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About aisle9

  • Title
    Screws with confidence


  • CPU
  • Motherboard
    AsRock Z370 Fatal1ty Gaming K6
  • RAM
    16GB Corsair DDR4-3466 RGB
  • GPU
    MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X
  • Case
    NZXT S340 Elite
  • Storage
    Samsung 850 Pro 512GB, SanDisk Ultra II 960GB, 4TB Seagate Barracuda
  • PSU
    Corsair RM650i
  • Display(s)
    HP 27xw
  • Cooling
    Noctua NH-C14S
  • Keyboard
    Rosewill Apollo (Cherry MX Brown)
  • Mouse
    Logitech G602
  • Sound
    Yes, it makes sound.
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • PCPartPicker URL

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  1. aisle9

    Old intel i7-870

    There are loads of LGA 1156 boards on eBay. The OEM ones are dirty-ho cheap more often than not, and eBay's buyer protection will protect you if you get a dead board. Alternatively, you can shop locally at thrift shops, yard sales, etc., and see if you can get your hands on a cheap LGA 1156 OEM system with a motherboard you can yank. I've gotten LGA 1156 HPs as cheap as $5 before at yard sales, with $25 being a more realistic price.
  2. Yes, if you've got $10 now and want a stopgap whole you save for something better, a Q6600/1050 combo will still get you ok 1080p on most titles. Just make sure you overclock or tape the Q6600, because a Q6600 at 2.4GHz is way worse than a Q6600 at 3GHz.
  3. An E5700 has very, very limited usefulness today. Very, very, very limited. I have an E5800 that I occasionally drop into an old Dell 760 SFF along with a GT 710 to have a nice little gaming rig--for Windows XP 16-bit and 32-bit titles from 1995-2002. As a modern CPU, it's not worth a damn. If you're dead set on sticking with LGA 775, at least replace your Pentium DC with a Quad, either a taped Q6600 or an overclocked Q9XXX. You really do need a full platform upgrade, but if a $10 Q6600 and $0.0002 worth of electrical tape gets you a system that will survive a GTX 1050 while you save up for a new CPU/mobo/RAM, then do what you've gotta do. You can still do much worse than Q6600/1050 as a short-term fix.
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    $95 RX 560, relevant in 2018 still?

    VR, hell naw. I see the 560 you're looking at, a refurb 2GB card. At that price, considering that it's a 1024SP card and not a cut-down, it's a good buy. You can use any GPU with a 2200G, but if you haven't built yet and you're planning on using a GPU anyway, an R3 1200/1300X is a better buy. In terms of CS:GO, I can't give you exact framerates because I've never played it with a 2200G/560 setup before. If you just want to play CS:GO and R6 at 1080 today, you're fine. If longevity is your thing, well... There are two big issues with the 560. One is VRAM. 2GB is not enough frame buffer for high-end gaming in 2018. There are games out there more than capable of eating up a whole 4GB of VRAM, and a few that will push 8GB if you max out all the things. For basic e-sports like CS:GO, Overwatch, even R6 and Fortnite, 2GB is plenty for now. And then there's the card itself. The 560 was never intended for VR, and it's flat incapable of it. The RX 560 is targeted more at the old 750 Ti market, not the GTX 980 market. It's a budget card for budget gamers. If VR is your thing, the lowest-end cards that will have some staying power are the GTX 1060 and RX 580. The lowest end you'd want to go is a GTX 970 or its AMD rival (R9 390/390X?), and that won't be useful for VR much longer. If you've already built around a 2200G and your plan is to use that rig for VR, don't bother with a 560 now. It doesn't get you any closer to your goal, and you're not going to be able to resell it for what you pay. Just stick with the Vega 8 for the time being. If you're just looking for CS:GO and R6 at 1080p and you're already running a 2200G, then yeah, the 560 will work out nicely for you, and that Sapphire is a solid price for one.
  5. Why not something like a Threadripper 1950X instead? Sorry, not trying to nose in if you've already made up your mind, but a 6950X doesn't make a lot of sense these days when a 1950X costs considerably less.
  6. aisle9

    Cryorig H7 AM4 Socket

    It's a toss up. I would imagine all H7s are shipping with an AM4 mount at this point, but how old is PC Case Gear's stock? You should probably contact them before placing an order and make sure that the one they send you specifically lists AM4 on the box. Bro, do you even Dark Rock Pro 3? Even the ancient Zalman coolers that feel like you're about to snap your motherboard in half aren't as overly complicated as the DRP3. Not gonna defend the H7 too much, because it is a PITA to mount, but after you've done it a few times, it gets better.
  7. eBay has a money back guarantee that's basically bulletproof if you're the buyer. If you suspect the CPU you receive to be a fake, just open an item not as described return request, and the seller will (almost always) have no choice but to provide a label for you to ship the CPU back to China at their expense. Also, there is zero reason to buy an i7-980X. Just buy any LGA 1366 Xeon between X5650 and X5690, overclock the living poo out of it and boom, i7-980X.
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    The GT 1030 GDDR5 Isn't a bad card at all

    Athlon 200GE: $55 GT 1030 GDDR5: $80 Ryzen 5 2400G: $159 That's a difference of $34. For that price, you get integrated graphics right on par with the GT 1030, more or less, and a processor with two more cores, four more threads, a higher base clock speed and overclockability. There's no real competition there. The 200GE is not a "stepping stone" to a better CPU/APU. It's an endpoint for office PCs, HTPCs and ultra budget gamers who want an A320 board, cheaper 2666MHz RAM and a used RX 460 to play Fortnite with.
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    The GT 1030 GDDR5 Isn't a bad card at all

    Yes and no. The GT 1030, like the GT 730 before it, has a handful of situations in which it's very useful. Of course, if you find a used GDDR5 model in good shape for $40-50, yeah, grab it. If you find a $40-50 GTX 750 Ti, get that instead, because it outperforms the GT 1030 and costs considerably less on the used market. Truthfully, there's really no situation in which I'd consider a brand new GT 1030 to be a good buy. Some other perfectly good uses for it: SFF gaming rig. The 1030 takes up something like 30W at full load, so if you've got a SFF Optiplex that you want to do some light gaming on, you could do a whole lot worse. I'd actually argue that the 1030 is a better option for that use case than the MSI low-profile GTX 750 Ti I'm using in my Optiplex is because of its lower power draw and lower heat output in a very compact case with iffy airflow. Giving a suitable GPU to an old system. If you've got a Core 2 Quad system sitting around and you just want to play Overwatch as cheaply as you can, a used 1030 would be a good card for it. But again, 750 Tis are cheaper, and if your system can support a 750 Ti comfortably, do that. Low-profile HTPCs. Yes, it's the best "value" Pascal card for an HTPC, as the slim form 1050 and 1050 Ti still have a pretty sharp premium on them, but even a 4K HTPC would be fine with something like a GT 730 or R7 240 for a whole lot less. Hell, even the lowly GT 710 can push 4K at 24 Hz. If your low profile HTPC needs to do some basic gaming at 1080p while pushing 4K for video content, a 1030 makes sense. It bears noting that the RX 550 is a stronger card than the 1030, but for whatever reason it still sells at a price approaching (or past) $100 new, at which point you're better off spending up a little for a 1050 or a 460. The real 1030 killer, though, is the Ryzen 5 2400G. Vega 11 performs very similarly to the GT 1030, but the AMD APU is a much better buy. For one, the cost of parts would probably come out in AMD's favor if someone was pairing the 1030 with a G5400 Pentium, and definitely would come out in AMD's favor is the GT 1030 were being paired with an i3-8100 or i5-8400 to try and match the performance of the stronger Ryzen chip. Bottom line, if you're buying new, there is absolutely no reason to go with a GT 1030 over a Ryzen APU, even the Ryzen 3 2200G. If you're buying used or just need a GPU, you could do worse than the 1030, but the prices it goes for used still don't make a whole lot of sense when a more powerful GTX 750 Ti goes for the same price or less.
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    Questions on how I should mount my CPU cooler

    There's no rear fan, but there is a rear exhaust port. I'm actually surprised Corsair made a case with no rear fan mount. If it doesn't interfere with your RAM, I'd mount it vertically to exhaust out the top. If it does, I'd point it out the back and count on the hot air to make its way out the back vent. I am really surprised Corsair decided to make a case with no rear fan mount. They must have been figuring that anyone buying it would use liquid cooling, maybe?
  11. Hurricane incoming. Pray for Harambe (and Florida).

  12. Both are doable if you play at 1080p and are prepared to dial some settings back.
  13. You'd be surprised what an MX 150 can do. It's a surprisingly potent little card.
  14. Which GPU does it have? Intel UHD, Vega M or MX 150?
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    Would R9 Fury card fit in dell optiplex?

    Wouldn't fit. Even if it did, that's a forest fire waiting to happen in an Optiplex case. Optis are made for productivity, not gaming, and the cases are built as such. Find out how long your GPU is from the manufacturer's website. I believe PCPartPicker has a maximum GPU length filter in their cases. Also, make sure your power supply can handle it.