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    I have an older laptop, first gen i3. Battery was replaced several months ago with an aftermarket battery which has been in use for about 4 months. Charger is an OEM HP unit and I have also tried another OEM HP charger to test whether or not the...
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    trent51 replied to the thread How to install fans in PC case.
    One thing to keep in mind is that with multiple radiators in a case there is some built in inefficiency. There's really no way around the fact that in order to get air flow through the case, some of the radiators will need to be exhausting warmed...
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    trent51 replied to the thread PSU wattage rating.
    -12x.95 equals -11.4. Your 12v reading exceeds the 5% spec variance always quoted as the standard. 3.3x.95 equals 3.135 volts. Your PSU is putting out 2.7 volts. Your PSU is significantly out of spec. I certainly would not use it on a system you...
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    trent51 replied to the thread OCZ SSDs - Why are they so bad?.
    Toshiba bought OCZ out in 2013 and retained the OCZ brand name. Not sure how well they are doing but personally, I don't here of anyone on enthusiast forums using their SSD products. Looks like Toshiba also markets SSDs under their own brand...
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    I would also check with the manufacturer and see if there is a firmware update for the dock. If so, that may correct the issue with Windows 10. Also, have you tried it on a USB 2.0 port? Sometimes you can buy stuff that is advertised as "USB...
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    trent51 replied to the thread NTFS drive turned to RAW.
    Yes, it sounds like that USB 3.0 port is giving up the ghost. I would tape that one off and not use it.
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    trent51 replied to the thread 2TB SSD from WD or Samsung.
    You can't go wrong with either drive. Both are excellent products with reputable brand names behind them. Any performance difference will not be noticeable in real world computing. If the warranties are the same, go with the less expensive one...
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    First, do you have a budget? The Samsing Evo series (both SATA and NVME) is very popular, has a long warranty (5years v. 3 years for cheaper products) and consistently out performs most other brands in benchmarks. Having said that, I would also...
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    trent51 replied to the thread Optane M10 64 GB memory.
    I would use optane only if my system drive needed to be larger than 2TB in order to hold all my programs and data. Otherwise, an SSD will have the advantage of somewhat better performance and simplicity.
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    trent51 replied to the thread RX 5500 Desktop GPU?.
    From a processing power standpoint he 5500XT is pretty much the equivalent of the Rx580 which can be had for a modest outlay.
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    trent51 replied to the thread Keep my PSUs or toss them?.
    Agree with tool_462.. I always keep an assortment of build components around for troubleshooting.
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    I think all the major PSU companies these days turn out products that fit within multiple quality categories and use different manufacturers for different product lines which is subject to change at any time. So it may not be wise to rely on any...
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    trent51 replied to the thread PSU wattage rating.
    Budget PSU wattage ratings are usually based on peak power output (i.e., what it can handle in short bursts) whereas quality PSU wattage ratings are based on sustained load power output.
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    There seems to be more reports of compatibility issues with Corsair on the Ryzen platform than other brands. GSkill is the best bet.
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    Liquid Metal TIM is very risky when used on the outside of the CPU IHS. It tends to flake off and sprinkle itself all over the motherboard when you try to remove the cooler.
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    Arctic MX4 has an excellent price to performance ratio. I usually get one of the larger tubes for even more economy.
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    The thing about all these vulnerability discoveries is they seem to only pose a realistic threat to server farms and corporations. Yet, the patches are applied to everyone, including end users at home, such that everyone's performance is degraded.
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    Reminds me of the days of canned laughter sitcoms. Personally, I don't mind no crowd noise, real or canned because then my wife won't need to repeatedly tell me to turn the noise down on the TV.
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    trent51 replied to the thread cpu and motherboard please help.
    I tend to agree with kirbyrj. But theoretically it may not be so easy to answer a question like yours. The reason is it depends on the intended use for the computer. Some CPUs will be be stronger when running games but not as strong as another...
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