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Comment reply on jameshyen's Completed Build: New 2019

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It might depend on the game though. I want to say that if I play Red Dead Redemption 2, the GPU could hit 79 °C, or maybe even 80 °C (but not cross 80 °C). But this may not be correct, I think that for most games I play (Mordhau, The Witcher 3, Red Dead Redemption 2), the GPU tends to stabilize around 76 °C.

However, the prior configuration of the PC was:

  • Factory-applied GPU thermal paste
  • No 120mm intake fan on the bottom of the case

In this configuration, especially when playing Red Dead Redemption 2 (IIRC), the GPU could touch 80 °C, and regularly cross the 80 °C threshold (very alarming to me). What really helped was improving airflow by bringing in yet another intake fan (bringing the count up to three). The 120mm intake fan on the bottom of the case shunted air directly into the GPU’s fans (you can see this situation in the first photo for this build). I believe this improved airflow situation helped with the GPU’s temperatures a lot.

In addition I referenced this Tom’s Hardware thread, when applying Arctic MX-4 to the GPU. Apparently Arctic Silver 5 tends to “cake up” and dry out over time. Even though the Arctic Silver 5 paste is dried up, it is still effective, but some people speculate it is less-effective for GPUs, because the vibration of the GPU’s fans tend to break the paste-seal between the GPU die and the GPU’s heatsink/cooling system. Apparently Arctic MX-4 doesn’t dry or ”cake out,” so it’s preferable to use Arctic MX-4 for GPUs?

See this comment here: https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/arctic-silver-5-vs-arctic-mx-4.3469455/post-20974084.

Cheers.

Comment reply on jameshyen's Completed Build: New 2019

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I do not have the machine by me at the moment (I moved to a different city and left it at my permanent home). IIRC, depending on the game, it tends to to be stable around 76 °C under load. The current configuration of the PC is:

  • Factory-applied GPU thermal paste replaced with Arctic MX-4
    • CPU is using Thermal Grizzly’s Kryonaut
    • CPU is using a Wraith Max cooler
  • One 120mm intake fan
  • One 120mm outtake fan
  • Top of the case sealed with ModuVent™
  • Two 140mm intake fans

Comment reply on jameshyen's Completed Build: New 2019

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This is the first Windows machine I've had with an SSD in it. I use the SSD as a storage drive too. I have no complaints about it.

Comment reply on l3eans's Completed Build: Porta ITX

  • 6 months ago
  • 11 points

Upvoted for tube of toothpaste and water bottle demonstrating scale. Very clean.

Comment reply on Double-You's Completed Build: Perfectly Unbalanced

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I think I agree with this. The 5700 is a very competitive card when it comes to mid-range gaming, and is more affordable. The 5700 only seems to really lose out to the 2070 SUPER (and above). Plus, the RTX cards only hold value if you're trying to play like Metro Exodus, or something (ray tracing).

Comment reply on GoodCoffee's Completed Build: AMD gaming build w/ Intel GPU (Ole' Dartha)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, that ACX 3.0 1080 though. Looks like a solid build parts-wise. It should be able to handle Red Dead Redemption 2 if you're into that sort of thing. Have fun. :)

Comment reply on spawn01's Completed Build: Altered Carbon V.2

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Upvoted for badass air cooler inside Mini-ITX case.

Comment reply on sidripper's Completed Build: Gaming PC Build

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely ready for Cyberpunk. 👀

Also it looks like it has good airflow. Upvoted for Geralt.

Comment reply on ntdung2212's Completed Build: Ryzen 5 3600 and the Node 202

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Very sleek, I appreciate those little additional case fans you added for extra airflow.

Comment reply on jameshyen's Completed Build: New 2019

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Also, thanks for the compliment. :) But compared to some stuff I've seen on here, mine is actually a bit messy, haha.

Comment reply on jameshyen's Completed Build: New 2019

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I added a fourth photo so you can see, but initially the Ryzen 5 2600 actually came with a Wraith Stealth, I think I initially installed it incorrectly because the AMD logo ended up overlapping one of the DIMM slots, so I was only able to use one stick of RAM. I ended up purchasing the Wraith Max, because I thought that its square-shape wouldn't interfere with any of the DIMM slots (which ended up being true), but I suspect that if the Wraith Stealth is mounted facing-left, all the DIMM slots should be freed. Either way I think the Max cools slightly better than the Stealth. Cheers.

Comment reply on laggyshield's Completed Build: Nano Ryzen

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous.

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