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Posted 27 March 2014 - 07:29 AM

So I'm here with another build for 2014. Sadly the name isn't 100% original, I'm certain there's someone on OCN with a rig of the same namesake -But Monolith suits the hell out of this build so it's gonna have to stay :D Yes I could just refrain from naming my PC but where's the fun in that?

The build will be based around the beautiful FT03, and will be a passive build. Components will feature an unlocked i5, a massive Samsung Evo and possibly a discrete GPU if it is required in the future.

I bought the FT03 off a GP member who modified a window in the side. I know it's an odd choice for someone wanting a passive system but a window will ensure that I make everything look dapper, because anything wrong would bug me every time I sat at my PC.

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 09:40 AM

The case:

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I accidentally scratched it when it was on my floor! >:C

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Can anyone offer any advice as to how I can repair the scratch? It's rather upsetting because it's otherwise such a beautiful case.
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Posted 27 March 2014 - 09:48 AM

And the Silverstone Heligon HE02 passive CPU cooler. This thing is yoog! I'm gonna put it in my current system this weekend and see how it runs. I'll post some numbers in this thread. I'm excited to see what it's capable of.

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Another beautiful PSU from Seasonic:

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I have also ordered a 500GB Samsung Evo, my plan is to only have the SSD in there but if my WD Green is quite enough then I suppose I'll keep it. Hopefully I manage to hold off buying the other bits until the refresh comes out -improved TIM!
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Posted 27 March 2014 - 09:58 AM

The case:


I accidentally scratched it when it was on my floor! >:C

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Can anyone offer any advice as to how I can repair the scratch? It's rather upsetting because it's otherwise such a beautiful case.

A black permanent marker? I don't really know though.

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 10:46 AM

I've heard of people using a minute quantity of paint thinner and a cotton bud to gently bleed the surrounding paint into the scratch. Not sure if it work with that case though. What about one of those chip sticks used for cars etc?

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 10:57 AM

That'd probably be by far the best method whenever it works – as long as you don't mess it up and make a worse problem.

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 11:06 AM

Did you nab that case off Fakeblood? That window looks identical to the one on his FT03 build

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 12:31 PM

I've heard of people using a minute quantity of paint thinner and a cotton bud to gently bleed the surrounding paint into the scratch. Not sure if it work with that case though. What about one of those chip sticks used for cars etc?


That's not a bad idea at all, I think that could be the way to go. I'm not sure what you mean by chip stick but I'll definitely have a look into it.

That'd probably be by far the best method whenever it works – as long as you don't mess it up and make a worse problem.


Mm I'm slightly worried about that :P If I get it wrong I suppose I'll just have to repaint it.

Did you nab that case off Fakeblood? That window looks identical to the one on his FT03 build


Yeah. I know him as mofozilla on GP but I believe Fakeblood is the name he uses on OCN.
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Posted 27 March 2014 - 01:15 PM

Yeah. I know him as mofozilla on GP but I believe Fakeblood is the name he uses on OCN.


Yup he is one and the same. Top notch fella he is
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Posted 27 March 2014 - 01:21 PM

This is looking awesome! What GPU you planning to use?

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 01:55 PM

Thanks Sammy :D If I do end up getting a GPU it'll most likely be a GTX750/Ti. I'll put a passive cooler on that too. Maxwell GPU's seem to have pretty low TDP's so it should do fine passively.

On a sidenote, I'm strongly considering making this a Hackintosh. Since I've been doing CompSci I've really come to enjoy using Mac OS (I used to hate it). Of course I could use a Linux Distro or something Mac OS supports League of Legends which is a deal breaker. Seems weird that Riot haven't developed a client for Linux when they have for Mac OS..
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Posted 27 March 2014 - 01:59 PM

Yup he is one and the same. Top notch fella he is


You sold him the Tiny Temjin right? :P
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Posted 27 March 2014 - 02:03 PM

Thanks Sammy :D If I do end up getting a GPU it'll most likely be a GTX750/Ti. I'll put a passive cooler on that too. Maxwell GPU's seem to have pretty low TDP's so it should do fine passively.

On a sidenote, I'm strongly considering making this a Hackintosh. Since I've been doing CompSci I've really come to enjoy using Mac OS (I used to hate it). Of course I could use a Linux Distro or something Mac OS supports League of Legends which is a deal breaker. Seems weird that Riot haven't developed a client for Linux when they have for Mac OS..


Probably something to do with unstable graphics drivers keeping it away from Linux.

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 02:15 PM

Don't you find it odd that they'd work fine in another Ubuntu environment though?

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 02:35 PM

Probably something to do with unstable graphics drivers keeping it away from Linux.

NVIDIA's Linux drivers are just as good as their Windows drivers, except for the lack of overclocking. The Intel drivers are fine too. The AMD drivers are a bit more mixed though. But I don't see that it is likely to be a problem.

Josh, you could probably run it in Wine if you want. According to the one report about 4.3.x, everything other than the store works.

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 04:04 PM

You sold him the Tiny Temjin right? :P


Haha... Maybe :ph34r:
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Posted 27 March 2014 - 07:29 PM

NVIDIA's Linux drivers are just as good as their Windows drivers, except for the lack of overclocking. The Intel drivers are fine too. The AMD drivers are a bit more mixed though. But I don't see that it is likely to be a problem.

Josh, you could probably run it in Wine if you want. According to the one report about 4.3.x, everything other than the store works.


That's pretty cool. The store is nice to have but it isn't thaaat imperative. It'd probably save me money if anything xD
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Posted 29 March 2014 - 05:46 PM

No luck fixing the scratch with the Acetone method :/ I'm going to have to get it powder-coated. I called a firm and they I got a rough quote of $10 -Which I'm absolutely fine with.

I've ordered my 500GB Samsung Evo and it should be here in a few weeks :D Tomorrow I plan to put the HE02 on my i5 760 to see how it performs, if I get around to it I'll post some data in this thread.

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 05:59 PM

The unlocked Pentium is also exciting, depending on price. And so are the models with "Iris Pro" graphics.
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Posted 29 March 2014 - 08:27 PM

Yeah 'tis. Could be interesting for the quad/hex FX chips.
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Posted 29 March 2014 - 08:28 PM

a rough quote of $10


Is that to do the touch-up or a re-coat of the entire exterior?
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Posted 29 March 2014 - 08:44 PM

Yeah 'tis. Could be interesting for the quad/hex FX chips.

Agreed, except it is just a Pentium, not an i3 (I believe it is to celebrate 20 years of the Pentium brand, and therefore it may well be pretty much a one-off – but I hope it isn't a limited edition, and even better, that they keep doing an unlocked Pentium or i3 chip), which will limit its performance compared to them. But in saying that, it'll probably overclock miles (especially delidded), and almost definitely more than enough to make up for the lack of HTT and a bit of cache.

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 11:46 AM

Is that to do the touch-up or a re-coat of the entire exterior?


A re-coat but only of the scratched panel. I could see if a touch-up is possible too, although I don't see that costing any less than $10. It seems like $10 is hardly even worth the powder coaters' time.

Agreed, except it is just a Pentium, not an i3 (I believe it is to celebrate 20 years of the Pentium brand, and therefore it may well be pretty much a one-off – but I hope it isn't a limited edition, and even better, that they keep doing an unlocked Pentium or i3 chip), which will limit its performance compared to them. But in saying that, it'll probably overclock miles (especially delidded), and almost definitely more than enough to make up for the lack of HTT and a bit of cache.


I imagine they will be limited, although they might just be testing the waters to see if there's much interest in a low-end unlocked chip. I bet LN2'ers will have a great time with it.
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Posted 13 June 2014 - 01:37 PM

Update soon people! DC i5's are here imminently! I got told they'd be here on the 11th but they're still not in stock.
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Posted 30 June 2014 - 06:34 PM

We're up and running! The sides are off though, and the cable management is quite frankly disgusting. I'll have some pics tomorrow, the light in my room is really dim and I'll have to wait for some natural light. For tonight I'll need to start getting used to 8.1.
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Posted 01 July 2014 - 01:08 PM

Not bad at all ^L_^

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 01:15 PM

What was the room temperature when you started?!
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Posted 01 July 2014 - 01:21 PM

What was the room temperature when you started?!


If those minimums are anything to go by, pretty cold.
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Posted 01 July 2014 - 01:23 PM

What was the room temperature when you started?!


11 Degrees minimum is interesting. You'd probably want to run that test for an hour to find at which temperature it stabilises and then let it cool off to find the idle or normal temp.

I'm making the assumption you're running it fan less?
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Posted 01 July 2014 - 01:36 PM

Either way a peak of 50o is pretty low.

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