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    MdX MaxX got a reaction from 69gb in Post Linus Memes Here! << -Original thread has returned   
    Gotta love Linus-speak lol.

     
    And this from a while ago (http://youtu.be/4JO9EANbNos?t=4m5s)

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    MdX MaxX got a reaction from PeterT in Experiences with non-techies   
    Here's one I forgot about: when I first built my rig I showed a photo (side panel open) to a couple of my younger cousins.  One of them goes "YOU OPENED YOUR COMPUTER!?"
     
    I facepalmed so hard.
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    MdX MaxX got a reaction from Carcarjg in Post Linus Memes Here! << -Original thread has returned   
    Gotta love Linus-speak lol.

     
    And this from a while ago (http://youtu.be/4JO9EANbNos?t=4m5s)

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    MdX MaxX got a reaction from Redstonik in Experiences with non-techies   
    Here's one I forgot about: when I first built my rig I showed a photo (side panel open) to a couple of my younger cousins.  One of them goes "YOU OPENED YOUR COMPUTER!?"
     
    I facepalmed so hard.
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    MdX MaxX got a reaction from d0p3t in Project AZISAI: i7-7700K | GTX 1080 | MasterCase Pro 3 | EK Water Cooling (Complete!)   
    Yep, first time building a loop!  It's really pretty straightforward, IMO if you can build a computer you can build a loop.
     
    Leaks aren't likely but are always a possibility.  It's a risk you assume but as long as you take your time with the build process you shouldn't have major issues.
     
    Yes, G-Sync is treating me well so far, even just running Heaven lol.  Can't wait to actually sit down and play some games now!
     
    Loop assembly time!
     

     
    I did go ahead and get that IO shield in metallic plastic
     

     
    Much nicer
     

     
    You might be wondering why I'm using the lower PCIe-8x slot instead of the 16x slot.  Well, ASUS didn't exactly think this all the way through...
     

     
    Oh well, not gonna cry over the 3 FPS I'll lose dropping down to 8x
     

     
    Let's install blocks!
     

     
     


     
     

     

     
    Beautiful
     

     
    Cable management time!

     
    Not bad
     

     
    No struggle whatsoever!  Glad I no longer have to put my whole body weight into closing the side panel properly
     

     

     
    RGB cable's a bit awkward but it'll work
     

     
    Tubing time!

     
     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    Can't forget the drain port
     

     
    Done!  Leak testing time!
     

     
    Meh who needs a fancy jumper
     

     

     

     
    And we're off!
     

     
    Stay tuned to see it all come together!
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    MdX MaxX got a reaction from 0ld_Chicken in Project AZISAI: i7-7700K | GTX 1080 | MasterCase Pro 3 | EK Water Cooling (Complete!)   
    I don't have a very large media collection, so 1TB has been pretty okay for me.  Maybe at some point in the future I'll add a second storage drive.
     
    So I'm almost ready to build this thing!  The TridentZ RGB memory just shipped out today, so that's all I'll need to get the system running.  My CableMod order is delayed unfortunately because they're moving, so that won't come in until late February, but that's no big deal as that's all purely aesthetics.
     
    I also decided to hop up to the K95 RGB Platinum because why not lol.  It's a hefty pricetag but it's a keyboard that I'll keep using for as long as it works, so I imagine I'll get my money's worth.
     
    While I wait for those, here's a little bonus:

     
    I decided to buy into ASUS's 3D printing gimmick a little bit and get myself an IO cover.  It looks pretty good; I actually might decide to get another one later with the metallic plastic material since the motherboard has a whole lot of grey/silver going on and my water cooling components are going to have a lot of shiny nickel plating.


     
    The memory should arrive this coming Tuesday, so stay tuned!
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    MdX MaxX got a reaction from 0ld_Chicken in Project AZISAI: i7-7700K | GTX 1080 | MasterCase Pro 3 | EK Water Cooling (Complete!)   
    I wanted MicroATX, and the Maximus IX Gene hasn't been announced yet, so this is the next best thing.
     
    Also I'm changing up my monitor choice!  I was doing some last-minute research on the Dell S2716DGR, which has effectively the same specs as the ASUS PG278Q (2560x1440, 144Hz, G-Sync, TN).  I had looked at this monitor before, but what I didn't realize is that it can be had for $479.99 at Best Buy!  Even when you add sales tax it comes out to ~$519.99, which is a full 160 DOLLARS CHEAPER than the PG278QR on Newegg at $679.99.  No way I can justify dropping the extra cash on the ASUS display for essentially the same specs, especially with ASUS's quality control being more questionable according to product reviews.  So Dell it is!  And I can pick it up in store like tomorrow lol.
     
    Less than two days until I get this build going!  Could be tomorrow if FedEx decides to be nice, it got scanned in Dallas last night...crossing my fingers haha.
     
    Oh also, the tempered glass side panel went up on the Cooler Master Store!  (Only after I bugged them on their facebook page of course, heh)  So I should have that gorgeous addition to the build relatively soon!
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    MdX MaxX got a reaction from KrZaj in Project AZISAI: i7-7700K | GTX 1080 | MasterCase Pro 3 | EK Water Cooling (Complete!)   
    This weekend's gonna be fun...
     

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    MdX MaxX got a reaction from mikeeginger in Project AZISAI: i7-7700K | GTX 1080 | MasterCase Pro 3 | EK Water Cooling (Complete!)   
    My old CM Storm trigger was looking quite out of place next to everything else...time to fix that,
     














     
    I'm finally all color-coordinated!
     


     
    I really wish I had a quality camera now lol, the keyboard is truly beautiful especially once you get some tasteful lighting effects going.  I can't wait to see how vibrant the tower becomes with the CableMod LED strips!  (CableMod theoretically should be done with their move and start shipping orders out again this Friday, so hopefully the wait isn't much longer.)
     
    All my EK parts should show up tomorrow as well!  I probably want to wait for my sleeved cables before putting together the whole loop, but maybe this weekend I'll go ahead and mount the reservoir, test fit things, and do some more detailed planning of the loop.
     
    It's all coming together...
     
    These boxes are works of art on their own
     

     
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    MdX MaxX got a reaction from saifbukhari in Project AZISAI: i7-7700K | GTX 1080 | MasterCase Pro 3 | EK Water Cooling (Complete!)   
    Mouse upgrade!
     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    Comfy, smooth, and precise, just as anyone would expect from a top of the line mouse.  Glides nicely on the mousepad.
     
    So the Newegg release date went by for the K95 RGB Platinum (twice) and no updates on my preorder.  So I looked around to try to get it elsewhere and turns out it's in stock at Corsair's shop.  Ordered yesterday, shipped today.  Well forget you then Newegg lol.
     
    Rads should get here tomorrow!  The rest of the water cooling and the CableMod order TBD.
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    MdX MaxX got a reaction from KrMaH in Project AZISAI: i7-7700K | GTX 1080 | MasterCase Pro 3 | EK Water Cooling (Complete!)   
    Mouse upgrade!
     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    Comfy, smooth, and precise, just as anyone would expect from a top of the line mouse.  Glides nicely on the mousepad.
     
    So the Newegg release date went by for the K95 RGB Platinum (twice) and no updates on my preorder.  So I looked around to try to get it elsewhere and turns out it's in stock at Corsair's shop.  Ordered yesterday, shipped today.  Well forget you then Newegg lol.
     
    Rads should get here tomorrow!  The rest of the water cooling and the CableMod order TBD.
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    MdX MaxX got a reaction from The Dark Knight in Project AZISAI: i7-7700K | GTX 1080 | MasterCase Pro 3 | EK Water Cooling (Complete!)   
    First up, the MasterCase Pro 3!  (all the photos are from my One M8's potato camera, sorry for that lol)
     



     
    I'm glad I went with the 3 over the 5, the compact size is quite nice.  It's actually not much smaller than my ATX midtower CM Storm Enforcer (it's a bit taller even), but it uses the space much more effectively for sure.  The Enforcer has abysmal water cooling support, with only a rear 120 rad supported natively.


     
    I've ordered most of the tower and parts should show up throughout the week!  By next weekend I should have everything save for the memory (hopefully that releases within the next two weeks) and the cablemod stuff (waiting for the motherboard so I can use the 20% off coupon).  Also waiting for the tempered glass side panel to show up on the US CM Store because I definitely want in on that trend!
     
    More photos to come!
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    MdX MaxX got a reaction from The Dark Knight in Project AZISAI: i7-7700K | GTX 1080 | MasterCase Pro 3 | EK Water Cooling (Complete!)   
    Way more storage speed than I could possibly take advantage of


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    MdX MaxX got a reaction from The Dark Knight in Project AZISAI: i7-7700K | GTX 1080 | MasterCase Pro 3 | EK Water Cooling (Complete!)   
    Oh man here it is
     

     
    Translucent Dark Green eh?
     

     
    Well-packaged
     

     
    Yesss
     

     
    The slight green tint is there but it surely won't show when it's on the case
     

     
    I like the mechanism, super easy, no screws to deal with
     

     
    Oh god it's so beautiful
     

     
    I am 100% on this bandwagon
     

     
    In other news, I booted up Mirror's Edge Catalyst for a few minutes (I've been dying to play this) and it's so buttery smooth, I'm definitely a believer in G-Sync.  Time to get back into gaming!
     
    I also put in the orders for my EK parts!  Got a few things from performance-pcs just because of stock.  I decided to go with SE rads instead of the PEs just because space is a bit tight and I want to make my life easy, and 2 dual rads of any thickness are gonna perform great anyway.  Also went with the pump/res combo because it should be able to squeeze in there, though I bought a smaller tube with it just in case (again, just making life easy).
     
    Mouse should arrive next week (also went with a Corsair MM300 mousepad) and I'm crossing my fingers that the keyboard will ship on Tuesday as newegg says it will lol, but we'll see.
     
    Also this thing is so heavy already and it doesn't even have rads or water in it yet...how will I ever lift this thing haha.
     
    More updates to come!
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    MdX MaxX got a reaction from mikeeginger in Project AZISAI: i7-7700K | GTX 1080 | MasterCase Pro 3 | EK Water Cooling (Complete!)   
    Picked up the monitor last night.  Simple, classy design.  I'm a fan.
     


     
    And my patience has been rewarded!
     

     
    All the functional pieces are ready to go!  Time to build.
     

     
    And a bittersweet goodbye to my first machine, my trusty daily driver for five and a half years.
     

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    MdX MaxX got a reaction from EmoChipmonk in Project AZISAI: i7-7700K | GTX 1080 | MasterCase Pro 3 | EK Water Cooling (Complete!)   
    Picked up the monitor last night.  Simple, classy design.  I'm a fan.
     


     
    And my patience has been rewarded!
     

     
    All the functional pieces are ready to go!  Time to build.
     

     
    And a bittersweet goodbye to my first machine, my trusty daily driver for five and a half years.
     

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    MdX MaxX got a reaction from KrZaj in Project AZISAI: i7-7700K | GTX 1080 | MasterCase Pro 3 | EK Water Cooling (Complete!)   
    I don't have a very large media collection, so 1TB has been pretty okay for me.  Maybe at some point in the future I'll add a second storage drive.
     
    So I'm almost ready to build this thing!  The TridentZ RGB memory just shipped out today, so that's all I'll need to get the system running.  My CableMod order is delayed unfortunately because they're moving, so that won't come in until late February, but that's no big deal as that's all purely aesthetics.
     
    I also decided to hop up to the K95 RGB Platinum because why not lol.  It's a hefty pricetag but it's a keyboard that I'll keep using for as long as it works, so I imagine I'll get my money's worth.
     
    While I wait for those, here's a little bonus:

     
    I decided to buy into ASUS's 3D printing gimmick a little bit and get myself an IO cover.  It looks pretty good; I actually might decide to get another one later with the metallic plastic material since the motherboard has a whole lot of grey/silver going on and my water cooling components are going to have a lot of shiny nickel plating.


     
    The memory should arrive this coming Tuesday, so stay tuned!
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    MdX MaxX got a reaction from amvoith in Project AZISAI: i7-7700K | GTX 1080 | MasterCase Pro 3 | EK Water Cooling (Complete!)   
    Sure, I can check that out.  Maybe I'll see how well ASUS's auto overclock thing works.
     
    Got a whole bunch of goodies in the mail yesterday!

     
    MicroATX is a fantastic form factor, I'm surprised it isn't nearly as popular as ATX honestly.

     
    I'll be ditching the ACX cooler for a water block soon enough, but I can enjoy its beauty for a few weeks at least.

     
    Goodbye mechanical storage, I won't miss you.

     
    I realized that all the 120mm fans will be hidden behind radiators once I do the loop...oh well, I'll know the accents color match and that's all that matters .


     
     
    It'll all come together soon!  I'll have the 950 Pro in my hands tomorrow, I've placed my CableMod order, and I've pre-ordered the G.Skill TridentZ RGB modules on newegg.  The tower should be all good to go by the end of January!
     
    Still crossing my fingers for that tempered glass side panel though...
     
    This is gonna be one hell of an upgrade.

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    MdX MaxX got a reaction from Wazfoodle in Project AZISAI: i7-7700K | GTX 1080 | MasterCase Pro 3 | EK Water Cooling (Complete!)   
    Project AZISAI: Kaby Lake mATX Custom Water Cooled Build
     
    Hello LTT Forum!
     
    So I built my first desktop back in 2011, and that trusty 2600K/560-Ti rig has served me well through all of my five years of college and then some (though I admittedly haven't done much PC gaming in the past year or so).  But now that I've achieved independent adult status and am making a decent salary, it's about time I finally step it up and build myself a high-end machine.  I want it to seamlessly run modern titles at 2560x1440 with high refresh rates and be sexy and silent while doing it, so I'm going with the top-of-the-line hardware, custom water cooling, and a color-neutral theme with RGB lighting everywhere!
     
    I'll be doing this build in parts, just because I won't have all the money at once.  Here are the components lists, with the stuff that's arrived or that I'm carrying over from my current PC in green:
     
     
    Part 1: Tower
    CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K
    CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock 3 (until water cooling happens)
    Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix Z270G Gaming
    Memory: 32GB (4x8GB) G.Skill TridentZ RGB DDR4-3200
    Storage (OS): Samsung 950 Pro 256GB M.2
    Storage (Data): Samsung 850 Evo 1TB
    GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW
    Chassis: Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 3 (w/ Tempered Glass side panel)
    PSU: Corsair AX860i
    PSU Cables: CableMod ModFlex Sleeved Cables (white)
    120mm Fans: 4x Noctua NF-F12 LinusTechTips Special Edition (w/ white Noctua Chromax accents)
    140mm Fans: 1x Noctua NF-A14 LinusTechTips Special Edition (w/ white Noctua Chromax accents)
    Lighting: CableMod WideBeam Magnetic RGB Strips
     
    Part 2: Peripherals
    Monitor: Dell S2716DGR
    Keyboard: Corsair K95 RGB Platinum (Cherry MX Brown)
    Mouse: Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
     
    Part 3: Water Cooling
    CPU Block: EK Supremacy EVO (Full Nickel)
    GPU Block: EK FC1080 GTX FTW (Acetal+Nickel, Nickel Backplate)
    Pump/Reservoir: EK RES X3 140 Revo D5 PWM
    Fittings: EK ACF (Black Nickel)
    Radiators: 2x EK CoolStream SE 240
    Tubing: EK DuraClear 3/8" ID 5/8" OD
    Coolant: EK Ekoolant Pastel White
     
     
    I'm glad I stocked up on the beautiful Linus edition Noctuas back in April.  Finally they'll be put to good use!
     
    So as soon as the Kaby Lake Desktop parts hit, I'll be placing my orders for the tower.  CES can't come soon enough!
     
    Stay tuned for updates!
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    MdX MaxX reacted to neSSa in "Chrono Master" project - finished   
    Here's the final video, I hope you'll enjoy it
     
     
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    MdX MaxX got a reaction from KrZaj in Project AZISAI: i7-7700K | GTX 1080 | MasterCase Pro 3 | EK Water Cooling (Complete!)   
    First up, the MasterCase Pro 3!  (all the photos are from my One M8's potato camera, sorry for that lol)
     



     
    I'm glad I went with the 3 over the 5, the compact size is quite nice.  It's actually not much smaller than my ATX midtower CM Storm Enforcer (it's a bit taller even), but it uses the space much more effectively for sure.  The Enforcer has abysmal water cooling support, with only a rear 120 rad supported natively.


     
    I've ordered most of the tower and parts should show up throughout the week!  By next weekend I should have everything save for the memory (hopefully that releases within the next two weeks) and the cablemod stuff (waiting for the motherboard so I can use the 20% off coupon).  Also waiting for the tempered glass side panel to show up on the US CM Store because I definitely want in on that trend!
     
    More photos to come!
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    MdX MaxX got a reaction from KrZaj in Project AZISAI: i7-7700K | GTX 1080 | MasterCase Pro 3 | EK Water Cooling (Complete!)   
    Project AZISAI: Kaby Lake mATX Custom Water Cooled Build
     
    Hello LTT Forum!
     
    So I built my first desktop back in 2011, and that trusty 2600K/560-Ti rig has served me well through all of my five years of college and then some (though I admittedly haven't done much PC gaming in the past year or so).  But now that I've achieved independent adult status and am making a decent salary, it's about time I finally step it up and build myself a high-end machine.  I want it to seamlessly run modern titles at 2560x1440 with high refresh rates and be sexy and silent while doing it, so I'm going with the top-of-the-line hardware, custom water cooling, and a color-neutral theme with RGB lighting everywhere!
     
    I'll be doing this build in parts, just because I won't have all the money at once.  Here are the components lists, with the stuff that's arrived or that I'm carrying over from my current PC in green:
     
     
    Part 1: Tower
    CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K
    CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock 3 (until water cooling happens)
    Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix Z270G Gaming
    Memory: 32GB (4x8GB) G.Skill TridentZ RGB DDR4-3200
    Storage (OS): Samsung 950 Pro 256GB M.2
    Storage (Data): Samsung 850 Evo 1TB
    GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW
    Chassis: Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 3 (w/ Tempered Glass side panel)
    PSU: Corsair AX860i
    PSU Cables: CableMod ModFlex Sleeved Cables (white)
    120mm Fans: 4x Noctua NF-F12 LinusTechTips Special Edition (w/ white Noctua Chromax accents)
    140mm Fans: 1x Noctua NF-A14 LinusTechTips Special Edition (w/ white Noctua Chromax accents)
    Lighting: CableMod WideBeam Magnetic RGB Strips
     
    Part 2: Peripherals
    Monitor: Dell S2716DGR
    Keyboard: Corsair K95 RGB Platinum (Cherry MX Brown)
    Mouse: Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
     
    Part 3: Water Cooling
    CPU Block: EK Supremacy EVO (Full Nickel)
    GPU Block: EK FC1080 GTX FTW (Acetal+Nickel, Nickel Backplate)
    Pump/Reservoir: EK RES X3 140 Revo D5 PWM
    Fittings: EK ACF (Black Nickel)
    Radiators: 2x EK CoolStream SE 240
    Tubing: EK DuraClear 3/8" ID 5/8" OD
    Coolant: EK Ekoolant Pastel White
     
     
    I'm glad I stocked up on the beautiful Linus edition Noctuas back in April.  Finally they'll be put to good use!
     
    So as soon as the Kaby Lake Desktop parts hit, I'll be placing my orders for the tower.  CES can't come soon enough!
     
    Stay tuned for updates!
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    MdX MaxX got a reaction from koen__2000 in "Chrono Master" project - finished   
    This build is absolutely remarkable!  Beautiful design and detail all around.  I look forward to the final photos/video!
  25. Funny
    MdX MaxX got a reaction from ShaunOfNintendo in Experiences with non-techies   
    Here's one I forgot about: when I first built my rig I showed a photo (side panel open) to a couple of my younger cousins.  One of them goes "YOU OPENED YOUR COMPUTER!?"
     
    I facepalmed so hard.
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