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rash1233

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For what purpose? If just gaming, something like the 3300X is ideal, especially if budget is a concern. If going Ryzen, try get DDR4-3600 if possible. 3200 is also fine, but you're leaving performance on the table if you go lower than that.
Gaming and also work/studies. Will require a decent CPU for good multi-threaded performance (was looking at Ryzen 5 3600 or even Ryzen 7 3700x) and RTX would be ideal for machine learning stuff. That's why I was thinking to hold out till they announce new hardware and see if the performance jump is big enough.
 

rash1233

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I'm running a 3600 with a 2070 Super :)
The problem with waiting up upgrade is that you'll always be waiting with tech.
Yea I guess that's true, but I don't mind waiting that extra bit to get next gen if it justifies the price. How's the 2070 Super? I was looking at the Palit Jetstream on Wootware.
 

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Yea I guess that's true, but I don't mind waiting that extra bit to get next gen if it justifies the price. How's the 2070 Super? I was looking at the Palit Jetstream on Wootware.
Can't complain. What resolution will you be running it at? And are you looking for a minimum FPS?
 

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Gaming and also work/studies. Will require a decent CPU for good multi-threaded performance (was looking at Ryzen 5 3600 or even Ryzen 7 3700x) and RTX would be ideal for machine learning stuff. That's why I was thinking to hold out till they announce new hardware and see if the performance jump is big enough.
The performance jump to RTX 3000 is allegedly quite large (upto 30% according to the rumour mill), but it will come at a cost. If you can afford to wait, it may be worth it as RTX2000 prices will drop.
 

rash1233

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The performance jump to RTX 3000 is allegedly quite large (upto 30% according to the rumour mill), but it will come at a cost. If you can afford to wait, it may be worth it as RTX2000 prices will drop.
I think the best thing to do now is just wait it out. Either grab next gen or get a 2070 super at a lower price. I'm also hoping the rand recovers a bit but that might just be wishful thinking at this point.
 

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I think the best thing to do now is just wait it out. Either grab next gen or get a 2070 super at a lower price. I'm also hoping the rand recovers a bit but that might just be wishful thinking at this point.
Yeah, I think things are just going to get more expensive, unfortunately.
You also need to factor how much faster next gen will be, especially at the resolution you game at...
 

rash1233

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Yeah, I think things are just going to get more expensive, unfortunately.
You also need to factor how much faster next gen will be, especially at the resolution you game at...
I think the real performance gain will be with the increase in tensor cores rather than as much in gaming, which will help a lot more on the work side than with gaming, but we just gotta wait and see
 

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I've been looking to build a PC for a while now, recently spec'd out a build on Wootware for around R27K with a RTX 2070 and Ryzen 5 3600. Bit hesitant to pull the trigger.

What's the general consensus here on going for a build now? I know AMD and Nvidia are probably announcing new hardware towards the end of the year, how long does that usually take to show up locally? And is there a big difference price wise on launch (locally compared to the specified retail price)?
Past performance isn't an indication of future performance, but my 3700X was R500 cheaper in July last year than it is now, and that was me waiting weeks for the first or second batch 3700x's to land. It released globally 7 July, and was dispatched from Wootware on 1 Aug.

You could always buy a B550/X570 system, and then just upgrade to the new CPU comes out and it offers a big enough performance increase. There will be plenty of 2600 users looking to take your 3700X off your hands for cheap.

For the GPU I'll wait. RTX 2000 series is 2 years old and was stupid expensive compared to 1000 series. With AMD's competitor coming out, and this this probably more a refinement cycle compared to all the new tech in the previous cycle, I'm hoping for better value from the 3000 series.
 

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Help me build my AMD PC.

Case - Undecided. Recycling sons old Antec 900, my first option.
Power Supply - 660W Fractal Design. 10 Year Warranty.
CPU - Ryzen 3600. Third generation, bang for buck.
RAM - G-Skill 2 x 16Gb
Graphics Card - Galax Geforce GTX 9700. Recycling sons old card.
Storage - Sabrent Rocket NVMe4 2TB M2 SSD (PCIe Gen 4.0) or AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD 1TB
Motherboard - Gigabyte B550 Aorus Master
Case - Phanteks P400A or Fractal Meshify
RAM - You got cl18 ram there, go for cl16 or lower

Rest is fine.
 

Barbarian Conan

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Case - Phanteks P400A or Fractal Meshify
RAM - You got cl18 ram there, go for cl16 or lower

Rest is fine.
While CL16 is better, latency of 18 cyles @ 3600 is the same as 16 cycles @ 3200, so not the end of the world at that speed.
 

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That's a mediocre kit of memory, imo - it better be cheap :thumbsup:

18-22-22-42 is really slow - not a problem if that's not of interest to the person buying it but it would bug me.
 

DrJohnZoidberg

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RAM - You got cl18 ram there, go for cl16 or lower
Not worth the cost difference in most instances, especially for a 32GB kit.

I've got a kit of F4-3600C19D-32GVRB which is very easy to tune (with Ryzen DRAM calc) and have mine at 16-19-21-36 instead of the XMP default of 19-20-20-40.
 

Lupus

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Pulled the trigger on a 2060 super, it's roughly 5% slower than a 2070 standard but it's 15% cheaper. Wish it was January than it would've been 15% cheaper than now.
 

Ancalagon

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I saw the latest trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 and now I have to buy a new GPU. But I'll wait until the new batch comes out. Should be just before the release of the game.
 

Lupus

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I saw the latest trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 and now I have to buy a new GPU. But I'll wait until the new batch comes out. Should be just before the release of the game.
Well it'll be the 3080 and to coming out first, if it comes out like that it'll be 25k a card?
 
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