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post #11 of 21
Agree with most of the posts here. Get a GTX580 1.5GB, can't go wrong; GTX460 is way underbudget for $2200.

You don't really need the fan controller, and I can see that you've already changed cases which is good. You may want to check out the HX750 PSU - it's about the price but a little higher quality and modular.

As for the storage, 6TB is a ****load, but if he needs it then go for it. I personally would rather get a bunch of 1TB Spinpoint F3's and run them in RAID - better hard drives and faster access times!

Also, you could probably drop down to a 2500k and not suffer at all. However, if it fits into the budget, might as well get a 2600k.
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post #12 of 21
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Thanks 2X

I was going to do the GTX580, then 2 GTX560Tis, then found the GTX570, but if the 580 is what everyone's talking about, maybe I should just get it.. I'm just over $2200 right now, so I will probably have to drop down to the 2500K if I get the 580..

The more I research this cooling situation, the more worried I become. The CM 690 II Advanced nVidia Edition has spots for like.. 9 fans, and I can't even figure out which fan/screws I need to get push/pull going with the H60.

1x 140mm front fan (included) - no problem
2x 140mm top fans (1 included) - exhaust, right?
2x 120mm rear fans (1 included, one with H60, but I need to get a better one than included, right? and some screws? then intake from back and push/pull in and out the top?)
1x 80x15mm side fan (more exhaust?)
1x 80x15mm VGA holder fan (getting crazy now..)
..and then what, theres 2x 140mm slots on the bottom near the HDD cage?



Then there's the question of connecting these things. Seems to me most people think the fan controller is a waste of space, but it adds to the look of the rig, and won't it help greatly in getting all these fans running?

Looking at the ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe, looks like I've got the cpu fan header (wont even be using it with an H60?, or do i need a PWM splitter and rock it that way??) and two more 3-pin fan headers at the bottom of the board? Then the 5 connectors from the controller..

ugh..


Also, I don't understand the audio coming through the GPU thing.. How does that work? Chipset just sends it on over to the card? What if there were a sound card thrown in there, too? Nevermind that.. budget=over. lol


Thanks again! This thing would be a wreck without you guys!!
Edited by LeftStep - 8/12/11 at 2:08pm
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post #13 of 21
I personally like having a fan controller. I like being able to turn them all down when working so it's nice and quiet, then cranking them up if doing something more GPU/CPU intensive.

I do keep one fan plugged into the CPU_Fan header since otherwise I get a fan error. I'm sure you can turn this off somewhere, but I figure if the CPU wants to control one fan, who am I to deny it?

All the fans I've purchased came with the hardware to install it, at least as far as screws are concerned. You might also look into something like this. They help minimize noise due to vibration coming from the fan.

Just my 2c worth...hope it helps,

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post #14 of 21
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Those look pretty cool, Rich ~ I shall invest

I was thinking 2 of these (or just one + corsair stock?) could be a perfect fit for the push/pull on the H60, and this would make a great top exhaust fan. Then I found this page, and I'm back to square 1..

Seems I need someone to hold my hand the whole way through..

Let me know if I'm becoming a spammer..
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post #15 of 21
Usually the top and rear fan(s) are exhaust while the front and side-panel fan(s) are intake. I don't use a fan controller, but then again my case (Antec 1200) has one built in. You don't really need one but I can see why it would be helpful.

Also, if you want to save some cash and still get the 2600k, you should go with a P67 board. The Z68 doesn't really offer anything special that you're going to use, and you can save $40 bucks or so. Newegg has the P8P67 Deluxe for $210 right now, or even better the P8P67 Pro for $180ish.

Also, you could go with a 570, it's still a phenomenal card. If you're just playing games on a 1080p resolution, 570 is more than enough.
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post #16 of 21
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Those look pretty cool, Rich ~ I shall invest

I was thinking 2 of these (or just one + corsair stock?) could be a perfect fit for the push/pull on the H60, and this would make a great top exhaust fan. Then I found this page, and I'm back to square 1..
Those Zigmatek's look pretty good and seem to be well-received. I don't have any experience with the Koolertek brand. I went with CoolerMaster R4's and a Gentle Typhoon. The R4's are pretty comparable with the Zig's.
Seems I need someone to hold my hand the whole way through..

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Hey, I love Spam...!
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post #17 of 21
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Those look pretty cool, Rich ~ I shall invest

I was thinking 2 of these (or just one + corsair stock?) could be a perfect fit for the push/pull on the H60, and this would make a great top exhaust fan. Then I found this page, and I'm back to square 1..

Seems I need someone to hold my hand the whole way through..

Let me know if I'm becoming a spammer..
Couldn't tell you how it will do in a RAD but I like that Xigmatek. I have 2 of them and no complaints.

As for 140mm, TY-140

Also it doesn't have wacky screw holes like the Scythe.
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post #18 of 21
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Tonight I finally got my friend to come over and pay for the cart.. This is what I am going to be creating the "Green Machine" with:

CASE= CM 690 II Advanced nVidia edition
CPU= i7 /w Corsair H60 (pull/push with 2x green Xigmatek fans)
MOBO= Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P
RAM= 8GB G.SKILL Ripjaws 1600
GPU= 2x GTX 560 Ti
SSD= Crucial M4 128Gb
HDD= 3x WD Caviar Green 2TB 6.0Gb/s
PSU= Corsair TX750

NZXT Sentry-2 Touch-screen Fan Controller with.. many fans..
LG WH12LS30 Blu-ray burner
2x ASUS DVD burners

many peripherals

I spent 100 hours researching, swapping, changing, and drawing out this build.. (thank you for your help) =)

Send me no DOAs.
Edited by LeftStep - 8/26/11 at 1:10am
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post #19 of 21
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Well, the parts are coming in now.. (parts are in my sig & previous post) I hope everything works..

Also, I've got to pull off a miracle with cable management..

And also also, I need to know what I should REALLY do when configuring Win7 on the SSD. As of now, I am going off of these 2 guides:

SSD Tweaks and Optimizations - sevenforums.com
Windows 7 - ssdtweaks.net

Is there also BIOS work that needs to be done beforehand?

ANDthen:


the 4 black ports are 3Gb/s, controlled by Intel Z68 chipset
the 2 white ports are 6Gb/s, controlled by Intel Z68 chipset
the 2 gray ports are 6Gb/s, controlled by Marvell 88SE9172 chip


I've got a BD drive, 2x DVD drives, 3 HHDs (one of which connected to 690II hot-swap), and 1 SSD to install..

Which SATA ports should be used for which devices??


I don't even want to get into the H60, fans/fan controller right now..


Pushing it to the max comes later (if all goes well)
Edited by LeftStep - 8/31/11 at 1:16am
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Well, the parts are coming in now.. (parts are in my sig & previous post) I hope everything works..

Also, I've got to pull off a miracle with cable management..

And also also, I need to know what I should REALLY do when configuring Win7 on the SSD. As of now, I am going off of these 2 guides:

SSD Tweaks and Optimizations - sevenforums.com
Windows 7 - ssdtweaks.net

Is there also BIOS work that needs to be done beforehand?

ANDthen:

*snip*
the 4 black ports are 3Gb/s, controlled by Intel Z68 chipset
the 2 white ports are 6Gb/s, controlled by Intel Z68 chipset
the 2 gray ports are 6Gb/s, controlled by Marvell 88SE9172 chip


I've got a BD drive, 2x DVD drives, 3 HHDs (one of which connected to 690II hot-swap), and 1 SSD to install..

Which SATA ports should be used for which devices??


I don't even want to get into the H60, fans/fan controller right now..


Pushing it to the max comes later (if all goes well)
1) Setting up and installing your OS to SSD is really simple...the key is not to over-think it.

The first time you turn it on, have only your SSD and one of the DVD drives plugged in.
Go into BIOS and set boot order to DVD and insert your OS disk.
While in BIOS check to make sure your SATA controller is set to AHCI.
Restart and install OS as you normally would.
After complete, set up other HDD's and optical drives, and reset to boot from SSD.
Tweak away.


2) The only thing you need to do beforehand is check that you are set to AHCI.

3) Which ports you use depends on what you have that can take advantage of 6Gb/s. If it were me, I'd plug my SSD and one HDD into the 6Gb/s ports and distribute the rest of my HDD's and opticals into the other Intel ports. Of course, that will leave you one port shy, but I guess you could plug a DVD burner into the Marvell port. I have mine disabled, but I don't see why they wouldn't work on a DVD burner.

Just out of curiosity, do you really need three DVD drives?

Just my 2c worth...hope it helps,

Rich
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