No, sadly, those keys are either illegitimate or part of large-scale distribution licences being used in way that violates Microsoft's TOS - both of which can and will be revoked by MS at some point. Another thing is that the 'OEM' versions of Windows mean you lose the ability to reuse that key later on when the PC is changed or even when just the motherboard is replaced, and access to Microsoft Support with your OS. The unfortunate reality is that there's no way around spilling 100 quid on Win10.
The 3700X somewhat outperforms the 9700K. The 3700X is about the same as the 9700K in single thread and is much better when it comes to multi-thread performance. Currently, in gaming, the 9700K and the 3700X are fairly evenly matched (the 9700K is little better on some less CPU intensive games), however, when games inevitably become more and more optimized for SMT, the 3700X will pull ahead with a great margin. Due to the AMD's 8c/16t versus the Intel's 8c/8t. Right now, for gaming at 1440p, you will see that the gap between the 3700X and the 9700K is much closer.
I would highly recommend getting the new 3700X. It's too bad they're the same price over there; in the USDM, the 3700X is about $100 cheaper.
Don't get that bundle - it may save you $55, but they've put a really pricey motherboard in there. You can buy a 3700X and a X570 chipset separately for about $510.
If you're looking for a quiet-as-possible cooler, then I'd have say a water cooler more than anything else. Those are dead silent, usually.
it starts to get very hot
it starts to get very hot
Ah, yes the old AMD laptops. There was a joke which goes as follows: 'People with AMD laptops can use them as space heaters in the winter!' haha
$750 is a much more roomy budget because I can shoehorn in a dedicated video card.
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I've also included 16 GB RAM so you'll have nice performance margin when editing 1080p videos. Not to mention, somewhat future proof.
Sorry, but I will have to leave it at for the moment. It's a little here in the UK, so I'm gonna call it a night. If you have any other questions I will definitely get to them tomorrow.
No, when doing a clean install, you're just reinstalling Windows 10 with the key which came with the laptop.
You download this tool and then go from there. I would, however, check whether your key has been attached to your Microsoft account before diving in. Although, if it's all on the same machine you may not even need to reactivate it.
It may end up doing nothing to the performance of your laptop, but at least you know your PC is safer.
If you want to squeeze more life out of it, a clean install of Windows always refreshed any ageing system and gives it the life it had when new back. This would wipe the entire machine, so you'd make a copy of all your documents etc.
Not the end of the world, the last 3 are not so good. Go ahead a quarantine those if you didn't already.
Maybe so :D
If that laptop is revivable, you may be able to keep for a few more years, although the hardware is definitely dated so it's probably showing its age.
That's odd, what you have there should be perfectly capable of running the game. Could be some bloatware or even malware, or could be just a nearly full hard drive.
Try running MalwareBytes and see what you get.
No worries, happy to help - don't worry about my time haha.
Hmm, about your current PC, usually when they slow down like that, they're fixable.
Can I ask you the check the CPU you have in that laptop?
If you're not sure, open Task Manager (can be searched in the start menu) and click on more details, then go to the performance tab. Then 'read out' the text you have, where I've encircled it in the below image:
OK, I had a look at filmora recommended specs.
Since it's for basic editing I could come up with a $570 build:
The integrated graphics on the R5 3400G should be good for some light gaming, although don't expect anything like max settings.
The CPU on there has 4 cores with SMT, which basically means it can run as if it had 8 cores, though only works with the right software. You will most likely benefit from SMT when streaming and possibly rendering videos.
8 GB of RAM is the bare minimum, but I would advise 16 GB RAM to make sure nothing is sluggish (extra ~30 bucks).
Also, what's the laptop you have now?
First thing: how deep are your pockets? Based on what you're looking for you could end up spending anywhere between $800 - $1800.
Second: Which rendering/video editing software do you use? This is a big decider on what CPU or GPU you will want.
Not sure about that Noctua (100 bucks for an air cooler). The Scythe Mugen is quite good, so is the beQuiet Dark Rock Pro. If you plan on OC maybe a water cooler such as the CM ML240 or the Corsair H100i.
That said, I do wonder about the need for a 3700X.
Also, I see you like that Meshify C.
You'll want an aftermarket cooler with that 3700X btw.
Well, maybe some comparisons and benchmarks can help:
In both of these, you will see that both cards are very closely matched, however, the 2070S does pull ahead of the 5700 XT, more noticeably when it comes to 4K gaming. Each card is a viable option, but maybe due to a lower price and guaranteed Freesync compatibility you might lean towards the AMD unit.
Whichever you go for, neither option will let you down, that's for sure :)
Yeah, I see that.
In that case, Amazon has the CX450M for $58.54 - would end being a bit of an upgrade since its semi-modular. Not that aesthetics play any part in this build.
I was just wondering how Vega 3 compares to, say UHD Graphics 630/610, since that would suffice on its own.
Hey, you may not need all $1500:
-The R5 3600 is perfectly fine for any game, so going for that leave room for money spent elsewhere, especially the GPU.
-The RTX 2070 SUPER is very capable and will manage 1440p@60+ FPS on most AAA titles.
I've also gone ahead and included a power supply. The Sabrent Rocket M.2 SSDs are very fast so I swapped the Samsung/HP for this - while being similarly priced. I did also pick a different case which is $20 less since aesthetics aren't a big thing here. Although, the H510 is a pretty good looking case none the less.
If you're thinking of buying two 2070s in SLI, remove that thought and get a 2080. Seriously, SLI is kinda useless unless you've got the budget for two 2080 Ti s. Other than that, you'll benefit greater from just going up a level in the series.
I've heard that NVIDIA has made changes to the drivers so that G-Sync is now cross-compatible with Freesync monitors.
Might as well get the newer G1+ or the Corsari RM 650 (2019).
One thing to point is if you're going for a 3700X, then you'll want to go for an X570 mobo chipset to make the most out of OC.
Another that's bugging me, which PSU do you plan on putting in?
Also, what games do you play? Mainly AAA titles or less demanding stuff?
Not badly, just that one of the SATA ports is disabled when you use an M.2 SSD. A lot of motherboards do this. So you'll have one less SATA 3 ports to hook up a drive to. The motherboard you have there has 6 ports, so you won't have any issues unless you're trying to run 6 HDDs with that M.2.
Alright, I gotcha. Here's what I recommend minus the monitor:
I assume you're gonna throw in your old storage as well - might as well if it still works.
There's no real need to spend all $3000 to get a 'premium' gaming experience. A 3700X + 2080S combo will guarantee max settings on almost all AAA titles for a while. If you really want to go all out there's the 2080 Ti which'll push the total to about $2.3k, so still under budget.
I wasn't going recommend just a one monitor since its also about what you're looking for so here's a small handful of them which I'd say are quite good for value - they're all 165+ Hz units.
Yeah, when I'm going through motherboards, I check the manufacturer website for 3rd gen out-of-the-box support. It takes time but it's worth it, you can find cheaper solutions which won't give any problems that way.
Can I get a list of your current build? I wanna see if anything can be salvaged.
Also, you'd be shooting yourself in the foot by limiting yourself to Intel at the moment. Currently, the 3rd gen Ryzens are outperforming the 9th gen Intel Core, by a decent margin - even on single thread.
The B450-F is 3rd Gen ready out of the box so there wouldn't be any need for BIOS updates.
Any particular programs?
I made comment explaining the changes on your list above.
This is a PC I think is money better spent, also got the price within budget.
I changed the case to a much less expensive one, which will still be very easy to build in with nice aesthetics. Though if you really wanted that one, you'll have accept going out of budget.
Jpereirafrsilva knocked your RAM down from the sky to 32 GB, but I think we both see that you don't need any more than 16 GB. Doing that freed up about $200 of the budget which can be put to far better use elsewhere, specifically the GPU. That 2080S will be the difference between max settings @ 60+ and, well not.
The new Ryzen 3000 series chips are outperforming their similarly priced Intel counterparts. The 3700X can be picked up for ~$140 less than the 9900K, and PassMark has scored to be just as good or better than the 9900K.
First off, 64 GB of RAM? It won't be for a couple of years before 32 GB is necessary for 1080p/1440p gaming. If you plan of 4K then it can be a viable option.
Unless you want it for the looks, that cooler can be found in cheaper variants.
2 separate 1 TB SSDs can be swapped for a single 2 TB, unless you were looking at a RAID setup.
The SuperNova G3 is very good, however, its successor, the G1+, was released sometime last year, so you should opt for a newer unit (warranties, longer support, improvements, etc.).
About your selection of the OS, you'll notice it says 'OEM', this basically means you'll be able to activate once on one machine and you'll have to acquire a new copy whenever you want to change a significant amount of parts, namely the motherboard. It also means you won't be eligible for Microsoft support. It's mainly for companies who manufacture PCs. I would recommend buying a full licence from Microsoft or Amazon, etc.
Just wanna point out that the PSU has a preset price, is that intentional, or a remnant of another list you were making. PCPP has a price for it that's $10 cheaper, so you could make the list total a tad less.
I was also thinking about using dual-core chips since most simple productivity apps have some 'optimization' for SMT. Although, the other thing might be that if they frequently watch videos etc., they could benefit from Vega 8. May not be necessary - I'm not entirely sure how Vega 3 stacks up to other GPUs and iGPUs on the market.
Lol, with my laptop's screen, the BIOS column gets chopped off, I can't see the versions -_-
Yeah, I also wouldn't bother trying my luck with BIOS flashing, not to mention you'd need a supported CPU beforehand to do it anyway.
True, even a small boost in performance is welcome, a couple bucks shouldn't matter too much. Well, unless it does matter to OP.
Went for those to keep it as close to $300 as possible.
I always look at 3rd gen out-of-the-box compatibility, which is why I put in the PRO-M2.
Wow, didn't realise dual-channel can bring such a drastic change in performance, but then again, I can't see web surfing and DVD burning being a similar workload to CS:GO.
Pretty sure burning rental movies is illegal, but oh well, here's a suitable build that'll stick around their home office for another 10 years :)
You were bang on the money with an AMD APU, and the lower-end Ryzen 3 CPU is more than sufficient.
I also included a low-capacity SSD to store the OS on so the system is nice and snappy for them.
Not sure what settings you plan on running games at, but this would be good for ultra-ish settings 1080p @ 60+ FPS (1440p would also be possible), with nearly all AAA titles.
If you want to go the corners of your budget, you can bump the GPU up to a 2070:
If you prefer to buy Windows 10 from Microsoft themselves:
Here you are:
I did end up using all your budget, but this one is a better spend of your money since we can fit in parts that compliment each other.
This build would easily handle 60+ frames at 1080p, it would mostly be able to manage 1440p if you're interested as well.
EDIT: After realising you also needed peripherals in there, I changed some things to allow for that.
Here's a list of 144 Hz monitors I would recommend:
As for keyboard/mice, it's hard to recommend this since it's a personal preference thing, really. When looking for keyboards, try to get mechanical switches, since those are very nice for gaming and even just typing.
Z390 chipset is geared towards gaming, it doesn't really make anything any faster. The main difference is that you can OC your CPU on the Z chipsets, something you won't be needing to think about that on a strictly streaming build.
Maybe an i7 would be suitable for the use, plus you have the budget:
Made another change: Looking over it again, I figured an RTX 2060 SUPER would probably overkill for video streaming, so I put in a GTX 1660 SUPER, which still has the same NVENC 6th Gen as the 2060.
What resolution/framerate will you be streaming at?
Would an i7 be overkill? Well, it depends on the quality of your stream, you're trying to achieve: if you only plan on streaming at 1080p @ 30 FPS, then maybe. Also, will the PC be running anything else at that time?
Buddy, you're gonna need a case or your parts won't last very long. Without a case, your PC is gonna be a mess of parts and cables sprawled all over the ground, all of which are ESD sensitive and will snap in two with a single trip.
What kind of programs do you use for graphics work?
If you're talking about renderers and such, 64 GB RAM may be a tad overkill.
Wirecast is optimized to make use of Intel Quick Sync Video and NVIDIA's NVENC Encoding, so I put together a list which makes the most of this:
Wirecast recommends an i7 quad-core, although it's been a while since i7s were quad-cores, so for this, an i5 hexa-core can do a similar job as an old i7.
However, a locked i7 would easily fit into your budget should you want the extra power.
I put in a 2060 SUPER which uses the Turing architecture which includes the latest NVENC (6th Gen), benefitting you in streaming.
It does, huh?
Could be swapped for a Corsair SF I guess:
What's the reason for specifying an i7 chip?
Taking out the WiFi card, the GD08 can be squeezed into the budget:
This is all you really need to make use of that GTX 1080:
I didn't include an AiO because it's not completely necessary for good performance, but if you want it I will add a list for it below.
Here's a list which leans toward overclocking using a 240mm AiO:
The 3400G is a fairly powerful CPU for its price, not to mention the integrated Vega 11 Graphics which is good even for some moderate gaming. Later on, you can add a dedicated GPU so
you can turn up the graphics.
In the given situation, I would recommend a single stick of 8GB RAM, but since the 2 stick sets are super cheap right now, you may as well go with that. You'll have to eventually upgrade to 16 GB at some point anyway.
If you plan on getting the SSD after the HDD, that'll mean reinstalling Windows onto the SSD. Which is fine, but it's easier to stick in an SSD and get the benefits right away. You can grab a 2 TB for ~$50 once you run out. For now, if your laptop hard drive didn't die, you can try and salvage that for the time being.
Silverstone do a couple of HTPC cases, but they're $200+.
This should be able to meet those requirements. You don't really need the whole budget.
However, if you wanted to ensure the optimum gaming experience, you could fill more of the budget with this:
EDIT: I just noticed that he wants it in a Mini ITX tower, so here are those parts, from the first list, crammed into one:
What kinda games does he play? AAA titles or a mixture?
Which monitors are these? Can/Does he use DisplayPort to connect to them?
Also, choosing a specific brand for its name will rarely benefit you - go for whatever gets that most out of your budget.