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    Question Suggestion on DIMM, High End PC

    The Striker II Extreme was installed and the CPU has been thermal'd and block attached. Both water cooling setups (stock TT intergrated + Big water for the 3 water cooled 280's) have been leak tested for 36 hours with the PSU jumped. Installing the 3 GTX 280's and block for each tomorrow along with everything else. Just waiting on the memory I ordered yesterday to come in.

    I have never tried overclocking DDR3. I actually don't know much about it at all, this being my first DDR3 build. Let's start off with what I purchased.

    Corsair 4096MB PC12800 DDR3 1600MHz (2x 2048) (bought 2 packs)

    As you can see, I decided to go with a higher MHz for this board as opposed to the 1333. I've heard bad things about using 8Gigs with this board and overclocking. Whether they are founded or not has yet to be seen.

    Is this a good choice for this board and setup? Over clocking will come when I start with the 9550, yet are there any well known rumors of these affecting stability or clocking with this board?

    EDIT: I don't see my specs under my name. Listed below.

    40" Samsung LCD @ 1920x1080
    Vista x64
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    GTX 280 Tri-SLI
    Raptor 10k
    Toughpower 1200w
    Kandalf LCS
    Water Cooled CPU/MB (Stock Kandalf)
    Second Water Cooling system for 3x GTX 280 (BigWater)
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    I bought a striker extreme 2 when they first came out, and had nothing but problems with it, so I sent it back after 3 days, and bought a 790i Ultra from evga. I thought I might have received a bad striker2 , but then I read other people were also having problems. A few months later, Asus released a new Bios update which fixed most of the problems.

    I have two GTX 280s and also two GTX 260s, with the fans at 80% they do not need to be water cooled, at idle my 260s are at 32c & 34c underload 56c & 58c my 280s are 40c & 42 idle and 58c-62c underload and that's at 80% fan speed

    Corsair is shipping us a 2Gb kit of the memory you have to review, but I am not sure when the kit will arrive. I do have 4 / 2Gb kits of OCZ DDR3 1600 Mhz Reapers and also a 4Gb kit of Patriot Extreme Performance 1600Mhz, and have never had a single problem with any of them.

    WE do have a review coming up on OCZ 1333Mhz 2Gb Kit, our reviewer was able to hit 1800Mhz stable, and even 2000Mhz where he was able to play games. I am now shipping him a 2Gb kit of Kingston Hyper X 1333Mhz to see what he can get out of this kit

    The Big Water 780e review will also be coming up, as far as using it for your three GTX 280s you should be fine, but I do not think your going to see really low temps, at least not lower than turning the fans speed up to 80%, but you never know. What kind of water blocks did you use on the 280s

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    Good to here about the Asus updates. Like everyone else who bought the board, I was attracted to the unmatched overclocking abilities. Quite eager to get to work.

    Main reason I've decided to water cool the cards was due to the heat my last computer created. I was sick of having my room be 15 degrees hotter than the rest of the apartment. Last build was a 680i, 2 8800GT then upgraded to 2 GX2's with a Q6600 to 3.4, ULTRA Peltier cooled.

    Blocks for the cards are Hydro Copper 16's from EVGA.

    So, I'll stick with the memory I got and see how it does. Thanks Doctor_Death!

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    water cooling or none with 3 graphics cards and plus the other components your small room with heat up at no time unless you have AC to regulate room temp.

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    I have AC in my apartment and my rooms not small. I think the heat coming from my card, being absorbed by water, will be less than being blown straight into the air. My AC stays on 70-72, with a few hours of gameplay, my rooms around 78-80. I'm certian with just the heat coming from my sound card and the raptor with minimal heat now coming from everything else, it should pretty much solve my 3000 dollar heater problem.

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    I have two raptors in each machine and they stay cool, so there is now way your sound card and a raptor is heating your room . With three vidio cards you will still get a fair amount of heat even water cooled, I ran tri-sli with three 8800Ultras for 4 months.

    You also have heat coming from your LCD, I can feel the heat coming from my 30inch all day long, same goes with my 28inch LCDs, so i keep a small fan blowing on the rear of the monitors now.

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    Agree with dr death...even tho they are water cooled all other components still produce heat under load...

    my room is about 22c with air-condition turned on when gaming the room heats up to about 24c-25c
    CPU watercooled

    On the extreme end...if i dont turn on my air condition my room temp is about 30c. After gaming its toasting hot at about 32c ... my CPU temps idle around 50c the air around my radiator is so warm that even the radiator itself is warm to touch so it isnt doing much good even tho my system's watercooled
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrecker View Post
    Main reason I've decided to water cool the cards was due to the heat my last computer created. I was sick of having my room be 15 degrees hotter than the rest of the apartment. Last build was a 680i, 2 8800GT then upgraded to 2 GX2's with a Q6600 to 3.4, ULTRA Peltier cooled.
    The power that you draw from the wall, you can check it with a "Kill-a-watt", is mostly dumped into your room as heat. Whether you air cool or water cool this is not going to change unless you can vent the output from your fans to outside. I'm Folding with a gx2 24/7 and for the same reason I run it in the workshop.
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    If you were to take a hand held laser thermometer, took temps of each component, and added them up, you would be very surprised at the combined temp. I just used mine on my 30 inch gateway LCD and with a fan blowing on the rear of the unit I still have a 42c temp.

    Both GTX 280s are at 38c each, my QX9650 is at 24c-14c-10c-20c My 8Gbs of memory is at 20c, my 1200w Silverstone is 23.6c, my motherbioard is 21.3c, 300Gb VelociRaptor 22.6c, my WD 750GB 25c, both DVD burners are 13c

    That's a total of 324.5c so as you can see, between a monitor and a complete system, you are throwing off alot of heat, even with 6TEC units cooling my QX 9650, a ram fan on the memory, and three 120mm fans and one 230mm top fan.

    At least it will help keep you warm in the winter .

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    Dr Death...u really have some interesting hardware there... especially the 6TEC cooler
    it will be great if you can show 1 or 2 pics of it

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