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June 2, 2009 12:43:57 AM
June 2, 2009 3:31:26 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This RAM will save you $45 for pretty much the same performance.

The Raptors generally aren't recommended. You could go RAID Caviar Black 640GB or 1TB instead and probably not see too much performance loss and gain a lot more space and some pretty serious price savings. Or go with a SSD.
June 2, 2009 6:56:07 AM

1. Are you sure you want to waste money on 2 Veloicraptors ?
If I were you, I would do this...
Get 2x OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30G 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) in RAID 0, which would be more than suffice for OS, apps, 1 or 2 games
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This one for Other data
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Total spent - $398 compared to $450 on the velociraptors...
And this would run cooler than the velociraptor and 2 SSDs in RAID 0 would easily outperform the velociraptor...And you get more space...

2. Other good alternatives for the RAM with CAS 7...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. Change the CPU cooler to this...One of the best coolers for the i7
http://www.xoxide.com/thermalright-true-black-extreme-c...
CPU cooler fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. If possible get the DO stepping of the i7...It overclocks very stable and is comparatively runs cooler...
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June 2, 2009 7:50:06 PM

Thank you for your comments, much appreciated.
June 2, 2009 8:02:56 PM

80 bucks for a CPU cooler? The TRUE is no longer the top-CPU cooler in the game, especially when it comes down to price vs performance.

Two coolers that can match the TRUE at much lower prices:
Scythe Mugen 2 - HUGE heatsink, but I'm pretty sure it'll fit in that HAF 932

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Xigmatek Dark Knight
I'm personally using the Mugen 2, but the Dark Knight is supposed to have performance equal to the TRUE. The white LEDs will look pretty cool through the acrylic side window you have there, too.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
June 2, 2009 8:08:26 PM

if you want to pay that much money for a cooler the spend the extra for a V10 or wait and spend the extra for a Scythe Godhand if it comes out.
June 2, 2009 8:10:02 PM

80 bucks for a CPU cooler? The TRUE is no longer the top-CPU cooler in the game, especially when it comes down to price vs performance.

Two coolers that can match the TRUE at much lower prices:
Scythe Mugen 2 - HUGE heatsink, but I'm pretty sure it'll fit in that HAF 932

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Xigmatek Dark Knight
I'm personally using the Mugen 2, but the Dark Knight is supposed to have performance just *slightly* lower than the TRUE. The white LEDs will look pretty cool through the acrylic side window you have there, though.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
June 3, 2009 1:40:26 AM

I read some benchmarks somewhere, and TRUE had the best specs.
June 3, 2009 4:14:57 AM

mlcloud said:
80 bucks for a CPU cooler? The TRUE is no longer the top-CPU cooler in the game, especially when it comes down to price vs performance.

Two coolers that can match the TRUE at much lower prices:
Scythe Mugen 2 - HUGE heatsink, but I'm pretty sure it'll fit in that HAF 932

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Xigmatek Dark Knight
I'm personally using the Mugen 2, but the Dark Knight is supposed to have performance equal to the TRUE. The white LEDs will look pretty cool through the acrylic side window you have there, too.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I guess you have not properly checked out the TRUE Extreme...
Here is an article, which should give you a better insight...
http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=88649

But I would partly agree with the Dark Knight but certainly wont accept that it gives similar performance as the TRUE Extreme...Actually the Xigmatek Thor Hammer is the competitor for the TRUE...

@Helloworld The V10 IMHO is not at all worth it...Check out those reviews...
And the cost of it is too high...
June 3, 2009 11:44:46 PM

mlcloud said:
@gkay09

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=21...
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/core-i...

I edited my post long before you replied to it. After doing a little bit more research, and the Dark Knight does lose 3-5 degrees in tests which is a pretty good amount.

My recommendation for the mugen 2 still stands, and the dark knight as a cheap alternative if the mugen 2 is too big.


I wish they had tested the Xigmatek with those other h/s. Oh well... And here's a big HA HA to all the suckers on here putting h/s in their builds like the CM V8, amongst few other over priced h/s. Both the Scythe and the Xigmetek run under $40 and do a great job. :) 
June 4, 2009 4:17:24 AM

Why_Me said:
And here's a big HA HA to all the suckers on here putting h/s in their builds like the CM V8, amongst few other over priced h/s. Both the Scythe and the Xigmetek run under $40 and do a great job. :) 

Do you say that even for a TRUE :p  I do agree they are little overpriced but few people feel it is worth it for that extra bit of performance... ;) 
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