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  1. #25

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Arizona
    ME: Ibanez
    Rig: Mesa JP-2C
    PSN: desertdweller56
    Steam: desertdweller_56

    iTrader: 0

    I just realized I started this thread but haven't posted my new system yet! Here's what I recently put together. I wanted to go all PCIe 4.0 with an AMD video card, but the Pulse 5700 XT was just taking too long to hit store shelves. I feel like I lucked out with the 2070 though as my alternative, as the ray tracing in Control and the last Tomb Raider game is just jaw dropping when you see it live.

    AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
    EVGA RTX 2070 XC Ultra
    ASUS AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus Motherboard
    Corsair Vengeance LPX 3600 DDR4, 2x8GB
    Sabrent 1TB NVMe Gen4 M.2 SSD
    EVGA 850w B2 Power Supply
    Phantex Eclipse P400 ATX Case

    Overclocking the CPU manually, I get good benchmarks for an air-cooled rig, but I actually see marginally better FPS in games if I just keep it at stock speeds and let the CPU manage it's own turbo boost (lower temps, less throttling). If I used an AIO or water loop I could definitely push it more, but I just don't see the benefit. I'm overclocking the RAM to 4000 MHz just because I can, and I'm doing some marginal overclocking on the video card that nets me about 5-10% more performance, but ultimately the only game that's really benefited has been Control, as it's just a really poorly optimized game.

    Here's a pic of it, I feel like I'm getting better at cable management. I'm using my PSU from my old PC, so it's an older model with the older style ketchup and mustard color cables. I actually think it adds to the cyberpunk aesthetic, but that's just me.

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  3. #26

    Join Date: Dec 2008
    Location: Pennsyl-tucky
    ME: Schecter KM-7 mk iii
    MA: Wasburn D12S
    Rig: Orange Brent Hinds Terror

    iTrader: 0

    I built this a while ago. I only really use it for gaming or recording and it works great for me.

    Ryzen 5
    AX-370 Gaming K5
    NZXT case
    Seasonic PSU
    16GB GSkill rgb ram (need another 16)
    GTX 1060 Dual graphics card
    Samsung sshd + Samsung m2 boot drive


  4. #27

    Join Date: Jun 2009
    Location: Toledo,OH
    ME: Jackson SLATXMG7FR
    MA: Takamine G335 12-String
    MB: Ibanez SR-405
    Rig: Peavey 6505+
    XBL: BamHungler
    PSN: Butswald
    Steam: HamBungler

    iTrader: 0

    Just thought I'd throw this out there for folks looking for more storage for games/editing audio and video I've been finding great deals on slightly older PCI-e SSDs pulled from server racks and while the performance isn't the latest and greatest the best thing about the drives is the reliability for writes. The drives are typically Fusion-IO spec and range in storage from 320 GB to 3.2 TB from what I've been seeing on e-bay. Now usually its not a great thing to buy a used SSD as I'm sure many of you are aware, but these server-grade drives have re-write reliability in the Petabytes (10-20 for these types). A few caveats of course the main one being that you can't use these as a boot disk and PCI-e 2.0 x4 spec, but cheap low-capacity NVMes are everywhere nowadays that you can pop in your PC and get your rig blazing fast and maybe allow you to dump a couple HDDs in the process. I just scored a 1.3 TB drive for just under $80 and I'll try to throw up a little review if time allows after I test it out.

    *edit* I searched for Supermicro Fusion IO SSD on ebay to find what I did, there's tons of listings from a few different sellers and most allow you to make an offer for said drives. Saw a lot of 30+ 3.2 TB drives go for around $200 apiece after offer a few days ago
    Last edited by HamBungler; 02-01-2020 at 04:06 AM.

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