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    new motherboard decision

    I have been very happy with my MSI MAG B660M Mortar mobo since I put together my Alder Lake system in January. Like the coolers on the M.2 SSD slots and beefy VRMs. It is my first MSI mobo after my previous two builds were ASRock and Asus.
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    WTF - Z690/uATX ?

    A couple months in and all is well. Happy with the i5-12600K ADL w/ the MSI B660M MAG Mortar mobo along w/ the EVGA RTX-3070 I managed to snap up at BB last year. Years ago with Sandy Bridge & Kaby Lake I needed overclocking to get top performance. I honestly think I don't need OC w/ ADL.
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    WTF - Z690/uATX ?

    Made the necessary decisions - overall determined I don't absolutely need the Z690 mobo or even having to OC the ADL CPU given the built in turbo. MSI MAG B660M MORTAR WIFI DDR4 LGA 1700 Intel B660 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard Intel Core i5-12600K - Core i5 12th Gen Alder Lake...
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    Lian Li all brushed aluminum cases

    I don't see myself getting rid of my Sliger Cerberus MicroATX case anytime soon. I'm not big on the gaudy RGB look either, other than maybe some low level lighting on my motherboard or RTX card. Back when I sold off my two Lian-Li V600 aluminum cases about five years ago I had no trouble...
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    WTF - Z690/uATX ?

    Only one so far from ASRock: ASRock Z690M Phantom Gaming 4 supports DDR4 4800MHz (OC) https://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z690M%20Phantom%20Gaming%204/index.asp
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    WTF - Z690/uATX ?

    Looking over the list of Z690 mobos that are coming out early next month. The huge percentage of these are ATX or eATX. Since we are not relying on SLI/Crossfire that much these days I don't understand the need for a huge system. I've done ITX builds and managed to work out some tight situations...
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    Lian Li all brushed aluminum cases

    Lian Li made some crazy cases over the years. They have definitely toned it down recently.
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    Pixel 5A

    Interesting - My LG G7+ Thinq is still a rockin' phone after 3 years. Two Android OTA updates helped, but it stops at 10. The one downside is that the unlocked phone has is that it doesn't support wi-fi calling. The only non-carrier phones I know of that support wi-fi calling are either Apple or...
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    Lian Li all brushed aluminum cases

    I really liked the older Lian Li cases. I've always been big on MicroATX, so the V600 was a great choice for me back in 2007. I crammed in a Koolance water cooling system that exhausted air through a radiator on the upper side vent. The PSU was vented on the lower side vent. It worked well.
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    Official NVIDIA Ampere In-Stock Thread

    You are a glutton for punishment !
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    Official NVIDIA Ampere In-Stock Thread

    Is it fair to say that after March the bots managed to get around the Best Buy drop anti-bot measures? I'm glad I got my RTX-3070 for MSRP back in late February, and it appeared to work well for [H] members that were in on this thread. Hope things improve for those still struggling to get a new GPU.
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    Steam sell 3Dmark everything for 4.49 on sale.

    Thank you - just picked it up on cdkeys as well.
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    What is your backup GPU?

    ** ZOTAC GTX-1070 ** - sitting in a box, just in case I need it. I know I could sell it and it is unlikely that my RTX-3070 will die. But I still like to have a back up while the supply chains are so strained. If I knew I could buy a reasonable replacement, I would sell it. Then again -...
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    Official NVIDIA Ampere In-Stock Thread

    Anyone sign up today for a Saturday NE Shuffle-Bundle-He!! ?
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    Official NVIDIA Ampere In-Stock Thread

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