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Which SSD should I pick for my gaming rig? ADATA, WD, or Samsung?

Question by George from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Storage | Jan 14, 2020 at 10:43 pm CST

I need to buy an SSD and where i live prices are a bit high. I will use it mainly for gaming. Which one would you choose of the below options?

  • ADATA XPG SX6000 Pro 1TB: $152
  • WD Black SN750 with Heatsink 500GB: $145
  • Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500GB: $143

I gain double the storage with the ADATA, but the other two seems way better in quality and speeds.

Is it possible to mount an external hard drive to my PC?

Question by Philip from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Storage | Jan 11, 2020 at 10:54 pm CST

I was gifted a 10TB external hard drive a little while ago and I was curious to know if it is possible to mount the external drive on to the top of my tower.

I have a lot of screw holes on the top so it should not be an issue making a bracket of some sort to the top of the case.

Issues carrying full 4K signal from my satellite TV to my projector

Question by Peter from Australia | Answered by Tyler Bernath | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Jan 3, 2020 at 10:59 pm CST

Hi,

Can you recommend a 4K HDMI splitter which will carry full 4K/UHD signal from my satellite TV to my projector through a Yamaha RXV581 A/V receiver?

All splitters I have tried locally from Jaycar Electronics will not hold the signal through to my projector although I do get a perfect signal to the Yamaha receiver or directly to the projector. Both audio and video. Signals are being passed through my ceiling and walls via a 20-meter Fibre optic HDMI cable. As soon as I try to pass through a splitter 4K/UHD (alleged) 2 in/1 out, the signal drops out?

Thank you for any help.

Blue screens when running additional memory module while gaming

Question by Dan from South Africa | Answered by Tyler Bernath | RAM | Dec 30, 2019 at 11:35 pm CST

Hello,

I built a machine a few months back and it has been running flawless. When I built it, I was tight on cash and purchased a single stick of Vengeance LPX 8GB 3600MHz to get me by. Now that I have a little extra cash, I have decided to add another stick to my build, so I purchased the exact same stick and added it to my PC.

Upon boot, the system ran great, but when gaming, I keep getting a blue screen.

What should I do?

What parts should I buy for a DIY NAS build?

Question by Zane from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | Dec 26, 2019 at 10:57 pm CST

Hello,

I have 4x 4TB HDDs and I want to build a DIY NAS. I was curious if the H370M from ASRock, i5-8400 and 16GB of DDR4 would be a good start?

I just want this for streaming my media and basic backup storage.

What should I install in my spare PCIe slot, if anything?

Question by Anthony from Australia | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | Dec 22, 2019 at 11:10 pm CST

Hello there,

I have a ROG STRIX B450 build running like a champ, my GPU takes up the top slot, but I have a x8 slot under it that I feel I should be using for something to speed up or add functionality to my PC.

What do most people use these for or do they leave them empty?

I'm having trouble plugging in the HDMI cable in my new build

Question by Charles from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Dec 18, 2019 at 10:58 pm CST

Hello,

My first build I got myself an Aorus motherboard, RX580 and Ryzen 3600. In my Corsair Carbide case when I install my GPU, the HDMI ports sit in a position that does not allow my cable to be inserted properly.

Is there anything I can do to fix this or should I take a file to my chassis?

What's the proper way of installing an I/O shield?

Question by Burt from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | Dec 14, 2019 at 10:43 pm CST

Hello,

I'm new to PCs and have been researching for my first build and noticed there's never been a mention of how the rear I/O panel should be installed. The small tabs that are on each port on the back of the motherboard, are you supposed to bend them back, or cut them off like plastic model cars?

I'm really confused.

Should I have a dedicated SSD for games?

Question by Tim from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Storage | Dec 10, 2019 at 11:04 pm CST

Hello,

Will installing games on my 2TB SSD slow down Windows and boot times like with old SSDs or is that not an issue anymore with modern drives? Is it worth getting a separate drive for my Windows install?