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    Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by Dark_wizzie on Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:39 am

    http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Dark_wizzie/saved/1Lfc

    Because I got some cash and I'm getting a part-timed job I've decided to start with a high-note by building a new PC!

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU:  Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor  (Purchased For $220.00) 
    CPU Cooler:  Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM  CPU Cooler  (Purchased For $78.99) 
    Motherboard:  MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX  LGA1150 Motherboard  (Purchased For $139.99) 
    Memory:  G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory  (Purchased For $61.99) 
    Storage:  Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk  (Purchased For $219.99) 
    Video Card:  Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card  (Purchased For $350.00) 
    Case:  NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case  (Purchased For $108.35) 
    Case Fan:  NZXT FN-140RB 62.5 CFM 140mm  Fan  (Purchased For $13.99) 
    Case Fan:  NZXT FZ-200mm LED 103.0 CFM 200mm  Fan  (Purchased For $19.99) 
    Power Supply: [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153167[/url] (Purchased For $80)
    Total: $1293.29



    CPU Choice:

    CPU Choice:

    Going in I knew I had to pick a good $220 price range CPU. Traditionally when Sandy Bridge came out it was such a huge leap, we all gravitated towards it... But Haswell just came out. Sandy has been out for too long, hard to find because Ivy was last gen. Go 2 gen earlier? I found one for $183 shipped.

    Pros of Sandy:

    Easier to overclock! Haswell is a bad overclocker. Due to the integration of parts of voltage control on the chip (for mobile reasons, better power efficiency, better thermal throttling), heat is way up. This is on top of the shitty thermal gunk Intel put beginning with Ivy. Some have managed to hit 4.8ghz, but even the reviews of CPUs only got a good 4.5-4.7 with beefy cooling. Based on temps if I get unlucky, I'd struggle to hit 4.3! Overclocking was more complex according to one guy and easier according to another. Lol. It's a wash. Having seriously watched a guide though I think it's about the same.

    Cheaper. I paid $220 for Haswell on Fry's 2 day sale. The suggest price from Intel to vendors was $250. Newegg stuck with it at start but drove price back a little bit. But in addition to that, the mobos generally cost more. $30 more or so.

    Sandy is well established. It's been done thousands of times (more than that actually). We know what to expect from OC, what temps, what voltage, what settings for which motherboard. We know which motherboard works best. We know what cooling is optimal. No surprises. With Haswell I'm going in blind for the most part.

    Know what to expect... extra point: Haswell has a huge variance in how well you can overclock it. HUGE. Sandy is less huge.

    Less fucking heat.Separate point from OC. It gets friggin hawt. You can get 100C with 4.4ghz if you're not lucky. 100C! With a $85 cooler! The fuck? In addition to lower OC I also don't want hot air in my fucking case. I just got out from a bad experience with bad airflow and hot air in my case. I want shit ice cold. Intel put that shitty thermal paste instead of fluxless solder for Sandy. WTF Intel. People are de-lidding the chip. I don't want the hassle and most of all it's RISKY. To pop the integrated heat spreader from a CPU is very risky. The #1 method is the vice method and I don't have the vice or the balls.

    Cons:
    I'd have to return my Haswell which I already have. That's hassle, gas, time, energy, and a $20 in taxes forfeited to get more tax slapped on for buying something again.

    Online returns? I know, not a big point as CPUs rarely get DOA. But still. hassle.

    Do you seriously want tech from 2 gens ago? I know, I know, but on a psychological point of view here...

    Granted, Sandy gets better ghz but Haswell has IPC improvements. A 4.8 Haswell > 5.0 Sandy.

    Worse chipset. The Haswell has z87 chipset. Upon researched I finally understood what chipsets are. These are what drives the motherboard limits. The Haswell is a new LGA 1150. Sady/Ivy are 1155 so they both work in same mobos. But they have z77. Z87 allows more USB 3 ports. I don't need 10 though, not a big priority. It has better audio, ALC 1150 instead of 898. That is important to me, I OCD over sound on a psychological level and because I have good speakers. But this point is moot if I get sound card. Should I? More sata ports... meh.

    No upgrade path for CPU without new mobo. Not a biggie. At the rate Intel is going, next time CPU is bottleneck in games, Intel won't even have a better cpu in place.

    Sandy only allows PCI 2.0 not 3.0 A 3.0 x16 would be a 2.0 x8. So if I SLI cards I have a 2.0 x16 and 2.0 x8, which is 3.0 x8, x4 slots on mobo. x4 is quite worrisome for a GTX 770. Then again, getting another 770? Far out there man.

    This is mostly not even worth mentioning, but Sandy runs at 3.2 while Haswell runs 3.4 by default.



    In the end due to coming in too late to grab a 2500k for $120 (ROCK BOTTOM PRICES), I just decided to go Haswell. Meh. I coulda prolly snagged one for $170 but I didn't try too hard. Missed offers to sell it to me at 180, just negotiate, right? Whatever. This was after tons and tons of research and back-and-forth-ness



    Motherboard Choice:

    Motherboard Choice:
    Ok. Now, Which motherboard? Lack of reviews, I dunno what to get! Well, although JJ has been going around Youtube doing his marketing thing, explaining Haswell and ASUS mobos and how the OC ability is same for all builds, I decided between Extreme6 Asrock or MSI Gaming g45. Extreme6 came with free 8gb 1 stick of ddr3 ram. Could be sold for say, 50 bucks. But without any Amazon rating (not able to sell at Overclocker.net due ot lack of rep), it's hard to get sales plus I have to deal with hassle of shipping. Craigslist has been useless so far. MSI's board is red and black which I like. It also has a fucking dragon on the PCB. Cool, I must admit it was super tempting. This whole time mobo manufacturers have been pushing out pitches for high quality components, like good chokes, black capacitors from Japan, etc. Sounds really nice and for this build I wanna indulge a bit. I don't just want a fast machine, I wanna do it with elegance. None of the cheap case shit like last build. No corners cut. Go for elegance. Get NZXT Phantom with many fans, decent looks, dust filters, super airflow. In the end went with MSI's Gaming g45. A shot in the dark due to lack of reviews on all the new boards coming in but doing well so far.
    It looks good and has good onboard audio.




    CPU Cooling Solution:

    Cooling for CPU
    The Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo is $35 and a very worthy contender considering it's low low price. But the Noctua 14D is a behemoth of a cooler costing almost $80 but delivers a good 5-10C cooler temperature when the CPU is pushed. For a liquid cooling unit to be attractive it needs to beat this cooler and the Kraken x60 does that... at $100. I've decided to simply stick with the Noctua because nothing is easier than a simply fan and heatsink. Haswell is a hottie when pushed so I'll stick with something above the Evo. The Noctua is ugly though. Fix the color scheme, people.





    Ram Choice:

    Ram
    At first I considered the Gskills Ripjaws DDR3 1600 8gb. but the Corsair Vengeance has the same speed and memory with a larger headspreader. Although, ram doesn't typically get hot enough to warrant that and it might not fit with my huge heatsink. I went with the Corsair Sniper DDR3 1866 8gb ram due to slightly higher speeds are $61 due to 15% off coupon. 8gb is fine for what I need. I was thinking of Corsair Vengeance but its heatsink is large.



    Storage Choice:

    Storage
    I have a 1tb internal hard drive already. Samsung Pro Series 840, 256gb ought to speed things up with it being a good SSD.



    Case Choice:

    Case
    The NZXT Phantom full tower I got for a buddy, and it looks quite nice and quite cool. A case is also important for airflow! Has a nice side panel to glance in.



    GPU Choice:

    Graphics Card
    An AMD representative said he expects the next generation of cards to be out at end of 2013. Makes sense given Nvidia already added their 770/780 cards for which AMD currently has no direct counterpart and holiday season is a nice time to juice things up for sales. Latest rumors are September for 800 series, we're coming up on 2 years no new generation!

    GTX 770. Erm... Lightning edition or Gaming from MSI? The Lightning has best cooling AND highest OC out of all 770s out there. That's super impressive. Lightning has cool blue light, larger structure, backplate, etc. Gaming is $50 cheaper and fits my red/black scheme. The Lightning is black/yellow which is meh. Not sure yet. Was thinking of 7970 or 7970 GHZ edition but mehhhh. They do have like 3gb of ram though.

    In the end I decided ton 7970 GHZ edition because Sapphire dropped the price of their card form average $450 to a whopping $350 after rebates.



    PSU Choice:

    Power Supply
    Decided to use PSU from old build. That means while building I do not have access to my main computer. But after installation of GPU, I realized 4 molex won't power the GPU even though the converter fits. Bought a 700 watt supply from Frys in a pinch.


    Previous Builds
    I had a shitty 2002? Emachines PC with Tualtin 1.3ghz Celeron, Geforce 4000mx GPU. It'd hit 8fps during a 8 vs 8 match at Enemy Territory.
    2008 I replaced it with my PC which I dub 'Wizzie Machine' or 'Riette'. It has Q6600 at 2.4ghz with Kentsfield architecture. Featured SLI 8800 GT.
    2013 I expect a new PC which I want to call 'Celapaleis' aka 'Banana Mama', with i5-4670k Haswell and 7970 GHZ.

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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by stathmk on Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:26 am

    @Dark_wizzie wrote:...
    Graphics Card
    An AMD representative said he expects the next generation of cards to be out at end of 2013. Makes sense given Nvidia already added their 770/780 cards for which AMD currently has no direct counterpart and holiday season is a nice time to juice things up for sales. Currently unsure what to get.
    ...
    I was thinking about NVidia CUDA or whatever it is that the new Rise of The Triad reboot will need.  My current computer has no NVidia card.  Do those Google Chrome laptops have an NVidia card?

    I don't have Windows 8 and I hear that Windows 8 is a debacle.

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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by Dark_wizzie on Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:26 am

    What? Games don't really require CUDA. Open up GPU-z to see your graphics card. 8 depends. It's ok on touch devices. To survive 8 just get StarisBack, stick to desktop mode. That way you can mostly leave metro behind.



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    Post by stathmk on Fri Jun 14, 2013 4:50 am

    Oh, I phrased that wrong.  The new Rise of The Triad will require some kind of NVidia card, but it didn't indicate CUDA.

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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by Dark_wizzie on Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:40 am

    I did a quick Google search, found no such requirement. Typically this kind of thing doesn't happen.



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    I meant this page...

    Post by stathmk on Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:43 am

    I meant this page: http://riseofthetriad.net/web/app.php/news/rott-cover-art-and-system-reqs-revealed/ .  There's no CUDA mentioned.  I remembered it wrong.

    I have an Intel card.  I should post the specifics of my card onto riseofthetriad.net asking if the game would work.  I haven't been keeping up with the makes and models of graphics cards.

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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by Dark_wizzie on Fri Jun 14, 2013 4:24 pm

    Yeah, that page says nothing about CUDA or requiring only Nvidia cards.

    Intel doesn't make graphics cards but they do have weak integrated graphics. Those won't play modern games at all.



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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by Dark_wizzie on Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:27 am

    Updated:
    My planned build so far is:

    Haswell i5-4670k $219 [Already bought]

    Noctua 14D $79 [Already bought]

    2 x 4 of GSkill Sniper DDR3-1866 $62 [Already bought]

    MSI Z87A-GD65 Gaming $155 <- I sound facepalm-y, BUT IT'S GOT A DRAGON ON IT!

    NZXT Full Tower Chassis $109 <- Black with green trim

    Normal Hard Drive is Free because I have a 1 TB drive from my old computer for storage/backup.

    SAMSUNG 840 Pro 256 GB $210

    GTX 770 $400 <- confused Unsure

    Power Supply? $confused

    Rest of the fans for NZXT! I want a typhoon type of airflow! It needs to suck a cat into the computer case with the side panel open!

    Estimated Total Cost Shipped at the Door:$1338.89 without power supply or extra NZXT fans.



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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by Dark_wizzie on Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:19 pm

    Original thread updated, now includes picture!!!



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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by Dark_wizzie on Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:07 am

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU:  Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor  (Purchased For $220.00) 
    CPU Cooler:  Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM  CPU Cooler  (Purchased For $78.99) 
    Motherboard:  MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX  LGA1150 Motherboard  (Purchased For $139.99) 
    Memory:  G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory  (Purchased For $61.99) 
    Storage:  Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk  (Purchased For $219.99) 
    Video Card:  Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card  (Purchased For $350.00) 
    Case:  NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case  (Purchased For $108.35) 
    Case Fan:  NZXT FN-140RB 62.5 CFM 140mm  Fan  (Purchased For $13.99) 
    Case Fan:  NZXT FZ-200mm LED 103.0 CFM 200mm  Fan  (Purchased For $19.99) 
    Total: $1213.29
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-26 03:07 EDT-0400)


    Bought GPU. We're good to go.



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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by JDMGD0 on Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:12 am

    Nice PC you got there, Dark_wizzie! Smile



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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by Dark_wizzie on Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:07 am

    Thanks, the motherboard is now in the house, original thread updated. Building starts in a day or two.



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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by JDMGD0 on Wed Jun 26, 2013 11:54 am

    Hehe I like the mobo Smile



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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by Dark_wizzie on Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:25 pm

    Yeah, it's got a dragon on it, lol. Like the red and black scheme.



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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by JDMGD0 on Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:26 am

    Already overclocked? Evil or Very Mad 
    Would be awesome if it blew on your face Razz*agressive mode OFF*



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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by Dark_wizzie on Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:04 am

    Thread is now DONE.
    All pictures uploaded to the link in the thread.

    CPU overclocked to 4.6ghz!



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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by Dark_wizzie on Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:18 pm

    Oh yeah.

    New equipment.



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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by Jon Wells on Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:37 am

    Dude. That is one sweet looking setup. Have fun with it! Smile

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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by Dark_wizzie on Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:28 am

    Thanks, I'm sure I will. pig 



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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by Thomas on Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:43 am

    Those are some delicious speakers. I haven't got any computer speakers myself, I use headphones, but it would be so nice with speakers that looked like these. Especially when you listen to lossless audio format a lot when you're not in the mood for putting a record on the stereo. Nice flatscreen too. "Yamakasi"?! Never heard of it! But it looks sweet.

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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by Dark_wizzie on Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:51 am

    @Thomas wrote:Those are some delicious speakers. I haven't got any computer speakers myself, I use headphones, but it would be so nice with speakers that looked like these. Especially when you listen to lossless audio format a lot when you're not in the mood for putting a record on the stereo. Nice flatscreen too. "Yamakasi"?! Never heard of it! But it looks sweet.
    I got the speakers because I had an impulse buy where I bought the Asus STX sound card (secondhand, $150). So I decided to get new speakers. Used to think the STX was hardcore but now once I'm there I realize people have reached a whole new level of hardcoreness with even better DACs. Same with speakers. Logitech z2300 used to be 'good' when I used it with my friends two years ago. Now I realized in the audio world Logitechs are the lowest end. I turned the satellite speakers off and played a song, listening to the subwoofer only on z2300, wow the sound is super duper ultra mega muddled. I had no idea what I was listening to half the time.

    The irony is right now I have two Krk Rokit 6 G2 monitors... hooked up to a Logitech z2300 sub. Good subs cost too much for me right now. Going to spend some time to recuperate from the latest spending spree.
    BTW if music producers want to decrease piracy, they ought to sell one track individually, in FLAC.

    I'm trying to angle the monitors so they form an equalateral triangle between the speakers and my head. Issue is, the monitor is too wide and to make the triangle equalateral either the monitor needs to shrink (lol), I need to sit farther away (no thanks) or the monitors need to move back and behind the monitor (nope). They are also quite tall, so luckily the tweeters on the speakers are close to ear level. Not quite, a good 3-6 inches off but much closer than my old PC speakers.
    In the monitors world these are relatively low end!

    So the KRK is company name, Rokit is the low end series, G2 is second generation, the 6 is the size of the cone (larger = better bass). But they have a third generation out now, and their Rokit 5s G3s have better sound in every way compared to the Rokit 6 G2s and they cost almost the same!
    Blegh, whatever.

    Anyways, that monitor is a 27 inch 2560x1440 IPS panel... You should know about resolution, at 27 inches 1080p won't cut it. But on top of that, IPS panels have more color accuracy than a cheaper TN panel (which most monitors are nowadays, except maybe some expensive Apple products). It's also glossy, which makes for more vibrant colors. The downside to glossy is it reflects more light than a matte screen, but I can adjust the light in my house. All that is nice and stuff but the real kicker is the price: $300 shipped. Typically these run at $600 at least. Yamakasi is a Korean brand. To save some money for production these only accept DVI-D cables but I see no reason to use displayport right now. The biggest drawback is, if your monitor is a dud, it's hard to ship it back and get a replacement. But most people are fine. My monitor is fine.



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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by Thomas on Mon Nov 04, 2013 2:08 am

    I agree. I'm thankful for the option to download pretty much anything, regardless of speed.

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    Hi Cody!


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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by Thomas on Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:41 am

    I prefer the wave file format and lossless audio but I don't mind using Spotify or 192 kbps/lossy formats. I can't blame the people who can't hear the difference, nor can I blame those who can and simply just do not want it because it takes up so much hard disk space.

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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by Jon Wells on Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:11 am

    IMHO, Ogg Vorbis over MP3.

    Not only does the name sound cool for a computer nerd like me, but the quality is said to be better at 192kbps.

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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by JDMGD0 on Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:27 am

    @Jon Wells

    101% agree.



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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by Dark_wizzie on Mon Nov 04, 2013 4:00 pm

    Everything I get that is not FLAC tends to be mp3 because that's most common. Atlas by Coldplay is only out as MP3 right now.

    I don't use wav, FLAC is more compressed and is more common as well.
    Although there is an equal amount of audiofoolery... any claim about sound quality difference needs to be proven with ABX testing.

    I wanna go to a music shop and listen to their most expensive speakers!@@@@



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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by Dark_wizzie on Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:59 pm

    But you know what annoys me? It's the people who think deep, loud, muddled bass = high fidelity audio. If I use my old Logitech sub and only listen to the sub, you can easily tell the audio sucks. It's just low sound. Grants when covered up by the monitors it sounds much better. But amplifying that bass x500000 doesn't make your audio better, just bassier.



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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by Dark_wizzie on Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:00 pm

    I've upgraded my audio setup to Sennheiser HD800 with Objective amp + Dac. This will be my last audio upgrade planned in the next decade. Wink



    The audiophile train stops here, folks.
    Snagged one for $1300 (including tax). Too sad, a guy was selling for $100 cheaper but upped his price the very next day.


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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by Dark_wizzie on Sat Apr 26, 2014 3:57 pm

    Headphone amp and DAC is finally here.



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    Re: Celapaleis, Thread Finally Done

    Post by Dark_wizzie on Fri Aug 01, 2014 4:00 pm






    ...Hi.
    That's an Audeze LCD-X and Sennheiser HD800. Last upgrade, I swear.



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