The PC Build Thread

ponder

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The App not fully supported yet on 3 series says coming soon...

G.Skill F4-3200C16D-16GTZKW
https://www.wootware.co.za/g-skill-f4-3200c16d-16gtzkw-tridentz-16gb-2x8gb-ddr4-3200mhz-cl16-1-35v-black-desktop-memory.html

Bought these at a more expensive price as some said it be samsung B-Die, but turned out to be Hynix which apparently do not overclock well. Funny enough the prices have actually increase with another R200 since I bought them

M/B Asus X470-F

From what I understand I have to overclock to 3600 or 3733 to get 1:1 ratio?
I think amd said infinity fabric is at 3733MHz. From what I remember the performance gains are not huge.

Make sure you have the latest bios and play around with the timings. Try forums like level1techs, toms hardware, linus tech tips for feedback. There's bound to be someone that's tried this before.
 

weelzSA

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Does anyone know of cheaper alternatives to Cablemod for PSU replacement cables?

I have PSU extender cables but it is way too cluttered in my case so wanting to swap the cables completely to free up space.

I have found Cablemod cables that work with my PSU on Amazon for R1700 shipped to SA (will ship to UK tho as I will be there in two weeks for R1300) so before I place order just wanted to check if there are other options.

Looking for black/red cables (or plain black) but they have to be replacement and not extenders or should I just go with Cablemod?

PSU is EVGA Supernova 850 G2.
 

apviljoen2

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Seller replied with some funny instruction to "use metal eraser to test the metal test points".

I replied that it might be best for us both if I just return the item, to which he agreed.

I will save up a little more and then buy something newer as suggested for any future gaming sessions.
Seller contacted me that I don't need to ship the item back, he will refund me... Decent end to the story then.
 

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Seller contacted me that I don't need to ship the item back, he will refund me... Decent end to the story then.
All's well that ends well, I guess.

I didn't mean to discourage you yesterday, I was just suggesting what I would do if I found myself in your shoes - the other alternative is if you don't mind second-hand parts, you could look on Carbonite to see if there are any combos to be had. I think a few of the chaps on there will probably be upgrading to Ryzen 3xxx so you may find some good deals on 1xxx and 2xxx Ryzen CPU's over there.
 

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Does anyone know of cheaper alternatives to Cablemod for PSU replacement cables?

I have PSU extender cables but it is way too cluttered in my case so wanting to swap the cables completely to free up space.

I have found Cablemod cables that work with my PSU on Amazon for R1700 shipped to SA (will ship to UK tho as I will be there in two weeks for R1300) so before I place order just wanted to check if there are other options.

Looking for black/red cables (or plain black) but they have to be replacement and not extenders or should I just go with Cablemod?

PSU is EVGA Supernova 850 G2.
I have a 20% Cablemods discount voucher, FWIW. PM me if you want it.
 

Griffin ZA

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Looking to do my 1st PC build. Any advice regarding alternative parts will be appreciated.

Your Current Specs: None
[*]Budget: +-R12500
[*]Main Use: Gaming/3D Work/General Usage
[*]Monitor Resolution: 1080p Monitor/4K Samsung TV
[*]When do you need your build by? : +- 4 Weeks
[*]Are you going to overclock? :
Possibly

Parts List:

CPU/Motherboard/Memory Upgrade Kit: AMD RYZEN 5 3600 B450 Tomahawk 16GB DDR4 Upgrade Kit (R6499)
GPU: ASUS Phoenix GTX 1660 OC 6GB Graphics Card (R3799)
PSU: Antec VP500P 500W 80+ Silent Power Supply (R629)
Case: Antec DP501 Dark Phantom Tempered Glass Gaming Case (R799)
SSD: Hikvision E100 256GB 2.5" SSD (R499)
Fans: 3 x CM MasterFan MF120L RGB Fan (3xR139=R417)

Total: R12 642
 

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Looking to do my 1st PC build. Any advice regarding alternative parts will be appreciated.
CPU/Motherboard/Memory Upgrade Kit: AMD RYZEN 5 3600 B450 Tomahawk 16GB DDR4 Upgrade Kit (R6499)
I've been struggling with convincing myself to pull the trigger and spend the money, I've just been fine tuning my needs/wants from a mobo but also didn't want to spend too much.
And i think I've found it, same kit but with the proper RAM.
https://www.evetech.co.za/amd-ryzen-5-3600-rog-strix-b450-f-16gb-rgb-upgrade-kit/best-deal/6339.aspx
If i look at the individual parts cost its does seem like a good deal.

Case: R1079
phanteks-ph-ec350ptg-dbk-eclipse-p350x-tempered-glass-black-steel

Total = R10234

I stay very close to evetech so i'm hoping should i have trouble i can resolve it in person.
 

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I'll go to them and verify EVERYTHING before buying.

R7099
https://www.evetech.co.za/amd-ryzen-5-3600-rog-strix-b450-f-16gb-rgb-upgrade-kit/best-deal/6339.aspx

Individually:
Evetech:
CPU: R3549
MB: R2649
RAM: R2000 (2x8G)
Total: 8198

Wootware:
CPU: R3999
MB: R2799
RAM: R2099 (2x8G)
Total: 8897
Rebeltech pricing -
Mobo - R2 679.00 (https://www.rebeltech.co.za/16981-asus-rog-strix-b450-f-gaming.html)
CPU - R3 549.00 (https://www.rebeltech.co.za/18834-amd-ryzen-5-3600-processor-6-cores-12-threads-42-ghz.html)
Memory - R1 658.00 (2 sticks) (https://www.rebeltech.co.za/18714-ballistix-bls8g4d32aesbk-sport-lt-8gb-ddr4-3200-cl16.html)
Total: R6 865.00

The benefit of that particular memory is that it overclocks really well - Micron E-die. Should hit the Ryzen 3600mhz sweet spot quite nicely at good timings.
 

Griffin ZA

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Rebeltech pricing -
Mobo - R2 679.00 (https://www.rebeltech.co.za/16981-asus-rog-strix-b450-f-gaming.html)
CPU - R3 549.00 (https://www.rebeltech.co.za/18834-amd-ryzen-5-3600-processor-6-cores-12-threads-42-ghz.html)
Memory - R1 658.00 (2 sticks) (https://www.rebeltech.co.za/18714-ballistix-bls8g4d32aesbk-sport-lt-8gb-ddr4-3200-cl16.html)
Total: R6 865.00

The benefit of that particular memory is that it overclocks really well - Micron E-die. Should hit the Ryzen 3600mhz sweet spot quite nicely at good timings.
That comes out at R7886 unfortunately. I like the Evetech R7100 deal. Will everything run ok if I buy additional fans at a later time. Upgrading to the 3200hz RAM stretches my budget a bit.

Also, thanks for all the advice!
 

hermansteyn

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Hi,

Like some of the above threads, I'm ready for an upgrade and is considering the following:

AMD RYZEN 5 3600 ROG Strix B450-F 16GB RGB Upgrade Kit – R7,100
AMD RYZEN 5 3600 ROG Strix B450-F 16GB RGB Upgrade Kit - ASUS ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING AMD Ryzen Motherboard + AMD RYZEN 5 3600 35MB GameCache Up to 4.2GHz CPU + Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO 16GB (2x 8GB) 3200MHz Gaming Memory


ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2070 Advance Gaming 8GB GDDR6 Graphics Card – R9,000
ASUS Rog Strix RTX 2070 Advance Gaming 8GB GDDR6 Graphics Card / PCI Express 3.0 / 2304 Cuda Core / GPU Boost Clock : 1680 MHz / GPU Base Clock : 1410 MHz / 2x DisplayPort 1.4 / 1x USB Type-C / 2x HDMI 2.0b / ROG-STRIX-RTX2070-A8G-GAMING


HP EX920 M.2 512GB PCl-e NVMe Internal SSD – R1,350
HP EX920 M.2 512GB PCl-e 3 x4 NVMe 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) / Maximum Read Speed 3,200 MB/s / Maximum Write Speed 1,600 MB/s / Dynamic Caching / Low Latency / Smooth Operation / 3D Nand Flash / 2YY46AA


Corsair CX Series CX850M 80+ 850W Modular ATX Power Supply – R1,880
Corsair CX Series CX850M 80 Plus Bronze Certified 850W Modular ATX Power Supply / Low Noise / Modular Cabling System / Large Diameter / CP-9020099


NZXT H500i Matte Black Gaming Case – R1,630
NZXT H500i Tempered Glass Gaming Case - Matte Black / Water-Cooling Installation Simplified / Adaptive Noise Reduction / Easy Storage Installation / Max GPU Clearance Up to 381mm / SMART or Lighting and FAN control / CA-H500W-B1


Monitor: Mecer K3G3R 31.5" R6,700
https://www.wootware.co.za/mecer-k3g3r-31-5-qhd-2560x1440-144hz-4ms-16-9-va-freesync-curved-gaming-desktop-monitor.html

TOTAL: 27,660

Any comments on the build will be appreciated!!

In addition, can I reuse my current Corsair HX850 professional PSU (7 years old) for this build or is it better to get a new PSU?

Thx!!
 
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Hi guys

I have settled on a new build, would just feel more comfortable if someone had a look over it. I am uncertain of the ram and psu. Unfortunately for now I need wifi hence the motherboard. 3600 and case I am 100% sure of.

I intend to use this with my RX580 for now until the 5700xt aib boards are available or my patience runs out and I settle for the blower. I have a 1440p/144 monitor (I know I wont max games on that but I am happy to play AAA games at around 60fps). Edit: will carry over ssd and hd from my old build as well.

Thanks in advance

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hermansteyn

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You clearly have so much money that many of us are under-qualified to respond.
My last build was 7 years ago and I would hope this one will last me as long, so all in all it would be worth the spend. Sometimes its okay to spend money on yourself before it all go to the wife and kids :)
 

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My last build was 7 years ago and I would hope this one will last me as long, so all in all it would be worth the spend. Sometimes its okay to spend money on yourself before it all go to the wife and kids :)
Then within a few months you sell it because something has come up and you urgently need money.....
 
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