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Old January 15, 2011, 06:54 AM
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Whatever you do, TRY to squeeze an SSD boot drive in your budget, you'll never look back...your nice HDD will be great as a fast storage drive!!!

Nice CPU coolers are important, but SB, being 32nm, doesn't get as warm (for average OC), a good high-mid range cooler will do...
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Old January 15, 2011, 07:20 AM
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I agree with Charloz and Delavan. Honestly if I didn't reuse my Ven-X for the SB build, I would have just used the Hypermaster 212+ that I purchased to maintain my older comp. At $19.99 during NCIX's sales, it is unprecedented performance for the price it costs.

Noctua's D14 is an impressive heatsink, but complete overkill for sandybridge, even OCing.

I can't believe i'm not advocating overkill. This better not be what happens as you grow older, I want nothing of it!
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Old January 15, 2011, 11:20 AM
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Ya, I saw that cooler is for $20, pretty darn cheap for something I've read is a recommended cooler, but I also read the fan does get noisy, and I'm trying to get a fairly quiet build, so I may pass on that 212+ for now.

SSD is just way too pricey for what you get in my opinion. I mean it's several $$$ for such small sizes, and really how much faster does it get? I mean once my machine is up and running (which doesn't even take that long), it hums along without any sort of lag.
Maybe when SSDs drop to something a little less of a rip off I'll switch to it, but for now, I'll stick with the bang for the buck you get from standard HDDs.

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Old January 15, 2011, 11:49 AM
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The 212+ actually runs rather quiet at least i could never hear it over my case fans or more importantly my GPU fans. You can also replace the fan with something faster and has more CFM like a CoolerMaster R4 (which is what i have mounted on my current heat sink). I know they aren't exactly the same chip however i have a 2500k that will be arriving tomorrow and i can tell you the type of temps i get on it with the 212+.

Edit: I should mention that this SB system will be going into a CM-690 as well.
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Old January 17, 2011, 08:57 AM
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Now I'm stuck on thinking if I should replace my CM690. Thinking either the HAF X or the Lian Li PC-A70F. The HAF is awesome for cooling, but I find it pretty ugly, and the Lian Li is beautiful, but obviously won't cool quite as well as the HAF.
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Old January 17, 2011, 09:17 AM
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HAF X is overkill for that build as it is a very BIG case, IF your going to look at a HAF, go with the 922, still ugly but still great cooling and lots of room to work, for the money you can't wrong.
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Old January 17, 2011, 09:22 AM
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I have a HAF X sitting next to the front door at the moment. Personally I think it's a beauty, certainly matches the components you'll be tossing into it, and it has all those lovely bells and whistles (spacious/easy to work with, cabling grommets and spacing for water cooling, hotswap bays (although not tooless), filters on all fans etc.

I've always believe in function over form, so I'd vote HAF X if you're going the pricey route. Also the CM Storm Scout can be had for about $60 before taxes and shipping at the moment, but that's a completely different type of case =).
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Old January 17, 2011, 11:23 AM
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Is the 922 big enough to fit an 11" card without any trouble? I might go CF down the road too, which is another reason why I am looking at the bigger cases.
And of course bigger air CPU coolers like the Noctua's. I'm going to assume the 922 would fit all this, but I'm asking the pros. :) Thanks.
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yup, the 912 will do as well, smaller though .
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Old January 17, 2011, 12:50 PM
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^ Yes, I did a build last mth using the Noctua and a 5970 with no problem......you can usually find the 922 for as low as $65 - $80 on sale somewhere and price match it at ncix or canada computers..... Infonec Computers - Computer parts Canada, PC Components, laptop computers, motherboards, processors, CPUs and much more : Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX MID-TWR BLACK W/O WINDOW
Buy COOLERMASTER [RC-922M-KKN1-GP] Coolermaster Haf 922 Mid Tower ATX Case Black 5X5.25 5X3.5INT Front Audio USB eSATA No PSU for example.
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