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Comment reply on phooeyptooey's Completed Build: 200101 Athlon's Foot

  • 2 minutes ago
  • 1 point

Follow-up: There's a definite heat issue on the CPU, making me wonder if I forgot the thermal paste. Will post back after I tear it down to investigate.

Comment reply on phooeyptooey's Completed Build: 200109 Dead Demi XX

  • 5 minutes ago
  • 1 point

Having revisited the interior again, I'm pretty sure I was addressing the airflow challenges of the tight space as well as the choice between 2 PCIe slots with ×16 bandwidth for the RTX. Due to its thickness, it actually has more bottom clearance for air intake when mounted below the other cards. In the top slot its fans are half covered by the next card down. There it would also effectively cut the interior in half, concentrating more heat in the top half with the CPU. That might be less of an issue now with the addition of the top exhaust fans. So far I haven't felt the same startling exhaust as I did from last year's configuration.

Comment reply on phooeyptooey's Completed Build: 200114 Ezra's Window Box

  • 9 days ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I think overall it's one of my better budget builds. I have found it necessary to replace a couple of power supplies lately, one that failed on the buyer of a PC after 2 days of use & another that never powered on for me, which I had purchased used from overseas (no more of that). I realize there are more expensive conscientious ways to build for a discerning user, but a lot of what I've done lately are budget starter PCs just to get people thinking outside their consoles, cutting costs where opportunities are most obvious.

I will try that first GPU again in another build, because I don't have any conclusive point-of-failure evidence on it. Just a variable I changed that ended a problem at hand.

Comment reply on phooeyptooey's Completed Build: 200114 Ezra's Window Box

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

Indeed it's a used PSU of unknown mileage, so always apply some reasonable doubt. One red flag during the initial testing, I got a few black screen crashes near the end of PassMark's graphics segments. I reproduced that a couple of times & then eliminated the problem by switching to this current video card.

Comment reply on phooeyptooey's Completed Build: 200114 Ezra's Window Box

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

Glad you like it, thanks for stopping by!

Comment reply on phooeyptooey's Completed Build: 200109 Dead Demi XX

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

It actually needs all the air it can get because the GPU heat can be alarming. I think removing that piece of the shroud will do a lot of good. Thanks for stopping by!

Comment reply on phooeyptooey's Completed Build: 200109 Dead Demi XX

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, that's one of the bigger Chromax fans on top of the cooler — Noctua shipped out the special clips for it.

Comment reply on phooeyptooey's Completed Build: 200109 Dead Demi XX

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

It was the best option I found for maximizing PCIe bandwidth on this particular motherboard & set of devices. The crucial factor escapes me now a few months later, but I remember this was the conclusion I reached after trying a different board first (ASRock's Z390 Taichi). It may have been the requirements or recommendations for the sound card that forced me into this bottom-heavy arrangement. In any event, the top PCIe slot is most commonly preferable & so anyone would ask this. Mine happens to be a "workstation" motherboard I picked mainly for its PLX chip to give this lower slot the same resources a GPU would demand from the top position.

Comment reply on phooeyptooey's Completed Build: 200109 Dead Demi XX

  • 15 days ago
  • 2 points

The idea was to run a few non-gaming screens without dividing the attention of the main GPU. Currently have 2 monitors on integrated graphics and another pair on the GT 710, trying to dedicate most of my rendering resources to the center screen. This is another thing that will take some comparison over time to confirm or deny, but I thought it was worth trying.

Comment reply on phooeyptooey's Completed Build: 200107 7 & VII

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I'm not sure how much they will work against each other, but I knew the GPU had a lot of heat to exhaust from the side while the CPU needed to draw as much fresh air as possible. At some point I may do some comparisons with those fans flipped different ways.

Comment reply on phooeyptooey's Completed Build: 200107 7 & VII

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, glad you like it. They keep ramping up the frequencies of memory — this motherboard claims to support up to 4400 MHz. I still need to give manual overclocking a try. My first lesson could be with this memory I'm using here, trying to get at least the 4133 on its label.

Comment reply on phooeyptooey's Completed Build: 191202 Whynaught Apparatus (Updated)

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

Did you also have an optical drive in there? I don't have this build anymore, or I'd take another look, but I'm 99% sure there was no solution for screwing both of these fans to the front panel. Since I found it so baffling, it's plausible that I picked up some kind of mis-drilled unit sold at a discount.

Comment reply on phooeyptooey's Completed Build: 200101 Athlon's Foot

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 point

Anybody know what causes that dismal 2D Mark score? Could it be connected to the crashing of Unigine Heaven? I've considered trying some different memory. . . .

Comment reply on phooeyptooey's Completed Build: 191222 No-Nonsense Ryzen-Radeon Good-Gamer

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

Funny you should say that, I did replace the front fan with a non-LED Thermaltake from a Core G3 case. Really trying to get rid of as much frivolity as possible.

Comment reply on phooeyptooey's Completed Build: 191222 No-Nonsense Ryzen-Radeon Good-Gamer

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Same as the exhaust. Originally it was pushing air through the heatsink from the front, but that interfered with the drive mounting plate.

Comment reply on phooeyptooey's Completed Build: 191222 No-Nonsense Ryzen-Radeon Good-Gamer

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I had a similar thought while I was putting it together. It sure doesn't look like an entertainment machine, but that's really what it does best.

Comment reply on phooeyptooey's Completed Build: 191222 No-Nonsense Ryzen-Radeon Good-Gamer

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Yeah there's a different kind of satisfaction that comes with a plain Jane exterior, no visual boasts. I'm more happy with it than I would have expected. Thanks for checking it out

Comment reply on phooeyptooey's Completed Build: 191222 No-Nonsense Ryzen-Radeon Good-Gamer

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I think the camera exposure & the lighting are exaggerating that tone, because it looks much more regular black to the naked eye.

Comment reply on phooeyptooey's Completed Build: 191128 GET TO THE COPPER

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, yes I found the double radiators kind of mesmerizing. I have a different copper Zalman cooler ready & waiting for an upcoming Intel system, looking forward to using it.

Comment reply on phooeyptooey's Completed Build: 191221 She's a Brick Greenhouse

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It was about equal parts fun & rage. If you don't get all name brand LEGO® stuff, there can be some unwelcome tension or looseness in just the wrong spots. But it's pretty great how they can hold the power switch & the I/O shield just right.

Comment reply on alioxen's Completed Build: Gameboy Theme

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I've looked at those riveter tools hanging in the hardware aisle & wondered if they could replicate the rivets in PC cases. You must really be comfortable with the NZXT to do all that. The window tint is kind of a strong green but it's definitely reminding me of a Game Boy LCD overall. Nice work!

Comment reply on Splunge's Completed Build: As The Vortex Illumines The Crystalline Walls Of Kor-Avul-Thaa

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

What a great heatpipe on the motherboard. I would have liked to use that for my copper theme build. Lots of character, almost a shame to enclose it behind a solid panel!

Comment reply on phooeyptooey's Completed Build: 191221 She's a Brick Greenhouse

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Just a proof of concept, mediocre PC parts held together with toys. I learned a few things that will help in another project I'd like to try later.

Comment reply on ZipGun's Completed Build: 2019 winter build

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I like this 2-tone interior with the white quadrant surrounding the CPU. It could be carried over to the GPU backplate somehow, a white section of that surface to reinforce the rest. In any case your refinements here are obvious. I will think more about this "color zone" idea & maybe try something like it.

Comment reply on Schaffer's Completed Build: Schism

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Did your work on the headphones include stitching the fabric? I like your choice of lighting & your coherent desk theme with all the Rubik's type stuff. Looks like your lower PCIe slot is only ×4 bandwidth while the top was ×16 . . . I wonder what games you're playing & how much difference you might notice in a very demanding game.

Comment reply on phooeyptooey's Completed Build: Déjà Revu

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Sure, it used the XMP setting with no problem. Have you heard of the 1600s holding people back with memory speeds?

Comment reply on TheGamingBible's Completed Build: Black and White Carbon Car themed build - AMD avec AMG

  • 1 month ago
  • 5 points

I think I accidentally clicked over to Better Homes & Gardens

Comment reply on Katakorak's Completed Build: Jolly Box of Epicness

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

Why . . . not?

Merry Christmas

Comment reply on phooeyptooey's Completed Build: 191211 Death Cheater

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yes at the very least it's nice & neat after some inexpensive rehab. Already got some response — in my local area it seems like the cheapest builds are most in demand. We'll see what happens. . . .

Comment reply on phooeyptooey's Completed Build: 191211 Death Cheater

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

No complaints about this case, I'd be comfortable using it again. It accommodates these 3 SATA devices without any struggling. Came with an 80mm rear exhaust fan, I replaced it with 90mm only because I had some handy. It was nice to find an old PCI card with 2 Ethernet ports as a consolation, doubling what the motherboard offered originally. Not very exciting stuff but satisfying.

Comment reply on aromachi's Completed Build: Custom SFF: The Time Slayer

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

OK, I'll watch out for more pics here. I've been wondering how to start my own custom case, which materials to try with the simple tools I have . . . there's a working Mini-ITX system waiting naked on a table. So I'm interested in your choices here, looks like it's going to be a success.

Comment reply on aromachi's Completed Build: Custom SFF: The Time Slayer

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Is it epoxy holding the angle aluminum together as well? With a good cutter I guess there's no limit to the frames you could design. Is there a notification for updates to completed builds? I'd like to see the how finished acrylic surface comes together.

Comment reply on casedizzy's Completed Build: FX-8350 from 2014 adjusted for 2019 upgrades. Still going strong!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'm working on something right now with LED fans colored like your diagram. You speak the truth about prior generations of parts still meeting realistic needs today. Sometimes this PC part picking business looks like a contest of future-proofing starting now — now — NOW . . . but when you've been there & done that once or twice, it's hard to keep worshipping the next scheduled trend.

Comment reply on HatefulxxDesign's Completed Build: 2017 Budget Build Orange Theme

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Oh, that's different from the "custom prebuilt" thing I've been doing. I'd like to build something to client specifications someday. Instead I have several computers done on speculation that someone around here will want them sooner or later. Maybe I'll get some relevant contacts out of this so I can try your way pretty soon.

Comment reply on snowdusk's Completed Build: Cottontail

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I like the 2200G, it's modest but not a total sacrifice, then you can always add discrete graphics. But I saw red when I recognized that case — did you find it cumbersome for the ATX board? The back of the optical drive & the 2.5" SSD mounts in particular were badly crowded in my build. Looks like you saved yourself some of the torment I endured, however I must say some ATX mid towers are not ATX friendly. Rant concluded, your build looks nice.

Comment reply on vrummer's Completed Build: SPIKE V.11 - 12/6/19

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Gotta love those hard-to-locate noises, ahaha. This is a good timeline of gradual improvements though. Seems like most of us throw out the whole bathtub to justify a shopping spree, but I learn more from a system that's cultivated over time.

Comment reply on SiRoCu's Completed Build: Red Dragon, Budget Intel Core i9-9900K and MSI GTX1070Ti Gaming 8G

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

On the one hand I'm sorry you couldn't get the airflow you wanted inside the case, but mods like this are always fun to look at. You have given that radiator all the air it could possibly use!

Comment reply on TheJackal114's Completed Build: Anubis

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Wow I miss the sound of dot matrix printers. Going & going on the continuous paper, printing long banners in school. Tearing off the side strips & using them for streamers. Yeah I'm old as dirt. I like the look of those keyboards too, but I doubt I'd use all the keys. And the case & the GPU — all the way around it's an attractive setup without any goofy stuff.

Comment reply on Mr.SecretSauce's Completed Build: My first build! I thought i had a budget lol

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

Hey, looks cool. For HDMI audio you have to select that audio output device, in your case something like AMD High Definition Audio, or if you don't see the device then you may have to install the driver for it.

Comment reply on Ryla3's Completed Build: Sons first PC

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I like how you say school work first, "and gaming" . . . You can't make this thing any less fun with a parental spin. It's clearly designed to make the kid smile bigger than any school work ever will!

Comment reply on dazyl94's Completed Build: Cookies and Cream

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Hey, custom cable extensions look great but they are just vanity items. You got to the real heart of why we're here, which is the connections we make with these computers as our tools. People can say "ketchup & mustard" all day without ever meaning anything. That's a fine PC you built there.

Comment reply on NickBarbarian's Completed Build: Dark Oak

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I see, they must do it with a water jet or something in a factory. Well I'd be happy with that size of a desktop, and looking for more ways to gear up the interior space.

Comment reply on aboxofmints's Completed Build: Stream/Small Server Build

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Ah, I like its simplicity. I could have used this recently instead of something with too many pieces.

Comment reply on Djbenxnyc's Completed Build: Captain Phasma

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I really wonder why more cases aren't offered in a bare metal version. Maybe a total mirror shine would require something like chrome plating, or a special type of aluminum, but that's a very thorough polishing job & it looks spiffy.

Comment reply on CostaMazda's Completed Build: Infinity Build

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That is a very good execution of the colored stones theme. What did you use to control the individual fan colors? Or are they each a single color LED? I think your part list on this could use some more customization.

Comment reply on Wieli's Completed Build: Cotoye Wild

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I like that you have something suspended from the ceiling in there. Seems like a Florida State theme at least partially, but you named it Coyote Wild, but the case says Cougar & your desktop is a dragon. You got it running nicely, anyway. For a personal setup I guess you can combine any inspirations you want.

Comment reply on angelir74's Completed Build: TAMY [Tinted Adding Machine Yo]

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Alright! Finally another ATX case with 40mm fans on that rear grid. That's been one of my favorite additions since I built my first system. Leave no air unmoved!

Comment reply on danny15002's Completed Build: Dream PC

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

There is now a demand for 240mm RGB fans. Somebody get on that

Comment reply on ggelardi's Completed Build: In progress typical "PCMR" modernist built

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The simplest method I found was just starting from scratch, booting from the Windows installer. Keep your network disconnected until you're past the initial setup of Windows 10. You will start with a local account instead of a Microsoft-tethered account & the folder name will not be chopped down to their 5-character standard. Then you can just put everything back the way you had it, even use your Microsoft account if you want.

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