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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello all,

 

After years of hesitation, I finally decided to build my first gaming pc and, having watched and rewatched Linus's Holiday Buyers Guide 2018, decided to opt for the budget gaming machine. However, some difficulty has come when deciding on the motherboard. Whilst LTT recommends the Gigabyte AB-350M-DS3H, it is currently unavailable on Newegg in the UK (where I live) and the 1.1 version (I don't know how similar/different they are) is selling on Amazon for around 78gbp, (99usd). Furthermore, on Amazon, they are currently selling the Gigabyte b450m-ds3h for 61gbp (77usd). I was wondering, in this case, if I should go for the latter rather than the one recommended in the video, as it seems quite similar and seems to be newer revision. However, I'm not very a very tech person and was curious if anyone could give me advice on this matter.

 

Thank you all

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video's outdated... this type of video are at best good enough for a month due to how fast tech industry move around.

 

AND from experienced builders' perspective LTT is pretty rubbish in building machines that aren't the best of the best.

They do things like recommending boards that can't let CPU upgrades work to their fullest potential (weak power delivery for running high core counts at stock), garbage power supply (because 80+ cert is NOT a reliability or safety test, neither does wattage has much to do with the internals). SSHD? Makes zero sense. They are just normal HDDs with usually (Firecuda 1TB for example) 8GB cache which means only a tiny percentage of files you put in are actually faster than a typical and much cheaper HDD. There are SSHDs with larger cache to capacity ratio but then they're so expensive that they start directly competing with SSDs of similar capacity, so they still lose pretty badly

 

This is judging by late 2018 standards so not even including the new stuff. Ryzen 3rd gen will be out in early July so buying today dont make much sense. Even if you cant afford them, wait for the price cuts.

 

What budget are you on?


"What's under the heatsink?" ep1, "Why it's not as good as it seem?" AMD fanboy edition out, episode 2 "Why my gaming board is a scam?" Intel fanboy edition coming soon (this is a link)

Hardware specs below

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.4?V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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I prefer the Youtuber "Tech Deals" for builds, usually.  Great deals and his views on why he builds like he does coincide with mine more than other YT'ers.

 

Definitely agree with @Jurrunio as well.  It's close enough to start planning a build, but leave a few things flexible to see what Ryzen 2 brings.


Emma : i7 8700K @5.0Ghz - Gigabyte AORUS Z370 Gaming 5 - Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate - G. Skill Ripjaws V 32GB 3200Mhz - Gigabyte AORUS 1080Ti - 750 EVO 512GB + 2x 860 EVO 1TB M.2 (RAID 0) - EVGA Supernova 650 P2 - Fractal Design Define R6 - AOC AGON 35" 3440x1440 100Hz - Mackie CR5BT - Logitech G910, G502, G933 - Cooler Master Universal Graphics Card Holder

 

Plex : Ryzen 5 1600 (stock) - Gigabyte B450M-DS3H - G. Skill Ripjaws V 8GB 2400Mhz - GeForce 8800GTS 640MB - 840 EVO 256GB + Toshiba P300 3TB - TP-Link AC1900 PCIe Wifi - Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite 500 - Antec Nine Hundred - Dell 19" 4:3

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