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Comment reply on Forum Topic "Keyboard with volume wheel suggestions????"

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure how the Dell Slim Multimedia board would work for gaming but we have them in the office and they are decent, quiet keyboards for typing with dedicated media controls. Can't beat the price at $18.

https://www.amazon.com/Dell-Slim-Multimedia-Keyboard-Control/dp/B007XH6CD2/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1487264042&sr=1-4&keywords=keyboard+volume+wheel

Comment reply on Forum Topic "White mouse and keyboard"

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

White mice are rare but white mechanical keyboards even more so. I looked and looked and settled on the Roccat Kova and the Tesoro Gram Spectrum. I really like the Roccat software and the low profile red switches on the Gram Spectrum have a very natural feel. Lighting on both is very customizable (I prefer subtle blue). Both like nice on my Reflex Lab XXL mousepad. I went with black with white trim for contrast and to avoid the pad turning dull gray with use.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best Fan Arrangement Define R5"

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

What else is in your case that you need that much cooling? I have two GP14s in front and 1 GP14 exhausting out the back and even at full load the fans barely spin up. Granted, I'm using a HUGE CPU cooler and just a single GTX 1070 ...

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How do I copy everything on my computer except my OS?"

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Micorosft discontinued Windows Easy Transfer. There are paid programs that will do this (see link but it's not something I would recommend. A clean install is always better, IMHO.

My process is:

  • Backup everything (including Steam library and progress)
  • Fresh OS and driver install
  • Fresh app install
  • Copy back documents, pictures, videos, etc.
  • Restore Steam

I never like to move the manure with the animals to the new barn.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fractal Define R5 drive mounting"

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Page 12 of the instruction manual shows how to do this.

http://support.fractal-design.com/helpdesk/attachments/4021193573

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Cable management..."

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Newer cases like those from Fractal Design, NZXT and Corsair offer strategically placed pass thru holes with grommets that make it easy to run your cables behind the baseplate. The Define R5 has a nice recessed vertical track and comes with Velcro ties to secure the cables.

Comment reply on LeBron36's Completed Build: Christmas Dragon build

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. The white Define R5 was meant to be paired with a Snow Silent PSU! Really like the sleeved cables.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which is the best Fractal Design Case?"

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure you can go wrong with any Fractal Design case. I have a white, windowed Define R5 and a Core 500. Even with the window, the R5 is the quietest case I've ever owned.

The Cooler Master Silencio series is a good option but I prefer the Fractal cases. Whether you save money depends on whether your motherboard is ATX or MATX form factor.

Silencio 352

EDIT: Forgot to mention that I replaced the noisy fans in the Silencio 352 I built for my wife with the same model silent fans than came standard with my Define R5. So add that cost and you are in the hole. Had the Define C offered an optical bay, I would have gone with another Fractal case for her.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "4 Sticks vs 8 Sticks"

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It's always better to buy a dual DIMM kit (i.e., 2x8GB) rather than a single 16GB DIMM in order to leverage both channels. There are, however, only 2 reasons to buy 8 sticks instead of 4: 1) if it is cheaper; or 2) if you need more memory. I can't imagine needing more than 64GB at home any time soon.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fractal Design Define R5 - Limited Edition White and Gold"

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not a fan of the white and gold scheme but I'm glad they finally listened and moved to a top magnetic dust filter. That is the REAL gold here.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Does The Front Panel Door Block Intake?"

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

You'd think the side intakes on the front panel would be insufficient but they do the trick nicely. Of course, you can always open the door if you're worried.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Bios update for X99 Motherboards?"

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I had no issue updating an ASRock Taichi board to support a Broadwell-E processor with the CPU in the socket.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fractal Design Define S vs Thermaltake Suppressor F51 Power Cover Edition"

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I was looking at the DEMCfilter website when I first bought my R5. Their page states the R5 top filter is also compatible with the S. You can even customize the color of the frame and mesh to match your color scheme.

http://www.demcifilter.com/p0564/Fractal-Design-R5-3-Vent-Top-Dust-Filter.aspx

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Case Lighting"

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the CableMod Widebeam kit. The LED strips are magnetic and chainable, power is via SATA connector, and the kit includes a remote control. The strips are also ASUS AURA compatible.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Network card only works in certain PSIe slots??"

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm confused. You list two motherboards here and no NIC. Which mobo do you have and what NIC? Since both listed motherboards have built-in Intel gigabit NICs, is there a specific reason you need a dedicated NIC?

Comment reply on OPNORA's Completed Build: Squid Girl

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I really wanted the NZXT S340 case but I needed optical bays. Losing the basement in the S340 made me google "white PSU" and there it was. And a Seasonic to boot! I love my mini fridge (as my wife calls it).

Comment reply on OPNORA's Completed Build: Squid Girl

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I always thought of ASRock as a 2nd or 3rd tier brand. But after problems with ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte I have had 5 ASRock motherboards (3 different models) and they have all been the most reliable and compatible boards I have used. So now ASRock is my goto brand.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Define R5, Q about windowed side panel"

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The window on my white Define R5 is fairly clear (albeit with a bluish tint) and flat. By no means is it tempered glass but the reflections are not warped.

See the 1st and 3rd pics here: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/sBNNnQ

Comment reply on Forum Topic "info about B150 Mortar"

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Or you could consider the Gigabyte GA-B150 Phoenix WIFI for a bit more.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best Buy 50% Off Logitech during Black Friday"

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Big ups to the G610 keyboard with Cherry MX Browns. My wife's first mechanical keyboard.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which Mechanical Keyboard Is Best For Me?"

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The Rosewill RK-9000V2 is a good value on genuine MX Brown switches if you don't need backlighting.

I picked up a Logitech G610 with MX Browns for my wife's new PC and quite like the feel and noise-level. It only has white backlighting but that is fine for her purpose. Matched nicely with a Logitech G Pro mouse.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Don't know what monitor is best"

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I was looking at the response time and completely missed the IPS requirement.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Don't know what monitor is best"

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

If you are looking for G-Sync, the Dell s2716dg is hard to beat. There are cheaper Freesync options, though.

Comment reply on OPNORA's Completed Build: Squid Girl

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I built my whole system around it. Not sure I would have even considered a white case otherwise.

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/sBNNnQ

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need help finalizing my build with a X99 MOBO"

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Take a look at the features of the X99-A II and Strix and see if they have anything you need. If not, save the money and go with the Taichi. My 6800K is very happy in my Taichi. It's a solid board that offers a lot of features and looks great doing it.

Comment reply on OPNORA's Completed Build: Squid Girl

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

If there is a better looking motherboard, I haven't seen it. Pairs nicely with the Define S and the white interior accents.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best White PC case?"

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't speak on the 400C's cable management but the Define R5 has excellent cable management. Hard to beat the s340/h440's basement, though.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best White PC case?"

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The NZXT cases are all great cases but you may also want to consider:

Fractal Design Define R5

Corsair Carbide 400C

You won't go wrong with any of these.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Backup solution - NAS or RAID system?"

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Also with a NAS you can backup multiple computers and share data. Both QNAP and Synology have nice entry level offerings for the SOHO and Home market.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Case to fit a theme"

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Should work. If you can get ahold of a Cryorig H7 it would definitely fit and work just as well.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fractal Design Define C new rumours"

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that a magnetic cover replacing the moduvents? Can't wait to see more!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Case to fit a theme"

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I do like the black version with the tempered glass window. I like how the power supply and drives are hidden. Just be mindful of the maximum 163mm CPU cooler height. That would have been an issue for me as I needed 170mm clearance.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Case to fit a theme"

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a Define R5 White Window case and love it. Easiest case I've ever worked with. Great cable routing. Very flexible. The only real downside is the top vents. If you don't plan to use those (I did not) then it is a great case.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Frustrating audio issue with gigabyte g1 gaming 7"

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Known issues with the Creative Core 3D chip made me shy away from the Gaming 7 board.

Long thread here: http://forum.giga-byte.co.uk/index.php?topic=16850.0

Some folks have seen improvement using the alternate PAX drivers. You may want to try those.

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/community/forums/pax-drivers.174/

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Looking for a simple(ish) black box..."

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

You won't go wrong with any of these suggestions by my experience is that it is always worth waiting for the item you really want. The S340 Elite is a VERY nice case.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "gtx 1070 paired with a 144Hz 1440p monitor logical, most future proof?"

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

This is essentially the course I took since the 1070 was the best bang for the buck at the time. My thought process is that you can upgrade video cards thru several generations and extend the life of a system. So I'll either add a second 1070 later or upgrade to a next gen GPU once new games demand it.

And if you are looking to go with a 1440p/144hz/G-Sync monitor you really can't go wrong with the Dell s2716dg. Great monitor with an ultra thin bezel and a simply but excellent stand.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Asus X99 Refresh Motherboard Quality?"

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you considered the ASRock Taichi? Looks very comparable to the X99 A-II and there is currently a 15% off promo code at Newegg bringing the price down to $168.99. A great deal on a very stable and capable motherboard.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Hate my monitor, need a new one"

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are looking for G-Sync, you'll be hard pressed to do better than the Dell s2716dg. If you have an AMD video card or don't care about adaptive sync, there are cheaper options such as teh Acer XG270HU. Many folks strongly prefer an IPS panel such as the Acer xf270hu but you will not get the 1ms response time you want (though there is some discussion about how important this actually is).

Comment reply on Mnpctech's Completed Build: Star Trek Beyond, Phanteks LUXE

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

That is just cool.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Define S OR Enthoo pro???"

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I love my Define R5! Easiest case EVER to work in. The S is just optimized for water cooling.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Define S OR Enthoo pro???"

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Both are sharp looking cases but I can't say enough good things about Fractal Design's cases.

Please to enjoy Hardware Canucks' video review of the Define S: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaU72f0hMVo

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What are KILLER E2200 lan cons?"

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

This article is right on:

Revisiting the Killer NIC, eight years on

Basically the downside is higher CPU usage. I personally found the software suite superfluous and used the base driver instead.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Cant find a Cryorig H7"

  • 41 months ago
  • 3 points

I was originally set on the Cryorig H7 but like you could not find it in stock. I then poked around and discovered Tweaktown's review of the Thermalright TRUE Spirit POWER 140. The included fan is black and white but could easily be replaced with a DeepCool UF140 or other similar 140mm fan. Just make sure your case can accommodate the large (170mm) total height.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What do you think is the best looking DDR4 Ram?"

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

G.Skill TridentZ are the best looking in my book. Sharp, understated heat spreader with multiple color choices to match your rig.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best X99 board out right now that is WORTH buying!"

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll second the ASRock Taichi. For the price, it has a lot of features:

  • dual Intel gig NICs (not a fan of the Killer NICs)
  • built-in 802.11ac wifi
  • USB-C port
  • dual Ultra M.2 sockets
  • plenty of sata ports
  • built-in water pump header
  • reinforced PCI slots

I also count the use of Realtek audio over Creative as a plus (too many problems). The board is rock solid and has great memory compatibility.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Can you attach an Define S window side panel to a Define r5?"

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I put a Seasonic Snow Silent in my white Define R5 for just this reason.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Can you attach an Define S window side panel to a Define r5?"

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

The Define S has a big window precisely because there are no ODD or HDD cages at the front of the case. The R5 window is designed to hide those and shows only the motherboard area. The window is still plenty big. Still, it would be nice if the R5 had a basement to hide the PSU and cabling.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1440p monitor or 1080 140hz monitor?"

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Going from a 23" 1080p to a 27" 1440p monitor felt like a revelation. I'm not sure how the latest Doom compares to BF4 in terms of system demands, but I have Doom on max settings (including nightmare textures) and never feel the action is less than smooth. I'm running an i7-6800K with 32GB DDR4-3200 and a GTX 1070.

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/jazzdab/builds/#view=sBNNnQ

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