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  1. Smoked Brisket

    Hard Tubing Installation Question

    you can also use adjustable fittings. https://www.titanrig.com/bitspower-g1-4-adjustable-aqua-link-pipe-22-31mm-03-60-bp-0244-00-xx.html?color=302
  2. Smoked Brisket

    Western Digital 16TB WD Gold Enterprise Class Internal Hard Drive - WD161KRYZ ($299.99) (Honey 12% cashback + PayPal 12% cashback available!)

    Strangely it is cheaper to get the 18tb than the 16. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089S3CZ41?tag=hardfocom-20&th=1
  3. Smoked Brisket

    Hard Tubing Installation Question

    Rigid tubing is not like steel it has some flex, as do your components. It is hard to explain in words but you cut exact lengths and then "work" the tube in. Rigid tubes can flex a bit to allow you that tight squeeze into place. Sockets can as well, you will notice that pcie slots have a little...
  4. Smoked Brisket

    High flow filter for loop - does one exist?

    Touche, maybe I was a bit hyperbolic but I stand by inline filters as being way worse than any of those things. Propellers just annoy me.
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    High flow filter for loop - does one exist?

    I do not wish to offend anyone but any recommendation of a flow filter in a PC custom loop is bad and should not be on these forums. Flush your rads with hot water, boiling if it makes you feel better. With new rads fill them with hot water and shake the shit out of them to remove any flux...
  6. Smoked Brisket

    Compact 12900k and 3090 build (MO-RA3)

    Nice setup. It is ridiculous that EK charges almost 600 for that block and backplate(do not care if its active.) This is why EK is struggling. Dont get me wrong, I like the blocks and your setup.
  7. Smoked Brisket

    EKWB Lays Off 25% of Workforce, Blames Lower Watercooling Sales

    I may have not used the right wording. Let me clarify, please. I am on these forums praising the flt reservoirs a couple of years ago, when they first came out and I bought 2. At that time they were around 150 usd for the 240 pump/d5 combo. What a great value! Since that time they have released...
  8. Smoked Brisket

    The custom/unique case thread.

    Are there any small business/custom/unique case makers out there any more? Any failed kickstarters that will still offer products? Please dont say MountainMods(love them, scratched that itch years ago) and do not say singularity(2000 plus for an acrylic distroplate with legs???Barrowch offers...
  9. Smoked Brisket

    New and Improved Watercooling Sticky - Post Your Systems Here

    As others have asked:Why is it brown??
  10. Smoked Brisket

    EKWB Lays Off 25% of Workforce, Blames Lower Watercooling Sales

    This is sad but I am surprised and not surprised at the same time. They just havent been that innovative, none in the watercooling market have. I have become an enthusiast that stretches my components and gets pleasure out of redoing my loop with a new case and new pieces every year rather than...
  11. Smoked Brisket

    New build set up

    Loop order doesn't matter. Just wanted to post to say I agree with these guys and we need a stickied guide.
  12. Smoked Brisket

    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    Not really a thread derailer, just makes me look dumb. Can I decouple myself from logging into a microsoft account when I upgrade to 11 or do I need to do a clean install? Also can you all let go of your weird internet pride and say if this topic is bullshit or not. Not everything has to be an...
  13. Smoked Brisket

    Frustrated Father Accidentally Takes Down Town's Internet

    Why didnt he just take their phones at night and return them in the morning?
  14. Smoked Brisket

    R9 5950x and RTX 3080 - Is my loop too small? Too little radiator? Too little pump?

    Your contact looks good brother. Those cpu block screws are meant to be hand tightened, that is why they are thumb screws. Please dont take a wrench to them.
  15. Smoked Brisket

    Request: Can Water Cooling get its own subforum rather than be hidden behind overclocking and cooling.

    Thanks for pulling this back up. I still think this would be great for the forums.
  16. Smoked Brisket

    R9 5950x and RTX 3080 - Is my loop too small? Too little radiator? Too little pump?

    Temps in the high 80's with averages in the 60's seems normal for zen tbh. I have a 3700x through three different loops and two high end blocks and way overkill on rads. Those temps fall right in line. 6900 stays under 40 no matter what the cpu runs hotter than seems right. I am about to upgrade...
  17. Smoked Brisket

    New and Improved Watercooling Sticky - Post Your Systems Here

    Hehe, no worries, not using it. Newegg ate crow and took them all back a few months ago.
  18. Smoked Brisket

    New and Improved Watercooling Sticky - Post Your Systems Here

    Right I have a 480 and a 360, it is an all AMD build. I got lucky and got a 6900xt at close to MSRP. I am one of those that got a shitty bundled gigabyte psu. CPU is a 3700. CPU hits low/mid 50's under load, gpu is much cooler in the 40's. I agree on the offfsets, it looked better in my head.
  19. Smoked Brisket

    New and Improved Watercooling Sticky - Post Your Systems Here

    I had very High ambitions when I started this build. Some parts I am proud of. Primarily I am really happy with how the cables look especially coming off of the video card. It was my plan to try and use as many of the fittings I had collected over the years to give it a mechanical layered look...
  20. Smoked Brisket

    Satin acrylic tubing

    Can anyone point me to a video guide specifically about this? I am about to try my hand with satin acrylic and I understand that the tubing will discolor under heat. I have no problem bending acrylic but have never worked with a satin finish. Any advice appreciated.
  21. Smoked Brisket

    I screwed up

    I use strictly opaque, I like the way it looks. Fluid has come a long way and many of the "never opaque" club hasn't used any in years. I have had great experiences with mayhems pastel purple and EK's pastel white. Using both those for 2 plus years, no maintenance. I have had an issue with color...
  22. Smoked Brisket

    noob here: how do I insert the PETG pipe all the way?

    Do you have the correct sized tube for that fitting?
  23. Smoked Brisket

    Singularity Computers has updated the Protium

    I suppose being able to see the pump spin is a new and interesting twist. Still, you have to include a pump at this price. Its aluminum and acrylic, it just cant be justified at that price.
  24. Smoked Brisket

    Singularity Computers has updated the Protium

    My bad forgot the link
  25. Smoked Brisket

    Singularity Computers has updated the Protium

    The last time we saw an update from Singularity in terms of reservoirs was a strangely shaped distro for close to $400, no pump included. It seems they have updated the protium series by mounting the D5 sideways, allowing for different mounting positions, sort of. I know that singularity has...
  26. Smoked Brisket

    Air bubbles at pump

    What is your pump reservoir setup? Is it a tubed5 combo, bay res etc.
  27. Smoked Brisket

    GIGABYTE AORUS FV43U 43 inch 4k 144 HDR1000 QLED monitor

    Well that is useful. Reading through these pages, the overall consensus seems to be that this is a very good to great monitor at this size and at around $1000. It seems that if you prefer a bright monitor in a room, in the daytime, or with the lights on and you want a BFGD, then pull the...
  28. Smoked Brisket

    GIGABYTE AORUS FV43U 43 inch 4k 144 HDR1000 QLED monitor

    I don't understand your review. In all those pictures the Aorus looked much crisper and accurate than the CX. The CX looks washed out and blue in all those pics. What am I missing.
  29. Smoked Brisket

    Back into Watercooling - Component Check

    I really like those Heatkiller reservoirs but refuse to buy something that comes without mounting hardware. Makes no sense and makes it just bad value. Welcome back to water cooling, nice build.
  30. Smoked Brisket

    Back into Watercooling - Component Check

    hititnquitit touched on this, but go with HWLabs GTS slim rads over corsair. Now even though I prefer HWLabs, EK slim rads have perfectly square edges and can, sometimes, fit in tight spaces better than other rads.
  31. Smoked Brisket

    GIGABYTE AORUS FV43U 43 inch 4k 144 HDR1000 QLED monitor

    It's 120hz over hdmi 2.1 and 144 over DP. Both hdmi and displayport can use DSC, DP was just the first to use it. The application, not the port, decides, if i understand it correctly. DSC is also visually lossless, it is a way to get higher refresh rates.
  32. Smoked Brisket

    GIGABYTE AORUS FV43U 43 inch 4k 144 HDR1000 QLED monitor

    I will check out some netflix content I am familiar with this weekend and report back.
  33. Smoked Brisket

    GIGABYTE AORUS FV43U 43 inch 4k 144 HDR1000 QLED monitor

    Recieved mine yesterday. Unplugged my old wasabi mango 55 and plugged this in with display port. It fired up at 144hz out of the box. Compared to the mango colors seem more vibrant, less muted. The monitor is nice and bright, but not overly. I expected to be blinded, but it is just pleasant...
  34. Smoked Brisket

    GIGABYTE AORUS FV43U 43 inch 4k 144 HDR1000 QLED monitor

    That price came into my inbox and I cancelled my pending cx 48 and pulled the trigger. I think after 5 years I have decided my Wasabi Mango 55 is just too big for 2-3 feet away. I definitely believed all of you about the greatness of the cx but I had 2 reasons to hesitate. Brightness(I hate...
  35. Smoked Brisket

    Does pump speed matter?

    It does matter, not a great deal, but it does.
  36. Smoked Brisket

    PSA: Be aware of rigid tubing inner diameter.

    I recall a post here on these forums asking for help with bends that were collapsing/flattening. The usual responses were given, add more heat, no that's too much heat etc. After a few builds I have settled on 14mm OD as my size of choice, am real familiar with it and have two or three silicone...
  37. Smoked Brisket

    Alienware Really Doesn’t Want You to Buy an AMD Ryzen PC

    It is not about Dell. It is about the proliferation of these " Im on this team" articles, where there is nothing to see but the author makes a click bait article because they know that under the current climate there is a handwringing group of rabid fanboys ready to pounce at any percieved...
  38. Smoked Brisket

    Alienware Really Doesn’t Want You to Buy an AMD Ryzen PC

    Didnt want to get into this but, ok, I will refute the main point. Both intel and amd systems are listed as "gaming" desktops, in the same font, all caps and everything. Done.
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