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Comment reply on Forum Topic "What can I do to my old DELL Dimension E521 to make it a gaming pc?"

  • 8 hours ago
  • 1 point

You can reuse the chassis although with prebuilt units like the Dell there is no guarantee you will find it easy getting a modern mobo and gpu in there. A 13 year old low wattage PSU could probably do with replacing. Get the files off of it you need, donate to Goodwill and make it a tax deductible, and then purchase new chassis and accessories. No USB 3 ports with this old Dell and outdated hardware ports you will never use. Time to move onto something new.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "HELP! I’m graphics card stumped!"

  • 8 hours ago
  • 1 point

Get the Zotac RTX 2060 or 2070 mini and Bykski has a really nice mini GPU block for it. Nice thing with the Zotac is it has a backplate you can use. Advantage of a mini GPU in your build is it gives you more room for a reservoir and perhaps a D5 pump.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is the R5 3600 an upgrade over an i7-3770k?"

  • 1 day ago
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The R5 3600 is certainly an upgrade over the i7-3770K.

"Is it a meaningful upgrade?" becomes the question. To be honest, unless you have a gaming and streaming interest (but are on a budget that is narrow enough that 8core or above CPU's are off the table), I would stick with the 3770K and delay upgrading until the next generation comes about. The 3770K is still a good chip for gaming and most PC tasks.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "HELP! I’m graphics card stumped!"

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

In a case like the NZXT H200i you can accomodate full length graphics cards. Due to this extreme variety and no idea on your monitor or financial willingness to spend big bucks we are in "how long is a piece of string" territory.

You can start with the GT710 and go all the way up to RTX Titan if you so wish. EKWB sell a really nice waterblock with gold plating for this card. Conversely Bykski sell really cute little mini GPU waterblocks for small form GPU's. Sky is the limit.

Comment reply on Litesung's Completed Build: Striker

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

That is an awesome build. A+++++++

Comment reply on ThreeKiings's Completed Build: Crystalline- The Triple Reservoir Thermaltake Core P3 Build

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

This build is definitely cool. It should run cool and it looks cool.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Did i damage my pc or 2080 Ti Rtx?"

  • 2 days ago
  • 2 points

PC's get shipped all over the world. The package handlers (from sorting facilities to delivery drivers) will rough up a PC more than you can possibly do pulling out a USB cable. If your case is that sensitive to movement and you have it on a desk, put something heavy on top or move to the floor if you are worried about it tipping over.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What can I do to my old DELL Dimension E521 to make it a gaming pc?"

  • 3 days ago
  • 2 points

What can I do to my old DELL Dimension E521 to make it a gaming pc?

Dang these are old. I am thinking nearly 13 years. I had one during my college years, around 2006. The one I had included an Athlon dual core.

Yeah not sure I would even try make this a gaming PC - even for low demanding modern titles. If you have a budget of $500 I would just go with a fresh new build. Even the humble Ryzen 3 2200g is light years ahead of whatever you could do with a PC this old.

Comment reply on darkclow's Completed Build: Impossibilium Wannabe

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Take a couple more higher res pics in different lighting. This build should be featured here because you have done an excellent job installing liquid cooling in this case. I am currently working on this particular case and can confirm with you how much work needs to go in to building a liquid cooled rig out of it. I have been pacing up and down wondering whether to cool the GPU as well.

Anyway +1 for you. Please do take 2-3 more high res shots, one really good side profile LED on LED off (twilight and daytime/good lighting). I think this build, based on what you have engineered with this case, should be featured. Here is a pic of my In Win A1 in current build process (it is part completed, not done yet):

https://imgur.com/a/z1ohzw9

Temps? Part of the compromise with small form factor builds. The easiest way of circumventing a few annoying 80c plus spikes is to use a lower TDP CPU. But of course we want powerful hardware in there and must necessarily accept consequences for choices. I personally move my thermal annoyance bar on a case to case basis - if I am maxing out the CPU for a 30min stress test and temps do not go above 85C I would be reasonably satisfied. In regular gaming loads your 8 core CPU will not be 100 percented across all cores anyway. Just be sure to monitor GPU temps as well.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "2080TI Windforce vs Strix ?"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

If sticking with the hardware the cards come with, get the Asus one. If going into a waterblock, go with the Gigabyte.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How badly would a 2070 super or 2080 super bottleneck a i5-4690k?"

  • 3 days ago
  • 2 points

It depends on games and in-game settings. For some titles that can ply resources on 4 or more cores you will see the bottleneck at lower resolutions. For games that are not such resource hogs your bottleneck could move beyond the refresh rate of your monitor (a region where the bottleneck does not even matter). Not sure why you would want to play at 720p or 1080p though with these cards. The number of games where 6 core processor and beyond are a minimum requirement are few. I personally would upgrade the CPU if I got a GPU like the 2080 super but, as a rule, you do not have to.

Comment reply on ManSlayer74's Completed Build: Lava Under Ice

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

As a liquid cooling enthusiast myself this absolutely must be featured. I appreciate the hard work you put in. Very well done.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "3960x in 2019"

  • 5 days ago
  • 2 points

i7 2600k + 16 GB DDR3 1600 MHZ Dual Channel + R9 Fury X

This rig is still not bad at all. A comparable rig using modern components would be:

Ryzen 5 2400G, 16GB CL16 DDR 4 3200 MHZ, RX 580 or 590 GPU

This is far away from being a terrible or outdated PC. It is a very reasonable contemporary entry level gaming PC. Your rig should be able to hang 10 with something like that. I do not see a need to upgrade if all you are going to do is game at 1080p, do school work, Youtube/Netflix and so on. If you do wish to upgrade then there is another option.

wondering if the Intel i7 3960x is a good cpu in 2019.

It will work fine. Offers two more cores than the 2600K but if you do not use these cores the CPU will appear no faster than what you already have. I would not waste money on this CPU if I still had to purchase a motherboard.

I can purchase a 3960x on Ebay, along with a motherboard, for around $250 USD

Ryzen 5 1600 performs about the same as that CPU. You can pick it up and a motherboard for $70 - $100 less and you have an upgrade path potentially all the way to Ryzen 7 3700X/3800X if that peaks your interest (although this will be highly dependent on motherboard). For the same money, Ryzen 5 2600. For another $100, the 3600 and X570. Only thing you would need to add is DDR4 Ram - $80 give or take for CL16 3000/3200. There are Intel offerings but right now there are a dearth of motherboards.

All of these things except compiling

I have compiled large amounts of C++ on CPU's far far worse than your i7-2600K. Of course faster CPU will help but if it takes a while, go do something else while it is doing it's thing.

Comment reply on DrLitch's Completed Build: Lounging Around: A Liquid Cooled Ncase M1 V5 Build with Z390 Mini ITX, i7 8080K, Titan XP.

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

Indeed I never scrimp on the visual and audio hardware - they show the end result of the PC build and are thus right at the front end.

Comment reply on DrLitch's Completed Build: Lounging Around: A Liquid Cooled Ncase M1 V5 Build with Z390 Mini ITX, i7 8080K, Titan XP.

  • 7 days ago
  • 2 points

A $15 drain valve, a length of soft tube, and an old milk carton to drain fluid in. With many pump kits they give you a plastic connector for the 24pin ATX that shorts out two pins. Run the loop, open valve and fluid will drain out.

Comment reply on DrLitch's Completed Build: The Recycler: A Build for my Youngest Brother

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, much appreciated.

Comment reply on DrLitch's Completed Build: The Recycler: A Build for my Youngest Brother

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

Thank You, much appreciated.

Comment reply on DrLitch's Completed Build: Lounging Around: A Liquid Cooled Ncase M1 V5 Build with Z390 Mini ITX, i7 8080K, Titan XP.

  • 7 days ago
  • 2 points

My brother actually started really young. I think he must have been 15 or 16yo when he did his first build. I recollect him playing Mafia on it and was glued to the screen. Back then my PC gaming was Xcom UFO Defense, Starcraft, Baldur's Gate, stuff like that...

Plus no one in my family were tech gurus (doctor and business orientated) so everything was slowly self taught.

Good for you. If you have the interest and motivation not much can stop you learning. Mind you after all these years I still only have a limited knowledge of Operating Systems. If Windows has an issue I am not the guy to fix it. If the hardware has an issue I at least stand a chance :D

Comment reply on DrLitch's Completed Build: Lounging Around: A Liquid Cooled Ncase M1 V5 Build with Z390 Mini ITX, i7 8080K, Titan XP.

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

You have given me a good idea - I think I will add a water temp and flow monitor to the loop. As for GPU temps, they start getting high during benchmarks, around the low to mid 70's mark. That is with the GPU getting hit hard. For most gaming I do the GPU hovers around the high 50's and low 60's. I could pull down clocks on the CPU to stock 4GHz and remove my mild overclock from the GPU to lower temps by 5 or so degrees. I am not gaming on a 165Hz monitor or anything like that so I can afford to stick with stock settings.

Comment reply on DrLitch's Completed Build: Lounging Around: A Liquid Cooled Ncase M1 V5 Build with Z390 Mini ITX, i7 8080K, Titan XP.

  • 7 days ago
  • 2 points

I agree most of our hardware is more durable then what it used to be.

Absolutely, spoken by someone who has been in this hobby for a while. When did you start building? I built my first rig in 99, an old Pentium 3 with Voodoo 3 graphics card, installed Windows 98. Back then troubleshooting did not come with a plethora of information on the Internet.

Comment reply on KelvinIsAlive's Completed Build: "it's not much, but it's mine" first build

  • 7 days ago
  • 3 points

First Build? Amazingly well done. A+

Comment reply on DrLitch's Completed Build: Lounging Around: A Liquid Cooled Ncase M1 V5 Build with Z390 Mini ITX, i7 8080K, Titan XP.

  • 7 days ago
  • 3 points

I just snooped around your profile, you have 21 builds, the ones I did click on were all really good rigs as well. I swear I built an i7-7700K just like yours and that was a great processor in its day. Heck I think it probably still holds it's own today particularly when you crank the clock up. I got mine to 5.3GHz and while it could heat up the room there was nothing better than it for gaming until very recently. I am still debating whether to buy it again - for old times sake. Then I see the used prices on eBay and decide it is folly :(. Anyway you build some awesome stuff there. 21 rigs! I am hugely impressed. I am pretty sure I spied a circa 2012 AMD build there as well.

I had someone wrapped package paper over a used AM4 B350M motherboard that had thermal compound around the CPU socket. Still was the original box (with some smear thermal compound inside it...?

Motherboards are surprisingly resilient. I have had plenty used and abused and still working. Damaged pins? No problem set them back. Even PCIe slots where GPU's have been ripped out, bare tracks exposed, are fixable. I no longer worry about handling motherboards but GPU's on the other hand still make me sweat -dismantling the GPU heatsink to move into a waterblock is something that always makes me nervous.

Comment reply on DrLitch's Completed Build: Lounging Around: A Liquid Cooled Ncase M1 V5 Build with Z390 Mini ITX, i7 8080K, Titan XP.

  • 8 days ago
  • 3 points

Though I admit, how would one really forget to reapply some thermal for the CPU chip?

I agree, particularly an eBay auction where the buyer could not only impact the Seller's feedback score but almost certainly prompt Paypal for a return. That said, not everyone is electronically savvy. I purchased a 10TB hard drive on eBay a couple of weeks ago and it was shipped to me unboxed, wrapped in newspaper, and placed in a padded USPS envelope. It works but I am still debating on feedback for the seller.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ryzen 5 2400G upgrade to a Ryzen 5 3600"

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

My Nephew is running Witcher 3 on specs similar to yours with smooth 1080p gameplay > 60fps with occassional dips during fighting. The only difference with his build is he is on an i3-8100. To my recollection, the two CPU's are extremely close in performance with the 2400G having an edge in multithreaded stuff (which gaming typically does not utilize). I therefore doubt your performance issues are the CPU or the 1060 GPU.

I do wonder if your RAM is holding you back.

Oh yes one more thing - check to see if your GPU is being used. The Ryzen 5 2400g has quite a strong APU well capable of running both your games at 720p medium settings. It might be possible your PC is going through the APU here. At 900p ultra it is going to give that poor APU a real workout to the point frame dumps will be very noticeable gaming. Just a thought.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "CPU upgrade from i5-6500"

  • 8 days ago
  • 2 points

If you are in no rush then no problem in waiting. The Ryzen cpu's will not drop much in price but one can hope X570 motherboard selection becomes more competitive. Maybe B550 will arrive in time for holidays but so far not much seems to be going on there. I was going to recommend going second gen Ryzen or Z390 Intel but you may as well just go with 3rd Gen Ryzen.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "From GeForce GTX 980 Ti to RTX 2080 SUPER"

  • 8 days ago
  • 2 points

GTX 980TI to RTX 2080 now is a proper upgrade. If I had a GTX 1080 I would be on the fence with an upgrade like this. 980TI, no brainer, yes.

We are roughly mid point into this generation so sure why not. That said, if you are happy with the performance of the 980TI on your current monitor and you have no plans to upgrade it, then you may as well stick. Change GPU when you change monitor.

Comment reply on DrLitch's Completed Build: Lounging Around: A Liquid Cooled Ncase M1 V5 Build with Z390 Mini ITX, i7 8080K, Titan XP.

  • 8 days ago
  • 3 points

TBH I have not tested the case with window off. I might give it a shot and see if that knocks off a few degrees. That said, a week into use and it has been behaving itself. No nasty 90c+ spikes.

Comment reply on DrLitch's Completed Build: Lounging Around: A Liquid Cooled Ncase M1 V5 Build with Z390 Mini ITX, i7 8080K, Titan XP.

  • 8 days ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

The 8086K auction the seller must have told a little fib that he purchased it new. He probably bought a used chip where previous owner had delidded it and just forgot to reapply thermal paste once he relidded it. It worked out this time for me. $125 is a good price for this chip and when I got it up to 5.4GHz no crashes I was happy :)

Comment reply on DrLitch's Completed Build: Lounging Around: A Liquid Cooled Ncase M1 V5 Build with Z390 Mini ITX, i7 8080K, Titan XP.

  • 8 days ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! Air cooling is indeed possible your choices will depend on the chipset and availability of low profile air coolers for that chipset. Good luck in that NCASE build and be sure to upload it once you are done.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gaming Mini ITX w 2080 RTX?"

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Only dual slots in the case. 50mm thick card will be a gamble and there will be no room for air intake. I would pass on this particular GPU. Maybe not such a heavy duty one.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "HI Please help I'm confused"

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

My problem with the 3800X is the same as with the i7 8086K. An upgrade of miniscule proportions for five or more Benny's. Not worth the extra cost. Go with the 3700X and roll your build from there. Pick a GPU for the Resolution and Settings you want to play at and you will be set.

As for Intel vs AMD, you will be happy with either choice. I personally think the 3700X is a more attractive product due to future expansion of the chipset. Intel will not be pulling a Kabylake with the Z390 platform. Potentially the i7-9700K is faster but it is not going to make any difference - your experience with either chips will be far superior than the old FX chip and 960 GPU (which I assume you will correspondingly upgrade as well).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "CPU upgrade from i5-6500"

  • 8 days ago
  • 2 points

If you plan on keeping your monitor, which is a 75Hz 1080p one, then depending on the titles you wish to stream you could get away with an intra-generation upgrade - that is moving from locked i5 to an i7 Skylake or Kabylake. This upgrade path costs the least amount of money. The R9 390 is still quite a good card for 1080p but you could bump that up to a GTX 1660 TI. The i7 might be fast enough to handle encoding and streaming for games that ply most resources on one or two cores but you could use the GPU for this as well. Either way some games will stutter, some will not.

As for upgrade path to contemporary hardware, then we are looking at $700 plus to upgrade RAM, new CPU, new Motherboard, and new GPU. If you keep your current monitor the same then anything above an R5 2600/3600 with GTX 1660 TI/RTX 2060 is a luxury beyond what your monitor is capable of showing (outside of poorly optimized titles like Assassin's Creed Odyssey).

Comment reply on nabarun's Completed Build: Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build, +1 upvote from me.

No liquid cool block on GPU? If you are after white just use the white backplate you already have to keep theme going.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gaming Mini ITX w 2080 RTX?"

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Yes you will be fine and be able to get everything in but a few comments are necessary here:

  1. 9900K > 9900.
  2. Are you sure you want to pay extra for 32GB Ram?
  3. The Corsair SF750 is a very expensive and niche SFX higher power form factor. To my recollection you can fit a full ATX power supply in this case. Advantage = much cheaper. A 650W 80+ gold PSU is more than enough for your build.

Go to the manufacturer's Website and do a double check. Search the case on Google/Yahoo/Bing/DuckDuckGo and append "build", it should give you options to check including PCPartPicker and Reddit. You will see other people's builds.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "CPUs and other things I don't understand too well."

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

Lets say we have a communication system and are sending the following phrase "Hello World". Lets say our signalling approach is to send each letter in the alphabet as a different tone and we decide to randomise the letter -> tone assignment. Tones are a mix of low and high frequencies. Due to propagation characteristics of the channel, some tones see a different delay to other tones (and will be received with different magnitude). This could result in the message received as "ellHo oWlrd". The characteristics of the channel are governed by the physics of electromagnetics for a transmission line or wireless environment we send signals through. The role of the system designer in this example is to formulate a tone and letter assignment that does not get smudged across the channel - i.e. he/she has to pick frequencies that do not suffer the same consequence of propagation delay.

This is one of the problems faced by chip designers.

It is obviously far more complicated for a CPU than this simple analogy because a CPU is produced by etching through "layers" of semi conducting (p and n type) and conducting surfaces. But if we pretend that the CPU is a set of interacting circuits, each connected by PCB traces, each gate of a transistor having a "circuit representation" and each PCB trace acting like a transmission line of a communication system, then the communication analogy somewhat holds. If the clock frequency is too high, the latency across the system could prohibit reliable transmission of instructions and other critical operations.

There are other practical reasons that require one to dive into Semi Conductor Physics and how Transistors actually work. From the material, the size of the gates, and the fan out of connecting many devices together.... The analogy of getting information from one end of a large array to another is easiest to conceptualise, but it is important to note that this is only One aspect in Chip Design. There is a reason why Chip Designers are well paid and only employed based on good Doctoral Dissertations and Research Track Records. It is a very complicated and multidisciplinary field. BTW, I am not a chip designer but worked in a team where one or two of my colleagues were (although they were more DSP chip designers than a modern Intel or AMD CPU).

Comment reply on RogerMexico's Completed Build: Louqe Ghost S1 3700X 2080Ti

  • 9 days ago
  • 2 points

When a PC is almost as small as the speakers....

Excellent build and managing of the cables.

Comment reply on vizicore's Completed Build: Sunmilo T03 10L SFF ITX Build

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

That is definitely a well put together SSF build. Spec wise top notch as well, good job, A

Comment reply on Forum Topic "2070 Super VS 2080 TI"

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

I would not necessarily build for tomorrow. Build for today.

CyberPunk 2077 is a promising title that is likely a crossover between two generations of gaming. Nobody here can know or even guess accurately what it will take to run this game at 1440p, ultra settings, with frame rates 60fps or better. According to all reports I have read, the game will be playable on stock PS4 and Xbox One. If so I would imagine PC hardware of today would be able to cope with it. However, how do we even know CyberPunk 2077 will be any good?..... just because Witcher 3 was good does not mean that.........

At your resolution 4K and 60Hz it actually makes perfect sense to invest in the 2080TI. Yes it is expensive.... That said the RTX 2070 Super is a fine card and underated for 4K. At end of day, follow what your budget allows.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Any word on 3900x restock?"

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

Patience pays off and you will get what you want in the end. Just wait for the 3900X to come back in stock. It will do. Once the 16 core Ryzen comes out that will deflect some attention away from the 12 core. Forget about the i9-9900K, different platform, different build. Play the waiting game. Just do not pay a scalper's premium to own the CPU by jumping on an eBay Buy it Now.

Comment reply on spajdo8's Completed Build: My first game build PC

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

First PC build? You did a better job than most pro's. Everything looks clean, you even put some effort in to manage cables. Overall you did a great job and I look forward to seeing your second build.

Comment reply on jrasero's Completed Build: 16 Core 18L Custom Loop ThreadRipper Build

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

To do all this I have to say you are a talented builder.

To get even more cooling consider installing a 240mm slim Radiator at the bottom of the case and install Noctua slim fans to give your build a little more room. You can run the loop through two radiators and install a GPU waterblock while you are at it. A big chunky GPU becomes surprisingly narrow once you get rid of the heatsink.

Comment reply on Serzeid's Completed Build: Little White

  • 11 days ago
  • 3 points

Spec wise you could say this is the dream build of today - for gaming or productivity. Cannot beat it.

Looks wise you did a great job. While I am definitely in the "liquid cooling camp" I do occasionally see an air cooled build that makes me reconsider my preferences. Your build is that build. Good job here, +1 from me.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Trouble deciding card for 1080p/75hz"

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

Quite honestly 1080p/75Hz should be very doable for a card like the GTX 1660TI. I think even the 1660 will get you there most games. On AMD side RX 590 will get the job done, as would the RX 580 on a number of titles.

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