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Choosing An SSD for Laptop

Q: Choosing An SSD for Laptop

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T430 and I find the hard drive slow in not only boot time but reads as well (8 gigs of RAM with an i5 dual core; strictly business with the exception of League of legends from time to time ). I have been looking at both Crucial and Samsung in 500 gig capacity and I can get both at both on sale. The Crucial is their new BX100 and the Samsung is their EVO 850.

Thoughts? Experiences? Thanks

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A: Choosing An SSD for Laptop

I have the EVO 840 in 500 gig size, I really like it, obviously the 850 is even better. I've long been a fan of Crucial though.

However, when I got my 840 (not too long ago) it came with a free copy of FarCry 4. See if there are any bonuses you get with one drive and not the other, because I don't think you can go wrong with either.
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A:Please help me in choosing a laptop

Hi and welcome to TSG.

What sort of budget are you looking at, that would help us to try and provide options that are affordable.

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A:Choosing a laptop

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A:Advice on choosing new laptop

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A:Help choosing the right pc

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What do you use office for? Is it just personal use or are you sharing what you work on to other people or collaboratively editing Office documents that you receive? You won't be running MS Office on any linux, so you'd have to use something like OpenOffice or LibreOffice or even Google Docs.

This site has some good lightweight linux distributions and I think that if you are going to continue to use that computer that going with linux is the safest thing to do from a security standpoint. Of those on that page I'd recommend Lubuntu or Puppy Linux.

It is important to understand that Linux is not Windows, and there will be a learning curve. Most people that try Linux bail at some point on that curve.
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Hi... need help getting a Nvidia videocard, now if you can tell me whats the best cheapest GPU out there that can run any game till now at max and yes i do have a limited budget lets say around 400$

A:Need help choosing a GPU

Quote: Originally Posted by VXER

tell me whats the best cheapest GPU out there that can run any game till now at max and yes i do have a limited budget lets say around 400$

You can't do 'cheapest' and expect maximum performance. However, $400 isn't a bad budget and you should be looking at a GTX 770. Personally I'd look at an ASUS Direct CU II, if you're gaming on one monitor at 1080p then the 2GB version will be plenty, don't bother with the 4GB. It won't max out every single game at max (Crysis 3, Last Light, Witcher to name a few will tax it) but it will handle most of them and will give great performance.
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The Antec is a decent choice, and you should be all set. Don't worry about it.
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I was originally going to ditch my Macbook Pro for the newest model, but decided against due to the cost. However, I have decided that I'm going to upgrade my 5400RPM 320Gb HDD for an SSD so that I can get a performance increase. I have narrowed my results down to 2 SSD's, and I'm having trouble choosing.

I am not an expert when it comes to storage, so I need a bit of help with choosing . I am also open to new suggestions as long as they are in a similar price range.

Intel X-25M 120Gb
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My main concern with the OSZ drive is having it die, which seems to have been a problem according to the Newegg reviews.

A:Help choosing an SSD

Intel has been getting odd reviews although probably more expensive.
You probably read the review here:

Tom's Hardware is a good place to look for comparisons.,2364.html
Here is a comparison of sorts:[4285]=on&prod[4281]=on&prod[4283]=on
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Are there any sites that do good, practical, every-day comparisons?

The kind of thing like timing the time it takes to boot up with a load of crap-ware installed (since few people have a fresh install for long), or how long it takes to open five instances of photoshop?

I do do some mathematical modelling, but even so I'm less interested in knowing how long it takes to calculate the next prime number under differing OSes and I'd rather know how long it takes to check my emails from a cold start.


A:Choosing an OS

try this in all actuality though a lot depends on your hardware to. If its to old for windows 7 Xp is going to load slower, etc etc. Most online benchmarkers are still putting XP pro as slightly outperforming windows 7 in everything but gaming, but not by a huge margin, Im using 7 myself and am so far pleased with its performance, more so then I was with XP.
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A:Help with Choosing CPU

Can you give us the make and model of the board? P4M800PRO is the VIA Northbridge controller. ECS does also make a Mobo with this as the boards model number. So any more info would be helpful.

It does appear that most of the mobo models that use this board can upgrade to a P4 and some can go to the Pentium D. You may want to upgrade your memory, too. It can handle DDR400 or DDR2 533.
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Actual Question:
So this leads me to this: What is a good c++ API for a beginner (at c++), which can do 2D, but 3D as well (for later, when I get better), is widely used and has a big community? while using c#, XNA Game Studio was perfect, is there something equivalent in c++???

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By the way, Nick Gravelyn's tutorials were GREAT! For anyone learning C# I really recommend trying them out:
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Thanks for helping.

A:Need Help Choosing a PDA

Well, I've been using PalmOS units since the original Pilot 5000 by US Robotics.

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What system is this going into? Personally I would go for the coolermaster but I would probably choose Antec or Corsair over either of those.
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Im trying to finally toss away my old Gateway EV730 CRT monitor. My budget is somewhat low (Maximum $200), and I have these panels on mind:

I really like this one

Are these good panels? They appear to be good, and no ghosting LCD's. Anyway, I don't care too much about ghosting.
What's the best panel out of these ones?
I'm open to suggestions. Just remember please my budget.

Thanks! :wave:

PD: Italy won the World Cup!! :chef:

A:Need help choosing a good, under $200 LCD...

Hi wolfram,

I'm no LCD expert, but I did notice that they are all analog inputs except for the last one you linked (the one you "really like")

for that reason alone, that would be my pick. the video card's output is digital, so naturally the best picture will be obtained by keeping the signal digital the whole time. if you bought an LCD with only an analog input then the video card's output has to be converted from digital to analog, then back into digital again in the LCD.

hope this helps
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To change which program starts when you open a file

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2 Click the File Types tab.
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4 Click Edit.
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