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gserena's Completed Build: Cerberus X - Time & Money Pit

Realdeal36 1 point 3 months ago

With all the recent submissions this past couple of days, the PCPP staff is going to have a hard time picking a feature. There are just so many amazing builds. Will be really interesting to see who they choose.

+1 Mate, and good luck!

amaric's Completed Build: White mess

Realdeal36 1 point 3 months ago

Took me a good minute in figuring out the loop order, lol. Looks like your outlets from the cpu>>gpu (vice versa) are being cooled before reaching each other. Your load temps must be pretty chilly then! Plan on overclocking at all, or is it mainly a showpiece? ;)

Also, was this your first time doing a custom loop? If so, you did a fantastic job on the bends (not that I have any experience, they just look great)! How much tubing did you have to go through to get it right? Couldn't have been easy from the looks of it.

Anyways, amazing build and a job well done! +1 I'm sure you'll now have some bragging rights whenever you show this to someone. Haha

PCPartPicker Blog Post "Charity:Water Completion Report #9"

Realdeal36 2 points 5 months ago

As I always say, every little bit counts. These reports just go to show you don't need to help a whole country all at once to make a difference. Keep it up! Can't wait to hear how many more people you've helped in the coming reports!

TAGMods's Completed Build: Zandalari Temple

Realdeal36 1 point 7 months ago

This is stunning. What materials did you use for the outer panels? And what did use to cut them? CNC? Laser? Looks too perfect to have been cut/carved by hand.

paiyan's Completed Build: ???? (Orange) by Stark Industries

Realdeal36 4 points 10 months ago

Another example of a build that goes beyond the simple color matching of components, and what simply could have been just another build on this site. Instead, YOU made it into something fun and unique, and I think in this day in age where everything can seem monotonous, builds like these show it doesn't have to be that way.

+1 for being original.

jvangorkum's Completed Build: Mini-ITX Beast

Realdeal36 3 points 10 months ago

Noticed that some comments were being needlessly downvoted. So here are my +1's.

Forum Topic "Samsung's ties with forest destruction"

Realdeal36 submitter 1 point 10 months ago

Obviously, judging from more than half the comments, saying "anything" was too drastic. The more appropriate wording, seeing as I'm on PCPartPicker, was to say SSD's. But to some, even this is too much.

So, with that said, anyone who reads my comments and thinks that Samsung's practices should be kept in check, go about it however you want.

To the rest, I was in no way trying to spit you having owned or was thinking about owning a Samsung product, rather just trying to raise awareness on an otherwise unknown problem. But I felt it needed to be said. I hope me relaying this to you has encouraged you to look deeper into matters that aren't readily apparent or looked into.

My comments were with the mindset that there is a bigger picture to all of this and that doing something is better than nothing. But apparently this topic is 50 years too early.

Forum Topic "Samsung's ties with forest destruction"

Realdeal36 submitter 2 points 10 months ago

I understand where you are coming from, and yes I know that people are ignorant and will just buy whatever they want. But they only buy it because

A. It serves a purpose for the intended use B. They assume that whatever they are buying is being sold to them without any conflicts attached to them C. They only care about how it affects their level of happiness and the momentary satisfaction it brings

But if you get people to understand that everything they buy has a price to the environment, and not just what market value is, then can you begin to convince people that what they are buying has a greater impact than what the eye can see. And before you say, "Well, who has the time to research where everything they buy comes from?". To that I say, more people than nobody. Corporations such as Dell and Intel (whether you hate them or not) are taking/ have taken steps to ensure that their products are conflict-free or less environmentally impactful. Something the consumer doesn't have to think about.

-Intel: conflict-free thermal interface material (TIM) -Dell: pledged to recycle all the gold in what otherwise would be e-waste, and turn it into jewelry

if it's easy, you're not actually making a difference

Did you even read the article? Paragraphs 4-7 clearly show how easy it was to convince Samsung to drop the joint venture with Korindo.

"2,000* Samsung customers sent emails to Samsung from their Samsung devices, over 10,000 people took action online, and nearly one million people viewed online ads* about Samsung’s connection to rainforest destruction (6)"

Most of the petition sites are one-click signs, and in the case that something needs to be a bit more personal, they more than likely provide talking points.

The reason nothing gets done is that not enough people are talking about these issues or sharing them! These issues will continue to persist unless enough people do something or change the way they go about doing things.

Three things that are easy, and can make a difference other than petitioning:

-Eat less red meat. A study from Oxford University) shows that if people in developed countries switched to a more plant-based diet (not getting rid of meat entirely) they could reduce "food-related greenhouse gas emissions by 29–70%" by 2050.

  • Don't buy products with palm oil in them unless they are certified by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) (It's labeled on Girl Scout cookies, and seems to be the only thing I've seen with it).

  • Vote for people who support climate action

I practice those three religiously and I'm making a difference. Did I mention it was easy? It's all about choices my friend. You just have to know which ones to make. So, If you're not going to sign any of the petitions because it's too easy. then at least share them because I can guarantee that someone else will care (even if its your best-friend's friend). And if we get enough people to care, the companies will definitely care. They hate having a bad image. And you wonder why there is so much marketing and "hush-hush".

Boycotts have never solved anything.

Women's rights?... American civil rights movement?...

Forum Topic "Samsung's ties with forest destruction"

Realdeal36 submitter 1 point 10 months ago

your list is going to get very long, very fast

Yes, I agree that the number corporations that have committed or are committing egregious acts are high, but that just goes to show how far many are willing to go to break the law to increase their bottom-line. We have to hold corporations accountable or else they'll just keep conducting business as usual. In the end, its Earth's sustainability at stake, and right now we seem to be flushing it down the toilet.

I'm not telling you that you have to give up on Samsung (or any other company for that matter) forever, but just know that by buying their products, you are also supporting their endeavors. If we aren't able to change our buying habits to save what we have left of this Earth, then what does that say about us? This isn't meant as an attack at you or anyone, but I just wanted to enlighten everyone about the practices of a company that many PC enthusiasts have trusted for so long, and that maybe we shouldn't support their ideologies by buying their products.

I don't claim to have all of this figured out, but I'm doing what I can, and I encourage others to do the same.

Also, there are sites that create petitions against problems like these. If anyone feels that creating a spreadsheet of all the companies that have done something wrong is too hard, it's easy to make a difference just by inputting your name, email address, and ZIP (SumOfUs.org, Rainforest-rescue.org).

rodrigocfd's Completed Build: Video editing PC 2018

Realdeal36 2 points 13 months ago

Once I got to Picture #7, I literally burst out laughing. That's way too much! A pea size dot in the center is more than enough (Actually, the amount at the bottom right is about as much as you'd need).

Don't fret though, we all make our own share of mistakes. It sounds like it isn't hurting temps, so I think you'll be fine, that is, until it comes time to clean your CPU off... If you are keen on keeping the "X" method, a very thin line is all you need (otherwise you'll be going through thermal paste faster than your toothpaste).

Other than doing some more cable management, I think this is a fine first build attempt.

tahjr13's Completed Build: White Ryzen MSI

Realdeal36 2 points 15 months ago

I'm not sure how concerned you are with dust inside your PC, but having no intakes will mean that you're drawing air through cracks and crevices of the case.

Ideally, you'd want to have the same (or more) intakes as exhaust, which would either create a neutral or positive pressure system within the case, lessening the amount of dust build up over time. That's just my two cents. I know some people may not care if their PC gets dusty because they usually like to clean it periodically. If having the fans on the radiator set to exhaust helps you in maintaining a quieter system, then by all means, do what you have to do. Just thought I'd relay this to you since this type of thinking isn't always apparent to first time builders (maybe you already knew).

Anyways, +1 on your new build. I'm sure it will serve you for MANY years to come!

Tyan's Completed Build: HTPC

Realdeal36 2 points 15 months ago

MOD!!? What mod?!

J.K. Really clean job on drilling out those holes. Also, good choice on the case. Fits in well with the TV stand.

Congrats on your feature! +1

selmantabet's Completed Build: Project PH03N1X

Realdeal36 2 points 16 months ago

Is that the way you intend to set up your desk space? Personally, I would find it way too distracting to have my computer RIGHT beside (and half behind) my monitor. Indicating by the pictures you took, I guess it doesn't bother you, am I wrong? Dorm rooms at universities are notorious for having small desks, so maybe you didn't have a choice.

LeMonarque's Completed Build: 3rd Build: Project APEX - Intel 10-Core/20-Thread mATX Architecture Workstation for my Friend

Realdeal36 1 point 17 months ago

Wow, I don't know what to say! You answered all my questions and then some. First of all, I had no idea you were going for Architecture. You stated in your Valkyrie build your intentions and uses for your computer, so I assumed that the programs you listed weren't related in any way to Architecture. I'm guessing you changed majors? ;)

Some other things:

  • I can't say how thankful I am about you sharing your experience. I'm currently at a 2-year school looking to transfer to a 4/5 year school for my Baccalareate (or go the extra year for licensure, haven't decided). You telling me that students are able to go through their entire schooling with a mediocre laptop puts my worries aside. For so long I was under the assumption that I needed a beast of a computer going into a higher tier school. Thanks for proving me wrong.

  • I currently have a Lenovo P50 (Intel I7-6700HQ, 16GB Ram, Quadro M1000M) which does everything I need to (almost). Last semester was my first time using Vray (trial version). It produced some nice results, but man did it take forever. Half of the time the render would crash or things would become unresponsive for 30 mins or more when doing "heavy" renders. I know my laptop may be better than most, but I felt like I was wasting too much time. All of the work I do is in SketchUp and AutoCAD, so you see how much this affected my perception of what a capable computer is.

  • I know I need a better computer, in most part because I can't play the games I want to (Skyrim won't even launch); but the question is how much of one and at what cost. I think I have a better idea from the advice you've provided.

Again, I greatly appreciate what you were able to provide. You went above and beyond and have given me sound advice, not just on computers, but also the mindset/lifestyle of an Architecture student. And for this, I can't thank you enough.

P.S. If you could, I'd like a little more insight on what the minimum it takes, program wise, to create a decent project at your school. Just for comparison's sake, so I know what and what not to focus my time and resources trying to learn.

LeMonarque's Completed Build: 3rd Build: Project APEX - Intel 10-Core/20-Thread mATX Architecture Workstation for my Friend

Realdeal36 2 points 17 months ago

How is the beast holding up today? Is your friend still happy with the performance thus far? I ask because I'm also going to school for architecture and I plan to build a workstation next year when I transfer. I wanted some perspective from a seasoned architecture student before I blow a whole lot of dough.

Some questions:

  • Was the size of SSD storage enough? How about RAM?
  • How are the GPU acoustics while modeling/rendering? I imagine the K4000 to be pretty loud with the single-slot fan. Does the 200mm help keep it under check?
  • If he could change anything about the build what would it be?

Any answer would help out greatly. Thanks!

PCPartPicker Blog Post "Charity:Water Completion Report #8"

Realdeal36 3 points 17 months ago

You guys are doing a great thing by providing easily accessible water, I'm sure that everyone you guys have helped thank you, otherwise they would have to trek hundreds of feet (if not miles...) to get clean water.

P3GASUS_EXE's Completed Build: PEGASUS v1.8 - Desk Upgrade

Realdeal36 1 point 18 months ago

Everything about this setup just exudes cleanliness. I feel like I would need nitrile gloves to touch it, for fear I would make it dirty! +1

ORACLEpcb's Completed Build: NEMESIS

Realdeal36 2 points 18 months ago

How come I've never seen this case before?! It looks like a better/ more pleasing Corsair Air 540.

Anyways, great job on the bends. For someone who hasn't done a custom loop before, you sure seem to know what you're doing.

Build looks great overall. Love the pictures and the color coordination. +1

EK_Derick's Completed Build: Verktøy Cu

Realdeal36 2 points 18 months ago

I've been on here for 2 years. And let me tell you, I have never EVER seen a build this amazing. Absolutely breathtaking! Literally, it looks so good that I would have thought it was a render.

+10 fingers and toes.

bobarhett13's Completed Build: VR Build - Mustang GT

Realdeal36 2 points 21 months ago

Hmm. Must have been some expensive "garbage" in order to fund your entire setup!

As the saying goes, "You lose some, you win some". Also, great build, and +1 for the many photos.

Mnpctech's Completed Build: Cooler Master Mastercase 5 Racing

Realdeal36 4 points 21 months ago

Everything you do always brings a smile to my face. +1 Mate.

Forum Topic "First Build Architect/Designer - MODO, Rhino, Vray, Maxwell, Adobe CC, etc."

Realdeal36 1 point 21 months ago

I would suggest waiting for AMD's HEDT (High-end Desktop) platform Threadripper if possible. They will be offering 9 SKU's ranging from the Ryzen R9 1955 (10 cores, 20 threads, 3.1 GHz base, 3.7 GHz boost) to the Ryzen R9 1998X (16 cores, 32 threads, 3.5 GHz base, 3.8 GHz boost). In between are the 12C and 14C. So, you're sure to find one that suits your needs.

In looking at the prices of Intel's Xeon's, the lowest priced 12C is the $1099.99 E5-2650 V4 (2.2GHz base, 2.9 GHz boost). The lowest priced 16C is the $1899.99 E5-2683 V4 (2.1 GHz base, 3.0 GHz boost).

Now, if you can't wait for Threadripper for some reason (maybe due to some implication with the new platform, which is quite probable) and have to have a stable system, then I would say that your CPU choice is fine. Although, due note, putting a Broadwell-EP CPU (which is what the CPU you chose is) onto an X99 motherboard may require a different, compatible CPU (such as. an Intel i7 5820k) in order to update the BIOS. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong though.

With that out of the way, let's get down to what you'll be using your PC for/ where you'll be using it.

Now, as an architecture student, I can relate to how demanding some of the software can be. So, will you be working on this PC at a firm or at home? And, is the work you do mission critical? And by that, I mean, would any single error be out of the question? Also, is this going to be used for any modeling as well? Since rendering is heavily CPU bound, the use of an expensive graphics card isn't needed if you won't be modeling.

The answers to these questions will be the difference in spending hundreds or thousands on a CPU, motherboard, and memory.

Rye_Pye's Completed Build: Lian Li PC09 (Dual custom loop)

Realdeal36 1 point 22 months ago

Out of curiosity, what's this used for? I want to say gaming, but THAT storage makes me think otherwise. Content creation, perhaps?

OllieManMan's Completed Build: AllyCat

Realdeal36 1 point 22 months ago

The price tag may be small, but the effort to make it look as nice and unique as you've shown is even bigger. +1 on a job well-done, your feature, and for a happy customer!

Forum Topic "1080p 60-75hz IPS FreeSync"

Realdeal36 1 point 22 months ago

Check out the Dell S2418NX. It's only 60hz, so I'm not sure it exactly fits what you're going for, but it's 1080p, FreeSync, has HDR support, and what Dell calls its "InfinityEdge" bezels (really small bezels). All for $199.

Maxine's Completed Build: Tax money and some

Realdeal36 1 point 22 months ago

Your temps are actually lower than what you're reading. Both the Ryzen 7 1800x and 1700x have a 20o C temperature offset. So, If you confused why your CPU is running warming than expected, that's why.

Just google, Ryzen 7 1700x 20 degree celsius higher. Should help explains things better.

EDIT: Woops, for some reason I read 1700X, not 1700. My bad. Carry on.

Blog Post "Charity:Water Completion Report #7"

Realdeal36 3 points 22 months ago

I love seeing these reports. It's great to actually see a tech-based site post something like this. Others, even though they do offer the option donate to charities, none of them seem to show any proof that what is being donated is going to the supported cause. Not the case with PCPartPicker!

Keep up the amazing work, and never stop until every person has clean water!

absolute512's Completed Build: My First Ryzen

Realdeal36 1 point 23 months ago

Build looks amazing! Just add more quality pics and there's no reason why this wouldn't be a featured build. +1

Kylaralthor's Completed Build: Hard Work

Realdeal36 1 point 24 months ago

My goodness!... If I spent that amount of money on a build, I'd want it to last me 20 years...

In all seriousness, though, the amount of dedication that you have exemplified in this build, both in that woodworking and the sheer uniqueness of how you incorporated those components into your desk is amazing. Really, 200 hours is no poor man's feat.

Also, I'm not quite sure what your intended purpose was for building something as extravagant as this. Does your line of work require this much power, or did you just do it because you had the money and said, "why not"?

Ministeve's Completed Build: The Toothless Virus

Realdeal36 1 point 24 months ago

Amazing part selection my good sir. If I had the same amount of cash to spend and was told to do a water-cooled build, I wouldn't have come up with anything as awesome as this. Truly, though, even though the parallel tubing having already been done, there's no doubt why this shouldn't rank up there with the best.

Also, apart from picture #3, I'm glad you didn't take a picture of your build with every color in the rainbow. Just looks awful when the color of the lights don't match the build theme. White, blue, and purple. Good selection! +1

Great Job!

TheMagickConch's Completed Build: Nuka Build

Realdeal36 1 point 25 months ago

I'm starting to get thirsty ...

ericvt's Completed Build: Gaming Rig - PRIME

Realdeal36 1 point 25 months ago

Nice build. Definitely looks like you went for both silence and aesthetics. By the way, what wireless adapter is that? It isn't in your parts list, and I thought I'd ask since I like the look of it.

sergeantfoley's Completed Build: Moved Editing PC Into a New Case (Define R5)

Realdeal36 2 points 25 months ago

I love the cleanliness of both your setup and build. +1 Also, what's the name of that desk?

LOD_DTOM's Completed Build: Resubmission - Long Live The User

Realdeal36 1 point 26 months ago

Question: Do you know if you voided your power supply warranty by removing that side sticker? I heard in general that removing any sticker on a PSU will cause warranty issues. But, since that particular sticker doesn't have the serial number or the "warranty voided if removed" sticker, then I'd assume you're fine?

jollypirateking's Completed Build: My Little Steam Box PC (Built From Budget and Spare Parts!)

Realdeal36 1 point 26 months ago

It's nice to see people salvaging parts from old systems. But what really stands out, are those amazing photos. Nice and crisp photos on a budget build is an automatic +1 in my book.

Great job!

OccamAsylum's Completed Build: Raptor Dancer - A Gift to a Friend

Realdeal36 3 points 37 months ago

Nice build mate! And what a great friend you are!

Now I just need to get one of my friends to build me a PC...

Realdeal36's Build Guide: MSI Build Your Dream PC Guide - The Arch by Design

Realdeal36 submitter 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks for the recognition, I appreciate it.

By the way, has it been confirmed or denied regarding the use of a mini-itx board in this contest? Seeing as you built one with one, I'm sure you'll be the only exception.

vano411's Completed Build: X99 Micro ATX Build - "Blackout"

Realdeal36 1 point 47 months ago

Loving the overall cohesion of the build, and outstanding photos too!

One question I have to ask is, how did you get rid of the blue paint on the gpu?