How to build your own Gaming PC!


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    @tokeeffe9 Yeah I hope that by the summer you should be able to get good stuff for a cheaper price! Its funny how RAM used to be dirt cheap that you could just pick up, but as of late it has really gone up in price! I do believe its something to do with the floodings and so on which destroyed huuuge storage facilities for some companies that had memory chips etc.


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    Bit delayed in this but I did get all my parts back around the start of this month and finished building my PC I think today last week. Since then, I tweaked it a bit as I felt like I had some CPU temp issues and there was a noise coming from the cooler that wasn't really loud but I wanted to resolve it. So today I sorted that all out and think I'm all done. I'll say that it is a bit daunting building for the first time. Just because there are so many wires to connect between the motherboard and PSU to other things but it's worth it.

    I think my biggest issue was with the cooler and CPU as I just never felt very comfortable with the screws that I had to use to keep the cooler in place. That said, they seem to be totally fine and the cooler is locked in.

    Some advise, definitely read the motherboard manual to see if there are any recommendations on setups like where the RAM and GPU should go, and what way the CPU will go into that board. And don't be afraid to ask dumb questions.

    Here's just a picture of the build and there's another picture of the full setup. Very very happy to have it done and it's been running great for games and work.

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    Thought this might be the best place for this question. As you know I built my PC a few months ago and I've always had issues with the audio sync. It seems more apparent on twitch but I've definitely seen it on youtube as well. I guess the reason it hasn't bothered me too much is because I haven't watched that much on the PC so far but I need to sort this out. So I've got this report from latencymon and I'd appreciate any help.

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    The issue only seems to be there with the speakers.. So I'm using Logitech z503 and the monitor is the Dell s2716dg.



  • @tokeeffe9 have you tried doing what it says in the picture, what sound card do you have, or is it hdmi to the monitor that connects to the speaker.


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    @ib0show It's a desktop so the suggestions don't really help bar the bios but I didn't see anything.

    Monitor is connected via HDMI. Speakers are just connected to the the motherboard through the jack.



  • This isn't about building a PC but Kotaku did a write up on how to keep your damn PC asleep, a problem that has been driving me absolutely insane for years now. I can have maybe a web browser opened and for whatever reason, my PC will wake up every 10 min then turn off. Some times it'll stay asleep for a very long time. There is no rhyme or reason to any of this since my settings say it needs to stay asleep. I'm going to try these troubleshooting steps asap: https://kotaku.com/the-endless-quest-to-make-my-windows-pc-stay-asleep-ove-1823232841



  • Is this a right place to ask hardware question?



  • I think there is a "PC Gaming Thread" where I've asked some questions but what difference does it make? Go ahead and shoot!



  • @dipset

    So my settings are

    R9 270
    8 GB RAM
    FX 8350

    My question is, because of I don't want to do a big upgrade near the next gen; I want to know if any one of these would be enough for mid-high mixed settings in games like GR: Breakpoint, The Division 2, Control, BFV, SW: BF2, RDR2, Cyberpunk 2077, Death Stranding etc. 1080p-60 FPS focused.

    Sapphire RX580 PULSE GDDR5 8GB 256Bit AMD Radeon DX12
    MSI RX580 ARMOR 8G OC 8GB GDDR5 256Bit AMD Radeon DX12
    ASUS RX580 ROG STRIX TOP 8GB GDDR5 256Bit AMD Radeon DX12
    Sapphire RX580 NITRO+ OC GDDR5 8GB 256Bit AMD Radeon DX12
    Sapphire RX570 NITRO+ OC GDDR5 4GB 256Bit AMD Radeon DX12



  • @scotty I can't recommend specific AMD GPU (I always used Nvidia), but I can give you one advice. GPU makes huge difference when you go for 4K Ultra settings. But for 1080p Mid/Hi CPU & Motherboard are also important, since they are responsible for loading data into GPU. I'm not saying that upgrading GPU is pointless, but if you upgrade just GPU you will get less performance than it could potentially deliver.

    P.S. Personally, I did big update this August and I feel very confident for next-gen (I have both SSD and Ray-Tracing). My PC will certainly be cheaper next year, but I really wanted to play Control the best possible way.



  • @scotty

    I'm going to go ahead and say YES but I am not a computer expert by any means. Considering you have an 8 core CPU and 8GB of RAM, pretty much any GPU upgrade you list is going to put you into the mid-high range. I wouldn't say consistent 60fps but probably enough. Like even my GTX 1080 and i7 6700k (4 core) doesn't always stay @ 2K 60f.

    Games are super well optimized now. I was looking at COD MW specs and I think the lowest recommended settings still allow for like 2011-2012 graphics cards. I think any upgrade to GPU will be plenty. Just make sure its compatible with motherboard and make sure your PSU has enough juice.

    I'll wait for a more qualified person to reply but I think you're good.



  • Thanks for the replies, then we can move on to next question:

    Do you guys think any of these GPUs will fit into my computer case(I don't know if it's the right term in English)? Like, we know that R9 270 fits, do the other GPUs will fit too?

    @dipset said in How to build your own Gaming PC!:

    Just make sure its compatible with motherboard and make sure your PSU has enough juice.

    How can I learn this information? Is there a way?



  • @scotty Look for the length of each graphic card. If new card is shorter, it will definitely fit. If it's longer, just open you case and make measurements.



  • @scotty said in How to build your own Gaming PC!:

    How can I learn this information? Is there a way?
    Generally if your power supply has at least 600W you'll be fine with single GPU. If it's lower, look at peak power consumption for your CPU & GPU (it should be published by AMD). Add another 100W-150W (for Motherboard, HDDs, etc) and you'll get power requirements.
    As for compatibility, it should not be a problem even if your GPU and Montherboard have different versions of PCI-E port.



  • @ffff0 said in How to build your own Gaming PC!:

    Generally if your power supply has at least 600W you'll be fine with single GPU.

    It's 650W(peak)

    @ffff0 said in How to build your own Gaming PC!:

    If it's lower, look at peak power consumption for your CPU & GPU (it should be published by AMD). Add another 100W-150W (for Motherboard, HDDs, etc) and you'll get power requirements.

    As far as I searched; GPU consumes less than 150W and CPU consumes 125. If we add another 150 for the motherboard, HDD etc. Let's say all the system consume 500W(max.) and there is still another 150W that can be used in the power supply.

    If I decide to buy I will buy the ASUS ROG Strix RX 580 one and that one consumes 150W, similar to my current GPU.

    @ffff0 said in How to build your own Gaming PC!:

    As for compatibility, it should not be a problem even if your GPU and Montherboard have different versions of PCI-E port.

    Then, as a result I think I won't have any problem with new GPU. And in my case's site, it says ''You can use huge GPUs in this case'' I hope they are not lying and I'm not sure that RX 580 is even that big.

    Thanks for all the answers, I will use the informations from here if I decide to move on with this upgrade.


    Last question: It won't any difference between SSDs right, I mean as a power consumption, space etc.? My current one is Sandisk 60GB and I am thinking to buy an 240 GB one.



  • Last question: It won't any difference between SSDs right, I mean as a power consumption, space etc.? My current one is Sandisk 60GB and I am thinking to buy an 240 GB one.

    Every component you add to your computer uses at least a little power, even plugging in a headset or keyboard. The big internal stuff like disk drives use a little more, but still less than CPUs and GPUs. I've used this calculator site in the past, although perhaps there are better ones: https://outervision.com/power-supply-calculator

    I think this site recommends to factor in a 10% loss in wattage from your power supply due to aging. In my own personal PC building notes I've written down a recommendation to "factor in a 20-30% loss over the first year if using 24/7 (and minimal loss beyond that)". There's also the idea that you want safety headroom separate from the aging (which also makes it easier to add components in the future).

    Short of getting years of experience as an electrical engineer, at some you point you just gotta use your intuition with these things to judge the best you can!

    BTW @Scotty, are you using this website to plan your PC? If I remember correctly, after you plug in all your PC parts it will identify those subtler issues like "are these components technically compatible (sockets, connectors)?" and "does your GPU physically fit inside your computer case " (maybe it even does power requirements now that I think about it)



  • @chocobop

    No, I just want new SSD and GPU for my current build. So, after I picked them; I just asked questions.

    But as far as I understand, I won't have power supply problem probably and hopefully.

    Thank you too.



  • I think you can manage with a 580 but I would save for a 590 if as all possible, so you have some wiggle room to strive for High settings and still get close to 60FPS.

    Eurogamer has a great benchmark from June! https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2019-05-01-amd-radeon-rx-580-benchmarks-7001



  • @hazz3r

    Wow! I didn't know 580 is as efficient as these results. I'm even more motivated now! Ahahah

    So for the curiosity, let's say I decided to buy ''MSI RX590 ARMOR 8G OC GDDR5 256Bit AMD Radeon DX12'' how much difference would it make between my current ASUS ROG 580 choice? Do you think would it be a good choice?

    Edit: I mean when I look at the benchmarks, there is just 10 FPS difference max(most of them are in situations with above 60 FPS and I'm planning to use V-Sync) and even less than that for half of the tested games. I don't know if I should save more.



  • @scotty Honestly, I'm struggling to find that model 580 in stock anywhere to do a Price comparison.
    You're getting an entire Terraflop more processing power with a 590 as opposed to a 580 and the prices aren't that much different.

    However, if this is just a stop-gap before a bigger upgrade in the future, I think a 580 will be just fine for your needs. Just be prepared to turn some options down for the likes of BFV and Cyberpunk.