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yeah i think i might just go with a 6970 and maybe crossfire it in the future
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post #12 of 18
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yeah i think i might just go with a 6970 and maybe crossfire it in the future
Great choice! Keep in mind that you only have a 550 watt PSU. If you want to crossfire, I recommend getting a 620+ PSU.
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post #13 of 18
If you plan on running multiple cards (sli/xfire) you will need to change your motherboard. The P8P67 you currently have selected is x16/x4, you want x8/x8.

Here's a rough list from the two sites you linked -

From Playtech
Gigabyte P67A-UD4 B3 - $339
Intel Core i5 2500K - $355
G.Skill 2x4GB DDR3-1600 CL8 1.5v ram - $249
Gigabyte 6970 - $569
Total - $1512

From PP
Noctua D14 - $211

Grand Total - $1723

If you do decide to crossfire, you're probably going to go over budget to get a new PSU that will power it. Maybe it's something to consider upgrading down the road instead.
post #14 of 18
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Say I add two scythe slipstreams 1600rpm as a push pull with the Noctua bringing it to about $261, how does that compare cost/performance wise to the CM212+? I'm kind of reluctant to spend that $200 more dollars on the noctua setup since I've heard the 212 comes with a great fan.
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post #15 of 18
If your getting a 6970..there is no need to go xfire on a single monitor in the near future, you should have no trouble maxing games out with an i5 + 6970.

IF/When the need does arise, its just good to have the optionality to do so. = board replace, other then that its all good.
post #16 of 18
Here is a review comparing the two from another member on OCN

The 212 is a great budget cooling solution, and it will get the job done most of the time if you live in an area with very favorable ambient temps. However, if you're looking for performance when it gets hot (both ambients + overclock), the 212 will get out performed by the D14 time and time again.
post #17 of 18
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wait the noctua comes with fans? i had no idea lol. Say I got the Noctua would that fit in my current case?
Edited by =ice= - 5/6/11 at 6:14am
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post #18 of 18
Haha yeah it comes with 2, and they are dead quiet as well. The D14 will definitely fit inside the CM690.

CM 690 dimensions: (W) 213 x (H) 482 x (D) 525 mm

NH-D14 dimensions: (W) 140 x (H) 160 X (D)158 mm WITH fan
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