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Thinking of getting into building a new PC system. 2579

Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,773 Armed with camera and not afraid to use it.
Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #120 on: April 17, 2020, 07:32:55 PM »
I have looked at those while building the system. Over here they run 60 to 80 dollars a cable. I was tempted.

I am still toying with this GPU bracket...

https://www.amazon.ca/Standing-Graphics-Holder-Brace-Support/dp/B07TN9QLV3/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=gpu%2Bsupport%2Bbracket%2B4%2Bpin&qid=1587144706&sr=8-5&th=1

Thinking of sending something custom for them to do...but am holding off till all this COVID 19 shipping thing is over.

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,773 Armed with camera and not afraid to use it.
Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #121 on: April 26, 2020, 02:40:09 PM »
Well this is quite fun. I bought a Thermaltake BlacX Duet HD docking station when building this new system. This morning, I went upstairs and removed my hard drives from one of my older computer and am now installing all my 2007/2008 images that I didn't have on my newer build. Going to take a long time, but well worth it. I will now have most of my photos together on the 4Tb drive.

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Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #122 on: May 25, 2020, 06:54:19 PM »
Ok. There is a Thermaltake mod page with a bunch of items you can print from a 3D printer to upgrade, and improve the Thermaltake P3 case. I was able to print a pair of fan brackets that fit over the tempered glass shield that would direct air downwards. I figure having some air blowing down on the motherboard mosfets can be only a good thing considering I am using liquid cooling and the P3 is an open air case. Once I was able to print a set, i went looking on Amazon for a suitable fan. I came across a  upHere PF360CF case fan that is basically 3 120mm fans together wired to 1-4 pin header. Now that would be kinda cool instead of having just the one fan blowing around my CPU socket. I found the fan came in rainbow colour which fits my case lighting perfectly. Last night, I printed another set and am glad I did, because having just the 2 would not have provided enough support I think. I also got a kick of the brand name upHere. Literally my intentions for this addition...to place it upHere.  :rofl:

.IMG_8509A by Chako, on Flickr

IMG_8513A by Chako, on Flickr

That red PLA was the perfect choice for the case colour. There was a free spot on the DeepCool fan expansion box. It was a good spot to park it as I can do better cable management here than over the motherboard.  :tu:

The more I look at the result, the more I like it.

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,773 Armed with camera and not afraid to use it.
Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #123 on: June 05, 2020, 06:19:39 PM »
Just got an MSI Optix G27C5 monitor. I am digging the curved display, and because it is a gaming dedicated monitor, my games are a lot smoother on it as well compared to my old HP monitor.

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/msi-optix-g27c5-gaming-monitor-165hz
« Last Edit: June 05, 2020, 08:30:48 PM by Chako »

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,773 Armed with camera and not afraid to use it.
Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #124 on: June 05, 2020, 08:48:21 PM »
And the photograph...

IMG_8554A by Chako, on Flickr


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Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #125 on: June 06, 2020, 02:01:20 PM »
Nice ! 
Administrator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 12,387 I am geek, hear me code
Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #126 on: June 06, 2020, 04:41:48 PM »
I was just watching this:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLd-00W2HEg

Dude has an A10 Flight sim build on the go, and added a 3rd projector to get a 270º view  :drool:

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,773 Armed with camera and not afraid to use it.
Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #127 on: June 06, 2020, 07:33:25 PM »
That is cool. :drool:

Pricey though. 4K just for the cockpit part.  :ahhh

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Administrator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 12,387 I am geek, hear me code
Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #128 on: June 06, 2020, 07:46:04 PM »
If I had the room...

also, might be fun for stuff like mechwarrior too... so many options.

I've been starting to look at those ultra wide curved monitors for a while now... maybe once I'm not so nomadic. For now the laptop will do just fine!

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,773 Armed with camera and not afraid to use it.
Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #129 on: June 06, 2020, 11:29:59 PM »
I only have room for a 27" the way my desk is made. i know those 49" look really nice, if on the side of pricey.

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Administrator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 12,387 I am geek, hear me code
Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #130 on: June 07, 2020, 11:19:03 AM »
I was thinking the 34 range to be honest, my desk barely fits the 24 flat I  have now, a lot of stuff like printer and NASes would have to move just for a 34 let alone anything bigger.

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,773 Armed with camera and not afraid to use it.
Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #131 on: June 07, 2020, 01:59:56 PM »
I had a 25" Asus monitor that sort of gave up the ghost. One day it refused to turn on. Put that in storage and used my spare 24" HP monitor from upstairs. I wanted a newer curved monitor. I calculated my max size was 27" seeing that newer monitors hardly have a bezel. Oddly enough...Asus appears to be working again when I tried it recently.  :think:

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Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #132 on: June 10, 2020, 09:06:35 PM »
I found out today that games eat up a 500 Gb SSD drive. I was forced to uninstall a few games from Steam to make room for a new one. I think I will be looking for a 1GB drive down the road..  :think:

So far, my E drive contains the following:

3D Marks
Black Mesa (Just installed)
Borderlands 3
Command & Conquer Remastered Collection
Doom Eternal (not tried yet)
Fallout 76 (not tried yet)
Minion Masters
Monster Train
Slay the Spire
WarHammer 40000 Inquisitor - Martyr
WarHammer 40000 Inquisitor - Prophecy
Zero-K

With other titles removed, I now have 129Gb left on the drive.
« Last Edit: June 10, 2020, 09:14:28 PM by Chako »

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Administrator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 12,387 I am geek, hear me code
Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #133 on: June 10, 2020, 10:01:58 PM »
I've got GTA V (epic games giveaway a few weeks back)
Starcraft 2
Star Wars the old republic
Neverwinter
Cities Skylines
7 Days to die
LEGO star wars complete saga

TBH, mostly only playing cities skylines. barely fired up the rest, but intended to

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,773 Armed with camera and not afraid to use it.
Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #134 on: July 16, 2020, 05:00:21 AM »
Ok...I just found out that I can have the 9 LEDs under the MSI motherboard to change colour with the temperature of the CPU. Green under a certain temperature, then blue, and red for the hottest temperature. That is done under MSI's RGB Mystic Light program. Kinda cool, and it works great.

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Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #135 on: August 06, 2020, 01:12:00 PM »
Not sure. I do not play either lol,

I recall buying 3D Mark back in 2016. Just updated the appropriate newer test called Time Spy and ran the new system through it. Thinking I would like to run the older system through the same test. Either way, this new build received a 3D mark using the 64bit version of Time spy of 6338. A graphics score of 6182, and a CPU score of 7402. When I checked the results online, 3D Mark stated that my system is better than 55% of all results. Not bad for a not top end build. What I do know is that this system is a lot better than my older 2013 computer system.

It also looks great on a wall.  :D
laptop scores 3553, 3434 graphics, 4427 CPU.

no where near the same league, but portable.
My laptop is 438 in Time Spy 1.2, graphics 389 and CPU score 1575 :facepalm: :rofl:
Thanks for the heads up about Time Spy, I'm going to need it later. :tu:

Hooked, like everyone else. ;)

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Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #136 on: August 06, 2020, 02:50:53 PM »
Upgrading or buying new?

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 14,721 Yoo-hoo, big summer blowout!
Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #137 on: August 06, 2020, 06:36:56 PM »
New. :)
Sneak peek while I finish trying to wrangle ATX parts into a mini ITX case. :rant:

Hooked, like everyone else. ;)

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Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #138 on: August 06, 2020, 10:40:19 PM »
Nice. What are the specs on you new build?

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 14,721 Yoo-hoo, big summer blowout!
Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #139 on: August 06, 2020, 11:58:36 PM »
I made a list of the entire setup. :tu:
https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/4wYtvW
Already had the PS/2 keyboard and old 1080p monitor.

The case is very nice, it's just that it's itty bitty and designed for a low profile CPU cooler + ATX PSU, OR full size stock cooler paired with small form factor PSU.
I have the full size stock cooler and a ATX PSU.  :facepalm:
Had to chop down the stock cooler rim and remove the PSU fan grille to produce enough clearance for the CPU fan to even be able to spin.  :oops: :facepalm: I still need to round up some pics.
But temps are OK now. :tu:
50-60 Celsius when idle, 70 or so when playing a moderately demanding game like Fortnite on 1080p high settings (no lag! :dd: ).

Hooked, like everyone else. ;)

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Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #140 on: August 07, 2020, 12:10:06 AM »
Way to Pablo your new build  !     :rofl:
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 14,721 Yoo-hoo, big summer blowout!
Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #141 on: August 07, 2020, 12:30:10 AM »
Oh smurf, I didn't think of it that way. :facepalm: :rofl:

Here's a quick before/after of the CPU fan chopping:


:dwts:

And the reason for the chopping:

The grille of the PSU fan was laying on the CPU cooler. And the PSU mounting point was another few mm lower.  :ahhh

Even the big chopping wasn't enough, afterwards the PSU grille was placing the weight on the CPU cooler fan hub. So the CPU fan couldn't even spin.  :ahhh Cue the 70°C IDLE temps.

So I had to remove the PSU grille, and now it awl fits, fan-to-fan with a few mm of clearance. Still practically silent...

Hooked, like everyone else. ;)

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Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #142 on: August 07, 2020, 04:15:26 AM »
Nice work.  :hatsoff:

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 14,721 Yoo-hoo, big summer blowout!
Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #143 on: August 08, 2020, 01:11:04 PM »
Relocated the SSD, so I took the oportunity to take some pics.
https://imgur.com/a/2hlc0yW
An incredible nest of wires, but the 140mm fan is strong and silent!   8)

As you can see, there is no grille on the PSU fan, and the cut-down CPU fan is blowing straight into it. A bit of a nasty hack, but should work ok.
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I didn't set out to make an anti-RGB batman PC, but that's what it ended up being.  :think: I hope the lack of RGB doesn't decrease my fps too much.  :ahhh

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Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #144 on: August 09, 2020, 12:00:12 AM »
Not sure. I hear that red makes things go faster.

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Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #145 on: August 09, 2020, 10:06:05 AM »
Rgb is pretty and all but...

https://youtu.be/vnST5rA64Oc

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 14,721 Yoo-hoo, big summer blowout!
Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #146 on: August 09, 2020, 11:42:15 AM »
:sa:
I am truly amazed that was a real SSD sold in shops.

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Re: Thinking of getting into building a new PC system.
« Reply #147 on: August 09, 2020, 12:00:12 PM »
Wow. No issues with my XPG S40G Spectrix thus far. Surprised that LED is giving off so much heat. I knew there was a good reason to go with a Thermaltake P3 case.

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