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Comment reply on Forum Topic "Computer power cycles and freezes when it attempts to load(first build)"

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Does the 'debug led screen' on the motherboard display a 2-digit code? (located at the foot of the mobo)

The culprit could be any number of possibilities, in my experience the most possible ones:

  • Loosely connected cable (esp. CPU 8-pin / Mobo 24-pin). Recheck all connections from the PSU to Mobo

  • Something (debris/screw/etc) shorting the mobo.

  • CPU installation making poor contact / overheating with a loosely mounted CPU cooler

  • Check if the RAM is seated properly (exerting some pressure)

  • Apart from the Keyboard and mouse, remove all other external devices when troubleshooting. Keyboard and mouse should be plugged in at the back of the mobo, preferably the black USB 2.0 ports

  • To iron out additional potential possibilities - remove the GPU. Plug the display directly into the motherboards I/O rear panel using the HDMI port.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First build, need opinion on reusable parts from past build"

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I was wondering if the power supply, HDD, and ssd make sense to transfer from my current build to my new build.

Absolutely! I wouldn't have it any other way. The G3 PSU and SSD are top notch stuff in 2019! The HD is, well a HD, best of its kind at the consumer level.

I'm also considering using my current graphics card in the new build so I can save money and buy the ryzen 7 3700 processor now and upgrade the graphics card a little later on.

Good plan! For video editing/streaming you'd want something superior and the 3700X is the perfect solution.

Unless ray tracing is a desirable prerequisite, you also have the more affordable RX 5700 @ $329-$350 (partner AIB cards are expected soon - well in time before Xmas).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gaming PC (New builder need suggestions)"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

With Integrated Wifi, without the hassle of updating BIOS, your current best option are the X570 series of boards. https://pcpartpicker.com/product/7mGnTW/asrock-x570-phantom-gaming-4-wifi-ax-atx-am4-motherboard-x570-phantom-gaming-4-wifi-ax

Or, you can grab the Tomahawk MAX and pair it up with a PCIe wifi card: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/tTdqqs/gigabyte-wireless-network-card-gcwb867di (i have 3 of these, home, office & sisters place - flawless stuff)

Alternatively, since you're purchasing in December, wait for more affordable integrated wifi mobo solutions which are possible in the coming weeks/months.

Comment reply on Weegeenz's Completed Build: The Vault (2018)

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Temps are not great but workable (well within the safe limits), a drivable compromise considering the case design preference.

For those who absolutely must trigger best airflow possibilities whilst preserving the aesthetics - updated version with a mesh airflow panel expected soon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLYFEq4fhT0 For existing evolv shift owners, Phanteks will be selling mesh panel parts separately too. I'm actually considering one for the home theatre with some light gaming on our 4K tele for the kids.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First PC build"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Build link?

Viewing from the profile, by comparison, something like this:

  • GTX 1660 (efficiency + added performance)

  • 500GB SSD - makes a huge difference for snappier boot/load times and generally nippier OS/app functionality. Faster game boot times too.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $145.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock B450M Steel Legend Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $89.99 @ Amazon
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $69.99 @ Newegg
Storage HP EX900 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $49.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB GAMING Video Card $219.89 @ OutletPC
Case Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case $49.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $69.97 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $695.80
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-18 13:46 EDT-0400

1TB SSD possibility (recommended)

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $145.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock B450M Pro4-F Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $71.00 @ Amazon
Memory Team Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $61.99 @ Newegg
Storage Intel 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $94.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB GAMING Video Card $219.89 @ OutletPC
Case Deepcool MATREXX 30 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $36.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CXM 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $77.95 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $708.79
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-18 13:48 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is my build good or bad"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

With 30-40% more compute performance with multi-threaded workflows, i'd look to grab a Ryzen 3700X ($329), paired up with an X570 motherboard. Some of the savings here could be contributed to a larger 1TB SSD, https://pcpartpicker.com/product/N7zkcf/sabrent-1-tb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-sb-rocket-1tb Another aspect to consider - threaded optimisation in games (non-existent with the i7) is seeing some favourable benefits already with smoother gameplay (or higher FPS 1% lows). With next GEN consoles employing the 3700X, you can expect better multi-threaded optimisation in games in the long run. The i7 at this point is pointless, unless overclocking enthusiasm takes precedence (not so effective in higher res gaming).

For 1440p, preferably a 27" panel as objects/text on 24" panels appear a little condensed. A 27" also reaps benefits with wider timeline visibility/split-screening/more enjoyable immersive gaming experience (field of view).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New pc"

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Get the MAX variant mobo. Its Ryzen 3000 ready hence no BIOS update necessary https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/jcYQzy/msi-b450-tomahawk-max-atx-am4-motherboard-b450-tomahawk-max

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Almost no idea what I am doing. No PC friends."

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $197.75 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte X570 GAMING X ATX AM4 Motherboard $169.99 @ Amazon
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $69.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sabrent Rocket 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $109.98 @ Amazon
Video Card Asus Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB Video Card $409.99 @ Amazon
Case NZXT H500 ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Best Buy
Power Supply Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $69.97 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1097.66
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-18 00:54 EDT-0400

For the gpu wait a little longer for the 5700 XT partner cards https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/amd-radeon-rx-5700-xt-custom-graphics-cards

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gaming PC (New builder need suggestions)"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

You have plenty of time to keep your options available. With newer Ryzen 3rd GEN CPUs you can either purchase:

  • a newer X570 motherboard which will run the 3600 processor right out of the box (no pre-configured BIOS updates required). The newer chipset enables PCI 4.0 bandwidths, beefier VRM/cooling package & the faster integrated WIFI 6 standard. For a gaming build, most of these added perks are unnecessary as you won't see any performance gains. A $200 X570 with WIFI 6 might be nice (hardwiring via ethernet would be better). These boards are pricey, starting from $150.

  • a more affordable B450 motherboard for under $100. This would require a BIOS upgrade using a previous GEN CPU (something you can loan from AMD). Alternatively within the same price range you can purchase a B450 with a FLASH BIOS BUTTON feature (a previous GEN CPU won't be necessary for this task). The process is fairly simple: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTkXunUAriE, MSI is a little ahead of the game with a few options available for the FLASH BIOS feature, eg: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/9C97YJ/msi-b450m-gaming-plus-micro-atx-am4-motherboard-b450m-gaming-plus

  • OR, wait for the MSI TOMAHAWK "MAX" https://pcpartpicker.com/product/jcYQzy/msi-b450-tomahawk-max-atx-am4-motherboard-b450-tomahawk-max. The MSI MAX variants should be available soon with "Ryzen 3000 READY" (in other words no updates required). By December you'll have more options to sieve through, as newer affordable options may expand or sellers will introduce current B450 stacks with pre-configured BIOS updates.

Whether you opt for B450/B450 Ryzen 3000 ready/X570 - it'll have next to zero performance impact on gaming. The options here are purely based on seeking best value motherboards without compromising performance.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Current Gaming Build - Still Viable or Total Refresh Needed?"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Taking your current build into account, a marginally better performing system is achievable for as little as £860, example:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor $113.90 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard $79.99 @ Amazon
Memory Team Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $61.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Intel 660p Series 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $59.99 @ Amazon
Video Card ASRock Radeon RX 5700 8 GB Video Card $329.99 @ Newegg
Case Zalman S2 ATX Mid Tower Case $44.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CX (2017) 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $69.98 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $99.99 @ Best Buy
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $860.72
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-17 14:20 EDT-0400

£860 for all "new" parts. For a used build, also a marginally inferior older platform, you'd be looking to subtract anywhere around 30-40% which puts your builds value around £500-£600 (OS included).

Some parts tend to maintain better re-sale value and others plummet at a higher percentage. For this reason alone to maximise on the earnings I would look to sell the parts individually. For example, the GTX 1070 is still a solid gaming card for 1080p, and also comfortably puts a foot through the door for 1440p - hence with higher demands you will see much lesser depreciation in value.

You'll want to keep:

  • The OS

  • RAM (corsair vengeance 3200Mhz 16CL is a perfect sweet-spot in 2019 - you cant do much better)

  • SSD (for a gaming rig, this is some of the best stuff available - faster NVMEs won't make any difference in performance)

  • Case (optional)

  • PSU (a decent unit that will get the job done - although at this point for a performance build, i'd fancy something newer and more robust for the long run)

Let's say we keep the above 5 items in check and sold the rest off, here's what a current viable upgrade path looks like:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor £316.98 @ Aria PC
Motherboard MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard £106.98 @ Box Limited
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory £0.00
Storage Samsung 750 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £0.00
Video Card Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB Video Card £379.85 @ Amazon UK
Case Corsair SPEC-04 ATX Mid Tower Case £0.00
Power Supply Corsair Builder 750 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply £0.00
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Full 32/64-bit £0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £803.81
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-18 00:40 BST+0100

NOTE:

  • Depending on budget, the better the GPU the greater the versatility in VR graphics in the long run. 5700 XT is a beast of a card for this type of workload, but if the wallet knows no limits - the RTX 2080 SUPER

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First time build. Fortnite and Rust"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Note

  • If not already updated, you will need to update BIOS on the B350 motherboard in order to use the 2000-series AMD CPU. This process will require a previous GEN chip which can be loaned from AMD (check with AMD support).

  • If you can raise £50 more, grab the newer Ryzen 3600. Essentially, 10-12% faster, although not necessary for your gaming performance targets.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor £139.98 @ Aria PC
Motherboard MSI B350 TOMAHAWK ARCTIC ATX AM4 Motherboard £0.00
Memory G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory £59.10 @ Amazon UK
Storage Toshiba OCZ TR200 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £43.93 @ CCL Computers
Video Card Sapphire Radeon RX 570 4 GB NITRO+ Video Card £128.46 @ Ebuyer
Case Thermaltake Versa H22 ATX Mid Tower Case £28.48 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply £0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £399.95
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-17 16:18 BST+0100

Comment reply on Forum Topic "AMD build instead of Gen 5 console"

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Downclocked lower TDP 8 core CPUs at the console level can't compare with the possibilities a 6-core desktop chip offers. Core utilisation by the console OS presents further use-case requirements for a x8 multi-core chip. Doesn't matter though, with video editing in the mix - I'd definitely grab the 3700X

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gaming PC (New builder need suggestions)"

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $197.85 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming 4 ATX AM4 Motherboard $153.99 @ Amazon
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $69.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sabrent Rocket 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $109.98 @ Amazon
Video Card ASRock Radeon RX 5700 8 GB Video Card $329.99 @ Newegg
Case Phanteks ECLIPSE P350X ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $69.97 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1001.76
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-16 21:37 EDT-0400

note:

  • For gaming, the Ryzen 3600 - single threaded superiority.

  • Single 1TB faster NVME SSD.

  • Better airflow case

  • Semi-modular PSU

  • The X570 motherboard is 3rd GEN Ryzen ready. Although you can save around $50 if you're willing to wait for a MSI B450 Tomahawk MAX mobo (availability expected soon). Alternatively, a $80 MSI B450 with a flash button BIOS update feature is possible. If you're unfamiliar with any of this, I can explain.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which components to futureproof?"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, Live_Ammo. Yes, that 3900x is attractive. But another thought I had was to go with the perfectly acceptable 3700x and then see, in a year or so, whether the 3950x is worth an upgrade.

As long as your happy with the performance for your particular workloads - sounds like a plan!

Aside from speed/latency, RAM is a good example of where I don't feel the need to be overly futureproofed. I'm probably going to go with 16Gb initially (2 sticks) and can then easily add a couple more to get me to 32Gb, as necessary. My research so far suggests 3200 mhz is around the sweetspot in terms of price/performance.

If your current workloads see no benefit with capacities exceeding 16GB (usually 4K render/more than one project running at a time), you're good with 16. Although if RAM can be accessed at those higher capacities, taking a 2x16GB configuration today enables higher bandwidth possibilities and tighter timing controls (opposed to ending up with a quad-configuration later - latency driven/lesser efficient)

3000/3200Mhz 15/16CL is the sweetspot considering performance 'and' value. For absolute best performance, as Ryzen's peak clockspeed effectiveness is RAM hungry you'd be looking at 3200Mhz/14CL or 3600Mhz/16CL (although for video rendering the difference in kit specs doesn't have a significant enough impact to drop $50-$80 more on higher rated bandwidths/tighter timings.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "$2000 Gaming PC Build Help"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Fortnite on low settings 240fps easy! CS:GO medium settings should secure 240fps (well optimised and lesser demanding game)

This is achievable with a Ryzen 3600, or if you fancy an 8 core CPU, the 3700X (not necessary as both will deliver at an equal footing)

If you simply want the best performance possible regardless of value, you'd be better off grabbing the i7-9700K and overclock it (4.9-5.0Ghz). An overclocked i7 can secure 10%+ increased performance.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "$2000 Gaming PC Build Help"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Something I shared today with another poster:

  • I'm not entirely convinced with super high refresh rate gaming @ 240Hz. The benefits are very small when comparing 144fps / 240fps, and where the difference is noticeable (fast paced action) it's purely minimal and more inclined for the enthusiast variety opposed to any real tangible benefits. Speaking of benefits, only a handful of competitive pro-level players with super-sharp reflexes may claim some form of advantage but IMO, it's zealously over-rated! I've tried both configurations - 1080p 144hz / 1080p 240hz (side-by-side). The first thing I noticed was, where the difference had some appeal in fast paced racing games or first-person shooters, it was more towards the converging boundaries (display panel) which was only good from an observational point-of-view opposed to actual game-play. If you're simply immersed in gaming, with the focal point being fixated to the central portion of the screen, those benefits somewhat fade away. For me, 240Hz is just creative marketing and pointless (but then again, who knows maybe you have superman eyes which can decipher each frame to the next)

  • Where display specs have a more profound impact in user experience, is 1440p 144hz higher resolution gaming, that too on a "fitting" larger 27" panel. Essentially, what you get is sharper image quality, more screen real estate and more noticeable textured detailing which makes for a more immersive gaming experience.

  • If you decide on sticking with 1080p 240hz, the RTX 2080 SUPER is overkill. Grab the 2070 SUPER. Higher FPS at 1080p is entirely CPU limited, a 2080 super isn't going to make any difference in performance. If you end up opting for 1440p 144hz, the RTX 2080 SUPER is an excellent fit and very capable of achieving 144fps whilst maintaining higher quality via in-game configurations. At ultra presets in some of the more graphically challenging games, the 2080 super quite comfortably achieves an average of 120fps - which IMO, at this sort of resolution and higher quality screen time, is FANTASTIC!!

Thought i'd share this with you too - for a more informed decision!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "3000 gaming pc"

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not entirely convinced with super high refresh rate gaming @ 240Hz. The benefits are very small when comparing 144fps / 240fps, and where the difference is noticeable (fast paced action) it's purely minimal and more inclined for the enthusiast variety opposed to any real tangible benefits. Speaking of benefits, only a handful of competitive pro-level players with super-sharp reflexes may claim some form of advantage but IMO, it's zealously over-rated! I've tried both configurations - 1080p 144hz / 1080p 240hz (side-by-side). The first thing I noticed was, where the difference had some appeal in fast paced racing games or first-person shooters, it was more towards the converging boundaries (display panel) which was only good from an observational point-of-view opposed to actual game-play. If you're simply immersed in gaming, with the focal point being fixated to the central portion of the screen, those benefits somewhat fade away. For me, 240Hz is just creative marketing and pointless (but then again, who knows maybe you have superman eyes which can decipher each frame to the next)

Where display specs have a more profound impact in user experience, is 1440p 144hz higher resolution gaming, that too on a "fitting" larger 27" panel. Essentially, what you get is sharper image quality, more screen real estate and more noticeable textured detailing which makes for a more immersive gaming experience.

If you decide on sticking with 1080p 240hz, the RTX 2080 SUPER is overkill. Grab the 2070 SUPER. Higher FPS at 1080p is entirely CPU limited, a 2080 super isn't going to make any difference in performance. If you end up opting for 1440p 144hz, the RTX 2080 SUPER is an excellent fit and very capable of achieving 144fps whilst maintaining higher quality via in-game configurations. At ultra presets in some of the more graphically challenging games, the 2080 super quite comfortably achieves an average of 120fps - which IMO, at this sort of resolution, is FANTASTIC!!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Current Gaming Build - Still Viable or Total Refresh Needed?"

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

simply good enough by today's standards.

I have VR (HTC Vive) and this build seems to handle everything I've thrown at it so far without issue. - Current using an ASUS PG278QR monitor.

Upgrading the build from here-on entirely depends on your personal preferences in terms of quality configurations and performance targets (fps).

If you're happy with what you have, maybe wait a little longer for the DDR5 platform (next year). AMD is expected to launch their higher-end GPU's some time soon, which may compete with Nvidias 2080/2080 SUPER - hence interesting times ahead!

Comment reply on bsmods's Completed Build: BSMods - Retro

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

A fusion of vintage and contemporary - when you get it to look this good it's just BRILLIANT!

+1 (hope it gets a feature!)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need opinions on this today please :D"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes that will work. As long as you are aware the A400 is an entry level SSD, although good enough. If you wanted something a little more premium/insanely faster, this is achievable for $9 more. https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/9wyV3C/hp-ex900-250gb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-2yy43aaabc

Things just get a little more snappier (2-3 seconds faster Windows boot times, snappier application load times, insanely fast transfer/read/write speeds)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need opinions on this today please :D"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Under $1000

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $197.99 @ Newegg Canada
Motherboard ASRock B450M Pro4-F Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $107.42 @ Vuugo
Memory Team Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $89.99 @ Powertop
Storage Intel 660p Series 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $74.99 @ Amazon Canada
Video Card XFX Radeon RX 570 8 GB Video Card $209.99 @ Memory Express
Case Deepcool MATREXX 30 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $45.99 @ Amazon Canada
Power Supply Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $64.99 @ Amazon Canada
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $134.75 @ Vuugo
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $926.11
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-16 11:34 EDT-0400

Just over $1000 with a better GPU (25% performance uplift at the graphics level)

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $197.99 @ Newegg Canada
Motherboard ASRock B450M Pro4-F Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $107.42 @ Vuugo
Memory Team Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $89.99 @ Powertop
Storage Intel 660p Series 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $74.99 @ Amazon Canada
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB GAMING AMP Video Card $314.50 @ Vuugo
Case Deepcool MATREXX 30 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $45.99 @ Amazon Canada
Power Supply Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $64.99 @ Amazon Canada
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $134.75 @ Vuugo
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1030.62
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-16 11:36 EDT-0400

EDIT: To differentiate between the 2 specs:

  • the RX 570 @ 1080p with top settings will deliver an average of 55-75fps (depending on game). More FPS performance is achievable with lower in-game profiles.

  • the 1660 @ 1080p with top settings will deliver an average of 70-85fps (depending on game). More FPS performance is achievable with lower in-game profiles.

Both cards are more than capable of handling any modern day triple A gaming titles, whereas the 1660 does shift ahead as the better future proof option. Not necessary though, as the higher GPU bound titles can see significant improvements with FPS with a very decent mix of medium/high/ultra in-game configurations.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which components to futureproof?"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Assuming your rendering workloads are "multi-thread higher core count prolific", more than just future-proofing there is some real performance benefits to be had going the Ryzen 3900X route (12c/24t). Essentially, faster rendering!

Where enthusiasm meets overwhelming performance benefits, the investment is far more tangibly rewarding opposed to "super fast NVME SSDs" or a "beefed up expensive motherboards" of which the advantages/features are/may be inaccessible or needless.

Other rewarding possibilities:

  • 32GB RAM, if not acquired already

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Build for my sister"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

With the OS included, this looks great!

There's not much difference in games between 2200G and 3200G (5% improved performance which results to around 2 or 3 additional FPS).

I'd put that $20 to better use - for example, double the capacity SSD and a faster NVME unit. More snappier load up times, extraordinary transfer speeds (if that matters) and greater capacity for the long run.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $108.50 @ Vuugo
Motherboard ASRock B450M Pro4-F Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $107.42 @ Vuugo
Memory Team Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $89.99 @ Powertop
Storage Intel 660p Series 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $74.99 @ Amazon Canada
Case Fractal Design Focus G Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case $65.00 @ Newegg Canada
Power Supply *Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $64.99 @ Amazon Canada
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $134.75 @ Vuugo
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $645.64
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-16 10:36 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "AMD build instead of Gen 5 console"

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Just gaming? If yes, you don't need a +$200 3700X whilst the Ryzen 3600 delivers the same performance in games. 6 cores + SMT is more than sufficient for future-proofing. The 8-core chip is better targeted for multi-threaded workflows (software encoding, transcoding, rendering, etc).

The RX 5700 XT will be a custom card, yet to be determined which one.

So far, this one looks promising: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpyE0S2yKJY (overclockable too @ 2100/2200Mhz with some manual tweaks at the registry-level)

Pretty keen on the Corsair vengeance pro rgb, the 2x8gb is not listed on the motherboard support list but the 4x8gb version of the 3200 is so hopefully it will work.

By default, on dual controller mobos, the 2x~ configuration is best. More efficient, higher bandwidth consistency and more likely to accomplish tighter timing controls with lower access latency. 2x8 is KING!

Going to use the Wraith prism cooler, but still half thinking an AIO might provide better chip longevity. Probably will only play around with the included overclock thing nothing too crazy.

Not much headroom available for overclocking - hence not worth it. The stock cooler is perfectly fit for the task - although, considering noise levels and temps, you may prefer an aftermarket cooling solution.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Build for my sister"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

The build list is inaccessible.

See if the following fits the profile:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $108.50 @ Vuugo
Motherboard ASRock B450M Pro4-F Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $107.42 @ Vuugo
Memory Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $81.99 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Intel 660p Series 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $74.99 @ Amazon Canada
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon RX 570 4 GB Gaming 4G Video Card $159.99 @ Memory Express
Case Deepcool MATREXX 30 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $45.99 @ Amazon Canada
Power Supply Corsair CX (2017) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $64.75 @ Vuugo
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $643.63
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-16 09:43 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "[Help Wanted] $600CAD Gaming PC"

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $108.50 @ Vuugo
Motherboard ASRock B450M Pro4-F Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $107.42 @ Vuugo
Memory Team Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $89.99 @ Powertop
Storage Kingston A400 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $62.99 @ Mike's Computer Shop
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon RX 570 4 GB Gaming 4G Video Card $159.99 @ Memory Express
Case Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $29.99 @ Newegg Canada
Power Supply Corsair CX (2017) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $64.75 @ Vuugo
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $623.63
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-16 09:21 EDT-0400

NOTE:

  • You can get it bang on $600 with 8GB RAM but $20 short-shopping 16 gigs would be madness!

The above spec will comfortably run fortnite at the best of settings. Although if you can raise the budget, a handful of worthy upgrades:

Comment reply on LauriHimself's Completed Build: Snowflake

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Its snowing in August!

Great job with utilising void spaces - that front RAD shroud mod is spot on for a truly compact finish.

I actually got sick of the front portion resembling emptiness in the s340 elite hence opted for a 280mm rad with 4 fans (push/pull config) to fill up the abyss. Which resulted to shifting the cable management bar a little to the left. lol cutting it short - this is right up my street! +1

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gaming pc"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

For streaming and gaming you definitely want to look at the newer 3rd Gen RYZEN CPUs. 3700X gets you nicely through the door with excellent value! Whereas, the Ryzen 3900X goes the extra mile with greater versatility via higher preset/resolution encoding possibilities. It's a $500 CPU with 12 cores and 24 threads - essentially, abundant compute performance for multi-threaded workloads without worrying about performance compromise on the gaming end.

Since your budget has plenty of room, grab the RTX 2080 SUPER. Not the best of value but at 1440p 144hz - you can expect up to 10-20% better performance in games (more likely to hit 120-140fps in demanding games on top settings).

This type of configuration opens up stream/encoding possibilities on both fronts:

  • Hardware encoder (GPU/NVENC) - would work great if you want to save money and grab the Ryzen 3600/3700x

  • software encoder (CPU/X264) - runs comfortably with a 3700X with lesser performance hits in gaming, or is the much better choice for higher image quality streaming with a 3900X.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gaming pc"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice points. How do you do that bullet thing?

Add a hyphen (-) and a space before each para

EVGA 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply: https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/evga-gq-series-750w-psu,4396-10.html

The FSP Group Hydro G 650 W and the EVGA 750 W are rated the same high-end tier here: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1045610-new-psu-tier-list/

I should have clarified, the assessment is purely based on the OPs selection of parts - 9700K (assumed OC) + a power hungry RTX 2080 TI. The CQ is generally a decent unit for a moderate/decent gaming build but for power draws which are excessive, the CQ falls a little short with 'reduced voltage regulation' (much like the G1+). EVGA's G2/G3 or any of it's P-series units addresses these shortfalls with greater effectiveness, improved compact layouts AND excellent RIPPLE SUPPRESSION (minor rails). In other words, the CQ is more inclined to earlier failure with prolonged higher-performance use. By today's standards (unlike the '2016' review, which is not entirely relevant with modern day higher-end products), the CQ does hold up nicely for the masses, but the few who are scorching voltage regulations with superlative power hungry configurations would also necessitate a more enduring solution.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gaming pc"

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points
  • Drop the non-performance savvy PSU which is a better fit for low-key builds. For a more power-house quality driven unit: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Ky4NnQ/fsp-group-power-supply-hg650

  • 16GB memory is all you need for gaming

  • A faster NVME SSD only costs around $20/$30 more. https://pcpartpicker.com/product/N7zkcf/sabrent-1-tb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-sb-rocket-1tb

  • Have you given the Ryzen 3600/3700X any thought? Or is the overclocking headroom enthusiasm with intel the deciding factor? If overclocking is relevant, you'd want to target a better quality motherboard with OC-optimised power phases, beefier VRM heatsink + increased VRM/Mosfet support to comfortably engage 200W's of power.

  • To get a better understanding on your GPU choice - what are you targeting in terms of gaming resolution and refresh rate? (1080p/1440p/4K - 60hz/144hz/etc)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "CPU Cooler"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Stick with the stock cooler for now and based on thermal preferences/noise levels, if unsatisfied, then consider an aftermarket cooling solution.

There's hardly any headroom available to push the core clocks further with the Ryzen 3600. For what it's worth AMD's Precision Boost 2 already impressively peaks up at the CPUs clock ceiling (with the stock cooler). Hence overclocking the chip isn't worth the hassle nor the added cost of purchasing a premium aftermarket heatsink.

Memory overclocking on the other hand does see some performance boost both for lower latency, access times and CPU clock speeds.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "x642 vs NVENC"

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

x264 vs NVENC

CPU encoding is slower (depending on configured bitrate/speed preset) but maintains higher image quality and the 3700X has plenty of compute performance in the tank to keep this option alive.

NVENC promises lesser compromise in gaming performance (should games benefit from 8 cores) but does demand more bitrate to match the software encoders image quality. For basic quality streams, this option is simply good enough - for higher quality output / higher resolutions the image quality or performance is undesirable.

Bottom line: Both have their PROS and CONS, hence its great you have both options available at your finger tips. This puts you in the driving seat to configure which is best with your preferred encoding configurations on the go.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "building a family entertainment system with the functionality to run vr decent."

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

My budget is ~$800, but I am willing to adapt depending on the situation.

Just some food for thought - VR is pretty demanding on GPU processes. Ideally you want to target the best GPU your money can buy - for which there is room for improvement if you're willing to make some compromises.

Essentially,

  • a more affordable and budget case form factor (mATX)

  • a more affordable Micro ATX board

  • 500GB SSD (you can always add additional storage later), or if you can flex that wallet a little, 1TB would be nice!

  • which leaves us "$300+" to pull in a 8GB VRAM RX 5700 graphics card. This type of performance ensures more credible visual quality (higher settings) with higher resolution demands (VR) whilst maintaining a more sustainable and smoother refresh rate (60fps+)

  • In addition, emulation is clockspeed frantic, hence the Ryzen 2600X. A small boost of 5% single threaded performance + a better TDP rated stock cooler included (the 2600's cooler is, pardon my French - CRAP). Only $13 more!

  • NOTE: WIFI NOT INCLUDED. If it's not obtruding and you have easy access, an ethernet connection would save you some money here. Otherwise, $30-$50 more for either a WIFI PCI express card / a WIFI integrated mobo solution. This one actually has me scratching my head considering the "value" - but it's a new release and not much to go in terms of user feedback. https://pcpartpicker.com/product/kcCFf7/asrock-b450mac-micro-atx-am4-motherboard-b450mac

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $145.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock B450M Pro4-F Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $73.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $69.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sabrent Rocket 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $59.98 @ Amazon
Video Card XFX Radeon RX 5700 8 GB Video Card $349.89 @ OutletPC
Case Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case $44.99 @ B&H
Power Supply Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $69.97 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $814.69
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-14 20:02 EDT-0400

I guess the form factor and case-type is purely down to user preference hence feel free to weigh in your thoughts.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help building a Causal Gaming PC"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the operating system included in the $1000 budget? If yes, incl. below!

If not, you'll be able to fit in a 1TB fast SSD opposed to 500GB.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $198.90 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI X570-A PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard $159.99 @ Amazon
Memory Team T-Force Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $74.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sabrent Rocket 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $59.98 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card $269.99 @ Amazon
Case NZXT H500 ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Best Buy
Power Supply Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $69.97 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $99.99 @ Best Buy
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1003.80
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-14 18:02 EDT-0400

NOTE:

  • If you're comfortable updating BIOS using the flash button feature, a more affordable and compatible MSI B450 motherboard is possible ($90-$120).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What graphics card would work good with this build"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Its for gaming, streaming, and editing

You can do much better for multi-threaded workloads, especially with streaming in the mix.

For some reason, i'm assuming the budget isn't a problem here, so here goes:

  • a 12 core multi-threaded (SMT) 3900X CPU. For gaming and streaming workloads, the 3900X is an absolute monster with plenty of flex to push on higher quality/resolution encoding without seeing performance hits on the gaming side. For these type of workloads, the newer 3rd GEN Ryzen chips significantly outclass Intel whilst maintaining an excellent value proposition (incl. a higher TDP stock cooler, although i'm sure you'll be opting for the RGB AIO)

  • a X570 motherboard with beefed up VRM support, PCI 4.0 + the faster WIFI 6 standard with lower signal latency/interference.

  • 2tb NVME SSD matching the 970 evo's performance. In fact, marginally better sustainable write speeds. Beats having 2 drives both per performance and value.

  • x1 1440p 144hz display for gaming with dedicated GSYNC compatibility + an IPS panel for natural colours.

  • x1 1440p standard IPS panel as a second multi-tasked panel

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor $499.00 @ B&H
Motherboard Gigabyte X570 AORUS ULTRA ATX AM4 Motherboard $299.89 @ OutletPC
Memory Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3333 Memory $175.99 @ Newegg
Storage HP EX950 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $274.15 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $79.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB GAMING X TRIO Video Card $754.98 @ Newegg
Case Corsair Crystal 570X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case $189.99 @ Corsair
Power Supply FSP Group Hydro PTM 750 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $129.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home Full 32/64-bit $129.99 @ B&H
Case Fan Corsair LL120RGB LED (Three Fans With Lighting Node PRO) 43.25 CFM 120 mm Fans $114.99 @ Newegg
Monitor Asus ROG SWIFT PG279QZ 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor $549.99 @ Amazon
Monitor Acer V277U 27.0" 2560x1440 75 Hz Monitor $222.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $3421.84
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-14 15:54 EDT-0400

NOTE:

  • If limited by budget - there are plenty of savings in store without compromising performance.

  • If the budget has no limits and the enthusiasm is in full-drive: Alternative option - 1440p "ultra widescreen" display (pixel measure: 3440x1440) + RTX 2080 TI

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What graphics card would work good with this build"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Assuming its for gaming.....

For 1440p higher refresh rate gaming - the RX 5700 XT / RTX 2070 SUPER is a great starting point.

The more enthusiast approach: RTX 2080 SUPER

If you simply want the best the market offers regardless of cost, there is the RTX 2080 TI. It has it's benefits but certainly not as effective as the asking price.


Why x2 1440p panels? If one is for multi-tasking for general use, take a 60hz one.


If you don't mind me asking, whats the build for? (gaming/streaming/editing/rendering/etc)?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is this good enough to push out 144 hz?"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

(1080p 144hz) With a mix of mid/high settings, hitting 140fps+ with these titles will work nicely! The lower-weight CSGO is an FPS magnet with this type of configuration hence no problems there!

You could unlock some additional performance with overclocking the CPU (if you haven't done already)

Are there any upgrades that you reccommend?

Definitely an 250GB/500GB SSD for the primary boot drive (OS, applications).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First time building, is this good?"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

One thing, are you recommending that I wait until theres an updated version of the 5700 XT?

Yes. Well not necessarily an "updated version" but a partner card. AMD sells the tech to consumers directly and to other authorised suppliers (partners) with likes to ASUS, EVGA, GIGABYTE, SAPPHIRE, etc. AMD first unleashes reference cards (blower type cards) and the a short while later the partner cards emerge with greater optimisations in performance, cooling, acoustics, sensory monitors, etc. These partner cards are already confirmed and tested, and should be available in the coming days (or a little longer depending on availability). https://hexus.net/search/?title_only=1&q=5700+xt

And if I don't want to wait, what would be a suitable replacement at that price or just a little bit higher?

RTX 2060 SUPER (not far behind)

Or the best of the bunch: RTX 2070 SUPER. With some small changes in spec (PSU/RAM) this is achievable for around $1230

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $198.90 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock X570 PHANTOM GAMING 4 WIFI ax ATX AM4 Motherboard $168.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $71.99 @ Adorama
Storage Sabrent Rocket 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $109.98 @ Amazon
Video Card NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB Video Card $499.99 @ Best Buy
Case Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case $93.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $69.97 @ Amazon
Case Fan Corsair Air Series White 2 pack 52.19 CFM 120 mm Fan $19.99 @ Dell Small Business
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1233.79
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-14 13:59 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First time building, is this good?"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, not sure if an AMD processor or Intel processor is better so if you have any advice on that, that would be great too. Thanks!

With the recent launch of Ryzen 3rd GEN chips, the only reason you might consider Intel is 'overclocking' for a marginally better advantage over AMD. The Ryzen 3600's stock vs stock performance is pretty much on par and what it does better is enabling SMT for 35-40% increased performance with multi-threaded workflows. In other words, you get the same performance as the i5-9600K + greater potential for a future-proof investment and games are already making use of multi-threaded chips. What tops it off is the value proposition @ $200 + a more premium included stock cooler.

The newer X570 chipset (motherboard) adds a couple of it's own perks with PCI 4.0 (opening up additional possibilities for the long run) + the updated WIFI 6 AX standard (faster, lesser latency, stricter frequencies, etc).

Other changes:

  • Single 1TB "fast" SSD. The two drive solution is no longer necessary with NVME SSDs now being more affordable. Primary benefits: faster game load times + in-game asset management

  • Newer high quality PSU with more flexible cables. These PSU shrouds in cases make things a little more difficult with cable management, hence the flex makes amends!

OTHER HIGHLY RECOMMENDED CHANGE:

  • I wouldn't bother with the 5700 XT blower type cards. These run hot and loud. AMD partner 5700 XT cards are just around the corner - for a measly $10-$30's more you can expect some significant improvements with an improved cooling solution, lesser noise adaptable profiles + a marginal increase with factory OC.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $198.90 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock X570 PHANTOM GAMING 4 WIFI ax ATX AM4 Motherboard $168.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3333 Memory $81.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sabrent Rocket 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $109.98 @ Amazon
Video Card XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB Video Card $399.99 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case $93.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply FSP Group Hydro G 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $99.99 @ Amazon
Case Fan Corsair Air Series White 2 pack 52.19 CFM 120 mm Fan $19.99 @ Dell Small Business
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1173.81
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-14 13:06 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I waited until the 3600 came out to start building my first PC."

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

MOBO Microcenter is having a bundle deal where if you purchase a CPU and MOBO you get $50 dollars off the MOBO. And they will update the MOBO for free with the purchase.

Nice!!

Should I wait for the Tomahawk

It is the better board of the 2, although not much separating them. Personally, i'd wait for the Tomahawk.....

  • better quality board with a beefed up VRM heatsink

  • improved on-board audio support

  • Aesthetically premium looking (if that matters)

Rest of the build looks great. Although if you can wait a little longer, I would drop the blower 5700 XT (loud and noisy) for a 5700 XT partner card. Benefits: Much better cooling solution with a beefed up heatsink and larger/quieter axial fans + higher factory OC. Eg. https://hexus.net/tech/news/graphics/133391-asus-announces-custom-amd-radeon-rx-5700-graphics-cards/

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New PC everything appears to be working but monitors dont actua;;y show anything"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent - glad you found the culprit

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New PC everything appears to be working but monitors dont actua;;y show anything"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it might be an issue with the cpu but I don't really know how I would know that for sure

Reseating the CPU would help + checking for any hindrance / bent pins. But first:

  • Are you seeing any POST codes via Dr. Debug (2 digit LED screen on the mobo)? If yes, check against the mobo manual to see what this is referring to?

  • Or, are there any red LEDs lit up/flashing on the motherboard - if yes, which ones (these will be labelled on the mobo)?

  • Make sure the 8-pin CPU & the 24-pin motherboard power connectors are firmly pushed in (at the PSU side too). I understand you've done this already but sometimes these connectors need a little added force to clamp them down (providing the force is not too excessive which can result to damaging the board).

  • Have you tried clearing CMOS? The taichi mobo comes with a dedicated CLEAR CMOS BUTTON located at the top part of the motherboards rear I/O panel. Shut down the machine, unplug the PSU from the back. Hold down the clear CMOS button for around 10 secs. Plug in the PSU and boot up and see if that works.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New PC everything appears to be working but monitors dont actua;;y show anything"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

A common error - check if you have your displays connected directly to the video output ports on the GPU, and not the motherboards rear I/O panel.

Otherwise:

  • Check if you have sufficient power supply - your GPU takes an 8-pin power connector which stems from your PSU (VGA)

  • Make sure all cables are snugly attached (on both sides GPU + PSU)

  • Try re-seating the GPU - possibly a bad connect


If it doesn't work - pull out the GPU and try one of the Video output ports on the back of the mobo. If it works, you may have a faulty graphics card.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Upgrade recommendations?"

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Potential upgrade path:

  • Ryzen 3600 CPU (the 1600 holds decent resale value/mobo will need BIOS update for 3rd Gen chips)

  • A second 8GB RAM stick totalling to 16 GIGS (future-proof/improved system stability whilst gaming)

  • A GPU upgrade if maintaining higher quality presets whilst making use of the displays higher refresh rate (if you fancy hitting up on 100-144fps). This one boils down to the budget as the options are numerous.


Saying all that - you already have a pretty decent RIG which shouldn't be holding you back from a decent gaming experience. If you want bigger and better, the above 3 options will get you there!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "nzxt h500"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

x2 fans on the front for intake

the rear and top fans (x2) as exhaust

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need Help - which graphics card? wait for new part releases?"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely get an SSD for your boot drive (for the OS and applications) - even if you are limited to a 250GB entry-level SSD for 25 quid. The hybrid SSHDs nowadays make for a nice secondary storage solution but fall short of SSDs superior and more efficient performance.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Stuck on Asus logo screen"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you get it sorted?

If the F2/F8 options are not working, you might want to check your RAM to see if the module/s are correctly installed.

If the problem persists, clear CMOS and give that a shot.

If you get into BIOS at any point, set the BIOS config to default to iron out any tweaked settings.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "5700x vs 2070 super"

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a tough one, the RTX 2070 Super partner cards are seeing up to 10%+ better performance over the 5700 XT blower cards. Definitely exciting but goes a little pear-shape considering the 2070-S is costing $110-$150 more.

Disregarding the loud and undesirably HOT blower type cards, the more efficient AMD partner 5700 XT cards are expected to reach the shelves in the coming days (well some point in August). It will be interesting to see how the AIBs measure up against the 10% performance advantage we're seeing at the other end. Any increase in performance (factory OC) or overclocking headroom is just a nice bonus with what is already the better VALUE-BUY! The rest is down to buyer discretion.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "2080ti Opinions, which is the best overall for gaming and streaming?"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent - no need to consider GPU encoding at this point. The NVENC performance is only credible when faced with lower count CPUs. With a ridiculously FAST higher core count (12/16) CPU with SMT enabled, those concerns are downright eliminated!

Since you're taking a 2080 TI anyway, and targeting the 3950X.....you already have the best and fastest possibilities secured (on the consumer platform).

EDIT: i agree with "ImperiousBattlestar" re: SLI support. Don't bother with the x2 GPU solution, in fact it's far from being a solution - rather then progress you'll end up with regress. Long gone are the days when SLI performance spikes were a thing! With newer hardware it's been neglected and just as equally game devs are no longer interested in supporting abstraction layers to redeem some meaningful performance advantages.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "2080ti Opinions, which is the best overall for gaming and streaming?"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

2080ti Opinions, which is the best overall for gaming and streaming?

Since you already have the 3900X on board, you're pretty much covered here for the "best". If you can wait until September, there is the "better" than the "best" Ryzen 3950X (a whopping 16 core 32 multi-threaded beast of a CHIP). Basically zero compromises with higher resolutions/quality presets, whereas the GPU encoder NVENC has it's limitations.

The 3950X CPU is expected in September.

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