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[New System Build]Opinion needed on my i7 build

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January 17, 2010 2:34:13 PM

hey i mbuilding a desktop to replace my computer for multitasking, visualization, and sometimes gaming. I have narrow it down to two system. Any suggestion, opinions would be helpful. I want something that can be overclock and be able to handle what i throw at it. I'm not trying to spend too much but if its relibale i will pay for it. Which would be a better and stable setup. Thanks

Setup 1:

CPU = Intel Core i7 920 $289
CPU Cooler = Noctua NH-D14 $86
Motherboard = ASUS Rampage II GENE $209
Memory = Crucial Ballistix 6GB Orange $160
Graphics Card = SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5850 1GB $290
Hard Drive = SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB SATA $55
Power Supply = CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W $110
Drive = Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Write SATA $30
Case = Antec 902 $100


Setup 2:

CPU = Intel Core i7 920 $289
CPU Cooler = Noctua NH-U12P $70
Motherboard = ASUS P6T SE $185
Memory = CORSAIR XMS3 6GB $180
Graphics Card = XFX Radeon HD 5850 1GB $290
Hard Drive = Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB $95
Power Supply = CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W $110
Drive = Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Write SATA $30
Case = Antec Nine Hundred $90
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January 17, 2010 2:50:02 PM

Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 (easily over NH-U12P)

Mobo:
P6T (no crossfire)
P6T Deluxe V2 (if you plan to xfire)
P6X58 (if you want usb/sata 3)

Memory: G.Skill

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 or Samsung Spinpoint f3

Case: CM 690 II Advanced or Lancool k-62


Everything else looks great, it all looks good tbh, but I think these suggestions are worth looking into.
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January 17, 2010 3:31:25 PM

ok i was leaning more towards system #2, but i heard XFX cards are really crappy quality wise. Now if i go with G.Skill Ripjaws memory:

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

will this fit with the cpu cooler Noctua NH-D14.

I going to switch to SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500GB x2 RAID 0. Lastly what advantages does the CM 690 II Advance have over the Antec 902 since they are both the same price. Thanks
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January 17, 2010 3:50:44 PM

All of the Asus 1366 boards are shown compatible. Of course I think you're still on the safe side going with low profile ram such as those G.Skill ripjaws.

CM690 II vs 902

Aesthetics, though I suspect that is a personal bias. The big draw for me (other than the looks) was the fact that you can get a 2x120 rad in the top, then a 2nd 2x120 rad on the bottom by simply removing the bottom 3 HD bay.

Otherwise they match up extremely closely, dust vents, black interior, wire management. The 902 comes with stock fans in all of the appropriate places, where as the cm690 II has more slots for fans, but less stock. It only has 4 total, 1 front intake, 1 bottom intake, 1 rear exaust, 1 top exaust. It supports 2x top, 2x side, 1 rear cpu (80mm), 1 internal gpu (80 that mounts on gpu stabilizer). The CM690II has no side window, 902 does.

CM690II has top mount hotswap bay for HDD/SSD. It also comes standard with internal 2.5" SSD brackets.

If it weren't for the watercooling I would have jumped all over the Lancool K-62. It's the same price as well but leaves the other two in the dust. Watch this video and when it's over pull your jaw off the floor and wipe up any drool.
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January 17, 2010 4:08:51 PM

I find that watching video reviews on cases is one of the best things you can do when trying to decide on a case, as these reviews will provide you with a full rundown, explanation and demonstration of most of the cases features.

For the Antec 902 Case Review see:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-igk9kT2P8

and for the CM 690 II Advanced see:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGvBjEmXJnI

To me, it seems as though both cases have fairly similar feature sets. Check out those reviews and see for yourself which you like better. They are pretty evenly matched IMO.
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January 17, 2010 5:17:24 PM

WOW the CM 690 II Advance can hold 11 fans, and the Lancool k-62, which looks awesome and no tools. I am leaning towards the Lancool k-62. Will that be enough air flow and be able to fit the Noctua NH-D14.
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January 17, 2010 5:28:25 PM

The Noctua NH-D14 is approx 160mm tall, which translates to approx 6.3inches.

The Lancool k-62 is 8.4inches wide. Take off about 2 inches (being safe here) to account for the space behind the motherboard tray, plus the height of the motherboard and CPU and your still left with 6.4 inches of space from the top of your processor, to the window of the case.

Depending on how high the motherboard risers are, I'd say that the Noctua NH-D14 *might* fit. If it does, it will do so just barely.
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January 17, 2010 5:32:03 PM

On the other hand, the Antec 902 is 8.6 inches wide (should be enough to accomodate that cooler), while the CM 690 Advanced II is 8.4 inches (another *maybe*).
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January 17, 2010 6:36:01 PM

For the prices of those coolers you could get a Corsair H50 cpu cooler;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It would cool the cpu better and take up less space in your case, not to mention not sticking out 6.5" from the processor, putting less strain on the motherboard and making it easier to service inside and improving airflow.
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January 17, 2010 9:21:54 PM

technobod said:
For the prices of those coolers you could get a Corsair H50 cpu cooler;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It would cool the cpu better and take up less space in your case, not to mention not sticking out 6.5" from the processor, putting less strain on the motherboard and making it easier to service inside and improving airflow.


how does that compare to the noctua nh-D14
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January 17, 2010 10:40:57 PM

At the end of the day it doesn't. The H50 is a nice cooler, but not only will it give worse temps then the noctua there is an even more sinister downside. It kills the airflow in that region of the case. Maybe not a huge deal on an 1156 board, but on 1366 you need air moving around the nb and mosfets.
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January 17, 2010 10:43:55 PM

djg9205 said:
The Noctua NH-D14 is approx 160mm tall, which translates to approx 6.3inches.

The Lancool k-62 is 8.4inches wide. Take off about 2 inches (being safe here) to account for the space behind the motherboard tray, plus the height of the motherboard and CPU and your still left with 6.4 inches of space from the top of your processor, to the window of the case.

Depending on how high the motherboard risers are, I'd say that the Noctua NH-D14 *might* fit. If it does, it will do so just barely.


It fits in a normal 690, and the dimensions are the same. You won't be getting the optional top side fan in that's a given however.

According to this it should work in k-62 as well.
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January 18, 2010 1:48:45 AM

a4mula said:
It fits in a normal 690, and the dimensions are the same. You won't be getting the optional top side fan in that's a given however.

According to this it should work in k-62 as well.


great thanks for the info now i have my case but will G.Skill Ripjaw memory fit under the Noctua NH-D14.
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January 18, 2010 3:12:38 AM

The Noctua NH-D14 is raised off the motherboard quite a bit, and the majority of the cooler will actually be on the opposite side of your RAM.

Check out this video, particularly at around 4:50:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbouvb_noctua-nhd14-cp...

It is also interesting to note, that should you run into any space restrictions on the side opposite the RAM, that 120mm fan on the end IS removable.
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January 18, 2010 6:44:52 PM

So the 120mm fan is supposed to be facing the ram correct in all these cases. Is that the best postion for most cooling?
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