Originally Posted by kaigan
I am currently debating about the Cooling. I would like your guys advice of what to get. It seems like CM Hyper is pretty famous here. thanks! Once I have everything, I will post my wish list on here for your guys viewing.Cooler Master Hyper N520 Mirror Finished Copper Base
OR Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
OR Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Also for the GPU, should I go with the FERMI version? Finally, does the Crucial comes with the converter chassis?
The Crucial drives come bare. They are marketed and packaged as notebook replacement drives so literally all you get is the bare drive and documentation inside the box. The SKUs with the "Transfer Kit" just come with some extra software and a USB dongle.. still no 2.5"->3.5" adapter bracket. Many modern cases come with at least 1 adapter bracket or mounting location for a 2.5" drive but it does depend on the case.
What kind of clocks are you shooting for? The 212 Plus is the best bang-for-the-buck at 4.5GHz and less. If you get a good chip that does above 4.5GHz at reasonable voltages (under 1.36v) the 212 Plus should also suffice.
All GTX 570s are FERMI, so they are all the same in terms of the underlying GPU and level of performance (Newegg just has the "Fermi" moniker on a select number for some silly reason). The only different model I'm aware of is the GTX 570 HD. The GTX 570 HD has a full DisplayPort (and full HDMI vs. mini-HDMI on the non-HD) and a different cooler that dumps the hot air into your chassis yet isn't as effective as aftermarket or non-reference solutions. I recommend the non-HD versions as the self-contained or aftermarket (MSI, Asus) coolers tend to offer better case airflow and better temps respectively, and there is generally a limited need for a full DisplayPort.Edited by friend'scatdied - 11/22/11 at 8:43am