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James D.

James D.

Joined on 10/26/06

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Great CPU coming from 4790k

AMD Ryzen 7 3rd Gen - RYZEN 7 3700X Matisse (Zen 2) 8-Core 3.6 GHz (4.4 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 65W 100-100000071BOX Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 3rd Gen - RYZEN 7 3700X Matisse (Zen 2) 8-Core 3.6 GHz (4.4 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 65W 100-100000071BOX Desktop Processor

Pros: -fast -doubled my core/thread count from my 4790k, staggering performance leap in multi core apps, decent improvement in single core. -relatively cheap for the performance -ABBA bios has sorted out voltage, temperature, fan noise, and most importantly...boost clocks.

Cons: -PBO settings can be a little confusing, but i've been on Intel since my last AMD CPU, an athlon x2 3600. -AM4 mounting bracket.....ARRRRRGH

Overall Review: I've waited a long time for a chip worthy to replace my 4790k. And I've waited a REALLY long time for AMD to come out with a challenger. This chip is it. I have (and never had) any temperature issues using stock cooler (with stock TIM), and I have it in a NZXT H510, on top of an Aorus GTX 1080ti. So, I don't really understand why people are having so many temperature issues. The mounting bracket is a PAIN, so maybe TIM is being messed up during installation. Who knows? All I know is that my idle temp is lower with stock cooler than my 4790k at 4.6 was with an H90 AIO. Load temps are almost identical. So, the cooler works very well. If not, you either got a dud chip (RMA) or you're simply doing it wrong. The ABBA bios released recently has upped my boost clock to 4.45 on 3 cores, and 5 cores are within 30mhz of 4.4, whereas previous bios release only 1 or 2 cores boosted anywhere over 4.3, so big big improvement there. It also smooths out the fan ramping up/down, which indeed was somewhat annoying. It also stabilized my voltages, thereby giving me more stable temps. I agree with a prior poster...just about EVERYONE told me that i would see virtually no improvement over my 4790k at 3440x1440p 100hz. WRONG. WRONG. WRONG. BF5 was pegging my CPU, and my 1080ti was at 65-90ish% usage. Now, cpu is like 35% and my 1080ti is 99% in-game. BIG difference in my minimum frames and the stability of my frame rate. I expect this CPU will last me for at least 5 years before I get the upgrade bug (again)...at which point i can step into a 3950x or maybe even a 4000 series (depends on whether socket stays the same, obviously). Unless Intel answers with a stunner in the next few years. I'll support the superior product, regardless of the label on the box. And this CPU is superior to anything Intel at similar costs, and lines up closely with their flagship 9900k, for the most part, at roughly 70% of the cost. Add to that the efficiency, and it's a slam dunk. All in all, i ABSOLUTELY think this is a worthy successor to my trusty and loved 4790k, which served me so well for many years. And I, for one, am glad to be sporting an AMD chip again. If you're in the same boat, I don't think you will be disappointed. I'm not. NO RAGRETS

Zero problems with 3700x & X570

G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C14D-16GTZSK
G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C14D-16GTZSK

Pros: -easily overclocked -looks awesome with my Aorus X570 Ultra, matches perfectly -relatively inexpensive -great timings

Cons: -availability at time of purchase. It's always in stock now, I suppose everyone was making a run on DDR4 3200 in anticipation of the new Ryzen CPUs (I know I was).

Overall Review: Great RAM. Using ryzen calc, went to 3600 15-14-14 @1.45v, and I have no doubt I could go higher and/or drop timings back to 14-14-14. No errors, crashes, nothing negative to say about this RAM. I've been using gskill since the athlon x2/Core 2 duo days and it has always been reliable and stable. I have literally never had any gskill fail on me. thumbs up.

Great monitor if you get it on sale and have a Vega GPU

Acer ED347CKR bmidphzx 34" UW-QHD 3440 x 1440 100Hz HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI AMD FreeSync Built-in Speakers USB Hub UltraWide LED Backlit Curved Gaming Monitor
Acer ED347CKR bmidphzx 34" UW-QHD 3440 x 1440 100Hz HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI AMD FreeSync Built-in Speakers USB Hub UltraWide LED Backlit Curved Gaming Monitor

Pros: HUGE. It's big. Biggly Yuge, I'm telling you. Color is fantastic, after minor adjustments. Brightness and contrast are superb. Can overclock to 120hz stable using Radeon Wattman custom resolution, however, freesync WILL NOT WORK (on my monitor, anyway) if overclocked above 100hz. I compared this to a 2460x1080 34" 144hz ultrawide from LG. People say you cant tell the difference between 1080p and 1440p...well, let me tell you, on a screen this size you most certainly CAN. Much better on my eyes than the 1080p. The trade off of 44hz for the clarity of 1440p is absolutely justifiable to me. Im much happier with this monitor. Games look a bit better, text/web browsing/anything thing other than gaming is a MASSIVE improvement IMO. Freesync is a game changer. So happy I sold my 1070 and bought the Sapphire Nitro Vega 64 (which, BTW is a monster of a GPU, especially for $500 on sale, with 3 free decent games). The curve. The curve (1800R) is PERRRRRFECT. The LG was 3800R and it was barely noticeable. VESA mount is sturdy. Mount appears to be sturdy, but I never even attached it to the stand. Quality DP and HDMI cables included. One of the best warrantys of any monitor manufacturer. No g-sync tax

Cons: Small amount of backlight bleed along the lower edge of screen. This does not bother me, as I rarely watch movies on my monitor, and it's even more rare that I sit in front of a dark monitor screen and stare at it. This is my only real gripe, and it is noticeable. But, I got this monitor for under 500 bucks, so I can live with it. YMMV. Why....WHY does ANY monitor have inputs that face the wall? If you use VESA mount, you should plan on getting a Display Port (or HDMI) 90. Rear facing inputs vs downward facing just makes absolutely no sense to me. These cons are not worth taking an egg, to me. I was well aware it would likely have some bleed, and obviously I could tell in NE pics that I would need a 90 for my DP cable. Other than these two issues, it is a stellar monitor.

Overall Review: Vega 64 drives this monitor perfectly. As in they were made for each other, it seems. No problem hitting 90+ FPS on anything I play, high-ultra settings. My system: i7 4790k @ 4.4 16gb ripjaws msi z87-g45 Sapphire Nitro Vega 64 a pile of Samsung SSDs 1tb WD Black Corsair RM850X I dont think you will be disappointed with this monitor. Especially if you catch it on sale for 500 or less, and have the grunt to drive it to its full ability. I know I'm not disappointed.

Over 6 years and still going strong

CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750 W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750 W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready

Pros: Bought this PSU in July of 2011 for a build. Has been in the three builds I have done since then. Still plugging away. I dont think I could ask for anything else.

Cons: Nothing.

Overall Review: Currently powering: i5 4670k @ 4.6 MSI Z87-G45 mobo MSI Gaming X 1070 16gb RipJaws Corsair H90 cooler Two samsung 850 Pro SSD Five WD Black 7200 RPM drives A bunch of fans in my HAF 32 case The warranty just expired this last July. Thinking of replacing it...but probably not. It has served me well and I have NEVER had a problem running overclocked CPUs and GPUs (including SLI) with it.

10/11/2016

MONSTER

MSI GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G

Pros: Extremely quiet and cool. I basically play BF4, mainly. This card laughs at it. Running 1440p DSR 110-150FPS Ultra, on a Samsung 32" 1080p monitor. 4K DSR 90% above 60 FPS Ultra. Doom coming soon. I think this card will last me 3 years or so, just like the trusty MSI GTX780 that it replaced. Maybe even longer as my gaming time is greatly reduced these days. In a nutshell, I love it.

Cons: Would have rather had a copy of BF1 in the bundle, as I'm not planning on going from Windows 7 to 10 on my home PC until I am physically forced to do so. Meh. Very large GPU. No problem in my trusty HAF 32 full tower, but its a bit wider than the reference 780 it replaced, and plugs are in same side location so i could see it being a problem in a smaller case. Not really a con for me, just putting the info out there.

Overall Review: Definitely the best GPU for me. 1060 would have been a sidegrade (IMO), and a 1080 would be completely unnecessary for my usage. Rig: 4670k @ 4.6 MSI gaming Z87-G45 (this card matches perfectly) 16gb RipJaws A whole bunch of Samsung SSDs and WD Black drives Corsair HX750 PSU Corsair H90 cooler HAF 32 case No "bottleneck" with a 4670k, by the way. In case anyone was wondering. At least not at 1440p DSR, did not test at 1080p native because I wont run it with BF4...1440p (even through DSR) is aahhhhhhmazing.

10/11/2016

good board for basic office rig

GIGABYTE GA-Z170M-D3H (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z170M-D3H (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: very attractive board. i like black motherboards. bios easy to navigate and figure out. booted first attempt, had zero issues with it at any point in build.

Cons: the heatsink that says "ultra durable" is actually quite flimsily connected. when i was installing in case i touched it and it kind of rocked back and forth off the thermal tape underneath it. the reason for 4 egg rating. because i find that ironic.

Overall Review: i would purchase again. running 6600 6M skylake, mushkin eco2 240gb ssd, and hyperx ddr4 2666 8 gb kit and it recognized everything and had no problems.

10/29/2015