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General Discussion / ASUS USB 3.0 External 12X Blu-Ray Writer
« on: March 04, 2016, 09:22:03 AM »
I bought an external usb 3.0 bluray/dvd/cd writer today on Newegg good deal at this pricepoint - Regularly $100 but $31 off promo code (expires 3/9/2016) plus another $20 ASUS mail-in rebate if purchased in March 2016. My net price after MIR will be $49.

ASUS USB 2.0 / USB 3.0 External 12X Blu-Ray Writer

General Discussion / DIY Magnetic Case Badges
« on: February 27, 2016, 01:04:22 PM »
Magnetic case badges that I made from by PC build. I bought 10' roll of 1" magnetic tape at Walmart for $4 in the crafts section.
Each one is a separate 'movable' magnet badge. They are just randomly placed here for a photo. I don't like the idea of permanently affixing sticker badges to my case and not being able to remove them later without possibly peeling some paint off messing up the finish. This is better!

CPUs, Motherboards, and Overclocking / ASUS CPU Installation Tool
« on: February 07, 2016, 09:07:51 AM »
I'm planning on getting the ASUS Z170i Pro Gaming motherboard which will come with this ASUS CPU Installation Tool which helps prevent bent pins during CPU installation. I'm also wondering about the Skylake CPU issue of the thinner processor PCB bending when using heatsink coolers. I plan to use the Thermalright Silver Arrow ITX cooler. Thermalright also makes a LGA1151 CPU Spacer that acts like a gasket and fills in the spaces around the CPU to better mount and support coolers and any movement stress they might impose. But if I use the Thermalright LGA1151 Spacer then I can't use the ASUS CPU Installation Tool because it's meant to stay on. My question is would the ASUS CPU Installation Tool also act as an extra layer to thicken and strengthen the processor PCB as well so maybe other third party solutions to the processor bending issue may not be needed?

Thermalright LGA1151 Spacer installation:

Glad that I found this review on the Evolv ITX. Here is my $2,000 build plan with a question:

  • Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX Bundle - 1x Enthoo Evolv ITX PH-ES215P_BK (window version), 1x PH-F140SP (Rear) Fan, 1x 3.5" HDD Bracket
    ASUS Z170I PRO GAMING LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
    G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Intel Z170/X99 Platform Desktop Memory
    Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz LGA 1151 Boxed Processor
    Cryorig H7 (140W) LxWxH 98x123x145mm w/QF120 Balance 120mm PWM Fan (Zero RAM Interference)
    Phanteks PH-F140SP_BK 140mm Case Fan (2 fans) - needs longer 1 1/4" X 6/32" screws to mount in front (both replacing stock 200mm fan)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti SC GAMING (Reference Cooler) 1102/1190 (Base Boost Clock)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 980 TI Backplate
    EVGA SuperNOVA 650 GS Power Supply - 86mm (H) x 150mm (W) x 150mm (L)
    SAMSUNG 850 EVO MZ-75E250B/AM 2.5" 250GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Western Digital Blue 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
    Pioneer 6x Silver External Slim Portable USB 3.0 BD/DVD/CD Burner
    Corsair Gaming K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Cherry MX Red
    Corsair Raptor M30 USB Wired Gaming Mouse
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home - 64-bit - OEM

Total based on current parts pricing: $1,977


I like to use the MSI GTX 980 Ti GAMING 6G w/Backplate but I'm concerned about the rear GPU fan over the PSU, and the fact that a non-reference GPU will blow hot air into the case. Has anyone with this case used a non-reference 980 Ti and if so how does it do with GPU temps?

I'm thinking about modding the front cover panel to improve airflow by cutting a 120mm hole (or smaller holes) with cosmetic grommet ring(s) added.

I'd like to use a taller CPU tower cooler heatsink with a 140mm fan if possible for better overclock potential, maybe like a couple that Thermalright offers. I don't want a massive cooler that completely blocks view of the motherboard or covers the RAM. I don't think that the Phanteks PH-TC14S is better than the Cryorig H7 cooler? Too bad their cooler fans don't color match the case fans black frame white fans.

I'm not interested in liquid cooling at all.

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