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Comment reply on Forum Topic "1440p 144hz v 2160p 60hz"

  • 16 minutes ago
  • 1 point

In games that focuses more on cinematic and slower paced game play those would look best on 4k 60hz. For really high paced games such as competitive first person shooters the speed of 144hz tends to be a decent advantage. The faster you can react to something the better chance you have to winning in that situation.

It depends on both games and preferences. However I would still get the 1440p 144hz because I can still use AA to smooth it out and depending on monitor size may be hard to tell the difference from that and 4k.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Warranties on Components"

  • 2 hours ago
  • 1 point

Do not buy a warranty on a Noctua cooler. They already have a really good manufacturer warranty and they just don't die either. They have some of the best build quality in the industry. Retailers selling warrantys is often a cash grab by them. I look for a strong warranty from the manufacturer as it shows they have confidence in their product being good and if I am unlucky I still have that warranty to take up on.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "A question about Ryzen 3400G video editing performance."

  • 4 hours ago
  • 1 point

If you are using the igpu to render your game it will not have the power to also encode your stream. When it uses the igpu it does not have a separate encoder and actually uses the GPU cores to process it which your games will be using. If doing pure CPU encoding I have done that on my r7 1800x and it easily takes a full 6 core 12 threads of processing to keep up 1080p 60hz. That left 2 cores 4 threads for the game. No way a 4 core CPU can keep up with that.

If you want to stream you NEED to have a video card in the system. If you get a video card it will have its own dedicated encoder built in as to not take much from the game and the igpu becomes pointless for a single livestream but it will still be helpful to have the added cores for games that can use more than 4 cores. Using a GPU encoder does alleviate much of the strain on the CPU but not entirely which is why most people suggest 6 cores when streaming too as to not take too much from the game.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is it worth upgrading from a kraken x62 to an x72 or other 3 fan radiator"

  • 7 hours ago
  • 1 point

If temps never even hit 60c then there is zero reason to upgrade the cooler. I was only thinking if you were getting close to 100c.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ryzen OR Intel"

  • 16 hours ago
  • 1 point

Well at $100 that is a good deal on that dell display, normally it is around $140. For $100 that is bottom barrel for pickings.

If you want a 144hz screen that has freesync for ~150 this Dell S2419HGF 24.0" is a good pick. The monitor I use myself is this one. They are high framerate freesync displays and are TN panels. Though a decent 1440p display will be too much over budget. If you are firm on the $100 limit for the monitor that dell one you linked might just be the best option for the price.

As for combo deals at microcenter you have to walk into one and see what they are offering. I am in Canada so there is no microcenters anywhere near me as I would have to fly to the US to get to one. Unfortunately I can't really check microcenter deals, I just know they have some of the best deals on cpu/motherboard combos. Best bet is to take your part list into the store and have them help you see what they can do to get the same power but for cheaper. The extra money saved can go to the monitor fund for a better display.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ryzen OR Intel"

  • 17 hours ago
  • 1 point

If you have a microcenter near by you might get even better deals for CPU+motherboard combo deals and such. I am not sure about that monitor. It looks like it will work and Dell usually makes decent displays. Doesn't have freesync but I suppose that isn't as much of a want for a 60hz display like it would be for a 144hz screen. 24" is a good size and is about the same size as my current screen. Though the Sims 4 might look better on a 1440p if you can manage to snag one! Those 2 builds over total overkill anyhow so 1440p should be easy.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ryzen OR Intel"

  • 17 hours ago
  • 1 point

Here is the Intel version of the $950 build:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-9400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor $142.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 74.34 CFM CPU Cooler $19.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock B365M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $78.99 @ Amazon
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $59.99 @ Amazon
Storage ADATA SU635 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $47.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB GAMING Video Card $329.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Define Mini C TG MicroATX Mid Tower Case $82.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CX (2017) 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $69.98 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $99.99 @ Best Buy
Case Fan Fractal Design X2 GP-12 (White) 52.3 CFM 120 mm Fan $12.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $945.79
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-20 21:59 EDT-0400

Same points as the other one and will perform within a couple of % in performance as the AMD build. You simply can't go wrong with getting either one as you will get about the same gaming experience on both.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ryzen OR Intel"

  • 18 hours ago
  • 1 point

If your budget is $950 you can build a PC that can run any modern game at high settings @ 1080p if not 1440p for many.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $133.00 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 74.34 CFM CPU Cooler $19.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $69.99 @ Amazon
Memory Team T-Force Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $65.99 @ Newegg
Storage ADATA SU635 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $47.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB GAMING Video Card $329.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Define Mini C TG MicroATX Mid Tower Case $82.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CX (2017) 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $69.98 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $99.99 @ Best Buy
Case Fan Fractal Design X2 GP-12 (White) 52.3 CFM 120 mm Fan $12.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $932.90
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-20 21:55 EDT-0400

This includes spending extra on a case to get a nice one with tempered glass and an extra back 120mm fan. Added a bit better air cooler than the stock cooler to give better boost clocks when using XFR 2.0. I will also reply back with the Intel version of this build too in a moment.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ryzen OR Intel"

  • 18 hours ago
  • 1 point

I think what you may be referring to is a common issue with any type of sandbox style game where you get enough going the game engine itself takes a dump and causes horrendous FPS drops. Keep in mind better hardware is a small band aid and does not fix the problem and will still have FPS drops in those settings. Another good example is detonate a city sized mass of TNT in minecraft and holy hell you can basically crash the best computer in the world with that lol.

A modest CPU today and a decent mid range GPU will be more than ample to max out considering the "recommended hardware" that is listed for the sims 4. They recommend you use at least an i5-750 CPU to have a good playing experience. The r3-1200 CPU at stock speeds is FAR more powerful than that old i5. Intel did not have its huge IPC jump until the 2000 series i-core CPUs so clock for clock the r3-1200 is still MUCH faster and icing on the cake it clocks faster too. The r3-1200 which can be had for like $60 these days is more than ample to run SIMS 4.

Here is the average benchmark scores between the i5-750 and a r3-2200g (like the 1200 but has an igpu). The r3 CPU was double the power. Keep in mind the 1200 and 2200g have about the same OC caps.

The reason I was suggesting an even MORE powerful CPU of a r5-2600 or i5-9400f is in case you get bored of the sims and want to play a more modern game that can use the extra power. It is 100% complete overkill for the Sims 4 but is very reasonable if you want to play a more modern games.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What can I do to my old DELL Dimension E521 to make it a gaming pc?"

  • 19 hours ago
  • 2 points

That is a surprisingly good build for that kind of money Mark, even has 16gb of 3200mhz ram and a 512gb ssd in that budget! Couple years ago people would have called that insane.... Cheapest workable CPU available and gives plenty of room for future upgrades with that choice on motherboard. Though likely OP will not have to upgrade anything from this for fortnite or minecraft as this hardware should be more than enough to max it out at 1080p.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ryzen OR Intel"

  • 19 hours ago
  • 1 point

As far in the latest titles 3rd gen Ryzen and overclocking Intels are really close now. Many factors goes into which is best but you really can't go wrong with either of them. Now the Sims can basically run on a potato so building a top end gaming PC for that is just a total waste. It is like buying a transport truck to deliver pizzas in unpractical overkill.

If you are looking at buying a new PC for gaming the midrange is actually really good now. A Ryzen r5-2600 or i5-9400f are solid choices for price to performance and are costing about the same and you won't be able to tell the difference performance wise in a blind side by side test. If you do get a newer game that can leverage more PC power then these mid range CPUs will still be able to keep up just fine.

For high end gaming I would compare the r5-3600 with the i5-9600k and the r7-3700x with the i9-9900k. When overclocked the Intels may still win out by a small margin but don't scoff at AMD considering the cost difference in the CPUs and how much performance they bring. Again I would not consider high end for the Sims but only if you may start playing more demanding titles that can take advantage of the hardware.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "A question about Ryzen 3400G video editing performance."

  • 21 hours ago
  • 1 point

I am not sure with the 3rd gen Ryzens but I know there was a patch for OBS to allow it to use the igpu in the 2200g and the 2400g CPU for encoding. Even with that you still need the core power to back it up to maintain a smooth stream frame rate and eliminate stutters. Also GPUs also have built in encoders too from nVidia and AMD. If you are using a GPU you really don't need the igpu from the CPU and a 3600 or even a 2700 (if at a good price) would make a much better choice for gaming+streaming. If you are going to use the igpu for gaming then you will not be able to use it to encode at all.

Is there a reason you are fixated on the R5 3400g? A r5 2600x is about the same price and has 6 cores 12 threads instead of 4c8t. Spend $45 more and get a r7-2700 for 8c16t. Either of those CPUs would handle your streaming much better than a 3400g. Also they will handel games that can use more than 4 cores better too even without streaming being tacked on top.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "case fans question"

  • 22 hours ago
  • 1 point

Depends on the controller if it can plug into a USB header on the motherboard or if it plugs into a RGB header on the board.

After looking into the Lighting Node PRO controller that comes with the 3 fan kit I linked it has a USB connector so you can use the Corsair software to control the lighting of the fans. It looks like it would just plug in to a free USB 2.0 header. If you do not have a free USB 2.0 header on the motherboard you can get a seperate micro USB cable and route it out the back of your PC and plug unto a back USB port.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which one of these GPUs is best?"

  • 22 hours ago
  • 1 point

The "EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER BLACK GAMING" card heat sink makes the card 2 slots wide while the "VGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB XC ULTRA GAMING" has a 3 PCI slot thickness for the cooler. Basically the cooler on the XC Ultra Gaming is a better cooler which may improve overclocking potential.

The "Asus GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB DUAL EVO OC Video Card" looks to be a 2.5 PCI slot width so it seems to be in between the other 2 cooler wise but it has the same GPU chip and vram as the other 2.

The 3rd card you linked is a weaker GPU and OC potential will not make up for the difference considering the others can OC too.

If you do not plan to OC the cards then the differences between them are going to be minor and you can pick what you think looks better and/or better fits your budget. If OC is a big thing to you I would get either card 1 or card 4 due to the better coolers that come with the cards.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "HELP! I’m graphics card stumped!"

  • 22 hours ago
  • 1 point

If it is a tiny ITX build depending on budget I would look into a GPU that has a blower style cooler where it blows all its heat out the back of the case. Tiny cases have a harder time fitting in ventilation and not dumping the GPU heat in a tiny case can make a huge difference.

Though a NZXT H200i case does have better airflow than most ITX cases so it may not matter as much compared to other cases like the fractal design node 202 and such.

As stated many times before what video card to get really depends on how much you are willing to spend on it. The logic with building gaming PCs is to get the best GPU you can afford. Within reason of course, I would never recommend putting yourself in bad debt over building yourself a gaming PC.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is it worth upgrading from a kraken x62 to an x72 or other 3 fan radiator"

  • 22 hours ago
  • 1 point

It is very hard to say right now if that is good or not. Is your other cooler functioning properly? What CPU and case do you have? What overclock are you trying to get to? What are your current under 100% load temps? The answer to your question will stem from those questions.

Say you have an i7-9700k and have it OC to 5.0 GHz now and are getting safe temps but don't have the thermal limit to hit 5.1 GHz where the higher end cooler might be able to I still think that is too high of cost per performance gain to make it worth while. In most possibilities I can think of I would not think the change would be worth it but if you run the PC in a hot room and a 280mm AIO can't keep the CPU under max temps even with a dialled back OC then that is the only thing I can think of.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "A question about Ryzen 3400G video editing performance."

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

If you use an external video in recorder like the Elgato HD60S the PC taking in that stream will still have to live encode it for upload. If you have a second PC to handle the stream while you game on your main PC then the CPU on the main PC will not matter for the livestream and just matter for the gameplay.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "A question about Ryzen 3400G video editing performance."

  • 1 day ago
  • 2 points

It is only a 4 core CPU so it is not my first pick on a CPU to handle gaming and live streaming. I would look for at least a 6 core CPU and preferably and 8 core for both gaming and live streaming from the same system. Modern games are already scaling with more than 4 cores already so pushing that on a 4 core then adding streaming on top of that may be too much.

As far as video editing it "can" do it just fine, it will be slower than the 6 and 8 core variations of that CPU. If you don't mind long rendering times it can still do the job.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Should I buy a renewed PSU"

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

I would spend the money on a good PSU for a system. refurbs and garbage PSUs reminds me of this:

https://imgur.com/a/sMtt8zB

The seasonic gold PSU Mark5916 linked is the one I was going to recommend as most PCs simply don't need more than 650w. Also it has a 7 year manufacturer warranty so it shows they have confidence that it will work.

If you absolutely need to get a 850w+ for running a 9900k+ 2 way SLI 2080 TI cards then don't cheap out on the PSU unless you are willing to risk thousands of dollars in hardware to save a few bucks. Also game support for SLI isn't around like it used to be years ago so scaling for it often tends to be very poor and just not supported in other games. Milage does vary from game to game though. A single good GPU is usually the way to go these days.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Intel or Ryzen for trading?"

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

Depends how much power all your programs needs. If they are as demanding as web browsers or office programs then even a cheap 4 core CPU can handle many programs at once. If you plan on gaming a nice 6 core CPU will work fine no matter if it is AMD or Intel. Some programs that need to do heavy CPU work like 3d modeling or video editing/converting work can usually benefit from more cores and by then even an 8 core CPU would usually be considered.

Considering the costs of 6 core CPUs these days even the r5-1600 is a super bargain CPU that should have decent power for what you want.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Mobo for 200GE"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Only thing wrong with the 1200 is that it lacks integrated graphics which I suspect OP must be looking for as the 200ge does not make a good gaming CPU even with a video card. The r3-2200g is $30 more than the 200GE and if OP has $100 budget for a board he has $20 left over after spending $80 on the B450M Pro4 board so then add $10 on his budget and he has himself a b450 chipset board and a 2200g he can OC. 4 cores 4 threads totally trumps 2 cores 4 threads any day.

If OP has an older cheap video card laying around or is planning on using one then yes the r3 1200 is the best budget option.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Mobo for 200GE"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Well let me just say this, AMD decided to lock the multiplier on the athlon 200ge which means it cannot be overclocked. Also the A320 chipset is the non overclocking chipset for AMD. Do NOT expect to be able to overclock with that setup even after doing a BIOS flash. You need a bare minimum of a r3-1200 or 2200g to be able to OC with a b450 chipset board. At least with that ASROCK board ImperiousBattlestar suggested you can put in up to an 8 core Ryzen and OC it too with the VRMs that are on that board.

I have the AB350M Pro4 board myself with a r7-1800x and it handles my CPU just fine being OC to 4.0 GHz @ 1.381v. From testing my CPU is pulling about 140-145w under full load through the VRMs. Both boards have the exact same VRMs and VRM heat sinks to keep them cool.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "9700k vs 9700kf"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

There is more than a single program that can make use of Intel Quick Sync but I do agree how many people that use it is few and far between. OBS (and other livestream programs) for example can use Intel Quick Sync for livestream encoding though almost all GPUs have their own encoders built in. That may be helpful for someone streaming to two different places at the same time. Say you want to livestream to twitch and youtube at the same time you need 2 seperate encoders to handle both streams. This way you are sharing the load of the work across different hardware.

IIRC there are also some ADOBE programs that can make use of Intel Quick Sync too.

As far as overclocking potential and the heat generated by the integrated graphics if it is disabled in the bios it generates no heat as it is no longer in use. The surface area that the 6 cores + cpu cache takes up in the chips is the same between both models. Basically if the igpu is disabled the thermal and power limits available to the cores is about the same. If someone really needs the igpu then it can have a tiny effect on those but having use of the igpu would be more than worth it in that case. If OP does not need the igpu then get whichever is cheaper as that saving in costs means better cost to performance.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "case fans question"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

The 4 pin PWM cable does NOT control RGB. One pin is 12v power, another is ground, 3rd pin for RPM detection, and the fourth pin is the pulse regulation that allows the motherboard to control its speed. 3 pin fans and headers are simply missing that fourth pin.

All RGB fans will have a seperate cable to control the RGB and usually you would get a RGB controller (especially for addressable) for them to use them. For example these 120mm x3 fan kit comes with its own controller so you can use the RGB with it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What cable to use to connect X-Box 360 controller to PC"

  • 3 days ago
  • 2 points

I got myself an XBOX One controller off amazon back in march for my PC. Though you are right having to go through AA batteries is lame but luckily you can easily get rechargeable battery packs for them. I got myself this battery pack as I only got myself a single controller and it came with a massively long USB cable (10' or longer, didn't measure) that will allow me to charge it while in use in case the battery dies while gaming. We are human after all so forgetting to charge the controller is something that can happen lol.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Anti static"

  • 3 days ago
  • 2 points

I would second what Eltech is stating here because PC components have gotten MUCH better at dealing with small static discharges than they used to have 20+ years ago. Generally you will not have a problem as long as you are careful with your build.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "X-Box One/PS4 controller for PC"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Windows natively supports xbox controllers (both made by microsoft) and ps4 controllers can work too. You may need to find a youtube guide on how to make PS4 to work with windows but it generally can be done without much issue.

As for wireless if your PC already has bluetooth both controllers can use that but if you don't have bluetooth then get a $10 bluetooth USB adaptor and plug it into a front USB port of your PC. On my main PC I use an xbox one controller with said bluetooth adaptor and I also use the same controller with my playstation classing using a special USB adaptor made for that. I recommend a front USB port as I found the metal in the case drastically reduces bluetooth range when plugged in the back.

Now if you truly want to cheap out like I did with my HTPC I got myself 2 PS3 controllers for like $25 CAD off amazon. I had to get a special bluetooth driver for my adaptor which means I can't use that adaptor for anything else as the first step to get it to work. Then there is another program that makes windows think it is an xbox controller so windows will recognise it.

In short PS3 controllers are a lot of work to setup, PS4 controllers have a little bit to do in order to set them up, xbox controllers are just pair with windows and use. When deciding on to use the PS4 or Xbox One controllers decide on cost vs comfort for use. Some people like PS4 controllers more and some people like xbox controllers more.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What screws to use to attach 120mm noctua fan as a 140mm?"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

The 4 mounting holes to mount that fan spacer to the case takes the exact same screws that normally screw a fan into those spots. Those screws are the same for all fan sizes from 80mm to 200mm PC fans.

That spacer is if your case only supports 140mm fans and you want to install 120mm fans in that spot. Normally there would be 4 holes in the case where those 4 screws go in that have the spacing for a 140mm fan.

http://www.enostech.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/20180605_160650-Copy-1080x675.jpg

That looks like you have the fan in the direction to exhaust the air out of the case. Those 4 hollow tubes in the corner of the brackets is where the screws go into from the case and the spacer goes between the case and the fan.

Generally cases will have the screw holes for both 120mm and 140mm if it supports 140mm and if you are installing that on a radiator I would have just recommended the 140mm fans for a 140mm or 280mm radiator.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Terabyte for backup?"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Generally I don't bother backing up steam games. If I have a PC crash I just reinstall my game client and re-download my games.

External storage is a good idea for a local backup incase something happens in your PC that takes out all internal drives. Such as a really bad power surge that fries the whole PC.

If you have files that are truly irreplaceable such as photographs and videos recorded you have taken then I would recommend off site backup too. That would protect against events where your local PC and all local backups gets destroyed all at once. You never know if you get a house fire or if a drunk driver blows up your house literally to where you lose everything at home. Don't say it will never happen! A good off site backup is a cloud backup service such as backblaze.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is there any point in upgrading anything in my system?"

  • 3 days ago
  • 2 points

Ahh okay, I saw it listed as G-Sync in OP's description so I didn't look it up lol. If it is freesync then it should not matter if it is nvidia or AMD.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help with aio USB cable"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Perhaps something like this may help:

https://www.amazon.ca/StarTech-com-USBMBADAPT-6-Inch-Female-Motherboard/dp/B000IV6S9S/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=USB+header+to+USB&qid=1566089082&s=gateway&sr=8-3

https://www.amazon.ca/AmazonBasics-Male-Micro-Cable-Black/dp/B0711PVX6Z/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=Micro+USB+cable+3ft&qid=1566089257&s=gateway&sr=8-6

Get that then get a regular micro USB cable to connect into that then the other end in your AIO. Just plug the header adaptor into the bottom of the board and route it to the back of the motherboard tray as close to the plug as possible to hide the wire. 3 feet should be more than long enough.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "trade cpu"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

I would return the motherboard and look into a b365 chipset motherboard instead. The b250 chipset was for kabylake CPUs like the i5-7400 which is a rather large downgrade from your i5-9400f. Lower clock speeds and 2 less cores.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "9700k vs 9700kf"

  • 3 days ago
  • 2 points

They are basically the same CPU but the kf is lacking integrated graphics. IPC, Clock speeds, Core and thread count, etc are all the exact same otherwise.

The 0.2% speed difference you see may just be the margin of error so I would not be concerned about that. Since you plan on using a video card with the build I would just get whichever of the 2 is cheaper unless you have an actual reason to need integrated graphics.

Just think of it as the same thing as the differences between the i5-9400f and the i5-9400. Same thing with the IGPU being removed on the f version.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is there any point in upgrading anything in my system?"

  • 3 days ago
  • 2 points

There will be an almost non noticeable increase of speed going from 2400 to 2666. I would not think a 1-2 FPS max gain would be worth the cost.

The only thing I would potentially upgrade is the GPU but that said it depends on the games you play and how happy you are with the performance you have now. A RTX 2060 is able to play a number of games at reasonable settings for 1440p. Sure really GPU demanding newer games may struggle at high/ultra settings for a good framerate but it depends if you play any of those titles and if you really want those settings. A RTX 2070 is a bit of a gain over a 2060 but as you already have the 2060 I would not spend the money on the 2070. I would use the 2060 for a couple more years and see what is out then and for the same money get a much larger boost.

As a big recommendation do not get an AMD GPU to pair with a G-Sync display. They are only able to use Freesync so you will lose that feature. Frame Sync ability is an awesome thing for a gamer to have to limit any kind of stutters and frame tearing when your GPU can't push out 144+ fps at all times. No matter the hardware game engines can cause frame dips below 60 fps even with some games so don't count on 144+fps 100% of the time on 100% of the games even with an i9-9900k/r7-3700x with SLI RTX 2080 TIs.

Keep in mind if you upgrade the CPU to a k skew CPU then you will also need to spend ~30 on a budget tower cooler as those CPUs do not come with a stock cooler. Again the performance gain will not be much as there is no IPC gain and just a small gain in clock speeds. You get a single core boost speed increase of 500mhz and without an OC chipset the biggest factor of the i5-9600k is lost. Again the cost per FPS gain is really high here so not a cost I would think is worth it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Overclocking i7 7700k"

  • 4 days ago
  • 2 points

I would start by setting the frequency to 4.7 GHz which is reasonable for that CPU and cooler. It will be unstable at first but slowly increase voltage on the CPU by like 0.01v at a time. I would avoid going over 1.35v if you want to be careful but starting at 1.2v is a good place to start.

To test it just get the trial version of AIDA64 and run the system stability test. From there you can monitor temps and force a 100% load on the CPU. For this test to count as a stable and good overclock it must be able to run for several hours without crashing and for comfortable temps on the CPU to not go over 80c. If it has a temp spike over 80 that isn't much of a worry but as long as it is stable at or below 80c.

If the CPU is still unstable you need more voltage. If you are at your voltage cap or thermal limit then you need to lower the overclock. If you get a stable 4.7GHz and have lots of voltage/thermal room try 4.8GHz and so on. With enough cooling most i7-7700k cps could hit 4.9-5.0 GHz depending on silicon lotto. You do want to run at the lowest possible voltage that is stable for your desired overclock target.

The Dark Rock 3 is not a terrible air cooler, it is actually quite good. It would be a cooler I would trust some overclocking to. If you are lucky on the silicon lotto you may achieve 5.0 GHz with that cooler but I would suspect at least 4.7 should be achievable.

Just remember the 2 things that kills CPUs is voltage and heat. CPUs will self throttle and even shut itself off if heat is too high so that is harder to instantly fry your CPU with. Voltage if too high can instantly cook a CPU so as long as you stay under a voltage cap then you won't have to worry about frying your CPU.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Anybody know where I can find SSD M.2 screw/standoff?"

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https://www.amazon.com/Michaelia-Standoff-Drives-motherboard-screwdriver/dp/B07D6G9XXL/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=m.2+screw&qid=1565992320&s=gateway&sr=8-4

Well online ordering won't be asap but that might be a backup with you can't find any local PC shops that can sell you them. Chances are you should have no issue walking into just about any PC place and buying some locally. M.2 is not rare technology these days.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New to upgrading, anything i'm missing?"

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I would go with a b450 chipset board if you can. The Asrock B450m Pro4 (micro ATX) or B450 Pro4 (atx) is a solid choice. Would offer better longer term support due to better VRMs in case you upgrade a few years down the road.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Crazy CPU Temps Reported By Hardware Monitor"

  • 5 days ago
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79c is a safe temp for that CPU for a max load temp. Nothing I would even worry about.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Don't drink and drive..."

  • 5 days ago
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That was in Ontario Canada. Gas is underground but comes up right next to the house so it can go through a meter to measure usage. That is what the drunk driver hit.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Pc gaming and next gen consoles"

  • 8 days ago
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Well aside from the power in the consoles the other part is to look into is costs of games and what games you wanted to play. I take plenty advantage of steam sales and such for example to get games for much cheaper. Consoles may have like $500 worth of hardware and sell for $400 because they get their money back on game sales. Thus console games on average are more expensive than PC games. Consoles are also more evenly matched power wise between different players in a competitive pvp game but on PC games players can be at a disadvantage or advantage depending on the hardware. Big difference playing on a potato compared to a proper gaming rig. There are also several other differences too.

I prefer PC gaming over console myself so if it was my choice I would just do PC. If you do enjoy your consoles then game on! Just never pre-order any hardware as we don't know how good it will be until after launch and proper testing. That goes for any PC hardware or game consoles. Others had well detailed the issues with consoles and the difficulties of hitting 4k on modestly priced hardware.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Pc gaming and next gen consoles"

  • 8 days ago
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Keep in mind if you are planning on buying your computer in over a year from now anyways newer and more powerful hardware will be out then too. With the rumors on power with nothing verified for the consoles we can't compare unknown numbers with other unknown numbers.

Since you don't plan to buy right away anyhow just wait and see how good they are after they launch then decide then.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Micro SD card recoverable?"

  • 8 days ago
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Problem with Data recovery services is that they tend to be costly and it is still not guaranteed. If the silicon that held your data is cracked and not just the traces on the board it may be impossible to get the data back. If the memory silicon is intact then it may be possible.

Best of luck on your data recovery though.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Coolermaster 212"

  • 9 days ago
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I can imagine a modest OC may be doable but I do not expect to push a max OC on that CPU with one. I would suspect it should be fine if he OCs all 6 cores to the same speed as the max single core turbo and stay within reasonable thermals.

Again there are other coolers that are better than the 212 these days but the 212 is the original value cooler.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Storage for backups, which hard drive is the most reliable?"

  • 9 days ago
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Well generally hard drives are reliable enough but because they are mechanical devices there is always a chance for failure early on no matter how well built it is. Even if the drive is perfect it will fail in the event of a house fire. Either one of those drives you linked should do a good job but even though an online cloud backup is slower (can schedule to backup overnight for example) it will protect for the worst case scenario. Getting your files back slowly is much more preferable to permanently losing them if they are very important files.

This also solves the "which separate building am I going to use?" if it is an online cloud backup. There is also nothing saying you can't do local and cloud backups at the same time. That is a good idea in case of hardware failure you have access to a fast restore from local backups but the redundancy of offsite too.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Hard drugs and legality."

  • 9 days ago
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But if you look across countries and places that have legalized things like cannabis, you'll realize that usage did't really go that much further than it already was,

I was under the impression this was for the hard drugs, cannabis isn't a hard drug and I am in Canada where it is now legal. Making crack, meth, cocaine, etc legal will not reduce usage rates.

Hard drugs and legality.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Rig for my Wife!"

  • 10 days ago
  • 2 points

If there will be no gaming why would you be concerned over 144hz? Typically any videos played will be at 60fps tops and word processing you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between 15 fps and super high FPS due to the lack of moving content.

The igpu in the i5-8400 can handle 4k high def at 30 fps and 1440p at 60 fps. If you want 4k 60 fps you would need HDMI 2.0 instead of 1.4 so a cheap GPU like a GT 1030 would do the trick.

Just for the aspect of watching movies I would look towards an IPS 60hz screen for better colour accuracy and viewing angles to enjoy movies more. Don't spend extra on high refresh rate for better gaming reaction times if there will not be any serious gaming to start with. You won't even need freesync or gsync either as not playing games to take advantage of it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "HDMI from a GPU rx 570 carry sound?"

  • 10 days ago
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Yes, HDMI does carry sound. I can't see why a RX 570 would be any different than any previous AMD card that had an HDMI port on it previously. For a TV you will not have any issue.

For monitors that have built in speakers they can vary from TVs were the speakers may require an audio cable from your audio jack on the motherboard and not take sound from HDMI. That has nothing to do with the video card but the design of the monitor. Again it depends on how the monitor is made.

Right now I got my HTPC system plugged into my TV with HDMI and it does carry sound to my TV over the HDMI cable and it currently has my RX 470 GPU in it now.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "My GPU died..."

  • 10 days ago
  • 2 points

Well you can buy just about any GPU for your PC. If 1080p is your goal then perhaps something like a GTX 1660 TI might be a good fit. Realistically either an 8GB RX 570 all the way up to a RTX 2060 or RX 5700 would all be logical upgrades for your build. All depends on how much budget you have for a GPU. I would not go any higher on the GPU for a 1080p build (even high refresh rate)

https://pcpartpicker.com/products/compare/qkx2FT,HT8j4D,74Dkcf/

The i7-4470 isn't a terrible CPU and should be able to game on still. For RAM try and find used DDR3 for cheap as it is not a worthwhile investment for long term. DDR3 cannot be used in a future build later on. If you get yourself a good GPU now and say in a year build a new PC you can move the GPU to the new build thus maintaining the value of your investment.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Micro SD card recoverable?"

  • 10 days ago
  • 2 points

With microSD cards the entire card is PCB. Data recover can be very costly.

Drivesavers was featured on a Linus Tech tips video for a data recovery service.

I then backed up photos from my camera onto it while I'm travelling. The problem is that at some point the card was in my backpack and one of the corners that is right over the connectors snapped.

Just remember putting files on a SINGLE storage medium is not backing it up your files as it offers no redundancy in case of drive failure.

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