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PC Build to Compete with Xbox One X

How does the Xbox One X compare to a gaming computer?

 Xbox One X Specs:

CPU: 8 custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz

GPU: 40 customized compute units at 1172MHz

Memory: 12GB GDDR5

Hard Drive: 1TB 2.5-inch

Optical Drive: 4k UHD Blu-ray

Xbox One X

 

Things to remember:

On the Xbox One X, the hardware and software will be tightly integrated allowing the hardware to be fully optimized. The memory will be split up with not all going to the GPU but some will be used as the systems ram. The optical drive that comes with the Xbox is a top of the line piece of hardware that is truly impressive to be included.

Budget Version:

Type

Item

Price

CPU

AMD – Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor

$99.99 @ Amazon

Motherboard

ASRock – AB350 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard

$73.98 @ Newegg

Memory

G.Skill – Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3200 Memory

$105.99 @ Newegg

Storage

Western Digital – Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

$41.77 @ OutletPC

Video Card

PowerColor – Radeon RX 580 8GB Red Devil Video Card

$288.99 @ SuperBiiz

Case

DIYPC – P48-W ATX Mid Tower Case

$24.98 @ Newegg

Power Supply

EVGA – 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply

$41.39 @ OutletPC

Optical Drive

LG – WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer

$46.29 @ OutletPC

Total (before mail-in rebates)

$753.38

Mail-in rebates

-$30.00

Total

$723.38

You could save money on this build if you wanted to go with slower ram, ( Please Note: Ryzen processors do much better with faster memory). The issues you will find with this build will be the optical drive not being able to compete with the optical drive found on the Xbox. The Xbox drive is capable of reading 4k discs.

If you will run Windows on the computer that could run you another $100, or you can run any Linux distro for free.

Preferred build for budget 4k 30 fps

 

Type

Item

Price

CPU

AMD – Ryzen 7 1700 3.0GHz 8-Core Processor

$284.99 @ Amazon

Motherboard

ASRock – X370 KILLER SLI/ac ATX AM4 Motherboard

$123.98 @ Newegg

Memory

G.Skill – Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory

$189.80 @ Amazon

Storage

Samsung – 960 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive

$124.99 @ Amazon

Storage

Western Digital – Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

$41.77 @ OutletPC

Video Card

XFX – Radeon RX VEGA 56 8GB Video Card

$469.99 @ Best Buy

Case

DIYPC – P48-W ATX Mid Tower Case

$24.98 @ Newegg

Power Supply

EVGA – SuperNOVA P2 850W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

$103.98 @ Newegg

Optical Drive

LG – WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer

$46.29 @ OutletPC

Total (before mail-in rebates)

$1,465.77

Mail-in rebates

-$55.00

Total

$1,410.77

 

This build prices out to $1410 after mail in rebates which is almost $1,000 more than the Xbox One X. Plus add in if you want a Windows operating system and/or a better optical drive.

With a stronger 8-core, 16 thread Ryzen CPU you won’t find any CPU bottlenecks. This build also includes the new Samsung 960 M.2 drive offering much fast read and write speeds which will help loading times for games. Included in this build is the new AMD Vega 56 GPU offering a much smoother display especially when paired with a Freesync monitor.

KEY BUILD NOTES:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700
  • This CPU rocks a true 8 core processor with 16 total threads. You will not see any bottlenecking of the CPU with any games you can throw at it and if a game is optimized to use more cores then be ready to see this show its true power.
RAM: G.Skill – Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
  • Knowing Ryzen processors do much better with a higher speed ram we went with DDR4 – 32oo
  • We added another 8GB of ram to make it 16gb to make sure you won’t have any issues running games.
Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 SSD

With the drive capacity only being 250GB we would recommend running the OS on this drive as well as any games/ applications you mainly use. Anything else you can throw on the 1 TB spinning hard drive also included.

  • Max read/write speeds up to 3200/1500 MBps
Graphics Card: XFX – Radeon RX VEGA 56 8GB Video Card

AMD’s newest line of GPUs the VEGA series includes the 56 and 64 VEGA. This build includes the 56 version which is capable of running 4k with at least 30 fps.

Power Supply: EVGA – SuperNOVA P2 850W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

This build we went with a higher quality PSU that was certified platinum and fully modular allowing an easier build time and cleaner cable management.

The Verdict:

The Xbox One X is priced very well for the amount of power you’re getting. Pair it with a new 4k Freesync monitor and you will really be able to tell a difference. Some say the jump in resolution feels more like going from 480p to 720p rather than the last jump of 720p to 1080p.

 

Do you think you can build a better computer priced closer to $500 ? Let me know and show me what you got!

 

 

technology simple

How to be a Minimalistic Tech

Tech Fundamentals:

Well, let’s get right down to what you need to get some work done in this modern age of computer technology and social media. The answer is simple, you 

technology simple

need some functional hardware such as

  • Laptop
  • Smart phone
  • Tablet

You don’t necessarily need the fastest, the most powerful, the latest release, or the most expensive. Just something that works for you. Your budget will be a major factor in choosing your “work horse”.

Mobility:

If you’re planning on mobility, a lightweight laptop, tablet, or smart phone could be all you need. You can do a lot with an Android or iPhone. My iPhone is the one device I use the most, followed by my laptop.

There are a lot of people who do everything on their iPhone, it functions as their

  • Music Studio
  • Photography Workshop (camera/camcorder)
  • Podcasting Production
  • Research Tool
  • Email
  • Video conferencing interface
  • Reading device

That’s not a definitive list, many other creative uses exist and new applications are constantly being developed for all types of work, communication, and entertainment.

I appreciate using a laptop because of the more traditional typing and larger screen. It allows me to work with programs that are not supported by the smart phone or tablets – not that there aren’t alternative applications that could replace some of the PC based software. A lightweight laptop and iPhone are a great combination and often complement each other.

 

Preference:

macbook

I prefer to pair the iPhone with a Linux laptop running a lightweight distribution. A MacBook Pro is a nice alternative, but running Manjaro (Arch based) on a cheap low powered IdeaPad at about a tenth of the cost and accomplish just as much and often more. It can run Wireshark, Libre Office, and Thunderbird (for email) plus add in the command line and it’s all I usually need.

The command line on a computer is very useful, and I can use Mozilla to access web pages. Complement that with the iPhone (and all its available applications) and you’ve got a great set of tools to work with – without a huge financial investment. Linux gives you access to open source software and the iPhone gives you access to many great apps. You have a phone for communication, and a very powerful camera for Video and photo taking. What else do you really need? The creativity comes from the user. How you make use of what you have is often the most interesting part of any production.