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  1. A 14-pin connector? That must be some sort of odd-ball proprietary connector. Older ATX form factor motherboards used 20-pin connectors, and now use 24 pins. I would assume that any 'standard' power supply would only have the usual 20/24-pin connector. The 14-pin ones would probably be propriatary and expensive. In any case, there should be no problem using an adapter PROVIDED that you are sure that the adapter is designed to work with your particular motherboard. Given that the 14-pin isn't 'standard', there could be several variations of pin layout.
  2. Get into the BIOS (with the 730 installed) and check the settings for the graphics. There should be a setting similar to "graphics enable" which may have settings to enable PCIe, on-board/IGP, and/or "auto".
  3. For gaming, an i7-7700K is better. (Or even an i7-7700 if you don't OC.) Keep in mind that for "slight video game coding and video editing" you don't really need all those cores. The only thing that changes is the render times, and saving a few minutes on render times occasionally, doesn't mean a whole lot. But then again, I'd stick with the 1700X just because.... (it aint Intel )
  4. Corsair 270R http://www.ncix.com/detail/corsair-carbide-series-270r-26-138016.htm?promoid=1744
  5. I don't think he needs to worry about erasing his floppies.
  6. There is really no reason to be that concerned about the temps. If the card was running at 57-59C it wouldn't perform any differently. I suggest you go back to the original fan and reduce the noise.
  7. Efficiency curves differ because circuit design, components, etc, varies between different models/brands. Yes, less heat is generated at higher efficiency because less power is wasted internally. (duh) However, there is no reason to assume that a particular 1Kwatt PSU would be more efficient at a particular load. A 1Kwatt PSU that is 85% efficient at 400watts output would produce the same amount of heat as a 500watt PSU that is 85% efficient at 400watts output. Note - this is the total quantity of heat, not the temperature of any particular part.
  8. CPU workload: Keep in mind that the only time you will be using all thread is during the actual final rendering. While you are editing a video, you will only be using a few cores. The only difference that having more cores makes is in the time it takes to do the final render. Unless you are in a professional enviroment where the time is actually important, it's not economical to spend $1000 on a CPU just to save a few minutes render time. If the number of PCIe lanes is important to you, you could use any less expensive Threadripper with fewer cores and just spend a few extra minutes
  9. Actually electricity (in electronic circuits) has everything to do with heat. It's the consumption of electricity that produces the heat. What did you think causes the heat in a resistor - magical pixies? (And, of course, it's not just resistors that have "resistance" and/or generate heat.) The 400watts that the power supply would be delivering (in this hypothetical case) is the power consumed by the components - CPU, motherboard, GPU, etc - and would not be the source of the heat produced within the power supply. The heat produced within the PSU is the result of the powe
  10. Lol! I can't help laughing at this. 1. Just because a power supply is rated at 1Kw does not guarantee that the components in it are any better "quality" than those in a 500watt supply. Many of the components are exactly the same - it's mostly just the actual current carrying components that are more highly rated. 2. While it's true that the 1Kw PSU would only be using 40% of it's capacity, at 400watts it's producing roughly the same amount of heat as a 500watt supply. The only difference in thermals would be the difference in efficiency between the two supplies when running at
  11. This is not entirely true. If your system is consuming say, 400watts, your 1000watt PSU needs to work just as hard as 550watt one does, to produce that 400watts. You can also get passively cooled, lower wattage, power supplies that are quiet all the time. Unless you actually need 1000watts - which would basically mean a highly overclocked system with 3 or 4 way SLI/CFX - it is very un-economical price/performance-wise to get a 1000watt psu. And before you talk about "efficiency" - you'll need to run your computer for a long, long time to recoup the added expense of a larger (o
  12. I'd start by resetting the CMOS/BIOS/UEFI. Using the hardware CMOS jumper would be best. Next to that, use whatever key during boot-up to enter the BIOS/UEFI (check the manual) and "Load Defaults" Also, check that the motherboard is compatible with the M.2 drive, especially if it's NVMe.
  13. I'd go for 6th generation and keep the RAM. In regards to AMDs running hot - I never had any problems with AMDs not lasting, except for some instances where people tried to overclock them too much (particularly the old FX series) Overdriving and creating excessive heat can shorten the life of any CPU - Intel, AMD, or whoever.
  14. These problems are usually caused by a flaky power supply or motherboard - particularly bad "bulging" or leaking capacitors in either unit. Try borrowing a different power supply (for testing). Inspect the motherboard for signs of leaking or bulging capacitors. Of course, any part of the motherboard or PSU could be flaky, so direct replacement is the best troubleshooter.
  15. That just depends upon how delicate the bad connection is. It can be almost instantaneous, or it can take a while. An oxidized joint can be "self-heating". Can you borrow a GPU to test it out? The test GPU doesn't need to be a GTX-970, but preferably it should be some nVidia model that uses the same driver - GTX-750, 950, 960, etc.