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Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is this APU build OK?"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

24" is definitely a nice size for gaming at 1080p. If you are uncertain, maybe pop into a local store to compare display sizes.

OCing the APU: YES

OCing the Dell Display: Not certain but with a 2400G you don't need to OC above 60hz.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is this APU build OK?"

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $158.90 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte - B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $69.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Team - T-Force Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $85.98 @ Newegg Business
Storage ADATA - Ultimate SU800 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $53.99 @ Amazon
Case Thermaltake - Versa H18 Tempered Glass MicroATX Mini Tower Case $45.46 @ Newegg Business
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $43.98 @ Newegg
Monitor Dell - SE2417HG 23.6" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor $108.99 @ Amazon
Other TeckNet Gryphon Pro LED Illuminated Programmable Gaming Keyboard and Mouse set, Water-Resistant Design, US layout $34.00
Other SanDisk 16GB 2.0 Flash Cruzer Glide USB Drive (SDCZ60-016G-B35) $4.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $606.28
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-17 17:24 EDT-0400
  • Current motherboard - no need to use a older CPU to upgrade BIOS in order to use the Ryzen chip

  • Faster memory - Ryzen performance depends on it

  • Faster SSD

  • Better PSU (always aim for somewhat reputable 'current' units)

  • 24" display added. The 27" screen will rob the panel of it's sharpness (pixel/size ratio). 24" is a nice place to be with 1920x1080 resolutions.

SIDE NOTE: If you intend on adding a dedicated GPU later, take 550W power supply unit

Comment reply on Forum Topic "High-end build"

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Whats your editing workflow based on?

You may be able to benefit from the faster 970 evo (pcie x4 NVME) SSDs 250GB/500GB depending on your active workload.

Since cost is not a concern, maybe a second 1TB SSD overkill. Doesn't do much for games other than faster load times compared to conventional HDDs. Very fast transfer speeds if you work with large data on the constant.

Then a third drive = HDD.

Also consider a 280mm RAD. Bigger radiator, larger 140mm fans (quieter) and better thermals. This ones great....runs super quiet thanks to the corsair premium fans and lower RPMs delivering performance as good as the higher RPM variants: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/W6RzK8/corsair-h115i-pro-554-cfm-liquid-cpu-cooler-cw-9060032-ww

Comment reply on Forum Topic "High-end build"

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks good.

If the SLI setup is focused on gaming it won't do much. DX12 is not supporting SLI and game devs are from interested in using abstraction layers to utilise SLI possibilities (coding mayhem). For these newer 1000-series cards dual-GPU support is pretty much dead. Works in some games with marginal increase in fps, doesn't work on others and moreover inconsistencies/instability ensues. You're better of upgrading the card earlier with newer releases if required opposed to dual'ing up.

If you stick with dual-gpu's for other purposes take a 1000w PSU (Gold certified is perfect for the task).

With 9 RGB fans you could light up my entire house lol

Comment reply on Forum Topic "900 CAD First Time Build"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Gigabytes Wifi 3 boards are misleading. These do not come with Wifi integration but support headers which require wifi cards to be purchased separately. Not the best solution as external wifi antennas tend to have stronger range.

Buy a 2x4GB RAM kit, thats 2 sticks equalling to 8GB. Dual kits run better on dual controller motherboards....faster mapping, more efficient and snappier under moderate to high loads (utilisation)

Drop the 970 Evo as it won't do much at all in terms of performance. Compared to standard SATA SSDs, the performance gains are almost non-existent. Maybe 1 second faster windows boot up, a few seconds faster games load ups, etc. Take a cheaper SSD and raise the card to GTX 1060 3GB. This card will easily play demanding games on top settings hopping around 60fps.

A better PSU would be in order.

I could recommend a list but can you confirm your absolute max Budget? You said 900 but your initial list is hanging around 950. If you could push that to $1000, swapping things around, you could possibly squeeze in a 6-core Intel/Ryzen chip.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1st Build!"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I forgot to mention, its worth waiting for the GTX 1180 if you want to hit 120Hz playing demanding games in ultra settings. Although, I would prefer the GTX 1080 TI (the one you have in your list - preferably cheaper) and then switch to GTX 1180 later in 2019 when third party vendors produce their aftermarket variants with better cooling. Those Nvidia founder edition cards tend to get loud and i'm anti-noise craxxxy!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1st Build!"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

For the display, the alternative is the ROG SWIFT PG348Q (same perks: Curved 1440p ultrawide, IPS, Gsync). Key difference: this ones 100Hz + 5ms (opposed to the AW 120hz+4ms) https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/vhkwrH/asus-monitor-rogswiftpg348q Boils down to the price difference. AW is marginally better (20hz on top, 1ms difference (unnoticeable though) and slightly better sRGB but for me it boils down to price (than again - im skint)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor £320.35 @ PC World Business
CPU Cooler Noctua - NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler £76.99 @ CCL Computers
Motherboard ASRock - Z370 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £142.99 @ Amazon UK
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory £152.30 @ CCL Computers
Storage Crucial - MX500 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive £82.79 @ Amazon UK
Storage Crucial - MX500 1TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive £178.79 @ Amazon UK
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB FTW3 GAMING iCX Video Card £698.99 @ Amazon UK
Case Fractal Design - Meshify C Dark TG ATX Mid Tower Case £79.99 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply £92.97 @ Amazon UK
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £1826.16
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-17 16:22 BST+0100

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1st Build!"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

You've gone with some overkills which won't benefit (unless "abit of work" consists of serious process savvy loads)

For eg. the NVME 970 evo (pcie x4) which mostly benefits specific workloads or data sequential speeds. For your purpose of use, you might get an extra second faster windows boot up and a few second faster game load-ups. Not worth the added expense.

Platinum PSU is pointless TBH, its a better fit for workstation rigs running on high loads throughout the day. Only offers 2% added efficiency with zero benefits for a gaming rig.

Unless your 20% workloads are super memory reliant (video editing, bulk image manipulation, modelling, etc etc) 16GB for gaming and general workloads is more than sufficient and for a long time to come (future-proof). For gaming in 2018 even 8GB is sufficient and anything above that mark adds zero performance to games. 14CL @ 3200Mhz?? I just saw that now. What is your 20% work load?

You only want the Maximus X if you're a hardcore (experienced) overclocker (even then the benefits over the mid-tier Z370 boards is marginal - some added overclocking margins, slightly cooler VRM/MOSFETS, a little better memory OC stability) - is it worth £150 more, depends on the user and the intended purpose of use.

Just a side note: the i7-8700K and i5-8600K offer the same in terms of gaming performance. Both chips OC very well. The only advantage the i7 has over the i5 is it's hyper-threading which is handy if you're streaming/rendering,etc.

In other words if your workflow doesn't require the above enhancements, drop them and save your money with replacements offering the same performance. Once i get a better picture of where you are with your needs I'll be a in a better position to recommend a list.

Not sure about the price comparison now in 2018 but Alienware displays tend to be super overpriced. Same performance and model-features are available on much cheaper alternatives from ASUS, ACER and Dell. If you want, drop me a link with your particular choice of model so we can compare.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1st Build!"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you plan on doing with this build? Looks like a work-horse punching numbers like there's no tomorrow.

What about a display? Resolution and refresh rate? (eg 1080p 60hz?)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Motherboard dead. First time builder trying to salvage parts."

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

For storage holding media files (videos, images, documents, etc) it's as simple as plug and play. Always a good idea to back up things first.

For storage drives with your operating system and applications - you'll need to format those or once placed into the new system Windows installation itself will 'format' in preps for the install.

It's always safer to only hook up your primary storage drive first and leave all others disconnected. Once windows installation is complete, you can add the others.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "OPINIONS WANTED"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't need 16GB to game. Take 8GB and upgrade to another 8GB later. RAM doesn't add to gaming performance but helps with system performance if you're multi-tasking whilst gaming or running heavy memory utilising background processes.

You're better off with 8GB of RAM (single stick for a second one to add later) and taking on a superior graphics card with the likes of the RX 580 with 4GB VRAM

If you can add to the budget:

  • Take the Ryzen 2600 for $15 more

  • Take the RX 580 with 8GB VRAM for $16 more

Even without the above 2 upgrades, the list below will do a fantastic job with gaming performance (fps), graphics quality, etc.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $149.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard $91.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $77.98 @ Newegg
Storage ADATA - Ultimate SU800 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $54.50 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $43.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus - Radeon RX 580 4GB Dual Video Card $224.99 @ Amazon
Case Cougar - MX330 ATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 @ B&H
Power Supply Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $733.31
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-16 14:20 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "OPINIONS WANTED"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

240GB would be better, faster and will maintain effective speeds in the long run.

The 1050 TI is slightly better

Whats your max budget for the build?

Is it gaming only?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First PC build, any suggestions?"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Whats it for?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Currently have a decent PC/Gaming rig, what would you upgrade next? (2k 1070TI build)"

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

It's down to personal preference - 4K may offer crispy sharp image detailing but takes a big hit on FPS performance. In some demanding games in ultra settings even the GTX 1080 TI struggles to maintain 60fps. The next Gen of cards are expected to offer a nice little sweet spot for 4K gaming but again the advances in FPS performance won't be considerably high but a nice improvement.

Then again thats just me, i prefer 2K hitting around 110-140fps in demanding games (best of both worlds). Now if you don't mind averaging around 60fps, theres no denying 4K's image quality is what it is - SIMPLY AMAZING!

Alternative option: 1440p "widescreen" (thats where I'm planning to be by the end of the year - if the wife permits lol) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ0a0eAPT7s

Either way, 6700K does fall a little short for the 1080 TI. Will a solid overclock suffice? Maybe! Although, whilst the chip maintains decent re-sale value, drop it for a 6-core 8th Gen i5-8600K (if gaming only). The i7 offers hardly anything on top unless you're supporting multi-core threading workflows/hi-res streaming. Alternatively, the Ryzen 2600 is great with a very nice next Gen upgrade path (without having to swap the board).

Besides a compatible mobo - I wouldn't change anything else (maybe a case with better airflow? Meshify C?)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New PC Parts Suggestions"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

This would bring you closer to your budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor $165.99 @ Walmart
Motherboard Asus - Prime X470-Pro ATX AM4 Motherboard $152.89 @ OutletPC
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $154.99 @ Amazon
Storage Crucial - MX500 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $99.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - BarraCuda Pro 6TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $189.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Superclocked Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card $469.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design - Meshify C Dark TG ATX Mid Tower Case $88.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $103.95 @ Trusted Tech Team
Software Microsoft - Office Home and Business 2016 Software $186.49 @ My Choice Software
Monitor AOC - AG271QX 27.0" 2560x1440 144Hz Monitor $396.99 @ Walmart
Keyboard Razer - Cynosa Chroma Wired Gaming Keyboard $49.99 @ Amazon
Mouse Razer - DeathAdder Chroma Wired Optical Mouse $46.99 @ Newegg Marketplace
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2197.23
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-15 18:35 EDT-0400

For additional savings to keep it under $2000, a few options:

  • Take a 250GB SATA M.2 SSD which is more than sufficient for the operating system and applications

  • Drop the enterprise edition 6TB HD if it's not of immediate importance and take a 2TB standard consumer tiered unit for around $50/$60. Fast, reliable and with 3 platters on the go the Seagate Barracuda would work nicely

  • If the rabbit is too hard to put back into the hat, take a budget but very workable case with nice airflow - Cougar MX-330

  • If possible, look at MS Office online subscription plans for monthly payments rather than forking out almost $200 in one shot

  • You could drop 1440p 144hz to 1440p 75hz in the display department.

Any of the above or a combination, could see you nicely settled at around $1900-$2000 - depends on where you want to place your budgeting priorities

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Updating gaming build for ultra/very high settings"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

With a 1440p 144hz panel already in the bag you could definitely do with a better GPU - GTX 1080/1080 TI

Depends on your budget, but something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor $165.99 @ Walmart
Motherboard Gigabyte - X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard $131.58 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $97.98 @ Newegg
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Superclocked Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card $469.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $865.54
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-15 15:13 EDT-0400

EDIT: At 1440p gaming, intel and ryzen are pretty much at par in terms of gaming performance. Intel outperforms more on 1080p gaming so Ryzen coming in a little cheaper is a great contender. Plus the upgrade path is open until 2020 for the next gen of chips without having to replace the motherboard.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "building a fast work station for my boss"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Shes very pretty: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/DzF48d/asrock-b360-pro4-atx-lga1151-motherboard-b360-pro4

Its an ATX mobo, if your case is smaller (mini/micro) get a corresponding sized B360

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Bruh"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

It wouldn't matter - SLI is on the downer for gamers unless gaming devs pull their weight and kick-start a new liberati-freedom Act in support of SLI/CF code. DX12 is showing zero signs of mGPU too although some have the freedom to implement abstraction layers to make it possible they results are not to pleasing and inconsistencies are common. Hence the balance remains in the negative. Now, if you're saying AMD is hitting new heights in bypassing dev/DX mgpu support (which seems impossible unless AMDs gone CODE-crazy) it would be a different story.

The non-ribboned Crossfire bridging is not a step towards gaming but more in favour of SLI packaged rendering for workstations. I wouldn't say SLI/CF for gaming is completely dead but can't see it re-birthed anytime in the near future either.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Anyone have any recommendations?"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Build looks great. Maybe a better SSD @ 250GB for long term efficiency. Something like the MX500 from Crucial.

Xmas is a long time from now hence I would post a part recommendation request closer to the purchasing hour. It would be a great time to purchase considering the sales plus the newer gen graphic cards and lower pricing-tiers will be set in place.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Compatibility Check"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

oops, that was for the OP!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "AMD or Intel Build"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

@ 1440p gaming with a GTX 1080 TI, either intel or AMD will work just fine (hardly any difference setting setting them apart in terms of fps count).

I generally prefer Intels faster cores and better overclocking potential. It's not always about fps performance but the snappier returns whilst multi-tasking during gameplay.

If its more than gaming (streaming/editing/etc) AMDs multi-core and higher thread count delivers better with faster rendering. Another benefit is the upgrade path (as mentioned above). AMDs next gen chips will be compatible with current motherboards hence depending on how well they perform over current offerings - it may be worth going AMD. Then again i'm still on the 7th Gen i7-7700k and absolutely no need in sight for an upgrade

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Compatibility Check"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't have one linked in your profile either....if in existence...make sure to save it for referencing later.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What should I replace my GPU with? Help!"

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Depends on your budget. Your system is easily capable of running a GTX 1060 / RX 580. These cards are great for 1080p gaming and go for around $250 (US dollars). If thats too much, let us know your budget as cheaper options will outperform the HD 7850 very nicely.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I need some upgrades for my current parts list (at bottom of message) Send Help!"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure about the specs today to be able to run this stuff

The 7700 is a fantastic chip for gaming even in todays standards. You got all that and more for $300? Its a steal and a half!

What about the motherboard?

No CPU cooler?

To clarify, is the monitor included in the $700 budget? If not, for $700 a top end GPU can easily make your 4K dreams possible, although taking a hit on gaming performance (fps). 1440p would be so much better for the best of both worlds (sharp image quality + performance)

Have you considered taking an SSD too? (simply makes the system run much faster where tangible/effective speeds are seen through OS/app boot times and data transfer rates)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Just need some second/third opinions"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

That build looks great just a couple of changes:

  • Added SSD (you may have forgotten to add one as you had one listed in your initial post). The PCIE x4 NVME drive (970 EVO) is optional - you won't notice any real performance gains for the system in general, nor for games. The only real tangible benefits are slightly faster game load times (although I believe you are placing those on the HD instead)

  • Avoid the blower type GPUs - these get hot and sound off like a jet engine. The aftermarket cards which are newer house larger heatsinks, are superclocked (added performance), run cooler and quieter with 3 fans and offer additional headroom for overclocking.

  • Newer CPU cooler with higher TDP and much quieter than its previous counterpart thanks to corsair using better low-audible static pressure fans.

  • Motherboard swapped for one which has integrated AC wifi and comes with antennas. In my opinion, performs better than the AC51 wireless card.

  • I would stick with a Corsair (RMx/T-series) or Seasonic Gold Plus series PSUs. EVGAs price drop is not competitively-based but in favour of their lower-tiered protection features, pre-series capacitors and mid-tier fan-proficiency which is bearable but louder than the above 2 recommendations.

  • You don't need hybrid FireCuda as a secondary drive as it homes in very little performance gains. Go with a 7200RPM Barracuda which is equally reliable, faster and cheaper.

Once you've finalised the above, you want to focus on the case option. The 270R is not fit for a heat-motivated build - considering you have a GTX 1080 TI and a 6 core i7 in the bag. A case with better airflow would do the system greater justice! There are tons of options with great airflow and if it's of interest with a side tampered glass too. If you need case recommendation, let me know what you fancy.

For the display, although 4K will offer amazingly crisp image detailing, it takes a pretty big hit on gaming performance (fps). Most demanding titles played in ultra settings will struggle to maintain 60fps. For best of both worlds (sharp image quality and higher fps), a 27" 1440p 144hz gaming panel work amazingly with a GTX 1080 TI. Alternatively for more immersive gameplay you could opt for a curved 1440p widescreen panel but does get a little costly. Again if you need help choosing one, let me know.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor £316.97 @ Amazon UK
CPU Cooler Corsair - H115i PRO 55.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler £115.00 @ AWD-IT
Motherboard Gigabyte - Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £187.19 @ Aria PC
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory £174.79 @ Alza
Storage Crucial - MX500 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £75.99 @ CCL Computers
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £51.59 @ Aria PC
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB FTW3 GAMING iCX Video Card £690.93 @ Amazon UK
Case Corsair - 270R ATX Mid Tower Case £54.98 @ CCL Computers
Power Supply Corsair - RMx 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply £87.99 @ Amazon UK
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit -
Sound Card Asus - Xonar DGX 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card £31.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £1787.42
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-14 21:36 BST+0100

EDIT: SOS, I forgot your video editing/recording requirements. You may actually prefer the 970 evo storage unit to benefit from its much faster sequential read/write speeds. Depending on your file-size/s, if naturally exceeding 10GB-30GB with multiple active projects on the go, maybe consider taking a 500GB stick to accomodate active workflow. Larger NVME drives (above 250GB) offer better performance, lower latency mapping and run more effectively in the long run thanks to the added NAND chips

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Any recommendations for this build planning to buy this in a week or 2"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

That makes sense

If you're gaming on a 1080p display dont worry about overclocking as the GTX 1070 TI is a beast of a card and will easily support 144fps too.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Any recommendations for this build planning to buy this in a week or 2"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats a pretty expensive AIO CPU cooler! Did you choose this particular one for the AURASYNC synchronisation?

Drop the GTX 1070 TI and take a GTX 1080 (priced cheaper/same/similar and plenty to choose from in your price bracket). This one in particular: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/63yxFT/evga-video-card-08gp46183

Take a better 250GB SSD with better performance! Something like the MX500 from Crucial or Samsung 860 Evo (assuming this is for the Operating System and applications). For the second SSD (assuming its for gaming and other media), a mid-tier unit will work just fine or pick up a decent performer with the likes of the MX500 again (500GB). Games don't really benefit from SSDs apart from slightly faster load times. You may be better off picking up a cheaper 1TB / 2TB HD.

Your rig would work nicely with a 550w PSU unit, 650w is recommended for overclocking, future upgrades and plenty of power efficiency margins in the tank but 750w is plain-sight OVERKILL!! Go 650W

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need your opinion!"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

For gaming, streaming and video/image editing - take the 1st option.

Swap the 2600X for the 2600 chip. Performance-wise the 2600X offers very little on top. Should save you around 30/40 euros. Great thing about current AMD motherboards is the 2020 upgrade path of AMDs next generation of chips. You could upgrade the chip without having to replace the motherboard and sell the the one in hand for a very nice and sizeable re-sale value.

Not sure how RAM is priced down your neck of the woods, but try picking up 3000Mhz 15CL / 3200Mhz 16CL. For RAM utilised video rendering or RAW file manipulation, these modules offer a slight advantage. For gaming and streaming, it wouldn't matter.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Computer for under $2500"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem, the i7's got you covered! A great all-rounder chip. Best for gaming and renders videos very nicely too!!

If you prefer the Ryzen route with slightly lower core performance (basically a little less FPS in games) but additional cores for slightly faster rendering times (maybe 10-15% faster) consider the 8-core Ryzen 7 2700X. Asset manipulation, preset applications, on-screen editing/ tools work better with intels faster cores whereas the post-production/rendering will benefit with Ryzen added cores. Not always though, as some leading software packages are not optimised to benefit from multi-core hyperthreading.

I know im sounding more and more like an intel fan boy but far from it. I use both chips for specific workstations. So i thought i'd add - if you did opt for Ryzen there is an added advantage in addition to the above. Unlike intel, AMDs next generation of chips will be compatible with AMDs current motherboards. If you fancy an upgrade in the "near" future for even better performance, consider the Ryzen 2700X.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Computer for under $2500"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

For gaming this would work better:

  • 1080 TI

  • 1440p 144hz display (sharper image quality). You also have a couple of options to add GSYNC but it may get a little pricier.

  • I7-8700K performs better for gaming + the added benefit of improved overclocking headroom. Single core performance is superior for your work needs too. AMDs multi-core advantage is better targeted for rigs which need that rendering horse-power for faster task completions (eg, video editing, modelling, etc)

  • You may want to switch back to the noctua cooler to keep the fan contrast in check with the case fans. But the Scythe does perform better and comes in for less. Runs super silent too (at par with Noctua)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor $359.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Scythe - Mugen 5 Rev. B 51.2 CFM CPU Cooler $47.99 @ Newegg Marketplace
Motherboard ASRock - Fatal1ty Z370 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $164.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $157.98 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial - MX500 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $89.95 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $57.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB DUKE OC Video Card $659.99 @ Amazon
Case Thermaltake - Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $59.93 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $103.95 @ Trusted Tech Team
Case Fan Noctua - NF-F12 PWM 55.0 CFM 120mm Fan $19.40 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Noctua - NF-A20 PWM 86.5 CFM 200mm Fan $29.95 @ Amazon
Monitor AOC - AG271QX 27.0" 2560x1440 144Hz Monitor $396.99 @ Walmart
Keyboard Redragon - K552 Wired Gaming Keyboard $29.99 @ Amazon
Mouse Corsair - M65 PRO RGB FPS Wired Optical Mouse $45.94 @ Amazon
Headphones Logitech - G430 7.1 Channel Headset $38.23 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2353.05
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-13 19:43 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Computer for under $2500"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this for gaming only?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need help to choose final 2 pieces {cpu and gpu}"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

You will have all the cables you need. Power connectors will come with the PSU and the SATA cables will be included with the motherboard.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Advice on Best DDR4 timings/clock speeds for intel 8700k"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Whats the build for?

Considering price, value + performance:

Either, 3000Mhz 15CL or 3200Mhz 16CL. which ever is cheaper as both will map at the same speed (real timing NS speeds).

For a gaming and general productivity rig, with dual controller modules even 2400Mhz 14/15CL or 2666Mhz 15/16CL will work just as good!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Just need some second/third opinions"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great on the outset

For an easier review - build a parts list here: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/, from the top of the list where it is labelled "Markup" hit the first icon (looks like a single drawer filing cabinet). Copy the code and post it here.

For a gaming PC you can definitely save some money here looking at some of the parts. If overclocking take a 650W unit. Although 550W is more than sufficient to accommodate the OC + future upgrades, you'll be closing in on the units power efficiency margins which are best kept aside. The more the leeway, the less the unit produces heat. I would also recommend taking the Seasonic unit instead of EVGA - just as good and better with premium protection features, better capacitors and runs quieter too!.

Awaiting your PCPP list - a few questions:

  1. Are you planning on overclocking?

  2. Display resolution and refresh rate? (eg 1080p 60hz)

  3. Would you be interested in a Wifi integrated motherboard? These are AC-ready and come with antennas too.

  4. Your storage is more on the overkill side of things considering a gamer sys won't benefit much from an NVME. You're better off taking 500GB MX500 SSD from Crucial. Pro-enterprise edition 4TB is a little pricey too for a secondary unit. The consumer-based 2TB drives are just as reliable unless a single 4TB is a fixed preference. Let me know your thoughts on that

EDIT: For a few dollars more go for a USB media Windows drive (retail version). OEM is non-transferable

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need help to choose final 2 pieces {cpu and gpu}"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

This would work just fine!!

If you do reconsider, the A400 240GB is only £14 more and will run faster. Just an option to keep in mind

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need help to choose final 2 pieces {cpu and gpu}"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

The H310 board will be fine, although dual RAM stick won't benefit from improved performance as dual controller support is limited on this board. There are a few other hits on performance but overall its nothing too concerning as the board will work decently for a gamer. The B360 is a better quality board, better cooling, better controlled VRM/power management and works effortlessly via the dual controller memory modules. More PCIE lanes+HS I/Os and additional connectivity.

120GB will work nicely. Although I would recommend only storing the OS and some of the basic apps on it. 120GB SSD in real-time is actually around 95-100GB of actual capacity. For the SSD to run optimally (best effective speeds and longer term durability/health) another 15% should be left unused. That leaves you around 80-85GB which is sufficient for the Windows and some light weight apps. Store everything else on the HD.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need help to choose final 2 pieces {cpu and gpu}"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Where are you based? I assumed you're in the UK

Comment reply on Forum Topic "About to purchase parts for first PC build"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks great!! That 1080 TI from EVGA paired with your 1440p display is just beautiful!!!

The H7 was going for around $35, it's taken a turn! You're better off taking the Scythe, its cheaper and outperforms the H7. If you don't plan on overclocking, the stock cooler which comes with the 2600 chip is fantastic so you wouldn't need either of the above 2.

The G3 PSU is a nice little unit. It does have some protection feature shortfalls but considering you're carrying an overkill supply unit at 750W - you got zero concerns!! The fan does sound off a little more to my liking. Alternatively, if interested, to iron out the above - Seasonics got you covered very nicely: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/WrNypg/seasonic-focus-plus-gold-650w-80-gold-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-ssr-650fx

I would also avoid 3TB HD consumer-based storage drives as their fail-rate is higher! Either consider a 2TB HD, or a pro-enterprise edition 3TB / 4TB unit. They get a little pricey hence if you prefer more than 2TB you also have the option of taking 2 of them.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need help to choose final 2 pieces {cpu and gpu}"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I though you said your budget was £590 max?

All parts were recommended based on best performance and compatibility.

To change the list just open this link: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/bhnddX and click the "edit this part list" button on the top right.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need help to choose final 2 pieces {cpu and gpu}"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

The case comes with a fan already. With an open mesh front for airflow and a fan on the rear for the exhaust you don't absolutely have to purchase additional fans. For some cooler temps, its always nice to to pick up an extra or couple. Something you can do later if the budget is tight.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "gaming / vr build (console peasant moving to pc master race)"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't touch SLI for gaming in 2018 with current GEN cards (workstation SLI for rendering - no problem). Nvidia is no longer supporting SLI profiles/code for the current 1000-series cards hence optimisation is very poor and some games simply crash (inconsistencies, instability, etc). You're better off going taking the upgrade path by picking up newer cards in the near future.

Both recommended cases are fully dust filtered. Regardless if you prefer the Obsidian, can't deny it's a very nice looking case and solid-based.

650W is more than enough for MAX overclocking and maintaining plenty of juice in the tank to keep those power efficiency margins at bay (15-20%). PCPP wattage readings are a safe-parameter and largely "over-estimates" hence don't worry about those markings.

Curved panels at 1440p are super expensive and over-rated. Problem is, these tend to be around the 32" mark. The standard 2560x1440 (1440p) maintains best pixel/size ratio on 27" panels for sharp image quality. What you could go for are curved "Widescreen" panels which are great for gaming too although the added performance can take a little hit on FPS performance as more pixels means more weight on the GPU (although the GTX 1080 TI can handle those resolutions nicely). Only issue is cost...they tend to get expensive.

2 OPTIONS: (curved widescreens)

2560 x 1080 (1080p 144hz widescreen) for $900 - nice image quality!! https://nz.pcpartpicker.com/product/LrcMnQ/lg-34uc79g-b-340-144hz-monitor-34uc79g-b

3440 x 1440 (1440p 100hz widescreen) for $1200 - very nice and sharper image quality!! https://nz.pcpartpicker.com/product/JvWfrH/asus-rog-strix-xg35vq-350-3440x1440-100hz-monitor-xg35vq

Or if you simply want the very best and $$$ is not an issue, here's a curved widescreen 1440p with "GSYNC" for $1500 https://nz.pcpartpicker.com/product/WDcMnQ/acer-monitor-umcx1aa002. The difference being GSYNC eliminates screen tearing and offers a little more smoother gameplay - whethers it's worth it or not, entirely depends on your pockets and enthusiasm.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Motherboard dead. First time builder trying to salvage parts."

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

To re-use your current CPU, you will have to purchase an older compatible board, much like your original one. With your $1000 budget, you can do much better by taking a new current motherboard with a new CPU. The 8th Gen i5-8600K (6 cores) is way better then the Sky Lake i7-6700 (4 cores). You're basically 2 generations behind with your current i7-6700 CPU.

For your $1000 budget, this will work better: (sell the replaced parts to make some money back)

  • If you plan on overclocking, swap out the CPU cooler for a better one. Otherwise the M9i from Cryorig is fantastic and will also allow a nice moderate OC.

  • You don't need more storage. Keep your 125GB SSD for the OS and applications. Use the 1TB HD for games and other Media. You can always add more later.

  • I changed the case too. You want something with better airflow. (case example below - although there are many to choose from)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor $254.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - M9i 48.4 CFM CPU Cooler $19.99 @ Newegg Marketplace
Motherboard ASRock - Z370 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $115.00 @ Amazon
Memory Team - Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $140.98 @ Newegg
Video Card MSI - Radeon RX 580 8GB ARMOR OC Video Card $267.99 @ Amazon
Case Cooler Master - MasterBox MB500 ATX Mid Tower Case $74.96 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $103.95 @ Trusted Tech Team
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $977.76
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-13 12:49 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need help to choose final 2 pieces {cpu and gpu}"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Out of the 4 GPUs you listed, the GTX 1060 3GB is much better for todays demanding games at 1080p. I've added a Zotac GTX 1060 3GB below for $189.99 from Amazon.

Also a couple of other recommendations:

  • Better feature-full motherboard and higher quality PCB

  • Dual RAM kits on dual controller motherboards improve performance and efficiency hence 2 sticks added to make 8GB

  • 250GB SSD will work better for your Operating System, applications and active workloads. Over time storage devices pile on data from security patches, updates, dump files etc etc. You want to maintain plenty of headroom for the SSD to work effectively. The MX500 is blazing fast too!

  • Avoid the MasterBox Lite case, its plasticy and flimsy with a cheap side window which easily scratches. Plus poor airflow for keeping internal components cooler.

  • You can't be stingy on the Power Suppy unit, always aim for a good quality one for efficient power margins, current protection features and reliable mechanisms which form the PCB layout for durability and lower heat emissions. Good power draw = healthy component life cycles.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor £92.34 @ Aria PC
Motherboard ASRock - B360M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £69.98 @ CCL Computers
Memory Team - Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory £68.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk
Storage Crucial - MX500 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £51.59 @ Aria PC
Storage Seagate - BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £29.99 @ Aria PC
Video Card Zotac - GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB AMP! Edition Video Card £189.99 @ Amazon UK
Case Thermaltake - Versa H18 Tempered Glass MicroATX Mini Tower Case £38.99 @ Novatech
Power Supply Corsair - CXM (2015) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply £47.99 @ Amazon UK
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £589.86
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-13 15:28 BST+0100

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need help to choose final 2 pieces {cpu and gpu}"

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

It would help if you could confirm your max budget incl. GPU rather than ranking the above GPUs. You could do with some performance/reliability improvements in your list too.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need your opinion -- first build -- looking for an office (excel) beast/gaming computer"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're gonna game! You might as well do it in style!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $115.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - M9i 48.4 CFM CPU Cooler $19.99 @ Newegg Marketplace
Motherboard ASRock - B360M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $92.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $79.99 @ Newegg Business
Storage Crucial - MX500 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $67.72 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $43.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card XFX - Radeon RX 580 8GB GTS XXX ED Video Card $249.99 @ Amazon
Case Thermaltake - Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $59.93 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $65.02 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $795.41
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-12 21:57 EDT-0400

If your excel workflow in measured in GB's running hefty functions/macros - depending on your data cap 16GB of RAM may have greater precedence. Hitting the 10GB+ notes is where RAM caching and larger capacities is necessary and i'd give i7's 6 core hyperthreading a shot too for faster calculations and 2 subsidy cores for the added headroom.

Comment reply on BrainNurse's Completed Build: Manta Mania 2

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

I built my niece an i3-8100 paired with a used GTX 1060 3GB and then spent an absolute BOMB!!!!!!!!!! on her desk, RGB strips in the case, out of the case, on the side, on the top, down below, under the stone, beyond the bone and then threw in a few flashy fans, christmas bright RAM sticks and if that wasn't enough denied myself a charitable sale and gave her my previously owned $100 RGB Mech keyboard and mouse etc etc etc.

Thank God I didn't post that up on here.....Lord Od1sseas's "WRATH" may have consumed all of us lol

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Upgrading pc."

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! That ASUS board is at par with the above recommended ASRock Extreme and the bundle comes in cheaper. Go for it!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Upgrading pc."

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

yes 550W will work just fine!

The motherboard mentioned by ImperiousBattlestar is a fantastic mid-tier runner. I would go with the same one unless you have specific requirements.

If you don't plan on connecting to the internet via ethernet (hard-wiring) you also have the option of taking an integrated wifi motherboard (antennas included) or slip in a wifi pcie card.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Motherboard dead. First time builder trying to salvage parts."

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

$1000 is great for these upgrades

Couple of Qs:

  1. Which of the following parts do you currently have?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
Storage Western Digital - Black 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $157.87 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $113.29 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $74.99 @ Newegg Marketplace
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $81.69 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus - Radeon RX 580 8GB ROG STRIX Video Card $299.99 @ Amazon
(https://pcpartpicker.com/product/MfH48d/microsoft-os-fqc08930) $127.98 @ Trusted Tech Team
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-12 18:59 EDT-0400
  1. Are you planning on overclocking?

  2. Whats your display resolution and refresh rate (eg. 1080p 60hz)

  3. If buying Windows news, would you prefer the retail version which is fully transferable. Only a few dollars more.

p.s. honestly anything above 16GB would remain unused and a wasted overhead. 2 sticks equating to 16GB DDR4 on dual controller motherboards is already a very nice upgrade with plenty of years to come under the belt.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gaming build"

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

looks great!!

If you plan on overclocking, I would consider a motherboard with better regulated power draws and cooler VRM/MOSFETS.

The same brand and make RAM modules which are rated CL15 (basically lower latencies = faster timings) are only $2 more.

More importantly take the GTX 1080, comes in cheaper and adds more cuda cores and lower latency VRAM. https://pcpartpicker.com/product/49YWGX/msi-geforce-gtx-1080-8gb-duke-oc-video-card-gtx-1080-duke-8g-oc

You might as well consider a 1440p 144hz display for sharper image quality, larger screen and better immersive gameplay. The GTX 1080 should easily land you around 80-110fps on the average in demanding games on ultra settings.

I would consider a case with better airflow as these 1000-series cards generate heat like its the 4th of July

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