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About DocSwag

  • Title
    That guy who makes way too many puns


  • CPU
    i7 6700k
  • Motherboard
    MSI Z170A KRAIT GAMING, aka that sucky mobo with basically no LLC options, and that boosts voltage to 1.24 when I set it to 1.1
  • RAM
    16gb GSkills Ripjaws IV 2666mhz ddr4
  • GPU
    EVGA GTX 970 SSC
  • Case
    Fractal Design Define S
  • Storage
    SanDisk SSD Plus 240gb SSD (I was dumb)+Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 7200rpm HDD
  • PSU
    EVGA 650 G1 (I was even dumber)
  • Display(s)
    LG 29um67
  • Cooling
    Dark Rock Pro 3+ 2 be quiet! Silent Wings 3 140mm High Speed + 2 be quiet! Silent Wings 3 120mm High Speed
  • Keyboard
    Logitech G710 Plus Brown
  • Mouse
    Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
  • Sound
    Creative fatal1ty headphones
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit
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  • Gender
  • Location
    Silicon Beach!
  • Interests
    Computers (duh)
  • Biography
    Once upon a time, in the American States that are United, there lived a young Dr. Swag, ignorant of the wonderful pcmasterrace. He lived his daily life and was happy, but not as happy as he would have been if he was a part of the pcmasterrace. He liked math and science and whatnot, but was ignorant of the wonderful pcmasterrace. He wasn't as bad as some techies, as illustrated in Experiences with non-techies, as he knew the monitor wasn't usually the computer and what RAM did and that it really made a difference to your PC if your RAM usage was at 100% (though we cannot confirm if he knew that more RAM isn't always better), but he wasn't that much of a techie. He thought that jigahertz was the only thing that matters in a CPU, and had no idea what the term "CPU core" or "dual core" or "quad core" even meant. This was the reason why he thought Apple was absolute trash, as the CPU in their new tablets and phones were still way under 2 ghz while some Android phones had CPUs over 2.5 ghz! Then, one day, his friends at school began playing a game named Team Fortress 2. Because of that, he started playing it too. It was a 3d game, and since it needed a lot more horsepower than Minecraft, his mid-2012 Unibody Macbook Pro couldn't run it that well. He dealt with it for a while, but eventually it became too annoying. He decided that after the next school year started he would get a gaming laptop. However, after the next school year started he realized his laptop was enough, and he didn't really need a laptop. Then, young Dr. Swag recalled that he had two friends that had built their own PCs for gaming. Why couldn't he do it too? He decided that he would build a gaming PC. He created the PC on pcpartpicker. It may not have been the best PC at the price, and looking back now he definitely has some things he would like to change if he could, but it was still a good PC, and hasn't run into any issues to date. Dr. Swag ran into some issues building it, but he solved them all either by himself or with the help of some helpful members of the LTT Forum. It was quite fast, even though it didn't have an SSD (which he is planning on putting in his desktop very soon). After building his PC, Dr. Swag didn't just begin to abandon the pcmasterrace, like many of his friends. Instead, he began to become more and more interested by how PCs worked, why they worked, what the different parts of the PC did, how those parts worked, how the communicated, etc. He began watching many videos from not just Linus but other youtubers too. He began reading very informative reviews from sites like Anandtech, which caused him to learn very much. He has learned a lot in the time since he built his first PC, but he still doesn't know that much. He is currently beginning to look at CPU architectures and how they work. Today, Dr. Swag has become an active member of the LTT Forum, and has helped many people with planning new builds, figuring out what GPU or CPU to buy, and troubleshooting problems with their PC. In his journey to becoming one of the pcmasterrace, Dr. Swag has learned very much, and he hopes to, in the future, learn even more and, after he eventually gets a degree in college, possibly design GPUs or CPUs for companies like AMD, Nvidia, or Intel.
  • Occupation
    Making Puns

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  1. would welding a heatsink to an ihs improve its performace

    Theoretically yes. But it makes upgrading of the cpu near impossible reducing modularity as well as drastically increasing cost for a marginal difference.
  2. Will this bottleneck? Pls Help

    It looks ok, though you may want to consider a higher quality psu (TXM gold, focus plus gold, rmx/rmi, and g2/g3 are all good choices)
  3. Because it's higher memory bandwidth. You nearly always want dual channel unless it's a relatively low end cpu
  4. They trade blows when it comes to performance though the 580 is usually a bit more expensive. The only reason I mentioned it is because it supports freesync, and around $200 you should be able to pick up a 1080p 144 hz freesync monitor.
  5. I would recommend going for dual channel ram. Other than that this looks ok. An RX 580+freesync 1080p 144 hz monitor may also be worth consider, but that's up to op
  6. Ryzen + 3200 CL14 ram kits

    If you're looking at performance, the 8600k combo will be faster than the 1600 combo. As long as ram frequency is above 2133 an 8600k is always gonna beat a 1600
  7. M.2 vs SSD

    As I already mentioned, they're only way faster at burst. Not sustained reads and writes. While yes, if both drives are fast enough you will see transfers of game libraries be faster on an NVMe drive, that's not my point. My point is that, in day to day usage (booting up, launching apps, opening small files, etc.) NVMe drives and a decent sata drive perform nearly the same. I'm not saying that there is no reason to get an NVMe drive: There most definitely is, seeing as NVMe drives can be better for stuff like scratch disks for premier, but for the average consumer that is just using the ssd to store os, apps, and files sata drives are an absolute waste of money. Apps have been optimized around improving launch times on HDDs. When they're introduced to an SSD, they can't take advantage of the speeds NVME SSDs have to offer.
  8. What SSD is that? You might be able to reuse it.
  9. Pixelated screen, need help.

    Do you have an iGPU?
  10. Ryzen + 3200 CL14 ram kits

    You don't need CL14 RAM, 3200 CL14 is expensive as hell. Just get a cheaper 3000 MHz kit.
  11. Ryzen + 3200 CL14 ram kits

    In general, higher speed RAM can increase CPU IPC, because it essentially allows for higher bandwidth and lower latency leading to less time that the CPU spends waiting on RAM, which leads to higher IPC. However, in the case of Ryzen it's a little bit different. With Ryzen, memory bandwidth/latency isn't the main reason you want faster RAM; instead it's the infinity fabric. In a Ryzen CPU there are two CCXs (Core Complex), each with 4 cores and 8 MB L3 cache. When you look at latency between cores that are in the same CCX, it's all fine. Latency is pretty acceptable at around 20-30 ns. However, if you look at accesses between cores that's when the issues start. While latency between cores in the same CCX is under 30 ns, if you look at latency between cores in different CCXs all of a sudden you're looking at over 100 ns! This means, if a core needs to access data in the L1, L2, or L3 cache that belongs in the other CCX it's going to be waiting almost as long as if it was going out to RAM. This can be a huge issue. The clock speed of the fabric that connects the two CCXs is directly linked to the clock speed of your RAM. If you ram is 2133 MHz, this fabric runs at 1066 MHz. If your RAM is 3200 MHz, the fabric runs at 1600 MHz. As you could imagine, higher clock speeds for the fabric is better as it means higher bandwidth and more importantly lower latency. This is why ram frequency is so important on Ryzen: It's not because it needs faster ram, but because the ram affects something else. This results in the CPU being able to achieve higher IPC. As to how much this affects performance... it depends. Unless you're looking at a high end gpu (1080 or 1080 ti) at lower resolutions (1080p and maybe 1440p with a 1080 ti) you won't have much of a difference even with 2133 MHz vs 3200 MHz. Even if you are using a 1080 or 1080 ti at 1080p it still depends on the game. Some games like GTA V, or Watch Dogs 2 (which REALLY sees a benefit from faster RAM) can see a good benefit from using higher frequency RAM, whereas other games like BF1 can see little to no benefit.
  12. M.2 vs SSD

    1. Those are peak numbers. Under sustained reads and writes the speeds will drop down significantly 2. Those are sequential numbers, whereas what matters more for day to day is random reads and writes 3. Not everything can benefit from those faster speeds. While on paper the 960 seems way better, that's not necessarily true. https://anandtech.com/bench/product/1981?vs=1977 If you look here, it's only in the light and burst tests where the 960 actually wins. When it comes to all the sustained tests, the two perform very similarly. Plus, if you look at actual boot times and app launch times, there's virtually no difference between even a 960 pro and a decent SATA ssd https://techreport.com/review/30813/samsung-960-pro-2tb-ssd-reviewed/5 @Z-Gaming, getting an NVME SSD is a waste of money if you are only using it for storing apps and games. Just get a cheaper SATA ssd instead, and save yourself some money.

    That shouldn't be an issue. It might lead to a bit worse thermals but wouldn't cause blue screens.
  14. If you still have the box it came with, just put it in the box.
  15. Ryzen + 3200 CL14 ram kits

    Depends on what GPU and games