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Comment reply on Forum Topic "G-Sync and FreeSync Monitor Question"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Note that you can use either brand on any given monitor.

An AMD card will work fine on a Gsync monitor, you just won't be able to use the Gsync function.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Hot(ish) CPU"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely reinstall the cooler, and apply new thermal paste. If your friend pulled the cooler off of his system, the paste still sticking to the cooler will be insufficient.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Replacing PC case"

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

there are 2 front fans, 1 bottom fan(that will be intake fans), 2 top fans and 1 rear fan(that will be exhaust fans), which feels like the optimal airflow to me, can also try 4 intake and 2 exhaust.

You do not need six fans to cool your system inside that case. The two fans the case comes with will most likely be sufficient. If not, you'll only need to add one case fan, tops.

What do you guys think? It that case ok? Any other recommendations?

It's not a terribly bad case. But it's an old design; you can get a newer case that costs less and/or has better features.

I'd recommend the Fractal Design Focus G

It has a 5.25" external drive slot, good airflow, and comes with two fans.

Other options that meet your criteria:

Fractal Design Core 1100

Cooler Master MasterBox E300L

The cases I listed above are all mATX mini towers. Is there any particular reason you chose an ATX mid tower (Spec-03)? Your motherboard is mATX, so you only have to check your graphics card length to make sure it fits in an mATX case.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is the DanCase A4 really all that?"

  • 8 months ago
  • 4 points

It's subjective. For some, building the most compact possible custom gaming PC while maintaining performance in a very distinctly styled case is completely worth $200.

If you aren't sure if you're one of those people, buy a (relatively) cheap ITX case like the SG13, CM Elite 130, or Fractal Core 500 to build a system in first. If you really like the smaller form factor, but want better aesthetics, make back the $35-50 (if you're in the US), and buy the A4.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best GPU Brand?"

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

There is no such thing.

Different brands bring different things to the table, and you should never put too much trust in any one brand.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How long til gtx 1060 is gtx 1050?"

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

If you don't play any new games from this point on, then never.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Heard about GPU and Motherboard voltage incompability..."

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

The PCIe interfaces on modern motherboards are completely standardized.

That board is very new and has a perfectly fine PCIe 3.0 x16 slot. You have very little to worry about when plugging that card into it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "4K, 60fps Gaming + Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD PC GPU Recommendations"

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

GeForce cards are as good if not better than Quadros for Revit. Revit doesn't benefit from double-precision, which is the main reason to get a Quadro card.

A Titan V is more powerful than a 1080 Ti, but at an increased cost.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Front and side panel glass case"

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thermaltake Core P90

Might not be what you're looking for, but it does technically meet your specifications.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "would this cooler work with an RX 460 xfx single fan"

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

1) Ask Arctic Customer support, they're your best bet for a definive answer.

2) Why are you trying to install a $50 aftermarket cooler onto a card worth $100?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Upgrade to ryzen from haswell?"

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

My main question is, even if I lose some single core performance, would the 6 cores and DDR4 seem snappier in general OS and web browsing?

Not by a meaningful margin.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Why do people buy crazy-expensive graphics cards anyway?"

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

1) If you can run all of your games at max settings on your monitor with a 1050 Ti, that's great. But there are games other people play where that doesn't happen.

2) It isn't necessary to play most games, but it's nice to have.

3) There are things you can do with a computer besides gaming where expensive and/or multiple graphics cards are necessary.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Defect"

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPP doesn't support image in posts.

You have to upload them to an image hosting site and then link it here.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "CPU Intensive Graphics"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Open-world games tend to tax CPUs more than other genres. They usually involve lots of non-graphical calculations: AI, physics, world persistence, etc.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "gtx 1080ti SHAKING MY DESK"

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Sounds like a damaged/defective fan. You can try replacing the fan or shroud entirely.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best 1080ti deal right now?"

  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

Listen to Radox-0.

Don't base hardware choices on brand name only. You're only hurting yourself when you do that.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Cheap graphics card"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hold on. LEDMOMO isn't an Nvidia board partner, either.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How wide is ddr3?"

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

It's the same exact width as the memory slots on your motherboard.

If the case can fit your motherboard, it can fit your memory.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "NEW MONITORS COMING OUT LETS GOOOOOO"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

whose ready for 4k gsync 144hz HDRRRR10???????

GPUs aren't.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What is the difference?"

  • 12 months ago
  • 4 points

The Aorus has a slightly better cooler and pretty lights.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Will 2.5 Slot GPU fit into 2 Slots?"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

A 2.5 slot card will only take up 2 expansion slots, but you'll need vertical clearance below the card. So if those two slots are already against the bottom of the case or you're putting something into the next slot down, a 2.5 slot card won't fit.

The H200i has a little clearance below the expansion slots. You can try calling NZXT customer support and asking if that card will fit in the case and if there's enough room between it and the PSU shroud.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "RAM Price Fluctuation"

  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

GN reported that significant drops in memory pricing will most likely not be coming this year.

We also mentioned to our sources that some analysts had projected memory prices as returning to normal come the end of 2018, to which our contacts laughed and noted, “yeah right, not any time soon.”

The suit against the big three manufacturers is still in its preliminary stages. Even assuming it will be successful, we won't see any results from it for awhile.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on the Corsair Obsidian 1000D?"

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

If I were building a 2-in-1 system I'd prefer the Phanteks Enthoo Elite.

But the 1000D is much, much less expensive.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Selling MSI GTX 1060 6 GB"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Sales offers should be posted on the designated forum.

https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/forum/16-for-sale-or-trade/

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Cases Like the s340 Elite, BUT With Airflow"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Fractal Design Meshify C

Silverstone RL06

Thermaltake Core G21 (Make sure to remove one or both of the dust filters)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Cryorig R1 dropping to 0 RPM"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

You'll have to disconnect the fans from the motherboard. You need to troubleshoot the front fan, the splitter and the fan header on the motherboard.

Try plugging the front fan directly into the fan header (don't use the splitter) and see if it works. If it does, then the splitter is probably the issue.

If plugging the front fan into the fan header doesn't work, try plugging the rear fan into the fan header. If it works, then the front fan is probably the issue.

If plugging the rear fan into the fan header doesn't work, then the issue may be the fan header itself.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How hot will this CPU get in this ITX system?"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Which Quadro would you be getting, exactly? The high-end ones can pull over 200W; those won't react well to being under load inside a Node 202.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "AMD EPYC 7281"

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm assuming they updated their policy at some point.

It makes sense, the average PCPP user displays little to no interest in enterprise-level server hardware. The site is obviously geared towards PC users and builders in the casual, hobbyist, and enthusiast spaces to discuss those levels of hardware in their free time.

Once you get to Epycs and high-end Xeons, you're approaching professional consultation and technical support levels. PCPP isn't about those things.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "AMD EPYC 7281"

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

The site operators have stated they do not intend to add Epyc processors to the database as they are outside of the scope of the site.

https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/258890-addition-amd-epyc-7000-series-server-cpus

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How hot will this CPU get in this ITX system?"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Scythe states the Big Shuriken 2 Rev. B is designed to handle up to 125W processors at stock voltages. The 7820X has a 140W TDP.

It's slightly outside of the Shuriken's specs, but if you're feeling lucky in the silicon lottery you might be able to pull it off at with a slight undervolt at stock frequencies.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I want to switch from Intel to AMD.."

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

If you have enough for a 2700X and a good AM4 motherboard, a much more worthwhile upgrade would be putting the money towards a 1080 Ti then selling your 980 Ti to cover the difference.

You may not like Intel, but as long as you have the processor you may as well use it. Just use AMD for your next build; Ryzen 3/Zen 2 will probably be out by the time it comes to upgrade from a 4790K for 60Hz gaming.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1080 ti prices"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hopefully.

But there's the chance manufacturers hike up their prices to cash in on the current state of the market.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1080 ti prices"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably because they stopped receiving new 1080 Tis to sell. Manufacturers stopped production and retailers stopped orders in anticipation of the release of next generation graphics cards.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Do most cases take a long time to come in?"

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

It varies depending on the seller, delivery method, and your location.

Newegg is generally pretty good at keeping to their word, at least in my experience. I buy from them frequently and only use their 4-7 day shipping option, and deliveries always come in less than 7 days.

If the seller is someone other than Newegg, then it can be extremely variable. Some sellers ship directly from Asia, which will result in very long delivery times if you're in the US.

It's the same general situation if you use Amazon, too.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Do I wait for volta?"

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

Nvidia has been gradually raising MSRP of their cards over time. Given the current market, I wouldn't be surprised if they took advantage and made a more drastic price hike for the next generation of cards.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "AIO Quadro Cooler Mod?"

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Very possible, you just have to do a lot of cutting. I'm pretty sure you can just remove the heat sink from the shroud entirely, so you don't have to cut through the fins.

Unless you want them to stay and have the tubes route through them, in which case you're in for a bit work.

You'll also have to adapt the mounting holes on the shroud, as the 980 Ti PCB has them in different spots.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Please recommend Mini-ITX case"

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Why is that, is it because of the distribution?

The more surface area a CPU cooler has, the more it can cool. Surface area is directly related to volume, which is directly related to dimensions. There are already width and depth limitations on CPU coolers for clearing RAM and add-in cards, so the only direction left to expand is in height. Height clearance ends up being cut when trying to minimize case size at the extreme SFF level: it's why the smallest cases - ML05, ML08, Node 202, etc. - are all very flat.

So you either have to scale back your performance targets to fit within the TDP of SFF coolers, or switch to using larger cases to accommodate better-performing ones. Though there are larger ITX cases that are still relatively compact (Cooler Master Elite 110, Elite 130, Fractal Design Core 500, Silverstone SG13).

I thought the extra space for the missing graphics card will be useless but maybe it will actually help with cooling down the CPU?

Out of the box, no. Utilizing that space for CPU cooling would take modification of the case on your part.

I think it will be easier if I go AMD in that case.

The choice between the Intel and AMD depends on what specific types of performance benefit your particular applications. If your programs benefit from IPC and individual core performance, then you probably want Intel. If your programs are heavily reliant on multi-core performance then you probably want AMD. Certain programs can go even further and have preferences on an architectural level, so do research into what your applications get the most out of when it comes to hardware.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Please recommend Mini-ITX case"

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

If you're going sub-ML08 form factor then there's a limit on how powerful your system can be. You'll be using something like an ML05, which will limit CPU cooler options and in turn prevent you from using high core count CPUs (such as the 8700K) at high frequencies.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Zen+ Overclocking Ability?"

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you say that makes the X models better suited for SFF builds, as higher voltage/thermal efficiency might allow you to get away with compact cooling solutions?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "So optical drives are a thing of the past?"

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, 5.25" drive bays are largely obsolete as far as home PCs are concerned.

Compact discs have been superseded by flash drives and high-speed internet connections, and most other 5.25" devices now have USB alternatives.

There are only niche applications left for 5.25" bays, like hot swap storage cages.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "GTX Trade for Vega"

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to hear after the last roadmap and all the PR silence.

I hope AMD learns to balance their successes; I don't want their GPU division to get back on its feet only for the CPU side to fall down.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Building with rackmount chassis"

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

You can use the custom part function. It's at the bottom of the list on the part list page.

Or you can add the individual parts normally and zero out their prices.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "GTX Trade for Vega"

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Well that's very good news for gamers. Where'd you hear it?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ryzen 2 is out!"

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Performance is nothing home to write home about. Ryzen seems to be in the same place as pre-Coffee Lake Intel generations: the new generation is technically an improvement, but not worth buying if you already have the previous generation.

However, this launch appears to be going infinitely smoother than the original Ryzen launch, which is nice to see.

Now I'm just hoping for better mITX support from motherboard manufacturers.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "GPU Comments"

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends on exactly what you mean by "light CAD graphics", but you'll probably want some kind of dedicated graphics chip.

The 8400 will be the better choice of CPU, especially if you need to use it for rendering.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What should I ask for a used 970"

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, I know about that. I'm referring to the rest of V1Tech's designs.

I also kind of wish they'd do more unique, abstract designs. I'd like some non-branded options.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What should I ask for a used 970"

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

The products are cool, but I've always been curious about V1Tech's licensing situation...

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What should I ask for a used 970"

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're willing to spend the difference between your 970 sale and a 1060 purchase just for aesthetics, then go for it.

But I'm with Chillsabre, if you're going through the effort of getting a new card, you may as well spend a bit more and get a meaningful upgrade. Otherwise just hold on to what you have.

If you don't like how your 970 looks, you can always pop the cooler off and paint the non-moving parts, and/or get an aftermarket backplate.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Portable Case"

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Get an ITX case if you want maximum portability. As others have stated, you could lug around an ATX full tower if you have to, but you'd be making things harder for yourself. Just make sure to check for compatibility with the rest of your build, as small cases will limit part selection.

I recommend one of these: they're all very compact and relatively inexpensive. You can try waiting a bit for mail-in rebates to pop up, which often drive prices down below the $40 mark.

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