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    Preparing a new Windows install for a new user, want to reset/delete all accounts.

    My nephew's harddrive died on his laptop, he said he didn't care about any of the files, just wants it working again. Ok, simple enough, just replace the HDD (or even use a NVME instead) and reinstall Windows. The issue is that I would need to create an account for myself first in order to...
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    Safely Removing EVGA Precision X16 and undoing it's settings/clean install of GPU drivers.

    I will make sure to unplug the Ethernet cable, however, it should not be an issue as I disabled automatic updates so I can manually update on my own time.
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    Safely Removing EVGA Precision X16 and undoing it's settings/clean install of GPU drivers.

    Never used DDU before, even though I now recall having heard of it many times. Do I run the driver uninstaller first, and then DDU, or do I just run DDU alone to uninstall the driver?
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    Safely Removing EVGA Precision X16 and undoing it's settings/clean install of GPU drivers.

    Ok, so which method should I use to remove the drivers? Just uninstall? Or some driver removal/cleaning app?
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    Safely Removing EVGA Precision X16 and undoing it's settings/clean install of GPU drivers.

    Going to be upgrading to a newer card and selling off my old ones, so I want to undo all overclocking settings both to sell them off and so they don't conflict with my new card, as well as wipe out all driver settings and start over. For the overclocking: I am aware that PrecisionX does not...
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    Upgrading GPU on an old computer/CPU, best choice to avoid bottleneck?

    Sounds like a 1070 is the way to go for me then. Don't suppose there are any comparisons or benchmarks anywhere between two 670s in SLI and a single 1070 just so I can make sure that a single 1070 would be faster?
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    Upgrading GPU on an old computer/CPU, best choice to avoid bottleneck?

    I don't have a 1080TI installed in this thing
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    Upgrading GPU on an old computer/CPU, best choice to avoid bottleneck?

    Oh wow, I just realized I typoed the title. I meant to say upgrading the GPU, not the CPU.
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    Upgrading GPU on an old computer/CPU, best choice to avoid bottleneck?

    Hmmm, if a 1070 really would blow two 670s away that does make things a lot easier, as well as cheaper. Going to have to look into that more.
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    Upgrading GPU on an old computer/CPU, best choice to avoid bottleneck?

    Err, wait, you started on a 3770K with a GTX 970? But, the GTX 600 series were the latest thing when the 3700K were out, by the time the GTX 900 series were out the 3700K had definitely been discontinued, I don't think even the 4000K CPUs were being sold anymore. As to your question, thing is...
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    Upgrading GPU on an old computer/CPU, best choice to avoid bottleneck?

    Except that's not what I asked, I asked if the bottleneck would be worse than a 1080TI and would perform worse, or if they would be the same.
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    Upgrading GPU on an old computer/CPU, best choice to avoid bottleneck?

    I have no intention of building a new computer just yet, I just wanted to know if either of those cards would be bottle-necked harder than the other with my CPU, so you can stop speculating what kind of CPU/system I can build, I have other uses for this system in the future.
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    Upgrading GPU on an old computer/CPU, best choice to avoid bottleneck?

    No Overclock. I used to have one, and it was stable for two years, but then suddenly failed and could not get it to overclock at all again after that, so I am at stock speeds now.
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    Upgrading GPU on an old computer/CPU, best choice to avoid bottleneck?

    So, I have this PC I built back in 2012. It's starting to really show it's age, it's CPU and GPUs are old, noisy, and use a lot of power due to being SLI. It's a 3770K system with two slightly overclocked GTX 670s in SLI While a new CPU is out of the question for now as that would require me...
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    "Intel" RAM? Going over 2133 MHz on AMD?

    I was confused when I was shopping for RAM and I saw modules listed as "for Intel". From my understanding, there is no such thing as RAM specifically designed for a specific CPU, modern RAM is RAM, it should work across Intel and AMD. And from what I understand, I am right.... mostly. The RAM...
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    Opinions on Intel build for Video Editing/Encoding (and later gaming) for a friend.

    That's the thing, it's for both video editing and gaming that he will use as his main desktop at home.
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    Question about performance impact based on location of swap file

    Yes I know, I am well aware the out of memory errors were due to the swap file hitting the size limit I already had on it. As I said, I could see that I had gigs of actual RAM free, but was still getting those errors because the Swap file had gotten full and Windows was insisting on using it...
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    Opinions on Intel build for Video Editing/Encoding (and later gaming) for a friend.

    That's why I have been willing to replace several of the parts others have mentioned? I am just not willing to toss it all out and restart with scaled back parts just so I can toss a GPU in just to go AMD. Again, the lack of an IGP is a bit hurdle here which means to go AMD I would have to...
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    Opinions on Intel build for Video Editing/Encoding (and later gaming) for a friend.

    Yes, and yet, I have had people with AMD builds who were far more reasonable in discussing possible options for this over insisting it HAS to be AMD or nothing like you have been so dead-set about it and nothing else. Not even working with the parts list but just linking to random parts. If the...
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    Opinions on Intel build for Video Editing/Encoding (and later gaming) for a friend.

    Yes, the 9900K would be pointless if it was just for gaming, but as previously discussed it's NOT just for gaming, that is why I am even considering it otherwise I would not even bother. And you are arguing updates while trying to shove in older-gen hardware just to fit a GPU within the budget...
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    Opinions on Intel build for Video Editing/Encoding (and later gaming) for a friend.

    Which I not only spent days piecing together, but I can already get the CPU cheaper than the Ryzen variants. I am not trying to sound stubborn at all, honestly I have been reconsidering many of the parts right now, it's just that switching this to AMD right now would be toss out everything and...
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    Opinions on Intel build for Video Editing/Encoding (and later gaming) for a friend.

    Hmmm, thanks for the case suggestion. Will be reading reviews on that. It's a shame that it lacks USB-C but that's very rare to find even if you ignore having 5 inch bays, that one is pretty significantly cheaper though. Will have to look into that to see if it's a viable option if I need to...
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    Opinions on Intel build for Video Editing/Encoding (and later gaming) for a friend.

    I am helping build a PC for my friend. His primary use will be Video Editing/Encoding, and his secondary use will be for gaming, though due to the limited budget and video encoding requiring a good CPU and amount of memory, we decided to actually hold off on the GPU/gaming for now as that's not...
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    Question about performance impact based on location of swap file

    Right, many many places have commented on about how having no pagefile for Windows is a BAD idea because of how it works. I mean, I already explained how I was running out of memory even with RAM free due to a small pagefile. I was just asking if the location of the pagefile between my two...
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    Question about performance impact based on location of swap file

    So, I have a rather convoluted Frankenstein setup. My original system setup had two SSDs in RAID0 as the OS drive (I know I know...), since I had 32GB of ram the default Swap and Hibernation file sizes took up a lot of space on those SSDs, so I disabled hibernate and manually set the swap file...
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    Trying to choose between three DDR4 RAM kits

    $70 increase? In the links I posted the RAM modules are $140, $155, and $160. If you were looking at the Newegg price of the Patriot modules, I flat out said that they are out of stock there, and the reason the price is high is because it's some random 3rd party seller. They are actually the...
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    Trying to choose between three DDR4 RAM kits

    Building a desktop for a friend who will primarily use it for video editing/encoding and gaming, still picking out what parts I will use. As for the RAM, not sure which one to go for. All three seem to be roughly the same price give-or-take on Amazon/Newegg (though some are out of stock on one...
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    Is there any disadvantage to converting my 2TB Windows 10 drive from MBR to GPT?

    It's been 7 years and I have not regretted it, my raid is fine, you are just attacking my setup rather than even trying to answer my question just because it's not something you would do. Yes, don't worry, I will have multiple layers of backups before I will attempt this. A little...
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    Is there any disadvantage to converting my 2TB Windows 10 drive from MBR to GPT?

    I know, but there isn't really any important data on these drives, and I still back them up. It's just the drive I have my OS and install my applications and games to.
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    Is there any disadvantage to converting my 2TB Windows 10 drive from MBR to GPT?

    Can we please not get into an anti-RAID argument? That does not help me figure this out at all.
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    Is there any disadvantage to converting my 2TB Windows 10 drive from MBR to GPT?

    I want to upgrade from a 2TB drive to a 4TB drive in a few months, and I just want to have everything setup and ready so when I get the drive I can just image my 2TB drive over to the 4TB one and get going without much fuss. (To be technical, it's two 1TB SSDs in RAID0 that I will be replacing...
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    Cousin's PC will not turn on, trying to diagnose the cause.

    I am not sure which LED you are talking about.
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    Cousin's PC will not turn on, trying to diagnose the cause.

    Unfortunately, I don't have any spare parts that are similar enough to test it with, anything that might be broken, I would just be guessing "this might be the broken part" and buying another of it.
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    Cousin's PC will not turn on, trying to diagnose the cause.

    As I mentioned though, I did try removing the GPU, it didn't make a difference.
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    Cousin's PC will not turn on, trying to diagnose the cause.

    Yeah, these are always fun since it could be just about any vital component and sometimes even non-vital ones that cause it. Hopefully this is the proper place to post this as I didn't notice a general hardware issues subforum, and I believe the issue is the PSU. From what I recall, his specs...
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    Recommendations for testing a SSD for issues/damage?

    So, my desktop has two SSDs in RAID0. Back in 2015 I was getting BSOD issues which I never had before. It seemed to happen whenever I was trying to mount a virtual CD-ROM so I assumed it was a driver issue... but then it would randomly BSOD while booting Windows.... but work fine if it manages...
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    Best way to test a new 8TB drive without taking days? (If possible)

    I said I was doing a non-quick format of it.
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    Best way to test a new 8TB drive without taking days? (If possible)

    I am on a Windows 10 desktop. Normally I try to "build" my own external drives when I can as I don't trust pre-fabricated external drives, but with how much more expensive 8TB internal drives are (and that's not even including the enclosure) I purchased an external 8TB drive from Western...
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    Questions about moving Windows temp files/folders to a separate physical drive

    I was having many issues with out-of-memory errors and slow performance, a lot of it due to having to temporarily move my OS drive from the SSD array it was on to a 5400RPM drive for now and having to keep the swap file small. SSDs have gone down in price, so I got a cheap small 128GB SSD that...
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    A single RTX 2080 or two GTX 1080 TI in SLI?

    It's an Asus 144hz 1080p monitor, sadly no G-Sync feature. It's a 3d monitor, so I would like to hit at least 120FPS so games would be 60FPS in 3D mode, though I admit I don't use 3D all the time.
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