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Old 01-29-2013, 08:02 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Sorry I know this is nooby xD, but that water cooler comes pre-filled with water, right? Do I need to refill it with water over time or no? Also, can it not get damaged and fry some stuff :S?
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:05 PM   #22 (permalink)
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It's called all in one for a reason

It's a zero maintenance setup. Just gotta dust it out like usual after a while.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:09 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Thanks .
If he ever decides to go for multi-monitor setup, is this one ok? Newegg.com - MSI N680GTX Twin Frozr 4GD5/OC GeForce GTX 680 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:20 PM   #24 (permalink)
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If he went for 2D Surround to stay in budget I would keep the 2 2GB eVGA's. If he went out of budget I would say grab 2 of the 4GB FTW cards. Stick with eVGA for their CS.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:29 PM   #25 (permalink)
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CPU:
Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K

Motherboard:
Newegg.com - ASRock Z77 Professional LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM:
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10

GPU: x2
Newegg.com - MSI N680GTX Twin Frozr 4GD5/OC GeForce GTX 680 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
PSU:
Newegg.com - CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Case:
Newegg.com - Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Steel structure with black brushed aluminum faceplate ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
SSD + HDD:
Newegg.com - Corsair Neutron Series GTX CSSD-N120GBGTX-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Optical:
Newegg.com - LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 12X Blu-ray Combo Drive Model UH12NS29 - Blu-Ray Drives
Cooler:
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Water Cooler
Sum should be around 2400$, this build good enough? Will the 2x680 get enough breathing room inside that case?
Is the HX850 enough for 2x680 + Overclocked 3770k?
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:33 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Yea, but I wouldn't get the MSI cards. Their twin fan design kicks hot air back into the case and some out the back. The eVGA cards push all that hot air out the back keeping your ambient inside the case cool.

The 650d is just a good cheaper case I chose. You can still go with that HAF if your friend wants it, but I couldn't include it because I just don't like them.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:49 PM   #27 (permalink)
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But those HAF's are full towers, true? Aren't those like really big xD?
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It is, but bigger isn't always better. They are made of steel and are real heavy. Having 4 HDDs and a full water loop in mine means it's a total pain to move around even if it is 5ft. Obligatory "do you lift bro", yes I do.
Anyways, the fans in these cases suck. Bad. They are claimed to have 100CFM or something ridiculous like that and it's completely false. I have impeccable cable management and the air inside my case still gets warm because the intake isn't enough. Due to the nature there isn't much I can replace it with either.
More applicable reason is if he going to fill the bays then there isn't a reason to have such a large case. The 650d is big as it is.

Oh, and the front is ugly
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:00 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Thanks .
Ok, it turned out he needs a monitor, so I think we'll drop one of the 680's for a monitor? He's fine with a single 1080p monitor. Suggestions ?
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If want me to link one, here is a good monitor.

Newegg.com - ASUS VE248Q Black 24" 2ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1 (1,000:1)
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