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    PSU wattage requirement

    I seem to recall the 3080 can pull 350-ish watts peak. Add 250 peak for the CPU and 150-200 for the rest of it (being kind of generous), and you're pushing 800+ watts. Now, that's peak, and you're unlikely to max everything out all at once. Most people could probably get away with 850w. I...
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    Post your hard drive Power On hours!

    LOL! IT guy: "Costs are for the accounting people." Accounting: "Why tf do you think I have any idea what goes on in IT? I just pay the bills." It takes someone who knows not only what the costs are, but which costs are tied to what potential capital expenditures. it takes someone who...
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    Post your hard drive Power On hours!

    Many businesses operate using the theory "If it ain't broke while doing the CEO's key Monday report two weeks running, don't fix it." If there isn't someone watching all of the costs, direct and indirect, a lot of bad decisions will be made.
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    How has Zen3 managed to maintain it's price after over a year?

    Basically, as long as AMD can sell parts at the current price, they aren't going to be motivated to cut prices. If I had to guess, I'd bet that a significant percentage, maybe as much as 1/4 or more, of individual CPU sales of Zen 3 are selling upgrades into existing motherboards. That $500...
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    USB 3.0 HEADER SPLITTER?

    You can't really "split" USB in the same sense as a fan splitter where it's just wiring. A USB Y splitter cable can drive one port or the other at any given time, but not both. You either need an add-in USB card, or some sort of internal USB hub.
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    Do I need to upgrade?

    CPU and GPU performance are two independent things; the CPU doesn't "run" the GPU and you don't need a faster CPU just because you have a faster GPU. The faster GPU changes the CPU/GPU balance and you might, or might not, run into a CPU limitation. It all depends on resolution, graphics...
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    2.5" SSD for Dell Optiplex SFF?

    I have a version of the WD Blue, Crucial MX500, various Team units, and a Samsung 860. Unless you are doing something unusual, they are all pretty much of a muchness. I'd say just buy whatever has a price you like and don't worry about it.
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    I think my pc diying. Psu or ? Shutdown

    Plus he does the same thing over on pcpartpicker with a different username. To the OP: Kid, either you worry too much or you're trolling. Quit posting about every little glitch. Even if I cared, there's no way to diagnose a one-off problem from a distance. No, don't RMA anything. Come back...
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    NVMe active adapter for different PCIe versions?

    The way I read the OP's request is to get PCIe 4.0 bandwidth to a PCIe 4.0 device, out of double the number of PCIe 3.0 lanes. I don't see anywhere in the 7505 description where it says that it does that.
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    NVMe active adapter for different PCIe versions?

    I don't think the 7505 does what OP wants. It is PCIe 3.0 compatible, but I don't see anything saying that it pairs 3.0 lanes to get 4.0 lanes. I suspect that if you stick the 7505 into a PCIe 3.0 slot, you get 3.0 speeds.
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    NVMe active adapter for different PCIe versions?

    You're looking for an up-converter that takes 2k version N-1 lanes and transforms it into k version N lanes, right? As toast0 said, I imagine that it's possible in theory, but I've never heard of such a part. There would be almost no demand for it, and it surely wouldn't be a simple circuit.
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    How to make Alienware Aurora R10 thermals suck less

    With the PSU mounted where it is, I'd say it's hopeless. Give it up.
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    Can't find replacement Noctua fan (noice reduction)

    Looks to me like a job for a couple drops of superglue...
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    Is X570 the last AM4 Chipset?

    X570S was a minor refresh of X570. As far as "the last" AM4 chipset, I suspect it would be either B550 or A520, whichever was last. To answer what I think you were asking, no, I don't think we'll see any more AM4 chipsets.
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    Anything better than this $30 Seasonic PSU?

    Problem with blindly going up in PSU power rating is that your typical load will likely shift down on the efficiency curve. Many PSU's are at their worst at lower power draws. If there's no realistic chance of needing the extra power, I wouldn't advise it.
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    Buy SN850 64.99 USD or WD SN550 42.99 USD or SK hynix Gold P31 55.99 500GB for Laptop Use or pay 83 for SN550 1TB

    Yes, get the Hynix. Your laptop doesn't support PCIe 4.0 in the first place; and, for most use cases, the PCIe 4.0 advantage is so small it can't be noticed. (You need to get up into multi gigabytes of sequential transfer before it starts making a difference.)
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    Buy SN850 64.99 USD or WD SN550 42.99 USD or SK hynix Gold P31 55.99 500GB for Laptop Use or pay 83 for SN550 1TB

    I use my laptop for similar things and I can get by, just barely, with 256GB. If you've been managing 128GB all this time, I suspect that 500 GB would be enough. As for which one, doesn't matter, buy on price.
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    old school SLI on Ryzen mobo?

    As I recall, the X370 and X470's both supported multiple GPU's via SLI.
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    Regularly downloading large files to SSD

    So what? As long as the SSD doesn't fail, using up lifetime is right and proper and how it works. To repeat, the amount of writing suggested by the OP will come nowhere near using up the drive lifetime endurance even after 10 years, and if the drive fails early that's a warranty issue. (and...
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    Regularly downloading large files to SSD

    Because hard drives are noisy and slow, and because this small amount of writing wouldn't disturb even a crappy QLC drive, even continued for a few years.
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    nvme gen4 x4: 2tb PNY XLR8 cs3140 or XPG Gammix S70 Blade?

    it's really not going to matter unless you are in the habit of sitting around with a stop-watch timing your boot and game loading speeds. Some rough numbers: let's assume a 10 GB game file, which is probably larger than reality, and let's assume it's read sequentially in one go, which is...
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    nvme gen4 x4: 2tb PNY XLR8 cs3140 or XPG Gammix S70 Blade?

    What will you be doing with the drive? Most use cases will never notice the difference. Sequential read/write speed is rarely the long pole in the tent.
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    Regularly downloading large files to SSD

    Downloading torrents to anywhere is often a bad idea. But if you're asking specifically whether torrent downloading does something horrible to the SSD, the answer is no, not that I'm aware of.
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    5800x with g.skill 3600 is unstable

    Long shot, but have you tried setting Power Supply Idle Control to Typical Current Idle?
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    Regularly downloading large files to SSD

    I'd say not a problem, unless you are filling the SSD nearly full. Let's inflate that to 50 GB/day every other day, that's still only about 10 TB/year rounding up. Unless your drive is total shite, it should be good for many years.
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    Ryzen 9 re-pricing?

    It's not at all clear that there are lots of Ryzen 9 parts lying around in the distribution channels hoping to be sold. I suspect that AMD will hold pricing, perhaps with a minor adjustment for appearance's sake, until it becomes apparent that sales are sagging. As long as they are selling...
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    Store 10 GB data for 7-8 years, SSD?

    I think I'd want to use hard drives with the lowest practical bit density, so 3.5" drives rather than the 2.5" units. I don't have any hard data on this, just a feeling. I have (well, had) a handful of 3.5" 6 and 12GB (yes, GB) SCSI drives that came out of some Sun equipment that I last turned...
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    Store 10 GB data for 7-8 years, SSD?

    TBH I think I'd go with a lower density medium if at all possible. The higher the density the more sensitive it is to degradation. Blu-Ray is better than no optical copy though.
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    Store 10 GB data for 7-8 years, SSD?

    Yeah, I think I threw out some ancient (as in 25-year-old) CD-R backups. They were still raw-readable except that I no longer had the program that created them; so the data was gibberish. Tape can last a long time as long as you store it properly, which is unlikely outside of an enterprise.
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    500TB+ storage

    When I saw 500TB I immediately thought tape. You can certainly do it with a bunch of drives, however with 32 drives minimum (using 16TB drives) you wouldn't want to rely on zero drive failures, so you're actually talking about 50+ depending on how you do it. If I were you, though, I'd...
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    Store 10 GB data for 7-8 years, SSD?

    Burn 2 or 3 copies onto name brand, long-life CD-R's (not DVD if possible). Library of Congress research suggests that you'll get at least a couple decades. If you want a little extra safety, put the data on a USB hard drive as well and mount it to spin up the drive every few months. I might...
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    Preference for updating BIOS

    On the surface, I'd expect the EZ Flash to be safer as it doesn't depend on Windows not crashing while it's running. You don't see backup systems on many boards because it would generally require more and/or larger BIOS prom chips and support logic, adding cost for a very rarely performed...
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    MSI DRAM error light and moving RAM slots

    I'd guess that either the RAM is on the way out and needs replaced, or dirty contacts are involved. Try taking a (clean!) eraser to the dimm contacts, and/or using a good contact cleaner.
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    R7 3700X on X370 with 3600 ram?

    What seems to be missing from the clock vs latency discussion is the Zen 2 Infinity Fabric was improved, with the bus width doubled. This makes the dependence on IF clock speed quite a bit less than Zen 1 saw. Yes, higher IF clocks bump the interconnect bandwidth a bit, but it's already...
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    Best Value 2TB NVMe PCI 3.0 SSD?

    I've had good luck with Mushkin SATA drives, and the NVMe Pilot-E has some decent reviews and a good price. The most beat-upon NVMe drive I have personally is a Toshiba OCZ RD400 which doesn't have an up-to-date equivalent as far as I know.
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    Problems with my new pc

    Well, maybe. You might also sink a ton of time into getting it stable, or might find out that the memory isn't interested in running faster than rated speed at all. Also, "nice" is in the eye of the beholder; for a lot of use cases the difference would be imperceptible. (Can you tell the...
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    Gigabyte A520M DS3H not compatible with Ryzen 5 3400G and Ryzen 3 3200G - why?

    A520, like B550, was not initially intended to support Zen 1 or Zen+ models. The 3400G is a Zen+ part even though it has a 3000 series number. I'm actually surprised that it works at all. If you can't get it stable with a newer BIOS revision, I think you'll have to change either the...
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    Which Samsung Series SSD for my MacBook

    I was under the impression that the Macbook pro's of that era used AHCI m.2 SSD's, which is a rara avis these days. Are you replacing the existing SSD? is it m.2 or 2.5" form factor? If m.2, what keying? If you're replacing the original stock SSD and it's an m.2, I would be very very...
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    ROG X570 Dark Hero m.2_2 disconnecting at random intervals

    Maybe take an eraser to the drive contacts before giving up on it.
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    3000MHz C15 vs 3600MHz C16-18 for 5900x?

    Probably not ... threadripper is quad channel, unlike the dual channel of the desktop CPUs. It's still going to look like racer boy next to the old i3.
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