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Looking for feedback on my build. I realize the mobo is way overboard for what I want to do, but since Z68 will support Ivy Bridge with a BIOS change, I want to go with that.

I plan on gaming at 1920x1200 on a Dell U2410. I havent built a computer from scratch since 1999, and I am just looking for opinions/advice.

I love the look of the FT02B-W, so I plan on using the following parts:

CPU: i7-2600K (Hoping to OC to 4.5-4.7)
Mobo: Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z Z68
GPU - 2 x GTX 580 SC SLI
CPU Cooler - Corsair H70 or NH-D14 (I dont like the ugly color, so prefer going with the H70 for the simplistic look)
Memory - 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance Red DDR3 1600
SSD - Crucial 256GB M4
HD - WD Caviar Black 2TB
Optical Drive - Light-on Lightscribe IHAS424-98
PSU - Corsair HX1050
OS - Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Any help/advice/feedback would be appreciated, especially with the case/cpu cooling. Should I replace the fans with better ones? I am not sure!

Thank you in advance...
 

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Looks sweet to me, not sure about the Corsair H70 though, Noctua is a beast of a cooler regardless of it's aesthetic value. It does beat cheap watercooling solutions.
 

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Looks sweet to me, not sure about the Corsair H70 though, Noctua is a beast of a cooler regardless of it's aesthetic value. It does beat cheap watercooling solutions.

Perhaps I could swap it out with some black or red fans to go with the look of the case/board..That would look totally sweet if I could find some that fit.
 

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Perhaps I could swap it out with some black or red fans to go with the look of the case/board..That would look totally sweet if I could find some that fit.

You can find fans of all colours and CFM ratings, think there's quite a few on here that have customised the D14 to not only look sexier but perform better. Something like these would do the job...Check em out

Enermax Magma Batwing Blade 120mm Fan approx $22



http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=11338
 

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Interesting look, I like it. Is that a direct swap with the 120/140mm that come with the D14, or would I have to play with it?
 

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Well, here's the Noctua D14 details:- Here you'll be able to figure out what works




 

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Thoughts on the Thermaltake Frio?

Your thinking red/black theme again lol

Personally i don't reckon it much, plus it's more than half the price of a D14. The trio does produce less noise than the D14 though.
 

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I know the Hyper 212+ is a little bit weaker in cooling compared to the D14, but if it's a pain in the butt just to change the fans, you could easily get the hyper 212+ (actually theres an EVO version out now for $3 more that cools a little bit better), but still all you would have to do is switch out the fans with any 120mm fan and it will work. One for intake and one for exhaust.

Hyper 212+:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065

Hyper 212 EVO (better cooler that just came out, $5 more):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103099

Edit: Everyone I've seen with the i5-2500k with it has gotten it to 4.5GHz easily, I think the i7-2600k would get about the same with the cooler.
 

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Changing the D14 fans will be a piece of cake, they're just held on with metal fan clips, should accept any fans with the standard 120mm mounting holes!
 

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Upon inspection, you are exactly right..any standard 120mm or 140mm fan will work.

For the best results, should I use 2 x 120mm fans for the bottom/top and 1 x 140mm fan for the middle?

Or is the 120mm on the bottom and the 140mm in the middle enough to get the job done?
 

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Changing the D14 fans will be a piece of cake, they're just held on with metal fan clips, should accept any fans with the standard 120mm mounting holes!

Oh well it sounded earlier when that chart was posted xD

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Get the NH-D14,it is much better than the Hyper 212

Yes I know, I was just saying if he wanted to switch out fans, because when the chart was posted with all the information it looked like you needed specific fans or something, but obviously that isn't the case.
 

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My bad I didnt realize that is what you were posting until I thought about it. I have been up all day working in Afghanistan (coming home soon), and my mind is mush.

I think I am going to rock 2 x T.B. SILENCE 120MM TWISTER FAN CFAN and 1 x T.B. SILENCE 140MM TWISTER FAN CFAN.

I will post pictures of the results and let you know how loud it is. I might play with a few fans/etc.
 
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