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Can I mix and match SSDs in a RAID configuration in my Acer Nitro 5?

Question by Joe from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Storage | Wed, May 25 2022 4:15 PM CDT

I have a 256GB m2 SSD already in my Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44, without thinking I ordered an additional 500GB m2 SSD to upgrade it. You said it's okay to mix and match SSDs, but only with a certain chipset, or am I misunderstanding what you meant? Anyway, it's ordered, and I'm going to try and upgrade, but am I setting myself up for disappointment?

Which should I pick - the ASUS ROG GA15DK or Alienware Aurora R10?

Question by Alex from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | Tue, May 24 2022 4:25 PM CDT

Hello there!

I recently bought an ASUS ROG Strix GA15DK and had to return it due to a power button problem. I had the choice to get another one or get an Alienware Aurora R10. I wanted to see what would be better for performance and gaming when it comes to specs on the two.

The Alienware has AMD Ryzen 7 5800 3.4GHz processor; AMD Radeon RX 6600XT 8GB GDDR6; 16GB DDR4- 3400 RAM; 1TB Solid State Drive and the ASUS has AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7GHz Processor; NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB GDDR6; 32GB DDR4-3200 RAM; 1TB SSD+1TB HDD.

Which GPU should I upgrade to for use with Oculus Link VR?

Question by Barry from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Video Cards | Sat, Apr 16 2022 4:20 PM CDT

I want to upgrade the graphics card on my PC to be able to run Oculus Link. I don't know where to start other than a list of compatible graphics cards. I just don't know what will work with my PC.

Here are the specs:

  • AMD Ryzen 3 2300X 3.5GHz
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB HDD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2G
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit

Why is XMP causing my G.Skill Ripjaws V RAM to blue screen Windows?

Question by Tyson from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | RAM | Wed, Apr 13 2022 8:23 PM CDT

Hey. I have been having issues with my XMP causing my Windows to blue screen. I disabled it, and things have been fine.

I ran across an article written by Steven that did something to voltages and got it going, and then was able to run XMP. I am very scared to mess with anything and can't find a definite tutorial for doing this.

In the post you guys wrote, I have the same motherboard, and my RAM is G.Skill Ripjaws V 3000MHz. Please let me know if you have any tips thanks, and I hope to hear back from you.

What's the best way to switch monitors between work PC and home PC?

Question by Tim from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Displays & Projectors | Mon, Apr 11 2022 9:20 PM CDT

On my desk currently, I have my work laptop with 2 monitors and my home PC with 1. I want to set things up so when I am at work, the work PC has 2 screens, and the home PC has 1. But when I am not working the Home PC has 2 screens while the work PC has 1.

Can I use an HDMI switch to switch one of the monitors between the 2 PCs? Or will it be a pain to get Windows to recognize how many monitors I have up using the switch?

No, I don't want a KVM. Home PC Work Laptop Mon 1 Mon A Mon B Above illustration of the current setup, I'd like to switch Mon A between Home PC and Work Laptop. Rephrasing, if I put a switch on Mon A, is Windows smart enough to say "I have 2 mon now", "Now I have 1 mon" without any extra action by me when I flip the switch?

My PC with AIO Liquid Cooler keeps overheating, what's the problem?

Question by Angel from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Wed, Apr 6 2022 3:10 PM CDT

Hello, so I've built a gaming PC. Everything seems to be fully functional. However, when I start my gaming PC, the CPU would overheat and shut down the PC.

I have a CPU Liquid Cooler and had a replacement of it as well; it's a Vetroo V360 AIO Liquid Cooler. My motherboard is an ASUS B560-PLUS LGA1200, has 32GB of RAM, the processor is an Intel Core i7 11700k 11th Generation, the power supply is Pystar 1000W, and my case has 7 Fans.

I do not know why it keeps overheating, and I don't know what to do. I'm getting frustrated, and before you ask, yes, I did apply Thermal Paste the right amount, and I still don't understand why it keeps overheating.

Why am I seeing low GPU usage and lower FPS than my friend in Warzone?

Question by Jason from Australia | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Video Cards | Sun, Sep 12 2021 3:20 PM CDT

Hi! I have an Intel Core i5-10400F CPU and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super with 16GB of RAM. When playing Warzone, I can see that I am getting between 60%-90% CPU usage and only 20%-40% GPU usage through the task manager.

Using the GeForce performance overlay, I can see 70% CPU usage and 50%-60% GPU usage. I am averaging 60-80 frames when a buddy has similar specs and averages 110-120. Please help!

How to upgrade the memory on an ASUS Rampage III Extreme Black Edition

Question by Bob from Canada | Answered by Tyler Bernath | RAM | Thu, Sep 9 2021 3:50 PM CDT

I am currently running Corsair Vengeance memory (CMZ24GX3M6A1600C9) on an ASUS Rampage III Extreme Black Edition motherboard with an Intel i7 990X Extreme processor and 2x ASUS GeForce 680 DC2T 2GD5 GPUs (C7CVCM099279).

I want to upgrade my memory to something that would make my build somewhat faster but still stable, and I wondered if you may have some advice and possibly a better set of DDR3 memory modules to recommend?

I just installed a new CPU cooler, Cooler Master V8 GTS, and I do not have much room as far as height leftover between the top of the DIMM and the fins on the radiator for the CPU cooler. I am not a "Gamer" and not looking to overclock ridiculously. I am just looking to get the "Best and the Fastest" performance out of my build.

I am a graphic artist, website designer/developer, programmer, and photographer, and I utilized just about all of Adobe's software. I do a lot of rendering of images, which I am interested in bettering the performance of my build for. I am looking for a quicker system overall. Can you advise me at all? Thanks, Bob.

What's the best AMD CPU I can pair with the MSI B450 Max motherboard?

Question by Dane from Australia | Answered by Tyler Bernath | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Tue, Sep 7 2021 4:12 PM CDT

I'm looking to upgrade my CPU. I currently have a 2600x, and I'm wondering what CPU I could replace the 2600x with. I don't want to bottleneck my PC, but I do stream and have a few apps open while doing this. So with that said, I'd like to get the best CPU I can that the MSI B450 Max will handle without rebuilding an entirely new PC.

What suggestions do you have on this? I just want to make sure I get a CPU that the motherboard won't restrict the CPU or components.

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