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Building System thoughts/suggestions for Case/cooling? I7 950

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October 2, 2010 1:51:27 PM

What I currently have order is: I7 950 $275 OCZ Vertex 2 60gb $105 LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer $21.99 ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound $9.99 Patriot Viper II Sector 7 Edition 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $110 OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W $60 I am ordering a Asus Sabertooth X58 motherboard probably. Unless there is something better out ther for same price? Need thoughs on Mid tower/ cooling Was looking at the RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black for case and the cooler prefer liquid

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October 2, 2010 3:30:23 PM

Please do NOT get the RAIDMAX SMILODON, I agree that it looks awesome, but it's actually total crap. As someone who has owned a Raidmax case, and severely regretted it, please get one of the following: (in order of my own preference)

Antec (1200,902,DF-85)
Cooler Master (HAF X, HAF 932, HAF 922)
Thermaltake
NZXT
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October 4, 2010 7:43:06 PM

Added to my list is Two ZOTAC SYNERGY GeForce GTX 460 768MB. The 2 cases I been looking at recently are the new coolmaster Haf 912 and the antec 900

I will probably be adding cooling can't decide between the Coolmaster hyper 212 or V8 and the Corsair H50? So I really need a case that can fit everything as well. That CM 690 II Advanced looks really good adding it to my list of choices but can it fit a V8?

I am sure the cooler master HAF912 can get the job done just don't know if it will have enough cooling.

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October 4, 2010 8:02:37 PM

I recommend against the 900. If you want that case, get an Antec 900 Two instead. It's much better than the 900. Trust me. I know.

Here's my opinion:

The CM 212+ gets recommend alot based on its price/performance. It's a mid-range air cooler

The V8 looks cool but performs meh, especially for it's price

The H50 adds more components, but provides adequate cooling at a higher price point.

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October 4, 2010 8:19:52 PM

I didn't know if the H50 would live up to the hype, think I would be able to overclock a i7 950 to 4.0 with it or at least 3.8?
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October 4, 2010 8:38:48 PM

H50 is about on par with the 212, a bit better actually.

For the price I'd be getting a Noctua D14 or the like.
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October 5, 2010 2:45:44 AM

I eventually want to overclock to 3.8 if doesn't stress to much 4.0
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October 5, 2010 3:50:49 AM

I can't speak for Intel overclocking because all my experience is with AMD. But I have clocked my 955 @ 4.0 GHz on my H50
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October 10, 2010 12:28:35 AM

I ended up with a HAF 912 Cooler Master brought 2 extra fans, 2 GTX 460's, and a Sabertooth x58 Also adding a coolermaster 212 soon.

Everything should work out well might post again after build is complete.

Thanks for replies and help
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October 10, 2010 12:30:49 AM

Best answer selected by jota1500.
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October 10, 2010 12:39:21 AM

Post pictures too!
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