Question Advice on connecting all peripherals via docking station ?

InH4te

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Hi guys,

I have a pre-built MSI Aegis Ti5 with the following main specs
Intel® Core™ i9-10900K
MSI GeForce® RTX 3080 10GB GDDR6X 64gb DDR4 ram
750W 80 Plus Gold Certified PSU

I also have the all peripherals- 2x 75hz monitors, Keyboard, Mouse, Headphones, Webcam. Currently i connect all my peripherals to a Belkin Thunderbolt 3 docking station. And then via USB-C, I connect to my work laptop or the above MSI aegis tower, depending on my needs.The Aegis has a thunderbolt port at the back.

In the end, it's only the power supply cable and the usb-c that go into the tower. My question is - is this safe for the tower? Connecting all peripherals to such a system via just a single usb-c? I'm asking because a couple weeks ago, I hadn't touched my tower for a while and when I did some light gaming, within 10mins it overheated and powered off. Multiple times. I'm worried my periphal connection method isn't efficient and am condidering getting a KVM switch instead.


What does everyone think?
Thanks very much!
 

Ralston18

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This computer?

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/msi-meg-aegis-ti5

(Link includes specs.....)

Noted in the link that the unit is

"Very difficult to repair or upgrade"

Has there been any cleaning or maintenance done inside: blowing out dust and debris, re-seating connectors, cards, RAM etc.?

Has the thermal paste ever been replaced?

What make and model is that 750 watt PSU? History of heavy use for gaming?

Bottom line is that, in my mind, a KVM switch will do little or nothing.

Besides the most purpose of of KVMs is to use one set of peripherals (keyboard, mouse, monitor) for two or more computers. And all other sorts of combinations with multiple monitors and other devices.

Still, a KVM switch per se is unlikely to solve an overheating problem.

Are you able to and comfortable with opening the case? Looking inside would be the normal starting point.
 

InH4te

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Thanks for the response. That link to the tower - yup that's the one.

I've been using it for about 3 months sporadically (2-3 times a week) for about 2-3hrs per day playing dota2.
I have not done any cleaning/re-seating/thermal paste change. I opened it out when it heated up and it looked rather clean in there. When I performed a windows update, i was thereafter allowed to game with no issues.

The PSU make and model - I'll get back to you.

My question was more along the lines of - can a thunderbolt cable be used to connect all these peripherals with the tower with no side-effects? If yes, then my hypothesis of that causing overheating is incorrect and I will explore cleaning the insides/checking the paste and other maintenance activities. I assumed it wasn't related to maintenance because the PC is rather new (~5months old) with not so much use.