Originally Posted by dman811
True, final budget is a big part of building a rig. Lane kill as in you can turn off certain PCIe lanes? Cool trick. I'll be happy to have a board soon enough that I can OC on
. Minimum or maximum for fans? Always maximum for me. Minimum, quiet, half, etc, whatever, maximum for fans? Always maximum for me.
My new board has 6, better than 4 at least. Although the guy is saying that he sold his MVG too, so maybe he forgot that he was giving me the GA-Z77MX-D3H... I'd be ecstatic, but I would tell him he made a mistake.
My LAN party rig will be my i5 760 and I haven't decided which GPU yet.
Yeah, lane killing (aka OC PCIe switch according to Gigabyte) seems like it could be useful, especially in a situation where one is planning on running rigid tubing. Y'know, like I'd run anything else in a Parvum System 2.0 since they're so small (10.8" wide, 12" tall, and 16.5" deep) - stuff like Primochill's Advanced LRT would get interesting rather fast with trying to keep it neat and tidy, but there are people out there who've done REALLY good jobs of it. Going back to the lane killing feature that the Z87X-OC has, I've never used it but with an SLI setup it would be nice to be able to just unplug the card through a switch for running single GPU tests. I suppose there would be the option of bending another tube or two and dealing with draining the loop every single time one wants to change from one or the other, but that's kind of a crazy thing to do
As for fans, I run my CPU at max because if set at auto one of my fans just won't kick in until load is placed on the CPU since it doesn't send a strong enough signal (the fan keeps looking like it's trying to move, but only moves a few millimeters before falling back to it's previous position). Interesting part for me is that I only use two fan headers on my motherboard at the moment, but I have debated about swapping the default fans my Phantom 820 came with to the motherboard headers to see if any differences are made in the long run.
And yeah, I'm not going to lie - I greatly prefer the idea of dual 970's. Dual 980's sounds even sexier, but there comes a point where enough is enough (dual 980's is easily $900 more than dual 750Ti's, and I doubt I could justify it, especially since it's $400 more than the dual 970 idea PLUS would mean I wouldn't get the chance at extra hardware points on HWBot)