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Old June 18, 2014, 02:53 AM
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No point going silent case if your going to remove parts of the panels and put fans in them IMO. Just get a case with good airflow, nice style and quiet fans.
It would still dampen the noise some but much much less effective.
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I think I'm going to settle on the Define R4. I really like the look of the case and the deal is too good to pass. I've also read up on it since yesterday and airflow is still very good, even with the front cover. Won't access the fan space in the side till (and if) I'm ready for it. :)

I think I'm going to make a leap and buy these three pieces from NCIX today, as I might save on shipping costs:

Fractal Design Define R4 ATX Tower Case Black Pearl ($79.99, $40 off today only)
ASUS Maximus VII Hero Motherboard ($244.99, $10 off)
EVGA Supernova 1000G2 1000W 80PLUS Gold Power Supply ($179.99, $10 off today only + $20 mail-in rebate)

Any advice on RAM? I haven't researched this yet but if I can also order it from NCIX today and save a bit on shipping, that would be great. All that would be left is the CPU and a cooler for it. :) Not sure when Devil's Canyon will be released but it shouldn't be far off.

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Old June 18, 2014, 06:55 AM
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The Supernova G1 is an ok PSU, good at the right price and it looks like it's priced about the same as 850W ones, if so then it's ok. If it's much more then I say go better quality and stick to 850W.

Personally I like Gskill, the 2133 / 2400 ares I think is usually good and decent price, Mushkin redlines are also mentioned some. Corsair, I find is too much of a premium for the brand on RAM.
You will see little difference between the different speeds above 1866 but if there is little price difference may as well go faster.
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I see the Supernova G2 there and for a very decent price, 1300W for $184(after MIR) or 850W for $120. From what i read so far they are good (much improved from the G1)
They are in the 10 most common on http://www.ncix.com/category/power-s...-1066-1059.htm

EVGA Supernova G2 850W Review
EVGA Supernova G2 1300W Review

Both are MUCH better from a professional review.

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Oops, just noticed your looking at the G2 not the G1..
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Shouldn't I be looking for both a high speed and low CAS latency? Often I see the latter ignored.

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I'm no memory expert but I believe outside benches the really high end and tight timings are basically irrelevant these days as long as they are good.
They have gotten to a stage where it's so quick that you don't notice more speed.

I mean if you were going for clock records and benching records, then yea.. but also you wouldn't be here asking :)
Find something thats very good, looks right and doesn't cost over the odds, eg the Gskill ares :)
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Cool :)

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I've placed the order for the case, motherboard and PSU! :D

I now have my eye on this G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) RAM set. I read a bit online and apparently gaming doesn't benefit much from anything over 1,600-1,866 MHz. This set is very well rated and the colour would match my new motherboard. :)

Thanks for the advice guys. I'll keep this thread up to date!

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I've placed the order for the case, motherboard and PSU! :D

I now have my eye on this G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) RAM set. I read a bit online and apparently gaming doesn't benefit much from anything over 1,600-1,866 MHz. This set is very well rated and the colour would match my new motherboard. :)

Thanks for the advice guys. I'll keep this thread up to date!

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The gains definitely drop after 1866mhz. If you do want to stay with red here are some options for a bit more money (all <$180) @ 2133mhz:

Corsair Vengeance Pro CMY16GX3M2A2133C11R 16GB 2X8GB DDR3-2133 CL11-11-11-27 1.5V Red Memory Kit - DirectCanada

http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0098WZV1O/?tag=pcp0f-20

G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-2133C11D-16GAR - Newegg.ca

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-2133C11D-16GXL - Newegg.ca
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I just got my video card! But I'm wondering if it's actually new... The box was sort of open and I see that the opening of the tinted plastic bag it's in is only sealed with a piece of tape. Shouldn't it be heat-sealed all across? :/

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EDIT: I just watched an unboxing video. The box was supposed to be wrapped in plastic, and it wasn't. The flap wasn't even in its place. What should I do, if anything, before proceeding?

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