Andy
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CPU cooling system recommendation?
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I don't recommend fanless or water cooling. Instead, I recommend Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (which is a newer version of the 212 Plus I have). This is a very quiet fan. The specs say it's between 9-...

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Motherboard for a new college desktop computer
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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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Simple-to-use API-controllable LED light(s)?
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I have a BlinkStick Square. They have a large variety of products (including an enclosure for my Square that I just noticed). The Square has 8 LEDs and each are addressable individually. The Square ...

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Reliable desktop scanner with Duplex Automatic Document feeder (DADF)?
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I have used the FUJITSU Document Scanner ScanSnap iX500 and been very happy with it. It's a higher priced scanner though. It's currently $500 at Staples and $400 on Amazon. Is not a printer Various ...

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Power supply for new college computer
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I recommend Corsair's AX760 Has the connectors specified (24 pin ATX and 8 pin CPU) 80 Plus Platinum certification Standard size 760 watts (if you feel that's to close to the estimated 600W pointed ...

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Low-power-draw HD resolution video card
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I have a low end Radeon card in one of my closet machines. If you are getting a new one, I'd recommend the Radeon HD 5450. It is $30. It has support for HDMI, DVI and HDMI output. It also has 1 GB of ...

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Charging a smartphone on a bicycle
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I recommend Siva Cycle's "The Atom". This product mounts to the rear wheel. Siva has good instructions on how to install it. Using this, it can charge constantly via USB. I use it to charge my HTC ...

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Picking VM server hardware for development
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If you are worried about building a machine, don't build it. You may lose out a tiny bit on hardware, but in return you usually get limited manufacturer support. The trade off between more hardware ...

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Android Tablet for long time usage
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I have a first generation Asus Transformer (TF101) that I leave plugged in constantly. It is used as a digital picture frame and wall mounted home automation control panel. It is a bit aged at this ...

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Which modern CPU for best single-threaded performance?
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I have two i7-4790 (3.6GHz) Intel processors. One is in a machine I use only for gaming and the other is in my development machine. Using the link that ArtOfCode provided, this processor currently (...

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USB headset with good headphone quality and comfort?
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I'm going to recommend the baby brother of Adam's answer: the Logitech G430. Regular price is around $75. It fits over the entire ear (and isn't circular). I can wear it for hours at a time with no ...

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Point of Sale hardware for small diner?
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I recommend Clover. Clover is a combination of hardware (PoS terminals, printers, barcode scanners, etc.) and software. Starting with the hardware, you have three options. Mini Mobile Station ...

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Android Tablet for long time usage
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A new tablet (versus my previous answer) is the Samsung Galaxy Tab. This is several years newer than the Transformer and faster. It is also thinner. When my Transformer became a wall fixture, this ...

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Looking for specific router / access point brand
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Based on your picture, and description involving "U" and "Q", it sounds like you are thinking of a product from Ubiquiti Networks. There was a very detailed article about them on Ars Technica last ...

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How many TF2 servers would this VPS be able to run?
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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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What tools are there to connect a Bluetooth speaker to my PC?
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You need a small dongle that adds Bluetooth capability to your computer. I recommend something small like the AZiO Micro Bluetooth Adapter. This device is under $15 on Newegg. This device plugs into ...

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What are some good mobile credit card readers?
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I recommend Square's card reader. You can get the magstripe reader for free from Square. This should imply to you that most of their service is on the software side. They also advertise a contactless ...

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Remote for LG TV, LG Soundbar, and TiVo box
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If you want to consolidate remote controls, I always recommend a Logitech Harmony. There are various models that have additional features (ie. touch screens, how many devices it can control at once, ...

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Home firewall/router with full gigabit throughput
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I recommend the ASUS RT-AC66U. It's been rated by SmallNetBuilder to handle 835Mbps download: This is one of the higher through puts I've seen personally. Additionally, it has: Up to 450Mbps ...

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Recommended Wireless Mini Keyboard with Trackball
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I've used a compact IOGEAR keyboard on an HTPC before. I was impressed with how comfortable it felt to hold. Product: IOGEAR Multimedia Keyboard (Model: GKM561R) This keyboard has the following ...

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PSU recommendation for new casual gaming setup
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A brief calculation from a power calculator puts that build at needing around 600W of power (I made some assumptions about memory type and number of fans, as well as optical drives). In that case, I ...

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Is there a headset made thats completely wireless during gameplay (including XBL chat) for the Xbox One?
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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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Computer case for new college build
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I recommend a Phanteks "Enthoo Pro Series" full ATX case, which is $100 on Newegg. My main machine rests in this case. It sits behind my desk and the fans are very quiet. As an added benefit, I know ...

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Good cost-effective router
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I've recommended it previously, but I think it fits here too. I recommend the ASUS RT-AC66U. It has 4 Ethernet ports (all 1GB/s) Mine covers a 2800+ sqft house from end to end, with it situated in ...

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Small pocket-sized receipt scanner
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It's not pocket sized, but it is portable: NeatReceipts. The scanner is 10.8"W x 1.6"D x 1.3"H and weighs less than a pound, allowing it to scan full sheets of paper. Other features: Scans in ...

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Low-cost mutlifunction printer/scanner that can perform 2-sided scans
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If you are willing to adjust your price slightly, I recommend the HP OfficeJet Pro 8720. It won The Wirecutter's best all in one printer recommendation in September 2016. Among the many features ...

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What hardware can turn a keyboard, mouse, and monitor into a remote desktop solution?
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You want a KVM over IP device. Something similar to TRIPP LITE B055-001, would work (assuming, in this case, the server has PS/2 ports for the keyboard and mouse). This model is about $120. There ...

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How many players would this VPS be able to take?
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You'll find that you are more limited by RAM than CPU - especially with 16 cores. A 100 Mbit line will not be a limiting factor either. So, going by your RAM, you'll have roughly 16-17GB that you can ...

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Surveillance system with shared files/drive? as bundle?
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I've helped to install an Amcrest system in the past. I can't remember if it was the 8-Channel or 16-Channel one, as both come with 8 cameras. We installed 3 cameras outside1 and 5 inside. The ...

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Networking hardware that allows configuration of IP for each port
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You can do this with a managed switch. My personal experience is only with small/medium business managed switches, but either the ProSafe M5300-28GF3: 24-port Gigabit SFP Managed L3 Switch (GSM7328FS ...

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