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Old November 2, 2009, 01:33 PM
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I'm building a new box mainly for 5 boxing WoW, but also for gaming in general. I'm planning on OC'ing to the highest stable config.

Case: Lancool PC-K62
PSU: Corsair HX 750W or HX 850W
Motherboard: LGA1366 Intel X58 Asus Rampage II GENE or Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 D0 stepping
Cooling paste: Arctic Cooling MX-3
CPU HS: Thermalright Ultra120 Extreme
CPU Fan: 2 x Scythe Ultra Kaze 120mm 2000RPM
Memory: Corsair XMS3 TWIN3X DDR3-1600 CL9 6x2GB
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 275 896MB
HD: Crucial M225 64GB 2.5 SSD
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

1. The Lancool PC-K62 has received excellent reviews, but the looks arent that great. It would be nice with some input on alternative cases in the same price range that offers great cooling and good looks.

2. How much wattage do I need for such a box, is 750 enough or should I go for 850 in case I want to add an extra GPU or whatever?

3. I have chosen the LGA1366 Intel X58 platform. The two motherboards that stand out are the Asus and Gigabyte. The former is uATX and the latter is ATX. Any input on which I should choose and why?

4. I've also read that the northbridge gets really hot on the X58, so to overclock I'm adding active cooling using an Antec Spotcool. Is it realistic to reach 4GHz with this setup and the D0 stepping?

5. Is the GPU okay or should I choose something else? What kind of FPS can I hope for in Dalaran on a 5 box?

6. I just picked a cheap SSD, but I guess it's ok.

7. Anything else...

Thanks in advance!
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Old November 2, 2009, 01:56 PM
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A 750W is more than enough for your rig even if you add another GPU.
I favor eVGA boards because of their lifetime warranty and awesome support (should you ever need it).
Pretty much any DO will get 4.0GHz, the only variance is how hot it will run at that clock speed.

I'd go OCZ Vertex or Intel X-25M G2 for SSDs.

Case looks are really up to you. I grabbed an Antec 300 for my rig just because it was simple, relatively sleek, and most importantly (for me) small.

Don't get MX3 for a TIM, grab a stick of IC7 for the ultimate cooling performance.
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