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ENVY Phoenix 860st Questions

Q: ENVY Phoenix 860st Questions

Hello, I have some questions about this particular product. I'm interested in possibly ordering one however there are some things I'd like to know first. Does the computer have front installed case fans, what's the efficiency rating of the power supply unit & what other PCI slots other than the ones for the graphics card does the motherboard have?

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A: ENVY Phoenix 860st Questions

Hi, There is not a lot on information posted on the HP Envy Phoenix 860st. Is this the model that you are looking at? If yes, then use this link for the HP Support pages. The sales site server does have a list of certified HP OEM graphics cards. This particular model PC has a 600 watt power supply. HP is offering an extended return period during the holidays. Return & exchange informationWe have extended our return policy for the holidays. All purchases made between 11/1/15 ? 12/25/15 will have until January 15th, 2016 to return.
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however when I started doing some reserch on cloneing software I noticed that windows 7 might not be cloneable (my past experiances are with XP) since there are mixed reviews on each bit of software out there both on Amazon and on the web. sevral report that windows 7 sees the clone as an unlicenced copy and refuses to boot. others say the clone drive misses it's boot file.

can some people advise me on if any of these facts are true or not?

A:Hard drive migration to SSD questions

Cloning should work fine if you do it properly with windows 7. It's possible that windows can throw up a licensing issue, but very unlikely. In the event that it does, call Microsoft and they should be able to get it sorted out for you.

As for the bootability of the drive, cloning the drive's data does not necessarily make it bootable, but if you look online you'll see some cloning tutorials that include a section for rewriting the MBR on your SSD to make it the primary bootable drive in case it ends up not booting properly. This isn't hard to do and usually isn't a necessary step.

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just added - radeon x1300/x1500 256mb

I installed the radeon and hooked up dual monitors via splitter

Now my questions are about using the integrated graphics as well.

Can I enable the integrated nvidia to use a 3rd monitor? I believe I can thru bios, but am nervous about bios.
Would enabling it help system performance even if not using a 3rd monitor?
Would enabling it help system performance if I used 1 monitor per video card instead of both thru the new radeon?

Thank you in advance

A:New to graphics cards...couple quick questions

dazzbazz said:

Can I enable the integrated nvidia to use a 3rd monitor? I believe I can thru bios, but am nervous about bios.Click to expand...

I'm going to say no.

The reason I say that is unless you can connect the onboard graphics in SLI/Crossfire, the moment you insert the dedicated card, the onboard graphics will be disabled. Since you have nVidia onboard and inserted an AMD card, I know SLI/Crossfire is out of the question. But who knows, I could be wrong because I definitely don't know it all.

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A:Swapping CPU questions

Aside from a possible BIOS update, it is simply take one out and put the other in. With the Q6600 though there shouldn't be a need in an update. You will need thermal paste when remounting the cooler. The board will configure itself once it detects which processor is running.

BTW I wouldn't worry about the FSB balance too much. I've run the Q9400 (FSB: 1333) with DDR2-800. The Q6600 (FSB: 1066) will run just fine, and double your processing performance.
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{for those unaware, the PoE means Power over Ethernet to supply power to the attached devices, aka the cameras in this case}

default IP is with a subnet of to expand...

I assume you are connected something like:

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Have you got a UPS? What's your question.

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A:Ideas and questions for new PC - keyboard, CPU, mobo, TV among others

Here is a great place to start.

TechSpot PC Buying Guide - The Enthusiast's PC
If you would like to start by listing a few parts, there are several members here that can help you tweak the list.

You mentioned wanting built-in WiFi. I'm almost certain if you want a good motherboard, you would have to ditch that thought. A mPCIe slot is used for motherboards that come with Wifi, and they are usually only packaged with small form factor boards. I'm almost certain you don't want a small form factor for you build.
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A:Hardware questions

Matis said:

Hello there

Didnt know where to post it so I made it under "Device Drivers".

Anyway, I want help for building my own gaming PC. I'm going to give full specs and I also add picture of the case end of this post.
THANKSClick to expand...

Hi Matis.
Welcome! And... a couple of pointers...

1) Questions about Builds should go in THIS Forum. Be sure to read the stickies at the top first.
Mailpup (Or another mod) may notice and move your inquiry for you.

2) You generally should post the same question only once and only in one place. Otherwise some of the mods and others tend to get a bit cranky.

3a) You might post an intro, here. Ravisunny2 has taken up the mantle of welcoming newcomers, and offering some helpful links on how to get the most of your Techspot Experience. This is something I used to do, and Kimsland before me. Ravisunny2's post is basically the same as I was welcomed with and which I used to welcome others.

3b) Right now, on this topic, just be a bit patient, and hope that Mailpup notices, and moves your post. Likely will happen within a few days.

4) THEN One or more of those experienced with your particular questions will chime in after it is moved. I have done some recent builds, but I do tend to overbuild. Others will be more inclined to help you squeeze the most bang for the buck. You might review the stickies I mentioned above, and be ready to answer those questions.

I am not going to cross post this answer to your other/duplicate post.
Enjoy your time with us!
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A:Brand New HP Envy Touchsmart 17 Quad can't connect to Internet

Hey Mark. I would connect to the Net by cable and allow it to get any OS updates and/or driver updates before I change any settings.While online,try to connect wirelessly to see if it finds any updates quicker.
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A:Few questions regarding gaming PC build

With that budget, you can easily get an Intel based system. I think AMD is a better choice though since it leaves room for a better GPU. This is what I recommend: If you need Windows 7, I will need to downgrade some components.
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Wait, so you need help building your "secret machine"? Or upgrading your gaming rig?

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A:3 questions about fixing micro sd cards errors.

the card said it was 64 gigs (Fat32) when I looked at it on my windows 7 PC.

Next I put a song on it and it seemed to be working ok and then I tried for format the card.Click to expand...

Rule number one:- if it isn't broken then don't fix it.

The issue here is windows will not format Fat32 above 32gb, so invoking the formatter when all you needed was to delete the file was a major mistake.

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A:Questions on portable hard drives (1TB and various brands)

There really is no difference in hard drive brands so I wouldn't get too hung up on which brand to buy. I don't think there is any benefit to getting a smaller drive now over a 1TB. 1TB drives have been out for a long time now, the only time you want to be a bit cautious on buying a big drive is if its the biggest that company offers at that point in time.

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A:Audio recording questions

constant humming may be result of poor grounding. make sure you use 3-pin plug from your notebook adapter and the wall plug supports grounding. that being said, onboard aren't designed with quality in mind so it probably have some low hissing. somehow in my experience noise from desktops' onboards are way worse than laptop ones.

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Hi Todd,
That is a bit warm if you are running the 8150 at stock speed , but the H-80 will bring the CPU temp down by 20c +/- . adding a few fans for flow is a good idea as well.
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1. Yes, it should be fine
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The mouse buttons can come in handy for things like reloading during gameplay. Hitting the mouse button with your thumb can certainly be quicker than hitting it with a finger on the keyboard.

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A:Basic PCI vs. PCI-E questions

You can try something like this.

Amazon - PCI Express to PCI Adapter Card (PEX1PCI1)
Newegg - StarTech PCI Express to PCI Adapter Card Model PEX1PCI1
The PCI card will not work in a PCIe card slot without an adapter.

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PCIe usage:

PCIe x1, x4, and x8 will work in a PCIe x16 card slot.
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PCIe x8 has pinouts to detect PCIe x1, x4, and x8 cards.
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I would hold off for now, if your current hard disk is working fine, and offers enough storage there is no need to upgrade it.

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A:Questions about a monitor power cord

learninmypc said:

I was given an HP flat screen Monitor yesterday with just the cord like this not THE exact PICTURE.

Amongst the other items was a power cord AC/DC Apapter that I've ONLY seen used on laptops.
S/N 1260AE60405370

My tower is HP & I did plug it in as is BUT NOTHING. My question is,is the cord I got the power cord? TIA.Click to expand...

Along with the attached picture of the adapter, on what appears to be a bar code is the alphanumeric number 1008555A0743 s p a c e ADPC1260AE

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With that many hours, just purchase and install a new power supply, paying close attention to the output of the +12V rail, which should be 18A or greater, and the unit shoujld be 80 Plus Certified.. Power output should be 500 Watt or greater, but the +12V is actually more important. Quality units such as PC Power and Cooling, OCZ, Cooler Master, Corsair (my choice) Enermax, ThermalTake, Antec, Blind Sentey, ESP Group, Eneermax, Ampaq, or ASUS.

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A:I upgraded to a i5-2500k and have questions

Ok, rather than write a tech version of War and Peace, I'd point you towards a couple of good-ish OC guides for 2500K/2600K.

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- Is 1.25v set in the UEFI, or is it what's reported in CPU-Z (or similar monitoring software) i.e. voltage after Vdroop

[OCN overclocking guide]
[Clunk's overclocking guide]

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A:ATI Radeon HD 5770 Crossfire questions

That PSU should be just fine for crossfire.

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A:PCI-E 3.0 questions

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A:A few questions about compatability and performance

Alright, first off from what Ive looked up on your motherboard and that ram, they don't look to be compatible. I can suggest you some that will work if you like. As for the 2 packs, since your board only supports 3 RAM slots, then yes you would end up with a extra stick. Which you could save for the future or just order 3 separate 4gib sticks or w.e your preference is.

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Well right now the new Intel Sandy Bridge is a good processor choice but if you can wait AMD is coming out with brand new cpus with new architecture this June. I would wait to see what they have to offer.

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Sorry for the sites is not in english.

I don't know which one to pick. To me, quality is important.
And I need at least 4 USB's on the hub.

Power supply, is that important when all the devices is USB powered?
How about latency when several devices is connected? Will that rise when there are more devices connected?

Btw, all devices are USB 2.0. No 1.1 or 3.0 needed


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the Powered USB Hub is a desirable device.(*)
USB 3.0 devices are not yet very common,
and all USB 2.0 hardware is backward compatible to USB 1.1

(*) Some devices do better without a hub connection, eg: Keyboard and Mouse.
Other actually require external power: the max current per USB connection is 500ma.
You should understand that an external HD (with a motor) will need more than than and the Hub is a great choice.
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Ok DoleJ, For very little you can pick up a brand new netbook for your daughter's schooling needs, with 160GB hdd and win7 starter. So little it would cost approx 1/3 of a new decent laptop.

I would not upgrade the compaq motherboard etc, unless you can do it for under $300NZ, in all honesty - it is not worth that. Compaq's do over heat, and the solder on the motherboard can compromise component contact/connection. - Just make sure you do your housework - and keep it clean and tidy as possible.

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2600k and for gpu comes down to features, its 3d, cuda and physx (nvidia) vs eyefinity (radeon) as both gpus are pretty much equal in games performance
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A:Newbie questions about Wi-Fi for a custom computer build

Don't worry, we were all once n00bs

Answer no. 1: NO. Even newer motherboards usually do not have wireless capabilities built int. But: more and more are hitting the market with Wi-Fi built in, that's for sure. High-end motherboards can sometimes have built in Wi-Fi connection, you'll notice a small antennae-connector at the back if that's the case. And such motherboards are getting more common by the day.

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A:Build/upgrade help, questions about the finer points (FSB, overclocking, etc.)

All of this information is already available online so it doesn't make sense to repeat what's available.


AMD uses HyperTransport to replace the Front-Side Bus in their Opteron, Athlon 64, Sempron 64, Turion 64, Phenom and Phenom II families of microprocessors.

In personal computers, the front-side bus (FSB) is the bus that carries data between the CPU and the northbridge.

This should explain DDR3:

What is the 1800(O.C.) and 1600(O.C.) on the motherboard?
The motherboard supports Overclocking up to those speeds.

What are the L2 and L3 Cache?
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The supported CPU's are:

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Just use three splitters.

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A:I have a few questions regarding overclocking

Hi leeky,
I see 58c on your load screen-shot, but if you are hitting 68c you may want to turn the fan up as the max temp for the 8300 is 71.4c.
secondly pay no attention to the 12v reading on OCCT, it gets it wrong very often.
third, I would be careful OC'ing with a Dell OEM PSU, they are always hideously poor quality. You would do well to replace it with a decent quality power supply.
Other than that, that is not a bad OC for the Q8300. That is probably all you will get from it as the Q8200/8300 were not known as great overclockers. It is true that "your results may vary" and each chip can vary, however, the vast majority are going to have very similar OC headroom characteristics unless you win the binning lottery and got one that was 'rebinned' to fit a price point demand and has more headroom than the norm. Anyway, Nice job!
****if you want a better reading on the rail voltages, download HWmonitor from here.
and you can check idle voltage in your BIOS.

EDIT: I just noticed you ran the Linpack not the standard OCCT CPU stability test, so its not surprising that it hit 68c. If its staying below 70c running linpack your doing well.
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Hi disczeiger,
The 1055T and the 1095T are the same CPU, just clocked differently with the exception being that it has an unlocked multiplier. If you go that route, you can save yourself $100.00 and OC it yourself. I run my 1055T @ 4.17Ghz (the 1095T) OC's to the same frequency and you can see in this review is only second to the 980X (Intels 6 core) at stock speed. As far as a gaming rig, you will not notice much of a gaming performance difference except with BC2 which will use as many cores as you have at your disposal. However hopefully this will be the trend in the near future.
Here are some benchmarks of those and other CPU's.

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It is OC'ed yes, however they are usually rather mild OC's from the factory, and you can do your own OC'ing as well. I would not pay for OC'ing and just OC them yourself (my 2 cents worth).

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hi Leeky,
you can use this utility to see what your running while playing, it hasa benchmark feature as well that will give you min/max/avg and record a log to your desltop. it depends on the type of game really. 30FPS is widely considered playable for semi smooth play. P(ersonally I think its at least 60FPS) for First person shooters 60fps is the goal for smooth, MMo's don't require that to play okay.The biggest issue is the minimum FPS. if it dips below 30 while you get to the 'action' portions, it gets really chunky looking. What was the "Crysis experiement" you were speaking of ?
anyway download FRAPS and you can see where your at.
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Could you please specify the motherboard you are using (including manufacturer and model).

I tried the 7800 GTX , but had a problem with the heatsink being to big and hitting the other pci slots.Click to expand...

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You could start by reading this;

Beyond that there are 3 current Intel sockets,; LGA775 (all c2d Celeron, Pentium dual core and current Core2 Quad chips, LGA1156 (core i5, (core i3 to be released),
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I know squat about AMD, and I'm not willing to learn for you.

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Spiders said:

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About the spelling, verily I'm on board with your assessment of horrible. In "lengthy", the "t" goes before the "h", but in fairness you had all the letters right.
As to "upgradeing", we almost always drop the "e" before adding "ing". If you want to agonize over spelling, (personally I enjoy doing so), make sure spell check is turned on in Firefox. Oh, the "U" should be capitalized, because it's in the title, not to mention it's the first word in the "sentence".

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The CPU speed / no. of cores greatly affect performance in case of heavy content creation. Most new games are being optimized to use processors having 2 or more cores.

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how do you know it runs @ 570mhz? No its you can run at any settings you want. What PSU are you using?
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I almost forgot to tell you about the parts I was looking at before.

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Memory - G.Skill 4GB 240-pin DDR2 1066. (64.99)

Hard Drive - N/A

Video Card - Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit AGP HDCP (89.99)

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If you could head me towards cheaper prices, and if you could tell me if any of these aren't compatible together it would be great.
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A:GPU Questions

The entire system, I'm thinking 1000~1200 without a monitor. Sound reasonable?Click to expand...

Does this include mouse, keyboard, phericals, or OS?

For now, look into the , 4890, 4870 (specifically the Saphire vapor-x 1gb 4870 available at newegg at $150) as good graphics card choices, you should be able to play any game at good settings with any of these. They go in order of price.

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CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - Retail $100
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A:Guide to video card upgrades/questions

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Hi nonamefishing,

:wave:Welcome to Techspot!:wave:

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A:New drive - jump from ide to sata; couple of performance questions

Wow. Thanks for the quick, and in-depth answers!

Hard drives haven't gotten much faster. Sure, sequential throughput has increased substantially because of platter density increases (larger hard drives are generally faster at copying big, continuous files), but actual read/write performance has been fairly stagnant. Check out this example of a Western Digital 200GB ATA vs a WD SATA drive in this comparison .Click to expand...

So, I guess I expected with all the hype that performance has improved greatly... foiled again! At least I didn't waste any money !

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