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About nickdaria

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Alabama, USA
  • Interests
    Full Stack Software Development, Small Form Factor PC Builds
  • Occupation
    Software Development


  • CPU
    Intel Core i7
  • Motherboard
    MSI ZH77A-G43
  • RAM
    16GB HyperX Blu
  • GPU
    NVIDIA GTX 760
  • Case
    NZXT Phantom 410
  • Storage
    512GB Intel SSD [OS], 2TB HDD [STORAGE]
  • PSU
    Corsair RM650
  • Display(s)
    LG Ultrawide Monitor
  • Cooling
    Corsair Link
  • Keyboard
    Logitech Wave Keyboard
  • Mouse
    Logitech Wave Mouse
  • Sound
    Built In
  • Operating System
    Windows 10
  • PCPartPicker URL

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  1. Recently watched the LTT threadripper video and it got me thinking. They have a shop so they should be able to produce some custom parts and test benches. I feel like I could do this (however poorly) with a few 2x4s and some screws. Why not turn the motherboard and system upside-down? This would force water to fall down, and allow for long term use without napkins or towels. I think the best possible setup is the motherboard suspended upside down with the water block attached and the aquarium chiller and pump on the ground. All of the tubing is connected exactly as it is in the threadripper chilling video, except there is also a custom plastic “water shielding tunnel” around the tubing to the socket that forces water to drip down and not get any nearby components wet. Probably also use a PCIE riser to move the graphics card away from the action. They could also run a fan or heat gun on the very top towards the back of the board to prevent condensation there. Then, they could 3d print a sort of protective funnel that goes around the CPU socket to direct any condensation towards the ground. Just a wild 2AM thought I had and I was curious what you all thought.
  2. It wasn't my first choice, but it was given to me by a friend. Free > Paid.
  3. Oh crap... Didn't realize there were multiple versions. Nah, this is the Mini ITX/ITX. (Sauce)
  4. Title says it all. I have done quite a few builds but this is my first small build where space will be a problem. PCPartPicker isn't pitching a fit, but you never know... Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
  5. Right. Just know that the Product ID =/= Product Key. If you want to know for sure what your key is, here is a HowToGeek article on finding it.
  6. That's strange. Are you sure you are not talking about the Product ID and Product Key? They are 2 separate things. This is my control panel (BELOW). If you are talking about the ID in brackets, that's not your Key. Write down the key on the case.
  7. No. Have your key written down. The only thing to be aware of is that sometimes newer motherboards keep the key and you might have to call Microsoft. I have never had this happen in my experience, I have just seen others. You should still just write the key down to be safe. Also, the Windows 10 upgrade ended, but because you upgraded the key, it's fine as it is now a Windows 10 Key.
  8. Correct, except if you use the flash drive, I would recommend wiping it. Even if you use repair to get the install working, you will have conflicting drivers and other junk. I highly suggest just clean installing regardless.
  9. I would recommend it, it's not good to have conflicting drivers. But I don't know your whole situation so I'm not quite sure. To be safe, have all of your important data backed up. If you want a good service, just use Google Drive or go with the trusty thumb drive.
  10. When you use F12 to get to the boot menu, you select the USB. (If it doesn't work, try the BIOS and Legacy options) As for autobooting to the USB, it depends on your boot order. To be safe though, just use F12.
  11. No, Leave the HDD, use the USB to overwrite Windows onto it, and then boot to the HDD. the flash drive isn't Windows itself, it's an installer. It will put Windows on the HDD.
  12. There are guides everywhere on the internet. Just Google "Create Windows 10 Boot USB" I found this guide on RedmondPie. Then you boot to the USB and follow the directions.
  13. Honestly, you don't absolutely have to, but I would do it anyways. Old drivers and software sticking around are never a good thing. I may have a bias though. I wipe my OS about every 2 months just so I can feel better about my install. EDIT: If you are replacing with the same model mobo, then there is no reason to.