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    Watercooled GPU & GPU; do I need to block the VRM's and x570 or use a fan even?

    Yup, literally 0 airflow other than whatever radiates or convects. My last two builds have had no case airflow... everything got a water block... but now water blocked chipsets seem to be rare.
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    Watercooled GPU & GPU; do I need to block the VRM's and x570 or use a fan even?

    I'm okay with these x570's that have fans since nearly everyone says they rarely turn on and if they do they are silent anyways... but without any actual airflow in the case I wonder if that fan wont kick into high gear... or I wonder if the upcoming Crosshair 8 Dark Hero won't overheat...
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    Watercooled GPU & GPU; do I need to block the VRM's and x570 or use a fan even?

    What are my options here? My current & recently broken Rampage V Extreme setup has the CPU and 1080 Ti (Hydrocopper) water-blocked, and I also put a Watercool.de Heatkiller MB-X kit on it so the VRM and chipset are water cooled as well. It all sits in a Corsair Carbide 540 cube without a...
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    Official NVIDIA Ampere In-Stock Thread

    Saw the EVGA available this morning on Amazon for a hot minute... got it in my cart and it vanished by the time I hit pay...
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    The Top 5 Best Motherboards of All Time

    I wouldn't ding it for being mATX. Hell, that's a plus! Now that multi gpu setups are fading... what is all that extra board for? I had SLi on the Gene, watercooled, and an audio card sammiched in between. One of my favorite builds and the Gene made it happen... all the features and...
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    The Top 5 Best Motherboards of All Time

    I nominate the Rampage III Gene. Socket 1366 goodness in a mATX format: just enough room for SLi and a sound card if you want it. It was my perfect motherboard.
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    What's with PSU's almost all being at the bottom? Bad idea for water cooling, no?

    @Nobu I'd go with the 303 anyways; I was just acknowledging that the 301 is technically also an option. @Kardonxt & @GotNoRice I'm an EE who has water-cooled everything for over a decade & that's not a brag: what I'm getting at is that as an EE, I can't help but think "WTF?!?!, who designs a...
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    Current GPU fried, RTX 30X0's delayed: best "backup" video card to get by with?

    So is Newegg gouging here? Not that I'd buy Colorful myself anyways, but WHOAH!
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    What's with PSU's almost all being at the bottom? Bad idea for water cooling, no?

    I've noticed that most current mainstream cases seem to mount the PSU below the motherboard. I'm guessing that this is so the PSU doesn't have to suck in warmer air and the CPU can hang out in the warmer air instead? I read that power cables might seem easier to route from below (shorter), but...
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    Current GPU fried, RTX 30X0's delayed: best "backup" video card to get by with?

    Need to update that... its long gone & replaced with the 1080 hydro copper that recently fried...
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    How much would you pay over MSRP for a 3080/3090?

    I wouldn't buy from a scalper because NO WARRANTY.
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    Current GPU fried, RTX 30X0's delayed: best "backup" video card to get by with?

    1080Ti is dead so I'm looking for something just to get by with and still be able to use the computer mostly, maybe just not as capable for gaming. If I can run some basic games, that would be great but I'm not looking for much. After I can actually get my hands on a RTX 3080, then I would...
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    My Rampage V Extreme build might be toast... looking for replacement that supports waterblocks.

    Maybe its just a virus or something I can easily fix, but even if its just a bad video card (pixels are chunking up and then things freeze and crash, started while playing Rainbow 6 Siege and now windows even takes a crap)... probably time to revamp the whole thing since it has been 5 years...
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    EVGA doesn't really support the hydro copper cards very well... *edit: they came through!

    Too early? I'd say that the email that I got over a week after I made my cross ship deposit saying "yeah, we don't have that card to cross-ship even though we said we did when you called in for the exact purpose of avoiding this type of situation", was what "got my panties in a bunch too...
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