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mayatola's Completed Build: Thanks Honey! I only went 80% over budget!

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 2 points 17 days ago

Nice build. I have the same GPU/Monitor specs as you. epic, isn't it.

I have Corsair LL fans and TBH they aren't worth the money. They make me giggle, but not £100 worth of giggle.

mayatola's Completed Build: Thanks Honey! I only went 80% over budget!

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 2 points 17 days ago

I fit in a couple of hours a night 8pm-10pm 3 nights a week, and maybe a couple of hours at the weekend. I'm currently splitting it between practicing the Nurburgring on Project cars 2 for an upcoming trip there and Rise of the tomb raider. I pick one game and stick to it, but I don't have time for completionism any more.

Time gets more valuable, so I enjoy short bursts of high quality games. I also play stuff like Kerbal Space Programme or Rimworld on one half of my ultrawide, whilst I get on with boring life admin or internet on the other half.

dirty54's Completed Build: MultiMonitorMachine

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 1 point 17 days ago

Good selection of kit!

Front end of the case looks a bit empty.

Dacmyth's Completed Build: "Team (Blood)Red-Black" Ryzen/Vega Freesync2 gamer

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 2 points 19 days ago

Your 'custome build' isn't that grea,t a few issues, but there's not a lot wrong with your 'My first ever build'.

I'd just make the following changes:

1) Delete the air cooler, use the ryzen supplied one.

2) Swap the PSU to the Corsair TXM 550W, which is better and cheaper.

3) use that money to upgrade the GPU from the Asus dual RX 580 4Gb to the XFX XXX OC RX 580 8Gb. I've owned both cards and the XFX is a TONNE nicer.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor £142.98 @ Aria PC
Motherboard Gigabyte - B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard £64.94 @ AWD-IT
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory £79.98 @ Aria PC
Storage Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive £62.04 @ Amazon UK
Video Card XFX - Radeon RX 580 8 GB GTS Black Edition OC+ Video Card £184.99 @ Box Limited
Case Cooler Master - MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case £39.98 @ Novatech
Power Supply Corsair - TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply £64.99 @ Amazon UK
Monitor LG - 24MP59G-P 23.8" 1920x1080 75 Hz Monitor £119.99 @ Scan.co.uk
Keyboard AZIO - L70 Wired Gaming Keyboard £31.62 @ Amazon UK
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £791.51
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-01 22:52 BST+0100

Dacmyth's Completed Build: "Team (Blood)Red-Black" Ryzen/Vega Freesync2 gamer

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 1 point 19 days ago

He hasn't underclocked it. He's under volted it. The Vega's are a bit peculiar, they run too high core voltage as stock, so they thermally throttle early. If you restrict the core voltage, and up the power limit in wattman, (takes 5 minutes), the car will self boost due to lower thermals, and effectively self overclock.

My Msi Air boost vega 56 runs 10C cooler and 10% faster after this minor tweak. Timespy went from 5900 to 6600 with that tweak alone.

Dacmyth's Completed Build: "Team (Blood)Red-Black" Ryzen/Vega Freesync2 gamer

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 1 point 19 days ago

Which one? Your 'first build' or your 'custom' build'.

boots27's Completed Build: Antiquorum

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

1 for the write up. A used GTX 970 or even one of the £150 Radeon RX 580 4Gb would be a great addition to this.

DDK42's Completed Build: Q300L Value PC

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Great build. I love GTX 970's especially the EVGA ones. I had a FTW+, it was great.

You'll get a big performance boost from another stick of ram.

DiverFictionB's Completed Build: I'm having problem that "Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO" sticking out of the case

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Take the cooler back, it's not that great anyway.

This Cryorig one is much shorter, but measure your height and se eif it'll fit: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/TnJtt6/cryorig-m9-plus-484-cfm-cpu-cooler-m9-plus

If not, get a 'downdraft' cooler instead.

in the meantime you can just use the PC with the side panel off.

The other alternative is to get a better case!

phogel1's Completed Build: Micro ITX Emulation PC

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Why? We're nearing the end of the era of the HDD. Once you've gone full SSD, you never go back.

junkyardjameson's Completed Build: Old Yeller, Super Budget 144hz 1080p Gaming Build.

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Doesn't look to junky to me, looks great!

OolonCaluphid's Completed Build: Black & White: An awesome all-rounder

OolonCaluphid submitter 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I don't know anything about the Razer peripherals, sorry!

FrontSight9's Completed Build: First PC Build in 13 Years - i7+2080

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I see you're a fan of fans!

SigmaEagle's Completed Build: First Time Build: AMD

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Great build!

I have to go into Ryzen Master and set it do 3.4 manually every time I turn it back on as I'm running the stock cooler and I don't want to venture into OC on my first build anyways.

Don't worry about this. It's just the CPU self boosting - it's quite safe. Leave it alone!

OolonCaluphid's Completed Build: Black & White: An awesome all-rounder

OolonCaluphid submitter 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

The corsair hs60? Yes, they're very good in my opinion. Great sound qualkty and comfortable to wear.

OolonCaluphid's Completed Build: Black & White: An awesome all-rounder

OolonCaluphid submitter 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Haven't got round to it yet. Cpu is never at 100%, and gpu is a day old and I'm struggling to understand Precision X1. The Gpu runs at 2050mhz anyway!

AceTheBase's Completed Build: My First Gaming PC Ever

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

The whole thing is bottlenecked by the monitor anyway, so it barely matters.

connermorris2's Completed Build: TEAM RED BUILD 2019

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I have one - as standard it's not quiet, but it's not obnoxious or high pitched like some blower cards. You can use the toned down bios profile (switch on the back plate) and it's actually pretty quiet. Or just tune it yourself and set it however you want.

mine is in an SFF pc so you hear everything. in a case it would be better.

Carsonosu1's Completed Build: Small but mighty

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Just a thought - could you drop the GPU down a slot and put a PCIe wifi card in the top slot? Even if you end up with the GPU in an x8 PCie slot, it shouldn't impact performance at all.

Alternatively - m.2 WiFi card!

It's a real shame there aren't more mATX boards with wifi built in. I found one, but it's Z390!

actionjawa's Completed Build: First PC Build (Built primarily for DCS World)

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Or just integrated it into the motherboard with the gigabyte B360 Auros wifi:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8 GHz 6-Core Processor £178.95 @ Aria PC
Motherboard Gigabyte - B360 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £105.97 @ Amazon UK
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory £90.99 @ Aria PC
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive £108.98 @ Ebuyer
Video Card MSI - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6 GB GT OCV1 Video Card £189.99 @ Ebuyer
Case Corsair - Carbide Series 275R (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case £55.00 @ AWD-IT
Power Supply Corsair - TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply £59.98 @ Amazon UK
Monitor Asus - VS248HR 24.0" 1920x1080 60 Hz Monitor £114.49 @ Box Limited
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £904.35
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-01 13:46 GMT+0000

ThoughtA's Build Guide: Great AMD Gaming Build

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Yes, it's now the sensible choice. Should save some money and perform equivalently to the GTX 1070ti.

ThoughtA's Build Guide: Great AMD Gaming Build

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Now outdated: THe RTX 2060 offers a better price/performance ratio than the outgoing 1070ti.

DarTroX's Completed Build: Shrinkage - The Culmination of Poor Self Control

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

I absolutely identify with your madness and the upgradeitis. YOu have contained your urges better than me though!!

Forum Topic "Down to 2 build options, (i think) advice!"

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

I would just switch back to the Auros motherboard - it has more fan headers which you'll find you need, and it's just a slightly nicer motherboard.

Otherwise, that'll work fine

OolonCaluphid's Completed Build: £1000 Ryzen 'MiniRipper'

OolonCaluphid submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

It's just an amazon cheap cable kit, I linked it elsewhere in the comments. I didn't need any splitters.

OolonCaluphid's Completed Build: £1000 Ryzen 'MiniRipper'

OolonCaluphid submitter 3 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

No, I just left it alone and it runs fine.

zachirl's Build Guide: Can you help me please?

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

Looks good but a couple of pointers:

  • you've chosen a freesync montior so I makes sense to move to a radeon rx 580 8gb to take advantage of that functionality. It's every bit as powerful as a 1060 6gb but uses adaptive sync with your monitor to reduce tears and stutters. It's also cheaper.

  • that ssd is poor quality. Specced you a better one with savings from the Gpu switch to the radeon.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $174.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte - B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $59.99 @ Newegg Business
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $99.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $72.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.85 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte - Radeon RX 580 8 GB Gaming 8G Video Card $199.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT - H500 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $64.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $49.89 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $98.99 @ Amazon
Monitor LG - 24MP59G-P 23.8" 1920x1080 75 Hz Monitor $109.99 @ B&H
Keyboard Logitech - G213 PRODIGY Wired Gaming Keyboard $44.94 @ Amazon
Mouse Corsair - Harpoon RGB Wired Optical Mouse $28.31 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1048.92
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-30 09:08 EST-0500

zachirl's Build Guide: Can you help me please?

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

I just added them because the RGB strip indicated that you like RGB. These fans give you some internal lighting and are actually functional. They would replace the supplied case fans, which would be fine but aren't pretty. I'd suggest you put 2 of the 3 fans at the front blowing into the case, and then one at the back at the top as your exhaust fans.

Better to spend $30 on some fans that also look nice, than 16 feet of RGB strip that will.... clog up the inside of your case!

zachirl's Build Guide: Can you help me please?

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Homework and gaming, this is literally everything you need. You'd chosen a bunch of really expensive overkill parts in some area. You don't need a sound card or ethernet card, the motherboard does it. You could cut another $80 out of the monitor on this and not notice it. You do NOT need 16 feet of RGB strip in a PC! lol.

Anyway, this is a much more rounded build. Still powerful.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $172.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI - B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard $114.99 @ B&H
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $99.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $127.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte - Radeon RX 580 8 GB Gaming 8G Video Card $199.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT - S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $70.46 @ Newegg Business
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.60 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit $124.89 @ My Choice Software
Case Fan Thermaltake - Riing 12 RGB Triple Pack 40.6 CFM 120mm Fans $29.99 @ Amazon
Monitor Acer - ED242QR Abidpx 23.6" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor $179.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Razer - BlackWidow Chroma V2 Wired Gaming Keyboard -
Mouse Razer - DeathAdder Chroma Wired Optical Mouse $54.15 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1245.03
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-29 22:51 EST-0500

manirelli's Build Guide: Modest AMD Gaming Build

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 3 points 4 months ago

Very. this is a huge amount of PC for $800.

caeadas's Completed Build: Microcompy, Destroyer of Budgets

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Nice build, it's clear you had to put a lot of thought into fans and radiators!

TheKingOfHardcore's Completed Build: Good Moderate Gaming/School Work Computer

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

That's completely incorrect. The double data rate refers to the memory being addressable on both the rise and fall of the clock cycle.

That's a completely separate thing from Dual channel and Single channel mode, which is more like having your ram sticks in parallel, in a RAID 0 like array, to increase bandwidth.

DDR ram gives a huge performance increase. Literally double. Single channel vs dual channel is more like nothing, or not much. 3%-5% in real world use.

Here's a lengthy (cached, sorry) Gamers nexus link to Dual channel memory testing showing 0-5% benefit in real world.

http://cc.bingj.com/cache.aspx?q=single+channel+vs+dual+channel+memory+performance&d=4911404274812082&mkt=en-GB&setlang=en-GB&w=Pqd0QLremu25crSpmmfcA6OTs-v1LNkV

TOmas hardware have an ancient but still relevant round up of RAM specs in this review here: https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/PARALLEL-PROCESSING,1705-15.html Which explains the differences between dual channel and DDR ram well.

So the poster you erroneously replied to is correct - A single stick of 3000mhz ram (with AXMP enabled) is way better, some 20% better, than 2 sticks of 2400mhz ram.

Sahaj's Completed Build: BROFESSIONAL: A backpack-ready, mITX, SFF, <8L LAN gaming build.

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 3 points 6 months ago

You can fit 2 2.5" drives beneath the GPU apparently. Not sure what that does for airflow/temps.

OolonCaluphid's Completed Build: £1000 Ryzen 'MiniRipper'

OolonCaluphid submitter 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

I have a Ultrawide monitor that takes a 1080ti to run it well, and I built that system first. This is kind of a 'hackspace' mucking around PC, and it'll end up running minecraft and stuff in it's spare time so my son can play too.

Just seemed like too good an opportunity to build something great in an ATX case. The gaming PC is a SFF Dan A4, so it's not like I have 2 towers next to each other, the dan A4 sits more like a NAS!

OolonCaluphid's Completed Build: £1000 Ryzen 'MiniRipper'

OolonCaluphid submitter 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Nah, That's as it came. I'm really not looking to squeeze the last ounce out of this one, I have a 1080ti build for gaming.

OolonCaluphid's Completed Build: £1000 Ryzen 'MiniRipper'

OolonCaluphid submitter 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

I'm just flattered you called my computer a high end build!

OolonCaluphid's Completed Build: £1000 Ryzen 'MiniRipper'

OolonCaluphid submitter 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Yeah, I have their hyper x fury 3200mhz in my other build and the spiky but discreet head spreader is great, IMO.

OolonCaluphid's Completed Build: £1000 Ryzen 'MiniRipper'

OolonCaluphid submitter 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

That's a 5050 RGB Header splitter. It connects to the motherboards RGB (4 pin) header, and splits it out to control the Wrath stealth cooler lights (except the outer ring??) and 2 LED Strips colour. It came with my £10 3 pack of LED light strips.

PCPartPicker Blog Post "NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Benchmarks"

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 0 points 6 months ago

Isn't even slated for release on PC! It'll be a console exclusive like RDR1, or else a late lazy port like GTA V.

OolonCaluphid's Completed Build: £1000 Ryzen 'MiniRipper'

OolonCaluphid submitter 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

It's important to be proud of what you have. I've spent 20 years gaming on really sub standard PC's - from teenage years when dad wouldn't buy a 3D card in the 90's, to my Student PC when funds limited me to 'borrowing' the 32Mb 3DFX VooDoo that my girlfriends PC had (but didn't need). Then younger years relying on laptops to do my best.

Finally I have enough put aside to justify a couple of Computers to really do what I want. These PC's will last years, be subject to upgrade in time, and no doubt one day feel old but for now I'm lucky to have the current 'state of the art'.

Your 1050 will no doubt serve you well, but look out for a used GTX 970. I have one of those, and it's a beast at 1080p and should save you some money too! Compares favourably to a 1060 3Gb.

OolonCaluphid's Completed Build: £1000 Ryzen 'MiniRipper'

OolonCaluphid submitter 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Yeah, that's actually an artefact of the GPU having been damaged in shipping. It wasn't well packaged and it obviously got dropped, bending the I/O plate. I tried to straighten it as best I could. I may well get a bracket as you suggest, I saw a cheap one on amazon that will do the job.

Just the perils of buying second hand. Card functions perfectly though so that's good.

JacksonDavitt's Completed Build: NZXT H500i | Clean Build Under 1000

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Really Nice colour scheme. That case looks great. Re the other issues:

I'd always spec a MoBo with a Wifi network adaptor inbuilt when you know you're going to need it - really tidies the build up. It does add a bit of cost (often less than a stand alone card, but AMD boards are less easy to find with wifi than coffee-lake Intel boards as it's baked into the chipset on those), but of course it simplifies the build and removes the need for an add on card.

If you just got a cheap set of white cable extensions it would hugely tidy up your cables on the visible side! They're under £30 a full set from Amazon.

And finally, a pair of 120mm fans on the front would really fill out the case and help force some air through the case.

OolonCaluphid's Completed Build: £1000 Ryzen 'MiniRipper'

OolonCaluphid submitter 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

'uphere!' brand on amazon. They're actually jot great, the cables are plastic coated not paracord and very stiff, and the plugs aren't 100% best quality. Serve their purpose though and we're too expensive.

OolonCaluphid's Completed Build: £1000 Ryzen 'MiniRipper'

OolonCaluphid submitter 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

I like simple things. It stops them outwitting me.

OolonCaluphid's Completed Build: £1000 Ryzen 'MiniRipper'

OolonCaluphid submitter 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Poor Palit, when will he ever get to rest.....

It was actually great: The guy was selling 8 of these, he'd benchmarked them all so I got to pick the one with the best score. It's in the top 10th percentile of 1070Ti's out there (if you choose to bleive userbenchmarks methodology) http://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/10888213

It seems to be in fine form. I think of it like retiring a dog from the puppy farm.

OolonCaluphid's Completed Build: £1000 Ryzen 'MiniRipper'

OolonCaluphid submitter 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

I am lucky enough to have a 1080ti and an i5-8600K in a dan A4 as my gaming/windows PC.

Photos here. I'm not happy with them and the spec may get altered a bit, so I haven't submitted it as complete yet.

https://imgur.com/a/mdzO4vN

OolonCaluphid's Completed Build: £1000 Ryzen 'MiniRipper'

OolonCaluphid submitter 3 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Oh woah, I got featured? No way!!

Yeah, the Super Jetstreams came with a 2.5 slot cooler, it's massive, but not that 'dense'. The card weighs less than my 1080ti. TBH the whole card feels kind of tinny and 'cheap' but at the price I'm not complaining. Great performance too. It also never gets hot, ever, even at low fan speeds.

OolonCaluphid's Completed Build: £1000 Ryzen 'MiniRipper'

OolonCaluphid submitter 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

It's really, really hard to get those plastic sleeved cables perfect. What you see here is 'good enough for internet photos'. They just kind of go where they want.

saracatlee's Completed Build: Project CRIMSON

OolonCaluphid 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

I agree. The Ryzen really needs dual channel ram. It's using it as VRAM too. Performance needs all the help it can get in a budget build, and dual channel is a few $ more.

OolonCaluphid's Completed Build: £1000 Ryzen 'MiniRipper'

OolonCaluphid submitter 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

I messed up the edit a bit on that photo. It's dark but not that dark. Definite tint though.

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