Posts in Category: guides

Building a PC with the Ryzen 5 1500X and 1400

This week, AMD released its exciting new Ryzen 5 series of CPUs, which includes two 6-core models (the 1600X and 1600) and two 4-core models (the 1500X and 1400). These new CPUs are giving Intel’s offerings some serious competition in the mid-range CPU space.

Yesterday, we put together some builds for the 6-core 1600X and 1600, and today we’ll be doing the same for the 4-core 1500X and 1400.

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Building a PC with the Ryzen 5 1600X and 1600

The 6-core Ryzen 5 1600X and 1600 are an interesting pair for PC builders.

For both gaming and content creation, having a 6-core/12-thread CPU for the $220-250 price point is excellent. As such, we’re going to create two powerful example builds to give you an idea for what you can make yourself.

The 1600X and 1600 can be used interchangeably with the two builds, so feel free to swap as you see fit!

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$1,150 Workstation/Gaming PC with the Ryzen 7 1700

R7 1700

To celebrate the release of the Ryzen 7 1700, we’ve put together an example PC build that will get the most out of AMD’s new CPU. With an insanely low TDP of 65W for an 8-core CPU, this should be an interesting one!

This PC is excellent for many workstation applications, such as video editing, and it’s even a very good gaming PC. Below are parts recommendations, along with budget options or more powerful alternatives. The standard build totals $1,150.

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Types of VRAM Explained: HBM vs. GDDR5 vs. GDDR5X

Video RAM: What’s the difference between the types available today?

SEC VRAM - Different Kinds of VRAM Explained—HBM vs. GDDR5 vs. GDDR5X

Some Samsung VRAM

All graphics cards need both a GPU and VRAM to function properly. While the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) does the actual processing of data to output images on your monitor, the data it is processing and providing is stored and accessed from the chips of VRAM (Video Random Access Memory) surrounding it.

Outputting high-resolution graphics at a quick rate requires both a beefy GPU and a large quantity of high-bandwidth VRAM working in tandem. For most of the past decade, VRAM design was fairly stagnant, and focused on using more power to achieve greater VRAM clock speeds.

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The Ultimate 21:9 Ultrawide PC Build Guide

Now this is how we do it…

Support for Ultrawide resolutions has grown immensely in the past few years, and is now to a point where it is generally a viable choice for a majority of users — both for work and play. For workstations, 21:9 is much like having dual monitors, but without the bezel. In this guide we’ll be targeting three different price points and recommending a different monitor for each — all Ultrawide. All prices include the price of the monitor. Commence the 21:9 build guide!

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New Guide: Building a PC for Battlefield 1

James

Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1 will be releasing on PC Oct. 21st. And with great visual quality comes semi-great hardware demands.

Can your PC handle Battlefield 1? Are you looking to build a PC or upgrade to one that can run BF1 the way it’s meant to be played? Check out our new PC build guide: Building the Best PC for Battlefield 1.

If you have any questions about the hardware requirements for Battlefield 1, or if you have any suggestions for other game build guides, let us know in the comments!

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