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March 27, 2008 7:26:17 PM

I'm planning on upgrading my 2nd PC which is an old P4 piece of junk. This new machine will be primarily for gaming. I already have a Q6600 Vista 64 machine for my media encoding and some gaming, but I actively use 2 PCs and it's time to replace the old P4. I do plan on semi-aggressive overclocking but I haven't really messed around with water cooling setups before so I think I'll stick with air cooling. I'm wondering what you guys think of my parts list. If anyone has any suggestions on parts to swap out let me know.

I do really like the look of the stainless steel case and I'll probably stick with it even though I know it's quite pricy for a PC case.

I'm looking for a decent 22" or 24" monitor if anyone has suggestions on a decent quality non-TN panel that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Parts:

Antec P182SE Silver Computer Case

DFI LANPARTY DK P35-T2RS ATX Intel Motherboard

ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 120mm 2-ball UFO Bearing / Transparent CPU Cooler

EVGA GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512-P3-N841-AR Video Card (Will probably take the 8800GTX from my Q6600 PC and put this 8800GTS in the quad core)

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Processor

2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive


I already have:

4GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2 1066 SDRAM

WinXP 32-bit (Yes I know it will not see all my RAM. I have Vista on my other machine and it works fine but for gaming right now I think I'll stick with XP on this machine.)

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March 28, 2008 1:44:23 AM

chuckm said:
Did you see the review of coolers here at Tom's?
http://www.tomshardware.com/2008/02/20/cpu_cooler_chart...
After reading it, that cooler bothers me. Haven't found anything negative on this one;
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch.hmx?SCriteria=BA24...



That cooler is far below the Zerotherm cooler in term of cooling performance. Lighter heatsink and only 56.3CFM airflow, compared to the Zerotherm's 84.7CFM. If you're skilled and careful enough to get past the lousy installation stage, it's worth it. It's the one I ordered, despite the review here. Hopefully I wasn't over my head... :p 
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March 28, 2008 1:55:43 AM

dagger said:
That cooler is far below the Zerotherm cooler in term of cooling performance. Lighter heatsink and only 56.3CFM airflow, compared to the Zerotherm's 84.7CFM. If you're skilled and careful enough to get past the lousy installation stage, it's worth it. It's the one I ordered, despite the review here. Hopefully I wasn't over my head... :p 


Prove it! There's more to it than CFM's
March 28, 2008 2:09:16 AM

chuckm said:
Prove it! There's more to it than CFM's



It's also heavier, with broader fins and larger surface area, more heatpipes, same size fan, but spins faster. Every spec is higher.
March 28, 2008 8:05:23 AM

What's heavier, the Zero? As I said in the other thread, weight is NOT necessarily a good thing. To each his own.
March 28, 2008 1:02:36 PM

Thanks for the input. I had honestly only skimmed through the reviews and focused on the cooling ratings. I'll take another look before I make my final decision.

Anyoe have a good suggestion for a monitor?
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