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  1. therealjustin

    Are you bending your alder-lake?

    I'm on a 2600K with a GTX 760, so I have all the patience in the world! :D
  2. therealjustin

    Are you bending your alder-lake?

    IgorsLab will have an updated article soon where they tested different boards and the different socket makes. The Lotes does appear to apply less pressure from what I've read, but that could vary wildly between boards since the tolerances that Intel specify are not that precise. What a mess...
  3. therealjustin

    Are you bending your alder-lake?

    I was on my phone! Sheesh! :p Here is Buildzoid's take on the issue:
  4. therealjustin

    Are you bending your alder-lake?

    JayzTwoCents uploaded a video on this topic... sort of.
  5. therealjustin

    Are you bending your alder-lake?

    I just worry about hitting traces. A metal washer with even the slightest surface imperfections could cause issues down the road. And what about the warranty?
  6. therealjustin

    Are you bending your alder-lake?

    This is not good. I've been following this since Igor's Lab posted the original article weeks ago. So far none of the popular YouTube channels have picked up on it, but we need to change that. Once it gets traction, hopefully then we can start to get some answers. I'd rather not bend a $300+...
  7. therealjustin

    3080 12 GB

    It is clear to nVidia that gamers will pay to play with the latest gear, so it would be stupid to not capitalize on it. 4070 - $699 4080 - $899 4080Ti - $1499 4090 - $1999 At the very least.
  8. therealjustin

    [DEAD] i7-12700K $299.99 Micro Center In-Store Only

    I'm seriously onsidering buying DDR5 from a scalper because I just want to build a new system, and retail prices seem to be increasing anyway. Buying from Amazon, Newegg, and Corsair is nearly impossible due to bots. I have seen a few G.Skill kits pop up but my issue is that I need Corsair...
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    [DEAD] i7-12700K $299.99 Micro Center In-Store Only

    About 300 miles away. The BestBuy agent never asked.
  10. therealjustin

    [DEAD] i7-12700K $299.99 Micro Center In-Store Only

    I used the chat feature on their website, and the best advice I can give is to not give up. It took me several tries until I was able to get an agent that was cooperative. Start by just being friendly and saying hello, and that you hope they are doing well. It's always good to be nice! Then...
  11. therealjustin

    [DEAD] i7-12700K $299.99 Micro Center In-Store Only

    It's crazy, and prices are now lower than Black Friday. I bought one launch day from BB for $453, then at $417 with coupons. Getting one for $323 almost feels like I'm stealing from Intel! :D
  12. therealjustin

    [DEAD] i7-12700K $299.99 Micro Center In-Store Only

    This is very YMMV, but I was able to get BestBuy to price match the 12700K. I'm in shock that it worked actually, but the total came to $324 including tax. :cool:
  13. therealjustin

    12600k 12700k already getting big price cuts.

    I would love to have a Micro Center nearby, but they seem to have no desire to build new locations. The closest one is several hours away. When you were there, did they happen to have any DDR5? I'm curious if stock is actually getting to stores. While not a direct price cut, PayPal did have a...
  14. therealjustin

    What Z690 board are you eyeing?

    Where is the Z690 Aorus Pro DDR4?! o_O
  15. therealjustin

    Scalpers Flip DDR5 RAM on eBay for Up to $2,500

    hE HaS aLL tHe DDR5!
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    Scalpers Flip DDR5 RAM on eBay for Up to $2,500

    Corsair Vengeance Scalper Serious buyers only! :LOL: Shove it.
  17. therealjustin

    Scalpers Flip DDR5 RAM on eBay for Up to $2,500

    Well I'd rather not wait another eight months to build a new system. My 2600K is old AF. 🤣 I just need that 32GB kit of Corsair Vengeance DDR5.
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    What Z690 board are you eyeing?

    Really confused as to which board I should go with. I wanted the Z690 Aorus Pro DDR4 but that is nowhere to be found, and even if it were available there are multiple reports of DDR4 not running at XMP or being unstable in Gear 1. Gigabyte is having serious problems. If I can't use my...
  19. therealjustin

    Poll: Alder Lake owners: were you able to get a cooling solution for LGA 1700?

    My Noctua mounting kit arrived today. Since I still do not have a motherboard or DDR5, I cannot use it. I have to say the packaging is superb! Very Apple-like from Noctua. :cool:
  20. therealjustin

    Alder Lake launching November 4th

    It simply doesn't exist outside of the few hundred sticks made for Alder Lake launch day, and most of those went to YouTubers it seems. Hasn't DDR5 been in mass production since, like, April? Where the hell is it all?
  21. therealjustin

    Is it worth grabbing ddr5 ram now if you can find it?

    How could there be almost nothing available for the Alder Lake launch on the 4th, and still nothing two weeks later? I've seen graphics cards in stock at MSRP far more than DDR5. o_O I'm getting ever closer to returning my 12700K and going Ryzen. I don't want DDR4 because the available...
  22. therealjustin

    Looking for DDR5 sources without getting scalped!

    Same. Debating whether I should just return my 12700K. Whatever stock does show up will be instantly scalped, and most DDR4 boards seem to suck...on purpose I suspect. I cannot use any of the ASUS boards due to their VRM clearance issues, and Gigabyte is very unstable.
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    Looking for DDR5 sources without getting scalped!

    I'm still debating whether to use my DDR4 3600 CL16-19-19-39 kit, or just wait for DDR5. Certainly not going to pay $1000 for a kit off eBay.
  24. therealjustin

    Poll: Alder Lake owners: were you able to get a cooling solution for LGA 1700?

    Noctua informed me that my NH-D15 mounting bracket shipped this afternoon. I only filled the form out on Friday lol :cool:
  25. therealjustin

    What Z690 board are you eyeing?

    If I do stick with DDR4, the Aorus Z690 Pro DDR4 is the one I'll be getting if I can find it. Currently, it isn't even listed at retail sites and I can't seem to find any other info on release dates. I wanted to go with ASUS this round, but many of their models are not compatible with the...
  26. therealjustin

    Alder Lake launching November 4th

    My 12700K has arrived. :cool: Now to decide which memory, and which board. Looks as if DDR5 cannot be found anywhere.
  27. therealjustin

    Ryzen 7 5800X - $299 plus $20 off motherboard @ Micro Center

    Just an FYI and possibly YMMV, BestBuy is price matching with Micro Center if you ask in a chat session. I successfully placed an order totaling $323.99 with tax. This is a damn good price and if you're like me and don't live anywhere near a MC, well, there you go. ;)
  28. therealjustin

    Will Alder Lake be good enough to compete with Zen 3 XT and its 3D cache?

    Well, my 12700K arrives tomorrow and I've decided to keep it over the 5800X. In the end Alder Lake is a bit faster, and I'm not coming from an older AM4 setup so a new motherboard is a must anyway. I would not mind going DDR5, but I do have a 32GB 3600 CL16 kit waiting to be used. 2600K>12700K...
  29. therealjustin

    Alder Lake launching November 4th

    I bought a 12700K from BestBuy, but I'm not certain I'll keep it yet. They are offerings returns until January so at least there's that.
  30. therealjustin

    Alder Lake launching November 4th

    I despise the current trend of lifting the embargo on the same day that the products go on sale. You either pre-order, or miss out on getting the item for who knows how long. My planned 5800X system is still not together so I am curious to see what the 12700K offers and how it pairs with DDR4...
  31. therealjustin

    Need replacement for Seasonic TX-850 with better OCP for 3090

    I returned my TX-850 to Amazom and ended up buying a TX-1000 from BestBuy of all places. It arrived a bit tattered due to zero packing material, so BestBuy refunded me 10% and I was able to use my 10% off birthday coupon too. $262 shipped. :cool: I'm curious what the build date is on the unit...
  32. therealjustin

    Asus ROG Z690 Motherboards Will Only Support DDR5, DDR4 For Other Models

    Yep, I think only the most premium boards will be DDR5 only, with several others offering DDR4 variants.
  33. therealjustin

    Need replacement for Seasonic TX-850 with better OCP for 3090

    I have an unopened TX-850 that I planned on pairing with a 3080Ti FTW3, but now I don't know. There are multiple reports of Seasonic Prime issues with high-end RTX cards. Blackstone, do you know the serial of the original vs. the replacement? My serial starts with R2012, meaning December 2020...
  34. therealjustin

    Fractal Torrent

    I like the Torrent, but man that is a lot of plastic for the price they are asking. Not sure if I should return my Define 7 and get this or just keep it. Worse airflow or course, but the thing is built like a tank. Hmmm...
  35. therealjustin

    Official EVGA Ampere Queue Thread

    Anyone know the current 3090 step-up queue wait times? I entered my 3080ti because why not? Might as well go all out, and with the extended warranty I'll keep the card for many years to come.
  36. therealjustin

    3070 - sell, keep, or mine?

    Keep the 3070 and sell the 2070 Super. Mine with the 3070 while you can, and hold that coin for another day.
  37. therealjustin

    Forgive me Father, for I have sinned...

    I understand why some are determined to wait for MSRP, but it's only money. Enjoy what you have while you can.
  38. therealjustin

    3070 Ti EVGA Notify Queue

    Finally. 08G-P5-3797-KL 6/10/2021 6:57:18 AM PT
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