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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!

Should I upgrade my PC now or wait for AMD Zen 3 / Intel Rocket Lake?

Question by Chris from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | Wed, Nov 4 2020 9:20 PM CST

Hey TweakTown, I'm an avid gamer and do some editing with Adobe AE and Premiere. I currently have an i7 6700k overclocked to 4.5GHz, 32GB DDR4 running @ 3400 CL 16, and an RTX 2080.

I have a decent gaming rig, but with the AMD Ryzen Zen 3 announcement around the corner + seeing what Intel can bring to the table soon, I'm torn. Do I wait until my current i7 6700k is no longer keeping up or upgrade now with prices being reasonable for an i5 10600k setup/AMD equal? All I need is a CPU and motherboard.

What would you do in my current position?

Should I buy DDR4 RAM or wait for DDR5 RAM, and is 3200MHz enough?

Question by Varun from India | Answered by Tyler Bernath | RAM | Sun, Nov 1 2020 1:36 PM CST

Hi team, I'm planning to build a new PC.

My question is should I buy DDR4 RAM or wait for DDR5 RAM. Is 3200MHz enough for gaming, surfing, and a little bit of editing like Photoshop and video editing? Are there any compatibility issues with either Intel or AMD CPUs? I haven't decided about which CPU should I go for.

Thank you!

Does AMD's B550 support PCIe Gen 3.0 and Gen 4.0 simultaneously?

Question by Pete from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Storage | Sun, Oct 25 2020 8:19 PM CDT

Hi, I have a B550 motherboard (GIGABYTE B550i) and a GIGABYTE RX 5700 XT graphics card inside a custom case using a 30cm PCI-e riser cable.

The PCI-e riser cable is only gen 3.0, so I have had to set the PCIe graphics to "Gen 3.0" in BIOS (to overcome issues). My question is, can I upgrade to a PCI-e 4.0 SSD (e.g., Samsung 980 Pro) and use the SSD at PCI-e Gen 4.0 while keeping the graphics at Gen 3.0, or do I need to upgrade the riser cable to PCI-e 4.0 as well?

In other words, can the B550 chipset support graphics at PCI-e Gen 3.0 and an SSD at PCI-e Gen 4.0 at the same time? Thanks!

Which GPU should I match with the upcoming AMD Ryzen 5600X CPU?

Question by Eddie from Singapore | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Video Cards | Thu, Oct 22 2020 7:07 PM CDT

I am looking to purchase a mid-high tier GPU to match the upcoming AMD Ryzen 5600X CPU. My first choice was to get the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT because the NVIDIA GeForce 2070 Super was more expensive, but is it worth considering the AMD driver issues currently, or have they been ironed out leading up to the new Navi GPUs?

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