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May 11, 2011 11:13:21 AM

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_i... ) , Zalman CNPS9900MAX CPU Cooler with Blue LED( http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... ) and finaly Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler ( http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... )

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_i... ) 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_i... )

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May 11, 2011 1:13:49 PM

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.
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May 11, 2011 1:36:52 PM

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...
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May 11, 2011 2:43:08 PM

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-Expr...
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.
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May 11, 2011 5:55:57 PM

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-expre...

"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..."
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May 12, 2011 2:19:35 AM

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?

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May 12, 2011 2:22:43 AM

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.
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May 12, 2011 2:30:10 AM

why did u need 1000watt power supply and a single 5770 and what kind is it
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May 12, 2011 5:10:01 AM

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.
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May 12, 2011 6:02:10 AM

Since you already have 1 5770, the best option right now would be to grab another, especially since you can get a deal.
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May 12, 2011 6:08:43 AM

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.
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May 22, 2011 5:35:30 AM

Best answer selected by lavitz1125.
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