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Free to a new home!

25 May 2016 - 06:13 PM

Free to a good home


1 lightly used Kingston SSD Now V series 128 GB solid state drive. 


Since figuring out what my first review was and how long I have been a staff member at OCC was equally not a challenge I figured that I would go with something a bit more challenging for this prize. The only investment is time. No post count limits, no FAH points although that would be nice addition to the team. I would like to keep this as US and Canada based unless you can contribute to the shipping although it should not be terrible.  


Many of you know what I do for a living. I work for the most recognized brand in the world Coca-Cola. The question is how long have I been with the company and in what capacities have I worked.


First hint: I am not in sales.......




Google Voice

17 January 2016 - 02:13 PM

Anyone have any experience using a Google voice phone number? Dialing out and receiving calls are my concerns. 

Finally decided to built a new daily driver

24 September 2015 - 05:54 PM

My Core i7 920 is finally getting a bit long in the tooth showing its age and lack of raw speed. Its lost a step even though by most accounts it is still a pretty decent rig but is getting retired. So I started work on Mini-Me. This wont be a custom one off show piece. In fact it will be pretty far away from that and be just a good solid build with no windows to worry about showing how packed the chassis really is.  
Current specs include:
Core I7 920 @3.4Ghz
Noctua Cooled
12GB of DDR3 running at 2000Mhz
MSI Big Bang motherboard
1.5TB  disk drive
HD 6990
Red Flame CM Stacker 830 Case
Not bad right? That being said I wanted to put together a small form factor rig that performance wise just flat out performed it in every way. I took a look at what I wanted to build and then set out my plan. I wanted solid state drives since I had plenty of backed up storage space on my NAS and will only need to keep the basics and kick the rest to the storage system. Originally I was going to use an Intel Core i7 5775C and use the on board Iris Pro graphics in lieu of using a discrete card since I have a gaming system for gaming only and will use this again as a daily driver. After deciding on a small form factor build I needed to find a motherboard to fit into a Node 304 case. I needed a Z97 based board for this build because of the CPU I wanted to use.  I visited my semi local Micro Center since they usually have a fairly good size stock of returned ITX motherboards that if you look hard enough through the pile you can find a gem. Most of the time the boards are missing the parts you really need and after about 30 minutes of roaming through the re certified section I found a Z97I Plus from ASUS. There were others to choose from but this one stood out because it had everything and the price was knocked down by almost 50%. I dont usually take a chance but it was what I needed. I walked out with it for $100 and I had the makings of my first small form factor build with the parts listed below.    
Node 304 case
TT 750w non modular PSU
Z97I Plus motherboard
16GB Corsair Vengeance 2666Mhz
Core I7 5775C
OCZ and Kingston SSD's
Corsair H90 cooling
Pretty happy with my choices I thought about trying to shove a full on water loop in the case but decided against it on this rig because really the chip runs incredibly cool even with the voltage cranked up so an AIO cooler would work just fine. That opened up the cooling possibilities but I stuck with the AIO since space is really at a premium. Realising up front that a modular PSU would work best I just used what I had laying around and would find a way to make it work. 
Having a basic plan I started putting the rig together. Everything went in fairly easily with some velcro and wire ties and in the end ended up with this. But wait there is a discrete card in this system.......


22 September 2015 - 07:54 PM

Prime time usage that I get using their own speed test. Methinks they be throttling the speeds to make me upgrade. I wonder if there is a way to figure it out! Thoughts? The chat window was just an added dose of humiliation. 

Finally building a gaming rig

30 November 2014 - 07:46 PM

After more than a few years of not playing games other than just for reviews I thought it was about high time to finally put together a high end gaming system  to take care of the need to finally kick back and just enjoy the hell out of myself with some games. I could have gone any number of routes with this build but figured that if I am going to invest the time to build it then it should be something that is what I want rather than just good enough to play the latest games.


To start with this is far from a budget build. I know this and could have done just as well with a more cost efficient solution but hey this is my build right! The idea for me was to minimize my costs by using what I had on hand ( I can hear the groans now) and to take those parts along with some water cooling parts I have been stock piling for use on such a project and finally put it together.


Pictures will be few and far between since I had most of it built before I thought to put it in the forums!  It will most likely be the final result and some benchmarks to see what it does but here goes the component list.


I cut my teeth on AMD chips but for this build excess and Intel is what gets the call. The system will be water cooled but only the CPU for now. 


CPU: 4.4Ghz capable Intel Core i7 4960X    Its a dog and just wont do any better so it can be my gaming chip.

Motherboard: What better way to complement the 4860X than one of ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition boards.

Memory: 32GB (8x4GB) of G.Skill 2133Mhz memory to take advantage of a Ramdisk

Video cards: SLI or Crossfire was the option here and both would work but I chose a pair of GTX Titans to take advantage of the 6GB frame buffer

Storage;  OS will be on an OCZ Revodrive 350 while storage will be on a 4GB mechanical disk. Add in an LG DVD rom drive 

Power Supply: Corsair AX1200

Case: Corsair 650D


Water cooling: 

Pump/Block  Apogee Drive II from Swiftech

Reservoir: Bitspower  150mm tube

Fittings: Monsoon standard in Black Chrome

Elbows and 90's from Bitspower

Fluid: Ice Dragon Nanofluid ( Seems like a solid product so I'm giving it a shot) 

Radiators: Phobya Extreme 200 for the front and an  XSPC 240 for the top

Fans,  CM SickleFlow 120mm for the 240 rad and  the corsair case fan for the 200mm rad. 



Current state is that the system is mostly built and leak testing for 24 hours. Excessive? Yes but its better than a leak that cooks the works. Some pics tomorrow!