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    Siris Le Osiris wrote:
    https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/CHA...Tower-Gaming-C has been getting good reviews.
    Noise is mostly going to be based on the fans you chuck in it and the fan curve if you get any case with decent airflow.
    Bling is subjective :P
    Yeah that and the O11 Dynamic top my list.

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    Siris Le Osiris wrote:
    https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/CHA...Tower-Gaming-C has been getting good reviews.
    Noise is mostly going to be based on the fans you chuck in it and the fan curve if you get any case with decent airflow.
    Bling is subjective :P
    Man I definitely wish I had gone with something like that instead of my Phanteks P400...

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    I'm looking to upgrade my PC's RAM from 8GB to 16GB and the recommended builds suggest Crucial Ballistix Sport 2666Mhz 2x8GB. Would there be any disadvantages if I bought two cheaper sticks, like for instance 2xTranscend 8GB Desktop DDR4 2666Mhz ? Am I going to run into any issues with performance or reliability?
    I'm installing them on an ASUS Prime B250M-Plus if that matters.

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    Shouldn't have any problems. Obviously I can't guarantee no issues, but that is my guess.

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    Fragluton wrote:
    Shouldn't have any problems. Obviously I can't guarantee no issues, but that is my guess.
    Thanks man. They popped right in and everything's working fine.

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    thinking about buying a new PC in the next few months, for gaming and drawing. This is about the budget I'm willing to spend. Any issues?
    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/jHyM4n

    Code:
    PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/jHyM4n
    
    CPU: Intel Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor  ($392.99 @ Walmart) 
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition 57.3 CFM CPU Cooler  ($34.99 @ Newegg) 
    Motherboard: *ASRock Z390 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($114.99 @ Amazon) 
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($77.98 @ Amazon) 
    Storage: *PNY CS900 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($56.99 @ B&H) 
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC Video Card  ($399.99 @ Newegg) 
    Case: Fractal Design Define XL R2 (Black Pearl) ATX Full Tower Case  ($145.98 @ Newegg) 
    Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($119.99 @ Best Buy) 
    Total: $1343.90
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    *Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-13 09:34 EST-0500

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    I'd swap

    9700k for 3800x
    z390 for x470/x570
    RAM for DDR4 3600 kit
    PSU for 650w model

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    That ^^

    Though i'd probably say B450 if needing to keep budget down, otherwise X570.

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    I can't find any mention of "3800x" on the CPU page. Also isn't a larger PSU better for future proofing or are you trying to save me money?

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    650W will be oodles, power requirements don't tend to go up as processes get smaller and require less power for more performance. Even with the fastest GPU, you'll have headroom. 750W isn't going to be a bad thing, just not required. 3800X is listed on partpicker, it's just a slightly faster 3700X, both will be solid choices. I wouldn't pay too much more for a 3800X over a 3700X, it's only clock speeds that vary slightly, same core configuration. Probably no noticeable difference.

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    Fragluton wrote:
    3800X is listed on partpicker
    ah I see, it only lets you search while you have compatible parts picked (start with motherboard first)
    Last edited by w0lfbrains; 15th February 2020 at 12:30 am.

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    Looking to squeek this under 3k, will get parts from PB Tech here in Chch

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    Could drop PSU to this: https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/PSU...y--5-year-limi
    GPU to this: https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/VGA...B-GDDR6-Graphi

    That would save you about $130

    May want to check reviews for GPU, i'm sure it's fine. Depends what resolution and refresh rate you game at too. 1080P 60hz for example will be better suited to a 2070 Super (or potentially lower) for example. More info would help.
    Last edited by Fragluton; 18th February 2020 at 12:34 pm.

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    Hey guys

    My first build since 2010. Finally bought a house so it's time to treat myself.

    This will be used for gaming.

    Thoughts? The only parts I am set on is the 3600 and the 16GB memory - the rest I am open to suggestion. Keeping it strictly 2k for the budget.

    PCPartPicker Part List

    CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($304.50 @ 1stWave Technologies)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($66.00 @ 1stWave Technologies)
    Motherboard: MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard ($325.00 @ 1stWave Technologies)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($158.00 @ 1stWave Technologies)
    Storage: Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($125.35 @ PB Technologies)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 8 GB MECH OC Video Card ($675.00 @ 1stWave Technologies)
    Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case ($179.00 @ Computer Lounge)
    Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($198.00 @ 1stWave Technologies)
    Total: $2030.85
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-19 14:48 NZDT+1300

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    I'd stick with the 1 store. Prob just go with the B450 Motherboard. I would get an nvidia GPU instead of the RX 5700 (driver issues). I would also not bother with the extra CPU cooler. The one that comes with is good. Just use that money towards a 3700 if poss

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    3600X cooler is good, 3600 is quite lightweight I think.
    +1 for sticking with one store though, maybe just ask if they'll do a combo deal on the whole lot.
    +1 for going decent B450 over X570.
    I think the price difference between 3600 and 3700 is way too much, so would likely pick the 3600 with a cooler as it will last pretty well. Only needed if you want to keep the noise levels down really, it will run fine on stock cooler. Will just run hot and likely quite loud with stock "stealth" cooler.

    Also you don't need a 750W PSU, 650W would be oodles, even 600W would be fine. Stick with quality units though. I wouldn't get too hung up on gold vs bronze with PSU's, so long as it has a decent warranty that won't matter.
    Last edited by Fragluton; 19th February 2020 at 6:47 pm.

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    Cheers for the advice!

    Do you think it's worthwhile to replace the 3600 and CM Hyper cooler with a 3600X and use the stock cooler? It works out to be about the same price

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    not sure how good the wraith spire is (noise wise), the wraith stealth was annoyingly loud (for me) so I had to replace it

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    Good question.

    I think if comparing those two options, the 3600 with CM Hyper cooler would run quieter and cooler. Performance is basically the same when gaming. So that is probably the option I would go with. On the flip side, the stock cooler the 3600X comes with isn't terrible, and shouldn't limit the 3600X performance. In gaming it may not even be that loud as the CPU generally won't be running at 100%. I can't really comment on exact noise levels though.

    I run a Ryzen 1600, and originally ran it with the stock "Stealth" cooler, never had any issues. I have since upgraded it to a 2700X stock cooler which is the RGB wraith something. I game with headphones on so noise levels aren't really a concern for me. If you game without headphones on, that would be more reason to go with the CM cooler as it will keeps temps down.

    You could potentially pick up a 2700X cooler off someone who has a 2700X but never used the stock cooler. That is what I did, cost me $20. If I didn't buy that i'd probably have a CM cooler as they are relatively cheap and at least used to offer good performance for the money. I haven't checked reviews on that model, but imagine it's pretty decent for the money.

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    I think I might stick with the 3600 stock cooler for a start. I will see how the noise is and upgrade if needed.

    I've changed to a B450 board and changed to a 2060 Super with the savings.

    There doesn't appear to be much savings in downgrading the PSU wattage without going non-modular. I have gone with a 650W anyway.

    PCPartPicker Part List

    CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($304.50 @ 1stWave Technologies)
    Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($224.00 @ 1stWave Technologies)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($158.00 @ 1stWave Technologies)
    Storage: Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($125.35 @ PB Technologies)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC Video Card ($765.00 @ DTC Systems)
    Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case ($179.00 @ Computer Lounge)
    Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($187.00 @ 1stWave Technologies)
    Total: $1942.85
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-20 09:44 NZDT+1300

    I will go with a single store if I can manage. Might wait a few weeks to see if PB Tech or CL have one of those ~10% off sales or free shipping deals.

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    Hi all,

    I'm looking to build a PC for a mate, around the $1,800-$2,000 range. The intended use besides browsing/streaming videos will be a bit of light video editing and gaming. I've assured them that this could be done with a build for a lot less, but they are after a build in this price range, possibly for future proof/change of plans etc.

    I've come up with the below, however the only thing i'm struggling on is deciding on the motherboard and graphics card. The build currently sits at $1,025, excluding the motherboard and graphics card. It would be ideal to select a motherboard around $250-350, and a graphics card around $500-$600.

    CPU - Ryzen 5 3600 3.6GHZ ($309)
    Motherboard - An x570 or downgrade to a b450?
    Ram - G. Skill Ripjaws V 16GB DDR4 3200mhz ($159)
    HD - WT 2TB Blue ($107)
    SSD - Samsung 970 EVO plus 500gb m.2 ($183)
    Graphics card - ?
    Power Supply - EVGA 600 GD 600W 80+ Gold ($117)
    PC Case - Lian Li Lancool II ($149)

    Motherboard options that I've found -

    B450 - Gigabyte B450 AORUS PRO WIFI ($235)
    X570 - ASUS PRIME X570-P ($329)
    X570 - ASUS TUF Gaming X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ($399)
    X570 - Gigabyte X570 AORUS ELITE WIFI ($424)
    X570 - ASUS PRIME X570 PRO ($429)

    In terms of the graphics card, I see these two are popular, but are there any other great options? Maybe a low end option, mid tier option and a high option (something similar to the RX5700)?

    Sapphire Radeon PULSE RX 5700 8GB GDDR6 ($679, there is also the XT version for $100 more)
    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER OC 6G GDDR6 ($470).

    Apart from the motherboard and graphics card, I can't see any other changes without a bit of sacrifice, besides the SSD, and maybe getting something for $50 cheaper etc?

    Please let me know your thoughts, all advice is much appreciated
    Last edited by F|ixide; 22nd February 2020 at 9:37 pm.

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    I'd swap the m.2 for the Crucial P1
    https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/HDD...up-to-1900-MBs

    You could either go the B450 board and upgrade to the 5700xt and stay under budget
    https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/VGA...GDDR6-Graphics

    or get the 5700 and flash the XT bios over easy enough and put the extra $ into a x570 or an AIO

    PS I built a PC for the missus in the Lian Li Lancool II and it is a very nice case

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    GenericUSERNAME wrote:
    I'd swap the m.2 for the Crucial P1
    https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/HDD...up-to-1900-MBs

    You could either go the B450 board and upgrade to the 5700xt and stay under budget
    https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/VGA...GDDR6-Graphics
    +1 to those

    And yeah go B450, something like this unless you need full ATX board:
    https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/MBD...d-For-AMD-Ryze

    Job done, will be a solid build for sure.

    If there is money left in the budget after all that, and you want to keep noise levels down, grab a CPU cooler https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/FAN...-120mm-new-Sma