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Shark With A Laser

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About Shark With A Laser

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  • Gender
  • Interests
    PCGaming: Starcraft II, Diablo III, World of Warcraft, GTA V
    Rhythm Games: Rock Band 3

    Shiny objects.
  • Biography
    Aspiring super villain.
  • Occupation
    Financial Analyst


  • CPU
    Intel i7-9700k
  • Motherboard
    MSI MEG Z390 ACE
  • RAM
    Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 4x8GB DDR4-3200
  • GPU
    EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 Ultra Gaming
  • Case
    Phanteks Eclipse P600S
  • Storage
    Samsung 970 EVO M.2, Intel 730 480GB SSD x 2
  • PSU
    Corsair RM750x 750W 80+ Gold
  • Display(s)
    Asus ROG SWIFT PG278Q x1, Dell S2330MX x 2
  • Cooling
    Noctua NH-U12A
  • Keyboard
    Corsair K70 RGB
  • Mouse
    Logitech G600
  • Sound
    Logitech G35, Logitech Z523
  • Operating System
    Windows 10
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  1. Shark With A Laser

    Windows 10 Pro on DVD, but no optical drive

    Okay, thanks! I'll download the ISO onto USB and probably just buy a retail license directly from the MSFT store.
  2. Shark With A Laser

    Windows 10 Pro on DVD, but no optical drive

    I imagine this is a very simple and kind of stupid question, but I wanted to check before shelling out the $. I found a local retailer that sells Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit for $50 less than the Microsoft store, but it only comes on a DVD (I'm skeptical of the cheaper Windows keys I've seen on other online retailers). My new build will not have an optical drive, so would I be able to create a Windows 10 installer on a USB and use the serial number from the DVD packet to authenticate? I imagine I'm really paying for the license and not storage method of the OS. Edit: It is an OEM variant of the OS, which I guess is why it's cheaper since I cannot transfer it to a new machine (e.g. if I have to replace the motherboard due to RMA?)
  3. Shark With A Laser

    Thin Profile Cooler Recommendations for i7-9700k?

    Hmm, Noctua doesn't recommend this for OCing or for the TDP output of the 9700k. It also leads me back to the problem of kinda-ugly Noctua color fans, at which point I'd stay with the 12A.
  4. Shark With A Laser

    Thin Profile Cooler Recommendations for i7-9700k?

    Planning on going with the Phanteks P600. Currently located in the Bay Area, CA so have decent access to Frys, but I buy stuff online all the time.
  5. Hey eveyone, I wanted to see if anyone might have an alternative recommendation for a Noctua NH-U12A? It fits my criteria in terms of size and performance, it's just that I find the fan colors to be a little ugly and the chromax variant of fans is delayed to Q419, so wanted to look at other options. I'm looking for a somewhat thin profile air cooler that won't cover up too much of the RAM, but without sacrificing too much on cooling performance and sound. I'm planning on using this with an i7-9700k (mild OC, unsure) and the Corsair Vengeance RGB RAM (4x8) which appears to have a height of 51mm. I'd be fine if the cooler covers the first slot but would like to be able to see the others. Ultimately, if I can't find one with the right size and performance I'll probably stick with the 12A and possibly replace the fans down the road. Who knows, I might not even care so much by then.
  6. Shark With A Laser

    New Build: i7-9700k and RTX 2080 Ti

    I'm not so worried about the CPU getting damaged in transit since it's such a small package; I'd be much more concerned with the larger and wider items like a GPU or motherboard. It's just also easier to make returns to a local store and saving on shipping costs, not having to wait on turn around time: I'm extremely impatient, lol. Each of my 980 Ti RMAs took at least three weeks, with one taking over six because of the Christmas-New Year holiday break.
  7. Shark With A Laser

    New Build: i7-9700k and RTX 2080 Ti

    Is there any particular reason for this card recommendation? Seems slightly better priced than other 2080 Tis with an AIO.
  8. Shark With A Laser

    New Build: i7-9700k and RTX 2080 Ti

    I've seen a few video reviews on the Aorus Master praising it as the best overall Z390 board in that price range, but some of the user reviews gave me pause and I opted for the MSI one since it was generally rated higher. Maybe there were just more vocal owners of the Aorus Master that had problems or just some bad luck with QC lottery? I'm sure the same could happen to me with the MSI board. The EVOLV X just looks really nice and seemed to have good enough airflow for air cooling the CPU. That said, I'm also considering the P600 since its cheaper and has better airflow. I like that both cases also come with a GPU support brace and I have some minor concerns about possible GPU sag with the FTW3 being basically a 3 slot card. Probably not going to be a problem with a reinforced PCIE slot board. Yeah, I'vealso considered the 9900k since I can just buy it from my local Fry's and they're willing to price match online retailers. The 9700k would have to be shipped and I just have a weird aversion to shipping PC components where I can avoid it.
  9. Shark With A Laser

    New Build: i7-9700k and RTX 2080 Ti

    Well this certainly has my attention now. Thanks for this, I'll start doing more research on Zen2.
  10. Shark With A Laser

    New Build: i7-9700k and RTX 2080 Ti

    I don't have a particular allegiance to Intel, though my last two builds also utilized Intel chips. I'm a little out of the loop on AMD's recent developments, but is the Zen 2 is a cheaper/more efficient competitor to the 9700k? I'd be more than happy to switch to Team Red if it's a much better gaming CPU.
  11. PCPartPicker Part List CPU: Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($394.90 @ OutletPC) CPU Cooler: Noctua - NH-U12A 60.09 CFM CPU Cooler ($99.90 @ Amazon) Motherboard: MSI - MEG Z390 ACE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($271.03 @ OutletPC) Memory: Corsair - Vengeance RGB Pro 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($189.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $140.00) Video Card: EVGA - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB FTW3 ULTRA GAMING Video Card ($1299.98 @ Amazon) Case: Phanteks - Evolv X ATX Mid Tower Case ($170.00 @ Newegg) Power Supply: Corsair - RMx (2018) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg) Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.39 @ OutletPC) Total: $2755.18 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-06-20 01:36 EDT-0400 Budget and Location: $3,000 not including any peripherals; Bay Area, CA Aim: Strictly gaming system, with the possibility of VR in the future? I mainly play GTA Online and some various simpler games that don't require that much power, but I'm pretty keen on the new Ghost Recon Wildlands game and Cyberpunk 2077. The aim would be to game at 1440p and 144hz. Monitors: 1x ASUS RoG Swift, 1440p x 144hz 2x 22inch 1080p 60 FPS monitors I salvaged from my very first PC build that I use for web surfing/streaming videos I am considering changing out the monitors to a widescreen for my main monitor and moving the Swift to the side as a second monitor (if anyone has experience with this I'd appreciate your opinions on it) I originally was planning to go with the Asus Maximus XI Hero Board, but after watching the Gamers Nexus videos regarding its poor quality VRMs and reading through reviews I switched to the MSI ACE board. The case selection isn't finalized, but I'm also considering the Phanteks P600 or the Fractal S2 Meshify. I don't plan on water cooling (still paranoid about that, which is why I avoided AIOs for a CPU cooler) and just want a decent mid-full tower sized case that's a bit roomy. Also considering some Corsair LL-120s as case fans, because why not make the inside look like an acid trip? Not listed in this parts build, but a friend suggested a "small" capacity M.2 drive to load my OS onto.
  12. Shark With A Laser

    Help with picking a new case

    Is the P600 basically a subdued version of the EVOLV X? Steve from GN said the internals were basically the same. I've been looking at both cases but haven't decided for my own build.
  13. Shark With A Laser

    [Troubleshoot] Dead GPU, Second Card not recognizing Monitors

    The hardware has all been the same for all three of the failures. My motherboard is cuurently having other issues with the SIM bus controller and sounds, so it's pretty much compromised no matter what. I forgot to mention this previously, but I also have the separate "custom" sleeved PSU cables from Corsair, so I don't know if that could also be a potential contributor.
  14. Shark With A Laser

    [Troubleshoot] Dead GPU, Second Card not recognizing Monitors

    Yeah, it was always the card in the top slot too. I'm pretty sure this board is entirely compromised, but I'm not sure about the PSU. I'm sort of already planning on a new build anyways for upcoming games and was hoping I could salvage this PSU, but maybe I should just get a new one for the new system. In the meantime, I was able to get an EVGA customer service person to open up RMA requests, so I can send the cards in and see what they find.
  15. Shark With A Laser

    [Troubleshoot] Dead GPU, Second Card not recognizing Monitors

    I suspect it's probably the motherboard given the other problems I'm having right now. It could be the PSU — it's the same one I've had for all 3 980Ti "burn outs." It's one of the older Corsair RM-850s that had capacitor issues or something to that effect, but my understanding is that likely should have only cause the unit itself to fail? I'll try asking one of my friends if I can test my card out in his computer. He should have the same motherboard as me assuming he hasn't upgraded. Thanks for the suggestion!