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Topic: This or This?? Gaming CPU/Motherboard Suggestions   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, November 29, 2013 5:21:31 AM(UTC)

I would like some other suggestions and opinions.

Thoughts on this:

*Intel i5-3570K, ASUS P8Z77-V LX, GB DDR3 RAM, Nice thermaltake 600W PSU

and thermaltake case, DVDRW, aftermarket cooler and LED fan all for

about 500. It's cheap because it's as a bundle OR:

*i5-3570K, MSI Z77A-G45, Corsair 8GB, DDR3-1600

Also suggestions for a video card for minecraft, battlefield 4, borderlands, COD, etc

What do you think of those couple picks for motherboard and CPU? Thanks

Topic: Suggestions/Advice for Gaming rig   Go to last post
Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 5:02:11 PM(UTC)


Hello. I build systems all the time for people however I'm not a

gamer. Wondering some advice on a custom build for gaming. He's into

borderlands, Call of duty, minecraft, farcry, more of the latest games.

Could someone suggest a motherboard, CPU and video card? Budget I'm

going to say is 1000 for the whole system (Maybe monitor included) but

that's flexible. I would prefer Intel. I am not a gamer, but I'm a

repair tech and maybe it' sjust me but I have always preferred Intel and

I find AMD systems are sluggish. They're okay for an average user.

However... you can include suggestions for an AMD based system if you

feel it's more bang for the buck. Am I right in saying Nvidia based

graphics are better? And if you suggest a video card, please specifiy if it's the 2GB or 4GB model you're talking about.


Topic: Not Detecting HD in BIOS / Acer Laptop   Go to last post
Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2013 12:10:53 PM(UTC)

Hi guys,

A weird problem. Maybe it's just something small I'm missing but I can't get this to work at all. First I got the screen "no operating system". I thought it was just that - Windows needing to be reinstalled. Then I noticed the BIOS was not detecting the hard drive so I figured it was gone. I tested the hard drive 100% and it was 100% good. Despite this, I replaced it with a brand new one anyway. Install the HD, same problem: not detecting in BIOS. I can't install Win 7 because the drive isn't detecting and when I choose the language, etc it gives me the message "No drives were found, load drivers...etc.."

I tried it with the Acer recovery disc that goes with the laptop, same thing basically. I got as far as selecting which option, language etc and then it gave me a message about how it failed to load partition table or something. Basically, the problem is that the BIOS is not detecting the hard drives and I don't know why. I tried choosing "IDE mode" and AHCI" mode. Set everything back to default settings in BIOS - nothing.

This is an Acer V5-531 that came installed with Windows 7. It is a very slim laptop and they're using one of those cables to connect the hard drive tot he motherboard. The SATA port is not on the actual motherboard. Its on this cable and the cable connects to the board. I'm wondering if maybe that cable is at fault? Considering it won't detect either hard drive.

Topic: Wifi Booster - Reccomendations???   Go to last post
Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013 10:20:26 AM(UTC)

I've confirmed that he needs to def upgrade his gateway from the ISP. Currently he has a single band one, he needs a dual band. That would improve performance and wifi single between different wifi devices. Right or wrong??

To go with that, he needs a wifi booster so he can pick up the wifi in the basement. And preferably something with an ethernet port, too.

What about the Netgear Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender (WN2500RP) ???

I'm not sure if that wifi range booster has an ethernet port. I was looking at a device that plugs into the wall that has an ethernet port. It does nothing for wireless but basically instead of having to run a cable for the xbox (because he prefers to have it hard wired which I can def understand). So i guess I was wondering if he'd have to get 2 separate devices or if there is a wifi booster tha tplug sinto the wall that ALSO has an ethernet port??

I was wondering if that Netgear device plugs into the wall? I don't want anything that has to connect to the actual gateway because they will be on different floors of the house. Thanks.

Topic: Wifi Booster - Reccomendations???   Go to last post
Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 4:45:42 PM(UTC)


These both seem good, though I've heard mixed reviews on the brand name.

So I'm assuming the second one would be better? Basically what I'm looking for is a wifi booster like this that I can put in another part of the house. Just to confirm, I can plug an Ethernet cable into either one of these right? Once this is set up, even if I have this netgear device on a different floor in the house, if I plug an Ethernet cable into that and the other end into an Xbox for example, I should be able to get internet from that as well??

The second one there, I'm a little confused by the port on the back that says "modem". I want something in a different part of the house than the modem is in. I don't have to have that connected , hardwired, to my modem will I? And will this really increase speeds?



Topic: Wifi Booster - Reccomendations???   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013 6:52:07 PM(UTC)

Thanks for the reply. 

Coukd you point me to anybsoecific links to the right gear? 

I don't have too much experience in this as I've never had any issues myself. 

What about the dual band thing? Again  could you provide links  to what you're talking about with regards to improving the speed and wifi range too?

to the other poster, I to,d him he should hardwire the Xbox with some cat 5 or 6. But not everything can be hard wired such as the mobile devices. 

Topic: Wifi Booster - Reccomendations???   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013 5:08:19 PM(UTC)


My uncle is looking for a wifi range booster. Here is the deal:

He has a 'gateway' modem (modem and wifi built in one) from the ISP. This box is located upstairs in the house and is hardwired to a mean machine gaming desktop (Which I built for my cousin :) )

They have a lot of electronics that need to be connected to the internet, including: 2 desktop PC's (one hardwired and 1 wireless), laptop, media box, tablet, xbox 360, ps3, ipod touch, iphone, wii, possibly a tv or bluray player. I know - overkill. They complain of really slow internet speeds

(surprise surprise) I guess its cause of the bandwidth and everything


A few of these devices will be moved to the basement but his wifi signal sucks so he wants me to get him a wifi range booster. I've read some product reviews and to be honest it doesn't seem like there are a whole lot of good ones out there. Need something that doesn't crap in and out. I've told him that I recommend hard wiring the xbox. Price range would be about 100 bucks but that's not set in stone so if there's something that is better but costs more, please suggest it. Also, would something dual-band be better?? The way I see it, the wifi booster will increase his wifi range but its' not going to do anything with the speed? Suggestions??


Topic: New Avast Version 8   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013 4:37:01 PM(UTC)

I always go with avast and always recommend it. It seems to be much less boggy than the ol AVG. It's one of the better free solutions out there right now I believe. While it's a neat tool and a secure way of keeping it up to date, I actually don't like the software updater feature. Average users who don't understand things and don't fully read things seem to think that the AV is not auto updating but this isn't the case. Its' the software updater popup they're seeing. I've had some people ask me about it. But it is a good way or organizing software updates.

Topic: Freezing. Can't find cause?   Go to last post
Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 3:00:18 PM(UTC)

No blue screens. Just freezing. I can reformat with the windows disc not a hitch. But when I start to install drivers it crumbles. Seemingly. And using the built in recovery I think reformists the drive and installs windows fine but it fails when trying to install the drivers. It freezes. And I notice it tries to install drivers for hardware that isn't even in that model. For example the wifi is intel but it tries to install both intel and atheros which is found in some other versions of this laptop I guess. But the laptop can't function correctly without the drivers so I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do. Even doing a format with the windows disc and letting windows update get the drivers results in the same. Trust me I've tried everything. Any advice please anyone 

Topic: Freezing. Can't find cause?   Go to last post
Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 2:56:38 PM(UTC)

It is odd. I have fixed hundreds and hundreds and hundreds, etc of computers and cell phone , other electronics. And this has been one of the worst I've dealt with. I can't do a thing with it. No matter what ibtrybnot how I don't, the damn thing just freezes. 

I will look into that. Although I have already had it on long enough to get into the bios and reset to defaults previously. I don't think that's the issue. Inalsonchecked for a new version of the bios from toshiba and I don't believe it holds any fixes for such issues. 

With regards to a heat problem I already did the thermal paste fix. Still freezing up just a couple minutes into windows. Same thing happens in safe mode though I will check again. Is it possible this problem was left too long that it is now causing the motherboard or CPU to flake out? Up until now the user was using this laptop even after it shut down due to over heating. That can cause permanent damage eventually. I think what i will try is no Ethernet  drivers and just wifi. Maybe its coincidence but it seems like it freezes up especially when installing network drivers or whenever it tries to auto connect upon windows startup. The built in recoveryfrom toshiba is the worst I've ever seen. And if i cold boot the laptop the process will begin again from where it left off I'm  assuming only half installing drivers. Thats when i tried it that way. My last attempt was just with a windows disc. nAny good free program or boot program to test the CPU with that someone could recommend? 

Anyone have any experience with this model????