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What monitor config is best for 1440p and what GPU should I buy?

Question by Anthony from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Displays & Projectors | Tue, Oct 13 2020 5:54 PM CDT

My AMD FX-4300 CPU was coming on six years old, so I decided to go an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 with its $150 sale price back in August.

COVID-willing, I'll be off to college in under a year and am looking to finalize my setup for the next 4-6 years. Waiting on supposed 3060 Super or Ti announcements to replace my 1060, but I know I want to go 1440p come Black Friday/Cyber Monday.

Yet there are so many conflicting opinions on monitor size. I wanted to go 32" as my current 1080p panel is, but the internet says 27" is optimal for QHD. What do I go for? And will mid-range Ampere even make 1440p worth it?

Thoughts on my AMD parts selection for video editing system

Question by Michael from France | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | Mon, Oct 5 2020 5:42 PM CDT


I'm considering building a PC that will sit on a shelf under my desk instead of a tower, so I'm looking at a Micro-ATX setup. The PC will be mostly for video editing, no gaming, so I'm thinking onboard graphics with an AMD Ryzen 5 3400G, MSI B450M Pro-VDH motherboard, and Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB single stick. I need the two PCI slots on the board for my sound card and Wi-Fi card.

Any thoughts on this setup before I buy it? Thanks.

Which AMD Ryzen CPU should I buy and should I buy a CPU now or wait?

Question by Navin from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Sat, Sep 26 2020 4:28 PM CDT

Due to the world's current state, PC component prices have been fluctuating like crazy. I have already purchased a GIGABYTE B450 DS3H motherboard, and plan to buy a Ryzen 3 3200G or one of the vastly superior Zen 2 Ryzen 3 CPUs.

Is it worth waiting for prices to normalize, or should I get whichever is the cheapest as of now?

Intel or AMD for best performance with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090?

Question by Victoras from Greece | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Video Cards | Fri, Sep 18 2020 7:16 PM CDT

I want to build the fastest gaming PC possible for 4K HDR single-player games. Bang for a buck is not a concern, looking to get an NVIDIA GeForce 3090, and I want to get the most out of it. Productivity is not a concern whatsoever; talking about gaming performance ONLY. Your expert advice would be much appreciated. Should I get:

a) an i7 10700K and overclock it, giving me the fastest FPS by today's standards (on par with i9 10900K)

b) an AMD processor and a X570 motherboard hoping that PCI 4.0 Express will give a bit of extra performance to the 3090 and overall match the speed of the system above?

c) Wait until Ryzen 3 CPUs arrive, hoping they are on par with Intel and combined with PCI 4.0 Express that will be the fastest combination of components?

Finally, do you think there's a benefit to using a Ryzen CPU for games since most next games will be designed for consoles using the same architecture? Thank you so much. Any help would be much appreciated.

FPS drops with Lenovo Y520-15IKBN laptop, what could be the issue?

Question by Edy from Romania | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Laptops | Mon, Sep 14 2020 7:07 PM CDT

I have a 1-year-old laptop, the Lenovo Y520-15IKBN, with I7-7700HQ overclocked to 3.5GHz, GTX 1050 Ti 4GB, 8GB RAM, and an MP510 Force SSD and 2TB HDD.

My Windows and my games are on my SSD, and I have gaming problems, like FPS drops, and I don't know why? I undervolted my CPU to -0,75V because at 0V [default] my temperature throttles and FPS drops a lot. I also have an external cooling pad under my laptop and can turn on Lenovo Nerve Center to turbo my fan speed and still have lag problems. Why?

Issues with Intel AX201 Wi-Fi module compatibility and ASUS Z490

Question by Timmy from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Networking | Thu, Sep 10 2020 10:08 PM CDT

I installed an Intel AX201 Wi-Fi 6 and BT on m.2 key E slot on motherboard ASUS Prime Z490-P.

I've updated the driver from Intel, but it never sees any Wi-Fi networks. I have a D-Link AC-3200 router, and I thought the device should see 802.11ac. Does that mean I need to buy an AX router?

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