Help me build my PC 2020 Catch All

This doesn't sound right. You might want to plug it into an external usb enclosure or something and try to download anything you want off of there.

I don't know why but it doesn't look like your system will let you access that info on the drive the way you want.

All for naught. I plugged in both ends of the SATA chord and it still won't read the Hard Drive.

edit* Turns out I have enough points on my Amazon Card to get and external USB hard drive docking station for free, so we'll see how that goes tomorrow.

Grenn wrote:

All for naught. I plugged in both ends of the SATA chord and it still won't read the Hard Drive.

with the hard drive connected and Windows booted, can you share a screen shot of what you see when you open disk management? It'll look something like this:

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The bottom section is probably the more useful part.

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It's not reading at all.

Dumb question: In addition to the SATA data cable from the drive to the motherboard, did you also plug a power cable into the drive from the power supply?

Hmmm, that's weird if you have the power and Sata connector installed you should see something. Merphle is correct, make sure you have both.

merphle wrote:

Dumb question: In addition to the SATA data cable from the drive to the motherboard, did you also plug a power cable into the drive from the power supply?

Not a dumb question. Not the first time, but I did when I went back in to troubleshoot before I posted here.

Grenn wrote:
merphle wrote:

Dumb question: In addition to the SATA data cable from the drive to the motherboard, did you also plug a power cable into the drive from the power supply?

Not a dumb question. Not the first time, but I did when I went back in to troubleshoot before I posted here.

Even if the drive has failed you will usually see it show up in Disk Management. You are probably best off waiting for the dock at this point, but you can also try a different SATA port or cable. Personally I think anyone who builds or tinkers with PCs or does any sort of tech support for others should have a dock of some kind. It is a super useful tool.

It started working when I changed the SATA port on the motherboard. So it must be that. Now in Disk Management it says that the HDD is Dynamic and Invalid. Is there a way to fix that problem that doesn't involve purchasing a program?

Honestly your best bet, if the drive isn't coming up properly is to just try and transfer all the files you want to another drive temporarily reformatting the drive while plugged into the system and then putting the files all back on the drive from your backup.

If that's at all possible.

Using a (free) program called testdisk, I am able to pull files and folders and put them on my new disk. This works a little better because I can just pull what I want and then finally format the old HDD. Thank you all so much for your help these few weeks.

My work is giving us a one-time stipend and I think I will use part of it to build a new PC. Here is the parts list I am currently considering.

The case is a placeholder because they don't have the Lian Li O11 Air Mini in their system yet, but it is basically the same case with with fewer tempered glass panels and more mesh panels.

Power supply should be good enough to support a 3060 or 3070 down the line, but I plan to move the 580 I have over to begin with since my server won't need it once I am no longer using it as my main PC and I don't feel like doubling the cost of the system to get a new GPU.

I would suggest not putting the HDD in the computer, maybe look at investing in a NAS if you can put it somewhere out of the way. HDD are so noisy and SDD are getting pretty cheap.

I wouldn't go lower than a 750 watt power supply for the extra headroom. Hell go even higher if the price isn't that much different.

A friend is letting me borrow his recent gaming rig after he got a new one. What would you recommend as a monitor that I might retain if I move forward with building / ordering a new system in the near future?

Don't go higher than 1440p. 4K is not worth it. Not right now.

Rahmen wrote:

A friend is letting me borrow his recent gaming rig after he got a new one. What would you recommend as a monitor that I might retain if I move forward with building / ordering a new system in the near future?

what are your primary and secondary use cases, and what types of games do you play?

Thought about getting up early to go to Best Buy tomorrow, but the line tracker is reporting over a 160 people in line right now.

Closest BB to me that has any in stock is 75 min away, no way I can swing that on a Tuesday

Chairman_Mao wrote:
Rahmen wrote:

A friend is letting me borrow his recent gaming rig after he got a new one. What would you recommend as a monitor that I might retain if I move forward with building / ordering a new system in the near future?

what are your primary and secondary use cases, and what types of games do you play?

It’s been probably 10 years since I had a dedicated gaming PC and have just been on consoles since then. That’s one of the reasons he’s letting me borrow it, so I can explore a bit of what I might have been missing.

That said I generally like single player often open world experiences but am up for most anything other than things requiring super high dexterity. In addition to gaming, I do a lot of photography so may occasionally use it for image manipulation but I’ll probably keep doing that on my OSX setups.

10 years… Especially for things like open world games, PCs are a superset of what you’ll find on consoles. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by Steam and maybe Epic. They both do things right, and Epic also gives away free titles, so that’s a nice perk. Have fun!

Dang there were EVGA 3060s for $400 by themselves on Newegg shuffle today. No stupid combo and reasonable price that would have been nice

Not really a build but this seems to be a good place for recommendations. Work is buying me a new laptop and I get to pick it (just have to support the hardware myself). So I'm looking for a laptop that plays games but looks like a business laptop. Must be in stock somewhere (part of the reason I get to pick is shortage of HP business laptops).
3 year warranty
13-15"
Under 1" and 4 lbs or less
USB-C w/video out
16gb ram
512gb hd (256 could work if necessary)

$1500 (and preferably closer to 1300)

I found a Dell G 5500 that I think would work and is about the maximum thickness, weight, and gamer-like. I think it could work but would like to see other options.

The asus flow x1?

Maybe check out some of this guys reviews.

https://www.youtube.com/c/Dave2D/videos

ASUS ROG Zephyr 14

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-ro...

Nice white chassis that doesn't scream "gamer". $1400 while on sale.

Didn't check some of the specs though. Not sure about USB-C video out.

I like the Asus. It's small and light but pretty powerful. No web cam which is a bummer but I can always use my phone (and have a web cam for a desktop). It does have USB out and usb c charging too (another bonus). I've sent that one to the hardware guy. Unfortunately, the sale ends tomorrow so it may be too late to get it. With the extended warranty from Asus (170) it's also a bit over the $1500 price I was hoping to stay under. But I'm hoping he can push it through. Thanks for the recommendations.

EvilHomer3k wrote:

(and have a web cam for a desktop).

Yeah, using an external webcam is easy enough, and the upside of it is that you'll get a much better picture than you will from little pinprick-sized laptop webcams. Plenty of small cams that won't take up much space in a laptop bag.

*Legion* wrote:

ASUS ROG Zephyr 14

I have last year's version of this, with a 2060 instead of a 3060. It's on the smaller side, ruggedly built, fairly light, and gets excellent battery life. It's on the noisy side while the GPU is taxed, but I have no other complaints. Overall I'm very happy with the purchase.

I recently got a 3080ti in a combo with a Ryzen 7 5800X.

Question is, do I swap my current Ryzen 9 3900X for the Ryzen 7 5800X?

staygold wrote:

I recently got a 3080ti in a combo with a Ryzen 7 5800X.

Question is, do I swap my current Ryzen 9 3900X for the Ryzen 7 5800X?

According to CPU Benchmark, Yes, but it's not a huge upgrade depending on what you are doing.

https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compar...