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Issues with gaming stability when using my DDR4 RAM's XMP settings

Question by Ati from Romania | Answered by Tyler Bernath | RAM | Tue, Feb 4 2020 10:22 PM CST

Hi, is there any reason some PC games unexpectedly exit to desktop without any error when I'm using my DDR4 RAM's XMP settings?

The following games are running forever with no overclock, but exits randomly when the RAM is OC-ed to D.O.C.P. settings: GTA 5, all the Battlefield games. I have no issues with Counter Strike, Rocket League, any Far Cry, etc. Also works perfectly with video editing software when it's OC'ed.

Thank you!

Which power supply should I buy for new AMD Ryzen 5 2600X build?

Question by Peter from Romania | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Wed, Jan 29 2020 10:47 AM CST


I am looking to upgrade my current rig and am trying to future proof it. My first purchase will be the power supply. The new rig will be an AMD build, most likely a Ryzen 5 2600x, 16GB of DDR4 memory and I'm hoping to upgrade the graphics to a 1070 Ti as well.

My question would be regarding the PSU... what should I buy? I'm also kind of on a budget, but I would like a semi or fully modular, budget is about $80 USD.

Kind Regards, Peter

Should I install a heat sink on my SSD to tame the temperatures a bit?

Question by Austin from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Storage | Wed, Jan 22 2020 11:35 PM CST

I have had a BPX NVMe SSD for some time, but only recently noticed the temperatures. I'm averaging around 66c and reaching 77c maximum, should I worry about keeping it cool? Should I install a heat sink?

The SSD is currently placed between the CPU cooler and the GPU, could temperatures drop down if I place it directly under the GPU?

Do RAM sub timings make much of a difference to system performance?

Question by Ben from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Tyler Bernath | RAM | Sat, Jan 18 2020 11:20 PM CST

I bought my AMD Ryzen 7 3900x and GIGABYTE x570 Aorus Elite yesterday. Searching for the best memory, I was told that the sweet spot is 3600 CL16. I found a decent deal on a G Skill Trident Z Neo RGB, but found the people saying that the sub timings suck.

So, I'm wondering, how much of a difference do the sub timings make? Does using an XMP harm the memory or CPU?

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 | Tue, Jan 14 2020 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 | Sat, Jan 11 2020 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 | Fri, Jan 3 2020 10:59 PM CST


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 | Mon, Dec 30 2019 11:35 PM CST


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 | Thu, Dec 26 2019 10:57 PM CST


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.

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