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New system, improving.

So now that my rig us done was thinking of a few things.

1.CPU cooling, was thinking of getting a custom one, what do people reccomend. I was looking at Zalman CNPS11X Extreme CPU Cooler ( http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=416&products_id=17276 ) , Zalman CNPS9900MAX CPU Cooler with Blue LED( http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23_845&products_id=16154 ) and finaly Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler ( http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23_845&products_id=17015 )

They all seem to be great coolers. But does anyone think one is better? Im looking for in a cooler-
1. Great cooling (not water cooling)
2. Runs quiet, or at least not very audible
3.Doesn't look really silly or has a bland look/ Red leds. My case is covered on blue leds.

2.Graphics cards.

Right now im running a 5770. Runs games pretty well right now, planning on getting another 5770. From my brother for 50$ or something, now my motherboard has the option to plug a molex into it. Says helps with crossfire/Sli. Do i need to/Should i do this?

3.Should i upgrade my fans.
I've seen Silverstone 140mm Air Penetrator ( http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_598&products_id=16504 ) and 120mm for about 20$. Would i see a cooling differnce if i did get these? What is the process of installing a fan? And how do i make them intake/outake. Case is a Lian Li Lancool Dark Armor PC-K62 ( http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_30_394&products_id=12171 )
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  1. If your rig is done don't change a thing! It sounds like you want to change things for the hell of it rather than because your system needs it.

    Save your cash for something else / funding your next PC.
  2. CPU Cooling - If you aren't going to overclock, then don't worry about the aftermarket cooler. Now if you are going to OC, then buy one up... Look at the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ for another great performing alternative.

    GPU - Adding a second 5770 in CrossFire is a good idea if you can score one from your brother for cheap. You need to look at your motherboard and confirm your PCIe slots can do 16x/16x or 8x/8x for the two cards. If you are 16x/4x, the second PCIe slot at 4x will kill peformance and adding the second 5770 won't do you any good. Also need to know / confirm your PSU is large enough. Can you give us full specs of your system?

    Don't worry about additional case fans unless your temps are getting high...
  3. sadams04 said:

    GPU - Adding a second 5770 in CrossFire is a good idea if you can score one from your brother for cheap. You need to look at your motherboard and confirm your PCIe slots can do 16x/16x or 8x/8x for the two cards. If you are 16x/4x, the second PCIe slot at 4x will kill peformance and adding the second 5770 won't do you any good.


    Not to rag on you sadams, but you're wrong. Here's a benchmark that compares 16x 8x and 4x. http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_5870_PCI-Express_Scaling/17.html
    As you can see, 4x is not much of a hinderer. It's not optimal, but it works.
    I agree with Peace, don't upgrade for the heck of it. Get a 212+ like Sadams said, if you REALLY want new CPU cooling.
  4. I was going from memory on the article below. Granted that was on two specific chipsets, but I am not sure the PCIe lane usage has changed with the new(er) motherboards. Either way it is less than ideal to have the second GPU at 4x...

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/crossfire-pci-express,2095.html

    "On the other hand, x4 pathways for the secondary graphics slots of P965 and P35 Express motherboards make any CrossFire upgrade a bad idea overall."

    "At the very least, the issue we encountered where a secondary PCI Express x4 slot’s limited bandwidth hurt performance can be avoided by using a single card..."
  5. Yeah i do have a 3 PCi-e slots 2 are 16X/ 8X,8X in crossfire/SLi.

    So aftermarket CPU cooling is not worth it unless overclocking? Would it make my CPU last longer if i got one?

    What about the molex port on my motherboard? Should i put one in?

    Power supply is 1000W (yeah i know) so im clear.
    CPU-Intell 2500K
    Ram- 8Gb Gskill
    hardive- Western Digital Black 1tb
    Gpu- Ati 5770 XFX XXX editon
    Im at school so i may have forgot something.

    So the fans would be a waste?
  6. Looks like it's ok on the fan front. An aftermarket cooler would allow you to overclock more, that's about it. I would suggest grabbing that 5770, seems like a good deal.
  7. why did u need 1000watt power supply and a single 5770 and what kind is it
  8. Reason I have a silver stone strider plus is that I'm planing on upgrading the graphics card later down the road. Possible when the 600 series come out. It's either 2 5770 or 2 560. For alot more.
  9. Best answer
    Since you already have 1 5770, the best option right now would be to grab another, especially since you can get a deal.
  10. striker410 said:
    Since you already have 1 5770, the best option right now would be to grab another, especially since you can get a deal.

    Yeah. Anyway what about the molex port on my mobo. Good idea to plug it in?

    Thank you all yet again guys.
  11. Best answer selected by lavitz1125.
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