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    FS: 2TB SSD ($140 shipped) and 32GB ECC SODIMM (Synology) RAM

    Got layed off a few weeks back and unemployment looks like it's going to take over 6 weeks before they pay out so I'm trying to take the edge off. $140 (shipped) for the RAM - was going to put it in my Synology, never did - it's BNIB - sealed. This SSD was going to be for one of the kids -...
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    Turning it off then on again: massive increase in smoothness / fps (LG 38GL950B)

    I'm running the orignal LG 38GL950B and an 11900K / 3090 - all under water. The issue I have is that when I play Apex Legends, even though I have high fps (easily 156fps @ 3840x1600) There does sometimes seem to be a small amount of - I guess it's "micro stutter" or something like that. The...
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    KEF LS50 Black Edition and Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier (with bass management)

    Great sounding speakers in a less common all black color scheme - matte finish. Purchased in July 2019, they are in excellent condition. https://www.whathifi.com/us/news/kef-unveils-special-ls50-black-edition-speakers Nothing wrong with these, but I've ordered the LS50 Metas (which are almost...
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    Can I split a coax digital audio cable (RCA) from 1 source to 2 amps?

    Trying to simplify my connections - does anyone know if I can use a high quality RCA Y cable to split my PC coax digital audio to go to my headphone amp and my speaker amp at the same time? Seems like it should work - it does with optical, but not sure if there will be some electrical voodoo to...
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    WTT: my bnib PS5 (disc) for your BNIB Xbox Series X (disc) only.

    Just got a PS5 from Sony. Don't need it. Have not opened it. Will trade for the latest Xbox with optical drive bnib. Absolutely positively no exceptions. No other consoles, no gpus, no nothing. It's not for sale at any price. No other trades. It's just going to sit here until I get this trade.
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    FS: EVGA 2080Ti with HK waterblock + air cooler (sold)

    I bought this 2080Ti from Bestbuy in 2020: Your EVGA Product #1 Serial Number: 20141323832zzzzz Part Number: 11G-P4-2383-KB Part Desc: EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti XC ULTRA GAMING, 11G-P4-2 Place Purchased: Best Buy Purchase Date: 03/20/2020 Date Registered: 6/9/2020 8:15:39 AM I installed an HK...
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    WTS 10900K (2) one is bnib

    I thought I found an 11900K in stock to replace my 10900K. Somehow, I ordered a second 10900K and let it sit around for 3 weeks until I was ready to install it with my new GPU. So I just discovered the error and the return window expired on 5/20 $425 shipped for the bnib $400 shipped fornthe...
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    Moving your PC across the room - considerations?

    I have a big desk, but it's always too full of gear - speakers, monitor arms, PC, MORA3 rads, gadgets, etc. It's hard to dust with so much stuff on the desk. I'm going to relocate the PC and Radiators to an Ikea shelf on the wall behind me. I'll need to route USB (a hub) and video and a fiber...
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    What went wrong with my loop?

    I setup my MORA3 360 loop back in July 2020 Heatkiller copper blocks ZMT Bitspower fittings Koolance 702 coolant System ran fine, but 8 months later, I go in to uograde and the blocks are full of what I believe to be copper oxide. The coolant has a light green tint and some dark sediment (not...
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    What do I need to setup a 2.5GbE network from my PC to my DS1621+ (possible 10GbE in the future?)

    We have a pretty simple home network - almost everything is on GbE except the younger kids have 100Mb via a phone line adapter (open to ideas here as I'd like to back up their systems over 1GbE) I'd like to find a switch that has a few 2.5GbE ports and maybe 12-16 GbE ports - I want 2.5 to my...
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    Oculus Link works on my Strix z390, but not TB3 port on Asrock z390 PG itx. Ideas?

    We just got a Quest 2 and a official Link cable. Its great. I was able to connect it to my Z390 Strix ITX system without any issues. When I connect it to mu son's Asrock Phantom Gaming ITX/ac system which has USB C Thunderbolt interface on the back, it never works, it says the usb device is...
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    My new Z590 motherboard lacks TOSLINK and it's a causing me problems.

    My current audio system relies on having optical inputs. The optical goes to a matrix switch (think splitter) so I can run my headphone amp and speaker amp independently, from the same optical feed. The new Strix Z590-i board does not have a digital output. I've seen generic USB to Toslink...
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    WTB: Silverstone FT03 case (MATX, not mini ITX) black/Ti

    Really regret selling my Titanium color FT03 a few years ago, Hoping someone has one sitting around in good cosmetic condition. Prefer Titanium, will consider black and might be talked into silver. Ill pay packing and shipping of course.
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    WTB RTX 2060 - Bought one, thanks

    My kid has an HD 7950 and it's showing it's age. I'd like to get him a good RTX 2060 / FE / Super / whatever - because Minecraft. I've seen the prices on Ebay, I know the market sucks. My ideal would be a standard 2060 FE, after that, a good brand with a good cooler - no crappy Dell OEM cards...
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    Triple passive Mo-Ra3 experiment - advice?

    I've been running a Mo-Ra 360 for about 6 months without any serious issues. (it's cooling an 8700K and a 2080Ti that are often overclocked) I read a while back that a single Mo-Ra3 (I think the 420) can dissipate 200W of heat passively. These giant radiators can be hard to find, but I did...
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    Receiver died. I want a basic 2.1 system for the TV but Samsung remotes don't have optical - help?

    I bought a slimline Integra 5.1 receiver about 2 years ago and it seems to now be dead so I'm suffering with TV sound right now. I don't really *need* an AVR - I have a passive Canton sound bar (3 channel) that I usually just run in stereo and a basic 8" subwoofer. It's all very basic, but it...
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    Is there a USB Bluetooth Receiver that acts as an audio input on PC (mix phone/alexa with your PC audio)?

    Obviously there are tons of bluetooth adapters for the PC Most are to let you send your PC audio out to a pair of bluetooth headphones I'm trying to find a device that acts as a "line in" audio adapter so I can mix my phone or my alexa audio into my PC - the same way you used to be able to...
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    Rethinking my Ncase M1 WC build to just use a big external 9x120mm radiator (MO-RA3) Pros/Cons?

    So I had almost everything I needed to finish a dual 240 rad internal build on my Ncase M1 but I got to thinking - my filters catch a lot of dust and I get sick of it. What if I just moved all the cooling out of my case? I have room on my desk for a big radiator and I've seen the big Demciflex...
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    Help me sort out the fittings for my first water cooling build (dual 240 Ncase)

    So I really like my Ncase, but I'm not entirely satisfied with the air cooling capabilities. I'd call them "satisfactory". I've been thinking about putting this thing under water for some time and I really like how this turned out: (part 2) I've already ordered the Apogee Drive II and the...
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    Asrock Z390 ITX/AC vs ITX/AC Phantom Gaming - major socket spacing difference

    I run the Z390 Phantom board - first in an MATX case with a Noctua DH-15S, now in an Ncase M1 with a Noctua C14 (original, not S) - it's been great. I'm trying to upgrade my 16yr olds PC and got him a 9600K, RTX2060 Super and the Asrock Z390 ITX/AC (non Phantom) Plan was to reuse the really...
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    I need a digital preamp (optical in, variable RCA out, volume control)

    So I'm pretty happy with my 2.1 system in terms of sound performance. (see: https://hardforum.com/threads/anyone-give-up-on-pc-surround-sound-and-just-go-stereo-any-regrets.1981603/page-5#post-1044490735) My issue is that the Headphone Amp I'm using is a little cumbersome to switch from HP Amp...
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    WTB 1080Ti / 2080 / 2080S / 2080Ti (Ncase compatible, 280mm max)

    So it looks like my trusty 1080Ti went home to be with Jesus tonight. Not saying it was Corona virus, but 4 years is pretty old for a top end GPU and she had some underlying mods that were always a concern, even in the best of times. She leaves behind an Arctic ACX3 cooler and two top of the...
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    Copied 1.5TB from 8TB Seagate to 4TB Evo 860. Just checked and it's all gone - how?

    I have an 8TB Barracuda - it's maybe 6 months old and barely used. It won't fit in my new ITX system. It mostly has family archives and backups - photos, etc. Just got a 4TB Samsung Evo 860 SSD I manually copied the data from the HDD to the SSD about a week ago (using windows explorer) I...
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    Buying a NAS for the home. Big NAS, cheap drives or Cheap NAS, big drives?

    At a minimum, I'd like to get 8-12TB of mirrored or redundant storage for family photos, system backups and whatnot. Not doing plex, storing lots of movies or doing a lot of downloading I'd like to spend under a grand, but I could do 1200 or so if I need to. I don't want to build my own - my...
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    WTS Cougar Panzermax and M&K V75 12" sealed subwoofer. Austin pickup only.

    $50 ea Both are too big to ship
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    Displayport: EMI/Static "blankout" and Fiberoptic cables

    This has been a minor issue on just about every DP monitor I've had - I get minor, half-second blankouts if I shift or rub my feet in a way that builds up or discharges static - it also blanks out if I touch my metal KB casing and get a static shock. I have an LG 38GL950 coming on Monday and I...
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    Running Ping -t to google - getting "general failure" - ideas?

    This happened a few months back when Modern Warfare came out - I'd be playing, doing well and then my ping would start freaking out and giving me "general failure" for a couple pings in a row, then regular for a few, then failure again. It's been fine for 3 months and now it's back - any ideas...
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    Frequent ping timeouts and general failure while playing Modern Warfare - bug or attack?

    My understanding is that Modern Warfare connectivity is peer to peer. Most of the time, it's fine, but I often have problems when playing the 2v2 Gun Fight mode - problems I don't experience in the 6v6++ modes. What makes me more suspicious is that these events often happen at clutch moments -...
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    WTB - an Nvidia GPU for my dad. 1080 - 2080ti. No minis. Air cooled only.

    Let me know what you guys have on offer. My dad is currently running an i5 750 / 8GB / GTX 560 and it's way past time for an update. I'm sending him my 7700K, 16GB, ROG IX Apex and a Phanteks Eclipse P350X and we need a GPU EDIT: There is no shortage of 1070 cards for about $200 so if you...
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    With the Maximus XI Gene/Apex not appearing in the US, are there warranty issues with importing one?

    From what I can tell, Asus has inexplicably decided not to sell two of their more interesting boards in the US. I can get one of them from an Amazon 3rd party seller for a (semi) reasonable price, but I'm wondering - if I have issues, will Asus support the board?
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    WTS - Seasonic 600W Titanium / Fanless PSU

    I love this PSU, I'm only selling it because I just ordered the 1000W version - 600W is not quite enough for SLI. It's been gently used for about 1 year. It's $200 on Amazon and has a 12 year warranty. https://www.amazon.com/Seasonic-Titanium-SSR-600TL-Fanless-Warranty/dp/B01N9OLE9X/ Johnny...
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    WTB GTX 1080 Ti (3 DP) - no cooler is fine

    I'm planning on adding a second 1080Ti (don't argue with me, my 3 monitors are getting hangry) I'm probably going to do the same thing I did to my first one: Add the Arctic AC3 Heatsink and a pair of Noctua 120mm fans Makes it over 3 slots wide, but also makes it cool and inaudible. Worked...
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    Did the ROG Maximus Apex XI (Z390) ever release in the US? I only see imports for crazy prices.

    Currently Newegg has the Apex XI for $669 from some Asian importer and about $500 from a UK importer. My recollection was that these are usually $300-330 boards. I've been looking for 4-5 months and have yet to see them for sale from Amazon or direct from Newegg. Did they just release a few...
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    What did Microsoft do to the Window 10 Sound Properties (besides completely wreck it)?

    I must have missed the memo, but I used to be able to just right click the speaker icon and I could see all the audio devices - I could change defaults, hide them, set properties, etc. Now, for some bone headed reason, they seem to have scattered all the settings and made everything more...
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    Anyone else constantly torn between building a tiny ITX and a massive EATX system?

    I don't know what the hell is wrong with me, but I'm constantly looking at new SFF cases coming out and I'm also excited by all the super towers that can hold everything - even a second system. I feel like I could easily squeeze my system into an Ncase M1 but I also want to be able to add a...
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    Windows 10 File Explorer will not open. Moves task bar to top of screen. Task bar shows "suspended"

    This is a weird one: 1. Windows 10, up to date, month old fresh install. Everything else works fine. 2. When I try to open file explorer (explorer.exe) in any way: a. It will not open. b. The task bar moves from the bottom of the screen to the top. c. In Task Manager, (where...
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    Spiritual Successor to the Silverstone FT02? (Alta S1)

    I guess this is still a prototype, but it has 3x 200mm fans on the bottom and the rotated layout of the FT02/03/05 Very interesting to me except that my PC sits to my right so all the bling would be against the wall. On second thought, that might be more feature than bug for my utilitarian...
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    Anyone give up on PC Surround sound and just go stereo? Any regrets?

    I prefer surround sound to headphones for gaming and I have a really nice 7.1 system in my office. The problem is I can rarely use it. 1. I almost never watch TV/Movies in here 2. I don't always want to let everyone know I'm gaming with speakers 3. A lot of games don't have good surround sound...
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    Was the Maximus Apex XI (Z390) ever released? See YT Reviews, no stock anywhere...

    I really like my Z270 Apex / 7700K but I want to jump up to more cores before I get more comfortable and settle in for a few years. My idea was to pick up the latest version of this board - not sure if it was low quantities and just sold out (the Apex X / z370 is really hard to find) Does...
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    System has been hitching, games very slow to load - probably due to SSD. How can I check?

    I have a 256GB SSD for my C: and a 2TB Micron SSD for my M: Drive (mostly games) This problem has been slowly coming on, but now it's really bad. My system pauses and hitches a lot. Games (Overwatch and Guild Wars 2 plus others) often don't seem to load completely and have invisible or...
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