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About aisle9

  • Title
    Screws with confidence


  • CPU
  • Motherboard
    AsRock Z370 Fatal1ty Gaming K6
  • RAM
    16GB Corsair DDR4-3466 RGB
  • GPU
    MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X
  • Case
    Fractal Design Meshify C White TG
  • Storage
    Western Digital Black M.2 NVMe 250GB, Inland Professional 1TB, SanDisk Ultra II 960GB, 4TB Seagate Barracuda
  • PSU
    Corsair RM650i
  • Display(s)
    LG 27UD58
  • Cooling
    Noctua NH-C14S
  • Keyboard
    Rosewill Apollo (Cherry MX Brown)
  • Mouse
    Logitech G602
  • Sound
    Yes, it makes sound.
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • PCPartPicker URL

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  1. aisle9

    PC turned off and wont turn back on

    Motherboard errors usually don't prevent the system from at least powering on, even if it doesn't POST. Does your PSU have a green label, or a gray one, and do you have access to another PSU you can hook up to test?
  2. That moment when you snag a 2-in-1 for $25 then get it home, boot up Windows and realize...it's Bay Trail.

    1. Techstorm970


      Stop!  You'll trigger my PBTTSD!!! (Post-Bay-Trail Traumatic Stress Disorder)  xD 

    2. aisle9


      Bay Trail and Manjaro should get along just fine.

  3. aisle9

    Running a CPU entirely passive

    I doubt anything that would fit in a 1U rack could passively cool even a 35W CPU. Even if you aren't putting it under load, it will put itself under load for updates, etc., and that will throttle and/or BSOD it. If entirely passive is your thing, consider an all-in-one ITX board with something like an Atom, mobile Celeron or Pentium-J. Those sub-10W CPUs would be fine, though I'm not sure how they'd do on ability to run your server.
  4. aisle9

    CPU cooler wire in contact with copper coils

    That's not unusual for a new build. If the smell lingers for an extended time or you start getting a burning plastic smell, you have problems.
  5. aisle9

    All the popular pants brands are removing pockets?

    I came to talk about pants, and all I see is a poll about headphone jacks? Lame.
  6. aisle9

    How large of a PSU should I get?

    It's just 80+. Because the label is white, some companies (looking at you, EVGA) will refer to it as 80+ White.
  7. I'm g-not a g-mechwarrior. I'm g-not a g-nearthsiege. You've been IMG_20190121_223802.thumb.jpg.8b8585cfdaf696486de3bf1eda8a77dd.jpg

  8. aisle9

    Will B450m bottleneck Ryzen 7 2700

    The VRMs, man. Think of the VRMs. 8-core CPUs draw a lot of power and that creates a lot of heat through those circuits. If you're planning on running stock, look into a much higher-end B450 board with better power delivery and heatsinks on the VRMs. If you plan to overclock an eight-core processor, start looking into midrange X470 boards instead. The power delivery on those is much better than what you'll find on most B450 boards.
  9. aisle9

    The most expesive pca consumer can buy

    Almost, but that $10 mail-in rebate kills it.
  10. aisle9

    what are your main sources of income?

    YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE PRIMARY JOB! Seriously, I don't know what I do right now. I was just moved into a new position in a new department to help start it up, but no one at the top has any f*cking clue what they're doing with their shiny new toy, so until further notice I'm being paid a lot of money to do nothing. As great as that sounds, it's not, and I'm actively looking for a way out.
  11. aisle9

    what are your main sources of income?

    Primary: A job you wouldn't understand, and it's not interesting enough for you to want to understand it, but it pays the bills and then some. Secondary: Flipping PCs, mostly desktops, some laptops, and selling components and stuff on eBay. Tertiary: Nothing. I just like showing off how smart I am by saying words like tertiary.
  12. aisle9

    Parts to Salvage?

    The Dimension 3000 goes back to 2004-ish. There's really absolutely nothing inside of it that's any kind of useful in a modern environment. It doesn't even have a AGP slot that could be used to make a retro ghetto gamer. That said, if it fires up and the DDR RAM works, that could be worth a few bucks on eBay if it's 512MB sticks or higher. Other than that, pretty much e-waste at this point. Unfortunate, because in terms of simple, stupid daily tasks on Windows 7, those are still a wee little bit competent.
  13. aisle9

    Linus hit 8 mil

    Damn. Even Wilt the Stilt only hit 20,000.
  14. When a company brings new computers online, the old ones have to go somewhere. A few (relatively speaking) will be kept as backups, but most will make their way to systems refurbishers, either via auction or by direct sale. Those systems refurbishers place them on eBay typically with minimal work done to them beyond making sure they boot and maybe installing a hard drive. When you're talking about a Fortune 500 company, you're probably talking about north of 1,000 systems being decommissioned at a time. In the largest of the large, it's frequently 10,000+ at a time. Now consider that every college out there is running boatloads of Optiplexes, state and local governments have thousands of desktops in circulation, and the federal government is swimming with them. If someone has pockets deep enough to buy a pallet of 100 systems for around $2,000, the profit margin is huge--but it's going to take a long, long time to clear all of those out, and if you have to install RAM or hard drives that's going to eat up profit. If you don't have a Windows COA on the computer, that's going to lower the resale price. Condition is king, too. Two identically-specced Optiplex 790s will sell for wildly different prices if one's clean and the other is scuffed up, missing rubber feet, etc. Those systems also have higher than normal return rates because it's totally impractical for a reseller to photograph and list every system individually, so they'll grab a couple of representative samples and state that the other computers are in similar condition. "Similar" is a relative term, and it's not unusual for buyers to initiate a return because there was a scratch or a scuff somewhere not in the pictures, and people don't understand what "representative" means. So, tl;dr, if you can afford to do it in volumes of 1,000+ PCs, can afford to add hard drives and RAM and take a higher than normal return hit, there's good money in flipping retired office units. If you can't afford the volume or hits to your profit margin, do something else with your life.