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Old 09-28-2007, 09:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Help, The best way to cool my machine? suggestion please

buuilding my first gaming system need advice on what the best way to keep the system cool, Fans, Water/liquid cooling?

My spec will be

Processor

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.4GHz 1066MHz) Socket 775
Intel Q6600 Core 2 Quad CPU - Cheap at Ebuyer!

Motherboard

Asus STRIKER EXTREME 680I SLI Socket 775 onboard Audio ATX
Asus Striker Extreme 680I Motherboard - Cheap at Ebuyer!

Graphics card

BFG GeForce 8800 GTS OC2 320MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) x2 (SLI Bridge mode)
BFG 8800 GTS OC 320MB DDR3 DVI PCI-E Graphics Card

Ram

OCZ 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 CL 4-4-4-15 PLATINUM XTC
OCZ 2GB DDR2 Memory - Cheap at Ebuyer!

Case

NZXT LEXA BlackLine Red Mid Tower Case With LCD Temp Display
NZXT LEXA BLACKLINE Classic Series, - No Psu - Blue L.E.D - XCASE No1 For pc computer cases, atx cases & rackmount cases

PSU
No Idea yet?


So i will need a psu

and cpu fan as i dont really trust the stock one

and either fans, or cooling system to keep the ram and GPU's at a cool temp.

any advice will help alot. thanks.


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Old 09-28-2007, 09:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey FOX-DIE


Drop that motherboard. For what it offers, it is so overpriced. And there are cheaper alternatives, that do just as well. I would suggest:
Abit IP35 Pro (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard

That memory kit is cheaper at overclockers.co.uk:
OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC2-6400C4 Dual Channel Platinum Revision 2 XTC Series DDR2 (OCZ2P800R22GK)

As for the power supply, either:
Corsair HX 620W ATX2.2 Modular SLI Compliant PSU (CMPSU-620HXUK)
or
Corsair HX 520W ATX2.2 Modular SLI Compliant PSU (CMPSU-520HXUK)
...both can easily handle your system.

For the CPU fan, I recommend:
Tuniq Tower 120 CPU Cooler (Socket 478/754/939/940/AM2/LGA775)
...with:
Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound

The case that you picked, actually, has quite a good deal of fans. So it's more than enough.
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Personally if you want to stick with air cooling i suggest.

Antec 900 "Nine Hundred" gaming case - No Psu - XCASE No1 For pc computer cases, atx cases & rackmount cases

Well i was going to suggest the thermalright ultra but apparently that website doesnt stock it.
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The Striker Extreme is £105 at OCUK.
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The Striker Extreme is £105 at OCUK.
Are you talking about overclockers.co.uk? Or is it some other place?...because the Striker Extreme is 129 quid, at overclockers.co.uk...
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Thanks for the replies,

hey b1gapl

thanks for the reccomendations those psu's will definatley do the job and the price aint bad either, thanks for the cheaper ocz ram price too.

i had a look in the the motherboard you reccomended. however its and intel chipset,and the striker is an 680i SLI which i was told i needed in order to run the two 8800gts GPU's in SLI bridge mode??. its a great price though thanks for the reccomendation.

Veedub thanks for the reccomen, i did look into that case before i decided. i amdit it does have great cooling features, but i just prefered the evil "welcome to the darkside" look of the NZXT LEXA BlackLine case.

thanks again.

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Are you talking about overclockers.co.uk? Or is it some other place?...because the Striker Extreme is 129 quid, at overclockers.co.uk...
Yes you are right, but yesterday it was at 105 lol.
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don't do sli its a waste of cash get a 8800gtx or an ultra if you want to get best performance gaming
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well i just want to be able to play all the next gen games, such as Crysis, UT2007, Alan Wake. with the best quality, would you reccomend

1x BFG 8800GTX OC version 768MB 2xDVI GDDR3 PCI-E Graphics Card
BFG 8800GTX OC version 768MB 2xDVI GDDR3 PCI-E Graphics Card

over

2x BFG GeForce 8800 GTS OC2 320MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) (SLI Bridge mode)
BFG 8800 GTS OC 320MB DDR3 DVI PCI-E Graphics Card

its a £30 difference.

please advice.

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Don't get the OC version it pointless buying preovercocked when you can overclock at home very easily. But I would get a 8800gtx ultra for now and overclock yourself
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