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post #1791 of 2156
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Originally Posted by retroPhil View Post

Yea I can see your concern from under powering the card. But if the system already has power, I "guess" all what extra power required would be the gfx.

I'll try it and come crying to you when it all goes wrong. smile.gif

I don't think you would have any problems regarding available power with nearly any power supply. The general recomendation of 400 W is to power a more than average PC. Remember it is supposed to power a CPU (about the same or sometimes more power than the GPU itself) and lots of low power parts like memory, HDD, motherboard, peripherals, USB ports, fans and sometimes diverse LED lighting. In our case the power supply must only power the GPU and eGPU adapter, wich probably doesn't draw more than a few Watts. I´d guess 20, 30 W tops, considering what it does and specially the absence of a cooling system (fans or fins) in a package this size and covered in plastic.
Considering we are hardware enthusiasts I think you would hardly buy a really cheap bad quality power supply for that project. It could not be good to your brand new GPU because of bad "quality" power (voltage spikes, fluctuations, switching noise...). So in case you decide to do it the right way, nearly any average to good quality power source would be able to very comfortably power any external GPU. As long as you respect the power drawn in the GPU power conector you should be fine.
post #1792 of 2156
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYydRP-ossk
https://www.youtube.com/cards?video_referrer=watch&v=PXKezx5iFpw#
https://www.youtube.com/edit?video_referrer=watch&video_id=C_F5Obq98xA
Edited by Dameyon - 6/3/16 at 5:29pm
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Hey everyone, new owner here just received my alpha in the mail yesterday. I use to game on the pc, but switched to consoles for the past decade. Consoles have been getting so expensive aka monthly online fees, dlc that cost as much as the game itself, not to mention game prices, I decided to ditch my xb1 and get an alpha. I was originally going to build my own mini itx but found the alpha for $329 and couldn't pass that up. I'm loving it, getting much better performance and visuals out of this little box than I ever did with xb1. I was weary about the 860m but I must say it packs quite a punch, granted I optimized it for performance settings etc. I mostly run the games at 900p which I can easily crank to very high or ultra and still pull 45+ fps it even the most demanding games ex. Far cry, crysis, etc. occasionally I'll kick it up to 1080p and still get 30+. I'm loving this little box and for the casual gaming I do(have a 8 month old, makes it hard to find time lol), it more than satisfied my needs. Best of all it makes the wife happy since you know it saves money-aka cheaper games and no fee online lol. Prob will drop an ssd in at some point but right now the HD will suffice.
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Welcome smile.gif
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Hi! I've had the i3 Alpha for about a month now and used it in the living room (as intended) but unfortunately I had to move to my own room, now on a smaller TV, everytime I exit full screen on any application, the screen gets blurry. I've already adjusted to the right resolution, and I've tried changing the windows scaling and turning off overscan. The only way to temporarily fix it is to unplug and replug the HDMI, change the resolution to something different and then revert back, or restarting the alpha. I've also looked around the TV settings but there's not much to change. The tv is a Sony Bravia
Edited by adilez - 6/5/16 at 12:18pm
post #1797 of 2156
So as far as cpus go the 4790s and 4690s are the best choices for cpus right ?

Also I'm having replacement top shells 3d printed that are taller, allowing me to install two 80mm intake fans and another hdd, would anyone be interested?

If it goes well I may make a version that let's us install a small 120mm aio.

Please let me Know what you think and if you have any ideas for ways I could improve on this idea.

Oh, and the solid copper replacement heat sinks are being made as we speak, I'll have benchmarks up soon as well as taking orders for any one who is interested in a bulk group order.
post #1798 of 2156
I think the best you can go is 5775c if im not mistaken. But you may need to have a custom bios. I am interested in the heatsinks for sure.
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Originally Posted by retroPhil View Post

I think the best you can go is 5775c if im not mistaken. But you may need to have a custom bios. I am interested in the heatsinks for sure.

That's the cpu I wanted to get bit I can't find anyone who can say for sure it works.
post #1800 of 2156
Dameyon , can we use this with the external GPU adaptor instead of the standard power supply ?
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