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Everything posted by banana_havoc

  1. [Update - 3/27/20] - Beware text update coming... So just before all this COVID-craziness, I purchased a new monitor as I was getting a little over 1080p60, so I picked up an AOC CQ32G1. Very happy with the extra real estate going from a 27" to 32". 1440p and 144Hz with Freesync doesn't hurt either. Though after putting it in I sadly discovered my GPU was pretty much at the end of its life in my system. After the last 5 years its definitely paid its due, I'm still a little attached to that card as its one of the few parts that's still from my original build, and one of the first things I modified, but it was time. It will live on inside my daughter's system for now, and eventually get the shroud paint corrected and find a new home on my shelf once she's ready to upgrade. So anyways, I went on Fl-ebay and picked up a used MSI GTX 1070ti DUKE for a pretty decent price. Immediately after its arrival, I torn it down and cleaned everything with isopropyl, and put in some new thermal paste in. Got a decent OC out of it too, 150mHz core and 575Mhz on the memory. That said, it is only a placeholder for something better hopefully around Black Friday/Boxing Day. Still not sure if it will be Big Navi or whatever nVidia drops, but for now its a great replacement. And for what I paid I'm not complaining. Anyways, now that I have some more spare time, I also ordered some of the new Phanteks RGB strips, and I'll likely finally make the pedestal I've been thinking of for a while. The upside of that will be that I'll eventually be able to add another 360 Rad without crowding the case. So there will be a few more updates coming. Like @LauriHimself said, there's always another step in mind. Anyways, the pedestal will also allow me to rotate the case 90* and cover the I/O for a cleaner look, also I'll probably trim my monitor riser to move it closer to me. I also just ordered some more PETG to route the tubing a little differently so it doesn't hide behind the GPU, as the new card is triple fan and a lot longer than the old one. Also, while I have the loop apart...... So yeah, I'll probably finally delid my 6700k, as I already have the Conductonaut. Temps are still a little higher than I'd like under load, and I can't get any higher than 4.5 gHz without crashing. So hopefully this will help that out. I'm hoping to switch to Ryzen early next year, so It won't be for too long. Then this system will likely be wall mounted to replace my HTPC in the living room. Anyways, the case will be rotated according to the following picture, and a hopefully more updates made in the next couple weeks as I'm bored out of my mind. And it'll give me something to try and do with the kids. Thanks for visiting!
  2. [Update: 3/27/20] Small revision, I upgraded the GPU in my rig, and passed down my customized GTX 970 to this machine after a cleaning and some new Arctic Silver 5. I realize the difference between these cards is negligible, but after the work I've done, and its one of the few parts I have from to this card it deserves to be used. Not to mention its a bit of a beast (for Maxwell) for overclocking, which I'll probably play around with tonight when I can actually get her off Minecraft. Also, Mags decided to rename her PC, its now known as "Watermelon" due to the Razer Keyboard, and I matched the RGB on the eVGA Torq X10 mouse. And for those interested in the final specs: CPU - i7-4770 MB - Gigabyte GA-H85-D3H RAM - 16GB Crucial DDR3L 1600mHz GPU - MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G PSU - eVGA 750-G1 Fan Controller - Bitfenix Recon SSD - Kingston A400 120gb SATA HDD - 1 TB Toshiba 2.5" 5400 RPM Case - Fractal Design Focus G Thanks again for checking it out!
  3. I'm not going to lie, that's a neat idea, though I'd probably build a new case if I were to attempt, simply to fit the monitor inside. And watercooling, because watercooling. Good luck!
  4. [Update - 3/15/20] So with my shifts and people visiting we didn't have the time to get the system built immediately, but after work today we got the time to finish assembling it and get it running. Little girl is very happy with it, though she hasn't had the chance to play on it yet as I still needed to do the installs. but hopefully we'll get some time in tomorrow before I need to go to work. For now it will live in the basement next to my rig, but we'll see what happens once I finally clear out the old shop in the basement and turn it into the office. Also... the obligatory peel.
  5. [Update - 2/28/20] Finally reassembled the case. Hopefully I'll update again with some build pics this weekend. For now.....
  6. I know this is older and the problem has likely since been finished. But IMO, you could just get an SFX (or even an ATX) power supply and wire in something like a deutsch connector to the case in line with the power wires, and just use the power supply like an external brick. At least that way replacement is easier and you free up space inside. Wiring might be tedious, but at least a little more standardized. Not sure how well the coolers would work that close to one another though, as it seems like they'd starve each other for air.
  7. Snapped a quick close up after clear coat. One more coat of clear tomorrow, than hopefully reassemble tomorrow or Friday night. [Update - 2/27/20] Just put down the last coat of clear, should be able to finish unmasking tomorrow and reassemble the case. Though I won't be updating again until my daughter and I can build it. Her birthday is Saturday, but the party is on Sunday so I'm not sure if we'll give it to her on Sat, and assemble it then or wait. We'll see. Two things I will note, if you're thinking about using this paint or something else similar, definitely start with a white primer base, you might be able to use a silver metallic as well to get a different look, but the colour is transparent, so whatever if beneath will show through. As well, it drys to a very matte finish, so I needed to use a gloss clear to bring out the luster, also to seal in the glitter. Also, maybe avoid the cheaper Rustoleum white primer, not sure if it was just because it was a cold can (maybe I'll try heating it up in a water bath next time), but it definitely did not spray very well. Just food for thought.
  8. My only suggestion might be to grab a piece of about 1/4" acrylic about the same size as the pump mounting slots on the back wall and sand down the sides of it and mount a light strip facing into it to illuminate the slots from behind, would go well with the lighting you already have. Good job!
  9. It's the closest I can get to getting paint mixed or adding throw on metal flake. As long as you do light coats with it, as it's easy to overdo it with the glitter. The interior isn't going to be too flashy, just white and maybe a matching pink PSU shroud when I get time. I also made a template for an acrylic back wall, but I'm not sure if I'm going to bother. We'll see. For now the lighting is just ambient from the white led fans that are going in. But I may get a cheap light strip later on. Thanks for the interest!
  10. Second coat was done this morning. Glitter is down. If you're thinking it's a bit loud, yup. It is. It's for a six year old.
  11. Not much to update aside from....... COLOUR! It is.. very... very... pink. Like.. Linus' Lambo Pink... Like if it were outside you could easily see it from space pink. I'll likely hit it with another coat in the morning, and hopefully with the glitter before I head to work. Maybe clear at about midnight or so.
  12. IMO, if its just for gaming and the odd project, a 3700x is total overkill. You'd be fine with a 3600. It really depends on what you're going to use it for. I'm all about leapfrogging my upgrades so I don't have to buy everything all at once. I'm doing graphics this year, CPU/mobo next year. In your case, the 1070ti is still a decent card, so I'm tempted to say, swap for a good B450 mobo, some fast (3200mHz +) RAM, and the aforementioned R5 3600. If you're looking to max out performance... (bang for budget) PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/CJ6WJb CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8 GHz 6-Core Processor ($211.15 @ Amazon) CPU Cooler: Fractal Design Celsius S36 87.6 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($152.80 @ Amazon) Motherboard: ASRock B450 Steel Legend ATX AM4 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg) Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($95.99 @ Amazon) Storage: ADATA XPG SX6000 Pro 256 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon) Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB XC ULTRA GAMING Video Card ($693.98 @ Newegg) Case: Lian Li LANCOOL II-X ATX Mid Tower Case ($102.98 @ Newegg) Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($103.49 @ Amazon) Total: $1510.37 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-23 21:45 EST-0500 For giggles I also swapped out the GPU for a 2080ti.... Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB XC GAMING Video Card ($1053.98 @ Newegg) Total: $1870.37 Not a bad way to spend 2g.
  13. Not much to update today. Go the clear on the front intake + 5.25" bay covers last night and reassembled the covers just now after I rotated the case to finish spraying the white on the top of the interior better as well as the bottom. Hopefully tomorrow it will be dry so I can mask the interior and shoot the colour. Then another day, then Mr. SPAAAAAAAAWWWKLE, then clear. Eventually I'm going for pink / sparkle exterior and white interior/mesh.
  14. So, I figured I'd add another to the ranks of the PC Master Race. My daughter is turning in the next week, and has enjoyed playing Minecraft on my PC, so I decided to mark the occasion by collecting parts and modding a case for her. After her birthday we'll assemble it together. I figured I'd add a little build log for her machine too, seeing as I finally watercooled my own a little while back and I was getting anxious to start another mini project. I'll provide a link below to the PCpartpicker parts list, though I'll warn you much of it is hand-me-down parts, and it's not designed for earth-shattering performance. Just something for homework / 1080p gaming. I already tore down most of the case, as you can tell... this paint job is going to be a tad bright... OK, its borederline obnoxious. She's going to love it. I also snagged a Razer Blackwidow Ultimate (2013) off Kijiji for super cheap, the font was going to be a bit much for a first grader to read, so I swapped the keycaps for my factory Corsair ones off my K70. I also happened to have an eVGA Torq X10 kicking around that I won off an online giveaway like 4 years ago. It should fit the bill!
  15. By the time it was all said and done I think I was in it for around $350-400 CAD, mind you I also don't have a GPU block as I'm waiting until I upgrade. I used a bunch of Barrow and Darkside parts, and honestly, I'm pretty sure that the Darkside fittings are re-badged Barrow, but I could be wrong. Either way I'll probably order a few things here and there and tinker a bit, but I'm mostly happy with what I got.
  16. Not going to lie, @ 36 and climbing with a couple of walking petri dishes to call my own, and a job I'm spend too much time worrying about, this hit me right in the feels.
  17. Thanks, mate. Its been a bit of an ongoing process, I'm hoping to get some more tubing and change a few things in the coming months. Its also my first attempt at watercooling, so there are a few things I'd like to redo.
  18. [Update 1/5/2020] - continued This was about at about 2am this morning. Got the loop completed and water in it for testing. Only one super small leak, which isn't too bad for my first time on water ever, haven't even owned an AIO. And finally...... If you made it this far, congrats! Now... to do it all over again in another year or so...
  19. [Update 1/5/2020] - continued Finally! Time to watercool and heeere we go! I flipped the radiator as I had a different idea on how I was going to run my tubes. Some of the parts are white as I ordered them way back when, I'll get around to replacing them eventually...
  20. Making sure everything fits alright. Paint! Aka more swearing, I got a little overzealous with the clear and made a MASSIVE run. The nice thing is a found a neat try for getting them out, unfortunately I didn't have any fine bondo on hand so I had to very casefully take it down and clear it over. But it turned out alright. Funny part is, after I did all that - the GPU COMPLETELY covered the run. But at least my OCD was satisfied.
  21. [Update 1/5/2020] - continued Sand, prime, paint, clear... here we go! I ran out of the Krylon paint I used for the graphics card, and while I SHOULD have taken a sample with me when I went paint shopping, I didn't, I wasn't overly impressed with the Aluminum shade of the Premier Paint + Primer I picked up, I got some Rustoleum "Frosted Pearl" clear to give it a little more flake, which did help it out a lot. From there I moved onto the motherboard tray - For this I wanted something close to Gunmetal Grey, as I wanted the motherboard to stand out from the back wall. I after my previous disappointments with paint, I figured I'd try automotive paint - so I grabbed some Duplicolor Honda matched paint - the colour is called Polished Metal Metallic, and I believe its a factory colour for the newest Type R Civic, which was completely unplanned. Cool colour though. I love how it colour-shifts at certain angles.