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Forum Topic "What is your biggest "face-palm" moment involving you and computers?"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 9 days ago

Spent ~2 hours checking every cable in my build when it wouldn't start after I switched to a new PSU and CPU cooler. Even switched back to the old PSU to see if the new one was faulty.

I took a sticker off one stick of RAM. And hadn't pushed it all the way back in.

Forum Topic "SSD in a small build"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 13 days ago

Mainly would like to know if it's a good idea to put that kind of SSD in a build with so little airflow

SSD's don't get that hot, I'd worry about the CPU long before a SSD/HDD. That being said, the MX330 comes with one fan, and more can be added to the front of the case if you're worried about heat.

I changed the SSD and PSU because when I get a chance in the future I'm going to do a big upgrade.

That SSD is overkill for the vast majority of general and gaming use, a standard SATA SSD will be much cheaper and almost as fast in the majority of cases. Even high end rigs rarely need more than 650W, only something like a i9 or Threadripper build would need a 850W PSU.

If you are going to spend that much on a computer you can get far better performance by upping the CPU and video, and without sacrificing much on the PSU or SSD side:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor $235.00 @ BudgetPC
Motherboard *MSI - B450M PRO-M2 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $105.00 @ Umart
Memory G.Skill - FORTIS 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $195.00 @ Umart
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 1TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $249.00 @ Umart
Video Card Sapphire - Radeon RX 560 - 1024 2GB PULSE Video Card $148.00 @ Umart
Case Fractal Design - Focus G Mini (Black) MicroATX Mini Tower Case $85.00 @ Umart
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $139.00 @ Amazon Australia
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1156.00
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-10-03 11:18 AEST+1000

Forum Topic "Z370 Platform Memory w/ a Z170 MB & Z170 Processor ???"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 0 points 1 month ago

Z170, Z270 and Z370 boards (and other boards that support the same CPU's) all use standard DDR4 RAM. The "Intel Z370 Platform" thing is just advertising.

Forum Topic "What desktop build would be equivalent to a Dell Inspiron 15 7000?"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Based off the highest end model:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1400 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $143.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte - B450 I AORUS PRO WIFI Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard $122.98 @ Newegg
Memory Team - Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $129.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial - MX500 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $64.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - AV-GP 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.99 @ Newegg Marketplace
Video Card Zotac - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Mini Video Card $169.00 @ Amazon
Case Cooler Master - MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case $32.42 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair - CXM (2015) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $46.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $98.99 @ Amazon
Monitor Acer - R221Q bid 21.5" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor $90.33 @ Walmart
Keyboard Redragon - S101 Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $29.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $969.56
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-09-13 00:14 EDT-0400

(This is a very rough approximation, as I can't really match laptop to desktop parts exactly. The CPU is probably a bit less powerful, while the video card will be a bit better.)

Forum Topic "GTX 1070 Ti or GTX 1080"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

I think that was supposed to say $429.99.

Forum Topic "Upgrade this pc or just build a new one"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

The CPU's performance doesn't have any effect on how the GPU/video card performs. As long as the CPU is able to push enough frames to reach the monitor's refresh it will work fine. (And that CPU should work just fine for the majority of games.)

Forum Topic "Is my pc good for gaming and school work and do you have any recommendations"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

This one?

Yes. There may be other HSF's that would be good, but the ones I'd normally recommend aren't available where you live.

And also since there is one fan in the case do I need to buy one more and if yes can you link me a cheap fan

1 or 2 more fans for the front would be a good idea, I don't know any good ones to recommend though.

Forum Topic "Is RTX 2080 SLI possible here? And is this good?"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Get the 3-slot one.

The 2080's each need a full length PCIe slot, the top two full slots on that motherboard are the ones you want to use. That puts two spaces between the cards which means you need the 3-slot bridge.

Forum Topic "Upgrade this pc or just build a new one"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

If you need the extra performance, and can get it stable then sure.

Forum Topic "Upgrade this pc or just build a new one"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

The i5 4760K is still a good processor as long as you don't pair it with a really new GPU like a 1080. I would go with something like an R9 Fury X or a 980 Ti(used of course), so there is no generational bottleneck.

What? no idea where you got that from. The 4760K will perform the same regardless of the GPU its paired with. CPU defines the maximum framerate you can achieve in a game, GPU defines at what resolution and settings you reach it.

Forum Topic "Looking for advice on these parts please!"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

For gaming with an APU, RAM makes a pretty significant difference. Going with a 2x4 kit instead of a 1x8 stick should give you a noticeable increase in performance. (High frequency and good latency are important as well.)

Edit: Benchmarks- skip to 20 min for RAM comparisons.

Forum Topic "Is my pc good for gaming and school work and do you have any recommendations"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

The CPU cooler is pretty outdated, something like a scythe FUMA would be a better choice. (Especially if you plan on overclocking at all.)

Forum Topic "Looking for Some Help!"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I changed it to a 2700 and also got you a G3 PSU (newest model) for cheaper.

The G2 is actually a better choice, that or a Seasonic Focus plus. (The G3 has issues with it's protections.)

Forum Topic "Computer for Heavy web browser use"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Probably a bit overkill, but well below budget anyway:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $159.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - B450M-HDV Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $68.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team - Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $137.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Crucial - MX500 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $99.89 @ OutletPC
Case Thermaltake - Versa H15 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $31.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $46.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $544.75
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-29 18:28 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "Computer for Heavy web browser use"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Budget?
Country?

obviously a network card to connect to the internet do they come with mother board as i see most builds do not have it

Pretty much all newer motherboards have Ethernet built in, some have wireless as well.

Forum Topic "Trying to trim down this fortnite build"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

High end of the budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $149.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - AB350M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $74.49 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Team - Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $137.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial - MX500 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $67.82 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $43.90 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI - Radeon RX 580 8GB ARMOR OC Video Card $229.99 @ Amazon
Case Cooler Master - MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case $39.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair - CXM (2015) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $794.16
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-28 18:30 EDT-0400

Low end of the budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $109.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - H310M-HDV/M.2 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $58.89 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $69.99 @ Amazon
Storage Crucial - MX500 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $67.82 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $43.90 @ OutletPC
Video Card PowerColor - Radeon RX 570 4GB Video Card $204.98 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master - MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case $39.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $45.00 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $640.56
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-28 18:35 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "Which GPU for my monitor"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

GTX-1060/RX-580 for low to medium settings, GTX-1070Ti/1080 for high to max settings.

Forum Topic "Prices Disapearing"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Usually that means it's out of stock at whatever store the price was from.

Forum Topic "Just wanted to complain about Canada Vs US pricing"

Buildtimeboys submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Forum Topic "Just wanted to complain about Canada Vs US pricing"

Buildtimeboys submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Keep on saving, you can do it!

Thanks, but my builds done. Just frustrated by a build for a friend on a tight budget.

Forum Topic "Just wanted to complain about Canada Vs US pricing"

Buildtimeboys submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Yea, this was less of a legitimate issue and more just a bit of whinging on my part.
The main thing for me is getting together $1200 for a computer as a Canadian is about the same as getting together $1200 as someone in the US, but that $1200 US gets you way more computer.

Forum Topic "Ryzen 5 2600 & GTX 1060 6GB"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Cheaper with the same performance:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor $257.47 @ Amazon Canada
Motherboard MSI - B450 Gaming Plus ATX AM4 Motherboard $139.98 @ Memory Express
Memory Team - Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $220.62 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Crucial - MX500 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $139.44 @ shopRBC
Video Card XFX - Radeon RX 580 8GB GTS XXX ED Video Card $391.98 @ Amazon Canada
Case Antec - P8 ATX Mid Tower Case $86.22 @ Newegg Canada
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $99.66 @ PC-Canada
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1335.37
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-21 18:14 EDT-0400

Or mATX because I like it:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor $257.47 @ Amazon Canada
Motherboard MSI - B450M GAMING PLUS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $128.78 @ Memory Express
Memory Team - Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $208.30 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Crucial - MX500 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $139.44 @ shopRBC
Video Card XFX - Radeon RX 580 8GB GTS XXX ED Video Card $391.98 @ Amazon Canada
Case Thermaltake - Versa H18 Tempered Glass MicroATX Mini Tower Case $61.58 @ Memory Express
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $99.66 @ PC-Canada
Case Fan be quiet! - Pure Wings 2 140 PWM 61.2 CFM 140mm Fan $14.32 @ Newegg Canada Marketplace
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1301.53
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-21 18:20 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "GTX 1080 ti now VS 2080 Later"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 8 points 1 month ago

Wait for benchmarks.
Nobody actually knows how they will perform yet.

Forum Topic "8700k+Gtx1070"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

It would completely depend on what resolution and refresh you want to play at, and in what games at what settings.
Bottlenecking is extremely situational.

Forum Topic "$600 Workstation build that play games at decent frame rate."

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Upvoted for the SSD & HDD comment. I used a 120GB SSD+1TB HDD combo for a few years and it really sucked.

Forum Topic "$1,250 gaming cumpter?"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 0 points 1 month ago

Not much need for a 8 core CPU in a game that can only really use 1-2. Also, WoW leans pretty heavily on the CPU, the GPU doesn't have to be that powerful.

Forum Topic "$1,250 gaming cumpter?"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 0 points 1 month ago

A fairly basic version:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor $197.83 @ Newegg Marketplace
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - M9i 48.4 CFM CPU Cooler $49.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI - H370M BAZOOKA Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $89.99 @ Amazon
Memory Team - T-Force Vulcan 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $75.98 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial - MX500 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $99.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $41.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Windforce OC Video Card $166.72 @ Amazon
Case Thermaltake - Versa H15 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $31.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.83 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Asus - DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $18.39 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $103.95 @ Trusted Tech Team
Case Fan Noctua - NF-S12B redux-1200 59.1 CFM 120mm Fan $13.85 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $950.20
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-18 18:57 EDT-0400

Has 4x USB 3 and 2x USB 2 on motherboard, 1x each on case front.

Closer to budget with more power:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor $248.90 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Scythe - Mugen 5 Rev. B 51.2 CFM CPU Cooler $47.99 @ Newegg Marketplace
Motherboard MSI - H370M BAZOOKA Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $89.99 @ Amazon
Memory Team - Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $134.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung - 970 Evo 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $179.00 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $41.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI - Radeon RX 580 8GB ARMOR OC Video Card $229.99 @ Walmart
Case Thermaltake - Versa H15 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $31.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $73.38 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Asus - DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $18.39 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $103.95 @ Trusted Tech Team
Case Fan Noctua - NF-S12B redux-1200 59.1 CFM 120mm Fan $13.85 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1214.31
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-18 19:01 EDT-0400

The NVMe SSD won't make a huge difference, but a 5% off loading screens adds up over a long play time.

Forum Topic "All this crazy mumbo-jumbo..."

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Depends on the type of productivity, really. Some software works better with more CPU cores, some with faster cores. (And a few with more GPU power.)

Forum Topic "All this crazy mumbo-jumbo..."

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

I think we have a very different understanding of "quality, then". For you, quality means playing at Ultra. Quality for me, means being able to play at 30 FPS/1080p like in the PS4, on a computer.

Some people like to push framerates to the maximum so they can play their reflex based games as effectively as possible, some people like to push games to look as good as possible, and some people (like you I'm guessing) don't care about the framerate or the eye candy as long as the game is fun.

Some games I try to maximize my 144Hz screen because I want feedback as soon as possible, some games I'm fine with 40-60fps because they play much slower and just try to make them look as good as i can. It's all just a matter of preference.

Maximum clutter looks nice, but I'm not that or affected by it. It is not going to change the way I enjoy the game.

Great, you can get by with a pretty basic build then. No need buying high end parts if you don't care for the extra performance.

Forum Topic "RAM FOR MY LENOVO M91p"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

You can find it here, or look for used ones on Ebay, r/hardwareswap, etc. (Which would likely be cheaper.)

Forum Topic "Where is the MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC?"

Forum Topic "Building a pc for the first time. Need Help!"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Need to know your budget, currency, and intended use.

Forum Topic "threadripper or i7 for gaming..."

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Would Threadripper be better for my webdevelopment and photoshop work?

Can't speak for web stuff, but Photoshop uses single core for the vast majority of operations. So again, i7 would be better for that.

Forum Topic "Can I OC my CPU? (Help)"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Yes, but that cooler isn't going to offer a lot of headroom in terms of heat.

Forum Topic "Dell Optiplex Ram Compatible with aftermarket Mobos?"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Don't see why it wouldn't be. It's in a standard form factor, and running at a pretty normal speed.

Forum Topic "Is this overkill for my first gaming build?"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Is there a reason why you choose a ITX mobo over a mATX?

Because the Strix is one of Asus's better product lines, and it fit your case. mATX would be fine as well.

Forum Topic "Which GPU should I buy to game in a 1050p monitor?"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

GTX-1050 Ti should hit the spot, maybe a RX-570/GTX-1060-3gb for a bit more power.

Forum Topic "Is this overkill for my first gaming build?"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

The 8700K mainly just adds extra threads, which don't help in most games. I've heard good things about ASUS's Aura software, why get two SSD's when you can get one bigger one for less. A GTX 1070-Ti should be fine for your uses. PSA on EVGA's G3 series.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor $249.00 @ Walmart
CPU Cooler Corsair - H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $103.59 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus - ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $178.93 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $180.98 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial - MX500 1TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $189.11 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB ARMOR Video Card $454.99 @ Newegg
Case Phanteks - Enthoo EVOLV TG (Gray) MicroATX Mini Tower Case $134.92 @ Newegg Business
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $81.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $103.95 @ Trusted Tech Team
Case Fan NZXT - Aer RGB120 (3-pack) 61.4 CFM 120mm Fans $62.89 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor Acer - Predator X34 34.0" 3440x1440 120Hz Monitor $999.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2740.34
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-04 22:37 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "Alright, how is my build so far"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

The stock cooler is fine for the 2200G, B450 board so you don't have to worry about BIOS flashing, cheap and good SSD.
No RAM? The motherboard you mentioned uses DDR3 which won't work with the 2200G.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $94.99 @ Newegg Marketplace
Motherboard MSI - B450M PRO-M2 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $69.99 @ B&H
Memory Patriot - Viper 4 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $74.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial - MX500 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $67.72 @ OutletPC
Case Corsair - SPEC-03 Red ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $0.00
Power Supply XFX - TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply Purchased For $0.00
Optical Drive LG - UH12NS40 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer Purchased For $0.00
Monitor Acer - G246HLAbd 24.0" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor Purchased For $0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $307.69
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-04 22:14 EDT-0400

Picked fast RAM for better APU performance, you could use 2133-2666MHz RAM if you don't care about gaming performance.

Forum Topic "No Clue Where To Start.."

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

This is a great place to learn both the basics and details of computers. I can't think of any YouTube channels off the top of my head.

Didn't know the OS was so expensive, damn.

It is, yea. You can get a cheaper OEM version, but it is limited to one motherboard making transfers/re-installs a unreliable process. Check with your school if applicable as they will sometimes offer licenses to students.

Forum Topic "First time building a tower"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Since I'm replacing my 2011 Toshiba laptop, what do you think about removing the 5400 RPM SATA HDD included and use it?

Might as well. But if it's making grinding noises I wouldn't store critical files on it. Use a SSD as your main drive, though.

Forum Topic "Opinions wanted on my FROST build"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

No issues I can see.
You can get a better PSU for cheaper than the TXM though.

Forum Topic "No Clue Where To Start.."

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Fairly fast 6c-12t CPU for gaming & streaming, solid video card for 1080p max settings, mATX because I like that sort of thing.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor $268.78 @ Memory Express
Motherboard MSI - B450M GAMING PLUS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $128.78 @ Memory Express
Memory Team - Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $210.54 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Crucial - MX500 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $141.10 @ PC-Canada
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $55.94 @ Vuugo
Video Card Gigabyte - Radeon RX 580 8GB Gaming 8G Video Card $425.58 @ Amazon Canada
Case Thermaltake - Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $95.18 @ PC-Canada
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $110.86 @ PC-Canada
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $146.16 @ Amazon Canada
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1582.92
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-01 22:32 EDT-0400

Included a Windows license just in case, bit of budget left over for keyboard/mouse if needed.

Forum Topic "Opinions wanted on my first gaming PC build"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

For a APU build, fast RAM will make a huge difference, so I added a 3000MHz 2x4 pair.
Never cheap out on the PSU, it's the one part that can take your whole computer with it if it fails.
Added cheaper keyboard+mouse combo.
Case is cheap, small, and has two fans included.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $89.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - AB350M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $59.99 @ Newegg
Memory Patriot - Viper 4 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $80.98 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $19.95 @ Newegg Marketplace
Case DIYPC - MA01-G MicroATX Mini Tower Case $26.82 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $99.99 @ Amazon
Wireless Network Adapter Encore - ENEWI-1XN42 PCI-Express x1 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter $17.20 @ Amazon
Keyboard Redragon - S101 Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $29.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $464.90
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-01 22:12 EDT-0400

I'd strongly suggest using an SSD instead of the mechanical drive, but they are a bit more expensive.

Forum Topic "Which psu is better"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

The M12II is outdated, the 600B is meh. A Corsair CXM is decent and in the same price range.

Forum Topic "Want to put Everyones mind at ease"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Something similar to this came up a while back, if you're curious: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/258974-psa-full-vs-oem

Forum Topic "Any Good Pre-built PC Websites"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 5 points 2 months ago

It's not really possible for an OEM to sell PC's (with off-the-shelf parts) for less than what it would cost you to build build it. They'll get discounts for large orders of parts, but they still have overhead in terms of assembly/marketing etc.
At best you might find some for about the same price as you could build it.

OEM's like HP/Dell are able to make their computers cheaper by using custom (and usually pretty ******) parts.

Forum Topic "What should I change if looking for best Gaming Pc with a willing to spend $40 more"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

It could do 60-100Hz reliably.

Forum Topic "Help with pc build/s"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Fast single core performance seems to be what works best for Starcraft, (from the benchmarks i saw at least.) That means list #4 (8600K with good cooler for overclocking) is probably your best option.

Forum Topic "What should I change if looking for best Gaming Pc with a willing to spend $40 more"

Buildtimeboys 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Both have significantly better single core performance, which is still the most important factor for gaming. (Especially for high framerates.) The 8350K is the best in terms of single core when overclocked, but is a bit expensive for what it is. The 8400 is a good balance of single & multi core performance.

Both are more expensive than the 1200 though.

Benchmarks comparing the i3-8350K, i5-8400, and R3-1200. (Skip to about 8 min in for game benchmarks.)

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