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  1. LetMeBeFrank

    LetMeBeFrank Won't tell anyone my name is actually Francis

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    I always use Noctua, but I've heard good things about Be Quiet! coolers.

    Since you have Intel, pulling the CPU out of the socket with the cooler will not happen, as it is locked in by a plate.

    Use rubbing alcohol to remove the old thermal paste, the higher the % the better.

    Depending on the cooler you may need to access the back of the motherboard. Cases usually have a cutout for this, but just something to be aware of.
     
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  2. bobboxbody

    bobboxbody Almost "Made"

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    I'm using Noctua, and keep good temps without much noise. On the GPU front, I decided to stop in the local Microcenter on my way to buy groceries today and scored. They had an open box MSI RX 6800 so I nabbed it. There were a bunch of 6700 XT and a couple of 6900 XT in stock plus a handful of 3060 and 3070 in the Nvidia section, evidently 3060 Ti was in earlier in the day but sold out. So if you don't need the absolute latest card maybe brick and mortar retail shops are starting to have some availability or maybe I just got lucky. Now if they'll just release Elden Ring, Bloodborne, or Demon Souls for PC... :*(
     
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  3. LetMeBeFrank

    LetMeBeFrank Won't tell anyone my name is actually Francis

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    Finally replacing my aging Lenovo Y50. It can no longer run the majority of games I want to play on it, so it's being retired. It served me well for 7 years, although it was very loud and the screen was lackluster even by 2014 standards. Going between the Y50 and my desktop (about 8x the performance + nice displays) was not easy.

    Lenovo Legion 5 should be here tomorrow. Ryzen 4800h and 1660 Ti, 144hz IPS panel, 16gb ram and 512gb nvme.

    The 1660ti should be 300% faster than the 860M in the Y50 and won't even break a sweat with the Legion 5's beefy cooling.
     
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    I recently bought a new gaming laptop from Cyberpower on St Patrick's Day (turns out it was a great day for deals and some freebies). I got the Tracer V Edge with the Ryzen 4800h, single stick of 16gb 3200mhz, RTX 3060, 2560X1440 QHD 165Hz screen, and 1tb M.2 NVMe. Came with a $50 AMEX gift card, free copy of Outriders, free gaming mouse, and free mouse pad. Got it for $1322 shipped, which I think was a steal.

    I haven't had too many chances to game on it yet, but it plays COD Cold War on high settings quite well, giving me over 100fps on average on the 2k screen.

    A couple pics from the end of March when I got it:
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    DigMe Needs a baby bottle

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    Mowing lawns to save up for Dogecoin?
     
  8. supertransformingdhruv

    supertransformingdhruv Almost "Made"

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    Maybe I should give up on this software engineering thing and mow more lawns.
     
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    DigMe Needs a baby bottle

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    L33t pwnage knows no age boundaries
     
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    Finally scored a Nvidia 30 series. EVGA website.
     

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  11. fraggler

    fraggler A Happy & Busy Life

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    Looks like my processor (i5-4690) won't officially be supported by Windows 11, so I have thought about building a new computer (I wanted to prior, but this kind of seals the deal). I am thinking about the following as the guts:

    CPU: I7-11700K
    Mobo: Asus Prime Z590M-PLUS
    RAM: Patriot Viper Steel DDR4 32GB 3200
    Everything else will be recycled from my current build for now .

    I think in general the CPU and Mobo should be good for several years since they are current gen and have all the updated features (Pcie 4, multiple M2 slots, Thunderbolt, etc.).

    RAM is iffier, as I would like performance ram to get the most out of games, but since I am going to be doing 4K video production, I should really get at least 32GB ram. This means slower RAM, though 3200 is the max native speed for the CPU and Mobo chipset. Hopefully this means smooth performance straight from the get go.

    Any thoughts or caveats? I haven't really paid attention outside of GPUs for the last several years.
     
  12. Riotvan

    Riotvan Got lost for three weeks at Delft City Hall

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    Better performance and much better efficiency to be had on the AMD side of things these days. Also intel has been hammered by security flaw after security flaw for the past several years. Next gen things might shake things up but for now AMD is where it’s at.

    Something like a B550 or X570S mobo if you need more pci-e 4.0 lanes and then 5800X if you just want 8 cores but you can go up to 16 on their desktop platform.
     
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    Could just wait for Alder Lake at this point. Either you get that and enjoy better performance and more future-proofing, or the stuff you’re looking at now gets cheaper because it’s then last-gen.

    You can also get lots of 32GB memory kits that are rated at faster than 3200 MT/s if you need, especially Micron E-die kits from Crucial or Samsung B-die kits from G.Skill and the like. I’ve seen DDR4-3600 CL16 kits for $170 and DDR4-4000 CL16 kits for $250.

    I’m piecing together a small (~4L) AMD 5600G APU build and just picked up a 16x2 GB DDR4-3600 CL16 Crucial Ballistix kit with dual rank Micron E-die for $170-180. (I need the dual rank kit as I’m using mini ITX with two DIMM slots; looks like you do 4x8 GB single rank sticks if you wanted.)
     
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  14. den-fi

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    A few recent builds:

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    Sanjūni - 3970X + 3090 FTW3 + MO-RA3

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    Owari - 5700G in the Skyreach 4 (Tiny S4T)


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    [ b l a n k ] - 5950X + 6900XT + Openbenchtable
     
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  15. zonto

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    Can you share more about the power supply hardware you used in the S4T build? I've looking into something similar with an Inwin Chopin, but the HDplex stuff was always out of stock and I don't think it would have fit well anyway.
     
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    So I have two S4T builds.

    In one I'm using an HDPlex 200W DC-ATX + 400W
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    The second I'm using a J-Hack kit with a Meanwell RPS 200W.

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    Edit: Just realized it removed all of the links, but everything should be relatively googleable.
     
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  17. supertransformingdhruv

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    Love all these open builds! Mine isn't nearly as tidy-- especially the cabling, I was going for some twisty swoops-- but I'll chalk that up to inexperience. First PC build!

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    Case is the Yuel Beast Mobius, with 3700X + EVGA 3080 Hybrid. CPU cooler runs passively during most non-gaming, and doesn't hit 100% fan until around 80C (which I only really hit with a constant 16 thread load). Still tweaking it at the moment, but it runs almost completely silently when we don't push the GPU. Bit of pump noise audible at the desk, but I can't hear it from where I sit 8 feet back to listen to the Maggies.

    Fun story: as you can see, I have to take off the cooler to access anything on the board at all, so I went through a bunch of paste as I iterated on things. Was pretty shocked week or two ago when I switched from NT-H1 to Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut and the core temps dropped by about 10 C.

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    The cat doesn't normally get to hang out in this room so he's having a great, chill time playing Civ VI with me.

    Next project: turn my old PC into a NAS. I was thinking ZFS RaidZ1 with 3 6ish TB drives sounds nice, but I'm not really a BSD guy and would prefer a regular linux environment. Anyone with experience using Proxmox or something similar to accomplish this?
     
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  18. den-fi

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    I know that feeling! lol
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    You can try OpenMediaVault w/ ZFS plugin.
     
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    Hats off to Noctua.

    I had one of their lovely coolers on my old AMD processor for a decade. Having upgraded to to a Ryzen processor and motherboard, the cooler no longer fits. On application, Noctua supply hardware to use the cooler on the new sockets. Free! And, although they warn that it can take a while to reach you, mine arrived very promptly.

    For a ten-year-old item this is exceptional; extraordinary.

    (I haven't actually used it. So far. The AMD cooler is neat and quiet. But I still love that Noctua have given me this just-buy-once service.)
     
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    Noctua has premium engineering and quality service. It's fascinating how products as simple as computer fans have bifurcated into the cheap (99% market share at a guess) and premium (99x the cheap price). Similar to DACs.
     
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