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About CrypticDan

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  • Gender
  • Location
    United Kingdom
  • Interests
    Gaming, video production, PC hardware and trying to deal with my social anxiety (Which is fun)


  • CPU
    i5 4690 with Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
  • Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula
  • RAM
    16GB (2x8) Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3
  • GPU
    ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1060 (O6G)
  • Case
    Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass Edition (Silver)
  • Storage
    HyperX Savage 480GB (Boot drive), Kingston UV400 240GB SSD, Seagate FireCuda 1TB 3.5 inch Internal SSHD, Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 500GB (Internal)
  • PSU
  • Display(s)
    ASUS VG248QE
  • Cooling
    3x Corsair ML fans (2x 140mm, 1x 120mm)
  • Keyboard
    Corsair Strafe RGB Cherry MX Blue
  • Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
  • Sound
    Logitech Z333 2.1 Speakers
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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  1. I'm building an ITX system in a custom case and plan on using the ASUS ROG STRIX B360-I GAMING motherboard, the only problem is that the rear I/O cover might interfere with the case clearance so I'd like to know if it's removable? I can see 2 screws underneath on images so I presume they'd be for removing the I/O cover? I've circles the screws on the image below. Thanks.
  2. Sounds like it was just a manufacturing choice then. All is good. Thanks.
  3. Well...g...gi...give it back
  4. I've already installed the 500GB in my system and put a bunch of Steam games on it without issue. Just very odd seeing such a small PCB.
  5. I've just purchased 2 Crucial MX500 SSDs, a 500GB and a 1TB. These are the first MX500s I've had and they both felt very light to me, so I opened them up and found that both PBCs are extremely small (compared to my 480GB HyperX Savage SSD which has a full size PCB), only taking up just over an inch or so of space. I know the size of the PCB doesn't really matter as long as the capacity is there, but I wanted to ask if Crucial have recently changed their manufacturing process and moved from large PCBs to smaller ones? All of the MX500 tear-downs I can find show a much larger PCB with a lot more memory chips so I'm just curious if this is how they're supposed to be? Thanks.
  6. I'm in the process of sorting out my storage setup, going from HDD and SSDs in PC to full SSD setup and using an external HDD for occasional storage/ file backup. I'm going to be moving my Steam game drive from one SSD to another SSD and would like to know that if I format it, will that basically "reset" it's life expectancy or "remove" the wear on the NAND Flash? The SSD is an HyperX Savage 480GB, purchased in February 2016, had multiple Windows installations on it (formatted in between) and has been used for the past year as a Steam game drive. Thanks.
  7. Found solution on another site. Admins/ Mods feel free to delete this.
  8. I'm looking at getting the Corsair H115i RGB PRO XT AIO and mounting it in the top of the Phanteks P600s. There's a section of the top panel that can be removed for more airflow but I wanted to ask that if I don't remove it will there still be enough airflow through the small gaps and throughout the case in general for it to not affect the cpu temps that much? I don't mind a little noise or a few degrees increase from my system. If the temps get too out of hand (anything over about 70°C for an extended period of time) I'm happy to run the pump/ fans at a higher speed and I'll also have custom fan curves/ profiles set based on cpu temp. I have all fan slots (6) in the case populated with 140mm fans so there's plenty of airflow in the case. Also would it be advisable to run the aio outside of the system for 24 hours before actually installing it to check for leaks etc? This'll be my first experience with liquid cooling and I don't have another system to use if all goes bad. Thanks.
  9. Ran CrystalDiskMark, got numbers that are close enough to the specs of the drive, all looks good, thanks Although the write speed is significantly higher, a bit odd but I'm not complaining.
  10. I've recently installed a Crucial P2 M.2 NVMe SSD in my Asus Z390-A motherboard. The board has 2x M.2 slots, both support PCIe mode, but only one supports PCIe AND SATA mode. The PCIe only slot is already occupied by my boot drive (Crucial P1 NVMe SSD). The P2 drive is in the PCIe & SATA slot. I'd like to make sure the P2 SSD is in PCIe mode and not SATA mode, unfortunately the option to set the mode doesn't appear in my BIOS. It's supposed to be under "Advanced> Onboard Devices Configuration> M.2 Configuration" but it isn't. The board manual say it's there, but I'm not seeing it. I updated from BIOS 0805 (came with the board when I purchased it) to the latest BIOS, ver. 1502 but the option still didn't appear, restoring default BIOS settings didn't help. The drive has only been initialised in Windows Disk Management and named 'Steam Drive' as it'll be my main game drive. It's detected in the BIOS under PCH Storage Configuration and also in Windows Explorer. I've tried enabling/ disabling any option that seems related to storage device in the BIOS but still no option. I've contacted Asus support about this but have not received any reply as of yet. Images attached of the drive installed and the Onboard Devices Configuration page in the BIOS. Any assistance or advice would be helpful, thanks.
  11. I'm not planning on doing yearly backups, but may consider them after a while. I believe Acronis offers cloud backups and I'm also planning on having the last 2/3 months worth of backups on each device.
  12. I need some assistance or advice on sorting out my storage configuration. I want to have a setup that more or less follows the 3-2-1 backup rule but I'd like someone to have a look at the configuration I want to have before I purchase anything just to make sure it'll work in terms of organisation etc. I'll also be using Acronis True Image to manage my backups. Current storage configuration: 1x Crucial P1 SSD 1TB - Windows 10 & program installs 1x HyperX Savage SSD 480GB - Main game storage Steam/ Windows Store 1x Seagate SSHD 1TB - Occasional Steam games and file history backup (default Windows backup method) What I want to have: Crucial 1TB P1 or 500GB P2 NVMe SSD - Windows 10, program installs/ general storage Split the current Crucial NVMe P1 into 2 partitions - One for a primary backup and the other for game storage 500GB Crucial X8 as secondary + external/ offsite backup which also has a 'clone disk' copy updated monthly. Seagate SSHD as third backup. Would that configuration be fine? I wouldn't consider myself a 'power user' and I don't have a need for multiple TBs of data, but I just want a decent backup system in place if something goes wrong. Thanks.
  13. Thanks, I've found the term 'hard pencil case' bring up the sort of thing I have in mind. Might get one like this and fill in the empty space with foam as you suggested. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pencil-Double-Zipper-Organizer-Stationery/dp/B07673C8RL