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  1. Is it vertically mounted without any ventilation on that panel? That would probably lead to some thermal issues. If it's a traditional horizontal mount, the worst thing I'd imagine that could happen is buzzing/vibration noise from the videocard touching against the panel. Most likely no thermal repercussions from this.
  2. At least he didn't screw it up as badly as The Verge's "guide" video. The worst part was getting a motherboard with an integrated water block for the chipset, then completely ignoring it to go with a closed loop and fumble horribly with the AIO installation. Overall, largely tame by comparison to the Verge.
  3. I see Nehalem and Lynnfield i7's regularly going for $20 or less in my area. I was extremely tempted to grab a i7-870 for $12 from OfferUp to replace a i5-750 in my buddy's build, but decided to issue myself a "zero budget" challenge instead.
  4. Our friends at HardwareUnboxed checked with their local integrator/s and came back with a <2% failure rate for their Ryzen 5000 CPUs: https://twitter.com/HardwareUnboxed/status/1361135468767715329?s=20
  5. Summary System integrator PowerGPU reported that they had purchased an estimated 320 units of Ryzen 5000 processors for assembly in custom builds. Of those 320 CPUs, 19 of them were dead on arrival (DOA), which represents a near 6% failure rate among units shipped to them. They classify "DOA" as cosmetically perfect processor (e.g. no bent pins) that did not POST during their initial build, but would POST after swapping to a different but identical processor. Quotes My thoughts Granted a single data point - one system integrator's experience - does not remo
  6. Thanks, but it seems a little more nuanced than that. TIL that Vesa has their own HDR specification, DisplayHDR, which is the spec that the OP is looking at with the TUF Gaming VG27WQ. OTOH, OP's current Samsung advertises HDR10 compliance, which as you pointed out is CTA's standard. According to the article @jrhaberlandposted, Vesa's DisplayHDR includes the HDR10 spec then "adds more requirements."
  7. HDR10 is the overall Vesa CTA display standard while HDR400 indicates it is a HDR10 compatible display at 400 nits. Asking if you should upgrade from HDR10 to HDR400/600/1000 and so on is like asking if you should "upgrade from WiFi to 802.11ax." You're comparing an overall standard to a very specific slice within that standard.
  8. I had a Rift CV1 for a few years and just got a Quest 2 a few weeks ago. Thankfully the Quest 2 is very modular, so you can tune its comfort to your tastes. The included straps are sufficient and the speaker bar is a great idea to keep the bulk and contact friction low. However, coming from a Rift CV1, I immediately went for the Elite straps. I don't care for the foam padding on the Quest 2, but I didn't like the padding on the CV1 either, so I just purchased some cloth facial cushions from VRCover. To date I've used the Rift DK2, Rift CV1, and the Quest 2. I'd say the Quest 2 is just a hair h
  9. I'd also recommend the Quest 2. The option to go completely mobile with it and still tether up with over Oculus Link to play more hardware intensive makes it a no-brainer to me.
  10. Someone shared it on my gaming discord, but it looks like it's from game-debate.com
  11. FYI, 1080x720 seems like a bit of a mix-up of the two HD/FHD resolutions. There's 1080P (1920x1080) and 720P (1280x720), so I'm assuming you mean the later.
  12. I'd start with testing other ports on the monitor/GPU and testing with another cable. Last time I had static like that on my display (LG 4K w/ RX 6800), it would intermittently do that until I changed cables.
  13. Personally would only use that short cable to setup Virtual Desktop Streaming instead. You'll only really need the cable for SideQuest to sideload Virtual Desktop. It's a bit involved, but if you've got a solid 5GHz WiFi setup, you might not ever need to use a physical cable for Oculus Link: https://uploadvr.com/how-to-play-pc-vr-oculus-quest-2/
  14. No, that's awful value for the money. Either way, it's a really rough time to be shopping for a video card upgrade. Hold out for at least a MSRP priced RTX 3060 - 3070, even with the tariffs it's a better value proposition than dumping $800 on a used GPU from last gen that's slower than a current gen $600 part. In the meantime, a GTX 1060 should be doing fine in CP2077 at 1080P though. If you're playing at a higher resolution than that, I'd look into dropping the really taxing settings like screenspace reflections, volumetric fog, and ambient occlusion.
  15. From Buildzoid's PCB teardown videos of Zotac ampere cards, I'd avoid them. They're still technically within spec at least, but they only strive for the bare minimum to meet spec. Currently have a Zotac 2070 Super Twin fan in my wife's PC and it's one of the hottest and loudest cards I've ever run.