USPS and UPS dropped off a few packages today, so I grabbed the DSL to bring everyone along for the box openings. Its pretty sad that I've ordered so much stuff that I don't even know what to expect in the boxes
Enjoy the pics.
***I'm in the process of making a photo booth. It was overcast outside and, as you can tell, the weather kept getting worse as the shots progress. I had to finally take it inside for the last few, which look a lot better.***
Who says Christmas only comes once a year???
First up is from Gary at Sidewinder Computers. I always try to get my stuff from him first since he's helped me out in the past. I highly recommend Sidewinder. His shipping is just as fast as Amazon and Newegg.
I already opened this one
Radiator fans, temp probes, and a fitting to attach my res to the top of my pump.
I really like the black finish of the bitspower fittings. I've always been impressed by the constant quality of bits power.
I haven't quite decided where these are going to go yet. I believe the XT45's have a bottom port, so I may put these at the outlet of each rad.
I noticed the XSPC fans when Sidewinder first got them in and ordered some to test. They are the same price as the Yate Loons but come with 3-pin headers instead of the Yate Loon mess. I'd really like Martin to do a test with these. I'll probably contact him and send him a few if he would be willing to test them.
The XSPC fan wire is nicely terminated, especially for a 5.99 fan.
Newegg time, I think I know what's in here...
Well packaged as usual from the Egg.
The Seasonic SS660-XT2, a Platinum rated PSU. Very well reviewed. This is the second generation, which eliminates the coil whine of the first gen.
Packaging expected of a $150+ PSU.
Dumb velvet cover that PSU manufacturers have taken to. Reminds me of car audio amps that used to come with white gloves
Totally modular is the only way to go. My days of cramming extra wires into empty recesses are over.
I've noticed a trend with PSU makers going with the non-sleeved, black attached wires. I think these are okay for a normal build, but I'd rather see sleeved cabling come from the factory (not mod quality of course.) These attached wires do not flow nearly as well.
Have you guys noticed that Amazon seems to be going downhill with their packaging? There was only one small length of bubble wrap haphazardly tossed into this box. The box that the strippers came in was obviously throw around and beat up during transit. I've noticed that their packaging has been much worse than it was a few years ago. There is no comparison between Newegg/Sidewinder and the Amazon packaging.
Terrible box. It had me worried that the Knipex strippers weren't the quality item that I had been told, but that initial impression ended up being proven wrong.
Nice set of strippers. We will look at the more closely in a bit.
Straight off the orient express
It looks like something you'd buy at a dollar store or Harbor Freight.
It came in pieces, so I had to assemble it later.
I finally have a dedicated heatgun! No more hair driers.
More poor packaging. This is exactly how it looked when I opened the case. Parts spilled all over the place. They fit properly into their grooves, so it seems the people in the factory putting these into their cases simply throw the pieces in and shut it. I guess that's what I should expect out of a $30 kit.
The gun itself seems nice. I haven't tested it yet. It has two settings, high and low. The frame is made of plastic, but it has a rubberized coating on it that makes it feel quality. I've heard good things about this Kawasaki kit, so I hope it works well.Move this party inside
I was able to easily get the Helping Hands thing assembled and I think it will work fine. I doubt it will be a tool I will be able to rely on for years to come, but it will do the job.
Everything from today's shipment. I should have almost everything within the next few days. I don't know when the MDPC-X stuff will be in since I haven't gotten a shipment notice yet, but that stuff should be here before the case for sure.Knipex Quick Test
I pulled a bit of speaker wire from my stash to test on. I've always stripped by razor, so this is like going from a beat up Yugo to a Bentley. This is 16 gauge speaker wire.
I adjusted the Knipex to 6mm, inserted the wire, pulled the trigger, and viola! How did I ever work with wires before? This thing is awesome and well worth the price if it keeps pumping out quality strips. I'll give my impressions after the build.
BTW if anyone has good links on how to build a budget photobooth post em! I'm eager to get my lighting under control so I don't have to shoot with the sun.