first of all, let me point out how glorious this forum is - in the short time I’ve been browsing through here I’ve gathered more actually useful information than in the past months combined.
Now let me bend your ears for a moment:
I finally had to lay my old Desktop to rest after countless years of service (first gen i5-660, GTX550), so it was time to buckle up and get up to date on “modern” hardware, and so I did.
Parts taken over from the old setup include two 1080p monitors and other peripherals, so I really only need a new “core” (and maybe a new case since it’s just as old).
The new Rig will primarily be used to play games and maybe streaming later down the line.
I also have a somewhat clear picture of what components I want, so my questions are more related to technical
Anyway, this is what’s on my list so far:
- Ryzen 2600X (picked due to unbeatable value for the money)
- Noctua’s monster NH-D15 (maybe… depends on if I can get myself to spend 100 bucks on a Cooler)
- GTX1080 GPU (currently Gigabyte Windforce because it’s the cheapest)
- ASUS Strix X470-F Gaming (because it seemed the best compromise between features offered and price)
- 32GB G.Skill F4-3200C15D-32GVK (because I’ll probably use this machine until it dies and don’t want to fiddle with it meanwhile )
- Aerocool P7 650W PSU (because it’s good)
Which ends up meeting my budget at around 1,500€ +/-10%
There are however some issues I could need some input on:
- I’m not 100% convinced I trust AMD’s box cooler, but I’m also not 100% on overkilling it with the NH-D15.
Sure more cooler = more better - more so when I to play around with some OC - but 100 bucks is a lot of money that could be spent on other things.
Also ~1.3kg is a lot of mass to clip onto a vertically mounted motherboard…
From what I’ve read it pretty much doesn’t matter if you buy an OCed GPU or not since the chip will push itself to the maximum clock allowed by temps/powerdraw anyway, so in the end it’s about the capabilities of the cooler mounted on the damn things.
- So which model GTX1080 would you recommend?
As mentioned above, since I’m probably using this until it dies:
- At the time of writing this, the 2600X is ~190€ and the 2700X is ~310€, so that’d be ~58% higher price for ~33% more cores and a negligible gain in clocks.
And finally and to be honest the most difficult thing to wrap my head around and could really some input: The Motherboard…
- I have no use for the like 20 USB ports the Crosshair offers or 10G LAN on the Taichi Ultimate; or the WLAN versions of some boards because I already have a cable installed, so I see no immediate benefit of buying them, but between the Strix X470-F Gaming and the higher end boards, what do I “miss” in terms of the board itself, i.e. BIOS settings/options?
I’d assume there’s a reason the guys at overclock.net created a biosmod for the X470-F but I haven’t gone down that rabbithole just yet…
I’m not in a particular hurry to buy the new rig, but being “restricted” to a laptop isn’t the greatest thing either.
If there was some reliable information available about the new nVidia 11XX GPUs I could be willing to wait and see what they bring, but since there isn’t I consider this a non-issue for now.
Please let me know what you think