Ok, so I built this computer about a month ago and it's pretty badass. I'm gaming with it and doing some light photoshop. Where do I go from here?
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 @ 3.66MHz
MOBO: MSI x58 PRO 8.xx BIOS for SLI
RAM:6GB (3x2GB) 1600MHz OCZ Intel Extreme Series DDR3 PC12800 @ XMP Profile 2 (1800MHz 9-9-9-28)
HDD: 160GB 7200 RPM WD HDD scrapped from an older system.
GPU: BFG GTX 275 OCE @ 731MHz core clock and 1289MHz for memory
Xigmatek Dark Knight
Coolermaster Storm Scout Mid Tower ATX case
630W XION PSU (Performs fantastically with everything under load, will upgrade if I add more hardware tho)
Basically, I know people are gonna say upgrade the HDD but for now, the HDD isn't going to make my system perform exceptionally better for what i'm doing ATM. I want to wait for the SSD market to mature a little bit before I buy into the technology. This thing EATS through Crysis on very high and handles Supreme Commander like a pro. Btw, why don't they bench CPUs on Supreme Commander? Get to a point where there is rediculous unit numbers and bench a cpu on that. ANYWAYS, I was looking into liquid cooling but my DK is keeping my temps in the 30-70s. It rarely passes 50°C unless i'm benching or playing SC with a high number of units. I'd rather not dabble into liquid because my temps are very good cept my GPU. I plan on getting some megas for $69.99 my CPU to keep it icy. I'd rather pay that than $200+ for a decent liquid cooled system.
Gosh, that thing gets SO hot. I will probably invent in a HR-03 GTX or something of that nature. A liquid cooled system just seems like a lot of wasted cash on a negligible decrease on temps. Fan noise isn't that big a deal if you are playing a game or listening to music, and i'm always doing either.
My question is, Tom's Hardware buddies, where do I go from here?
You could get into L2N for extreme overclocking and benchmarking...
1. What temps do you get with P95?
2. PSU is LOW QUALITY. That's the first thing I would replace. Get a good Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Antec or OCZ. Your PSU WILL die in about a year down the road and may take something along with it to the land of no return.
A liquid cooled system just seems like a lot of wasted cash on a negligible decrease on temps.
lol, I run 48-50C under load (60C under P95) with my GTZ on the 920 @3.8Ghz with a 480 rad with just 2x 120mm fans. I could get to 4.3Ghz (did it, but not P95 stable; crashed in 4hrs) easy but motherboard is a limitation( too much vdroop) and I don't need that much speed anyways.