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#1168026 What's on your mind?

Posted by TheFrunj on 15 February 2016 - 04:58 PM



One day 1841TB, free data!

I managed to get 61GB of data tethering my prepaid phone to my pc with a usb cable. A bunch of steam updates/patches, game installs from uplay, watched a few YouTube videos while it was coming.


Got a sustained 4000kB/s, where the ADSL2 normally gets 400kB/s. It was glorious.

#1167564 Zip ties.

Posted by TheFrunj on 07 February 2016 - 03:34 PM



Dad's cramped work computer, power cables kept hitting the heatsink's fan blades. Cable ties fix so many things :)

#1162208 Time for some weight loss!

Posted by TheFrunj on 15 October 2015 - 08:39 PM

Good luck, so long as the changes you make are long-term you'll find great success :) But I'd rather they were motivated by positivity as that's generally better for you than hate.



[sarcasm] make sure you jerk and twist, jerk and twist! [/sarcasm]

#1160094 Extra headed usb cable

Posted by TheFrunj on 01 September 2015 - 02:44 PM

There are a bunch of Y connectors on ebay but in my very limited glance none seemed to have a Type B plug:


http://www.ebay.com....nkw=usb Y cable


Type B is super rare so you might need an A to B adapter.

#1160028 cosmos se does this look right

Posted by TheFrunj on 31 August 2015 - 10:19 AM

The first image is a molex power connector with only the 12v and -12v pins, just orient it with the flat side down and match with your PSU cable. It's probably for the fan controller:




You mentioned your motherboard in the other thread, the manual clearly explains the headers connect horizontally eg

[Power LED] [Power Switch] [Blank]
[HDD LED  ] [ Reset Switch] [Unused Pin]


The 3-pin power LED header can be used instead if you want, it's more for cases that use 3-pin connectors and isn't needed. The speaker header is separate and labeled as such.




http://download.asro...77 Extreme4.pdf


Download the manual and read it.

#1159762 new case

Posted by TheFrunj on 25 August 2015 - 06:24 PM

You're welcome, feel free to take and post a photo/some photos if you like :)

#1159164 new case

Posted by TheFrunj on 12 August 2015 - 09:50 AM



That's my last post, now pick one and buy it already :P

#1159144 new case

Posted by TheFrunj on 11 August 2015 - 08:18 PM

That case will work, however it hasn't reviewed very well with noisy stock fans and a front dust filter that doesn't filter all the intake:


"While Cooler Master Silencio 652S is pushed as a premier quiet tower, it falls well short of this billing. The mediocre stock fans alone are enough to disqualify it, and while it does have some redeeming qualities, the sum doesn't have enough appeal for any particular niche or demographic."



Up to you if you wanted to go Cooler Master again for a case, but personally I'd avoid.

#1159131 new case

Posted by TheFrunj on 11 August 2015 - 05:52 PM

Ok maybe i should have told you what my riig is that might have been more helpful 


Intel Core i5 3750k Ivy Bridge Quad Core 3.4.GHz @ 4Ghz,Corsair HX 650 w ,Corsair H 100 Cooler ,Gigabite 7970 ghz GPU,Dell Ultra Sharp U3014  mobo Azrock Z77 Extreme 4 2x 4gb Now i want to bin the old 900 cooler master case and get something more practical for my rig.I just want a case thats easy to remove dust ,and will fit my hard ware ,not fussed on how many Hd slots it has i only have 1 sea gate and 1 ssd .Tia.



I'd personally get the Phanteks Enthoo:



Or the Enthoo Pro:



Or the Fractal Define R5:



They fit the H100 in the top, and also the graphics card.


The Enthoo Pro might be able to fit the rad in the front and still have room for the GPU which seems to be 275mm long.


These cases will all work, all have dust filters. Source them from another retailer if you don't want to pay PCCG shipping, or say what it is that you don't like about the three options above and someone can suggest an alternative.

#1159124 Skylake reviews

Posted by TheFrunj on 11 August 2015 - 03:32 PM


When Japanese tech publication PC Watch got under the hood (lid) of a Core i7-6700K quad-core processor, what they found was an unexpectedly small silicon, that's shorter... than previous dies from Intel...

The substrate Intel is using on the i7-6700K was found to be slimmer than the one on the i7-4770K, at 0.8 mm thick, compared to 1.1 mm on the latter. The thicker IHS... makes up for the thinner substrate, so it shouldn't cause problems with using your older LGA1150 coolers... The die is closer to the center of the IHS than its predecessors were.

PC Watch swapped out the stock TIM with Prolimatech PK-3 and Cool Laboratory Liquid Pro, and found some impressive drops in temperatures at stock speed (4.00 GHz) and with a mild overclock (4.60 GHz).




De-lidded temp drops were:



Stock: 74

PK3: 70 (-4)

Liquid Pro: 58 (-16)




Stock: 88

PK3: 84 (-4)

Liquid Pro: 68 (-20)


Amazing temperature improvement with the Liquid Pro, almost worth the effort of popping it open to replace. Presumably they replaced the heatspreader though it wasn't explicitly mentioned. The article explains their thoughts on the improvement:

"In the heat conduction, reduction of cross-sectional area leads to an increase in thermal resistance. Since small cross-sectional area to convey efficiently heat is required higher heat conductivity, which a difference in thermal conductivity of the TIM is significantly reflected in the CPU temperature than resulting Skylake in the conventional CPU I think."


#1159001 new case

Posted by TheFrunj on 09 August 2015 - 10:26 AM

I'd personally get the Phanteks Enthoo:



Or the Enthoo Pro:



Or the Fractal Define R5:



They fit the H100 in the top, and also the graphics card.


The Enthoo Pro might be able to fit the rad in the front and still have room for the GPU which seems to be 275mm long.


#1158024 pc randomly reboots every 30 second

Posted by TheFrunj on 22 July 2015 - 11:00 AM

Do you have another video card to test with? It sounds as if you've done most basic steps, I'd try another card. Borrow from another computer would be best.


You can upload from the M8 to YouTube and embed here if you wanted, not sure if it would help much if it's a blank screen. Great phone BTW :)

#1157627 Project: RED

Posted by TheFrunj on 13 July 2015 - 06:13 PM

Back in Green


Three years without an update, there have been small things I've done to the system that I haven't documented for various reasons, but I have documented the latest big update so I thought I'd share it (plus I've been feeling nostalgic for computery things after watching some old Linus Tech Tips videos on YouTube with all the products I used to bench and have fun with at Atomic).


So let's look at what changes have happened based on the chronology of my OP:


Corsair Dominators replaced with Vengeance as I wanted more space for VM/RAMdisk stuff and they were getting Memtest errors. The tiny fan assembly was fiddly and never helped much so I removed it.


BDD drive hasn't worked ever since I simultaneously ejected and bumped it, snapping the drive tray at about 45° from normal. Popped it back and it closes, but never worked again. So basically a case blank now.


MSI Lightning 7970 died... kind of. It got to the point where I couldn't run any 3D application at all without a hard lock (no BSOD, just total freeze). I also couldn't view some images fullscreen in Firefox, and sites that do a pop-up image over mouse-over would also hard lock. 2D was still fine, I could play Binding of Isaac Rebirth and YouTube, but not much else. It also got hotter over time and harder to keep cool.


Waterblock LEDs, Reservoir LEDs, LED strip, basically anything not on the front of the case or ODD - they all died. No idea why, they just got dimmer over time and burned out. So there's no light source inside the case.


HDD cage at the bottom of the case was removed as the drive died and I needed better cooling.


So what's new?


Now's a good time to go over pictures of what's new, since they tell a thousand words and my hands are getting sore.



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Hello new card! EVGA GTX970 SSC ACX 2.0+. Slightly overclocked compared to a normal 970, and it comes with an aluminium plate over the VRM and memory chips on the front of the card. Just squeezed into my $500 budget. I would have preferred a card with a backplate too but you can't have everything.





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The back of the card has four memory chips that I will have to cool, otherwise it's pretty normal.




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My case before I did anything new to it. The old card was crashing - a LOT - so I had to add silly amounts of fans to keep it stable without making lots of noise.



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The cheap heatsinks I stuck on the old card were cheap for a reason, they have fallen off over three summers and I find them stuck to things each time I open the case. No shorts though so that's something!


Also visible is the noise dampening foam I added to the surfaces that weren't electronic. Basically the side panel and a few bits at the end. It helped a lot with the high frequencies but didn't help with the low frequency stuff at all. I got two sheets of AcoustiPack ML 2-layer 4mm OEM Material, I would probably have enough leftover to do some of the mobo tray with it but I never did.




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One HDD died so I removed the cage and installed a fan as a filtered intake. Helped a bit with temps. Silicone dampening and bolts.



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Just... don't ask. Cable ties, silicone, more cable ties.




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I have a cable tie problem. In that all my problems are solved with cable ties. Rehab plz.



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Test fit of the new card and new positions for things. The old card is just kinda hanging there while I run a few stability tests before removing the cooler on the EVGA and mounting the water block :D


Few more updates to come, few more cable ties too. I haven't been doing much in the way of PC stuff for the past few years, I have missed it. Would be nice to do it more frequently but not likely at this stage. Fingers crossed I get the updates out soon :)

#1153503 Windows update

Posted by TheFrunj on 05 April 2015 - 11:22 AM

Given this is your first post with super weird text formatting, I'm guessing spam. But on the off-chance you're legit, there's only one other person claiming a random upgrade to Win 7 Ultimate (googled for "windows 7 random upgrade to ultimate"), and they spent a thread being derided for silliness:




So you know, uh, congrats?

#1153270 Can I build a 4K capable HTPC under $500?

Posted by TheFrunj on 31 March 2015 - 04:51 PM



That's your motherboard rear panel, from the official product page, I would use the Optical out to the amplifier.


So basically:

  1. HDMI from your computer (graphics card output) to the TV directly, should allow 4K resolution albeit at 30hz
  2. Optical cable from the motherboard as pictured above to the amplifier
  3. Select appropriate inputs on both devices.