derFunkenstein wrote:The Corsair H series is all self-contained. The pump/radiator/block/hoses all come pre-assembled. You just mount the block on your CPU and bolt the fan/radiator to your 120mm output and plug it in. I won an H50 from TR in the 10th anniversary giveaway - pretty sweet setup, if you don't mind spending more.
FakeAlGore wrote:I'm about to take the plunge on a new system, and I'm very interested in the TR Spring 2011 Sweeter Spot.
Here is the build TR has:
Intel Core i7-2600K
Asus P8P67 PRO
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
XFX Radeon HD 6950 1GB
Intel 320 Series 120GB
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
LG WH10LS30 Blu-ray burner
Asus Xonar DG
Corsair Graphite Series 600T
The changes I am making:
XFX Radeon HD 6950 2 GB x 2 (going with the 2 GB model and getting two of them for CrossFire)
I intend to flash the BIOS on these cards to bring them up to the 6970 including the clock speed.
Knowing this, will the enclosure and power supply suffice? This is primarily for gaming. I do intend to overclock the CPU, but I'd like to keep it reasonable - maybe 4.2 GHz (which is what most reviewers I've read claim you can get with the stock cooler).
Airmantharp wrote:derFunkenstein wrote:The Corsair H series is all self-contained. The pump/radiator/block/hoses all come pre-assembled. You just mount the block on your CPU and bolt the fan/radiator to your 120mm output and plug it in. I won an H50 from TR in the 10th anniversary giveaway - pretty sweet setup, if you don't mind spending more.
I will add that these coolers are designed to be used as intakes, and should only be used to exhaust when they could be reasonably expected to get cool air from within the case- look at Silverstone's Raven series and their Fortress 2. My suggestion with the 600T is to mount it on the 120mm 'exhaust' on the top of the back panel as an intake. The slightly warmer air it brings in will be immediately exhausted by the top 200mm fan.
michael_d wrote:Please post CrossFire benchmarks. I am very curious how multi gpu scales on on P67 at x8 as opposed to X58 at x16.
ExoGeni wrote:I'd say have a look at the HX series PSU from Corsair, same as the TX, just that the HX is modular and won't cause a jumble of cables at the bottom of your rig like I did to mine
750W should work with a crossfire system, but I'd say for $20 more you can get the 850W version and be more sure that it will power both cards.
FakeAlGore wrote:Alright, so I'm updating the build to include an after-market cooler, and I like the modular PSU for only $40 more. Also, since my budget just increased a bit more thanks to another gig, I think I'm going to buy real 6970s instead of flashing two 6950s. I might get a higher overclock out of them.
Now, though, it looks like Intel is going to phase out the P67 in favor of the Z68 according to this.
Should I wait until May to buy a Z68-based motherboard, or will the P67-based board be just fine? I do some video editing, but I'm not sure it would be often enough (one video a month on average) to make the enhanced Virtu support a necessity. In other words, is there a compelling reason to wait for Z68 other than better Virtu support? If not, I suspect I'll just go ahead and order everything next week.
Thanks again for all of your suggestions.