/r/AMD’s thoughts on PC Build Posts?

1 : Anonymous2021/03/30 21:10 ID: mgq44o

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, in the last year, the subreddit has roughly doubled in size, in April 2020 we had around 400,000 subscribers and we are set to break 900,000 subscribers within a matter of weeks.

With this growth, we are seeing more and more posts regarding recommendations on what hardware to choose or people asking for /

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to recommend them an entire system.

Under the current rules, these posts are fine, but they often get heavily downvoted, reported and there are often comments telling these users to head to /

or /forme.

Please use this thread to give your thoughts on such posts, shall we continue allowing them, ban them and direct to the aforementioned subreddits, limit them to certain days — please discuss and share your thoughts here.

2 : Anonymous2021/03/30 21:21 ID: gsugkdx

Asking for an entire PC build is bit too much, there's other subs for that.

But asking for comparison or opinions about certain AMD hardware? That's legit. Sometimes it gets into worthwhile discussion on pros & cons vs competitor options.

ID: gsuurhb

Agreed. I'd rather not have to wade through build requests to find relevant information.

Keeping the subreddit clean from those posts (and in the appropriate other subreddits) should make getting information about AMD products all the more easier.

ID: gsuirgz

Agreed. If someone asks what coole

would be good for a given AMD CPU then that's fine.

But if someone asks for an opinion about an entire build that does seem too generic.

ID: gsx1nsn

I disagree. You can see these posts repeated ad infinitum per week, when a simple search will suffice.

Like... no, mate, you're not the first one to ask if you should buy a 5600X over a 3600. Or compared to whatever Intel gen at the time. There's like other 15 that did before you. Now multiply times all the possible variations of the question. Use the search.

A way to alleviate this would be forcing these to be in a pinned simple questions thread, or something similar.

3 : Anonymous2021/03/31 05:22 ID: gsvvh70

Comparison posts for a specific use case are ok imho. But "buy now or wait for X" posts are pure cancer

ID: gsx21xn

They're not okay either. The problem is that with an "specific use case", everyone thinks their use case is specific. It isn't.

If someone has a high-end, niche enough use, they already know the hardware they need. "I want to stream and game at the same time at X resolution" is not an specific use case. It's a bread and butter question.

4 : Anonymous2021/03/31 15:45 ID: gsxc15m

Simply direct them to

unless the question is very AMD specific.

5 : Anonymous2021/03/31 19:58 ID: gsy9jfw

Pretty sure most subscribed for AMD related discussion and not for PC building with AMD parts.

It's really annoying because there already are subs for that type of content.

6 : Anonymous2021/03/31 21:41 ID: gsymsnf

I come here for discussion on AMD technologies and current/upcoming/rumoured products. Everything else is annoying spam i have to wade through to find interesting and important things.

7 : Anonymous2021/03/31 13:19 ID: gswu5ox

I'd rather see more product news and debates rather than people looking for approval and upvotes because they built an AMD build.

Don't get me wrong there's nothing more refreshing than an AMD build but...

I think that there are enough PC build sub-reddits.

8 : Anonymous2021/03/31 10:30 ID: gswg805

The people asking for advise about hardware are far, far less problematic than the spam of RGB builds, every weekend. During the weekend this place is unreadable.

But you could consider some basis rules about own research to filter out the no effort questions. You will have to enforce that though.

ID: gt0qbzu

At least they are on the weekends only. They didnt always used to be.

9 : Anonymous2021/03/31 23:29 ID: gsyz9aa

Build posts don't bother me. People asking others for advice or opinion is interesting discussion, even if the original poster is just being lazy.

Battlestations, box pics, and old hardware karma farming posts are self-serving at best. Fix that first.

10 : Anonymous2021/03/31 00:41 ID: gsv3tw2

I agree they're starting to get out of control, in particular when we have the same question of "Should I buy X, or wait for Y to upgrade" 7 times on the frontpage concurrently.

I'd like to see a single mega post, maybe rotated weekly, where those posts are redirected.

Regardless, nice to see the mods seeking community input rather than making a unilateral decision. Kudos to you and the rest of the mod team, /

ID: gsx1wue

Absolutely my thoughts, I think that a mega-post pinned (A la

daily questions thread) would work perfectly for this. A catch-all umbrella for tech support, what should I buy, etc.

The thread text could actually be used as a FAQ, if a certain question gets repeated a lot.

11 : Anonymous2021/03/31 04:34 ID: gsvrpgy

I think it would be a good idea for generic questions like "do I buy a 5950x or change the oil in my car?" to be auto-removed with a link to buildapc. Would probably help reduce bias as well for people with those types of questions.

This sub is already unusually large and active for a hardware sub dedicated to one manufacturer. Plenty of AMD specific news and important info like the USB fix to go around without needing extra fluff to remain active.

12 : Anonymous2021/03/31 03:57 ID: gsvoe81

There’s a subreddit for that. I have an all amd pc too, but you don’t see me posting about it. Cause I think it’s lame as fck

13 : Anonymous2021/03/31 05:45 ID: gsvx7be

I hate seeing builds. I want product info only.

ID: gt10080

Yeah I wish build pics were banned completely. There are ton of subs for sharing your builds already.

ID: gswifbq

Seeing new builds is great. It basically is product info. Gives you ideas and creates discussions on how new builds with them particular components perform by average users not youtubers. Anyone who don’t like seeing new builds just don’t like seeing their own hardware fall behind. People who are envious of others. Most people like seeing good builds and having that discussion. I just posted mine and it got like 7 awards and close to 1000 upvotes with no downvotes so far which proves that point. Some people just get salty about better builds then theirs which Ive seen. It’s envious rage is all it is. The majority praise it and have genuine discussions and questions about performance for reference. Not everyone who builds a pc is a computer genius. Helps determine if component configurations are worth upgrading themselves, being told by an average person how it performs compared to their old setup. I got a brand new monster build and still love seeing new builds that have equipment more or less powerful than mine. People are proud of their setups they may have saved for a year to buy. A job well done isn’t so much to ask the community and feel good about either.

ID: gsx25ep

I just posted mine and it got like 7 awards and close to 1000 upvotes with no downvotes so far which proves that point. Some people just get salty about better builds then theirs which Ive seen.

If you want validation, go to

. is not the place for it.

14 : Anonymous2021/04/01 06:42 ID: gt05joa

Ban build posts, pics, other karma whoring posts and direct to the aforementioned subreddits. Period.

15 : Anonymous2021/03/31 00:40 ID: gsv3qmx

Recommendations are infinitely better than PC build pictures. The NVIDIA sub is A LOT worse than us, but I dread each weekend on this sub.

ID: gsyahs0


Can't even go in there without tripping over a dozen new LOOK AT MY NEW RTX 30xx! posts.

16 : Anonymous2021/03/31 00:02 ID: gsuzg48

I hate those posts.

It's useless content.

17 : Anonymous2021/03/31 03:54 ID: gsvo3kt

Such posts should require a minimum of information in order to be left open. These might spirit more discussion.

18 : Anonymous2021/03/31 14:22 ID: gsx1gkw

Don't belong here.

19 : Anonymous2021/03/31 16:45 ID: gsxk3q5

For me personally the best part of this sub is the posts concerning actions AMD takes, or does not take. Posts about new or upcoming hardware announcements and rumors, discussions on performance, on controversies in decisions the company makes or doesn’t make, AMD specific hardware or patch issues, etc. These are things unique to this sub. I do not enjoy the build posts and battlestation posts. There are already fairly active subreddits dedicated to these topics.

I can see where in times of inactivity these topics being allowed so the sub doesn’t become stagnate, but right now the sub is pretty active and it just drowns out the more interesting posts. I think that build posts/questions should have a pinned thread and that battlestation posts should be either limited to one day a week, like every Sunday or something, or not at all.

20 : Anonymous2021/03/31 06:46 ID: gsw2awo

The battlestation posts are far, far worse. If only those could be limited to Sundays only.

21 : Anonymous2021/04/01 04:03 ID: gszt5u6

What bothers me slightly are the "lazy" PC build posts that do not have any sign of OP doing their own research, or people making a new post for every little step/decision. I would support a rules change that requires:

OP include information about their use case. Like many X570 vs. B550 questions only asking which one is the better buy and not saying for which purpose (gaming? workstation? virtualization?), OP demonstrate that they did research, e.g. by posting their current proposed build and asking for specific suggestions to improve. If OP is completely at a loss, direct them to , OP only make a single post for one build (within a reasonable time, say two weeks), when asking about rumors/unannounced products for their next build, include the latest information that they found and ask if there were relevant updates since then.

I would be against banning such posts entirely. This sub should not be reduced to being

or which is the path that would be going down if PC build posts (and often requested, Battlestation posts) were banned.

22 : Anonymous2021/03/31 11:47 ID: gswlm8l


23 : Anonymous2021/03/31 12:31 ID: gswpf3p

AMD subreddit should be used for AMD technical support help requests.

PC Build inquiries should be regulated to a sub-reddit more specific for PC Builds.

ID: gsz57zl


24 : Anonymous2021/04/01 13:43 ID: gt13ev6

Direct them to more specialized subs that were created for that purpose.

They don't need to get 50 red envelopes about "OMG use /

" and this sub doesn't need to be clogged with build requests.

25 : Anonymous2021/04/01 19:21 ID: gt2bg9b

Lots of places to have full build threads... don’t see the reason to have them here. Already have battlestations.

26 : Anonymous2021/04/02 15:58 ID: gt5ha9v

I see no reason to allow them here when there are specific subs dedicated to the same thing while arguably being less biased.

27 : Anonymous2021/04/02 22:44 ID: gt6t8de

Hate em. I got myself an RX 6700 XT Red Devil after having no GPU for several months. Not once did I feel compelled to spam the reddit page with pictures of it.

28 : Anonymous2021/03/30 21:53 ID: gsukjtf

Limiting to certain days is fine. The post per hour ain't high enough for those posts to get in the way of anything, sometimes a new post could remain the "newest" for 15-20 minutes without anything else pushing them down the list. The "newest" post rn is from 40minutes ago. The average post per hour's like 4 or 5? Plenty time for any question to have exposure. That's good evidence that these build posts ain't in the way of anything

People are hatin on those posts because they have nothing else to look at (low content on subreddit) and because they're real salty about people scoring new cpu or gpu. If there's that much content per hour they ain't gonna be clicking into the build posts to leave stupid comments


People complain about build posts but they ain't submitting enough content to fill up this subreddit. What's the point of removing stuff when there ain't a lack of space?

ID: gsv457i

they’re real salty about people scoring new cpu or gpu.

Being completely real here, I doubt it’s that. It’s more the problem of a build post not qualifying as content.

There are very few build posts that make me actually go, “wow.” The rest are for the most part very cookie-cutter and unoriginal. We’ve been seeing the same thing since November now. Truth is, if you’re likely on

, you probably know what a 5800x or 6800xt looks like. Posts going “CAN’T BELIEVE I FOUND ONE” are downvoted on basis of it being unoriginal and lacking - not out of jealousy.

ID: gsx38fz

There are very few question or discussion posts that make people go "wow" too. Are we gonna ban the "5800x 77 DEGREES IS IT SAFE GUYS?" posts that are way more common than build posts?

ID: gsumth6

People complain about build posts but they ain't submitting enough content to fill up this subreddit. What's the point of removing stuff when there ain't a lack of space?

That's a very good point, if you check websites like VideoCardz, KitGuru, TechPowerUp, Guru3D, notebookcheck and others, there's usually something AMD related.

29 : Anonymous2021/03/31 02:47 ID: gsvhjuj

Seems dumb to limit it, not sure why you'd listen to the people crying about those posts, there's really not that much directly AMD related content that happens everyday, so it's not like those questions are hiding other info. we should be more inclusive. Maybe the people who ask here want to get a different opinion because they feel like other subs are biased, and want to see the other bias.

Just let the votes decide.

30 : Anonymous2021/03/30 22:01 ID: gsulgab

I think its fine for people to ask for recommendations. Its fun to help people out and oftentimes I end up learning a little something myself

31 : Anonymous2021/03/31 01:31 ID: gsv9dog

Innocent really.

Just scroll past if you want to.

Let the children play.

An AMD haiku

32 : Anonymous2021/03/31 06:10 ID: gsvz7xg

Weekly stick might work.

33 : Anonymous2021/03/31 14:29 ID: gsx2bkd

I say create a megathread for those popular questions that way most of them are answered and you have a lot of differing answer to compare and have something like, Hardware Thursday for build posts

34 : Anonymous2021/03/31 21:41 ID: gsymtrt

Hardware recommendation posts on this sub are necessary due to nature of the sub, but the advice given can be shite and no explicit declaration of no warranty is ever given which may lead to shitty decision and unforseen consequences for both the sub and the brand image of AMD.

So, I disagree with having such posts in this sub. Too hard to predict all variables. Too hard to contain.

35 : Anonymous2021/03/31 01:48 ID: gsvb9h9

I honestly think the ideal solution is to offer a way to filter out posts based on tags. This will allow people who don't mind posts asking for help/suggestions to see them and those who don't care for them can filter them out. Same for the battlestation posts that tend to become controversial from time to time. Also, this helps allow more people to participate and have a community around AMD products/platform without kicking them elsewhere. If its general/generic PC building questions like how do I apply thermal paste, then those should go to those other subs. If its AMD centric questions like can my 650watt psu support both the 6900XT and a 5950 those are fine to stay here.

I believe /

has a way to allow members to filter out certain categories of posts. It would be great if we could have something like that here.

36 : Anonymous2021/03/31 05:07 ID: gsvuc12

A firm keep from me, so long as the same status quo is also maintained on /

's part. In this case, the voting system is working as it should, and whoever it is who wants to help them is already a /new/ page user anyway.

37 : Anonymous2021/03/31 07:02 ID: gsw3nk2

I like them alot.

39 : Anonymous2021/04/01 21:03 ID: gt2okrj

I'm warry to be pro or against many posts other than biased sites being referenced as legit sources (E.g.; "UserBenchmark says AMD sucks, therefor true").

With almost 1,000,000 subs ,this subreddit as been turning into a bit of a ghosttown. Would we want to turn this into a subreddit that only has posts around a quarter a year (During releases)?

40 : Anonymous2021/04/01 22:39 ID: gt306pl

The issue really is, there's not much pc news between specific leak and launch days, so sub would become barren if there weren't pc building posts around. This is a pc part brand sub after all.

The 'build me a pc' and 'look at my box' posts should be removed for sure though!

41 : Anonymous2021/03/31 02:59 ID: gsviqd3

People should be able to express their happiness of having AMD products, also having such posts is beneficial to company's image. Also, what will remain then? A plain text sub of tech support questions that were not removed by automod due to "discussion" flair?

Hate of such posts comes only from the one thing - comfort of some ppl browsing stuff. And question is - come on, really? Shall you ban entire thing and disable people's innocent intention just based on a fact that someone is just lazy to make an extra scroll? If you ask my opinion, i have none about such posts particularly, but am really curious of why this is a question raised by mods at all. Complaints about such posts are completely selfish.

42 : Anonymous2021/03/31 07:14 ID: gsw4mwb

Sorry english is not my native, i thought we are speaking of "battlestation" type of posts with photos of the builds

43 : Anonymous2021/03/31 14:10 ID: gswzxo2

Build posts are perfectly fine and relevant for the sub, but should stay limited to a day or two. It can lead to discussions about hardware and configurations. People who get triggered by seeing build posts on a single day out of seven could probably take a break from the sub. Actual news or bigger discussions always hit front page when they happen, but that wont be 24/7.

44 : Anonymous2021/03/31 09:58 ID: gsweaju

The current rules are perfect. Before you would see build posts every day, now it's only one day which is acceptable.

45 : Anonymous2021/03/31 11:00 ID: gswi6l1

You should continue allowing them for builds with AMD components. I don’t think you should limit it to weekends tho. I don’t see the difference in what day their posted if they stay up forever to be seen. If you post it on Sunday and it’s upvoted so much it’s still seen as a top post on Tuesday then what’s the damn difference? Dumb rule if you ask me

46 : Anonymous2021/03/31 18:19 ID: gsxwkll

"Let's focus on retail and consoles" 😀

47 : Anonymous2021/03/31 18:19 ID: gsxwob3

The system as it is now is perfect


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