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About fordy_rounds

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  • CPU
    Ryzen 5 3600
  • Motherboard
    Gigabyte B450M DS3H
  • RAM
    Team T-Force Vulcan Z 8GB DDR4 3200MHz
  • GPU
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 Super SC Ultra Gaming
  • Case
    SilverStone PS15 White
  • Storage
    PNY 480GB 2.5" SSD, HGST 500GB 2.5" HDD
  • PSU
    Enermax RevoBron 500
  • Display(s)
    Samsung SyncMaster 226BW
  • Cooling
    Cooler Master ML240L + 1 Cooler Master Sickle Flow 120 Fan
  • Keyboard
    HP TPC-C0001K
  • Mouse
    Gateway M-U0027-O
  • Sound
    Bose QC25 Headset and some cheap Audionic speakers
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Education
  • Laptop
    Lenovo IdeaPad 110-15IBR

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  1. Please, don't let one hater get you down. I loved the Dreamcast build, and I'm intently watching this one too, dreaming that someday I might do something so ambitious....
  2. This will likely be my final post here (except maybe responding to responses). The gradual upgrade is finally finished! I got a new "monitor" on a Black Friday sale (sorry, I don't have pics, but... it looks like a screen.) It's actually a TV, but I verified that it was well-reviewed for PC use before purchasing. It's a 43" 4K TV, and I love it. It's awesome for productivity; I can split windows out into corners and it's effectively 4 1080p screens, but bezel-less. Since I also have my work laptop connected to it, it's very useful. It's also great for gaming, even though I can't do super
  3. No, as long as your GPU is in the correct (usually top-most) PCIE slot. That slot (and usually one M.2 slot) has lanes that connect directly to the CPU. The other slots' lanes connect to the chipset, which then multiplexes them onto 4 lanes (AMD, though I think Intel is similar) connecting to the CPU. So if you put everything into slots that connect via the chipset, then yes, it could bottleneck; but if the GPU and storage are in directly-connected slots, then it won't. To illustrate what I mean, here's the B550 diagram; other systems are generally similar.
  4. Ah, that makes sense. So you're saying mine should be fine; I've got a 3600 (65W TDP) with a probably-overkill AIO on it. (If I were just gaming I probably would have stuck with the stock cooler, but I could only fold 5 of 12 threads without it overheating....)
  5. [fordy_rounds glances nervously at the DS3H in their case] But really, sorry for your loss @Gorgon and everyone else who sacrificed to appease the hardware gods. Great month, I look forward to doing this again next year. And as for the new levels, I'm glad I got my 25M Silver during this event.... though the slog from here to the new Gold is going to be very long.
  6. If it's not throttling, I wouldn't worry about it. Repasting could actually make it hotter to the touch, as you get better thermal transfer to the heatsink (that is, if your CPU temps drop, that heat's going into the heatsink instead). But it probably wouldn't hurt anything either. If you need to be inside the guts for some other reason too, go ahead and do it. (For example, I just repasted a laptop because I had to take the heatsink off to upgrade RAM, so I figured while I was in there I'd do it. If I hadn't upgraded the RAM, though, I wouldn't have bothered.)
  7. My MIL is a teacher at a small school without an IT department, so I help her out sometimes. She was recently given a donated laptop (Dell Inspiron 11 3185) to use. It's... well.... potato seems generous. It has a grand total of 32GB of (soldered-on eMMC) storage. With WIndows 10. When I opened it up, I found that while there's a big empty space for a 2.5" drive, they didn't add the SATA headers to the board (there's solder pads but no connectors). It also has only 4GB of RAM, though that's pretty easily upgradeable, as it's a single SO-DIMM. There's a microSD card slot for stor
  8. This is going to come down to aesthetics as much as anything else. I've been pretty happy with my Silverstone PS15 (although I use the 3.5 bay as a cable management shroud rather than a drive bay).
  9. It should, though it depends more on the GPU than the MB. I use an EVGA GTX 1650 Super with a Gigabyte B450M DS3H MB (a lower tier MB than yours) and I can adjust everything but core voltage with afterburner. But @minibois is definitely correct, it'd be better to adjust the fan curves (also doable with afterburner) than the thermal limits, though 85 should still be safe.
  10. Using MSI Afterburner (or other OC software) you should be able to adjust thermal limits.
  11. You'll need to get a fan splitter for the fan cables to plug into your single sys_fan header. (Watch the current draw; if the total of all the fans is over 1A, you'll want to get a powered splitter so you don't risk MB damage. E.g., if each fan is rated for .2A, you're fine; if they're each .4A, .4*3=1.2A, I'd get a powered splitter to be safe.) Examples: unpowered or powered. (examples only, I can't vouch for either one since I haven't used them.) As for the RGB, you'll need either a new MB or a USB RGB controller. The pictured cable is a standard 4-pin 12V RGB cable (4 pins are 12V, G,
  12. There's no problem with having it on the floor, unless you have carpet and your PC has any bottom intake (including PSU). In that case, it doesn't take much; it's a little ghetto, but I just put some cardboard under mine for a few weeks until I could get something better. I ultimately got an end table from IKEA to put it on, though.
  13. Well said. My grandmother was a breast cancer survivor, and as my own mother gets older, I just hope that she doesn't get it. I also had two grandfathers die from different cancers. I'm happy to raise my electric bill to help end it. Thanks for everyone's efforts!
  14. In general, don't try to draw more than 1A through a single fan header. If you need more than that, you can get a powered splitter. They power via a connection (usually molex, but can also be sata) to the PSU, but connect to the MB for PWM and RPM control signals.
  15. Motherboards that come with wifi usually have it installed via an A/E slot (including newer laptops; older laptops used mPCIe). So this is, I think, meant more as an upgrade than as a new component. You can get x1->A/E adapters, but they usually come as WiFi adapters (i.e., with the the WiFi card already slotted in), so again, this would be an upgrade. Honestly, it would probably be cheaper just to get an AX200 PCIe card than to get this + an adapter.