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    Refurbished name brand SFF PC as starter?

    Well, if you mean that I can only fit in Dell Optiplex motherboard, it is still way too restrictive. Besides, just about all of them sold are used. The Ryzen option is interesting but way too expensive.
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    Refurbished name brand SFF PC as starter?

    A case that cannot fit a standard mATX or even mITX board is pretty useless to me. When the motherboard on my HP Slimline failed, I was able to throw in an mITX board and reuse it. If I can't reuse the case, it would be a big turn off for me.
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    Refurbished name brand SFF PC as starter?

    Wow, this sucks. That means I can't upgrade the motherboard easily? I have to account for this if I take that route.
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    Refurbished name brand SFF PC as starter?

    Thanks guys. I am thinking of 2 routes right now. Either a Dell Optiplex SFF with *lake (most likely Skylake) processor. This costs ~$200 and it comes HDD/8GB RAM/DVD and CPU with passmark ~5-6K. Or gut my motherboard and replace it with a AM4 paired with an Ryzen APU. For some reasons, the...
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    Refurbished name brand SFF PC as starter?

    I own 2 HP Slimline PCs as I like its form factor. Over the years, I have done various upgrades. From adding RAM and SSD to replacing its entire motherboard. Lately, one of the Slimline using original motherboard seems to be acting up. It could be because my repeat failed attempt to upgrade its...
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    Loud CPU fan on HTPC

    FWIW, I bought the Silenx Pro and it also fits well. Reusing the same screws and the fan noise from old fan is now gone for good.
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    Loud CPU fan on HTPC

    Sorry for taking so long to get back to you. I really appreciate your help. I wonder if there are alternatives too? Is it as long as they are 3/4-pins 40x40x10mm fan, it will be okay? Like these...
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    Loud CPU fan on HTPC

    Sorry to bring up this old thread. I have the same Asrock E350-M1 and the old fan is making very loud noise. If I buy the Noctua fan, is it going to be a direct replacement? If I remove the screws on the old fan, it will just come off? Should I reuse the old screws for new fan? Does the new...
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    Any use for UDIMM DDR3 ECC RAM?

    FWIW, I installed my 2x8GB ECC memory on my old AMD E350 board and it came up right away. No surprises. It seems kind of wasteful for such a low end CPU but it is the only board I have that can take advantage of the pulls.
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    Any use for UDIMM DDR3 ECC RAM?

    Do you think an AMD E350 APU can make use of them? Here is the motherboard: https://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/E350M1/ I heard that many motherboard can use ECC RAM even though it says it supports only non-ECC. I don't really need the ECC, just want to use the RAM. It seems my 2 older Intel PCs I...
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    Any use for UDIMM DDR3 ECC RAM?

    I have pulled some memory sticks from a PC in the trash. The RAM is M391B1G73BH0-CH9 8GB/stick is a respectable size even today. I figured that this RAM seems to be used in server. Are there any mATX or smaller motherboard / CPU that can make use of them? This is for a general purpose build...
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    The highly rated HP Pavilion Slimline PC thread

    At this point, there is no reason to invest in a 775 motherboard. Something from the last 3 years would make more sense. I also have the s3000 slimline. The motherboard failed but the case is still good. The key to reuse is finding the adapter to convert the mini power to standard 20/24 pin...
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    The highly rated HP Pavilion Slimline PC thread

    Spent $60 so far. Years ago, I had very good experience upgrading CPU on my other 775 motherboard. It was a relatively painless upgrade and it breaths new life on old hardware. I thought this Slimline with more RAM (12GB) and SSD would be perfect for upgrade. You should not discount the benefit...
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    The highly rated HP Pavilion Slimline PC thread

    So I still haven't given up. I tried a Q9300. And... it has the same exact behavior! I am at loss. How can the model that officially specifically listed to support Q9300, not POST with a Q9300? (edit: found someone with a similar experience...
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    The highly rated HP Pavilion Slimline PC thread

    This sucks. I bought a Q9550 and tried it. Once again, it is not booting. My board says IPIEL-LA3 but it is Rev 1.01 instead of Rev 1.02. I am out of ideas. My current BIOS is 5.05. Does anyone know where to find the latest BIOS? HP's site isn't giving me any help. Looks like they completely...
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    The highly rated HP Pavilion Slimline PC thread

    I am already using SSD in my Slimline and upgraded RAM. I am using onboard graphics so far as I don't want to put too much load on my PC. I want to upgrade CPU because it seems everyday browsing appears to be slowing down (most noticeable being Amazon.com). I have previously upgraded a similar...
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    The highly rated HP Pavilion Slimline PC thread

    Folks, I need some advice on CPU upgrade. I have the s5150t: https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01793056 using the Pegatron IPIEL-LA3 / Eureka3-GL8 motherboard. Currently running a E5300 Dual Core CPU. I thought of upgrading to Quad Core. Without enough research, I bought a modified Xeon...
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