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About aisle9

  • Title
    Screws with confidence


  • CPU
  • Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z-390I Aorus Pro Wifi
  • RAM
    16GB DDR4-3466 B-Die
  • GPU
    GTX 1070 Founder's Edition
  • Case
    Tupelov Tu150
  • Storage
    1TB WD Black SN750 NVMe, 2TB Crucial P1 NVMe, 1TB Inland Professional SATA SSD, 4TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
  • PSU
    EVGA Supernova GM 650W SFX
  • Cooling
    Noctua NH-C14S
  • Keyboard
    Rosewill Apollo (Cherry MX Brown)
  • Mouse
    Logitech G602
  • Sound
    Yes, it makes sound.
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
  • Laptop
    HP Envy 13", ThinkPad X250, ThinkPad X61T
  • Phone

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  1. This is problemo numero uno. The 9700K is an eight-core, eight-thread processor. By comparison, the R5 5600X is a six-core, twelve-thread CPU. Sure, the 9700K is clocked high, but as games get more intense, eight threads are only going to be viable for so long. Consider that the 4C/8T is already on life support for AAA gaming. If you're going with a 3080 Ti, get something that will be able to at least pretend to keep up with it. A 5900X would be ideal, a 5800X kind of the minimum. You could go the i9 route with Intel as well. But pairing a 3080 Ti with a 9700K just seems...you're g
  2. Have you done this? Take out all of your RAM. Put one stick in the slot furthest from your CPU. Test it. If it works fine, move to the next slot. Then so on and so forth until you get the error. If you don't, do the same with your other stick, then again with any more sticks, etc. The idea is that by using one stick and only one stick in one slot at a time, you'll expose any hardware errors. Another thought: have you pulled your CPU and checked for bent pins on the board?
  3. Lots of things can be causing high usage. Doesn't have to be ransomware doing it. Open up Task Manager and take a look at your disk usage and your network usage. If there's one program or process chewing through a ton of either/both, post the name of that program or process here. If there's not a program eating up a ton of disk or network usage, it's probably not ransomware, and a full scan with Windows Defender is highly advisable. Ransomware has to encrypt the files first, and even then it might sit dormant for a while after it's finished. It's not like you just open an email
  4. Are you buying with new parts, or buying used? Putting a brand new 2600 into a PC right now is an odd choice. 80+ rating has absolutely nothing to do with quality. There are 80+ Gold timebombs out there, and there are companies that slap an 80+ Gold label on a unit they know is not 80+ Gold (looking at you, Aresgame). Go from a trusted list or review source, not from a pretty sticker on the side of the box.
  5. Reset your CMOS first. This is usually an error tied to bad BIOS settings (which are usually tied to a bad overclock, so if you've been doing that...here you go). Next, from within Windows, open up a command prompt with admin rights and run sfc /scannow. That will look for OS errors and try to fix them, and that error is one that can be caused by the OS itself. Then update your motherboard BIOS once that's done and test the system from here. One or more of these steps is almost certainly going to solve the problem without you having to mess with hardware or do anything destructive.
  6. I want to see your EliteBook and raise you a ThinkPad, but ThinkPads, despite being better constructed, are usually more expensive. There are Latitudes, if OP is a masochist. I'm pretty sure the only people who order Latitudes anymore are the head IT guys at "lowest bidder" companies.
  7. The 2020 CX units are good. It's your call. I wouldn't run a 250W GPU on a 450W PSU long-term, but that's just me. I wouldn't expect your PSU to commit seppuku all over your PC from the components you have in there, but I wouldn't do much in the way of upgrading without a higher-rated PSU in there either.
  8. The TDP of a 980 Ti is around 250W, IIRC. That's well over half of your PSU's rated output. Also consider that it's generally not a good idea to have your computer's full-power demands right smack up against your PSU wattage. If you knock 10% off of your 450W, that takes it to 405W total, of which 250W are spoken for. You have 155W left over for your CPU, drives, mobo, etc. Is that enough? Eh, if you have a 65W CPU and don't overclock it, probably. If you have a 95W or 105W CPU, absolutely not imo. I would personally just shell out for a 550W-650W PSU rather than chancing a 450W PS
  9. Just give it 24 hours. If you don't want to wait 24 hours, you can always tell how wet they are by sniffing them every couple of minutes. After the third or fourth time doing that, you'll wake up in 24 hours, and they'll be done. And so will your lungs and brain.
  10. Linus did a video on this once. Basically, because physics are a thing, they're useless.
  11. The good news is that you're not going to need anywhere near your budget for a new CPU. The bad news is that's because the best you can do for it is a Pentium D(iarrhea), and I wouldn't trust that 15-year-old budget board's power delivery with a Pentium D(ouchebag) at this point. There's really no use case for a Pentium 4 today. It was superseded by Core 2 Duos and Quads for vintage XP gaming long ago, when something like an E6600 dropped to more or less even with the price of most Pentium D(ickheads). Even worse: the PSU is from the era of the Great Capacitor Plague. If you want t
  12. First, the bad news: a 3070 is not in any way, shape or form guaranteed to hold up for the next five years. You'd be looking at a 3080 or 3090 for that, and, well, those are just a wee bit pricier, and even they're not guaranteed. The worse news: that's where the bulk of your cost is going to sit no matter what you do. Judging by where thing sit now, my 5-year-old GTX 1070 is more than capable of handling most games at 1440p and almost everything at 1080p, but that's 1080p60, not 1080p144. I have no idea how it would do running Cyberpunk at 1080p144 with maxed-out settings, but I doubt it woul
  13. Spoken like a man who's never used a Sager. Back when I flipped PCs, I got my hands on a pair of Sager 15.6" laptops with i7-4810MQ processors. My hopes for an easy fix like bad RAM or a dead drive were quickly dashed when I realized that the boards had literally cooked themselves. Trust me, there are plenty of laptops out there, even from major brands, that are designed badly enough (or well enough?) that they char-broil themselves the day the warranty runs dry. Fortunately for OP, their Acer Loser Nitro Suckface Laptop Edition does not seem to be badly designed at all as far as t
  14. Well there's your problem. 75C is not hot, especially for a laptop. You're fine. Better than fine, actually. Just make sure there's adequate ventilation to those bottom vents and you don't even need the (worthless) suction coolers.