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AMD Is Competitive Once Again

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Decent Gaming PC Build for Under $1,000

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RGB Fans

Almost ALL fans that are RGB have reduced performance compared to non-RGB.

I recommend Corsair non-RGB ML in conjunction with RGB light strips for the best value and performance. (see photo above for example)

The only RGB fans I recommend are the ones that come included with Corsair Capellix and Elite LCD AIOs. They cannot be purchased individually.

#1: Corsair non-RGB ML Series
120mm: 75CFM
140mm: 97CFM
+Superior performance
+Excellent value ($16-23 each)
+5 Year Warranty
+Magnetic Levitation Bearing
+High Static Pressure
+Can be made to appear RGB with LED strip
-No included RGB

#2: Fractal Design Prisma RGB
120mm: 85CFM
140mm: 103CFM
+Superior Performance
+Excellent Lighting
-Sleeve Bearing
-Does not integrate RGB with Corsair AIO
-Louder than Corsair ML series
-3 Year Warranty (2nd shortest on market)
-Poor value ($35-40 each)

#3: Corsair ML Elite RGB
120mm: 58CFM
140mm: 83CFM
+Utilizes Corsair AIO Controller
+Superior Lighting vs. other brands
+5 Year Warranty
+Magnetic Levitation Bearing
+High Static Pressure
+Integrates RGB with Corsair AIO
-16-29% Less airflow vs. non-RGB ML series
-Poor value ($35 each)

#4: Arctic Cooling P12/P14 A-RGB
120mm: 56CFM
140mm: 69CFM
+Fluid Dynamic Bearing
+Industry-Leading 10 Year Warranty
+Excellent Value ($16 each)
-Does not integrate RGB with Corsair AIO
-33-40% Less airflow vs. non-RGB ML series

#5: Corsair SP Elite RGB
120mm: 47CFM
140mm: 68CFM
+Utilizes Corsair AIO Controller
+Integrates RGB with Corsair AIO
+Hydraulic bearing not as good as MagLev but not as bad as Sleeve
-42-56% Less airflow vs. non-RGB ML series
-Poor value ($25 each)
-2 Year Warranty (shortest on the market)

#6: Corsair LL RGB
120mm: 43CFM
140mm: 51CFM
+Utilizes Corsair AIO Controller
+Integrates RGB with Corsair AIO
+Hydraulic bearing not as good as MagLev but not as bad as Sleeve
-74-90% Less airflow vs. non-RGB ML series
-Poor value ($39 each)
-2 Year Warranty (shortest on the market)

#7: Corsair QL RGB
120mm: 41CFM
140mm: 50CFM
+Utilizes Corsair AIO Controller
+Integrates RGB with Corsair AIO
+Hydraulic bearing not as good as MagLev but not as bad as Sleeve
-82-94% Less airflow vs. non-RGB ML series
-Poor value ($39 each)
-2 Year Warranty (shortest on the market)

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Ryzen No Boot / No POST

Most Ryzen boards:

  • Need to have the BIOS updated prior to being able to boot any 5000 Series Ryzen. (X370, B450, X470, B550, X570)
  • Include a feature called BIOS Flashback that will allow the BIOS to be updated prior to booting up for the first time.
  • Will complete BIOS flashback without having a CPU, RAM, or video card installed. (Except some Asus)

If your board does not support BIOS flashback, you will need to have the BIOS flashed with a SPI programmer or a spare 1000 Series Ryzen CPU temporarily to boot and update.

Asus

  1. No other components are necessary except CPU + power.
  2. Make sure file name extensions are enabled in Windows Explorer
  3. Format a USB thumbdrive as FAT32. If you can’t FAT32 format with windows, use Rufus with boot selection set to Non Bootable
  4. Download the latest BIOS file that matches your motherboard model from the ASUS® website.
  5. Extract all contents to a folder.
  6. Run the BIOSRenamer.exe as admin to rename the BIOS file for flashback.
  7. Place only the BIOS file on the root of the USB flash drive.
  8. Insert the USB storage device to the Flash USB port (the USB marked on the I/O shield) then press the BIOS FlashBack™ button for three seconds to automatically update the BIOS.
  9. Once the flashing BIOS process is 100% completed, the LED will be off simultaneously.
  10. Build and boot.

ASRock (Taichi Only)

  1. No other components are necessary except power.
  2. Make sure file name extensions are enabled in Windows Explorer
  3. Format a USB thumbdrive as FAT32. If you can’t FAT32 format with windows, use Rufus with boot selection set to Non Bootable
  4. Download the latest BIOS file that matches your motherboard model from the ASRock® website.
  5. Extract all contents to a folder.
  6. Rename the BIOS file to CREATIVE.ROM
  7. Place the file on the root of the USB flash drive.
  8. Plug the USB flash drive that contains the ROM file into the Flashback marked USB Port on the rear I/O panel.
  9. Press the BIOS Flashback Switch for about three seconds. Then the LED starts to blink.
  10. Wait until the LED stops blinking, indicating that BIOS flashing has been completed.
  11. Build and boot.

Gigabyte

  1. No other components are necessary except power.
  2. Make sure file name extensions are enabled in Windows Explorer
  3. Format a USB thumbdrive as FAT32. If you can’t FAT32 format with windows, use Rufus with boot selection set to Non Bootable
  4. Download the latest BIOS file that matches your motherboard model from the Gigabyte ® website.
  5. Extract all contents to a folder.
  6. Rename the BIOS file to Gigabyte.bin
  7. Place the file on the root of the USB flash drive.
  8. Plug the USB flash drive that contains the Gigabyte.bin file into the Flash BIOS marked USB Port on the rear I/O panel.
  9. Press the Flash BIOS Button to flash BIOS, let go when the button LED starts flashing.
  10. Once the flashing BIOS process is 100% completed, the LED will be off simultaneously.
  11. Build and boot.

MSi

  1. No other components are necessary except power.
  2. Make sure file name extensions are enabled in Windows Explorer
  3. Format a USB thumbdrive as FAT32. If you can’t FAT32 format with windows, use Rufus with boot selection set to Non Bootable
  4. Download the latest BIOS file that matches your motherboard model from the MSI® website.
  5. Extract and Rename the BIOS file to MSI.ROM
  6. Place the file on the root of the USB flash drive.
  7. Plug the USB flash drive that contains the MSI.ROM file into the Flash BIOS marked USB Port on the rear I/O panel.
  8. Press the Flash BIOS Button to flash BIOS, let go when the button LED starts flashing.
  9. Once the flashing BIOS process is 100% completed, the LED will be off simultaneously.
  10. Build and boot.
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Hardware Failure Rates 2019-2021

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GPUs you can actually purchase right now

Microcenter in Dallas and Houston are the last bastion of hope to get a graphics card, they have consistently had GPUs in stock. If you are trying to build a gaming PC, but don’t want shitty pre-built build quality, it’s the best option to get a new GPU that doesn’t involve paying a scalper on eBay.

Another reason to avoid paying scalper prices on eBay or other third-party sellers, is that you have absolutely no warranty coverage without the original proof of purchase. So chances are if it has a problem down the road you’ll be shopping for a new GPU.

With Microcenter you get the full 3 year warranty that you deserve with your GPU purchase.

Only trouble is, they will only sell them in store, so while you can confirm they are in stock online and even see the quantity available, you must go to the store to purchase it.

Check out the links below to see stock availability.

RTX 3000 Series and RX 6000 Series Graphics Cards : Micro Center Dallas

RTX 3000 Series and RX 6000 Series Graphics Cards : Micro Center Houston

LIMITED AVAILABILITY – BUY IN STORE

or

xx IN STOCK – BUY IN STORE

Microcenter

To get a new gaming build started, open a ticket and specify your parts budget, and I will make component choices that are appropriate for your needs and intended usage.

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Choosing the right PSU

When purchasing a power supply, it’s important to target the considered wattage about double what your load will be.

To determine your load wattage, just use PC Part Picker

By doing this, and properly installing it in the correct orientation so that it can breathe, you can help ensure your power supply purchase will last through several builds.

If you are planning a big graphics card upgrade down the road, check how much wattage it will use–it’s always cheaper to futureproof compared to buying a second power supply down the road.

I have seen many PC Power and Cooling, eVGA, and Corsair PSUs from 10 years or older going strong because they are:

►Used with an appropriate load.
►Operated at low ambient temperatures.
►Cleaned at least 2-3 times per year.

The life of a capacitor DOUBLES for every 10-degree Celcius DECREASE in temperature.

Arrhenius’ Law of Chemical Activity

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PSA: Actual GPU MSRPs

  • $1,999 – NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
  • $1,499 – NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
  • $1,199 – NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  • $ 999 – AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
  • $ 699 – NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  • $ 649 – AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
  • $ 599 – NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti
  • $ 579 – AMD Radeon RX 6800
  • $ 499 – NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
  • $ 479 – AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
  • $ 399 – NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
  • $ 329 – AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT
  • $ 329 – NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
  • $ 299 – AMD Radeon RX 6600

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How to get a graphics card at a reasonable price

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If you need consulting for the best parts to buy for your particular budget and gaming needs, contact Mr. Robot for recommendations.

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How to wipe and load windows 10

CAUTION: Following these steps will guide you to erase the data on the drive you are reinstalling windows on, do not use this guide if you wish to keep the data on the computer.

This guide also assumes you only have one drive installed.

Stage One: Prepare the Windows 10 Installer USB Drive on a working windows computer

  1. Plug in a 8GB or larger USB thumb drive with nothing important saved on it as it will be erased.
  2. Download the Microsoft Windows Media Creation Tool
  3. Open the tool and accept the license agreement.
  4. What do you want to do?”

    Select Create installation media (usb flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC and click next
  5. Select language, architecture, and edition”

    Just leave the checkbox ticked and click next
  6. Choose which media to use

    Just leave USB ticked and click next
  7. Select the USB drive you inserted in step 1 and click next
  8. When the tool finishes, click finish, eject the USB drive, then remove it.

Stage Two: Boot Windows 10 Installer USB Drive

  1. Insert USB drive in computer you wish to load/reload windows on.
  2. Enter the BIOS and change your boot mode from LEGACY/CSM to UEFI if it is not already set to UEFI, enable secure boot, set your first boot device to the USB drive, then save and exit.

    ASRock: F2 or DEL
    ASUS: F2 for all PCs, F2 or DEL for Motherboards
    Acer: F2 or DEL
    Dell: F2 or F12
    ECS: DEL
    Gigabyte / Aorus: F2 or DEL
    HP: F10
    Lenovo (Consumer Laptops): F2 or Fn + F2
    Lenovo (Desktops): F1
    Lenovo (ThinkPads): Enter then F1.
    MSI: DEL for motherboards and PCs
    Microsoft Surface Tablets: Press and hold volume up button.
    Origin PC: F2
    Samsung: F2
    Toshiba: F2
    Zotac: DEL
  3. Your system should be booted up to the windows 10 installer. You can now reload windows.
  4. Click next/accept as prompted. If prompted for a product key, you may enter it now or if you don’t know it click “I don’t have a product key”
  5. When prompted for custom or upgrade install, choose custom.
  6. Be sure to delete any partitions on the drive you are reinstalling windows on at the partition screen by selecting each partition and clicking delete and yes to each confirmation until the only thing left listed is:

    Drive 0 unallocated space

    Then click Next and windows will automatically create the system, reserved, and primary partitions.
  7. Once the installer says it will reboot your computer in 15 seconds, remove the USB drive and click reboot now.
  8. Enter the BIOS again and set your boot device to
    Windows Boot Manager
    Then save and exit.
  9. Once you get booted up, follow the prompts to setup your system. To avoid having to use a microsoft account to login to the computer, do not connect to the internet yet and select I don’t have internet when prompted, and continue to not connect to the internet until you have completed the user creation process.

    You may be prompted to provide a password, if you leave it blank, you won’t have to use one.
  10. Done!

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