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  1. Hey Rom, The build looks good to me. I think you could however save some money by downgrading to a much smaller power supply. If you plan on making huge upgrades, a 650w PSU would do. Otherwise, even a 550w would be fine in this instance. The GTX 1050 Ti is very power efficient. Also, if the price is similar, I'd go with the Samsung 850 EVO. Samsung's 3D TLC NAND is far better than WD/SanDisk's.
  2. You mean the BIOS splash screen? That can be changed, but it largely depends on if your motherboard maker lets you do it. I know some Intel, ASUS, Gigabyte etc. motherboards that let you do it and they usually let you upload that through the BIOS or a windows utility. If your motherboard maker doesn't build this functionality, it needs to be modified through the motherboard firmware file. I think that will be a lot more difficult and you could potentially brick your system by doing it.
  3. Need help building pc around 1080

    Well, here's a couple sample builds. What you'll be looking for is either the high end or extreme build depending on how much upgradeability you want later down the road. As for your current components, unfortunately everything is a bit too old to use. Maybe you can use the power supply, but 500w is cutting it close for a high end build with a GTX 1080. I'd recommend at least going 550w or 650w. For the GTX 1080, my picks are the EVGA iCX followed by the MSI Armor. These tend to be the best value. The iCX I like a lot since they recently had that huge issue with the old ACX coolers where the VRMs were melting down so they had to upgrade the cooling significantly. The MSIs are excellent as well. Good pricing and I've had great reliability with those. The ASUS STRIX GTX 1080 is also great as well. Not on your list though so I'm not quite sure if it'll be available where you shop.
  4. I can't see what you have on there. It's behind a login screen. Please paste the components you're planning to use or provide a different link.
  5. It'll depend on the motherboard, but generally consumer boards won't support Xeon processors. You can check the CPU compatibility on ASUS's website.
  6. Hey Brian, For the motherboard, you have quite a few choices in the Z270 lineup depending on how you plan to spec out the system later on. Personally I like the ASUS Z270-A as a general purpose motherboard. It's stable, has a lot of expansion and storage options. If you plan on having a lot of graphics cards down the line, the ASUS Z270 WS is probably the board you want although that one is a bit on the expensive side. As for overclocking, if you're willing to put in the time to figure out how to overclock properly, even a mild overclock will provide a decent performance gain depending on how far you push the CPU. You will need a cooler as the i7 7700K is usually processor only and doesn't include one in the box. Good options are Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and the Corsair H100i v2. Which one you want will depend on how far you want to overclock the CPU. With what you have listed, 350w should be ok, but 430w and 450w PSUs are relatively cheap so I'd go with that option. The EVGA 450 B1 is a great option and it's relatively cheap. Sound card, I'd try the onboard sound first. Otherwise, I like the Sound Blaster ZxR for an internal option. Also, since you say data analysis/machine learning, are you using any GPU processing at all for these tasks (OpenCL, Nvidia CUDA)? If so, you may want to invest in a more beefy graphics card than the cheapest thing you can find to power two monitors. If that's the case, integrated graphics from the CPU will do that just fine.
  7. Best Gaming PC around INR 120000

    Where do you usually get your computer hardware? I'm not quite sure what INR 120000 translates to in terms of what components you can get.
  8. How do I disable Flash from Chrome Plugins?

    It got disabled since Flash was the last plugin after they deprecated NPAPI. Plus Chrome has extensions which does essentially the same thing. Now it's under chrome://settings/content. You can also find it by going to settings and searching.
  9. Hard drive issue

    Do you own an external USB dock? The easiest way is just to boot off HDD 2 which works then open up HDD 1 by connecting it to the dock. Hope that helps.
  10. Does UPS deliver on Saturday?

    Well, according to this.... Yes.
  11. Actually did an article on this a while back. Give it a shot. If it's a no go, we can figure out other methods. You most likely connected your router under the another one which caused the one you're trying to connect to to select a new IP address. Not sure if I included that in the guide, but you can just access the old router to check that information.
  12. Looking for Specs

    Hmm... I think for reference you can check out our suggestions for gaming PC builds. The high end build would actually suit your needs quite well and be right below budget.
  13. Thanks for the heads up!
  14. Best way to stress test GPU

    I personally use a combination of 3D Mark then Furmark. 3D Mark costs money for anything beyond the most basic benchmark, which I think is fine and Furmark is free. Furmark however, is a bit controversial in that it generates a graphics load that's unrealistic in normal gaming. Whereas gaming you'll see the graphics card go from periods of high load to low load, Furmark keeps it at a high load, which is a lot more stressful. That said, if your graphics card has no issues for a few hours of that, you're pretty much good to go.
  15. Amazon has the MSI B350M Gaming PRO for sale for ~$70. Not a bad deal on a decent B350M chipset motherboard for those on the market. Supports AMD Ryzen. Link: