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Old 02-21-2009, 02:10 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Quad crossfire isn't scaled right for gaming. Stick with the 285, then you can always add another in the future.
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Old 02-21-2009, 02:19 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm an eVGA fanboy to the end, sorry. SLI just sounds cooler to me than CrossFire =]

Yeah, I'm planning on adding a second 285, if nVidia doesn't release something better by the time I'm able to buy it =]

Ste, I have a 22" Acer monitor that I'll be reusing.
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If you're only using a 22" then a single 285 will be plenty of power.
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The Sunbeam Core Contact is a better cooler than the V8 and is also slightly cheaper.

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^ it may be a better bang for your buck, but the coolermaster has the core contact beat temp wise.

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the monsoon is great. keeps my i7 920 overclocked at 4ghz idle at 38c load 70ish. Monsoon cooler is actually made by coolermaster.

Also what OS do you already own? because Microsoft is about to announce that anyone that buys vista will get a free upgrade to Windows 7. So I might wait a little bit for that announcement.

There theory is why would people want to upgrade to a new computer or os, if I brand new os is coming out at the end of the year.
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Not trying to hijack this thread, but we are in the same boat. (Both of us are looking to build an I7 system with about the same budget) That being said, where does this cooler fit in the whole scheme of things?
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^ looks to be a OK cooler, mostlikely the core contact will beat it.
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not exactly out run a GTX285, they are very close in performance.

plus quad fire is a PITA to setup, not all games support crossfire letalone quadfire. and the scaling between 4 gpu's sucks, unless you are running at 2560 res.
Yeah, I was just going for budget, one is 100$ cheaper, and it runs around the same.



Was trying to suggest something fun, but yeah, the GTX 285 will be great your for build.
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^ it may be a better bang for your buck, but the coolermaster has the core contact beat temp wise.

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According to this review the Core Contact is better.

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You also have to factor in the cost of thermal paste for the V8 since the Core Contact already comes with TX-2
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