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Questions tagged [hardware-rec]

Hardware recommendation posts should discuss how to make hardware decisions for oneself. Direct shopping recommendations are off-topic and will be closed, so be very careful posting hardware recommendations. For specific hardware shopping recommendations, please post in the Hardware Recommendations StackExchange.

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Can Intel Optane memory compensate for less RAM?

I currently have a laptop that is about two years old, and has 8 GB of RAM. I use my laptop for internet browsing, productivity applications, and programming, including data science within Spyder or ...
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How to recover data from a faulty hard drive? [duplicate]

I have a HP laptop with windows 10 on it's hard disk. I clicked on a recently obtained file then: # windows explorer got stuck # tried opening task manager to kill windows explorer ; blue screen ...
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Is GA-F2A68HM-S1 motherboard compatible with DDR3 ECC RDIMM?

I want to add memory to my computer. I would like to add 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) 1Rx4 240-Pin 1.5V ECC RDIMM Registered Memory by NEMIX RAM to my computer. Is GA-F2A68HM-S1 motherboard ...
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Do Nvidia's new GPUs support G-Sync monitors?

Nvidia's new Turing GPUs, such as the RTX 2070, RTX 2080, and RTX 2080 TI are different from their Pascal GPUs, such as the GTX series. On Nvidia's official website, the RTX GPUs are not listed as ...
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What hardware specs are important when looking for a laptop that can quickly switch monitors?

During the day I often connect/disconnect my laptop to external displays, projectors and docking stations through HDMI. After switching the monitor the computer needs time to reorder/redraw the ...
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Laptop charge 126W for a 120W laptop [duplicate]

My laptop specs say :input 19V and 6.3A, That means (120W charger), I hve recently bought a charger because my old charger broke up. So this new charger provides 19.5V with 6.5A (126W) ; That are ...
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How to determine at what speed a router will be able to handle VPN connection?

When reading router description, how do I find at what speed a router will be able to handle VPN connection? They do not write this in description, and do not test this on reviews, so I must guess ...
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Memory compatibility check

I'm hoping to upgrade my ASUS X550LC laptop with an additional memory. As possible upgrades for my laptop I got suggestions by crucial software here. For compatible memory it shows only 8 GB memory ...
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GPU - PSU - motherboard problems

First Problem. So I wanted to buy a GPU (MSI GEFORCE GT 1030), but when I started researching my power supply I realized that my power supply (180w) doesn't have enough power output for the GPU (...
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How to correctly replace RAM on my machine

It's time for an update for my laptop. I tried to google some solutions to my problem but lots of different opinions/info out there. I have the following model laptop: ASUS Q552U It currently has ...
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Computer booting problems+burning smell

So yesterday, I was playing a game and my computer suddenly turned off and starts the burning smell. I tried turning on the computer again and it did turn on the light and all but nothing was showing ...
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How do I choose a wireless card? [closed]

I'm experiencing disconnects from my wireless network which my administrator claims is due to a poor wireless card in my laptop (currently a Qualcomm Atheros AR9485WB-EG if relevant). My laptop is ...
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Installing an upgraded display in Laptop

I recently have acquired an MSI GL62M 7RDX laptop. Now everything is fine, except for one thing. The screen is the biggest piece of garbage ever to walk this earth. I have a lot of experience with ...
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M.2 M key SSD in a B key socket

My laptop has two M.2 slots -- one being a “M” key M.2 2280 and one “B” key M.2. The problem is I have two SSDs that are both "M" key. Is there an adapter or something where I can connect a "M" Key ...
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What inspections and tests should I perform on a second hand laptop to minimize the risk of buying a damaged machine?

I'm out to buy a used laptop and wonder what I should look for to avoid buying a damaged machine. What I've already thought of: Visual inspection (dropped etc) Test SSD (how can I do this?) Test ...
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Is my hard drive salvageable?

I was backing up a folder from my Android phone to my storage drive and it was taking forever so I cancelled it from the copy dialog, windows explorer hung so I opened task manager and restarted it, ...
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How to know if I can add certain RAM to my notebook (ACER)

I have an old ASUS N76VZ which is broken. I have problems with RAM in newer ACER Aspire Nitro VN7 so I've decided to use RAM from the ASUS to this ACER. RAM: 4GB 2Rx8 PC3 - 12800S - 11 - 11 F3 Since ...
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A CPU with OEM part number bought as a boxed part

According to CPU World regarding the FX-6350 CPU: FD6350FRW6KHK is an OEM/tray microprocessor FD6350FRHKBOX is a boxed microprocessor with fan and heatsink However, my CPU has FD6350FRW6KHK ...
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Is an hard drive still reliable if it a S.M.A.R.T attribute previously failed

I acquired an used Seagate 500Gb ST3500413AS hard drive. Its Ambiant temperature S.M.A.R.T. attribute is marked as Failed previously, every other attributes is marked as OK. I ran a S.M.A.R.T. self ...
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Device to swap display input?

I'm looking for a device that will let me patch in my laptop when needed to my desktop setup. I have two monitors using hdmi and dvi-I from my gfx card. I want to be able to hookup my laptop when I ...
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When assembling a PC does the fact that taping Num-Lock works means that the PC is OK?

I've assembled a PC for myself, but just when I wanted to plug-it to my display I discovered that my display has only DVI and VGA port and the motherboard has only HDMI and DisplayPort. Long story ...
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Is there a way to use some sort of wi-fi receiver with the MSI 911-7A74-002 PRO that isn't USB

I'm planing a budget AAA 60fps build. I wonder if there's anyway to get W-Fi to the MotherBoard and still have (what it seams) the only PCI slot for my video card? Or are my option only USB or Cable ...
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How to know the maximum supported RAM on my laptop?

I have an Acer Aspire 5738 laptop (without Graphics Card; only on-board Graphics). It came factory produced with 3GB DDR3 RAM (2GB + 1GB) and only 2 slots of RAM (which as mentioned, are factory-...
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What are the little grey things in RAM modules?

I was upgrading my laptop's RAM and, after removing a module, one of the little grey things (circled in red in the image below) came off. Can someone please tell me what this is? And if it is ...
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determine if mini pci-e wifi card is compatible with motherboard

I have an old Mini PCI-E wireless card: Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 I would like to upgrade this, but after briefly searching for a new PCI-E card I discovered specific cards are not compatible ...
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Does it make sense to connect my i7-3770 (not K) to 2400Mhz DDR3 RAM when using Z77 Pro4-M?

I just found this in my CPU spec: Memory Types: DDR3 1333/1600 Does that mean I can't connect DDR3 RAM clocked at 2400mhz? If I can, will it be downclocked to 1600 mhz?
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AMD RX460 on dated hardware [closed]

I have an older computer, with an i5 3000 series processor (I think 3330 but I'm not sure, I need to check home), about 8 gigs of RAM and a HD7750. I want to upgrade my video card to play Guilty Gear ...
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How can I speed up my pc for multi tab browsing?

What can I do to improve browsing performance? In particular I have a browser-session with around 1000 tabs (they only load when they're clicked). And I also open up many new tabs at the same time ...
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Confusion with RAM specification

I have this motherboard: https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P6X58DE/, which has an X58 Chipset and 6 * DIM memory (max 24 GB) DDR 2000 (O.C)/1600/1333/1066. I am trying to upgrade the RAM in my PC. I ...
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What kind of switches do non-mechanical keyboards have?

We see a lot of advertising for mechanical keyboards which have mechanical switches and recently some rumors for future optical switches. However, I did not find what kind of switches do regular 20$ ...
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How can I determine which underlying chip a wireless adapter uses?

I'm having trouble with my wireless adapter, at the heart of which there's a Ralink RT2760 chip for which I keep getting hardware errors. Now, it could be that it's just my specific adapter, but I'd ...
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need help on my choice of hardware for a pfSense router [closed]

I want to build the hardware for a pfSense router. I thought to use the following hardware: mainboard: asus n3050m-e 2 x SATA 600 7-pin 1 x PCIe 1 x gigabit-ethernet Realtek RTL8111H 1 x ATX 12 V 4 ...
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I'm upgrading my RAM, and have conflicting results from CPU-Z and CrucialScan; how many RAM slots do I have? Also, 4x4GB vs. 2x8GB?

I figured it out! I managed to get under my keyboard finally, and indeed, I only have two DIMM slots. I will soon purchase 2x8GB RAM. I'm upgrading my Sager NP6165 from 8GB to 16GB RAM (see ...
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Lenovo Y510p Upgrade

I am in the process of replacing my main HDD with a 250gig SSD, I will then mount the original HDD in the Ultrabay using a HDD Caddy. I am also wanting to upgrade the RAM of my laptop to 8gigs ...
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How to add a reset button to a desktop PC?

As many modern PCs have no reset button, what would be the best (simplest, cheapest) way to add one (hello to all C64 users)? Looking for an answer for a typical (minitower) desktop PC. The first ...
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Git Server Hardware Requirements

What is needed for running a non lagging, stable Git Server? I'm thinking of running a Git Server on a Raspberry Pi 3 B and backing up anything to a flash drive.
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can I upgrade my laptop M.2 SSD

I have a Msi GE62 6QD Apache Pro with the following specifications Ram: 16gb Storage:128 M.2 SSD GB+ 1tb HDD GPU: Intel Graphic Card+ Nvidia 960m Cpu: Intel Core i7 6700K Display: 15.6 FHD LED I ...
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Which kind of screw do I need for attaching graphics card connnectors to plates?

When swithing graphics cards' plates in order to transform them in high profile or low profile graphics cards, sometimes those screws are lost. How can I get more of them? Which name or reference do ...
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How can I determine what hardware is the bottleneck/limiting factor for system performance? [duplicate]

If I want to improve the performance of my computer, or optimise the performance of a computer yet to be bought, how can I determine what hardware I would need to choose/upgrade? Processor clock ...
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Repairing a Dell XPS 13 (9333) loose display hinge

I have a Dell XPS 13 (9333) model and the display hinge is very loose. I've already tried tightening the hinges but that didn't help the problem. Does anyone have any fix tips for this problem, or ...
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Is 3.5 inch HDD in laptop less reliable than 2.5 inch one?

I have Asus K95VJ laptop where the original internal 3.5 inch drive died on me. It was 3TB Seagate Baracuda ST3000DM001. I have read that those drives had have huge failure rates and this is actually ...
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What is the total storage for this server? Is it an external or internal? [closed]

Please help to understand!!!! H/W path Device Class Description ======================================================== system Computer - /0 bus Motherboard /0/0 - memory 141GiB System memory /0/...
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Could my screen flickering be because of a loose battery?

My laptop screen has been flickering on battery power for quite a while now. What it looks like is kind of like when you try record a screen with a camera (i.e. black flashing of the entire screen). ...
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task bar not working properly in windows 10

My laptop was working fine but some days ago it was slow so, I have end task some(two or 3) background process in task manger and I think from that day My task bar is not working properly. Problems ...
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How do I examine which kind of digitizer hardware for inductive stylus is built in my tablet?

I guess there are only 3 OEMs of these pen devices? this should be N-trig (MS Surface, Sony), Wacom (Galaxy Notes?) and Synaptics (Acer, Dell etc.). I just tested a new (noname) Windows Tablet with ...
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DDR3 SDRAM specification understanding

What's difference between two memory modules 4GB 2Rx8 PC-10600S-09-10-D1 and 4GB 2Rx8 PC-10600S-09-10-F2. What the ending is stand for? I wonder if those modules could work together.
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Motherboard replacement issue [closed]

I have this motherboard that died - MSI P67AC43B3 and I need to replace it, but it seems there are no new motherboards that support s1155 and P67 chipset. I have an i5-2400 processor and an Asus GTX ...
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Hardware recommendations : PC to connect to TV for movies and games [closed]

I like to watch movies and to play video games, from my sofa. I happen to have a lot of good movies on my old desk computer (whose disk is almost full), as well as a lot of good games in my Steam ...
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Any easy way to combine (any) laptop charger with USB charger

I have a crummy laptop with only one USB 3.0 port and not enough power on that port to charge anything any fast. There are a lot of cheap USB 3.0 hubs on the market that support external power. What ...