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About ThatCoolBlueKidd

  • Title
    Resident Corsair Fanboy
  • Birthday 1997-08-11

Contact Methods

  • Steam
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  • Star Citizen
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  • Website URL

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
  • Interests
    Sailing, Gaming & PC Building
  • Biography
    21 Year old Graphic Designer & Web Developer.

  • Occupation
    Sailing Instructor


  • CPU
    Intel i7-7700K @5.0GHz
  • Motherboard
    Asus Sabertooth Z170S
  • RAM
    Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB
  • GPU
    Nvidia GTX1070FE
  • Case
    Corsair 275R
  • Storage
    WD Green 3TB, WD Blue 1TB, Samsung 960evo 256GB, Corsair 120GB SSD
  • PSU
    Corsair RM850i
  • Display(s)
    LG 29UB67 Ultrawide IPS
  • Cooling
    EKWB Hardline
  • Keyboard
    Corsair K70 RGB
  • Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 2S, Corsair MM200-Extended
  • Sound
    Audioengine A2+ & Audiotechnica M50x
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
  • PCPartPicker URL

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  1. ThatCoolBlueKidd

    Surface Book Vs Surface Pro 5

    Keyboard included on both but if you add the extra $50 or so for the pen with the Pro 5 it brings it up to 600 vs 630 I had a pro 3 and pro 4 (sold both already) and the pro 4 keyboard is definitely better but I found the material to not be the most resiliant.
  2. Hi, Im looking for a good college laptop that will last me through my undergrad (in psychology so not looking for something super spec'd) and I already have a gaming sff system too for gaming and more demanding projects should that be needed. Basically just need something for note taking and I love the surface pen / one note integration so that's why I'm looking within the surface family. Here are my options: $550 USD Surface Pro 5 i5 7300U 8GB Ram 128GB SSD with Type Cover (Will also need to buy a surface pen on top of this for about $50) $630 USD Surface Book 1 i5 6300U 8GB Ram 512GB SSD with Surface Pen & Keyboard Which would you go with? I like the lightness and Alcantara of the Surface Pro (but understand it's a subpar keyboard experience and the alcantara is easily damaged) and like the ports and better keyboard of the surface book but it's a heavier device and the gap when closed annoys me more than it should. Which should I go for? I don't need it until December (thanks southern hemisphere academic year) so should I wait a few more months?
  3. ThatCoolBlueKidd

    [WIP] NCASE M1 - Small Footprint. Big Performance.

    Slow and steady! Need to wait for the case to arrive to measure runs.
  4. ThatCoolBlueKidd

    [WIP] NCASE M1 - Small Footprint. Big Performance.

    Modding Plans so far: 1. Cables Should I go for more CableMod cables? The NCASE Community's recommended Pslate customs? Sleeve them myself? 2. GPU Shroud I'm going for a greyscale theme and the green GEFORCE GTX has got to go. I'm going to try turn it white. 3. Case Mod I don't want to butcher the gorgeous case but I want to try and get a bit more I/O on there. I'm thinking either some VR pass-through or USB-C. Any other suggestions?
  5. (best viewed in DARK mode) Welcome to my 4th build-log, feat: NCASE M1 INTEL i5-9600k NVIDIA GTX 1080 lets go ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Parts List (Updated 04 Nov 2018) CASE: NCASE M1 v5 (TG) PRE-ORDERED CPU: Intel i5-9600k DELIVERED GPU: Nvidia GTX1080 FE ORDERED MOBO: Gigabyte Z370N-WIFI DELIVERED RAM: Corsair LPX 32GB DDR4 DELIVERED PSU: Corsair SF600W SFX DELIVERED SSD: Samsung 960EVO 256GB DELIVERED SSD: Corsair Force LS 120GB DELIVERED HDD: Seagate Barracuda 4TB DELIVERED Total Cost: $1,375 (not including salvaged SSDs & Ram) Part 0 - Past Builds Part 1 - Preamble Part 2 - Unbuildlog Part 3 - Platform Part 4 - Last Minute Change Part 5 - Assembly Part 6 - The GTX1080 coming soon Part 7 - NCase. Just NTime. coming soon Part 8 - Benchmarking coming soon What games / software / scenarios would you like to see? Part 9 - Mods coming soon Please give me recommendations for what you want to see here! Part 10 - The Conclusion coming soon Thank you for the support & help I've received from the LTT community, Reddit's incredible r/sffpc community and those over on CableMod's facebook group for their constant help and input. In the excitement of testing the parts I haven't taken that many photos, and the ones I do have are all in bad lighting. I'll be taking more photos and doing a better job of cable management once the case (finally) arrives. If you would like to be notified of updates to this build, feel free to follow along. Any further input and recommendations is GREATLY appreciated
  6. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dzRY3LLsXcDX5Qt5PvQOrAJhw0EK9Cy7UtQPdyRp6PY/edit Here's a list of all the Small Form Factor PCs currently available (mostly) for sale. Includes boutique like the NCase M1/Dan A4/Louqe Ghost and some mass produced ones too. Happy hunting.
  7. ThatCoolBlueKidd

    Ncase M1 vs Intel NUC

    Double-posting because it isn't letting me type below the table.... I already own the Seagate Barracuda 4TB 3.5'' drive - If I go for the Intel NUC, could I use a USB-C to SATA adapter without needing to power it? That way I can still have mass storage and it is still smaller than the NCase M1.
  8. ThatCoolBlueKidd

    Ncase M1 vs Intel NUC

    Im selling my ATX-sized gaming rig and want to move to something smaller that'll hopefully perform around the same (or a little better if I can). My main goal is to make my next PC as small as I can. Should I go for either the Intel Hades Canyon NUC (Vega M GH) and throw in my Samsung SSD and some SODIMM ram or go for my build log below: NCase M1 Silver Ryzen 2700 (non-X) Noctua U9S (push/pull) Asus Strix B450-I LPX 3200Mhz 16GB Corsair SF600 Samsung 970EVO 512GB Seagate Barracuda 4TB 3.5'' GTX1080 FE
  9. Not sure about the PSU - I'd try go for a more well known product line to avoid issues and cheaply made crap. You could also drop the capacity down a little - I used a 550W with an i3 & 2x RX580 8GB cards so I think even a 400/450W should be fine with enough headroom. According to Nvidia & AMD, the 2600 is 65W and the 1070 is 150W, add about an extra 100W for headroom and you're at 315W.
  10. ThatCoolBlueKidd

    inno3d any users ?

    I had an Inno3D GTX980 and an Inno3D GTX1050, cant complain. Switched to Galax now though
  11. ThatCoolBlueKidd

    4G/LTE Router

    I've just been given an upgrade offer from my ISP to move me from my ancient DSL finally to something substantially faster. Currently we get a measly 6mbps up, 0.6mbps down (according to speedtest) and my 4G/LTE plan with them gets me 104mbps up, 7mbps down (as per speedtest). We pay $61/mo for our current connection (6up/0.6down) and their new unlimited LTE plan (with no fair usage policy/slowdown) comes in at only $35/mo. This plan is designed for mobile phones but it should work perfectly fine with routers capable of carrying a sim card, right? We have an ISP provided router at the moment but would need to give it back when we cancel our $61/mo plan. I need recommendations for a new router that can take the 4G/LTE from the sim card and provide internet to: - 2 PCs via ethernet - 1 PS4 via ethernet (wifi is alright too, i guess) - WiFi (preferably 5GHz) Are there any drawbacks or concerns I should have switching us over from a wired connection to a wireless connection? From what I see, It's 20x the upload speed for half the price - what am I missing? Thanks!
  12. ThatCoolBlueKidd

    Quiet storage for SFF PC

    I do a lot of adobe work with large size artboards (print banners that are around 30ft x 7ft) with some gaming on the side. Im carrying over the 256 960EVO from my current computer - might just skip the second SSD until I need it.
  13. ThatCoolBlueKidd

    Quiet storage for SFF PC

    The cheapest 1TB M.2 SSD is $190 for NGFF, compared to $120-$150 for 512GB (which is already quite good) for NVME. 768GB of SSD Storage should be enough
  14. ThatCoolBlueKidd

    Quiet storage for SFF PC

    Im putting together a build in an NCase M1 and need some mass storage. So far I have a 256GB Samsung 960EVO M.2 SSD but am planning on putting another M.2 SSD and a HDD into the system. Please give me some recommendations. For the SSD, I can go for either the WD Black NVME 512GB ($121) or Samsung 970EVO ($153) - I am also open to other options! As for HDD, I want something around 4TB as I currently have 4TB in my current PC and its already 3/4 full. It needs to be a SINGLE drive. Options are as follows: 1. WD Blue 4TB 5200rpm $98 2. Seagate Barracuda 4TB 5200rpm $92 3. Seagate EXOS 4TB 7200rpm $150 Which option would be the quietest (and preferably coldest too)? Can't seem to find WD Black HDDs here anymore but can also include WD Gold/Seagate Skyhawk/Seagate IronWolf etc