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 Post subject: Re: PC gaming hardware thread.
PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2021 14:50 
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Hello Hearthly! Where have you been?


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 Post subject: Re: PC gaming hardware thread.
PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2021 14:50 
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 Post subject: Re: PC gaming hardware thread.
PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2021 14:59 
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Findus Fop wrote:
Hello Hearthly! Where have you been?


Good afternoon Mr Fop, primarily lurking these days, I do still partake of forums but mainly over at Desert Island Fruits (fruit machine emulation) and Casinomeister (online slots).

In terms of videogames I'm pretty much Legends of Runeterra and Final Fantasy 14, which AFAIK no one here plays.

Oh yes I made another Gambling Low Ebbs video, I'll link that one in the fruit machine emulation thread.

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 Post subject: Re: PC gaming hardware thread.
PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2021 15:46 
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TheVision wrote:
Can anyone tell me about NVME SSD hard drives? I have a slot on my motherboard for one and they look like they could be useful for storing videos on while I edit them.

Has anyone got or used one? Anything I should be aware of before I buy one?


They're mega-fast, and when working with large video files you'll notice a massive difference over traditional hard drives, and even over SATA SSDs. (In simple terms SATA SSDs max out at about 600MB/s depending on what they're doing, NVMe SSDs can do about 3000-3500MB/s - both have very similar seek times.)

I had a dabble editing 4K videos together and using an NVMe SSD for that was nicer than using a SATA SSD.

Just be aware that M2 is a form factor and NVMe is the type of drive, it's possible to get SATA SSDs in the M2 form factor (M2 is the socket on your motherboard), so make sure you're getting an NVMe M2 drive.

Don't shell out extra for a PCIe4 NVMe drive, the PCIe3 NVMe drives are more than capable of maxing out the rest of your system. (i.e. Other things in your PC will bottleneck a PCIe3 drive, let alone a PCIe4 drive which can cost quite a bit more.)


That's really useful! Thank you Hearthly. I know what to look out for now and it seems like it'll be a worthwhile investment for what I need.


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 Post subject: Re: PC gaming hardware thread.
PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2021 16:40 
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Is there anyone looking for a new GPU for their PC that would be interested in buying my old MSI GeForce GTX 980?

It's 4GB, has never been used for any cryptocurrency mining or anything like that (or even any particularly strenuous gaming tbh!), and they still seem to be going for about £150 on fleaBay, so would be willing to take in the region of £120 for it from a BeExer?

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 Post subject: Re: PC gaming hardware thread.
PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2021 19:53 
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I think I bought your old one off you :)

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 Post subject: Re: PC gaming hardware thread.
PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2021 7:52 
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GazChap wrote:
Is there anyone looking for a new GPU for their PC that would be interested in buying my old MSI GeForce GTX 980?

It's 4GB, has never been used for any cryptocurrency mining or anything like that (or even any particularly strenuous gaming tbh!), and they still seem to be going for about £150 on fleaBay, so would be willing to take in the region of £120 for it from a BeExer?


@GazChap - if you've still got this, I'd be happy to take it off your hands.


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 Post subject: Re: PC gaming hardware thread.
PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2021 11:05 
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I do indeed, I'll shoot you a PM :)

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 Post subject: Re: PC gaming hardware thread.
PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2021 18:39 
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Life changes.

I have two big PCs at home. I had another monstrosity at my mother's. The one at mum's was a temp build until I brought over one from my flat. Because of Covid. It's incredibly heavy and I needed someone to move it professionally. This was supposed to be coming to mum's, at which point I was going to break down the temp PC and flog it in bits.

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It has a 1920x Threadripper, with 32gb RAM and a 2080Ti Aorus Xtreme I bought from a panic seller. I paid £480 for the Ti, with the block already fitted and the air cooler in the box. However, a few things were pushing me away from this. Firstly there isn't much room here. 2.5m x 3m room, with bed, drawers etc etc. I was tired of sitting down and feeling trapped by electronics, see pic.

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The Alienware is no smaller. It's enormous. I also had flashbacks to when I moved and even though I wrapped up the Alienware with 5" of bubble wrap they still managed to damage the front panel. So I had a think. "What do I do with my PC now?". Listen to music, go on forums, play PUBG. That's it. I play PUBG 4-5 nights a week for 3-4 hours. Which, in the end, was what helped me come to a decision. At home I have this PC.

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Which I now refer to as "Big Me". It has a 3950x, 32gb 4133 RAM running at 3650, and a 2080Ti Kingpin. The issue I was having was that when I got here to mum's the game felt very different. I had a 2070 Super here, with a 1920x. However, since I had a big leak over Xmas I had to remove one of the rads meaning the 1920x was running stock. It could have been down to that, but I also felt a huge difference in GPU power. This was annoying, as PUBG relies heavily on reflexes and muscle memory. It's really rather jarring stepping from one PC to the other continually, and requires brain training every time. I was kinda sick of that, and I knew that even if the Alienware made the trip alive it still wouldn't offer the same performance as "big me". So, I decided to build "mini me".

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It has a Ryzen 3600 with 16gb Dominator 3200 CL15 and the 2080Ti Aorus Xtreme, now put back on air with huge dramas trying to figure out the correct thermal pad thickness as Gigabyte keep it top secret.

Whilst I was at it I bought a bunch of Razer stuffs on Prime Day. At home I have the Huntsman Elite, but those are £200 now. So I got the Huntsman TE on sale for £78, a Goliathus XXL Chroma mat and Viper Mini for cheap.

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Much better. It also practically matches the other PC too, so now shouldn't be so jarring. I have ordered a new wrist pad as I don't think my yellow one will look good.

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