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Comment reply on Blog Post "iFixit Steam Machine Teardown"

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Still would not work with that case, as the slots are aligned vertically. The case is most likely custom made for Valve.

Comment reply on Biernot's Completed Build: Office Computer for Dad

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

That psu manufacturer is actually very good. And the PSU guru at http://www.jonnyguru.com is on the same wavelength about this matter. They are just hard to find and usually very expensive outside the EU (german manufacturer).

I have a 480W 80+Gold modular unit in my personal rig. When i am choosing a psu, BeQuiet is my second choice (after Seasonic) for high-quality units in mid to high budget builds.

Comment reply on bencoolman's Completed Build: The Awesome Sauce Rig of a Teenage Budget.

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah. Raidmax is a big no-go... and not only for their PSUs but most of the stuff they produce.

And he overpaid on that graphics card. For the same price you can get a Radeon 7870 GHz or a GTX 660.

Also, he should work on the cable management. Routing the 12V CPU cable across the whole motherboard is just lazy and all those excess cables at the bottom should be tucked away somewhere else.

Comment reply on xealous's Completed Build: First microatx rig

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, with a little bit of room for improvement. You already found the main flaws yourself. I probably would have picked a different case, but that is something personal.

Comment reply on ArconHadron's Completed Build: $600 CAD/CAM Workstation

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it's a nice low budget computer, but not really a workstation. Also probably overpaid a bit on that ram. You can get a 2x4GB 1600MHz kit for around $60 or even cheaper.

How is that case+psu holding up? It seems like a good pick for a really low budget computer, but is it noisy?

Comment reply on FGarray's Completed Build: Black ops 2 build

  • 76 months ago
  • 4 points

The CPU + Mainboard is horribly outdated. It's now 4 generations behind the current tech. They are now about 7 (!) years old. Where did you even managed to find it for sale new?

The video card is not very good value for the money. You can get a Radeon 7750 for the same price, which is way better.

The SSD is way to small and too expensive. For a few bucks more you get a decent 120GB SSD.

You don't even have a decent sound card for the headphones. You could have gotten a $50 dollar headset and wouldn't notice a difference.

Comment reply on st3's Completed Build: Super Budget HTPC

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

What is that link supposed to say? Both processors have about the same performance (those minor differences are negligible for the purpose), but the AMD with the corresponding motherboard is a good deal cheaper.

Also please avoid sites like cpuboss. Their data ranges from meaningless to not-real-world to outright false.

Comment reply on st3's Completed Build: Super Budget HTPC

  • 76 months ago
  • 0 points

Going with AMD probably would have been the better option:

  • AMD A4-5300 for $50 CAD
  • MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 for $60 CAD

But other than that: Nice build for the purpose.

Comment reply on dpack77's Completed Build: AMD-8350 Low-End Video Editing Machine

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Good choices for the purpose. I don't know the case, but from the pictures it looks pretty decent. I would have chosen a different model of the video card with a better cooling solution, but it shouldn't make that much of a difference.

Comment reply on Biernot's Completed Build: Silent gaming / work computer

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

No separate controller. I just use the normal SATA ports from the chipset (they are RAID capable).

P.S. I moved the RAID out of my computer into a NAS box (Synology DS213j). While the Samsung Spinpoint F4s itself are very silent, they have quite a bit of vibration. And because they are running synchronously they produce a bit of rattling in the case (although the Define R4 is fairly heavy and does not rattle easily). Also saves quite some time when booting (the raid setup added more than 10 sec to my boot time)

Comment reply on canders's Completed Build: Hooked

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Indeed it is. Nonetheless here are two tips as a finishing touch for that case:

http://i.imgur.com/4Jekp.jpg This is my build (same case, Define R4)

  • Between the psu and the motherboard there is a small hole, which is big enough to put through the USB and Audio connectors. This will safe you to route them all across the bottom of the board. I also took the bottom hole besides the psu for the front connectors (power switch etc.)
  • Take the left cutout for the CPU power connector, it's closer to the header on the board.

Comment reply on kbillington89's Completed Build: WhiteKnight

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Well balanced build, maybe except for the graphics card. I would have advised for at least a GTX650. For only a few dollars more this would have been a good boost in games. (As a rough guideline for gaming computers: The graphics cards should cost at least as much as the cpu, to give you the most balanced gaming performance)

And if you think the Prodigy is cramped, try to work in some other ITX cases. It is probably the most spacious case in that size range.

Also, yes the boxed cooler for the i3 is absolutely fine. It is not the biggest heatsink you will find, but because the i3 is so efficient, you don't need more to keep it cool while still staying silent.

Comment reply on swirlystar's Completed Build: Rebuild of my first build from a year ago, modest gamer.

  • 87 months ago
  • 5 points

I went with the Antec Three Hundred with my first build because it was moderately priced and had literally thousands of stellar reviews. When I was putting it together I couldn't believe how much of a pain it was to work with, especially for cable management

Consider yourself lucky, that you didn't have the Antec Nine Hundred (Edition One), which is even worse than the Three Hundred. It has the same bad, non existent cable management, with added handicaps for the hard drive bays. To change one hard drive, you need to:

  • take off both side panels
  • unplug all hard drives, that are in the same cage (one hard drive cage has 3 slots)
  • unplug the case fan, that is mounted in the cage
  • unscrew the hard drive cage
  • slide the cage out the front
  • unscrew the hard drive you want to change
  • repeat steps in inverse order.

Comment reply on RandomNameThing's Completed Build: Project Impossible ~$2800

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

The PSU is also my only gripe with this build. Even if he plans on going 2xSLI and OC, the AX750 would have been enough. (The GTX680 uses a little bit over 200W under load) 3-4x SLI is something i would advise against because: a) The problems with cooling (without a custom water loop, this will get loud and hot as hell) b) The benefits beyond 2x SLI decrease rapidly. c) By the time he will see a benefit in games from more than 2x GTX680, newer cards will be out that offer at least the same performance for a comparable price, but with a lot less issues (heat, micro stutter, bad driver/games support).

Comment reply on Biernot's Completed Build: Silent gaming / work computer

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

In reply to both Justin95 and BudgetBuilder:

Currently i play Starcraft 2, Diablo 3 and GuildWars 2. For the first two games, the graphics card performs absolutely perfect, meaning i basically have a constant 60fps on max settings (vSync on). In Guildwars 2 i have between 30-60fps on nearly max settings, which is absolutely fine. I chose this card, because it is enough for the games i play, while producing fairly low heat. Initially i had the MSI TwinFrozr model, but it crapped out after a few days and the shop i bought it at, had only the Sapphire as a comparable replacement. (The Sapphire is still very quiet, just not as much as the MSI)

As for the storage: The 2x2TB run in Raid1 mode, because i use them as my archive drive and i want some kind of data security. The 1TB drive is my everyday storage until i either move them to the Raid or delete them. And just as a sidenote: With the current hdd prices, i wouldn't have bought them, but i got those hard drives last year just before the flood in Thailand and they actually cost me only about 55 Euros per piece.

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