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Comment reply on Forum Topic "3700X or 9700K for NVENC"

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

https://pcpartpicker.com/products/compare/jHZFf7,qryV3C,QKJtt6/

Looks like there may be stock issues on the 3700x CPU but if you can get one at MSRP then that would work great. There really isn't much difference between the 3700x and 3800x as both are 8 core 16 thread but just have slightly different binnings.

The way I would look at this is both CPUs will do the job you listed just fine. The unlocked Intel does cost more but offers a bit more performance. You also need to buy an aftermarket cooler for the Intel as it doesn't come with stock and the 3700x does come with a stock cooler. Sure there is merit getting an aftermarket cooler for the Ryzen too.

Basically the Intel Performs a bit better but costs more. For cost to performance ratio the Ryzen is still the better value as the performance gap is smaller than the price gap. As both CPUs will work it just depends if you want to pay that extra cash or not. If it were me I would go for the Ryzen.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need a cheap solution to storage"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I have been using the 512gb version in my main rig since early 2017. Been working fine for me over the years.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need a cheap solution to storage"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

You can get a 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD for under $100. It is faster than any sata based SSD.

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/9nhKHx/intel-660p-series-1tb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-ssdpeknw010t8x1

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on Fry's Closing?"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Years ago I pre-ordered wrath of the litch king expansion from them online, world of warcraft expack. They did charge my credit card for it and then a week before it was going to ship they canceled my order without notifying me. They also never refunded me either. Two days before the launch I called in to check the status and found out what had happened. I lost out of the collectors edition because of it but the reason they canceled it was due to it not being in stock. They also stated they couldn't refund the money because software is not refundable. After a while on the phones and talking to a supervisor they agreed to refund me but with a %25 restocking fee. I ended up having to go to my bank and have a chargeback done. Of course I got a call back from Bestbuy to pay them back and I told them to take me to court over it. After that I will NEVER shop with them again.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What is best for future-proofing?"

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

by “content creation” I just mean basic word documents

Yeah that barely takes a single CPU core lol. Here I was thinking video editing and such.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Liquid vs Air Cooling"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

There are some crazy air coolers on the market. I got the Dark Rock Pro 3 with my Ryzen Stealth builds (in my completed builds) and I run the CPU (r7 1800x) at 4.0 GHz @ 3.81v. At a 20c ambient temp these are the temps I get. Basically 28c at idle and 56c under 100% load. Only takes about 8-10 minutes for my cooler to be fully heat saturated to where the temps stops increasing. The DRP3 actually beats some of the 240mm AIO coolers in raw performance and also makes less noise than said coolers. This is why I opted into getting an air cooler for my build over an AIO.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "CFM Questions"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

CFM is measured on a fan in open air at full speed. In a case a high CFM rated but low pressure fan may lose more CFM in the case due to trying to for the air over a lower CFM rated fan with higher pressure. Also CFM is not liner to the speed of the fan and there are a ton of variables that affects the overall performance of the fans.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Liquid vs Air Cooling"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

The Mugen 5 rev B is also an awesome cooler.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Raid 0?"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Well just to outline the performance difference take a look at these 3 NVMe SSDs:

https://pcpartpicker.com/products/compare/g6Nv6h,Zxw7YJ,K6Jtt6/

All 3 are 1TB but here is a breakdown on the max 'R'ead, 'W'rite, and 'IOPS' of the drives:

  • Intel 660p: R=1800MB/s W=1800MB/s IOPS=220k
  • Samsung 970 Evo Plus: R=3300MB/s W=1700MB/s IOPS=600k
  • Samsung 970 Pro: R=3500MB/s W=2700MB/s IOPS=500k
  • Top Sata SSD: R=560MB/s W=560 MB/s IOPS=100k, These speeds are basically the limit of the SATA port so that is the top theoretical speeds any Sata SSD can get.

Now when doing raid 0 the speed for the IOPS basically doesn't change much as that is the speed it takes for the drive to locate small files and for loading one file all drives apart of the raid array needs to find that file. Now 2 SATA SSDs in raid 0 will have faster read and write speeds than a single drive it is not going to be double the speed due to the raid controller overhead. The Intel 660p has a great cost per GB even when compared to sata SSDs and its performance is better than 3 sata SSDs in raid 0. The 660p is a fantastic M.2 drive for cost to performance.

The Samsung Evo Plus is one of the best SSDs for consumers for loading data off it but the Pro version offers better write performance in the event it is being used as said scratch disk and RAID 0 SATA SSDs just can't compare in raw performance. Sure you can RAID 0 2x NVMe SSDs in a PC that can support more than 1 but then again only for certain workloads that can take advantage of it. Simply loading games still load fine off SATA SSDs and only get a slight lift on NVMe in terms of speed. The 660p NVMe is cheap enough and performs well enough to make it a great option for a gaming PC's main boot/game drive.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Liquid vs Air Cooling"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't be surprised if the air cooler gets better temps because 120mm AIOs are not very good for performance for the cost. Though a Fuma 2 cooler will outperform both of those coolers and have a reasonable cost too: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/YsHRsY/scythe-fuma-2-5117-cfm-cpu-cooler-scfm-2000

Also the Fuma 2 was designed in a way to not crowd out your ram so if you want ram with tall heat spreaders you won't have an issue with it fitting. The Fuma 2 is actually getting closer to a 240mm AIO in terms of performance for cooling so price to performance is actually really good.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Used drives poping up from Amazon"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Perhaps it may be an option to include if it is new or refurb if it is advertised as a refurb. Either that or try to exclude it as a suggested price if it is a refurb price. If people want to save a buck and get a refurb it's fine as long as they know what they are getting before they buy it. Of course I am all for blacklisting sellers that lie about their products because that does not help anyone.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Raid 0?"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Raid 0 I would say is viable if you need a super fast scratch disk where the data going on it is only temporary but you need the faster speeds. Though it is not as big of deal today as it used to be as now we have crazy fast NVMe SSDs that don't cost your first born child anymore. As for data storage I would not touch raid 0 with a 10 foot pole. Bulk mass data storage like if you have a ton of video files and such raid 5 or raid 6 with 4+ high capacity HDDs is a good idea. 4x8TB raid5 HDDs would have 24TB of usable storage and 1 drive of redundancy so if you lose any one of those 4 drives you can replace it and not lose your data. Raid 6 is 2 drive redundancy. It is not any faster than a single drive but that is not what Raid 5 or 6 are for.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Upgrading CPU need help please"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

whops, I noted the wrong model#, it is the k400 plus. I got one myself as seen in the second pick on my HTPC build. Yes it has a built in touchpad which is a blessing as using a mouse on a couch is a pain in the rear and it is not as bad or awkward as a laptop touchpad. There is a groove on the backside of the keyboard so you can almost hold it like a controller and with your right thumb use the touchpad and your left thumb there is a yellow button top left corner that is another mouse left click button. Also battery life in it is unbeatable, I mean I so far changed the 2xAA batteries once since I got it so it is not going to eat through a ton of batteries.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best cost to performance for a 2.5" 500gb SSD?"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

primarily of 2011-2012 components

Hmm, sounds like it wont have M.2 for a NVMe SSD. If it did the Intel 660p 512GB NVMe SSD is only ~ $10 more than the cheapest SATA SSD of the same capacity.

The cheapest 480GB SSD right now is This ADATA SSD. It may not be the fastest SSD on the market but it is MUCH faster than a "budget" SSD back from those times so it will feel quite fast with a "retro" build. Though SSDs were not considered budget at the time now that drive is like $48 USD.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What is best for future-proofing?"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends on what you want to focus on more. The i9-9900KF for gaming focus or the r9-3900x for content creation focus. For things that can use all available cores/threads the Ryzen will stomp the Intel but for gaming the Intel has a small lead.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Upgrading CPU need help please"

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Well streaming can take advantage of more cores and as for GPU upgrade I would suppose it depends on what resolution you are running at. To be fair if you are at 1080p 144hz a GTX 1070 ti is more that powerful enough for that screen so an upgrade may not net any more. For 1440p it depends on the game you are running but newer or much more GPU demanding games may see an improvement from a better GPU especially for 144hz.

For a CPU I would look at an 8 core CPU. Can go for either of the 8 core Intels or 8 core ryzens (preferable 3000 series for better single core speed on game performance compared to previous gen ryzens) If you cannot afford to upgrade all 3 of CPU+Mobo+GPU then you can start with CPU+Mobo then upgrade the GPU later. Will make no sense to only upgrade to a 6 core CPU and a marginally better GPU if that is all you can afford as you won't get nearly as much of an upgrade.

You can either try and sell off your old hardware or re-use it as a second PC. I myself also use an HTPC hooked up to my TV and it is far better than having any smart TV. I can play my steam games on it that are controller friendly while sitting on the couch with a wireless controller. I also have emulators for several consoles on that PC and play them too. If you want to go this route then one suggestion I can give is the logitech k300 plus keyboard, makes an awesome couch keyboard and you can often find them cheap.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ryzen 5 3600 cooler?"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Stock cooler will work on that CPU on default settings. If you want to get an upgraded cooler it may help out boost clocks for a bit more performance.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "be Quiet PSU cables question"

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I am sure you can get extenders that plugs into the output connectors on the cables then into the components themselves if it happens to be too short. CableMod also sells custom cables for just about every PSU if you don't want to use basic extenders. On their site it does show they support the "B-Series DPP be quiet!® Dark Power Pro 11 750' for their cables. Try their configurator online.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Value 1tb hdd?"

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

If it were me I would spend the extra $10 if I had to choose between those drives. Far better bang for the buck.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Cheapest place to buy custom liquid cooling parts"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Problem is when you buy super cheap water cooling like that you get what you pay for. You quite often get really bad parts. Well CPU water blocks may not perform as well but still close enough to a higher end one but I would worry about the quality of the metals from the blocks and radiator causing long term issues. Also cheap pumps are not one I would like to rely on either. Spending $80 on a Noctua U12S would be far less worry for me and still perform well enough to overclock an i9-9900k with. Not to mention the proven reliability of Noctua parts, chances are that cooler AND fan will last like 15 years..... The Noctua U12A is like the S version but comes with 2 fans instead of 1 and it is a killer cooler, it outperforms AIOs in raw power not considering noise. It also beats them out on noise too.

Because of what you can get today for reasonable pricing on both air coolers and AIOs I still would only suggest liquid cooling for top end hardware where the buyer wants that extra flashiness for the PC and is willing to spend that extra amount for it. I would still favour power over aesthetics and would make my recommendations based off that viewpoint. Custom loop is really only for those who just want to have it in their PC and willing to spend the money on it. It is by no means mandatory for any home PC build to work.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "140 mm Fan Opinions Wanted"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Because those are 3 pin fans and likely not being voltage controlled by the motherboard is why I am thinking they are not the culprit of the noise. If the noise picks up when the system gets hotter but these fans are not changing in speed then it may be another fan that is being controlled.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need help building making a decision on building vs pre built!"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Adding another $100 in the budget you can just swap out the CPU and motherboard and keep everything else the same. With that Fuma cooler it is enough to do a nice modest overclock of the Intel CPU. It is one of those great cost to performance coolers. If you are worried about the system not staying cool enough you can always add an extra 120mm or 140mm fan in the front to have 2 in and 1 out but having 1 in and 1 out is the bare minimum to have. This is the exact same fan if you want to get a matching fan to the other 2 fans in the case. It is a decent fan.

As for GPU I do not know what resolution you want to run at but if you want 120hz on 1440p you are going to want to get a fair amount of GPU horsepower and an RTX 2060 may not cut it. Different story if it is only 1080p but to be safe I still would select a 2080 super with that budget.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $339.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Scythe FUMA 2 51.17 CFM CPU Cooler $59.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte Z390 UD ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $109.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $69.99 @ Amazon
Storage Intel 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $94.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB BLACK GAMING Video Card $704.98 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Define C TG ATX Mid Tower Case $119.00 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $99.99 @ Best Buy
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1598.92
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-09-07 00:13 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need help building making a decision on building vs pre built!"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Considering its release date is sep 12th this year and it is only the 6th now there isn't much I would base as credible to know what hardware is needed to achieve that 120 fps average you wanted. After it is fully released and has most of the pre-release optimizations worked out then benchmarks should start popping up online.

Building a PC vs buying prebuilt is something to consider. Building a PC is not that hard and you can watch guide to walk you through it step by step on youtube easily enough and will take most unexperienced builders a few hours to do. You get the benefits of picking all the parts that are in the build and will often get cheaper compared to buying the same from a prebuilt. Prebuilds are also known to cheap out on things like the ram and PSU. They could drop in 2133 or 2400 mhz ram or a crappy PSU.

If you want a custom build here is a gaming PC I would look at:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $194.79 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Scythe FUMA 2 51.17 CFM CPU Cooler $59.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte X570 UD ATX AM4 Motherboard $162.98 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $69.99 @ Amazon
Storage Intel 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $94.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB BLACK GAMING Video Card $704.98 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Define C TG ATX Mid Tower Case $119.00 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $99.99 @ Best Buy
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1506.71
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-09-06 17:56 EDT-0400

If the cost is too high you can swap the case for a cheaper one but I included a nice premium tempered glass case for the build. I started it with a 1TB NVMe SSD as that is more than enough for windows and several games but you can always add more drives later on. For the CPU I added in a 3600 3rd gen ryzen which is a decent gaming CPU as it is 6 cores and 12 threads. Might be better to go to an 8 core CPU if you want to get into streaming though. 16gb of ram is the standard amount these days and decent 3200mhz ram. Added a CPU cooler to allow the boost clocks on the CPU to not be thermally limited. Also put the most money of the build into the GPU which is the largest part on performance, a RTX 2080 super which has performance between the 2080 regular and 2080 TI.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which runs hotter, the CPU or GPU?"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

What runs hotter is very generic. Hotter can be interpreted 2 ways, higher temp in degrees celsius or higher TDP wattage in heat generation. TDP heat generation in a nutshell is 100w TDP = heat generation of a 100w space heater.

That GPU is about 277w TDP but may get higher when overclocked but it does come with a built in AIO so overall GPU temps should be rather decent.

The 9900kf CPU is a 95w TDP chip but that is the heat at the base clocks with no turbo and no overclock.

Now if you are worried about system heat good case airflow eliminates most of the cross heat from the GPU and CPU. If you want to get a cheaper GPU that is the same 2080 TI it may not turbo as fast but still deliver the performance of a 2080 ti then in a proper case it will not cause issues for the CPU and vice versa.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on Fry's Closing?"

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Well I don't have a Fry's or Microcenter anywhere near me so unfortunately I don't have those options. I just have a few smaller self owned stores and some of the generic big names like best buy and such so I am usually stuck ordering my parts online and not having a decent store to go into. And no due to a previous experience I will never shop at best buy again......

Comment reply on Forum Topic "140 mm Fan Opinions Wanted"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I know this may be a late reply in this thread but if the computer gets moderately noisy when the system heats up are we sure it is the case fans making the extra noise? Reason why I ask this is because those included fans are 3 pin fans (not PWM) and do not control their speed according to system temps. Seems to me that it may be fans that are controlled over temps. The CPU fan and the fans on the GPU are controlled that way. If it is the CPU fan making the extra noise then a new cooler may work out but if it is the GPU fans making a lot of noise then there may not be a reasonably cost efficient means to have them make less noise.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "RAM and CPU Cooler Size"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

You would have to look at the spec page from the manufacturer to get the height of the ram. The Corsair Vengeance LPX is one of the shortest ram sticks and I use the Dark Rock Pro 3 cooler myself with that ram and that ram will easily fit under the fan that covers the first ram slot. The newer dark rock 4, pro 4, and noctua coolers all tend to hang over the first ram slot. At least with any of those 3 coolers if you really want to have a tall ram stick in the first ram slot you can simply move the fan to the other side of the cooler instead and not have a large change in cooling performance either.

There is one cooler to consider if you are really worried about it and that is the Fuma 2 cooler. It is designed not to cramp the first ram slot on a motherboard and the back has a cut out in the fins to ensure compatibility on bulky VRM coolers on the motherboard. It is also a rather decent performing cooler and is an excellent value for bang for the buck.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Re-Using Old HP Case?"

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Technically you can use the same PC case. The motherboard basically sits upside down in the case but you can still install a new motherboard in there. Chances are it is an ATX standard but you can always check the standoff points and compare with an online diagram.

Only 2 reasons I can see you wanting to use the same case is either save on costs or to have a sleeper PC.

Only concerns I would have is cooling with regards to both CPU coolers and case airflow. Unless you want to go with the sleeper PC look I would still recommend to get a new case.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Raid 0?"

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Raid 0 is not one I would recommend doing. If one drive fails or drops out of the raid due to whatever reason you just lost everything across all drives. It is meant to increase the speed but all the drives need to be the same. A m.2 drive will not get its full speed benefit and will be held back by the SATA ssds.

You are better off not doing raid at all. Likely the M.2 SSD on its own will outperform the sata SSD raid and you won't have the volatility issue with raid 0.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Intel Core i5-6400 LGA 1151, 2.7GHZ Quad Core"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, the most people are buying a dedicated GPU anyway. So why spending more on a CPU with an integrated graphics controller that performs rubbish anyway. lol

Well depends on the use of the PC. Workstation PCs that don't need GPU performance may prefer integrated graphics over buying a GPU. Well depends the price on a super cheap GPU and the price difference of the igpu.

I do totally agree that the 9400f is by far the better bang for the buck. Sure the 9600k with a $50 cooler will perform better than the 9400f but at over double the overall cost it certainly doesn't get anywhere near double the performance. Though people will pay the premium tax for "the best" on PC parts.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Intel Core i5-6400 LGA 1151, 2.7GHZ Quad Core"

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Also when buying an unlocked CPU from Intel you will also need to buy a cooler as they don't come with a stock cooler. The non K skew Intels do come with stock coolers.

https://pcpartpicker.com/products/compare/28qhP6,T47v6h,LhCD4D/

Rather large cost difference across these CPUs and even the lowest one is a decent upgrade from the skylake i5. It is true the overclocking Intel CPUs fall behind on cost to performance ratio from the 9400F but by buying the K skew CPUs and a decent cooler like one of the mugen 5 or fuma 2 coolers you can get a decent overclock for some high end performance.

Keep in mind the F on the end of the CPU model means no integrated graphics. If you use a seperate video card then this will mean very little if nothing to you but if you need the integrated graphics you will have to focus on a CPU that has it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ryzen 5 3600 cooler?"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Stock cooler is functional at stock CPU settings. Aftermarket coolers usually allow better boost clocks for better gaming performance as the CPU controls its boosts according to thermals.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "My AIO has died and now I am switching to air cooling. Will my air cooler block ram slots?"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Just a FYI kraken usually offers a good warranty so if you can get it RMA. Even if you don't want to use it anymore and go for air cooling just sell the warranty replacement after for some extra cash.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Upgrading CPU"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Well the RX 580 being considered budget card today isn't too terrible of a card and can still be used. Same thing with the R5-2400g. If you plan to upgrade one and choose the CPU then I agree with mark the r5-3600 is a good spot after doing a bios upgrade. You will get 6 cores 12 threads n total.

Bottlenecking is a term thrown around too much. For games to play well it needs to have both enough CPU power to run the game engine and enough GPU power to render the frames for the monitor. As long as both CPU and GPU can do their jobs then there really should not be any bottlenecking to be concerned about.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "You're trapped a Room you can bring one Album... What do you bring?"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking that or something from queen lol

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best cooler for Ryzen 5 3600"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

If you buy a good cooler chances are it will come with some decent thermal paste. Good quality thermal past vs top quality thermal paste at most will have a difference of 1-2c in temps. That is considering something like liquid metal on the CPU which costs more than I would care for to get 1-2c lower temps.

Sure I have seen some very bad thermal paste, there is a youtube video by linus tech tips who bought a tub of cheap paste and there was a large difference in performance. Luckily no respected cooler and none suggested so far on this thread comes with stuff anywhere near that bad. They all come with decent thermal paste. All the coolers suggested so far on this thread also beat 120mm AIO coolers and either come close to a 240mm AIO or beat it in performance. So if you go with any of those then you should have some really good cooling for the CPU.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best cooler for Ryzen 5 3600"

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

A budget tower cooler will out perform a 120mm AIO. You are still limited by the surface area on the radiator for the heat leaving the loop and into the air. Because of that cooling potential is only going to be so good. That case can support an air cooler up to 160mm tall so you are not really limited there.

I am not sure what is available and for what prices but if you are looking for some strong cooling power that is more than what any 120mm AIO can do then take a look at these coolers:

https://pcpartpicker.com/products/compare/7dTrxr,8GBrxr,FRYLrH,YsHRsY/

Comment reply on Forum Topic "USB 3.0"

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

https://www.usb3.com/usb3-Apinout-600.jpg

USB 3.0 actually has 9 pins in the port while USB 2.0 only has the 4. If a USB 3.0 device is only able to access the 4 pins and not 9 then it will run on the USB 2.0 standard. Same thing with a USB 2.0 device it will only have those 4 pins and not 9 so it cannot use the other 5 pins.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Sudden fps drop"

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Well I decided to try that game on both my PCs to see what kind of usage it was doing. I did both at 1080p high preset settings and it seemed very GPU bound for the game. I got like 30-40 fps on my HTPC running a pentium G4600 and a RX 470. The highest activity CPU core was under 50% usage most of the time with the odd spike in the 70s but it clearly wasn't even using my whole CPU on the HTPC. Though with that video card may be holding it back.

I then decided to try it on my Ryzen Stealth PC that has a r7 1800x and the same GPU you have, a GTX 1070. CPU usage did go up but still no core was over 65% usage and only about 3 cores were taxed that high so overall usage was very low on the CPU. I did get about 250-300 fps on max settings 1080p so it is a far cry from the 70 fps you reported. It still taxed the GPU more so it was still more GPU limited than CPU limited.

Again if your CPU overall usage was 90-100% you should see what you have running on your PC as if something is eating up all your CPU resources then it can easily affect the game. I did use MSI afterburner to watch my CPU and GPU usage. Also if you fear temps are too high then download a trial of AIDA64 and run a stability test which runs the CPU at 100% load and will show you the temps on each core. Under 100% max load anything that is 85c or lower after running the test for 30 minutes I would consider a pass.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Sudden fps drop"

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

cpu constantly uses 90-100% while the gpu usage stays around 40%

Something tells me that you got something else going on taking a ton of CPU power on your system. Minimum specs for the game is a dual core pentium so it doesn't seem like a mega multi-core heavy game to begin with. I am sure that your i9-9900k is complete overkill and I cannot see that game using that much of your CPU.

Perhaps I will try that game out real fast and see the performance I get on my Black Ice HTPC as that is my weaker PC compared to my main one.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Nitrile gloves as a replacement for esd safe bands?"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't usually use antistatic gloves nor do I own an antistatic strap. I do however keep touching the case to keep charges neutral and have not had an issue of frying a PC in all the PCs I had built since like 2002. Hardware today is far more static resilient than hardware from back then so it generally shouldn't be a huge concern.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I dont know if this will work and how to fix it"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU does not have integrated graphics so if you want an image on a screen you will need to add a video card.

The warning PCPartPicker is showing deals with the motherboard/CPU compatibility. Typically with a b450 chipset you may need to update the BIOS so it can use a 3000 series ryzen CPU. If you do not have a previous gen CPU already then you have 2 options. One is to get a X570 chipset board with is guaranteed compatibility or take the b450 motherboard to a local PC shop and have them update the bios for you at a low cost. That is only if the b450 chipset board doesn't ship with the most up to date BIOS.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Noctua NF-F12 PWM"

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

If I am not mistaken the fans for the NZXT gives you a spot to plug in the fan cables so it can manage fan speed according to water temp instead of CPU temp. So from what you said I gather you are trying to have 4 fans in total for the radiator? Push+pull config? Here I thought you just replaced the fans that came with the radiator and dropped the noctua fans in that place. If you don't have enough 4 pin fan headers you can always use a splitter and have one header control more than 1 fan. For 140mm fans I would limit it to 2 fans per header if you use the motherboard headers. If letting the AIO manage it you might be able to get away with all 4 being powered by it.

https://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-2-Pack-2-Fan-Splitter/dp/B01DV1Z0Z4/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=4+pin+splitter&qid=1567632193&s=gateway&sr=8-3

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Noctua NF-F12 PWM"

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

If you are using the PWM feature I would not bother using the low noise adapter as you can always adjust the fan curve to the level you want. All that LNA does is lower the 12v down to a lower voltage which makes the fan spin slower and thus less noise. The reason I wouldn't use it on PWM is it caps the max speed and you can lower the speed by PWM settings anyhow.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "m.2 dimensions"

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah when I first saw a M.2 drive I was also surprised how small it is. About the same size of a stick of gum but a lot more crunchy!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "trying to wipe computer"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

You can get SeaTools for free off the seagate website to do a HDD test (mechanical HDD not SSD) if you boot off a HDD. There is a USB bootable version you setup on a USB drive and can use that to test the hardware functionality of the HDD. If it fails then you either need to replace the HDD with a new one or have it RMA if still under warranty.

Backup what you can now for important files then if the HDD is fine you can simply reinstall windows from scratch. Look for the Media Creation Tool off of microsoft website and it will allow you to use a USB stick to make a bootable windows installer. Make sure you select the same version of windows (like win 10 home or win 10 pro) and once online the PC will often self activate windows if you had it properly licensed before.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PC Upgrades"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

At this point I don't think there is anything I would want to upgrade from that list. Sure OP can drop in a new CPU or more powerful GPU but the question comes in whether it is worth it or not. What kind of performance and for what games/programs is OP looking for? that would be a place to start at.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Looking for information on my build and what i need to upgrade first"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohh boy. I am not sure where to start. You got an old bulldozer AMD CPU which is one I would want to upgrade from right away and a gtx 950..... I would focus on either one of those or both first. If you get one to upgrade you may not get much performance increase as you will still be held back by the other part. Not until both are upgraded will you see a large jump in performance.

Do not buy any more DDR3 ram as any new CPU platform will use DDR4 so when getting a new CPU you will also need new ram and motherboard.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best 500gb M.2 nvme SSD for gaming rig?"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I have actually been using the Intel 660p NVMe SSD in my PC when I built it in early 2017. It has been a solid drive for me. I did find it a little on the small size now but with a bit of space management 512gb isn't too bad for capacity for my use. It is enough for windows and some of your most played games. If you run out of space later on at least you can add more storage when needed later on.

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