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pan0phobik
(@pan0phobik)
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This is what I stayed up until 4:30 AM last night working on. Ripping apart my desk, mounting my monitors, and trying to reduce cable presence as much as possible. Still have some progress to make on that front, but I think it's a good start.

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Posted : 12/06/2019 6:16 am
cburmeister
(@cburmeister)
Eminent Member

This is what I stayed up until 4:30 AM last night working on. Ripping apart my desk, mounting my monitors, and trying to reduce cable presence as much as possible. Still have some progress to make on that front, but I think it's a good start.

Would you share that wallpaper on the left?

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Posted : 12/06/2019 11:07 am
pan0phobik
(@pan0phobik)
Estimable Member

This is what I stayed up until 4:30 AM last night working on. Ripping apart my desk, mounting my monitors, and trying to reduce cable presence as much as possible. Still have some progress to make on that front, but I think it's a good start.

Would you share that wallpaper on the left?

https://imgur.com/5YBsv8q

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Posted : 12/06/2019 11:20 am
Cletus
(@cletus)
Estimable Member

Is that a real Gibson I spot hiding behind your left speaker?

Yep, it's a 1985 standard.

Here's a family photo!

Your family photo has Gibson and Fender in it? What kind of family is this!? This would be like members of the Horde and Alliance in the same family. These are perilous times!

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Posted : 05/08/2019 8:56 pm
Pippina
(@pippina)
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This is what I stayed up until 4:30 AM last night working on. Ripping apart my desk, mounting my monitors, and trying to reduce cable presence as much as possible. Still have some progress to make on that front, but I think it's a good start.


Mirin the backlight setup. Kind of cool how much some colored lights can make a space more interesting.

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Posted : 05/08/2019 9:41 pm
daisyKutter
(@daisykutter)
Estimable Member

@Goetia taking a picture whilst fighting Diablo, pretty brave! Are you on Nightmare/Hell yet? What character? BIG D2 fan here.

PS beautiful setup.

That's MrLlamaSC, Diablo 2 streamer and speedrunner. Cool guy.

Goetia very neat set up! A little bit jealous.

Edit: Ok I just quoted from 3 months ago Neutral

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Posted : 05/08/2019 11:24 pm
Pippina
(@pippina)
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My original plan was to continue using my original Core 2 system that I built for vanilla back in 2006. It's been upgraded as far as it can go, eventually picked up a QX6850 to replace the E6400, maxed out the memory at 8GB RAM, dropped some SSDs into it, gave it a GTX980 that I had laying around. And it's not doing too bad - I just picked up a 2560x1440 GSync display and this old rig can keep it fed with 100-144fps most of the time. Which I guess makes sense because the game is as old as the computer is LoL
But I have noticed that my frame rate tanks as soon as I load up a youtube video on the second screen. So I think I'm going to swap it with a system I built for use at work. It's completely overkill at work since all I do is use GIMP, freecad, powerpoint, and excel... all of which are basically single-threaded applications. I might as well bring it home for some fun.

I'll copy & paste a build thread I made when I first put the thing together and hide it behind a spoiler tag so the thread doesn't explode.

I really liked the InWin 805i chassis. Nearly the entire case is wrapped in glass, and it has an infinity mirror at the front which is pretty unique

Problem is this thing has terrible airflow. The top, both sides, and front are all solid panels of glass and aluminum with no vents. The only place for air to flow is through the floor and out the back. Which results in something like this:

The answer here is to create an air duct to make sure all the intake air flows through the radiator. Luckily there is a pretty big plenum in front of the radiator, so the challenge is just to make sure all intake air flows to it.

Grabbed some cardboard to mock up a duct.

Was really happy with how the mockup went. I transferred the pattern to some aluminum and copied the shape. Got the aluminum from an extra street sign that I had on hand. Stripped the sign part off with a putty knife and carb cleaner and got to work.

The air shroud directs all of the intake air to the plenum in front of the radiator, and the pair of 140mm fans pull it across the radiator fins. This way nearly 100% of the intake air is drawn across the radiator and cools the loop instead of just swirling around the inside of the case.

I didn't seal the air duct off from the power supply though, so some of the intake air is routed directly to the top of the PSU.

And when painted, the new aluminum blends in with the rest of the case. The front is wedged between some sheet metal and doesn't budge, and the rear is pinned in place with a wellnut and single bolt. It's solid. Ignore the heatsink fans on the CPU and video card, this picture was taken while the system wasn't done yet. Was running it on air for a few weeks to make sure everything was stable.

And I'm not using this shroud to hide a mess of cables - my wiring game is on point here. Kind of sad it's not visible because it's hidden under the air duct, but I'm still really happy with how it turned out.

I really love the rear side window on this case. It gave me a reason to try individually sleeved custom wiring for the first time. I got some paracord and connectors and spent a couple of weekends making every cable in the case by hand.

Using a pair of 2TB 2.5" HDD behind the motherboard in RAID 1 for automatic nightly backups. Weekly backups get pushed across the network. But local backups on a RAID 1 is also nice to have.

Water cooling went great in this case. This was also my first time trying liquid cooling. I mocked it up in powerpoint before I got started and decided on a configuration that I liked

To get the right reservoir length I ended up going with connecting a separate pump and reservoir through a fitting. I went with an EK D5 pump connected to a Thermaltake reservoir through the top fill port. I used the other connectors on the res for drain and input.

I didn't have a funnel... so I poured 1L of coolant over the system using a ziploc bag and duct tape. Not the smartest idea I've ever had, but it got the job done.

It ran all night with the electronics unplugged face down without leaks. Not bad for my first attempt at this stuff.

I'm using the normal in&out ports of the res for input and for a ball valve for draining. The ports on the very bottom of the res can be accessed by taking PCIe slot brackets out. I use them for filling the thing with coolant with the chassis rotated face down. It's hard to see but there is a ball valve there with a G1/4 plug screwed in just to be safe. I have a compression fitting and soft tubing that I can screw in to it to drain the coolant into a bucket.

My original plan was for UV reactive blue fluid. I went with black instead. I think this was a good choice. It's kind of subtle.

The motherboard had defaulted to red LEDs. I settled on light blue and white for the lighting in the end. It's really hard to get a good picture of this thing.

My favorite part of this build: 3x Samsung 960 Pro NVMe SSDs in a 1.5TB bootable RAID 0.

Finally wrapped it up and brought it in to work. I get to look at this thing all day. And it looks way better in person than it does in pictures.

InWin 805i chassis
Threadripper 2990WX 32 cores / 64 threads
32GB DDR4-3200
3x Samsung 960 Pro 512GB in a 1.5TB NVMe RAID 0
2TB RAID 1 for nightly backups
Geforce GTX980ti
Custom liquid cooling
Hand built custom wiring harness

Complete maximum overkill for a 15 year old computer game LoL

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Posted : 05/08/2019 11:48 pm
Grindhouse
(@grindhouse)
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I want to build a new pc so bad, but im not sure i can justify spending the money when im only going to be playing Classic.

I would like to build a pc using the new AMD Ryzen 9 3900x and their new Radeon rx 5700, in a Loque Ghost S1.

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Posted : 06/08/2019 5:44 am
pan0phobik
(@pan0phobik)
Estimable Member

This is what I stayed up until 4:30 AM last night working on. Ripping apart my desk, mounting my monitors, and trying to reduce cable presence as much as possible. Still have some progress to make on that front, but I think it's a good start.


Mirin the backlight setup. Kind of cool how much some colored lights can make a space more interesting.

Thank you. I'm in LOVE with Hue lights.

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Posted : 06/08/2019 6:27 am
Hottage
(@hottage)
Active Member

Here's my current setup, recently moved my rig into an NZXT H200.

Working on a few minor mods to clean up the inside (custom cables and 90 degree adaptors for the motherboard I/O).

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Posted : 06/08/2019 7:28 am
Grindhouse
(@grindhouse)
Estimable Member

I cant see your pictures :/

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Posted : 06/08/2019 8:05 am
Pippina
(@pippina)
Member Moderator

Here's my current setup, recently moved my rig into an NZXT H200.

Working on a few minor mods to clean up the inside (custom cables and 90 degree adaptors for the motherboard I/O).

The image links you used are on a web server which blocks them from being used on other websites. But they can be downloaded directly from the URL, so I moved them over to a different image host for you. You can probably see the images on your screen because they're already cached, but nobody else can. Here they are so other people can see them:

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Posted : 06/08/2019 8:16 am
tygoro
(@tygoro)
Active Member

@Jpy replacement mat for your steelseries? Razz

Where can i get this?

https://www.tygoro.com/

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Posted : 06/08/2019 9:37 am
Hip
 Hip
(@hip)
Eminent Member

Had this machine for 3 years now and not had a single problem. The notables include an Asus Z170-A motherboard, Intel i5-6600k processor and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 graphics card.

When I was growing up we could never afford a decent computer so I could never play the latest, most graphically sophisticated games. At one point our little home desktop was 5 years old and overheating trying to run Garry's Mod on the lowest settings. WoW was never a problem though and this machine is going to have it's fair share of that in 20 days or so.

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Posted : 06/08/2019 11:42 am
ClassicRaids
(@classicraids)
Trusted Member

Nothing to special, I'll be playing on a 2016 Macbook pro. It seemed to handle retail find so I'm thinking Classic will run smoothly *fingers crossed*

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Posted : 06/08/2019 2:22 pm
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