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  1. Okay, so I did a bit deeper research on the 3600... I must agree with Plouffe, because even in Vulkan titles, where the 2700X came out on top in average framerates, the lows were still higher on the 3600. Didn't expect that. I'll try to stretch the budget so the 3600 fits. The cheaper RAM suggested by SavageNeo will help with that!
  2. Yes, it's an uncommon use case for an SSD This is a compelling argument for the 3600... It'd be more or less the same for future-proofing as well, right? I mean, multi-threaded games won't just explode, requiring 6+ cores in the coming, say, 5 years?
  3. I just mentioned the parts I already have, not shopping for GPU, PSU, storage this time. Thanks anyway, will keep in mind!
  4. These days not really, that's true. The occasional photo editing isn't much. Actually, I'd even turn off SMT to maximize per core performance. Price is the limitation now, the additional $35 wouldn't really translate to a big change in performance. In my region (EU) the 2600X and 2700X are priced very close on the other hand.
  5. Thanks for the input! Exactly the thing I was wondering about regarding the A320. I wouldn't expect problems from a reputable brand like Asus, but it would still be a risk? The SSD is intentionally small. I run GNU+Linux, and the root directory doesn't take more than 15 GB, so for that purpose it's still plenty. Does not help with RoTR load times though, that's true.
  6. So I built my mini-ITX Steam Machine back in 2019. The budget was tight, so I went with an i3-6100 with a plan to upgrade to an i7 later. However, Ryzen seems to be a reasonable option these days. I don't plan to do any overclocking whatsoever, so I'd buy an A320 and a 2700X with some 2x8 GB 3200 MHz RAM. The rest would stay the same.* If all goes well, the final build would look like this: PCPartPicker Part List Type Item Price CPU AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor $227.99 @ SuperBiiz Motherboard Asus ASUS Prime A320I-K AM4 AMD A320 SATA 6Gb/s Mini ITX AMD Motherboard Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard Memory Kingston HyperX Predator 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $102.00 @ Amazon Storage Transcend 32 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $22.99 @ Amazon Storage Toshiba P300 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $62.84 @ Amazon Storage Toshiba P300 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $62.84 @ Amazon Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3 GB ARMOR V1 Video Card Power Supply EVGA 430 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $99.98 @ Amazon Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts Total $578.64 Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-12-06 03:05 EST-0500 What do you guys think? Even though I'm happy with the concept, it would be good to know if I'm planning to shoot myself in the foot. ________________ * The PSU would be upgraded with the GPU later down the line.
  7. Thanks! For storage I have a 1 TB 7200rpm HDD laying around, that should work... And an SSD upgrade at some point is in the plans of course
  8. Hi guys! I'm planning to put together a PC with the sole intention of playing DiRT Rally on ultra settings at 1080p. So anything above this game's requirements would be an overkill (so I'm not planning to build something future-proof). My current idea is something like this: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/NMZqsJ Would this do the trick? Also, if my goal could be achieved for a lower price, tell me! Thanks!
  9. It's quite rare (mine's from Sweden), but in fact it does. It has the sticker by the port, and also says so on the box: "USB 3.0 + TBT 1". I forgot to mention that, my bad. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Thunderbolt-compatible_devices Also, thanks for the topic heads up, will do
  10. I'd like to put together an Asus STRIX GTX 960 eGPU for my G46VW, using a ThunderTek PX PCIe chassis - based on ha1o2surfer's one (link in the end). I can't really figure out what PSU to buy - since I'm going to build the whole thing from scratch. The card I'm planning to use has a TDP of 120W and it takes one 6 pin connector. The 4x to 16x powered riser needs a molex, and that's pretty much it. I would make the PSU run by 'hotwiring' the motherboard connector's green line. My question is: do I need to think of anything else, would this even work? And could you guys maybe suggest a PSU for my scenario in the price range of $50 to $150? The reference project: http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/291148-asus-g46vw-egpu-tb-project-now-with-a-970/
  11. Could you tell me a bit more about the differences between the two motherboards? I felt that the one I picked wasn't exactly right, but couldn't tell why
  12. Thanks for the fast replies! I'm planning an SSD upgrade for later down the road, of course. My budget is pretty much maxed out with this for now. About that R9 - I'm planning to use it with Linux mostly (or hopefully switch at some point) and nVidia's drivers seem more reliable.
  13. Hi guys! I've put together this build and I'd really appreciate your help and ideas about it! The form factor and the Mini GPU are intentional. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fKtX8d