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  1. m17xr2b

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    Had my gaming pc since 2016.
    6700K on Z390 MB
    32GB 2400 ram CL14
    SLI 1070
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    BeQuiet Dark Rock Pro 3
    512 NVME, 512 Sata SSD, 3TB HDD
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    Most of my gaming comprises of Heroes 3, Disciples 2,Diablo 2,Warcraft 3, not exactly frame killers.

    The recent need for a workstation capable of running an enterprise server had me reuse my PC and had a chat with Santa for an early gift.
    I didn't really care to follow the developments of the market but I've been pleasantly surprised by the enhancements one can get now.

    New workstation pc from the ashes of my old one:
    AMD 3900X 12 cores/24 threads on Aorus X570 Elite(12+2 phase VRM)
    64GB 3200 CL16 ram
    Single 1070
    HX750i PSU
    Stock AMD cooler(waiting for the adaptor bits for the BeQuiet)
    256NVME boot, 1TB NVME Samsung 970 for VM, 1TB sandisk and 512 samsung pro SSD, 7TB + 3TB HDD
    Corsair 400C case
    still many LEDs, the most hilarious colourful workstation
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    The main VM using VMWare is running 20 cores and 50GB Ram, the compile times have reduces to almost nothing, much more snappy, it's hard to believe a quad core is ancient technology now.

    So happy to be back on AMD, my previous one was a Duron. The stock cooler can barely keep the temps down and is always ramping up, quite noisy and not ideal with MySphere. The Dark Rock Pro 3 can handle 250W TDP, more than enough for the 3900X. I don't plan on any overclocking but will increase the power and temperature targets to let the standard processes push the CPU as far as it can.
     
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  2. RobS

    RobS RobS? More like RobDiarrhea.

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    You're wrong about the liquid cooling. They pretty much come from one manufacturer:

    https://www.asetek.com/gamingenthusiasts/diy-partners
    https://www.asetek.com/gamingenthusiasts/prebuilt-pc-partners

    When it comes to PSUs, take a look at this list:

    http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/PSUReviewDatabase.html

    Click on each brand to see who the OEM is. I strictly bought Seasonic or Seasonic-rebranded PSUs as they had good warranties and were pretty reliable, except as soon as the warranty expired, the PSUs went bad and started taking out all the components with it.

    It would be nice to see who the OEM is for pre-built.

    Regardless, it makes zero sense for any pre-built manufacturer to take risks on using garbage parts because the failure rates would be too high and it would show. Especially on PSUs which are critical. I think people see a few failures and assume the parts in the pre-builts are no good, when they do not take into account the volume of how many of them are sold. How many thousands of laptops have been sold in the same line but maybe 15 of them went up in smoke?

    And you need to consider the reputation. If there is a widespread failure rate, that can severely damage the reputation of the brand in the eyes of consumers. Remember OCZ SSDs? They had such a high failure rate, nobody ever trusted them again (we are talking over 50% in returns on certain models!).

    "Cut corners" how? People say this a lot when it comes to pre-builts but they never have any evidence to back it up. Motherboards come from OEMs like MSI or ASUS. You can select high speed memory (with good timings) at checkout. This is where companies like Dell can make their money because you can't swap out memory sticks without having the same RAM timings, which is usually custom per brand spec.

    The blower GPU situation is mostly the fault of Nvidia's chips that are getting wayyyy too hot for blowers. It's the same shit with Intels chips. They just keep getting hotter and hotter every generation. It's crazy that Nvidia keeps using blowers for their reference cards when they are bottlenecking performance. And how many of those founder edition cards have nothing but issues down the road due to the amount of heat?

    Depends, if they offer an unlocked chip, they should provide the software for overclocking that even a dummy can do it and a warranty to cover it. But it's not like you can go nuts overclocking without running into instant instability issues.

    The only thing I did with my pre-built was a fresh clean re-install of Windows 10, downloaded Intel XTU for overclocking memory/CPU, Afterburner for GPU, etc. Most of the pre-built software is trash but thankfully you don't need it.

    Lol you like having a rave in your room?
     
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  3. LetMeBeFrank

    LetMeBeFrank Won't tell anyone my name is actually Francis

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    Wife bought me a new cooler for the 3700X, should be much quieter and cooler than the stock wraith prism. I bought her a SSD for her 7 year old Asus laptop, which has an i7, and other than being gimped by a HDD is still excellent for her needs.

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    If you can run Prime 95 for 24+h and not consistently repeat the issue it's unlikely to be related to the OCing. More likely to be a faulty contact somewhere that causes it when a particularly bad vibration / movement messes things up. Take everything apart, clean all dust and grime, put it all back together, see if it happens again.

    If it does, the best way to troubleshoot is to remove all but the barebone components/peripherals and add them back in one at a time until the issue comes back. In your case since it isn't consistent I would instead remove components one at a time until you can no longer reproduce, starting with RAM sticks.
     
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    The only problem I had with every pre-built is the noise level. Maybe they improved the stock fans and CPU coolers but in every PC I bought so far I would change fans and CPU cooler sooner or later. And PSU most of the time.
     
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    I hear ya on the fans. Even with the liquid cooling AIO, the fans do get loud under serious load. Then if you have a blower card, more fan noise on top of that. The PC builds I've done, they can be whisper quiet all the way up to jet engine-like if I crank the speeds.

    But I haven't bought a pre-built PC in over 15 years, so maybe things have significantly improved since then. I dunno.

    Swapping out the PSU is a good idea if you are going a multi-card route or just want more assurance knowing what's under the hood.
     
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    Whelp, decided I would use the better part of yesterday and today replacing the enclosure for my PC and upgrade the cooling solution at the same time. Here is the end result.

    Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic XL - White
    Asus Crosshair Hero VI
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    64GB G.Skill Trident Z RGB DDR4-3000
    NVidia RTX2080 Founders Edition
    NVMe Samsung 950 Pro 256GB (boot/system), Samsung 850 Pro 512GB, Samsung 860 EVO 500GB, Crucial MX300 750GB x 2
    Hitachi 4TB, Toshiba 4TB
    Cooler Master Masterliquid ML360r RGB
    Corsair LL120 x 6
    Corsair Commander Pro

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    ^ I had to google that case to figure out where the PSU is.
     
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    The power supply, two hot swap cages, and cable management all sit in a pocket behind the system board. It's a nicely designed enclosure. You can use it to design something simple and elegant or you can go bat shit crazy with custom water cooling. I had considered building a custom loop but, decided against it. I have a second system with a Corsair 570X I might use for that instead. Still haven't decided since I'm contemplating selling it. Who knows.

    Either way, for anyone looking for a good looking and easy to work with enclosure the Lian Li is hard to beat.
     
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    I’ve been building custom pc as a side hustle for a while and start getting more custom loop request now and then , here’s my wip for client’s pc
    Case is antec striker, interesting chassis to work on but not a fan of cable management om this one.
     

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    So Ive been wanting to retire my i5 4570k for a while now, its just not cutting it in new games anymore. Ive been considering getting a 3600 setup, but I....came across a Dell SFF PC with a 6700 in it. So I gave it a try, a few issues arose. First off the motherboard inst a standard Micro ATX ITX..hell I can remember which is which, and it doesn't use a standard micro screw pattern.

    So it wouldn't fit my my case...or any case really for that matter and my graphics card is way too big to fit in the dell case..even if I heavily modified the case, the card was physically longer than the entire case. The Dell mobo also doesn't use a standard 24 pin atx power connector, its uses an 8 pin.

    So what to do...how about yank every out of the dell case and make a wall mounted PC. I found an adapter on amazon to change the 24 pin from my PSU to the dell 8 pin, I got a different cooler because the dell one mounted to the dell case. I got a screw kit from microcenter and drilled some holes into the board and screwed some standoffs into the board in the correct...ish pattern for the mobo.

    This was really just a proof of concept to see if I could even get this thing to work. So let me show you what I got going, and again its ugly right now, this is definitely not its final form.


    So first off my board is way too small. So next thing is going to be a bigger board and I will flat mount probably everything and route the wires all nice and stuff. I may put the drives in a cage so I can stack them to save a little space but Im still not sure. Once everything is mounted on a board the way I want it its going on the wall. Ok I cant post an image so you all will just have to take my word for it.
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  12. luckybaer

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    How much did your temps improve with that big boy? I'm using the stock Wraith Prism now, but I'm considering taking it off, cleaning it and the CPU, and applying Arctic Silver. I think that would be better than the stock paste - maybe drop temps 3-5 degrees F. At least, that's what Arctic Silver has done in the past. I don't know why I didn't clean the damn Wraith Prism off and use AS in the first place. Duh...
     
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    My idle temps were around 50c with the wraith prism, now it idles around 30c. Noctua is dead silent even at full load, prism was loud AF when gaming. Highly recommend the upgrade.
     
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    Is this a simple swap, or do I have to remove the motherboard and install a backplate, etc.?

    That improvement in temps is awesome!
     
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    You use the stock backplate. Depending on your case you should have access to it without removing the motherboard.
     
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    Unfortunately, that model is too tall for my set-up (I have a mid-size tower that is on the small end of mid-size), but there appear to be plenty of options from Noctua that will work.
     
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    Upgraded my RIG to Ryzen 2700X on an ASUS b450 board. Got a sweet deal on that, half the price of 3700X. Love the "torque" Ryzen gives. 8 Cores and 16 threads is the sweet spot for me.

    Running Stock Prism cooler in near inaudible mode. Turned off Ryzen overclock feature which made the CPU go to insane voltages like 1.5V for the core over nothing. Later might upgrade the cooler and return to stock settings, but I hate the fan spinning up. Stock settings are really aggressive in terms of power and voltage.
     
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    Added a little more bling since my last pics here, bought an RGB Aorus GPU brace for bling bling, added 2x 1TB Samsung 850 EVO for storing more games.
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    Shifted this rig to where my i7 3960X was, basically swapped places, so that I can run Freesync 2 on my PowerColor VEGA64 Red Devil.
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    My iFi Micro iDSD Black Label is just above the top left of the keyboard (Topre RealForce 104U 55G), and the soundbar is a Samsung K651, the headphones I have on rotation now are:
    ENIGMAcoustics Dharma D1000. HFM HE4, MD Sennheiser HD6XX, HFM HE-560, Denon AH-D7000, Grado GS1000i.
     
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    I have been using the same PC since the end of 2017 but I don't feel any need to upgrade it, been spending all my money on audio instead lol. I have way more radiator space than I really need but it allows me to run the fans at very low RPM (~400-600 depending on temps) so it is almost completely silent which is key for using it as a media machine when not gaming. Temperatures never go above ~60°C when gaming and idle at ~25°C. The spec are:

    System
    i7 8700k @ 4.8Ghz
    Asus ROG Maximus X Hero Z370
    16GB DDR4-3000
    Nvidia GTX 1080ti @ 2050Mhz
    Samsung 960 EVO 1TB/Samsung 860 EVO 1TB/Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
    Asus Xonar Essence STX

    Cooling
    Phanteks Enthoo Primo
    Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 420mm
    Alphacool NexXxoS Monsta 280mm
    Bitspower fittings
    EK Supremacy EVO Full Nickel CPU block
    EK Full cover Nickel and Plex GPU block
    EK D5 with XTOP
    EK ZMT tubing
    Aqua Computer Aquatube Delrin Reservoir

    Phantek F140SP throughout

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    Peripherals
    Ducky Shine 7 with Dev/tty keycaps in a custom walnut/ebony wrist rest
    Logitech G502 Lightspeed
    Mionix Alioth XXL
    Acer Predator XB271HU x2
    Samson Meteor Mic

    Audio
    Minidsp DDR-22D
    Schiit Gungnir MB
    Schiit Mjolnir 2
    ZMF Verite Closed Ironwood
    Noble K10 CIEM
    Rotel RA 1570
    KEF Reference 3


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    This is my 2nd system, I use it for games, watching videos, surfing the net and such.....system specs below:
    Acer XR341CK 34" 21:9 75Hz monitor
    Intel i7 3960X 6C/12T at 4.2Ghz
    Asus Rampage IV Extreme
    Leadtek GTX1080 Hurricane
    250GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD (OS)
    500GB Sandisk Ultra SSD (games)
    4TB + 2x 1TB Western Digital Black HDD
    Seasonic X-1200 PSU
    Philips Fidelio HTL9100
    Creative SXFI Theater (great for movies)
    Probox Hotway HF2-SU3S2 4-Bay Enclosure w/ 4x 6TB HDDs
    Oppo HA-1 (for my various cans)
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    Edit - Another reason for going 21:9 monitors is so that fullscreen can be attained without annoying black bars on top and below as with 16:9 monitor. Below is a pic of Alita (also included the 4K Bluray copy just to show I do actually own the movie), I'd cropped the movie's 2.35:1 aspect ratio (I believe) to fit my 21:9 monitor, and it's just awesome!
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