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Hey guys. Around late November of last year I built my first computer with gaming in mind with the following specs:

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Basically what I'm wondering is.. where do I go from here? I don't really know what I should prioritize first in order to get the most out of my build. Should I first try to oc my cpu (with idle temps of 30-35 deg C, 39-50 deg C while gaming)? Or should I oc my gpu (30 deg C idle)? Or is the gpu bottlenecking my pc, in which case I'd replace it for a 500 series card? Or maybe even pick up a SSD?

Any help would be much appreciated. I'm content with my build (ultra settings w/ ~40 fps [during more graphically intensive situations] on the couple games I play), but like I said, I'd really like to get the most out of my pc as possible.
Edited by Haleiwa Salt - 3/8/11 at 10:45pm
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Do all your needed overclocks.
If you would want to SLI your 460 you can. Or sell your 460 and get a 6990
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your cpu idles high my 980x at 4.3ghz is 26c upgrade all your cooling and go extreme on overclocking

and please post up your system in the signature so we know everything every detail counts
    
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Do all your needed overclocks.
If you would want to SLI your 460 you can. Or sell your 460 and get a 6990
Okay, I'll start reading up on overclocking then. And I'd prefer not to SLI as one of the games I play is WoW (no teasing!) and apparently the game only takes advantage of one gpu?

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your cpu idles high my 980x at 4.3ghz is 26c upgrade all your cooling and go extreme on overclocking

and please post up your system in the signature so we know everything every detail counts
Damn, I bought the Hyper 212+ semi-recently and it's not even good enough?! damn lol should I look into liquid cooling? I have no idea where to even start with that. cpu air-based cooling seemed pretty straightforward so I just got this aftermarket cooler.

I'll also work on that sig asap, thanks.
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Okay, I'll start reading up on overclocking then. And I'd prefer not to SLI as one of the games I play is WoW (no teasing!) and apparently the game only takes advantage of one gpu?



Damn, I bought the Hyper 212+ semi-recently and it's not even good enough?! damn lol should I look into liquid cooling? I have no idea where to even start with that. cpu air-based cooling seemed pretty straightforward so I just got this aftermarket cooler.

I'll also work on that sig asap, thanks.
if you dont have $200 dont look into liquid cooling if you want some good air cooling these are the ways to go just as good as water cooling

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835181013

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835608018

oh and if you want to do liquid you can get started this way

http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g30/...its-Page1.html
    
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Well I will have some spare cash soon (yay, birthdays) so if liquid cooling would be the overall best step for me, then I have no problem dropping $200 for a kit. But if those air cooling systems are just as good then I'd rather look into those I think
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Well I will have some spare cash soon (yay, birthdays) so if liquid cooling would be the overall best step for me, then I have no problem dropping $200 for a kit. But if those air cooling systems are just as good then I'd rather look into those I think
air cooling is a just as good as water but only if you have a really good airflow case and since you have the haf 932 case your golden!

only reason most people go water if for the noise others like it because it looks cool and the most important reason for water is it overclocks slightly better but not enough to spend alot of money on it
    
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with the egg having the d-14 at $75, you can't beat it. If your using G. Skill trident's then you have to go with the H70 or full water. If G. Skill Ripjaws your golden, get the D-14 call it a day, hell it's dam near silent with stock fans on full for me, it also out performs the H70.
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with the egg having the d-14 at $75, you can't beat it. If your using G. Skill trident's then you have to go with the H70 or full water. If G. Skill Ripjaws your golden, get the D-14 call it a day, hell it's dam near silent with stock fans on full for me, it also out performs the H70.
one of the best air coolers of all time D-14
    
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I thought WoW worked with SLI recently?
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