Right so as my last build went funky and decided it was no longer willing to let me game on it, or in fact switch it on, I decided it was time to replace and send back a couple of components from it.
Long story cut short...6 months and my Corsair H50 and BFG 295 were both dead. The 295 was running at 90c idle and the cpu was at 50c idle. I contacted Corsair who instantly said: "It sounds like the pump has failed in your unit. Have you checked that its plugged into a 3 pin fan header. If so we will be happy to RMA it". Superb service from Corsair and it was RMA'ed. I also finally got the RMA through the post from OCZ over a power supply I had of theirs went funky. Because of the long wait time they sent me a OCZ Z series 1000W PSU, which to be honest is a massive improvement so credit goes to them for quality customer support.
The next was BFG, again superb service and they were more than happy to RMA the 295 in fact setting the RMA up on a Saturday as well.
Its so nice when companies admit to a fault and you don't have to battle with 'em to prove that the problem lies with them and not you. I handed out the rest of the components to friends and family and settled on my new build:
CPU: 920 d0 2.66Ghz @ 4Ghz - for a budget cooler I can't rate the H50 enough even though one of 'em died on me I still bothered to get another.)
Motherboard: Gigabyte EX58-UD5 - Can't fault Gigabyte, I know many people who swear by Asus (>.>) and Foxconn (<3) but out of all the recent builds I've done Gigabyte have come through.
RAM: Corsair XMS3 6GB @ 8-8-8-24 - decent ram might replace it with me old dominator stuff but I've been trying to stick with the: "don't fix it if it aint broken" method here.
Graphics Cards: Two ATi Sapphire 5850s (I was sneaky and gave the other free DIRT 2 game as a Christmas gift
Case: Coolermaster Storm Sniper - I love large cases and this one fits the job perfectly. I brought it for its design more than anything I like that military feel. Used this for about a year now amazing case.
Over all the system is unbelievably stable having got the final 5850 yesterday. Fair play to all three companies listed they have given me a good Christmas this year I expected there to be a ton of issues given the financial problems and the UK's postal service the royal mail going on strike.