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    Attempted to tighten timings via DRAM Calculator, unsuccessful

    So after going back and forth as to whether I wanted to try and tighten the timings on my DRAM while keeping its speed the same (3600MHz), I decided over the weekend to make the attempt using the SAFE settings for my RAM. Boy, that was a failure! Computer wouldn't even boot. Thinking maybe I...
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    Anything preventing Nvidia from implementing SAM with its cards?

    So, I have been doing some reading about the SAM (Smart Access Memory) feature that AMD is touting with their latest video cards when paired with a Zen3 processor. This feature, when enabled stands to gain an extra 4-13% in performance in games on average. Seeing that the SAM is essentially...
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    Is it possible Nvidia/AMD are sandbagging their numbers for the 30xx and 6000 series? Plus some other ramblings

    I just watched the AMD RX6000 series announcements and I have to say, even as an RTX 3090 owner with no regrets in buying it, I am impressed and I am glad to see some decent competition again in the graphics card world. They are certainly pushing this hard with a pretty aggressive pricing too...
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    Thinking I may need to rearrange fan setup

    I've got a Fractal Design Node 804 case that is a 2 chamber setup (MB side and PSU side) that is configured for water cooling. With its setup, I am wondering if I need to change the layout of my fans and/or buy some higher output fans. Below is the current setup: MB Side: AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT...
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    RTX 3090 FE Coil Whine?

    Anyone else with a 3090 FE experiencing noticeable coil whine or buzzing? I just got mine today and haven’t put it completely through its paces yet, but I have noticed a coil whine or buzz with certain games and/or scenes. RDR2 it is the most prominent and is heard all the time except during...
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    Length of 12-pin adapter that comes with RTX 3080/3090 FE?

    Does anyone know what the length of the 12-pin adapter cable is that comes with the RTX 3080/3090 FE? Also, how flexible is the cable? Is it stiff and hard to maneuver or is it pretty easy to bend around? Thanks!
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    Star Wars Squadrons in VR on Steam...Amazing experience but nauseating

    So I just finished up playing about 30 minutes or so of Star Wars Squadrons in VR using my Valve Index on my current PC that uses a GTX 1080. First, I want to say that the experience is breathtaking. Flying around in a TIE Fighter or an X-Wing is a wonderful experience for those who are fans...
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    Odd smell from new radiator and other questions

    I'm putting together my new PC project and yesterday was the first day I got all the plumbing connect and began to do a leak test. It's been running for about 24 hours straight now and I am not noticing any leaks, thank goodness. But just a short while ago I decided to do a test on the blue...
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    Node 804 Water Cooling Project

    I should have started this sooner. Oh well. Below is my work in progress on a new build using a Fractal Design Node 804 case. My plans is to fit two Corsair Hydro X XR7 240mmx54mm radiators. Initially it will be plumbed up to just cool the CPU but I plan on tying in the video card once the...
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    Tips on cutting flex tubing straight and smooth?

    While I know that a specialized tool is probably the best method (and I may stop by my local hardware store to see if they have such a thing in the pipe/tube cutting area), is there any recommendations on how to cut the flex tubing straight using typical tools found at home? I tried a razor at...
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    Optimus Foundation AMD WB Mounting. Even enough?

    This may be a silly question, I am just a little OCD. So last night I have mounted my Optimus Foundation AMD water block to my board and followed their instructions, crisscross and finger tighten as much as possible. I did it in small amounts, which felt like it took forever and may have...
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    So is 3080/3090 stock not being shipped until problem is resolved?

    I have been actively keeping an eye on my regular shopping sites as well as NowInStock, and I haven't seen any stock updates for either the 3080 nor the 3090 since the 25th. Even then, most of it was the 3090 which was released just the day prior and the 3080 only showed it for one particular...
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    Should I try and fit an RTX 3090 in a FD Node 804 Case or stick with RTX 3080?

    So, I am not sure if this thread is better served here or under cases. As the title states, I am still flip flopping back and forth if I should go for the RTX 3080, which will offer no challenges what-so-ever in getting it to fit my Fractal Design Node 804 case, or if I can go with the RTX 3090...
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    Any experience with 90 degree adapters for power and USB headers? Cabling suggestions

    As the title states, has anyone used 90 degree adapters in their build for the 24-pin ATX connector, the CPU EPS connector, and a USB 3.2 Gen1 header? Thoughts? Good, bad? Any brand or store recommendations? Just trying to find ways to make my cabling a little cleaner as well as reduce any...
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    FD Node 804 build hiccup

    So I am slowly working a new PC build using a Fractal Design Node 804 mATX case. I like compact cases and thought it would be a good one to try a water cooling project on. Glad I am not dependent on getting this build done ASAP because it is being a bit of a pain. My goal is to do a custom...
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    ROG Crosshair VIII Impact annoyance with M.2 daughter board

    So I am slowly putting together my new build which will be using the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Impact for the motherboard. One of the reasons I bought this board was how it was handling the M.2 drives which will be helpful will cooling. However, that special board and its heatsinks are being a...
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    If you can read the pump RPMs, do you still need a flow indicator?

    The title pretty much says it all. I am building a custom loop and I am trying to determine if a flow indicator is still a necessary investment if I end up going with a PWM controlled pump which *should* be able to report back the pump RPMs. Am I assuming correctly on this? If so, then is a...
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    Power supply shortage forced my hand...

    So...I am piecing together a new computer build with a custom water loop and I have pretty much all my components except for a power supply, reservoir, and pump. Since the case is "fairly" small, a Fractal Design Node 804 mATX case, I need to get the power supply in to determine what kind of...
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    Fractal Design Node 804 and a Mini-DTX board, will it work?

    As the subject states, I am looking for confirmation if a mini-DTX motherboard will work without issue in the Fractal Design Node 804 case. Here is what I know. I have have the case and I know it "officially" supports mITX and mATX motherboards. I know that a DTX and mini-DTX motherboard are...
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    Performance of Batman Arkham Knight on GTX 1080 @ 4K

    I recently took advantage of the large markdown on Steam for Batman Arkham Knight. As much as I wanted to get the game earlier, I was boycotting it due to all the issues the PC release had. So far it seems their fixes have done quite a bit to make the game worthy to own, at least if you have a...
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    Common to have to disable C-State to keep OC'd i7 6700K stable at idle?

    I've done some digging but haven't really come up with a conclusive answer. I decided recently after breaking in my new build to try and OC my processor. Overclocking these Skylake CPUs is a bit different than what I am used to with Ivy Bridge and older. Long story short, on my i7 6700k I...
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