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Well, for Christmas I'm going to:
Biostar TForce 965PT
1GB (512MB x2) Buffalo Firestix DDR2-800 (D9)

From what I have now. (ECS board that can't OC, DDR)

For my birthday I get ~$135. I figure I can sell my RAM and mobo to get a little extra, in the $45-$50 range for the DDR, and $25-$35 range for the mobo. Bump me up to $180. I was going to get a monitor, but I really need better cooling.

So, being the Thermalright fanboy that I am:

Thermalright SI-128 CPU Heatsink

Thermalright HR-03 GPU Heatsink

Thermalright HR-05 NB/SB Heatsink

Cyba CL-RM Fan Controller

Vantec Tornado 92mm (GPU Heatsink)

Rosewill RFX-80 80mm (Chipset Heatsink)

Rosewill RFX-120 120mm (CPU Heatsink)

I really don't want to leave Thermalright. I know there are "better", such as the Typhoon VX, Tuniq, etc, but I'm going for cooling as well as aesthetics. I think Thermalright makes good looking stuff, and it does a good job. Not might not be the cheapest, but defiantly looks good.

Questions:
1) Even with a Tornado on the GPU HSF, what kind of temp difference would I notice at 7v ~50CFM, and 12v ~110CFM? If it isn't much, I mind as well drop for a slower fan and save ~$5. I want it to be able to be quiet when I am sleeping, but still be able to hold its own in cooling when it needs too.

2) Should I swing for active RAM cooling? I was planning on putting in a 120mm fan that I have laying around, thats like 20CFM, and dead silent into the 5.25 bay and have it blow across the RAM and make a rigged 5.25 bay cover out of modders mesh to suck in air. Think I should stop being cheap and invest in good active cooling?

3) Would that fan controller be able to handle a tornado? How many fans per-channel could I use?

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Thermalright is still considered one of the top coolers. I would say the SI-128 will give the BT a run for it's money! That VGA cooler is really nice also. Good choices
    
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Thermalright is still considered one of the top coolers. I would say the SI-128 will give the BT a run for it's money! That VGA cooler is really nice also. Good choices
Really? I knew it was top dog in the XP-120/SI-120 "era", but figured it got it's position jacked by everything coming out.
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That's why they came back with the 128

It's just not a cooler many folks use... you know how it goes when something else gets the hype

I never had those fans... so not sure how they behave on a controller.
    
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Anyone?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chozart View Post
That's why they came back with the 128

It's just not a cooler many folks use... you know how it goes when something else gets the hype

I never had those fans... so not sure how they behave on a controller.
I thought it was...:

SI-128 > XP-120 > SI-120

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Quote:
Originally Posted by The Pook View Post
Anyone?



I thought it was...:

SI-128 > XP-120 > SI-120

I am pretty sure that's the one too...
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That is what I meant... the 120 was good, but then competition came... and Thermaltake then came back with the 128 which is indeed the best of them.
    
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That is what I meant... the 120 was good, but then competition came... and Thermaltake then came back with the 128 which is indeed the best of them.
Wait, was the XP-120 better or the SI-120?
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Thermalright Ultra 120
Thermalright SI-120

Those are a couple to look at aswell
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Well, for my birthday.. by that time I hope to have my debit card (stupid bank) so I can make my own purchases. I usually get about £90 for my birthday, and I can save up some more from my Paper Round + pocket money (£180 max) so I could have about £270 to spend - IF I don't spend anything in between christmas and my birthday.

From my parents, I'm not getting any gifts, because the Christmas rig is a lot more than they usually spend on me, so yeah..

I'm hoping to buy at least a new case and a Tuniq Tower (~£100) then if I have enough left I'll probably buy a new mouse (COMPAQ 2 BUTTON BALL MOUSE IS KILLING ME) and maybe some Neon lights
    
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