Questions tagged [desktop]

For questions about computers consisting of a non-portable tower where all components are housed inside a case.

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LGA 2011 vs. AM3+

I'm completing the hardware list for desktop unit, which will be used for programming (60%), data analysis & AI (15%) and gaming (15%), the rest beeing internet browsing. Budget: 1200$. I want ...
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CPU cooling system recommendation?

I am at the end stages of choosing parts for my PC but am finding it quite difficult to choose a CPU cooler since there is so much to take in. Should I go for a standard CPU cooler (with fans), a ...
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Computer case for new college build

I am going to be building a computer for a college student. He is going into general engineering while he figures out exactly what he wants to do. The budget for this computer is about $1500 USD (just ...
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Motherboard for future extensibility

I'm interested in desktop setup that will last. I've narrowed (thanks to this answer) my motherboard choices to MSI z170 gaming pro and MSI X99 SLI plus. As both cards are quite similar (multiple SATA ...
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Ultra graphics performance for a penny

So the thing is, I want to play Fallout 4. I currently consider GTX950, GTX960 and GTX970. I did the research on game-debate but only found what I already knew. The GTX950, GTX960 seem to have great ...
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x86 Android phone powerful enough to be used for basic desktop tasks?

With things like Maru OS, Complete Linux Installer and non-root Debian out there, I see more and more people plugging their phone into an external monitor, pairing a bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and ...
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Looking to upgrade my CPU while avoiding the Intel Management Engine or AMD Platform Security Processor

Background There are numerous problems with the Intel Management Engine and the AMD Platform Security Processor or similar always-on master key "backdoors". Both practical, and (most importantly) ...
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PC suggestion for Video editing

For work, I professionally edit videos. Right now I am using a Mac Book Pro, but I find it very slow and it's not fitting my workflow anymore. My idea is to change my hardware and buy a Windows ...
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Is there a compatibility problem with these RAM modules at different speeds?

I'm planning to update some components on my PC and I want to know if I can buy two more modules of RAM without compatibility issues. This is the new motherboard I will be buying, a Gigabyte B365M-...