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Everything posted by Airdragonz

  1. In theory, yes adding a metal piece there will result in better internal case temps but not by much at all, unless you intend on adding a fan or have sufficient airflow over the top of the metal piece. This will also work better the greater the difference in temperature there is between the metal sheet and the ambient room temperature (greater temperature delta means better passive cooling). Do this for the aesthetic purpose, but don't count on it dropping temps by any meaningful amount.
  2. Your best bet will be to check out your local PC component store (US examples might be microcenter, best buy, etc) and ask around every couple days to see if there's any stock. It's a lot harder snagging one online.
  3. Currently use ProtonVPN. They have a free tier without data caps, albeit slower speeds and limited servers. Or pay for a monthly subscription for access to all servers. Been reliable so far for me.
  4. If you want to get the most amount of money while selling as much and as fast as possible, sell parts in bundles. For example, sell cpu+cooler+mobo together. Ram, gpu, ssd, psu, can all be separate with small discounts to a buyer who buys multiple parts together. Look into r/hardwareswap if you need some inspiration on how to bundle parts together.
  5. Most intensive animation and rendering will typically require a powerful gpu, although a powerful cpu can also be competitive in some applications (such as blender). If you're looking for something with good performance per dollar that's better than your Inspiron, Apple's M1 mac mini looks pretty good for the money right now. Or if your current laptop supports egpu's, you can go that route.
  6. "Best" is pretty subjective and very much money dependent. What's your budget? Are you looking for active or passive speakers?
  7. Task manager will report the clock speed of the single fastest core. A 3700x has a max single core boost clock of 4.4ghz. The videos you are seeing refer to an all core overclock in which every core will be clocked to 4.3ghz. You will therefore lose some performance in single threaded tasks, but gain a bit more performance back in multi-threaded tasks by overclocking.
  8. Use either asus's fan control software or motherboard bios settings to set a quieter fan curve
  9. A 5900x would likely be the better of the two. 12c/24t is more than enough for a game and streaming, especially considering that most games do not take advantage of anything more than 16 threads. Higher IPC and a more mature 7nm process is also a win for the 5900x over a 3950x.
  10. Check your bios settings to make sure your motherboard isn't cutting power to the usb ports when the pc is asleep.
  11. I've used an anti static bag wrapped inside a ton of bubble wrap and that worked fine. Better be safe than sorry with packaging. If possible, I'd also recommend insuring the shipment.
  12. Any reason why you aren't considering Google's Nest hub? I believe that's on sale for $49 USD currently and pretty much better than the lenovo in every way. With that aside, also check that all your smart lights/devices can be controlled by either alexa or google assistant. Some lights only work on just alexa or just google. If everything's compatible, it'll really come down to personal preference as both can pretty much do the same thing (such as setting multiple alarms).
  13. GTS will perform the best, at least at lower rpms
  14. Likely a driver issue or software not optimized issue, assuming you're not overclocked. You could try uninstalling your drivers using DDU, then installing Nvidia's studio drivers to see if that'll help as those are more oriented towards stability for creators.
  15. Try flashing a vbios for the card (download one for your exact card model off techpowerup)
  16. I recall reading an article awhile back saying no bootcamp support for apple silicon. I honestly believe bootcamp is on its way out due to lack of support from Apple in recent years. I'd recommend either moving to a dedicated windows/linux machine or running a VM like parallels on mac.
  17. Speeds don't matter for you and with prices the same, just get whichever has the highest endurance rating or best warranty or something.
  18. Pull through bottom, push out top. Unless you don't care about your rgb, at which point getting expensive rgb fans would be pretty useless. Ideally you should run push/pull on each radiator for best performance, but that might be a bit cost prohibitive.
  19. I'm not familiar with the fractal AIO specifically, but I know nzxt ones have software which typically show the temperature of the liquid. If there's no software like that, you could take a temperature probe and stick it into the radiator, then add a couple degrees to get a rough idea of the liquid temps.
  20. If you can adjust the pwm curve for the pump, that's probably the best option. If not, then just lock it into 50% rpm or something. Ideally you want to find a sweet spot in terms of noise, cpu temps, and liquid temps. The hotter the liquid and pump temps are, the shorter its lifespan.
  21. If it really bothers you to the point where you'd be willing to package the TV back up and return it, then go for it. Otherwise it's only a single dead pixel that you probably won't notice unless you're looking for it.
  22. Unless you plan on buying in a few months from now, you should update bios anyways for stability and bug/compatibility fixes. Any motherboard (b550 or x570) that has the features you want will pretty much work unless you plan on heavy overclocking, in which case go with a board with some good vrm's
  23. Try checking microcenter if you have one near you, although I would recommend waiting a couple weeks or months. That'll give you time to check reviews and when you do buy, most bugs should be ironed out by then.
  24. Have you tried resetting CMOS and/or disabling XMP to see if it'll work with anything in slots 3 or 4?