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Comment reply on Forum Topic "Cousin PC - CPU Choice"

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

$40, let us know where you shop that is one heck of a price.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Cousin PC - CPU Choice"

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

PS5 which will have games you can't get on PC

With Horizon Zero Dawn now coming on PC I wonder how much longer Sony will hold onto it's badge as the console worth buying for exclusives.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PC Build"

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

Hello, can anyone build a 1500$-1700$ gaming pc ,please don’t use amd, i want the best performance possible , the looks doesn’t matter ,i want just the case to be beautiful .

You will want to take this to:

https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/forum/27-create-a-part-list-for-me/

FYI, AMD are the best performance possible. Intel are behind now.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "CPU Upgrade"

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

Yes I used to have an X99 build. Depends on Ram though, Ryzen likes fast Ram. I recollect when X99 came out DDR4 was quite new and there were DDR3 Ram sticks out there faster than the DDR4 I initially adopted. That said I have no idea what RAM the OP is using, he may have built this machine much later.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "CPU Upgrade"

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

I have a 2011LGA Socket motherboard currently with a i7 6850k CPU. Please advise on a CPU upgrade??

On the 2011LGA Socket I say it is not worth it investment wise. You could jump to the 8 core or even to the 10 core i7-6950X but the price you pay and performance increase is nowhere near worth it.

An upgrade would be an entirely new chipset, CPU, and RAM. This will not come cheap but at least the 1080TI is still a near top performing GPU.

Question is at what cost you prepared to upgrade? Advice can be given considering your budget but if you want to upgrade to new chipset then chances are 99 in 100 you will end up with an X570 board and Ryzen 9 3900X or 3950X.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I have an i7 from an old packard bell"

  • 6 days ago
  • 3 points

Hey guys, I have a i7 from an old Packard bell (circa 2010) how can I tell which generation it’s from ? Can it be Worth keeping for a basic gaming built ?

Very likely a first gen CPU, something like i7-920 (or i7 - 9XX with XX being 20 -> 60 in steps of 10. Unlikely a 65 edition). That is if your PC is from the 2009-10 period.

An old i7 like this can be used for a gaming PC today. For a large number of titles, I would imagine 60fps with tolerable 1% lows is very much doable. It might struggle in very demanding games like Battlefield 5 but most titles should be playable. It has enough cores but the problem is the single threaded performance is about half that of a typical four core today. You can overclock these old i7's though. If you select your games wisely, using a chip like FX 6300 as a baseline performance, a Youtube video of fps for gaming titles you like or a Google Search you will likely be able to easily find gaming benchmarks that will give you some idea of the capabilities of the chip. I say the FX 6300 because it is very easy to pull up some fps numbers from Google or Youtube for modern games. There are lots of benchmarks for this chip.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need help upgrading a CPU"

  • 6 days ago
  • 2 points

I've built a gaming PC around 3 years ago and really hoped it'd last me a bit longer than 3 years. Yesterday, I've downloaded Red Dead Redemption 2 and really hoped I'd be able to play it with at least 60-100 FPS. So far I can barely squeeze our 30-40 FPS and the picture actually looks worse than on PS4 ...

I have an i9-9900K build with RTX 2080 TI and my Xbox One X absolutely smashes RDR2 on the PC - it runs smoother and looks better on the Xbox, even at 1080p. What you are experiencing is nothing unusual. What you did wrong, like many of us, was purchase a poor product rewarding the company who released it. Quite odd really, the concept we would pay money for s$$t and reward the developer for releasing this garbage. If this is a trend of things to come, I will just go back to being a console gamer. No point spending all that dough on a PC if it cannot keep pace with console.

Anyway, nothing wrong with your PC. There is something wrong with that game. Play it on PS4 instead and get Steam to refund if possible. I know that does not help you but some games are just not worth the hassle. This is another Nier Automata or Arkham Knight, lousy PC ports.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Upgrading my i5 7500"

  • 8 days ago
  • 2 points

Hello all I currently have a computer with an i5 7500 and a gtx 970. The gpu I'm still fine with but when it comes to general use I can feel the i5's 4 cores starting to be a burden

The most likely issue is long time use and a lot of clutter. Your issue is software. I would bet any money if you gave me that CPU and I inserted in any Kaby Lake build with a clean install it will be nippy and fast. You pick up a lot of crap over the years just browsing, saving files, deleting files, installing software, uninstalling software and so on. Notice how dusty your keyboard looks after a few months? Well in a software sense this is happening on your PC. You can run various tools to declutter the PC, remove redundant apps, clean up registry, and so on. This route will have more impact on performance.

Also check your RAM.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "i5-4460 vs i7-4790K"

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Is there something perhaps wrong with your build that might be causing some issues (i.e. unexpected slowdowns, slow to respond etc, there may be a software problem rather than hardware)? If you are just doing schoolwork with some gaming what you have should be reasonable enough to accomplish that, assuming everything else in the pipeline is behaving well.

I had a question about whether it’s worth the $330 to buy an i7-4790k

For this price, no. I see some used specimens on eBay for slightly under $200. Even at that price I would feel included to say no. The locked version of the CPU goes for cheaper at $125 or so. However, you are only moving from 4 solid cores to 4 cores with hyperthreading. The difference in performance is not much, 30% in theory although in practice probably 10% or even less.

I’m not planning on buying a new motherboard but if it would be a cheaper option then I’m up for it.... anything above $350 is too high.

Cheapest upgrade path would be X370 motherboard with bios already updated (or X470 or B450 motherboard), Ryzen 7 2700X, and 16GB CL16 3200MHz Ram. All three will certainly bring you around the $320 mark without tax but if you buy used you could make it for well under $300 (and/or you swap your CPU for something like Ryzen 5 2600). You would have to buy new Ram in any major upgrade and the price includes this. For gaming, particularly with a regulation 1080p 60Hz monitor, the improved build will not make a huge difference (it will keep the 1% lows higher and move average fps up by 20% or so) but may help other tasks run markedly better.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "3950x vs 9900k"

  • 9 days ago
  • 3 points

what cpu would be better for a build with a 2070 - 2080 super

What is your build for, what attracts you to spending similar or more on a CPU than GPU? Gaming, Workstation? If gaming what is your monitor resolution and refresh rate.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New GPUs in 2020"

  • 9 days ago
  • 3 points

You cannot bet that there will be cards released this year given the global crisis at the moment. Get what you can now, a delayed 3000 series launch is highly probable. No point waiting.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best Card for 1080p, 144Hz, high FPS gaming."

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

Best Card for 1080p, 144Hz, high FPS gaming

I do not consider 144fps high fps gaming, perhaps medium fps :D

Provided you have a CPU that can push the frames out for the games you want to play (I emphasize games because some will not run at 144fps no matter what CPU or GPU you put in there) an RTX 2060S will blitz through most games but not all. On those games that are stingy with graphics, just turn down settings. You cant run everything at 144fps, some titles just dont scale or play well due to bad optimization. My suggestion is always research the games you want to play and the benchmarks. That is the only surefire way of getting what you want out of your hardware. Generic advice is only useful to a point...

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best GPU for this PC"

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking to upgrade for a better GPU but i don't know witch one could be the best I can get for this setup without creating a bottleneck

You can use any GPU you like with your i5-4590. The GPU renders the frames at the settings/resolution you pick (your GPU choice should reflect the resolution/settings you intend to run), the CPU largely determines the achievable frame rates you can get (you choose a CPU to meet your fps targets). I say achievable because in many scenarios the GPU cannot render the frames at the settings you want in the time it takes the CPU to process through another frame - i.e. your performance cap is the GPU. Every single PC, no matter how fancy the CPU or GPU choices are, will have a bottleneck somewhere if you care to look for it. The bottleneck creation issue is moot. What is not moot is given the equipment you have, what GPU choice can we make before we get diminishing returns / the performance saturation flatline. The correct GPU choice will save you money in this regard. Given your monitor is 60Hz 1080p and your CPU is the i5-4590, if you wish to run modern titles at high in game settings, I would recommend something like the GTX 1660 or maybe, at a push, the GTX 1660 TI. Going better than this is pointless at 1080p resolution particularly with a 60Hz refresh rate. I would say anything higher than the GTX 1660 TI/Super is a waste of money, while anything lower than, say, the RX 570 you are going to find some modern games pushing too much graphics horsepower although cards like the GTX 1650 will largely run 1080p 60Hz well. To hedge bets, aim between RX 570 and RTX 2060 Super, RX 580 would be a terrific choice, GTX 1660 TI/Super if you want overkill without blowing your budget to smithereens. I think the sweet spot will be the GTX 1660. I do not see the i5-4590 not been able to produce 60fps frame rates although on some very CPU demanding games, you could see 1% lows that hover into the category of annoying.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ryzen 5 3600 or 7 3700x?"

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

going from the 12 nanometer technology to the 7 nm seems to offer significant performance improvement

As the old saying goes, size does not matter, it is what you do with it that counts. The 7nm vs 12nm means less than you think in terms of correlating with CPU performance in terms of IPC and other measures.

going to switch out the cpu the 3700x makes much more sense

Not a bad idea but make sure this is really what you want and if it will make a meaningful uplift with what you already have. No point doing the CPU switch if the GPU you have is going to strangle the frame rates or your monitor cannot keep up.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ryzen 5 3600 or 7 3700x?"

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

I currently have a 2600x

That is a good CPU and it is very well suited for gaming.

From the beginning I wished I had spent a little more and gone with the Ryzen 5 3600 as it’s touted as the THE price to performance cpu for gaming

We all wish for more, buyer's remorse is extremely common. Cannot say any purchase I have ever made has been without regret.

My computer is used almost exclusively for gaming. Would it be overkill? Any benefits in going for the 3700x instead? Or would the improvement over a 3600 be negligible for gaming?

Might not be worth upgrading. What monitor you using, what resolution, what refresh rate? The difference between 2600X and 3700X in most games will be less than 15% fps wise and often the GPU will drag down the fps depending on the game to level the playing field. A fast refresh rate monitor, 165Hz or more, with a GPU that can render the frames faster than a CPU can give it frames, I would recommend the 3700X as being a purchase you would appreciate that 10-15% you might get. 144Hz or below, diminishing returns, might not be worth it. Depends on the games you play and whether 10fps is deal breaking or not. If you have been reading about how terrible the 2nd gen AMD processors are at gaming, then dismiss those sources of information. There is a lot of smack talk on the internet and if you spend time on non peer reviewed content take with a large pinch of salt.

I could spend a little extra and get the Ryzen 7 3700x and get 2 more cores

If you are set on getting a new CPU then purchase the Ryzen 7 3700X. The 3600 from the 2600X makes absolutely zero sense - slightly faster 6 core CPU with a 5 or 6% uplift in performance.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "i9-9900K vs i9-10000 series"

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

The i9-10000 series you are referring to is a refresh called Cascade Lake of the now, quite geriatric, Skylake X299 chipset.

Quite honestly I am finding it hard to recommend anything X299. If you want perhaps value for money I would be tempted to go used and purchase an older chip like the i9-7980XE and then manually overclock to get the performance you want out of it (remembering to have a good thermal solution). As for the newer i9-10000 series, good luck finding them. Intel have jumped ship and said they have no intentions to restock, so prices are ridiculously high. Paying this premium for hardly any performance bump on the previous gen releases makes little sense to me. If you are an overclocker you can get what you need out of the older processors. It goes without say that none of these chips will be compatible with your motherboard so moving to x299 chipset would necessitate a new build.

I would say if sticking to Intel that the i9-9900K is not a bad purchase although I am not convinced the bump in performance over the stock 8700 is worth pursuing.

Difficult spot you are in since the X299 chipset has essentially been abandoned by Intel with them having no plans to restock while Z370/90 compatable i9-9900K, despite being a great chip, is not really that much faster than a i7-8700. If you used all cores and maxed out, we looking at maybe 20% or so. Realistically you could see a bump in performance as little as 5% or so. The i7-8700K is a very good CPU in it's own right.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Higher GHz or More Cores"

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 points

If you stick to modern CPU's (those released in last two years) if you game, GHz is more important for gaming. That is why Intel runs faster than AMD - they both have similar IPC but with Intel being able to Overclock makes the difference.

To be frank, unless you are splitting hairs, any modern 6 core CPU, AMD or Intel, you are going to be gaming well with all general tasks feeling responsive and snappy.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help with Gaming PC Build"

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

I do not think English is the first language Gamesquire uses. It is likely a third or even a fourth choice language - at school he would have been told to read Russian, German probably competes with English as the third language to learn. Then in Balkans area there are several other languages / dialects that he would probably have to know as well. You can overlook some grammatical mistakes, given none of us are perfect....

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Should I upgrade my Video Card?"

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

As long as your case is not mini itx (mini itx for AMD X570 chipset is crazy expensive) I think we could make your $600 budget but you will probably want to upgrade RAM since your 6700K build seems to be on a non overclocked motherboard. (actually moving your i7-6700K to a Z170 motherboard, invest in new cooler and faster Ram, overclock i7 to perhaps 4.5GHz should see a boost to your frame rates).

If you decide on a new build, I think AMD Ryzen 7 3700X for $300, an X570 motherboard for $150 and $150 Ram (16GB CL16 3200MHz or better) will make your budget.

Me personally, I would be tempted to get a Z170 motherboard and start the overclocking. Z170 used probably not too much $$$. It is not Kabylake board so you wont break the bank. Worst case it does nothing for your frame rates, best case, you gain a chunk and those 1% lows move from intolerable to mildly irritating.

I am a big fan of the concept of squeezing out with what you have before upgrading. Get the maximum performance out of your system first before throwing money for new chipsets.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Should I upgrade my Video Card?"

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

I do not think the issue is too much the GPU but the 1% lows caused by your CPU. While the i7-6700K is still a good CPU it just so happens the games you are playing would give much higher fps on other CPU's. BF V is demanding on both GPU and CPU, if you are set on getting the best performance you will have to change both CPU and GPU. CPU first, then GPU. Changing the GPU might give slightly higher fps but I imagine the brunt of the problem is with your CPU.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Opinions on my first Build"

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

No please choose the monitor you want. Nothing wrong with a good old fashioned 60Hz if you are looking at prioritizing the funds you have elsewhere. Plenty of folks still use these monitors. I would only have an issue with the build if it was for purely gaming given the components you selected are way overkill for 1080p 60Hz monitor. That you have other jobs in minds changes things.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1080p (High HZ) or 1440p ( 60 HZ)"

  • 17 days ago
  • 3 points

Move to a 1080p 165Hz monitor. While many games will not run at frame rates of 165fps (although many will as well) one day you will upgrade your rig. I have a 240Hz monitor and do not regret it, currently eyeballing 360Hz.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I9 9900K vs Ryzen 9 3900X"

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

I want my PC mainly for gaming. Hardcore gaming. Playing games like APEX, Escape from Tarkov, BF, COD, mostly shooting games I9-9900K or 3900X?

When the 9900K is overclocked like it can be there is no better CPU for low threaded tasks like gaming. Highly threaded / multi threaded apps is where the 3900X moves ahead.

Your monitor needs to factor in choice - you cannot see frames from your CPU your monitor cannot display. If you gaming with 144Hz or less I would not bother wasting money. A Ryzen 7 2700X will probably get it done for much less.

On paper the 9900K will be the better choice particularly if you have a high refresh rate monitor.

But despite my general fondness for the 9900K I cannot reasonably justify you purchasing this. The Z390 platform is utterly dead. The X570 platform technically has gas in it's tank although whether one would upgrade to Ryzen 4000 on AM4 is debatable. Get Ryzen 9 3900X and be done with it.

I might record stuff while i play

Gaming and streaming will slightly favor the Ryzen chip.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is it best now to buy a 2080s now? or should I wait for the Ampare GPU's from Nvidia?"

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

I'm in no rush, but which version of the waiting game should I play? Rumors make me feel like I should wait, but we don't even know if they are true...

Ignore rumors, they mostly turn out fake.

If Nvidia keep the same pricing format, and assuming the incremental improvement follows Pascal to Turing, Your 2080 equivalent could end up a $400 card in, say, RTX 3060 Super if they keep the same thing going (I sincerely hope they ditch the Super). That makes next gen better value for performance.

If you need a card now buy it. If you already have a good card, i.e. GTX 1080 you can sit this gen out and buy the next gen. It comes down to you of course, what you getting on screen. I pretty much sat out this generation, Pascal and my older Maxwell cards holding up.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is the Intel 19 9900k any good?"

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

I was just wondering if there is any better processors for the same price. Thanks.

At the same price? The only CPU I can think of is the Ryzen 9 3900X which is faster in most applications but slower in some. It depends on overclocking. For less price, the Ryzen 7 3700X/3800X can also be faster in some applications than the i9-9900K.

If you are in the market for a new processor then identify the software you want to use, research benchmarks, and decide on how far down the chain of diminishing returns you want to go for your dollar.

know if the Intel core i9 9900k is good I have the money

It is only good if it runs the software you wish to own at the speeds you want.

For my personal usage, the i9-9900K is great. Run Matlab, CST Microwave Studio, C++, and Video Games at performance metrics that are reasonable. But my personal use scenario may well differ from yours. There is no Master of all Trades processor. Take your time researching benchmarks for software you want to use, read reviews, compare CPU's. There is no substitute for individual choice based on education.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What kind of Bottleneck am I Looking at with i5-4460 CPU and 5700 XT GPU?"

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

It does not matter the 5700 XT is still a mighty GPU.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What kind of Bottleneck am I Looking at with i5-4460 CPU and 5700 XT GPU?"

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/DTPtk6

That is a killer build right there. I would probably swap the 5700 XT out for the 2060 Super. The 5700 XT is a more powerful GPU but it has had it's fair share of problems. The FPS difference for a lot of games is not much. The NZXT case is awesome.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Upgrading i3-7100 to i7-X700"

  • 19 days ago
  • 3 points

(7600)

Typo? There is an i5-7600. For $225 please run a mile, these are $130ish on eBay. i7-6700 I would have thought around the $200 mark, i.e. $225 seems to be it's market value (which is still too much in my opinion with a Ryzen 5 3400G $50 cheaper and performing about the same).

Yes the price of the 7700 is absolutely ridiculous. The difference between it and the 6700 is pretty marginal as well, a few percent. Kaby Lake products are an anomaly, a glitch in the matrix, regarding value and outcome.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What kind of Bottleneck am I Looking at with i5-4460 CPU and 5700 XT GPU?"

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

What kind of Bottleneck am I Looking at with i5-4460 CPU and 5700 XT GPU?

Resolution of monitor, Refresh Rate, and the game in question will decide that. The CPU stages the frame rate the GPU renders the frames. At 1080p for instance your fps limit will probably be the CPU since the RX 5700 XT is very fast. For some games this will depend on settings, higher settings being more taxing on GPU and so on. Ultimately will depend on games. Some game engines will run blazing fast, some will chug in spots - i.e. certain area's where the CPU resources needed to render frames at "inset target fps" exceed the capabilities of your CPU. Some games like Read Dead Redemption 2 require an absurd amount of GPU resources and I would not bet against a GPU bottleneck at 1080p even with an amazing card like the 5700 XT.

It is hard to recommend upgrading your CPU and motherboard combo without knowing how important it is to you to have buttery smooth gameplay on most demanding titles or whether your gaming preferences lean towards classics like Witcher 3 or Skyrim where you will be able to run everything nice with what you have. The monitor as well. A 1080p/60Hz one I would be tempted to stick with what you have and upgrade when more prosperity finds you.

Get another stick of Ram for sure, 16GB.

GeForce 960. ( Also Garbage. I'm 20 now with a good paying job, Hence finally upgrading my PC ).

None of your build was garbage. I bet it handled every game you could throw at it back in the day, now six years later, technology finally caught up. I would be tempted to keep it when you upgrade, use it as a second PC maybe multimedia for lounge or emulation.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Upgrading i3-7100 to i7-X700"

  • 19 days ago
  • 2 points

Nope you will be just fine. I hope you manage to find a good deal with the i7 6700. Thankfully a lot cheaper than the 7700 variant.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "3900x vs 9900K for gaming"

  • 19 days ago
  • 2 points

The fps of a CPU is independent of resolution. It will be the same whether at 720p or 4K, it all depends on if your GPU can handle the game's graphics engine.

You could get slightly more fps with the 9900K over 3900X. Will it matter? Depends on titles you play and the monitor. If your monitor is 144Hz but the titles you play will run at 160fps plus with both CPU's, then the choice of CPU is dead even, nothing gained/lost.

Research titles you want to play and compare the fps with the refresh rate of your monitor would be my advise. For many titles, particularly with next gen games just around the corner on consoles getting ported to PC, I would imagine this question of fps will largely be GPU dependent. Our CPU's today are plenty powerful for most games. A whole clutch of CPU's could be used and give excellent results.

But in a deterministic sense, the i9-9900K > R9-3900X. I just want to be sure to clarify this - for one application - Gaming. Not all games either, some do run better with AMD. That is why I am suggesting research the games you want to play, compare fps benchmarks with your monitor refresh rate, and then make your decision.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "3900x vs 9900K for gaming"

  • 19 days ago
  • 2 points

the performance in 1440p gaming between these 2 cpus which is better?

In absolute terms, particularly overclocked, for most but not all games, the i9-9900K.

In general terms, without splitting hairs, assuming the 5-10 frames per second you might pick up with an i9-9900K are not considered significant, particularly if the fps of the two chips is beyond your monitor refresh rate, the two CPU's should be considered more or less even in this context.

My personal advice, despite a slight preference for the 9900K (I am an overclocking enthusiast), I would recommend the 3900X simply because X570 > Z390 insofar as chipsets go.

If you are a competitive or pro gamer where every fps counts then get the best today, that being the 9900K taking time to research benchmarks for each game that is going to be competitively played. It would be silly to pick the 9900K if it just so happens that the main game you play could run faster with AMD's architecture.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I have convinced a console player to switch to PC PLEASE HELP!"

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

Join the club. I built my wife's PC in 2017, I figured back then an i7-7700K and GTX 1080 was plenty for a top performing gaming PC and was thinking maybe of upgrading 6 years after the build - it is a killer PC and 6 years is a reasonable life expectancy. Roll on slightly less than three years and Read Dead Redemption 2 drops frames at 1080p to the point of being unplayable on that rig. Surprisingly runs great on an Xbox One X if hooked up to a 1080p monitor. If software developers keep porting unoptimized trash I will not no longer support them by buying their products. Rockstar burned us PC gamer's twice, there will be no third time for me.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I have convinced a console player to switch to PC PLEASE HELP!"

  • 19 days ago
  • 2 points

+1, Very true there is a risk element that should be mentioned to the Original Poster. Even though Paypal tends to favor buyers in disputes nothing is foolproof and nobody wishes to have the hassle and drama of buying returning and so on. eBay feedback can be misleading, particularly if a newer user. True, it a tough call to make, the risk element is there, particularly older parts that might be past warranty. In my case the seller seemed to have been a long term eBay user and had a long history of selling, albeit he did have negative feedback. I took a risk that worked out but there are plenty of bad sellers out there or those that are just ignorant. I bought a 7.68TB SSD and it was DOA. Seller claimed tested it worked before shipped. Seller now claiming I never returned SSD and I am still under Paypal dispute. I am not sure what possessed me to buy a 7.68TB drive, one of those mad impulse purchases... But yes you are correct, it is dangerous to buy used equipment for cheap, like swimming with sharks. Does not mean you get bitten, means you cannot ignore the concept that one shark might take a bite...

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I have convinced a console player to switch to PC PLEASE HELP!"

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

His budget is 900 USD

An alternative route:

I purchased someone's Ryzen 7 2700X build off eBay, complete with 16GB of semi decent Ram and Vega 64 graphics card all housed in a case for $400. Once I received, I moved the build into a case I liked better, replaced the Bronze PSU for a Platinum one, ditched the 128GB NVMe for a 500GB one, sleeved the cables and ended up with a neat and tidy build for under $650 total. Is the Ryzen 7 2700X with Vega 64 a good build? For $650 it is not at all shabby. The games you guys wanna play will play very nicely with such a rig. Look through eBay it is not hard to find bargains - badly listed aesthetically unappealing hunks of aluminum that you can turn into gold for very little out of pocket expense. While building a PC is fun, refurbing someone else's is better on the wallet. If you want the experience of building from scratch, then just harvest components and do the honors. Win win either way, particularly when the budget is tight.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Paid off my credit card debt. Should I get a better one?"

  • 19 days ago
  • 2 points

+1. I should have asked you for advice 5 years ago.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need your suggestions regarding processor i5-7400 upgrade"

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

I'm using a MSI B250M Bazooka (MS-7A70) motherboard and an i5-7400, 16 gb of ram and RX580 4gb.

Your cheapest upgrade path for this motherboard will be an i7-6700 (you do not necessarily have to use KabyLake). You might be able to get CPU for under $200. Performance? To be frank, not that much better than the i7-7400. Same goes for i7-7700. Will it fix your issue? Maybe.

I am quite surprised you are having these issues with your i5-7400. A build for my Nephew uses an old i5-6600K and he has not complained yet. He plays PUBG all the time. You are not bombarding your CPU with other tasks while you are playing? Virus check?

should I change the motherboard to get newer processor options?

That might be necessary if the PUBG game engine now cannot run on 4 core processors although I must admit I find that hard to believe. Your next upgrade path, for cheap as possible, might be a used B350/X370 board with a Ryzen 5 1600X or Ryzen 7 1700X. On the used market it might be possible to pick up both for within $50 of a single i7-7700 or i7-6700. Funny old world. Skylake and Kabylake i7 demand is oddly high.

The caveat to moving chipsets though is moving all your old programs over to new. In many instances a clean install not possible using the same license key. You might have to repurchase widows, office etc.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "6.5K First build help"

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

if i need 2080 Ti X2 but if

SLI is hard to recommend for purely gaming reasons. A lot of the titles that do scale with SLI will have no issue pulling 60fps at 4K with a single RTX 2070S, let alone 1440p. SLI is not worth it.

Link to build = https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/YFX4Pn

Yes your build is absolutely killer.

I will just offer some followup advise:

Performance and benchmarking tests generally concur that 32GB of RAM is superior to 16GB for gaming so you were wise to go for more memory. 64GB though might be overkill. 4 x 8GB sticks is plenty, save money.

The Ryzen 9 3950X is an absolutely killer CPU. Is it a better choice than, say, the i9-9900K for much cheaper? Or even the Ryzen 7 3700X for that matter for cheaper still? Gaming is a low thread application and even the most demanding titles will not get close to maxing out an 8 core processor. I personally would much rather have the Ryzen 9 3950X for no reason other than for bragging rights but it may not offer better performance in gaming over, say, an i9-9900K or even an i7-8700K for that matter. Worth a thought but I find it hard to tell you not to build with that Ryzen 9. An utter marvel of engineering.

Ditch SLI and get one card. It is tough to recommend an RTX2080TI right now because of price - Nvidia should really drop it to $500 given they are releasing new cards so soon. Initial speculation suggests the the next gen RTX XX70 releases either next month or this Summer and will be under $500 and offer performance > RTX 2080 TI. Worth a thought given the RTX 2080 TI is $1200 or more. I would be inclined to purchase the RTX 2070S for your build (just because next gen launches does not mean it is available it takes months for stocks to settle). You will get a lot of use from it and if you think you need to upgrade next year, the next gen RTX XX70 will be widely available for that price of $400-$500. Hard to recommend the $1200+ 2080TI. I say a huge waste of money right now. Also for 1440p gaming the RTX 2070S is a great fit.

Soundcard? I have this soundcard in my build:

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/DrLitch/saved/#view=DZkJf7

Between it and my motherboard's sound I cannot hear a difference in quality. Maybe my ears are bad or my headphones/speakers no good.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Video Editing PC Build (Turning away from Intel...)"

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 point

I tried to kill the thread by injecting a little humor, the notion live and let live, we can all get along despite our different perspectives. Gamesquire does not share that sentiment of forgive and forget. The manner in which this discussion altered from cordial to unpleasantly vapid is utterly ridiculous. It boggles my mind. Anyway, each to their own, lets move on.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Video Editing PC Build (Turning away from Intel...)"

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 point

haha lol thats a good one :D

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Video Editing PC Build (Turning away from Intel...)"

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 point

my small, and sadly very limited contribution in

That is what my wife keeps telling me ;)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Video Editing PC Build (Turning away from Intel...)"

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

Or is Gilroar the 2nd account of DrLitch?

Gilroar is one of the more expert members here. Been in the scene a long time, probably a software or hardware developer although not sure. I do not get too attached to internet folks. I am nowhere near his level of knowledge or enthusiasm. I promise you I am not him.

And when AM5 does come out,the AM4 chips and DDR4 RAM will stop working or something?

I did not say that. Plenty of folks rolling with DDR3 Haswell era boards running games just fine and doing what they are doing. Given we are just on the cusp on a new generation it does not hurt to see if the grass is greener. It is not like the guy creating the thread needs to build a PC now for sake of previous one breaking down.

Why isn't there an ignore list here? I swear I should just delete my account...

Chill, it is just opinions, you have no reason to care what I think about things.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Upgrading from a Skylake G4400 Pentium to a Kaby Lake i7 7700k"

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

True, but never underestimate the power of a current install. You cannot move an install to a new chipset. Install new windows, purchase another key for Office, purchase another anti virus key, clone drives and even then some software wont work without full install and new key. Ultimate gain? A few extra fps on video games, faster multicore multithread processing that may not matter to an individual. This is not an easy decision to make even though the Ryzen 5 is much faster than the 7700K.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "AMD FX-9590"

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

I saw the core clocks on this and looked at the price and was just blown out of my mind, how well would this hold up in streaming/gaming/yt channel video editing?

While nobody in their right mind should purchase this today, if it and a heavy duty motherboard fell on your lap, if would work in a pinch. I recollect a friend running Dolphin and Cemu on this CPU and it pretty much ran everything at full speed. Gaming wise you should hit 60fps plus most titles. Even 1% lows should be manageable. Is it a good CPU? No. Does it work with most Windows 10 applications, including gaming? Yes. Is it true that Intel's i3 and AMD's Ryzen 3 are monstrously ahead in performance? Yes. Does that mean the CPU is unusable? No. People like to talk smack about this CPU and that is okay but I draw the line with those that believe a Raspberry Pi beats it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Video Editing PC Build (Turning away from Intel...)"

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

Learning from past build I want to try & future proof & have some extra longevity in addition all the amd ryzen reviews

AM4 not really, will be dumped next year and rendered as an afterthought. New chipsets out in 2021, DDR5 Ram, etc. AM4 gives a nice upgrade curve for first or second gen owners who could theoretically install 4th gen when it comes out this year - or folks pinching pennies now and upgrading later. Pretty cool if you fall in this category which you do not.

I would hang ten right now unless your current rig is just not cutting it. If you can live with what you have, wait until 2021 and see whats up. Intel releasing new, AMD new, DDR5 Ram compatability, new HEDT lineups, might be a fun year to build a new PC ;)

If you absolutely have to upgrade now, consider Threadripper for your purposes. Nothing wrong with AM4 or the Ryzen 9 3950X though, will definitely do the job. Some may say the 4th Gen Ryzen 16 core will be your upgrade option. I highly doubt it will be worth it coming from 3rd gen. Like for Like, would be similar to a i7-6700K owner upgrading to a i7-7700K. Everything comes to expectations. Casual vs Pro. Modest budget Vs Bigger Budget. Is AM4 a good workstation solution now? Perhaps. Future Proof, no clue.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Upgrading from a Skylake G4400 Pentium to a Kaby Lake i7 7700k"

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

H110M PRO

Double check as well if that board supports Overclocking. If not save money and go with the stock 7700. It sells for $60 or so less than the K variant. Also might save money on the cooler since the 7700K does run warm.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Mini ITX X299 Motherboard CPU and Ram Combo [$800 OBO]"

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

Gone, Pending $$$

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Bottlenecking"

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

Will a GTX 1660 SUPER bottleneck a Ryzen 5 3600X

Certainly. Crank the settings up to high/ultra, make sure to maximize anti aliasing settings, and also play the games that really eat up GPU resources. Pretty sure you can make a GTX 1660 Super hit its limits. You can also make your CPU the limit as well, pick a low resolution and low setting and keep dialing things down until the frame rate limits top out. Chances are your monitor refresh rate will be lower than the frame rate but a bottleneck is a bottleneck nonetheless.

Nothing works in an unbounded manner.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "i7 8700k worth it in 2020?"

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 point

Is i7 8700k ~ $335-350 USD (6c12t) worth it in 2020 for gaming and workstation compared to i5 9700k (8c8t) $356 USD / 9600k (6c6t) $210 USD?

Worth it? Subjective. Depends on your tolerance for diminishing returns.

Workstation - people use this term too generally. If by workstation you infer much more intensive workloads than usual Microsoft Office, i.e. applications that scale well with cores and threads, the i7-8700K is not really all that good. Neither are the other two chips.

Gaming? If you plan on overclocking, all three chips are going to perform roughly the same for most games. There are a few titles that will play nicer with your 8700K, some will play nicer with the 9700K. The i5-9600K actually is pretty handy on a big overclock, it plays with the big boys. Whatever the case they are all awesome chips for gaming. Overclock and have a monitor that can pull 144Hz plus and there may be some benefit to owning these Intel chips. Of course it is subjective and down to individual tolerance to diminishing returns weighed against expectations.

Please don't recommend me AMD

Reconsider if you want to balance performance with cost. AMD are snapping at Intel's heels and have well overtaken Intel performance wise on big multithreaded workloads. On light workloads like gaming, AMD are decently competitive and if you are only going to run Intel at stock clocks the difference is quite marginal. You can get close to stock i7-8700K performance with AMD's own 6c/12thread CPU costing nearly half as much.

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