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  • Birthday October 31

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    Systems Analyst


  • CPU
    Intel Core i7 6700
  • Motherboard
    ASRock Z170 FAT4L1TY ITX/AC
  • RAM
    G.SKILL Ripjaw V DDR4-3200 16GB
  • GPU
    Gigabyte GTX 1080 ITX
  • Case
    Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX
  • Storage
    Samsung 950 PRO
  • PSU
    Seasonic X650 Gold
  • Display(s)
    Acer GN246HL 23" 144Hz
  • Cooling
    ARCTIC Liquid Freezer 120
  • Keyboard
    Corsair K65 RGB
  • Mouse
    Logitech G502
  • Sound
    Logitech Z-5300E
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
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  1. In before you get buried in partpicker lists. My 2¢ would be to toss in at least a 500GB SSD (~$50 USD) to make use of one of those m.2 slots.

    WiFi Card Compatibility

    Yes, you have three PCI-Express x1 ports for it. It would also work in your PCI-Express x16 ports, just look a bit strange.

    Is this bad glow

    Hard to tell if that's really backlight bleed or the glare coming off that window. Would recommend doing this test in the evening in the darkest conditions possible, then maybe again in a low light situation where you'd actually use the PC (e.g. with a desk lamp or something). Reason being I personally never sit in pitch blackness on my PC anyway, but those conditions will make the backlight bleed the most noticeable.
  4. Been using a combination of Prime95 (CPU), Furmark (GPU), and Speedfan (thermal readings and CPU/aux fan control) for years.

    Recommend me a budget graphics card

    I've purchased 2 or 3 PowerColor video cards over the years and have never had a technical problem with them. The only complaint I have is that their extremely tacky sticker eventually peeled off the blower shroud for my HD 4870 back in the day, which revealed a pristine reference cooler underneath. And good riddance... it got rid of their bevel emboss & outerglow hackjob they pass as "graphics design." The sticker falling off was basically a free cosmetic upgrade!

    Is the Hyper 212 EVO still Bang-for-Buck King?

    I like everything I'm seeing about the Dark Rock Pro 4 except that at $88 it's about 3.5x my budget. And as Jurrunio pointed out, this is going on my i7-6700 (LGA 1151).

    Is the Hyper 212 EVO still Bang-for-Buck King?

    Yep, and I linked to a review that compared it to the EVO, which it (Black Edition) outperformed in thermals and noise.
  8. Taking the AIO out of my Skylake rig to use in an upcoming build, so looking for an air cooler that's cost-performance-noise efficient to replace it on the i7-6700 (1151) non-K rig. A few years ago, this would have been the Hyper 212 EVO, no doubt about it. So naturally I have my eye on the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition ($25 USD via Amazon Prime). PCPer Review: https://pcper.com/2019/02/cooler-master-hyper-212-rgb-black-edition-air-cooler-review/ Budget is around $25 USD before tax, located in Southern California (Microcenter, Frys Electronics, Newegg, are all local to me). Needs to fit a Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX (195mm clearance). Don't care for RGB.

    Show off your old and retro computer parts

    Rig I nabbed from my brother-in-law. I actually spec'd this for him back in 2005ish. Here it is in all its early 2000-era mismatched RGB-less spaghetti cable management glory: CPU: Athlon 64 3200+ (s939) w/ stock HSF Motherboard: MSI K8N Neo 4 Platinum ver. 1 Memory: 2GB (4 x 512MB) DDR-400 (2x Corsair CMX Platinum Series and 2x OCZ Platinum Series) Videocard: EVGA GeForce 7800 GT 256MB Powersupply: Antec NEOPOWER 480W Modular Active PFC PSU Case: Thermaltake Soprano VB1000BWS Midtower Case

    Show off your old and retro computer parts

    Just got my hands on an EVGA GeForce 7800 GT 256MB (image taken from Google search). Only plans I have for it are to display it. Don't really have a need for a circa 2005 build, atm:

    NEW PSU Tier List

    Bringing up this S-tier unit again because I found an even better deal on it. Newegg via eBay: SeaSonic PRIME Ultra Gold 550W (SSR-550GD2) Add it to your cart for an automatic 20% off, so $87 USD before tax. Then Newegg has a $20 USD rebate (read that it's applicable because you will receive a Newegg invoice, not an eBay one), to make this $67 USD. This unit is typically $105-110 at etailers. Pulled the trigger on it:
  12. I'm planning a new build and would like to standardize as many parts as possible to make it easier to swap parts between this new rig and the hand-me-down that's going to my wife. The wife's rig has a SeaSonic G Series SSR-650RM, so I'd like to scoop up another SeaSonic modular power supply that would have compatible modular cables. The semi-obvious answer would be to get another SSR-650RM, but I was hoping to nab a high-end SeaSonic modular PSU (e.g. PRIME Ultra). The chances of me ever having to actually swap the cables between the units is highly unlikely anyway, but it would be a value add if they're compatible.

    NEW PSU Tier List

    The Seasonic PRIME Ultra 550w was $109 - $20 rebate = $89 USD, which should be about the same price as a new RM650x unit. I see the rm650x refurb is $73 USD, not half bad. Just worried about that 1 year warranty in the fine print, even though the product page says 10 years.

    NEW PSU Tier List

    So confused. Seasonic Prime Ultra 550W is "decent..." yet S tier. Corsair RM650x is "great" yet A+ tier.

    NEW PSU Tier List

    Newegg has the Seasonic PRIME Ultra 550W 80+ Gold (SSR-550GD2) for $89 after $20 MIR (before taxes/shipping). While it's $105 on Amazon. Is this S-tier? Seems like the most affordable unit on that tier if that's the case?