PCGamers had a budget build that looks tempting. It uses the MSI Z370-A Pro motherboard, an Intel i3-8100 processor, and 8 gig of ram. The processor is upgrade-able to i7 down the road, ram can go up to 64 gig, but 32 gig being more likely.
So some light gaming, mostly cruising but also some editing work. Mostly audio editing which doesn't seem to be very heavy lifting, but that might turn into some light video editing down the road. I have a pair of 1070ti GPU's left over from the crypto mining foray. And I've heard that some rendering software will take advantage of dual GPU's, often without SLI being necessary.
So I just as well use them, but is there a better board for this than the Z370 Pro at $99.95? I could go up to the $125 range or so. But not much over that. I know the Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 is a doggy little CPU these days, so anything is pretty much gonna shine over it, even the Intel i3-8000. And I can upgrade the CPU to i7-xxxx as necessary, which seems like a good option.
Any feedback on the MoBo upgrade will be appreciated.
The x370 board looks pretty similar to the 370-A pro, does sli, has slots for two GPU's ... so all that is good.
Are there any real pluses to the AMD path compared to the Intel in function or price? Or bang for buck?
I am going to try and move my old system to a new motherboard ... will moving from Intel board to AMD pose real problem compared moving to another Intel based processor?
Something like that maybe? I don't know. I am milking your budget a little with that though. Dig around and see what you come up with. Choose the blue or red team, either way, it is up to you. :P
PS: What other parts do you have?
So I will be getting the MoBo, the CPU, and 8 or 16 gig of ram, prolly the cheapest of whatever DDR4 I can find, Crucial is my guess.
One of the things I'm looking at is quiet. So I want something I can put super quiet fans on. When I am recording sound the tower will be in the same room and I don't want it adding noise, if possible. I can use a sound gate to help with that, but better if it isn't there to start with.
While playing around with the mining thing, I got to try EVGA's 1070Ti that came with liquid cooling and liked that. But a bit noisy for this job. Still, sweet job of running cooler than my other cards.
If I get to do any video editing and rendering, I'll probably be looking for software that can use the dual GPU's to carry some of the load. I think Adobe has something out that will do that. But that is future stuff ... maybe. I just want to leave the door open for it.
The B450 board looks interesting and I love the price. But the X370 seems to have some sort of siren call, dunno why. Think I will go ahead and snag the processor you recommended now.
Thank you for sharing your insights. Do appreciate it.
So taking my old mining rig apart and preparing to move the PSU and two GTX 1070Ti (FE style) to the Cosair case will be coming soon. The new MoBo and processor should arrive in 2 to 3 days. So now I'm hunting ram. Probably only 8 gig (2x 4gb) because of my indulgence in the MoBo.
Crucial 4GB DDR4-2400 UDIMM @ $35.99
Crucial 8GB DDR4-2666 UDIMM @ $70.99
So it looks like 2x of DDR4-2400 will be the end of this spending spree. I did find some DDR4-2666 2x 8gb for around $115 or so. Patriot was the maker, but I don't have any experience with them.
And my other questions:
So, if you have the time, lets chat about SLI a bit. Not really worth it in terms of gaming is pretty much what I hear. So should I wait to install the 2nd GTX1070Ti until I need it for rendering? Or would installing it but disabling it on Windows Devices for the time being be okay? Or does it just not make much difference with SLI on or off and just turn on and use it for whatever I am doing?
I want to run multiple monitors, which before I ran from a single GPU. If I do install 2 GPU's and have them both running, do both the monitors still run off the primary GPU?
And lastly, I am tempted to run an HDMI cable to my TV, a Sony Bravia X700D for big screen gaming. (Note, I said gaming, not winning.) The TV is about 8 to 10 feet away from the mid-tower desktop. So that will end up being a 3rd monitor, I guess? So 3 monitors off the primary GPU?
B) I think you can use all outputs on both GPUs which I think answers your question. 😛
What is this RX-2x00 vs RX-2x00G/GE? I found some explanations on the web, but still pretty uncertain of what they mean, which is preferable and where to go ... I am looking at DDR4-2666 and DDR4-3000 but in 4gb sticks.
Thank you very much for swatting the display questions so succinctly! Well done, Blackhawk! And the CPU and motherboard sound pretty zoomy! First new MoBo I've had in over a decade. Sweet! (Well, save the mining motherboard ... for sale cheap ... hah hah hah!)
Found this from Patriot: DDR4-3000