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I have a 2019 Razer Blade Stealth with a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 Ice Lake processor with a GTX 1650 Max - Q, it's a beast considering they shoved a GPU in here. However it is limited, I want more POWER. I can buy an eGPU enclosure along with a graphics card for about 500 - 800 USD or should I use that same money to just build a decent gaming rig? Thoughts?

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Just buy a new pc. You can get more performance at that price point. Using egpu will use(if the laptop supports it) the thunderbolt port. At that point it could be okay or slower depending on the type of thunderbolt port you have so going for a full rig is better.

Im with the mentaility of "IF IM NOT SURE IF ITS ENOUGH COOLING, GO OVERKILL"

 

CURRENT PC SPECS    

CPU             Ryzen 5 3600 (Formerly Ryzen 3 1200)

GPU             : ASUS RX 580 Dual OC (Formerly ASUS GTX 1060 but it got corroded for some odd reasons)

GPU COOOER      : ID Cooling Frostflow 120 VGA (Stock cooler overheats even when undervolted :()

MOBO            : MSI B350m Bazooka

MEMORY          Team Group Elite TUF DDR4 3600 Mhz CL 16
STORAGE         : Seagate Baracudda 1TB and Kingston SSD
PSU             : Thermaltake Lite power 550W (Gonna change soon as i dont trust this)
CASE            : Rakk Anyag Frost
CPU COOLER      : ID-Cooling SE 207
CASE FANS       : Mix of ID cooling fans, Corsair fans and Rakk Ounos (planned change to ID Cooling)
DISPLAY         : SpectrePro XTNS24 144hz Curved VA panel
MOUSE           : Logitech G603 Lightspeed
KEYBOARD        : Rakk Lam Ang

HEADSET         : Plantronics RIG 500HD

Kingston Hyper X Stinger

 

and a whole lot of LED everywhere(behind the monitor, behind the desk, behind the shelf of the PC mount and inside the case)

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IDK what Razer's implementation of Thunderbolt 3 is like, but going off Apple's: https://developer.apple.com/documentation/metal/gpu_selection_in_macos/understanding_gpu_bandwidth

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Thunderbolt 3 is 1/2 the bandwidth of PCIe 3.0 x8, or 1/4 that of x16. So basically on par with PCIe 3.0 x4. So any card that would get bottlenecked by PCIe 3.0 x4 will be choked by Thunderbolt too, any card under that bandwidth requirement will be fine. From other articles I've seen it looks to be an 8-20% performance hit on something like a 980 Ti or above (lowest at 4K, highest hit at 1080p). 

Intel HEDT and Server platform enthusiasts: Intel HEDT Xeon/i7 Megathread 

 

Main PC (jank until UPS sorts my claim for mobo damage in shipping) - i9 7980XE @per-core-OC 4.2-4.5GHz - EVGA CLC 280 w/2x Noctua Redux P14s - EVGA X299 Dark - 4x8GB 3200Mhz CL16 DDR4 - Nvidia 2060 Super FE w/GPU only 280mm loop - 1TB 970 Evo + 250GB 960 Evo + 1TB Crucial MX500 - EVGA 1600W T2 - Corsair 750D Airflow - Windows 11

 

Proxmox Rig - i7 6950X - Noctua NH-L12S - EVGA X99 Micro 2 - 4x4GB 2800MHz DDR4 - Radeon PRO WX2100 - 3x 2TB Seagate Barracuda + 1TB WD Blue + 1TB WD SE - EVGA 1000W G3 - Fractal Design Node 804 - Proxmox 7.2

 

Rest of the HEDT collection - Xeon X5675/EVGA X58 Classified 4-Way SLI - i7 4930K/EVGA X79 Dark - EVGA Super-Record 2 (not currently booting, need to sort that out eventually)

 

Daily Devices: 2015 15" MacBook Pro running macOS Monterey (Work Laptop) - iPhone 13 Pro Max - Apple Watch S3

 

Other Misc Devices: 2012 MacBook Pro 13" running Linux Mint - Mac Pro 1,1 (2x dual cores as I haven't swapped the quads in yet, 32GB DDR2 and a 512MB HD4870) running El Cap/Lion/sometimes other Mac OS X versions - iPod Video (5th gen)

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Having 2 different systems is always an advantage imo. If I were you, I would build a system with ryzen 5 3600 + 1660super and have much more performance, and it is less than $800. If you can find any 3300x on market get it and try squeezing in RTX 2060 in this system:

 

CPU: Ryzen 5 5600X - GPU: EVGA RTX 3070 XC3 ULTRA - Motherboard: ASUS ROG STRIX B550-I - Ram: Corsair Vengance LPX 16GB @3200Mhz - CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L12S - PSU: Corsair SF600 Platinum - SSDs: WD Black SN750 500GB w/ EKWB Heatsink - Case: FormD T1

Laptop: 2020 M1 Macbook Air 8/256

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47 minutes ago, Descorator said:

Having 2 different systems is always an advantage imo. If I were you, I would build a system with ryzen 5 3600 + 1660super and have much more performance, and it is less than $800. If you can find any 3300x on market get it and try squeezing in RTX 2060 in this system:

 

If you go used on the GPU you could probably get a Vega 56 or 64 in there. Would also wait and get a B550 board if you want to do any upgrading. 

Dirty Windows Peasants :P ?

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Thanks everyone y'all make good points about building a rig, if the economy picks back up again I'm going to build a rig for sure!

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