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About TechTippee

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    North Carolina, USA
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    Technology, biology, chemistry, physics.
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    What is a man but a miserable pile of secrets? Live fearlessly and freely, my friends. Better yourself, but not at the expense of others.
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    Handyman Extraordinaire


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  1. Hello TechTippers, Looking to improve the WiFi in my home, I want to move the points closer together. However, that would require untethering one of them from my desktop, which gets WiFi via one of the hubs' Ethernet ports. The mesh WiFi is a Google Wifi (not Nest, mind you) system that has some sort of smart switching between 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz depending on your device's proximity to the hub. Because neither the hub nor my desktop are directly wired to the main router/modem, I am running on WiFi speeds. Therefore, I figured I would buy a WiFi card capable of both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz, mov
  2. As described above, you are correct: I do not have the physical space for a 2.5" drive. I do have an M.2 slot, however, so that's the form factor I'm using. Good to know, since a DRAM-less drive can be had for $20, while one with DRAM hovers around $50. Though now that I think of it, I feel like there was a TechQuickie a while back that suggests DRAM is important for a boot drive (my intended use case).
  3. All I care about is not taking literally 5-15 minutes for my computer to stop thrashing the hard drive so the computer is usable. Any ssd will do that for me, so I'm going with a form factor I have the mount point for (an m.2). I just need to know if a $20 sata m.2 drive with no cache is worth the purchase, or if I should ante up for a sata with dram cache, or still further for an NVME drive.
  4. Hello TechTippers, I'm looking to breathe some new life into my old laptop. And what better way than to get the OS off the hard drive? It has an open m.2 2280 slot, so that's the type of drive I shall be using. My question is as follows: Is it worth going NVME? If so/if not, should I be concerned about cache? I'm finding conflicting information on this on the web/these forums, so any help would would be appreciated.
  5. AMD's "Team Red" members were sent an email late last night/early this morning, allowing them to purchase a black version of the stock 6800 XT, as covered by PC Gamer: https://www.pcgamer.com/amd-radeon-rx-6800-xt-midnight-black-release/ Surprisingly, I was actually able to purchase the darn thing! Anyone else have such good fortune? Are they (somehow) still up for grabs?
  6. As per the parts list above, it is a Cooler Master MWE Gold (550W, 80+ Gold). That's what I calculated before I built this rig, but the attempts I have made at overclocking the GPU have resulted in black screens. Advice I've gotten elsewhere says that this PSU is indeed enough to run the system at stock (which it does flawlessly), but the card is going to need more juice to sustain an OC. If this is less an issue with power supplied being insufficient and more with another component being faulty after all, I may need to move ove
  7. Hello TechTippers, I'm looking to do a bit of overclocking on my system (R5 3600 + RX 5600 XT), and this 550W PSU just isn't big enough to get it done. I'm looking to bump up to an 850w+ power supply, as I figure it will last me for many years (and at least one upgrade). Any recommendations? I'm looking to spend a maximum of $500. Full parts list here.
  8. $480 for a card I paid $300 for, that's selling for $1560 on Newegg, and anywhere from $300 to $1300 on eBay. So yeah, it's a bit overpriced. Perhaps the thing to do is put it up for auction and let the people decide. Though again, I want to avoid a scalper buying the card if I can.
  9. Bought it for $290 back in August. It's the Sapphire Pulse variant.
  10. Hello TechTippers, On the off-chance I get my hands on one of the 6700 XTs coming out, I may be selling my 5600 XT for around the price I need to draw even. If I can accept becoming what I hate (a scalper, with the self-justification that there are those looking to make far more off of this card), does anyone have a suggestion for making sure this card gets in the hands of someone who will actually use it, as opposed to turning around and selling it themselves? Or is this a quandary I'm just going to need to live with (as I suspect)?
  11. Greetings TechTippers! Is there a good rule of thumb for how much more wattage your PSU needs if you plan to overclock your graphics card/CPU, versus leaving them at stock?
  12. That seems to have done it! In the BIOS now. IT Tip #1: Turn it off and on again. IT Tip #2: Unplug it and plug it back in again.
  13. I should hope so, given it's lighting up. I'll try remounting the plugs on the PSU. The card has 3 DisplayPort, 1 HDMI. I'm stuck with the HDMI for the moment, as my new monitor isn't here yet. I can't find any mention of it only working for a second monitor in the literature. I don't, unfortunately, but I am going to try reseating the cables. I definitely had the most trouble getting those in initially, versus the rest of my system.
  14. Hello TechTippers, So I just threw my first PC together. Pushed the power button, lights and fans came on, annnnnd... no video output. Graphics card is lit up (fans aren't spinning, though I'm told they probably won't until the thing gets warm), monitor is plugged in, and I'm mashing that Delete key, but no post. Suggestions? For reference: CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 Gaming X Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 GPU: Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5600 XT Power Supply: Cooler Master MWE Gold 550W 80+ Gold Thanks