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Best CPU cooler replacement for HP Omen Obelisk?

Question by Ashley from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Apr 15, 2020 at 7:42 pm CDT


I purchased a HP Omen Obelisk, this is my first PC. My issue is the stock CPU cooler seems to be lacking when gaming so I wanted to purchase an upgrade. I don't want water cooling, can you suggest a new cooler?

My specs are i7 9700F, RTX 2070 GPU, 16GB HyperX memory.

Issues with new Xiaomi Mi AirDots stuttering, what's wrong?

Question by Manaav from New Zealand | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Apr 11, 2020 at 8:20 pm CDT

I recently bought Xiaomi Mi AirDots online and received it yesterday.

I started watching videos with it and the audio started stuttering. It would stutter for around 3 seconds or more and stop and do it again after a few seconds. It's really annoying me and I was wondering if it has something to do with my Bluetooth connectivity or something else. I did accidentally drop both the airdots once but it was only on carpet so I don't understand what's wrong.

I would appreciate if any expert on Bluetooth earphones can help me out.

Recommended parts for a new gaming / photo editing PC?

Question by Faisal from Saudi Arabia | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | Apr 7, 2020 at 7:33 pm CDT

I am looking to build a decent gaming PC (I really don't play games a lot but I do photo editing too). My main concerns when building:

- Budget up to $600 (without monitor, mouse, keyboard). - Case: I live in a dusty environment and warm too. The less openings in the case the better (temperature in my room could get up 30 degrees Celsius or around 85 Fahrenheit), but I could somewhat control heat, but can't with dust. So, dust is more of an issue (REAL issue). -I will only use INTEL (old mentality), so please don't recommend AMD (unless you're willing to convince a 50yrs who's witnessed the not so good beginning of AMD). -I might sacrifice upgradable things (slightly) for better MOBO and CPUs to stay on budget but get better MOBO and CPU. - I already have two-year-old (Samsung SSDs totaling 512GB), if they will not have an impact on performance, I could reuse them and use the money elsewhere. Unless technology has ready advanced since then in SSDs. - I am building a PC for the next 5 yrs. at least... so keep that in mind (I am writing this on 5yrs old PC).

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Should I store my games on my SSD or hard drive?

Question by Santos from Canada | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Storage | Mar 30, 2020 at 7:12 pm CDT

A friend of mine helped me build my PC (i9-9900K, Z390 AORUS Ultra and RTX 2080 Ti). My current storage is a 1TB NVMe and 2TB FireCuda HDD. Recently, I heard my brother tell a friend to move all of his games to a secondary drive to not slow down Windows.

Hearing this, I started the move myself moving my games from the 1TB NVMe to the FireCuda. Somewhere in the middle of this move, I panicked reading online people say games should be on SSD, so I stopped the move and now have games that will no longer load.

The question is, if I start fresh, should I put games on NVMe or on secondary drive? Thanks!

Best video card without the need of a 6-pin power connector?

Question by Moha from Germany | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Video Cards | Mar 26, 2020 at 7:07 pm CDT

Hey, I bought a Dell OptiPlex 9020 with an i5-4670 with no GPU. I want to buy a graphics card that is cheaper than 50 or 55 Euro and without a 6-pin power connecter. I searched and all I have found is the GTX 750 Ti, but I need a bit more performance.

What are your suggestions?

Is my system ready for a 1440p 144Hz monitor and Cyberpunk 2077?

Question by Jean from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Video Cards | Mar 22, 2020 at 6:45 pm CDT

I built my first PC a couple years ago and got some deals where I could and made the best decisions based on my budget. I currently have an ASRock Z370M, i5 8600K, 8GB of DDR4 3000, and a GTX 1070 Ti.

At this point, I really have my eye on a new 1440p 144Hz monitor and am curious if my GPU or CPU will need to be updated to handle this? This is a gaming machine only and I really want to crank up Cyberpunk 2077 when it releases.

Can I replace the HDD in Seagate's Expansion external drive?

Question by Taylor from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Storage | Mar 18, 2020 at 8:24 pm CDT

Weird question for you guys but I got my hands-on a batch of 10TB WD Red and I'm wondering if you see any technical issues replacing my 2TB Seagate Expansions drive with one of these? I think the Expansion uses a 7200RPM drive so power should be similar.