Originally Posted by Georc
if anything buy the mobo/ram combo soon. the promo code expires on the 28th, i think.
Yeah. I'm gonna do it tomorrow. I was just going over some arguments with my mom over this ****. She doesn't care anymore.
I was also looking at the HAF X again vs the Df-85 and the Phantom.
I've found that some people think the HAF X is a peice of crap. The Df-85 is liked by a select few and is mostly thought of as garbage compared to the HAF X by most people.
The Black Phantom is $9 off right now
and considering this is 3:30 in the morning it should be over any minute so I was considering weather I should get that or not. Black would have been fine for me. But the interior between the the two inside is quite different. The Phantom has medium room while the HAF X has Large or X-Large room inside, which can be crucial for future upgrades as well as being nice and wide for a first-time builder. I also like the locking wheels on the HAF X (important 'cause it's gonna be over 30 pounds heavy). I heard some people say the HAF X has better airflow, as well as better and easier filters. But I've also heard some people who own the Phantom say that the airflow was very close, especially with added fans, and that the dust was actually less
on it and the filters easier to clean.
The kicker for me was the support of HAF X owners should I run into a problem with building or modding it (just look at the post counts in the HAF thread vs the Phantom thread in the case forum; 2 million to 200,000!
). Also, the Phantom only uses NZXT fans, and right now they don't offer LED fans for it, though they're in the process of making them, and I'm sure they'll be as good as their LEDs lights. I don't want to be limited in my choices for fans and lights. I heard the NZXT fans are loud and suck.
I was trying to see if it was worth being $49 cheaper than the HAF X and it is not. Plus, no side window for cool alien light show and rock concert inside PC. Boo!
I was also looking the P8P67 Pro vs Deluxe. I've found the LCD Boot Log/Error number feature to the most profoundly helpful addition of the Deluxe and worth the extra forty dollars (well, less maybe with the combo.) in-case I run into problems.
An issue I'm having now is weather I am going to get the Silver Arrow or the Noctua NH-D14. Someone showed me a picture
of the SA being RIGHT next to the heat-spreaders on the rams but not touching them. That's all the proof I can find as of now. On the other hand, I am hearing from a number
of sources that the D14 does NOT touch the heat-spreaders. I am unsure of which one I'm getting. They are both very similar and the same price ($80). I'll have a decision by tomorrow.
Originally Posted by Georc
kcuestag speaks the truth. the only bad thing about the directcu II is that it is a triple slot card which means if you go sli with then they will have no space between them. I guess you could sli it with a dual-slot 580 dow the road but assuming you will leave one slot free between them for air to got through, you will still end up covering up every expansion slot on the mother board except one pci express x1 slot that's above the graphics cards. anyway, the msi does have improved power phases and it has a higher factory overclock which is better if you don't want to mess with that.
My second issue. This one I am very confused about. Georc, in your opinion, which one should I get? They're both good, right, and keep the heat off, so which one would be right? Regarding the PCI express, the only slots I think I would need is for an eternet card and a sound card. I do plan on going Dual SLI later on...unless a better single card comes along for the price.
Third issue. Speaking of a eternet card...I am using Cox cable internet right now. Would this one work OK for me?
So those were/are my little issues. I am going to place the order tomorrow on the combos, though.
Thanks for the help, everyone. Edited by Deverica Wolf - 4/27/11 at 1:24am