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Old July 28, 2010, 09:15 PM
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The ft02 has a built in SSD mounting bracket on the back of the motherboard tray, which is a convenient place to mount the ssd. And it has a rear filtered grill for a psu to use so that the psu can get fresh air without disrupting the internal airflow. To that end, look at something other than the quattro 1000w, maybe a silverstone strider plus to match the case.
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Old July 30, 2010, 12:46 AM
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Well some pretty severe changes here. I swapped the PSU and MB, went from a single GPU to XFire right off. Then I dropped the SSD to trim some cash, and went with a second SATA3 1TB drive. And given the severe outcry on the CPU cooler, I swapped the V8 out with a Noctua. Overall I think this works out better.

I'm still not sold on the monitor though... so doing some more research.

*EDIT* Swapped out the monitor for a really nice NEC 1920x1200 LCD.

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Old July 30, 2010, 05:47 AM
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I really love samsung monitors, especially this one...

NCIX.com - Buy Samsung XL2370 23IN Widescreen LED LCD Monitor 1920X1080 2MS 16:9 5000000:1DC HDMI DVI-I VGA - LS23EFPKFK/ZA In Canada.

Its based on newer LED LCD technology and its cheaper than the NEC monitor!
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Old July 30, 2010, 05:53 AM
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why not an H50? it has good cooling abilities and is only $10 more than the noctua you are looking at.

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I really love samsung monitors, especially this one...

NCIX.com - Buy Samsung XL2370 23IN Widescreen LED LCD Monitor 1920X1080 2MS 16:9 5000000:1DC HDMI DVI-I VGA - LS23EFPKFK/ZA In Canada.

Its based on newer LED LCD technology and its cheaper than the NEC monitor!
it has a fairly large bezel, it sounds like he wants to make a multi monitor setup so that would get irritating after a very short time.
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It's okay, he's got too much money right now and needs to cut down...
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Old July 30, 2010, 10:14 AM
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NCIX.com - Buy Samsung BX2440X 24IN Widescreen LCD LED Monitor 1920X1080 5ms 5M:1DCR VGA DVID HAS Pivot - LS24CBUAFV/ZA In Canada.

This monitor is almost identical to the other sammy i suggested but with a smaller bezel and is on sale for $30 cheaper too

I'm helping him save money to spend more of it somewhere else
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Old July 30, 2010, 10:25 AM
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why not an H50? it has good cooling abilities and is only $10 more than the noctua you are looking at.
I wish... I actually sold my old H50 because the 'Fortress' case I'm going with has nowhere to mount this unless I gut one of the bottom intake fans. Besides, the main draw of the H50 is that it's quiet. And the Noctua is touted as being one of the quieter air coolers available, so it should work out fine.


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NCIX.com - Buy Samsung BX2440X 24IN Widescreen LCD LED Monitor 1920X1080 5ms 5M:1DCR VGA DVID HAS Pivot - LS24CBUAFV/ZA In Canada.

This monitor is almost identical to the other sammy i suggested but with a smaller bezel and is on sale for $30 cheaper too

I'm helping him save money to spend more of it somewhere else
I was actually looking at this as one of my LED backlight choices. The reason I went with the other is because of the higher resolution, and the 16x10 ratio seems to be a favoured resolution for games to have available.
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Old August 1, 2010, 06:23 PM
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There's a second build up of the 'X58' variety to give me the freedom of choosing between SLi or XFire. Comparisons between the builds are welcome! I'm new to the Intel market, and honestly don't really want one. But I'm really thinking about SLi for performance.

14 days on the order date countdown!
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right now sli all the way. if you have doubts, get a board that has the license for both. well all x58 chipsets should do both, but hey.
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Old August 2, 2010, 06:07 AM
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For your second build, why not drop down to the G.Skill Pi which is only $165?

Newegg.ca - G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8TU-6GBPI

Price match the Zotac GTX480 to $526 (so you'll also get the $35 rebate from NCIX to bring it to under $500 theoretically if you don't count tax). NCIX allows PMs as they don't consider the MIR into the price.
Newegg.ca - ZOTAC AMP! ZT-40102-10P GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

1TB Black Sata3 drives for $88
NCIX.com - Buy Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM - WD1002FAEX In Canada.

With regards to the monitor, really? $440 for a 24" TN monitor? That's just wasting money imo...a $250 24" TN provides the same quality. If you're going to spend $440 on a monitor for that size, I'd rather spend it on a decent 23" IPS screen.
i.e. Xpress Canada - HP L2445M, 24" Widescreen Thin-Film HD LCD active matrix - Black, 1920x1200, 1000:1, 400nits, VGA, DVI (Retail Box) 1920x1200 HP 24" for $254 which is also TN.
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