Gaming PCs Thread...time for a sticky / running thread?

Gaming PCs Thread...time for a sticky / running thread?

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smithyithy

5,444 posts

85 months

Monday 16th November 2020
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There was some decent deals on RAM and solid state / hard drives on Prime Day, so maybe similar deals for black friday.

westtra said:
Do we think there will be much deals for Black Friday?

In similar boat to above getting one for my oldest and hopefully get better spec for the budget we have.
Got my Glorious Model D mouse painted and reassmbled the other day.

Did a full paint in Montana Metallic Titanium with matte clearcoat, replaced the left / right click switches from Omron to Kailh, cleaned and lubed (oi oi) the scroll wheel, fitted custom paracord cable and added the extra G-skate glides to the bottom. Also got one of those Artisan mouse mats from Japan.. Altogether it's night and day from my previous setup, it's gonna make browsing porn playing games a whole new experience whistle

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MissChief

5,949 posts

135 months

Monday 16th November 2020
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westtra said:
Do we think there will be much deals for Black Friday?

In similar boat to above getting one for my oldest and hopefully get better spec for the budget we have.
I doubt there'll be much movement on CPU's (although perhaps older Gen Ryzen 2 might get a price cut or some offers) and as said there's usually some good deals to be had on SSD Storage but GPU's and newer CPU's have razor thin margin, often single digit% si I doubt there'll be much movement there.

I'm hoping for a good deal on 32GB Low Latency 3600MHz RAM for my 5800x Build.

Zigster

1,533 posts

111 months

Tuesday 17th November 2020
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MissChief said:
I clicked on that link expecting to absolutely slate that PC.....and it's not bad. Sure the on board graphics will play Roblox, even Fortnite at 1080p low to medium settings eassily and you can always add a card later, even a new Ryzen 3000 CPU. It's not a bad buy TBH.
Thanks. That’s what I thought but good to get a bit of confirmation.

FourWheelDrift

82,475 posts

251 months

Tuesday 2nd February
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If anyone has built or thinking of building a PC using the NZXT H1 case you need to see these videos regarding the fire hazard with the GPU riser.




MissChief

5,949 posts

135 months

Wednesday 3rd February
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MissChief said:
westtra said:
Do we think there will be much deals for Black Friday?

In similar boat to above getting one for my oldest and hopefully get better spec for the budget we have.
I doubt there'll be much movement on CPU's (although perhaps older Gen Ryzen 2 might get a price cut or some offers) and as said there's usually some good deals to be had on SSD Storage but GPU's and newer CPU's have razor thin margin, often single digit% si I doubt there'll be much movement there.

I'm hoping for a good deal on 32GB Low Latency 3600MHz RAM for my 5800x Build.
Heh ended up with a 5950x, Gigabyte 3080 Vision and 32GB of 3200Mhz Crucial Ballistic RGB all on a MSI X570 Tomahawk MAX.



I have three more Uni fans on the way then I need to transfer a SATA SSD and 2Tb mechanical drive over then we'll be good to go!

FourWheelDrift

82,475 posts

251 months

Wednesday 3rd February
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FourWheelDrift said:
If anyone has built or thinking of building a PC using the NZXT H1 case you need to see these videos regarding the fire hazard with the GPU riser.



NZXT finally take action, removes H1 from sale and will be sending out revised risers a sort of safety recall to those who request.

https://blog.nzxt.com/a-message-from-our-ceo-johnn...

If you know someone who has one and they do not know about this let them know.

HRL

2,536 posts

186 months

Wednesday 3rd February
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MissChief said:
Heh ended up with a 5950x, Gigabyte 3080 Vision and 32GB of 3200Mhz Crucial Ballistic RGB all on a MSI X570 Tomahawk MAX.



I have three more Uni fans on the way then I need to transfer a SATA SSD and 2Tb mechanical drive over then we'll be good to go!
Very tidy looking. Still waiting on my 5950X to turn up but I’ve only been waiting a month. frown

No RGB in either of my PC’s either but each to their own. Can’t see mine when it’s connected up anyway.

MissChief

5,949 posts

135 months

Wednesday 3rd February
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HRL said:
MissChief said:
Heh ended up with a 5950x, Gigabyte 3080 Vision and 32GB of 3200Mhz Crucial Ballistic RGB all on a MSI X570 Tomahawk MAX.



I have three more Uni fans on the way then I need to transfer a SATA SSD and 2Tb mechanical drive over then we'll be good to go!
Very tidy looking. Still waiting on my 5950X to turn up but I’ve only been waiting a month. frown

No RGB in either of my PC’s either but each to their own. Can’t see mine when it’s connected up anyway.
That was just an initial turn on check to make sure I didn't have a duff fan or bad LED. When I do get windows on it chances are it'll be set to a single colour rather than rainbow unicorn vomit.

smithyithy

5,444 posts

85 months

Wednesday 3rd February
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Finally up and running with my new build, I didn't get the loop finished before Christmas so I put it on hold for a while as I've been swamped and honestly just lost a bit of enthusiasm..

Picked up where I left off though, have it filled with distilled water for now while testing, just got Windows installed, drivers and basic software installed etc.

Will be plugging my 3080 in tomorrow but EK have shipped the waterblock anyway so it'll have to come out soon to have that fitted, and the loop modified for the GPU block..

So far so good though, no leaks, just cable management to do at the back, format and install my old SSDs, flush and fill with proper coolant etc. It's been stressful to be honest but it's getting there.


Jinx

10,479 posts

227 months

Thursday 4th February
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smithyithy said:

Very pretty. AIO's are never as good looking as a proper water cooled solution.

smithyithy

5,444 posts

85 months

Thursday 4th February
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GPU waterblock arrived today so currently disassembling the 3080...


Guvernator

11,672 posts

132 months

Friday 5th February
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I've always fancied doing a water cooled build but that just looks like a huge faff. Not sure I'd want to be pulling my brand new £500+ GPU apart tbh.

smithyithy

5,444 posts

85 months

Friday 5th February
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Guvernator said:
I've always fancied doing a water cooled build but that just looks like a huge faff. Not sure I'd want to be pulling my brand new £500+ GPU apart tbh.
It's a bit daunting, but at least with the EVGA cards, they're okay with you doing so, in terms of keeping the warranty, unless you specifically break something during installation..

Really it's no different to building other bits of a custom PC.. Getting all the old thermal crap off took a while though as they used a paste rather than sticky pads..

hyphen

21,185 posts

57 months

Saturday 6th February
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smithyithy said:
GPU waterblock arrived today so currently disassembling the 3080...
Guvernator said:
I've always fancied doing a water cooled build but that just looks like a huge faff. Not sure I'd want to be pulling my brand new £500+ GPU apart tbh.
smithyithy you could setup a sideline selling modded cards wink

Funk

23,056 posts

176 months

Saturday 6th February
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If anyone's got a GPU better than my 1070 GTX that they want shot of, ping me a message... I've got fans getting noisy on it and it's more hassle to try and repair than it's worth so I might as well upgrade a bit. The rest of my PC doesn't warrant anything too biffy though.

Rojibo

1,474 posts

44 months

Sunday 7th February
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Water pump died on my loop early Saturday morning, I was awoken by a loud grinding from the next room. After much faff I replaced it only to be met with no flow, tearing down the loop becomes really tiresome the 4th or 5th time.. anyway took the blocks off to clean them and found this:





Completely blocking any flow. I have no idea what it is/was, all the radiators have been cleaned and running for years, whatever it was it was quite hard but dissolved to a mushy goo in isopropyl. I can only think it started to form when I put the 3080 in back in October. XSPC EC6 coolant - biodegradable, environmentally friendly. Have since switched back to the carcinogenic stuff that causes birth defects. It’s been up 24/7 since October mining/gaming, but didn’t expect build up this quick.

I really did have an “oh god why am I bothering” moment after I put the GPU back in the loop, tested and realised there was another blockage resulting in another drain and tear down. Quick disconnects in the future I think.

Guesses as to the green gunk welcome. I think it’s plasticiser. Not sure it why would leech now, the majority of the tubing is 3-4 years old, only new bit is for the 3080.

Digby

7,925 posts

213 months

Thursday 11th February
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I decided against a water cooled rig, so picked up this monster instead with 140mm fans hehe

We used to mess about with peltier coolers and Vapochills back in the day and Coolermaster make an all-in-one unit called
the MasterLiquid ML360 Sub-Zero which does much the same, but good luck finding one!






HM-2

6,531 posts

136 months

Saturday 13th February
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Got asked about my system in the Takeaway thread so thought I'd do a slightly more meaningful summary here.



First stab at watercooling, built over about 2 months and finished in October. Core platform is pretty old now but with a modern GPU it still makes a pretty good showing if itself at 1440p.


> Intel i7 6900K (Broadwell-E) processor, overclocked to 4.4GHz all core at 1.315v; subsequent to some of the photos below I removed it and lapped the IHS which has been quite successful in reducing the temperature delta between cores (at one point I was seeing 20°C from my hottest core to my coolest)
> EVGA RTX2080 XC, overclocked to 2065MHz core/7650MHz memory, which I'm fairly sure is about the stable limit my particular sample will hit.
> 32GB GSkill Trident Z RGB; the sticks are 3600 CL16 but I run them at 3000 CL14 as that's the most my processor will tolerate without barfing.
> MSI X99A MPower motherboard
> Samsung 970 Evo 500gb NVMe as a boot drive, and a pair of 1TB 850 Evo SATA drives for other storage
> Corsair AX750 PSU I've had in daily use since about 2013
> Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic XL case

Water cooling consists of:
> HardwareLabs GTS360 (top) and GTX360 (bottom) radiators with Noctua NF-P12 redux fans
> Watercool Heatkiller IV GPU and CPU blocks (CPU is nickel/acrylic and GPU nickel/acrylic/acetal)
> XSPC D5 SATA pump with cables sleeved into the pump housing
> Custom distribution plate, reservoir and pump mount
> EK-ZMT tubing
> Barrow fittings

Quite a lot of custom work went into it, most notably the distro plate which is based on the EKWB one but modified to fit a D5. I did a lot of the work in Fusion myself but the rest was picked up by a guy in Indonesia who did the CNC milling too. Highly recommended. In addition it's also had:

> Fans disassembled and the frames painted matte black; "officially" Noctua say that the Redux series cannot be split apart without irreversibly damaging them but this is bks
> A custom motherboard shroud from a company whose name escapes me
> SLS 3D printed motherboard IO cover and GPU support bracket
> Custom cables from Shakmods, except they were actually made for the later AX series PSUs so I had to redo everything but the 24-pin myself
> A couple of custom cables covers, I've still got two more I need to do but haven't bothered yet

Might go X299 with a 10920X or 10980XE and a 3000 series card in the future, but not sure I'll build it in the O11 again. It's a great case but they're very common and I really want to do something a bit more niche as a casemod. Maybe an In Win of some description with the motherboard tray removed and replaced with a full size distro plate.

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techguyone

2,580 posts

109 months

Saturday 13th February
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Nice black & yellow scheme, what colour RGB would you use?

HM-2

6,531 posts

136 months

Saturday 13th February
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techguyone said:
Nice black & yellow scheme, what colour RGB would you use?
I'm just using yellow at the moment. I've got a couple if litres of the EK pastel yellow coolant to replace the distilled water when I can be bothered and I'll probably just switch to white then.