Help me build my PC 2020 Catch All

I'm still with the 3070, but I did add a second NVMe, a 2TB. So looks like 3070/3080 and AMD/Intel plus the extra 32GB RAM are the primary differences.

But yours was less expensive I think.

I might have to cancel my Alienware order. They wait until the day it is supposed to arrive to tell me it is delayed a month.

Huh. They don't charge until it's built, but my time estimate was like 6 weeks and it was good. Must be the holiday season.

Probably more like supply chain issues. But it would have been nice if they told me when they knew they weren't going to make it instead of waiting until the day it is supposed to arrive.

Yeah, that's what's weird. They kept me up to date every time I checked the order, and up front too.

I chatted with someone who told me they would put an expedite on my order, but then I called the change config number and had them up the video card from a 3070 to a 3080. When I ordered, the 3080 option wasn't even there (I suspected it was because they weren't going to make any more) but it is there now, and if I have to wait, might as well get what I wanted. But now I need to wait until Jan 11th. Thankfully this is for my trips next year anyway so no rush (though I was going to VR on it which will have to wait).

That was the choice I made. I decided if I was waiting that long and paying that much, might as well get the 3080. My builds, I want something I can add to and change, that's going to last at least 5 years, and boy does this feel like it's going to fit the bill. It's a quiet screamer. I love it.

You are going to be happy, I suspect. Just throw your toughest games at it and watch it go nuts on Ultra settings. And make sure you have a G-Sync monitor (but you might want to bail on the HDR, it's not all that).

Well, it is a laptop so it probably won't be that good, my main rig will still do better but it will be great for trips and i will be able to do VR in any space instead of my tiny office.

The lasting 5 years bit is going to be a conundrum. Yes, the power we have available to us now is staggering. However, next gen hardware is going to make the 3080 look like the 2080 ti in 2020. And on the CPU side, you are going to have another shift in efficiency and power like ryzen 2000 to ryzen 3000, or ryzen 3000 to ryzen 5000. The only possible downside is increased power consumption.

So instead of being damned if you do and damned if you don't. It is blessed if you do and blessed if you don't.

That's why I bought something that is upgradeable, unless they throw out the entire PCI-E form factor. If that's the case, yeah, but... That's usually like a once in a decade or so.

Robear,

How long did your R10 take between "going into Production" and "Shipping" ?

Mine is supposed to ship on 11/29 but is still sat in "Order Confirmed".

After Kazar's delay, I'm now getting concerned that mine will be as well, which is a bit annoying as I delayed placing the order for nearly a week so that the delivery date would be when I'm home.

It was like 3 days in production, I think. Sounds like you are still on track? Hope so.

Well, it took 14 months in the queue, but EVGA finally notified me that I could purchase a 3080 FTW directly from them and I did the deed.

May whatever gods exist forgive me for spending this much money on a GPU. I think I need to go contribute some more to charity to assuage my conscience.

14 months! Unbelievable.

Mine was in the "in production" state since the placement of the order. I wish they gave more details on what is happening like waiting for part X or something.

peanut3141 wrote:

Well, it took 14 months in the queue, but EVGA finally notified me that I could purchase a 3080 FTW directly from them and I did the deed.

May whatever gods exist forgive me for spending this much money on a GPU. I think I need to go contribute some more to charity to assuage my conscience.

Feel free to ship your old card to me, whatever it was.

peanut3141 wrote:

Well, it took 14 months in the queue, but EVGA finally notified me that I could purchase a 3080 FTW directly from them and I did the deed.

May whatever gods exist forgive me for spending this much money on a GPU. I think I need to go contribute some more to charity to assuage my conscience.

Damn. I think I'm around there when I got in the queue. Will be surprised if I ever get there. I have this gorgeous 4K LG OLED TV/monitor that is not being utilized by my trusty 1080.

garion333 wrote:
peanut3141 wrote:

Well, it took 14 months in the queue, but EVGA finally notified me that I could purchase a 3080 FTW directly from them and I did the deed.

May whatever gods exist forgive me for spending this much money on a GPU. I think I need to go contribute some more to charity to assuage my conscience.

Feel free to ship your old card to me, whatever it was.

I would, but both my son and nephew need an upgrade in this hellscape of a GPU market. Should make for a nice early Christmas present.

Spur of the moment bought a Western Digital Gen 4 SD850 M.2 drive at best buy because it was a decent price for Black Friday. This would be replacing my old 2.5 Crucial SSD I've had since 2018, but after researching more about load times for gaming (which is 95% of what I use my PC for) there's hardly any difference. You guys think I should I keep it for future technologies that will take better advantage of it or return it and wait till later in the future to get the newest and greatest?

Put it in your PS5. It's faster than the Sony drive. Just put one in mine last week.

Hey everyone, I've been thinking of building a PC, but have never done this before, and don't know where to start. The closest thing I've ever done, to building a PC, is to replace the battery in my gaming laptop last year, which was a surprisingly intense process -- it did not pop out; I had to disassemble the case, and was low-key freaking out the whole time. For those of you with experience, where would you recommend that I begin?

LastSurprise wrote:

Hey everyone, I've been thinking of building a PC, but have never done this before, and don't know where to start. The closest thing I've ever done, to building a PC, is to replace the battery in my gaming laptop last year, which was a surprisingly intense process -- it did not pop out; I had to disassemble the case, and was low-key freaking out the whole time. For those of you with experience, where would you recommend that I begin?

I think the primary initial concern is that if you want to build you should look into how hard it is to get a graphics card and where those prices are at, and then decide from there if you still want to build on your own at all.

It's rough out there.

A lot of people are giving up and buying pre-built because it's the only even decently reliable way to get a good graphics card.

Thin_J wrote:
LastSurprise wrote:

Hey everyone, I've been thinking of building a PC, but have never done this before, and don't know where to start. The closest thing I've ever done, to building a PC, is to replace the battery in my gaming laptop last year, which was a surprisingly intense process -- it did not pop out; I had to disassemble the case, and was low-key freaking out the whole time. For those of you with experience, where would you recommend that I begin?

I think the primary initial concern is that if you want to build you should look into how hard it is to get a graphics card and where those prices are at, and then decide from there if you still want to build on your own at all.

It's rough out there.

A lot of people are giving up and buying pre-built because it's the only even decently reliable way to get a good graphics card.

Yup, get a pre-built unless you want to spend months trying to find a video card.

The nice thing with a pre-built desktop is you can upgrade it later and that'll give you some basic skills with building your own.

That said, any number of us can support you here, answer questions, if you want to build one yourself. The basic process is to identify the parts to purchase, buy them, establish a static-matted workspace at least 2x the size of the case, and read all the manuals about installation. Including all the BIOS options and warnings about parts orientation and such. Then, you put any loose fans and power supply in the case (if needed), mount and screw in the motherboard standoffs and then the board, then insert the CPU, RAM, put the cooler on the CPU (do that after the RAM in case it mushrooms out over the RAM), then put the video card in. Install and cable your SSDs/HDDs, making sure they are on the right busses, and stow the cables. Cable up the monitor, keyboard and mouse (save the fancy controllers for later). Then fire it up and see what error codes you get (hopefully none). Format the disks. You might have to load motherboard drivers from a disk. When it all works, you can boot from a Windows disk or SSD that you have already purchased (depending on whether you have a DVD player in the build or not). You can use an external DVD player for that too. You might also have to update drivers after loading Windows (or Linux).

Your first one could take up to four to six hours as you hesitate, discover errors and generally faff around. That's expected.

Windows install on bootable USB is the way to go now. Really enjoyed that this spring. Up and running in no time.

Also because Windows is dumb, install it with only the primary SSD attached. After it is installed and everything is confirmed working, attach any additional drives.

Thanks for the updates. You can tell I'm a bit out of date.

Black Friday (and a very old MSI Ghost Pro laptop) broke me and I ordered an NZXT Streaming Plus PC (which, apparently, has really no special streaming features). Feel free to NOT tell me if I’ve made a terrible decision.

https://nzxt.com/product/streaming-p...

Looks fine to me, 5000brians... whichever one of you wrote this...