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  1. mayabang

    SLI Question

    I havent updated my sig in ages. I have an Enermax Revolution 1250W now! I ordered my second 285 on ebay - it's otw now. It's a shame that all the EK nickel/perspex waterblocks in the world seem to be sold out! I really want to get them both in my loop. Ill end up posting pics at a later date.
  2. mayabang

    SLI Question

    Yeah my EVGA X58 SLI LE is in the mail as we speak! Yay! Thanks guys
  3. Hey guys and gals, Just a cuppla quickies... 1/ It is bad practice/even possible to run 2 or 3 of the same card in SLI if the brand differs? eg EVGA and XFX 285's 2/ will a XFX 285 and a XFX 285 XXX version run in SLI without any problems. (Factory overclock and Stock). If so do you overclock the stock one to the higher settings? I ask because I want to get SLI running but since the 285's are not in production anymore, I am running out of options (/rage). Cheers
  4. mayabang

    Kitlog confusion and me...

    Thanks for your help guys! I'll probably put an order in next payday... looking forward to it.
  5. mayabang

    Kitlog confusion and me...

    Probably looking at $1k ish for mobo, cpu and ram. I definately like the EVGA board. I just didn't want to buy i7 if i5 is the new black.
  6. Hey guys and gals, I am soon to purchase a new mobo, cpu and ram set. I have posted in the past about i5 vs i7 but I have done a lot of reading (back and forth rage and confusion) since then. I am looking to buy the i7 930 and the EVGA X58 SLI LE as per some Atomicians recomendations, most likely with a 'Ripjaws' 2000MHz DDR3 triple kit for a 1337 gaming machine. BUT... My confusion is that everywhere I read they are recomending i5's for EVERYTHING. Even in the kitlogs the LAN, HTPC and Perfect PC are all i5's. The only exception is the 'ZOMG PC', which I dare say is because of the mad hexa core. What aids the confusion is that the P55 platform has shiny i7 chips aswell. Is it worth going P55 with the i7 860? Even the Atomic review of the i5 750 said Intel shot itself in the foot, destroying the market for their own i7 chips. From what I can gather: - Unless you are running 10 games at once you don't need the hyperthreading of the i7's. Most games seem to only be catching up with 4 core perfomance. - Unless you are doing massive photo editing or video encoding, 4GB dual channel ram is more than enough. Also, triple channel has negligible performance gains and X58 doesn't seem to support the faster memory modules. - The i5 motherboards seem to be more feature packed and are much cheaper but don't overclock as hard and don't have 16x16 pcie support (Grr) compared to their X58 bretheren. - The i5's overclock to around 4GHz, whereas the i7's go to around 4.4GHz (I have watercooling btw). My PC is a gaming machine. I am going to overclock it and get at least dual SLI eventually. I have a triplehead2go and 3 22" monitors running at a res of 5040x1050 and want my games to run on the highest settings with good frames. I know that the i7 does offer slightly better performance but my query is am I even going to get near them during normal use. Is it going to be like driving a V8 supercar in a school zone or will the overclock and gpu demand be enough to justify the extra grunt? Are the X58's considered as 'getting old' or are they worth getting because of the future i9 support... Are the P55 i7's as good as the X58 i7's at overclocking? I do consider myself an enthusiast and my case is turning into quite a showpiece. I am also going for a black/red/silver theme. My choices are narrowed down to the following: EVGA X58 SLI LE with i7 930 and Ripjaw DDR3 ASUS P55 Maximus III Extreme with i5 750/i7 860 and Ripjaw DDR3 ASUS P55 Maximus III Formula with i5 750/i7 860 and Ripjaw DDR3 Sorry for all the questions, I am just really confused with this latest tech. Thanks in advance for your help!
  7. mayabang

    Cutting PSU Leads

    lol last time I tried to solder something was on my Wii and I instinctively grabbed the iron because my hands were shaking... couldn't move 3 of my fingers for about a week. The smell of burning skin is not cool.
  8. mayabang

    Cutting PSU Leads

    Sweet, ill be sure to post some pics when I'm done.
  9. Hey guys and gals, I have an Antec 650W PSU at the moment - non-modular. I already disassembled it and spray painted it metallic red so warranty is void. I am using roughly half the cables in my case, the others are bunched up neatly in the corner. I have an open air perspex case and this bunch of cables looks stupid. (http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?showtopic=24043&hl=h2omfg) My question is whether it is dangerous or stupid to cut off the leads of all the extra cabling that I do not want? Of course I will put heatshrink over all the ends and make sure nothing can short out with the box or other lines. My point is I wanted to sleeve the cables red or chrome and have a nice fresh (non cluttered) look in my case. I don't see how it would be a problem if they are all insulated properly but I am not 100% sure, hence my post. I know the obvious thing to do is buy a modular PSU, but I am in the process of saving for a new i7 machine and the PSU will be bought after (fair bit down the track). It only costs $40 or so to sleeve it and make my case look really nice. Any ideas/flames? Cheers
  10. mayabang

    Fork in the road

    I checked out that res Dasa, it is interesting but it probably won't fit in my case too well (Danger Den Torture Rack). I plan on having the RAM in the same loop as the CPU, probably won't bother with a mobo block. I am finding my current PC isn't able to run Bad Company 2 on High on 3 screens - which does annoy me quite a bit! I figure I need a second GPU. My P55 board only has XFire and as far as I am concerned its Nvidia forever! What sort of clocks have you guys got on the i7 on air/water?
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    Fork in the road

    Is there a significant performance difference between the Foxconn Flaming Blade and the EVGA X58 SLI LE? The Foxconn seems to have everything I want (ie 2 GPUs, enough sticks of memory, good overclocking and value) or is EVGA worth spending an extra $100 on? The atomic reviews on both were good, the Foxconn got a QPI of 162 and the EVGA X58 SLI got 164 I must admit I am fairly smitten with the colours on the Flaming Blade! I have just never bought anything other than ASUS before when it comes to mobos. Cheers
  12. mayabang

    Fork in the road

    Cheers! I knew you were going to be the first to give advice nesquick hehe.. I was leaning towards the i7. That board looks very impressive aswell, the black and grey mixes well with the red theme nicely. I'll eventually post pictures when it's done.
  13. Hey guys and gals, I'm in the process of saving for an upgrade for my old C2 Q6600, seen here http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?s...3&hl=h2omfg My dilemma is more a confusion. I have read reviews about the i7 and i5 but I can't decide what is better for me, hence you guys! This is what I have so far: - i7 has better support for multiple cards with its dual 16x lanes - is this a significant performance advantage over dual 8x lanes in the i5? - i7 has hyperthreading for multithreaded aps - I plan to overclock to around 4.0GHz+, I have heard that i5 can burn out at this level though.. - i5 is significantly cheaper, although I was planning on buying high end motherboards (Asus Max Formula III or EVGA X58 Classified) - i5 doesn't feel as geekful, and apparently hex core chips are going to be 1366? I WANT: - To get a good overclock. - A second GTX285 on a seperate cooling loop on the other side of my case. Will have a nice symmetry. - I know it sounds stupid, but I'm going for a RED theme on my PC, I know right... - Ram will also have its own waterblocks eventually - more for aethetics and long livety. MY OPTIONS (KEEPING WITH RED THEME) - i7 920 with either a EVGA Classified mobo or Foxxconn Flaming Blade http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?s...3&hl=h2omfg (Atomic gave it awesome reviews and it seems to do everthing I want) - i5 750 with an ASUS Max Formula III (comes with a nice sound card aswell) I am leaning towards the i7 but I am just not sure if this is 'old tech' compared to i5 or is it just different. The red theme limits my options but it's what I am going for. If so is it worth saving a little bit more for EVGA or sticking with Foxxconn? Or should I just forget about i7 and go with the new i5. Thanks in advance for your help and wise opinions.
  14. mayabang

    Introducing H2OMFG

    It does have a front and top panel, but because of the way I have the loop setup it doesn't really work. You could probably have a few more adapters to get the lid on as it has a few holes for the tubing. I've found the entire machine runs much cooler aswell, possibly because the GPU heat isnt rising through the rad, like in my old loop.
  15. Hey guys, From this: http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?s...=liquid,AND,win To my new creation, H2OMFG! *applause and stuff* The system stats are mostly the same. The Rig: Danger Den Torture Rack with 'Blood Red' motherboard tray Antec Earthwatts 650W PSU (custom red paint job) Asus P5Q-Pro Motherboard Intel C2 Q6600 G0 2.4GHz @ 3.6GHz Stable, 1.4875V, 66 Max Temp (Aussie Summer) 4x1G Kingston HyperX 1066MHz with Arctic Ramsinks XFX GTX285 2x 500G HDDs in RAID0 Matrox Triplehead2go with 3 LG 22" Monitors The Cooling: Swiftech Apogee GTZ Waterblock Swiftech MCP665 Variable Flow Pump EK 400 Multires Feser 360 Radiator (custom red paint job) Feser UV Red 1/2" ID 3/4" OD Tubing and Bitspower Compression Fittings/Adapters Feser One UV Red Coolant (Doesn't glow as much as you'd think) 7x Antec 120mm Red LED 3-speed fans all on medium (~70CFM) This build was inspired by ra1d on the DD forums. I plan on eventually getting a modular PSU, probably the Enermax Revolution and sleeve the cables red! I eventually want to upgrade to i5 and get a 2nd loop dedicated to graphics. WTB Money! If anyone else wants to use Bitspower Compression Fittings on the Apogee waterblock, use the old o-rings from the swiftech barbs as they are much bigger. I had a leak the first time I fired up the pump. http://img42.imageshack.us/i/dscf4225t.jpg/ http://img4.imageshack.us/i/dscf4226w.jpg/ http://img4.imageshack.us/i/dscf4227g.jpg/ http://img33.imageshack.us/i/dscf4228x.jpg/ http://img4.imageshack.us/i/dscf4229y.jpg/ http://img694.imageshack.us/i/dscf4230.jpg/ http://img694.imageshack.us/i/dscf4230.jpg/ http://img21.imageshack.us/i/dscf4233f.jpg/ http://img21.imageshack.us/i/dscf4234e.jpg/ http://img11.imageshack.us/i/dscf4236a.jpg/ http://img44.imageshack.us/i/dscf4238q.jpg/ http://img11.imageshack.us/i/dscf4239k.jpg/ http://img11.imageshack.us/i/dscf4240pi.jpg/ Enjoy!
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