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post #1 of 7
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I've narrowed it down to four choices, all for my current sig rig. I've given a brief description of why I'm looking to upgrade, and then links to possible upgrades. Any help is much appreciated.

NEW MONITOR
I'm looking at buying an LCD monitor to replace my current CRT. My CRT is of good quality, but it's xbox hueg and takes up too much room on my desk. Having an LCD would be nice for a cleaner looking desktop and for ease of use, but I've had issues with LCDs regarding the fact that the image is too crisp, i.e. you can see the jaggies from the pixels in the monitor, which is extremely irritating. I can deal with my CRT for a while, since the quality is quite nice, but it is a bit irritating to have to work around this huge mother.

NEW MOTHERBOARD
I've been pleased with my DS3L package, but I've had a few issues with the board that have driven me to want to upgrade. The vdroop is terrible, even after pencil mod, and when I'm running a Q6600 at 3.6GHz daily, I don't want to be worried about giving it too much juice only to have it not really be getting that amount. A friend of mine just purchased a DFI LP LT x48 board, and it looks exceptionally nice and comes with a lot of features. Plus, I'd like to be able to have a few other perks such as variable speed fan control and RAID. I won't purchase anything from Asus, as both I and my friends have had serious quality issues with their boards.

NOTE: Do you think it would be better to wait and see what the P45 boards have to offer?

WATERCOOLING
Summer has come again, but this time I have to worry about keeping my overclocked computer cool. Watercooling would pimp my computer out while keeping my computer quieter and cooler than air and allowing me to overclock with more security. My CPU would obviously be cooled, but I'd like to be able to cool my hot (and loud) 8800 GTS G92 as well. I plan on doing case mods in the near future as well, and watercooling would help with the "kickass" factor associated with any case mods I might do.
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post #2 of 7
Definately a new monitor. I vote the 22"
    
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post #3 of 7
Indeed, summer is coming... a w/c setup would rock. I know I love mine and it was worth every penny. Plus you'll learn a lot, too.
my 2 cents.
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post #4 of 7
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Anyone else? I'm still having trouble decided.
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post #5 of 7
For the motherboard, I'd definitely wait for P45. Since you're not having trouble with your Tuniq Tower or monitor, the motherboard also seems to be the logical thing to replace. The monitor would definitely be my second choice though.
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post #6 of 7
I say monitor, and if you sit close to your desk like I do, go with the 21.6", if you sit far back from your monitor, go with the 22".
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160GB + 120GB LiteOn LiteScribe DVD burner Windows 7 Home Prem. Samsung 220WM 22" + LG f-Engine 17" (dual screen) 
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post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by nategr8ns View Post
I say monitor, and if you sit close to your desk like I do, go with the 21.6", if you sit far back from your monitor, go with the 22".
My dad has two of the 21.6" monitors that I've tested out on my system. They're nice, but like I said, I notice the jagged edges associated with the pixels of the LCD and it irritates me to no end. Does the 22" get rid of the jagged pixel edge, or is that just something that exists universally with all LCDs that I'd have to get used to?
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MAXTOR 500GB + Samsung Spinpoint 1TB Philips DVD+-RW XP Pro w/ SP3 24" Samsung 2493HM + 21.6" Samsung 216BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse II PC P&C Silencer 610w Rocketfish Razer DeathAdder 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
MAXTOR 500GB + Samsung Spinpoint 1TB Philips DVD+-RW XP Pro w/ SP3 24" Samsung 2493HM + 21.6" Samsung 216BW 
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Saitek Eclipse II PC P&C Silencer 610w Rocketfish Razer DeathAdder 
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