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DanTheMuffinMan

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About DanTheMuffinMan

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    Member

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Ontario
  • Occupation
    Solar Panel Systems Designer

System

  • CPU
    intel i7-4770k
  • Motherboard
    Asus Sabertooth Z87
  • RAM
    16gb Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1866
  • GPU
    Nvidia GT 660 TI 3gb
  • Case
    Corsair 750D
  • Storage
    240gb Kingston HyperX SSD & WD Black 4TB
  • PSU
    Corsair AX760i
  • Display(s)
    Dell U2711
  • Cooling
    Swiftech H320
  • Keyboard
    Razer Blackwidow Ulktimate
  • Mouse
    Razer Deathadder
  • Sound
    Altec Lansing 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows 8.1
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  1. Been a while since I've posted mine, finally moved my PC to the living room where I've always wanted it. Spec's in sig as is tradition. Here's the old set-up next to the DnD table if anyone is interested: https://imgur.com/gallery/fMAMK There's the over-all view from behind the couch, TV front-and-centre, PC on the left on a custom shelf and monitor on a cheap Ikea desk. Will replace that with a proper home-made desk soonish when money allows. All devices hard-wired with CAT6 to a switch in the basement. There's the TV, Sound Bar, Xbox One (with tacky D Brand Skin, you're welcome Linus) and the extensive Xbox One Library of Game (the Google Home was a gift form a friend, don't judge me) (PS4 is on work-out TV) There's the star of the show, shelf has a 1000 lbs capacity and we tried tipping the tower over it, it's solid. So no worries about it falling or anything like that. All this stuff on a battery back-up USB. Ultra-wide monitor, great speakers, mechanical keyboard, headset, big ass mouse pad, all the usual suspects: The LOTR painting above the TV and this Firewatch inspired mural both done by the same artist: So I've got a wireless Xbox One controller to play from the comfy couch on the 60 Hz 4k TV (not that my PC can handle that at the moment) or a nice ultra-wide Gsync monitor for keyboard/mouse titles. 90% of my PC usage lately is actually watching Youtube/Netflix/etc from the couch using the TV as a monitor though. Older pic of the tower without glass and glare: Plans for the future: -Upgrading GPU to an RTX 2070 Super during Black Friday deals, unless the RTX 2080 Super falls far enough in price. -Building custom desk in coming months -When room-mate moves out, converting the room next door into the VR holodeck, if HDMI allows that kind of distance. Comments and questions welcome as always
  2. Wow, didn't realize Cities Skylines was so rough on the CPU.
  3. Thanks guys ( @Crunchy Dragon @Nord ), yeah my goal is more for triple A/pretty single player games, max settings at ~100 fps on the 3440 x 1440 monitor and 60 fps on the 4k monitor. For example Anno 1800 on the monitor and GTA V on the TV. Yes, the specs in my sig are the PC I'm talking about. Any sort of website out there yet where you can enter your specs to see where the bottle neck is? Been a couple years since I've seriously looked at PC components. Edit: In case it helps, other things I'd like to be playing at max settings: Endless Space 2, Metro Exodus, Tomb Raider, maybe the new Call of Duty, the latest Assassins Creed, Cities Skylines, Metal Gear Solid 5, Hitman, that sort of thing.
  4. Whilst saving up for a new PC I thought I'd might take what I had so far and buy a new video card in the $700 or $800 CDN range, so probably something like an RtX 2070 super. If I were to get a new video card would it be bottle necked by my system? Specs are in signature. I do my gaming on a 3440 x 1440 100hz gsync monitor usually, and sometimes from a 60 Hz 4k tv. Let me know if I need to provide more info and thanks in advance.
  5. Yeah I considered doing a wood cover for mine and dual-purposing it as a dining table but ended up just doing a plexiglass cover for the TV to make it level when not playing DND. Guess I could always get a wood cover made in the future if I wished but those cubbies would be dining pits of danger.
  6. I definitely would have done them differently if I did it again, but yes they do use them. I designed them with the size of the Players Handbook and note-books in mind, but they mostly use them to stow their pencils, character sheets and whatnot. Most of them just leave all their stuff in the cubby's between sessions. Edit: forgot to mention their biggest down-side, they are absolute knee-cap destroyers. The first session anyone plays at that table they are guranteed to wack their knee on them. That lesson gets learned pretty fast though If you're interested I detail that over here: https://imgur.com/a/KbXBX It's a sizable investment, especially time if you intend to do it yourself, but I've seen alot of easier versions that accomplish the same basic things, like this https://imgur.com/gallery/hTbw4 and this which served as inspiration for mine.
  7. Been a while since I updated on my set-up. Specs on the rig are in signature, but you can find all the pictures and details on the VR set-up here: https://imgur.com/a/fMAMK And if you're a tabletop gamer, you can find details on the table here: https://imgur.com/a/KbXBX
  8. Cool, what did he use the pelton wheel for? Back on-topic: so it sounds like Case Labs and modDIY are the places to go for just a Motherboard Tray, unless someone else has suggestions on that front I'm leaning towards the Merlin SM8. A lot of modDIY's look cool, but I really don't like the look of their PCI brackets, they looks real flimsy to me. What do you guys think?: Merlin SM8: ModDIY PC-D009 ModDIY YJ-ZJM08 ModDIY YJ-LZ1U
  9. Yeah I don't think it's really an issue myself. But to be on the safe side I'll be looking for a blower-style GPU and some good ventilation going across the systems. I've never heard of Moddiy before, I'll check them out, thanks.
  10. Thanks for the responses guys. Essentially there is no limit to the budget, it can go as high as it needs to. Part's aren't finalized and if this project ends up moving a few months into the future things may change (I also tend to change things slightly based on what's on-sale at the moment), but anyway: ATX for MOBO size i7-7700K H100i V2 I'd like to get a MOBO with m.2 slots for some M.2 SSD's (also considering PCI SSD for the main boot drive) - something along the lines of a Asus ROG Maximus There will be mechanical HDD's for storage, probably 2 DDR4 RAM, probably 32GB GTX 1080 TI (not interested in SLI/Crossfire) Corsair RM####, not sure on wattage yet, but I'll probably go quite high to keep the fans off as much as possible Sleeved Cables, RGB strips, Noctua fans, all the standards
  11. Hello Everybody, I'm planning an ambitious (for me) new rig, the highlight of which will be a case made out of Lego. The exact aesthetic and design I'm still debating, but here are the general idea's I've pretty much decided on: Computer will be on it's side, so that the back of the motherboard points down (80% sure) Case will likely be building-shaped, with a "skylight" (acrylic side panel) roof and/or easily removal roof to get at and show off the innards Front-Panel connectors will be hidden by some aspect of the building's facade (if I include them at all) Will need to do custom start/reset buttons (I've never wired anything like that before, if anyone could point me to a guide I'd appreciate it) Full-ATX in size AIO water cooler of some sort for CPU Minimize fans and metal-to-lego contact Here's where I need some help; I was thinking it would save a lot of work if I have a just a Motherboard tray and possibly PCI/IO Bracket as a base to build around. I was originally thinking of buying some cheap case and cannibalizing it, but maybe buying some kind of test-bench or similar bare-bones item would be even better? I found these Motherboard Trays & Backplates from Case Labs but I was wondering if anyone knew of some good alternatives they could point me towards. Once I have that part delivered and can take some good measurements in person, I can 3d model it and the other components and get to work on an actual design for the case. I'll probably make a Build Log on that. I'm in Canada and would prefer links for places that ship to Canada and pricing in CAD if possible. Thanks for looking everybody. Comments and questions welcome. EDIT: More info as requested: Essentially there is no limit to the budget, it can go as high as it needs to. Part's aren't finalized and if this project ends up moving a few months into the future things may change (I also tend to change things slightly based on what's on-sale at the moment), but anyway: ATX for MOBO size i7-7700K H100i V2 I'd like to get a MOBO with m.2 slots for some M.2 SSD's (also considering PCI SSD for the main boot drive) - something along the lines of a Asus ROG Maximus There will be mechanical HDD's for storage, probably 2 DDR4 RAM, probably 32GB GTX 1080 TI (not interested in SLI/Crossfire) Corsair RM####, not sure on wattage yet, but I'll probably go quite high to keep the fans off as much as possible Sleeved Cables, RGB strips, Noctua fans, all the standards
  12. What's that right under your GPU? Some kind of bracket to prevent GPU sag?
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