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Tech fans unite! If you want to get help, advice or share your rig, this is the place! (Primarily for Windows users, but if you manage a Hackintosh or Linux build, you're welcome, too!)

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  2. Yeah I always hate when I have to find new monitors, I don't really keep up with newer stuff coming out so I'm always lost when I start looking lol.
  3. Unfortunately it looks like Dell doesn't produce monitors with minimal bezel AND 144hz. which is a giant bummer. Because, other than the thick bottom bezel, those monitors are basically my ideal at that size.
  4. I recently upgraded my rig in December, here be the current specs. CPU: Intel i9 9700K, Stock Clock May overclock it in the future, but Intel's default Turbo Clock is working excellently for me. CPU Cooler: Corsair H110iGT I've had this thing for ages, it needs to be replaced but it's still running pretty well from all that I can tell. GPU: EVGA Nvidia 1080TI, This was carried over from my previous build. I may look into the next gen Nvidia cards, but the performance difference between this and a 2080 wasn't appetizing enough for me. RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz If I could do this again I'd probably look more into memory clocks, but this was plenty fast for what I do. Mainboard: ASUS ROG Strix Z390-E Managed to snag an open box from Newegg for damn near 50% off the stock price. It was only missing a few cables, super happy with that purchase lol. PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2, 80+ GOLD 750W, Fully Modular I've had this bad boy for 5 years now and it's still rockin'. For storage I run three SSDs. The boot disk is a 970 EVO Plus M.2 NVMe, 250GB. Then I have two older 850 EVOs for games and projects. I've had the 850s for ages now and they're still awesome for me. For my case, I have a Corsair Obsidian 750D. I bought it five years ago and love it, I always buy cases that are way larger than I need. I also really dislike some of the more ridiculous looking cases that Cooler Master were making around the time, I just wanted a black rectangle :D. I did replace the case fans with a bunch of aftermarket corsair ones that are super quiet. Finally, for my displays I have two Dell S271DGR. They're 27", 1440p, and 144hz. They are by no means the best, but I've never been super serious about color depth or anything, I'm all about the high refresh rates :D. Here's a photo of the current setup, I recently got these monitor arms and it's made me enjoy my desk/workspace so much more lol. As you can see I'm not interested in RGB, though I may buy some accent lights for the office as being stuck working from home for about 4 months now has made me want to get a bit more fancy.
  5. For testing purposes as the performance isn't that great for CoX (not why I bought it): Mods since purchase: HDD upgraded to: Samsung SSD 860 EVO 512GB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E250B/AM) (OS/App drive) Partition Schema: Mojave, Catalina, Bootcamp / Win10.1909 Optical Drive moved into external enclosure and replaced by: Seagate BarraCuda 2TB Internal Hard Drive HDD – 2.5 Inch SATA 6Gb/s 5400 RPM 128MB Cache (Time Machine / Shared Data)
  6. Deja Me! ;) Current Specs: (Upgraded since sunset) Windows 7 x64 Thermaltake Chaser Series Chaser MK-I (VN300M1W2N) Black SECC Extra Big ATX Tower Computer Case Support ATX PS2 Power Supply Thermaltake AF0032 120mm Blue LED Case cooler (Pulling in from below) Thermaltake 2 x 200 x 200 x 30mm Multicolor LED Fan (Top, Pushing out) Thermaltake 1 x 200 x 200 x 30mm Multicolor LED Fan (Side, Pulling in) SilverStone All Black Sleeved 1-to-2 Sleeved PWM Fan Splitter Cable (CPF01) (For when you run out of fan headers) Rosewill SATA Cable 90 Degree Right Angle SATA III 6.0 Gbps, SATA Cable 12 Inches, SATA 3 Cable - 12 Inches, Red (Reduce crimping) Thermaltake SP-1000M 1000W ATX 12V 2.3 & EPS 12V 2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W BX80637I73770K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G (For those that care) Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan Cooler Master Blade Master 120 - Sleeve Bearing 120mm PWM Cooling Fan for Computer Cases, CPU Coolers, and Radiators (Push-Pull Config) G.SKILL Ares Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C10D-16GAO EVGA GeForce GTX 970 04G-P4-2978-KR 4GB FTW GAMING w/ACX 2.0, Silent Cooling Graphics Card LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner with 3D Playback iHBS212-08 LightScribe Support TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 Dual Band Wireless N900 PCI Express Adapter, 2.4 GHz 450 Mbps / 5 GHz 450 Mbps, IEEE 802.1a/b/g/n, WEP / WPA / WPA2 Samsung SSD 860 EVO 250GB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E250B/AM) (OS/App drive) Samsung 850 EVO - 250GB - mSATA Internal SSD (MZ-M5E250BW) (Cache Drive, Sys Temp) HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630 (0J22423) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive (Data Drive, pulled from PS4 during That upgrade) WD Black 4TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD4001FAEX (Assigned to backup the OS drive and keep copies of the other devices I service) Seagate Exos 12TB Internal Hard Drive Enterprise HDD – 3.5 Inch 6Gb/s 7200 RPM 128MB Cache for Enterprise, Data Center (Archive drive for AV project) Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard — Backlit Keyboard, Fast-Charging, Dropout-Free 2.4GHz Connection Logitech Performance MX Wireless Mouse CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD PFC Sinewave UPS System, 1500VA/1000W, 12 Outlets, AVR, Mini Tower (Because I live in FL)
  7. I miss the one I made at my prior job. We had virtually no perks at that job except for one... if you made it for at least one year and there wasn't a Core i5 or i7 in surplus you could take and fashion into your workstation system, you got a $1500 budget to build a system. And build I did. It was big and pretty. And it was around the time Episode VIII was about to come out so in honor of renaming our servers at the NOC after Star Wars characters, I named him Finn. Put in a Core i7-7700K, 16GB DDR 4 RAM, EVGA 1000W PSU fully-modular, EVGA NVidia GTX 1060 card... the Samsung M.2 nVME I wanted sold out, so I had to settle on a Plextor instead. And two honkin' 2K HP Studio Displays meant for video editing (which I didn't pay for, those were in the Surplus, thankfully). It was a beast. Unfortunately, when I left, Management prohibited sales of equipment to any employees upon exit, so he had to stay behind. 😞 The guy who replaced me got it instead. Easy come, easy go.
  8. So do I. NVSurround screen fusion isn't perfect. But it beats the snot out of 11,520 pixels of totally unusable horizontal space. Still, if I had to do it over again, I'd step down one model in resolution. True 4K on 27" monitors renders text damn near unreadable. And I don't like some of the side-effects of screen magnification. My lock screen's pretty cool though....
  9. I'll start off by saying that, for me, this computer is old. I normally build a new one every 3-4 years and my current system is from August 2014. Probably because I haven't started playing any really high-end games that would require a newer system. I blame Steam's summer sale last year. My brother and I picked out eight games to buy, many of them a few years old, so those have kept us busy. CPU: Core i7 4790K at 4GHz GPU: Asus R9 290 w/ 4GB RAM Memory: 16GB G.Skill DDR3 Drives: Two SSD's with a standard HD for back-ups. My case is an Antec 900. I love it because it's tall and wide. I used to run SETI@home so my CPU was at 100% utilization 24/7 so I had a massive Zalman heatsink. The Antec case has two 120MM intake fans on the front, the usual exhaust fan at the back and a 220MM fan in the roof of the case. That's almost the size of a 9" dinner plate. When I build a new system, I keep my previous system as a back-up. My previous build was also in an Antec 900 case, which I will use for my next build. I like having a spare monitor, too. I had a Samsung 22" die with 2 months remaining on the 3 year warranty. I shipped it back for repair (free shipping and repair - they absolutely honored their warranty) but I couldn't be without a monitor for two weeks. Conveniently, Samsung had just released their first monitor with LED backlight so I got that and am using it right now. I'd post a photo, but my case is on the floor between my desk and the wall with about 6" clearance on the window/grill side for ventilation, so the photo would be mostly desk and wall. So here's a photo from a review.
  10. Dig the triple vertical 🙂
  11. There's nothing particularly "special" about my rig. It started life as a home-brew server back in 2011 (yes, 2011). It was converted to my primary rig in 2014. CPU: i7 970 (Hex core, Hyperthreading) Liquid Cooled (Kraken X61) Memory: 24GB of RAM Primary Drive: 500GB Samsung Evo (SATA) SSD Used to also sport a 15 Krpm SAS drive, but it started choking and dying last year. Video: Multiple over the years. Current: RTX 2060 Case: Thermaltake Core X9 Monitor(s): Multiple over the years. Current: Dell 2718U (x3) Additional Onboard hard drives: 2x WD Black (1TB) 1 HGST Deskstar NAS (6TB) External Storage: WD MyBook (2TB) MyCloudUltra EX2 (12GB in 6GB RAID1 config)
  12. Bit of a story for you. Not a new rig, but new for her. While even my PC is starting to show its age (though I've yet to run anything i can't max out at 60fps), my wife's machine was struggling with just about everything, which is no surprise considering it was an AMD FX-6300. It was an awful chip even new and when I had it I was constantly frustrated. That said it soon became my wife's machine as she was never a huge gamer and we really didn't have the money at the time. Earlier this year an old friend of mine told me he had an i7-3770k that he no longer used and could not get to post anymore and asked me if I wanted it. I've usually had good luck repairing most electronics so I agreed... Only what I got was a surprise. it wasn't just the chip and the motherboard, it was also 16Gb of Ripjaw ram and a thermaltake water 2.0 aio cooler. Put it on my bench with a psu and tinkered with it. turns out was a corrupted bios, apparently a known thing with these boards and thankfully, it also contained a backup bios so once that was flashed I got it running. I suggested to the missus she could upgrade her rig as the performance differences between these 2 chips were night and day, not to mention my wife's machine had started giving her crashes and blue screens fairly regularly lately, and always giving a different reason (that's always fun right). She said she would if she could get a new case for it and after a bit of digging I found a cheaper but still decent Phanteks case. I like them, I have the Phantek's Enthoo Pro (which I only found out a couple months ago Linus did a review on and liked it). And so, her entire rig got reshuffled. It's now the i7-3770k 3.5Ghz stock but turbo's to 4.15Ghz constantly. That cooler works insanely well on it. 16Gb ram, GTX980 GPU 128Gb Kingston SSD boot drive and 2 standard HDD's for storage. She plays a few VR titles on it so it gets a work out 🙂
  13. I'd put a picture of mine up, but it's buried behind monitors for the work PC and the "should probably get up to date on this" mac mini's monitor. Main PC: Ryzen 7 1700 32 Gb RAM Asus Prime X370 Pro Asus Geforce 1080 Strix (New) HP 32 QHD (2560x1440@59Hz) monitor - replacing two 27"s. Tempted to get another, if I can squeeze the room in... Some random Blu-ray drive/DVD burner. 2xFirecuda 2gb spinning rust drives, 1 232GB Samsung SSD 960 EVO M.2 . Backup laptop: Acer Aspire VX15 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor (Up to 3.8GHz) 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS display NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM 16GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD ... it doesn't like passing the 1050 through the HDMI port, from what I can tell, which is a touch irksome. Also upgraded with a 500gb SSD for secondary storage. Very easy to take apart, fairly reliable. And as mentioned, 2014 Mac Mini i5, 4Gb RAM (soldered on... *really,* Apple? Eh, it was cheap.) Updated with a 500gb SSD, which made a *huge* (as in "counting in minutes") improvement over the slow spinning drive it had. Yes, I've run COH on it. DIdn't do too badly solo, don't think I'd try an MSR or Hami raid.
  14. I replaced my desktop with a laptop for Christmas. HP Omen Laptop 15-DC1xxx. Intel Core i7-9750, 16 GB RAM, nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti.
  15. I've had this setup for about a year now and it's been working out alright. My first build ended up having issues with the motherboard (MSI B450-Tomahawk), so I swapped that out. I'm using a water-cooling loop I put together for the CPU and GPU. Monitors x 2: Acer 23.6" KG241Q 1920x 1080, 144hz, 1ms CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700 3.2 GHz Cooling: Fractal Design Celsius S36, AlphaCool Eisbecher D5 pump Memory: Team Vulcan 32GB DDR4-3000mhz Mobo: MSI B450-A-Pro GPU: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Storage: Samsung 970 Pro 500GB NVMe SSD/ Seagate Barracuda HDD 2TB x 2 Added an old pic
  16. This is my first higher end PC I've ever had. In the past I have always been a budget builder with a "good enough" mentality. I never really cared about playing everything a ultra settings. Now that I have a decent job though and can afford a nice 144hz monitor I decided to go a lot bigger on this build than I ever did before LG 24GM79G-B 24" 1080p 144hz Monitor AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Corsair Hydro Series H60 water cooler G Skill TridentZ 16GB DDR4 3200mhz Asus ROG Strig X470-F Mobo EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8Gb Samsung 960 EVO M.2 500GB NVMe SSD Western Digital Blue 1TB mechanical HDD
  17. I don't have much to gloat about for my own system... and eventually, I'll be in the market to put a replacement to my current one together. But if you have a system you're proud of or recently put together, share! Tell us how the build went and what's unique to your system! I built my system back in 2012 when City of Heroes was still live. I did go cheap on the motherboard and used a spare case in our house, but it's been serving me well to this day. Even with heat damage from running in the High Desert of California and no Air Conditioning, it's still chugging along. I'll update this with better specs later but off the top of my head, this is what I use now. Intel Core i5-2300 3.2 Ghz... added a Corsair sealed-line Water Cooler in place of air cooling after 3 years of use. 16GB RAM HyperX DDR3 240GB SSD (SATA) Samsung, 4TB Platter HDD (Western Digital Blue) ASUS P91 Motherboard EVGA NVidia GeForce GTX 1050 Titanium FTW LG Ultrawide 32" Display Not the top of the line, clearly. But shopping for systems is clearly a hobby of mine, so don't be shy!
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