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    Haven't used Linux in some years... Installed Linux Mint on old (SLOW) laptop... pretty impressed so far.

    I have a very old HP Laptop with a 5th Gen i5 and 4GB ram and a slow 5400RPM 500GB harddrive... I never used this laptop, partly because I rarely use any laptop but this one in Particular was so sluggish with Windows 10 that I simply would get mad and turn it off when I ever tried to use it...
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    Is this guys method of applying thermal paste a good idea? Wrap cling wrap over your finger and then use it to spread the paste?

    going to take a "wild" guess that given his accent English is not probably his 1st Language? I take your point, but I work with people in asia on a regular basis, and while they can communicate essentially effectively there are frequently "head scratching" lost in translation moments when...
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    Do the "funny shapes" on modular power supply cables match up with voltages, etc?

    It is completely stupid nobody standardized these modular cable supply cables early on when they started getting popular.... I would say to be "very careful" using cables from a different modular power supply even if they are the same brand.. A few years ago my Season X750 needed to be...
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    12700k to 13700k or 13900k ?

    well... I was sort of forced to buy a few months ago, So I went with a 12700K as my wife's pc ate crap and so I gave her my Ryzen 3600 ... other than braggin' rights nothing I have seen makes me wanna fork out for a 13th gen at this point... I will probably wait a gen or two before moving...
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    Case selection = SAD!

    I have never liked Fractal designs cases very much the front bezels feel/look very plasticy and cheap in my view.... I have this way too big case that I will probably keep using for the time being ... I have had it since 2014 NZXT H630 Full Tower case... the airflow is probably not the best...
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    What causes tempered glass panel to explode?!

    sorry op.... that sucks.. I have no idea... when the glass wasn't in use was it exposed to extreme temperatures (stored in non-insulated garage or something?) Well, I have to say this story has done nothing to lessen my hatred for all these tempered glass side panel cases out there... I mean...
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    lol... Geforce Experience breaks autohide taskbar on my windows 11 machine

    Well... I was getting quite angry for some reason all of the sudden I found that the taskbar would not unhide with any windows open on my primary display (would hide but wouldn't unhide except with non maximized windows or desktop only showing). Taskbar on 2nd monitor hid and unhid as usual...
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    Voice Assistants Dying, Alexa $10 Billion Loss Expected in 2022

    Ahhaha... this, I have android auto in my truck and it liked to occasionally intrupt what I was listening to, deciding it had been summoned on it's own....... It intrupted my music when I was not in the mood one day and I replied "**** off" and it totally lectured me about it ... my wife was...
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    Case selection = SAD!

    I wish I could get a aluminum case as your could in days of yore... but what I would settle for is no window versions of some of the new cases with modern mounting / cable management options. When you search for atx mid tower case on newegg / amazon..etc 95% of what comes up are cases...
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    Microsoft is turning Windows 11's Start Menu into an advertisement delivery system

    I have been using Firefox almost exclusively since 2004~ .... I never have adds interrupt YouTube videos on my browser... mostly no ads ad at all. with a few well known add-ons / plugins running I just looked at my windows 11 start menu and (yeah I have turned a few things off..but what...
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    2022 Black Friday Cyber Monday Holiday Deals

    I have no desire to get anything this year.... I have my pc stuff pretty well covered / audio stuff not have any room for more stuff anyways... I have no idea what to ask for from my wife or family. The deals I have seen have all left me fairly underwhelmed so far... but it...
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    Voice Assistants Dying, Alexa $10 Billion Loss Expected in 2022

    I only do this also... I have the "hey google" stuff disabled on the phone.
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    Voice Assistants Dying, Alexa $10 Billion Loss Expected in 2022

    They didn't actually it was "paraphrased" in the post here.. However with the addition of turning lights on and off and playing spotify is all I do with the alexa thing in my house.
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    USB DAC and studio monitors best option?

    Do you need the extra inputs / outputs of the 8i6 vs The 2i2 for $110 less... if you are doing home studio stuff or want more outputs.. great but if you just need usb dac and TRS balanced output 2 channel the 2i2 is $110 less? I have been using this for many years Steinberg UR22 mkII, I also...
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    Nvidia 4090 meltdown maybe an answer

    This is why I haven`t ever bought anything launch day / 1st mos after launch ever, I figure other people can figure this kinda crap out and I will buy later when things are sorted out / clearly working as advertised.
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    The Chinese GPU Invasion

    yeah... now my video card can have a ccp spyware baked into it`s firmware... yay? This is happening across many product types, all these companies that went to china to save .3cents on manufacturing basically had to submit technology exchange (FTT)... and now this is coming home to roost...
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    HURRY - Micro Center - 12700K + ASUS TUF Z690 Combo - $350

    Los Angles is a sprawling ****hole.... I am some distance from LA County and microcenter is someways into orange county... however.. depending on traffic it is a 71~ish mile route each way or as would have been the case when this was posted due to construction and lane closures the best route...
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    HURRY - Micro Center - 12700K + ASUS TUF Z690 Combo - $350

    I live the other side of LA from micro center... and I drive a full size truck according to google maps it is about 1:45~2hr drive and round trip would be about 190 miles...not counting time / wear tear... general making me want to kill myself experience of driving all the way thru LA county gas...
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    Is It Worth Upgrading My GPU At This Point?

    I mean if you've waited this long might as well wait for amd to drop the 7000 series cards.. and see what happens? I got force to upgrade a few months ago, because my RX580 started acting up.. and at the same time my wife's Haswell rig (i7-4770K) became unstable... Due to needing her to...
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    SSD Failure... SP A55 disappears from bios after failed boot attempt.

    When the drive is showing up CrystalDiskInfo didn't see any problems with it? But it does seem to intermittently disconnect, There is nothing on this drive important, just a pretty stock windows 10 install for mostly just having a back up PC if mine / or my wife's went down for some...
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    SSD Failure... SP A55 disappears from bios after failed boot attempt.

    So this rather hilariously named SP A55 256GB SSD has apparently packed up. I have it in a back up pc (that is rarely used).. I tried to use said computer yesterday and it BSOD on start up and then after restarting and it starting automatic repair it reboots a 3rd time and the Drive is no...
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    gigabyte z590 extreme - motherboard not turning on

    So was it running and then just turned off(pops / smoke?) / did you have it powered off and then it just wouldn't start.. have you checked the debug LED for codes? (appendix 6-3 of the user manual for this board)
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    This is a new one.. the motherboard (new) amazon sent me ... has a horrible perfume smell on the box. Z690 AORUS ELITE AX

    I have drastically cut down ordering from amazon due to this / and getting sort of hosed on the Return and only being able to get a gift card balance instead of my credit card refunded. What does get ordered (mostly by my wife... because she seems incapable of understanding I have...
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    Oldest case still in use

    This is my wife`s pc it is housed in this circa ~2007 Gigabyte Triton 180 case, that I bought at the compusa going out of business sale. It is a really nice looking case, it has 120MM fans I really like this case.
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    Nvidia has "Unlaunched" the RTX 4080 12GB

    It is still a $900 piece of who cares?
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    What Z690 board are you eyeing?

    I chose the Z690 Aorus Elite AX DDR5 and a 12700K and 32GB DDR5 5600 (corsair) it has been good and stable and had features I wanted/ needed for $200 it is fine. I have no complaints ... It is possible I should have just got a DDR4 board..but whatever. I needed a couple things enough...
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    Are you bending your alder-lake?

    I ordered the Thermalright version on Amazon for $12~ it is fine... There is a pretty good install guide gamers nexus did.. TLDR blah blah put cpu in socket, remove stock retention *keep screws for new anti bending thing... put anti bending think on board *observe arrow, place screws...
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    Verify my budget build

    Everyone hates everything on the internet?... There is this video from gamers nexus about budget psu's in 2022.. but most have either sold out / being sold at scalper prices... which is annoying I don't even know what to recommend at the $50~ price range at this point... Ordinarily...
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    I ordered my pc parts... most stuff here but motherboard delayed until next week... i7-12700K ..etc do I need anti bending plate thing?

    Your temp results with the Noctua NH-D15 w/ the 12600K are very similar to my results with the 12700K and a Peerless Assassin 120.. I may mess about with undervolting and see how that goes?
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    Thermalright Peerless Assassin 120 SE $35.90

    I put a Peerless Assassin 120 on my i7-12700K this is basically my own results with this cooler... it is "fine" I suppose.. do bear in mind that it is rather warm here again with the house being 26.6C the max temp was while running Cinebench R23..... I found the current mounting hardware for...
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    This ancient g500 mouse finally died / it should be fixable.

    oh good to know I thought the just had the dual mode on the MX Master mice...
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    Why don't PC cases have 5.25" external drive bays anymore?

    I have a DVD drive in my case and my wife's computer has one as well.... neither of us have probably used them in the last 1~2yrs but I can't find the damn Bezel Covers for the cases so The DVD drives serve a vital purpose of not having a huge hole in the front of the cases... Ok I just pushed...
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    Ryzen 4 Reviews Are Out.

    wow... so these things are just going to YOLO F*** IT to 95C TJMAX and use 250~ watts on it own? ... I wonder if California will try to ban them? feels like a conspiracy with ATX Mid/Full Tower makers to force people away from ITX Builds =P I guess AIO makers are going to be pleased???
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    This ancient g500 mouse finally died / it should be fixable.

    My wife has had this G500 mouse since the 1st came out in 2009~ish (don't quite remember) but it was likely 2009 or I bought the G5 in 2007 and then two of these G500 mice about 2yrs later one for me and one for my wife. I don't know what happened to mine, I think it broke and may or may...
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    Yet another old power supply problem thread (10yr old corsair TX650W)

    I just didn't really think about it... The corsair was a high quality unit at the time. One of the other things I like is vintage stereo equipment (much older than most any PC at this point.) These Items from the 70s /80s often have their original power supplies that are 40+ years old...
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    Yet another old power supply problem thread (10yr old corsair TX650W)

    interesting... I have always been reluctant to mess about with PSUs due to the "they could actually kill you" aspects of the inards. Thanks for the information... I didn't know about this ASM stuff.. I suppose that might have something to do with it.. But yeah the CPU fan was plugged into...
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    5yr old 850w seasonic good enough for 6900xtxh?

    It should be fine... My 1st Seasonic X750 went bad after about 7yrs... (happily without killing anything else..pc just wouldn't boot)... Seasonic did make it right but they sent me a different revision of the X750 that was not compatible with my existing Modular Cables for the dead X750 I...
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    How long is a 12700k setup good for?

    My wife was using until today a i7-4770K from 2014~ it was really fine for her needs except the computer had developed stability issues (which amusingly now think was a power supply problem.) The old 4770K could still get by pretty well for most tasks... I just bought (well 2~mos ago)...
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    Yet another old power supply problem thread (10yr old corsair TX650W)

    So after getting my i7-12700K up and running I went to upgrade my wife's computer which had been crashing (probably because of the power supply?) to my old Ryzen 5 3600 / B550 Aorus Elite /16GB DDR4 / RX580 and with a new Samsung 980 1TB NVMe SSD... I tried just using this quite old Corsair...
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    RTX 4xxx / RX 7xxx speculation

    I mean for the moment with 10,000,000 mining cards doubtlessly about to flood the used market more so than before now. Used cards are a viable option which can keep video games alive... But very few people are going to be able to justify buying these 4000 cards at the prices announced...