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Is Intel's Core i5-12600KF processor a good CPU for a gaming PC?

Question by Jeff from Denmark | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | Jul 5, 2022 4:45 PM CDT


I am new to PC gaming and plan on buying a custom pre-built system for gaming at 4K. I will mostly be playing games like Red Dead 2, Cyberpunk, The Witcher, and more open-world games. Here is the build:

  • Qwertzy aero case
  • Intel Core i5-12600KF
  • be quiet! Pure Rock 2
  • MSI Pro h610m-b
  • 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3200MHz
  • ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 10GB ROG Strix
  • 1TB WD Black SN750SE nvme SSD
  • 850w NZXT c850 80+ gold

I know the Intel Core i5-12600KF can manage the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 fine when playing 4K, but I'm not sure about the motherboard. I know that many times the motherboard doesn't affect gaming performance, but I'm not sure about the pairing of the 12600KF with the budget motherboard is going to affect my gaming experience?

Which GPU should I upgrade to from the AMD Radeon RX Vega?

Question by Norline from Canada | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Video Cards & GPUs | Jun 2, 2022 4:40 PM CDT

I have an AMD Radeon RX Vega card which has been running hot since the day I got it. It is no match for today's higher intensity video games and crashes to bootup. Very often, the display driver will be put into safe mode after this happens.

I would like to know which card I should get that's maybe just a step up or two from this card. I'm not looking for a very expensive card since I'm not into extreme gaming, but I would like to play some of the new games that have come out, like Elden Ring or Deathloop. Both of those games crash. Oh, and it's not the CPU either.

I have an AMD 5700g, and it's brand new and working great. It's not the RAM or anything else. It's the video's even crashes a GPU benchmark program. I know that I should be able to play all games across the board, but this crap card I bought won't play most of them. I want to know what I should get that's a step up from this Vega...just one better. Nothing fancy.

Which CPU upgrade should I consider from the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X?

Question by Anthony from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | May 31, 2022 5:05 PM CDT

I'm looking to upgrade my CPU. I currently have an AMD Ryzen 5 2600X, and I'm wondering what CPU I could replace the 2600X with. I don't want to bottleneck my PC, but I do stream and have a few apps open while doing this.

So, with that said, I'd like to get the best CPU I can that the MSI B450 Max will handle without rebuilding a completely new PC. What suggestions do you have on this? I want to make sure I get a CPU that the motherboard won't restrict the CPU or components.

Can I mix and match SSDs in a RAID configuration in my Acer Nitro 5?

Question by Joe from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Storage | May 25, 2022 4:15 PM CDT

I have a 256GB m2 SSD already in my Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44, without thinking I ordered an additional 500GB m2 SSD to upgrade it. You said it's okay to mix and match SSDs, but only with a certain chipset, or am I misunderstanding what you meant? Anyway, it's ordered, and I'm going to try and upgrade, but am I setting myself up for disappointment?

Which should I pick - the ASUS ROG GA15DK or Alienware Aurora R10?

Question by Alex from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | May 24, 2022 4:25 PM CDT

Hello there!

I recently bought an ASUS ROG Strix GA15DK and had to return it due to a power button problem. I had the choice to get another one or get an Alienware Aurora R10. I wanted to see what would be better for performance and gaming when it comes to specs on the two.

The Alienware has AMD Ryzen 7 5800 3.4GHz processor; AMD Radeon RX 6600XT 8GB GDDR6; 16GB DDR4- 3400 RAM; 1TB Solid State Drive and the ASUS has AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7GHz Processor; NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB GDDR6; 32GB DDR4-3200 RAM; 1TB SSD+1TB HDD.

Which GPU should I upgrade to for use with Oculus Link VR?

Question by Barry from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Video Cards & GPUs | Apr 16, 2022 4:20 PM CDT

I want to upgrade the graphics card on my PC to be able to run Oculus Link. I don't know where to start other than a list of compatible graphics cards. I just don't know what will work with my PC.

Here are the specs:

  • AMD Ryzen 3 2300X 3.5GHz
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB HDD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2G
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit

Why is XMP causing my G.Skill Ripjaws V RAM to blue screen Windows?

Question by Tyson from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | RAM | Apr 13, 2022 8:23 PM CDT

Hey. I have been having issues with my XMP causing my Windows to blue screen. I disabled it, and things have been fine.

I ran across an article written by Steven that did something to voltages and got it going, and then was able to run XMP. I am very scared to mess with anything and can't find a definite tutorial for doing this.

In the post you guys wrote, I have the same motherboard, and my RAM is G.Skill Ripjaws V 3000MHz. Please let me know if you have any tips thanks, and I hope to hear back from you.

What's the best way to switch monitors between work PC and home PC?

Question by Tim from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Displays & Projectors | Apr 11, 2022 9:20 PM CDT

On my desk currently, I have my work laptop with 2 monitors and my home PC with 1. I want to set things up so when I am at work, the work PC has 2 screens, and the home PC has 1. But when I am not working the Home PC has 2 screens while the work PC has 1.

Can I use an HDMI switch to switch one of the monitors between the 2 PCs? Or will it be a pain to get Windows to recognize how many monitors I have up using the switch?

No, I don't want a KVM. Home PC Work Laptop Mon 1 Mon A Mon B Above illustration of the current setup, I'd like to switch Mon A between Home PC and Work Laptop. Rephrasing, if I put a switch on Mon A, is Windows smart enough to say "I have 2 mon now", "Now I have 1 mon" without any extra action by me when I flip the switch?

My PC with AIO Liquid Cooler keeps overheating, what's the problem?

Question by Angel from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Apr 6, 2022 3:10 PM CDT

Hello, so I've built a gaming PC. Everything seems to be fully functional. However, when I start my gaming PC, the CPU would overheat and shut down the PC.

I have a CPU Liquid Cooler and had a replacement of it as well; it's a Vetroo V360 AIO Liquid Cooler. My motherboard is an ASUS B560-PLUS LGA1200, has 32GB of RAM, the processor is an Intel Core i7 11700k 11th Generation, the power supply is Pystar 1000W, and my case has 7 Fans.

I do not know why it keeps overheating, and I don't know what to do. I'm getting frustrated, and before you ask, yes, I did apply Thermal Paste the right amount, and I still don't understand why it keeps overheating.

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