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Comment reply on Forum Topic "Black Cooler"

  • 2 hours ago
  • 1 point

I'd be looking at the beQuiet Dark Rock Slim.

The usual suspect are Scythe Mugen 5 and Thermalright Macho, but I don't know whether either are black, and they are hard to source at the moment anyway.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Tomahawk Max Causing System Crash/Restart. Looking for Alternative"

  • 2 hours ago
  • 1 point

You've returned the Tomahawk? Then sure, try the Tuf X570, but I'm not entirely convinced it will fix your issues. One can hope, I suppose.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Amazon Snipe: Good Buy or Keep Looking?"

  • 3 hours ago
  • 1 point

So, $15 extra? I'd get the Corsair unless there are delivery date issues.

Bottom line is that I'd get the one that you can have delivered first, and if delivery time is reasonably similar, I'd get the Corsair given those prices.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Adding Different Memory (Latency)"

  • 6 hours ago
  • 1 point

What's the CPU? Going from 2 sticks to 4 will often annoy Ryzen 1st or 2nd gen CPU's. What's the motherboard?

At best, all the memory will likely run at the speed of the slowest. Since we're only talking about a nanosecond or so, it's not going to make a big difference in most cases, maybe a percentage point. At worst it won't work at all, but that is very unlikely. Intel CPU's are least likely to be upset by a mis-matched, 4 stick configuration; Ryzen 1st gen is most likely to have problems.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help with storage would be much appreciated!"

  • 6 hours ago
  • 1 point

Yes, move the OS and anything you use a lot to the SSD, and leave the hard drive for things that you don't use as often.

SSD's are so much faster than hard drives for most use cases that the difference between a "fast" and "slow" SSD is very nearly irrelevant, so I wouldn't worry too much about that.

Your DDR4-2133 memory is a bit slow but it's probably only making a small difference, and I wouldn't rush to spend money on faster RAM. You might even be able to push the RAM speed a little bit; try clocking it at 2400 MT/s in your BIOS and see if it's stable. You have an overclock-able CPU and motherboard, so you might be better off with a good CPU cooler (what do you use now?) and pushing the CPU clocks a bit. Your GPU is decent, a rough current equivalent would be a GTX 1660 which is a good 1080p gaming GPU.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Seagate IronWolf 4TB"

  • 6 hours ago
  • 1 point

Most games don't reference storage once they are launched. The exceptions would typically be open world type games with storage-based scene changes.

Using SSD as a hard drive cache has its place, but my guess is that for gaming it won't make much improvement. The cache only helps data that is referenced repeatedly and that's not typically the case for game data. You would likely be better off to put those games that do reference storage on the SSD, and the load-and-go style games on the hard drive.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "A very strange question"

  • 13 hours ago
  • 2 points

No, I think you misunderstand. If the hardware CPU is dual channel, and you have memory installed appropriately in both channels, everything running on the CPU runs dual channel memory. It doesn't matter whether it's a game, a web browser, a DBMS, or a virtual machine. VM's are just another sort of program running on the hardware.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "new psu for high end gpu"

  • 15 hours ago
  • 3 points

We don't know anything now. Lots of speculation that's worth pretty much nothing until real benchmarks and reviews come out. History is on nvidia's side but who knows.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Amazon Snipe: Good Buy or Keep Looking?"

  • 15 hours ago
  • 1 point

I personally don't think it's worth the $35 unless it's guaranteed ship-now. The RMx is a better PSU according to the measurements but the Focus/Antec is already plenty good enough.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How Do I Structure My Storage?"

  • 15 hours ago
  • 1 point

I'd go for door #2, the 2 TB SSD. I don't see any point in adding a second hard drive unless you need more bulk storage, and then there's no real benefit to a mere 2TB HDD, you might as well get a big one.

I don't think you will see enough benefit from PCIe 4.0 to offset the more limited fast (SSD) space. If you are 100% certain that all your active work will always fit in 1 TB, then that might change the answer, but then I'd simply get the PCIe 4.0 1TB unit and skip the add-on hard drive.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "A very strange question"

  • 16 hours ago
  • 2 points

The memory controller is tied to the hardware CPU's, not the virtual machine CPU's. The VM's just see memory, not specific slots or sticks.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "B450 or B550?"

  • 16 hours ago
  • 1 point

There's essentially no performance difference between B450 and B550, real world, unless you're doing very heavy duty content creation or other I/O intensive stuff. The main attractions of the B550 are Ryzen 4000 support and more I/O expansion capability.

A B450m might not have quite the power delivery and VRM cooling of the better full-ATX B450's but for most purposes it's a non issue.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Looking for a new cpu cooler"

  • 16 hours ago
  • 2 points

I'm surprised that you'd have a problem with that cooler.

With current prices all over the place, the best I can find at the moment would probably be the FSP Windale 6. There's also the beQuiet Dark Rock Slim.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PSU help"

  • 16 hours ago
  • 1 point

You mean the B550's? Announcements mid-June and availability in the following weeks, is what I heard. A few B550's are already listed on manufacturers' web sites.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PSU help"

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

The 3600 is faster, but it's usually not make-or-break. I wouldn't stress over it. Maybe just keep an eye out for a great sale or maybe a used CPU popping up locally.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PSU help"

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

550w will definitely be enough then.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Video card not responding (MiniITX)"

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

Monitor is plugged into the GPU, right? Definitely could be the video card; has this setup ever worked? Try one ram stick at a time in each ram slot in case you have bad memory or a bad slot.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I'm Gearing Up To Build My First Ever Gaming Computer. Do You Have Any Tips For Me?"

  • 1 day ago
  • 2 points

AMD motherboards usually want A1 B1, i.e. second and fourth slots counting from the CPU. Don't know about intel.

Check your mobo manual to be sure.

It might help to install the PSU in the case, and then lay the bare motherboard loosely in place so that you can get an idea of where cables have to go. It will also give you a clue as to what cables might be a pain to deal with once the CPU cooler is installed if you're using a larger air cooler.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard Question"

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

Just a caution, the Pro4-F only has two chassis fan headers and one is only 3-pin. The regular Pro4 has 4 headers (including the pump/fan header) and as HereIAm says they are all PWM.

Make sure you get the Pro4 and not the -F.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fan Pulsing"

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

Can't help you with the fan lighting. As for the CPU cooler, it's sort of up to you; the stock cooler is fairly marginal but it does work. A better cooler would be quieter and run the CPU probably 5-10C cooler, which may or may not have any effect on performance; in theory, you'll get higher boost clocks for longer, but whether you'd actually notice is hard to say.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PSU help"

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

It's sufficient in general, although it would be useful to see the whole parts list just to make sure.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Cheapest PC build better than my old MacBook"

  • 1 day ago
  • 3 points

Something like this:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon 3000G 3.5 GHz Dual-Core Processor $58.83 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $78.09 @ Best Buy
Memory Team T-FORCE VULCAN TUF Gaming Allian 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory $67.39 @ Newegg
Storage TCSunBow X3 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $56.69 @ Amazon
Case Thermaltake Versa H17 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $48.13 @ Best Buy
Power Supply EVGA BR 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $65.89 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $375.02
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-04 20:08 EDT-0400

For another $50 or so you can switch the CPU to a 3200G and get a nice boost in both CPU (2 more cores) and graphics performance.

OS, monitor, keyboard, mouse all extra.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First build, over budget, need help before I live in a box"

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

Google for "AMD freesync monitor list" or something similar and you should find a list of Freesync monitors and whether they do Freesync over Displayport. Most do, but that's one place to look to make sure.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First build, need some guidens."

  • 2 days ago
  • 2 points

If you have programs and os on same m.2 Will it be slower?

It shouldn't be. Once Windows is loaded, I/O requests are not all that great; you get some I/O from the services but for an SSD it's no big deal. (Unlike a hard drive where seek time is a large component of total time.)

I would plan for convenience rather than performance, as a general rule when dealing with SSD.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Are All Good PSU Overpriced Now?"

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

Is overpaying for a quality PSU just a necessary evil of building during the pandemic shortages

IMO, yes.

or do I have better options

Not really, unless you manage to get lucky finding a good used unit on ebay or local sales sites (craigslist etc).

If I might suggest, though, pay what you need to pay, or wait. Then move on and don't think about it. I massively overpaid for the RAM and SSD in my software development build, thanks to conditions at the time, but basically it doesn't matter because I wanted / needed the machine and it has paid the bills by being rock solid and functional. If you want or need a computer now, pay up; if you don't, wait.

(and since I'm feeling mildly grumpy this evening, I'll add what I told all my kids for years when they whinged about stuff: life sucks and then you die. Deal with it. LOL)

Comment reply on pyraxle's Completed Build: Budget Athlon 3000G with RX580 GPU Build!

  • 2 days ago
  • 2 points

Unconventional CPU choice but if it works, it works!

Comment reply on derekgould's Completed Build: Stimulus Build with Ongoing Overseas Shipping Problems

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

Looks like you had some adventures along the way, but I like what you ended up with! In a perfect world I'd whinge about the power supply, but it will do the job and we aren't in a perfect world at the moment, surprise. And anyway, if you find yourself with an extra $30-40, I'd probably replace the CPU cooler before I fussed over the PSU. Or better yet, save it for the GPU; the 1060 is still a perfectly competent 1080p unit of course.

Nice looking build. Oh, and you're welcome. :-)

Comment reply on mhbeergeek's Completed Build: Ryzen 5 3600 MSI x570 Gaming Edge 16GB < $1,200

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

Nice. Have you enabled XMP for the memory?

I thought the case was an NZXT at first. Will have to take a look at the Thermaltake Core series.

Comment reply on situpstraight's Completed Build: 2020 Stimulus PC Build

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

I like the comparison photo.

We had a Core 2 Duo system until fairly recently (2009 iMac) and the jump to a modern CPU and GPU is just huge. Of course the fact that the old Core systems lasted so long is a testament to how good those CPU's were compared to their predecessors.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I am debating between a these SSD"

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

What's the computer for? Unless you are doing pro workstation stuff, I'd advise getting the cheaper unit, whichever it is (probably the HP). The SN550 or A80 are very good options as well. Most NVMe SSD's will perform about the same in the real world doing most things; paper numbers like sequential read transfer rates often don't actually matter.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Are Lc Power Cases any good?"

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

I don't see a TD500L in pcpartpicker's list. Maybe Fractal Design Focus G, or one of the Thermaltake Versa series (H22, for instance)? or Cougar MX330-G? Is your motherboard mATX or full ATX?

NZXT H510 is very popular although it doesn't appeal to me personally.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Cooler Master TD500 Mesh airflow and noise?"

  • 2 days ago
  • 2 points

I'd definitely consider a Define case. You can open the front door for more airflow while gaming, and close it to maximize noise damping when you're recording.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Are Lc Power Cases any good?"

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

It depends on whether you're after a particular look? What's the rest of the build?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Looking for a cheaper case of the same size"

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

Fractal Design Focus G Mini if you don't mind acrylic side window, maybe Cooler Master NR400 w/o ODD if you want tempered glass. The FD Define Mini C might be an option as well.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Memory confusion"

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

It's about a nanosecond difference, roughly 10% better CAS latency, and unless you are into benchmark numbers you'd be hard pressed to notice in real life. I'd imagine that the overall system improvement would be a small fraction of a percent. Definitely not worth the money IMO.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Budget Cooler for Ryzen 5 3600"

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

How about the Cryorig M9a - a bit overpriced at the moment but everything is.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Desperately in need of help"

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

Remarkable. I'm glad you got it sorted.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on the HK situation?"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

I can see that this is pointless. I will simply refer you to my earlier posts.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Bottleneck Question"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

It will be fine unless you are doing a bunch of graphics heavy stuff. If all you need out of the video card is a desktop, the GT 710 will do that easily. I have at least 3 of them running on the backroom cluster.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "George Floyd protests"

  • 3 days ago
  • 0 points

"Antifa" is not an organization. If it's anything at all it's a slogan. I find it rather bizarre that someone would attempt to treat antifa as if it were a thing.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which motherboard should I use?"

  • 3 days ago
  • 2 points

A couple of the MSI B450 boards support upgrading the BIOS without any CPU installed. I'm certain the Gaming Pro Carbon is one of them.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PCIE4: Speed vs. Size"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

I'd get the 2 TB. You'll notice the lack of space long before you notice the speed improvement.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on the HK situation?"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Source? because the indexes I consulted such as the Human Freedom Index don't agree with you.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on the HK situation?"

  • 3 days ago
  • 0 points

Sure I do. So what? I never said that China was free of human rights violations. My original statement was that I felt "wretched and evil" referring to China's current government was an overstatement, and I stand by that. The US is hardly free of human rights violations either.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is this setup good enough to get started?"

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

Could be worse, but systems like that should go for $200-300 IMO. The CPU is elderly, 8GB RAM is marginal, and the storage is worse than marginal. The best part of the deal is the GPU, I think, and it's not enough to make up for the rest.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need Recommendations for a Air Cooler for 10700k"

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

Made me look, darn you! :-)

Zalman CNPS20X. Steve and co over at gamersnexus did their usual excellent job of digging past the hype and decided it was a match for many other top of the line air coolers, if nothing earthbreaking.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "George Floyd protests"

  • 4 days ago
  • 2 points

Justice Dept is tied to the current administration. That ought to be enough but apparently not. I'm thinking along the lines of an independent body like a quasi-standards body.

Reporting abuse is fundamentally reactive. I'm hoping for something more proactive.

Not going to pretend that there's a simple answer here though.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Cooler Master TD500 Mesh airflow and noise?"

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

Generally speaking, you can have a quiet case or you can have airflow but not both. What's the rest of the build like? Fractal Design Define cases have a fairly reasonable airflow vs noise compromise, and if you want to err a bit more on the side of quiet, there are the beQuiet cases. I'm not familiar with the TD500, would have to research it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Are Lc Power Cases any good?"

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

It apparently comes with 3 front 120mm fans but it sure beats me as to where the fans might draw incoming air from. The gallery photos aren't any help. Barring more information, I'd walk away.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need Recommendations for a Air Cooler for 10700k"

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

In addition to all the other good ideas, I'll add the Deepcool Assassin III, and there's a relatively new Zalman out that seems reasonably competent despite bizarre marketing claims -- unfortunately I don't have the part number at hand.

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