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  • malmon 09-15-2019, 04:27 AM
    (09-14-2019, 10:44 PM)Backlash Wrote: Been thinking about getting one of those ultra-high capacity WD Reds for my current PC. ~$350 for 12TB is something I could save up for, and the benchmarks for SSHDs don't seem all that promising...


    Bear in mind that 12TB is a lot of data to lose should the drive fail for whatever reason, and being a large drive, would be more expensive to use in a redundant array.

    I've not heard great things about SSHDs, though my ex-housemate had one without any trouble. But it kinda is two points of failure in one device.
  • Backlash 09-16-2019, 07:55 PM
    Word of advice: Don't buy Noctua fans for a silent setup. They might technically be whisper-quiet, but the high-pitched fan whine of both my 120mm and 200mm models drove me insane till I figured out the cause. Instead I think I'll try out something from be quiet! once I get my next paycheck.
  • malmon 09-17-2019, 01:15 AM
    (09-16-2019, 07:55 PM)Backlash Wrote: Word of advice: Don't buy Noctua fans for a silent setup. They might technically be whisper-quiet, but the high-pitched fan whine of both my 120mm and 200mm models drove me insane till I figured out the cause. Instead I think I'll try out something from be quiet! once I get my next paycheck.


    That's odd - I've never noticed a high pitched whine from noctua fans!
  • Loko 09-17-2019, 06:47 AM
    (09-16-2019, 07:55 PM)Backlash Wrote: Word of advice: Don't buy Noctua fans for a silent setup. They might technically be whisper-quiet, but the high-pitched fan whine of both my 120mm and 200mm models drove me insane till I figured out the cause. Instead I think I'll try out something from be quiet! once I get my next paycheck.

    Honestly, I think Noctua fans are kind of ugly anyway, the default color.
  • malmon 09-17-2019, 08:23 AM
    (09-17-2019, 06:47 AM)Loko Wrote:
    (09-16-2019, 07:55 PM)Backlash Wrote: Word of advice: Don't buy Noctua fans for a silent setup. They might technically be whisper-quiet, but the high-pitched fan whine of both my 120mm and 200mm models drove me insane till I figured out the cause. Instead I think I'll try out something from be quiet! once I get my next paycheck.

    Honestly, I think Noctua fans are kind of ugly anyway, the default color.


    Function > form!
  • Backlash 09-17-2019, 05:19 PM
    Alright... So after an hour of troubleshooting, and a ton of Google searches, I managed to figure out that Noctua's provided screws simply don't play well with the HAF XB EVO. Given that installation using rubber plugs would require a complete teardown of the system, I reckon I'll install the back fan once I get a new CPU cooler.

    As for the 200-mil up top, it's quieter at full blast than my stock Wraith Prism cooler is at idle. Good stuff, well worth the ~$30 I paid for it.


    (09-17-2019, 08:23 AM)malmon Wrote:
    (09-17-2019, 06:47 AM)Loko Wrote:
    (09-16-2019, 07:55 PM)Backlash Wrote: Word of advice: Don't buy Noctua fans for a silent setup. They might technically be whisper-quiet, but the high-pitched fan whine of both my 120mm and 200mm models drove me insane till I figured out the cause. Instead I think I'll try out something from be quiet! once I get my next paycheck.

    Honestly, I think Noctua fans are kind of ugly anyway, the default color.


    Function > form!


    I meaan... There comes a point when you oughta concern yourself with form. For me, that's when your case fans harmonize perfectly with a restaurant chocolate milkshake. ^_^'
  • All in One 09-17-2019, 06:12 PM
    (09-17-2019, 05:19 PM)Backlash Wrote: Alright... So after an hour of troubleshooting, and a ton of Google searches, I managed to figure out that Noctua's provided screws simply don't play well with the HAF XB EVO. Given that installation using rubber plugs would require a complete teardown of the system, I reckon I'll install the back fan once I get a new CPU cooler.

    As for the 200-mil up top, it's quieter at full blast than my stock Wraith Prism cooler is at idle. Good stuff, well worth the ~$30 I paid for it.


    (09-17-2019, 08:23 AM)malmon Wrote:
    (09-17-2019, 06:47 AM)Loko Wrote:
    (09-16-2019, 07:55 PM)Backlash Wrote: Word of advice: Don't buy Noctua fans for a silent setup. They might technically be whisper-quiet, but the high-pitched fan whine of both my 120mm and 200mm models drove me insane till I figured out the cause. Instead I think I'll try out something from be quiet! once I get my next paycheck.

    Honestly, I think Noctua fans are kind of ugly anyway, the default color.


    Function > form!


    I meaan... There comes a point when you oughta concern yourself with form. For me, that's when your case fans harmonize perfectly with a restaurant chocolate milkshake. ^_^'



    Eh, interior modules can be whatever since they're going to be out of my sight for 90% or more of the time. I guess it's different if your case has a large window and an elaborate RGB setup though I've never really understood the point of having the latter.
  • Backlash 09-22-2019, 12:19 PM
    (09-17-2019, 08:23 AM)malmon Wrote:
    (09-17-2019, 06:47 AM)Loko Wrote:
    (09-16-2019, 07:55 PM)Backlash Wrote: Word of advice: Don't buy Noctua fans for a silent setup. They might technically be whisper-quiet, but the high-pitched fan whine of both my 120mm and 200mm models drove me insane till I figured out the cause. Instead I think I'll try out something from be quiet! once I get my next paycheck.

    Honestly, I think Noctua fans are kind of ugly anyway, the default color.


    Function > form!





    (09-17-2019, 06:12 PM)All in One Wrote:
    (09-17-2019, 05:19 PM)Backlash Wrote: Alright... So after an hour of troubleshooting, and a ton of Google searches, I managed to figure out that Noctua's provided screws simply don't play well with the HAF XB EVO. Given that installation using rubber plugs would require a complete teardown of the system, I reckon I'll install the back fan once I get a new CPU cooler.

    As for the 200-mil up top, it's quieter at full blast than my stock Wraith Prism cooler is at idle. Good stuff, well worth the ~$30 I paid for it.


    (09-17-2019, 08:23 AM)malmon Wrote:
    (09-17-2019, 06:47 AM)Loko Wrote:
    (09-16-2019, 07:55 PM)Backlash Wrote: Word of advice: Don't buy Noctua fans for a silent setup. They might technically be whisper-quiet, but the high-pitched fan whine of both my 120mm and 200mm models drove me insane till I figured out the cause. Instead I think I'll try out something from be quiet! once I get my next paycheck.

    Honestly, I think Noctua fans are kind of ugly anyway, the default color.


    Function > form!


    I meaan... There comes a point when you oughta concern yourself with form. For me, that's when your case fans harmonize perfectly with a restaurant chocolate milkshake. ^_^'



    Eh, interior modules can be whatever since they're going to be out of my sight for 90% or more of the time. I guess it's different if your case has a large window and an elaborate RGB setup though I've never really understood the point of having the latter.


    "Function over form", indeed. Thanks for the advice, y'all. I bit the bullet and got an NH-D15, and combined with an aggressive fan curve and manual overclock it more than doubled my score on Cinebench. VR Chat just got a whole lot more fun.

    [Image: tenor.gif?itemid=12743047]
  • malmon 09-22-2019, 01:03 PM
    (09-22-2019, 12:19 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (09-17-2019, 08:23 AM)malmon Wrote:
    (09-17-2019, 06:47 AM)Loko Wrote:
    (09-16-2019, 07:55 PM)Backlash Wrote: Word of advice: Don't buy Noctua fans for a silent setup. They might technically be whisper-quiet, but the high-pitched fan whine of both my 120mm and 200mm models drove me insane till I figured out the cause. Instead I think I'll try out something from be quiet! once I get my next paycheck.

    Honestly, I think Noctua fans are kind of ugly anyway, the default color.


    Function > form!





    (09-17-2019, 06:12 PM)All in One Wrote:
    (09-17-2019, 05:19 PM)Backlash Wrote: Alright... So after an hour of troubleshooting, and a ton of Google searches, I managed to figure out that Noctua's provided screws simply don't play well with the HAF XB EVO. Given that installation using rubber plugs would require a complete teardown of the system, I reckon I'll install the back fan once I get a new CPU cooler.

    As for the 200-mil up top, it's quieter at full blast than my stock Wraith Prism cooler is at idle. Good stuff, well worth the ~$30 I paid for it.


    (09-17-2019, 08:23 AM)malmon Wrote:
    (09-17-2019, 06:47 AM)Loko Wrote:
    (09-16-2019, 07:55 PM)Backlash Wrote: Word of advice: Don't buy Noctua fans for a silent setup. They might technically be whisper-quiet, but the high-pitched fan whine of both my 120mm and 200mm models drove me insane till I figured out the cause. Instead I think I'll try out something from be quiet! once I get my next paycheck.

    Honestly, I think Noctua fans are kind of ugly anyway, the default color.


    Function > form!


    I meaan... There comes a point when you oughta concern yourself with form. For me, that's when your case fans harmonize perfectly with a restaurant chocolate milkshake. ^_^'



    Eh, interior modules can be whatever since they're going to be out of my sight for 90% or more of the time. I guess it's different if your case has a large window and an elaborate RGB setup though I've never really understood the point of having the latter.


    "Function over form", indeed. Thanks for the advice, y'all. I bit the bullet and got an NH-D15, and combined with an aggressive fan curve and manual overclock it more than doubled my score on Cinebench. VR Chat just got a whole lot more fun.

    [Image: tenor.gif?itemid=12743047]


    That's a suspiciously significant improvement! Are you sure the previous cooler was installed correctly? ^_^'
  • Backlash 09-22-2019, 01:16 PM
    (09-22-2019, 01:03 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (09-22-2019, 12:19 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (09-17-2019, 08:23 AM)malmon Wrote:
    (09-17-2019, 06:47 AM)Loko Wrote:
    (09-16-2019, 07:55 PM)Backlash Wrote: Word of advice: Don't buy Noctua fans for a silent setup. They might technically be whisper-quiet, but the high-pitched fan whine of both my 120mm and 200mm models drove me insane till I figured out the cause. Instead I think I'll try out something from be quiet! once I get my next paycheck.

    Honestly, I think Noctua fans are kind of ugly anyway, the default color.


    Function > form!





    (09-17-2019, 06:12 PM)All in One Wrote:
    (09-17-2019, 05:19 PM)Backlash Wrote: Alright... So after an hour of troubleshooting, and a ton of Google searches, I managed to figure out that Noctua's provided screws simply don't play well with the HAF XB EVO. Given that installation using rubber plugs would require a complete teardown of the system, I reckon I'll install the back fan once I get a new CPU cooler.

    As for the 200-mil up top, it's quieter at full blast than my stock Wraith Prism cooler is at idle. Good stuff, well worth the ~$30 I paid for it.


    (09-17-2019, 08:23 AM)malmon Wrote:
    (09-17-2019, 06:47 AM)Loko Wrote:
    (09-16-2019, 07:55 PM)Backlash Wrote: Word of advice: Don't buy Noctua fans for a silent setup. They might technically be whisper-quiet, but the high-pitched fan whine of both my 120mm and 200mm models drove me insane till I figured out the cause. Instead I think I'll try out something from be quiet! once I get my next paycheck.

    Honestly, I think Noctua fans are kind of ugly anyway, the default color.


    Function > form!


    I meaan... There comes a point when you oughta concern yourself with form. For me, that's when your case fans harmonize perfectly with a restaurant chocolate milkshake. ^_^'



    Eh, interior modules can be whatever since they're going to be out of my sight for 90% or more of the time. I guess it's different if your case has a large window and an elaborate RGB setup though I've never really understood the point of having the latter.


    "Function over form", indeed. Thanks for the advice, y'all. I bit the bullet and got an NH-D15, and combined with an aggressive fan curve and manual overclock it more than doubled my score on Cinebench. VR Chat just got a whole lot more fun.

    [Image: tenor.gif?itemid=12743047]


    That's a suspiciously significant improvement! Are you sure the previous cooler was installed correctly? ^_^'


    I think so! It was just the stock cooler that came with the chip, so maybe they cheaped out on thermal compound.
  • malmon 09-22-2019, 01:38 PM
    (09-22-2019, 01:16 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (09-22-2019, 01:03 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (09-22-2019, 12:19 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (09-17-2019, 08:23 AM)malmon Wrote:
    (09-17-2019, 06:47 AM)Loko Wrote:
    (09-16-2019, 07:55 PM)Backlash Wrote: Word of advice: Don't buy Noctua fans for a silent setup. They might technically be whisper-quiet, but the high-pitched fan whine of both my 120mm and 200mm models drove me insane till I figured out the cause. Instead I think I'll try out something from be quiet! once I get my next paycheck.

    Honestly, I think Noctua fans are kind of ugly anyway, the default color.


    Function > form!





    (09-17-2019, 06:12 PM)All in One Wrote:
    (09-17-2019, 05:19 PM)Backlash Wrote: Alright... So after an hour of troubleshooting, and a ton of Google searches, I managed to figure out that Noctua's provided screws simply don't play well with the HAF XB EVO. Given that installation using rubber plugs would require a complete teardown of the system, I reckon I'll install the back fan once I get a new CPU cooler.

    As for the 200-mil up top, it's quieter at full blast than my stock Wraith Prism cooler is at idle. Good stuff, well worth the ~$30 I paid for it.


    (09-17-2019, 08:23 AM)malmon Wrote:
    (09-17-2019, 06:47 AM)Loko Wrote:
    (09-16-2019, 07:55 PM)Backlash Wrote: Word of advice: Don't buy Noctua fans for a silent setup. They might technically be whisper-quiet, but the high-pitched fan whine of both my 120mm and 200mm models drove me insane till I figured out the cause. Instead I think I'll try out something from be quiet! once I get my next paycheck.

    Honestly, I think Noctua fans are kind of ugly anyway, the default color.


    Function > form!


    I meaan... There comes a point when you oughta concern yourself with form. For me, that's when your case fans harmonize perfectly with a restaurant chocolate milkshake. ^_^'



    Eh, interior modules can be whatever since they're going to be out of my sight for 90% or more of the time. I guess it's different if your case has a large window and an elaborate RGB setup though I've never really understood the point of having the latter.


    "Function over form", indeed. Thanks for the advice, y'all. I bit the bullet and got an NH-D15, and combined with an aggressive fan curve and manual overclock it more than doubled my score on Cinebench. VR Chat just got a whole lot more fun.

    [Image: tenor.gif?itemid=12743047]


    That's a suspiciously significant improvement! Are you sure the previous cooler was installed correctly? ^_^'


    I think so! It was just the stock cooler that came with the chip, so maybe they cheaped out on thermal compound.


    Who knows~ I pretty much always use aftermarket paste though
  • Backlash 09-26-2019, 12:43 PM
    Man, it's too bad I don't have a job building PCs. This stuff is honestly addictive, and I'd love the chance to work with some lower-end hardware too. Ah well~ ^^
  • malmon 09-26-2019, 02:49 PM
    (09-26-2019, 12:43 PM)Backlash Wrote: Man, it's too bad I don't have a job building PCs. This stuff is honestly addictive, and I'd love the chance to work with some lower-end hardware too. Ah well~ ^^


    It does get somewhat tedious when you have to build 8 identical machines, though maybe that's just me~
  • Backlash 09-27-2019, 12:48 AM
    (09-26-2019, 02:49 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (09-26-2019, 12:43 PM)Backlash Wrote: Man, it's too bad I don't have a job building PCs. This stuff is honestly addictive, and I'd love the chance to work with some lower-end hardware too. Ah well~ ^^


    It does get somewhat tedious when you have to build 8 identical machines, though maybe that's just me~


    I dunno~... I reckon the less brainpower I've gotta use for my job, the better. I'd rather spend that effort on the people that matter.
  • Loko 09-27-2019, 05:17 PM
    (09-27-2019, 12:48 AM)Backlash Wrote:
    (09-26-2019, 02:49 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (09-26-2019, 12:43 PM)Backlash Wrote: Man, it's too bad I don't have a job building PCs. This stuff is honestly addictive, and I'd love the chance to work with some lower-end hardware too. Ah well~ ^^


    It does get somewhat tedious when you have to build 8 identical machines, though maybe that's just me~


    I dunno~... I reckon the less brainpower I've gotta use for my job, the better. I'd rather spend that effort on the people that matter.

    This is some relatable shit right here. Tedious is my favorite kind of job.
  • Backlash 10-01-2019, 07:06 AM
    Anyone else who doesn't see the appeal of tenkeyless keyboards? Sure they're small and look aesthetic, but it just seems like such an inconvenience.
  • malmon 10-01-2019, 09:34 AM
    (10-01-2019, 07:06 AM)Backlash Wrote: Anyone else who doesn't see the appeal of tenkeyless keyboards? Sure they're small and look aesthetic, but it just seems like such an inconvenience.


    Not much wrong with a TKL in my opinion, unless you do a lot of number typing. I've gotten along quite well with the keyboard on my A485.
  • Backlash 10-01-2019, 10:01 PM
    Auuuu... Alright, so, lesson learned. If you're going to set your BIOS to EFI mode, you will make damn sure your graphics card supports it. ESPECIALLY if your processor doesn't come with any integrated graphics.

    I just spent six hours and undertook two Windows installs just to try and get Linux working on this thing. By now I don't even care; Bill Gates can have a hardcopy of my entire internet history as far as I'm concerned. I just need a working OS, man...

    [Image: source.gif]
  • malmon 10-02-2019, 10:53 AM
    (10-01-2019, 10:01 PM)Backlash Wrote: Auuuu... Alright, so, lesson learned. If you're going to set your BIOS to EFI mode, you will make damn sure your graphics card supports it. ESPECIALLY if your processor doesn't come with any integrated graphics.

    I just spent six hours and undertook two Windows installs just to try and get Linux working on this thing. By now I don't even care; Bill Gates can have a hardcopy of my entire internet history as far as I'm concerned. I just need a working OS, man...

    [Image: source.gif]


    This seems strange. Isn't your GPU quite new? I never recall this being a problem :o
  • Loko 10-03-2019, 01:36 AM
    (10-01-2019, 07:06 AM)Backlash Wrote: Anyone else who doesn't see the appeal of tenkeyless keyboards? Sure they're small and look aesthetic, but it just seems like such an inconvenience.

    I get why people use them, but I just can't lose that numpad.
  • Backlash 10-05-2019, 11:49 AM
    (10-02-2019, 10:53 AM)malmon Wrote:
    (10-01-2019, 10:01 PM)Backlash Wrote: Auuuu... Alright, so, lesson learned. If you're going to set your BIOS to EFI mode, you will make damn sure your graphics card supports it. ESPECIALLY if your processor doesn't come with any integrated graphics.

    I just spent six hours and undertook two Windows installs just to try and get Linux working on this thing. By now I don't even care; Bill Gates can have a hardcopy of my entire internet history as far as I'm concerned. I just need a working OS, man...

    [Image: source.gif]


    This seems strange. Isn't your GPU quite new? I never recall this being a problem :o


    Ha-haaa, sweet success! It turns out AMD futzed the X570 chipset support for Linux. One BIOS update, and Ubuntu is tickin' along real nicely. ^_^
  • malmon 10-05-2019, 01:48 PM
    (10-05-2019, 11:49 AM)Backlash Wrote:
    (10-02-2019, 10:53 AM)malmon Wrote:
    (10-01-2019, 10:01 PM)Backlash Wrote: Auuuu... Alright, so, lesson learned. If you're going to set your BIOS to EFI mode, you will make damn sure your graphics card supports it. ESPECIALLY if your processor doesn't come with any integrated graphics.

    I just spent six hours and undertook two Windows installs just to try and get Linux working on this thing. By now I don't even care; Bill Gates can have a hardcopy of my entire internet history as far as I'm concerned. I just need a working OS, man...

    [Image: source.gif]


    This seems strange. Isn't your GPU quite new? I never recall this being a problem :o


    Ha-haaa, sweet success! It turns out AMD futzed the X570 chipset support for Linux. One BIOS update, and Ubuntu is tickin' along real nicely. ^_^


    Ah, yeah, it's always a good idea to wait an update cycle or two before using new hardware with linux ^_^
  • Backlash 10-06-2019, 01:33 PM
    I needed a cheap discrete GPU for a Linux host while dedicated my 5700 to a Windows VM; found a rather nice fanless Radeon HD 5450 for under $15. I'll let y'all know how it turns out. ^^
  • Loko 10-06-2019, 06:29 PM
    (10-06-2019, 01:33 PM)Backlash Wrote: I needed a cheap discrete GPU for a Linux host while dedicated my 5700 to a Windows VM; found a rather nice fanless Radeon HD 5450 for under $15. I'll let y'all know how it turns out. ^^

    Please do, that sounds pretty cool!
  • malmon 10-08-2019, 04:56 PM
    The 9900k box is actually really pretty in person :o

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