I'm worried that I won't have enough clearance with my Lancool PC-K62 to use this cooler. Can anybody comment on that? The HAF 922 is 10 inches wide, but my Lancool is only 8.5 inches...Was also considering the Scythe Mugen 2. Open to other suggestions here as well, especially smaller ones.
Open to suggestions here. I doubt I'd need a full tower. I guess absent any suggestions, the HAF 922 comes to mind most naturally.
Any specific suggestions here?
Holding off for now. Eventually, I will probably purchase a Vertex 3. Until then, I'll be using my old trusty Raptor as my boot drive.
Completely open to suggestions. I would like to have 2 monitor setups for both machines, maybe 2x24's or 2x27's even? I already have some monitors though, so I can afford to wait and try and find a great deal (let the slickdeals lurking begin). If you guys have particular models that I should camp out for, or if you have great deals available now, let me know.
A. Monitor recommendations!
B. 4GB vs. 8GB, any real benefit for gaming? How about in non-gaming uses? If I restart my computer every day, does it matter if I have 8GB available?
C. Is there a particular 6950 that everyone thinks is the best? Not particularly attached to the one I linked. Also, does flashing the firmware void the warranty (and has anybody done this on this forum)? Because then, I'm even less attached to the XFX.
D. CPU Cooler recommendations. May need a smaller one to fit in my case...how tall is the Noctua?
E. Since I'm not that tight budget wise, it is better to just up both boxes to 2600K. I know the gaming benefits aren't that great, but there isn't a chipset premium like there was in the 750 to 920 jump...
First I'll answer your questions:
A. How expensive I would get this cheap, decent Asus monitor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
B. 4gb is enough for gaming I would only recommend 8 if you are doing heavy rendering
C. I don't own a 6950 so I haven't actually flashed one but yes it will void the warranty and I prefer the sapphire because it's cheaper http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
D. Sandy Bridge runs cool if you're thinking of mild-moderate overclocking stock will be enough if you go to like 5ghz a sub 30 dollar heatsink (hyper 212+) will do fine
E. No, best price/performance is the 2500K
I've been perusing the board most of the day. I'll take your advice on the Mugen and the TIM. I'm a bit of a noob on the ocing side, though I understand it's been made ridiculously simple. Will CAS timings of 9 be a detriment as opposed to CAS 7? I don't mind being a bit RAM limited or paying up for 4x2 with CAS 6.
Any reason you recommend Pro over Home Premium? XP compatibility? Encryption?
Also, does anybody know if the Mugen will fit in the Lancool PC-K62? I know it fits in the HAF 922.
okay let's see monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... very good monitor I have the same version with 5ms response time
CPU cooler: I prefer the hyper 212+ over the scmg-2100 due to pricing, if you're going for all out max clocks the scmg-2100 is better but the hyper 212+ will suffice for over 10 dollars cheaper