I'm new to the forum and decided to join because I really love LinusTechTips as a channel and after lurking for a bit,
I really like the atmosphere and community here. Everyone seems so helpful and knowledgeable!
Anyways, enough of the sappy introduction.
My current PC is a custom build I made a few years back after watching some build videos.
Specs for current PC:
CASE- BitFenix Comrade Mid-Tower
GPU- EVGA Geforce GTX 950
CPU- AMD Vishera FX-6300 6 Core
MOBO- GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3P
RAM- Ballistix Sport 8gb (2x4gb) DDR3
PSU- EVGA 500w 80+
Old PC's Bad Rep
At first I was fairly satisfied with it. This PC can play most games I enjoy at medium-high settings
with only some framerate drops. Games I normally play would be
League of Legends, Overwatch, Garry's Mod, Speedrunners, Skyrim, Payday 2 and PUBG.
More recently however I've become slowly less satisfied with performance. I'm starting to get into more demanding games
like BF1, Ark and Monster Hunter: World and it's becoming more apparent that my PC can't really keep up anymore.
Not only that, I've also had issues where my PC will randomly freeze completely while playing a game, forcing me to hard reset it.
This is starting to happen more and more often. I've tried a million different things to try and remedy this problem from updating bios to
checking all my drivers and even defragmenting. I've also tried reinstalling the games, reinstalling windows, rolling back graphics card driver updates as well as overclocking and underclocking.
This is something that happens randomly (mostly with games like PUBG and Monster Hunter: World, but it's also happened while playing Trine 2 which isn't even really demanding)
and I genuinely can't figure out what the source of the problem is. I've ruled it down to either be an overheating issue or my graphics card maybe starting to die.
Aside from all of the gaming stuff I'm also getting really into some beefy video editing including 80+ 4k clips;
needless to say my PC can barely handle 20 1080p clips without Vegas Pro giving me really laggy previews and horrible performance.
Not to mention this is also something that occasionally causes that dreaded freeze.
My solution for this is to build a new computer that's as beefy as I can possibly afford with little to no hardware compatibility problems and
one that won't literally randomly freeze while playing games.
I'm aiming to build something that can handle heavy 4k video editing but also be able to run VR, 4k Gaming and all of the most demanding games on high settings with great FPS.
My budget is around $1800-$2100 USD
I want to have it sooner so the cheaper it is while being able to handle all of this, the sooner I'll be able to afford it.
I am however willing to wait a little longer to max out budget if those few hundred dollars really makes a difference performance wise.
Current theoretical build that I've made up on PCPartPicker
CASE- Be Quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 rev. 2
GPU- EVGA Geforce GTX 1080 Ti 11gb FTW3
CPU- Intel Core i7-8700k 6 Core
MOBO- Asus ROG-Strix Z370-E
RAM- G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32gb (2 x 16gb) DDR4
PSU- Seasonic PRIME Titanium 600w 80+ Titanium Certified
COOLING- Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM
I want some really great cooling in this system which is why I chose that case and cooler specifically, but I am aware of the fact that the Noctua NH-D15 is pretty massive so I'm worried that it may get in the way of the ram or have some other form of compatibility issue. I also don't like watercooling.
I really like that case but i'm not 100% positive it's the best option. I only chose it because it's large and I wanted to be absolutely certain that I had enough space for the cooler. Because of this reason I was very scared of picking a mid size case. I don't want to spend my money and start installing things only to find out something doesn't fit right or that the parts are all cramped up and will cause heating issues. (My current PC is pretty cramped so I'm kinda done with that issue at this point..) Someone tell me of a case that can still fit everything, has good cable management, dust filters and great airflow? Please?
Is the processor good enough for all that workload?
Will this GPU even play well with the MOBO and CPU??
I don't want the PC to be incredibly loud. My current PC is kinda loud already. Obviously I don't require complete silence but if I leave my computer on at night time I don't want to be listening to a deafening whiny fan noise coming from my PC that is actually LOUDER than my actual fan (Like my current PC). I also work from home taking customer service calls and even though my mic is good at cancelling out background noise, I still would like for the PC to at least be a little quiet lol. My current PC makes quite the bit of noise even when it's idle or not under any heavy load, it's kind of just annoying.
I'm REALLY scared that I'll somehow start getting the PC freeze issue again. Especially since I don't really know what it's caused by!
Do I have any items that could be replaced with a cheaper option that's just as good if not better?
That's really about it.
Please give me some recommendations and lengthy replies, I'd love to hear everything and anything you guys have to say!
If you actually read this whole post, THANK YOU so much! It means a lot, truly.
Link to PCPartPicker Build
p.s. for what it's worth, if you think you may know why my current PC is having the whole freezing problem, please let me know. I'm really curious