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46 minutes ago, Gwangi said:

Rats..waited too long and the offer has expired.

go to PC Specialist, you can knock summit similar up for  about the same price! and, you could replace that intel drive with a samsung! and the 3000 memory with 3200

just remember to remove windows! as you can get a key for a few quid off ebay, unless you have an account already and you could migrate it.

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1 hour ago, layten said:

It runs at about 80-100fps with the mods and enhancements I use. The only part of the game I had an issue with because of this was Thunderblight Gannon which glitches out. So I just did that fight at 30fps.

 

Brilliant. I've got an urge to play this now.

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11 minutes ago, Gwangi said:


This spec looks similar to me?

 

https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/computers-for-next-day-delivery/1096/

 

Intel® Core™ i7-10700K

ASUS® PRIME Z490-P

16GB Corsair VENGEANCE 3000MHz

8GB GEFORCE RTX 2070 SUPER

2TB SEAGATE BARRACUDA HDD

Windows 10 Home


 

 

 

Thats the PC I got although I bought it from Currys for about £150 more but picked it up couple days later after order from my local. 

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1 hour ago, Gwangi said:

What monitor is that?

 

lovely desk.

 

It's this one here - AOC 32inch 75hz IPS. Build quality is perhaps not top of the range, but it's a good panel for the money.

 

Desk is this one from Amazon (although I didn't use the monitor shelf as it was too tall). Side table/cabinet is here, also from Amazon. I like the metal/wood look, so I'll probably get the TV unit in their range as well at some point.

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2 minutes ago, Gwangi said:

So what game should I try first to make my eyes pop

 

Mindsweeper or Solitaire.

 

The RTX in Solitaire is especially impressive.

 

I guess if those don't impress you (and I'm really not sure why they wouldn't), then - despite some quirks and bugs - when it runs well, then Red Dead Redemption 2 at full whack is an extraordinary looking game. 

 

 

 

 

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I'm going down the build a pc route now, got all my bits ordered last night, excited if a little nervous as I've never built one before. After much research I'm going i5 10600k with a RTX 2080 super, bonus is Nvidia are giving away Death Stranding with every RTX card right now. If building is as easy as YouTube makes out I'm on to a winner  

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13 hours ago, Jamie John said:

 

It's this one here - AOC 32inch 75hz IPS. Build quality is perhaps not top of the range, but it's a good panel for the money.

 

Desk is this one from Amazon (although I didn't use the monitor shelf as it was too tall). Side table/cabinet is here, also from Amazon. I like the metal/wood look, so I'll probably get the TV unit in their range as well at some point.

 

Am I right in thinking that's going to pair nicely with a 2070 Super? I've been thinking about getting a 1440p monitor now I have a better PC (as everybody says the jump from 1080p is definitely worth it). Does that monitor work with G-Sync too?

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2 hours ago, Gabe said:

 

Am I right in thinking that's going to pair nicely with a 2070 Super? I've been thinking about getting a 1440p monitor now I have a better PC (as everybody says the jump from 1080p is definitely worth it). Does that monitor work with G-Sync too?

 

I use it with my RX 5700 and I think it's great, but then I don't really know any better as I only built my PC for the first time a few months ago and hadn't used a stand-alone monitor before then.

 

I'd say for the panel and the size, sub-£200 is a very good price, although knowing what I know, I'd probably go for a 120hz panel instead, maybe in a smaller size, as I regularly exceed 75fps in most games with my GPU.

 

It has AMD's Freesync. I'm not sure about G-Sync, but I can't find anything about it, so I'm assuming it doesn't support it. It can't be mounted, either, as there aren't any VESA holes in the back. I wanted to have it up on the wall so I could get a bit more desk space, but that's not an option, unfortunately.

 

But the transition from 1080 to 1440p is definitely noticeable, moreso on a monitor than a TV as you tend to sit a lot closer to it. When I load a game for the first time and it boots in 1080p it looks horrid until I switch it to 1440 in the settings.

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24 minutes ago, Gwangi said:

Best website for pc gaming news and chat?


rllmuk. :coffee:

I don't think I've touched the landing page of a PC gaming specific website for ages - everything's either a link from a forum, or through the grapevine on Twitch and the like. Hardware was a different matter, but since they have also died a death from key journos leaving or shilling*, I still rely on Youtube for that shit too.
 

Spoiler

*specifically, The Tech Report (which is basically become a zombiefied link aggregator after the main guy left) and Tom's Hardware ("Just buy it!"). Urgh.

 

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I still like Rock, Paper, Shotgun but it isn't as consistent since the original main team left. Can be pretty good for more niche news. I review a fair few PC games on TheSixthAxis but that is a general site (despite the PS3 legacy name). There is a lot of PC chat on here - just a shame that most of it is swallowed up by the Steam thread traditionally.

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On 11/07/2020 at 11:10, skittles said:

Why does nobody talk about how good Anno 1800 is? It's the sim city / age of empires I've always wanted 


I’m gonna have to cave and buy this I think... never played an Anno game but I like the look of them, this one in particular. 
 

In other news, anyone who bought a Ryzen 3600... the cooler really is a pile of useless shite isn’t it?!

I was experiencing shutdowns playing GTA5, some VR titles and benchmarking software. Checked the RAM etc it’s all good. Narrowed it down to a temperature related problem. Removed the cooler, cleaned it up and applied new paste. The pre-applied stuff was obviously crap as I’m reaching higher temps now before it crashes, but stress testing still causes it to shut down. 
I’ll need to get a decent cooler soon...

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46 minutes ago, StoooTube said:


I’m gonna have to cave and buy this I think... never played an Anno game but I like the look of them, this one in particular. 
 

 

I've sunk an incredible amount of hours in already this week. It's absolutely fantastic and insanely deep. It just goes on and on. 

 

Also started a 3 person online game with my friends. Super fun.

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2 hours ago, StoooTube said:


In other news, anyone who bought a Ryzen 3600... the cooler really is a pile of useless shite isn’t it?!

I was experiencing shutdowns playing GTA5, some VR titles and benchmarking software. Checked the RAM etc it’s all good. Narrowed it down to a temperature related problem. Removed the cooler, cleaned it up and applied new paste. The pre-applied stuff was obviously crap as I’m reaching higher temps now before it crashes, but stress testing still causes it to shut down. 
I’ll need to get a decent cooler soon...


Is it still the Wraith Spire for the six core AMD processors? I had one for my original 1600 - It was perfectly fine even when overclocked (admittedly, it was also undervolted as well as overclocked), however it was also the original Spire cooler that had a copper vapor chamber design.

The new shittier cooler should only add about 6c on top of the original when at load though, and not flat out shutting down the entire machine - That smacks more of an unstable overclock or even GPU than anything else, especially if it's fine on desktop unti you start benchmarking (especially if all your benchmarking software is testing all parts of your machine - your PC falling over on Prime95 should confirm if it's strictly CPU). I didn't even bother overclocking across all cores on the 3000/Zen 2 series because PBO does enough dicking around with the voltage on its own. I'd go through the motherboard settings again just to make sure the only thing taking the wheel is PBO, and not the board trying to force some bullshit 'One-click OC' setting.

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May well be an issue with your particular cooler to be honest. I don't tend to do much in the way of overclocking, so I've been using it on my 3900x (and had the same one with my 2700), and never had a problem with it.

 

RAM I've definitely had issues with on the thing, but since upgrading to 3600 stuff things have gone fine. 

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On 11/07/2020 at 13:53, sega_kid said:

I'm going down the build a pc route now, got all my bits ordered last night, excited if a little nervous as I've never built one before. After much research I'm going i5 10600k with a RTX 2080 super, bonus is Nvidia are giving away Death Stranding with every RTX card right now. If building is as easy as YouTube makes out I'm on to a winner  

 

It's absolutely that easy, until something doesn't work. Then it CAN be an utter bitch to track down which tiny thing you did was wrong.  Assuming it's not something as super obvious as "I didn't order a case big enough for a foot long graphics card".

 

But the actual process is dead simple and you'll probably be fine.  I paid to have one built but the premium was small enough that I was happy to pay it to dodge the chance of the above and the fun of trying to build a PC around 2 cats.

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On 11/07/2020 at 13:53, sega_kid said:

I'm going down the build a pc route now, got all my bits ordered last night, excited if a little nervous as I've never built one before. After much research I'm going i5 10600k with a RTX 2080 super, bonus is Nvidia are giving away Death Stranding with every RTX card right now. If building is as easy as YouTube makes out I'm on to a winner  

 

24 minutes ago, Dudley said:

 

It's absolutely that easy, until something doesn't work. Then it CAN be an utter bitch to track down which tiny thing you did was wrong.  Assuming it's not something as super obvious as "I didn't order a case big enough for a foot long graphics card".

 

But the actual process is dead simple and you'll probably be fine.  I paid to have one built but the premium was small enough that I was happy to pay it to dodge the chance of the above and the fun of trying to build a PC around 2 cats.

 

I've gone the prebuilt route myself.  To be fair I think it's worth doing your own build at list once so you have some idea how it's all pieced together so you have a chance to diagnose small issues yourself or perform upgrades in the future. I've already added a couple of components already to my prebuilt and my previous PC I built from scratch.

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1 hour ago, Dudley said:

 

It's absolutely that easy, until something doesn't work. Then it CAN be an utter bitch to track down which tiny thing you did was wrong.  Assuming it's not something as super obvious as "I didn't order a case big enough for a foot long graphics card".

 

But the actual process is dead simple and you'll probably be fine.  I paid to have one built but the premium was small enough that I was happy to pay it to dodge the chance of the above and the fun of trying to build a PC around 2 cats.

 

1 hour ago, simms said:

 

 

I've gone the prebuilt route myself.  To be fair I think it's worth doing your own build at list once so you have some idea how it's all pieced together so you have a chance to diagnose small issues yourself or perform upgrades in the future. I've already added a couple of components already to my prebuilt and my previous PC I built from scratch.

Thanks both, I'm looking forward to giving it a go. I'm fairly confident I'll be ok after watching and reading guides. And yes exactly that, it will be good for me to get and understanding of how bits work and hopefully make it easier to upgrade or add bits when needed 

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