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Friday, January 18, 2019
Bought a new computer - 2019 edition

I'm using this blog in part for myself as a journal of my computer and gaming life. As part of that, I always write a post when I buy a new computer. The last one of these posts was back in 2014. So it was time for a new PC, even if they don't age as fast as they used to. The new computer has the following specs:

Intel Core i7 9700K
Corsair Vengeange LPX DDR4 16GB 2133 Mhz RAM
Gigabyte Z390 motherboard
Geforce RTX 2070 graphics card
1 TB SSD hard drive as boot drive
2x4 TB SATA hard drive for data storage
DVD writer for the rare case of old software still coming on a disc
Corsair Obsidian Series 750D Full Tower Case

So, how much faster is that? Well, I'm using 3DMark as graphics benchmark. On the Fire Strike benchmark the 2014 PC with a Geforce 770 scored 7,500. When I installed a Geforce 970 in 2015, that went up to 9,950. And the new computer with the Geforce 2070 scores 20087. In other word, and I don't know in how far that is just a coincidence, there is a linear correlation between the number in the name of the Geforce graphics card and its 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark score.

In all honesty, I didn't really *need* a new computer, the old one was running all games I play perfectly fine. However my Windows 10 recently crashed, and I needed to reinstall everything anyway, so that removed one of the major arguments against buying a new PC. Might as well just install everything on a new computer. The other minor incident which made me think I might need a faster graphics card was pushing the button to "optimize graphics settings" in World of Tanks, and seeing that the software choose less than the prettiest options in order to run faster. I assume that now it will be able to run with highest graphics settings at good framerate. And this new PC is probably going to last at least another 5 years.

Do you feel the blood flowing faster now? All those hertz pumping adrenaline? That's a good configuration. Gratz. It's good to get a new powerful PC :)
Same case and motherboard I recently bought for an upgrade. You're obviously a genius since we agree on something.
Nice rig. Did you give any thought to a NAS instead of the local storage?
I have a 4 TB NAS as well, mostly using it for backup and data transfer.
While expensive, it's nice to have a properly current system when applying for Beta participation.

While I'm using a Z370 based motherboard, my current 8700K(5Ghz OC) is still serving me well, as is my 1080ti GPU(also overclocked). However, my Mobo manufacturer just released a new BIOS that will allow my Mobo to support the newer 9 series of Intel processors, so longevity has definitely been helped in that regard.

I don't know if you've considered an NVMe drive yet(you didn't indicate what type of SSD it was you had), but my 960 Pro allows Windows 10 to boot to the desktop in under 7 seconds, and game loading times are also wickedly fast with absolutely no texture thrashing issues.

But, nice system!
It's a Samsung 860 Evo M.2 SSD, with a SATA 6Gb/s interface, not NVMe interface. As far as I have read, the speed difference would be noticeable mostly for the transfer of larger files.
Time to pump some power into one of those 9034853 unplayed games in your Steam library!
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