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    Delidded 8700k @5.3Ghz and 1.36v
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    ASRock Z370 Taichi
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    64Gb 3200 DDR4 CL15
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    EVGA 2080Ti KingPin
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    Custom H440
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    EVGA 1000w P2
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    Alienware AW3418DW
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    Custom loop
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    Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum
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  1. To be fair, you also picked the hardest tubing type. Working with hardline is always going to be more difficult than soft (particularly since you're not able to add in quick-disconnects so you can make your loop fully-modular). It's also more expensive and more of a pain to drain and work on.
  2. It's not representative of how easy it can be to put together a loop, heardline is the hardest thing you could choose to work with and they're going about the build in a really inefficient manner. If you really want to do quick, hassle-free watercooling then soft tubing with plenty of quick disconnects is the way to go since you'll be able to remove any part at any time without having to fully drain the loop.
  3. Of course you need to make sure the entire die is covered, that's why you want to spread TIM while direct die cooling! The only reason that the dot method works on stock CPUs is because you're applying it to an IHS that, well, spreads out the heat. If you're applying a cooler directly to the die then any hotspot can not cause overheating but could possibly fry your hardware...
  4. You shouldn't need it with a proper liquid metal application but if you want to use a coating just paint it onto whatever parts you feel need to be covered.
  5. Nah, liquid metal and copper get along just fine - you might get some discoloration and possibly a light layer of indium and tin alloy if you have a bad application but neither of those are going to impact your thermal performance.
  6. I would go for it, as you said the 15mm fans aren't going to perform the same as 25mm ones would but push-pull should still help.
  7. This is purely personal, anecdotal evidence but one of my laptops has an OLED screen and I haven't seen any signs of burn-in after years of moderate-to-heavy use.
  8. Yes many times over, but, that said, I think that you should make sure to clarify in your analysis that you derived your data from a subset of the population that would not be representative of the general public (unless you were planning on doing so already).
  9. Personally I prefer Intel for my builds because it performs better for my individual use-case (although Ryzen is a great value).
  10. I don't future-proof. Instead I buy the best hardware I can fit into my budget at the time, unless there are no performance gains to be had or lower hardware would perform equally well given my use-case, and then upgrade as needed.
  11. Linus has videos like that, lots of TechTubers do - although they also tend to prefer nVidia for their showcase builds since they're the higher end cards and, unless you're specifically going for a budget build, people like looking at premium builds (that's also why Linus puts RGB on everything and does all the custom hardline loops).
  12. The 1080Ti also came out several years ago... And AMD has yet to launch a card that matches it across the board (the 5700XT will in some cases but in others it falls short). I don't see how bringing up launch pricing it relevant considering that, and this might shock you, a several year old graphics card can be found for much cheaper than it's launch price on the used market if you need one and there are other, newer GPUs with similar performance for less money if you want something new. Edit: The $699 launch price for the 1080Ti was also one of the best GPU deals of all time when it came to price to performance so...
  13. Great, you can grasp objective facts - that's a start. I never said they didn't... But you, rather confusingly, brought up price to performance when I pointed out that nVidia has better performance and AMD has no highend options. And given that neither of those really ties into the price you can find something at it doesn't make a lot of sense to bring it up - also, as I said, higher end components are often have worse price to performance but more objective power (the matter that was being discussed at the time). And, as we've both agreed, AMD doesn't offer any high end options at the moment - so the power efficiently is just an added bonus! We get it, you like AMD GPUs but please at least try to make a coherent, valid argument.
  14. That website seems to be drawing pricing data from the current market price for new hardware and, since the 1080Ti has reached end of life, that is a somewhat flawed methodology considering that almost no one will buy a new in box 1080Ti when they can get a used one for around $450-ish USD (depending on the model and local/regional pricing trends). Historically the 1080Ti has been much closer to $700-800 than $950 and the original MSRP was $699.