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  1. What will be more interesting is how the 8700k's 6+6 threads stacks up to the 9700k's 8 "true" threads in the coming years.
  2. Yeah, and really at 4k with a 2080 Ti all of those CPUs are going to be the same. Since you said you very rarely upgrade, there really wouldn't be any difference by going all out on a 9900k.
  3. I think Amazon had the 9900k under $500 which I think is worth it. $600 is not.
  4. Fairly sensible. I just actually did research on that particularly drive because I almost bought it myself (the drive alone without the enclosure). But I don't have a PC that can use it, so I decided to wait on an SSD purchase because prices have literally dropped every week for the last two months, and it'll be at least another few months before I build a new PC.
  5. The problem would be how effective the external enclosure can convert the drive's internal NVME PCIe interface to a USB interface. Basically how fast is that little chipset, because at the end of the day the device that is connected to it will only see the USB 3.1 interface, which is slower than NVME.
  6. That is an extremely fast dive, but USB 3.1 will hold it back significantly because of the 10 Gb/s limit. NVME (aka PCI-e x4) has a bandwidth up to 32 Gb/s. Meanwhile a cheaper drive with a SATA internal interface can go up to 6 Gb/s. And yeah, The X1X only has USB 3.0 which can go up to 5 Gb/s, so you wouldn't unlock the SSD's potential until the next gen comes along. And concerning next gen, external drive speed may not even matter. Sony has already spilled the beans that they will have some form of super fast internal SSD caching, and I fully expect Microsoft to do the same.
  7. The Core i9 9900k really wasn't that much more than the 9700k processor. It would be a better investment than a high end liquid cooler. Other than that it's a perfectly high end build with top notch parts.
  8. This is fine. I wouldn't even call this a budget build. It's definitely mid-range.
  9. I was going to have him RAID the two 1TB SSDs, but yeah if he doesn't do that or want to do that grab a 2TB SSD as a storage drive, and drop the main OS drive down to 500GB.
  10. PCPartPicker Part List CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor ($279.89 @ Amazon) Motherboard: Asus - Prime X470-Pro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($149.89 @ OutletPC) Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg) Storage: HP - EX920 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($124.89 @ OutletPC) Storage: HP - EX920 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($124.89 @ OutletPC) Video Card: EVGA - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB Black Video Card ($999.99 @ Newegg) Case: NZXT - H500 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon) Power Supply: Corsair - HX Platinum 750 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg) Wireless Network Adapter: Gigabyte - GC-WB867D-I PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter ($35.75 @ Amazon) Total: $1970.27 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-14 00:07 EDT-0400
  11. I was thinking the 2070 or 1080, lol. But I just searched and seems like Nvidia might not release new cards until 2020, which is probably too long to hold off even if it's before March of next year. 2080 Ti is the best option, in that it doesn't seem AMD is competitive so Nvidia has no reason to price aggressively so the current cards should retain a lot of their (re-sale) value should he want to upgrade again.
  12. The Ti would certainly help with 4k, but I also agree with him in that it is just too overpriced. I want to recommend he just get a cheaper card and live with downgraded visuals for a short while. The 2080 Ti is stuck on the 12nm process, which is basically the same as the 14 nm process that the 1080 was on. When Nvidia releases 7nm cards I bet they'll be more attractive. Nice performance jump, second gen RTX enhancements, maybe competitive prices (LOLOLO(L). But what will really happen is anyone guess.
  13. I think just about every new board midrange to high end has two m.2 slots now. Usually one m.2 will be faster than the other, though, having access to more PCI-e lanes, and then usually the second m.2 slot will disable a PCI-e slot if populated. Or sometimes the second m.2 slot is SATA only and doesn't support PCI-e or NVME. Always gotta read that fine print.
  14. What is your time frame for actually buying this machine? In about two weeks AMD should be giving us details on their next gen processors. They could be ready to buy in June or July, or my guess at the latest by September. The rumored prices are INSANELY cheap, which is why you might want to hold off a few more days, LOL. I've seen the rumors suggest we will be getting i9 9900k performance for half the price. And current Ryzen processors are almost going on liquidation prices, so retailers are preparing themselves which is why I think the new processors will be here sooner than later. And my other suggestion will raise your cost a bit, but when you get an SSD make sure it says NVME. They are much faster than SATA drives. Cost is more but not that much more, and they are getting cheaper every day now. They will make for an excellent boot/Operating System drive. Lastly, I'd reserve the urge to buy an expensive liquid cooler and high end motherboard for overclocking. If you're not going to overclock, there are quality cheaper parts you can get. The more expensive options you initially picked out are really to support people who push their system to the max, and to be honest that really isn't necessary with the latest high end processors. Intel and AMD do a pretty damn good job of squeezing all the performance they can out of stock processors with their turbo boost, all the while keeping power consumption and heat in check. And since you're looking at 4k gaming, overclocked CPU performance doesn't even affect framerates.
  15. Ryzen 5 1600 ($100) 16GB DDR4 3000 ($68) There's so many boards to choose from and there doesn't seem to be a special deal going on right at this moment. But every other day I see AMD boards go on sale so one should pop up soon. Alternatively if you don't mind used parts you might be able to find even cheaper stuff. People will be offloading newer Core i7s and current Ryzen processors as they upgrade, so you might find a killer bundle that way. Some used server Xeon processors, which can be equivalent to some older i7 processors, can also be had for absurdly cheap.
  16. If I watercool it, does it then become a humidifier?
  17. Yeah the only advantage for the TN would be less motion blurring thanks to the faster pixel response time. This will matter most in FPS games, and even more in highly competitive environments. However the PG279QZ does include ULMB mode which should make motion CRT-like, at the expense of brightness, color "pop", and locking out G-Sync. That being said I picked up a 27" 1440p Dell with a TN panel recently and am pretty impressed with how good TN can be. The viewing angles are far superior to any other TN screen I've had, although IPS is still better, and the colors seem pretty natural and even. TN can still be a good option at lower prices, but even 144 Hz IPS are getting cheaper thanks to those Korean models. You are going to love the pixel density of a 27" 1440p screen too. If you're coming from a 24" 1080p, everything looks so much sharper. That's the most impressive aspect I've seen in my personal upgrade. Also G-Sync is nice, but from my limited experience it looks much better if your framerates are closer to the upper limit refresh range rather than the mid or lower refresh range.
  18. The emotion didn't fully hit me until I woke up the next morning and started to smile, choke up, and shed a tear just thinking about the
  19. I think these ANALysts have their heads up...
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