want to play Fallout 4. I currently consider GTX950, GTX960 and GTX970. I did the research on game-debate but only found what I already knew. The GTX950, GTX960 seem to have great ...
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LGA 2011 vs. AM3+

I'm completing the hardware list for desktop unit, which will be used for programming (60%), data analysis & AI (15%) and gaming (15%), the rest beeing internet browsing. Budget: 1200$. I want ...
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The quietest PSU under 100 USD

Currently I plan buying the components below: MSI Z170A GAMING PRO (Z170 3xPCI-E DDR4) Intel i5-6500 3.20GHz 6MB with 212 EVO A-DATA 240GB 2,5'' SATA SSD Premier SP550 GeForce GTX960 4096MB 128bit OC ...
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Fan controller for a high-end PC?

I'm looking for a fan controller suitable for a high-end PC with the following specs (all are required): 5.25" form factor Material is either completely or partially metal At least 4 fan channels ...
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Efficient (<250W) capable gaming desktop

I'm looking for a desktop which runs recent games at medium to high settings and costs about 600$. The specs should be like something along the lines of the following: CPU: 3GHz Quad Core GPU: 1GHz ...
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Computer case for new college build

I am going to be building a computer for a college student. He is going into general engineering while he figures out exactly what he wants to do. The budget for this computer is about $1500 USD (just ...
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What is an affordable cheap Linux box you could recommend?

I am looking to build a ssh tunnel device that runs linux. The device is on 24/7 and will act mainly as a tunnel for me to ssh into my intranet at home. This device needs to have the following specs: ...
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Stuck with H77 (non-OC) and I5-2500K

The i5-2500K is a great processor, even nowadays, but only if you can overclock it. I have a H77 chipset board, that means no OC for me. So, I need a recommendation of CPU and motherboard. I'm looking ...
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cheapest ARM computer capable of running a Linux Desktop smoothly

I need enough power to connect to the internet and run programs like Libreoffice. I've actually got a Raspberry Pi2, and considering it's cost the performance is amazing, but still, it's a bit ...
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Graphics card upgrade for a “Early 2008” Mac Pro

I have a "Early 2008" Mac Pro (MacPro3,1) which has a NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT in it (the mid-range choice at the time). Unfortunately, it only has 512 MB of VRAM, and that's getting to be more and ...
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What should I buy? (RAM Chips)

I have a Windows Vista Home Premium PC. It needs 2 new RAM chips, but I do not know what I should get. Does anyone know what is under $100 and is really good? More PC info Windows Vista Home Premium,...
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Graphics card choice?

My current system is: CPU: Intel Core i7 5820K. Motherboard: Asus X99-A with USB3.1. Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S. RAM: 16GB (4x4GB) Vengeance LPX. Power supply: 650W Corsair RMx. Storage: 250GB Samsung ...
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New Desktop PC for Extreme Gamer and Web Developer

I'm looking to get a new desktop PC within the next month or so, but I'm no computer expert and I'm not sure what sort of hardware to look for that would suit my needs and be within my budget of 500 ...
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Would this be a good improvement for this rig?

I am planning to improve my current PC. I am already going to buy a new RAM stick, to get 8GB of RAM, and I am going to add a SSD (probably a 120gb drive). Beyond those, I have about £300 to make some ...
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Motherboard for future extensibility

I'm interested in desktop setup that will last. I've narrowed (thanks to this answer) my motherboard choices to MSI z170 gaming pro and MSI X99 SLI plus. As both cards are quite similar (multiple SATA ...
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What does “fully wired” mean when buying a PSU?

The following power supply units on Ebuyer are described as being "fully wired". Ace Black 120mm Fan 550W Fully Wired Efficient Power Supply CIT 450W Fully Wired Efficient Power Supply PowerCool ...
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Motherboard For Overclocking An i7 6700K?

I am will be overclocking my Intel i7 6700K to 4.6 GHz and I am looking for a solid motherboard to go with it. Currently, I am considering the Asus Maximus VIII Hero (https://www.asus.com/uk/...
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i5-6400 vs i3-4170 for playing sims 3

So I'm looking to buy a new desktop computer and I'm getting a little confused, my main concern is that it will be able to play the sim3 with multiple expansions. I found a computer that seems like it ...
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Motherboard for photo processing

I'm looking for a desktop configuration. Primary use would be processing photographs in Lightroom and Photoshop (very basic). As far as I read in such use cases graphic card is far less important than ...
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Deciding between computer, laptop or tablet-hybrid

i'm not using all my computer hardware regularly anymore and want to make a change. Currently i have: 1 stationary computer capable of running recent games 1 mini tv computer which stutters badly ...
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What do you suggest for a PC with 80 chrome tabs, 6 virtual machines?

I am looking for a computer that can handle 6 virtual machines and about 80 chrome tabs open. I will be using Visual Studio as well. I'm asking about chipsets, RAM, and also generally what computer is ...
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Computer for Home Business

I am looking at purchasing a new computer within the next few months, for use in work applications. I am an IT project manager (read groupie for programmers/DBAs/engineers), and have multiple clients ...
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Graphics card with better performance than AMD HD 7850

Introduction I would like to purchase a graphics card (GPU) with a performance ~2x better than my current GPU, a Radeon HD 7850. Preferences Price < $120 (If it costs more and I can get it used ...
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Breakdown of new AMD Fury Cards vs Top NVidia Cards

I'm a serious gamer and I'm looking at high end graphics cards. I know that the new R9 Fury (and Fury X) feature HBM which is supposedly good for 4K gaming. I currently use 4 1080p monitors connected ...
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Graphics Card for GA-970A-DS3P motherboard

Problem I have a Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P motherboard which doesn't have any inbuilt graphics so I paired it up with NVIDIA GeForce 210 Graphics Card. I am not satisfied with this graphics card as I am ...
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Best GPU for Price to Performance

I am looking to buy a new GPU for a half gaming half graphics design system. Current specs are: i7-4790 CPU GTX 750 GPU 500 Watt PSU 2x 1TB HDD Design Software in Use: Adobe Illustrator Sony ...
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Ethernet switch and usb-hub in one device

Want reduce the multiple devices&cables spaghetti on my desk. So, looking for an device with following (as most as possible) specification: 1-2 port Ethernet ports USB HUB (external powered!) ...
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recommendation for 10g sfp+ NICs

I am looking to develop a 10Gbps ethernet system on a Kintex-7 FPGA. I want the FPGA to communicate with a PC for monitoring the data, configuration, etc., at 10Gbps. I am using a PC with Intel i7, 2 ...
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Cheapest Mac for Xamarin.iOS development in Visual Studio

Referring to this answer (on stackoverflow) to develop application in Xamarin.iOS using Visual Studio on my Windows 10 PC i will need Mac with requirements listed below (it can be found in this link): ...
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Small and inexpensive drive?

I am looking for a small drive of some sort for a private server hosted using a desktop computer. The server will be used as a private proxy. I only need around 25-50 GB, but everything I find is ...
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Consumer/gaming-oriented case with high-end “big iron” server-level build quality

The few times I've encountered server gear, the build quality simply amazes me. It's just remarkably well-built, with incredibly solid metal construction throughout. The quality of the front of the ...
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PC upgrade for the next few years

A few months ago I bought a new GPU (1060 GB) and my performance got higher from that. But now I see my CPU is not enough for what I am doing on my PC. So what I do on my PC? Play games. This part is ...
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Long lasting tower for 70+ couple

A friend of mine desperately needs a new computer. His current device has lasted for over 10 years and I'm aiming for the new one to match this. He and his wife have reached a respectable age. The ...
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x86 Android phone powerful enough to be used for basic desktop tasks?

With things like Maru OS, Complete Linux Installer and non-root Debian out there, I see more and more people plugging their phone into an external monitor, pairing a bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and ...
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Using Cisco Wave 474 as normal PC

My employer recently upgraded the server room and threw a lot of hardware away. I noticed the Cisco Wave 474 devices which look just like standard PC's. They've got a nice amount of RAM and a Core Duo ...
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Which of these two PC builds would offer better performance?

Asus X99-A with USB3.1 Motherboard And Intel Core i7 5820K CPU Or Asus Z170-A Motherboard And Intel Core i7 6700K CPU The rest of the build (the same for both): Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S. RAM: 32GB (...
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A 240 GB SSD for a programmer

I'm looking to upgrade my old HDD to SSD to improve build times while programming. Two primary concerns are random read/write and lingevity of the disk. The budget is under 400 PLN (I'm from Poland, ...
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Looking to upgrade my CPU while avoiding the Intel Management Engine or AMD Platform Security Processor

Background There are numerous problems with the Intel Management Engine and the AMD Platform Security Processor or similar always-on master key "backdoors". Both practical, and (most importantly) ...
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Is this memory compatible with this motherboard?

I would like to buy new memory for my PC desktop. My ASUS motherboard model is P8H61-M LE/BR. I've got the following information in the ASUS site: 2 x DIMM, Max. 16GB, DDR3 1333/1066 Hz Non-ECC, Un-...
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Desktop PC with two 5.25" drive bays

My parents need a new desktop PC, so I was just going to get them one from Dell or HP or some other company that sells prebuilt PCs. My parents' current desktop PC has two 5.25" optical drives in it, ...
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PC suggestion for Video editing

For work, I professionally edit videos. Right now I am using a Mac Book Pro, but I find it very slow and it's not fitting my workflow anymore. My idea is to change my hardware and buy a Windows ...
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Cheap PC with 8GB of RAM

I'm looking to purchase a PC to run my Minecraft server on. It needs 8GB of RAM and a decent processor. I'm not going to do much else with it, so I don't need a large HDD or an SSD. Ideally, the ...