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by CA_Steve
Sun Apr 11, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New PC build
Replies: 88
Views: 1622

Re: New PC build

F is the best solution as it places the front of the PC toward you and has something to block any direct path noise and you don't have to deal with potential long video cable issues. Sound deadening material: Whatever you use, make sure to leave a few cm between the PC and the material. If the sound...
by CA_Steve
Fri Apr 09, 2021 5:22 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New PC build
Replies: 88
Views: 1622

Re: New PC build

I can still hear the fans, but I'm wondering if turning the PC 180 degrees could help. ATM i have the back of the case facing me, around 36'' from my head. Yes, turn the PC around. Now that you've found AI Suite and Fan Xpert, you really should try the easiest solution first and then move onto fine...
by CA_Steve
Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New PC build
Replies: 88
Views: 1622

Re: New PC build

If you stuck with the stock case fans, they are DC controlled. Here's a couple of things to try: - let the motherboard do the control -> set it on Silent rather than manual - I note that the case fan control is starting at 30+%. I'd hope you can start it lower...Asus' window's utility will test the ...
by CA_Steve
Sat Apr 03, 2021 5:05 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: MB died after 5 years need help upgrading PC
Replies: 13
Views: 223

Re: MB died after 5 years need help upgrading PC

The new Pure Power has a 5 yr warranty :)

It's a decent PSU. If you can't hear the fan, then all is good.
by CA_Steve
Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: MB died after 5 years need help upgrading PC
Replies: 13
Views: 223

Re: MB died after 5 years need help upgrading PC

Relatively normal prices at ComputerUniverse :) Here's three suggestions in order of preference: Corsair RMx550 (2018) beQuiet! Straight Power 11 550 Seasonic Focus GX-550 Corsair has a hybrid fan that may or may not come on with your stress load of ~200W. be Quiet (in case you want to jump back in ...
by CA_Steve
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:48 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: MB died after 5 years need help upgrading PC
Replies: 13
Views: 223

Re: MB died after 5 years need help upgrading PC

I presume MB or CPU. It could also be the PSU. You might check and see if the PSU connections to the motherboard are secure as well as the power cord to the PSU. After that, it's a fault isolation problem. It could be the PSU isn't providing proper power to the mobo. It could be the mobo has an iss...
by CA_Steve
Wed Mar 24, 2021 2:32 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 12TB WD Red Plus
Replies: 8
Views: 1141

Re: 12TB WD Red Plus

The velcro trick is nice. Decoupling the base from your desk with a 1/2" mat of rubber or similar can help. The ultimate is stick the drive somewhere else - like a closet.
by CA_Steve
Tue Mar 23, 2021 5:25 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Opinions on best cooler for i7-4790k?
Replies: 2
Views: 107

Re: Opinions on best cooler for i7-4790k?

Are you overclocking/overvolting the cpu?
What's your case?
by CA_Steve
Thu Mar 18, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: How exactly does Turing GPU's Power Limit work?
Replies: 4
Views: 183

Re: How exactly does Turing GPU's Power Limit work?

Thank you for such detailed explanation, but I don't fully understand it :) By reducing the power limit, I reduced maxiumum voltage, so frequency the card is able to reach? So I reduced maximum fps my card can provide. Is it right? Somewhere during the gpu chip's test, or the gfx card's test, or bo...
by CA_Steve
Thu Mar 18, 2021 8:25 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: How exactly does Turing GPU's Power Limit work?
Replies: 4
Views: 183

Re: How exactly does Turing GPU's Power Limit work?

A couple of things to consider. 1) Power curve: - Power consumption is proportional to voltage ^2 x frequency. - CPUs and GPUs follow a programmed stepping: want freq x? Set the voltage to y. This happens on a dynamic basis as the workload changes. - Card mfgrs may opt to tune the cards to always me...
by CA_Steve
Tue Mar 16, 2021 12:59 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Ninja SNCJ-1000 for socket 1155 with Noctua backplate, now (2020) on Ryzen AM4
Replies: 94
Views: 74993

Re: Ninja SNCJ-1000 for socket 1155 with Noctua backplate, now (2020) on Ryzen AM4

Also, be aware that Intel changes the CPU package thickness every few years. Sometimes requiring a really thin plastic spacer so you can't over tighten and crack it. Just be careful and you should be ok.
by CA_Steve
Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:17 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New PC build
Replies: 88
Views: 1622

Re: New PC build

Bitcoin mining is a great way to heat up your PC, make it much louder, use MUCH more electricity and add to global warming (electrical plant CO2 emissions) all in one go.
by CA_Steve
Thu Mar 11, 2021 12:23 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Monitors with built in KVM switch
Replies: 4
Views: 133

Re: Monitors with built in KVM switch

No problem. BTW, (if you aren't already familiar with them) Rtings.com is pretty decent for quality and feature comparisons. You can add Multiple Input Display and # of USB-C, etc to the column listings.
by CA_Steve
Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:58 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Monitors with built in KVM switch
Replies: 4
Views: 133

Re: Monitors with built in KVM switch

Oh, there is one minefield you'd have to transverse with a TV: HDR without a Displayport input. I went though this 2 years ago, so here's the gist of it as I remember. - If the TV has HDMI 2.1 (rare on lower sized, lower priced TVs), and you have HDMI 2.1 on your PCs, you're set. - If the TV has HDM...
by CA_Steve
Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:14 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Monitors with built in KVM switch
Replies: 4
Views: 133

Re: Monitors with built in KVM switch

Does anyone else have any knowledge of KVM monitors? Nope. :) Have you considered getting a 40" class TV to use as a monitor instead? Downside is having to switch the TV input and also a KVM for the mouse and keyboard. Upsides are potential for lower cost and similar or better display quality and l...
by CA_Steve
Sat Mar 06, 2021 8:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New PC build
Replies: 88
Views: 1622

Re: New PC build

My bad - I meant to say:

The Asus motherboard can control 5 fans. All are 4-pin PWM type.

The caffeine hadn't kicked in, yet.
by CA_Steve
Sat Mar 06, 2021 6:55 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Silent Antec CHEAPly
Replies: 121
Views: 143030

Re: Silent Antec CHEAPly

Welcome back. My PC updates have certainly slowed down as my computing needs have nearly plateaued...it's just the occasional gfx card update for gaming..and moving to a 42" 2160p TV for a monitor. I don't think I could stand having a laptop for my primary display..or deal with it's noise. Congrats ...
by CA_Steve
Sat Mar 06, 2021 6:45 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New PC build
Replies: 88
Views: 1622

Re: New PC build

A couple of additional points.. Noctua is awesome when it comes to keeping their coolers compatible with current CPUs. If the shop's cooler is of older stock and doesn't have the AM4 mount, they can contact Noctua and Noctua will send the AM4 mount free of charge. PWM = Pulse Width Modulation, where...
by CA_Steve
Wed Mar 03, 2021 5:28 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New PC build
Replies: 88
Views: 1622

Re: New PC build

You can use Nvidia's driver manual lookup tool to see if a gfx card is supported by a recent Windows driver. Good news is the old GT 710 is supported, will support Direct X 12 and uses less power than your 6670. The bad news is it's 3D performance is less than the 6670. Here's a comparison tool . Wh...
by CA_Steve
Tue Mar 02, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New PC build
Replies: 88
Views: 1622

Re: New PC build

I might sound like a skipping record..but you could always just replace the dying HDD for now and then gather the components you want at your leisure. There are a lot of moving parts with uncertain availability and outrageous pricing at the moment. I can't imagine your PC shop would take long or cha...
by CA_Steve
Sun Feb 28, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New PC build
Replies: 88
Views: 1622

Re: New PC build

If your current system is Win 10 and your current s/w works with the gfx card, then all you have to do is remember to load the legacy driver with the new install. If your current system is Win 7 or 8 and you plan to update to Win 10 with the legacy driver, that's when the s/w app uncertainty might c...
by CA_Steve
Sat Feb 27, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Have Liquid Coolers Become as Quiet as Air Coolers?
Replies: 3
Views: 141

Re: Have Liquid Coolers Become as Quiet as Air Coolers?

Note his test system has a noise floor of 30dB. So, we really don't know what is happening noise-wise below 120W CPU load.
by CA_Steve
Sat Feb 27, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New PC build
Replies: 88
Views: 1622

Re: New PC build

Your 6670 is a PCIe 2.0 x 16 based card. Hardware-wise, it should be compatible with any of your mobo's PCIe x16 slots as PCIe is backward compatible. The bigger problem is whether or not AMD's drivers will support the card under Windows 10. AMD stopped active support for the card. You can use it, b...
by CA_Steve
Thu Feb 25, 2021 6:12 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New PC build
Replies: 88
Views: 1622

Re: New PC build

Spinning down the unused drives: I'm hoping Windows + all your apps + your working data will be on the SSD with all of the HDDs used for longer term storage. In any case, you can set the HDDs to spin down when not needed by going into: Windows Settings/Power and Sleep/Additional power settings/chang...
by CA_Steve
Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New PC build
Replies: 88
Views: 1622

Re: New PC build

Or, if the shop owner can't get the cooler and fans you want, ask him if you can bring your own for him to install. I didn't see any Portugal online store availability via pcpartpicker, but Amazon.es has the Fuma 2.
by CA_Steve
Mon Feb 22, 2021 9:00 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New PC build
Replies: 88
Views: 1622

Re: New PC build

My top 3 picks for SSDs are Intel, Samsung and Crucial, i own from the three brands for a decade and none have gone bad, i still use my Sata II Intel X25m. Crucial MX500 500gb has been around for a more than 3 years now, their firmware is very mature and proven in the market. I do think that 500gb ...
by CA_Steve
Mon Feb 15, 2021 8:59 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New PC build
Replies: 88
Views: 1622

Re: New PC build

Or, build a system around an R5 3600 and then when higher core 5xxx parts become more available and at std pricing, upgrade and sell the 3600 on ebay. The R5 3600 will run circles around your Core 2 Duo 8400 :) The R5's CPU mark score is about 15x that of the e8400. Or, get a Ryzen 3 3200G now and r...
by CA_Steve
Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:11 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New PC build
Replies: 88
Views: 1622

Re: New PC build

Welcome back. I'm not really sure when component prices and availability will get back to normal. Could be 3-6 months. Could be longer, depending on the fab backlogs. Rather than trying to build based on what's available right now, what about sending the PC to the shop and getting your drive replace...
by CA_Steve
Thu Feb 11, 2021 6:35 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case for Semi-Passive Zen 3 build
Replies: 11
Views: 516

Re: Case for Semi-Passive Zen 3 build

Science experiments are always fun. A couple of comments: - passive convective cooling (hot air rises) gets overpowered by a slight amount of airflow through a case. Then, it's hot air goes in the direction of airflow. - I can't point to specific models, but I'm pretty sure many current mobos have f...
by CA_Steve
Wed Feb 10, 2021 8:40 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case for Semi-Passive Zen 3 build
Replies: 11
Views: 516

Re: Case for Semi-Passive Zen 3 build

Just curious - what gpu are you looking at?