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post #2446 of 3716

k612s vs. HD598s. 

 

If anyone has tested both of them, opinions would be greatly appreciated. 

 

I can get both at roughly the same price and I've heard good things about both and is make it extremely hard to pick. 

 

I've read that the k612s are very natural sounding with forward mids which I know is beneficial for gunshots and footsteps. I've also read that they can lack bass and some music genres won't be as nice on these. Some people also complain about the headband getting sore or uncomfortable, but it doesn't look like much of an issue to me. 

 

As for the HD598s, they are said to have a wide and open sound stage and to be excellent for gaming. Also, heard they lack bass too but can do more genres, not sure which is worse. They are said to be more fun sounding while the 612s I heard will maybe lose the fun factor. As for comfort I haven't heard any complaints. Removable cable is also a nice feature.

 

I listen to all music genres, with raw acoustic and metal being my favorites. But can't forget the classics. For gaming, I basically stick to FPS so I obviously want a great sound stage.

 

Leave any negatives or positives, as both will help me decide.

post #2447 of 3716
Woesty, you posted in the soundcard thread... you wanna ask that in MLE's gaming headphone thread.

Also, how long are you going to deny yourself from just making a choice? Either would be a big upgrade in all areas from what you now have... it'll be worth it.
post #2448 of 3716

My bad, thought this was about headphones too. But he was just giving his favorites, I'll move this. 

post #2449 of 3716
Faves are good, I'm just trying to suggest where you could get more opinions smily_headphones1.gif

Still think you're ready enough to leave the nest and fly, little bird wink.gif
post #2450 of 3716

Finally Micro Center got some motherboards in stock.

 

Time to build.  :evil:

(Wish me luck!)  :ph34r:

 

 

 

post #2451 of 3716
Thanks Evshrug, it's just a hard decision! lol both sound great!

Looks like a sick PC build! Good luck on her! I love my gtx770! Keeping me happy!
post #2452 of 3716

GL Chico... if you have any questions then ask away. Nice case btw.

post #2453 of 3716
Chicolom, I'm assuming you'll be using your sbz OEM out to something else?
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Originally Posted by DJINFERNO806 View Post

Chicolom, I'm assuming you'll be using your sbz OEM out to something else?

 

Yeah, optical out -> FiiO D03K -> Matrix M-stage/iCan.

post #2455 of 3716
Awesome wink.gif +1 for DAT sbz optical out chain. Sbx surround with decent DAC and amp. Can't get any better for gaming.
post #2456 of 3716
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Originally Posted by SaLX View Post
 

GL Chico... if you have any questions then ask away. Nice case btw.

 

Thanks.

 

And damn, this case is nice.  Just about everything is made of solid metal, and it feels extremely well built.  Just the top removable HDD cage by itself weighs 2.2 lbs.

 

Glad I splurged the extra 25 bucks for the fractal case over the cheapo $25 cases.  :tongue_smile:

post #2457 of 3716

Nice, good to see all your parts arrived.  Is that a really big screen or a really small desk?  And are you actually going to game with that keyboard?

post #2458 of 3716
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Originally Posted by AvroArrow View Post
 

Nice, good to see all your parts arrived.  Is that a really big screen or a really small desk?  And are you actually going to game with that keyboard?

 

 

A bit of both on the screen.  It's a 40" screen and the desk is 33.5" wide and 23.5" long.

As for the keyboard, I prefer using game-pad, so no.  ;)

 

 

Should I plug the "HD Audio" front headers into the motherboard or the SB Z.  Looks like it will reach either one.  Seems like the SB Z would be more logical (of course I won't be using the front panel audio much anyways).

 

 

 

I put the GPU in the top PCI-E x16, and for the SB Z I put it in bottom-most PCI-E slot.  I think that's the best way to do it, so the GPU has more room for airflow.  Otherwise I have to jump up the SB Z to either right below or above the GPU.

 

The Z87-A's layout looks like this.

 

 

 

Here's how I have it: (Click to show)


Edited by chicolom - 1/14/14 at 7:04pm
post #2459 of 3716
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Originally Posted by chicolom View Post


A bit of both on the screen.  It's a 40" screen and the desk is 33.5" wide and 23.5" long.
As for the keyboard, I prefer using game-pad, so no.  wink.gif


Should I plug the "HD Audio" front headers into the motherboard or the SB Z.  Looks like it will reach either one.  Seems like the SB Z would be more logical (of course I won't be using the front panel audio much anyways).



I put the GPU in the top PCI-E x16, and for the SB Z I put it bottom-most PCI-E slot.  I think that's the best way to do it, so the GPU has more room for airflow.  Otherwise I have to jump up to either right below or above the GPU. 

The Z87-A's layout looks like this.


Here's how I have it: (Click to show)


Using a controller? U wot m8????

Heretic!!!

Your not a real PC gamer! tongue.gif lol
Jk.

That build looks clean so far, cable management is key of course!

Here's an idea, can you start a new thread as a build log? Or maybe you didn't take too many pics? It would be nice to see it in a dedicated thread with progress. Also helps to keep this thread on topic lol(don't mean to sound rude or anything lol)

Also is this your first go with a sbz card?

Also you could leave the HD audio header out and not plug it in to anything. But technically you should plug it in to the z if you want. Since you should have your mobo audio disabled in the bios anyways. Its a key thing for add on sound cards. Too many realtek chips messing with creative cards. Creative even recommends this in their z manual.

Also if I remember correctly, using another 16x slot automatically puts your primary x16 slot into 8x mode. It shouldn't be a huge issue with pcie 3.0 speeds but you may lose 1-2 fps with less bandwidth. Maybe not, depending on how much the 770 is putting out. Its more of a principle thing.

When I had my zxr, I was running it above my 680 and there were no issues with heat. And you have less chance for emi coming off the GPU and hitting the z. I believe the PCB acts as a natural Faraday cage on top and its also grounded in 2 layers. I know you won't be using the audio out analogue from the z but once again just my own OCD and principle tongue.gif
Edited by DJINFERNO806 - 1/14/14 at 7:15pm
post #2460 of 3716
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Originally Posted by chicolom View Post
 

Finally Micro Center got some motherboards in stock.

 

Time to build.  :evil:

(Wish me luck!)  :ph34r:

 

 

Nice, love doing builds, its the best part of PC gaming.

 

Fun to the max!

 

Wayne

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