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  1. alpharalpha

    Is legacy bios worse than UEFI?

    I recently got old office pc, (Dell Optiplex390) and installed Win10 on it but it was in legacy, wondering now if it matters enough to switch it to UEFI, just a 500gb hd. Would it improve performance to switch it over to UEFI?
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    Adding ram stick to old dell pc, micron specs same but other one has hp sticker, does it matter?

    I just got the old office pc & monitor, not looking to put much into it, is Dell Optiplex 390, i5-2400, but only one 4gb stick ram, I found same one pc-3 10600U-9-11-B1 #1146 but has HP sticker on it, does that matter if ram stick is the same? Wouldn't think so but figured I'd check before...
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    Can't download drivers from Nvidia site, does the Game Ready driver make a difference for kid's pc?

    I reinstalled windows, deleted the nvidia driver from apps but now can't download, well actually I did download latest Game Ready once but it wouldn't install, maybe XPS8300 is too old. Is a 1050ti and the basic drivers for it are loaded in device manager; will additional drivers matter for...
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    What low cost motherboards would you recommend?

    My kid's old Dell XPS8300 is looking like finally died. On a budget but looking for motherboards (LGA1200 for Intel, probably i3-10100) under $75. If itx were in stock and priced normal I have new case, but with the price difference can buy a case for under $50 so still the same budget wise...
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    Need help finding replacement PSU; says needs min 142W combined on 3.3v & 5v rails?

    Child's Dell XPS 8300 PSU finally died; Dell states needs a min 142w on the combined 3.3v & 5v rails and links EVGA 700BR/850BQ as compatible replacements. I don't know a lot about PSUs but seem to recall last year when building my new PC that those weren't good, are there any better options...
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    Which 500gb NVME M2 SSD would you recommend?

    Will be first time using an SSD, looking at staying under $60 or so. Currently considering Samsung 970 EVO Plus or 980--though part of me would like to just get a MX500 though I know that's not practical. Any recommendations on a reliable SSD in my price range. The mixed reviews on failure rates...
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    Need help finding very durable TRS audio cable in long length

    Looking for TRS (not braided) durable cable around 10 meters, can be unbalanced; ideally 6.35 to 3.5mm but can use adapter if necessary; just need thick gauge (22awg or thereabouts) so interior wires don't break with daily use. Not for mobile usage. Having difficult time finding a well made...
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    Is MSI Gaming App worth having 1050ti?

    And if so, know a safe site to download it from as the MSI link is dead and in process of moving so box/cd isn't available. I see it from 3rd party site but seems sketchy. Is older pc so resource usage an issue. Do you think it's worth having?
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    Is it ok to put wifi card right under GPU fan?

    The GPU is a 1050ti that the fans blow downwards, since it takes 2 slots the next one is very close to the GPU fan. The wifi card has a heatsink, but am wondering if the wifi card will be ok that close to the GPU? Doesn't get a lot of heavy gaming, is AX200 card.
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    Looking for fabric computer chair with recline feature

    I have a really nice office chair I got from Staples back in 2014, Professional Series 1100tf 50% off and it's still like new; but they don't carry it anymore or anything of that quality for relative price. It's going in child's room so a gaming chair would be preferred, at least initially--but...
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    Have new mini-itx case, should I go with mini-itx mobo for new build or just get different/bigger case & mobo?

    Space isn't an issue; I have a spare Mini-itx case from a htpc build still new in box; is good case, can support large GPU, lots of cooling etc. I know prices are higher for the mini-itx. Would it be worth it to go with a mini-itx mobo or better to just get larger case and get micro or larger...
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    Can anyone recommend a usb wifi adapter for desktop pc?

    Is for kid's older pc (usb 2.0) currently been using a 2.4ghz netgear which works fine for everyday use, but getting some lag online gaming, thinking maybe just having dual band might help. Don't want to put too much more into this computer as am going to build new gaming rig in the future, like...
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    Looking for long length 1/8 to 1/4 cable that's durable enough as bends frequently where plug meets cable.

    Is hard to find these cables in longer lengths (at least 20ft) is for my child's headset so he can sit on bed while watching shows. (Room is 10ft wall to wall.) The cable gets bent where the 1/4 plug joins the cable and wires fail there. I thought about wrapping some electrical tape around that...
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    What do you think of this setup for child's gaming pc?

    I already have a mini-itx case, 1050ti GPU & Corsair CX650 PSU. Am thinking of setup like this: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/alpharalpha/saved/#view=jPM9cf Any better parts, suggestions; want to keep the price about the same. Component Selection Price CPU Intel Core i5-10400 2.9 GHz...
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    Mic won't work on PC with MSI GTX 1050 ti?

    The mic works fine on the other PCs, am thinking maybe the GPU took control over of the mic? How can I get it working?
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    How can I remove microsoft edge from windows 10?

    It's for my child's computer, we have parameters set on it, but the internet safety features don't seem to work on edge, on chrome, so is able to bypass our restrictions by using edge; the uninstall option is grayed out. How can I uninstall or at least disable it?
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    I see the GTX1650 Super isn't going to be restocked; what then will be the equivalent?

    That card would've been perfect for my needs; so am wondering what's going to be the card equivalent to it? 1660 etc, or nothing below the RTX 3x ?
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    Looking for inexpensive PC speakers that have amped headphone jack

    Need amp for new headphones and old speakers are failing so figure get new set that'll boost/amp headphones, looking for entry level, under $50.
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    Looking for headphones with removable cord

    Just entry level, durable headphones. I found one, these Monoprice, anyone know others with removable 3.5mm cord?
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    Buying headphones, need longer cord, for extension is 3.5mm or usb better?

    I've read that the 3.5mm extension cables can fry a can when the connectors jiggle around, don't know if that's true but I use usb extension cords for my gaming controllers and they fit in snuggly so seem like that'd be the better option, though I'm a lot more limited in finding headphones with...
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    Looking for entry level usb headset for child's 11th bday

    Just something basic/functional that are durable, around $30.
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    Anyone Have Experience With Ergotron LX Wall Mount Monitor Arm? Concerned with it on one stud.

    I just set this up and am uncomfortable with it all on one stud; arm is heavier than I anticipated (13.5lbs) and though monitor is at low end of weight limit (12.5lbs) considering extends outwards up to 33" seems like a lot of force on single stud; wondering what other's experiences have been...
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    Upgrading/installing ssd into older pc, do I need mounting bracket adapters?

    I am newbie to ssd, the pc is older desktop (3.5") do I need to get 2.5" adapters or just sit the ssd in bay (I've read put little tape on bottom to hold it in place?) I also have some extra 2.5 drive holders from my Thermaltake case, different configuration but if ssd doesn't really need secure...
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    Do you think GPU stock/prices will get back to normal before end of the year?

    I'm looking to finish my build and this reminds me of when I was looking for a PSU, but worse. Does anybody think things will get back to normal before end of the year?
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    Newbie, what GPU should I put in my new build?

    I was planning on just putting a GTX1650 Super in it, but with the new cards out now--and shortages etc--am wondering if maybe I can get better value card for the money; perhaps something in an RTX for the ray tracing effects? I am also new to gaming so won't be anything extreme, probably get...
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    Is 8gb ram enough for older pc or would it benefit significantly with 16 in gaming etc?

    I'm upgrading the GPU in an old XPS8300 for a Christmas present to use as a gaming pc and wonder if adding and additional 8gb ram is necessary, has older i5 and am putting a GTX1050ti in it; good example of max load would be GTA5.
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    Anyone have/had a MSI GAMING X 1050ti, and if so, is it a good card?

    I'm buying a GPU as a present for someone who's pc is too old for 1650 etc, and Gigabyte and MSI are pretty much the only ones selling 1050ti new. The MSI GAMING X looks like it has good build quality/features; just wondering if anyone's actually had one over time and if it held up, works well...
  28. alpharalpha

    GTX1060 VS GTX1050ti heat output?

    Would the heatpipes benefit the 1060s heat output in the case or just keep the GPU cooler but still put out same amount of heat into case, compared to the 1050ti fans just blowing over the fins? Not peak usage, just moderate, using GTA5 1080p Ultra settings for an example. Case has a 92mm intake...
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    Would you buy a new GTX1050ti or a used GTX1060? (pc bios limits to Pascal.)

    It's for a child so performance isn't the issue; durability is key. The three new 1050ti are MSI/Gaming & Gigabyte; reviews aren't inspiring. It's going into an older XPS8300 that's bios limits it to Pascal. Do you think a used GTX1060 is a better choice--thinking if they've lasted this long...
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    Is there a GTX 1650 Super that fans don't surge, revving randomly etc?

    If so, what do you suggest? Want to stay under $200.
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    Does GTX1050/ti run on Windows 10?

    I'm looking to upgrade the GPU on an older pc and the 1050 would be enough of an improvement, and the 1050ti the sweet spot. But I've read where some people have problems with the card running on Windows 10?
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    Looking for decent budget PSU to put in older XPS PC?

    Going to make this into a gaming pc for my youngster; upgrading GPU to GTX1650. The stock PSU is working but pc is about 8yrs old now; only ever used to get online or stream videos. Do you think I'd be ok keeping the stock PSU (350w) won't be used for any extreme gaming, no overclocking etc. Or...
  33. alpharalpha

    What is the best video card for under $150?

    1080p max is fine, and 4gb max too. I'm not looking to do any extreme gaming with it, just need something more than the integrated graphics can provide. New build, 10th gen intel; had hoped would suffice, but even playing goat simulator with my son get some lag in split screen. Prefer lower...
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    Wondering if there are any other AMVA panel fans out there?

    I really like this panel--think most made by auo. It just feels right; I came to it looking for deep blacks which it delivers, but also just beautiful colors; good for both as a computer monitor as well as for movies etc. I just recently managed to find a 43" AMVA3, but wasn't easy. Just...
  35. alpharalpha

    Need help choosing a good Chromebook

    Needs to be zoom compatible and user friendly for adult and child; 2in1 would be ideal but not required; reliability is #1; at least 64gb internal storage, and a good component set so not sluggish, glitchy etc. I have found the following, they seem ok but have mixed reviews; can you please help...
  36. alpharalpha

    Need Optical out for mini-itx. Asus Rog Strix B460-I Gaming VS ASRock Fatal1ty B450 GAMING-ITX/AC?

    Real dilemma here; the Asus B460 has an spdif header and I can get a optical out bracket for it--and it's in stock. Then there's the AsRock B450 which has the optical out onboard, but not currently in stock and when comes back looks like is going to be more expensive so cost difference between...
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    Sound quality when run thru a surround sound system: ALC887, ALC1200

    I'm doing a budget mini-itx build that will pull double duty as living room pc and htpc for streaming etc. Everything gets run thru my surround sound system so I'm wondering how much of a difference these different onboard audio setups will make using it this way--no headphone usage. I'd like to...
  38. alpharalpha

    Looking for a 32" VA/MVA or AMVA panel monitor

    Having a hard time finding 32" VA panel monitors, it'll mostly be used for watching dvd movies so 1080p. That's what's so difficult, I am running into a lot of 1440p, can anybody help me?
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