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Should I upgrade my prebuilt PC and void my warranty?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I have an Alienware Aurora R7, with a GTX 1070, i5-8400 and 8GB DDR4 @ 2666. I've been playing at 1440p, and the 8GB RAM seems to be too little and is bottlenecking my system. Furthermore, my case has really bad airflow and my cpu fan has bad heating issues, which causes the cpu to thermal throttle under load. Should I upgrade the RAM, and the cooler(I'll leave the case open) and void my warranty which ends on 2 April 2019, or wait until then to fix it? If I set windows and my games to run at 1080p it will look pretty bad as I have a 31.5" monitor.


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If the warranty includes part cost (like a protection plan) I wouldn't void it until then. Can be a lifesaver if something critical goes wrong.

 

If it's just your bog standard limited warranty, crack her open and do those upgrades.


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The first thing I did was void my warranty when I bought my PC a couple years ago. Replaced the stock AMD air cooler with a 120mm AIO.

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Yeah, 8GB is definitely too little for modern games.

Do you have any full specific model number?

That could tell all parts.

 

Anyway that piss poor excuse of case is all around total garbage design for its height.

Only graphics card what should be put there is reference design with radial fan pushing GPU's heat out from case.

And it certainly don't have space for proper CPU heatsink.

Gaming brand trinkets: Shiny looking sh*t.

 

Lowering resolution affects only to GPU load and not CPU load or memory consumption.

Though GPU working harder can dump more heat into that case.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
3 hours ago, EsaT said:

 

Anyway that piss poor excuse of case is all around total garbage design for its height.

Only graphics card what should be put there is reference design with radial fan pushing GPU's heat out from case.

 

Haha yeah, when I opened the case, I was shocked at how little space there was. The case is not very small but the space for the parts is. To the point where the PSU is set on a hinge but covers the cpu cooler(which is some dell optiplex cooler which is trash) and leaves a few tiny holes for the heat to escape.


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CPU: Ryzen 5 3600

CPU Cooler: Cryorig H7

Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX

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Posted · Original PosterOP
3 hours ago, EsaT said:

Yeah, 8GB is definitely too little for modern games.

Do you have any full specific model number?

That could tell all parts.

https://www.dell.com/sg/p/alienware-aurora-r7-desktop/pd

It's the cheapest one, with nothing added on.


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CURRENT PC:

CPU: Ryzen 5 3600

CPU Cooler: Cryorig H7

Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX

RAM: 2X8 GB 3200MHz G.Skill TridentZ RGB (timings tightened to 14-17-17-30 from 16-18-18-38)

Storage: 240GB Samsung 970 Evo Plus(boot), 1TB Samsung 860 Evo, 2TB Seagate Barracuda

GPU: MSI RTX 2070 Super Gaming X TRIO

PSU: Corsair RM650x

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Posted · Original PosterOP
4 hours ago, Phentos said:

If the warranty includes part cost (like a protection plan) I wouldn't void it until then. Can be a lifesaver if something critical goes wrong.

 

If it's just your bog standard limited warranty, crack her open and do those upgrades.

I'm not sure about the warranty, it says '1Yr Premium Support:Onsite Service W/Accidental Damage' but the terms and conditions says 'This Standard Warranty or Relevant Warranty period does not cover damage, fault, failure or malfunction due to external causes, including accident, abuse, misuse'. I don't even know if I have voided my warranty by opening the case.


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-WHAT TO DO FIRST WITH A BRAND NEW BUILD

-HOW TO SEE PC UTILISATION IN GAME(ie CPU usage, GPU temps, CPU temps etc.)

-EASIEST WAY TO OVERCLOCK RAM ON RYZEN CPUs

 

CURRENT PC:

CPU: Ryzen 5 3600

CPU Cooler: Cryorig H7

Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX

RAM: 2X8 GB 3200MHz G.Skill TridentZ RGB (timings tightened to 14-17-17-30 from 16-18-18-38)

Storage: 240GB Samsung 970 Evo Plus(boot), 1TB Samsung 860 Evo, 2TB Seagate Barracuda

GPU: MSI RTX 2070 Super Gaming X TRIO

PSU: Corsair RM650x

OS: Windows 10 Home Unactivated

Case: Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic White

Case Fans: 9x Corsair LL120

Cables: Cablemod C-series White ModFlex Cables

 

 

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1 hour ago, _d0nut said:

https://www.dell.com/sg/p/alienware-aurora-r7-desktop/pd

It's the cheapest one, with nothing added on.

Still heavily overpriced marketing scam for lack of quality.

 

That case is more like what could be expected from PC half the price.

Height could easily hold normal full size ATX motherboard without PSU in front of anything and with many times better cooling.

There's not even way to mod that case to semi acceptable.

 

With that little space next to CPU there's no room for even average cooler.

Some low profile coolers like Noctua NH-L9 or NH-L12 are only ones which might fit there.

And removing that chronically undersized stock cooler is certainly going to void the warranty.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
22 hours ago, EsaT said:

Still heavily overpriced marketing scam for lack of quality.

 

That case is more like what could be expected from PC half the price.

Height could easily hold normal full size ATX motherboard without PSU in front of anything and with many times better cooling.

There's not even way to mod that case to semi acceptable.

 

With that little space next to CPU there's no room for even average cooler.

Some low profile coolers like Noctua NH-L9 or NH-L12 are only ones which might fit there.

And removing that chronically undersized stock cooler is certainly going to void the warranty.

it's in SGD, and I paid $1600SGD($1150 USD) for it, which on paper seemed pretty good.

I'm planning to put those low profile noctua ones. Ultimately I will move the parts with a different case and a better psu, but I don't know when I should do it.


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USEFUL TUTORIALS

-HOW TO BUILD A PC STEP BY STEP

-WHAT TO DO FIRST WITH A BRAND NEW BUILD

-HOW TO SEE PC UTILISATION IN GAME(ie CPU usage, GPU temps, CPU temps etc.)

-EASIEST WAY TO OVERCLOCK RAM ON RYZEN CPUs

 

CURRENT PC:

CPU: Ryzen 5 3600

CPU Cooler: Cryorig H7

Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX

RAM: 2X8 GB 3200MHz G.Skill TridentZ RGB (timings tightened to 14-17-17-30 from 16-18-18-38)

Storage: 240GB Samsung 970 Evo Plus(boot), 1TB Samsung 860 Evo, 2TB Seagate Barracuda

GPU: MSI RTX 2070 Super Gaming X TRIO

PSU: Corsair RM650x

OS: Windows 10 Home Unactivated

Case: Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic White

Case Fans: 9x Corsair LL120

Cables: Cablemod C-series White ModFlex Cables

 

 

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