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    Recommend me some components please....

    Hi,
    I'm looking to put together the following setup:

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad-Core Q6600 G0 SLACR, 95W, S775, 2.40 GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 8MB Cache, Retail
    Mobo: Abit IP-35 Pro, iP35 Express, S 775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 667/800, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX
    RAM: 2x 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC2-6400 (800), 240 Pins, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-18
    OS drive tray: IcyBox Trayless IB-168SK-B SATA to SATA HDD, Black Colour
    OS disk: 320 Gb Samsung HD321KJ Spinpoint T166, SATA300, 7200 rpm, 16MB Cache, 9 ms, NCQ
    Data disk: 1000GB HGST(IBM/Hitachi) OA35772 Ultrastar A7K1000, SATA II, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.2ms, NCQ

    Can anyone recommend me:

    Cooler - will eventually be water-cooled but temporarily need a good aftermarket cooler
    Case - as above, I eventually want to mount watercooling in it
    PSU - preferably modular
    Optical drive - preferably quiet - my current one sounds like a hoover when it spins up!

    I'll also be transferring my 8800GTX into this system.

    The reason for the OS drive tray is that it's going to be running a lot of different OSes, some of which may not play nicely with each other.

    Cheers....

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    Re: Recommend me some components please....

    The samsung dvd drives are quiet especially in the antec P182. The P182 has water cooling holes but I doubt there is enough room to do a proper watercooling job with it.Something like the silverstone TJ07 would be better for that.

    PSU. I would go with the 520w Corsair HX for all that but it might want a bit more grunt (not sure how much watercooling requires)..the 620w perhaps.

    I'm assuming the 8GB of RAM is for all those OS's running at the same time, VMware? Otherwise WTF!!?

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    Re: Recommend me some components please....

    another vote for Samsung ODD & you might as well go SATA.

    Thermalright Ultima-90 is a good blend of performance without costing too much (the Ultra-120 eXtreme is 50% dearer).
    You'll need to add a 92/120mm fan to it but you get to choose the fan to suit you rather than whatever comes with it..

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    Re: Recommend me some components please....

    forgot about the HSF. I like the scythe's, the ninja is my personal choice. Very quiet and effective but a fair bit bitter than the the ultima90. Can't go wrong with either imo.

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    Re: Recommend me some components please....

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    I like the scythe's, the ninja is my personal choice. Very quiet and effective but a fair bit bitter than the the ultima90.
    You reckon?
    All the reviews that I have seen put the Ultima 90 alongside the TRUE & the TRUE beats the Ninja.

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    Re: Recommend me some components please....

    sorry typo.. i meant to say bigger (bitter )

    Can't argue with the ultima90 and have no problem recommending it, I'm just set in my ways with the ninja lol

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    aah, I recognised it as a typo but thought that you meant to say better not bitter.
    having a pint were we?

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    Re: Recommend me some components please....

    Thanks for that guys.

    @staffsMike: Yeah, I will be running quite a few VM machines from time to time - testing Solaris X86 clustering and Win2k3 AD/clients. Although 8GB for £100, can't really see a reason not to tbh....

    @Buff: Samsung ODD? Did I miss something? Also, for the CPU fan, I'm really after performance, and quietness - cost is a secondary factor..

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    Re: Recommend me some components please....

    Quote Originally Posted by BUFF View Post
    aah, I recognised it as a typo but thought that you meant to say better not bitter.
    having a pint were we?
    Just plain old tired i'm affraid lol

    Since the ultima doesn't come with a fan you could specify whatever fits your need, scythe s-flex push a lot of air while remaining very quiet. 800rpm or 1200rpm will be best for quiet.
    I've bought a few of the scythe ninja's now since technically they can be used passive although not when overclocking. They come with a fairly decent quiet fan

    I would deffinatly go with the corsair PSU for silence as they are prefect for that.

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    this is the dvd writer I was talking about.

    Yeah RAM is dirt cheap lol

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    Re: Recommend me some components please....

    Quote Originally Posted by b0redom View Post
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    @Buff: Samsung ODD? Did I miss something?
    You asked about a quiet optical drive - ODD= Optical Disk Drive.

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    Re: Recommend me some components please....

    Great, thanks!

    Just to confirm, the IP-35 is likely to take the new chips coming at some point in the new year too right?

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    It'll take the 1333mhz 45nm quads yeah. 1600mhz fsb, maybe not.

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    Re: Recommend me some components please....

    If you want the best CPU cooler available go for the thermalrake ultra 120 extreme and put a scythe 120mm fan on it, all the benches ive seen show that coming out on top, but make sure you buy a fan as it doesent come with one. If you intend to OC your card i would really recommend a aftermarket cooler as they can get very hot, or so i hear wish i had a GTX

    All the best to you

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    Re: Recommend me some components please....

    For a case, I would definately recommend the Antec P182. I got one myself, and I can't hear anything on my PC.

    What about the zalmans? I personally use the Scythe infinity, which is absolutely massive (it bearly fitted in my P182.

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    Re: Recommend me some components please....

    @cabooseUK - the 8800GTX doesn't need an aftermarket cooler to overclock. I think I got mine to about 620Mhz core (from 580) with no extra cooling - and mine's in a Shuttle .

    @mosherben - I had an Antec P180 before, and whilst it was OK, I didn't like the separate PSU compartment - would probably be OK with a modular PSU though I guess.

    Assuming that its the same form factor(ish) though, I'd never squeeze watercooling in there though....

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    Re: Recommend me some components please....

    Looks nice, everyone else has said what I would of so..

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