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Captain Chaos

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  1. This, so much this. I'm all for rewarding devs for their work, but whoever does business with EGS will not see a single cent from me. I'll just pirate their games instead of buying them and won't feel bad about it at all.
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    Windows XP in 2019

    With the right registry tweak you can still get security patches for XP right now. However support for that one will end with next month's Patch Tuesday, so from then on running XP will be risky indeed. https://betanews.com/2014/05/26/how-to-continue-getting-free-security-updates-for-windows-xp-until-2019/ I'd just put Linux on it TBH.
  3. Indeed. Personally I'd go for the 200mm, use the PC for a week or so and then see if lowering the RPM of the top fan helps. Or maybe I'd even put some duct tape over the section that sticks out in front of the CPU cooler and see if that helps. If it works, I'd make a block-off plate that I could screw onto the fan. Kinda like this (albeit in plastic or alu instead of paper like my mockup).
  4. The 140, when mounted near the back of the top would "steal" less air indeed. So you'll have cooler air going over the VRMs and potentially a higher air pressure in front of the CPU cooler which translates to slightly better cooling. However it is possible that all that benefit is offset because the 140mm will move less air out of the case and because there will be more air from the GPU making its way to the front of the CPU cooler, meaning that the cooler will suck in hotter air. Unfortunately there's only one way to really find out what the optimal setup for your case is, and that is to try it with a 140mm as well as a 200mm. But is it worth it to buy the extra hardware and spend all that time building and testing only to get what will most likely be a 1-3°C difference?
  5. Okay, here's a quick and dirty sketch of what your airflow will probably look like with the 200mm. The big question is if the pattern will be better with a 140mm at the back. Personally I don't think so. In terms of position it will be better, but the 200mm simply moves a lot more air at a low RPM than a 140mm would. That more than makes up for the bit of air (the top 2 blue lines)that gets lost. All in all, my advice would be to not overthink it. Regardless of what setup you choose, you won't run any risk of overheating things due to bad airflow. You can always mess around with fan curves once you have the PC up and running. Perhaps lowering or raising the RPM of the top fan compared to the rear one can drop the temperature by a couple of degrees.
  6. It's kinda hard to predict. On the one hand there is some leakage if the fan (or part thereof) is in front of the cooler (which is the case with the Amazon picture), on the other hand the fan will pull out hot air so the overall effect may very well be a lower overall temperature. Ideally you'd move the top fan as far as possible to the back, but I'm not sure about the mounting options of that case. Give me 20 minutes, need to run to the store real quick before it closes, but I'll draw a sketch of it as soon as I get back.
  7. That top fan in that position will pull some of the air from the front fans out of the case before the air has a chance to cool anything, but that's not a big deal. The CPU cooler should have no problem pulling in air of its own.
  8. It was either that or another multi-billion dollar fine.
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    Making money selling custom gaming computers?

    You can practice on your own computer. Take it completely apart and build it again, work on your cable management until it is really clean, measure how long it takes you from start to finish and try to improve on that, etc etc. As for building and then selling, that's a good way to waste money. Instead build or overhaul PCs for family and friends and let them recommend you to others. Don't expect to turn it into a business though, you'll be lucky if you can turn it into a hobby.
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    SSD brand preference

    About a dozen Samsung SSDs in use here, of varying ages and models (from 840 EVO to 960 PRO). I have yet to see one fail. I've also been running a pair of Crucial MX200s in my NAS for 3 years now and they haven't given me any issues either. Stick to reputable brands and you have to be really unlucky to have any issues.
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    Whatever happened to floppy disks?

    Sure, we CAN use them still. However it's not practical. I was pretty pissed when I found out that disk 1812 was unreadable.
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    Tinder in 2019?

    Ah yes, that's easy to solve though.
  13. 2 of the XB271HU monitors here, the IPS variant. Not a single issue. Minimal backlight bleed (less than most other IPS panels I've seen), not a single blemish or dead pixel.
  14. Looks like it doesn't. If the sound waves are reflected back to the source, they probably cancel out some of those that are heading for the "silencer".
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    Issues with windows & veracrypt

    No idea, I never had such an issue with Veracrypt. My drives don't show up in Explorer at all until I tell Veracrypt to mount the drive and I enter the passphrase. Weird. Then again I'm on Win7 and have sleep disabled.
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    Updating my rig

    CPU and memory are still more than good enough for another couple of years. The GPU is still okay, but nothing special. That GPU is the only thing I'd upgrade really. I know from experience that the CPU with a mild overclock will have no issues with a 1080Ti, so I'd recommend either that, a 2080 or a 2080Ti. With that upgrade your overall performance will be near/in the high end again. Perhaps spend the rest of your budget on a 1TB or 2TB SSD, 240GB doesn't leave you much room for modern AAA games.
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    Any cases with a dedicated GPU fan slot?

    The closest thing would be the HAF X, which has a 200mm side intake with a shroud that directs the air somewhat upwards. It also has a shroud meant to go over the front of the GPU that has room for a 120mm fan. but almost everyone removed that one because it was pretty useless.
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    Case upgrade

    Fractal Design Focus G ? Should be within your budget.
  19. I had my doubts about Epic from day 1. Now I'm truly convinced that I will never create an account there and will never knowingly buy any game from a dev that has ever signed an exclusivity agreement with them.
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    2500 non K and asus P8P67M

    I downloaded the manual, but that's not much help. The option sure exists though. Ai Tweaker -> CPU Power Management -> CPU Ratio -> use the + and - keys to adjust it. No need to worry about voltages, the 2500 can run 4.1 on stock voltage no problem.
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    What song are you listening to right now.

    Damn this woman can sing!
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    5 years is to early to shut off my note 3

    ermm ... no. If a device with serious vulnerabilities is in any way connected to the internet, it can (and most likely will) be exploited. All it takes is a malicious ad or for you to click the wrong link. Your Note 3 still has LineageOS support (Android 7 with the latest security patches) , so the best thing you can do is spend an afternoon to get that installed. When Microsoft stops support for the current OS, you either upgrade to a newer version or install Linux. On a phone you install a custom ROM ... assuming the bootloader is unlocked. That's why I fully stand behind the idea of manufacturers unlocking the bootloader when they drop support for a phone.
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    Should Windows...

    The issue often isn't the cost of switching software, it's hardware incompatibility. If your multi-million dollar MRI machine is simply incompatible with the newer version of Windows, you're not going to buy a new scanner whenever Microsoft decides to cram a new version of the OS down everyone's throat.