Reciever's Ongoing build/mod log AW17 Ranger

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  1. TheReciever

    TheReciever D! For Dragon!

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    Good Evening ladies and gents,

    This will be an ongoing build log of what ever the heck I do to my Ranger.

    To make sure that people can search it up later I will post other threads and add all the links to this thread. I think that will be best as I cant edit the title to the best of my knowledge and there may only be interest in certain mods/upgrades.

    1/31/19: Internal powered USB Hub completed. Link
    This mod was to add an internal USB 3.0 port. After that, do anything you want, its universal for a reason.

    2/17/19: MSI GTX 1060 6GB Install Link

    2/19/19: N173HHE-G32 Installed (Detail work still needed)

    Planned upgrades in the near future.

    32GB 2133Mhz Ram (completed)
    1TB msata SSD (completed)
    GTX 1060 6GB (sold)
    GTX 1070 8GB (acquired)

    Planned mods at some point.

    PWM fan switch (Received)
    Expanding mass on heatsinks
    Hybrid heatsink
    GTX 1080 upgrade (abandoned)
    Supplement USB tethered to right USB ports (Owned, working up courage to attempt)
    N173HHE-G32 panel (On order)
    Mod XMP to 2133Mhz for OCing
     
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    Keep up the good work! Interested to see what else you do.
     
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    Strigae Notebook Enthusiast

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    That all sounds very interesting!
     
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    Wait, does the N173HHE-G32 panel actually work in the r1? Thought it was only the LTN173... D01 -> T02 panels. I just got mine in today and it looks like the seller sent a C01 DESPITE THE FACT I TOLD THEM IT IS INCOMPATIBLE. It says "engineering sample" on it so i might give it a shot anyways.

    Also out of curiosity why the 980m over the 1060 or 1070? Not saying you're wrong, just wondering because i'd like to upgrade my GPU at some point(tax returns probably :p) and i'd love to know the pros of the 980m since i havent looked into it.

    Also also i just read through your whole making your own USB port thing and it was pretty fascinating. Great idea about using liquid to clean out the chassis if you are cutting metal off of the frame, i was actually afraid if i ever had to cut the chassis that i'd get metal shavings in the fans/shorting the boards, definitely gonna steal that idea.
     
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    Yes the g32 panel works in the Ranger, couple of people tested here and both had success.

    980m because I am broke lol, plus it will make a good back up card.

    I thought I was going to pick one up soon but it didn't work out and also hours were cut at work so I'll be refraining from any expenditures for a while except the hdd interposer cable.
     
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    I found a 970M listing for $163 off taobao
     
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    TheReciever D! For Dragon!

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    I don't trust taobao, if it won't post I have no repercussion or a long painful process.

    Appreciate you lookin out though

    When I have expendible income I'll give it a try at some point.
     
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    Can always go through a agent and get that sweet paypal "insurance", but its a lot of effort and I can relate.
     
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    Yeah just looking for a bit more simple process if things go awry.

    Though if I do pick up a 970m I'll likely get the g32 as it isn't too expensive, like 70-120 iirc. But we'll see. Income was slashed in half and I have other things to prioritize.
     
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    Ouch
    I'm likely just going to say "screw it" and go full 980M or so, tired of having laptops fail on me and waiting for parts to come in/working to rebuild them. Sure you can relate
     
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