Questions tagged [pc]

PC is an abbreviation for personal computer. Use this tag for questions about PCs as a whole. Do not use this tag along with the [desktop] or [laptop] tags.

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Parts for a gaming PC from 2005

I'm currently writing a story where in 2005 a guy built a time machine out of a old Ford Mustang, a Casio ClassPad 300 calculator, some scrap, and a gaming PC, but the problem I'm facing is that I ...
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Which would make a greater difference? Extra CPU or RAM?

I am building a PC specifically for programming. I mainly use Android Studio and Eclipse which are both quite heavy programs. This is why I would like to get a better CPU / more RAM. Which of the ...
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Computer (of any type) without screen, for bed-ridden blind person

I want to buy a computer/laptop/tablet/whatever-computing-device for a blind user who’ll operate it while lying in bed. It will primarily be used for plain text notes, emails, browsing the Web, and ...
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Which modern CPU for best single-threaded performance?

Which of modern (desktop PC) CPUs would provide best performance in single-threaded applications? There are some games that haven't been optimized for multi-core use, and the CPU speed is their ...
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Recommended small form factor gaming PCs?

I'd like to fit a gaming PC in my living room, and am looking into small form factor ones. I have been recommended the Alienware X51 series whose I appreciate the shape reminiscent of a gaming ...
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Personal computer UPS

I'm considering buying new UPS for my PC. I'm hoping the new UPS can still hold power for around 15-30 minutes so my computer can properly shutdown. It should also come with surge protection. My PC ...
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Mini PC with dual/quad-core CPU as Mac mini alternative

I am looking for mini PC with fairly similar in size (~5x20x20cm) which can outperform a Mini Mac. The size doesn't matter as long it's not too heavy or big and it can be easily moved between home and ...
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Choosing the right hardware for an interactive kiosk - computer

My goal is to develop an interactive kiosk with only touchscreen available to visitors for a local museum. I must admit that I'm a freshman in this part of hardware world, but I really like the sound ...
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Cheap USB drive bay with headphone output

I just got the Phantom NZXT case (specs) for my PC. It works great for me, but this thing is so huge it barely fits in my desk! Now, it does fit, but since the 1/8 in audio output and USB ports are on ...
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How to turn Dell Precision T5400 into a gaming computer?

I have an opportunity to buy a used Dell T5400 for a very reasonable price. CPU: Xeon E5420 Clock: 2500 Mhz Cores: 4 - Quad Core RAM: 4GB DDR3 Disk: 250GB GPU: nVidia Quadro NVS DMS->2x DVI ...
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Need help buying new budget gaming PC: the processor

Long story short, the motherboard of my 7 year old PC died and I'll need a new one. I plan to use it mainly for gaming (Elder Scrolls series, Fallout series, League of Legends, Crusader Kings, ...) ...
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Choosing motherboard for a budget gaming PC using AMD Athlon X4 860K processor

The title pretty much says it all. I'm assembling a budget gaming PC and decided for an AMD Athlon X4 860K processor and now I need to chose a motherboard for it. My total budget for the PC is €500-...
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Smallest PCIe 4x box?

I'm looking to build a small FFmpeg based video encoder using a BlackMagic Intensity Pro 4K capture card. This card requires a PCIe 4x slot. What's the smallest motherboard/case combination that ...
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which intel skylake cpu will give me longest battery life ? m3, m5 or m7?

I was hoping someone would be able to recommend which Intel skylake CPU will give me longest battery life? m3, m5 or m7? I am a uni student, thinking about buying a Surface Pro 4 (or clone from ...
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How far above my power draw should a PSU be?

I am going to upgrade my PC over Christmas, and right now I'm trying to pick out a PSU. I would like it to be fully modular, 80+ gold or better efficiency and preferably cheap. I found the Antec ...
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Power supply advice - 550W range

I am willing to build my very first computer. This is the build I was thinking about: Intel Core i7 6700K Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 5-EU Corsair Hydro H60 CW-9060007-WW EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB SC ...
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What should I buy? (RAM Chips)

I have a Windows Vista Home Premium PC. It needs 2 new RAM chips, but I do not know what I should get. Does anyone know what is under $100 and is really good? More PC info Windows Vista Home Premium,...
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How good is the Intel HD Graphics 4600 compared to my 7 year old GeForce 9600 GT?

I'm buying a new PC on a relatively tight budget so I decided to reuse my old GPU and get a new one later. I'm now considering getting an i5-4460 as my CPU and I noticed it comes with an integrated ...
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Passive cooled graphics card for dual 4K screens

Looking at recommendations for a graphics card that fulfills the following spec in order of importance: Dual 4K (60hz) capable Passive cooled Cheap (only business graphics required) Two displayport/ ...
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PC Desktop build for Blender 3d around $3000 USD

I'm looking to move from Mac to PC as the new 2016 Mac Book Pro is terribly under baked in terms of performance. In turn, I want to build a desktop PC for around $3000 USD, but my knowledge of PC ...
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Older model vs new model PSU

I have a Corsair AX760 Watt PSU which is still new in the box but is an older model. So it was never used. It was meant to be build in a high end gaming PC but that never happened. I see that this one ...
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Pre-built mid-range gaming system under £600

I'm looking to upgrade my system from the laptop I'm currently working on to a high-powered PC. I'll be using it for a lot of programming, though not that much compiling some gaming (I imagine the ...
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Oculus Rift or HTC Vive?

I'm planning on getting a VR headset. I'm not sure which would be the best choice. Are there any recommendations about which I should choose? Oculus Rift HTC Vive I read about the PIMAX 8k (...
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Cheapest Mac for Xamarin.iOS development in Visual Studio

Referring to this answer (on stackoverflow) to develop application in Xamarin.iOS using Visual Studio on my Windows 10 PC i will need Mac with requirements listed below (it can be found in this link): ...
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Breakdown of new AMD Fury Cards vs Top NVidia Cards

I'm a serious gamer and I'm looking at high end graphics cards. I know that the new R9 Fury (and Fury X) feature HBM which is supposedly good for 4K gaming. I currently use 4 1080p monitors connected ...
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Power Supply For my future build

I am currently under the dilemma of choosing the right PSU for this build: CPU: Intel Skylake, Core i5 6600K 3.5GHz RAM: HyperX Fury Black 8GB DDR4 2133MHz CL14 Dual Channel Kit Motherboard: MSI ...
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1x GTX 1080 or 2x GTX 970

I want to build a new PC for myself and have a question about my graphics-card. I don't know which to buy: 1x Asus ROG Nvidia GTX 1080 2x MSI Nvidia GTX 970 (+1x SLI-Bridge) What would be most ...
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Cheap solution to connect PC to TV

My desktop PC does not have a HDMI port, but my TV only supports HDMI inputs. Is there any way of connecting the two that is Cheap Reasonably reliable and Ensures a reasonable image quality I have ...
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Upgrade path to raise performance in games

I want to upgrade my PC and I don't know which path should I choose. I want raise performance in games and be able to OC my PC which is not possible now because I have blocked CPU (without K). All my ...
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Best Power Supply Unit for Blender Cycles Rendering?

What's a very good Power Supply Unit for this PC computer I want together built meant for Blender Cycles rendering? I have a few components but need 3 more. The three components are: the MSI X399 ...
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PC build for Robotics, Machine Learning and CyberSecurity

I'm planning to build a PC for personal use. I'm studying Swarm Robotics, Machine Learning (for robotics), and Cybersecurity (mainly hacking and pentesting). From what I've read online, there's not ...
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PC upgrade for the next few years

A few months ago I bought a new GPU (1060 GB) and my performance got higher from that. But now I see my CPU is not enough for what I am doing on my PC. So what I do on my PC? Play games. This part is ...
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Persistent Storage for Blender Cycles Rendering for PC

This is a follow up for a previous question to build a high performance rendering PC. This PC will be running Windows. Requirements: Supported by the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X running on the MSI ...
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Most Economical Personal Computer UPS

I'm looking for an decent quality UPS with a decent quality battery for a single Linux personal computer. So far, most power outages here have been very short--power lost for mere seconds--so I'm not ...
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Car Radio with Android

I'm searching for a Car Radio with Android as a complete system. The Car Radio should support USB-Debugging via the PC. Is there such a Car Radio? Thanks.
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Cheapest possible computer capable of backing up an IPhone 7

If I were to buy a computer for the sole purpose of backing up and syncing my iPhone, what would be my cheapest possible option? The only requirements are that it needs at least 32GB worth of free ...
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Which PSU to get for very low power draw?

I'm building a very low power HTPC. I'd like to make it as efficient as possible. The components I've chosen (a low power Atom mobo/CPU, a single SO-DIMM and an SSD) should idle at around 10W if not ...
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Corded mouse with burst function and switchable scroll wheel

I am looking for a new mouse (for work and gaming). It should have a burst function (lots of clicks while clicking a button) and a scroll wheel which works similar like the one from the Logitech M500, ...
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Which of these two PC builds would offer better performance?

Asus X99-A with USB3.1 Motherboard And Intel Core i7 5820K CPU Or Asus Z170-A Motherboard And Intel Core i7 6700K CPU The rest of the build (the same for both): Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S. RAM: 32GB (...
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Is this memory compatible with this motherboard?

I would like to buy new memory for my PC desktop. My ASUS motherboard model is P8H61-M LE/BR. I've got the following information in the ASUS site: 2 x DIMM, Max. 16GB, DDR3 1333/1066 Hz Non-ECC, Un-...
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Simple mouse for big palms

I've above average sized palms. I'm looking for a simple mouse which I can use comfortably for my daily purpose. And which can last longer than 1 year. In past I've tried a few big ones but they ...
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Will this amplifier connect these speakers to my PC?

I found some Canton passive speakers and connected them with an audio jack cable to my PC but nothing happened. I did some research and found out that these are passive speakers and they need an ...
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Please suggest a b350 motherboard with good on-board sound

I am in the process of choosing the parts for my first build. I chose the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 and decided that b530 motherboard would be the best option for me. I am not going overboard for this build. ...
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Computer that comes and runs with Free/Libre software only

I want to buy a computer (new/unused, ideally off-the-shelf) that contains absolutely no proprietary software by default, and can be used without installing proprietary software (it’s fine if non-...
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Large 8K and 6K resolution monitors or TVs for use as a desktop PC monitor

I'm looking, ideally, for a monitor or a similarly high quality and low latency TV with 8k resolution in 16:9 aspect ratio (7680x4320), or less preferably, but probably more realistic in the coming ...
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DDR4 3200 32G*2 system

At 2020.Q1 most dual channel system that support DDR4 3200 only support reduced frequency when all four DIMMs are installed. To build a dual channel PC with 64GB DDR4 3200, 2*32GB DDR4 3200 is needed. ...
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CPU upgrade on motherboard Pegatron Benicia 1.01?

I've never planned to upgrade my CPU. However, most of the components in my PC have been upgraded, and the CPU is now the performance bottleneck. It doesn't flinch except for gaming where it is maxed ...
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Best GPU for Blender 3D Rendering? [closed]

I was told to create another question, this time for the best GPU I can get for Blender 3D Rendering (Cycles) My total budget or this PC I want to get built (I pick out the parts) is $3,000. These are ...
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Mainboard Recommendations For Built Computer Meant For Rendering (And Gaming)

I asked a question here and I was told to create another question asking for a mainboard recommendation. So far the parts I have in my Amazon Cart are the following: The Ryzen Threadripper 1950X (I ...
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Which PSU for an ASRock Z170 EXTREME 7+ motherboard with many hard drives?

I had the opportunity to acquire a second hand ASRock Z170 EXTREME 7+ mainboard at a good price and plan to assemble a tower to perform data recovery jobs. It is a high-end board, whith 10 SATA III ...