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Is it time to upgrade my boot drive SSD and thoughts on my system?

Question by Gilbert from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Storage | Aug 18, 2020 7:07 PM CDT

Hi gents, and thanks for the section and advice. I have a three-year-old custom build I put together based on an ASRock X99WS Mobo, Intel Core i7-6850K, NVIDIA GTX 1080, Toshiba OCZ RD400 NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB (boot), G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3000 C15 4x8GB, (2) Intel RS3WC080 8TB RAID, WD Black 3TB cache drive and then a Seagate Archive HDD 8TB hot swap for archival, e.g., Acronis backup.

I mainly use this system for large images, e.g., 30MB raw photo editing and video though some games have crept in and added some bloat to the system. I recently ran the User Benchmark test and came up with some questionable results with my boot SSD.

  • Toshiba OCZ RD400 NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB
  • Firmware: 57CZ4102
  • Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
  • Sustained Write @10s intervals: 502 543 652 568 599 547 MB/s

Do you think the boot drive results warrant a replacement to perhaps a FireCuda as an example or are the Toshiba results not significant? Also, what would you recommend, if anything, to future proof the system for a few more years?

Thoughts of my Intel Core i5 9600K-based gaming PC parts list?

Question by Abdulaziz from Saudi Arabia | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | Aug 15, 2020 4:20 PM CDT

Hello, I am new to the PC market, and I am trying to buy a gaming PC. I have chosen the PC parts that fit my budget. Can you tell me if the parts are good or not?

  • Intel Core i5 9600K
  • CM Hyper Black Edition
  • ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming
  • EVGA RTX 2060 Super
  • 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4
  • Seagate Barracuda 120 500GB
  • 750W PSU

Is my gaming PC ready for 1440p streaming with NVIDIA's Ampere GPUs?

Question by Caleb from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Video Cards & GPUs | Jul 31, 2020 9:40 PM CDT


I'm thinking of upgrading my PC once the new RTX cards drop. I currently have an Intel Core i7 7700k, ASUS ROG Maximus Hero VII, 16GB DDR4 3600 dual-channel memory, 500GB Samsung 850 Evo SSD, and EVGA 650 80+gold PSU in my build.

I'd like to know if I would need to upgrade anything to stream in 1080p or possibly 1440p as I have a Dell 2716DGR monitor as my primary display. I want to maintain a stable 120 and up FPS. Would upgrading the GPU to the "3090" be enough, or do I need to do more upgrades?

Why am I experiencing gaming controller input lag on my iBuyPower PC?

Question by Chris from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | Jul 26, 2020 4:25 PM CDT


I used to stream fine when I first got my pre-built iBuyPower PC. Now when I record video or go live while gaming, I feel input delay on my controller, but I play wired. I was considering upgrading RAM, but IDK if that will fix it on its own.

My specs:

  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
  • Intel Core i7-9700K
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM

Which replacement CPU cooler will fit the HP Omen Obelisk gaming PC?

Question by Jimmy from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Jul 19, 2020 5:50 PM CDT

Hello! Can you please help me? I've tried asking for advice from HP, who recommended a couple of CPU coolers, which have not fit. I have an HP Omen Obelisk 875-0056NA equipped with an RTX 2060, 16GB of memory, and a Core i7 9700F CPU.

I want to replace the 92mm heat sink cooler with a similar CPU air cooler 92mm with heat pipes, as a straight swap without taking off the opposite side panel or motherboard. Thank you in anticipation.

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