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July 30, 2010 9:45:17 PM

Hello,

I am planning a new build and I think I finally narrowed down everything. However, the RAM I am going to be using has a very tall heatsink so I was wondering if it will interfere/prevent me from using an aftermarket CPU cooler. I'll list all the parts of my build first:

i7 940 CPU w/ Hyper 212 cooler (w/ second fan added)
Asus P6X58D-E mobo
G.Skill Trident DDR3-2000 RAM (http://ncix.com/products/?sku=38024&vpn=F3-16000CL9T-6G...)
Lian Li PC-P50 Armorsuit case
Either SLI two GTX 460s, or a single GTX 480

First of all, just want to make sure that the Hyper 212 will fit on this motherboard while allowing me to use the Trident sticks?
And second, anyone have any opinions or suggestions on this build? I want to overclock the 940 to as high as I can without having to buy a more expensive cooler and while downclocking the Trident sticks to 6-8-6-18 CL6 @ 1600. Thanks!

(By the way, I know the 940 is needlessly expensive compared to the 920/930, I got it for much cheaper then retail).

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July 30, 2010 10:18:48 PM

1)... Yes, the Trident's will fit with the Hyper 212. On X58 motherboards, you typically don't use the slot closest to the CPU, unless running 6 sticks.

2) Solid build overall, specially since you got the i7-940 for cheap

3) I would go with two EVGA GTX 460 Superclocked EE over on GTX 480. In Tom's latest review, it shows the GTX 460 in SLI is more powerful than a single GTX 480 at less money.

4) What is your PSU? You don't want to skimp on the PSU in a build like this.
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July 30, 2010 10:24:12 PM

+1 tecmo34 got it all covered
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July 31, 2010 1:59:10 AM

Woops forgot to list the PSU, it's this one:

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=35155&vpn=M12D-850W&m...

hopefully 850w is enough?

And I was debating doing a 460 SLI rather then the 480, but seeing as not all games seem to support SLI I thought the 480 would be the safer bet. Unless SLI support isn't really an issue?
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July 31, 2010 2:08:05 AM

Great PSU... Good to go there!!

Really, the only games that seem to have issues with SLI are the older games. Depending on the game, a single GTX 460 will still be plenty powerful by itself, so just run those with SLI disabled.
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July 31, 2010 6:34:29 AM

I'll have to do more research on the games I'm going to playing the most and see if those in particular support it, but either way power requirements and heat should be similar. The main issue was just making sure I can use the Hyper and RAM with a tall heatsink so it looks like I'm good to go. Thanks for the help!
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