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Windows 7: Just looking before I leap...new PC final thoughts.

05 Apr 2011   #41
Dave76

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GeneO, if you can wait a month or two, the prices should start coming down.

That and keep your eyes open for a sale.
Newegg has had it for $285 a couple of times already.


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05 Apr 2011   #42
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Thanks Dave,

Yeah I saw it at Newegg this weekend and was tempted! I need the write speed for Photoshop scratch space. Well, my wife would say I don't actually need it. LOL.
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05 Apr 2011   #43
Dave76

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They're funny that way
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05 Apr 2011   #44
GARoss

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Dave76, I purchased this graphic card, GIGABYTE GV-R567OC-1GI Rev2.0 Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16, 6-7 months ago when I 1st upgraded to Win 7. My old one had weird issues with Win 7.

Ignatzatsonic, the kit I selected comes with a wrist strap. I'm not sure about OC but I figure the MB is designed to do so & the "K"-less i5 Intel is only $15 less. A small investment SHOULD I decide to go-for-it (OC, that is).

I am concerned if the Scythe Big Shuriken will interfere with the neighboring RAM. It has a 120mm diameter & looks to be close.

The Solo comes with screws & MB standoffs. Needs 2) 92mm fans.

Now, about the Artic Silver 5 thermal paste. As I've never installed a CPU before I watched some videos on U-Tube. I didn't notice any of the installers using it or mentioning it. I take it it's a must? It just applies on the bottom of the CPU or between the CPU & fan or both?
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05 Apr 2011   #45
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GARoss View Post

I am concerned if the Scythe Big Shuriken will interfere with the neighboring RAM. It has a 120mm diameter & looks to be close.

The Solo comes with screws & MB standoffs. Needs 2) 92mm fans.

Now, about the Artic Silver 5 thermal paste. As I've never installed a CPU before I watched some videos on U-Tube. I didn't notice any of the installers using it or mentioning it. I take it it's a must? It just applies on the bottom of the CPU or between the CPU & fan or both?
The thermal paste goes on the back of the processor and you then sit the heatsink down on top of it. Thermal paste IS a must, but the CPU will come with some and the Shuriken will come with some. In a little tear-open pack, rather than a tube. Every time you remove the heatsink, you should clean it and reapply more paste. So you will have enough for 2 installations. But I would nonetheless get a tube of Arctic Silver now---it keeps virtually forever and you may need it a year from now.

Go to Arctic Silver.com and search for your processor to see where to apply it---a thin stripe down the middle in your case as I recall.

Re 92 mm fans: the Solo has them already??? It should. I don't know their quietness levels.

Re RAM clearance on Big Shuriken. You shouldn't have any problems UNLESS your RAM has heat spreaders. If your RAM does have heat spreaders, you might be forced into putting your RAM in the outside pair of slots rather than in the pair nearer the heatsink. I can't give you my personal experience for a few days yet.

The clearance issue is on overhang, not on sheer left to right distance. There is roughly an inch clearance between the base of the Shuriken heatsink and the bottom of the heatsink overhang. I have heard of NO clearance issues unless the RAM has heat spreaders.
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05 Apr 2011   #46
Dave76

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Just between the CPU and Cooler, top of CPU only.

Search and read up on appling it, too much is bad, thin is good.

If there is too much or too little the CPU can run hot, which can lead to damage. More so if you start OC'ing.

Artic Silver 5, is recommended by many.
A not so good thermal paste won't conduct heat very well.
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05 Apr 2011   #47
GARoss

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

How's this one?


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05 Apr 2011   #48
ignatzatsonic

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I see you have a 92 mm fan on that list.

Do you mean that the Solo does NOT have fans already?

If it does, I would not order more at this time. Evaluate the stock fans for noise and cooling power for a month and then possibly order fans separately.

If you insist on ordering fans now, I would look at Scythe Slipstreams. I know they come in 120 size, but should be in 92 mm also?? They come in various RPM. I'd go with 800 or 1200 rpm fixed speed, rather than PWM.

The Slipstreams are known for being very quiet yet still move a reasonable amount of air.
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05 Apr 2011   #49
ignatzatsonic

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I just looked around and find that maybe Scythe does not make a 92mm Slipstream.

I looked at the 92mm stock at New Egg.

If buying today, I would get this one. Nexus is highly regarded. Only issue is that it is fairly high RPM and may not be quieter than Solo stock fan.

Newegg.com - Nexus DF1209SL-3 92mm Case Fan
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05 Apr 2011   #50
GARoss

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
I see you have a 92 mm fan on that list.

Do you mean that the Solo does NOT have fans already?

The Slipstreams are known for being very quiet yet still move a reasonable amount of air.
According to Antec, no front 92mm's are included. I don't see Slipstream's in 92mm @ Newegg.

www.antec.com -Solo Specsheet
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