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  1. STARWARS SPOILER ALERT

     

     

     

     


    Starwars: The Force Awakens is not the letdown I expected when it was first announced, it managed to live up to its hype without exceeding it and it is truly an awesome movie.
    I loved the Millennium Falcon returned, and how it was “inherited” by Rai, who I think truly is one of the best hero’s that the starwars universe will ever see. By the end of the movie Rai has complete confidence in the few “Jedi” abilities she has learned and has “opened” herself to the force while kind of keeping her characters innocents. Fin is a pretty simple character, but I do wonder what makes him different from the other conditioned storm troopers, all I can really say about his character is that he has balls, and ultimately knows to do what’s right like solo has done in the previous movies. Kylo Ren is an interesting character and seems to be struggling to stay on the dark side, the exact opposite of most Jedi. In all, solo’s death was necessary in order to kind of take focus off the previous characters, the Millennium Falcon is in good hands with Rai and Chewy (though why is he continuing with her when he was honoring a life debt to solo?) Kylo Ren has a lot more character development needed, BB-8 is the cutest robot I have ever seen (why does he purr?) c3po is still annoying, r2d2 is still awesome and Luke is running from his problems like the last Jedi did after the clone wars. And this movie is a good addition to the series. 8.5/10

  2. Good day,
    Could you provide any information on how to stream Xbox1/PS4 games to any stream capable device outside of the PC or maybe even use my PC to stream a Xbox one game to play on my shield tablet without having to purchase and extras. Or are the extras needed? There are videos on YouTube on this that are from 2013(years old). Is there a newer more efficient way to stream console games to a stream friendly device? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks for your time.

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    Rashy
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    Do you ever feel empty?
    Like you've missed a big chunk of your life?
    Lost something? Or Possibly someone?

     

    Everyone has felt that sometime in their life... Unlike my Unfinished Pieces this is a little bit personal. Rather than laid back reading drafts of stories that never got completed, this is a developing one on its own, not that laid back and not that tense.

     

    I had a friend back in Elementary School, we were practically best friends for 5 years, happy go lucky friends as we were young, the world seemed so big to us, there werent anything tragic back then. We didnt understood 9/11, or Y2K, we barely knew what politic means. But as far as i can remember i had another best friend.
    We used to call ourselves The Three Amigos, we had this one eccentric member in our Trio, he was always the cheery one with crazy but smart ideas, we also had this member who is somewhat gloomy but not too sad, he was the most maturest of our group.
    The Third, Mature one was always get along with all layers of society.
    The Second, Eccentric one was picky, he judges everyone and only hangs out with the lowest layer of society, what we call Nerds and Socially Isolated one, hes always trying to make them Happy.

     

    Time goes on and we had happy times all 6 years of our elementary school. Eventually its time to separate, Graduation is upon us and eventually our skills separated us, Im the forever happy go lucky and didnt care about a single thing in the world unless it cheers me up, Third One was somewhat Smart but nothing compared to the Second One, The Eccentric One. The Second one was studying hard, every time I try to go out with him for some fun in the arcade hes studying in his home taught by an expensive home teacher. Third One? He goes to cram school.

     

    I was aiming for the highest rated Junior High in the province, but i saw my grades and then i plummet down to a Private School filled with Kids who didnt make it to Government Schools, just like me. They both go to the same Private Schools of the same Foundation that my Elementary was found in so they had alot of colleagues there, while i was thrown in an 3 year jail sentence with unknown cellmates.
    Life was different there. I realized this is what its like to live on the other side of the glass, all this time in rich kids elementary and i get thrown down here in the slums jail. So i didnt really pay attention to the lessons like the happy go lucky I am but what i did pay attention to is the Social Hierarchy in this kind of school. Everything seemed different, from rich to poor existed, and how we got along was also a unique experience for me. Eventually i learned about all the bad things in this world and avoided it, i wondered how the other guys was doing.

     

    Before i knew it, the Second One, while we was playing some Minecraft, accused me of stealing some of his items and breaking into his house, which was not my fault he built his under mine. Anyways in the mist of Rage i blurted out that i would hack this server and kill everyone in it, ending with a maniacal laugh, not amused the server owner came by and asked me why, i didnt answer and he throws me back to my house, sighing. Other colleagues from my elementary gathered in front of my house with Flint and Steel, they were razing my wood tower, calling me names and stuff. The Second One.. can be.. persuasive, where he would create a group, everyone would join! If i created the same group nobody would join. So my Social Thread run on his Needle-y End. I havent earned my manliness and i admit i kinda cried at that time, my friends turned their back after that because the Second One told them so. I even lost contact with The Third. Oh well time moves on.

     

    Forgetting them and Replaced Them was the thing to do. After 3 years in the "Was A Slum Jail" It turned out to be my kind of group. My Slum Jail became a Slum Heaven, though the students are 80% less than my elementary less means closer.

     

    I went to the same High School Institution as my Junior High was founded on. Met a couple Junior High Slum Jailmates, i was glad i have someone i know. But it didnt stop me from communicating with others. I met The Third One, it was 3 years apart and reunion in that moment. I was glad but he was in a different class than me so communicating was hard. I tried to talk to him but every time i did, he grows more distant. Not the Third One i knew 3 years ago... A whole lot of change there, trust me it wasnt Just Puberty, Its like he went 3 years of social brainwash. Junior High could be the pinnacle of change of our youth, i learned more about society and so did Third One. He got along with a bad group in High School. Im worried but i cant do nothing since 3 years apart demoted from Lifetime Best Friends to Distant Acquaintance. He... Started smoking... I hate people who smoke, both of my parents smoke and im not proud of it. It Kills man... If its drinking its cool but i have zero tolerance on smoking. He hung out with the wrong crowd and it already seemed impossible to pull him back to my crowd

     

    In the span of a month it felt like i lost the Third One i knew 3 years ago.. The one i knew 5 year long. He started doing rebellious things, hanging out with bad crowds. I was more in the Lower Layer again, didnt event tried to climb the stairs of Social. I do things differently than The Third One now... unlike in Elementary no matter what grades we would always hang out together after school, it became different. He started speeding with motorcycle, and smoking, im worried it might led to... Drugs... But i shrugged it off, even though the weight i carried for three years was sticky, i managed to pry it off and somehow..... I feel empty now... Like life is different without the heavy weight i carried. Oh well... No point in turning back and going to the same school as they did right? If i did go to the same Junior High they did, i wouldnt learn all the bad things in life and how to avoid them! I would not met the most beautiful girl of my life! I wouldn't meet quirky strange unique but great friends along the people.

     

    I havent contacted the Second One since the Razing of my Wooden Tower, and he ran a black campaign for me back in junior high, third one said.

     

    Sometimes... Going different paths is the right thing to do.
    Venture to the unknown.

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    Can i connect my anti-static wrist strap to my radiator? if so what bit? if not what can i connect it to ? btw i dont have a power supply to connect it to in the wall

  3. MECH PILOTS

     

    The sun shine throughout the hangar as the blast door opens, bathing the Mech’s and their Pilots in orange tint of sunset. One by one the Mech’s flew out of the hangar with their rear thrusters at max speeds, I watched in excitement on a hill near my house. The Military Hangar was just a few kilometers away from my house, my dad was a hired Mechanic, we were provided with daily meals, a house, and work. When I reach maturity I also have to do service for the country becoming either Mech Pilot or Mechanic, Mech Pilots are decided by their skill controlling the Mech and Combat, if you fail, you get sent to be a Mechanic.
    Today I get a weeklong of holiday in my school because the 9th graders are doing their Mech Pilots early tests to show how much potential they have to be a Mech Pilot then tested back at High School to determine if you really fit for the role of a Pilot.
    Watching the Mech took off just amazes me, I could literally sit hours in the hill watching the Mech Pilot Training Center. Across the Training Center is the Research Center which is off limits from the rest of the Camp, our Camp is located on the Seaside of New Arc, called The Arc. The Arc Seaside was once destroyed by a Terrorist group that disliked the New Government.
    As we enter the Space Age, everything became different; many countries were developing rockets to travel to other sides of the Galaxy, few centuries later they have developed Fracture-VI, a Rocket that can reach 2 times the speed of light with a new rechargeable fuel, the cost of making the fuels are expensive and dangerous, this fuel is called Fractals, which is Coals turned liquid through a high expense process of turning bio-science HiCo-F (Highly Combustible Fuel) to these Fractals. The process was unknown to the people but none complained.
    Fracture-VI was launched in 3021, and reached Mars in a matter of minutes; they’ve started Terraforming Mars, and expected to be Habitable in 3030.
    Not long after the 3028 Earth Revolution, some Regions were united and caused a great war that lasted for a year, devastating most of Europe and North America. Regions were united under the name of United Asia Military, Great Europe Kingdom, and Western Naval.
    Currently the United Asia Military holds the most power over Earth as its Region had the least damage from the Nuclear War, the Nuclear radiation also melts the Antarctica by 30% causing small islands to sink, North America was mostly sunk and Western Naval begun to develop Naval Technology, whilst Europe has Nuclear Winter that reached almost all of Europe and has a short day, so they began Thermal Research, as for Asia they’ve begun Space Research and now the Leading space researcher.
    Even after the War, Australia remained neutral and unscathed, Australia begun taking in refugees as soon as the Nuclear drops subsided and now the most populated region in Earth and remained neutral to all United Regions of Earth.

     

     

    PRESENT

     

    25th/January/3035--Present.
    It’s almost my 18th Birthday, and almost the High School Mech Pilot Tests, my friends and family congratulated me “Congratulations Kaito!” as every one of my friends shouted in my Dorm Room “Thanks guys, you shouldn’t have!”, the cake was the shape of a Mech and the writing ‘Good Luck’ I couldn’t have asked for more. The night was filled with Me, Lay, and Fredrick playing cards as I'm mostly anti-social in school. Lay was a childhood friend of mine, Fredrick was a Western Naval High transfer student, and he had a hard time fitting in.
    After the night ended Fredrick said goodbye and return to his dorm room next to my room, Lay had to cross the University Park though because Lay lives in the Girl Dormitories and its almost curfew
    “Lay why don’t you stay awhile?

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    On my 11th birthday in May 14th, 2012 I received my first computer. That was probably one of my most exciting experiences because prior to this I was using a shared family laptop with terrible specs.The family laptop was a Toshiba with 4 gigabytes of ram and a 500 gigabyte hard drive which wasn't too bad but the processor was an older model Intel Pentium which combined with the other parts caused the windows experience index score to be a 2 or 3. The laptop I was gifted was an HP pavilion g7 with 6 gigabytes of ram and a 500 gigabyte hard drive with an AMD A8-4500M APU. Receiving the computer is what sparked my interest in computers and the reason why I repair and build systems today although I am only 14. Both then and today I am not rich so I would build an amazing gaming rig if I had the money however since I'm 14 I only get money from doing chores ever so often and mowing lawns so most of my builds are budget gaming rigs for 300 dollars or less that can run games like skyrim at 60fps at max settings but games like fallout 4 at 30-40fps at minimal settings. I still have my first laptop and will use it from time to time however it has been mainly replaced by the laptop I am using now which will be featured in another entry. I hope you have enjoyed learning about my first computer and I encourage that you follow me on social media with twitter and instagram being @ultraretrotech and facebook being the ultraretrotech facebook page, my youtube channel features both gaming and computer content both new and old.

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    A new entry, been some time... lot of changes in my life. Most of you have probably noticed my activity on the Forum has dropped off a lot over the past while. Not nearly as involved in the Folding section as I want to be. I really need to thank @tobben and @Imakuni for all their help in supporting the folding team and users on the forum.

     

    This past fall my wife and I separated. It was something coming for a long time. I am doing much better now. But of course had to scramble, lot of changes and my life has been pretty busy sorting all that out.

     

    I now have my own place and getting settled in, adjusting to the new normal. :)

     

    Starting all the folding systems back up, and helps I don't pay for power now. Right now I have 5 GPU's folding away. I would like to get more, I have tons of spare parts, just no spare GPU's. If anyone wants to make a GPU donation, I will accept. :D All Titan cards welcome. lol

     

    Have also spent time consolidating a lot of systems as room is a premium now. Ungraded my unRaid server to the latest version and have taken advantage of Dockers and VM functionality. With 3 Dockers and 2 VM's running I was able to eliminate 6 systems I had going and make better use of the unRaid hardware, so a win-win situation.

     

    Looking forward to getting more Folding going and living life. :)

     

    The unRaid server was upgraded with a MSI Xpower motherboard, a 4790K and 16GB of ram to handle all the load. Also swapped out the Antec 1200 case as it didn't support XL-ATX and got myself a CM Storm Stryker. Must say, very nice case.

    Then I upgraded my main rig with the new Thermaltake Core X2 and a bunch more radiator space to handle both 780's folding full time and not need to run the fans at a god awful speed.

     

    Need to swap one of the GPU folding systems into a new case today with better airflow, cards are overheating.

     

    Well, that's all for now kiddies... Happy Whaling!

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    Hey guys! I am new here and want some help building my new "Skylake" based pc, the parts I picked are listed below;
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    Asus Maximus Viii Hero
    Core i7-6700k
    Corsair vengeance LPX 16GB CL16 OR dominator platinum 16Gb CL 15
    ASUS ROG POSIEDON GTX 980
    Corsair RMi 750W PSU
    Samsung 850 EVO 250gb SSD
    WD 4TB Black HDD
    Corsair 760T Graphite Full Tower Case
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    Now I have a couple of questions that I need help with ;
    *Should I go for i7 or 6600k be enough for me(Gaming and programming)
    *Which RAM should I go with as TBH I see no difference besides aesthetics
    *980 SLI or 980TI

     

    Help a poor confused gamer lol ;)

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    2016 Honda Ridgeline Concept truck is a work in progress and it is required to accompany new redesign contrasted with the current model with enough of high and new systems. The mini-size trucks are not in demand and this is the reason the organization is currently focusing on producing a little truck that can fulfill this business sector. This truck is required to have a few gimmicks implied for the cutting edge cars.

     

    2016 Honda Ridgeline Concept truck will have a new exterior with a lighter body while it will be looking as mini-size truck. The interior of the vehicle will offer comfort to both the driver and the passenger. The new car will have additionally other enhanced peculiarities like the dashboard, guards and new headlights. The width and the stature are additionally anticipated that will change later on. New Ridgeline will have the most recent gimmicks which will make driving of this truck to be the best experience. The innovation of the security framework is required to be found with the new model like Hi-Fi framework in the form of the brisk navigation or other functions that are connected. It will likewise offer all the newest wellbeing peculiarities for clients.

     

    See Details >>> 2016 Honda Ridgeline Concept

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    guiterboy28
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    Does an AC router increase speeds delivered to AC wifi devices? My connection is maxed out at 85 mbps (with ISP's N cable/router combo), I was wondering will upgrading to an AC router help my current speeds?

  5. Seriously game devs, it's not that hard. Get with the times.

     

    This would be part of the main class

    std::vector<VisualObject> movableObjects;//initialize everything, set starting coordinates and directions//other prep work//FUNCTIONSvoid update(float updateTimeMillis) {    //move view point, make decisions on color changes, texture loading, etc.    ...    //check for collisions in parallel, using in-lined function calls (no stack frame created)    //and loop-unrolling to make explicit use of branching AVX 256    //assume there is a mutex or semaphore to lock an object for analysis/deletion and a smart    //function to skip if locked and come back built into the calls to inline function     //collisionUpdate    #pragma omp parallel for    for(int i = movableObjects.size()-1; i >= 0; i -= 8) {        movableObjects[i].collisionUpdate(); //will run each type of object's unique function        movableObjects[i-1].collisionUpdate();        ...        movableObjects[i-7].collisionUpdate();    }    //collided objects now destroyed or had states updated to change physical effects routines,    //update all vertices of all objects in parallel,    //ensure dummies exist if not in multiples of 8 to take advantage of AVX 256 in loop unrolling    #pragma omp parallel for    for(int i = movableObjects.size()-1; i >= 0; i -= 8) {         movableObjects[i].update(updateTimeMillis);        movableObjects[i-1].update(updateTimeMillis);        ...        movableObjects[i-7].update(updateTimeMillis);    }        VisualObject.draw(); //draw the scene and all objects in it.}  


     

    And this would be the chief graphics object from which near every other graphics object should inherit from.

     

    public class VisualObject {    VisualObject* parent = null;    vector<VisualObject> children;    int omp_max_thread_count = omp_get_max_threads();    //if quad I5, will get 4, if quad I7, will get 8    void VisualObject::addChild(const VisualObject &v) {        v.setParent(this);        children.push_back(v);    }    void VisualObject::draw() {        //draw children in parallel using dynamic scheduling in case some objects         //have complex functions that take far longer than others, auto scaling with core count        #pragma parallel for schedule(dynamic)        for(int i = 0; i < children.size(); i += 8) {            children[i].draw();            children[i+1].draw();            ...            children[i+7].draw();        }    }    struct {        bool operator()(VisualObject v1, VisualObject v2)        {               return v1.complexity() < v2.complexity();        }       } VOComparator;    //Sort Visual Objects by draw complexity into equal-sized buckets for the draw() function     //to handle, most expensive draws first per thread.    void VisualObject::loadBalance() {        //If on GCC/Clang/ICC, compile with -fopenmp and -D_GLIBCXX_PARALLEL to get parallel sort        std::sort(children.begin(), children.end(), VOComparator);        int chunkSize = children.size()/omp_max_thread_count;        vector<VisualObject> sortedSet(children.size());        #pragma parallel for        for(int i = 0; i < omp_max_thread_count; i++){            //There is room for loop unrolling as long as you check to insure your unroll length is no larger than             //chunkSize and you either have dummies to fill the empty space or a cleanup function for the remainder under a given chunkSize            for(int j = 0; j < chunkSize; j++){                sortedSet[i * chunkSize + j] = children[j*omp_max_thread_count + i];            }        }        children = sortedSet;    } //end loadBalance}; //end VisualObject class 


     

    There, 80+% of your CPU-side optimization done for you. Quit your belly aching, start over, and do it right this time. There's no excuse when it's this easy.

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    Harry__Bird
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    So, i'm building a PC and i need guidance on parts, I've built a PC before but this one is a bit more Shazam! The main problem I'm having, is the cooler, I'm planing to water cool (only the CPU) but struggling on the type of cooler needed, the CPU is am

     

    Intel Core i7-4790K LGA 1150
    And the coolers I'm picking between are the following:

     


    SWIFTECH H240-X
    Cooler Master Nepton 240M
    And I'm fitting that into a NZXT H440, If there is any problem you can see with this, Please let me know

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    Tomorrow, Friday the 20th, Knife Party will be releasing their new EP, Trigger Warning.

     

    Returning with the style of not-giving-a-fuck house and text-to-speech-step, this EP is sounding promising. Check out the tracks at Soundcloud.

     

    PLUR Police
    Parliament Funk
    Kraken
    PLUR Police (Jauz Remix)

  7. I'm wanting to build a gaming rig, can yall help me with parts??

  8. Hello guys,
    I have an old pc and i want to upgrade it.The PC is a intel core 2 quad cpu q6600,7gb of ram ddr2,210 grachics card.Most games i play are League of legends,Counter Strike Global Offensive,Assasins Creed IV and III.I have a budget of 400 euros to upgrade motherboard,cpu,ram and graphics card.If its possible the voltage be around 500 watt so i dont have to buy a new psu to

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    Hi, I'm trying to decide on what graphics card step would be best. Between the GTX 970 and the R9 390. I could also consider GTX970's in SLI. Im new to this sort of thing and don't know the ups and down to SLI. I just want to run games at 1080p and maybe higher res in the near future (1440p). Any suggestions?

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    Thresh
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    So, I'm looking to upgrade my PC and I'd like some help/advice

     

    I'm happy with the performance of it, and I wanna make it quieter. The main problem is that my current case only seems to have space for one fan, so I will probably get a new one along with a couple of low rotation fans which I hope will make it super quiet (it's not super noisy, but I don't like the background noise it makes)

     

    I'm not doing any overclocking

     

    Any help, advice and product recommendations are appreciated

  9. So guys I was wanting to hear some ideas from you on some good future software.

     

    I was thinking...

     

    Handwriting fonts. (Fonts based off of your handwriting.)

     

    Built in security programs

     

    An OS dedicated to security

     

    An art program using measured shapes to make images. (Measurement shape creator or something)

     

    A variety of games.

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    Here is my take on a Budget Headphone Audiophile Setup.

     

    Enjoy. :)

     

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    I've always heard the term "life project" but never really understood it until I got my own. You see it all the time, guys talking to friends about a car they are building, and they mention how much they've put into it. I've always just thought it weird; after all, why not just buy a new car instead of sinking a bunch of money into a car that probably won't be used much.

     

    And then I got my computer. And suddenly, my whole perspective on those changed.

     

    Heck, look at my purchases lately! I just got a new job, and the first thing I buy? A Fractal Design Define R5. The next thing I plan on buying? A R9 390. Probably there I'll stop for a while, but then again, when I built my pc almost a year ago (parts purchased on Black Friday 2014) I told myself that I wouldn't be upgrading it for a while. After all, that was the whole point of upgrading.

     

    It took me a while, but I realized even if I had the most badass rig, even if I had 4-way Titan SLI and a i7 5960X overclocked to hell and back with a custom waterloop, I'd still probably find a way to spend money on it regardless.

     

    Weird.

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    viper123
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    linus where you getting all this parts for pc builds

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    useful stuff :

     


    Code of Conduct : http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/95599-linus-tech-tips-forum-code-of-conduct/
    LTT beginners guide: http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/334934-ltt-beginners-guide/
    Read This Before Posting : http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/11724-read-before-posting-in-this-section/

     

    there's a night theme for the forum Night Theme 3.0 : https://userstyles.org/styles/109926/unofficial-ltt-night-theme-3-0

     

    Dark Theme Fixer : https://github.com/stormdr1ve/ltt-scripts/raw/release/User%20Scripts/Dark%20Theme%20Fixer.user.js

     

    also remember to follow your threads.

     

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    18 hours ago, colonel_mortis said:

    Actually, that's a bug. You can edit status updates, there's just no link to it. To edit a status update, just add &do=editstatus to the URL, and you will be able to edit it. I have reported a bug about the lack of edit button.

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    First off I just want to say: Man this shit is fun, digging through sketchy parts and waiting for them to show up is making me giddy. Some might say I'm wasting money on crap, but its worth it for me, I've been curious for a long time wondering about the quality and performance of these parts, and really I just have to say: Science costs, and if I don't do it then who else will? I've learned a lot with my recent research however, and man this is going to be one hell of a forum post(when its done) because I am going to be as thorough as possible and investigating “cheap watercooling” from about every aspect. For now though I just want to talk about the “what I have for now”, because I really want to document this stuff before I forget it. So, here we go:

     

    Reservoirs: Unless if you are buying a big name brand, these are surprisingly hard to find. Nobody really makes them, and the only few I could find is a rectangle box sold from a budget liquid cooling seller located in New York, and 5.25” bay reservoirs which are sold by a similar guy. The rectangle box's are cheap, like ~$7.00 +shipping cheap. Essentially they are a box made out of acrylic and have 3 holes in them(threaded of course). Some just come with a cap, others also come with barbs. The bay reservoirs are built the same way, but these can can have cool things in them, like flow meters, LED's, Pumps, and temp sensors, but these range from ~$22-60. Of course, all of these are imported, but you can buy them from Hong Kong if the US stock runs out or if you are in the EU.

     

    Pumps: I'm an engineer and let me tell you something. All watercooling parts have one potential problem: leaking. The pump however has another potential issue: mechanical/electrical failure. So the pump is something you want to really don't want to cheap out on. This would be great advise if you were spending $200-500 on a cooling system, but we are going extremely cheap, and the pumps I found were anywhere from $6-30, and the one I bought specifically usually costs $7, yikes. Modern pumps are fairly simple though, and my only fear is the rotor locking up(just like my Thermaltake pump). My specific pump is tiny, and all I hope is that it has enough head pressure to circulate my system. Also beware, not all pumps come with a power connector, so either shop carefully or get your tools out.

     

    Waterblocks: There are two types of waterblocks you will find when searching on the “budget” market: “decent” looking blocks, and blue blocks. The “decent” looking blocks look great... look... but there are some proximity errors with the images. Most blocks have a cross “waffle” pattern, however on some of the images it shows them with the parallel fins. Hmm, I suspect the bait and switch, but I'll just have to wait and see. One thing that I really don't want to happen, but it just might, is there are some waterblocks that have no “fins” what so ever, its just a flat piece of copper with a acrylic top. These probably suck, and if the bait and switch is a thing then... ugh. I'll just have to wait and see, but I'm actually more interest in the cheap ass blue blocks. These are funny they are cheap, like sub $5 cheap, have no mounting hardware whatsoever, and the internal fin design is unknown since you cant actually see inside if it(whats worse is that between sellers they use different diagrams). I'm honestly curious to see the performance for myself, because from what I see from other forum users is that for sub $5 its actually not bad. What sucks with these tough is if you do want mounting hardware, they charge a freaking arm and a leg for it. For $25 you get a $5 waterblock, 4 bolts, 8 washers, 4 nuts, 4 thumbscrew nuts, and a rectangle sheet of metal with holes in it. What a joke...

     

    Radiators: These are funny. So there are two types you will find: ones with pre attached barbs and ones with G1/4 fittings. The G1/4 radiators on “the budget market” are all aluminum, but for $20-50(dependent on size) honestly you cant match that from a name brand. At first I thought “oh these are just made for some niche thing and they are just being sold as PC stuff” but then I looked at the Rajintek Trition. Holy shit, the 240mm radiator Rajintech uses is the same exact thing as these eBay ones. So, even though these radiators are cheap, they are at least proven(to be good). But then the thought crossed my mind “if you can find a no brand Rajintek on eBay, then where do the pre-barbed ones come from” and then I started digging through AIO's. The Cooler Master Seidon 120m/v looks very similar to the radiator I bought on eBay, but there were enough differences for me to dimiss them as “different”. I hit up bing search and there it was, I now know the origin of my cheap ass radiator: Enermax. Either they manufacture these or they order them, but I have the radiator from a Enermax LIQMax 120S, and its exactly the same. I expect it to perfrom well, considering Enermax rates it as a 300w thermal disipation, but for $15 I don't know. The pre barbed ones(AKA, not finished AIO) cost anywhere from $10-30 depending on size(Note: If this radiator works well I'm getting a 80mm rad for a sleeper build).

     

    Tubes/fittings: I'm not going to buy tube from an unknown manufacture and material, sorry. There isn't much selection either so it appears that the sellers know that the demand for it is low. I will buy tube from Home Depot, and the 25ft. $7 stuff I bought earlier this year worked great. I do see a potential issue though: size. The tube is 3/8 sized, but none of the parts I bought were measured in imperial. Okayy so just convert it right? Well, did the math, some parts fit, but this is where the fragmented “standard” size is exposed. Some parts use 10mm barbs, some 9.5 or 9mm, and some even go to 8.5mm(I think, there are tons of sizes). I planned around this, and most of the things I bought should work, but this is an issue for people that don't fully do their own research. The last thing I want to bring up about the barbs is that compression fittings are nowhere to be seen from no-name manufactures, which is a good thing. Regular barbs can be found, they are roughly $1 each but come in packs of 2, and they look fine to me(I didn't buy any, but if I need to I will).

     

    Research: It took me about 2 days to learn the market, and observe how... simple it is? In the unrestricted market, you would expect a ton of parts right? That's actually not the case. Everything is basically the same shit, just a different seller, I actually imagine each part in its category being made in the same factory. So really when it comes to research, all you need to do is find the parts you want(since the selection is poor there isn't much choice, making the decision easier), make sure the fittings are the same size, and find a trustable seller. The only other hard thing is finding stuff in the US, I hate waiting for shit to ship and when stuff comes from Hong Kong it takes forever.

     

    I'm now tired of typing, will update/post when parts come.

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