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  1. True, but I would assume that all the other manufacturers encountered the same problem during the testing of their factory overclocked cards, and used the same or similar solutions. I'd guess that the reason that we're hearing from EVGA specifically on this matter is they're typically one of the more transparent manufacturers when it comes to discussing product issues.
  2. No tinfoil hat necessary, that's exactly what happened. From a forum post by Jacob Freeman, product manager at EVGA: It would seem that this issue, combined with Nvidia giving their board partners less than average R&D time to work on their cards, greatly contributed to the lack of supply at launch.
  3. The selection of B550 ATX motherboards with wifi is so limited, you're honestly better off getting the ASRock board and a cheap wifi adapter, like this one: https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-Archer-T2U-Wireless-10-9-10-14/dp/B07P5PRK7J
  4. ...Because the Crucial P1 1TB is a well priced drive that preforms adequately and the Seagate Barracuda 2TB runs at 7200RPM with a 256MB cache which makes it one of the faster hard drives on the market today? Not exactly sure what you're getting at.
  5. OP specified that they also wanted Bluetooth, so something like this might be more suitable.
  6. I agree. The only reason I kept the motherboard from the original list was because the selection of ATX B550 boards with WiFi is so limited that most of them are actually more expensive than the X570 listed above.
  7. Here's my recommendation: PCPartPicker Part List CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($174.99 @ Walmart) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S 55 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.95 @ Amazon) Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard ($188.35 @ Amazon) Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($71.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ Adorama) Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg) Case: NZXT H510 ATX Mid Tower Case ($68.98 @ Amazon) Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg) Monitor: Acer V277U 27.0" 2560x1440 75 Hz Monitor ($225.79 @ Amazon) Total: $1070.02 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-09-24 20:57 EDT-0400 What I changed: 3700X is overkill for anything other than very intensive video editing. If she's editing heavy 4K files it might be worth it, otherwise you can overclock a 3600 to 3600X speeds, and save a nice bit of money. Entry-level Noctua CPU cooler to help overclock the 3600 (Noctua fans are top-of-the-line). Grab a better-rated NVMe drive, plus an HDD for archival storage. Better rated PSU (or you can choose another one that's rated Tier B or higher on the PSU tier list). Some notes: You might notice I removed the GPU and left about ~$500 in the budget. That's because, if you can wait about a month, the RTX 3070 is going to be unparalleled in price-to-performance metrics. The H510 isn't known for having incredible airflow, but if you like how it looks, that's fine.
  8. No. In 99.999999% of cases, your m.2 SSD is going to be cooled just fine by passive airflow in your case. A sticker isn't going to make any difference (other than maybe voiding your warranty, depending on where you live).
  9. A lot of PSU fans will only spin when under heavy load, so the fan not spinning isn't enough for me to declare it dead. Just to clarify, the system doesn't post when you have it completely assembled, including the GPU? Have you tried reseating your 24-pin and 8-pin connectors? An orange light on the motherboard could mean a lot of things, so I'd recommend that you look at your motherboard manual to see if it says anything. It could be that one of the rails (either 8-pin or 24-pin) is dead and the other one isn't.
  10. You can kill any CPU by putting too much voltage through it, but the Thermal Design Power (TDP) of your CPU or cooler isn't going to change a huge amount when overclocked. It's supposed to represent the maximum wattage that a CPU will consume, or that a cooling solution is able to dissipate.
  11. I can wholeheartedly recommend Wallpaper Engine on Steam. It's $5 CAD, but I've never had any major technical issues, and the library of live wallpapers is huge.
  12. Like I said, depends on: The resolution of your monitor. Whether the games you play are GPU or GPU bound. Whether or not you're okay leaving a small amount of performance on the table.
  13. Here's my reply to another post asking the same question: Depends on what games you play and at what resolution. In very CPU-bound games like CS:GO, I'd expect the bottleneck to be 10-15%. In GPU-bound games like The Witcher 3, it's going to be less, maybe 5-10% percent. Resolution is a similar story. The most pronounced bottlenecks will be at 1080p, where your GPU isn't being fully utilized. At 1440p and 4K however, the bottleneck won't be as noticeable.
  14. Depends on what games you play and at what resolution. In very CPU-bound games like CS:GO, I'd expect the bottleneck to be 10-15%. In GPU-bound games like The Witcher 3, it's going to be less, maybe 5-10% percent. Resolution is a similar story. The most pronounced bottlenecks will be at 1080p, where your GPU isn't being fully utilized. At 1440p and 4K however, the bottleneck won't be as noticeable.
  15. Xbox for sure. A $300 PC would be able to boot Windows 10, aaaand that's about it. Consoles have the huge advantage of cost coming down during mass-production of an identical SKU, and they're typically sold at a small loss.
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