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    Calling all GEEKS! - Computer Help/Advice Thread

    Hey, I didn't see a computer thread - so I thought I'd start one

    Post up your Questions or just show off what ya got if ya'd like.



    I need some advice and I'll be posting that in a bit.
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    Lookin to Upgrade

    So my machine is kinda old (5-years?) and is showing it's age.
    I'd like to get some doper computer stuff

    Current specs:
    CPU - Intel Pentium 4 (3GHZ)
    MB - Gigabyte 8I945P-G
    RAM - 4GB (just broke a 2G stick)
    Drives - 80Gb (95% full) [SATA]; 40Gb (95% full) [IDE]
    OS - Win7 64-bit


    So I was looking at this package:
    Asus 990FX AM3+ Motherboard featuring USB 3.0 Boost, AMD FX 8350 4GHz Processor, Patriot Viper Xtreme 8GB Desktop Memory Module, WD 1TB Blk HDD, LG 14x BluRay Burner, & Thermaltake Case w/700W PSU at TigerDirect.com

    and then I would also add a SSD Like this as the Master (use the the TB HDD as Slave)
    Plextor PX-128M5S M5 Series 128GB Solid State Drive - 2.5 Form Factor, SATA III, 6Gb/s, Supports TRIM at TigerDirect.com

    Now, one of the hesitations one might have is the AMD Processor vs. INTEL - I don't know if that is an issue.
    Also, I'm really new to SSD's, but I like what I have heard about speed.

    I don't do any real gaming, but most of my 'memory' is pretty intensive with heavy web applications, photoshop, an others

    Also, while I know a lot of the basics, I am not a super geek by any means, so please help with any errors in my thoughts

    I'd like to keep the price to ~$750, so if you see some better ideas - shoot 'em!
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    So funny Delll! My new thread from this evening actually started out as a computer help thread.

    I need help, too. My computer and printer cannot communicate with each other and all connections are intact, correctly. I'm pissed because I cannot print anything from my computer or online. It copies just fine, though. WTF?!

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    did you try unplugging it and plugging it back in?

    On a more serious note (assuming you have that set as the default printer), did the prob just start?
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Yes, tried unplugging, switching USB ports, went through all the troubleshooting procedures from my computer and from the printer, ...no luck. Problems with this printer have slowly been coming on. It's owned by my employer so maybe I will just go out and replace it.

    One possibility is a dead USB cable but I do not have a matching cable and I do not want to spend any money trying that idea.

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    Calling all GEEKS! - Computer Help/Advice Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    and is showing it's age.

    please help with any errors
    * its

    Heh. Sorry, couldn't resist and I'm dumb about computers so I'll just watch for interesting answers.

    Hawg, try to delete the printer from your list of printers and reinstall it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    * its

    Heh. Sorry, couldn't resist and I'm dumb about computers so I'll just watch for interesting answers.

    Hawg, try to delete the printer from your list of printers and reinstall it.
    Yeah, I've been thinking about doing that. Thanks for the suggestion, girl.

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    Hawg I'm afraid to tell you but your p.c. Has obviously been overloaded with the likes of the OC. A full debugging and clean out is in order. If that does't fix it take a shot of Jameson or Jack Daniels (your choice) and kick back for a few. After an hour or so regroup plug it in and punch in M.T.B.R. but don't go the the OC right away. Some things need to be eased in to. So hang out in General or any other forum for a few minutes. Then come back to the OC in full force.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    So funny Delll! My new thread from this evening actually started out as a computer help thread.

    I need help, too. My computer and printer cannot communicate with each other and all connections are intact, correctly. I'm pissed because I cannot print anything from my computer or online. It copies just fine, though. WTF?!
    Wait, so let me get this straight . . . people still print things?!
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    RE: Calling all GEEKS! - Computer Help/Advice Thread

    Highdelll, the new Intel haswell chipsets were just officially announced today. Wait a couple of months and the current Intel CPUs will drop in price and you'll get a much better set up for less cash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbco1975 View Post
    ...Wait a couple of months...
    awww

    I don't think that will happen -
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbco1975 View Post
    Highdelll, the new Intel haswell chipsets were just officially announced today. Wait a couple of months and the current Intel CPUs will drop in price and you'll get a much better set up for less cash.
    what are the current chipsets named??
    "ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK"

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    Quote Originally Posted by 007 View Post
    Wait, so let me get this straight . . . people still print things?!
    Of course silly! I've got to have contracts and agreements signed for my "other job". They can't sign thin air...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Hawg I'm afraid to tell you but your p.c. Has obviously been overloaded with the likes of the OC. A full debugging and clean out is in order. If that does't fix it take a shot of Jameson or Jack Daniels (your choice) and kick back for a few. After an hour or so regroup plug it in and punch in M.T.B.R. but don't go the the OC right away. Some things need to be eased in to. So hang out in General or any other forum for a few minutes. Then come back to the OC in full force.
    So basically you are suggesting suicide? OK, I'll go buy a gun today from some gangsta on da street corner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post


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    GOB was correct! I uninstalled, then reinstalled my printer to my computer and it's all better now. Thanks GOB! I owe you a beeeeeer!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    GOB was correct! I uninstalled, then reinstalled my printer to my computer and it's all better now. Thanks GOB! I owe you a beeeeeer!!!
    Hey I was going to suggest that, but figured you already tried the basics. I hesitated for fear of being laughed at.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Hey I was going to suggest that, but figured you already tried the basics. I hesitated for fear of being laughed at.
    DJ, my life is extremely complicated so I often overlook the obvious. I'm a male "dumb blonde" all too often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    DJ, my life is extremely complicated so I often overlook the obvious. I'm a male "dumb blonde" all too often.
    Well then, you're in good company around here then. Myself included, all to many said moments.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    So my machine is kinda old (5-years?) and is showing it's age.
    I'd like to get some doper computer stuff

    Current specs:
    CPU - Intel Pentium 4 (3GHZ)
    MB - Gigabyte 8I945P-G
    RAM - 4GB (just broke a 2G stick)
    Drives - 80Gb (95% full) [SATA]; 40Gb (95% full) [IDE]
    OS - Win7 64-bit


    So I was looking at this package:
    Asus 990FX AM3+ Motherboard featuring USB 3.0 Boost, AMD FX 8350 4GHz Processor, Patriot Viper Xtreme 8GB Desktop Memory Module, WD 1TB Blk HDD, LG 14x BluRay Burner, & Thermaltake Case w/700W PSU at TigerDirect.com

    and then I would also add a SSD Like this as the Master (use the the TB HDD as Slave)
    Plextor PX-128M5S M5 Series 128GB Solid State Drive - 2.5 Form Factor, SATA III, 6Gb/s, Supports TRIM at TigerDirect.com

    Now, one of the hesitations one might have is the AMD Processor vs. INTEL - I don't know if that is an issue.
    Also, I'm really new to SSD's, but I like what I have heard about speed.

    I don't do any real gaming, but most of my 'memory' is pretty intensive with heavy web applications, photoshop, an others

    Also, while I know a lot of the basics, I am not a super geek by any means, so please help with any errors in my thoughts

    I'd like to keep the price to ~$750, so if you see some better ideas - shoot 'em!
    From what I was told is that amd and intel are pretty equal in the proccessors but amd tends to be cheaper. Both my old comp and new laptop both were amd's and worked great.

    My laptop is an Amd a8 with 4 cores and runs fast and smooth.
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    The great thing about solid state drives there are no moving parts unlike the disc drive tech currently in most PCs. Basically it's a big thumb drive. I believe they are more energy efficient as well. I don't think it is necessary in a desktop or tower. Sounds to me that you should make sure you have a good graphics processor in addition to lots of RAM. I would think that this is your bottleneck rather than hard drive speed. RAM and hard drive memory is cheap these days, but SSDs are still a little spendy. Your current computer is most likely bogged down with all the data and lack of RAM. You should also be running disc scans (under system tools) and anti malware, etc regularly to get rid of useless files. Don't forget to regularly backup and also transfer some unnecessary files to a backup hard drive to keep more hard disk space open.

    AMD vs Intel... the age old question, I've used both and not had problems. I think AMD has higher clock rates for gamers, but that can change every 6 months or less. Intel is probably in more PCs than AMD, and is in every Mac/Apple currently. Which is mainly why AMD is cheaper. AMD did buy Radeon graphics a little while back to improve market standing. Although, Nvidia makes some good graphics processors too.

    If reinstalling the printer didn't work the next thing would be to try to update drivers on the manufacturers website. I had a recent issue with a windows update and had to update the printer drivers from HP to get my printer communicating again, but that was just for wireless printing.

    This is getting to be a long post. Seems like this machine should do. Asus is a big manufacturer (perhaps largest in the world), Western Digital makes good hard drives, DDR3 ram up to 32gig is nice, USB 3.0 should be nice and is backwards compatible. The only thing I don't like is the LG blu-ray, but whatever. This is probably worthy of show and tell that would result in some jaw dropping. I don't think I saw anything about the preloaded OS or other software, that might be worth another look.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Hey I was going to suggest that, but figured you already tried the basics. I hesitated for fear of being laughed at.
    haha me too - hence me tongue-in-cheek comment about unplugging/plugging-in.

    **From now on!!**

    Suggest even the simplest of ideas
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    Hey dudes, don't minimize my brilliant contributions! I have a whiskey sour coming my way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbhammercycle View Post
    ... The only thing I don't like is the LG blu-ray, but whatever. This is probably worthy of show and tell that would result in some jaw dropping. I don't think I saw anything about the preloaded OS or other software, that might be worth another look.
    Thanks for your rep-worthy response

    RE: SSDs
    From what I have been told/read (and make absolute sense to me - al though I have not personally used one) is that, in fact, the drive is a bottle-neck nowadays.
    SSDs eliminate the seek time, and reduce the read/write times (though small), but you compound that over NUMEROUS temp files, allocations, cashes, etc, you see some noticeable gains.

    As far as the blue ray thing, I could give a fcuk if it was there (would like a package w/out a cd/dvd/ray drive)

    And Yeah, No preloaded OS (that I can tell) - Less time to wipe unnecessary crap!
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    Hey dudes, don't minimize my brilliant contributions! I have a whiskey sour coming my way.
    you were perfect - you didn't care if your suggestion had been tried!

    A+ for your report card this graduating season
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    I would imagine that most of the drivers for your hardware would be with your windows installation package, hopefully you don't encounter any issues. Unless your thinking Linux...
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbco1975 View Post
    Highdelll, the new Intel haswell chipsets were just officially announced today. Wait a couple of months and the current Intel CPUs will drop in price and you'll get a much better set up for less cash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    awww

    I don't think that will happen -
    well, as it turns out - I waited
    nothing spectacular in a package/savings - unless I missed it

    please advise - because I''m about to empty my quiver and pull tha trigger - 29er!
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    In my opinion, here is a better system for less money. The Tiger system does not include a graphics card and there is no integrated video support on that motherboard. It's also not clear what cables/parts come with that system (it says OEM so that's a warning right there).

    I just copied/pasted the shopping cart from Newegg.com. The system is sort of based off of a recommended system from Tomshardware.com but I souped it up a bit. Lots of stuff has instant savings which expire soon (7/29 - 8/1). This system should do half decent at most games that are 1+ years old in medium resolution and settings. If you want to add a separate graphics card for higher-end performance, this system will allow you to do that. Use the Plextor SSD as your main boot drive with installed apps and swap file and use the 1 TB spinning drive as your bulk data storage drive. The case has USB 3.0 connectors on the front and the motherboard has connectors for that (nice for USB 3.0 jump drives and portable HD backup devices without having to go around back).

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    <dl><dd class="cartOrig">$74.99</dd><dd>$64.99</dd></dl>
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    <dl><dd> CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply </dd><dd>Item #: N82E16817139028</dd><dd>Return Policy: Standard Return Policy</dd><dd class="select">
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    <dl><dd> Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BA1339 </dd><dd>Item #: N82E16820148347</dd><dd>Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy</dd><dd class="select">
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    <dl><dd> ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard </dd><dd>Item #: N82E16813157303</dd><dd>Return Policy: Standard Return Policy</dd><dd class="select">
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    -$5.00 Instant
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    <dl><dd> Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K </dd><dd>Item #: N82E16819116504</dd><dd>Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy</dd><dd class="select">
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    <dl><dd>$219.99</dd></dl>
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    <dl><dd> Plextor M5P Series PX-128M5Pro 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) </dd><dd>Item #: N82E16820249032</dd><dd>Return Policy: Standard Return Policy</dd><dd class="select">
    </dd></dl>
    -$35.00 Instant
    <dl><dd class="cartOrig">$139.99</dd><dd>$104.99</dd></dl>
    Subtotal: $700.92
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    Uh ... I'm assuming you are OK with building your own system. It didn't look like the Tiger system was assembled (you have to add a graphics card anyway) so I kind of assumed you were at least familiar with building a system.

    There's nothing "tricky" about the components I listed ... no overclocking or clever stuff going on ... pretty much everything goes together pretty easily. Hooking up all of the case wires (fans, power button, header cables) might be the hardest part. Maybe you know someone at work or a neighbor who could help you with the actual build/assembly?

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    ^^^ thanks, I am ok with building the computer, and you list looks pretty good
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    well, as it turns out - I waited
    nothing spectacular in a package/savings - unless I missed it

    please advise - because I''m about to empty my quiver and pull tha trigger - 29er!
    Look at any of the major PC manufactures. E.g. Dell's budget PCs now come with Ivy Bridge (3rd Gen) Core i5 processors which 3 month ago were in their performance range XPS PCs. XPS now have the Haswell 4th gen processors. Prices haven't really changed, so your now getting much better processors for the same price.

    IMHO SSD makes sense on a laptop where you boot up more often and need to conserve energy for the battery life. On a PC, for me personally, not so much. My PC is constantly on, so boot up is a non issue. Upgrading to Win8 on my 6 year old PC made a big performance gain. Also only the OS and programs are on my C drive. I save all my data on secondary drives due to the quantity of music, videos and pictures I have. If I didn't have an addiction to music maybe an SSD would make more sense for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post

    The CPU is boxed retail so it includes a heatsink and fan (item description confirms this as well). However, I always cringe at the the Intel stock coolers. They don't always do well under heavy load and things can run a bit hot. An aftermarket cooler is not a bad idea ... personally, it's what I would do. The one you listed looks like a great value and I've heard lots of good things about it. While it's a skyscraper (159mm high), the case width is 10" (254 mm) so it *should* fit without the top hitting the side panel.

    There were three other things that bothered me with the config I listed.

    1) None of the 3 drives come with SATA cables and the motherboard only comes with 2 cables. You'll need to pick up another one (unless you have one lying around). If you pilfer the one from your existing system, then that box is out of commission.

    2) The motherboard only comes with 2 RAM slots. It would be nice to have 4 so you can upgrade by adding more modules down the road. With only 2, you have to go big right away or hope you never need more memory. Otherwise you're chucking modules out. I've listed alternate RAM for a 16GB (2 x 8GB) setup in place of the 2 x 4GB listed previously if you decide to go big.

    3) The case comes with 3 fans. I'm not sure what type (3 or 4 pin) they are. The motherboard looks like it has at least 4 or 5 fan headers so you might be OK. Hopefully everything hooks up without having to buy a Y-adapter to gang any plugs together. It's really tough to verify both of those to be 100% certain.


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    Thanks for your reply Steiny

    I noticed a few of the same things (ram slots being notable)

    Can you speak to the processor? because, I'm kinda leaning to the AMD, and from what I have read, the superior handling of multi-threads (my situation) - my boss (who knows comps well), says to go with intel because all developers test on them 1st (though, I think that might have been the case - it may not be exclusive)
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    Thanks for your reply Steiny

    I noticed a few of the same things (ram slots being notable)

    Can you speak to the processor? because, I'm kinda leaning to the AMD, and from what I have read, the superior handling of multi-threads (my situation) - my boss (who knows comps well), says to go with intel because all developers test on them 1st (though, I think that might have been the case - it may not be exclusive)
    There is a CPU benchmark comparison tool on Anandtech.com. I chose the AMD FX 8350 vs. the Intel i5 3570. The results are actually quite close overall between the two. The SYSMARK 2012 scores pretty much give the i5 the nod while the Cinebench ones are pretty much a draw. The Blender and Photoshop CS4 were slightly better on the i5 - those I thought might be most meaningful to your workloads. But that was just kind of a guess on my part.

    Take a look and see what you think. Comparing specs between AMD and Intel (Ghz, cores, cache sizes) isn't too meaningful due to lots of complicated design issues (scheduling, memory controllers, etc) which can trump "bigger is better" looking numbers. That's why I just like to see the benchmarks and let those numbers do the talking. They don't always represent the exact type of workload you're doing, but they should give you a pretty good idea of "better, worse, about the same" between major categories.

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    ^^ cool, I'll check it out
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Winblows... BAH

    Macintosh is much less trouble and if you buy refurb of Apple's site, you can save ~12-20% and get full 1-year warranty as well.

    I bought an Apple laptop in 2001 with the first OS X release on it and have used them at home ever since.

    OS X is based on BSD Lite 4.4 Unix which has been around since 1977- much more stable, secure robust, etc. operating system and you can get all the business software that you might need: Microsoft Office, Photoshop blah blah blah

    Okay, I'm going to date myself a bit...

    1st operating system I used was CP/M (before DOS existed). Since DOS 1.25, I've used every Microsoft OS including Windows version 1 up to Win7.

    I started using Linux in 1994 and met Linus Torvalds in 1995 at a DEC show!

    Sun Solaris starting in 1995

    AT&T and SCO Unix starting in 1996

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