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    It's looking likely that I'll be buying a whole new rig, except for my graphics card, fat HDDs and BD-drive. Seeing as it's been (another) while since I looked at hardware, I've got the following questions hopefully some of you can shed some advice on. I'll be CPU watercooling and overclocking....

    CPU: Sandy Bridge or Bloomfield?
    Motherboard: (No idea for Sandy Bridge, Asus Maximus IV?), Asus Rampage III or EVGA Classified 3?
    Boot SSD: 120GB Revo Drive or 120GB OCZ Vertex 3?
    Case: I've found the Silverstone TJ07 a bit of a squeeze with a triple rad so I'm happy to try something else that's subtle for a living room/home theatre room. It also seems a shame to have cooled HDD cages that I have to remove.
    PSU: I've used Enermax and Corsairs, both rock solid but I've always found the CPU power cable a nasty stretch (with the TJ07) across the front of the motherboards I've used, not sure if there are PSUs with longer cables out there...otherwise I'll probably get another Corsair.

    Thanks for any advice!

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    I say sit tight and wait for soket 2011 or Bulldozer to see what they have in store.

    What's the budget by the way?

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    I agree on the corsair front. You can always buy a cable extender, I know NZXT sells sleeved ones.

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    Take a look at the Cubitek HTPX Tank, we published the review last week. As far as a PSU, I am currently reviewing the new Exermax REVOMAX 1350W PSU, that review should be up by the end of next week.

    Both the 2500K and 2600K are great chips, and can both hit at least 4.8GHz, even over 5GHz depending on the chip, cooling, and motherboard.

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    So I get the feeling Bloomfield has had its day now? How long do you think before socket 2011 and a top end motherboard will be available? I'll probably be replacing everything again soon into the new year so I don't mind settling for a Sandy for now....

    I didn't realise you could get PSU lead extensions either, thanks for the help on that!

    With the Cubitek Tank, I just want to confirm you can fit a triple radiator internally at the top, I can't quite tell by looking at the pictures in the review.

    Total budget is around 1600inc VAT and I was going to get 6GB Corsair DominatorGT RAM and a water cooling kit too....which together is about 400 I think...

    Thanks again!

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