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  1. Love that board!
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  2. count me in :)

    This:


    A MSI GTX 960, ADATA SP900 64GB, and WD 320GB HDD.I got all this stuff dirt cheap.
    This thing should be considered as "new" because I bought this 6.5 months ago.

    But now my PC died, I dismantled it, so I can take the picture of my "latest" part.
    It was an C2Q system, Now I'm planning to get 3rd gen or 6th gen i5.

    Cheers :)
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  3. While the 6th generation core i5's are still somewhat affordable in winter.
    I would get one before the price tags start going up soon towards the end of march.
    https://www.amazon.com/Intel-Skylake-Desktop-Processor-BX80662I56500/dp/B010T6CWI2/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1486295969&sr=1-1&keywords=core+i5&refinements=p_n_feature_four_browse-bin%3A2289793011
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  4. maikutech said:
    While the 6th generation core i5's are still somewhat affordable in winter.
    I would get one before the price tags start going up soon towards the end of march.
    https://www.amazon.com/Intel-Skylake-Desktop-Processor-BX80662I56500/dp/B010T6CWI2/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1486295969&sr=1-1&keywords=core+i5&refinements=p_n_feature_four_browse-bin%3A2289793011


    I'll consider.
    Thanks for the info Maiku!
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  5. maikutech said:
    While the 6th generation core i5's are still somewhat affordable in winter.
    I would get one before the price tags start going up soon towards the end of march.
    https://www.amazon.com/Intel-Skylake-Desktop-Processor-BX80662I56500/dp/B010T6CWI2/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1486295969&sr=1-1&keywords=core+i5&refinements=p_n_feature_four_browse-bin%3A2289793011

    Why would the price start going up? Shouldn't it go DOWN with the release of Ryzen?
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  6. I'm going to let you figure that out, I never made any mentioned of amd ryzen.
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  7. February
    Bought NZXT AER RGB140 & HUE+ for my Skylake build.
    (Click on image for full size.)

    https://s29.postimg.org/jrzel6t9z/IMG_5238.jpg
    All new components installed.
    Replaced: top 2x 140mm stock red LED fans -> NZXT AER RGB140, top 1x 140mm stock fan -> 1x 140mm stock red LED fan.

    https://s29.postimg.org/usujq7liv/IMG_5246.jpg
    Night shot.

    https://s29.postimg.org/6dmbp5mlz/IMG_5250.jpg
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  8. Those look great.
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  9. anort3 said:
    Those look great.

    They do. :)

    Also got them with a great deal. The set costed me €85.60. HUE+ controller alone costs €69.70. I got 2x 140mm RGB fans with €7.95 a piece. Buying fans separately would cost €34.20 per one 140mm RGB fan.
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  10. lakimens said:
    maikutech said:
    While the 6th generation core i5's are still somewhat affordable in winter.
    I would get one before the price tags start going up soon towards the end of march.
    https://www.amazon.com/Intel-Skylake-Desktop-Processor-BX80662I56500/dp/B010T6CWI2/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1486295969&sr=1-1&keywords=core+i5&refinements=p_n_feature_four_browse-bin%3A2289793011

    Why would the price start going up? Shouldn't it go DOWN with the release of Ryzen?


    Don't see any price drops here...
    It's still same
    Reply to alth0triplemadang
  11. Aeacus said:
    February
    Bought NZXT AER RGB140 & HUE+ for my Skylake build.
    (Click on image for full size.)

    https://s29.postimg.org/jrzel6t9z/IMG_5238.jpg
    All new components installed.
    Replaced: top 2x 140mm stock red LED fans -> NZXT AER RGB140, top 1x 140mm stock fan -> 1x 140mm stock red LED fan.


    How much were those fans, if its not too much I'll need a new one to keep my case chilled when it gets hot by spring time.
    Also my new motherboard, haswell 4570 cpu and hard drive came in earlier this week.
    I'll resize the photos over the weekend and reupload it.

    http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k481/MaikuGekidouken/WP_20170203_003_zps10di74xc.jpg" class="img lazy">










    Yes I know its a lil bit dusty in there, I'll continue to clean it up when time allows.
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  12. Quote:
    How much were those fans, if its not too much I'll need a new one to keep my case chilled when it gets hot by spring time.
    Also my new motherboard, haswell 4570 cpu and hard drive came in earlier this week.
    I'll resize the photos over the weekend and reupload it.
    http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k481/MaikuGekidouken/WP_20170203_003_zps10di74xc.jpg

    http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k481/MaikuGekidouken/WP_20170206_002_zpsvtwzhjok.jpg

    http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k481/MaikuGekidouken/WP_20170206_006_zpsejl3ulfm.jpg

    http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k481/MaikuGekidouken/WP_20170206_009_zpssrbmw7yz.jpg

    Yes I know its a lil bit dusty in there, I'll continue to clean it up when time allows.


    Your CPU cooler is mounted backwards I do believe. And clean that dust! :P
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  13. It's not mounted on backwards, you can do front or back.
    I do it that way because it is easier for me.
    My raidmax Helios case you see in my avatar doesn't get too hot.
    Like I said in my last post I'll clean it when I have time.
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  14. The fan should be blowing towards the back of the case. Or the top, but back is ideal. Looks like it's blowing towards the front to me.
    Reply to anort3
  15. Look at the pics how is it blowing in the front again ? O.o
    My USB ports with my hdmi is in the back.
    The heat is facing towards it are you absolutely sure about this ?
    Reply to maikutech
  16. In this picture:



    The fan is blowing towards the front of your case. That's backwards. You're creating dead spots as the front intake fan is fighting against the CPU cooler. Unless your using the fan to "pull" which is less effective than having the fan "push".

    Front and side fans should be intake. Top and rear fans should be exhaust. Internal fans should follow the air flow created by the case fans not blow against them.
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  17. maikutech said:
    How much were those fans, if its not too much I'll need a new one to keep my case chilled when it gets hot by spring time.

    I take that you live in USA. If so, you can order the NZXT AER RGB120 & HUE+ directly from NZXT's site and it costs $79.99,
    link: https://www.nzxt.com/products/aer-rgb-hue

    For NZXT AER RGB120 fans, here's pcpp link: http://pcpartpicker.com/products/compare/w7RFf7,CDZ2FT/
    You can go for single fan or buy 3-pack to get fans with cheaper price. Do note that when you only buy the fans, you still need HUE+ controller to control the LEDs in the fans. If you don't have HUE+ controller, you're best to buy the NZXT AER RGB120 & HUE+ set (includes HUE+ controller and 2x AER RGB120 fans).

    Few words about HUE+ and AER RGB fans.
    HUE+ needs 1x molex connector to power it and 1x internal USB 2.0 header to control LEDs. It has 2 channels and per channel, HUE+ supports either 4 LED strips (10 LEDs per strip) or 5 AER RGB fans.
    AER RGB fans are 3-pin and to power them, you need to connect them to fan hub (as i did on my case) or to the MoBo fan header.

    If you don't want to spend money on HUE+ then for alternative, you can go for Corsair ML120 Pro fans,
    pcpp: http://pcpartpicker.com/products/compare/LkJkcf,wPFXsY,MpBrxr,GXkwrH/
    Those fans are the other ones you can see in my case.

    Corsair ML series offer better performance while NZXT AER RGB fans offer better eyecandy.

    As far as your Zalman CNPS5X Performa goes, you've mounted it the wrong way.
    specs: http://www.zalman.com/contents/products/view.html?no=347

    You may think that it's easier for you but in reality, it makes things worse. Since your CPU cooler takes the air in from the back of the case, you'll get far more dust into your system since the area of the back end of the PC is usually dustier than the front area of the PC.
    Mount your CPU cooler other way, so that the fan is facing ODD bay. Also install rear 120mm exhaust fan and you'll get lower CPU temps than you currently get.

    anort3 said:
    Unless your using the fan to "pull" which is less effective than having the fan "push".

    His fan is in push mode since the CNPS5X logo can be seen on the center of the fan (that indicates the font of the fan).



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  18. Quote:
    His fan is in push mode since the CNPS5X logo can be seen on the center of the fan (that indicates the font of the fan).


    I know. And fans on coolers like that aren't reversible anyway. The fan is built in.
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  19. jimmysmitty said:
    My GTX 1080 Strix I got as a warranty replacement from Asus for my GTX 980Ti Strix with a failing fan. It was new in the box too:





    Installed. Will soon be replacing the case with, probably, a Corsair 570x




    I send in one of my 980Ti STRIX twice last year for the fan, though my 390X STRIX never had an issue.
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  20. Aeacus said:

    I take that you live in USA. If so, you can order the NZXT AER RGB120 & HUE+ directly from NZXT's site and it costs $79.99,
    link: https://www.nzxt.com/products/aer-rgb-hue


    79.99 for some colored fans I'll pass they look great but not trying to spend too much on fans.
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  21. maikutech said:
    79.99 for some colored fans I'll pass they look great but not trying to spend too much on fans.

    NZXT AER RGB and Corsair ML series fans come with premium price and they aren't affordable to anyone.

    For good LED fans, you can go with medium priced Cooler Master's JetFlo fans though,
    pcpp: http://pcpartpicker.com/products/compare/Gx4gXL,NvphP6,L4rG3C,MwR48d/
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  22. Yeah an old friend of mine shown here swears by this NZXT and mainly corsair.
    http://www.techist.com/forums/members/pp-mguire/
    Aerocool fans have always done a great job at cooling especially with my last aerocool Vxe I had over a year ago.
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16835129062
    I plan on picking up 2 of these in a month or 2 if the budget allows it, been putting off buying it for over a year now. >_>
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  23. anort3 said:
    Quote:
    His fan is in push mode since the CNPS5X logo can be seen on the center of the fan (that indicates the font of the fan).


    I know. And fans on coolers like that aren't reversible anyway. The fan is built in.


    He could just pull the front fans into reverse and make them pull air out but it wouldn't be as efficient.

    I miss when Zalman made damn good coolers. Loved my 9700CNPS and 9900Max but hated the mounting system.

    @loki1944, that's weird because most top end Strix cards use the same cooler and fans. In fact the 390X Strix looks the same as my old 980Ti Strix.

    However it may be possible that the 980Ti batch got a bad batch of fans and the 390X did not.
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  24. Prepared for Ryzen



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  25. No offense really, but i dont understand why would anyone, ever preorder hardware like that, you could just wait a day or two to see legit review and then decide if you want it. I dont care if its Nvidia, AMD, Intel or someone else.
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  26. I'm not too interested in the reviews, just as long as I get rid of this pathetic FX 8350 build haha.
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  27. MaDDD said:
    Prepared for Ryzen





    LOL I'll be damned, I didn't think someone would be that quick to buy ryzen.
    Make a build thread for your ryzen chip and test video of your system, I'm eager to see what amd has done for 5 years.
    I'll contact blackbird and see if he will adjust the thread title name, I think most members would like that and hop on board for years to come.
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  28. Yeah, I was actually thinking of coming up with a comparison of my current FX-8350 and the Ryzen chip that I'll be getting. With Rendering/Gaming and usual benchmark tests.
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  29. maikutech said:
    MaDDD said:
    Prepared for Ryzen





    LOL I'll be damned, I didn't think someone would be that quick to buy ryzen.
    Make a build thread for your ryzen chip and test video of your system, I'm eager to see what amd has done for 5 years.
    I'll contact blackbird and see if he will adjust the thread title name, I think most members would like that and hop on board for years to come.


    There's a lot more than just him.
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  30. maikutech said:
    LOL I'll be damned, I didn't think someone would be that quick to buy ryzen.
    Make a build thread for your ryzen chip and test video of your system, I'm eager to see what amd has done for 5 years.
    I'll contact blackbird and see if he will adjust the thread title name, I think most members would like that and hop on board for years to come.


    One of our mods, Rogue Leader, is building a Ryzen system, and SR-71 Blackbird is building 2 1800X based systems.

    I'm looking at upgrading my 4690K to an AM4 system but I am not entirely sure about that until I start seeing some benchmarks and temperatures. The nice thing is I will be able to do this for cheap by upgrading to the 1700X and all I would have to buy is the motherboard and CPU. Everything else I already have.
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  31. Hmm I'll keep a lookout for what you will do with ryzen, but for the moment looking at this 400.00 price tag.
    It would set me back quite for 2 months straight if I bought that, thank goodness for not for being a complete computer hardware nut.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B06X3W9NGG/ref=sr_1_1_olp?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1488412910&sr=1-1&keywords=ryzen&condition=new
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  32. maikutech said:
    Hmm I'll keep a lookout for what you will do with ryzen, but for the moment looking at this 400.00 price tag.
    It would set me back quite for 2 months straight if I bought that, thank goodness for not for being a complete computer hardware nut.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B06X3W9NGG/ref=sr_1_1_olp?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1488412910&sr=1-1&keywords=ryzen&condition=new


    Yeah the price tag would be a bit hard for me to stomach at the moment especially since I'm buying a new laptop in the next month or so and that will set me back at least $1,000, maybe more.
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  33. The current FX8350 AMD build, with new RGB LEDs in. The wait for Ryzen is so boring. Please excuse the poor cable routing :D

    Reply to MaDDD
  34. Nothing wrong with your cabling, don't know why you would be worried about it and some building whores elsewhere are cryptic on others about cable management.
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  35. MaDDD said:
    The current FX8350 AMD build, with new RGB LEDs in. The wait for Ryzen is so boring. Please excuse the poor cable routing :D



    Very nice.
    Reply to SR-71 Blackbird
  36. g-unit1111 said:
    maikutech said:
    LOL I'll be damned, I didn't think someone would be that quick to buy ryzen.
    Make a build thread for your ryzen chip and test video of your system, I'm eager to see what amd has done for 5 years.
    I'll contact blackbird and see if he will adjust the thread title name, I think most members would like that and hop on board for years to come.


    One of our mods, Rogue Leader, is building a Ryzen system, and SR-71 Blackbird is building 2 1800X based systems.

    I'm looking at upgrading my 4690K to an AM4 system but I am not entirely sure about that until I start seeing some benchmarks and temperatures. The nice thing is I will be able to do this for cheap by upgrading to the 1700X and all I would have to buy is the motherboard and CPU. Everything else I already have.


    I am holding off. I see no benefit from anything yet. I have a GTX 1080 that will do well for at least another year, extending my GPUs life as I planned to upgrade later this year.

    My CPU is fine. I have it at 4GHz and so far no issues.

    I am probably going to wait until there is a good platform and NVDIMMs. That's a true upgrade right there.
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  37. jimmysmitty said:
    I am holding off. I see no benefit from anything yet. I have a GTX 1080 that will do well for at least another year, extending my GPUs life as I planned to upgrade later this year.

    My CPU is fine. I have it at 4GHz and so far no issues.

    I am probably going to wait until there is a good platform and NVDIMMs. That's a true upgrade right there.


    I think I will hold off as well for now. I don't see a point in paying $600+ for no benefit over my 4690K at the moment.
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  38. g-unit1111 said:
    jimmysmitty said:
    I am holding off. I see no benefit from anything yet. I have a GTX 1080 that will do well for at least another year, extending my GPUs life as I planned to upgrade later this year.

    My CPU is fine. I have it at 4GHz and so far no issues.

    I am probably going to wait until there is a good platform and NVDIMMs. That's a true upgrade right there.


    I think I will hold off as well for now. I don't see a point in paying $600+ for no benefit over my 4690K at the moment.


    Honestly you should, after looking at a few videos along with amd's show casing.
    If you don't mind 10 or 15 seconds for encoding videos, loading up programs or games its not much of a big deal.
    https://youtu.be/aikfO6Sw0hk?t=33s
    Still kutos to amd they really did a good job on their new mainline chips.
    I would say by next summer june, I'll go the am4 route unless intel gets off its price gouging cow to compete against amd.
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  39. maikutech said:
    Honestly you should, after looking at a few videos along with amd's show casing.
    If you don't mind 10 or 15 seconds for encoding videos, loading up programs or games its not much of a big deal.
    https://youtu.be/aikfO6Sw0hk?t=33s
    Still kutos to amd they really did a good job on their new mainline chips.
    I would say by next summer june, I'll go the am4 route unless intel gets off its price gouging cow to compete against amd.


    If I do upgrade to Ryzen I will be doing so maybe over the summer. Right now I'm buying a new laptop and I'm heavily looking at the MSI GS73 Stealth. So all my money is going to go to my laptop. If I do buy a Ryzen CPU and motherboard it will be much later in the year when things have settled down a bit. I'm really impressed with Ryzen so far.
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  40. I just hope my particular CPU is a good overclocker. Mobo comes tomorrow :)

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  41. MaDDD said:
    I just hope my particular CPU is a good overclocker. Mobo comes tomorrow :)


    Nice! It's funny - people said that about both Skylake and Devil's Canyon when they first were released that they weren't good overclockers. Now people are saying that the 4690K and 6700K are great overclockers, and they overclock better than the current Kaby Lake processors. I think a lot of CPUs are like fine wines - they get better with age.
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  42. Amazon sent me 2 - 1700x's was suppose to be 2 1800x's , they are in the mail on the way back. :(
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  43. Indeed, people also seem to be forgetting that yes, these 8 core CPUs may only be gaining a few hundred MHz but it is over 8 cores and equates to a fair amount overall. It's always nice knowing you've ended up with one of the better examples too haha.

    SR-71 Blackbird said:
    Amazon sent me 2 - 1700x's was suppose to be 2 1800x's , they are in the mail on the way back. :(



    It's funny you say that, I ordered a 1700X from Amazon and then it got delayed so today I went to a local PC shop and picked one up for the same price... Went to cancel my Amazon order to find that it's too late. So tomorrow I'll be expecting a 2nd 1700X to arrive lol.
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  44. It seems like AMD is off to a good start, it's not the best for gamers, but the CPU really does enjoy munching on multithreaded work.
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  45. lakimens said:
    It seems like AMD is off to a good start, it's not the best for gamers, but the CPU really does enjoy munching on multithreaded work.


    I'll really be interested to see Ryzen benchmarks a couple of months out when the dust settles. That is usually what makes or breaks a platform from my experience.

    On the other hand I am getting very close to buying my laptop. I'm pretty much down to these two:

    - MSI GS73 Stealth: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16...
    - Sager NP6870: https://www.sagernotebook.com/cart_customize.php?produc...

    I'm leaning more toward the Sager. Because I do a lot of traveling, I want a thin laptop with at least a 15.6" screen, and 17.3" is preferable. The MSI for sure meets that requirement. But do I go 6700HQ with a 1060 or 7700HQ with a 1050? :??:
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  46. MaDDD said:
    Indeed, people also seem to be forgetting that yes, these 8 core CPUs may only be gaining a few hundred MHz but it is over 8 cores and equates to a fair amount overall. It's always nice knowing you've ended up with one of the better examples too haha.

    SR-71 Blackbird said:
    Amazon sent me 2 - 1700x's was suppose to be 2 1800x's , they are in the mail on the way back. :(



    It's funny you say that, I ordered a 1700X from Amazon and then it got delayed so today I went to a local PC shop and picked one up for the same price... Went to cancel my Amazon order to find that it's too late. So tomorrow I'll be expecting a 2nd 1700X to arrive lol.


    Just be sure to login to amazon website and request a return and a complete refund, may take a week for a refund though.
    @Lakimens amd chips have always been like that, this is why I prefer amd quads and hexacore.
    Give it enough work and it'll breeze right through it, that 1055T I had in 2010 proves that while gaming and doing whatever else in the background.
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  47. Amazon issued my refund after they confirmed the UPS return shipment.
    Reply to SR-71 Blackbird
  48. They're not suppose to do that, when it lands on their factory doorsteps, they confirm they got it and you didn't break it or lie to them about the package.
    Then you may have your refund back.
    Reply to maikutech
  49. They did the same thing when I returned my damaged White Enthoo Pro case.
    Reply to SR-71 Blackbird
  50. Prove it.
    Reply to maikutech
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