Setting interrupt jumpers, selecting master/slave drives, Set the 115/220 Switch, installing the BNC terminator, Create boot floppy, insert next disk x 15 while installing software ... Just some of the things that had to be done when I started building PCs. Oh you whippersnappers have it so easy. I was an AMD guy since the beginning. I built several AMD builds through the early 90s, when AMD processors matched Intel's chips clock for clock and were significantly cheaper, including a Am486 DX2-50 in 1993. Then in 1995 I bought my first Intel Pentium MMX 166 MHz (P55C/80503) CPU for $650.00. My next CPU was the Pentium II 266Mhz cartridge processor in 1997 from the Micron outlet store where I was in the right place at the right time to purchase it right when they brought it out to the showroom floor. It hadn't even been released yet, but I had one in a test system which cost me $2,700.00 of my re-enlistment bonus which I still own today, and it still powers up with Win98SE.

Bottleneck Checker

Build Guides

Partition Recovery

Best Threads on PCPP Website

Best Parts based on a lot of things

How to use the PSU Auto-Pick tool... Click the link below for the component you want. The selected component has been hand selected from a huge list of quality parts so you can be sure to have a great selection. Once the list selects the component all you do is click the link to the part and add it to your build. If it is not what you want then click the (Show) link below the selected part to expand other options.

Power Supply auto select tool

750Watt Recommended List

EVGA - 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply

EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Platinum 750 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

SeaSonic - PRIME Ultra Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

Breaking down the Corsair models

AXi > HXi > HX > RMi > RMx > TXM > CX > VS.

  • The VS is entry level. Good for office systems, APU systems, maybe a 1050Ti/Pentium type setup.

  • CX is a solid low end PSU. Modern platform, decent performance, decent build quality, decent warranty, etc.

  • TXM gets more into the midrange. Pretty nice unit. I'd use it to power just about any system you see pop up on PCPP.

  • RMx is slightly better, approaching the mid-high end with mods such as fully modular cables, better fans (with passive mode), etc.

  • HX is marginally better than RMx.

  • The HXi/RMi are the same as the standard versions, just with a slightly improved fan and Corsair Link functionality.

  • AXi is top of the line. If you can afford it you can have it but is it necessary? Your option.

Specs at a Glance


Intel Core i5 - Intel Core i7 - Ryzen 3 - Ryzen 5 - Ryzen 7 - Ryzen TR


AMD - Intel


GTX 1050 - GTX 1050Ti - GTX 1060 3GB/6GB - GTX 1070 - GTX 1070ti - GTX 1080 - GTX 1080Ti - RTX 2080Ti - RTX 1080 - RTX 2070 - Radeon RX 550 - Radeon RX 560 - Radeon RX 570 - Radeon RX 580 - Radeon RX Vega 56 - Radeon RX Vega 64


Kaby Lake Overclocking Chart

AMD System Building

Tips for buidling better Ryzen Systems

Tweak Guides

Tweak Guides


I am a huge advocate of new technology and right now the latest new tech that has peaked my interest is NVMe. Take a look at this. Nobody can tell me that NVMe is not a game changer as those results are real time actual benchmarking software from thousands of users who are benchmarking their computers using the same exact benchmarks so there is no fluctuations.

Keep your eyes peeled for the latest hardware to come from AMD when they release the new Ryzen processors in April 2018. Let's see what Intel has sitting on the shelf to compete with the new AMDs.


If possible, I would recommend using a M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 drive on the MB. Here are some real world benchmark comparisons...

Western Digital - Black PCIe 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive


Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive


The PCIe/NVMe is the latest in storage technology which is faster than an SSD because it is using 4 lanes of SATA speed data lines even though all the 13 & 14 year old kids on this site will tell you differently. Several years ago I was telling people to use the SSD but times have changed, and now I am telling everybody about PCIe/NVMe drives.

--If there are more than one M.2 slot on the motherboard there will most likely be one M.2 that shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port. When the M.2 slot is populated, one of the SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports will be disabled.


Fractal Design Meshify C - Design Define R6 - Focus G

NZXT S340 Elite

Lian-Li PC-011

Cooler Master MasterCase H500P

Thermaltake View

Corsair Crystal