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Comment reply on jared.melton's Completed Build: smol boi

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, the only glaring thing jumping out at me that I would change is your SSD. I gather you're going to be using that PNY CS900 for Windows. I wouldn't recommend that drive as an OS drive. It lacks DRAM and has a pretty weak controller.

For around $20, you can usually get a Team Group L5 Lite 3D 120 GB, which is a solid budget SSD and is appropriate as a lower cost OS drive. If you can stretch a little bit, I personally prefer the Adata SU800 (NOT the SU650/655 as those are also DRAM-less) for value to performance as a budget OS drive.

Less important than that, IMO, is the PSU. That 600B will certainly get the job done, but if you have that kind of a PSU budget, you could wait for a sale on a semi or fully modular power supply (or even check out EVGA's midweek madness sales - I've had a lot of great luck with those units) and REALLY improve your quality of life from a build standpoint.

Otherwise, it looks clean. You'll get a lot of mileage out of that rig, for sure.

Comment reply on jared.melton's Completed Build: smol boi

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Obviously, it'll depend on the other components and the resolution/settings you're going for... but yeah, it won't likely disappoint.

Comment reply on jared.melton's Completed Build: smol boi

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

At 1080P gaming, the CPU is kind of your limiting factor there... and Ryzen pairs well with the Polaris GPU's.

Honestly, if I was gonna do anything different... I would have gone for a mobo with better VRM's and let go of wanting WiFi (which I don't use ever). I DID end up wanting to OC more than the Aorus B450 Pro Wifi could really handle and that's been the only thing really holding back my CPU frequencies. But the CPU and GPU were a fine couple while that was my set up. (I've since swapped for a GTX 1070 I got for almost free, tho soooooo... :-P)

Comment reply on jared.melton's Completed Build: smol boi

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hecc yeah! They play very well with e/o, those two.

Comment reply on jared.melton's Completed Build: Project BMG

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Not that I discovered in my initial testing, which was exclusively at 1080P medium/high settings most titles. It's a flexible set-up as long as you optimize your graphics settings... and it gives plenty of room to grow on the AM4 socket.

The rig is with the client now - last I checked in, they had no issues.

Comment reply on Julianplayz01's Completed Build: PROJECT: Pete (The ITX desktop)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

How much clearance do you have with that Noctua heatsink? Would the stock Wraith cooler fit in there?

Comment reply on thegeb's Completed Build: Sasha "Fire and Ice"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous build.

How are those GPU temps?

Comment reply on ThoughtA's Build Guide: Magnificent AMD Gaming Build

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

I may have misunderstood. I read "only have a parametric selection of good drives from trustworthy brands" to indicate brand-filtering, not drive-specific filtering.

However, I still believe that a "DRAM yes/no" feature would be the simplest way for the end user to quickly determine if a drive is appropriate as a boot disk vs a storage disk. I don't think it would take much change for pcpartpicker to implement.

Comment reply on ThoughtA's Build Guide: Magnificent AMD Gaming Build

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think that excluding certain brands would solve the issue, tho.

Is Crucial a good brand? Objectively, yes. But there is a MAJOR difference between a BX500 and an MX500. And they BOTH have their place in builds.

Almost all of the brands, major or budget, segment their offerings with different controllers and different caching approaches. I think the simplest way to differentiate between SSD's comes down to DRAM cache or no DRAM cache. It can be as easy as adding in one more binary field: DRAM? Yes/No.

Comment reply on bootcher's Completed Build: Home Workstation/Gaming build

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

CLEAN build. What case fans are those?

Comment reply on jared.melton's Completed Build: Project BMG

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

Comment reply on HasNeyn's Completed Build: Never judge a book by its cover

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

If I could give you two up-votes, I would. Wonderful story, solid build.

As others have pointed out and I know you're eyeing, get an SSD boot disk ASAP. Highly recommend throwing $20-25 at a Team Group 120-ish GB SSD when you have the chance. They have DRAM and are often some of the cheapest SSD's you can buy - perfect budget OS disk. Make sure to get the L5 3D version as the LITE version is DRAM-less.

Comment reply on Lightning0724's Completed Build: Pretty Cheap Build with high FPS (100-180)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

They're not even close to the same price?

Comment reply on Eject91's Completed Build: Mean, Green, Home Theater Machine

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Your pain, our entertainment... great write-up and gorgeous photos. I'm a big fan of that green!

Comment reply on ThoughtA's Build Guide: Magnificent AMD Gaming Build

  • 3 months ago
  • 6 points

Really disappointed with the SSD choice here. The ADATA SU650 is a budget NAND Flash drive that does NOT have a DRAM cache. For hyper budget builds, this is a perfectly acceptable choice as a boot disk, but I wouldn't even think of using it for the OS in a build of this caliber.

I would recommend the ADATA SU800 or the Crucial MX500 if you're trying to keep costs reasonably manageable... but, honestly, when you're encroaching on $2000, the Samsung 860 EVO or better should be the starting point for your boot disk research.

I think this speaks to an issue I've had with PCPP's parametric filter for some time: I think the lack of sub-filtering in the filter really shows the system's limitations when it comes to SSD's. There doesn't seem to be a field for differentiating DRAM-less SSD's from those with a DRAM cache and I think that should absolutely be a feature ESPECIALLY when we are talking about advising folks on what to use for a boot disk. A cheaper SSD without a DRAM cache will certainly work as a boot disk and is, again, a valid option for a budget build... but it's just not appropriate at this price point.

Comment reply on jared.melton's Completed Build: Project BMG

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It took em 2 versions, too.

Comment reply on jared.melton's Completed Build: Project BMG

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, I forgot to include this in the parts, but the front intake is an Apevia CF12S-BK 120mm that I picked up for $6.

Comment reply on jared.melton's Completed Build: smol boi

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I love that heatsink so much. It's gorgeous.

As far as assembly goes, it's nothing special. You add on the AM4 brackets to the tower, itself.... and then you swap out the stock mobo backplate with Cooler Master's. The included backplate covers both Intel and AMD sockets, so you do need to install the mounting screws in the AM4 configuration... but it's labeled on the backplate and in the instructions. (Plus, there are a number of YouTube videos out there). I wouldn't say it adds any more time than prepping any after market cooler to install, really.

Comment reply on UPMega5's Completed Build: Carbon+

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Gorgeous photos - what did you use to take em?

Comment reply on jared.melton's Completed Build: smol boi

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Part reviews posted!

Comment reply on Jald's Completed Build: The New Setup for 2019

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm just waiting on that sweet sweet $100/TB price point to happen for NVMe. That will complete smol boi!

Comment reply on jared.melton's Completed Build: smol boi

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

All credit to Keir_C_Yurkiw here, y'all. I was convinced I had those front Corsairs in intake and I was wrong. I just got home and checked... Yep. Exhaust.

Thanks for calling that out and making me triple check my work. Sorry for snapping back so knee jerk at ya.

Comment reply on jared.melton's Completed Build: smol boi

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't? They're in intake config.

Comment reply on Jald's Completed Build: The New Setup for 2019

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you mean to reply to my comment for this?

Comment reply on xdboi_xd's Completed Build: First PC Build - Plain and Simple Black/Gray/White Build

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely stunning build. Well done - and still a very reasonable budget achieved for that gorgeous aesthetic.

Comment reply on jared.melton's Completed Build: smol boi

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

As an FYI, that CPU bench was immediately after running all three 3DMark benches.

Comment reply on jared.melton's Completed Build: smol boi

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

And benchmarks posted! I am not surprised by these numbers and am quite pleased with the results.

The GPU was absolutely the limiting factor in the higher end bench tests... which is to be expected. So! Plenty of room to grow with just a GPU swap in the future. I'll probably hold onto the RX 590 for at least a couple of years, tho. I don't NEED to step up past solid mid tier 1080P just yet and I don't have the monitor for it, anyway!

Comment reply on jared.melton's Completed Build: smol boi

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/jared.melton/saved/prdTBm

That's with current retail pricing selected.

Comment reply on sabreholo's Completed Build: Black Friday Gaming Build

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah, I love having the option, even on a desktop. I still USE the Ethernet for my personal rig... but I'm a big fan of choices.

Comment reply on catruzz's Completed Build: Best use of an old iMac - First Build

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Brilliant! Love it

Comment reply on Redviolinalex's Completed Build: My new workstation

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

How about these big boi 590's amirite?

Comment reply on Zosto's Completed Build: ForMigA

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I really need to up my cell phone pic game!

Comment reply on P3ACE_MAK3R's Completed Build: Ryzen 7 2700X Build

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 Budget Building!

Comment reply on Asemco's Completed Build: My First Ryzen Build - Stream, Game and More

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Are we 100% on that being an MSI mobo? cuuuzzzz... (notices AORUS in the build pics)

Comment reply on Zoth's Completed Build: Fractal Define R6 Black/White with Noctuas

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 Maximum wind tunnel

Comment reply on Zosto's Completed Build: ForMigA

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

That rig is glorious to behold.

What camera did you use for these pics?

Comment reply on Jald's Completed Build: The New Setup for 2019

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous build!

How's that NVMe treating you?

Comment reply on XxJordanB6xX's Completed Build: Case Swap i7 7700K

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

My goodness, that is a pretty case!

Comment reply on jared.melton's Completed Build: smol boi

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated the CPU blurb with a super fun story!

Comment reply on jared.melton's Completed Build: smol boi

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Right? It's definitely a nice touch. And even at the MSRP (~$80), I would probably pull the trigger on this case. At less than $60 after MIR (fingers crossed!!), it was a no brainer and I am happy as can be with it.

Comment reply on jared.melton's Completed Build: smol boi

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Also, your published build is at least 30% responsible for this build's name... :-P

Comment reply on jared.melton's Completed Build: smol boi

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Comment reply on jared.melton's Completed Build: smol boi

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks so much!

Comment reply on gbch's Completed Build: Black Friday HTPC

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I obsess over the QVL for Ryzen builds... it pays dividends with those CPU's. They are AMAZING at their price point, but they are picky as all get out.

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