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Comment reply on skizzosjt's Completed Build: Everything has a 1st! (1st PC build, Custom H20 Loop, Hackintosh)

  • 14 hours ago
  • 1 point

Yes the i9-9900K has Intel HD 630 integrated graphics. It works fine for that stuff

Thermals are fine but are also where I found to be the max I could go for stability and keep my goal of a quiet PC. Aggressive OC's are used. I used a static voltage (disable C states) of 1.3V for 5.1GHz all core boost on the CPU. System ram OC to 3200MHz at 1.35V which is just XMP 1. GPU is OC to a setting of 2.1GHz, VRAM at 1820MHz, with 1.19 to 1.2V and a 40-50% power draw depending if the voltage is 1.19 or 1.2V

During normal loads gaming and running Pro Tool sessions temps stay under 80C for CPU and 70 for GPU. On heavy loads like benchmarks, long game session with a taxing game using 4K res and max quality, or rendering audio, peaks climb into 90's for CPU and up to 70C on the GPU....the GPU hotspot though can reach 110C which is fine. But I notice this is because of the heavy OC and me going for a quieter PC rather than one with ice cold temps. If the fans and pump are turned up faster these temps plummet fast, I just prefer no noise over a cooler GPU when that happens. On air this GPU usually only 20 differential between GPU temp and GPU hotspot temp, for ex, 70C on GPU meant the hopspot spike may have gotten up to 90*C....when overclocking the hotspot temp will deviate higher than it normally does on air. I did run this GPU on air for about half a year before putting it in this setup.

The OC's make for minimal gains in reality. I mean who doesn't like spending 33% more $ for like 5% to maybe 8% tops improvement lol. If those temps seem high, its because of the OC and you absolutely need high end cooling like I have to handle them. You can use these same parts without the OC and have temps stay below 60C maybe peak into the 70s.

Yes I can boot all of those OS's, Windows 10, Mojave, and Catalina. I have two macOS versions on this PC for hardware considerations. Mojave can only use the iGPU for display but Catalina (from 10.15.2 onward) can properly recognize the RX 5700 XT so I can have more than one display when using that macOS version

I built this PC for two main uses, gaming, and as an audio workstation. I do not work with video, I'm not 100% sure the RX 5700 XT is getting great reviews for compute tasks for video editing. The Radeon VII has been determined as the best video editing card from AMD that is considered "consumer", as in that is not part of their "professional" or "workstation" GPUs

Comment reply on Skaethyr's Completed Build: Inverted AMD ASUS 5700XT

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

the reflection of the keyboard in the 1st pic threw me for a loop for a sec. it looks like it is in the case. I'm thinking "wtf is that just hanging out there?!" but the 2nd pic made me realize oh its a keyboard lol

Comment reply on skizzosjt's Completed Build: Everything has a 1st! (1st PC build, Custom H20 Loop, Hackintosh)

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

It doesn't show up quite as defined on my old iPhone5S camera lol. It was also more noticeable when they were filled with fluid. The kink at the bottom of the one going to res is pretty noticeable but otherwise there are a bunch of flattened out areas on both of those tubes. The bends were so close that as I heated up to make one it would impact the neighboring bend and I'd be trying to make two bends at once squeezing and twisting the tube to a point I put marks into the tube from the bottle caps (like the little ridges on the outside of the cap) I was using a mold and flattened them a bit from being heavy handed with my grip. Oh and the best part about the one going from the vertical/side rad to the res.....I accidentally made it go right up to the frame of the case. I couldn't even put the front glass panel on (oof, what a n00b mistake! lmao!) Glad you like the pics and thanks for inadvertently giving me the idea to put those pics up :)

Comment reply on skizzosjt's Completed Build: Everything has a 1st! (1st PC build, Custom H20 Loop, Hackintosh)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes absolutely have the ability to dual boot both Windows and macOS in a hackintosh, including my system.

There is a specific subforum on tonymac for users who are running macOS on their OEM (like HP) laptops. check out this links https://www.tonymacx86.com/categories/laptops.116/ "Laptop compatibility" at the top is a more generic part of the forum for people who can ask "Hey I got an HP Elite Book 820 (for example) and I'm wondering if anyone has had success installing macOS on it" while other parts of the forum are more geared towards specific macOS versions for laptops.

I've only done this for desktops so I don't have much advice on hackintosh laptops other than that tonymac site is probably one of if not the largest and most active hackintosh community on the web. Highly recommend to browse that site as there are tons of people who post guides on how they got their own hackintosh running and if you can find someone with the same exact laptop then that's the best case scenario. If not, then finding a guide for a laptop that is very similar to yours will typically be very accurate to get yours running macOS too

Comment reply on skizzosjt's Completed Build: Everything has a 1st! (1st PC build, Custom H20 Loop, Hackintosh)

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey Klishay, check out the updated photos! I kept the original tube runs I made prior to getting any angled fittings. I added photos showing the two most difficult ones which were between the CPU and vertical rad, and the vertical rad and the res. I'm not exaggerating when I say I probably spent over an hour just making those two tubes haha. I just held them up in place the best I could given there are tubes and fittings in the way to show the exact fit. I basically tortured myself making them work, angled fittings and extensions are a serious life saver was my lesson learned

Comment reply on skizzosjt's Completed Build: Everything has a 1st! (1st PC build, Custom H20 Loop, Hackintosh)

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea man I think paying twice, three times as much for a 24"-34" monitor, compared to a 40" or 49" TV for games is insane. But I have other uses too. When I use Pro Tools to do my music stuff I really like having the mix, edit, and MIDI windows on the same screen. I used to use two 20" monitors side by side....one of them is being used still, the small monitor next to the TV. So it was a pain sometimes to keep having to swap back and forth between some Pro Tool windows because I couldn't fit them all on the monitors. My end game is to have this rig by theory capable of running 4K up to 120Hz. I've been a console gamer since first playing a Nintendo when I was a toddler, so basically anything over 30FPS was unheard of to me. Just playing on a PC and being able to get 60FPS instead has been a huge noticeable difference for me, so I'm excited to get a 120Hz TV by the end of the year, at least that's the plan right now

You're right, HDMI 2.1 TV's are on the market, but they are mostly all 55"+. Some 120Hz TVs on HDMI 2.0 are at 49" but very few and far between. Because HDMI 2.1 was so new last year it didn't find it's way onto many models but in 2020 I fully expect (as do the experts) the TV industry to embrace it. I measured it, and I can just barely fit a 55" TV in between my studio monitors lol....but it's not needed. I'm going with 49" tops or even a hair smaller if anyone makes a 2020 model like that so I can have a higher PPI (pixel per inch). If you don't know this site already, check out www.RTINGS.com it's a great site for TV reviews and has a good search function to find a TV that has what you want on it.

Comment reply on skizzosjt's Completed Build: Everything has a 1st! (1st PC build, Custom H20 Loop, Hackintosh)

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I've always been interested in PC's since my parents bought a Gateway tower running Windows 98 when I was 12 (dating myself here with that lol) I had always liked tinkering with computers but it was more software than hardware. So I'm not a total noob, but when I started upgrading my Mac Pros a couple years ago is when I got really into wanting to learn more.

I agree it's a bold undertaking, and I wouldn't recommend it to someone for their first either unless they had the same passion and drive to learn. It was a lot to digest to learn all of this just by reading articles and watching youtube videos. However, I started looking into this literally a year ago. This build changed many many times before I settled on something I knew 100% I was going to buy. So I didn't just jump into and since there is an obvious learning curve, I took my time absorbing all the info and doing the actual build, I learned more stuff even.

Comment reply on skizzosjt's Completed Build: Everything has a 1st! (1st PC build, Custom H20 Loop, Hackintosh)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment! I'm just one of those guys who when they get into something...they reallllly get into something haha!

A hackintosh is an endearing kinda name for a PC that can run macOS. Normally only official Apple products are capable of running macOS. As in Apple does not intend or allow someone to install macOS onto their HP laptop for example. However, if you use compatible parts, or your OEM tower or laptop uses compatible parts, there are methods that allow you to install and run macOS. If this intrigues you I encourage you to check out websites like www.tonymacx86.com or any other hackintosh community. If you haven't noticed, hackintosh is a play on words. Macintosh referring to the classic Apple computers, and Hack for the obvious reasons we are "hacking" to get macOS to run on non Apple hardware. Hence the term Hackintosh

Comment reply on skizzosjt's Completed Build: Everything has a 1st! (1st PC build, Custom H20 Loop, Hackintosh)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment! Youtubers like Jayztwocents and LTT were crucial to me learning how to water cool and build PC's in general because I had zero experience with either going into this. I had gone with OEM towers, Dell and Apple, prior to this PC.

The Sapphire RX 5700 XT is good GPU especially taking price and performance into consideration in my opinion. The worst experience I had was probably within 1 hour of installing it when I 1st got it, which it went into a Mac Pro then. I was hammering it with I think very high settings on 4K in Assassin's Creedy Odyssey to see what it can do, it did a hard shutdown maybe 30mins into it because it got too hot. It was all stock settings still. Then I dug into setting up an undervolt, underclock, overclock to the VRAM, and custom fan profile. Kept cool and ran well fine after that. Note, the GPU was not designed to be playing AC at 4K at very high either though lol I def was not getting 60FPS. I lowered to 1080p and Med settings for the Mac Pro running it to get good FPS. Now on this new PC I have it on 4K and Ultra settings but resolution modifier to 60% which means its just a tiny notch above 1080p. 60FPS+ constantly!

So in a nut shell I recommend an undervolt and underclock and custom fan profile to get the best experience with this GPU. At the very least custom fan profile because its very relaxed out of the box

Comment reply on skizzosjt's Completed Build: Everything has a 1st! (1st PC build, Custom H20 Loop, Hackintosh)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL! Right?! I loved my work horse Mac Pro and actually have two of them (single CPU system and a dual CPU system) but I don't want an iMac or iMac Pro and the new Mac Pro is so overkill for me and has priced me out. There is certainly an "Apple tax" on much that they sell....RAM being the most obvious markups in my opinion.

Comment reply on skizzosjt's Completed Build: Everything has a 1st! (1st PC build, Custom H20 Loop, Hackintosh)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a 4K 49" TCL S405. I got it for $280 on Amazon a couple years ago. That shopping experience made me learn about the deceptive marketing tactics about refresh rate....TCL called it "120Hz CMI" when in reality it is just some processing function but the panel is really only 60Hz. It's a great budget smart TV regardless, and that is what I bought it for. It got moved to the computer setup afterwards. In the near future when HDMI 2.1 TV's become more prevalent in the market along with HDMI 2.1 GPU's I will be buying one so this TCL can return to the living room and the Samsung TV (only 1080p) currently in the living room can move into the master bedroom

Comment reply on skizzosjt's Completed Build: Everything has a 1st! (1st PC build, Custom H20 Loop, Hackintosh)

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I went all out as they say! Thanks for the comment! I very much wish I took photos of the first set of tubes I bent though. It was a bummer when I got stuff installed because I realized there was a need for a double 90 (like a "Z") bend coming from the top of the vertical/side rad to get to both the CPU outlet and the res inlet. I literally used a bottle cap from a Mt Dew bottle to make those bends because they are that tight. Those bends are now taken care of by extension 90 angled fittings. It looked awful with those bends because they were soooooo hard to make! I used the computer for a week like that waiting for additional fittings to arrive after taking some measurements. So I had to spend more $ on fittings I didn't initially plan for but that extra money made my 2nd set (what you see here) so much easier to make (less bends required) not to mention looks nicer too. I think that is solid advice for someone wanting to do hard tubes....use angled fittings and extensions to make your life easier instead of trying to snake a literally 6 bend tube that it could be compared to trying to thread a needle lol. I never took pics of it like that because I was embarrassed how mangled those initial couple tubes looked lol

Comment reply on Komicoi's Completed Build: Ryzen 3800X and 5700XT WC build

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I think a sandblaster would be too harsh for these (likely) PETG tubes! All those lil sand particles will create heat bouncing off whatever it's being used on, those tubes will likely not have a good time at that party!

I do see what you see though, especially noticeable in the 3rd photo they do look a little "frosted" as in they have that slightly opaque look to them. Much more plausible theory would be perhaps they got purposely scuffed up using a fine grit sandpaper. It's also noticeable in the 1st two pics. The last (4th) photo looks like they are more clear in comparison. The reservoir is clear in all of them even the filled pics so it can't be the liquid being used making that effect

Comment reply on miangel9058's Completed Build: SMURF Refresh (2nd time)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

that is one tight fit in the corner you got going on there lol

Looks "cozy" but I'd want more room to stretch out a bit ya know

Don't lean back, you'll put a hole in the wall lol

But seriously, I came to ogle at the case. I can't wait until I finally decide it's time to upgrade myself because that's what I want. Surprised there are not more builds using it on PCPP yet. Either way, the PC looks great besides the fact I honestly do not understand the trend of putting dolls or action figures in cases

Comment reply on chernabog's Completed Build: Godzilla Lives

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

based off your icons used for different drives....I would come to the conclusion the H: drive "Storage" is likely chocked full of P0rN thanks to the suspicious "PARENTAL ADVISORY" warning LMAO!

I mean why else would you need 76TB of storage amiright?

</rhetorical question>

Comment reply on JHawkBeerMaker's Completed Build: Updated: i9-9900k + RTX2080 in blue

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the detailed response. helps clarify for me that these would work for my setup too

Comment reply on cryogenics's Completed Build: Beloved ROG build

  • 5 months ago
  • 4 points

please read up on what dual channel RAM is and then you will understand that you are forcing your RAM to run at less than what it is capable of. what you have done is install one DIMM in channel 1 and one DIMM in channel 2. Like jayisaperson said, you want them in either 1 and 3, or 2 and 4 if you have two total DIMMS. Slots 1 and 3 are likely channel 1 and slots 2 and 4 are channel 2. You will get the most out of them installing them properly

Comment reply on JHawkBeerMaker's Completed Build: Updated: i9-9900k + RTX2080 in blue

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

how do you like the Phanteks RGB strips and how easy are they to work with to install to your desired position? So far it is the kit I plan on using in a future build. Also, do you control them via software or connect to a port on the case and use buttons on the case to control them? (I understand you can do either, just wondering what most people prefer)

Comment reply on TeddyBear69777's Completed Build: My Silver Comet

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I would argue no one at home has access to a friggin CNC water jet! That in itself is an "industry" piece of equipment. Given whatever industry the OP is in, clearly their business/employer has an industrial water jet piece of equipment. So no, not exactly surprised it looks good when it was done with such a precise and powerful piece of equipment. Actually, it should be expected. Now if they tried to make those holes with like a cordless power drill, a hole saw, and a dremel and they looked that clean, then I'd be surprised lol

but dont get me wrong, it still looks fantastic and if it solved the high temp CPU then it serves its purpose well!

Comment reply on mimmus's Completed Build: [draft] firts build - er niño

  • 6 months ago
  • -2 points

youre gonna want to get a heat sink for that 970 EVO PLUS. I dont think anyone would recommend running it without one

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is a 860W PSU enough for this build with lots of RGB?"

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

OK thanks! I am likely putting too much thought and worry into how many watts are consumed by RGB lights

As to the Ion+ PSU. I read up on many PSU reviews at Toms Hardware mainly, there were not any red flags that scared me away even though I know it's not same build quality as the Prime series. I was mainly looking at these things for PSU. Short enough so I can fit 4 drives in PSU area and have enough space for cables coming out of PSU, 860W I think is my bare min wattage wise for the hardware I want, and it should be quiet too. The Ion+ met these requirements so that is why I considered it. So I do know it's lower quality compared to the Prime, and the price certainly reflects that lol

With that said, would you have any recommendations on something "in between"? Id say the Ion+ is about as low tier as I'd being willing to go, and the Prime being the other end, the highest tier I'd be willing to spend on

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is a 860W PSU enough for this build with lots of RGB?"

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply. You recommend that due to it is better quality, or because you believe the higher 1000W PSU is required to power everything in my setup? (as in 860W is not enough power)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is a 860W PSU enough for this build with lots of RGB?"

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I forgot to mention the only reason I didn't settle on the SeaSonic 1000W Prime PSU is due to its length @ 170mm. I would love to have the ability to place 4 disks in my cases PSU area but it leaves only 25mm of space. I assume that is going to cramp the cables really bad or be literally impossible. So I think this PSU will limit me to 2 3.5" disks in the PSU area and the rest have to be 2.5" disks placed on the back.

So the main factor in why the Fractal Design Ion+ 860W PSU is part of this is because it is so small at only 150mm and leaves me 55mm of space, which I believe is adequate for the cables coming out of the PSU

Any opinions on space required for the cables coming out of the PSU are also welcomed due to my curiosity here too!

Comment reply on chengyou3301's Completed Build: AMD RYZEN 5 3600 + Radeon RX 5700XT

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a Sapphire RX 5700 XT and got it within 1st month of release. ran fine for a few hours but I noticed I had terrible stability issues in only a couple games, namely Assassin's Creed Odyssey. It was one of the 19.7.X drivers

I too ALWAYS "updated" drivers and coming from an RX 580 all I did was update again when installing a new GPU.

After I uninstalled everything related to AMD Radeon software and drivers, and reinstalled the SAME EXACT DRIVERS, which I think would have been 19.8.1 at that point (I kept updating hoping to see better stability). All my issues went away just by doing a clean install of the same set of drivers and software. This is sound advice! I will never "update" again....always going to clean install new drivers going forward

Comment reply on theoctothorpe's Completed Build: Welcome to Hackintosh (First Build)

  • 11 months ago
  • 3 points

what macOS version did you put on it?

GTX 980ti as far as I know can only support up to High Sierra 10.13.6 No Nvidia drivers for Mojave so it's limited there

but then the newer i9-9900k CPU I believe I have only seen reports of it working on Mojave 10.14+ there are no real macs shipping with HS and an i9-9900k

with that said, those two components sound incompatible for running macOS taking into consideration everything I have researched on tonymac. I have put together a build with same MOBO and CPU but that combo I thought only leaves the option of Mojave with No way to use High Sierra

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