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Parts for a gaming PC from 2005

I'm currently writing a story where in 2005 a guy built a time machine out of a old Ford Mustang, a Casio ClassPad 300 calculator, some scrap, and a gaming PC, but the problem I'm facing is that I ...
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Motherboard for a new college desktop computer

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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A good monitor as the main one of a two-monitor setup

I'm searching for a good monitor for my PC. I currently own a 21,5" ASUS monitor, which is fine; I'm planning on using the one I currently own as a second monitor and get a new one as my main monitor. ...
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Recommended small form factor gaming PCs?

I'd like to fit a gaming PC in my living room, and am looking into small form factor ones. I have been recommended the Alienware X51 series whose I appreciate the shape reminiscent of a gaming ...
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Graphics card for new college computer

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 should I consider when buying a (gaming) monitor? [closed]

I'm looking for a good, second 24" monitor. What specifications do I have to look for in general when buying monitors? I know, because it's my second 24" monitor, that it should fit well next to the ...
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What are my options for a thumb trackball for gaming?

I have used the Logitech M570 for years, however when I compare the DPI on it to normal modern gaming mice it seems lackluster. I also would like to use all my fingers for buttons in games that ...
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Keyboard for general use and gaming

I'm looking to get a new keyboard (and a mouse, too). It'll likely be used for 5-8 hours a day for the foreseeable future, mainly for web browsing, programming, and gaming. I am mainly looking for ...
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Cheap, Quiet and up-gradable Steam OS compatible Motherboard

I am looking to build a Steam OS box, I would like to run 'light' native Steam OS games and stream the rest from my powerful windows box. What are my options for a motherboard that fits the ...
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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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Is the Gainward GeForce GTX 760 or 960 more suitable for gaming?

Which of these two graphic cards would be more suitable for gaming, what are the main differences between the two, which would you recommend from the two: 1. The older model, Gainward GeForce GTX 760 ...
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1TB or more HDD for Playstation 4

What type of hard drive should I be looking for a Playstation 4? I am usually partial towards SSD over traditional, but I am also open to the idea of hybrids as well. I have looked into Samsung 850 ...
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How to turn Dell Precision T5400 into a gaming computer?

I have an opportunity to buy a used Dell T5400 for a very reasonable price. CPU: Xeon E5420 Clock: 2500 Mhz Cores: 4 - Quad Core RAM: 4GB DDR3 Disk: 250GB GPU: nVidia Quadro NVS DMS->2x DVI ...
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What GPU should I buy for my current setup?

When running Euro Truck Simulator 2 on medium graphics settings my CPU was at about 20%, my RAM was at about 60% and my GPU was at 100%. I would like to achieve 30 FPS on high on games like Kerbal ...
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Replacement for the Logitech G9x Mouse

I have a Logitech G9x mouse that is about to die. It has served me well, but it is time to start looking for a replacement. Unfortunately, Logitech doesn't make the G9x anymore. The replacement ...
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Need help buying new budget gaming PC: the processor

Long story short, the motherboard of my 7 year old PC died and I'll need a new one. I plan to use it mainly for gaming (Elder Scrolls series, Fallout series, League of Legends, Crusader Kings, ...) ...
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Mouse for general use and gaming

I'm looking to get a new mouse (and a keyboard, too). It'll likely be used for 5-8 hours a day for the foreseeable future, mainly for web browsing, programming, and gaming. I am mainly looking for ...
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Choosing motherboard for a budget gaming PC using AMD Athlon X4 860K processor

The title pretty much says it all. I'm assembling a budget gaming PC and decided for an AMD Athlon X4 860K processor and now I need to chose a motherboard for it. My total budget for the PC is €500-...
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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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Graphics card with quiet fans

In this question I received the response to which graphics model should I go with. Now, as I started calculating using this decibel calculator, the fact that I am trying to buy quiet 8.9 dB fans (...
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Surface Pro 4 configurations for light-moderate gaming

The new Surface Pro 4 seems a pretty solid machine and I'm looking to get one as my new mobile workstation since I travel a lot for work (compared to the back-breaking Dell workstation I currently ...
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How many players would this VPS be able to take?

I started renting a VPS ("Platinum X8" VPS from Server4You), it has the following specifications: CPU: 16 Cores (Intel Xeon E5550); RAM: 18GB (30GB Burst); HDD: 800GB; Bandwidth: 100Mbits/s (though I ...
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Notebook for work and fun

I work with software development and have some games that I want to play. Games like The Witcher 3, Diablo 3: RoS, etc. I live in a hot country, so I need something that won't overheat. Requirements:...
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Different behavior of GTX 970 and GTX 980 due to 3.5 GB issue? [closed]

I am about to buy a new gaming PC and, checking for specs, I initially I was going towards the GTX 970 when I learned of the 3.5 GB issue. As far as I understand it, as long as my game does not use ...
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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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Comfortable over-the-ear gaming headphones

I'm on the hunt for a new pair of gaming headphones with a built-in microphone. I have a few hard requirements. I need the 'internal' size of the cups to be at least 70mm (my current pair is that ...
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Power supply upgrade for gaming computer

I'm thinking of adding a second Sapphire R9 390 to my computer to run in 2x crossfire. Here are the parts I'm using: CPU: Intel i5-6600k MB: Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 RAM: Kingston HyperX Fury Black ...
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Graphics card for heavy gaming, game development, graphics design and video editing

I need some help choosing a graphics card. I searched a lot about this but still haven't found a good answer. I want to be able to play AAA titles and work with game development, graphics design, ...
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How far above my power draw should a PSU be?

I am going to upgrade my PC over Christmas, and right now I'm trying to pick out a PSU. I would like it to be fully modular, 80+ gold or better efficiency and preferably cheap. I found the Antec ...
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How many TF2 servers would this VPS be able to run?

I've been renting from a certain company for a while now, and I'm currently thinking of switching to NFOServers because I would get a cheaper deal since I plan to expand the servers further. However ...
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Electronic drum kit compatible with Rock Band 4 on Xbox One

I am looking into getting a electronic drum kit that I can use for both recreational use (like an acoustic drum set) and for Rock Band 4, preferably with pro-cymbal support. I was thinking about ...
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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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Laptop GPU by Price-performance

I'm reaching the limits of my old Notebook, since it only has a GeForce 630M and I want to use it for a bit of gaming, too. It's kinda sad, because the i7-2670QM still does the job quite well... I'm ...
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Motherboard recommendation for new casual gaming setup

Current setup, kind of outdated - was built in 2009, except graphics card and a chassis: Corsair 650D chassis Asus P5Q Deluxe motherboard Intel Core2Quad 3GHz @4GHz Radeon R9 290 GPU Corsair 750W PSU ...
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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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Solution to play an electronic drum kit on Rock Band 4 on Xbox One

To go into some more detail, I am trying to use an electronic drum set as a drum controller for Rock Band 4 on Xbox One. I have the e-kit I am going to use from this question. This kit has both USB ...
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Dedicated server that can run multiple Team Fortress 2 servers?

I rent several virtual private servers to run Team Fortress 2 servers. These servers all run SourceMod (an administration and plugin framework). Individual servers then run various SourceMod plugins ...
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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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How good is the Intel HD Graphics 4600 compared to my 7 year old GeForce 9600 GT?

I'm buying a new PC on a relatively tight budget so I decided to reuse my old GPU and get a new one later. I'm now considering getting an i5-4460 as my CPU and I noticed it comes with an integrated ...
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Monitor for HDR 4k Gaming

With the new graphics card generation our PCs should be prepared for 4k gaming with HDR. But what about monitors? Are there any available that you can recommend? I've been searching and couldn't find ...
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TV 50″ - PS4/movies (~$800)

I'm looking for the best TV (in this price) which I will use for playing on PlayStation 4 and watching movies. Most important features: Price: ~$800 Screen size: ~50" Resolution: FHD (4K to ...
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CPU recommendation for new casual gaming setup

Current setup, kind of outdated - was built in 2009, except graphics card and a chassis: chassis: Corsair 650D mobo: Asus P5Q Deluxe CPU: Intel Core2Quad 3GHz @4GHz gfx: Radeon R9 290 psu: Corsair ...
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What's a good PC config based on an AM3 motherboard that won't be bottlenecked?

I've recently acquired a GA-M68MT-S2 motherboard, which was lying unused with a friend. Just as a project, I want try and build the most powerful system possible using this as a base. This is only a ...
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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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Help updating PC for gaming

I am planning to update my PC by December, but I have some doubts. This is what I have now: Motherboard: Asus H77-Pro4-M (Socket 1155) CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.30GHz Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 550 Ti ...
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Is there a headset made thats completely wireless during gameplay (including XBL chat) for the Xbox One?

The Xbox One has been out for almost two years now. Can someone tell me if there's a headset made that's completely wireless (including Xbox Live chat) for the Xbox One? I have searched to no avail in ...
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SSD / HDD choice when write speed is slow - developer workstation and for games

SanDisk Internal SSD 120GB 2.5-Inch SDSSDA-120G-G25 costs Rs. 3600 (~$53) Sandisk SSD 128gb SATA 2.5, Z400s costs Rs. 3800 (~$56) SanDisk 128GB SDSSDP-128G-G25 cost Rs. 3900 (~$58) Samsung 850 EVO ...
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Pre-built mid-range gaming system under £600

I'm looking to upgrade my system from the laptop I'm currently working on to a high-powered PC. I'll be using it for a lot of programming, though not that much compiling some gaming (I imagine the ...
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AMD gaming motherboard upgrade

I'm looking for a motherboard to replace my old one that's been giving me problems lately (See this thread). The PC is used for heavy gaming (All new games running max settings; GTA V, Fallout 4, etc)...