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Is buying a CUDA desktop replacement a good idea?

Q: Is buying a CUDA desktop replacement a good idea?

Hey guys,I'm thinking of getting a fairly used hp desktop replacement.about a year old,but seeing the article on the site about people having issues with desktop replacements,I'm having second thoughts.Can anyone recommend an alternative?

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A: Is buying a CUDA desktop replacement a good idea?

What kind of budget are you working with. A desktop worth mentioning in your situation makes work sound fun again. What will you be working on? Can't think of any alternatives to a desktop replacement, besides an actual desktop. Sounds like you need something powerful to use on the go.
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A:Touch Screen Desktop Monitors A Good Idea?


In the EPOS industry touch screens are standard and work best as they eliminate the keyboard which is a weak point in security, as users like to press buttons and those who are savvy can use the keyboard to do things that we as a supplier dont want them to do.

As for home use i cant see the practicality of them, no left click to start with, like you said unless someone builds a program designed and workable for a touch screen then its a no starter.
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A:Switching from IDE --> SCSI hard drives on home desktop...good idea?

the newer scsi run at 360 this means faster access
you will need a card that handles this speed plus the cables
price has come down some still very xpensive almost $2.00 USD a gb
SATA is cheaper and is almost as fast ,in most cases you will not see diff.
I think sata's run at 180 ( I dont use sata)
iede run at 133
warrentys on both are bout the same from 3 to 5 years
both support RAID most sata cards have this included
scsi cards don't you have to pay for that feature
if MB doesn't support sata you will need a card for it
only invest in scsi if you have critical systems and or run very intense app's
so if you want to upgrade and keep cost at min. go sata
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A:Running Sugarsync + Dropbox at the same time - good idea or bad idea?

You can be specific about what each actually synchronizes so I don't see that as a CPU issue. However if using both over the Internet with one of the more substantial data plans to sync, I would wonder which gets priority or how well they share the upload bandwidth. Wouldn't be so good if one was always grabbing it to sync in the off-load times and the other just kept waiting and waiting for its turn.
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A:New HD for OLD pc, good idea?


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Combofix is an extremely powerful tool which should only be used when instructed to do so by someone who has been properly trained. ComboFix is intended by its creator to be "used under the guidance and supervision of an expert", NOT for private use. Please read Combofix's Disclaimer. Using this tool incorrectly could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again.I will ask a moderator to move this topic to the Am I Infected forum where it can be properly addressed.
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A:Good Idea?

The firewall router should be able to import the settings from Zone Alarm Pro . Then you would have no reason to leave it running on your computer if you did not want to.
In reality, the NAT of a basic router is enough security for the average user at this time; especially if you have the built in windows firewall active. Although I personally do like the added security of having a full software firewall so that I can check my firewall logs and so that I can be warned not only of incomming but of outgoing traffic.
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I found this while ploughing through the mail and thought I might just make a couple of them up, in case.

How to Use An Antivirus Boot Disc or USB Drive to Ensure Your Computer is Clean

A:What a good idea

Is it really a good idea??

It sounds good, but...

A Rescue CD is normally based on the Linux operating system kernel. A Linux OS can mount an
NTFS partition, however loading the Windows Registry is another story. In this day and age, accessing the Registry is necessary when doing a scan for malware.

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Another issue to be aware of when scanning with a Rescue CD is that it can delete any file, including those that are critical Windows system files. Normally there is a Windows mechanism that attempts to prevent the deletion of such files. This will not happen using a Rescue CD. If a system file is infected, it needs to be identified and replaced. Deletion may lead to an unbootable system.

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A:good idea??

desktop? laptop?

For the monitor, i would say yes.

For the Hard Drive, i would say no. It's much easier on a hard drive to keep spinning rather than to start/stop constantly. Windows is constantly indexing files, checking for updates, running diagnostics etc so it's likely that your disk won't shut down anyway from constantly being accessed. It's quite normal.
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A:Is this a good idea?

Hitman Pro Should not cause any problems with Eset,Having Hitman Pro is not harm I have it as a free scanner,

Its quick uses cloud has Good detection(False Positives to) no need for updates too!

Its handy tool ,I think you should keep it!
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A:AVG and Avast: A good idea??

You cannot have two anti virus programs running at the same time More is not better in this case They will conflict and cause a lot of problems for you .

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A:384mb ram a good idea?

hey, is 384mb ram a good idea? I'm planning on fitting 256 into a motherbaord with space left - kg7-raid - and I already have 128mb. The ram type is identicle CRUCIAL stuff, so what do you think? - I'm running XP profClick to expand...

No problem whatsoever!
This board can support up to 2gb of ram.
XP loves more memory.....go as high as you like.
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A:Reconfigure my Rig? Is it a good idea?

Hello Gerry,

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Hello Rein, and welcome to Eight Forums.

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A:New Router - Good Idea?

have you tried to use that serivce without the router in -place
I have not had issues with msn services with linksys
not that model ??
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A:Too good of an idea not to exist already.

The screen saver uses one particular folder of pictures, of your choosing, to use for it's slide show. It does not pick pictures from all over your C: drive. (ex) C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\My Pictures. You can also create a folder and just put the pictures you want to be the slide show and have your screen saver use that folder instead.
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A:is it a good idea to run two anti virus

Hi kakkalo,

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A:Upgrade from Duo to Hexa Good idea?

Originally Posted by naturalphenomen

Im wondering if it is worth upgrading my processer to a Hexa core
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A:Avoid updating to win 10 - a good idea?

It would be nice if the article provided proof that MS is currently planning to automatically update W7 and W8 to W10. Without such proof, the article is just click bait.

There are plenty of threads in this and other forums about how best to avoid installing W10.
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Y`all ????

Y`all ????

Of course it`s a good idea, how will you ever re install windows

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Hey i just faced problems with too many partitions:
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You really can create however many partitions you want. I think putting your data onto a separate partition is a great idea...this way you can reinstall/reimage your C drive to recover an OS without losing any data.

The number of partitions only becomes a real problem when you have to make them so small that they aren't usable. For example, a 20GB C drive to run Windows 7 just won't cut it for long.

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Jessy12 said:

Any suggestions out thereClick to expand...

Don't buy a laptop unless it's a MUST for your work or lifestyle or unless your going to shell out $$$ for a Macbook Pro. 90% of PC laptops can't be upgraded except for RAM and HDD, service is expensive, they are a pain to clean internally and cooling is always an issue. Save yourself the hassle and build a desktop. It will be cheaper in the long run, you will enjoy games more, it will be a much faster GPU and CPU and you don't have to buy a new computer in 4-5 years since you can just upgrade certain parts and get $ back by selling your old quality parts. Just a thought to put in your head.
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Hello Jeht,

I gave it a try. but it doesn't work in Windows 8.

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Save some energy and power them down.
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