Post Your Windows Setup: Past & Present!

Zenithal

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Thank you so much for the suggestion! I did not realize this was a thing that Noctua made. After a quick search, I found the covers. I think that settles it, I’ll be getting Noctua cooler then and a black CPU cooler cover to match my setup!
No problem. The issue I've always had with Noctua is that they're very quiet about what they have. I've tried high end AIO coolers and even a custom hard tube setup, and the upper hand you get on a highly OC'd setup isn't that great if you live in a warmer area during the warm months. Run a Noctua, show it off. You got the biggest baddest heatsink on the market. You won the size war. It simply looks comical in 99% of cases.
 
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zen

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Slightly tangential for this thread, but looking at people's systems, I wonder what folk would recommend for desktop speakers? I have a small desk and current use Harman/Kardon soundsticks on either side of a 27" display (subwoofer on the floor). The sound quality is fine, and they are nice and narrow, but I'm looking for other options.
 

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Slightly tangential for this thread, but looking at people's systems, I wonder what folk would recommend for desktop speakers? I have a small desk and current use Harman/Kardon soundsticks on either side of a 27" display (subwoofer on the floor). The sound quality is fine, and they are nice and narrow, but I'm looking for other options.
I use the Klipsch ProMedia set... (https://www.klipsch.com/products/klipsch-promedia-2-1-thx-certified-computer-speaker) and absolutely love them... I tuck them behind a 27" monitor and the sub in the corner and it hits like a freight train when I put on some music... Great for games too!
 
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Lightning Cable

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Very cool! What case is that?
It's the Bitfenix Prodigy with the Red Mesh Front Panel and the Window Side Panel (which was meant for the Prodigy-M, but fits on the Prodigy fine). It was a pretty popular case ~5 years ago.
 
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lowendlinux

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Slightly tangential for this thread, but looking at people's systems, I wonder what folk would recommend for desktop speakers? I have a small desk and current use Harman/Kardon soundsticks on either side of a 27" display (subwoofer on the floor). The sound quality is fine, and they are nice and narrow, but I'm looking for other options.
I've had Bose Companions since ~2015 I like them because they don't have a sub
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Don't see a DRP4 used much in the wild.
It's a DRP3

I think BeQuiet! isn't all that popular here because they're still recently new and a bit pricey, but I love their stuff.

That computer finally got it's fanless power supply so it got downgraded processor and an upgraded GPU then moved to drive the TV.
 

lowendlinux

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It's that they're pricey. Noctua is a younger company and very popular.
You're right and by a couple years..I didn't know

I built that computer in Germany where BeQuiet! doesn't carry the premium it does here but the reason I bought was because I could single source just about everything I needed. More importantly though I'm a BeQuiet! fanboy, they make beautiful products in a market where ascetics isn't a priority.

That computer started life with BeQuiet! case, power supply, CPU cooler, and fans. The changes happened because the power supply and and case got damaged in during my move back to the states. When I go back Germany this fall it'll probably go back into another BeQuiet! case but I'll keep my fan less power supply.
 
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Zenithal

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You're right and by a couple years..I didn't know

I built that computer in Germany where BeQuiet! doesn't carry the premium it does here but the reason I bought because they carry I could single source just about everything I needed. More importantly though I'm a BeQuiet! fanboy, they make beautiful products in a market where ascetics isn't a priority.

That computer started life with BeQuiet! case, power supply, CPU cooler, and fans. The changes happened because the power supply and and case got damaged in during my move back to the states. When I go back Germany this fall it'll probably go back into another BeQuiet! case but I'll keep my fan less power supply.
BeQuiet was cheaper in the past. As was Noctua. Prices have gone up. About 13 years ago some of the best HSFs were by Zalman, who are a nobody these days. A super premium chunk of copper set you back roughly $30 and was one of the best if not the best HSF on the market.

I tend to rank BeQuiet! as high as Noctua. Their engineering is fantastic and it shows. Though there are obscure HSFs out there that barely anyone knows about and they perform as well as the more expensive units. I'm not a fan of closed loop or open loop cooling systems because they're too much a hassle and offer little in the way of noise reduction for roughly the same cooling. The benefit is space provided your case is big enough.

Scythe is another good cooling company. I usually recommend people the 212 Evo as the very minimum if they want traditional cooling. It's a good cooler, but there's far better out there. Its performance in cooling and its price point make it a steal for most use cases. Noctua has this one HSF that spreads out rather than towers out and it's pretty nice. There's more room for RAM modules, but most HSFs nowadays are engineered with enough clearance, even for heat spreader equipped modules. Like BallisticX with tall fins. Which I don't find useful unless you're doing work that relies on dumping data through RAM at X amount of clock cycles or you've overclocked it quite a bit and use it for its intended purposes at those speeds.

I haven't decided what I want for my next workstation. I'm definitely not liking active chipset cooling on say the X570 boards. Assuming you're old enough, in the past when such a method was used, it was usually terrible because fans would die and you'd need to jerry rig something. Or if you've ever used 20 mm housed fans for cooling something DIY, you know they can get loud if you don't have a good case or sound dampening.

Speaking of which, good fans cost a lot of money. I spent somewhere in the neighborhood of $140 for fans for my current workstation. I got a few on sale.
 
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Arcade

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Custom built computer I put together back in 2001 I made the blow holes myself. It used to have a Asus A7V motherboard with a 1GHZ processor, radeon video card running windows ME.

I posted this picture online on a tech forum back then and just found it a few days ago.
 
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Moved my office to a bigger room (No more door hitting my desk). My teenager doesn't use his Bed/Desk combo... so I moved it to my new office/music/gaming room. Always wanted a bed in my office. :)



Zoomed out a bit with shades opened (prefer my office dark) to show a piece of the bed and my bass guitars

Are you a Midget?? :eek:
Do you have to Crawl in?? :p

Nice Bass collection!! :D
 
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kamikazeeMC

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Am I crazy for thinking about replacing this with an iPP? Haha.
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I change my up peripherals a lot out of boredom, mainly mice. Have kept this keyboard for a while (by CODE) really like the MX Clears, so just changed caps. Would like a 60% but would miss the numpad.
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silent alarm

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Photo is from June but zero things have changed, except I stopped using the webcam, and I changed mics to an XLR AT2020. Blah.

Custom PC - 5820K, 32 GB DDR4, 980 Ti, 512 GB SSD and a bunch of mechanical drives. Either moving to a Mac mini or a MacBook Pro as my main machine in the coming months.
 

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Not a Windows setup *puke*

Post my Linux setup:

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*Still not a Windows desktop - puke! Post my Linux desktop*

I've made some updates to my setup over the last few months. I went with dual monitors on a pedestal, moved the PC to a side table and off the desk as well as the network switch. I upgraded my headphone DAC/amp and got a new mouse and deskpad thing.

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