Some PC build suggestions…

Trust me I’m an engineer

With this article I will try to give you a little overview over the graphic cards, CPUs and other hardware components on the market. I won’t cover every single aspect but I will try to explain things as detailed as can without driving this article into a wrong direction.

I will mark up some of the explanations as optional. These explanations will be more in-depth and those of you who aren’t to interested into technical things and just want to have some simple “what should I buy “advises don’t need to read them.

Okay here we go. First of all, you should consider what you want to do with your computer. I will break it down onto some simple points.

  • Media PC (For people who are less interested in gaming, content creation and more into social media, YouTube, watching movies on it, use office tools etc.)
  • Entry-Level Gaming PC (For people who want to do everything a Media Computer     can do but also a little bit of gaming, like playing MOBA-Games, CSxyz and so on)
  • Mid-Range Gaming PC (Now things are getting more serious. This PCs are for those   who actually like gaming a lot and want to crank up the settings a bit but who don’t want to spend an insane amount of money on their computer)
  • High-End Gaming PC (Here we are, that’s the point where performance per dollar      went to the backyard and shot itself. Now things are getting pretty expensive. These PCs are for those people who start crying if the counter hits the 59 FPS mark while they are playing on max settings in front of their 200$ gaming keyboard which light up their tears in colours where even a rainbow would get envious.)
  • Enthusiast Gaming PC (For Gaming purposes the top of the iceberg. Nvidia called.   they want their SLI-Titan cards back. These are for freaks. And that’s exactly the reason why I won’t talk to much about these ones.)
  • Hobby Content Creator PC (These are for people who like to do content creation     stuff like video editing, Photoshop, 3D Modeling but also some gaming or game developing.)
  • Prof. Content Creator PC (These rigs are for those who need to do serious work with their computers. Primary professional designers. And that’s also the reason why I won’t say really much about these, the people who need them know what kind of hardware they should use.)

Puh, that are a lot of descriptions. Since I won’t focus too much on Enthusiast and Professional-Content-Creation computers, let’s get one thing straight tight of the bat: There are some graphics cards which are specialized on content creation. I won’t take them into consideration since they are for full professionals and I don’t have experience with them. Usually a gaming card can (more or less) serve the purpose of one of those as well and I decided to make this builds with gaming in mind. Please be aware of that.

Okay, let’s see where the second point leads us. I will consider both, AMD and Nvidia cards as well as I will take Intel and AMD processors into consideration, sadly I don’t have any Intel/Nvidia builds at the moment but at least some friends of mine do. I won’t exclusively feature the latest chips since in my opinion a R9 Fury still is a pretty good choice.

Maybe as third and last point before I start to talk about the interesting stuff: you don’t have to agree with my opinion. It’s fine if you don’t, but hell don’t get mad if I have another opinion. I am doing PC builds for a decent amount of time now (if I am allowed say something like this at my age 😉 ) and by now everybody who asked me for help was actually pretty happy with his choice. And also a word of warning. I try to stay objective but I can’t deny that I favour AMD cards over Nvidia cards, I will try to leave out my personal taste in favour of a fair comparison but if you catch me starting to get unfair, ignore it and read between the lines, I try…. I really do.

So, here we are… let’s start the interesting part.

I will build the hardware list as followed:

for CPU, Mainboard and RAM I will enter the CPU manufacturer in front of the component data since not every CPU will fit on every mainboard or work with every RAM Kit. For the rest of the build I just will write down the component name.

CPU: [CPU Manufacturer A] [CPU A Name] /  [CPU Manufacturer B] [CPU B Name]

Mainboard: [CPU Manufacturer A] [A Name] /  [ CPU Manufacturer B] [B Name]

Ram: [CPU Manufacturer A] [A Name] /  [ CPU Manufacturer B] [B Name]

and so on. If you are more experienced and know which parts fit together, feel free to mix the different builds together.

The Media PC:

This kind of PC won’t need a big amount of power. Office and Browsing won’t take too much resources so I will aim at a very cheap price for this one.

CPU: (ca 100€ each)

[AMD] [A10 7870K FM2+] / [Intel] [Core I3 7100 LGA 1151]

Mainboard: (ca 100€ each)

[AMD] [Asus A88X-Pro FM2+] / [Intel] [MSI Z170A SLI LGA 1151]

Ram: (ca 60€ each)

[AMD] [8GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1600 DIMM CL9] / [Intel] [8GB G.Skill Value 4 DDR4-2133 DIMM CL15]

Power Supply: (ca 40€)

450 Watt Corsair VS450 Non-Modular

SSD (optional): (ca 55€)

120GB SanDisk Plus 2.5″

HDD: (ca 50€)

1000GB Seagate BarraCuda ST1000DM010 64MB 3.5″

Case: (ca 30€)

Sharkoon VS4-S Midi Tower

Okay with SSD this PC has a total price around 430€.

In my opinion, a media pc does not need a dedicated graphic chip since the power simply isn’t required. Now we are facing the little problem that the new AMD Ryzen CPUs don’t feature an onboard graphic chip, and that’s why I replaced them with an older AMD APU which will get the job done quite well. Nevertheless I think the I3 is the more viable option for this build since it is a more modern chip and the A10 will be replaced soon. I am going to update this post to the new Ryzen APUs short after their release. The SSD is not needed but from my experience people who are using a media PC aren’t the most patient ones with their computer and if that’s the case, a SSD is worth gold. The SanDisk Plus isn’t the fastest one arround, but it will serve it’s purpose for a really low price.

The 450 Watt power supply is a bit oversized but I decided to give it a go since it offers the possibility to add a dedicated graphics card for gaming later on.

The Enty Level Gaming PC:

CPU: (ca 100€)

[Intel] [Core I3 7100 LGA 1151]

Mainboard: (ca 100€)

[Intel] [MSI Z170A SLI LGA 1151]

Ram: (ca 60€)

[Intel] [8GB G.Skill Value 4 DDR4-2133 DIMM CL15]

Power Supply: (ca 40€)

450 Watt Corsair VS450 Non-Modular

SSD (optional): (ca 55€)

120GB SanDisk Plus 2.5″

HDD: (ca 50€)

1000GB Seagate BarraCuda ST1000DM010 64MB 3.5″

GPU: (ca 120€)

4GB Gygabyte Radeon RX 460 Windforce OC

or (ca 150€)

4GB Gainward GeForce GTX 1050 TI

Case: (ca 30€)

Sharkoon VS4-S Midi Tower

Basically, this is our media pc with a dedicated graphics card (pricing around 550€-570€). The I3 CPU is fast enough for MOBAS, CSxyz or usually even things like World of Warcraft, the I3 Onboard Graphics on the other hand is pretty weak. That’s why we add a GPU to the build. (I also removed the AMD APU from the suggestion since in my opinion it is not a really viable option for a gaming pc right now, if you don’t want an Intel CPU, wait for the Ryzen 3 series, I will add them later). The rest stays the same. In this pricing point we are in kind of a weird situation. Broken down to 2 options (in my opinion) you have the choice between the RX 460 and the a bit faster but also 20 bucks more expensive 1050ti. The 1050 (no ti) is not really a good option since 2GB of Graphic memory is simply not enough today. That’s why I took the more expensive 1050 ti into consideration.

The Mid Range Gaming PC:

CPU: (ca 200€)

[AMD] [Ryzen 1500x AM4]  / [Intel] [Core I5 7500 LGA 1151]

CPU-Cooler: (ca 30€)

[AMD and Intel] BeQuiet! Pure Rock Tower

Mainboard: (ca 100€)

[AMD] [Asus Prime B350-Plus AM4] / [Intel] [MSI H270 Gaming M3 LGA 1151]

Ram: (ca 70€)

[AMD and Intel] [8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4-2400 DIMM CL16]

Power Supply: (ca 40€)

450 Watt Corsair VS450 Non-Modular

SSD (optional): (ca 55€)

120GB SanDisk Plus 2.5″

HDD: (ca 50€)

1000GB Seagate BarraCuda ST1000DM010 64MB 3.5″

GPU: (ca 250€)

8GB PowerColor Radeon RX 480 Red Devil

or (ca 250€)

6GB Gainward GeForce GTX 1060

Case: (ca 80€)

Fractal Design Define C Midi Tower

Total: ca 875€

Here we are. Things are becoming more serious. For our CPU I chose the brand new Ryzen 5 1500x for the red team and the I5 7500 for the blue team. That’s where the choice becomes hard. The Ryzen 5 1500x is a really decent CPU and usually a bit faster than the I5 7500. In my opinion the Ryzen 5 is the better all-rounder than the I5 7500 due to its additional 4 virtual cores. For gaming purposes usually you won’t recognize the 4 virtual cores anyway, but for software use cases (like 7-Zip, Paint.net etc.) the Ryzen 5 has a medium advantage compared to the I5 so I would recommend the red team here.

The GPU, well that’s also no easy decision. The PowerColour Devil is a really decent card and it’s 8 GB of video memory are actually more attractive than the 6 GB of the GeForce. That does not mean the GeForce would be a bad offering since the 1060 performs very similar to the RX480. Basically you can say the 1060 got the faster chip but if the memory is the limiting factor the 480 will win. Considering this I would recommend you to look up some numbers for the games you want to play and take the one which shines brighter in the games you prefer.

And last but not least: The case. I decided to go for a better case on the medium pc since in my opinion a better gift needs better packaging. Jokes aside… The stronger the graphics cards/processors get, the more important cooling gets. That’s why I decided to go for a better case with better airflow to keep things nice and cool. And I also decided that this is the point where the good old boxed cooler for the CPU get’s obsolete and added a custom one. I think the BeQuiet Pure Rock will do a great job.

The High-End Gaming PC:

CPU: (ca 280-350€)

[AMD] [Ryzen 1600x AM4]  / [Intel] [Core I7 7700 LGA 1151]

CPU-Cooler: (ca 75€)

[AMD and Intel] Enermax Liqmax II 240 AM4

Mainboard: (ca 100€)

[AMD] [Asus Prime B350-Plus AM4] / [Intel] [MSI H270 Gaming M3 LGA 1151]

Ram: (ca 115€)

[AMD and Intel] [16GB G.Skill Flare X DDR4-2400 DIMM CL16]

Power Supply: (ca 80€)

600 Watt be quiet! Pure Power 10 CM Modular 80+ Silver

SSD (optional): (ca 55€)

120GB SanDisk Plus 2.5″

HDD: (ca 50€)

1000GB Seagate BarraCuda ST1000DM010 64MB 3.5″

GPU: (ca 350€)

4GB Sapphire R9 Fury Nitro

or (ca 420€)

8GB Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Windforce OC

Case: (ca 80€)

Fractal Design Define C Midi Tower

Total: ca 1300€

Ok, that’s the high-end build. Let’s start with the CPU again. For this build I decided to go for an I7 7700 (non K) CPU and a Ryzen 7 1600x. (For the overclockers out there, I am pretty sure you know pretty well what you need/want/can do, this one is for “average” users, you are pretty likely advanced users) And yes I went for the Ryzen 1600x. The 1800x is the current enthusiast CPU from AMD ok, but we are still within the high-end range. And yes, I also could go with an Ryzen 7 1700/x. The hard (funny, ironic, cool? maybe a little sad) truth is: The Ryzen 5 1600x will equal and/or outperform the 1700/x in almost every single game. For gaming, the Ryzen 7 1700 is kind of no option for me since the 1600x arrived. The 1600x is 60-100€ cheaper and still the better GAMING CPU. Enough of Ryzen, back on track. The I7 7700 is the faster CPU (in most cases) but also 70€ more on the pricey side and the Ryzen 5 1600x should be enough to max out every GPU.

I would go (ok seriously…. I went 😉 ) for the Ryzen 5 instead of the I7 7700 since you won’t need an I7 for gaming. It’s just overkill. And actually there are cases arround where the Ryzen beats the I7. (Still, the I7 is a very very…..ry decent CPU.)

So… let’s explain the GPU choices. Since AMD still hasn’t released high-end or enthusiast GPUs for this generation we run into a little shortage here. I thought about this a long time and came to the following conclusion.

First option: Go for an old R9 Fury. The R9 Fury still is a very decent card and performs really decent. (I know it, I own one) The Fury will still manage to get stable and high FPS on max settings in nearly every title you throw at it, even at 1440p. The downside is the card only features 4GB of VRAM and HBM or not, if the limit hits you, you are screwed. In situations where a R9 390x Devil OC’d to 1250 MHz beats the shit out of your (at its time) 100€ more expensive R9 Fury you should ask yourself what the hell you did wrong…

Second option: Go for the green team, Geforce 1070. The 1070 is a decent card. (even since it’s suffering from the usual Maxwell/Pascal DirectX issues which I will explain at the lower part of this blog post) The price to performance ratio is really ok for a high and card (and ok for a high and card means really good since high-end cards are shit at price/performance points). I can’t tell how future proof the 1070 will be. But I can tell you it is at least as future proof as the Fury (and yes I wouldn’t even say the Fury is less future proof… look at the Hawaii Chip from AMD… released 2013, still a high-end card, so I can’t tell what happens to the Fury performance wise in the future). At the moment the 1070 is faster than the R9 Fury but it also costs 100€ more.

Third option: Wait for AMD Vega and think again. Maybe Vega will be a big thing, maybe it won’t. What I read and interpreted (from a well-informed point of view) Vega could be really awesome, so I would consider giving it a shot. Your old 780 ti / 970 / R9 390 will manage to work for another 2-3 month and then you might have the privilege of choosing from all that shiny new cards!

I also cranked up the power supply size for some crossfire / SLI experiments with lower tier cards (like 470s or 480s or 1060s) which I can’t recommend since SLI/CF is always a struggle. And the last point, I changed the CPU cooler to an all-in-one water loop for (some) better cooling performance since the Ryzen 5 is capable of XFR and I am not 100% sure what the future do for that feature, but if it becomes a thing, better being prepared.) (XFR will be explained later.)

The Enthusiast-Build:

CPU: (ca 400-500€)

[AMD] [Ryzen 1800x AM4]  / [Intel] [Core I7 6800k LGA 2011-3]

CPU-Cooler: (ca 75€)

[AMD and Intel] Enermax Liqmax II 240 AM4

Mainboard: (ca 180€)

[AMD] [MSI X370 GAMING PRO CARBON AM4]/[Intel] [Gygabyte Ga-X99-UD3 LGA 2011-3]

Ram: (ca 115€)

[AMD and Intel] [16GB G.Skill Flare X DDR4-2400 DIMM CL16]

Power Supply: (ca 100€)

850 Watt Corsair CX Series CX850M Modular 80+ Bronze

SSD (optional): (ca 55€)

120GB SanDisk Plus 2.5″

HDD: (ca 50€)

1000GB Seagate BarraCuda ST1000DM010 64MB 3.5″

GPU: (ca 1000€)

2x4GB R9 Fury X

or (ca 1000€)

2x8GB Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Windforce 3x OC

or (ca 1000€)

11GB Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming OC

Case: (ca 150€)

Corsair Crystal Series 460X RGB

Total: ca 2225€

I wouldn’t recommend doing this. You won’t need it, it’s overkill, and if you are an enthusiast you will be unhappy with it next year when the new hardware arrives.

Ok… well… I guess I’ll have to do it anyway, so here is my explanation.

The CPU. Logical choice Ryzen 7 1800x, the largest of the AMDs also suited for gaming since it is the fastest one of them… (Basically a 1600x + 2 physical cores). Blue side… Well since this is a gaming build I should mention one thing. It may happen that an I7 7700k performs better than the CPU I chose, but with the future in mind, I went for the 6800k since it has more cores and future game might benefit from it. Ok why am I not recommending the I7 6900… It’s easy… no gamer should ever buy this overpriced chunk of silicon for over 1000€. That’s why. Okay I can imagine exactly how some smartasses won’t like to hear that. Well I know… enthusiasts are enthusiasts, that does not make this a smart choice. Ok. Good example. Look at JayzTwoCents (If you read this, big fan btw.) for instance. Well his rig is completely overkill but at least he is content creator so he can benefit from such a CPU. I wonder what he would say if you ask him what he thinks about the price/performance (and especially gaming performance) ratio of the Intel octa-cores. I am pretty sure he will agree with me. And that’s why I didn’t recommend it. You won’t need it. And it might even happen that the third the price I7 outperforms the I7 6900 in gaming. Ok enough hating… If I were forced to choose between the Ryzen 7 1800x and the I7 6800 I probably would go with the Ryzen since in some cases (or maybe in the future always) it performs better than an I7 6800 and I favour AMD anyway 😉 (fanboyism and things). The Ryzen CPU is better suited for content creation but it’s gaming performance is still good enough. Still, at the moment the I7 will outperform the Ryzen 7 in most cases simply since there are still optimizations to be done with Ryzen which makes the I7 the better “gaming” CPU (if you want to force me calling one of those two a gaming CPU). If you are an overclocker you might take a look at the Ryzen 7 1700 since some people said to get better performance out of an OC’d 1700 than you could reach with the 1800x model.

The GPUs. Due to the lack of enthusiast AMD cards of this generation you are forced to use 2 Fury X cards in Crossfire or one Radeon Pro Duo if you want to go for the red team.

The green team gives you two options… SLI 1080’s or an 1080 ti.

Basically I can’t recommend any of these three options but if I were forced again I would go for the 1080 ti since one big card is always better than two small ones, but if I had a choice, I would wait for Vega.

The case: Well, you don’t spend 2000 bucks to not show the world how fancy it looks.

Puh, I am thankful that I am done with this one.

Hobby Content Creator PC:

CPU: (AMD ca 340€ Intel ca 500€)

[AMD] [Ryzen 1700 AM4]  / [Intel] [Core I7 6800k LGA 2011-3]

CPU-Cooler: (ca 75€)

[AMD and Intel] Enermax Liqmax II 240 AM4

Mainboard: (AMD ca 100€ Intel ca180€)

[AMD] [Asus Prime B350-Plus AM4]/[Intel] [Gygabyte Ga-X99-UD3 LGA 2011-3]

Ram: (ca 250€)

[AMD and Intel] [32GB Corsair Vengeance LPX schwarz DDR4-2400 DIMM CL14 Dual Kit]

Power Supply: (ca 80€)

600 Watt be quiet! Pure Power 10 CM Modular 80+ Silver

SSD: (ca 140€)

480GB SanDisk Ultra II 2.5″

HDD: (ca 100€)

2x1000GB Seagate BarraCuda ST1000DM010 64MB 3.5″ (For RAID 1)

GPU: (ca 250€)

8GB PowerColor Radeon RX 480 Red Devil

or (ca 220€)

8GB MSI Radeon RX 470 Gaming

or (ca 250€)

6GB Gainward GeForce GTX 1060

Case: (ca 80€)

be quiet! Pure Base 600

Total: AMD ca: 1415  Intel ca: 1625€

Ok, the hobby content creator rig. There will be a bit of explanation. First of all, (like always) the CPU. Let’s start with some general points. Media workloads like encoding, packing, Photoshop can benefit pretty good from multiple CPU cores and much RAM, that’s why I went for the Ryzen 7 1700 or the Intel I7 6800. By the way, that’s why I really CAN recommend using the I7 here. Personal I would still go with the Ryzen 7 here but at least the 6800 is no bad choice this time. Why would I go with AMD. Actually it’s pretty easy. Ryzen is really good at parallel workloads which makes it a really decent “content creation CPU”. In this kind of software the Ryzen 7 1700 is faster in almost every benchmark AND, it costs a lot less. You can run it really good with a 100€ Mainboard and the chip itself is 140€ cheaper than its competitor which makes him (in my opinion the more attractive choice. (Still the Intel I7 6800 is a really good chip for this purpose.

The RAM: I decided to go with 32 GB for this since from my experience a lot of RAM can be pretty handy if it comes to content creation. Usually 16 GB will fit everybody’s needs, but sometimes the additional 16 GB can pay off.

The GPU: As I already mentioned, there are special cards for content creation out there (The Nvidia Quardro or AMD Fire cards) and you are free to use one of them, they are really good in what they are designed for. Nevertheless, current gaming cards are also capable of content creation (and not even bad at it). And that’s where one of the little problems hits us. Actually Nvidia cards are better suited for need like Photoshop, Blender etc. since they are using Cuda (something AMD can’t use since it’s copyrighted by NV) for Nvidia cards and OpenCL for AMD cards. Cuda works better. Trust me. On the other hand is a lot of VRAM (video memory) also pretty handy for content creation. (Especially for video editing as far as I know) And that’s the point. Usually AMD cards had (not anymore) more video memory but the chips aren’t capable of Cuda. I think the best option at this point is the 1060 for hobby creators since 6GB VRAM are enough for the most things and it understands Cuda. And that’s why I recommend the 1060 for beginners. The 480 and 470 will also perform ok but I am pretty sure the 1060 will perform better. You are always free to choose a bigger card (like a 1070) but they also are more expensive, and this is ment to be a PC for hobbyists.

The SSD: In my opinion as a content creator you want to have an SSD to work at since you are save a lot of waiting time. The final products can be saved on the HDD but you should definitely work with an SSD:

The HDD: Here we are for one of the more interesting parts. I decided to take two HDDs and let them run in RAID 1 (which also will be explained later…;)) to be prepared for HDD failures. I think it would be pretty annoying if you worked weeks for something and you lost it due to a HDD failure.

The Case: I decided to go with an insulated pc case since I am annoyed of my PC if the fans ramp up (I only have a Corsair Spec 03 case so the full acoustic experience) and it really prevents me from concentrating while I am drawing or testing my game dev stuff. The BeQuiet Pure Base is not expensive and does its job pretty well.

Professional Content Creator PC:

CPU: (AMD ca 500€ Intel ca 1100€)

[AMD] [Ryzen 1800x AM4]  / [Intel] [Core I7 6900k LGA 2011-3]

CPU-Cooler: (ca 75€)

[AMD and Intel] Enermax Liqmax II 240 AM4

Mainboard: (AMD ca 100€ Intel ca180€)

[AMD] [Asus Prime B350-Plus AM4]/[Intel] [Gygabyte Ga-X99-UD3 LGA 2011-3]

Ram: (ca 250€)

[AMD and Intel] [32GB Corsair Vengeance LPX schwarz DDR4-2400 DIMM CL14 Dual Kit]

Power Supply: (ca 80€)

600 Watt be quiet! Pure Power 10 CM Modular 80+ Silver

SSD: (ca 270€)

960GB SanDisk Ultra II 2.5″

HDD: (ca 100€)

2x1000GB Seagate BarraCuda ST1000DM010 64MB 3.5″ (For RAID 1)

GPU: (ca 800€)

Nvidia 1080 Ti

or (ca 900€)

Radeon Pro Duo

Case: (ca 80€)

be quiet! Pure Base 600

Total: AMD ca: 2255€ Intel ca: 2935€

Basically for this one you can apply the same rules as you do to the hobby builds (with some little exceptions)

First of all: Now I can recommend the Ryzen 7 1800x or the I7 6900k since if you are a professional content creator, you will work in larger and also more projects. That means even if you save 2 minutes per project you are editing, it will add up. Let’s consider rendering a complicated scene in blender for instance would take 10 minutes. Now let’s consider you would save 10% with 2 additional physical cores ( + 2 virtual cores –> 4 additional cores) which means you save 1 minute. Now let’s consider you want to  render 450 scenes. Gratulation, you saved 45 minutes. Ok well this example is really set up and not to realistic but what I want to show off is that you will recognize the difference if you are using the stuff frequent enough and that’s why it’s not a bad idea to spend a bit more for your CPU if you do this at a professional level. But even at this point I would go with Ryzen in this case since the Ryzen 7 1800x is as fast (and often even faster) than the I7 6900k in applications and costs half of the I7. But still, the I7 is no bad choice here.

SSD: I cranked up the SSD size. Since you are doing more projects (sometimes parallel) as a professional user you will need mor storage for your current projects in progress as a hobbyist.

GPU: To be honest, in my opinion it would be the best to get a Quadro or FirePro card, but hell they are expensive. Even more expensive than the 1080 ti or Radeon Pro duo. And that’s why I would recommend the 1080 ti here. The Pro duo is just a doubled R9 Fury and the 1080 ti is a really fast card so you won’t regret it.

Case: Same Argument.

Okay that are my build suggestions at the moment. Later on I will add Vega and Ryzen 3 to the consideration but by now the only thing which is left are the optional explanations.

The “Maxwell/Pascal DirectX 12 problem”:

The short form? The Nvidia Maxwell and Pascal Architecture is lacking a more or less important DirectX 12 feature which could improve the performance.

The long way?

DirectX 12 brought us a feature which is named Async Compute. Basically Async Compute is (kind of)”lock free” multithreading for your GPU. Usually if you want to pass a task into a multithreaded environment you have to lock down the queue, append the task and then unlock the queue. Async Compute (kind of) allows to queues tasks up without locking the queue which leads to a better GPU load balancing since assigning a task to the GPU take less time and resources.

The people are always like wow, that’s no big deal, but actually it is. Yes DirectX 12 will take a while to be established in the gaming world, but things like this are delaying this process even more. If Nvidia cards can’t handle or even suffer under ac, the developer won’t use it that frequently. And especially with a feature like ac that’s pretty fatal if you ask me, since it has the potential for a decent improvement of my gaming performance.

And btw, hiding the lack of ac, and after it came out bashing the developers who found out is a dick move anyway.

RAID 1:

Basically, RAID 1 mirrors you hard drive. If you copy something to a RAID 1 drive, it get’s mirrored to the other RAID 1 drive and if one of the drives dies, the other one still has a backup of the data. RAID 1 is meant to prevent data losses if a hard drive fails.

XFR:

Ryzen CPUs (at least some of them) are capable of overclocking themselves if the temperature allows it. You shouldn’t expect oc wonders but with a good cooler you might get improvements of 100-300MHz and if development goes on, it might even get more.

Ok, here we are now… this is the end of this damn long post. I hope this one is helpful to someone and i’ll try to keep it up to date.

Now for the public amusements, here is my rig and a build I did recently with a friend of mine.

My rig:

(Ryzen 5 1600x, 16 GB ram, MSI Tomahawk B350, 2x240GB SSD 1x 480GB, R9 Fury)PCT01

PCT02

And my friend decided to purchase himself a in home disco. I like it.

(Ryzen 5 1600x, 16 GB ram, MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon, 1x 480GB, R9 390x Devil)PCL01

PCL02

And for those who want something to laugh, since Lepa was friendly enough, NOT to send us our AM4 mounting kits, here are our own ones, with blackjack and hookers.20170413_153850

(don’t worry, the zip ties can hold a higher temperature than the socket will reach 😉 trust me I’m an engineer)