|OT| The PC Hardware Thread -- Buy/Upgrade/Ask/Answer

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Do i need a new CPU? currently have an 8700k and a 3090.

Thing that is making me question it is i am getting terrible stuttering from Hitman 3 and no amount of graphic setting tweaking is fixing it. Is my CPU bottlenecking?

Its the only game that im having any kind of serious issue with so im inclined to think its a Hitman thing and not a my system thing but im also not very clued up on this sort of thing.
Afaik the 8700k is still good enough to get a solid 60fps out of games but going much higher could quickly become problematic in newer cpu intensive games. Benchmarks show higher than 60fps for hitman 3 too unless you go max raytracing which taxes and tanks everything in that game.

Something you could try but might not have yet is limiting framerate, i had an issue with Forza Horizon 5 that was easily diagnosed due to the benchmark. Essentially the game ran smooth when the gpu was the limiting factor (or i set a frame rate limit that didn't push the limits of my pc) but stuttered horribly when the cpu was the slowest link. For me the solution was to just go higher in gpu settings and enjoy the better visuals but that won't work with your 3090 ;)
 
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With Electricity price going from 6c/kwh to 60c/kwh in last months, really adds different view to power draw, it's not just heat output, but starts to hurt wallet too.
 
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Afaik the 8700k is still good enough to get a solid 60fps out of games but going much higher could quickly become problematic in newer cpu intensive games. Benchmarks show higher than 60fps for hitman 3 too unless you go max raytracing which taxes and tanks everything in that game.

Something you could try but might not have yet is limiting framerate, i had an issue with Forza Horizon 5 that was easily diagnosed due to the benchmark. Essentially the game ran smooth when the gpu was the limiting factor (or i set a frame rate limit that didn't push the limits of my pc) but stuttered horribly when the cpu was the slowest link. For me the solution was to just go higher in gpu settings and enjoy the better visuals but that won't work with your 3090 ;)
Thanks, im just looking to get 60fps which the frame counter says im getting constantly, its just this weird stutter where the image can go from fine, nice and smooth to a juddering almost double vision type effect. Doesn't happen all the time but when it does its really off putting and gives me a headache.
 

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My AW3423DW (Alienware OLED ultrawide) that I ordered in April arrived today.

Not gonna lie, it's pretty great. Easily my favourite monitor I've ever had (or even seen).
Outside of the fact that the thing is 1300 and I now hate you, how are you gonna adapt your desktop use to an OLED ? I mean, does the burn in not scare you ? Genuinely curious, it's a beaut.
 
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I'm not too concerned about the general desktop content. I usually switch between 4 different virtual desktops for different contexts (uni work, ph3 work, games and misc), so everything switches around in terms of placement. I also don't use high brightness for desktop work.

After looking at everything my monitor shows the part I was most concerned about are the icons in the taskbar notification area. Those always stay there, are full white on black, and are mostly remain the same for weeks on end. The general advice is to set the taskbar to auto-hide, but I really can't work that way, it's too distracting and I need the information. So instead, today I wrote a program that dims the entire task bar to 25% brightness when the mouse cursor isn't within 100 px of it (and then it smoothly fades it in). I'm happy with how that's working out so far. Ideally, when/if I find it again, I'll hook this software up to my eye tracker.
 

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How's the GPU prices now for you guys locally atm?

RTX 3080 12gb for $680 is really tempting me, although I know they'll most likely show the 4090 later this month. Also heard something called proof of stake, whatever that is, for ethereum willl be done this month, possibly triggering a flood of used mining gpus to push the price further down. At least that's what some tech youtubers/redditors telling me.

If I'm not already on a 3060 ti, I'll probably snatch that 3080 in a heartbeat tbh.
 

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Anyone with some HW knowledge - can you tell me if those are all right temps for my setup?
Ryzen 5600X (Eco Mode) + be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim, RTX 3070 with Noctua fans:
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Full load on CPU only (prime95)


Full system load (prime95 + furmark)



I've had the CPU hit (or barely scrape below) thermal limits after long gaming sessions during the summer (ambient temps 35+C), wanted to check if this persisted, but couldn't get the CPU above 82C. That's still a decent temp for Ryzen 5 series, right?
 

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How's the GPU prices now for you guys locally atm?

RTX 3080 12gb for $680 is really tempting me, although I know they'll most likely show the 4090 later this month. Also heard something called proof of stake, whatever that is, for ethereum willl be done this month, possibly triggering a flood of used mining gpus to push the price further down. At least that's what some tech youtubers/redditors telling me.

If I'm not already on a 3060 ti, I'll probably snatch that 3080 in a heartbeat tbh.
It seems that 3060 TI go for more than 300 $ on eBay (in the US).
With that calculated in a RTX 3080 12 GB for ~380 seems relatively cheap.
But as you stated I would expect that the prices of used cards will continue to fall in the next weeks and month.

Anyone with some HW knowledge - can you tell me if those are all right temps for my setup?
Ryzen 5600X (Eco Mode) + be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim, RTX 3070 with Noctua fans:
Idle:


Full load on CPU only (prime95)


Full system load (prime95 + furmark)



I've had the CPU hit (or barely scrape below) thermal limits after long gaming sessions during the summer (ambient temps 35+C), wanted to check if this persisted, but couldn't get the CPU above 82C. That's still a decent temp for Ryzen 5 series, right?
The temperatures seem normal. I would not expect that any game will produce the load of a combined Prime95 & Furmark run.

In the case you mentioned (high ambient temps) you could try to change stuff to reduce the CPU temperatures.
E.G. undervolting the CPU or opening the side panel of the case.
Just to test if that helps.
 
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How's the GPU prices now for you guys locally atm?

RTX 3080 12gb for $680 is really tempting me, although I know they'll most likely show the 4090 later this month. Also heard something called proof of stake, whatever that is, for ethereum willl be done this month, possibly triggering a flood of used mining gpus to push the price further down. At least that's what some tech youtubers/redditors telling me.

If I'm not already on a 3060 ti, I'll probably snatch that 3080 in a heartbeat tbh.
Still quite pricey.
Actual in stock retail prices for the 10G versions of 3080 starts at around €900, 12G version starts around €950. On the plus side they are now bundled with Spidey.

I mean it's not quite January 22 prices where they were €1400 and €1800 and out of stock, but no huge movements for the past few months. As far as I saw most cards dropped significantly from jan to april or so, and then kind of slowed down.

Have not looked at what the local used market looks like.
 
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Cool, a Surface product ! It will only cost you your first born :so-good-blob:
 
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Any advice on what is a decent cpu + mobo these days to pair with my 3090? Not looking for mega expensive but fancy upgrading the older bits of my system to keep up with the 3090, what with the new 4000 prices i think ill skip a new gpu and sort out some of the rest of my PC.
 
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As predicted, the price for the new cards is out of this world, now it remains to be seen if availability is good or not. Probably better since the crypto boom is unbooming, but who knows. Everyone's making their chips at TSMC, just how much capacity do they have.

In any case, ball is in AMD's court. Do they have a competitive product, if yes, what's the price going to be. Very curious about the new chiplet desing too. I expect their raster performance is up to par but RT is a questionmark. They also bought Xilinx not too long ago but that probably wont manifest as anything in the GPU space even though they have some kind of ML stuff in their portfolio. Surely there would have been some rumors about that if anything like that was in the works.
 

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Just looking on advice on whether to upgrade or wait.

I’ve currently got a Ryzen 3600 in my PC, which I’m happy with - but that upgrade itch is there.
After looking at the 7600X, and considering the cost of a new motherboard and DDR5 Ram as well, I’m considering picking up a 5800X3D. I’m just not sure if it’s worth dropping $400 on an AM4 socket CPU, when they’re moving on to a new one.

Worth doing? Or just keep on waiting?
 
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Just looking on advice on whether to upgrade or wait.

I’ve currently got a Ryzen 3600 in my PC, which I’m happy with - but that upgrade itch is there.
After looking at the 7600X, and considering the cost of a new motherboard and DDR5 Ram as well, I’m considering picking up a 5800X3D. I’m just not sure if it’s worth dropping $400 on an AM4 socket CPU, when they’re moving on to a new one.

Worth doing? Or just keep on waiting?
The 7-series X3D chips should be extremely good for gaming, though probably AMD will ask for an arm and a leg for them, and you'll still need an entirely new platform.

In terms of cost efficiency for gaming, in your situation, getting a 5800X3D is one of the rare times where a CPU-only upgrade actually makes sense, so it's not a terrible idea.
 

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Need reviewers to verified this but looks pretty good watt/performance wise. If the b760 ddr4 motherboard + 13700 has reasonable pricing and ddr5 pricing is still high down the line, might be tempted to upgrade my 8700k setup.

Just looking on advice on whether to upgrade or wait.

I’ve currently got a Ryzen 3600 in my PC, which I’m happy with - but that upgrade itch is there.
After looking at the 7600X, and considering the cost of a new motherboard and DDR5 Ram as well, I’m considering picking up a 5800X3D. I’m just not sure if it’s worth dropping $400 on an AM4 socket CPU, when they’re moving on to a new one.

Worth doing? Or just keep on waiting?


From intel presentation, 5800x3d is a pretty good performer. Not a bad upgrade at all.
 
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Need reviewers to verified this but looks pretty good watt/performance wise. If the b760 ddr4 motherboard + 13700 has reasonable pricing and ddr5 pricing is still high down the line, might be tempted to upgrade my 8700k setup.

AMD actually gained some performance at 65W. (Not that there are any reasonably priced motherboards at the moment.)
 
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I've got a new motherboard and cpu and plugged in my ssd with my windows installation but it doesnt boot. The drive shows up in bios but there is no boot to windows option. I tried re-assembling the old mobo and cpu and it boots to windows so im a bit lost as to why it wont load up, Tried windows media recovery and it cant repair as it doesnt think there is a windows install.

any ideas?
 
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I've got a new motherboard and cpu and plugged in my ssd with my windows installation but it doesnt boot. The drive shows up in bios but there is no boot to windows option. I tried re-assembling the old mobo and cpu and it boots to windows so im a bit lost as to why it wont load up, Tried windows media recovery and it cant repair as it doesnt think there is a windows install.

any ideas?
Is that the only storage medium in your old PC?
If not, then maybe your actual boot sector is on a different disk. (It does not necessarily need to be on the Windows install disk IIRC)
 
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Is that the only storage medium in your old PC?
If not, then maybe your actual boot sector is on a different disk. (It does not necessarily need to be on the Windows install disk IIRC)
Ah ok, I had................... 3 ssds, one m.2 and an old hdd in the old set up. Ive taken out the hdd and hadnt plugged in the other ssds so ill try that.

Thanks.

UPDATE

I tried connecting all the drives and that didnt work. Im at a loss as to why its not booting into windows but ive decided to just do a fresh install. Ive been transferring my old upgraded copy of windows 7 through about 3-4 upgrades at this point and so maybe a fresh install is the cleaner option. Got a cheap windows key and will load it up today.

Thanks for the advice though.
 
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Can I ask what monitors other people are using? We know what Durante is rocking, and I would love to get on board with the Alienware QD-OLED, but it's a bit rich for my blood. I know a 42" C2 OLED or an Alienware QD-OLED is gonna be the best image quality, but I'm wondering what everyone else is using if you don't mind sharing.
 

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Can I ask what monitors other people are using? We know what Durante is rocking, and I would love to get on board with the Alienware QD-OLED, but it's a bit rich for my blood. I know a 42" C2 OLED or an Alienware QD-OLED is gonna be the best image quality, but I'm wondering what everyone else is using if you don't mind sharing.
I'm using the Alienware QD-OLED. Sorry if the response seems a bit canned, but figured I'd chime in. I recently had to get a replacement though (Just got it in yesterday), because I was starting to get screen burn-in after a few months of using it in a split screen layout using PowerToys (and then later FancyWM). I can at least say that their technical support was really quick on resolving the problem and the replacement came in a day or two afterwards.

The motion clarity is crazy at 175Hz. Looks smoother in motion (regarding less ghosting) than any 240+Hz LCD I've seen (mainly trying different displays and laptops at Best Buy) or used (setting up a friend's system). I was already sold on an OLED display after noticing that my iPhone 13 Pro Max's 120Hz display looked smoother than the LG 34GP83A-B that I was using at the time (Although there's probably better IPS monitors by now for the price). The big downside with the display for me is that the HDR 1000 mode has massive IBL that becomes jarring. The good news is that HDR 400 looks miles better on an OLED than most LCDs with a fake HDR mode, and it still looks fantastic.

Can't see myself upgrading unless a 32:9 240Hz OLED releases, I've wanted a 32:9 for a while, but I couldn't swallow the high price for a VA panel (Which I had an ultrawide display a few years ago that used it, and the ghosting was easily the worst I had). I'd love something with a high enough refresh rate to give black frame insertion a try (as with my previous monitor, 80Hz BFI still looked like it was flickering to me).

As for my secondary display, I have a Cintiq 22, the colors are definitely worse on that, but I ended up buying that because 10 inch drawing tablet displays are too small for me, and for the solid drawing tablet drivers and responsive pen inputs (I've tried XP-Pen displays back when I was unsure about spending a ton on a drawing tablet, and they have way more input filtering going on).
 
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I have a few years old Samsung C27HG70, 2560x1440 @ 144hz, QLED and it's G-Sync compatible.
I really like it, i have it on a VESA arm on the back of my desk so the stand isn't in the way. It's curved which i thought i'd hate but took a chance and it's fine. I don't notice it tbh. The main thing is that it's a matt screen so i don't get reflections. I can deal with colors not "popping" if i don't have to deal with glare, reflected light streaks etc.

However it recently developed a fault. If the monitor has been off for a few hours then when i switch it back on the image is only displayed in a strip across the top of the screen and as it "warms up like an old CRT" the image fills the screen properly. From what i've read i think it's terminal and something to do with the power voltage regulator and not something fixable by me.

If i get another monitor it'll probably be very similar to this one in size and spec.
 

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I'm using the Alienware QD-OLED. Sorry if the response seems a bit canned, but figured I'd chime in. I recently had to get a replacement though (Just got it in yesterday), because I was starting to get screen burn-in after a few months of using it in a split screen layout using PowerToys (and then later FancyWM). I can at least say that their technical support was really quick on resolving the problem and the replacement came in a day or two afterwards.

The motion clarity is crazy at 175Hz. Looks smoother in motion (regarding less ghosting) than any 240+Hz LCD I've seen (mainly trying different displays and laptops at Best Buy) or used (setting up a friend's system). I was already sold on an OLED display after noticing that my iPhone 13 Pro Max's 120Hz display looked smoother than the LG 34GP83A-B that I was using at the time (Although there's probably better IPS monitors by now for the price). The big downside with the display for me is that the HDR 1000 mode has massive IBL that becomes jarring. The good news is that HDR 400 looks miles better on an OLED than most LCDs with a fake HDR mode, and it still looks fantastic.

Can't see myself upgrading unless a 32:9 240Hz OLED releases, I've wanted a 32:9 for a while, but I couldn't swallow the high price for a VA panel (Which I had an ultrawide display a few years ago that used it, and the ghosting was easily the worst I had). I'd love something with a high enough refresh rate to give black frame insertion a try (as with my previous monitor, 80Hz BFI still looked like it was flickering to me).

As for my secondary display, I have a Cintiq 22, the colors are definitely worse on that, but I ended up buying that because 10 inch drawing tablet displays are too small for me, and for the solid drawing tablet drivers and responsive pen inputs (I've tried XP-Pen displays back when I was unsure about spending a ton on a drawing tablet, and they have way more input filtering going on).
This is actually a very helpful response. Are you not afraid of additional burn in? I assume you are using this display for work (which I would as well) and that's why PowerToys burned into the screen. Any additional info on that?
 
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This is actually a very helpful response. Are you not afraid of additional burn in? I assume you are using this display for work (which I would as well) and that's why PowerToys burned into the screen. Any additional info on that?
Well, the OLED panel refresh option seemingly stopped showing the red flashing bars after the first or second run, so I'm unsure if it was a software problem or something in that regards. But from my time, I've ran those without luck. This is what the burn-in looked like on the display, and it would only really show when there was gray contrast being shown.






But luckily, so far, no problems on this replacement. Unsure if the warranty applies for more than one replacement period, so I'm going to pay attention next time the Panel Refresh option gets suggested to me (to see if it does what I remember it used to), and be a bit more careful with leaving the screen on more than a certain segment of time. I should probably look into getting Wallpaper Engine and a screen saver (I remember when those were trendy on CRT screens) set up to reduce the amount of still stuff on-screen at a given time.
 
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Well, the OLED panel refresh option seemingly stopped showing the red flashing bars after the first or second run, so I'm unsure if it was a software problem or something in that regards. But from my time, I've ran those without luck. This is what the burn-in looked like on the display, and it would only really show when there was gray contrast being shown.






But luckily, so far, no problems on this replacement. Unsure if the warranty applies for more than one replacement period, so I'm going to pay attention next time the Panel Refresh option gets suggested to me (to see if it does what I remember it used to), and be a bit more careful with leaving the screen on more than a certain segment of time. I should probably look into getting Wallpaper Engine and a screen saver (I remember when those were trendy on CRT screens) set up to reduce the amount of still stuff on-screen at a given time.
Thanks for the follow-up. The QD-OLED is definitely my most wanted display, it's just a bit out of my price range right now I think. They are making a newer model that is cheaper and has Freesync instead of G-Sync, so I could look into that one. Otherwise I know anything I get will be a huge compromise on image quality. It's difficult when I have an LG B9 OLED in the living room, and jumping back to my IPS panel is really noticeable.
 
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Thanks for the follow-up. The QD-OLED is definitely my most wanted display, it's just a bit out of my price range right now I think. They are making a newer model that is cheaper and has Freesync instead of G-Sync, so I could look into that one. Otherwise I know anything I get will be a huge compromise on image quality. It's difficult when I have an LG B9 OLED in the living room, and jumping back to my IPS panel is really noticeable.
The good news is that the current model does have FreeSync support built-in alongside GSync, which works fine on my RX 6700XT. However, I do imagine there's a $100-200 price cut by removing the GSync module.
 
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Good thing that some time ago nvidia finally buckled and started supporting hdmi 2.1 vrr capable displays as gsync compatible too, the gsync module stuff always really rubbed me the wrong way.

Also I'm actually using my LG C9 as as my primary monitor these days. My actual monitor is Dell UltraSharp U2414H IPS I got in 2014, but it's collecting dust as I rarely sit in front of the desk.
 
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