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  1. That's very impressive, pretty much neck and neck with the gaming x! I don't use multiple monitors when gaming, but I do for standard computing activities when needed so that could potentially be a bit of an issue as it's here where I really want the PC to be as quiet as possible. The gaming x trio though still seems to be noticeably quieter based on the techpowerup tests (albeit it's a close-run thing, and the gigabyte would be a little closer still than the sapphire going by gamernexus), so I'm definitely leaning heavily towards it;. I know you pretty much can't beat the value of the 5700XT at that price, but the features probably just pip it for me even so. https://www.techpowerup.com/review/msi-geforce-rtx-2070-super-gaming-x-trio/31.html
  2. So, you've talked me into narrowing it down to that gigabyte 5700XT $668 or an MSI Nvidia GeForce RTX 270 SUPER Gaming X Trio $878. I overestimated the price of some of the parts, so I can probably get a card in that price range, and still come in close enough to the $2,000 mark (give or take a few hundred dollars) that I can live with myself. Anyway, the msi 2700 super seems to run Metro ray tracing at 50-60fps, but more importantly is a little quieter (37db under load) than the triple fan 5700XT (40db under load); I was wondering if you knew how loud the 5700XT runs when not playing games, as the msi 2700 runs very quiet at 29db and the fans can be switched off. Also, the 2700 Super might be a little bit more futureproof? Lastly, for additional storage are there better options than the Seagate 2tb firecuda or WD 4TB Blue both at $147 that I'm missing? And for the disc drive I was thinking either an LG GH24NSD1 or LGBH16 Apologies for the double post.
  3. Wow, even the 2080 TI doesn't quite crack 60fps on all tests! You're right, the decibel rating I can find for the ITX clocks in at 45 db and the triple fan 5700xt at 40db! That eBay voucher really is tempting...
  4. I was put off the RX 5700XT due to its noise levels at high load. Is the MSI GeForce RTX 2070 AERO ITX 8G Graphics Card not powerful enough for ray tracing, either; I'll only be running things at 1080P? I found one for only $669, so it's not in the same league as the turbo version price-wise. Thanks again, particularly for the motherboard suggestion!
  5. So, finally had time to get back to this! To beef up the near-silent build on Whirlpool I came up with this, as I must admit I'm interested in ray-tracing and Metro Exodus at 60fps. Not to mention that Cyberpunk is just around the corner! What I came up with was this; goal was more power, but still very quiet: CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700x or 7 2700x (not sure the 3700x is really necessary) Motherboard: Gigabyte AB350 Gaming 3 SSD: Intel 660p 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe GPU: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 AERO ITX 8G Graphics Card (or an MSI RTX 2060 or 2060 Super if I chicken out on spending so much on a video card!) Case: Silberstone Kubali KL07B PSU: Silverstoen SFX SX500 CPU: Heatsink: Noctua NHU-14s AM4 HSF: Mounting Kit. ODD: DVD RW, PC blu-ray drivers aren't very good, are they? Can I use that heatsink with the Ryzen 7, and will 500 watts still be safe with the beefier CPU and GPU? Thank you once again!
  6. Cheers mate, will take a look on there as well!
  7. I've got a bit out of touch over the years with PC tech developments, so boy is this a great starting point. Wonderful work, Dasa! I had a couple of questions about using the gaming builds as a starting point: Would I be able to use my current case (Antec Three Hundred, which is an ATX tower) and my current PSU (a 750W ATX Seasonic, I think it's either an M12 or X series; I'll see if I can take it out if you need to know exactly what it is), while also transferring over my Asus Xonar Essence STX? Also, how loud are these builds? I’d like to end up with something quieter than my current PC: previously mentioned case and PSU with an HD4890 and E8500. After the original CPU fan broke, it was replaced with a generic one as I wasn’t overclocking, so most of the noise comes from the CPU and GPU. I know it’s difficult to make a quiet gaming PC, but other than the quiet CPU cooling fan on the AMD build, are there any other places I could look to reduce noise in either build? (Is the intel build quieter than the AMD one?)
  8. Ouch, that must've been a pain in the arse. :X I've not narrowed it down to what card (might need to grab one that pciks up anologue/digital for C31, heh) but I'll keep it to 160mm or around if I can or get USB if I cant' just to be safe. So thanks a lot, you've been a life saver!
  9. foolz

    Existential dilemma

    Take up lucid dreaming, and then you can have some sort of conscious control of your perception during sleep! :)
  10. Yes, you are about the motherboard! The tuner I was considering was the Happauge HVR220 MCE, but at 160mmx55mm it's probably to big, so I'll check out your suggestion. According to Asus's website the essence works in any slot (as you said), but is there any way I would be able to confirm that it would work in one of my available slots? And with any of the three available slots could the foul the heatsink? The problem is I don't actually have any of the parts with me yet (I've ordered pretty much everything but the sound card and am holding off for that reason) so it's a bit hard for me to check. Thanks a lot , you have been a MASSIVE help! :D
  11. I'm considering getting the Xonar Essence STX which meant to be fantastic! But I'm not entirely sure if it'll fit as it's not a low-profile card (which I was originally planning to pick up). The measurements I could find were 168mm in length, but couldn't find any height measurements. Anyway, I've got a P45-DS4P, and Antec 300 case, the other components are E8500, IceQ HD4870, 4gb and possibly a PCIe digital tuner if the budget permits, but that's definitely removable for space. Anything else you need to know? Thanks in advance P.S. sorry for posting it in the wrong section to begin with. ;)
  12. EDIT: Just realised I posted this in the wrong section. So, if anybody could lock or delete it that'd be great! Sorry guys.
  13. foolz

    HD 4870 brands

    I believe so. Some reviews claim up to 10c cooler than the Toxic.
  14. foolz

    HD 4870 brands

    Interesting, looking at some more reviews and most of them say that it is louder than the reference HD 4870 that they use, but is up to 20+ cooler. o.o One could always turn the fan down, I suppose. But the Sapphire Toxic Edition reviews seem to be pretty positive about the sound, in fact some have even referenced the HIS IceQ and said that it is quieter. Though the IceQ can get 10 degrees cooler from what I can gather. There might be some driver probelsm with the Sapphire card, though.
  15. foolz

    HD 4870 brands

    Isn't it meant to be somewhat more noisy than the Sapphire Toxic? Oh, and I probably should have mentioned this earlier, but I'll probably only be using it on a 24" 1080P BenQ screen, so extreme resolutions performance probably won't factor into the decision