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  1. Last week I went to go turn my PC on, and it didn't boot up. The lights on the fans flashed for a brief second, and even spun up a bit, but then immediately stopped. A couple of nights earlier my PC had restarted on its own while I was playing a game with a friend, which was weird, but I didn't think much of it at the time. I'm thinking my power supply unit has finally hit the end of its run as it's now 10 years old. Unfortunately I've been so busy the past week I haven't really been able to properly research and find a replacement. I could use some help and advice from the more knowledgeable PC gamers/builders here. I have found a handful of PSUs in quick searches, here https://www.amazon.ca/Corsair-CP-9020139-NA-HX1000-Platinum-Performance/dp/B01N5NWKHH/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?crid=1GMA133CEL1I0&keywords=power%2Bsupply%2B1000w&qid=1672783389&sprefix=Power%2Bsupply%2Caps%2C112&sr=8-3&th=1 https://www.amazon.ca/CORSAIR-SeriesTM-RM750x-Modular-Supply/dp/B08R5W27JS/ref=mp_s_a_1_6?adgrpid=64875205401&gclid=CjwKCAiAwc-dBhA7EiwAxPRylAgKRWDAsE4Fu-Ii_usImtz1tWqABkQV8npvI3mVMDWaIE9OkyG7GhoCeHoQAvD_BwE&hvadid=603063707918&hvdev=m&hvlocphy=9000812&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=10643367754987838968&hvtargid=kwd-305673614540&hydadcr=20831_13370553&keywords=seasonic+power+supply&qid=1672783263&sr=8-6 https://www.newegg.ca/seasonic-prime-ultra-gold-ssr-1000gd-1000w/p/N82E16817151199?Description=power supply unit 1000w&cm_re=power_supply unit 1000w-_-17-151-199-_-Product https://www.newegg.ca/asus-rog-thor-rog-thor-1000p2-gaming-1000-w/p/N82E16817320020?Description=power supply unit 1000w&cm_re=power_supply unit 1000w-_-17-320-020-_-Product I don't know if these are good ones or not (especially for the price), but I know at least in terms of popular brands I should be safe with Corsair, Asus, Seasonic, EVGA, or Gigabyte. What would you guys recommend, and what wattage should I look for since right now my current PSU is 750w and Silver rated? If I decide to upgrade in a couple of years when the RTX 50XX or even RTZ 60XX series are out, should I go up to 1000w, or would that probably be overkill and I'd be safe at 850w? Maybe even go up to 1200w? Obviously these would be guesses since we don't know what those future cards will be like, but based on current trajectory can we make an educated guess? Also while I would like to at least get a Gold rated PSU, is it worth it going to Platinum or even Titanium? Thanks for any help in advance, guys.
  2. Been off the grid for quite awhile. Preparing for a new baby, arrival of a new baby, surviving a new baby. But things are finally settling down now and it's time for a new build to prepare for the onslaught of 2023. I've literally been using the same parts since 2013 (aside from some GPU upgrades), so I've slowly been gathering together parts as I see deals popup. There was a recent Microcenter deal on a CPU/mobo combo for a i7-12700k that I couldn't pass up (even as tempting as 13th gen is), and now I'm at the last piece of the puzzle, the graphics card. The RTX 4000 series is out of my league in pretty much all areas, so I'm hoping to get a 3080ti or at the very least a 3080 at no higher than MSRP, but is that even going to be possible? I haven't been following the stock situation too closely, but I thought with the crypto crash there would be an abundance of these available, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Any suggestions? Are we expecting more stock in the new year at reasonable prices? I'm pretty firm on not overspending on inflated prices, so I don't mind waiting.
  3. Now that the Covid computer component prices are starting to abate, I'm looking at doing a new PC build. My old 6700k/GTX-1070 will continue to do double duty with the kids. I've put together this computer build as my first "draft" -- planning on pulling the trigger over the next 3 months. PCPartPicker Part List: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/PdfcLs CPU: Intel Core i5-13600KF 3.5 GHz 14-Core Processor ($379.99 @ Memory Express) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition 57.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.88 @ Amazon Canada) Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI ATX LGA1700 Motherboard ($341.48 @ iSanek) Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR5-5600 CL36 Memory ($214.99 @ Amazon Canada) Storage: Samsung 990 Pro 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive ($399.99 @ Newegg Canada) Video Card: Gigabyte EAGLE GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 12 GB Video Card ($1119.00 @ Canada Computers) Case: HYTE Y60 ATX Mid Tower Case ($306.99 @ PC-Canada) Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G+ 1300 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($268.98 @ Amazon Canada) Monitor: Alienware AW3423DW 34.2" 3440 x 1440 175 Hz Curved Monitor ($1649.99 @ Dell) Total: $4771.29 Hoping to get the D1P braintrust to give me advice. Specific questions: I've been oscillating between the i7-13700KF and i5-13500KF -- This is mostly going to be a gaming rig -- does the 13700 get me any real world benefits? The 790 chipset MB's aren't readily available ATM, do I really lose anything vs. the 790? Last time I bought a ASUS ROG Hero MB, but the prices have increased dramatically over the last few years. Does this ASUS TUF MB make sense, or should I switch to another brand? The Samsung 990 Pro is ~$140 more than a 980 Pro -- am I really gonna see much benefit for the huge price increase? Most cases I was looking at were out of stock everywhere. I don't think I need to spend C$300 on a case, any other suggestions on a good case?
  4. Well after ordering the parts a year ago, I finally got around to actually installing them. I'm definitely going to be changing out the fans because the current ones are uglier than I expected and don't push much air. Was using just an AIO before: @Mr.Vic20
  5. Finally put together a new gaming PC after being on the old one for five years. Components: Ryzen 7 5800x3D RX 6950 XT (16GB) 32GB RAM (DDR4 3600mhz) 980 EVO Pro (1TB) m.2 for Windows 970 EVO Plus (1TB) m.2 for Games Multiple other SSDs (2TB + 2TB + 1TB) for media and photography Corsair 4000D airflow case Noctua NH-D15S chromax CPU cooler LG 27GP83B-B 27" 165hz monitor + Acer XB271HU 165hz monitor (gsync only, so my secondary, and from my previous build) Also took the opportunity to mount the monitors on a double arm to free up desk space, as well as mount a big power strip on the bottom of the desk to help tidy up cords. Still waiting on the cable tray to finish that part. Ironically, given that I don't care about RGB at all, the case fans I wanted ended up being cheapest in the RGB option. This build should last me another five years, and I will turn my old build (i7-7700k + 1080ti) into our Plex media server for us and some of our friends.
  6. From previous builds, I know you can get OEM Windows keys for the $10-$20 range -- rather than paying the ridiculous price MS asks for in retail. I've seen a number of places that advertize on YouTube -- but don't necessarily feel very legitimate. Does anyone have a source that they have had a good experience with?
  7. I'm curious how many of you have updated to Windows 11 already. I got a notification that it's ready to be installed on my system but haven't made the leap yet. Any issues one should know about before upgrading?
  8. I'm not actually thinking of doing this, but I got wondering after a friend mentioned he's planning on doing this. He's a professional video editor and was talking about needing to upgrade his equipment to handle 4K video editing and mentioned doing RAID 0 SSDs. He's in a position where maximizing IO performance makes sense but does RAID 0 actually do anything/is it nearly as big of a boost as compared to doing RAID 0 on HDDs? I thought the performance boost was all about having multiple physical read/write heads going at once, which obviously isn't a thing with SSDs.
  9. https://www.cnet.com/news/5g-what-it-is-and-how-it-will-change-your-life/?ftag=CAD-03-10aaj8j
  10. My old usb 2.0 external hard drives are no longer suitable for me to use for games that aren’t on my main rotation but I still might want to boot up now and then. I have two nvme 2tb drives, and I don’t plan to upgrade to 4tb yet with prices as they are, and definitely not on this build. And two is the max this one can fit. I have two sata ssd’s, I’d prefer not adding more as well. How is running games off of usb-c these days? Is there a usb c external hard drive for this that someone could recommend? I’d still have my 4tb of nvme to cover anything I’m actually really playing but I prefer keeping things to still boot them up quickly in a whim when they move off of that rotation rather than deleting them. Christmas is coming up and I was thinking this could be a good thing to suggest depending on price. I’d like a 4tb one and then if it works out I’d get another one.
  11. I'm in the process of planning a new gaming computer for Xmas this year. IMHO, HDR is one of the greatest improvements to fidelity that I've seen for TV/Movies... However, the adoption of HDR in gaming monitors -- is not widespread, and expensive. Before I try and jam a HDR monitor in the budget, does anyone have experience on how many PC games actually support it well?
  12. I was in the market for a laptop to replace my 2016 MBP and initially I was just going to get a new model MBP until I realized they got rid of the touch bar. I did a bunch of research and was between the Razer Blade 15 Advanced and this Zeph Duo. I wanted something that was still relatively sleek. I had a gaming laptop back in 2014 and it was an albatross in size. Overall, I am liking this Zeph Duo the more I understand the capabilities of the 2nd monitor. It works VERY well when gaming and you want to keep an eye on your discord, or use Asus's Armory Crate and get all your PC's diagnostics in a handy spot. It has the AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX with the 3080 Ti. Ive not been on an AMD CPU since the old Athlon XP 2100 days, but Ive been a bit impressed with this CPU. Overall, Im going to test drive this another week and then determine if I want to just go with the Razer Blade and the i9.
  13. Thinking of getting one for my son for Christmas. My local PC shop has one for $329 which, I think is oddly inexpensive. Also, since it already runs a 3060 would it be "plug and play"? I don't know what his specs are or what power supply yet. But like I said, since it already runs a 3060 was wondering if I need to change anything.
  14. AMD to unveil the "next generation of Ryzen processors" later this month | PC Gamer WWW.PCGAMER.COM Hopefully, this means more details on the much anticipated Ryzen 7000 series CPUs.
  15. https://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Customizable-Breathable-Sickleflow/dp/B09TL7Z2DZ/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=cooler+master+700+evo&qid=1666017713&qu=eyJxc2MiOiIxLjI2IiwicXNhIjoiMC43NyIsInFzcCI6IjAuMDAifQ%3D%3D&sprefix=cooler+master+700%2Caps%2C87&sr=8-1 But that price @Mr.Vic20 @stepee
  16. With the little troubleshooting knowledge I have, I think my SSD with Windows 10 is corrupted. When I load into the bios, it doesn’t recognize it. I have a standard hard drive as well but didn’t have any success attempting to install windows on there, and it doesn’t like me trying it from an external drive either. I purchased the same standard drive on Amazon and it should arrive tomorrow, so I am hoping I can have some success with that. I guess if my suspicions are correct and it’s a fried SSD, am I better off installing windows 11 now? Or should I stick with 10? I’m not sure how it all works with product codes since 10 is still not free. I wish I understood this better. Edit: oh another sign to me that the SSD is corrupted is when I go to pick a HD to install windows on, it actually does recognize it but it gives me an error code that could be several different things including corrupted drive. It also shows that it has 239 gigs of unused space (it’s a 250 gig), and the thing was basically full last time it was functioning.
  17. The new “Intel Processor” will replace Pentium and Celeron CPU branding in 2023 ARSTECHNICA.COM "Intel Processors" are not to be confused with Intel processors.
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  19. Question, as I'm planning my first PC build after running a Sullybox for many years. If I have several identical NVME drives, will I be able to / should I RAID0 them in the BIOS into a fatty drive so I don't have to deal with multiple drives in Win11? My plan was to have one drive with the OS on the off chance I need to reinstall Windows, and RAID0 the others into the main storage drive. If it matters, this is the mobo I'll have: ROG STRIX Z690-E GAMING WIFI | ROG Strix | Gaming Motherboards|ROG - Republic of Gamers|ROG Global ROG.ASUS.COM ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-E GAMING WIFI Intel LGA 1700 ATX motherboard, DDR5, PCIe 5.0, 18+1 power stages, WiFi 6E, Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet, M.2 Combo-Sink , USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 USB Type-C®, SATA and Aura Sync There are a couple places on the board I could install the drives, if that matters as well.
  20. At first I thought maybe something was lodged in the scroll wheel activating the sensor but it's happening even with the mouse unplugged. For example if I open up the volume control you see it jumping up and down on its own. Or on a webpage that can be scrolled left/right it'll jump back and forth from left to right. WTF?
  21. I've been wanting to upgrade for soooo long but i was waiting for the 3000 series to come out, then it did and now i finally got a 3080. So, with the hard part being out of the way, i'm wondering the best cpu and ram types/speeds i should be looking at. I've been out of the scene for so long my current is an i7-4790k with 16gb of (ddr3? i believe) best bang for buck ?
  22. I'm just curious what has worked for people over the past few months: How did you actually acquire your GPU? Did you get lucky with getting into a manufacturer's queue? Win a Newegg shuffle? Camp out outside a Best Buy? Pay scalper prices? Offer a blood sacrifice to Satan? What was your strategy?
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