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    MadAnt250 reacted to wkdpaul in Hey guys, I made a large budget editing rig on Pcpartpicker so I told myself I should put it on here, so this is it!   
    * thread locked *
    Fantasy builds aren't allowed.
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    MadAnt250 reacted to Eschew in Build Log - Hoshī   
    Hoshī Update - Carbon CableMod Extensions
    About time I stopped procrastinating and fitted Hoshī with Den's CableMod extensions. 😂
    ...But 'Chew was legitimately busy, too, m'kay? 😅

    Hoshī - Before
    ~Hello My Baby~

    Hoshī - After
    ~Hello My Honey~

    Motherboard 24-Pin ATX Cable Extension - Close Up

    CPU 4+4-Pin EPS Cable Extension - Close Up
    ...I posted the Status Update first, and literally the second after I did that, I remembered I had written a build log for the express purpose of sharing Hoshī updates. 
    Lemme put on muh Dunce hat and go sit in the corner now. 
    BUT HEEEEEEEEEY~ Hoshī got more sexy points. 
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    MadAnt250 reacted to Eschew in Build Log - Hoshī   
    Hey there! Welcome to 'Chew’s PC build log! 😁
    It’ll be a bit of an odd build log, because... eh... the PC’s already built. But! Opportunity! I’m switching cases -- meaning I’m pretty much disassembling and reassembling most of my system -- and I thought I’d take the chance to write up a build log while I’m at it.
    I hope you like reading, because I like writing, hehe.
    What's Old News
    Parts List Trolley-PC - 'Chew's First Build ESCHEW-PC - 'Chew's First Case Build  
    What's New News
    Non-Generic Name! Disassembly and Reassembly! Non-Photogenic Photos! Future Updates...?  
    Names are important. A good name expresses the personality of its bearer well, and likewise, a good title-bearer should live up to its name. The main reason I didn’t "officially" name my build until now was that I couldn’t think of a suitable name for it.
    So, what's up with "Hoshī"?
    *Deep breath.*
    I chose a weeb name because I AM A WEEB AND I'M PROUD TO BE A WEEB.
    *Clears throat.*
    For real, though, the name crossed my mind as I was listening to 星降る夜のラピス (The Starry Night’s Lapis), a song collab by TUMENECO and GET IN THE RING. It is absolutely one of my favorite songs -- perhaps my favorite, period. I love everything about the song -- from the arrangement, to the vocals, to the lyrics -- as well as other contextual factors -- like it being a collaborative effort between my two favorite Touhou doujin circles, or it having two versions sung by my two favorite Touhou vocalists みぃ (Mie) and yukina.
    YouTube Lyric Video (Fan-Made)
    At the 2:01 mark, the song goes: "ねえ、星が綺麗。" That particular part of the song struck me vividly.
    The lyrics bear an uncanny resemblance to the romantic phrase, "月が綺麗。" Translated literally, it means, "The moon is beautiful." Figuratively, however, 月 (つき, or tsuki) sounds much like 好き (すき, or suki); the former means "Moon," the latter means "Fondness," "Like," or "Love" (in the right context). Hence, "月が綺麗。" could also be interpreted as "好きが綺麗。" or "Love is beautiful." It's a poetic way of confessing attraction to someone. In the song's case, 星 (ほし, or hoshi) sounds similar to 欲しい (ほしい, or hoshī; extended ī sound); the former means "Star," the latter means "Want," "Wish," or "Desire." Thus, "星が綺麗。" (The stars are beautiful.) could also suggest "欲しいが綺麗。" (Want is beautiful.) It makes a sublime sort of sense in relation to the song. (Hehe, sub-lime, ayyy...)  
    欲しい, or Hoshī, is very appropriate for my build. The entire purpose of my PC revolves around frivolous, unadulterated want -- as opposed to, say, the need for a server, workstation, or a backup system.
    I wanted to own my first desktop PC. I wanted to experience building my own PC with parts that I picked out. I wanted to use the PC to play games at graphics settings that my laptop couldn't handle. I wanted PC building bragging rights.  
    Also, the name's short and sweet. Purposely understated and unassuming, and a perfect fit for my build. 🥰
    Current Parts List
    Component Selection Price CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8 GHz 6-Core Processor $159.99 CPU Cooler Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black CPU Cooler $99.95 Motherboard ASUS PRIME X570-PRO Motherboard $210.00 Graphics Card ASRock Radeon RX 5600 XT 6 GB Challenger D OC Video Card $269.99 Memory TEAMGROUP T-FORCE VULCAN Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $131.98 Storage Inland Premium 512GB M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe 3.0 x 4 Internal Solid State Drive $67.99 Storage Seagate BarraCuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $10.82 Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA GA 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    Case Fractal Design Define 7 Compact $88.99 Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Education 64-bit $0.00 Monitor Sceptre E255B-1658A 24.5" 1920 x 1080 165 Hz Monitor $163.16 Keyboard Eighty #391 - Mode Designs First Edition Eighty Keyboard (Dark)
    R2-968 - REALFORCE R2 TKL Keyboard
    MGK64 - GK64 Keyboard
    $Too Much
    $Dennn 😂
    Mouse Logitech G703 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Mouse
    Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse
    Kensington Wireless Mouse-for-Life (K72392A/K74532A)
    Headphones HIFIMAN ANANDA Planar Magnetic Headphones
    Drop + HIFIMAN HE-35X Dynamic Headphones
    Wireless Adapter ASUS PCE-AX58BT PCI-E Wireless Adapter $61.79      
    Grand Total (Shipping and Taxes Excluded) $2452.49
    + $Too Much
    + $Dennn 😂
    Parts Update History
    Case Comparison
    Fractal Design Define 7 Compact and EVGA DG-75. Purely aesthetic and physical size comparison. I'm not GamersNexus, lol. 😆
    Switching out cases, from an EVGA DG-75 to a Fractal Design Define 7 Compact, because I wanted the PC to sit up on my desk, instead of lying about on the floor alla time. The DG-75 case is waaay too big, but the Define 7 Compact is a noice fit.

    Fractal Design Define 7 Compact - Solid/Mesh Top Panel

    Fractal Design Define 7 Compact - Mesh Top Panel/No Panel
    I've heard others saying they don't like the disorganized, irregular design of the mesh panel, especially with the unsymmetrical dust filter underneath. I... kinda like the mesh design...? But I have to agree with the latter part, the case definitely looks a little bit odd with the mesh plus filter peeping out from the holes. Good thing it'll be hidden from my view 95% of the time! 😆

    Fractal Design Define 7 Compact - Solid Top Panel
    It's a simple sheet of metal. I love it. I'm assuming that fabric is noise-dampening material?

    Left: Fractal Design Define 7 Compact, Right: EVGA DG-75
    Length matters, when the d**k is tiny and the case is too big. (Desk, y'all, DESK.)

    Top/Right: EVGA DG-75, Bottom/Left: Fractal Design Define 7 Compact
    They're about the same height. Define 7 Compact has slightly more chonk (width), more CPU cooler clearance.
    Disassembly and Reassembly
    Double the ass...embly.
    Disassembly Process
    Graphics Card Hard Drive (No Pictures) Cable Connections Motherboard PSU + PSU Cables Water Break  

    EVGA DG-75 System Interior - Hihi

    Graphics Card Removal - Unscrewing PCIe Slots

    ASRock Radeon RX 5600 XT Challenger D OC Graphics Card

    Disconnecting (PITA) Cables
    Motherboard 24-pin and CPU 4+4-pin connectors are always a PITA to remove. The ones that came with my PSU, anyway.

    Motherboard Standoff Screw Removal
    'Chew recommends a magnetic screwdriver. Second pic had around an inch of space to maneuver, my hands are too big to fit in that sorta gap.

    Also attached: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X processor, Noctua NH-D15 CPU cooler, TEAMGROUP T-FORCE VULCAN Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 RAM, Inland Premium 512 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD.
    Oh. I... seem to have left the wireless mouse dongle in the USB port.

    PSU Removal - Sliiide...

    EVGA SuperNOVA GA 650 W PSU + PITA Cables

    EVGA DG-75 Case - Barebones (Hehe, Nekkiiid)
    Didn't pack it up immediately, 'cos some hardware was still attached to EVGA DG-75 case parts/accessories (e.g. HDD mount, PSU mount). Lazy way to keep screws together, lol.

    Water Break - Stay hydrated!
    Reassembly Process
    Case PSU + PSU Cables (Hard Drive Rack) Cable Routing Motherboard Graphics Card PC POST + Startup 4-Hour Sleep 'Chew sleep. Not PC sleep. Desk Rearrangement  

    Fractal Design Define 7 Compact - On the Surgery Table!

    Opening the Case - Smooth Side Panel
    Thumbscrews, thumbscrews... Wait. There aren't any screws or handholds.

    Opening the Case - From the Top
    Straddling the case to get inside it.

    Opening the Case - POP!
    I popped it's cherry, huehuehue.

    Fractal Design Define 7 Compact - First Barebones Look
    Why hello there, you pretty lil' thing.

    PSU Installation - Prepping

    HDD Tray Cover - Thinking About Cable Routes
    *Stares at HDD rack and HDD rack covers in confusion.*
    *'Chew.exe is loading.*

    Oh! I should remove the HDD rack.

    HDD Rack Removal - From the Bottom
    Ooh, the dust filter slides in and out. HDD rack can also slide along the rails, flexible positioning.

    HDD Rack Removal - Nyoop!
    HDD rack trays must be removed before nyooping the HDD rack. There's not enough clearance, otherwise.

    HDD Rack + Case Accessories
    Accessories are packaged like candy. 10/10 would prefer over Halloween candy. Gimme alla screws. Wait, I mean--

    HDD Tray/Mount Comparison
    'Chew's first time installing into a HDD tray. Odd holes confused me for a bit, 'til I read the manual.
    Define 7 Compact also comes with noise-dampening marshmallows. (⊃゜▽゜)⊃━□□□

    PSU Installation
    Halfway through fiddling with the HDD rack, I forgot why I was playing around with it.
    Back on track... PSU. Install. Yes. 

    Cable Routing - I Feel a Migraine Coming On...
    Protip: Install the HDD rack before planning cable routes. 'Chew did not follow the protip. 😫
    On the bright side, front panel headers. Nifty lil' thingymajig came with my GIGABYTE motherboard. Plug the itty-bitty parts into their labelled slots in the nifty thingymajig, then plug the thingymajig into the motherboard's front panel header pins.

    Cable Routing - MIGRAINE
    You... do not want to know how long this took me.
    It took me a full two hours. 'Chew was being indecisive, FFS. 😫

    Motherboard Standoff Screws Installation
    Once again, 'Chew reeeaaally recommends a magnetic screwdriver.

    Define 7 Compact Progress - Interior
    Dooon't worry about the floppy USB-C cable, my motherboard doesn't support that feature ahahahahaha...

    Graphics Card Installation - THE FINAL SCREW

    Define 7 Compact Hardware Installation - Complete!

    POST + Startup
    Also, 2:30 AM, when I have to wake at 7 AM! #PoorLifeDecisions!

    Sleep Time

    Current Desk Setup
    Fast-forward past 30 min briefly cleaning up, 20 min shower + hair drying, 4 hour sleep, 20 min morning routine, 1 hour desk arrangement, and TA-DAAAH!
    I forgot to peel the thingy off.
    Post-Hardware Installation List (Windows OS)
    With the hardware part done, it’s software time! Or, er, it would be time for software, if this were a fresh build.
    Installation list included anyway, because it’d be handy for Future ‘Chew to have a clear-cut order of things. Based off JayzTwoCents’s Guide (YouTube) and personal preferences. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    Windows 10 OS Installation Media (Offline) Disk Management (For SDDs/HDDs) Windows Updates (Online) Preferred Browser (Chrome, Firefox, Etc.) NVIDIA/AMD Graphics Driver Update Display Preferences/Monitor Settings RAM XMP Settings Motherboard Driver Updates (Chipset, Ethernet/Bluetooth, Sound Card, RGB Software, Etc.) Essential Software (7Zip, Java, LibreOffice, Malwarebytes, Notepad++, Etc.) Ninite Customizable Software Package Codec Pack (K-Lite Codec Pack, Media Player Codec Pack, Shark007's Codec Pack, Etc.) Additional Software (Discord, GIMP, Skype, Steam, VLC, Etc.) Ninite Customizable Software Package HWiNFO, CrystalDiskInfo, MSI Afterburner Folding@home Client and BOINC Manager  
    Closing Comments
    Thanks for reading through my sleep-deprived spiel, I hope it was somewhat entertaining? I certainly found it a lot of fun tearing down and putting back my system! Good learning experience, too; thought about things that I could've done to make the process more efficient, and also reminded me that I'm still a novice when it comes to PC building. The largest time investment in my case was cable management -- I could've just jammed all my cables in whatever gap there was, but OCD is terrible curse. 😆 Those long and grueling two hours paid off in the end, though, I think.
    Ow, the migraines are coming back, ow ow ow...
    I fully realize that my build is far from balanced. For $1,300, I wager others could draw up a significantly more powerful system. But note that I'm no OC'er, and I have very minimal interest in "min-maxing" my build's price-to-performance. It works perfectly well for my current use case, and I've yet to encounter any detrimental hardware issues.
    Though, I do plan to fit s'more things in my system. If or when I do, I'll post updates in this thread. 👍
    Once again, huuuge thankies for reading! 😁
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    MadAnt250 got a reaction from Voluspa in Pc no display   
    Ok List off your parts
    I was a bit late with this post.
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    MadAnt250 reacted to Kotonoha in CRT monitor question   
    lcd's have terrible viewing angles too

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    MadAnt250 reacted to Rocketdog2112 in An oddity of a CPU   
    The cost of yearly updates on scanners is also ridiculous.
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    MadAnt250 got a reaction from ShrimpBrime in An oddity of a CPU   
    To get access to some of the modules you may need scanner that is updated to allow access, or the manufacture's diagnostic software to get access. This happens sometimes and it really sucks when you can't fix something that should be easy to solve.
    This is one off the many reasons why I drive a vehicle that is 25 years or older.
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    MadAnt250 reacted to SolarNova in CRT monitor question   
    rest assured CRTs are perfectly safe to use normally.
    You'll hear some horror stories now and then, like the time a very old and defective CRT TV knocked out a small villages internet every time the user turned it in on after getting home from work. (was actually a funny story).
    But beyond that, its fine, just like how some people are convinced the average mobile phone will give u cancer, some of those who have never lived with a CRT will have some odd theories about them.
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    MadAnt250 got a reaction from AzzaNezz in 16gb (2x8) 4000mhz or 32gb (2x16) 3600mhz?   
    What system do you have? 4000MHz might be unnecessary, and 3600MHz is pretty fast for RAM.
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    MadAnt250 got a reaction from bellabichon in Budget Build   
    That is way overpriced, do not pay that much for that.
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    MadAnt250 got a reaction from whm1974 in 16gb (2x8) 4000mhz or 32gb (2x16) 3600mhz?   
    What system do you have? 4000MHz might be unnecessary, and 3600MHz is pretty fast for RAM.
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    MadAnt250 reacted to Euchre in Computer starts then shuts down.   
    The plugs in the pic do appear to be shifted one set to the right, as you have a bare set of pins sticking out to the left of the left connector.
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    MadAnt250 got a reaction from Radium_Angel in What GPU should i get?   
    Good luck getting your hands on something, the market is messed up right now. I suggest you should hold on to your GTX 960 until there is something you can buy from a store for a reasonable price.
    When you can, RTX 3060 or 3060 Ti, or RX 5700 and 5700XT if their prices ever go back to normal.
    Or if you go used, GTX 1070 Ti, 1080 or 1080 Ti when their prices go back down.
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    MadAnt250 got a reaction from panzersharkcat in Just How Bad is Mixing Memory?   
    I ran mixed ram with no issues on my acer or whatever brand motherboard with an intel i5 7400, the speed was reduced to 2400mhz automatically for one of the modules to match the slower one.
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    MadAnt250 reacted to SolarNova in Slow 1ms response time on monitor   
    I explain the difference in the pinned thread.
    Response time can be added to processing and frame time to give the total input latency, but generally speaking when talking about input lag u dont include pixel response as the 2 have different symptoms when to slow.
    Response time issues manifest as visual artifacts, ghosting (blurring), and overshoot from overdrive.
    Input latency issues manifests as a perceived delay in the image on screen.
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    MadAnt250 got a reaction from Middcore in Black squares appearing in games. Help please!   
    What size is your display?
    How close are you to it?
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    MadAnt250 got a reaction from Sxies in ASUS TUF RTX 2060 loud and running hot   
    As someone with blower cards, I don't think 40% fan speed should not be loud, it may be audible, but not loud. 
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    MadAnt250 got a reaction from Sxies in ASUS TUF RTX 2060 loud and running hot   
    Those temps are not too bad, how is the air flow in your case?
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    MadAnt250 got a reaction from rowdyjosh02 in NEW BUILD FOR SON!   
    This is not a smart move.
    An i7 or i9 should fix that.
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    MadAnt250 reacted to BiotechBen in Teacher needs some educating   
    You could easily pick up an old workstation (optiplex type, or education special HP, slap an old quadro in for multiple displays, run a few Display port to hdmi adapter a for monitors, and with 8GB of system RAM, be well on your way.
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    MadAnt250 reacted to sub68 in LTT Dress Code   
    LTT doesn't need a dress code.
    Linus doesn't give a crap about fashion.
    I respect that he is trying to make his employees more free than a normal office job and as long as he treating employees right I don't give a crap.
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    MadAnt250 reacted to TetraSky in LTT Dress Code   
    If the literal CEO of the company (Linus), doesn't give a damn what he looks like (he wears socks and sandals... You really think he cares?), who are we to tell them to dress better? Who are you to think polos and chinos is more appropriate ? And why? Future employees looking at them would just think "Hurray! I don't have to buy clothes I'll never use outside of work!"
    It doesn't matter how much money they make, it's their right to dress however they want.
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    MadAnt250 got a reaction from AlfredoBejarano in What would be a good upgrade path from R5 2600?   
    People with higher end systems are having the same issues, so I would not upgrade based on the performance of this game.
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    MadAnt250 reacted to SansVarnic in Maryland Approves Country’s First Tax on Big Tech’s Ad Revenue   
    -= Topic moved to Off Topic =-
    Topic is not Tech related. Taxes are political based subjects.
    This statement is a joke.
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    MadAnt250 reacted to Fasauceome in My first ever PC build!   
    decent performance, attractive, reasonably good quality parts, can't ask for much else.