Huh. But still, why pay $20 more for what looks like the same performance?
The 1060 6GB in this build is what I'd consider a minimum for decent VR, but the 1050Ti does still meet the specified minimum requirements for Oculus. So yes, this build is ready for VR.
I fail to see how a card mounted in the top two slots (as it normally would be) would have its airflow obstructed by the PSU any more than any other MicroATX case. Is this statement based solely on the stock image of the case that shows the card mounted in the sub-optimal bottom two slots?
Hmm… Could save $20 with R3 2200G without losing performance. Seems the price of R3 1300X is going up since Ryzen 1st-gen is now out of production, but enough demand still exists?
It also mentions the Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4, which in this build has been replaced with a Cooler Master closed loop cooler. They should really have someone double check these write-ups before they just go copy-pasting them.
The description mentions the Rosewill case used in the previous build guide. Also, as already mentioned, the description contains the same error as the previous one where it claims the 2200G has Vega 11 when it only has Vega 8.
At the time I bought it, it was before Etherium mining drove prices for 1060 6GB cards through the roof. You're better off checking out Linus Tech Tips on YouTube for their video on the current best value cards for the resolution you game at. Resolution is a major factor in how well a card performs.
Ah, you don't even use all of the computing resources it offers now, so updating to Ryzen will offer little benefit for the investment, gotcha. A bit of an odd scenario though where you use so little CPU but find yourself wanting for more RAM!
An FX-series CPU and AM3+ motherboard seem out of place for a 2017 build. Did you start gathering parts in 2016? Why the FX over some other CPU?
My dad. Trying to change this usage pattern has been fruitless.
Derp, completely missed that not-so-small detail.
I've never seen my dad's computer with any less than 2 Chrome windows with 15 tabs each, 3 word docs, 5 PDFs, and one PowerPoint. That is the minimum he has active at any given time. He's not great at closing things he's not using, and he seems to keep getting worse.
And here we are two weeks later and the flood of abused cards are still going for more than MSRP for new cards.
With Ryzen 3 now here, I wonder if a similarly inexpensive build would be practical with the higher price of the Ryzen chips.
Yes, modern 64-bit Win10 will use up 4GB of RAM in a hurry doing everyday tasks.
I think for the case, I'd rather go with the relatively new Cooler Master Masterbox Lite 3.1, which 1. includes interchangeable color accents to suit whichever color scheme you end up going with (which would also be super easy to custom paint if desired), 2. is mATX form factor to match the motherboard rather than leaving all that empty space, 3. shares many similar features to the Carbide sans one of each drive bay and top fan mounts, and 4. has the appearance of a tempered glass case with its full panel window and mirror-tinted front panel. I think its bling is a bit more tasteful than the Corsair's.
Some have speculated the recent crash and future uncertainty could result in a flood of used cards and drop in demand for new ones within about three months. Only time will tell.
Addendum: Having come across more comparisons between air-cooling and water-cooling since this build, it seems the water coolers would actually be noisier with the addition of the water pump, and wouldn't offer that much better cooling performance over the NH-D14, which I've also determined is pretty much overkill for the relatively modest TDP of the i5 6600K, even with boosted voltage and a healthy overclock. Further, the pump is a major potential point of failure. A large heatsink can still function with marginal passive thermal dissipation even if the fans stop working; but if the pump stops, the heat is trapped in the CPU.
See, I did put a lot of thought into this one. Closed loop water coolers do not necessarily perform better; they are not immune to the laws of thermodynamics. The only "magic pills" are phase-change that was all the rage in the early 2000's and thermoelectric which was the buzz tech in the later half of that decade. For the price, I didn't find anything offering any better cooling capacity, especially not in a package I would trust. Does something better exist at a competitive price point that I just don't know about? I certainly wouldn't be willing to bet against it. But even closed loop systems run the risk of leaks. Air cooled systems are more limited by the amount of fresh air they can bring in and hot air they can expel than liquid cooled systems, it's true. But this case is large enough to prevent heat from getting trapped in a confined space, and has more than sufficient air flow capacity to keep it moving (read: a whole heck of a lot, especially for how quiet it is). Further in the future, I may be looking into a custom water cooling setup. But cheap water cooling isn't the holy grail of thermal solutions some folks might make it out to be, or it would have been the standard ten years ago instead of the cutting edge reserved for professional builders like Voodoo PC and pre-dell Alienware, and extreme custom enthusiasts with deep pockets. This is my very first ground-up mid-range enthusiast build for myself, but just because I had a self-upgraded MacBook as my primary system for the past 7 years doesn't mean I wasn't paying close attention to the enthusiast hardware scene for the past 13 (re: since middle school). Air cooling has been the standard for the longest time, and while technology marches forward, so too does air cooling tech and it would be unwise to write it off too quickly.
Nope, drops right in, it's (one of) the biggest that will fit. No clearance issues at all with the cooler except the USB 3.0 front panel header on the mobo which was in an unfortunate position to begin with. The case may be designed for the Mini ITX form factor, but it is about as full-size as you can get with only two expansion slots. It's about as wide and almost as deep as most mid towers, they just cut out 5 expansion slots in height.
Dat AGP slot. Dat vintage Raidmax case. I remember those being on the market ~14 years ago.
Now, if you were to do a Pentium D 805 "Smithfield" build, you'll be cruising in late 2000's budget overclocking style. Vintage builds with no practical modern performance are cool in their own way.
You might consider upgrading the CPU cooler to the Reeven Brontes, which Tom's Hardware reviewed rather favorably as a high-performance low-pro cooler. At 59mm high, it should just squeeze in where an older 60mm Zalman lowpro cooler just barely fit, despite PCPP saying it's "not compatible." Non-window versions of the RVZ02B have an extra 0.5-1mm of clearance over the windowed versions, and it can make all the difference.
He likely already had the 960 from before the 1060 was even available.
Great minds think alike.
The tightly controlled vanilla experience from Minecraft Mobile/XBox/Win10 edition leaves a lot to be desired compared to the open freedom offered by Minecraft "Classic."
Aye, and quite ergonomic at that, though the response leaves something to be desired.
With a disused king-sized sheet and desk lamps, even a phone camera can put out halfway decent pics.
Unfortunately in benchmarks the banana proved rather mediocre. It may require overclocking into banana bread to get it up to snuff.
Already set fan profiles, and that would have been nice to know when installing Windows!
Imgurian, actually. Not sure where the banana originated, but it's commonly used on posts originating on imgur. Fun fact: I don't buy or eat bananas. Had to ring up mother to borrow one for the shoot. She didn't even have to ask, she just said "Oh god." And she's the one who sent me a picture of a pair of trousers made of light fabric still in the impressively small packaging... with a banana for scale.
Nope, the RAM heatsinks don't extend very much more than bare RAM.