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  1. Valantar

    Weird question: can unstable DRAM frequencies cause WiFi issues?

    So this is quite out there, but the correlation is too strong for me to ignore: about a week ago, I decided to have another go at getting my RAM to run closer to its rated speed. Of note: the Biostar X370GTN is not a good motherboard, 1st gen Ryzen doesn't like fast RAM, and my old TridentZs...
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    Good quick disconnect fittings

    I'm looking to add some quick disconnect fittings to my water loop to make it a bit easier to handle, fill, leak test, etc. Ideally I would want fittings that don't leak (obviously), are relatively easy to connect and disconnect, aren't too large (this is going into an SFF build, so fittings...
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    Tips for protecting desktop PCs when moving?

    So I'll be moving in a few weeks time, and I'm wondering if anyone has any tips for how to best protect the three desktop PCs that will be a part of that move. I trust the movers to be relatively sensible about treating things properly, but care still needs to be taken. I don't have the boxes...
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    Remote desktop issues

    So I'm away from home for a while and have (long ago) set up my HTPC/NAS to be accessible through Windows Remote Desktop and a dynamic DNS service. It's been on-and-off in terms of working previously, and now it's ... somewhere in the middle, oddly. I can connect to it, but the connection is...
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    Any experience with AliExpress DAC/amps?

    My current living room audio setup is an old (from the 90s I think) compact stereo system (one of those all-in-one jobs with a CD changer, dual tape decks, radio and an amp all in one box). Given its age it is pretty much falling apart - one of the tape decks falls open, the CD changer tray is...
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    Cookie error in Firefox - unable to use the site

    I got a weird error tonight that I've never seen before: This appears whenever I try to do anything on the forums (the news site seems to work just fine). Navigate to a new page, post a reply, etc. While my Firefox install (69.0) is configured for privacy including a couple of...
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    SSD recommendation for networked HTPC

    I'm looking for a drive for an upcoming HTPC build. The vast majority of its storage will be on a NAS, so I don't need much capacity - I'm looking at a 500GB m.2 drive (250 is low enough to affect performance, and isn't that much cheaper). The question is which drive I should pick. I've been...
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    AM4 ITX motherboard recommendation for APU-powered HTPC?

    Edging ever closer to getting my HTPC upgrade built, I'm wondering what motherboard would be best for a build like this. It's going to be an SFF HTPC, APU-powered, with a focus on silence, mainly for video and streaming, but some light gaming too. I'll want to overclock the iGPU at some point...
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    Travel mouse - G305 vs. MX Anywhere 2s

    I need a travel mouse. It'll mostly be used for light gaming, but also some productivity. This is for an ultrabook, so no twitch gaming or FPS, and I don't play MOBAs or RTSes. Definitely nothing requiring much in terms of speed or performance, but I do want something that's somewhat ergonomic...
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    Diagnosing possible early stage drive failure

    My HTPC/NAS has been acting up a bit lately. The main issue is "simple": from time to time, Windows Explorer fails to show the drives installed, just keeps showing an empty "This PC" page with the green progress bar sloooooowly creeping forward yet never actually finishing. When this happens...
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    NH-U14S-TR4 running hot on stock 1920X

    After the AIO on my GF's video editing rig failed, I had it replaced with a Noctua NH-U14S-TR4 instead (wouldn't trust a replacement AIO given that the first one failed after less than a year ...). Installed it yesterday, and it seems to work okay, but temperatures are higher than expected. Or...
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    Dead AIO pump?

    My GF's Threadripper editing rig has been excessively loud the past few days, even though she hasn't been using it for anything particularly demanding. Even at idle, its fans never seem to settle down. Taking a look at it today, reported temps are in the high 60s to low 70s even at idle...
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    Troubleshooting PCs spontaneously waking from sleep

    So I have been having this weird issue for years, actually - across multiple subsequent and concurrent builds, which makes it all the more baffling. The issue is simple: neither of the two desktop PCs in my house will stay asleep, and wake on their own accord. I first had this issue with my old...
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    Shortening PSU cables - anything to watch out for?

    I'm moving my build from my aging Fractal Define R4 to an NZXT H200i. Getting an EVGA G2 750W in there will be a squeeze, so I'm planning to shorten my GPU and 24-pin power cables (and the EPS, if needed) to cut down on clutter. The case will be sufficiently packed with radiators, hoses and the...
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