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13-11-2019, 13:12   #1
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1440p Gaming Build, Feedback Appreciated

Hey all,

Did up a 1440p build on PCPartPicker with a view to try to buy during the upcoming sales, parts and prices listed aren't set in stone and I'd appreciate any feedback provided as my last build was way back in 2013.

Most of my gaming tends to be fairly mixed, RPG/Action Adventure/4X/MMOs etc so while high framerates are an aim it's not the overriding priority. I went with the LG monitor listed below as from what I could gleam from reviews it's one of the best current performers while still being good value for money, I tend to get most of my entertainment from my PC so I felt it was a worthwhile invested.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£174.78 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler (£79.99 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard (£98.47 @ More Computers)
Memory: Patriot Viper Steel 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory (£68.06 @ More Computers)
Storage: Sabrent Rocket 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon RX VEGA 56 8 GB Red Dragon Video Card (£275.47 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case (£111.83 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£84.98 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-A15 PWM 140 mm Fan (£17.45 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-A15 PWM 140 mm Fan (£17.45 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-A15 PWM 140 mm Fan (£17.45 @ Amazon UK)
Monitor: LG 27GL850-B 27.0" 2560x1440 144 Hz Monitor (£469.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Total: £1525.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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Main outlier is the Vega 56 which I'd probably pick up separately as it seems to be on sale pretty regularly for around £225 from well known companies. I was torn between it and a RX 5700 which seems to be about 50% more for only about 25% increased performance (RX5600 when AMD?).

The case as well seems to be currently overpriced from around the £80 mark with most other retailers. I've gone Noctua as apparently they're the leader for low noise/cooling performance.

Anyway like I said any/all feedback is appreciated.

Cheers.
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13-11-2019, 13:31   #2
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You've gone overkill in wrong areas IMHO

Here's some alterations that let you upgrade the GPU to the vastly better RX 5700 XT

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£179.99 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Freezer 34 CPU Cooler (£19.98 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard (£99.95 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Memory: Patriot Viper Steel 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory (£68.14 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Sabrent Rocket 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB GAMING OC Video Card (£394.98 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case (£111.83 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: RIOTORO ENIGMA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£58.46 @ CCL Computers)
Case Fan: ARCTIC P14 PWM PST 72.8 CFM 140 mm Fan (£6.95 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: ARCTIC P14 PWM PST 72.8 CFM 140 mm Fan (£6.95 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: ARCTIC P12 PWM PST 56.3 CFM 120 mm Fan (£5.95 @ Amazon UK)
Monitor: LG 27GL850-B 27.0" 2560x1440 144 Hz Monitor (£469.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Total: £1533.16
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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Cheers Kiki,

I was working off the LTT PSU list for the power supply, my understanding was going 200-300w above the requirement means won't ramp up the fans fully to perform which helps cut noise.

I'd never even heard of ARCTIC before but the reviews look fantastic for the price. I suffer from tinnitus so trying to keep things quiet is a bit of a priority for me, the whine of my old Nanoxia fans is pretty awful.
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Strange, hadn't seen that before about the Seasonic Focus+ (FX) PSUs, which the Riotoro is a rebrand of.

I guess Corsair TXM Gold is a better buy, then.
You can see its fan curve in the file "TXM Series Manual" from their site.

BTW you can safely ignore PCP's power estimator - a 5700 XT system will probably peak around 280W total.
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Strange, hadn't seen that before about the Seasonic Focus+ (FX) PSUs, which the Riotoro is a rebrand of.

I guess Corsair TXM Gold is a better buy, then.
You can see its fan curve in the file "TXM Series Manual" from their site.

BTW you can safely ignore PCP's power estimator - a 5700 XT system will probably peak around 280W total.
Yeah it's not hugely clear about why it's in the position it's in relative to the reviews it's got.

Out of curiosity Kiki why did you go for the P14 fans which are supposedly geared towards pressure over the F14 ones for flow?
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GN's Steve prefers pressure fans for metal filter panels.
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I was working off the LTT PSU list for the power supply, my understanding was going 200-300w above the requirement means won't ramp up the fans fully to perform which helps cut noise.
I run a Ryzen 3700X along with a 5700 XT in my system from a 450W PSU. Here are some numbers I measured myself, just to show you. 600W is what's recommended, but I'm way below that.
https://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/show...postcount=3938

When it comes to noise, there is probably value in going for a bigger PSU with a semi-passive fan such that that the fan will never spin up. However realistically the graphics card and your case fans are going to drown out the fan in the PSU anyway. I'd be more worried about those than the PSU when it comes to noise.
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Took Kiki's advice and trimmed back the spending on cooling a bit, as well as changing up a few other parts. Probably the final iteration unless stuff goes on sale heavily.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£174.78 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO CPU Cooler (£36.55 @ More Computers)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard (£98.47 @ More Computers)
Memory: Patriot Viper Steel 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3733 Memory (£75.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Sabrent Rocket 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB Red Devil Video Card (£419.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: be quiet! Pure Base 500 ATX Mid Tower Case (£68.79 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£69.98 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £1054.53
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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Getting my hands on a Meshify C for not-ridiculous money seems to be an effort in futility so I went with the Be Quiet Pure Base 500 instead which is supposedly around as good but considerably cheaper. Originally the build was looking all black but I'm kinda digging the white/black contrast now.

Managed to up to 3733 CAS 17 memory for only a couple of quid more vs the Amazon price at the same latency. Kinda tempted to go up to 32GB just for longer term future proofing but the same value for money isn't quite there with 2x16GB as there is for 2x8GB.

The 550W version of the Corsair TXM PSU was only like a fiver cheaper so I kept the 650W version for the headroom.

GPU is basically a placeholder but it's incredible to see how a few change-ups have made a much higher tier graphics card more affordable.

As usual any feedback is welcome.
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That's the case i have. Better built than the Meshify C and has more room to work in while still keeping it nice and tidy. Airflow is not as good but only marginally worse.
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I'd highly recommend the Powercolor RX 5700 XT. Fantastic card with fantastic cooling.
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I'd highly recommend the Powercolor RX 5700 XT. Fantastic card with fantastic cooling.
Yeah it's supposedly the best of the bunch released, I really wish it didn't look so...I dunno..."gamer"-y with all those ridges, Sapphire's Nitro+ or even PC's own Red Dragon look better IMO in that regard.
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