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Its About Time
September 2, 2019
1:58 PM
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M9ACE
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I am starting a well overdue upgrade based on AMD's new 3000-series CPU.

I started ordering a couple of items. The first part of my new PC build is an AMD 3800X CPU. Next, I ordered a 32Gb kit of DDR4-3200 memory that I expect to receive on 9/3/19.

For my video card, this time around I think I am going to switch over to the "red team" and go with a 5700XT card. I have been using Nvidia based cards for the last 20 years. I am leaning heavily towards the Sapphire Pulse RX 5700XT, but have entertained going with a couple of other cards. I have not found any of these to be in stock when I happened to be looking, but there is no rush yet.

Regarding the motherboard, I decided to go with the new X570 series motherboards. However, just like any other new generation I perceive that it is wise to wait a couple of months after release before making the purchase in order to let the firmware mature. Also, it has saved me in the past waiting things out. For example, my current motherboard is revision 1.1. It turned out that the revision 1.0 of my board did not have a critical feature (LLC- Load Line Calibration). Of course this is not something firmware could fix as it is a physical change on the motherboard.

I am planning on getting a new case since I have been using the same Lian Li case since 2006.  I have been considering Fractal Design, but I have not looked into this enough to make a decision.

Absolute reality never changes, only our perception of it does.

September 18, 2019
9:44 PM
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I ended up getting a Power Color 5700XT card:

https://www.powercolor.com/product?id=1565842787

 

It basically is just a 5700XT with a cooler that is better than the AMD reference design.  I wanted a Sapphire Pulse RX 5700XT, but they are always out of stock.  Hopefully this one is not too bad.

Absolute reality never changes, only our perception of it does.

September 19, 2019
11:02 PM
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Does Star Citizen run any better?

September 20, 2019
7:52 PM
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Hi Rock, not sure yet.  I have been dragging this out. 

I still need a motherboard, case, power supply, and a copy of Windows 10.  I intend on getting a 570 series motherboard.  I have found it is good to wait for a couple of months when a new motherboard is released in order for the manufacturer to work some of the bugs out.

Absolute reality never changes, only our perception of it does.