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Everything posted by NuclearPenske7

  1. And a B450 isn't immune to it either when the new AGESA version comes out for Zen 3 support. They had problems with 3000 series boosting last year too, and it's more down to AMD ironing out AGESA for a new CPU architecture rather than for the new chipset. For the current Zen 2 CPUs, you should have no problems with the current version of AGESA on 400- and 500-series chipsets. B550 is simply the better option for your build. If you're worried about BIOS issues, then wait a few months after 4000 series launch before you drop one onto your motherboard for AGESA to mature.
  2. It's a banana cat. What more do you need to know?
  3. https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/graphics-cards/rtx-2080-ti/
  4. With prices so jacked up on these cards the reference FE card is a pretty solid choice.
  5. What kinda specs are you looking? These days you can get a laptop with an i7 8750H and a 1060 for about $1k. You'll be spending similar money by the time you finish that build.
  6. I would recommend Creative X7 for an everything DAC: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/creative-sound-blaster-x7-detailed-review-impressions.756102/ They've been on sale for around $250 and I got mine barely used for $150. It's essentially an external version of their flagship ZxR sound card, with support for op-amp rolling. I use it to power my Beyerdynamic T1. It's a very transparent amp with its stock op-amps and comes alive musically when swapped for OPA827. For headphones, I would second the Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX for the range you're looking at. There's no ha
  7. Since your amp doesn't have a sub out, you'll have to run the speaker wires from your amp to the "speakers in" on your sub, then connect your speakers to the "speakers out". Basically a pass-through connection so your sub can capture the low frequencies.
  8. Single GPU when possible. SLI is more trouble then it's worth, plus you'll be spending a lot in watercooling when a single, more power GPU can do the job more efficiently both in power and cost.
  9. Apparently they can deny you warranty for running XMP. Even though Intel has to certify XMP profiles, they still consider them out of spec as the i9 7900X supports DDR4-2666 out of the box. This is a ploy to sell you their tuning plan which is essentially a warranty for overclocked chips: https://click.intel.com/tuningplan/ However, if you don't mention that you have overclocked, there's no way they can prove it. Start a new support ticket.
  10. I use Creative X7 as my DAC and headphone amp for my Beyer T1. Line out from the X7 goes to my Onkyo A-905FX2 speaker amp powering the Onkyo D-152E bookshelves.
  11. Not a problem at all. I have the Phenom M which is the same case but different exterior panels and it can fit tons of fans. I would actually recommend the Phenom over the Prodigy because it completely gets rid of the unnecessary 5.25" bay and has room for 120x20mm fans inside the top panel. The Q300L is a fantastic case as well but the Phenom M occupies a smaller space.
  12. I would say a mid range computer capable of replicating console quality, as long as it's playable. Whether or not you have fun is what you take away from the games, not the hardware, as long as the hardware isn't limiting the experience that the game developers want you to have. I have a 9900K and Titan Xp, but I still find myself enjoying Stardew Valley alongside other AAA titles on my rig. Super Mario Party on the Switch is probably the most fun I've had lately, and that thing has the power of some random off-brand tablets. Building a PC beyond what's needed is more about being a hardware en
  13. By loading do you mean installing or is it failing to boot after install?
  14. Pick the speed and timings and choose the one the costs less. If you're choosing between the two I'd go for the Corsair. It takes too much time and effort to overclock memory with no guarantee how high they'd go, especially in the mid range (around 2666-3200) where the small cost differences just don't warrant the trouble.
  15. Let's hope Gaben can make a better comeback than Soulja Boy. So far it seems like the next revolution will come from Kojima's Death Stranding.
  16. Not sure about euro prices, but a Lenovo 720S sells for about $800 here and seems to suit your needs. There are conflicting information on whether it's a x2 or x4, but I believe the 13" version uses x4 while 14" uses x2 from what I've read, although this article might prove interesting to you: https://www.notebookcheck.net/eGPU-Two-PCI-e-lanes-no-problem.266658.0.html I gave up on my quest for this mystical unicorn and just went with a MacBook Pro in 2017. Perhaps a used or refurbished 2016 or 2017 model would fit your budget. The Radeon Pro 560 in my 2017 15" is a little faster th
  17. I would look on local ads for vintage equipment. A pair of bookshelf speakers with a stereo amp would sound better than the usual 2.1 PC speakers for the price. Alternatively, if you can go a little higher, Klipsch Promedia 2.1 is still the king for around $100.
  18. A doctor once said we should have a heavy breakfast, and bacon has become a breakfast food since. The Verge was only credible until their PC build video. Prior credibility doesn't mean he's automatically correct on everything. There's nothing solid on the video. His "analysis" was based on visual information only. Simple as that. If anything, it's disappointing to see someone who writes articles for GN engage in this kind of practice. If you read the customer reviews on the Gigabyte Aorus M on retail channels, a lot of the buyers were actually very unhappy about how Gigabyte made
  19. That's why I said in my first sentence, depends on the exact applications. Also, my findings were based on a multitude of workstation applications, not just Solidworks. In case you misunderstood, Solidworks is just what I use my workstation for.
  20. Is there a specific ITX case you're sticking with or is that open for suggestions? PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel - Core i9-9980XE 3 GHz 18-Core Processor ($1999.00 @ B&H) CPU Cooler: Corsair - H100i v2 70.69 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($140.87 @ Amazon) Motherboard: ASRock - X299E-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA2066 Motherboard ($314.88 @ OutletPC) Memory: Corsair - Vengeance 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($359.99 @ Amazon) Memory: Corsair - Vengeance 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($359.99 @ Amazon) Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-
  21. I just watched it and it's hardly an expert opinion. He's determining if a board is garbage based on the visual layout of VRMs and the heatsinks. Lots of generalization and speculation on certain boards based on his knowledge on other, completely different boards spec-wise. There's zero testing involved and he based his analysis of all B450 products on stock pictures. He doesn't even know which VRM components the manufacturers used and resorted to counting the number of things he sees in the pictures. Anyone can do that. That's not an expert opinion. I'm not defending any manufactu
  22. Legend has it that this enables the secret eco mode of the 9900K.