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Thinking how to mod my NZXT Phantom 410 midi

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Hey guys, ive been getting a little bored with my PC recently and wanted to do a few upgrades before I-Series this summer, now as im a student i dont have endless amounts of money so please bare my poor wallet in mind, ha. When i first built this PC i dropped a good £1000+ on it, within a year it was getting beaten. The case is roomy and will accomodate a radiator or two in the top so i was also wondering does anyone have a suggestion for a cheap water cooling technique?
All MOD ideas accepted be it case, hardware or lighting, just need to spice this up a bit!
I use the computer for mainly gaming but i also do some photo editing and (as im an arts student) myself and some of my friends use my PC as a render slave rendering animations and designs etc so it gets a pounding on a daily basis.

Right current spec -

NZXT Phantom 410 midi case
2x DVD RW drives
2x 500GB HDD's (cant remember which and didnt want to pull them out to find out, an SSD will be needed soon)
mobo - ASUS M4A78LT-M

AMD Phantom II X6 2.8Ghz (Id like to overclock this when i learn how)
16GB RAM
Radeon HD 6870 1GB
1050W PSU (i planned ahead with this one in case i upgraded at all)

Currently air cooled by -
2x 140mm fans
2x 12mm fans

Photos of the case and PC as it is...




Cheers guys!
(P.S. I know my cable management is a little **** but its a massive improvement on how it used to be!)
post #2 of 13
I would clean up the wire management and get a corsair aio watercooler. h110 maybe?
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I would clean up the wire management and get a corsair aio watercooler. h110 maybe?

Well ive just spent the last two hours designing a water cooling loop that only cools my CPU (with capacity to upgrade it later on) and itll only cost me £175 so i think ill start saving for that instead of getting a one piece corsair.
And tomorrow morning im going to get to dismantle my pc, give it a good clean out and sort my wires cheers for the suggestion =)
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I was also considering crossfiring my graphics card 1. is this possible on my mobo as i physically cant find this out, internet is being useless at finding the answer and the user guide states that you can crossfire but doesnt say what you can crossfire and 2. HOW do i crossfire? Im starting to get more and more complex with my build now to make it a tank, just need to know where to and where not to step first haha.

cheers guys!
post #5 of 13
I'll check on that. Give me a bit.
post #6 of 13
I just found some info on your board and it appears to only have one PCI x16 slot. Is that correct?
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I just found some info on your board and it appears to only have one PCI x16 slot. Is that correct?

yeah that is correct, this means im going to have to buy another motherboard doesnt it?
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yeah that is correct, this means im going to have to buy another motherboard doesnt it?

Well, basically all Crossfire capable cards are going to require a PCI x16 slot so to Xfire you need at least two x16 slots or a dual GPU card.

EDIT: After a cursory glance it seems like the board uses a "hybrid crossfire" which uses the integrated GPU and the Discrete GPU as Xfire.
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Originally Posted by Terrere View Post

Well, basically all Crossfire capable cards are going to require a PCI x16 slot so to Xfire you need at least two x16 slots or a dual GPU card.

EDIT: After a cursory glance it seems like the board uses a "hybrid crossfire" which uses the integrated GPU and the Discrete GPU as Xfire.

Ahh ok, well in that case then ill get looking at a better motherboard that is capable then, and while im at it you know i may as well get a board that can take 32GB RAM thumb.gif
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Ahh ok, well in that case then ill get looking at a better motherboard that is capable then, and while im at it you know i may as well get a board that can take 32GB RAM thumb.gif

I think that would be a good move.
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