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post #11 of 22
The new corsair coolers will be out this month. H80 and H100. Wait till there available, then pull the trigger!!!!
 
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post #12 of 22
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Thanks everyone for the feedback.

@Tig Ole Bitties. Re: Monitor. This is the area I've been waffling about the most. I've read that eIPS is great for image quality, but due to 8ms response time, is subject to ghosting in gaming (I play wide range from FPS to RPG to MMOs). On the other hand, I've read that TNs will have a poor quality image but less apt to ghosting. Do you or anyone have additional clarity?
Well, it's up to you. For me personally, it's either a 120Hz 2ms panel (TN) or an IPS one nowadays. Several in the monitor forums have picked up the Dell screen and have given their input in terms of gaming and majority find it pretty good. Might be some minor ghosting, but that really depends on your eyes and if you even notice it.

The Viewsonic panel mentioned earlier is good for a 120Hz, but a lower native resolution 1680x1050 if that matters.

The Acer GD235HZ is a better buy to me.
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Core i5 2500K @ 4.6GHz 1.34v Asus P8P67 B3 2GB XFX Radeon 6950 (Shaders Unlocked 880/1375) 8GB G Skill Ripjaws 1600 
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1TB Samsung F3, 2TB WD Green Asus DRW-1814BLT Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Westinghouse LVM-37W3 
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post #13 of 22
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I actually just realized I selected a MATX MB, so I switched to the full ATX version (never know if I'll need the extra expansion slots).

@Anton338. I took your reco and switched to the Corsair Vengeance too, it had a combo deal with my CPU to save me another $15!

@Shemsterism. I took a look at that 120hz monitor, it looks nice. how is the image quality. My favorite games are things like ME 1/2, DA 1/2, SWTOR (hopefully), but with the occasional CoD:BO. will the 120hz give me that much of a better experience vs. the better visuals of the eIPS? I say this b/c I noticed the resolution only at 1680x1050 (which I believe is both 16:10 as well as worse resolution vs. newer 1920x1200).
post #14 of 22
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Never heard anyone having a good experience with XFX warranty. Friends don't let friends buy XFX.
I've owned 4 XFX cards.

With one of them I accidentally smashed the fan and they sent me an entire new gpu cooler within 2 days.

With another one it was causing my games to artifact. Set up an RMA and within 4 days start to finish I had a new one in my computer.

Based on their tech support, I would buy XFX products until the day I die.
    
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post #15 of 22
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Beat me to the punch with the resolution comment ToB
post #16 of 22
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@Shemsterism. I took a look at that 120hz monitor, it looks nice. how is the image quality. My favorite games are things like ME 1/2, DA 1/2, SWTOR (hopefully), but with the occasional CoD:BO. will the 120hz give me that much of a better experience vs. the better visuals of the eIPS? I say this b/c I noticed the resolution only at 1680x1050 (which I believe is both 16:10 as well as worse resolution vs. newer 1920x1200).
If there was one thing that increased my gaming experience more than a new video card/cpu every 6 months, it would have to be the 120hz monitor. You can google some comparison videos of gameplay from 60hz-120hz for an idea. I have the samsung 2233rz, so I can't comment on that exact monitor.
post #17 of 22
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I hadn't realized that I had a micro ATX mb in my build, so switched to the following:
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H ($169.99)

It did get me thinking, however, whether my MB is a bit of overkill. Am I better off with one of the following instead?
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3 ($144.99)
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H ($129.99)

I don't have any eSATA devices, and do I really need HDMI, DVI, or Display port on my MB? I could then shift the funds to my GPU and get a "non-reference" HD 6970. Admittedly, I am not sure what the value of a non-reference GPU is, nor do I know how to spot one when I see it. I could also shift the funds to additional cooling (another 200mm top exchaust fan, for example).

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6970 2GB ($359.99)

Thoughts?
post #18 of 22
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It looks good. I second the h50, it's awesome. Or maybe look into the h60? Also, have you looked into getting a 6950 2gb and unlocking it into a 6970 maybe saving a few bucks?
I also recommend this. You can read about it here: http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/...ng/vidcard/159
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post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by Guinness07 View Post
I hadn't realized that I had a micro ATX mb in my build, so switched to the following:
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H ($169.99)

It did get me thinking, however, whether my MB is a bit of overkill. Am I better off with one of the following instead?
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3 ($144.99)
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H ($129.99)

I don't have any eSATA devices, and do I really need HDMI, DVI, or Display port on my MB? I could then shift the funds to my GPU and get a "non-reference" HD 6970. Admittedly, I am not sure what the value of a non-reference GPU is, nor do I know how to spot one when I see it. I could also shift the funds to additional cooling (another 200mm top exchaust fan, for example).

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6970 2GB ($359.99)

Thoughts?
If you don't use firewire and are only going to have one or two HDDs then grab the mobo for $130. They seem to be the only differences (HDD support and 1394) between the $130 and $145 model.
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post #20 of 22
How far are you looking to overclock your cpu? 4.5-4.8ghz can be achieved on air with something like a hyper 212+ or a Xigmatek Dark knight/red scorpion and such which are around the $30 mark...

I wouldn't cheap out on a mobo and go something like this UD4, 12+2 power phases, the option of SLI/CFX with upto 3slot cards in the future should you see yourself doing that, and considering your CPU is a 2500k then it will definately handle 2 cards...

In a years time you could pick up another 6970 for cheap and then you will be laughing

I'd go with this PSU as it is 100w higher rated and $10 cheaper and same 80+ bronze rated

Cheers,

Ishi
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