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  1. If you're trying to make a phase change unit, the whole point of it is to get sub zero temps. I don't think there's any cheap version of it. Most of the time when I see people trying to build single or dual phase change units, it will cost them at least $300, and that's having a ton of the parts already and not screwing up. I truly wish you luck, but I just don't see it happening.
  2. No offense, but if you are trying to get results like the 5970, you should have gotten a 5970. Nothing else is going to produce results close to it. The 5870's may be able to pull through at a great OC in CFX, but you still just cannot compare to it. However, if you want to try and can get the best setup, it will of course be custom, which means, you do it yourself, not some pre-built kit. You will need... CPU Block - Swiftech Apogee XT Ci7 GPU Block(s) - Swiftech Komodo HD 5800 Full Cover Waterblock Radiator(s) - Swiftech MCR320 and MCR 220 Reservoir - Danger Den Dual 5 1/4" Bay Reservoir Pump(s) - 2x Swiftech MCP655 That should get you started. What you need to figure out is the tubing, the coils, the barbs, the fittings, etc. An expensive build like that shouldn't sacrifice on cooling.
  3. Realtek Realtek Realtek. Imo, they completely dominate VIA. You will hear a lot about how shotty VIA drivers are, how bad the sound quality can be, etc. Realtek has had a long time standing being the best on-board audio, and now that VIA is gone, it really has no competition. Realtek is now standard on most, if not all, new motherboards. Edit: However, if you are looking to get a sound card rather than compare on-board, get a Creative Labs one. Soundblaster X-Fi Fata1ity series is the best.
  4. The only way to see if it can be safely unlocked is by doing it yourself.
  5. When overclocking without an unlocked multiplier, all you are doing is changing the FSB rather than increasing the multiplier. With the 920, I would recommend trying at something low and stable first, such as 2.8 or 2.9GHz, then increase by small increments, reboot and run a stress test, and do it all over. It will take a while but you will be pleased once it is finally done. The 920 should get around 3.4GHz on air without voltage tweaks, but that doesn't mean you should. Definitely upgrade the cooler and make sure you're monitoring your temps with SpeedFan or another program. If you're not sure about a current setting, then don't do it. You're working with hundreds of dollars in technology and there is a high risk for frying.
  6. Are you planning on doing a custom water cooling kit or pre-built? Custom is recommended because it (most of the time) gives better cooling and thus better performance. However, it is (most of the time) more expensive than pre-built kits and can take up more space. Custom means you buy the radiator, pump, reservoir, cut the tubing, etc. Pre-built kits are generally cheaper products that are meant for low-space or low-budget builds. They come pre-configured with little to no adjustment needed. A popular one for CPU cooling is the Corsair H50. However, these give (most of the time) worse cooling and don't offer much in terms of customization. It really comes down to preference and how far you are going to go. Extreme overclocking = Custom, Average/Low-budget = Pre-built. There's a thread here that pretty much answers all of the questions about LCS and popular brands and websites.
  7. When it comes to overclocking, there is no such thing as a common goal. Every single individual experience WILL vary, no matter what. All you can do is look up your parts and see what has been achieved without much stress. As the above poster said, the E8400 is a great overclocker and you'll be able to do that easily. With the 9800GT, just try to do the normal overclocking method - do small intervals at a time, reboot, stress test, and if it works, then bring it up some more. Make sure you have a good program like SpeedFan to monitor your temps and fan speeds so you know when to let off.
  8. Yes, that new system will definitely perform better. The 1090T has great potential for performance and is a great overclocker. The UD7 has great reviews and will definitely contribute to how well you can overclock. The UD7 can handle high CPU and RAM overclocks, so no problem there. Your memory kit will be better than fine as it has very high performance and is obviously designed for the Phenom X6. Plus, the AM3 architecture should last quite a while longer than the i7's, so feel free to upgrade without regret.
  9. Hierovision, I had that same exact kit that you mentioned, and to be honest, I'd be a little weary of it. It is 15" so you may have a little trouble with fitting it in a good spot, but most mid-full tower cases will have no problem. I had a couple DOAs when I bought from Newegg, but I'm sure it's not their fault. The light controller is great though - it has three different modes, one of them being off, if you don't want it on. One kit I know of that was designed for the Xbox 360 (but will work with anything with the right connectors) is the Pulsevu 2 kit. It can hold a LOT of LED's (they did a stress test using 154 LED's) so you can go crazy. It has a bunch of different options for fading and pulsing to sound. http://www.pulsevu.com/about/
  10. Hierovision, I had that same exact kit that you mentioned, and to be honest, I'd be a little weary of it. It is 15" so you may have a little trouble with fitting it in a good spot, but most mid-full tower cases will have no problem. I had a couple DOAs when I bought from Newegg, but I'm sure it's not their fault. The light controller is great though - it has three different modes, one of them being off, if you don't want it on. One kit I know of that was designed for the Xbox 360 (but will work with anything with the right connectors) is the Pulsevu 2 kit. It can hold a LOT of LED's (they did a stress test using 154 LED's) so you can go crazy. It has a bunch of different options for fading and pulsing to sound.
  11. With a $300 price tag, I would prefer to avoid the 800D. Storm Sniper looks nice and even if I decide not to LC, it has good cooling. I am favoring the lower-budget cases, as in around $150 or lower. Noted cases are the HAF 922, HAF 932, Storm Sniper, CM 690 II Advanced, Antec 1200, etc.
  12. Thank you all and hello to you all. The CM690II looks nice and it has those grommets, plus it has some good reviews and all-around features. Though, the bad reviews show problems of improper grounding causing reboots. With only 3 or 4 people writing that, however, I think it will be fine. I see that it also has mounts for a 2x120mm radiator in the top and bottom. This case actually looks pretty good for such a low cost and being Mid Tower. The Antec 1200 is a very popular one that I've looked into and for the money it is a good deal. Getting one of the highest rated cases from a trusted company. It has features all around the table, once again as it is almost becoming standard, it has the grommets, has tons of fans for air cooling and options for liquid cooling. However, being that I may swap parts out often, I would hate to have this case, considering how many screws and everything I would have to go through. I'm sure it wouldn't even take 10 minutes, but I would still rather not have to go through that hassle. Thanks for your help everyone but I think I'll still need a little help with a comparison. CM 690 II vs. HAF 922 vs. HAF 932. Does anyone have any personal experience with any of the cases? HAF 922 runs as much as the 690 II, with the 932 only being $50 more. By the way, yeah, I know, the 5550 is terrible for gaming, but I got it for free from a friend who upgraded and I just said why not. I may go with a 5770 or if budget permits, a 5870.
  13. I'll keep it short and simple. As the title says, I'm looking for a case for my rig. I am really getting interested in water cooling and would like to have a case that has grommets for water cooling, but also has great airflow if I decide not to. The system will be overclocked and stressed, so temperatures will be somewhat high. However, I am not looking to spend a fortune, either. ~$150 was my dream budget for a case, but looking around, that may not be possible. Preferably a full tower since size is not an issue and I will need room inside of it. I have since the Antec 1200 and the HAF 932 and the Cosmos 1000 and S, but can anyone specifically recommend a good case like I said above? Thanks in advance, feel free to give any input at all.
  14. I just wanted to say hello and to thank you for letting me be apart of this community. I've been following OCC for quite a while now and have been coming here any time I needed to see the latest reviews or need pretty much any help with anything computer related, and it seems like my questions are already answered here. I love this place because it's so different from other sites similar to it. By that, I mean that this doesn't just have some shotty advice or outdated topics, but it actually has real help with people who know what they are doing and love doing it. It has people dedicated to bringing people up to speed on the latest (overclocking) news and makes sure everyone is well-informed. I feel I come here so much it's about time I register so I can start giving back and helping others the way everyone here has helped me. Just want to say thanks again and hello to everyone, and raise my e-peen a little while I'm at it. Speaking of which, just got done ordering parts for my first build, hopefully all parts will arrive by Monday, specs are as follows: i7 930 @ 2.8GHz (Definitely going to overclock) Gigabyte X58A-UD3R ATi Radeon HD 5550 Video Card (Got it from a friend who upgraded) 6GB OCZ Memory 1TB WD Black HDD LG Blu-Ray RW Drive 22" Acer HD monitor And some $20 Rosewill temporary case. I need to find a good case at a low price with grommets for possible water cooling... I hope to be very active here and try to make this place my new home.
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