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 Post subject: Re: PC gaming hardware thread.
PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 16:30 
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I, uhh, might have selected a Gigabyte motherboard specifically so I can link up the RGB control across mobo/case/RAM/maybe also my keyboard. That might be a thing I did.


Oooh that sounds swizzy, clearly pics and a video will be required when it's all done.

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 Post subject: Re: PC gaming hardware thread.
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 Post subject: Re: PC gaming hardware thread.
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"It's a PC. It's red. Now it's blue. Now it's red. Now it's orange."


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Progress.

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Today I fitted the bottom "pull" fan which I am hoping will provide the rest of the rig with some air. Air flow in this case is pretty terrible.

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Just waiting on some braided extensions and the heat sink for the Poweradjust, then I can start work on mounting the PCBs for that.

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 Post subject: Re: PC gaming hardware thread.
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A post with text will be fine

"It's a PC. It's red. Now it's blue. Now it's red. Now it's orange."

If it doesn't do UV-C, I'm not interested.


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"It's a PC. It's red. Now it's blue. Now it's red. Now it's orange."

If it doesn't do UV-C, I'm not interested.


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 Post subject: Re: PC gaming hardware thread.
PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 20:11 
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This is making me laugh, for some inexplicable reason

After a decade on Macs, I am Back On My Bullshit. Edit -- and you've known me long enough to remember when I used to build PCs :)

I think what I was finding most amusing was your apparent glee with all of it.

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I think what I was finding most amusing was your apparent glee with all of it.

It has about a hundred LEDs. It’s going to be tasteless as fuck and I already love it.


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Doctor Glyndwr wrote:
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I think what I was finding most amusing was your apparent glee with all of it.

It has about a hundred LEDs. It’s going to be tasteless as fuck and I already love it.

You might as well go down that route as there's no way of making a desktop PC look stylish in any way.

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I think what I was finding most amusing was your apparent glee with all of it.

It has about a hundred LEDs. It’s going to be tasteless as fuck and I already love it.

You might as well go down that route as there's no way of making a desktop PC look stylish in any way.

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You might as well go down that route as there's no way of making a desktop PC look stylish in any way.


>:(

Sometimes, before I go to bed at night, I just look at my PC for a minute or two in a darkened room before shutting it down.

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 Post subject: Re: PC gaming hardware thread.
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You might as well go down that route as there's no way of making a desktop PC look stylish in any way.


>:(

Sometimes, before I go to bed at night, I just look at my PC for a minute or two in a darkened room before shutting it down.


That's only because you always have autotrader open in Chrome.

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You might as well go down that route as there's no way of making a desktop PC look stylish in any way.


>:(

Sometimes, before I go to bed at night, I just look at my PC for a minute or two in a darkened room before shutting it down.


haha I've been doing that for years :D I initiate the shut down sequence on however many I have running, then turn out the main light and wait by the door watching to make sure they all shut down before I go bed :D

Today's work. Mostly design so far. Not feeling confident enough to do the cutting yet but it doesn't take long. Here is the base plate that will hold the USB computer that will control all of the fans and pump (Aquacomputer PowerAdjust USB and Splitty 9)

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Then onto what will become the new star of the show. I fitted a rather natty water block to my Titan XP a while back now.

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The back plate is actively water cooled right above the VRM area too.

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Sadly you don't see the cool side of it with the pastel coolant running through it :(

So I decided to make a back plate for my sound card out of mirror acrylic. So that you can see it doing its thing. However, making back plates is not easy if you want them to be perfect. I discovered a while back that if I scan something (no matter how the DPI) that what it spits out is correct in scale and size when you open in Photoshop. So what I do now when making back plates is not just hack one out of a sheet of acrylic and plop it on because if you look closely you can see the cap caused by components, solder etc.

So first up I scan the card on the scanner.

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Then I create two templates. One for the solid plate.

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I know, boring rectangle. However, I then take that and place it over the card. Then I use blending to make that layer transparent, then cut out all of the troubled areas that will case elevation.

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I then take that and cut it by hand. It takes a very steady hand and a lot of time and patience. What you end up with though is more than worth the time and effort, as you can see from this GTX 950 here.

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I also went so far as painting all of the edges of the PCB black.

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 Post subject: Re: PC gaming hardware thread.
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 17:14 
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People shut down their PCs?

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You might as well go down that route as there's no way of making a desktop PC look stylish in any way.


>:(

Sometimes, before I go to bed at night, I just look at my PC for a minute or two in a darkened room before shutting it down.


That's only because you always have autotrader open in Chrome.

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People shut down their PCs?


Why leave it running overnight (if you're not downloading something or serving content up)?


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 Post subject: Re: PC gaming hardware thread.
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People shut down their PCs?

Why leave it running overnight (if you're not downloading something or serving content up)?

PCs are (should be) busy overnight. Downloading updates, virus scanning, etc.

Mine barely ever gets turned off.

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I wouldn't leave what is an electrical item full of water by itself. I wouldn't even trust a sealed loop cooler overnight. Unfortunately like everything else as soon as I water cooled one PC properly I had to do all of them. I have flow meters etc in one, as it was having troubles. That is what you get for cramming two separate loops into a case not designed for any.

But yeah, paras, innit.

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My PC only goes off when we have a power cut.


Yeah mine used to be like that. Then I started having failed components and realised that overclocking the crap out of them adds hours, and hours adds capacitor degradation and etc.

So I got a NAS, and have a Madcatz M.O.J.O (kinda like a Shield clone) in the bedroom that streams from the NAS. So there is really no point in leaving any of the PCs on any way. Plus one of them is rather old (the green one in the pic there) and has a Phenom 2 6 core thing in it. It uses quite a lot of power even at idle..

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People shut down their PCs?

Why leave it running overnight (if you're not downloading something or serving content up)?

PCs are (should be) busy overnight. Downloading updates, virus scanning, etc.

Mine barely ever gets turned off.

Same. I don't want it patching and downloading stuff during the day or when I first turn it on. How annoying would that be?

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Bamba wrote:
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People shut down their PCs?


Why leave it running overnight (if you're not downloading something or serving content up)?


:this:

I'll happily leave it turned on if it's doing 'something', such as uploading one of my epoch-defining YouTube videos (which can run to 3-4GB), or doing a massive download, or, erm, doing a copy of the 'fillums' folder on my NAS for a friend.

Other than that, why wouldn't you just turn the thing off?

Components do have a finite life, fans will eventually get noisier and grindier over the years, you're pulling more dust into your system (or at least you'll have to clean the filters more often), and it will draw an amount of power.

My PC doesn't serve up any shares or anything else to the network, the Minecraft server runs on Mrs Hearthly's PC, all the media and other shares are on the NAS - there's literally no reason not to turn it off at night that I can think of. (And it boots up in a few seconds, so it's not like the olden days where it'd take a few minutes to have a usable system after turning it on.)

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It's almost like people do what they want with the stuff that they own. Madness


Those crazy fools!

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Lonewolves wrote:
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People shut down their PCs?

Why leave it running overnight (if you're not downloading something or serving content up)?

PCs are (should be) busy overnight. Downloading updates, virus scanning, etc.

Mine barely ever gets turned off.

Same. I don't want it patching and downloading stuff during the day or when I first turn it on. How annoying would that be?


99% of the time I don't notice it. As my desktop and laptop are both running SSDs, I'm not fussed about waiting for them to boot, so I'd rather have things turned off overnight.

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Same. I don't want it patching and downloading stuff during the day or when I first turn it on. How annoying would that be?


'Active Hours' in Windows 10 is totally a thing, you know.

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Same. I don't want it patching and downloading stuff during the day or when I first turn it on. How annoying would that be?


'Active Hours' in Windows 10 is totally a thing, you know.

I'm not updating to Windows 10. Windows 7 is perfectly fine.

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This is making me laugh, for some inexplicable reason

After a decade on Macs, I am Back On My Bullshit. Edit -- and you've known me long enough to remember when I used to build PCs :)


What's the reason for the switch back to PCs? Gaming

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