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About melete

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  • CPU
    Ryzen 7 3700X
  • Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Strix X470-F
  • RAM
    16GB G.Skill Trident Z RGB 3200MHz
  • GPU
    EVGA RTX 2080 Super XC Ultra Gaming
  • Case
    Cooler Master H500M
  • Storage
    HP EX920 1TB, Crucial MX500 500GB, Samsung Spinpoint F3 7200rpm 1TB
  • PSU
    EVGA 650 GQ
  • Display(s)
    Nixeus EDG27SV2, Asus VH242H
  • Cooling
    Thermalright Le Grand Macho RT
  • Keyboard
    Corsair K70 SE MK2
  • Mouse
    Logitech G502

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  1. I own that card. It's fine. Not really good enough for AAA titles at 1080p ultra at 60 FPS anymore, but it's fine for games like CSGO. Personally I would instead go buy a RX 570 new, or look for a RX 470 or 480 used. Much more powerful cards but still fairly budget. Some used cards may be mining cards that were run very intensively for long periods of time.
  2. melete

    Help choosing a motherboard

    Must-have or even important features are really up to you and your personal set of preferences. For example, I will not use a motherboard that doesn't have debugging features like LEDs or post codes. That eliminates a whole lot of motherboards from my consideration entirely. Some people need a certain number of USB or front USB-C. Others value having a good audio codec. Etc, etc. The only universal must-have (in my opinion anyway) are VRMs capable of running your chosen CPU. And even then, the quality of VRM design you need is conditional on if you're running stock settings, or using Precision Boost Overdrive or manually overclocking. The popularly recommended motherboards here tend to be the ones with good VRM designs for their price class (looking at you, MSI B450 Tomahawk). They might work for you, or you might want a feature that's not on those boards. The best way to decide which motherboard is best for you is to think about what features you value, and then do some research about all the motherboards in your price range. Except for VRM information, the manufacturer's website will have all the relevant information about their motherboards. Here's a useful spreadsheet on Zen 2 VRMs. If you don't understand what's being presented there, the basic idea is that the motherboards with a green checkmark in the OC 3700X/3800X or stock 3700X/3800X columns are the ones capable of running a 3700X at peak overclocks or stock speeds, respectively, without VRM throttling or airflow concerns. Most 400 and 300 series motherboards will need to have their BIOS updated to support Zen 2, which is a separate issue from the quality of the motherboard itself. The only guaranteed exception to this I can think of are the MSI B450 Max boards, such as B450 Tomahawk Max. Unless you're using a motherboard with a feature like Flash BIOS Button (or similar) you will need to use an older Zen or Zen+ CPU to update the BIOS.
  3. @Varus 9600k is a 6C/6T CPU so I would never pay what Intel is asking for that component. If Ryzen 3600 is even remotely the same price, go for Ryzen 3600 imo. 9700k's two extra cores make it more defensible in my opinion, though. Your CPU usage won't be quite as high in CPU-intensive games, and I worry less about future 100% usage and frame drop/stuttering problems. The Intel CPUs do have a performance advantage of around 10% in many games at 1080p, which is the only reason I won't say 9700k is completely outclassed.
  4. melete

    Quick question about rx 5700 pulse pcie

    Yep. It won't even affect the card, because a 5700 can't saturate a PCIe 3.0 x16 slot. A 2080ti can't, either.
  5. Some games will dynamically adjust texture resolution and graphics quality to try and reduce VRAM usage.
  6. @Alexroyer the 7700k comparison is completely irrelevant here. Zen 2 CPUs have higher IPC than Intel Coffee Lake, so that’s now actually a slight advantage for AMD. Intel still has the frequency advantage. The multithreaded performance between R7 3700X and i7-9700k is heavily slanted in 3700X’s favor thanks to improved IPC and faster clocks, so i7-9700k’s advantage rests solely on poorly threaded applications such as video games. To answer your original question, 9700k is a better purely gaming CPU right now, by a margin around 10% on average at 1080p. If you aren’t using a high refresh rate monitor, you won’t be able to observe any difference. Additionally, it’s completely impossible to know if games will start using many CPU threads heavily enough that the additional 8 threads on R7 3700X will make it a better performer on most games in the next few years. That did happen with comparisons between R5 1600 (6C/12T) and i5-7600k (4C/4T) but that was a comparison between CPUs with different numbers of cores, and at lower core counts overall.
  7. You're sure it's giving data to (some) government based on what exactly? Their address? I'm not even a PIA user, just curious about the reasoning there.
  8. melete

    Verizon (finally) turns on 5G in four new cities

    Good news for the 100 people who live under a 5G tower.
  9. melete

    1660ti on a 430Watt?

    Absolutely. But this all started because I thought OP already had that PSU and was asking if it would run a 1660ti. Not because I ever suggested he buy that particular PSU.
  10. melete

    1660ti on a 430Watt?

    Is there some evidence that these sorts of failures are common that I’m missing though? And failures causing hardware damage in particular. I fully understand why an EVGA W1 is a bad unit and I still haven’t recommended anyone go buy one (people seem to be missing that, perhaps I should have expressed myself more clearly here). It just seems to me there’s a bit of overreacting going on as to how problematic a poor quality PSU is.
  11. melete

    1660ti on a 430Watt?

    So what's wrong with them though? You're conflating two separate things here: my expressed concern with people dismissing every budget PSU as some sort of imminent fire hazard, and the question I asked about a trio of very well reviewed PSUs.
  12. melete

    1660ti on a 430Watt?

    Define "issues." I suspect all three of those may have a Jonnyguru.com recommendation for them.
  13. melete

    1660ti on a 430Watt?

    I really don't think an EVGA W1 is "dangerously bad," even if it's not something I think people should go out and spend money on, either. I'm not a PSU expert by any means but it seems to me that if those PSUs were rampantly destroying people's hardware on a regular basis, there might be more indications of that than forum users recommending higher quality PSUs.
  14. melete

    1660ti on a 430Watt?

    I think 450-550W is more than enough, as long the PSU you use is delivering that amount reliably. That 430W EVGA White isn't a good unit at all, but generally you won't cause irreparable damage to your components just from running off a budget PSU. I think some people in the PC enthusiast community have the idea that only PSUs of similar or superior quality to Corsair RMx, EVGA G2, Seasonic Focus Plus Gold, etc. can work without causing a raging inferno.
  15. melete

    1660ti on a 430Watt?

    What's the CPU? I'm guessing it isn't a 9900k, right? If you torture a 1660ti enough it will pull around 140-150W, which isn't too far from its rated 120W TDP.