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New(ish) rig: StealthGLaDOS 2.0

Post by MikomDude » 12 Dec 2014, 23:41

Upraded my rig today. Replaced the GPU and PSU. Also switched cases so my new GPU would fit. By the way, if you're looking for a good cheap case the R4 is perfect (R5 is also coming out soon).

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Case: Fractal Design R4

PSU: Corsair HX1000i

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z22X-UD3H

CPU: Intel i7-3770K (4.1 Ghz OC)

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB

GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB

Storage: 3TB Western Digital Red + 2x 500 GB Samsung SSD

DVD Drive: some old thing I had lying around (do people still use dvds?)

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Re: New(ish) rig: StealthGLaDOS 2.0

Post by Finis » 13 Dec 2014, 00:47

Nice.

How did you apply the thermal paste for your 212 evo?

I read many different theories and methods about that and went with the idea that you want as much metal to metal contact as possible so I applied a little paste to fill gaps and scraped the excess off with a plastic edge (credit card). It runs pretty hot (even for an AMD chip) when rendering so I'm thinking about using paste to make a thin layer (little or no metal to metal).

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Re: New(ish) rig: StealthGLaDOS 2.0

Post by MikomDude » 13 Dec 2014, 10:05

The way I understand it, when it comes to thermal paste less is usually more. Most people argue regarding the two techniques of using a credit card to evenly spread the paste along the surface of the CPU or spreading the paste by the pressure of mounting the heatsink.
The truth is that both ways work fine also long as you receive the desired result which is a as-thin-as-possible but near whole-covering layer of paste over the CPU and heatsink. There should be no air pockets in the paste but the paste shouldn't be to thick either as that won't lead the heat away with maximum efficiency.
Personally I prefer the even spreading with a used credit card as it gives you a good idea of how well it was applied before you mount the cooler.

Thermal paste is important as well, if you feel like your CPU temps are increasing then you may want to remove your heatsink to see if the cooling paste has hardened, if it has then it probably wasn't very good. Only do that though if you have some spare paste lying around. I use Artic MX-4.

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Re: New(ish) rig: StealthGLaDOS 2.0

Post by Dragneye » 13 Dec 2014, 16:25

Nice.

Does anyone know of a tried and true stand alone app that accurately tells me computer/core temperatures? This came up before but I feel naked without knowing what temps I'm running. Anything that y'all Know works right/dependable?

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Re: New(ish) rig: StealthGLaDOS 2.0

Post by MikomDude » 13 Dec 2014, 18:47

Speedfan works fine for me but keep in mind that no third-party app will ever tell you with absolute accuracy what your temps, fan speeds and voltages are because your hardware may not report it accurately to the system. If you want to check your temps as accurately as possible, check in the BIOS (if your BIOS gives you that kind of information) or see if the manufacturer of your hardware has an app of their own that you can download.

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Re: New(ish) rig: StealthGLaDOS 2.0

Post by MikomDude » 16 Dec 2014, 17:33

I ordered a fan controller to manage the many fans in the build. All my fans are really quiet so the fan controller helped making it almost completely silent when idling.

The Kaze Master II by Scythe:
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I also ordered another Fractal Design R2 140mm silent fan and a Corsair 140mm LED fan for the rear to replace the one I have in at the moment (I had to disconnect it as it was pretty loud). They should arrive any day now.

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Re: New(ish) rig: StealthGLaDOS 2.0

Post by Dragneye » 16 Dec 2014, 23:17

Now THAT... is cool.

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Re: New(ish) rig: StealthGLaDOS 2.0

Post by RAYMAN » 19 Dec 2014, 20:47

you need to have enough ram and very very good software......!
if the software that you are using is wasting resources.....
no big computer on earth can run cool enough.......
also after some time your puter is collecting junk and slowing down...
a simple off the shelf no big deal unit can work well if you keep
it clean and avoid devoting to much workload for running trash....
keep the memory on the harddisc low..
Last month I thought I had a virus....computer ended off shutting down
I thought it was broken.... nope ..the harddisc was full up to the lid and I
foregot to transfer to external harddrives.... :roll:
When you are working on 3d... a good idea is to
keep poly count low and faking detail with bump maps..
also keep an eye on the settings of your render engine...
you can waste a lot of grunt of your puter with wrong
settings.....try to use a lot of clever instancing features...
Peter
Ps.: buy yourself a 150 $ tablet and use THAT for surfing in the net.....that saves you
from having to much junk on your workhorse.....it also saves a lot of energy.....

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Re: New(ish) rig: StealthGLaDOS 2.0

Post by MikomDude » 03 Jan 2015, 00:26

Got a ASUS XB270H G-Synch monitor to go with my new card. Games running at 140 FPS is amazing. It feels so smooth. No V-synch using up GPU power either.
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Left to right: Philips 27" 60 Hz monitor - ASUS XB270H 27" 144 Hz - HP L2245w 60 Hz

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Re: New(ish) rig: StealthGLaDOS 2.0

Post by Draise » 03 Jan 2015, 15:55

Wow..... oh the things I'd do with something like that!

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