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  1. Loiselle

    My first build since 2008-2010!

    Earlier this morning, I saw that my local MicroCenter had stock of the new GPU I’d been looking at for quite sometime. So I pulled the trigger and picked up an EVGA RTX 3070 Ti FTW3 Ultra. I’ve been running gaming benchmarks on it, and I’m astonished at the results over my RTX 2060 KO Ultra. I...
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    My first build since 2008-2010!

    I picked up a CPU upgrade this past weekend. I saw an AMD Ryzen 9 5900X on sale at Best Buy, and thought the following (not exactly... but it was something along these lines. ;)); "In my last PC build, I started off with an Intel Core2Duo E6600 CPU, and upgraded it to a Core2Quad Q9400 after a...
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    My first build since 2008-2010!

    Almost a year later and I finally get around to uploading "new" pics, they're in the original post. Anyways, it's been done. No alterations or upgrades or anything since my last post.
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    Enormous temps on Ryzen 5 3600

    Whenever I close iCue, the fans revert to one color, the memory another, and pump another. I still haven’t figured it out yet.
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    Enormous temps on Ryzen 5 3600

    I use iCue for my RGB and fan controller. Having all my case fans, memory and AIO being Corsair, they're all synced together. So, I won't stop using iCue. Having said that... I do entirely get what you're saying. I don't want you to think that I don't. However, the solution I'm using now is...
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    Enormous temps on Ryzen 5 3600

    After dealing with erratic idle temperatures from the day I got this new CPU, earlier today I finally started to do some digging. Forgive me for not having reference links, but this is what I did, and I've been really happy with the results so far. To start... AMD Ryzen 5 3600, Gigabyte X570...
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    My first build since 2008-2010!

    Christmas has come, and brought me upgrades to the build! Upgrading from a B450 Aorus mATX board to a X570 Aorus Elite ATX. I also decided to swap out the case as I haven't been pleased with case thermals due to what I would call poor airflow in the NZXT H510. Initially I did say before I was...
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    What is Official 3080 Sales Time For Thursday?

    Flippers use bots. That's why virtually every online retailer sold out the second they went online. It's very rare that a person NOT USING A BOT will be able to successfully buy one. This happens whenever ANY item (be it concert/sporting tickets, collectibles, or a GPU in this case) launches...
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    What is Official 3080 Sales Time For Thursday?

    I blame the buyers that used bots. Just please don't buy off of eBay. Don't reward the flippers, make them hold until there's wider availability. Anyone who uses a bot to flip is just plain scum.
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    My first build since 2008-2010!

    New photos posted, finally!
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    My first build since 2008-2010!

    So I did this recently for a few hours; played some games, let the system idle, normal usage and such. Unfortunately, temps went up by 6-10°c while at idle, and pretty much the same under constant load. So I put them back to the original configuration. To help with airflow, I did remove the back...
  12. Loiselle

    My first build since 2008-2010!

    I think I only got THAT much mileage out of it because I didn't feel like, didn't care to, or couldn't afford to do a full sail swap. In all honesty, it SHOULD have been done YEARS ago!
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    My first build since 2008-2010!

    Thanks! I haven't noticed anything negative in terms of airflow yet for temperatures sake. Even under full gaming load in game like Gears 5 and Halo MCC, I don't really hear the fans ramping up too much, and temps stay in line on the CPU between 60-70°c, depending on the settings I have dialed...
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    My first build since 2008-2010!

    ---UPDATE; November 10, 2021 - NEW PHOTOS ***FINALLY*** ADDED!!!--- I've just completed a much needed, and long overdue build of a new PC for myself. I got a lot of life and usage out of my old build, between 10-12 years worth. That build was comprised of an Asus P5Q Pro Turbo LGA 775 board, an...
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    CoolerMaster 690 II Advanced

    I think I need to rewire after look at your insane job jack_burton1985. Stellar job. I did upgrade my rig recently. Went from a CoolerMaster V8 to a Corsair H50. I added an extra 120mm to the radiator, using the push/pull configuration. However, I don't have it pulling air from the back of the...
  16. Loiselle

    Sonic Fan Remix Demo is out!

    can someone post the default controller configurations? I changed a few things not paying attention, and jacked the whole thing up. Downloaded it again and it didn't fix the issue. Thanks in advance.
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    Petition for XFX to make Nvidia Cards

    EVGA is where it's at. Their RMA process is pretty quick and painless.
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    Any new GTX 460 owners want to share their experiences and impressions?

    had to RMA my GTX 460 1GB EE from EVGA... was running super hot in a matter of moments... got a new card from them just a week later... 32-38'c idle, nothing over 82'c in gaming, 1920x1080 res, and all games maxed out as much as the card will allow. Very happy with this card. Upgraded from a...
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    Big ups for EVGA's RMA service

    I was having some serious overheating issues with my new GTX 460 1GB EE model card. Games would easily peak at or around 100'c within 1 or 2 minutes of loading the game up. Went through various stages of troubleshooting, and it was finally detremined that I had a bum card. Today, I got my...
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    Antec 300 vs LanCool 60K vs CM 690 II vs Tt Element T

    I have the CM 690 II Advanced... which I upgraded to from the original CM 690. I have in it the 2 original 140mm fans, and the original 120mm fan. I added 3 more 120mm fans to it, and it keeps the case very cool. I also have a Cooler Master V8 installed, and there is still plenty of room in...
  21. Loiselle

    CM The Reform 1.0

    The black & white case color scheme works well... thumbs up.
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    CoolerMaster 690 II Advanced

    No, the front is set up for either 120mm or 140mm... so is the top, bottom and side panel. The back fan, however, is only set up for 120mm.
  23. Loiselle

    Ikea desk gallery

    I wish I had the space in my apartment for a bigger desk.. some of these are really nice.
  24. Loiselle

    Favorite GPU you have owned?

    I'd say my first REAL gaming graphics card, the ATi Radeon HD 3870. It was my first PCI-E 16x or 2.0 card after finally leaving AGP behind. It was in my first PC build. And it was a damn beast. If only the drivers were better for it, i'd still have it................. maybe.
  25. Loiselle

    Video Card History

    ATi Radeon 9600XT 128MB DDR (AGP) (September 2004 - June 2005) X1350 256MB DDR2 (AGP) (June 2005 - October 2006) X1600 Pro 512MB DDR2 (PCI-E) (this card is still used to this day as an emergency back up card.) Saphire X1950 Pro 512MB GDDR3 (AGP) (October 2006 - December 2007) Saphire HD 3870...
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    The "Forge" Lian-Li A77F Custom Watercooled PC

    @GTOviper... your rig is what I would like to have mine be one day. The attention to all of the little details make me so envious. Just every single little detail went over with a fine tooth comb. I can't see a single weak spot in your build. You, sir, should be very proud.
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    GTX460 temps

    Depending on the game, my EVGA GTX 460 1GB with the free BIOS update, get's as high as 94'c!!! And that is in my Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced case with adequate air cooling to boot. I will try to trun the side panel intake fan to exhaust some extra air out of the case. As it stands now, I...
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    Anybody own a Sparkle GTX 460?

    I cannot speak for the Sparkle brand, but I just ponied up to get the 1GB variant by EVGA with the lifetime warranty. I do not regret it for a second... and EVGA offers a free BIOS upgrade for the card... a pretty nice upgrade if you ask me.
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    CoolerMaster 690 II Advanced

    So I just got my CM 690 II Advanced from NewEgg. Made the upgrade from the original CM 690. I'm very happy with the design changes made in the newer model. I still want to invest some real time in the wiring behind the motherboard tray. That's down the road, though. Cooler Master CM 690 II...
  30. Loiselle

    Post Your Workstation 2009!

    Finally after the PC case got powder coated, I figured it was time to clean up the whole desk area. The desk... view 1. The desk... view 2. Metallica, watching over it all... I just recently found these again after years in storage...
  31. Loiselle

    Cooler Master RC690 Gallery

    The heatsink is not crooked. Just the shapes and stuff.
  32. Loiselle

    Cooler Master RC690 Gallery

    Thank you. The wiring took so long, but it's so worth it in the end of it all. One by one the components had their wires run, and it's really neat to see it finally completed.
  33. Loiselle

    Cooler Master RC690 Gallery

    Powder Coating complete. I cannot be more happy with how this turned out... it's just as I imagined it! I forgot to give the powder coater the expansion slot pannels. So that'll have to wait till next week to get done. Here is the case, all torn down. The back of the torn down case...
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    Powder Coating question?

    Man did this job come out incredible... Pictures in the Cooler Master RC-690 thread... right here!
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    Cooler Master RC690 Gallery

    repost.
  36. Loiselle

    Powder Coating question?

    Appreciate all the positive feedback. Like I said, my biggest worry is where the panels meet the chasis. A little scuffing is expected, I just don't want gouges or gigantic pits in the surface.
  37. Loiselle

    Powder Coating question?

    Yeah, that's what I was wondering... I guess I am just wondering to what extent is it going to scratch or scuff to... anyone else have anything to add to keep an eye out for when powder coating?
  38. Loiselle

    Powder Coating question?

    To those of you who have had their cases powder coated... I have a few question to ask before I go ahead with it... Did you powder coat the side panels (my case is a Cooler Master RC-690) without any issues? Do you ever run into scratching/rub off issues when you put the panels into...
  39. Loiselle

    Post your "rate my cables" here

    I love the white mod on the video card. I have thought of doing that to my card a while back, but in blue to match the lighting in my case. Very sleek mod. Kudos.
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    Cooler Master RC690 Gallery

    What a nightmare. I took the case apart to have painted... and made a mistake to get it painted. The guy who did it used garbage paint and I found that out ONLY when I went to reassemble the case. Paint was flaking off left and right. So I called him up afterwards and he agreed to give me my...
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