I am considering a new PC build.

2ManyGuns

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I have not built a new PC in a while. I am still using an original I7 970! With a Gigabyte X58A-UD7 Mainboard, multiple Velociraptors, NVidia GeForce GTX 970. I recently replaced the PS with a quality 80+ 1000W unit. In reality I just surf the net. Back in the day I participated heavily in Distributed Computing Projects, Seti@Home, Folding@Home and the ECCP-109 challenge. I was lucky in the ECCP-109 project to find half of the key. I may get back into gaming, who knows, or if any DCP's are still going on I may return those.

I plan to reuse my current case, just replace and update the fans. I have not kept up with tech, TECH-IMO no longer exists, ars technica is still around and I remembered my old ID and password.

I guess my basic questions are which CPU is currently in the lead Intel or AMD, mainboard and drive recommendations.

Any help and/or suggestions are appreciated.
 

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If you want to do a lot of work, the new AMD 5k series are gonna blow away the Intel stuff. 5900X is their new top tier with 12 core/24threads. Iirc it clocks 4.2 on all cores. See below regarding clock speeds on AMD vs Intel. I think there is a 5950X also, but that’s a big price jump and not gonna be in the common purchase category.

For gaming, it looks like the 5k series is pretty close with Intel 9900k and 10k series processors. Intel leads in click speed but AMD seems to be making up the difference in how fast it can access data. Don’t understand it all, but the bench tests are out there and AMD is on par. Not necessarily the same for those who plan to OC and intel CPU to the edge of life. AMD overclocking doesn’t typically gain much.

On GPUs it’s Nvidia 3k series vs Radeon 6K. Nvidia has the ray tracing but Radeon has better Vram numbers. So depending on application they trade blows pretty well. Radeon 6800XT matches the RTX3080. The 6900XT doesn’t have a ton of data out that I’ve seen but should be top tier for many applications where ray tracing doesn’t apply or if you simply don’t care. Nvidia seems to hold a slight edge at 4K while Radeon is ahead at 1080p and 1440. This may change with driver updates though.

Recommend X570 MoBo for AMD CPUs. No idea for Intel.

Nvme M.2 for storage.


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For budgets, you could build on some of the 3k series AMD CPUs. Nothing wrong with them and will be lots of them hitting the market cheap as people upgrade to the 5K series over the next few months.


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Sam's right. Component shortages among the supply chain are making it really difficult right now. What's your budget? I might know one or two things about computers and building them =)


CPU - AMD Ryzen 7
Board - Any AMD AM4 chipset should be fine. X570 has all the nifty features. X470 won't be a detriment to you.
Drive - Solid State Drive. Any M.2 Drive should serve you. I usually use Samsung, but I'm sure most companies are fine
GPU - good luck finding one for a reasonable price
RAM - 32 GB is, in my belief, the new minimum for a gaming rig.
PSU - At this point I'd only buy from Seasonic this is the most important part of the system.
 

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I have an unopened 1000W Corsair RM1000x 80+ Gold PS that should work, unless plug layouts have changed, my spare PS in case of need.
Rails are +3.3V@25A, +5V@25A, +12V@83.3A, -12V@0.8A, +5VSB@3A

I can use my current video card for a while, I have a 1 TB Samsung SSD that I was going to install in my laptop, but never did, and 6 Velociraptors for mechanical storage, may not be SSD's but for storage of photos and such would be acceptable, mirror the drives for redundancy. I am not doing any kind of editing.

I may just convert from mechanical drives to mirrored SSD's, it would be the best bang for now, I think.
 

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I have an unopened 1000W Corsair RM1000x 80+ Gold PS that should work, unless plug layouts have changed, my spare PS in case of need.
Rails are +3.3V@25A, +5V@25A, +12V@83.3A, -12V@0.8A, +5VSB@3A

I can use my current video card for a while, I have a 1 TB Samsung SSD that I was going to install in my laptop, but never did, and 6 Velociraptors for mechanical storage, may not be SSD's but for storage of photos and such would be acceptable, mirror the drives for redundancy. I am not doing any kind of editing.

I may just convert from mechanical drives to mirrored SSD's, it would be the best bang for now, I think.

You can put the Raptor drives into RAID 5, but I don't think they'd equate to good SSD speeds. If you already have the Corsair RM1000 that's not a bad PSU at all. That puts you down to CPU, MB, GPU and RAM.
 

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I'm not really worried about SSD speeds, I have an EVO 850 1TB I never installed in my laptop, and an ICY-DOCK adapter, I think I will just clone my HDD to the SSD for now. I may do that tomorrow, rain expected. I have already d/l 'd the Samsung migration tool. I may just tinker with this. Back in the day I used to enjoy tinkering with tech stuff, when 1Ghz CPU's were new I ran 12 boxes for DC projects, I have lost interest, so sad.
 

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Shameless plug for my RTX-2080 TI FTW3 graphics card in the for sale section. 3 months ago it was in the top 1% performance wise worldwide. My new RTX3090 is 22% faster for $1900.26.
 
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