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What should I do to upgrade my custom pc?Ram,cpu cooler? Question on Overclocking as well

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April 8, 2013 9:27:29 PM

I recently went to AMD's Fan Day in San Francisco. I got for free for standing in line for like 5 hours

1. A8-5600k apu processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. ASRock FM2A85X Extreme4-M http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have already put this in my custom pc I made back in the beginnning of January. And I love the performance boost since I am crossfiring with a HD6670 in it compared to what I had before.

My question is on overclocking and adding more ram. Can I overclock with the stock cpu cooler or am I recommended to get a cpu cooler? Also what kind of ram is recommmended on a apu build like this?

What is recommended for a $50-70 budget right now?

Cpu cooler first or increasing ram to 8GB?

If possible, are there low profile cpu coolers, I want to put one in my Couagar Spike case.

This is my current rig right now.

Custom PC SpecsCPU: Intel Celeron G540 CPU 2.50 GHZ GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R667D3-1GI Radeon HD 6670 Motherboard: MSI H61M-E33 (W8)PSU: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500wRAM: Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333 MHz (PC3 10666)Computer Case: COUGAR Spike Black Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower Gaming Case


Thanks in advance for any replies.
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April 9, 2013 12:22:25 AM

Get a CPU cooler for overclocking - I recommend the $30 Hyper 212 EVO.

You want to get 8GB of the bloody fastest ram your motherboard will support, since that will help the onboard video card quite a significant bit - however, this will be about $80-90 by itself.

So I'd go with the CPU cooler, save up a little more, and go with the ram upgrade.

As for low profile, get a updraft floating cooler - I personally like the GeminII S524 with a 140mm fan on it, or the GeminII M4 if you really need a short cooler.
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April 9, 2013 9:50:09 AM

DarkSable said:
Get a CPU cooler for overclocking - I recommend the $30 Hyper 212 EVO.

You want to get 8GB of the bloody fastest ram your motherboard will support, since that will help the onboard video card quite a significant bit - however, this will be about $80-90 by itself.

So I'd go with the CPU cooler, save up a little more, and go with the ram upgrade.

As for low profile, get a updraft floating cooler - I personally like the GeminII S524 with a 140mm fan on it, or the GeminII M4 if you really need a short cooler.


Ok thanks for your input

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