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About Epitome_Inc

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  • Location
    Vancouver Island, BC
  • Interests
    PCs, Star Wars, gaming, music
  • Occupation
    IT Pro @ North Island College


  • CPU
    Ryzen 5 3600x
  • Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Strix B450-F
  • RAM
    Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) 3200MHz
  • GPU
    GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5600 XT OC 6GB
  • Case
    Lian Li LANCOOL II White
  • Storage
    Western Digital Blue SN550 NVMe M.2 2280 500GB PCI-Express 3.0
  • PSU
    Corsair RM850x Plus Gold Fully Modular
  • Display(s)
    46" Sony TV

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  1. I'm getting the same results from AMD Software and CPU-Z so I'm quite sure it isn't the version of Afterburner I'm running. I have tried DDU in safe mode and a reinstall of the latest drives twice with no luck.
  2. Hi there, Just finished a new build and decided to use MSI Afterburner for the first time in about 10 years. I updated my 5600 XT VBIOS before installing Afterburner. Details of the GPU are in one picture, and my concern is shown in the other. I'm getting zeroes for GPU Clock and Voltage most of the time. I have unlocked voltage control in the settings. Here and there the numbers spike to things like 52 MHz and 775 mV but then drop right back down again. And the numbers in the AMD Radeon Software are really low too (see pic 3). This doesn't seem right to me, but maybe I'm wrong. I thought Afterburner was the thing to use for this card. Please let me know if there is something wrong here. But if this is totally normal, I'd love some recommendations on what settings to tweak. Thanks!
  3. I have ordered my parts for the initial PC build and they should all arrive by Monday. Here's what I got: -Ryzen 5 3600x -ASUS ROG Strix B450-F ATX -GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5600 XT OC -Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) 3200MHz -Western Digital Blue SN550 NVMe M.2 2280 500GB -Corsair RM850x Plus Gold Fully Modular PS Until I have the time to find and work on the radio cabinet (my guess is 4 months), I have bought a Lian-Li CS LANCOOL II white case to hold it all, plus a set of white fans. Our entertainment center is white, so my wife wanted the new computer to match. I had my eye on other components originally (Tomahawk mobo and 1TB WD Blue NVMe), but by the time I got the money things weren't on sale or were sold out and I didn't feel like waiting another month for stock to come in. I'll be sure to post some pics once it's together sometime early next week.
  4. Ok, I did a TON more research into the water cooling to see how hard it would be to incorporate the vacuum tube and also the cost ($500-$1000 just for a custom loop). I can't justify spending that just for the look. But... I have decided to do custom sleeving for the power cables with something retro-looking. TitanRig, MainFrameCustom and Ensourced have some products that look good for this purpose. I may do it myself since the vast majority of what's on offer is decidedly NOT retro. I also plan to include some vacuum tubes with orange LEDs in them for the look so I get to keep that. This way I don't need a large tube, just three or four smaller ones. I may even get them along with the radio I buy for this build. I'm still researching the exact parts I'll use, but the release of the 5600 XT has come at a great time. I'm probably still 4 or more months away from buying anything, but I'll keep my eye on things.
  5. Yeah, after rethinking my build I'm just going to forgo the water cooling this time. I can't justify spending that kind of dough on a cooling solution. Plus I figured out another way to get the look I want in my build without it. Should be much easier to accomplish too. Thanks for all the info guys!
  6. Holy crap. I might have to rethink this. I just watched one of Jays videos and he made the point that if you're sacrificing CPU/GPU budget to get watercooling, then why do it? I want the aesthetic for the build I have planned, but I don't know that I want to spend the $500-$1000 just to get that. Maybe I need to go back to the drawing board and see if I can accomplish something cool and retro-looking inside the radio cabinet without water cooling.
  7. Already started so I can get ideas and opinions from all you fine folk:
  8. I'm converting an old radio cabinet into a PC case and wanted to do a water-cooled rig for the first time. I'm using a custom loop because I have some creative ideas for the theme of the build around the cooling setup. I can't see a way to make normal air coolers fit the motif. I see a 5700XT Liquid Devil for nearly $800 CAD, or another 5700XT for $530 CAD (without the block of course).
  9. Hey guys, I'm beginning to part out a build with a Ryzen 5 3600 and an RX 5600 XT. I want to make a custom loop (not AIO for reasons I wont get in to here) for just CPU and GPU with soft tubing. I have a fair bit of experience with building PCs (and even a little plumbing), but this is my first water cooling setup. What's the ballpark I should expect to pay for the custom loop (blocks, tubing, pump, reservoir, fittings, etc)? Additionally, I don't even see a block for the GPU online. Is the card too new, or is the block for the 5700 compatible? Thanks!
  10. I was talking with a buddy of mine who's a jack-of-all trades type and he suggested an Edison bulb for this use. They're far cheaper than a vacuum tube and are easy to find. That way I can buy a pack of them and play around to figure out if this will work. It'll be a while before I can get started, but I'll be sure to update this thread when I have something to share.
  11. I wonder if my first purchase should be a water cooling kit so I can experiment long before it comes near my PC parts. Is there a good source for old/cheap water cooling parts to fool around with?
  12. Ok, so I've found some 1/2" cable sleeves that may work: https://www.cabletiesandmore.ca/flexo-remix-braided-sleeving And instead of an actual vacuum tube, I'm wondering if it's possible to create the look of one using one of these: https://www.amazon.ca/Fityle-Terrariums-Wedding-Decorations-Miniatures/dp/B07JN9C8N4/ref=asc_df_B07JN9C8N4/?tag=googleshopc0c-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=358346468858&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=6853907887056332277&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1001937&hvtargid=pla-775627562762&psc=1 I'd have to find a way to mount that (or if there's one that's the EXACT size needed) to a pump head and add in EL wire or something similar. Not sure if there's a colour of coolant that would go with that kind of build. Clear might be the best and simplest considering the sleeved pipes. Which I suppose wouldn't need to be copper if they're sleeved. I'd probably still go with copper fittings and blocks though. I'm starting a Word doc to keep track of these ideas. It'll be months before I can really get started on this project, but I learned from my lightsaber build to take my time and roll around these ideas for a good while to refine them.
  13. Ooooo, good idea on sleeving the tubes! And yes, copper pipes = copper blocks. I've watched enough YouTube videos today to know about galvanic corrosion. I figured an actual vacuum tube wouldn't work because that's not what they're meant for, but I thought perhaps I wasn't the first person with this idea and some manufacturer out there makes a reservoir in that shape? It seems like a plastic facsimile would be possible. I'm sure it would be a very niche product, but you could even have a reservoir that's vacuum tube-shaped with EL wire inside it to mimic the element wire. Hmmm... I wonder about making one myself now...
  14. Hey guys, I'm in the VERY early planning stages for an "antique-radio-cabinet-to-PC-case" build, and I'm considering making this my first water-cooled rig. Has anyone seen water cooling parts that would be considered "retro" and which might fit into a build like this? Especially if you've ever seen a reservoir that resembles a vacuum tube, I think that would look pretty sweet. Most everything I can see online is very futuristic, and I want something the exact opposite. I am considering doing copper pipes, and if you have thoughts on that I'm very interested. Thanks!