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  1. I am amazed at how robust RAM is to electrostatic discharge

    Can static KILL your PC? (ft. Electroboom) - Bing video
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    What wears out first?

    Perhaps an unfair question but what normally wears out first in a non-overclocked PC

    Fans
    Hard Drive
    Video Card
    Power Supply
    Mother Board
    ...
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    I seem to recall some might be licenses from...

    I seem to recall some might be licenses from retired computers and European law
    saying they can be resold.

    Selling OEM Windows copies you can do it in Europe The Register

    My own PCs had...
  4. Thread: How Cold

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    Below 0C there is no humidity (it has all snowed...

    Below 0C there is no humidity (it has all snowed out).

    The problem is when one brings a cold object into the warm, but here I am thinking of operating in the cold.
  5. Thread: How Cold

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    How Cold

    How cold can a PC power supply run? I imagine the fan may not turn due to thickening lubricant, but this might not really be an issue when cold. Capacitors might be next on this list, but some seem...
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    So far I have gone with used, things others have...

    So far I have gone with used, things others have thrown out.

    Not so keen on proprietary stuff, although two of my machines have 12V only supplies.

    How legit are Windows 10 licenses from places...
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    I had forgotten about the price of Windows.

    I had forgotten about the price of Windows.
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    Does one really save money? given that they can...

    Does one really save money? given that they can get bulk pricing.
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    Best Pre-built PC systems

    Who makes the best pre-built desktop PC systems; I had in mind

    Lenovo
    HP
    Dell
    Acer

    and am not at all keen on the use of non-standardized parts or systems
    that are glued shut, so dropped...
  10. Does the noise certification take into account...

    Does the noise certification take into account the frequency? the human ear has different sensitivities at different frequencies, and there is also the trick to spread the noise over several...
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    Concerning coil whine, why are not more inductors...

    Concerning coil whine, why are not more inductors potted

    * Cost?

    * Cooling issues?
  12. A small camping stove to make coffee might be the...

    A small camping stove to make coffee might be the best bet.
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    You are not concerned about material being in the...

    You are not concerned about material being in the cloud, and so vulnerable to access by hackers?
  14. Would this be sleeve, like Ceramica - Ceramic...

    Would this be sleeve, like

    Ceramica - Ceramic Bearing Fans (ceramicafans.com)

    or ball?
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    Perhaps someone here can tell us how good is the...

    Perhaps someone here can tell us how good is the backup feature in Windows 10; of course even this isn't good enough against a fire.
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    I really wanted a fan-less video card and the GT...

    I really wanted a fan-less video card and the GT 1030 fit that bill.
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    The default options are 1920 x 1080 and frame...

    The default options are

    1920 x 1080 and frame rate limited to 30
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    Also the problem that cores can age Thermal...

    Also the problem that cores can age

    Thermal Aging | Coilcraft
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    My Son's computer is way below the minimum for...

    My Son's computer is way below the minimum for Ancestors: the Human Odyssey; it needed a 3GB video card (his was only 2GB), but it was on sale for $5 so I took the risk. Plays wonderfully.
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    Thanks, I thought the ripple was at the switching...

    Thanks, I thought the ripple was at the switching frequency.

    Seems to me that mains ripple could be eliminated with better switch mode feedback rather than larger capacitors.
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    I meant a water pump for a house boiler, that the...

    I meant a water pump for a house boiler, that the winding insulation can take it.

    Didn't know the transformer core material had such a low temperature sensitivity; this is the Curie point?
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    The windings of a heating system pump probably...

    The windings of a heating system pump probably run at above 100C and some electronics can run at 250C

    What are high temperature electronics? - TWI (twi-global.com)

    Gallium Nitride is up there...
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    Why don't PC power supplies use multi-phase? that...

    Why don't PC power supplies use multi-phase? that would reduce the smoothing burden.

    Inductance would reduce loses from using capacitors alone.
  24. Thread: Capacitor help

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    Primary caps rarely fail; it is strange that you...

    Primary caps rarely fail; it is strange that you are replacing them.
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    Is it possible that the future moves to...

    Is it possible that the future moves to capacitive based voltage transformation rather than inductive? by this I mean capacitors as part of the voltage transformation, and not just for smoothing.
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