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I looked into I and they are nice cases, the 400 and 500r but im really learning to love the HAF X right now. Does anyone have any opinions on the NZXT HAVIK 140 CPU cooler?
The Havik is a nice cooler, but with the HAF-X, and your budget willing, you could go for a NH-D14 or a Silver Arrow. That new Phantek model is supposed to perform just as well as both, and in quite a few reviews beats out the D14. In your case though (no pun intended), you can definitely go for a beefier cooler regardless.
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Thanks for the info guys. I think I will stick with the D14.

I do want to know though, is there any noticeable difference in cooling between the Twin Frozr II and III?

Also is the power edition/over clocked 6950 worth $30 more than the OC'd 560 Ti?
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Thanks for the info guys. I think I will stick with the D14.

I do want to know though, is there any noticeable difference in cooling between the Twin Frozr II and III?

Also is the power edition/over clocked 6950 worth $30 more than the OC'd 560 Ti?
The Twin Frozr III design is an improvement, although I can't recall if there are any reviews the specifically compare the effectiveness of the two. In any event, they're definitely better than stock cooler.
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i'm getting a cm storm enforcer for my bulldozer/ Radeon 6950 build. you should get it too, nice features/removeable hdd case/toolless/cable management/side window

and its only 80 dollars
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Thanks for the info guys. I think I will stick with the D14.

I do want to know though, is there any noticeable difference in cooling between the Twin Frozr II and III?

Also is the power edition/over clocked 6950 worth $30 more than the OC'd 560 Ti?
i've had several threads on this and my conclusion was that the 6950 TFIII was better than the TFII. it has better vram, it can unlock and it has better capacitators and a custom pcb. This all results in better overclocking. this, and considering the reference model costs 230 euros, the tf2 250 and the tf3 just 240 euros, made me go for the TFIII

dont know what the prices are in the us, though the 6950 TFIII unlocked and overclocked to 1000-1050 mhz/1450mhz will absolutely blow away the 560 ti overclocked
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My .02

My system was $1600 shipped with monitor. 570 SLI ready, nothing was on sale at the time.

Some suggestions are if on a budget, don’t buy a $100+ case. There are plenty of cheaper cases out there with great airflow, use your money on hardware first.

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $125 +7.87 shipping

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K $220 (can get at Microcenter for $180 when on sale.)

CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $27 (good for 4.7ghz)

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 $70

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB $59

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6970 2GB $350

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 $60

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer $80

DVD Rom: ASUS 24X DVD Burner $20

OS: Windows 7 64bit $100

Newegg cart = $1181.89 / $1201.87 shipped
Edited by Max78 - 10/4/11 at 10:02am
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My .02

My system was $1600 shipped with monitor. 570 SLI ready, nothing was on sale at the time.

Some suggestions are if on a budget, don’t buy a $100+ case. There are plenty of cheaper cases out there with great airflow, use your money on hardware first.

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $125 +7.87 shipping

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K $220 (can get at Microcenter for $180 when on sale.)

CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $27 (good for 4.7ghz)

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 $70

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB $59

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6970 2GB $350

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 $60

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer $80

DVD Rom: ASUS 24X DVD Burner $20

OS: Windows 7 64bit $100

Newegg cart = $1181.89 / $1201.87 shipped
I will probably go with the 6950 then since it seems a little better. And while I like the Enforcer I prefer the HAF X I know its really pricey but its also an amazing case from what be read and heard from others. As for the 212+ I also heard that can be a bit noisy plus the D14 is just amazing at what it does. Bit if I am wrong about the 212+ and it os just as good as the D14 I may change my mind so I can get a better card. But I haven't really found many cases under $100 that I actually liked. =/ but if someone can show me something that looks good with at least 3-4 fans and leds are just a plus and a side panel window feel free to show me what you've got. Haha I am very picky when it comes to things like this. I also like modular psu's. =] so can anyone help me make this cheaper with all that in mind?

I know someone here said Antec cases aren't the best but I am really considering the Antec Lanboy Air in red just because I love the design of it and I like the red LED's. haha Plus it can fit the D14.
Edited by MX5J6 - 10/4/11 at 12:03pm
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6970 is slightly faster than the 6950 but, the 2gb 6950 seems to be the best bang for the buck now that I look at it.

More fans doesn’t always mean its better, it’s the airflow that counts, granted $100+ cases won’t lack in that department. I was on the wall about the Storm Enforcer when I first purchased because it looked tacky. After seeing the case in person and seeing all the room in there I love it. It is quite big inside, has 1 front mount 200mm fan, top mount 200mm fan, and rear 120mm fan. I like my side panel clean and fee of fans. The case is dead silent.

I’m currently using the 212+ and it keeps my processor at a reasonable temp at 4.7ghz. The D14is no doubt better than the 212+ it has twice the cooling surface area, but also costs $80+. If you are going for 5ghz go D14 but with a single 6950 you will be wasting power.

I don’t mind semi modular PSU’s because I tuck all the cables away anyways. Not in the way and never seen, not a problem.

Here are some pics of my cable management on the CM: SE



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Well I figured if I go with the Lanboy air in red and go with the 2GB 6950 as well as the 212+ the price goes back down to $1100. So would it look good like this:

Case: Antec Lanboy air Red Black/Red | $159.99

PSU: SILVERSTONE Strider Plus ST60F-P 600w | $109.99

MoBo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 | $124.99

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K | $219.99

HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212+ | $26.99

GPU: MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC | $299.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600MHz (Red) | $51.99

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM | $59.99

ODD: LITE-ON iHAS-324 | $20.99

Total with shipping and tax $1170.27
Edited by MX5J6 - 10/4/11 at 12:36pm
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That is a very nice build, you will definitely have fun with that. I hear those Twin Frozr coolers allow a very decent amount of overclocking as well.
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