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by titan
Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:49 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: A case with LOTs of mounts for fans, and a question about thermal paste
Replies: 17
Views: 445

Re: A case with LOTs of mounts for fans, and a question about thermal paste

I should have mentioned, my Node 804 has multiple locations that can be used to mount a 240mm radiator, maybe a bit more: http://support.fractal-design.com/support/solutions/articles/4000019458-node-804-water-cooling-radiator-options And it could have way more fans than it needs: http://support.frac...
by titan
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Testing a Power Supply
Replies: 7
Views: 344

Re: Testing a Power Supply

So, the sending in the unit for an RMA was actually quite easy. And, Seasonic is being fairly quick about it. They received it Thursday evening and are testing it now. I know this because Seasonic also gave me a link to a status page that I can track progress on the RMA. They also had some troublesh...
by titan
Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: A case with LOTs of mounts for fans, and a question about thermal paste
Replies: 17
Views: 445

Re: A case with LOTs of mounts for fans, and a question about thermal paste

I'm with JBI, there really isn't a big difference in thermal paste now. Personally, I have Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut, a conventional paste. But, Thermal Grizzly also makes liquid metal stuff, too. I got the Kryonaut because I needed some paste for a reapplication in my laptop. The last chart I've see...
by titan
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: i3-4160 Cooling
Replies: 24
Views: 795

Re: i3-4160 Cooling

After sleeping on it, I've gone ahead and ordered the Cryorig C7. I liked it more this morning than I did yesterday. Thank you everyone for your suggestions. You made it really difficult to pick just one. I know the C7 wasn't pitched originally, but I never would have found it if another Cryorig had...
by titan
Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: i3-4160 Cooling
Replies: 24
Views: 795

Re: i3-4160 Cooling

That's odd that the C7 is $10 more than the M9i. The C7 would have nowhere near the cooling capability that the M9i has, and quite frankly the C7 is just plain less material. SFF tax I suppose. I know, right?! If looks matter in a top-down setup than the classic Zalman flower coolers are hard to be...
by titan
Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Air filtered through water
Replies: 17
Views: 766

Re: Air filtered through water

I vaguely remember hearing from one of those high-pressure timeshare sorts that they want the local female present because she's normally easier to sell to and will then apply domestic pressure on the dude to go along with it. He was explaining why their 'free' vacation packages and such tend to st...
by titan
Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: i3-4160 Cooling
Replies: 24
Views: 795

Re: i3-4160 Cooling

On that same note, the C7 uses a pretty big back plate mechanism. Yes, the Noctua NH-L9i isnt super awesome cooler for i7k but if you're not trying to super surpass stock cooler, - it just uses four thumb screws in the back, only possible conflict would be if you somehow have super extra short MB m...
by titan
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: i3-4160 Cooling
Replies: 24
Views: 795

Re: i3-4160 Cooling

@titan the Cryorig C7 would be a good fit if you're using the ASrock board you linked in your intel build thread. It's very low profile, and I had a pair of Gigabyte motherboards with the ferrite chokes inside the "CPU keep out area" specified by Intel. Technically they were within specif...
by titan
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Upgrade chains
Replies: 12
Views: 613

Re: Upgrade chains

I have a PS4 pro but I just don't want to get a 4K TV. Don't want to get caught up in that same loop. :lol: Also, the biggest draw (for me) was how it can speed up regular 1080p titles and how some games (like MLB The Show 17) include modes that will render at 1080 with a higher framerate. High-FPS...
by titan
Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: i3-4160 Cooling
Replies: 24
Views: 795

Re: i3-4160 Cooling

This is a good point, but my concern is that the cooler isn't fitting as tightly as it should. Nor is it staying secure as a bump from my fingers is popping it out. Now, I'm wondering if GeekSquad broke it some how. You sure one or more of the push down things that secure it in place just haven't b...
by titan
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: i3-4160 Cooling
Replies: 24
Views: 795

Re: i3-4160 Cooling

And now that I've taken a look at the Cryorig C7, that's looking rather aesthetically pleasing. (I have a window in my case. I didn't set out to have a windowed case, it just happened to have all the features I was looking for.) The C7 would fit in well with the black, white, and blue theme I've got...
by titan
Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP: Martin Landau
Replies: 10
Views: 438

Re: RIP: Martin Landau

meerkt wrote:
...since Mission Impossible: TOS.


Terms of Service?

I didn't know him by name, but when I saw his face I remember him as an excellent actor.
by titan
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: i3-4160 Cooling
Replies: 24
Views: 795

Re: i3-4160 Cooling

You mention stock cooler, before you do anything else, have you changed the thermal paste from stock to your favorite, maybe some Noctua NT-H1. I tested stock intel cooler/paste vs stock/noctua paste just for reference, in prep of delidding and it was a good 10C drop on max temps, not much on idle....
by titan
Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: i3-4160 Cooling
Replies: 24
Views: 795

Re: i3-4160 Cooling

Oh, no! I really hate choice some times. I think we have eliminated water cooling (sorry TheEmrys). Everything I've seen in the way of testing has used CPUs with much higher TDP than my 54W. The CRYORIG M9i looks promising. The Cooler Masters (MasterAir Pro 3, Hyper T4, 212), though, I can get shipp...
by titan
Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: i3-4160 Cooling
Replies: 24
Views: 795

i3-4160 Cooling

I've been rocking the stock cooler in this Intel machine for a couple years now, and it's done well enough. But, every time my hand bumps the cooler it pops out of place. While I'm waiting for my PSU RMA , I thought I'd go ahead and get a better HSF or go with a water cooling setup. I'm kind of temp...
by titan
Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Testing a Power Supply
Replies: 7
Views: 344

Re: Testing a Power Supply

Yay! My suspicions were correct. My PSU is dead. I had pulled everything out, disconnected all of the cables except those that are strictly necessary for the case switch, motherboard, CPU, and HSF. Nothing with my PSU. With the borrowed, cheapy 280W PSU, fired right up into the UEFI saying everythin...
by titan
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Testing a Power Supply
Replies: 7
Views: 344

Re: Testing a Power Supply

Best way to test that is swap in a different PSU. If you don't have a spare, perhaps you know someone you can borrow one from? I assume you've verified that power is good at the wall outlet? Does *anything* happen when you push the power button when the system is in the bad state? No spare PSU. Woo...
by titan
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Testing a Power Supply
Replies: 7
Views: 344

Re: Testing a Power Supply

Best way to test that is swap in a different PSU. If you don't have a spare, perhaps you know someone you can borrow one from? I assume you've verified that power is good at the wall outlet? Does *anything* happen when you push the power button when the system is in the bad state? No spare PSU. We ...
by titan
Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Testing a Power Supply
Replies: 7
Views: 344

Testing a Power Supply

So, my desktop that I built, with the help of you folks , has a strange issue that's cropped up: It turns off with no fanfare. It's only done so twice. But, once it has, it doesn't turn back on. I've unplugged and re-plugged all the cables. Nothing. Last time, I took it to GeekSquad (I have no spare...
by titan
Sat May 20, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: PS4 Future
Replies: 19
Views: 1628

Re: PS4 Future

Flying Fox wrote:
Basic question: do you have a 4K TV to play those Blurays?


Yes.
by titan
Sat May 20, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: PS4 Future
Replies: 19
Views: 1628

Re: PS4 Future

Xbox One S looks interesting. I've never owned an Xbox. I know that my PS3 games won't be compatible with the PS4, so I'm not concerned about that. And, I don't really play console games because we just have the one TV. If I'm home, my wife is usually home, and she will want to watch something. She ...
by titan
Fri May 19, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: PS4 Future
Replies: 19
Views: 1628

Re: PS4 Future

JustAnEngineer wrote:
Is this for movies or for games?


Yes.
by titan
Fri May 19, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: PS4 Future
Replies: 19
Views: 1628

PS4 Future

So, my wife has decided she wants a PS4. She says it's for me, but I'm not the one that'll be using it the most. Our PS3 has been showing its age for a while as it has difficulty loading discs. (It'll load them, but it needs to be fed juuuuuuuuussssst right.) So, one of the reasons we want the PS4 i...
by titan
Tue May 09, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Rosewill 24-Port Switch for on Sale $70
Replies: 7
Views: 637

Rosewill 24-Port Switch for on Sale $70

Rosewill RC-GS1024 10/100/1000 Mbps 24-Port Unmanaged Gigabit Desktop / Rackmountable Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166118 It's gotten fairly decent reviews/benchmarks. Not the best switch out there, but definitely adequate. Just need to s...
by titan
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So, mechanical keyboards
Replies: 120
Views: 9945

Re: So, mechanical keyboards

And, now I have the Drevo Tyrfing. After reading that they have a 10-day, no questions asked, money back guaranteed, I took the plunge and got the blues. This is vastly superior to my previous membrane keyboard. The key action is much smoother and the keys are easier to push, despite claims that the...
by titan
Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How likely is it that my GPU is fried?
Replies: 10
Views: 3124

Re: How likely is it that my GPU is fried?

No, the reference was balancing power draw between the slot and the 6-pin. The 8 pin handles a good deal more power than the 6 pin. The reference RX 480 did/does draw more power through the slot than it should. The 6-pin power draw is less of a concern as those connections can handle a lot more than...
by titan
Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:56 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So, mechanical keyboards
Replies: 120
Views: 9945

Re: So, mechanical keyboards

I caved. I picked up a Drevo Tyrfing 87 key board with off-brand brown switches for $40. I refuse to spend $100 on a keyboard, but I can do $40. ... I have no hesitation recommending this thing. It's a damn sight more affordable than the models that get all the attention. Typing on mechanical keys ...
by titan
Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Need a new office chair.
Replies: 57
Views: 4662

Re: Need a new office chair.

I have a fairly cheap, armless office chair at work with light padding. Cost the company about $50 (maybe less). Meanwhile, my coworkers all selected the same executive chair at about $130 each. My chair is much more comfortable. It's the best thing ever as the arms don't get in the way of my arms, ...
by titan
Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Where do you bank?
Replies: 57
Views: 5052

Re: Where do you bank?

NC SECU for me and the wife now. (Joint account.) Incredibly easy mortgage process. Excellent interest rates on the deposit accounts. (1% on the money market, 0.75% saving, and 0.25% checking) We do have to pay a whopping $1 membership fee each month, but the interest gained takes care of that. (And...
by titan
Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: isp redundancy
Replies: 12
Views: 5272

Re: isp redundancy

I'll take a look at the Ubiquiti products.  Any particular one I should look at or just look around? I have an Openbsd firewall that I'm currently just using with Samba, but I used to use it as a router, so I'll check out adding another nic and see what I might end up with that. thanks, I think any...