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  1. Built my first computer last night and have been messing around with various stability programs today to make sure everything is alright. One thing I'm noticing is that coretemp is reporting that core 2 is usually 5-10 degrees hotter than the rest. Is this normal? After running Prime95 blend for a couple minutes, temperatures seem to top off at around 64, 70, 73, and 63 or so for cores 0, 1, 2, and 3 respectively. Low idol is reported as 20, 23, 30, and 17 degrees respectively. Could I have installed the CPU heatsink incorrectly? Bad application of the thermal adhesive? i7 2600k, CM Hyper 212+ Any help would be much appreciated.
  2. Finally ordered it! I7 2600k G skill 8gb 1600 ram Asus P8p67 deluxe mb Evga gtx 580 Crucial 128gb Sata3 ssd 2x samsung f3 1tb in raid0 CM HAF X Zalman heatsink til I get water-cooling Corsair 1200w psu Should have it next Wednesday.. Hopefully I don't fail at putting it together
  3. Regarding the 6990, the one thing that has really stuck in my mind is that it runs hotter and louder than the GTX 590. I am also under the impression that performance will not really be an issue once I get my second 590. You did get me thinking a bit though. I decided to look into both cards a bit more and I found this comparison: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/geforce-gtx-590.html They had a handy chart summarizing all differences in performance: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/geforce-gtx-590_10.html#sect0 Two numbers that stood out to me: Starcraft 2 (at 1080p with AA 8x(4x)). The GTX 590 has an average FPS of 53 while the 6990 has an average of 26. wtf? Crysis 2 beta: GTX 590 avg. 47, 6990 avg. 14? I'm guessing there's an explanation for those major disparities but it's enough to make me apprehensive about picking up that card, even if it does beat the 590 in some cases. -edit- On second thought, maybe I won't go with the 590. Evidently a quad GPU setup using two of these will result in more issues than any real performance gain, even hurting it in some cases.. I might just stick with two 580s instead.
  4. My monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005127&cm_re=LG_W2753V-PF-_-24-005-127-_-Product I have no complaints with this thing, it's been awesome to me and I got it at a solid price. Definitely not planning on moving on anytime soon.
  5. Thanks. How do you recommend backing up storage?
  6. One more question: Would I see a noticeable increase in performance with two 7200rpm HDDs in a RAID 0 array? Is it worth the risk of losing all my data if one drive fails? HDDs are cheap nowadays so it would only be a ~$60 addition. Chances are I would have most of my games installed on my HDDs seeing as how a 128GB SSD will fill up rather quickly.
  7. I read the review of the GTX 590 that went up today on this site, I'm thinking I'll probably go with that instead of the GTX 580 and buy a second one later
  8. Would it be worth paying the extra $20 for a SATA 6.0GB/s HDD vs. a SATA 3.0 drive? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 (Samsung 32mb SATA 3 7200rpm 1TB) vs http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533 (WD 64mb SATA 6 7200rpm 1TB) Kinda scared by the fact that more than 1/10 people have had serious issues with the WD drive though.. One more question: would a 1200W power supply be fine with 2x GTX 590s?
  9. Yeah I decided to go with the AX1200 and hold off on one of the two GTX 580s for the moment (unless the Army finally gets around to paying me for taking Arabic the past two semesters). The K62 looks great but I'm pretty much sold on full tower for better airflow/easier installation/wire management. The idea of trying to get everything crammed into a mid-tower just right the first time around is a little scary... It leaves me plenty of room for a future water cooling solution as well, which I plan on doing at some point. Would that extra ~100-150MB/s increase from going with a more expensive SATA III SSD be noticeable/worth it? I'm leaning towards yes, especially since holding off on that second GTX 580 will give me a little more cash to work with. I also answered my own fan question, evidently NZXT makes their own 200mm model (that is only 193mm) that is the only one that fits.
  10. This review: http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/nzxt_phantom/5.htm concludes that the fan would be best served with an additional 200m fan or two.. How do I know what's compatible? Evidently the mountings on the phantom case are a little bit smaller than normal so not all work.
  11. Will do. I might have to hold off a month on one of the two GTX 580s to get the better PSU, but even one should be good enough for the moment
  12. I think I'm set: NZXT Phantom Full tower ($140) ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 ($220) WD 1TB 7200RPM ($90) EVGA GTX 580 (x2) ($1000, gaahhh) PC Power & Cooling Silencer (910W) ($200, $140 after rebates) G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 ($100) i7-2600k ($330) Noctua NH-D14 ($90) Kingston SSDNow 128GB ($225 plus a $50 mail-in rebate!) Total before taxes: ~$2,350 Anymore comments?
  13. I linked to Tiger Direct because the Sabertooth was unavailable on Newegg (where I've had good experiences and plan on ordering from again). 4.5GHz OC is what I was aiming for since it seems to be about as far as you can go without giving yourself trouble. 4GB G.Skill Ripjaw modules are only $55 so I'll probably just go with that. I'm leaning towards the Hyper 212+ at this point, seems like a good value, though I may end up with the NH-D14 depending on how my budget turns out (things are actually looking up and I may have close to $3000 to spend). Any comments on the Hyper 212+? As far as the GPU, I think I'll go with 2 EVGA GTX 580's. Basing the brand just on the fact that they seem to be the most popular on Newegg and I've seen the name around a lot more than some of the other slightly cheaper models. So would you recommend the Lian Li K62 then? Would it be compatible with all of the above? How much easier, if at all, would it be to go use a full tower case (in terms of fitting everything)? I think I want to stick with at least a 120GB SSD. Any suggestions on which to get? And Savan mentioned that I should wait for the Vertex 3 series to get a 2 cheaper, any idea when this will be? edit- Would it be worth paying for a SATA III drive? Looks like they read/write a bit faster and the price isn't necessarily dramatically higher. Not sure how much you actually get out of that faster speed in overall performance though. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139113 for $175 after rebate looks pretty nice, and well-reviewed too.
  14. I've wanted to build an amazing gaming machine since I was in the 6th grade and eleven years later I'm finally about to scrape together enough money to do it! I spent the past weekend trying to get myself up-to-date as much as possible, but figured I couldn't go wrong getting guidance from some people who have done this before. I'm not entirely sure on my budget yet, but it is probably going to be $2000-$2500. I'm not sure how interested I am in overclocking everything if that will reduce the lifespan of my parts. I would definitely like to see this thing last... All I really know is that I plan on going with an i7-2600K. As far as mobos, I want something that gives me room to expand later if I don't go with SLI/Crossfire off the bat. Looking at this list here: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?Recs=10&Nav=|c:6975|&Sort=1 can anyone give me a recommendation? I'm not sure what to look for beyond LGA1155 and multi-GPU support. Comparing those top two from ASUS (the Sabertooth and the Deluxe B3), it looks like the main different is the support of higher frequency RAM. Would this be worth the investment? Case: Either the Cooler Master HAF 912 mid-tower or HAF 932 full tower. Looks and physical presence on/under my desktop mean nothing to me. I'm only concerned with function, specifically airflow and real estate for a large heatsink/GPU(s). The fact that the mid-tower is $100 cheaper doesn't hurt. Heatsink: Noctua D14 $90 - I read in another thread on this board that this thing would be overkill for the 2600k because it tends to run cool anyway, but could it be worth the investment to extend the lifespan even further? I read several raving reviews on this thing and really like the fact that it's quiet. I'm a little concerned with it not fitting in a mid-tower case though. Also, can a good heatsink like this also help to cool the rest of the components? Open to suggestions, but I'm willing to pay for something that will help this rig keep going. RAM: No idea. I hadn't gotten around to looking at different models yet, but I definitely want at least 8gb. Something to keep in mind is that the Noctua extends over the first slot or two so RAM with extended heat fins will not fit. The potential to OC would be nice, even if I don't do it right away. Hard drives: I want an SSD for the OS and most commonly used apps/games and a decent speed TB+ HDD for everything else. GPUs: I'm willing to invest a lot here.. I want to be able to set every single setting to max in upcoming games like Battlefield 3 and Skyrim. Keeping that in mind, what should I get? I also remember hearing somewhere that Nvidia cards tend to be better with Intel processors. Is this true? If it doesn't fit in my budget, I would rather get one top-of-the-line card now and get a second later than get two decent cards that will need to be updated. I figure the appropriate power supply depends on whether I go SLI/Crossfire or not. I'm not interested in paying a premium for brand new releases that are still overpriced. I'd rather be a month or two behind than be fleeced. If it's relevant, I play on a 27" LG monitor in 1920x1080.
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