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Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is i5-8600 enough an RTX 2060?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Short answer = yes it will bottleneck.

Longer answer = bottlenecking is not removable or irreducible because no component operates with infinite bandwidth, reliability, or zero latency. Some CPU's are faster than others when going through a list of instructions. Some games are going to run at 144fps and some will refuse to do so, no matter what CPU you throw in there. CPU's do not offer miracle cure for poor optimization. It can help but ultimately not by much. You will be surprised at how poorly even CPU's like the i9-9900K or i9-9980XE run on some games and nothing can be done to speed it up. Your i5 should be a good match up with the RTX 2060. If some titles do not run as fast as you like, too bad, do not buy them or play on console. Us consumers should punish companies that released poorly optimized crap by not purchasing their products.

Bottom line, nothing about the i5-8600 and RTX 2060 screams that it is a bad match up. It is a very good match up and with the right games will perform just fine. As long as your GPU is up to the fps challenge at a particular resolution/settings you have going.

Comment reply on natewb32's Completed Build: OVERKILL Snow Ripper

  • 2 months ago
  • 5 points

Wow. For a first build you stand a good chance of getting featured. Outstanding work, 10/10.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How long will i5-6500 survive?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

That is a good deal. Bump up the Ram and you will be set.

There are approximately 30,000 games on Steam alone. Add in GOG, Origin, and titles not attached to these platfom....

This i5 released in 2015 and at 4 years old now it is in it's dotage. It is limited but workable for all but a dozen or so titles. This number of course will grow in future. Looking at Red Dead Redemption 2 as an indicator though I am slightly less worried about this i5's future, at least for the next two years or so.

One thing for sure, at least 99% of titles out there will be playable with this CPU, I would even say 99.9% would not be too much of a stretch. 99.99% might even run full 60fps or more with minimal stutter. So basically we are talking about a handful of games, perhaps a dozen or so that will play poorly with this CPU. Before purchasing a particular title, research benchmarks online, if this CPU or anything similar does not perform to a reasonable standard, just do not purchase the game or get it on console instead.

I never understand why a build prerequisite is "Play all games in existence, past present future at .insert expectation.". It is unreasonable and impossible. Even the highly overated i9-9900K does not run all games at 60fps. Of course not. It stutters it's way through a small number of titles as well.

Despite consoles being taboo around here, in my opinion, you have to factor that this aspect is not going away, particularly considering the success Sony has had. With purported performance of the Playstation 5 rivalling today's $5000 PC, along with all the boons such as street cred or coolness factor at schools and we have a situation where in all probability this console will be in that Kid's hands sooner or later. No caveats either, Playstation 5 will get better exclusive titles along with everything else the PC does (with possible exception of Halo but with Microsoft releasing their exclusives to the Switch, who knows....). Chances are 9 in 10 if this kid is a gamer he/she will get a PS5 as well. No two ways about it, kids being kids, one toy replacing another.... do not overreach your budget on something that is objectively not achievable - the i5-6500 with a Vega 56 is plenty good enough. Better in fact than most people's PCs..... And when he/she does get their PS5, the PC will do a fine job with homework and a good chunk of tommorrow's games, whatever shows up in a Steam sale.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "price v. performance help me decide between i5 9600k v. 3600x v. 3600"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

With no OC you may as well dump the 9600K. Nice CPU that plays nice with overclocking and potentially gives you a route to a cheaper motherboard but is not really a great purchase all said and done. Does not come with a cooler either. Also regarding motherboards I use word potential. They are slowly getting phased out and stocks are low and prices higher than normal.

The Ryzen 5 3600 on paper has best value proposition. Accounting for Cooler though I think the Ryzen 5 3600X is the better purchase.
Performance wise there is not a huge difference between two both chips and both certainly outperform a stock clock i5 9600K.

If you do not care too much about the cooling aspect, the Ryzen 5 3600 wins the value and performance proposition here.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Rtx 2060 1440p medium settings"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

good nuf for 2560x1440 60fps?

Oh yes, and at high/ultra for the vast majority of titles as well.

Of course there will be a handful of titles that will not play nice and that 60fps target will need some tweaks on settings.

Comment reply on LmNoPg007's Completed Build: Cyberpunk 2019

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Rather nice build here, striking colors and illumination. For sake of perfection, sleeved cables. Beyond that pretty epic. Spec wise you should be more than adequate to run the game. Hope that Cyberpunk works out to be as epic as anticipated.

Comment reply on sonaljit's Completed Build: Bunker

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Where you put the Power Supply there should be room under the motherboard to bundle up extra lengths of cables. Same goes for case cables [USB and so on]. Use a cable tie or two down there, pull in all the slack, give it approx 20mins of work, and the build will look much better. The only cables that there is no way to hide in this case will be the PSU to HDD/SSD ones. For these, let there be some slack and carefully wedge on the top corners of the case and route along the L. There are no cable tie points up there but you can purchase a pack of six cable tie points (look like squares with a hole in middle) to stick up there and keep everything flush.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Reviews about my new gaming pc"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

or will this hardware be outdated soon?

1080p/60Hz, nope you will be good to go. The games you list will run absolutely fine.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "BEST 1080p GPU ???"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah 2060 Super. Meant that one. Not sure about futureproof but it is a better card.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "CPU upgrade?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

My personal thoughts are if it aint broke....

If you do feel the itch to upgrade the Ryzen 5 2600 will do it. You should see a reasonable uplift in performance across the board although I am inclined to think the RX580 will run out of gas at 1080p before the 2200G unless you like to play with settings super low and at high refresh rates.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "BEST 1080p GPU ???"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey guys, which card to you suggest for best ultra performance at 1080p 60Hz ? 1) I really want this gpu to last a couple years so maybe up to 4-5 years if possible

The RTX 2080 TI. Many folks will resent this comment but I have builds featuring the RTX Titan and RTX 2080 TI and at 1080p resolution games are already pushing rapidly down to uncomfortable territory - i.e. the 80fps and 90fps zone. 1% lows for sure getting below 60fps. I do hate to recommend the RTX 2080 TI but see no reason why to mask an obvious truth - next generation console games are going to kick the butts off our GPU's. 1080p will not be what we have become comfortable with. That said considering there are 1000's of games out there, the vast majority will run blazing fast at 1080p with far lesser hardware.

My recommendation. Perfection aside, being pragmatic, particularly at 60Hz, it will be foolish to invest too much. Go with a GTX 1660 Super / TI or RTX 2060. Some games might dip below 60fps, particularly in future, you can choose not to play these games or do so and tweak settings. Job done. At 144Hz you are in 2070 Super territory and even then, as I mentioned earlier, there is no telling how demanding next gen games will be. That 2070 Super might be fine, I err more towards the camp that suggests that newer titles are going to put a hurting on it.

Comment reply on dmh125's Completed Build: Mini Not-So-HotBox

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

A taller version of the Ncase. I like this one. Got all your bits in there with no compromises.

Nicely built as well BTW.

I assume you did not pay 500bones for 2TB 2.5" SSD. You can get a used 4TB for that.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Intel stock cooler question"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

How good is it in terms of cooling performance

It does the job. Keep your case clean, do not clutter build, move wires out the way, have intake and exhaust fans. Pretty standard stuff when building a PC. Do this and the CPU will not break down, even under stress. Aesthetically not very pleasing and performance wise there are far better coolers. But if you are in a pinch it will work fine. After all most Store bought PC's come equipped with one and even with the shoddy workmanship that goes into them the PC's still run A-OK.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Core I5 9400f vs ryzen 5 3600"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I would usually be advising Ryzen 5 3600X considering overall package including cooler but looking at the price of the i5-9400F, one vendor @ $128 makes me rethink whether it is worth prioritizing performance over cost. The i5 is a very reasonable choice for a gaming CPU even at it's original MSRP. At six Benny's it is almost a steal.

A sub $500 somewhat decent gaming PC is within strike zone nowadays with the RX 570 being a value proposition at the same price.

Comment reply on TitoBridge's Completed Build: The Evil Factory

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks nice to me, +1

Comment reply on BlackMachDown's Completed Build: Let’s cram a full computer into a case the size of a shoe box

  • 2 months ago
  • 4 points

Truth be told I hate this case I think it looks hideous

I agree I do not like the case either but you wanted a media center type build and got it. The case thus serves it's purpose - function over form. If having a certain outcome means sacrificing aesthetics, we must do what we must. Really nice PC cases in ITX form with full sized DVD/Blu Ray players are non existent or out of production.

and the cable management was difficult, especially with four sata peripherals plugged in

What did not help is that you decided to install a 2.5" SSD and two 4TB HDD's. You could have ditched the 2.5" SSD in favor of a m.2. 2280 drive which mounts on the motherboard while the 8TB storage could be ontained in one 8TB drive. Only two sata cable vs four counting the DVD player. Full ATX PSU that is non modular will also add to the pain of cable management particularly when half the cables are surplus to requirements. Caveat of full ATX is also full length cables where ideally you get some shorter lengths - less bundling up.

I like the build in principle. What a good idea. Movies and games in one stroke. I now want to build something similar.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "3700X or 2700X for 1440p gaming?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

One thing to factor in. We will be seeing a fairly big overhaul in the next couple of years. Intel will be releasing new chipsets as will AMD. Both will be DDR5 compliant. Many people at these junctures like to upgrade their PC's. You may/may not be one of them. Nothing at all wrong with counting pennies with this rig and saving up for next. No need to go for broke and outspend yourself. Worth a thought. Your monitor will last you years and years. PC hardware comes and goes. This is a tricky time to build a PC with future proofing in mind. State of flux, lot going down in next year or two before settles to a new Plateau.

only fps requirement being not dropping below 60 fps in 1% low. And those are pretty hefty requirements. I guess to meet them I would have to go 3700X and 2080 S.

My i9-9900K and RTX Titan cannot meet that either for a lot of the newer games coming out. Even at 1080p I would not bet on it. Do the best you can. There are 1000's of games, that a few do not play nice with hardware is too bad. We are under no obligation to buy these games. That said - as long as Red Dead Redemption 2 plays with consistent 60fps plus we will be good to go. All indications point to this being achievable with an RTX 2070 Super ;)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "3700X or 2700X for 1440p gaming?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Short Answer: => Yes Ryzen 7 2700X with RTX 2080 Super should do it for newer titles over the Ryzen 7 3700X with RTX 2070 Super - at least at 1440p, at least if you want your graphics to look nice and you bump up settings. If you are going to mainly play eSports and do not care how the game looks I would say faster CPU. Forget the 3700X, go for i9-9900K overclock and not look back. Older games, i.e. DX 11, ditto, performance favors faster CPU since graphics not challenging for RTX 2070 Super. Then again, Ryzen 7 2700X does not struggle to keep pace with a 144Hz panel - at least for a great number of titles. The 3700X being faster is moot, what you do not see cannot be considered as part of the observable. If you are going to play a range of titles, i.e. AAA's, eSports, you name it, I recommend the MiniMax approach - that is go for Ryzen 7 2700X with RTX 2080 Super and establish a reasonable upper minimum bound.

Long Answer: => More complicated but still go for Ryzen 7 2700X with RTX 2080 Super.

Long term wise, a better more expensive CPU could end up a more frugal purchase since GPU's are inevitably going to be upgraded at least once before retiring a chipset. However, despite people getting all excited about the 3700X, the reality is it is not a major bump up on the 2700X. Then again, important to consider that everyone is different, one man's piece of trivia is another's ex cathedra.

In the GPU <-> CPU tradeoff there is no real right or wrong answer. When compromising it will always be a case of minimizing entropy.

The are some games that flat out will refuse to render at 144fps no matter what GPU you throw at the problem or settings you render at. Even if you moved over to a 5GHz all core 18 core CPU on liquid nitrogen your frame rates may not reach that target for a particular title. Result - No CPU on market will make that game run at 144fps. Solution? Ignore the game as an anomaly and factor it out.

In general the CPU fps limits are not dependent on settings or graphical resolution. On the other hand it is incorrect for people to think or advise that all a GPU does is write a few discrete voltages to the lovely little pixels on the screen at a resolution you set it at. The GPU does a heck of a lot more than just drive the pixels on a monitor. 1080p or 1440p does not mean easy picture, easy performance, easy meat.

In general 1440p resolution will be GPU limited for a number of CPU's. This is not a rule 100% across the board. Certainly some games just cannot run above 100fps no matter what CPU you throw at the problem, as will some games slack off with a 2080TI in SLI and refuse to budge past 90fps. One has to treat it as a random variable.

The issue is - how will compromising the CPU affect throughput relative to upgrading a GPU? Do we see net gain, net deficit, or parity?

There is no absolute answer. Some games will run better with the 3700X and RTX 2070 Super and others will run better with 2700X and RTX 2080 Super. On average, the Ryzen 7 2700X with RTX 2080 Super will outperform a rig with Ryzen 7 3700X and RTX 2070 Super. Not every single game, certainly. Across a number of titles, then yes, for enough of a majority to place GPU precedence above CPU.

Of course ideally you have the cash to settle the debate in favor of the 3700X and RTX 2080 Super - best of both worlds based on choice outcomes provided.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "3700X or 2700X for 1440p gaming?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

TBH I think the GPU is going to be the most important choice here. If scrimping a little on the CPU means a letter grade upgrade on the GPU I would go for this. I have not heard or seen anything out there to suggest the 2700X is not at least capable of 144fps for the vast majority of titles. I think your monitor or gpu will hold back that CPU. Thus in all honesty, unless you have other goals/software uses, I would say the 2700X will hold you over. I really hate to say this but.... the 3700X is slightly redundant at it's price with the 2700X half that and still freely available. Many i7-4790K owners felt the same when Sky Lake i7-6700K and Kaby Lake i7-7700K released. The $350 7700K was a hard sell to that crowd in that it did not offer enough to make it worth the price or hassle. Conversely, when buying new, it is nice to have the latest and greatest. On the other hand nothing wrong with being frugal when you have a choice between the 2700X and 3700X. They are both great CPU's, the 3700X is 10-20% faster across the board but double the price. How much is 10-20% worth? For gaming at a demanding resolution, not that much.

Comment reply on Calibur45's Completed Build: First Open Loop - 2019 PC

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

A soft tube build has not been featured in a long time. I hope to see this on the front page. Very tastefully done. Soft tubing is still great and comtemporary despite a large shift toward hard tubing. I look at it this way - soft tubing is a very economical method of getting fluid where it needs to go. At the end of the day people must realize this fact: RIGID TUBE FITTINGS ARE NOT FREE! At $15-$30 for some adapters it is easy to spend $200 on fittings. A pack of six compression fittings. $50-$60.

With a soft tube build you save a bundle and hard tubing offer's no advantage in terms of thermals. It is just aesthetics but in your case this soft tubing build rivals many hard tuber's.

Your build has inspired me to rethink my position on soft tubing. I still have some soft tubing parts left over, might play this weekend with it....

Comment reply on Hurimo's Completed Build: My PC

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the looks of this one. No nothing looks empty here, people make an error in thinking every space needs to be filled with something. The more room in the case = more room to breath. This is the sort of build if you installed a cooler with more heft you could push the 5.3GHz plus barrier silicon lottery permitting.

Comment reply on Hurimo's Completed Build: My PC

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

:D LOL. + 1 for lightening up the mood ;)

Comment reply on b0by's Completed Build: silent box

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

You might be able to tidy up the cables by routing some of them under the motherboard. CPU fan cable can go under the heatsink/fan around the CPU slot.

The components will get warm, air flow is at a premium in such a small build. The only thing blowing air in there is your CPU fan and there is no way and nowhere to install any intake/outlet fan. You have little to nothing to create pressure to cause air flow. I think this case may have been designed with passive cooling in mind.

Not that I recommend it, you might get a thin blu ray/dvd player in there. Turns office build into a multimedia center.

Anyway good build, +1. I like the Pentium CPU, it is a nose under a Kaby Lake i3-7100. You get two cores and four threads, plenty for office work. You could probably emulate with this as well and play some games ;)

Comment reply on a_pc_has_no_name's Completed Build: Infinity Cube

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice rig. There is room in there for a custom loop if in future you want to upgrade.

Good build overall.

Comment reply on travsmitty's Completed Build: Double Duty

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

You have done the PC Building Community Proud :D

All A-OK here, hope others support your build and it gets showcased.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "GPU for a 240hz monitor"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Obtaining 240fps is one where every part of the system comes into play including Ram.

To answer your question - I would get the more powerful card, always. RTX 2080 Super over the 2070 Super hands down. 1440p and 240Hz requires incredible PC hardware, perhaps beyond the current technology out there. If 240fps is deemed critical, then consider spending double on getting the RTX 2080 TI now and upgrade when Nvidia release their next generation TI model in March 2020.

For current technology, keep expectations reasonable. I have an i9-9900K and RTX 2080 TI and cannot make 144fps on a great number of games. Getting 240fps is going to require some investment into other parts of your PC as well, such as upgrading CPU, Ram, you name it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Replacing GTX 780?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

If you happy with a used card, check out maybe a used GTX 1060. Will not cost you an awful lot and will perform similar to, if not quite significantly better, than the GTX 780. A used RX 580/RX 590 will be similarly satisfactory. We could be in the $120 - $170 zone here depending on many factors.

In new options, a GTX 1660 will be a significant step up on the 780 for approximately $220 give or take.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "3600 vs 2700x"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

With streaming component I err slightly towards the 2700X. As a gaming component, I lean slightly towards the 3600. To be honest both are pretty solid choices. If counting pennies means less one way but more towards a VGA I would go with the 2700X and more affordable mobo. But that's just me.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Looking to upgrade to Kaby lake or Zen next year?."

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

The current Zen chips are good and waiting for a small bump next year is not worth it.

As for Kaby Lake, should not be an option. Used prices are high and Zen has well overtaken it. Even with the largest overclock on the i7-7700K you can manage it still falls well behind the Ryzen 3600 in multi core performance while gaming wise it is slower in many instances. In those instances that it happens to be faster, it is not by much at all. Either way, not really worth it in my opinion. However if you can snag a used specimen for $100 or so it that 7700K will handily outperform the i5-6500.

I personally would go with a Ryzen 6 or 8 core offering.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "9700K vs. 3700X - Gaming & Streaming"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

i7-9700K is an overated chip for the money. A lot of the so called benchmarks are fake or rigged. Not the best chip for gaming or applications that scale with cores.

The 3700X for some reason wont schedule all threads but it should still be a step up on the i7-9700K. Performance wise it should beat the 9700K in both gaming and streaming.

I would avoid Intel for now. Dated platform and most manufacturer's are no longer supporting the Z390 chipset now that it is in it's dotage.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Worth upgrading from GTX 980 to Vega 56 for 220€?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Recommended Specs for RDR2 are

Intel Core i7-4770K / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB

This probably for medium settings 1080p. To get 1440p high settings at 60fps will likely require a card with more muscle that the Vega 56.

Anyway upgrade from GTX 980 to Vega 56 will certainly help but I would be looking more towards the RX 5700XT at that resolution if sticking with AMD. Do not forget to factor in your budget that you could make $100 or so selling the 980.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "QVO worth saving a few quid off EVO?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the QVO is about as slow as an HDD. I bought one and file transfers of 120'ish Mbps were insanely low for a purported SSD. Possibly the worst purchase I ever made and it cost me around $250 for a 2TB drive.

For mass storage you can get an Intel NVMe drive for under $200 that will have 2TB of storage. True the 660p series is extremely slow for an NVMe drive but it is still a good deal faster compared to the Samsung QVO. The 4TB Samsung QVO may have potential for a small form factor build that only accepts 2.5" drives. A 2.5" 7200rpm drive of 4TB storage is non existent and even a slow SSD like the QVO would fill this gap.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Rx 590 replace 1060 3gb"

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah there will be a bump up in performance but I personally would consider the RTX 2060 to be the next logical upgrade.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1650 4 GB vs 1060 8 GB GPUs"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

There really is only one reason to go with the GTX 1650 and that is it can draw all it's power from the PCIe slot alone. This makes the card somewhat ideal for refurbing commercial PC's that have a PCIe slot but no GPU.

For new/from scratch builds, the GTX 1650 makes zero sense unless you have a reason for not wanting a GPU that requires an 8-pin connector, i.e. the case only uses a TFX PSU and so on. There are only one or two PC cases built with this feature in mind.

GTX 1060 is tremendously more powerful than the GTX 1650. The difference in gaming will be obvious. If game X runs at 40fps medium settings with the GTX 1650 it will run at 60fps high settings with the GTX 1060. Night and day and they are about the same price.

If you have a very specific reason for a single slot low profile GPU that can draw all the power it needs from the PCIe slot, then you might find a model or two of the GTX 1650 that can tick that box. In this niche it is actually quite a powerful card, certaintly far more capable than the 1050 that preceeded it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How much to sell a 6700k and z170 board for"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I have sold a fair bit of stuff lately. Several components ended up being bought by PC resellers. I usually do not have time or inclination to research people but I did one fellow and he pretty much is in the refurb business. People that know what they are buying would know the guy is selling a turd dressed as a PC. To Joe ordinary, he thinks he is getting a good deal on that $800 Alienware PC . Little does he know that it was likely pulled during a dumpster diving session or thrifted due to broken CPU or motherboard. Of course the 6700K CPU is a mid range CPU, as are most i7's to be frank. Mr Joe Ordinary has been informed though that i7 = premium. I do not mind that the whole thing is effectively a con, the exchange of overpriced goods for currency has been in effect for years. For every piece of crap there is someone willing to buy it. If peddling trash puts food on someone's table, I have no issue with it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How much to sell a 6700k and z170 board for"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

List, $275 square. Price just low enough to tempt someone away from watching while he/she thinks about it. Price just high enough you pocket a nip under going rate if you sold each component individually. Split the combo, board and CPU separately if this does not move within a month. Drop to around $250 after a couple of weeks if folks pockets are being stingy. You will for sure sell it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Will a i5 6600k oc'd to 4.5 ghz bottleneck a RTX2060 super GPU?"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

RTX 2060 Super Vs GTX 970. You can expect anywhere from 30 - 80% improvement in performance depending on game. This at 1080p. I would say worth it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Will a i5 6600k oc'd to 4.5 ghz bottleneck a RTX2060 super GPU?"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

There are always bottlenecks.

Nothing performs in an unbounded manner.

You will find the bottleneck even in the highest performing chips and monitors you can buy today.

Without knowing your monitor it makes bottlenecking pure guesswork.

Generally speaking the 2060 Super will hold you back for the forseeable future for the majority of titles, although there will be one or two pushing the i5 into sub 60fps with the game engine demanding 8 threads or more.

PC gaming does not obey the equality of action and outcome paradigm. If you plan to run every game possible at 1080p with guaranteed frame rate over 60fps I would suggest build a new PC and equip it minimally with a CPU like i9-9900K or R9 3900X and an RTX 2070 Super, perhaps even 2080 TI. I have a couple of games on Steam where a RTX Titan and R9 3900X at 1080p hit around 70fps at high settings with some almost game breaking stuttering going on as well. You cannot prepare for every possible outcome.

If you add a RTX 2060 Super to your rig it will perform significantly better on the majority of titles than the GTX 970 you currently have. Just keep your expectations grounded. Not every game is going to play nice. Most will.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "From I7 4770 to 9700K for streaming+gaming?"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Oops thought the 7700K and 4770 were roughly similar in speed so went with the 7700K. The gap between 4770 and i7-7700K is much larger than I thought. The i7-7700K to 9700K is around 30-40% increase. The 4770 on the other hand, as you said.... in retrospect I overestimated the 4770.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "From I7 4770 to 9700K for streaming+gaming?"

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Hmmm, moving from 8 thread CPU to an 8 thread CPU, albeit one with twice the physical cores and faster single/multi threading. I would guess you perhaps will gain 30-40% moving to the 9700K all said and done. Worth it? Probably. I would look at an 8 core / 16 thread CPU as being the bigger bump up - i.e. 9900K territory or Ryzen 3700X/3800X territory. Heck for gaming streaming the older Ryzen 2700X will be a meaningful bump for not a whole lot of money.

Comment reply on laserno2's Completed Build: SFF Taobao Case: A few regrets

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

This build is really about the builder being extremely neat and tidy. I cannot think of any builds this size that have been this neatly put together. The case does knock a point off, 9/10 instead of 10/10. I would still suggest this build be featured though, like I said earlier, your case insides are remarkably well managed and organized. Almost perfect in fact. You deserve more credit for this aspect. Heck if I had a Dan's case I would give it to you, hope someone offers you one so you can move your build into that.

Comment reply on smeintel16's Completed Build: Ncase M1 v5.0 Water Cooled Build

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Can confirm. Tough to build a water cooling loop in this Ncase. Even harder to hide cables and expensive to get them custom lengths. Good job overall building this mini powerhouse. Be sure to raise the Ncase an inch or two off it's flat surface, the feet are low to ground and not much airflow going on underneath. Use some 2x4 or a couple of coasters on each foot to raise this up a little. Will knock a few degrees off of peak temps.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New 1080P king?"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I do not see the point in any of the other AMD cards they plan to release. Below the 5700 they have everything already in place. The 590 competes with the 1660, the 570 competes with the 1650. They have nothing that competes with the 1660TI directly but with the 5700 in place for only $30 more you get a card that soundly beats it across the board.

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

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

How often do you plan to build or upgrade a PC? If the answer is rarely, get the 3700X.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Upgrade Ryzen 1700X to Ryzen 9 3900X - worth it?"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Get the 3900X. There is a reason why this chip is sold out everywhere. People want the best and this is the best you can get today. It only costs $700 due to scalping and reselling. Once supply catches up to demand, the price will level out to MSRP $500. For that price, it is a steal. Heck, if it had an MSRP of $1200 I would still buy it (I spent this much on a far inferior i9-9920X).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What card suits my current build? Educate me please."

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Heck why not the RX 580? It will do nicely at one heck of a good price. Good bump in performance on the 1050TI as well.

Comment reply on vfridman's Completed Build: 32 TB All Flash UnRAID Server

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a feature waiting to happen.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Upgrade to 1660 Ti?"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm wondering if it would be worth it to upgrade to a 1660 Ti from my 1060 founder's edition

In a word, No. While there are no shortage of folks willing to overhaul their machines for a few percent, if you are pragmatic, either upgrade to, at the very least, the RTX 2070 or stick until the next generation's 60 card performs like today's 70 card. Just my two cents. The next generation launches in March 2020 according to estimates, I would hang ten for that given you already have a GPU that will run 1080p gaming fine (albeit may not extract every ounce of performance from your monitor for current AAA titles).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "5700XT VS 2070 SUPER"

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I have a freesync monitor

Nvidia GPU works with freesync.

I will use an X570 mobo so I could benefit from the PCI 4.0 (futureproof)

PCI 4 will certainly have an impact in the years to come. Now is not the time. Futureproof here is nice on paper but impractical given your X570 board will long be retired before we see GPU's run out of gas on current PCI slots. Whether or not this will make a difference in the workstation or server arena remains to be seen but for a gaming rig it is unlikely to make a meaningful difference for the forseeable future.

I read that next-gen consoles will use the Navi platform, maybe that will be an advantage in the future

Not really. PC optimization key and until developers really go all out streamlining the performance of their titles there will be a case made for playing console versions instead. Navi's console legacy is moot and will not turn bad programming into good. Console gaming and PC ports are uncorrelated.

which card would you choose?

They are both great cards I would err slightly towards the RTX 2070 Super although cannot go wrong with either. If your monitor is 1440p or 1080p buy either in good conscience.

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