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Comment reply on Forum Topic "Stuck screw"

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

Good to hear that worked!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Water cpu cooler gurgles when under heavy load"

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/RcdFf7/cooler-master-masterliquid-ml240l-rgb-667-cfm-liquid-cpu-cooler-mlw-d24m-a20pc-r1

Considering it is one of the cheapest 240mm AIOs on the market I would not be surprised if there are air bubbles in the loop that you may be hearing the pump pushing through as the pump increases its own speed due to heat.

Though not sure why you are doing CPU mining unless you live somewhere that has electricity included with rent. If not chances are the cost of the power to run the CPU will be more than the profit from mining.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "NVME v Sata SSD for Editing"

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Loading programs relies on the IOPS of the drive more so than the sequential read speed. 4k random read is the metric to look at as with programs the drive needs to locate many tiny files. Say you get a 15-20 second boot on a SATA SSD going to NVMe would usually net 10-15 seconds boot. If going by sequential read only being 7x faster then you would expect windows boot to be only 2 seconds which we all know doesn't happen.

As for loading programs/games the results are usually the same too where there is diminishing returns on the speed boosts. If you are copying large files like videos then the NVMe SSD will be much faster assuming where you are moving it from/to can also keep up with that speed.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "NVME v Sata SSD for Editing"

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

With 1080p compressed video SATA SSDs should be fast enough but NVMe is much more competitively priced now than it used to be 3 years ago. Unless you are doing 4k footage you may not notice a difference between SATA vs NVMe SSD while editing.

Using the drive as a scratch disk for video editing is one of the uses where NVMe can really shine depending on the program/workload. Say you are working with 4k raw video and got clips from 20 different videos and you are going through the timeline making edits. As you are going through the timeline the program has to keep loading the video as you go as you are likely not going to have enough ram to hold 500gb-1TB or even more of raw 4k video. Having a fast NVMe SSD that can read over 3GB/s reads (Sabrent Rocket and Samsung 970 evo to name a couple) really can make your workflow much smoother. Though that is assuming your CPU can hold up with it as well. (hello threadripper)

Being used as a scratch disk also means you don't store anything on it except the work you are currently working on. HDDs have the best price per GB in storage still so they are the best for storing video and are plenty fast for video playback. If you do decide to get a NVMe get a well priced performance NVMe and don't pay the Samsung tax on the higher priced NVMe ssds.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Cooler Freezing"

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Looking at OP's profile it appears he may be using a Raidmax Viper II atx case which can support air coolers up to 160mm tall. All 4 coolers Mark5916 listed are all stronger cooling wise than the stock cooler OP is having issues with and before the problems if that cooler was strong enough for him then any one of those 4 will do an even better job.

As for memory I generally don't worry about that on a budget single tower cooler much like the ones suggested. It is when you get to the dual towers or massive towers with 140mm fans that they can compromise ram clearance. That being said many of them are designed to help get around that assuming your ram does not have huge heat spreaders on them. Though it does show in his profile he is using Kingston Valueram which does not have heat spreaders and are super low profile.........

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help with picking a CPU cooler for Ryzen 3600"

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Would prefer an RGB option

I don't plan on doing any manual overclocking i'd just like to enable the auto overclocking features and leave it at that.

Well if you don't plan on overclocking and just want to use the turbo boosts on the CPU it is nice having a cooler that is stronger than the stock cooler but you don't really need anything past a decent budget tower cooler for the 3600 cpu. Here are 2 low cost options of RGB coolers I would recommend:

https://pcpartpicker.com/products/compare/hHDJ7P,cr8j4D/

For a price range of $30-$40 you can still basically pick the cooler for which one looks best as both will outperform the stock cooler and do the job you listed it was needed for.

If you are really concerned about cooling power and want to go overkill you do have the option of getting a cooler like the Scythe FUMA Rev.B (or any tower cooler you really like) and swap the fans with RGB ones. Make sure they are PWM and the same size as the previous fans. It will cost much more than the previous budget ones I recommended but by this point you are paying into aesthetics as the 3600 does not need a strong cooler.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Single Threaded Performance"

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

Giving how old a single cored CPU is though best bet is not very capable.

I was just thinking this. There has been some serious IPC and clock gains since single core CPUs were discontinued. The last single core CPUs died out about 10 years ago. If I am not mistaken it was the AMD Sempron 150 than ran at 2.9 GHz. If I am not mistaken there was an IPC gain from that CPU to the FX line of CPUs and the FX CPUs are known for their subpar IPC. If I were to take a R3-1200 and disable 3 of the 4 cores and manually set the clock rate to 2.9 GHz then it would still destroy the Semp 150 in both performance and power usage.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Do they make this?"

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

Let me see if I understand you correctly.

Say you have 6 USB ports on the back of your PC you want a type of hub that connects to all 6 of them then uses a single wire to bring it to where you need the ports and provide 6 USB ports where none of them share bandwidth like how you would on a traditional hub?

I don't think I have ever seen anything like that before. Closest I can think of is just get the number of USB extenders that you need and get some sort of cable sleeve that can bind them all together and then route that to where you need them to go.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Windows 7 Dies in 2 Days"

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 points

IMO Vista had 2 really big issues against it when it came out. First many budget systems had only 1GB of ram and the OS took that much in order to run itself let alone anything you want to run in windows. Second was the user security popups were annoying to deal with. Of course there were other issues but I think those were the leading 2. For PCs that had at least 2GB of ram it would run well enough.

Windows 7 is what Vista should have been but by the time win 7 came out budget systems were 2gb+ ram and the other aspects were polished off more.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Question regarding GPU power supply"

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

my motherboard and gpu has separate power supply

Usually I only see that on mining rigs where they daisy chain PSUs to deliver enough power to all the cards. Can you explain your setup a little better? Or even a picture or model # of the case you are using may help too. Or is this an external GPU in its own case?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is my power supply good enough?"

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

I doubt you will actually be using more than 400w so a 700w has plenty of headroom especially since I don't see you doing 2x 2080 TIs in the future in SLI on an ITX board lol.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Stuck screw"

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

Yeah using the right screwdriver does help prevent screws from becoming stripped.

Though if you ever have a stripped screw and can't get it out try a rubber band. Of course the screw will be done and can't be re-used so you will need to replace the screw.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqIDjb1cmro

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Dual Channel vs. Quad Channel For My Applications"

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the HEDT platform is costly. That is why I am suggesting a dual system considering the older system you have is actually still quite good. The r7 1700 is holding up great still.

Here are the costs of 3 different builds, a TR4, mini ITX AM4, ATX AM4. I skipped parts such as GPU/PSU/storage/fans.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Threadripper 2920X 3.5 GHz 12-Core Processor $608.77 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3 82.52 CFM CPU Cooler $79.90 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6 ATX sTR4 Motherboard $239.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Flare X 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $138.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Define C TG ATX Mid Tower Case $93.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1161.64
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-01-11 23:41 EST-0500

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $327.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition 57.3 CFM CPU Cooler $39.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte X570 I AORUS PRO WIFI Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard $219.99 @ Amazon
Memory Team T-FORCE DARK Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $124.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Define Nano S Mini ITX Desktop Case $77.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $790.94
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-01-11 23:42 EST-0500

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $327.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition 57.3 CFM CPU Cooler $39.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte X570 UD ATX AM4 Motherboard $159.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team T-FORCE DARK Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $124.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Define C TG ATX Mid Tower Case $93.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $746.95
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-01-11 23:42 EST-0500

You are saving $300-$400 by doing a dual system. Though if you do get the TR4 then you might be able to do something else with the 1700. By doing the 3700x that CPU is a better gaming CPU than the threadripper and will shine at that task better and it is still an 8 core beast for your video editing tasks. As the 3700x won't be handling encoding or your minecraft server then you should not be bottlenecked by too much multitasking of heavy workloads.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Front-mounted radiator exhaust?"

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

With enough airflow you can get the air in the case replaced every couple of seconds with air from the outside. In that situation any heat dumped into the case will be out of the case very quickly so then it becomes a non issue. However I like to abide by more air in than out and all air intakes to be dust filtered.

As for the idea that heat rises that is true when there are no forces acting on the air, fans even at low RPM overpowers any kind of effect from convection. If you want to do 2 fan intakes at the bottom, 1 fan exhaust in the back (non filtered so will make a bad intake) and 2 front exhaust then you may end up with a bit of a pressure negative setup. You may want to add a top fan intake too. As the front will become exhaust then you can remove the dust filter from the front. Now I don't see a good way to add 2x 140mm fans in the bottom due to the PSU shroud but you may be able to get 1 down there and add the rest to the top.

Having an intake at the bottom where it blows on the GPU is great for GPU temps TBH. The GPU may still heat up the air before it goes through the CPU radiator but with 3 fans in and 3 fans out the GPU won't have much time to heat up the air that much to make a difference over a couple of degrees. Even if you overclock this is ample airflow and there are many cases that wish they could get this kind of flow. Not sure what CPU you are using though.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Worst Insult to Have Been Directed at You?"

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

Yes, a bicycle. Fat bikes are bikes that have 4" or wider rims for tires. Here are a couple links for reference:

My old bike that I wore out

My new upgraded fat bike

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Front-mounted radiator exhaust?"

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

In a well ventilated case such as the R6 the heat from a GPU or CPU wont have any more effect than a couple of degrees at most. Not something I would worry about as long as the inside air is being cycled through the case quickly.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Dual Channel vs. Quad Channel For My Applications"

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

I was originally thinking a 2920x as the added core count over a 3700x may help and it has slightly better single core performance over the 1920x. But then again that is a $600 CPU on its own, then you need a rather pricey motherboard too.

To save money I would just do dual systems and make the new system a tiny mini ITX system to save space. That way he can get a CPU that is more in line with gaming and editing like a 3700x and use his old 1700 as the minecraft server and streaming PC. That would be the most cost effective route to go. If OP really wants all that in one system then I can only really see a threadripper pulling it off.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Worst Insult to Have Been Directed at You?"

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

It was a fun trip. I plan on doing a winter version of it next week since I just got my new fat bike yesterday. It is definitely an upgrade from my old fat bike so it will be a great way to break in the new bike.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Worst Insult to Have Been Directed at You?"

  • 14 days ago
  • 3 points

I recall going on a 65km bike trip after work since I then had the time for it. The whole course of my city's bike paths by the river.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Worst Insult to Have Been Directed at You?"

  • 14 days ago
  • 2 points

Guy was upset that he could not get something worth $40 for $5 and thought being a complete jerk would allow him to get his way. Of course I did not buckle under the pressure and stood my ground.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Dual Channel vs. Quad Channel For My Applications"

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

For a single system to do all that at once then 4 channel on threadripper may make sense. Then again you could always just do a dual PC system too and split the load up. You have a r7 1700 now and that is more than powerful enough to be your streaming PC with a capture card. I can see why one would hesitate going to a HEDT platform due to costs of said PC but there are times it is needed which is why it exists.

Keep a GPU in the old PC and use the encoder on that to encode your livestream and you may have left over resources to run your minecraft server from the same PC considering you are making it for less than 10 players. The new PC can just be made to handle gaming and I doubt you will be video editing while you are gaming and can do that at any time. Since you said you planned that to be an occasional use.

What Gilroar says makes sense for an actual heavy multitasking load but splitting up the workload among multiple PCs may also work too.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "850 or go 1000?"

  • 15 days ago
  • 2 points

A 600w PSU would be able to handle that kind of load fine assuming a good quality PSU. If you want to dump money on a 1000w PSU you can if you want but as long as you understand that you need more hardware to need that kind of PSU. I would think a high core count threadripper plus 2x 2080 TIs in SLI may need that kind of power.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Small Boot SSD Paired With Big SSD?"

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

Well if I were to build a new PC and I still got a 250gb SSD or so in an older PC why not keep the old drive that works perfectly fine? Drive may not be large enough so buy another affordable larger SSD and I won't have to deal with a slow HDD. That kind of situation would make perfect sense to me.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Worst Insult to Have Been Directed at You?"

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

I am sure many of us has insults directed to us that are so nasty that repeating them here would violate the "No NSFW content" and "Offensive content" forum rules.

Edit: Well to give one story while cutting the offensive content here is one story from last year. I work in customer service and I had one customer that was so abusive after my boss heard what was going on she sent me home early for the day paid time off.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Copper and nickel corrosion?"

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

Most copper blocks are nickel plated and that should not cause an issue. What you really need to worry about is mixing copper with aluminium as that is a recipe for galvanic corrosion. Plexi and acrylic are not metals so they will not matter either.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Cheap but reliable custom loop?"

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

vast majority of people don't need custom loops.

With how modern hardware is there is no actual need at all for custom loop liquid cooling in order to keep your parts cool. There are plenty of AIOs and powerful air coolers that can easily do the job for much less.

you are building a new pc ground up but are sacrificing on performance to get a custom loop.

Yeah agreed 100% if someone has to sacrifice on parts to afford the custom loop then they are totally sacrificing power. Then again it really depends on the buyer. If they know that is what they are doing and would rather invest into the aesthetics of a custom loop without concern on the power of the PC then as long as they know what they are buying it is their choice.

Now water cooling does look awesome but custom loops introduce maintenance that needs to be done. Depending on the type of fluid used in the loop it is recommended to flush, clean, refill the loop every 6 to 12 months. Me for one am not interested in doing that so I am very happy with my over the top air coolers that are more cooling power than I need. Not to mention the air cooler was cheaper.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ryzen 5 3600 CPU COOLER"

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

Sure OP has a tiny case but it does at least have some decent air flow with one intake fan on the side close to the front and a back exhaust fan right where the CPU cooler would exhaust to. In a small case like that you still will get the entire air space inside the case getting cycled for air very quickly from outside the case so there should not be much heat buildup inside the case. Can also take it a step further and have 2x 120mm intake at the bottom and have the other 2 120mm fans as exhaust and just turn the case into a wind tunnel. Don't think one needs to go that far for it though.

Though OP can get a super cheap cooler for around $20 that is better than the stock cooler. https://pcpartpicker.com/product/w3c48d/deepcool-gammaxx-400-blue-7434-cfm-cpu-cooler-deepcool-gammaxx-400-blue

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New CPU cooler help"

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

Ever considered a stronger air cooler? I know you can easily spend $100-$150 on a good AIO or get a super cheap one for ~$70. Your case can support air coolers up to 161mm tall and luckily there are many great coolers that can fit fine.

Now using the low cost of a cheap AIO to cool a r7-3700x you can get away with a decent mid range air cooler and it will have more than enough power to keep the CPU cool. Here are a few to consider:

https://pcpartpicker.com/products/compare/wjmLrH,ffKhP6,8GBrxr,FRYLrH/

The Be Quite and Noctua coolers will be the most silent of them and will also make less noise than any AIO on the market. One big difference is they have no pump. From your original post noise seems to be your biggest issue and reason why you want to change coolers.

If you want to cheap out a GAMMAXX 400 for ~$20 will outperform the stock cooler and also make less noise.

If you want to go total overkill on an air cooler that may just be a waste of money for your CPU you can easily pick one of these monsters:

https://pcpartpicker.com/products/compare/4vzv6h,F3gzK8,ZLtQzy/

At least they are still cheaper than a higher end AIO and will outperform them in both cooling power and in lower noise too.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Create raid10"

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

Correction on the names, Red for WD and ironwolf on seagate,

Examples: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/products/compare/rkV48d,3cZFf7,TYcRsY/

Red drive, Ironwolf drive, and an enterprise drive

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Dream Job"

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

This is the bike I am getting soon:

norco bigfoot 2 2019

I am doing layaway at my local bike shop and almost have it paid off. My old fat bike was a schwinn biggity and I have over 10,000km on it. It is suffering from the downfalls of being a cheap department store bike and is wearing out to where it is not economical to maintain. Hubs are wearing out and $300 each is too much to spend on that cheap bike.

What do you think about the new bike I am getting soon?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Intell 660p getting ~37s boot times. Something's wrong?"

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

takes about 20s for the first screen from bios to show up

That part is the motherboard posting and before it even starts to boot from the SSD. The SSD speed does not matter before the system bothers to call on it.

14s to get from the last bios message to the desktop

Sounds about right.

Does sound like either a bios issue or something hanging up the bios.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Create raid10"

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

If you use WD drives look for the red drives for raid. For Seagate they have skyhawk. Most drive manufacturers have some sort of raid specific drives. Of course you can also get enterprise drives too as they will be better than regular drives.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "My PC's underperformance"

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

https://youtu.be/CHXv5QJaxwE

Sounds to me you might just be using the integrated graphics in the CPU to play your games with. You might want to ensure your display is plugged into the GPU instead of the motherboard. That youtube video shows what kind of performance the Intel integrated graphics has and what you claim to be getting is not far off from that.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Building A Practice PC"

  • 18 days ago
  • 2 points

Many years ago while I was still in highschool I really needed a PC for school but as I was on my own at the time on welfare I could not afford one nor could I afford home internet to look anything up. I ended up going around the city at night in the areas that had garbage night that night and managed to bring home several junker PCs put out to the trash. None of them worked as they were so I had to figure out how to get one working by means of trial and error. Using parts from about 4 or 5 towers I managed to get myself a pentium 3 PC up and running. This was back in 2002 and this was the first PC I ever built.

Perhaps the biggest tip I can give is do the same thing I do when assembling ikea stuff on my own, give yourself more time than you think you need and take your time.

Comment reply on Jdmftwyo's Completed Build: Simple parallel loop

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

I like how you installed a drain valve at the bottom of your cooling loop. I often see those missed in many custom loops. Can't have them run 5+ years with no maintenance and depending on the fluid used should be flushed and refilled every 6 to 12 months.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gaming Rig under $1,800.00 US need M.2 help"

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

AMD is doing really well at the moment and has some very compelling options for the price. Though for your usage either the i9-9700k or a R7 3700x are the CPUs I would compare. Though right now if you can fit it in the budget the 3900x is going to be a killer in any kind of multithreaded workload and has really good single core too.

If your goal is around $1800 you may be able to afford the 3900x. That cooler should be more than good enough but for ram I would also suggest going 2x 16gb instead of 4x8gb. That way you keep 2 slots open for future upgrades. Here is an example:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor $493.84 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler $88.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard $168.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Trident Z Neo 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory $179.99 @ Newegg
Storage Intel 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $112.99 @ Newegg
Video Card EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB BLACK GAMING Video Card $499.99 @ Walmart
Case Lian Li LANCOOL II-X ATX Mid Tower Case -
Power Supply SeaSonic FOCUS Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $116.34 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $99.99 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1761.12
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-01-06 23:32 EST-0500

Comment reply on Forum Topic "سلام خریدار پردازنده 9900K"

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

After running that post through google translator I got this:

Hi buyer 10 pcs 9900 processor Please message me if available

There is a sub-forum for buying and selling used parts: https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/forum/16-for-sale-or-trade/

Also this site links to many retailers that sell them new online. You can change the country in the top right corner of the site to one that you might be able to order from.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is it time to get new drives?"

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

Night and day difference.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gaming Rig under $1,800.00 US need M.2 help"

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

Tetsuclaw: Thanks for the feedback. Looks like I need to do some NVMe research, most of your comment was latin to me. :)

Then I will see if I can translate it for you lol

Intel 660p = https://pcpartpicker.com/product/9nhKHx

Sabrent Rocket = https://pcpartpicker.com/product/N7zkcf/sabrent-1-tb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-sb-rocket-1tb

XPG SX 8200 = https://pcpartpicker.com/product/zR3H99/adata-sx8200-1-tb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-asx8200pnp-1tt-c

Samsung 970 evo = https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Zxw7YJ/samsung-970-evo-plus-1-tb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-mz-v7s1t0bw

Instead of going over the technical aspects on how fast each drive is let's make this as simple as possible. Think of giving drives a 1-10 score on speed where HDDs are a 1, SATA SSDs are a 6, 660p is a 7, Sabrent Rocket is a 9, and 970 evo is a 10. Now for prices the 660p is often priced around SATA SSDs (1TB = $110 USD) while Samsung 970 evos are expensive (1TB = $220 USD). Sabrent Rocket is about 90% of the speed of the Samsung but much better priced (1TB = $130 USD). I have not looked up the ADATA drive that you picked in the part list so speed wise I am not sure how it stacks up to the other 3 I mentioned.

Speed wise even a SATA SSD will perform well in a gaming PC and make it feel fast so anything faster than that is great. You will be hit by diminishing returns though so don't expect a huge difference from a SATA SSD to a NVMe drive. There is a night and day difference going from a HDD to a SATA SSD, for windows boot as an example going from a 4-5 minute boot time down to a 15-20 second boot time. Then compare a SATA SSD with a NVMe you go from a 15-20 second boot to a 10-15 second boot. This is why the 660p is often recommended for a gaming PC for a value based NVMe. Sometimes people just want the fastest or near fastest because that makes them feel good so the Sabrent Rocket is a great value for what you get too.

There are workloads that can really benefit from the faster drives like the rocket or even the Samsung 970 evo but you never mentioned any of those uses in your post. For example one use is if you do a lot of video editing using raw 4k video, that is a use I can justify suggesting the samsung 970 evo for.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gaming Rig under $1,800.00 US need M.2 help"

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

I don't see anything that stands out as "bad" in your build. As for the SSD chances are you will be fine with that XPG SX 8200 but a 660p or sebrent rocket ssds are good options too. The 660p being the "slowest" when compared to other NVMe drives but still faster than SATA SSDs and a great price to GB ratio. The sebrent rocket will likely be one of the faster drives as it is closer to the 970 evo but without the samsung tax on the drive.

The price difference on the SSDs in this bracket won't have much of an impact on the overall build price.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PC Monitor Suggestions?"

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

If it helps I do own a AOC G2590FX and use it with a 1800x+gtx1070. From my experience it is a decent display but you have to calibrate the colours on it as without doing so the image did seem washed out. After taking an afternoon with calibration the results were great and I do enjoy this monitor. Be sure to use the display port cable if you want to use freesync on a GTX 1660 super though.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "WQHD: 1440 @ 60hz vs 1080 @ 144hz for gaming - Help me choose!"

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

3440 x 1440 @ 60hz or 2650 x 1080 @ 144hz

Depends on the games you play. Anything that has fast movement will have smoother movement on a 144hz display but can still look good on 60hz. If reaction times are important such as playing FPS games then I would get the 144hz over a higher resolution. If you play more cinematic or graphically appealing games where split second reaction times are not important then a higher resolution with more eye candy may provide a better experience.

Both have pros and cons to each other so it comes out to decide which pros means most to you.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Do I need a PSU with 2 eps connectors for this motherboard?"

  • 20 days ago
  • 2 points

If I recall correctly the only 2 times I can see needing 2 EPS connectors is either with LN2 overclocking or with a HEDT system using a much more power hungry CPU like a 32 core threadripper as an example.

I can't even see a r7 2700x pulling enough power to potentially overload a single 8 pin EPS connector.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Motherboard M.2 Slot and SATA"

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

If you never had a SSD and are just used to HDDs then getting a SSD will be a real eye opener. SSDs corner the market speed wise in both speed of finding and loading a ton of tiny files and in max throughput. The loading tiny files part is the biggest factor in the speed as it means the difference on windows boot from 4-5 minutes down to 10-20 seconds. Same thing with loading games or other programs. Now with use in content creation when dealing with fewer but larger files the max throughput becomes most important so being able to read a large video file at 500+ MB/s when scrubbing a timeline with editing will feel much smoother than a mechanical HDD capping out at around 150-175 MB/s. Step it up to a NVMe SSD then you can get read speeds of 3000 mb/s. That kind of speed is great when editing raw 4k video.

HDDs only saving grace is price to GB for larger capacities but are considerably slower. Great option to keep past work saved on when you are not actively using it. Now SSDs have dropped in price where there are lots of economical options in the 500-1TB size ranges and 2TB also not overpriced either depending on size of workloads you are dealing with.

And no, system memory (the ram) is not the same as system storage (your storage drives). They both have completely different uses.

Once you start using a PC that runs on SSD storage and go back to HDDs after I know you will then feel how slow HDDs are.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Weird crash and after moment system restarted on 9900K and 2080 Ti."

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

After doing a clean reinstall of drivers and still have an issue try a different cable. May not sound important but I had a similar issue on an old R9-270x I used to have years ago. I had an issue where the driver would keep crashing randomly and replacing the monitor cable is what fixed it for me.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Cube case. Vertical power supply"

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

It seems to have space to pull air from either side. Not sure why people are so worried about PSUs pulling air from inside the case. With good case airflow the inside of the case will not be that hot to begin with and won't cause your PSU to overheat. Unless you are running the PSU at 95%+ of its capacity which I don't recommend anyhow. If you only run your PSU at 50-60% of its max capacity then it should thermally be well below its max and having the intake air 5c or so hotter will not have any negative impact on the PSU.

I have a coolermaster elite 130 case for my HTPC and I use the PSU to suck air out of the case to help improve its airflow.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is the CPU overkill?"

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, might be overkill, I mean that CPU has 2 whole cores! It can have one for the GPU and the other would just be sitting around. That PSU is some serious business too! I bet you could power your entire house on it without it exploding!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Do I really need a 250GB or more SSD if I already have a 1TB HDD?"

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

Consider there are games out there that can take 50-100GB of space for a single game. Try fitting a few games like that plus windows on a 250gb SSD. Of course you can always move said games to the HDD and just have windows on the SSD but considering the costs of SSDs these days even a 500gb one should not break the bank and will have more freedom on what you can put on the drive for the future.

I run a 512gb 660p ssd in my main PC now. I had considered upgrading to a 1tb or 2tb one but I have other more important things to put my money into at this time.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is it time to get new drives?"

  • 20 days ago
  • 3 points

If a old HDD is making new noises it never has before that would be a very good indicator to me to buy a new HDD. You can get a single 4tb HDD for a good price these days and that would easily replace both those drives. You can always download seatools off the seagate website and run a HDD test too. Works for all HDDs and not just seagate ones.

As for the argument if you should get 7200 or 5400 it really depends what you use the drive for and if that will make a meaningful difference. If you store pictures, music, movies, etc on that HDDs it won't really matter if you get 7200 rpm or 5400 rpm. If you install games on it then 7200 rpm will be better. Better still if you could afford it you can get a 1-2TB SSD which will be a night and day difference from a HDD for loading games.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Moving "pre-made" PC hardware into a new case?"

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

A number of years ago back when I still played WoW my guild leader (who claims to be an IT professional) bought himself an alienware desktop. It came with the standard 1 year warranty and 6 months after said warranty the GPU failed. His case used an external power brick like a laptop and use an internal power supply not much different than a PICO PSU so it was limited to a very low wattage of 275w. The PC design actually relied on the blower cooler on the GPU to exhaust hot air from the case as well so the new GPU needed to have a decent size blower fan but not be more powerful than needing a single 6 pin connector. Also the motherboard was not by any itx/matx/atx standards so he could not move the motherboard to a new case with a new PSU to handle a better GPU. It was a haswell i7 he had and had to basically replace the entire PC (kept the drives) to get a working PC again.

I loved the I told you so moment to him and rubbed in that he got a great value on it as that was his reason for buying it over building it himself. Back when he got it he said it costed the same as building a new PC with the same power of hardware and was worth the purchase. Even for the same price if you know how to and can build your own PC that is always the better option to not get locked into proprietary hardware.

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