Guru3D Spring 2020 PC Buyers Guide

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    It has been around 4-5 months since the last version of this guide, and the world is very much a changed place since then. The pandemic of the SARS-COV-2 / COVID-19 virus has thoroughly left its mark ...

    Guru3D Spring 2020 PC Buyers Guide
     
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  2. jbscotchman

    jbscotchman Ancient Guru

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    Very nice article, great information. I really hope AMD releases a whole lineup of RDNA 2 soon because if they don't I fear Nvidia prices could be even higher.
     
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    An Overkill Build

    ... The amount of horsepower you can get on mainstream systems in 2019 is truly astonishing....
     
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    Thanks for your continued great suggestions and testing of hardware. Appreciated :)
     

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    AMD is mass building RDNA2 chiplets right now for the Xbox and PS5. That massive production scale will help them having a large picking for ultra high end, high end, medium end, lower end. So I surely expect cards based on them to appear soon as production already started.
     
  6. IchimA

    IchimA Maha Guru

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    Question for reviewer !
    Can increasing RAM from 16 Gb 3600 CL18 to 32 Gb 3600 CL18 increase the FPS even by a little !? Or one should go for lower CL ? I am debating if adding more ram will be beneficial !? ( all this on a medium lvl build like mine )
     
  7. buhehe

    buhehe Master Guru

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    It depends on the apps you run.

    If you are RAM starved, more RAM will be more beneficial. Otherwise a lower CL will be better.
    Although to be honest -2 CL isn't a huge deal anyway.
     
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  8. Kaarme

    Kaarme Ancient Guru

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    Lower CL is better. CL is latency.
     
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    Thunk_It Master Guru

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    Hilbert I always appreciate these buyers guides. Many thanks for taking the time to create and post this one!
     
  10. Abomlol

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    Excellent guide! I had a Microcenter employee help me optimize a mid-range build. He knew everything and was hunting deals for me. Ended up with an R5 3600, 5600XT, DDR4 3600, 550 Bronze, AsRock B450M Pro. Literally almost the exact same mid-range build you have in this guide.
     

  11. hijodeosiris

    hijodeosiris Member Guru

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    offtopic: Let´s be honest, 2020 is cancelled, it just feels like on of those dreams that you wake up but you are still dreaming!!!.
    So to name it as mainstream systems in 2019 feels ok to me; 2020, please just end and hopefully 2021 will be better to relate things to.

    on: With the same sort of tone, 2020 will have very little to offer, and people are getting more concerned for surviving than buying stuff, just very few privileged like us can think on such mundane stuff, so I guess is, again, ok to call it mainstream systems in 2019.
     
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    Robbo9999 Maha Guru

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    Yeah, PC tech world is a snore at the moment, on hold.

    Will be interesting to see if anything really gets released this year, it was supposed to have done.
     
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    buhehe Master Guru

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    oops, brain fart, cheers :)
     
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    thesebastian Member Guru

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    Very nice article. Good job and thanks!
     
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    vbetts Don Vincenzo Staff Member

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    Scaling is a whole different issue though. Most games at least even memory intensive ones won't have a huge difference from say cl16 to cl14, maybe 1-2 fps or so.

    Also CL16 kits are super cheap, and a dime a dozen right now.
     

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    Just upgraded my GTX1070 to a 2070S I wavered between the 5700XT and the 2070s but ultimately went with the 2070S because of the novelty of the RTX cores. I know it's kinda silly to buy a current card for either Nvidia or AMD right now but I had to buy something because I could not let 500$ sit in my account untouched by the wife :D. Stimulus check FTW
     
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    HybOj Member Guru

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    Thanks for the article, its well though out. Yes this year will be slow I think... I will personally think twice before any purchase. And that gtx970 of mine - believe it or not - still holds pretty nicely for 60fps gaming. With r5 3600 and 16gigs 3333mhz ram I will just wait for a next gen of GFX cards and than most likely buy RX 5700 XT anyway on sale :)
     
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    Embra Maha Guru

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    Great read! Thank you team Guru3d!
     
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    Wasn't it something like 3000Mhz CL14 = 3200Mhz CL15 = 3600Mhz CL16 ?
    I found a set of G.Skill 32GB 3600Mhz CL16 pretty cheap, so that is what I'm going to use with my R7 3700X, the 2 sticks are also confirmed to run on the Crosshair VII Hero.
    Did go for X470 over X570 cause of that annoying little fan, plus I doubt that there is any benefit having PCI-E Gen.4 for a while, the drives supporting it don't really push the envelop and graphics cards can still push quite some out of gen.3.
     
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    HybOj Member Guru

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    PCIe 4.0 is intended for the storage mostly...
     

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