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Build is looking good...

are you serious a bout stuff growing on the vrm? lol I'd like to see pics of that
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Originally Posted by failwheeldrive View Post

Build is looking good...

are you serious a bout stuff growing on the vrm? lol I'd like to see pics of that

Thanks, man!

No. That was a bit of hyperbole. Maybe I should go a little more extreme next time with something like, "... so much water there were tadpoles swimming laps around the caps."

Kind of a cool concept though... a Project Fern Gully perhaps?
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A little update...

Ordered an Asrock Z87 Formula to replace the soggy Asus Gene VI.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-157-379

Why the Z87 and not the 97?

-The 87 is a larger board with more headers. In my case, the S8 has two USB3 front connectors. So I'd like to use them both (Gene VI and all Asus boards, from what I could tell, only had one connector).

-Cool-looking OLED display. I understand that it could cause a hiccup with the POST, like it causes it to hang for a sec. I'm okay with that. Having record boot time isn't a priority (not having to remember whether to plug my G35 headset into one of the top USB ports or one of the bottom ones is).

-AC wifi included. Granted, I try to stick with Cat6. But the gf isn't always amenable to me snaking a 50' cable across the apartment tongue.gif

-Don't care about NGFF SSD's. M2 and 10gig SATA are great. But we've long-since passed that threshold of diminishing returns on SSDs. I've been rocking them since just after they started making them with SATA interfaces (PATA and like 30GB way back in the day, and except for random access, really, reeeeaaaaally slow). http://integr8d.blogspot.com/2009/05/concise-review-of-gskill-falcon-ssd.html In case anyone's interested.

-More USB3 on the back. I guess we could argue that once you have more than 4 USB3 connections, we're also past that law of diminishing returns as well. Does my mouse or keyboard or printer need USB3? Nope. I only have one thumb drive that will take advantage of it. And since all of my media, etc. gets stored on an 8-bay Synology NAS, I really have no need. Maybe I should re-evaluate USB3 as a priority. (Ya' think?)

What they both have in common that I love is the waterproof coating. Trashing the Gene VI opened my eyes as to why so many of you are so careful. I was kind of blasé about it all. But yeah, as it turns out, water can actually **** up your computer. So more waterproofy = more bettery, for idjits like me.

I don't know how important it is. But I've noticed that the mobo manufacturers are going with these gucci audio caps from Nichicon. I think that's awesome, anytime someone is trying to improve the quality of anything. And in this case, the Z87 is a little scant on those details. What I did find interesting was this: I really like the green caps that Gigabyte is using on their high-end board (rather I should say that I like the look of it; the mainly red and black with the little, green accents). And as I was looking at the Asrock, I noticed that they're using Nichicon 'Fine Gold' caps. So I figured that the green caps that Gigabyte was using on their $350 primo board must've been way better... Nada... Not even close... Have a look: http://www.mouser.com/new/nichicon/Nichicon-Audio-Caps/ Turns out the green caps that Gig is using are 'suitable for audio signal circuits', while the Fine Gold series that Asrock are using are 'suitable for high- grade audio equipment' which is just one step lower than Nichicon's top-of-the-line cap... So what's up with that, Gigabyte???

So that sums it up. Board should be here by Friday (or maybe even tomorrow; City of Industry is really close). I need to order the fan controller and more black PETG tubing, some more fittings and the cable management/sleeving stuff. The black and yellow/gold presents a conundrum for me. I wasn't planning on that. So we'll have to figure out what's going to work there. The complementary color is like lavender or purple. And that ain't happening. So... I'll figure something out.

Second video arriving shortly as well.

Cheers.
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