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Forum Topic "Looking for tips about this build"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 11 months ago

Ram, get a single batch purchase for best compatibility, performance and unruffled mobo mapping. (eg. 2 x 8GB)

Hyper 212 is old tech. Newer coolers offer better performance with advanced fin designs, piping quality and better static fans.

  1. Whats the build for? Gaming only or + streaming / editing / rendering, etc.

  2. If gaming, whats the intended display resolution and refresh rate (or preferred in-game FPS?)

  3. Are you planning to Overclock?

  4. Max budget?

Forum Topic "Compatibility"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago
  • If you're going for 32GB RAM, based on your requirements, don't buy RAM separately to complete the package. Batched RAM sticks are sold to maintain consistency, compatibility and performance. For example, for best performance buy a single batch of 2 x 16GB to make 32GB. If you want 4 sticks for better aesthetics, then go for a single batch of 4 x 8GB to make 32GB. I'm guessing you prefer the 4 stick combo - this is what you need: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Q3M323/gskill-tridentz-rgb-32gb-4-x-8gb-ddr4-3000-memory-f4-3000c15q-32gtzr. For $26 more I linked up the 3000mhz CL15 sticks, great memory timings and faster speed.

  • The ASUS 1080 card is very nice but with a slightly lower core clock. This one linked below from gigabyte, is not only $20 cheaper but clocks higher at 1.72Ghz. Looks just as good too!! https://pcpartpicker.com/product/3fvZxr/gigabyte-video-card-gvn1080g1gaming8gd

  • The Kraken pump comes with x2 pretty decent static pressure fans already. You only need 2 additional fans to replace the back and top case fans (x1 120mm and x1 140mm). If you are planning to install led fans on the radiator by replacing the stock Kraken fans, it will be a waste of money as the leds won't be visible.

Forum Topic "Never built a pc before/i have a list/any help welcomed"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago
  • You added another RAM stick for 8GB which gives you a total of 24GB RAM. 16GB is more than enough. Picking up RAM at different speeds (i.e. 3000Mhz and 2400Mhz) is something you want to avoid as your system will choose the lowest speed as the maximum. Evenly placed dual sticks work better and more efficiently (eg. 2x8GB or 2x16GB). Actually i'm sure your motherboards manual will instruct the same for better board mapping. For gaming and streaming you don't need more than 16GB, unless you're running additional multi-tasking operations which are super memory hungry - if thats the case, I would pick up 32GB RAM (2 x 16GB for performance, or 4 x 8GB for aesthetics) for better compatibility.

  • Change the Power supply to: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/y88H99/evga-supernova-g3-650w-80-gold-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-220-g3-0650. The NEX variant is older and of lower quality compared to the newer G3 models.

  • I have to be honest, I don't like the Inwin GRone case, It would be fine for a workstation housing a number of storage devices but besides that, it's impractical. There are much better options available at that price with better airflow, better aesthetics, easier to work with and more newer designs with full tampered glass. Here's a couple of highly recommended options:

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/3TYWGX/nzxt-ca-s340w-b3-atx-mid-tower-case-ca-s340w-b3

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/nL7v6h/fractal-design-meshify-c-tg-atx-mid-tower-case-fd-ca-mesh-c-bko-tgl

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/2mQRsY/phanteks-enthoo-pro-m-tempered-glass-atx-mid-tower-case-ph-es515ptg_bk

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/t7Jkcf/thermaltake-view-31-tg-rgb-atx-mid-tower-case-ca-1h8-00m1wn-01

Forum Topic "Never built a pc before/i have a list/any help welcomed"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 11 months ago
  • Ryzen 7 will offer much better performance for streaming with gaming, thanks to more cores, more threads and hyperthreading being at its best

  • I kept the AIO assuming you prefer the aesthetics. You don't really need it unless you're overclocking. Some air cooler options are cheaper and perform just as well. If not overclocking, the stock cooler which comes with the Ryzen is pretty decent.

  • X470 are current released boards and tie in very well with Ryzen chip with all the latest features.

  • Blower card replaced with a much better GPU. Better thermals, higher clock speeds, less audible - overall better performance and an absolute BEAST of a card!

QUESTION: Are you planning on buying a display or do you already have one? If you have one whats the resolution and refresh rate? the 1080TI's are overpriced at this current moment in time and will only serve best for 1440p 144hz displays or 4K. Also if your current monitor, assuming its a 1080p 60hz, thats max 60 fps so you won't need such a powerful GPU. For that type of resolution and refresh rate, you could pick up a far cheaper GTX 1070 with max gaming performance

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7GHz 8-Core Processor $319.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Corsair - H115i PRO 55.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $139.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - X470 GAMING PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard $140.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $164.99 @ Newegg Business
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $129.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Asus - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB STRIX GAMING OC Video Card $974.98 @ Newegg
Case Corsair - Obsidian Series 500D ATX Mid Tower Case $139.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ B&H
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $118.35 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Corsair - Air Series White 2 pack 52.2 CFM 120mm Fan $18.59 @ Amazon
Case Fan Corsair - Air Series White 2 pack 52.2 CFM 120mm Fan $18.59 @ Amazon
UPS CyberPower - CP1500PFCLCD UPS $179.95 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2486.37
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-23 00:39 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "First PC Build Is it Good?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago
  • Spec below will cost $29 but with added performance throughout

  • why 2 opposing branded RAM sticks hosting variable memory capacities and speeds? That's incompatibility or shackled performance in the making! (or was it in error). Changed to 16GB dual sticks @ 3000Mhz. Ryzen is hungry for RAM speeds and 3000Mhz is recommended.

  • For video editing, Ryzen 5 1600 added - 6 cores and additional thread counts....much better multi-core processing performance

  • A400 kingston SSD kinda sucks. The replaced PNY not only looks great, but outperforms the A400 by a clear mile

  • 1080p display size 24" added - the Dell display will gorgeous and on top the added real estate will be great for multi-tasking.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $175.69 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - AB350 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard $74.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team - Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $90.98 @ Newegg
Storage PNY - CS900 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $39.48 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $42.99 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus - GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB Dual Video Card $235.99 @ B&H
Case Cougar - MX330 ATX Mid Tower Case $24.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic - 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor Dell - SE2417HG 23.6" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor $119.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $855.09
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-23 00:12 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "Never built a pc before/i have a list/any help welcomed"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 11 months ago
  • If you are streaming at max settings using high-end streaming software with all the bells and whistles and possibly have video editing in mind too - you have the RYZEN 7 2700x option too. More cores, more thread count and an absolute beast for multi-core processes

  • You don't really need the thermal paste, the pre-applied paste on the H100i cooler is pretty decent!

  • If overclocking is not on the TO-DO list, there are down-sizeable options which will save you some money and deliver in performance

  • Any particular reason why you've gone for a blower GPU card? At that price there are many other options for faster clocked cards, better thermals with large heatsinks and additional cooling fans and just overall better performance.

  • Your motherboard is WIFI ready with included antennas, you don't need the PCI express card. If your selection is based on better wifi performance (which im oblivious to), then go for non-wifi motherboard to save the extra buck

  • PSU wattage is an overkill. 650 watts is more than sufficient. 750w is a nice overkill but 850w, if you're not paying more - no problem, otherwise downgrade.

Forum Topic "This scam or not please help"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

Everything seems legit but you can never be 100% certain.

$1200 discounted to $949 - the initial cost is way over priced!!

The Zotac extreme is better and cheaper https://pcpartpicker.com/product/DZmxFT/zotac-geforce-gtx-1080-ti-11gb-amp-extreme-video-card-zt-p10810c-10p

  • clocks higher

  • better effective memory speed

  • higher pixel & texture rate

Though I admit, I do like the shroud on your selection but when it comes to GPUs I prefer performance over aesthetics and the price is WIN WIN!!

Forum Topic "Lol/fortnite/h1z1 gaming and streaming rig"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

When you say 'ease at nearly max settings', im assuming mid-high video presets for smooth 1080p/60fps streams. The following spec will work perfectly considering the value+performance ratio for your purpose.

Since no budget was mentioned and if the budget permits - here are some additional upgrade options:

  • CPU - besides what is a decent match for your needs, if your budget permits for added performance, especially for video editing or maxed out top-end streaming software using feature rich preset streams - I would pick up the hardcore Ryzen 7. Benefits: considerably better multi-core hyper-thread performance if you're planning on taking encoding/rendering processes to the next level or just fancy some process savvy headroom (a slight overkill)

  • GPU - Likewise, a more future-proof GPU with the likes of the GTX 1070/TI

  • Motherboard - if you are planning on overclocking go with the X470 motherboard, plus these are more recent. For the currently selected motherboard, which are 100% compatible for the build, you will need to check with the seller if BIOS has been updated to support RYZEN chips. Otherwise, an older CPU will be required to update BIOS before installing the Ryzen. Some seller listings inform that these are Ryzen ready hence keep a look out.

  • SSD - better performance units available with faster load, read and write speeds though the one selected totally outperforms traditional hard drives.

  • Case - the one added is somewhat a budget selection but does the job very nicely. If not aesthetically pleasing there are better options available for $30-$50. For eg. I prefer mine without the optical bay doors on the front since I don't use them or a full side panel tampered glass which just looks yummy.

  • Storage in general: Well that's entirely up to you, whatever you need!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor $209.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - B350 PC MATE ATX AM4 Motherboard $74.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $164.99 @ Newegg Business
Storage PNY - CS900 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.64 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $42.99 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Dual Video Card $319.89 @ B&H
Case Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $45.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $988.47
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-22 21:22 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "6 Cores, 1080Ti, $1000"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

I'm just wandering whether you have a super clandestine and unique requirement for your build or did you just put that together by adding a top notch GPU and backtracked on cheaper components which appear task-worthy.

With those low performing single cores, if gaming is the end result, its a bad choice!

Forum Topic "HTPC?"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 11 months ago

I don't believe the Athlon X2 comes with int. graphics. AM2's are pretty old sockets and i'm certain your compatible motherboard would have been equipped with graphics integrated chipset hence it may work as long as everything is working fine. The question is, if working fine, what resolution would this setup offer for your TV display? If you're expecting 1080p - I don't believe it will cut it.

Give it a try anyway - i could be wrong!

Forum Topic "I need some help building a PC."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

24" 1080p 144hz 1ms https://pcpartpicker.com/product/ZBZ2FT/aoc-monitor-g2460pf

27" 1440p 144hz 1ms https://pcpartpicker.com/product/mNBrxr/aoc-ag271qx-270-2560x1440-144hz-monitor-ag271qx

OPTIONAL: The second displays 1440p with a bigger screen, sharper image and more real estate for multi-tasking. I left this one as an option as your GPU is powerful enough to handle 1440p at ease. Demanding games will average around 90-120fps at top in-game settings. Unfortunately it does come at a price, $400 (the choice is yours) :)

Forum Topic "Change of plans with my budget - Thoughts on these?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

And on the topic of the CPU and motherboard, do I need to worry about the potential incompatibility thing PCPP spits out for the motherboard?

Yes, what you want to do is check with the seller if the motherboard BIOS has been upgraded to support the APU chip. Check the sellers listing page as some have it listed as ''updated for Ryzen" or along those lines. Definitely check with them first, otherwise you will have to use a compatible older CPU first to update the BIOS yourself.

Forum Topic "Change of plans with my budget - Thoughts on these?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

I changed the currency to Deutschland (euros).

You can still have Ryzen 5 for 448 Euro build (highly recommended). If you want to save further, either you can replace the cpu to Ryzen 3 or remove the SSD.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor €140.79 @ Alternate
Motherboard ASRock - A320M-DGS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard €52.99 @ Amazon Deutschland
Memory Patriot - Viper 4 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory €93.89 @ Alternate
Storage ADATA - Ultimate SU800 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive €46.89 @ Amazon Deutschland
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive €42.00 @ Amazon Deutschland
Case Rosewill - FBM-X1 MicroATX Mini Tower Case €23.16 @ Amazon Deutschland
Power Supply be quiet! - Pure Power 10 350W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply €48.99 @ Amazon Deutschland
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total €448.71
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-22 21:55 CEST+0200

Forum Topic "Change of plans with my budget - Thoughts on these?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

Ryzen 5 will suit you better at the cost of a smaller capacity SSD. Just save the OS on the SSD and everything else on the HD and you're good to go. In terms of graphics, Ryzen 5's APU (vega 11) delivers considerably better then Vega 8 and with faster single/multi-cores you will get more performance for your editing/rendering needs.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $157.90 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI - B350 PC MATE ATX AM4 Motherboard $74.99 @ Amazon
Memory Patriot - Viper 4 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $86.98 @ Newegg Business
Storage ADATA - Ultimate SU800 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $36.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $42.99 @ OutletPC
Case Deepcool - D-Shield ATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic - 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $489.83
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-22 09:58 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "NZXT X72 vs X62 Rev 2 NEED HELP CHOOSING!!!!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

AOC - AG271QX 27.0" 2560x1440 144Hz Monitor https://au.pcpartpicker.com/product/mNBrxr/aoc-ag271qx-270-2560x1440-144hz-monitor-ag271qx

If it goes above your budget for a display, then stick with the 1080p 144hz

Forum Topic "Can't Decide on a case. All advice welcome (This is my first build)"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 11 months ago

$1800 is a very nice budget for a top gaming rig.

Is the build for gaming only or will you be streaming too?

Are you planning on overclocking?

I didn't see a monitor on the list, if you have one already whats the refresh rate and resolution (eg. 1080p 60hz). If you are planning on buying one what will you be looking for? Display resolution and refresh rates play a significant role in determining your in-game frames per second, hence a lower spec won't demand the biggest and best GPU.

Forum Topic "First Build, Opinions Welcomed"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

I thought it was relevant to point out...since you are interested in overclocking, the last build spec above with the i5-8500 / B360 board is not for overclocking.

Forum Topic "NZXT X72 vs X62 Rev 2 NEED HELP CHOOSING!!!!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago
  • Ryzen 7's multi-core hyperthreading will work so much better for streaming and editing. I7 will offer that small margin of added performance for in-game FPS but that hardly discounts the benefits reaped from having more cores, a stronger thread count and on top effortless processing. Bottom line, Both are great chips - for gaming only the i7-8600k makes sense but for gaming+steaming the Ryzen 7 2700X kicks butt like a shaolin ninja.

  • Talking about Shaolin Ninjas - replaced the 1070 TI for the GTX 1080. Its a beast of a card, clocked higher, better performance and that huge 3 fanned heatsink will deliver very nice thermals. Also hugely makes up for that tiny loss of gaming performance with the Ryzen - its a WIN WIN!

  • CPU Cooler changed to X62 - more than sufficient and works a treat!

  • WD Green SSD swapped for Crucial MX500. Much better performance by a clear mile and on top 10GB more. Benchmarks: http://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Compare/WD-Green-240GB-2018-vs-Crucial-MX500-250GB/m377351vs3951

OPTIONAL: I would go with a 27" 1440p 144hz display. Bigger real estate, finer image quality and perfect for the GPU listed above. If it interests you, i'd be happy to recommend one.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7GHz 8-Core Processor $465.00 @ Storm Computers
CPU Cooler NZXT - Kraken X62 Rev 2 98.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $236.00 @ Skycomp Technology
Motherboard Gigabyte - X470 AORUS GAMING 5 WIFI ATX AM4 Motherboard $324.00 @ Skycomp Technology
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $299.00 @ Mwave Australia
Storage Crucial - MX500 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $109.00 @ Mwave Australia
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $121.49 @ Amazon Australia
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card $815.00 @ Umart
Case NZXT - H700i ATX Mid Tower Case $249.00 @ Umart
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $149.00 @ Mwave Australia
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full 32/64-bit $145.00 @ Shopping Express
Monitor AOC - G2460PF 24.0" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor $349.00 @ Centre Com
Keyboard Razer - Ornata Chroma Wired Gaming Keyboard $135.00 @ Shopping Express
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $3396.49
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-22 08:47 AEST+1000

Forum Topic "First gaming PC"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

i'm a perfectionist :P If it was $1801 - i'm likely to apologise lol

Forum Topic "1800 Dollar Build. Opinions?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

For a non-overclock build, with a i5-8500 you can easily squeeze in a GTX 1080 at the same price. The GPU is what makes the difference for those high fps and in-game max settings.

Where it goes a little above the budget is the display. I added a 27" display which is the perfect size for a 1440p monitor opposed to the 24" display. Either way, if it over stretches the budget and its not to your liking you can always switch back to the 24" display.

Also, its not necessary at all, but the 'S340 elite' case does look a little better than the S340, housing a full size tampered glass! If you want to add this, heres the link: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/F28H99/nzxt-ca-s340w-w2-atx-mid-tower-case-ca-s340w-w2

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-8500 3GHz 6-Core Processor $189.89 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $34.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte - B360 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $116.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Team - Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $159.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $79.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $42.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB DUKE OC Video Card $579.99 @ Amazon
Case NZXT - S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Amazon
Monitor AOC - AG271QX 27.0" 2560x1440 144Hz Monitor $398.89 @ Newegg Business
Keyboard Razer - Cynosa Chroma Wired Gaming Keyboard $58.99 @ Amazon
Mouse Razer - DeathAdder Elite Wired Optical Mouse $54.28 @ Amazon
Headphones Logitech - G230 Headset $29.99 @ Amazon
Other Windows 10 Pro Key (Can Change Anytime) $26.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1893.80
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-21 17:48 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "First gaming PC"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

Sorry, $14 over budget!

Ryzen 7's multi-core hyperthreading will work so much better for streaming (multitasking). I7 will offer that small margin of added performance for in-game FPS but that hardly discounts the benefits reaped from having more cores, a stronger thread count and on top effortless processing. Bottom line, Both are great chips - for gaming only the i7-8600k makes sense but for gaming+steaming the Ryzen 7 2700X kicks butt like a shaolin ninja.

The GPU you had selected is a blower card, not the best when it comes to thermals and comes in with a lower core clock. Changed this to a BEASTY higher clocked Gigabyte card - less audible, more performance and that chunky heatsink with 3 mounted fans - you'll get better thermals.

Changed the PSU to something a little more current, fully modular and smaller unit - helps with managing cables under the PSU shroud as things do get a little tight under there.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7GHz 8-Core Processor $319.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Corsair - H115i PRO 55.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $139.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte - X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard $138.00 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LED 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $189.00 @ Newegg Marketplace
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $79.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $42.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card $579.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Corsair - Carbide Series 275R (White w/Tempered Glass) ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $84.98 @ Newegg
Other M65 PRO RGB FPS Gaming Mouse $39.99
Other Corsair K95 RGB Mechanical Keyboard $119.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1814.80
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-21 15:12 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "NZXT X72 vs X62 Rev 2 NEED HELP CHOOSING!!!!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

I agree with the above, the X72 is a MAJORRR overkill for a non-overclock CPU. If you were to opt for the 8700K, the Kraken X62 is more than sufficient for moderate to full OC potential.

Whats the Build for? Gaming only or streaming, editing, rending or any other multi-core process savvy tasks?

Will you be overclocking? or maybe something you might consider somewhere down the line?

Forum Topic "Building a pc for a friend (Need Opinions)"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

For casual or consistent streaming, Ryzen's multi-core performance will deliver.

If you can push the budget $37 more, I would add an SSD drive for the Operating System. Adds real nice performance. HD's are way slower but as a second storage unit, they work great! https://pcpartpicker.com/product/mPgPxr/a-data-ultimate-su800-128gb-25-solid-state-drive-asu800ss-128gt-c (but dont be deceived, it looks ugly but packs a punch under the hood)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $175.69 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - AB350M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $59.99 @ Newegg
Memory Patriot - Viper 4 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $86.98 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $42.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Zotac - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Mini Video Card $196.00 @ Amazon
Case Cougar - MX330 ATX Mid Tower Case $24.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $646.53
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-20 20:47 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "1800 Dollar Build. Opinions?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

With your display selection locked at 60hz, hitting anything above 60fps is not possible.

You have a very powerful GPU and investing in a decent display will add to the budget. Either 1080p 144hz or 1440p 144hz. The 1440p displays sit very well on 27" screens and with a higher resolution they offer superb image quality for gaming. Your 1080 card is more than capable of scoring around 120fps at this resolution.

What's your max budget? If it's gaming only the i5 CPU is perfect for the job. For gaming most of the hard work will be done by the GPU and you have a very solid one already added.

Also, will you be overclocking?

Streaming?

Forum Topic "I need some help building a PC."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

Ryzen 5 2600x is more than enough for gaming as most of the hard work will be done on the GPU. If you want Ryzen 7 for other purposes like streaming, editing, rendering, etc....no problem, it will fit the 1500 USD budget

I would add the $100 saved to the monitor budget and try getting something that will work very well with the GTX 1080 card....i.e. 1440p 144hz display (or anywhere along those lines)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor $209.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Scythe - Mugen 5 Rev. B 51.2 CFM CPU Cooler $47.99 @ Newegg Marketplace
Motherboard MSI - X470 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard $129.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $164.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial - MX500 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $72.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.18 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card $579.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $45.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $81.99 @ SuperBiiz
Optical Drive LG - GH24NSD1 DVD/CD Writer $29.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1407.89
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-20 19:12 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "I need some help building a PC."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

I gets what you mean!

The build is a BEAST and will handle current and up-and-coming demanding games with ease.

  • No cpu cooler added, the Ryzen CPU comes with a stock cooler which is pretty decent. If you are planning on overclocking, I would pick up something better.

  • Do you need an optical drive?

  • Do you need a wifi enabled and antenna included motherboard or are you planning on using ethernet?

  • Do you already own a monitor or are you intending on buying one? With the 1080 gpu card running a 1080p display locked at 60hz would be an overkill. Ideally 1440p 144hz would work nicely, or 1080p 144hz, to max out on those frames per second. Otherwise, I would save the money and go for a GTX 1060 6GB

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 2700 3.2GHz 8-Core Processor $289.89 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI - X470 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard $129.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $164.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial - MX500 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $72.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.18 @ OutletPC
Video Card Zotac - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Mini Video Card $549.99 @ Amazon
Case NZXT - S340 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 @ Newegg Business
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $81.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1413.91
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-20 15:34 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "I need some help building a PC."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

Does the budget incl. monitor and other peripherals (keyboard, mouse, etc)??

1500 USD? GBP? EURO? etc?

Forum Topic "New Build in preparation for Black Ops 4"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

Backlight bleeds are very common in IPS displays, it's basically part and parcel. Both the ASUS and ACER display panels are the same (from the same manufacturer) hence the chances of picking up one with a bad contrast of bleed exposure for both brands is the same. Luckily, mine is absolutely perfect though at a 45+ degree angle, there is some noticeable soft bleed on the bottom corners (on a black screen), otherwise no issue whatsoever and haven't noticed it again in normal/gaming use.

Forum Topic "New Build in preparation for Black Ops 4"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

The rumoured July release for the GTX-1180 is not guaranteed nor made official by Nvidia. It's possible, as this card is expected to release this year. The other problem is ''availability", as top-end cards remain in high demand (crypto miners) and with a much more affordable price tag on the 1180, it may prove a little difficult to land one immediately at launch.

Alternatively, if you want to get gaming on the go asap, if you were to push ahead with a current GPU, the overpriced 1080 Ti may be a bad investment for the short run, if wishing to upgrade to the 1180. The safe bet would be to pick up a GTX-1080 for around $500 and sell it later for the cream of the crop 1180. 1080 will work very nicely with your setup and display RES! (just an option)

Forum Topic "New Build in preparation for Black Ops 4"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

Looks good enough for a Black Ops SOLJA!!!

500GB storage, enough for you?

Your paying $120 more for the ASUS display for a more convenient OSD setting config, a joy-stick controlled scroll and possibly better looking legs (not really worth $120). The Acer alternative comes in at $599, uses the exact same display panel and spec - 27" 1440p 165hz, IPS, G-SYNC, 4ms - https://pcpartpicker.com/product/ttnG3C/acer-monitor-xb271hubmiprz

I own the Acer and have played on the ASUS model too, both exactly the same in terms of quality and performance.

Forum Topic "Black/Green Theme 4K Video Editing PC"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

Are those prices based on new parts? If yes, VERY NICE!

If used, still pretty good and current!! Though I wouldn't pay $300 for the founders edition GPU....aftermarket cards perform far better and around the same price. If used and coming in a bundle with the entire rig, get the price reduced!!!

Forum Topic "What'd ya think- first time build"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

BTW i just noticed your HD. My understanding of HD cache is somewhat limited, so I hope someone else can shed some light on this. Most current HD's host 32/64mb of cache but your selected model is only 16mb. What bearing that has on the drives performance for that temporary store to be made available to the CPU is a little beyond me but I'm all for assuming the greater the cache temp store, the better the HD performs, especially for read/write processes. I could be wrong - but look into it before checking out

Forum Topic "What'd ya think- first time build"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

perfect :)

Forum Topic "New Pc gamer"

LIVE_AMMO 0 points 11 months ago

Ryzen 5 comes with a decent stock cooler - took off the extra

RAM: Dual sticks work better, a little faster and more efficiently

BX300 SSDs from crucial are old! MX500 are more current, adding performance and more reliable. Plus, you get 10GB more

Gigabyte GPU outperforms the selected MSI variant, though not a huge difference in performance but every bit of juice counts :P

Recommendations:

  • If you can add to the budget, get a better PSU. Maybe a semi/fully modular one for better cable management and something a bit more current

  • Have you considered a second storage device? If the rigs for gaming, games certainly take a ton of space so maybe add a 500GB/1TB HD? Running the OS and all applications on the primary SSD drive and games and all other data on the second drive (HD) will work wonders!

  • Again, if you can add to the budget there are better case options for around $15-$30 more. This ones pretty decent and offers better airflow if you want to add additional fans on the front. https://pcpartpicker.com/product/ZHmxFT/fractal-design-focus-g-black-atx-mid-tower-case-fd-ca-focus-bk-w

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $134.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - B350 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard $96.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Patriot - Viper 4 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $86.98 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial - MX500 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $72.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB WINDFORCE OC 6G Video Card $328.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Deepcool - TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case $29.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA - 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Corsair - STRAFE Wired Gaming Keyboard $69.99 @ Amazon
Mouse Logitech - G502 Proteus Spectrum Wired Optical Mouse $49.99 @ Best Buy
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $905.80
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-19 23:12 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "First Build! Is it sufficient?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

Hello - 11 year old and building a computer! That's the spirit!

At eleven the only thing I was building was lego and just changing the TV remote batteries was considered a huge achievement lol

10 GBP for Windows 10, that certainly doesn't look legit.

Forum Topic "What'd ya think- first time build"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

Buy a dual pack of RAM rather than 2 individual sticks for compatibility and performance.

Check with seller if the motherboard has been updated to support the Ryzen chip. If not, you'll have to use a different CPU which is compatible with the older BIOS for the update.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor $189.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - AB350M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $59.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team - Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $159.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital - Black PCIe 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $79.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - Barracuda ES 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $24.50 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB OC Video Card $144.98 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design - Focus G Mini (Black) MicroATX Mini Tower Case $54.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $53.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full 32/64-bit $109.99 @ B&H
Monitor LG - 25UM56-P 25.0" 2560x1080 60Hz Monitor $139.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1018.40
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-19 14:41 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "I'm stumped"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

LostElement posted up a great alternative, current and more than sufficient for your needs.

Small amendment:

  • added 2x4=8GB RAM. Dual memory shared sticks perform a little better and more efficiently, plus less strenuous, though for your purpose of use it's not a MUST.

  • Optional: SSD added. Whether its a low performing SSD or a super fast one, SSD's outperform HDs!! For best and optimal speeds, only save your Operating system on the 128 GB SSD with some basic required applications. Other heavier applications, games, data - save these on the second HD drive.

The budget does go a little higher than $500 so you are free to cycle your options based on the above. Personally, I would pick up the rig as is without the GPU. Then check Ebay (etc) for a used GPU from a trusted seller for GTX 1050 / GTX 1050 TI.

Side note: Ryzen 3 1200 + gtx 1050, you get MUCH more than browser games / fortnight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWjakxrAVDY

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $94.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - B350M PRO-VH PLUS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $59.94 @ Amazon
Memory Patriot - Viper 4 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $86.98 @ Newegg
Storage ADATA - Ultimate SU800 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $37.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $43.09 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card PNY - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB Video Card $139.99 @ Amazon
Case Cougar - MX330 ATX Mid Tower Case $24.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $526.97
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-18 11:42 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "Rendering/3D Modeling Powerhouse"

LIVE_AMMO 0 points 11 months ago

If your budget permits, an alternative CPU intensive multi-core preference below (my personal choice for your type of work requirement). Ryzen is very nice, but giving preference to faster single clock speeds will work very nicely with a number of key elements associated with the applications mentioned.

  • I've added a AIO cooler for nicer thermals

  • For not exceeding the budget too much, I added the 1080 card (not the overly priced 1080 TI). With 3D-rendering/etc, certainly the better the card the greater the performance. In the coming months or towards the end of the year you can sell this card and hopefully benefit from the huge price drop on the anticipated release of GTX 1180, which should be similarly priced as the current 1080. It will definitely add significant performance (added CUDA cores and VRAM) and is expected to perform much better then the currently overpriced 1080 TI.

The competing alternative: AMD Threadripper 1950X Here's how both bench up: http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i9-7900X-vs-AMD-Ryzen-TR-1950X/3936vs3932

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i9-7900X 3.3GHz 10-Core Processor $1205.25 @ shopRBC
CPU Cooler Corsair - H110i 113.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $134.99 @ Amazon Canada
Motherboard ASRock - X299 Taichi ATX LGA2066 Motherboard $394.72 @ Amazon Canada
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $449.00 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Samsung - 970 Evo 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $304.00 @ Vuugo
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $99.50 @ Vuugo
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card $779.99 @ Memory Express
Case NZXT - S340 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $118.99 @ Amazon Canada
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $143.99 @ PC-Canada
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $3630.43
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-18 10:42 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "Rendering/3D Modeling Powerhouse"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

Unfortunately it does boil down to budget. AMD R9 threadripper or Intel i9 certainly have more to offer for high end performance workstations, hosting more cores, greater thread counts but will stretch the budget!

POWERHOUSE CPUS:

Intel Core i9-7900X (10 core - faster single cores)

AMD Threadripper 1950X (16 core - hyper thread beast)

Both coming up around $1100 each

Performance-wise, Ryzen 7 2700x handles anything you throw at it, hosting 8 cores and 16 threads its certainly good enough for those CPU intensive hyperthreading tasks. If your workload is highly consistent, with regular process modules on the go and you are looking for added performance to save on rendering/encoding times, the above 2 cpus would be a great a investment.

Likewise, for GPUs there are high performance workstation grade GPU offerings too with higher pricing tiers. These are better equipped to handle 3D rendering/encoding/etc with greater VRAM capacities but depends what your work load requirements, The consumer 1080 TI is almost right at par and actually runs super fast thanks to increased CUDA CORES aimed at gamers. In a couple of months Nvidia will be releasing GTX 1180, more VRAM, more cuda cores, better efficiency and most importantly expected MSRP for only $700 (near abouts). Where the Quaddro workstation GPUs come out infront is usually for their multi-2k/4k display support if that is something that interests you. Though pricing is rediculously high and for casual multi-tasking purposes - a nasty OVERKILL.

Xeon on the other hand are way more pricier, offer far greater cores and thread counts but on single core application performance the clock cycles are slower (which sucks). XEONS are more ideal for server workstations whereas i9/threadripper is more aimed at current consumer market high-performance process savvy media-stations.

Forum Topic "First gaming build, very new to building computers (mac survivor)"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

Weird is different, different is cool :P

Dude on a serious note, no RIG in 2018 should be without an SSD. The performance difference is absolutely huge!! Even a budget one with low performance is a huge upgrade from a HD. Other benefits - OS on HDs are just noisy but on an SSD you won't hear anything.

I added 120GB SSD. Install your Windows operating System on the SSD. Install all other applications, games and data on the HD. Overall, much better performance with super fast boot times and read and write speeds. If you can add an additional $50 to the budget, I would increase the capacity to 250GB for the primary drive and alongside the OS, install all applications on it too (not games).

Also changed RAM to 3000MHZ 'CAS15'.....with ryzen these will perform better and faster!

PSU to G3 supernova....550W is more than enough for plenty of power efficiency margins and room for upgrades. Also these units are a little smaller and will assist in offering more cable management space in the S340 elite (gets a little tight in there, under the shroud)

Just an option :)

Here goes:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU *AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $224.99 @ Memory Express
Motherboard MSI - B350 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard $126.10 @ Amazon Canada
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $144.99 @ Amazon Canada
Storage PNY - CS900 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $53.08 @ Amazon Canada
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.99 @ Amazon Canada
Video Card MSI - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB DUKE Video Card $649.99 @ Amazon Canada
Case NZXT - S340 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $118.99 @ Amazon Canada
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $99.99 @ Memory Express
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $118.50 @ Vuugo
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1581.62
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-18 01:46 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "Rendering/3D Modeling Powerhouse"

LIVE_AMMO 0 points 11 months ago
  • storage capacity requirements depends on your needs though the M.2 NVME SSDs are a must for fast boots and very valuable read and write speeds.

  • 1080ti GPUs are super expensive at the moment and prices are expected to drop this year but if your work load is graphics intensive it may suffice. Though, the 1070 ti and 1080 around half the price are fantastic. A good idea would be to understand the nature of your workflow in terms of how hungry the requirements are considering the GPUs VRAM. For photoshop, for example, those demands are not a huge concern but for 3D rendering the more the CUDA cores the BETTER!!

Forum Topic "Rendering/3D Modeling Powerhouse"

LIVE_AMMO 0 points 11 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7GHz 8-Core Processor $418.25 @ shopRBC
Motherboard Gigabyte - X470 AORUS GAMING 5 WIFI ATX AM4 Motherboard $226.99 @ Newegg Canada
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $449.00 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Samsung - 970 Evo 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $305.50 @ Vuugo
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $99.50 @ Vuugo
Video Card Zotac - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB AMP Extreme Video Card $1159.99 @ Newegg Canada
Case NZXT - S340 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $118.99 @ Amazon Canada
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $129.99 @ Amazon Canada
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2908.21
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-18 01:01 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "I'm stumped"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 11 months ago

Intels coming out on top for more recent generation parts, chipset and RAM. AMD parts list looks out-dated hence offers lower performance.

Whats your max budget?

More importantly, whats your purpose of use?

Whats your displays resolution?

Are you willing to spend more for faster performing storage solutions or are HD's more than sufficient. SSDs are far better but come at an added price.

Forum Topic "First gaming build, very new to building computers (mac survivor)"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

First and foremost - from MAC to REAL-PC, welcome home brother, you have been cleansed lol

Assuming you have a 1080p display your spec looks great. The 'might also do some video editing' is enough to recommend an INTEL i5 CPU. It will serve better with gaming with some added performance (fps). If your display is capped at 60hz (which means 60fps max in game performance), then it wouldn't really matter, either RYZEN or INTEL. If you're convinced with video editing playing a consistent role at some point or streaming, RYZEN would be the better option. So whats the plan?

Are you planning on overclocking?

Other performance recommendations/options:

  • 16GB RAM

  • SSD storage for much faster OS boots, read and write speeds.

p.s. Why is everything so expensive in Canada? Or are Canadian dollars on the XE valued higher? Sorry for my ignorance - im from the UK and not so familiar with US/Canadian rates/evaluations

Forum Topic "Opinions On Compatibility/Efficiency"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

The B250 or B360 boards are not overclock compatible. Are you intending on Overclocking?

What display resolution and refresh rates are you targeting? If you own a monitor already, is it 1080p/1440p? 60hz/75hz/etc etc??

Is it gaming and basic usage only? Or streaming/encoding/3d-rendering or any other CPU/GPU intensive process demands?

Whats your max budget?

Forum Topic "Opinions On Compatibility/Efficiency"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

Why is everyone selecting the Z270 chipset today lol....its almost as if 2016 is trying to make a come back.

Z370 chipsets and 8th GEN coffee lake CPUs are the current draw (and RYZEN)! Anything below, although still very good, in technical terms is ANCIENT!

Forum Topic "Last opinions for PC! 1440p"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

thanks Javild05 - you saved me the parts hunt!

Boister - this is exactly what I would recommend too. The 27" 1440p 144hz display is spot on, your previous 24" for a 1440p was an undesired size/pixel RES ratio. Unfortunately it does add that additional sum of money but totally worth the valuable visual experience for the remainder of your gaming days (well with this rig anyway lol).

BTW, your rig is heavily OVERCLOCK-ready. If you dont plan on overclocking at all, you could save plenty by downsizing the motherboard and CPU, maybe the cooler too and then invest more in a slightly better GPU. The EVGA 1080 TI SC is an amazing card, but can get a little hot. No big issue though, the fan curve is sufficient to keep it under 75c providing you don't mind audible fans kicking in (nothing too invasive though)

Forum Topic "Last opinions for PC! 1440p"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

dont check out just yet!!

There are definite improvements and better value for money. Gimme a minute to quickly offer a slightly amended alternative

Forum Topic "MoBo Choices on z270"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

This is what you should have in 2018!!

  • Z370 chipset and the newer GEN 6-core CPU

  • I changed the RAM to 3000Mhz, even 2400/2666Mhz is more than enough. For a gaming RIG and general-2-performance application usage, 3000Mhz is epic!

  • Changed SSD to a M.2 NVME SSD! These are much more faster. Boot times are phenomenal and read/write times will have you sweating in your pants lol. M.2 SSDs plug right onto the motherboard without any cables, so thats a huge thumbs up for performance and keeping things nice and clean. Also added 2TB HD for as little as $17.

  • PSU changed to G3, 100W on top. A slight overkill on the PSU for added assurance for those efficiency margins and future upgrades is never an overkill in itself, but just more JUICE for the thirsty mechanics and plenty of headroom for effective efficiency.

P.S. absolutely love the case....haven't seen this before in that colour theme.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor $328.00 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler NZXT - Kraken X62 Rev 2 98.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $146.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus - ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $186.92 @ Walmart
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $184.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung - 970 Evo 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $109.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.79 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card $579.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fractal Design - Meshify C White TG ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1756.55
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-17 22:59 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "MoBo Choices on z270"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 11 months ago

Z270 chipsets are for previous series of motherboards. The newer GEN (8th Gen) CPU's are compatible with Z370 chipsets. Though the chipsets are minor in comparison, the major benefit is CPU compatibility and upgraded/additional board features. The 8th GEN CPUs performs far better than the previous gen hence don't buy anything below the Z370 mark up.

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