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Old 05-23-2012, 05:13 AM   #8341
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The case is good for me because it's fairly small, and its got pretty good airflow for a small case.

The CPU fan is one of the best air coolers availiable. Don't get me wrong, water coolers are great but from some testing this cooler is on par with some average/standard water coolers. Sure the air cooled fan is probably a bit louder with two fans either side, but the case is designed to be sound proof. And obviously the air coolers have a longer lifetime than water coolers. But again, it's an easy upgrade later on down the line when I want to push the processor further.

Yeah, the super high speed RAM probably isn't necessary, but it's just one of those things that cost barely nothing to upgrade to, so I went along with it.

Not really sure the GPU's even need water cooling, they're running very cool as it is, even OC'd. I have no desire to push them any further as there is nothing out there that needs it - but later on down the line it's a possibility.
I gave a 9 to a really high end rig iirc so I can't give u more have a look at hl2_4_life's Main rig..
My rig is still being upgraded i7 2600K custom water, 2 SSD's 4 hdd's obsidian 800d case hd7970 on water soon to be cfx and oc to the Max gts250 doing physx with a patch corsair AX850W psu 360rad+ 120rad Z68X ud7 mobo 1600mhz Cl8 ram really wanted cl 7 but none in aus at the time 7.1 ch surround over hdmi
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:10 AM   #8342
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How would you improve upon my system?

Sandy bridge E
680/690s not 670s
bigger ssd
an actual decent hdd (why green)
sound card - OK for headsets, but not good enough for high quality headphones, i.e. HD800s
Alienware Monitor - Catleap QH270
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:26 AM   #8343
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Sandy bridge E
680/690s not 670s
bigger ssd
an actual decent hdd (why green)
sound card - OK for headsets, but not good enough for high quality headphones, i.e. HD800s
Alienware Monitor - Catleap QH270
Reasonable comments, but personally, for my budget there is no chance/point of me getting 2x 690's in SLI (2x 670's are just as good as a single 690, and cheaper). 2x 680's perform on a similar level to 670's, just for £200-300 more.

I don't require a massive SSD, just for windows apps, and other key programs. The HDD saves some power, it goes up to 7200rpm so no dent in read/write speeds.

The monitor is great for what I currently need & due to space constraints I don't want anything bigger. (it was one of the better smaller 120hz monitors I could find)
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:01 AM   #8344
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Motherboard: Asus P8P67 DDR3 B3
Processor: Intel i7-2600 3.4 Ghz
CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler
Graphics Card: CrossFireX Sapphire HD6970 2GB + MSI R6970 2GB (16x / 4x)
RAM: Kingston HyperX 12800/1600 4x4GB kit (16 GB)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 850 Watts PSU 80+ Bronze
DVD Drive: Samsung SH-S223 DVD Writer
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB SATA 3
HDD 1: 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black HDD SATA 2 7200rpm
HDD 2: 1TB Western Digital HDD SATA 2 5600rpm
HDD 3: 1TB Hitachi HDD SATA 2
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Pretty decent mobo, an i7 but not a 'K' model, no water cooling, not even closed loop? Great vid cards! I have a HD6950 @6970 spec, love it! CFX in 16x/4x is......less than desirable. Nothing wrong with the SSD, PSU and HDD 1....but a 'Green' HDD 2? Let me absorb this info.....and magically fart out a number/rating, OK?

I favor this build because it has two lovely HD6970 (not quite the powerhouse after the launch of the HD7970's but more than sufficient to own most, if not all, games @1080P), I see an 8.7, howzaboudat?
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:21 AM   #8345
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8.3/10 Sweet, is that HDD 7200RPM?

I'm an AMD guy, don't kill me. xD

CPU: Phenom II X6 1055T OC'ed @ 3.8GHz
Cooler: Corsair H70
Mobo: MSI 870-G45
RAM: 12GB G.Skill DDR3 2133
PSU: Raidmax 630W
GPU: PowerColor AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB @ 900MHz
Case: Raidmax Smilodon Extreme Black
SSD: 80GB Kingston
HDD1: 1TB WD 7200RPM
HDD2: 1.5TB Seagate 5400RPM
OS: Win7 64

Not bad for 3 years progress. Started this when I was 13. xD
9.3/10

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition, 6x 3.20GHz, boxed
Mobo: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (DDR3-1600)
PSU: CORSAIR V2 850W TX
GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6870, 1GB GDDR5
OS: Win7 64
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:30 AM   #8346
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^8/10 for yours daky, very balanced budget rig and nice for gaming!

Updated mine a bit, added a custom water cooling setup:


CPU: Core i7 2600k @ 5GHz 1.42v
Motherboard: Asus P8P67 WS Revolution B3
RAM: 8GB G-Skill Ripjaws X 1600MHz 7-8-7-24
HDD: SSD Vertex 2 120GB Extended + WD Caviar Black 750GB + Samsung F4 2TB
GPU: EVGA GTX680 2GB + Gigabyte GTX680 2GB SLI @ 1280MHz Core / 3602MHz Memory
PSU: Silverstone Strider Plus 1000W
Sound Card: Auzentech X-Fi Bravura (Para los Altavoces)
DAC + AMP: FiiO E7 + FiiO E9 (For the headphones)
Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT-770 PRO (250 Ohm)
Case: Silverstone Raven RV02B-W
Monitor: Dell U2711 (IPS 2560x1440) + Acer H233H (1920x1080)
Sound Card: Auzentech X-Fi Bravura (For the speakers)

WC Loop:

CPU: EK Supreme HF Plexi
Radiator: Magicool Copper Dual 180mm + 2x AP-181 @ ~900RPM
Pump: EK DCP 4.0
Reservoir: Magicool Plexi 150
Tubing: Masterkleer 19/13mm UV Blue

Pictures:

http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/...g/DSC_1289.jpg

http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/...g/DSC_1330.jpg

PS: That double sided tape that sticked tubing to PSU is gone now to make it look cleaner, and zip ties are cut as well.

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Old 05-28-2012, 10:34 AM   #8347
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First time build

Here is my rig:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
PSU: Corsair HX 850
CPU: i5 2500K
SSD: Samsung 830 64GB
GPU: EVGA 680 2GB
MB: Asus P8Z77- V Deluxe
Ram: G. Skill RipjawsX 16GB (1600)
Heatsink: Corsair H60
Soundcard: Creative Labs Sounblaster X-Fi Titanium HD
Mouse: Logitech G500
Controller: Xbox 360
Keyboard: Logitech G105
Speakers: Bose 321 Theater System
Headphones: Bose QC 15/Sony PS3 Official Headset
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:20 PM   #8348
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Here is my rig:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
PSU: Corsair HX 850
CPU: i5 2500K
SSD: Samsung 830 64GB
GPU: EVGA 680 2GB
MB: Asus P8Z77- V Deluxe
Ram: G. Skill RipjawsX 16GB (1600)
Heatsink: Corsair H60
Soundcard: Creative Labs Sounblaster X-Fi Titanium HD
Mouse: Logitech G500
Controller: Xbox 360
Keyboard: Logitech G105
Speakers: Bose 321 Theater System
Headphones: Bose QC 15/Sony PS3 Official Headset
Realistically, this is 10/10 easily.

Here's mine:

Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
Intel Core i5 2500K @ 4.3 GHz
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
MSI Radeon HD 7850 Twin Frozr III 2GB GDDR5
Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3 1600MHz
WD Caviar Blue 640GB 7200RPM
Zalman Z9 Plus
Scythe Kaze Q8 + 5 case fans
Samsung SyncMaster T200 20''
Logitech G400
SteelSeries QcK
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:24 PM   #8349
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^8/10 for yours daky, very balanced budget rig and nice for gaming!

Updated mine a bit, added a custom water cooling setup:


CPU: Core i7 2600k @ 5GHz 1.42v
Motherboard: Asus P8P67 WS Revolution B3
RAM: 8GB G-Skill Ripjaws X 1600MHz 7-8-7-24
HDD: SSD Vertex 2 120GB Extended + WD Caviar Black 750GB + Samsung F4 2TB
GPU: EVGA GTX680 2GB + Gigabyte GTX680 2GB SLI @ 1280MHz Core / 3602MHz Memory
PSU: Silverstone Strider Plus 1000W
Sound Card: Auzentech X-Fi Bravura (Para los Altavoces)
DAC + AMP: FiiO E7 + FiiO E9 (For the headphones)
Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT-770 PRO (250 Ohm)
Case: Silverstone Raven RV02B-W
Monitor: Dell U2711 (IPS 2560x1440) + Acer H233H (1920x1080)
Sound Card: Auzentech X-Fi Bravura (For the speakers)

WC Loop:

CPU: EK Supreme HF Plexi
Radiator: Magicool Copper Dual 180mm + 2x AP-181 @ ~900RPM
Pump: EK DCP 4.0
Reservoir: Magicool Plexi 150
Tubing: Masterkleer 19/13mm UV Blue

Pictures:

http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/...g/DSC_1289.jpg

http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/...g/DSC_1330.jpg

PS: That double sided tape that sticked tubing to PSU is gone now to make it look cleaner, and zip ties are cut as well.
rate?
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:40 PM   #8350
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rate?
9.5/10
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:19 PM   #8351
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rate?
Do you really expect anything less than 10/10 for water cooled i7 and SLI GTX 680?
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:12 PM   #8352
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Realistically, this is 10/10 easily.

Here's mine:

Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
Intel Core i5 2500K @ 4.3 GHz
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
MSI Radeon HD 7850 Twin Frozr III 2GB GDDR5
Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3 1600MHz
WD Caviar Blue 640GB 7200RPM
Zalman Z9 Plus
Scythe Kaze Q8 + 5 case fans
Samsung SyncMaster T200 20''
Logitech G400
SteelSeries QcK
I would definitely give it a 8.5 borderline 9. If the GPU was higher I would have given it a definitive 9; but realistically they're no games that really need such a GPU greater than yours I gather. Solid build!!!
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:26 PM   #8353
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Case: NZXT Phantom Pink
PSU: OCZ ModXstream 750w
CPU: FX-6100 @ 4.8Ghz
SSD: Samsung 830 256GB
HDD 1~4: Samsung Ecogreen 2TB
GPU: Sapphire 7970 OC
MB: MSI 970A-46G
Ram: SAMSUNG MV-3V4G3/US (16GB)~ 1866 ~
Heatsink: Noctua DH14
Soundcard: Asus Xonar DG
Mouse: Razer Naga
Controller: Xbox 360
Keyboard: Steelseries MercStealth
Speakers: Logitech 2.1 + Digital Experience Rears for Quad.
Headphones: AKG K830BT

My second build, I was hoping its decent but sometimes Im not sure I made the right choices.
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Old 05-28-2012, 04:45 PM   #8354
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I5-2310 2.9ghz quad core CPU ( sandy bridge )
8GB DDR3 1333MHZ
Sapphire Radeon 7850 OC Edition
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
1TB 7200 RPM HDD
Corsair GS700 PSU

How does mine look?
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Old 05-28-2012, 04:50 PM   #8355
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Do you really expect anything less than 10/10 for water cooled i7 and SLI GTX 680?
Well, no to be honest. It is an outstanding system, but deserving of a 10 rating, it does not. Let's put it this way, if a system with an LGA2011 i7 3960X plus 2x 7970 3gb in CF cannot land a 10, that one cannot as well.

*sulks in corner*
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