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I have accumulated 100~200$ budget and would like suggestions on something useful which I could pick up.

I think my top priority ought to be a CPU cooler so I am going with a CM Hyper 212 EVO
It does fit in an AM3+ board right?

The rest of the config is in my signature,
I originally though of an SSD but failed to find a good gb/$ value for the performance gained,
since I am gaming 24/7 on this build, I'd like to know the value of a 40~64GB SSD since that is the only thing I can purchase.
Otherwise I think I can manage a 300GB VelociRaptor Western Digital of 64mb Cache and 6.0GB/s interface, is it worth it?

All suggestions are welcome.

North Bridge coolers, Better 2133/1866mhz rams, all such suggestions are welcome.
But no migration to intel please. The budget for an Ivy build is going to be different from this one.
post #2 of 14
Yeah get the Hyper 212 + or EVO and an extra fan so you can do push/pull, it's a great cooler. Right now Newegg has a good sale on Corsair Force GT 120GB for $165 ($135 after MIR) if you're looking at SSD. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233191
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I totally missed the second half of your post. Don't bother getting a Sata III (6.0Gb/s) mechanical HDD the performance just isn't the same as a SSD and you're still going to hear it, just get a bigger Sata II drive even though HDD prices are inflated right now you may wish to wait. Upgrading RAM would be an option, at least do 1600 for gaming, it seems to be a sweet spot. The 1866 and up is more for if you do anything serious beyond gaming like video, audio, or graphics rendering kind of stuff.
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Thanks for the reply!
Considering I have an SLI build, any thing more I should look forward to in cooling?
I was considering a hard drive for fast gaming, but
ssd > 10000rpm?
I don't mind the noise, but I wouldn't want to take a 120gb ssd which performs similarly to a 300gb 10000rpm 6.0gb/s drive.

I have also considered swapping some 120mm 44cfm fans with 140mm 67cfm fans. might get hands on some good 88cfm fans for the from intake.

Other than that I plan to take a 1866/2133mhz ram kit as prescribed in the memory support list on asus, but once I get it, is it garunteed to run at 1866/2133mhz? or its best to run it at 1600mhz with tighter timings?
right now I've got 8gb ram OC'd to 1600(1333)mhz at 9-9-9-24 with 1.65v, its an average kingston ram
post #5 of 14
What temps are your GPUs on load? When it comes to cooling you just want to make sure you have good airflow getting to them using a high CFM fan in the front. If you have the room for it, 200mm fans really create some airflow. Your case is designed more for water cooling though so if the temps on the GPUs are bad you could consider doing water blocks and adding them to a loop.

With regards to SSD vs 10000 rpm, on Sata III the answer is yes. The 10000 rpm drives are the best thing outside a SSD, but at the end of the day they're still a mechanical HDD and will create up to 22dB noise. Sure you'll have more space but once you've experienced a SSD on Sata III a mechanical HDD will just become a storage drive. I can go from cold boot to Windows 7 loaded in 10 seconds and I have never seen a mechanical HDD load anything this fast. You can go whatever direction you want though as both drives are still expensive.

Regarding the RAM I don't think you'll see any big performance improvement going from 1600 to 1866 or 2133. I don't know what memory you're looking at getting but usually the SPD on them is lower than what they're rated. My memory downclocked to 1333 and I turned on the XMP (Intel only) and it went up to 1866. You'll be able to do the same on AMD just setting your timings manually to achieve 1866.
post #6 of 14
You're about topped out with that board. A decent SSD is probably the only worthwhile upgrade biggrin.gif

The suggested Corsair drive is a good choice
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I'll give it a thought, since online shopping isn't possible for me at the moment, in 83$ at a shop nearby I believe intel 30gb SSDs are being given, though I didn't learn the specifications, is 30gb okay or should I go 60gb?
In the current hard drive I have a 25gb partition for windows 7 alone, and the rest is for games, so I believe in a 30gb SSD I can only store windows, but in a 60gb SSD I can make a second partition and probably store games, so does it have a significant impact on games? If not then I'd really consider a 30gb one, since thats all I require for windows

the ambient is 25c, so gpu1 is 76c and gpu2 is 55c, when both cards are maxxed out under 100% fan speed
in summer the ambient are nearly 40c, so I guess it means a 90c+ on my gpu1 which I really want to avoid.

The ram I am looking to is a GSkill Sniper 8gb for 1600mhz, but a GSkill 2133mhz is double the cost, plus the model isn't provided on my memory support QVL, the sniper is supported, and getting a 2133mhz by the memory support QVL is going to be hard.

though I might be able to afford 1600mhz AND 30gb ssd, but might not be the same for 1866/2133mhz
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The ram I am looking to is a GSkill Sniper 8gb for 1600mhz, but a GSkill 2133mhz is double the cost, plus the model isn't provided on my memory support QVL, the sniper is supported, and getting a 2133mhz by the memory support QVL is going to be hard.

though I might be able to afford 1600mhz AND 30gb ssd, but might not be the same for 1866/2133mhz

Sorry I checked your sig rig, Is your cpu rated for that high of ram? It's been awhile since I used the 955 and I wasn't sure.
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Lol no, I'll have to use fsb overclocking to reach till there
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Lol no, I'll have to use fsb overclocking to reach till there

Cool beans, thats what I was thinking but it's been awhile. To bad you didn't post a week ago, NCIX was selling the Hyper 212 for $12.99. So if your going to grab a SSD 30 gb should be ok for windows,but your'll have to use no virtual memory on the drive , and turn off hibernate mode. You might be better served getting at 64 gb. But if you can get a 30gb for alot cheaper, why not.
 
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