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  • CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
  • Motherboard
    Asus TUF B450 Pro Gaming
  • RAM
    Kingston Hyper X Fury 16GB 2400mhz
  • GPU
    Asus Strix RX480 8GB
  • Case
    Fractal Design Define R4
  • Storage
    Kingston Hyper X Fury 120gb SSD, WD Blue 1TB, WD Blue 2TB
  • PSU
    Cooler Master B600 600W
  • Display(s)
    Dell P2418D (primary), Asus VH222

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  1. Taking a closer look at the TUF B450 Pro Gaming it does seem like a great board for the money and I've heard it's quality is just as good. Though I might instead go with a 2700X, I planned on going for the 3700X but the price difference is much higher than the performance difference (the 3700X is over 40% more expensive for some 10-20% performance, aside from the lower power requirements) but in that case I'll get the 3700X once it's price drops so updating the BIOS won't be a problem for the TUF.
  2. I decided to upgrade my i5 6600 to a Ryzen 7 3700X, I'm more of an Asus fan so my first choice was the Asus TUF B450 Pro Gaming (I thought of getting the Strix one but it had a lot of negative reviews) but the MSI B450 Tomahawk is getting a lot of great reviews and recommendations. The MSI Tomahawk I assume all have an updated bios for the 3rd gen, but does the Asus TUF B450 also have a 3rd gen ready bios?
  3. Is it that bad? I looked up reviews and it didn't seem to be an issue, or at least wasn't mentioned. But overall I don't plan on overclocking the CPU, if that makes a difference for this mobo?
  4. Looking to upgrade the CPU/motherboard from an i5 6600 (non K) to a Ryzen 5 3600 (non X), I think the performance difference is worth the upgrade. Mostly need it for work (3D and 2D), gaming second. Firstly are B450 motherboards compatible with Ryzen 3rd gen without any BIOS updates and such and if all B450s do need an update would it be worth paying more for an X570? I'm looking to get a solid mobo / avoiding the lowest end since I plan on keeping it and hopefully upgrading to a future Ryzen generation, but I also have budget restrictions. Looking at the availability and pricing in my country it's mostly a choice between a solid B450 or a "low end" X570, I've narrowed the choice down to 3 for now: - Asus Strix B450-F Gaming - Gigabyte B459 Aorus Pro or Aorus Elite - MSI MPG X570 Gaming Plus I'm leaning towards the Strix for multiple reasons, but reading about it I'm not sure if the bios is updated for 3rd gen (I guess I'll have to see if the sticker on the box says "2000 ready" or "3000 ready"). The MSI X570 I'd rather avoid since it's the lowest tier X570 and I'm looking for a solid future proof board. If it comes down to it, should I get a Ryzen 7 2700X or Max instead of the 3600?
  5. Let's say about 300 euros (/around $335), though prices here are noticeably higher than compared to the US, UK and most of western Europe. For example, the Dell P2418D as I see is about £190-200 (around 200 euros/$240) but here it's $320/€290/£265
  6. Looking for a new monitor, primarily for graphic intensive work (such as graphic design and sketching) so an IPS it seems. But due to budget constraints any "professional" monitors are out, though I was thinking of switching to 1440p from 1080p for a sharper image. The best 1440p monitor for the price seems to be the Dell P2418D, but I'm looking for opinions on it and possibly suggestions (sadly my choice is limited both due to the budget and availability). Of course, it would be also used for gaming, but color and overall image quality take priority for work rather than a fast display for gaming. Thanks in advance ?
  7. It's time to upgrade the monitor, though I'm not informed well enough on the matter. In short, I'm looking for a new monitor, mainly needed for doing graphic work (graphic design, illustration/sketching etc.) as well as 3D modelling. So far I figured I need a monitor with an IPS panel to get a better color quality, with that I've also learned that IPS panels tend to have a slightly slower response time and refresh rate as well as the common light bleed. Now to mention that I'm looking at more "budget" oriented options (let's say 200-300 euros, though prices here tend to be higher than their standard in most of Europe/N.America) and along with doing graphic/3D work there's also gaming, though graphic/3D work taking priority. The biggest question here is the resolution, 1080p or 1440p? Of course, 1080p would surely be fine at a 23.8/24inch display and going higher would be quite nice there are also current hardware limitations to have in mind. I was thinking that getting a 24inch 1440p monitor (27inch would be fine though my preference goes to 24in due to workspace and possibly pixel density) would be a good idea, I assume a higher resolution wouldn't negatively impact the performance in programs (such as photoshop, illustrator, 3D max etc.) but surely would have a noticeable impact on the gaming aspect. I have tested a number of games I usually play to see how the PC would handle 1440p (using AMD's super resolution, rendering 2K) and it pushes a solid 60fps in most more demanding titles and beyond 60fps in less demanding ones. Also, how much would an 8-5ms response time be noticeable coming from a 5ms display? But here's what I'm thinking, would it be a better option to get a nice IPS 24in 1080p display (60hz, 8-5ms etc.) or having "future proofing" in mind would it be a better choice to get a 1440p IPS display (24 or 27in, 60hz, 8-5ms) to keep for years to come? (Since I am planning on upgrading my system in the next 2 years, possibly stepping up at least the GPU to a higher class in the future). (And just to be safe in case I do get a 1440p display I'll be keeping my current 1080p one by it's side for multitasking and in case something like a video game is too demanding at 2K.) And as far as actual monitors go, I currently have an Asus VH222 1080p, though I've heard that among some great brands Dell stands out as far as graphic work oriented displays go. After looking around a bit at the not-extremely-wide choice of monitors these are some that caught my eye: Dell P2419HC 1080p 24in Dell P2418D 1440p 24in AOC Q2577PWQ 1440p 25in Dell U2419H 1080p 24in Since most of these and other displays within this price range share similar specs I assume the deciding factor for color quality would be the panel manufacturer and it's quality. Though I am leaning more towards the 1440p option. I'm open to suggestions, but as I mentioned sadly the choice although not that restricted isn't much given the budget, but in general how is the panel quality that Dell and AOC use and are there some other brands with good quality panels (such as these or better if these aren't much?) (PC specs: Strix RX480 8GB, i5 6600 (non K) and 8GB of RAM, I'm most likely also getting another 8GB stick with the display so in theory 16GB of RAM) Thanks in advance ?
  8. The phone is a Xiaomi A2 Lite running 8.1 Oreo (Android One), I transferred the SD card from my previous phone (Nokia Lumia 630) and so far I haven't noticed that any files are missing, but when I connect the phone to my PC and choose the "Transfer Files" option it does show up on the PC but when I open the SD card (on PC) there are whole folders simply missing. I thought maybe it would only show the "default" folders that were created by the Lumia 630 and so I moved a folder to one of those "default" folders to test this (moved them on the phone not on PC) and nothing changed. Another thing I tried to see if anything would happen is I went into one of those folders that are shown and moved a few files in there to more folders, on PC it said "Mi A2 Lite is busy" and failed to move them so then I moved them directly on the phone, that was successful...on the phone, then I connected the phone again to check if the change will appear on PC and it didn't, on the PC it showed it like it was before I moved the files around on my phone. So basically the PC is stuck on one memory of the SD card (even after disconnecting the phone and reconnecting it to the PC) and there seems to be no way to move files from PC to phone and vice versa. Help?
  9. I should be getting a new phone very soon, I've done my research for the last 2-3 months and I've come to the conclusion that the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite is the best choice for me and possibly for the price. It has everything I'd want, sadly it's not the "best" in any aspect but everything on it seems to be quite solid, unlike a lot of phones of which some have a great camera, CPU, display etc. but lack a few other features that are a must. There is one thing that I found a few different answers and I'm not sure which is true, that's about the A2 Lite's glass. Some sources say it's Gorilla glass 3, some say it's Gorilla glass 5 (I doubt this) and some say it's not Gorilla glass at all. I've watched those drop and scratch tests and the glass and screen seem to hold up great, although I've had people tell me theirs got scratched not long after getting them. But that's just something I'd like to know, I'll be getting a glass protector and a full flip case for it just to be sure anyway. But if anyone has any experience with it or knows of any good and/or bad things about the phone I'd appreciate if you'd share it to help me decide if I should go for it or pass.
  10. I'd suggest at least 16GB of RAM or possibly 32GB (if you can squeeze it in there, just to be even safer for the future) and for this I'm sure there are more than enough people who will disagree, but unless you'll be getting an RTX2070 I wouldn't aim for Nvidia's previous generation simply due to their notoriety of "gimping" their previous generation once they release a new one. Another good choice (I'd personally do so) is to wait and see what AMD brings in the GPU market or if you don't want to wait the Vega 56 has become a great GPU and appears to be around 1070ti performance (and for a lower price?). Overall it seems nice, but I can't not ask, why a 52 inch 1080p *TV*? If you don't have a monitor I'd highly suggest you get one by cutting corners on the PC (if your budget is strict) cause besides staring at a 52 inch 1080p TV is gonna rape your eyes, 1080p at 52 inches is too stretched, best would be a 24 inch 1080p monitor for the pixel density).
  11. I have, the phone is outstanding but in my country the cheapest one is around 350 euros which is quite above my budget sadly. Even ordering online I'd need to pay a customs fine and if the value of the package is over I think 100 euros (could be less, not sure) that's around 20-30% which would make it pointless. I'll be buying in a month or so, if it's price drops or I come across a good deal that's within my budget I surely will go for it, but I highly doubt it's price will come down enough.
  12. I posted a thread asking for advice on which phone I should choose, out of all the phones that fit my budget the 2 that seem to be the best for their price and that fit my phone needs are the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite and the Huawei Mate 10 Lite. They're quite close, I've heard and read more positive comments on the 2 than negative, but I still have to choose 1. So far the pros compared to each other: A2 Lite: - Better support for the slightly better(?) CPU (SD 625 vs Kirin 659) - Higher pixel density (432ppi vs 403ppi) - Bigger battery (4000mah vs 3340mah) (important) - Dedicated SD card slot (dual sim + SD card vs sim card + hybrid slot) (important) - Android One (already has 8.1 and on time updates) Mate 10 Lite: - Better display (AMOLED vs IPS LCD) - Better camera (16+2MP vs 12+5MP) (or is it not much of a difference? I don't know how much the secondary camera affects the quality of depth perception) - Huawei ROM ? (I never had experience with Huawei, I find a clean Android great but I don't know if Huawei offers something that's worth buying their phone over another?) - Quality ? (again, never had a Huawei, but I've heard at least for their "10" series that it's great quality overall, yet I'm not sure if I can count this as a pro since people say Xiaomi's quality is just as good as any other at this price point) But the price difference...: - Xiaomi A2 Lite: 185 euros / $220 - Huawei Mate 10 Lite: 220 euros / $260 I'm still leaning towards the A2 Lite for the bigger battery, dedicated SD slot and Android One, but as I said the Mate 10 Lite seems like a solid choice as well though for $40 more I'm not sure that it's really worth it, still I'm here to hear other's opinions. Thanks in advance
  13. Ok so the time has finally come after almost 4 years to get a new phone and retire my Nokia Lumia 630. It served me well, but since Windows phone was (sadly) killed off it's users have been left in the dark. Now that I finally can afford a phone the hardest part comes, what do I choose? Of course, I still have a very tight budget so it's not that I have this enormous choice of phones, but still even at the budget prices there's a few which seem to be solid for the money. Now before the phones, my budget is around $200-$250 (about 200-230 euros since I'm in Europe). Ok so far I've found a few phones that seem to offer a lot for their price as well as having good reputations, but there is 1 to which I'm drawn the most since it has pretty much everything I could ask for in that price range; 1. Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite (4/64GB) (take this one as the base for comparison): This one is the one that to me seems that it's the best choice, it has everything I'd want that almost all other phones lack bits of (most common things other phones lack are a 3,5mm jack, SD card slot AND 2 sim card slots unlike those hybrid SD/sim card slots that some have and a large battery). The phone itself to me seems great, I know it has the same hardware as the last year's Mi A1 (with the exception of having a micro USB instead of a type C which to me isn't a deal breaker and as some sources said that it's camera is slightly better even though I thought it was the same) but with the new look which honestly I kinda like mostly due to it being slimmer than the A1 so it's easier to hold. Also it has a large 4000mah battery and the SD625 which as I see doesn't waste a lot of the battery which is great. But overall doesn't seem to lack much. 2. Huawei Mate 10 Lite: I haven't done enough research on this one, so my opinion is based on specs. The phone looks good, the specs look good and I assume the quality follows. One thing it lacks is 2xSim card slots + SD card slot, instead it has a hybrid slot, not the most important thing but unless the phone is marginally better than it's competition I'd much rather have a 3rd dedicated slot for the SD card and have the dual sim option at all times. Another thing I dislike is the 3000mah battery. The display I'm guessing is good as well as the camera. 3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (4/64GB) : A lot of people say that this one is a better choice than the A2 Lite (they're the same price, only the 6GB RAM version of the Note 5 costs more) and the reason is usually due to it's SD635 CPU, MiUi, apparently better camera and the notchless design. Now the CPU I don't know how much better it is than the SD625, but as I've been told the CPU is mostly important for gaming on the phone, but since I don't intend to do any heavy gaming (since I have a PC for that) I'm sure I don't need anything more than the SD625 unless the SD635 in the Note 5 is quite a lot better for other things besides gaming (from my experience with an A1 the SD625 seems very capable and hearing that it's very power efficient yet on the 14nm architecture it doesn't sound like a bad choice even now, is it?). For the MiUi that's mostly based on opinions, some say MiUi is better some say Android One is better, but as someone who's last Android was 2.1 then after that used Windows phone I've no idea what would be better for me. At this point Android One seems better since it's clean from any bloatware and it will get all updates directly from Google in the next 2 or 3 years, but I'm sure there are features on MiUi that are useful but I don't know of any which I'd highly need (and I'm not sure about MiUi since it depends on Xiaomi to push updates which they apparently aren't too frequent about but yet as I've read you are assured to get updates for MiUi for 5 years...). As far as the camera goes I've no idea, I've watched comparisons with the A2 Lite, A1, A2 and Note 5 cameras (and some other) and I honestly don't see a difference between the A2 Lite and Note 5 cameras. But is there a difference? 4. Nokia 6.1 (4/64GB): Yes one might assume that someone who's used a Nokia before would want to go with Nokia again and that isn't far from truth, I like Nokia's build quality and all, but this time around I don't think it's as good as it's competitors (not in this price range). The 6.1 is a solid phone, but it's price is noticeably higher than the A2 Lite and Note 5 (it's about as much as the Mate 10 Lite) but it's specs are lacking behind even the 2 Xiaomis. I put it in the list simply to see if there is some reason to why it's a better choice than the rest, but as big of a Nokia fan I am I'm not a fan of the 6.1. Sadly the 6.1 Plus isn't available in my country and by the looks of it will be out of my budget reach, yes it would be nearly perfect but no need to recommend it since (sadly) it's most likely not an option for me. 5. Xiaomi Mi A2 (4/64GB or maybe, just maybe if my wallet tries really hard the 128GB version but...): It's a great phone, was my first choice when I started looking for a new phone, but that beefy SD660 and awesome 12+20mp camera setup on a nice and sleek body come with a few bags of s***... The unholy trinity of the Mi A2 are the lack of an SD card slot, lack of the 3,5mm jack and a very weak 3010mah battery. Ok so the lack of an SD card slot, that I can live with, I'd stretch my budget by muscle to get that 128GB version so I wouldn't need an SD card. The absence of the 3,5mm headphone jack, ok I can buy a bunch of cool type C to 3,5mm adapters, wouldn't like it one bit but they're cheap and I could just get a bunch to keep literally everywhere so I always have some with me or keep them in the phone (like some cool tube adapter I found without a cable just a tube that goes along the bottom of the phone). But the battery, the battery is tremendous! It can barely hold out a day if even that with a full charge! I don't have a problem with charging my phone, but if I happen to not be in a situation where I can charge it while desperately needing my phone that is not acceptable. I do have a power bank but I don't just casually carry it everywhere with me. And the battery unlike the other 2 things can't be fixed, as far as I know you can't get a bigger replacement battery for it so you're stuck with a weak battery on a powerful and power hungry phone. This is another phone next to the Nokia that I put on the list just to see if anyone has a good reason to why it would be worth buying (oh yeah since I'd most likely be going for the 128GB version it would make the A2 the most expensive choice so far) but the battery that can't hold out on a phone like this is a deal breaker. A huge shame, had they merged the A2 and A2 lite in a single phone with a 3,5mm jack, dual sim + SD card slots, 4000mah battery, SD660 CPU and the 12+20mp camera setup it would've been perfect for the price. 6. Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus (4/64GB): This one is already at the top of the budget, just a bit under the A2 128GB but still would be a stretch. Now I'm not sure about this one, specs seem nice (aside from the SD450 CPU? I know I said I didn't need a beast but my Lumia 630 has an SD400 I still would want a step up) but Samsung phones in general are a tad pricey compared to what they offer. The only 2 things I see the A6 Plus having over the A2 Lite is the Amoled display and a somewhat better camera. I'm not the biggest fan of Samsung due to them having the most bloatware and as I said, coming from Windows to Android as much as I like having some neat and useful features and all I don't need a ton of "things" on my phone that I probably wouldn't use 70% of. But again, I'm listing it as a possible option (but it is quite a stretch that doesn't seem to be worth it from what I see) and I'm open to suggestions. 7. Samsung J8 (4/64GB): Pretty much the same as the A6 Plus but a bit more expensive. 8. Xiaomi Mi Max 2 (4/64GB): Similar situation as with the Redmi Note 5, just that this one has the SD625 and all but the largest battery of all the phones listed (5300mah!!!) It seems nice all around (aside from the hybrid card slot...) but it's a bit older so it lacks things like a dual rear camera, on screen navigation bar and also the common problem with the absence of a dedicated SD card slot next to 2 sim slots. Well those are the phones that caught my eye, but as I said I'm mostly being attracted by the A2 Lite since it's among the cheapest in the list yet it has ever basic thing I'd need, but of course if I was 100% sure in what I'm doing I wouldn't be asking for help I'm open to suggestions and advice, sorry if I get a bit picky, it's due to a smaller choice and higher prices in my country (ordering online isn't an option, don't want to deal with that in case I need to return the phone and all stores here are required to give you at least 1-2 year warranty at their expense). But before someone recommends some new popular phones, the Nokia 6.1 Plus isn't available and most likely will be out of my budget, Honor Play isn't the same, higher end (well higher than A6 Plus) Samsung phones are way out of my budget's reach as well as the new Poco F1 which sadly is also far too expensive (I was expecting it to be around $300-350 here but it turned out to be over $400 and even $300 would be stretching it) In advance I thanks for reading and hopefully helping
  14. Did you run them in dual channel? Or now in quad channel? Cause I've also been thinking that sometime if I want to further add more RAM would it be a bad idea to do so but if you're running 2x8 + 2x4 then it's awesome I might end up doing that later on.
  15. Ok so it's about 4-5 months after I built my new work and gaming machine, but when I first built it the only thing I held back at was the RAM. I got just 8GB, sure it held up but now I'm noticing that it's holding back the rest of the PC back and a lot. Now cause I'm tight with money (I have some other investments to make) and I'd like to deal with the lack of RAM a bit sooner I was thinking (here's the question) should I and more importantly would it be "bad" if I put a 4GB stick along with the 8GB stick I have? It would be the same, this one is a Hyper X Fury 2133mhz 8GB Black stick, the one I'd put is exactly the same 2133mhz Fury black just it would be 4GB instead of 8GB. The 8GB stick costs twice as much as the 4GB (wow amazing that double the memory cost double) and I don't feel like giving the money for 8GB with all the other things I'm investing my money in. I know that in general it shouldn't be a problem, I also read that it can do dual channel if the voltage and frequency are the same (ok the frequency would be the same at 2133mhz, but how much chance that another Hyper X Fury stick would have a different voltage?) so I'd like to hear opinions and advice on this. TL;DR: Pairing the same RAM but one stick is 8GB other is 4GB, good or bad?