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Thanks for the input...... I definitely need to get a little something up top to help with venting there... Side panel fan is already set to blow some cool air in, so that's good... I'll see what I can do to blow a bit more cool air in the bottom front. I'll need to move my HD's around to make room for a smaller fan there, I know anything will help...

Enjoy the Arc Mini when it arrives... Should make for a nice setup...
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I will be moving from an Antec Nine Hundred (original), so I understand about adapting an earlier box for a new build. I can't wait until my Arc Mini gets here! Tomorrow, I hope.

For the Sonata, I'd work for better airflow......snipped......
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Originally Posted by IronAge;14690757 
Getting EVGA GTX 570 HD with 2560MB looks good for me.
Especially when you have plans on playing Battlefield 3 @ HD.

That's an additional $100 more than the Toxic HD 6950, which at just under $300 was already pushing my budget frown.gif and is it worth that extra $$$ ?

The 2 reviews I linked, kind of show the Toxic HD 6950 right at 570GTX levels and for $100 less to boot.

I'm not saying you're wrong, it's a bit confusing since I think most reviews try in one way or another to push BOTH nVidia & ATI/AMD cards and never REALLY take a side, but just what makes you recommend it ? confused.gif
   
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Just ordered a Gene-Z. Pics forthcoming.


Now I need to choose: what is the coolest looking RAM I can buy at a decent price for this system?

I'm thinking Corsair Vengeance in Red: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233180&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=4000185&SID=skim2927X594702Xa986c2f839b0a818c04c4219ffdc5fff


If not that, then maybe some G-Skill Sniper or Ripjaws X (red). Anything else around that $50-$70 price point I should consider? (2 x 4GB kits at at least 1600)
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has anybody been getting faulty readings for stuff like temperature? right now, the asus AI utility thing thinks my motherboard is -60.0C, which clearly isn't possible. (everything reads normal in CPUID's HWmonitor)

it's done this once or twice for voltage, but they were momentary blips and went away.

If nobody answered this yet, if you are running another program that reads voltages/temperatures along side AI SuiteII you will usually get weird readings every now and then. AI Suite does not play well with others. My advice is either use it and only it or do not use it at all.
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Originally Posted by LA_Kings_Fan;14690205 
Well after having to RMA that MSI GTX480 Lightning ... IF I can't land another OpenBox or something soon off NewEgg I guess I'm looking at this SAPPHIRE Toxic 6950 2GB @ $270 w/ rebate, it looks like a pretty decent card, just not AS GOOD A DEAL as an OB 6950 in the $165-$200 range. frown.gif

Anyone have any thoughts about the SAPPHIRE Toxic Radeon HD 6950 2GB? is it worth getting?
Would an nVidia GTX 570 or 560ti be a better option you think?

I've been reading all I can in Magazines and online, and I'm not sure if that's only lead to more confusion on which card and make is the better option, but from what I can gather most seem to put the HD6950's {especially if you can unlock it to a 6970} as about the Best bang for your buck GPU card at this time. THOUGHTS ?

The HD6950 would be a better choice for multi-monitor setup and it scales quite well if you go CF later on. Stay away from reference GTX570's, the VRM is weak. The GTX560 is comparable to a HD6870. Just be patient and get an OB HD6970 from Newegg. Sure it might take a few weeks of dedicated watching, but the payoff could be very rewarding. They had the MSI HD6970 for $157 today.

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Yeah well this one ... mars004jpg.png
... would sure look nicer, WAIT WHAT GRAPHICS CARD LOOK AT THE BABE ! tongue.gif ... but then I'd have to replace my beloved little HP case as it wouldn't fit again, plus I think that ASUS MARS II dual GTX590 card MIGHT ... maybe ... I'd put money it ... is just a bit out of my price range! eek.gif rumor is $1200 for the card. eek.gif



Long review on the SAPPHIRE Toxic HD 6950 - http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=31471
2nd even Longer review on it - http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/sapphire-hd-6950-toxic-edition-2gb-review/all/1/
Sounds like this is the LAST production HD 6950 that will be unlockable ? unless you can find an older reference model ? A few of the NewEgg reviews claim they did fully unlock it, while others said they couldn't ?

But even if you can't fully unlock it to a FULL 6970 it appears stock this card is almost an 'inbetweener' with it's factory settings ?
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Try $2500.
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Originally Posted by mostowizard;14692120 
Just ordered a Gene-Z. Pics forthcoming.


Now I need to choose: what is the coolest looking RAM I can buy at a decent price for this system?

I'm thinking Corsair Vengeance in Red: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233180&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=4000185&SID=skim2927X594702Xa986c2f839b0a818c04c4219ffdc5fff


If not that, then maybe some G-Skill Sniper or Ripjaws X (red). Anything else around that $50-$70 price point I should consider? (2 x 4GB kits at at least 1600)

I went with the Sniper 1600Mhz at 1.25v 2 x 4Gb kits times two. Looks good and it was only $120 shipped altogether. You can find some really good deals right now on ram:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231468&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL082311&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL082311-_-EMC-082311-Index-_-DesktopMemory-_-20231468-L02D

Very sweet.
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Originally Posted by mostowizard;14692120 
Now I need to choose: what is the coolest looking RAM I can buy at a decent price for this system?

I'm thinking Corsair Vengeance in Red:

If not that, then maybe some G-Skill Sniper or Ripjaws X (red). Anything else around that $50-$70 price point I should consider? (2 x 4GB kits at at least 1600)

Check out Post http://www.overclock.net/14646122-post2042.html
   
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Originally Posted by utnorris;14692409 
I went with the Sniper 1600Mhz at 1.25v 2 x 4Gb kits times two. Looks good and it was only $120 shipped altogether. You can find some really good deals right now on ram:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231468&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL082311&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL082311-_-EMC-082311-Index-_-DesktopMemory-_-20231468-L02D

Very sweet.

How much better are those Ripjaws than the 1600MHz snipers? Basically 1600MHz@9-9-9-24 vs 2133@11-11-11-30.

Thinking about switching...
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The G.Skill 2133 CL11 are awesome. They run like 1866 CL9 with just 1.44 VDimm.

@La_Kings

ATI is cheap ... but so are the drivers ... unfortunately.

When you want to play BF3 without lags and framedrops i recommend to get a GTX 570 or a GTX 560 Ti.

GTX 560 TI now and 2nd one later for SLI might be ok so.
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Originally Posted by LA_Kings_Fan;14690205 
Well after having to RMA that MSI GTX480 Lightning ... IF I can't land another OpenBox or something soon off NewEgg I guess I'm looking at this SAPPHIRE Toxic 6950 2GB @ $270 w/ rebate, it looks like a pretty decent card, just not AS GOOD A DEAL as an OB 6950 in the $165-$200 range. frown.gif

Anyone have any thoughts about the SAPPHIRE Toxic Radeon HD 6950 2GB? is it worth getting?
Would an nVidia GTX 570 or 560ti be a better option you think?

I've been reading all I can in Magazines and online, and I'm not sure if that's only lead to more confusion on which card and make is the better option, but from what I can gather most seem to put the HD6950's {especially if you can unlock it to a 6970} as about the Best bang for your buck GPU card at this time. THOUGHTS ?

Having the same decision more or less. Also plan for BF3...

6950
+slightly better performance than 560ti
-much louder coolers (except maybe the TFIII, but that almost cost like a 6970..)
-more heat
-bigger cards (in my case, the height of the card is a problem, wich rules out most of the 6950 cards)
-more driver issues..
And todays cards are not anymore unlockable to 6970. Only the reference ones, and some first samples of the TFIII were.

560ti
+a bit cooler
+quiet! (best here with a ref cooler, like evga, but almost any cooler will beat the 6950's from the same brand)
+smaller cards, almost any of them would fit here
+slightly better price
+probably better drivers
-slightly lower stock speeds, but OC cards can easy reach/exceed a 6950

The 560TI is around the 6950 in terms of performance. Some games favor this, some games that, but they are +-10% of each other. And you can overclock the 560TI better, also there are a lot factory overclocked ones too.

So ill wait till BF3 beta, since that MAY run better on AMD (was in the alpha, and in BFBC2 too..), wich could lead to reconsider my options, but right now, and EVGA 560TI is the clear winrar smile.gif
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