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    The best PC case I ever owned was a...

    I loved the ThermalTake Core V1. It was a good looking case, with great ability for cable management. One of my favorite ITX cases.
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    Motherboard RGB Header

    I'm new to RGB and my MSi X399 Gaming mobo has a 4-pin addressable RGB header. I'm using an Enermax Liqtech II which uses a 3-pin. Obviously I can't plug that into the mobo so I have to use the crappy controller which has proved difficult sticking to one color. Looking at the pinout it seems...
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    ENERMAX LIQTECH TR4 AIO Liquid CPU Coolers Review

    If I do get the Enermax, I'm contemplating changing the fluid day one.
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    ENERMAX LIQTECH TR4 AIO Liquid CPU Coolers Review

    Yeah, I suppose that is true. It's price also certainly doesn't put it in the same catergory as mainstream CLC's either. For the Enermax unit, at least you can change the fluid rather than toss it in the bin and start over. I'm still torn about the direction I'm going to go. I saw that Alphacool...
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    ENERMAX LIQTECH TR4 AIO Liquid CPU Coolers Review

    Also, EK offers an AIO solution. You buy the CPU block and the rad/pump separately.It uses quick connects, but it states they come primed with EK's fluid. I was considering this option, but I don't care for the connectors... they just don't look clean. Everything else about the setup is awesome...
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    Air cooler for 6800K at 4 GHz?

    Running the 6800k with a Noctua D15s with two Corsair ML 120 Pros. At stock speeds it runs 22° C @ idle. I just don't see going to 4GHz causing a thermal throttling issue. To me, that article at Toms Hardware is a bit lazy. I'm going to try for a 4GHz OC tomorrow and see how it goes. I don't...
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    The [H] Post Pictures of your ManCave

    That's actually a replica of a Hofner. It's a guitar controller for Beatles Rock Band. I hope to have another real guitar sitting there soon.
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    Best Video Card for my system under $150?

    If it has to be now, a used XFX 7970 DD isn't a bad choice as well.
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    Video card brand in your first PC?

    My first PC was a Packard Bell with an integrated Cirrus Logic. It was 1995 and I had no idea of a concept of dedicated GPUs. I assumed they were all on the mobo at the time. My next PC, the first one I built, was a RivaTNT AGP. At the time it was pretty high end.
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    GPU Upgrade 1070 or Rx 480/470?

    Unless you're willing to wait to see what Vega will be all about, no question, get the 1070. I would only consider the 480 if you're on a tighter budget and even then, I think a 1060 like the EVGA Gaming SC would be a better card.
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    Sleeve

    So, I'm building a new system and I'm going to have to sleeve the PSU. My last PSU I sleeved using MDPC-X and I've been more than happy with it. However, I know there are a lot more options these days and was wondering what other people are using. I have zero interest in paracord or any other...
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    what are some good benchmark / stress test apps (to verify my o/c is stable) ?

    Oh, okay. I would have figured they put something in the registry to keep you from installing it again.
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    what are some good benchmark / stress test apps (to verify my o/c is stable) ?

    Where does Aida64 have free licences. All I see are 30 day trials.
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    Post Your Workstations 2016

    I didn't want to spend much more than about $200 on the mobo, which limited my options. I ended up going with the Asus X99A.
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    Post Your Workstations 2016

    I'm moving up to a 6800K, X99. HX850i, 32GB DDR4 3000MHz, Noctua D15s, Phanteks Enthoo Pro M, Samsung Evo 950 Pro M.2 SSD and some of the Corsair ML series fans. I haven't decided on a new GPU yet, waiting to see what Vega has to offer and considering the 1060 as well when we have more info...
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    Post Your Workstations 2016

    This is my current main system. Just getting ready to tear it down to build the new one. Thought I'd get some shots before I do.
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    The [H] Post Pictures of your ManCave

    Thanks! I actually got those on Etsy. He sells them pretty cheap too. PerlPop - 8 bit pixel style bead art by PerlPop
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    The [H] Post Pictures of your ManCave

    And it's all setup save for the Mame machine which I haven't had a chance to try and setup yet.
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    The 2016 Post Pics of your Rig Thread!

    I don't see another one.
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    Best speaker ever?

    No such thing exists in such general terms.
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    Onboard Audio @ 2016 vs Dedicated Sound card?

    I would say it depends on what's doing the conversion. If you just want to pass the signal via optical to a good dedicated AMP/DAC then the onboard is fine. You won't gain anything getting a dedicated card. However, if the card itself will be doing the conversion then get a good dedicated card...
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    WD TV Live & Metadata

    So, I got the TV Live and it seems it's not liking how my local metadata is setup. I use Metabrowser and it was downloading the metadata and formatting it for Mediabrowser. Also, it's not showing information for music from the ID3 tags on music. Does anyone know of any guides on how to...
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    Video Bitrate

    Thanks for all the posts everyone! I should have tried some of the other streams on the disc. It seems to have been an anomaly. For some reason that stream, on the same settings, would produce a file with a size double that of any of the others.
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    Video Bitrate

    MKV and H.264.
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    Free Backup Solution

    No, I didn't. I mentioned it right there in the second paragraph. I'm not interested in Windows backup.
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    Local Media Streaming Device

    Yep, I gave it a shot and I had problems as well. I was glad I ordered the WD player jut in case. Now I just need to sell my HTPC.
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    making custom length coax cable

    Any should do. Any F style connectors should work in any compression crimper. It even said so right in the description of the crimper.
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    Video Bitrate

    I don't rip Blu Rays very often, normally just T.V. series. Anyhow, what video bit rate do you encode at? I'm trying constant quality in Handbrake with a setting of 26 and I'm ending up with files over 1.3GB for a 22 minute episode. Well, I just checked the bitrate and for the video it's over...
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    Local Media Streaming Device

    Thanks a ton man. You've been a lot of help. I cancelled my order for the Live Hub and got the Live Streaming instead.
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    Free Backup Solution

    I'm not really interested in relying on anyone else. I have offsite covered already. That's what the external USB is for.
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    Local Media Streaming Device

    That's the one I've gotten for my brother and I've not seen any use of metadata or background images. What am I missing? Edit: Just did some looking and found this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CEtFnv96deQ Is that what you're talking about, where he brings up the...
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    Free Backup Solution

    I'm looking for a free backup solution and I want one that I know people trust. My knowledge of backing up consists of simply copy what I want backed up to the backup drive. I tried SyncToy and I don't like it, so I'm looking for another solution. So, is there anything that people here would...
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    Local Media Streaming Device

    All my MKVs were ripped by me and they are all AC3 save for a few with DTS. Okay. I didn't search a ton on it, but they players I could find didn't and didn't have glowing reviews. I talked my brother into a couple of Gen3's since he didn't want to go the HTPC route. I just never liked...
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    Local Media Streaming Device

    Neither have native support for MKV. I have no interest in using Plex to transcode.
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    Local Media Streaming Device

    Yeah, that's one of the ones I didn't care for the reviews on. I care much more about it working right than it's interface. I saw that thread but I seemed to concentrate on stuff I'm not interested in like the Raspberry Pi and Intel NUC. I did just find this and I'm thinking of pulling the...
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    Local Media Streaming Device

    So, I'm looking for a local media streaming device. I've been using an HTPC and I'm done with it. I just want something quick and dirty. So, please don't suggest anything like a Raspberry Pi. Here's what it needs to be able to do. Stream media locally from my server in MKV. Stream YouTube...
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    Post Your Workstations 2013

    LOL! But I never have to blow in the carts. In fact, I strongly suggest against doing that. I simply put the cart in, and they work. Cleaning them does wonders.
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    Post Your Workstations 2013

    Nope. It's actually a pretty old desk made by O'Sullivan. I think I bought it close to 10 years ago at Office Depot.
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    Best HDTV's: Plasma VS LED

    It's an LCD. The OP is confused. The LEDs are used to back light panel. That being said, are you talking about a fully backlit panel, or edge lit.
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    Post Your Workstations 2013

    I finally got most everything hooked back up. I still need to get the DOS Box wired up since putting it on it's own desk. I'm also going to be overhauling the entertainment system soon. Damn you Ikea! Main System: Backup System: DOS Box: Media System:
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