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    XP2500 + Abit nforce2 - component recommendations?

    Evening all!

    I'm looking for the following recommendations for the above (potentially overclocked) system:

    CPU fan
    Case
    Power supply

    Many thanks!

    Rich

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    Hi Rich

    what kind of money have you got to spend ? and is low noise operation a requirement ?

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    Hi Fondie,

    Low noise is always a benefit (I guess) and I'm willing to consider a few price options.

    Sorry for not being more definite

    BTW, I'll be using 2x256 TwinMOS, so the system won't be too dissimilar to yours.

    Regards

    Rich

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    no worries

    for a CPU cooler i like the Zalman CNPS-7000A Cu (~£40), but you might also consider the big Thermalright boys, the SLK-947U (~£44), SLK-900A (~£39), or if you are on a budget the SK-7 (~£20), with a 92/80mm fan that meets your performance/noise requirements.

    btw, i've got a volcano 11+ in mine at the moment and i don't like it very much!

    i'm off out now, so i'll give a case/PSU recommendation later

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    Thanks for the info so far Fondie - much appreciated!

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    few useful threads re: PSU's here mate
    (apologies for being too lazy to summarise what they say )

    http://forums.hexus.net/showthread.php?threadid=3610

    http://forums.hexus.net/showthread.php?threadid=3767

    http://forums.hexus.net/showthread.php?threadid=3518


    btw - u knows it clart!
    Last edited by petrefax; 25-09-2003 at 08:49 PM.
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    if u want silence id recommend watercooling.. esp if u know mechanics/can make ur own blocks, cos then its a lot cheaper (just a bit more than air) - a decent w/c kit for everything could cost £450

    mine will cost £60 in total for the waterblocks - cpu, gpu, gfx ram, tv card, 2x hdd and north bridge (this cost £20-25! [second hand]) the rest im making/will make soon.
    + £30 for eheim 1250 pump, includes tubing.
    + £10 for other materials
    + free res from a mate
    + £20 for second hand freezer
    + £12 for electronic components to control freezer
    = £122 to cool my whole pc to around 5°c, only thing not on this list is condensation prevention, but i think itl be easyer to limit freezer so water is always ~15°c

    compare this with the air cooling i had before:
    slk800 = £50
    many many fans = £20
    zalman gfx heatpipe = £30
    vantec iceberq = £14
    silent hdd kit (this isnt cooling, but nessasary, the hdd blocks will replace this, so im including it here) = £20
    total = £134

    watercooling is only a good idea if u can make some bits urself to save money, or are rich, or if u have a lot to cool. for air i could have kept it down to £30 but it was too niosy, my w/c will be silent.

    case - get soemthign made of alu, it looks nicer and much easyer to cut if u need to mod it. there was one for about £60? cant remember it.

    psu - get a CWT from scan, they r suppost to be good (antec rebrand them? so they must be good). a 550w is about £50?

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