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Yet another I7 Build, What do you guys think and what cooler to use

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September 6, 2010 11:00:13 PM

This is what I had planned, I just wanted to see what you guys thought. Also I'm still undecided for what to use for cooling, I was thinking of air. Via True but im open to anything.

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

2x OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3F1600LV6GK

EVGA 015-P3-1482-AR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950

EVGA X58 FTW3 132-GT-E768-KR LGA 1366 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature SATA Model iHBS112 - OEM

Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-950TX 950W ATX12V v2.3/EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE


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Dev

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September 6, 2010 11:12:50 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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September 6, 2010 11:28:23 PM

The 800D is a watercooling case with below-average, even bad airflow.

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September 6, 2010 11:36:11 PM

I already own one, this will be my second 800D and my current one seems to be great on temps with all 7 fans. It seems that the seperate chambers help that. Do you have a very large case you would suggest instead of the 800d that is better for air flow?
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September 6, 2010 11:50:34 PM

Hi, I'm wanting to go with same cpu/gpu combo but having a hard time choosing mobo/psu and I was wondering what your thoughts on your choices.
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September 6, 2010 11:56:40 PM

You could definitely do with a HAF 922. Very good airflow at almost a third of the cost of the Corsair 800D. I agree with sp12. If you aren't taking advantage of water-cooling, some of the 800D's value is lost.

Is this primarily a gaming rig? If so, 12 GBs of RAM is entirely too much. You'd be fine with a 1600 MHz, low voltage, CAS 7 kit like this one:

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

But again, depends on what you're doing. Lots of virtual machines and Adobe Photoshop work, maybe 12 is right for you.

It seems like you have a pretty healthy budget. I think it'd be a shame not to top this off with an SSD drive for games and OS.

With the money you save by getting 6 GBs of RAM instead of 12 (~$150), and by getting the fantastic HAF 922 case (~$160), I'd go with a sandforce-based OCZ vertex 2 like this one:

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

for $289

Not sure why this one's a bit more expensive. Seems to have 20 fewer GBs and just be a 2.5" version of the other one.

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

$320.

PSU looks good! Motherboard is probably fine, too.

What cooler are you thinking about? Might want to consider looking around frostytech.com. I have the Corsair H50 with a Scythe high cfm fan and I like it, but it's definitely not the best value for the performance I get out of it.
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September 7, 2010 12:11:36 AM

CommStarr said:
Hi, I'm wanting to go with same cpu/gpu combo but having a hard time choosing mobo/psu and I was wondering what your thoughts on your choices.

I have tried most brands, and found that evga tends to give me great stuff so I lean towards them right off the bat. Plus I like the fact that there are 2 usb 3.0 ports also I have been toying with the idea of saiving up another few hundred and putting two ssd drives on the sata6.0 in raid.
I chose the psu cause i like the brand, the fact that it has 70+amps on the 12volt rail and its on nvidas sli sit as approved to run 2 gtx 480s as I hope to save up for another one in the near future.
Oh plus I have had good luck ocing on the evga boards in the past and so far no rmas or bad boards.
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September 7, 2010 12:18:22 AM

Look like a fine build. Overkill powersupply though, unless you plan to SLI that 480, a 600Watt PSU should be enough.
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September 7, 2010 12:25:32 AM

mortonww said:
You could definitely do with a HAF 922. Very good airflow at almost a third of the cost of the Corsair 800D. I agree with sp12. If you aren't taking advantage of water-cooling, some of the 800D's value is lost.

Is this primarily a gaming rig? If so, 12 GBs of RAM is entirely too much. You'd be fine with a 1600 MHz, low voltage, CAS 7 kit like this one:

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

But again, depends on what you're doing. Lots of virtual machines and Adobe Photoshop work, maybe 12 is right for you.

It seems like you have a pretty healthy budget. I think it'd be a shame not to top this off with an SSD drive for games and OS.

With the money you save by getting 6 GBs of RAM instead of 12 (~$150), and by getting the fantastic HAF 922 case (~$160), I'd go with a sandforce-based OCZ vertex 2 like this one:

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

for $289

Not sure why this one's a bit more expensive. Seems to have 20 fewer GBs and just be a 2.5" version of the other one.

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

$320.

PSU looks good! Motherboard is probably fine, too.

What cooler are you thinking about? Might want to consider looking around frostytech.com. I have the Corsair H50 with a Scythe high cfm fan and I like it, but it's definitely not the best value for the performance I get out of it.


ill definately look into the haf thanks, like i said i chose it because I already had one for work and it was massive and very easy to get in and out of, plus having all the cables behind everything was really nice.

This is primarily a gaming rig but it will also be my home work rig which as you guessed is for cs5 hence the extra ram.

I chose ram becuase it was cas 7 plus there is a $30 rebate at the moment taking it down to $130

You definately have me there at ssd. I was originally going to go with ssd but my friend talked me out of it saying it wasnt really worth it and I wanted to put them in raid for the speed but since trim isnt supported in raid I was a bit concerned about garbage collection and I heard that there would be a slowdown from having all my games on a differant drive then my os. (I normally have about 600-700gb of games on the computer at any given time) So getting a big enough ssd even in raid for both my os and games is just to expensive (talking 1000-1400)

I was planning on going with true venemous, extreme, thermax eclipse, or noctura But I don't know much about cooling and I just want the best air cooler for my rig.

Thanks again
Dev
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September 11, 2010 6:07:03 AM

Hi I was wondering what your final rig ended up being?
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September 18, 2010 3:49:57 AM

CommStarr said:
Hi I was wondering what your final rig ended up being?

1 Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
1 Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor .
1 LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature SATA Model iHBS112 - OEM
2 Western Digital VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX 600GB 10000 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
1 memorex 25GB 4X BD-R 15 Packs Disc Model 97854
1 EVGA 015-P3-1482-AR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) SuperClocked FTW 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
1 Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade
1 Nvidia Free Mafia 2 Game Coupon
1 OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
1 COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
1 Nvidia Free Just Cause 2 Coupon
1 EVGA X58 FTW3 132-GT-E768-KR LGA 1366 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
1 CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-950TX 950W ATX12V v2.3/EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS
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September 18, 2010 3:50:14 AM

Best answer selected by devren.
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