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Old 08-17-2011, 07:54 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I tried out the Corsair H70 and it's basically a H80 without the optional software functions. It's a good performer for the money (the price has dropped on the H80 since I reviewed the H70).

Newegg.com - CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

The Antec 920 is basically the same thing as the H80 but it costs more. I would go with the H80.

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Old 08-18-2011, 12:04 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info! I'll be going with the H80 then.

Is the Asus P8P67 Deluxe worth the price? Seems like it has lots of nice features plus comes with a USB 3.0 mount. Or is my original choice better for the price?
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Its a $10 difference between the two, so not going to break the bank, but its up to you if the features are worth it.

A side-to-side comparison shows they have almost identical core features.
The Deluxe has Bluetooth, the external USB 3.0 box, and dual ethernet ports.
The Sabertooth has it's TUF Thermal features and 2 more years on the warranty.

Slaymate is currently using the Deluxe, so he should have some better insight as to what else you get for your $10.
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I went with the P8P67 Deluxe over the Sabertooth because I don't like the "TUF Thermal Armor" design. While some people think it looks cool, I'm just not into it. Plus I just don't think the Thermal Armor is a good design. Basically the Armor is a big heatsink but instead of using a regular heatsink to centrally locate and dissipate the heat, the armor is distributing the heat over the whole lower half of the mobo.

The Deluxe also has an additional PCI-E 4X slot that the Sabertooth doesn't have, I'll probably never use it but I'd rather have it.
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Ok -- I think I have all the info I need to get started now. Thanks again to everyone for their help!
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Ok, update: everything is put together, stable and works great. One more question.

I know electric plug-in vacuums create static electricity, but if I was using the plastic hose with one of the plastic attachments to clean the inside when the time comes, wouldn't that be safe? I use compressed air cans too, but they're so overpriced I try to limit my use as much as possible.

If not I guess I could buy a little battery powered one.
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I'd becareful, its always scared me.

Glad alls working great.
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The big problem with a vacuum is it can suck in small parts, like jumpers. I would stick to canned air or buy a small air compressor.
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