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Old 2021-04-26, 23:10   #45
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$144.98 including shipping and taxes.
Mike... No disrespect intended, but do you have any idea how much compute you can rent in "the cloud" for that kind of coin?
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Old 2021-04-27, 00:24   #46
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Real hardware we can touch and play with is more fun.

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Old 2021-04-27, 00:40   #47
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Real hardware we can touch and play with is more fun.
Don't disagree.

But, tends not to scale at the touch of a credit card...
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Old 2021-04-28, 20:12   #48
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A few days ago we set up a test loop. We did so because there have been reports on Reddit that the VTX pump has a manufacturing defect.

https://old.reddit.com/r/watercoolin...s_carbon_dust/
https://www.reddit.com/r/watercoolin...k_tbe_vtx_160/

It ran fine for a few days but it eventually failed just like the ones in those Reddit threads.

So, we now need to RMA this combo and order a new (different!) one.



The good news is we didn't have the pump fail when it was hooked up to the CPU and GPU blocks. From what we read those are difficult to clean.

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Old 2021-04-28, 22:22   #50
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1× https://www.tripplite.com/1200w-120v-power-conditioner-automatic-voltage-regulation-avr-ac-surge-protection-4-outlets~LC1200

https://www.eham.net/reviews/view-product?id=3762
https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/2128813-do-we-need-a-power-conditioner-plus-a-ups

$128.10 including shipping and taxes.


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Old 2021-04-28, 22:51   #51
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We have a "line interactive" UPS but it eats batteries, probably due to all of the "abnormal voltage events" we experience.

The line conditioner above should help with those transient events.

We do lose power totally every once in a while. Since you aren't supposed to plug a UPS into a line conditioner (?) we are going to take our chances and use the line conditioner alone.

In the future we plan to look into an "online" UPS. These tend to be kinda expensive, especially for one that can support 800W or more.

The first picture below is the front of our case. We have finished with modifying the front panel to allow all three 140mm fans in front of the case frame. (The reason we did this was mentioned in an earlier post.) Ordinarily, you would need to run special (proprietary) software to synchronize the fan colors but we found that we could "program" the RGB "hub" once in Windows and that setting sticks permanently.

The second picture is of the inside of the computer. Just today we installed both radiators and plumbed as much as we could. The RGB stripe on the power supply shroud is plugged into a small splitter that plugs into one of the motherboard's RGB headers. The front case panel has a small RGB strip above the three fans that is also plugged into this splitter.

We had to gut the front panel "switches and plugs" because the front radiator intrudes into the upper front of the case. So we won't have front panel USB ports or a power switch. That is okay because the back has plenty of USB ports and we just use the onboard power button on the motherboard to turn things on. That is one of the main reasons we wanted a case with a hinged window.

Right now all the cables are a real mess. We hope to find a way to clean it up.

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Old 2021-04-28, 23:04   #52
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The RGB stripe on the power supply shroud is plugged into a small splitter that plugs into one of the motherboard's RGB headers. The front case panel has a small RGB strip above the three fans that is also plugged into this splitter.
Wow!!! Seriously!

My main workstation has a total of four LEDs. Power, HDD, Ethernet Link, and Ethernet Activity...
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Old 2021-04-28, 23:07   #53
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We are not too interested in "unicorn vomit" but it seems to be super popular so we figured we may as well try it once.



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Old 2021-04-28, 23:43   #54
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We have a lot of "chrome" hardware (nuts, bolts, etc.) so we are slowly replacing the cheap-looking black hardware that the case comes with.

In the first picture you can see that we used low-profile chrome thumb screws to secure the slot covers.

In the second picture you can see that we used narrow chrome thumb screws to secure the motherboard to the case.

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Man, you just may have solved a mystery that bothered us for years, and even famous chemists and scientists could not find the answer! Haha. After a lot of arguments, we still could not decide what the green gooey stuff was

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