Not so much what you get out of the CPU, more the chipset. From this perspective X399 gives you many more options over Z390 for instance. In terms of speed, if gaming is going to be the main application, just get the cheaper Z390 motherboard. While Ryzen TR will outperform Intel on multi-core multi-threaded workloads it is not like you will not 3D render well on the i7-9700k. Gaming wise, no brainer, Intel comfortably ahead of TR here.
Both Laptop's you cite are good well known brands. I have not owned either but did play around with an HP Omen and it was quite good - my main complaint was the screen was a little wobbly on the hinge. Keyboard was fine, to be expected.
Me personally, browse through Xotic PC or one of these sites and see if you find contemporary models featuring an RTX 2060 for your budget. You may as well go with newest tech.
Swapping out RAM? Yes you can do that but for the few dollars you save you will end up reinvesting more (upgrading from 8 to 16 will incur two 8GB sticks at > $100). Just get 16GB model and be done with it.
yeah 4GB is enough
This is a small case, a lot smaller than my own Ncase M1. Pretty cool you managed to pack that much power in it. Awesome build. What is the case BTW? Looks like something Lazer3D would build.
This is the sort of attention to aesthetic detail that gets featured. A very neat and tidy build with exceptionally clean management of components, wires, and resources.
Upgrading equipment is part of the hobby and periodically it is good to refresh. In your case, since your primary focus is HTPC/Gaming, the nearly four year old i5 6600K is still an exceptional processor for that. Moving to a Ryzen or Coffee Lake Intel will not make a significant difference at the moment. You can perhaps hold out this gen and then do a ground up refresh of everything. You still have good mileage left in this current build.
Quite honestly, i9-9900k is the best chip for gaming and for many workstation tasks it handily beats the x299's best 8core and 10core chips. Not beating a 12 core Skylake-X or above in certain workstation loads but will handily win in gaming arena. It comes down to what is important to you.
7980XE is still an awesome processor but it is getting rare and even more expensive that it used to be. I personally would wait for Intel to refresh their X series chips, the Skylake has been going since 2015, it is getting on a bit now. I would also hold back on Ryzen TR as well, AMD are going crazy releasing new chips far too often. Wait for them to settle down and hit their plateau.
240Hz monitor? Fast CPU and RAM are a must. Bare minimum, i7 Unlocked CPU and 3600MHz RAM, preferably 4000MHz. GPU wise, pascal gen 1080Ti will be fine. RTX2080 should do it as well. Get whichever is cheaper.
When you say light gaming, i.e. online / esports and so on, then stick with the 1050Ti or upgrade to the cheaper 2060 if need be. 2070 will be a waste of money.
If you actually want to hit 144Hz you may need to look at the CPU as well. The 2080 would game 1440p exceedingly well, just not sure the Ryzen chip will play along.
Ordinarily the RTX 2070 should not have issue at 1440p for 99.99% if games, but there are some titles out there where 60Hz/Ultra is under threat as a minimum achievable. This will of course become the norm when game engines are optimized towards newer hardware. RTX2080 will give you that wiggle room.
You will certainly flip for a profit, maybe to the tune of $100 - $150. You may as well build a rig out of these, the chipset is still good. Unless you like to wheel and deal, stick rather than swim.
There is no such thing as futureproofing but GPU's age faster than CPU's. Worth thinking about.
Example, in late 2013 (more than 5 years ago), if you built a great rig, you may have done so with an i7-4790K, which is still an excellent CPU for gaming today. The GPU you would have bought at the time would have been a 780 or 780Ti, both outdated and lightweight today, i.e. the 780 is beaten easily by a 1060 3GB GPU while the 780Ti is barely above it.
It will be a while before the 1070 will be inadequate for gaming at 1080p 60Hz. Some games today actually challenge the card on ultra settings but you have the option to plug and play with them. A good CPU should carry you 5 years, you will likely be changing GPU every 2 years or so. Right now the 1070 is absolutely fine for your resolution and refresh.
For nearly the same price as the i5-8400, I would actually consider the Ryzen 5 2600X. Far superior CPU and will have a long life. If need be, with an "4" series motherboard from AMD, i.e. X470 or B450, you could even upgrade to the 3rd Gen Ryzen without having to buy a new motherboard or RAM. Just a thought.
GPU, you will upgrade this one every other Gen anyway. Go with the 1070, it is fine for what you want it to do in the next two years or so.
Your RAM is quite slow for your gaming preferences - 1080p. You could maybe see 10-20 extra frames per second if you bumped it up to 3600 or 4000MHz. Get that obstacle out the way first - RAM really does matter when you are absolutely killing it with fps where bottlenecks wont be the gpu. As for CPU, yes bumping up to an i7-8700K/8086K or i9-9900K will obviously make a difference. How much I do not know. I am guessing right now RAM would make a more meaningful impact. Get faster RAM first.
You might be able to sell it for $400. My own Alienware with gtx1070/i7-7700Hq/16GB Ram sold on eBay for $700 so be mindful of asking too much for a model two generations older.
Yes, the RTX2070 will absolutely be good for 1440p. My GTX 1080 runs very nicely at this resolution and the RTX2070 will be a slight upgrade from this card. There will of course be a few games that wont run at ultra settings much higher than 60fps. The majority however will run buttery smooth. Right now, I do not feel getting a higher performing card is worth it for this resolution, you might gain 10fps or so with a GTX1080Ti or RTX2080 but you will be well set with the RTX2070.
As far as I am concerned, people place way too much stock onto the GPU. To game, and game well, you do not need an immensely powerful GPU. If buying a better GPU means sacrificing in other areas, do not bother doing that. If you are penny pinching the GTX 1060 6G / RX 580 / RX 590 are absolutely fine options and will serve you well. Once you have your PC already built, you can always upgrade the graphics card a couple of years down the road. I personally would invest the extra $100 on a RTX 2060. That is 5 Pizza meals, just eat frozen pizza for a couple of months and you would have made up the difference ;)
Play the patience game, no hurry. I hear tell AMD will be releasing a $250 card later this year that will trade blows with an RTX 2070.
RTX 2060 is a newer card but definitely not an upgrade of note for a 1070Ti. If you want to upgrade, I would say the 2080 would be the logical step up, otherwise keep the 1070Ti and upgrade in 2020 when the next gen of cards come out.
Not much more than a $100.
If they are similar price, go for the faster RAM. The difference between 3000 and 3200 is small though, you will not notice. Be sure to check mobo supports that RAM at that speed.
Depends on usage. Gaming, browsing, streaming, nope. Workstation type loads, yep, maybe.
For the $50 I would probably just overkill anyway, why not...
1080Ti and 2080 in a similar class. 2080 on some games benchmarked gives a minor fps bump. If you want to purchase a GPU, unless you score a good deal on the 1080Ti, I would roll with the 2080. No reason other than it is newer and will warranty longer.
Seems about right to me. AC Odyssey is extremely demanding. Game taxes all cards on the market, even the 2080Ti.
Novel case and design. Patriotic theme great.
Better than 50/50 chance this gets featured.
Some junk is better than others. Nice junk.
Awesome, post your build up when you have a chance.
2160p will necessitate a beefier card. I am guessing you are on a budget if looking at the 1050Ti, in that case, consider the 2060 as the card that bridges that gap more affordably. Ideally you would set your sights on the 2070 minimally for 2160p gaming.
Personally, 4K should be the next step. Yes, 1440p does look better, yes it is quite an experience with an Ultra Wide Monitor. But this is up to you, It is inevitable you will end up, within the next three years, with a 4K gaming set up. Now could be a time to start looking for options, albeit we are still a generation or two away from 144Hz 4K gaming.
As for 2K 144Hz, if you wish to consider the upgrade I would consider CPU wise to look at Intel chips (or, tentatively, AMD Ryzen 3000 once we know the specs). Right now, the i9-9900k, 9700k, i7-8700k,i7-8086k will handle gaming at extreme refresh rates.
GPU wise, as much as you can afford. 2080 or 2080Ti would be my recommendation. You could look at the 1080Ti as well although not all games will break much above 60fps - most for sure will hit far above that, but there are a few very demanding titles out there that wont give impressive results with a 1080Ti or 2080. More budget friendly options like the 2070, 1080, 1070Ti, and the 2060 will run most 2K games very well, but can and will hitch on some titles dropping below 60fps ultra settings for some of the most demanding games.
Good luck with your career, I specialized in Communication Systems and Signal Processing. Right now a lot of companies would cut off their right arm for a good RF/Microwave Circuit Design specialist. Something to think about.
Nice build. Yes, not a huge upgrade from what you had before, but a nice upgrade nonetheless. About as good as one can build these days without complete overkill - i.e. 32core processor, 4 GPU's etc...
If you kept the same monitor that you had before, it might be tough to tell a huge difference for gaming. The 6700K/1080Ti is pretty well specced itself. If you upgrade your monitor, i.e. 4K/144Hz the difference will definitely be very noticeable. At 1080p/1440p, not too much.
Looking at the two books, you an electrical engineer? Good build btw.
I love these sorts of builds, good job. I built a similar rig for my nephew.
As they say, an oldie but goldie.
Definitely a killer gaming rig and a very good first build. I was going to comment on the 64GB RAM but if you are Undergrad/Postgrad in an Engineering Program, you may well need it. Lot of Matlab involved there, and lots of RAM hogging Matrix computations. I will say this though, storage wise, you got a killer Motherboard, where is that M2 Nvme drive for OS? I hope you did not use your 2TB 2.5" SSD for that purpose.
Then for $100, and everything legit, get that i7-6700K processor in a heartbeat. It is not as good as a Ryzen 7 or Ryzen 5 but it is far cheaper. 4 cores, 8 threads, 4GHz and overclocking, it will be a steal for $100. For games, it is still one of the best chips out there. Heck, if it works and you do not like it, you could flip it for $200plus and make a handsome profit. Getting a new Z170 mobo for a good price might be challenging, or maybe not, I have not searched eBay for mobo's that gen. Either way, get it if you are protected.
You could check sites that have more customization options, i.e. OriginPC or XoticPC. A low end GPU but high end CPU can be organized.
I have a Sony Vaio Laptop with similar specs to yours and it is not really up to par for modern gaming titles. I do not play PUBG but there is one way of finding out - install it and give it a go.
RTX 2070 comfortably beats it but the monitor can determine the outcome. The Vega 64 is a good gpu for 1080p and 1440p gaming and if you have a freesync monitor it is not a bad choice. It will eat up plenty of Watts though, have a PSU that can handle it.
Way too cheap, if it is on eBay, check the seller feedback. I pass on these sorts of deals, particularly a seller with low feedback or little/no selling activity. i7 6700K should be a $200+ chip, even if used but is demonstratively operational with no issues.
You did great and certainly challenged yourself case wise. I was going to purchase that case but my worry initially was the CPU cooler side - I have never been a fan of low profile coolers or All in Ones, particularly of the 120mm variety. Looking at your temperatures, all within normal parameters, I guess my initial reservations were a misjudgement. Well done on this build. My only suggestion when working with Mini Itx form factors, small slim cases, is that stock cables on the PSU usually run too long. Custom cables often best, trimmed to size to prevent bundling up. I know your particular PSU is unique in that the cables were deliberately shortened, but they are still too long for very small cases.
The Desk is featureworthy on it's own, I absolutely love it. The PC is awesome as well but that Desk! I hope you have a nice chair to go with it.
Looks like a console. How big is it compared to PS4?
No, bad idea. Either stump up for the 2080Ti legit or settle on a lesser option, waiting until next gen of cards to upgrade. The 2080 will be enough for your 1440p monitor you will not gain much with a 2080Ti other than higher frame rates when you would already be ploughing through them with the 2080. At 4K on the other hand.....
Get a RTX 2060, play at 1080p high refresh, job done. You will not need to lower settings either. RTX 2070 will be overpriced overkill.
To be very honest with you, all 3 chips you mentioned are fantastic and will indeed be good 3 years from now. CPU requirements move more slowly for gaming than GPU requirements. For other workloads, now that is in the eye of the beholder and is much more subjective. Difference in rendering could be the difference between 45 minutes and 8 hours depending on what you get. All three chips will do everything you throw at them, but it will be a question of how fast. The 6 core I7 is considerably behind the 8 core Ryzen in this respect. The 8 core Ryzen is well beaten by a 16 core Threadripper in tasks invoking multiple cores and threads.
If your requirements will be mainly workstation based with light/casual gaming thrown in, then get an 8 or greater core processor. Quite honestly, the Ryzen Threadripper might be the best purchase - a 16c/32t will do everything you throw at it. If you were just after a gaming CPU, I would have suggested the i7-8700K.
I personally would run a mile from Intel's X299 platform. Nothing wrong with the chips, just overpriced.
Ryzen 3000's set for Q3 release, still approx 6 months away. Your i5 6600k is a pretty good chip still, yeah only 4c/4t but most games will run fine on it. Your choice to stick or swim. If you need instant gratification, I would not wait until Ryzen 3000. Get an 8c/16t CPU either Ryzen or Intel it does not matter other than price.
Well you bought pretty much the best GPU going at the moment. Great parts list. Build wise, lots of pics, do not see a good overview of setup and pics of completed case. Possible I missed them, move Pics towards front. Potentially epic build here with an awesome case, lets see it.
Pretty tough for the fellow to do SLI with a mini ITX. Doing as you suggest would mean an entirely new case and motherboard. Also, SLI is only applicable for games that scale with it.
Feature worthy build.
yup + 1