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Yeah but it's also extra masturbation time not having to deal with the gathering and research n connecting (although there's some rather enjoyable and pacifying about doing that). 

 

I've not decided yet. Got my CCTV and Shed to put up before I move onto this so haven't got into it. 

 

I was at the Meltdown gamer bar in Sheffield last night watching the Xbox conference. They had a few Chilliblast PC's I noticed 🤔

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I bought a Dell laptop last year for £800 in one of their sales - i7 processor, 16 gig ram, 1060 maxQ 6gig graphics card. I swapped out the shitty SSD for a 970 Evo and it runs like shit off a shovel. My only niggle is the trackpad is crap, but I use a mouse anyway.

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I had a PC upgrade while i was away from the site. I thought I'd let you know my new rig. My new machine has an Intel Core i9 9900K 3.6 Ghz 8 core processor, which I've overclocked to near 4 Ghz. I'm running it with a Corsair hydro H100X water cooling loop. Not a full water cooling rig, just the CPU which outputs the coolant to a separate radiator/fan set up. This is on an Asus board with 16Gb of DDR4 ram. Added to that I have a Samsung 500GB  SSD, and two 1TB Western Digital hard drives. The graphic card is an N-Vidia G-Force GTX1060-6g with 6GB of onboard ram, made by Asus. The operating system is Windows 10 pro 64bit with the new May update. And just for shits and giggles, I bought an RGB gaming keyboard and mouse, the keyboard having Cherry MX blue keys. It's a little noisy, but lovely for typing. 

The monitor is still my old 26 inch LCD Toshiba TV. I know I can get a better scfeen. My son has just bought a Samsung 4K curved PC screen that looks buttery smooth, but I had to save money somewhere. I bought a new Xbox One gamepad to use for PC gaming, replacing my aging Xbox 360 pad which had bad drift on the left thumbstick after years of use. 

Of course Steam, Uplay, Origin, GOG Galaxy, Epic launcher, and Besthesda launcher are all installed. I'm waiting to see if GOG's unified launcher service, which ties in all the storefronts, will be worth having.

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ordered a 3700x :awe: a 3600 would have been more sensible but i've been holding off upgrading for ages so went a bit crazy.

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On 08/07/2019 at 01:59, spatular said:

ordered a 3700x :awe: a 3600 would have been more sensible but i've been holding off upgrading for ages so went a bit crazy.

Nice! I think I'm going to go for the 2700 as the prices have dropped off quite a bit now the 3 series processors are out.

 

I've been selling some old stuff on eBay and using the money to buy parts, mainly the stuff I'm not on the fence about, or if a good flash deal has been available. So far I've got (or getting today)

-G.Skill - Trident Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory

-NZXT - H500 ATX Mid Tower Case

-Corsair - TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply

-Kingston - A400 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

 

Now just the processor, mobo and GPU to go, I'm still on the fence about the gpu and processor though.

 

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6 hours ago, Jimbo Xiii said:

I think I'm going to go for the 2700 as the prices have dropped off quite a bit now the 3 series processors are out.

 

yeah they're a great deal at the moment, check out the 3600 too, although there's not many reviews out yet (maybe only 1), similar price but should beat the 2700 for gaming, but less cores/threads.

 

https://www.gamersnexus.net/hwreviews/3489-amd-ryzen-5-3600-cpu-review-benchmarks-vs-intel

 

i've got most of the bits for the pc now too, just waiting on the mb and cpu, both should arrive in the next week or so.

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Case arrived with my PSU and SSD, couldn't resist opening them and taking a look. Ended up mounting the SSD and partially wiring in the PSU which is probably a terrible idea as I'll most likely need to take them out again..IMG_20190709_161512.jpg

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This bad boy arrived today, my mother board is arriving tomorrow as well. Last parts now are the CPU and GPU.

 

IMG_20190712_111648.jpg

 

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nice cooler Jimbo! i'm going to live dangerously with the stock cooler, it should be fine, they're supposed to be good, just worried it might be a bit noisy. also motherboard arrived the other day - updated the bios so i'm all ready for when the cpu arrives (got an old one which doesn't support the new cpu's out of the box). oh and need to decommision the old pc to get some bits out of that.

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1 hour ago, spatular said:

nice cooler Jimbo! i'm going to live dangerously with the stock cooler, it should be fine, they're supposed to be good, just worried it might be a bit noisy. also motherboard arrived the other day - updated the bios so i'm all ready for when the cpu arrives (got an old one which doesn't support the new cpu's out of the box). oh and need to decommision the old pc to get some bits out of that.

Stock is meant to be fine, but I'm getting a bit carried away and I fancy having a play around with some over clocking. 

 

Just ordered two more case fans for my intake and a second smaller capacity SSD that'll be my work os to keep everything separate. 

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Good luck with the overclocking! Yeah I’m just going to leave mine stock, or maybe try the auto overclocking they have but I’m not going to do anything fancy, already got carried away and spent more than planned on the cpu so saving some on the cooler is good. Good idea with the work ssd, I hate clogging up my home pc with work crap but it would be useful to have some stuff on there so I might do the same later :)

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So now I have moved in with my wife I need to get my gaming/emulation PC sorted.

 

Thinking of getting a 4K monitor for PC and Xbox One X. Any recommendations in the 26-30" range?

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No advice but I know you can get a 4k monitor surprisingly cheap. No idea if they're any good or not 

 

Personally, unless you've got a beast of a PC I'd consider 1440p so you can keep 60fps 

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Progress continues

 

IMG_20190715_100625.jpgIMG_20190715_100558.jpgIMG_20190715_094545.jpg

 

ln the motherboard I've fitted the bracket for the cooler and just ordered a ryzen 2700 as it was reduced to £166 which was too good to miss. Also added the ram although may need to pop them back out when I seat the cooler. Incidentally, I can already tell the cooler is going to be painful to fit.

 

In the case I've added two extra 120mm fans as an intake but seated them the wrong way around so had to do them again. Also had to buy some SATA power extensions for the two SATA drives as the power cables with the PSU had L shaped cables which prevented the SSD sitting flush in the mount. Coming together nicely. Just GPU and monitor to sort now *cough* @RoboticMonk3y *cough*

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