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    Linux Compatible Build Upgrade Help

    I currently have my second build built (Built almost a year ago now). I originally built it using the help of you guys, so your help would again be appreciated.

    Specs are:
    MSI Z77 Mobo
    i5 3570k @ Stock
    EVGA GTX 660 (NON-TI) Standard
    500 GB Sata HDD
    No Name Sata DVD-RW
    Raidmax PSU @ 530 watts
    8GB Ram

    I am currently planning some upgrades to it.

    First, I want a better than stock CPU cooler. I know I will be limited in size due to my case. I currently have the CM Elite 430 case, so I am limited by that, but I am planning on upgrading to the Vengeance C70 if I need a bigger to get maximum cooling. I was thinking about getting the H100i, but again, am open to any suggestions about the BEST performance cooler. (I would like to overclock.) I would also like to get something that I can keep my current case with, but I understand that will be hard just due to the size constraints. If I have to change, I will.

    Second, I want to get better graphics performance. Should I get a SECOND 660 (Non-TI) and put it in SLI, or should I get one single newer card and push my budget. (Which I can do if you guys come back with a solution for my first question that saves money). I currently have used all Nvidia, but I am willing to get an AMD/ATI GPU if it will perform better for less money.

    Third, I am going to get a Samsung 840 Series Pro 128 gig SSD and Barracuda 2 TB mechanical drive. Is this the best and most cost effective solution?

    Also, what other upgrades should be made in the sub $800 US price point? (I might be willing to push to $850, but no more)


    Thanks, I just want to make sure I am going to get the best performance out of this before I buy it,

    Anniemoose98

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    Re: Linux Compatible Build Upgrade Help

    you want the best performance, but to do what ?
    the answers may change a lot : gaming ? crunching ? heavy apps ?

    start googling about "mobo gamer" or else, for example

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    Re: Linux Compatible Build Upgrade Help

    Gaming. Heavy graphic stuff, like Crysis 3, Bioshock, Battlefield, TF2, Valve Games, ETC.

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    Re: Linux Compatible Build Upgrade Help

    There are several sites that do comparisions.

    I often review this one. It is often not the conclusions, but the discussion in the articles on alternatives and why they chose what they chose and then the comments disagreeing with them.

    Current build is mini-itx so you may want to see previous builds
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...king,3510.html
    Video cards - I like to look at chart on last page for comparion of performance but a newer card has to be at least two levels above your current to really offer perceived improvement.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...view,3107.html
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Linux Compatible Build Upgrade Help

    Check out the Thermalright TRUE Spirit 120M: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1326-page5.html

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    Re: Linux Compatible Build Upgrade Help

    Bit-Tech always have good reliable reviews, you can see there latest cooler round-up here...
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/coo...w-benchmarks/1
    Cheesemill

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