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Chuck01

Doctor I have a question, I am now being introduced into the PC building world, and I am currently building my own PC, but I can't figure out what processor or graphics card I should buy. I have been recently stuck on the nvidia 650, 650 ti, the 650 ti Boost, and the 660 graphics cards, and just so you know I will be using the computer for video editing, 1080p gaming, and 3D modeling. I also have been clueless at what processor I should get, I don't plan to overclock, but I don't know if I should get an aftermarket cpu cooler, and I'm on a budget

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Hey.That_Dude

Yeah, you should state your budget or it's a moot point.

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ThatOneGuy

Dan, I had a RAID array crash on me simply by trying to flash the system BIOS from within Windows. Nothing I could do would get the system to recognize that array.

What did work for me however was RAID reconstructor, though it was years ago I believe it still works the same way. I had to plug the drives in separately to a host computer using USB hard drive adapters, then in RAID reconstructor I just had to tell it which disk was which, and the stripe size. It successfully pulled up the whole C drive and I could back up the files I needed.

Granted I still did end up having to redo the whole system, but I was able to get my files at least. Good luck.

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praetor_alpha

I put the entire Users directory on my hard drive when I installed windows. I did this:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-files/win7-how-do-i-move-user-folder-to-a-different/565f16a5-e5ed-43c9-8422-4f56aebb296e

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Hey.That_Dude

-Matthew Bryington
Response: While making your system more efficient is a great idea, you should also check what else is on the circuit. Unless you're running a bunch of other stuff for your computer (at least 330W worth) then you shouldn't be having this problem. Try and see what all is on that one circuit and see if it can be moved, you'd be surprised what plugs electricians will connect together (especially in older homes). A great way to see what's on what circuit is a simple lamp check (turn off the breaker, plug a lamp into a socket to see if it turns on). Also, make sure your breaker isn't the problem. TECHNICALLY SPEAKING, breakers, just like fuses, are only guaranteed to operate correctly ONCE. Every time a breaker "Breaks" it loses a bit of its capacity and can even become the "choke point" in the circuit by limiting the standard 15A to as low as 13A before it fully breaks. Put in perspective that's about a 220W loss!
Remember, your electrical circuits need the same maintenance as the rest of your home.

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aktoaz

Hey thanks, I tried it as well, both options I gained about 4.3GB back to have an even 80GB free on my SSD. It's amazing to be using less than 40GB of my Samsung 830 Series 128GB (119GB formatted with default overprovisioning).

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Nastyman

Have you used the Disk Cleanup option to get rid of all the cruft that builds up like temp files ectra? Right click on your C:\ drive and choose properties>Disk Cleanup> run it, then the second option shows up in the tabs at the top, "More Options", choose it then choose the last option on the page and follow the prompts. This gets rid of all but one restore points along with shadow copies and will net you a lot of space, I got 20 gigs back.

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