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April 16, 2010 8:03:44 PM

Im building a new system for ventual overclocking. Im starting with an initial build that ill add onto later. initial build

case - thermaltake armor+ vh600lbws built in LCS

mobo - MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGMBOX

ram - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ

PS - Thermaltake TR2 TRX-750M 750W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

video card - SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

eventually ill add more hard drives, another video card, sound card, and extend the water cooling. any tips or suggestions in reference to the config for wattage or overclocking needs?

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April 16, 2010 8:26:40 PM

CPU: The X4 955 is the same chip as the 965, but without a factory overclock. Save some money and get it instead.

RAM: Get the CAS Latency 7 version. It should only cost you a few bucks more, and they'll be faster, especially when you overclock.

PSU: Don't get that POS. Thermaltake makes very bad PSUs. Grab a 650W (all you'll need for Crossfire and overclocking) from Antec, Corsair, SeaSonic or Silverstone.

Rest is fine.

I will say that not many people here put much stock in water cooling. You can get just as high of an overclock with less noise and a heck of lot less costs by sticking with air.
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April 16, 2010 8:30:12 PM

Hmm. I was under the impression water cooling was more silent. Look's like i'll look into that some more. any suggestion on a CPU fan+HS? looks do play a factor with the see through side panel.

thanks for the tips, ill switch the PSU and ram out.
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April 16, 2010 8:35:09 PM

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus. It's one of the best, while still being one of the cheapest.

You may also want to check out FrostyTech. They specialize in reviewing cooling systems.
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April 16, 2010 8:49:20 PM

Thanks. still looking for more feedback though. So if i go aircooled should i just use the normal thermaltake armor+?
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April 16, 2010 8:51:00 PM

Yes, or you could use any other case. The Antec 200, 300, 300 Illusion and Coolermaster Elite, 690 and HAF 922 are all very common recommendations.
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April 16, 2010 8:59:52 PM

Its like rocking my world to think that air cooling is less noisy than liquid cooling.
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April 16, 2010 9:05:48 PM

Think of it this way. With water cooling, you've got less fan noise, but they you have the noise the pump produces. Also, the noise is more focused towards the outside of the case, as the radiator needs to sit right near the outside of the case. With a good air cooler, you'll have some louder fan noise (depending on the fans of course), but no other noise. The fan noise is also centered inside the case, allowing the sound to be dampened.

Also, you don't have the chance of bumping the case and causing major damage...
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April 16, 2010 9:27:51 PM

What noise on the pump are you talking about? the air bubbles go away and with proper set up the rattle can be almost completely silent.
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April 16, 2010 10:58:23 PM

The physical act of pumping the water produces some noise.
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April 17, 2010 4:44:02 AM

Check out the 690 II Advanced case. I'm using that and the Hyper 212+ on my P2 x4 B50 @ 3.4 Ghz and things are very cool. The 212+ is pretty cheap...I'd say give it a shot before water cooling. The case is setup for water cooling, if you want to go that route.
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April 17, 2010 8:49:50 AM

I actually decided to just go with the normal armor+ and get a cpu fan and heat sink, not because of noise but because im still novice at building rigs and i dont have the confidence yet to install a LCS, nor the cash to buy replacement parts.
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April 17, 2010 1:49:24 PM

That's a good decision. Liquid cooling is something that you can add later, once you decide you want to give it a try.
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April 17, 2010 3:42:57 PM

Do you think the antec 902 will be enough room for 2 video cards and 3 hard drives? im going to use the other hdd bay for the eventual (possible) LCS.
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April 17, 2010 3:52:35 PM

you could also go for the tt element g its massive with enough room for everything, beutiful and not to expensive. And not to mention it cools fantastically(I own one)
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April 17, 2010 5:28:02 PM

It depends on which video cards you have. Up to the 5870 should be alright. That said, I don't think there'll be a whole lot of room left for a LCS. I would want to get a full tower for that, but I guess it depends on what system you were looking at.
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April 17, 2010 10:40:28 PM

picked up the antec 1200 today and a crosshair III forumal Mobo. got a week til i can pick up more parts.
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