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Thavion Hawk

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  1. Because he's been swapping out cards and parts to try and get them too boot/work.
  2. Sometimes I deal with some really hi end HEDT systems at work. These two are in that category. The common specs are as follows i9-9980XE ASRock X299 Taichi XE 4x16GB Corsair Vengance LPX 2666 4x Sandisk SATA SSD's Corsair 240 and 280mm(One has the larger, the other the smaller) AIO's Corsair AX1200i and EVGA 1200 P2 GPU? (I don't know what he had in them because the guy was swapping in parts to try and trouble shoot them both himself) One had a GTX580 the other had a GTX750ti... 2 x 4TB WD Green HDD's All inside CoolerMaster Trooper Case's Now if you can do the math on all of that hardware, even accounting for the POS GPU's, that's several thousand dollars. He got both CPU's Pre 10980XE Price Drop too... Here's the fun part. Both systems are failed or are out right dead for different reasons. System 1: Featuring the 280mm AIO and EVGA PSU Problem? Shutting down. Reason? The AIO Pump was plugged into the PSU directly and he had run it until noises started coming out. Bad noises of death and failure. AKA Dead AIO. A relatively cheap and easy fix outside how much of a pain it is to mount a cooler in the top of his case. At least he had installed the AIO correctly... System 2: The Really f'd one. Instead of running the AIO off the PSU killing it, he forced the AIO's included Socket 1366 bracket into place and used the Socket 1366/115X standoffs to mount the AIO to the CPU. How? Turns out 1366 has the same screw pattern as 2066? Also the Taichi has drilled threw screw holes that are large enough to fit the metal nuts... In any case the moment I saw that error, and given the fact his problem was shown with an POST code of 02, I was fairly sure of the problem before I took the AIO off and removed the CPU. One look at the Socket and more than a few Bent Pins popped out. Non seemed to be broken, but I sure as heck wasn't able to save his motherboard. I did try, but nothing I did got it to boot. He had killed his motherboard, likely by improperly installing the CPU and perhaps exacerbating the problem with using the wrong mounting hardware for his AIO. I should say now that the guy that built these systems is actually in his 80's and walks with a cane. He is a retired nerd with cash in the bank and loves his toys. It's his money to spend on what he wants and he didn't skimp on anything so far as I could tell. The only problem seems to be he has lost the ability to build his own PC's. He has now spent $100 between both systems for diagnostics and repairs. What I hate more than anything about this situation is we charge an hour and a half to two hour labor to do Customer Parts Builds. That's $97.50-$150. If you bought some or all of the parts you wanted you can bring them to us and we will build the system for what is essentially the labor cause of that system had it been bought through us. That is to say based on our average system's cost. Based on the parts cost of these systems he'd be paying a fraction of the system's value for use to build them right and in doing so avoid these very avoidable errors. Yeah this post is a bit of a rant. I do really feel bad for the guy. I do this for a living, he has been doing it longer than I have been alive. Makes me think forwards to the day I may loose myself and bugger up something simple down the road...
  3. Junk is a bit harsh I know, but the point is clear. Perhaps I should call it Scrap Parts because of Scrap Yard Wars.
  4. I love my job and as part of it I get access to a good amount of Old PC's and Parts people don't want anymore after upgrading their systems or else from dead systems they want us to junk. With a good amount of Selective Parts Picking I have managed to build a few systems for friends and family, but this time it's a build for myself. A dedicated Streaming PC so I can offload Stream Encoding and Management to it from my Gaming PC. I will not cover my Gaming Rig here but I will make it clear how my setup works as part of this. At the end I also have a question for anyone with experience using a GTX760 for Nvenc Stream Encoding vs CPU Encoding in OBS Studio. Parts List: CPU: Core i7-3770 Non-k OC'ed to 4.3Ghz All Core Motherboard: AsRock Z75 Pro3 Memory: 2x8GB Crucial PC12800 Cooler: Stupid Jury Rigged Monster of my own creation! Storage: 2 x 128GB mSATA SSD's in SATA Enclosures (I don't recall the brand) as C/D Drives Case: Corsair Carbide 330R Case without the Top Panel Fans: Rear Corsair 120mm Case fan moved to the Front below the Corsair 140mm(Both with Inline Resisters to slow Fan RPM). Noctua NF-F12 LTT Edition installed in Rear Exhaust with Noctua Inline Resister to lower Fan RPM. Optical Drive: ASUS Blue Ray Drive PSU: Corsair CX600M GPU: May or may not install a GTX760 for Nvenc Now that you know the Parts (Mostly) Here's the Build That's your first look at the Stupid Jury Rigged Monster of my own creation! See this post for more details on that. Just know it works. You can also see my LTT Edition NF-F12, one of three parts in this build I personal bought along with the mSATA to SATA enclosures for the SSD's. The Case, PSU and BD-R for this build are from a junked PC. The Motherboard, CPU and RAM are from my Dad's old PC. Funny enough both systems got replaced with almost identical(Apart from Case, GPU and Storage) i7-8700k PC's I got to build. The front fans have old AF Inline Resister to lower fan noise while the NF-F12 uses its included on from Noctua. The PSU is masive Overkill having powered a GTX980ti in its past, but it does give headroom to install a GPU if I need it. Around back you find the mild mess that is the Carbide 330R. It is known to lack Cable Loops to tie stuff down to. That combined with the Non Modular PSU make it a bit of a mess. The person that junked this System(Case, BD-R and PSU used here) was kind enough to include the little cardboard box that came with it full of screws and even Zip-ties! I should say the computer store that built it for him left it in the system. I'm taking it out to improve Airflow. The SSD's installed are out of a junked Gaming Laptop. I only really need the one, but the laptop had two so why not? Up Front you can see the two Case Fans included with the Case. I move the Rear 120mm to the front to help intake. Given this case not only has a front air filter(Seen to the left) It also has a sound dampened door(Behind said filter to the left) requiring a bit of bruit force to overcome this limited intake. Yes I know using the Inline Resisters on the fans hurts the intake, but even with he filter on and door shut they are quite lowed. I'm sure they are failing, but the point of the build is not to spend money. I won't bother with a picture of the system closed up because the 330R is a closed black box. The only thing missing from this Case when I got it was the Top Cover Panel, but that's nothing to worry about. Now that you all have seen the build, here is how it's being used. Gaming PC running OBS Studio. OBS Studio used to Record 20Mbps 1080p:60, using GTX1660ti Nvenc. My Webcam, Mic, TeamSpeak/Discord, Game Audio and System Audio are all Split into Multiple Channels for Mixing later. OBS Studio using NDI to stream 1080p:60 from Gaming PC to Streaming PC Streaming PC using NDI Source with a 1080p Canvas, 720p:30 Output using Bi-cubic Down-sampling Encoding is currently running at 600Mbps CBR, Fast Preset. The only thing I may change here is if I can get better Quality using a GTX760's Nvenc Encoder. Kepler is Old and I doubt it would be better, but why not ask?
  5. Honestly I didn't even think of using Zip Ties.
  6. I'll be posting a full build log of this elsewhere and link it in this post, but for the moment I had to post this here as it's by far the most sketch thing I have ever made work in a PC before. How do you mount a Socket 1366 Intel Cooler(I think that's what it is but am not sure) to a Socket 1151 Mobo/CPU? A cooler you got out of a box of old coolers? By using other things you got out of boxes of old parts of course! Here it is for you all to see! That is a Intel Cooler I think was meant for Socket 1366. It's Aluminum not Copper Core, but it's more than three times larger than the reference cooler that was on the i7-3770 before. Breaking down what you see here from top down... - Intel Cooler - Motherboard Stand Offs upside down as End Nuts. - Ceramic Spacers used in old AT PC's from the 1990's for Motherboard Screws as Washer's/Spacers to take up the Lag of the long Fan Mounting Screws holding this thing down. - Under the Washers you have Rubber HDD Vibration Dampers off the HDD Sled of an Antec Sonata. They work as springs to balance the Installation Pressure on the Chip. - Below and out of side is another stack of the same Ceramic Washers filling in from the Motherboard to the bottom of the Cooler's Flanges. Around the Back! The back-plate from a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO held in place with the Fan Screws... Now you may think this is a bit much, but here's the thing. Under the Stock Cooler the i7-3770 hit the 80C's at Stock Clocks while under full CPU Load(Using FurMark CPU Burn in Tool) In comparison, at 4.3Ghz All Core(4.3Ghz in BIOS but 4.2Ghz under All Core Load) This setup keeps it to Sub 80C! So... What do you all think? LTT Worthy? Again full Build Log and Specs will be linked later when I post this build. PS: It's a Used Parts Build so almost nothing in it is New!
  7. When the customer is working with multiple gigabyte data sets, yes 10Gb is needed. Think how LTT needs it for 4/8K Video. Same kinds of file size and as much if not more complexity. Thank you for your recommendations I'll check them out.
  8. So I work for a small computer store and have done more than my fair share of network setups over the years. Here and now though I'm stuck having to do something I've never done and knowing I need help I'm posting here... A customer of ours went out on his own and bought Synology NAS, HDD's and a E10G17-F2 10Gb SFP+ Duel link card. Now he wants us to setup a 10Gbe Switch(He has no idea what to buy) and set him up with 10Gbe to his laptop. Now I can go out and find lots of okay priced 10Gbe Switches but I don't really know what's best in this case. He's having to upgrade his laptop to one with Thunderbolt 3 just to get 10Gbe support. We've built them desktops and they may get upgraded later but he works on his laptop. Long story short. We have a NAS with a duel link SFP+ 10Gb card that needs to go to a Switch(Here's where I need help) then from there over Cat6/7 to a Thunderbolt 3 10Gbe adapter. The Switch needs multiple 10Gbe links because they may upgrade they're other workstations to 10Gbe. For the moment all of their systems run on 1Gbe and given the large data sets they work with, Geological Surveying, that's just not enough bandwidth. We could look at using a SFP+ to 10Gbe adapter to run all Cat6/7 on the Switch, but given the cost of one of those adapters vs running a DAC cable I'd like to just have SFP+ on the Switch along side full 10Gbe. The switch will be used for access to the NAS along side the current 1Gbe Swtich they have so it doesn't need to be a 24port + monster. In total 4 to 8 10Gb connections with at least one bing SFP+ would be fine.
  9. www.amdrewards.com you will have to create an account but yeah that's the code
  10. Here's a code for anyone running an AMD GPU. GGL4CQWM6ZZMG4XX That's for The Division 2 Gold Edition and World War Z Have fun. I'm not interested in either of these games and my coworker that got the code already owns them.
  11. rL3khj0azwSOibAYx4WwlEqs xJj3ENyXy6BnyrR1SmuvNRoh Both of those codes are from an Nvidia bundle and as I don't play Fortnight I figured I'd give them away here. $45 each. First come first serve.
  12. Yeah the VRM's on the board suck, it has one m.2 slot and it's shit for a Z370... Let's call it (Not Grate?) At least he went for a Z Chipset. God forbid it cam in with a B360 Mobo. I'm not going to defend any of this fail and my use of Good on all things but the CPU cooling was just fast fill in for this post. I wouldn't use it in my build and that's all I'll say on it.
  13. I can't lie. I just took in a computer with the following specs. Mobo: MSI Z370-A Pro = Good RAM: 32GBs of Corsair Vengeance 3000Mhz = Over Kill but Good Case: Fractal Meshify C = Good PSU: EVGA 850 G3 = Good and not too Overkill for this build GPU: EVGA GTX1060 as a stand in for his GTX1080ti thought was his problem. = It's likley not his problem and both are Good with the 1080ti being best. CPU: Intel i9-9900k = As Good as it Gets and as Hot as it Gets when you use... CPU Cooler: An Intel Reference CPU cooler off an i5-7400 which is like using a garden house to put out a five alarm fire! So yeah this was so much a fail I had to share it. I can snap some pics if you all want.