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Bonanza23


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Then to put it in, first you take off the back panel metal cover (about a half inch wide and a few inches tall). That's so the ports are showing out the back. Then you just gently shove it into the PCI slot until it's firmly in there. Plug in the power. Boom.

Don't forget to plug your monitor's vga/dvi/hdmi cord into your graphics card then.

Pretty easy. For someone who doesn't know what they're doing, it's a 20 minute job. Once you know how, you can do it in about 2 minutes or less.


It's integrated graphics: So I don't have to uninstall the integrated graphics? I have heard you have to go thru a complex process to install a new card.

Thanks!


No plugging the card in will disable the integrated graphics, provided you plug your monitor into the graphics card.

The only other step i didn't list was installing the drivers. If you're running W7, then it'll do it for you and it's not a problem. If you're on XP then you'll have to pull the drivers from Nvidea's website.

The 9400 will be better than your integrated most likely. To see what your integrated graphics are:

(on XP) go to your desktop, right click, go to the Settings tab. Read the text under "Display".

(on W7) Right click on desktop select Properties > Settings > Advanced > Adapter

Let us know and we can tell you for sure. The 9400 GT is pretty outdated, but there's a solid chance it's better than your integrated. Then you just have to ask yourself if you'll use it. It's pointless to install if you're just surfing the web and watching videos. Worth it if you like to play games with good graphics.


OK boys, I just proved that I'm at least on par with a monkey's intelligence! Cool

I went ahead and installed it anyway. Thanks for the help!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Don't require gaming capabilities. Ideally around $600. I have a cart in Amazon at about $720 right now. Looking to better that.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay so going back to school in a few weeks and our new apt has wired internet, but not wireless. Is the only thing we need to get a router in order to get wireless internet? If so, what type of router is best?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Okay so going back to school in a few weeks and our new apt has wired internet, but not wireless. Is the only thing we need to get a router in order to get wireless internet? If so, what type of router is best?

Personally I would go with Netgear.

I dont know much about linksys but D-LINK blows. It has to be something with their standard firmware. I have had 3 D-LINK routers and they have all given me the same problem.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Okay so going back to school in a few weeks and our new apt has wired internet, but not wireless. Is the only thing we need to get a router in order to get wireless internet? If so, what type of router is best?
I've never had an issue with my linksys router. Was an early wireless-N version too.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a question about my macbook. I'm about to get a new television that I'd like to be able to hook my macbook pro up to through the HDMI port. Will I need to get an adapter cable for my macbook which I can then plug a standard HDMI cable into? Which cable would be most advised to buy based on price and quality?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fly eagles fly wrote:
I have a question about my macbook. I'm about to get a new television that I'd like to be able to hook my macbook pro up to through the HDMI port. Will I need to get an adapter cable for my macbook which I can then plug a standard HDMI cable into? Which cable would be most advised to buy based on price and quality?


How old is your MacBook Pro? Older models use the Mini-DVI port, while models from 2008 on use a Mini Display Port.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fly eagles fly wrote:
I have a question about my macbook. I'm about to get a new television that I'd like to be able to hook my macbook pro up to through the HDMI port. Will I need to get an adapter cable for my macbook which I can then plug a standard HDMI cable into? Which cable would be most advised to buy based on price and quality?


You'll need a Mini-Display port to HDMI adapter. If you want the sound to go over the HDMI cable, the adapter is $75-$100. If you can go another route for sound, you can get one for $4-$10.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I have a question about my macbook. I'm about to get a new television that I'd like to be able to hook my macbook pro up to through the HDMI port. Will I need to get an adapter cable for my macbook which I can then plug a standard HDMI cable into? Which cable would be most advised to buy based on price and quality?


You'll need a Mini-Display port to HDMI adapter. If you want the sound to go over the HDMI cable, the adapter is $75-$100. If you can go another route for sound, you can get one for $4-$10.


I'll have my good speakers set up to my computer so I won't need to transfer the sound over to the television. It's just for my room in the apartment I'm in at school next year. What would be your recommendation provided that I'll just use the speakers hooked up to my computer?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A guy I work with wants to make me a hackintosh.

I don't know much about them. I guess my question is what motherboard specs do I need to be compatable with lion os
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Case
Hard Drive
Motherboard
Graphics card
Power Supply
Memory
Processor
Case fan

I feel like I'm forgetting something.. thoughts on it?

Right now its at 451.62 including shipping.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

footballfreak1 wrote:
Case
Hard Drive
Motherboard
Graphics card
Power Supply
Memory
Processor
Case fan

I feel like I'm forgetting something.. thoughts on it?

Right now its at 451.62 including shipping.
I'd avoid getting a micro atx mobo unless you're building an htpc or something that needs that form factor.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pmk wrote:
footballfreak1 wrote:
Case
Hard Drive
Motherboard
Graphics card
Power Supply
Memory
Processor
Case fan

I feel like I'm forgetting something.. thoughts on it?

Right now its at 451.62 including shipping.
I'd avoid getting a micro atx mobo unless you're building an htpc or something that needs that form factor.


Would it not fit/work? Just wondering, I'm not a big computer guy so yeaah lol. If you had to pick another mother board, what would you recommend?

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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msuspartans#1 wrote:
Okay so going back to school in a few weeks and our new apt has wired internet, but not wireless. Is the only thing we need to get a router in order to get wireless internet? If so, what type of router is best?
I've never had an issue with my linksys router. Was an early wireless-N version too.


Realistically if there's a price difference you can go as low as B and be fine. B or G is perfectly acceptable because the pipeline is bigger than your internet connection. It seems to me that N is fairly standard and cheap now though so if you don't find the G or B and the router is $50 or less don't worry about it. The only reason you need higher than B is if you do significant computer to computer transfers within your home/apartment. Those can use the full bandwidth provided by the N network. Otherwise it's hotdog down a hallway data transmission.

The other thing is to make sure you password protect your network when you get it. It's not too tough to do and it will help keep you safe from basic idiocy/bandwidth leeching.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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msuspartans#1 wrote:
Okay so going back to school in a few weeks and our new apt has wired internet, but not wireless. Is the only thing we need to get a router in order to get wireless internet? If so, what type of router is best?
I've never had an issue with my linksys router. Was an early wireless-N version too.


Realistically if there's a price difference you can go as low as B and be fine. B or G is perfectly acceptable because the pipeline is bigger than your internet connection. It seems to me that N is fairly standard and cheap now though so if you don't find the G or B and the router is $50 or less don't worry about it. The only reason you need higher than B is if you do significant computer to computer transfers within your home/apartment. Those can use the full bandwidth provided by the N network. Otherwise it's hotdog down a hallway data transmission.

The other thing is to make sure you password protect your network when you get it. It's not too tough to do and it will help keep you safe from basic idiocy/bandwidth leeching.
I think you'd be hard pressed to find a wireless b router anymore. Stick with G or above. I don't need a n router, because my g routers more than cover my house. If I need faster than 54mbps, I'll just harddwire it.

Also, wireless b (the IEEE standard at least) maxes out at 11 mbps, which will be the bottle neck in many Internet connections today. Not that it matters, because 11 mbps is more than adequate for most Internet browsing.
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