I'll admit, I should have given more thought to the 5700/5700xt or the 2060, but the 1660ti does everything I need it to. I only have a 1080p monitor and dont plan on upgrading for some time so I only ever set resolution to 1440p at the highest. Plus, I just don't do a ton of gaming at all anyway and in the past, I've experienced better GPU utilization and compatibility on the Nvidia side versus AMD in workstation applications with low/mid tier consumer cards.
Also, at the time of my part-picking, only reference cards were available for the 5700 series and I did not want that. At the time it was apparent we weren't getting third party variants until about a month after I started ordering other parts so I left them out of my selection pool.
The 3700x was chosen for a couple reasons. Firstly, the higher core/thread count during workstation applications is a nice to have. though I'm not sure how much I'm currently utilizing the programs im using right now, it's nice to know that I've got a little more cushion for different background tasks that do use multiple cores so that there's a little more headroom for the programs that are more single-core intensive. The build is very fluid for lightroom and photoshop and gaming too, so I haven't had any complaints yet.
Secondly, I knew the 3700x came with a slightly better cooler. Aesthetically, it looks good in the case too. I know it's not particularly excellent at cooling versus an aftermarket cooler, but the low profile and RGB are nice-to-haves right now until I can afford an AIO to replace it with - so it came down to compromise in the short-term but my temps at load have actually been very acceptable.
Man, if I did I'd tell you. However, once you have it all set, you don't really have to worry about it too much. Maybe things will open up a bit with future BIOS updates, but I won't be too optimistic.
No because the stock CPU fan would definitely drown any of that out. I also grabbed the newest chipset driver that's supposed to keep that fan on a tight leash. No, it's not noticeable.
My first car was strictly referred to as a vulgar profanity at all times. No gender. Just anger.
Same here, except, we were just too poor for tv in general lol
Gotcha. I guess I read your title too generally and just thought you meant any Skylake. That makes sense.
I'm definitely waiting for Zen myself. There was a report about an absolutely beast server chip they're working on that I really, really hope gets a consumer version in some way.
The people who use it to make people upset are the few bad apples.
I use it simply to show my disagreement. Not in a personal way, but in a civil show of opinion. If I've got a couple downvotes because I was wrong about something, or have an idea I share with a minority of people, I'd expect to be downvoted because of it (if I knew).
If someone goes and spouts off some ignorant, offensive language, then you have to expect a hoard of downvotes.
It's only a broken system if you have a majority of broken people using it wrong and I just do not think that is the case here. Removing all downvoting ability to make a couple people feel better in a situation that didn't warrant downvotes isn't a solution I'd be happy with. But that's just my opinion. Downvote it all you want.
I cannot figure out if this was an intentional typo, and if so, what that would mean.
blow a load of cash
blow a load of cash
One can only dream....
He must be using the new PotatoX55 camera.
But for real though, some better photos would be cool. Especially with that R9 390 to show off.
Honestly, with what I've ready on Skylake since it released today, I wouldn't say it's a completely necessary jump; but then, how many of us make only necessary upgrades? :P
Anyway, you've got a fantastic build here. I'd consider finding a local photographer to give this a proper showing off. Love it.
Anandtech has their review up already.
Gotta throw some more photos up. Budget builds are actually well respected here.
I do have to wonder when you picked up that CPU though. You can get that for 50 bucks cheaper now at most retailers.
I can't tell you right this moment; I'm at work :P
But I can tell you that the last time I ran benchmarks on it, both my read and writes were in the low 300s, sometimes dipping into the high 200s. I hate complaining about it because it is way faster than mechanical drives, but it way underperforms what they advertise for it. But this fight has been fought by countless people before me, so I've just accepted and plan on getting a larger Samsung Evo down the road.
It's not the most expensive build here, but man, it makes me nervous seeing it sit on the ledge like that.
Looks very clean though. Nice job putting it together!
I love spotting your comments. You've got charm.
You've made quite a name for yourself. It's like a game: Who can make a witty comment before Jipster shows up.
This would actually make for quite a fun video. I'd watch it, for sure.
That's definitely something I'll have to try for video editing. My last 40,000 image timelapse took much, much too long to render even small, low-res clips.
As far as image editing goes, yeah, we edit a bit differently. My process involves using Bridge to scrub through the folder, rate, and sort. Then I take them all into Camera Raw for quick edits and then take them into Photoshop, altogether, to finish up where Camera RAW could not - so that means I quite frequently push all 20-30 photos to Photoshop at once to finish things off (cropping, content-aware brushing, watermarking, etc...)
I've been trying to move over to Lightroom. I've watched so many guides and tutorials, but I just can't break my habits :P
Right, but GPU acceleration only helps so much. In fact, it really only makes a difference when applying complex filters and, more notably, using various effects in Premier and After Effects. GPU acceleration won't give much support when you've simply got too big of files, like large Tiffs, for example, or, if you're like me, and want to open 20-30 different RAW photos at a time to try and bust through a set in one sitting, then it'll really slow down when working with that many open. The same goes for video editing. I've had plenty of time-lapse projects where GPU acceleration does nothing to help manage the thousands of imported files within the project.
Those are just my observations in my own usage.
I definitely get that. It isn't a bad processor by any means, especially if you do overclock. Do you intend to do that on the stock cooler? I'd grab a pair of noise cancelling headphones; it'll get loud :)
So with photo editing in mind, why did you choose this CPU? This is a very traditional gaming processor. Even my 8350 has some trouble with real intensive Photoshop/Premier/Illustrator work. I can imagine you won't be flying too fast, but it should hold you over.
Other than that, it looks good, although I'd recommend checking out a different SSD if you still have your eyes open for parts.
I was going to ask about the fan until you said she actually requested it.
Everything looks good. You built a very nice, functional machine for a really good price.
Very clean! I love it. How is the Fractal case? I cannot decide between that or a Corsair case for my next build.
Hey, everything here looks awesome; and for quite a nice price!
I'd love to know what read/write speeds you're getting on your V300 SSD. I wonder if they've at all tried to fix the poor performance issues out of that yet. Mine is extremely slow, in SSD standards. I looked it up and apparently I'm not the only one.
I wrote about it in my build description. Check it out if you're interested.
It's awesome to see you took some initiative on the topic. I definitely don't mind being wrong and admitting it. I'm glad you got some confirmation. Hope everything goes well!
My truck is ugly, but Pixie always gets me where I need to be.
My truck is ugly, but Pixie always gets me where I need to be.
Right. Octa Core CPUs like mine would benefit pretty nicely. I can only imagine it would also really help the quad core APUs as well.
Honestly, when I first saw your original build post, I immediately looked to connect your title with any of your part names. That seems to be a go-to way for people to make up titles if they don't just list out all their parts or title it 'first build'. Strixie isn't bad, although it makes me think of Pixie and that's a little too feminine for my naming tendencies, but to each their own :)
Just give core usage time. Direct X 12 is going to make it easier for developers to offload more work across multiple cores. It's been a long time coming, but those extra cores will get used eventually!
He meant 'max' [out settings on] League of Legends.
I really only suggested looking at getting a new PSU because when you overclock, your hardware requires more power than what is stated as required. If your overclocks come close to your PSU rating, you're pushing your luck with stability - not to mention that rosewill isn't the most reliable of brands. If I were you, I'd grab something a little more solid at a higher wattage; SeaSonic or EVGA tend to be much more reliable. Risking your whole rig on whether your PSU can handle the tasks you're throwing at it is never a risk I'd be willing to take. Spend the couple extra bucks now to save yourself from a disaster later. But who knows; perhaps your overclock won't draw close to 550. It's entirely possible, but placing your $500+ rig in the hands of a $30 PSU isn't the safest bet.
He might also consider a slightly higher wattage, (and might as well go modular for the sake of those cables and temps) PSU if he intends to really push an OC. Also, I've done some research on the MSI 970 Gaming (because I own it) and it appears that overclocking on that board is a risk as the VRMs on that board have a tendency to fail more so than on most other boards. I'd go with the Asus OP mentioned instead.
It's making me uncomfortable with that look in its eyes; like it's gonna jump out and latch onto your face.
Awesome build. Looks like a dream. Can't wait til the day I can afford to upgrade to that level.
Really? I was on the tech preview and haven't had any issues since a build around May or so. I wonder what was up..
Temperature issues aside, this is a beautiful build. You executed this quite well, but the others are right. You need to do something quickly or those temps will do damage you can't undo. I hope you find a solution soon.
Love it. This thing probably flies through everything. Nice job.
I would go for Firefox. Chrome is fast and simple, but a resource hog. IE 11 was very well optimized to use as little CPU and RAM as possible and keep things to as little paged entries as needed. Chrome has no problem making sure each tab is its own process and makes sure to use enough RAM and CPU to actually make your machine slow down. Firefox was pretty good in that regard, if I remember correctly, although, I've been using IE11 - and now Edge, so it's been a little while. I do still use Chrome on my main rig only because it can handle all of what it needs without problems at all.
A lot of Antivirus scanners used to flag one another thinking each was malicious software. Most have been updated and improved to be able to tell the difference and stay out of each other's business. Norton just sucks.
Same here. It's been a huge topic of interest for me, so while I'm saddened by the poor performance benefits, it is quite cool to see someone give it a shot.
Very interesting indeed. It sounds like all the work that developers used to have to do to spread the workload across multiple cores will basically be taken care of by GCN for AMD. I can definitely dig that.
Ah! I had thrown on a comment on that build. I knew it looked familiar. Nice! And I see you got some new pictures up on it. Very cool.
Hey thanks! All very good things to think about. That would mean very good things for me, having and Octa core cpu and an R9 270 in my main rig. I hadn't heard of those performance benefits, so I'll definitely keep my eyes open for that.
Just what I thought. Not a bad route to go. So what are you using for yourself now if this is your wife's PC?