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Comment reply on PCPartPicker Blog Post "charity: water Completion Report #11"

  • 5 months ago
  • 21 points

Good on you guys, thanks for continuing to help improve the lives of those less fortunate.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't run those fans anymore, but you do need the nzxt hue+/hue2 to run the fan rgb controls and stuff yeah.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I totally forgot about that, I changed it up recently. Honestly I'm not sure why you're having trouble getting it into place.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have a 120mm radiator on the back of my case, so I can't really help you sorry.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "K70 custom keycaps."

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Be careful when looking for replacement caps for your corsair boards folks. The bottom row corsair uses is nonstandard, and a lot of keysets on the market do not support this layout. Those that do tend to be of lower quality.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Has anyone heard of this before?"

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

It's actually a very solid board for the price. It uses kailh hot swap switches instead of holtties, which wear out very quickly. The PCB is well designed and the case options are at least on par with most known brands on the market (of the gaming variety which tend to be on the lower end)

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought an NZXT GRID+ as well yeah, I think I have that written somewhere in the build summary or whatever it's called :P.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "A Quick Overview of Mechanical Keyboards"

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a consistent thing. If I had a nickel for everytime someone has used this logic in a discussion on keyboards I'd have enough to build a new PC.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "A Quick Overview of Mechanical Keyboards"

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the heads up, it wasn't the Kumara I guess, it was the K556

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I did remove the fans.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I did not use the smart hub at all for the reason you mentioned.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Why are there no keyboards that are ERGO + MECH?"

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Every board I listed was mechanical.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Why are there no keyboards that are ERGO + MECH?"

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

There are at least a dozen ergo boards out there:

Ergodox, Ergodox Mini, Ergodox EZ/EZ Shine, Ergodone, Ergodox Infinity, Mistel Barocco, VE.A, Dactyl, Atreus, Kinesis Advantage and Edge (I think the second one is called Edge) off the top of my head. A lot of them are kits that you build yourself, which puts off a lot of people.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

You are probably going to need a usb hub to do so.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Elbow grease, patience, and an unreasonable amount of determination.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I did think about the x62 but honestly I want with the 52 instead because i wanted all the fans to be the same size.

The tubes do press up against the glass a bit for the GPU cooler. I redid the tubing just to clean up the look and prevent it from pressing against the glass.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

5.4ghz at about 75-82C ish iirc.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it's snug but it fits.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

The inlet/outlet literally just barely push up against the ram. Just about everything about this build was a "it just barely fit" scenario

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

There's a decent amount of clearance in there, maybe 30-35mm worth ish. If you want more detailed info (sorry I'm tired it's late an brain isn't functioning right) it may help to go to the NZXT Discord channel and ask them for more detailed info too.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Well the only way I can think to do that is the front panel fan mount is removable. It screws into the front panel so you could add some washers as spacers but I'm not sure how much more clearance you could get with that.

Doing the math on what you said, and correct me if I'm wrong, but 325-298 = 27mm of clearance left with no kraken in place. The radiator alone is 30mm you said, meaning you're at -3mm. From there you also have these fans that are 15mm, meaning you need a total of 18mm spacing extra. You definitely would not be able to adjust the front panel with the washer method by 18mm. You might be able to fit the 15mm fans in the front of the case between the front panel and the front panel cover, but you still have to find a way to get the extra 3mm in place, which I genuinely am not sure about doing without some more involved modding. MAYBE the washer method? But 3mm may be a bit much for that I'm not sure, you could try to find a way to remove the screws that hold the front panel in place (they're the kind that stay on the panel when unscrewed) and find longer ones that match the threading/diameter and that may give you the clearance you need.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

By my measurements, you have about 10.5 inches of clearance for a GPU if you have a Kraken up front with fans (266.7mm) which means you won't be able to fit the Strix in sadly. And the way the case is designed i won't think you could fit the fans in the front between the case and the front panel.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

If you're looking for more saved space you may want to consider buying a 75% kit (such as the XD84, KBD75 etc) and installing hot swap sockets to it. Personally, the 75% layout/size is the most ideal; retaining your number row and frow as well as arrow keys while still reducing size a good deal from TKL.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

There's more than one way to make a build. You can focus purely on optimizing the budget for the best components, you can optimize your fans for the most ideal airflow, you can optimize for aesthetics, you can optimize for pure GPU compute, FPS, CPU rendering/multithreading.

For the fans I focused on making sure I was not running them such that they were too loud while looking good and maintaining temperatures. Fans exist for reducing temperatures, not for optimal airflow (that is merely a byproduct result of finding ideal temperatures).

I understand the entire concern with things like dust buildup, negative pressure, suboptimal airflow etc perfectly well. The reality, however, is no matter how well you design your airflow and filter your intakes you will always have to clean your case out from time to time. As a result of my decisions that time is a shorter period, and I'm perfectly fine with that. I bought a datavac to use it, not to have it sit pretty :P.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

You'll have dust buildup no matter how you set things up, even with pure positive pressure and filtered intakes. The reality is you always have to make sure to clean your case up every X period of time. For me, my choice just means X is a shorter period of time, and I'm fine with that.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair enough, fixed the pictures issue and added some extras

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I basically use them for peripheral windows. I tend to split them to have two windows (split horizontally) per monitor.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

No it's on all 6 cores @ 1.356v.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't pay attention the pricing numbers, they aren't accurate. The GPU I basically got for free after selling my 1070 during the mining craze and keep in mind that at least 600 bucks of that price is keyboard related.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for noticing :P

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I thought it was an apt name haha. The fan was SUUPER close to the kraken block. In fact when I showed the photos to a few people from NZXT they all asked that very question. It's basically touching.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, if you're copying this build, you wouldn't be able to get an hdd down there lol. The USB Hub is down there as well as the excess of cables, so it definitely wouldn't fit sadly.

EDIT: I don't mind you copying it in the slightest, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery :P.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 20 months ago
  • 3 points

It helps to read to make sense of things. From my explanations:

They perform reasonably well on my setup as is (load temperature on CPU stock is about 60C in Prime95, and GPU is about the same in 3DMark). Proper overclocking numbers I'll try to include at a later date.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

There's a couple new photos in the album just for you.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly I do like it but I wish it was a 75% and hipro as well.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

It's available on NZXT's website, or was when I ordered it.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

It's taking some getting used to. 30 inch monitors in portrait are an intimidating thing.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Unicorn Poop AKA PhantomTaco's Newest Build

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

The back side is not a pretty thing hahaha. As for the internal hub, I literally slid it between the power supply and the radiator fans.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PC Part Picker needs to update its selection list of parts"

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

1) Most of the reviews for parts have very few reviews, and is by no means a statistically significant indicator of how reliable/well-made a product is.

2) This site exists to help you with putting together parts and making sure they are compatible with one another. The forums, Discord, and other communities (such as Reddit's Build a PC) exist to tell you whether or not said combination of parts is an effective use of your money for your usage.

3) The images are not manually added, they are scraped from the sites of retailers who list them (IIRC). As a result if you have a problem with them you could take them up with the retailers. You have to realize there are hundreds of thousands (if not more) parts that this site conveniently organizes, categories, and provides information on. From there you have links and the information to find more. For them to add high resolution photos for every single product (making sure they are allowed to use said photos) is a herculean undertaking and by no means an effective use of their time.

4) The target consumer is anyone building a computer, there are not 40 parts of any category that will necessarily adequately provide for any usage scenario. Instead the focus is to provide you a snapshot of everything that is available at the listed major etailers/retailers and what they are compatible with. A less is more approach is absolutely counter to the core of this site.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "RX 460 is Sub Par?"

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

At all resolutions except 4k the 480 outperforms or matches the 390

https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/RX_480/24.html

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Why you should not buy the new Pascal GTX Titan X"

  • 38 months ago
  • 5 points

This post is several YEARS too late. All of your complaints are old. These are the arguments posed to people several years ago with the OG Titan launch.

The card is not meant to exist on the price performance scale, and like most halo/flagship level products, is always going to be significantly diminished in terms of price/performance. No surprises.

As for the pricing (note the fact that I DONT say MSRP) of 1080s, that's not NVIDIA's fault, you can blame that squarely on the retailers and the AIBs. NVIDIA said clearly at launch they would price their FE Titans at price X and that AIBs would have an MSRP (Note the S means SUGGESTED) of $600. That implies that NVIDIA recommended to their AIBs that the price should be at around $600 (or whatever it is). What they choose to do for pricing, and what retailers choose to do on top of that is neither a) NVIDIA's concern nor b) responsibility. So no point in blaming them for that whatsoever.

Moving on to the naming, yeah, it's awkward. But guess what? Their product. And the people that would be buying these are going to certainly a) Know the difference OR b) quickly realize and return/refund. Who cares? As for the review comment, do you not remember the AMD Fury X debacle about the limited review units that went out? They straight up banned sites from getting their hands on a review sample. Yet you take more issue with NVIDIA not having review samples out for a card that is not even meant for gamers? Let's do a bit of a recap here. NVIDIA has NEVER marketed the Titan line as a gaming focused product line. They've ALWAYS marketed it as a card to be used for research and CUDA workloads. Case in point, do you know where the event for the launch of the Titan X P was held? Stanford University. Do you know who the audience was? 500 academics, researchers, and students. How about what they talked about at the event? Deep learning, AI, supercomputers. So by that logic, does it surprise you that gaming review and PC enthusiasts sites didn't get review samples? We were NEVER the target audience for the Titan line, but a lot of us purchase them because they are so powerful.

As for your complaints regarding the performance improvements (or lack thereof) between Maxwell and Pascal. It was a stopgap solution generation, no one is denying that. Just like Kaby Lake is for Intel. However unlike Intel, NVIDIA managed to squeeze out a significant clock boost with the die shrink. And just like the die shrink from 40nm to 28nm, we see mid range offering cards beating their big core counterparts of the prior generation. Beyond that, NVIDIA also implemented changes including improved hardware decoding, async compute (albeit more limited than AMD), dynamic load balancing scheduling system, instruction level preemption, a switch to GDDR5x, and improved color compression. By comparison AMD's GCN 4.0 (Polaris) had the following key features: primitive discard accelerator and instruction prefetch (both similar to NVIDIA's dynamic load balancing and instruction preemption), a hardware scheduler (something NVIDIA removed from their gpus several generations ago because it added cost with no benefit at the time, though now the argument can certainly be made to their use with dx12), memory compression and improved shader efficiency (that efficiency being power efficiency and throughput improvements). Basically the point I'm getting across is AMD did basically no better this generation, yet you don't seem to be saying anything about that.

In summation I think you fundamentally look at this product wrong and seem to ignore the rest of the industry's current direction.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: Project Taco

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately I no longer use the case, but the fans were fantastic, still using them. I don't remember exact temperatures though, and I doubt they'd be relevant to you given the gpu was running 3 monitors causing the pixel clock to run higher than normal at idle, and load wise because everything was heavily overclocked they were all at or close to limits.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Build Guide: PhantomTaco's MSI Build Your Dream PC Guide

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the heads up

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: HOFMAX!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

My rule of thumb with motherboards is basically the same as with RAM. They're all going to perform within a stone's throw of one another. That gigabyte board is fine.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: HOFMAX!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I've been very happy with it, 0 complaints to date.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: HOFMAX!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Boy do I feel dumb then.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: HOFMAX!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry to keep you waiting so long :P, and sorry for the delay on replying too. These days I don't have the time I used to for builds, and to be honest with you it's harder for me to find components (in particular cases) that I genuinely want to build in.

It just feels like the case market is slightly stagnant for me. Some relatively new entrants like Phanteks have made some cool stuff, but their sizing often times is just a lot bigger than I want to deal with these days. Others like Fractal Design are just bland and boring to me so I don't pay them much attention. Corsair does make some cool stuff, but most of it doesn't either a) fit my components size wise or b) are too big. NZXT makes some cool stuff, but they've been focused on mid tower and up. As a result there's just not much selection wise that appeals to me.

That being said the motherboard scene has been very interesting lately, so long as you're doing atx. MATX is still kinda limited color wise, though I did do a build with an H170M Pro4 which I think is an absolutely gorgeous motherboard and would go fantastically with something like that copper toned ASUS 980TI card and some matching RAM/sleeving.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: HOFMAX!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Fair enough, I'm only willing to pay for the latest tech if it brings with it an appreciable improvement.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: HOFMAX!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it's a beast at triple slot and 309 mm.

Comment reply on PhantomTaco's Completed Build: HOFMAX!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Multiple motherboards, multiple headers. It's annoying as hell.

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