7 Unsung Heroes of the PC Universe

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onisuriyuuu

If you are blaming tools or zipties for knicking your wires, I suggest you start by fixing your hands, you'd never qualify for a bomb squad. I've never knicked a wire using jewlery cutters and zipties. Sure velcro holds fast, and is reusable, but Removing, and replacing them is PITA and takes alot of time.

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lordfirefox

I don't much care for silent non-PWM fans they make me nervous. They make me feel like they're not doing their job properly when I see my temps going up.

No I prefer fans that I can crank to 3000+ RPM and know my PC is being cooled. Noisy? Yes when there's nothing else going on buy during heavy and loud gaming sessions I don't even hear them. And I do have a fan controller that I can use to quiet them down for watching movies or sleeping.

My fan of choice: The Scythe Ultra Kaze 3000.

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PCWolf

I love Each & Every part in my PC. Like an Orchestra, they work together to produce PC Harmony! Leaving anything out would ruin the Music & then things would not be right. Thank you PC Parts! Much Love to Each & every one of you!

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Aliquis

Front-USB.
Ever tried to plug in a USB stick to the back of your PC?

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PCWolf

+5 Internets

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iguana15

Right-angled power cords, once you use one you will never go back to the traditional style.

Thumb screws should have made the list.

If you are worried about nicking a wire when removing a cable tie, then leave enough slack on the closed tie to fit the head of your cutters beneath it. It doesn't take that much space and the ties still work.

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CoreLogicCom

Actually, Velcro(tm) is a better substitute for zip ties. They are able to be opened repeatedly for the occasional re-wiring and then re-closed, they are better for the wiring (you don't want to be crushing cabling with tight zip ties, especially data cables), and you can get a roll of it cheap and cut to length/size to your hearts desire.

Not to mention zip ties are sometimes a PITA to cut out without hitting/nicking what's bundled.

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AETAaAS

If you use 2.5mm wide zip ties (I'm not sure what that is American, lets say... 2 quarts? :p), you can cut it easily with a nail clipper without catching the cables.

I'd also like to offer the fan filter for the list. Not sure how many people remember the strange blower layout on the x1800XT, but I had one which completely bunged up the heatsink. A paintbrush and a vacuum was needed to clean it out.

Thank goodness for the intake filter and positive pressure cooling otherwise I'd be cleaning my case out every month or more.

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JCGPZ9

They actually have resealable zip ties available at any hardware store, though the right velcro ties tend to be cleaner looking. Luckily my case came with built in cable ties near the motherboard mounting area.

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Cube

I treat every part of my PC like it is important.

Where are UPS units?

I use these for the bigist bundles of cables they are sweet as hell you can open and close them as many times as you want and they hold tight.

http://www.cableclamp.com/

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lbailey626

I might add the thumb screw, but otherwise a great list.

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btdog

Totally agree with the PSU. Builders worth their salt will tell you a solid performing PSU is the backbone of a reliable build, but it's the Rodney Dangerfield of components (no respect).

Inside the case, I use zip ties since the internal wiring rarely changes. Externally, I switch to twist ties to tidy up long cable since these tend to move more frequently and need to be adjusted more often.

Overall, good list.

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Leo Scott

One thing the PC industry has never gotten right and would be great is a standardized socket/plug for the case buttons/lights. That way we wouldn't have to deal with individual connectors for Power, reset, HDD led, etc. We also wouldn't have to worry about the orientation of the led connectors. How about a reviewers campaign for this by MPC?

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JCGPZ9

Yeah, that is strange. I thought there was a push to standardize the switch wiring a while back.

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chronium

I think Zip Ties are overrated. It's cheaper and more environmentally friendly to use the twist ties that come with pretty much all pc part.

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wumpus

HEATHEN!

(I'm not even allowed to object without triggering the spam filter. What did you pay them without even managing to knock our wonderous zip-ties out of the list?)

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AntiJohnny

What about removable motherboard trays, screwless mounts for drives, or thumb screws?

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Pete4176

Totally agree! Thumbscrews and screwless...ANYTHING..are awesome in any of my builds!

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Blackheart-1220

GLORY FOR THE PC GAMING MASTER RACE!!!

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Paladin25

Fuck you, like any of you fucks at MPC know what ptsd is.
~OEF/OIF Vet

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US_Ranger

You are aware that ptsd affects more than just people who serve in the military right? Instead of attention whoring, go seek help.

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Pete4176

As a counselor working in a military PTSD treatment facility (and COMPLETELY off topic to computers and great innovations), I ask that you seek help. I, too, am a vet of OEF/OIF and you need to talk to someone...pronto....

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vrmlbasic

Mel Gibson told us that PTSD doesn't exist (Edge of Darkness). To then quote Cartman, "If the Road Warrior says it, it must be true."

More seriously, I wish that it didn't exist. It shouldn't exist as a man isn't supposed to succumb to his problems (ie:alcoholism, depression, rage) or b*tch about them, which is what he is doing if he runs up the "I have PTSD" flag.

I'd be leery about admitting to having PTSD as doing so might stigmatize anyone who admits it for his whole life. :(

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Eagle70ss

Hang in there Paladin...Although not a Vet myself, I know several and a couple of them suffer with severe ptsd/depression. It also irritates me when people refer to ptsd so cavalierly. Most people don't realize how serious this stuff is...especially when it pertains to the military. But as my buddies tell me.."We defended their right to say it" as they shake their head.

Thank you for serving.

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marsher46

GUYS I FOUND AN ANGRY PERSON

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Blackheart-1220

please make a 5 hour long video about how much we should care.

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Chewieshmoo

Forget the meds today?

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Bullwinkle J Moose

I took mine....

Ready for the Rant?

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CaptainDoug

Along with the PSU, modular PSU's are insanely helpful.

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