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How's that 7970 treating ya? It looks super sweet man I really want one. I'm an impulse buyer and about to come across $5k so I'm going to be so tempted. Noooo...must....not....sppeeeennnnnnddddd!

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How's that 7970 treating ya? It looks super sweet man I really want one. I'm an impulse buyer and about to come across $5k so I'm going to be so tempted. Noooo...must....not....sppeeeennnnnnddddd!
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Dude, spend it. seriously. seriously.

Most of my latest upgrades have all come from leftover x-mas money.

Somebody gave me some really good advice MANY years ago: "Anytime you get some unexpected cash, spend it on something you want, not something you need. Because anything else would be a waste"

The 7970 is sick. I've o/c'd it up to the same speed that the Black Edition runs at. Which is 75Mhz o/c for the gpu and 50Mhz o/c for the memory. But even without the o/c, it completely blew away my previous setup which was a 6870+6850 CrossfireX.

Edit: Oh yeah, and it looks awesome. I was surprised to find out that the entire fan shroud/etc is aluminum. Really makes it look and feel like a true top-end card. Unlike every other card I've ever encountered which is just plastic.
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just as a side note... what did you mod your H50 with? I've got one just laying around that's been begging to be modded/upgraded..

My H50 is not really "modded". All I've done is cut out the fan grill on back of the case for better airflow through the rad, and used an 120>140mm adapter to put on a bigger fan. The carbon fiber that you see in the pics is just a vinyl sticker that I cut to the right shape.
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ahh.. wasn't sure if it was a sticker or you actually cut the top out to help keep the pump temp down or something.. biggrin.gif

Now I may just have to see if i can pull mine apart and do just that.. haha
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post #15 of 28
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Just finished a new side panel. Replaced the stock smoked with the vents, with a transparent crimson non-vented.
Still to be done: The plastic plugs that hold the sidepanel on are just begging to be replaced. I'm going to switch them out for something made of metal, and badass-looking. Not entirely sure what yet, but something.

Pics:

Acrylic sheet with the panel already cut out:
400

Made a mess of my dremel:
400

Side by side with the original:
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Holes drilled:
400

Protective cover removed:
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Finished Product:
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that is sick!
 
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Just swapped out the little plastic plugs for some M3 button-head cap screws. Gives the side panel a much more serious look to it.

BEFORE (plastic plugs):
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AFTER (metal screws):
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Edited by wedge - 3/5/12 at 3:38pm
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lovin the look of the red window... smile.gif
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lovin the look of the red window... smile.gif

Yeah, it's great! It's just a little bit darker than I would like it to be. I didn't have many to choose from, but this is definitely the right choice.
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Latest additions:

CPU: Piledriver FX-8350
Hard drive: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB
Audio card: Asus Xonar DX



When I first built this machine, I went out of my way to keep it as quiet as possible. It used to be great, near silent. But it's been getting increasing louder over the years. Partly due to some parts getting older, and some new parts added that are louder than what they replaced (7970 grrr).

I've had the H50 for a long time, and there's tons more water cooling units than there was back then. Can anyone suggest an AIO water cooler that would be noticeably more quiet than the H50?
Are there any GPU waterblocks that will fit the XFX DoubleD 7970, that I could tie into the same loop as the CPU?
What are some good fans 140mm preferred (or 120mm) that are relatively quiet even when attached to a radiator?

I've got a 2TB NAS that I use as storage for most large things. So I'm tempted to remove the 1TB hard drive completely, and become completely solid state. But I don't think I'm ready to give up that much local storage yet.
Edited by wedge - 12/7/12 at 1:22pm
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