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  1. You can right-click -> "Ignore the state of this component" and that will stop this from happening. As far as I know there was a bug which caused AVG to minimise full-screen applications every 20 minutes or so, but I haven't seen it myself and it seems as though it has been fixed. The AVG Firewall is generally quite good and only has problems with network printers/scanners. I've never heard of AVG detecting a game exe as a trojan, although there have been a couple of false positives in the past which were pretty annoying -- the iTunes for one. Although the next update fixed that pretty quickly and if it was in the Virus Vault you could have restored it and it would have fixed the problem instantly.
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    A Challenge (Dragons Age)

    You need: - a tank (warrior or arcane warrior with a shield) - 3 dps (damage dealers), preferably 1-2 magi, ranged dps is better than melee Mages do A LOT of damage, so if your PC isn't a mage then look into using wynne or morrigan. Must have abilities for mage: - Heal - Crushing Prison - Fireball Winter's grasp and Cone of Cold are also very good. You can't be a blood mage unless your PC is a mage, but if it is, then definitely become a blood mage and then blood wound is the best spell in the game. I haven't played the game on Hard or Nightmare, but it's not hard on Normal. You just need to make sure they're all attacking the tank, and then unload from a distance. On Normal, friendly fire is reduced from the normal damage, so for instance if 6 mobs are piled on your tank then a fireball is a good investment (assuming it won't kill him). Same goes for CoC. Also Force Field can be used on friendly targets which can be good for a break.
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    Need an experts opinion :)

    Seconding i5 750 & HD 5850 combo, excellent performance and value. For PSU I would go with a Corsair HX 650, good warranty, modular, excellent efficiency and you'll be able to use it with two HD5850's down the track.
  4. Nice box. That 5.25" bay there is pretty ninja, lol.
  5. A few other things probably but mainly the HX is modular so you only use the cords you need.. makes for a tidier case and better airflow
  6. Taxes and shipping costs play a part, but mainly they figure that Australians will simply pay more for it. It sounds messed up, but they wouldn't price it that way if it wasn't worth it.
  7. Umart doesn't seem to have a "if your system doesn't work, we'll troubleshoot it and fix it for you" policy so I'd say the extra $160 is wasted
  8. lol, cool dad. I'd probably just leave it at 1550 7-7-7-20, it sucks that it's not stable at it's stated timings, but you'll never notice the 50 MHz difference. I guess what you are really asking is whether it's safe to leave it on 1600-7-7-7-20 to which I would respond so long as the voltages and temps are within spec there's no way you'll end up damaging it :)
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    New Rig

    No DDR3 is good, but you can save a lot of money by getting slightly lower rated RAM. Basically making your RAM run faster won't help very much; the main reason you have to buy RAM which is rated for higher clock speeds is because OC'ing your CPU will necessarily involve an OC of your RAM, which may or may not be feasible depending on the rating. In your case 1333 MHz should be fine.
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    Low Budget gaming PC

    True on the 24" LCD, I got one a couple of years ago for $500, best five hundred bucks I ever spent. It was big then, and it's big now.. only see if you can find a 1900x1200 LCD (if there are any still around).. the 1080p ones are too stretched horizontally in my opinion.
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    For those who think MP3 is great.

    Most people can't tell the difference between 192kbps mp3 and anything higher, so why bother spending more money on making it more expensive? (Not that most people have hearing problems, but the shitty earbuds people get with their ipods/phones don't exactly have world-class sound.)
  12. +1 vote for 5850. Clear upgrade over the 275 and good value if you don't want to spend the extra $150 for the 5870
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    Sound card vs Onboard sound?

    I think with storage as cheap as it is these days anyone who likes listening to music should just FLAC it, if you need to then recode it for mobile players etc you don't run into compression artifact problems.
  14. Won't have an effect on the cooling but I'd want them closed anyway, just to stop dust and bugs and stuff getting in there
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    Bloatware on new Dells?

    When I bought my Dell it came with a bunch of support software and driver software that I didn't really need (touchpad ctrl panel, webcam etc) and also McAfee but apart from that it wasn't too bad. Personally I just wiped it and started again with an image that I downloaded (this was Vista) and it was perfect after that. It sounds like you will want to wipe it anyway, though.
  16. Does anyone know where I can get one of these cards? I checked all of the stores on staticice.com.au and nothing. I'm wondering whether there is currently some shortage at the moment, or whether there are some walk-in stores that stock it, or international stores that will ship to Australia. Any ideas?
  17. I got mine for $234, $215 is a good price, cheapest I have seen in AUS http://www.staticice.com.au
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    Which RAM for me?

    Get 6GB of something rated around 7-7-7-20 or 8-8-8-24 at 1600mhz, should b e $250-300 OCZ, Corsair, Kingston are all good brands.
  19. Yeah 5850 is probably best card on the market atm value/performance wise. 5770 is also extremely good value and it runs very well in CF if you need the extra grunt for crysis/stalker etc for some reason
  20. Yeah, I managed to find a store locally that had it in stock, got it today. Having never used anything but onboard sound I was bowled over by the quality coming out of my 'phones (which also are new, incidentally). The only problem is, now I can tell the difference between a good quality audio track and a lossy mp3, so I'm going to have to find new copies of a lot of my tracks... what an awesome problem to have :D
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    Core i7 Build

    Yeah it's sweet as, just built it a few weeks ago. I have a T9500 XPS1530 laptop as well haha. That was what I was using before I upgraded... woooooshh
  22. My brother had a simliar problem with his brand new Corsair HX 650W. Computer ran fine for a day or two, then stopped POSTing (but the PSU was still firing up). We hooked up my old Antec Truepower 430W and it has been running like a dream ever since. Maybe you could try a different PSU?
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    Core i7 Build

    Have you considered saving some cash on the X58 chipset and holding out for a better GPU? There's not much diff between an i7 860 and 920 (they are basically the same for most applications), but theres a substantial diff between, say, an HD 5770 and 5870 edit: ignore that, didn't realise you already had one. looks good
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    Will my DREAM PC work?

    I can vouch for the OCZ ram, i7 920, Corsair HX psu, HD 5870 and WD black HDD (I have all of them) and 1080p monitors suck unless all you do on it is watch HD TV content/DVDs. There's no reason to sacrifice the extra vertical resolution if you play any games at all, it's too wide and thin. I mean, come on, the $300 CRT I had 6 years ago had 1024 vertical res? Basically +1 nesquick. edit: also I would think twice about getting Ultimate, I can see why people would want professional over home premium (domain networking among other things) but meh Ultimate. Anyway it's up to you I guess
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    SELLING HD 5970?

    There was some stock initially, but there hasn't been any for a couple of weeks. It's possible that he has a working hd 5970 and he could also have brought it in from overseas or something, but at that price I'd definitely want to do a pickup arrangement and verify before buying.