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About Chris_Hercules

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  • Birthday 1973-01-12

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  • Occupation
    Unemployed\ legitimately disabled.


  • CPU
    i5 6600k
  • Motherboard
    MSI Z170 Plus
  • RAM
    Ballistix Sport LT 64GB (4 x 16GB) DDR4
  • GPU
    EVGA GTX 1070 FTW2 ICX
  • Case
    iStarUSA D-400L-7 Rackmount
  • Storage
    512GB Intel M.2 ssd (Boot), 256GB Samsung M.2 ssd on express adapter, 4 WD Red !TB HDD in RAID5
  • PSU
    620 watt Seasonic S12 II EVO Edition
  • Display(s)
    42inch Samung 1080 smart TV
  • Cooling
    Phononic HEX 2.0 92mm Cooler w/ 92mm Noctua NF-A9, 2x Noctua NF-A8, and 3x Noctua NF-F12
  • Keyboard
    Corsair K70 LUX Keyboard, Cherry MX Brown
  • Mouse
    Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB
  • Sound
    HDMI audio
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home x64

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  1. So you are unable to shop on Newegg or Amazon from your location? I personally use and would recommend using Tripp Lite products. I have two large rack mount UPS and a freestanding unit and have been incredibly reliable. The only thing I see in there I have used in either store are APC products. Which used to be my go to product until I switched. I apologize I don't think I can offer you any useful information.
  2. I appreciate it. After my experience with three different Norco cases in that price range, I am a bit leery of products that someone hasn't had personal experience with. Even so it maybe worth chancing, guess I can always send it back if it doesn't work. Have to check their return policies.
  3. This case looks decent, it doesn't have the door and filtering which is PREFERRED but not necessary. Do you have personal use experience with this case and your opinion of it. Also how was the durability and reliability of the backplane components and connections?
  4. Is this your only retailer option for ordering from?
  5. I needs suggestions for a new case. I am looking for a new case to build a new NAS in. I am in need of case that fits in 2u rack space, with 8 hot swap bays, preferably with a locking door with filters. The door is not needed for security it is for a home unit. It also needs to be able to handle a full ATX motherboard and the option for a redundant hot swap power suppley would be nice but also not necessary.Rack depth no issue in my setup, would also like the case to have mid mounted 80mm fans.Here's the part that makes finding this difficult... $200 to $300 (U.S.) is where I'd like to keep the price. NO NORCO PRODUCTS!!!! Have had nothing but trouble with their backplanes working properly. Anyone have any suggestions they have experience with. Tall order and I may be looking for a unicorn, I know.
  6. Simple question,. What is generally the best connection from my motherboard to my DAC? Optical or USB (I'm includibg the coax output but most boards require an additional motherboard cabble connector to use)? Which generally gives better performance of all the optiions?
  7. An idea for an elegant solution. It may cost you a bit of money but if you have a machinist friend... With the slots in the back of the case behind the video card a bracket could be machined and then anodized a matching color to support the card. If done correctly it would be supported and also pretty much be unnoticeable. You could even do it on the cheap with a lot of hand tool work and a piece of Delrin plastic. Delrin is dyeable and can be drilled and tapped. The choice of case it is in has actuaslly done you a huge favor since there's no cooling loop in it.
  8. even that's not a huge issue in a lot of instances. Ive used DC powered boards with integrated intel atom processors and 4 gigs of ram and they hum along perfectly.
  9. You don't need a big computer. you can go ini ITX with dual lan on board and put it in a tiny industrial case. You can use one of the sff computers such as dell or someother brand that you can pick up dirt cheap. so many options.
  10. This and the fact that you can have a very powerful firewall/ router for relatively cheap. You can buy new or reuse an old x86-64 processor, a small hard drive processor and an 8 gig stick of ram (yes, overkill for a home user) and your network card(s) for 200 dollars or less. If you are an avid computer enthusiast you probably have enough spare hardware sitting around to get started. Depending on how you go you will need a network switch BUT..... If you recycle an older commercial router that you can install DD-WRT on the you have your wireless access and a few ports for hard wiring. This will all allow you unbelievable stability, upgradability and expandability. Plus theres a huge community out there for support. Dive in and give it a try.
  11. If your going to spend that much why not dive in and BUILD a pfSense firewall and get an access point if you need to add wireless?
  12. The switch to LGA has sucked in that regard, I have not attempted another sub-ambient system since. The CPU socket is so delicate and Im not sure how it would work. With the old PGA you take the thermal compound squirt it on top of the socket and squeegee it in. Simple as buttering your morning toast. Bent pins most often came from mishandling though. Not always. Either way it was nice to be able to fix it if it did occur
  13. ... Unless you participate in the debauchery of sub-ambient cooling and need to "stuff" the socket to prevent condensation.
  14. One of the joys of PGA packages versus LGA is the fact that if the pins are bent and you not broken off and if you can realign them then they generally still work. They are durable. Im still not sure what the manufacturers reasoning was going to LGA packages. Maybe someone will kindly enlighten me.
  15. I know this too, I have built a phase change system in the past. Neoprene, conformal coating and filling the socket with dielectric grease. the materials aren't horrible expensive. You are 110% right about the air cooler being the most reliable, this is so very true. I guess I'm not OVERLY worried about reliability what I want to know is are these units prone to failing consistently within a few weeks of their warranty going out? Kind of like an Apple product is designed to fail.