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  1. So I'm planning a new build, with the following: Phanteks Enthoo Primo (with 5x 140mm fans included) Corsair H115i MSI SeaHawk X in SLI Was wondering what the optimal fan/radiator placement and orientation would be? As per website (and OCC review), there's space for the following (although outdated): FAN: Front: 140mm fan x 2 (2 x 140mm blue LED included) Top: 140mm x 3 (1 included) Rear: 140mm fan x 1 (1 included) Side: 140mm x 2 (optional) Bottom: 140mm x 2 (1 included) HDD cage: 120mm fan x 2 (optional) LIQUID COOLING: Front: Up to 240mm (with 120mm fans) Top: Up to 480mm (with 120mm fans) or up to 420mm (with 140mm fans) Side (w/o HDD cages): Up to 240mm (with 120mm fans) Rear: 120mm or 140mm Bottom: Up to 480mm (with 120mm fans) or up to 280mm (with 140mm fans) Was thinking: Front: 2 intake fans Top: H115i Radiator (exhaust) + ? Rear: 2 exhaust fans Bottom: 2 GPU Radiators (intake) Side: ? So have an extra 140mm fan that can either go up top or on the side. Suggestions on where ideal to place it? Would it be bad to have the CPU radiator up top, exhausting air out (so intake would be lukewarm air from the case)? There's also a filter up top so intake is possible. Would it be ideal to have the GPU down on the bottom for intake? There's quite a small headroom for air to come in. I can also place the two radiators on the Side, provided I remove the HDD Cage (planning on getting hot-swapable HDD cages that fit in the 5.25 bay in the future). Thanks!
  2. @sword_fish I've read that part, my other PCIe slots are empty, except for the PCIe x1 for a soundcard, but that isn't included in the list that would disable the 2B slot. Still haven't moved the GPU back to the 2B slot after reinstalling board drivers, will try it tonight and see how it goes.
  3. I remember that I did install the drivers that came with the MB, but I'm not sure if the ones for chipset was included in the pack or if I need to install them separetely. Might update BIOS and drivers and see hot it goes. If I'm not mistaken, you might be right about the secondary chip. Will update here if I get it working.
  4. Not sure if this goes to this board or the GPU one, but I'm thinking it's more of a MB question than a GPU one. I recently bought a Maximus V Extreme with two GTX 690s. When I installed them on the motherboard via the first (1A) and third (2B) PCI-E slots (as instructed in the manual), the motherboard doesn't detect the second 690 (connected to the 2B slot). After interchanging both GPUs and nothing worked, I tried connecting the second 690 to the second slot (2A), the motherboard was able to detect both. Is this correct since I'm suppose to refer to Quad-SLI and not SLI for positioning since a 690 is already in SLI? Also, what's the optimal positioning for the second 690 since being connected to the 2A slot, it's sitting next to the first 690 which limits airflow. P.S. haven't done benchmarks yet, would rather get an answer here before tinkering to limit chances of damage to the cards. Thanks in Advance!
  5. I'm interested since I leave my PC on all the time, so might as well try it out. Same goes to my work computer which I leave on so I can RDP when I'm out.. Might cost a few more on electricity, but might be a good experiment..
  6. Seems like a cool idea (sorry for hijacking the thread). One question though, is it still profitable to mine bitcoins considering the dedicated rigs out there that can out mine your usual consumer PCs? Also, how does one eactly get the money / bitcoins. Is there like a paypal for bitcoins?
  7. Thanks for all the inputs. I guess that, with quality components, the question whether to shut down / stand by / leave on would barely make much difference to the life of the PC in its normal time frame, esp for those of us who change / upgrade parts every 4 - 6 years at the very least. Thinking this applies more to those who buy PCs and expect them to last forever..
  8. So, considering I've got myself a nice Corsair 1200w PSU (plus a UPS to esure good supply), I shouldn't have to worry about the power surges. So, that leaves heat / normal wear and tear then, so it'd be better to shut down / standby to stop components from being in a stage of constant heat? Also, is it the constant heat that deteriorates components or as Waco puts it, temperature fluctuations?
  9. Sorry if this has been posted somewhere, but all post I found are old and some refer to 'new' motherboards that basically just made everything even more complicated. So I just got a new, $ 4k Gaming Rig for myself, and considering that it's one hell of a big investment, I'd want to get the most of it. So, my question is, should you leave your PC on when you're not using it (just have the monitor go on standby), turn it off, place it on standby, hybernate? Most post I see say that you shouldn't turn off since the constand turning on-and-off can cause surges in power that may damage the mobo and everything that's connected to it. Then someone went on to say that new, quality motherboards no longer suffer from the same problem. So what is it really? I currently just leave mine on and it's been 5 years already with no noticable problems. P.S. I have the PC connected to a UPS to protect it from power surges from the outlet, so it should protect it from those, but not necessarily surges in power when turning the PC on and off.
  10. So I have got two 680s on the mail, and got an old 460 from an old rig. Is it advisable to include this as the dedicated physX card? Would imagine it gives better framerates, but are there known bugs when using this set-up?
  11. Yes, the obsesive compulsive in me was just screaming why not to plug red and red.. lol
  12. Yes, I was just taken by surprise that they didn't do the same color like what's usually found in RAM slots. And it's my first mb that supports SLI, so a bit of a noob moment for me there..
  13. So I got the Maximus V Extreme from ASUS and planning to install 2 2slot GPU's. I read the manual and was surprised to learn that the slots recommended for 2way SLI is the top most, red slot, and the third from the top, black one. I always assumed that the ones marked in red are designed to be faster than the black one. Is this an error, or am I just assuming too much? Good thing too that I read the manual before jumping into it.
  14. I didn't think of that, thinking I could always replace those files.. Another question: I have a 256GB SSD, I can't do a RAID 1 with a HDD because the capacity wouldn't be the same and the SSD would suffer from the slow write times of the HDD. Is there a way that my SSD would always be backed up to a HDD without having to schedule a backup every day/week/month? Something like RAID 1 which is instanteneous, but without the lag of the HDD writing times.. Also, is there a way to have my 2 2TB HDDs show as one 4TB drive without using RAID 0 so I wouldn't have to do some file management, while still maintaining their independence, losing one drive only destroys the files on that drive and everything on the other is still maintained?
  15. I thought as much, most likely I didn't understand properly that he did RAID 0 on the SSDs and RAID 1 on the HDDs, but refered to it as RAID 10. Anyway, since SSDs wouldn't necessarily need to be on RAID 0, I guess it's alright if I do just a single SSD and be done with it. But if I'll be using HDDs for storing files, isn't it better to do RAID 0 if I already have 2 idenical 2TB HDDs and don't need the redundancy of RAID 1? It'll be the same as using the 2 for a total of 4TB, whether or not I have them in RAID 0 or not..
  16. First of all, sorry if this has been answered somewhere, but when I checked, didn't find anything, and dunno if my situation is unique or something.. Is it possible to have RAID 1+0 by using 2 SSDs for RAID 0 then using HDDs for RAID 1? I've read somewhere that a guy was using 2 256GB SSDs then 4 2TB HDDs for RAID 1.. What if I want the following, what RAID should I be using: 1. 512 GB SSD in RAID 1+0 2. 2 TB in RAID 1 3. 2 x 2TB not in raid ? Does this mean I need: 1. 2pcs 256GB SSD + HDD greater than 512GB (or 2TB HDD) 2. 2pcs 2TB HDD 3. 2pcs 2TB HDD ? Can someone show me what the guy was doing when he used 2 SSDs and 4 HDD while having a RAID 1+0 setup? Thanks in advance
  17. Thanks, would've been a waste when I build my dream PC and have 2 ugly cables sticking out the back.
  18. I'm planning on getting a new PC with a Level 10 GT case and a Maximus V Extreme motherboard. Now my motherboard has support for USB 3.0 20-pin headers. Does anyone know if Level 10 GT already changed from having the front USB 3.0 plug into the back of the case or now into internal headers of the MB. Thanks in advance.
  19. Well, I'm in the point in life that I only get to buy a PC every 6 years with barely any upgrading other than adding extra fans, RAM, accessories, that I wanted to go all out on this one since it fits the current budget. Might go lower with the RAM, or use my old 1600 and buy another pair later for a total of 16GB. I checked out the Sniper3 and found that the difference is merely $80, and since I'm spending close to $400 on the board, it doesn't seem that bad to shell out a couple more bucks (plus, from past experience, I'm more comfortable with ASUS than Gigabyte)..
  20. I might have forgotten to indicate that I already have three (3) 1080p 3D monitors that barely runs on my current set-up, thus this set-up. Running 3 in 3D is like running 6 1080p monitors (I assume) coz each monitor needs to output 2 different pictures simultaneously for the 3D effect, thus the SLI. and space for tri/quad-SLI.. And I'm looking to future-proof this build a bit, maybe add/replace the following: 1. i7 3930k in the future, or whatever new CPU comes out 2. Adding another one or two GTX 680s when the current SLI doesn't hold up. The choice for the RIVE against other X79 motherboards is that other X79 are only cheaper by 20-25%, so I thought why not just jump the gun.. As for the RAM, might just change to a 1600 or 1866 so I don't have problems if I don't OC.. Any more inputs whould be helpful.
  21. Hi guys, I'm out to build yet another gaming PC to replace my 6 year old one. CPU i7 3820 lga2011 Motherboard ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Chasis Thermaltake TT Level 10 GT RAM G.Skill Trident X Dual 2 x 8GB DDR3 2400 CL10 PSU Corsair AX1200i 80Plus Platinum Digital GPU Asus GTX 680 DirectCU II 4gb/256bit ddr5 x 2 CPU Cooling Corsair H100i Hydro Series CPU Cooler Fan Controller NZXT Sentry LX bay SSD OCZ Vertex 4 256GB HDD Seagate 2TB 64MB SATA Just got some concern about compatability and bottlenecks: 1. Is the Rampage IV E too much of a motherboard for a 3820 CPU? MB nearly costs twice as much as my CPU. 2. RIVE with the 2400 RAM needs to be overclocked. RAM in my current rig also needs to be overclocked, but it also OCs the CPU. Anyone have issues with this? Had to change to a lower freq RAM for some stability. I could go with a Corsair Dominator Platinum 2x8gb 1866 CL9 ( CMD16GX3M2A1866C9 ) instead and go with Corsair for most components. 3. Level 10 GT is a sexy case, with good airflow, but is it not enough in this build? Also, anyone know if the H100i will fit with this case? How about in a push/pull configuration? Thanks!
  22. Yeah, forgot to mention the Alienware too. Any other brands out there that acutally sell the case without the components?
  23. Hi there, looking to build a new gaming rig, and was looking at the TT Level 10 GT. However, I just remembered seeing an Asus ROG Desktop with motorized vents that open and close. Does anyone know of a 3rd party case that's actually on sale that has similar features, more for looks / cool factor, with adequate cooling? Thanks in advance!
  24. I know this may sound weird in an overclocking forum, but what about the 3820 against a locked 3770, both not being overclocked? Or if ever, just a very slight overclocking, maybe through a built in OC program (OC genie for MSI, dunno what ASUS calls it)?
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