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    Will mITX limit VR?

    I think it is possible to get a M.2->PCIE riser adapter. The guys at SFFLab had a mini-ITX system displayed at Computex I think that had a graphics card and capture card, with the capture card running off such a riser. That said, hopefully this is why the RTXs include the USB-C port.
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    ASUS Matrix OR Poseidon - CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON!

    Finishing Borderlands 2 and kicking more alien butt in Defense Grid 2!
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    SSD drive password

    Yea, this is what I suspected through my Googling also. I do actually have the password, but no way to input it. The only solution thus far that works is to just send him the drive back, have him un-password it, and send it back. $10 in postage won't kill me but it is a minor inconvenience...
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    SSD drive password

    That was actually the first thing I tried, but I kept getting an error about not being able to write to the last block of the device. (Same error, by the way, if I tried formatting it in OS X instead). I suppose it's possible the drive is dead, but BIOS/Disk Utility correctly recognizes the...
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    SSD drive password

    Hi all- A friend of mine recently gave me an old SATA-2 SSD that I'm going to put into an old laptop. However, he forgot to remove his drive password. My motherboard has no option to set (and hence to remove) a drive password. Is there any utility I can use to remove it? I know the...
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    MX100 vs 840EVO

    What about 840 Pro? It's not quite as pricey as the 850 Pro. (I'm in the market for probably a 480/512 soon)
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    X79 Raid 0

    I'm curious if anyone has SSDs working with TRIM in RAID0 on an x79 board. I know a few years ago TRIM wasn't supported for RAID configurations but that Intel supposedly was going to add the capability later. I've searched around to see but Googling or searching here has only produced the...
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    1.5 vs 1.35 ram

    Lower voltage means lower power (assuming the resistances are the same). So it'll maybe be a bit cooler. This isn't very important with RAM unless you're doing extreme clocking or something crazy. I'd more select on what the latencies are, frequency, and such. I personally went with 1.35V...
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    Can i Fit 2x ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP Edition With This Setup?

    h100i is new, but in terms of cooling it looks to be on-par with the H100. The H100 is also Corsair link compatible, so I suspect it's more of an "update" than a genuine new product. Cosmetically it does look different - maybe they redesigned the pump or something. ax1200i is similar: it has a...
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    Can i Fit 2x ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP Edition With This Setup?

    That said, you'll block off all the slots except for what the video cards are using. This means you'll need to use onboard sound or use something that connects via USB header.
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    Can i Fit 2x ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP Edition With This Setup?

    3 slot cards, yes, with what looks like a single space between them. This means you'll be using 7 slots (3 + 1 blank + 3); your case has 9 slots available. My assumption with the board is that you'll put the cards in slots 1 and 3 (the orange ones). On z77 you'd run them at x8/x8. You'll...
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    Nearly settled on my build - please rate

    I think you'd be better served doing RAID0 with two SSDs instead of having two separate ones. Unless you have some specific reason to split the drives.
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    Will a Corsair H60 clear the caps on this mobo?

    Someone did a build with a similar board (the z77 version) using an H80 (after a leaky H60), but that board has caps on a riser card. With the H60, I think you'd just have to orient it so the hoses are on the memory side and it should be fine.
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    Best motherboard for i7-3930K build?

    For socket 2011, definitely go with a full ATX or extended ATX board. Some boards are just slightly extended and probably would fit in a regular ATX case, but some are huge. I have a Asus Sabertooth X79 and am on the whole pleased. Performs well, overclocks well, etc. The voltage regulator...
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    Not sure what Mobo to buy for ivybridge

    Asus has a number of nice boards, IMO, with varying feature sets. If you don't want/need wifi, you can consider several of the other models: Sabertooth, Maximus V line, or variants of the Deluxe board you linked. The Asus software is pretty nice: intuitive but also with a good amount of...
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    Project: iTX 690

    Baking it, interesting. Any concerns with it damaging the oven or making food smell funny after?
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    PSU for 680 SLI with 690

    Yea, it is, but it's not the same as having 2x680. Not to be cynical, but SLI itself seems complicated...much less what essentially is heterogeneous SLI like what you're suggesting. 2x690 is, of course, totally different. Depending on your CPU and other stuff, 850 might be pushing it. A 680...
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    Corsair H100

    Agreed: just go H60 or H80. The tubing on the unit is a bit stiffer than it looks. It'll flex enough to mount properly, but I wouldn't want to try making sharp turns with it.
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    Corsair H100 CPU Water Cooler

    The only downside with push/pull on the H100 is that, depending on your case, you may not have clearance for a second set of fans. With the H80, you may have RAM clearance issues if the RAM is really tall. H100 will yield better performance likely, since it has more effective surface area...
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    Fractal Design Node 304 itx case

    Great, thanks. That's within the timeline of the build, so I'll leave it in the ring! I'm also looking forward to seeing how well the 92mm fans perform. My plan is to use an H60 on the back, if the "client" likes the case and the ITX format.
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    Fractal Design Node 304 itx case

    Has anyone actually found one of these in the wild? August release supposedly, but we've only a few days left. Friend is doing a build in a few months, probably ITX or mATX. This case is a strong contender.
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    Need replacement case. Suggestions please!

    What about just getting a different fan controller? Unless you're just frustrated as hell with the thing. (Dying controllers that often makes me wonder if you're trying to put too much current through it or something...even if not, that sucks) P280 is nice. It was on my list of contenders...
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    RAM just went down... good replacement for Corsair?

    Do you think the problem may have been caused by the board, instead of the memory? I'd imagine the burnt stick is shot regardless, but it may be worth testing the slots too.
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    Is Micro-ATX My Only Option Here?

    I've only seen ITX boards with one PCIe slot. (Especially current gen stuff). Have you considered something that connects via USB, such as this? Or maybe something that connects via internal USB header?
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    600T Owners. Help increase air flow.

    I have a 650D, which is very similar. I'm considering replacing the front stock fan with one of these: The 120mm bracket thing looks interesting. Could also be...
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    New build for 2012

    Physics lesson of the day! Yes, Power = Current*Voltage. (Units here being watts, volts, and amps).
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    GTX 570 Step up to.. 660ti or 670?

    I'd go 670 over 660Ti. 680 vs. 670 I'd decide based on budget.
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    GTX 690

    For that case, and most cases in general, a side panel like that should be intake. Exhaust should be top and back. Intake should be front, side, (and in some cases) bottom. There are some exceptions but Corsair's really keep to that standard pattern. The 690 coolers partially vent out the...
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    3930K/3960X voltages?

    Hi guys- Spent the weekend tweaking stuff on my rig. I had a question about the voltage on these chips...what is the stock voltage, anyways? My Asus board is running it defaulted at 1.345V, even at "stock" of 3.9GHz, and I'm wondering if that's a bit high. (The board is configured to run...
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    My new project

    It's a bit narrower than micro-ATX. I think mATX is 9.6" square, this one looks like 9.6" tall by less than that wide.
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    Are there any Nvidia cards with Mini Display ports

    I don't think I've seen an nVidia card with more than 1 displayport. You can, by the way, get a displayport->minidisplayport cable, all in one, no converter needed. Newegg had several, and I'm sure Amazon et al. will too. I'm sure multiple adapters would work fine.
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    3.5"/2.5" HDD in 5.25" external bays...

    I'm using one of these, actually just for the fan at the moment. There are tons of these sort of devices out there, either with fans or without. Newegg, PPCs, et al should have a good selection.
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    Suggestions for a compact ITX case?

    Silverstone makes a large variety of HTPC style cases that may be of interest to you.
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    H100 and Thermal Paste question?

    I just used the stock paste. Seems to be working fine. I'm very happy with the temps even at full load. The VRM heatsink, however, is a bit toasty for my tastes (X79).
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    Fans to go with an H100 push/pull?

    The H100 uses 120mm fans. You could try building an adapter box thing for use with 140mm fans, but that might get a little tricky geometrically since there are two fans to consider. With a radiator, you'll also want to consider higher static pressure fans vs. raw CFM. Corsair actually has a...
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    Poor teacher needs help with buying computer

    True, it is cheaper to upgrade the RAM yourself. This requires a Phillips 00 (very tiny) screwdriver and a few minutes of time. The only downside is that you'll replace the memory as opposed to just adding. is a company that sells memory (and lots of other stuff), and will...
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    Water cooling question

    Yea, no aluminum and copper in the same loop, due to galvanic corrosion. See The nickel is probably electroplated onto a copper interior. Many companies nickel-plate their copper to protect the copper from oxidizing.
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    Poor teacher needs help with buying computer

    Do you know that Apple gives educational discounts? Just go to the online store and you'll see a thing for "Education Store." Put in your university and that's pretty much it. Slightly above your budget would be MacBook Air or 13" MacBook Pro. I'm really unfamiliar with the PC laptop market...
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    Black I/O shields?

    Yea, this seems like a simple solution for a can of spray paint. Unless you're hell bent on having all the ports labeled.
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    Looking for illuminated mech keyboard with cherry blue switches

    I have a Corsair K90 and really like it, but it's cherry reds instead of blues if that's a major issue. I looked at one Razer, it was a mirror shiny one, but didn't care for how it looked and felt in person. The Corsair has good heft and clickiness. I would've preferred shorter keycaps...