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  1. G.Skill has new memory sticks made for Ryzen 3000 called TridentZ Neo that are cheaper than Ripjaws (assuming you're looking at Samsung B-die ones) 2x8GB is probably enough for most things. I went for 2x16GB since I was already coming from a 32GB machine and I run a lot of VMs.
  2. You can try, but honestly your best bet is to set the PC so that the reservoir is on top and run it like that for a couple of days while filling up the water as needed. Also you probably have more noise from your system as the air is being pushed around the loops. You'll have an added benefit of having less noise once you've bled it.
  3. I am, and I have the parts here. Also linus is comparing corsair AIO units in this video, that has nothing to do with my case. I'm sure the best air cooler is better than the cheapest water cooler. My radiator alone costs more than this corsair AIO, not to mention that there are two pumps in the loop, EKWB blocks and a reservoir.
  4. I'm not a big fan of air cooling and I've never seen/heard one that's more quiet than my current system. Plus I have all the parts, why would I buy something else now and make it worse?
  5. Well I have a TJ07 case which is huge and with the new system it will be mostly empty. I'm replacing the HDDs with SSD and the motherboard is much smaller (ATX vs EATX) The Thermochill 140.3 is 60mm wide and fits in the bottom of the case where the PSU and pumps are. I'm running two DDC3.2 pumps in series at 5v I have a Swiftech MCR220 in the top which I'm considering getting rid of
  6. You sure? With 600rpm fans? I mean that would be great!
  7. I'm upgrading an old i7 system and I'm wondering if i need the extra rad. At the moment I have one 420 (3x140) and one 240 (2x120) rad in the case and I'm considering getting rid of the 240. There will be two blocks in the case, one monoblock for CPU+VRM (3900x and Crosshair VII) and one RTX 2070S. I'm guessing 300W peak. A bit of room for upgrades/overclocking would be nice. I'm going more for silence than speed.
  8. Neos are Hynix CJR, which plays really nice with Ryzen and it's really close to Samsung B-die, but at half the price.
  9. Well, yes, but you could also rig it the other way around, AIO pushing air out and rear fan pushing air in. It depends on your system. For example if your VRMs are getting overheated and you don't have a monoblock, you may want to push cold air over them instead of pushing hot air. The main idea with water cooling is to move the heat to the perimeter of the case and get rid of it, not to push it around the case and heat everything else inside
  10. That's a lot of radiators, you sure you need all that? Back to the topic, the reservoir should be the highest point in your loop and it looks like you have a radiator up there. I have a similar layout due to system restrictions. You either need to re-orient the case (turn it on the side, upside down, whatever) to get the reservoir to the top, or you need to slow down the pumps while you fill the system. Pinching the tubing before the reservoir will do it, unless you're using hard tubing. The idea is to get the air into the reservoir and then fill it up. If it's a new system that might take several attempts.
  11. Never had water damage from water cooling, but I've had water damage from a peltier (tec) cooled system. I forgot about condensation, and the CPU when idle was reaching near zero temperatures. I left the PC alone and when I came back it wasn't working anymore. I found a nice trickle of water sliding from the CPU across the PCI (yes, it was PCI in those days) slots all the way to the sound card. Good news is that after drying everything worked again. Then I used PU foam to insulate the CPU cooler, which was fine until I had to take it apart. It never worked again
  12. I got this kit for my build and it's working perfectly. 16 is the important timing. It wasn't worth twice the price for me to have slightly better sub-timings. The main difference is that the cheaper kit uses newer Hynix memory and the more expensive kit uses older Samsung B-die memory that is highly sought after and no longer manufactured. Most people will say that it's the best memory for Ryzen, but 100% more money for 0.01% more performance didn't make sense to me
  13. Hi folks, I'm having problems with my new build. I have an ASUS ROG Crosshair VII motherboard (x470) and Ryzen 3900x CPU, paired with TridentZ Neo 3600 RAM. I'm using the latest BIOS (2901), Windows 10 1909 and latest AMD chipset drivers ( and I don't see the Ryzen balanced power plan (or any Ryzen power plan). For now I've set the voltage offset to -0.1v which seems to stop the CPU from cooking and fan from spinning wildly, but I've read it's better to leave the voltages at default and use the Ryzen power plan for 3000-series CPUs. Any ideas how to get it installed? Thanks!
  14. There are tons of TridentZ sticks out there, but you may be interested in the newer (out since about a month) Trident Z Neo. They're Ryzen optimised (whatever that means) and cost about 50% less than the samsung B-die memory sticks. I got 32gb of 3600Mhz CL16 and it works perfectly at those timings. Didn't have to do anything except load XMP profile.
  15. I went with addlink s70, seems to be the best value of the current bunch of pcie 3.0 drives according to all the reviews.