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marktrigo's Completed Build: HALL-9700K

hi_im_snowman 1 point 25 minutes ago

Blazing fast mini-itx! Love it, great simple design!

mitchelmp5's Completed Build: Ultimate School PC Sleeper Build Upgrade!

hi_im_snowman 2 points 11 days ago

This is a really interesting build. Love the parts list and the fact that this is a "Did what I could with what I had build" and that it came out looking great and performing super well for everyday gaming.

Love it, definitely memorable!

+1 !

daparkvid's Completed Build: Wii Little PC

hi_im_snowman 1 point 18 days ago

Well, well, well. What do Wii have here?

An epic tiny build, I see! This is wonderful work, I wish these could be purchased, it would be perfect as a HTPC!

+1

Trizzn's Completed Build: Twitch.tv/Trizzn 2019 Stream Setup "Baller on a Budget"

hi_im_snowman 1 point 21 days ago

I'm genuinely curious, this build doesn't hold up well when streaming? I don't stream myself so I don't know tbh.

Any idea why, specifically?

Rubberdauck's Completed Build: Mineral Oil Cooled Threadripper System

hi_im_snowman 1 point 28 days ago

I do NOT have the guts to do this. Just, no. lol

MASSIVE applause for pulling this off, you must have been NERVOUS pouring that oil, jeez!

Super impressed, featured much deserved!

+1 !!

Dugn8r's Completed Build: BadVolf Amboyna Burl and Black Crystal

hi_im_snowman 13 points 1 month ago

What. The. Heck.

This is pure madness. The dedication alone should be applauded. Wow. What an epic undertaking.

+1!

BertTabak's Completed Build: The Monolith

hi_im_snowman 1 point 1 month ago

Just about what I was trying to say. Not at all a slap at OP's build or worse still, his/her photography skills, those are STELLAR, but moreso just an observation about the fact that it takes just moderate effort to build a pc like the one displayed.

BertTabak's Completed Build: The Monolith

hi_im_snowman 1 point 1 month ago

:) Glad I managed to explain my thoughts accurately

BertTabak's Completed Build: The Monolith

hi_im_snowman 1 point 1 month ago

on-budget: meaning, to respect one's budget. Has nothing to do with price.

When a project manager accomplishes a project "on-budget", it means that he respected the allowed budget, It does not mean that he bought cheap parts. Who cares if that desk is 900$ or 90,000$? That's not at all my point.

RetnuhTnelisV's Completed Build: Sisyphus (Late 2018)

hi_im_snowman 2 points 2 months ago

So you went backwards with your latest GPUs? 1080ti to 1080? Why, if I may ask?

jdubs860's Completed Build: RGB HELL

hi_im_snowman 1 point 2 months ago

Wait, wait, wait.... So you bought a $600+ case and you didn't even know its dimensions before receiving it?

We're cut from different cloths, lol!

It looks great but I'll second others in the comments - additional pics would be awesome.

mack_au's Completed Build: U-P-G-R-A-Y-E-D-D

hi_im_snowman 3 points 2 months ago

Nein, nein. It's just coincidence.

SavantPCs's Completed Build: Insane NZXT H200i Mini-ITX Build - Wohlwend Transport

hi_im_snowman 1 point 3 months ago

I absolutely hate the color scheme but I understand that it's matching a brand so that's cool - opinion withheld. The design itself is really surprising and interesting and those bends are fantastic. Overall it's a really cool piece of art and it's also pretty powerful too! Great work!

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

hi_im_snowman 1 point 3 months ago

This is probably the number 1 reason I'd tolerate actual ads on this site. I love that you guys value charitable work. I would be happy to contribute a few dollars if you guys ever decide to do a fundraiser for this. Kudos on the great work!

HiResJunky's Completed Build: Link Tube Madness, a no bends Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic build

hi_im_snowman 1 point 6 months ago

Okay, that makes a lot more sense. Here I was thinking "holy crap, does OP know how valuable and rare this thing is?" haha

Btw, gorgeous build, I can almost feel the care and dedication that went into this wonderful piece of art. +1

HiResJunky's Completed Build: Link Tube Madness, a no bends Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic build

hi_im_snowman 1 point 6 months ago

Wait, wait, wait, wait...

Are you seriously getting 5Ghz on the 8700k with only 1.072v? Am I misreading this last photo? Was this a SpeedStep reading on your cpu and the actual is 1.3xxv or 1.4xxv or is this chip actually godly?

Logarythym's Completed Build: HP Pavilion is Getting Loopy

hi_im_snowman 1 point 6 months ago

This is priceless lol! The joke is solid and the effort makes it so much better. Talk about a sleeper build!

Good job!

Upora's Completed Build: Project Tru Blood 2.0: A Plexi Refit

hi_im_snowman 1 point 6 months ago

This is excellent work mate, love, love, love it! I remember seeing the v1.0 last year and this is still as impressive today!

Superb!

Zwitterkill158's Completed Build: AMD build ! With gtx 1080 SC

hi_im_snowman 1 point 6 months ago

Yea umm, not to pile onto the cable management comments but ugh, yea... it's hard to look past those cables.

Imagine walking into a hotel room and everything is pristine except for the bed. The bed is dirty and unmade, pillows on the floor.

Would you expect anyone to consider this a clean and finished room, ready to be rented out?

Clean your cables, soldier! Show it some love. :)

the_naked_nerd's Completed Build: custom open loop

hi_im_snowman 2 points 6 months ago

Good lord this is insane. Really not my cuppa tea but I have to hand it to you, you nailed the theme and the execution. EXCELLENT work! This is a wonderful talking piece. Great job op!!

TheAgnda's Completed Build: Limitless

hi_im_snowman 15 points 6 months ago

It's amazing to me that one can purchase all of this for only about 20k. Oh how the world of tech has evolved, it's just absolutely incredible. I mean hell, I work from home and all I need to do my job well is a ~$5,500 setup. A friend of mine is a farmer and he started his business with a 640k loan/partial subsidy from the government. Isn't it incredible how the world has changed?

Apologies, I digress.

I think the water-cooling solution you've come up with is damn clever and I love that you took it to heart and built it into the walls. That deserves massive kudos. It's unique, gutsy and I'm sure, really effective. I really enjoy the simplicity of your main build, it fits-in very well with the complete setup, which of course is totally monstrous.

+1 mate, you had me at the custom "in-wall" loop!

john82wa's Completed Build: 570X Custom Water Loop

hi_im_snowman 2 points 6 months ago

Lovely labor of love. Wonderful work on the bends, that's quite impressive! +1

BertTabak's Completed Build: The Monolith

hi_im_snowman 2 points 7 months ago

Please don't take this personally, but I find that the build is generic and aside from the polished cable management, not generally worthy of a feature. Does it look good? Sure, but I mean black, silent and on-budget are the only conditions one must follow to create this. There's nothing unique, particularly difficult, extra, custom or personalized about it. It's another all-black, albeit pristine, build showcased with high quality photographs.

That being said, I'm not a Barbarian and can certainly appreciate a good feedback sandwhich. You're obviously a talented photographer, have a great eye for design and are very meticulous about aesthetics. There's a good applause deserved here for the patience it took to assemble this build and its setup as cleanly as you have. That complete setup is pretty sexy, that's for sure.

It gets my +1, gj!

13hchen's Completed Build: My very first Watercooled Custom Build Core P90

hi_im_snowman 1 point 7 months ago

Sexy-sexyness.

13hchen's Completed Build: My very first Watercooled Custom Build Core P90

hi_im_snowman 1 point 7 months ago

You magnificent monster, you.

Well done! +1

collegekid2k's Completed Build: TOP END CARDBOARD Gaming Rig

hi_im_snowman 6 points 7 months ago

The case is - and comes in - its own packaging.

Mind blown. +1

Jaxs23's Completed Build: First Build and Setup

hi_im_snowman 2 points 7 months ago

You could super-glue thin but wide black rubber O-Rings to cover those holes. It would look a heck of a lot better for dirt cheap. Also, there exists plastic hole covers you can buy online or in small tech shops. Just a thought :)

Cool build & setup, gj!

marianoazevedo's Completed Build: Just a Non-RGB Upgrade: strongest CPU and smaller case (non-RGB)

hi_im_snowman 2 points 7 months ago

The build is fantastic, but the setup is brilliant.

+1 mate, wonderful!

Callender22's Completed Build: No Holds Barred Mini ITX Entertainment Build (Gaming/Streaming/Photo & Video Editing)

hi_im_snowman 1 point 7 months ago

Cool build but the setup has me claustrophobic lol.

+1!

llamas_sergio's Completed Build: Dark Base Pro 900 Personal Gaming and Studio Rig

hi_im_snowman 3 points 7 months ago

Wonderful execution there mate, looks incredible.

+1 enjoy it :)

lionels's Completed Build: Neat box with power in it.

hi_im_snowman 1 point 7 months ago

Can't tell for sure but from looking at the first pic it looks like your video card back-plate still has the protective plastic film on it. You definitely want to peel that off, it's not at all meant to stay there.

Other than that this is a very nice, small and effective build. Super clean cable management as well, kudos on that! Enjoy it! :)

chaoticmike's Completed Build: The Beast

hi_im_snowman 2 points 7 months ago

You should be really proud of your successes, this is a great build! Enjoy it :)

Dikst's Completed Build: First build turned out great

hi_im_snowman 1 point 7 months ago

lol, yea, 1.325v :p

bglorioso7's Completed Build: My current gaming pc

hi_im_snowman 3 points 7 months ago

Yea that 5.3 is just madness. And imagine that on a 24/7 overclock. Oh the drools...!

bglorioso7's Completed Build: My current gaming pc

hi_im_snowman 9 points 7 months ago

Other than bragging rights - which you now certainly have - the return on the 1950X is exactly backwards in a gaming rig. More money for less performance - way more, for way less.

Games love ultra-fast single-core performance. So a binned 8700k @ 5.2ghz from Silicon Lottery for $629 would absolutely murder the 1950X in gaming performance annnnnnd you'd be left with 300$ extra for custom cables or the start of a water loop or just your savings account :)

Kinda like bringing a dump truck to a drag race. Big, powerful, crazy expensive and can handle heavy loads but slow as molasses on the quarter-mile.

All in all though, you've done a good job, it looks fantastic! +1

NicDuval's Completed Build: My first ''GAMING'' PC for Wow BFA.

hi_im_snowman 2 points 7 months ago

Bravo, beau travail! :)

+1

Bizkit1021's Completed Build: FIRST GAMING RGB RIG

hi_im_snowman 1 point 7 months ago

Love the build but I would have personally made a small change: the 8700k is an elite CPU, the 1070ti is not an elite GPU. Games benefit far more from a top tier GPU than a top tier CPU. So yea, would have saved a few dollars to invest in a better video card instead, especially given that it's a gaming rig.

Love the vertical mount though, gj :) +1

iGreatScott's Completed Build: First Build Done!! Can't wait to build more!!!!!

hi_im_snowman 1 point 8 months ago

custom cables would go a long way in this build :)

Nice stuff!

Jakajako95's Completed Build: PROJECT ZEUS

hi_im_snowman 3 points 8 months ago

Very nice mate! I would do some cable management though and show it some tender-lovin'-care :)

Phsyrik's Completed Build: Phsyrik's 2018 Build

hi_im_snowman 2 points 8 months ago

Nice build, what do you think about getting a wooden base to keep it off the carpet? The further your pc is from the floor, the less dust and foreign materials will be in your pc.

good stuff! +1

vegaspimp22's Completed Build: Evil Elegance- CLEANEST BUILD EVER?

hi_im_snowman 1 point 8 months ago

This is 100% not my cuppa tea at all but I have to give props where deserved. Excellent work here mate, very nice execution!

marksman's Completed Build: 48-Core 3D Rendering Workstation w/ Triple 4k

hi_im_snowman 1 point 9 months ago

Incredible sir, I applaud your efforts and dedication. Have any thoughts to share on the 7980XE? Power usage, temps, rendering power, etc?

+1 mate, what a wonderful job.

RiZeR187's Completed Build: Tiny OC project --> 8700k @5ghz and 1080 ti stable@2100.5 mhz :)

hi_im_snowman 2 points 9 months ago

A real pleasure mate, I too had fell prey to this common misconception :)

RiZeR187's Completed Build: Tiny OC project --> 8700k @5ghz and 1080 ti stable@2100.5 mhz :)

hi_im_snowman 9 points 9 months ago

What do you mean with only 480 watts? 80% efficiency does not mean that the psu will provide 20% less wattage, it means that it will pull up to 20% more wattage from the wall.

A psu converts "unclean & unstable" current from the wall into clean, stable current over multiple rails in order to supply consistent, reliable and precise wattage to specific sensitive components that require voltage regulation.

All power supplies must be able to provide the wattage declared on the packaging. Ergo, a 600w psu can provide 600w of power to the pc. Not 600 watts minus 20%.

This is why Platinum psu's are interesting - since they more efficiently pull watts from the wall, they ultimately reduce your power bill because little excess wattage pulled from the wall is lost in heat dissipation.

A 1,000w 80% efficient psu could potentially pull up to 1,200w at the wall to be able to supply the 1,000watts required by the pc. In this case, you'd be paying the 1,200w on your next electrical bill. :)

deathlyend's Completed Build: Red, black and grey/steel look

hi_im_snowman 1 point 9 months ago

If ever you switch out to LL140s, make sure you check that you have enough clearance with your mobo. I also have the 570x and 140's won't fit with my Z270 mobo and/or with a 280 rad up there.

Very clean build mate, excellent work!

cmdr_flint's Completed Build: Cat Proof Build!

hi_im_snowman 1 point 9 months ago

Intriguing, will read thoroughly, thanks for the link

cmdr_flint's Completed Build: Cat Proof Build!

hi_im_snowman 1 point 9 months ago

Look, while I have all the respect in the world for Tom's Hardware, I still have no idea what the data is they're using to make these claims. For good measure, I've just retested my 6 drives (nvme, ssd, hdd's) with Crystal Disk Mark 6.0.0 x64 and the results seem pretty clear.

Here are results for nvme vs ssd:

I'll let you guess which one is the nvme.

I'm more than open to changing my mind... when there's data to back it up. :\

cmdr_flint's Completed Build: Cat Proof Build!

hi_im_snowman 8 points 9 months ago

OP, loving your two builds (cat and non-cat proof versions alike). I think you have a great eye for design and the clean cable management is just a superb finish. Great colors too!

+1, I'm quite impressed.

but the real question is: how's the cat liking the new build?

cmdr_flint's Completed Build: Cat Proof Build!

hi_im_snowman 2 points 9 months ago

Links to substantiate your nvme claims?

I have the exact same nvme drive and all tests (analytical or anecdotal) I can muster put it firmly in the top tier. I have precisely no idea what you've tested to claim that "it is even slower than a normal 2.5" Sata 3."

(x) Doubt.

GhostDog99's Completed Build: ROG EXTREME

hi_im_snowman 2 points 9 months ago

2088mhz max temp 45C

Are you kidding me?? Holy heck, that's just ridiculous.

+1, certainly. Wonderful build mate!

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