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Comment reply on Forum Topic "1500$ Budget. Casual Gaming. Mainly Browsing and Productivity"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

In terms of assembly? The only thing I might consider is a fully modular PSU. Even then, a semi-modular certainly isn't bad in terms of assembly and cable management. Stay away from non modular.

There are differences between brands but it's mostly the same. Sure, the Red Devil will have a higher base and boost clock speed compared to the TUF X3 but then again, you can overclock the TUF X3 to match or go past the factory specs of the Red Devil. If you are concerned about it, I would just simply compare all of the 5700 XT's together and choose the one with the highest clock speeds with a similar price point. Or, you can pay more for it if you'd like.

Moral of the story: you can squeeze more out of the build but it'll be for more very marginal performance increases.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1500$ Budget. Casual Gaming. Mainly Browsing and Productivity"

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

No worries, here's a motherboard with integrated WiFi.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $194.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock X470 Master SLI/AC ATX AM4 Motherboard $138.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial MX500 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $64.42 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $64.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Asus Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB TUF Gaming X3 OC Video Card $389.99 @ Amazon
Case Metallic Gear Neo Air ATX Mid Tower Case $65.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CXM 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $68.98 @ Amazon
Monitor Dell S2719DGF 27.0" 2560x1440 155 Hz Monitor $299.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1347.32
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-15 14:57 EST-0500

Comment reply on canilao's Completed Build: Project Callisto

  • 4 days ago
  • 2 points

That is stunning. I would never leave..

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1500$ Budget. Casual Gaming. Mainly Browsing and Productivity"

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

I think the 3600 and 5700 XT are perfect choices for what you want. Honestly, a PC like this will last you at least 5 years playing every AAA title at high frame rates for 1-3 hours on weekends. You could probably squeeze 10 years out of it if you wanted to.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $194.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus Prime X470-Pro ATX AM4 Motherboard $132.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial MX500 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $64.42 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $64.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Asus Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB TUF Gaming X3 OC Video Card $389.99 @ Amazon
Case Metallic Gear Neo Air ATX Mid Tower Case $65.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CXM 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $68.98 @ Amazon
Monitor Dell S2719DGF 27.0" 2560x1440 155 Hz Monitor $299.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1341.33
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-15 14:19 EST-0500

Comment reply on Forum Topic "This is for my 16 year old"

  • 4 days ago
  • 2 points

List looks good!

  • Honestly, for gaming, the 2700X is rather overkill and not needed. I only see a need for the 2700X if your son is also video editing, streaming, etc. The 2600X is still a 6 core / 12 thread CPU which is more than capable of playing games and even doing some light editing work.

As far as everything else, there's not much more you can downgrade without losing a good chunk of performance without going pre-owned.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $148.38 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte B450 AORUS PRO WIFI (rev. 1.0) ATX AM4 Motherboard $119.99 @ Amazon
Memory Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage HP EX900 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $56.99 @ Newegg
Video Card XFX Radeon RX 5700 8 GB DD Ultra Video Card $349.99 @ Amazon
Case Cougar MX330 ATX Mid Tower Case $44.00 @ Amazon
Power Supply Thermaltake Smart Pro RGB 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $79.00 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $99.95 @ Amazon
Case Fan Deepcool RF 120 (3 in 1) 56.5 CFM 120 mm Fans $32.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $991.28
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-15 10:50 EST-0500

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First Build Problems"

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

You might try following the guide below. Might help with making Premiere a bit more optimized. Although I do blame a portion of your performance issues on the GT640, you do have a proper CPU and amount of RAM.

If this doesn't work, I hate to say it but you may plan on doing a full system restore or uninstalling ALL drivers and updates that you've installed. If it helps, I typically stay away from the automatic update programs such as Geforce Experience. I prefer to uninstall and manually install each new driver that comes out. At least for the GPU.

https://blog.pond5.com/21645-how-to-optimize-performance-in-adobe-premiere-pro-cc/

Comment reply on Forum Topic "DDR4-3200 for Ryzen 5 3600?"

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely. While 3600 is the 'sweet spot' for Zen 2, you'll be just fine running 3200. In fact, 3200 with 15/16 CAS latency will be just as good as 3600 with 18/19 CAS latency at the end of the day.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Might Start Building Soon"

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Definitely not the most cost effective - that's for sure. I don't really mind though. Sorry, realized that may have been a bit insensitive. Removed it.

Thanks for the input. I was primarily hesitant on X570 only because I feel that I truly don't need the extra features like WiFi 6 and PCIe gen 4. If I do spend the extra money for it, I just want to make sure that I can actually take advantage of those features.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Why do this?"

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

Here's the way I look at it.

In the custom build,

  • More RAM

  • SSD

  • Faster CPU which also has more cores

  • Better CPU cooling

  • Brand name parts

  • Considerably easier to replace parts or upgrade**

  • Pleasure of doing it yourself

In the HP,

  • Better integrated graphics (you can change to the 2400G if you want)

** The HP will use a lot of custom and 'generic' parts such as a non-modular PSU, god only knows what kind of motherboard, ram, HDD and so on and so forth. That will make it rather difficult to upgrade later on. Who knows how much it can even be upgraded. The motherboard may only have 1x PCIe slot, it may only have two DIMM slots, it'll be limited in terms of fan headers, usb headers, etc etc. There are plenty of reasons to go with a custom build apart from performance.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor $119.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI B450 Gaming Plus ATX AM4 Motherboard $84.99 @ Newegg
Memory *Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $54.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sabrent Rocket 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $59.98 @ Amazon
Case Phanteks P300 ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $69.98 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $98.99 @ Amazon
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link Archer T4E PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter $24.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $572.91
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-07 15:25 EST-0500

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Upgrade options, all recommendations for upgrades parts on this build"

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

Hmm, I mean you really shouldn't have any issues. You've got an SSD, 9th gen i5, 16GB of RAM and a 1660 Ti. I could understand if it was having an issue with editing, however, are we sure that it's not just your internet connection causing the buffering?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Upgrade options, all recommendations for upgrades parts on this build"

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

What are you wanting to upgrade exactly? Do you want more FPS? Does it struggle with certain tasks like video editing? Are you running out of RAM?

If FPS, what are you trying to achieve?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ultimate PC Case with AIO + air cooling solution"

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, are you just looking for a case and AIO that work well together? What length of AIO are you wanting? Big as possible?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First Ever PC Build; Beginner With a $500-$700 Budget."

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

Looks pretty good!

  • I'm hesitant about the RAM for two reasons. 1) single channel (only 1 stick) and 2) 2400mhz.

You'll cripple the performance of the PC if you run single channel as CPUs thrive off of dual channel memory which would be two sticks. Also, are you sure that 8GB is enough? I only use my PC for general web browsing and gaming and I can tell you that 8GB would not cut it for me. 16GB is considered your standard amount of RAM and even if you may not come close to using all 16GB of it, it'll surely be future-proofed when you're using this PC 3-5 years from now and programs/games have become more demanding.

Ryzen, specifically, thrives off of fast RAM and typically, I never suggest RAM slower than 3000mhz for a Ryzen based build. There are often some pretty drastic performance differences when you look at a Ryzen CPU running at 2400 vs something like 3200mhz.

  • You also might consider adding an SSD to hold the operating system along with all of your important files and/or programs.

Adding an SSD would make a HUGE difference in how the PC feels. From booting, opening programs, opening files, transfering files and even browsing the web will feel 1000% faster if the operating system were on an SSD rather than an HDD. It's much faster technology and honestly, adding a small SSD (<250GB) would be fairly inexpensive.

Honestly, other than that, I think you've done a good job of selecting parts and creating a very well-rounded PC build.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $117.68 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard $111.99 @ Amazon
Memory Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $54.99 @ Newegg
Storage ADATA Ultimate SU800 256 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $34.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $34.90 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI Radeon RX 580 8 GB ARMOR OC Video Card $184.99 @ Newegg
Case DIYPC Zondda ATX Mid Tower Case $33.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $85.15 @ Amazon
Optical Drive LG GH24NSC0B DVD/CD Writer $18.98 @ Newegg
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WN725N USB 2.0 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter $7.49 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $685.14
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-05 15:46 EST-0500

Comment reply on Forum Topic "$2K Best-Value Pure Gaming Rig 1440p 144-165hz"

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

You could do that - absolutely. I only chose M.2 drives because they are very similar in price and may as well have the 'convenience' of M.2 rather than worrying about the additional cables.3

As for the storage itself, that's why I mentioned that OP may need more storage and to change it if needed. Everybody has different needs when it comes to storage.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "$2K Best-Value Pure Gaming Rig 1440p 144-165hz"

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

If this were my budget, I would do something like this.

I also game in 1440p 144hz but with an RTX 2070. The 2070 comes very close to achieving the full 144FPS around medium settings so I have no doubt that a 2080 SUPER could handle it with ease even at high/max quality settings.

  • Ryzen 5 3600. Fantastic CPU with about the best price-to-performance ratio. With a light overclock, you'd have a great CPU that is capable of gaming or more if you wanted to.

  • 16GB of 3600mhz RAM. No more than 16GB is really necessary and 3600mhz is the 'sweet spot' for Ryzen Zen 2 CPUs.

  • 480GB NVMe boot drive + 1TB SSD for games. You may require more storage, you may not need this much. Either way, SSDs have become so cheap, I would avoid an HDD.

  • RTX 2080 SUPER. Very powerful GPU.

  • NZXT H510i case. Very good, premium case.

  • Quality and reliable 650W fully modular PSU.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $194.00 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler $89.90 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte X570 GAMING X ATX AM4 Motherboard $169.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory $76.99 @ Newegg
Storage Corsair MP510 480 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $64.98 @ Amazon
Storage Intel 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $97.99 @ Walmart
Video Card MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB GAMING X TRIO Video Card $749.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT H510i ATX Mid Tower Case $99.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair RM (2019) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $99.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1643.82
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-05 11:37 EST-0500

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Opinion about this two configs"

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

Both are good options but I would personally lean towards the Ryzen build due to its flexibility in terms of what it is capable of. It certainly opens up more options if you ever end up streaming, editing, etc. Plus, it's mostly on-par with performance of the i5 so I wouldn't worry about that as much.

I don't believe an i7 would be worth it over an i5 since this is just a gaming PC. The i5 and Ryzen 5 are very strong performers.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "game's keep crashing!!!"

  • 25 days ago
  • 2 points

Sounds like a driver issue. I would use DDU to uninstall your current display drivers and start a fresh install of the latest driver.

https://www.guru3d.com/files-details/display-driver-uninstaller-download.html

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I need an upgrade"

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 point

Here's what I put together.

  • I agree with your choice of a Ryzen 5. It's perfect in terms of price-to-performance so I would definitely go there.

  • I disagree with your thought of RAID 0 SSD. That's unnecessary and won't benefit you unless transferring very large files. NVMe RAID 0 even more so. You just need a larger SSD with more cache.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor €143.89 @ Alternate Belgium
Motherboard Gigabyte B450 AORUS M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard €101.89 @ Alternate Belgium
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory €79.95 @ Bytes At Work
Storage Intel 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive €127.95 @ Bytes At Work
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total €453.68
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-22 16:09 CEST+0200

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What should I upgrade"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

You shouldn't have any issues running AAA titles with an 8400 and Vega 56??

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How is this build?"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I just built a PC similar to this a few months ago.

I honestly see nothing that requires attention. I think you've done a good job with choosing parts. Seems like a very well-rounded build. You'll have no issue with achieving 1080p60 for all titles.

The Focus G Mini supports the following and includes the following fans. If it comes with two 120mm fans for the front, I would only see the need to add 1 fan on the rear in order to exhaust air. I would try to find the Fractal Design Silent Series LL 120 mm White LED that way it all matches up.


Front: 2 x 120mm (2 x Fractal Design Silent Series LL 120 mm White LED Included) / 140mm

Top: 2 x 120mm / 140mm with filter

Bottom: 1 x 120mm / 140mm with filter (requires removal/relocation of HDD cage)

Rear: 1 x 120mm


As for the monitor, are you just wanting something simple? 1080p60 or would you be interested in a 144hz monitor? Sure, a 2060 wouldn't take advantage of the 144hz monitor but I still believe it makes a difference. Plus, you can get one for a pretty reasonable price.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Overclocking RAM with Asrock B450M Pro4"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hmm.

My only thought is that the B450 Pro4 memory controller(s) simply are not up for the task of 3000+ mhz on a dual channel configuration. Still not sure why ASRock would claim such a feat if they know it isn't capable of doing so. I mean, it's listed as one of the top features on the webpage for that board. "Supports DDR4 3200+ (OC)"

When you're attempting an overclock, are you manually entering voltages and timings or are you simply attempting to set XMP/DOCP?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "money sink"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

No worries, it's easy to do! Spending just a couple bucks more for faster RAM is definitely worth it considering your CPU choice. B-Die is the best for overclocking/setting XMP (or DCOP) but honestly if you won't be doing that, tight timings and fast speed is simply all you need. I always suggest setting XMP at the least though. That way you get the advertised speed because RAM will never automatically go to its advertised speed unless that specific RAM (by model number) is listed on the motherboard QRL list.

For your uses, I really don't think the amount of cache would make a huge difference. Yes! You want some cache, but I wouldn't put a ton of thought and research into it. It's almost difficult to 'fill' an SSDs cache to the point where it begins to throttle (especially if said SSD has a lot of cache) and if you all you'll be doing is gaming, editing and of course, general computer use, I can't imagine that you'll run into a scenario where you fill it up and it slows down.

Now, you should probably know that the 660P is cheap for a reason. The 660P uses QLC NAND so its performance scales with the remaining amount of storage. Basically, the fuller it gets, the slower it gets but you won't actually see a performance difference until about 80% capacity and more. I use a similar SSD in my PC but since it's my boot drive and I have a secondary for my game library, I'm only utilizing like 30% of my 512GB so this doesn't affect me and I consistently get NVMe speeds when transfering files.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Amazon Won't Sell Me A Keyboard..."

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hmm. Not sure what's going on then. I've actually had pretty decent customer support from Amazon unlike others. Might be worth just a few moments of your time to see if you can instant message or call about it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Amazon Won't Sell Me A Keyboard..."

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Colorado here. Proceeding to order seems to work just fine for me. My guess is some stupid/weird state regulation. Maybe use another source such as eBay?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Budget gaming PC build"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Here you go. Should meet your requirements just fine! You mention wanting the OS to be W10 so I assume you don't have the OS yet. In that case, you'll have to add about $120 to your list unfortunately.

Not sure how the 2400G will handle video editing. That's a pretty daunting task for a quad-core CPU but as long as it's not professional work and if you aren't trying to edit 4K60 video, I still feel comfortable suggesting this CPU.

To turn this build from 'good' to 'great' I would consider upgrading to 16GB of RAM and adding a GPU down the line. Something like a RX 580, 1660 Ti, 2060, etc. That would allow you to basically play whatever you want at at least 60 FPS.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor $120.90 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $74.99 @ Amazon
Memory Patriot Viper 4 Blackout 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $39.98 @ Newegg
Storage ADATA Ultimate SU800 256 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $34.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate BarraCuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.47 @ Walmart
Case Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case $39.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $55.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $411.31
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-14 17:09 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "money sink"

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I think that considering the games you play, the 2400G would be sufficient in providing at least a 720p60 experience. It should be capable of 1080p60 quite easily, maybe not at maxed out settings but around medium for sure.

There are tons of benchmarks and videos based on 2400G performance. Just take a look and see if it meets your requirements. You can always invest in an GPU later down the road when you need/want an upgrade in gaming performance.

  • You will definitely want faster RAM considering you'll be using an APU. 3000mhz at least, preferably 3200mhz. I found 3000mhz for only a couple more bucks.

  • Changed out the SSD. I don't believe you need a 970. I got you a 660P which is still NVMe so it's very quick, but a 'budget' SSD. Will serve your purposes just fine.

  • You chose a mid-tower ATX case but had a micro-atx MoBo. That's fine but the MoBo will look very small inside. I swapped to a premium micro-atx case but you're welcome to keep the P400S - I would just switch to an ATX motherboard if you do that.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor $121.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI B450M GAMING PLUS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $99.99 @ Amazon
Memory Patriot Viper 4 Blackout 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $39.98 @ Newegg
Storage Intel 660p Series 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $62.49 @ B&H
Case Fractal Design Define Mini C TG MicroATX Mid Tower Case $87.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA BQ 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $64.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $476.44
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-14 17:05 EDT-0400

Comment reply on cags's Completed Build: Stinger

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

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Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ideas"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

You should post the list right away otherwise your topic will get lost and you probably won't get a response.

If what you're talking about is your saved part list 'My Custom Build', it looks pretty good. Pretty awesome value.

My only two gripes would be the PSU and monitor.

  • The PSU is non-modular meaning that it will have all of the cables permanently soldered to it. So, there will most definitely be cables that you may not use and will have to stuff in the back somewhere. I almost always suggest at least semi-modular for convenience. I also haven't seen the greatest reviews on this unit. Doesn't seem to have the greatest reliability which could pose a serious issue later on if it decides to fail. PSUs can get expensive but they certainly aren't something to mess with. I typically stick with Corsair, EVGA, SeaSonic, Whisper, etc.

  • The monitor isn't even 1080p and while it's your choice, you probably will regret that decision once you see the image quality. 1080p monitors can be very cheap, even if you must buy a pre-owned one locally or on eBay, I would suggest that instead.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "new pc 2019/20"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Did you really have a PC with a liquid cooled 8700K, Z390 board, 250GB NVMe with a GT710?

If so, are you not gaming? What will your uses be for a $2,000 PC?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "what to do"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point
  • Use it as a backup for your main PC.

  • Buy a 3.5" enclosure and turn it into a 4TB portable hard drive.

  • Maybe you have an Xbox or something that needs more storage. Maybe a friend or family member's PC needs more storage.

  • Maybe you have interest in building a NAS storage system for movies, music, network files, etc.

  • Or just properly dispose of it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Needs help in assembling a pc"

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

There are TONS of videos and tutorials you can watch on YouTube for the process of building a PC.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhX0fOUYd8Q

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHY6ygHj80c

And after you build it, here's a couple of setup videos.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbpqkiaO7q4

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First draft for my first pc build, please come with recommendations"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Oh gotcha. Sounds good, seems like you have a pretty solid PC then.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First draft for my first pc build, please come with recommendations"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Looks pretty good!

  • The Hyper 212 is a good cooler but it won't be able to keep up with a lot of overclocking and that's one of the great things about the i5. If you don't have interest in OCing, the Hyper will do just fine. Otherwise, I would look into a beefier cooler or an AIO to keep temps low. The cooler that i included in the list below is WAY overkill but there's no doubt it will keep the i5 cool even if you OC to something like 5GHz. You also can't beat the price of the Mugen 5 as your next good mainstream cooler will run twice the price and an AIO even more.

  • If you can get 2666mhz or even 3000mhz RAM for a similar price, I would do that. RAM speed doesn't really matter with an Intel build but just something to consider.

  • As for the PSU, just get something that is reliable, well known and at least semi-modular. I always suggest Corsair, EVGA or SeaSonic. Those are some of the best brands. For wattage, you don't really need anything more than 550W even if you do OC, however, you might consider 650W if you think you'll upgrade either the CPU/GPU at some point.

Non-modular is a PSU that has ALL cables permanently soldered. Semi-modular is a PSU that has the 24-pin power connection permanently soldered to the PSU. Fully modular doesn't have any cables soldered.

You certainly don't want a non-modular PSU otherwise you will end up with a bunch of cables that you don't actually need, therefor, you will have to cram all of it behind the case. It's often a nightmare to say the least.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor $236.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Scythe Mugen 5 Rev. B 51.17 CFM CPU Cooler $48.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte Z390 GAMING X ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $139.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $59.99 @ Amazon
Storage Crucial MX500 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $107.99 @ Adorama
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card $279.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $943.83
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-07 13:30 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "new setup need some thoughts"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point
  • For a gaming build, a Ryzen 5 3600 / 3600X would perform better. Zen 2 is far better for gaming than previous generations. Also, the T2 cooler wouldn't be much better than the stock cooler that the 2700X comes with, plus it doesn't have RGB.

  • 32GB of RAM is rather overkill. 16GB will be more than enough. You will also want to increase RAM speed. I would suggest 3600mhz if you go with a Zen 2 CPU, otherwise 3000/3200 is just fine. Ryzen thrives off of fast RAM and 2400 would not cut it.

  • Just throwing this out there but for the price, the AMD 5700 XT outperforms the 2070 and even competes with the RTX 2080 Super in some cases. It's also cheaper.

  • I would definitely get a better power supply. The one that you chose looks a bit sketchy to me due to lack of reviews and also the price. The PSU is certainly not something to cheap out on. I would suggest nothing less than a Corsair, EVGA, SeaSonic or Whisper PSU.

  • I would also suggest a better case just because of your budget and the hardware that will be inside but that's purely up to you. I know it can be hard finding a case that still supports an optical drive. Maybe an external one would be something to consider that way you could get a relatively new and more premium case?

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $194.79 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI B450 Gaming Plus ATX AM4 Motherboard $96.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory $85.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital WD Blue 2 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $224.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Constellation ES 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $71.49 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB Video Card $489.99 @ Newegg
Case DIYPC TG8 ATX Mid Tower Case $57.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply BitFenix Whisper M 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $94.57 @ Amazon
Optical Drive LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $54.08 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $99.95 @ Amazon
Case Fan Masscool BLD-12025V1R 60 CFM 120 mm Fan $6.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1477.71
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-07 12:28 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1st attempt at building a PC"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, enjoy and have fun. Get yourself a DisplayPort cable so you can take advantage of that 144hz.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1st attempt at building a PC"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

No worries, more than likely that is your issue with the display. You made a wise choice building your own but it's most definitely a learning experience. You'll get it down soon enough, it's actually quite easy - just a little intimidating at first.

You'll definitely find the ports on the side of the GPU. Sometimes they have small plugs to keep out dust and what not. I typically leave these in besides the port(s) that I'm using. That could be why you didn't see them.

It won't require the same cables because one looks like a 4+2 and the other a 3+2. Again, those should have come with the PSU but for the 4+2, you might have a split cable. One end will obviously plug into the PSU and the other end will be a 2+2 with another 2+2 piggybacked on. If that makes sense... lol.

Like this (picture 4)

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16812304069?Description=psu%20cables&cm_re=psu_cables-_-12-304-069-_-Product

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New laptop !"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Check this list out. For your uses, you don't need much honestly. I set some filters to only show laptops with fairly recent and good hardware. I have no clue what price point you're looking for. Obviously a laptop can range anywhere from $200 to $3,000.

I would suggest something with at least 8GB of RAM, 8th gen i5 or better, something with an SSD+HDD configuration and then you'll want to do further research on things such as battery life, screen quality, weight, etc. Most importantly, do research on reviews. Browse further than NewEgg. Use Google, Amazon, eBay, etc.

For your 'simple games', as long as you have a good CPU with decent onboard graphics and a decent amount of cores and threads, you should be okay. Like I said, I have no clue what your budget is but if you spend upwards of around $750, you could get a laptop with a dedicated GPU and have the ability to venture past 'simple games' and start playing mainstream AAA titles if you wanted to. I would suggest no less than a 1050 Ti if you decide to go that route.

https://www.newegg.com/p/pl?N=100167748%20601303704%20601303722%20601323887%20601333386%20601343206%20600553906%20600553907%20600553908%20600004804%20600136700%20600165638%20600337010%20600440394%20601183480&Order=PRICE

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1st attempt at building a PC"

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

My monitor has a single hdmi cord that I plug into the back of the computer. Some people have suggested to plug that cord into the GPU? I see no way of doing that. My only thought is that I could move my USB blue cord to the other spot on the motherboard to see if that is the issue.

So, yes, your HDMI cable needs to go from the monitor directly into the GPU. Ryzen does not have integrated graphics of any kind so of course, you will not get any display signal if the HDMI is plugged into the motherboard rather than the GPU. I am confused about how you mention that 'you see no way of doing that' as the backside of your GPU has (I believe) 2x HDMI and 2x DisplayPort. Which, btw, you're going to want to use DisplayPort if you want your monitor to push a full 144HZ. HDMI isn't capable of doing so.

I do have some confusion though. My Radeon 5700 xt has pin connectors.

Also, yes, you will want to plug in all of the cables. Those pin-connections you're looking at on your GPU is for power delivery. PCIe doesn't provide enough power for that GPU to run so it requires an additional connection. All required cables should be included with your PSU.

I made the same mistake in my first build which had a Ryzen CPU. I built everything before my GPU came in and I was up all night, freaking out because my monitor had no signal. I must've messed with it for 3 or 4 hours until I decided to post my issue on the forums here and going to bed. Woke up with an answer.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I need help with part list folders?"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Simply drag and drop. You'll see three little bars on the left-hand side of each list. Just pick it up and toss into a folder.

Comment reply on customgtp's Completed Build: Red Bull Mini Fridge PC (2 of 4) Diamond Plate Infinity Mirror

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

You will surely be featured soon. Fantastic job on everything. I can really see the passion with everything you've done.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Linux Developer Build | $700-$900 Budget | Help!"

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Here's what i put together. GPU might be overkill and you really cannot beat the 2700X at that price so I stuck with the same CPU.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor $194.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte B450 AORUS M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $81.89 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $73.98 @ Newegg
Storage Corsair MP510 480 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $76.99 @ Corsair
Video Card PowerColor Radeon RX 570 4 GB Red Devil Video Card $159.99 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design Focus G Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case $58.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $716.82
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-03 10:57 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Second drive"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

There are plenty of articles and videos on the process, however, I've followed this one in the past.

https://www.easeus.com/todo-backup-resource/transfer-os-to-new-hard-drive.html

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Second drive"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Kind of depends. To answer your question, you do not need an OS installed on every drive in your system. Just one - your primary boot drive.

However, your OS should be installed on your fastest drive. So if, for example, you were using a HDD and just now got an SSD, I would personally transfer it over to the SSD and change the boot priority. If this is the case, that will make a world of difference.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First Build AMD 3700X under £2,000"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! Few suggestions:

  • While the Mugen 5 is one of the best coolers for the price, it's pretty overkill. The 3700X doesn't have much overclocking headroom so you shouldn't really need a massive cooler for it even if you were planning to OC. The stock cooler will be sufficient but you're also welcome to go with a smaller aftermarket cooler if you wanted to. The Mugen is massive.

  • You might look at 3600mhz RAM. That's the 'sweet spot' for Zen 2 CPUs. Depending on what you're doing, it could benefit you. I only consider this as an option if pricing is reasonable. Don't do it if 3600 costs way more.

  • You might also look at motherboards with built in WIFI. For one, it will look way cleaner not having an adapter but often enough, a motherboard with WIFI will often cost as much as a motherboard + WIFI adapter. Just something to consider.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Can someone look over my build and tell me if there is anything I can improve on?"

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Looks good.

CPU

For a strictly gaming PC, you're definitely best off with the R5 3600 vs the 2700X or even 2600. Ryzen Zen 2 CPUs (3rd gen I.E 3600) are far better for gaming vs previous generations. You'll often see a pretty drastic FPS difference when comparing the generations. Plus, I believe only a few games utilize more than 6 cores so a 2700X wouldn't really benefit you at all unless you were streaming. Even then, it's the thread count that helps you - not core count. Stick with the 3600.

Cooler

You could ditch the cooler for now. If you're really needing to save a few bucks on the up-front cost, the 3600 comes with a cooler that will certainly get you by for a while. Just don't overclock until you upgrade. That's what I did with my current 2700X build. Stuck with the stuck cooler until I had enough saved for an AIO.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which desk should I use?"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Whatever works best for you!

No worries.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which desk should I use?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I never got used to my keyboard tray. I didn't like it for some reason. Ended up removing it and placing my keyboard/mouse on top.

Anyways, I don't own any of these desks so I can't speak for their durability and sturdiness. I would personally choose the one that has the best reviews because that will provide the most useful information. Make sure to look at other sources as well. Not just Amazon reviews.

From an aesthetic standpoint, I personally like Desk 3 the most.

Comment reply on ProbablyProdigy's Completed Build: Semi-Budget Gaming PC

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, it's not exactly capable of pushing 144 FPS so spending a bunch of money on a 144hz or higher monitor would be kind of senseless unless you plan to make a significant GPU upgrade to something like the 5700 XT, RTX 2070 or even a GTX 1080. Those are the cards you would want in order to take full advantage of such a refresh rate. Especially if you were wanting high or maxed-out quality settings.

However, 144hz monitors have dramatically reduced in the price over the last few years so if a 144hz fits the budget, you may as well. Just know that the 1660 Ti won't come close to giving you the full experience. My link below will bring you to all 1080p 144hz monitors. Otherwise, a simple 1080p60 monitor would be a good option. Better yet, you could get a 75hz panel with Freesync and at least take advantage of that.

https://pcpartpicker.com/products/monitor/#r=192001080&D=144000&sort=price&page=1

Comment reply on Forum Topic "A Cpu For Streaming"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Here's what I put together. I didn't utilize the entire budget because I was unsure if you needed an OS, however, you're more than welcome to upgrade or change things around but this will provide you with a great starting point.

  • R7 2700. Awesome 8 core / 16 thread CPU which is far more than capable of gaming and streaming. Not the newest generation of Ryzen CPUs but you really can't beat the price.

  • Quality B450 motherboard with 16GB of RAM.

  • 500GB SSD + 1TB HDD

  • 5700XT. Pretty powerful card for the price. Beats the 2070 SUPER in nearly every category and even competes with the 2080 SUPER in some instances for half the cost.

  • Meshify C. One of the best premium cases for the price.

  • 650W fully modular and very reliable PSU.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 2700 3.2 GHz 8-Core Processor $179.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $73.99 @ Amazon
Memory Team Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $67.99 @ Newegg
Storage ADATA Ultimate SU800 512 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $57.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate BarraCuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $43.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB Video Card $399.99 @ B&H
Case Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case $104.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $99.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1028.71
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-09-14 18:14 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Part list for my first ever build (Machine Learning & learning Unity3D)"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, the noise of the stock cooler was a bit much for me. It tends to get a little loud when ramping up. Then again, my PC sits on top of my desk no more than 1ft from me. Purely up you. There are plenty of $30-40 coolers that are much quieter and perform just as well if not better than the stock cooler.

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