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Comment reply on kimosabe's Completed Build: Kimosabe White Lightning

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I used my HTC phone for camera. Try take pics with natural sunlight, it is best

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Photo editing PC (Lightroom 80%, PS 20%)"

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

5820k cpu, x99 mobo. some x99 mobo come with wifi card built in as well as bluetooth built in so you would not have to buy separate.

what about a video card?

since you are going to overclock you need 850w-1000w. I suggest EVGA G2 1000watts (tier 1 quality) and about same price as your current psu.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Avast versus Panda"

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

norton and mcafee are the only 2 I really stay away from lol.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Asus h87m-e wont detect my keyboard"

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

you could have a short somewhere. First carefully check all your wires. Then check all the on board USB pins, make sure they are straight and not touching. might have accidentally bent some during the build. make sure nothing is touching the pins. if everything looks okay do following. Look carefully inside all the USB ports and the metal shield is not touching the pins.

Then do the following:

First, disconnect the cable from the front case USB ports to the motherboard to isolate that off. if that fixes it and the back side USB ports work with your keyboard, then you could have a defective front USB hub that came with the case. get a magnifying glass and look at all your USB ports make sure non of the pins are touching. make sure you plugged all the pins correctly on the mobo and non of the pins are bent or installed incorrectly or backwards.

Also check how you installed the back side USB I/O plate that came with your motherboard. Make sure it is installed 100% correctly and seated/snapped in properly.

if it does not work.

Take everything out of the case. put your mobo on the cardboard box it came in or cardboard or something to isolate it for testing as you do not want to short it out. connect minimum stuff you need like power supply, minimum ram, and video, monitor and keyboard.

If everything works out of the case, then be careful when you reinstall everything in the case to make sure you are not shorting out something.

Also, check all the USB ports and that none of the metal tangs inside got bent and are touching anything.

Also check that you have installed ALL of the mobo standoffs (usually 9). And you used all the 9 small screws in all the right places. Refer to the manual.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need help!"

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

what OS did you use? if it's windows, you can look at the SDD folder "program files" and "program files x86" and see names of all the programs you accidentally installed and jot them down.

Then, go into Control panel, Uninstall programs, and uninstall all the named programs.

Then reinstall programs, but do not select easy or fast install - always select custom or advanced install or something like that so it gives you the option of changing the drive letter of the drive you actually want. otherwise all the programs will default to the C:\ drive.

As far as Drivers, they are different than programs, like a driver for your video card. they let you download the driver package wherever you want, but usually do not give you a choice of where the driver can be installed. these drivers get installed on the same drive as windows OS. after you install the driver, you can go into your download folder and delete the original package you downloaded which will save some space.

I suggest pointing your My Documents, Downloads, Music folders, and other data folders to the HDD drive letter. You can also install new programs in the HDD like games, Acrobat reader, etc..

But leave the Windows OS and drivers all on the SSD. Reason is if you need to recover or backup that SSD you also want to back up all your drivers as well.

Comment reply on kimosabe's Completed Build: Kimosabe White Lightning

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Tom on OC3D thinks there is enough space in front for air for the corsair 750D.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCqSFB1wWl0

Really though, I think if the cases you like are close in features, pick the one that aesthetically appeals to you, and just tweak it with what it is missing. and if the $150 is in your budget.

Comment reply on glenbaku's Completed Build: BUDGET BUILD - Builded in a country when parts are over-priced.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

wow, all the way in albania. grats on your build.

Comment reply on kimosabe's Completed Build: Kimosabe White Lightning

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

enthoo pro is newer case so not as many people have used it. The corsair 750D looks really beautiful and clean.

750D costs $50-60 more than Enthoo Pro. So at $150, you would need to compare Enthoo Luxe to Corsair 750D to see what you get for $150. Luxe is a little bigger than the Pro. I made a table with specs that I kept on my desktop as I went through different cases I wanted.

I like the 750 smooth front, but they sacrificed air intake and block the front fans in order to achieve it. other cases have a smooth front but put in deep side gaps so that the front fans still get good air. But I love the magnetic dust filter on top you can peel off. Where they do well on that design they forget to include the other dust filters you need like under the bottom. They only include a filter for half of the bottom - makes no sense. Other issue the way a DVD drive would look in the front - would kind of ruin the whole smooth thing.

see this where they take off the front panel on the 750D to show lack of air gap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1X1ur2-LFg

I chose the Enthoo Pro only because I wanted to stay under $99 but still have a lot of the same features of $150-200 cases like built in dust filters and modding capabilities as well as tons of options for mounting liquid radiators. Originally I looked at the CM Storm Striker which I totally abandoned.

Compare the break down side by side:

believe me I watched all the videos and read all the reviews of all the current cases I liked specifically designed for gaming and cooling. I probably lost 3 weeks of my life to the Internet on this.

If the only reason you pick the 750D is for the large viewing window - you could mod a window for any case you like.

My list is

(1) ease of build (2) sturdy (3) wire/cable management (4) dust filters (5) Sleek Design (6) thoughtfulness in design for what a builder would encounter * (7) versatility so you can change build in future using same case.

in the end I think I made the right choice for $99 because they included a good clear install manual, a free fan hub, a lot of thumb screws, and I was able to call tech support to answer all my questions. I had a couple minor issues with the case which I resolved myself.

what really finally sold me to get the Pro was it can be completely taken apart with screws unlike other cases that are mostly rivets you have to drill out. Bill Owen (modder) has a video where he disassembles the whole thing. Although I'm not going to mod it, I love that I have this option in the future.

But if you really like the look of the 750D, I say go for it because you have to look at it everyday, you should get what you like. You can buy aftermarket dust filters and another trick is to use women's nylon hose stockings.

p.s. I did not even consider the window for my build because right now left side of my PC is blocked so no one can even see the window.

Comment reply on kimosabe's Completed Build: Kimosabe White Lightning

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks. yeppers, cooler even bigger because I added that 3rd 140mm HP fan which I probably didn't need there since it's right next to the back side fan.

Comment reply on kimosabe's Completed Build: Kimosabe White Lightning

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

added more pics to show that the cpu cooler fans can clear the memory

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Managing dust"

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I used Positive pressure in my build. more fans pushing air into the case than fans pushing air out.

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/PzWXsY

I found a case Enthoo Pro that already had enough filters built in everywhere.

If the dust filters are not fine enough, I will simply wrap them with women's nylon stockings which is a common trick.

My video card EVGA GTX 980 when installed has the 2 fans facing down towards the PSU so it's not a problem for dust.

check out the videos on the Enthoo Pro, it has a lot for $99. there are some things I wish were better but for the price it was good. 2 filters on bottom. The top cover has a filter, and the front cover has a filter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBhmn21ylkc

Although I like the looks of the Enthoo Luxe better (LEDs), it is way too big for me and the extra features I did not think warranted me spending more money.

Jayztwocents also prefers positive air pressure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NYHC3DXynM

I would not pay money for those expensive compressed air cans. I have a small sized air compressor I keep in the room. Got it for $50 off $99 on big sale at a big box hardware store and it came with the hose and nozzle.

Comment reply on LawnDart's Completed Build: BlueBerry

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

cool colors. what is the liquid cooler you are using? I don't see the Xigmatek Prime cpu air cooler.

I'm also interested in why 2 sound cards.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need Good Speakers under $100"

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks.

Is it good stereo? how does a single box produce stereo as there is no left and right side?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help! Everything was working for 2 days now Wi-Fi won't work"

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I like to think things through before just doing things randomly without looking into specific logic of why something is done and the actual data of the specific motherboard and issues with the x99.

specifically I was hoping someone else with an asus X99 deluxe had a similar issue.

turned out the problem was software. they use a turbolan with cfos software. I uninstalled all of that.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help! Everything was working for 2 days now Wi-Fi won't work"

  • 56 months ago
  • 0 points

I don't see why I would clear the CMOS if I can access the BIOS no problem. the ASUS x99 deluxe comes with a little red cmos clear button near the reset/pwr on the motherboard.

as mentioned, I was able to reset the BIOS to default settings. The BIOS is fully accessible, the OS win8.1 is fully accessible.

My system is booting just fine, so all the typical reasons for clearing the cmos don't seem to make sense here.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Watch for Price drops"

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

It would say after rebate and there is a rebate form link under the button "Add To Cart" Button on the right side.

Here is a link example. says $12.99 after $5 rebate so it's very clear. and under "Add to Cart" Button, it has link to PDF for rebate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709024&cm_re=phanteks-_-35-709-024-_-Product

If it does not say After Rebate, then it's simply a sale price.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "About the Sennheiser G4ME Zero..."

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

His profile says he/she is 12 years old. so I imagine it's a family discount :)

Incredibly good writer and organized for 12.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need Good Speakers under $100"

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

anyone?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Question about rebates."

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure about that. you have to call them because I think it is BASED on your home address. if it says one rebate per address.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "This any good?"

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

the 2 lists can not be compared adequately. in one you have TONS of Monitors and TONS of hard drives and in the other you have a lot less. At minimum you should start lists with same number of storage and monitors.

the 2 lists do not make sense to compare.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Seasonic Power Supplies on sale"

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

if you overclock and plan to add more video cards later, 1000w otherwise you don't need a lot

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Buyer Beware w/ Outlet PC!"

  • 56 months ago
  • 4 points

This is for California Buyers only. If you live in other states, you might not pay Newegg tax for example so you need to contact the vendors to verify.

Calif. Tax from: Amazon, Newegg, Microcenter, SuperBiiz, Best Buy, NCIXUS

If you buy from out of state vendor that has no warehouse in Calif. there is NO TAX: B&H, Directron, OutletPC

But OutletPC charges minimum of $6.95 Shipping fixed rate so try order multiple items at once. Sometimes they are lowest price and sometimes not. Even with the $6.95 shipping I find they are lower than Newegg since the tax from newegg is so high.

Tigerdirect last I checked did not charge Calif. tax. But I have not ordered from them in a while. Remember as soon as they open any warehouse or distribution center in CA, they start charging tax.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Christmas build not for me, but for my friend"

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

also may I ask why you picked that liquid cooler. because I read it can be noisy the fan included on that radiator.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Christmas build not for me, but for my friend"

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

this is my exact build, but it's over your budget. I used same cpu/mobo but a much more expensive GPU, which I almost got the GTX 970 but last minute went for the 980.

I cancelled idea of M.2 after research and stuck with SSD & Hybrids. It's not going anywhere fast right now and on the ASUS x99 it sticks straight up vertically which looks bad. See pics on asus website. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hv6M23

I'm actually building the PC right now. this very minute.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Christmas build not for me, but for my friend"

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

In Portugal which vendors do you have?

what about NewEgg? they are currently having a sale on Seasonic PSU which are top ranked makers of PSU for other brands.

I bought that exact same CPU and mobo. I got an EVGA 1000W G2 psu as it was a good price, but still Tier 1 list. Plus EVGA makes a sleeved cable kit in white for the G2 & P2 so I could make everything match easily. All G2 and P2 by EVGA are on the Tier 1 list.

To SAVE Money:

(1) the Corsair 750D is about $160. why not use Enthoo Pro for only $99. I'm happy with it, just came in the mail. my build pcis will go up by the weekend. I was not impressed with the 750D based on reviews and my reading of specs.

750D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1X1ur2-LFg

Enthoo Pro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBhmn21ylkc

(2) got this Crucial memory for only ~$200 and does not interfere with my CPU cooler. if you get lower speed, it's even CHEAPER. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-memory-bls4k4g4d240fsa Why buy RED colored memory anyway, your mobo is white theme.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Buyer Beware w/ Outlet PC!"

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

my only beef is that they always charge min. $6.95 shipping to states in USA. But the website here does not put $6.95 shipping to the cost automatically. I don't care that they charge the $6.95 as long as they are the cheapest bottom line. I'm not happy about the website not auto adding this.

I did buy something from them last week, but only b/c (a) no sales tax for me b/c I'm in California (b) even with $6.95 s/h they were few dollars cheaper.

They should not have charged your credit card until the item shipped. there might even be a rule about it. Amazon I know does not charge until item ships.

Ok - I have one more minor beef. I ordered the Samsung 840 PRO SSD from OutletPC and they did put the small box in a larger box, but the small bubble wrap inside the box was not enough so the tiny box sloshed around a lot. I don't know yet if it works, crossing my fingers but I don't think it's good for SSD or HHD to slosh around.

On the positive side, they did ship it to me fast.

Now, I have to also say that couple other vendors, I also did not get great shipping packaging this month. Perhaps it's the holidays and they are packing/shipping so fast, they aren't careful.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Watch for Price drops"

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm just saying go ahead and pull the trigger because if price drops within so many days, a lot of these vendors will credit your card back the difference anyway.

I'm not sure of the policy at all vendors, you have to check.

But at least B&H did it no hassle at all for me and I'm not sure how many days their policy is since my price drop happened within one week. Some vendors might price match their own prices up to 30 days, some might be 1-2 weeks only. Call them and check before you buy.

They usually have these policies so you don't have a fear of buying it now and the price dropping one week later.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "No feedback whatsoever while attempting first boot"

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

if you did the paperclip test and you have power, the fan may not be coming on because you don't have enough load. you need to add some fans and HDD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co2RizQ8U2k

do you have a Multimeter? even a cheap $5 one from harbor freight?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Mobo sits on opening screen too long"

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

look for a setting in there that lets you do fast boot or fast POST.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New build will not power on"

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

what did you do to fix the power supply? which method?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New system will not stay on"

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

parts list needed.

more details needed

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Phanteks Enthoo Pro owners..."

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I explain in detail how to take the hinge panel off in above post. The instructions will make sense when you have the box in front of you.

It's pretty easy. if it takes you more than 30 seconds to do it I would be surprised. It takes more time to type it out than to do it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Question about rebates."

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Rebates usually come from manufacturer. be careful sometimes they only allow one rebate per household. I ordered 4 fans. unfortunately I can only use the rebate for ONE fan.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "O.M.G Copper piping tubing Case"

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Right, it looks like he is using an AIR cooler heat sink for the CPU part.

This is pure art. He could have done more with the liquid to actually make it work as a cooler or maybe there is something we do not see.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Phanteks Enthoo Pro owners..."

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

If I understand what you are asking, then yes. entire front panel pulls off first. there are Many youtube videos reviewing it where they show you how to entirely disassemble.

The actual hinge panel over the front USB ports. If you have a white case, just know the USB part is all black when you remove the hinged faceplate. but you could paint it white.

(1) Remove the entire large front panel first. slide out the bottom screen first. then grab the front panel by the bottom. it easily pops off no screws.

(2) you will then see the thin plate over the USB ports has a hinge connection on both left and right sides, you can remove it there. but it's lot easier if you first remove huge full front panel.

go to 1:59 you can kind of see the tiny hinge clip on left side. you would have to gently pop it off on left and right sides.

go to 9:05 to see how he first pulls off entire front bezel panel. grab from bottom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guBAl6g8BlY

go to 6:34 see how he grabs it from bottom and pulls out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBhmn21ylkc

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Media Card Reader needed"

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. A lot of these card readers look very similar. I wonder if they are all made by the same manufacturer like Sunshine-Tipway.

Looks like at this point I'm not going to find a white one, so I will settle for one of these. I don't need any of those Usb 2.0, I wish they would use the space for something else.

The sata port is nice to have for external drive connections.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "i5 4690k and i7 4790k just dropped like $50+ each (Microcenter in-store pickup)"

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

how does Best Buy get customers?

Is it convenient locations? you would think the people who buy from Best Buy have Internet (since they are buying techie stuff) and can see quickly BB are not the cheapest.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "TODAY's Newegg COMBO deal $679 get's you decent gaming setup kit of parts."

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

it's okay if you only have about $600. main thing is saving $85 for a bundle. I myself would get a video card, but some folks do not have the money or just want a simple build for their 11 year old son or something.

and it's just a start, people could take that mobo and cpu and do a lot more.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "white cases"

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I ended up buying the Enthoo Pro in white which was not even originally on this list. It was only $99 and was feature packed compared to the Stryker.

https://pcpartpicker.com/part/phanteks-case-phes614pwt

But I still think about the Nanoxia Deep Silence. It comes with sound deadening foam already installed on the side doors. But unlike the Enthoo, it does not have a cover for the PSU so it looks funny to have a black PSU inside a white box.

I simply did not get any feedback on the Nanoxia Deep Silence from anyone.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "TODAY's Newegg COMBO deal $679 get's you decent gaming setup kit of parts."

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

built in graphics on board

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First attempt at a build, moderate gaming on Linux"

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Look at the Nanoxia Deep Silence case. you will see on the door panels they used a sheet of some type of self-stick bitumen rubber to make it more quite. theirs looks black. you can do this yourself.

ones in home improvement stores usually have a silver aluminum foil face, but there are a couple that look black on one side. if you are on a budget just get the cheapest one as long as it's 100% bitumen rubber. but if you care about looks you might not want the flashing that has all printing on it wit the company name.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First attempt at a build, moderate gaming on Linux"

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

you can also use Foam Lined, Foil Backed Duct Insulation which can handle a LOT of heat and has no smell. they use that to wrap heated ducts.

they do sell a self-stick version of duct insulation, but it will be silver color / not black.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First attempt at a build, moderate gaming on Linux"

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I miss my old linux boxes. I have this t-shirt. XKCd has the funniest cartoons. http://store-xkcd-com.myshopify.com/products/linux-cheat-shirt

(2) you can reduce noise with some self-stick window flashing (Bitumen) -it's sold in big home supply stores. apply to the case, people use it in their car doors all the time. make sure to use the rubber based bitumen one and Not the ashphalt based ones as they might smell a little when hot. car door metal can get very hot on summer day. anyway you can look up on car websites where tons of people recommend different brands for sound deadening easily available at large building supply store near windows since it's used when installing windows.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "i5 4690k and i7 4790k just dropped like $50+ each (Microcenter in-store pickup)"

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

NewEgg & Amazon already charge me tax. but literally, they have the most selection and sometimes, I can Only find what I want on those 2 sites. Microcenter also charges tax in Calif. because they have a store in southern calif. somewhere far away.

Sometimes, after I figure in free shipping, even with added tax, I pay less to Amazon than another site where they want to charge me $20 to ship a case.

I definitely crunch all the numbers and compare different sites before I buy.

Sometimes I use B&H to save on tax, usually they don't charge shipping, BUT bc they are in NY/NJ it takes 7-10 days before I get my stuff.

It would be nice to walk into a Microcenter though and get some open box deal and see/touch/feel some of these cases.

And what is up with Best Buy? Why are they so expensive compared to other places? There are tons of Best Buy everywhere but they are never the cheapest.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Looking for a an opinion on a power supply"

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

no not if you won't overclock. I bought the EVGA G2 1000w only because I will overclock.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "a $650 budget - Basic gaming AMD build! [OPINIONS]"

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

what about this psu http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx500

there are several versions of that CM 431 case on sale. This one is $39.99 after $10 rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-PC&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-PC-_-pla-_-Computer+Cases-_-N82E16811119227&gclid=Cj0KEQiA5K-kBRDZ9r71gOvlxOMBEiQAwkK52LcwTciQIKeJtdFvsQzXNU534t42nA4loD9i-GfvFg8aApwR8P8HAQ

They have another version of the case on that same site, but it does not have rebate. Print rebate form is right under Add to Cart button.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "My first build. Roughly $1800"

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 on the EVGA G2 power supply, it's Tier 1 rated.

plus EVGA sells a sleeved cable set in different colors for $89 that you can add onto that psu now or later. newegg carries the evga sleeved cable set - I bought it last week.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Building a new rig in a month or two. Am I getting anything wrong?"

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

If the case is on your desk, the leds can get distracting in the peripheral view when the room is dark, but that is me. but it's cool to turn on if you have guests. sometimes I turn off the lights in the room and leds are enough to see a few things on the desk.

so you can not fit the Kraken x61 cooler I take it? have you tried contacting the Case manufacturer for their recommendation on a cooler that will fit?

I called Phanteks today and amazingly a human answered and gave me some good advice about my fan placements and types for my new case.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Building a new rig in a month or two. Am I getting anything wrong?"

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 on cool looking case. +1 getting 750w

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