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oh i see. but it should still be just like the retail version right? just keep the code safe and they'll reactivate it no problem?
yes
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any tip on what PSU i could use to replace the corsair AX650 (£110 inc. VAT)
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I personally own XFX black 650 , as well corsair ax line.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817207014

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817207007

I am recomending this from personal experience great psu! IMO

Also go with 1600mhz ram 8 gb if possible, 4gb will be plenty though.
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yeah im putting things together. if the AX was in stock total would come out as roughly £80-100 cheaper then going with the two companies, with more memory, and a different cpu cooler.

Thoughts?

Edit - oh i did a look on that cpu cooler (noctua NH-D14) and the reviews for it werent that great... am i missing something?
Edited by fungai - 8/18/11 at 7:11am
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Well you live in West Europe all I can recommend to you is a Be Quiet! PSU.

This one is 680W fully modular, 80+ Bronze :
http://www.ebuyer.com/247734-be-quie...-sata-4x-bn163
~£20 cheaper than the Corsair 650W.

Here's a review :
http://vr-zone.com/articles/psu-revi...w/12560-6.html

As you can see in my sig I have a Be Quiet! PSU myself, couldn't be happier.
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Antec True Power New line is good alternative to Corsair. You can get the 750 for a little cheaper then the Corsair AX 650 ( http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-...quiet-fan-atx- ) or save even more with the TPN 650 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w-...eps-12v-quiet-

The Noctua NH-D14 is a fantastic cooler. I can't help but think you might have looked at the wrong review. It is simply one of the best air coolers out there, along with the Silver Arrow (http://www.scan.co.uk/products/therm...-2x-ty-140-fan ). It is big and bigger coolers can be a little tougher to mount. You don't have to go with the absolute best though, there are plenty of good alternatives that will still cool a 2500K just fine that might be a little less intimidating for a first time builder. Cooler Master V6/GT (http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coole...55-1156-1366-a), Thermaltake Frio (http://www.scan.co.uk/products/therm...am3-cpu-cooler) , Corsair A70 ( http://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsa...56-amd-am2-am3 come to mind.
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post #27 of 39
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Antec True Power New line is good alternative to Corsair. You can get the 750 for a little cheaper then the Corsair AX 650 ( http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-...quiet-fan-atx- ) or save even more with the TPN 650 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w-...eps-12v-quiet-

The Noctua NH-D14 is a fantastic cooler. I can't help but think you might have looked at the wrong review. It is simply one of the best air coolers out there, along with the Silver Arrow (http://www.scan.co.uk/products/therm...-2x-ty-140-fan ). It is big and bigger coolers can be a little tougher to mount. You don't have to go with the absolute best though, there are plenty of good alternatives that will still cool a 2500K just fine that might be a little less intimidating for a first time builder. Cooler Master V6/GT (http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coole...55-1156-1366-a), Thermaltake Frio (http://www.scan.co.uk/products/therm...am3-cpu-cooler) , Corsair A70 ( http://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsa...56-amd-am2-am3 come to mind.
The review i checked out was this one - http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/coo...ooler-review/1 Granted it was only one review i looked, and i did notice it was close to the top on the temp thingy page, but then on the last conclusion page it started scoring only mid numbers out of 10 (i didnt really read it tho...). while i was looking for more coolers, i noticed they kept testing them against the FRIO, and the short list i was looking at they seemed not as good as that one... but i dont knowhow the frio shaped up to the noctua.

and thanks for the PSU recommendations.. i will look at both
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Hi again guys.. quick query - anyone know if the Be Quiet! Dark Rock Advanced BK014 CPU Cooler is any good or not? i only ask cause while i was looking on scan i saw their OC bundle thing, compared the price with the parts i had selected (mobo, ram and cpu identical) but a different fan. Price of the recommended set up with noctua fan is £411.74, the bundle is £407.

So as asked, how is the Be Quiet! Dark Rock Advanced BK014 CPU Cooler?

edit - And what are peoples thoughts on corsair 850HX?

And which would you pick out of:
Corsair obsidian 650d
graphite 600t
Silverstone ravenhttp://www.scan.co.uk/products/silve...dow-kit-no-psu
silverstone fortress http://www.scan.co.uk/products/silve...window-w-o-psu

they are all similar in price, and have recommendations from different places, but which would be nicest/ best?
Edited by fungai - 8/19/11 at 1:57pm
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any knowledge about the above would be great
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The review i checked out was this one - http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/coo...ooler-review/1 Granted it was only one review i looked, and i did notice it was close to the top on the temp thingy page, but then on the last conclusion page it started scoring only mid numbers out of 10 (i didnt really read it tho...). while i was looking for more coolers, i noticed they kept testing them against the FRIO, and the short list i was looking at they seemed not as good as that one... but i dont knowhow the frio shaped up to the noctua.

and thanks for the PSU recommendations.. i will look at both
Well taking a quick look at the review you linked. It's just one review of many. Even so you should notice that the NH-D14 scored the highest in performance. Where it was marked down at was features, ease of use and value. With the exceptions of features ( maybe they wanted prettier fans) I find that understable.

Frio is a top contender so it makes sense to test against it. It's a good package from what I understand. Good heatsink, good fans, good mounting system, for a competitive price.

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Hi again guys.. quick query - anyone know if the Be Quiet! Dark Rock Advanced BK014 CPU Cooler is any good or not? i only ask cause while i was looking on scan i saw their OC bundle thing, compared the price with the parts i had selected (mobo, ram and cpu identical) but a different fan. Price of the recommended set up with noctua fan is £411.74, the bundle is £407.

So as asked, how is the Be Quiet! Dark Rock Advanced BK014 CPU Cooler?

edit - And what are peoples thoughts on corsair 850HX?

And which would you pick out of:
Corsair obsidian 650d
graphite 600t
Silverstone ravenhttp://www.scan.co.uk/products/silve...dow-kit-no-psu
silverstone fortress http://www.scan.co.uk/products/silve...window-w-o-psu

they are all similar in price, and have recommendations from different places, but which would be nicest/ best?
Never heard of that air cooler before. Can't help there.

HX850 has been overshadowed by the newer and more effecient AX850. It is still a very good PSU and I really like that it has 6 PCI Express conectors.

Cases are so personal. The budget you seem to be giving to the case you should have plenty of can't go wrong options. Out of what you have listed I'd go for the 650D You might want to check out the about to be released Carbide series too though. http://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsa...g-case-w-o-psu http://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsa...-ccase-w-o-psu
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