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Parts for a gaming PC from 2005

In 2005, Intel was running into severe heat problems with the NetBurst-architecture CPUs. A gaming system would likely be AMD-based, running a high-end Venice-series Athlon 64. For homebuilt systems,...
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Parts for a gaming PC from 2005

In 2005, the most powerful single-core CPUs on the market (and the wet dream of every gamer) was AMD FX-55 and later FX-57. For such a machine, 2 GB of RAM would not be unheard of, even in 2005. If ...
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Motherboard for a new college desktop computer

It's a bit expensive (listed at $250 on Newegg and $290 on Amazon), but I recommend the Fatal1ty X99M Killer from ASRock. This particular board was reviewed by Tom's Hardware in December 2014. It ...
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Graphics card for new college computer

For under $800 you can get some pretty insane video cards. Ever since the Nvidia GTX 900 series came out, manufacturers have been cramming as much as they can into every product (and that's a good ...
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Recommended small form factor gaming PCs?

There are many many more options if you build your own system, and you can then be more flexible in terms of the components and the machine that you end up with. For example: are you looking to max ...
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Motherboard for a new college desktop computer

I'm surprised no one has thought to suggest a Skylake based platform. Unfortunately, the CPUs only have 20 lanes of PCI-E, so the second x16 has to come off the PCH, or divide bandwidth in half (PCI-E ...
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What should I consider when buying a (gaming) monitor?

If you are planning to use it mainly for FPS gaming, and you are competitive in it, you are going to want to have a monitor that is 60hz - 144hz with a low response time <5ms. The 60hz - 144hz is ...
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What should I buy? (RAM Chips)

Your computer's RAM cannot be significantly upgraded. Crucial's memory finder reports, and HP's support page agrees that your computer is limited to 4 GB of RAM. Further, you appear to be running a ...
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Motherboard for the long run, in an otherwise (initially) low-end gaming system

I would say you would be better off building a new computer. Here are the reasons: Your CPU is probably only good for one more upgrade then it can't go any further. With a new build, you could choose ...
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How to turn Dell Precision T5400 into a gaming computer?

I would recommend something in the GTX 900 series, or the R9 200 or 300 series. If you want the most power possible, the R9 390 and the GTX 970 are both incredibly powerful cards, and just about ...
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Motherboard for a new college desktop computer

I always initially recommend ASUS motherboards because of their build quality and great support among other things. The ASUS Q87M-E/CSM ($130) works with i7/i5 CPUs, 6 SATA 6Gb/s ports, micro ATX ...
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Replacement for the Logitech G9x Mouse

I decided on the Logitech G600 Gaming Mouse (~$80 USD) as the replacement. This mouse supports Logitech's Gaming Software. I plugged it into my computer and it recognized the mouse without having to ...
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Is the Gainward GeForce GTX 760 or 960 more suitable for gaming?

To put it simply, the newer chipset you'll get with the GTX 960 won't really matter at all in comparison to the severe bottlenecking you'll experience with its memory bus size. Explanation On the ...
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What GPU should I buy for my current setup?

A GTX 750 or a GTX 750 Ti would suit your needs. Buying a GPU better then the GTX 750 Ti would make your CPU a bottleneck and anything lower than a GTX 750 wouldn't satisfy your needs. Try to get a ...
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Graphics card with quiet fans

So after the extended research I found the following evidence: 10 minutes of constant load test by Toms Hardware : Asus Strix GeForce GTX 960: 35 dB EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SSC: 35 dB ZOTAC AMP! GeForce ...
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Comfortable over-the-ear gaming headphones

My suggestion is the Corsair VOID headset. Pros The earcups are a departure from the ubiquitous circular/oval shapes - see the images in the link above. I find it to be an almost perfect fit around ...
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How many TF2 servers would this VPS be able to run?

A Team Fortress 2 server uses about 500MB of ram for a 24 person server, with SourceMod and a few basic plugins running. The storage space you have is more than sufficient for 3 servers, as long as ...
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Help updating PC for gaming

The i3-2120 is likely to be a bottleneck to the system if you were to only upgrade your graphics card to a GTX 970. The i3-2120 is only a dual-core CPU (with 4 threads), while the i5-3470 is quad-core;...
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1TB or more HDD for Playstation 4

I have looked for other HDD that fit your requirements, and the one you linked to in your comments is the best that I have found. Its capacity is 2TB, it is a standard size, so it will fit inside your ...
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Good heatsink for socket LGA 2011-v3?

Whenever I hear "heatsink" I immediately think of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (~$30). I, along with tons of other people, will instantly recommend this over anything else. It's actually gained ...
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Graphics card for heavy gaming, game development, graphics design and video editing

I would say if you have that much budget, go for it! The GTX Titan X ($1,000), is probably not what you want, probably a better alternative is 2-way SLI GTX 980 Ti (~$1300). If you have issues with ...
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How far above my power draw should a PSU be?

For a 80-Plus Platinum power supply, efficiencies are between around 5% of one another between the 20 to 100% range of load(88-92, give or take a percent). It tops at around 70% load. Having more ...
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Upgrade path to raise performance in games

I'm currently doing 4k gaming - a 980TI is probably the most sensible option - its 90% of the performance of this generation's titan at 75% of the cost stock but I'd wait for the next generation if ...
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TV 50″ - PS4/movies (~$800)

Have you considered Vizio TV's? I am not sure if they are available in your country but they would fulfill all your requirements and you might even come in under your budget! You could most ...
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Searching for a good gaming-headset (gaming and music)

Not so easy to find Gaming headset with 600ohm. I know the Sennheiser HMD 26-II-600-X3K1 but it's out of your range. 600ohm is better but it doesn't mean that you cannot use lower impedence headset (...
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Monitor with 4k, 120hz+, TN, G-Sync?

You can't yet. There's high frequency monitors but they seem to top out at 1440p in most cases. Some of them may have gsync. All existing 4k monitors top out at 60hz as far as I know since the '...
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Graphics card for new college computer

The GTX 980 Ti as the other answer mentioned would well meet your needs. It's super powerful, probably the most powerful video card on the market for < $1000 and is competing with the GTX Titan X. ...
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A good monitor as the main one of a two-monitor setup

Note/Update: thanks to comments I now realize that I missed the 16:9 requirement - the below basically applies to a 16:10 monitor. If that is not an issue for you (I have used both and do not really ...
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A good monitor as the main one of a two-monitor setup

I personally have the BenQ GL2440 since december 2010 and a GL2450 since august 2014. They are really good monitors, with a good price-performance ratio. I really like them, because they are not too ...
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Is there a headset made thats completely wireless during gameplay (including XBL chat) for the Xbox One?

It's expensive, at $300, but I recommend the Astro A50. The manual for this headset is online, for you to browse prior to purchase. It includes set up instructions The headset has 7.1 surround sound ...
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