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  1. I'm wanting to build a 24/7 running box, and a 65W i7 3770S seems like the ideal chip. Or maybe the 3770T. Both would suit. Trouble is, as of 12th May 2012, they're not in stores yet. So does anyone know when the S or T models in the Ivy Bridge lineup will be released here?
  2. oh, having trouble finding that thread tunksy. can u link pls
  3. Thanks for the suggestions Dasa. I just bought a CM 690 II Advanced and it only supports 240 rads internally. So basically if going custom I would just modify your first list there to include a high performance dual rad.
  4. Yeah the Swiftech kits are nice and chances are they would perform better. But the lose out since they would be at least $100 more expensive, even if ordered from overseas, and for that price I'd probably choose the different parts rather than get a pre-configured kit. When you say use silver, do you mean use a coil of silver within the reservoir or do you mean some sort of additive?
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    Ideas for a new case?

    Just realised the Define R3 is ruled out due to only having 2 5.25" drive bays. The Lian Li Lancool Dragonlord PC-K60 looks pretty sweet for only $112. Pity it only has 1 front intake fan, but Id probably try switching the top 2 exhaust fans into intakes instead.
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    Ideas for a new case?

    Im thinking that actually the Define R3 would be one of the best choices. It can have 1-2 intakes at the top, which could help to make it positive pressure, plus deliver fresh air directly to the CPU area. Also, it has sound dampening panels and anti-vibration hard drive caddies. Furthermore, it is far more water cooling friendly than an RV02 or FT02. Its also cheaper than the HAF X, RV02 (slightly) and FT02. However the price of those should be considered in light of them having a fair few fans included. Rather than pay $250 for an FT02 I think Id be better off going with a Define R3 and using the money I saved tpwards a water cooling kit.
  7. While browsing FrozenCPU I came across the XSPC Rasa 750 RS240 Universal Water Cooling Kit. It is pretty much a complete system for a CPU loop, and even includes 2 grilled fans and tube - no coolant though. It is $129.99 at FrozenCPU, plus the rather high shipping cost from the US. http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11743/ex...Item.html#blank gammods.com.au also stocks them, currently as preorder with ETA of 22nd Nov. http://www.gammods.com.au/store/index.php?...amp;cPath=1_122 So those of you who have water cooling experience ought to be able to provide some helpful feedback concerning these. I figure such a kit would be much better than a H50/H70, and maintenance wouldnt be much of a deal when only running a CPU loop. The other thing Im wondering about is a non-conductive fluid and whatever additives ought to be used.
  8. Hi. I recently heard about the Diamond paste and its excellent performance. Some reviews/roundups dont seem to indicate it as being the very best, but still its always very highly rated. Its scantly available in Australia. Ive only seen one guy selling it on eBay and Oztion. Looking around at US retailers, I found that performance-pcs.com has the 4.8g tube for $19.99 and only $5.96 for postage. Thought I should let yall know in case you were also interested in trying this paste. Im currently just using Zalman ZM-STG2 because a full tube came with my GPU cooler. It is also a highly rated paste, so the comparison might be interesting.
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    Ideas for a new case?

    Im looking at this thread because Im trying to find some performance comparisons between the various cases that are commonly recommended for their air cooling performance. I havent been able to find much data so far. I have questions like: Are any of the HAFs better than the FT02?
  10. Edit: Mods might as well delete this thread. I asked it at a time of impatience, but have since answered the question through some basic research.
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    New Gaming Rig Under $1000

    Not sure why 8GB of RAM is being suggested. You only need that much if youre running something like Maya or Zbrush. If you want USB3/SATA3, but dont want to have to operate the PCI-e at 8x instead of 16x, some Asus P55 boards avoid the problem by adding an extra 4x lane. Look at the specs within the P7P55D-E series on the Asus website here. But such Asus boards are far more expensive. The difference between 16x and 8x is however negligible. SATA3/USB3 is a great feature to have even if while having it enabled you have to run the video card at 8x - the difference between 16x and 8 being tiny whereas the difference between SATA2, SATA3 and USB2, USB3 is pretty huge. Chances are youll only be doing data transfer when you want to access the faster speeds, not playing games.
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    Socket LGA1156

    Overclocking is superbly easy nowadays. Just Google for 'i5 760 overclocking guide' or something similar. You only have to change a couple of settings and youre good to go. You'll just need to make sure you have a decent aftermarket cooler.
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    New Gaming Rig Under $1000

    Dasa's suggestion is spot on. Although my preference is with nVidia, the Radeon 6870 is apparently pretty sweet. A cheap but good CPU cooler is the Zalman Performa. It comes with a fan also. You can overclock to 4GHz no problem with it. The Antec 300 is cheap and lacks some bells and whistles, such as anti-vibration pads for hard drives... But for a standard rig then for only $60 I couldnt bring myself to buy anything else. It comes with lots of srews and 2 Tri-Cool fans. Youll also need 1-2 fans for the front intakes.
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    Socket LGA1156

    You should get a mobo that has SATA3 and USB3. However, you need to consider that enabling SATA3/USB3 may cause your PCI-E (graphics card slot) to operate at 8x instead of the full 16x. The difference between 16x and 8x for your setup will probably be negligible, with only a couple less frames per second. Certain Asus motherboards seem to avoid this problem by having a dedicated 4x lane. As for RAM, anything above 1600MHz is not going to be any better. 1600MHz is the sweet spot, so the real performance difference is in its latency. CL8 and CL7 1600Mhz will be very quick. Also with the RAM, be aware of the height of its heatsink and check if it will fit underneath the CPU cooler you want. Also, if you didnt already know check staticice.com.au to find best prices and local shops. Oh didnt realise u were in NZ. I recently purchased a P55A-UD3R, i5 760 and 2x2GB G.Skill Trident 1600 CL8 RAM. Very quick setup, but Im regretting the purchase simply because I feel I shouldve just waited another week and bought an i7 rig instead. I mostly do video encoding and the hyper threading on i7 chips is a superb feature. This rig is still very very quick, and its overclocked to 4GHz without any problems at all. Im trying to sell those parts and get i7 stuff instead though. On a budget you cant beat an i5 760 and P55 rig tho.
  15. Ive just tried checking if this is correct for the Asus P55 boards. Apparently the ASUS P7P55D-E LX also limits the PCI-E slot to 8x when SATA3/USB3 is enabled.Asus doesnt mention this specifically on their product specifications page link - but it can be implied because in the Overview tab they mention the IO Level UP feature which is a switch to toggle 16x PCI-E or SATA3/USB3. However the higher end Asus P55D-E boards are claimed to have 'TRUE USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s by Bridge Chip'. And in their Specifications list they mention 'Unique PCIe X4 Chip for Ultra Performance - True USB 3.0 Support - True SATA 6Gb/s Support'.
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