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Should I keep my current gaming PC and upgrade or buy something else?

Question by Angel from Slovenia | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | Jul 16, 2020 8:08 PM CDT

Hi there! I'm running an i5-6400, GTX 1050 Ti with 8GB of a single channel memory. I've been keeping an eye on some local deals. My question for you guys is, what should my game plan be? Do I keep my current PC and add a GTX 1070 (there's one selling for $180) or sell it and get one of the systems listed below?

  • Core i7-2600, GTX 980, 8GB RAM (DDR3) $500
  • Core i5-4570, GTX 970, 8GB RAM (DDR3) $315
  • Core i5-2500K, GTX 1060 3GB, 16gb RAM (DDR3) $340
  • Core i5-3570, R9 280X, 8GB RAM (DDR3) $200

Thank you for any given help.

Is my PC good for games like Valorant, Destiny 2, LoL, and others?

Question by Andre from Austria | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | Jul 13, 2020 7:35 PM CDT


I would like to buy a new PC and wanted to make sure that my PC can do the whole thing. Can I use an AMD Ryzen 5 3600, MSI MPG X570 Gaming Plus, and MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Ventus XS 6G to play games like Valorant, Rainbow Six Siege, League of Legends, Destiny 2, Warframe and stream?

I also have 2x 8GB RAM, a 500GB SSD, a 3TB HDD, and a Game Max RGB850 850W.

Any tips for overclocking my Intel Core i7 8700K processor?

Question by Mathew from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Jul 12, 2020 3:37 PM CDT

I have been thinking about overclocking my CPU, but I've never done it and don't know if it's worth it.

My current system is a z390 gaming plus, 8700K, 32GB RAM, and ASUS ROG Strix 2070. I currently use it for gaming and streaming, but would like to move into music and video production in the future. I want to get the most out of this chip before considering an upgrade.


What CPU and GPU for a solid experience in Flight Simulator 2020?

Question by Charles from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Video Cards & GPUs | Jul 7, 2020 4:45 PM CDT

I am in the process of building a computer mostly for video editing. However, I also would like to use it for Flight Simulator 2020 when it's released with very high resolution / detail.

I will be using an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor, with either 32 or 64 gigs of RAM. For the GPU, I am considering an AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT. Will that be a powerful enough GPU for Flight Sim 2020? Is 64GB of memory overkill? Thanks.

Does the Intel Core i9 9900KF support SGX for 4K UHD Blu-ray playback?

Question by Eduardo from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Jun 26, 2020 7:50 PM CDT

On the Core i9 9900KF product specifications page on the Intel website, Intel lists this specific CPU as having SGX (software guard extensions) as a component of the CPU. This is in spite of the fact that the GPU portion of the CPU is disabled by default. If I were to purchase this CPU and have the SGX enabled in my BIOS, would I be able to play 4K UHD DVDs on my computer if I had the proper Bluray player and software?

Why is my CPU not boosting to its full potential while gaming?

Question by Zak from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Tyler Bernath | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Jun 18, 2020 5:10 PM CDT

Hi there.

I have Lenovo L340 Gaming Laptop with i7 9750h processor, GTX 1650 graphics, 16GB RAM and 500GB SSD NVMe. Everything is fine but i have a question. Whenever i am benchmarking my laptop or running a stress test, the clock speed goes above 4 and 4.2 GHz with all 6 cores active. However, when im running games, the clock speed is stuck at 2.6 GHz (which is the base clock of this CPU). Although there is no prob with the game running, but im wondering why the clock is fixed at 2.6 when gaming? it goes above 4GHz as soon as i close the game. The temp also is around 67 68 C not so high. Could you suggest whats causing this?? thnx

What GPU will provide me with 240+ FPS in Fortnite?

Question by Radley from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Video Cards & GPUs | Jun 12, 2020 7:20 PM CDT

I'm looking for a good GPU for my Ryzen 5 2400G, my motherboard is a Biostar B45M2, which is kind of cheap, I also only have 8gbs of single channel 2400mhz RAM. I'm looking to upgrade to 16gbs of 3000mhz, dual channel memory, but I want a good graphics card to play Fortnite, Valorant, League of Legends competitively at 240+ FPS and stream and edit videos.

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