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Comment reply on theonelonewolf's Completed Build: Crimson Wind

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

Comment reply on theonelonewolf's Completed Build: Crimson Wind

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Runs like a champ and the fun I had building it blew me away.

Comment reply on theonelonewolf's Completed Build: Crimson Wind

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I'll have to install something like this probably. I should be able to fit a couple...

Comment reply on theonelonewolf's Completed Build: Crimson Wind

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Found the rest of the pictures I was missing and uploaded them.

Comment reply on theonelonewolf's Completed Build: Crimson Wind

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha that's awesome. Thanks for the up-vote, nice comments, and a nice build you have there as well.

Comment reply on theonelonewolf's Completed Build: Crimson Wind

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

Comment reply on theonelonewolf's Completed Build: Crimson Wind

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

For sure. Can't wait to get the upgrades and additions.

Comment reply on theonelonewolf's Completed Build: Crimson Wind

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for your suggestions and help. The splitters, hubs, and fan controller couldn't have worked out better.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "My Beast"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Completed the initial build (just a few upgrade / additions planned).

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Jx1

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Memory Picking Nightmare"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Completed the initial build (just a few upgrade / additions planned).

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Jx1

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New Build - seeking opinions / advice"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Completed the initial build (just a few upgrade / additions planned).

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Jx1

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Finalizing Build"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Completed the initial build (just a few upgrade / additions planned).

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Jx1

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Over the top....? NAAAAH!"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Completed the initial build (just a few upgrade / additions planned).

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Jx1

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Resolution, Aspect Ratio, Contrast Ratio (and Gaming [if at all relevant]?)"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Completed the initial build (just a few upgrade / additions planned).

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Jx1

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Cable Management Solution Help"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Completed the initial build (just a few upgrade / additions planned).

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Comment reply on Forum Topic "$5,700.00 + Build"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Completed the initial build (just a few upgrade / additions planned).

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Jx1

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fan connections 4-Pin (PWM) Splitter / Controller / ?"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Completed the initial build (just a few upgrade / additions planned).

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Jx1

Comment reply on Forum Topic "There's some parts here"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Completed the initial build (just a few upgrade / additions planned).

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Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which of these 2?"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Completed the initial build (just a few upgrade / additions planned).

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Jx1

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The cash is flowing again! Time to finish purchases but first... Your thoughts (again)?"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Completed the initial build (just a few upgrade / additions planned).

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Jx1

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Finalization of build #1 ~$900"

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

i7 4770k is $199.99 from microcenter (price matched by staples if needed).

You may end up a little over $900 though such as this.

If not, your choices look alright except you will want the EVO version of the CPU cooler.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "new at this so opinions are welcomed. trying to build a nice gaming pc for around 2000."

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Unsure, but I wouldn't count on it lasting long.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "new at this so opinions are welcomed. trying to build a nice gaming pc for around 2000."

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

What you have works. A quick note though as you may want to jump on it asap. Microcenter has the 4770k for 199.99 in-store pickup currently. If you don't have a Microcenter nearby Staples will price match it. Some places you could probably spend money differently otherwise but the parts you have are solid.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "WTF deal on i7-4770k (in-store only sorry)"

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I can also confirm they will price match it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "incorrect shipping"

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I just went through the checkout process up till placing the order and paying. No free shipping was offered. Maybe they just don't like me...

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Core i7 4770k Sale at Microcenter"

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Yay! Confirmed they price match. No questions or hassle. Just Order the item at regular price. Open live chat. Request price match. Supply order number and they will update the price.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Core i7 4770k Sale at Microcenter"

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Bah, I'll have to try in the morning... apparently people that work there go home and sleep and stuff.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Core i7 4770k Sale at Microcenter"

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Even if you live far away? I just tried everywhere (didn't think of staples though) and no one would price match... I'll try staples though now for sure.

Comment reply on pslam's Completed Build: Simple, Powerful, Just the way I built it.

  • 68 months ago
  • 3 points

What made you turn away from LED fans?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Looking for some advice on my first build"

  • 68 months ago
  • 3 points

The read write speeds are slower but you will probably not really notice it. As far as gaming usually the only parts effected are loading screens and initial load of the game. The WD Blue has a 3-year warranty if I remember correctly and they are very reliable.

The WD black is slightly more expensive (I'm guessing the read/write times are higher but I can't remember). It has a 5-year warranty I believe. WD claims them to be ideal for performance demanding storage. I believe they mention gaming.

To me though it's marketing hype although another 2 year warranty is nice (if I'm correct on it). Check out WD's website. They do have a lot of info on their drives. Or I would do a google "WD Blue vs WD Black".

Another thought (one I will probably do with my build since I've had one before) you can go with a WD VelociRaptor 10,000 RPM - 5 year warranty. Not sure on the read/write speed comparrison.

The VelociRaptors run about $100. While the Blues run about $60 and the Blacks run about $82.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "College Student - First Gaming Build"

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Extra HDDs lying around is nice. I have quite a few but they are all old. I may use the larger one for backups. But a new system can last a decade and as HDDs are mechanical and generally the older and more used they are the more likely they are going to kick the bucket sooner or later. I am building a new system and even though I have probably plenty of storage space with older drives I will still purchase a new one for data storage per the reasoning above. I would personally suggest the same, if not now, sooner then later.

Comment reply on MrBeastshaw's Completed Build: The Luxury Budget Build

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Tight and clean. Nice build. +1

Comment reply on Forum Topic "College Student - First Gaming Build"

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't need thermal compound with the H100i as it comes pre-applied. This RAM has better timings at the same speed and is ever so slightly cheaper. I would pick up a 1TB HDD as 120G isn't much at all anymore. So your part list would look something like this.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Looking for some advice on my first build"

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

What budget do you have?

Here's what I came up with.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22BeB

Wifi gaming could be a pain (I excluded it) but if you need it you need it. Dropped SSD to 120GB and dropped WD Black for WD Blue instead. Slightly cheaper optical drive. Slightly cheaper PSU but fully modular and higher quality (tier 2 vs tier 3 per this reference. Dropped 770 for a 780 lightning (although I would prefer the HOF Edition for $19 more).

For $50 more you have a better quality, fully modular PSU. A better GPU. while keeping the same case. Although the case is great, you could definitely still get quality for 1/2 the price hence the Corsair 500R White (check out Newegg's video here for some good info on the case).Now the prices are about equal fans can be added...

Some info on case fans (I've posted this on multiple threads). It is long so I'll leave it at the bottom of this reply however I went ahead and chose some white LED fans for you and filled all available mounts for price reference. 200mm side white LED fan included (mounts for 2x 120/140mm), 2x 120mm front white LED fans included, 120mm rear fan included, bottom mounts for a 120mm/140mm fan, top mounts for 2x 120mm/140mm fans. Total empty max size mounts = 3x 140mm:

Filling all available fan mounts isn't completely necessary (although I tend to). More fans will mean more airflow, yes, but it will also mean more noise. You may also want to consider a fan controller. I personally like this.

A post I made about fan choice a while back on someone else's topic:

Link to a fan for reference. Remember you can add them over time so the money spent won't be felt as much. And as a side note... When you do your build make sure to practice good 'Cable Management' to maximize your airflow and give less random surfaces to catch dust. If you need to, there are many guides out there to help that can be found with a simple web / YouTube search.

Things to pay attention to when you are looking at fans:

  • Make sure you match the size (120mm, 140mm, etc.).
  • Look at the airflow, You will see a value followed by "CFM" (Air Flow 41.9 - 65.0 CFM). CFM = cubic feet per minute. Fans that list values like the example have variable speed options so the lower the speed the lower the CFM. Also, creating something called positive pressure will help to reduce dust inside the case. Positive pressure is basically having more CFM intake (air going into the case) than CFM exhaust (air going out of the case).
  • Look at the noise level (Noise Level 10.1 - 19.6 dbA). Again, variable speed will cause different values. Lower is quieter.
  • Bearing type: Fluid Dynamic Bearings(FDB)are arguably the best, however, here's a little info:

Sleeve bearings use two surfaces lubricated with oil or grease as a friction contact. They often use porous sintered sleeves to be self-lubricating, requiring only infrequent maintenance or replacement. Sleeve bearings are less durable at higher temperatures as the contact surfaces wear and the lubricant dries up, eventually leading to failure; however, lifetime is similar at relatively low ambient temperatures. Sleeve bearings may be more likely to fail at higher temperatures, and may perform poorly when mounted in any orientation other than horizontal. The lifespan of a sleeve-bearing fan may be around 40,000 hours at 50 °C. Fans that use sleeve bearings are generally cheaper than fans that use ball bearings, and are quieter at lower speeds early in their life, but can become noisy as they age.

Rifle bearings are similar to sleeve bearings, but are quieter and have almost as much lifespan as ball bearings. The bearing has a spiral groove in it that pumps fluid from a reservoir. This allows them to be safely mounted with the shaft vertical (unlike sleeve bearings), since the fluid being pumped lubricates the top of the shaft. The pumping also ensures sufficient lubricant on the shaft, reducing noise, and increasing lifespan.

Ball bearings Though generally more expensive, ball bearing fans do not suffer the same orientation limitations as sleeve bearing fans, are more durable at higher temperatures, and are quieter than sleeve-bearing fans at higher rotation speeds. The lifespan of a ball bearing fan may be over 60,000 hours at 50 °C.

Fluid bearings have the advantages of near-silent operation and high life expectancy (comparable to ball bearings), but tend to be the most expensive.

Magnetic bearings or maglev bearings, in which the fan is repelled from the bearing by magnetism.

  • Shock-Absorbing Rubber Pads. Such as pictured here. Rubber pads with embedded steel threads absorb vibrations and noise as well as ensuring a secure fit.

Comment reply on austinach's Completed Build: Current gaming rig

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Makes more sense now, thanks for clarifying and updating you price.

Comment reply on About47Pandas's Completed Build: Monster kill

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

The mobo does have USB 3.0...

  • 1 x USB 3.0 connector supports additional 2 USB 3.0 ports
  • 2 x USB 2.0 connectors support additional 4 USB 2.0 ports (1 connector shares with ROG_EXT header)

Comment reply on austinach's Completed Build: Current gaming rig

  • 68 months ago
  • -1 points

Why Win 7 Ultimate? Would have gotten cheaper OS version and better GPU. If prices are correct you could have also gotten better performing and cheaper RAM. More pictures would be nice especially internal ones.

Comment reply on MarkStirner's Completed Build: Ultron Mark 12

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Unlocked CPU with no OC or non-stock CPU cooler? Did you upgrade to Windows 8.1? What keyboard and monitor do you use? How are your temps?

Just curious. +1

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The cash is flowing again! Time to finish purchases but first... Your thoughts (again)?"

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, I know. I was just trying to be polite and civil.

Comment reply on phyrewall's Completed Build: phyrewall

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I was wondering the same thing. That's exactly what I want / have been looking for.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The cash is flowing again! Time to finish purchases but first... Your thoughts (again)?"

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah. I have them all installed and wired up. While leak testing the H100i for 24+ hrs I also ran the fans... They are very loud at full speed but it's not a concern for me especially with the fan controller, plus I usually use a headset. The amount of air that moves through is perfect and I definitely will have good temps. I'll probably get the magnetic dust filters I have on the parts list for the intakes. Along with the filters and positive pressure it should remain pretty clean. Thanks for your comment (sarcastic or not) although I am really looking for thoughts on parts that are yet to be purchased.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Monitor Choice Opinions Wanted"

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

The benQ can also rotate to a portrait display. From what I understand the 144Hz is just some overclocking done to it. I've done a lot of looking and one thing that really has me considering the BenQ is the linustechtips unboxing... Just quality wise it looks so much better.24Hz... 1ms I don't think either will be all that noticeable, but I guess I could be wrong. I don't know. I'm still torn. Any other thoughts out there?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First time - trying for ~$1k"

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Overclocking can give extra umph in the future when the build is old and you may find yourself needing just a little more to extend the reasonable usability of the system. Or can be done when it's new for the extra umph.

I've had same issues with onboard sound vs sound cards but the on board sounds were all on older boards. So I do understand where you are coming from there.

As far as the SSD goes... I would personally be more inclined to sacrifice by putting what you would need to onto the 1TB HDD and if it drove you nuts not having it all on SSD then getting another one in the future so that you could put that money into more core performance parts.

AMD is really competing with Nvidia. Their products are pretty on-par now. An easy way to compare is to find a comparably priced card and just do a google search "_ vs _". You can do the same with CPUs.

AMD CPUs are bang for your buck. To see a comparison of performance check out this. You can see the same for GPUs here.

The PSU choice is a tier 2 unit as referenced here. I chose 850W to allow you to add a 2nd GPU in crossfire in the future. This will essentially prolong the effective use of your system keeping up with more demanding applications / games / displays.

As you can probably imagine, optical drives are not really used like they once were. With flash drives, cloud storage, digitally delivered software, etc. They are mostly ever only used for OS installation anymore. Beyond that the rare user who has a collection of discs or burns a lot. All of that makes getting the cheapest the best option.

Mouse and keyboard I would do like you said and drop till later as you have usable pieces now.

Case is more of a personal choice so I left it alone. Find what looks good to you and just search reviews. If you are comfortable with it, great. I would filter for ATX motherboard form factor, front panel USB 3.0, mid or full tower type, and no PSU included. Having a window is up to you and you don't really need to worry about # of drive bays as they will all more than likely have plenty. As for the fans and such I like to go to Newegg's product page. They like to put up videos of cases and will show you everything there is to the case, also their specs page usually lists a cooling section showing the fans that are included, optional, and the sizes. You don't necessarily need to fill all available fan mounts. At minimum you want airflow from the front to the back or from the bottom to the top. Side panel fans are meant to give GPUs extra cooling but there isn't always enough room. You have to check dimension specs for that or just try it and see.

Hope this is what you were looking for and helps.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First time - trying for ~$1k"

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

More bang for your buck. You don't need thermal compound as it comes with the cooler which will allow you to OC now or in the future if needed. You don't need a sound card as there's onboard sound. Dropped SSD down to 120 GB which is still enough for the OS and several programs. Better RAM configuration and better performance. Better GPU. Better CPU. Better Motherboard. Better PSU. Mobo and PSU allow for a 2nd GPU in the future. Cheaper optical drive. Dropped keyboard and Mouse. Under budget of $1.2k. Don't forget about the mail in rebates ($58 worth). This thing could potentially last you a decade with luck. Just my 2 cents.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1YYca

Comment reply on jahovind's Completed Build: a newbies first build

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

No worries, I see you mentioned the cables weren't long enough to route behind the motherboard. I agree with RyneSmith about the zipties. They are your best friend when it comes to cable management.

Comment reply on jahovind's Completed Build: a newbies first build

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

My suggestions would be to research "computer cable management" and to put your ram in slot 1 of channel 1. It may not matter with that motherboard (I'm not sure) but it's a good rule of thumb. Well done taking the dive into building your own. +1

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