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  1. Awesome build man! Great job on the custom loop... Love it!
  2. New Here

    Welcome. Glad to have you around!
  3. First PC Build Help

    The build mostly looks fine. The only change I would make is to either go to 16GB RAM using 2x8GB sticks or go with 2x4GB sticks for 8GB. The Core i7-7700K uses dual channel memory so you'll lose half of your memory bandwidth using a single stick. As for AMD vs Intel, ideally you'll want an Intel system as they have higher IPC performance which is important for gaming. However, as most games are GPU limited rather than CPU limited, I'd recommend picking up that 2x8GB or 2x4GB kit of memory over an Intel platform if you're limited on funds. Hope that helps!
  4. Hi

    Hey Jake, welcome. Congrats on your new business! Would be glad to help. Looking forward to seeing you around. =)
  5. First build advice

    Hey Yaminos, Congrats on your first build! As for your questions... 1. What components did you purchase? If it's something with integrated video, then yes. If no, then you'll likely need to wait for the GPU. 2. Nope you just need the Windows 10 USB or DVD and that should be it. If you want to be super prepared, go ahead and head over to the motherboard vendor's website and download the latest drivers for your motherboard. Since you have a graphics card as well, go ahead and head over to either AMD or Nvidia's site to download the latest drivers there as well.
  6. Need opinions on different cases :(

    That Mr. NUC case is way out in left field. That's actually a mini-pc that's not going to fit any components other than the ones that are already installed. As far as the Corsair 270R vs NZXT S340, these are going to be fairly similar cases with similar features. What components are you specifically planning to put in there? For most builds, I'd recommend just picking the one that you think looks better or the one that's on discount at the moment.
  7. Pc desk case

    Well, you'll have to drill out the holes that you'll need to put in the standoffs to mount the motherboard. There's two ways to do this. If you want to be precise, you can download the ATX specifications, measure out the locations the holes need to go and drill it out. The other way is to just put the motherboard on the coffee table you plan to install it and just use a very thin pencil or something and mark the location of the holes. Then drill them out, put the standoffs and screw in the board. The rest of the pieces you can probably figure out. I'd probably just use a bracket for the power supply. The graphics expansion cards you may want to devise some sort of bracket solution or something so they don't move. atx-specification.PDF
  8. 120mm Case Fan Recommendation?

    If you want something as quiet as Noctua or BeQuiet, AFAIK nothing with a green LED exists. What kind of motherboard are you using? Depending on if your motherboard supports RGB lighting, my best recommendation is to get a Silverstone FG121 or similar. Mounts directly with the fan and just provides light so you can use your favorite Noctua or BeQuiet fans. If your motherboard doesn't support it, you can get a control box, but your case may not be big enough to support that.
  9. Review on first custom PC please

    Hey Mike, I'm not able to see the image. Mind copy and pasting the specs?
  10. Hey Rom, The build looks good to me. I think you could however save some money by downgrading to a much smaller power supply. If you plan on making huge upgrades, a 650w PSU would do. Otherwise, even a 550w would be fine in this instance. The GTX 1050 Ti is very power efficient. Also, if the price is similar, I'd go with the Samsung 850 EVO. Samsung's 3D TLC NAND is far better than WD/SanDisk's.
  11. You mean the BIOS splash screen? That can be changed, but it largely depends on if your motherboard maker lets you do it. I know some Intel, ASUS, Gigabyte etc. motherboards that let you do it and they usually let you upload that through the BIOS or a windows utility. If your motherboard maker doesn't build this functionality, it needs to be modified through the motherboard firmware file. I think that will be a lot more difficult and you could potentially brick your system by doing it.
  12. Need help building pc around 1080

    Well, here's a couple sample builds. What you'll be looking for is either the high end or extreme build depending on how much upgradeability you want later down the road. As for your current components, unfortunately everything is a bit too old to use. Maybe you can use the power supply, but 500w is cutting it close for a high end build with a GTX 1080. I'd recommend at least going 550w or 650w. For the GTX 1080, my picks are the EVGA iCX followed by the MSI Armor. These tend to be the best value. The iCX I like a lot since they recently had that huge issue with the old ACX coolers where the VRMs were melting down so they had to upgrade the cooling significantly. The MSIs are excellent as well. Good pricing and I've had great reliability with those. The ASUS STRIX GTX 1080 is also great as well. Not on your list though so I'm not quite sure if it'll be available where you shop.
  13. I can't see what you have on there. It's behind a login screen. Please paste the components you're planning to use or provide a different link.
  14. It'll depend on the motherboard, but generally consumer boards won't support Xeon processors. You can check the CPU compatibility on ASUS's website.
  15. Hey Brian, For the motherboard, you have quite a few choices in the Z270 lineup depending on how you plan to spec out the system later on. Personally I like the ASUS Z270-A as a general purpose motherboard. It's stable, has a lot of expansion and storage options. If you plan on having a lot of graphics cards down the line, the ASUS Z270 WS is probably the board you want although that one is a bit on the expensive side. As for overclocking, if you're willing to put in the time to figure out how to overclock properly, even a mild overclock will provide a decent performance gain depending on how far you push the CPU. You will need a cooler as the i7 7700K is usually processor only and doesn't include one in the box. Good options are Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and the Corsair H100i v2. Which one you want will depend on how far you want to overclock the CPU. With what you have listed, 350w should be ok, but 430w and 450w PSUs are relatively cheap so I'd go with that option. The EVGA 450 B1 is a great option and it's relatively cheap. Sound card, I'd try the onboard sound first. Otherwise, I like the Sound Blaster ZxR for an internal option. Also, since you say data analysis/machine learning, are you using any GPU processing at all for these tasks (OpenCL, Nvidia CUDA)? If so, you may want to invest in a more beefy graphics card than the cheapest thing you can find to power two monitors. If that's the case, integrated graphics from the CPU will do that just fine.