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Comment reply on biobrent's Completed Build: My Little Monster

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I checked out your parts list for what I assume is the build in question for your GTX 1070. I just wanted to give you a heads up that I've only read that the h100i is not recommended for the NCase given the very inflexible tubing. On NCase's website under the compatibility tab there's a user made/updated spreadsheet of parts tried/used and how compatible they are. I too first had the h100i in mind for my NCase (it certainly is a sexy cooler) but deterred away because of these reviews. Regardless though, best of luck on your build.

Comment reply on biobrent's Completed Build: My Little Monster

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I would definitely recommend this card for gaming at 1440p, especially for ITX cases that can support this card (given the extra radiator that needs mounted). While playing Fallout 4 temps peaked at 40°C. In comparison, my MSI GTX 970 would peak at 75°C. Audio levels are whisper quiet. My computer sits two feet away from me, so yes I can hear my computer, but barely.

I chose to go with this card because I'd prefer that my mITX isn't a sweat factory. I'm definitely happy with the performance, temps, and noise level. Best of luck to you on your build!

Comment reply on biobrent's Completed Build: My Little Monster

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I love it! I haven't tried OC'ing with it yet, but it's a wonderful board with a good layout, it hasn't caused me any problems. Also I prefer Asus' BIOS menu over MSI's (Granted there's hardly a difference).

I also happened to buy this board right before they started disappearing from the online stores, and/or skyrocketed in price (given the new generation of boards were coming out) which makes me even more appreciative to own it.

Comment reply on Eggz's Completed Build: Wedding Maker

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nicely done. That In Win 901 is truly a thing of beauty.

Comment reply on smoothbit's Completed Build: RedToast

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

As a person with a Metis build, I must say that your cable management is absolutely incredible. Very well done, beautiful build.

Comment reply on @tka's Completed Build: Intel / Nvidia Mini ITX RIG

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on your build! Those ITX 970's are just so sexy!

Comment reply on TheReidsy's Completed Build: Ncase M1 & Skylake Build

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome job on your build, it looks great! I have a few questions about the NH-L12 and wondering if you can help me out.

I'm looking at getting an Ncase M1 build of my own mostly using parts i already own but I'm going to need a different heatsink and the NH-L12 is on my short-list. I hear it's not recommended for this case, but it seems to work great for you.

Would you recommend the NH-L12 for an M1 build? Why is it not recommended to use it in the orientation that you have it?

Comment reply on azianbubbletea's Completed Build: Rajintek Metis build just because

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I came here to return the favor of congratulating you on your Metis build, granted I'm a few months late. It looks great, awesome job! I love that silver finish on the Metis, so sexy. So how has it been treating you the last 2 months?

Comment reply on bakedfreshdaily's Completed Build: {Nintendo Super Cube} -Gaming / Photo Editing / HTPC / LAN Rig- [First Time Build]

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely beautiful! Very well done! And you're trying to tell me this is your first build!?

Comment reply on biobrent's Completed Build: Metis Steam Machine

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

The cable management was the best it could possibly be for how small of a case the Metis is. This particular PSU comes with short flat cables which I highly recommend for cases this small. I do have a picture provided with the top removed and you can see there's only so much that's possible cable management wise in the Metis (particularly if you're using an aftermarket heat sink).

I have seen other builds that used standard ATX PSUs in the Metis, so it is possible, you are just limited to graphics card length and possible airflow restrictions.

Best of luck on your build!

Comment reply on biobrent's Completed Build: Metis Steam Machine

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey there, best of luck on your build!

Acoustics - Barely noticeable. It has to be quiet in my apartment for me to hear it. Haven't experience temps to cause the fans to kick up.

Temps - Given my lack of knowledge on Linux, I haven't even tried installing any sort of temp monitoring app. The only thing I have to go by is the hand-touch test. I've read about people getting some crazy temps in the Metis and given it's an all aluminum case, it would be hot to the touch. Haven't experienced that at all. Along with what I mentioned, haven't had the fans kick up to an audible level from temps.

I did a good amount of research with this build to make sure it wasn't going to be overheating and noisy. Most bad cases I read about is from using larger PSUs and longer and/or open-air graphics cards. If you can find builds with your particular case, that'd certainly help you choose appropriate parts.

Comment reply on biobrent's Completed Build: Metis Steam Machine

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Just went and looked at your Metis build and now I remember where I got some of the ideas for my build, haha! I made note of all the problems and advice that I read in yours and everyone elses Metis build, and it certainly made my experience building with the case go rather smoothly.

I haven't read many good things about the temps people get with the Metis. I didn't make a very demanding build though and so far it seems to be running fine. Given my situation of having SteamOS on it and not wanting to figure out how to get an on screen display for temps, all I have to go by is noise and touching the case. I haven't heard fans kick up to an audible noise level and the case hasn't ever felt too hot, so I'm pretty happy about that.

If I ever decide to make a more demanding build to put inside the Metis, I can see me having a fan mount modded on the top of the case. The more likely scenario I see myself doing though is just buying a different fancy ITX case (I'd certainly be ok with the In Win 901).

The i3 processor would be a great choice for your daughter's build and I don't blame you on the 960. I feel that I should mention though that EVGA did release a 4GB version of the ITX GTX 960. I kept contemplating getting that card instead of the 750 Ti I bought, given the voucher for MGS5 and slight future proofing.

Comment reply on biobrent's Completed Build: Metis Steam Machine

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for the kind words! I'm jealous of your gold case! Granted I wanted every color but had to choose one. :)

I have two different perspectives on SteamOS:

The first one being that I've had Steam for quite a few years now, and have a few years of experience with Big Picture Mode.

  • SteamOS doesn't really present anything that I haven't already seen or messed around with.
  • Everything works like it does on my Windows computer, I just have a smaller library of games that I can play on my Steam Machine (which is also an even smaller list if I'm just trying to play controller-supported games).
  • I do have a Steam Controller pre-ordered though and am looking forward to trying out mouse & keyboard games with it.

My other perspective is looking at my Steam Machine as a brand new video game console and comparing it to other consoles that I've seen and used.
- SteamOS works wonderfully. - It's sexy, simple to understand, and easy to get to the shop, my game list, friends list, and websites. - Everything feels seamless where other consoles stores feel completely separated from the rest of the OS. - It supports almost every type of controller there is available today! - In a day where video game consoles are released with very few games playable at launch, Steam Machines will have hundreds of games playable, including AAA titles.

Other thing of note is since I have a custom built Steam Machine, I have a console that can have every part be upgraded. Granted even though the Metis case is small, it doesn't compare to the pre-built Steam Machines (man, those things are sexy).

I really do hope for the best for SteamOS and Steam Machines. I want to see where this takes us, and how many developers will retroactively add SteamOS support for their games.

Comment reply on biobrent's Completed Build: Metis Steam Machine

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Heck yeah, I hope to see it listed in the completed builds in a few weeks.

Comment reply on biobrent's Completed Build: Metis Steam Machine

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

My concern wasn't the best processor but rather a highly reviewed cheaper processor for gaming (which came down to this or the G3258). Picked up the i3-4160 since I got it for a pretty good price.

As for the motherboard, I kept going back and forth between the Asus Z97i-Plus and the $50 dollars cheaper H97. On one hand I don't need a Z97 for this particular build. On the other hand though, I keep thinking about the possibility of building a m-ITX gaming powerhouse (long story short version).

There were a few other things in this build where I contemplated about going with more expensive options but ended up sticking with the cheaper option. The exception was the mobo.

Comment reply on biobrent's Completed Build: Metis Steam Machine

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

Ha, you know it! Linus saying "probably" in that video is incredible btw. Good luck to you on your Metis build!

Comment reply on biobrent's Completed Build: Metis Steam Machine

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, buying the 750 Ti was to help prevent me from buying a more expensive card ( I really want to get my hands on a SFF Asus GTX 970).

On the other hand, the card is certainly worth the $100 I paid for it (B-stock from the EVGA website). I just did some quick testing and guessing on fps since I don't have any on screen display for such things although I'm reading that it's possible on SteamOS.

All games were played in 1080p

Borderlands 2 - High settings, 40-50 (Game has a 22-62 fps "smooth" setting which works pretty great)

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs - High settings, 50+

Shadow of Mordor - Medium, around 40-50.

Talos Principle - Somewhere around medium/high, around 50

Rogue Legacy - Great

For the hell of it, I hooked up this computer to my 1440p monitor and checked out Shadow of Mordor and Borderlands 2. Shadow of Mordor tried to default to some 62% resolution. at 1440p though (still on medium settings, the fps was somewhere below 20, but looked pretty sharp! Genuinely impressed with Borderlands 2 though. Frames and gameplay were identical to playing at 1080p.

I feel that I should also mention that all of this is purely anecdotal, obviously, and in no way scientific...obviously. :)

I hope this helps, and good luck to you on your build!

Comment reply on biobrent's Completed Build: Metis Steam Machine

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

It really is a pretty case and super affordable! I as well am interested in how the Steam Machines will do. So many questions around their existence and how well they will do. I'm super intrigued by it though. Also I'm very much looking forward to the Steam Controller!

Comment reply on biobrent's Completed Build: Metis Steam Machine

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the kind words! First thing, that heatsink is beautiful and whisper quiet. I had seen a forum thread where a guy was trying out many different parts in this case and this was the cooler he recommended for it. I as well recommend it, but can't really show any numbers for load temperatures given that I have SteamOS on the system which is linux based, and I don't know the first thing about linux!

I went with a locked processor since I wasn't looking for anything crazy, also had read too many issues with lack of heat ventilation with the case (Recommended that you use the back fan to pull air in and route air through and out the power supply which is at the front of the case. Also have seen people who mod a fan at the top of the case, given there's room if you aren't installing an HDD). At the same time I wanted to make upgrading a bit easier by going ahead and getting the Asus z97i-plus (I may even buy another m-ITX case if I go for an upgraded overclockable build).

Comment reply on biobrent's Completed Build: The Furnace

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

The most demanding game I've played on it so far is Witcher: Wild Hunt (also a reason why I wanted to upgrade). The game runs at 60fps @ 1080p with settings on ultra and high. There's a small dip on the frames with Nvidia's Hairworks turned on.

Only real issues I've had is with said game freezing up when I have my card OC'ed. Now granted if I'm going to blame anything in particular on that, it would be me and my lack of OC'ing experience.

Other than that, these games have looked fantastic on this build (every graphic option as high as possible with no loss in fps): Tomb Raider (2013), Wildstar, Diablo 3, Endless Legend, MGS5 Ground Zeroes, Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Comment reply on biobrent's Completed Build: The Furnace

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the kind words! I'll keep in mind to check out seasonic PSUs next time around.

Comment reply on biobrent's Completed Build: The Furnace

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

connected to the motherboard with the smart fan control, they are very quiet. If they are running at max rpm's they are quite noisy.

Comment reply on biobrent's Completed Build: The Furnace

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the kind words!

Comment reply on biobrent's Completed Build: The Furnace

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

My friend came over to check it out and called it a furnace. I enjoyed the irony! Thank you for the compliment!

Comment reply on biobrent's Completed Build: The Furnace

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Just making sure it doesn't fly away! ;)

It's just part of the case design, obviously not needed.

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