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  1. Hi guys, I'm trying to decide on the 280mm or the 360mm version of the Kraken. I included both X and Z models since they are functionally the same. I've heard that 280mm AIOs have very similar performance to 360mm ones because their radiators have almost the same surface area. But how do these Kraken models compare in terms of noise? I'm assuming the 280mm is quieter because the 140mm fans can run at lower RPMs and still provide a good amount of airflow? The only intensive thing I'll be doing is gaming so I don't expect to run the fans higher than normal speeds. That said I'll be getting the 5900X, which will probably run hot if the 3900X is any indication.
  2. Thank you. Does the low static pressure only really matter in situations like this, and not for when being used as a case fan?
  3. Hi guys, I'm planning a build and I need advice on the position and orientation of this 360mm radiator. The AIO is the NZXT Kraken Z73, the case is the Phanteks P600S and I'll be installing 4 Corsair QL140 fans (3 front intake, 1 rear exhaust) in it. Also I'll probably be getting an AIB RTX 3080 that exhausts all of its air into the case, unless more Founder's Editions become available (haha I know...). Now I've read the general rule for radiators that front intake cools your CPU better but makes your GPU run hotter, and vice versa for top exhaust. But I've also seen many people say that these QL fans are not optimal to put on radiators, like for example here and here. Not sure how true that is, but thought I'd at least mention it. If so I don't know if the radiator being sandwiched between the Corsair QL fans and stock NZXT fans would change that, but do you think it would be better for my overall temps to just mount it to the top as exhaust? Side question if you are familiar with these QL fans, I've heard that they're are great for airflow otherwise, both from reviews and people I've talked to about them. If it's true, what makes them so bad for radiators specifically? Thank you.
  4. Hi guys, I will be looking to upgrade my Sound Blaster ZXR soon. I was considering the Sound Blaster AE-9, but after l learning that the 3080 and 3090 (which I am considering upgrading to as well) are 2.75 and 3 slot cards respectively, I'm not sure if a PCI-E sound card is still an option for me unless I get creative with a vertical extension cable. So I was looking at the X7 as an alternative, but I am wondering if there is any noticeable difference between them, or between PCI-E and USB sound cards as a whole? I think I read somewhere that USB compresses the audio more, though I don't know if that could ever make a real world difference. Thanks!
  5. With just the CPU cooler the inside of my PC will be quite empty, so I'd need a lot to completely fill it up (as there is nothing around my CPU cooler to line it up against). That is why I suggested bubble wrap since I'd need a lot less of that to fill up this space. I could also get instapak foam, but I'm not sure if I'd need just one to put ontop of the cooler, or more to put around its sides as well. I've read a lot of places that mentioned things like clothes, bubble wrap and packing peanuts are not good to stuff the inside of your PC with, because of the risk of them generating static electricity. Am I misunderstanding what they mean? Thanks for the help!
  6. Thanks so much! And is stuffing the inside of the PC with anti static bubble wrap safe? They'll be directly touching the components and as far as I'm aware, only one side protects against ESD. I'm going to have to use a lot to get a tight fit since the interior will be so empty without my GPU in there, so I just wanted to make sure them being bunched up and rubbing together won't be an issue.
  7. I'm going to be moving cross country, which is a three day trip. It's coming with us the storage truck, so it won't be violently shaken around, dropped, or tossed. It'll just need to endure the vibrations from being in motion and small bumps. It'll be inside the case box with its packaging styrofoam, laying flat. I don't mind taking my graphics card out, but my massive CPU cooler was too much of a pain of install. I was only able to install it by some miracle, as such I don't feel comfortable with doing it again, if it's not a huge concern to leave it on knowing my circumstances. Do you think stuffing the inside to the brim with anti static bubble wrap is enough? Or would using instapak foam make a huge difference? And I've seen suggestions to take out the mechanical hard drive, but should I do the same for my M.2 and SATA SSDs?
  8. Hi guys. I'm looking for a pair of speakers and a subwoofer that are best suited for my gear. Right now I'm just using my speakers for my PC which has a Sound Blaster ZXR, but my future plans are to upgrade my ZXR to an AE-9 for even more fidelity, and get an external DAC/amp similar in fidelity to my sound card so I can hook up my TV/consoles to the speakers/subwoofer as well. So I'd like for it to be able to bring the most out of those too. I'm not sure exactly how much I want to spend because I'm very inexperienced with hi-fi audio. But if price scales linearly with fidelity and it's worth it for me to spend as much as possible, I'd say my maximum budget is $500. Which price range do you think is the most relevant to the sound card and DAC/amp I will be using it with? And what speakers and subwoofer would you recommend for that price range? I'd appreciate any insight you could give.
  9. That's unfortunate. Well at least it happened to a six year old overclocked Korean monitor, it's bound to die within the next few years anyway so I'm not completely bummed. Thanks!
  10. Hey guys, So I took everything off to clean my desk before, and after hooking up my PC again, I noticed this which wasn't there earlier. I'm guessing these are multiple dead pixels? If so, I'm wondering how I got them. I did use some force when wiping my monitor with alcohol to get the spots off, but it wasn't excessive. Could this have been the cause? The monitor is also six years old, so could it have been possibly age related? Just would like to know so I can be careful not to accidentally make more dead pixels in the future. Thanks!
  11. Heck I'd buy it used for MSRP because even that would be a deal in the current market. But I've seen people say that the 1060 6GB goes on sale all the time, though I don't know if that's true for my top choice (or this one if I can find it, same price and it has more value). I decided on this one because of EVGA's warranty, and I've heard not only is the heatsink subpar in the non SC versions, but all of the single fan models are noisy and run hot unless you crank up the fan to max.
  12. Well since I'm putting the money I was saving up towards a new GPU sooner, it might take me longer to upgrade again. So I want this GPU to last at least another year, maybe two if I need to stretch it. I want to go with a 1060, specifically EVGA because then I'd still have a warranty for at least one year or maybe more depending on when they bought it.
  13. Thank guys. I understand it's a fair bit faster, I was just curious if the technically inferior specs (like half the CUDA cores) meant anything or made any sort of difference. I've read a few times now that the 1060 is better for newer games, but the 780 is better for some older games. Is this true?
  14. Hi guys. I was originally waiting for Volta (now Ampere or Turing?) but my 780 died. Now I'm debating getting a 1060 6GB to hold me over for another year or two, as I can't wait another 3-4 months without a GPU. Out of curiosity, I checked out the specs of both cards. I saw that the 1060 has half the CUDA cores, half the memory bit width, and less memory speed and bandwidth as the 780. I don't doubt that the 1060 is faster overall, but do these specs mean that in certain scenarios the 780 would be ahead? For instance since it has half the CUDA cores, does that mean I'll get much less fps than what my 780 does when I'm using Nvidia tech like PhysX or Hairworks ? I can't seem to find any direct benchmarks that compare the two in scenarios where those specs would matter though. What do you guys think?
  15. Just disassembled and cleaned the GPU, and I think I found the culprit (3rd picture). The smell is unmistakably coming from that area too. Is it safe to officially declare this GPU dead with no chance of resurrecting it? And does this give us a better idea of if this damaged my other components or not?