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Thanks again All!

I ran into a few snags...

I have an Antec 902 V2 case. The more I try to update my rig, the more I regret that purchase.

I was partial to the TR Archon; top notch air cooling in a more slender design. Unfortunately, it is 170.25mm tall!! I was even considering cutting holes in the side window to accommodate the heat pipe tips, but the fan might reach just as tall.

I also have Mushkin Ascent ram that is 41mm tall, meaning I would have to raise the front fan a bit (Silver arrow), but I could also mount the 2 fans at mid and rear... From what I read, the best way to mount the SA in a 902 is front and rear fan, because the mid fan is too tall due to the bolt in the middle.

I am just unsure as to any purchases other than top-of-the-line air, because of the potentially minimal performance increases over the N520.

I really want to consider closed loop water, but I have read so many experiences of pump failure, leaks, fluid degradation, etc...

Thanks soooo much for your input. Keep it coming!!! Eventually the light bulb will come on!
My first case purchase was an Antec NSK 4480II (it included a 430W psu) that cost me $100. I bought it because I was in a hurry and had time to research cpu and motherboard, but not psu and case. I bought the latter on Antec's rep.

After joining OCN I began to realize that I had made a bad choice in my case. It was of an ancient design. No way should Antec have continued to manufacture it, nor Newegg to sell it. So I spent $40 to buy an enormously better case - an NZXT Beta Evo. And I bought an Antec psu built by Seasonic . . .after I read reviews and decided it was a good choice. Including the $20 MIR on the case I spent the same $100 for a 750W quality psu and a wonderful case that I had spent for the Antec pos case+psu.

I passed down that rig to my daughter, and when a Lian Li PC-7FN came on sale for half off I got her a good case. The Antec I gave away, 430W psu and all.

Sometimes you just make mistakes. I don't like Antec cases for a number of reasons, one of which is that their cases with top ventilation only have rear fan positions. In essence you are stuck with top exhaust. Again they are selling old designs. They make exactly one case I like.

Good cases can be found inexpensively. Take your time, find one that suits your needs, save your money and buy it.

RAM has never been cheaper. Right now you can buy 8GB of low profile RAM for what you would have paid for half that a half year ago. Buy some now before some factories start closing: all but one of the memory manufacturers are losing money. I have 4GB of some low latency Mushkins sitting in a box downstairs because I changed my mind and bought 8GB of low profile 1600MHz. G.Skill, no less. No more high profile RAM for me.

Sometimes you eat your mistakes. Sometimes you can sell them. I keep the Mushkin RAM as an emergency spare set. You never know what will happen.

And if you want to keep your RAM you can buy low profile aftermarket heatsinks for it.

Anyway, to make a quick message: don't be afraid to toss out stuff that doesn't work for you. Stick with your motherboard, your cpu and your Archon, design around them.
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post #12 of 16
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Thanks ehume!

That is good advice for building a system you can be passionate about.
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every upgrade will teach you more like ehume suggested, I learned alot too from OCN and I just got a 2500k and decided it was time for a new cooler, i was debating between the h100 and d14/silver arrow, but I thought might as well take the next leap and go full water cooilng, now I can fit my side fan inside my case for once. but you learn from your mistakes. I got high profile ram and eventually realized that they don't really do too much more to help. So I ended up now with 8gbs of gskill low profile ram that are quite good.

Also cooling has a lot to do with your case, I had gotten a coolermaster elite, after a while I realized i disliked it because it had no wire management and no air flow. So i went with my phantom and I love it because i can get air flowing everywhere.

enough with personal experiences but if you want a really good cooler, and are willing to spend the money, a rasa240 will be well worth your while, for a little bit more than the d14, but if you still prefer air then the megahelms are definitely a good choice
   
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Rasa Kit!

 
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post #15 of 16
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Hi All!

So I finally made a decision, and purchased

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...2_AM2_AM3.html

and two:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11...M_181_dBA.html

It has the performance, good height, and good length. All the free room in my case is close to the front (mobo Plug is on the "rear/left" of the CPU, making the area cramped), and has plenty of clearance for the RAM.

Hopefully it works out OK. If all goes well, I will post Pics/clocks/temps.

Thanks again!
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for Air Cooling Prolimatech Megahalems Dual Fan(Look eHume Review for 65 Fans on it)
For Water/Liquid Cooling Corsair H80/Antec Kuhler H2O 920
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