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post #981 of 1735
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Originally Posted by DiGiCiDAL View Post

Yeah, I'm hoping to be able to play something one of these years... haven't seriously played anything in about 3 years now. frown.gif Sucks getting old and having responsibilities... rolleyes.gif

No see, what you have to do is blow off those responsibilities... wink.gif
That's how you end up with 6 lvl 50s on SWTOR and two completed campaigns on Dishonored since the former's launch, along with moving, taking a new job, and raising two kids, all while getting run over by a car.

But seriously.
DiGiCiDAL, can you link the device that you recommend for people to plug their optical into?

Thanks - T
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No see, what you have to do is blow off those responsibilities... wink.gif
That's how you end up with 6 lvl 50s on SWTOR and two completed campaigns on Dishonored since the former's launch, along with moving, taking a new job, and raising two kids, all while getting run over by a car.

But seriously.
DiGiCiDAL, can you link the device that you recommend for people to plug their optical into?

Thanks - T

Pretty much any decent AVR will do - doesn't have to be 'fancy' unless that's what you're going for. You could pick up something like this and even if you just used it for headphones... it will kick the crap out of anything at or near it's price-range that's marketed as "PC Audio". biggrin.gif In fact, I dare you to find a sub-$150 sound card that can drive any higher end headphones... (never mind drive a pair of 4ohm passive monitors with ~125W) biggrin.gif
post #983 of 1735
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Game? And here I was thinking we pour over tiny details to make awesome computers just because they look cool. smile.gif But seriously, I've probably spent more time researching and tinkering with my comp over the years than gaming haha although my steam list is huge...

Something that looks cool isn't the reason for me to spend money on it. It has to serve a purpose. That's why watercooling is such an afterthought to me. It looks cool but has very low purpose. Today's components run very cool. That's why this case interests me more than the bigger CL cases because there's not an enormous amount of space I would never use.

I have less time to game these days, but I still find time during the week to get a 2-4 hours in. Lots of time is wasted on other people, so I make sure I find some for myself, whether it's going out or gaming.
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post #984 of 1735
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Something that looks cool isn't the reason for me to spend money on it. It has to serve a purpose.

Ordinarily I would agree with you... but then I thought about all the money I've spent on my wife over the years... and sure now she's much more than just 'looks'... but in the beginning isn't that pretty much all we're considering when it comes down to it. biggrin.gif

And you may say that now... but just because running 2-4 360 or 480 rads isn't exactly 'necessary'... it sure is fun to use and to look at. wink.gif
post #985 of 1735
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Do you mind listing the reasons as to why you don't like the Prodigy anymore?
I am torn between this case and the prodigy.

I don't like the location of the side panel USB and resulting cable mess, I don't like the cramped amount of room for PSU length and cables, I don't like the way the doors attach (or fail to attach in my case), and I don't like the fact that the flimsy plastic handles scratch the finish off my desk.
 
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post #986 of 1735
I may sell my SSD for this. That alone will pay for this case. Hmmmm... decisions decisions.

I just want to see what CL is all about. If this is awesome, going Gemini will be an easy decision.

Questions for CL:

Is the primer finish a powdercoat or paint?

If I choose the 120.2 front mount, the flex bays are vented also?
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post #987 of 1735
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I've read some good things about the Essence One and it looks solid as far as the specs, etc. are concerned, but unless the normal version is cheaper than the 'Muse' edition... it's pretty expensive for what it is, IMO at least. $900 will buy you one hell of a nice DAC - maybe not a top-of-the-line model... but that's almost Benchmark territory! The TEAC UDH01 seems superior in almost every way and is less than half the price. I currently use a DacMagic but even that is a little too much for what it delivers. If you're just going to monitors or headphones the SCHIIT Modi+Magni combo has pretty great price/feature value. Though in your case they wouldn't work because you require an optical/coax and USB connection like I have on my DacOne too.. (optical is for the CD transport I still use when I'm nostalgic for physical media). biggrin.gif

Yeah the muse version is way overpriced. The regular one is $500 MSRP I think, but I payed much less thumb.gif That Teac looks nice though and seems like it has the same features that I would use. I don't think it was out when I was looking and the DacMagic was out of my price range at the time.
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post #988 of 1735
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I don't like the location of the side panel USB and resulting cable mess, I don't like the cramped amount of room for PSU length and cables, I don't like the way the doors attach (or fail to attach in my case), and I don't like the fact that the flimsy plastic handles scratch the finish off my desk.

Interesting. In regards to the PSU I am planning on using sleeved cables from Corsair.
I do agree with you on the side panel USB cable sloppiness and what not.
The plastic feel concerns me since all I have used in the past has been aluminum + steel cases.
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I also switched from a prodigy to this and the real reason I did it was because the prodigy slides like crazy on any smooth surface and to be honest I didn't like the look of it IRL. Then when it came to putting it together the inside is just so horribly optimized that there is a ton of wasted space and it's cramp trying to jam everything in there. I like this case more because more thought was put into it, a full size psu, tucked away storage locations for an ssd and a 3.5" drive, the outside is much more appealing...

Edit: and it had a cheap plastic feeling that drove me crazy. The case just did not feel sturdy imo.

I agree with the wasted space, the case seems big enough to fit a Micro ATX motherboard. I kind of wish that they would go back to the drawing board and improved upon the design of the prodigy.
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Funny you mention that... I've been knocking around the idea buying a pedestal for my M8 and putting it on reversed (2x 140mm fans in front as intakes) and fabricating an IO backplate that lines up with the bottom flexbay. The bottom PSU slot would leave plenty of room for passing through all the power down to that MB. smile.gif Either that or mount it normally and just fabricate a replacement piece for the back that deletes the two fan holes and replaces them with backplate and 3 slots.

HMMM... hey Jim... now that you've designed the S3 - something like that should be 5 mins of CAD and an upcharge, right?!? devil.gif
At a guess, expandability? If you put much watercooling gear in a Prodigy... you're pretty much left with just that. I don't see how you could add 4 hard drives and still have an optical bay or other bay device with the Prodigy. It's a really cute little case, and people have done some amazing builds around them, but for the most part they can only consist of 1-2 SSD, MB, GPU, and cooling.. anything else is too cramped.

I plan on having (1) HDD 3.5", (1) SSD, 1 GTX 690 or Titan and a custom loop for the CPU (and possibly my GPU in the future).
post #989 of 1735
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Originally Posted by WorldExclusive View Post

I may sell my SSD for this. That alone will pay for this case. Hmmmm... decisions decisions.

I just want to see what CL is all about. If this is awesome, going Gemini will be an easy decision.

Questions for CL:

Is the primer finish a powdercoat or paint?

If I choose the 120.2 front mount, the flex bays are vented also?

The primer is a powder but when it cures it almost has the look of a paint. The 120.2 mount would be a replacement for the covers (except the 1 remaining single cover) not in addition, but yes the remaining cover would be ventilated.
post #990 of 1735
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Originally Posted by Kevin_CL View Post

The primer is a powder but when it cures it almost has the look of a paint. The 120.2 mount would be a replacement for the covers (except the 1 remaining single cover) not in addition, but yes the remaining cover would be ventilated.

Oh, I've been meaning to get into this;
So if we did the 120.2 on the front, we're going to assume that we have other covers that we will use for our fans on the rad, correct? meaning the flex bay covers you sell will no longer fit?

Also, I sent a customer care e-mail from the site's dialog.
I'm assuming you're all knee-deep in poodoo, but it was regarding an option that was later added to the order page that was not at the time I ordered. Just PM or what would ya'll like me to do, just to make sure?

Thanks - T
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