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  • CPU
    i7-6700K @ 4.8Ghz manual/ 4.7Ghz adaptive
  • Motherboard
    Asus Z170-A
  • RAM
    16 GB Kingston DDR4 2133Mhz CL14 @ 3000Mhz CL15
  • GPU
    Asus GTX 970 Turbo @ 1440/7700 Mhz
  • Case
    Cooler Master Storm Stryker
  • Storage
    Samsung 950 Pro 256GB+ 1TB Seagate HDD
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    EVGA 750W P2
  • Display(s)
    Acer GN246HL 24" @ 1080p/144Hz
  • Cooling
    Corsair H115i AIO liquid CPU cooler
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    Logitech G910
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    Logitech G700s
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    Crystal Sound 3+ $20 Sony earphones
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    Windows 10 Professional 64bit English

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  1. Likely hard drive failure, or bad overclock and the post is checking more intensively for flaws. Hold shift, click restart, and you can let go of shift. Troubleshoot>Advanced options>UEFI or whatever startup you have. You'll be rebooted into the bios directly. Disconnect your drives one at a time to see if it is a bad drive.
  2. I've never heard of a refurbed Mac being sh1t on so I think it's fine to get a refurbed mac
  3. Chrome book? That stuff is what you give your parents who only surf the web. That's basically what they're good for as you can't do much without internet access. My school got to use chromebooks and believe me when I say a class of 30 and nobody touched the free chromebooks. Buy the Mac, even though I am a PC fan, I'd stay away from refurbed and crapbooks.
  4. I personally have the 950 pro 256 GB version, and I can say that I never need more than 100MB/s writes. The reads are what you're interested in for consumer use so any choice is good. For content creation I'd look into writes. But the 950 512 GB version is faster in writes against the 750, while the 256 GB version is significantly slower on writes.
  5. Usually, refurbed stuff are systems with 1 or 2 defective components that have been replaced. These are often hard drives or bad memory. However, sometimes the refurb can be done so poorly that the laptop is held together by tape, and I have seen pictures of these laptops with the drive held in by double sided scotch tape. The risk is what it is, and I think it's not worth refurb if you can afford brand new.
  6. intel's 750 has the potential to be faster than the 950. But depending on your configuration, you might be slower than the 950. On average, the 750 is faster in both reads and writes by about 200 MB/s. However, we're at speeds of 2+GB/s reads and around 1+-GB/s writes, so the difference is hardly noticeable here.
  7. Here's the thing, watercooling eliminates thermal throttling, an event where the clock dials down to prevent overheating. In most GPUs, that will never be the case because you can never apply enough voltage to heat it that far. To actually benefit, you need to modify the bios on the card to achieve higher than safe voltages. That will void your warranty. Other than that, you probably won't hit a thermal wall on the custom coolers that comes with your GPU.
  8. Before you lost your key, you can use tools like AIDA64 to find you windows key. If you never copied it down, maybe you still have the rainbow sticker on your computer somewhere with the key written on it. Most retailers sell their computers with the OEM sticker with the key on it either on the bottom or on the back side panel. If you don't have the sticker then it's good game, go on kinguin or something to buy windows for 40 bucks or something.
  9. That was my ace in the hole, you may need to find your windows key, copy it down, and reinstall windows entirely. Maybe check your drive with a SMART tool or something to see if there's a lot of re-allocated sectors. If so, the drive may be what's causing corruption and you need to get a new one.
  10. It could be that, or more likely you legit busted a cap. You know those capacitors that deliver stable power to your card? It's very likely that one of those caps died. This is a common hardware death that occurs on most older electronics over time as caps are rated to last only so long. Motherboards and expansion cards often die because of this and you really can't avoid it aside from buying the premiums stuff with premium caps rated for more discharges. That's one of the reasons why people buy premium boards... better caps. I think you're better off upgrading or replacing your card, your power supply is likely still functional.
  11. If its an SSD, you can power it by running it with USB 2, but a HDD must use USB 3 to work properly because it draws just a bit more power than USB 2 can provide. Also, some old servers which I have worked on before cannot boot off USB, nor DVD, so be aware of that and check if you can even boot off a USB should that drive you're replacing be the boot drive.
  12. It says the voltage coming from the psu is not reliable. This could be either the card having a very low asic quality and a lot above average voltage is required to maintain a stable overclock. Or it can be that your power supply is not plugged in properly with appropriate cables or is defective. Make sure that when you plug in the card to the power supply, you are not using any adapters as this is a sign your power supply is not up to the task. And yes overtime older tech requires more voltage to maintain clock speeds. Id try to open up something called nvidia inspector and try to overclock from there. Set the voltage all the way up and it may eliminate the issue. http://www.guru3d.com/files-details/nvidia-inspector-download.html
  13. Im on my ipad right now, but you can probably google an RJ45 cable
  14. The windows 10 usb is fine, have that in, but anything else other than the cable to the monitor,mouse,keyboard, and power cable, you should remove them
  15. Usb? Unplug the RJ45, remove any wifi adapters. Reinstall from scratch