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    Posted: 19 Dec 2012 at 21:23
I meant when your computer needs formatting, recovery, opening case or sending to repair etc.
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This one I have has never failed as you describe except once. It was struck by lightning and just about totally wrecked but I had, very fortunately, bought the warranty and they covered it. Since then I have the surge arrestor at the meter and have been assured it will protect me or cover me if it doesn't.
 
What I do get is the small annoyances. My protection antivirus protection is provided by my ISP and they have told me that adding more might result in conflicts but some malware seems to slip through just about everything.
 
It has, of late, begun exhibiting some fan noise when I use certain demanding applications, particularly in graphics. I am conflicted as to whether to install a bigger fan on the power supply/CPU/Graphics card or to install more RAM. Anyone have ideas?
 
My understanding is that they are now working on a quantum cryptogram which  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_cryptographywhich would have a key protected by the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. If they do they might be finally able to develop a truly unbreakable code and that would end this hacking bullsh*t once and for all.


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Originally posted by Henry Fleischmann Henry Fleischmann wrote:

This one I have has never failed as you describe except once. It was struck by lightning and just about totally wrecked but I had, very fortunately, bought the warranty and they covered it. Since then I have the surge arrestor at the meter and have been assured it will protect me or cover me if it doesn't.


I had too a lightning accident in December 2011. Lightning was struck on a minaret that 750 metres away from me. Electric pulse came throughout DSL cable. It burned down motherboard and one of RAM sticks. Luckily I found a lightly used high end motherboard for 40$.

Originally posted by Henry Fleischmann Henry Fleischmann wrote:

 
It has, of late, begun exhibiting some fan noise when I use certain demanding applications, particularly in graphics. I am conflicted as to whether to install a bigger fan on the power supply/CPU/Graphics card or to install more RAM. Anyone have ideas?

Graphics card is most likely candicate for noise. Any decent power supply will have a large fan thus low rotation speed and less noise. CPU stock fans can be problematic though. You can easily spot if it is CPU or Graphics card.  You should download a CPU torture software like Prime95 and run software for 2 minutes. It'll not stress GPU, only CPU.
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Harry - I can help you with ideas if you list the tech info of your computer. All of it.  Smile
First of all - get rid of all antivirus/spam protection whether you pay for it or not - and install the free "Microsoft Security Essentials" - make sure you have windows firewall running.
 
 
That alone will rid you of many problems.
 
 
 
 


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My self built PC has behaved flawlessly and i've had it for almost 5 years. Only issue was wierd driver behaviour when I upgraded the GFX card some 2 years back, had to run a full windows repair (replaces all system files but otherwise everything stays the same)which was surprisingly effortless and no data was lost.

Plan on replacing it soon for newer games, but its playing most new stuff good on average settings so I may delay a year.
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Originally posted by Northman Northman wrote:

Harry - I can help you with ideas if you list the tech info of your computer. All of it.  Smile

He didn't asked for upgrade Smile He just needs a better, more efficient and silent cooler. But first he should determine which part is making noise.

Originally posted by Cywr Cywr wrote:

My self built PC has behaved flawlessly and i've had it for almost 5 years. Only issue was wierd driver behaviour when I upgraded the GFX card some 2 years back, had to run a full windows repair (replaces all system files but otherwise everything stays the same)which was surprisingly effortless and no data was lost.

Plan on replacing it soon for newer games, but its playing most new stuff good on average settings so I may delay a year.

Mine too self built. I once encountered with a similar issue. Driver Sweeper is a good solution for removing remnants of old drivers.

My graphics card is probably more than three years old. But still can run demanding new games like Shogun 2 Total War at 25-30 fps (on high settings), which is fairly smooth. One should always invest bulk of money to graphics card when buying parts for a new computer. Buying more than cheapest version of a CPU series is waste of money. Multiple channel and high quality memory kits are expensive and they never justify their cost.
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Originally posted by Paradigm of Humanity Paradigm of Humanity wrote:

Originally posted by Northman Northman wrote:

Harry - I can help you with ideas if you list the tech info of your computer. All of it.  Smile

He didn't asked for upgrade Smile He just needs a better, more efficient and silent cooler. But first he should determine which part is making noise.

Wrong my friend - he asked for ideas, but I can see you can handle that without knowing anything about his system.
All right - go for it, I'm not psysic, so that is more than I can handle. 
 
 
 
 
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I need to open the case a couple of times per year to clean out the dust. Besides that, it never fails. I built it myself in 2008 and it has been pretty reliable, though after more 4 years I am now seriously considering getting a replacement.
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I haven't built a computer myself yet but I always buy ASUS laptops and I haven't had any real problems with them yet, but I upgrade about every 2-3 years so that might have something to do with it. Only time I've had to reformat a computer was on my previous one, but I was downloading some dodgy software and fiddling with a bunch of things I didn't really know about so it was my fault.


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Originally posted by Henry Fleischmann Henry Fleischmann wrote:

 
My understanding is that they are now working on a quantum cryptogram which  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_cryptographywhich would have a key protected by the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. If they do they might be finally able to develop a truly unbreakable code and that would end this hacking bullsh*t once and for all.
I don't think so... Current cryptography is perfectly sufficient. Hackings almost always occur due user error. Unfortunate truth is most users doesn't even know most basic safety cautions.
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