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Old May 2, 2009, 01:30 PM
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Looks like you got great pricing for the CPU and RAM.

It will definitely much better in terms of cable management if the DVD is a SATA and not IDE. I was using an old IDE DVD in my system (surplus material) but the flat ribbon is terrible.

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Old May 2, 2009, 01:52 PM
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If you look at a picture of the CM 690, Sky Chief, i think one of the side fans is meant for the video card area and the other one for the cpu. I was talking, of course, of the cpu area side fan.
Tim, I was referring to the HAF and not the 690. My fault.

If budget allows and OC is in the plan, IMO more fan is better than less.


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Old May 2, 2009, 01:58 PM
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I've built a few rigs with the Noctua in a CM 690 and I can tell you the top side fan will not fit with the Noctua, however with push pull you won't even miss it, the Noctua does fit without the fan and works quite well

In the HAF?...you'll have lots of room!
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Old May 2, 2009, 02:40 PM
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I want to OC the whole rig with good temps except for the ram because the i7 is limited to 1600mhz.

I've also decided to get a SATA DVD DL Burner and the most reliable i found was:

DVD BURN: LG GH22NS30 Black DVD+RW / $25.17
Buy LG GH22NS30 Black DVD+RW 22X8X16 DVD-RW 22X6X16 DL 16X/12X 2MB SATA OEM


If I have to make the jump to HAF then I just might.
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Old May 2, 2009, 03:03 PM
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By the way i'm pretty sure the Noctua will fit : i have the CM 690 with a Sunbeam core contact, and it fits well. The Sunbeam is 155m and the Noctua (if it's the one i'm thinking about) is 125mm.

However, you may lose one of the side panel fan with such a big heatsink. Unless you do like me and put a fan from outside the case
The Noctua is 158mm. Here's a link to the Noctua spec page.

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Old May 2, 2009, 03:17 PM
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What kind of gain am i looking at if I upgrade to the HAF?
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Old May 2, 2009, 11:04 PM
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wow great pricing for cpu and ram!

i was all hesitant of buying i7 cuz i thought the mobo +ram + cpu alone would be 1000+
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Not really.

Core i7 920 $340
P6T $300
6GB corsair CL9 1333 ram $100

Total of $740. That's not quite $1000, but it is 3/4 of it.

With a 940 you would hit $1000 very quickly though.
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Old May 3, 2009, 08:22 AM
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I was going for AMD Phenom II x3 720, and MSI 790GX-G65 abd 4 GB ram, but seeing this i7 built is only $200+ more, I think I'll reconsider.

BTW, this ram in DirectCanada is $86.81:
OCZ Gold OCZ3G1600LV6GK 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800 CL 8-8-8-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit - DirectCanada
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I was going for AMD Phenom II x3 720, and MSI 790GX-G65 abd 4 GB ram, but seeing this i7 built is only $200+ more, I think I'll reconsider.

BTW, this ram in DirectCanada is $86.81:
OCZ Gold OCZ3G1600LV6GK 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800 CL 8-8-8-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit - DirectCanada
After my last OCZ ram experience, I am using something else for now.

I had 2GB of OCZ platinum DDR2 in my P5K, and then after a BIOS upgrade the system would no longer start. Apparently OCZ's requirement of higher than standard voltage didn't get along with the ASUS bios's default power on values (which can apparently change with a BIOS upgrade much to my surprise). I now run 6GB of mushkin instead, and give the OCZ to my sister (so she now has 4GB of the OCZ platinum in her system).
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