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Post Date: 2012-07-30

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    Posted: 30 Jul 2012 at 4:01pm
Good afternoon everyone, I have been following posts over the past few months and have decided to order a new DS system this week as my old system has died and I need a replacement.
 
What I have left that works:
 
Dell U3011
Battlefied Gaming Keyboard and mouse
D-link modem, highspeed Wifi router, 4TB wireless storage, 2 wireless printers.
New Intell 180GB SSD 330 series (my system did a meltdown before i could install it) ( I would like to use this when i get my new system)
 
I use my computer for gaming, school work, and managing a home network that has three other laptops and another desktop.  Three of use are all taking classes and use the network storage for papers, research projects, store i-tunes and we would like to store movies in the future.
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I have 4K to work with but can spend more if i have to.
 
My questions are about graphics for the U3011 and power use.
 
I was using 2 Nvida XFX Black Edition (260) cards to run the Dell Monitor at high resolution and they ran very hot to the touch (air cooled, Cosmos case) and i think one of them ran so hot that the card fans quit and damaged the motherboard.   How do I determine how much graphics power do I need to run this monitor?
 
My second question regards power supplied to the computer.  I see some pretty powerfull power supplies but how do i determine when I'm overloading the circuit powering the computer outside of the lights dimming when the laser printer kicks on.
 
Any design help you guys could provide would be great and thanks
 
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  Quote tju76 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Jul 2012 at 4:04pm
It all depends on what you are using the monitor are you into demanding games like bf3 crysis etc or just a casual gamer? Do you want 60+ fps all the time or do you not mind having sub 60 fps during gaming
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I do enjoy the high frame rates, but i don't think it is necessary.  The U3011 has loads of real estate available, I just wasn't sure If I'm setting myself up for failure by using two graphic cards, do you think I overloaded the cards on my previous system because the cards were not powerfull enough or was it that the environment was bad (not enough cooling), I don't want to make the same mistake when I order my new system. 
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  Quote tju76 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Jul 2012 at 5:19pm
Could have just been old those were really old cards
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  Quote gjjohns Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Jul 2012 at 5:44pm
Originally posted by tju76

Could have just been old those were really old cards
 
Three years old,
 
I do like playing fps games.  Sometimes for hours when i need a break.  good diversion.
 
I should add that I also have a Bose 301 sound system (USB) if that makes a difference
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  Quote tju76 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Jul 2012 at 6:31pm
Lol that's old for a graphics card you said you had nvidia 260s that's four generations old
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  Quote gjjohns Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Jul 2012 at 11:17pm
This is what I have been looking at.  any suggestions?
Direct Load URL: http://www.digitalstormonline.com/comploadsaved.asp?id=713893

Specifications:
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Cooler Master 942 HAF X
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 3930K 3.2GHz (Unlocked CPU for Extreme Overclocking) (Six-Core)
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79 (Intel X79 Chipset) (Features USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s)
System Memory: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 1050W Corsair Pro Silver 1050HX (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (180GB Solid State (By: Intel) (Model: 520 Series) <b></b>
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (1TB Western Digital Caviar (7200 RPM) (Model: Black Edition)
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: ASUS Blu-Ray Player/DVD Writer (Play Blu-Ray and Burn DVDs) (Model: BC-12B1ST)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 2x SLI Dual (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB (Includes PhysX)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 3: FrostChill Cooling System: CPU Only <b></b>
H20 Tube Color:Blue Tubing with High-Performance Fluid (UV Lighting Reactive) <b></b>
Chassis Airflow: Upgrade Chassis With LED Performance Fans (Blue) (Up to 6 Fans) <b></b>
Internal Lighting: - No Thanks
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: Stage 2: Overclock CPU 4.5GHz to 4.8GHz (Requires Pro/Deluxe/Sabertooth Motherboard)
Boost Video Card: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost Memory: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
Boost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows 7 CD)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: Exclusive Premium Digital Storm T-Shirt - Black (Extra Large) <b></b>
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 10-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 31 Jul 2012 at 5:54am
Hi gjjohns.....  That build looks great.
 
You could save $300 by going to the 4 core 3820 cpu if this is a gaming rig, but then the oc'ing would be stage 1, not 2 like the 3930.
 
Drop the performance fans unless this is for eye candy.  The HafX is great as-is and why mess with excellant cooling and quiet. 
 
The stage 3 cooling is ok but the stage 4 has better parts and a 240mm radiator as opposed to the stage 3, 120mm rad.  The stage 2 Vortex 240mm also has a 240 mm rad for better cooling and is cheaper.  Again, if this is for looks then its up to you.  The stage 4 gives you UV tubing and the stage 2 240mm is a sealed unit with no glowing.  I would go with a 240mm rad but that's me.
 
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  Quote FrankW Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 31 Jul 2012 at 9:06am
HI gjjohns,

You have a good build and I agree with everything bprat22 said. Stage 3 is a mistake with the 3930K CPU. You need stage 4 LC or go with the Vortex 240.

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  Quote gjjohns Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 Aug 2012 at 7:37pm
Thanks for the advice, I did go with the Stage 4 cooling.  I ordered my system and just recieved it from FedEx today.  I'm looking forward to getting everythink up and running.  Thanks again!
 
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Congrats on your new rig. Cool Post pics.  We all love to see pics of new rigs.Big%20Smile
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