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I'm going to say it because it needs to be said, particularly to many of the new builders & people on here dishing out all kinds of crazy advice. Lately there has been too many threads complaining about not having enough space, wanting full towers, NEEDING a 900d to fit your main rig in, NEEDING a $300 case to throw an air cooled build in there.

This is simply false. This does not apply to water coolers as they are a different type of builder, and the more room the better. You do not need to go out & buy a 900d, a Fractal XL, etc.. for an air cooled build or a h100i cooler.

If you can't build a rig in a small mid tower, you shouldn't be upgrading to a full size tower. In todays mainstream computer building scene, a mid tower is enough for ALL of us, unless your going to be pushing the limits or have special requirements. With things like the gtx titan, micro atx, or even mini itx, there is just no need to throw down $450 for a piece of junk case, when there's cases out there for $100 and under that look better, perform better & do what a computer case should.

This is just to all the builders who are starting & feel like they have to have all the best gear & waste their time getting there, because there's no end to that road. It's quite easy to buy a budget gaming pc rig, make it look good & demolish any game on triple monitors. Under 2 grand and you'll have no issues. There are people spending $5000 on rigs... great, but you don't need all that and you can push your hardware to the limits without it.

Even water cooling has gotten cheaper & you don't need massive monsta rads to get the job done. Save your money, buy a better monitor, a better setup, better speakers & maybe spend the money elsewhere like games. With the way the mainstream & enthusiast market moves, your investing in an outdated machine & it's just so much easier & smarter to say put $1500 - 2000 into a machine for 3-4 years then put $4000 - $5000 into a build which will be running old hardware for 4-5 years.

Pc gaming is not just about going out & building a ridiculous looking machine & to be an enthusiast you don't have to own all those gimmicky boards , those features are mainly for LN2 and extreme users. It's more about being a part of the community, enjoying the building process & the games. Not wasting your money & trying to be awesome by having your computer flash!

I encourage everyone to just remember that today you can put together a z77 rig that will give you the same gaming performance if not better than %90 of the rigs on ocn. Triple ips panels, i5 3570k, gtx titan or gtx 680 4gb, crossfire 7970's and it's easy.
post #2 of 26
Maybe I just have the money and like to fiddle? Who cares how I spend my money? Isn't overkill half of what this site is about?



Edit- Dear god.. guys I think I just got trolled.
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Originally Posted by Pararrhexis View Post

Maybe I just have the money and like to fiddle? Who cares how I spend my money? Isn't overkill half of what this site is about?



Edit- Dear god.. guys I think I just got trolled.

OKN - overkill network, we should change the name man biggrin.gif
post #4 of 26
Apparently that already exists-
http://www.overkillnetworks.com/
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Well... I don't think this is the forum to be telling people that. Overkill is celebrated here biggrin.gif

Welcome to OCN either way!

Sit back, buckle in, and have a stroke while reading through this buildlog!
http://www.overclock.net/t/1312505/build-log-project-overkill-quad-geforce-titans/0_20
 
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True, while most of us dont need huge cases, it sure is nice to have all the extra room to work with. Take my sig rig for example- after putting an H100 and a liquid cooled GTX580 in a midsized Antec 300 it's quite crowded.
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But I like my giant tank antec P182 case! though it's technically classified as a mid tower you better believe it's a full tower. I don't think a 30lb case that's nearly 2 feet tall can be called a mid tower lmao

I weighed my pc ONCE. it weighed something like 45lbs hahah
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Does my build meet your requirements? Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Edited by HPE1000 - 3/20/13 at 10:15pm
 
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post #9 of 26
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Originally Posted by BinaryDemon View Post

True, while most of us dont need huge cases, it sure is nice to have all the extra room to work with. Take my sig rig for example- after putting an H100 and a liquid cooled GTX580 in a midsized Antec 300 it's quite crowded.

I
FEEL
YOU,
BRO.

WTB Antec 1200.


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Originally Posted by HPE1000 View Post

...

Sit back, buckle in, and have a stroke while reading through this buildlog!
http://www.overclock.net/t/1312505/build-log-project-overkill-quad-geforce-titans/0_20

Well said!! I was checking that build out this morning...
When you look at most people's rigs, you see sensible practical computers. But the a hobby by definition is anything but practical. You make something awesome and crazy not because it is useful, but because certain people including me enjoy it!
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