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Everything posted by GlorifiedPaperShuffler

  1. Welp, I learned a few new things about building computers today. 1) Don't be a hero. There's a reason why nobody has tried to build a computer, and manage cables like automotive harnesses. This experiment was an abject failure, and it created so much more bulk and frustration that made it almost impossible to manage cables properly. It's why real harnesses are built with individual wires cut-to-length. I had to replace all the power cables I screwed up trying to make harnesses (removed the shrink wrap), and had to clean up, so here's a before and after: 2) Hard line bending is hard. Linus and JayzTwoCents make it look too easy. It took me the better part of 6 hours today to make 3 lines (plus lots of scrap lines). Here's my first bend ever: I feel like it's not going to be water tight, but we'll see. And here's how far I've made it so far: Nothing in this PC lines up "properly" for some reason, so there's lots of gentle 45 degree bends to get the lines into the fittings. Wish me luck.
  2. I have a Cooler Master Cosmos C700M, that I intend to paint with automotive tri-coat spray paint. My intended result is for the surface to end up like a car's surface. Do I first have to sand down the brushed aluminum surfaces till they're flat? How can I achieve best results?
  3. Too bad they don't make em anymore. Oh well, at least with a processor you can just delid and fill the insides with liquid metal.
  4. Probably clear, because I'd rather not risk problems. Fans will be RGB, but I have not decided which fan yet. There are a few fans that carry a linear RGB design, instead of circles. I'm still researching if demanding a linear RGB design will mean compromising performance. On the other hand, circles don't really fit all that well in the design I have in mind. I saw their website, and it's mighty tempting. The cheap price helps too, because I intend to paint the radiator's side panels (leaving the fins black). It'll be nice if they're cheap to replace if I screw it up. I know the feeling man. To get the money to do this and other things, I gave up a year of my life for my employer, and worked in our HQ in Japan for that time.
  5. Absolutely it'll be hardline! I'm currently thinking of a way to evoke the Boxer Engine with my hardline routing. See where it'll take me. I'm kinda torn between just running blue coolant, or if I should try to color match the Cherry Blossom Pink/Red by mixing coolants. Not sure if the latter will result in problems. I'm currently partial towards EK rads really, though I'm perusing Alphacool's range as well. I'll check out Hardwarelabs. No harm in doing so. I forgot to mention...the hardline loop fittings will be gold!
  6. In my other build log, I called my wife's build "The Guinea Pig". A guinea pig for what you might ask? Well, here is a build I call "Technica", named after Subaru Technica International (STI), the motorsports and high performance division of Subaru (the car manufacturer, not the telescope). The parts list isn't finalized yet, since I estimate it'll take me months just to do the mods I have planned for the case. But think Ryzen 9, 2080 Ti, all watercooled, RGBed to the max, plus a good helping of automotive grade paint. This is my dream build. It's been about 6 months in conceptualization. For the longest time, I referred to it in my budget/parts sheet as "Magnum Opus", because I think this will be the last major build I do from scratch. Everything after will just be updates to the internals here and there. The build's theme is Subaru, but specifically, the design will try to evoke themes found in the following Subarus: So lots of WR Blue (I'm partial towards WR Blue Pearl), a touch of Cherry Blossom Red/Pink (undecided if I should harken back to the original pink or the newer pinkish red), and just a touch of High Viz Yellow. I'm starting this thread today, because today is the day the case for this build arrived: Yes, I am a nutjob who just paid for a C700M. My fingers are tightly crossed that this case will be the last case I buy. Beyond this, I hope everything will just be a matter of upgrading internals. If you are thinking of buying a Cosmos C700M, know that it is a MASSIVE case. My wife's Crystal 570X looks like a toy next to it. Yes, this also does mean that I got parts for a 2nd build before finishing the 1st. I'm hoping to take advantage of what remaining warm weather we have outside for painting. Additionally, I can do more detailed planning with the case in-hand, so I can see what I can take apart for painting, and how I can best apply the color theme discussed above. Will update when I make more progress.
  7. Today I did more test fitting. Honestly, I should've done this at the start. With the Cablemod vertical GPU bracket, it pushes out the GPU some towards the front. Then couple that with my overambitious choice of an XR7 radiator. Corsair should've just called this radiator the Thiccboi. There's basically no room left to mount the reservoir: I don't know if it's "alright". There's basically 1-2mm clearance from the radiator, which means there's next to no room at all when it comes time to install the hard line water loop. I'm slightly concerned about noise when the pump operates, since it is touching the PSU shroud. What would your advice be?
  8. I don't see why you couldn't sleeve them after. But with a harness style construction, multiple branches come together into a single bundle if they go the same way. So it might make it difficult to sleeve.
  9. I only had a few hours today to make some progress with this build. Initially I had wanted to plan the routing for all the wires in this computer, but it became too much to keep track of. So I decided to say, "fuck it", and just make up the routing as we went along. I put in the MB, top radiator, and a few fans: But what I'd like to focus on in today's log is a little experiment for cable management (see the USB 3.0 cable sticking out near the bottom?). Originally I had wanted to buy some nice custom length cables from Cablemod, until I found out how goddamned expensive they were, and even after that, there was no guarantee that I could give them the precise measurements needed. So after some thought, I realized that IRL I am an automotive engineer, with 50% of my work being automotive harnesses. Why not apply the same construction methods to PC cable management? I experimented a little with the USB 3.0 cable, and I think the results look decent. Additionally, with automotive harness construction methods, you could get the cables to stay in certain shapes ("forming" or sometimes "dressing"). Also, there is a myriad of additional accessories you could buy online (if you know their part numbers) to enable even more ways to manage cables. You can even bundle multiple cables together that are going the same route, and you get a nice clean run of cables. What do you guys think?
  10. For months now, I have been planning to build two high end rigs for me and the wife. The wife's system will be built first, because ladies first, and also because I've never done hard line water cooling before, so I need a guinea pig. Her rig will be high end for sure, but it'll just be a generic high end rig. It'll serve as the test bed for many things, including hard line bending/cutting, water block installation, Corsair's iCue, HydroX parts, X570, Ryzen 3rd Gen, and RTX games. We've got the furniture for a twin battlestation area last weekend. Today, the first set of tools arrived. I figured the Eiskoffer will give me the best chance of pulling this off well the first time around. Actual construction will begin this Labor Day weekend. Total budget for her rig is $3800. Parts list: PCPartPicker Part List Type Item Price CPU AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $327.79 @ OutletPC Motherboard Asus PRIME X570-PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard $236.89 @ OutletPC Memory Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $199.99 @ Amazon Storage Corsair MP600 Force Series Gen4 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $249.99 @ Best Buy Video Card NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB Video Card $699.99 @ Best Buy Case Corsair Crystal 570X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case $189.98 @ Newegg Power Supply Corsair 860 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply Case Fan Corsair LL120 RGB White with Lighting Node PRO 63 CFM 120 mm Fans $119.99 @ Amazon Case Fan Corsair LL120 RGB 63 CFM 120 mm Fan $35.99 @ Amazon Case Fan Corsair LL120 RGB 63 CFM 120 mm Fan $35.99 @ Amazon Case Fan Corsair LL120 RGB 63 CFM 120 mm Fan $35.99 @ Amazon Keyboard Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 SE Wired Gaming Keyboard $179.99 @ Amazon Mouse Corsair M65 RGB ELITE Wired Optical Mouse $54.86 @ OutletPC Custom Hydro X Series XD5 RGB Pump/Reservoir Combo $154.99 Custom Hydro X Series XF Hardline 14mm OD Fitting Four Pack — White $25.99 Custom Hydro X Series XC7 RGB CPU Water Block (115X/AM4) $74.99 Custom Hydro X Series XR7 360mm Water Cooling Radiator $114.99 Custom Hydro X Series XR5 240mm Water Cooling Radiator $59.99 Custom Hydro X Series XG7 RGB 20-SERIES GPU Water Block (2080 FE) $149.99 Custom Hydro X Series XF Hardline 14mm OD Fitting Four Pack — White $26.99 Custom Hydro X Series XF Hardline 14mm OD Fitting Four Pack — White $26.99 Custom Hydro X Series XF Ball Valve — Chrome $19.99 Custom Hydro X Series XT Hardline 14mm Tubing $19.99 Custom iCUE Commander PRO Smart RGB Lighting and Fan Speed Controller $74.99 Custom Hydro X Series XL5 Performance Coolant 1L — Purple $17.99 Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts Total (before mail-in rebates) $3165.32 Mail-in rebates -$30.00 Total $3135.32 Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-28 23:37 EDT-0400 I'm opening this thread first and foremost to log the build process, so you can laugh at our mistakes, and maybe I can also learn something, but also because when I'm spending this kind of money, I'd like someone else to at least know about it. We're both sorta introverted people who don't often welcome guests in our home. So no one will probably ever see the rigs in-person.
  11. Maybe I'm a dummy, but I'm getting: bash: ./file_walker: /bin/python3: bad interpreter: No such file or directory Am I doing something wrong here? Never mind. I got the script to execute, but it isn't exactly what I'm trying to achieve... It basically goes through the directory, and just dumps the files into a fixed directory. I need it to recreate the folder structure on the other end. There are 160+ folders in the gdrive, hence it'd be nice to not have to execute the script manually 160+ times. I need to make a script that will recreate those 160+ folders. i.e., flatten the target folder's structure, but not completely, in another folder. End result is: cleandrive: -lvl1fld1 -lvl1fld2 -lvl1fld3 -lvl1fld4 So on and so forth until it reaches lvl1fld160
  12. First, I'm not sure if this belongs here or in the Linux section, so mods, please move it as you deem appropriate. I'm a total newbie to writing Linux scripts. But I have a mega server I just built, so I'm in the mood to play a little and learn something new along the way. I want to write a script to clean up a particularly messy Google Drive directory that I have mounted in a Mint XFCE VM. It's the result of years of "I'll just put this here for now". They're structured something like this: gdrive: -lvl1fld1 --lvl2fld1sfl1 --lvl2fld1sfl2 ---lvl3fld1sfl2ssfl1 -lvl1fld2 -lvl1fld3 --lvl2fld3sfl1 -lvl1fld4 The folder structure can be many levels deep..., and there are literally 16000 files in there. I don't want all 16000, just certain files (e.g., I have no need to keep random .txt files or thumb.db files since this is Linux). So I want to write a script that will flatten the structure for me, while keeping only the relevant files. Thus, my current thinking is that the script needs to perform the following: Recursively scan the folders to obtain a list of files that have the specified extensions (extension whitelist). Move all files to another main folder, into the appropriate folders named according to the original lvl1 name. Leave the rest behind in gdrive as garbage for me to manually confirm that they are no longer needed. As a result, I should end up with 2 folders. One is the gdrive folder above with the garbage left behind, and another is a cleandrive folder with the following structure: cleandrive: -lvl1fld1 -lvl1fld2 -lvl1fld3 -lvl1fld4 Where should I start?
  13. Follow up question... If I choose a CPU that is affected by the recent Zombieload, Meltdown, and Spectre vulnerabilities, how much of a damn should I give?
  14. That link says that it doesn't support the new 20xx series GPUs, or X370 and B350 ASUS boards. Doesn't say anything about Z390 or any AMD TR4 chipsets though... I'd certainly like to figure everything out before pulling the trigger in June, since I will be spending $9000 on 2 PCs.
  15. I googled around, and basically what I found was: MSI Mystic Light causes untold amounts of frustration in users (oddly enough no one actually bothers to document what exactly happened). ASUS AuraSync has zero support for peripherals besides some dubious ROG keyboards/mice. Corsair iCue doesn't work with anything that isn't from Corsair (no go for me since I am doing a custom water loop). Gigabyte/ASRock are barely contenders in the RGB scene. I guess what I'm asking is, what's the "least worst" option here? I'd like to minimize the amount of garbage on my PC and avoid manual syncing. Let me know please.
  16. No, I've never had it. I've always been a Logitech guy. But the Glaive was chosen specifically due to compatibility with MSI Mystic Light. Logitech doesn't seem to give any choice besides Logitech Hub..., which is fucking terrible.
  17. PCP doesn't support custom water loop parts ATM... Nor does it support tools, etc. So I can't check compatibility for those.
  18. Okay, first, you need to decide how small is small when you say "smaller PC". Shoebox sized? Maybe slightly larger? If you're going for something as small as possible, then you're in ITX territory. What kind of cases do you like? Google some ITX case pics, and post them here so we at least have a baseline to recommend from. As for motherboards, ITX boards are aplenty, but are usually spendy for what you get. Also, you said you have a general idea of what you want for graphics cards. What kind of card?
  19. I'm going to build two new gaming PCs, one for myself, and another for my wife (along with another home server). They'll be my first hard-line water cooling build. I need a sanity check, because I'm spending around $9000 on this. 1. Budget & Location: Budget is $9000-$10,000. Location is Midwestern US. 2. Aim: Ostensibly, they're both for gaming. But really they're both going to be "flex" builds. So I want high end components, RGB the shit out of everything, water cool most things, put everything in high-end cases, etc. 3. Monitors: Both systems will have one 21:9 ultrawide monitor each. Resolution wise isn't decided yet, but I don't foresee problems pushing pixels with what components I'm putting in. 4. Peripherals: Yes, I will be adding peripherals. 5. Why are you upgrading? To flex? No really, just to build them so I get to tinker with hard line loops and such. My wife's will be built first, as a "prototype", so I don't have to screw around with the truly expensive shit. Parts list below, please take a look and let me know if I'm missing something, or if something just won't work together (space availability, case size, etc. The basic check was already done using PCPartPicker). Maybe I need some obscure tools? Radiator/water block materials will cause corrosion? Don't know. This is my first time doing a custom loop. Maybe the components I selected aren't going to work too well together? Maybe you have some ideas on where I can further increase the amount of "flex" and "cool factor", since there's some budget leftover. Let me know. Basically, I need a sanity check, and if you have ideas on what more I can do, let me know. After building hers, I will be doing mine. Same deal. Basically, I need a sanity check, and if you have ideas on what more I can do, let me know.
  20. Bumpity bump for a slightly dumb question. I'm slightly revising my purchasing strategy (pulling the trigger in June). I'd like to take a look at used or refurbished components like CPUs and such. I heard about Natex.us, but they appear defunct based on everything just being out of stock, and their Reddit account's last post was almost a year ago. What are the current major stores similar to Natex.us? I mainly want to purchase a board+CPU combo, preferably of the Xeon E5 SR0K variety.
  21. So I work for one of the mainstream Japanese automakers. Basically, the Japanese name for my field is 設計, or "designer". But "designer" in English doesn't have the same meaning. People generally think fancy sketches of crazy cars when you say "designer". So I'd probably call it "design engineer". Basically, we take what the product planning guys say they want in next-gen ABC vehicle, and do our best to turn it into reality. We'll study the technical requirements, define specifications, determine where to place it in the vehicle, min/max parameters (weight, fuel economy, etc.), issue drawings for manufacturing, do revisions to improve things, file patents, etc. We're what happens between marketing's imaginations and mass production. Specifically, I am in Electronic Platform Design. So that means enabling all the various parts of the car to talk to each other (CAN/LIN communications from physical layer onwards between each part's CAN/LIN interface), enabling the car to talk to other things (think Onstar and internet services, and the associated cybersecurity aspects too), and enabling ancillary stuff like key fobs talking to the car, etc.
  22. I know the heading said a 2U box for pfsense, but I forgot to remove that. The one Netgate Appliance specified in there is the SG-3100, one step above the basic box someone else had recommended. I saw that it had two M.2 slots for easy upgrading later, if for whatever reason I need to have 64GB of storage on a router. Decided eh, I could upgrade it later, or if I'm doing something that really justifies the extra horsepower, I can always just deal with pfsense virtualization at that point. I think I might stick to ESXi + Virtual FreeNAS with HBA at this moment. There seems to be a lot more documentation about passing an HBA over to FreeNAS in ESXi, instead of portioning out a RAID array to FreeNAS. It'll make setup easier, so I can actually tinker with the fun stuff, instead of struggling just to get storage up and running at all. P.S. >> Thank you very much for all this free advice you're just giving out like candy. Pretty sure I'd have to pay for a training course or something without you and the LTT community. I'm an automotive development engineer IRL, so feel free to ask me for advice in that realm whenever you need it.
  23. Hrm, I was thinking of going 1 CPU for now, with a dual socket motherboard. Just leave one socket unpopulated, room for upgrades later. Does that work? Again, never played with dual socket stuff before, just like I've never played in the Xeon range. I changed the specs around, to use Xeon E5s instead of Silver Scalable. E5 was chosen because..., that seems to be what everybody on YouTube is using. Also decided that maybe it's worth it to keep the pfsense box separate, because I swear my wife and daughter are going to murder me if they can't access the Internet for hours at a time whenever I wanna tinker. Primary source of confusion now is if the HBA Card is the "correct" card for this. It's been wildly confusing, with some talking about RAID, and others saying you need to flash it, etc. etc.
  24. Back to the hardware a little... I still don't know WHY I'd buy a Xeon Scalable Silver for the purposes of a home server. I can certainly afford it, but at this moment it feels like I'm buying a Lambo as a grocery getter. I'm not saying I'd want a Corolla as a grocery getter either, even though it is fit for purpose. Perhaps something in the Mercedes Benz range? What would be a processor equivalent to the Mercedes Benz range?