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  1. #1
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    Apr 2020

    Looking for input & advice on my upgrades

    Hi all,

    I'd like input on an upgrade I'm doing to my current rig. Also looking for advice on whether to use my Asus Xonar DX because this board doesn't have the PCIe x1 in same spot, and I would have to put it in PCIex16_2 slot. Also whether I can use both M2 slots by putting an older Intel NVMe card for an emergency backup (will explain).
    But here's my current specs & what I'm switching over to:

    Thermaltake Core V21 case
    Asus Maximus VIII Gene motherboard -> replacing it with Asus Z490-G Gaming Wi-Fi
    Intel i5 6600 (overclocked 31%) -> replacing it with Intel i7 1070 (overclock tbd)
    Corsair H100 V2 water Cooler -> replacing it with Corsair H100i Elite
    16GB ram (G.Skill TridentZ DDR4 3200) -> replacing it with Corsair Vengence LPX 32GB (2×16G)
    Asus RTX2080 video card
    Corsair LE SSD 480GB (2X) ->Adding one WD Black SN750 1TB NVMe
    Windows 10 64bit Home edition
    Triple Asus monitors
    Samsung Odessey+ VR headset

    So this PC is strictly for race simulation & flight sims only. Any thoughts on what challenges I may be faced with?



  2. #2
    ROG Enthusiast Array Banditt1976 PC Specs
    Banditt1976 PC Specs
    MotherboardASUS ROG STRIX X570-E Gaming
    ProcessorAMD Ryzen 9 5900X @ 4700 MHz
    Memory (part number)G.SKILL TridentZ RGB F4-4000C17-8GTZR 32 GB @ 4000 MT/s CL16
    Graphics Card #1ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 3070 Gaming OC @ 2070 MHz Boost Clock
    MonitorLG UltraGear 27GL850-B 27" QHD 144 Hz
    Storage #1Samsung 980 Pro 1 TB PCIe 4.0
    Storage #2Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB PCIe 3.0
    CPU CoolerThermalTake Floe DX RGB 360 mm AIO Liquid Cooling
    CaseCorsair 5000X RGB ATX Mid-tower
    Power SupplyASUS ROG STRIX 850W Fully Modular
    Keyboard SteelSeries APEX 5 RGB
    Mouse Logitech M500 Laser Mouse
    Mouse Pad SteelSeries QCK PRISM RGB Gaming
    Headset/Speakers Bose Companion 5
    OS Windows 10 Pro
    Network RouterNetgear Nighthawk X4S R7800
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    Mar 2021

    Other than the limited cooling options you are going to have with that case, all the hardware you are upgrading looks like it should work good together.

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    ROG Guru: White Belt Array AS185 PC Specs
    AS185 PC Specs
    Laptop (Model)Lenovo Y700-17ISK
    MotherboardZenith Extreme
    ProcessorAMD 1950X
    Memory (part number)8 x G Skill F4-3200C16D-32GTZKW @ 2666MHz
    Graphics Card #1Nvidia Titan RTX
    Sound CardIntegrated SupremeFX
    MonitorMSi G27C4
    Storage #16 x PNY 2TB XLR8 CS3030
    Storage #23 x 1TB Crucial MX500
    CPU CoolerThermaltake Water3.0 Ultimate
    CaseCorsair Obsidian 900D
    Power SupplyCooler Master MasterWatt Maker 1200W
    Keyboard Razer Ornata Chroma
    Mouse Razer Mambe TE / Logitech USB TrackMan Wheel
    Mouse Pad steelseries Cyberpunk 2077 edition
    Headset/Speakers Logitech Z-5300e
    OS Windows 10 Home x64
    Accessory #1 Asus Hyper M.2 X16 Card V2
    Accessory #2 Asus DIMM.2 card in slot
    Accessory #3 KingMod Corsair 900D Silencing Kit
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    Feb 2020

    The Z490-G has an PCIe x1 slot underneath the first PCIe x16 slot. You could install the Xonar DX there. I'm thinking that the sound card could be still better than the onboard sound although it does have DTS Sound Unbound. I guess you will have to figure that out yourself on which sounds better
    Other than that the upgrade looks good.

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