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Cases, Power Supplies, and Cooling / Re: water cooling the cpu in new rig...
« Last post by Jury-Pool-Reject on October 16, 2018, 04:57:52 PM »
Thanks, Ari.

I will check that one out.
Cases, Power Supplies, and Cooling / Re: water cooling the cpu in new rig...
« Last post by Ari Altman on October 16, 2018, 07:41:10 AM »
A 60mm radiator is almost guaranteed NOT to fit. That's the kind of setup you'd need a super-tower for. The original Evolv barely had space for a 25mm radiator, so I highly doubt the changes made to improve compatibility with the Evolv X contemplated that type of custom loop.

And anyway, you don't need that type of power for a 9900K. Stick with a good 280mm or 360mm AIO and you should be fine. I really love the look and quiet operation of the Thermaltake Floe series.
Cases, Power Supplies, and Cooling / Re: water cooling the cpu in new rig...
« Last post by Jury-Pool-Reject on October 16, 2018, 06:38:37 AM »
I've been considering the 'EK-Kit X360' (60mm thick radiator, 3x120 fans, D5 pump, reservoir, tubing) to cool the 9900K. But, I've heard different opinions at various sites whether that cpu water loop kit would fit on the top of the new version of the Phanteks Evolv X case. So, not sure what I want to do there. I don't want to have to return that to EK if it doesn't fit. There's another EK kit (think it's the P360) w/ a not so thick radiator, but the components are not at the level of the X360.

I'm wondering if just a plain, old AIO cpu cooler could handle a @ 5.0 Ghz OC of the 9900K. And so I'll now be reading reviews of the AIO's... Would be on a Z390 Asus Maximus 'Formula XI' MB, and an EVGA 2080ti (don't know which one to get... not available in quantity yet).
The Premium/Extreme Gaming PC Builds / Re: Building a Supreme Dream HTPC Machine
« Last post by TekHed on October 14, 2018, 12:15:57 AM »
Purchased a 540...the build has officially begun!
The Premium/Extreme Gaming PC Builds / Re: Building a Supreme Dream HTPC Machine
« Last post by Ari Altman on October 13, 2018, 03:09:19 PM »
Other than the Air 540 on its side? You won't find any other mainstream ATX case that can come close to handling extreme liquid cooling gear that will fit in the dimensions of that cabinet. But there is a case from little-known brand Anidees that will potentially fit in your space in a standard vertical position if you take the feet off: the Anidees AI Crystal Cube. I can't vouch for the cooling capability, but it has space for a 280mm radiator up top, a 120mm radiator in the rear, and then you'd still have to mount a 120mm radiator in the front. The layout is identical to the Air 540, but it's smaller and has four smaller intake fans, rather than two larger ones. And while the glass looks really nice, the airflow will be worse, which is not what you're going for.

I'd  stick with the 540.
The Premium/Extreme Gaming PC Builds / Re: Building a Supreme Dream HTPC Machine
« Last post by TekHed on October 13, 2018, 12:05:35 PM »
Well what else would you suggest if you were to update your recommendation?

I just remeasured and the exact dimensions of the space I have are 15.5" high, 17" wide, and 21" deep...

I have a budget of $10k or even more, and I want the best possible machine I can get by this December that will fit into that space...
The Premium/Extreme Gaming PC Builds / Re: Building a Supreme Dream HTPC Machine
« Last post by Ari Altman on October 13, 2018, 11:17:13 AM »
The Corsair Air 540 is probably going to be discontinued soon, so you may want to snap one up. It's been replaced by the Air 740, which is probably too big for your space at 20.08" high x 13.39" wide x 16.77" deep, versus 16.34" high x 13.07" wide x 18.03" deep for the 540.

Either could fit the Supreme Dream Machine, but if you're set on using liquid-cooled RTX 2080 Ti cards, things will get complicated. You can only mount a 360mm radiator to the front, so you might want to go with a 280mm radiator, but you'll still need space for your two 120mm GPU radiators. Honestly, this case is a little small for a setup like this. Sure, you could do it, but you'd have to set it up with virtually no intake air. Not a good idea when you have a massive amount of heat being thrown off.
The Premium/Extreme Gaming PC Builds / Re: Building a Supreme Dream HTPC Machine
« Last post by TekHed on October 13, 2018, 11:01:36 AM »
1. No, though it's been awhile so I don't blame you for forgetting! The reason you split this into a separate discussion thread is I'm working with a specific small block of space where the machine needs to fit into a boxy hollow about 15-16" tall at most, sitting on the ground. We start discussing it on page 3 or 4 I think but here is the case you previously suggested that I am asking if is still relevant...

Yeah one of my clients is a senior engineer/team leader at Youtube, and he's been having to deal with all of the recent fallout from a comparatively minuscule number of bad actors. Been quite the headache for him.

One thing you might consider, once you have a decent enough setup, is starting the channel, promoting it here on your site, and getting a patreon account. A lot of Youtubers these days are crowdfunding their content and you'd be surprised how quickly you can get a viable revenue stream with a large enough audience who believes in your content. It does take time to build, but could be well worth it for your brand...

That case in the gallery is definitely getting closer to what might work. My setup is indeed a home built media center I put together out of stained wood boards and painted cinder blocks. Space is definitely at a premium, and will be moreso when I upgrade to a 65" screen. Is it bad to lay normal towers on their side, as that could be an option? Alternatively, do you know of anyplace that makes custom cases to spec?

No matter what I end up doing, the computer is probably going to have to sit on the floor, and in these older houses it's a constant battle against dust. Alternately I'm considering getting a big tower, and placing it all the way behind my couch, which will necessitate running a bunch of cables along the walls to get around to the media center, receiver, and tv opposite...

You know, one case that might work in your unique situation is the Corsair Carbide Air 540. While it's a bit too tall for your application, set on its side it could work perfectly, as it's 13" wide (or 13" tall on its side). And its actual height isn't as high as most tower cases. You can certainly run full towers on their side, but they'll look funny and take up a ton of space horizontally. It has plenty of cooling and capacity for an ultra-high-end setup, and would make for quite an "elite" home theater setup!

2. December would be perfect actually, so it will still be a tax writeoff for the year.

3.Both actually. This is supposed to be a high end 4k gaming rig but my movie and TV show archive is 5 TB and growing...
The HTPC Build / Re: TBG's High-End Home Theater PC Buyer's Guide
« Last post by Ari Altman on October 13, 2018, 08:46:20 AM »
Hi Ari and everyone,

I'm about to build one of these and have few questions to the forum:

1. Has anyone used Kodi Linux build?
2. Can't find that memory in my country, and as you mentioned Ari it's better if it's single channel - how can I determine that?
3. I would like to stick 10Tb on SSD M.2 only, any tips on achieving that?

Thank you,

Welcome, Peo!

There are several forum users who have used Kodi/Linux for an HTPC build, but none have mentioned it recently. That being said, a forum member was quite active a few days ago talking about his Kodi/Windows build, so you might post in this thread to see if you can ask him some question about Kodi generally, if you'd like.

The memory you want is "single rank," not "single channel." It's a bit frustrating that there are so many similar terms we now have to keep track of, I know! The two manufacturers that have the broadest selection of clearly-labeled single-rank RAM are Kingston HyperX and Crucial Ballistix. You could also go with a Ryzen-specific G.Skill Flare X RAM kit, if they're available in your country.

In terms of 10TB of M.2 storage, you're slightly ahead of the industry there! The largest M.2 drives today are 2TB, with the leading contenders being the Samsung 970 Evo PCie and Samsung 860 Evo SATA drives. While you could use two SilverStone EMC22 SATA/PCIe adapters to add another three 2TB drives (the ECM22 supports one PCIe drive and one SATA drive with a jumper cable), I wouldn't recommend it, as it will limit the number of other expansion cards you can use. Just pick up one each of the 970 Evo and 860 Evo M.2 drives (the Gigabyte X470 Ultra Gaming has one PCIe/SATA slot and one PCIe-only slot), and then add two 860 Evo 4TB 2.5" drives. That will take you to 12TB.
The Premium/Extreme Gaming PC Builds / Re: Building a Supreme Dream HTPC Machine
« Last post by Ari Altman on October 13, 2018, 08:04:07 AM »

Okay, we are getting ever closer...questions!

1. Will the current iteration of the SDM fit into the case we were discussing here?

2. When are we getting liquid-cooled 2080Ti's?

3. If I really want a LOT more TB of storage in the SDM, what would you recommend? I'm already outgrown my 4 TB RAID drive and want to step it up from there, ideally in a solid state medium...

Ha, ha, yes, the Supreme Dream Machine has awoken from its slumber!

1. In terms of the case, I think you're referring to the Phanteks Evolv X, there's nothing in the current SDM that wouldn't fit into it. But Phanteks is having some trouble delivering these to market in any significant quantities, so you may want to consider some other options (including the case listed in the current buyer's guide). Another one that might show up in the guide around the holidays is the new Cooler Master Cosmos C700M, which was released for reviews only (a practice I despise!). There's no ETA on it, but boy, does it look good (as well it should with an MSRP of $440!). At this point, the SDM has moved on from giant glass boxes, like the Thermaltake View 91 and Corsair Obsidian 1000D, which simply don't represent the state-of-the-art in case design anymore. Phanteks and Cooler Master are clearly taking risks and trying to move the ball forward.

2. Don't hold your breath on the liquid-cooled 2080 Tis. With the air-cooled models essentially non-existent nearly 4 weeks after "launch", this is most definitely a paper launch. Nvidia wasn't ready to deliver these. My bet is that liquid-cooled models will arrive in early December. Note that running two will definitely require a super-tower case.

3. If you want to beyond the 1TB Optane and 2TB 970 Pro RAID in the current SDM, I assume it's for data and media, not apps. So extreme speed isn't required. I'd pop in a Samsung 860 Evo 4TB 2.5" drive. Sure, it's not PCIe, and it's not M.2, but you won't find 4TB drives with either of those features, and for bulk storage, you really don't need them.
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