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Chris Pratt

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    Houston, TX, USA
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    Lead Application and Web Developer


  • CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 5900X (4.6GHz all core, 5.1GHz single core)
  • Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 Unify
  • RAM
    G.Skill Ripjaws 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 3600Mhz CL16 (2Rx8)
  • GPU
    ASUS GeForce RTX 3060 Ti TUF Gaming
  • Case
    Corsair 4000D Airflow (white)
  • Storage
    500GB WD Black SN750 M.2 NVMe SSD
    2TB Crucial MX500 SATA SSD
  • PSU
    Corsair White RM850x 850W 80+ Gold
  • Display(s)
    MSI Optix MAG342CQR UWQHD 144hz
  • Cooling
    Artic Liquid Freezer II 280
  • Keyboard
    Corsair K100 RGB Wired Gaming Optical-Mechanical OPX Switch Keyboard
  • 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 it's not. Granted, any prebuilt has an inherently higher value with a dGPU, but a prebuilt should also be mostly charging you a reasonable price for the graphics card. There's about maybe $800 of hard value, there, which makes it a pretty bad deal overall. The killer though is the 2666MHz RAM. That's far too slow for Ryzen, even with the single CCD design of the 5600X.
  2. Theoretically, the idea is that foaming cleaners in general stay in contact with the surface longer, whereas pure liquid cleaners would just run off nearly immediately. However, in my experience, I've never found any cleaner that works well enough on its own (sans actual manual scrubbing) to properly clean anything. At that point, it's kind of inconsequential. I'd say, if it's a surface that's already mostly clean, like spraying down after a shower or something to keep it clean rather than getting it clean in the first place, there might be some merit in the foaming cleaners. Other
  3. 3200MHz CL16 has the same total latency as 3600MHz CL18, but you get more bandwidth and you can run a slightly higher FCLK with the latter, so it's essentially all win.
  4. Gamers Nexus? Steve is about as fair and balanced as you can get. He calls things as he sees them though, and doesn't hold back. I'm honestly not sure there's a tech YouTuber I trust more, though.
  5. Not sure what you're expecting or what your friends are telling you, but 40-50C at idle is expected. It's not LN2. Water can perform better than air, given a decent enough rad size, but you're not going to get freezing temps off it.
  6. Agreed. Bad VR is worse than no VR. I'd say the only real option is the Valve Index, and the Oculus Quest 2 comes into the mix simply because of value. Nothing else is really worth your time.
  7. I wouldn't go that far. I've used Mac OS, various flavors of Linux, and Windows, and yet to find anything where I can be more productive or experience less friction in doing the things I want to do than Windows. That is a personal thing, obviously, but I severely doubt I'm the only one, or even in the minority, that holds that view.
  8. I'm not so sure that will survive. Could be wrong, but seems like something Microsoft is going to end up backpedaling from like the online only requirement when the Xbox One debuted. Regardless, it shouldn't be overly problematic. If you're the type of person that's bothered by having to have an online account, you're also the type of person that should just be using the Pro version, anyways.
  9. Even easier way, at least up to Windows 10 (haven't tried on a fresh install of Windows 11 yet) is to just not connect Ethernet and/or skip connecting to WiFi. If it doesn't have an internet connection, it will give you the option to create a local account. Once setup is complete and you've fully booted into Windows, then you can connect to the internet.
  10. Please don't change the font colors. In dark mode, your post is completely unreadable.
  11. If anything the Series X controller seems to have even more issues over Bluetooth than the Xbox One controllers, or at least it did, the last time I tried. I got the wireless adapter, and never looked back. Performance is flawless with the adapter.
  12. That answered some things but there's still a ton of missing information here. If the particular game is CPU bound, the 2600 combined with somewhat slow 3000MHz RAM could be a factor. "650W gold" is almost entirely meaningless when it comes to a PSU. The efficiency rating, in particular, means exactly squat, but in general, certain brands and models have issues with things like ripple or transient loads that can directly impact system performance. Can't determine that, though, without knowing the make and model, of course.
  13. You can't look at clockspeed in isolation. First, clockspeed is not comparable between different platforms. For example, something like a 3600 is actually competitive with some Intel's CPUs that can hit 5GHz+ while itself maxing out at 4.2GHz. That's due to Ryzen having higher IPC and better prefetch/more cache than those Intel CPUs. Even comparing within the same platform, newer generations will perform better than previous generations at the same clock speed. Just look at 11th gen Intel. It outperforms 10th gen, even while being the same architecture and node, simply because it h
  14. FPS isn't some inherent metric of a particular GPU. It depends on a number of different factors, such as the particular game, resolution and quality settings, CPU, RAM, and even things like the PSU or driver/Windows versions can all result in different FPS from one system to another. You need to provide a lot more information about your rig and the game(s) you're playing before we can even attempt to help you.
  15. The Aurora line is a flaming dumpster fire. In your case, it's probably the thermals. The case doesn't have much airflow to begin with, and then they've plastered about 10 lbs of plastic ridiculousness around it. Stick a 11900KF and 3080 Ti in it and it probably thermal throttles at idle.