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Op Point Baker

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  1. I've used MX Red, Brown, and Blue before and I wound up preferring Reds. The only downside to having no tactile bump is that sometimes just resting my fingers on the keyboard is enough to actuate the keys. I've got a Corsair Strafe RGB [MX Red] keyboard and a wired Corsair M65 Pro RGB. I have found the dpi selector buttons useful in some games where you need one mouse speed for aiming and another for menus. I also like to play factory games like Factorio and Satisfactory and the ability to change dpi on the fly can help when trying to get precision. Anywhoo, that's my two cents.
  2. Ordered a Gigabyte RTX 2070 Windforce 2x 8GB Rev 3.0 from newegg.com on the 14th. Just got it installed and the Aorus Engine identifies it as a Rev 2.0 card. My Googlefu is failing me as I can't seem to find out what the difference is between the two other than possible heat pipe configuration. Is there an appreciable difference between the two revisions? If I have no plans for overclocking, does it matter? If I'm not getting my money's worth I'll RMA it, but if it doesn't really matter, I'd rather just get on with the games. Thanks in advance. OPB
  3. Well, I do play a lot of Satisfactory... I hadn't heard of appreciable differences between AMD & nVidia when it came to UE. Is there good evidence of that?
  4. Looking to upgrade from a Asus GTX 970. Can't decide on a Gigabyte RTX 2070 https://www.newegg.com/gigabyte-geforce-rtx-2070-gv-n2070wf2-8gd-rev-3-0/p/N82E16814932226 or a Zotac 2060 Super. https://www.newegg.com/zotac-geforce-rtx-2060-super-zt-t20610e-10m/p/N82E16814500471 No plans on overclocking or custom cooling. Just using it stock, out of the box. Usage will be purely for gaming. It's going into a system with Ryzen 7 3700 Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB DDR4 CAS 16 Asrock X570 Taichi HP EX950 M.2 512GB Windows 10 Cooler Master HAF XB Evo Seasonic Prime Ultra 650 Platinum Asus VG248QG You're thoughts?
  5. I'll seek out RGB components when they improve my game performance. Until then, I find them pointlessly distracting. But, hey, to each their own.
  6. Okay, still looking at all the suggested parts but let me add some info. The two main things I was looking for in a Mobo was 3+ M.2 PCIe 4.0 slots & built in Wi-Fi 6. I'm okay with getting 1 PCIe 3.0 SSD while I wait for the cost of 4.0 SSDs to come down, but ultimately I do plan on filling the other two M.2 slots with PCIe 4.0 SSDs. And yes, I know that since I will mainly be using the rig for gaming I don't really need the transfer speeds of PCIe 4.0 SSDs, but they are spiffy and I want them. The budget of $800 -$1500 is total outlay over the 5 year life of the rig. But I do expect to pay the majority of it up front. My current case is a SilverStone PS10B. While it is sufficient and has plenty of room, it is super awkward to carry for LAN parties. So I am wanting a smaller &/ lighter case. I've got a Cooler Master HAF XB Evo on the build list for the new rig because it is far more compact and [I hope] easier to carry. Note on cases: I do not intend to have any HDDs in the new system. I have a Mediasonic ProBox 4 with 4 WD40EZRX giving me 16 TB of archival / backup storage. So the 2 EVO SATA drives I'm migrating and any m.2 drives are the only internal storage I intend on having. If I populate all 3 M.2 slots with 1TB SSDs, they plus the 2 500 GB SATA SSDs will be a total of 4BT internal storage with should be plenty for the next 5 or so years. Some have asked about my current monitor, I've got an Asus VE228H I bought back in 2010. Still going strong but ever since I hooked up my computer to my 120Hz TV and played Dragon Quest XI I have been wanting to upgrade to a 120-144Hz screen. Preferably with some kind of frame sync feature like G-Sync or FreeSync. I do have size constraints on monitor size; the total horizontal width of the monitor [so screen width + bezel widths] cannot exceed 24" or it won't fit in my desk. I have been eyeing an Asus VG248QE as an upgrade. [The cost of the monitor is expected to be part of the $800 - $1500 budget.] The 970 in the new build is being migrated from the old build so when I get a new card mid 2020 I want it to be one that is worth paying more money for. Not something that provides the same performance. [Cuz if I'm going to have the same performance, why bother to get a new card when this one is still working?] So, no I don't plan on buying a second 970. Given how heavily I tend to mod my games, especially with high rez textures, I will be expanding RAM to at least 32 GB. Case in point I've gotten warnings from windows about running out of memory when playing Fallout 4...
  7. I'll check out the 860 Evos and see if I find something I like. Good to know about the RAM. FIngers crossed it will be enough. I'm kinda on the fence for cooling and power supply. I'm currently using a Deep Cool Gammaxx 400. A new one does come with mounts for an AM4 socket. I know mine is old enough to not have been designed for an AM4 socket, but I've found a few posts on other forums saying that they are compatible. Problem being that I don't remember where I put the AMD mounting brackets for it... The Ryzen 7 3700X does come with a stock cooler and since I don't plan on overclocking it, I'm not sure I'd need anything more than that. That said, I've also never tried liquid cooling and am considering getting a Corsair Hydro H60. It seems like a sufficient and pretty idiot proof water cooler. So it may be a good time to try dipping my toes into water cooling. The current PSU is a Corsair 650W. I don't remember the model number. I bought it back in 2006, I think, and have just been migrating it from system to system. It's still going strong with no hints of failure, so I'm not sure I should get a new one. If I do choose to get a new one, the one I've put on the build list is another Corsair, the AX850 Titanium.
  8. My rig is just over 5 years old. Current system: CPU: Intel i7 4790S MoBo: ASRock H97 Pro4 RAM: HyperX Fury 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600 10-10-10 G.Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 970 OC Turbo 4GB GDDR5 Storage: 1x WD Blue 1TB EZEX HDD 2x Samsung 850 EVO 2.5" 500GB SSD I usually build a rig to last me 5-6 years and it is feeling like it is about time to upgrade. I am going to be saving up to buy the parts in January. This list is so I could get a price point to save towards; that said, I do expect some prices to fall between now and January. I've never built an AMD system before and 3rd Gen Ryzen seems like as good a time as any to try my hand. With an expected budget between $800 USD and $1500 USD, this is what I am considering building as a replacement: CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X MoBo: ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming X RAM: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 3600 18-22-22 G.Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 970 OC Turbo 4GB GDDR5 Storage: 1x HP EX 950 M.2 2280 512GB PCle Gen3 x4, NVMe 1.3 2x Samsung 850 EVO 2.5" 500GB SSD I'm going to wait until mid to late 2020 to get a new G.Card [no idea what yet] and I am reusing the same Samsung SSDs. The major bottlenecks I find myself running into are: 1) The slow speed of the HDD when loading games and saves. [Not to mention the slow down while booting, as my Win7 install is on the HDD too. I'm going with Win10 for the next build, so that would only slow the boot from the HDD even more...] And 2) Running out of RAM. Games like Factorio and Satisfactory are maxing my 16GB. Even Playing Grim Dawn with Chrome open to the wiki will max out my RAM. I admit, I am considering going to 64GB of RAM but I'm hoping 32GB will be enough to future proof me for the next 5 or so years. Yes, I have seen the reviews showing that Intel CPUs can still edge out most AMD CPUs in games b/c of the single thread workload most games offer. Like, I said, I want to do AMD this time because I haven't before and now seems like a decent time, as I won't be sacrificing that much by going with AMD. That said, Stability is more important to me that raw power so I do not intend to OC any of the components. So if I've picked parts who's only advantage is their OC capabilities and have non-OC counterparts, let me know. Here is the Newegg wishlist I made if you need more specific info on the parts I'm looking at. https://secure.newegg.com/Wishlist/SharedWishlistDetail?ID=Cgfu8GCFxyw%3d Thanks, OPB.