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Gaming notebook for work [on hold]

Are gaming notebooks suited for web development work, like programming and Photoshop? My thinking is that because games push computer to extremes, they should perform better than notebooks with ...
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Where can I find a good laptop for a SuperUser? [closed]

I need help deciding on a good laptop model to replace a laptop that I overheated a "little" while letting it run a program for a week or two... I am a Computer Programmer by trade, and an ...
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Which is the better computer? [closed]

I am looking to buy myself a new computer (asking from an xp right now...). It would need to be fast and within my price range, which I have set at roughly $0-600. I am planning on running software, ...
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Are there CPUs with true shared memory? [closed]

I work on parallel algorithms and want to validate certain theoretic claims by runtime experiments. As it turns out, most (?) modern multicore CPUs use NUMA which inherently breaks many models to the ...
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What exactly does “(OC)” mean in products description

Note: this is not a shopping recommendation request I want to buy a nice and fast RAM and a motherboard that supports it. Lets say that I would want to take this RAM (2400MHz), and put it into this ...
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Which HDD is compatible with my laptop? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What hard drives are compatible with laptops? I use a laptop with an HDD on its death spin. I wanted to buy a 500GB HDD to replace my current 320GB. However I was told ...
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Whats the difference between pc2-4200U and pc2-4200 Memory? Compatiblity?

I need to replace some Samsung 512MB DDR2 PC2-4200U 533MHz 1Rx8 M378T6553CZ3-CD5 sticks for 1GB sticks, but I am only finding a bunch of "PC2-4200" 1GB sticks. I am hesitate to buy because I can't ...
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What specs to consider when buying SSD?

When I bought "traditional" hard drives, I have been told to consider specs like RPM (5400, 7200, etc.), buffer size (16MB, 32MB etc.), and interface (IDE, SATA, etc.). (did I miss something?) What ...
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How should I buy a laptop with a solid state hard drive?

I'm looking into buying myself a new laptop, and I'd like to get a solid state hard drive. I've been looking around for laptops and I can see a few are solid with solid state hard drives, however the ...
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Home media storage solution

I record lots of personal HD film footage and am looking for a cheap way to store all of this. I take ~120 GB of footage each month, so something expandable would be nice... something that might be ...
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How much CPU upgrade matters when buying an iMac?

Apple offers several iMac customizations when buying one. While I see benefit for better HD or more RAM (computers always felt faster after RAM upgrade), is it worth buying a CPU upgrade, especially ...
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Which Hard Drive Configuration on a new Computer?

I'm planning to buy new computer, but suddenly I found myself confusing regarding hard drives. I want a FAST AND SECURE way to store my data, but at the same time cost effective. This is going to be ...
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What to look for when purchasing a computer case? [closed]

I'm only beginning to learn more about my computer's hardware, and would like to know what should I consider when buying a case? It will be 70% work (website development), 25% browsing the web and 5% ...