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Stick with AMD Radeon R9 390X or bite bullet and upgrade GPU now?

Question by John from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Video Cards | Thu, Feb 25 2021 8:50 PM CST

Hi, I just picked up a Ryzen 7 3800X, ASUS Prime X570-P, 32GB of Viper Patriot 3600MHz DDR4, and Seagate NVMe. This is to replace my AMD FX 8350, GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD7, and Corsair Vengeance 16GB 1866MHz RAM.

My question is, I have an R9 390X that I was looking at upgrading for an NVIDIA RTX 3080 or Radeon 6800 XT. However, I am very put off by pricing at present.

Do you think it would be best to stick with my R9 390X until prices get back to normal or upgrade now to something slightly better and then upgrade later again to the card I want?

Should I buy upgrade my GTX 1060 GPU only or the rest of the system?

Question by Terry from Malaysia | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Video Cards | Mon, Feb 15 2021 12:22 PM CST

Hi TweakTown. Should I buy upgrade my GPU only or the rest of the setup?

I am planning to buy the new RTX 3060 Ti for the upcoming games. My current GPU is ASUS Strix GTX 1060 6GB. I am currently playing at 1080p. But I want to crank it up higher to 2K or possibly 4K. Recently, I saw a used GTX 1080 Ti, look at the reviews, all positives accept slow shipping. The seller will give it 1-month warranty coverage from the date of purchase. The price is $433. Here are my specs:

  • Motherboard: ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming
  • CPU: i5 6600k
  • GPU: ASUS GTX 1060 6G
  • RAM: 2x 4GB 2400MHz GSkill Ripjaw
  • Storage: Silicon Power 512 SSD, HGST 512 HDD, Kingston SSDNow 240GB
  • PSU: Thermaltake 650W fully modular PSU

Any advice would be appreciated!

Terrible gaming performance with Godfall, what could be the problem?

Question by JC from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Video Cards | Fri, Jan 29 2021 1:52 PM CST

I recently built a PC. The system specs include:

  • AMD Ryzen 5 2600 clocked at 4.1ghz all cores
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
  • ASRock b45/ac
  • 16GB DDR4 3000MHz RAM
  • 500GB SSD
  • 600-watt 80 Plus power supply

I have the resolution set to 1080p, and it runs fine, but I was playing Godfall the other day, and my GPU usage was 100%, my CPU was around 15-25%, but I was getting approximately 15-18 FPS with a lot of stutter on low settings and stuttered non-stop on medium settings.

What might be the reason for this, and how to run games faster and better?

Refresh rates vs. FPS, what is better for optimal gaming experience?

Question by Petros from Canada | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Displays & Projectors | Thu, Jan 21 2021 3:10 PM CST

Is it better to play at a higher FPS and lower Hz refresh rate or lower FPS and higher Hz refresh rate? To explain a little better, would it be better if I played my games at 100 FPS on 60Hz or if I played at 100 FPS on 144Hz?

Since my monitor is a BenQ XL2411 but only have a 1060 6GB graphics card, I cap out at about 100-120 FPS on Apex Legends, which is my currently most played game, but I have similar FPS on other games as well. I just wanted to know which would be the optimal experience.

How to fix blue screen of death after installing Radeon RX 5700 XT?

Question by Quintin from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Video Cards | Tue, Jan 19 2021 3:55 PM CST

I received a GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5700 XT from a friend; however, I have an ASUS 970 pro gaming/aura board that is compatible with NVIDIA SLI and CrossFire. I installed it, and now I repetitively receive Blue Screens of death when the load becomes too great. I think it is on the CPU end, AMD FD9370FHHKWOF FX-9370 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition but I am not sure.

This unit has been a project for some time, and I do not have much money. Is there a way to set my board or card to be compatible with the new hardware?

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