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Comment reply on Forum Topic "3900x overclocking advice"

  • 10 hours ago
  • 1 point

Why bother? The performance improvements will be negligible if not nonexistent. They are basically pushed to maximum anyway, right out of the box.

Basically this.

With how Ryzens turbo just get a good cooler and its turbo will do the rest automatically. There may not be any real gains manually overclocking and in some cases you could have a performance loss. Take an application only hammers a few cores the turbo may be able to turbo said few cores higher than what you can OC all cores to and that turbo would deliver better performance than manual OC.

1.235 volt 4.4/4.5 GHz is good enough

There is still something called silicon lotto. Can't guarantee a specific voltage per clock frequency on all chips because they do vary.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Standard SSD vs NVME M.2"

  • 11 hours ago
  • 1 point

In all reality the difference between SSDs in real world uses is not large enough to be perceivable in a meaningful way. I know all this time I have been saying that people don't have to buy the absolute fastest SSD and spend way more than they need to on it as they are getting diminishing returns for how much they are spending. Of course I would have loved to see them add a 4th PC into the mix running off just a 7200rpm HDD but that is one level we know is night and day difference from a SSD.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Stress Reduction"

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

If you are worried about breaking your hardware as you build your PC watch this video: https://youtu.be/CDUZRNp4pxg

Also one thing I always do when I feel overly stressed I use a bit of natural chemical relaxant. I would make myself a pot of tea. Any type of tea can help you relax but chamomile tea is one of the best. Chamomile tea contains a natural sedative called apigenin and it can help mellow you out.

Something like this:

https://www.amazon.com/PEPPERLONELY-1ozKosher-Certified-Botanical-Chamomile/dp/B079NK5ZYH/ref=sr_1_20?keywords=Chamomile+loose+leaf&qid=1582513653&sr=8-20

https://www.amazon.com/Infuser-Stainless-Strainer-Foldable-Suitable/dp/B082TQDSRJ/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=Chamomile+loose+leaf&qid=1582513653&sr=8-7

You might be able to search for a tea shop near you and pick it up locally. You get the best effect by far from proper whole dried flower chamomile tea than any type of grocery store tea bag garbage. To brew it just add some tea to the diffuser and sit it in a cup then add boiling water. Brew for 5 minutes and then enjoy. There are no tannins in chamomile so you don't have to worry about it getting bitter if you over brew or use too hot of water.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help pls 2 x Samsung NVME Drives Install Windos 10"

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

Worst case scenario if you are having troubles identifying which drive is which either in the BIOS or when installing windows just simply disconnect the one you don't want to use as a boot drive from the system then install windows. After windows is installed add the other NVMe drive back into the system and your boot drive will be C drive by default.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gigabyte Aorus Pro Wifi Mobo and M.2 SSD size?"

  • 2 days ago
  • 2 points
  • 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2A)
  • 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2M)

Basically both M.2 slots will fit 2280 sized m.2. One of the 2 slots can fit a longer m.2 drive but you don't find that size too often and 2280 is the most common.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "NVME compatible with older 990FX motherboard?"

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

In real world use you likely won't tell the difference in speed from SATA vs NVMe SSD especially on PCIe 2.0. Source: https://youtu.be/4DKLA7w9eeA

Now since you are just on a HDD it will be night and day difference with ANY SSD. Luckily if you buy an SSD for your current PC when you go to upgrade to a new system you can move said SSD over to the new one. HDDs are great for secondary storage and are okay for games you can't fit on your main SSD but horrible as a boot drive. At least SSDs are cheaper than ever.

Here is a good SATA SSD that you can try as it has a cache and will work 100% with your current build and still be relevant for a future build: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/h3tQzy/crucial-mx500-1tb-25-solid-state-drive-ct1000mx500ssd1

Comment reply on Forum Topic "CPU cooler for r5 1600 AF"

  • 2 days ago
  • 3 points

A budget tower cooler will out perform a 120mm AIO cooler and cost less. I am gonna guess your case is the Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L case. It has a CPU cooler clearance of 159mm so this is the cooler I would recommend: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/8GBrxr/scythe-mugen-5-rev-b-5117-cfm-cpu-cooler-scmg-5100

You will have an extra 5mm clearance to the side of the case and it will perform far better than any 120mm AIO on the market and it costs less than the cheapest 120mm AIO too. As there is no pump that is one less thing making noise and one less point of possible failure and leaks are impossible on the air cooler.

Edit:

i am planning to overclock my new r5 1600 af to 4.0ghz and 1.375v

Don't be to fixed on the exact frequency and voltage needed for it before you have a chance to test it. There is this thing called the silicon lotto so the voltage needed to be stable at 4.0 GHz or even the max OC potential is determined by the silicon lotto. Not every chip is exactly the same.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Standard SSD vs NVME M.2"

  • 2 days ago
  • 3 points

youtube.com/watch?v=4DKLA7w9eeA

LTT did a video about SATA vs older gen NVMe vs gen.4 NVMe and the results in real world usage will surprise you.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "NVME compatible with older 990FX motherboard?"

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

If you already have a sata ssd then I doubt the sluggishness is cased by that. The 990fx chipset is for fx cpus and they are considered obsolete by today's standard. Can you explain more in detail on the kind of lag you are getting? Also what are your system specs?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "AMD FX-9590"

  • 3 days ago
  • 2 points

I managed to snag in 2014 a 990FX chipset board and a FX-8320 CPU combined for the cost of a basic Intel i3 by itself. I thought it would be at least decent cost to performance but it only lasted me till 2017 before I was sick of the CPU lagging behind. I had managed to overclock it to 4.72 GHz on a hyper 212 evo air cooler so I think I won the silicon lotto on that CPU. Though when I got my r7-1800x early 2017 holy crap there was no way to compare them. Well it is like comparing a small go kart with a 1.5hp engine to a modern day muscle car on a race track.

I did add my name to the AMD class action lawsuit so I am waiting to hear back with the results. Any amount I happen to get will just be a bonus! Would be very funny if I get more back than what I spent on the cpu.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "AMD FX-9590"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

It gets stomped on by a 150 buck i5 9400f

Correction: In gaming performance the FX 9590 gets beat by a R3-1200. The increase in IPC is what really made that difference. Comparing it to a 9400f is just cruel.........lol. However you look at it the FX line of CPUs is a horrible value today and I would now count as obsolete. If one needs multi core power for video editing and such the current prices on the r7 2700 is just downright great and you can get a solid motherboard for it too without breaking the bank.

Though I would take data from userbenchmark with a grain of salt especially with how they translate the numbers and weights of tests for the end score: https://youtu.be/AaWZKPUidUY

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I7 9700k vs I9 9900k"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

I suppose it does but if done properly we are talking a CPU lasting 15 years instead of 20 years. Well past the time it would need to be upgraded anyhow. Going to the extreme (like LN2 OC) can shorten the life to a short timeframe but no one runs an OC like that all the time and is only done for epeen rights on benchmark rankings. They only need the system to run stable for a few minutes on a CPU benchmark.

Now it does not make the CPU fail right away on OC, it just becomes unstable. You would need to either up the voltage or lower the clock rate to get it stable again and the more it degrades the more you have to adjust it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Stock thermal paste mishap?"

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

pre-applied thermal paste on the Wraith Spire was starting to bulge over on all four sides of my Ryzen 7 2700

This is what you want to see as long as it isn't making a HUGE mess of the socket. When the cooler presses down on the CPU it pushes out excess paste so it can have 100% coverage and as thin as possible for maximum efficiency. This is why adding too much is not horrible but adding too little is.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I7 9700k vs I9 9900k"

  • 3 days ago
  • 2 points

choose 9700KF over 9700K because it heard some rubish that apparently NOT having built-in UHD was an advantage performance wise

You are right in most cases there is not a difference in performance. Under an extreme overclocker trying to get every last MHz out of the chip then the extra power the UHD takes can make a very tiny difference in max overclock, because it can increase temps by 0.5c while using a high end cooling solution. When you are pushing for every ounce of OC it is only done for getting the highest benchmark score you can get and not for day to day use as this will shorten the life of the CPU pushing it that hard. For someone who wants to get 5.0 GHz all cores there is zero difference in OC and the only variation will be due to the silicon lotto.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I7 9700k vs I9 9900k"

  • 3 days ago
  • 2 points

Well in the US the 9700KF is only $10 cheaper than the 9700K

https://pcpartpicker.com/products/compare/WtyV3C,LhCD4D,QKJtt6/

Canada (where I am from) follows a similar trend

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/products/compare/WtyV3C,LhCD4D,QKJtt6/

United Kingdom is odd, the 9700KF is more expensive than the 9700k!

https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/products/compare/WtyV3C,LhCD4D,QKJtt6/

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I7 9700k vs I9 9900k"

  • 3 days ago
  • 2 points

That only shows at stock settings on the CPUs and the i9-9900k turbos a bit higher on stock settings. When OC to the same limit (say 5.0 GHz all cores) the extremely tiny difference in FPS between them will be even smaller. Though for stock settings the r7 3700x is also really close and is ~$60 cheaper than the 9700k. The 9900k is $145 more expensive than the 9700k so just for gaming to gain ~1% fps is not worth it IMO. The Ryzen comes with a stock cooler and both Intels do not so you need to buy a cooler for both of them. Getting the Ryzen and running it at stock settings on the stock cooler would have the best value on cost per FPS by the looks of it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "cpu"

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

I am not sure if they show favor to either nvidia or AMD on GPUs but I would take anything from that site with a grain of salt.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "cpu"

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

Not quite, they have been known to skew the results in favor of Intel. LTT and some other channels had discussed this before.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "NH-D15 Clearance"

  • 5 days ago
  • 2 points

Ram will fit easy. That ram does not have tall heat spreaders and will fit under the fan if the fan overhangs a ram slot. You may have to move the fan up a bit which should be easy to do because of the fan mounting system and the extra clearance.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ryzen 5 3600 (what GPU would go well with this for 1080p streaming and gaming) 700-900 build."

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

As for CPU on a gaming+streaming PC I would want an 8 core CPU. The 2700 that you mentioned offers a fantastic value for 8 well performing cores in a CPU.

For Vram I find they usually only add as much vram the GPU itself is able to properly use to where when you need more than what the GPU has even if you somehow were to add more vram you are still bottlenecked by the GPU chip itself.

For a $900 budget I would look at something like this:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor $169.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $74.98 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $69.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sabrent Rocket Q 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $119.99 @ Amazon
Video Card ASRock Radeon RX 5700 8 GB Challenger D OC Video Card $329.99 @ B&H
Case Fractal Design Focus G Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case $54.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CX (2017) 750 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $79.98 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $899.91
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-18 23:28 EST-0500

PSU is overkill but the 650w version of that PSU was the identical price. I also didn't include the operating system as you can download the installer directly from microsoft and run it on the trial version until you can save up and buy a legitimate licence key to activate it with later on. This method is not grey market nor piracy as Microsoft allows you to run the trial before purchasing. 1TB storage will hold windows and several games but won't offer a ton of storage if you hold onto a ton of recordings. If you find it isn't enough later on you can simply get a HDD and add it to the PC very easily.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "3600 w/2080 bottlenecking?"

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

They aren't using a Hyper 212 EVO they are using the RGB

Ahh I misread the evo vs RGB I suppose. Either way it will work fine with that CPU.

With RTX maxed out your limited to 1080p for decent frame rates even with that level of GPU performance so its still down to settings the user runs.

Yeah I have heard about the meme "RTX on FPS off" before. Then again there many games without ray tracing or still not have much improvement on the eye candy with RTX on so in games without RTX a 1440p screen may better take advantage of the GPU.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "newb needs help with air cooler- noctua or ?"

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

This cooler has been known to be a great value cooler. Sure it may not perform on the same level as a top end noctua or top end be quiet cooler but at half the price it carries like 80% of the performance making it a great value. As your CPU is only a 3700x the performance level is more than good enough.

Aesthetics wise I do like the Mugan over the brown Noctua coolers but I do like the black noctua coolers and the dark rock coolers from be quiet more in the looks department. Regardless this cooler is an incredible value for what you get. Typically fins and heat pipes don't fail and the only real worry is the fan. As it is a 4 pin PWM 120mm fan if it ever dies you can just buy another fan when that happens. Good chance though it will last the life of the PC. I would count this cooler to have a higher reliability rate than any AIO coolers on the market.

I would also second the recommendation from Mark5916 for the cooler. If it were me and was for my main rig I might spend the extra cash on the Dark Rock 4 or Noctua u9-u12a chromax(black) but knowing that extra cash spent was for aesthetics than function. Well I think the DR4/u12a are also more silent as well but overall only by a little bit. All 3 coolers will run very quiet.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "3600 w/2080 bottlenecking?"

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

Games like minecraft will almost always be bottlenecked by the CPU. I can imagine even with a i9-9900k @ 5.3GHz paired with a RTX 2060 will still be CPU bottlenecked so what is bottlenecked also depends on the game played too.

IMO the R5 3600 paired with a 2080 super wont have any "bad" bottlenecks but there is one bottleneck I am concerned about. An RTX 2080 or even the super version being paired with only a 1080p display. Those video cards are powerful enough to render so much more than a mear 1080p screen can show so it seems the real bottleneck here is going to be the screen itself.

As for cooling the hyper 212 evo isn't the cooler I would choose but it is ample for the r5 3600. Of course I would recommend not to overclock and let the self turbo do its magic and that CPU will serve you quite well.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Tìm hiểu chơi casino online cho người nhập môn"

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

Odd place to find a Vietnamese Online Casino advertisement in the RAM forums of PCPartpicker......

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Connecting my seagate HDD"

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

I am not sure what those pins are really used for TBH as jumper pins were no longer a thing once IDE was dropped. IDE drives used them to set slave/master when running 2 devices off one IDE cable. I do not miss IDE.......... Especially the molex power connector which is annoying as you find modern things that still use it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Connecting my seagate HDD"

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I thought it was that drive when I saw it in your saved parts list so I just took the pic PCPartPicker has for that HDD and added the red arrow lol.

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/FZfhP6/seagate-barracuda-pro-12tb-35-7200rpm-internal-hard-drive-st12000dm0007

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Connecting my seagate HDD"

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

He is talking about these pins here: https://imgur.com/a/Z9Yd5G1

Yeah those pins OP can just ignore and it just needs power and the data cable.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Upgrading to SSD need advice please"

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

any other ideas which i could upgrade to improve performance for games and general use please do let me know :)

Yeah either one of those SSDs will work great. Hopefully the next upgrade will be cpu/mobo/ram. I used to own a FX 8320 and I feel your pain. Even though I got it up to 4.72 GHz it really didn't help all that much and was glad to be rid of it in 2017.

Next upgrade after CPU should be GPU and PSU. I am not a fan of using a several year old PSU in a new PC especially if it is more than 5 years old.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Time to upgrade a 6700k?"

  • 7 days ago
  • 2 points

In all honesty the i7-6700k isn't a bad CPU and you can still game on it. If you can't afford the upgrade now then simply put don't force yourself to buy something you can't afford. A better idea is to save money on the side and put as much as you think you can force yourself to afford in said savings. Worst case scenario if you put too much into savings and need money to pay for a necessity like food or bills you can still take from that pot which keeps you in a better position than if you bought the hardware right away. Also got to hold yourself back from buying anything that isn't a necessity and the mind to know the difference lol.

Even the GTX 1070 is still a good GPU too. I am sure you can get a year or 2 more out of your PC for the time being. Save up money over the next 6 to 12 months and then look to getting a new system. Of course better stuff will be out then and if you happen to save up more than you need then keep the extra cash as a SHTF stash. It is always wise to keep a savings account with emergency funds in it when life decides to kick your butt.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "i7-9700KF or i5-9600KF"

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

Typically the extra 2 cores can be more valuable when doing video editing or live streaming. Especially when it comes to gaming. If you can afford the 9700KF without sacrificing on another critical component like the GPU. For example I would rather get the 9600KF and a 2070 super over a 9700KF and a 2070 for gaming.

On the same note I would not ignore AMD offerings either as they offer some great price to performance and have the extra cores that can help out on core heavy tasks. https://pcpartpicker.com/products/compare/LhCD4D,MBMwrH,QKJtt6,9nm323/

As far as gaming performance goes it does a great job and still provides an awesome experience and has a lower price for the number of cores. The r5 and r7 has hyperthreading by default so you get either 6c12t or 8c16t which can be very nice for multithreaded power.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help me choose SSD & HDD"

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Benchmarks are an artificial test. Game loading times won't be night and day different. Say a game takes 30 seconds to load on a SATA SSD it may take 25 seconds to load on a NVMe SSD. According to those benchmarks it should load everything in 1/3rd of the time but realistically it won't.

There are workloads that can really take advantage of a NVMe such as using it as a scratch disk when dealing with raw 4k video footage while editing it. That is when you can notice a difference between them. Though not having to hook up cables to a NVMe stick like you do with a SATA SSD is also nice as far as ease of cable management too.

If you do want to get a NVMe drive then go for it. Luckily there isn't a huge cost difference from a budget NVMe compared to a SATA SSD but I would avoid any of the premium ones like the samsung NVMe SSDs.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "does my 2 blacks hardisks have problems??"

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Well there is a motor that spins the discs inside the HDD, on the purple drives it stays on all the time. On other drives it will turn off the drive when not in use. As for as logativity of the drive going into standby does help with extending the life of a drive but generally not something to worry about too much. Remember the old days before SSDs? The constant pings from the OS to the boot drive will basically keep the HDD in an always active state while the computer is turned on so that power saving feature does not get a lot of use there. Purple drives are designed to run like that for long periods of time so it is not something to worry about. Again you do not need to overthink this.

If the purple drive was cheaper than the red I would buy the purple drive. If they are the same price or the red drive was cheaper then I would buy the red drive. If you are ever caught debating on 2 things of the same price which applies to more than just PC parts considering which one has more benefits that affect you over the other will help you pick which fits you best. If you are comparing 2 items at different prices then you may want to consider if the benefits of the more expensive one is worth the added cost. As for the power feature between the purple and red that is very minor and not worth a sizable cost difference.

To give another example of this mind set lets talk bikes. Schwinn Biggity fat bike for $370 compared to a Norco Bigfoot 2 for $1300. The Norco has many benefits over the Schwinn and is going to outlast it. The Norco has far better components that can make it a better bargain over the Schwinn in the long run which justifies the price hike over the cheap department store bike. As I had ridden both bikes I can tell you the riding experience is soo much better on the Norco due to the much lighter bike, better gear range with lower gears for deep snow and steep hills, far more effective brakes, lower top bar making it easier to get on and off the bike while wearing winter gear, geometry of bike feels a lot more stable to ride on. Also has mounting points for adding racks front and back for carrying cargo which the Schwinn didn't have. All those things factor in the nearly $1000 price hike will make it worth it over the cheaper bike. I actually wore out the wheel hubs on the Schwinn in about a year and a half with over 10,000km of riding on it. The hubs rode right on the bearings by design and the cheaper metal it was made of wore out a lot faster. It clearly was not designed to be a daily driver and more of a casual weekend bike. If you want to see my bikes: https://imgur.com/a/ZEApZMX

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best CPU Air Cooler Under $30?"

  • 8 days ago
  • 2 points

I am going to assume your budget is listed in USD:

https://pcpartpicker.com/products/compare/hJFPxr,8GBrxr,cr8j4D,VmMwrH/

Basically the 4 in that list are 2 low cost tower coolers that work great on a 6 core Ryzen, one no LED and the other RGB. The other 2 are higher cooling potential that are great cost to performance under $50, again one no LED and the other RGB. I did include both options as for preference for RGB or not.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "does my 2 blacks hardisks have problems??"

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Simply the purple drive stays on all the time and the red drive will go in standby when not in use. This was mentioned on your other thread here: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/342460-anyone-using-wd-purple-as-datastorage-disk#cx3439710

Comment reply on Forum Topic "does my 2 blacks hardisks have problems??"

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

so if i will put in the purple drive avi and blueRAy FILES and if i will try to run the files for to watch the avi and blueRAy or to hear mp3 files from purple will i have problems/?

No you will not have problems. Purple drives are still hard drives and they still do hard drive things.

also for you which is better for storage? purples or red nas??

If both were the exact same price and size I needed then I would pick the red over the purple. If the use is as you stated "pictures, videos ,mp3 files and other important files" the speed differences on the HDDs won't mean very much so costs would mean more. If one is clearly cheaper then go for it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "does my 2 blacks hardisks have problems??"

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Currently I have 2 WD 4tb purple lying around. can I use it in my desktop like a normal HDD?

Yes you can totally use them as regular HDDs. They are just normally intended for use in a system that is constantly writing data to them like in a video surveillance system where it is constantly saving video footage that is recording 24/7. Red drives have a firmware that allows the drives to play nice together in RAID but that also does not negatively affect the use of the drive if it is used on its own. The blue drives are just meant to be the standard economical drive from WD.

for you which is better for storage? red nas drives or purple drives/?

If you already have the 2 purple HDDs just use what you have since there is no point in buying more if what you currently have is good enough. If you need more HDD storage I start looking at cost per GB and warranty on said drive and that is about it unless I have a specific use like RAID or in video surveillance then I may consider what the drive specializes in. You really don't need to overthink HDDs, your just going to give yourself a headache if you do.

can red drives work for storage??

Isn't that why HDDs exist in the first place? ┐( ̄ヮ ̄)┌

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help me choose SSD & HDD"

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Well getting a new SSD for your games sounds like a good idea. Sure NVMe is not mandatory as the real world speed difference between NVMe and SATA SSDs is minor for loading games and as far as moving large files to take advantage of NVMe you also need a source that can keep up with said NVMe or it becomes the bottleneck. Say my downloads folder is on my SSD and I transfer some video files I downloaded to one of my HDDs then it will not transfer faster than the HDD can write regardless of the speed of my NVMe SSD.

As for the argument of 5400rpm vs 7200rpm it depends on the use of the drive. If it is just for media (movies, music, pics, documents) then there is absolutely nothing wrong with 5400rpm. If you want to load games off the HDD that can't fit on the SSDs then I would recommend 7200rpm as it will be a bit faster than 5400rpm drives.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "does my 2 blacks hardisks have problems??"

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

does my black western 6TB has problems?? with speeds and etc??

It is the nature of HDDs to be slow as they rely on physically moving parts when reading and writing data. Can't expect them to match SSDs in speeds due to physical limitations. Said limitations does not mean the drives are broken and as far is the slower speeds are a problem or not in subjective. Now due to the fact HDDs are mechanical there will always be variations between the drives. Say on a read and write test depending on what part of the disc it is using (inner or outer part of a disc) the speeds can vary.

Clear cut cases were SSD speed just isn't needed is a media storage drive for videos/music/pics/documents. Another clear case is as a boot drive where a SSD is highly recommended for quality of life when using the PC. As a second drive to hold games the SSD doesn't have room for is something that can be debated either way. The big plus HDDs have over SSDs is cost per GB and overall size of the drive. I can guarantee you that a current 6TB HDD outclasses any SSD in both of those factors in the consumer market. Well you can find 4TB SSDs but they are still multiple times the price of a 6tb HDD.

If you really want to make sure any mechanical HDD is working fine you can download seatools for free and test the HDD. Yes it will test WD as well and makes a great indicator if it is time to replace a drive or get an RMA if under warranty if it fails. If a HDD is making an odd noise that it normally doesn't make that is also a good indicator of a drive taking a dump.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How durable are external HDDs?"

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

External HDDs are on average less durable than internal HDDs. This is not due to the mechanics of said HDDs as they are often the same internal HDDs in an external casing but due to the nature of them being external. Getting knocked over or dropped especially when in use greatly increases the chance of drive failure. Of course damage in this method can be greatly mitigated by being careful with it.

I do also use an external HDD dock for using internal HDDs externally and it has a seperate power button so I can power off the drive and wait for it to stop spinning before moving it. I had to dig rather far back in my amazon order history to find that link lol but there are many like it available. It is a great thing to have when you have friends/family who get you to work on their PCs lol.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Cpu water cooling"

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

What CPU and case do you have or are planning to get? Those 120 or 140mm AIO coolers are not very good cost to performance and quite often a budget tower cooler can outperform them and cost much less. A well designed air cooler with a silent fan will make less noise than any AIO out there. Sure an AIO can use the same silent fan on the radiator but it will still have a pump that makes noise that an air cooler won't have.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Advice on a CPU cooler"

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Take a look at my build for reference: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/MnLJ7P

I use the older version the Dark Rock Pro 3 and in a matx case fractal design case which is smaller than your case. As for airflow mine has tons and the middle fan actually hangs lower than the fins on the tower cooler so it promotes good airflow over the VRMs on my motherboard. I cannot get my CPU to hit 60c under full load and I got an 1800x @ 1.381v 4.0 GHz.

As for fan layout in my case I chose to do 2x 120mm front intake, 1x 120mm bottom intake, 1x 140mm top exhaust, 1x 120mm back exhaust so I basically have 3 fans in 2 fans out. It is an older Fractal Design case so it did not have a PSU shroud but I like my case. The cooler looks like it takes up almost all the space above the GPU but don't let that fool you, air still moves through it fine.

Now if you want you can drop down to the Dark Rock 4 instead which will be a single tower cooler instead of a dual tower and it will still have enough power to cool a 2700x easily. I do like the pro version though because of what the low hanging middle fan does for the VRMs which is more of an issue on matx boards where you have a harder time finding good VRMs.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Custom loop vs AIO"

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

First of all what CPU are you going for and in what case? In 99% of cases you do not need an AIO and there is never a need for a custom loop. A custom loop is more of an enthusiast thing that is throwing money at over powered cooling and aesthetics. Custom loops are also more maintenance too.

A good AIO can offer some awesome cooling performance but there are some great air coolers that can cool an overclocked i9-9900k. There are even air coolers made specifically for threadrippers if you are aiming for one of those. A high core count threadripper if doing manual overclocking pushing it to the limits is one of the use cases a custom loop may be a good idea but you need actively cooler VRMS or a motherboard waterblock too.

As for costs of a custom loop you can get a basic starter kit for $270 that has everything you need for CPU only cooling. Though with all the parts options you can easily rack up several hundred more in costs on a custom loop. For example if you want to add a GPU waterblock and get a larger radiator. Also adding new blocks also needs more fittings.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Air cooler for i7-9700k less than 154mm"

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B06ZYB8K77/ref=dp_olp_0?ie=UTF8&condition=all

Amazon has the Scythe Mugen 5 Rev. B for under $50 but it is on backorder right now. That is exactly 154mm tall and is a rather decent cooler.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "3950x prime95 heat issues?"

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

What could have caused the cpu to spike this way?

This is actually normal and happens on all CPUs. The temps you are listing are fine so I would not worry all that much.

https://youtu.be/vw4HONEkj4s?t=188

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I7-9700k or I7-8086k?"

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

For gaming I would go for the 9700k. Save yourself $25 and get 2 more cores. Perhaps explaining hyperthreading may help. In a CPU core it can do so much work per clock cycle and not every task that gets pushed through a core can take up the full load of that clock cycle. Hyperthreading allows another task to use the unused portion in the core so hyperthreading allows a more efficient use of the CPU core. Due to its nature some tasks can benefit a lot from it while other tasks don't benefit as much.

Typically more cores outweigh more threads from hyperthreading. Gaming is also a task that does not heavily benefit from hyperthreading, well it can a bit when core limited but more cores are generally better. Now looking at gaming benchmarks of the i7 7700k(5ghz) vs i7 8700k(5ghz) vs i7 9700k(5ghz) and that paints a good picture on hyperthreading scaling with games. Compared to the 9700k the 7700k has the same thread count with its hyperthreading but it lags the furthest behind. Even the 8700k with 4 more threads lags behind the 9700k by only a hair so the hyperthreading isn't making up for the lack of 2 more cores.

Now I know I was comparing the 8700k and not the 8086k but the only difference is stock and boost clock settings. OC both CPUs to 5.0 GHz and they will operate the exact same.

Tasks like video editing and 3D rendering to name a couple can really benefit more from hyperthreading but at that point you could just got with an r9 3900x but will be around $470 so a bit of a jump in price but you get 12c24t which will be a beast at those tasks. Even the r7 3700x at $340 will be a beast at this too and it has 8 cores 16 threads. The r7 2700 at $150 is the best price to performance, sure the 9700k will outperform it but by a FAR smaller margin than the cost difference.

Edit: the 9700kf is cheaper and only lacks integrated graphics which wont matter when using a video card in the PC.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Learning Custom loops"

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

One place you can start looking is https://www.ekwb.com/

You will need water blocks for each GPU, you might find a waterblock for your motherboard that is a combo block for the VRMs and CPU, not sure about a waterblock for the motherboard chipset but they have existed for motherboards in the past. I would recommend at least 6 fan slots of radiator space for that much hardware and it does not have to be all on one radiator. Say 2 rads of 360mm radiators or 2x 420mm but it may be hard to find a case that can support that much.

One huge tip for a custom loop is to add a drain port for your regular maintenance. Have a T fitting at the lowest point of the loop and a way to open air into the highest point in the loop to make it super easy to drain. Also never dry run a pump as that will destroy them. You can use a smaller reservoir but it will make it harder to fill the loop and larger reservoirs to make that easier.

When finding water blocks you do have to make sure they are compatible with the GPU or motherboard (if getting that type) that you are buying. I mean by specific model #.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Time to upgrade my AMD FX-6300"

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

i have a 256gb samsung ssd left over from the old build

Yeah why not move it to the new PC too as a second drive? Sure SSDs do have a write endurance but the average home user will only come close to it after like 10 to 15 years of use. Though I can guarantee you that going from a fx 6300 to a 3600 is going to be a night and day difference in power. I am sure you will enjoy the change.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "is the scythe mugen 5 still the "best" air cooler for am4?"

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

If it is the x570 boards it will have active cooling on the chipset which is at the bottom right side of the board but not on the VRMs that is next to the CPU socket. The VRMs to the left of the socket powers the CPU cores while the ones above the socket usually power the memory controller, infinity fabric, and igpu if there is one. I have only seen workstation boards like for threadrippers that have active cooling on the VRMs in recent times.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "is the scythe mugen 5 still the "best" air cooler for am4?"

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

If you get a cooler like the Scythe FUMA 2 try to move the center fan down till it is nearly touching the CPU contact plate if you can so the air from the bottom of the fan can assist on blowing on the VRM heatsink on the motherboard. That may help with cooling the VRMs too. I have the Dark Rock Pro 3 cooler in my case on an Asrock AB350m Pro4 and I do have the middle fan lower so it pokes out below the heat fin stack and promotes airflow across the motherboard itself. As for cooling performance you are trying to cool a 3600x which is a low heat CPU to start with. You should have no trouble at all keeping that CPU cool.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Can I use the h510 usb-c front panel header in the gygabite b450m ds3h"

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

https://www.gigabyte.com/ca/Motherboard/B450M-DS3H-rev-10/sp#sp

  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports available through the internal USB header
  • 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)

Your motherboard does not have USB-c header and only has a single USB 3 motherboard header. Considering that case has a USB 3.0 and a USB c on the front then that motherboard header can't do both. You may need to either pick a motherboard that has it or use a PCIe expansion card that gives the header for the front.

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