That is also a factor yes. During winter, cards tend to run cooler than during summer, its a fact hahaha
Unless your PC is unable to handle the heat, I wouldnt worry at all. 80C is more than fine for a GPU and the 980 is still a fairly powerful card.
Cards adjust their frwquency when they reach a specified point which is the thermal limit the card comes with or the one you manually set it at. Sometimes, increasing the thermal can improve the performance but the downside is usually noise due to fans spinning faster to compensate and a bit more power consumption.
I assume you dusted off the fans and the fins as well on the card already?
Its possible the thermal paste has started to lose efficiency, the 980 are getting old at this point.
Its also possible your GPU<s fans are starting to feel their age as well but this might be a bit harder to actually get fixed.
Pre-builts are fine for people who like having someone you can go back to and fix issues and enjoy the warranties the shops give.
Aside from this, building a PC has come to be pretty much a stack of lego blocks. Everything fits only 1 way and theres hundreds of really good build videos for building a PC nowadays.
I dont have the exact list of parts used but making something quickly to corresponds (excluding Optane, the keyboard and the copy of Windows) I get something like this.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
This should give you an idea what you are looking in terms of pricing brand new. Windows 10 copy is roughly $100 and the 16GB Optane is usually around $40 and keyboards vary too much. Seems like not much of a deal for used parts.
The case does have the CyberPower logo which meant he overpaid for his stuff too in the first place which might be throwing him off.
What a weird build, an 8700K with a 1050.
That being said, when you buy something second hand, you can request a time stamped picture to begin with and then ask if you can test it before buying (some people forget this step).
What you are looking for is any issues in term of performance, noise, thermals. Aside from this, there isnt much you can check before hand. You can run a synthetic benchmark test and then compare with other similar builds as well.
Not going to be any cheaper but I think NZXT allows you to order a precolored case from their website and they have a ton of colors available.
The CPU isnt a problem but due to its architecture, Ryzen pushes a bit less frames than its equivalent Intel counterpart. Ryzen CPUs are still good for 80-100 fps in demaindg titles provided that proper RAM speed and an OC is applied.
You might wants to get faster RAM with Ryzen since it really benefits from the extra speed RAM offers. Also, your hard drive was a bad pick. The one you picked was more expensive than a regular WD Caviar Blue and had half the cache for a higher price. Finally, the B3 unit isnt a nice picup. JonnyGuru had some issues with these units being potential firehazards and I would recommend a 2017 CX unit instead from Corsair.
On a side note, the 1050ti with a Ryzen 5 CPU will likely give you issues for that high refresh rate gaming monitor unless the titles weren't too demanding. Also, while not necessarily needed, if you wanted to push the OC your CPU, for $20 more, you can get the Asus Strix B350-F motherboard which is one of the best B350 motherboards available on the market.
Aside form the titles already mentionned, Ghost Recon WIldlands is also pretty demanding (whether this is for graphics or poor optimization is unknown).
Dont forget to install the MSI overclocking software and to set your card to its overclocked preset, itll give you even better performance at the cost of a bit more heat generated.
The Meshify C TG has less space between the front of the case and the actual parts which might make it difficult if your graphics card is a longer model. The Enthoo Pro M TG would be more convenient in terms of spacing and make the incoporation of a custom loop a much easier task. Also, it can accomodate a 360mm rad at the top if you wanted with the optical drive bays removed.
Do note that its a 20pack though, which means you will get 20.
What size of fans?
Are they going to be used as a front intake that is wide open or well perforated or is is slightly opened with a full panel in front?
These are important questions to ask.
Generally speaking, 140mm fans can provide the same airflow as a 120mm model at a lower RPM which means less noise generated. Also, an obstructed path benefits from a pressure fan made to blow air through and/or around stuff like drive cages and radiators.
You will need to be a bit more speficic to get a good answer here.
They are decent pressure fans from what I can gather. No personal experience with them though.
Unless you were going for some OCing record where at which point, you would be using better components, I wouldnt bother, The small difference (when there is any) isnt worth the time and money. You are better off buying better fans with that $5-10 for the paste than buying better paste. Itll reduce your temps more than the actual paste.
I think you are refering to the Raijintek Triton AIOs.
Are there any Antec or XFX power supply available to you?
The other factor to consider is price. While the chart sports the cards by relative performance, it doesnt consider the performance vs ttheir prices.
The AMD RX cards are still more expensive than they should be, making them compete with cards of nVidia that are much better for the same price.
If you are looking for second hand cards, the RX 290X and 390X are still very capable 1080p cards and can pretty much max all game settings. The downfall is their much higher power consumption.
nVidia had the 980 fall between the 1060 6GB and 1070 depending on model and OC, the 980ti were trading blows with the current 1070 depending on exact model and OC.
The 970 is close to the 1060 3GB where the 960 and 950 where closer to the 1050ti and 1050.
Note that a cooler doesnt fix everything.
Increasing the core clock consumes more power which your motherboard must provide. If your motherboard is ill equipped to do so, the temperature will be higher and will also limit your overclock.
Which motherboard are you using with your Ryzen 5 1600?
Do note that 240hz is extremely taxing and that most games have a soft frame cap often preventing you from even reaching that amount of frames. 1440p 144hz is a nice medium taxing your hardware just enough to make it somewhat consistent in terms of frame but not enough to hamper your gameplay.
Unless you want to play competitive shooters on a professional level, you shouldnt need a 240hz monitor. A 144hz one is more than enough and if you play slower games like RTS or RPGs, even 60hz is fine.
I use a 1440p 144hz monitor (Dell S2716DG) & a 4k 60hz one (Dell U2718Q) and I go back and forth between the two depending on the title I play.
Basically, the Phantom 410 has removable drive cages. For your GPU, you may need to remove some of the drive cages (they are modular and you will still have some) and shouldnt really be an issue unless you were planning on using like 4HDD above your SSD/m2. drives.
ATX motherboards have more space on them for features. While this may vary from model to model, things we see are more PCIe/PCI slots for additional GPUs,sound cards, networkingcards and such as well as more USB ports, SATA ports, M.2 slots, Internal USB (3.0 and 2.0) for devices such as an RGB AIO or a Hue+ controller and sometimes additional connectors for case fans, RGB strips and such.
None of these necessarily translates into a better FPS when playing games but it can make it easier to run all the things you want to with your actual physical PC.
This was more of a specific user case as I had 32GB (4x8GB kit) of RAM due to some software I need to load for work but still something I wanted to share as some might end up in the same situation.
Most builds normally use a single 2x8GB kit. I ill need to buy a 2x16GB kit now but RAM is still pretty expensive...
I thought of this. Aside from the fact that the logo would be upside down, it will make it so that the tubes will not be far enough for the radiator to be installed at the top unless I get a really bendy loop that brushes against the case's window. Also, if I recall correctly, it would also be touching the back VRM cover which will likely run hot over usage which might increase the loop's temperature as well.
I always thought these things were standard sized but it seems this is not the case.
You can get a B450 motherboard. they will support it out of the box.
According to XFX's own website (http://xfxforce.com/en-us/products/amd-radeon-rx-500-series/rx-580-gts-8gb-dd-rx-580p8dfd6), the card requires a single 8pin cable.
Looks for the specs tab towards the bottom of the page.
Probably the cause of your stutters. A 144hz moniotr without G-Sync can do this when your GPU has framerate drops when using an nVidia GPU.
Try lowering the settings and see if this still occurs. It should reduce/remvoe these issues.
You can try capping the framerate so you have a consistency. You will lose a bit of fluidity but you will remove those stutters. If the games you play dont offer framerate caps, you can always use nVidia Inspector.
As mentionned, do monitor to see what part(s) is running at 100% as it will give you the exact answer.
I would recommend monitoring the CPU/GPU the next time you play and seeing which one is causing the issue.
100+ fps can be demanding on a locked CPU and its likely the freezes you get are frame drops. If the CPU is loaded, it will create a variating length of stutter which is probably the culprit.
DDR4-3000 should have no problem running on the Maximus X.
What made you think they weren't compatible?
Did you mistyped the RAM or was the link you used to buy the RAM kit linking to an incorrect RAM kit?
Some people sometimes pick a single merchant to save on shipping or to use something like Amazon Prime. You definitely arent the only one.
Because you ovewrote the basic concept of parts which is that you buy them at the lowest price. As such, you changed the lowest price for the price of your favored merchant. It changes nothing to compatibility though so you are fine.
Do you have an m.2 device?
These can disable some SATA ports so be sure you arent using the disabled ports if you do.
I ought it on launch and the game was a such broken mess that I vowed never to pre-order any games. After all the stuff they broke on launch, I also will never play this game again.
If you werent part of the initial launch, it might be ok but personally, I would not give them a single dollar.
When upshifting to 2K from what I assume is 1080p with a 1050ti, you will see a sharp decrease in the overall amount of frame rate. I would recommend waiting until you have a better GPU to upshift to 2K 144hz. 1080p 144hz would be a more reasonable acquisition.
What is important when picking the motherboardis that it must have the features you require (amount of USB/SATA ports, audio codecs/DAC, support for m.2...) as well as the capacity to properly power and OC the CPU you plan to use. This is a bit more tricky because something like a Ryzen 2700 might have a rough time on some B450 motherboard depending on the VRM phase design where a Ryzen 2400G would have no problem.
The X470 motherboards are made with enthusiast features in mind. Generally, the more expensive the board is, the more stuff is crammed into it and picking the right one for what you need can be a challenge.
DO note that some top end B450 are often better in terms of power design than basic entry level X470 models so this is something to keep in mind while shopping.
What features are you talking about exactly?
With a locked processor, you could just as well use a solid H370 chipset motherboard like the Gigabyte H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI or the Asus ROG Strix H370-F Gaming and I doubt you would even be able to tell the difference at all.
The ASRock Z370 Extreme 4 is a pretty solid motherboard for its price and since it has a black and dark greyish color for the PCB, it pretty much matches with any color as well.
Depends on the build and how many screws werent screwed in. Removing the GPU is fairly easy (unplugging the power cables and unlocking it from the PCIe slot).
Unless you have a case where the motherboard is laying flat, I would recommend screwing as many screws as possible to prevent any issues over time.
The point of screwing all the motherboard screws is to split the weight of things you add on to it like the cooler, the GPU and such and it also helps to prevent vibrations which computer parts never like in the long run.
Basic Z370 motherboard would allow you to use faster RAM and an unlocked CPU if you need to upgrade your CPU to extend the life of your PC.
The LGA 1151 socket is the one for the I5-8400 but due to CPU pin layout, you need one of the H310, H370, B360 or Z370 chipsets.
The RAM speed will rely on your motherboard chipset. All DDR4 RAM run at 2133 speed by default and all but the Z370 can activate XMP profiles (auto overclocking for RAM) to run up to 2666 speed. The Z370 chipset will be able to run faster speed but it is also more expensive and you lose some benefits it offers with a locked CPU.
Thats defenitly mroe than enough yes.
You could likely get away with even less, but the 8400 on a basic H310 motherboard should be just fine
Its a more than adequate motherboard. It may not have any LEDs but it does have beeping sounds which tells you what is causing the issue.
I have the exact combination of motherboard, cpu and aio as your build and you should have no issues with it for sure. Good luck with your tweaking! :)
The settings arent the max you can get but its a nice starting point for manual tweaking and it gives you a reference point to go back to when you try something and its unstable.
If you arent too sure, Asus makes one of the best (if not the best) auto OCing software available with its motherboard. Simply install the AI Suite from your motherboards links and run the 5 way optimization. Asus will gradually automatically test core clocks vs voltage vs temperature based on your build's specification and find the best performance you can get without causing any issues.
Hardware Canucks showed the software of Asus at the end of their video after showing the ones of other manufacturers and its a really good starting point if you want to manually tweak it afterwards.
When you cheap out on fans, you often end up with short wires to connect and some arent the best wires to look at either. Not to mention the type of fan (like ML vs ball bearing) will change its characteristics. Lately we also see a huge different in the RGB capacity of different fans as well on top of it.
Do note that cheap fans sometimes can be controlled either so something else to keep in mind.
Thats not a clear cut answer. Negative airflow has an easier time expulsing the heat out of your PC case but it brings in more dust which means you have to do maintenance more often to dust off your PC.
Positive pressure keeps dust out of your case as much as possible (some will always get in) but its not as efficient in expulsing heat.
Depending on your specific case, the usual set up is about 2 front intakes and 1 back exhaust. This however can vary based on your case size, form, fan position, fans RPM and many more factors.