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  1. I see. What about this part of my post about cases? I can't decide between full and mid atx tower: Case: Since I am doing air cooling instead of water cooling, case air flow is quite important. I currently have a full tower, which I enjoy the size of, but I'm okay to consider Mid Tower (with concerns being space to put all my drives and things and space to move my clumsy and inexperienced fingers while building or upgrading). RGB lighting isn't something that I would buy a case just for it (my only RGB light is GPU right now). However, if the case meets all my other needs, but also have RGB lighting, it wouldn't be a deal breaker either. I am interested in the IO (like possibly having USB C on the IO, and USB A ports. Along with headphone jack and microphone ( as I might start doing podcasting soon). I will still want optical drive, but I'll get one external that I can share between my various devices.
  2. So if I am going to start a project where I am photo editing, video editing, and podcasting/editing, do I need to go for Ryzen 9? or would Ryzen 7 be sufficient?
  3. I see. Can you help clarify the difference between the Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9?
  4. My old GPU that I bought used in 2015 started to have fan bearing issues. Rather than fixing it, I decided to buy a new one. After I bought the new one, I have been having this issue where the screen randomly goes blank. TLDR: Screen randomly goes blank. I tried to resolve the issue by getting a new card from Amazon (via replacement), use DDU to ensure drivers are correct, Changed PCI slots, and still have the issue. I do not know if it is the motherboard, or GPU. I have reached out to the manufacturer, but I need to wait until I can get my old GPU in before I send my GPU to them for diagnostics. If that doesn't fix it, I'll have to either live with it until i get my new build or buy a used mobo from ebay. The 1500-2000 budget would be without GPU (unless I can't work with the supplier to fix/ get a new one).
  5. Budget (including currency): 1500-2000 USD but no firm budget Country: USA Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: Games include Cities Skylines (with lots of modding), Planet Coaster and Planet Zoo (with mods), Total War games (with mods). Other programs include Adobe Creative suites like Photo shop and Premier to work on projects. Other details (existing parts lists, whether any peripherals are needed, what you're upgrading from, when you're going to buy, what resolution and refresh rate you want to play at, etc): This is my current build: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/rLCjFG. I started having some issues when I started to upgrade my GPU to the 5700 xt. Not sure if it is the GPU or if it was Motherboard when I was trying to put it in. I do intend to send GPU to Power Color as a warranty though, but if that doesn't fix it, I don't really want to spend 200+ dollars on a used motherboard to fix my current system when I have been thinking for awhile on whether I want to upgrade it. I am thinking of building this next year ( but buy parts as I find them until then). For the CPU: I'm thinking of AMD Ryzen. But I am not sure if the Ryzen 7 or Ryzen 9 would be a better fit. What is the difference between the two? (Probably will go for the 4000 series when it is out next year or 3000xt series). For the GPU: Assuming that my GPU is fine with no problems, I don't see any issues with moving it to the new system. I can use the intel graphics on my old system to do browsing and move data over as needed (or use my old R9 280x with degarded fan bearings on my old system as needed). CPU Cooler: not doing water cooling... so probably one of those nautia coolers? Memory: Obviously DDR4 with the right speed to take advantage of Ryzen (it is my understanding that Ryzen care a little more than intel?). probably 32 GB to 64 GB (I tend to have a lot of tabs open on chrome, and plus Discord and game/ Adobe, it would be nice to not worry about memory too much. Aesthetics like RGB and fancy design is not necessary at all. For Storage: Obviously SSD for windows, gaming, and Adobe? and HDD for Documents, photos, videos, etc. One question regarding SSD, is it better to get 1 smaller SSD for Windows and 1 larger SSD for gaming (due to price and function)? Or just get one large SSD storage for both windows and gaming? Regarding HDD, which brand is preferable between Segate and WD? What size is recommended for price/ storage ratio for HDD? I'm thinking at least 2 TB. Case: Since I am doing air cooling instead of water cooling, case air flow is quite important. I currently have a full tower, which I enjoy the size of, but I'm okay to consider Mid Tower (with concerns being space to put all my drives and things and space to move my clumsy and inexperienced fingers while building or upgrading). RGB lighting isn't something that I would buy a case just for it (my only RGB light is GPU right now). However, if the case meets all my other needs, but also have RGB lighting, it wouldn't be a deal breaker either. I am interested in the IO (like possibly having USB C on the IO, and USB A ports. Along with headphone jack and microphone ( as I might start doing podcasting soon). I will still want optical drive, but I'll get one external that I can share between my various devices. PSU: Modular reliable PSU with room to account for future upgrade without changing PSU. Is it worth going from 80+bronze to 80+ Gold? I have 2 Monitors ( 1080p and 1440P). I do have a wired keyboard, and wireless mouse. I also have speakers. I apologize for the long post and detail. I appreciate your help.
  6. My main issue wasn't the system clock. It was the screen randomly losing signal (giving me sudden black screens). I noticed system clock later on. I already contacted Amazon for a replacement card (which was new). Changed CMOS battery, DDU the display driver, and changed PCI slot. but the issue persist. So I am starting to plan my next build and wanted to know if there were any advantages of full tower vs Mid tower (and vice versa) except the larger size and bulk.
  7. Hi, Are there any functional benefit of the ATX Full Tower over the ATX Mid Tower Cases? I currently have a Phantek Enthoo Pro Case in my 2015 build, but due to my current issues with the Desktop, I'm thinking about starting to invest in a new build. I can't upgrade my CPU anymore without getting a new board anyways. I am not tech savy at all (my friend helped build the computer back in 2015), and replacing my GPU (Power Color Red Devil 5700 xt) itself was quite an ordeal with my skill level. So I am not sure for my next build if the Full Tower would be better for me as it gives more room to work with (and probably fit GPU?)? Does Midsize tower have substantially less space for drives and such?
  8. I don't think any laptop will have good battery life gaming though.
  9. So I just replaced the CMOS battery and Changed GPU slot to the second one. I did have some issues getting it in again( I don't know why), and I had to deal with the issue that one side of the PCI of the GPU was in the slot and the other side was not. I believed I used less force this time though. The issue continue to persist. So now my choice is motherboard or GPU right? Should I contact power color to see if the GPU is a problem (and get a replacement) if it is the problem? or should I go ahead and ebay a replacement motherboard for 150 USD?
  10. The old GPU is in pretty bad shape. one fan is separated from the GPU. The other fan is wobbly. I bought that GPU used, so I figured that It would be worth the investment to upgrade from the old GPU (R9 280x) to my new one. My PSU is Seasonic M12II-750 Bronze ATX 750W Modular Power Supply. Hmm I'll try the battery. If the motherboard is the issue, is it worth considering a used or refurbished board? I tried DDU and windows safe mode. Was told that the slot i had GPU in was the "better" slot? Do you think heat could be a factor? I notice the issue occur more when i am gaming, but I've done some temp tracking and they seem fine (not near the 100 degree limit. Maybe 60-80)
  11. @bmx6454 Ok, so I should try to get a battery and replace that then try and replace the mobo? Is it recommended for me to buy a refurbished motherboard or "like new" but used one on ebay? It is hard to find the motherboard these days.
  12. I am not extremely tech savy, so I am appealing to your technical experience. My screen randomly goes blank ... almost as if it loses signal. I noticed this happen after I replaced my old broken GPU (Old GPU fans weren't working due to mechanical failure). I had some issues getting the new GPU (Powercolor Red Devil 5700xt) to post, and GPU got halfway stuck and halfway in the slot. In my attempt to get the GPU out, I did apply force (enough to see the Motherboard (Asus Z97-A) move along with my force (Did not remove motherboard from my case). Eventually got a professional technician to help get it working. It seemed fine at first, but the computer started randomly having the screen turn blank. Since my GPU was still in return period, and I thought I might have done something to it when I struggled to get it working). I got a replacement GPU and had the pro technician, got it working again (and ran benchmarks to ensure there were no issues due to my concern that my computer heating was the problem). Also, very recently (within the last several days), I noticed that the clock on the computer is off. Sometimes it would be off when I wake up/ turn computer on. Sometimes it is off after having the computer on and running for awhile. Are these two issues related? Are both of these signs that my 5 yr old motherboard is starting to fail?
  13. Can a chrome book hold video and movie files and play them? I was thinking of sticking with a windows PC> 3-4 pound weight is good enough for me i think.
  14. I have been watching Linus Tech Tips for a long time, and it has been extremely informative. I am traveling in March, and I am hoping for a lighter laptop than my old college desktop replacement. I don't need an extremely powerful device, as I am using this for traveling. Lightish weight is good (3-4 pounds ish), battery life is important. Probably very light gaming if any, and price is around $600-800 USD. I have found this thing, but I don't know if it is any good? reviews seems sketchy. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074M2F9JK/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_6?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER Any recommendations? i have pretty bad luck with tech choosing so any help from y'all would be helpful!
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