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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Upgrading my current build for gaming purposes [closed]

I am investigating the possiblities of upgrading my current build for games like: Fallout 4, SC2: LotV and Star Wars: Battlefront. My current build: CPU: AMD A10-7600 CPU cooler: Cooler Master ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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