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About TofuAce

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  • CPU
  • Motherboard
    Asrock Z97 Extreme4
  • RAM
    8gb G.Skill Ripjaws (CAS7)
  • GPU
    XFX R7870 GHZ Double D
  • Case
    Phanteks Enthoo Luxe
  • Storage
    1xSSD, 3xHDD
  • PSU
    EVGA Supernova G2
  • Display(s)
  • Cooling
    Cooler Master Nepton 240m
  • Keyboard
    CM Storm TK (Blues)
  • Mouse
    Logitech G400s
  • Sound
    Blue Snowball Steel, Audio Technica AD700, M50, Logitech 2.1 speakers
  • Operating System
    Ubuntu, Windows 7
  1. Have you tried testing with the side panels off your case? Might just be warm idle temps always for that case. It can sound like a clicking noise, or a rattling noise. If you have ever heard an old computer make noise like their old hard drives, it is somewhat similar. When air is moving through hoses it can be a sloshing or slurping noise. Edit: Found some vids of a few noises. It can vary in sound and loudness, so it won't always be exactly like these.
  2. Phanteks Enthoo Pro hasn't been mentioned. You can get it without a case window and even save some money too.
  3. I have a 4790k and the Nepton 240m. The stock Nepton 120mm fans are very quiet and have really high static pressure. It's not like other stock AIO fans. These are special. The industrial fans from Noctua are loud btw. (Edit: I'm assuming you are getting the Nepton for its quiet performance) When I had my radiator set up in Push/Pull in my Phanteks Enthoo Luxe, it only dropped Max temps under load by 1-2C. Not worth it. Many other sources, including Linus has seen this on AIO units too. Tried it with 120mm Push/Pull, and 120mm Push/140mm Pull just for fun. Same outcome. The Nepton 240m comes with all the mounting hardware you will need, including push/pull.
  4. How about a PWM Fan hub? My case came with one. It is from Phanteks. It has 6 fan connectors, and can support up to 11 fans with splitters.
  5. I have the CM Nepton 240m and a Phanteks Enthoo Luxe (differences between Pro and Luxe not worth mentioning here). I really enjoy this setup. I wanted a quiet AIO cooler and didn't want to replace the stock fans either. That is why I chose the 240m. Also the Phanteks included case fans are excellent too. So yeah, quiet pump, quiet nepton 140mm fans, quiet phanteks case fans. Plenty of room in the case and very nice air flow.
  6. The Cryorig H7 hasn't been mentioned in this thread yet. I'd choose that over the 212 evo. Plenty of options out there that outperform the 212 evo with less noise for the same price range or near. That being said, the 212 evo isn't a bad choice, it's an old standby... just the market has moved forward a bit since the last revision. http://www.hitechlegion.com/reviews/cooling/heatsinks/42980-cryorig-h7-universal-cpu-cooler-review
  7. Mine always hang around 68C under extended hours of 100% load. Idles at 29C. I have a 4790k and the nepton 240m in a phanteks enthoo luxe. This is with all my fans never rising above 50-55% in silent mode off chassis_1 4pin to the included phanteks fan hub (It can only read the RPM of one connected fan, which in my case is the front intake. Don't know the RPM the CM Fans are at). Only my pump is not hooked up to the fan hub, so it is on my CPU_1 pwm on the asrock z97 extreme 4 board. I have it overclocked on all cores up to 4.5ghz, with adaptive voltage of 1.208v when at 100% load.. Ambient temp is usually 26-27c, as I live in a dry desert environment. Oh and I'm using Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste. My real world use cases include Handbreak, and Premiere Pro CC. I only use synthetic tests for overclock/volt stability testing, and I uses them sparingly. Tips: - Make sure your Pump is running around 2600 rpm. That should be full speed with +/-15rpm variance. - Plug your pump into a header that will for sure run at 100%, or full power. The best shot at this is usually CPU_1. Or hook it up with an adapter feeding off your power supply like a molex to 3/4pin adapter, etc. That can fix a fault of the motherboard not supplying enough power. Some boards PWM's are not equal to the CPU_1 and they will supply less than 12v. - Connect your fans to another area, to see if CPU_1 is stronger in full 12v being applied to the pump. For example, my motherboard's UEFI combines the CPU_1 and CPU_opt pwm control together and wouldn't work for my pump and fans unless I run everything always at full speed. My Pump is on CPU_1, and all my actual fans are combined together on a PWM hub, getting signal from chassis_1. - Make sure whatever you are using to control your 3 pin or 4 Pin connectors, is set to full power for the pump. - Test with all fans running at 100%. Tweaking with fan speed under load for noise levels can come much later down the line after you know everything is working properly. - Listen for any air bubbles in the system. Check for Leaks, Kinks/Blockages, etc. Is your pump making a lot of noise? Mean there is air trapped in there. You have to tilt the block (unmounted) or computer case (mounted) in various directions to let the air escape. You can swivel the houses connected to the block so air can travel upwards and out. Make sure air can travel up your hoses too, and not get stuck in some odd bend or the like. - Try out new fans for your chassis mounting positions. Your CM Nepton fans are perfect for the radiator so don't worry about them (Tried Push/Pull and only dropped temps by 1-2C, not worth it). Your case has restricted air flow, so perhaps change out the intake fans for something else. Edits: Included info about my UEFI pwm controls, bold tips, spelling.
  8. Even though I agree, I didn't want to list something similar since the OP keeps talking about onboard sound cards only and I'm tired of onboard sound card arguments! :lol:
  9. I understand perfectly. You want a list of each price range with the top product in that range. In audio, it isn't that easy. Audio isn't that black and white. Perhaps with speakers, and headphones... yes we can do that. Again, read the Audio Forum FAQ. It will give you the context you are missing. When it comes to this industry, it is not as honest as what we are usually use to when it comes to GPU's. You don't have people reviewing a ATI 5770 as if they like it more than a ATI 7850. Or a 5770 that is rebranded and made to look sleek and sexy then sold at the price point of an AMD r9.
  10. The audio industry isn't nearly as honest in marketing and pricing segments for performance compared with the GPU industry.You will see components with similar implementation from a cheap product with heavy marketing being sold at hundreds of dollars. If you don't like either of those answers, then I don't know what else to tell you. I don't see how you can ask others to treat you kindly, then later on make that sort of reply when people are simply trying to help. TL:DR Read the Audio Forum FAQ. Link in my signature. Also it is at the top of the forum as a sticky.
  11. Shure has the lower end PG48 which looks similar visually to the SM58. A lot of the vocal microphones will require you to get an XLR to USB adapter. (EDIT: i've never used an adapter, i've only used external solutions with XLR inputs.) I would save up money and get something else.
  12. Anywhere from $25USD to hundreds of dollars. Some are marketed to home pc enthusiasts and gamers, others for audio production in a professional setting. For home, you will usually come across the ones in the 25-200 dollar range these days I'd say. I haven't payed attention to the pro end of the spectrum in nearly a decade so I have no idea about them anymore. I'd figure it's mostly all external these days and has been that way for awhile now. Home recording/production has really dropped down in price and you can get some really cool external DAC's for a very good price. Haven't checked recently, but i'd say 70-200 dollars will do much more than most people would really need in a home setting.
  13. I find it funny how we had this discussion over you not owning headphones jokingly last month and now people are actually saying the same thing. Reality is stranger than fiction. :rolleyes: Er... I mean... we all know @EmoRarity only owns sausages instead of headphones. Any photo's he possesses are just masterfully done photoshops. Edit: Oh, and Audio Technica is one of my favorite headphone companies and I own a pair of M50's. They are not worth the current asking price. Their rise in popularity has unfortunately priced them out of being competitive in the $150ish price range. 4-5 years ago I was trying to decide between AD700's and M50's. That part doesn't matter, what does is that at that time, m50's were in the $80-90 USD dollar price range. They are certainly not worth nearly twice their asking price that they are being listed as now. Influences like certain youtubers, headphone forums, and the recent rise of Beats inflated the price of the m50's. Btw, I'm currently listening to m50's right now. I listen to them on nearly a daily basis. They sound great for up to the $100ish dollar price point. But they should not be in the $150 dollar price point.
  14. I've read a lot of people say burning in is a must for the AKG k240, but I never noticed anything different compared to my recollection of them brand new. Back in my auto technician/car club days, I installed tons of car stereos for others and I didn't hear any difference either with speakers. I don't know either way. I don't feel like burn-in is simply impossible though. Just saying I've never consciously experienced it or noticed.
  15. I noticed you were using gaming headsets before. Are you gaming on your laptop? Or did you use the gaming headsets because you needed a microphone to skype/record audio? If its not just purely for gaming, what sort of music are you listening to? A headphone I'd suggest for gaming might not please someone when it comes to certain genres of music. Although personally I can listen to anything with anything and still enjoy it. I mean, i lived through the 1980's gosh darnit! :lol: I'm going to assume you want something geared to gaming and you need a microphone. Audio Technica AD500x and either a Blue Snowflake or Blue Snowball iCE. Which would be slightly over budget. Substitute a Zalman ZM-Mic 1 to fit into the $120USD. No need for a microphone? Sennheiser HD558 or Audio Technica AD700x As for straight up music listening, other peoples suggests would be far better than my own. The highest quality headphones I use for pure music are the Audio Technica m50, and they are not a good value for their performance anymore for a few years now. EDIT: Besides, I also use various types of IEM instead of headphones for music. Since I listen to music when I'm away, and podcasts/youtube/audio books at home.