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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?

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.

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