Update on the side project *No Name CPU Cooler*

Good Morning Everyone,

So first off sorry for the long intervals in between updates lately I have been going back and forth between this blog and my youtube channel and having tons of trouble with adsense. So without further delay what happened with the No name no brand cooler. 

Well my initial look at the cooler was it works decently well no better than a stock cooler though despite the tower design. Its nice that it is only 90mm tall so it fit into my Corsair Air 240 which houses my Plex media server and HTPC. My main complaint is it feels cheap and its kind of fragile. 
Well here is the where


Comes into the game. It was working ok for a few weeks and it would probably still be ok if I hadn't messed with it. But let me go into further detail for people just reading this post in case you haven't read my upcoming projects post from back in March. 

We all know eBay and the chance to get a sweet deal, and to be honest who wouldn't want to save a little money when you have the PCMR addiction and buy PC parts quite often. Well the no name no brand CPU cooler caught my attention and for $14.99 shipped I couldn't help but try it. It arrived 3 weeks later in a black plastic bag with some bubble wrap on it. No instructions and a white tube of "Thermal paste". 

Ok so back to the results. 

First installation went pretty easily I decided to try and use the included paste to give it a chance. The temps were okay about on par with a stock cooler. Well "mystery thermal paste" lasted maybe 2 weeks before I was watching a movie and running my CPU around 62 °C. So obvious solution change out the thermal compound. Well this cooler mounts with little plastic push pins through the motherboard and they were kind of made to only be installed once. Even through careful removal one of them cracked at the bottom. It gets better! After swapping out the thermal paste and figuring out a way to re secure the cracked push pin. I went to reinstall the fan that clips on the front of the fin stack as most tower coolers do. Well one side no problem, stretched the staple thin clip on the other side and it snapped making mounting the fan straight more time consuming than the cooler is worth. So honestly for an extra $5 a Cryorig M9i would be a much better option for CPU coolers on the cheap. But since this case is so shallow I'll stick with the low profile coolers and pay a little more for quality. 

Dawn of War III Open Beta Weekend

Hey Everyone,

Sorry for the late post on this, but for those of you who are fans of the series. April 21 to April 24 is the Dawn of War III open beta on Steam. I jumped in on Saturday morning to to see what Relic had in store for us this time.

The opening cinematic was great and gave a pretty accurate picture of how quickly 3 vs 3 matches can get. Ultimately the mechanics are still the same. Its real time strategy game following the same factions from the previous game Orcs, Eldar, and Space Marines. The graphics settings are pretty in depth so you can get it working on lesser hardware. The match making was a little slow but this is to be expected in a beta and I really hope they add a human vs AI mode for practice in the full game.

Trying out a mechanical keyboard

Hey Everyone,

So I have been seeing tons of people talking about and using mechanical keyboards and it seems like they are only getting more and more popular. But since I always like to test things out for myself without spending a ton of money I decided to pick one up for myself. I found a Blue Finger (Never heard of this brand by the way) 87 key mechanical keyboard with Blue switch equivalents for $34.99 on Amazon. I will put a link at the end of the post.

First impressions:

So it comes in a black box with a bunch of Chinese writing on it with an outline of a keyboard. Upon opening the box you will find a large mouse pad with the Blue Finger logo on it. The material doesn't feel too bad and it is always nice to get something for free. Going further into the box you will find the keyboard itself and a wrist rest. Being an 87 key it does not have a num pad therefore it has a very small foot print on your desk which is great if you have very limited desk space like I do. Now although not removable it does have a braided cable which was a nice touch, it would have been slightly nicer if they had gone with a black instead of gray but it is still pretty subtle.

Don't let the picture on Amazon fool you. This is not an RGB keyboard, the colors are pre defined and you cannot change them but you do have several modes you can choose from. I did a quick recording so you can see Blue switches are quite a bit louder than I expected but honestly the typing and gaming experience is great. I am actually typing this article right now and the change in pressure to make the keys work is very noticeable and keeps hand fatigue down quite a bit. Games are very responsive I have been playing a ton of Titanfall 2 with this keyboard and it has improved my movement ability quite a bit and those last second key presses come a little quicker than on a membrane keyboard.

Overall I would recommend this to anyone looking to jump into the mechanical keyboard world on the cheap, BUT if you can try out several different switches first I recommend that. The blue switches have a really nice feel and I like the tactile response but they are just too noisy for typing. So most likely I will be returning this and trying out a couple different switches for a combination between noise and tactile response/ actuation distance. There are much quieter switches like MX Browns, Greens, Blacks, Clear, and Reds. So give them all a go before you make a decision.

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Blue Finer 87 mechanical keyboard

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