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Yup.

And again I will mention, take care of the CPU cooler size in height and width with the Node 304 so as not to block the PCI-e slot! I have the previous version of that Gigabyte board.

 

:-p

Yeah haha, you warned me three times.

 

I made sure I would buy the cooler last, just to see what I'll be able to squeeze in there.  Thinking of the H50, as I've seen it done before, and its $38+tax AR at my Microcenter.

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Psh, I've been playing mine craft since 0.5 beta! tongue.gif
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Node 304 with my Rosewill PSU supplied ample room for my 6850.  I'll check the temps after I let the PC run for awhile, probably should have replaced the stock intel paste.  

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Node 304 with my Rosewill PSU supplied ample room for my 6850.  I'll check the temps after I let the PC run for awhile, probably should have replaced the stock intel paste.  
Mmmmmm, thermal passsttte. And yes, you should've.
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Just got my ASUS HD7870. This is running in a 5 year old machine (Quad Q9450 @ 2.66, Intel DX48BT2 mobo) and I'm still getting a massive performance boost. And a much quieter system. I also very much like the software that ASUS provides for tweaking.

 

Just in case anyone out there is wondering...you can greatly postpone the death of your machine (for gaming) with a new graphics card. PCI-E 3.0 interface not necessary.

 

I also added a new CPU cooler and have been tweaking the chassis fans. Some of them had ceased to be functional or were too loud to handle. Noctua fans are in the mail. We'll see how low I can actually push my noise floor. It's a nice feeling when your hard drives are louder than your fans....I guess biggrin.gif
 

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Originally Posted by OJNeg View Post

Just got my ASUS HD7870. This is running in a 5 year old machine (Quad Q9450 @ 2.66, Intel DX48BT2 mobo) and I'm still getting a massive performance boost. And a much quieter system. I also very much like the software that ASUS provides for tweaking.

Just in case anyone out there is wondering...you can greatly postpone the death of your machine (for gaming) with a new graphics card. PCI-E 3.0 interface not necessary.

I also added a new CPU cooler and have been tweaking the chassis fans. Some of them had ceased to be functional or were too loud to handle. Noctua fans are in the mail. We'll see how low I can actually push my noise floor. It's a nice feeling when your hard drives are louder than your fans....I guess biggrin.gif

 
I personally would've gotten the Noctuas, but as always... WHY THE F*** ARE THEY BEIGE?!?!?!
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I kind of like the beige. I feel like the typical "gamer" colors are a bit tacky. We'll see when they get here.
 

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Originally Posted by Yazen View Post

Node 304 with my Rosewill PSU supplied ample room for my 6850.  I'll check the temps after I let the PC run for awhile, probably should have replaced the stock intel paste.  

 

And if you are looking for a decent CPU cooler (that doesn't block PCI or RAM modules if they are low profile):

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835242009

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I kind of like the beige. I feel like the typical "gamer" colors are a bit tacky. We'll see when they get here.

 
I just like a subdued look, as most of my stuff is simple. (Most of my stuff is gray or black, clothes are too, heck, my room is gray.)
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Let's say I overhaul in a few years and get an i5, should I get a cooler or stick with stock? (Maybe a few hundred MHz OC)
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If you get a Noctua cooler, make sure it's not one of the 140mm ones. They are quite a bit worse in RPM/noise ratio than many other quiet brands. Noctua overall does quite bad in the sound pressure level measurements, and I personally never thought their fans were half as quiet as they were hyped (I bought my first Noctua somewhere in the 2007 before the hype started). Here's some comparative charts on 140mm fans, showing their very bad price/noise ratio http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/140mm-fan-roundup_12.html#sect0

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Kinda like the Noctua colors. Unfortunately, it would get in the way of my RAM coolers so went with the shelf style Thermalright cooler. Still a pretty massive hunk of metal though.

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A while ago I heard about some virus that basically leeches off of your GPU for some kind of bit coin mining after you've been afk for periods of time. Well msi after burner shoes usage shooting up to 80% for second long intervals like 10 times every 20 or so seconds and then going back to 0% when I listen to music/surf web.
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Breaking news: constant to use of PC is beneficial to your electricity bill! :P
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