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Upgrading my PC to support DisplayPort 1.4, which GPU should I buy?

Question by John from Australia | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Video Cards | Mon, Dec 28 2020 8:08 PM CST

Guys, I just bought an ultrawide VA 34" monitor. My existing graphic card is an AMD Radeon HD 6700 series, which has a DisplayPort v1.1, the monitor needs v1.2 onwards, so I can't get the higher resolutions.

What GPU cards can you recommend for my 2011 spec PC? I need DP v1.4, at least 1 HDMI and DVI port. I built my PC nine years ago and mainly use it for work, and I only play old school DOOM these days but might try something newer.

My PC specs:

  • NZXT H2 Black
  • ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Motherboard B3
  • Intel Core i7 2600K
  • HIS Radeon HD6770 1GB
  • Corsair Vengeance CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3

Any advice would be appreciated!

Thoughts on my parts selection for new Intel + NVIDIA-based gaming PC?

Question by Edward from Australia | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | Thu, Dec 24 2020 4:40 PM CST

I'm finally thinking about making the switch to PC, but I just need some advice if these specs are any good, and if they're good enough for the next couple of years at least.

  • Intel Core i7-10700F
  • ASUS TUF B460M-PLUS Wi-Fi
  • ASUS GeForce RTX 2070 Super Dual O
  • Team T-Force Delta RGB 16GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM
  • 500GB NVME SSD / 2TB HDD
  • Cooler Master HYPER H411R
  • 650W 80+ Power Supply

Which CPU/GPU combo for the highest quality settings at 1440p 144Hz?

Question by Michael from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Video Cards | Thu, Dec 17 2020 6:35 PM CST

I'm currently playing Need for Speed, Crysis Remastered, Call of Duty, all with no performance issues on my Core i7-6700K GTX 1070SC system. More recently, I have started playing Flight Simulator and found my system cannot handle it without significant frame loss.

What CPU/GPU combo would you recommend for the highest quality settings at 1440p 144Hz? I'm hoping these upgrades could carry with me if I decide to go 4K in the future.

Recommended parts with $3000 to spend on upgrading a gaming PC

Question by Jody from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | Wed, Dec 16 2020 3:50 PM CST

I believe it is time to upgrade my whole system build as it is now nearing the bottom of the scale for gaming, but my budget is limited to $3000. I had to modify my case to fit my GPU. I want to step up to 4K, but I know this budget doesn't allow for that. Games I like are:

  • GTA
  • Watch Dogs
  • Battlefield
  • Crysis
  • Assassins Creed
  • Call of Duty

My current build:

  • Acer XB271HU
  • Raidmax Smilodon
  • ASUS Z87-A
  • Core i7 4770K
  • GeForce GTX 1070
  • 3 SSDs and two hard drives and two external hard drives

Should I buy 3200MHz or 3600MHz RAM for use with AMD's Ryzen 5 5600X?

Question by Peter from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Tyler Bernath | RAM | Sun, Dec 6 2020 2:28 PM CST

The ASUS ROG Strix B550-F Gaming motherboard indicates that RAM up to 3200MHz will run at that cycle out of the box without overclocking. Is that correct? But anything higher, e.g., 3600, would require overclocking, hopefully just by enabling DOCP, although in some cases, other parameters seem to require tweaking.

I see this referred to as the sweet spot for Ryzen, but if DOCP is disabled as the default setting, and overclocking to achieve advertised cycles can introduce instability, the lower MHz seems better, especially as the clock latency is lower at 16 as opposed to 18. The CPU would be either Ryzen 5 5600X or 5600 when it comes out.

My main requirement is for a cool, quiet, very stable system, so can you advise which Corsair non-RGB 2 x 8GB RAM would be better?

Advice on a new kids gaming PC with decent graphics and no lagging

Question by Kaley from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | Mon, Nov 30 2020 5:50 PM CST

Hi,

I am looking to buy my daughter a gaming PC, but I have no idea where to begin! I am hoping you can help me and tell me exactly what specs I need within the tower to allow the following games to run with decent graphics, no lagging - and run as a PC, where she can do homework, stream, etc.

  • Minecraft
  • GTA
  • Rainbow 6 Siege
  • CS GO
  • Rocket League
  • Phasmophobia
  • Overwatch
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Apex
  • Call of Duty
  • SIMS

Thank you in advance, Kaley!

Should I buy an Intel Core i5 9600K or a 10th-gen Core CPU for gaming?

Question by Kevin from Australia | Answered by Tyler Bernath | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Thu, Nov 12 2020 8:10 PM CST

Just a quick question! When gaming, do games rely on single-core performance or multi-core performance? Since I'm building an Intel gaming PC, I'm having issues choosing between a Core i5 9600K or a 10th-gen Intel Core CPU.

Also, could you check if my PC parts work well and any suggestions for better performance or upgrades?

  • Intel Core i5-9600K GIGABYTE
  • Z390 AORUS Pro
  • Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO 16GB
  • Western Digital WD Blue 1TB 3D NAND M.2 SSD
  • Corsair RM750x 750W 80+ Gold
  • Corsair Hydro Series H60
  • GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060 R2.0 OC 6GB

Which GPU should I pick for a budget PC with limited upgrade options?

Question by Joe from Philippines | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Video Cards | Sun, Nov 8 2020 7:07 PM CST

I want to upgrade my graphics card, but I don't know where to start. Here are the specs of my PC:

  • Motherboard - Milton
  • Processor - Intel Core i3-9100 (3.6GHz base frequency, up to 4.2GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, 6MB cache, 4 cores)
  • Memory - 8GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM
  • Graphics - NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 2GB

I don't know where to start. Please help me!

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