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Comment reply on Forum Topic "What is this warning?"

  • 12 hours ago
  • 2 points

I get an incompatibility warning saying "Unable to verify blah blah blah blah"

The quotation marks clearly indicate that verification of the blah blah blah blah poses a potential problem.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "If you could have one super power, what would it be?"

  • 2 days ago
  • 2 points

Super Cow Powers

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which way to install?"

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

If the case is going on carpet, try folding and trimming a cardboard box or something to place beneath the rear feet to avoid choking the PSU.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Can't see all the reviews"

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

Ratings != Reviews

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Comment karma"

  • 11 days ago
  • 4 points

There is no tangible benefit for commet karma granting you better deals on technology.

I see the karma store remains closed to you. Comet karma is out of this world.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How do you transport you PC ? E.g. to new home"

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

One suggestion that people haven't mentioned is that you should remove the hard drives, if you have any, and store them safely.

HDDs are reasonably robust when off and the heads are parked, but you still wouldn't want them bouncing around or getting dropped.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Corsair 200R Compatibility with Micro ATX Motherboard"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

It should fit fine. Are the standoffs in the right positions?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What are VGA and Perif on a PSU?"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

On very many modular PSUs, they are designed to be interchangable on the PSU end, but note that the official SATA spec does provide for a 3.3V line that is omitted from 4-pin molex.

The perif label alone doesn't make it acceptable for a SATA power cable. Such a port would be for perif and for SATA. That's just semantics, though. Most such PSUs allow for both SATA and 4-pin molex connectors. The 3.3V line can either be dropped from the 4-pin molex power cables or sometimes even omitted entirely for HDDs (which is particularly good for certain shucked ones).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Considering what to do with my life"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The two fields are not entirely mutually exclusive. Some approaches to machine learning processes are based on our understanding of the human brain. (Others are more of a ground-up approach from the math.)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What are VGA and Perif on a PSU?"

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

VGA, when used on a PSU, usually refers to 6-pin and/or 8-pin PCIe power connectors.

Perif usually refers to 4-pin molex connectors. For example, these are used for some fan connections (when the user wants to connect them directly to the PSU), most IDE drives, and some older SATA drives.

The labels on the PSU-side just tell you where to connect the modular plugs you plan on using. That side of the cables is nonstandard, which is why you should avoid mixing sets of cables for modular PSUs unless it's been verified that the pinouts are identical for the cables you plan to use.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "2070 Super SLI or 2080 Ti?"

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

If at all possible, stick a single-card solution. If the 2080ti is the best fit, then that's what you should go for.

Adding another card introduces complications that can easily be avoided if a single-card solution exists. Additionally, performance rarely scales well across multiple cards. Good SLI, NVlink, Crossfire/CrossfireX support is not a high priority among game developers, and for many, it's not a priority at all.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "i just build my new pc"

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

Have you considered making a part list using this cool site called PCPartPicker.com?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Cryorig H7 worth it ?"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Load temperatures of 60C are fine. If it's noisy, you could go for a less aggressive fan curve. If you still can't find a good balance between temperatures and noise, then I'd suggest getting an aftermarket cooler.

However, the Cryorig H7 might not be worth it, depending on where you're trying to buy it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How much could I get for EVGA 1000w g3 80+ gold?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends on who you sell it to, as well as its condition.

For the typical single-GPU desktop configuration, a 1000W PSU is unnecessary and holds no additional value over, say, a 650W unit. 1000W is unnecessary even for many dual-GPU configurations. Moreover, the typical pricing step between 1000W and 850W units in the same lineup tends to be greater than steps across lower-power units, such as 650W vs. 850W, so you may find it difficult to recover the cost of the PSU by selling it to someone who does not clearly desire a 1000W unit (perhaps even erroneously, or perhaps if they actually stand to gain tangible benefits from having one).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Computer can’t read ssd with fan hub plugged in to sata power cable"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Link or embed your part list.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Car Part Builder"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Buy some tire valve stem caps as a consolation prize.

Comment reply on Forum Topic ""Getting into" cars"

  • 2 months ago
  • 6 points

"Getting into" cars I really need help figuring out how to get started.

Unlock the car, select and open a door, then step right in (watch your head).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Dark Mode is here"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Now you will experience the full power of the dark side...

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Anyone else use PCP at school?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

"If you're a new listener just type in 'Pentagon tested gay bomb on Iraq'. They considered —no, they didn't consider using it, they've used it on our troops. In Vietnam they'd spray PCP on the troops, Jacob's Ladder. HAH! You think PCP's some horse tranquilizer or something? HAH! They've got stuff that'll whack your brain —permanently."

Comment reply on Forum Topic "help with understanding drive bays"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Generally, you'll be looking for external 5.25" drive bays. (There's also "slim" ODD bays and drives out there, though.)

Alternatively, you could just use an external USB BDR.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which major should I pick?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This is the second topic this week where I’ve seen people asking about majors. We should rename the site Perfect College Path Picker.

That escalated quickly.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "[Request] Advanced Search"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Googling with "site:pcpartpicker.com" can usually do the job.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Can I use Ubuntu or other linux os's to run games?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

If you stick with big-name Linux distributions (like Ubuntu) and big-name games (like Minecraft), you should be fine. The intersection of those two user bases is substantial and should leave you with plenty of support options. (Just Google "Ubuntu 18.04 Minecraft," and you'll find plenty of recent walkthroughs.)

If you want to try something more obscure, you might be on your own, or at the very least, good documentation might be scarce.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gaming/Editing mATX Build"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Since you mentioned portability, is there any particular reason why you prefer the uATX form factor over mini-ITX? (RAM slots, PCIe slots, etc.)

As far as cases go:

While it's smaller than the Define R5, Thermaltake's Core V21 is quite a bit bigger than you might think. In terms of volume, it's bigger than my Corsair 400Q, which can take ATX boards.

There are smaller uATX cases that will still accommodate your suggested components or equivalently-performing ones. For example, the Raijintek Styx is less than half of the size of the Define R5.

The Kimera/Sliger Cerberus is also a thing, but it might be out of your preferred budget. (Most niche SFF cases are on the expensive side.)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "ATX mid tower portability"

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

If you don't mind, how do I figure out if a component has the right dimensions?

In general, start with clearance specifications from the case manufacturer. If you want to push something close to or slightly beyond the advertised clearance, you might have luck looking up completed builds with a particular combination (if they're fairly common components).

Also, should I worry about not having enough pcie ports on a mini itx motherboard?

Are there any particular devices you'd want to use them for? (Sound cards, USB expansion cards, RAID cards, etc.) For many users, the graphics card is the only one.

I had a very hard time finding a board and case combination that would work for my purposes, where I wanted an SFF system with both a graphics card and an internal RAID card (requiring PCIe x4 or higher for best performance). I ended up going with the Kolink Satellite Plus, which can take boards that extend down to 3 expansion slots (though it only has 2 cutouts, which isn't a problem since the RAID card's bracket is removable, and its ports are inside the case), and an ASUS EX-B360M-V5 motherboard.

While you will likely not require that functionality, I would personally recommend the Kolink Satellite or Satellite Plus over the SG13. The SG13 places the PSU directly above the motherboard, which restricts clearance for larger air coolers. The Kolink Satellite moves the PSU towards the front of the chassis (using an internal extension cable to place a power connector at the back), allowing you to use larger heatsinks and fans that will permit better temperatures vs. noise.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "[Request] Case fan filtering options"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately, fan specifications such as max CFM And Static Pressure are among the most commonly-fabricated (or at the very least, generally not reproducible) specifications out there.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "DIY Picking apart an old tower"

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

It might be easier to just get an external USB optical drive for your laptop.

If it's a really old optical drive, you'd need an IDE adapter and a 4-pin molex power source. For a more recent one, you'd need equipment for SATA, instead of IDE.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Staff Activity?"

  • 3 months ago
  • 5 points

They've been working really hard to prepare for the big [deleted by staff] release.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Cases And Fans With Radiator!?"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, push-pull configurations are possible with the x62. Make sure your case has sufficient clearance if this is something you really want to do.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Crazy storage system!"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

SSD’s, HDD’s, backups, backups for my backups. anything is an option.

It looks like you have 1x 960GB SSD and 1x 4TB HDD. Do you have plans for additional drives? (There's limits to practical backups with this configuration.)

Unless uptime is an immediate concern, I wouldn't bother with more than one "live" backup on the same system. Regardless, you'll want at least one actual independent backup (either cold, or perhaps on a separate system) to offer more protection from user-error and ransomware, for example.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Charging your mobile phone"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

True, but they're generally not practical for everyday-carry spare batteries.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Charging your mobile phone"

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I try to shut it off entirely when charging, and generally charge it to 70-80% unless I know I'll be out for a while.

It's not healthy for the batteries to be overcharged, but this is not the main issue with currently-available technologies. Leaving a phone idle (for your alarm, perhaps) as it saps power from the battery and constantly recharges itself isn't amazing for the battery, especially if you're doing it every night for the phone's lifetime.

Whether or not it's important is up to you. I put a lot of thought into battery health since I strongly preferred phones with simple user-serviceable batteries, so I could just carry a spare around. However, good offerings of the sort are no longer as common as they used to be, so I have to plan on replacing my device should the battery falter. I also like to make my devices last as long as possible. If you replace your device frequently, the drop in the battery's capacity will generally not be that significant over its service life.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Option to eject SSD in taskbar"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

If it's an internal SATA SSD, you either need to shut the system down first, or look into hot-swap with your SATA drive, not the Windows prompt for ejection of external devices.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Tips for huge games on data limited ISP?"

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

If you have Steam on a capable laptop, you could also download those games at your local university or library. (They generally offer superior bandwidth, too, at least over wired connections.) Then you can go home and transfer them over LAN.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "No Laws!"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Pow her! Un lim it Ed pow her!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Whats your Dream PC"

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Absurd, physically impossible, internally inconsistent things. Like a dual-screen 24" 1080p monitor setup in a 12" ultra-thin & light (<1 pound) laptop, only the monitors are tilt, swivel, and height-adjustable (not forced to be barely just above the level of the keyboard, which isn't great for posture).

Socketable desktop-standard CPU, 4x slots for full-size DIMMs, a PCIe x16 slot for a desktop graphics card over 320mm long, and a high-quality 4TB SSD. Essentially, just have this be able to accept motherboards from mini-ITX to ATX and perhaps some E-ATX boards. Also, regardless of the selected parts, this thing would be passively-cooled without any component exceeding a core temp of 40°C under sustained load.

Battery life would be on the order of years, when pegged.

I'd also throw in hot-swap 3.5" and 2.5" drive bays for those times I'd like to hook up a SATA drive without an adapter.

Ports: All those (remaining) display outputs on the graphics card. 1x combined mic/headphone jack with an integrated adapter for separate versions. 2 ethernet ports, 8 USB ports, 2 USB-C (always of the current spec). Throw in a firewire port and eSATA port for the heck of it.

The keyboard would be near-silent. The touchpad would physically disappear after plugging in a USB mouse.

Wireless adapter has near-unlimited effective range and speed, independent of the source router's capabilities.

Theft Prevention: It is impossible to steal from me. Not going to bother to explain the mechanics; this is just the requirement.

Durability: Impossible to break by accident or with malicious intent.

It's not happening, but this is what I want.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "No Laws!"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It's treason, then.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need Help: 5 displays on one Sapphire RX 570 vid card - new build"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

DVI-I support is uncommon on recent graphics cards, as you seem to have figured out, so those passive VGA adapters won't work with that card.

For something like this, you can use passive adapter cables from DVI-D to HDMI and DVI-D to Displayport. Don't use active adapters unless you need to, so if all the monitors support DVI-D, try to use that on the monitor side.

Does one have to "crossfire" to make this happen? I am use to Nvidia vid cards and not familiar with the AMD stuff.

No. You would not need to use crossfire with two graphics cards for this purpose.

However, I would suggest getting at least one new monitor rather than investing in more tech in order to get your 17" monitors to work in the configuration you want. Considering you're willing to entertain the possibility of getting another graphics card, getting a decent 1080p 24" (or better) monitor isn't unfeasible, and could easily be worth it.

I still use 2x Dell 19" 1280x1024 monitors that are about a decade old, but going up to 5 with all of those adapters complicates the system more than you really need to for a good user experience.

Additionally, I've already had problems with old capacitors failing in both. (I've replaced 6 in total.) The good thing about these monitors is that they're more user-serviceable than current monitors, assuming you know your way around a soldering iron. On the other hand, bad capacitors aren't an uncommon issue with earlier LCD monitors, and having more monitors gives rise to more potential points of failure.

2) After having 3 mons plugged, whenever I go to plug in the 2nd HDMI adpater for a 4th monitor (just the adapter, not even the monitor hooked into it), the PC screens go black and the computer just sits there. I disconnect it and have to reboot the PC.

Does this issue occur with either HDMI port, or is it exclusive to one? How are the first 3 monitors connected? What kind of adapters are you using?

Are you using a current graphics driver?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Filter cases by number of included fans and supported fans"

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

It would also help if the number of supported fans was a separate stat.

Perhaps it'll happen eventually, but fan configurations are quite a nightmare. Many cases can take 140mm and/or 120mm fans (among other sizes), perhaps in different positions.

For example, the Corsair 400Q can take 2x 140mm or 3x 120mm fans at the front, or 1x140mm and 2x 120mm...

There's simply too many combinations for all of the cases out there. Similar issues with interchangeable 2.5" and 3.5" drive bays seem to have worked out okay, but doing the same for fans is quite ambitious.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "No Laws!"

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice try, FBI.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "When and what do I backup on a hard drive?"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Basically what exactly do I want to back up on a drive?

As is often the case, it depends. What data is important to you? How painless would you want the recovery process to be, should something happen? How much are you willing to invest in creating your backups?

Also do you guys recommend weekly backings, or daily....monthly?

Backup frequency depends on how much you're typically willing to risk. Naturally, any revisions made between updates to your backups are at much greater risk of loss than data that's been backed up properly.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Only 4GB out of 8GB of RAM available"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I've run into a related issue on a couple of Asus boards before:

System Agent settings for the iGPU are disabled if a graphics card is installed. If you wish to manage settings for the iGPU, you may need to remove the dedicated graphics card in order to access those options.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Please drop down some SFF Itx cases- w/ good airflow (need all your suggestions)"

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

The Kolink Satellite Plus, if configured properly, offers decent cooling potential. It has plenty of clearance for a CPU air cooler, and ventilation room for a thick graphics card.

Fractal Design's Core 500 is larger, but offers better support for liquid cooling.

Some "shoebox-style" designs, like Silverstone's SG13 or Cooler Master's Elite 130, place the PSU directly above the motherboard in a way that restricts clearance for CPU coolers. This isn't necessarily bad, depending on what you're doing, but it's something to keep in mind.

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