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Everything posted by trevb0t

  1. I get the feeling that the original post has been edited. Note that the 2500 budget is emboldened, which may indicate it was updated per suggestion.
  2. He's in Kuwait, so we can't necessarily compare to US prices. (Even though it's been presented in USD.) Were he in the US, I would agree!
  3. I would literally update the platform. Zen 2 or waiting a bit and getting Zen 3 is going to provide gains. I said nothing against this? I just pointed out that a 5 FPS drop isn't stutter. I'm a total build-aholic. I get wanting to upgrade even if it's not needed.
  4. 60 to 55 occasional isn't stutter, it's standard for FPS to fluctuate during operation, and 5 FPS is well within normal. It would be literally unnoticeable, especially on a standard 60hz monitor. If you are seeing actual stuttering lag, there area bunch of reasons that could be, and simple ways to diagnose. What do you have in mind for an upgrade budget?
  5. Fair. In which case (for the OP), a small form factor unit usually runs directly off of PCIe power. There are also adapters that can be used if there are available molex or SATA power cables useable. But of course there are plenty of good used PCs out there. I have a couple of HP Z420's in my basement waiting for a little lovin' and they have an extra 6 pin. So it's been a challenge finding a good price to performance GPU that is compatible.
  6. Assuming this is the model you're looking at, it does have 4 video outputs. 3 of them are displayport 1.4, so you'll either need compatible screen inputs or adapters. The 4th is HDMI which is pretty standard these days. So yeah, it should work for what you're describing.
  7. Great price. Grab it now! 1070Ti shouldn't be bottlenecked by a 1500x. It's a fine combo.
  8. UCW has an ever-revolving stock of used office PCs. They are all refurbished and include quite a bit! I recommend looking for the full sized desktops (so a GPU will fit without modding the case.) and at least an i5 processor. At time of posting, here is one you can use for reference! https://shopucw.com/collections/desktops/products/lenovo-thinkcentre-m83-i5-4570-w-bent-pci-door I believe Nerd On A Budget has a code that's still useable for $10 off, enter "NOAB" at checkout. Then troll the local market for a used GPU, and I would get an SSD boot drive. So
  9. You could explain that the 3600 is great for gaming AND streaming. That may not be a big want right now, but a lot of people tend to become interested over time.
  10. https://pcpartpicker.com/product/8HqBD3/amd-ryzen-5-1600-12nm-32-ghz-6-core-processor-yd1600bbafbox You should consider that 3600 though. Usually Microcenter gives a MOBO discount with a CPU purchase. You could come away with solid gear for a small amount more than you were initially thinking.
  11. PCPartPicker Part List Type Item Price CPU AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (12nm) 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor $104.99 @ Amazon Motherboard Gigabyte B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $72.99 @ Best Buy Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory $41.99 @ Newegg Storage TCSunBow X3 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $29.99 @ Ama
  12. They are just different brands. Either has high end and low end models. AOC trends a little cheaper, but at this price point I doubt you're looking at a significant difference in quality if the stats are similar.
  13. If you've got the budget, and it's not killing the other specs in comparisson, I'd certainly splurge on the IPS panel.
  14. Look at the trend from X470 vs B450. There are very few reasons to buy an X470 board, when a solid B450 can overclock the entire CPU lineup, supports SLI / Crossfire (don't do this anyway...), etc. There are AM4 units that always stand out for their value proposition, and they are: Pro 4 A-Pro Tomahawk They hold up. If you've got a budget to keep in mind, don't count on X570 price drops giving you that level of value with little extra functionality.
  15. Exactly my concerns. Thanks!
  16. Hey all! I'm building a general use PC for a family friend, and really I just want to get him decent gear at a low price. I follow hardware, and I like the R3 3100 for value, since it's currently cheaper than the 3200G, and it's got SMT. I obviously understand it's not an APU, so discrete graphics is needed. My question is this: I've got a couple of older Quadro 410 cards laying around that I would love to toss in for him if it's not going to cause performance loss. Is there any reason that general computing, netflix watching, etc would be hindered when usi
  17. If we are looking for something to pair with a GTX 970, the R3 3100 is just fine. It's got solid clocks and performance for cheap. You're pairing it with a 1080p med settings card. If your plan was to build a CPU/MOBO/RAM combo to last several years, and in a year or two put a better new GPU into it, I'd say definitely invest in the 3600.
  18. Yeah, that removes any use for it. The 3600 is far superior.
  19. You could consider the 1600 AF as well if it's a good price out there. It's cheap AF out here, easier to pair with MOBO BIOS, cheaper than the 3300X, neck and neck plus a few more cores/threads.
  20. Have you considered this kit? https://pcpartpicker.com/product/jBZzK8/gskill-ripjaws-v-16-gb-2-x-8-gb-ddr4-3600-memory-f4-3600c16d-16gvkc It's been floating around this price for months, so I'd say availability is good.
  21. As stated above it will be the nVidia RTX series cards. As for compatibility, you can pair any CPU with any GPU. There are things like bottlenecks that could be a problem with a weak CPU vs a super powerful GPU, but Zen 2 would pair with anything on the market currently.
  22. It's a method of rendering dynamic lighting and the way it effects the the materials it hits (and how it bounces and reflects to other units.) It's pretty physically accurate to the way real light works, and (when integrated correctly) it makes video games look a little extra awesome. It is particularly taxing calculation, since it is a point density system that then bounces to other objects, creating more and more point density sources. Either way it's a nifty tech that isn't heavily utilized right now, but will be nice to have in coming years. I see no reason to buy a 1080Ti if i
  23. Typically with used gear, it will take a big hit after the next generation drops, but then price degrades slowly for several years. The 1080Ti with its reputation is going to be a slow degrading unit. I've seen them as low as $350 just prior to the COVID related price hikes, but I wouldn't count on that as a standard. They are usually $425+. That said, the RTX 2070 Super performs about the same (plus Ray Tracing), and if it drops as I expect, it will be as good if not better a buy.
  24. nVidia's RTX 3000 series has been postponed as far as I know, but if factories can begin production again at any point we should have a new line of GPUs on the horizon (both from nVidia and AMD.) What that means is current gen prices will drop significantly in the used market. I'm personally holding off on a GPU upgrade, since the RTX 2070 Super is right where I'd like to be, and I'm anticipating a $200+ savings in the next year on those units pending RTX 3000 series launching.
  25. By December (hopefully) stock will have been mostly replenished. PSUs should go down substancially, B550 will be out and in full swing, and GPU prices may get interesting around then. I wouldn't plan too heavily now.