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Old 01-18-2013, 11:57 PM   #16
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Way to go Griff!. Your choices are dandy but I would wait on Haswell as well. It is right around the corner and there will be so many models you will find one in your price range. Haswell chipsets will work better with SSD's than ever before and you also get a 2x faster GPU than you do with Ivy Bridge CPU's. Depending on what you do you might not even need a video card if you use Haswell's GPU.
Thanks for the info Sandog.
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:58 PM   #17
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Have been thinking about a new build using this hardware.

Asus Motherboard P8Z77-V
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500GB Segate sata for Data

Have not decided on video card, case or PS yet.
I have added the following to the list

Corsair Obsidien 550D
Asus GeForce 660 Ti
SilverStone Strider 750W modular

Have added them to my cart and saved, will probably order on Monday. The way the desktop looks to be going I think its going to get expensive in the not to distant future to up grade so I think I will do it now.
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:05 PM   #18
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Re: New build maybe

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I have added the following to the list

Corsair Obsidien 550D
Asus GeForce 660 Ti
SilverStone Strider 750W modular

Have added them to my cart and saved, will probably order on Monday. The way the desktop looks to be going I think its going to get expensive in the not to distant future to up grade so I think I will do it now.
Great choices Jerry!
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:52 PM   #19
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Re: New build maybe

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I have added the following to the list

Corsair Obsidien 550D
Asus GeForce 660 Ti
SilverStone Strider 750W modular

Have added them to my cart and saved, will probably order on Monday. The way the desktop looks to be going I think its going to get expensive in the not to distant future to up grade so I think I will do it now.
Congrats Jerry on new up coming PC parts...
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:18 PM   #20
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Re: New build maybe

Thanks Guys. Does anyone know if the case fans that come with the 550D are quite or not.
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Re: New build maybe

Very, very quiet. Running mine at 1200 RPM's and all is cool.

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Thanks Guys. Does anyone know if the case fans that come with the 550D are quite or not.
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Very, very quiet. Running mine at 1200 RPM's and all is cool.

Thanks Jim.
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:24 AM   #23
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Thanks Jim.
Jerry the fans are very quiet indeed, my wifes rig I'm running all the fans of MB headers using the bios to control them and most of the time they are only running at 800 rpms and they are dead silent!
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:29 AM   #24
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Re: New build maybe

Good question on fans. Niose is very subjective to the user but if you want a very conservative opinion on fans looks no further than SPCR. Usually every stock fan they come across gets replaced but they surprisingly like the stock fans in the 550D.

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1255-page5.html

"The combined noise level of the three fans is quite low, just 24 dBA@1m at full speed, 19 dBA@1m at 9V, and 15 dBA@1m at 7V."

If I were starting out fresh Griff I would just use the stock Corsair 550D fans. I have invested in Cougar fans though and I like them. They have a high pressure rate and have fluid-bearings for low noise and long, long life. I have a Cougar 140mm which I was going to use in the rear. Seeing the back of the 550D, the fan grill looks like it might be somewhat restrictive for a 140mm fan but I will give it a shot. I will also use the Cougar 120mm I have on the Thermalright TRUE 120M CPU heatsink. In keeping fans similar, I was going to purchase 2 new Cougar 120mm fans for the two front case fans. I do not know what type of fan connectors are on the 550D case fans but the Cougar's have long premium-sleeved 3pin plugs.
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:47 AM   #25
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Re: New build maybe

In looking for a quiet 120mm fan, it has been my discovery that you generally want one to run at 1200rpm max.

FYI, here are the reasonably priced Cougar 120mm fans.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835553005

I say reasonably because they are cheaper or equal to the cost of Corsairs Air Series but better. I am not sure about CFM being superior to other 120mm fans but my Cougar 120 has an air-pressure of 1.74. I have not seen any other 120mm fan with this air-pressure that does 1200rpm @ 17.7dB. They also have fluid-dynamic bearings which are the quietest with a 300,000hrs MTBF rating. Corsair's Air Series Quiet Edition fan which does 1150rpm and is similar in noise only has 0.5 static air-pressure.
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Re: New build maybe

Thanks for the info.
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Re: New build maybe

Sandog remember these fans...

Newegg.com - GELID Solutions FN-PX12-15 120mm Case cooler
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Thanks FVB, Those are excellent fans to.


I like the Cougars better, they have a hydro dynamic bearing. Not sure if this is the type Gelid uses since it doesn't have near the MBTF. Cougars have higher static pressure and are just as quiet or quieter (I've had both). The static pressure on Gelid (1.6) would be at max rpm (1500/28dB). I won't run above 1200rpm. I do have an interest in PWM I guess for the CPU fan although I would rather run it at top speed 24/7 that is allowable noise wise. For the case fans I want them running a constant speed 24/7.

Cougar makes a PWM version of my fan, I will look into it. I have until Monday to make up my mind. Also, Cougar has some newer fans that I haven't checked into but I like my current models.
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I looked at Cougars exact version of my 120mm fan but with PWM and I think I am sticking to my current version. With PWM you throw in an added risk of fan noise. Several Cougar fan users have had issues with noise on the PWM model. If you want to variable speed control a fan like they do on graphics cards for your CPU then you need a PWM fan. They have fan voltage applied linearly which provides a smooth rpm increase/decrease. I don't need my CPU fan rising/falling in speed according to temps. The fan will be quiet enough to run at a top speed continuously.
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I looked at Cougars exact version of my 120mm fan but with PWM and I think I am sticking to my current version. With PWM you throw in an added risk of fan noise. Several Cougar fan users have had issues with noise on the PWM model. If you want to variable speed control a fan like they do on graphics cards for your CPU then you need a PWM fan. They have fan voltage applied linearly which provides a smooth rpm increase/decrease. I don't need my CPU fan rising/falling in speed according to temps. The fan will be quiet enough to run at a top speed continuously.
I got 3 of the PWM version for my 550D Z87 build. I want to use the MB fan headers to control speed. Hopefully I won't experience any of the noise issues you read about.
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