I did a calibration on mine, but mine was fine out of the box.
There's a guide here: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-calibrate-your-monitor/
I'll admit the monitor is quite vivid, but that's what I wanted. I wanted an IPS-like experience for photos, but with better response for gaming.
It is hard to compare laptops and desktops. Laptops are cheap because the chipsets are basically designed for the contents of the laptop, and nothing more. Trackpads are standard on 99% of laptops out there, so you're only option would be to find one where the trackpad isn't centered.
-You're essentially talking about:
- a dual core with hyper threading (G4560) or a quad core with no hyper threading at 2.5GHz.
- 16 GB of RAM
- 256 GB SSD
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A desktop computer will be about 20-30% faster in most tasks, mostly due to clock speed.
If you are set on a laptop, you might be better off to just upgrade the ram on a 8gb model. Remember that most laptops have the ram slots full, so you'll have to buy a new set of ram, not just an addition 8GB stick.
I think you would be better off doing a Ryzen build, since you're issue is more with multiple applications being open. You also save some money going this route:
You're going to see better performance in the M.2 SSD vs the 1TB 850 Evo you had selected; I would use the savings to buy a bigger HDD if space will be an issue. In addition, You've got 6 cores clocked at the same speed as the i7-7700, but the 1600X is about $70 cheaper (30 if you include the price of the cooler), but still overclockable.
In terms of the specific issues you have, I'm not sure if building a new computer is necessarily the solution. It really depends on the application. If you're like me, doing statistical analysis on thousands of observations using SAS, then yes, an upgrade would be beneficial. However, if you're just writing a lot of word documents, you might not see the performance bump you'd hope.
Both are up now. Someone else has posted it as well.
It's Canadian Dollars in the retailer I selected. However, if you go to the NCIX US site....holy smokes they have it listed as the same price, but USD... ug.
I would hope that US retailers will bring that price down (NCIX is based out of Vancouver).
Well then, maybe if the interest is there, perhaps get your 10 yr old involved in the build! Might be a great experience for the both of you. Even when you get to my age (30s), I had a great time helping my dad build his PC a couple years ago. I'd recommend making a weekend afternoon plan of it.
If you have another computer around, you could always go with the OEM version of Windows 10, get your own usb key, and download Windows and make your own bootable. It's not hard, and will save you maybe $15.
As well, you don't have a price on that case. Might have trouble getting it if you don't already have it. Another option is the Fractal Design Focus G Mini.
To play into your budget though, I would skimp on the peripherals a bit for now. Maybe consider the Cooler Master Devastator II Bundle or similar, then just save up for your dream keyboard and mouse.
There is a template for list requests, that really help us out in giving you what you need:
Here's a start, assuming you're only talking the tower and OS:
You don't need this entire build if you aren't gaming. I was under the impression that your 10 yr old does game. If you aren't gaming at all, you can get away with no video card as well. That brings the build down to $500.
If you still want to build this computer, yes, there are all the "buy" buttons to quick link you to the components. This website is pretty much all people who are interested in assembling their own PC, so when you post here, you're getting perspective from PC builders.
If you are that unsure about building a PC, there are plenty of other options that might be just as good, for the same price, and its instant satisfaction.
One possibility is mini PCs. They are self contained, and generally take up very little space. An example would be the VivoMini: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883221348
The other option would be to go back to the pre-built route.
Example of a similar desktop is here: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/cyberpowerpc-gamer-xtreme-desktop-intel-core-i3-8gb-memory-amd-radeon-r7-240-1tb-hard-drive-white/5712944.p?skuId=5712944
I'm not trying to discourage you from building though. It is a great learning experience, and could be addictive :D
You get the bracket from Cooler Master: http://www.coolermaster.com/store-locator/amd-am4-upgrade-kit
They are out of stock at the moment apparently. They have a list of coolers that are compatible right out of the box here: http://www.coolermaster.com/amd-am4-ryzen-compatability/en/#am4-compatiblity-list
I would not buy the Samsung 850 EVO as a M.2. That's a SATA part, so it won't take advantage of PCI-E speeds.
I would go with the 960 EVO instead.
You don't really need the H7 cooler, as the included cooler is pretty good, unless you really want it for aesthetics. In addition, you might need an additional bracket with that cooler.
Looks fine to me otherwise.
He could always use the included cooler to save the $46 on the FUMA, and if he finds it to not be satisfactory, then upgrade the cooler.
I would say it might be better to start fresh. At 8 years old, I'm surprised you haven't had other issues with the computer yet, such as a power supply. Those pre-builds can have some low end, low quality parts in them.
The biggest factor is your comfort with building a new computer from scratch. There are plenty of videos on this website on how to build PCs, which are very straightforward.
Here is a place to start. I started with an entry level G4560 processor, which is a dual core, but can handle 4 threads at once. 8 GB of ram is generally enough for even moderate gaming. I also put a SSD drive in here, but made sure it was a reasonable size in case you didn't want to use your 1TB from your old computer (the 1TB is going to be slow though, as it's likely a SATA II drive).
Finally, added Windows and gave you a entry-level video card, that should be reasonable enough for a while.
This is what I came up with. There is a global shortage of RX580's due to cryptocurrency mining, so I selected a 1060 6GB in its place.
If you see RX 580 stock, feel free to switch that part out.
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You can get away with a different PSU (Such as the CXM series, any will do), but thought the G2 would last you the long run and is a great PSU.
Build your partition(s) on the 1TB HDD.
Open File Explorer.
Click Quick Access if it isn’t open.
Click the user folder that you want to change to select it.
Click the Home tab on the Ribbon.
The Home tab is displayed.
In the Open section, click Properties.
In the Folder Properties window, click the Location tab.
Browse to the new location you want to use for this folder.
Click Select Folder.
You’re asked to confirm that you want to move all files from the old location to the new location.
Click Yes and wait for the files to be moved to the new location.
-excerpt from dummies.com,
ShopRBC has 130 on order, you could wait in the backorder for it.
It's extremely popular, so many retailers are just not listing them on their websites.
You could go with the G4600. it's $40 more.
I would say so. The G4560 is a dual core processor, although hyperthreaded like an i-3, so it can handle a total of 4 threads. It is clocked faster than the Ryzen as well, but basically only half the core/thread count.
Generally broadcasting is multi-thread intensive, so they generally recommend to have as many cores and threads as possible. It's doable, and if you're not running the games off the computer it might work, but the Ryzen is a better option in my opinion.
The 120GB you could keep if you want. I would migrate the boot partition over to the new drive.
That motherboard should have 2 open slots for ram, so you shouldn't have to replace the ram.
Elgato requires Windows. If you are only running your PS4 through though, might be able to drop $20 by putting the 550 2GB in there, but you might just want to save up a few dollars more to get the system.
Other than that, you'd have to go with the G4560, which is capable enough to do the job, but still would prefer to do the Ryzen.
You want to match what you have for RAM.
1070 > 1060 or RX580.
In terms of how loud it gets, you could replace some of the fans to improve airflow. Be Quiet! Silentwings aren't bad, nor is Noctua.
There are three places I would even bother looking to upgrade, but I'm wondering why you're thinking of upgrading? Is there something specific you are trying to accomplish?
The first place is probably not the one you thought, but I'd replace the SSD. The 120GB SP600 sufferes from crappy write speeds, due to the size of the chips used. I would consider either a M.2 PCI-E (see Samsung Evo 960 256GB) or go with a larger, speedier SSD like a 500GB Samsung 850 Evo.
The second place is you could replace the video card. This is kinda of a big ticket item, and prefer not to replace these things when they are still relevant. This is why I asked you what you wanted to accomplish above. A RX 580 would be about 50-60% better overall, if you could find one, but even a 1060 6GB would boost performance by a substantial amount.
Finally, you could boost your RAM. For gaming, 8GB is plenty. Iif you're doing other tasks, Might benefit from a boost.
Can scale down the price by subbing the SSD for a HDD, and reducing the video card if needed.
Parts should work together.
Everything will fit. That's not a problem.
Your link is set to US. This would have been helpful information. I will repost compatible lists shortly.
I think there are a lot of ways you can improve it. A lot of the selections are very low quality components, and you're not doing yourself any favors by cutting corners for the price.
The issues include:
If you want to save some money, why not try this?
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Or if you REALLY want to stay intel:
Edit for change to AUD pricing.
If it is a plain, non-K Intel i7-7700, you could go with a H270 or B250 motherboard. Generally, this means you can't overclock your RAM (limited to 2400MHz), and SLI/Crossfire is out the window. Keep in mind as well that you don't need to buy a cooler with a 7700, as the stock will work just fine.
The other option would be to look at AMD, if you haven't bought the processor yet. You can get a 4 core/8 thread 1500X for about $175, including the cooler. That's about $120 savings, and you can still overclock the 1500X.
Without going to a G4560, which isn't great for broadcasting, this is what I came up with.
Australia prices really dig into your budget bad. As well, Windows chews up a lot of your budget. This setup would be fine for console broadcasting, but playing at the same time on the PC might slow things down.
Do you already own the card?
Its a decent start, and you can easily upgrade to a SSD or upgrade the Video card as needed.
At that price, you're essentially competing with a Ryzen 5 1400. Only difference is threading of the processor; the AMD part will have more threads, but the i5 will be clocked faster, which is better for gaming.
That link doesn't work. You must have deleted it.
Best thing to do is update all your drivers. There's nothing inherently wrong with that setup, but you just might have some bad drivers.
Red Dead Redemption 2 has not been confirmed for PC. Only consoles.
I would say if you can afford to squeeze to the 1070, it is worth it. Not only do you open up a big change in speed, you also can SLI (as limited as it is at the moment).
You also picked a pricer brand. Why not https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/h9cMnQ/palit-geforce-gtx-1070-8gb-dual-video-card-ne51070015p2-1043d
A1: If your system is running normally, likely no.
A2: MSI usually has a Live Update tool, which will tell you if drivers or BIOS are out of date, and can handle downloads and installs. You can download it at https://us.msi.com/Motherboard/support/970-GAMING.html#down-utility
A3: The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO works fine. It's quiet, and effective for an air cooler.
Ryzen is unlocked. You can overclock it.
The reason the error is happening is most aftermarket coolers were designed before the release of the AM4 motherboards. As such, some require a bracket to be shipped from the supplier of the cooler.
My advice is to just use the stock cooler for now, and if it seems to noisy or isn't performing well, then look at other options.
The cooler that comes with the Ryzen 5 is supposed to do a decent job, and might be easier to install. The 212 Evo may need a different bracket, and costs extra.
So there are trial and insider versions of Windows 10, however they will not have full features, or in the case of insider versions, are test builds. I have heard that the trial version can be used, but has a watermark that stays on your screen all the time, and some of the personalization is locked out.
Yes, that's not a problem. It's a great deal at the moment.
You aren't going to be able to do much from the retail market with what you have, and the amount you want to spend.
The community MIGHT be able to get you into something that will work for what you want, for maybe €400 or so.
I'd just update the graphics card, and maybe a solid state drive.
The 6400 is a bit slow, but wouldn't say it's outdated at all. You might even be able to find a 6600 or a 6700 to replace it with.
In single core performance, your looking at a slightly slower clock rate in the same cost bracket, which doesn't really equate to much. Multi-threaded applications are MUCH faster on the Ryzen than the i5. i5 can generally handle 4 threads, where the 1600 can handle 12.
8 GB of ram should be okay for most things, but you can always add more ram at any time (there are 4 slots on the motherboard I picked).
I included the storage anyway, just because I don't like reusing all hard drives on a fairly new build unless it's absolutely necessary.
Ryzen replaced AMD's entire line. They are intended to contend with Intel's Consumer and workstation market. The benefit is that they are giving you comparable (sometimes a little less) performance per core, but the cost is less for the AMD products and AMD is giving you more cores.
The G4560 is no slouch in gaming; its single core performance is great for the price. Once you get into other applications, like video encoding or broadcasting, you need more cores.
You could go £15 over budget and get a 7600K and a Cryorig C7.
I wanted to put you into Ryzen, but that would have been just over 600 including OS.
FX series is essentially a "Clearance". Friends don't let friends buy a FX unless they are incredibly desperate.
You're not going to get into 4K at that price range, unfortunately.
You can get up into 1440p gaming with no problem:
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Sounds like the MSI X370 SLI Plus might be what you're looking for:
Wifi is only available on Asrock boards, you are correct. The ASRock X370 Taichi was the cheapest one at 199 that I could confirm Gen 2 ports on.
You should be able to just connect the 4 Fan to the controller, then the controller to the motherboard. You would generally use a SYSFAN or Chasis header to connect that controller.
You could also check out how they did it on the live buiild; they are using an Asrock board but it should be the same:
The benefit of going with a motherboard with WIFI already there is generally you don't have to lose a PCI-E or USB to the adapter.
That beign said, there are only 3 available at the moment:
They are all Asrock ATX boards. If that doesn't work with the case you're looking at, I'd go with just buying an adapter; PCI-E if you have a spare slot, or USB 3 is fine as well.