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Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Utopia

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

fwiw, the linked review is for the old WA7 which uses a different DAC than the new one which uses a fairly standard ESS SABRE DAC. In any case, tube amps always measure terribly because the "tubey" sound is just coloration/distortions so I don't think the new version would objectively measure that much better.

I demoed the WA7 against solid state amps that were measured objectively better by Amir at ASR, such as the Grace m900, and couldn't really tell any meaningful difference. I'm on the list for a tour of the new Okto DAC8 which is the current THD+N king at ASR, so we'll see how that goes. If it makes a significant difference I'll probably get one of those or the RME ADI-2-DAC; if it doesn't I'm keeping the WA7 because it looks better than anything else out there at the price range. Who knows, I might even prefer the tube sound.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Utopia

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

It is fine at stock for anything besides P95, even with the restricted airflow of this case. If you have heavy AVX workloads you may want something beefier.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Utopia

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

It’s an IKEA Hammarp countertop that I sanded and gloss finished (super easy to do, never worked with wood before and just needed two cans of gloss finish and some sandpaper), on top of two IKEA Alex drawers.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Utopia

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

GPU is fine at stock (75-78C max).

CPU is fine for everything besides P95 (80C max). P95 just kills it though.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Utopia

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

All the reviews I read indicate it should be fine, ITX + restricted airflow is just a different beast.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Utopia

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

They are custom cables from Ensourced. They barely fit, originally was using them in an ATX case so had excess length to deal with.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Utopia

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

It looks good and it's very easy to build in, but yes airflow does seem restricted. The dust filters are outstanding but that also contributes to the restricted airflow.

Cable management space is very tight and I'm only using 3 cables. A few more mm of space behind the motherboard tray definitely help with this case.

I also want to nitpick and say the tolerances aren't that great because there's very very tiny gaps with the bezels and where panels fit together, but that's really to be expected from an aluminum and tempered glass case in this price range.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Utopia

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't think my ears are good enough to differentiate between higher end DACs/amps; I kept the WA7 mainly because it looks pretty. That said, the first time I demo'd the Utopia it was paired with a Chord Dave and it sounded divine, so if I win the lottery down the line I'm picking one of those up.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Utopia

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven't really had a chance to push it yet, but Prime95 small FFTs still cooks my 9900K @ stock. My CPU has always ran super hot compared to reviews so I don't think that's particularly indicative of the U12A's performance (and I'm also only using the U12A with one fan).

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Utopia

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I love music. :)

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Mirrodin

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Got the 2700 for $160; couldn't pass that deal up. Planning to upgrade to next generation of Ryzen or switch to Intel when I move cases.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Mirrodin

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

It was because of the dual m.2 drives. It can support one m.2 drive at gen 3 x4 just fine. Unfortunately this seems to be an issue with most Ryzen ITX/mATX motherboards.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Mirrodin

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I used the VIVO aluminum single monitor arm - https://www.amazon.com/VIVO-Aluminum-Adjustable-Articulating-STAND-V001Q/dp/B01LYVCEIB.

It feels like it's at its limit with this behemoth of a monitor but still holding steady. I love the drop-in mechanism it has for mounting the monitor, makes it super easy to mount and take out.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Mirrodin

  • 13 months ago
  • 4 points

I have it set at 4k 98hz to keep full 4:4:4 chroma for now. I'm sure it can hit 144 with less demanding games, AAA games are going to be in the 60-100 range.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Goldeneye

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Decided to just go ahead and be a baller instead of being financially responsible. :D

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Goldeneye

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

It tends to have problems saving profiles. Not the best software I've used, but at least it works somewhat. I'd much rather go through hardware BIOS control but muh fancy LEDs. :(

I used the Riing Premium fans before and the ring looked better aesthetically but the LED was also dimmer.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Goldeneye

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

The GPU uses the 16 lanes available to the CPU, and the m.2 NVME SSD uses 4 of the 24 lanes available to the chipset. The other 2 SSDs are SATA3.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Elysium

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind words!

To be honest, it was much more the camera than me. I'm shooting JPEG with a Sony RX100 IV on auto. This was actually my first time using anything nicer than a cell phone camera.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Elysium

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought most things used/discounted so it's hard to say, but I imagine somewhere in the vicinity of $7K.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Elysium

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I had to do a ton of research to find a rad that would fit out of the box - there was this one and an Alphacool one that were short enough to be able to line up with the mounting holes.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Nocturne

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I honestly can't tell very much of a difference between 28" 4K and 34" 3440x1440 in terms of pixel density. 100 hz looks so much smoother though, as does the colors with TN vs IPS.

Haven't been gaming much recently, there's always games that don't play nice with ultrawide but there's usually workarounds.

Comment reply on barefoothurst's Completed Build: Gojira! The Water Cooled HTPC, Gaming Rig, Plex Server, Monster.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I might look into doing the same for mine. I just can't find any builds where a 360mm rad fit without any problems or additional modding.

Comment reply on barefoothurst's Completed Build: Gojira! The Water Cooled HTPC, Gaming Rig, Plex Server, Monster.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build. I'm also looking to watercool in this case - did you need to modify the case at all to fit your rad, or is it plug and play? I was originally looking to use an EK 360mm rad but apparently those need modding to fit in the case.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Fusion Core - Gaming PC built in the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition Box

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

No problems at all. Pretty much plug and play.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Fusion Core - Gaming PC built in the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition Box

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Honored to be included in that thread. Some crazy builds in there.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Fusion Core - Gaming PC built in the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition Box

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Let me have my glory :P

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Nocturne

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I use them with an external DAC, but I believe they can be plugged in directly to the PC as well. They're great speakers for the price.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Corsair H5 SF"

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

That's too bad, it does work very well in situations that the mounting/form factor concerns can be met.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Nocturne

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Gosh I have no idea... I just know it's made by Bush. Got it many, many years ago.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Nocturne

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, just running them normal as storage drives.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Nocturne

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! If I have some crazy color schemes in the future that I want to do, I've also heard good things about Ensourced.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Nocturne

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the Midnight Blue version of the case, which comes with white LEDs. It's a limited edition case (only 45 made) so out of stock unfortunately now. :(

I think there's other people that have modded LEDs on the H440/Noctis 450 before though.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Nocturne

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm using 3M mounting tape (the one rated for 10 lbs). Great stuff.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Nocturne

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

One at a time (and a couple of impulse buys).

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: Nocturne

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

After I got the X34, it's been mainly an indie game called Rebel Galaxy (constant 100 FPS) and Fallout 4 (generally 80-100 FPS, dipping to 30-60 in some unoptimized areas).

Prior to the X34, I was gaming @ 4K and getting pretty much constant 60 FPS on Metal Gear Solid V, Star Wars Battlefront Beta, modded Skyrim/Fallout: New Vegas, and a few other games.

Once I finish FO4, going to jump into The Witcher 3 and also see how Star Citizen looks in ultrawide.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: $T4KS: The Four Thousand Dollar Solution

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

It's mounted at the top of the case.

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: $T4KS: The Four Thousand Dollar Solution

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmmm, I should probably look into re-seating my CPU cooler. The Kraken and the H105 should be comparable from what I've read. What sort of overclock do you have on yours?

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: $T4KS: The Four Thousand Dollar Solution

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

(obligatory "but that would involve having friends" comment)

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: $T4KS: The Four Thousand Dollar Solution

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

That's very helpful, thanks for the link!

Comment reply on DragonJ's Completed Build: $T4KS: The Four Thousand Dollar Solution

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the peak temperature from 8 hours of AIDA64/Intel Extreme Tuning stress testing (Prime95 doesn't play nice with X99). When I turn the overclock down it tops out at around 80. Either way there's no thermal throttling, it's within the operating parameters of the chip, and during most usage scenarios I end up at like 65 max so no worries here at least. :)

Next time I dust the case I'll look into re-seating the cooler and replacing the stock Corsair thermal paste.

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