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Comment reply on Forum Topic "Good mobo for a 3600 2080 super"

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The only semi-useful information in that conversation is the heat chart, and it's inapplicable to this conversation because it's an OC'ed 3900X running with no airflow at max load for an hour. Completely different load, and IMO unrealistic conditions.

OP can feel free to buy a different motherboard, but I'm not going to tell people that the MSI boards are terrible when they aren't.

Comment reply on Nitrane84's Completed Build: My low tier build.

  • 1 day ago
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and the CPU is a Ryzen, what?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Good mobo for a 3600 2080 super"

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Both cars are $3500 and they both theoretically do the same thing. Is the VW beetle good enough?

Define the usage. Are we commuting from the suburbs to the city? Then yes, duh, the Beetle is good enough, and the Lamborghini is a waste of ability and money.

One of us isn't getting it, and I don't think it's me. If you have a power delivery system, let's call it MSIVRM just for kicks; and a power drain, let's call it a CPU; and the delivery system can keep up with the CPU demands -- what's the problem? and now we have a second power delivery system, let's call it ASUSVRM, and it's feeding the same power drain (CPU), and ASUSVRM can keep up with that CPU ... explain to me how it's better. Is ASUSVRM cheaper? ok, that's better. Can ASUSVRM feed some other power drain better? who cares, that's irrelevant to the question.

You throw around adjectives like "terrible" and I think you are indulging in hyperbole. (I shall try to restrain myself from accusing you of fanboi-ism.) "Terrible in comparison with" is completely irrelevant. The only relevant measure that a user of drain Y should care about is: can board X supply power to drain Y. And I defy you to show me an X570 that can't supply a Ryzen 3600 CPU adequately.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Case vs Cooler pricing"

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Answer a): No, the Nh-D15 and Thermalright Silver Arrow are both (just) under $100. They will more-or-less adequately cool every desktop or HEDT cpu out there at the moment.

Answer b): Yes, I have this 280w Threadripper 3 to cool, and I need every boost MHz I can get, and large radiator pumped liquid is the only way to get there, and they are all priced over $100.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "4k video editing monitor"

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PCpartpicker doesn't list any 4K monitors that are "a little higher" than 60 Hz refresh; the next stop appears to be 120 Hz, but that's not the cheapest over-60-Hz 4K monitor. That title goes to the 144Hz Acer XV273k Pbmiipphzx listed at a cool $750.

I think your budget suggests that you stick to a 60 Hz monitor.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Good mobo for a 3600 2080 super"

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I think you are missing the point that once you are good enough, getting better doesn't really improve performance, at least not in the power delivery world.

A VRM design might be "poor" compared to other boards, but if it's good enough to deliver stable power to a selected CPU without overheating, it's good enough. The Ryzen 3600 is not a high power draw CPU; it might draw what, 100w? let's go crazy and say it might draw 130w (double the nominal TDP, which I admit is a bit of a bogus number). Any X570 can easily deliver a stable 130w without any trouble.

If the CPU we were discussing was a 3900X or 3950X my response might be different. For a 3600, the lowest power draw Zen 2 CPU out there, I have seen zero evidence that any X570 would have the slightest problem.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Worth transitioning to a mechanical keyboard?"

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After some 40 years of keyboards, I can definitively say that the answer is yes. :-)

More seriously, my experience is that if you are a reasonably good typist, you can get used to almost anything. The important requirement is that a keyboard be consistent across the board, and reasonably positive in that you know when you have hit a key. That's probably the main advantage of a mechanical keyboard; too many membrane keyboards are kind of meh and mushy. On the other hand, too many mechanical keyboards have relatively large travel and that's not a plus either. The last consideration is noise; some people really like a solid positive key-click, whereas in some other environments that positive clicking noise will seriously shorten your life-span.

should I just get whatever keyboard I feel comfortable with at the moment

that's probably the best idea, to be honest.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Good mobo for a 3600 2080 super"

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The VRM's on any X570 are able to deal with a 3600 CPU quite easily, so "worst" is kind of irrelevant in this context.

I wouldn't argue against the Asus TUF though, it seems to be a pretty decent board.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How or what's the best way to overclock your CPU?"

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Put a very good CPU cooler on it, and let the boost algorithms do their thing.

Comment reply on flockofmooosen's Completed Build: First build

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I personally am not a rush to put corrosive liquids (*) into my computer, lol. Others might disagree. The 3900X can probably be well served with a nice air cooler and there are plenty of good ones to choose from. Enjoy your build!

(*) H2O.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best NVMe m.2 SSD"

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I do not think you will need or benefit from a heat sink for either SSD under those usage conditions. Just install the SSD and be happy. :-)

For reference, even if you do manage somehow to get the SSD up to thermal limits, it will throttle and run slowly for a few minutes at worst. Nothing more serious would happen. But I do not expect even that to happen given what you have listed as your expected usage.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need consult! Office pc with 4k@60hz."

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This way. LOL

You're welcome! I was a bit surprised to see the disparity, also that the cheapest motherboard with the fewest amenities (the MSI Pro-M2 Max) was the slowest. Fortunately, I don't boot my machines frequently, they are either on or off for extended periods.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New PC won't display"

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The older pc: you took out the CPU, didn't do anything with it, then put it back in, and now it doesn't work either? Either you installed it with the wrong orientation (if that's even possible), or you bent a pin, or you unplugged something to get at the CPU that you forgot to re-plug or didn't plug it back in fully. Or, you managed to zap something with static, which is very unlikely but possible I suppose.

Check that the 4- or 8-pin CPU power cable is properly plugged in, likewise the main 24-pin power. If those are OK and you don't see any other wiring disturbances, remove and re-seat all memory. If that doesn't do it, you may have to pull the CPU again and check for bent pins.

For the new PC, given what you've done, if it's not an improperly seated power cable, try removing all SATA power and booting. If that isn't it, you might have a DOA motherboard, or perhaps less likely, a DOA power supply.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best NVMe m.2 SSD"

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You can look up the durability figures on the manufacturers' websites. But really, unless you are doing something relatively unusual, it basically doesn't matter. All three SSD's are a step up from the "value" stuff. I'd probably flip a coin between the sabrent and the HP EX920, but that's because adata has trickier part numbering and I'm not sure which part is the SX8200 without digging around.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which SSD"

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For general purpose storage you can basically go on price. The Silicon Power is fine.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Second build"

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Exactly. Note that the 3000G needs a mobo with BIOS updated. If you can’t be sure of that, either switch the mobo to the MSI Max, or the CPU to a 200GE.

In fact, the A320M MSI Max would be fine.

Comment reply on bcbrowne's Completed Build: Old Guy's First Build

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Automatic +1 just for the DBase II mention!

It's good to see you younger guys getting into PC building.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Should I get get a new video card or SLI current one?"

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Right, but either there's a lot of stock to sell off, or nvidia are still making it. I was assuming the latter, perhaps incorrectly, and questioning it.

Maybe they make more money off people who don't realize that the Ti isn't worth the $30-ish premium! :-)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need consult! Office pc with 4k@60hz."

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Interesting - igor's Gigabyte B450 Aorus Elite makes it from power-on to grub2 prompt in 9 seconds. Now I wish I had an asus board around!

So there's a 5+ second difference from fastest to slowest just considering the BIOS.

(igor is in my saved parts, not completed builds, if you want to verify parts lists.)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Should I get get a new video card or SLI current one?"

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That is correct. I'm not sure why the 1660 Ti even exists, given the 1660 Super.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Case vs Cooler pricing"

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I think it's because it's relatively easy to get "good enough" in both function and looks in a case, for under $100. Also, what you get out of a high end case is mostly nice-to-have, while the money going into a CPU cooler is probably seen as a must-have. Similarly, if I have $50 extra to put into a case, I might be tempted to put it into more storage, or the next level GPU, or whatever instead.

So I suspect you'll find the expensive cases mostly in builds where either the case feature (probably appearance or size) is paramount, or where the money tree was in full flower, or both.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Windows 10 ISO file"

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What you pay $100 for is the activation key. You can download and install for free, and run without activating, but that carries some restrictions. I don't know what exactly because I haven't tried it (and don't use Windows much).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "CPU cooling for i7 8700k"

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Interesting indeed. I had not heard of that cooler before.

It seems that the main advantage of the Phononic is that you get much more cooling for the size. I don't think it's going to beat a big cooler like the NH-D15. The thermoelectric module is basically a fast heat transporter, so you get the heat away from the CPU quickly but still has to go somewhere. The limited area for dissipating the TEC hot side means that under sustained load, that little fan is going to have to buzz away at high or max speed.

If you like or need the small size, don't mind the price tag, and either don't normally run long CPU-bound jobs or don't mind the fan noise at max, I'd say it's a very interesting cooler. Thanks for mentioning it, I learned something today!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How do know if motherboard has heatsink?"

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2.5" SATA SSD's do not need heat sinks. Whether an m.2 form factor SSD needs a heat sink probably depends more on how you use it than the model. If you are doing long, sustained, multi-gigabyte sequential reads and writes for minutes at a time, a heat sink would probably be beneficial. For ordinary use my experience is that a heat sink isn't necessary, although I will use one if it's available.

If the motherboard has an m.2 heat sink it will almost certainly say so somewhere in the manufacturer's overview or spec page for that particular board model.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "My first build"

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I don't have any real changes to your build, then. You might want to add a CPU cooler but you can build with the stock one. You have room in the budget for an Arctic Freezer 34, or Cryorig M9 Plus.

If you spend more anywhere, given your goals, I'd put it on the GPU.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need a New Gaming PC Build for a budget of $800 Thanks"

  • 1 day ago
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LOL right about the case, I didn't double check. I wonder why the $58 shipping didn't show up in pcpartpicker. Anyway, the Focus G Mini is better.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need a New Gaming PC Build for a budget of $800 Thanks"

  • 2 days ago
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Needs a case too...

I'm still not real clear on whether the OP is reusing any parts or not. Assuming new PC parts but no new monitor/keyboard, I come up with this for an Intel build:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-9400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor $160.48 @ Best Buy
CPU Cooler CRYORIG M9i 48.4 CFM CPU Cooler $24.57 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock B365M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $80.23 @ Newegg
Memory OLOy 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $67.39 @ Newegg
Storage Team GX2 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $106.24 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4 GB Ventus XS OC Video Card $171.18 @ Amazon
Case CiT F3 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $38.07 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $62.63 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $106.98 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $817.77
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-15 00:20 EST-0500

I don't see a suitable MSI motherboard. This would be a pretty decent 1080p gamer for a lot of titles. Prices include 7% tax.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best Music Production build for 2020 (Under $2000) - PLEASE HELP!!!"

  • 2 days ago
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Where do you see that it's recommending a Quadro GPU? and I have to wonder what for. Even if it's using the GPU for co-processing, surely a consumer GPU would do just as well.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "My first build"

  • 2 days ago
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What sort of games, what monitor resolution and refresh rate, what fps target?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Second build"

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You mean like this? following the notion that you're getting a cooler, case, PSU, monitor and the rest is basically throwaway / temporary:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3400G 3.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor $157.29 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Asus ROG RYUJIN 360 121.8 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $294.23 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI B450M PRO-M2 MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $80.21 @ Amazon
Memory OLOy 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $62.04 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $0.00
Case Cougar Conquer 2 ATX Mid Tower Case $352.99 @ B&H
Power Supply Asus 850 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $235.38 @ B&H
Monitor Asus ROG STRIX XG32VQR 32.0" 2560x1440 144 Hz Monitor $570.29 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1752.43
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-14 23:55 EST-0500

Alternative even cheaper but a bit weaker both CPU and video: different CPU and mobo.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $90.93 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Asus ROG RYUJIN 360 121.8 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $294.23 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $72.73 @ Amazon
Memory OLOy 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $62.04 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $0.00
Case Cougar Conquer 2 ATX Mid Tower Case $352.99 @ B&H
Power Supply Asus 850 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $235.38 @ B&H
Monitor Asus ROG STRIX XG32VQR 32.0" 2560x1440 144 Hz Monitor $570.29 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1678.59
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-14 23:57 EST-0500

and if you REALLY want to cheap out, plug in an Athlon 200GE CPU instead. (The 200GE is basically a dual core Ryzen with a Vega 3 APU - usable for general computing and light office work.)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "4k video editing build"

  • 2 days ago
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Yes, the 1650 is underpowered and overpriced, it's not even an RX 570. A 1650 Super, or RX 580 8GB, is probably a bare minimum.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New PC Build, need help with Mobo"

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Don't worry about it. It's unlikely that you'll have issues with 3200 MT/s memory even if you aren't running the very latest BIOS. The Tomahawk Max is a very good match for a 3600 IMO.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Should I get get a new video card or SLI current one?"

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There's very limited support for SLI out there. I would suggest that you go with a new video card. If you do upgrade / rebuild, you can just move the video card over to the new setup.

Plausible options in your rough price range are 1660 Super or RX 5600XT. There's the 1660 Ti but the 1660 Super has almost the same performance for less money. Going up to $350-ish gets you into RX 5700 and RTX 2060.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need consult! Office pc with 4k@60hz."

  • 2 days ago
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Ok, I got curious too. Time from pushing the power button until the grub2 (linux) boot loader prompt appears: about 12 seconds for an Asrock B450m Pro4, not quite 15 seconds for the MSI M450m Pro-M2 Max. Both are running 16 GB memory, Ryzen 1600 at 3.6GHz all-core and both have GT 710 video cards. I don't recall tweaking the BIOS "wait for input" time on either one, and in fact the MSI BIOS spash screen goes by quicker than the Asrock one. So, not much difference, but they aren't identical.

As a point of interest, time to boot the rest of the way into the linux desktop is an additional 15 seconds, give or take. I didn't time the rest of the boot because one boots from SATA and the other from NVMe, and the two nodes aren't running the same kernel at the moment. (I need to fix that.)

FYI, the nodes involved were "stein" (Asrock) and "vlad" (MSI) from my completed builds list. (edit: I had "drac" here, that was wrong, the MSI is vlad. Drac is a Pro4-F.)

After coming back upstairs I realized I should have timed igor as well, which has a Gigabyte B450 board. No Asus B450's in house, unfortunately. I did build one but it was for one of my daughters and she has it. Next time I get a moment I'll see how long the Gigabyte takes.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New graphic card, when boot no beep no display but computer runing and fans also"

  • 2 days ago
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and it continues to work with the old GPU? I'd say the new one is broken in some way, then. Maybe it has a bad BIOS flash that is preventing boot completion.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Mid range non-gaming PC, web dev with mild video enc/editing"

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If you can get by with 2500K embedded graphics, a GT 710 should be a major step up.

The 1030 ought to be even better, as long as it's the GDDR5 version and not the GDDR4 version. I like the GT 710 because I don't need much in the way of graphics, and you can get used 710's easy and cheap. 1030's are a little harder to find, and new are effectively 3x what I pay for 710's.

Comment reply on Comerdj1290's Completed Build: Upgraded from fx-8350

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I've run into the wake from sleep thing as well, and it might have to do with the USB port(s) you have the keyboard/mouse plugged into. Try a different port and see what happens.

Comment reply on flockofmooosen's Completed Build: First build

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Nice. I think you'll find that you want to upgrade the CPU cooler too, eventually, at least if you load the CPU heavily a lot.

Yes, you probably overspent a couple places but if you're satisfied is the main thing.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Separate UnRaid NAS vs combined Gaming/NAS setup"

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So would you have to buy the Z77 board? or do you have that one too?

Pros of a separate NAS, that I can think of:

  • tinkerability - various RAID levels, various filesystems, etc
  • can move the possibly noisy NAS box out of sight and hearing
  • easier to expand: plenty of ports for HDD/SSD addition; can add a SATA controller as needed; can add an outboard storage enclosure if needed all without impinging on the gaming box
  • Storage accessibility from multiple locations / clients (but does it matter)
  • Central point of backup (but only a plus if you have multiple clients using the NAS)

Cons that I can think of:

  • Storage access to the NAS will be slower than SATA and much slower than NVMe over 1Gbe
  • Higher net speeds such as 10 Gbe involve expensive network adapters, possibly cat 6/6a rewiring
  • Higher electricity bills, especially if you leave the NAS box on 24/7

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need consult! Office pc with 4k@60hz."

  • 2 days ago
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TBH I don't think the EVO vs Plus will make any real difference in boot times. Same with the 3400 MT/s memory, although there it's possible that if I were buying I might throw down the $10 just because. Worst case is that you can't manage to clock it at 3400 and have to back it off to 3200 or some such number and you're out $10.

Added: certainly, a component of boot time will be the BIOS itself. I have an Asrock Pro4 and an MSI Pro-M2 Max on my cluster, and one might imagine that the Max boot times ought to be similar across the B450 line, maybe? If I manage to bestir myself, I'll boot those nodes up and see if I can detect any real boot time difference. (The cluster is off, at the moment.)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What Qualifies a "Budget Build"?"

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Hardly a rigorous definition, but I generally think of it as one where you have to make at least some compromise on parts due to budget limitations. So it's not really a fixed dollar figure thing, it's more of a trying to save every penny yet the build at least mostly satisfies the requirements or desires.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Mobo help"

  • 2 days ago
  • 2 points

The MSI pro-vdh Max, IMO. It's Ryzen 3000 ready, has the larger BIOS, and at least pretends to have some VRM cooling.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Separate UnRaid NAS vs combined Gaming/NAS setup"

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It would be useful to indicate which parts you own. (Click the little gear icon next to the price in system builder and you can put in the price, or zero, and mark as purchased.) That would help. The 3570K is a perfectly decent NAS driver CPU if you own it and the mobo/ram, it's silly if you don't.

(A 3570K single thread isn't really all that much slower at equal clocks than say a Ryzen 1600. Or a 9900K, for that matter. Of course the newer CPU's have more cores and/or clock higher.)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need consult! Office pc with 4k@60hz."

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The GT 1030 should do the job, but you might prefer a fanless version.

The rest of it's fine. The 970 EVO is probably overkill but the absolute price difference isn't much at 500 GB. However ... you could try a variation that uses a mobo that's just fine for a 1600, and puts you into a quieter case:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (14nm) 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor Purchased For $85.00
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-L9i 33.84 CFM CPU Cooler $42.74 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $80.22 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $79.16 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $94.14 @ Amazon
Video Card Asus GeForce GT 1030 2 GB Video Card $85.58 @ B&H
Case Fractal Design Define Mini C MicroATX Mid Tower Case $89.29 @ Newegg
Power Supply be quiet! Pure Power 11 CM 500 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $85.49 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $641.62
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-14 15:47 EST-0500

Price list includes 7% tax. There are hardly any noise sources in the build, so I guess one might argue that the Define case isn't necessary, but it does have a very good airflow to noise compromise just in case you have to upgrade to a fanned GPU or add hard drives or something.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "High-end, Linux, mITX machine?"

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I'd use a different PSU, but that's a quibble. I trust the OP is OK with using the nvidia binary blob drivers for the GPU when running linux? I found that to be a hassle myself, but I update kernels a lot more often than most people. A possible alternative might be the AMD RX 5700 XT, and I mention it only because AMD plays with linux a lot better than Nvidia.

(I like Silverstone / Seasonic / Corsair SFX PSU's better than EVGA's recent efforts, but realistically there's nothing really wrong with the GM.)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "RAM for ryzen?"

  • 2 days ago
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No, you aren't missing anything. The G.Skill part numbering scheme is reasonably transparent; GTZR is Trident-Z RGB while GTZKW is Trident-Z black with white trim. There will be no functional difference.

There's also KO, KY, SK, SW color schemes, GTZN is Neo. GTZB is a timing variation, not a color notation.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How durable are external HDDs?"

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Shouldn't be a problem. Handle it reasonably gently. There's basically nothing to go wrong with a hard drive that is powered off, as long as you don't play hockey with it and keep it within the power-off temperature limits. (which is usually something like -40C to +70C, pretty extreme.)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "M.2 NVME Boot Drive - Backup?"

  • 2 days ago
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You have to have SOME backup unless you don't care about what's on your storage, or can easily replace it. The cheapest way to back up is generally to a small outboard USB hard drive. You can certainly back up to an SSD, but I don't think it's a cost effective way to operate for most people.

Backups aren't just to protect against hardware failure; they protect against operator failure as well - deleting the wrong files, etc.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need help picking a SAFE, but budget PSU..."

  • 2 days ago
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So being "safe" is the only requirement for a PSU to be good nowadays?

OP didn't ask for good. The ask was for the cheapest PSU that was safe, which I take to mean not an overt fire hazard. I don't share in some of the fear and loathing surrounding PSU's here. There are hundreds if not thousands of BR's out there, if you can point me to a report of one taking out a system or otherwise being unsafe, I'll reconsider.

I'm not so sure that I would call an old group regulated design "sophisticated"...

I didn't either. Re-read what I posted.

I certainly would recommend the CX/CXM over the EVGA BR, but with the way prices are today, those PSU's don't satisfy the OP's original request.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "NVME+SSHD or NVME+HDD or NVME+SSHD+HDD"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

What I tried to say is that it’s very hard to know, until you actually try it. It might work well, it might be mostly ok, it might seem slow all the time. It’s very dependent on exactly how you use the drive and it’s extremely hard to say “it will be fine for workload X.” Or not.

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