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Old September 17, 2008, 04:23 PM
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Cases are a personal choice. I have the 900 myself and I found the airflow excellent, but even with all fans on low I had to move it to underneath the desk because of the noise. It's fine while gaming, but a bit loud while just surfing. IMHO. Now that I'm watercooled it's back on top. The 1200 looks like they've tried to fix the cable mgmt issues of the 900.
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Old September 17, 2008, 04:24 PM
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Your overlooking the 932, its damn huge.. I mean HUGE... But the CM690 is a nice case, very affordable. If you ever look at water cooling, the CM HAF 932 is way to go, if your just looking for a case for air cooling, the CM 690.

edit: Sugar and 1200, no CM.. = miggs *cry*
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Old September 17, 2008, 04:29 PM
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What pros does the CM 690 have over the Antec 1200? I want to get the one with better airflow, and the price difference doesn't matter to me at the moment. Liquid cooling isn't a concern for me either so I guess the HAF is out of the question too.
I'm asking because the 1200 has an optional up to 8 (including internal for cards) fans 5 of which have speed control, whereas the 690 only has 4 fans is it?

If ending up with the 1200, would a mobo cable extension be smart, that is the only way it looks to get the cables behind the mobo itself in that case. A cable extension won't hurt anything will it?

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Old September 17, 2008, 04:34 PM
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The CM690 is better for hiding cables. But it is a mid-tower case. If you like the look of the 932, the HAF stands for High Air Flow, it's a good case for air-cooling that happens to have lots of spots to mount rad's too. Personally, if you have the room, I'd pick a full tower case. Easier to work in. Room for expansion. And impresses the chicks! J/K.
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Old September 17, 2008, 05:32 PM
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Quick question on the motherboard. Between the P5Q-E, the P5Q Pro, and the P5Q Deluxe.
Actually minus the deluxe, between the Pro and E which is the better gaming board?
Also, what (if anything) do I need for northbridge cooling?
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Old September 17, 2008, 05:41 PM
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Hi there, unless you are really going to push the OC you probably don't need the NB cooling. If you do I have seen people post about the spot fan from Asus.

NCIX.com - Buy Antec Spot Cool Adjustable System Cooler Blue LED 3 Speed 2000-3000RPM 23-33DBA 15-22CFM - SPOT COOL In Canada.

There are lots of chipset cooling solutions on NCIX as well.

I am OC'ed to 3.6 on my E8400 folding 24/7 on CPU and GPU and everything seems good with my P5Q Pro board. I don't have a sensor down by my NB but I didn't bump any chipset voltages, only CPU and MEM.
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Old September 17, 2008, 06:15 PM
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Ok, I plan to maybe OC the Q9550 from 2.8 to 3.0 so that wouldn't need any northbridge cooling?
My list of questions is getting smaller which means WOOT new PC soon. My next question has to do with monitors...I'm looking for a 24 inch and see a range of them running from $400-500, which 24" are a good buy? I know I should be looking for a 2ms response time.

Edit: another question about the board. are the Asus P5Q-E and the Asus P5Q-EM the same thing? I notice Direct Canada only sells the EM and not the E.
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Old September 17, 2008, 06:37 PM
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That EM version is a G45 chipset, and man it looks different, only has 1 PCI-E slot and PCI slot, has 2 PCIe x1, no heatpipe cooling, also looks like it has on board video.

I personally would go for the P5Q-E over the Pro, just extra features could be useful. As for the HAF 932, I really meant it, sure is a nice case. And impression the Sugar Boys!! J/k
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Old September 17, 2008, 07:15 PM
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Ok, I plan to maybe OC the Q9550 from 2.8 to 3.0 so that wouldn't need any northbridge cooling?
My list of questions is getting smaller which means WOOT new PC soon. My next question has to do with monitors...I'm looking for a 24 inch and see a range of them running from $400-500, which 24" are a good buy? I know I should be looking for a 2ms response time.

Edit: another question about the board. are the Asus P5Q-E and the Asus P5Q-EM the same thing? I notice Direct Canada only sells the EM and not the E.
OC club reviewer was very impressed with the Acer 24"

Acer P243W 24 inch Widescreen Review - Overclockers Club

I have an Acer X223W and I have had no troubles with it. It is not as crisp as my 52" Sony LCD but it is a good monitor.
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I have the Antec 1200 and love it. Lot's of air flow and great cable management. It's very spacious and all the fan controls is a nice touch. You might need an 8 pin power extension to reach your motherboard from the back but if you get the Corsair PSU it will have a long enough 24 pin cable.
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