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About MaterFerguson

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    Computer Tech and videos,Gaming, 3d printing, Motocross, Supercross, and Dirt bikes, Gardening and canning with my wife. Favorite TV shows (right now anyway) - Gold Rush and various spinoffs, Cash Cab, Jeopardy, Various Car rebuilding shows, Big Bang reruns and any Dirt Bike Competition. Oh and of coarse my favorite Youtubers.
  • Biography
    Raced Motocross when I was a kid (practically lived on a dirt bike then), Graduated High school in 1976,went to 2 year trade school following. Went back to college and got degree in Computer Science in 86'. Got married, started own business and retired 3 years ago.
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  • CPU
    AMD Ryzen 1600 AF (to be upgrade soon to either 3700x or zen 3)
  • Motherboard
    MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC
  • RAM
    Crucial Ballistix 16GB 3200MHz CL16
  • GPU
    EVGA Water Cooled RTX 2070 Super XC Hybrid
  • Case
    Fractal Design Core 500 (I have the radiator configured so the case sits upright on what is normally the front instead of lying down, that way the hot air is pushed up and out the top)
  • Storage
    XPG SX8200 pro 512GB M.2 MVNe and a 2TB Seagate HDD
  • PSU
    Seasonic Focus GX-650 650 watt 89+gold
  • Display(s)
    BenQ EX2780Q 27'' 144Hz 1440p
  • Cooling
    Wraith Stealth (to be changed to one of the following 3 when I upgrade CPU - Noctua NH-U12S, Noctua NH-U9S or Arctic Liquid Freezer II 120mm) and 2 Deep Cool RF120m fans (which work surprisingly well)
  • Keyboard
    Right now just using a wireless keyboard/touchpad, in the process of watching videos to figure out what keyboard and mouse to upgrade too and also a way to use said instruments from my easy chair.
  • Mouse
    see above
  • Sound
    BenQ monitor has surprisingly good sound with two front firing speakers and a rear facing subwoofer also have a set of OneOdio bluetooth/wired headphones which to my old ears are fine.
  • Operating System
    windows 10 pro
  • Laptop
    Older 17" HP Pavilion with an AMD processor 8GB ram, 2 TB HDD, DVD burner, I think I got it right, hardly use it anymore, sometimes hook it to 3d printer.
  • Phone
    Got rid of it when I retired, Wife has Iphone

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  1. You might take a look at this video he compares the NH-U9s to the NH-D9L (Ultimate NCASE M1 Cooling Setup?) The U9S does around 15 better.
  2. The Ryzen 3600 has a very good price to performance ratio, right now it is $158.99 on Amazon. as far as gaming goes it is nearly the equal to the 3700x and with a little overclocking is practically the same as the 3600x.
  3. I think the NH-U9S has a little more cooling capacity if it will fit in your system, especially if you can add a second fan it is almost as effective as the NH-u12s. however the NH-D9L is good as well probably within 2 or 3 degree of the NH-U9S. A second fan on the NH-D9L will help a little as well.
  4. Budget (including currency): $300ish American dollars Country: USA Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: Supercross 3, Racing simulators, Assassins Creed Valhalla, Red Dead Redemption II, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, and a little 3d rendering Other details (existing parts lists, whether any peripherals are needed, what you're upgrading from, when you're going to buy, what resolution and refresh rate you want to play at, etc): My current build is an ITX form factor using a Fractal Design Core 500 case(I have it sitting upright on what is normally the front not laying down like it was intended), Msi B450I motherboard. EVGA water cooled 2070 super, 16gb ram 3200mhz, XMP 500gb M.2, 2tb HDD, Seasonic gold 650 watt PSU. My current CPU is a Ryzen 1600 af which is pretty impressive for what it is but, I want MORE POWER. I recently purchased A Ryzen 3700x on Amazon for $260 which I have yet to open because I am still in my return grace period. My problem is what CPU do I really need to run the programs I use and push my 2070 super to the max. Should I keep the 3700x, send it back and buy a 3600x that is now a $100 less or send it back and wait for Ryzen 3 (which cold cost a lot more, $300 is about my limit). It's the Goldilocks effect, or is the 3700x too much not enough, or just right? Oh Yah, by the way, Assassins Creed Valhalla comes free with the 3700x.,