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#1 Axel

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 09:54

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So this is a rough estimate of what I'm looking into building.  Not 100% sure on cost as haven't shopped around yet but give a good idea.

 

Had my current PC since 2007 and it's time to go up in the world.  Got an SSD already.

 

It'll be driving a 27" 2560*1440 Dell monitor (gaming) and also a 20" 1680 x 1050 (no gaming).

 

Chose the graphics card as I thought it would look nice through the window with the titan cooler, open to alternates though as long as they're not ugly.

 

Chose the Motherboard because it's asus and I love asus.  Spose I'll use the stock cooler for now but maybe get an H80i in the future.

 

Any thoughts or advice at all?

 

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#2 Crisp

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 10:01

...open to alternates though as long as they're not ugly.

 

Don't forget your space ship cold cathode lights!! ;)



#3 OP Axel

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 10:36

Don't forget your space ship cold cathode lights!! ;)

 

I've probably grown out of cold cathodes.  I've certainly not grown out of things that look superfluously cool though! :p



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Posted 23 July 2013 - 11:22

I would aim for lower CAS Latency but overclockers don't do this kit:

http://www.scan.co.u...buffered-cas-9-

Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 16GB or Kingston HyperX Beast 16GB would be fine

http://www.overclock...d=8&subcat=1517

http://www.overclock...d=8&subcat=1517



#5 OP Axel

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 12:21

Ah thanks for that I didn't notice.  Will change it.

 

What about the other stuff? PSU / GPU? Am I perhaps cheating myself out of a better performing card on the basis of looks.

 

Also the GTX 770 is 2Gb but the HD7970 ia 3gb? I looked at the DirectCuII version from Asus but unfortunately it's triple slot so won't fit!

 

Cheers.



#6 OP Axel

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 12:47

Alternate card? :-

 

http://www.ebuyer.co...x770-dc2oc-2gd5



#7 OP Axel

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 16:43

Is 100-150mhz extra from non reference cards worth it?



#8 +PeterUK

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 17:45

You might need to rethink the window side panel for your case because a double slot card in that case will go up close to the panel with no air vents that the standard panel has.



#9 OP Axel

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 18:10

 

You might need to rethink the window side panel for your case because a double slot card in that case will go up close to the panel with no air vents that the standard panel has.

 

 

Did think about that but I figured the clearance would be enough.  especially seeing as in a dual/triple sli system the cards probably get a lot less clearance!



#10 Andre S.

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 18:31

Since you obviously plan on overclocking, you need to think about the CPU heatsink now; this matters even more since everything will be so cramped. Not every heatsink out there will fit a Mini-ITX case; and it certainly won't be fun to disassemble and reassemble everything to change the heatsink so you'd better get it now than later. The stock cooler barely does the job at stock speeds; forget about overclocking with it. If you need a suggestion, check out the Noctua NH-U12S; diminutive size, competes with some of the best.



#11 OP Axel

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 20:36

Any thoughts on the Corsair H80i?

#12 Andre S.

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 20:47

More expensive, less performant, noisier, harder to install. Yeah I don't like it  :p



#13 OP Axel

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 20:57

Loud and clear!

#14 Mindovermaster

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 21:13

I have the H80i, and it was simple as heck to install. And loud you say? Ever try PWM by the BIOS? It is higher in price, but it has better parts in it that cool more effinciently.

 

Sorry Asik, but your opinions mean next to nothing.



#15 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 21:17

Personally I wouldn't bother with an aftermarket cooler.  But if you must have one, I would agree with the Corsair Hydro choice.  I have the H50 and it's incredibly nice.  It's dead quiet and keeps temps way down.

 

Anyway, overclocking the CPU is pretty pointless at this point.  The CPU is so far ahead in terms of speed than any other component, that the only thing you'll gain is a higher benchmark score.  You won't gain any noticeable performance since the CPU is far from a bottleneck.  Hardly worth the extra strain and heat, imo.

 

My opinion is that you'll be perfectly fine with the stock cooler.





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