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    $23 - Tyan Thunder K8SD Pro Dual AMD Opteron Server Motherboard

    I have something like that laying around in my basement, though mine has dual PCI-e 16x, 3 PCI-X and a 32-bit PCI. Tyan something, I'd have to check. Got a couple socket 940 Opteron 275s on it and 4GB ram on it. It's like 15 years old or so and still worked when I took it out of the case last...
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    For the purpose of insurance claim, does a PC game has depreciate value?

    Actually they're not. You're getting money if you win. Anything other than money is an "extraordinary remedy" in the courts. If money is good enough, you get money. In the case of destruction of property money is pretty much always good enough, at least as far as the courts are concerned...
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    Open back wireless headphones for gaming

    I've been looking, but it seems like they're mostly closed back. Open is kind of a must. I don't want mom killing dad. Ok, that won't actually happen, but when mom screams "Dave!" dad needs to be able to hear it or marital angst will result. Plus they live in a single family house and when...
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    Staples Mesh office chair

    IMHO the big difference between higher end office chairs and stuff like that $200 chair you linked is durability. Back in the day I had a series of cheaper chairs. They'd last a couple years, then I'd toss them. No comfort complaints, they just broke. The last one I bought was more like...
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    How much RAM you got?

    I stalled out at 64GB. Can't go backwards to save a couple hundred bucks, but I haven't needed more. I was mucking around with some programming stuff on a 32GB machine back in early 2014 and ran out of ram, so I grabbed a second 4x8GB kit for my X79 machine. I'm still at 64GB. There's a good...
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    Open back wireless headphones for gaming

    I'm looking for a pair of headphones for my dad for Christmas. Yep, he plays computer games at 68. Not the twitchy fast paced stuff but last time he mentioned a game he was playing Skyrim again. At any rate he likes the idea of a pair of wireless headphones just to get rid of the wire. The...
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    RTX 4xxx / RX 7xxx speculation

    I tend to agree with you on AMD likely having the top card in the next batch. 500W+ also seems likely. The catch is it'll probably be multiple chiplets, so more like a ThreadRipper or EPYC than a desktop Ryzen with up to two chiplets. Bye bye CrossFire, hello chiplets and mega GPUs. The...
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    Some games hard-crash my box but simultaneous Furmark & Prime95 torture tests don't... I'm going nuts

    Welcome to the club. First I wanted a 3080. Then I wanted a 3080 or 6800XT. Then I wanted a 3080, 6800XT or 6900XT. I bought a 3090 last December (2020) because I managed to get it into my cart and check out. At any rate a 700W PSU is a bit light for a 3080Ti or 3090. Thankfully I picked...
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    Solid State Drives Too Damn Small

    I was just thinking something like that then I got to your post. :) I can deal, but those tiny screws are annoying. The only defense I can come up with for them is M.2 was originally a laptop thing AFAIK, and started out as an SATA interface so it wasn't any faster than a 2.5". So they went...
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    Nvidia GTX660 broke Alienware Aurora R12 motherboard

    I can't see any reason why a GTX 660 shouldn't work in an Alienware with a 10th gen Intel proc in it. Same PCI-e version, and the 600 series wasn't that greedy for power. A GTX 660 is 130W according to Wikipedia. That's pretty close to a GTX 1660 Super (120-125W) and less than an RTX 3060...
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    AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution

    You mean you get FSR if you turn on GPU scaling in the control panel? That would be good for games that don't have scaling built in, which is most of them. I'd want DLSS as an option on NV RTX cards though. No need to pick one, just add it to the settings in the control panel & let me set it...
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    RTX 4xxx / RX 7xxx speculation

    Only if you're too young. The 4600/4400/4200 cards from ~2002 are legendary. But yeah, you might not be able to buy NV's next "4" card.
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    What new display type are you looking for in 2021?

    That's kind of what I want, but I don't want to give up real estate. In other words I'd like a 43" or so 8k screen to replace my 43" 4k screen. That would have a pixel density equivalent to a 21.5" 4k screen. I don't see this happening in 2021 or 2022, but someday...
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    When will Video Card prices come down lower?

    I expect top end GPU prices to stay high or even go up. SLI and X-Fire are dead, and chiplets are coming. At some point the chip shortage will end and prices for less powerful cards will return to sanity, but the top end stuff will be more like buying a top end Threadripper or some sort of...
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    Which Alder Lake for primarily gaming?

    That's the big "if". It's an academic question for me though. I just built a new machine last year and have no performance complaints, so I'm not likely to spend money on a CPU upgrade. I'm in my 40s and don't really get "the itch" anymore. Or maybe I'd just rather spend $ upgrading my house...
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    Did I get Sold a Broken 2080 Ti?

    Scores look like they're in the ballpark, so I think the card is ok. There are a ton of things that can affect performance. Two you could try are turning off hyperthreading (the i7-9700k beat the i9-9900k on one of the benchmarks the OP posted... both are 8 cores and only the i9 has...
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    HP service manual says RAM non upgradeable

    In this sort of situation I'd usually start by checking crucial.com and kingston.com. In my experience if they say it'll work it'll work. If it doesn't they say you can return it if you buy direct. Never needed to do that, so I'll just have to take their word for it.
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    Which Alder Lake for primarily gaming?

    Yep. I'm thinking the i5 may be more attractive vs. the i7 compared to the last couple generations. There are a few games that benefit from a couple more cores than you get with a 10th or 11th gen i5 or Ryzen 5. The catch is games aren't all "hot" threads, and if the scheduler does what it's...
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    Should I step up or not? 3070 FHR to 3080 LHR

    Better than my little brother. At least yours is still around. Be glad about that. Mine killed himself in 2004. He was involved in an accident and ended up in the hospital for a couple weeks with a brain injury. He was never right after that. He didn't turn into an evil psycho bastard, but...
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    X79 Motherboard Dead?

    X79? If you want a spare CPU to test with I have an i7-3820 laying around. It's the slowest CPU you can put on an X79 board aside from some low end Xeons. In other words it's not worth enough to get me to bother selling it. I swapped it out for an 8 core Xeon from eBay. Worked when I pulled...
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    best connection for 4k monitor

    Good point. Gotta check your monitor specs. I've seen 4k screens that only had HDMI 1.4 ports on them and could only do 30Hz over HDMI, though apparently there is a low color quality mode allowing higher refresh. Maybe the monitors didn't support it. Then if you plug a GTX 600 series from...
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    best connection for 4k monitor

    There are a few situations where HDMI would actually be better. AMD 6000 and NV 3000 series cards added support for HDMI 2.1, which has a higher bitrate than DP 1.4a. There is a DP 2.0 spec, but I'm not aware of any cards that implement it. The latest and greatest from NV and AMD are DP 1.4a...
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    Need help, which pre-built should I buy?

    If you're buying a pre-built adding ram & storage yourself is usually the way to go. They love to rip you off on those. Once in a while you'll run across a pre-configured machine that has what you want for a decent price, but most of the time it's pay too much unless you like not enough ram...
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    Is a Dell 1100W Server 12V Power Supply Useful for anything else?

    You have to watch what you're buying with 40mm fans. There are "chipset" fans that are really quiet and other not too loud models, but a lot of the cheap and easy to get ones are basically server fans... screaming 3-pin 40mm high rpm Delta.
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    What Is Your Personal Favorite Video Card of All Time?

    That's kind of my thinking, though there's also a "didn't piss me off" element involved. My favorite is probably the Matrox Millennium G400 32MB card I bought a couple decades ago. So much faster, and it didn't need that stinking pass-through the Voodoo 2 card I had needed. I really didn't...
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    Is a Dell 1100W Server 12V Power Supply Useful for anything else?

    Just one comment on those -- 40mm server fan. Probably loud as hell. Also good chance you can get rid of it in favor of something larger and quieter if you ditch the cover and put it in a larger box to make an RC vehicle battery charger, etc. Just something to think about when coming up with...
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    Do you even want to buy a CPU right now?

    I wouldn't mind getting my hands on one either but I don't want to buy it. A Ryzen would be ok too, but the CPU I want is the one that comes with a new work-issued laptop and not a lot of business models use the Ryzen chips, especially the "H" and "HX" versions. For my personal stuff I have no...
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    More DLSS...

    Personally I'm hoping scaling will get incorporated into APIs and GPU vendors will handle the implementation in their drivers and hardware. So a game just turns scaling on in DirectX, Vulcan, etc. and the vid card driver does the rest. If NV wants to do DLSS you get DLSS. AMD can do FSR or...
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    Holy moly I actually bought a 3060 ti today!

    Congrats! Welcome to the most randomly difficult club to get into in recent memory. (The got a current gen vid card without getting ripped off too badly club... I'm assuming EVGA didn't hurt you too much) I think you made the right choice going ahead and pulling the trigger. There's not a...
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    New build for gaming $1200-$1500

    Civ 6 doesn't need much for graphics, but does like CPU. Most of the time it's not real CPU heavy, but when you click the end turn button and the AI players make their moves it can use a lot more CPU than most games. It'll still work on an old dual core though. It'll just take longer. Looks...
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    AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution

    You mean raytracing stuff? That'll change. NV jumped first on raytracing and got a bit ahead. It won't last. It never does. AMD will catch up. I do think NV and AMD are onto something with DLSS and FSR though, and I hope they'll turn into a standard API feature going forward. In other...
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    Backward compatibility for x8 cards in x4 PCIE slot? W480/Z490/Z590

    Supermicro has a couple Z490 boards with a PLX on them that'll do 8/8/8/8. They also come with a Marvel 10gig NIC integrated. https://www.supermicro.com/en/products/motherboards/desktop-gaming-boards
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    Smell of heat

    Heatsink paste. Probably not it though. You'd get crashes if a chip was roasting, plus you can check the CPU & GPU temps and they're just fine at around 60C. IIRC you've had this machine a while. Have you cleaned it lately? If not get some canned air and give it a good proper cleaning. The...
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    Games are lagging with new setup, please help :(

    I agree! I think you'll be better off with that Z490 UD AC than the H510 board you had. Sure it costs you the ability to run an 11th gen chip someday, but just going by the pictures if you did upgrade to an i7 or something at some point I'm pretty sure a 10th gen on that Z490 board would...
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    8700k no longer boots with 2 sticks of ram.....MB on the way out?

    Oh yes, yes they do. After hard drives and PSUs ram is probably the #3 failure we have at work. We're a financial trading infrastructure vendor. We run CPU cores at 100% load with all power saving features disabled for as long as they're in service. Those CPU cores spend all their time...
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    3080 tuf repairs

    I'd probably have bitten the bullet and had them fix/replace it for $1100 given the current state of the market. I've landed a couple of Ampere cards at reasonable prices, but it's a pain in the ass or just takes dumb luck. First one I went hunting for and ended up with an EVGA 3090 XC3...
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    Games are lagging with new setup, please help :(

    I can't say I'm surprised the warranty service didn't find a problem. Anyone handling warranty returns on PC components gets tons of ID10T and PEBKAC errors, so if it powers up and seems ok often they don't investigate further and just blame the customer ("no problem found"). Sounds like you...
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    CPU for 1440p Gaming/Streaming

    Hopefully you don't buy the kind of laptops I buy. I'm primarily a desktop user and keep a thin and light laptop around so I have something when I go on vacation, etc. I run laptops till they die or can't handle web browsing. I don't game on them. Last time around it was couldn't get a...
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    CPU for 1440p Gaming/Streaming

    Do you have any sort of vid card? The reviews I've seen put the integrated graphics in AMD's 5000 series APUs about on par with an NVidia GT 1030. In other words, APU graphics are really pretty slow and there are a whole lot of cards from the last 10 years that can beat one. One of the GTX...
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    Worth going from a i7-9700k to a AMD Ryzen 9 5900X?

    I always end up doing a fresh install with a new build because my boot disk always ends up getting upgraded. Might as well clean house. Sure an image might work fine, but just because MS has figured out how to make it work the vast majority of the time doesn't mean they've figured out how to...
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