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Chris Pratt

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About Chris Pratt

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  • Location
    Houston, TX, USA
  • Gender
    Male
  • Occupation
    Lead Application and Web Developer

System

  • CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
  • Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 Unify
  • RAM
    G.Skill Ripjaws 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 3600Mhz CL16
  • GPU
    ASUS GeForce RTX 3060 Ti TUF Gaming
  • Case
    Fractal Design Meshify C (white)
  • Storage
    500GB WD Black SN750 M.2 NVMe SSD
    2TB Crucial MX500 SATA SSD
  • PSU
    EVGA SuperNova 650 G+ 650W 80+ Gold
  • Display(s)
    MSI Optix MAG342CQR UWQHD 144hz
  • Cooling
    Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black
  • Keyboard
    Razer Ornata Chroma
  • Mouse
    CORSAIR IRONCLAW RGB Wireless
  • Sound
    Logitech MX Sound 2.0
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
  • Laptop
    Surface Laptop 3
  • Phone
    Google Pixel 4 XL
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  1. Actually, the SN750 is the better value. It beats the 970 Evo in most tests and is usually cheaper. There may be some confusion because the 970 Evo *Plus* is definitely a better drive than both.
  2. We can't just give you timings. It's going to be unique to each particular combination of CPU and mobo, and even things like PSU can make a difference. Even with the same exact CPU and mobo, differences in silicon quality can have an impact from one unit to the next. Each RAM kit will perform differently as well. You might be able to tighten the timings on one and not another. They're binned to perform as rated, but some may have just barely made the cut, and some may have had performance to spare. If you want to try to tighten the timings, you need to know what you're
  3. The Hyper 212 is not a "top-tier" cooler and never has been. It's just a decent option at a low price. The U12S is a very good cooler, depending on the CPU. You didn't specify what CPU you have though. The Redux version has exactly the same performance, FWIW, it's just noisier at the higher fan speeds.
  4. It won't necessarily look like crap, but it does question the purchase of a 4K blu-ray player. It's like playing lossless audio through Bluetooth earbuds. Sure, you can do it, but what's the point. I would say unless you have a display capable of actually showing 4K with HDR, just get a regular blu-ray player and regular blu-ray discs. It's much cheaper, and you're not going to notice any difference in quality.
  5. What's unethical is buying something you don't want and don't need just so you can mark it up and flip it for a profit (scalpers with their bots). There's nothing wrong with selling your used hardware at whatever the market is for it. However, like others have suggested, I'd keep it unless you absolutely need the cash. If god forbid anything should happen to the 3070 Ti you have now, whatever profit you made on the 5700 XT will quickly fade when you're trying to find something to get your PC back up and running in a panic.
  6. Capacity doesn't matter as long as you have enough. If you don't fully utilize 16GB, then having 32GB does absolutely nothing for you. That said, 3600MHz is better than 4400MHz here because of Ryzen's infinity fabric. It should run 1:1 with the RAM, and you're not getting the FCLK any higher than 1933MHz even with the most golden of golden 3600s. That means the absolute maximum RAM speed that would make sense is 3800MHz or 4000MHz downclocked slightly. There's no guarantee that you could run the FCLK over 1800MHz, though, which is why 3600MHz is the most commonly recommended speed
  7. A major reason is that air cooling actually outperforms water cooling in compact builds. You need a 280mm+ rad to outstrip what air cooling and clever heatsink design can accomplish.
  8. Not a fan of that look, but the people saying Windows is shit are just idiots. Is it perfect? Of course not, but name an OS that is (and I'll proceed to laugh at you). What it is though is a solid feature packed OS and frankly nothing comes close to touching it for desktop productivity or gaming (server/data center use is a different story). Even as a developer, I'd take Windows in a heartbeat over Linux or Mac OS X. With things like WSL2, it can do everything those can do and more.
  9. This biggest issues with the D15 are RAM clearance and case depth. It's both tall and occludes the first slot or two of RAM. You didn't specify the RAM, but it needs to be 32mm tall or less for the D15 to clear. RAM that height will be referred to as low profile, so look for that in the description. You can stretch that to 40mm if you raise the fan, but that adds to the overall cooler height. If you can just barely accommodate the D15 in your case stock, raising the fan is not an option. You can also just run it with one fan, and there's the D15S for that scenario, but you're then
  10. It's called a turn-based strategy game or more colloquially a "4X" game, which stands for explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate.
  11. If you're talking strictly about building a computer just for gaming, and you are literally not going to do anything else with it, then yeah, it doesn't make much sense at this point. That said, there's many games that are only available on PC or just work better on PC, so if you're playing something like that, you don't have much of a choice. This also only holds up when compared against the next gen consoles. With even the previous gen, PC gaming had a huge margin over what console could offer. That will eventually be the case again. Consoles are competitive because t
  12. If text clarity is your concern, I definitely wouldn't exceed 27” at 1440p. Anything bigger like 32" needs to be 4K or you'll still have issues.
  13. Because that's the base clock as set by the JEDEC standard. You need to enable XMP (if you can) to get the actual rated speed above that. Not all CPUs/boards let you do that (looking at you Intel), so it may not ultimately be possible to run at the rated speed.
  14. What? That's not even remotely how it works. RAM is generally binned, so if it can run at 3200MHz, it's sold as 3200MHz. It's sometimes possible to push the clockspeed higher, but nothing crazy. If you could take like 2400MHz and run it at 3200MHz, they would have sold it as 3200MHz, in the first place. There's no free lunch here. The base clock of the RAM is set by the JEDEC standard the CPU/chipset implement. That's most commonly 2666MHz. Anything over that is already an overclock, which is what XMP is for. RAM doesn't run a half speed without XMP enabled. It runs at
  15. Yes, total latency matters, but that is composed from the clock cycle time (clockspeed) and the clock latency. The total latency of 3600MHz CL18 is the same as than 3200MHz CL16, but you get better overall performance with 3600MHz, obviously because of the higher clockspeed. This is why I also said the better thing to get is 3600MHz CL16, which beats both, and doesn't really come at much if any additional cost.
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