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new build in July

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Ideas for a new build I plan on for this July.

All I need is a desktop PC. I prefer ATI for the bang for the buck they provide, and IMO better drivers. I am not a big fan of SSD drives for cost to performance, but am game in the right set up. Air cooled, and I am not a OC'er. Fancy lights and so on are not my thing either, I do not need to burn blue rays either..... Quality and performance for gaming is my goal.

[left][size=5]Budget of $2000[/size]

I have a Keyboard, mouse, X-fi extreme gamer (normal slot) and monitor I will re-use. Monitor is a dell Ultra sharp 23 inch with DVI. [url="http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&sku=320-2807"]http://accessories.u...en&sku=320-2807[/url]

For the winner, I will buy you an ADK t-shirt of your choice. If sold out I will send you mine (will not wear it until this is done!).

Ready GO....

PS not really a big newegg fan if you link parts else were that's cool too.[/left]

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How much do you want to spend. If I had a spare $1000 this is what I would build.

Fx6100 3.4Ghz (4.1Ghz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 139.99 ([url="http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1239961&CatId=7341"]http://www.tigerdire...9961&CatId=7341[/url])
Asus M5A99X EVO AM3+ 134.99 ([url="http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=670049&CatId=7247"]http://www.tigerdire...0049&CatId=7247[/url])
Galaxy Geforce GTX 580 1536mb 389.99 ([url="http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7169775&CatId=3669"]http://www.tigerdire...9775&CatId=3669[/url])
Corsair Vengance 12G 1600Mhz 84.99 ([url="http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7025824&CatId=4329"]http://www.tigerdire...5824&CatId=4329[/url])
Thermaltake 730W Bronze Cert 99.99 ([url="http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1927340&CatId=2533"]http://www.tigerdire...7340&CatId=2533[/url])
500G Seagate 7200 Rpm ([url="http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1083959&CatId=2459"]http://www.tigerdire...3959&CatId=2459[/url])
Full Tower 99.99 ([url="http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=41023&CatId=1510"]http://www.tigerdire...1023&CatId=1510[/url])
3 120MM 6.99 ([url="http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1336025&CatId=802"]http://www.tigerdire...36025&CatId=802[/url])
1 200MM 17.99 ([url="http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5034940&CatId=5404"]http://www.tigerdire...4940&CatId=5404[/url])

Total Price About 1024.75 This is what I would Build. I a fan of the FX series, and the 580 is a card you won't need to upgrade anytime soon. 12gb is more than enough ram. Full Tower is a Must but you could get a Mid size tower for about 59.99 . Its really all about Preference. Whats good for you? whats your Budget?

Here's what I suggest.

Have a good day.

***** By July new shit is going to come out, new video cards, Price reductions.**** I will update this then, but this is a here and Now thing, Best bang for your buck. IMO Get a 560/570 if you want to reduce to the price** Edited by Hueyness

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[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]J,[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]You're an experienced builder, so I won't bore you with links. You know what you like, so I will submit my thoughts more conceptually[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]If I had $2k burning a hole in my pocket, and if I already had a keyboard, mouse, sound, and monitor, I would...[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]MOBO: LGA 1155 Z68 chipset (clearly the best bang for the buck out there) ~$210[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]CPU: Core i5 3570K (released 29 April) ~ $225[/font][/size][/color]
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus $30
[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]MEMORY: 16GB (4x4GB) $100[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]---------------------------------------------[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]$565 so far for the core of a very solid system[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]$1435 remaining[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]CASE: Cooler Master Storm Sniper $120[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]DRIVES: Two WD Caviar Black 7200RPM 1.5TB $320 [/font][/size][/color]
[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]CD/DVD Burner: Asus $20[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]PSU: Corsair Professional Series HX850 (850W) $180[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Video: Two (Crossfire) XFX Double D HD-695X-CDFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB $700[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]$1340 for the accessories[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#FFA500][size=5]Grand total: $1905[/size][/color]
Remaining: $95 (for a game, shipping, cables, thermal paste, etc.)

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Quality storage is a must, and these WD drives deliver as they are big and fast. I've always had good luck with them. I also always install two physical HDDs... one to run stuff on and one for backup. I can't tell you how many time having an image of a drive ready to go has saved my bacon. IMO, money well spent.[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Two 6970s in Crossfire will enable you to play any game on the market with all the eye candy you want.[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]You can get the mobo and memory you want on the budget I listed above, and since you're getting a new CPU, why not the best? Do it and be done and enjoy all that hyperthreading goodness. I'm buying one myself when they are released on 29 April.[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]A solid 850W PSU should handle just about any SLI/Crossfire load you can throw at it, and cooler master is a pretty good name.[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Hope this helps![/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]All the best,[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]War[/font][/size][/color] Edited by =ADK= warspite

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if you REALLY want to spend all of that 2k heres something that i would go with, obviously if your more of an AMD fan like myself (yeah intel is great but who needs triple channel ram bla bla when your using a CPU that doesn't get choked on ram? oh and by the way did i mention that the 8150 holds the world record for fastest silicon processor over the i7?) you can always choose the mobo of your choice, save $100 by getting the 8150 over the i7 and overclock the piss out of it the day you get it. If you want me recommendation for a Mobo to put an 8150 in PM me and I will post, pretty much everything else in this build would stay the same
[b]Motherboard[/b]
[url="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=iFudSkud/Rc&subid=&offerid=234822.1&type=10&tmpid=3883&RD_PARM1=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tigerdirect.com%2Fapplications%2FSearchTools%2Fitem-details.asp%3FEdpNo%3D1415969%2526CatId%3D6975"]ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 Intel Z68 Motherboard[/url] [b]($175)[/b]
Asus makes great boards for a great price, only downside these suckers have is you REALLY (i mean by the product number) have to watch what ram you buy or your build wont even pass post.
[b]CPU[/b]
[url="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=iFudSkud/Rc&subid=&offerid=234822.1&type=10&tmpid=3883&RD_PARM1=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tigerdirect.com%2Fapplications%2FSearchTools%2Fitem-details.asp%3FEdpNo%3D1203206%2526Sku%3DB69-4512"]Intel Core i7-2600K[/url] [b]($320)[/b]
Im really not a fan of intel, however the i7 is a good CPU and there is no arguing about it, at this point in time it's my belief that it's not who is better, it's more along the lines of who do you like.
[b]CPU Cooler[/b]
[u][url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018"]Noctua NH-D14[/url][/u]
this thing blows even the H100 out of the water...nuff said.
[b]RAM[/b]
Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz 16GB (4 x 4GB) [b]($105)[/b]
[b]Video Card[/b]
EVGA GeForce GTX 580 (1536MB GDDR5) [b]($405)[/b]
[b]Sound Card[/b]
Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer [b]($40)[/b]
[b]Hard Drives[/b]
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (7200rpm, 64MB cache) [b]($115)[/b]
OCZ Agility 3 Series Solid State Drive 120GB [b]($130)[/b]
SSD is king, SSD is king, SSD is king, this is the setup I'm using right now and i have no complaints whatsoever about it. Its just FAST.
[b]Optical Drive[/b]
Lite-On Internal Blu-Ray Burner [b]($80)[/b]
[b]Case[/b]
Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower [b]($130)[/b]
this is where you get to be picky again, If you feel like you want/ need more room you can always go with the HAF X for only another $50 and you'll have all of the room you'll ever need for the next 10 years when it comes to a case. Oh and the HAF X has a 200mm fan mount right in front (on the side panel) of where your GPU would be...mmmm ventilation.
[b]Power Supply[/b]
[u][url="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=iFudSkud/Rc&subid=&offerid=234822.1&type=10&tmpid=3883&RD_PARM1=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tigerdirect.com%2Fapplications%2FSearchTools%2Fitem-details.asp%3FEdpNo%3D7213993%2526CatId%3D2534"]OCZ ZX Series Modular Power Supply 850W[/url][/u][b]($125)[/b]
OCZ makes great stuff, everyone loves modular psu's (yay cable management) and 850 watts is enough to supply just about any SLI/ crossfire (if you decide to go that route in the future) that you can have today.

total price $1725ish + S&H and tax.

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I have a somewhat similar build to what hoole posted and I agree with what he linked Bromance; very good post he made.

However I would like to make one modification: go with the I5-2500k. You will save some money and the only "true" advantage the i7 has over the i5 is the virtual cores which don't help in video games. The i5 is one of the best all around CPU's IMHO. And you will save some money. I have mine set to 4.5GHz and it runs so smoothly.

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I do prefer Intel, mainly due to (IMO) more stable chipset vs AMD's.

But I am comparing a more budget friendly PC's I have built in the past (under 700 ish) vs my current I7 920 system now. I pass my system down to the oldest, and his down....etc, so not to waste it.

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[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Bro,[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]So far, I'm the only guy pushing Ivy Bridge (and its 22nm goodness) and Crossfire. Like the Core i5 2500K (which I have and love), the Core i5 3570K is unlocked and its 77W TDP will run cooler than a 95W 2500K . It also does not have virtual cores, and will list for only $225 (saving you a Benjamin that you can put into better GPUs). With no trouble whatsoever, this CPU could most likely run at 4.5GHz 24/7 with only a very slight bump in Vcore. I've run my 2500K at 4.5GHz since day one and it has been rock stable.[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]BTW, you didn't say whether or not you considered dual GPUs, so I thought I would recommend it here since you are a self-proclaimed ATI fan. SSDs are pretty awesome (I have a 256GB Crucial M4), but mines set me back ~ $300, so I'm loathe to recommend them for a budget build. Give a choice, I will ALWAYS go for more GPU horsepower, which the twin 6970s supply in abundance.[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Also, if you wanted to later, you could take advantage of the Z68 chipset's cache feature and pick up a small SSD (for $100 or less) and really boost the performance of your OS and most used apps (food for thought). The $95 I had remaining on the build I suggested would probably work for this.[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Happy building![/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]War[/font][/size][/color] Edited by =ADK= warspite

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War,
[quote][color=#A8A8A8]Depending on your monitor size and resolution, you will always get better performance from a single card vs a dual or tri. The cards communicating on your mobo, game or software optimization for dual/tri, and drivers all take a hit so performance is substandard compared a single card. Plus heat, space, PSU, and case make the package price higher vs a single card. Standard rule of thumb is 50% to 80% (high end, close to 80%, is achieved when using a 30 inch high res monitor, or bigger, with the game optimized either through the game software, or driver specifically supporting the game) increase in performance. So in theory, you spend $500 on 2 cards for a 20 inch monitor or $500 on a single card (understanding the rest of your machine can handle dual/tri) your performance should be about equal, some cases better with a single (depending on the application)[/color]


[color=#A8A8A8]I have an ATI 6850 and my wife runs dual GTX 470 and in TF2 I average 120 FPS, same settings she gets around 90. BF3 I average 75 and she gets around 80. but her cards cost almost $200 more for nothing but a cool factor..[/color]

[color=#A8A8A8]Then as stated you get into PSU size vs price issues, extra heat, need a great vs good, case..... I think it ended up costing about $400 more total for the extra stuff plus $200 more for the cards. 700 watt PSU vs a 1000 watt, bigger case with more fans...... I think you get the point. [/color][/quote]

That is my opinion on SLI or Crossfire. With my monitor I don't see the point. I can buy a top of the line GPU and be fine for at least a year, if not longer as I don't run games on high anyways... Eyes are not that good anymore!


I agree quality storage and case, I know we talked about it years ago to when we got the 900 cases (been that long???). Can't beat quality products, more so if you don't want to upgrade/tinker constantly.

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[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Bro,[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Roger that. The best thing about PCs is that we an pretty much get the performance we want and make them just as we like. In that case, I would ditch the two 6970s and go with a 7970. That frees up $120 that you can put into an SSD for cache purposes. I recommend the OCZ Synapse Cache SYN-25SAT3-64G for $104. By taking advantage of the Z68 chipset's cache capability, you get the storage capacity and reliability of your larger HDDs and the speed of an SSD for your most frequently opened files. It's a win-win.[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]So, my recommendation looks like...[/font][/size][/color]


[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]MOBO: LGA 1155 Z68 chipset (clearly the best bang for the buck out there) ~$210[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]CPU: Core i5 3570K (released 29 April) ~ $225 (latest-greatest Ivy Bridge CPU)[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus $30[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]MEMORY: 16GB (4x4GB) $100[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]PSU: Corsair Professional Series HX850 (850W) $180 [/font][/size][/color]
[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]CASE: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced $140[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]DRIVES: Two WD Caviar Black 7200RPM 1.5TB $320[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive] OCZ Synapse 64GB SSD Cache Drive $105[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive] CD/DVD Burner: Asus $20[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]GPU: Sapphire 1197-01-40G Radeon HD 7970 3GB $580[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Grand total: $1910[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]I avoided recommending brand-specific items where possible because most of the time we have our own preferred brands and the price points are very similar. Since I don't know if you're into things like rendering videos or using apps where hyperthreading could bring significant benefits, I decided to recommend the new Core i5 3570 CPU vice the Core i7 3770. If you are into apps that benefit from hyperthreading, you could either pony up an extra $100 for the 3770 or stay within your budget by dropping the SSD Cache. I like the cooler I recommended b/c it is probably the best bang for the buck out there, and since you aren't into OC'ing, it is more cooling than you need. However, if you do decide to OC, this cooler will give you plenty of headroom, especially with a CPU that only has a 75W TDP. [/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]As you can see, there is about $90 left over. Again, that comes in pretty handy for shipping, extra cables, new thermal paste, a game, a new copy of Windows, or anything else you think you will need to get up and running.[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Hope this helps![/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]war[/font][/size][/color]

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[size=5][color=#ffffff]EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 ( took wars advice and performance to price) [/color][/size]
[size=5][color=#ffffff]Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" (Have not had good things with Seagate, 2 failures with none for WD, but cheap)[/color][/size][color=#FFFFFF][size=5](Took Hoole's advice)[/size][/color]
[size=5][color=#ffffff]OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State (Took Hoole's advice)[/color][/size]
[size=5][color=#ffffff]CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (X 2 Quad channel)[/color][/size][color=#FFFFFF][size=5](Took Hoole's advice)[/size][/color]
[size=5][color=#ffffff]ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 (better reviews then the Deluxe)[/color][/size]
[size=5][color=#ffffff]SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner OEM (Who cares, dumb DVD)[/color][/size]
[size=5][color=#FFFFFF]Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W (Not modular, but good part and good warranty)[/color][/size]
[size=5][color=#ffffff]Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 (With in $50 of I5, future proof) [/color][/size]
[size=5][color=#ffffff]CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler (no reason, just cool) [/color][/size]
[size=5][color=#ffffff]NZXT Switch 810 Black Case (can't beat it for the price, may need more fans though) [/color][/size]
[size=5][color=#ffffff]Logitech G400 mouse (for the wife) [/color][/size]
[size=5][color=#ffffff]steelseries Siberia v2 Headset (for the wife)[/color][/size]

[size=5][color=#ffffff]Under $2000 with out the wife's stuff and should be ready to NOT get shot in the face!!! Parts ordered, build next week![/color][/size]

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[color=#ffa500][size=4]Very nice! Surprised you went SB-E... Also surprised you went Corsair H100. Sounds like a VERY nice PC! Let us know how the build turns out![/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=4]I think you will be very happy with that 670. [/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=4]war[/size][/color]

[color=#FFA500]PHOTOS PLEASE!!!![/color]

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I am for the most part with Warspite on this. Although I have to say that for now I am an Nvidia fan and instead of the gtx580 hoole suggested, I say wait for the gtx 670. It has near the same preformance as the gtx 680 but cost about 100 dollars less.

As far as the CPU and Motherboard goes the i5 are the best bang for the buck. And as far as preformance goes take a look at this benchmark with the FX-8150 vs the i5 2500k:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/434?vs=288

Looking over the stats the i5 smacks the FX all around especially in the FPS area where Im sure you want to get the best preformance you can.


The case War suggested is super nice too. I have the Storm sniper and it has plenty of room. I have a Sabertooth p67 with a i5 2500k, hyper 212+ (and the side fan still fits on the side panel which is a 230mm with room to spare), 3 hdd, 2 optical drives, 750w psu, plenty of fans and all the intakes have filters.

Ill try to post some pictures later.

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I ordered the 670, I was looking at the difference between the i5 and i7 I ordered, and for less then $50 I got the I7. The 920 I have now still dominates, so I am hoping I get another year out of the I7 over the I5 later on is all. A gamble for sure.

War,
H100 was just cause, cool factor for me. On sale for $90, so not bad price and should fit the case like a glove.

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[quote name='Bromance' timestamp='1338394228' post='30247']
I ordered the 670, I was looking at the difference between the i5 and i7 I ordered, and for less then $50 I got the I7.
[/quote]

670 what? What? What did you order?

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[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787"]http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130787[/url]

Like Evga for the lifetime warranty. The case has a special fan angled just for the GPU's (I only will run one, but nice feature) to keep it cold...

http://youtu.be/s9R_o3a45os

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[quote name='-Grimreaperx2-' timestamp='1338558085' post='30515']
Now i want an ssd.
[/quote]

[color=#ffa500][size=4]I don't blame you Grim! I have a Crucial M4 256GB and it is pretty nice![/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=4]Bromance,[/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=4]Not too hard to figure out what you'll be doing this weekend! Have fun my friend! Let us know how your build goes! I'm trying to win this : Asus Motherboard P9X79 PRO Core i7 LGA2011 X79 on eBay right now (auction closes at 1600 today). If I do, my plan is to gather the CPU and memory, then pass my Core i5 2500K-based mobo and memory to war_jr, then sell his Q9550-based parts (cpu, mobo, mem, HSF) on eBay. Wish me luck![/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=4]war[/size][/color]

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Luck is wished!

Still waiting on the case, but I had a thought while reading the Mobo instructions, and I am about 99% sure the 24 pin and 8pin for the mobo is not going to reach. Ordered extensions, but will not be here till Monday. Oh well, may machine is fine, so.....

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[quote name='Bromance' timestamp='1338569277' post='30527']
Luck is wished!

Still waiting on the case, but I had a thought while reading the Mobo instructions, and I am about 99% sure the 24 pin and 8pin for the mobo is not going to reach. Ordered extensions, but will not be here till Monday. Oh well, may machine is fine, so.....
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[color=#ffa500][size=4]Thanks! I took the plunge and got a great deal on an Asus P9X79 Pro. Including shipping, it came to a little less than $230 (about $100 off from its retail of $319). Over time, I will collect the other pieces when I can. All I need is CPU, Memory, and a HSF and I will be all set. Dunno if I will go the H-100 route (very cool of you!), but whichever one I get will support my modest OC goal of 4.5GHz. Like you, I will get the i7 3820, since nothing I do (or will do in the near term) will tap more than four cores. Having the extra memory bandwidth will be nice for rendering videos as well. I will also get 16GB (4x4GB) 1600-speed DDR3 memory and populate four of the eight quad-channel slots. Down the road, I will pick up 16 more GB.[/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=4]Who's the REAL winner in all of this? War_jr, of course. He gets a bump from a Q9550 rig (which still kicks ass with his OC'd GTX-580) to a Core i5 2500K rig running at 4.5GHz (truly a gaming beast). More to follow on my build!!! Post some benchmarks (Heaven, max settings please!) when you're able![/size][/color]

[color=#ffa500][size=4]war[/size][/color]

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return the H100 while you can, use it to get on site credit and get a noctua nh-d14 it out performs that H100...as in beats the breaks off of it. Then if you want to go liquid later upgrade to a real liquid cooling system.


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Oh and I never updated this to reflect that the 670 would be my personal pick for a high end build. Edited by Hoole

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Yeah they pretty recently released it

Build is up and running. The mobo is amazing war, simply amazing! Install disk was pretty upto date, so a breeze. The case was the best I have used yet, in love with it! Only issue was a fan made a humming noise, so replaced it. But the H100 fit like a glove! Got another fan, but all they had was LED ones (not my style) so for now has blue lights coming out the top. Pics will be coming shortly.

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War Im gonna have to say no to the h100. Honestly from what I have seen on the benchmarks, while on idle and low usage the h100 does good, its when you push the CPU is when the h100 is just terrible. My Hyper 212+ I got for 25 dollars does the samething but slightly better. And I have thought about getting that cooler many many times.

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Actually, the H100 is the top rated all in one self contained unit.

I let the Asus OC software overclock my CPU to 4.1GZ and on the medium setting (recording while I was playing) it has yet to get past 29C. Mobo has reached 36C. GPU is stock speeds. I agree the stats and tech reports on paper show some air cooling solutions do better. But so many factors come into play. Honestly with the case I got the cooler fit like a glove, and keeps everything nice and neat. No big ass cooler on the mobo.

A full out water cooling kit with all the bells and whisles will dominate this thing, but this was made for noobs and enthusiasts, then modders and full OC'ing. Preference and what you want to do. Worth $90? Not sure yet, but cooler so far then my older I7-920 with a Zelmen $90 air cooler.

The Mobo is amazing, and atm the only draw back is no PCI slot for my sound card. But it is amazingly fast! Has ssd bios program to help speed it up. A normal HD with 6G SATA is a HUGE speed increase. The SSD is amazing! not for gaming as the increase is as expected, slim to none, but internet browsing is 100% faster. The bluetooth feature is neat as hell! It has a feature called ssd caching, where you plug in a HD and a SSD in certain ports and the SSD turns into extended memory for programs used the most. It offloads the most used programs to the SSD to speed up your system but still have the size and price of a normal HD. Havn't used it yet, but something I am sure War will try out.

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[quote name='Bromance' timestamp='1338827462' post='30814']
Actually, the H100 is the top rated all in one self contained unit.

I let the Asus OC software overclock my CPU to 4.1GZ and on the medium setting (recording while I was playing) it has yet to get past 29C. Mobo has reached 36C. GPU is stock speeds. I agree the stats and tech reports on paper show some air cooling solutions do better. But so many factors come into play. Honestly with the case I got the cooler fit like a glove, and keeps everything nice and neat. No big ass cooler on the mobo.

A full out water cooling kit with all the bells and whisles will dominate this thing, but this was made for noobs and enthusiasts, then modders and full OC'ing. Preference and what you want to do. Worth $90? Not sure yet, but cooler so far then my older I7-920 with a Zelmen $90 air cooler.

The Mobo is amazing, and atm the only draw back is no PCI slot for my sound card. But it is amazingly fast! Has ssd bios program to help speed it up. A normal HD with 6G SATA is a HUGE speed increase. The SSD is amazing! not for gaming as the increase is as expected, slim to none, but internet browsing is 100% faster. The bluetooth feature is neat as hell! It has a feature called ssd caching, where you plug in a HD and a SSD in certain ports and the SSD turns into extended memory for programs used the most. It offloads the most used programs to the SSD to speed up your system but still have the size and price of a normal HD. Havn't used it yet, but something I am sure War will try out.
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See and these are the mix results I get. I keep reading about how some people are getting temps up in the high 50 or 60 range with slight OC when they run Prime95 or something. I dont know if these guys are just stupid and dont know how to set up a proper WC system or what But I have been temped many times to get taht cooler.

I want to know, what are you MAX temps, and I mean when running something like prime 95 the CPU is pushed to the max. With my hyper 212+ I get a max of 55 of any core Avg about 52 c.


And speaking of watercooling I had a sudden idea which turns out a thought others had too: http://www.overclock.net/t/1203528/official-nvidia-gpu-mod-club-aka-the-mod

Check that out. I think this is good.

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[quote name='Bromance' timestamp='1338601589' post='30557']
Yeah they pretty recently released it

Build is up and running. The mobo is amazing war, simply amazing! Install disk was pretty upto date, so a breeze. The case was the best I have used yet, in love with it! Only issue was a fan made a humming noise, so replaced it. But the H100 fit like a glove! Got another fan, but all they had was LED ones (not my style) so for now has blue lights coming out the top. Pics will be coming shortly.
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[color=#ffa500][size=4]Sweet! Ordered the rest of my parts today... Decided to go with the Noctua DH-14 LGA 2011 edition. Can't wait to get it up and running and to get my SB parts swapped over to War_jr's rig. Then, it's eBay for the 9550 items!!![/size][/color] Edited by =ADK= warspite

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I'll test it out, but nothing out there, except maybe encoding, is going to push the CPU to it's limits.

So the synthetic test now days are all but useless. Windows gives my system 7.7 and that 7.7 is CPU, everything else is maxed to 7.9.

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