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Comment reply on karlzhao314's Completed Build: Black Aura

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope. I ended up using a janky arrangement with a single bolt bolted properly and double sided tape holding it in place.

Comment reply on karlzhao314's Completed Build: Black Aura

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I made a loop with XPSC parts, namely, a Photon D5, a Raystorm, and a RX480 rad.

Comment reply on karlzhao314's Completed Build: Black Aura

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I have not kept up with this at all.

Yes, I absolutely love it. IMO the Enthoo Primo is the best case in existence short of a Caselabs offering.

Comment reply on karlzhao314's Completed Build: Black Aura

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Not particularly.

i5s are fine for multitasking, you won't notice a difference between them and i7s until you get to prosumer-grade workloads.

Comment reply on karlzhao314's Completed Build: Black Aura

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Cooling my CPU. :P

It runs stable and VERY cool, and adds a certain degree of elegance that I can't get with a high-end air cooler. (CLCs are even less elegant than air coolers IMO.) That's all I expected and all I'm using it for ATM.

Comment reply on karlzhao314's Completed Build: Black Aura

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

All down to the Enthoo Primo :P My cable management in the Zalman was horrendous.

http://i.imgur.com/4CHM28q.jpg

Thanks though!

Comment reply on karlzhao314's Completed Build: Black Aura

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

Comment reply on karlzhao314's Completed Build: Black Aura

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :D I believe your question is already answered :P

Comment reply on karlzhao314's Completed Build: Black Aura

  • 69 months ago
  • 0 points

This one actually has PowerPAKs, not D-Paks. They're still not great, though.

And you don't know how much I've tried to solve the card's sagging problem. I just can't. D: I'm thinking about mounting a metal rod on the bottom of my case to support the card.

Comment reply on karlzhao314's Completed Build: Black Aura

  • 69 months ago
  • 0 points

The one in Rockville, Maryland on the beltway.

Comment reply on karlzhao314's Completed Build: Black Aura

  • 69 months ago
  • 0 points

lol nothing of the sort happened to me, at least. I don't think my Micro Center stocks any Tier 5s.

Comment reply on starke46's Completed Build: College Build

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I really can't agree with your part selection, especially the Z77 Extreme4. It has a terribly weak 4-phase VRM with old, crappy D-pak MOSFETs and pretty much nullifies any use of the 3570K as an overclocking CPU, and is doing a lot of damage to itself when under load even if you haven't overclocked.

Comment reply on karlzhao314's Completed Build: Black Aura

  • 69 months ago
  • -1 points
  1. As of now gaming is becoming less of a priority and building up the system to be a better enthusiast-grade system in terms of overclocking ability is becoming more of one.

  2. The $220 case allows much better support for a custom loop, which will most likely help with overclocking.

  3. See OP. :P

Comment reply on karlzhao314's Completed Build: Black Aura

  • 69 months ago
  • 0 points

I was actually planning on creating an entirely new set of custom sleeved cables myself, using wire, paracord, terminal pins, and connectors.

Comment reply on karlzhao314's Completed Build: Black Aura

  • 69 months ago
  • 0 points

16GB of RAM is necessary and is now explained in the OP.

Comment reply on karlzhao314's Completed Build: Black Aura

  • 69 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah, kind of learned that by now...

The thing was, I was buying everything that day and kind of hoped on building that afternoon, and they didn't have the H80i in stock.

Comment reply on karlzhao314's Completed Build: Black Aura

  • 69 months ago
  • 0 points
  1. Actually, the Extreme4 has 3 PCIe 3.0 slots at 16x, 8x/8x, or 8x/4x/4x. It's a bit different from most other mid-ranged Z87 boards out there.
  2. Agreed :P
  3. Green drives do make a slight difference, though, and while failure isn't good by any stretch of the imagination, it's not essential data I'm storing on it. For all of the essential stuff I have a 4TB Red in my NAS.
  4. Read my edit to the OP :P
  5. Agreed :D
  6. Also agreed :D

Comment reply on karlzhao314's Completed Build: Black Aura

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, right, completely forgot the explanation on the RAM. I had 8GB at first but then I entered a 3D modeling and engineering class at school, and the programs used are so taxing I'm starting to have trouble on 16GB of RAM.

Comment reply on Necronomiconomist's Completed Build: Ozymandias

  • 69 months ago
  • -1 points

Why no custom loop at that price point? :C

Comment reply on FFPM03's Completed Build: Trading Computer/basic media center

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good, love the scissors.

The build is nice too. ;)

A lot would criticize the part choice, but I'd say it's good for your purposes.

One thing though, you mentioned wanting to upgrade to a GPU to "take some load off the CPU"? The integrated graphics portion of the CPU is actually completely separate from the CPU portion of it, so if you added a graphics card and connected your monitors to it instead of your motherboard, it wouldn't lighten the load on your CPU, it would just disable the iGPU. So it's really pointless to add one unless you need more than 3 monitors.

Comment reply on AIien_Ant_Farm's Completed Build: Z11 Sales and Rebates

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, that cable management is amazing. I have a Z11 too and my cable management is terrible.

Also, those were quite some deals.

Good job on it!

Comment reply on creechl84's Completed Build: Office Computer

  • 74 months ago
  • 4 points

Just wondering, why a GTX 650 for office use?

Other than that, nicely done build. :) I wouldn't make those part choices myself but it looks fine.

Comment reply on karlzhao314's Completed Build: karlzhao314's personal gaming build

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I know it's because of reliability, but that was my point. It's been perfectly reliable so far.

I'll look into an XFX unit though.

Comment reply on karlzhao314's Completed Build: karlzhao314's personal gaming build

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

The CLC I got because I didn't know about the drawbacks of them yet. That's why I want to get a NH-D14 or a PH-TC14PE.

And the PSU's been fine so far. Maybe I'll need to upgrade it when I SLI, but not yet.

Comment reply on karlzhao314's Completed Build: karlzhao314's personal gaming build

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :)

Comment reply on karlzhao314's Completed Build: karlzhao314's personal gaming build

  • 78 months ago
  • 0 points

I'll think about the dowel and Ninja wire. Right now, it's not much of a problem since pulling the PCIe power connectors above the card and into the back of the case solves a lot of the droop, but who knows, I may need to do something in the future.

And I was already planning to add another GPU. :D

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