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    No excitement about intel's latest offering??

    What's this about AMD being Chinese and Intel American? LOL! Both have significant amounts of Chinese and American involvement - you can't do efficient CPU's without both. Ok one of them has a white looking CEO and the other one an Asian (Lisa Su, who is actually an American btw) - but who...
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    Jeez 10900k really?

    Same here, but have come to the opposite conclusion. I too "want the best". And I don't care at all about brand. And if you look at expert reviews/industry reviews, overwhelmingly, almost all of them are saying the same thing in 2020: the "best CPU's" are not Intel. Now if you care about...
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    Jeez 10900k really?

    Ok, the "best at photoshop and gaming", lol. And yes, agree that nowadays it's not so easy to crown any one CPU as the best overall. And that's the market the 10900k has come out in hence this thread where things aren't so black and white. A couple of years ago it was easy: the top Intel was...
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    Jeez 10900k really?

    I agree with you at a tactical level. When the 9900k came out, it was "the best CPU" you could buy in that general class, damn the price. And yes, it made sense to buy it for that. So if you had money back in 2018 and wanted the best CPU, it absolutely made sense to get the Intel i9-9900k...
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    Jeez 10900k really?

    Yes - if you're looking for cost effective Intel high end gaming solutions, the 10700k is pretty good or if you can find a cheap 9990k and overclock it that can be works pretty well also. Take the money you save and invest it in a high end 2080ti.... You can't expect the 10900k to be...
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    Jeez 10900k really?

    Those are merely numbers contributing to a point. Suggest not focusing on that but the main point being made. In 2020, someone looking to buy the "best overall CPU" (in a given class), regardless of minor differences in price, would not be leaning towards Intel. And the 10900k, while a fine...
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    Jeez 10900k really?

    That's not correct. There are users like me who try to go for "best in class" components. Price is still important, but secondary. That meant that since the AMD Athlon I've been Intel since Intel technology was clearly superior. And yes, during that time AMD was for people looking to save a...
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    New gaming pc which one?

    Pretty good spec. But that 2 TB HDD, and your storage options, look out of place - it's fine for a cheaper or older system, but unusual for a new high spec setup. It's slow, doesn't have much capacity and just contributes heat and noise... If I were spending £3000+ on a new system, I'd have...
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    RTX 2070 or should I upgrade - going under water

    Depends on how sensitive you are to noise, and how much you value quietness. I got the MSI Ventus RTX 2070 super and absolutely could not stand the noise. It was far noiser than my Palit Jetstream 1070 GTX and I found it unacceptable. The fans on the Ventus look good but are rather useless...
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    Are there any "mainstream" 4TB+ NVMe drives in the pipeline?

    SATA is extremely useful for storage (although SATA SSD's are a bit of a compromise). For "speed" a fast 2TB NVMe m.2 drive is more than enough for most people to use as a boot drive holding the Windows O/S as well as your favorite games and applications; and there are edge cases where their...
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    Air vs Water Cooling Noise

    The Rainjintek Morpheus II GPU cooler is even more quiet than the accelero, especially as you can pair it up with two slow running 120mm fans. I'm using a couple of Noctura fans with a max rpm of 900 rpm under max load for my rtx 2070 super. It can still be heard, but it's easy enough to setup...
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    What are your ideal motherboard features?

    Similar to the spec above. ITX, 3+ fan headers, 2 x m.2 slots, and good quality 100% passive cooling. And no useless USB 1.0 / 2.0 ports, instead would like 4 or 5 current gen USB. 4 or 5 current gen SATA... Easily accessible BIOS reset, on/off buttons, and LED/debug on the board... And...
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    Air vs Water Cooling Noise

    If you do nothing, yes a WC'ing pump, even a good quality one, will be noisy. As mentioned above, you need to ensure it's both decoupled to avoid vibrations AND reduce the rpm. And there's a bit of human subjectiveness involved where whatever ends up being the loudest component will stand out...
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    Can I add a External SSD to my Asus AC3100 router, and use it for backup storage?

    Perhaps the more senior classes used them more often, but before this mess occured the kids weren't using laptops, much less MS Office. They just went to school as normal. But after the school shutdown, that was the only way to work. Most families were encouraged to use their own computers or...
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    New to WC, what do I need?

    It's up to you, but I don't see the advantage of going custom water cooling for just the CPU, especially as the component that spews the most heat in a powerful gaming system is going to be the GPU. But even if this isn't a gaming system, if all you care about is the CPU, there's still no need...
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    Can I add a External SSD to my Asus AC3100 router, and use it for backup storage?

    You can, but it might not be the most efficient, nor the cheapest, way of sharing documents nowadays. If all you want to do is share documents between computers, cloud storage is easier, and probably a lot cheaper than building even a cheap PC. The kids needed Microsoft 365 (i.e. Office 365)...
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    Need mobo for 3600x

    I normally don't advise waiting for the next gen product to come out because it's usually far in the future, but if you don't mind waiting a bit the B550 boards are coming out soon and will pretty much relace the B450's. Launch date is supposedly June 16.
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    ATX vs mATX vs ITX

    An ITX board should do pretty much everything an ATX board does but it'll have less ports, fan headers, slots etc. Whether those are important to you depends on you. In most cases it's not a big deal. And if you're going AMD, you'll have less choice. Was looking for an itx x570 board, and...
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    Overclocking an RTX 2070 super GPU - how to check baseline frequency?

    Haven't overclocked in years but was thinking of overclocking my GPU which is a RTX 2070 Super with a boost clock of 1785Mhz. I interpreted that as meaning the clock starts at 300 Mhz or lower when idle and boosts to 1785 Mhz under full load and without overclocking. First thing I do is take...
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    External water cooling?

    If that's your build in the YouTube vid, it looks very good.. You don't hear a lot about it because watercooling is a niche thing, and external watercooling is even more niche..... In general, if you want watercooling to have a heavily overclocked build, you get a case that can handle it...
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    New RTX 2070 super. 3rd party cooling?

    Can do it on smaller builds too. I've currently got it in one of my older cases, the Jonsbo RM3 micro-ATX case, and it handles 4 slots well. It's not as small as I'd like but it's small enough to put on the top shelf of my study. Pics below. I figure I have a 50/50 chance it fits into my...
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    New RTX 2070 super. 3rd party cooling?

    Just ran a 40 minute furmark stress test. My RTX 2070 super GPU temps never exceeded 67 celsius. That's with two Noctua 120mm fans running in near silence at a fixed 850 rpm on my Raijintek Morpheus II GPU cooler. It took longer than expected to set it up, but very happy with the results. If...
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    New RTX 2070 super. 3rd party cooling?

    Already ordered a couple of slow running 120mm fans and the heatsink. If all goes well, the Morpheus should give me superior cooling to any stock cooled card at noise levels comparable to water. The heatsink on that thing weights almost 2 pounds and no need for a pump. At least on paper it...
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    What cpu to get? 3600, 3800 or 3900.. cooling is not an issue..

    If cooling/noise were a concern and I wanted to be sensible about budget, I'd get the 3700x as its fine for gaming and great value. If cooling/noise wasn't an issue and wanted something to last me the next 3 years I'd get the Ryzen 3900x. Even though the 3700x is more sensible... But you...
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    M/B for quiet itx build (ryzen 3rd gen): x570, B450, x470 or wait for B550?

    Thanks all. I probably should have called the CPU as a "Ryzen 3rd generation" but didn't realise the AMD naming convention.... I'm not sure exactly what CPU I'm getting but it's between the Ryzen 3700x and the 3900x. Currently leaning towards the Ryzen 3700x as it has a low TDP and great...
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    best way to setup 5.1 computer audio in 2020? HDMI without needing a fake display?

    I think this might be the solution: to use pre-HDMI old tech to get around the limitations of HDMI. That whole discussion around S/PDIF brings back memories.... I vaguely recall why I went HDMI when I got my 5.1 audio setup several upgrades ago: it was cause the going fad at the time was...
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    best way to setup 5.1 computer audio in 2020? HDMI without needing a fake display?

    S/PDIF might work. My M/B doesn't seem to have it. How have you got S/PDIF connected from your PC?
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    memory recommendations for ryzen 3 itx build

    Looking for some memory recommendations for my new ryzen 3 mini-ITX build. Priorities are 1440p gaming, movies, quietness/silence and some light work involving browsing / MS office / video edits etc. Was looking at buying 2 sticks (i.e. 16GB) of cheap 8GB DDR4 3000 Mhz, CL15 memory. Does...
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    best way to setup 5.1 computer audio in 2020? HDMI without needing a fake display?

    That's disappointing. After all these years, I still need to create a fake extended display, which messes with my mouse movements in that part of the screen, just to get normal 5.1 sound. I'm tempted to go with analogue, but that means 5 cables instead of 1 and I lose out on DTS/Dolby Digital...
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    ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming ITX - use of thunderbolt?

    Thanks. I had a feeling thunderbolt wouldn't help me with a desktop build, but figured I'd ask anyway in case I missed something. And not keen on the compromises it means. In that case I'm back to looking for a decent motherboard...
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    M/B for quiet itx build (ryzen 3rd gen): x570, B450, x470 or wait for B550?

    Looking for M/B recommendations for my new Ryzen 3rd gen (3700x/3900x) mini-ITX build. (edit) Main priorities are 1440p gaming, low noise/silence, and having enough M.2 storage for normal use, perhaps between 2 to 4TB NVMe. Will probably buy a normal 12TB HDD as well just for slower storage...
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    best way to setup 5.1 computer audio in 2020? HDMI without needing a fake display?

    When I initially setup my PC audio a few years ago (for movies, gaming and normal work), the only way to get digital sound was via HDMI to my receiver/amplifier which then connected to my 5.1 speakers. And for this to work, you needed to designate your receiver as a fake extended 2nd monitor...
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    Amazon and Seagate customer service are terrible.

    Suggest you keep seagate out of this - it's not their problem, they shouldn't even be involved, and if you keep talking to them and expecting them to do something, you're just going to get fustrated. Avoid any techie speak and keep your communication simple, else you're unintentionally creating...
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    New RTX 2070 super. 3rd party cooling?

    Thanks for the ideas. I looked them up, especially that Kraken G12, which looks like an easier way to use water, and that arctic cooler, and even thought about a custom water loop again. And then looked into strapping on those 120mm fans... But figured if I was considering strapping on a...
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    New RTX 2070 super. 3rd party cooling?

    I've built a few watercooling rigs, and actually have one that would work in a mini-ITX build, a vertical stand-alone external quad rad with quick disconnects. And maybe 5 years ago I'd do it, but I think I lack the patience now. I remember that setting it up was fun, at least I remember it...
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    New RTX 2070 super. 3rd party cooling?

    Just got an RTX 2070 super (msi with two fans) for my new mini-ITX build. It makes a lot of noise and I'd like to rreplace the fan with a more quiet 3rd party cooler, but an ITX case doesn't have a lot of room. Anyone know of a decent GPU cooler that takes 3 to 3.5 slots?
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    ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming ITX - use of thunderbolt?

    Looking to get a new AMD motherboard for my ITX build that I plan on using for light gaming, work and movies. Was looking at different options and noticed that the ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming ITX has thunderbolt 3 support. I don't have an apple, am not doing video capture and my only external...
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    Why did YOU choose AMD for your processor?

    I'm going to avoid saying "price/performance" - that was the reason many people gave for buying AMD when Intel were clearly superior. I'm going AMD with my new build because it's superior to Intel. Simple as that.
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    Upgrading soon: looking for a reason to get M2 PCIe 4.0 NVMe...

    Thanks. If i get a 33% increase in load speeds with PCIe 4.0 NVMe over the last gen PCI, that seems a good enough reason. And if those B550 boards are out soon, might grab one of those, especially if they support PCIe 4.0 while being cheaper.
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    Upgrading soon: looking for a reason to get M2 PCIe 4.0 NVMe...

    It's been a while, but going to upgrade my PC soon. I usually go for fairly high end kit but it has to give me "some" benefit. Anyway, looking to get one of those new 3rd gen Ryzen's with an X570 board that runs PCI 4.0. As for SSD's, was thinking I should get a new 2TB M2 PCIe 4.0 NVMe...
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