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Everything posted by PorkishPig

  1. You say the computer is going to be a headless gaming computer, but you have no graphics card listed. Do you already have one? Keep in mind that the R9 5900X has no onboard graphics.
  2. $300 $1000-1100 $160-180. Current listings are inflated, they aren't selling for $300. $20-25 sound about right. I determined the prices be using the "Sold Listing" function on eBay to see what people are actually paying for these items.
  3. If you want to write settings to the onboard profile, you'll need to use Hardware Actions and Hardware Lighting Effects instead of Actions and Lighting Effects. Once you write the profile to your Onboard Profiles, any modifications you made will take effect once iCUE has been closed.
  4. Each output on your graphics card can be used for a single display. Your OS will control whether or not you will see a duplicate output on multiple monitors.
  5. Make sure to quote or mention (@PorkishPig) who you're replying to. You don't need to bother with cloning unless you're bringing data present on the drive with you. Windows 10 accepts Windows 7 keys for activation as long as it's the same edition. It shouldn't work, but I've found that both devices will generally stay activated.
  6. Each laptop is activated with a license associated with its motherboard. Therefore, you'll run into activation errors until you provide the original Windows 10 Pro key. You can use ProduKey to record your Windows 10 Pro key for reactivation. Keep in mind you cannot have two active devices utilizing the same product key.
  7. You can use two front 140mm fans without issue. I use two Noctua A14 fans in the front of my Meshify C.
  8. I'll normally leave Honey disabled and only enable if I'm buying from Staples, where I'll get a guaranteed 2-3% Honey Gold cashback. I don't think I've ever had a valid coupon.
  9. Yes, though it's good to have both a backup and redundancy to reduce potential downtime. I assumed you had a specific use for the 1TB of M.2 storage you had in your parts list. In this case, you're probably best off getting at 256gb NVMe SSD for boot as @killswitch6000 mentioned, along with two 2TB WD Red drives to put in RAID 1. You can have redundancy while staying within budget, see below: PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/rTvpwz CPU: Intel Core i5-11400 2.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($188.99 @ B&H) Motherboard: Asus PRIME B5
  10. Is there a particular reason you're looking at a 9700K? Purchasing a CPU with a 95w TDP for a build that is essentially a storage server seems wasteful. You only need 2TB of total storage..? This seems quite low. You also have no redundancy. Do you have a backup plan in place? Is this server being used locally? 5 Mbps seems quite slow if you intend to use this as a remote storage and streaming server. I would go with something like this: PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/DY3rj2 CPU: Intel Core i5-11400 2.6 GHz 6-Core Processor
  11. Are you currently using Windows 10 Pro? Going from Windows 10 Pro to Home is not a straightforward process, and will likely require a reinstall.
  12. I had a similar issue back in 2017 with an FX-6300 that was unfortunately never resolved. It required a complete platform upgrade with the same graphics card for the issue to go away. Sure, though the interference you're experiencing could be any component in your system.
  13. That price is a scam. You can pick these laptops up for $80 in the US. Then again, you said your options are limited... Do you have any other options? For the same price, you could get a used 6/7th gen Lenovo X1 Carbon off of eBay.
  14. PCPartPicker Canada. OP mentioned CAD price, I'm assuming they are from Canada.
  15. iGPU from the i5-11400. Would that not be sufficient for his use case?
  16. Why does this mean you need to purchase used, overpriced, bottom bin components from AliExpress? You can purchase a perfectly respectable system for only around $600, which will last him much much longer than the system you picked out. PCPartPicker Part List: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/rMFDgt CPU: Intel Core i5-11400 2.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($242.00 @ shopRBC) Motherboard: ASRock B560M-HDV Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard ($112.43 @ Vuugo) Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($114.99 @ Amazon Canada) Storage: ADATA XPG SX820
  17. There's not much you can do here. Compact is the smallest you're going to get. Did you actually switch to Compact in Customize Toolbar?
  18. The Menu Bar is toggled via pressing Alt, or unchecking View > Toolbars > Menu Bar.
  19. While this is true, the amount of resources you will use running a Pi-hole on your local machine far exceeds that of a browser-based adblocker. This is why you use separate machine or a Raspberry Pi. I'm not saying don't do it, you should absolutely try it if you want to experiment, but keep in mind that you may see limited benefit.
  20. Yes, with Docker. https://www.andrewdenty.com/blog/2020/01/25/installing-pi-hole-on-windows-10.html If you're just wanting to use Pi Hole for a single device, you're much better off using an adblocker. As long as you're running it on your local network, you're unlikely to see a noticeable difference. That's pretty much what a Raspberry Pi is designed to do.
  21. You'll need to use Docker, or buy a Raspberry Pi. Keep in mind that if you're going to be pointing your router's DNS settings to your Pi-Hole, you'll want a device with high reliability.
  22. Much worse value. Try configuring a system on something like NZXT BLD if you're willing to spend that sorta money.
  23. Whether or not you pay sales tax varies from state to state. Generally I would agree with you, as you'll likely be able to negotiate +/- $100. However, in this particular case, I see purchasing a brand new system on eBay as a much safer purchasing decision.
  24. This isn't the point I'm trying to make here. No, Cyberpower themselves is not selling it, but someone on the secondhand market is selling it for less than $1500. Regardless of this, if OP is willing to pay $1500, I'm certain that they would be able to find a system builder that offers overall better specifications.