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  • Should I upgrade my 7yr old computer?

    the computer is a dell insprion 620, I was planning to upgrade the PSU , CPU , and put in a graphics card plus two sticks of 8gb ram. but im starting to think it might be better to get a used gaming computer or atleast a barebone custom case without the dell limitations. what do you guys think?
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  • Is oversizing my psu a good way to decrease noise and/or heat?

    I'm building a new pc with a rtx 2080ti and a ryzen 2700x, ssd drive, and not much else. Power draw should be around the 500 mark, and I've ordered a Corsair HX750i power supply. I am however wondering if I should've gone with a 1000w or more psu. I am concerned almost exclusively with noise and heat generation. Efficiency, electricity use, etc, is not important to me. Would oversizing my psu, possibly by a lot, reduce heat and noise generated due to the draw being vastly lower than peak performance?
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  • How long will a gaming rig with an AMD Ryzen 6 and a Evga geforce gtx 1080 gpu last me?

    Best answer: Yes. At least 5 years.
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  • Please restore my computer to earlier date: 02/02/19?

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  • Can AMD RX 580 + EVGA 500 Watts = Working without blow the PSU?

    Best answer: If you don't plan on overclocking the CPU or the GPU, it should be fine. If you do overclock, then 550W or 600W would be a smarter option.
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  • Question about Graphic cards?

    My PC Specs:- Maximus V Gene Motherboard i5 3570K processor 8GB Ram AMD RX 580 Sapphire pulse Using LG TV 24 inches instead of Monitor So recently i bought the graphic card about 2 weeks back.I used to play cs go without graphic card and it was working just ok with some minor lags here and there. After buying the GPU all the games like PUBG, CSGO, AC Syndicate, Watch Dogs 2 are crashing after playing approx 2 to 3 mins of gameplay. When i update my Amd Drivers, it is crashing during installation and there is an error saying "Components failed to detect", I found the exact problem, My intel graphics is turning ON automatically and not Turning OFF.So there is a clash between GPU and Intel Graphics,So i go to safe mode and turn off the intel graphics and then my PC turns on, else i get only black screen. I dont know exactly what to do, when i update my GPU drivers , the intel graphics automatically enables and doesnt disable itself.I have to manually go to safe mode and disable it..Any advice is welcome Note: At present i have very oldest GPU Drivers version 17.1, were windows downloaded it automatically.
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  • Should I upgrade my entire pc? Gaming build?

    I have a gaming pc about 6 years old. i7 4770, 8gb ddr3, 550w psu, 1T ssd. Its significantly slower now and things are breaking. My GPU broke a few weeks back and i replaced it with a gtx1070ti. What are parts I can reuse, maybe the proccessor? Could you suggest new parts for a affordable build since I have the new gpu. If I need to get a new processor than Im leaning toward ryzen.
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  • Questions regarding BIOS?

    1. Does it mean if a lot USB ports are not working your PC is done / or prolly the mb. 2. Could all the performance and workability issues be reduced to replacement of the battery ( on mb) . 3. Is it possible that BIOS is infected with some type of virus. 4. Is it true or myth that some malware survives formatting
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  • Does UPS limit how much PSU can draw?

    Best answer: Let's override PCPartpicker and Outervision with actual design numbers. (I am qualified to do that)
    AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor 95 Watts in overclock
    MSI - B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard 50 watts max
    IronWolf 2 TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive 30 watts peak
    EVGA - GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB XC ULTRA GAMING Video Card 182 Peak watts
    30 watts maximum among fans and ram
    95+50+30+182+30 = 387 peak power spikes
    ( 300 watts is typical max in gaming with overclocked ryzen 5 2600 )

    Wall power use in high level gaming typically 375 watts power. Spike to 470W is still well handled by the PSU.
    It is not the power supply maximum capable, but rather your system maximum capable from the wall with most decent power supplies.

    Let's examine the PSU in more detail to get even closer.
    Fractal Design Edison M FD-PSU-ED1B-650W is an actual 650W Continuous (Not a false advertised one), made by #2 Quality Seasonic (Only Super Flower is better in quality, and many manufacturers in China are far worse). As a Gold efficient PSU, it typically is more efficient than the 80% guidance and will use even less wall power and be cooler in operation. It was a nice choice.
    New revised- 430W peak power spikes and 333W in full gaming to the max sustained required from the wall with this power supply.

    A UPS is typically used when home gets either a power "Blink" as unreliable central power that lasts a few seconds and to allow you to shut down if power goes out without damage to your system in a longer power outage. When you know power in the home is out, you shut down your computer. It is not meant for sustained gaming.
    It is rare that CPU+GPU+ system are all running at full gaming or spikes. Games don't push the CPU and GPU to their limit.

    I looked at the detailed specifications of the UPS.
    It is a 300W maximum and can sustain full load at full charge for a little under 4 minutes.
    The 300W output to the power supply gets 270 watts to your system through the power supply efficiency.
    It's low in power to be gaming with an overclocked CPU and GPU running at maximum.
    Under normal usage it is probably sufficient, but if your home power sees outages, a stronger backup would be better. This is one where your expensive build linked to unstable home power needs a better UPS.
    If your home power is normally stable, the statistics of being at such a high load and power going out is not enough to upgrade the UPS, but if weather and utility at your home is not stable, unfortunately I would go a better UPS to compensate. If it must wait, don't overclock the Ryzen 5 2600 until you upgrade the UPS.

    It is not the 650W that is the concern, but rather the 333W at full gaming with peak spikes higher in an overclocked CPU situation when power goes out at just the wrong time. These UPS are designed for home PCs and midlevel gaming systems. Your modern system and excellent power supply allows it to be adequate until you replace and upgrade to assure no issues are possible.

    I was a 32 year Procurement Engineer at IBM and Lenovo often working with failures and worst case scenarios.
    Most people would say you are fine, but I look at the cost of the UPS and system and know some countries have unstable home power. You need to judge your home power history and whether you want to be 80% comfortable or 100% comfortable that the UPS will work as intended. The UPS is low to be 100% certain.

    But, you need 430+W output to be 100% certain and 350W to be about 95+% certain of no issue in a problem.
    I estimate you are at about 80+% of the time it will work as intended in a power issue.
    The 650W is not the measure.

    This is an Engineering estimation art form more than an exact science because many factors are guidance to when they occur. Exact science mathematics says 430W is what you want from your UPS, but it so rare that everything goes wrong at the same time.

    Summary -
    You can wait with overclock of the CPU. If home power is normally very stable, you are generally in good shape with what you have. But since you spent so much money on part, ideally, a 430W output from the UPS is really what you would want to be positive it does what it is supposed to do in all cases. Most people run without a UPS at all.
    I call your system "Very Good" with the 300W UPS, and moves up to excellent if upgraded to a 430+W.
    Even a full power outage does not damage PCs normally. It is like turning off the power or the plug falling out of the wall. The UPS is also acting as a power limiter and you should never see hardware damage, but is not guaranteed to work under every circumstance to the function it is intended (Power off blinks without making you recycle everything or a power outage when at full gaming giving you time to shut down your system in a 4 minute process of ending).

    Remember that it is lightning strike power surges that are the biggest concern and the combined UPS and Power supply should keep your system safe for that.
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  • Is this a good Gaming PC?

    I need to buy a good reliable computer desk top. I need it for home use mainily. There’s this guy that fixes PCs and builds gaming pcs and he told me he would sell me one for $600.00 he described it as “It’s custom. Has an amd athlon, 8gb ddr4 memory, 120gb ssd, 1tb hdd, gtx video card.” I’m not to familiar with gaming pcs so can someone let me know if this is any good and worth the price?
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  • Is it okay to install a new gpu into an old computer?

    Best answer: The Core i5-4690k was released in mid 2014, and the GTX 770 was released in mid 2013, so they're not quite 8 years old as of yet. The i5 CPU from 8 years ago was the i5-2500k and I would be a little concerned with pairing that with a 6gb GTX 1060 but not too concerned to avoid it.

    Well the first thing I should do is warn you of a site called "The Bottlenecker" which tries to take a guess as to how a CPU would bottleneck a GPU. "The Bottlenecker" has a real woody for Haswell i5 processors so don't expect that site to go easy on you.

    The i5-4690k is still a good CPU and the single core performance it has is still very strong by today's standards. So it's not going to be bottlenecked by the GPU you pick, but it will have issues with some of these game engines that want to use 6 or 8 threads. For the most part it will do fine, but if you're looking to go past 60fps or eliminate some of those temporary FPS drops, then you'd want a new CPU.

    Yes, the GTX 770 can be long in the tooth because most of those card have 2gb of VRAM. I'd suggest a card with either 6gb or 8gb.

    Cards like the RTX 2070, GTX 1080, Vega 64, GTX 1070ti (listed from fastest to slowest) are all within a few percentage points of eachother. Any of these would be fine with your CPU.

    About a year ago, Gamers Nexus did a scaling test with the Pentium g4560 and various Graphics cards. As you can see here, the g4560 really couldn't handle a GTX 1070 in most games. Since the Core i5-4690k would stomp a hole in the g4560, I think you'd be fine with the GTX 1080 for the most part.

    If you can get a GTX 1070ti for significantly cheaper, then the GTX 1070ti is a better value. I'd also suggest looking at benchmarks and reviews of the RTX 2060, and see how that compares to the GTX 1080. The GTX 1080 is not significantly faster than either the GTX 1070ti or the RTX 2060.

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  • Did a Black man named Walter Pickette really invent the microprocessor and tell Steve Jobs and John Wozniak how to build the Apple Computer?

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  • People today know that computers will be faster in the future since lithography decrease. Did people believe that before microprocessors?

    Best answer: Before microprocessors were invented nobody knew much about or cared much about computers. Back then "computers" were mechanical devices, not unlike a mechanical typewriter on steroids. They used punch cards to crunch complex math equations. You were screwed if you got the cards out of order. These machines were huge and few companies had them or saw the value in them. You leased time on them from IBM.

    There were no DOS computers before the invention of the microprocessor. The first DOS computers used an 8 bit Intel microprocessor. Those didn't hit the market until ~1980.

    I remember when the IBM XT computer came out (roughly 1984), it used 2 x 5.25" floppy disks for storage. You were styling if you had a 10MB HDD. I believe it was with MS-DOS 2.2 and Bill Gates famously said nobody will ever need more than 64KB of RAM. LOL.

    Trust me, an XT with rudimentary word processor was vastly superior to using a typewriter, which is what the other option was. Spreadsheets didn't exist until several years after the emergence of PCs.

    I think what you are referring to is Moore's Law, that says the density of transistors on an integrated circuit will double every two years. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore%27s_...
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  • PC Back-Up Power: I'm only really running a gaming PC -650w PSU- and a 42" tv. *Frequent Brown-Outs* What power back-up should I buy? Links?

    We have brownouts when the neighbors turn on their heaters. fans will lose speed and lights will dim. Unfortunately I do not have access to the breaker box and our neighbours are most likely on similar breakers. I'm afraid that over time this may mess with my PSU (if not worse). I'm not sure of: Whether or not I need a 650w battery back up? Or would say a 350w backup do? Apparently there are USB connected back-up where, they will auto shut down your computer if voltage goes below a certain level. EVGA SuperNOVA 650w PSU + 42" tv are the only real "consumers". I have a surge bar but, those apparently provide no protection against low voltage events... Help! (Please)
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  • How much power can a surge protector handle?

    Best answer: Well, they vary. They're rated in "joules" that means the total amount of bad sparkies it can take over it's life time, sort of. So the more the merrier.
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  • What's the right way to compare CPUs and GPUs?

    Best answer: You can use artificial benchmarks (3DMark and UserBenchmark are currently the two best), but they're not always the most reliable. The only way to reliably compare two CPUs or two GPUs that aren't based on the same architecture is to look at actual benchmarks comparing their performance in real uses (something like this: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digit... ).
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  • Computer Button lights up but Computer won't post?

    Since the button lights up, the motherboard must work, but no fans will turn on and there is no video output. The computer has been sitting here doing nothing since January.
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  • I have windows 7 desktop and use a HP mouse (not wireless). All of a sudden it is going all over the place and I can't slow it down???

    Best answer: Are you using a wireless mouse? If so, try to unplug the USB part that is plugged in to the computer. If it's wired, just unplug it from the computer by following the wire. It sounds like the mouse you're using has a DPI setting on it. The DPI setting stands for dots per inch (DPI), and is a measurement of how sensitive a mouse is. The higher the DPI the more 'dots' the mouse moves per inch.

    If you can find out what type of mouse you have that may help get to a quick resolution.
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  • Why is intel better for gaming than amd is?

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  • How much should I sell my old computer for?

    I have this old computer that use to use for school and college work, but nolonger have a purpose for so I want to sell it. I want to get as much money as possible for, but I also don't want to rip anyone off. It's also quite an old system, almost a decade old, but it's still very capable. The specs are Foxconn h55mxv motherboard 8GB 1333mhz DDR3 RAM 500GB HDD Intel core i3 540 CPU 450W PSU
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