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    Can I just upgrade my GPU or is my system too old?

    Your core specs are pretty close to mine (I have an overclocked i5 3570k, but most of the rest is pretty close) and I put a GTX 970 in earlier this year to replace a GTX 660 Ti. The system is a couple of years old now, but I'm more than handling anything I throw at it.
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    Star Wars Takes Over Disneyland’s Tomorrowland

    As a frequent Disneyland visitor (Annual passholder for several years) Tomorrowland could use a good shakeup, it definitely hasn't aged well compared to some other parts of the park. Mostly it feels like the area you walk through to get to Space Mountain these days.
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    What is your favorite piece of hardware to go along with your PC?

    I really like the Herman Miller Mirra chair I have at my computer desk. I had one at my desk at work in a previous job, and after I got sick of what cheap junk most desk chairs are I eventually just sprang for the money to get one at home, and haven't regretted it. It still has its issues, but...
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    Brief blank screens during gaming on a 660 Ti

    The resolution of the TV is 1080p (It's a Sony KDL60W630B), I will have to look through the TV settings to see if something there is doing this.]
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    Brief blank screens during gaming on a 660 Ti

    A couple of weeks ago I put together a new PC for my living room using an EVGA GeForce GTX660 Ti that came out of my desktop PC as the video card. For the most part things are working OK, but while gaming, I have found that on occasion while playing games it will go to a blank screen, and come...
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    Tim Cook: "iOS Will Never Merge With OS X"

    At this point, it seems to me that the main reason the distinction between OSX and iOS still exists is because developing for iOS requires Macs, and Apple seems to have no interest in providing tools to develop iOS apps in iOS itself for exactly that reason. After all, why let people develop...
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    Fan Who Threw Pokémon-Themed Party Hit With Lawsuit

    Seems pretty clear they were using someone else's copyrighted for their own for-profit activities (this was an event that they were charging admission for), can't say they have much of a case.
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    Computer won't stay shut down...

    If you're in windows, you can go to a command prompt and type the following: powercfg /lastwake That can give you some idea of what might be causing the system to wake up. When I built this machine I found that the Samsung SSD utilities were causing issues with sleep, so I had to disable...
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    $500 HTPC build

    Like I said, it wasn't my choice. She liked it mostly because it had a big shiny power button on the front of it (not that you're supposed to turn off a system being used as a DVR in the first place, but still...) I probably would have gone with a core i3 for the CPU as well, but she wanted the...
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    $500 HTPC build

    Just ordered the stuff for this. Ended up blowing well past the $500 I had originally planned on, but oh well. Here's what we ended up with (all items from Newegg unless specified: ) Mobo: ASRock H97M Pro4 (MicroATX, $80) CPU: Core i5 4590 ($200) RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws X Series ($46) PSU...
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    $500 HTPC build

    Still refining this build, but last night me and my wife took a trip over to Fry's and saw the case I was looking at (Thermaltake Core V21) and decided we need to find something else based on the size and the fact that it has no external drive bay for a Blu-Ray drive (Glad I figured this out...
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    $500 HTPC build

    So I ran the build I had put together by my wife... and was instructed to move up to a Core i5 for the CPU. I'm guessing it's overkill in this build and it puts the cost closer to $700, but I don't think I'm going to complain... Incidentally, she was also the one who wanted the big TV...
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    $500 HTPC build

    The problem with mini-ITX is that I couldn't run both my tuner card and a video card at the same tine on one, which is the main reason I'm using micro-ATX. Anyway, I think I'm just about settled on the main components, just not sure on the PSU. Currently leaning toward this...
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    $500 HTPC build

    The Blu-Ray drive is definitely optional in this setup (we have a standalone player and a PS3 available to play Blu-Ray discs on already) but I figure I'd like to have at least some sort of optical drive here. Then again, I could drop it and either save a few bucks or put the money into...
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    $500 HTPC build

    After some messing around in PCHound, this is what I have so far: https://pchound.com/OlE7UH/ This would put me around $610 including a copy of Windows 7 and a Blu-Ray drive. I'd also need some sort of keyboard to go with this, but that's probably something I'll worry about separately. Edit...
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