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Forum Topic "First build, opinions needed."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 7 days ago

A couple of those preferred gaming titles are more prone to a nippier CPU for best performance. The i5-9600K/i5-8600K are significantly superior with single-threaded clock cycles - somethings these/all games at 1080p can benefit from. This also makes sense considering you have a higher refresh rate (144hz) panel and at best the i5 alternative will easily push up on +10fps out-of-the-box (20fps+ in those poorly optimised titles with the likes of PUBG, etc)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor $264.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Thermalright - Macho Rev.B 73.6 CFM CPU Cooler $49.90 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - Z390 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $139.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team - Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $85.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $109.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card $479.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design - Meshify C Dark TG ATX Mid Tower Case $101.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1322.61
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-15 22:32 EDT-0400

EDIT: Added a 650W PSU - if overclocking is of interest! A couple of case fans would add the finishing touch!

Forum Topic "Uhhh hows this look?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 7 days ago

its pretty all-white hehe

Right off the bat, I'm gonna assume its primarily a high-end 1440p gaming rig (correct me if i'm wrong or if it serves other critical purposes where 32 gigs is necessary - as the following recommendation is trimmed to 16 GIGS which is more game worthy)

  • B360 mobo has to go! It will limit an unlocked K-series CPU's performance threshold. If you absolutely must have a white mobo, consider dropping down to a locked i7-8700/i5-8400. Talking about i7's, if you fancy some savings without compromising performance, a current gen i5 will match the i7's gaming performance. Higher resolution visual quality bearings are more confined to GPU execution opposed to CPU-bound conditions hence the i5 fills the gap seamlessly. If the budget isn't of concern, stick with the i7-9700K as the near future may suggest otherwise with 2 additional physical cores in the bank.

There's a few other amendments which require some explanation but in short:

  • Newer RTX 2080 GPU

  • 1TB fast SSD (970 evo isn't necessary unless you're running job-lots which can benefit from it's extended performance rankings). Saving games on SSD doesn't help with performance but speeds up game/in-game asset load times hence a worthy investment with a weightier capacity (if fancied)

  • White PSU not necessary! It's gonna be concealed by the PSU shroud. Some savings here makes sense.

  • A full windows license added (fully transferable)

  • This ones more of a luxury - an IPS GSYNC panel! 27" is more befitting for a 1440p pixel dense screen whereas 24" can make for an uncomfortable viewing with tightly knitted texts and objects (appearing smaller due to compact pixel alignments). IPS is not necessary but offers much better viewing angles and more natural colours. A TN/VA panel is more than adequate should you fancy some savings.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $389.99 @ Walmart
CPU Cooler Corsair - H100i RGB PLATINUM SE 63 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $169.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - Z390 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $139.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team - T-Force Delta RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $84.99 @ Newegg
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $109.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.78 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB GAMING OC WHITE Video Card $759.99 @ Amazon
Case NZXT - H500 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $110.59 @ Amazon
Monitor Acer - XB271HU bmiprz 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor $599.99 @ B&H
Keyboard Razer - Cynosa Chroma Wired Gaming Keyboard $49.99 @ Amazon
Mouse Razer - DeathAdder Chroma Wired Optical Mouse $52.80 @ Amazon
Headphones Logitech - G933 Artemis Spectrum Snow 7.1 Channel Headset $79.45 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2767.52
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-15 22:17 EDT-0400

p.s. I kinda get the AIO/aesthetics derivative, it's a pricey bugger but left the CPU cooler selection in check. Just wandering are you planning on overclocking?

Forum Topic "CPU Cooler Recommendations?"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 7 days ago

Some options, although not necessary:

  • A faster single 1TB M.2 SSD. With affordable SSD prices today the 2-drive storage solution begins to lose rationale. I'm assuming this is a gaming rig hence you will benefit from faster game or in-game asset load times. super fast transfer speeds if shifting data within the drive + it's the newer M.2 form factor which doesn't require SATA/Power cable connections and slots onto the motherboards M.2 header with a single screw (less cable clutter under those tight-spotted PSU shrouds).

  • A gold certified, improved power efficiency and more durable Power Supply Unit. Fully-modular too for easier cable management. Amongst a handful of select top brands, Seasonic is top-notch, with more current capacitors, excellent protection features and through-in and through-out quality driven components.

  • Cooler added

BTW - nice display choice. This FreeSync panel is GSYNC compatible with Nvidias latest driver patches.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor $339.00 @ Mike's Computer Shop
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - H7 49 CFM CPU Cooler $52.26 @ Newegg Canada Marketplace
Motherboard MSI - MPG Z390 GAMING EDGE AC ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $238.75 @ Vuugo
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $106.99 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $149.99 @ Mike's Computer Shop
Case Phanteks - Eclipse P350X (Black/White) ATX Mid Tower Case $89.99 @ Memory Express
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $107.99 @ PC-Canada
Monitor MSI - Optix MAG24C 23.6" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor $318.99 @ Powertop
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1403.96
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-15 21:43 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "CPU Cooler Recommendations?"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 7 days ago

If not overclocking, a cheaper solution would do the job just fine although this beefed up heatsink with a lower fan profile would offer excellent performance and will run as quiet as a sleeping baby: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/93Crxr/cryorig-cpu-cooler-h7 (great for some moderately high overclocking too)

If overclocking for best performance, any of the following will do.

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/xFw323/cryorig-cpu-cooler-crr1a

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/F3gzK8/be-quiet-dark-rock-pro-4-505-cfm-cpu-cooler-bk022

Forum Topic "Doin my first build need some suggestions"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 7 days ago

US dollars?

Forum Topic "Doin my first build need some suggestions"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 7 days ago

For a more plausible recommendation, help us with the following:

Is that $2100 in US dollars?

Purpose of use? (gaming/streaming/editing/render/etc)

What's your display resolution? (1080p/1440p/4K/etc)

Any other particular preferences? (colour/RGB/case size/liquid AIO or air cooler/etc)

Forum Topic "First build opinions needed."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 7 days ago

If it's gaming only, and the budget has flex, I would look to secure a higher resolution display (1440p) alongside the lofty RTX 2080. This will allow you to fully exercise the cards capability (visual graphics whilst maintaining performance/fps).

If you fancy sticking with 1080p, the RTX 2060/2070 makes for a better fit with the accumulated savings transferred to a faster single-threaded unlocked CPU (i5-9600K) & an aftermarket cooler. This should keep you within your current listed budget.

Another personal preference would be to secure a 1TB SSD. Unlike previously, these are far more affordable today (only 40 quid on top). This will also allow you to grab a 2TB HD, as 3TB consumer-grade hard drives have a higher fail rate / lower endurance.

It would help to know a little more about your purpose of use (gaming/streaming/editing/rendering/etc), in order we can get a better understanding of your current parts selection.

Forum Topic "does 9th gen cpu work on B360 AORUS?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 7 days ago

If you already have a B360 mobo, you'll need to update BIOS using an existing compatible CPU in order to support the 9400F

If you don't have a mobo and are purchasing one with the CPU, take a newer B365 mobo (no update required). https://pcpartpicker.com/products/motherboard/#c=136&sort=price&page=1

p.s. just a quick heads-up (although im sure you're already aware), the 9400F doesn't support integrated graphics and will need a discrete GPU.

admiralbs's Completed Build: Six-Cylinder Ice Carriage

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 7 days ago

under the pcpp logo, click on the 3rd tab from the left "See All Completed Builds". On this page, hit the large blue button on the top left on the screen "Create a completed build"

Forum Topic "Really good Media specific pc build wanted."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 7 days ago

I wouldn't be entirely confident with the "reliability" factor with unknown builders online on public forums. You want some protected assurances (guarantees/free after-sales defect support) when purchasing labour which is better customer-service orientated with registered/trusted local companies.

I would suggest looking at some of your local tech shops and provide them the build list from PCPP and see how much they charge on top - or - purchase all parts yourself as their inventories are more likely on the expensive side of things and have them assemble the rig (providing they agree to charging labour only). Going the local route would also be great for a long-term relationship for future upgrades/recommendations/etc or easily accessible when dealing with problems in the long run.

Forum Topic "I am willing to spend around $850 for a gaming and STREAMING build."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 8 days ago

For streaming and gaming simultaneously - the 8 core 16 thread 1700 CPU is more than sufficient with plenty of processing power to power up simultaneous workloads without compromising gaming quality.

You can add up to 4 monitors with these newer GPUs, so zero cause for concern with the x2 display requirement.

Forum Topic "I am willing to spend around $850 for a gaming and STREAMING build."

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 8 days ago

I wouldn't mind spending a bit more.

how does $925 feel? If not feeling it, you can drop down to a 500GB SSD for around $50-$60 and look to secure a 1/2 TB hard drive later.

The Ryzen 1700 comes with a ok'ish stock cooler although you can do a little better in "performance" and "quieter operations" using a $30 aftermarket cooler. Something you can upgrade to later (or now, if you're willing to spend a little more)

A VGA panel is most likely capped at 60hz. The GTX 1660 gaming card is a superb fit at this range and very capable at playing demanding games on high settings - whilst maintaining 60fps for the long run.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 1700 3 GHz 8-Core Processor $159.50 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - B450-A PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard $99.97 @ Amazon
Memory Team - Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $85.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $109.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Zotac - GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB GAMING Video Card $219.99 @ Amazon
Case Thermaltake - V200 Tempered Glass RGB Edition ATX Mid Tower Case $74.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full 32/64-bit $119.99 @ Dell Small Business
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $925.30
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-14 14:18 EDT-0400

GPU comes with X3 displayports and x1 hdmi.

You can pick up something like this:

https://www.amazon.com/VicTsing-Adapter-Converter-Gold-Plated-Desktop/dp/B016HL4CAY/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=hdmi+vga+adapter&qid=1555266281&s=gateway&sr=8-2

or

https://www.amazon.com/Gold-Plated-Active-Adapter-Converter-Meters/dp/B074GW5D44/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=vga+to+hdmi+cable&qid=1555266398&s=gateway&sr=8-5

Forum Topic "Time for Upgrade?"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 9 days ago

Upgrade time in full force for a daily driver!

You can stick with the same case unless you fancy something new.

16GB is not necessary but only charges 30 bucks on top for doubling up from 8 gigs. A worthy investment for the long run

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $94.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard $88.66 @ Newegg
Memory ADATA - XPG GAMMIX D10 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $79.99 @ Amazon
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $109.99 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake - V3 Black ATX Mid Tower Case $0.00
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $46.98 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $420.51
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-13 20:59 EDT-0400

OS needed? If yes: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Mk648d/microsoft-os-kw900265

With the OS included, the total comes to $540

Considering you're well within the $600 mark, maybe a new case with tampered glass and polished overalls (cable management, PSU shroud, modern aesthetics in general, etc). With a lesser internal make-up for a build, you could also opt for a micro-ATX board+case if you fancy going smaller .

Forum Topic "Gamimg Computer"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 9 days ago

The above list/s are great (from sythertyler & comradeborris)

BTW - very nice display!! Definitely deserves the RTX 2080

A couple of changes:

Whether these are pushing the budget beyond the expectation, there are a couple of trimmings which can easily accommodate quality-driven parts - Eg, dropping RGB or if not overclocking, a mid-tier mobo around the $150 mark and a $30-$50 air cooler.

Forum Topic "Build for my cousin"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 9 days ago

Thats great! the above mobo selections are a perfect fit for full towers.

These builds are fantastic for the purpose at hand with plenty of juice going forward. Playing fortnite on high settings = easy! The first option delivers a 6 core CPU with multi-threaded support which is a better future-proofer. The second option is a quad core single threaded chip which is sufficient for gaming and general purpose-use.

Forum Topic "First time builder"

Forum Topic "First time builder"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 9 days ago

Building a PC is fairly simple. It just takes some planning to get everything done in a simple sequence to make things easier. Video build tutorials are fantastic as a semi-guide only and better served for familiarity purposes as you'll need to follow the motherboard/parts manuals step-by-step to ensure the best outcome.

Make sure you're working in a lesser-static environment or for added caution, ground yourself (static discharge).

Cable management can be annoying so it's always a good idea to plan ahead and make use of zip ties or other cable strap methods (eg. velcro). These are no necessary but does make the build cleaner and easier to manage later.

Forum Topic "Really good Media specific pc build wanted."

LIVE_AMMO 3 points 9 days ago

Build consists of:

  • 8 core 16 thread Ryzen 2700X CPU. Decent cooler included hence an aftermarket option is unnecessary. The alternative intel option (i7-9700K), does offer some advantage in active tool/manipulation responsiveness but at a compromise of 15-20% increase in post-render export speeds offered by the 2700X.

  • A mid-tier beefier GPU (GTX 1070). Ideally, for video rendering something in the 100-150 quid bracket with 4GB VRAM would be sufficient but with Davinci Resolve (GPU-bound) in the mix, some added video card acceleration power becomes necessary.

  • A 1TB semi-performance savvy NVME SSD drive. You can add more storage later for project archiving/backups (depending on storage requirements, a large 2/4/6/8 TB traditional hard drive £50-£150)

  • A higher resolution 1440p display added + IPS panel for more accurate colours and better viewing angles

  • 2X dimm 32GB RAM - It's a 4-dimm slot motherboard with RAM expansion possibilities in full force. Max supported: 64 GB

For a fast internet connection, you'll want to hook up via an ethernet cable as wifi is prone to being feeble at best. How well your internet connection performs from here depends on your ISP or selected plan. If improvements are necessary for your purpose of use, give them a call and discuss your plan of action and see if what you're currently getting is up-to-scratch.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor £281.98 @ Aria PC
Motherboard MSI - X470 GAMING PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard £129.98 @ Box Limited
Memory Kingston - HyperX Predator 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory £172.78 @ CCL Computers
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive £108.83 @ CCL Computers
Video Card Zotac - GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB Mini Video Card £233.45 @ Ebuyer
Case NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case £69.98 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply Corsair - TXM Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply £73.16 @ Amazon UK
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full 32/64-bit £85.73 @ More Computers
Case Fan ARCTIC - Arctic F14 PWM 77.3 CFM 140mm Fan £7.09 @ Amazon UK
Monitor BenQ - GW2765HT 27.0" 2560x1440 60 Hz Monitor £256.77 @ Amazon UK
Keyboard Gigabyte - FORCE K83 Wired Standard Keyboard £43.94 @ CCL Computers
Mouse Corsair - Harpoon RGB Wired Optical Mouse £28.56 @ Amazon UK
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £1492.25
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-13 16:49 BST+0100

If you can top that budget for around a 100 quid, an 8 core single threaded 9700K does offer 15-20% faster single threaded speeds which does have a noticeable impact in active tool/manipulation responsiveness. With this 8 core single threaded option, you can expect a 15-20% drop in export project rendering speeds as the 2700X is multi-threaded (16t).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor £371.98 @ Aria PC
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - H7 49 CFM CPU Cooler £43.69 @ Overclockers.co.uk
Motherboard MSI - MAG Z390 TOMAHAWK ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £139.97 @ Box Limited
Memory Kingston - HyperX Predator 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory £172.78 @ CCL Computers
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive £108.83 @ CCL Computers
Video Card Zotac - GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB Mini Video Card £233.45 @ Ebuyer
Case NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case £69.98 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply Corsair - TXM Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply £73.16 @ Amazon UK
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full 32/64-bit £85.73 @ More Computers
Case Fan ARCTIC - Arctic F14 PWM 77.3 CFM 140mm Fan £7.09 @ Amazon UK
Monitor BenQ - GW2765HT 27.0" 2560x1440 60 Hz Monitor £256.77 @ Amazon UK
Keyboard Gigabyte - FORCE K83 Wired Standard Keyboard £43.94 @ CCL Computers
Mouse Corsair - Harpoon RGB Wired Optical Mouse £28.56 @ Amazon UK
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £1635.93
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-13 16:54 BST+0100

Forum Topic "I am willing to spend around $850 for a gaming and STREAMING build."

LIVE_AMMO 3 points 10 days ago

You don't need to worry about the video output connections on the mobo, you'll have more than a couple available on the GPU ports. As for VGA ports (its dead on newer or recent GPUs). No biggie though - you can pick up a VGA-2-HDMI (or other type) adapter or a full-on cable for $5/$10

Does the budget include:

  1. Operating system?

  2. Peripherals? what do you need? (keyboard/mouse/2nd display/etc)

  3. For streaming and gaming simultaneously you'll want to secure an 8 core Ryzen CPU for best performance unless you're targeting hardware encoding (GPU-based). I would secure an 8-core option either way as it allows flexibility between the pros/cons of running streams via CPU/GPU. Keeping this in mind, should securing best performance for the budget be a must, are you open to ditching the case choice for a cheaper solution (if necessary)?

Forum Topic "Build for my cousin"

LIVE_AMMO 3 points 10 days ago

PLEASE NOTE: The selected motherboard form factor (standard-ATX) is a placeholder to get a feel of the possibilities. Please confirm your case type/model as it may be an mATX/Mini-Atx case.


For the purpose of use mentioned, if the OS is not required:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $164.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard $88.66 @ Newegg
Memory GeIL - EVO SPEAR 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $75.98 @ Newegg Business
Storage Inland - 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $49.99 @ Amazon
Video Card ASRock - Radeon RX 570 4 GB Phantom Gaming D Video Card $129.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $564.50
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-12 22:23 EDT-0400

Alternatively, Operating System included (if needed)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $94.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard $88.66 @ Newegg
Memory GeIL - EVO SPEAR 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $75.98 @ Newegg Business
Storage Inland - 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $49.99 @ Amazon
Video Card ASRock - Radeon RX 570 4 GB Phantom Gaming D Video Card $129.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $99.49 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $593.99
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-12 22:26 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "First time builder"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 10 days ago

At stock the mobo would require an ethernet connection. You can pick up a USB/PCI-express card for wifi connectivity too. Some like this, preferably: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/tTdqqs/gigabyte-wireless-network-card-gcwb867di

Or, you can opt for a motherboard with WIFI built-in which also includes antennas to mount on the back. There are some cheaper options available with these types of boards but the following 3 are superb work-horses and should keep you around the $2500 mark https://pcpartpicker.com/products/motherboard/#c=135&e=31,30&f=2&sort=price&page=1&X=17612,20694

Forum Topic "First build - Opinions wanted"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 10 days ago

The entire system is based around the 1080Ti as I got one from a friend for next to nothing.

A friend indeed! Solid gaming card! Have you considered securing a sharper image 1440p gaming panel?

One thing I will say is that I have no clue about monitors and resolutions and frame rates etc

A 1440p 144hz panel would suit the GTX 1080 TI card beautifully. Your current display is locked @ 60hz, which means only capable of refreshing 60 frames per second. 144hz (whether 1080p widescreen/1440p) allows you to excercise the 1080 TI's FPS muscle to a max of 144fps.

If the budget allows (or if there's room for some flex), maybe a higher resolution panel (1440p) with IPS + GSYNC for the ultimate gaming experience (definitely not necessary but does benefit with more natural colours and smoother frame feeds)

Maybe something like this? (I KNOW - PRICEY DISPLAY for the added perks with the exclusion of 'overclocking' - although this rig is OC capable at a moderate scale)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor £371.98 @ Aria PC
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - H7 49 CFM CPU Cooler £43.69 @ Overclockers.co.uk
Motherboard MSI - MAG Z390 TOMAHAWK ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £139.97 @ Box Limited
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory £89.58 @ Aria PC
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive £108.83 @ CCL Computers
Video Card NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB Founders Edition Video Card £0.00
Case NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case £69.98 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply Corsair - RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply £89.99 @ CCL Computers
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full 32/64-bit £85.73 @ More Computers
Monitor Acer - XB271HU bmiprz 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor £615.99 @ PC World Business
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £1615.74
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-13 02:52 BST+0100

Forum Topic "First time builder"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 10 days ago

$2500 is more than enough for a top-notch gaming rig. Capable of handling 1440p 144hz easily with a 6 core CPU and a higher-end RTX 2080 GPU (if you fancy hitting those higher FPS notes). The budget also allows for an expensive IPS GSYNC panel. If you rather save some money, you can easily achieve a great gaming experience without some of the added perks or stick with 1080p 144hz gaming (if preferred) for almost half the cost.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor $264.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master - Hyper 212 Black Edition 42 CFM CPU Cooler $31.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - MAG Z390 TOMAHAWK ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $152.96 @ Amazon
Memory GeIL - EVO SPEAR 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $75.98 @ Newegg Business
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $102.99 @ Newegg
Video Card EVGA - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB FTW3 ULTRA GAMING Video Card $829.99 @ Amazon
Case NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $110.59 @ Amazon
Case Fan be quiet! - Pure Wings 2 140 PWM 61.2 CFM 140mm Fan $12.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan be quiet! - Pure Wings 2 140 PWM 61.2 CFM 140mm Fan $12.99 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor Asus - ROG SWIFT PG279QZ 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor $554.55 @ Amazon
Keyboard AZIO - MGK1-K Wired Gaming Keyboard $89.99 @ Amazon
Mouse Corsair - M65 PRO RGB FPS Wired Optical Mouse $42.50 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2442.39
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-12 21:05 EDT-0400

Or if you fancy an i7 CPU with 2 additional cores for some potential game-worthy future-proofing (although 6 cores on the i5 is more than sufficient), you can pipe down on the GPU-chunkiness and take a very decent performing dual-fan MSI RTX 2080 card.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $409.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master - Hyper 212 Black Edition 42 CFM CPU Cooler $31.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - MAG Z390 TOMAHAWK ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $152.96 @ Amazon
Memory GeIL - EVO SPEAR 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $75.98 @ Newegg Business
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $102.99 @ Newegg
Video Card MSI - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB VENTUS Video Card $699.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $110.59 @ Amazon
Case Fan be quiet! - Pure Wings 2 140 PWM 61.2 CFM 140mm Fan $12.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan be quiet! - Pure Wings 2 140 PWM 61.2 CFM 140mm Fan $12.99 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor Asus - ROG SWIFT PG279QZ 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor $554.55 @ Amazon
Keyboard AZIO - MGK1-K Wired Gaming Keyboard $89.99 @ Amazon
Mouse Corsair - M65 PRO RGB FPS Wired Optical Mouse $42.50 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2457.39
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-12 21:10 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "PC Build Suggestions? Thanks"

LIVE_AMMO 3 points 10 days ago

Does the budget include peripherals (display, keyboard, mouse, etc) and the operating system?

If not, you can pick up a pretty decent machine capable of easily playing demanding games on high settings. Eg.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $164.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - B450M Steel Legend Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $93.98 @ Newegg
Memory GeIL - EVO SPEAR 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $75.98 @ Newegg Business
Storage Intel - 660p Series 512 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $65.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card XFX - Radeon RX 580 8 GB GTS XXX ED Video Card $187.99 @ Amazon
Case Cooler Master - MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case $42.41 @ Newegg Business
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ Amazon
Case Fan ARCTIC - Arctic F14 PWM 77.3 CFM 140mm Fan $8.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $695.12
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-12 20:22 EDT-0400

Or if you have peripherals but need an OS:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $164.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $76.31 @ Amazon
Memory GeIL - EVO SPEAR 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $75.98 @ Newegg Business
Storage Inland - 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $49.99 @ Amazon
Video Card ASRock - Radeon RX 570 4 GB Phantom Gaming D Video Card $129.99 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master - MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case $42.41 @ Newegg Business
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $99.49 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan ARCTIC - Arctic F14 PWM 77.3 CFM 140mm Fan $8.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $703.04
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-12 20:32 EDT-0400

Or, EVERYTHING included (display, keyboard, mouse, operating system). Speakers or headset will be needed - you can pick up some cheapies locally or take this display with in-built speakers https://pcpartpicker.com/product/6NGj4D/sceptre-monitor-e225w1920 Not the best audio but decent on low/mid volume.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $94.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $76.31 @ Amazon
Memory Team - Vulcan 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $50.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Inland - 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $49.99 @ Amazon
Video Card ASRock - Radeon RX 570 4 GB Phantom Gaming D Video Card $129.99 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master - MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case $42.41 @ Newegg Business
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $99.49 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan ARCTIC - Arctic F14 PWM 77.3 CFM 140mm Fan $8.99 @ Amazon
Monitor Acer - G226HQLBbd 21.5" 1920x1080 60 Hz Monitor $79.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Logitech - MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $13.99 @ Newegg Business
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $701.92
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-12 20:45 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "Second Build. 1440p 144hz gaming rig."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 10 days ago

Within the same whopping price bracket of $2685, for 1440p 144hz gaming, i'd look to secure 20% added FPS performance taking the RTX 2080 (future proofing at its best). You could even drop down to an i5-9600K/i5-8600K which are fantastic CPU's for higher resolution gaming and perform at par with the i7.

Not sure if the mobo/cooler selection is overclock focused or not, if not, the H7 cooler is more than sufficient and also allows for a decent moderate OC. You don't need the 970 evo either - these NVME units are more workstation orientated and the added performance hardly materialises at the consumer/gamer level. A cheaper NVME added since it's worth the price!

The RTX added is a solid performing card with a huge heatsink + 3 fans. This bugger will run cool and quiet or at a very comfortable audible range unlike some of the other cards in the same price bracket.

Something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $519.75 @ Vuugo
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - H7 49 CFM CPU Cooler $52.26 @ Newegg Canada Marketplace
Motherboard MSI - MEG Z390 ACE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $368.50 @ Vuugo
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $151.99 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $149.99 @ Mike's Computer Shop
Video Card EVGA - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB FTW3 ULTRA GAMING Video Card $999.88 @ Canada Computers
Case Fractal Design - Define S2 White – TG ATX Mid Tower Case $212.99 @ Canada Computers
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $158.01 @ Amazon Canada
Case Fan Fractal Design - X2 GP-14 (White) 68.4 CFM 140mm Fan $19.99 @ Canada Computers
Case Fan Fractal Design - X2 GP-14 (White) 68.4 CFM 140mm Fan $19.99 @ Canada Computers
Case Fan Fractal Design - X2 GP-14 (White) 68.4 CFM 140mm Fan $19.99 @ Canada Computers
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2673.34
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-12 14:48 EDT-0400

OllieManMan's Completed Build: [Pelican-X] --- The shockproof travel PC in a pelican case

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 13 days ago

Thank you for locating my luggage, now be kind enough and ship it back lol

Finally, "portability" with wings .... superb DIY solution! +1

Forum Topic "Questions about cooling."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 13 days ago

NICE BUILD!

Only $6.80 more for a 550W rated PSU. 450W is workable here but you'll be most likely capping into the power efficiency reserves where things get a little hotter. Heat disspation is a watt-muncher and 450W leaves very little room for future-upgrades too whilst maintaining efficiency.

Take this one: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/KmgzK8/seasonic-focus-gold-550w-80-gold-certified-semi-modular-atx-power-supply-ssr-550fm

If overclocking is something of interest I would look to spend a little more and secure a 650W unit for $105: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/PVzZxr/corsair-txm-gold-650w-80-gold-certified-semi-modular-atx-power-supply-cp-9020132-na


EDIT: Sorry i kinda lost track from the original query: The H7 cooler is fantastic with plenty of headroom for a moderate-2-high overclock. Although if you are targeting "max OC performance" I would look to secure a more premium mobo and a $100 HSF.

For $10 those case fans look great! Not the quietest in the market but you can make some adjustments in fan curve profiles to keep noise levels in the balance.

Forum Topic "A reasonable upgrade, cutting corners where I can."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 13 days ago

In addition to DanDan's query, is this a full-on replacement build or an existing upgrade with some parts carried forward? If you are using previously owned parts, which ones?

Purpose of use? (gaming/rendering/editing/streaming/etc)

Forum Topic "Need help with part"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 13 days ago

Unless you're planning on overclocking, you could stick with the stock cooler which comes with the 2700X (moderate OC feasible too). Unlike most crappy freebie coolers, the 'wraith prism' is a nifty piece of kit and more than sufficient to hit the listed turbo clock frequency without thermal throttling concerns. It's RGB illuminated too.

Maybe save on the cooler and consider an X470 mobo: https://pcpartpicker.com/products/motherboard/#c=132&sort=price&page=1&X=0,13987

If overclocking is part and parcel, either of the coolers (AIO/Scythe) will do the job! For long term effectiveness, reliability + lower noise levels the air cooler holds pole-position! For some added performance, the AIO holds up a little better but those performance advantages will diminish over-time. If you're still uncertain, take the air cooler, it's 15 bucks less!

Forum Topic "Noctua NF-A14 vs be quiet! SilentWings 3 case fans?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 13 days ago

Ah! The chromax is a little on the expensive side and a better fit for CPU heatsinks and radiators (increased static pressure). As a case fan, its also great but not necessary.

If you don't mind sharing your parts list and your purpose of use, we can better identify whether some additional case fans are useful. Shifting large volumes of air throughout the case regardless of negligible case thermal differences has a number other benefits, for example, for a gamer cooler air to keep the GPU thermals down or for an overclocker adding additional headroom to hit higher core frequencies without surpassing the recommended temp ceilings.

As for positive air pressure, I would look to secure 4-pin PWM fans with easily adjustable fan curves. Any arrangement here works perfectly fine by reducing the current set on exhaust fans (lesser RPM). Assuming all your fans (exhaust and intake) are of the same specification (CFM/SP/RPM), the intake fans will lose some of that positive pressure due to the front dust filter (hindrance) and 'angled' side vent (a little impact on air velocity). Hence set the fan profile higher on intakes and lower on exhaust to keep dust out (although positive pressure is not 100% dust proof but does see some desirable reductions). These are all just added problems that don't necessary require too much attention but knowing me, i'm crazy like that - hence don't take any of it with any momentous seriousness.

Forum Topic "Compatibility issue on system build"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 13 days ago

VI Hero is X370, VII Hero is X470 - This one: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/23gzK8/asus-rog-crosshair-vii-hero-atx-am4-motherboard-crosshair-vii-hero

If you ask me, the ASUS boards are a little too pricey for my personal liking with the X470 variant coming in @ £240. Worth going the extra mile if the ASUS design aesthetics suits your personal taste or if you're already familiar with ASUS user-friendlier tweak configurations in BIOS. If you simply want something top-notch, with performance rankings at par with ASUS's Hero series: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/NGbwrH/asrock-x470-taichi-atx-am4-motherboard-x470-taichi (assuming you are targeting these higher-end boards for some serious overclocking)

Forum Topic "Too much for 1080p Gaming only?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 14 days ago

If overclocking is part-n-parcel, you'll want a better quality motherboard with additional power phases and a more premium VRM cooling heatsink. Something that falls in the mid-tier rank of improved thermal controls for better stability/consistency.

The 9600K chip demands a Z390 mobo. Z370s are compatible but would require a BIOS update using a previous 8000-series CPU. Pairing an i5-8600K with a Z370 board is at an equal footing in terms of real-world performance, hence that option is equally real if achievable for less.

The 1660 TI for 1080p 60fps gaming is a slight overkill but a worthy one considering intense video graphics upscaling in up-n-coming gaming titles is always on the rise. This baby should last several years before resulting to lower in-game profiles in demanding AAA titles.

For overclocking topped up the board to something far more efficient and very capable of achieving 5.0Ghz without throttling. The H7 cooler is great for moderately-2-high overclocking, but if you plan on securing best performance without thermal compromises, you're looking to secure a $100 cooler. Doesn't matter at this point, as the performance advantages here don't necessarily translate to any significant impact in gaming performance (beyond the H7)

Not sure how you feel about standard sized cases/motherboards with additional functionality (well not needed for most). But upped up the case quality and expand-ability if of interest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor $339.00 @ Mike's Computer Shop
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - H7 49 CFM CPU Cooler $51.09 @ Amazon Canada
Motherboard MSI - MAG Z390 TOMAHAWK ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $199.99 @ Amazon Canada
Memory Team - Dark 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $114.99 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Intel - 660p Series 512 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $89.99 @ Mike's Computer Shop
Video Card MSI - GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card $389.00 @ Canada Computers
Case Phanteks - Eclipse P350X (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $84.99 @ Canada Computers
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $97.90 @ Vuugo
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $115.00 @ Amazon Canada
Case Fan ARCTIC - P14 PWM 72.8 CFM 140mm Fan $9.99 @ Amazon Canada
Case Fan ARCTIC - P14 PWM 72.8 CFM 140mm Fan $9.99 @ Amazon Canada
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1501.93
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-08 23:57 EDT-0400

I cannot help but wander whether you're comfortable within your wallet-means in securing a 24" 1080p 144hz panel. Your build is very capable of promoting higher refresh rate gaming and the GTX 1660 TI can push those frames to an average of 80-100fps

Forum Topic "Noctua NF-A14 vs be quiet! SilentWings 3 case fans?"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 14 days ago

I have several of the NF-A14's on the go - primarily in closed off cases (no glass window) as I admit Noctuas choice of colour is as exciting as my Grans knitting basket. Regardless, best performance all-rounders unless newer offerings suggest otherwise.

I also have the SilentWing 3's - unfortunately/unjustly mounted in a not-so demanding rig (basic office/accounts stuff). These were fantastic too, as I had these in my gaming rig before selling out to the LED/RGB fan madness. As silent as a milk-drunk baby after a hard days of work!

Bottom line: the specifications at the root-level hold both of these options in high regard. Both are testament in achieving very rewarding acoustic levels (hardly noticeable unless you're holding your ears right up against them). The Noctua is marginally +up in audible levels department but thats expected considering it's a slightly faster fan (RPM) with a higher static press (not a huge biggie, but definitely the worthier champion for mounting on radiators).

If you don't mind Noctuas grannified colour selection, there is some added performance here, although for most it's negligible. If it were me purchasing a fan for a tampered glass H500, since I hold aesthetics and colour arrangements in high-regard without a doubt i'd be opting for the SilentWings. I wouldn't pay too much attention to case fans as real-world performance differences (thermal trimming) are too small in comparison to pick one over the other - either option will do!

Forum Topic "Too much for 1080p Gaming only?"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 14 days ago

Current series of i5's are 6 core CPU's with solid core-2-core performance. Plenty of years under the belt for a gaming rig. The i7's are more purposeful for multi-threaded workloads (rendering, editing, transcoding, etc etc).

RX 580 / 590 or GTX 1060s are more of your entry level decent gaming cards which are very capable with current demanding games at top settings but limited in maintaining performance in the long run. A handful of visual-quality driven games which take a toll on video render may demand some down-tuning with in-game configurations to maintain 60fps. Doesn't matter though, if you're budget-stricken, these options are fantastic for 1080p gaming!

For around $80 more, the newer 1660 TI secures 25-30% more performance for a more long-term gaming solution with lesser compromise on video quality settings / fps.

If you want help a parts list recommendation:

  1. Are you planning on overclocking?

  2. What is your preferred budget? How much are you willing to push that limit if the benefits are significant?

  3. Is your 1080p display capped at 60hz or capable of outputting 144hz (refresh rate)? A higher refresh rate panel can make use of a better performing GPU (eg. RTX 2060/2070) by supporting higher FPS counts (more video frames for smoother gameplay).

Forum Topic "Too much for 1080p Gaming only?"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 14 days ago

You can pretty much achieve the same gaming performance opting for an i5-8600K/i5-9600K (whichever is cheaper). The multi-threaded i7 doesn't really benefit gaming performance at a scale worthy of a $100/$150 mark up.

For 1080p gaming, the RTX 2060 is the better value to performance option. The 2070 adds very little performance on top (10-15fps) for a whopping $200 asking price.

If your display is capped at 60hz (capable of max 60fps), a GTX 1660/1660 TI would be more befitting. These cards will easily play demanding games at top settings with plenty of juice in the tank for the rough times ahead.

p.s. a 1TB SSD for only $50 more (if the above savings are willing) https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/9nhKHx/intel-660p-series-1tb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-ssdpeknw010t8x1

Forum Topic "Asus Prime Z390-A Syncing Problems"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 15 days ago

In the AURA utility, there's a toggle switch on the top right, make sure it's on the "ON" position

If you have the latest version of ASUS AURA installed, have you tried dialling back to a previous version? Or if it's a previous one installed, check for a later version. Select your OS here and expand the "utilities" section and compare: https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/PRIME-Z390-A/HelpDesk_Download/

Are you running any other lighting controllers/apps for specific RGB parts (AIO, FAN hubs, etc)? If yes, disable these in start-up and reinstall Aura. Or for a more effective approach to completely isolate these, uninstall them and reinstall Aura.

I had a similar problem with my Z270-E ASUS mobo a couple of years back....it was locked on the default RGB rainbow effect. After trying various methods, nothing worked hence i somewhat gave up (temporarily). Eventually to iron out some RAM OC-inconsistencies, I ended up updating BIOS which I 'believe' resolved the RGB issue too. "Believe", as in the fix was realised a couple of months after as I hadn't checked AURA immediately after the BIOS update (a possible remedy).

Forum Topic "Upgrade CPU, MOBO, RAM"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 15 days ago

These are motherboards only, not bundled with a CPU.

If you are able to a locate 2700X CPU + a decent mid-tier X470 motherboard bundle for less, go for it. Although i would cross-check the mobo's overall make-up as some of these bundles tend to consist of poorer entry-level boards which be a limiter in the CPU's performance ceiling.

Forum Topic "Upgrade CPU, MOBO, RAM"

LIVE_AMMO 4 points 15 days ago

The GTX 1070 remains a fantastic gaming card @ 1080p. Unless higher resolution or visual quality setting requirements suggest otherwise, stick with it!

CPU/MOBO/RAM upgrade for gaming and streaming:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor $294.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - X470 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard $134.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $149.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $579.97
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-07 19:16 EDT-0400

32GB RAM is not entirely necessary if you're running basic preset 1080p 60fps streams alongside gaming. Over time with higher quality presets/resolution possibilities, extended multi-tasking and running various third-party background processes, 32 GIGS makes for an excellent future proofer!

Since you're going for an RGB case, you might fancy these RGB RAM sticks for $25 more: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/rRHRsY/gskill-trident-z-rgb-32gb-2-x-16gb-ddr4-3000-memory-f4-3000c16d-32gtzr


PLENTY of budget for the case. Since this is user-specific, how about this one: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/w766Mp/phanteks-eclipse-p350x-atx-mid-tower-case-ph-ec350ptg_dbk (great airflow and linear RGB element across the front exterior and PSU shroud)

or are you warming more towards something like the following 2 options:

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/G766Mp/cooler-master-mastercase-h500-atx-mid-tower-case-mcm-h500-ignn-s00

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/BrXnTW/cooler-master-masterbox-mb530p-atx-mid-tower-case-mcb-b530p-khnn-s01

Forum Topic "I need you opinion I have around $800 for a gaming pc"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 15 days ago

If it's just gaming @ 1080p 60fps

(i kept the same case, although something with better airflow, like the P350X would be nice)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-9400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor $169.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler be quiet! - Pure Rock Slim 35.14 CFM CPU Cooler $29.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - B365 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $95.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $77.99 @ Newegg
Video Card MSI - GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card $229.99 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake - Level 20 MT ARGB ATX Mid Tower Case $90.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $774.72
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-07 17:18 EDT-0400

If you have a higher refresh rate panel (144hz) or see yourself upgrading to one, take this 1660 TI which carries you just over $800 @ $824

Eg.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-9400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor $169.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler be quiet! - Pure Rock Slim 35.14 CFM CPU Cooler $29.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - B365 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $95.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $77.99 @ Newegg
Video Card MSI - GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card $279.99 @ Amazon
Case Thermaltake - Level 20 MT ARGB ATX Mid Tower Case $90.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $824.72
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-07 17:17 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "Final Check"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 15 days ago

Also, monitor suggestions would be great, thanks!

What would your max budget be, including the display?

Preferred display resolution?

1440p is a real possibility here assuming your budget range is $2000+ (including the panel). I would pipe down on the CPU in securing an 8-core single threaded i7-9700K (great fit for gaming, PS + programming) The i9's multi-threaded support won't have much impact here, maybe some marginal improvement in post-render support with huge images but nothing out of the ordinary. 16GB RAM is more than sufficient unless you're working on 4k+ bulk images in photoshop or are seeing specific memory tool manipulations advancing around the 14-16GB usage mark (uncommon on ~24mp images)

The savings here could possibly secure a 1440p high refresh rate display + the RTX 2080 GPU.

The cooler selection suggests "overclocking". If thats the case I would look to secure a 650W+ PSU. If not overclocking, stick with a decent $40 air cooler.

A decent NVME 1TB drive @ $110 is possible too, which would be a better fit for your type of workflow with plenty of headroom for a huge selection of games https://pcpartpicker.com/product/9nhKHx/intel-660p-series-1tb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-ssdpeknw010t8x1

Forum Topic "Compatibility issue on system build"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 15 days ago

If you don't mind me asking, whats the build for?

Forum Topic "Compatibility issue on system build"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 15 days ago

The previous series of X370 boards require a BIOS update, using a previous GEN CPU.

Take a better optimised current GEN AMD X470 board. Any of these will do the job: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/products/motherboard/#c=132&sort=price&f=2

Forum Topic "Spending 2 Grand on first PC, but I AM CLUELESS. Please help."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 15 days ago

For the 9400F the only out-of-the-box candid options available are these B365 motherboards: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/products/motherboard/#c=136

These are fairly new hence limited in selection and possibly newer ones may be available which haven't made their way to PCPPs inventory.

Alternatively, you could look to secure a Z390 alternative which are a better fit for unlocked CPUs but perfectly backwards compatible for locked i5 8000/9000 series processors. Z390 options: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/products/motherboard/#c=135&sort=price&page=1

You don't need to OC to land the i5-9600K, it comes with a 10-15% performance advantage out of the box. Operating thermals and cooling is not an issue either when slapping on a mediocre $30-$40 cooler. The premium cooler options are only advisable if overclocking is of interest. If your budget is comfortable in securing an i5-9600K I would definitely go down that route. If not, for gaming at 1080p the 9400f is more than sufficient.

9600K eg:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor $399.00 @ Shopping Express
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - M9 Plus 48.4 CFM CPU Cooler $39.00 @ PCCaseGear
Motherboard Gigabyte - Z390 GAMING X ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $219.65 @ Amazon Australia
Memory Patriot - Viper Elite 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $133.35 @ Amazon Australia
Storage Intel - 660p Series 512 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $103.54 @ Amazon Australia
Storage Toshiba - P300 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.00 @ BudgetPC
Video Card MSI - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB Video Card $759.00 @ Shopping Express
Case NZXT - H500 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case $122.00 @ Skycomp Technology
Power Supply Corsair - RMx 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $129.00 @ PC Byte
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $157.00 @ Shopping Express
Case Fan ARCTIC - Arctic F14 PWM 77.3 CFM 140mm Fan $10.00 @ Skycomp Technology
Case Fan ARCTIC - Arctic F14 PWM 77.3 CFM 140mm Fan $10.00 @ Skycomp Technology
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2150.54
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-08 02:41 AEST+1000

Just a couple of typical stats:

the i5-9600K supports an average advantage of 5fps-10fps more in games. 10-15fps more in CPU-bound and or poorly optimised games.

The RTX 2070 secures around 10-15fps more in games for a hefty price tag over the the RTX 2060.

Since ~5-10 fps doesn't account to much beyond paper-weight metrics, the naked eye simply can't decipher those performance realisations. The CPU's 10-15% performance advantage on the other hand goes a long way for both general compute performance and gaming with greater in-game scalability (added FPS performance) and future-proofing.

Hence if the budget allows, stick with the 9600K + the RTX 2070

Or, consider the 9600K + RTX 2060 alternative which will allow you to very comfortably hit 80-100fps or 110-144fps in lesser demanding games/fine-tuned in-game configurations.

Forum Topic "compatability issue with motherboard?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 16 days ago

This is normal (not a compatibility warning). The M.2 SSD shares the same lane as one of the SATA ports. Once you utilise the M.2 header on the motherboard, that "one" SATA port is disabled.

You have 5 additional SATA ports hence no problems there. Just check the motherboard manual to see which SATA port is disabled and avoid that one when adding additional storage devices.

Forum Topic "First build - gaming/streaming all in one"

LIVE_AMMO 3 points 16 days ago

Thats a little odd, the custom PCB MSI X TRIO was listed on PCPP but now missing in action. Maybe undergoing some spec amendment.

MSI/ASUS mobo: Doesn't matter, both will get the job done!! Take whichever mid-tier mobo suits your personal fancy (from an aesthetics point of view).

Just an OPTION: Although the RTX 2080 is more than competent for hardware-based encoding for a 1080p gaming rig, if you fancy an open playing field for a streamlined CPU software encode option too, you might prefer opting for the Ryzen 2700X (8 core/16 threads).

OEM Windows is a single license and will bind into the mobo it's installed on (non-transferable). This ones a full license, fully-transferable: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Mk648d/microsoft-os-kw900265

Have you considered M.2 SSDs? Great option in reducing some of the cable clutter as these simply snap onto the mobo with a single screw. This one from Intel is faster + exceptional value: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/9nhKHx/intel-660p-series-1tb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-ssdpeknw010t8x1. I recently acquired 3 of these (x2 500GB, x1 1TB) with zero regrets (barely hits above 40/45c with a max operating temp of 70c - very nice)

Forum Topic "Spending 2 Grand on first PC, but I AM CLUELESS. Please help."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 16 days ago

If you can raise the budget and secure an unlocked i5-9600K, FANTASTIC!! You can expect 10%+ more performance straight out of the box, or if overclocking you can raise the bar to 20-25% (overall). Unlocked CPU's require a more contingent environment to key up on those performance advantages. One of them being a Z390 motherboard which delivers better power draw with additional power phases and thermal support to keep things cool (onboard pre-installed VRM/Mosfet heatsink).

A decent $30-$40 aftermarket cooler will work great for stock and turbo performance. If overclocking, something a little beefier above the $50 mark would do the job. Pushing the chip to it's maximum draw for best OC results would be asking for a $80+ cooler to keep the thermals within the comfortable safe-zone.

Now it's down to your personal preference and budget flexibility!

If overclocking is not of interest as it's not necessary for your current performance targets, intel's auto turbo boost technology comfortably hits up around 4.6Ghz (thats 600/700Mhz faster than the locked 9400F).

Another benefit being - the 9600K CPU comes with integrated graphics which also explains the higher mark-up in cost (alongside nippier performance + OC potential). Integrated graphics is not necessary but serves as a back-up should your GPU fail. Also makes for a better investment for long term value when its time to sell-on and move forward.

Let us know how much you can flex on your budget so we can recommend a compatibly attuned mobo + cooler. Also let us know whether overclocking is of interest!

Forum Topic "Spending 2 Grand on first PC, but I AM CLUELESS. Please help."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 16 days ago

nice!

All you are missing in this build is some case fans. A healthy volume-shifting air flow will keep your components cooler and more effective in the long run. Got any fans in mind?

Forum Topic "Spending 2 Grand on first PC, but I AM CLUELESS. Please help."

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 16 days ago

only problem is, you're quoting in US dollars and not AUD $$

Forum Topic "Spending 2 Grand on first PC, but I AM CLUELESS. Please help."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 16 days ago

This is normal (not a compatibility warning). The M.2 SSD shares the same lane as one of the SATA ports. Once you utilise the M.2 header on the motherboard, that "one" SATA port is disabled.

You have 5 additional SATA ports hence no problems there. Just check the motherboard manual to see which SATA port is disabled and avoid that one when adding additional storage devices.

BTW - just double checking - are you pairing this gaming build with a 1080p resolution display or a higher resolution panel?

Forum Topic "Spending 2 Grand on first PC, but I AM CLUELESS. Please help."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 16 days ago

This is normal (not a compatibility warning). The M.2 SSD shares the same lane as one of the SATA ports. Once you utilise the M.2 header on the motherboard, that "one" SATA port is disabled.

You have 5 additional SATA ports hence no problems there. Just check the motherboard manual to see which SATA port is disabled and avoid that one when adding additional storage devices.

BTW - just double checking - are you pairing this gaming build with a 1080p resolution display or a higher resolution panel?

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