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Francis N.

Francis N.

Joined on 09/28/15

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Amazing performance and great temperature

ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Advanced Overclocked 8G GDDR6 HDMI DP 1.4 USB Type-C Gaming Graphics Card (ROG-STRIX-RTX2080S-A8G-GAMING)
ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Advanced Overclocked 8G GDDR6 HDMI DP 1.4 USB Type-C Gaming Graphics Card (ROG-STRIX-RTX2080S-A8G-GAMING)

Pros: + Stays cool at all times + Relatively easy to overclock + Sexy RGB

Cons: - Has 2 annoying power lights that never go off

Overall Review: As many reviews say, it has upper tier performances , but it's also REALLY good at staying cool. It also feels very solid, which is great because of how heavy it is. Whether you rip and tear until it is done or just enjoy some high-fps Minecraft gameplay, you won't be dissapointed. If you want to max out performance when using Ray Tracing, however, you should go with something even more powerful. Nevertheless, this card is great for 1080p and 1440p gaming. Probably even 4K.

Feels cheap, but does the trick for budget gaming PCs

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 ATX Video Card GV-N1060WF2OC-6GD
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 ATX Video Card GV-N1060WF2OC-6GD

Overall Review: I used this card for 3 years until I could afford a better one. I always had solid performance in any game until very recently, but only because of volumetric effects. It's great for gaming at 60fps on a 1080p monitor. However, I don't think it's a great investment since the coming console generation will raise the bar for graphics.

Amazing motherboard

ASUS ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: + Pretty great all-around + Has heat-protection covers for M.2 SSDs + Neat RGB + Lots of USB plugs, all 3.0 or newer

Cons: - I have trouble getting the RGB and system lights to shut down when the system is asleep - You might want an extension card if you have more than 4 fans + a water-cooling system

Overall Review: At this price range, I think that ASUS mobos far outclasses MSI in build quality. The others don't even compare.

Great processor, very easy to overclock

Intel Core i7 9th Gen - Core i7-9700KF Coffee Lake 8-Core 3.6 GHz (4.9 GHz Turbo) LGA 1151 (300 Series) 95W BX80684I79700KF Desktop Processor Without Graphics
Intel Core i7 9th Gen - Core i7-9700KF Coffee Lake 8-Core 3.6 GHz (4.9 GHz Turbo) LGA 1151 (300 Series) 95W BX80684I79700KF Desktop Processor Without Graphics

Pros: + Can be overclocked to 4.9 GHz without any drawbacks + Solid performance accross games

Cons: - 4.9 GHz+ pretty much needs liquid cooling to stay at safe temperatures - Nowadays, everything short of an i9 will be a bottleneck if you use it along with a TI or Titan graphics card - Intel Performance Maximiser will take some space from your OS drive

Overall Review: While Ryzen is probably pretty great, you just can't go wrong with Intel. Their processors always come with a basic OC frequency (called Turbo), but while it says 4.9 here, in truth, it defaults to 4.6 until you run a few tests using Intel Performance Maximiser to make sure that your machine is able to sustain higher frequencies and voltages. A lot of people go over 5 GHz, but I didn't because 4.9 already barely passes 3DMark's DirectX12 Stress Test.