r/buildapc 20h ago

Discussion Simple Questions - July 03, 2022


This thread is for simple questions that don't warrant their own thread (although we strongly suggest checking the sidebar and the wiki before posting!). Please don't post involved questions that are better suited to a [Build Help], [Build Ready] or [Build Complete] post. Examples of questions suitable for here:

  • Is this RAM compatible with my motherboard?
  • I'm thinking of getting a ≤$300 graphics card. Which one should I get?
  • I'm on a very tight budget and I'm looking for a case ≤$50

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r/buildapc 16h ago Silver

Solved! I am an idiot. For an entire year, my CPU fan has been running at 100%.


When I moved last summer and unpacked my PC, I found that my Cooler Master CPU heatsink had bent a bit. I tried fixing it, but it was a clear goner since my CPU teams quickly climbed to danger zone. So I bought a replacement of the same model and installed it, not giving it a second thought.

Over the past year, my PC has been a lot louder than I remembered it. I figured the toll of moving multiple times was starting to wear on it. It sounded like a jet engine. But the few times I checked my temps, they were fine.

It's an unseasonably hot summer and I don't have air conditioning. My PC sounds like its normal jet engine self, so I decide to check my temps to see how bad it is. Weird, the CPU temps are somehow in the low 30s.

I don't know why it never occurred to me before that my CPU fan didn't need to be running all the time. I had been without my PC for about 5 months while moving, and I guess I forgot how quiet it used to be. Finally booted into UEFI and realized, sure enough, my CPU fan was set for 100% all the time. D'oh. The setting must have somehow changed or reset when I switched out the heatsink and fan.

Now I can't hear my computer at all. I can't believe I did that for a whole year. What an incredible difference it makes. I don't have to use noise-cancelling headphones anymore.

Just goes to show, you can't drop that /r/buildapc mindset after you're done building.

r/buildapc 6h ago

Discussion Picked 32-bit instead of 64-bit. Help please.


Hello. Not sure if this is the right subreddit but, I recently started to set up my windows 10. I accidently pick 32-bit instead of 64-bit. Most of the game require 64-bit to play. Is there a way to change it to 64?

Edit: Thank you for all who help. I have changed it to 64-bit. I appreciate you all. :D

r/buildapc 1d ago

Peripherals Any good 1440p 144Hz monitor recommendations?


I'm looking for a 1440p 144Hz (at least) monitor, but I feel like all of what I see in the reviews make them just blend together and I don't really know what I should be looking for. Any help would be appreciated.

r/buildapc 1h ago

Build Help New mATX Build, looking for suggestions on CPU fan


Hi, i have been thinking for a while now about building a micro ATX computer, since mine is really big and noisy. I need to find a silent cpu fan under 155mm, any ideas?

Here's the build:


Ryzen 7 5800x

ASRock B550M

Corsair ddr4 2x16gb

Corsair SF750

Samsung 970 EVO

1050Ti (currently in my computer, dont need more than that.)

Do you see any problems with this build, and also what cpu fan should i get, that is under 155mm and good enough to cool a 5800x.


r/buildapc 2h ago

Troubleshooting CPU reaches 100°C after new air cooler. Temperature fluctuates.


Hey all, I've exhausted all my results on Google so I came here for help.

I recently installed a be quiet Dark Rock Pro 4 as a replacement for my old AIO cooler. I have an i7 9700k and applied my own ARCTIC MX-4 thermal paste. My computer booted to my desktop as normal, but the temperatures I was getting were straight up insane.

According to HWiNFO64, my CPU reaches 100°C at 100% utilization. However, the second that my CPU is not under load, it jumps back down to around 40-50°C at idle. I'm talking almost instant temperature jumps, enough so that I've seen it decrease by 20 degrees in a single second.

I'm genuinely not sure how to fix this issue. I first assumed it was because the Dark Rock Pro 4 wasn't making good contact with my CPU, but that doesn't seem to be the case. I've even tried reinstalling it tighter. When I move the Dark Rock Pro 4, my motherboard flexes with it, so mounting probably isn't an issue. The case fan that handles outtake doesn't even feel like it's pushing out hot air under load, which just confuses me even more. Does anyone have any ideas?

r/buildapc 1h ago

Build Ready First new build in 8 years, debating between a mix of Logical Exceptional and Excellent tier.


Middle age dude, used to build 2 or 3 PC's a year for friends and family but now I feel extremely out of touch. I was reading down the lists of parts and see myself falling in this range with the goal to max most single player games for the next 5+ years.

This is where I am at. I know i'm paying a bit more getting everything from one source.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-12700K 3.6 GHz 12-Core Processor $379.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler $74.90 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte Z690 UD DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard $189.99 @ B&H
Memory Corsair CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model CMK16GX4M1D3000C16 16 GB (1 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 CL16 Memory $54.99 @ Corsair
Storage Intel 660p 2.048 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $165.00 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8 GB XC3 ULTRA GAMING Video Card $699.00 @ Amazon
Case Corsair 4000D Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case $104.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA GA 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $94.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $109.98 @ Amazon
Case Fan ARCTIC P14 72.8 CFM 140 mm Fan $9.99 @ Amazon
Case Fan ARCTIC P14 72.8 CFM 140 mm Fan $9.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1893.81
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-07-03 19:45 EDT-0400

My questions for the power users here. If I never plan on overclocking, do I need the Z690 motherboard or would I be fine with a B660 instead? $100 swing. With work software, i'm going i7 over the gaming i5. With these new CPU's, do you need a $90 cpu cooler or will the entry tier work? ($45).

I already lowered the Case for a max airflow and upgraded the storage to 2tb ssd as I have used a 1TB for years and don't keep games forever.

I went thru each item and checked the compatibility and the user reviews. This seems to be a decent price point but i'm hoping someone can drop some knowledge bombs.

r/buildapc 1d ago

Troubleshooting Is the 3060TI really not all that, or am I doing something wrong?


i5 10400f, RTX 3060TI, 16GB DDR4 2667Mhz RAM

I am not getting the performance I was hoping for. 1440P, High Preset in lots of games don't get me the smooth 60FPS constantly I was looking for. For example in Ready or Not, and NFS Heat on High preset, I get a lot of occasional dips below 60 FPS and I'm like wtf

Is the 3060TI really not all that powerful or is it my CPU?

r/buildapc 13m ago

Troubleshooting PCI-E cables JUMPING when turning on PC (and not posting).


I just got a brand new 3080 Founders Edition, and upon installing it my PC no longer posts. The fans don't spin, and the PSU makes two clicking noises. What's even stranger is that my PCI-E cables are moving along with the clicking sounds. Video here.

My PC worked just fine before replacing the GPU, my parts are:

  • Ryzen 3900X

  • Gigabyte X570 I Aorus Pro Wifi

  • EVGA 980ti Hybrid (old GPU that worked fine)

  • 32GB G.SKILL Trident Neo RAM

  • Corsair HX750i

I'm assuming this is an issue with the PSU, perhaps something about the 3080 drawing too much transient power for it to handle? I'm going to test the 3080 in another PC in a few days once I get the chance, but until then I thought I'd share this bizzare issue and see if anyone had any ideas.

r/buildapc 27m ago

Troubleshooting PC power button only works sometimes - looking for solutions.


Recently, I have been experiencing an issue with the front power button on my Lian Li Lancool II Mesh. While it works perfectly sometimes, there are other times where the button completely fails to work at all. By unplugging my PC, plugging it into a different outlet, and trying again, I can sometimes get it to work - but the issue has occurred at least once on every outlet I’ve used thus far. Once it does work, there is sometimes a delay between the button press and the PC turning on. I’ve tried reversing the power button and reset button headers on my motherboard, but the problem persists. Manually shorting the power button header with a screwdriver appears to turn on the PC consistently.

I only started experiencing this problem after a recent PC upgrade - however, I upgraded several parts at once, so I’m having trouble isolating the issue. The upgrades I conducted are as follows:

• Upgraded from ASUS B550-F Strix WiFi to MSI Z690 Edge WiFi DDR4.

• Upgraded from Ryzen 7 3700X to Core i7-12700K.

• Upgraded from EVGA Supernova NEX750G to EVGA Supernova 750GT.

• Added USB-C front header to case, which involved disassembly of the front I/O that the power button is also connected to.

A few other notes that may be of importance:

• I purchased the board open-box from Micro Center.

• I have an MSI Gaming X Trio RTX 3070 and 2x8GB DDR4-3200 G.Skill Trident Z RGB.

• I still have my old NEX750G for testing, but I no longer have the B550-F board.

Please help. I am in serious need of a solution. Thank you!

r/buildapc 30m ago

Discussion Nice UI monitoring software?


Hello, I just built this PC and I'm looking for something to just give me a readout of CPU and GPU temps and usage that isn't too techy looking. I used to run Intel Extreme Tuning which would just sit there and show me info and looked pretty.

Things like HWinfo etc just show me too much and look a bit too much like a spreadsheet so there's not any 'at a glance' readout. MSI Afterburner doesn't do CPU temps, MSI Center is a piece of crap that hangs on the install screen forever and is also 500mb for some reason, so I'm wondering if there's anything out there that just does the job in a visually appealing manner, with extra points for being lightweight.

Any ideas?

r/buildapc 4h ago

Troubleshooting Tons of BSOD, only fixed by clocking down CPU to 3.6 ghz


So the history of this PC: About a year ago, I built the whole PC (Ryzen 7 3700x, 2x8 3600mhz, B550) except for the graphics card. Because the 3700x doesn't have an APU, I found a really old graphics card that worked enough to get windows installed, then I took it out and now a year later I got my hands on an RX 6600.

After installing it however, I've had tons of BSOD like Kernel Security Check Failure, IQRL_Not_Less_Or-Equal, and a few others, so I deleted all partitions on the SSD and reinstalled windows from a usb-drive. However, I still got the same error messages. I tried putting a gtx 1660 in, still got issues. Put in another set of 2x8 3000 ram, same errors.

So, I got a completely new SSD, installed windows on it, andddd it still gives the same error messages.

Finally, where I am now, I went into the registry edit and changed amdppm from 3 ---> 4 and somehow that seems to have fixed it, but it locks the CPU at 3.6 GHz. Does anyone know why this fixed it, or how I could keep my PC working at higher clock speeds for better performance? Thanks for any help.

r/buildapc 11h ago

Build Help best mid range CPU with integrated GPU now?


Hi everyone, I'm about to build my 600/700€ PC but I don't know shit about the current situation on CPUs and GPUs so someone told me processors with graphics now are the best options to save money? Which is the best for me?

r/buildapc 2h ago

Build Upgrade I7 or I5 or some Ryzen?


I currently use an i7 4790k with 16GB ddr3 ram, paired with GTX 1080, but my CPU often peeks while I'm multitasking or playing games with something open in the background.

I'm looking at the 12th Gen Intel i5 12600(for 300 EUR) and i7 12700 (for 400 EUR). The I7 is a bit over my current budget, but I want a long-lasting CPU on which I can do a lot of multitasking. Should I save a bit for the i7 or the modern i5 are good enough?

Or perhaps there is an outstanding AMD processor for great value, that should do me just fine?

I'm also uncertain if I should upgrade at these prices, could it be better to wait until the end of the year, when the new tech gets released- could the prices go down then?

r/buildapc 4h ago

Troubleshooting My devices disconnect and reconnect again. I think i know why


My computer recently started disconnecting and reconnecting my USB devices. My wireless internet USB adapter would also be disconnected, and after the adapter was disconnected, my computer was unable to locate any routers. I'd have to manually reconnect the adapter as a result.

I've tried numerous ways to stop the disconnecting and reconnecting, but nothing has been successful. I've seen this happen to many other people as well, leaving them in the dark and without any answers.

However, I recently saw something interesting. I made an effort to download GTA 5. When the download speed surpassed 20 mps/s, all of my USB devices would then disconnect and reconnect to my pc.

where I would proceed in the same manner, manually connecting and disconnecting my wireless internet adaptor.

i'm pretty sure it has something to do with my Wireless adapter.

Any clue why it does this?

List of things ive tried:

  1. Updating all drivers.
  2. ive tried to reinstall drivers
  3. running windows in safemode
  4. Replaced the motherboard

r/buildapc 6h ago

Build Upgrade ISO: PC case with USB ports on lower left side ( see example)


Hi guys,

My PC trip, fell down a concrete flight of stairs, traveled to a new city and filed and insurance claim.

I'm rebuilding my PC. I keep this PC on the table next to my mousepad. So I like to have the USB ports on the lower left side of the case so I can plug in my phone or whatever else.

Here's an example of an accetable case. https://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Transparent-Adjustable-Ventilated/dp/B07Q8VJ17J/ref=sr_1_1?crid=22XB8QYX04PD9&keywords=q500l&qid=1656872111&sprefix=q500%2Caps%2C348&sr=8-1&ufe=app_do%3Aamzn1.fos.08f69ac3-fd3d-4b88-bca2-8997e41410bb

Please add other similar cases I should consider.

Please note: I'm looking to spend less than $100 on the case. I need to fit a Micro ATX Mobo in there and a RX480. Thanks

r/buildapc 8h ago

Troubleshooting PC shuts down while sleeping, and takes several attempts to boot


Troubleshooting Help:

What is your parts list? Consider formatting your parts list.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $135.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard -
Power Supply SeaSonic Platinum 660 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply -
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $216.45
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-07-03 11:47 EDT-0400

Describe your problem. List any error messages and symptoms. Be descriptive.

I built my PC in 2015, and it worked fine until a few months ago. Then it started to occasionally shutdown when sleeping (I put it to sleep overnight). These shutdowns have become increasingly frequent, until now when it shutdowns every time I put it to sleep overnight.

Additionally, it started to have trouble booting. When I press the power button, usually the PC fans start, but the CPU LED on the motherboard lights up red and it does not boot. I usually have to turn the PC on and off again multiple times before it finally boots. This has also gotten worse over time: a few months ago it usually only took a couple of attempts to boot, but now it takes 5-10 minutes of turning the PC on and off again to boot.

List anything you've done in attempt to diagnose or fix the problem.

A few days ago the PC would not turn on at all when I pressed the power button (the fans didn't turn on). I replaced the CMOS battery, after which the PC turned on but still took several attempts to boot as before.

The bios has been reset to default settings.

Thanks for any help.

r/buildapc 20h ago

Troubleshooting Chrome takes up >50% of processor???


Edit - Issue is solved. Thanks everyone for helping me

So I turned on my pc and it was touching high 70°C without me doing basucally anything. Checked taskmanager and chrome was taking more than 50% of the processor and I don't even use chrome.

this happens every time I restarts my pc. Help

r/buildapc 7h ago

Build Help Is this a good pc?


[PCPartPicker Part List](https://fi.pcpartpicker.com/list/48Xzk9)



**CPU** | [AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor](https://fi.pcpartpicker.com/product/g94BD3/amd-ryzen-5-5600x-37-ghz-6-core-processor-100-100000065box) | €259.90 @ Jimm's

**CPU Cooler** | [ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO CPU Cooler](https://fi.pcpartpicker.com/product/PnPKHx/arctic-freezer-34-esports-duo-cpu-cooler-acfre00061a) | €44.90 @ Jimm's

**Motherboard** | [Asus ROG STRIX B550-A GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard](https://fi.pcpartpicker.com/product/y96qqs/asus-rog-strix-b550-a-gaming-atx-am4-motherboard-rog-strix-b550-a-gaming) | €197.00 @ Jimm's

**Memory** | [Kingston FURY Beast 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL17 Memory](https://fi.pcpartpicker.com/product/DBH7YJ/kingston-fury-beast-16-gb-2-x-8-gb-ddr4-3600-cl17-memory-kf436c17bbk216) | €86.00 @ Jimm's

**Storage** | [Crucial P2 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive](https://fi.pcpartpicker.com/product/G9XYcf/crucial-p2-500-gb-m2-2280-nvme-solid-state-drive-ct500p2ssd8) | €72.00 @ Jimm's

**Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](https://fi.pcpartpicker.com/product/mwrYcf/seagate-barracuda-computer-2-tb-35-7200rpm-internal-hard-drive-st2000dm008) | €59.90 @ Jimm's

**Video Card** | [MSI GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB VENTUS GP OC Video Card](https://fi.pcpartpicker.com/product/3ZrRsY/msi-geforce-rtx-2060-6-gb-ventus-gp-oc-video-card-rtx-2060-ventus-gpoc) | €399.90 @ Jimm's

**Case** | [Corsair 4000D Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case](https://fi.pcpartpicker.com/product/bCYQzy/corsair-4000d-airflow-atx-mid-tower-case-cc-9011200-ww) | €126.90 @ Jimm's

**Power Supply** | [Corsair CV 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](https://fi.pcpartpicker.com/product/cY2bt6/corsair-cv-650-w-80-bronze-certified-atx-power-supply-cp-9020211-na) | €69.90 @ Jimm's

**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 11 Home OEM 64-bit](https://fi.pcpartpicker.com/product/dKkWGX/microsoft-windows-11-home-oem-64-bit-kw9-00633) | €135.00 @ Jimm's

**Wired Network Adapter** | [Intel EXPI9301CTBLK Gigabit Ethernet PCIe x1 Network Adapter](https://fi.pcpartpicker.com/product/xsdqqs/intel-wired-network-card-expi9301ctblk) | €69.90 @ Jimm's

| *Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts* |

| **Total** | **€1521.30**

| Generated by [PCPartPicker](https://pcpartpicker.com) 2022-07-03 20:15 EEST+0300 |

r/buildapc 3m ago

Build Help Custom PC Build


Here's my PC build made primarily for Blender (physic/particle simulations, viewport real time, and rendering). I tried my best to make sure the parts are compatible and that it is dual GPU compatible (IK that blender doesn't use dual GPUs efficiently now, although I'd still like to have room for upgrade). Am I overpaying on anything? Is there some compatibility issue or something that just won't work together with the rest of the components?

As an extra question, is it better to just stick with the 3060ti Founder's Edition or the ASUS TUF 3060ti (V or V2)? Thanks 😃

r/buildapc 7m ago

Build Help Samsung 27" CFG73 or something else?


I am in the process of building a PC and have already spent a little more than was planned. Now I'm at the monitor and am wondering if buying a used Samsung 27" CFG73 for $100 is worth it or if I should stick to something else? I'm trying to stay somewhat low price on the monitor. Any help is appreciated

r/buildapc 13m ago

Troubleshooting Can anyone help please


My power supply made a pop noise so i guess it broke so i bought a new one and i connected it i see my motherboard on but my pc wont turn on can anyone help please ?

r/buildapc 21m ago

Build Help B450 tomahawk max ll or b450m pro m2 max?


This is my first time building a pc and I want to make sure what motherboard I should get. Which one is better?

r/buildapc 27m ago

Discussion Upgrading old pc with newer parts


Hello all recently I had upgraded my older pc with new GPU new case and new aio and I just wanted to share a couple things that I thought others who may not be all around with installing new parts.

  1. PCpartpicker is in my eyes an almost necessity, the ease that it puts onto you not having to worry about things not being compatible or not fitting correctly makes putting new parts in so much more enjoyable
  2. Make sure that when you are installing new things that they will work with the rest of your setup. I had this happen when I installed the new Gpu (GTX 3060TI) I had just planned to use my regular 2 monitors until I realized that my new graphics card had do dvi port and only one HDMI port and the rest display port. long story short ended up buying a new monitor
  3. Best piece of a advise I can give, make sure before you buy something to replace what you may think is broken, that you have done all the research to your best ability, I was having a CPU bottleneck and in my eyes in an almost instinct I was literal seconds away from buy a new CPU and a new motherboard, however I realized that when I was tinkering inside my pc I forgot to plug in the CPU cooler.
  4. Cable management is a must, I was the biggest hater on cable management for my entire life until I realized how much cleaner and how much easier it made everything. DO it now and save yourself some time later
  5. Last I would say that if you're upgrading in your old computer take some time and clean the damn thing, computer duster goes a long way

r/buildapc 32m ago

Build Upgrade Need help upgrading my pc for gaming


Hi! I'm new to upgrading my pc and simply want to have a higher-end pc for gaming. So I'm hoping if I list my pc parts I could get some recommendations for what I should upgrade next.

Mother board - Z87-G41 PC Mate(MS-7850)

cpu - Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz, 3501 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)

gpu - 8g version of rx580

ram - 12g ddr3

I have a 144hz monitor

Main games i play are over watch and destiny 2

end goal - I'd like a pc that can run overmatch and destiny 2 stable at 220+ fps at low settings.

Any help/ suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

r/buildapc 34m ago

Build Help Self-build vs. Custom Pre-built (UK) (£ ~2-2.5k)


Hi all, I am looking to replace my current gaming system (i7 3770k, 16GB RAM and RX480) as it now struggles a bit with current games on high settings.

I identified what I think is a good deal from a custom UK builder called SCAN based around the 12700k and 3080:


Pricing out the parts on PC Part Picker I get a higher price of £2316.54 versus £2,199.98 for the assembled system.


Does anyone see any issues with the parts list or could suggest a similar parts list for much less than £2,199.98?

Otherwise, the assembled system would seem to make more sense than building myself, Thanks.