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Comment reply on Forum Topic "Minimalist ITX build - PC to replace iMac"

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

The parametric filter strikes again!

Yeah, the i5-6500 or 6600 probably makes the most sense.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Minimalist ITX build - PC to replace iMac"

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe my earlier iterations of this build used the Fractal Design Node 202 or Silverstone ML08B. I figure the HTPC route would be best in this situation as it's hidden or at least forgotten about a bit more easily.

I have the Fractal Design Define R5 and she hates it because it's so big, bulky, and takes up so much desk real estate... which I can kind of understand, although I love it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Minimalist ITX build - PC to replace iMac"

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Weird. Every other article I looked at said the Taku could support a 240mm length video cards.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Minimalist ITX build - PC to replace iMac"

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Right on and I agree. I have a Samsung 850 EVO (OS) in my system along with a SanDisk Ultra II (storage).

Pretty much all of the hardware options were selected using PCPP's parametric filters to get an idea on cost. You can see what I mean if you click the link.

Comment reply on Allan_M_Systems's Build Guide: MSI Build Your Dream PC Guide – “5960XTC14PEX99A7R16GNTCS2111V320034R707GQ1000”

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I love that Phanteks CPU cooler. It's huge, but incredibly effective. I have one in my current system.

Comment reply on sendekyo's Build Guide: MSI Build Your Dream PC Guide - "Speed, Strength, Silence"

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I already upvoted yours. I foresee a small form factor in my future. :)

Comment reply on BabySealBeater's Completed Build: The Seal Beater

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I realize this is an old post, but the OP may find this useful:

http://mnpctech.com/pc-window-kits/nzxt-h440-window/

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Phanteks Slim vs Full Size?"

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Heck, I think this whole "spiky ram" trend is positively silly...

Agreed. I ended up with the Kingston Savage series. It looks nice without being obnoxious.

Okay, cool. I think the TC14PE is my winner, especially after I learned the TC14S uses a lower quality fan.

Thanks very much for sharing, FH100. You should share your build on PCPP. I'd be interested to see it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Phanteks Slim vs Full Size?"

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Apparently the TC14S uses a different fan as compared to what Phanteks includes with the TC14PE, so the full size version is the better quality choice.

TC14PE: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1345-page4.html

TC14S: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1438-page7.html

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Phanteks Slim vs Full Size?"

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Any clearance issues with the RAM? Were you forced to make any adjustments to the fans on the cooler to accommodate for space or anything?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help me out with Wattage please."

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Typically, the system should just shut down when there isn't enough power.

Bad OEM PSUs may go up in smoke (literally) due to the heavy load and could take other components with it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Do I need an 8-pin PSU adapter?"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I had a pretty low target of 3.8 considering I only have the stock cooler. If temps are okay, then I might push it further. Anything 4.0 or higher would be glorious. #LowExpectations lol

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Do I need an 8-pin PSU adapter?"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Your PSU only has a 4 pin and your motherboard has an 8 pin. You probably can run it with just the four, but if your going to overclock its best to get that adapter you linked or one like it.

Awesome. Thank you for the reply.

I'm chugging along with just the 4-pin connector for now, but I had read it's best to avoid overclocking without the 8-pin. I hope to purchase that adapter and give my new system a tame OC. That should be a very small investment ($7?) for a pretty nice gain.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help me out with Wattage please."

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

You should be fine to start, but you may want to explore a higher wattage option if you encounter any issues in the future:

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-220gs1050v1

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help me out with Wattage please."

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

I inputted all your components into a PSU calculator which states that 850W should be sufficient. It stated a recommended PSU of 701W (651W min), but that's dependent upon several factors you didn't mention:

1) Are you overclocking? If so, then add ~50W; 2) Any additional fans? Add ~10W per fan; 3) Any additional USB devices? Add ~5W per device; 4) Age of the power supply and capacitors. This affects the calculation dramatically:

Electrolytic capacitor aging. When used heavily or over an extended period of time (1+ years) a power supply will slowly lose some of its initial wattage capacity. We recommend you add 10-20% if you plan to keep your PSU for more than 1 year, or 20-30% for 24/7 usage and 1+ years.

10% aged: 767W, 20%: 832W, 30%: 897W, 40%: 962W, 50%: 1027W

This is the power supply calculator I used: http://www.extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Looking for great silent PSU"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

This is what I plan to reference when I need to replace my power supply in the future:

http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_PSUs

http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/PSUReviewDatabase.html

tldr: Anything with a Seasonic or Super Flower OEM is going to be a quality product.

Comment reply on sendekyo's Completed Build: Frugal Power

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It's true that a better PSU would have been ideal, but the 430W is more than double what PCPP recommended. All the calculators I used showed less than 300W is necessary.

It's non-modular, the cables are way too short, and the unit is already a couple years old; but it's 80+ certified. It will get replaced when I can replace the GPU, when it becomes necessary.

Thanks for the comment.

Comment reply on sendekyo's Completed Build: Frugal Power

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm quite satisfied by all the hardware. Now I just need the software to cooperate. I've had a few hangups, but nothing I (and google) can't solve.

Comment reply on sendekyo's Completed Build: Frugal Power

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm probably going to leave the optical drive connected and find a molex to SATA adapter for a couple bucks. It rarely gets used, but I'm sure it will be needed again at some point.

I will remove the middle cage for better airflow as you and someta both suggested.

Thanks for the suggestions and compliment.

Comment reply on sendekyo's Completed Build: Frugal Power

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Your advice makes a lot of sense. I will remove the middle drive cage before I start overclocking.

I intend to keep the all moduvents attached for the sweet, sweet silence and will probably upgrade to an AIO CPU cooler of some kind along with the GPU and PSU when I get the opportunity.

Thanks for the reply! This was long, LONG overdue.

Comment reply on sendekyo's Completed Build: Frugal Power

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

Comment reply on sendekyo's Completed Build: Frugal Power

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The most affordable option I found that provided the best Passmark/cost ratio was the Nvidia GTX 750Ti (3692/$99.99=0.027). My info may be dated. It's a good option for SC2, SWTOR, etc.

You may want to aim higher depending upon what games you play or your target FPS. I believe the R9 270 or GTX 960 are better options at slightly higher price points, but somebody can correct me if I'm mistaken.

Thanks for the kind words. :)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is there a full tower orange themed case for this build?"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

This is pretty big for a mid tower case, although I guess it's not technically a full tower.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-cah440wm2

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I need a cheap case under $60"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, Micro Center has a great sale on them this month if you happen to have one near you. Just add tax, so it's $56.99 for me.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I need a cheap case under $60"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure what size you need: ATX, mATX, mITX? There are many options, but a computer case is typically up to personal preference. Try sorting the cases by price and only include the models with a side panel window. Keep in mind how many internal and external drive bays you need, too.

Here are a couple under $60 that jumped out at me:

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-spec01redled

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-cas220wb1

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-cas340wb1

Comment reply on Forum Topic "the right case?"

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

I can't tell you firsthand, but most reviews I've read say that it helps, especially if you replace the stock fans.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "the right case?"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

You and I are in similar situations. The NZXT S340 definitely looks like a solid choice with great air flow.

I'll probably end up going with the Fractal Design Define R4 for the noise reduction. Colors range from black, white, grey, and "blackout" which is just black with a tinted window. The prices flirt around the $100USD mark, just have to keep an eye out for the deals.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Case for my new build?"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been looking at both of the cases you mentioned and the H440 is more air starved as compared to the Define R5.

This may be the best side-by-side comparison: http://youtu.be/y62-ce8TBko

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ultra Budget Gamer"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome!

The GTX 750 Ti is a much stronger GPU than either of mine, so I bet I won't get that kind of performance. Hopefully at low/medium 1080p.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ultra Budget Gamer"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I already bought the Pentium G3258 bundled with the mobo for $99 and a mail-in rebate from Micro Center. One of my gift cards was for MC, so I figured I couldn't pass on that deal.

You have a Pentium and can run just about everything on max, but what are your other PC specs? Have you played any of the games I mentioned?

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