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    Posted: 10 Nov 2021 at 1:34am
Budget:   $2400.00

Expectations:
Hoping for a viable gaming rig able to comfortably play New World at 1440p / 144hz. Other games on my radar are Path of Exile 2 and Diablo 4.

Special Needs:
32 GB RAM, support for three monitors. One at 1440, two at 1080

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Zero brand loyalty. No interest in bling. Only function.

Are my expectations too high for my budget or is this doable?
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Nov 2021 at 4:13am
Your expectations are a bit of a stretch. I can set you up, but you won't be cutting edge. You WILL have an easy upgrade path to a very strong machine if you need/choose after awhile:

https://www.digitalstorm.com/configurator.asp?id=4165602

This is NOT a gimped machine. The Slade saves you the most money. The AMD Ryzen 5600X is a highly respected and capable CPU for gaming on a budget. It will hold back nothing for several years to come, but it may not have the longevity of a 5800X. If ever you need it, a more powerful Zen 3 proc will fit the same motherboard. The motherboard upgrade is a bit extra for only $28.

32GB of RAM costs $140, and will not be necessary strictly for gaming for several years. But it's in there. RAM is about the easiest upgrade one can do.

The 500GB 980 PRO is a must for your primary drive. It IS cutting edge, and about 12x faster reading data than than any of the DS branded SSDs.

There must be a small compromise at GPU. The 3060 Ti is just a mite less powerful than an RTX 3070 (less than 10%).

https://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-RTX-3070-vs-Nvidia-RTX-3060-Ti/4083vs4090

It will hit fps well above 60 in almost everything, so playability is not an issue. You might wish to dial back a setting or two in demanding games for higher framerates, but that will be rare. It is widely and often said that the difference between Ultra and High makes very little visual difference in games but can boost fps. There is an Nvidia tech that makes up a lot of difference. Called Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS), it can enhance visuals at higher resolutions:

https://www.maketecheasier.com/what-is-nvidia-dlss/

There is no need to bust the budget for a great gaming experience. The GPU will not have a problem running 3 monitors. If at any time in the future you find yourself wanting more, know we may be just 9 months or less from a new line from Nvidia. That being the case, it is not effective to overspend the kind of money demanded today when we are this close to GPUs that will solidly outperform these at lower prices.

This is doable. Hope it helps.   
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Awesome writeup Thanks for your consideration and detailed explanations. I'll give it a thorough read through later once I've had some sleep. maybe try to squeeze a bit more into my budget.
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  Quote Onkel_Ken Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Nov 2021 at 12:56pm
xKogenx,

Cretae is a great source for knowledge in the Digital Storm Forum. He gave me good advice when I needed it on the new build I am waiting for. I can guarantee you that he will assure that you have the best build for the money you have available to invest.

Another key aspect is that he is aware of which components allow the most integrated speed among themselves so that you get the best bang for the buck.

Several people in the Forum provide great well considered advice and are confirmed Digital Storm customers themselves.

I think he has steered you in the right direction but as always it is your money and your new gaming machine on which to make that most important decision.


   
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  Quote JamesAstro Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 12 Nov 2021 at 9:45am
Originally posted by xKogenx

Hoping for a viable gaming rig able to comfortably play New World at 1440p / 144hz. Other games on my radar are Path of Exile 2 and Diablo 4.


For what it's worth, I wouldn't focus too much on trying to reach 144 Hz unless you know that you're capable of seeing a difference at that higher frame rate. I did some tests on my own machine, and for me it's really hard to perceive any difference between 100 Hz and 144 Hz.
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 15 Nov 2021 at 3:38am
That's actually worth quite a lot. We already established in other posts that JamesAstro has above average visual abilities IMHO. if he says there's little to see beyond 100fps, I believe it.   
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  Quote Onkel_Ken Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 15 Nov 2021 at 10:52am
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  Quote JamesAstro Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 15 Nov 2021 at 11:11am
I should do this test again, and see if I can tell the difference between 80 Hz and 100 Hz.
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  Quote Onkel_Ken Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 15 Nov 2021 at 4:58pm
JamesAstro,

Do the test again for us.

After 3 Glaucoma surgeries I sure couldn't tell!

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