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  1. alpharalpha

    Is legacy bios worse than UEFI?

    Oh ok, I saw this post so didn't know, but they don't seem to either. Serious performance issuse is cause by legacy BIOS.
  2. 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?

    This is what's in it now And the other 1146 I found on eBay with the hp sticker. Went ahead and got it, was $10 shipped and seller pays for returns so seems safe bet for now. Looking it up says 1.5v
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    Adding ram stick to old dell pc, micron specs same but other one has hp sticker, does it matter?

    I would stick to 1.5v thereabouts; on the Dell forum looks like people have been able to use 16gb of this ram (with updated bios) https://www.newegg.com/g-skill-16gb-240-pin-ddr3-sdram/p/N82E16820231637 even though the 390 states only 8gb. I'm not seeing any 2x8gb ddr3 udimm ram for under $50...
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    Adding ram stick to old dell pc, micron specs same but other one has hp sticker, does it matter?

    That's very interesting; so then if dealing with ddr3 any ram of the same voltage will function normally, doesn't matter if 10600, 12800 etc; 1333, 1600mhz, etc. If all were the same ones?
  6. alpharalpha

    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...
  7. alpharalpha

    Can't download drivers from Nvidia site, does the Game Ready driver make a difference for kid's pc?

    Must've been a bad download or something, worked fine this time :)
  8. alpharalpha

    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...
  9. alpharalpha

    What low cost motherboards would you recommend?

    Oh yea, I remember, it was the open box. Think it's a better mobo than the https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813119494?Item=N82E16813119494
  10. alpharalpha

    What low cost motherboards would you recommend?

    I'm pairing mobo with intel i3-10100, not amd. I realize may have to increase budget for motherboard a bit.
  11. alpharalpha

    What low cost motherboards would you recommend?

    Seems ASRock are the popular mobo choice, but the only one I could find under $120 doesn't have wifi, not huge as where it's at now can use ethernet or if moved have usb wifi, but I did want a built in wifi with this build; there is an MSI and an Asus that have wifi, same prices all. Also an...
  12. alpharalpha

    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...
  13. alpharalpha

    Need help finding replacement PSU; says needs min 142W combined on 3.3v & 5v rails?

    Yes, it had a 460 stock PSU; the CX650 is working fine in it👍
  14. alpharalpha

    Need help finding replacement PSU; says needs min 142W combined on 3.3v & 5v rails?

    Dell XPS8300 i5-2320, 8gb DDR3-1333, 1TB 7,200rpm, DVD, GTX1050ti, USB 2.0 wifi adapter, keyboard & mouse.
  15. alpharalpha

    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...
  16. alpharalpha

    Which 500gb NVME M2 SSD would you recommend?

    I was wondering about that, I see Crucial P2 & WDSN550 for lower price in 1tb, but still more than a Samsung 980/970EVO+ in 500gb.
  17. alpharalpha

    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...
  18. alpharalpha

    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...
  19. alpharalpha

    Is MSI Gaming App worth having 1050ti?

    Games are thru Steam and it didn't recognize them.
  20. alpharalpha

    Is it ok to put wifi card right under GPU fan?

    Generally the pc is used by child Roblox, streaming etc. Even earlier after installing GTA5 the fans never came on--they only come on if they need to--and it was being played when I took the pics and felt cool; but I also have a usb wifi adapter that I've been going back and forth with which to...
  21. alpharalpha

    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?
  22. alpharalpha

    Is it ok to put wifi card right under GPU fan?

    Is this card: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08GPM825D/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I could probably put it in that last pcie slot, is just a usb 3.0 card, am removing it anyways, but would have to lose that yellow usb as it blocks the heatsink, don't use that usb anyways...
  23. alpharalpha

    Is it ok to put wifi card right under GPU fan?

    Oh ok, that makes sense, I am noob to GPUs, I saw the fan facing down and was thinking it was blowing out that way, but rather the fans are pulling air up into the GPU? So in that case I guess the wifi card wouldn't be receiving heat from the GPU, if anything the GPU fan would be pulling air up...
  24. alpharalpha

    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.
  25. alpharalpha

    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...
  26. alpharalpha

    Have new mini-itx case, should I go with mini-itx mobo for new build or just get different/bigger case & mobo?

    Yeah I had to pass up an EVGA 3060ti when I came up on the waitlist--didn't know it was a 3 fan--technically it would've fit, but I know what you mean. Child doesn't play intensive games, really it's the i5-2320 that's the bottleneck on the old dell xps. Lol, couldn't put a Turing GPU in it due...
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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?

    Yes, it takes a regular power supply; I already did a build using this case for my htpc and for an itx it's pretty roomy. I used an Asus Rog Strix itx board for the internal spdif compatibility with my home theatre. Is the only build I've done in a long time so didn't know if there were any...
  28. alpharalpha

    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...
  29. alpharalpha

    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...
  30. alpharalpha

    Looking for long length 1/8 to 1/4 cable that's durable enough as bends frequently where plug meets cable.

    Can you send a link to the Pro Gear, I cannot find that brand.
  31. alpharalpha

    Looking for long length 1/8 to 1/4 cable that's durable enough as bends frequently where plug meets cable.

    I was just thinking of a right angle adapter (know of a brand you've found reliable?) You're right, the 1/4 plug goes straight down so bends when lounging.
  32. alpharalpha

    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...
  33. alpharalpha

    What do you think of this setup for child's gaming pc?

    Games are mostly from Steam; will a NVME help the games run better; is NVME ok for a primary drive with everything going on it, including OS; or do I need separate drives?
  34. alpharalpha

    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...
  35. alpharalpha

    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?
  36. alpharalpha

    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?
  37. alpharalpha

    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 ?
  38. alpharalpha

    Looking for headphones with removable cord

    Are there any Vmoda Headphones under $100?
  39. alpharalpha

    Looking for headphones with removable cord

    Ah, so close; if they were tighter, but he does move fast; some hope though, got this close.
  40. alpharalpha

    Looking for headphones with removable cord

    Open back is ok (unless, can objects go thru the open back and pierce the speakers?) He'd be using them in his room but with door open and is small place, might be better if he can hear us as well. The are a bit over budget but seem durable and comfortable; but if they're so large won't they...
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