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General Discussion / Re: Gigabyte B450 Aorus Elite and AMD Ryzen 5 2600x build
« Last post by JimG on August 20, 2019, 08:09:07 PM »
Thanks for clarifying the options.  Upgrading the $500 PC sounds like a good idea.
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General Discussion / Re: Gigabyte B450 Aorus Elite and AMD Ryzen 5 2600x build
« Last post by Ari Altman on August 20, 2019, 06:50:29 PM »
I want to build a computer to use for a small business spreadsheets, letters, tax returns, etc.
I will not be playing any video games.
Do I need a graphics card or can I use the motherboard graphics with this combination:
AMD   Ryzen 5 2600X w/ cooler
Gigabyte B450 Aorus Elite?

Hi, Jim, and welcome to the TBG Forum!

There actually isn't any graphics capability built into the 2600X, so yes, you need a video card. You can use a less expensive one than what's in some of the current midrange PCs on TBG, like the Radeon RX 5700. For example, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 would be a great choice at $150, and offers plenty of 4K-capable DisplayPort connectors, meaning you won't be limited down the line with regard to monitor upgrades. Cheaper cards (<$100) typically have just one HDMI and one DVI, neither of which is ideal for modern monitors.

If you want to build on a strict budget, your best option is to go for the $500 Home Office PC, potentially upgrading from the Ryzen 3 2200G to the Ryzen 5 2400G. The "G" denotes that these have built-in graphics, meaning you don't need a video card. This system is truly ideal for the type of tasks you listed. They'd be less ideal for something like video production or Photoshop work.
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General Discussion / Gigabyte B450 Aorus Elite and AMD Ryzen 5 2600x build
« Last post by JimG on August 20, 2019, 05:51:29 PM »
I want to build a computer to use for a small business spreadsheets, letters, tax returns, etc.
I will not be playing any video games.
Do I need a graphics card or can I use the motherboard graphics with this combination:
AMD   Ryzen 5 2600X w/ cooler
Gigabyte B450 Aorus Elite?
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The HTPC Build / Re: Video Card Option for High End HTPC
« Last post by gaspic on August 19, 2019, 05:27:31 AM »
Thanks Ari!
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The Home Office PC Build / Re: Dual Monitor Compatibility
« Last post by Ari Altman on August 16, 2019, 02:48:57 PM »
I'm using a Sceptre and an HP, with both connected through HDMI. And I don't know if this means anything but when I do connect the computer to one monitor with HDMI port 1, for example, and I try to switch to the other HDMI port while the computer is on, the monitor will not work anymore.

OK, so to confirm, you have two monitors, and both use HDMI, correct? Have you attempted to boot up the computer with first the Sceptre and then the HP to ensure that both actually work on HDMI Port 1? I understand that you can't then switch to HDMI port 2, but can you boot either monitor on HDMI Port 2?

If you continue to have trouble, I will simply go ahead and test the Gigabyte B450 I motherboard I have in one of my test systems. That's one of the advantages of my recommending products I actually have!
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The Home Office PC Build / Re: Dual Monitor Compatibility
« Last post by Julius S on August 16, 2019, 02:34:39 PM »
I'm using a Sceptre and an HP, with both connected through HDMI. And I don't know if this means anything but when I do connect the computer to one monitor with HDMI port 1, for example, and I try to switch to the other HDMI port while the computer is on, the monitor will not work anymore.
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The Home Office PC Build / Re: Dual Monitor Compatibility
« Last post by Ari Altman on August 16, 2019, 02:29:13 PM »
I've hooked up two monitors and it's still only detecting one monitor. What can I do to fix this?

Can you specify what two monitors you are using, and how you are connecting them? If you are using adapters to go from digital to analog, for example, it may not work.
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The Home Office PC Build / Re: Dual Monitor Compatibility
« Last post by Julius S on August 16, 2019, 02:28:18 PM »
I've hooked up two monitors and it's still only detecting one monitor. What can I do to fix this?
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The HTPC Build / Re: Video Card Option for High End HTPC
« Last post by Ari Altman on August 16, 2019, 01:12:28 PM »
Hi There - I am about to start ordering components for the high end system.. I can save about $40 by going with the ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6 192-bit Gaming Graphics Card Super Compact - ZT-T16610F-10L over the EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti SC Ultra Gaming....

Is the EVGA card worth the extra bucks?

Thanks!

The reason that the EVGA GTX 1660 Ti SC Ultra is recommended is specifically because of the form factor. It's reference-height, and the GD05 has very little clearance in the height axis. And in the US, the EVGA model is only $10 more than the Zotac GTX 1660 Ti, and offers a bigger factory overclock. With that said, you should be OK with the Zotac, which appears to be the same height.
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The HTPC Build / Re: New HTPC build for Plex
« Last post by Ari Altman on August 16, 2019, 11:24:43 AM »
Just an FYI on Plex...

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/296742-plex-announces-new-desktop-app-leaves-htpcs-behind

Gaspic - I saw the news yesterday - thanks for posting for others to read. I do think that we're at a turning point for HTPCs. Other than for use with legacy media and high end games, streaming devices and built-in TV apps are changing the landscape.
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