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Donut Dan

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    Donut Dan got a reaction from Ligonsker in B450M-Pro4 vs B450-Pro4   
    looking at motherboards, it would seem that MSI are the only ones right now with a habit of using the same name on very different boards. Specifically the MSI B450 A-Pro and the B450M A-Pro appear to be radically different, despite implying the size is the only difference.
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    Donut Dan got a reaction from BiG StroOnZ in First PC for Little Brother   
    I highly suggest the used market for the graphics card and motherboard. When it comes to mouse and keyboard, your personal taste is pretty important as well. I came up with this parts list, and you should add parts that you'd need:
     
    PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/LMs3Qq
    CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($167.00 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: GeIL EVO POTENZA 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory  ($63.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Silicon Power Ace A55 256 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($30.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case  ($49.19 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: be quiet! Pure Power 11 CM 400 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply  ($67.06 @ Amazon)
    Total: $468.22
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-31 10:43 EDT-0400
     
    An excellent GPU choice would be an RX 580 or 480 from eBay, preferably 8GB, but if you actually manage to ses a ryzen 3 3100 or 3300X in stock, that is a great way to save money and put even more into the graphics card. You might even be able step up to a GTX 1070, or something like a GTX 1660 super.
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    Donut Dan reacted to Spotty in Is the bequiet straight power 11 650w good for my build   
    You can set PCPP to UK and it will show UK stores and prices. The Antec Neo Eco Gold's doesn't show any availability on PCPP UK and the Silverstone SX500-LG is an SFX-L power supply, not ATX. SFX might have compatibility issues with their case and cable length (they're meant for smaller ITX cases and they have shorter cables than regular PSUs that might not reach to fit in larger cases).
     
    The Corsair TXM seems to be in stock. The TX550M would also be fine for the build and is available at various places for 80 pounds if they wanted a cheaper alternative.
    The Straight Power 11 is a better PSU than the TXM though. Could go with the 550W model but it seems they're sold out at most places.
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    Donut Dan reacted to minibois in Is the bequiet straight power 11 650w good for my build   
    The Straight Power 11 is a great PSU and 650W is more than plenty.
     
    The 9400F uses about 80W and the GPU about 170W. Add around 100W for the rest of the system and you can see 650W is way more than needed.
    You could certainly get away with the 550W version too.
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    Donut Dan got a reaction from Spotty in pcie cables   
    Unfortunately there are no "regular PCIe cables", but you can tell us the model of your power supply and hopefully we could think of something. Also, you can ask the manufacturer if replacement cables are available.
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    Donut Dan reacted to W-L in pcie cables   
    Your best option would be to contact the manufacture or to buy replacement modular sleeved cables that is specific for your PSU. You cannot mix and match any PCI-E power cable as each PSU manufacture has their own pinout and standard they use on the PSU side. Can you provide the PSU that will give us a starting point. 
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    Donut Dan got a reaction from Fasauceome in pcie cables   
    Unfortunately there are no "regular PCIe cables", but you can tell us the model of your power supply and hopefully we could think of something. Also, you can ask the manufacturer if replacement cables are available.
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    Donut Dan got a reaction from VioDuskar in pcie cables   
    Unfortunately there are no "regular PCIe cables", but you can tell us the model of your power supply and hopefully we could think of something. Also, you can ask the manufacturer if replacement cables are available.
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    Donut Dan got a reaction from Fasauceome in Cheap gaming pc parts list   
    May we see the specs, or perhaps the model? Hopefully you can salvage something from that PC. You might also want to look on Amazon for used Dell Optiplex models, I have seen some great prices for computers that have a core i5 in them, which is great for the budget gaming space. They also fit a standard ATX power supply, which means that you can get some good value out of them when it's time to upgrade.
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    Donut Dan got a reaction from NZgamer in Cheap gaming pc parts list   
    May we see the specs, or perhaps the model? Hopefully you can salvage something from that PC. You might also want to look on Amazon for used Dell Optiplex models, I have seen some great prices for computers that have a core i5 in them, which is great for the budget gaming space. They also fit a standard ATX power supply, which means that you can get some good value out of them when it's time to upgrade.
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    Donut Dan reacted to Herman Mcpootis in $2000 all white build. Tips?   
    PCPartPicker Part List
    CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor  ($294.14 @ Amazon) 
    CPU Cooler: Silverstone PF360-ARGB 94 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($129.99 @ Amazon) 
    Motherboard: Asus PRIME X570-P ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($159.99 @ B&H) 
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory  ($96.99 @ B&H) 
    Storage: Pioneer 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($128.99 @ Amazon) 
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($54.98 @ Newegg) 
    Video Card: Asus GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB STRIX GAMING OC Video Card  ($803.98 @ Newegg) 
    Case: Cooler Master MasterBox TD500 Mesh White w/ Controller ATX Mid Tower Case  ($99.99 @ Amazon) 
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($117.26 @ Amazon) 
    Total: $1886.31
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-04 21:04 EDT-0400
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    Donut Dan reacted to Fasauceome in Is R6S playable on my laptop?   
    Might as well. If you want to get the game anyway, and play it on your main PC, you should just try it on the laptop and see the results.
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    Donut Dan got a reaction from Ben17 in Exploding TG Panel   
    I'm unsure why this was moved to displays, I think @JM21 was talking about his PC case's side glass panel. and as far as I understand it, this is basically how tempered glass is. Super hard, scratch resistant exterior, but constant strain of the glass's structure, so it can go pop. I think warranty covers it.
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    Donut Dan got a reaction from Skatesy94 in MSI GEFORCE GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G   
    The i5 and the 1650 would perform alright, but I highly suggest spending the slight extra cash on a GTX 1650 super, since it has more CUDA cores, as well as better memory. This like should be helpful: https://pcpartpicker.com/products/video-card/#c=476&sort=price&page=1
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    Donut Dan reacted to PyroTheWise in Upgrade Questions   
    Not with a MSI Max motherboard.  They are fully ready for Ryzen.  THere are other motherboards as well from Asus, gigabtye, etc.. that are ryzen ready now.   You just have to check the Motherboard of your choice.
     
    I build a gaming PC using the Ryzen 5 3600 with MSI Tomahawk Max Mobo and no flashing of the bios needed. 
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    Donut Dan reacted to PyroTheWise in Upgrade Questions   
    Yes, you can get a MSI B450 Tomahawk Max (no wifi built in) + Ryzen 5 3600 for around 300 dollars.  There are other Motherboards as well.  I would also invest in a 550W power supply (around 80 dollars) to replace the 430W I see in the specs (if I read them right).
     
    Edit - is the memory 1x16 or 2x8? 
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    Donut Dan got a reaction from FloRolf in 2 GPU 1 PC   
    I used to use a GTX 1060 alongside my current RX 570 for folding, was detected automatically. You may need to take some extra steps when you get rid of the 560, though.
     
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    Donut Dan reacted to Fasauceome in VERY modded optiplex   
    Starting with a pretty massive tech haul from some defunct office equipment, I pared down my loot to see that I could easily throw together some cheapo gaming computers. Easily enough, I threw a 950 into an old xeon workstation, ripped some i7-3770s from a couple more proprietary machines, and nabbed some hard drives, but the question of "What to do with an old Dell Optiplex" always rears its ugly head. I hated to just toss the case since it wasn't proprietary (mostly), so I decided to take on some heavy modding.
     
    Meet this labor of love:

     
    Yes, the power supply is crappy. However, as the only ATX PSU I had lying around for free that has PCIe connectors, I decided on some more modest components to accompany it. With an RX 470 and i7-2600 with 16GB of ram, the power draw should be quite low.
     
    First, the modifications. As you can just make out, the graphics card seats itself directly over all of the SATA ports. To combat this, I used both a right angle and left angle connector (one of which needed some "snipping,") so now the PC has gone from 4 SATA connectors to 2. Fortunately, with an accompanying SSD and HDD, nothing more would really be required (or fit.) Speaking of fitting, how about that PSU?

     
    The case technically fits a standard ATX PSU, with some convincing. The metal support bracket was bent out of the way, the lever used to open the case with the latch was sliced completely off, and with the lever off, I needed to add a plunger that could move the retention mechanism out of the way for the case to open. Encasing a screw that was driven into the plastic mechanism with some rubber parts lying around did the trick very nicely. After all this, it does look a bit crowded doesn't it? Well, to help with thermals, you may have noticed the 120mm fan up front of the case:

     
     
    There was a rivet, just so perfectly placed to align with a hole of a 120mm fan. Reaming it ever so slightly allowed me to fit a single screw in, et voila, even better thermals. Of course, this benefits the CPU greatly. The GPU on the other hand:

     
     
    Barely fits. The cooler is quite thicc (XFX eat your heart out) so the tab used to open the PCIe retention mechanism had to be sliced in half, shorn half on display so you could see roughly how much material was removed.
     
    Overall, huge success, with the two downsides being the crappy PSU and the lack of a disk reader (which I feel nobody will miss.)
     
    Specs:
     
    PCPartPicker Part List Type Item Price CPU Intel Core i7-2600 3.4 GHz Quad-Core Processor $223.11 @ Amazon Motherboard Intel DQ77MK Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $462.18 @ Amazon Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $85.99 @ Newegg Storage Kingston HyperX 3K 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $165.51 @ Amazon Storage Seagate Barracuda 500 GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $19.94 @ Amazon Video Card Sapphire Radeon RX 470 4 GB NITRO+ Video Card $399.00 @ Amazon Power Supply Raidmax Cobra 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Amazon Optical Drive Sony 5280S-CB-PLUS DVD/CD Writer $99.99 @ Amazon   Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts     Total $1505.71   Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-17 16:48 EDT-0400    
     
    Well wouldja look at that! Apparently this thing is worth a fortune!
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    Donut Dan got a reaction from Demonic Donut in Should I get a cooler for a 3600X   
    The stock cooler of the Ryzen 5 3600X is the wraith spire, which is a good cooler by itself. If you are planning to overclock, a new cooler might be worthwhile, but that all depends on how much cash you're willing to part with.
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    Donut Dan got a reaction from OvrilPT in New Desktop PC   
    looks like amazon doesn't have the best prices either, unfortunately.
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    Donut Dan reacted to minibois in old AMD CPUs   
    The class-action lawsuit only applied to certain FX CPU's.
    But does it matter whether or not this CPU has two or four floating point units? The performance you get is the performance you see in benchmarks. Look at those and decide from there if this is the right CPU for you.
     
    I would personally suggest hunting second hand websites to find a Ryzen 3/5 1st gen deal, as you would have a much better upgrade path.
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    Donut Dan reacted to Slottr in Question re. Power Supply. Pls. help.   
    Power supply calculators are always full of crap, what parts you are trying to calculate for?
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    Donut Dan reacted to Fasauceome in Question re. Power Supply. Pls. help.   
    Outervision is famed for overestimating power required.
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    Donut Dan reacted to minibois in Question re. Power Supply. Pls. help.   
    Please just list the computer you want to buy and the PSU you want to buy. EVGA has a ton of different 500W 80+ Bronze PSU's.
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    Donut Dan got a reaction from vexxx in Should I get a cooler for a 3600X   
    The stock cooler of the Ryzen 5 3600X is the wraith spire, which is a good cooler by itself. If you are planning to overclock, a new cooler might be worthwhile, but that all depends on how much cash you're willing to part with.
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