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Offline starwhite  
#31 Posted : Monday, August 1, 2016 9:32:56 PM(UTC)
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You guys have some great ideas here. My next PC will probably be a customized steam box. I like the idea of having my rig more compact. My current PC is a huge tower, so the idea appeals to me greatly. You can always add an external video card too.

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#32 Posted : Tuesday, August 2, 2016 12:59:11 AM(UTC)
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I haven't had a tower in years, I like the compact idea as well, but the problem is space to breathe especially cooling of GPUs big issue for box type rigs, I'm thinking I will stick with mid towers for now too much grief with overheating GPUs for me.
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#33 Posted : Tuesday, August 2, 2016 4:42:05 PM(UTC)
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Maybe if you want to keep the footprint small you go with one of those Skylake NUCs which have Thunderbolt 3 and connect a PCIe card externally in an external box, like some of the ultrabooks are able to do.
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#34 Posted : Saturday, August 20, 2016 10:27:39 AM(UTC)
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In my last 15 years of exposure to computers I have never bought an OEM (pre-assembled) PC. Although things are changing with new AIO (all-in-one) PCs but still one can not beat the sheer pleasure and bang of the buck you get by assembling your own PC. It gives you a sense of better ownership as you get to know each component individually working with others to give you the optimum experience as a whole. Also, it is easy to troubleshoot issues if any ever come up in your own built machine.
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#35 Posted : Sunday, August 21, 2016 4:16:53 AM(UTC)
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I've done my own builds with custom WC loops in the past, they are fun to create and plan. Though I also enjoy my closed loop Corsair system I have now. I've watered everything other then the GPU, the WC block was just to expensive for a 680GTX..lol
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