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Definitely the Three Hundred in my opinion - just make sure you have at least one case fan on the front. Check if it comes with one already, if not then order a separate case fan to go with it.


Funny that it's cheaper than the one I was looking at originally :)
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Nothing wrong with the Antec 300, but I sure like Lian Li. Use two 120mm fans and you're sorted.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811112154
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811112099
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Only real hanging point right now is i5 vs i7. I feel like I could get away with the i5-750 without too much of a hit in performance. A previous computer I got had hyper-threading (a1514n from HP) so that is why I was looking at the i7.
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If I put 6GB RAM in this machine of DDR3-1600 will that work? Or do you have to have 2 or 4 slots filled with RAM? For instance, will it only work if I have 2 RAMs in or if I have 4 in...or can I have 3 slots filled with 2 GB each?
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The 1156 boards are dual channel, not triple. So if you want to run 3 sticks of RAM that is fine, it will work, but they will run in single channel mode, not dual. IMO it would be best to get 4 sticks (8GB).
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I assume then that two 2GB sticks would also work in dual channel mode?
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Yes :)
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Hey guys one more noobish question here. I've heard that I shouldn't use the heatsink that comes with the processor. What are some good heatsinks that might be found at Microcenter or Best Buy that I can use as a better alternative without breaking the bank?
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If you're not overclocking the stock HSF works well enough. If you would like something better, the Hyper TX3 is of good quality and inexpensive.

http://www.microcent...duct_id=0312368
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I won't be overclocking as I think the processor is powerful enough as is for my purposes. However, I really don't want to risk any damage. But if you guys say it's fine I'll go with that.
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Working on confirming one thing - is this case fan compatible with the system proposed?

120mm R4 Series Rifle Bearing Fan
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@K_Lorber
http://www.coolermas...product_id=2916

Yes. It should come with a 3 to 4pin adapter. You want one drawing air in and one exhaust. They will be very quiet.
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URGENT - I'm having an issue mounting the motherboard. I swapped out the case's original i/o shield for the one with the motherboard yet the motherboard doesn't seem to want to fit in there with those fins coming off the i/o shield. Any help?
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Microcenter gave me the wrong RAM too :) They gave me 1.8v RAM and the mobo I have says don't go over 1.6. Would this mean that 1.65v would be okay to use? Not seeing 1.6v RAM at that store. So many complications so soon haha.
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The I/O shield will be unique to a given motherboard, so you need the correct one. You are right about VDIMM Max being 1.6V. I'd take the hardware back and deal with another vendor.
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