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It's that time again - New Rig The Sequel

User is offline   MusicallyInspired 

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It's time to shop for a new build. I've got some money coming in and it's perfect timing now that my good ol' Beast from 9 years ago has kicked it. I'm completely lost. Tell me what I need or if things suck. There are all kinds of newfangled hardwares going on like card-based solid state drives and stuff (though I've read these aren't reliable somehow?). I got about $2000 CAD to spend. Give me some advice. I'd like to be game-proof for the next few years similar to the afore-mentioned build when I got a Sandy Bridge and a GTX 460 Fermi card (and later a 970). I'd be still using it if it weren't for the mobo dying. I can probably reuse some parts like the PSU and the case too. I'm mildly interested in upping my game (no pun intended) for a 1440p 144hz visual experience but I'm not married to it. Although, more desktop space does sound nice for studio work. Currently have a 27".

Anyway, here's the generic (and probably not ideal) PCPartPicker list I'm starting from.
https://ca.pcpartpic...streaming-build

This post has been edited by MusicallyInspired: 05 November 2019 - 08:31 PM

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User is offline   Rimantas 

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I recommend HDD over SSD. SSD is faster of course, but it dies faster than HDD too. SSD drives have limited number of write cycles. HDD have unlimited and can last forever. My laptop's from 2005 HDD still doesn't show any errors during chkdsk and works flawlessly.
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User is online   Radar 100 Watts 

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In 2019 and beyond, I would highly advise against HDDs. They are just too slow. As for SSDs, you will not deplete the number of write cycles as long as you live. I think right now Samsung is the top brand. I have one and it works perfectly, and I bought it a year ago when they were $300+. They are so much cheaper now that IMO it's a no brainer.
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https://www.guru3d.c...r-review,1.html

https://www.guru3d.c...600-review.html

https://www.guru3d.c...x-review,1.html

as far as hdd vs ssd. Why not both?

the main issue with ssd's is the cost / space ratio. Get a ssd for your o/s, application, & gaming programs & an hhd for storage space.
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User is offline   MusicallyInspired 

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Yeah that seems to be the standard practice for HDDs these days, and it appears that that PCPartPicker list is doing that as well, and it's what I would have done anyway. It has a 512GB SSD card and a standard 3 TB HDD. My sister was also encouraged to get an SSD for the OS which she did. Runs super smooth.

This post has been edited by MusicallyInspired: 06 November 2019 - 06:10 AM

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User is offline   oasiz 

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Just get an SSD, I wouldn't worry about the wear at all, this was a concern around 6~8 years ago but not today.

On a modern system you will want to go for an nvme, no questions asked.
I have been using SSDs as my main drives since 2012, even had 4x 60GB kingston SSDs in raid0 at one point with no failures for the 2 years I used them (now still used in various laptops).

If you want a bulk storage drive then consider getting a mechanical as a secondary due to cost.

List looks good otherwise, my only main critique is that 750w is way overkill for that build, I believe a 500w should be enough.
And I don't really know how well that lexmark SSD performs, generally Samsung/Intel has made the best performing ones in the recent years.
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User is offline   MusicallyInspired 

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Nice. I can reuse my current PSU so I don't even need to pick that one up on the list. How about 1440p 144hz gaming? Will the RTX 2600 Super be good enough for that? Or should I bump it up to 2700 Super?
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User is offline   oasiz 

  • Dr. Effector

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Opinions will largely be based on previous generation, I heard there is a new 2660 variant or similar that came out recently that's pretty good ?

I think 2060 will be just enough but you will not be running high settings with that AND hit over 100. In previous gen, the 1070 was more of the "1440p card"
I have a gtx1080 + 120Hz 1080p panel on my laptop, while it's slightly less performant than a desktop variant, it's stil enough for a rather stable med-high/high at 120Hz in most games.

For 2xxx series, I would likely go for 2070 if I wanted more reliably get higher rates with current gen.
Generally more importantly stuff like gsync will help to offset that. If you don't have gsync, I would limit to 120Hz or slightly less.
I would easily take even 100Hz Gsync over an 144Hz screen since the ideal situation is harder to attain in games, especially with higher fps.
Do not always expect to hit 144, it's generally a harder goal to hit than stable 60.

FYI, some freesync panels work with nvidia cards nowdays.
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Great advice, thank you.
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