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Been a few months and I've decided to go for haswell, Should be building by the end of the month.
Quick question I have some ARCTIC MX-4 that is about 2.5 years old, is it still good?
 

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Been a few months and I've decided to go for haswell, Should be building by the end of the month.
Rock on and enjoy. :rockout:

Quick question I have some ARCTIC MX-4 that is about 2.5 years old, is it still good?
If it still easily comes out of the tube easily you should be fine.
 
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Been a few months and I've decided to go for haswell, Should be building by the end of the month.
You lucky dog, you get to play with the new hardware. I've pretty much decided to skip Haswell and spend my $ on better cooling (my H100 is good but I need a custom loop) and maybe a GTX 770. They say Haswell runs even hotter than Ivy Bridge when overclocked, so don't forget to include a premium liquid cooler to your budget.
 
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...don't forget to include a premium liquid cooler to your budget.
I don't know, the TPC-812 looks awfully good, especially in the noise department.
 
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You lucky dog, you get to play with the new hardware. I've pretty much decided to skip Haswell and spend my $ on better cooling (my H100 is good but I need a custom loop) and maybe a GTX 770. They say Haswell runs even hotter than Ivy Bridge when overclocked, so don't forget to include a premium liquid cooler to your budget.
Well I already bought the 100i, so that will have to be good enough for a while.

The last thing I need to figure out is how good the sound on the sniper m5.
I currently have a xonar dg. Since the new board won't have a plain old pci slot, that won't work.
I'm wondering if getting a xonar dgx is worth while and how much better it is than the fancy sound on the sniper.
I have ATH-M50's currently and at some point I might upgrade further.
 
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Well I already bought the 100i, so that will have to be good enough for a while.

The last thing I need to figure out is how good the sound on the sniper m5.
I currently have a xonar dg. Since the new board won't have a plain old pci slot, that won't work.
I'm wondering if getting a xonar dgx is worth while and how much better it is than the fancy sound on the sniper.
I have ATH-M50's currently and at some point I might upgrade further.
I would not bother with a dedicated sound card personally. But you might care enough.
 
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I would not bother with a dedicated sound card personally. But you might care enough.
I can tell you I care enough to upgrade from realtek audio, which is what the vast majority of motherboards have.
 
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Changed my mind on the motherboard, ordered the case, and decided to get a better sound card and buy it used on ebay.
 
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