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Sandy Bridge-e Build Recommendations
12-14-2011, 10:01 AM,
#31
RE: Sandy Bridge-e Build Recommendations
The fans that come with the P280 are pretty decent, no need to change them in my opinion. Of course, your opinion may differ. I'd suggest trying the case with the default configuration, see what you think of it and perhaps experiment with other configurations.

The P280 is an excellent case, offering a great balance of cooling performance and low-noise.

As for the prices, I highly doubt that you'll find a better deal than that. Go for it.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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12-14-2011, 12:02 PM,
#32
RE: Sandy Bridge-e Build Recommendations
(12-14-2011, 10:01 AM)MathieuB Wrote: The fans that come with the P280 are pretty decent, no need to change them in my opinion. Of course, your opinion may differ. I'd suggest trying the case with the default configuration, see what you think of it and perhaps experiment with other configurations.

The P280 is an excellent case, offering a great balance of cooling performance and low-noise.

As for the prices, I highly doubt that you'll find a better deal than that. Go for it.

Okay, cool. I want to take advantage of the 2 internal fan slots for added circulation, so if you wouldn't recommend swapping the default fans, then which fans would you recommend for the internals? Thanks.
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12-14-2011, 04:00 PM,
#33
RE: Sandy Bridge-e Build Recommendations
I'd consider these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6835553001

Currently offers some of the best airflow to noise ratio available on the market.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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12-14-2011, 06:18 PM,
#34
RE: Sandy Bridge-e Build Recommendations
(12-14-2011, 04:00 PM)MathieuB Wrote: I'd consider these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6835553001

Currently offers some of the best airflow to noise ratio available on the market.

And you would recommend these for the internals and to keep the 3 fans already stock where they are, or would you put 2 of these in place of 2 of the stock ones and move those 2 inside?
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12-14-2011, 07:53 PM, (This post was last modified: 12-15-2011, 05:35 AM by dstryrwiz.)
#35
RE: Sandy Bridge-e Build Recommendations
So I placed the order on the i7 and the RAM. Now onto the remaining few components. I'll probably end up getting the P280 and Silver Arrow from ncix.com if that's a reliable site, as they have the P280 for $112.30 and the Silver Arrow for $69.70 (however the latter is currently out of stock). I'm giving a little more time on those 2 components as those are stock prices, not sales prices, so I don't know if somewhere else may have them cheaper at all. With the remaining items I haven't seen them on sale, and one component above the remaining rest is confusing me a bit. I've seen a lot of good review articles on the ASUS P9X79 DELUXE, however newegg's reviews aren't so amazing. Beyond that, the boards with better reviews on newegg don't really have as great reviews in articles, so what would be the best course of action in your opinion in regards to the motherboard? Thanks again.
(12-14-2011, 10:01 AM)MathieuB Wrote: The fans that come with the P280 are pretty decent, no need to change them in my opinion. Of course, your opinion may differ. I'd suggest trying the case with the default configuration, see what you think of it and perhaps experiment with other configurations.

The P280 is an excellent case, offering a great balance of cooling performance and low-noise.

As for the prices, I highly doubt that you'll find a better deal than that. Go for it.

And in regards to the P280 again, if I may be willing to spend slightly more, is there any other low-noise good cooling case that may do slightly better (especially on the low-noise front if possible)? I just want to make sure this would be the best case to go with before taking the plunge.
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12-16-2011, 04:16 AM,
#36
RE: Sandy Bridge-e Build Recommendations
If anyone can give any input on what they perceive as the best motherboard for the Sandy Bridge-e chips, I'd really appreciate it.
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12-16-2011, 05:57 AM, (This post was last modified: 12-16-2011, 06:38 AM by dstryrwiz.)
#37
RE: Sandy Bridge-e Build Recommendations
Just purchased the Corsair AX850 on sale for $161.49. Hopefully it works well. Now I just have these last few components. If anyone can weigh in on the motherboard and/or the case, as those are probably the 2 items left I'm least certain on, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you.
(12-14-2011, 04:00 PM)MathieuB Wrote: I'd consider these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6835553001

Currently offers some of the best airflow to noise ratio available on the market.

What are your thoughts on these fans, or would you recommend just going with the Cougars?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6811999344

Also I saw a version of the Cougars with PWM, or is that just useless? If you can let me know ASAP, I'd really appreciate it, as my 25% off coupon expires shortly. Thank you.
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12-16-2011, 10:46 AM,
#38
RE: Sandy Bridge-e Build Recommendations
The cougar fans are better, offering more CFM at a lower noise level. No point in going with PWM, that's more useful if you'd use the fans on a CPU Cooler for example. You can put the two additional fans internally or swap with an included case fan, as you wish. You can always try both and compare the noise.

The Antec P280 is pretty much as good as it gets for low-noise. Also to consider for lower noise: A fan controller, which allows you to manually set the speed of the fans. I usually recommend this one, as it can handle the majority of fans and doesn't cost a fortune: http://www.amazon.com/SUNBEAMTECH-PL-RS-...004LKZESI/

Of course, there are other fan controllers on the market.

As for the motherboard, you need one with eight RAM slots, so let's see...I'd go with this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6813157285

You get 8 RAM slots, two USB 3.0 front header (so you can use the included bracket + USB 3.0 on the case), dedicated sound card, top-notch power delivery + cooling, the list goes on.

MSI boards aren't that reliable, Intel boards offer few overclocking options, most LGA2011 ASUS boards are plagued with issues, the only interesting Gigabyte motherboard is E-ATX and won't fit in most cases and the other motherboards have only 4 RAM slots.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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12-16-2011, 02:17 PM,
#39
RE: Sandy Bridge-e Build Recommendations
(12-16-2011, 10:46 AM)MathieuB Wrote: The cougar fans are better, offering more CFM at a lower noise level. No point in going with PWM, that's more useful if you'd use the fans on a CPU Cooler for example. You can put the two additional fans internally or swap with an included case fan, as you wish. You can always try both and compare the noise.

The Antec P280 is pretty much as good as it gets for low-noise. Also to consider for lower noise: A fan controller, which allows you to manually set the speed of the fans. I usually recommend this one, as it can handle the majority of fans and doesn't cost a fortune: http://www.amazon.com/SUNBEAMTECH-PL-RS-...004LKZESI/

Of course, there are other fan controllers on the market.

As for the motherboard, you need one with eight RAM slots, so let's see...I'd go with this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6813157285

You get 8 RAM slots, two USB 3.0 front header (so you can use the included bracket + USB 3.0 on the case), dedicated sound card, top-notch power delivery + cooling, the list goes on.

MSI boards aren't that reliable, Intel boards offer few overclocking options, most LGA2011 ASUS boards are plagued with issues, the only interesting Gigabyte motherboard is E-ATX and won't fit in most cases and the other motherboards have only 4 RAM slots.

Yeah, that was the other board I was looking into, but supposedly it does terribly with overclocking. Thank you for all the advice.
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