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    Are heatsinks necessary for NVME SSDs?

    I have a Crucial CT500P1SSD8 500GB NVME drive as my main disk on a Gigabyte H170M-D3H motherboard and it currently has no heatsink on it (and has never had one since I bought it). Recently had some problems with my system and the computer repair guy said my 250GB Samsung SSD had died (many years...
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    What GPU should I upgrade to?

    Ended up buing an MSI 1660 Super Aero ITX card on sale (cheapest price on that card and cheaper than any other 1660 card I can find looking at Australian shops). Other than the fact that it might be louder due to the small-form-factor, did I buy a good card? Or did the salesman at the store sell...
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    What GPU should I upgrade to?

    System specs: Core i5-6500 16GB of DDR4 RAM Gigabyte H170M-D3H-CF motherboard GeForce GTX 750 1GB GDDR5 GPU Asus VC239 23" 1080p monitor ThermalTake LitePower 650W LTP-0650P-2 PSU Windows 7 (with a Windows 10 upgrade to happen soon) I have no interest at this point in VR, higher resolutions or...
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    Best hardware diagnostic tools?

    Well after the thermal compound was replaced, the dust cleaned out and a new power supply installed, my PC is running smoothly again. Haven't had a single system failure or BSOD or anything even though I have been playing The LEGO Movie 2 all day. My guess is that the dried out dead thermal...
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    Best hardware diagnostic tools?

    After taking it to the local repair shop they replaced the dead dried out thermal compound, cleaned dust out of the PC and told me the power supply was on the way out. Just installed a new (and better) power supply and lets see if my system is stable again.
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    Best hardware diagnostic tools?

    I ran furmark (current version) last night and it didn't cause the instability, none of the test I ran did. But playing the same game again just caused a BSOD (that said "A clock interrupt was not received on a secondary processor within the allocated time interval" which I have never heard of)...
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    Best hardware diagnostic tools?

    I have been having some instability as of late with the system sometimes just randomly freezing. I just installed The LEGO Movie 2 the Video Game and that just did it again. Are there any diagnostic or stress test tools I can use to help narrow down what might be going on (e.g. is the GPU at...
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    Best budget SSD option to buy

    I already bought the Crucial and its working great :)
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    Best budget SSD option to buy

    Went to umart today and the guy suggested I buy this https://www.umart.com.au/Crucial-P1-500GB-3D-NAND-NVMe-PCIe-M-2-SSD_49097G.html He said that it was the best choice due to the deep discount being offered on the drive at that point. I realized that an NVME SSD would actually be of benefit to...
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    Best budget SSD option to buy

    I am in Australia and my budget is maybe around the $100 mark.
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    Best budget SSD option to buy

    I am looking for a 500GB drive or thereabouts and price is the biggest factor for me rather than speed. I want inexpensive but I dont want crappy quality (hence the question about the WD options)
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    Best budget SSD option to buy

    Right now I have a 250GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD as my main drive, a 500GB WD spinning drive and a 250GB external Maxtor. All 3 drives are running low on disk space. I could probably free up a fair bit on the 500GB WD and the 250GB external Maxtor if I really wanted to but both disks are fairly slow...
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    What RAM upgrade should I buy?

    So mixing and matching sets (different speeds, different vendors, different chips etc) isn't going to make a difference to my system with the motherboard I have?
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    What RAM upgrade should I buy?

    My current system specs are: Intel Core i5 6500 @ 3.20GHz Gigabyte H170M-D3H-CF DDR4 motherboard 2x4GB Kingston HyperX sticks KHX2400C15D4/4G (from memory I bought the 2400 speed even though my motherboard can only do 2133 speed because the store was out of the 2133 speed) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750...
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    Recommend me a motherboard

    I am in the process of planning for an upgrade and need advice on what motherboard to get. The CPU I have decided to get is a Core i5 6500. Going to get 8GB of DDR4 as well. Keeping my Gainward NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750, 250GB Samsung SSD 840 EVO, 500GB internal SATA HDD and SATA DVD burner...
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