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Forum Topic "Home Build"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 12 minutes ago

Great just some options if the budget is keen:

A 1TB SSD only costs $30/$40 more. Eg. https://pcpartpicker.com/product/9nhKHx/intel-660p-series-1tb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-ssdpeknw010t8x1

If you prefer you can spend an additional $20/$30 for a semi/fully modular PSU. Not necessary, just helps with easier cable management.

With your workload, the 6-core (SMT) Ryzen 2600X is more than adequate faster single threaded speeds (not a huge difference in performance but something to consider). If you're regularly streaming on the constant (home-network) whilst gaming, the 8-core Ryzen 1700 makes sense and adding a decent aftermarket cooler later allows you some very rewarding overclock headroom to match the 2600/2600X.

Totally depending on your budget and game performance targets, there are better cards available in the mid-tier segment for future-proofing (higher visual quality and 60fps performance) - this one would require a push on cost by a 100 bucks with something like the GTX 1660

Regardless of these options, for 700 bucks the above parts list is already very fit-for-purpose with no regrets!

Forum Topic "First Desktop Build Please Check It Out!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 3 hours ago

Yes FreeSync is AMD's adaptive sync protocol. To make use of FreeSync you need an AMD GPU whereas the CPU doesn't matter (intel/AMD)

Forum Topic "First Desktop Build Please Check It Out!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 3 hours ago

Going wide screen is definitely worth it if you can afford it, providing you account for the size of the panel against the pixel density to maintain best resolution (or sharper image).

The downer is, a higher pixel-count display means the GPU has to work harder to render the frames hence this can have an effect on FPS performance. Assuming you're going for the RTX 2080 - with a standard 1440p panel you can easily hit up around 120fps in demanding games. With a widescreen 1440p panel you may see a reduction of 30% GPU render performance, hence 80-90fps (average).

As i'm more than happy with gaming performance hanging around 90fps (which is fantastic for higher resolution gaming), i'm actually looking to purchase a curved widescreen 1440p screen sometime this year.

Forum Topic "Should I upgrade the motherboard and/or CPU?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 15 hours ago

If I wamt to add more fans, will I need a new MB? I will upgrade the CPU if I need a new MB.

i've never heard that one before. A multiple case fan endeavour, even if it means having to upgrade the mobo and CPU lol

Sorry, just made me smile. I'm sure you're looking for superior performance too :)

TBH, I wouldn't bother with a $180 case unless the internal make-up of the rig speaks volumes in performance. I guess this is a user-specific quest hence it's down to your preference. A decent spacious mid-tier case for around $60 delivers very nicely too! eg. https://pcpartpicker.com/product/w766Mp/phanteks-eclipse-p350x-atx-mid-tower-case-ph-ec350ptg_dbk (absent of optical drive support, not sure if you're using discs in 2019). Don't get me wrong, the Phanteks Luxe is a premium offering, with superior build quality - nothing wrong with it!

The B250M remains a fantastic platform to upgrade on if you're looking to secure more performance. I would look to the used market for an 4 core 4 thread i5 or a 4c/8t i7. Or if you have the $$$ muscle, there are wider options available. If you are gaming, your current 2-core chip is limiting your performance unless you're playing lesser demanding titles. For general day-to-day use, you're looking goood

As for the initial question: You have 2 case fan headers on the mobo for 2 fans. Using splitters/internal USB hubs, you can increase that number to several. No issues there!

Forum Topic "Gaming/Streaming High End"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 16 hours ago

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Octa-Core 3.7GHz c/ Turbo 4.35GHz 20MB SktAM4 < 289,90€

For gaming and streaming the 8-core multi-threaded Ryzen 2700X is fantastic for 290 euros! Even better, if purchasing towards the end of the year, AMD is set to launch their next gen 3000-series CPU's (Zen 2), expected within a couple/few months. The year-end plan sounds favourable!

This are the graphic cards and respective price: Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB HDMI / DUAL DP (UEFI) Full < 399,90€ MSI Radeon RX Vega 64 Air Boost 8GB OC HBM2 < 399,90€

For 399 euros, the VEGA 64 card sounds good and a beast of a companion for 1080p 144hz gaming (a bit larger than life, but a plausible overkill for 1080p gaming at that price point). Also a very nice fit for higher resolution gaming should plans avail to upgrade to a 1440p panel (a lot later - as it's not necessary). If your current display is FreeSync enabled - the AMD route becomes a more lucrative selection point. In fact, if freesync is the primary reason why you're targeting an AMD card, you might want to check whether your display is Gsync compatible - as the newer Nvidia patch supports Gsync on FreeSync registered panels.

THE ALTERNATIVE:

Depending on your local/regional pricing, check to see how the "marginally faster" performing RTX 2070 stacks up. The Vega cards aren't the most power efficient options available with 30-40% increased power draws for optimal performance. These can get a little loud too as those fans really do kick in to keep the temps down. The RTX 2070 is faster, runs cooler, quieter and throws in a couple of added features for added visual quality/performance (DLSS/ray tracing). Purchasing at the end of the year is a long-time if you ask me - hence I wouldn't form an concrete comparisons at the moment, other than some familiarisation of cost/performance disparity.

More importantly, you don't need either the Vega 64 or the RTX 2070. For 1080p 144hz gaming, the RTX-2060 is more than capable in crushing any game you throw at it. At your displays current resolution the RTX 2060 offers an abundance of performance for demanding games on ultra settings and very capable of hitting up on 90-120fps averages (easily maxing out 144fps in lesser demanding AAA titles or in-game mid-2-high mixed configurations)

Once again, since you're purchasing towards the end of the year - same applies for the GPU - AMD is set to launch their next gen NAVI cards hopefully in the coming months or in the least towards the end of the year (if the long awaited rumours hold weight). What is expected in 2019 is unclear, as the equivalence of GPU performance for your type of configuration and performance requirements may not see the retail shelves until after 2019 (TBC)


i dont have a budget so help me out with how much should i spend and save untill the end of the year

This is just a rough idea based on your neighbours Euro currency (Spain) as it may correspond with your local pricing structure.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor €326.76 @ Electronicamente
Motherboard MSI - B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC ATX AM4 Motherboard €139.90 @ Amazon Espana
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory €96.00 @ Amazon Espana
Storage Crucial - MX500 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive €121.91 @ Amazon Espana
Video Card Zotac - GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB GAMING Video Card €339.99 @ Amazon Espana
Case NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case €79.76 @ LIFE Informatica
Power Supply Corsair - TXM Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply €84.90 @ Amazon Espana
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total €1189.22
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-20 04:07 CEST+0200

This above is "ideal" - not absolutely necessary! Cheaper alternatives are possible for streaming and gaming (eg. Ryzen 1700/1700X/2700 paired with a lesser pricey B450 mobo, cheaper storage solution, some euro trimming on PSU (non-modular, 550W), a cheaper but feasible case and great 1080p gaming card options RX 580/590/1660/1660 ti gaming cards which will keep you above 60fps)

Forum Topic "How good is this 1000 pound pc"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 18 hours ago

What type of tasks is this build prioritised for? (eg. gaming/streaming/editing/rendering/etc)

For an unlocked CPU, a cheaper B360/B365 motherboard is more than adequate. Z-series mobos are a better fit for K-modifier processors.

You're not too far from securing a GTX 1660 card (£20/£30 on top). TBH, i wouldn't bother with the GTX 1060 as the RX 580 performs equally for LE$$ (unless your specific workloads demand CUDA core acceleration)

SSD: Cheaper, great quality and faster 1TB storage solution + in the newer M.2 form factor to eliminate use of SATA/POWER cable connections: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/9nhKHx/intel-660p-series-1tb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-ssdpeknw010t8x1

This PSU: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/dDH48d/corsair-txm-gold-550w-80-gold-certified-semi-modular-atx-power-supply-cp-9020133-na

Forum Topic "First Desktop Build Please Check It Out!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 18 hours ago

Same speed drives. No need to worry about drive performance, these are fantastic for the purpose of use.

Forum Topic "First Desktop Build Please Check It Out!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 19 hours ago

From a higher resolution gaming perspective the performance difference is very small which in real-time performance comparisons is negligble! Hence the same!

Where the i9 has the advantage is speedier clock speeds which does help wit faster encoding/rendering. Slightly nippier tool responsiveness too with working on video projects. But for less than $300, the 2700X is certainly not too far behind and remains a top-notch alternative for any heavy-lift projects, streaming/encoding and stands neck-to-neck in gaming quality with top end demanding titles at ultra settings.

Forum Topic "First Desktop Build Please Check It Out!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 19 hours ago

Rather than taking a 4tb enterprise level hard drive costing around $200, 2 consumer-level 2TB HD's costs far less. If you don't need so much storage, I would stick with a 2TB single drive as my secondary storage as the 1TB primary device is more than sufficient for the OS, applications and games (unless your game library is huge which is more fitting for a HD)

With WIFI included:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor $294.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte - X470 AORUS GAMING 5 WIFI ATX AM4 Motherboard $174.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $78.99 @ Newegg
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $109.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.78 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.78 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB VENTUS Video Card $699.99 @ B&H
Case NZXT - H700 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $125.00 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $83.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $110.59 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1797.89
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-19 18:34 EDT-0400

A second rig? You're buying 2 machines?

Forum Topic "First time building a PC, going for cost effectiveness. What do you guys think?"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 20 hours ago

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/joey101937/saved/3cNGcf

Looks good! Thats a decent budget case too with plenty of airflow.

You don't need thermal paste, it's pre-applied on the stock cooler

My only concern is that trimmed off ASUS GPU which comes with a small heatsink. It would be more than sufficient for these power efficient GPU's but you can do so much better taking the cheaper MSI card as recommended earlier. It also comprises of a higher factory OC for some added performance and is accompanied with a full-size HSF for solid-cooling and long-term thermal resilience!! ASUS makes some fantastic top-end GPUs (although over-priced) but on the lower spectrum of mid-tier performance cards, the competition with these newer RTX cards is simply way better with MSI (some nice overclockable advantages too). ASUS continues to mark up costs adding to brand value hence not worth a dime more in my personal and strong opinion.

oh also I removed the windows10 because im gonna try to use my old harddrive that i think is still good from my laptop with windows alreay on it. That does work right?

Won't work!! Plus, you want to install Windows on the SSD to benefit from the drives nippier performance. Windows on HDs are more-or-less a bottleneck for modern day CPUs. The workaround here being, if you have a license for your Windows OS (assuming it's Win 10), a fresh install would be highly recommended for best performance. If you don't have Windows installation media, you can create one using "Windows creation media tool" to a USB stick.

Forum Topic "First Desktop Build Please Check It Out!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 20 hours ago

You can definitely save a bunch of money! For your purpose of use the i9 is not necessary but a nice luxury. I actually prefer AMD for this type of workload, much better value to performance ratio + the AMD board is compatible with the next generation of AMD Zen 2 CPUs which makes for an excellent upgrade path.

To save money you don't need an AIO cooler too, the 2700X comes with a fantastic RGB cooler which simply gets the job done. I would much rather take a 1440p display with a top-notch RTX 2080 gaming card first and then see what I have left in the spending pot to secure other aesthetically pleasing additions.

Something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor $294.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus - Prime X470-Pro ATX AM4 Motherboard $149.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $78.99 @ Newegg
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $109.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.78 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.78 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB VENTUS Video Card $699.99 @ B&H
Case NZXT - H700 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $125.00 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $83.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $110.59 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1772.89
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-19 17:56 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "First time building a PC, going for cost effectiveness. What do you guys think?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 21 hours ago

I'm familiar with the MS ID transfers but those pertain to full licences when switching mobos. MS ID's maintain the same principle at the root-core with digital hardware ID recognition, whereas OEMs maintain digital-entitlements per fixed hard coded system recognition (server-side).

I'd be more than pleased if MS shifted these restrictions hence if you have any official statements from MS, clearly informing of OEM hardware-ID transfer allowances, i would be keen to examine them. Myself and our partner firms have a ton of machines with OEM markings hence it would be a life saver for future upgrades (the sucker being, signing up with a multitude of MS accounts)

Or even better, if you have successfully achieved this result i'm all ears :)

Forum Topic "First Desktop Build Please Check It Out!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 21 hours ago

Sorry i don't share my personal contact details in online platforms/privately. Feel free to message me privately via PCPP. On my profile page hit "send a message" located at the bottom left (i think)

Can you send me your updated PCPP parts list in order i can see where you are with your current selections. Use the permalink URL which is located above your parts list.

BTW - FreeSync is not limited to AMD CPUs but AMD GPU's. Problem here is, Nvidia is dominating the higher end GPU market and going over to AMD at this point would mean lesser power efficiency, similar cost and a little drop in performance if you're targeting the AMD Radeon VII (RTX 2080 equivalent)

Forum Topic "First time building a PC, going for cost effectiveness. What do you guys think?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 21 hours ago

Can you provide the official source? From my understanding OEMs are a one-time transfer possibility for windows upgrade allowances only (eg. win 7 to 10). Even those are circumstantial past the original deadline date and require MS tech support assistance.

Where OEMs are transferable are between storage devices (switch) with the motherboard hardware ID being the limiter on MS servers. If these rules have changed i'd be very interested to see some official statements.

Forum Topic "First Desktop Build Please Check It Out!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 21 hours ago

Keep yourself grounded from static discharges: eg. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwSAKa5s9F0. If your build environment is prone to static discharges on a more constant, this type of precaution is super-essential to avoid damaging your new parts.

Always take your time with the first build. Double check everything, for example cable connections, parts installations, etc. Take your time with cable management, it can get really messy hence plan ahead.

There's a ton of build tutorials online, use these for familiarisation only. Always following the mobo manual and other instructions provided with the parts.

Make sure to remove the plastic seal on the CPU cooler head before mounting down on the CPU. After 15 years of build experience, i've made that mistake twice in the last 2 years - both times lucky enough to pause and re-evaluate before fully mounting down.

Always carefully connect cables over the pins (esp. front panel connectors, fans, etc). These pins can easily bend or break off.

If you have any particular concerns let me know.

Forum Topic "First time building a PC, going for cost effectiveness. What do you guys think?"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 21 hours ago
  • marginally faster Ryzen 2600X with a higher boost clock which comes with a beefier stock cooler (pre-applied thermal paste). Nice cooler compared to most stock offerings which are simply crap.

  • Faster SSD (NVME) for only $10 more - won't make much of a noticeable difference but long term performance in full-swing!

  • an aesthetically better quality build case with exterior RGB and a full internal PSU shroud for cleaner build finish! More importantly for me (although it's not a biggie) - superior airflow!!

  • Better quality PSU with newer components and improved power protection features.

  • Full Windows license (fully transferable, a license you get to keep)

  • Couple of decent 140mm PWM case fans for shifting a cooler breeze throughout the case

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $179.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard $114.99 @ B&H
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $78.99 @ Newegg
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $109.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI - GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card $279.99 @ Newegg
Case Phanteks - Eclipse P350X (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair - TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $110.59 @ Amazon
Case Fan ARCTIC - Arctic F14 PWM 77.3 CFM 140mm Fan $8.99 @ Amazon
Case Fan ARCTIC - Arctic F14 PWM 77.3 CFM 140mm Fan $8.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1032.40
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-19 16:45 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "First Desktop Build Please Check It Out!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 21 hours ago

1080p 144hz:

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Nv3H99/msi-optix-mag24c-236-1920x1080-144hz-monitor-optix-mag24c

This VA panel is also GSYNC compatible with the latest Nvidia driver patch. VA panels are an improvement over TN screens with slightly better viewing angles and colour palette. Basically a cross between IPS and TN, and an excellent choice for a gamer!


1440p 144hz:

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/p4WfrH/msi-optix-mag27cq-270-2560x1440-144-hz-monitor-optix-mag27cq

This one is also Gsync compatible + VA

Forum Topic "First build. Need recommendation for motherboard and video card"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 22 hours ago

Whether it's worth spending $500 or not, depends on your display resolution and performance (fps) requirements. Eg.

1080p 60hz = you dont need anything above a GTX 1660 TI

1080p 144hz = you dont need anything above an RTX 2060/2070

1440p 60fp = RTX 2060/2070

1440p 144hz = RTX 2070/2080

This is a quick mock-up to give you some idea as to how to measure the GPU spend against the gaming visual quality/performance requirements (which are display resolution + refresh rate based). Although, a $500 spend can easily achieve an RTX 2070.

For a more fitting recommendation, the display model number would help or a link to what you have or plan on buying.

Forum Topic "First build. Need recommendation for motherboard and video card"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 1 day ago

Whichever arrangement or motherboard you go for, with an M.2 SSD in the list, you're going to get the same notification. This is normal (not a compatibility warning).

The M.2 SSD shares the same lane as one of the SATA ports. Once you utilise the M.2 header on the motherboard, "one/two" of SATA port/s are disabled.

You have 4/5 additional SATA ports hence no problems there. Just check the motherboard manual to see which SATA port is disabled and avoid that one when adding additional storage devices.


Some changes:

  • i9 is possibly passable here but then again depending on your system resource applications and how well these are optimised to make use of multi-threaded support and how weighty your use-case scenario is I guess if you have the budget, why not!

  • A larger 280mm AIO rad with more premium fans (almost 40% reduction in fan noise levels).

  • Unless your tasks can utilise workstation class sequential speeds, I wouldn't bother with the Samsung 970 NVME drives. For code, gaming and the general day-to-day, even your standard SATA interface M,2 drives will match the higher-end NVME offerings in terms of raw performance. The alternatives being, the below added performance NVME stick for 1TB storage which is surprisingly discounted compared to similar performing alternatives at the consumer-level.

  • If you prefer the ASUS mobo with it's design aesthetics, stick with it - it's a great mobo! Alternatively, if you fancy saving some, for $50 less, this one delivers just as equally (in terms of quality, performance, features, overclocking potential, etc - although absent of RGB) https://pcpartpicker.com/product/TnhKHx/asrock-z390-taichi-atx-lga1151-motherboard-z390-taichi

  • Unless you plan on making use of specific features with the likes of bitlocker, group-share management, etc - save yourself the money and stick with Windows 10 home (full).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $479.99 @ Walmart
CPU Cooler Corsair - H115i PRO 55.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $129.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus - ROG STRIX Z390-E GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $238.89 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $180.98 @ Newegg
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $109.89 @ OutletPC
Case Corsair - Crystal 570X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case $159.98 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $117.49 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $110.59 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1527.80
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-19 14:14 EDT-0400

For the GPU - what type of display are you going for? Display resolution/refresh rate? (eg. 1080p 60hz)?

Also how much are you planning to fork out for the gpu?

Forum Topic "First Desktop Build Please Check It Out!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 1 day ago

IPS and GSYNC is not absolutely necessary.

If you are buying the RTX 2080, i wouldn't bother with 1080p 144hz. The GPU's performance would be an overkill for this range of visual quality/performance. You'd be better off taking the RTX 2070 which is absolutely fantastic for 1080p 144hz (the savings here may more easily allow you to snatch IPS + GSYNC, if desired)

If you stick with the RTX 2080, this card is more than capable of handling 1440p 144hz easily with demanding games on top settings. Question here would be, how much are you willing to spend on the display? There are cheaper alternatives for 1440p 144hz without IPS/GSYNC which would still deliver fantastic performance for gaming.

Forum Topic "gift from tax man"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 1 day ago

If the budget allows, take the RTX 2060. You don't have to worry about brands but more importantly what the brands are offering against user feedback and benched thermals.

With current reviews, a very good HSF make-up, dual fan cooling support and a higher turbo boost clock, i'm strongly favouring this card from MSI: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/kfWfrH/zotac-geforce-rtx-2060-6-gb-gaming-video-card-zt-t20600d-10m

Or if you fancy some RGB + some additional factory OC for a little extra £££ - this one: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/3wBTwP/msi-geforce-rtx-2060-6-gb-gaming-z-video-card-rtx-2060-gaming-z-6g

Forum Topic "Help with first build"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 1 day ago

Q1:

This is normal (not a compatibility warning). The M.2 SSD shares the same lane as one/two of the SATA ports. Once you utilise the M.2 header on the motherboard with the M.2 SSD, one or two of those SATA ports are disabled.

You have 4/5 additional SATA ports hence no problems there. Just check the motherboard manual to see which SATA port is disabled and avoid when adding additional storage devices.

Q2:

The ATX 24-pin is a necessary connection for powering up the motherboard.

The ATX 2x4 (12v) is necessary to power up the CPU.

The ATX 2x2 is optional, you can either connect this alongside the 2x4 or leave it. Since your PSU supports both of these CPU power connectors and your cooler/mobo choice speaks volumes for "overclocking", use both of them for a more streamlined power delivery. Ideally the 2x2 connection is optional for 'extreme' overclockers who are willing to push the chips performance to it's absolute max (most likely with a high-end custom liquid cooling solution).

Forum Topic "Home Build"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 1 day ago

Something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 1700 3 GHz 8-Core Processor $159.40 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - B450M Steel Legend Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $89.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $78.99 @ Amazon
Storage Intel - 660p Series 512 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $65.11 @ Newegg
Video Card ASRock - Radeon RX 570 4 GB Phantom Gaming D Video Card $129.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $99.49 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan ARCTIC - Arctic F14 PWM 77.3 CFM 140mm Fan $8.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $686.95
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-19 10:42 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "Home Build"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 1 day ago

Are you flexible with your budget?

Home network streaming only? or gaming and streaming simultaneously?

You want to target the newer and better optimised B450/X470 series of motherboards.

3000Mhz RAM for the RYZEN CPU (for optimal processing performance)

With an 8-core chip in the bag, I would look to secure a better quality and more power efficient 550W PSU (preferably with newer capacitors and added protection features).

Network adapter is unnecessary...the mobo has one. If you're connecting via ethernet, leave the wifi adapter.

Let us know whether your budget has flex in order we can suggest an amended parts list. I would also look to secure 16GB RAM as it only costs 30 bucks more over 8 gigs.

Forum Topic "gift from tax man"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 1 day ago

Cpu 2600x or ryzen 7 2700 wallet is saying 2600x then later get new zen 2

For gaming the 2600X is faster out-of-the-box (for gaming purposes)!! I would stick with it and as you suggested, look for an earlier upgrade plan for 7nm processors (although not needed as the 2600X is fantastic and has plenty of years under the belt)

Stick with the MSI b450 carbon ac if I can find the x470 carbon ac then I'll push the budget to this if I can find one.

The B450 is fine!! The X470 alternative: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/svdxFT/msi-x470-gaming-pro-carbon-atx-am4-motherboard-x470-gaming-pro-carbon (a better fit if you fancy some overclocking)

As for the GPU your right 1660ti or rtx 2060 budget for you is £350 - $455 Max currently have a 1080p monitor will have to upgrade this also after the PC is completed

If your upgrade plan is to target a higher refresh rate 144hz 1080p panel - for £350, the RTX 2060 would be an excellent option. The 2060 will literally chew up anything you throw at it at ultra settings!

Forum Topic "First Desktop Build Please Check It Out!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 1 day ago

This M.2 alternative is faster and cheaper than the Samsung 860 evo: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/9nhKHx/intel-660p-series-1tb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-ssdpeknw010t8x1

I have several Samsung 850's and 860's and recently purchased a few of the intel 660p M.2 units (considering these are heavily discounted). Fantastic buy if you ask me!!

Forum Topic "Tell me what i can improve on my build"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 1 day ago

Nice catch with the display!!

Depending on the budget flex, an alternative VA panel (also GSYNC compatible FS panel): https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Nv3H99/msi-optix-mag24c-236-1920x1080-144hz-monitor-optix-mag24c

Forum Topic "Tell me what i can improve on my build"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 1 day ago

This looks "Great" - well thought out with a nice selection of parts

The only amendment here is the RAM bandwidth/frequency. Unlike intel, Ryzen is greedy for more nippier RAM modules hence 3000Mhz will allow the 2600X CPU to flex its muscle (optimal performance). Oddly enough, it's $1 cheaper for going faster: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/wZ22FT/corsair-vengeance-lpx-16gb-2-x-8gb-ddr4-3000-memory-cmk16gx4m2d3000c16

Forum Topic "First Desktop Build Please Check It Out!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 1 day ago

So without being said I can stick with the AIO cooling and if I plan to overclock in the future and get problems with the cooling I can just easily replace with a AC?

Correct. If you prefer the AIO aesthetics go for it.

and just a quick note I would go for a m.2 SSD or whatever is better you can suggest, but I get a note about some ports about disabling etc. so I got worried, because I have no clue what that means.

This is normal. When using M.2 SSDs, these share the same lanes as SATA ports, hence one or two SATA ports are disabled. Nothing to worry about, as your motherboard has 4 additional SATA ports for adding more devices later. All you need to do is check the mobo manual to see which of these ports are disabled in order to avoid them when plugging in additional storage/SATA devices.

Forum Topic "gift from tax man"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 1 day ago

For the mobo/cpu/ram you already have an excellent list of parts!! I wouldn't change anything at this point. You can squeeze in a great performing GPU within the £650 mark:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor £175.98 @ Aria PC
Motherboard MSI - B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC ATX AM4 Motherboard £115.97 @ CCL Computers
Memory Corsair - Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory £112.38 @ Aria PC
Video Card MSI - GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card £217.99 @ Box Limited
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £622.32
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-19 00:11 BST+0100

Whether you can do better in the GPU department is highly reflective of your display resolution/refresh rate. If its your standard 1080p 60hz panel, the GTX 1660/1660 TI are fantastic options which will easily play demanding games on top settings whilst maintaining 60fps.

Realistically, how much were planning to put towards the GPU? Display specifications (maybe a product link to panel)?

Forum Topic "first build. advice wanted!"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 1 day ago

For overclocking it's down to preference and budget. You can expect similar performance with either going for a premium air cooler or AIO.

If you prefer going the AIO route, preferably this larger 280mm one which also uses premium corsair fans (cuts the noise levels down by 40-50%). https://pcpartpicker.com/product/W6RzK8/corsair-h115i-pro-554-cfm-liquid-cpu-cooler-cw-9060032-ww

Forum Topic "PC Crashing and Errors"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 1 day ago

1) I do not need anything on my computer right now so I want to clear everything from both my SSD and HDD, how to I go about clearing everything? Also when I boot for the first time with only the SSD and the HDD sata unplugged how to I go about installing the HDD after?

Don't worry about the hard drive, once you've got your SSD wiped clean with the Windows re-installation process complete, you can connect the SATA cable back on (it's as simple as plug and play) and then format the secondary Hard Drive. Do this afterwards as this won't affect you windows installation. Once the installation is complete, connect the HD and drop me a message to get it wiped clean.

2) I think when I did my initial boot and install of windows I messed something up with the management of my SSD and HDD as I had them both plugged in. Also I think I ended up corrupting files when I tried moving files between the drives, how do you recommend I do drive management?

The SSD is where you should install the OS and all applications. Maybe a couple of your favourite/most played games too as games tend to load faster on SSDs. Always allow some breathing space for the SSD to maintain it's performance. You have a 500GB SSD, 10-15% empty space is always useful, so only utilise around 450GB. Put everything else on the 1 TB Hard Drive (personal files, videos/movies, images, games, backups, etc etc). Never move/delete/relocate system files from C: Drive to any other drive as this will affect the operating systems/applications functionality.

3) When I created the initial windows install I used a usb that I grabbed from my IT admin at work and am worried that the media creation tool he had on there was somehow corrupt. How do I format the usb correctly to download the media creation tool? I tried this before I went to my IT admin and I had issues getting the creation tool onto the usb?

Plug it in to any of your USB ports > go to "this PC" > locate the USB drive > right click and select format from the drop down menu (make sure it's set on "NTFS" before hitting 'start) > job done!

You can now download the Windows Media Creation Tool and make sure to select the same Windows 10 version which matches your existing product key https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10 and then select the USB stick and hit "start" This will create a bootable windows installation media!

4) Finally can you recommend a resource or maybe a video for what programs to install when setting up?

The Nvidia driver and windows updates will have you covered for a fully working machine - ready for gaming. You'll just need to download your gaming clients (origin, steam, epic games, etc) and get your games downloaded. Remember when downloading games you can select the root directory by your choosing, most games will be saved to the 1TB HD and a handful of your choosing on the SSD if you wish to benefit from the faster game boot times.

Other software downloads depends on your personal requirements. A third party Antivirus would be a good start there are some free ones flying around but i've always stuck with paid versions as i'm housing plenty of sensitive data on my system (i use Norton/kaspersky/avast). If you're not saving personal data which is confidential or accessing online banking or making card payments, feel free to use the Windows pre-installed anti-virus - it works great!

Forum Topic "first build. advice wanted!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 2 days ago

@1440p the more superior the GPU the better! Especially if you're targeting a panel with 144hz (refresh rate) and hope to post-up more consistently around 100fps in demanding games on top settings. I would look to secure the RTX 2080 - very possible with a little play on your current part selections

For your 'purpose of use' (incl. Linux) 16GB RAM should be more than sufficient unless you're running other memory intense tasks which suggest otherwise. You don't need NVME SSD either, as it compares negligibly with standard SATA drives. If you are running certain tasks which can utilise the NVME's speedier sequential read/write speeds , that would be a different story. For the OS, games and other general day-to-day tasks those speeds will present next to zero noticeable performance gains.

AIO's are more of an enthusiast endeavour or for extreme overclockers - a tiny performance advantage at best! A premium air cooler pretty much matches any 240/280mm rad and costs less ($80-$100). Other benefits - air coolers are far more reliable, longer lasting and unlike liquid AIO's, one thing less to worry about. Since you haven't mentioned "overclocking", i'm assuming you're happy with stock performance hence added a more than adequate cooler.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $389.99 @ Walmart
CPU Cooler Cooler Master - Hyper 212 Black Edition 42 CFM CPU Cooler $34.02 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - Z390 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $158.98 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $78.99 @ Newegg
Storage Inland - 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $49.99 @ Amazon
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $109.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB GAMING X TRIO Video Card $799.99 @ B&H
Case NZXT - H500 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $99.00 @ Amazon
Case Fan ARCTIC - Arctic F14 PWM 77.3 CFM 140mm Fan $8.99 @ Amazon
Case Fan ARCTIC - Arctic F14 PWM 77.3 CFM 140mm Fan $8.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1808.82
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-18 13:28 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "gift from tax man"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 2 days ago

What do you use your system for?

If it's gaming, you can easily secure 16 gigs of ram, a Ryzen 2600X and an B450/X470 mobo without hitting over 400 quid.

Can you share your parts list to see whether you can drop the remainder balance on some useful upgrades eg. SSD (if u dont have one), a more competent PSU, etc.

Forum Topic "First Desktop Build Please Check It Out!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 2 days ago

Zero-effect whether you stick with the suggested air cooler or AIO. The i9 processor will run perfectly either way!

If you are planning on overclocking, the 360mm AIO would be the better option for cooler thermals whilst maintaining a higher voltage/clockspeed manual overclock. Now it depends on whether you want to OC or not, as the i9 at stock/boost clockspeeds is already fantastic!

Forum Topic "PC Crashing and Errors"

LIVE_AMMO 3 points 2 days ago

If you can put together a build and get the system up and running, you are more than competent to re-install Windows too. It's actually super easy!!

You don't need to uninstall anything, nor make changes/amendments for the re-installation. A fresh installation simply erases everything off the storage device before the installation process commences.

The only thing you need to do: "Make sure to back-up anything you need". Depending on the file size, this can be done using a USB pen, cloud storage (plenty of freebies available google drive/outlook/drop box/etc), external storage unit (if you have one), etc. EDIT: I just saw your secondary 1 TB hard drive on your PCPP list - you can transfer any required files from the SSD to the Hard Drive.

To make it easier:

  1. Back up personal data to the hard drive (if needed)

  2. Unplug the Hard Drive SATA cable from the motherboard and leave the SSD one connected.

  3. Connect your Windows Install Media (USB/disc/etc). Just as you originally installed the OS, repeat the same steps. This would also require setting your boot-priority from the windows media device (i believe you're already familiar with this). At the initial stages of the installation, you will have an option to delete/format all or any drives/partitions (again make sure your Hard Drive is disconnected as in step 2). Once everything is deleted/formatted, only a single unallocated drive should be showing, select and proceed with the following standard installation process and you're good to go!

  4. Once complete don't run Windows updates just yet. Head over to Nvidia and download the latest graphics driver. Install and restart the system. Then run all pending windows updates. Once fully complete, at this point, I fancy creating a restore point before installing any third party apps/games/etc. In fact, you can create a restore point before download/installing the graphics driver (i tend to do create a multitude of restore points with fresh Windows installations, one after the installation, one after the GPU driver installation, one after running windows updates, etc etc - i'm a little crazy like that :) )

Let me know if you are comfortable with the above - or need further help.

If you're more comfortable with youtube video tutorials, i can have a quick look to get the ball rolling. If you don't have a Windows installation disc/device, you can create one to a USB stick using the "Windows Media Creation Tool" https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10 (fully legal, from the MS official website)

Forum Topic "First Desktop Build Please Check It Out!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 2 days ago

Gigabyte is great! Not long ago it was barely matching up to the competition but in the last few years they've upped-up their game big time (as good as any other competitor)

and with the cooling is rad better than an AIO?

Rad = radiator. An AIO comes with one.

If you're asking about air coolers vs AIOs, yes air coolers are more reliable, vastly durable and safer in the long run. AIOs tend to lose performance over time and a have a shorter life span - most will opt for these either for 1) Aesthetics, 2) for extreme overclocking (although, premium air coolers for around $80-$90 bucks are just as good)

Forum Topic "First Desktop Build Please Check It Out!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 2 days ago

What would be the difference from the motherboard you gave me to the gigabyte I have, I recently got introduced to it and had some confidence with it

Both motherboard options are great (MSI/Gigabyte) absolutely nothing wrong with opting for either of them. The only small difference is the MSI board uses newer VRMs and incy wincy bit more cleaner power draw. It doesn't really matter though as both will perform neck-to-neck with MSI having a tiny bit of an advantage in high-end overclocking. If you fancy the gigabyte board for it aesthetics, go for it!

and yes I agree i9 is kinda expensive I'm just worried with the i7 it might not work good cuz currently I'm using an i7-6700HQ I think its decent for me since I never owned a desktop before, I want something that's way faster, I see the i7-8700k is good, how is it better than the i7-9700k I would prefer using Intel just for me personally,

If you're gaming only the i7-8700K and i7-9700K are practically the same in real-time performance metrics. The difference being, the 8700K is a 6 core CPU with Multi-threading (16 threads). The 9700K being a 8 physical core single-threaded chip which also uses solder between the integrated heatspreader and CPU-DIE (better thermals for a tiny performance advantage).

The above 2 intel options are fantastic for gaming. Problem is, if you're streaming at the same time the encoding process will affect your gaming performance as CPU based encoding easily utilises 2/4 cores. Therefore a fast CPU with greater compromises in simultaneous workloads is as good is an average $150 CPU. The remedy here being, either taking the Ryzen 2700X or the i9-9900K. Both of these chips consist of 8 physical cores and both have SMT/HT enabled (multi-threading). In other words, the system would recognise double the cores (16 threads) and you can expect a higher clock rate of instruction/compute processes which touch up around 33.33% added performance - this is why the 2700X is simply as good as any of the intel offerings, especially when gaming @ higher resolutions as the 2700X matches any of intels current offerings from a gaming perspective.

Alternatively, if intel is the absolute "first choice", I did put together a second list within the $2600 mark with the inclusion of the i9-9900K.

Forum Topic "First Desktop Build Please Check It Out!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 2 days ago

2ND OPTION BEING:

Stick to moderately high overclocking or zero overclocking and take a faster core-2-core performing i9-9900K. Won't make any difference in gaming performance (or negligible at best) but does offer faster operations in general, if preferred. The i9 in my opinion is a little overpriced hence for me it's "optional"

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $479.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Thermalright - Macho Rev.B 73.6 CFM CPU Cooler $49.90 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte - Z390 AORUS ELITE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $159.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $125.98 @ Newegg
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $109.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB GAMING X TRIO Video Card $799.99 @ B&H
Case NZXT - H700 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $125.00 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $97.98 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $110.59 @ Amazon
Monitor Acer - XB271HU bmiprz 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor $599.99 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2659.30
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-17 16:58 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "First Desktop Build Please Check It Out!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 2 days ago

24" is a better fit for 1080p resolution displays. 27" on 1080p is an extended panel size with enlarged pixels to fit the screen size (things will look bigger). In some more complex detailing in games, things start to took a little washed up (if that matters to you). Pixel density is key if you're sitting up close to the display as it produces a higher level of image sharpness. Since 1440p adds 30%'ish more pixels , the 27" size makes for a perfect fit with sharper image detailing. You mentioned everything looks big on your current panel, the solution here being = 1440p. More pixels with their maintained smaller size ratio = smaller detailed objects, sharper image + more screen real estate.

Overclocking is not necessary at all, especially with these current day newer generation CPUs. The auto-boost clocks are more than sufficient for plenty of power for the long run. Another thing to note - higher resolution gaming is less dependant on CPU-bound conditions as graphics quality is all about the GPU. It's nice to have something thats capable of overclocking for the long run but @ 1440p gaming, you won't notice hardly any difference.

Your current list is sitting at $2300, and i'm assuming you're also picking up a display at the same time for $300. Total assumed budget: $2600.

Here's where I would be: (including the display)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor $294.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler NZXT - Kraken X72 Liquid CPU Cooler $159.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - X470 GAMING PRO CARBON ATX AM4 Motherboard $198.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $125.98 @ Newegg
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $109.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB GAMING X TRIO Video Card $799.99 @ B&H
Case NZXT - H700 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $125.00 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $97.98 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $110.59 @ Amazon
Monitor Acer - XB271HU bmiprz 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor $599.99 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2623.28
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-17 16:42 EDT-0400
  • i9-9900K is not necessary + the AMD platform is open to AMD's next generation of faster 7nm CPUs hence a less-cost turbulent upgrade path.

  • I left the AIO cooler on there as I believe this is more of an aesthetics requirement. Great for overclocking though! The 2700X comes with a pretty nifty RGB cooler which runs great at stock or mild overclocks. If you feel you're spending too much, you can always upgrade to an aftermarket cooler later as these are very easy to replace.

  • Faster M.2 SSD which surprisingly comes in cheaper. I've personally tested these units and they're absolutely fantastic for your purpose of use. The M.2 form factor SSD doesn't require POWER/SATA cables and simply connects onto the mobo with a single screw (lesser cables = easier cable management). Although, you might prefer a 2.5" drive to populate the front drive bay on the H700 case. I did the same for my S340 elite case - aesthetics matter hehe!

  • A cooler running custom PCB GPU with improved thermals, added headroom for some overclocking + lower noise levels compared to most of these higher-end RTX 2080 cards.

  • 550W on the PSU is sufficient for a non-overclocking rig. If overclocking I would target the 650W range which also allows for some added headroom for future upgrades. I've added a 750W unit which comes with an extra CPU power connector (EPS) - this may come very handy when upgrading the machine especially if the near future upgrades demand a higher power draw for overclocking (eg. next generation of AMD CPUs)

  • Swapped the Windows OEM license for a Full license (fully transferable). OEM variants are single licenses per motherboard hence in a few years down the line you'll be having to purchase Windows again.

  • Added a 27" 1440p 144hz display. This one is a gorgeous colour-rich IPS panel with GSYNC enabled (smoother frames and screen-tear elimination). I purchased the same panel in 2017 and all I can say is "wow", certainly won't be shifting back to 1080p. I wasn't a big fan of the red legs so replaced the stand with single arm-mount eg. https://www.amazon.com/VIVO-Monitor-Adjustable-Articulating-STAND-V001/dp/B00B21TLQU/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=single+arm+mount&qid=1555533703&s=electronics&sr=1-3

Feel free to query any of the selections.

Forum Topic "First Desktop Build Please Check It Out!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 3 days ago

Sure,

Your display selection consists of a 1080p 144hz display or a 1440p 144hz panel. It would be a good idea to plan ahead in choosing which one you'll be sticking with. The 1080p 144hz resolution is perfect for an RTX 2060/RTX 2070. If opting for the 1440p resolution, RTX 2080 would be the more fitting option if you're planning on hitting around 90-140fps in various games on high settings.

Personally I would opt for the RTX 2080 with the larger, sharper image and more game-immersive 1440p panel (ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ or a similar one with a more reasonable price tag - if possible). Depending on how comfortable you are with your budget, you might want to re-analyse how badly you want RGB or would you be more willing to secure top-performance in the long run by ditching RGB all-together for the i9-9900K CPU (its an expensive CPU). If you fancy keeping the RGB element alive, there's absolutely no problem with that considering the alternative Ryzen 2700X processor for current gaming/streaming demands is fantastic. The CPU selection between these 2 options isn't a huge problem, as higher resolution gaming (1440p) is more GPU-bound opposed to CPU. Hence gaming performance won't be affected, and where differences do arise especially in games which are poorly optimised, the 2700X gets the job done either way hence those differences are negligible.

So let us know which resolution you'll be going for (1080p or 1440p)?

Also are you planning on overclocking? If not you can save some $$$ here opting for a more suitable cooler and reasonably priced motherboard as your current selections are more worthy of CPU manual overclocks.

Are you happy to drop RGB to secure some added performance or is RGB something you absolutely desire within the 2K budget?

Forum Topic "900 gaming pc build. How well is this build?"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 3 days ago

For $900 you can do a little better on the graphics side of things! A better quality PSU + a single 1TB fast SSD.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $179.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - X470 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard $119.99 @ Newegg Business
Memory ADATA - XPG GAMMIX D10 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $79.99 @ Newegg
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $109.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI - GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card $279.99 @ Newegg
Case Phanteks - Eclipse P350X (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair - CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $55.50 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $895.34
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-16 21:07 EDT-0400

p.s. CASE choice is optional - the one added adds a little improved airflow. If you prefer the P400 from an aesthetics point of view - go for it!

Forum Topic "First Desktop Build Please Check It Out!"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 3 days ago

You can do better in the GPU department with a newer and better performing RTX 2070 for less. The 1070 ti FE blower card is overpriced. An aftermarket air cooled card is recommended with a heftier HSF (keeping thermals in check and employing some additional performance via factory OC)

For a gaming and streaming rig, it's advisable to secure some additional processing power, either opting for the 2700X from AMD or the i9-9900K from intel. Both of these options enable multi-threaded support for 30-35% additional processing power. Very effective for streaming (encoding) with lesser offset on gaming performance.

Display resolution? If you haven't purchased one, have you considered the sharper image 1440p resolution?

Planning on overclocking?

Forum Topic "First build, opinions needed."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 4 days ago

A couple of those preferred gaming titles are more prone to a nippier CPU for best performance. The i5-9600K/i5-8600K are significantly superior with single-threaded clock cycles - somethings these/all games at 1080p can benefit from. This also makes sense considering you have a higher refresh rate (144hz) panel and at best the i5 alternative will easily push up on +10fps out-of-the-box (20fps+ in those poorly optimised titles with the likes of PUBG, etc)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor $264.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Thermalright - Macho Rev.B 73.6 CFM CPU Cooler $49.90 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - Z390 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $139.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team - Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $85.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $109.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card $479.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design - Meshify C Dark TG ATX Mid Tower Case $101.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1322.61
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-15 22:32 EDT-0400

EDIT: Added a 650W PSU - if overclocking is of interest! A couple of case fans would add the finishing touch!

Forum Topic "Uhhh hows this look?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 4 days ago

its pretty all-white hehe

Right off the bat, I'm gonna assume its primarily a high-end 1440p gaming rig (correct me if i'm wrong or if it serves other critical purposes where 32 gigs is necessary - as the following recommendation is trimmed to 16 GIGS which is more game worthy)

  • B360 mobo has to go! It will limit an unlocked K-series CPU's performance threshold. If you absolutely must have a white mobo, consider dropping down to a locked i7-8700/i5-8400. Talking about i7's, if you fancy some savings without compromising performance, a current gen i5 will match the i7's gaming performance. Higher resolution visual quality bearings are more confined to GPU execution opposed to CPU-bound conditions hence the i5 fills the gap seamlessly. If the budget isn't of concern, stick with the i7-9700K as the near future may suggest otherwise with 2 additional physical cores in the bank.

There's a few other amendments which require some explanation but in short:

  • Newer RTX 2080 GPU

  • 1TB fast SSD (970 evo isn't necessary unless you're running job-lots which can benefit from it's extended performance rankings). Saving games on SSD doesn't help with performance but speeds up game/in-game asset load times hence a worthy investment with a weightier capacity (if fancied)

  • White PSU not necessary! It's gonna be concealed by the PSU shroud. Some savings here makes sense.

  • A full windows license added (fully transferable)

  • This ones more of a luxury - an IPS GSYNC panel! 27" is more befitting for a 1440p pixel dense screen whereas 24" can make for an uncomfortable viewing with tightly knitted texts and objects (appearing smaller due to compact pixel alignments). IPS is not necessary but offers much better viewing angles and more natural colours. A TN/VA panel is more than adequate should you fancy some savings.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $389.99 @ Walmart
CPU Cooler Corsair - H100i RGB PLATINUM SE 63 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $169.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - Z390 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $139.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team - T-Force Delta RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $84.99 @ Newegg
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $109.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.78 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB GAMING OC WHITE Video Card $759.99 @ Amazon
Case NZXT - H500 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $110.59 @ Amazon
Monitor Acer - XB271HU bmiprz 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor $599.99 @ B&H
Keyboard Razer - Cynosa Chroma Wired Gaming Keyboard $49.99 @ Amazon
Mouse Razer - DeathAdder Chroma Wired Optical Mouse $52.80 @ Amazon
Headphones Logitech - G933 Artemis Spectrum Snow 7.1 Channel Headset $79.45 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2767.52
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-15 22:17 EDT-0400

p.s. I kinda get the AIO/aesthetics derivative, it's a pricey bugger but left the CPU cooler selection in check. Just wandering are you planning on overclocking?

Forum Topic "CPU Cooler Recommendations?"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 4 days ago

Some options, although not necessary:

  • A faster single 1TB M.2 SSD. With affordable SSD prices today the 2-drive storage solution begins to lose rationale. I'm assuming this is a gaming rig hence you will benefit from faster game or in-game asset load times. super fast transfer speeds if shifting data within the drive + it's the newer M.2 form factor which doesn't require SATA/Power cable connections and slots onto the motherboards M.2 header with a single screw (less cable clutter under those tight-spotted PSU shrouds).

  • A gold certified, improved power efficiency and more durable Power Supply Unit. Fully-modular too for easier cable management. Amongst a handful of select top brands, Seasonic is top-notch, with more current capacitors, excellent protection features and through-in and through-out quality driven components.

  • Cooler added

BTW - nice display choice. This FreeSync panel is GSYNC compatible with Nvidias latest driver patches.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor $339.00 @ Mike's Computer Shop
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - H7 49 CFM CPU Cooler $52.26 @ Newegg Canada Marketplace
Motherboard MSI - MPG Z390 GAMING EDGE AC ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $238.75 @ Vuugo
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $106.99 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $149.99 @ Mike's Computer Shop
Case Phanteks - Eclipse P350X (Black/White) ATX Mid Tower Case $89.99 @ Memory Express
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $107.99 @ PC-Canada
Monitor MSI - Optix MAG24C 23.6" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor $318.99 @ Powertop
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1403.96
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-15 21:43 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "CPU Cooler Recommendations?"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 4 days ago

If not overclocking, a cheaper solution would do the job just fine although this beefed up heatsink with a lower fan profile would offer excellent performance and will run as quiet as a sleeping baby: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/93Crxr/cryorig-cpu-cooler-h7 (great for some moderately high overclocking too)

If overclocking for best performance, any of the following will do.

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/xFw323/cryorig-cpu-cooler-crr1a

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/F3gzK8/be-quiet-dark-rock-pro-4-505-cfm-cpu-cooler-bk022

Forum Topic "Doin my first build need some suggestions"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 4 days ago

US dollars?

Forum Topic "Doin my first build need some suggestions"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 4 days ago

For a more plausible recommendation, help us with the following:

Is that $2100 in US dollars?

Purpose of use? (gaming/streaming/editing/render/etc)

What's your display resolution? (1080p/1440p/4K/etc)

Any other particular preferences? (colour/RGB/case size/liquid AIO or air cooler/etc)

Forum Topic "First build opinions needed."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 4 days ago

If it's gaming only, and the budget has flex, I would look to secure a higher resolution display (1440p) alongside the lofty RTX 2080. This will allow you to fully exercise the cards capability (visual graphics whilst maintaining performance/fps).

If you fancy sticking with 1080p, the RTX 2060/2070 makes for a better fit with the accumulated savings transferred to a faster single-threaded unlocked CPU (i5-9600K) & an aftermarket cooler. This should keep you within your current listed budget.

Another personal preference would be to secure a 1TB SSD. Unlike previously, these are far more affordable today (only 40 quid on top). This will also allow you to grab a 2TB HD, as 3TB consumer-grade hard drives have a higher fail rate / lower endurance.

It would help to know a little more about your purpose of use (gaming/streaming/editing/rendering/etc), in order we can get a better understanding of your current parts selection.

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