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    Default Approval for first build

    I'm looking at my doing my first build and just wanted someone more knowledgeable than myself to look over my proposed components to see if there are any issues I've missed.

    Proposed setup:
    Corsair RM550x psu
    MSI Z170A M5 mobo
    I7-6700K cpu
    EVGA GTX 1080 founders edition GPU
    GSkill Ripjaws V series 2x 8gb 3200 DDR4
    WD Black 5 TB 7200 rpm Secondary drive
    Samsung 850 Evo 1 TB OS drive
    CM Hyper 212 evo CPU cooler
    ASUS PCE-AC65 PCI wifi card
    CM scout 2 case

    If you see anything foolish or incompatible, let me know.

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    Looks ok.

    What's the criteria for the parts you chose? Price?

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    Was looking to build a replacement for a 4 year old alienware laptop. Wanted portability, vibration resistance, and enough power to run any current game at 1080p at full settings. Figured this setup should handle all that and still have enough power to handle games for the next year or so.

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    Ah.. Ok.

    So you think of the Scout 2 as portable because of the handle, right?

    It's a full size case made for full size motherboards. That makes it big and heavy.. though the handle will help a little with that.

    And that cooler is heavy and can cause damage in transit. There's a reason all SI's use AIO coolers.

    I'd consider something along the lines of a mini-ITX case with an SFX PSU. If it doesn't come with a handle, that's far from a big deal. Two holes drilled into the top of any case and a machined aluminum handle from MNPC-Tech and call it a day.

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    Why did you choose a Founders Edition?

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    I'd personally go for a MicroATX arrangement and one of the GearGrip carrying harnesses...

    And like jonnyGURU said, if a machine is to be lugged around with the motherboard (near-)perpendicular to the ground, you really want a lightweight CPU cooler and probably either a GPU jack/support (something like this, or a DIY solution like this), or a case that already incorporates one.

    Also, what -The_Mask- said, why pay a premium for the Founder's Edition when you get worse cooling for a higher price (and worse VRM for the same price as 3rd party solutions)?

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    Let me clarify. I went with a full sized tower because of air flow. I'll be transferring this between a truck with a sleeper bunk and my home about every three weeks. I won't be doing more than re-positioning it inside the truck in the meantime (taking it out of the cubby hole where it will be stored if I'm doing anything more than web browsing or printing permits). Was more concerned with keeping everything cool and getting a lot of air through it.

    The reason I didn't go liquid cooled was because I was worried about a rupture. There's a lot of vibration and movement in a big truck as it rolls down the road or connects to a trailer. Didn't want to have to worry about a line popping off and spilling. That would leave me paying for paperwork at truck stops if I get a file my phone can't read. It happens. If you can recommend a good liquid system that can handle being banged around a bit with the rest of the case, I'll go for that instead.

    As for video card, I'm up for suggestions. As long as it will play anything current maxed out at 1080p. Preferably something that could keep up with AAA titles in the near future as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobojoe1985 View Post
    The reason I didn't go liquid cooled was because I was worried about a rupture. There's a lot of vibration and movement in a big truck as it rolls down the road or connects to a trailer. Didn't want to have to worry about a line popping off and spilling.
    That's why you get an all-in-one (AIO). The hoses don't just "pop off". You're more likely to have a heavy air cooler rip the socket right off the motherboard from rolling down the road. It's not like anyone is suggesting a custom loop with hard lines.

    The radiator's fixed to the chassis. The small pump is integrated into the cold plate which is affixed to your motherboard. Think of the hoses as the hydraulic lines between the tractor and the semi-trailer. They're just going to bounce freely inside the PC... especially if you have a smaller case and the hoses have plenty of slack in them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyGURU View Post
    That's why you get an all-in-one (AIO). The hoses don't just "pop off". You're more likely to have a heavy air cooler rip the socket right off the motherboard from rolling down the road. It's not like anyone is suggesting a custom loop with hard lines.

    The radiator's fixed to the chassis. The small pump is integrated into the cold plate which is affixed to your motherboard. Think of the hoses as the hydraulic lines between the tractor and the semi-trailer. They're just going to bounce freely inside the PC... especially if you have a smaller case and the hoses have plenty of slack in them.


    That makes sense. I guess I'm just paranoid about liquids and electronics in the same case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobojoe1985 View Post

    As for video card, I'm up for suggestions. As long as it will play anything current maxed out at 1080p. Preferably something that could keep up with AAA titles in the near future as well.
    Just get a non-FE version of the 1080 with a custom cooler, whatever is cheapest. I got my nephew whose rig I recently built, the Gigabyte 1070 G1 card for him, the cooler seems very good on that one. So maybe look into the 1080 version of that.

    Rig 1: Core i5 6600K - Asus Z170 Pro Gaming - Corsair Vengeance 16GB PC2666 RAM - MSI GeForce GTX1070 - Samsung EVO 850 500GB SSD + 2TB Seagate SSHD - Corsair RM550x - Fractal Design R5 - Win10 64

    Rig 2: Ryzen 1700X @ 3.9 GHz - Gigabyte X370 Gaming 5 - Corsair LPX 16GB PC3200 RAM - Gigabyte GeForce 1070 - 250GB Samsung EVO 850 SSD - Corsair RM650i - Win10 64
    HTPC: AMD A6-6400k - MSI FM2-A75IA-E53 mITX - 8GB Kingston HyperX 1866MHz - 3.5TB storage - Silver Power 460W passive - CM Elite 120

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