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  1. Welcome to the zoo. Those parts look great, and as Mos said - I look forward to seeing the scratch build as well.
  2. Great responses so far... and everyone has made some great points so far.. I will reiterate what Mos said about posting on the zoo. Mod/Build/Store bought, feel free to share whatever you have. We are okay with you sharing dreams, just file them under the correct category. @Cheapskate, I'm not feeling the 3 year burnout. It's just when I look at facebook, or at CES and I hear certain people call builds as mods kinda pisses me off. I'm glad that more and more people are building and customizing their builds as that moves the community forward. I'm also glad to see that some big youtube names are finally dabbling into custom builds and try their hand at modding. Just like anything out there, it has become more a popularity contest than an actual talent contest. Another great example of this debate would be are AIOs watercooling??? Well yes they are technically watercooling, but a custom loop to me a what is real watercooling. I used a EK 360 predator where I replaced the tubes with hardlines, that to me is still not using real watercooling, and is a customization not a mod. Maybe we the zoo can start a mod of the month competition where I would like to see the following members as judges to select the winner: - Bill - EEL - Cheaps - Dave - Mos - Calen Can we call the above the Modding Academy Judges?? At the end of the day, if you make it your own.... it's a mod.
  3. I guess I'm talking more about pure builds, with not even a sticker maybe. I'm all for being inclusive, I just don't like when builders get classified as modders. For me modders are like the kind of people I mentioned in my initial post, but most are builders. I believe in loving all builds equally (well not all). And not all modders should be modders (you know who I'm talking about Alex). Yes quality of work matters, but I do feel that there needs to be some segregation. A clean build with store bought sleeves, and hardline tubing shouldn't qualify a build for something like a mod of the month competition. A mod competition should have some guidelines regarding what a mod means. If I submit any of my review builds, they shouldn't be allowed. Instead I should be given a participation trophy and sent on my way. PS: Say Smithing again.... but slowly.
  4. Me too Bill. It ticks me off when someone posts a build on the book of faces and call it a mod. Kinda makes me wanna mod their face lol.
  5. <<Begin Rant>> What is modding?? I feel like lately the line between a build and a mod has been so blurred that a lot of people don't seem to know the difference any more. Builds with stickers winning in mod competitions just seems wrong to me. For me CES 2017 was a very interesting trip. Unlike most peeps who go there to see the cool stuff, I was more excited to meet some of the faces behind some of the great builds and mods that we got to see. Thankfully someone of the people who I met know the difference between and mod and build (you know who you guys are). Calling a clean build is like flinging poo on the work of greats like Bill, EEL, Cheaps, Calen, Dave, Bob & Rod, Stuart, Mos, etc. So I ask you... what is your definition of a mod? What is a build, and what is customized case? I feel like that zoo hosts some of the biggest names in the modding universe, so I ask the Guardians of the Mods as to what would you call a mod vs a build vs a customized case. Every time I see a big box forum mod of the month competition featuring clean builds with maybe a couple stickers makes me wanna pour hot curry in someones eyes. I'm not a modder, I'm a builder. I may have customized some of my BUILDS with some custom parts, but I don't think I have yet to mod anything. So I ask builders like me out there (you know who you are) to stop calling yourselves modders. If you haven't really voided the damm warranty, it's not a mod. Here is hoping that we can clean up the definitions of modding, and make sure that people who do real mods and custom work (including scratch builders) to get the recognition they deserve. Nothing wrong with builders, I just don't like them to considered modders. Between I added a sticker to this post, so I guess it's now a mod. I should go submit this as my mod of the month entry.... Modders... Please make modding great again. <<End Rant >> Don't get me wrong, builders/modders you all do great work and everyday I learn from all you folks out there. So don't stop what you do, keep the inspiration rolling, keeping pushing those boundaries... just don't blurr them too much please. Captain CurrySauce
  6. Ohhh, this will be a fun one. Here are my questions: What are your thoughts on all this RGB now becoming part of water cooling industry?? Are you guys going to jump in it as well? What do you like better - Hardline or Softline builds?
  7. That is one cardio I won't shy away from.... Between for those who are still looking for the perfect gift for their loved ones - https://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?catId=0&initiative_id=SB_20161231101902&SearchText=skirt+LED
  8. 2016 has been a really great year so far (for the PC enthusiasts and modders). Best of 2016: Tempered Glass panels Cases with built-in RGB controllers Cheap SSDs, and M.2 drives (SATA or NVMe) becoming cheaper Asus finally stopping with the Red and Black on the ROG stamped stuff (well most of the ROG stuff) New players in the PC water cooling market, and finally some updated water blocks. Great new hardware from AMD and Nvidia. Worst of 2016: RGB on everything.. I'm not sure how I feel about this?? - Expensive LED case fans Tempered Glass - Just adding TG does not make a case really really great. New definition of modding = Clean Build GPUs that sag a lot No RGB ITX motherboards... @noobas4urus you need to get on this one. That is all I have for now. Pretty sure I'm missing some.
  9. Car manufacturers give face lifts to their older car models, to attract new buyers. Well, Phanteks has done something similar to the new improved Enthoo Luxe. The Luxe Tempered Glass edition is a “face lift edition”, and this small change has made a great little improvement. A lot of case makers have joined the tempered glass trend, that was started by In-Win. But, I feel Phanteks is starting to take that, to the next level. I have to say that I’m so happy to see a hinged glass panel on a case. This makes me less worried about dropping the glass panel on the floor and watching it break. The Luxe as a case, is the perfect sized case for folks that plan on running some serious hardware. It allows you to hold ample amount of hardware, cooling, and storage devices without making any compromises at all. The added tempered glass panel creates a nice view inside your case, and unlike acrylic, it does not attract dust or is easily scratched. The smoked glass panel is perfect, and it’s not a cheap thin piece of glass either. .......... Check out the full review here...
  10. At CES 2016 we saw the Tempered Glass version of the Evolv ATX for the first time, and even then the case just looked beautiful. Phanteks had taken an already great case, and added some tempered glass panels, and support for RGB lighting without having to change bulbs like in the Classic Evolv. Phanteks also kept the price in check after adding the new features to the case. At $189 for the new tempered glass version, and $169 for the classic version at Newegg at the time of the review, I think the pricing on these cases is just great. You will not go wrong either way, and will get a case that looks and feels really high quality thanks to its 3mm thick aluminum panels, and a nice heavy glass panels on the Tempered Glass (TG) edition. Check out the rest of the review Here
  11. Jesse aka 'Captain CurrySauce' takes a closer look at the X99 Ultra Gaming motherboard from Gigabyte.. One of the main themes that emerged from CES and Computex 2016 was RGB Lighting. We noticed motherboards and graphics cards with built-in RGB lighting. Plus, optional ways of connecting and controlling more RGB lights. In the past you may have chose a motherboard solely because it’s color matched your build theme. Well, these new motherboards sporting RGB, are great for matching the hardware to your build, no matter the color. Gigabyte, along with the other top manufacturers, now have decent offerings with RGB Lighting. The Gigabyte X99 Ultra Gaming is one of the least expensive boards in this category. But, don’t let its low price tag fool you, as it packs a lot of punch for the money. The X99 Ultra Gaming retails for $280 at Newegg (at the time of this review). Given we are The Mod Zoo, I’m going to put more emphasis on the build experience and looks of the board, not just focus on performance. .... You can read the rest of review here - http://themodzoo.com/2016/09/gigabyte-x99-ultra-gaming-motherboard-review/
  12. I was looking at that one the other day. Would like to hear what you think about it after using it for a while.
  13. Looking forward to more updates. Love the build so far, and it seems it's coming along nicely. Would love to hear more detail on the 3D Printer.
  14. Wow, love how the tubing came out. That manifold looks really EPIC.
  15. For the cheapest budget build I would lean towards the AMD APU solution. Specially the new APUs that are being sold with the wraith cooler so you can use the stock cooler. With that said, I would most likely suggest going with an Intel chipset (H110) MOBO - ASRock H110M ITX/AC - $70 CPU - Intel G440 - $50 SSD - Sandisk 240GB - $65 DDR - 8GB DDR4 (1 X 8 GB) - $35 PSU - EVGA 600W - $30 (BestBuy) Case - Case Labs Mercury S3...... (Just kidding), but maybe something more like a cheap silverstone or CM ITX case - $40 ~ $45 My main reason for the above build is that it's using the latest DDR4 with room to expand into the new architecture. If your friend wants to do a little gamin, AMD A10 might be the better route, or keep an eye out for deals on GPUs like the 960s or the R9 380s.
  16. Now you wanna take all the fun away Btw what is the most toxic product one can laser??? Stu - That PSU grill does look really really good.
  17. Phanteks recently announced their power splitter – a small accessory that allows users to power two systems with just one power supply. And now, Phanteks has flipped the power splitter into a power combiner. Why you ask? The power combo allows you to accomplish two things. First, it lets you combine Two (2) smaller power supplies to create one big power supply: you can combine Two (2) 750 watt power supplies to get around 1500 watts of power. Second, the power combo lets you run Two (2) power supplies for redundancy: what if one of your PSUs has some kind of issue? Check out the full article here...
  18. Welcome to the zoo Ben, and glad you finally decided to introduce yourself. I think I can relate to you in terms of getting into this hobby. Hope to see your build log, and good luck on your project and hope you finish it before PDXLAN. I'm really bad at completing builds....<<I better hide from Bill now>>
  19. Looking really good Stu. Those legs look really nice. I really love the attention to detail that you are putting into this build.
  20. To all the new members, a warm welcome to the zoo. Enjoy your stay, and don't mind the poo.
  21. For a keyboard I would recommend the CM ten key less keyboard as they come in Cherry switches and they have detachable cables so its easy to make ur own if you want. http://www.amazon.com/Storm-QuickFire-Rapid-Tenkeyless-Mechanical/dp/B007VDLVD4 Other than that, get what you like in a switch you want. Example - Cherry MX Blue's are the same on all keyboards that use them, so look for the features you want. For a keyboard, I do like the Logitech G500 as it is big, and has weights. - http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Gaming-Adjustable-Weight-Tuning/dp/B00CJD4HD2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1458582619&sr=8-1&keywords=logitech+g500 Also if you can live without weights, Mionix makes a great mouse as well (NAOS 8200) -http://www.amazon.com/Mionix-PC-Gaming-Mice-NAOS-8200/dp/B00ANIRU7U
  22. Love the design Greg, looks really really good. I would love to see a version that fit a GPU in it next.
  23. The camera is blah. It didn't make me a good player, my dreams of being a Twitch broadcaster have been shattered now :(. But seriously, I think it's perfect for people who do not have much room, and want to be a Twitcher...
  24. I agree with waiting for the next gen at this point. For me personally a lot comes down to price to performance, and what real use you want out of your GPU(s). Given the monitor you are thinking, my guess is Pascal might be a better bet for gaming.
  25. As someone who has played with both the cases that you mentioned, I would say the InWin 909 will have better thermal performance thanks to the bottom intake, and the back radiator mount. Keep in mind that the InWin will be a lot bigger than the Evolv. A lot comes down to what hardware you are thinking of running.
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