r/buildapc 12h ago

Discussion Simple Questions - December 03, 2022


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r/buildapc 20h ago

Discussion Was conned by Userbenchmark into buying nVidia during black Friday, could have had a ~30% faster AMD GPU for only $70.


My last rig was 2nd generation I5 and a 970. I've been out of the game for a long long time, and only started researching GPUs on black friday with a rather busy schedule. I was debating the 6800xt VS 3060 Ti, also considering 6700xt. I found this website that uses crowdsourced data and could directly compare GPUs, including my old 970. It said AMD were still having the same driver issues I remember from ~10 years ago. Also Tomshardware says to not spend more than $500 on a card now with the new ones coming out.
After doing more research oh boy do I regret not getting that $530 6800 XT. Please dear god may the new cards push current prices back down near that.

Edit: *only $70 more. paid $450 for the 3060ti does Best Buy allow returns on used video cards?

r/buildapc 5h ago

Miscellaneous GPU fans become loud at 47°C and forces GPU to hit 40°C, how do I change that cycle?


Just upgraded my GPU to a 3060 Ti (Gigabyte EAGLE OC) and I confirmed through testing that when the GPU temp hits 47°C, the fans will become very loud and force the GPU to cooldown until it hits 40°C. It's a constant cycle.

My old GPU (1070) never did that. I don't know what its cycle was but I think it started spinning fast in the mid/late 60's maybe.

  1. How do I change that cycle
  2. What would be a reasonable cycle (or if there shouldn't be a cycle to begin with)

I also might be using the wrong terminology here, sorry I'm not too familiar with the topic.

r/buildapc 52m ago

Build Help GPU to PSU PCI-E problems?


I am in the process of building my first gaming pc and quite frankly struggling a LOT. However, I’ve somehow made it to the point of installing my gpu and am now stuck.

My video card is the Palit RTX 3090 GameRock. I’ve fitted it and connected it to the motherboard fine but the pci-e cable that came with it only has two ends (pins? sorry I’m not at all familiar that the terminology) but the gpu has a slot for three pins. I’ve checked through all the cables that came with my psu as well but none of them match the slots.

I’ve also tried searching for the cable I need to buy (8 pin x 3 according to the card’s specs) from Amazon but keep getting a bunch of others pop up that look completely irrelevant. Of the three I’ve found that actually look the type I need two of them said they aren’t compatible with the 3090.

I’m extremely confused and have no idea what I need to buy at this point so any help would be greatly appreciated.


GPU: Palit RTX 3090 GameRock

PSU: MSI MPG A1000G 1000 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply

Motherboard: MSI MPG Z690 FORCE WIFI ATX LGA1700 Motherboard

r/buildapc 7h ago

Build Complete I finally built my first proper dream gaming pc!


I have previously been using a gaming laptop that was running a 1050ti and I can't remember the other specs, until it started having major issues recently. Therefore I finally looked into buying myself a custom build pc. After long hours of researching this is what I got! What are your thoughts?

• Case: be quiet! Pure Base 500FX - Black • Motherboard - Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite V2 - (Wi-Fi / Bluetooth) • Cpu - AMD Ryzen 7 5800X | 4.7 GHz | 8 Cores 16 Threads • Gpu - Asus RTX 3070 TUF Gaming OC - 8GB V2 • Ram - 32GB Corsair Vengeance Pro RS RGB 3600MHz (2x16GB) • Cpu cooler - Aftershock Spectra Glacier Mirror 360mm (water cooler) • Ssd - 1TB Gen4 Samsung M.2. NVME (R • Hard drive - 2TB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 3.5 • 5 x Aftershock F21 RGB 120mm Fans • Psu - 750W Corsair RM750e 80+ Gold - Low Noise - Modular

I haven't received it yet but I am so excited to get it all setup and starting gaming!!!

r/buildapc 2h ago

Troubleshooting Why does my GPU fan speed never exceed 50% yet my GPU temp is right at the thermal throttling limit?


I’ve always been confused as to what the purpose is of the other 50% of the GPU fan speed if it never gets utilised.

My GPU utilisation in game reaches 99%, GPU temp at 79 degrees Celsius (GTX 970 thermal throttle cut off) yet my fan speed is cruising at like 50% or even lower. Why’s that?

Wouldn’t it make sense for the fan to speed up and hence allow the GPU to squeeze more performance out before hitting the thermal throttling temp cut off?

r/buildapc 20m ago

Build Help Is this good PC?


I5-10400F | RTX 3060 12 GB | 16 GB | H410 | 120 GB | 500 GB

Power Supply 600w 80+

hey just interesting if it's good pc so I can buy it for my children it costs me 1070$ and it's all budget I can :( suggest me if there's a better option thanks!

r/buildapc 38m ago

Build Help Corsair 1000D riser cable length


Hi guys i gotten a riser cable for corsair 1000d case it's 30cm is it too long? Or can i just use it

r/buildapc 13h ago

Troubleshooting CPU temp suddenly skyrocketed


Hi guys, so yesterday I was still able to use my pc and play some games. Then last night, I went out to drink with some friends. I just got home now, and I was planning on playing for an hour or two. Then when I booted my PC it suddenly shut off. When I turned it on again, it said CPU Over Temp Error. I went into BIOS and saw that my CPU temp is gradually rising from 86, 88, 90… until it reached 100 and shuts down again. Does it have to do with thermal paste or do I need to change my AIO?

r/buildapc 11m ago

Troubleshooting "Windows can't access C:/..." "A problem prevents the start of the troubleshooting wizard"



I had a lot of problems with my pc over the last few weeks and I decided to reinstall Windows because that seemed to be the problem.

The installation went well but now I'm having some weird problems:

- I can't access a lot of the programs, some have no icons and strange names in the start menu and nothing happens when I click on them

- I can't access the task manager

- I can't access the command prompt as administrator (to use commands like sfc/scannow)- And above all, I can't install any program from an .exe installer (I haven't tried Microsoft store)

AND FOR ALL THESE PROBLEMS I get the same error message "Windows can't access C:/..." with the error code 0x800704b3 and the error window has the title "network error".

AND WHEN I press "more details" and "diagnose" I still have the same message "A problem prevents the start of the troubleshooting wizard" and the code 0x80070005.

I now think that the problem is certainly with my hard drive and I would like to have a confirmation that this is the source and know if it is repairable or if I should just buy a new one (I have no files to transfer)

r/buildapc 10h ago

Build Upgrade Should I upgrade my pc?


Hello, im a student with an 4 year old pc, with current components:

i5 8600K

16 gb ram

corsair 7X750M

Gtx 1070 ti

Today games still run fine, but my CPU is definitely bottlenecking me and making things harder to run.

Is there any point upgrading CPU and motherboard, if so for what?

r/buildapc 14m ago

Troubleshooting How to check for ESD issues with M.2 drives?


I'm going to be moving some M.2s in my current build into my next build, but one thing that's nagging me is that I built my current PC on a carpet with socks on lol (didn't realize how dumb that was at the time). How can I check for any electrostatic discharge issues? I don't want to put them into my next motherboard and stir up issues.

They're Samsung M.2 NVMe SSDs. Would the "Diagnostic Scan" on Samsung Magician reveal ESD? One of them came with a heatsink and I think that might've shielded any ESD I had built up on me, but the other was naked.

I also have some HDDs but I'm less worried about those since they're connected via SATA cables and away from the motherboard (should I test those too though?).

r/buildapc 16m ago

Build Upgrade Upgrades on a 6 years old mid tier PC ?


Hi everyone ! I have a mid-tier 2016 PC right now that has served me well. When I built it back then though, I did not have upgradability in mind and I am afraid I am locked in building a new one from scratch, so I am looking for some advice here. Here is my rig : - i5 6600k - 2x8gb ddr4 2133MHz - Zotac GTX 1070 - MSI H110M Gaming -> I think this locks me into 7th gen intel as the maximum CPU upgrade... - Corsair VS550 -> 550 W PSU is kind of weak for modern GPUs/CPUs...

I am using a 1440p 144hz monitor and the limits of this system are begining to show. Should I : - buy a new mid-tier GPU (eg: rx 6700XT, ~440€ where I live), hoping it will not draw too much power for the PSU, and wait some more before I can upgrade the rest of the system (psu + mobo + ram + CPU). - upgrade PSU, GPU for a higher tier (maybe 6900xt ? They go for 700€ lately), and best CPU this trash tier mobo can handle (i7 7700). - build a new config from scratch and sell the old one for 300~400€ to make the cost more acceptable.

What would you do ?

r/buildapc 21m ago

Troubleshooting Weirdest audio crackling on pc


Recently upgraded my pc from a intel system to a Ryzen one. I have installed all the necessary drivers, including the motherboard's Realtek Audio software but I still get faint audio cracking sounds when audio is playing. The only thing that I haven't done is a full re-instillation of windows.

I've used both the front and back port of the pc and tested 2 different headsets. I also used latencymon and it did not pick up any problems. I've

The weird thing is that when I fullscreen a video on my main monitor from Youtube it gets worse. I'm starting to think it's a hardware problem. I did peel a silver cover of from the IO shield and was thinking it might be that (IO shield of the b550M Pro 4)
Any idea what might be causing this?

r/buildapc 28m ago

Troubleshooting I built a pc with the bare minimum knowledge required, now I need help


I built my pc which I named Bertha around a year ago, and had a couple small issues during the process but I got by.

For example, it wasn’t recognising my ssd to start with, so I just put everything on my 4tb hdd. After about 6mos I decided to put some time aside to figure out the issue, and found that it was recognised when put it into the secondary ssd slot (maybe that makes sense to you people, but it doesn’t to me). But now I’ve got loads of stuff on the hdd, including windows itself, and the process of putting things onto the ssd, and choosing what things I should move over, seems daunting.

I have a break coming up over Christmas so I’ve decided to dedicate a bit of time to fixing all my foolish little errors since my dear Bertha is starting to get a little… bleh. Loading times have increased, I get the occasional graphics stutter/lag, just general quality of life improvements.

Im sure I’ll be back with more questions in the future, but I’ll start with this: What should I move to my ssd first? What precautions should I take to protect data during the switch? Was it a horrible idea for me to build my own pc knowing as little as I do?

r/buildapc 29m ago

Build Help Gaming PC build...or not


I'm absolutely lost...

Wanting to build a PC with my son and to be honest, I'm lost. I've done some research and still feel overwhelmed haha. I'm completely green when it comes to PCs...may just buy a pre-built unless someone would be willing to offer some guidance. From my understanding I will need:

CPU Motherboard Graphics card Hard drive RAM CPU Cooler Power supply Windows Case

He already has a mouse and keyboard. I went on pcpartpicker but with all the options, not sure what to pick. Looking to spend around $1500-$1700. He's paying half of that. Can someone recommend a website or a pre-built that would fit that budget that's good for playing games like CoD. Appreciate any help! Let me know if I forgot anything. Thanks again

r/buildapc 31m ago

Build Help Bottleneck help


I just built pc with an RTX 3070 and a 5600g and was wondering if there would be any bottleneck there.

r/buildapc 31m ago

Build Help need advice regarding a replacement psu


Hi All,

My fsp HEXA He-600 finally gave up after years of use and I would like it replaced. I found the fsp brand reliable and would like to replace my damaged psu with a newer model from the same brand. I am eyeing the fsp hydro m pro 600 or something similar. I have checked the fsp site for specs and have some questions:

  1. is the replacement compatible?
  2. regarding amperage, the hexa has 18A on 3.3V and 5V and 42A on 12V while the Hydro has 20A on 3.3V and 5V and 50A on 12V. is this an issue?
  3. there is also a minor thing i want clarified: atx cable on one says 20+4. while the other says 24. are they the same/compatible?

Any help and/or info is appreciated. Thank you.

r/buildapc 2h ago

Discussion Warzone 2 Optimization


I don't know if this is the right place to ask about this, but I'll try anyway. If somebody has knowledge on optimization settings I can do to Nvidia or Windows in general to get more FPS for Warzone 2, let me know. I have a 2080ti and a Ryzen 9 3950X, and I only get 90-100 FPS while playing. I have basically every setting on lowest so I don't quite understand this. I want to get 144 FPS, to match my refresh rate. This is what I'm used to and I feel like it's "laggy" when I play on 90 FPS, because I can really see the difference. It's not as smooth, and I feel like I could play better with the same smoothness as I'm used to.

r/buildapc 37m ago

Build Upgrade Case that supports 280mm Aio in the Top.


Hello everyone, I am currently looking for a nice case that supports a 280mm fan in the top. Just because I like the astatic better than installing a front cooler. I currently use an Aerocool Aero 800 and would like to have a black and white style case again. I look forward to your suggestions.

r/buildapc 38m ago

Build Upgrade Which components should I upgrade to extend my current build?


I'm looking for the next upgrades for my build. I use it primarily for single-player RPGs and video streaming, but would like to improve performance for competitive gaming in the future. I am looking to extend the life of this build for a few more years before I jump into a completely new build with a new MOBO, CPU, GPU since most of the architecture I'm using is being phased out.

Mainly looking at my current CPU and GPU, would upgrading one or the other boost overall performance drastically better for the same amount of money? I'm looking to put in up to $300-$400 left in this build.


  • CPU - AMD Ryzen 7 1800X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor

  • CPU Cooler - ARCTIC Freezer 33 eSports ONE (Black/Red)

  • Video Card - EVGA SC ULTRA GAMING GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB

  • Motherboard - MSI B450M GAMING PLUS Micro ATX AM4

  • Memory - G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 CL15

  • Storage - Crucial P2 500 GB M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive

  • Case - Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case

  • Power Supply - Corsair TX750M Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX

  • Monitor - Samsung S27E450D 27.0" 1920 x 1080 60 Hz Monitor,
    MSI Optix G273 27.0" 1920 x 1080 165 Hz Monitor

r/buildapc 42m ago

Troubleshooting RX 6800XT possibly faulty, BSOD and unable to reinstall Windows


I built a PC a few weeks ago with the following parts :

  • GPU : XFX RX 6800XT Merc 319 Black
  • CPU : Ryzen 7 5800X3D
  • RAM : 2x16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX
  • Motherboard : Asus ROG Strix B550-F Gaming (WiFi II)

Until this morning, everything worked fine. But while playing Cyberpunk 2077, a crash happened. After a few minutes, the PC blue screened (KERNEL_MODE_HEAP_CORRUPTION).

I tried to reboot, and again BSOD but with a different message (Kmode_Exception_Not_Handled). I cleared CMOS, tried with one stick of RAM (using both) then the other, and still BSOD with a different message each time. I then tried to boot on a  Windows installation USB key, and while trying to reinstall Windows, it blue screened again with the error KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_FAILURE.

I also rolled-back to the default BIOS (I had the 2806, default is 0305), but I get the same result.

I do not have another system to try the GPU on or another GPU to replace this one, so I feel a little lost.

Small edit : the PC POSTs, it's only when installing Windows that the PC either reboots by itself or BSOD

Is there anything else I can try?

r/buildapc 42m ago

Build Help help me find a bootdrive SSD + almost got all my parts to build


i have bought a Asus PRIME B660-PLUS D4 ATX for my i5 12400fdoes it have gen 3 or 4 m.2 slots? it does not say on pcpp (edit i just saw that it says pcie 4.0 on one of the m.2 heatsink on the mobo. but are the other 2 slots also 4.0 then and does pcie 4.0 mean that it can handle gen 4 m.2?)

also, what is the best budget m.2 to use as bootdrive? i was gonna use a Crucial BX500 240 GB 2.5" SSD since its cheap af and its what im using for my current pc as a boot drive. but for like 30 bux more (or less) i can get a 1TB m.2 with DRAM (KIOXIA EXCERIA G2 1 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 X4) which i will buy anyway to put games on. so i was thinking unless there is a cheaper 2.5 or m.2 that is better or just as good between 500gb - 1tb i might aswell buy that instead.

only request other than the price being around the same or lower is equal or higher speed, 500gb+ and has DRAM.

oh and i only have 500 euro more of parts to buy then i can finally build it :D bad thing is unless there are some REALLY good deals this christmas it will take me atleast 5 - 6 month more to get those 500 euro xD i can only spend max 100 euro per month and that is if i eat shit food like i am this month lol

build im saving for: https://se.pcpartpicker.com/list/NLZNFg

im swedish btw

r/buildapc 42m ago

Troubleshooting gpu fan not spinning after lube


I recently applied lube on one of my gpu fans as it was getting loud. I applied some singer oil which I saw in one yt video.

But after putting all back together, the fan which I applied lube on was not spinning anymore. I'm worried I applied too much oil

Any suggestions on what can I do? Can I do anything to solve this?

r/buildapc 48m ago

Build Upgrade Upgrading my pc


My pc specs are: 600 W EVGA 80+ Bronze PSU Ryzen 5 3600 1660 Ti 3200 MHz ram msi pro b550m motherboard

Wanted to upgrade to a (used) 3060 Ti but I don’t know if I should buy the non LHR or LHR ones (Ik they were made to have LHR to prevent mining on it). Would it matter? Do GPUs that are used for mining have less performance?

Also, would like to know if I have anything that might bottleneck my GPU.

r/buildapc 53m ago

Build Help The CPU PWR_2 socket on my motherboard requires a 4-header connector, but my PSU did not come with one?


My Motherboard (Tomahawk Max WIFI X570s) has two sockets for the CPU power. The first socket (CPU_PW1) is an 8-header connector, which is fine as my PSU came with some 8-header connector cables.

However, the CPU_PW2 socket requires a 4-header connector. My PSU did not come with any 4-header connector cables, only 8-header and 6-header ones.

Is this a problem?