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    ASROCK RMA warratnty service experience?

    Not ASRock, but unless MSI has miraculously changed their RMA process be prepared for 30-90 days with multiple phone calls before getting a replacement or a check. Their motherboard RMA department is basically shit that's only purpose is to drive less determined people to give up their claim...
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    Perpetual Free Steam Codes Thread

    Edit: I'll take DD Shieldbreaker DLC. PM Key activated, thanks ChoGGi
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    Time to retire my 3770k - Intel or AMD?

    Is there a certain 3800x combo at Micro Center? I don't have a Micro Center so I'm looking at Amazon/Newegg prices. Before you pull the trigger there, watch this: Steve Burke says go for the 3700x over the 3800x, and I agree with him. For $70 more, the 3800x offers 100 Mhz more boost which is...
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    Time to retire my 3770k - Intel or AMD?

    If you're spending over $500 on upgrades, get yourself a new PSU with a decent warranty. Assuming the Seasonic M12II was purchased at the same time as your 3770K, it's over 5 years old. Don't cheap out on the PSU. Personally, I'd go with AMD. The performance/dollar is fantastic, so unless you...
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    New build: Ryzen 5 3600/3600X, Ryzen 7 3700X/3800X or Ryzen 9 3900X or 3950X?

    Depends on the monitor. For 144Hz, the 3700. For 60Hz, the 3600. Based on your light requirements I don't really see the need to spend for more unless you just want big dick energy
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    Gaming laptop help (rethinking purchase)

    One last thought: lots of people these days are building *Mini PCs* around ~10L volume for the purpose of traveling. I'm not trying to dissuade you from the laptop idea, but you should at least give some thought to the idea of building a small Mini PC that can be easily carried under the arm or...
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    Gaming laptop help (rethinking purchase)

    I thought you meant you had a GTX 1050 laptop - the laptop and desktop 1050 are the same chip, hence my confusion. I see what you mean. So you're on a 1050 desktop? Wow, that's bottom tier graphics for a PC enthusiast. The 1050 retains it's value, because it's a 75W card that doesn't require a...
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    Gaming laptop help (rethinking purchase)

    There's nothing inherently wrong with the HP Omen. It's just one of those laptops that is cheaper because the build quality overall is lower, for example the trackpad feels cheap and the keyboard isn't very nice. Also the hinges, palmrest, and fans are all lower quality. But if you plug in...
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    MSI RMA Service - negative experience

    I can empathize with you. I sent my Z270 motherboard to Gigabyte for an RMA. It had a single broken transistor on the bottom that caused it to not POST. I assumed such a minor repair would be easy for a company which manufactures motherboards like Gigabyte. I mailed the motherboard on December...
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    What are you nerds playing this weekend?

    I wish I could reach a place where I could enjoy those games from my childhood. Everytime I try playing a JRPG from the 16 bit era, something in my adult brain tells me "No". :( Have fun!
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    Can anybody get me up to speed on the state of the CPU game right now?

    No worries, I got you. It's called AM4. For a PC enthusiast such as you, there's 2 AM4 chipsets you need to know: B series and X series. B series are for gamers/performance. X series is for overclocking the CPU and Xfire. Unless you plan on heavy overclocking, then B series is enough. B350 was...
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    Can anybody get me up to speed on the state of the CPU game right now?

    The game has changed, once Intel was completely dominant but AMD is roaring back ever since they released Zen. In a nutshell: AMD best value and bang for the buck. Intel best peak IPC and platform. 1) No. 2) Now is a good time. RAM is cheap, SSD costs have come down, CPU sockets have great...
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    Asrock B450M PRO4 boot loop

    That'd be my first guess. What's the RAM make/model? He doesn't list it. These Ryzen boards can be picky with RAM.
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    6700k wont go over 4.4Ghz?!

    That's just barely below normal. Most of the Skylake chips max out at 4.5GHz-4.6Ghz.
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    Building a new rig, looking for suggestions

    I think you're right. If budget allows, then the 3600 should be chosen over the 2600. However if the user is on a budget, the 2600 is by no means a bad choice. It's only 10% slower at 1080p on average, but a cost savings of $60.
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    Which of these motherboard should i buy?

    They are essentially the same motherboard, down to the number of internal I/O connectors and external ports. The B450 is just a newer revision. Spec Comparison Some would say the X370 has better/more VRMs, but looking at the photos the B450 has 7 VRMs, and the X370 only has 6. Both are from...
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    Building a new rig, looking for suggestions

    Yes, the 2700 is pretty much the same CPU as the 2600 except with 2 extra cores for $15 more with this deal and the promo code. How much of a bump are we talking though? It might be the better CPU but it's $60 more, if the performance bump is only 12-18% greater the 2600 is clearly the best...
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    HOT! Ryzen 7 2700 8 Core Processor $135 @ Newegg

    Says Blitz deal subscribers only. I don't know if that's paid or free to subscribe, but this is a hot deal. Normally sells for $180, but it's discounted to $150. If you use code EMCDEGD22 at checkout, you save an additional $15. Link...
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    Building a new rig, looking for suggestions

    There is a Newegg promotion going on right now. Ryzen 7 2700 Processor with 8 Cores for just $135 with code EMCDGED22. This is a killer deal, you get 2 extra CPU cores for $15 extra. I'd jump all over that.
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    Building a new rig, looking for suggestions

    Actually very good for not having built a system in over a decade (y). All the parts you selected are compatible and would work fine. But you can actually do a lot better for yourself performance wise and costing less. First, the Ryzen 5 2600 comes with a Wraith Stealth cooler, so purchasing an...
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    Warcraft 3 Reforged

    I'll probably upload the install folder to the cloud. It's what, 1 or 2 GB?
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    Which of these motherboard should i buy?

    The problem is those motherboards may need a BIOS update to boot a Ryzen 3000 series CPU. For OOTB compatibility with Ryzen 3000 it should be X570, B450 Plus or Max, or have the "Ryzen 3000 Ready" sticker. The AX370 appears to be Ryzen 3000 Ready, but I don't see the B450 Ready sticker.
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    Warcraft 3 Reforged

    I'm not going to use Battlenet just for one game. I just ordered Warcraft III Reign of Chaos and Frozen Throne on eBay so I can have a permanent Battlnet-less version. The original is good enough for me. I'm also going to purchase Warcraft I and II on GoG.
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    New Build, Ryzen + nVidia SFF

    While I don't have that exact setup myself, this person on Reddit built a 9900K, 2080 system in the Ncase M1. His GPU temps were around 73-74 while gaming. Assuming you choose a 2080 Super with a quality cooler, the temps would only be 5-6° hotter, so maybe 79-80°C tops. That's about the same...
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    Dead Motherboard? Or something else?

    It's either the PSU or the motherboard. First thing you do is make sure your PSU 24-pin and 4/8-pin connectors are fully inserted until the latch clicks. Flip the PSU rocker switch to "|" for on. Your motherboard should have a standby LED for the 5V rail. Can you check and see if the standby...
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    Micro ATX case suggestions wanted

    You're right. The "C" is significant, but I thought it was the same case with or without. My mistake. The Define Mini C is for sale ($75), as well as the new Meshify line.
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    Micro ATX case suggestions wanted

    Fractal Design Define Mini is still for sale and in stock at Newegg. The Meshify C is the new version, and sells at the same price. https://pcpartpicker.com/products/case/#m=106&t=7,6&X=6776,11817
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    Need build help for friend

    Ryzen 5 1600-AF/GTX 1650 Super would do him just fine. 6 core/12 thread CPU. PUBG will run at 1080p 60FPS with most settings on high. PCPartPicker Part List CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor ($85.00) Motherboard: ASRock B450M/AC Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($88.98 @ Newegg)...
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    A moment of silence, please...

    Hey OP had a better idea, you said there's possible shorting with the standoffs and whatnot. A more permanent solution is use nail polish to cover the PCB that contacts the standoffs, it functions as a low grade conformal coating. If it were me I'd go so far as to clean the entire motherboard...
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    A moment of silence, please...

    Bake it. Might reflow a solder joint with micro cracks. Probably not, but since it's dead no harm in trying :LOL:
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    Building New Rig. Comments, Suggestions, Philosophy, Opinion, and Theoretical, all Welcomed!!

    That's a mini ITX case and won't be compatible with an ATX motherboard. This is a full-sized ATX system build. It comes to $419 total. PCPartPicker Part List CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($114.99 @ Amazon) Motherboard: MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($104.99...
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    Building New Rig. Comments, Suggestions, Philosophy, Opinion, and Theoretical, all Welcomed!!

    I wasn't able to find that Cooler Master case you mentioned. Do you know if it's available for sale in the USA? Here is a basic $400 build with the popular Thermaltake Core V1 cube case. Based on the usage you described, it doesn't seem you would need extra PCIe slots of an ATX motherboard and...
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    Building New Rig. Comments, Suggestions, Philosophy, Opinion, and Theoretical, all Welcomed!!

    This comment is just focused on the case. But if you are going to flip it, I wouldn't want to have that glass on top. You drop something on it and it could break. I'd get a different material if that's the plan
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    My Experience with FreeSync vs. G-Sync

    Yeah thanks, I'm looking at either a GTX 1070 or a Vega 56 to match my i7-6700K and the goal is 100 FPS average in 1080p. I'm not set on team green or red, whichever offers the best performance per dollar I will go with. The budget for a monitor is $140 - I'm not trying to spend a lot on a...
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    My Experience with FreeSync vs. G-Sync

    I'm looking at picking up a 120hz monitor this year, and after reading through this thread, my conclusion is I'll go with FreeSync. So many complaints about GSync, it's a hassle to use, need 3rd party software, and it's more expensive? No thank you.
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    Darkest Dungeon: Turn-based Gothic rogue-like dungeon crawler

    I have been trying to get a copy of this from the Humble Bundle pack. If you have a spare key and would like to trade for one of my keys, PM me
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    GPU Cooler Compatibility

    Any Accelero cooler you buy is going to cost $40 or more, be a PITA to install, will look not as good as OEM and will decrease the resale value. Your best option is to take the money for the Accelero and offer that money plus your card in trade for a 2070 with AIB cooler. You can find someone...
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    Shooters with tons of NPC interaction

    Far Cry series.
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    Case recommendations - basic, good airflow

    Perfect choice! You're going to be very pleased with the S2. Just FYI, the S2 tempered glass comes in 2 flavors, clear and dark. If you really want to see the RGB fully make sure to order the clear version.
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    Case recommendations - basic, good airflow

    Also, how old is your PSU? I know it's tempting to reuse it, but if your PSU is as old as the 2700K or older than 5 years, you really don't want to be putting a 1080 Ti and brand new 3900x on it's back. If you're not planning to overclock, you can save $50 or more by using a B450 board.
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