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  1. Gmr_Chick

    Build Up and Running, Now What?

    The 2.0 version of "The Captain" is officially up and running -- smoothly, I might add -- and now I'm just making sure what to do next in regards to BIOS updates, Chipset drivers (are they still a thing?) etc. I have some reservations about updating the BIOS for my board, if only because I've...
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    Bent Pins on Motherboard

    I recently sold my Asus Z490-G board on Ebay. Once the buyer finally received it, I was notified by Ebay that he had opened a dispute against me regarding the condition of the item. Said there were quite a few bent pins on the socket, and provided several pictures of the damage that, up until...
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    Switching to AMD - questions about a couple of ASRock boards

    Long story short, as I have a nasty habit of rambling, I'm selling my Intel platform and, with the money gained from it, going Ryzen 3000, specifically an R5 3600. I'm considering 3 boards, 1 on the X570 chipset and 2 on B550: ASrock's X570 PG Velocita, B550 PG Velocita, and B550M Steel Legend...
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    [FS][US] Take Two! - ASUS ROG Strix Z490-G Gaming (Wi-fi) mobo + GSkill Trident Z RGB 3200MHz Kit Combo

    Finally came to a decision regarding my current setup. Anyway, here he is again, my Asus ROG Strix Z490-G motherboard, plus my Intel Core i7-10700K up for sale and looking for a good home. As before, I'm also including a 16GB kit of GSkill Trident RGB RAM, 3200MHz CL 16 at no extra cost...
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    Painting Motherboard Heatsinks/IO Shroud - Paint Suggestions?

    So...long story short, I want to make my current Strix Z490-G board look like a shrunk down version of the Strix Z490-A. I want to paint the heatsinks silver, and the IO shroud silver, red and keep hints of the black. I did a quick and filthy mock up in GIMP just now: Kind of like this ^...
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    [FS][US] Asus ROG Strix Z490-G Gaming Wi-fi + GSkill Trident Z RGB RAM

    UPDATE -- Please Read!!!: After some consideration, I've decided to keep the 10700K + AIO and just sell the motherboard, as I really just need more USB I/O ports and the smaller mobo sizes don't really provide that so I'm moving to an ATX board (which will require a new case but ah well...
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    Modding Phanteks Evolv mATX case to fit ATX board -- possible?

    So...like the title suggests, I have the crazy idea to mod my Phanteks Evolv mATX so it'll fit ATX sized motherboards, in addition to the mATX and ITX sizes it already fits. My idea is especially ballsy, as I've never done much modding outside of my dad painting my cases, but now that he's no...
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    Strange Flickering When Playing Sims 4 -- GTX 1660 Super

    For months I've been invested in playing Star Wars Battlefront II, but recently decided to take a break from it (and the toxicity. Mostly the toxicity) and started playing The Sims 4 again. I'll be honest, I wasn't able to notice any problems while playing BF II, so the flickering could have...
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    [FS][US] Corsair K68 Keyboard (pending sale) & Sapphire Nitro RX 580 8GB (SOLD)

    Hello my lovelies. I'm back with some more components in need of a new home. First up is my Corsair K68 keyboard. Board has Cherry MX Red switches, dedicated media controls and of course RGB lighting. In the year or so that I've owned this board, I've made sure to take care of it as best I can...
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    Controllers!

    Now, I know many of you here would probably scoff at the idea of using a controller to play your PC games that are controller-supported, but they feel the most comfortable to me so that's what I use to play games. Like everything else, there's a ton of choices out there for controllers, but I'm...
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    Wi-Fi Questions

    Hey all. I live in a two story house with my mom, my sister and her husband, and my niece. I'm up on the 2nd floor with them, while my mom is downstairs. We get our internet through AT&T, and the router box is kept in the master bedroom up here where I am. I have the wi-fi version of the Strix...
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    For The Phanteks Evolv MATX TG Owners -- How To Protect the Tempered Glass Edges?

    As a recent adopter of this case, I cringe everytime either of the side panels automatically close when they're close to the chassis- mounted magnets. I tend to keep the little L-shaped rubber pads the case came with on to keep the doors from being pulled closed by the magnets, but the pads are...
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    [FS] Ryzen 5 3600 (SOLD), Cooler Master MA610P CPU Fan, G.SKILL 3200MHz RAM, Corsair AF140/120mm fans

    Greetings. I'm back again with some more gently used goods that some of you may be interested in. First up, a MASSIVE CPU fan from Cooler Master, the MA610P. It was only in use for a few months before I got the itch to significantly downsize (but not downgrade the performance) my build to...
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    [FS][US] SOLD!! Sapphire Nitro+ RX 5700XT Special Edition

    Good day, my peeps. I'm selling my Sapphire Nitro+ RX 5700XT. It's practically like new, as I was never able to use it. I'm asking $300 for the card. Unfortunately, since it's been RMA'd multiple times, I no longer have the original box, just the standard Sapphire cardboard box. Also, because I...
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    Two BSODs in one day -- TPUers help needed

    Like the title says, I've had TWO BSODs marked as "Critical" according to Event Viewer just today. The first one happened earlier in the day while I was just browsing the TPU forums and checking my email. The 2nd one just happened a little while ago during a gaming session (Megaman X Legacy...
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    1660 Super, 1660 Ti, or RTX 2060/2060 Super?

    I've looked high and low for answers to my questions, but only ended up getting confused, so I thought maybe you guys could help me. I have a 165 Hz 1080p monitor that I intend to keep for a good long while (3+ years), an RX 5700 XT that's been nothing but headaches -- so much so that I'm...
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    AVAST Mobile Security REFUSES to be uninstalled from my Amazon Fire 10 (7th Gen) -- Help!

    I have a Bitdefender Total Security subscription that's good for a max of 5 devices. I want to get it up and running on my tablet, but that's not my issue. My issue is with trying to uninstall Avast Mobile Security. It...it just utterly refuses to uninstall. In fact, the "Uninstall" option is...
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    Odd Sapphire Nitro+ RX 5700 XT Issue -- RGB and fans active, but black screen

    Hi all. After fighting with my new(ish) build for some 3 weeks, I FINALLY got it up and running (thank you Aorus Master!) but now I might have an even bigger problem -- my brand new Sapphire Nitro+ 5700 XT is acting rather weird... the RGB lights came on and the fans were spinning when I fired...
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    My Crosshair VI Hero died -- New Board Suggestions?

    I'll keep this brief since I have a tendency to ramble. A while ago, I asked in the System Builder's Advice sub forum about an upgrade to my rig -- swapping out my R5 1600, 8GB of RAM and Sapphire Nitro RX 580 GPU for an R5 3600, 16 GB of RAM and a Sapphire Nitro 5700 XT, as well as a new case...
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    New Build -- Sort Of

    Greetings everyone! It's been...quite a while since I was last here, and it's been an extremely difficult year and a half for me in particular. Long story short, I lost my father in June of 2018 due to catastrophic complications from undiagnosed colon cancer. He was my buddy and my rock. My...
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    Looking At a New Gaming Mouse, have questions

    Like the title says, I'm looking into purchasing a new mouse (already know which keyboard I'm going with) for my WIP Ryzen build. My current mouse, which I believe is a Logitech G300 (I know Logitech makes an updated one called the G300S but save for the all black color scheme, it looks exactly...
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    Wi-Fi Adapter for New Build

    I'm looking to get a wi-fi adapter for my new Ryzen build. For my current rig, I'm using a USB adapter that has been nothing but trouble since I got it, so for this new build I'm doing away with usb wi-fi adapters and instead I'm wanting to go with PCIe or something similar. Are PCIe and similar...
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    I got a Win 7 BSOD -- What do they Mean and how to prevent them?

    I tend to put my rig in Sleep mode when I'm not using it. Just now, after waking it from sleep and inserting my wi-fi adapter into one of the front panel USB 2.0 ports, I got a BSOD; I've gotten them before (and usually had to turn off my PC) but this one barely lasted maybe 5 seconds before...
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    AMD to Intel - Preparing The Switch

    I'm in the middle of preparations to switch from my current AMD chip and AM3+ board to an Intel chip and Z87 board. I've decided to go with an i3-4160 due to budgetary circumstances, but will upgrade to an ulocked i5 in the future, hence the Z87 board. At anyway, I've been doing some googling...
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    New Catalyst 'Omega' is Borking my Desktop

    I downloaded AMD's new 'Omega' Control Center yesterday, and I think it borked my desktop. I use the Aero feature of Windows 7. Everything was fine with it before I installed Omega yesterday, but after installing it, my Windows Aero theme disappears and reverts to the "Windows Basic" theme; I...
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