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BiG StroOnZ

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    BiG StroOnZ got a reaction from sub68 in What song are you listening to right now.   
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    BiG StroOnZ reacted to Grumpy Old Man in Show off your latest purchase!   
    Asus ZenDrive SDRW-08U7M-U & 2x DVD-R/M-Disc
     

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    BiG StroOnZ got a reaction from kirashi in What song are you listening to right now.   
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    BiG StroOnZ reacted to RollinLower in Phoenix, or the PC literally risen from ashes.   
    First part of watercooling is done, tho I hit a few roadblocks on the way. 
     
    First off, i first planned to mount the pump/res on a 90 degree angle opposed to the fans on the side. This wouldn't work tough, as that would leave all the fittings way too far behind the motherboard tray. 
    So I instead mounted it on the included spacers, which still leaves space for the fans to function. 

     
    This ties in nicely to the next problem; mounting the top radiator.
     
    I managed to squeeze it in there with the normal 120mm fans I planned to use. This won't fit sadly. 

    Even tough it looks like it would work, I cannot get the fans aligned with the screw holes in this config. And it's also literally pressing on to the pump res combo. Not something you would want in a loop that's going to be going through a lot of heat cycles.

     
    I ordered new fans that will fix this problem, but untill then no top rad. 
     
    I also need a few more fittings to really get everything lined up. I knew this tough, but I needed the blocks and radiators in place before I could really know what else I needed. 
     
    So yeah, this is how she now stands. So close to completion, but somehow still so far aswell. Bonus points to whoever can figure out the planned loop with the fittings already in there!



     
    As always, expect updates when stuff gets delivered 😄
     
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    BiG StroOnZ reacted to SpeakTruthToPower in New Build Finally Done!   
    Budget (including currency): $2750 CDN
    Country: Canada
    Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: Among Us and Light Typing
    Other details: Carried over the NZXT X62 Cooler from my last build. 
    AMD Ryzen 5900X
    Gigabyte RTX 3080 Eagle OC
    NZXT X62 Kraken 280mm AIO (2x Corsair ML-140 Pro Mag Bearing Fans at front for silent operation)
    32GB Trident Z RGB 3600 Mhz CL 18 
    Gigabyte B550 Aorus Pro Wifi AC
    Lian Li Lancool ii Mesh Case
    Corsair RMx 850 PSU
    1TB Western Digital SN750 Black 
    2 TB Seagate Baracuda 7200 RPM HD (carry  over from last build)
    2x3packs cheap Amazon RGB case fans
    Amazon Cable extensions and RGB Cable combs
    Acer XG270HU 27" 1440p144hz  monitor
    Acer VG280K 28" 4k60hz HDR monitor
    Blue Yeti Mic
    Corsair K70 Keyboard (Cherry Blue)
    Sennheiser HD6xx Headphones with Schiit Modi/Magni Amp/DAC
     





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    BiG StroOnZ reacted to Enderman in Blank Heaven - Enderman's new H500 build log   
    Hello and welcome to my new PC build, successor to the "White Heaven" S340 build I did 6 years ago!
     
    Introduction
     
    The goal for this computer was a proper full custom loop with emphasis on silence and reliability.
     
    I previously tried a Fractal Design Kelvin S24, but the pump made the whole case vibrate since it was directly mounted to the CPU.
    I sold that cooler and went back to the H100i I bought almost 10 years ago (still going strong!) because it was quieter.
    After saving up for a while and buying loop parts here and there, now was finally the time to get all the parts together and do a complete redesign.
    I had spent so many years planning the loop and everything else that PC parts kept updating and evolving quickly so instead of an upgrade/rebuild I ended up doing a completely new build.
     
     
    The Cooling Decision
     
    I am aware that the quietest PC is a passive one, but after the mediocre and expensive launch of the Calyos passive cooling case, I decided to avoid going that route.
    The next best option is a large heatsink like an NH-D15 or Bequiet Dark Rock cooler, since they have only fans and no pump.
    I wanted a liquid cooling loop for aesthetics and combined CPU+GPU cooling, because while a CPU heatsink can keep a CPU cool while being quiet, it is hard to find similar aftermarket GPU heatsinks that are big and quiet.
    Either way, I wanted something that would not cover up the motherboard and other components.
    AIOs were out of the question, so a custom loop is all that was left (no phase change today, sorry guys 😞 )
     
     
    Silence Modifications
     
    My goal was to build a very quiet computer, so there were three factors to take into account:
    1. Fans
    2. Pump
    3. Noise dampening
     
    For the fans I chose Noiseblocker e-loop B12-PS and B14-PS, for their beautiful aesthetics but also for their high static pressure at low RPMs.
    These fans have excellent PWM control and can be driven down to only a few hundred rpm for near-silence.
    Their large blades also make them great for radiators because of the high static pressure.
     
    For the pump I went with dual EK D5s.
    The D5 pump is the best and most reliable PC watercooling pump that exists, and by using two of them I get redundancy in case one ever fails.
    The PWM control on the EK version of the D5 also allows them to be driven at even lower speeds, down to ~1500rpm which is much quieter than the default 4000+rpm they usually run at.
     
    For noise dampening I chose Acousti Acoustipack multi-layer dampened foam.
    Unlike regular cheap foam you've probably seen before, this stuff has suspended layers of high density material within the foam for more noise dampening rather than just reflection absorption.
    I used 3 layer foam wherever it fit, since it is half an inch thick, and 1 or 2 layer foam elsewhere.
    Almost the entire interior of the case is covered in it, the top, front, back, entire PSU compartment, etc.
     
     
    Watercooling Loop Reliability
     
    Hearing about fittings leaking, reservoirs cracking, waterblocks being clogged, and so many other problems I was a little concerned about custom loops.
    I wanted something simple and reliable, that could last 10+ years without issues just like my H100i did (although I got lucky because I have seen many of those fail too)
    Here are the decisions I made to increase loop reliability as much as possible:
     
    Used a D5 pump, the most reliable and well known PC watercooling pump Used two pumps (using the EK X-TOP Revo Dual D5) for redundancy in case one pump fails Used soft tubing instead of hardline Used clear fluid instead of dyes/colours Used high quality Bitspower fittings only Used barb fittings instead of compression fittings Used tubing clamps on all fittings Used minimal rotary fittings (I had to use two, one because the case blocked a radiator port and one in the cramped basement where the pumps are) Used a T-line instead of a reservoir  
    Watercooling Loop Components
     
    Hardwarelabs Black Ice Nemesis 280GTS radiator (painted white by performance-pcs)
    Hardwarelabs Black Ice Nemesis 120GTS radiator (painted white by performance-pcs)
    Noiseblocker e-loop B12-PS and 2x B14-PS fans
    EK Radeon Vega GPU waterblock
    EK Supremacy EVO full nickel CPU waterblock
    EK Monarch ram heatsinks (custom painted white, not watercooled)
    EK X-TOP Revo Dual D5 pump top
    EK D5 PWM controlled pumps (x2)
    Bitspower 1/2" white barb fittings with 3/4" clamps, and some rotary fittings and a T-fitting
    Mayhems UV white tubing 1/2" ID 3/4" OD (Used clear tubing for the T-line to see water level)
    EK Cryofuel clear premixed coolant
     
     
    PC components
     
    Case: NZXT H500
    CPU: AMD Ryzen 3950X
    GPU: AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition
    Motherboard: ASUS Ace X570 Pro WS
    RAM: 64GB Corsair Vengenance LPX (modded with EK Monarch heatsinks painted white)
    Storage: Samsung 512GB 970 Pro (OS) + 1TB 980 Pro (storage)
    PSU: Seasonic Prime Fanless Titanium TX-700
    Cables: @CableModcustom sleeved Modmesh Pro white cables (all cables, 24 pin, 8 pin CPU, dual 8 pin GPU)
    Sound dampening foam: Acousti Acoustipack Ultimate Plus (used 1, 2 and 3 layer types used)
    LED lighting: Darkside CONNECT G2 rigid LED strip white (dimmable, connected to motherboard fan header so I can adjust brightness from the UEFI)
     
    Peripherals:
    Mouse: Logitech MX Master 2s light gray
    Keyboard: Coolermaster SK630 white (Cherry MX RGB low profile mechanical switch)
    Webcam: Logitech Brio 4k
    Audio interface: Scarlett 2i4 Gen 2
    Microphones: 2x Audio Technica AT2020 white
    Monitor: Samsung NU7100 58" 4k TV
    Speakers: (not purchased yet, planning to buy Adam Audio T8V)
     
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    Final Thoughts
     
    The loop was harder to build than I expected.
    It took a lot of planning, and at one point I even modeled my tubing runs with a mockup case and PC components in Solidworks.
    Filling the loop without a reservoir was difficult but not impossible, I ran the loop using a flower vase as my reservoir until all the bubbles were out.
    Then I flipped the case and connected the tubing at the highest point so that the final air bubble was at the top, then topped it off using the T-line.
    This essentially meant I had close to 0 bubble sin the loop, and it definitely sounds extremely quiet, if there were bubbles going through the pumps it would be noisy,
    I hope I never have to do maintenance or take it apart though haha
     
    I also wanted to wait for the 5950X but it was going to take a while for the stores to stock it, and when they did I was sure it was going to immediately sell out, so I ended up buying a 3950X from craigslist instead, for two thirds of what the 5950X would cost new.
    The Vega FE was also bought on craigslist for a very good price.
    I wanted that card because of the high raw performance and 16GB of HBM2 vram which would benefit me in Solidworks or machine learning/machine vision applications.
    It was also much cheaper than a quadro.
     
    Overall I think the build turned out excellent.
    Great performance, super low noise, and amazing looking loop.
    I think if I could change one thing I would have gone with the regular black HWlabs radiators, I find the white ones add too much white to the theme.
    I wanted a black interior with white accents on the tubing and wires, but then thought maybe I should do all the watercooling components white.
    I chose to not make the PGU white because I figured it would be too much white at that point, and I see now that even the radiators were too much.
    It still looks very cool though IMO.
     
     
     
    Let me know your thoughts and what you would have done differently!
    Thanks for reading 🙂 
     
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    BiG StroOnZ reacted to BradB111 in It's finally complete - My New Build   
    Specs:
    CPU - AMD 5950X 
    GPU - EVGA 3090 FTW3 Ultra
    RAM - 2x Corsair vengeance Pro RGB 16GB (@ 3800MHZ C18)
    Mobo - ASUS Crosshair VIII Impact 
    Case - Lian Li O11D Mini
    Fans - Corsair QL120
    PSU - Corsair SF750
    Cooling -  All EK Blocks and Components (Except Fittings): 
        -CPU Block - EK Velocity D-RGB Nickel + Acetal
        -GPU Block - EK Quantum Vector FTW3 RTX 3080/3090 D-RGB - Nickel + Acetal
        -Radiators - 2x EK PE360
        -Reservoir  -  EK FLT240
        -Fittings - Primochill Revolver 
        -Coolant - EK Mystic Fog
     
    All EK Block / Res RGB modified with MX2.54 Dupont connector for use with Corsairs ecosystem meaning everything controlled via iCue
     
    Cable combs are my own 3D Prints, unfortunately 32 pin combs don't exist and the way the 8 pin EPS is positioned on this board it seemed too perfect.

    So, 18 months from idea to reality, I really wanted to try and use 45deg bends as I'd not seen many tubing runs use anything other than a 90deg bend and after trying it I completely understand why. I originally started planning this as I finally took the plunge on an ultrawide and settled on the 38GN950 but my old 980Ti just wasn't cutting it and my 6700k was beginning to show it's age also so what better time to upgrade. Unfortunately that's when the "human malware" came into play seemed to make securing the parts almost a second job. As soon as I'd seen the case at CES 2020 I knew it was perfect for what I sketched up in Fusion 360 however it was only 2 weeks ago I received it. The delays on components have been crazy as I'm sure you're all aware.
     
    Anyway, fast forward to today and here I am, One finished build.
     
    In any case (pun intended) if you are looking for a small (ish) form factor case I'd highly recommend the O11D Mini, It's incredible.
     
    Questions welcome.
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    BiG StroOnZ reacted to lee32uk in New Build Thoughts (updated due to Jaslion's suggestion)   
    PCPartPicker Part List
    CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 3.8 GHz 8-Core Processor  (£409.99 @ AWD-IT) 
    CPU Cooler: Alpenföhn Brocken 3 60.62 CFM CPU Cooler  (£50.13 @ Overclockers.co.uk) 
    Motherboard: MSI MAG B550 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard  (£159.66 @ CCL Computers) 
    Memory: Klevv BOLT X 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory  (£111.97 @ Ebuyer) 
    Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  (£86.64 @ Amazon UK) 
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  (£46.98 @ CCL Computers) 
    Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10 GB Founders Edition Video Card  (£700.00) 
    Case: Corsair 4000D Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case  (£79.98 @ Box Limited) 
    Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply  (£107.99 @ CCL Computers) 
    Total: £1753.34
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-02-08 00:19 GMT+0000
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    BiG StroOnZ reacted to carl010010 in New job, new PC. Having anxiety trying to get the right parts.   
    PCPartPicker Part List
    CPU: Intel Core i7-10700K 3.8 GHz 8-Core Processor  ($344.99 @ B&H) 
    CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler  ($89.90 @ Amazon) 
    Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z490-E GAMING ATX LGA1200 Motherboard  ($299.99 @ Best Buy) 
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory  ($179.99 @ Amazon) 
    Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($159.99 @ Adorama) 
    Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case  ($99.98 @ Newegg) 
    Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($144.99 @ Best Buy) 
    Total: $1319.83
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-02-06 21:15 EST-0500
     
    What I ended up with by the way
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    BiG StroOnZ reacted to Kilrah in Show off your latest purchase!   
    Beautiful!
     
    I got myself this one some time ago, cheapo crappy model but it's the one I had as a kid after buying one used for $20 or so in a thrift shop, so nostalgia...
    Unfortunately it probably needs a full recap and I haven't found the motivation so far 😞
     

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    BiG StroOnZ reacted to sub68 in Show off your latest purchase!   
    Man do I wish I had a actual sony discman.
    I do have this tho.(from my dad when he was deployed to saudi arabia)


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    BiG StroOnZ reacted to Hakemon in Show off your latest purchase!   
    Yea I love these things, and I love uncompressed sound from CD's.  After testing I've learned these players have some quirks in their old age.  All three of them simply lack anti-skip, which also means the simplest stuff can make it skip, sometimes beyond what I can tell since on an oscilloscope and following test procedure's in the service manual show that they are very very healthy players.  (Maybe something as simple as bearings in the motors perhaps).
     
    I've been still in shock with how clean and scratch free they are.  They were sold with a store sticker residue on them, and I wonder if they were display units perhaps, explaining their rather new and mint look.



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    BiG StroOnZ reacted to Sport Driver in Show off your latest purchase!   
    It wasn't one purchase but many of them but now I have mostly everything to build my PC, well except time. And GPU, that I will be taking from current one until current gen prices fall.

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    BiG StroOnZ reacted to Velcade in Show off your latest purchase!   
    Bought CBS all access for the big game.  Go Bucs!!!  🏈💪🏴‍☠️
     
     

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    BiG StroOnZ reacted to Volbet in Show off your latest purchase!   
    I got a pair of Grado GS1000e headphones.

     
    So far so good. They don't really sound like the Grado headphones I've tried in the past, as these are really mid-focused. Their soundstage is also very impressive.
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    BiG StroOnZ reacted to Theguywhobea in Car Enthusiast Club [Now Motorcycle friendly!] - First thread to 150k! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   
    Well guys, after much deliberation I sold my 1992 Miata with the hardtop and all. It was going to be parked for the winter anyways as the heat didn't work, and it always seemed like it had some kind of transmission problem, so I decided to move on. 
     
    However, let me introduce you guys to my new project / daily 1994 Honda Civic Del Sol Si!

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    BiG StroOnZ got a reaction from kirashi in What song are you listening to right now.   
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    BiG StroOnZ reacted to SteveGrabowski0 in Show off your latest purchase!   
    Won't come in for a few weeks though
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    BiG StroOnZ reacted to Hakemon in Show off your latest purchase!   
    Scored 3 Sony Discman's, old D-2's and a D-11 from the late 80's and early 90's.  They were for 50 bucks untested, all of them worked and were in mint condition.  Score!


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    BiG StroOnZ reacted to Moonzy in Show off your latest purchase!   
    What GPU shortage?

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    BiG StroOnZ reacted to Volbet in Show off your latest purchase!   
    I got myself a new keyboard and some fans for my case.

    The wireless Dell keyboard in my home studio decided to conk out yesterday. It had 15 years of trusty service. Might give it a worthy viking funeral. 
    I decided to move my Ducky keyboard down there and buy something new for the office. Not gonna lie, the keyboard market is fucking confusing these days, so I just pulled the trigger on something that seemed to fit my criteria. Might switch the keyboards again, after I figure which one is the best one to type on. 
     
    I got the fans, as I'm really tired of the noise the ones in my case makes. Now I'll have all Noctua all the way around. 
     
     
    I also got some German litterature to keep myself occupied during our 11th month of lockdown:
     
    Also, I do realize my deskmat really needs to go in the washer. 
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    BiG StroOnZ reacted to vetali in Show off your latest purchase!   
    Got a 21 Honda Passport Elite with a bunch of accessories coming next week.
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