Originally Posted by laverdure
No, I had a $100 Amazon gift certificate burning a hole in my pocket so....that's where I went. Can't wait to receive it!
Not bad, that sounds like an even better deal. Post some pics of transferring your system when you have a chance.
Originally Posted by PeaceMaker
Hey guys, I have a Grandia (the one w/ one optical drive slot). I am planning on helping a buddy with his build and need some help/suggestions.
This is what I have in the cart so far:
I am worried about a few things:
1) GPU fitment in the case (do I have to mod it like OP did?)
2) GPU heat inside case
3) Should I swap for nvidia? I'm not a huge fan of ATI CCC software...
4) Should I go air instead of the H60? I don't feel comfortable not securing two screws on the mobo.
For the GPU, I didn't have to mod anything as you should be able to fit a card up to 13.5 inches. My card, the GTX770 I have is 10.5 inches in length. The XFX your friend has picked out is 9.5 inches long. Make sure you install the card first then place the drive cage back in place. Personally, I would go with the new GTX760 which is a pretty silent from reviews and is around $249. The 760 just came out this week and is the successor to the 660 Ti. What's your buddies budget and what is he looking to do with the video card, you can maybe go with something cheaper too like the 650Ti Boost if your looking to get under $200 for a card.
With a AMD card, you will get more heat in the case. I had the 7970 in my case for a few days to test out and it got hot, but it wasn't anything to be concerned about. If you use the front fans to intake air, add 2 80mm fans for an exhaust and use the 2 fans on the side you will have a lot of positive air flow.
I had no issue with not securing the 2 screws to the motherboard. I've had this build now for about 4 weeks and just 2 screws missing was not a big deal and the mother board doesn't move around. The H60 is a great cooler, it has lowered my temps on the i5 2500K to about 29 degrees when idle. When I get some money, I am considering actually getting a dual 80mm RAD and run my own loop from the rear 80mm slot in the rear for the CPU. I kind of want my optical drive slot back, so I will go custom cooling soon.
You might want to bypass the water cooling since I just looked over your setup again, you will have to lose the optical drive if you do what I did with my case. The ASRock mobo you have, is pretty similar to my ASRock on that right side that it will be a very tight squeeze.Edited by CaptainZombie - 6/27/13 at 6:44pm